Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for UNMASKING LOVE, a Holiday for Romance Novel by Peggy Bird + #Giveaway

Welcome to my review stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for UNMASKING LOVE, a Holiday for Romance novel by Peggy Bird. Already a huge fan of Peggy’s amazing characters and stories, I am truly enjoying this series built around holiday fun. Can you guess which holiday we are treated to in this one? Stay tuned for a fun giveaway after my review.

***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review


Getting a life do-over in the small theater town of Ashland, Oregon, has suited lawyer Julie Payne to a T. After ten years in the Portland prosecutor’s office, she’s enjoying her new, easy lifestyle, and she’s not looking for any complications.

Trace Watkins comes to town seeking the same refuge from life as a big city banker. A new job might make Ashland his permanent address, and he likes what he sees of the place, especially when he meets Julie one hot Halloween night.The sparks fly instantly between the costumed couple, and Julie and Trace waste no time connecting beneath the sheets while literally hiding behind their masks.

But when the holiday hook-up ends, their real identities present a serious snag: Trace manages the bank Julie happens to be suing. The only way they can turn this trick into a treat is if both of them are willing to face their pasts and finally bury the skeletons in their closets.

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Julie ‘Greer’ Payne feels she has no choice but to leave her dream position in the Portland prosecutor’s office after falling victim to the manipulations of a man who she believed cared for her. On the way home to California, car trouble sidelines her in Ashland, Oregon. In just the few days she spends in this wholesome and inviting town, Julie decides it’s as good a place as any to start over – new job, new name (she drops Greer for her true name, Juliet/Julie), and very quickly makes new friends. Life is good and when Halloween comes, she decides to throw a party to get to know the rest of the town.

Trace Watkins comes to Ashland with the idea of a new job, and a quieter life from that in Portland. It happens to be Halloween and his old college buds talk him into dressing as a Shakespearean character and going with them to a Halloween party. Only planning to stay a short time, he has no interest in such things until he sees his Juliet across the room. Mesmerized and intrigued, he must find out who she is and meet her. When she disappears and the crowd moves outside to watch a parade, he finds her again. What happens next is only the beginning of a wonderful romance, a town mystery, and a steamy love match as sweet as any amount of Halloween treats, or is it all just a trick of the heart?

UNMASKING LOVE by Peggy Bird is a fun, sweet, romantic, and definitely deliciously sexy story centered around one of the most fun holidays, and when Margo Keyes and her hubby, Tony Alessandro show up, everything comes to head. I can't help but thank the writing gods for Peggy's decision to put Trace and Tony in the same pages. (I have a huge crush on Tony.) I only wished he’d hung around a little longer, although having sexy Trace around made up for it. The banter between Trace and Julie is fun, intimate, teasing, and very sexy.

I enjoy the way Peggy has branched this series out of her original Second Chance series so we are treated to visits with those wonderful characters as well as making new acquaintances. Great characters I don’t mind visiting with any time. Tony can come to my house whenever he wants and stay as long as he wishes.

I highly recommend treating yourself to the wonderful and sweet holiday romance, UNMASKING LOVE by Peggy Bird. You might even think yourself tricked a bit when you find out there’s a bit of evil lurking among the pages. I have to admit I was only half tricked, but it was definitely part of the fun.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Peggy Bird lives in the Pacific Northwest where she sets most of her novels. To stay out of trouble—and the rain—she writes stories about smart women and sexy men and creates the occasional piece of glass art.

If you’d like to learn more about Peggy and her fabulous books, please visit her website, and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, she’d love it.


UNMASKING LOVE, a Holiday for Romance novel by Peggy Bird, Crimson Romance, available now in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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

I’ve become a huge fan of romantic suspense author, Carey Baldwin so when her newest thriller, JUDGMENT, a Cassidy & Spenser Thriller released this month, I knew I had to buy my copy and read it as soon as I could fit into my schedule. It was absolutely worth the wait.

***purchased a copy for my personal reading and am sharing my honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for JUDGMENT:

Carey Baldwin, author of the thrilling novel Confession, returns with a new story featuring two of her most beloved characters. Fans of Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner will devour this riveting story of rivals caught in a killer's twisted web.

When a coed falls prey to a sadistic murderer, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin "Caity" Cassidy and Special Agent Atticus Spenser are called in to testify--one for the defense, one for the prosecution. With warring approaches to justice, these two rivals have been butting heads for years--both inside the courtroom and out. And at first, this case appears to be no different.

But when a brutal attack leaves the accused man dead and Caity in critical condition, petty differences take a backseat to saving lives. As the lone survivor, Caity knows too much, and the killer--a madman calling himself the Man in the Maze--is coming back for round two. Now Caity and Spense must join forces to uncover the killer's identity before Caity's time--and luck--runs out.

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Dr. Caitlin Cassidy watched her father executed for a crime she still believes he did not commit. Now when she becomes a near victim of a murderer who may or may not be a serial killer, she wants more than ever to prove her father’s innocence when it appears there may be a connection.

Special Agent Atticus Spenser, Spense to those who don’t want a punch in the face, has the hots for Caity Cassidy and doesn’t hold back from letting her know it. He’s more than pleased to be working closely with her as well as acting as her personal bodyguard after she was nearly killed by the same man who killed her father’s lawyer, Harold Baumgartner. He understands Caity better than she knows and wants to protect her, even if only from herself.

Working together, against odds neither had counted on, Caity and Spense get closer to discovering the truth about the elusive Man in the Maze, which may change everything. With Spense at her back, his skills as a profiler assisting her, Caity begins to piece together a puzzle, which throws her in the line of fire again, and again. Can Spense keep her safe while still doing his doing job? He can only hope so.

JUDGMENT by Carey Baldwin is edge of the seat thrilling. A real whodunit puzzle, which just when you think you know who the Man in the Maze really is, you discover you don’t. The sexual tension between Caity and Spense is so thick you might need more than a knife to cut through it, yet they commit themselves to holding back on any romantic shenanigans until after they solve this exasperating mystery. It doesn’t mean they’re not tempted on occasion though. Yes, I generally like a little more romance with my suspense but honestly, the mystery is so compelling, I didn’t really miss it. This one would satisfy the most expectant mystery lover. The only real issue I had was, well, the number of bodies don’t seem to add up. Read it and see if you catch what I’m talking about because if I try to explain, I might spoil the fun.

I highly recommend JUDGMENT, a Cassidy & Spenser Thriller by Carey Baldwin to anyone who loves a good whodunit, edge of the seat thriller without too much gruesome detail but a whole lot of clues, misdirection, and of course, action. I can’t wait to see what Carey gives us next – more Cassidy & Spenser, I hope.

Happy Reading Everyone!

JUDGMENT, a Cassidy & Spenser Thriller novel by Carey Baldwin, Witness Impulse, available now in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks, with print coming November 15th.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Spotlight on SLOW HAND, a Hot Cowboy Nights novel by Victoria Vane + #Giveaways

The Hot Cowboy Nights Series
by Victoria Vane

Releasing November 4, 2014 from Sourcebooks Casablanca

In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand…

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He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.

“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”

“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”

“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”
Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.

“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”

“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”

“And what do you think you know about my type?”

“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arms-length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”

“Well, darlin’,” he scratched his unshaven jaw, “there’s a little hitch to that.”

“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”

“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”

“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.

“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”



“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”

“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your I.D. In the interim,” His gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides, “you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”
—SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane

About the Author:
Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee, and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

If you’d like to learn more about Victoria and her books, please visit her website, and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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SLOW HAND, a Hot Cowboy Nights novel by Victoria Vane, Sourcebooks Casablanca, releasing November 4, 2014 in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobobooks, Books-A-Million, and IndieBound.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of A MOMENT OF PASSION, book 2 of the Ladies' Book of Pleasures series by Jess Michaels

Tomorrow, book two in the Ladies’ Book of Pleasures series by Jess Michaels is releasing and if you haven’t tried this new erotic historical romance series yet, DO! A MOMENT OF PASSION by Jess Michaels is a delightful new installment to the series and keeps us wondering who the author of the scandalous, and highly informative, Ladies’ Book of Pleasures is – although I have my suspicions.

***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review


A lady in the ballroom…a lover in the bedroom.

The Ladies' Book of Pleasures, Book 2

When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she’s sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies’ Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future.

Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn—and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.

Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship—for her own protection, of course—their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom.

But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy…

Warning: This book contains friends turning to lovers, a highly erotic secret affair, and a wicked villain who will destroy what he cannot have.

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Happy for her dear friend, Isabel for finding love when she thought she never would, Lady Jacinda Downing wants the same for herself but knows it truly never will happen because she is completely ruined. When invited to a party being held by Isabel and her new husband, she reluctantly attends only to discover it’s a surprise birthday party for Jacinda. Her darling friends, Isabel and Grace, turn a normally ignored day into something very special. When she receives a gift from an anonymous guest, she’s shocked and amazed that it’s a copy of the scandalous Ladies’ Book of Pleasures. Even more humiliating is to have been seen looking at it by the dashing Duke of Carnthorn, who later makes her an offer which shocks her sensibilities yet gives her pause for thought when the suggestion may be her only chance for freedom without any chance of marriage.

Jason, Earl of Northfield has sworn to never marry but when his darling friend, Jacinda Downing tells him of an offer to become the mistress of the notoriously cruel Duke of Carnthorn, he decides he must save her from a terrible fate. He convinces her to allow him to make her attractive to marriage-minded men despite her ruined past. Pretending to court her brings her attention, secrets revealed, and a passion neither he nor Jacinda can deny or ignore.

A MOMENT OF PASSION by Jess Michaels is sweet, endearing, and contains enough passion my reader cut out on me twice the first night I was reading. Whether from the words on the screen or just a fluke, who cares, the steam was coming off the pages as soon as Jason and Jacinda entered their pact to find her a good husband. Although at times predictable, it doesn’t matter because the story flows so well, speeding through the pages guided by informative advice from the Ladies’ Book of Pleasures, which translate easily to every woman in any era, that I was glued to it.

It’s a joy to revisit Isabel and Grace as well as Jason and Seth. If you haven’t read book one, A MATTER OF SIN, absolutely do – Isabel and Seth fire up those pages too. Jess creates such wonderful three-dimensional characters that they nearly spring from the pages to sit beside you as you learn their stories.

I highly recommend this wonderful erotic historical romance from the mistress of erotic romance, Jess Michaels. A MOMENT OF PASSION will keep you turning the pages, anticipating Jason’s midnight visits, and wondering just who the intriguing author of the Ladies’ Book of Pleasures truly is and when we’ll discover the truth. I can’t wait to read book three, A MEASURE OF DECEIT – Lady Grace’s story – expected to release in December.

Happy Reading Everyone!

A MOMENT OF PASSION, a Ladies’ Book of Pleasures novel by Jess Michaels, Samhain Publishing, releasing October 14, 2014, available in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Cover Reveal for GABE, book two in the Men of Clifton Montana series by Susan Fisher-Davis

Book 2 in the Men of Clifton Montana series
by Susan Fisher-Davis

releasing November 22, 2014 from Secret Cravings

He’s not looking for love,
but what he finds is even more than he ever thought possible.

More than he ever hoped for.

Life begins to settle back to normal but Gabe Stone can’t get Emma Conner out of his mind, even though he knows she’s not the kind of woman to settle for a fling. Having known Emma all her life, he never noticed how grown up she’d become - until now.

Emma has been in love with Gabe forever. When he finally shows her the attention she’s always hoped for, she falls even deeper in love with him, and soon discovers she’s pregnant. Gabe does right by her. He marries her, and eagerly awaits their baby, but Emma can’t help but wonder if he will ever love her or only the baby?

When danger revisits Clifton, Montana, Gabe discovers the heart can hold a lot of love. But he wonders if he can convince Emma his love is real. And if he succeeds, will she love him in return?

About the Author:

From Susan Fisher-Davis --

I've been writing for years but I never thought my stories were good enough to get published. I had actually given up writing for a year when I decided to give it another try. Through Facebook, I met Amy Valentini, an editor. (Thanks for the plug, Sue!) We became friends and once I completed my book, I sent it to her for editing. I believe that without her, I wouldn't have gotten a contract. I submitted my manuscript to five publishing houses and three wanted it. After a few days, I decided to go with Secret Cravings Publishing. This company is amazing. The owner, Sandy Lea Sullivan has the patience of a Saint. I ask her so many questions, I'm surprised she hasn't blocked my email. I always get the same answer from her when I apologize for bothering her, "It's what I'm here for." Amazing! I have a three-year contract with them and if at all possible, I will stay with them after that.

I have two series coming out. The Men of Clifton, Montana and The Bad Boys of Dry River. Cowboys and bad boys...what more could a woman want? I hope you enjoy my books. The Bad Boys of Dry River will begin in January 2015. I'm so pleased with the reviews JAKE is getting. If you read any of my books, please leave a review on the site where you purchased the book. Have a wonderful day!

If you’d like to learn more about Susan and her fab books, please visit her website, and feel free to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

GABE, book two in the Men of Clifton Montana, Secret Cravings Publishing, release date – November 22, 2014, in print and ebook formats.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dance Like No One's Watching Because You Can

In TWELFTH NIGHT, William Shakespeare says,
“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

And in TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS, Friedrich Nietzsche says, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

And even Albert Einstein admitted, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Music is a part of our past, our present and more than likely, our future. Music is a part of every celebration from lullabies to funeral hymns. We remember nearly every event in our life by a song we heard at the time, or which reminds of us of that event. Happy Birthday is significant to every one of us because of the memories of cumulative birthdays. Songs mark our coming of age, our first dates, weddings, and many other joys.

Admittedly, some songs mark our darkest moments as well but instead of dwelling on the sadness of the moment, a song can remind us of the love and memory of the person being celebrated as when a favorite song of a deceased loved one is played at a funeral. It lifts the spirit, makes us smile, and gives us permission to know with confidence whenever we hear that tune, we will remember the person with joy and love.

The past year hasn’t been an easy one for me. If you don’t already know, I got a divorce this year. I ended one chapter in my life, have started a new one, as well as embarked on a new venture: Romancing Editorially.
There’s been a lot of changes, a lot of adjustments, some loneliness, but also a chance to rediscover myself and enjoy my being on my own again. The one constant in my life has been music. I know a lot of folks are tired of hearing HAPPY by Pharrell Williams, but it lifted my spirits when nothing else would and certainly was a great help in my healing. So I'll always love this song and when I hear it, I dance. 

Music is my joy. They say dance like nobody's watching, and I believe in this. March to the tune of your own drum is another good one, which has always guided me. I’ve never been one to follow others and whereas, some may say you must have a plan in life, like a good tune you never know where life is going to take you. I like it that way and so am excited about the future. 

So with memories of tunes marking days gone by, I'm moving on. Some songs I still love to hear even while they had great significance to my wedding, and even while others now mark the dark hours following the end of the marriage, I still find solace, inspiration, and love in music. And yes, I’m going to continue to dance like no one’s watching because I can, and that’s who I am.

What does music say to you? And do you dance like nobody’s watching?

Happy Reading Everyone, or should I say? Happy Listening and Dancing! 
I would dance like this guy! Would you?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review Stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Kimberly Kincaid + #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for STIRRING UP TROUBLE, book 3 of the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid. I love this series and each story gets even better because we get to revisit the characters we came to love in the previous books. Gavin and Sloane steam up the pages in this delightful contemporary romance. Stay tuned for a tour wide giveaway too.

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


Sloane Russo's turned a decade of crazy jobs and whimsical travel into a career writing steamy novels set in exotic places. Trouble is, Sloane's flat broke now--and she can't channel sun-drenched beaches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The only fast cash in town comes with some seriously distracting temptation: Gavin Carmichael, hot, handsome and oh-so-hard-headed.

Gavin isn't the impulsive Don Juan of Sloane's novels. He's raising his thirteen-year-old half-sister, and he's pretty sure he's supposed to act like he's never heard of fun. Sloane is way too sexy and irresponsible to be his idea of a good tutor for Bree, but the unpredictable anti-nanny may be irresistible as well. . .

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Sloane has trouble up the wazoo. She doesn’t seem to be able to avoid more especially after her mother gives her yet another push for marriage and kids, her publisher insists her next romance novel be set in Greece, her best friend’s wedding looms on the horizon, and her bank account tells her she hasn’t enough to pay the rent much less travel to Greece for inspiration. Throw in a hot kiss from the seemingly too serious and stuffy Gavin Carmichael, and Sloane is wondering who she angered to have it all heaped on her at once.

Gavin doesn’t have enough hours or patience in the day to deal with his stubborn and very moody thirteen-year-old sister and now his usually reliable babysitter has left town to care for family. Unable to work his long hours as restaurant manager and be available to care for his sister who hasn’t been doing her schoolwork, he finds himself in great need. Another kind of need fills his bucket list when he hires on the beautiful Sloane Russo as babysitter for Bree.

Sloane finds herself caught between the need to get to Greece and get inspired to write her latest romance, and her body's need to climb the gorgeous wine connoisseur who drives her libido crazy. Gavin fears Sloane will do her usual disappearing act since he’s been told she never stays in one place for very long. He begins to wonder if she’s worth all the trouble she is definitely stirring up in his world, and his heart.

STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Kimberly Kincaid is definitely a wonderful addition to the Pine Mountain series. Gavin is so serious, yet smooth and oh, so sexy. He knows how to seduce a woman - both with body, and wine. Sloane has her walls up. Convinced no man can give her better than she can give herself, she can’t resist the sexy Gavin even as he runs hot and cold. What brings them together, what begins tearing down their barriers, and opens their hearts to the possibilities unfolding before them, is their mutual affection for the incorrigible, sweet, misunderstood, and desperately in need of a feeling of family, Bree. She is the catalyst for love finding Sloane and Gavin, allowing them to recognize their swans.

Kimberly has built such a wonderful community of characters in Pine Mountain and visiting each time is like coming home. Experiencing the down home feel and banter of this close knit town is part of the delight of the series but it's the steamy new love blooming each time we visit, which makes it worth coming back to Pine Mountain. Gavin and Sloane make the visit very much worth traveling the distance. I highly recommend reading STIRRING UP TROUBLE, book 3 in the Pine Mountain series by Kimberly Kincaid because like a fine wine it will remind you of the best of what life, love, and good food have to offer. I can’t wait for the next installment of falling in love in Pine Mountain.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love.

Her digital Line series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also the author of the Pine Mountain series, which follows small town singles as they find big-time love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

If you’d like to learn more about Kimberly and her fab books, please visit her website and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


STIRRING UP TROUBLE, a Pine Mountain novel by Kimberly Kincaid, Zebra-Kensington, releasing October 7, 2014 in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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