Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review Stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for DEEP DARK by Laura Griffin with #excerpt + #giveaway

DEEP DARK
Tracers #10
by Laura Griffin

Available now at


A gripping new romantic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin...

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.

My Review:

Someone is murdering women, and Reed Novak is determined to find out who it is and stop him. His greatest asset is also the one person he wants as far away from the investigation as he can keep her but she’s stubborn and driven to discover the truth just as much as he is. Laney Knox survived the killer, she knows he’s not only a predator in real life but in cyberspace too, now if she can just find out how he gets in to watch, stalk, and eventually kill.

I have to admit that when I first started reading DEEP DARK by Laura Griffin, I was a tad confused. A woman is attacked in her home and then in the next chapter, a woman is found dead in her home but they are not the same woman. Granted, I didn’t pay close enough attention to the name of the victim and once I went back to check, I got caught up but it did put me off slightly…then it didn’t matter anymore because I was hooked!

I had not read anything by Laura Griffin before. Although I do have copies of a couple of her other books given to me by a friend, and now I know they are both going to get pushed up the TBR list because Laura created an exciting, character and action driven suspense that kept me guessing practically to the reveal of the killer. That’s tough to pull that off with me but she wove such a detailed, intriguing, and suspense-filled mystery that I was sorry it ended when it did. Her investigators, her investigations, and her character interactions rival my favorite CSI shows.

I highly recommend DEEP DARK, book 10 of the Tracers series by Laura Griffin to anyone who is a fan of CSI stories, romantic suspense (trust me - the sexual tension between Reed and Laney is enough to have you fanning yourself), and fabulous characters filled with depth and personality, then you need to read this one. I’m going to have to go back and start reading the rest of the series now that I know just how amazing the Tracer series is. 
Happy Reading Everyone!

***galley provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


Excerpt:

Reed watched her, and she had that frustrated look in her eyes again. Every time she started to open up to him, he did something to tick her off. She shook her head and glanced away.
“Laney?”
“What?”
“I’m a detective. It’s my job to ask questions. To push.”
She looked at him again and her expression softened. “No, you’re right.” She glanced down at her beer bottle and picked at the label. “I’m glad she has you.”
“Who has me?”
“April. You seem—” She paused, like she was searching for the right word. “—committed.”
He didn’t answer. It wasn’t really a question, but the way she looked at him gave him the feeling she wanted a response.
She drained her beer and plunked down the bottle. “I should get home.” She stood up.
Reed stood, too. He left a tip on the table and followed her through the throng of people. The bar was packed, and the music had gotten louder since they’d first walked in.
They stepped into the warm, muggy air. It was dusk now, and a neon Lone Star Light sign cast a blue-and-red glow over the sidewalk. As they walked in silence, he thought of what she’d said about her job being meaningful. It was refreshing. Maybe he’d been a cop too long, but he didn’t know anyone who talked about things being meaningful anymore. If they thought about work in those terms, they kept it to themselves.
Maybe he was jaded.
No, he definitely was jaded. But it had more to do with his failed marriage than anything he’d seen on the job.
Reed spotted her little white car and felt a twinge of regret. He’d enjoyed talking to her, enjoyed being near her. And he couldn’t remember the last time that had happened with a woman. Having a beer with Laney had been the highlight of his crap week. Hell, the highlight of his month.
She looked around. “Where are you parked?”
“Around back.”
She gazed up at him. He couldn’t read her expression.
“Thanks for the drink,” she said.
“You bought it.”
He couldn’t read her tone either. The thrum of music seeped through the thin walls of the bar as they stood there in the light of the beer sign.
She stepped closer, and a jolt of heat went through him. She looked up at him with those bottomless brown eyes, and he knew he was in trouble. It was a bad idea to involve this girl in his investigation. Whatever useful info she might have was outweighed by the fact that she was young, and edgy, and he wanted her. And she must have seen something in his face because her eyes sparked.
She went up on tiptoes and kissed him.
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Copyright 2016 Laura Griffin

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of AN ENCHANTED SPRING, a Mists of Fate novel by Nancy Scanlon

As a new voice in romance, Nancy Scanlon thrilled us with her time traveling tale of a girl from Boston finding herself in 13th century Ireland and falling in love with THE WINTER LAIRD. If you read book one of the Mists of Fate series then you know that Aidan MacWilliam went missing. We find out to where in AN ENCHANTED SPRING, and as I always expect of a debut author, the best is yet to come and it did.

***an advance copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for AN ENCHANTED SPRING:

Nancy Scanlon continues the time-bending saga she began with THE WINTER LAIRD, pulling heroes and villains alike through the portals of time to help save their futures and find their truest loves.

A twist of fate has left Aidan MacWilliam, younger brother of a medieval Irish laird, trapped in the future. Though he’s become a successful entrepreneur in the twenty-first century, Aidan still can’t banish thoughts of the world he left behind. In search of distraction, he heads to New York to scout a publicity manager for his cousin’s matchmaking firm, Celtic Connections.

Emmaline Perkins is the perfect candidate. A PR expert and closet medievalist, Emma has always put work before her social life. When her ex-fiancé resurfaces and threatens her livelihood, her home, and ultimately her safety, a new client proposes an offer she can’t refuse – a job, travel, and security.

As they fall for each other, Emma struggles to keep her professional and personal lives separate, and Aidan’s determined to meld them together. When it’s clear Emma’s ex will stop at nothing to claim her, Aidan realizes that the question is not where she’ll be safe, but when…

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Emma Perkins’s world seems to be constantly in turmoil lately between competition at work, her love life in shambles, and worry that her ex-fiancé will get out of jail and follow through on his threats to come after her, it just seems easier to fall into a bottle of wine than deal. Add trying to land a new account more important to her boss than any other featuring a sexy, handsome man with more money than God and her world is definitely out of control. When she’s fired, her apartment trashed, and her bank account cleaned out, it’s the handsome billionaire who comes to her rescue, only she isn’t the type to be rescued…or so she thought.

Aidan MacWilliam disappeared from 13th C. Ireland to find himself in a modern world instead…but he has adapted and made do, and made do very well. He is now a man of property and wealth, but still he yearns to return to his home and his family in his proper time. When Colin O’Rourke asks him to go to New York City to inquire about a publicist he has in mind to help Celtic Connections expand, Aidan agrees because he hopes, in turn, she might assist him in obtaining his sword which is coming up at auction in NYC too. When he meets Emma Perkins, he knows there is more to meeting her than planned. When he discovers her in danger, it’s only natural for him to extend his protection to the woman fated to be his.

Nancy has created a wonderful cast of characters in her Mists of Fate series, of which we love to meet up with again, and again, but Aidan MacWilliam was my favorite from the beginning and I was not disappointed in how Nancy turned him into a first-class hero/gentleman/laird/Irish warrior. Emma is a strong-willed force of her own and a perfect match for the charming, and willful Irish knight in shining armor from the 13th century.

AN ENCHANTED SPRING, book two in the Mists of Fate series by Nancy Scanlon is a wonderful story filled with excitement, danger, a bit of suspense, and although, it is far more a G-rating than I usually go for in regards to sex, I actually didn’t miss it. The sexual tension blooming between Emma and Aidan is enough to blow the pages right out of the book and yet, they never actually consummate their relationship within the bindings. I love it. Aidan is one hot man and justifiably listed among my all-time favorite book boyfriends now. I started falling in love with him in THE WINTER LAIRD, but it didn’t take long to fall under the power of his charms in AN ENCHANTED SPRING.

A wonderful, and delightful story, with clever and teasing banter among Aidan and the guys - Colin, Reilly, and Cian - and Emma is a perfect addition to the Mists of Fate family. I highly recommend AN ENCHANTED SPRING by Nancy Scanlon to everyone who enjoys falling love among the pages of a sterling romance with hints of the supernatural akin to Outlander with a bevy of hot Irish Jamie Frasers in the character list. I wish I could tell you more about the happenings but I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone…these are stories to be experienced without spoilers. So if you haven’t read the first, do so and then read, and enjoy AN ENCHANTED SPRING. You won’t be disappointed. I expect even better things to come in the Mists of Fate series. Nancy is fast growing into a wonderful storyteller.

Happy Reading Everyone!

AN ENCHANTED SPRING, a Mists of Fate novel by Nancy Scanlon, Diversion Books, release date – May 24, 2016, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of NOTORIOUS, a Cassidy & Spenser Thriller by Carey Baldwin

I love good suspense and am already a fan of the Cassidy & Spenser novels by Carey Baldwin, but NOTORIOUS surprised me with more than suspense this time. This one is the best of the series so far but if you haven’t read any yet, please do—Caity and Spense are for me, the Castle and Beckett of the literary world.

***copy purchased for my own personal reading but sharing my honest and unscripted review

Blurb for NOTORIOUS:

The woman everyone loves to hate is dead.

Dallas socialite Cynthia Langhorne is infamous for her beauty, her philanthropy, and her home wrecking—until she's found shot through the heart and posed nude at a fundraising ball. The case is high profile, and there's a bigger problem: Cindy is the wife of a decorated FBI special agent—the prime suspect in her murder.

When the Bureau sends FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy to Texas on behalf of Dutch Langhorne, the special agent-turned-suspect, they're suspicious of the very man whose interests they're supposed to protect. But with a psycho hitman on their heels and a trail of evidence leading up the food chain, it quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary case. The truth points to someone—or something—larger than Spenser and Cassidy ever thought possible. Solving this case is no longer a matter of clearing Dutch's name—it's a matter of national security.

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Picture it—a big fundraiser for the Governor of Texas who is planning to make a run for the White House, the venue is a prestigious and historical mansion, and everyone of importance is there, including the Governor Matt Cambridge, his wife, Heather, and his wife’s best friend, Cindy Langhorne and her husband, FBI Special Agent Dutch Langhorne. After telling her husband that she is meeting the Governor in private, Cindy promises to return to him by midnight for a dance. When she fails to reappear, Dutch goes looking for her only to find her dead in an upstairs bedroom, naked, and stretched out on the bed. Or so he claims to have found her that way…

Now the main suspect in his wife’s murder, Dutch requests two agents to come help him solve the crime—enter Spense and Caity, both of whom can’t figure out why Dutch would request them since he and Spense do not like each other at all. Soon Caity discovers the reason, and promises Dutch that she will keep the secret from Spense but only until the right time, and then Dutch must tell him the truth. In the meantime, there’s a nutcase assassin trying to head them off and keep them from finding Cindy’s diary which someone, some unknown someone, wants bad enough to kill for—and wait till you find out who the real killer is, and who that unknown someone is…fabulous. I did guess the killer, but the unknown took me totally by surprise.

NOTORIOUS, the third book in the Cassidy & Spenser Thriller series by Carey Baldwin is exceptional, action-packed, suspense filled and overflowing, and there are some absolute nail-biter moments, especially for Caity but what I enjoyed most about this installment of their adventures together in crime solving was the emotional factor. It’s all about intertwining relationships, childhood friendships, marriages filled with lies and miscommunication, family connections, and confrontations that will have you wanting to cry one moment, and cheer the next.

We’ve been waiting for something to happen between Cassidy & Spenser in a similar way as we did for Castle and Beckett. I will just say this…something happens…but I’m not saying anything more because I don’t want to spoil things for you. There is so much happening in NOTORIOUS that you just have to experience it for yourself.

If you love reading good suspense with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure, you’ll love the Cassidy & Spenser Thrillers but NOTORIOUS, I highly recommend this one because…well, I hear they’re cancelling Castle so I’m thinking Cassidy & Spenser should be our next great series to fall in love with…I already am. Read NOTORIOUS by Carey Baldwin…you can’t miss with this one. It’s got everything, sexy FBI agents, mystery, suspense, romance, and some funny moments too!

Happy Reading Everyone!

NOTORIOUS, a Cassidy & Spenser Thriller by Carey Baldwin, Witness Impulse, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Unwrapping a Release Promo for OUT OF THE GAME, a Kindle World Game for Love novella by Peggy Bird

OUT OF THE GAME
a Kindle World Game for Love novella
by Peggy Bird

available now at Amazon

On her first day as the only woman orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of an NFL team, Dr. Sydney Nelson locks horns with Isiac “Mac” Maguire, defensive coordinator for the San Francisco Outlaws. Her plan of treatment for an injured player doesn’t meet with his approval. She wins but has she made an enemy of the man local reporters call a cross between Denzel and Channing, and who Sydney finds intriguing in spite of their disagreement?

Mac Maguire is totally focused on his team. He warns women he dates that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t stay overnight. And he never hooks up with someone he works with. Then the beautiful Dr. Nelson goes toe-to-toe with him over Cole Taylor’s dislocated shoulder. She doesn’t crumble in the face of his intimidation tactics and seems to care as much about his players’ health and safety as he does. Could he break his rules for her?

If they can get over their initial meeting, Mac and Sydney might have a chance to connect off the field and find a happily-ever-after that’ll make both of them winners.

***OUT OF THE GAME by Peggy Bird is one of the Kindle World series created by Bella Andre. To see what other fab books are in the series, please click HERE.


OUT OF THE GAME will have you falling in love and smiling at the end like you just won the Super Bowl of Romance.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Peggy Bird is a writer and glass artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon where many of her stories are set and where her three daughters, four grandchildren, and two granddogs live.



 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Unwrapping a Promo/Review of BLOOD CURSE, book 5 in the Dragon Heat series by Ella J. Phoenix

BLOOD CURSE
Book Five in the Dragon Heat series
by Ella J. Phoenix

Available now:

Descendant of a Cherokee shaman, Dyam is one of the vampire king’s personal guards and closest advisers. He has seen the worst of mankind and has vowed to stay away from personal entanglements and focus on serving his king.

However, his resolve is shaken when Naiah, the water witch, finds her way into the busy vampire castle’s life and straight into his heart. But before he can nurture his feelings for her, she is killed in battle, causing Dyam to return to his self-imposed seclusion for good.

Little does he know that Naiah has been brought back to life by his kind’s most nefarious enemies. She is their ultimate weapon in a final battle that will rupture not only the balance of the supernatural world, but Dyam’s loyalty to his race.

*** Warning: this novel contains hot, steamy, descriptive sexual scenes. Enjoy. ***

On this launch weekend, from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, the latest novel in the Dragon Heat series, BLOOD CURSE, will be FREE on iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, ARE & Smashwords.
To celebrate the release of yet another book in the series, DRAGON HEAT (Book 1) is completely free of charge on iTunes, Kobo, 
Barnes & Noble, ARE & Smashwords, and it’s just 99¢ on Amazon.


My Review:

Dyam was heartbroken by Naiah’s death and can’t seem to keep from thinking about her. When he goes to the mouth of a volcano to investigate a strange blade seemingly created from the ash of a volcano, he even imagines that he sees Naiah there. Convinced, she is a sister witch who looks like Naiah, he accompanies Zoricah and Yara back to the witch village for information regarding the prophecy pertaining to Z’s daughter, but there they discover the Emerald Lake empty and all of the witch inmas flowers destroyed…Naiah’s red blossom is missing.

When Dyam learns the truth, that Naiah has been resurrected as the Phoenix, he knows the sweet Naiah that he loves is still in there. He’s willing to risk his own life to prove it, and to save her…something he failed to do the first time.

BLOOD CURSE by Ella J. Phoenix is the fifth book in the Dragon Heat series and the final chapter…and it does not disappoint. The final book in the series which started with the love between a dragon and a vampire is exciting, edge of the seat, and sexy as only to be expected from Ella J. Phoenix. There were times I didn’t think this could end well but Ella doesn’t disappoint and even leads us into her next series, which has the working title - Sons of Apa Sâmbetei – coming out next year. I’m very excited about it.

Creating a unique world of strange creatures, dangerous enemies, intrigue, and kings, queens, and gods, Ella gives us all of it, and never more so than in BLOOD CURSE. We’re treated to myths and legends, love that can’t even be destroyed by death, and the man who won’t quit until he proves that even the most dangerous of creatures can be good.

I highly recommend reading BLOOD CURSE by Ella J. Phoenix. If you haven’t read this amazing series from the beginning, please do. Even if you’re not into paranormal romance, you might just be surprised at how quickly and almost addictively, you become enamored of the amazing characters you meet within the pages of the Dragon Heat series. This story rocks with an ending that will just make you want more.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Click HERE to read an exciting Excerpt from BLOOD CURSE!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was just nine years old when I discovered my passion for the paranormal world. That passion led me to a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts where I had my first taste in writing, conjuring children’s plays and re-writing Shakespearean masterpieces to suit the modern times (Yes, he’s still cringing in his grave).

After years traveling around the world, translating other people's novels and devouring paranormal romances, I realized the real world wasn't fun without a touch of magic, and decided to purge my own crazy stories into paper, well, into word doc, to be more precise.

My busy life with a demanding full-time job and a very loving husband (I'm so not complaining!) don't allow me much spare time, but somehow every night I find myself in front of the computer, exorcising the millions of stories stored in my sanity-challenged mind.

My novels are tales of love and passion between strong female leads and hot heroes, bathed in paranormal magic, of course.

I live in Sydney, Australia, the land of koalas (which are not bears), kangaroos (which are not boxing champions), and Vegemite (a black spread that should have never been invented. Seriously, don’t try it).

If you want to know what I’m up to, just find me on

Ten things you didn’t know about Ella J Phoenix:

I really suck at interviews
I love cheese more than I love chocolate
I love wine more than I love cheese... no, actually that’s not true.
I love a good debate
I hate politics
I truly believe in destiny
Mainly because I met my husband is a true destiny-knocking-on-your-door kind of situation
I’m a frustrated actress who found her spotlight in singing
I’m a frustrated singer who found her voice in writing
I’m addicted to awesome paranormal romance as much as you are

One Minute with Ella J. Phoenix:
1.     Where do you do most of your writing?
          In my guest bedroom/home office, away from everything else.
2.    Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, they are so many! Jane Austen, Nahili Singh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and all the great indie authors out there!
3.    What's the one genre you absolutely will NOT write about? Why?
I never say never, but “Self Help” books are not my thing.
4.    Do you use people you know as characters? And do you tell them if you do?
Maybe and maybe… but you’ll never know. :)
5.    Have you had any creepy fan experience yet?
No, not creepy, but I’ve had a few fans contacting me on Facebook as they read my novels. It was awesome to experience their journey through the story with them. It’s the best compliment an author can have in my opinion.
6.    Does your family know about ALL the books/stories you've written, or are you keeping a few hidden?
My immediate family are my biggest fans. But unfortunately, sex is still a taboo in many communities, including mine. Not everyone understands how liberating a good erotic romance can be. Maybe one day we’ll be able to share our stories without the fear of retaliation and hypocritical judgement.
7.    Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
I write because I have a million stories and characters in my mind. It’s my therapy, my escape from reality, my happy place. Without you, my fans, I would be just a crazy woman locked in a boring day job or in a mental institution. So, thank you for your support and I hope my novels bring magic into your days as much as they bring to mine.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Avon Books - Celebrating 75 Years of Romance and Avon Impulse - Celebrating 5 Years of Digital Imprint


AVON CELEBRATES LANDMARK ANNIVERSARIES:
AS ICONIC ROMANCE PUBLISHER AVON BOOKS TURNS 75,
ITS DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT, AVON IMPULSE,
MARKS FIVE YEARS OF UNPRECEDENTED ACHIEVEMENT IN CULTIVATING FUTURE STARS

New York, NY; April 28, 2016 – This is a momentous year for Avon, the iconic romance imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The year marks not only the 75th anniversary of Avon Books, widely acclaimed for popularizing the historical romance category, but also celebrates the fifth year for the Avon Impulse digital-first imprint. Today, Avon is an acclaimed (or illustrious?) publishing powerhouse, renowned for nurturing the careers of the best and brightest authors in the romance industry, in large part due to the success of the Impulse program. Avon Impulse is a thriving brand with a proven aptitude for cultivating future stars of the genre.

For its fifth anniversary, Avon Impulse has much to celebrate:
·         4 million e-books sold
·         12 New York Times bestsellers
·         32 USA Today bestsellers
·         16 award nominations, including the prestigious RWA “RITA” award

Editor Amanda Bergeron, who directs the Impulse line, remarks, “The success of the Impulse program runs deep: we’ve published hundreds of books, with millions of copies sold. Avon Impulse has served as the launch pad for many authors’ careers, developing loyal reader bases and growing author awareness through strategic promotions. And in many cases, Impulse has launched talented authors onto the Avon print list.”

Associate publisher Shawn Nicholls notes that one key component of Avon Impulse’s success is “personalized, direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns which increase awareness about Avon Impulse authors, showcase upcoming releases, support backlist, and highlight retail incentives.”

"Avon Impulse originated HarperCollins’ digital-first publishing platform, which we’ve since expanded with Witness Impulse (mysteries and thrillers) and Voyager Impulse (science fiction/fantasy),” says Senior Vice President and Publisher Liate Stehlik.  “Digital-first is a vital component in strategically growing new authors, and extending the visibility of our existing author base.” She continues, “Readers have also responded strongly to our Impulse offerings – and our authors are so happy with their results that they have become the strongest advocates for the Impulse brand."

“Publishing with Avon Impulse has been an amazing experience,” says Jennifer Ryan, who was the first Avon Impulse author to hit the New York Times list with her debut, Saved by the Rancher. “Between editorial, marketing and publicity, every detail is well thought out for each and every book, but it’s never about just one book. They think about the overall career of the author and what their readers want and expect.”

For more information about Avon Impulse, including submission guidelines: www.avonimpulse.com.

About HarperCollins Publishers:
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of WORTH IT ALL, a McKinney Brothers novel by Claudia Connor

A friend recommended WORTH IT ALL by Claudia Connor just when NetGalley sent me a suggestion for reading it. It was as if the fates were conspiring that I should read this one, so I did. The fates were right.

***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for WORTH IT ALL:

Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.

She’s fighting for control. . .Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . .JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

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Since I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, I hadn’t met Jake McKinney before WORTH IT ALL. He’s the youngest of the McKinney boys and had dreams of playing football professionally until an unfortunate car accident stole those dreams, and his leg. Eight years has passed since then, he’s moved to California and started a business developing amazing prosthetics for others like him. Jake gets much satisfaction from helping others and although, his work satisfies him, he’s lonely even while intrigued with the pretty waitress at his favorite diner. But when his life becomes entwined with hers, and another very special lady, his life changes but will it be for the better?

Paige Roberts has dealt with some bad things in her life but loves her little girl, Casey, more than anything in the world. She wants her daughter's life to be very different from her own. She wants her to feel safe, and confident. When her little girl decides she doesn’t want to wear her prosthetic, it’s a handsome, and rather brooding, man who changes her mind. Paige feels herself drawn to Jake but her hesitations, fears, and belief that there is no such as a happily-ever-after has her holding back.

I had a little trouble getting into the story at first. I don’t know if that was because I hadn’t read the other books or because it just wasn’t resonating with me, but once I did I began to fall in love. I have to say that the real star of WORTH IT ALL is little Casey Roberts. She is the most adorable, precocious, and real fictional child in a romance that I’ve ever encountered. Her connection to Jake is one that I would like to have seen more of in terms of Paige’s connection to him, but I enjoyed it all the same.

WORTH IT ALL, book three in the McKinney Brothers series by Claudia Connor is a sweet, heart breaking at times contemporary romance that has me adding the rest of the series to my ever-growing TBR list. I just have to experience the rest of the McKinney brothers after falling somewhat in love with Jake. He’s everything we’d like to see exist in real men but know can’t really. He’s funny, he’s sensitive, he’s sexy as hell, and even when he’s brooding, there’s a caring, inquisitive side to him that makes him special and intelligent. I love the story-line being that there are so many who have lost limbs through tragedy and military action. I love that Claudia gave us a look at the feelings and worries of those who use prosthetics, and those who in turn worry about them. Jake is patient with Casey, as well as with Paige. As if sensing that Paige is fighting her own demons, he gives her similar time and patience with a much different result. He’s such a wonderful romance hero.

I highly recommend WORTH IT ALL by Claudia Connor to anyone who loves a truly sweet, timely, sensitive, and well-written contemporary romance. I’m so glad this one came across my radar. It was definitely WORTH IT ALL to read.

Happy Reading Everyone!

WORTH IT ALL, a McKinney Brothers novel by Claudia Connor, LoveSwept, releasing April 19, 2016 in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Promo Spot for LAYERS OF HER by Prescott Lane with #Charity Announcement

 

LAYERS OF HER
by Prescott Lane

available now at Amazon

Campbell

People always say it’s what’s on the inside that matters. If that’s the case, I’m screwed. On the outside, everything looks put together — blonde hair, blue eyes, tall and lean. By society’s standards, I’d be considered attractive. But f*ck society, I know what I am. I know what I’m made of. The recessive genes that reared their heads and created a decent looking package on the outside don’t make me who I am. What about all the evil lurking inside? What about all the other parts of me that aren’t so easy to see? Some of the most beautiful animals are also the deadliest. Take the polar bear, for example. Cute and cuddly on the outside, but it’s really a predator that will bite your f*cking head off. That’s a dangerous combination.

And that’s exactly like me, exactly who I am. Bad — and once you go bad, you can never go back.

WARNING: This book deals with the harsh reality of rape that could be upsetting for some readers.


Prescott’s Letter to Her Readers:

Rape. Just typing that word makes my gut tie up in knots. And that’s part of the problem. Because it’s so uncomfortable, we don’t want to talk about it. So it gets buried at the bottom of the newsfeed or forgotten altogether, like the backlog of untested rape kits.
Last March, I released Quiet Angel in which the heroine is a survivor of childhood sexual assault. A few weeks later, my husband became gravely ill, and we spent the rest of the year (5 long hospital stays and 4 long surgeries) fighting to regain his health. As I sat in the hospital chair next to his bed night after night, I got messages from women about how my book touched them. Some shared their reasons, and others didn’t.
I came to learn that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. How could I not know that? I’d just released a book on the very topic. Yet I didn’t see one post about it on any of my social media accounts.
Early this year, I began writing Layers of Her with the intent to spread awareness and donate all of April's profits to charity. I was nervous when I started, and I still am. I mean, how much will the profits be? Will readers assume I’m a survivor or I know one? Will I do the topic justice? Why am I doing this? It’s a whole lot easier to stay silent. But that’s the whole problem, isn’t it?
I work in a field, in the genre of fiction, that is mostly comprised of women, where sexual assault is one of the most common tropes. And with each passing page, we pull for our broken heroes and heroines to heal, find love, forge a new path. That's all we want for them. We need to do the same for the real life heroes and heroines, those brave souls who fight the real fight every single day. So join me this April in making some noise to raise awareness, not only for the survivors but for those who love them.

                           —Prescott Lane

From Amy: 
There will be a blog tour for LAYERS OF HER the last week in April but I wanted to help Prescott get the word out sooner. I hope you'll all join her in helping to raise awareness. Thank you. xo

About the Author:
 
Prescott Lane is the author of FIRST POSITION, PERFECTLY BROKEN, QUIET ANGEL, and WRAPPED IN LACE. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.



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