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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Break for Me by Shiloh Walker (spotlight and GIVEAWAY)

Break for Me

Secrets & Shadows  #0.6
by Shiloh Walker
Release day April 22, 2014

Jensen Bell had twelve happy years before her her mother disappeared and her whole world went to pieces. Since then, she's become a cop—one who takes great pride in her work, and in helping keep others safe. The saving grace in her own life has been Dean West, the only man who can make her burn with desire and help her through her burdens. But when a shocking discovery turns her life upside-down, even being wrapped in Dean’s arms might not be enough to keep her out of harm's way
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A little about Shiloh: 

Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really!  She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer.  She published her first book in 2003 and since then, has tried her hand at digital publishing, traditional publishing and self-publishing. Her publishers include Hydra Publications, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, Berkley, Random House and St. Martins. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Secret Worth Keeping by Lakisha Johnson (Book Blast and GIVEAWAY) GFT



A Secret Worth Keeping

by LaKisha Johnson



Shelby is a career woman turned housewife who enjoys the friendships that have been built with her 5 best friends; Camille, Lynesha, Raylin, Kerri and Chloe. They are all career women with different businesses, husbands and even children but something is missing and they can’t seem to find it at home, in a store or even in a book. So, they search for this missing piece in the beds, arms, cars and even offices of other men who don’t mind paying for what Dem Dam Divas can offer. They enjoy the thrill of sneaking, creeping and even vacationing on someone else’s dime but they soon find out that all good things come to an end. What happens when it becomes too much? From secretly wanting someone who doesn’t want you, loving only to not be loved back and being caught up in a dream that you’re about to be awaken from; will it be worth it in the end? Will they regret their actions or stand by them? Will they finally question whether this secret is really worth keeping?



Girls, this has been an amazing trip.  I’m kind of sad that it’s ending but I am ready to get home to see my babies.

“Well, good for you; I can’t say the same,” said Kerri.

“Listen ladies, I know that these trips are supposed to be a release to renew our minds but they do no good if you go back to home and accept the same mess you left. If you all are not happy then make some changes. Life is too short to keep living in hell. You all are beautiful, educated and capable of taking care of yourselves so why continue to take less from your husband than what your husband is supposed to do? Please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that you all should head to divorce court, however, I am saying stop lying down and accepting everything. Stop accepting less than what your husband should be giving. Why should you have to find part time love in the hands of someone else? Why should you find pleasure in the bed of someone else when your husband should be fulfilling your every fantasy and you should be filling his?”

“Shelby, I hear you but you have all that at home, we don’t” Chloe said with tears streaming down her face.

“Yea, you have a husband whose eyes light up when you enter the room, one who notices your new hairdo, one who doesn’t mind shopping with you, one who holds you when you cry, sit with you when you’re sick, stay up with you when the baby is sick; you have all that,” Kerri added.

“Yes, I do but this is because I wouldn’t accept anything less. Understand, we have our ups and downs but we work through them. We are not perfect and I’d be lying if I said anything differently but he knows my faults and accepts them and I know his and accept them.” I said.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart; doing what she believes to be her purpose..writing.  In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 15 years, mother of 2 and native of Memphis, TN. She comes from a huge family and has always been the go to girl whenever someone needed a poem written or read, an acknowledgement that would convey just what they were thinking or even an occasion written for that special day. She’s an all-around talented lady that makes everything she touch turn to gold. She has 2 degrees from Southwest TN Community College both in Information Technology and has worked in the corporate field for over 15 years. She is also a dedicated blogger, delivering a devotional blog 5 days per week entitled ”Kisha’s Daily Devotionals.”

LaKisha wants readers of her books to step outside the box and read with imagination.  She wants them reeled in from the front cover to the last word, enjoying every second in between, asking for more.  She doesn’t proclaim to be the best writer or even author in the world..she just proclaims to be blessed because her motto is ”God’s purpose is bigger than any problem!”




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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Far Gone by Laura Griffin (interview, review and GIVEAWAY)


                                     Far Gone by Laura Griffin

I have the very great pleasure of hosting author Laura Griffin on the blog today!  She writes some of my favorite romantic suspense stories.  If you haven't read any of the Tracers series, you need to get started!  (and Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it...I am probably going to have a toothache by the end of the day, lol)

Q: How is FAR GONE different from the Tracers series?

Thanks for inviting me to join you! I love chatting with readers.
Far Gone is my first hardcover, so I’m very excited about it! This is a stand-alone romantic thriller, featuring an all-new hero and heroine, FBI agent Jon North and Austin police detective Andrea Finch. Andrea is on leave from her job when she gets a call from her brother, who has gotten himself into some trouble out in West Texas. She goes there to investigate and soon crosses paths with Jon, who is working undercover to solve a murder. Jon believes the crime is linked to a much bigger plot and that Andrea’s brother is involved.

Although it’s not officially part of the Tracers series, Far Gone has scenes with some of my favorite Tracers characters, who help with the forensic aspects of the investigation.

Q: Where do you get your story ideas?

Everywhere, really. I used to be a newspaper reporter, so I’m constantly skimming headlines for ideas. In the case of Far Gone, the first spark of the idea came when I visited an FBI office and the agents mentioned April 19 as being an important day for law enforcement. I started researching and thinking about focusing a suspense plot around that date.

Q: Is this book more of a romance or a suspense story?

I love to read stories with a good balance of both. To me, the action keeps the pace moving and the romance keeps the emotional tension high. I think both elements are equally important.

Q: What are you writing next?

Next up is the newest addition to the Tracers series. This is the story of Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn and FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc, who first met in Scorched. I don’t know the title yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. The author of twelve novels, she has won numerous awards, including a 2012 RITA Award for Scorched and a 2010 RITA Award for Whisper of Warning.  Laura lives in Austin, Texas. Find her on Facebook at  or visit her website.



Laura is giving away a signed copy of her new book Far Gone. Leave a comment with a valid e-mail address about your favorite romantic suspense movie for a chance to win!  A winner will be chosen on May 11, 2014.

Make sure you go by Reviews By Crystal on April 21 for another chance to win.


My review:

Far Gone by Laura Griffin is the exciting romantic suspense tale that features Detective Andrea Finch who has reached a crossroads in her professional career due to  a decision that she is agonizing over.  She crosses paths with Agent Jon North who is doggedly pursuing an investigation that he is having trouble convincing his superiors is significant.  Neither trusts the other, especially once Andrea discovers that her brother may have a bearing on Jon’s case.  Their mutual attraction may not be able to survive the difficult decisions that each must make that pits professional inclinations against personal desires but first they have to live long enough to determine what they mean to each other and how to proceed.

This thrilling tale is one that shouldn’t be started unless you have time to devote to reading the entire book because you will be reluctant to put it down.  The action starts immediately and tension continues building even as one gets a glimpse into the painstaking efforts that are employed during the course of criminal investigations.  There are a few nebulous areas that I would like cleared up but on the whole I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and vicariously experiencing the thrill of following up on seemingly unrelated and boring details which coalesce into the formation of a solid piece of investigative work.  The delightful connection to the folks at the Delphi Center which links this story lightly to the author’s other very exciting series enhances the tale for me and I enjoyed seeing their formidable resources being employed to help Andrea.  One of the reasons that I like this author’s works so much is her ability to create interesting characters whose frustration and exhilaration I come to identify with even as I root for them to win out over the ‘bad guys’.  The combination of action and emotional connections that gradually progress made this a fantastic read and I definitely hope that this story is the beginning of a new exciting series. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brigand by Sabrina York (Sneak preview of upcoming release--Excerpt)

The Fourth Book in the Scorching Noble Passions Series by Sabrina York releases soon!

Fans of Sabrina York’s steamy Regency series have been eagerly awaiting the release of the fourth book (following award winning Folly, Dark Fancy and the scorching Dark Duke)which follows the adventures of Violet Wyeth who is captured by a vengeful Scottish Brigand…only to discover he is none other than Ewan St. Andrews, the boy she once loved.

The Noble Passions series: Follow the decadent exploits of friends and enemies as they find love and passion in the glittering world of the Regency—and its dark underbelly. Each book is a stand-alone read.

If you’re new to the series, download Sabrina’s free teaser book to read blurbs and excerpts for this popular series. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story.

Sabrina York

Kidnapped and held prisoner by menacing Scottish brigand, the notorious McCloud, Violet Wyeth does her best to persevere…and resist his rakish charms. But when she realizes The McCloud is really Ewan St. Andrews, the boy who once saved her life, the boy who once kissed her and made her heart flutter, she is lost.

Ewan has every intention of marrying Lady Kaitlin MacAllister. He desperately needs the entrée into the ton this bride can provide. But when his bride is delivered—bound and gagged—it’s not Kaitlin. It’s Violet Wyeth—the girl who betrayed him and ruined his life when he was a boy. He keeps her, determined to punish her for her sins. But when he discovers the truth about what really happened so long ago, and seething passion rises between them, he can no longer hold on to his rusty grudge. By the time he realizes how much he loves Violet—that he always has—he’s lost her.
All he can do is follow her. Follow her into the bowels of hell—and partake in the torment of the glittering London Season, where the harpies are far more dangerous than a Scottish brigand.

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An Excerpt From: BRIGAND
Copyright © SABRINA YORK, 2014
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Holy Heaven. She would never take a bath for granted again.
Violet stumbled on the stairs and the contents of the heavy bucket sloshed, dousing her with hot water. She sucked in a breath as pain seared. She set the bucket on the landing and pulled her skirts up. Her skin was red. She ruffled the tatters of her petticoats, waiting for the sting to subside.

The door to the Laird’s solar swung open. She stepped back so it wouldn’t hit her and it slammed into the wall. The McCloud glowered down at her. His gaze stalled on her bare legs. It was riveted—until she dropped her skirts—then he snapped, “What the hell is taking so long?” His glanced back at her damp skirts and his frown darkened. He picked up the last bucket and carried it to the tub, dumping it in himself. “For god’s sake. How long does it take to bring a few measly buckets up from the kitchen?”

A few measly buckets? It had taken twelve trips, each with a bucket that weighed near as much as she. Violet glared at him. “Is that enough?” She probably didn’t need to clip the words quite so much but she had already worked for hours. She was tired and sweaty and her skin ached and Morna was waiting for her to come help prepare dinner.

He swished his hand in the water. “Yes. I suppose that will do.”

Not a thank you. Not a smile. Nothing.

She whirled and started for the door.

“Where do you think you’re going?” His voice rumbled, a deep tenor. Her steps slowed.

“Back to the kitchen.” She frowned at him over her shoulder. “I have work to do.”

“You have work to do here.”

“I beg your pardon?” What did he want her to do now, wash his bottom?

“You’re going to bathe me.”

Her heart stilled at his words, his intent, and especially his expression. “Wh-what?”

“Come now, Violet. The laird of the manor can’t be expected to scrub his own back, can he now? Be a good girl, close the door and come over here.”

She gaped at him. Gaped. He expected her to remain in a room with a naked man? He expected her to touch him?

“Close your mouth. You look like a trout.”

“But…I c-can’t. I can’t b-bathe you.”

“You can. And you will.” His eyes glimmered with something other than humor. The unspoken threat hummed in the stony chamber. 

“You may want to turn around while I undress, unless you want an early education.” He began to unbutton his shirt.

With an undignified eep, Violet whirled and showed him her back until she heard the splash and his gusty sigh.

“All right, girl. Get to work. Scrub my back.” He gestured to a chunk of soap and a sponge on a small table. She picked them up, approached the tub and knelt behind him, trying not to stare at the bunching muscles, the broad expanse of tanned skin. She couldn’t help but notice it was covered with scars. Long and short, crisscrossing over one another. As though he’d been brutally beaten and lashed time after time after—“Did you close the door?”

Her bubbling sympathy evaporated in a rush. She stuck her tongue out at him, but only because he couldn’t see. Then, with a heavy sigh, she levered herself off the floor and closed the door. Well, slammed it.

His chuckle annoyed her more.

He leaned forward and peeped at her over his shoulder. “Come along now. My back isn’t going to scrub itself.”

She took her place behind him again, being very careful not to look at his broad, be-furred chest as she approached. She wet the soap and sponge and created a lather. Being very careful not to touch him, she began to scour his back. He winced. “Not so hard.”

His plaintive tone probably shouldn’t have sent a shard of evil satisfaction through her, but it did. This man had been a boor to her from the moment he’d found her on the floor in Callum MacAllister’s cottage. She dug deeper.

He lurched forward. “Ouch!”

“Hold still,” she muttered, making a wide swath across the ridged skin. “You’re filthy. I need to scrub.”

“I am not filthy.”

“You are. Stop wriggling.”

Amazingly, he did, though her efforts bordered on abuse. But my, it felt good.

When she started on his neck and ears, he caught her wrist. “All right. I think that’s enough.”

“I’m not done.”

“Oh, you’re not done.” He tugged her around to the side of the tub so she faced him. She focused on his crooked nose, schooled her attention not to drift lower. “Now it’s time for you to scrub my front.”

She really disliked his tone. There was mischief—and something much darker—coiling in there. “Fine.” She dropped to her knees and wet the sponge again, but rather than dunking it, merely skimmed the surface of the water.

Fortunately the bath was murky, so she couldn’t see anything. But she knew what was down there and she didn’t want to find it by accident. She trained her attention on his chest, and her heart lurched.

A long, nasty scar scored him. Like a puckered lightning bolt, it made its jagged way from his left nipple down to his belly. Her pulse skittered. Her breath snagged in her throat. She’d only ever seen a scar like that once before.

A scar exactly like that.

Her gaze snapped back to his face. She looked at him. Really looked at him, perhaps for the first time. Her mouth went dry. The gray eyes laced by thick black lashes. The broad, smiling mouth. The curve of his jaw.

It couldn’t be. Could it?

“W-where did you get that scar?”

He glanced down and stilled. Annoyance flickered across his features. “Every man has scars.”

“Not-not like that.” She sat back on her haunches. She didn’t realize she was squeezing the sponge until water seeped through her skirts.

“All right. A knife fight.”

“Knives don’t cut like that.” It was uneven and rippled, as though the flesh and been shorn off in places and sliced in others.

“Well, it was a goddamn knife fight. I was in a vicious battle with a man in an alley. I gutted him.” His lip curled into a sneer. “Does it frighten you, my lady?”

“No.” But that was a lie. It did frighten her. Because Ewan, her friend, the boy who had saved her, had gotten an eerily similar wound rescuing her from a watery grave. And surely this wasn’t Ewan. It couldn’t be.

Ewan was gentle and sweet. He had liked her, maybe loved her. He had kissed her. And this man… This man had taken her prisoner and mauled her and put her to work.

And she hated him.

He couldn’t be Ewan. He couldn’t. It would break her heart.

“Goddamn it, girl, finish washing me. The water’s getting cold,” he barked

But she couldn’t. She needed to know. She had to know.

“It wasn’t a knife. It was ice.” A whisper, but he heard it. He froze, his gaze locked to hers. “You jumped in and found me in the water. Lifted me out. But you couldn’t get out yourself.”

“I don’t know what you’re babbling about.”

But he did. She could see it in his eyes. There, for a flash of an instant, she saw that boy in his eyes.

She licked suddenly dry lips. “Ewan? Is it you?”

He rose from the tub in an unholy rush. She didn’t have time to glanced away. The vision of his naked body, hard and lean, scarred and perfect, burned on her brain. He grabbed a cloth and covered his loins.

“This bath is over. Get out.”

She stood. Tried desperately not to tremble. “It is you. It is.”

“Get out. Go!”

“What happened to you, Ewan?”

A dark cloud lowered on his already stormy brow. “What happened to me? You mean how did I become the beast that I am?” The vitriol in his voice made her shake, but she didn’t back down.

“No, Ewan. Where did you go? No one would tell me and I always wondered…”

Every muscle in his body tensed, vibrated. Violet knew, because she could see them all, a magnificent panoply.

She should have been afraid. She should have been horrified. She should have skittered away like a frightened little rabbit. But she wasn’t afraid. She didn’t run.

She knew—knew—her Ewan would never hurt her.

Indeed, as he stared at her, his fury passed. He scrubbed a palm over his broad face. “Go,” he croaked. His tone was laced with an emotion she couldn’t decipher. Desolation? Grief? “Just go.”

This time, she did.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mind Games by Christine Amsden (guest post, blurb and GIVEAWAY)

 I have the pleasure of being able to feature a guest post by author Christine Amsden today...

A Dreamer in the Real World
Christine Amsden

I'm a dreamer. I'm not sure how a fiction writer could not be a dreamer, at least to some extent, but I confess that I've lived my life on the edge of reality. Most of my memories from childhood involve me making up stories in my head. I have far more of those stories to tell than stories of what actually happened to me. 

I started writing those ideas down young, as early as eight (I regret I did not keep my first stories). And it didn't take long for dreams of becoming a bestselling author to join my myriad other fantasies (many of which involved me suddenly discovering the truth that I am an alien princess who needs to return to my home world to save the planet from certain destruction). 

If there's one thing I've learned now that I have become a published author, it's that reality has little in common with the dream. I can't pinpoint the instant my dream bubble burst. Maybe it never did. Maybe it just sort of expanded until it faded away. 

There is a big difference between being a dreamer and sharing the product of those dreams (stories) with the world. I suppose there's a certain irony to the fact that I originally hid inside my fantasies because I was such a painfully shy child, and now I've put myself out there for the world to heckle or admire as they choose. 

The dream is J.K. Rowling. The reality is that she's probably made more money than every author who ever wrote a book in the history of the world combined. She's a fluke. A one-off. 

The reality is that I spend less time dreaming than ever before. Most of my dreams are focused on my next project, although I do indulge myself in the daily fantasy that Cassie Scot will go viral. (Psst... feel free to tell people about my book!) The reality is that she's selling well by all reasonable standards, but reasonable standards are not dream standards. The reality is that I spend more than half my day working as an editor in order to make ends meet as an author and that this is not likely to change anytime soon. 

And yet... 

I have fans. :) :) :)

The reality is harder than the dream, but the pay-off is immeasurably sweeter. There is no joy without pain, no success without risk, no reward without sacrifice. 

I am a dreamer living in the real world, sucking people into my fantasies one reader at a time. Thank you for your support. 

Christine Amsden



Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3)
Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

First Chapter:  (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one below.)

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Other titles in this series:

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

First Chapter:

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Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2)
Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

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Author Bio

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Praise for the Cassie Scot Series

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“Amsden continues the story of the only mundane member of a supernaturally-gifted family in this middling sequel to Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts a case involving a pair of magical girls who disappeared from summer camp. With the aid of the handsome Evan Blackwood, to whom Cassie is attracted despite her family’s disapproval and her own better judgment, she follows the trail of the missing girls. What she finds is a dark side of the magical world, and the hidden depths of her family’s past force her to reconsider long-held assumptions. The growing complexity of Cassie’s world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won’t-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery. An inconclusive ending is clearly intended to feed into the next volume.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

“When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Book Specifications

Title: Mind Games: a Cassie Scot novel
Author: Christine Amsden
Author web site:
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Genre: paranormal fantasy
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-279-5
    Format: 5.5x8.5 trade paperback; 276 pages; $17.95 USD
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-278-8; $6.50 USD
    Format: ebook in pdf, ePub, Kindle, Mobi, PRC, etc.
Distributors: Amazon Kindle; Apple iBookstore; Nook; Kobo Books; OmniLit, etc
Release date: April 15, 2014 ebook; June 15, 2014 trade paperback

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot - Book 2) (December 2013)

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (May 2013) 2013 Global Ebook Award winner

The Immortality Virus (June 2011), winner of the 2012 Eppie Award

Touch of Fate (November 2007)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Baby For Easter by Noelle Adams (Book blast, excerpt, special price and GIVEAWAY) GFT

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Noelle will be awarding the following prizes via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post:

* One winner will receive a $25 GC to Amazon or BN
* Two winners will receive signed paperbacks of Married for Christmas and A Baby for Easter
* Ten winners will receive their choice of ebook of any title from Noelle’s backlist.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Alice Grantham lost her fiancé and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Now, however, Alice was regretting her random impulse to put on a skirt that morning, since she was on her knees in front of the bookshelves, putting the last of the commentaries back in place.

At least no one was around to see her undignified position, with her skirt pushed up to her thighs to give herself freedom to move.

“Daniel,” a voice came from outside the office. “Daniel!”

She recognized the voice, but he was in the office before she could move or pull down her skirt. She froze as she looked over her shoulder, befuddled by Micah’s sudden appearance.

He seemed equally startled to discover her on the floor, after his eyes scanned the room for his absent brother. “Oh,” he said, standing in the doorway.

It took her a minute to pull herself together, but when she did she managed to smile. “He went to the hospital to see Mrs. Cooper.”

“Oh.” Micah was such a self-assured man that it was strange to see him so stumped.

Then there was a different sound in the office. It took Alice a few seconds to even identify it. It was so unexpected that she was sure it wasn’t right.

It sounded like a baby whimpering.

Finally, her eyes drifted down to something Micah was holding. A baby carrier. A baby carrier.

“Is that a baby?” she asked, her voice hoarse with surprise.

He looked down at the carrier as if he’d forgotten he held it. “Yeah.”

She scrambled to her feet, rather clumsily, and hurried over to look at the baby as he set the carrier on Daniel’s desk, right on top of the printed copy of sermon notes for Sunday.

She peered into the carrier and saw the baby—maybe four or five months old—wearing a pink sleeper. Her eyes were blue and grumpy, and her whimpers were quickly turning louder.

Instinctively, Alice reached out for the girl and pulled her up to rest against her shoulder, patting her back in a comforting manner.

Alice had always liked kids. She’d never had baby-fever, but she certainly knew what to do when one was starting to cry.

“What are you doing with her?” she asked Micah, who’d been staring at the baby with that same glazed look of bewilderment.

“I…I don’t know.”

“Well, whose is she?” Surely this baby hadn’t dropped from the sky into the back of Micah’s truck.

His features twisted slightly—maybe anxiety, maybe disbelief. “That’s the thing. I think…I think she’s mine.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton (review)


Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton is part of the ‘Hope’ series and contrasts the lives of Logan McCormack, a rancher whose life is turned upside down by Desiree Jenkins, the actress who is starring in a movie being filmed on his property.  Contrary to his expectations, the superstar is casual and forthright, and unashamed to impart her desires, including the fact that she wants Logan and is willing to engage in an intensely lusty relationship with him.  Unfortunately, Logan has a thick wall around his heart and finds many reasons to try to keep Desiree from deepening their relationship enough to make him feel vulnerable again.  Can a woman who is an expert at projecting make believe find a way to reach the man who refuses to embrace the concept of happy ever after?

This is a wonderful contemporary erotic romance that celebrates the importance of being true to oneself.  These two characters communicate instantly with their bodies in a deliciously spicy manner but it takes much longer to work through the insecurities of any new relationship, especially with the emotional baggage that each must deal with.  This author creates wonderful depth to her characters and provides a wealth of secondary stories which draw one into the story and make the reader feel like these people could be friends and neighbors.  The contrast between the warmth of small town atmosphere and the hectic, sometimes insane environment that surrounds the movie industry gives this story a nice texture, as does the secondary story of costar Colt and his challenges.  Despite the fact that this can be read as a stand-alone, I enjoyed the glimpses of characters who were evidently the key figures in the first in the series, “Hope Flames”, and I look forward to reading many more tales by this author set around the small town of Hope, Oklahoma.

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Other titles in this series:


          Hope Flames                     Hope Smolders Novella