Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Lady Overton's Perilous Journey by @vvaught512 #review and #giveaway



Historical Romance / Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 7/11/2015


When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.  
The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own? 
Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart? 


Review 

This was a wonderful read about two people from very different backgrounds almost star-crossed falling for eachother in the most natural of ways. I really felt the chemistry between the two main characters from the first moment they met and I loved how naturally it all seemed to unfold. The pacing was great with both the plot and novel as a whole and their romance. 

The writing style is the one thing that took me a little while to get used to. While authentic to the time period, it was just something that took some time to understand completely. 




Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave.
Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next. Her newest release, Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey, published by Secret Cravings Publishing is the first book in her Honorable Rogue series.
Vikki loves a "Happily Ever After", and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.
While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.
For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Tales of the Winter Wolf by @rj_blain #review



Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Fantasy Thriller/Suspense/Romance
Date Published: July 14, 2015



Long before Nicolina Desmond manifested her powers as a wizard, she was a Normal girl with extraordinary circumstances. In order to prove herself and escape her father’s chokehold on her life, she’s determined to get on the fast track towards an independent life.

However, she never anticipated how meeting Richard Murphy would change her life…

Tales of the Winter Wolf follows the adventures of Nicole and Richard, predominant characters from Witch & Wolf #2, Winter Wolf. Spoilers for the novel are contained within!


Volume One contains the following stories:

Hunted
Nicolina Desmond should have known that her twin’s overly friendly behavior with the eligible Fenerec males would land her in trouble, but she never expected how far young, single werewolves would go to secure a mate.


The Scent of Guilt
When Richard is invited to hunt Nicolina’s kidnappers with her father, he jumps at the chance. With Desmond lusting for blood and violence, Richard is forced to toe the line between mercy, justice, and revenge.

Firecracker
Charles Desmond’s influence isn’t enough to stop those who are determined to take Richard’s rank through force. With Nicolina Desmond out on the hunt to kill him once and for all, he’ll need a lot more than luck to survive his stay with the Desmonds.

Glitter
Richard Murphy has many sides, and Nicolina Desmond is dismayed to discover that he truly has the patience of a hunting wolf and his pranks are just as nefarious as hers. When the bodies of Fenerec turn up in her back yard, however, she might have to kill again, and her target is none other than Yellowknife’s injured Alpha.



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Review 

This is a great novel for either someone looking to start the Witch and Wolf series or someone who wants more backstory on the characters from the series they have already read. 

I loved how much light this shone on the characters and their motivations for the actions in novels. It gave great insight and in just short little bursts. 





RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fish.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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Release Day: Cutting Loose by Charity Hillis #excerpt #giveaway



Romance
Date Published: 8/4/2015

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Once Upon a Time never felt like this…
Amy is committed to her career, but when her old college roommate gets in touch, Amy realizes her success has come with a price: she gave up more than her dreams of being an artist when she graduated from college.
Sean hasn’t written his own music since he saw the power his lyrics could have, but that doesn’t stop him from playing covers and trying to have a little fun with every woman he meets. When Amy gets under his skin, however, Sean starts to wonder if a random hook up could become something more.
CUTTING LOOSE is a contemporary romance inspired by Rapunzel, and it's the second book in the Once Upon a Desire series.
Once Upon a Desire: contemporary fairy tales with a pinch of spice.



Excerpt

Amy wandered away from the crowd and stared at the placid waters of the lake. Stooping down, she found a small, oval pinecone on the ground at her feet, and giving into instinct, she pulled her arm back and flicked the cone into the water, trying to make it skip.
“Need a stone for that,” Sean said from behind her. Amy repressed a delicious shiver at the sound of his voice.
“I figured. It just seemed like the thing to do.” She gestured out at the water. “It’s beautiful up here.”
He raised an eyebrow at her. “Even though it’s the back end of beyond?”
“Your words, not mine.” She paused. “And I’m not judging anyone,” she finally added, glancing up at him. “Well, except maybe you.”
He grinned at her. “I guess I deserved that.”
She nodded. “Just because I’m from the city—“ she took a deep breath. “I don’t want to spoil this.” She gestured out to the lake, hoping he’d understand that she was done bantering. “Any of it,” she added, risking a glance at his face, but his expression was unreadable.
After a beat, Sean started to walk along the lakeshore, further away from the party guests, and after a moment, Amy fell into step beside him. “It is pretty, I guess,” he admitted. “You forget how beautiful things are when you see them every day.” He glanced at her with a wide smile. “Although I doubt any guy would be able to forget you.”
Amy laughed, but her heart sped up. “Smooth.”
Sean tipped his head. “I try.”
They lapsed into easy silence as they moved along the lakeshore, and after a few minutes, Sean reached for her hand. Waiting for the flirty banter that Amy had started to expect from him, she hesitated, but Sean didn’t say anything, and Amy couldn’t shake the feeling as she laced her fingers through his that something had shifted somehow, without her being aware of it.
Walking hand in hand with him, Amy searched for something to say. “I can’t figure you out,” she finally offered.
Sean lifted his shoulders in a gentle shrug. “What’s to figure?”
“Are you really as full of yourself as you seem?” The words sounded harsh, and Amy tried to soften them. “I mean, one minute, you’re coming onto me, and the next, you’re—well, you’re confusing.”
A smile tugged at his lips. “So you’ve been thinking about me?” He tightened his fingers around hers.
Amy flushed. “Maybe a little,” she admitted, “but that’s just because I don’t know what’s going to come out of your mouth next.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment. Ladies love a mystery man, right?” He grazed his thumb against her palm, and she shivered.
“I guess what I’m saying is, I’m trying to figure out who the real Sean is.”
He looked down at her, his eyes sharp. “Maybe that doesn’t matter. Can’t we just be two strangers who can’t keep their hands off each other?”
Amy’s pulse started to pound. “That isn’t what I had in mind,” she said.


About the Author
Charity Hillis has always had a thing for fairy tales…there’s just something magical about all those happily ever afters! She writes contemporary romance, and is the author of the ONCE UPON A DESIRE series, including MIDNIGHT RUN, CUTTING LOOSE , and PRINCESS SUITE (coming winter 2015).

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3 sets of ONCE UPON A DESIRE ebooks 
(Midnight Run and Cutting Loose)



Monday, August 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Purified by Elizabeth S. Sullivan - #interview



Thriller / Noir
Date Published: November 27, 2014


When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.

Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client's private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her.

PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.





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Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The most difficult aspect of writing, books and screenplays, is getting down to the business of daily writing. Sometimes I have to fight the nagging voice that taunts, “who will want to read this” why do you think you have something to say. These thoughts are not unique to me, thankfully I have heard this from many artistic people.

What songs are most played on your MP3?
I listen to a lot of jazz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday. I love the blues. Pink Floyd is named in Purified and in its sequel. Radio Head, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mozart and Beethoven. Music is humanity’s soul or at least our soundtrack. I don’t restrict myself to any one genre or artist.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have a couple of fellow writers who exchange work and make corrections and critique. It is not organized and as we live far apart we miss the face-to-face exchange which I think is critical. Recently I joined a writers’ group where I hope I can join some critique groups.

What book are you reading now?
I am just about to finish Jo Nesbo’s The Redeemer. I am hooked on the Nordic (not sure if Nordic is the correct term) crime writers, with Nesbo at the top of the list. I am starting a book which concept is really fascinating of an African American sleuth in New Orleans in the early 1830’s entitled A Free Man of Color.

How did you start your writing career?
Reading started my writing. The magic of words to transport me to a world that was completely different than mine inspired me to write but life took over and the career did not happen. The event that got me to pursue writing as a second careeer occurred when I was writing a novel and heard a story on CSPAN about girls riding trains in the Depression. I put the novel in the drawer, wrote a screenplay, and entered a competition. When I earned second place, the career aspect was put into place.


Tell us about your next release.
 Currently I am currently working on the sequel to Purified. I never considered I would revisit these characters. I have written five screenplays, all of different genres and to be honest, thriller, noir, mysteries are the most difficult as one has to create clues and motivation for murder. Beck is a flawed character and I think she is rich for transformation. Safra has become to me Beck’s Moriarty so I need to do this villain justice in his return.



Elizabeth S. Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in the LA area. Impassioned by social justice issues, inspired by her parents, she pursued teaching and earned a law degree. She has written five screenplays, one short. Her screenplays have placed or won such as: Nicholl, Austin, Page, and American Zoetrope. These recognitions garnered her a manager, Alexia Melocchi, Little Studio Films. Her first novel, PURIFIED, portrays a strong female protagonist in the genre of a noir thriller.  Sullivan explores issues of race, gender, privacy in the cyber age. She has written several blogs on of women in fiction featured on Venture Galleries.  She is busy working on the sequel to PURIFIED and a new screenplay.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Life's Too Short for Leftovers: 9 Lessons from a Third World Kitchen #review



Non Fiction
Date Published: July 23, 2015


Part inspirational rallying call, part first-person, autobiographical narrative, part eulogy for a treasured friend and mentor, “Life’s Too Short for Leftovers” takes the reader on a highly personal journey of self-discovery. Best-selling author Michael Ditchfield’s  “9 Lessons from a Third World Kitchen” – cleverly presented as courses on a menu – conveys a singular perspective on what it means to be human, and what is required of us as individuals to be active, engaged participants in humanity.

With delightfully dry wit and profound understanding, Ditchfield introduces us to Chef Noel Cunningham – his guide and teacher – along with a kitchen-full of congenial and extraordinarily noble real-life protagonists that have served as both lightning rods and light posts in the author’s relentless (albeit sometimes reluctant) pathway toward personal transformation. 

Ditchfield is a master storyteller, and his conversational style skillfully relates timeless philosophies to contemporary challenges and opportunities that face Third World countries today. Based on his extensive experience in Africa, Ditchfield brings a generous portion of lucid insights and aha moments to the table, leading the charge toward improved, positive outcomes – in our own lives, and in the lives of others. “Life’s Too Short for Leftovers” is a stimulating and memorable must-read for students of Life.


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Review

This novel is equal parts inspiring and clever. The writing style of Michael Ditchfield really had me tuned in from the very beginning. Each story had its own lesson, thought provoking situations, and recipe/food spin that makes it unique. The best part about this novel is that it wont be until the end that you realize just how much it affected you. It will stick with you. 





Humanitarian Michael Ditchfield—bestselling author, sought-after speaker, entrepreneur, and former professional athlete, is committed to addressing the humanitarian plight of developing countries. Ditchfield speaks widely on how to inspire change and promote empowerment among cultures and individuals. 

He has worked extensively with children in Africa using sports and culture in furthering the peace process. He remains dedicated to transforming lives by advocating for human dignity across the globe.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Brain by @CandaceBlevins #interview & #giveaway




Paranormal Romance / Motorcycle Club
Date Published: July 17, 2015


Someone has hacked past Brain’s firewalls and sold the MC’s information. Brain and Bash are on a mission to catch the hacker, find out who hired him, and then make him pay.
Until Brain discovers the hacker is a woman, and just as smart as him. She’s so clever, he chases her a full week before he finally catches her.
She’s the enemy, and yet his wolf wants to protect her from Bash. Worse, his wolf is beginning to decide he wants to claim her.
This isn’t going to be pretty.

Warning: Fights with full-on violence and lots of blood, as well as descriptions of horrendous tortures to a captured female.





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INTERVIEW



What is the hardest part of writing your books?


Cutting and slicing. I love the initial writing, and then the second pass, where I add in details, emotions, thoughts, smells, sounds, caresses, and other tactile input. But then comes the part where all of the unnecessary scenes and conversations are cut, and I have to tearfully say goodbye to them.


What songs are most played on your MP3?

I write to Strauss and Bach. I can’t handle lyrics when I’m writing — too many extra words floating around in my head, I guess. When not writing, I’m either listening to 80s’ music, or my thirteen year old daughter’s choices. Thankfully, I love her choices, so it’s all good.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have an alpha reader, and then about a dozen beta readers, with a core group of five beta reader who won’t hesitate to tell me when something doesn’t work. I also use a content editor as well as an editor who focuses on grammar and structure.

I don’t know what I’d do without my beta readers. My stories are so much better after I’ve made changes based on their input.


What book are you reading now?

I’m currently in a manic writing stage as I work to finish Bash’s story. When I’m finished, my reward will be Dark Heir by Faith Hunter.



How did you start your writing career?

Ten years ago, there were so few writers in the BDSM genre writing the super-intense stuff. I read all of them, ran out of reading material, and decided to give it a go myself. I’d been writing Urban Fantasy, with no intentions of actually of publishing it, but thought perhaps I could tackle a book with two characters and no worldbuilding. It took me several tries before I had something ready to submit.

I wrote and published BDSM romance for five years before I felt capable of writing an Urban Fantasy with the intent to publish. Only Human was published at the beginning of this year, and now I’m having fun writing UF and PNR as well as the intense BDSM Romance of the Safeword series.




I’m so excited about Brain’s story. I’m married to a geek, plus I’m a computer geek, so I’m partial to them in my books as well.

My bikers are the werewolves who don’t want to join the Pack. The Alpha has total control over his people, and not everyone wants to submit their will. The Pack is run as a dictatorship, the MC is run as a democracy. The first book in the series was Duke, and Brain is the second. I’m currently writing Bash’s story, and I’m having a blast playing around in this world.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today! I’ve enjoyed the questions.

Readers can find out more about the three series in my paranormal universe here:  http://www.candaceblevins.com/kirsten-osheas-universe/

And, they can see the books in my Safeword series here: http://www.candaceblevins.com/safeword-series/





Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 17 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place, she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes BDSM Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and a smoking hot Motorcycle Club series.
Her Safeword series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different BDSM issue to resolve. Books are standalone and can be read in any order, with the exception of the two Davenportbooks, and the four Matte books.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world were weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires exist, as well as a variety of other mythological beings.
Candace’s two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and gives some secondary characters their happily ever after. Her three paranormal series are written so you can read one series, or all three, should you prefer only a particular genre.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads atgoodreads.com/CandaceBlevins. You can also join facebook.com/groups/CandacesKinksters to get sneak peeks into what she's writing now, images that inspire her, and the occasional juicy blurb. You can visit Candace on the web and sign up for her newsletter at candaceblevins.com.

Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)
• Only Human
• Book two – title tba (late 2015)

Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)
• The Dragon King
• Riding the Storm
• Acceptable Risk (June 2015)

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club (Paranormal Romance)
• Duke
• Brain (July 2015)
• Bash (late 2015)

Safeword series (BDSM Romance)
• Safeword: Rainbow
• Safeword: Davenport
• Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon
• Safeword: Quinacridone
• Safeword: Matte
• Safeword: Matte – In Training
• No Safeword: Matte – The Honeymoon
• No Safeword: Matte – Happily Ever After
• Safeword: Arabesque


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Cover Reveal: Outside, Inside




Children's Book (4-8)
Date Published: August 25, 2015


Have you ever felt like all of your friends had forgotten about you?  Have you ever felt left out?  This is exactly what happens to Birdie in Outside, Inside.  When Birdie does not see his friends around, he decides to go out and look for them.  He quickly finds that something strange is going on.  Birdie’s friends are really planning a super fun surprise that gives Birdie a change of heart.  Outside, Inside is a simple story about the joy of friendship and giving.  Using 35 easy words and vivid, colorful characters, this story is enchanting for the youngest of readers.





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About the Author


Cindy Helms is a visual artist, author and illustrator known for designing unusual projects. For Cindy, art is created from curious and whimsical combinations of shapes, textures and colors.  In her unique and simple children’s books, Cindy’s art work comes to life in characters that enchant children and adults alike. Cindy lives in the Denver, CO area with two artistic boys and two fat black cats.  She loves road trips, camping and discovering new places.


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