Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spotlight & Tour: Mad Magic by Nicole Conway

Title: Mad Magic
Author: Nicole Conway
Genre/Age: Fantasy/YA
Series: Mad Magic Saga (Book One)
Publisher: Month9Books
SynopsisAfter being orphaned, high school student Josie Barton only has one person she can turn to when things get rough—a mysterious legal guardian who calls himself her Benefactor. “Ben” takes care of everything for her. He pays her bills, provides food, clothes, and even a cell phone. But there is one thing Ben doesn’t know: Josie Barton sees scary imaginary creatures everywhere she goes. Even her apartment is being haunted by an invisible monster! And just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a man of many faces. He’s a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a magical curse that could end his life. He loves a good argument and has incredible magical power, but he may have met his match in Josie. So far, she’s the only one who seems able to rein in his childish tantrums and magical explosions. Zeph will have to swallow his pride and finally let go of all his dark secrets if he really wants to break his curse. And with Josie at his side, he might actually stand a chance this time.

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book. Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Release Blitz: A Good Man by Rosanna Leo

Title: A Good Man
Series: Handyman Series #1
Author: Rosanna Leo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: November 21, 2017

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others. All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on. Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged. While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option. Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

“Come with me. I want to show you something.”

“Sounds mysterious.”

“I will admit I was keeping this a secret, but I’ve made an executive decision to break with Handymen tradition.”

“What will Lacey think?”

“Let’s not go there.” He brought her upstairs, to the room that used to be the master bedroom, the one where several crew members stowed their belongings most days. Michael opened the door. At the far end of the empty room sat a large object, covered in a long tarp. “I’ve been working on something for you.”

“You mean other than renovating my house?”

He grinned. “Remember those old family photos Lacey borrowed from you?”

“Yeah. She said they wanted to include a montage of old pictures in the show introduction.”

“That might have been a slight fabrication. I just needed a way to get some photos from you. Anyway, I was saving this for the big reveal, but I think I want to show you now.” He grabbed the edge of the tarp and pulled, revealing the object hidden beneath it. 

It was an old wooden ladder, one he’d found months ago at a salvage yard. He’d decided to repurpose it, turning it into a set of frames for the old photos they’d borrowed. Faces now smiled out from the six gaps between the rungs. Nonna Olivia hugging two blond children, Emily and her brother. Nonna Olivia and her husband on their wedding day. Six photos in total, all part of the heritage Emily so treasured. He hoped she’d like the rustic look of the ladder. Rather than sanding and painting it, he’d left it rough and worn, so that it looked as if it might have been sitting in Nonna Olivia’s toolshed, just waiting to be used. All Michael had done was affix the appropriate hooks and backings and had blown all the photos up to sizes that would fit the spaces. 

Emily gazed upon her grandmother’s face. Her chest heaved. She blinked once, then twice. All at once, big, fat tears began to roll down her cheeks. “Michael, it’s…”

“I hope you don’t mind I used the photos. I thought it might be nice for you to have mementos of your grandmother in the finished store.”

“Oh.” Her hand covered her mouth but it shook so much she was unsuccessful at covering her open mouth.

“I hope you like it. You’ve had a shitty week and I thought you could use a pick-me-up. I was supposed to keep quiet about it, so maybe you could keep it under your hat until—”

Emily threw herself at him and wrapped her arms around his torso, cutting off his words and his breath. Only when he hugged her back did he realize how hard she was quivering.

She wasn’t just crying about the old photos.

“It’s okay, Em. Let it out, sweetheart.”

The collar of his shirt grew wet but he didn’t care. Wardrobe had tons of shirts. Besides, she felt good in his arms, all soft and warm. He rubbed her shoulders and the back of her waist, exploring and familiarizing himself with her luscious body. He breathed, drinking in her scent. His nasal cavities had never known such bliss. It was like that first clear breath after a long period of congestion. His fingers were pretty happy too, enjoying the give of her womanly body. It was all he could do not to slide them down, cup her sweet ass, and pull her up against him.

Just not while she was crying over another man. 

She lingered in his arms and he did nothing to push her away. In fact, it surprised him how badly he wanted to keep her there, so much so that when Emily finally extricated herself, he wanted to pull her back into his embrace. Instead, he wiped her cheeks of the remaining tears. 

“The makeup ladies are going to kill me for making you cry.”

It might have been his imagination, but her tears made her eyes appear even greener. In fact, her entire face seemed a riot of tempting color. Each shade called to him. The crushed roses in her cheeks. Her strawberry lips, so plump and moist. Even the doeskin brown of her freckles fascinated him to no end. He wanted to count them, to kiss and mark them all.

Kissing her made a whole lot of sense right now. Kissing her senseless seemed even better.

Emily’s eyes widened. Her lips parted in invitation. Michael paused, knowing it was wrong, even though every raised hair on his arms told him it was right.

As he debated with himself for a split second, she brushed her lips against his. It was quick and soft, hunger masquerading as something platonic. Even though a spectator might have called it a friendly kiss, he knew the truth. As brief as it may have been, he felt her yield to him, even if just a little. 

From the startled look in her eye, Emily knew it too.

She took a step back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You’re right. I should have been the one to do it.” Michael licked his lips. “Your lips really do taste like strawberries.”

“Michael, I can’t.”

“I think you just did.”

“You know what I mean.” She waved her hand between their two torsos. “This. I can’t do this.”

“What? Point at my chest?”

“You’re teasing me.”

“Maybe a little. Listen, Em, I understand. As unexpected as that kiss was, as much as I want to taste your lips again, I know it’s too soon.”

“It’s too much, too soon.”

He reached for her hand. “I get it. It’s okay.”

“Thank you.”

“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending all my waking hours waiting for the moment I can make it happen again.”


“Don’t worry. I’d never force the matter. Besides, I enjoyed having you thrust yourself at me.”

“Are you ever going to let me live it down?”

“Not in this century, sweetheart.”

Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.
From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.
A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.


Review: A Love to Remember by Bronwen Evans

Title: A Love to Remember
Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Disgraced Lords (Book Seven)
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisA fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Liesand A Night of Forever.

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A couple can't stay together...but can they withstand being apart?

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Rose has almost everything she could ever hope for. Her widowhood gives her freedom, her son brings her joy, and her current beau is the one man she's always wanted. She'd love nothing more than to continue this way forever, but society's laws dictate a marriage must be in the works and Rose's lover won't agree to a union.

When Phillip realizes his seemingly perfect relationship with Rose is in jeopardy, he has two options. Marry the woman or let her go so she can find another man to wed. But after causing his brother's death in battle, Phillip has sworn to himself that he would never marry and produce an heir. Proposing to Rose just isn't in his plan.

And so the couple must call off their heated affair, which leads to broken hearts all around and a city full of wagging tongues. With mutual friends on every side, Rose and Phillip couldn't avoid each other if they tried. Yet, seeing the other is too painful to endure. If they can't walk away, maybe they can find a way to be together again.

This book started off in a very strange way. We get a peek into the reason that Phillip is so against marriage and it's understandable, even if I didn't agree with his attitude toward it. Then we're thrust into the present day and this is probably the only historical romance book that I've ever read which began with the couple already together. And I mean together-together. Bow-chica-wow-wow.

Then our couple is split up and the story takes a sharp dive into heartbreak-town. I felt just as miserable as Rose did. It was so easy to feel what she was feeling and hurt right along with her. Fantastic writing, that's for sure. Even's Phillip's struggle to live without Rose tore my poor heart in two. This couple was meant to be together.

No lie, I wanted to strangle Phillip for about 90% of this book. I wanted to literally wrap my hands around his fictional neck and squeeze the life out of him because of the way he continued to hurt Rose, even without meaning to. And it might not have been so bad if I didn't like her so much and wanted them figure this out so badly. His stupid self was a good test of my patience, I tell you.

But somewhere in the last few chapters, I decided not to kill Phillip and instead let him try to redeem himself. I think his epiphany could have been more pronounced, but I was glad to see a happy and satisfying ending. This was an emotional roller coaster, which is something I wasn't expecting but really enjoyed.

In closing...
I have got to check out some of the other books in this series. Four suns!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review & Blitz: Doggie Style by Piper Rayne

Title: Doggie Style
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Dirty Truths (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Enticing Journey Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisRumors never bothered me. If people want to guess at my sexuality because I design dog clothes for a living—let them. I know the truth. 

I’m a red-blooded heterosexual male and just because I don’t have my tongue hanging out of my mouth around every female like my dog Cooper, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the female form. 

Now with Teegan Lowery in my life I’m suddenly panting right next to Cooper, hoping for a taste.

I hired her for her stellar PR skills, but she’s slowly weaseling her way into a spot I’ve kept a NO VACANCY sign on for years. Everything about Teegan screams unavailable. The last thing I need is another dramatic, high maintenance woman in my life. Believe me, been there and done that.

But the sexual tension between us is like a game of tug-of-war and neither of us wants to lose.

I love dogs.
She hates them.
Turns out, we both love doggie style.

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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The Manny (Dirty Truths #1)

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This series keeps getting better!

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Teegan needs to land this client, but she's stunned to find just how much she'd like to land the man too. He makes dog clothes for a living and her best friend swears he's gay. So why does Teegan feel like he's constantly undressing her with his eyes and dropping sexual hints at every turn?

Leo is as straight as a nail, but he knows his reputation says otherwise. He hasn't felt the need to argue against it until he spots Teegan. Suddenly, he's desperate to prove just how strong his attraction to her really is. But just because they both want each other, doesn't mean that they'll get their happy ending, especially when Teegan has unresolved trust issues and a whole lot of baggage.

I really liked this book, probably more than the first of this series. We've already met Leo from the last book so I knew a little of what to expect from him. Teegan, however, was a breath of fresh air. She made me chuckle several times and I admired her work ambition. She really wanted to make a name for herself on her own and I can appreciate that.

Teegan's relationship with her mother was a little tragic. And I was happy to actually see a character attend some sort of professional therapy. In most books, we see characters suddenly resolve their relationship issues and we're supposed to believe they will never return. Yeah, right. It was nice to see a character set a good example for others who may have the same problem.

And the romance? Yowzers, it was hot. There was so much underlying sexual tension, from the very first few chapters. It turned into some really spicy bedroom scenes, and even some other places... Purrr... I smiled and I laughed and I can honestly say that I'm nervous about the next book because this just might be another triple grand slam series!

In closing... 
Jagger is up next and I am dying to see who the authors are going to pair him up with. I think Soph would give him a reality check, but the waitress angle would be really sweet too. Five suns!

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