Thursday, April 17

@GoddessFish Blook Blast & Giveaway: Almost a Bride by Sarah Mayberry


Almost a Bride

Montana Born Brides, Book 1
Author


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group
Date of Publication: April 12, 2014
Number of pages: 140




Available at the following retailers:
Amazon

$0.99 for a limited time


Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancĂ© has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...

Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from montanabornbooks.com
Excerpt: 
She pulled away, instinctively licking her lips to soothe them. Reid’s gaze followed the movement, and she was close enough to see his pupils dilate and his nostrils flare.

She went very still. And then she did something she’d been wanting to do for a very long time: she leaned close and kissed him, properly this time.

His mouth was warm, and she could taste the sweetness of the lemon meringue pie he’d had for dessert. She waited for him to respond, to do something, but he seemed to be waiting for something else. Something more.

Feeling bolder than bold, she ran her tongue along the closed seam of his lips, asking for entry. There was the smallest of pauses, then some of the tension went out of him as he opened to her, his tongue stroking hers, his mouth starting to move at last. His hands found her waist, his fingers gripping her warmly as his kiss became more demanding, more urgent.

Giveaway: 


Sarah will be awarding a digital copy of Almost a Bride to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.




Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

April 15:
Harps Romance Book Review
Sleepless Nights Romance Reviews
My Written Romance
Rogue's Angels
Literary Nook
Kaisy Daisy's Corner
Queen of the Night Reviews
Bookgirl Knitting
Tamaria Soana
Reading, Writing and Roses
Kinky Vanilla Romance
Cynthia Gail

April 16:
Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Reviews by Crystal
The Avid Reader
Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Girl meets Books
Urban Girl Reader
Nana Prah
Jennifer Lynne Romance Author
A Writer's Life
Tina Donahue Presents
MAD Hoydenish
Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales

April 17:
Ye Olde Inkwell
Brooke Blogs
Two Ends of the Pen
Romance Novel Giveaways
Fiction With a Passion
Erzabet's Enchantments
Travel the Ages
Margay Leah Justice
Enjoying the Unique Flavors of Life
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
Musings and Ramblings
Romance Under the Moonlight

April 18:
Linda Nightingale...Wordsmith
Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance
Erotic Author Nancy Adams
Rose and Beps Blog
Mismatched Bookends
Room With Books
TBQ's Book Palace
Reading In Twilight
My Devotional Thoughts
Long and Short Reviews
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
London's Scribbles

Author Bio:


Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

To connect with the author online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page | BN Author Page | Publisher Page


Wednesday, April 16

Review: Dragons Don't Cry by D'Elen McClain

This is the first book in the Fire Chronicles series by D'Elen McClain.  I had not heard of the author when I saw the book on Netgalley, but thought it looked interesting as I am a sucker for a good dragon story.

The story begins from the point of view of Angelos, the daughter of Hera, grand daughter of Zeus as her mother curses the four remaining dragons that she did not slaughtered due to something happening involving another daughter and one of the dragons. They don't go into details, just the curse. To be honest, I was very confused by this set up and it didn't make sense until much later in the book, and I am guessing we will find out more later in the series.

The premise is that the four remaining dragons each are give a chance every 100 years, to claim a virginal bride. The four dragons are staggered with 25 year intervals between there claiming. Basically every 25 years, women between the ages of 17 and 21 are left untouched innocent under threat of entire family annihilation, for a dragon to claim a bride.  This year is Bastian, a red dragon and he claims Acasia.

Bastian is a bad tempered, ill mannered dragon with a pissy demeanor. Acasia, on the other had, had gotten all the claimants drunk the night before and ends up throwing up on Bastian's claw when she wakes in his "eating" tower.  He keeps waiting for her to cry and beg and plead, like all the others that have come before.  She keeps waiting to be killed horribly and gives him nonstop attitude and sass.  The made an interesting couple and watching them learn about each other and fall in love was fun. I gave this book 3 stars.
One pint sized human female who’s had too much to drink, not enough sleep, and absolutely no patience meets one stubborn dragon shifter with an attitude.

Bastian claims Acasia, his unwilling bride, after she spends the night carousing with friends. She’s not happy, he’s pissed off, and with a curse from a goddess thrown in, you’ll see Bastian breathe fire.

Add secrets, treasure, and unimaginable heartbreak for an emotionally humorous read and discover why Dragons Don’t Cry.


Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN     Kobo     Smashwords

Tuesday, April 15

@GoddessFish Book Blast& Giveaway: A Baby for Easter by Noelle Adams


A Baby for Easter

Willow Park, Book 2
Noelle Adams


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Date of Publication: April 6, 2014
Number of pages: 185
Word Count: 53,000




Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN     ARe

Special release price of $.99 

through Easter day!

Alice Grantham lost her fiancĂ© and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…
Excerpt: 
“Well, how is it supposed to go?” Micah demanded. “Don’t you know how to work a car seat?”

“Why would I know? I’ve never had a baby. You’re the one who’s supposed to be mechanically inclined. Why can’t you figure it out?”

“I sure wouldn’t have designed this ridiculous contraption in a way that’s impossible to hook in the car.”

“Oh, wait,” Alice gasped, remembering something she should have recalled earlier. “I think it’s supposed to face the other way.”

“That can’t be right.” Micah turned the carrier as she’d indicated. He was bending over into the car, and he looked just as hot and frustrated as she felt. “Why would they make the poor babies look at nothing but the back of the seat?”

“I don’t know. Maybe it’s safer or something. Let’s just try it. Maybe the belt goes through like this.”

Micah fed the belt through the grooves, and the buckle got stuck at one point. “Shit,” he muttered, trying to free the belt. “Shit.” Then he glanced up at her. “Sorry.”

“You don’t have to keep saying sorry,” she replied, slightly snippy. “I’ve heard worse, you know.”

“I know that. But do you really think I should be teaching her bad language this early?”

“She can’t even talk yet.”

“Well, she can hear.”

“Fine,” Alice grumbled, tilting the carrier slightly to make room for Micah’s run of the belt. “Watch your language then.”

He gave her a cool glare, but it changed when Alice was able to snap the seatbelt closed.

They both tested the carrier to make sure it was stable, but they couldn’t get it to move more than an inch, no matter how they tugged on it, so they assumed it would do for the short ride to Micah’s house.

Alice sighed in relief as she finally climbed out of the car and walked around to the driver’s side.

Micah was leaning against the car, wiping sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand. He looked exhausted, defeated somehow.

Despite her annoyance just the moment before, she felt another pull of sympathy. She reached out to put a hand on his shoulder. “It’s going to be all right.”

“Is it?” he asked, opening his eyes to meet hers.

“Yeah. We’ll figure this out. We don’t know anything yet.”

“But what if she’s mine? What if her mom really doesn’t want her? What if I’m the only parent she has? I can’t even manage to get her strapped into the car.”

Trailer: 


Giveaway: 

Noelle will be awarding prizes via Rafflecopter as follows:

* One winner will receive a $25 GC to Amazon or BN
* Two winners will receive signed paperbacks of Married for Christmas and A Baby for Easter
* Ten winners will receive their choice of ebook of any title from Noelle’s backlist.

So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.






Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

April 14:
Long and Short Reviews
Andi's Book Reviews
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
The blog of C.R. Moss
Linda Nightingale...Wordsmith
Books Direct
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
Christine Elaine Black
Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance

April 15:
Booker Like a Hooker
Brooke Blogs
For the Love of Bookends
Wendi Zwaduk - Romance to Make Your Heart Race
Tina Donahue Presents
Sexy Between the Covers-Melissa Keir
Stories of Romance
Musings and Ramblings
From Me to You ... Video, Photography, and Book Review
Nana Prah

April 16:
Romance Novel Giveaways
Erotic Author Nancy Adams
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Room With Books
Wicked Readings By Tawania
TBQ's Book Palace
Bookgirl Knitting
Gemini Girls
Black Velvet Seductions Readers Blog
The Reading Addict

April 17:
Rachel Brimble Romance
Queen of All She Reads
Books and Other Spells
Sandra's Blog
Margay Leah Justice
Novel Moments
Dori Lavelle
Love is a Mystery
Words, Words, Words
Welcome to My World of Dreams

April 18:
Booklover Sue
The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
As You Wish Reviews
Beyond My Writing Space
Snarky Mom Reads...
Romance Under the Moonlight
The eBook Promotions
Owltastic Promotions
Rose and Beps Blog
It's Raining Books

Author Bio:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

To connect with the author online:

Email | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Monday, April 14

Quote-Tastic: "I’m a freak. Let’s find a movie to watch."



This meme is about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from!
Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.


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Pooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin


The phone was heavy in the palm of my hand. I stared at it, unblinking. The curves and buttons blended together and made no sense, much like if you say a word over and over until it becomes meaningless.

My gaze was broken when Maurice laid his hand over the phone and curled his fingers around it.

“Zo, what’d he say? You okay?”

I blinked. “He wants to see me tomorrow morning.”

“Did he explain, at least?”

“No.”

I could tell Maurice wanted to say more, but he closed his mouth. It took a lot for Maurice to keep his opinion to himself, especially when it came to my well-being. But Maurice, and every other creature in my house, was afraid of Riley. Apparently, reapers were scary guys, even to monsters. The night he came to the house, everybody disappeared without warning, making me feel like I was missing some vital piece of information.

After the enigmatic phone call, I was a wreck for the rest of the night, of course. I couldn’t sit for more than a few minutes. I painted my nails twice, first in bright red, then in a more subdued aqua. I yanked half my closet apart, spreading clothes on the floor and trying to decide what to wear. Maurice, ever the caretaker, made me a chocolate-peanut-butter pie to keep me occupied and soothed.

I yelled a lot. I cried a little. I cracked self-effacing jokes. Maurice became alarmed when I disappeared into the garage and returned with a hammer and nails.

“What are you doing, Zo?” He kept his voice light and eased closer to me, as if I held a gun or a venomous snake.

“I need to fix the cupboard door in the guest bathroom.”

He eased the hammer from my grip, and somehow it disappeared. “I fixed that weeks ago. How about we play Monopoly? You like Monopoly.”

His tone of voice made me realize how bat-shit crazy I was acting. It wasn’t like me to let a guy put me into such a tailspin. I relaxed and passed Maurice the handful of mismatched nails.

“I’m a freak. Let’s find a movie to watch.”,



This book was better than the first.  Because now that we are all aboard the wacky supernatural train that is Zoey's life, we are zooming full speed ahead.  The governing board of the Supernatural Community has their eye on Zoey and are waiting for her to either prove she is an Aegis or for her death to catch up with her, all the while spying on any time that she and Riley have together. Problem is, Zoey doesn't know what an Aegis is or how to prove or disprove she is one.  Add in the fact that the Leprechaun Mafia is targeting all the businesses in the area that are run by humans, but with ties tot the supernatural community and poor Zoey is having a very bad week.

Zoey is the kind of best friend anyone would want.  She is kind, tough, smart and just weird enough to make you laugh and shake your head in wonder what she will think up next.  I like that though she tries her best, a lot of the time, it is a group effort to get her out of the trouble she seems to find herself in.  She relies on her friends, and they know that they can rely on her in turn.  I gave this book 4 stars.

Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial, but she won't know when or where it will happen…

Staying alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn't strolled into town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling bad luck if they don't pay up. Mirrors are smashed, bodies are dropping, and Zoey's still got clients waiting for fabric samples.

With a little luck, she might be able to save everyone and still have time for a second attempt at a decent first date with her favorite reaper.


Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN    Kobo     ARe

Sunday, April 13

Audiobook Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill



I am going to give everyone a heads up right now: This review is going to have spoilers from previous books. If you haven't read them and hate spoilers, Stop Reading Now.  You have been warned.

After the conclusion of Hard Bitten, book 4 in the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill, I was in a bit of a state of shock. I mean how often does an author kill of the main love interest in a series?  It takes a serious leap of faith to emotionally rip our hearts from our chests like she did and trust that we will come back for more.

And yet we did.  Because Merit must continue on, because the House must continue on. Especially with the feared Receiver showing up and taking over the house, implementing outrageous rules. (Think Dolores Umbridge in HP 6) Plus there is yet another supernatural problem going on that puts vampires in general and Cadogan House in particular in the spotlight. One that increases the rioters outside Cadogan House.

Luckily, for Merit, Jonah is willing to partner up with her while she tries to figure out who is up to what. Jonah is Head of the House Guard at Grey House and her prospective partner if she decides to join the Red Guard. Which with the way the Presidium and the GP are handling the events that have transpired in Chicago, is starting to look better and better to Merit.

This book takes Merit deeper in the supernatural community as she questions everyone trying to figure out who is to blame for the elemental imbalances shaking the city, all while disturbing dreams of Ethan haunt her during her day sleep. This is the book where everything that has come before gets mixed up, shaken up and dumped on its head. But the ending is what had me gasping and trying to come to terms with what just happened. Because, damn, just damn. This was an incredible story and well earned its 4 stars.

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black—and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.


Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN    Audible    Audiobook Stand
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