Lady Reader’s Bookstuff Blog Tours Presents: Act Accordingly by C. E. Hansen; Guest Post, Excerpt, Spotlight & #Giveaway

ACT ACCORDINGLY 

By C.E. Hansen
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Paperback, 472 pages

Genre: Erotic Romance/Adult/Fiction
Twenty-six-year-old Nic Maretta is having a bad year.
She just found out that the man she was in love with and planned to marry is just that, married. So she does what any normal woman would do. She gets drunk, brushes herself off and swears off love forever.
She is thankful to have a best friend that not only loves her, but accepts the new ‘Nic’. This new Nic has decided to live life on her own terms, mocking convention; as well as her own situations. It’s goodbye heartache and hello sexual freedom. After all, what’s good for the goose, is good for the woman who likes sex! Or something along those lines.
Until she accidentally bumps into Brendon…
He is immediately taken in by her beauty and tenacity. She is instantly turned on by his good looks and sex appeal.
One crazy night, one too many champagnes and way too many phone contacts, Nic throws caution to the wind and calls Brendon. To her surprise he comes running.
Game on! 

C.E. Hansen is an American writer who wrote her first romance novel at age fourteen when she discovered writing about boys and girls was way easier than actually having a relationship of her own. Since that time, her communication skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her writing has. After earning an associate’s degree in literature from WC, she worked in a bus company, a law office and a wine/gourmet food shoppe, but she never abandoned writing.
She’s a proud mother of a beautiful daughter, lives in New Jersey with her husband and Maltese Zoe, and if she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching cable television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to chocolate.
C.E. Hansen’s debut novel IT’S A CRIME was released May 2013, her follow up novel IT’S A SHAME, was released November 11th, 2013.
Her latest, ACT ACCORDINGLY, takes a turn from her normal. Instead of a thriller/suspense, it is a romantic comedy with a healthy injection of spice! 

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Guest Post

“I slowly opened my eyes and took in my environment. I had been lying in a half-awake, half-asleep state, listening to the strange noises that were charged through the air. They weren’t strange in the sense that I’d not heard them before. They were strange because I couldn’t think of a reason I would be hearing them.

A multitude of horns blaring indiscriminately. The steady hum of people talking, shouting; their words indistinct.

I had been here before, but not like this. Not in this place. I could feel my eyes widen as I took in the décor. The large four poster bed I was laying on top off, the rich silkiness of the sheets touching my body. My body…where were my clothes?

I ran my hand under the sheets and confirmed that I indeed was not wearing any clothing.

I slowly sat up. There was a fire in the wall fireplace and the room was overly hot.

The room. What room was I in? How did I get here?

I slowly got out of the bed and was grateful for the fire as the cool air brought a rush of goose bumps to my skin. I looked around for my clothes, but saw nothing familiar.

Walking over to the closet I opened it to find it was not a closet but instead a bathroom. A large, modern bathroom. Seeing a robe draped over a hook, I quickly pulled it on, tying the sash around my midsection.

I was more than confused as I looked around the strange room. There was something vaguely familiar. I opened the door and stepped into the hallway.

“Hello?”

No one answered. I walked down the hall the sound of my bare feet padding echoed off the bare walls. I stopped short when the hallway turned into a large, gourmet like kitchen. The appliances, all stainless steel, looked brand new. The large island with a small sink at on end had four tall chairs, the top covered with a bouquet of fresh flowers. I walked in further.

“Hello? Is anyone here?”

Nothing.

Walking into what appeared to be the living room I saw the elegant yet welcoming furnishings. A large sofa, faded soft brown leather, a massive table and to large club chairs, of the same leather. Pillows scattered everywhere. The plush area rug cushioned my feet.

Pretty room.

At this point I was beyond confused. I had a nagging feeling that I had been here once before.

The sound of a cell phone ringing nearly caused me to shout out. I nearly jumped out of my skin as my heart raced.

I walked over to the counter and looked down at the caller ID. I didn’t recognize the number. The ringing abruptly stopped and I let out my breath, unaware I’d been holding it in until then.

Without warning, the phone rang again. Same number. I don’t know why but I picked it up.

“Hello?”

Word of the day. Hello.

“What the hell took you so long?”

“What?”

“Stop being such an ass. I’m downstairs waiting. Please don’t tell me you aren’t dressed.”

“Who is this?” I was totally lost.

“Will you please go inside and get dressed?”

“Where are my clothes?”

“You’re asking me? Look in your closet you idiot and hurry up.”

“I…um…I”

“Just get dressed and get down here. Now.”

The call was killed.

I walked purposefully back to the bedroom and opened another door, this time finding the closet I set out to find earlier.

Inside were racks and racks of clothes, all beautiful, all costly and all not mine. But seeing I had nothing to wear, I quickly chose a pair of designer jeans and held them to my body. They looked like they would fit. I pulled a sweater off a hanger and noticed a pair of really nice boots on the shoe rack.

Taking my booty out to the bed, I opened a few drawers of the dresser until I found a bra and a pair of panties.

I quickly got dressed. There was a purse laying on the top of the dresser. I looked inside finding keys. I pulled the boots on and walked back down the hall towards the front door. The heels of the boots tapping against the hard wood floor. Pulling the keys out of the purse, I opened the door and inserted one key into the lock, it didn’t budge. I tried the next key. Bingo!

I stepped into the hall and locked the door behind me.

Once in the elevator, I glanced at the shinny lacquer wall getting a glimpse of my reflection…only it wasn’t MY reflection. Raising my hand to my face, I ran my fingers over my eyes, nose and my gaping mouth. The reflection followed my moves step by step.

The doors opened and I stepped out, all the while watching my reflection do the same thing.

What the hell is going on here? Who was that woman reflected back at me?

Walking out the door I saw a beautiful blonde woman standing on the sidewalk next to a large Mercedes limo. She was talking with a policeman.

“There she is.” She said as she turned to look at me. “Told you she’d be out in a second. Thank you officer.” She smiled brightly at him. He was dazed by her beauty, as was I. “Nic, stop standing there looking like an idiot. We almost got a ticket waiting for you. What the hell took you so long?” She said under her breath as she grabbed my upper arm and nearly shoved me into the opened door of the car.

“What are you doing?” My tone indignant.

“What do you think silly. Get in and move over, the guys are waiting for us.”

“Who is waiting? Guys? Who are y…” I didn’t get to finish my question.

“No, you got it wrong, Rick and Brendon are waiting. The airheads will not be joining us so get that horrified look off your face.” She was smug, but somehow funny. I could feel myself smile.

“I’m dreaming… I get it now.” I leaned back against the car seat.

“Not quite.” She shook her head exasperated.

I looked out the window, watching as taxis darted in and out of traffic. We rode through the canyons of buildings I’d seen so many times before. I knew I was in New York. But how, why and with whom….that were questions that needed to be answered.

The car came to a stop in front of a lovely bistro.

“Come on, we’re late.”

I slid out of the car and stood on the sidewalk.

The woman pulled me by my hand and we walked into the bistro right over to a table near the window. A handsome man stood and she dropped my hand to walk into his waiting arms. She kissed him hard on the mouth and I stood there like a slack jawed idiot.

“Will you get over here.”

I stepped closer, not sure why, and the handsome man leaned in and hugged me.

“You feeling alright?” He asked.

“She’s probably hungover.” The sassy woman said. “Oh here he is.”

I saw her eyes move from me to the door behind me. I spun around and saw what I can only describe as the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen walking towards us.

“Dear Lord.”

I believe I said that out loud.

“Hey baby.” He said before taking me in his arms and kissing me squarely on the mouth. If it were possible to combust I would have. He was that hot.

“Hello?”

“Damn Nic, you look amazing,” he leaned in towards my ear, “And totally edible.” His whispered breath in my ear and along my cheek had me swooning. He had to grab me before I fell. “You okay babe?”

“I’m…um…”

“She’s hung over.”

“I am not hung over.” I was getting pissed off here. I said staring directly at the beautiful blonde, sparks flying out of my eyes. My anger quickly melting as I looked back at the beautiful man standing next to me, “I think I’m in love.” I really believed I fell in love at first sight. I pulled his head back down to mine and kissed him with all the fervor I could muster.

“Get a room you too.” The handsome man said.

“I should think you’re in love, Brendon, you sure you want to get married?”

‘Brendon’ laughed. The sound was like music.

Married? Married?

The answer is YES, I would most definitely leave my world for my ‘book’ world. At least for a little while…”

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Adele – Turning Tables
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Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts
The Script – Breakeven
Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself In Pain
Julia Holter – Hello Stranger
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Excerpt Azra’s senses were overcome with wonder. The miniature figures flitting about them like the most brilliant of dragonflies, were fairy children. All had the silvery wings, long red curling locks and amber eyes that shone as brightly as gold; but their sizes were as varied as the individual features on each mischievous face. Some were the size of the two elderly fairies who escorted them through the throng, others were as tiny as her hand, while many others ranged the size in-between. Azra was fascinated by all of them. But the tiny mites who were no bigger than her whole hand, gained most of her attention. They seemed to represent the fairies from which legends sprang, in reality; they appeared to be the youngest of the fairy children. Laughter, giggles, and whispers were a constant barrage of noise around them as they proceeded. Many times as they traversed carefully through the tiny bodies, fairy children would hover in front of their faces like hummingbirds, their cherub faces merry and curious. More than once, she felt the soft brush of a silken wing against her cheek, almost as if the children were using their wings to give them a kiss of hello. Azra thought it strange, but very interesting, that Bretuck had more than his share of female fairies hovering about his face in a constant, ever-shifting flow of excited, tiny figures. When they reached the other end of the valley, a line of impressive, majestic oaks were at the end of the short trek. The elder fairy turned to the flock of children who’d followed them. “Go play children, you can visit with them later.” Reluctantly, it seemed, the tiny figures left in groups, dozens of dazzling bodies flitting off together.

 — What people are saying –

“A cheeky read with a sassy female heroine who tells it like it is!!!”–Nice and Naughty Book Club 

“…a quick and sexy read”–Lynn on Goodreads

“The writing was funny, hot and you get that feeling that you are in the book :) The main character sometimes “talks” to the reader, and it made me feel like she was talking to me and I was a part of the story!”–Trude Antonie on Goodreads

“C.E. Hansen you did a freaking fabulous job with this book!!! Please give me more ;)” – Amazon customer

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RBTL Presents: Demon Killer by Myra Nour; Review

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Title: Demon Killer
Author: Myra Nour
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 2014 (Originally Published in a Anthology Shifter, NCP in 2002)
Editions/Formats Available In: eBook
Rating:  5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from RBTL World of Books Blog Tours and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Demon Killer

 

Blurb/Synopsis:

Attacked by a soldier of the demon race, a young woman has a child from their union. To her horror, he bears the mark of the demon, and her people will stop at nothing to kill it. Being part fairy, Azra uses her magic to try and save her child from his demon blood. In spite of her best efforts, he briefly turns into the monstrous Sartwor beast, slaying her entire village.

A perilous journey to the home of the pure blood fairies ensues as she races to save Bretuck before he turns into the beast again. This time she may not be able to pull him from the grasp of the creature ruling his body. Can a mother’s love prevail over her son’s cursed blood?

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Excerpt:

Azra’s senses were overcome with wonder. The miniature figures flitting about them like the most brilliant of dragonflies, were fairy children. All had the silvery wings, long red curling locks and amber eyes that shone as brightly as gold; but their sizes were as varied as the individual features on each mischievous face.

Some were the size of the two elderly fairies who escorted them through the throng, others were as tiny as her hand, while many others ranged the size in-between. Azra was fascinated by all of them. But the tiny mites who were no bigger than her whole hand, gained most of her attention. They seemed to represent the fairies from which legends sprang, in reality; they appeared to be the youngest of the fairy children. Laughter, giggles, and whispers were a constant barrage of noise around them as they proceeded.

Many times as they traversed carefully through the tiny bodies, fairy children would hover in front of their faces like hummingbirds, their cherub faces merry and curious. More than once, she felt the soft brush of a silken wing against her cheek, almost as if the children were using their wings to give them a kiss of hello.

Azra thought it strange, but very interesting, that

Bretuck had more than his share of female fairies hovering about his face in a constant, ever-shifting flow of excited, tiny figures.

When they reached the other end of the valley, a line of impressive, majestic oaks were at the end of the short trek.

The elder fairy turned to the flock of children who’d followed them. “Go play children, you can visit with them later.”

Reluctantly, it seemed, the tiny figures left in groups, dozens of dazzling bodies flitting off together.

 

Author Information

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Myra has been published since 2001 with Ellora’s Cave and New Concepts Publishing. She decided in 2014 to take some of her books the Indie route, starting with Demon Killer. Myra loves to write stories with a mix of romance, s/f, paranormal and fantasy elements. Since April 2012 she is the CEO and co-owner of BTS Book Reviews, a digital magazine dedicated to promoting authors work and bringing great books to readers. Magazine at: www.btsemag.com.

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My Thoughts:

Azra has a son named Bretuck that’s the apple of her eye. But he hasn’t had the best of beginnings. Then she reminisces so that the reader can see what her childhood was like – a time where she had to grow up fast ~ how her son came to be. The reader can almost feel the fear and wonderment that Azra feels – this goes to show how well this author gets her readers hooked into a story.

Myra shows her readers that demons may not necessarily be a person but an agenda that people feel is right in their own mind.   It shows how people have a hard time accepting those that are different or what is considered outside the norm but they don’t think anything about using that person either. People have a way of being hurtful and then they can turn on a dime and make it physical.

You will find that this is a hard book to put down so time can be your enemy especially if you read this book late into the night and have to get up early for work the next day. Be prepared, at times this is a heart-wrenching tale of how a mother and son must fight to survive. Which makes this the best kind of love story – a mother’s love for her child. Because of society, we see how it changes the innocence of a child but as a parent, we can have a hand in changing the path a child may take.

The reader will find that this is a story that is full of life lessons if you are just willing to hear but our author does it in such a way that you may not realize it until the scene is over. You will be smiling by the end and hoping that another story will show more about this mother and son – even though this is listed as a stand alone. I tried to find out what our author has coming next but no luck there. Good news is she has plenty of other books to read if you loved this one like I did.

Loving the Book Launch Party Presents: Cover Reveal of Termination Rule by Alaina Stanford

Today the big feature is Alaina Stanford!

She has a brand new book, with an eye popping new cover!

First lets start off with a little bit about Alaina, here is her Author Bio:

I have one of those brains that won’t turn off at night.  Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure. It wasn’t long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.
I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children, I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born. The HJ characters are like a family to me. They are foolish, daring, resourceful, passionate and dedicated to their friends.
My love for Science Fiction gave birth to the Treborel Series. It’s a paranormal Sci-Fi romance featuring a psychotic villain and a multiple layer of hero’s fighting to survive the chaos.
I write about how friendship and love can carry you through situations that you might not otherwise survive. You will find my stories exciting and steamy, but I am not an erotic writer. My stories fade to dark when the steam begins to rise, but take it from me, the steam does rise and emotions do soar.
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Termination Rule book Blurb:

The best rule to avoid an active shooter is prevention. But what happens when prevention doesn’t work?
Jake’s first job working in the warehouse for Mason introduces him to Devin, a retired undercover police officer. As head of security for the entire contact center complex Devin’s influence gives Jake the courage to save a young office assistant, Mia from Paul’s unwanted advance.
When Paul is terminated and returns to the complex seeking revenge Jake turns to his new mentor for help.  Will Jake escape the active shooter? Will he be the hero once more and save Mia from a fate worse than death? 
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Enchanted Book Promotions Presents: Someone Like You by Karen Rock; Review & #Giveaway

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Enchanted Book Promotions and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Someone Like You

 

 

Title: Someone Like You

Author: Karen Rock

Genre: Contemporary, Sweet Romance

Rating:  4 1/2 stars

You can’t program love…or can you? 

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?

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Excerpt: FIRST KISS

“I don’t need to be around other people,” he said drily, his gaze never leaving hers. “Except you.”

Heated blood rushed through her. That was treacherous thinking—for both of them.

“But if you used the app, you’d find the right girlfriend. Want to be with her. You can’t waste your time on someone like me. I’ll never be more than a friend.”

He closed the distance between them in one stride and eyed her. “Sure about that?”

And suddenly, he pulled her into his arms, his strong body enfolding her. His lips lowered then paused, his heated eyes questioning. Was he waiting for her to refuse him?

Her bones melted against him, and her resolve to keep things professional crumbled.

She wanted this kiss as badly as she’d ever wanted anything. She stretched up on her tiptoes and heard him groan as his lips swept down and captured hers, the caress as feather soft as the dragonfly’s wings.

He pulled the band around her bun loose, and her hair tumbled down her back, his hands burying themselves in it. When he deepened their kiss, his mouth slanting firmly against hers, her skin heated. Their hearts pounded together, and she breathed in his minty breath, tasting the strawberries they’d eaten earlier. Wanting him closer, she traced his bunching back muscles, loving their hardness and strength.

When his lips left hers and traveled along her jaw, she fitted herself against him closer still, needing to feel all of him. As his lips slid along her earlobe then down her neck, the world tilted and spun madly in the wrong direction.

She cupped his face and brought it back to hers, wanting his mouth again, the caress deepening into a demanding kiss that left her breathless and clutching on to his shoulders when her knees weakened.

At last he stopped, and they stared at each other, chests heaving, breath coming in fits and starts.

“Still sure?” he murmured, his eyes searching hers. Struck dumb, she nodded automatically, her gesture making him scowl, disappointment in his eyes. When he strode out of the pavilion, her fingers traced her swollen lips

How had she let that happen?

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Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. With her co-author, Joanne Rock, she’s penned the CAMP BOYFRIEND series with Spencer Hill Press under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. She also writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Enterprises. Her wholesome romance, Heartwarming novels have won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes and hiking. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. To find out about her upcoming releases, appearance and latest news, visit http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites or Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5 She’d love to connect with you!

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My Thoughts:

This author shows her readers what returning vets must be feeling. This story can also be an affirmation not to give up on any of the soldiers who seem to have trouble adjusting to being home. But patience has to be your friend because anything worth fighting for may take some time on your part. And they just may need a little push from a loved one to get them to feel a part of something again.

Families also have a hard time adjusting. This is a story of love, life, and death and how they affect both adults and children. This story may be hard to read at times, depending on your own life experiences, but I think you’ll find that it’s worth your time. Also, it shows all the hard work that must have gone into getting this story to sound so realistic – whether it’s personal experience or research.

Karen shows the reader that you don’t need sex to have a great book – you just need to be able to feel a connection between the two main characters. She also shows the reader that you may think you know someone and then they turn around and walk all over you but you need to be strong enough to show how much of a better person you are and don’t stoop to their level. It was a great read from start to finish and a great incentive to read more of this author’s work. And I’m looking forward to reading her next book coming out in December titled A League of Her Own.

Loving the Book Presents: Grading Him & Reaching Her by Elizabeth Lynx; Reviews & #Giveaways

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received these books for review from Loving the Book Blog Tour and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Grading Him by Elizabeth Lynx
Book 1, Him Her Them Series
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 77 pages/2522KB
Date: July 28, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Told in the first person.

Book Blurb:

Josephine Powell is an intelligent assistant professor of Psychology. She is a woman who knows what she wants, a man she would be happy giving a grade A to in the bedroom. Unfortunately, she has yet to meet a man that even comes close. She’s tired of dealing with men who just don’t try, she needs a man who can handle her and her needs.

Pierce Carver is a smart man. So, smart he got out of the slums of Baltimore to go to MIT and make a lot of money so he never has to visit his old neighborhood ever again. He’s not interested in making money anymore; he’s interested in only two things, his charity to help inner city youth and woman. The later he prefers variety, as in one good lay and then out the door you go. Women are for sex and nothing more.

Josephine meet Pierce.

Pierce meet Josephine.

Can they handle what each wants and needs?

Snippets:

“If you keep that up Pierce we’ll never make it back to your place.”

Confused I lower her arm and let go.

“My place?”

She pushed me away and walks back toward the hall, but turns to look at me before she disappears.

“Yeah, your place. I’m hungry though, I hope you have some food. I want to make sure I have all the energy I need for when you fuck me so long and hard I forget what decade I’m in and start quoting ‘Wayne’s World’.”

She turns and is gone.

It’s a good thing because I just fell to my knees and slumped over. If someone was watching they would think I was having a heart attack. I’m not having the heart attack, my dick is.

AND

Doesn’t she know how she can melt asphalt with a look or an iceberg by a sound? I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore. All I know is I want to hear her come and see her smile and taste her and feel her and god damn this is too much. I need all of her.

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My Thoughts:

Josephine and her friend Luna like to see if their dates make the grade. You will understand this more when you come upon the scene where she explains that system. She’s a woman who is very particular and knows what she wants. She then meets Pierce. This is the book where you find out what life is like for Pierce – he’s a self-made man.

Our author doesn’t make this all about our main characters, you get teasers about the secondary ones. This is one reason this book would be considered a page-turner. You will see that Luna is Jos’ support system. Some scenes and language are graphic but that’s just one thing that shows the personality of the characters.

As a reader, we don’t know what sensations a character feels and we rely on the author to convey them and this is what enhances your reading pleasure. Our author does a good job of giving that to her readers. She shows how creative a couple can be in the bedroom. It just may give you some ideas as to what you can try in your own bedroom – your partner may just love it.

I happened to read book two first and found that you could read each book as a stand-alone but as you get to the end of this read you’ll realize that it’s not the end of Jos and Pierce’s story. These books flow from one to the other and if you don’t want to break that flow then you’ll want to read them in order. For some of us the Fall season is here and this means that things are going to start to get more hectic so if you only have a short amount of reading time then this will fit the bill.

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Grew up in Maryland and lived an average life. In college I was a theater major, but wasn’t that good at acting so I left the acting world behind once I graduated. I did keep up writing my comedy sketches and eventually pursued Improv. That took me to Chicago where I was in the Second City Conservatory Program. But, like much of my life and to my husband’s chagrin, I gave up Improv. I have a tendency to lose interest in things after a certain period of time, my mom is the same way. So, now I am a writer, no longer the performer. I make my characters perform for me. My husband and I and my two little boys have moved back to the Washington DC area to be closer to family. Every day I take care of my kids and while they nap or eat or play I write.

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 Reaching Her by Elizabeth Lynx
Book 2, Him Her Them Series
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 94 pages/2122KB
Date: September 20, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Told in the first person.

Book Blurb:

Josephine Powell is an intelligent assistant professor of Psychology. She is a woman who knows what she wants: a man who can earn a grade “A” in the bedroom, but is smart enough to earn an “A” in romance as well. After last night with Pierce Carver she thinks she found her first-ever A-man, but will he be able to capture her heart in the daytime?

Pierce Carver has, between hard work and brains, achieved everything he’s set his eye on. A serial entrepreneur, now independently wealthy, his sexual prowess has always kept women from leaving after the deed was done, much to his chagrin. Until the night Josephine comes into his life, that is: the one woman he wanted to stay through the next morning! It’s the morning after the best sex of his life, when he wakes to find neither her nor her number, only an enigmatic note. Will he even be able to find her? If he does, will she even want a man who has no idea how to woo a woman?

Snippets:

She emerges from the kitchen with a tray of three very different drinks atop. She hands the bottle of beer to Pierce as he breaks our gaze to smile up at his mom. I really think my heart sped up a bit just the way he looked at her.

“Here you are hon, nice cool iced tea.”

I take the glass, which is already sweating from the ice and nod a thank you to her. She walks over to the chair right next to Pierce, puts the tray on the coffee table, and then relaxes back bringing the glass of orange liquid to her mouth.

“Well I am glad you were fine when I knocked on your car window. You looked a little unwell, flushed while holding that card in your hand, so I naturally became concerned.”

I realize this conversation is not going the way I would wish, so I try to steer it in a different direction. But before I have a chance to open my mouth, she starts up again.

“That was an interesting card. I didn’t get a close look at it, but it reminded me of the posters you have hanging in your apartment Pierce.”

My gaze volleys back and forth between the two. She is looking at him as he smiles and then turns to look at me.

“Well, that does sounds like a very interesting card mom. You must share it with us Josephine. Was it from a friend or secret admirer?”

He leans over, resting his forearms on his knees watching me with a wicked grin on his face. He’s enjoying this, but I don’t embarrass easily. I would have thought he would figure that out by now.

“Well, if you must know it is from an admirer. A man I met last week. He’s sweet, but you know how men are these days Mrs. Carver. They expect you to fall at their feet if they so much as look in your direction. But, I’m old fashioned; I think a man should work for my attention, hence the card.”

Pierce is tapping his foot on the ground and I can tell he’s anxious as his hands cup his mouth.

“Oh, hon, tell me about it. No offence Pierce, but men should always work for the attention of a lad, especially a woman as beautiful as you. Isn’t that right Pierce?”

His head drops into his hands and I can tell how uncomfortable he is. But then he looks up at me and his smile softens.

“Yes, mother you are right. She is quite breathtaking. Any man would be a fool not to jump through hoops to be with her.”

AND

I brush some wisps of hair that fluttered across her face. Hearing her sigh I look down at her lips and step a little closer.

“I adored your presents this week especially the poem. Did you write that yourself?”

A slight sting of embarrassment sears up inside and I turn my head away.

“Yes. I like to read poetry. It fascinates me how Poe or Wilde or Keating tell an emotional story by intricately linking certain words together.”

Turning my gaze back to her I notice a surprised look on her face.

“Really, do you write much yourself?”

“No, that was my first attempt. I always felt it was out of my league. But you very much inspire me and I felt compelled to write that. In truth I wrote it Sunday to express what I was feeling at the time and never meant for you to see it. But, I couldn’t think of what to give you Friday, so I gathered my nerve and sent it to you.”

“Will you please kiss me Pierce?”

Those words, her voice its intensity shone out and my eyes closed of their own accord. My dreams had whispered those words behind my ears and she was many things in them but never like this. Never this real, this soft and oh so rich with desire.

My eyes flew open to drink her in and I could see the intense heat mirrored back to me. I reach up cupping her face in my hands before I brush my lips lightly to hers. She gives off a whimper which sends me over the edge as my lips overtook hers. They are softer than I remember with such sweetness I thought I would explode.

My Thoughts:

Jos seems to have had a rough night but that doesn’t stop her from bragging. This book starts off with the reader “listening” in on her conversation with Luna – it’s as if the reader is eavesdropping on their private conversation. Pierce had a great night but is a little disappointed the next day. The reader gets to see more of his friends Corbin and Jacob.

Again, as in the first book the language is graphic. But this just goes to show how much our couple wants each other. This book is a little longer than the first book but if you’re short on reading time this is the perfect length. It’s a great follow up to the first book and a great lead in to the next book titled Becoming Them. The only thing I couldn’t find out for you is when the book will be coming out. This just means that we will just have to be patient and keep an eye on what this author has in store for her readers.

If you were going to look for a disappointment then it would have to be the length. You just want to read more. But that is what makes this series perfect because you want to keep reading. Our author knows just the right combination to have her readers keep coming back for more. I’m glad I had the chance to discover a new author.

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Authors Taproom Presents: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall; Spotlight, Review & #Giveaway

Title: Night Unbound 
Series: Immortal Guardians #5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: eBook/Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra
ISBN: 1420129805
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:  4 1/2 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Authors Taproom and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

 

My Thoughts:

Lisette d’Alençon is a Guardian and she seems to have a constant shadow. Zach is someone who is in a lot of pain. He has had to deal with a lot from Others but Lisette seems to ground him. Lisette has a great friend in Tracy but watch out because she’s a scene stealer. Another scene stealer is Ethan. He’s someone that knows Lisette very well. And all this scene stealing is one reason that this is a great read.

 Even though this book is part of a series, and characters from previous books make an appearance, you could read this as a stand-alone. I don’t think you will get lost. But I hope that you will feel the need to read this series in order so that you will understand more about all the characters. The author shows the amount of pressure that all our characters are under. Most importantly, don’t think you can finish this book in just one day – there’s just so much to process and it’s not a book to rush.

There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you riveted. I had a hard time putting this book down because I didn’t want to miss anything and I just couldn’t find the perfect place to stop. Lisette is strong both in the physical sense and in her mind – she stands by her convictions. Zach also needs to be strong but he has moments of tenderness which is nice to see. And yes, they do have some love scenes together.

Dianne also makes me jealous – I would love to have some of the character’s powers especially if their enemies actually did exist. But with those powers comes a lot of responsibility and as you read you will see what that entails. It takes a very strong person to handle that kind of pressure and be able to sleep “at night”. Yet they still have time to show another person that they want to spend some quality time together – they are not defined by what they must do to keep us humans safe. And with all that, the reader can still have an ending that will have you smiling.

 

 
Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians Book 1
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Favorite Quote:  “You stabbed me in the ass?”—Bastien

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts . . . where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price . . .

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . . 

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible — when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

 
 
Night Reigns
Immortal Guardians Book 2
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Favorite Quote:  “What did you think I’d do?  Ask her if I could braid her hair after we gave each other facials and painted each other’s toenails?”—Marcus

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak . . . a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand . . .

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?

 
 
Phantom Shadows
Immortal Guardians Book 3
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Favorite Quote:  “All right.  All right.  Settle down.  We’re all glad Sarah stabbed Bastien in the ass.”—Seth

Dianne Duvall lures readers into a world of romance and suspense, where love can mean the difference between life and death . . .

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it’s not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . . 

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different — and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question — he can’t put her in danger. But she isn’t asking him . . . 



In Still Darkness 
Immortal Guardians Book 3.5
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Favorite Quote:  “Is this going to get weird?  Like kinky weird?”—John

Originally published in “Predatory” – “In Dianne Duvall s world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost especially to the heart might be higher “

It s not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d Alencon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist

Jenna never imagined she d end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity.



Darkness Rises
Immortal Guardians Book 4
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Favorite Quote:  “Great.  There goes our security deposit.”—Sean

Dianne Duvall returns to the world of the Immortal Guardians, where danger — and desire — make every decision count . . .

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her “special abilities” aren’t much, but the plan is simple — she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it’s bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He’s a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. 

Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years — long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can’t stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she’s exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He’ll have to accept Krysta’s help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .

 
 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting, and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It was also deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was nominated for Best Best Book of 2011 – Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series, has been declared a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella In Still Darkness was released in the Predatory anthology on May 7, 2013, and has received many fabulous reviews. Darkness Rises, the fourth book in the series, hit the USA Today Bestseller list, has been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and was deemed a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared on screen as a machete-weilding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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Risking It All
by JM Stewart
Series: A Morgan Family Romance, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley Intermix
Release Date: September 16, 2014

 

 

Love requires a leap of faith…

She’s everything he wants…

For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose.

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…

For a moment, she stared, her eyes searching his, then she straightened her shoulders. “Why’d you kiss me?”

Panic curled through him, sending his pulse pounding into his rib cage. Damn. Why hadn’t he expected her to ask that? But he couldn’t answer it. To do so would be tempting fate. An intense need for distance seized him. Half afraid he’d lose his mind and do something else he’d regret, like pull her into his arms and show her why he’d kissed her, he shot to his feet.

He flashed her a smile he knew had to look as phony as it felt. “Headache’s better. Thanks.”

He didn’t wait for a response but strode toward the yard.

“I need to know, Kyle.”

His answer sat on the tip of his tongue, but the voice of reason sounded in his head. Don’t say it. Whatever you do, do not say it. Just keep walking.

Her soft footsteps sounded behind him. “You can’t just do something like that and walk away and expect me not to question it. You blow hot and cold, do you know that? I know desire when I see it, yet you just keep walking away.”

“Ever think maybe I wanted to kiss you?” The words left his mouth on a hoarse whisper, and God help him, a desperate need to see her eyes seized him. He turned to find her directly behind him. She stared for a fraction of a second too long, heat and curiosity blazed in her eyes. A heartbeat later, a light blush stole into her cheeks, but she didn’t move, didn’t say a word.

Everything inside of him ground to a halt, his mind twisting off in another direction. I’ll be damned. If ever he needed a confirmation, there it was. Whatever had happened between them was definitely not one-sided.

 

 

 

 

 

JM is the author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons, and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

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