Thursday, May 24, 2018

Royal Service by Leslie North Blitz and #Giveaway


Royal Service
Leslie North
(Royals of Danovar)
Publication date: May 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
King Phillip is a real life Prince Charming. Golden haired with a Danovian accent, and a solid gold crown sitting on his head, he’s every girl’s daydream. He’s a good man and an even better king, but the one thing he’s been terrible at is choosing a royal wife — fearing a marriage that’s more about policy than passion. But when his mother invites all the eligible maidens to The Summer House Party, Phillip is trapped in a real-life Bachelor where he won’t have the option of quietly splitting from the girl after the party is over — he’ll be wed to her for life.
Ella Fernstone is tired of being the family servant. After her father died, Ella was receded to the basement as her stepmother began a full court press to cultivate her own daughters. Ella’s ready to escape the hot mess of a home that she grew up in by finally pursuing her dream of competitive riding: something she’s been preparing her whole life to do. All she has to do is marry one of her step sisters off to the King of Danovar to finally find her freedom. It couldn’t be that hard right?
That was until Ella was the first to fall for the King’s dashing good looks and an offer to ride off with him into the sunset. Ella is hesitant — a Queen’s life was still one of servitude, but it’s hard to ignore the pull of a handwritten love letter and a skillfully delivered kiss. Phillip too is caught up in seducing what he never expected to find: an eligible woman he might just learn to love. But when the reality of a royal marriage comes crashing down, Phillip and Ella must decide if they can risk their hearts, or their freedoms, on the chance of true love.
EXCERPT:
King Phillip Gregory Humbert Alcott knelt beside his favorite vintage Indian motorcycle, grease coating his hands, and wished he could stay there forever. Or better yet, finish fixing it up and then just ride off into the sunset. Unfortunately, the sun’s current angle in the mid-afternoon sky put the kibosh on that plan—not to mention the gaggle of women halfway down the drive, any one of whom he was supposed to marry.
Phillip loosened the rear axle nut with a grunt, putting more effort into it than was strictly necessary. A strand of his long blond hair swung loose and he pushed it aside with his forearm. Fixing up his motorcycles usually brought him peace, but lately, with his thirtieth birthday looming, there was hardly any peace for him in the whole of Danovar. According to his country’s law—not to mention his mother’s insistance—he was supposed to choose his queen by the time he turned thirty. And seeing as he’d managed to successfully ignore that law for the last twenty-nine years and nine months, now he had exactly three months left to pick a bride. His mother’s way of “helping” him achieve that goal was to gather all the eligible ladies for a weeks-long party at the Summer House, so that he might pick one to marry before the impending deadline.
The ladies had been arriving all day, and the group at the other end of the drive was among the last of the bunch. Dressed in their jewel-toned finery, they looked like a flock of peacocks, fluttering around and clucking amongst themselves while they assessed the Summer House with openly calculating gazes, not even noticing him kneeling there covered in oil and engine grease.
His mouth twisted. One of those oblivious women might well be his future wife.
It wasn’t that he didn’t want to get married. In fact, he’d always been enamored with the idea of growing old with a woman he loved—but that was the problem. During this party he wasn’t so much picking a wife as he was choosing a queen, someone who was capable of ruling Danovar at his side. That meant he would never marry for love, and having seen his parents and grandparents live through loveless marriages, he knew it was nothing to look forward to. He wished there was a way for his duty and love to go hand in hand but it just wasn’t in the stars, and being king meant putting his country before his own desires.
He allowed the rear wheel to slide in the swingarm a bit, blowing out a breath and rolling his shoulders to try to get the tension out of his muscles as he returned to his bike. It wasn’t what he wanted that mattered, he reminded himself. It was what his people needed. And if his people needed one of these scheming peacocks to be his wife, then that’s what they would damn well get.
But that didn’t mean he couldn’t enjoy himself a bit first. Sneak off, spend a few hours on the road, just him and the sunset and the cherry-red bike roaring beneath him. Once he could manage to focus long enough to get the damn drive chain tightened, this beauty would ride like the wind. He’d be sure to get back in time to give the opening speech tonight, of course—shirking his duties was no way to start his search for a queen—but he just needed a little freedom, a little time to himself.
One last limo pulled in, carrying the final load of ladies who were here to vie for the royal engagement ring. Two women who looked like sisters climbed out and stared up at the Summer House, but at least they looked more like they were appreciating its beauty than calculating how much money the crystal chandeliers and extravagant stables were worth. These two were attractive enough, he supposed, and in other circumstances he might not have minded flirting with them. In fact, maybe he could simply pretend he was his brother Eric tonight—then he could flirt with anything in a dress and it could all be fun and games, rather than the official business of the crown.
The women’s servant was standing at the rear of the limo, efficiently unloading the designer luggage. Now with her, he’d love to do more than flirt. She was sexy as hell from behind, clad in a crisp outfit that screamed personal assistant. It also screamed I have a nice ass. Her golden hair was caught up in a bouncy ponytail, and the second he saw it he couldn’t stop thinking about what it would feel like to wrap those golden locks around his hand, tug her head back and angle her just right for a scorching-hot kiss, to run his other hand across those delicious curves and then down, down, down even further, until she was panting and trembling and neither of them could remember their own names.
He tightened the axle back in place and set his tools in their box, wiping his hands on a rag as he contemplated her. It had been a long time since a woman had affected him this strongly, this quickly—but judging from the efficient, completely un-self-conscious way she was juggling her bosses’ luggage, she had no idea she was drop-dead gorgeous. Her innocence was refreshing after all the stuffy gold-diggers he’d watched drive up, who he’d now have to spend the next few weeks courting.
He stood, dropped the rag, and straddled his bike. He’d just been thinking he needed an escape, and now he couldn’t conceive of a better one than shirking tonight’s duties to spend some quality time with the gorgeous creature in front of him. Usually his flings had to go through layers of security checks before he was alone with them, but he was feeling restless and reckless, and the beauty in front of him would be the perfect cure for that.
Decision made, he revved the engine.


Author Bio:
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women's contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren't afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don't hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

GIVEAWAY!

A Royal Service ebook, 
an Almasi Sheikhs boxset 
and a Sharjah Sheikhs audiobook box set
Ends May 31, 2018

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The Blessing by Lizzie Lee Promo Boost & #Giveaway

THE BLESSING
The Colorado Series Book 1
by Lizzie Lee

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander (Angel Fire Falls, #1)

Dare Me Once
by Shelly Alexander

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Angel Fire Falls - Book 1
Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 17, 2018)
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 284 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.
Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander (Angel Fire Falls, #1)

Dare Me Once (Angel Fire Falls, #1)Ahhh, the webs we weave because of the sins of our father, because when the truth comes out, it can be heartbreaking…Scarlett has packed her Gucci bags, created a new identity and taken a job far from the nightmares of her past. Maybe she can rebuild her life on the small island of Angel Fire Falls at a family-run resort getaway. Lily Barns is born, determined, talented, and with a heart of gold.

Trace has a full plate, no time for the frivolities of love or romance. A single dad raising a young son with Asperger’s, a hands-on businessman trying to breathe new life into the family resort, there is no time to chase skirts or just have fun.

Shelly Alexander’s DARE ME ONCE is “that” romance that makes you laugh, want to cry and wish to Cupid that, for once, two people will take a chance on trusting another just enough to be honest about who they are, what makes them tick and what dark secrets hide in their pasts! And maybe they could be a little more accepting, too, hmmm, Trace?!

From page one, I adored Lily! The meeting between her, Trace and some little ducklings was priceless! Watching Lily interact with Trace’s young son was so heartwarming. Trace, now here is a man was many moods, many faces and often, a little too much starch in his shorts. He took brooding to a whole new level.

Ms. Alexander spices things up with an attraction that sizzles, turmoil that boils over and ghosts from the past that come back with a vengeance. Fabulous family dynamics abound, but the tsunami of conflict created could sink the Titanic and even Cupid will have his work cut out for him.
A quick and fun read that had me hoping that love COULD conquer all!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Montlake Romance!


Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum

Selected
by J. Allen Wolfrum

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: December 28, 2017
Publisher: J. Allen Wolfrum
Genre: Political Suspense | Conspiracy
Print Length: 326 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy. 

Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. 

A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan’s tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States. 

With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance. 
Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum

The Dove Revolution changed the face of the American political arena. Elections are no more and the President and Congress are selected at random every two years by the public. When Susan Turner, former Army helicopter pilot is convinced to accept her selection as President, she will find more than her own demons to conquer, she must find a way to prevent a war that would devastate the world with the push of a button.

Behind every political machination are the puppeteers with the real power to shape the world and in Susan’s world, a secret cabal of financial power mongers will do anything to bring war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Can Susan avoid playing into their hands or will she be a pawn in a deadly game of political chess?

J. Allen Wolfrum’s SELECTED is a fictional tale of political espionage, deceit and murder set in a world that has found a unique way to handle leadership. Let go of reality and sit like a fly on the wall as one woman enters the political arena, armed with only her own sense of right and wrong, as well as her own baggage from her past.

Mr. Wolfrum has created an easy to read drama with a sense of suspense and populated it with main characters that feel like they could be your neighbor, just regular people with a family. Supporting characters seem real, too, the ones we imagine actually pull the strings, the ones doing the dirty work for their own gain. That said, this is fiction, this is well-written, avoids being overly dark, is certainly creative and I was hooked from start to finish! I don’t always need or want an overly complicated conspiracy, so this made for a quick read and an interesting escape!

I received a complimentary review copy from J. Allen Wolfrum & PICT!




From Nothing by Ken Goldstein

From Nothing
by Ken Goldstein

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (June 12, 2018)
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Suspense | Tech | Thriller
Print Length: 319 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Victor Selo had blown up his life. A wannabe rock star turned tech savant, he’d wagered his Silicon Valley executive position on a corporate inside straight and lost. Having security escort him out of the building was the best thing that happened to him that day. The rest left him in the hospital, broken, broke, and with no prospects. That’s when a shadowy stranger with questionable motives came with an offer: a chance to get his life back – and better – if he simply cooperates. It would require becoming invisible for a while, but he would be hiding in the spotlight, playing guitar in a Vegas cover band. Reluctantly, Victor accepts and begins an odyssey he never could have imagined. One that involves a charismatic lead singer who owns the stage but aspires to own an Elvis wedding chapel, a mesmerizing woman who can play anything on her keyboards and can really play with Victor’s head, and two specters from his old life offering competing devil’s bargains. Suddenly, multiple futures are opening up in front of Victor. All of them offer opportunity – and each comes with potentially catastrophic risk. Populated with a wide array of colorful characters, brimming with reflections on everything from love to God to the price of commitment, and backed by a great soundtrack, From Nothing is an endlessly engaging work of fiction that will resonate like your favorite song.
From Nothing by Ken Goldstein

When one door closes, will a stage door open? Victor Selo is about to find out what life has in store for him as he begins a wild ride of discovery, re-invention and redemption in an arena where financial blood is shed and guitar licks roll.

Enter the world of Ken Goldstein and FROM NOTHING and feel the cutthroat atmosphere of big business and high tech and the sizzling excitement of the backstage world of music. Realistic dialogue, well-developed characters with personality, agendas and dreams will blur together as one man falls into the chance to live his dreams, but not in the way he imagined.

If you are looking for the inside scoop on what goes on behind closed boardroom doors, thrill at the frenzy of popular music as seen from onstage, this thriller will feed both needs with words to spare for dessert!

Only a master storyteller could so completely marry two worlds with such intrigue and keep the pace hot, heavy and thrilling!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from The Story Plant!

#Cover Reveal - The Aviary by Emily Shore, coming from Clean Teen Publishing


The Aviary
Emily Shore
(The Aviary Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
I am nobody’s Swan.
Beauty is now a corporate commodity, bought and sold on city streets and displayed in elite Museums.
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding, to keep safe from this decadent world. Overnight, her parents disappear, and Serenity is kidnapped, sold at auction, and thrust into the Aviary—an illustrious Museum where girls are displayed as living art by day and at night, cater to the lascivious whims of men who bid on their exhibits. Serenity has much to learn about this enthralling but competitive world where girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
The enigmatic and deadly Aviary Director, Luc, soon idolizes Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes the most coveted exhibit in the Aviary’s history.
Soon, Serenity learns that Luc holds the key to finding, and freeing, her parents. To save them, she must learn to play the Swan to perfection to win Luc’s heart, earn his trust, and save her parents. She doesn’t count on the fact that she’ll develop feelings for Luc in the process. Now, she’ll have to face an impossible decision: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents; or become Luc’s Swan for good, and lose her identity forever.


Author Bio:
Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations: Breaking Free and Women at Risk, International. This summer she will be debuting her first contemporary novel as well as re-releasing her paranormal series in the fall: Roseblood
Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two little girls. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking, hearing their stories, and injecting their truths into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and is lining up more schools and libraries for the fall and winter, campaigning against sex-trafficking, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.
To learn more about Emily's work and the anti-trafficking movement, see her Facebook page where she regularly blogs: www.facebook.com/authoremilyshore and sign up for her newsletter through the Contact Me on her website: www.emilybethshore.com

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To Know a Killer by Natalia Hale #Cover #Reveal & #Giveaway

About the Book

Title: To Know A Killer
Author: Natalia Hale
Genre: Thriller / Suspense
It takes one to know one still rings true.
For years Luna Lis has been at the forefront of every trend in fashion, deciding what’s in style and what’s out. Cold, calculating, and downright manipulative, Luna fought her way to the top of the tower at the international fashion magazine L&L and is now editor in chief. She’s been written up as one of the most influential women of the world, and nobody is about to knock her off her pedestal. That is until a phone call from a detective makes her realize that there’s more to journalism than what’s hot or not on the runway.
Notorious serial killer Hannah Best has been in jail for over a year, but that hasn’t stopped her from influencing the world. Half a dozen reports have come out with perpetrators claiming they have killed for her. She wasn’t willing to speak out about it, but now she wants a tell-all book written about her life and the real story told. And she knows exactly who she wants to write it.
Luna Lis.

Author Bio

Natalia Hale is a journalism graduate with very little interest in writing news articles of any kind. A reader of the mysterious and morbid, she decided that it was time to start her publishing journey in 2015 with her novella It Takes a Killer. Focusing on short fiction, her stories delve into the disturbing tales that toe the line between acceptable to read in public and "if this is what you think about maybe you should talk to someone" (semi-joking advice from a friend). She is not as dark a person as her writing, but tends to get lost in existential thoughts.

Links

It Takes A Killer, the first book in the series, will be free on Amazon from May 23 to May 25.

Giveaway

Win an ebook copy of “It Takes A Killer”, the first book in the duology.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Alchemist of the Tenth Realm by Eva Gordon (The Realms Trilogy #2)

Alchemist of the Tenth Realm
by Eva Gordon

My rating: 5 stars

Trilogy: The Realms Trilogy - Book 2
Publisher: Eva Gordon (May 25, 2018)
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy | Romance
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Heroes of the War against the Guild of the Golden Rose, Sophie and Logan risk leaving the comfort and safety of Skye to colonize the dangerous untamed territories of the Newlands, a continent that parallels America, but one of magic. 

Before they can embark on their new life, Sophie is trapped by a necromancer’s weapon. Under its spell, she is shanghaied on a ship heading for the Newlands where the Guild of the Golden Rose plans its resurrection as the Norvis Ordi.

Desperate to rescue his wife, Logan crosses the perilous ocean and joins forces with a young wizard and native skinwalkers to battle the dark forces that trapped Sophie. Can the Newlands be saved from necromancy or will darkness once again resurface, enslaving all? 
Alchemist of the Tenth Realm by Eva Gordon
(The Realms Trilogy #2)

Alchemist of the Tenth Realm (The Realms Trilogy, #2)They have given their all to save the tenth realm. Now Sophie and Logan are once again daring the Fates by venturing into the unknown, prepared to colonize the Newlands. But their quest will become a nightmare of epic proportions when Sophie is spelled by the dark magic of a necromancer and taken hostage in a vile act of vengeance and the quest to control the powers she holds.

The Guild of the Golden Rose is back, building a stronghold in the Newlands and christening themselves the Norvis Ordi, and Logan will stop at nothing to get his mate back. Hell hath no fury like a werewolf whose mate has been taken…

As Logan journeys to the Newlands, his honor will be tested, as will his faith that Sophie is still alive. New allies will be found among native skinwalkers and a young and untested wizard will prove invaluable.

Meanwhile, Sophie will be powerless to escape, her abilities bound and her link to Logan too fragile for her to hold out hope for rescue. As she plots her own escape, she will find an ally among the dark forces of magic, will it be enough if Logan doesn’t find her?

Eva Gordon’s ALCHEMIST OF THE TENTH REALM is filled with uncertainty for Sophie and Logan as each endures the dangers of the Newlands and the threat of the darkness of the Norvis Ordi.

Once again, the passions of her characters and the atmosphere high in tension jump off every page as evil wreaks havoc in the realm Sophie now calls home. Eva Gordon fires up another fabulous fantasy filled with the perils of the unknown. Moments of lightness, tests of strength and wills, and revelations regarding the Newlands bring this tale to life as two souls will stop at nothing to reunite.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Eva Gordon!

The Devil's Election by Angel Ramon Medina (Janus, #1)

The Devil's Election
by Angel Ramon Medina

My rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Janus - Book 1
Publisher: Angel Ramon; 1 edition (March 28, 2017)
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Political Suspense | Scifi
Print Length: 323 pages
Available from: Amazon
It's September 11, 2016, only 2 months away from the most controversial election in the history of the United States. Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are both running for office, but they both could not be any more hated by the American public.
Meanwhile, an organization called the Terrorist Killers are investigating a substance known as the stem-cell substance. It supposedly extends the lifespan of a human being and be the next great breakthrough in genetic engineering. However, as with any high-profile drug, it's being distributed illegally. What starts off as an ordinary illegal drug bust escalates rather quickly into a conspiracy plot that will have serious implications on the general election of 2016.

As the story deepens it turns out that an arch-nemesis of the Terrorist Killers is behind all this, known as Janus. He's using the funding of Trump and Clinton to fund the drug's distribution and his criminal activities. In exchange, he promises to rig the election, by hacking into the voting machines and changing the votes to the president that pays him the most. What no one knows is who this Janus character really is, a two-faced conniving snake who's been wanted by the FBI for the longest. Does Janus intend to keep his promise or is he a traitor to the American people along with the stem-cell substance.
It will be up to Mariano Hernandez the star agent to find out the true identity of Janus, something no one knows not even the FBI. Do the stem-cell's really help extend the lifespan of a human or is it hiding a more sinister effect.
Who will win the election, the ultra-conservative Donald Trump, the ultra-liberal Hilary Clinton or will Janus plunge the United States into his own idea of socialism. What are the true intentions of Trump, Clinton, and Janus?

You'll have to find out in a story where no one can be trusted and everybody is a suspect. The fate of the united States is at stake and one substance can destroy mankind. Everybody will be backstabbing each other just to get ahead, is there anyone Mariano can trust or will he need eyes behind his back as well. Find out in, Janus- The Devil's Election 
The Devil's Election by Angel Ramon Medina (Janus, #1)

The Devil's Election (Janus #1)THE DEVIL’S ELECTION by Angel Ramon Medina is an edgy and dark look at a hotbed of misinformation, mistrust and the machinations and misuse of political and economic power.
Drawing on the 2016 Presidential elections where so often the phrases, “there are no choices,” or “I voted for the lesser of two evils,” were heard, Angel Ramon Medina adds another dimension with a touch of science fiction and some razor-sharp suspense.

One man will promise victory to both Trump and Clinton, for a price. What are Janus’s true intentions? Greed, the quest for power, deceit and overly inflated egos will fill Janus’s coffers, but one organization is coming for him and they will stop at nothing to end his game.

I was fascinated by the plot, intrigued by its scope, but for as much as I love some great dialogue, I was tempted to ask the characters for a lot less talk and a little more action. Certainly filled with twists, unexpected turns and a raw, unvarnished feel, I was mesmerized by how this seemed just as likely as not to actually happen, because power can corrupt and humanity is flawed.


A Warden's Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek (Wardens of Issalia, #1)

A Warden's Purpose
by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Wardens of Issalia - Book 1
Publisher: Fallbrandt Press (May 19, 2018)
Publication Date: May 19, 2018
Genre: Middlegrade | YA Fantasy
Paperback: 292 pages
Available from: Amazon
Two schools: One of magic and science, the other focused on military excellence.
A dangerous undercurrent flows within both…dark and deadly.

Everson is brilliant, ingenious, and yet, he feels broken. Cursed with a disability, he dreams of nothing more than being useful. Quinn is bold, defiant, and will do anything to protect her brother.

When Everson is accepted to an academy of magic and engineering, Quinn enters a school of combat in order to join him in Fallbrandt. However, things within the fabled institutions are not what they seem. Beneath a mantra of good intentions and the objective of a better future, spies and conspiracies lurk.

Quinn finds herself embroiled in a struggle she doesn’t understand, one with dire consequences as her training shifts from difficult to deadly. Her relentless determination and will to survive might be enough, if she only knew whom she could trust.

Within the other school, Everson learns about a dangerous power known as Chaos. Unable to wield this magic, he is instead intent on melding Chaos with science, dreaming up inventions that would shape the future. Perceptive, imaginative, and curious, his endeavors lead him to a revelation that could change the world…and then, he discovers the truth. 
A Warden's Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
(Wardens of Issalia, #1)

A Warden's Purpose (Warden's of Issalia, #1)Years after the fate of humankind was determined in a terrible battle of good versus evil, the effects of that war are still felt. Like the heroes in THE RUNES OF ISSALIA series, once again, the youth of Issalia will drive this fantasy, told through the eyes and hearts of Quinn and her adopted brother, Everson.

Quinn is a warrior at heart, a leader, loyal and determined to find her place in the school of magic. Everson has disabilities that have stunted his ability to socialize, but his intelligence, heart and curiosity in the school of engineering far overshadows any physical impairments…once people look beyond his body. It will be their strong points that could be their downfall as a dark entity is determined to use them as pawns for their evil machinations.

Will Quinn and Everson each face their own trials only to discover the danger their world is in or will the danger only be for them? Friendships are formed, jealousies will rise, and betrayals will be endured…welcome back to Issalia in A WARDEN’S PURPOSE.

Jeffrey L. Kohanek fires up this tale with an opening that is shocking and certainly attention grabbing! We are then invited to live the events prior, from a warm and loving home life to the cruelties Everson must face for being different while Quinn runs a slightly overbearing interference in his defense.

Written for younger YA readers to get lost in, Mr. Kohanek brings out both the best and the worst in people, organizations and the world. Filled with action, imagination and an atmosphere of pure fantasy, this is sure to be a hit for even the most reluctant of readers! Characters come alive, some good, some insecure, some brilliantly filled with the light and innocence of youth, all of them will feel the pressures to succeed.

A simply wonderful read to fuel the imagination page after page as these characters face seemingly insurmountable odds and push ahead!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jeffrey L. Kohanek!


Celebrity Status by Angela Scavone #Release Tour

CELEBRITY STATUS
by Angela Scavone

Hard Love by Shana Vanterpool Blitz and #Giveaway


Hard Love
Shana Vanterpool
(Guns & Ink #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.
Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more unhappy ending, might just do him in.
Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.
But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.
A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.
Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.
Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.
SNEAK A PEEK AT BOOK 1 – MAD LOVE:
Life had a way of expunging your expectations.
But it also had a way of rebuilding them.
I met a hero the day I walked into Klayton’s tattoo shop, broken and terrified. My heart was tattered, and my mental state was a plain of rubble in my skull. He wasn’t your typical hero. But atypical was exactly what I needed. I needed strength to combat my weaknesses. I needed love to fight my terror. And I needed someone to look at me like I was whole, when I feared I never would be again.
I sometimes wished we could have a do-over. That I could walk into his tattoo shop smiling, clean, and glowing. But that would only erase the brutal, beautiful truth of us. I didn’t walk into his tattoo shop smiling, I wasn’t clean, and I was severely damaged.
But Klayton loved me anyway. Even when I was empty, even when I was broken.
Even when I was mad.


Author Bio:
When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.

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#Cover Reveal - The Gallery by Mika Lane


The Gallery: A Reverse Harem Romance
Mika Lane
Publication date: June 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
What do you do when someone changes the rules of the game? Do you keep playing? Or start your own game?
Blu, my gay bestie, was determined to see me win. Of course, I knew that would involve plenty of retail therapy. And chocolate.
I just didn’t know it would include four hot as h*ll men with moves I’d never dreamed existed. And a very different sort of social club.


Author Bio:
Writing has been a passion of Mika’s since a young age (her first book was "The Day I Ate the Milkyway"), but erotic romance is now what gives purpose to her days and nights. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. A devotee of the intelligent and beautiful, and lover of shiny things, she’s a yogi, hiker, traveler, thinker, observer, and book worm. She has been known to drink cheap champagne and has way too many shoes.
A National Reader's Choice Awards finalist, Mika always deliver a hot, sexy romp, often with imperfect characters, and a promised happily ever after (or at least happy for now).
She LOVES to hear from readers, and can be found at www.mikalane.com, and facebook.com/mikalaneauthor, when she's not dreaming up naughty tales to share.


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Hot Asset by Lauren Layne #Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway



Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: 21 Wall Street

Summary

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.


About the Author

Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York Times, USA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

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Message From Author Lauren Layne

Whip smart with the looks of a Greek god and lots of money thanks to his hard work -- what’s not to love? Ian, the hero of my newest release HOT ASSET, has been a bachelor for a long time in the NYC dating scene, but he’s met his match with Lara McKenzie. But even though she is in his life to scrutinize his career, that doesn’t stop him from taking his best shot at seducing the buttoned-up investigator for the SEC.

So what are Ian’s top ways to woo a woman and how well do they work on Lara? Let us see:

(1) Never underestimate the power of the pickup line … until it bombs.

Ian’s the master of the pickup line; so smooth, that women don’t even know it is a pick-up line. Until Lara. He crashes and burns with everything he says in their first meeting.

(2) Flattery will get you everywhere. Usually.

Ian’s the type of guy who always knows exactly what to say to even the most skeptical of women to make her blush a little. Not so much with Lara McKenzie! She literally has no use for pretty compliments. She already knows she’s got it going on where it counts—her brains.

(3) An unexpected gesture will get you everywhere … until it doesn’t.

Ian knows the power in the element of surprise, a gift or gesture when the woman’s least expecting it. Except Lara is always expecting it. And thus, decidedly less than impressed.

(4) Keep her far away from your baggage. Unless, of course, her job is to bust your baggage wide open.

Ian knows his best chance to score is keeping a woman’s attention on the here-and-now, since his past is more than a little messy. Unfortunately for him, Lara has zero interest in his present, and every interest in his past … which holds the key to destroying his future!

(5) A little Black Am-Ex card never hurts … unless she thinks you made your money illegally.

Ian Bradley knows that being filthy rich works in his favor when it comes to women. He can afford the best restaurants, the fanciest champagne. Meanwhile, Lara would like nothing more than to prove he made every last hard-earned penny illegally ...

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Bad News by Lilly James Tour & #Giveaway

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Ends June 19, 2018
Bad News
by Lilly James
Genre: Contemporary Romance

There is no wrong or right way to deal with a death. Or to grieve in a way that is expected. The loss of a loved one can hit you in ways you could never imagine. At least, it did to Hunter Holland. College Junior Hunter knows he messes up; he knows he hates his life; he also knows he blames his father for his mother’s death. What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to change–all thanks to Louisa Dawson. Louisa, the freshman, is sweet. Shy. Innocent. She doesn’t care for boys, but rather books. Hunter is crazy, a player, and as cocky as they come. The college ‘bad news’ is everything she wants to stay away from, yet he is everything she is drawn to. Focused on her studies, Louisa doesn’t have time for Hunter who is both distracting and disruptive, but Louisa is the breath of fresh air Hunter needs. She is the only girl he is willing to work for. She is also the only girl that understands why Hunter is living the life he is. Louisa is determined to prove to Hunter that living in a tormented past is never going to guarantee a happy future. They say opposites attract… maybe they do.



British Author Lilly James is a woman with a wild imagination that has to be set free into the arms of a keyboard.



Writing gives Lilly that chance to escape the real world and live in a world of fantasy with her characters. 

When she's not writing you'll find her singing terribly to music, curled up with her kindle, or doing something boring like everyday chores that unfortunately need attention. 

Lilly lives in Wales, is a mother of one beautiful little girl, and loves reading, chocolate and wine. All in that order.





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Ends June 19, 2018