ALIEN CONTACT FOR RUNAWAY MOMS by Edward Hoornaert

GENRE: Sci-Fi/Romantic Elements
SERIES: Alien Contact for Idiots (Book 5 of 5)
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About the Book

When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.

But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

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“Are you sure you want to do this?” As soon as the words fled his mouth, he realized how stupid they were. Of course she was sure. Nothing could stop such an elemental force of nature. She was Spirit Mother, walking amongst humans to teach him, Tal Pelletier, some of the many lessons he needed to learn.

“I…” She caressed her baby’s head. “No, I’m not sure. I lost all my certainties somewhere back in the tunnel.”

Belying her words, she reached for one of the massive, marrel-plastic door handles. Pulled. It was too heavy for her.

When he grasped the handle to help, his finger grazed hers. She froze. She was a slight woman with delicate, haunted features; she had to tip her head back to meet his eyes, almost as though asking for a kiss. Just as he needed her spirit’s strength, she needed his physical strength—but not his lust, which was tainted with anger and despair. Never that.

So he kept his lips to himself. Together, they pulled open a door onto the ghosts of a past that had never existed.

He blinked. Although the cavern’s lights were dim, they were too bright after the ventilation tunnel. The cavern smelled and felt different. The air in the ventilation tunnel was raucous and angry, but out here it was still with resignation.

Audra moved, startling him. She touched her forehead, the baby on her chest, then both shoulders. He puzzled over her movements for a moment but then recognized the sign of the cross. The gesture was perfect, showing that she realized the mystical power of the world of his ghosts. She was indeed a Spirit Guide, sent to help him overcome his demons.

My Review

Having read the genre description of “Sci-Fi w/romantic elements” provided with the post information, I went into this book expecting a lot of one and a little of the other. I was pleasantly surprised.

The author has given us a well-written, well-rounded story that combines some wonderful sci-fi elements with more than just a touch of romance and a definite happily-ever-after.

The supporting characters were as engaging as the hero and heroine with their own entertaining circumstances. Yet, as they should, they remained in the background and let Aurda’s and Tal’s story shine.

If you like adventure with your romance and a side of fantasy, you’ll love this book.

About the Author

Edward Hoornaert is not only an author of science fiction, romance, and non-fiction, he’s also a certifiable Harlequin Hero; he inspired N.Y. Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write her favorite Harlequin Desire, Mr. Valentine, which was dedicated to him. In the past, he wrote contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he writes science fiction adventures—usually with elements of romance. In addition to novelist, he has been a teacher, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist.

After having 30 different addresses in his first 28 years, his rolling stone slowed in the mountains of British Columbia and stopped in Tucson, Arizona. His high school sweetheart has been his wife for more years than he has fingers and toes to count. Ed and Judi have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the Milky Way Galaxy’s most adorable grandsons.

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

September 3:
1: Rogue’s Angels
2: Edgar’s Books
3: Fabulous and Brunette
4: Romance Novel Giveaways
5: Wake Up Your Wild Side
6: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

September 4:
1: Sharing Links and Wisdom
2: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
3: Declarations of a Fangirl
4: Jazzy Book Reviews
5: Casey’s Corner
6: Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’
7: Readeropolis
8: Welcome to My World of Dreams

September 5:
1: Beyond Romance REVIEW
2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
3: Independent Authors
4: Author C.A.Milson
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’ REVIEW
6: Travel the Ages

September 6:
1: Locks, Hooks and Books
2: Kit ‘N Kabookle
3: Just Books
4: Andi’s Book Reviews
5: Mixed Book Blog
6: Let me tell you a story
7: Long and Short Reviews

September 7:
1: Bookaholic
2: Two Ends of the Pen
3: B-Gina Review
4: T’s Stuff
5: The Tired Buyer
6: It’s Raining Books
7: Straight From the Library

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Edward for this stop on his tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways. Also, stop by this weekend for audio book updates.

Nancy

Posted in Fantasy, Paranormal/Fantasy, Part of a Series, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction | 3 Comments

Z-BOT by S.C. Mitchell

GENRE: Science Fiction Romance
SERIES: Xi Force (Book 1)
Amazon

About the Book

Chris Johnson never really started living until he died. Orphaned, fostered, and drifting through life, the twenty-seven year old programmer had no family, little money, and few friends. But he also had no enemies. So, who the hell killed him? After an experimental process brings him back from the dead as a zombiebot, he gets the chance to find out.

Heather Logan’s latest process uses nanobots to reanimate a corpse. Half robot, half something raised from the dead, Chris is her first successful resuscitation. Questions abound. What is it? Is it truly alive, a machine, or some kind of zombie-hybrid?

But someone wants to steal Heather’s secret process and put her out of the picture permanently. Chris, with his new superpowers, is the only thing standing between Heather and an assassin’s bullet. Is he enough of a hero to save her?

Read an Excerpt

Heather sighed as she smoothed the dark brown hair back from Chris’s forehead. I was going to call you.

She took one beefy arm and turned it flat to insert the long needle into a vein. Already the skin was cooling. The process would work faster if she got the serum into his stream before the blood started to settle. Opening the valve on the IV caused viscous, yellow liquid to slide down the tube and into his arm. “Now we find out if all our theories are correct.”

The serum served to create a pathway, liquefying blood clots and expanding collapsed arteries, so that over a thousand nanobots—robots so small they were almost invisible to the naked eye—could invade Christopher’s corpse, propelling their way through his stagnant blood vessels. Some moved toward his damaged heart and others toward the brain stem.

In the stillness of the lab, the whoosh of the ventilator created a constant distraction. Christopher’s chest continued to rise and fall as if he were still breathing.

And with luck, the corpse would soon be breathing on its own.

God, why not just change her last name to Frankenstein? The Zombiebot program did have more than a few similarities to Mary Shelley’s classic tale.

Am I creating a monster? It wasn’t the first time she’d asked herself that question.

My Review

The Marvel Universe has nothing on S.C. Mitchell! I, too, am a lover of all things Marvel so I went into this book a bit skeptical but came out a fan.

The two main characters, Heather and Chris, are perfectly crafted. An intelligent heroine who, despite her scientific smarts also questions the morality of what she’s doing. A sexy, nerdy hero who questions whether he has what it takes to protect the heroine.

Loved the snappy dialogue (both internal and external). Chris’ inner thoughts are hilarious. The technology aspect is engaging without being overly scientific. The suspense is edge of your seat entertaining. Oh, and the love scenes! Those are good too!

A great read for those who like to mix it up with a bit of fantasy and still get that happily-ever-after.

About the Author

S.C.Mitchell is a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, who crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through demon-filled dimensions, deep space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, face fantastic challenges on their pathway to enduring love.

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A Giveaway

S.C. Mitchell will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 28: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
September 4: The Tired Buyer
September 11: Kit ‘N Kabookle
September 18: Declarations of a Fangirl
September 18: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been an absolute pleasure hosting S.C. for this leg of his tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway.

Nancy

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction, Suspense | 7 Comments

MUSING MEDITERRANEAN by Beth Daigle

GENRE: Memoir
Amazon

About the Book

A trip to the Mediterranean—who wouldn’t be thrilled? Beth Daigle should be doing back flips as she prepares to escape her humdrum suburban life, but travel anxiety gets the best of her. This is a trip of a lifetime, something to look forward to, yet Beth is dreading it.

The daughter of an Italian mother and Greek father, Beth has always dreamed of visiting Greece and Italy. Her Type A husband, Tony, revels in planning every detail of their two-week vacation. The plan expands to include not only Beth and Tony’s two tween daughters, but Beth’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.

As her family’s excitement mounts, so does Beth’s trepidation. She experiences serious anxiety about the flight itself, plus spending two solid weeks with her extended family.

Despite her worries, Beth manages the eight-hour plane ride to Rome, and the adventure begins.

If you’ve never experienced the beauty of the Mediterranean, or even if you have, Musing Mediterranean will take you there through Beth’s eyes, page by page.

Read an Excerpt

AMALFI COAST

The moment we were all comfortably seated, we were inundated with food, in the best way possible. We didn’t order one thing; it was all brought to us. Whatever the chef was cooking was what was served, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Every plate was also a work of art: each was hand-painted, colorful, and artistic. And before we knew it, music filled the air when the owner’s niece took a microphone and asked all the patrons to join in on a sing-along.

The Italian blond beauty entertained us with her soothing voice, ethnic songs, and gregarious hospitality.

Her rousing renditions of both familiar and unfamiliar songs left us ready to sit back and enjoy the end of our memorable meal. Served family style, it was a meal that included five appetizers, five entrees, homemade wine, pear grappa, and five desserts. It was extravagant, yet unpretentious.

As desserts and limoncello came to the table, so did the owner–chef. Every bite that was served was natural and simply prepared, yet it was the most delicious food I’d ever eaten.

My Review

As someone who also recently made a long trip with far too many family members, I can easily relate to Beth’s trepidation. The recounting of her anxiety leading up to the trip itself is something we can all relate to.

Having never traveled to the Mediterranean myself, I can’t attest to the accuracy of Beth’s descriptions. However, that’s not important in the grand scheme of things because the scenes were laid out so beautifully, I enjoyed the trip anyway.

If I had any qualms at all it would be the occasional redundancy in descriptive terms. It stopped me a couple of times when I had to ask myself, “didn’t she just say that?” That said, those few minor stops and starts did not take away from the enjoyment of this firsthand account of Beth’s travels.

About the Author

Beth Daigle is a lifelong New Englander residing north of Boston with her husband and daughters. Prior to settling into her role as a writer, Beth was a marketing professional whose favorite part of the job was writing. As a freelancer, Beth has enjoyed contributing to numerous lifestyle and home publications, yet she yearned for something more than a magazine article. Then along came Musing Mediterranean. Beth quickly became immersed in chronicling this travel event and articulating her perceptions of the places she visited, the people she met, the foods she enjoyed and the crazy moments she encountered. The idea that someone who may never travel to Greece, Italy or Turkey could appreciate this experience through Beth’s eyes became a driving force behind the story. Revealing her struggle with travel anxiety helped Beth move forward and embrace, once again, how very wonderful it is to travel the world.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine.

Beth is a creative soul who finds joy in art, home design, gardening, reading, writing, a good laugh and an even better television show.

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A Giveaway

Beth Daigle will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 27:
1: Rogues Angels
2: Edgar’s Books
3: fundinmental
4: This and That Book Blog
5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
6: Mixed Book Bag
August 28:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Locks, Hooks and Books
3: Independent Authors
4: Readeropolis
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing &amp; Bloggin’
6: Musings From An Addicted Reader
August 29:
1: Author C.A.Milson
2: Straight From the Library
3: T’s Stuff
4: Deal Sharing Aunt
5: Our Families Adventure
6: Sea’s Nod
August 30:
1: Bookaholic review
2: The Avid Reader
3: Reviews by Crystal
4: B-Gina Review
5: BooksChatter
August 31:
1: FUONLYKNEW
2: Kimmi Love
3: Sharing Links and Wisdom
4: Wake Up Your Wild Side
5: It’s Raining Books
6: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
7: Rainy Day Reviews

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It was my pleasure hosting Beth on this last day of her tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES by Destiny Booze

GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Amazon

About the Book

Loving him is easy.
Fearing him is necessary.
Trusting him could be a deadly mistake.

Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.

Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her, and she’ll need help.

Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He is forced out of his isolation to help a woman that needs him with a terrifying intensity.

Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.

With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…

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Brooke turned back to Scott, making a clawing motion and scrunching up her face in the most adorable look ever. He wasn’t sure what she was saying to him, but he thought he understood the gist of it. “Everyone says my paintings are too dark.”

She shook her head and reached for his hand. She wrote, A.N.G.R.Y.

“True,” he offered.

She turned the tables on him, staring hard. It was only fair since he’d been staring at her all day. She gestured out of the room with a shrug.

“No, the one in the living room isn’t angry,” he said, but he wasn’t going to talk about that. Trying to distract her, he moved forward, closer than what was comfortable between acquaintances. He wanted to get her mind on something other than asking about that painting.

“I guess I paint what I feel at the time. Do you want to know what I would paint right now?”

Looking nervous, she didn’t answer. He could see her chest rise and fall as her breathing came quicker, and he liked it.

He should have left her alone. He’d brought her here to protect her, to make her feel comfortable. But, he couldn’t make himself do the right thing. Instead, he moved in even closer, reached for her hair, and pulled out the band holding it back in a ponytail. It fell to her waist, and he fanned it out, loving the feel of the silky texture sliding through his fingers.

Her eyes went wide open, and he heard her next breath come out in a rush.

“I would paint you.”

About the Author

Destiny Booze is an interesting name, true? Destiny’s mom found her first name in a romance book. Her last name was a gift from the man she loves.

She writes novels with intense conflicts, ongoing suspense, romance, and happy endings. She grew up at a campground where she spent her summers working long hours mowing, cleaning bathrooms, lifeguarding, and leading activities.

Destiny resides in Botetourt County, Virginia where she strives to be the best wife, mother, and writer that she can be. Her family is always priority number one. Other things of great importance to her are friends and her readers!

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A Giveaway

Destiny Booze will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 24:
1: Beyond Romance
2: Fabulous and Brunette
3: Locks, Hooks and Books
4: Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
5: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
6: Sharing Links and Wisdom
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: Viviana MacKade
9: Emily Carrington

August 27:
1: Bookaholic
2: Books Direct REVIEW
3: Christine Young
4: FUONLYKNEW
5: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
6: Kimmi Love
7: One World Singles Blog
8: Stormy Nights Reviewing &amp; Bloggin’
9: It’s Raining Books

August 28:
1: BooksChatter
2: Edgar’s Books
3: Iron Canuck REVIEW
4: Rachel Brimble Romance
5: Joanne Guidoccio
6: T’s Stuff
7: Straight From the Library
8: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
9: Deal Sharing Aunt
10: The Tired Buyer

August 29:
1: Jazzy Book Reviews
2: Laurie’s Thoughgts and Reviews
3: My Reading Journey REVIEW
4: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5: So Many Books
6: Two Ends of the Pen
7: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8: Independent Authors
9: Readeropolis
10: Welcome to My World of Dreams

August 30:
1: Cathie Dunn writes…
2: Natural Bri
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
5: Bookish Reviews
6: Author Deborah A Bailey
7: Romance novel Giveaways
8: Sharing Links and Wisdom

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Destiny’s tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway.

Nancy

Posted in Romantic Suspense, Suspense | 3 Comments

SINGLE AND LOOKING: DAISY by Belinda Austin

GENRE: Chick Lit/Comedy/Fantasy
Amazon

About the Book

AT FIRST, DAISY IGNORES HER CAT’S DATING ADVICE.

Daisy will turn 40 in eleven months and has never married. Her family figures Daisy is a loser because she is still in college trying to avoid paying off her student loans which have amassed over 22 years of a miseducation. And all Daisy has is a cat to keep her company. To make the crises worse, her cat begins talking to Daisy, when she is sober! The mess of Daisy’s life is even kookier because the cat is cursing and smoking now and drinking more alcoholic beverages. Mm, there must be a connection to all this flowing alcohol, which may explain the bubbly in Daisy’s brain. Her sisters and mother insist on setting Daisy up on six blind dates and all the men are named after liquor.

A heartwarming, LOL book that will make you smile.

Read an Excerpt

Why would she listen to dating tips from a fixed kitty? In other words, Shakespeare was a virgin. The status of his privates was probably the reason the cat was an overweight, alcoholic, chain-smoker. “I don’t want to seem thirsty,” she said.

He raised a kitty eyebrow.

“In dating lingo thirsty means that I am desperate for a boyfriend or you know, thirsty for…”

“For a one-night lay.”

“Well that but more like for a meaningful relationship. And then there’s an online profile with a picture which needs to be posted on dating websites, and you know that I am not photogenic.”

“Your butt photographs very well,” the cat said. “Display that ass on the internet and your email account will explode with offers from all kinds of blokes.”

“Nor do I care to brag about myself,” she said.

“Well, if you don’t brag then who will?”

“Nor do I want to attract men who are only interested in one thing.”

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The cat plopped in front of the refrigerator, his big rump sticking up, blocking the door and waiting for lunch. He was stoned and drunk, having licked a bit of wine and sniffed catnip.

Daisy felt silly holding a newspaper over his head to smack the demon out of him. Shakespeare was sucking his paw, as usual when relaxing. He was the same old smelly cat, except for his mastering the English language and spouting forth lines from his namesake, William Shakespeare.

My Review

I’m not quite sure where to start with this review. All I know is I want a drink and a talking cat. Both of which are unusual for me since I don’t drink and I’m allergic to cats.

I guess I’ll have to settle for this ache in my side from laughing.

Author Belinda Austin has given us a true piece of humor, a laugh-out-loud look at single life approaching forty with nothing to show for it but student loans, snarky family, and a smart-ass feline named Shakespeare. Fortunately, for the reader, that’s more than enough!

About the Author

Belinda Austin writes Women’s Fiction, Romanic Comedy, Humor, Psychological Thrillers and Suspense. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics and once worked as a Software Engineer. She was born in the Los Angeles Area and is an award-winning author. She is a Zumbaholic.

Belinda, also, writes Science Fiction and Fantasy under the name of B. Austin. She writes Historical Fiction under the name of Belinda Vasquez Garcia, along with Middle Grade Fiction.

She has occasionally dreamt or her cat, Shakespeare, talking to her in English. She once had a cat named Whiskey who used to sit like a human in a chair for half an hour or more with an empty beer can on his head, which proves that life often emulates fiction.

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A Giveaway

Belinda Austin will be awarding a $10 or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 24:
1: Bookaholic
2: BooksChatter
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Fabulous and Brunette
5: FUONLYKNEW
6: Jazzy Book Reviews
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: Readeropolis
9: So Many Books

August 27:
1: A Writer’s Life
2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
3: Straight From the Library
4: Two Ends of the Pen
5: Wake Up Your Wild Side

August 28:
1: Books Direct
2: Christine Young
3: Viviana MacKade
4: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
5: Welcome to My World of Dreams

August 29:
1: It’s Raining Books
2: Liz’s Reading Life
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
4: That Book Club REVIEW
5: A Chick Who Reads REVIEW
6: Bookish Reviews
7: Mixed Book Bag

August 30:
1: Independent Authors
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
3: T’s Stuff
4: The Tired Buyer
5: Natural Bri
6: Deal Sharing Aunt

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Belinda for this stop on her tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Chick Lit, Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy | 3 Comments

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Jaqueline Snowe

GENRE: Contemporary Sports Romance
Amazon
On sale for 99¢ during the tour!

About the Book

Kate Zell and Brody Carlson have been best friends since elementary school. Their relationship had always been easy. Both of them loyal to a fault, they had been there for each other through everything: heartbreaks, hangovers, and tragedy. So when Kate needs a place to stay for three months, Brody doesn’t think twice about agreeing. After all, they had known each other forever. Would could go wrong living with his closest and oldest friend?

Apparently, everything. Three months in a small apartment becomes more than complicated. Brody shouldn’t be attracted to his dorky best friend…he most definitely shouldn’t. That would be absurd. She’s a relationship girl and he’s more a one-night-sans-clothes kind of guy.

One drunken dare of strip poker changes everything. Suddenly, two people with too much to lose play a dangerous game. The unapologetic playboy and the girl-next-door have a choice to make, if only their pasts didn’t keep getting in the way of their future.

Read an Excerpt

“I’ve loved you my entire life. Being in love with you is new. And it’s scary. I come with baggage. And that text. It was as though every fear I had came true.” She smiled gently at me, pulling me to her. I hugged her, pressing a kiss to her head. She was too damn cute.

“Being in love is…new. But it’s awesome. And fun. And amazing.” I cupped her face. “Baby, it’s not scary. Not having you in my life is scary. Not having you to see in the morning, or come home to, is scary.”

I gently kissed each of her eyes and then pulled back. Her lips trembled, and I captured them in my mouth. It wasn’t a sweet kiss. No, it was a claim. “You are mine. Only mine as I am only yours. It’s always just been the two of us against the world. Our timing was off until…we found each other. And we did.”

She gave me a weepy smile and nodded. “We have always been a team. A pair. Best friends.”

“And we’ll continue to be.” I made sure she met my gaze before I lowered my voice.

“Things are going to happen in the media, Kate. Doctored pictures, women throwing themselves at me even with you being there. The night I spent with you in the hospital, some blogger posted a fake picture that I was out at a club. I don’t know how that shit happens, but it did. You have to trust us. You know me more than anyone ever will. Why would I throw this, us, you away?”

My Review

Friends-to-lovers is one of the oldest romance tropes and ordinarily, unless there’s a great twist, I’m not a big fan of the story line. However, that said, author Jaqueline Snowe provides us with such witty banter it provides a fun, laugh-out-loud atmosphere to the book.

Mix in a measured amount of angst over a serious subject such as suicide and you create a world where friends, especially best friends, are more important than a fleeting romance or one-night stand.

An entertaining read, especially if you’re in need of a laugh with your happily-ever-after.

About the Author

Jaqueline Snowe lives in Arizona where the “dry heat” really isn’t that bad. She enjoys making lists with colorful sticky notes and sipping on coffee all day. She has been a custodian, waitress, landscaper, coach, and a high school teacher. Her life revolves around 200 high school kids, her two dogs who don’t realize they aren’t humans, and her wonderful, baseball-loving husband.

Visit her website to find out more about the author and her writing. She loves to hear from readers—so don’t be shy, send her a message!

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A Giveaway

Jaqueline Snowe will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 6: Books to Light Your Fire
August 13: Let me tell you a story
August 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 20: Fabulous and Brunette
August 20: Romance Novel Giveaways
August 27: Kimmi Love
August 27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this last week of Jaqueline’s review tour. Please come back all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

 

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NEVER GIVE UP ON LOVE by Maggie Mundy

GENRE:   Fantasy Romance
SERIES:  The Soul Mate Tree (Individual Authors) – Book 7 of 12
Amazon

In 1847 London, Vincent is turned by a vampire with tainted blood. His future will be one where he keeps humans safe but can never find love.

Vincent’s eternal life changed on the day the sun burned into him, and he thought he would die. Instead, he was saved by the shade of a mystical tree. Beneath its branches, he dreamed of a woman in the future who would be waiting for him.

In modern-day Bath, Adele is a photographer by day and a vampire hunter by night. How will she cope when she realizes the man she has fallen in love with is what she has been trained to kill?

Vincent stared at the phone in his hand as if it was a magical object that had just granted him his wish. Could this really be happening after so long? Could he have finally found his soul mate? Adele didn’t even know who he was.

Tristan walked into the breakfast room and poured himself some coffee.

“So are you going to call her or are you just going to stare at that thing until it explodes?”

“I just did, and I’m seeing her for a business meeting on Saturday.”

Tristan shook his head as he walked over. “I have known you for hundreds of years and find it hard to accept you still believe in this fairy tale about a woman you love. When I found you, that first night you were the worst for wear. Anything you would have imagined would have been delusions.”

Vincent didn’t want to listen to Tristan’s rationale right now. He wanted to believe in the impossible.

“You’re probably right. I’ll just fool myself that I’m contacting her because she is an excellent photographer, which she is by the way. I know it is unwise, but I have to meet her, even if it is to rid myself of the fairy tale and accept my lot in life.”

Tristan grinned at him. “You’re my dear friend, but you are also a vampire, and she is a witch who hunts us down. I would call it a little more than unwise.”

Another great entry in the Soul Mate Tree multi-author series. The tree certainly knows what it’s doing when it introduces characters that, ordinarily, wouldn’t give one another a second glance.

Vincent and Adele first appear to be polar opposites but, with both of them hiding supernatural secrets, you just know they’ll have a lot to overcome to see each other’s strengths and accept their weaknesses.

Other than a few scenes that I felt could have unfolded a bit more slowly, this book was a pleasure to read. Author Maggie Mundy does a great job of taking at-odds souls and bringing them together for their inevitable happy ending.

If you’re a fan of sexy/steamy vampire romance with a bit of extra paranormal thrown in for good measure, you’re sure to enjoy this book.

I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband, two cats, two dogs and a snake. I have a motorbike that I would like to ride more than I do and I love walking at the beach and listening to the waves.  I’ve always loved reading all forms of speculative fiction from high fantasy and paranormal to horror and decided the stories in my head needed to be written down. It was either that or start on medication. Unlike many I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until a few years back.  I started off doing a degree in Drama but soon realized my love was in writing, though there is a play lurking somewhere on my computer. My day job is as a nurse in the operating room which helps with research for my gory scenes. I believe romance can be fun to read and write but it’s exciting to spice it up with the uncertainty that comes with the worlds of mythical creatures where the rules can be broken.

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Maggie Mundy will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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August 2: Christine Young
August 2: Kit ‘N Kabookle
August 2: Andi’s Book Reviews
August 9: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 9: Bookaholic
August 9: Sea’s Nod
August 16: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
August 23: Iron Canuck
August 23: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Maggie and yet another book in the Soul Mate Tree series. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Paranormal/Fantasy, Vampire Romance | 2 Comments

THE PERCEPTION GAME by Cadence Vonn

GENRE: Erotic Romance
SERIES: Games People Play (Book 2)
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About the Book

When it comes to sex, school teacher Camille Weatherby considers herself an exhibitionist. She refuses to allow anyone to control her life, and relationships are out of the question. Any affairs are one-night stands, and the only thing that matters is the pleasure she garners from the thrill of possibly being caught. But an encounter with a hot stranger at a costume party leaves her disregarding that rule.

Millionaire bad boy Garrett Gerard craves control, especially in the bedroom, and money buys what he enjoys. His indiscretions have caught up with him, and his father presents an ultimatum–straighten up or lose the chance to be president of the family business. Camille tests his willpower, and he can’t resist showing her what it’s like to be with a dominating lover.

When their fling is discovered, Camille and Garrett are forced to fake an engagement to save their jobs. But the more they’re thrown together, the more sparks fly.

Read an Excerpt

Garrett’s large frame had her caged in between his arms. The meaning of his look triggered spasms of desire between her legs. He lowered close to her face, near her eyes, and she closed them. His warm lips placed soft kisses against her eyelids.

Lingering.
Branding.
Claiming.

He moved lower and teased her mouth with a swish of his tongue and then a searing, deep kiss that drove the heat from her lips out over her body until she burned from his touch. When he released them she panted as he continued his descent.

About the Author

Cadence has been involved in the arts since she could pick up a crayon. She has a BFA in photography and silversmithing. If you get a glimpse of her notebooks you’ll discover she’s an accomplished doodler. She channels her daydreams into sizzling hot romances. Now she is living her dream with her husband on Whidbey Island with a view of Puget Sound outside her door.

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

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-site tour.

1: Author Deborah A Bailey
2: Casey’s Corner
3: Lock That Door
4: Long and Short Reviews
5: Fabulous and Brunette
6: Beyond Romance
7: Christine Young
8: Dawn’s Reading Nook
9: Deal Sharing Aunt
10: Erotica For All
11: Iron Canuck
12: It’s Raining Books
13: Jazzy Book Reviews
14: Kimmi Love
15: Linda Nightingale … Musings
16: Musings From An Addicted Reader
17: Natural Bri REVIEW
18: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
19: Our Families Adventure
20: Rainy Day Reviews
21: Readeropolis
22: Reviews by Crystal
23: Romance Novel Giveaways
24: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
25: T’s Stuff
26: The Avid Reader
27: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
28: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
29: Wake Up Your Wild Side
30: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
31: Southern Delights

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It was my pleasure hosting fellow Wilder-Rose, Cadence Vonn, for this stop on her busy one-day tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Part of a Series | 4 Comments

WITH THIS HEART by Red L Jameson

GENRE:   Paranormal Romance; Military Romance
SERIES:  With These Wings (Book 2)
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The book will be on sale for 99¢ during the tour.

About the Book

Talk about a killer kiss…

Being a former soldier with PTSD takes its toll on Aaron and has wiped him clean of optimism along with having dreams. But he’s no longer sure if he’s living in reality or fantasy after he tries to save a friend and finds his world filled with women who have wings and…Valkyries.

Adala kills. Not on purpose. She’s a Valkyrie—from just one touch, she takes warriors to the afterlife. Oh, but she’d give anything for a break, for normalcy, to have one day of not wearing her legionnaire uniform. When she’s asked to talk to the human Aaron to help him understand just what he’s in for when he tripped into her world, she jumps at the chance, even though she knows Aaron more than she cares to admit, even though she has an insane crush on him, even though she can’t touch him at all. But she gets to wear jeans and talk to a man—a real-life, hero of a man.

From her adorable made-up swearwords to when she wears his clothes, from the fact that she’s hundreds of years old to her pet Pegasus, Aaron falls hard for the shy Valkyrie. Dare he risk his life for a kiss? He’s thinking about it, because already he’s given her his heart.

With This Heart is a standalone story, that’s part of the With These Wings Series—books that mix rock-hard military men with feathered-fantasy femme fatales for a sizzling hot adventure to find love. Join Chanticleer winner, Red L. Jameson, for more of this heart-tugging fairy tale series.

Read an Excerpt

“So…you want to come inside?” He asked. “I’m burning dinner.”

“You’re cooking something?”

“Probably burning something at this rate.”

“You need help?”

He nodded. “Yeah. And, ah, you want to eat with me?” This was so odd, asking a Valkyrie to dinner. Spaghetti because he didn’t know how to make much else. He hadn’t been expecting her. Well, yeah, he had. But he figured the Norns, those little teenagers, would call him first to let him know Adala was on her way. But, nope, she just poofed into the backyard.

The Valkyrie placed a hand on her stomach. “I haven’t eaten all day.”

“You hungry? Do you eat?”

She smiled and his heart lurched to a stop. Jesus, she was gorgeous when she grinned. So beautiful it hurt to look at her. His lungs burned like when he ran flat out for more than thirty seconds. His heart raced, an ache with every beat. That ache spread through his limbs, not sure if he felt too powerful or too weak. Not sure if he wanted to sit down or run to her and pick her up.

“Yes, I eat.”

“So you should be hungry.”

“I am hungry.”

He backed up again, tired of hollering over the backyard. “I got enough for you and me and whoever else might pop in.”

She glanced around. “Are you expecting someone else?”

“Nope.” He turned and hoped she would follow him into the house.

My Review

It was not difficult to love this book. It included everything I look for in an entertaining read: a sexy but flawed hero, a self-less heroine, a conundrum on how they’re going to get together, and…of course… the pre-requisite happy ending.

With This Heart fulfills all my requirements. Plus, the whole “not touching” theme was some of the best external conflict I’ve read in ages.

I love the banter between the two characters as well as the heart pounding romance. I hadn’t yet read the first book in the series, With These Wings, but I did download it to my Kindle and will get to it as quickly as I can. If it’s half as good as With This Heart, it will be great!

About the Author

Red L. Jameson lives in the wilds of Montana. While working on a military history master’s degree, she doodled a story that became her bestselling, award-winning romance, Enemy of Mine, part of the Glimpse Time Travel Series. After earning her gigantic master’s—the diploma is just huge, she couldn’t stop doodling stories, more Glimpse stories—because she can’t get enough of hunky Highlanders and buttoned-down Brits—and other stories, a paranormal romance series and contemporary series, which grew into the pen name R. L. Jameson, under which she writes cerebral and spicy erotic romance. She’s currently working on another master’s degree, so who knows what she’ll doodle next! She loves her readers, so please feel free to contact her through her website or other social media.

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Red L. Jameson will be awarding a $30 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 7: Emily Carrington
August 14: Mallory Books
August 21: Kimmi Love
August 21: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
August 21: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 28: Iron Canuck
August 28: Declarations of a Fangirl

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Red L. Jameson’s tour. Please come back all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Fantasy, Military Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy | 6 Comments

THE VILLAINOUS VISCOUNT by Lucinda Elliot

GENRE: Historical Gothic Spoof, Historical Regency
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About the Book

An appreciative satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, with the eponymous Villainus Viscount, a haunted castle, a family curse, and a spirited heroine.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Not only that, but her name featured some way down on the list of eligible heiresses he planned to court. Still,Clarinda has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation…

Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of a wrongdoing from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.

The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.

Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.

This lively Gothic comedy, written as a good natured satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, gives the reader a warm-hearted and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.

Read an Excerpt

‘He tried his beguiling smile again, an expert blend of mischief and underlying sorrow. “You underestimate the influence you could have on me. Bad as I am, and young as you are, I know that you could be my saving angel.”

“No, Sir. But I am happy to hear of your intention to change your way of life, and I wish you all happiness with the young lady who does feel herself equal to the role you honour me by offering.”

She could sense that he was dizzy with humiliation, but refused to let her fortune slip though his fingers so easily. Now, he called on another quality necessary for a pugilist – self-control. Rising from his knees, he took her hands before she could retreat, caressing them. “Clarinda, you remember that you were the only respectable young lady who spoke kindly about poor Foyle’s death. You were not cold and implacable, then.”

Her lips thinned. “I am only so now in refusing your offer of marriage.”

He dropped her hands. “So be it, Ma’am.” Too outraged to make the normal civilities, he turned away.

A blinding flash of lightning outlined the window, where a hooded, cloaked figure stood seemingly suspended on the air. It extended one skeletal hand as if reaching towards them and vanished even as the thunderclap came.

Swearing, Harley Venn dashed to the window. As the peal of thunder died away, Clarinda came up behind him. “We saw that oddity before.” She gazed about the empty street below. “This time it has appeared at a first floor window. That is extraordinary.”’

My Review

Not your usual Regency romance. All the usual inflections are there but with a great supernatural element thrown in for good measure.

Author Lucinda Elliot does a good job with both the humor and the romance even though I was not overly taken by Harley’s character.

If you enjoy comic relief, the Regency period, and a bit of weird, you will like this book.

About the Author

Lucinda Elliot has recently become the proud honouree of the B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding fiction for her Gothic historical paranormal romance, ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’ – (available from amazon both in print and on Kindle for the very low price of 0.99 plus VAT, as the author writes to share her stories, not to make a profit).

She was born in England and loves writing Gothic stories – as she grew up living in a series of isolated rambling period houses, in Buckinghamshire, Devonshire and North Wales among other places that would make perfect settings for such stories, that may not be surprising.

After that she lived and worked in London for many years, and now lives in mid Wales with her family, and has greatly improved her Welsh, but there is some way to go.

She loves working out and weight training, and was once a Sportsfighter (long since retired). She likes body sculpting, too. She shows a geeky streak in her interests such as classic novels, history and environmental matters.

She loves creating strong female characters to provide an effective counterpoint to the gung-ho males. She can’t resist putting humour into all of her writing, dark or otherwise.

Her latest novel ‘The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse of the Venns’, another historical Gothic with undercurrents of dark humour, came out in August 2016.

At present she is working on a sequel for ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’.

When reading ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’ the author hopes the reader will laugh out loud as well as shudder at Sophie’s Gothic horrors as she becomes trapped in a great house staffed by the wicked Emile’s band of brigands.

When reading ‘Ravensdale’ she hopes to give the reader a laugh and a journey through an over-the-top romantic highwayman (and highwaywoman) adventure that sends up the tropes of traditional historical romance.

‘Aleks Sager’s Daemon’, a fantasy novel revolving around an author obsessed by the life of the tragic Russian author Alexander Pushkin, is darker, but she hopes the reader has to smile at parts, for all that.

In ‘The Villainous Viscount’ the author provides some more Gothic tropes she has always enjoyed – a haunted castle with secret passages, a family curse, and a vengeful spectre. Add to this the wicked but beguiling young pugilistic Viscount, the plain but sensuous bride he has married to get his wandering hands on her fortune, and a vivid cast of secondary characters, and the usual comedy and the reader is in for a lively read.

Authors always have worked out far more about their characters than they can possibly show in a book, even a longish one – not to mention all that clutter in their heads gleaned from historical research, etc. Lucinda Elliot’s blog fills in these sorts of details about her characters.

Lucinda Elliot hopes you will visit her BLOG if you would like to find out more about her books, the characters themselves, her other writing, her literary criticism, and reviews of both traditionally published and self-published novels.

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Lucinda Elliot will be awarding free Kindle or pdf copies of all of her books to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 13: Mythical Books
August 13: Kimmi Love
August 20: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 20: Travel The Ages
August 27: T’s Stuff – promo
August 27: Let me tell you a story
August 27: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 3: Laura’s Interests
September 3: Locks, Hooks and Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Lucinda for this stop on her review tour. Please come all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Comedy, Historical Romance, Paranormal/Fantasy, Regency Romance | 4 Comments