Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sand, Sunshine, and Sizzle Box Set

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Summer is here! Time for long, lazy days poolside or on the beach, and of course, a super hot read is a must-have. We've got you covered. Or . . . uncovered . . . Ready for a summer escape? Get 15 contemporary romance stories by best-selling and award-winning authors for 99¢! Each novel and novella has a beach setting, an irresistible love story with HEA, and high sizzle factor. Slather on the sunscreen, grab a cool drink, and get ready to get hot! HOT BEACH ROMANCE: SAND, SUNSHINE AND SIZZLE iBooks/Amazon/Nook/Kobo/Google Play/All Romance Ebooks/Smashwords 

 Join the Facebook party on June 28th for the official release of the bundle. Find out more about the books and the awesome authors in the bundle here
 Here's just a taste . . . 

 Ecstasy By the Sea by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
A honeymoon to remember.

Burn Me by Eirinn Brennan She was sure of the future until she experienced what else it had to offer.

Finding Joy by EmKay Connor You can run from your secrets, but you can't hide.

Kissing Drake by Jenna Dales A tall, dark and seriously hot hero and the woman who makes him forget about being so serious.

Madrona Sunset by Jami Davenport Damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

The Good Enough Husband by Sylvie Fox What would you do if you met your soul mate, but you were already married?

The Posse by Tawdra Kandle One woman, three men, and a beach romance as unpredictable as the riptide.

How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin She's here for the summer. He lives on the streets. They'll both learn how to say goodbye.

Last Call By Alannah Lynne One unforgettably hot night could lead to forever...or...death...

Sunny and 75 by Scarlett Metal Can paradise heal their broken hearts or will their pasts come back to haunt them?

Midnight Shadows by Lisa Marie Rice She sees shadows that aren't there.

Two Are Better Than One by Suzanne Rock Two Irish exchange students convince the straight-laced Hannah that two men are better than one.

The Billionaire's Assassin by Margaret Taylor Adrian Hoyle couldn't know that meeting a hot Hollywood actor would be hazardous to her health.

Sun Kissed by Nancy Warren It's hard not to mix business and pleasure when your business is surfing.

Miami Dreams by Layla Wilcox Starting over in the Magic City means believing in second chances when none seem possible.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

What Lies Behind Book #Review


Synopsis:
A gripping, dark science fiction romance by International Bestseller, Travis Simmons.

Cass is a robot with a past. A past she can’t remember.

When her current owner, Natalia starts taking out her frustration on Cass her memories come back little by little.
What she wants more than anything is to be like humans; an android. To be loved and to feel and to be treated as an equal. Not an automaton like she is.

She finds that in Brandon.

Brandon is Natalia’s boyfriend, and couldn’t be any different from Natalia if he tried. He treats Cass like an equal, like a human, and more importantly like a woman.
Cass just wants a normal human life like Brandon promises, but as more and more of her memories come flooding back, she learns that she might play a bigger part in the android equal rights movement than she wants. Her future is uncertain. Becoming an android, becoming more human, will mean going against her programming. Can she do that? Will her struggle to become an android ultimately be her undoing?

"In this standalone dark romance, International Bestselling author, Travis Simmons makes his debut into science fiction. Travis has reached the top of charts in new adult fiction with his love of dystopian fantasy."
Purchase: Amazon

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Cass is known as an automaton; a lifelike robot. But unlike an Android, she cannot learn and evolve, instead she is all programming.  That is until she begins having memories of a former owner and after being badly abused by her current owner, her nanobots unlock her free will; programming she didn't even know she had.  When she begins to have stirrings of romantic feelings towards her owner's boyfriend, Cass begins to desire her freedom like never before.


I was a bit skeptical when Travis told me he was writing a sci-fi romance.  I mean, seriously, why fix something that isn't broken right?  I decided to read it with an open mind, and I was happily surprised. The story was absolutely amazing and if you liked Isaac Ismanov's I, Robot, you will absolutely love this novel!  The story itself flowed wonderfully, I had a couple of very late nights because I just didn't want to stop reading it.  This is a very creative look at robots and the future, I hated to see it end.  Now I'm eagerly awaiting another new release from this awesome author!
About the Author:
Travis Simmons was kicked out of magic school for his refusal to study and his penchant for mundane activities like cooking. While selling his sword he stumbled upon dogs that he wrongly thought were magical and imagined he could commune with them. After a vicious zombie attack in which witches helped him push back the undead horde, Travis found himself apprenticed to a necromancer.

Afraid that winter was coming, Travis tucked into his magical studies, but always chased his dreams of writing tales science fiction tales and fantasy stories where he could explore his wild imagination about life on other planets. Adamant that Travis learn the esoteric ways of the occult his master made his life a horror of practice and studies. But no matter how he tried, he could never conquer Travis' questing mind.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spinner Book Review and #Giveaway


Synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Alex is a “spinner.” His friends are “dummies.” Two clandestine groups of humans want his power. And an ancient evil is stalking him. If people weren’t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.

In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four. Now saddled with a sadistic housemother who uses his spinning to heal the kids she physically abuses, Alex and his misfit group of learning disabled classmates are the only ones who can solve the mystery of his birth before more people meet a gruesome end.

They need to find out who murdered their beloved teacher, and why the hot young substitute acts like she’s flirting with them. Then there’s the mysterious medallion that seems to have unleashed something malevolent, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy humanity.
Pre-Order on Amazon

My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Alex was given up to foster care after the the untimely death of his parents.  He was then placed with an abusive foster parent, which caused him to continually "spin" his housemates to heal their injuries.  This caused Jane, his foster mother to uncover Alex's special healing gift.  When a package from his biological parents never gets to him, Alex uncovers more than he's bargained for.

This book was amazingly creative.  You can easily sense Alex's inner turmoil at not only being learning and physically disabled, but also having a gift he thinks is a curse.  He is fortunate to have wonderful friends that stood by his side throughout.  I have to admit that during the first 1/3 of the book, I wondered where the story was heading because it had a relatively slow start.  Once you're past that, the story captures your imagination and takes you to a whole new world.  If you can be patient, the story will be well worth the wait.  I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to read something else from this fabulous author!


About the Author:
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels––/A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time/ (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and /The Knight Cycle/, comprised of five books: /Children of the Knight/ (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), /Running Through A Dark Place /(Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards)/, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead/, /Once Upon A Time In America, /and/Spinner./

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently outlining a sequel to /Spinner/.

His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.
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Moonbreeze Cover Reveal and #Giveaway



Book Details
Title: Moonbreez
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: September 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9946641-5-0

Synopsis/Back Blurb

The life or a star-studded royal has not been kind to eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins. With a Council breathing down her neck and a dragon that refuses to accept her as his rider, she must convince everyone that she is ready to rule Paegeia like her parents before her. Bust she has made a promise to her father, King Albert, that she will not go looking for him and free the people of Etan. Elena has promised to never truly fulfill her destiny.
However, situations out of her control will soon force her to confront herself and the evil that seeks to destroy her. Elena must look inside of herself to discover if she can defeat the approaching darkness, be accepted by the people of Paegeia, bring her dragon back to light and fulfill the destiny written in their stars.

Author Bio

  Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In her free time―if she gets any because moms don't really have free time―she loves to spend it with friends, whether it's a girls night out, or just watching a movie. She's a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt, book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She also writes in different genres, and her woman's fiction, The Pregnancy Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten novels. And if that wasn't enough, there is another series, Guardians of Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Angel Lover Cover Reveal and Excerpt


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There's no danger greater than falling for your enemy… Publication date: June 30th

ANGEL LOVER BY TRICIA SKINNER

Series Name: The Angel Assassins #2 
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Select Otherworld 
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Romance
Angel Lover (Angel Assassins #2)

Book Cover Blurb
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades--enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction.
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Excerpt

  He traced his fingers under her tank top and made small circles against her back. A soft sound escaped her lips, then she relaxed.

“Mariel.” He barely recognized his lust-blown voice.

She answered by renewing their passionate kiss, full and open and bone melting. She kissed him thoroughly, drawing the oxygen from his lungs as she twisted her fingers into his long hair. Kas lowered her on the comforter with care, never breaking their kiss. He eased back, and with his gaze on hers, he pulled his shirt over his head and dropped it.

Mariel’s gaze made several passes over his body. What did she feel for him? Admiration? Uncertainty? He’d never hurt her. No one would ever hurt her again, not if they expected to live. Then Mariel’s gaze fell away. 

“You are...beautiful.” Her shoulders drooped, and she pulled back.

“You don’t believe you are.” She didn’t reply, except for the stubborn jut of her chin. 

Kas smoothed his thumb over her cheek then gently raised her head. She wouldn’t look at him. He wouldn’t allow her to withdraw from him, from them. He touched her shirt at the waist, and her hands clamped over his, her eyes wet. Her fearful expression tore him apart.

“Trust me as I trust you,” he said gently.

Kas waited until her grip loosened, and her hands fell to the side. He infused a smile with warmth and then eased the material up in torturous increments. Time she could use to stop him. Her flat stomach and tight abs were revealed. He smothered his reaction, afraid Mariel would mistake a groan for disapproval. Smooth, golden skin fed his hunger an appetizer.

“You have control,” he told her. “If you tell me to stop, I’ll stop.”

Mariel peeked through her lashes and nodded. He lifted the shirt higher, stared at her breasts, and bit back another sound. God of All, they made him salivate, but he tapped more of his self-control. Finally, the shirt was over her head and joined his on the floor. 

Mariel’s arms stayed locked at her sides like a soldier at attention. Kas moved around her and climbed onto the bed next to her. 

“Lie on your side, facing me.”

“I do not know,” she said, whisper light. Again his chest felt as if it had crushed inward. No woman should be made to believe she was ugly. None should feel shame about her body. He wanted to beat bloody any man who’d ever looked at her wrong. Mariel expelled a long breath as if she’d resolved herself to do what he’d asked. She stretched out alongside him, chest to chest, her right arm pillowing her head. He leaned over and planted a soft kiss on her cheek and lips. “Touch me.” 

Tricia Skinner

Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy. She is a features writer for Fresh Fiction and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle. Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017. Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency. When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Danes (so far).
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Booker Hate City Book #Review

After a life filled with destruction of others and himself, and his body ravaged by disease, there's only one thing left for Javier Calero to do. Leave a legacy that will finally bring meaning to his life—and to the death of an American president more than fifty years ago.

The CEO of a green energy company is murdered behind his million-dollar estate, his neck nearly severed in two. Recruited to aid the widow and find a savage killer, Booker finds himself in the middle of a family train wreck.

Days later, thrust into the crossfire of a deadly sniper, Booker eludes sure death with the uncanny arrival of a young woman who only wants to save her father from harm. But she can't do it without Booker's help.

Joining forces with a Latin spitfire, Booker and his new sidekick, Maggie, embark on a twenty-four-hour quest to hunt down a killer determined to make an indelible mark on history—just like the one that struck down John F. Kennedy a half-century earlier, which launched a cascade of assassination investigations and theories.
Purchase: Amazon

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Booker T. Adams is at it again with another engrossing mystery.  Someone has murdered Albert Yates, CEO of Evergreen and everything leads to a dead end.  Then a librarian turns up dead, killed in the same manner as Albert Yates.  While helping out mob boss Scampiani, he's caught in the cross hairs of a gun fight, that opens his case wide open.  The story takes us back to the Kennedy assassination and all of the rumors linked to it.  

This was a great read and an interesting look at the Kennedy assassination.  I could feel Magdalena's pain as she realized that her father had turned into a killer.  I also love the chemistry between Alisa and Booker, I wonder if they will ever realize that they would make a great team outside of Booker and Associates.   I was shocked that Justin was thinking about selling the bar considering all of the hard work he invested from book two. All in all, this was an amazing novel filled with unexpected twists you won't see coming!


About the Author:

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Choosing Book #Review

Synopsis:
“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
 

Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Review:
In 2111, a vaccine was created to cure all illnesses, mutating as diseases did.  What they didn't plan on was the antibodies attacking themselves and causing a large percentage of the population that was vaccinated to die.  Those days were called The Ruining.  One hundred years later, a group of survivors gathered and were led by Robert Carson, in a new religious world.

The year is 2257, Carrington Hale has spent her whole life preparing for this day, her Choosing.  She is taught that she is valued by how prepared she is for this big day and whether or not she gets chosen.  To Carrington's dismay, despite her training and high marks, she isn't selected.  Those not chosen are sent away to work as Lints, the very lowest class, never to see their families again.  Will her friend Larkin be able to get through to her? Will she listen to the voice that continually tries to reach her in the quiet?


Rochelle Dekker has written a wonderful debut novel.  The depth of the characters are amazing.  In addition to Carrington's struggles, there's a mystery in the backdrop that also had me intrigued and engrossed throughout the novel.  Although this was a dystopian story, I could actually see the plausibility in it.  This was a brilliantly written first novel and I can't wait to see more from this author.



**I received a free copy of this novel from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.**

About the Author:
She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a writer, a friend, a cat lover, and a believer.
However, these are all just roles and though she loves these roles very much, who she truly is cannot be fully addressed because that is something she is still discovering.
Of course, self-discovery is a constant journey where hard questions must be asked but Rachelle knows two things for certain. First, that she is no different than anyone else, because in the deepest place in every person’s heart there is fear, doubt, stress, pain, worry, sorrow, joy, thankfulness, peace, love, success, and happiness. Second, Rachelle knows that she is loved perfectly and wholly just the way she is. Loved in a way that, while may not make sense to many, is wonderful and fulfilling. In a world filled with people searching for worth, acceptance, and a place to belong, she has learned that in searching for these things, she is worth the world, accepted long before she went looking for it, and she belongs right where she is at this moment.
Rachelle continues her never-ending journey and invites you to join her. Whether you are already diving deep or still standing on the shore the journey is going to be wild. There may even be some water walking.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Clock Strikes Midnight Book #Review and. #Giveaway

Synopsis:
The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the fa├žade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Janie and Marly had a happy childhood, that is, until the tragic car accident that took their father away from them.  That's when their lives were forever changed.
Janie Knox spent most of her life running away from her past.  But when her doctor diagnoses her with inoperable cancer, Janie drops everything and returns to her hometown of Atlanta to tie up loose ends.  Her family is surprised to see her, she had left after her stepfather was convicted of murdering her mother, planning never to return.  She had basically abandoned her sister and never kept in touch.
When she arrives in Atlanta, she reaches out to her sister.  Not only is she not greeted warmly by Marly, but Janie can see that she's clearly drunk.  Marly tells her that their stepfather was released from prison two weeks earlier and he's been harassing her for information on the night of the murder.  The night she still doesn't remember anything about.  The part that upsets them both the most is that Ralph has taken up residence in the old house; their dead mother's home.
As Janie keeps her illness secret, she sticks to her plan to put things in order; she also becomes determined to exact revenge on the man she feels responsible for her mother's demise.
As The Clock Strikes Midnight is a gripping suspense novel that has you at the edge of your seat the entire time.  My heart broke for both Marly and Janie as the story of their past began to unfold.  Some of it hit home and i found myself tearing up a bit.  Madly and Janie could easily be a friend or even a neighbor, this was a story about family secrets and how they can destroy us.
About the Author:

Award-winning author Joan C. Curtis will release her first mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight on November 25, 2014. She has also authored four business books published by Praeger Press numerous stories.
Her first place writing awards include: Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.
Other Books:
Hire Smart and Keep ‘Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.
The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
Managing Sticky Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace, 2009, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.
Strategic Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives, 2000 published by Quorum Books, Greenwood Press.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, memoir and nonfiction. Joan says, The Clock Strikes Midnight is exactly the kind of book she loves to read.
“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.
Check out her website: www.joancurtis.com and her blogwww.joancurtis.com/blog

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The House of Hawthorne Book Review

Synopsis:
Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorneexplores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.…

Purchase: Amazon

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Penguin Random House in exchange for my honest review.


The House of Hawthorne is a fictional,  yet fascinating, look on the life and romance of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophie Peabody.  From the day they met, Sophie and Nathaniel were kindred spirits.  Their love had no bounds.  Even when their daughter Una was sick for months with Roman fever, the family closeness kept them going.  This was a fantastic glimpse into the life of the Hawthornes, as well as several authors from that era. One that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ting Tang Tony Book Blast

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TTTG-Strings, fake bodies, what lubricant to use, and which angle looks best on camera, these are all things Tony knows. What he doesn't know is how to pursue a real relationship, one outside the industry that's making him retire and leaving him behind. Tony DiMarco, aka Ting Tang Tony, made a big name for himself-- regardless of being small--in an industry where size truly does matter. He's had a long career hiding behind a camera lens where his shortcomings didn't affect him at all. At 38 he's forced to find a real life where hopefully size doesn't matter. The last place he thought his life would change is in Florida. Tripping over the gorgeous and upstanding, Emily Grant, snaps him out of the pity-pot he is just about to take a bath in. However, having never dated outside the industry has him second-guessing everything. How would someone possibly want his "little engine that could"? Can Tony open up about his playboy-style career, and more importantly, can he overcome the insecurities that he's shoved aside his whole life? Tony's got his work cut out for him, he needs to penetrate the walls Emily's built to protect herself and her own insecurities. Will she be able to handle Tony's crazy double life he's trying to hide from her, the one he lives back home in L.A.? There's a small chance it might work, that it might fit—something Tony certainly isn't used to. This may be his one opportunity to find that missing puzzle piece he's only been able to fantasize about. The whirlwind journey these two set out on will keep you rooting for the underdogs, and teach you that it's not always the size of the package that's important—it's what's inside that matters most. Genre: Romantic Erotica

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The Has Been Series Tour Starts May 27th - Follow It Here

kat and kristin author photoAbout the Authors:

Kat DeSalle is one half of the crazy writing duo that created the HAS BEEN SERIES. Born and raised in California, she graduated with a degree in Fine Art, which introduced her to a number of creative outlets. She dabbled in various jobs ranging from teaching art, to working in the finance industry. Ultimately, she found her passion in writing. Now, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children, where she follows her dream of writing romance novels.
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Kristin Leigh Jones is the wearer of many hats—not literally—although she does look good in one. From being a full-time mom, wife, chef, maid, dog walker, litter box scooper to owning a photography business and working as a freelance editor ... She now adds writer to her long resume. Between juggling all these tasks she squeezes in as much time as possible for snuggling her babies, reading, and watching football on Sundays in the fall. Da Bears! Hailing from the Midwest her whole life, she fully appreciates the change of seasons but admits to really only enjoying it less than 5 months of the year. Kristin is very thankful to have found another half of her brain in her dear friend Kat. Who, might be thousands of miles away, is never farther than a text or a phone call. Together they make up the dynamic duo writing and producing the hilariously romantic and sexy Has Been Series.
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