Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MAKE IT LAST by Megan Erickson (Bowler University #3) @WmMorrowBks @avonbooks #Review #Giveaway #BookTour

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Make it Last
Megan Erickson
January 6th, 2014 
William Morrow Impulse

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.

Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.

The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

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Megan Erickson is playing with the big girls with MAKE IT LAST...bringing another fantastic addition to the Bowler University series, solidifying her place among some of my favorite New Adult Authors!  Christina Lee and Erin McCarthy Fans will fall in LOVE with Erickson's "real" approach to New Adult romance, and her heroes have all the qualities that make a smokin hot book boyfriend (says the cougar)!

Cam and Tate have a hurtful past, which comes to light little by little throughout MAKE IT LAST, where we get to watch them form a truce while he is home for the summer helping his mother, and she is stuck in their hometown taking care of her sick father and younger brother.  Let's just say that my heart was broken from the first time they see each other after four years...yea...talk about an overload of emotion...and it doesn't stop there.

My favorite part of the book was the two of them playing Utope, which is like a "Sims" game, and those small "things I want to say to you, but can't to your face" moments just stole my heart.  Talk about loving someone so much, you will go to lengths to make sure they have a better life...Tate is someone I admire and I don't say that a lot about heroines, but I would definitely invite her to hang with my chicks 

I highly recommend the complete Bowler University Series, as a series whore..I say start at the beginning, but buy them all, cause you wont be able to stop once you start!!

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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TVBT: LOVE ME IF YOU DARE by Toni Blake (Coral Cove #2) #ReleaseDay #HeroProfile #Giveaway @Avonbooks #AvonAddicts @ToniBlake

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Love Me if You Dare
Coral Cove # 2
Toni Blake
Releasing December 30th, 2014
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USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Toni Blake continues her new, heartwarming series set in the beachside town of Coral Cove.

When the question is love, the answer is always yes…

Camille Thompson is the best at what she does-closing deals. That’s why real estate developer Vanderhook has sent her to Coral Cove, Florida, where the stubborn owner of the Happy Crab Motel is refusing to sell. Camille’s never had a problem turning a “no” into a “yes”, but then she’s never been so captivated by a man’s sexy smile before.

Laidback Reece Donovan likes life simple. No amount of money - or any other temptation Camille can offer - will convince him to give up the one link to his past. Of course, it would be easier without the powerful chemistry raging between them.

As a fragile romance begins to grow, can Reece trust Camille with his secrets? And when promises are broken, along with hearts, can the charm of Coral Cove help bring them back together?

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In true Toni Blake form, LOVE ME IF YOU DARE is a romance full of emotion with a delicious side of sexy to keep me hooked from page one.  

The one thing I love about Blake's writing is that I tend to get lost in the story, which is great when you are reading with two babies running (crawling) around.  Her heroes are always devilishly handsome, with a chip or two to carry around, and her heroines are never a doormat, they are strong, maybe a bit weak in the knees around the hero, but always true to who they are, and Cami was none different.  

I love the setting of the Coral Cove Series, with the vivid description of the resort town, I almost felt the sun on my face...almost!  I actually found myself having an immediate soft spot for Tamra, who I hope will be getting her own romance soon, as I think we have all been in her shoes once in our life, being in love with our best friend, and watching him fall for someone else...Yeah...let's just say my little heart went out to her...Toni, PLEASE find her a good man!!

LOVE ME IF YOU DARE is the second in the Coral Cove series, which can be read as a standalone, but I encourage you to read ALL I WANT IS YOU (at least enter the giveaway), cause you can only be doing a HUGE favor to yourself by indulging in MORE Blake Men!

Definitely a great read for those who love a romance that builds from mutual dislike to full on "I want to have your babies if you let me" love!  Toni Blake never disappoints!

(Side Note: Toni sent me a HOTTIE, but my computer didn't want to let me use him...So...I found this smokin hot dude...and I think he does the job)

Name:  Reece Donovan         
Age:  35
Occupation:  Owns the Happy Crab Motel in Coral Cove, Florida
Physical Description:  
Although he turned out a lot different on the cover, I saw him as being dark and olive-skinned, lean and muscular without being he-man muscular, and being a guy who’s very laid-back and comfortable in his own body.
Likes (3):  
The town of Coral Cove, the way Camille Thompson looks in a bikini, 
and his pet giant iguana, Fifi
Dislikes (3):  
Pushy people, dishonesty, romantic commitment
Relationship Status:  
Free as a bird and likes it that way
Typical Friday Night:  
Attending Coral Cove’s nightly Sunset Celebration to watch his buddy, Fletcher, the tightrope walker, and then a stroll up the beach with Fifi (on her leash, so as not to alarm anyone.)
Drink of Choice:  
A cold beer
Favorite Food:  
A fish sandwich and hush puppies at the Hungry Fisherman
Favorite Song:  
Signs by the Five Man Electrical Band
Choice of Transportation: 
Flip flops
Boxers or Briefs:  
Best Memory to Date:  
Sailing with his family as a boy

Words to live by:  
A simple life is a happy life.

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USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel - nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels, her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors. Learn more about Toni and her books at www.toniblake.com.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Release Day: TALK DIRTY TO ME, COWBOY by Jodi Linton (Deputy Laney Briggs Novella) #FreeRead #Giveaway

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She takes her cowboys tall, tattooed, and tempting as hell...

Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson is sittin’ in a bar, all six-foot-five-inches of long, hard cowboy. Waitin’. Watchin’. Bidin’ his time for Laney Briggs and her hot little behind to saddle up and make his night. His girl. Hell, after all these years, he knows exactly how to drive her crazy with need...for him.

And Laney is ready to play. Tonight is their new beginning, and she has on her red cowboy boots—the ones that make Gunner wild. She knows that she’s only a few tequilas away from being pressed up against his firm, demanding bod. At his wicked mercy. But tonight, Gunner has something he wants. Needs. Even if it means that Laney will be the one in complete control...

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Growing up in a small Texas town didn't have many perks, but it allowed for some colorful writing material. After settling down with her family in central Texas, Jodi found her passion: writing kick-ass, southern contemporary romance stories. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

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The Deputy Laney Briggs Series

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

TRT: SEASIDE SUNSETS by Melissa Foster (Seaside Summers #3) #Review #NewRelease #Giveaway @Melissa_Foster @Tastybooktours

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Book One in the Seaside Summers Series

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down.

In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

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Time to warm up those winter nights with a Seaside Summer's Romance!  

SEASIDE SUNSETS is the third in the Seaside Summers series, a spinoff of the Love in Bloom/The Bradens family series by Melissa Foster.  The Seaside Summers characters are a great mix of fun, loud, charming, and sexy...everything you love about Foster's romances, but with a Summer vibe that will have you wishing for spring break with your besties!

I am actually reading all three of the Seaside Summers books at the same time, getting to know the "main" friends, Bella, Amy, Jenna and Leanna...and the fun additions to their group, Kurt, Tony, Caden, Evan and Jamie (Yum)...and the hero of SEASIDE SUNSETS. Jessica is a newbie to the cape, and taking a break from the madness that is her life, or more like, her career as a Member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  

Jamie is in the cape with his grandmother Vera (can't help but LOVE a guy who loves his grandma as much as Jamie does)...and let me just say, the first few pages in where we meet Jamie through the eyes of Jessica (can we say....SMOKIN HOT)!  

I loved the mix of humor and emotion that Foster weaves into all of her novels, but the Seaside Series just has that special something that has you wanting to dive directly into the next book the moment you turn the last page!

So...you might want to grab all three and get started today!

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"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Holidays & Historical's Promo Tour @KensingtonBooks #Giveaway #Bundle #Historicals #Lyrical

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Theresa Romain
Holiday Pleasures # 4
Released Oct 7th, 2014


Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…

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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest. Please visit her at http://theresaromain.com.


Mia Marlowe
Spirit of the Highlands # 2 
Released Oct 7th, 2014

A wife may be courted, too…

Many would count Katherine Douglas fortunate indeed. Laird William Douglas is broad-shouldered, gentle-handed, everything a lass could dream. But after four years of marriage, Katherine still knows little of what goes on in his heart. And she has yet to bear him an heir. The distance between them is too great—and so she flees over the snowy highlands to Glengarry Castle, home of her childhood, to set her husband free.

But William won’t let his wife slip away without a fight. Before long, he’s at her father’s threshold himself, witness to the rumbles of discontent in Glengarry, the bright joy of Yuletide at a family hearth, and the hidden needs of his own beloved…

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Mia Marlowe learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she devised back stories to prepare for operatic roles. Since she’s worn a real corset, and had to sing high C’s in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia’s stories, they don’t die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero! Mia loves history, art, music and travel. Especially travel. Good thing, since she’s lived in 9 different states and is embarrassed to admit she’s lost track of how many times she’s been to Europe. She regards her frequent moves as vacations on which she drags along all her stuff. Currently, she and her DH make their home in New England.


Ella Quinn
The Marriage Game # 5.5
Released Oct 27th, 2014

The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…

A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…

The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…

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Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and loveable great date. Fans can find out more at www.ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com


Diana Cosby
The Oath Trilogy # 1
Released Dec 8th, 2014

A man of honor. A woman of spirit.

As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…

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Diana Cosby, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, owes her passion for writing to a gypsy childhood of living, traveling and experiencing various cultures throughout the world. An avid romance reader her entire life, it was an easy decision to begin writing after her career as a meteorologist. Diana is married to Bob, the hero of her life, a naval officer with over 22 years of service, including a tour in Iraq. She is blessed with three loving children: Eric, Stephanie and Christopher, and enjoys the company of her dog, Duncan Trevor MacGregor, and two cats, Bad and Brat. She’s a member of various romance writing organizations and presents writing workshops for her local writing chapters.


Marina Myles
The Cursed Princes # 3.5
Released Nov 24th, 2014


Thorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what’s inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved—and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive…

Constantin has always been drawn to Karina’s dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety—even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart…

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Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale and eventually led to a degree in English Literature. Now, with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. She’s busy being a wife, a mother, and a member of Romance Writers of America, but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers. Visit her at www.marinamyles.com.


Heather Hiestand
The Redcakes # 5

Released Nov 1st, 2014


The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…

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Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas and short stories, she makes her home in a small town with her husband and son and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.

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