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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

#SPOTLIGHT - Paranormal Detectives series by Lily Luchesi

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Genre:

Paranormal, Thriller, Horror

Synopsis:

In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...

Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!
The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.

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Genre:

Paranormal, Thriller, Horror

Synopsis:

The dead don’t always rest easy...
Retired detective, Danny Mancini, is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them…especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up trying to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years.

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Genre:

Paranormal, Thriller, Horror

Synopsis:

She can fight evil, but can she fight the darkness in her own blood?

After the disastrous events with Miranda have subsided, Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of life at the Paranormal Investigative Division.
Fiona is still on the loose, and she has all of Hell on her side. Danny begins to enhance his psychic abilities with the help of a soul just like his. Angelica is caught between a rock and a very dark place.
Can their love survive these new trials, or will the past tear them apart?

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Genre:

Paranormal, Thriller, Horror

Synopsis:

The truth can be deadly.
In the first of this two-part novel, we learn the history of hunters Brighton Sands and Mark Evans in their two lifetimes, culminating in their final battle with the insane vampire they have been hunting for centuries.
In the second part, with Angelica Cross still on the run, multiple vampiric murders lead to the kidnapping of a famous vamp. Detective Danny Mancini must drag a mortal into the bowels of Hell in order to rescue her.
But why does Leander Price want her so badly, and what does she have to do with an ancient vampire prophecy?

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Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.

Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one.

Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four, Right To Silence, was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released on January 17th, 2017.

She had a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. Her horror short "Too Young To Kill" was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016.


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Monday, 30 January 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - If I Were Beautiful by Devon Hartford

Book & Author Details:

If I Were Beautiful
by Devon Hartford
(If I Were…, #1)
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Is life better when you’re beautiful?

Jane Johnson has tried every beauty tip and trick known to woman, but none of them have ever made men notice her.

Until now.

Finally, something is working. She barely recognizes herself in the mirror. Is it her new haircut? Two years of yoga class? Her new eyebrow tweeze? Or is it all that nasty wheat grass juice her sister insisted she drink finally working some kind of magic? Whatever it is, something is transforming Jane from plain to downright beautiful.

For the first time in her life, men are noticing her.

Constantly.

Jane is getting so much attention from men she doesn’t know what to do with it.

Before her inexplicable transformation, she couldn’t get a date to save her life. Now she has a date every night of the week. Gorgeous eligible men are throwing themselves at her. They’re even fighting over her. Actual fist fights to win her affection.

It all seems too good to be true.

The only question on Jane’s mind is whether or not her newfound beauty is going to last or if it’s some cruel trick of fate that will fade away as quickly as it appeared.

Because everybody knows, when something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

***If I Were Beautiful is a saucy romance with a mystical twist that will leave you breathless to find out what happens next. This is book one of a three book series. Book two will release April 2017, Book three, July 2017 (or sooner).

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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I am so glad that I got to this review this amazing book 

Jane is a girl who hasn't got the looks but has the brains after her sister Chelsea decides to take her for a speed dating night and it ends in disaster she goes for a long run after her finding herself at these really nice houses she comes across wes who has inherited his grandma house he invites her in for some water and she feels she is about to die of heat stroke and of dehydration she goes looking through his stuff when she comes across this ring after he catches her he tells her to keep the ring. After that her whole life changes but is it for the better or is it for the worse?

I can't wait for book number 2 to come out and I hope I get the opportunity to review it these characters all go together so well they all have something to give to the story I was blown away reading this. 

I will be giving this book 5/5

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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3 signed copies of If I Were Beautiful #1


Devon Hartford is a dude who writes romantic comedies because he likes to laugh as much as he likes to love.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

#SPOTLIGHT - Feral Justice series, #1 & #2, by Vella Munn

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Genre:

Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

Three dogs search for animal abusers. Punishment is exacted. Life is simple—they do what the Force commands. It’s more complicated for the humans their existence impacts.

Three large gray dogs, ruled by a force only they comprehend, search for animal abusers. When they find them, punishment is meted out with fangs and claws. For the two brothers and their sister, life is simple—they do what the Force tells them to.

Life is much more complicated for the humans their existence impacts. Joe, a former POW, has loved the trio since they were helpless puppies. They make him feel part of something alive. His stepdaughter Rachelle longs to connect with the only father she has ever known, but, from the moment she sees the grays, she knows Joe has made a mistake by letting them run free.

Even though he believes the victims got what they deserved, animal control officer Nate must do everything he can to stop the man-killers. Rachelle and Nate should have very different goals, but life is never that simple.

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Genre:

Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

As death and danger stalk the southern Oregon coast, Mia Sandas and Jeff Julian must trust each other. Can they handle the truth?

When a poacher leaves a wounded elk cow to suffer on the southern Oregon coast, Mia Sandas has no choice but to end its misery. Before she’s forced to do the same to the cow’s orphaned calf, a massive gray dog appears and snaps its neck.

Unknown to Mia, this is only the beginning of a test of her courage and comprehension. As she turns to Fish and Wildlife Officer Jeff Julian, the gray and his four-legged companions stalk local animal abusers.

Jeff and Mia are drawn together as they seek understanding of what is taking place in the forested mountains. They know the canines are committed to primitive justice but why? Who are the targets and what will be the outcome?
Can Jeff and Mia stop more bloodshed—and do they want to?

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As a young girl living in an isolated mining/logging community in a Northern California forest, Vella divided her time between reading and exploring the wilderness. She can’t remember when she didn’t want to put words on paper. Her first work consisted of comic books showcasing a white stallion as the ‘hero’. Her younger sister wisely praised her efforts.
Later when Vella was waiting for a legit job to start, she filled her spare time writing an adventure tale about five mountain men. What she learned from that abortive effort is that having the men repeatedly be attacked by bears or get caught in blizzards wasn’t enough. Successful fiction needs characterization, plot, and conflict.
When her first child was born, she became a stay-at-home mom but because her baby was a lousy communicator. she wrote. And wrote some more. She remembers the day she sold her first fiction, that delirious dance around the living room with her son in her arms while tears streamed. Short stories evolved into romances for Harlequin, earning her twenty-two contracts and enough money to justify staying home. Then the need to stretch herself surfaced. When she shared her frustration, her then agent replied, “You live in a national historic landmark, write historicals.”
“But I’m not into history,” she protested. Still, the agent’s suggestion started her researching her area. What fascinated her weren’t settlers or gold miners but the Native Americans whose worlds were irrevocably changed by newcomers.
Traditional Native Americans saw the land, sky, sun, moon, trees, rivers, plains, and deserts as their souls. Because she’d grown up in the mountains, Vella understood on a deep level what resonated with the various tribes.
Almost all of Vella’s more than 50 fiction books speak to her love of nature. That love deeply impacted her many Native American historicals as well as her Montana Lakeside contemporary romance series and the stand alone romance called Death Chant. Hopi spirituality plays a role in her romantic suspense series Feral Justice.
Vella signed with Prairie Rose Publishing to breathe new life into some of her older romances and several of her Harlequin romances have been republished by Samhain.com as part of their Retro line.
She has also published a pile of erotic romances under a pen name.
Vella credits her grandfather, pioneering pulp fiction writer Homer Eon Flint with the need to write and is looking forward to soon seeing a number of his titles back in print.
She’s married, the mother of two sons, grandmother to four, and owned by two rescue dogs. She enjoys gardening and going for walks and hates shopping.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick

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In a Gilded Cage
by Mia Kerick
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:

Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci.


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4 out of 5 (very good)


In a Gilded Cage is a fairy tale retelling, this one being Rapunzel. This is a darker, more twisted version though, as Lucci is sold by his parents to "Father" and is basically brain washed into becoming the 'perfect' boy. There is no reward for his good behaviour though, just the promise that once he is over 21 (and presumably legal!) that Father will take their relationship to the next stage of perfect intimacy as they are not related! 

Mr Gotham is a character that freaked me out! He is pure evil, and congratulations to Mia Kerick for making him that way. He is the perfect counterpart to Lucci's goodness, as Prin finds out. Prin has his own issues to deal with as he finds himself attracted to Lucci, but isn't gay as far as he knows.

Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this story will have your heart beating as you hope that Mr Gotham doesn't find out what's going on, and punish Lucci. You hope for a HEA whilst not knowing for sure if you're going to get one.

A very good retelling, with plenty of emotions involved. Definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.


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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Sight Unseen by Susan Mac Nicol

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Genre:

M/M, Dark, Romance


Synopsis:

#SightUnseen #MMRomance #FriendstoLovers

Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked but was always meant to be deeper.

BLINDSIDED

SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.


They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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A hit and run accident leaves Nate blind and his best friend Cody steps up to try to keep things as normal as they can be. When Nate's boyfriend dumps him, he has his memories to keep him going. But the memories aren't of him and Jon. Nope, they are of a weekend long ago, that he spent with Cody. One that he never ever forgot. Being deprived of his sight means that Nate picks up those little touches from Cody, the hitches in his voice. Could Cody be remembering too? Cody never forgot that weekend, no sir. Never stopped loving Nate and resigned himself to the friend zone, which was way better than the no Nate zone. But when Jon walks out, it all comes front and centre. Cody can only hope that Nate will finally see just how much he loves him.

I'd like to commend M Mac Nicol on several points.

1. She is a native British writer and usually writes about British characters in places around Britain, and uses English words and spellings. Nate and Cody are native born Californians and so use AMERICAN words and spellings. It pisses me off no end with American authors have British characters using American words that we would never use. HERE??? Ms Mac Nicol uses AMERICAN words and spellings. I noticed this. I really did. And the author worked hard to get it right, and I say she nailed it! Of course, she had help from Nicholas Downs 😊

2. I don't usually care for books written in the first person and I will make no apology for marking a book down written as such. THIS book is written in the first person, from both men's point of view. And I didn't care.  I KNEW going in, it was written like this and maybe that's why it did not bother me. I think for THIS book, it's right and proper to be written this way.

3. This book came with a warning, of sorts, in that it carries a "less sex than I usually write" warning. Which did make me chuckle when I had finished! Because, let me tell ya, once Cody and Nate get their act together and finally give in to what they are both feeling, it is HOT. OFF. THE. CHARTS! Had the book NOT had the warning, I would not have noticed the amount of sex in this book, and it would not have been mentioned. But it did, so it is.

And finally...

4. RESEARCH, RESEARCH RESEARCH. Ms Mac Nicol has done a huge amount of research and it shines off every page that Nate is struggling. In every scene he get a new gadget or gizmo. In every person who comes along to help him in one way or another.

I loved this book. Stayed up WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY past my bedtime to finish it in one single sitting. 

Thank you, Nicolas, for putting the idea in Susan's head. Thank you, Susan, for delivering such a great read. If this does become a film, I'm so gonna see it!

5 full and shiny stars

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Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots. 

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.


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RELEASE BLITZ & #GIVEAWAY - HIS Box Set 1 by Sheila Kell

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Title: HIS Series Boxed Set Volume 1 (Books 1-3)
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Photographer: Eric Battershell

Join the hot-bodied men of Hamilton Investigation & Security as they do whatever it takes to protect the women who have stolen their hearts in books 1-3 of the best-selling HIS series, featuring Jesse, AJ, and Jake.

HIS DESIRE
When FBI Special Agent Kate Ross is injured in a drive-by shooting, HIS leader, Jesse Hamilton, believing she is the target of a killer seeking revenge against him, pulls the full force of HIS into action to protect her. Keeping her alive and out of his heart is more difficult than he expected. Then he makes a decision that could cost Kate her life.

HIS CHOICE
AJ Hamilton, tangled up with Baltimore's largest crime boss, is ordered to threaten a pesky reporter, but he never expected his attraction to Megan Rogers to make him want to protect her instead. Now on the run, their passions flare as they fight to stay alive. Then AJ is forced to make a choice where he may not be able to protect her or their hearts.

HIS RETURN
Jake Cavanaugh is haunted by that fateful night when he woke to find Emily Hamilton in his bed and a furious best friend banishing him. Returning four years later, he's confronted with the danger that surrounds Emily. As the web of corruption unravels, their passion reignites. Can he keep them safe and mend her broken heart?

This is books one–three in the HIS romantic suspense series. If you like thrilling, edge of your seat reading with sizzling sex scenes, then you’ll love each installment of Sheila Kell’s best-selling series.

Pick up your copy of the HIS Series Box Set, Volume I, to meet the hot-bodied men of HIS today!

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