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Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Guest post from Christine Rimmer, author of The Maverick Fakes a Bride!

We are excited to be a port of the End of Summer Blog Tour with Harlequin Books and TLC Book Tours! Each tour stop will feature a guest post from one of the authors below, plus a fun Rafflecopter giveaway. Be sure to follow along!

Today we have a guest post from Christine Rimmer, author of The Maverick Fakes a Bride

Author: Christine Rimmer
July 2017 Release
ISBN: 978-0373623563

 All the single ladies in Rust Creek Falls know Travis Dalton. And they all know the sexy, rascally rancher is not the marrying kind. So how is it that our town's most notorious bachelor has wound up engaged on a Western reality TV show? 



We here at the Gazette are pleased The Great Roundup has chosen our hometown heartbreaker as a contestant. And we are definitely rooting for Travis's unexpected union with childhood friend Brenna O'Reilly, the one girl we believe can keep this cowboy on his toes. But is it true this betrothal is strictly a fabrication for the cameras? Pass the popcorn, dear readers. We suspect this made-for-TV romance could be headed straight for a Hollywood happy ending!

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Guest Post:

HOW TO MAKE THE SUMMER LAST AND LAST…

It’s mid-August already.  Summer’s almost gone.  But I intend to make the most of every last ray of hot sun right up through Labor Day.  I read a lot in the summer, maybe even more than in other seasons.  There’s something about heat and sun and a good book: unbeatable.
Back in the day, I was a true sun-worshipper. My favorite summer pastime then was called “Laying Out”—meaning basking in the sun in a bikini or something equally skimpy.   Sunscreen?  Never heard of it.  I’m shocked now to admit I used to slather myself in baby oil and let the sun have its way with me as I got deliciously lost in the pages of a yummy beach read.
I lived in California’s central valley then. At every opportunity, I’d escape to the Sierras, where there is wondrous Laying Out to be had on the banks of the Yuba River. I’d lie on slate outcroppings or in stretches of silvery sand, with the long, sighing sounds of the wind in the evergreens and the constant hollow rushing of the river to keep me company. And I would read a juicy novel, one that would totally sweep me away.
A bikini, a beach towel, a bottle of baby oil, and a good book. The four B’s—oh, my yes. 
The years, as they tend to do, somehow have flown right past. Now, I am perhaps wiser. And definitely more cautious—and you will notice I didn’t say a word about “older.” Hah. I want to keep the wrinkles at a minimum. And avoiding melanoma is a must.
Yes, I still Lay Out. But now I do it wearing sunscreen on my covered deck, in the shade. I’m down to one “B”: a good book. And you know what? As long as I’ve got a book, I’m just fine. 
And about the book…?
Well, I’ve read some great ones this summer.  And now I’m trolling for more.  I’ve got some RaeAnne Thayne and the latest Susan Mallery.  And Jane Green’s The Sunshine Sisters, as well.  Can’t wait to dig into those. I don’t even miss the baby oil and the sun on my back when I’m caught up in a great story.
So here’s to extending the end of your summer to the last possible warm, sunny day and to stellar summer reading for all of you—and please.  Don’t forget the sunscreen. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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End of Summer Blog Tour TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 7th: Mama Reads – guest post from Cynthia Eden
Wednesday, August 9th: Smexy Books –  guest post from Gena Showalter
Friday, August 11th: Books a la Mode – guest post from Maureen Child
Saturday, Aug. 12th:Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: New York, Actually
Monday, August 14th: Reading Reality – guest post from Maisey Yates
Tuesday, August 15th: Reading is My SuperPower – review, Bounty Hunter
Wednesday, August 16th: Just Commonly – guest post from Patricia Davids
Thursday, August 17th: Reviews from the Heart – review, Their Pretend Amish Courtship
Friday, August 18th: From the TBR Pile – guest post from Christine Rimmer
Friday, August 18th: Just Commonly  – review, Bounty Hunter
Saturday, Aug. 19th:Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: Holiday in the Hamptons
Monday, August 21st: Bewitched Bookworms – guest post from Sarah Morgan
Tuesday, August 22nd: Just Commonly  – review, Their Pretend Amish Courtship
Tuesday, August 22nd: Reviews from the Heart – review, Bounty Hunter
Wednesday, August 23rd: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – guest post from Lynne Graham
Friday, August 25th: The Sassy Bookster – guest post from Lisa Childs
Friday, August 25th: Just Commonly  – review, New York, Actually
Monday, August 28th: Romancing the Readers – guest post from Rhenna Morgan
Monday, August 28th: Books and Bindings -review: New York, Actually
Tuesday, August 29th: Just Commonly  – review, Holiday in the Hamptons
Tuesday, August 29th:Books and Bindings – review, Holiday in the Hamptons
Wednesday, August 30th: Reading is My SuperPower – guest post from Lynette Eason
Wednesday, Aug. 12th:Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review: Can’t Hardly Breathe
Friday, September 1st: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – guest post from Annabeth Albert


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen

Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: HarelquinBooks 
Date of publication: June 27, 2017
Series: A Wrangler’s Creek Novel

Every town needs a bad boy, and Wrangler’s Creek’s has been gone far too long… 

Getting his high school girlfriend pregnant was just one square in Roman Granger’s checkered past, but it changed him forever. When his son’s mother skipped town after the birth, Roman decided to do the same, baby Tate in tow, hoping for a fresh start.

Now Roman fears his teenage son is following in his wayward footsteps, so he returns home to Wrangler’s Creek, aiming to set him straight. It’s there he encounters Tate’s cousin Mila Banchini, the good-girl opposite of Roman who’s had a crush on him since childhood. The old spark between them undeniably never died, though Roman worries it’ll only lead to heartache. But if falling for Mila is such a bad idea, why does everything about holding her feel so right?

Branded as Trouble is the third book in this series  While my least favorite of the series, I still enjoyed it.  This is Roman's story.  Mila is a friend and has been in love with Roman for years.  She is also over 30 and still a virgin.  She would love for Roman to be her first, but who knows if that will ever happen.  Roman's son Tate is going through a rough patch and moving back to the ranch he hates seems to be the best idea for the time being.

As I  said, this one wasn't my favorite,  I just didn't really feel the pull between Roman and Mila.  I mean, I was told it was there and the attraction was there, but I didn't really see Roman fall in love with her.  I think  there was just too much going on in the background with  Tate and his issues in school and his mother.  As well as Roman's mother, Belle, and her love life.  Not to mention Mila's mother dropping her revelation about Mila's father.  The story just felt too unfocused, so the love story was lost to me.

Despite all of that, I did love the humor in the book.  Belle is such a fun character because of her unpredictability.  I also loved to catch up with Sophie and Clay as well.  This is a fun series and I do recommend it.  I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.



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About Delores Fossen


USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.
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Delores Fossen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 17th: Books & Bindings
Wednesday, July 19th: Reading Lark After Dark
Friday, July 21st: Reading Reality
Tuesday, July 25th: Readaholic Zone – excerpt
Wednesday, July 26th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, August 1st: Becky on Books – excerpt

Wednesday, August 2nd: Book Nerd
Monday, August 7th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, August 9th: A Fortress of Books – excerpt
Monday, August 14th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, August 15th: Books and Spoons – excerpt
Thursday, August 17th: From the TBR Pile


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blog Tour:Spotlight of Before the Dawn by Cynthia Eden

Author: Cynthia Eden
Publisher: Harlequin Books 
Date of publication: August 1, 2017

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason’s final victim—Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous “Iceman.”

It’s Tucker’s up close and personal experience with evil that’s made him perfect for Samantha Dark’s experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother…and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question—has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?


“Suspenseful, sexy fare that keeps you turning pages until you reach the story’s conclusion.” –RT Book Reviews: on AFTER THE DARK
“Eden expertly twines terror and true love in her second Killer Instinct contemporary romantic thriller…. Eden employs countless red herrings, making it impossible to tell who the real killer is until the book’s end. This winning tale is a tightly plotted, expertly characterized adrenaline rush from start to finish.” –Publishers Weekly STARRED review on Before the Dawn by Cynthia Eden

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About Cynthia Eden


Cynthia Eden is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.
Cynthia writes dark tales of romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance novels. She is a three-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over seventy novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

Never miss a release from Cynthia Eden! Sign up for her newsletter HERE. You can also visit her Facebook page for her latest updates.
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Cynthia Eden’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, July 25th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, July 26th: Mama Reads -excerpt and review
Thursday, July 27th: Buried Under Romance
Thursday, July 27th: Deborah Blanchard
Monday, July 31st: A Fortress of Books
Wednesday, August 2nd: Snowdrop Dreams – excerpt
Thursday, August 3rd: Moonlight Rendezvous
Friday, August 4th: Reading Lark After Dark
Monday, August 7th: Staircase Wit
Wednesday, August 9th: Blogging with A
Thursday, August 10th: Book Nerd
Friday, August 11th: Readaholic Zone – excerpt
Monday, August 14th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, August 16th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, August 16th: Becky on Books
Friday, August 18th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, August 21st: Books and Spoons – excerpt
Monday, August 21st: Jathan & Heather
Tuesday, August 29th: Romancing the Readers


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spotlight Tour: Murder Is Academic & Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson


Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: October 2012
Number of Pages: 194
ISBN: 1932325239 (ISBN13: 9781932325232)
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #2

Purchase Links: Amazon ๐Ÿ”— | Barnes & Noble ๐Ÿ”— | Smashwords ๐Ÿ”— | Goodreads ๐Ÿ”—

A finalist for the Anthony Award

Vietnam, assassinations and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.

"MURDER IS ACADEMIC treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape true violations of person, mind, and body–– and presents a cogent caesar for the inviolability both of persons and truth."–– The Armchair Detective

"Murder is Academic" by P.M. Carlson The Maggie Ryan Series #2


Read an excerpt:

Near an upstate New York university, June 1968.
She was dead now, no more threat. The murderer pushed aside the long dark hair and, very carefully, cut the triangle into the young cheek. Done. Now, walk to the car calmly, get in. Back to the highway, driving coolly, back in control again.
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The Christian conquerors teach that days don’t begin until midnight. The Maya know that it takes longer to hand over the burdens of time, and that the influence of the incoming god may begin at sunset. The day known as Monday, June 17, to those who count by the Gregorian calendar was pleasantly breezy, as befitted the Ixil 9 Iiq; but shortly after sunset it became one of the most tragic of Mary Beth’s life. A Mayan traditionalist might have attributed the change to the coming of that doubly unlucky day, 10 Aqbal.
But it had all begun quite cheerfully.
Maggie had borrowed Sue’s backpack in case Nick needed one for the picnic, and had packed her own and Mary Beth’s with the camp stove and the food. She hummed lightheartedly as she worked.
“You’re happy to see him, aren’t you?” Mary Beth had said, tightening the top of the salad dressing jar.
“Yes, but that’s only part of it,” Maggie had confessed. “It’s just good to know that’s behind me. It was a very bad time, and Nick was there. But I can see him now and just enjoy the friendship. The bad memories are there, way in the background, but the good ones are too. It doesn’t hurt anymore. It hurt quite a lot for a while.”
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Excerpt from Murder Is Academic by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.
 

Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: The Mystery Company / Crum Creek Press
Publication Date: May 28th 2013
Number of Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781932325270
Series: Maggie Ryan and Nick O'Connor #3

It’s 1969, in a brain research lab. The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge. Then the custodian is murdered. Maggie’s friend, actor Nick O'Connor, goes undercover to investigate, help that Maggie does not appreciate– or does she? While Nick and Maggie search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a Vietnam veteran with a brain injury.

"P.M. Carlson's energetic and insightful novels are back in print — hallelujah!"–– Sara Paretsky

Read an excerpt:

Neurology grad student Monica Bauer helps out at nursing home, 1969.
She waited. He could not summon words at will, except for the overpractised early ones–– hello, good-bye, okay. They both waited for the disconnected words to drift through his mind, waited for him to recognize the right one as it happened by.
After a while he said, "Buzzing. In, in, what is it? Not nose, not eyes."
"Buzzing in your ears?"
"Ears. Okay. In my ears."
"Does it hurt?"
"No, except . . ." Long pause. "Sometimes."
"Sometimes your head hurts."
"Yes, sometimes. Always . . . buzzing." He leaned back, tired.
"Shall we sing a little?"
"Okay."
He couldn't remember words, but melodies were still easy for him. She had learned to sing "la-la-la" instead of trying to teach him to catch the elusive words. Now they sang together, her alto and his baritone blending pleasantly. It made him happy.
Finally Monica said good-bye, signed out, drove away. Mary and Jock, Bibbsy and Ted never would. Four friends, trapped by their own broken brains. Especially Ted, who still struggled courageously to fuse the bits of his shattered world into coherence. Who still remembered that things had once been different, that he had once been whole.
Maybe she would never discover anything that could help them. But with Dr. Weisen’s help, she meant to give it a damn good try.
Back in Laconia, she parked in front of her square brick house, then paused to wait for Maggie, who was at the corner mailing a letter. “Trying to send a message to the outside world?” called Monica.
“Yeah. My friend Nick.” Maggie, exuberant, sprinted from the corner, ending with a cartwheel. Then she pulled herself up with dignity and asked, “How were your friends today?”
“Soaking up sun.”
“Good for them. Listen, we’re going to the concert tonight. Can you come?”
“No, I’ve got to get back to the lab right after dinner. Have to check on those baby rats I delivered today.”
And so Monica was second on the scene. She unlocked the main door of the lab, and at the sound of her steps Norman erupted from the door of the animal quarters, gaping in terror.
“Miz Bauer! Come quick!” he pleaded. “Something terrible happened!”
Monica ran after him into one of Dr. Weisen’s animal rooms. She said, “Oh, Christ!”
In the center of the room lay a heap of slaughtered rats, their backs broken and mangled, their skulls smashed.
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Excerpt from Murder Is Pathological by P.M. Carlson. Copyright © 2017 by P.M. Carlson. Reproduced with permission from P.M. Carlson. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Tour: The Quiet Child by John Burley

Author: John Burley
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks 
Date of publication: August 8, 2017

From the award-winning author of The Absence of Mercy, comes a gripping and darkly psychological novel about family, suspicion, and the price we are willing to pay to protect those we love the most.

It’s the summer of 1954, and the residents of Cottonwood, California, are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child the townspeople regard with fear and superstition, and who appears to bring illness and ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by a disease that is slowly consuming her.


Sheriff Jim Kent, increasingly aware of the whispers and rumors surrounding the boy, has watched the people of his town suffer—and he worries someone might take drastic action to protect their loved ones. Then a stranger arrives, and Danny and his ten-year-old brother, Sean, go missing. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect, and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all.

I have really enjoyed the other book that I have read by this author.  So, I went into this book with high expectations.  I ended up being drawn right into the story right away.  I actually read this entire book on my three hour flight last week.  It's kind of hard to talk about this book without giving away spoilers, so I'm not going to try. There are a few surprises and the book definitely took a turn that I wasn't expecting.

 I had to sit on it for a few days to really digest the story and the ending.  To be honest, I'm still not sure how I feel.  And maybe that is what the book was supposed to do...be one that will stick with me for a long time.  I liked it and I didn't at the same time.  I was kind of disturbed by some of the events in the story.  But at the same time, I had to applaud one decision that Michael made because in the end it had a positive result, but for a huge price.

I'm definitely recommending this story.  It's well written and I loved the setting.  Give it a try and see what you think.



Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


About the author:


John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in Northern California, where he lives with his wife and daughter, and their Great Dane and English bulldog.

Find out more about John at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.


Tour Stops
Tuesday, August 8th: The Ludic Reader
Wednesday, August 9th: The Book Bag
Thursday, August 10th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, August 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, August 14th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, August 15th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, August 15th: SJ2B House Of Books
Wednesday, August 16th: Readaholic Zone
Thursday, August 17th: Tina Says…
Monday, August 21st: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, August 22nd: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, August 23rd: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Wednesday, August 23rd: Art Books Coffee
Thursday, August 24th: A Bookworm’s World

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Audiobook Spotlight: Play Right by Me by Patrice Wilton



Author: Patrice Wilton
Narrator:Rita Page
Length:  8 hours 6 minutes
Publisher: Patrice Wilton 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Paradise Cove, Books 3
Release date: March 14, 2017

Play Right by Me is a new riveting romance that will steal your heart and make you sigh with pleasure.
Brittany Holmes, heartbroken and pregnant,leaves the touring dance troupe and the glamorous life she led in Miami forhome in Paradise Cove. Her mother and sisters are like a beacon at the end of the road, and their unconditional love and support is what her bruised heart craves.

Ashley Jordon Chase, New York advertising exec, is in Paradise Cove to pursue his lifetime dream of being a playwright.Family circumstances thwarted his earlier writing ambitions and his lucrative career doesn't satisfy him.When Brittany loses her baby, Chase offers comfort. Having experienced the same tragedy in his first marriage he knows how devastating a miscarriage can be. Brittany hides her insecurities behind wall, but Chase breaks past it to see her most vulnerable side. Their friendship becomes more, and she trusts that he won't let her down. Yet a family emergency pulls him away, leaving her alone. Again. Was she a fool to let him into her heart? Or can they turn their brief affair into a lifetime of love?

Buy Links

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About the Author:

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about.
Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages.
She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters and one grandson, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience.
She has twenty-five books published on Amazon, and is a NY Times and USA Today best selling author.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spotlight: Something So Sweet by Meika Usher




Author: Meika Usher
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: July 2017

SHE’S A DREAMER STUCK IN A RUT


Big dreams. Tierney Chandler had ‘em. Why else would she leave her small town—and her picture perfect fiancรฉ—behind? Nine years later, the town’s still small, her dreams are mostly still dreams, and her still-perfect ex is interested. Maybe she should ditch her daydreams and pick up right where she left off…

HE’S A DREAMER STUCK ON HER

Jack Elliott is a baker, making his dreams come true one golden, flaky pie crust at a time. Years ago, he lost out on his chance with Tierney, but now she’s back—and he’s determined not to let his annoyingly perfect cousin swoop in and steal her away. Again.

TOGETHER, THEY CAN MAKE NEW DREAMS COME TRUE
With a little magic potpie, some stellar kisses, and a heaping helping of blue-eyed charm, maybe—just maybe—Jack can convince Tierney that he’s the dream she’s been waiting for.



“If only you’d kiss me. Then, things would be just swell.” He looked up and added, “I’ve been waiting years, you know.”

My eyes fell to his mouth. Only inches separated us. I’d just have to lean in…

“Get over here.” Jack said, his voice husky, his eyes burning into mine. And who was I to disobey an order like that?

I moved in, closing my eyes as his hands came up to either side of my face. I could feel his breath on my lips as he drew closer and closer.

Suddenly, my eyes flew open. “What if it sucks?”

“What?” Jack dropped his hands, confusion clearing away the heat that had been in his eyes seconds before. “You picked a mighty good time to doubt my kissing ability, darlin’.”

I put my hands up in a helpless gesture. “Sorry, it’s just…there’s been so much build up. There’s a lot of pressure for this kiss to be good. What if it isn’t? What if—“

Jack cut me off, crushing his lips to mine, his hands pushing through my hair.

And just like that, the world shifted. A whimper left my throat as my hands slid up his arms. Without breaking the kiss, I got to my knees and moved closer. Jack’s hands left my hair to trail down my neck and over my shoulders, settling on my waist.

Sparks scattered over every inch of my skin, ending with a full-on lights display behind my eyes. I shoved my hands into Jack’s hair and leaned closer until I lost my balance, ending up in his lap. He laughed then, the sound vibrating sweetly through my entire body. Turned out, his laugh felt better than it sounded.

With one hand behind my neck, the other resting on my waist, Jack deepened the kiss, his tongue delving into my mouth, slow, luxurious. The embers burning low in my abdomen roared to life. I brushed my tongue against his and he rewarded me with a delicious groan that broke through whatever semblance of restraint I’d been holding onto. Parting, I straddled him, then smiled before pressing my mouth to his once more.

Jack’s hands found the bottom of my shirt and his fingertips played with the naked skin there. My legs began to shake, my lungs ached, my body burned. And yet I didn’t want to stop kissing him.

A sound from my left startled us apart. We looked in time to see Jack’s fishing pole take a nosedive into the pond. I laughed and shook my head. “You, sir, are a terrible fisherman.”




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Meika Usher is a Michigan romance author, a puppy mama, and a lover of pizza in all its forms. When she's not writing snarky, sexy love stories, she can be found binge-watching Supernatural (she's a Dean girl), memorizing all the song lyrics ever (it's her superpower), or planning to see the world, one country at a time (Prague is next on her list).



Friday, August 11, 2017

Blog Tour: The Innkeeper’s Sister by Linda Goodnight

Author: Linda Goodnight
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: July 2017

Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations… 

Grayson Blake always has a purpose—and never a moment to lose. He’s come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery…and leads him back to a beautiful and familiar stranger.

Once a ballet dancer, now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors pain as deep as the secrets buried beneath the mill. A bright facade can’t erase her regrets any more than a glass of bourbon can restore what she’s lost. But spending time with Grayson offers Valery a chance to let go of her past and imagine a happier future. And with the discovery of hidden messages in aged sheet music, both their hearts begin to open. Bound by attraction, and compelled to resolve an old crime that links the inn and the mill, Grayson and Valery encounter a song of hurt, truth…and hope.

The Innkeeper's Sister is the third book in the Honey Ridge series.  I have read the second one in the series and, like that one, this can easily be read as a stand alone.  Valery has been holding a secret inside for years and it is slowdown eating away at her.  Her nephew's disappearance years before made it worse. Grayson is a driven business owner who turns old buildings into restaurants with his brother.  He used to hold a flame for Valery in high school.  When a long buried body is found on his new property, secrets from the past might bring them together or tear them apart.

I'll admit, it took me a little bit to get into this book. But in the end, I enjoyed it.  Valery was kind of a hard character to like at first.  I think it was because her secret was kept from even the reader for so long that it didn't make much sense as to why she was using alcohol to tamp down the pain.  But, her story was heartbreaking and I was rooting for her to find forgiveness within herself and help for her alcoholism.  The relationship between Valery and Grayson was sweet.  I was glad that it took time for them to get to their HEA, given her issues.  The one thing that didn't sit well with me  was the lack of confrontation from her family about her problem.  They all kind of ignored it and never tried to get her help.

 The story waffles between the present and the 1860s after the Civil War had ended.  We get glimpses into the events that caused a body to be buried in the basement of the mill.  I thought that story-line was going to go one way and ended up surprising me.  This is definitely a darker and, at times, gut wrenching book.  But, one I would recommend reading.


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About Linda Goodnight

NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her deeply emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher.
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Linda Goodnight’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, July 11th: Mama Vicky Says – excerpt
Wednesday, July 12th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Thursday, July 13th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Friday, July 14th: Reading is My SuperPower – excerpt
Monday, July 17th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – excerpt
Tuesday, July 18th: Black ‘n Gold Girls Book Spot – excerpt
Thursday, July 20th: Dwell in Possibility – excerpt
Monday, July 24th: Reading is My SuperPower
Tuesday, July 25th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, July 26th: Written Love Reviews
Friday, July 28th: Broken Teepee
Monday, July 31st: Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Tuesday, August 1st: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, August 1st: Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, August 2nd: Buried Under Books
Thursday, August 3rd: Just Commonly
Friday, August 4th: Books & Bindings
Monday, August 7th: The Romance Dish
Wednesday, August 9th: A. Holland Reads
Thursday, August 10th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Friday, August 11th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 14th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Tuesday, August 15th: Becky on Books
Wednesday, August 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 17th: Steph the Bookworm
TBD: Books and Spoons – excerpt
TBD: Book Mama Blog – excerpt
TBD: A Chick Who Reads – excerpt


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blog Tour: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: June 2017

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

 “Frost scores another win with the mesmerizing second Broken Destiny supernatural contemporary… The novel thrums with energy, its pacing breakneck from the very start, and piles on the sexual tension. Frost provides a much-needed inventive boost to the tired angel/demon subset of supernatural fantasy.” –Publishers Weekly

The Sweetest Burn is the long awaited second book in the Broken Destiny series.  From what I understand there has been three years between the first book, The Beautiful Ashes and this one.  Thankfully, I didn't have to wait that long between books having only just recently read the first one (my review).  You should definitely read this series in order.  There is a lot of world building that goes on in the first book that isn't completely covered in the second.  The second book picks up a short time after the events of the first book and takes off running.  So, just be advised, this one isn't a stand alone and you might get some spoilers by reading this one first.

That being said, Ivy and Adrian must team up once again to find the second hallowed weapon. The embark on a road trip with Costa, Jasmine and Brutus (who I love) to track it down.  I enjoyed this installment.  I loved the chemistry between Ivy and Adrian even more than in the first book.  It was definitely hotter this time around.  I felt like I got to know their characters better and found myself really rooting for their doomed relationship.  Aside from the romance playing a bigger part in this book, it's once again filled with a lot of demon  fighting action. This book flew by because I was kept engaged all the way through. I couldn't put it down. As with the first book, the final scenes were among my favorites.  

So far, this is a great series and one I highly recommend. The conclusion to the series, The Brightest Embers is slated to be released in November 2017.  It's definitely on my TBR pile already.




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About Jeaniene Frost


Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress and Night Prince series for Avon and the Broken Destiny series for Harlequin HQN. Jeaniene’s books have sold in twenty different countries to date. She lives in North Carolina and Florida with her husband.
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Jeaniene Frost’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 3rd: Bewitched Bookworms – excerpt
Wednesday, July 5th: Smexy Books
Thursday, July 6th: Romancing the Readers – excerpt
Monday, July 10th: Stuck in Books – excerpt
Monday, July 17th:Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, July 19th: Lovely Reads
Thursday, July 27th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen – excerpt

Friday, July 28th: Becky on Books
Sunday, July 30th: Tome Tender
Monday, July 31st: A Dream Within a Dream – excerpt
Wednesday, August 2nd: Becca the Bibliophile – excerpt
Monday, August 7th: Books and Spoons – excerpt
Monday, August 7th: BTH Reviews – The Beautiful Ashes (Book 1)
Wednesday, August 9th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, August 10th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, August 10th: Brooke Blogs – excerpt
Monday, August 14th: Read Love Blog