Friday, November 29, 2013

THE BILLIONAIRE BANKER by Georgia LeCarre @tastybooktours #giveaway


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When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma.  The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.  For young and innocent Lana, the unthinkable becomes her only choice.
But when she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.  Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington.  Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.
And now he wants her.
Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive, and right now she is very vulnerable.  She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she…when he has opened a door that cannot be closed?
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Meet Georgia
 
Georgia Le Carre lives in England, in an old 19th century romantic cottage surrounded by a magical garden filled with fruit and walnut trees. 
When she is not feeding words into her laptop, she is either curled up in bed with a box of chocolates and a good read, or lost in a long walk in the woods. Especially on moonlit nights.  And often with the man of her dreams.
 
 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TVBT: The Cupcake Diaries: SPOONFUL OF CHRISTMAS by Darlene Panzera #Giveaway #Recipe @tastybooktours @Avonbooks

 
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In this special Christmas novella from Darlene Panzera, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas continues the adventures of three cupcake-loving women who work to keep their dream cupcake shop open while balancing love, family, and friendship.
When businessman Preston Pennyworth offers to buy Creative Cupcakes for a million dollars, the women are startled by his offer. Friends Andi, Kim, and Rachel have put everything into the shop and don’t want to give it up. Despite refusing the expensive offer, their worries are starting to pile up—just in time for the Christmas season.  Between Andi’s concerns about a potential cross-country move, Rachel’s wedding-day stress, and Kim’s love life woes, the spirit of the season seems to be lacking! With the added stress of the holiday season, the women can’t help but imaging the possibilities of the offer.
Things change when Andi decides to organize a Christmas party for the foster kids in the area and the whole town gets involved. The women of Creative Cupcakes are reminded of what truly matters, as they realize the best things in life are close to home! But, when the shop is vandalized, the foster kids’ gifts are stolen, and Rachel’s wedding is sabotaged by a real life Grinch, the women can’t help but feel hopeless on Christmas.  Will their Christmases be saved?
In this warm and heartfelt add-on to THE CUPCAKE DIARIES trilogy, Darlene Panzera’s Christmas novella will captivate reader’s hearts and capture the true meaning of Christmas.
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This was the fourth installment in the series The Cupcake Diaries. It held true to form as the previous three. A Sweet and fuzzy romance, full of emotional pulls and comedy.

 
 Even in their happily ever after, their lives are still one obstacle after another. Adding the additional character’s POV was a little hard to read at first, but it eventually added even more sweet and joy to the story.
 
 This was all of what you would expect from a Christmas story. The warm and fuzzies are out in full force. It was a light and easy read and I read it just a short afternoon.

 
 If you are looking for feel good, heart-warming story just in time for the Christmas season this is your book:-)
 
~Reviewed by Nikki
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Wanda's Easy Black Bean Brownie Cupcakes
from Wanda DeGolier of Tacoma, Washington
(Vegan and gluten free, but ignore that part or you won't even try them.)

1 ¾ cup of black beans (that's about 1 can, but I make them fresh)
1 banana
3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or butter) melted
¾ cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ cup of dry sweetener (your choice, sugar, Splenda, Xylitol)
½ cup of flour (you can use rice flour if you want gluten free)
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
Optional: walnuts
Preheat oven to 350
Mush all the above ingredients together except the walnuts. I use an immersion blender. (Not sure if a mixer would do it, but a regular blender would.)
 
You can add the walnuts now if you want them throughout the brownies, or you can sprinkle them on top before baking.
 
Put into an appropriate-sized pan (8" x 8" or 9" round). The bigger the pan, the less cooking time. Or pour into a cupcake tray. You can oil and flour the pan to prevent sticking, but I've never had them stick. Bake for about 25 minutes. (Longer for chewier brownies, less for gooier brownies/cupcakes).
 
That's it! Let them cool a bit and enjoy!
 

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About Darlene
Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
@DarlenePanzera
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Release Blitz: HARD AS IT GETS by Laura Kaye @AvonBooks #Giveaway #FiveStarRomance

 
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HARD AS IT GETS
by Laura Kaye
 
 
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
HARD INK #1
 
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Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...
 
 
A HUGE thank you to Avon Romance for hooking me up with an Advanced Copy of HARD AS IT GETS (Hard Ink #1) by Laura Kaye.  I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nick Rixey...Oh mama!  From page one, you are sucked into the suspense of the story and then when Yummy Nick Rixey walks onto the page....MEGA SWOON...you are sucked in even further and if the suspense doesn't kill you...the sexual tension will!!
 
Becca Merritt was an awesome heroine (and I have to say, when I LOVE a hero as much as I love Rixey, I normally HATE the heroine), but Becca was kick butt!  She didn't back down from anything, she had backbone, but she was caring, kind and sweet and had a way of handling Rixey that had me saying...SQUEE...I love these two together!!
 
And if ALL of this isn't enough, there are some BAD-ASS MILITARY HOTTIES to pass around ladies...there is certainly enough for all of us!!  They were all hysterical (its the guy sense of humor), sexy, broody and ready to help out a brother in arms, when he needed them most. AND....Don't fret if you read this one too fast (as I did...devouring each page), we get Sexy, Charming Shane McCallan in February 2014!!
 
Laura Kaye is making her way up the list of favorites of mine, and I HIGHLY recommend that you grab this one, cause in my humble opinion, this is a MUST READ of 2013!!

 
 
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About Laura
 
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, November 25, 2013

TRT: DEADLY CAPTIVE/COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Bianca Sommerland @tastybooktours #giveaway

 
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Warning
This book contains material not suitable for readers under 18. While there are aspects of BDSM in several scenes, many are dub/non con. This book contains situations that some may find disturbing, including torture and rape which is part of the story and not intended for titillation. This book contains violence, sex, and blood, among other things. Reader discretion is advised.
 
Lydia awakes, bound and blind, to the whispered urgings of a man who has his hands on her. His words confuse her at first, but she soon understands they are both in the middle of a performance that will determine whether she remains in captivity or dies.
The crowd must be entertained, and her cellmate makes sure it is.
Forced submission is not the only horror Lydia endures. She has no memories of life before her imprisonment, and Joe, her cellmate, is her only comfort as the powerful creatures that hold them captive torture and debase her. Together, she and Joe cling to the will to survive long enough to break free and seek revenge. Their desire to sustain one another triumphs over their wardens' efforts to destroy them. There is no pain, no suffering, that can tear them apart.
Beyond their cell, their love is tested. Can they hold strong in the face of the challenge of the new powers they have gained along with their freedom? 
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Ok...So definitely different than many other romances...let's just say this is NOT your typical romance, and yes, there are shared partners, and violence, rape and torture, pretty heavy stuff.  it's not overly graphic, and the story ended up being way more intriguing as it opens up and we find out about Cyrus and the captors, or the "other" people. 
 
This is not for everyone, but that is not to say that it was bad.  You do find yourself as the reader sucked into this CRAZY underworld of sorts, yeah, its WAYYYYYYY "F'd" up, but you do start to care about Lydia and Joe and you want to see them find a way to escape.
 
Like I said, it's way different than I would have thought, and the author does a great job at taking these horrible circumstances and creates a crazy world, but a well thought-out and interesting story came about.  So kudos to Bianca for her creativity in writing the DEADLY CAPTIVE Series.
 
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Stolen from a bright life full of colors, happiness, and youth, Nicole Reed is dragged into a pit of pain and depravity where all she can hope for is a quick end. But her captors don't want to kill her. They want to use her to teach a little boy whom they plan to mold in their image.
She must free him before that happens. Only she can't stand against those who hold him, not alone. Her only hope is Vince, one of her tormentors, who may still show a glimmer of humanity.
Or maybe that's just a trick of the light. 
Warning: BDSM, graphic violence, dubious consent, forced sex, forced M/M sex, less than willing participation in edge play, content that some readers will consider objectionable including hot sex with a drool-iciously evil man.


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About Bianca
Tell you about me? Hmm, well there's not much to say. I love hockey and cars and my kids…not in that order of course! Lol! When I'm not writing—which isn't often—I'm usually watching a game or a car show while working on promo. Going out with my kids is my only down time. I get to clear my head and forget everything.

As for when and why I first started writing, I guess I thought I'd get extra cookies if I was quiet for awhile—that's how young I was. I used to bring my grandmother barely legible pages filled with tales of evil unicorns. She told me then that I would be a famous author.

I hope one day to prove her right.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

HER SEXIEST MISTAKE Giveaway @JillShalvis @HachetteBooks @GrandCentralPub

 
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Mia Appleby finally has the life she always wanted. She's escaped her trailer trash childhood
and built a nice life for herself with a marketing job and a cute, little condo. But no matter how much baggage she's ditched from her past, she still hasn't managed to shake her greatest weakness-men. So when her new neighbor turns out to be single and oh-so-sexy, Mia's worried she's playing with fire . . .


Kevin McKnight can't get enough of his gorgeous neighbor, but after one amazing night, she's already showing him the door. Something tells him this is the way she handles most men. But Kevin is far from your average guy-and he's ready to prove it to Mia. When a blast from her past shakes up Mia's life in a major way, will she stick with her self-sufficient
solo act . . . or take a chance leaning on Kevin's strong shoulders?
 

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The kiss started out sweet, soft, but cranked to intense quickly, a hot, deep, wet connection that reminded her that their bodies knew each other, craved each other like air, and that being this close was inviting the inexplicable maelstrom that occurred every time she let him put his hands on her. She stopped thinking then, just let herself feel, starting with the pure sensation of his solid, hard muscled body against hers and ending with the heat of his mouth as he deepened the kiss.

He put his hands on her now, in her hair, holding her face, then with a groan glided them down her body, touching everything he could as he trapped her between the hard desk and his tough body. He stroked her breasts, then slid his hands beneath her clothes to warm her flesh with his hands, and the simmer burst into flames.

When he finally pulled back, she was grateful to have the desk behind her holding her up, because he’d just decimated her, burst right through her every single defense with one simple kiss.

Simple? Ha! She’d never been kissed, so thoroughly, so deliberately, so absolutely fully.

He staggered back a step himself, looking surprised and just as shaky. “There,” he said in a voice low and ragged and satisfyingly hoarse. “You’re finally speechless. I like you that way.”

She stared at him, let out a sound of disgust, and pushed past him to the door. “You’re an ass.”

She slammed the door behind her, a gaffe that surely announced in a scream how he affected her, but she couldn’t seem to help it. No more, she told herself. No more. She was Mia Appleby, ad exec, queen of her world, and no one made her crazy. She kept her cool at all times.


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About Jill 
 
 
New York Times Bestselling author Jill Shalvis wrote RESCUE MY HEART and FOREVER AND A DAY, along with many other romance novels including her acclaimed Lucky Harbor series. The Rita winner and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog, and http://www.facebook.com/jillshalvis for other news.
 
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Release Blast: ARIEL'S SONG by Evie Knight @tastybooktours #giveaway

 
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Colin Hoskins, famous classical violinist, is tainted by his past. Angry at life, unable to move beyond the betrayal of his dead fiancĂ©, he’s sworn off performing or falling in love ever again. All Colin wants is to be left alone, except no one listens. Especially the pretty little assistant he can’t fire and his body burns to claim.
Stranded in a foreign country, bankrupted heiress Ariel Parks needs a job to fund her way home. Assistant of sorts to the musician she’s fantasized about for years sounds like a dream job. She never imagined the gorgeous genius would be a reclusive beast. But the real problem is the way every nerve in her body tingles at the mention of his name.
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About Evie
Evie Knight writes wickedly sexy contemporary romances with irresistible bad boys, sassy heroines, a bit of conflict, humor and a dash of spice. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time blogging, reading, listening to music, or looking for a muse.
She lives in sunny Southern California.
Evie loves hearing from her readers. Feel free to drop her a line at evie@evie-knight.com or you can stalk her on Twitter @inlovewromance
 
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TRT: FULL MOON ON THE RISE by Natalie Carlisle @tastybooktours #giveaway

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Someone in Emerson Fox Academy is determined to kill him, and Kale Rollins doesn’t know how much more he can take. And on top of everything, his adopted mom has “disappeared” and his real brother, Trey, is leaving just when Kale needs him the most. Not to mention, Miller and Kit are getting too close for his comfort and there is nothing he can do about it.

Frustrated, scared, and struggling for “control” Kale doesn’t trust himself at all.  With the full moon on the rise, Kale soon realizes he isn’t the only one who might die.

What he wouldn’t do to be normal these days…
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Excerpt

On most days the lake looked calm and serene, but today the rain bounced across the surface making it look like a boiling pot. Thunder continued to rumble in the distance, but it was still too far away to concern them.
            There was nobody else out this way, not in this weather. As they neared the bridge Kale caught a whiff of decay from what he knew to be the near bottomless layer of tree-debris that weather, water and time had mulched into black muck along the shoreline.
            The old bridge creaked under their feet and halfway across Kit slipped on the algae-slicked, wet planks. He caught her before her knees slammed against the wood.
            “Whoa, easy.” He pulled her upright. Then reached down, picking up her notebook, handing it back to her. Since they were standing directly under the open sky, the rain felt heavier, harsher. Kit’s platinum hair looked golden brown and raindrops trailed down her cheeks like teardrops.
            “Stupid rain boots,” she grumbled, irritated as she glanced down at the bottoms of her boots. “They have no grip on them.” She blew out a breath. “I mean, really what’s the point.” Shaking her head, she looked back up, her expression softening when Kale smiled at her. She blinked against the rain. “Thanks for catching me.” His lips curved more. “And for walking me this far. I really appreciate it.” The rain even darkened her eyelashes, outlining her amazing eyes.  “I’ll be fine from here though. You should head back.”
            It was really hard not to keep staring down at her, but Kale pulled his gaze away toward the other side of the bridge. She must have sensed his hesitation because she added, “I’ll see you in Professor Stilts’, okay?”
            The sound of the buzzer went off behind them signaling the start of his next class, but he still didn’t move. He just kept his focus on the trees.
            “You should really go,” she urged.
            She was right. He had missed way too many classes already, but he just wasn’t fond of the idea of her walking outside school grounds alone. “Do you even know where he is?”
            “Of course,” she said simply. “Imprint, remember?”
            Oh, yeah. He remembered that all right. And he was still pissed that the imprint he used to share with Kit had been broken. It would have been a lot easier if he and Kit were still together, together.  For starters he wouldn’t have to be standing out in the rain right now so she could go run off to another guy.
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Natalie Carlisle currently lives with her husband and two dogs in New Jersey but misses the mountains of her hometown in PA every day. When not writing, Natalie can be found reading, drawing, painting, watching chick flicks, taking pictures of nature, running (when her knee is being cooperative)and hiking. She loves being active though lately most of her time is spent in front of a computer working on her next novel.
 
 
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TVBT: THE WEDDING DATE by Cara Connelly @tastybooktours @AvonRomance #giveaway

 
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Julie Marone isn’t your ordinary matchmaker. Instead of setting up singles, she matches already-happy couples with their dream homes. It’s her calling. Her gift. And since she lost the other half of her own happy couple, it’s become her passion.
Cody Brown isn’t your ordinary cowboy. Instead of roping runaway steers, he wrangles sick kids and strung-out junkies as an ER doc. It’s his job. His responsibility. And since his brother lost his wife to a drunk driver, it’s his mission.
When Cody moves from Austin to Boston, he wants Julie to find him a condo, and fast. But she’s got issues with that. Because not only is Cody single, he’s a doctor to boot, and ever since her fiancĂ© died, she’s got a major grudge against doctors.
Cody charms her into breaking her “couples-only” rule, but when he angles to be her date for her sister’s Christmas Eve wedding, he finds out Julie’s “no-doctor” rule is unbending. Still, he’s not quitting, because as hard as Julie fights it, there’s heat between them. If Cody has his way, they’ll be a couple by Christmas, and the next dream house Julie finds will be their own.
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Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara lives in rural upstate New York with her handsome husband Billy and magical rescue dog Bella. Cara is proudly represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal/Lyon Literary Agency.
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