Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hard Love by Shana Vanterpool Blitz and #Giveaway


Hard Love
Shana Vanterpool
(Guns & Ink #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.
Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more unhappy ending, might just do him in.
Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.
But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.
A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.
Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.
Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.
SNEAK A PEEK AT BOOK 1 – MAD LOVE:
Life had a way of expunging your expectations.
But it also had a way of rebuilding them.
I met a hero the day I walked into Klayton’s tattoo shop, broken and terrified. My heart was tattered, and my mental state was a plain of rubble in my skull. He wasn’t your typical hero. But atypical was exactly what I needed. I needed strength to combat my weaknesses. I needed love to fight my terror. And I needed someone to look at me like I was whole, when I feared I never would be again.
I sometimes wished we could have a do-over. That I could walk into his tattoo shop smiling, clean, and glowing. But that would only erase the brutal, beautiful truth of us. I didn’t walk into his tattoo shop smiling, I wasn’t clean, and I was severely damaged.
But Klayton loved me anyway. Even when I was empty, even when I was broken.
Even when I was mad.


Author Bio:
When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.

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Amazon Fire Stick & 
both eBooks in the Guns & Ink series

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#Cover Reveal - The Gallery by Mika Lane


The Gallery: A Reverse Harem Romance
Mika Lane
Publication date: June 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
What do you do when someone changes the rules of the game? Do you keep playing? Or start your own game?
Blu, my gay bestie, was determined to see me win. Of course, I knew that would involve plenty of retail therapy. And chocolate.
I just didn’t know it would include four hot as h*ll men with moves I’d never dreamed existed. And a very different sort of social club.


Author Bio:
Writing has been a passion of Mika’s since a young age (her first book was "The Day I Ate the Milkyway"), but erotic romance is now what gives purpose to her days and nights. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. A devotee of the intelligent and beautiful, and lover of shiny things, she’s a yogi, hiker, traveler, thinker, observer, and book worm. She has been known to drink cheap champagne and has way too many shoes.
A National Reader's Choice Awards finalist, Mika always deliver a hot, sexy romp, often with imperfect characters, and a promised happily ever after (or at least happy for now).
She LOVES to hear from readers, and can be found at www.mikalane.com, and facebook.com/mikalaneauthor, when she's not dreaming up naughty tales to share.


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Hot Asset by Lauren Layne #Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway



Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: 21 Wall Street

Summary

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.


About the Author

Lauren Layne, a former e-commerce and web marketing manager, moved from Seattle to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. Her first book was published in the summer of 2013, and since then, she’s written more than two dozen romantic comedies, hitting the New York Times, USA Today, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists. She currently lives in New York City with her husband.

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Message From Author Lauren Layne

Whip smart with the looks of a Greek god and lots of money thanks to his hard work -- what’s not to love? Ian, the hero of my newest release HOT ASSET, has been a bachelor for a long time in the NYC dating scene, but he’s met his match with Lara McKenzie. But even though she is in his life to scrutinize his career, that doesn’t stop him from taking his best shot at seducing the buttoned-up investigator for the SEC.

So what are Ian’s top ways to woo a woman and how well do they work on Lara? Let us see:

(1) Never underestimate the power of the pickup line … until it bombs.

Ian’s the master of the pickup line; so smooth, that women don’t even know it is a pick-up line. Until Lara. He crashes and burns with everything he says in their first meeting.

(2) Flattery will get you everywhere. Usually.

Ian’s the type of guy who always knows exactly what to say to even the most skeptical of women to make her blush a little. Not so much with Lara McKenzie! She literally has no use for pretty compliments. She already knows she’s got it going on where it counts—her brains.

(3) An unexpected gesture will get you everywhere … until it doesn’t.

Ian knows the power in the element of surprise, a gift or gesture when the woman’s least expecting it. Except Lara is always expecting it. And thus, decidedly less than impressed.

(4) Keep her far away from your baggage. Unless, of course, her job is to bust your baggage wide open.

Ian knows his best chance to score is keeping a woman’s attention on the here-and-now, since his past is more than a little messy. Unfortunately for him, Lara has zero interest in his present, and every interest in his past … which holds the key to destroying his future!

(5) A little Black Am-Ex card never hurts … unless she thinks you made your money illegally.

Ian Bradley knows that being filthy rich works in his favor when it comes to women. He can afford the best restaurants, the fanciest champagne. Meanwhile, Lara would like nothing more than to prove he made every last hard-earned penny illegally ...

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Bad News by Lilly James Tour & #Giveaway

Enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card!
Ends June 19, 2018
Bad News
by Lilly James
Genre: Contemporary Romance

There is no wrong or right way to deal with a death. Or to grieve in a way that is expected. The loss of a loved one can hit you in ways you could never imagine. At least, it did to Hunter Holland. College Junior Hunter knows he messes up; he knows he hates his life; he also knows he blames his father for his mother’s death. What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to change–all thanks to Louisa Dawson. Louisa, the freshman, is sweet. Shy. Innocent. She doesn’t care for boys, but rather books. Hunter is crazy, a player, and as cocky as they come. The college ‘bad news’ is everything she wants to stay away from, yet he is everything she is drawn to. Focused on her studies, Louisa doesn’t have time for Hunter who is both distracting and disruptive, but Louisa is the breath of fresh air Hunter needs. She is the only girl he is willing to work for. She is also the only girl that understands why Hunter is living the life he is. Louisa is determined to prove to Hunter that living in a tormented past is never going to guarantee a happy future. They say opposites attract… maybe they do.



British Author Lilly James is a woman with a wild imagination that has to be set free into the arms of a keyboard.



Writing gives Lilly that chance to escape the real world and live in a world of fantasy with her characters. 

When she's not writing you'll find her singing terribly to music, curled up with her kindle, or doing something boring like everyday chores that unfortunately need attention. 

Lilly lives in Wales, is a mother of one beautiful little girl, and loves reading, chocolate and wine. All in that order.





Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!
Enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card!

Ends June 19, 2018




My Name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchild Tour & #Giveaway




Title: My Name is Nelson
Author: Dylan Fairchild
Genre: Thriller
Available from: Amazon

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office.  Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history.  And it's being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint?  What the hell?
Is this a political thriller?  Or is it science fiction?  A zany comedy?  Perhaps it's a love story.  Whatever it is, it's a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughs.  If "Doctor Strangelove" can find the humor in nuclear war, then surely there's a little bit of laughter lurking in unmanned aviation, as well as some serious, heartfelt moments.
It's little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington* said this was, "Pretty much the best novel ever."**
* Absolutely, positively, not a real person
** He's been known to be wrong about stuff

Author Bio


Dylan Fairchild is the pen name of a Virginia-based indie author.  He usually lurks in a different genre.
“My Name is Nelson” is the author’s first thriller.  It’s a genre-busting blend of humor, action, political-military intrigue, romance, and science fiction.  “The Indie View” awarded it “five-plus” stars and said “in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it's one of the best books we've seen in a while.”  The book is dedicated to “all the men and women who work so tirelessly to protect our nation.”
The author can be found on Goodreads.com, and he is happy to reply to any questions, comments, or witty ridicule of his photo.



Giveaway

Win a $25 Amazon gift card during the tour. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Claimed by Mila Young (Haven Realm, #4)

Claimed
by Mila Young

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Haven Realm - Book 4
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
Publisher: Mila Young
Genre: Fantasy Romance | Reverse Harem
Print Length: 309 pages
Available from: Amazon

Little Mermaid. Three spirited warriors. A realm in peril. 

Nyssa's not your typical princess. She rebellious, and sneaks down to the Shark Bait bar with her friends, to get away from the pressures of palace life. Each time a hot Sharkrider chats her up, she develops a serious case of fin in the mouth disease, and embarrasses herself. All that changes when her father announces she's to marry the cruel and scheming commander of his army. She'd rather digest in the belly of a whale than marry that slug. 

When Nyssa digs a little deeper, she uncovers that the commander is using a spell to control her father. In wedding her, the commander plans to kill the king, and rule the underwater realm. With the help of three mersoldiers who pledged their allegiance to her, Nyssa must save her father and the kingdom. Now she must navigate new emotional currents while keeping her head above, or below, water...even if that means drowning in the soldier's love. 

Mermaids, loyalty, passion and vengeance collide in this spellbinding romance that finds its 'Happily Ever After.' 


Claimed by Mila Young (Haven Realm, #4)

Claimed (Haven Realm, #4)A beautiful mermaid princess will go from secret rendezvous in “dive” bars to a woman on a mission to save her underwater kingdom when evil rears its ugly head and makes plans to make her his bride. Sounds pretty ominous, I know, but Mila Young’s tale is anything but dark as she takes us into the deep blue sea in CLAIMED.

Grab your snorkels, prepare for a quirky, sexy dive into what really goes on beyond those swim markers, past the riptides and below the waves just begging to be surfed. Words will be ‘played on,” a pact with an evil water witch will be made and Nyssa will discover that three handsome mersoldiers are better than one, (if you know what I mean!)

In spite of Nyssa’s dire circumstances, the fate of her father’s kingdom, and a near impossible quest, CLAIMED is a fun read with lots of fins, seemingly insurmountable odds, smelly pirates and hot mersoldiers who are warm for Nyssa’s form and loyal to her cause.

Quirky, with almost too many fishy quips and nicknames, I still had a great time in Mila Young’s world with a Little Mermaid like you never imagined! Let go of reality, take the plunge, feel the heat, join the adventure!

I received a complimentary copy from Mila Young!

A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey

A Mistress for Penndrake
by Tammy L. Bailey

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Entangled: Amara (May 28, 2018)
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 257 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The Marquess of Wesley is out for blood. For a year, Lord Wesley has tried to undo the devastation his father left to Penndrake, their ancestral home, only to discover the man gambled it away right before his death. Now Wesley is being blackmailed by the new owner into marrying a woman he’s never met in order to get it back. But his intentions are less than honorable…

At one and twenty, Miss Kate Holden intends to become a governess, having sworn off all men years ago. However, her plans are halted when she receives a daunting letter from her cousin about a Lord Wesley. Ignorant of the name, and the devilish marquess that wears it all too well, she nearly ends up compromised. Refusing to fall prey to Wesley’s skillful seduction, Kate decides to turn things around on the rake. But the high-stakes game between them soon leads to her losing the last thing she expected…her heart.
A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey

A Mistress for PenndrakeFrom the “Ye Olde” dialogue that peppers this tale to the bosoms nearly falling out of their confines, Tammy L. Bailey’s A MISTRESS FOR PENNDRAKE is a delightfully entertaining tale of romance and the sticky wicket two souls make of falling in love!

Kate is not in the market for a husband, especially if it is one her father has chosen for her. This fiery female is independent, a little less than graceful and certainly not afraid to speak her mind. All in all, she is a woman before her time trapped in an era where she has little input about her future. Now her cousin has warned her off the rake, Lord Wesley, but why should she worry about a man she has never met?

The Marquess of Wesley has lived under the weight of his father’s indiscretions, bad gambling debts and finally the greatest insult, being blackmailed into marrying a stranger in order to win back his ancestral home, Penndrake. Little did he know the fiery female he met would be the stranger in matrimonial question.

Let the game of love begin! Like the Gingham dog and the Calico cat, these two challenge each other, irk each other and just barely miss making fur fly as Lord Wesley does his rakish best to unnerve Kate.

So maybe we know how this is going to end, but trust me, the roller-coaster Tammy L. Bailey takes us on is simply delightful, filled with humor, heart and moments of heavenly heat. Picture Cinderella getting one over on the belles of the ball without even meaning to! And trust me, the belles are a quirky group, indeed!

Loads of misunderstandings, those crazy customs of the times and Fate all have a great time playing ping-pong with two hearts that are meant to be together, whether they will admit it or not! Fabulously fun historical romance reading!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Tammy L. Bailey!

The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

The Sea Was a Fair Master
by Calvin Demmer

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Unnerving (June 5, 2018)
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Dark Anthology | Short Stories
Print Length: 83 pages
Available from: Amazon

The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.


The Sea Was a Fair Master
by Calvin Demmer

The Sea Was a Fair MasterA talented author knows how to set the tone, the atmosphere and tell their story. In the case of author Calvin Demmer, he set that tone, that atmosphere and told several short stories without missing a beat! THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER is dark, edgy reading with hints of horror, the unbelievable, the gut-clenching and the just plain creepy.

Several of the twenty-three tales told could easily be expanded into longer, and probably more gruesome tales, but most importantly, each one is complete or leaves us hanging at just the right time!

Now, before you think this is just a compilation of horror, be advised, there is a love story that clearly demonstrates how far a man will go to please the woman he loves. There is even a tale of an android grieving the loss of her human friend. Then again, some people find ways to make their lover leave, permanently. Sail the seas at your own peril or rescue a young child from the end of the world (at your own peril).

Calvin Demmer’s wicked-sharp imagination comes across in each story in an economy of words and a wealth of reading entertainment that can be read in pieces, chunks or the entire book!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Calvin Demmer!

Royally Hung by Anne Marsh

Royally Hung
My Rating:
Written by: Anne Marsh
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: InterMix
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
ASIN: B07B78KBTG
Genre: Contemporary Royal Romance

Fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a bad guy. In real life, Prince Charming is the bad guy and his favorite happy ending is the big O.

I'm Prince Dare but you can call me Prince Charming. Cinderella never wanted the prince--she wanted a night out, a banging dress, and some midnight fun. I deliver that. I make being bad look way more fun than being good, and no one leaves my royal bed without a happy ending.

When my uncle, the reigning king of Vale, orders me to marry and offers to make me the heir to the throne, I'm thrown for a loop. I'm the spare, the extra, the free gift with purchase. I can't be the hero and I won't be the villain who knocks his brother off the throne, so I've come up with an evil plan of my own...

I'll marry someone completely unsuitable to take myself out of the running. The only problem? My suitably unroyal bride is far too tempting to resist--Edee is funny, sweet, and sexy. And best of all, she's American. It's a great plan. Everything's working out just fine until reality starts to intrude on my fantasy and for the first time ever, I wish fairy tales did come true.
Royally HungRoyally Hung by Anne Marsh

Called by his uncle the king of Vale to do his royal duty and marry, bad boy Prince Dare wants to fight it every step of the way. He is sowing some of his wild oats, when he runs into Edee, an American.

Edee has built up a successful second hand internet designer clothes business from nothing, She smart, goal centered woman who knows exactly what the prince is after but isn’t going to fall for his charms.

Until they both start to fall and then the realization that an American wasn’t what the King’s idea of the perfect Prince of Vale’s bride would be.

Marsh writes marvelous flirty and dirty with a heart of gold.

I received this copy of Royally Hung from Berkley Publishing Group - InterMix. This is my honest and voluntary review. Royally Hung is set for publication May 22, 2018.



Offsides series by Natalie Decker Blitz and #Giveaway


Right Text Wrong Number
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she’s too high on her horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly endure speaking, let alone dating.
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.
As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe it’s time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.
They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?
Book 2:
Right Kiss, Wrong Guy
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.


Author Bio:
Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!





GIVEAWAY!
Rival Love Series Paperbacks and both eBooks in Offsides Series 
+ $15 Target Gift Card 

Ends May 24, 2018

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#Cover Reveal - Someone Else’s Soul by Meradeth Houston, designed by Damonza


Someone Else’s Soul
Meradeth Houston
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: May 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
There are 14 strangers who share her face, and one company is determined to erase them all.
Everyone has secrets, and it’s Diana Kane’s job to know them. It’s a talent–being able to see into someone’s life from the scuffs on their shoes to the way their hold their hands–a talent that sets her apart from everyone. When a mysterious stranger drops into her life dangling the possibility of something she’s longed for, a real connection with someone who might actually understand her, she’s too intrigued to refuse.
But when David Addington shows up to their date knowing too much about her, and the top secret agency she works for, Diana realizes their meeting was anything but coincidence. David has more than his share of surprises, including an impossible claim about Diana’s past and photos of an inexplicable woman who shares her face.
When her life begins to unravel around her, Diana has no choice but to put her faith in the mysterious David and the man he claims is his father. As she struggles to piece together the truth about where she came from, she’s forced to face the reality that her entire life has been manufactured, along with fourteen other women who share her exact same DNA. Confronted with the troubling reality that she’s nothing more than a research experiment that’s pushed the boundaries of science and ethics, Diana must rescue the others like her before the company can erase them as mistakes. She will have to put all her skills to the test in the ultimate game of survival…


Author Bio:
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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