GENRE: Children’s Middle Grade
The book will be on sale for only 99¢ during the tour

About the Book

Christmas is three weeks away and a mysterious “Santa” has been mailing presents to sixth grader Sophie Washington.

Her friends guess that the secret Kris Kringle could be either Nathan Jones or Toby Johnson, two boys in Sophie’s class who have liked her in the past, but she’s not sure.

Sophie uncovers clues to find her secret Santa and the final reveal is bigger than any package she’s opened on Christmas morning.

It’s a holiday surprise she’ll never forget!

Read an Excerpt

Saturday morning, Chloe texts before I put my feet in my fuzzy, bunny slippers, inviting me to go ice skating at a rink near the mall.

[My mom can pick u up @2] says the message.

That sounds like fun, but I’m a little nervous. I’ve never been ice skating before, and the couple of times I’ve gone roller skating when I was smaller, I spent most of the afternoon holding my father’s hand.

After I ask Mom at breakfast she gives Chloe’s mother a call to make sure it’s okay.

“You kids act like you are old enough to make plans for yourselves,” she says shaking her head. Mom looks up the pricing for the skates on the rink’s website and gives me money for entry and to rent skates.

“Chloe’s mother says you will be skating for a couple hours. Here is some extra money for drinks and a snack,” Mom says, “and take these mittens with you.” She hands me a pair of purple hand coverings. “It might be cold in there.”

I slip the mittens on my fingers to admire them. It usually doesn’t get very cold here in Houston, so we don’t wear mittens or gloves much.  I haven’t had to wear a coat all week, and it’s December.

“Sophie gets to have all the fun!” pouts Cole, as I wait by the window for my friend to pick me up.

“Don’t you worry about that, Cole,” Dad pats his shoulders. “I’m heading to the gym to shoot some hoops this morning with the fellas. A couple of them are bringing their sons, so you can join us.”

Cole perks up at that. “Yay! I can show my skills!”

My little brother loves basketball, and he’s pretty good at it. Every fall he plays on a junior basketball league. This season, his coach moved him up to the point guard position because his shooting has really improved. Cole now says he wants to be an NBA player when he grows up, and he’s been practicing his free throw shooting every afternoon. My father usually goes out to work with him when he gets home from his office, but Cole always likes to get extra playing time in with other kids.

My Review

This is my fifth Sophie Washington book review. And, like all the others, I was thoroughly enthralled with the concept of the book, the main and support characters, and the life lessons taught to Sophie and her friends.

In this newest release, author Tonya Duncan Ellis revisits the issue of school-age bullying, pre-teen crushes, and family traditions. Mix in a little holiday excitement and the possibility of a secret boyfriend and you’ve got a great story.

If you have a middle-grade student at home, this book (or any Sophie Washington book) would be a great stocking stuffer!

About the Author

Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the award winning, Readers’ Favorite “Five Star” rated, Sophie Washington children’s books series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has received awards for literary excellence, worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer, and is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, and Mission: Costa Rica.

Tonya loves to travel and has visited 49 American states and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she’s not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.

Tonya’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Tonya Duncan Ellis will be awarding $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 29: Locks, Hooks and Books

November 5: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
November 5: The Tired Buyer

November 12: Bookaholic
November 12: Fabulous and Brunette
November 12: Kit ‘N Kabookle
November 12: Sybrina’s Book Blog

November 19: Andi’s Middle Grade and Chapter Books
November 19: Journey of a Bookseller
November 19: Hope. Dreams. Life.. Love
November 19: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
November 19: The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

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It’s been my pleasure having Tonya (and Sophie) back for another visit.

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is taking the rest of the week off for the holiday. Please come back next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Children's/Middle Grade, Part of a Series | 8 Comments

SOME MEN’S DREAMS by Eileen Dreyer (writing as Kathleen Korbel)

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Amazon | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Chapters/Indigo

About the Book

She has no time for love …

Dr. Gen Kendall has paid too high a price to let anything get in the way of her dream. In one month she’ll be a full-fledged doctor. She just has to impress her chief of staff, Dr. Jack O’Neill. She impresses him, all right. With one swing of a softball bat she puts him in his own hospital and changes both of their lives forever.

He has no taste for love …

A widower with a 12-year-old daughter, Jack hopes this move to Chicago will signal a new life for them both. He doesn’t plan on finding himself literally at the feet of one of the most compelling women he’s ever known. He certainly doesn’t expect her to turn his life upside down when she recognizes something in his daughter that could well break his heart. Is love enough to see them through, especially when it means that not just Jack but Gen must face the ghosts of their pasts to save his little girl?

Read an Excerpt

“Oh, God, I’ve killed my chief of staff,” she moaned, feeling for a pulse, praying for respiration. “And I haven’t even been introduced.”

He was ashen-colored and stone silent. He was, however, breathing. Gen could feel the flutter of air against her forearm as she reached to discover a heartily reassuring carotid pulse. His heart and lungs were working. Now they could only hope his brain was, too.

Gen barely noticed the people already jostling for position around her. She didn’t pay attention to the forest of cell phones raised in an effort to call 911. She didn’t attend to the babel of conflicting orders from the chief of every service except the two she needed most, trauma and neurosurgery.

“Pardon the cliche,” she said, already having been stepped on twice and losing enough light to keep her from checking Dr. O’Neill’s pupils. “But could you guys all move the hell back enough to give the man some damn air?”

There was a rustle, another stunned silence and a small “Oh.”

But a space cleared.

“Paramedics are on their way,” somebody said. “Don’t move him.”

No kidding, Gen thought to herself. I bet that guy’s a doctor.

“I just put him here,” she snapped, even though she knew better. “I’m not going to move him now.”

Somebody giggled, a high, scared sound. Gen thought she was going to throw up. Instead, she checked Dr. O’Neill’s pupils. Equal, round, reactive to light. Another good sign. His irises were blue-green, as translucent as the Caribbean on a summer morning. The kind of irises that would look just great smiling over wine and flowers.

What a waste.

Now Gen wanted to giggle too. This was just so absurd.

“What a perfect end to a perfect day,” she said with a sad shake of her head. “This should have been Lee.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” her patient muttered without opening his eyes. “And who is Lee that you would have preferred knocking him into the next time-and-space continuum instead of me?”

About the Author

New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical ­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2018 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non-­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she’s been taking with a friend’s ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and

large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

Eileen’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Eileen Dreyer will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

November 12:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
3: Mythical Books
4: Romance Novel Giveaways
5: underneath the covers
6: Independent Authors
7: Books,Dreams,Life

November 13:
1: All the Ups and Downs
2: Books to Light Your Fire
3: Readeropolis
4: The Avid Reader
5: Jazzy Book Reviews
6: Harlie’s Books
7: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
8: All Things Romance

November 14:
1: Mixed Book Bag
2: Iron Canuck
3: It’s Raining Books
4: T’s Stuff

November 15:
1: Christine Young
3: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
4: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
5: Long and Short Reviews
6: Welcome to My World of Dreams
7: Author C.A.Milson

November 16:
1: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
2: Kimmi Love
3: Jersey Girl Book Reviews
4: Buried Under Romance
5: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
6: Straight From the Library
7: BooksChatter

It’s my pleasure hosting Eileen for this stop on her week-long tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.



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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Amazon | B&N

About the Book

A Christmas Wedding In Mayhem

You’re cordially invited to the wedding of the century! Please join bride-trying-not-to-be-a-zilla Hennessy O’Halloran and her prince-in-shining-snow-boots as they finally say, “I do.” Unless a rogue wedding planner and a blizzard that takes out the entire Midwest can stop them, these two will get married on Christmas. The town of Mayhem will make sure of it.

A Surprise Baby In Mayhem

The town of Mayhem, Minnesota, is about to have a population explosion…and the Whiskey Sisters are getting more than they expected! While newlyweds Henny and Bryan are anxiously awaiting not one but two little bundles of joy, Jameson and Scott are focusing on planning their own perfect wedding, with only one troublesome toddler in tow. But babies have a way of arriving on their own schedules…and fate has a way of intervening in this quirky hamlet. Now, the couple finds themselves scrambling to beat the clock—and the odds—to their own happily ever after before their unexpected special delivery arrives.

Travel to the quirky town of Mayhem, Minnesota, with these two companion novellas that prove love, and sisterhood, will always save the day.

Read an Excerpt

From Novella 2: Baby Bedlam

“I was thinking…”

She’s on guard immediately.


I give her my best naughty smile.

“Nothing bad,” I assure her. “I figured maybe you and I could just get away for a couple of nights? We could sort out some of the wedding plans…maybe get a jump on the honeymoon…”

Jameson rolls her eyes and smiles at my suggestive suggestion. “Why don’t we just stay here? You, me, the calendar…the three of us can hole up here under the covers,” she counter-offers, wagging her eyebrows up and down in her own…suggestion.

But, adorable as she is, I shake my head.


“Nope to which part of it? Me? Bed? The calendar?” she asks, sounding slightly amused.

“The ‘here’ part of it,” I explain. “Because you know it won’t just be you and me. It’ll also be Walker. And Bailey. And Bailey’s friend Dana. And Dana’s boyfriend Joseph—”

“All right already! I get the idea!” She’s giggling, even as she kicks me gently with her foot. “Then where did you have in mind?”

“Just leave that up to me.”

“Hmmm…a surprise…I think I quite like that, Scott Clarke.”

“Me, too,” I say, even as I’m leaning down to put my mouth to hers.

“I can’t wait to see what you have in mind,” she whispers between kisses.

Me, too.

About the Author

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact, she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

L.E.’s Website | Twitter | Instagram

A Giveaway

L.E. Rico will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

November 12:
1: Sharing Links and Wisdom
2: Viviana MacKade
3: Mythical Books
4: The TBR Pile
5: Readeropolis
6: Edgar’s Books
7: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
8: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored REVIEW
9: Hearts and Scribbles

November 13:
1: Mixed Book Bag
2: My Journey Back-The Journey Back
3: Locks, Hooks and Books
4: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
5: Linda Nightingale…Musings
6: Long and Short Reviews
7: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
8: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
9: T’s Stuff

November 14:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
3: Christine Young
4: All the Ups and Downs
5: The Avid Reader
6: Romance Novel Giveaways
7: Welcome to My World of Dreams
8: Author C.A.Milson

November 15:
1: underneath the covers
2: Andi’s Book Reviews REVIEW
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: Harlie’s Books
5: Straight From the Library
6: BooksChatter
7: Books,Dreams,Life

November 16:
1: Kimmi Love
2: Lisa Book Blog
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
5: Independent Authors
6: Bookish Reviews
7: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on L.E. Rico’s week-long tour.

Please come back again on Friday for another author, book, and giveaway.


Posted in Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Romance Anthology | 3 Comments


GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Amazon | B&N | Google | iBooks | Kobo

About the Book

What the rock god wants, he gets—including her.

Mason ‘Kross’ Khan left the rock and roll stage to connect with the son he never knew existed. He’s used to electrifying crowds and romancing the ladies. Money’s never been an object. He’s not looking for a relationship, but when he meets the saucy brunette at a club, he’s smitten. Danya’s perfect—curvy, smart and has no idea he’s a giant in the music industry. The one-night stand is just what he needs and he’s convinced he’ll never see Danya again—until he attends conference night at the local high school.

Danya Littrell isn’t just his one-night stand. She’s also his son’s art teacher and the woman who sparks his muse. Can he balance parenthood, a relationship with Danya and his music career? Or will his secrets be too much for the relationship to withstand?

Read an Excerpt

“You seem fine to me.” He held her close once again. “You seem pretty great.”

She tipped her head to the side to look at him. His eyes flashed, then he captured her mouth in a kiss. Electricity shot from her head to her toes. She pressed against him. She’d never been kissed so deeply. Sparks centered in her pussy. He threaded his fingers into her hair and held her tight without crushing her. When he broke the connection, her knees quaked. She sagged into him.

“Damn.” He smiled. “Better than I thought.”

She wanted to say something snappy, but the words weren’t there. Instead, she settled for honesty. “For me, too.”

She draped her arms around his neck. She didn’t want to leave the dance floor or for the night to end. She could almost hear Kelly encouraging her to leave with him and live a little. He hadn’t asked her to go home with him, but the better part of her wanted that to happen.

“I can’t offer you forever, but I want to give you tonight,” he said. He kissed her again then cupped her jaw in both hands. “Very much so.”

“Who needs forever when one night can be everything?”

About the Author

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter SignUp

A Giveaway

Megan Slayer will be awarding a prize pack featuring a necklace made by the author and signed swag to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

1: The Avid Reader
2: T’s Stuff
3: Long and Short Reviews
4: All Things Romance
5: Books to Light Your Fire
6: Dawn’s Reading Nook
7: Deal Sharing Aunt
8: Erotica For All
9: Harlie’s Books
10: Iron Canuck
11: It’s Raining Books
12: Jazzy Book Reviews
13: Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
14: Mythical Books
15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
16: Punya Reviews…
17: Romance Novel Giveaways
18: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
19: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
20: Casey’s Corner
21: The TBR Pile 
22: Bianca Swan…Erotic Journeys
23: BooksChatter
24: Readeropolis
25: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
26: Independent Authors
27: Books,Dreams,Life
28: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
29: Musings From An Addicted Reader
30: Our Families Adventure

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It’s my pleasure welcoming Megan Slayer back for another visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Rock and Roll Romance | 3 Comments


GENRE:  Romantic Suspense
SERIES:  U-District (Book 3)
Seeking Sanctuary is on sale for 99¢ during the tour

About the Book

She thwarted a killer’s attack. He’s off the case because of their prior involvement. Now, they’re at the top of the hit list…

Aleks Levin promised herself she’d never become a victim again. Out for a late evening run, she spies something terrible: a serial killer attempting to murder his next victim. Aleks interrupts the deed and saves the woman’s life, but in the process she becomes the only witness to the U-District Strangler’s brutal attacks. Refusing protective custody, Aleks has a better idea for keeping safe: pretending to date a detective on the case…

Neal Hawkins never knew if he’d see the alluring Aleks again, but he certainly didn’t expect such life-or-death circumstances when he did. After their prior involvement gets Neal kicked off the case, he can’t help but continue to investigate as the killer creeps closer to his next victim… her. The detective knows that sheltering Aleks is the best way to keep her safe, though he wonders if there’s any way to suppress the sparks that start flying the minute she crosses his threshold.

Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, old wounds and secret lives threaten to reveal the Strangler’s identity. Can Aleks and Neal stop the killer before his reign of terror continues with them?

Seeking Sanctuary is the third standalone novel in the captivating U-District series of romantic suspense novels. If you like sizzling chemistry, edgy characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s riveting tale.

Get Seeking Sanctuary to read a criminally good mystery romance today!

Read an Excerpt

“Why don’t you two get out of the car, so I can properly introduce Aleks to the police commissioner?”

Neal nodded. Nothing like a good dose of his captain to cool the libido.

When Cap walked off toward the commissioner, Aleks whispered, “He totally bought that.”

Neal stared into those whiskey eyes. She was playing it cool, but something more lurked under that façade. She’d felt it too. The question of the week, month, and year was, what did it mean?

There was no doubt they were physically attracted to one another. But now that he’d had a taste of her again, he craved what she could give him.

Is that enough to build something on?

The one night with Aleks had been fantastic, but what about a relationship? Could he see going the long haul with her?

Aleks climbed back to her seat and grabbed her hat. “Is my lipstick smudged?”

He looked down at her lips. Not good. They only made him want to kiss her again. “Yeah.”

She pulled the visor down and used her finger to clear any smudges. “Let’s go meet the commish, honey.”

This whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing was a terrible idea. He got out of the car and walked to her side to open the door after he confirmed their surroundings were safe. He leaned in to pull the Glock out of the glove compartment and inhaled her fresh scent.

Neal helped Aleks out of the car. He kept her hand in his to maintain appearances. It had nothing to do with the fact he wanted to hold her hand, that he’d grown accustomed to it, or that it felt right.

My Review

I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about this book. The writing is really good, the story line/suspense engaging and the resolution complete. All the boxes that make a really good romantic suspense were checked and double-checked.

It took me about half of the book to put my finger on what was bugging me and yet kept drawing me into the story at the same time. First of all, the heroine, Alek, is young and sometimes that works against her in decision making. The mother/grandmother in me was screaming at her for taking that run at night. Alone. The adult woman in me was cheering, “you go girl” and applauding her for not being afraid.

Our hero, Neal, also caused me a moment’s concern. I didn’t like the idea of him stringing Alek along while still making his mind up about her and Kenzie. I know he was doing his best to not get involved with a potential witness/client but I felt the mixed signals were a dis-service to both women.

The supporting characters were well drawn out and added a wonderful element to the story. The red herrings kept you guessing for a good portion of the book before the reveal. Again, a small qualm and that was with Kenzie. She was too perfect. I was actually wondering if Neal would choose her in the end. Hopefully, she’ll get her own story and happy ending.

My little quirks in no way diminished the enjoyment of this book and are only given as insight. Although part of a series, Seeking Sanctuary, stands on its own quite well. If you’re a fan of well written suspense, I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

About the Author

Jodi Ashland is an award-winning author of romantic suspense. If you enjoy reading about empowered women who overcome adversity, flawed sexy heroes who love them, and action packed mystery and suspense, then you’ll love Jodi Ashland’s books. Jodi has a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.B.A. but has pursued her true passion writing novels and poems. She is a mother of two, cancer survivor, kayaker, skier, gardener, camper, and lover of all things outdoors.

Visit Jodi Ashland on any of her social media sites where she looks forward to meeting you.

Jodi’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramPinterest | Newsletter SignUp

A Giveaway

Jodi Ashland will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

October 25: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 25: Bookaholic

November 1: The Tired Buyer

November 8: Fabulous and Brunette
November 8: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

November 15: fundinmental
November 15: The Reading Addict

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Jodi for this stop on her review tour.

Please come back again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Romantic Suspense | 6 Comments

SOFT CLAY by Megan Slayer

GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Erotic Romance
SERIES: Celestial Mates (Book 4)

About the Book

Two souls trapped—can they find freedom in each other’s arms?

Nike, the goddess of speed can’t move. She’s the goddess of strength and she can’t shatter her curse. The goddess of victory has lost her weapons—her shield and spear. She put her faith in a human, only to be cursed. Can another human be the key to her salvation and freedom from the clay?

Charlie needs someone who can understand him. A person to cherish him. Male or female, he doesn’t care. He’s intrigued by Nike’s statue. Call him infatuated. But she’s a statue and they don’t come to life from true love’s kiss, do they?

Read an Excerpt

Nike wished she could move. She longed to shiver into his touch and lean into his kiss. She wished her heart could beat again and she could enfold him in her wings.

What he wore and his makeup didn’t matter to her. Men in women’s clothing could be pretty. He had the eyes and body to pull off the look. If being different made him happy, then wonderful. She wanted to make him happy, too. With the curse in place, all she could do was listen and watch.

Damn the magic. Damn her curse. She wanted to be free. Her brothers and sister were there, but they couldn’t hear her. Couldn’t they tell the human how to break the curse?

She stared at the human male. He reminded her of the servant men on Olympus. He was so pretty but masculine. He’d defer to her, wouldn’t he? He struck her as glamorous, yet off-limits like the servants. Not that she’d held back before. Her desire to sleep with the servants had gotten her into trouble so many times. When she found someone she liked, she wanted to sleep with them. So what if her father deemed her lovers beneath her?

She turned her attention back to the man. His kiss delighted her. She’d never tasted anything so delicious in her life. More than that, she’d been able to feel him. Her hope increased. If she could feel him, not just assume she could, then perfect. She wanted another kiss from the quirky man.

Could he break the curse? She wasn’t sure, but she wanted him to keep trying.

Please, don’t stop trying.

About the Author

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newletter SignUp

A Giveaway

Megan Slayer will be awarding a Prize Pack featuring a Necklace made by the author and signed swag to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

1: All Things Romance
2: Author Deborah A Bailey
3: Beyond Romance
4: Books to Light Your Fire
5: Books,Dreams,Life
6: BooksChatter
7: Dawn’s Reading Nook
8: Deal Sharing Aunt
9: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
10: Erotica For All
11: Harlie Williams, Writer
12: Independent Authors
13: Iron Canuck
14: It’s Raining Books
15: Jazzy Book Reviews
16: Long and Short Reviews
17: Mythical Books
18: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
19: Romance Novel Giveaways
20: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
21: T’s Stuff
22: The Avid Reader
23: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
24: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
25: B-Gina Review
26: Rainy Day Reviews
27: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
28: Author C.A.Milson
29: Reviews by Crystal
30: B-Gina Review

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It’s been my pleasure to have Megan back for another visit.

Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway


Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy | 3 Comments


GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance
SERIES: Cuffs and Spurs (Book 5)

About the Book

Cora Roberts has a plan: move to a new town and make a better life for herself and her son. As a single mom, she’s not looking for a relationship of any kind. But then she never expected to have the sexy Garrett offer her a night of uninhibited pleasure with no strings attached.

Garrett Brooks never expected Cora’s surrender to his touch to be so sweet – or tempt him to want more than just a single night with her. But as he pursues a deeper relationship with Cora, a threat from his past emerges.

Will Garrett be able to tempt Cora with his love, or will outside forces tear them apart?

Read an Excerpt

A pair of shirtless cowboys settled onto the stools at table ten in her station. Cora approached and couldn’t help but notice that the man with his back to her had one hell of a sexy back. Could a back be sexy? Because this one was. His muscles were defined, flexing with each slight movement. She had an image of herself dragging her tongue along the clearly distinct line of his spine, right down to the two dimples peeking above the line of his low-slung blue jeans.

She inhaled a steadying breath. Clearly her vibrator wasn’t getting the job done if she was having lusty thoughts about a strange man’s back.

The gentleman was a large guy—had to be at least six feet or taller—with dark chestnut hair peeping from beneath his ivory Stetson. His long, muscular, jean-clad legs were tucked beneath the table. The jeans rode low on his hips, even with the brown leather belt circling his waist, and the material lovingly cupped his behind. It wasn’t one of the flat butts so many men had but firmly rounded to give a woman something to hold on to as he thrust.

Clearly it had been far too long since she’d done the deed if she was envisioning holding on to his sexy butt while he had his way with her. She had to be careful or she’d wind up sleeping with someone she had no business getting entangled with.

The hot cowboy’s friend was an equally big fella. Although, for her at least, he was eclipsed by his friend.

Cora plastered a smile on her face as she rounded the table and faced the two Doms.

“Sirs, what can I get for you this evening?” she asked and finally lifted her gaze up to the man’s face. And holy smokes, what a face. Sinfully handsome didn’t even begin to describe her hot cowboy. Nor the fact that one glance at him made her skin feel three sizes too small.

“You’re new,” the cowboy said, and his voice reminded her of melted dark chocolate. Her gaze dipped from his ‘melt your panties off’ face to his brawny shoulders. Viewing them from the front, suffused with lines of ropey muscles, made tingles tighten in her core. Her gaze lowered to his solidly formed chest, the pectorals well-defined and liberally dusted with fine dark hair. Her mouth watered to taste the flat disks of his dusky brown nipples and then follow the singular line of his happy trail with her tongue over his ripcord abs. She inhaled a steadying breath. What the hell was wrong with her? She flashed her gaze back up to his face. His chestnut hair was shaded with hints of deep auburn and the color extended to the trim beard covering his square jaw. But it was the Dom’s eyes, framed by thick chestnut brows, the sharp cobalt orbs reminding her of the deep blue waters off the bay in Seattle, that caused her breath to catch in her throat. They stared at her, glittering with interest as they gave her body the same studious perusal.

“Perceptive,” she replied, as she attempted to reel her pulse back from its fluttering, thumping madness. Just because she found the cowboy sinfully attractive to the point that all her erogenous zones had taken notice, didn’t mean she could act on said lusts. “My name is Cora and I will be serving you this evening.”

“I’ve not seen you around here. New to the area?” the other cowboy said.

She directed her gaze his way. He was equally attractive, with his fawn-colored hair showing beneath the brim of his black hat and hazel eyes that leaned more toward brown with flecks of emerald and gold. His jaw was clean shaven, a bit more angular, and he had a slight cleft in his chin. The cowboy’s chest was certainly noteworthy, a tad leaner, his build more like a swimmer’s, and dusted with light fawn-colored hair. But this guy didn’t make a five-alarm fire ignite in her nether regions. Which made him safe territory, regardless of the fact that his eyes weren’t all that warm.

She addressed him and said, “Yep. Moved here two weeks ago.”

“From where?” Blue eyes asked and she swiveled her head, feeling her high ponytail swish against her shoulder blades. She was drowning in his stare, pin pricks of heat swarming her system. With a simple glance, the man caused every nerve ending to tingle with awareness. Her breath backed up in her lungs and she had to fight the very real desire to touch him. See if his skin would burn at the touch.

“Seattle. Would you two like anything to drink tonight?” she asked, wanting to steer away from her personal life.

“Quite a long way,” the other cowboy said, his stare assessing her, and she couldn’t help but feel he was attempting to divine all her secrets.

He had no idea. She missed her friends, she missed her tiny little house. She missed home. She shook herself. This was home now, whether she liked it or not.

“It is.”

Blue eyes said, “I’m Garrett and this is Jackson. Why don’t you bring us a bucket of Coronas to start?”

“Absolutely. Hungry? Anything to eat?” she asked.

“Not for anything on the menu.” Garrett gave her a lopsided, sexy grin. Laugh lines crinkled at the corners of his intense gaze. And Cora felt a resounding ache in her core. Smooth. This Dom was a charmer. A panty melting charmer, and by the wicked gleam in his cobalt gaze, he knew how to make a woman scream in ecstasy. And if she was reading correctly into his innuendo, sexy Garrett would only be too happy to show her just how exemplary he was in matters of the flesh.

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

Anya’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Book Bub | Instagram

A Giveaway

Anya Summers will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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November 5:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Mythical Books
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Romance Novel Giveaways
5: Wake Up Your Wild Side
6: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

November 6:
1: Edgar’s Books
2: T’s Stuff
3: Books to Light Your Fire
4: Enchanting Reviews
5: Harlie Williams, Writer
6: It’s Raining Books

November 7:
1: Jazzy Book Reviews
2: Long and Short Reviews
3: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
4: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
5: Musings From An Addicted Reader
6: Our Families Adventure

November 8:
1: Bianca Swan…Erotic Journeys
2: Christine Young
3: Erotica For All
4: Iron Canuck
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
6: The Avid Reader

November 9:
1: Beyond Romance
2: Guam Historical Romance Novel
3: Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
4: Kimmi Love
5: Author C.A.Milson
6: Reviews by Crystal
7: B-Gina Review
8: Deal Sharing Aunt
9: BooksChatter
10: Readeropolis

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It’s been my pleasure to have Anya Summers back for her record-setting seventh visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart!

Please come back again later this week for more authors, books, and giveaways.



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RIBBON OF LIGHT by Claire Yezbak Fadden

GENRE:   Women’s Fiction
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About the Book

Julie Rafferty’s life-long dream is within her grasp. But just as the toy company she founded verges on becoming a multi-million-dollar enterprise, her husband abandons their marriage.

Trevor had no choice but to walk away from Julie. How else could he show his wife that the business was her priority, not him and their three children? His drastic stunt backfires though, jeopardizing the family business and seemingly pushes Julie into the arms of a younger man.

Just when Julie and Trevor find their way back to each other, a ruthless competitor escalates a bogus lawsuit. Together they plot to reclaim control of the toy company, only to uncover a shattering betrayal that puts them in unimaginable danger.

Can they overcome their dreadful mistake and reclaim the passion, trust and commitment that once drew them together? Or will the greed of an evil man irreparably destroy everything they hold dear?

Read an Excerpt

Before Julie placed her purse on the desk, Leanne handed her three phone messages, two from Gary and one from a local reporter.

“Oh, and I thought you might want to read this,” Leanne handed over an article printed off the Internet. “After your meeting with Bennett Burnside, I remembered reading this from two years ago.”

The story recounted the case of a family from Georgia. The parents of a ten-year-old had won $100,000 in compensatory damages and $9.9 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit against MaxOut Toys. The suit claimed their son permanently lost partial use of his right hand after playing with BlastAway, a handheld video game manufactured by the start-up company. The article read in part:

“Because of their negligence, this young lad is unable to perform any of the normal activities a boy of ten would enjoy,” their attorney said, arguing that MaxOut management knew the dangers of overuse of their product and was required to provide consumer warnings. “Young Benji is now designated as a special needs student. On the Little League field, Benji can’t pitch, play first base, or even bat properly.”

Julie remembered Mort Gunther’s appeal to the ruling. An appellate court upheld the original judgment, forcing the fledgling toy manufacturer to file for bankruptcy.

Funny. She hadn’t seen Mort since he lost his company…until he introduced her to Bennett Burnside.

Leanne handed Julie a copy of another news item dated months later from the Global Business Briefs section of the Wall Street Journal, announcing Game Masters’ acquisition of bankrupt MaxOut Toys for an undisclosed amount.

An icy surge ran down Julie’s back. She set the papers on Leanne’s desk and clenched the journalist’s phone message in her hand.

Roberta Perkins, San Marcel Mercury News. Please call before 2:00 p.m.

Julie recognized the name and the same byline on the patent-infringement lawsuit article.

While placing the call, Julie licked her lips, a nervous habit she had since a child, waiting for the phone to connect.

“Ms. Rafferty, thank you for returning my call.” Roberta Perkins’s monotone voice replied. Julie pictured her more as a Helen Thomas-style journalist than a wide-eyed Lois Lane.

“An unnamed source on the San Marcel Narcotics Task Force claims the US attorney’s office is requesting a court order to confiscate your company files. Would you care to comment?”

Julie collapsed in her chair, her legs no longer able to support her. “What did you say?”

“Is FunWorks actually a front for money-laundering?”

“I don’t understand the question,” Julie said, her voice shaking.

“It’s the first step before the Narcotics Task Force initiates an investigation,” the reporter said in a matter-of-fact tone.

Nervous energy soared through Julie’s veins. “The Narcotics Task Force? What is this all about?”

“The task force received a tip that FunWorks launders money for drug traffickers.”

“What a ridiculous allegation.” Julie’s pulse quickened, and her hand flew to the silver crucifix dangling on a thin chain around her neck. She fingered the cross and took in a deep breath.

“May I quote you?”

“Quote me? For what?”

“For the article I’m working on. You did know you are under investigation?”

Julie didn’t respond.

“In my experience, allegations of federal law violations are taken very seriously by the United States Attorney, especially Del Evans’s office,” Roberta said, suddenly sounding supportive. “If I were you, I’d call my attorney.”

“I have no comment about the allegation,” Julie managed to say. “I will remind you, though, that a libel suit can be very expensive. In my experience, newspaper publishers fire irresponsible writers whose sloppy work costs them money.” Julie disconnected the call and threw the cordless phone across the room.

Now those jerks had gone too far.

She retrieved her phone.

Twenty minutes later, after waiting on hold, a clerk in US Attorney Del Evans’s office informed her that Mr. Evans was unable to take her call. The clerk couldn’t say anything about the allegations, but she confirmed that contacting a lawyer would be a good idea.

“How long do these investigations take?” Julie asked.

“Hard to say,” the droning voice replied. “Every case is unique. When it’s connected to money, sometimes the IRS and the DEA get involved.”

Julie held the phone receiver near her ear for a minute or two listening to the dial tone.

The IRS and the DEA?

Burnside wanted FunWorks so much, he sicced the Feds on me. Why?

About the Author

When she’s not playing with her granddaughters, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.

There’s a special spot in Claire’s heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who’s received a birthday card from her.

The mother of three lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and three spoiled dogs.

Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia. Ribbon of Light is the third novel in her Begin Again series.

Claire’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Claire Yezbak Fadden will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 22: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 22: Mythical Books
October 23: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 23: Books,Dreams,Life
October 24: Readeropolis
October 24: Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 25: Edgar’s Books
October 25: BooksChatter
October 26: It’s Raining Books
October 26: Harlie’s Books

October 29: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 29: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 30: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 30: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
October 31: J. Lynn Rowan – Author of Romance & Historical Fiction
October 31: Mixed Book Bag
November 1: Rainy Day Reviews
November 1: Welcome to My World of Dreams
November 2: Two Ends of the Pen
November 2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

November 5: All the Ups and Downs
November 5: Fabulous and Brunette
November 6: Christine Young
November 6: Beyond Romance
November 7: The Avid Reader
November 7: Linda Nightingale…Musings
November 8: Bookaholic
November 8: T’s Stuff
November 9: A Writer’s Life
November 9: Independent Authors

November 12: Travel the Ages
November 12: The Tired Buyer
November 13: Straight From the Library
November 13: Lampshade Reader
November 14: Musings From An Addicted Reader
November 14: Deal Sharing Aunt
November 15: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
November 15: A Chick Who Reads
November 16: Locks, Hooks and Books
November 16: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Claire for this stop on her tour.

Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


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GENRE: Regency Romance Anthology
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About the Book

A Lord for Christmas: Heart-warming Regency Yuletide Tales is a collection of novellas with both holiday themes as well as those of love, passion, intrigue, and romance running throughout. With each story, you’ll long for your own Lord for Christmas.

Marriage by Twelfth Night by Ella Quinn – Lady Euphrosyne Trevor knows exactly what she wants in a marriage when she meets the Marquis of Markville. But when her father, the Duke of Somerset, refuses the suit out of hand and betroths Euphrosyne to another man, they must find a way to defy the duke and save the only chance they have for love.

The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith – Perdita, London’s favorite lady is desperate to avoid a fortune hunter and enlists the help of London’s most wicked Rogue to fake an engagement, but her rogue has every intention of claiming Perdita as his wife.

A December with a Duke by Collette Cameron – After a horrific marriage, Everleigh vows to never marry again, but the enigmatic Duke of Sheffield is determined to woo the beautiful widow and make her his own.

A Match Made at Christmas by Jenna Jaxon—Sophia must allow her grandmother to arrange a match for her, the name of the groom to be announced at a Christmas house party. So when Sophia finds the true love of her life, she has no idea if he is her grandmother’s choice or not.

Read an Excerpt

Married by Twelfth Night by Ella Quinn

“Good morning, Markville.” Lady Hawksworth smiled at him. “Euphrosyne, allow me to make you known to the Marquis of Markville. Markville, my sister-in-law, Lady Euphrosyne Trevor.”

As he bowed, he admired her graceful curtsey. “My pleasure.” How old was she? Surely she was out. “Were you not in Town last Season? I am sure we would have met.”


Her cheeks colored slightly, not with shyness, but with barely subdued anger, Markville suspected.

“I should have been out last year, but our father decided none of us needed a Season.”

Well, that was plain speaking. He liked her better for it. “What a pity.” Her eyes flashed for a moment. When she turned toward a white horse, he approached her. “Allow me.”

“Thank you.” Lady Euphrosyne reached up for the saddle, clearly expecting him to cup his hands for her foot. Instead, he clasped her waist and lifted her onto the horse. Eyes wide, she stared at him. Now he had her attention. “That was”—she cleared her throat—“unexpected.”

For reasons he could not understand, Markville wanted more.

He didn’t know how strong her reaction was. Her breathing was steady, and the lace ruff hid any sign of her pulse. Only her eyes and words showed her surprise. Did she have a great deal of countenance, or was she cold? With a father like Somerset, Markville wouldn’t have been surprised at the latter, but there was something in the spark of her eyes that made him think she was anything but made of ice. Not to mention the energy he’d observed earlier.

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My Review

What a wonderful early holiday treat!

I’ve read three of these four authors numerous times before and the fourth was a delightful new-to-me discovery. All four novellas have a wonderful grasp on the Regency time period. Filled with humor, romance, and just the perfect dash of period angst, they are sure to entertain.

Add to that the yule holiday and everything was darned near perfect.

I spread the reading over four nights and went to bed happily pleased each time. If you like your Regency romance in small bites, this book is for you!

About the Authors

Ella Quinn

USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

Ella’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Lauren Smith

USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, and a Semi-Finalist award for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. She is a 2018 RITA ® Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Contest.

Lauren’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Collette Cameron

USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author, Collette Cameron pens Scottish and Regency historicals, featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them.

Blessed with fantastic fans as well as a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she lives in Oregon with her mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.

You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.

Collette’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

   Jenna Jaxon

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical romance in all time periods because, she says, “passion is timeless.”  She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She’s a theatre director when she’s not writing and lives in Gloucester, Virginia with her family, including two very vocal cats and one silent one.

Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as an active member of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. She has four series currently available: The House of Pleasure, set in Georgian England, Handful of Hearts, set in Regency England, and Time Enough to Love, set in medieval England and France, and The Widows’ Club series, also set in Regency England and available from Kensington Publishing in both print and digital.

She currently writes to support her chocolate habit.

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A Giveaway

The authors are giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card to one winner via Rafflecopter draw.

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Follow the Tour

1: T’s Stuff
2: Am Kinda Busy Reading REVIEW
3: Bookaholic
4: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
5: Independent Authors
6: Iron Canuck
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Lock That Door
9: Mixed BookBag REVIEW
10: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
11: Straight From the Library
12: The Reading Addict
13: Welcome to My World of Dreams
14: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
15: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
16: Jazzy Book Reviews
17: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
18: The Avid Reader
19: Let me tell you a Story
20: Christine Young
21: Wake Up Your Wild Side
22: Lisa Book Blog
23: Enchanting Reviews REVIEW
24: Linda Nightingale…Musings
25: Fabulous and Brunette
26: Mythical Books
27: Two Ends of the Pen
28: Romance Novel Giveaways
29: In A Dream Beyond
30: Deal Sharing Aunt
31: Kimmi Love
32: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
33: Author C.A.Milson
34: Reviews by Crystal
35: Sapphyria’s Books
36: All Things Romance
37: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting the four wonderful authors for this stop on their tour.

Please come back again tomorrow and all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.



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NOT A CHANCE by Maureen L. Bonatch

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
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About the Book

The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one.

As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld.

In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn’t she lucky, they’ve chosen Hope.

Read an Excerpt

“Berta?” I whispered, as if the Oppressor required sound to locate me and couldn’t pinpoint me on the temptation of my essence. If silence were required to protect me from detection, the spinning of the bike tires over twigs, rocks, and dry leaves disintegrating as I passed would’ve thwarted my attempt at stealth long ago.

“Berta?” I yelled louder this time. Dread settled in as I realized she should’ve caught up with me, unless she turned around and returned to the bar. My irritation faded as my thoughts flew into a panic.

What if the Oppressor laid in wait for her, and she couldn’t resist? Not many could ward off the lure of an Oppressor, it’s the reason the town boasted an unusually high number of suicides.

I cringed as I recalled how I instigated the creature with an insult as I saved myself and totally forgot about Berta. She didn’t have any abilities to identify the advance of an Oppressor and protect herself.

About the Author

Maureen lives in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons —biking, sweat pants, hockey and hibernation—keep her there. Surviving twins gave her the confidence to learn to belly dance, declare herself a tequila connoisseur, act as biker babe to her alpha hubby and to release the characters from her imagination.

These adventures, and a love of sarcasm, help her craft paranormal and fantasy stories full of fun, family, magic and mayhem. She survives on caffeine, wine, music and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line.

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A Giveaway

Maureen L. Bonatch will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

October 22: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 22: Mythical Books
October 23: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 23: BooksChatter
October 23: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
October 24: Edgar’s Books
October 24: Romance Novel Giveaways
October 24: Vala Kaye’s “Other World”
October 25: All the Ups and Downs
October 25: Jazzy Book Reviews
October 25: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
October 26: Wake Up Your Wild Side
October 26: Hearts and Scribbles
October 26: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

October 29: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
October 29: The Tired Buyer
October 30: Kimmi Love
October 30: Readeropolis
October 31: Andi’s Book Reviews
October 31: Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’
October 31: T’s Stuff
November 1: Fabulous and Brunette
November 1: Kit ‘N Kabookle
November 1: Travel the Ages
November 2: Christine Young
November 2: Danita Minnis
November 2: Mixed Book Bag

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It’s been my pleasure hosting fellow Wild Rose Press author, Maureen L. Bonatch for this stop on her tour. Please come back again in early November for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Remember to come back for my Halloween post October 30-31. There will be book giveaways, a spooky recipe, and lots of fun!


Posted in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy | 6 Comments