Promo: Heart’s Desire by T.J. Kline

Title: Heart’s Desire
Series: The Healing Hearts
Author: T.J. Kline
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 384

HEART’S DESIRE by T.J. Kline

The Healing Hart Series:

The Healing Harts series came to me one night as I was just falling asleep. It jerked me awake, making me sit up in bed. It was one of those ideas that came completely formulated, an entire series, like a lightning bolt to the brain, and I haven’t been able to shake loose of it until it was written down. A family, rocked by loss, each member with a desire to help others in their own way.

In the first book, Heart’s Desire, Jessie is faced with running the family dude ranch alone after her parent’s unexpected death. Unbeknownst to her siblings, she and her father were transitioning the ranch to an abused horse rescue facility but she’s floundering to keep it afloat and bankruptcy is looming. Her brother, Justin, decides it’s time to call his college buddy, Nathan Kerrington, for help – the same man who shattered her heart eight years earlier.

Nathan Kerrington knows he hurt Jessie but he had a good reason for it. Now he just has to prove that to her and regain her trust. But, as old hurts rise to the surface, they must resolve their past before they can attempt to save her future and some hurts aren’t easily forgiven.

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Promo: Hot & Bothered by Crystal Green

Hot and Bothered by Crystal GreenAuthor: Crystal Green
Series:Hot and Bothered (Rough and Tumble #3)
Info for books #1 and #2 included
March 17, 2015

Blurb:

On the dusty outskirts of Vegas, there’s a down and dirty saloon where all sorts of lethally charming—and genuinely dangerous—men carouse to seduce the women who happen to venture inside on their way to and from Sin City.

Despite the many women he’s bedded over the years, Gideon Lane has never been able to get Rochelle Burton completely out of his head. He certainly never expected to see the city girl again, now a successful author, all grown up in all the right places and asking for his protection.

After their disastrous night together, Rochelle was determined to put Gideon—and the things he made her want—far behind her. But when an obsessive fan expresses their anger over her latest book in a disturbing way, Rochelle’s overprotective cousins insist she hire the best bodyguard the Rough & Tumble saloon can offer.

Both Rochelle and Gideon intend to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when the threat to Rochelle puts them in close quarters, Gideon can’t help wanting the chance to prove that some things are better the second time around…

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About the Rough And Tumble Series:

Rough and Tumble (Rough and Tumble #1)

Blurb:

On the dusty outskirts of Vegas, there’s a down and dirty saloon where all sorts of lethally charming—and genuinely dangerous—men carouse to seduce the women who happen to venture inside on their way to and from Sin City.

After Molly Preston flees a dead-end job with a lecherous boss, she finds herself in even hotter water after one of her best friends makes the wrong bet in a poker game with a sexy bad boy drifter in a backroom of the Rough & Tumble.

The man’s name is Cash. And he offers Molly an indecent proposal—one hot night with him—that could erase her friend’s debt to him in one fell swoop. She wants to say yes, even if this electrifying man seems just as unsafe as he is tempting.

One night becomes two…then more…and soon Molly is road tripping with Cash in the desert and exploring boundaries she never knew existed. But will indulging in this kind of pleasure leave her “normal” life in the dust?

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Down and Dirty (Rough and Tumble #2)

Blurb:

On the outskirts of Sin City, there’s a rough and tumble saloon where the women who are brave enough to enter can mingle with men that are equally magnetic and dangerous. And in this town, no one’s afraid to get a little dirty…

Billionaire playboy Bennett Hughes’ black sheep reputation is well-earned, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting the respect of his family—even if it means tracking down his brother’s gold-digging one-night-stand to earn it. But when Ben finds his intended target to be the opposite of what he expected, his chance at redemption ends in an accidental quickie marriage.

Despite her history, ex-showgirl Liz Palazzo believes in love at first sight, something she thought she experienced with Ben. Determined to put her party-girl reputation behind her, Liz vows to be the best wife ever—even if her husband seems set on keeping their union a marriage of convenience.

But as the sparks fly and their connection grows, Ben starts to wonder if Liz might be the one person who can make him a better man—or if the former bad girl just wants him for his money…

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About the Author:Author Crystal Green

You can call her “Crystal,” “Chris,” or “Christine”—she’s the same person, even though her different pen names reflect different writing personalities.

Under “Crystal Green,” she writes romance. “Chris Marie Green” is in charge of the urban fantasy series Vampire Babylon, which features six full-length books, three novellas, and one short story. Chris Marie has also indie published a New Adult Single Girl/Geek Lit hybrid with illustrations by Billy Martinez called The She Code, along with other shorter works that follow the rules that all girls should know in life.

Crystal used to be an 8th grade teacher of reading, writing, and US History, but she promised herself if she ever sold 3 books in a year, she would take a chance and write full-time. Ten years later, she is still feverishly writing and loving it!

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Bitter Almonds by Laurence Cosse reviewed by Chris

Bitter Almonds by Laurence CosseTitle: Bitter Almonds
Author: Laurence Cosse
Translator: Alison Anderson
Publisher: Europa Editions
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Pages: 177
Copy: Personal

A Novel Bookstore is one hell of a good, though flawed, novel. At a reader’s first glance, this book would seem to be more in the tradition of the earlier book.

It isn’t.

Bitter Almonds covers a different aspect of reading, the knowledge of reading, the ability to make sense of vague shapes and get meaning or to gain knowledge.

This means that the book is a somewhat technical descriptive story. The paragraphs about drawing an “o” make the reader want to smack someone.

This isn’t to say that the book isn’t worth reading. It is, and is rather short, so it can be read quickly. It really is more of a novella than an actual novel.

Edith, who works as a translator, discovers her maid, Fadila, cannot read or write any language, so Edith decides to try and teach her. Of course, this novel is about the friendship, if that is the correct word, that develops between the two women – one an educated and happily married French woman, the other a three timed married, illiterate immigrant from Morocco.

And that seems to be the point of the novel.

At first glance, the central theme of the novel is power that reading gives people. Not only the ability to negotiate the subway system, but also to deal with various bills and issues that develop in everyday life – Cosse does a wonderful job of showing how essential such a skill is and how in many ways, people who can do it, take it for granted. She nods towards another way of keeping information when Fadila describes how old she might be and refers to how her mother would remember the birth year. There is poetry in those few lines. Cosse moves away from it quickly, the plot of the novel showing how society has moved away from such things (for better or worse, Cosse doesn’t suggest which).

But that isn’t the only theme.

It seems as if the novel isn’t so much concerned with the teaching of reading, though this process takes up too much of the novel, but treatment of immigrants, in particular, old immigrants. Fadila’s struggles are not only a result of her inability to read and write but also of society’s inability or disinterest, in teaching her. This leads to all types of messy situations – housing, money, phone issues.

The problem is that the book does and does not do such a subject total justice. The general plot does, but the characters are so distant from the reader that any pity or emotion is cool, and the reader disconnected. Yet the book is oddly gripping in such a way that to put it down, to walk away before finishing isn’t possible.

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My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley reviewed by Autumn

My Boyfriend BitesTitle: My Boyfriend Bites
Series: My Boyfriend is a Monster (3)
Author: Dan Jolley
Illustrator: Alitha E. Martinez
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Pages: 126
Source: NetGalley

I received an ARC from NetGalley of this title, which in no way sways my opinion of this title in either direction.

Vanessa Shingle is a high school senior, a fixer, and has absolutely no clue what to do with her life. She is, however, a “fixer” as all her past boyfriends she has made into projects. She needs to improve them. To me, this made the character a bit bland.

Vanessa goes to the local college to hang out while her sister, Tracy, is in class. She meets and is immediately smitten with a wanna be lead singer of an 80s rock band, Jean-Paul. They go out on a date which ends after some scary stuff happens. I don’t want to ruin it for you! Another night Vanessa is attacked and Jean-Paul comes to her rescue. He tells her that she is a vampire hunter and she assumes from what she’s seen through the window of his trailer that he’s a vampire himself. There’s a mission to save someone and it’s revealed that Vanessa is a relation of Van Helsing (Shingle is an anagram of Helsing after all!) and is destined to be a great monster hunter.

While Vanessa did seem a bit bland, the comic story had its good points too. I did think it was funny and enjoyable. The comic itself has a quirky sense of humor from the towns welcome sign “Drive Slow See Our Town, Drive Fast See Our Judge, Speed Limits Strictly Enforced” to pet walkers having dogs, what looks like an armadillo, and an alligator on leashes. I had no idea that this comic was a part of a series, but I think each one is very much a standalone. I can’t honestly justify giving it a high rating, but it did interest me enough to look into the other installments of this series. It was cute and I’m going to give it a solid three stars because I neither hated it or loved it.

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Blog Tour & Review: The Frenchman by Lesley Young

The Frenchman by Lesley YoungThe Frenchman
Crime Royalty Romance # 1
By: Lesley Young
Released December 2, 2014
L.A.Y. Books

Blurb

Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.

Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the carefree American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.

Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s family business will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.

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Book Blitz: Love the Way You Lie by Skye Warren

Love the Way You Lie by Skye WarrenBook & Author Details:

Love the Way You Lie by Skye Warren
Publication date: March 12th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

A dark romance about the lies that lead us down…

I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.

I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.

I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.

He’s the one man who wants to help me, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer.

What are you afraid of?

You.

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M.S. Force’s Quantum Trilogy Series Cover Reveal

We are so incredibly excited to bring you the cover reveal for M.S. Force’s The Quantum Trilogy!! The Quantum Trilogy is an Erotic Adult Contemporary Romance story made up of three full-length titles. You get to see all three covers at one time! VIRTUOUS is the first novel in the Quantum Trilogy and releases on April 14. Book 2, VALOROUS, releases one week later on April 21, and VICTORIOUS releases on April 28! Pre-order this amazing new trilogy for only $3.99 each while you can!

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One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

One of the Guys by Lisa AldinTitle: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

“Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a “lady” while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.”

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