Monday, May 4, 2015

Hottie McTottie Monday/ #HASHTAG Series #NERD, #HATER, and #PLAYER by Cambria Hebert


Happy Hottie McTottie Monday!
Today I'm Featuring the #HASHTAG Series to date!
Why hottie mctottie Monday? My oh my Romeo sweet Romeo.
Let me count the ways.



#NERD
The Hashtag Series #

 Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…
In more ways than one.
She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.
But that’s about to change.
It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.
Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Vote Liberty Belle for Kindlescout


Have you heard of Kindlescout? Some of you may be familiar with it already, but for those who aren't let me roll it up in into a tight little nugget of simplicity (since we all know Amazon doesn't make much simplistic, but this time they did!). Kindlescout is a program where READERS get to pick the BOOKS that get published by Amazon! Sound too good to be true? It's not, this is the real deal. This is how it works. If you have an Amazon US account you click the link that says KindleScout nomination and it takes you to the book's nomination page. It will go on your nominations bar and as long as you leave it on there until the nomination period is over if Liberty Belle wins, you get an early reader's copy before Amazon publishes it! Simple AND cool, right? 

Below I share with you a little bit from the author about Liberty Belle and if you click the nomination link you can read an excerpt and a Q&A with the author. 



Kindlescout Nomination Link


Photographer Bram Alexander has his viewfinder focused on the only sweet thing in Snowberry, Minnesota - the beautiful Liberty Belle. Handed the reins to her family’s bakery early in life, Liberty works nonstop to protect their legacy. When Bram finds her on the bakery floor injured and alone, Liberty must decide if her tattered heart can trust him with her secret. Armed with small town determination, and a heart of gold, Bram shows Liberty frame-by-frame how falling for him is as easy as pie.



As a fan of the Snowberry Series I asked Katie if we got to see any of the characters from the other books in Liberty Belle. This is what she told me. 

"Because Liberty Belle is about Bram Alexander, you get to see all of the Alexander gang again! Dully, Bram's older brother and the main character from Snow Daze, has a new baby and Bram stops in to pick up the baptism cake from the Liberty Belle. That is the first time you get to see Bram and Liberty interact. You also get to see Noel and Savannah (from Noel's Hart), Jay and December (From December Kiss) and April and Crow (From April Melody). Dully's wife, Snow, helps Liberty through a particularly difficult time in this book, and you can't help but love her, Sunny and their new little girl Lila Jo. Of course, if you know the Alexanders, then you would except them to be a big part of this book. Who you might not expect to see again is Adam McGregory. 

Excerpt from Snow Daze:

“Hi Adam! We missed you in class again yesterday,” I said enthusiastically, setting my bag down.
“Mr. Dully!” Adam exclaimed, happy to see me.
“Hi Dully, it was nice of you to come,” Adam’s mother said from her perch in the recliner, next to his bed.
I reached out and patted her shoulder gently, “I miss Adam every day he’s not in class, Ms. McGregory. I thought I’d stop over and see how he’s doing. I also brought….” I drew out the sentence waiting for Adam to answer.
“UNO!” he shouted exuberantly.
“You guessed it Adam, how do you do that?” I asked feigning surprise.
“Mr. Dully, you always bring Uno when I’m sick,” he pointed out very maturely.
“That’s ‘cause I know it’s your favorite game Adam, and...” I reached in my bag and pulled out a bag of fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls.
“Tootsie Rolls!” he said excitedly, and I winked at him.
“One now, and the rest you gotta earn.” I handed him the bag, so he could pick out his favorite flavor. I looked over to see tears in his mother’s eyes. The stress of raising Adam alone must be overwhelming sometimes. Born with Down syndrome, he was often in the hospital because of his heart, and I know how hard it is for her to juggle all her responsibilities. Thankfully, she works here at Providence and can still do her job, and be close to Adam.
“Why don’t you go ahead home get a shower and a break, Ms. McGregory, I’ll stay with Adam. I’ve got the whole day free,” I explained, and she looked to Adam, then back to me.
“It’s okay momma, you deserve a break. I’ll be okay with Mr. Dully,” Adam assured her.

Dully is a special education teacher and Adam was one of his students. He's mentioned in the above scene in Snow Daze and he settled into a special place in my heart. My husband is a teacher, and though he doesn't teach special education, he does teach in a district where there are kids with many social problems. This year has been an extremely tough year for him, and much like Dully, there have been nights when he doesn't sleep because he's worried about a particular student. I think that's why when I started writing Liberty Belle Adam kept trying to come out again. I knew readers would love to find out more about him. Liberty Belle was the perfect place to tell more of Adam's story. In Liberty Belle, Bram has an encounter with Dully one Sunday night at a family dinner and this is what he says. 

Excerpt from Liberty Belle: 

I laid my hand on his shoulder, “Dully are you okay? You seem very, very down.”
He rocked a little on the bench as though that was supposed to be him nodding. He swiped at his nose and I realized my big brother was crying. “Dully, my God, what’s going on?” I asked, and dropped to one knee next to him.
He rested his head in his palm and closed his eyes. “I think I’m having a mental breakdown or something,” he tried to joke. “I can’t get this student out of my mind, or my heart, and it’s killing me slowly. I can’t sleep, and I can’t even look at my babies without wanting to cry. I come to Sunday dinner and look around the table at my wonderful family, and I can’t stop the tears. All I can think about is how sad he must be right now. I don’t know why this is happening to me. I’ve never been this way with my students.” 

The student he is worried about is Adam McGregory. As the book goes on we learn more about the place Adam is in, no longer a 10 year old boy, he's now 16 and he's facing a very lonely life. Well, anyone who knows the Alexanders knows that's just not going to happen. I love Adam and the positivity he brings to the book. He is always high-fiving someone for their awesomeness, he loves being Swiper to Sunny's Dora, and he adores Snow and little Jo-Jo. More than that though, for the first time in his life, he gets to experience having a dad, and I defy anyone to tell me that Adam doesn't add depth and enjoyment to the town of Snowberry. There is SO much more to Adam's story, and you will see him again in the next book for Halloween, but I will let the reader discover how that will come about when they read Liberty Belle. :) 




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About The Author

Katie Mettner writes inspirational romance from a little house in the Northwoods
of Wisconsin. She's the author of the four part epic family saga, The Sugar Series, Sugar's Song being runner up for sweet romance in the eFestival of Words contest. Her other romance series, The Northern Lights Series and the Snowberry Holiday Series, are both set in Minnesota and are a mix of new adult and romantic suspense. Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. Together they share their lives with their three children and two leopard geckos. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar's Dance. With the release of Sugar's story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines! Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

Friday, May 1, 2015

PROMO Liberty by Kim Iverson Headlee


They hailed her “Liberty,” but she was free only to obey—or die.
Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Belong to the Night - Bridget Blackwood/Wanton Wednesday



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Humans can’t be made into Vampires. 
Elisavet Katsaros defied this belief by becoming the first human turned vampire in over three hundred years. Her transformation was an accident, but there’s no going back now. As an agent with the Interspecies Relations board, she’s better equipped than most to navigate the political world run by The Regis, Manias Artorias. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tombstones and Tiaras - Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller and Tonya Kappes

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Shifters, sorcerers, witches and wizards, ghost whispers, angels, demons, fairies, and more are in this once in a lifetime box set. from bestselling and award-winning paranormal mystery authors, Angie Fox, Ann Charles, Christiana Miller, and Tonya Kappes. Escape into a world of magic, mischief, danger, and evil along with some romance starting with:

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vote for Broken Embrace by Dana Mason


Today's book spotlight is on Broken Embrace by Dana Mason! Broken Embrace is part of the Embrace Series of romantic suspense. It is up for a RONE Award on InD'Tale Magazine. 







The Past…

As childhood sweethearts, Brian and Melissa's plans were simple: finish school, get married, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life didn’t go as planned. Melissa went away to college, and Brian married her best friend.

The Present…

Seventeen years have passed and Brian's stable family life has come crashing down around him. His wife’s a cheater, his teenage daughter is hiding things from him and Melissa is back in town to remind him of what he lost all those years ago.

Melissa’s returned home, ready to forgive and focus on her future, but that all changes the day she gets a desperate phone call from Brian’s daughter, Erin. Thrown back into Brian’s tumultuous life, Melissa struggles to move beyond the pain of his broken promise.

The Future…

While working together to save Erin from the evil web she’s caught in, Melissa and Brian fight to fix the past or face losing each other all over again.


Broken Embrace links:
My Review
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Brian stood with one hand on his daughter’s shoulder and one on his son’s, looking out over Erin’s bowed head. He felt like he’d been thrown back in time, back to a day he would never forget.
Their blond heads perfectly matched as they tilted toward each other in an iron embrace. He remembered the day like it was yesterday, the picture clear as the bright blue sky above. He knew right then—with every breath—he loved Melissa. Who gets this stuff at eight years old? He would’ve laughed at the idea if he had the energy. Who the hell understands what love is at eight? It didn’t make sense, but he couldn’t deny it.
Watching Melissa and Ali cry over their father’s coffin twenty-six years ago was so like today. There they stood, holding each other again, Ali’s hand reached out to Johnny’s, but her arm around Melissa, their heads together, crying all over again. He remembered how hard it had been for them both. He wanted to cry, too, and he did, for Ali and for Melissa. It hurt him in his soul to see the pain and tears in her eyes.
He looked again at Julie’s shining coffin glinting in the bright sun and wanted to kick himself for thinking about Melissa on this day, the very day he had to put his wife in the ground. If Julie could hear his thoughts, she would hate him. Ironically enough, so would Melissa. Melissa would never respect him, not after what he’d done to her, especially if she knew what he was thinking about now. 
How did we get here? How did so many things change since that day? Nothing had turned out the way he’d planned. Back then, and for years after, his future was sure. He never doubted where life would lead him. But how could he regret? How could he—as he stood there with his kids—regret his family? Regret his life to this point? Regret Julie? No, he didn’t, of course not, but regret Melissa? Yes, he regretted losing Melissa. He loved Erin and Cody with his whole heart. He’d loved Julie, too, but Melissa was different. He couldn’t explain it, just different than Julie. Melissa held a part of his soul. To this day, she still gripped it in her hands. That part of him had been missing the day he’d proposed to Julie, and every day since then. 
Melissa will always have it, even after she marries that jerk-off from Berkeley. Even then, she’ll still own a part of him. His stomach lurched at the thought of her with him, that puny, little clone with no heart or passion. Melissa was full of piss and vinegar, how long would it take this jerk to squash that out of her.
Is this what it felt like to Melissa? Had she felt this sinking, overwhelming sickness when she’d found out about him and Julie? Had she been living with it for all these years? Had her love for him been equal to his for her? He couldn’t remember if he’d ever told her how much he loved her. Did she know? Did that make everything harder for her? Did Julie understand how much he loved her? It’s too late to fix that—she’s gone—Jules is gone. Julie is dead! Did she understand how important she was to him? Even after the hateful things he’d said, he still loved her, and now she was gone.




+Dana Mason  is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic

suspense, Embrace Series, she's written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy...but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She's also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.


Dana Mason author links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danamason06 or @danamason06





Other Books by Dana Mason




Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life--alone.

Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. When she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well.

Eight years later, she's settled back in her hometown and less fearful then she's ever been in her life. She's a first grade teacher, and with few friends and less family around, she has what she wants, a quiet life under the radar where she can be free of her past and live quietly. Until one night and one brutal act of violence changes everything. 


Injured and afraid, Sarah wants to run again, but Mark Summors refuses to let her go.

Mark was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He married his high school sweetheart and never questioned his life, until he found his wife with another man. Now divorced, he wants something more. He's passionate about his job, he wants to protect people, and he devotes his life to it. This time he's protecting more than just another client, he's protecting his future; at least, Sarah Jennings will be his future, once he convinces her she loves him.

When Sarah agrees to let Mark help, she doesn't anticipate just how important of a role he'll play in her future or how the violence in her past will come back to threaten them both.









A second divorce and a new baby wasn't the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what's left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his charming smile and country-boy accent, she's not interested. She doesn't need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk.

Johnny Rhay doesn't believe in love at first sight, but after a one-night stand in paradise with Ali, he can't get her out of his head. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he's determined to make Ali his, even if it means moving to California. Ali's not easy, and she's living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn't care. He's up for the challenge. At least, he believes he's up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose.

When Ali's faced with her worst nightmare, Johnny is the only person who can pull her out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.

Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Promo: Passion & Danger 10 Tantalizing Tales

Authors: +Alexa Grace  , +Toby Neal , +Kristine Cayne , Dana Delemar, +Kim Hornsby author  , +Alicia Dean  , Pat White , +Lori Leger  , Diana Lane,  Christine M. Fairchild


Portion of Proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
** USA TODAY, AMAZON ROMANCE, and SUSPENSE/MYSTERY/THRILLER BEST-SELLING AUTHORS
** Ten award-winning, best-selling, full-length Romantic/Suspense novels with over 4,000 4- to 5-star Amazon reviews!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blue Streak - Jules Barnard Blog Tour




Blue Streak
by Jules Barnard
The Blue Series #4

Publication Date: April 20, 2015 
Also in this series: True Blue 
Genres: ContemporaryNew AdultRomance 

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He’s hiding a secret. She won’t settle for less.

Nessa Villanueva is tired of watching Zach Elliott go through women, while keeping her strictly in the friend zone. What Nessa doesn’t know is that Zach secretly puts her on a pedestal.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Art of Losing Yourself: A Novel - Katie Ganshert


Kindle
Nook
Christian Romance
Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Monday, April 20, 2015

That's A Lie - Victoria Klahr Blog Tour

CLP Blog Tours
Victoria Klahr will be on tour April 20-27 with her novel That's a Lie 

Seth is back. When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more… Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that’s been growing since Seth came back. Do I even deserve to be loved? “I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.” I came back for Josie. I knew I’d have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more. I’m willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It’s a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me. So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it. Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the tour stops!

That's a Lie is a very fascinating story.  Josie has been through hell and back and dealing with several aftermaths in her life.  Seth her lifelong BFF is back and the push and shove between them and their potential relationship can drive you mad.  Seth is all in ready for the long haul.  He's protective, sweet and romantic whether he realizes it or not.  From beginning to end I was wrapped up in Seth and Josie's story rooting for the couple to make it though.
You don't have to read the first story to read this one but having not read the first one before I would highly recommend it.
I will say that this is an extremely explicit book compared to what I normally review.  I almost feel there should be a warning with the blurb.

I give That's a Lie...

4 Baskets




Author Bio: Victoria Klahr (pronounced “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and daughter to pieces. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. When she’s not daydreaming about book boyfriends and fantasizing about being a badass heroine like Rose Hathaway, she’s busy doing schoolwork for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and writing the stories that speak to her in her head. She loves peanut butter with Oreos, good friends, amazing gossip, driving in the middle of merge lanes, comedies, crude humor, pretending like she can dance, pretending like she can kick major ass, and a really, really good laugh.

  Social Media Links: victoriaklahrauthor@gmail.com www.facebook.com/victoriaklahrauthor https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7304003.Victoria_Klahr http://victoriaklahrwrites.blogspot.com/ 
  Find the Book! Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U05YLOG Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thats-a-lie-victoria-klahr/1121281421?ean=9781620156421 GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25022738-that-s-a-lie
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Roanoke Author Invasion FUN! #RAI15

I've been sharing the authors coming to #RoanokeAuthorInvasion for a few weeks, right?
Let me tell you it was AMAZING.  One of my best weekends ever.
In a matter of 24-36 hours I got to meet 30 wonderful authors.
They were all super nice and I barely fangirled.
I did good with all but one.  Wendy Higgins caught me by complete surprise on Saturday morning.
So, yes I fangirled for all of a minute or so.
Wendy and I after the event.

LOL  I hope I was as composed as I thought the rest of the time.
Did I buy every book I wanted?  No...alas, I couldn't.
However I made out like a bandit and will just buy the rest next year!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lowcountry Boneyard - Susan M. Boyer Blog Tour

Susan M Boyer will be on tour April 13-May 11 
with her novel Lowcountry Boneyard


CLP Blog Tours

Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.
Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the tour stops!

Lowcountry Boneyard is an interesting mystery that slowly pulls you in. With quirky characters and deep south family secrets this is a fun read.  Liz and Nate are partners in business and together in life. They are able to figure out the clues left that the police missed. Colleen her bff on the other side is her cohort in all things and is the comic relief in the story. Lowcountry Boneyard is heart pounding race to find the killer before he/she finds Liz.
I give Lowcountry Boneyard...

4 baskets






 Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was released April 21, 2015. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. Susan lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants. Connect with Susan! Website: http://www.susanmboyerbooks.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/Susanmboyerbooks Twitter: https://twitter.com/susanmboyer Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/SusanMBoyer Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/SusanMBoyer 

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