October 31, 2017

BREATHLESS by Leigh Lavalle {Giveaway/Playlist}

Leigh LaValle
(Yoga in the City, #1)
Publication date: May 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author…
After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She’s sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation–and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can’t talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn’t fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in. He doesn’t expect that while she’s healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds…and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.

Hailee Seinfeld & Grey   -Starving 
Lord Huron      -The Night We Met
Lord Huron     -She Lit A Fire
Lord Huron    -La Belle Sauvage
Niall Horan     -Slow Hands 
Fleetwood Mac  -Landslide
Mumford and Sons - I will wait for you
The Weekend –Earned it
Adele- Rolling in the Deep
The Cure- Picture of You

Leigh LaValle is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Montana with her family. When she is not chasing kids, bemoaning the laundry, or carving out time to do yoga, she is sneaking away to write. She would rather read than sleep, and cannot imagine a better job than writing romance. She is also a certified yoga teacher, but is not nearly as flexible as she once was.

Awards and Nominations
RT Book Reviews 4 stars…..TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews….Nominated BEST HISTORICAL The Romance Reviews….Nominated for Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award…Nominated Best Historical Romancing Rakes


Cover Reveal: BENEATH THE LIGHTHOUSE by Julieanne Lynch

Beneath the Lighthouse 
Julieanne Lynch
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.
When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.
Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.

Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy and contemporary fiction for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on novels full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
Julieanne is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management, and is both traditionally and independently published.


October 27, 2017

MARKED BEAUTY by SA Larsen {Guest Post/Giveaway}

Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
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Why You’ll Love This Book
by S.A. Larsen

This book is a fighter. Probably got some of that from me, but who knows. When it comes down to it, most of us are fighters. We all have scars or things that bother us, and we either let them bind us or we push past them and become something more. This is Marked Beauty. It’s about moving forward despite fear, the unknown, and the struggle to trust, not only in others, but in ourselves. I believe you’ll appreciate this. There’s a piece of each of us or someone we know between these pages.

The story explores everyday life themes such as family, the future, self-acceptance, and love. And even though the story is layered with fantasy and paranormal elements, it’s grounded in reality. Ana’s a real girl, who loves to play ice hockey, drink green tea, and watch scary movies with her self-appointed big brother Josh. And, yes, Josh is swoon-worthy; at least according to some of the reviewers so far. But this tale is also about unraveling the mystery of what lies beneath the surface. How much do you trust your observations and how much do you discard? There’s dark mythology presented through an ancient curse that’s steeped in real history and a few eerie characters that amp up the conflict and deepen the danger.

In total contrast to that and although private, the story is set at a high school where students have average everyday concerns about homework and the next weekend party. It’s relatable, like you could step onto a page and stroll along with the characters, sitting in the game room at the Chalet or eating a juicy burger at McGregor’s. And of course there’s romance. But I believe what will appeal to readers most is that it’s not sweet and endearing. It’s dark and edgy, with two people searching for some light in their worlds, yet terrified to find it. But their road is not an easy one for either. It’s heartening to read as both work through fears, doubts, and struggle to overcome the disappointments life has handed them in the past. This is a tale about letting go to trust others and about learning to accept help, kindness, and ultimately love from another – another who might be even more damaged them you. I think it’s a truth we all can relate to in some area of our lives. And like Ana and Viktor’s blooming relationship, the world I’ve created for this story is ever-changing and nowhere near completed.
Ultimately, you’ll love this book because on some level it’s you and it’s me with a little dreamer mixed in.

What better way to celebrate a book birthday then by a giveaway! There are many ways to enter, which you'll find below. You can win an iTunes, Amazon, or Starbucks gift card, an authentic Vera Bradley Little Crossbody in Cobalt Tile, an assortment of bookish swag, and even a KINDLE Fire HD 7"! The giveaway runs from release day, October 17, 2017 to December 5, 2017. Winners will be announced via social media December 7, 2017.

*No purchase necessary to win*
However, if you have read Marked Beauty or purchase it and read you can earn extra entries by posting a review on any major online retail bookstore and Goodreads! All the information you'll need is in the form below.
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Writers who enter can WIN a first five pages critique!

S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens.

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October 26, 2017

5*Review: UNDER DIFFERENT STARS by Amy A. Bartol

Title: Under Different Stars

Author: Amy A. Bartol

Source: paperback


Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

My take…

This is one of those books that I got only because of the cover. It is so unbelievably gorgeous!! Well, that and the fact that everyone who read it, loved it. That was 2 years ago. Fast forward to this past weekend. I grabbed it off my bookshelf and took it with me on our vacation so I could have something to read that wouldn’t require me using my phone and battery.

There was so much that I loved about this book. I will start first with the characters. Namely Trey. Trey was one of those that you meet at the start and you are not quite sure how he will end up truly being: alpha male, caveman, softy, gentleman? Yes to all of those. He was the perfect mixture. And I absolutely loved him. Here I am nearly 24 hrs later and cannot get my mind off him and this book.

Kyon’s fists clinch before he says, “Touch her, and I will make sure that not even your soul will survive.”
“If I touch her, she’ll have my soul,” Trey replies.

Kricket is one of my most favorite MC’s ever. She isn’t weak, but she isn’t so independent you want to roll your eyes because she so overly annoying and in your face. I loved her attitude and her witty humor. She was kind, yet fierce. She was bold, yet lovely. She is the kind of female lead I could forever read about.

“Your naïveté is so attractive,” Kyon says with a slow smile. “Try to hold on to it.”
My eyes narrow. “Your single-mindedness is creepy,” I counter, clenching my fists. “Try to lose it.”

UNDER DIFFERENT STARS was beautifully written and told to perfection. I adored the jest that was had in all the right scenes, breaking certain tensions. I was smitten with the build up of a romance that just may be one of my all time favorites to ever read about. I reveled in the story that Bartol created and love the world she gave us. A world we could see become reality before our very eyes just through her words and imagination. I cannot wait to dig deeper into this series. 5 Intriguing Stars!

October 25, 2017

PreOrder: CHASING CHRISTMAS by Shanna Hatfield #Excerpt

Title: Chasing Christmas
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publication Date: Nov. 9th, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

He certainly didn't ask Santa for a bride. . .

   Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world by a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. 
 Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.
   Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.
   A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?

   Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

 Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

 Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

Chase ran a nervous hand across the back of his neck then removed his hat, giving the idea some thought before he looked to Ashley again. “You absolutely promise I will not have any grief, headaches, annoyances, or frustration from this? The winner will understand, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she gets one kiss at the phony ceremony and maybe one when we go our separate ways later. Nothing more. I don’t want some demented girl trying to rip my clothes off in the limo.”

 “I promise no one will assault or seduce you.” Ashley gave him a knowing look. “If that’s what you want.”

 “Darn tootin’ it is.” Chase gave her another measured look. “You vow on your honor it will only be one day out of my life I’ll never be able to reclaim?”

 Ashley nodded. “That’s right, cuz. Even you can suck it up for a few hours and treat the winner like a queen in trade for all the great publicity this is going to generate.”