Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Black Werewolves Box Set: The Dark Ones, The 24hourlies & Chased by Gaja J. Kos (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT


GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance



Enter the world where myth becomes reality, where long forgotten gods walk the earth, and where love forms bonds that cannot be broken even in the raging winds of battle.

Box set contains: The Dark Ones, The 24hourlies, Chased (novella)



Rose felt his muscles flex in graceful movement as he sprinted towards the courtyard that lay just beyond the alley. As soon as they left the narrowness of the walls, he leaped into the air and extended his wings, each bat taking them higher, until she could see the length of her street coming into full view below them. The simargl used the wind currents, leisurely taking her in a semi-circle around her neighborhood, before rising higher, his fur and his feathers shimmering in the unimpeded rays of sunlight.

The wind brushed against her skin as they gained speed; it would have been painful for a human, their less protected skin exposed to the elements like this, however, she welcomed the coolness it brought, knowing she still had the luxury of doing a half-shift at any time, should the strokes of fresh air become too aggressive for the tough, but nonetheless more sensitive human form.

The green landscape of Slovenia lay outstretched below them as the simargl kept a steady course, leaving the concrete circle of Ljubljana in the distance and taking them further southeast.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gaja J. Kos is the international bestselling author of the urban fantasy series BLACK WEREWOLVES and the erotic paranormal romance novellas DROWNED. She is also a bilingual poet with 12 published poetry collections.

Gaja resides in Celje, Slovenia, with her husband and two Chinese Crested dogs.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) LTP

Faith Hunter

Blurb: Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded — even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more….


Occam said, “Nell? What? What’s happening?”

“I think . . .” I turned and jogged to my right, to the baby car seat we had seen on the way in. “There’s a baby,” I whispered. “I didn’t feel it on my scan. Maybe because it’s in a car seat on a heavy rubberized frame.”

“Don’t touch it, Nell. Do not touch it. The baby will be contaminated.”

“I know.” But that might not matter. I dropped to a squat at the baby’s car seat, both knees up, off the ground, touching the dirt and grass with only my rubberized field boots. The little girl was dressed in pink, and she smelled of dirty diaper and sour milk and tears. She was sunburned, dark- haired, with green-brown eyes. My bloodlust withered and died at the sight of the child. I managed a deep, filling breath and blew it out.

The baby saw me and started squalling. “Can’t leave now. She’s thirsty. Hungry. Needs changing.” I looked around and saw a box of diapers and plastic-bottled formula, and everything I needed. “I can’t leave her here alone. And I can’t take her with me to contaminate the others. So it looks like I’m staying.”

“Stop, Nell. Don’t do this.”

CURSE ON THE LAND (Nell Ingram #2) | Faith Hunter | Roc Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 | 352 pages | November 1, 2016 | ISBN: 9780451473325 | Goodreads link

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About Faith Hunter:

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Find Faith online at her website, her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.



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My review:

4 out of 5 stars

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter is the second book in the ‘Soulwood’ series, and continues the saga of Nell Ingram’s journey as she becomes a vital part of the PsyLED (Psychometry Law Enforcement Division of Homeland Security) team. Finding a way to apply everything she has been taught in ‘Spook School’ while dealing with her personal issues such as the inimical being infecting her land, and trying to pass her probationary period has Nell reassessing her life and her approach to it. Using advanced technology to evaluate the particles named psysitopes, the team discovers that the new equipment and knowledge Nell has brought is going to get quite a workout because an epidemic of cases is rapidly spreading and the team is about to be handicapped by the upcoming full moon.

This urban fantasy series has spun off from the remarkable Jane Yellowrock tales and explores different facets of the world through the eyes of a woman whose existence has changed dramatically from a simplistic and self-effacing role to that of protector and proactive problem-solver. I think that the author set the bar so high with Jane’s stories that it is difficult to maintain that intensity in this series, since the framework has to be established.

There are sections that were a little slow for me, particularly with respect to what Nell learned while away at school and the meters that become more and more critical to the case, but these were interspersed with amazing and sometimes disquieting events, both in the world and within Nell herself. I love that there is an evolution within these stories and many of the players become more 3-dimensional, while others demonstrate amazing sentience and provide tendrils to connect to future stories. The felid members of the team definitely provide interesting twists and I was delighted by the cameo appearance by Jane. Although I didn’t enjoy this portion of Nell’s journey as wholeheartedly as I did the first story in the series, it still was an impressive addition to the collection and makes me anxious to continue to accompany Nell on her voyage of self-discovery and find out what other earthshaking changes she can catalyze in the world around her.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Contests, giveaways, and musings...

Night Owl Reviews has a Reader Hallowpalooza Scavenger Hunt at this link

Romance Books 4 Us has an October Halloween Ghost contest (ending very soon) at this link

There's a Spooktacular Giveaway Hop at this link has tons of contests at this link, and Sunday, Oct. 30, is hosting the Halloween Mash. Register ahead of time at this link.

Don't forget to check my blogposts for the past week, there are several great contests hosted by individual authors still open


I'm very behind on a myriad of things (including responding to all of you wonderful people who take the time to visit this blog and leave comments and enter the contests) but it's partly because I haven't figured out a way to increase the number of hours in a day, lol.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the fascinating folks who put on the InD'Scribe conference that was held locally recently, and when I get my act together (hopefully) I will post about my experiences there, getting to know some of the remarkable authors who have gone the Indie route or who are juggling both worlds. I will share with you a picture of one of my favorite sights...

Dragon courtesy of the effervescent TJ McKay!

My hubby and I are both challenged and blessed to have both his mother (who is 88) and her very good friend (who is 87) in our lives. Together they have a myriad of medical challenges and life has become a whirlwind of doctors' appointments and caregiving tasks which take up much of our time.

There is also a lot of compromise involved, as each lady has very determined opinions of what is and is not acceptable or desirable in life. We have learned to go with the flow and do our best but realize that each of these very remarkable women has her own way of approaching life and it is not up to us to force our dictates, no matter how clearly we see that something should be done otherwise. That doesn't mean that a little judicious tweaking doesn't happen sometimes, it just means that we have learned the phrase, "It is what it is."

Which brings me to my own challenges. I wear several hats...editor, reviewer, proofreader, blogger, tour addition to the personal ones, including gardener and all-around house elf. So, my apologies when things get delayed a bit, I'm juggling as fast as I can, but I do take time to do some things for fun...and that includes chatting with other readers, some of whom are authors or reviewers or have other roles in the publishing industry.

Recently, the gracious folks at have allowed their chat moderator to start a Friday evening chat. It's at 6 p.m. Pacific and we would love it if more folks start popping in to share what they're reading or what they want to read, and to visit with the authors we are coaxing to join us. Mark your calendars and come by, we'll be happy to show you the ropes!  Link
Once you get to know us, perhaps you'll join us throughout the week as we chat with various featured authors!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Second Chance by Suzi Macdonald (Release Day Blitz) Roane Publishing


Second Chance
A Contemporary Romance Novel
By Suzi Macdonald
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Keywords: Contemporary Romance, Second Chances, Reunion, First Love, Decisions, Family

Blurb:  Teige Adams fell for the dazzling Alexandra "Zani" Fairmichael in high school, but Zani was far too sophisticated to fall for a tall, geeky misfit like Teige. Twenty years later, he is a successful photographer with a string of glamorous ex-girlfriends behind him, and Zani has become plain Allie Brown, the mother of demanding teenage twins.

When Teige discovers Allie has separated from her husband and is moving back to their hometown, he is determined to try for a second chance at the girl he never had. But Allie, on the rebound from a difficult marriage, isn’t certain what (or who) she wants. Plus, Teige’s slightly unhinged ex-fiancée and Allie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband have their own ideas about who Teige and Allie should be with. And then there is Katie, who is certain Teige is "The One" for her.

Will Teige finally win Allie’s heart – or is it too late for a second chance?



“I’m sorry I ran away and left you,” I murmured against his chest. His arms felt

so safe and strong and forgiving. He smelled of booze and leather and perfume, and

something salty and bittersweet underneath, like…

Like sweat. And sex.

I pulled back a little so I could see his face but I wasn’t ready to relinquish
those arms yet, no matter what my head was trying to tell me. “Where were you
tonight? Were you out?”

He shook his head. “I’ve been at home. I left Jake at the hotel at about, oh,
five o’clock?”

I didn’t really want to ask, but I couldn’t stop myself. “Alone?”

He hesitated and that told me more than any words. My heart dropped like a

“With Eva?” I asked hesitantly, not sure how I would feel about that at all.

“No, not Eva.” He tried for a smile. “Someone I was taking pictures of, that’s
“A job? After being in the pub all afternoon?” Even I wasn’t that credulous.

“More of a favor for a, um, friend.” His eyes were soft but there was something
in them that warned me to leave it at that. Because if I asked he might just tell. And I
honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to know. His arms tightened around me.

“So what are you doing here?”

I felt the chuckle rumble through his chest and some of the tension left his
body. “I just wanted to see you, that’s all.”

“At midnight? When you’ve been drinking?”

“You’re worth the risk.”

What girl could resist? He tilted my head up and kissed me softly. He tasted of
toothpaste with a slightly sour side of old wine. But he was still Teige.

“Do you want to come in for a coffee or something before you go back?”

He shook his head. “I’m OK. I stopped drinking hours ago. Anyway, I don’t
want to upset those excitable girls of yours.” He glanced up to the bedroom window
even though I was sure we were invisible, tucked up as we were in front of the door.
“Listen, I wanted to ask… will you come to the reunion with me on Friday?”

My heart fluttered. “Like–a date?”

He grinned. “Yeah. Like a date.”

I hesitated for a second although I didn’t really need to think about it. I just
wanted to enjoy the look of anticipation on his face. “OK then.”

He nodded slowly as if he had never been in any doubt I would accept. “Call
you tomorrow?”

I nodded. He smiled. And then he was gone.

I watched him climb onto his bike and with a final wave he roared off down the
street, gunning the engine unnecessarily and setting off the neighbor’s yappy dog.
The cloud from his exhaust hung in the air for a few moments, as if he had left
something of himself behind. And I couldn’t help smiling as I closed the door.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cowboy to Command by Sabrina York (spotlight, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) ADULT title

by Sabrina York

 is an ADULT title

A man with a secret… A woman with a plan
The second sexy, Stripped Down novel from the author of Stud for Hire.


Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true...

Satisfaction is the name of the game at the Double S Ranch, where the men are more than willing to play. They come from all walks of life, and each has their own reason for dancing for a lady’s pleasure.

A former Navy SEAL, Brandon Stewart started dancing after an injury in the field put him out of commission. The power he commands when a woman’s eyes are locked on him makes Brandon feel like the man he used to be. But when he meets Porsche, Brandon has never felt more stripped bare.

The spirited beauty needs a handsome fake boyfriend to make another man jealous. But Brandon is determined to prove to Porsche that pretending with him is nothing compared to the real thing...

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Dougal scampered around them, chasing dust whorls, but Brandon’s attention was on Porsche’s face. He was loath to let her go. “So, did you and Claire come up with any brilliant ideas?” He wasn’t truly interested, but this was as good a ploy as any to keep her here. For a while longer at least.
Porsche threw back her head and laughed. Her eyes sparkled and her parted lips tantalized him. “No. We got distracted.” She leaned closer. “We often do.”

“What distracted you?”

She pinned an innocent look on her face. “Lisa was making profiteroles.”

“What the hell are profiteroles?”

“Choux à la crème,” she said with a wave of her hand.

He laughed. “Still in the dark.”

“Cream puffs.”

Now that he understood. “I should probably go visit the kitchen.”

“Good luck with that. Claire’s in there. We call her Hooverlips.” 

“That is hardly kind.”

“Maybe not. But true. She does love to eat.”

Dougal spotted another dust whorl and shot off in yet another direction. The leash wound around their legs and they, perforce drew closer. And damn, he loved the feel of her pressing against his chest and groin, her smile, her laugh as she fell against him.

She gazed up into his eyes and said, “I think we’re trapped.”

“I think so too.” But he could hardly complain. Until she tried to wiggle free.

Then again, he did like the wiggling.

They both laughed as they became even more inextricably entwined and then, all of a sudden, Porsche froze. Her gaze, wide and welcoming, snapped to his. “Oh, kiss me now,” she gushed and his heart thumped. She wrapped her arms around his neck and went up on her tiptoes and pursed her lips.

Though he was hardly disinclined, he was surprised. What had incited this sudden and incongruous passion? He stared at her in shock as his body went on point, hummed, trilled with exhilaration and excitement.

“Hurry,” she said. “He’s watching.”

He’s watching.

Well hell. His mood plummeted. He should have realized. He should have expected as much. He was a fool for thinking she suddenly wanted to kiss him.

He was struck with an immediate anger, and at the same time, a scorching determination.

Kiss her?

He’d give her a kiss she would never forget.

He took her cheeks in his hands and tipped her head a bit to the side and stared at her. “Are you ready?” he asked in a whisper.

She blinked. “I…ah…yes.”

But still, he waited, staring at her lips, so full and lush. He’d waited so long to taste her, the anticipation itself was delicious. Slowly, he lowered his head and he brushed his mouth over hers, a tease and nothing more. Then he did it again.

Good God, she was delectable.  Soft, sweet, a velvety heaven. She tasted of sugar and a hint of chocolate with an undertone of…Porsche. He wanted to sink into her. Consume her.

So he did.

He deepened the kiss, investing in it all his desire, his hope, his passion.

And God help him, she responded.

She tightened her hold and pressed against him and made little mewling sounds that set his body on fire.

He leaned into the kiss, bending her back, grasping for all he could reach.

It became a conflagration, a wild storm swirling them both in a savage whirlwind of gargantuan proportions that was—


An annoying voice came from his left. Brandon attempted to ignore it.


He lifted his head and stared down into Porsche’s eyes. He was gratified that she seemed dazed and boneless. Really gratified when she reached up for another kiss. And that, of course, set him off again as well. He couldn’t get enough.

Not ever.

“Hello? People? That’s good. You can disengage.” Claire—for that was who it was—attempted to pull them apart.

“But Cody’s watching,” Porsche murmured, snuggling in closer.

“He’s gone.”

To Brandon’s disgruntlement, she eased back, still staring into his eyes. “He’s gone,” she whispered.

“I heard,” he said. But he couldn’t resist one more kiss. Just one.
And damn it all to hell. Why hadn’t Cody stayed just a little longer?

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Stud for Hire 08/16/2016
Spurred On 01/17/2017 


The Real McCoy (Prequel #1) 

About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance. 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday's Child by Rosemary Morris (VET, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) GFT

Sunday’s Child
by Rosemary Morris


GENRE: Historical Romance



Georgianne Whitley’s beloved father and brothers died in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. While she is grieving for them, she must deal with her unpredictable mother’s sorrow, and her younger sisters’ situation caused by it.

Georgianne’s problems increase when the arrogant, wealthy but elderly Earl of Pennington, proposes marriage to her for the sole purpose of being provided with an heir. At first she is tempted by his proposal, but something is not quite right about him. She rejects him not suspecting it will lead to unwelcome repercussions.


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His lordship chuckled. “We are in agreement about my nephew. Now, say you will marry me.”

Georgianne executed a small curtsy. “I cannot marry a man with whom I am unacquainted,” she replied. Her heart was full of turmoil as her younger sisters’ welfare remained uppermost in her mind. She loved them and had promised her late father she would always look after them if necessary. She knew she must find a way to keep her promise because Mamma…. No, she would not think of it now.

Pennington smiled, revealing stained teeth. “I like you even more for your caution, Miss Whitley. Another young lady might have succumbed to all I could give her.”

She must explain her refusal to marry him. “Papa said I should not marry the first gentleman who proposed to me. He told me I should be certain of my affections, instead of being swayed by society’s determination to see every young lady betrothed by the end of her first season. As you know, I have yet to enjoy the London Season.”

“I hope we will become better acquainted with each other when you come to town.” The earl frowned. “You will do so, will you not?”

She nodded, deep in thought. In spite of his title, and riches, did she want to get to know him better? Could she bring herself to marry an old man for her sisters’ sake? Yet she might enjoy being indulged by him.

Major Tarrant and Viscount Langley entered the drawing room, splendid in their red uniforms ablaze with gold braid and gold buttons. Georgianne saw them glance at each other as though they sensed something disturbing had taken place.

“Lord Pennington.” The major bowed.

“How do you do,” Viscount Langley said. “We met you at the levee when we made our bow to the Prince Regent.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I write historical fiction, so I am fortunate to be only a 20 minute train journey from London, which offers so many possibilities for research about times past. So many things spark my imagination. During the last two years I took an open tour bus ride around London. Amongst the sky scrapers and modern buildings Old London can be discovered, including the street which J.K.Rowling used as a model for Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter series.

For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed studying history, reading historical non-fiction, historical fiction and its sub-genres. I enjoy novels in which the characters’ behaviour is appropriate for the era in which they lived.

The more I read the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between historical periods and my own. Our ancestors shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were different to ours. One of the most striking examples is the position of women and children in society in bygone ages.

I don’t think it is possible for a novelist to be 100% accurate about life in former ages. However, the characters in my novels are of their time, not ones dressed in costume who behave like 21st century women. Of course, it is almost impossible to completely understand our ancestors, but through extensive research I ensure my characters observe the social etiquette of their lives and times.

My previously published novels, set in the early 18th century and in the ever popular Regency era, and my previously unpublished historical fiction will be published by Books We Love as e-book editions and paper books.




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Monday, October 17, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by Lisa Renee Jones (Release Day Blitz and GIVEAWAY)

Behind Closed Doors
by Lisa Renee Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2016


From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones comes a brand new gripping and provocative novel that ties into her bestselling Careless Whispers and Inside Out series. You can enjoy this as a standalone, but fans of Careless Whispers and Inside Out will get an exciting glimpse of who Ella really is and some of the secrets she's been hiding from everyone she knows.

Desperate to pay for law school, Skye tries her hand at auction hunting with her friend Ella, only to find a poker chip and a note leading to an offsite locker. The next thing she knows, Jason “Red Bull” Wise—a famous, millionaire poker player—is at her door, accusing her of blackmail. Innocent, she swears he’s wrong. He rolls the dice and believes her, impulsively inviting her along to Las Vegas. And remarkably, cautious Skye takes a risk, finding herself seduced by this dangerously alluring man, on his private jet, and finally living life to the fullest. But there is more than passion waiting for Skye and Jason in Vegas when blackmail takes a deadly turn.

A note from the author: Please be aware that BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was once released as just 3 chapters on my website and Storage Treasures. I have since fully completed this novel into 21 chapters (plus an epilogue). Readers will get a FULL-LENGTH book and finally learn the rest of Skye and Jason's story! The middle and end to this book have NEVER been published before so please take time to check it out!


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Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Lisa is hosting a special giveaway for her readers! For this giveaway EVERYONE who enters will receive the first two chapters of SURRENDER (Careless Whispers #3, finale!) months earlier than she's releasing them publicly! And they'll be entered in the contest for the grand prizes of a Coach Purse, $100 Amazon gift card or 1 of 2 sold out Kylie Lip Kits!

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