Sunday, October 22, 2017

Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis (Washington Soaring Eagles, #1)

Squeeze Play
by Aven Ellis

My Rating: 5 Stars!
Series: The Washington D.C. Soaring Eagles - Book 1
Publication Date: October 25, 2017
Publisher: Aven Ellis
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 306 pages
Available from: Amazon
Full of enthusiasm, recent college graduate Hayley Carter is thrilled to be working for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Having spent most of her life in the background due to family circumstances, Hayley is eager to step up and be heard—and bring much needed change to her new organization. Romance is on the shelf because now is the time to focus on herself and new career. Armed with a self-help book guaranteed to improve her personal and professional life, Hayley is ready to become the best version of herself. 

But will a baseball player for the Washington Soaring Eagles challenge her thoughts about dating and the person she thinks she needs to be?

Brody Jensen is the new catcher for the professional team in DC. Baseball means everything to Brody and was his salvation growing up. Brody intends to make the most of his full-time shot behind the plate. Which means no serious relationships. 

However, when a chance encounter leads him to Hayley, Brody finds himself wanting to know all about the beautiful blonde who has engaged him from the moment he spotted her. Together, they find themselves questioning the ideals they had set for not only relationships, but themselves, too.

When the cherry blossoms bloom in the nation's capital, Cupid puts a squeeze play on Hayley and Brody. Will they be brave enough to love themselves and each other? Will love be called out? Or will their relationship be safe at home?

Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis (Washington Soaring Eagles, #1)

Squeeze PlayHayley Carter is ready, willing and able to make her mark on the world, starting at the non-profit organization she has just been hired at. Like a whirly-gig on steroids she is ready to take Washington D.C. on and come out on top, and trust me, she is ready, armed with a cause near to her heart, a self-help regime that promises to re-create her as a woman in charge of both her personal and professional lives. Look out, world, Hayley is getting better every day!

Too bad her human frailties and Murphy’s Law makes her first-day vault into the “big people’s world” more like a trip and stumble that puts her iced drink squarely into the crotch of a god with a keen sense of humor, intelligence and quick wit and geez, he is oh-so-wrong for her.

Brody has always been the twin with less, bad grades, little promise to become another Brainiac like his brother, but he is a star on the baseball diamond, the maestro that orchestrates the plays, the newest star catcher for the Washington D.C. Soaring Eagles. Too bad, he doesn’t realize all he has to offer the world, but one quirky blonde may be the yin to his yang, the peanut butter to his jelly or the Fruity Pebbles to his cereal milk…yeah, sometimes love is like that.

Get ready to fall into Aven Ellis’ latest romantic ray of sunshine and fun, SQUEEZE PLAY and prepare to laugh out loud, feel your heart beat to a giddy rhythm and discover the fun of falling in love when you really weren’t ready with the guy that really couldn’t be right for you, and yet…
Aven Ellis makes romance sparkle and shine! She creates flawed characters that are perfect to get to know and will steal your heart from page one! Sit back and get ready to let Ms. Ellis make your reading day!

I received an ARC edition from Aven Ellis. This is my voluntary review!


The Billionaire’s Ex-Wife by Leslie North Blitz and #Giveaway


The Billionaire’s Ex-Wife
Leslie North
(The Jameson Brothers, #1)
Publication date: October 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sam Jameson always gets what he wants and what he wants is his ex-wife.
Sam views the world in black and white—a strong attitude that’s earned him billions in the business world and an ex-wife in the real world. Sam wants is to choose his own future, but to do this he must pass a test set out by his older brother, and CEO: onboard his wayward brother, Eddie. Sam accepts the challenge but isn’t sure what to think when he learns that the woman he’d love and left is part of the test too.
Trinity Jameson is a fixer. It doesn’t matter if it’s ugly furniture or an ornery employee, Trinity has the touch and she’s spent most of her life helping others achieve their best potential. But when her ex-husband comes back to town to prove he’s got a heart, Trinity makes a decision: She’s not going to fix his problems for him—no matter what his smoldering blue eyes ask of her, she’s going to say “No.” She’s determined that he’ll fix his own mess this time.
Before Sam landed in New York, his goal was to leave the city just as fast. But when Trinity saunters into the room looking better than ever, his desire begins to shift. He realizes that what he really wants is what he can no longer have: Trinity. Sam has no trouble stoking their physical fire, but hot sex isn’t going to be enough to heal the hurt he’d caused long ago. Sam isn’t going to be dissuaded by her new found emotional wall. He helped her build it, and now he’s going to knock it down.
EXCERPT:
His favorite suit was wrinkled. It didn’t matter if there was only one: the wrinkle was there, leering up at him like a lopsided, mocking smile.
Sam Jameson shook out his sleeve, but the minor imperfection remained. Minor, he thought to himself in consolation. A wrinkle that wouldn’t smooth was the least of his problems today; still, it lingered in the back of his mind as much as it lingered on the otherwise crisp fabric of his suit.
Sam distracted himself by gazing about the familiar waiting room of the New York office. He missed the East Coast more than he could express, and he wasn’t an expressive man by nature—but even he could appreciate the familiar, sanitized smell of the office, the classic wooden furnishings, and the precision of the New York City skyline just outside the high window. The L.A. office always smelled like someone was secretly giving manicures in the staff kitchen, and the West Coast skyline was…quirky. Slipshod. Obscured by a permanent haze and decidedly not up to code.
L.A. was to blame for Sam’s current predicament, of that he had no doubt. Who the hell lodged a complaint about “annoying perfectionism” and took their business elsewhere? Apparently L.A. clients did. Sam blamed the strange holistic culture that had seized the West Coast—the culture of “mistakes are successes that haven’t happened yet”, or whatever inane philosophy Californians liked to paste on the bumpers of their hybridized cars—but his older brother William didn’t see things the way he did. That was partly why Willian was CEO, and Sam was COO, of Jameson Advertising Agency: it wasn’t just a matter of age, but perspective…or so their father had once explained it.
If only Sam could give William a momentary demotion and make him see things from his point of view. This move to onboard Eddie was a mistake. More than that, it was far below Sam’s paygrade—but even he wasn’t so callous as to say as much out loud. He had learned early that when it came to family, talking in strictly business terms wasn’t exactly smiled upon.
But surely even William could see, from his lofty vantage as CEO, that bringing Eddie any closer in the family business was a mistake. Their father had certainly thought so. The youngest Jameson simply wasn’t cut out for more than wining and dining clients.
Inviting the family screw-up back into the fold didn’t seem like a wise move to Sam—but who was he to protest it? He would get in, do the job to a more than acceptable degree, and get out, the same as he always did. William wouldn’t be able to argue with the results, and then Sam could get the hell back to L.A. and move onto better things.
The door opened and Sam rose, applying one last swipe to the wrinkle. He raised his gaze, expecting to find Eddie’s lopsided grin and ridiculous eyebrows waggling a greeting.
Instead, it was his own ex-wife he found staring back at him.
“Trinity.” He hated how out of practice he suddenly sounded saying her name out loud. Not a day had passed since their separation that it didn’t enter his head on a repeating loop, always in threes: Trinity. Trinity. Trinity. “What are you doing here?”
His ex-wife blinked her gorgeous doe eyes like he had her caught in a crosshairs. Obviously his presence in the room wasn’t a surprise to her, but maybe seeing an estranged spouse in the flesh shook her as much as it shook him.


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

3x ebook copies of 
The Billionaire’s Ex-Wife
Ends Oct 26, 2017
XBTBanner1

Wicked Fallout by Kelly Charron Blitz and #Giveaway


Wicked Fallout
Kelly Charron
(Pretty Wicked #2)
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller
“Wicked Fallout is a twisty cat and mouse psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages right up to the unexpected end. A creepy mix of horror and psychological insight, Charron takes you into the mind of a killer and doesn’t let go.”
~Eileen Cook, Author of WITH MALICE

Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting.
Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to do the impossible—get her immediately released with a commuted sentence.
Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty.
At least that’s what Ryann is counting on.
Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?
**This novel can be enjoyed as a standalone or as part of the Pretty Wicked series.
EXCERPT:
I spin around and see two women rolling on the ground, hair flying. Fights are a pretty rare occurrence, but when they happen it’s nasty. I once read that men fight to injure, but women fight to kill.
Sounds accurate.
The women roll closer to our table, and we all jerk out of the way in case some of the action heads toward us. I can hardly see who it is, but Georgina is quick to say it’s Roxie and Jinx. And they are going at each other: hands whacking, hair pulling, face slapping, and rib kicking. The whole nine. But it doesn’t go on for too long. Two guards descend on them, yanking the women apart. Some damage is already done. Jinx has a bloody nose and a swelling eye, and Roxie’s lip is split open.
“Fuck, man. Did you see that? Roxie almost killed the bitch! Bam!” Margot slams her hand on the table and my head rings. Jodi laughs. Must be nice for her to sit back and chuckle, since she’s never actually fought in here.
“Enough, Margot, or the guards are gonna be over here next.” Steph eyes her and Margot settles down.
The cafeteria is returning to normal so we sit again, and I try to force a spoonful of my cold, lumpy lunch down. It takes all my concentration to swallow the disgusting mouthful. My stomach clenches, so I drop my spoon.
“No offense, princess, but you look like shit,” Georgina says in between shovels. She’s a fat pig. No matter how disgusting the food is in here, don’t take your eyes off your plate or it’ll be in her goddamn mouth before you know what’s happening.
I lock my gaze on her. “Thanks. Just giving you a chance to feel a bit better about your ugly ass.”
She shoots me the finger.
“Seriously, you look pale, like even more than normal,” Stephanie chimes in, sounding far too motherly for my liking.
I smile. “Thanks, ladies. You sure are the fucking cheer committee today.”
“This shrink is really taking the piss outta you, huh? I ain’t never seen you so frazzled before,” Jodi says.
“I’m just tired. Been sleeping like shit, the food is inedible, and yes, talking in circles about your feelings is agony. So I’m taking donations—any booze, pills, or weed is welcome.” Most of what I say is bravado. Keeping up appearances is key to survival in this hellhole. I can’t afford to get caught with any contraband in case a miracle happens and I have a chance of getting out. What a kick in the tit that would be, if I got approved only to have a stupid joint found in my bunk.
“We’re all suffering in here, princess, so buck up.” Georgina braces her gigantic noggin on top of her propped arms.
It takes all my strength to stay calm. Sometimes people in here forget what I’m capable of. Maybe some of them don’t believe in my history and are willing to take a chance by coming at me.
Too bad I’m on my best behavior.
Margot puts a hand in Georgina’s face. “Lay off her, Gina. Ain’t none of us know what being examined under a microscope like that feels like. I know I’d be stressed to fucking shit if my whole future relied on talking to one damn bitch for a couple of weeks.”
“Thanks, Margot, but you don’t have to defend me.”
“Yeah, princess is a big girl. She can take care of herself, or so she wants us to think.”
I glower at her and swallow the scream that threatens to explode out of me. I’m afraid if I release it, I’ll never stop. “You got something to say?” I sit on my hands. Just in case I’m a little too tempted to gouge her eyes out.
Georgina stands up from her spot at the table across from me and walks around to my side. “Actually, yeah. I think you’re a fucking weak-ass bitch who ain’t no one afraid of in here, especially not me. You walk around all high and mighty, thinking you’re better than us, smarter and prettier than us, but guess what—you in here just like the fucking rest of us, and I ain’t scared by your supposed past.” She makes finger quotations an inch from my face.
I stand. We’re eye to eye. I can feel her hot, stinky breath on my face. Her finger jabs me in the chest. My blood fills my ears and I can’t hear much past the intense rushing. I clench my fists at my sides. Ready. I want her to come at me so badly. “Is that so? You gonna do something about it then?” I say, smacking her finger away from me. My eyes narrow on her acne-scarred face.
Before I can register what’s happening, I feel her two bony hands dig into my chest. The air is pushed out and I gasp. My legs tremble. Teeth clench.
It only takes me a second to leap onto her. Her fingers are entwined in my hair and I can feel the pressure as she yanks. I elbow her, and she lets go. The top of my hand swings across her cheek and I hear a loud slapping sound. Her head flies back, her arms wave wildly as she tries to grab a hold of me, but my adrenaline is pumping so hard that I don’t feel anything. My hands find their way to her neck. I squeeze and squeeze. Teeth gritting.
The power of my fingers pressing into the flesh of her neck makes me shiver with excitement. It feels like I can breathe for the first time since that day in the library all those years ago.
I have tunnel vision. I only see her eyes rolling back and her mouth attempting to suck in air. My heartbeat increases in my ears. Thump. Thump. Thump. My hands and wrists must be aching, but I don’t feel them.
Her arms keep flailing. Her fingers attempt to dig at my face. I don’t feel that either, I just keep pressing my hands into her. Squeezing. I wonder how much longer until she dies. I’m tingling all over.
And then I feel hands on me—pulling and yanking me off her. I fight harder, and then so do the hands.
My grasp is broken. I’m being lifted into the air. I’m screaming and swearing. I’m shaking, ferocious with rage. It’s a sensation from a time very long ago, yet it’s so familiar to me.
A man’s gruff voice breaks into my trance. My arms are twisted behind my back where I’m cuffed. Tightly. “That’s enough, Wilkanson! You’re done! You’re done!”
Now that I’m off her, I realize in a sobering moment that he might not be talking about just the fight. A hurtling wave of nausea makes my stomach twist and my mouth water.
I may have just ruined any chance I ever had to get out of here.
***
I’m whisked away by two guards who throw me into solitary.
They aren’t gentle with me as they literally launch me inside the room. I’ve never been in here before, but I’ve heard enough horror stories to know I never wanted to see it. I land on the ground with a thud. My bones vibrate from the motion. My arms are sore and bruised above my elbows where I was manhandled.
“I got to say, I’m surprised to see you in here, Wilkanson. There goes your perfect record. Was it worth it?” The guard, Han, shakes his head. He looks like a disappointed daddy and not some guy who’s getting underpaid to deal with us lowlifes.
I remain quiet, as is my right. It’s about the only thing I can control in here.
The other guard that has kindly accompanied me to the hole is Rickers. Unlike Han, has a smug smile on his face, like he’s been waiting for this moment with a lousy fifty bucks riding on it.
Han spins me around and unlocks the handcuffs. My wrists are sore from being forced into the cold, hard metal. I rub them, trying to get the circulation back into my hands. My brain finally registers where I am as I look around the closet-sized room. There’s nothing in here but a sweat- stained pad on the floor and a disgusting dirty blanket that I wouldn’t touch for fear of contracting scabies or countless other contagious diseases.
“Someone will be in later to bring you to your hearing. Do you want anyone else there with you?” Rickers asks.
“What do you mean? I don’t understand what’s happening,” I say, and it’s the truth. I’ve never committed an offense before. My anger has dwindled, and I’m left in a state of confusion and shock. My body trembles. I can even feel my ribs shaking. What did I fucking do?
Han stands tall, shoulders squared, with his hand on his baton. He looks like he’s ready to take down a linebacker and not some hundred-and-ten-pound chick. “You’ll be taken in to see an adjudicator. You can bring in witnesses if you think it’ll help your case. You’ll tell them what happened and plead guilty or not guilty of the offense—in this case, assaulting a fellow inmate.”
“But Georgina started it. She hit me first!” Ugh. I hear the pitiful whine in my voice and I wonder how I suddenly became a petulant child. I need to get my shit together before the hearing if I have any hope in hell of being taken seriously. “Can you ask Stephanie Harvey and Jodi Brown to come? They were there.”
“We’ll see what we can do,” Han says.
“So what, I have to stay in here until then? How long does this hearing take to set up?” I ask. My palms are slick, and I wipe them on the thighs of my pants.
“It could be a few hours.”
“Oh, great,” I exhale, relieved.
“Or it could be tomorrow,” Rickers adds.
My eyes and mouth widen. “What? You mean to tell me that I could be stuck in this hell
hole overnight?” My mind reels. My bunk is shitty, but it’s the Westin compared to this hovel. “That’s right.” Rickers smiles. “Shoulda thought about that before you tried to kill someone in here.” He walks out with Han right behind him.
My hand goes up and I wave for them to stop. “No, wait. You can’t leave me.”
Han takes another step away. “I’m afraid we can, and just in case we’re not back today, sleep tight.” The hefty steel door slams shut. The sound reverberates, echoing painfully in my ears. I’m dizzy. The walls look like they’re getting closer. The air is cold and stale. My stomach turns over.
Think, Ryann. Lunch was served at one o’clock. The fight happened just after, which puts it around two. There’s got to be enough time to get a judge or adjudicator to see me. What if the warden won’t let Steph and Jodi out to testify for me?
I need water. My mouth is so dry.
Surely someone will come soon. In twelve years at this prison, I’ve never so much as hid a candy bar I wasn’t supposed to have. I don’t deserve this.
Fighting is a major infraction. Georgina wanted this. This was probably her fucking plan the entire time.
What the fuck did I do?


Author Bio:
Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

#GIVEAWAY
$25 Amazon gift card
Ends Oct 26, 2017


XBTBanner1

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Captured Memories by Katherine McIntyre (Cupid's Cafe, #3)

Captured Memories
by Katherine McIntyre

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Cupid's Cafe - Book 3
Publisher: After Glows Publishing (October 17, 2017)
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 149 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life. 

After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time.

Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place.

When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.

Captured Memories by Katherine McIntyre (Cupid's Cafe, #3)

Captured Memories (Cupid's Cafe #3)A Red envelope and creamy white paper, an invitation to Cupid’s Café, but for what? A romantic blind date or a return of a nightmare from Liv’s past? With her best friend riding shotgun, police badge in hand, Live would soon discover that Fate has a way of giving love a second chance to grow. Live never expected her date to be Zane, her brother’s ex-best friend, the off-limits guy she had fallen for all those years ago, the guy who fell off the face of the earth, never to be seen again…until now.

The years have made both Liv and Zane sadder, but wiser people, a little battered, bruised and tarnished, but one thing hadn’t changed, their feelings for each other. Is it possible for each of them to find their way through the pain and horrors of the past? Can they become the support each of them needs to learn to live again?

Katherine McIntyre’s CAPTURED MEMORIES is a second-chance romance that brings more to the table than hearts and flowers. It brings a second chance for two lost and damaged souls to re-kindle a love for life and hope for a better future as long as they have the one person who always made them want to be better, the person who made them whole, the person who owned their heart.

Emotionally charged, this love story makes readers believe in the miracle of love and its ability to heal the most wretched of souls! Really, who else could see beyond your mistakes and flaws to the person you really are, except the one who loves you? Ms. McIntyre’s tale has both the bitter and the sweet as we find ourselves witnessing two characters who find love just when they needed it most!

I received this copy from the author. I am voluntarily reviewing it!

The Warrior's Path by Karim Soliman (Tales of Gorania, #1)

The Warrior's Path
by Karim Soliman

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Tales of Gorania - Book 1
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (October 17, 2017)
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 454 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Blood was his sin. Now blood is his redemption.

A true warrior never stains his hands with the blood of an innocent. 

Forced to slay his father to avoid committing atrocities of war, Masolon flees the justice of his clansmen, through the madness of the haunted desert, to the fabled lands of Gorania—a journey he survives with his body, but not with his mind. 

Tormented by the guilt of his sin, Masolon seeks redemption through the war he wages against the tyranny of lords and the savagery of outlaws. As enemies and false friends close in from all sides, Masolon must discover if it’s possible to find peace in Gorania for his restless heart…while following the bloody path of a warrior.

The Warrior's Path by Karim Soliman (Tales of Gorania, #1)

The Warrior's Path (Tales of Gorania, #1)His mother and sisters, brutally killed by marauders, there is only one way out for Masolon to avoid becoming the warring monster his father orders. He must kill him. Now on the run from the “justice” of his countrymen, Masolon will become a traveler, a foreigner, an oddity to those who live far from his home. He is alone, there is no one to trust with his life, but he will become a commodity for war, a warrior, his abilities used as a weapon of death and entertainment for the masses. Through it all Masolon will refuse to become like his father, but will become a leader among warriors who fight for the masses against tyranny and the outlaws who pillage the land.
Even as the weight of his guilt and isolation shroud him in his own cocoon, Masolon will find that one fiery woman will awaken his heart and his very soul.

THE WARRIOR’S PATH by Karim Soliman is a tale of survival, of personal growth and redemption and the honor of one young man alone in a world that is harsh and unforgiving to its inhabitants.

Karim Soliman has created a world and an atmosphere filled with tension and distress where power and strength come at the end of a bloody blade and enemies are easier to make and find than allies. From the stark beginnings of this tale to the action of battles and contests, we witness a young man who holds everything in, sharing nothing and keeping his past mysterious. Masolon’s character feels alone in the world. The guilt he feels rises throughout this tale, and trust me, from page one to the end, I witnessed each scene as if being there, from the smells of filth and sweat to freezing dungeons and beyond. The few moments of joy are like fresh air and sunshine and one can only root for the lost soul in a foreign land, even as his skills as a warrior are tested and proven time and again.

Fascinating reading that carries the reader into the story and refuses to let go, even after those final words. It takes a creative author to build a believable world out of nothing, and to fashion a remarkable character into a living and breathing entity. There is a sense of high inner emotional turmoil, chaotic external action and a long journey undertaken!

I received this copy from Karim Soliman and am voluntarily reviewing it!



The Attraction Equation by Kadie Scott (Love Undercover, #2)

The Attraction Equation
by Kadie Scott

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Love Undercover - Book 2
Expected publication: November 13th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don't allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

The Attraction Equation by Kadie Scott (Love Undercover, #2)

The Attraction EquationIt was just a little puppy, how much trouble could it be to hold on to it for a month before Christmas when Gina could surprise her younger brother? Sure, the apartment she was subletting has a strict no pets policy, but come on… Day one and Gina is busted sneaking the pup out take care of business by the most gorgeous and intimidating man she has ever seen, but he doesn’t look like a rule breaker. And THAT is when things went from bad to worse…or certainly something unlike the carefree Gina has ever experienced.

Blackmail, Max Carter is blackmailing her. If he keeps quiet about the dog, Gina must pretend to be his girlfriend until after Christmas. So what could possibly be wrong with this guy that he can’t get a girlfriend? Too much starch in his shirts? Too anal retentive about his life?

THE ATTRACTION EQUATION by Kadie Scott is a comedic look at opposites attracting, interfering mothers and what happens when two people are not completely honest with each other, even as they enact their romantic subterfuge.

I have to say, Max was a little difficult to deal with at times, but Gina was like a breath of fresh air, from her quirky ways to her larger-than –life heart!

Get ready to ring in the Holidays with peels of laughter, sweet moments of love and madcap puppy chases, all while watching one sedate and “ordered” man have his world reorganized by the chaos of love!

A wonderful and fun read, because what can be sweeter than love...and Puppies!

I received an ARC edition from Kadie Scott. This is my voluntary review.

Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley (Breakthrough, #1)

Breakthrough
by Michael C. Grumley

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Breakthrough - Book 1
Publication Date: March 6, 2013
Publisher: Michael C. Grumley
Genre: Science Fiction
Print Length: 322 pages
Available from: Amazon
ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN HUMAN HISTORY.
A SECRET THAT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE FOUND.
AND A CRISIS THAT CANNOT BE STOPPED.

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

With the help of a powerful computer system, Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet's second smartest species. But the team discovers much more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor. One that was never supposed to be found.

Alison was sure she would never trust the military again. However, when an unknown group immediately becomes interested in her work, Alison realizes John Clay may be the only person she can trust. Together they must piece together a dangerous puzzle, and the most frightening piece, is the trembling in Antarctica.

To make matters worse, someone from the inside is trying to stop them. Now time is running out...and our understanding of the world is about to change forever.

 
 Breakthrough by Michael C. Grumley (Breakthrough, #1)

Breakthrough (Breakthrough, #1)What can happen when science, nature, survival and abject terror collide with a taut and high-powered science fiction tale? Will it be the end of the world? Michael C. Grumley’s BREAKTHROUGH combines, fascinating fictional science, an alien visitation, an out-of-control governmental bureaucrat and a seemingly unavoidable end of the world scenario to give us a start to finish science fiction tale that is a mind-boggling and magnetic read for those of us who enjoy the “what-if” scenarios.

One scientific team has broken the language barrier between man and dolphin while mysterious events deep in the Caribbean Sea are wreaking havoc for both man and the very planet, itself. Enter “big government,” deadly intervention, a Neanderthal “shoot first and ask questions later,” mentality and it will be quite possible that humanity’s future “to-do” lists will never get done, unless one scientist and one government agent who goes rogue can save the day. Brilliant chaos, dialogue and two amazing dolphins make this tale a fast-paced science fiction must-read for those of us who like to let our imaginations run wild.

Michael C. Grumley has pulled together a tale that will have readers entertained while balancing on the edge of their seats!



Unacquainted by Leigh Lennon #Release Tour & #Giveaway

UNACQUAINTED
by Leigh Lennon

Evil Awakened by J.M. LeDuc Release Tour

EVIL AWAKENED
The Kiche Chronicles, book 1
by J.M. LeDuc

The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin Blitz and #Giveaway


The Canary Club
Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 16th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
“Bad Luck” Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.
Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.
Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.
Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A CERTAIN AGE or Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS, THE CANARY CLUB by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

Voodoo Angel by Erin Hayes Blitz and #Giveaway

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Audition & Torn Avenger Release Tour

THE AUDITION & TORN AVENGER
2 separate books
by Lea Bronsen

Michael Okon's MONSTERLAND Promo & #Giveaway

WELCOME TO THE SCARIEST PLACE ON EARTH
MONSTERLAND

ENTER... IF YOU DARE...

Monsterland
by Michael Okon

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Monsterland - Book 1
Publisher: WordFire Press (October 15, 2017)
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
Print Length: 214 pages

 
 
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin's senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

 
Monsterland by Michael Okon

MonsterlandI received an ARC edition from Michael Okon!

Will we ever get tired of the need for bigger, better, more shocking, or more terrifying entertainment when seeking our next theme park vacation? Back in the day, a small traveling circus was thrilling. Then larger, permanent entertainment venues sprouted. Disneyland, then Disney World, and on and on. Welcome to the greatest show on Earth, more thrills, more chills and more terrifying monsters than ever before! Welcome to Monsterland. Yessir, want to be chased by a real werewolf. Share a bloody good time with a vampire or maybe take a stroll among the zombies? Michael Okon has you covered in his dark fantasy, MONSTERLAND. For the cost of a ticket, you can enter a world of danger and gawk away. But could there be a hidden price to pay?

Would you turn down a chance to attend the grand opening? A group of teens are invited by the mysterious and eccentric owner, but little do they know this monster has more than a grand gesture in his plans. Witness the torment of teen angst as one boy crushes on the girl of his dreams and her boyfriend is the school jock. but, who does she lean on when things get scary? Meanwhile, there is something just not right about this freak show of things that go bump in the night.

Zombies, vampires and werewolves are on display. Yes, they are real, yes they can be deadly, but the true horror is in how they got there and how the public craves a peek...not to mention what they really see...and that waxen vampire mannequin? Go ahead touch him...and don't miss their concert, either!

Dark, dangerous and certainly gory, Michael Okon's tale is, from start to finish a complete word magnet as he builds each scene, colors in his characters in shades of everything from weird to naïve to downright deadly and sets them free tell their tale. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Mr. Okon knows how to create atmosphere and build tension as he reels us in for that last moment, that last word and leaves us looking over our shoulders, jumping at strange sounds and wondering, could this really happen? Think I’ll stick to the Merry-Go-Round and a visit to the princess’ castle.




 

 

MICHAEL OKON

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
Connect with Michael
Goodreads | Website | Twitter 


 
Enter to Win a SIGNED copy of Monsterland
or
A Monsterland T-SHIRT

Ends Oct 27, 2017 @11:59PM

#Cover Reveal - Right Gift. Wrong Day by Natalie Decker


Right Gift. Wrong Day
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1.5)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Tyler Richardson is freaking out! Not only did he invite his new girlfriend to meet his entire family, this is also the day they will exchange gifts. But what do you get a girl after dating for only two weeks? Should he listen to his friends and just give her a card, or should he ask for a second opinion?
Layla can’t believe she agreed to have dinner with Tyler and his family. What if they don’t like her? To make matter’s worse, they agreed to exchange Christmas gifts. The boy already has everything. And what if she gets him something that’s nicer than what he gets her? That would be really awkward. Asking him what he would like is completely out of the question. Maybe she should ask his friends for help.
After a rocky start, Tyler and Layla’s relationship is everybody’s relationship goals. But can Tyler and Layla survive the holidays without losing their cool?
RIGHT GIFT WRONG DAY is a hilarious companion novella to RIGHT TEXT WRONG NUMBER from Natalie Decker.


Author Bio:
Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
Find out more visit: www.authornataliedecker.com

XBTBanner1