Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Behind the Bars - Brittainy C. Cherry

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.
Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.
Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.
Caged.
Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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So I'm a little ashamed to say that I didnt like this book at first.  I had a hard time connecting with young Jasmine and Elliot.  In fact, I told my husband I was disappointed so far.  Then about 15% the whammy's start.  And they just keep going.  Brittainy C. Cherry once again battered and shattered my poor heart.  I started crying and didn't stop until the last page was turned.  Oh my goodness what an emotional roller coaster that was.

Jasmine is sweet, sassy, and scarred on the inside.  But that doesn't stop her from approaching each day with a smile on her face and happiness pasted over those scars.  Elliot is sweet, talented, and a beautiful soul until life happens.  Then he's battered, bruised, and puts on a cold act.  Their connection as youngsters was almost immediate.  Their chemistry innocent.  But when they meet again?  Will that love be enough to save them both?  While Jasmine and Elliot did not grab my attention as teenagers, they certainly did as adults.  I was drawn to that battered, scarred part of the both of them.

There is definitely drama and angst.  Be prepared for an ugly cry--have lots of tissue, chocolate, and wine (if you drink it) handy.  Once again, Cherry has blown me away with her talent to create a story that completely draws you in and overtakes your heart.  This one'll stick with me for some time.

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.
“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.
“What? How? Why?”
He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”
“What was it?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Eli,” I started.
He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”
I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.
Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”
I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”
“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”
He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.
And there it was.
So small, so tiny, so real.
Love.
It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.
I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.
I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.


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Release Blitz: Thresholds - Kate Canterbary


Snowy days, steamy nights.
The Walshes are home for the holidays.


Title: Thresholds
Series: The Walsh Series #8
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: December 14, 2017


'Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the North End
Not a Walsh had his life together, not even his friends;

The parties were planned by the foodies with care,
In hopes that Wes and Erin would soon find their way there;

The men were stressing over last minute shopping lists and plans,
While the ladies were busy with work and nesting and finding the right paella pans;

When out in the dining room there arose such a clatter,
The Halsted dogs sprang from their beds to see what was the matter;

They whistled and shouted and called each other names,
While the secrets and announcements and surprises quickly came;

So onto another adventure they flew
With the sleigh full of Walshes, and the Commodore too—

As they continued arguing and clamoring around,
Down the road an unexpected visitor came with a bound;

But it wasn't long until couples were all nestled snug in their beds,
With new memories of steamy holiday nights dancing in their heads.

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I always enjoy spending time with the Walshes.  But what's even better than spending an ordinary day with them?  Spending the holidays with them.  Nicknames are said, alcohol is consumed, and shenanigans ensue.  I seriously needed to spend some time with this family.  If you have not read any of this series, you definitely need to.

The Walshes are some of the most realistic, dysfunctionally charming characters I have ever read about.  They are genuine and flawed.  The connections are real and the chemistry incredible.  I seriously have a hard time thinking of a family series that tops this one (at least for me).  The books are a real slice of life novels where two characters fall in love.  Thresholds is, even more, slice of life as we peek in on my favorite family as they spend the holidays together.

I loved being able to check in on the couples, watching as the family grows, evolves, and celebrates.  There's no drama, no angst, just a really good feel-good holiday story.  Now, please excuse me as I go start the series from the beginning.





#1 Underneath It All


#2 The Space Between


#3 Necessary Restorations


#4 The Cornerstone




#5 Restored


#6 The Spire


#7 Preservation





Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Trailer Reveal: Whiskey Secrets - Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan's WHISKEY AND LIES kicks off in January...but we couldn't wait to share the trailer of the first book, WHISKEY SECRETS! Check it out below, find out more about the series (and how it ties into the Montgomery Ink series!) and preorder your copies today!

 

The Montgomery Ink world just got a big larger. Dark heroes, tragic pasts, and heroines who rock their worlds…the Collins Brothers are about to see what happens when their small Pennsylvanian town gets shocked to its core.
The Collins Brothers just want to go about their business and live their lives. They’re in no mood for what happens when three women come into their lives when they’re least expecting it. One comes to change what was lost, another comes to prove what could be, while the third reveals what’s already been there all along.
Whiskey, Pennsylvania just got a little bit bigger and this town might not be ready for what’s coming.
Tabby’s Brothers from Ink Exposed get a series of their own.
Each book is a complete stand alone and can be read in any order.
 

Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.
Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.


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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blog Tour: The Vixen's Lead - Tate James


The Vixen’s Lead 
Tate James
(Kit Davenport, #1)
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance


I want vengeance so badly that I can almost taste it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. So, I did what any privileged, adopted boarding school girl would do. I slapped on a secret identity and became an internationally renowned thief, known as The Fox. Nobody knows me. Nobody can catch me.
Or so I thought…
It turns out; I have what they want. Special abilities. And trust me, these abilities are coveted–and dangerous. Now, I don’t know who to trust or where to go. Peril lurks on every corner as I try to uncover my past and origin. Teaming up with unlikely allies may be my only chance at survival or my biggest mistake. Only time will tell.
I’m Kit Davenport and this is only the beginning.



I have been on a reverse harem kick for the last few weeks.  I got Kindle Unlimited for free for a few months, so I've just been devouring all the RH novels I can get my hands on.  I have to say that The Vixen's Lead is one of the best that I have read (beyond my usual favorites).  It's a unique take on the paranormal world that has been incredibly intrigued to see where Tate James is going to take the series.  And I was incredibly happy to see that the relationships between the main character, Kit, and her men were happening organically.  Well, as organically as these things can happen within constrained quarters.

Kit is a badass.  She's strong, fiesty, and a survivor.  The world threw shit at her for years but she has triumphed.  Or has she?  One by one, her men drift in into her life.  There's Caleb, the gregarious twin who is flirty and fun.  Austin, the prickily one who seems to hate her (and oh how I love that the harem doesn't all fall into place easily).  Cole, the silent badass with a smirk that'll make panties drop.  River, the alpha male in charge with a delicious accent.  And lastly, Wesley, the youngest of the harem, who is shy and computer savy.  The connections between the six of them are unique to each pairing.  And it was so much fun discovering each connection.  I cannot wait to see how the relationships continue to develop.

If you're new to reverse harem, this is definitely a great one to start out with.  It's an easy read, little to no angst, and the characters are all engaging.  I couldn't put it down.  In fact, I've read it twice recently while waiting for the third book to come out.  Quite impatiently mind you.  If you're already a fan of the genre, this is just one more to fall in love with.



Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.

She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

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Release Blitz: Dare to Live - S.B. Alexander


Dare to Live

The Maxwell Series, Book 5 
by S.B. Alexander 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult Romance 
Publication Date: December 12, 2017



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Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.

As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

This book can read as a stand alone. Intended for audiences 18+ Strong language and sexual content.



Kody Maxwell

My phone rang, startling both of us. Mrs. Shear let go of me as I fumbled for my phone in the pocket of my jeans. By the time I plucked it out, the ringing had stopped.
“I should call my dad back.” My dad hardly called when he was working unless he needed something. Maybe he wanted me to bring him lunch. I could go for something to eat. “It was great to see you.” I hiked my guitar over my shoulder.
Mrs. Shear gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. “Take care of yourself.”
Nodding, I hoofed it back to my truck, tapping my dad’s name on my phone. “What’s up?”
“I need you to get to the hospital.” His voice was sharp, but shaky. “I had to take your mother to the emergency room, and someone needs to sit with Raven.”
My hunger pangs turned to nausea as my heart stopped. “Is Mom okay? What happened?” The cemetery narrowed to a pinpoint.
“I’ll explain when you get here.” The phone went dead.
My dad was always the calm one in the family unless the situation involved my mom. I didn’t blame him. My brothers and I were the same when it came to our mom. She’d been so fragile after Karen had died, and rightfully so. She’d been the one to find her daughter dead on the garage floor.
My guitar bounced on my back as I sprinted the rest of the way to my truck. My mind scrambled, while my insides felt as if someone had taken a knife and carved a hole in my gut.
In a flash, I was driving through the streets of Ashford. Thankfully, the neighborhoods were quiet as I tried not to speed through stop signs. Within ten minutes, I was plowing through the emergency room doors like a bulldozer on steroids, trying to regulate my breathing, which was erratic—and not from running.
The minute I was inside, the scent of cleaning fluid knocked me back a step as I searched the room full of waiting patients. A little boy cried on his mother’s lap. Two people waited in line at the information counter. Doctors sped by with nurses at their sides.


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S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read. 

Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.