Sunday, November 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of You're the One I Don't Want by Carrie Aarons

Author: Carrie Aarons
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: November 2018

Love is weakness.

Which is why Annabelle Mills vowed a long time ago to never let it destruct her. A former pageant queen with a bite equally as lethal as her bark, she’s interning at her dream job on the set of the highest-rated home design show on television. Everything in Annabelle’s life, though it may be cold and isolated, is going exactly as she always planned.

Until her ex-high school sweetheart moves to town. The same boy that she cheated on, once upon a time, essentially breaking both of their hearts. But no one knows the full story, and being vulnerable enough to open up about it is not on Annabelle’s checklist.

Hate is fuel.

The kind that courses through Boone Graham’s veins and allows him to shut out everyone around him. As the hottest rookie on Austin’s professional baseball team, he should be spending his days hitting homeruns and signing jerseys. Except he’s seen dreams ripped right out from under those closest to him, leaving them with nothing.

Without a college degree, he’ll never take the risk of pursuing his real dream. But when he runs into the girl who took a mallet to his heart and stopped it beating, attending the same university might just be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.

As the semester unfolds, the line between love and hate is blurred. And with the amount of baggage stacked between them, together is the last thing they want to be.

That’s the thing about hearts, though. They develop plans all on their own.

My thoughts:

You're the One I Don't Want is a second chance romance featuring Annabelle and Boone.  Annabelle broke Boone's heart in high school.  Now they are living in the same city and fate keeps throwing them together.  Their happiness depends on them being able to heal the hurts from the past.

I have some mixed feelings about this book.  I love second chance romances.  However, I initially had a hard time liking this one.  I found Boone and Annabelle really angry toward each other. So, I had a hard time buying into the attraction.  I'm not a fan of angry sex scenes in general.  Once Annabelle finally apologized for what she did in high school, their relationship made more sense.  As adults, they were able to get to know each other better and actually talk.  In the end, I had a sense that their communication skills would improve over time.  Boone was my favorite out of the couple. I had to admire his willingness to forgive.  Annabelle had the most growth by the end of the book and I applauded her decisions in the end.

There were a couple issues that I had with details of the story.  Annabelle and her friends are all underage, yet they kept getting served in bars and restaurants.  Maybe it's the mom in me, but that really bothered me.  I also didn't like how Annabelle disregarded Boone's choice to not consume alcohol and talked him into sharing a bottle of wine with her.  I found that disrespectful and dismissive of his reasons for staying sober.  But, those are my issues with the story.   I would recommend giving this one a shot.  It worked well as a stand alone, even though characters from the first book showed up.  I didn't feel like I missed anything by not reading the first one.

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About the author:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of Blushing Kisses by Nazarea Andrews

Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: November 2018

You are cordially invited…
River City is a town full of secrets and family and love. Like any small town, they come together to celebrate their own. 
To the wedding…
For one weekend, all eyes are on the town’s favorite couple. As their friends and family gather around them, new love is found, and some people muddle through their own complicated happily ever after. 
Of Dempsey Jones & Taite Riddley… 
Return to River City one last time, and for one weekend look into the lives of some of familiar--and new--characters, and see how their happily ever after ends… 

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Enjoy this excerpt:

She closes her eyes as he carefully puts everything away, then he shifts, lifting her and settling her in his lap. He does this, sometimes. A lot, actually.

They have very few boundaries. Between their friendship and the hours they spend working together, Lola spends more time with Tiny than almost anyone, and sometimes—when he’s carelessly affectionate, drawing her into him on the couch when she’s half-asleep, when he carries her to the breakroom for sleep and makes her favorite on his nights to cook at the station, the way he always seems to be looking after her—it makes it very hard to remember that they’re friends, that Tiny doesn’t see her as anything more than the tomboy Dempsey befriended that never did go away.
She’s ok with that, with being the tomboy sidekick. She knows Dempsey and Tiny and even Cal adore her, knows she has a place in their little group—and she’s ok with that place being the one of the guys' friends.
Sometimes, though, moments like this when his hand strokes broad and warm protectively over her back and his chin nudges into her hair, and she feels small and sheltered—moments like this, she hates it. It’s hard to remember her boundaries, and what she isn’t, when he holds her like she’s precious.
“You ok, Lo?” he murmurs.
She nods against his chest. “We should go back,” she mumbles.
“Take your time. They’re not gonna miss us.”
We’re half the groomsmen, Tiny. They’re gonna miss us.”
He laughs this soft huff that makes her belly squirm. Everyone says that Tiny is quiet—that he doesn’t talk, that he’s closed off.
And she knows a lot of it is just that she’s been friends with him for so long that she’s slipped past that silence and reticence, but she sees him, with Dempsey and Cal, with their other friends, where he’s content to be quiet and observe.
He’s talkative with her—laughs with her, his placid calm mask cracking to reveal the wide smile that’s sarcastic, warm, genuine, and soft.
She wants to believe that means something.
She knows she needs to get up and get some distance because the wedding and the hand still sweeping over her back is fucking with her head.
“You ready?” she asks, shifting away. His arms tighten for a moment, steadying her before he releases her entirely and Lola scrambles out of his lap.
Tiny is watching her, eyes dark and patient as he nods, standing. “Yeah, I’m ready. Let’s go.” 

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FIREBALL (River Street Bar, #1)

RUSTY NAIL (River Street Bar, #2) 

SLOE SCREW (River Street Bar, #3)

WHISKEY SOUR (River Street Bar, #4)

Author Bio:

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Spotlight: Excerpt of Feels Like Falling by Elle Keating

From author Elle Keating comes FEELS LIKE FALLING, the next installment in her Dangerous Love series. Peyton Matthews doesn’t want anyone to find the chinks in her armor, and Luke McGinnis fights hard to keep his ugly past buried. While they are drawn to each other, chemistry is not what’s bringing them together. Fans of UGLY LOVE by Coleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, and EASY by Tammara Webber will devour this dark and emotional romance.

Title:  Feels Like Falling
Author: Elle Keating
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Dangerous Love #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance


Luke McGinnis is the responsible, quiet older brother. The loving son who enjoys working side-by-side with his father at the winery they co-own. At twenty-nine years old, Luke is a success story, the rags-to-riches kind. That’s what people see. Not the ugly past he fights to keep buried... a past that keeps him from really living.

Peyton Matthews is a household name. As a model, her face has been on the covers of countless magazines and she now has more money than she will ever know what to do with. But that smile she flashes for the photographers and the media is just an illusion. That pretty package everyone envies has been her armor, her protection, and she doesn’t want anyone to find a chink in it... especially not the winery owner who looks at her like he knows the dark secrets she keeps.

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Peyton looked back at the bar, but Luke was nowhere to be found. Pissed, she continued her trek to the bathrooms anyway and was just about to enter the door marked MNA when someone grabbed her hand and pulled her down a hallway and into some back room which housed a pay phone and a rack full of coats. Like the rest of the tavern, the lighting wasn’t great, but she was able to focus on the man who still gripped her hand and stared at her like he was either going to yell at her or take her against the wall in the most primal of ways.
“What are you doing here?” she asked.
“Who is he?” Luke asked through gritted teeth.
It pissed her off that he completely ignored her question and asked her one instead, one that truly left her perplexed. “Who are you talking about?”
“The man who felt it was okay to touch you here.” He released her hand, but she instantly felt his fingertips at the small of her back.
The heat of his touch made her anger fade, at least for the time being and she said, “He’s a friend of Walt’s.”
“Are you leaving with him?” His eyes darkened and he drew closer. His hand fell away from the small of her back, which thankfully broke the trance her body seemed to be under and her fury was reignited.
Who the hell did he think he was? She didn’t owe him anything. Not even responses to questions that made her hot and furious at the same time.
“Did you follow me here?” she asked. Her voice shook a little, but it was better than submitting to his questions.
“Yes. Now, are you going home with him?”
“Do you have any idea how messed up that is? That you fucking followed me…again?”
His jaw clenched and he looked away. Peyton was prepared to continue, to lay into him and tell him that he was a stalker and could go to hell, but then he glanced back at her and she saw the shame in his eyes. “Yeah…it is fucked up. I’m…fucked up,” he said.
She wasn’t even going to try to pretend that his words didn’t shock her. He knew what he was doing wasn’t normal. That he wasn’t normal. Luke roughly raked a hand through his hair as he paced the small coatroom. He reminded her of a caged animal, one that was anxious and willing to chew through the bars to get free. Shame, worry, pain, fear, confusion. He seemed consumed by each emotion all at once and all she could do was watch him suffer. What happened to him? Why did he look so…broken?
Before she could ask, Luke shook his head, told her he was sorry and left.

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About Elle Keating:

Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.

When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Spotlight: T.A. by Jamie Begley

Fans of motorcycle romance will love the story of T.A. When she goes looking for Mr. Available, she finds something unexpected. Dalton Andrews was a man looking for someone to get his kids off his back. He never expected her.

Out December 4th – T.A. by Jamie Begley

Title: T.A.
Series: Biker Bitches

Author: Jamie Begley
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Cuffing season was supposed to be about finding a hook-up to keep her warm during the cold Kentucky winter nights. T.A. wasn’t looking for Mr. Right; she just wanted Mr. Available. 

That was before she met Dalton Andrews. The widower was nursing a broken heart, and the only thing he wanted was a woman to take his grown kids’ minds off worrying about him. 

It was supposed to be a trade-off—he would keep her warm and toasty during the nights, and she would put up a smokescreen in front of his kids during the days. It was a win-win situation.
That was until the famous actor decided he wanted out of the deal and Mr. Available was a no-show during the biggest snowstorm of the year.

Poor schmuck didn’t realize that all the drama he had experienced in Tinseltown was nothing compared to dealing with this bitch.

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Author Bio:

I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I've always loved to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children, my daughter is also an author, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.

You can also visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Apollo to the Moon by Teasel Muir-Harmony

Author: Teasel Muir-Harmony
Publisher: National Geographic
Date of publication: October 2018

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon, this narrative uses 50 key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives to tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program.
Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century’s most important space endeavor: NASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and an emergency oxygen mask to space food and moon rocks, it’s a carefully curated array of objects–complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.
This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world’s capabilities for space travel, and revolutionized our sense of humanity’s place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.
Apollo to the Moon is a unique look at the history of the NASA Apollo missions that ultimately led to The United States sending the first man to the moon.  I will admit to not reading this book cover to cover.  However, it's not really a book that is meant to be read like that.  It's more of a book to be browsed and savored.  There is a lot to take in, so on my first pass through the book, I browsed the pictures and stopped to read the corresponding passages of the objects that looked interesting to me.  
This book is filled with beautiful photos related to 50 artifacts left over from  NASA's Apollo program.  The author's hope is that by seeing the artifacts, the reader will be able to get more of a sense of what it was like to be there.  One of the most interesting objects that I found was the Data Acquisition Camera from Apollo 11.  It recorded the descent onto the moon as well as the key moments outside of the Eagle. What I loved about this is that it was meant to stay on the moon.  Only the film from the camera was supposed to make the trip back home.  Instead, Neil Armstrong smuggled it back to earth in a bag he nicknamed the "McDivitt purse".  It was found in a closet by Armstrong's wife after he died.  How cool is that?  That is just one of the little tidbits you will find among the pages of this volume. I definitely recommend this one to anyone really, but especially those who are into anything NASA.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Author: Matt Goldman
Publisher: Forge Books
Date of publication: August 2017

Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private-eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcée Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie's cell-phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family - but could she be guilty of murder?

Gone to Dust is another recent audio-book that I listened knowing very little about it going in.  The story follows private investigator, Nils Shapiro who is hired by the police department ti help solve the murder of Maggie Somerville.  The scene is odd because it is covered in dust from several vacuum cleaner bags.  

I enjoyed the mystery.  I was definitely kept guessing as there are a few red herrings and false paths.  So, I was surprised in the end at the reveal.  More than the mystery, I really like Nils's character.  He was really interesting and very smart. I enjoyed his no-nonsense wit and  quick ability to throw out funny barbs to enemies and friends.  He came across as genuine; not a PI cliche.  He is definitely a character I would want to read about more int he future.  If you are looking for a good solid PI mystery, I do recommend this one.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Author: Adele Parks
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: February 2019

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.
This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

Excerpt #9

A small part of me would like to meet her for a drink. I’m not sure which force is driving me the most. Curiosity or kind­ness. It doesn’t matter, because I don’t live in London. Funny that she should think I do. She clearly hasn’t read my Facebook profile in any detail.

I’m based in Wolvney, on a housing estate that’s sprouted up halfway between Coventry, where my parents live, and Northampton, where Ben works. I suppose it’s not entirely out of the question that I go to London to see her for an afternoon. It’s only just over an hour on the train. We sometimes take the kids there for a daytrip at the weekend but we tend to only do so for a special occasion. The last time we went was to see Matilda the musical. It was Imogen’s birthday. We all loved it, even Liam. Bless him. It would take a bit of organisation to hoof down there on my own but I’m sure Ben wouldn’t mind hold­ing the fort up here if it was something I really wanted to do.
But is it?
It’s been a long time. Too long? Long enough? I don’t know.
Suddenly I have a better idea. Or is it a worse one?
I could invite Abi to come and see me here in Wolvney. That way she’d meet the kids and Ben. I’ve never had the urge for her to meet my family before, quite the opposite, but now she’s made this move, and under these circumstances, it seems the right thing to do.
She probably won’t accept anyway. I can’t imagine her com­ing all this way out of London. Not that it’s far but there are certain types that think anywhere out of zone three is abroad. Is she that type? I won’t know unless I invite her.
Before I change my mind, I draft a quick email back to her.

Hello, Abi,

Wow, it’s so lovely to hear from you, although I’m sorry it’s under such awful circumstances.
I would love to meet up. Actually, I don’t live in London, I live in Wolvney, urban sprawl outside Northampton. It’s just a zip on the train. It can take as little as 51 minutes if you get the fast train, no changes. I was wondering, would you like to come here? You could meet my family. I could pick you up from the station or you could get a taxi—there are always plenty available. You could come for the day or stay for a weekend. Well, whatever works, stay as long as you like!

Love, Mel

I read through my message once and wince at the slightly needy, girlish tone I fear it strikes. I feel disloyal referring to Wolvney as urban sprawl; it makes it sound much worse than it is. It is in fact a very well thought through, quite attractive housing estate, a mile from a pretty village. I guess its biggest crime is that it’s ordinary.
I find a certain comfort in conforming; an unplanned teen­age pregnancy can do that to you. Our house was built ten years ago and is identical to seven others in our street; a four-bedroom (well, three and a box room) semi-detached, its best feature the quite spacious walk-through kitchen diner. Still, I like to think it has warmth and integrity.
However, for some reason, I feel I need to undersell it so that when she sees it, she’s more likely to be pleasantly surprised. If she ever sees it. Also, do I sound desperate? All that detail about the travel arrangements. Possibly, saying “stay as long as you like” is a bit over the top. A bit keen. I hope she doesn’t think I’ve turned into the sort of person who is being particularly nice because she’s famous now. I’m really not. I’m being par­ticularly nice because she’s going through a difficult time. I’m not some nosy curtain-twitcher, desperate for the gory details on the death of her marriage.
I consider redrafting but don’t. I press Send without over­thinking the invite.
She probably won’t accept. After all, she is famous, I don’t doubt she has countless people she would rather stay with. More exciting people than me. Trendy, waiflike women, men with groomed beards and abs. Don’t get me wrong: I love my life, I adore my family and am proud of our home, our own little enclave, but when all’s said and done, we’re not especially in­teresting to anyone other than each other. We like it that way.

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 About Adele Parks

Adele Parks one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK. She has sold over 3 million books and her work has been translated into 25 different languages.
1500+ 5 star reviews have kindly been written by her fans on 

She has published 15 novels in the past 15 years, all of which have been London Times Top Ten Bestsellers.

Adele was born in the North East of England, in 1969. She enjoyed a traditional 1970’s childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from university, where she studied English Language and Literature, she worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 Adele was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

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Wednesday, November 14th: Girls in Books
Thursday, November 15th: A Dream Within a Dream
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