Tuesday, January 30, 2018

#PreOrder #Romance Far From Honest by Beth Yarnall

Release Date: March 20, 2018

He can’t trust her—and he can’t resist her. 

In the desert town of Divine, Arizona, Ryder Lynch rules CoRe, a mercenary group of former black ops agents. After getting burned, Ryder doesn’t trust a soul—especially not a stranger like Mercy Thomas. She’s on edge, on the run, and all too willing to trade her body for protection. Ryder doesn’t believe a word coming out of her pretty little mouth. That’s why he’s demanding payment up front . . . and every lie is going to cost her.

All she needs is time—and to not fall for him.

Kidnapped, stripped, and left for dead, Mercy has her reasons for getting creative with the truth. As an investigative reporter, she’s chasing a story that will put any number of lives at risk, including her own. Ryder is the protection she needs and the lover she wants. But one of Mercy’s deadliest secrets is about him. And when everything’s out in the open, Ryder Lynch might be the most dangerous mistake she’s ever made.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

#SixSentenceSunday from Longing for His Kiss by Sherri Hayes

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Grace took a shaky breath, opened her car door, and placed her feet on the pavement. Each step she took toward the brick building felt heavier than the one before. She felt naked. Exposed. And utterly terrified. It was the first time she’d been without her collar for almost ten years.

Longing for His Kiss 

Eight months ago, two uniformed men showed up at Grace Martin’s door and told her that her husband wasn’t coming home. She’s tried to move on, but nothing will make that ache in her chest go away. Kurt wasn’t only her husband. He was also her Master. With him gone a part of her is missing and she has no idea how, or even if, she can repair the hole that has been left.

A lot has changed in the last eight months for Alexander Greco. He was injured, spent six months in a VA hospital recovering, was discharged from the Army after ten years of service, and then moved himself halfway across the country to find his friend’s widow. He has a letter to deliver to Grace—her husband’s final goodbye.

Little does either of them know the letter contains something that will change both their lives.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

#NewRelease #Romance Spurred by Vanessa Vale

Release Date: January 16, 2018

If you've never saddled up with a few Vanessa Vale cowboys, now is your chance! Welcome to Steele Ranch, where the men are hot, dominant and know what they want.

For Cord Connolly and Riley Townsend, that's sexy and sinfully sweet Kady Parks.

The Philadelphia schoolteacher discovers she's the heir—along with half-sisters she didn't know existed—to the Steele fortune, including a real-life cattle ranch. Instead of spending her summer break at home, she's in Barlow, Montana. And the West is as wild as she imagined, for two hot cowboys have decided to lay claim, taking her for one wild ride. And Kady? She's ready to dig in her spurs and hang on tight.

Friday, January 26, 2018

#CoverReveal Fighting Dirty by JC Valentine

Release Date: February 22, 2018

What happens when an outlaw biker’s obsession puts him between a beautiful nurse and her vicious stalker?


When a brutal attack sent him rolling into a beautiful nurse’s life on a gurney, the chance encounter seemed like a dream come true. She patched him up and gave him a reason to believe in love again, shining light into his dark and dangerous world.

There’s only one problem… She’s on the run from a violent past that’s about to catch up with her in the form of an ex-husband who’s used to getting what he wants, no matter what stands in his way. It might get him killed, but Ryder’s never backed down from a fight, and this is one he’s determined to win.


Starting over isn’t easy. Years of learning new towns, new people, and new jobs have left Tiffany tired, lonely, and ready to give up. Until a hot, sexy, bad-boy biker barreled into her life and she fell…hard. Latching onto the over-protective biker seemed like a good way to escape her daunting past, but life is never that simple.

Club life isn’t what Tiffany imagined it to be, and she soon realizes that her hot new man has a long and wild history that may be more than she bargained for. Between the women and rumors of violence, she finds herself caught between a psychotic ex bent on her destruction and the man who isn’t what she thought him to be. When things quickly begin to unravel, Tiffany doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

#NewRelease #Romance The Road To You by Melissa Toppen

Release Day: January 25, 2018

Life is full of choices- of chances- of moments. 

Chances we regret not taking. Choices we wish we could change. 
And then there are the moments that define us. 

Kam was my choice…
The one who stole my heart instantly.

Kane was my chance…
The one who set me ablaze with just one look.

They were my moment… 
Two brothers that both owned a part of me. 
Two brothers that I loved in different ways for different reasons. 

One brother shattered my heart.
The other put it back together.
Both changed me forever.

The Road to You is a standalone contemporary romance.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Story - What Inspired Me To Write

It's hard to believe that ten years has passed since I first sat down and began my first story. I was thirty years old at the time and if you'd told me back then that ten years later I would have published eleven novels and three short stories, I wouldn't have believed you.

Believe it or not, English was my least favorite subject in high school. I dreaded it - mainly because I couldn't spell.

I'm not exaggerating. I was really bad at spelling. So much so that my second grade teacher called my parents in for a conference to tell them that I would most likely fail the second grade because of it.

Yeah, not exactly what a kid or their parents want to hear.

And since spelling was part of English in school, it made that subject rather difficult for me. I struggled with it all through school and even into college. It made writing papers difficult because no matter how good the content was, I always got dinged due to spelling or grammar. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I'd now be writing for a living.

So what changed? What make me give writing a shot?

Two words...Prison Break.

No. Not A prison break. I'm talking about the television show Prison Break.

If you've never seen it, the show followed a man, Michael, who's brother had been wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to prison. He'd tried all legal methods of freeing his bother but nothing worked, so he decided to take a rather drastic step. He got himself thrown in prison with him so he could break his brother out.

You might be wondering how this could possible tie to me writing romance. Well, I'm getting there.

The prison where he and his brother were had a prison doctor named Sara. During his stay, Michael ended up falling in love with the prison doctor, Sara. It was anything but a conventional romance, but that was one of the things I loved about it.

Unfortunately, this couple's love story got cut short when there was a writer's strike in Hollywood. Not only was production delayed, but by the time the strike ended there was something new they had to deal with. The actress who played Sara was pregnant.

This was an action packed show. Not to mention the fact that the two characters, Micheal and Sara, had never had sex (hard to do that when people are constantly trying to kill you). The writer's solution to this was to kill Sara off.

Yeah. That didn't go over well with the fans, me included. Petitions and emails were sent letting those in charge know exactly how we all felt.

But in the meantime, Michael and Sara fan fiction began popping up on fan sites, giving these two their HEA. I read a few and decided to try my hand at it. The very first story I ever wrote, Moving Forward, is still live on fanfiction.net and can be read HERE.

By the time I finished writing Moving Forward, I had readers asking me what I was going to write next. From there I went on to write Perspective (Twilight fanfiction) and Goodbye (Twilight fanfiction). I also began writing a Twilight fanfiction called Finding Bella, which I ended up pulling before it was completed and published it as a four book serial series titled Finding Anna (Slave, Need, Truth, and Trust).

I've always been fascinated by relationships and human interaction. It doesn't matter if it's between a romantic couple, a family unit, or a group of friends. I love diving into what makes people tick.

That's why I love romance so much. The people. For me, it isn't about the sex or the sexy guys. It's about the forming of new bonds and people mingling their lives.

So what inspires you? Did you have a favorite subject in school? One you dreaded like I did English?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

#SixSentenceSunday from Burning for Her Kiss by Sherri Hayes

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Finally, Beth couldn’t take it any longer and turned to face him. “I don’t know what you’re looking for, but let me spell out exactly what I’m not looking for. I’m not looking for a submissive and I don’t play with random partners.”

“I understand.” His voice was smooth, and it sent tingles down her spine. This was not good.

Burning for Her Kiss

Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#Review of Hot Man Wanted by Tia Siren

Title: Hot Man Wanted
Author: Tia Siren
Rating: 2 stars

It's been a while since I've left a two star review. Usually if I start reading a book and dislike it, I just stop reading it and move on. That didn't happen with this book because the first half of the book was decent. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was good enough for me to continue reading.

Let's start with what was good about this story. The editing was pretty good. Although, it did seem as if there were more issues in the second half of the book than the first, it still wasn't anything that couldn't be found in a story published by a New York publisher. The flow of the story was also good for the most part. There were a few places it started to drag near the end, but I'm thinking that was more me just wanting it to be over already.

Now let's get to what I didn't like.

First, this is a 'page stuffed' KU book, which, since I'm not a KU subscriber I didn't realize until after I'd downloaded the book and started reading it. This means that the story I downloaded, Hot Man Wanted, ended at 34%. The rest was a second story and filler, which is against Amazon's Terms of Service.

Second, the sex scenes in the book felt uncomfortable. Not in that they gave too much detail, but in that it almost felt as if the author herself was  uncomfortable writing them.

I also felt these two characters weren't all that likeable. Both felt very immature for people who, I assume because we were never actually told, were close to thirty. Ash, the heroine, overreacted to things the hero said time and time again, and then refused to listen to anything he had to say. The hero, however, wasn't a peach either. In fact, I'm still trying to figure out what Ash saw in him in the first place. He had money. Lots and lots of money. That was pretty much it. Oh, and he gave her mind-blowing orgasms. He even stood by and let another woman insult Ash and said nothing. Said woman even shows up unannounced to stay in the home he's renting and he just goes with it. He's not happy, tells her she needs to leave, but when she doesn't, he's just kind of 'oh well' about it.

I was not impressed with this story at all and I highly doubt I'll be reading anything from this author in the future.


Monday, January 15, 2018

#NewRelease #ShortStory The Butterfly Collector by Beth Yarnall

Release Date: November 28, 2017

The life of a spy is full of lies and deception. Nothing is real. 
Except, Gia’s very real, accidental pregnancy.
Her mistake could not only cost her the only man she’s ever loved, the father of her child, Truett Nash, it could also get them both killed.

Monday, January 8, 2018

#Review #Romance Hired by the Cowboy by Donna Alward

Title: Hired by the Cowboy
Author: Donna Alward
Rating: 3 stars

This is the first sweet romance I've read in a long time. I didn't go into it knowing there would be zero sex in the book, but surprisingly that didn't cause much of an issue for me with this story. While I do think a little more heat could have been worked in, them not sleeping together did fit the plot. I'd rather that than to have the author force it and have it be out of place.

Connor and Alexis were good together. Even though they came from completely different backgrounds, they complimented each other well. I liked the set up even if it was a little cliche. Once I got over that, I was able to settle into the story itself and for the most part, I liked it.

There were a few things, however, that knocked this book down for me. First was the lack of communication. Yes, I get they were relative strangers, but there were times when I just wanted to scream at them to say something, anything, to the other person. And that brings me to the pacing. Most of the time the pacing was good, but there were a few places where things felt rushed. I'm not sure if that was due to word count or what, but it would have been nice to slow things down and let us get to know Connor and Alexis more.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sweet cowboy romance.

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Author Bio

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada's east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she's not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking...and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

#SixSentenceSunday from Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

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His head and bare shoulders were visible above the water as his arms moved fluidly over his head and down into the water. He was a confident swimmer and obviously in shape. The sun was still making its way up into the sky, but there was enough light for her to see the well-toned muscles tense and flex as he moved through the water. She felt something as she watched him but quickly suppressed it. The man was a pampered athlete who was used to women falling at his feet. Attractive or not, there was no way she was becoming another notch on his belt.

Red Zone

The only thing Rebecca Carson ever wanted to do was join the FBI. Now, that was in danger because of a situation, of which she’d had little control. So when her ex-partner and mentor, Travis Hansen, calls and offers her an opportunity to help him with a job, she jumps at the chance.

Gage Daniels has made a pretty good life for himself. As a professional football player, all he has to do is ask, and most things are made available to him. This includes women. A well timed smile is usually all it takes to attract the opposite sex, especially in Nashville. 

When a stalker threatens Gage, the team owner calls an old friend to help protect his star quarterback. Rebecca must work to protect Gage while staving off his advances. The last thing she wants is to be another notch on a hot shot athlete’s belt.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cover Reveal - The Road To You by Melissa Toppen #Romance #KindleUnlimited

Release Date: January 25, 2018

Life is full of choices- of chances- of moments. 

Chances we regret not taking. Choices we wish we could change. 
And then there are the moments that define us. 

Kam was my choice…
The one who stole my heart instantly.

Kane was my chance…
The one who set me ablaze with just one look.

They were my moment… 
Two brothers that both owned a part of me. 
Two brothers that I loved in different ways for different reasons. 

One brother shattered my heart.
The other put it back together.
Both changed me forever.