Monday, August 21, 2017

Blog Tour with TWO Giveaways: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell


Book info:
TitleThe Last Magician  
Author:  Lisa Maxwell
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Release Date:  July 18th, 2017

Synopsis:
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.


In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


About the Author:
Lisa Maxwell is the author of The Last MagicianUnhookedSweet Unrest, and The Gathering Deep. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMaxwellYA or learn more about her upcoming books at Lisa-Maxwell.com.


Links:
Author Website: www.lisa-maxwell.com
Book Website (with special content): www.thelastmagician.com
Twitter: @LisaMaxwellYA
Instagram: @LisaMaxwell13


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Release Blitz: Slam (A Colorado Smoke Novel) by Andee Michelle


Title: Slam: A Colorado Smoke Novel
Author: Andee Michelle
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017
 

Bryant “Slam” Nash is known for three things… 
His intensity on the field, 
His drive to win the World Series, 
And scoring on the first date. 
Gearing up for the biggest season of his career, Slam is determined to focus on his game, calling a time out on anything considered a distraction. Including Layne Scott. 
Layne Scott doesn’t do complicated. 
Independent and focused on raising her daughter, Layne is a woman running a business dominated by men. Managing the sports bar her father left her, she has no time for the arrogant ball player who keeps strutting through her door. With chiseled good looks in baseball pants, Slam Nash is a temptation she can’t afford. 
Game on… 
**Content Notice: This book contains adult themes, strong language and sexual situations. Recommended for readers eighteen (18) years of age and older.**

5 Stars from I Don’t Get Sundays Book Blog - “This sports romance will keep you hooked until the end. The writing and the characters are so likeable that you will love the flow of the story. You will fall in love with dysfunction that is real life.”

5 Stars from Shawn on Goodreads - “ I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing. It was a fun and light story that had just enough drama.”
5 Stars from SBR Reviews - “Slam is the first novel of Andee’s that I have read and I am happy to tell you I enjoyed it.”
Although Andee grew up a military brat and traveled the world with her family, she has made her home in southwest Idaho with her husband and two sons. Working in the legal field, shuttling her boys around, chasing her two crazy dogs and reigning in her adrenaline junky husband keeps her busy. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, even as a child. Andee loves a great glass of wine, reading late into the night, and spending time in the mountains with her family and friends.


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Tour with Giveaway: Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace


LUCKY CHARMED
by Sharla Lovelace

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 7/18/2017


Charmed, Texas, is as warm and welcoming as it sounds. But even in a small town, when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet . . .
Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever . . .
Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give . . .

Sex in a Pan (Sully’s dessert)
Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup pecans, chopped...
3 tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
Cream cheese layer:
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipped cream or cool whip
Vanilla pudding layer:
1 package of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
3 cups milk
Chocolate Pudding layer:
1 package of instant chocolate pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
3 cups milk
Last layer:
3 cups whipped cream or cool whip
shaved chocolate (enough to cover. took me 3 Hershey bars)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix all the crust ingredients together and press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake it for about 20 minutes.
Prepare the vanilla pudding as per the instructions on the package.
Prepare the chocolate pudding as per the instructions on the package.
In a mixer combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the cup of whipped cream. Mix until light and fluffy.
Let the crust cool. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust evenly.
Spread the chocolate pudding over the cream cheese filling, then the vanilla pudding over the chocolate. (I sprinkled a light layer of additional chopped pecans between the pudding layers just because we are nutty freaks over here but that's a personal preference)
Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the chocolate.
Refrigerate for a couple hours so that it sets.

Oh my my my....


Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series. For more about Sharla's books, visit sharlalovelace.com, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter. She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @sharlalovelace.



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart


Book info:
Title:  Counting Wolves
Author:  Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: August 14th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source:  E-galley from Xpresso Tours
Synopsis:
The Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.
Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.
But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

This book reminded me a lot of the book Liar, by Justine Larbalestier.   Throughout the beginning of the book, I wondered, is this really a magical story, or is it just a girl who is dealing with psychological issues that cause her OCD and nightmares.  I really liked how the author took the different illnesses and conditions of the patients in the psych ward and made them into aspects of a fairy tale.  This is part of what kept me guessing the entire time on which way the story was actually going to go.  All of the characters were really well developed and had interesting stories, except maybe Red.  While she definitely had a great back story and symptoms/aspects of a fairy tale, I don't know that I got to really "see" her character as I read it.  But Pig was very easily pictured, as well as Vanet and Peter.  Another interesting bit is how everyone had the name or nickname that fit them into the fairy tale.  That was another detail the author wove throughout the story that kept me on my toes looking to see just what was real and what was not.  

It wasn't just the characters themselves that were good though, it was a lot of the interactions between them.  I liked the relationship between Milly and her evil stepmother.  The relationship between Milly and Vanet.  I liked how Milly's character was realistically trying to overcome her counting and other issues, but had setbacks that made sense.  She didn't just magically overcome those issues because she was there and figuring things out.

In the end, I was a bit disappointed with how it ended.  Almost a little too vague of an ending for me.  But I know there are those out there who enjoy those sorts of endings, and they will be pleased.  I won't say which direction the story ends up going, if there is a magical fairy tale aspect to it that is more than just her psychological issues, I'll let you read it and see for yourself!
Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.
He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON, a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN, a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES, an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

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Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.
 

Excerpt:

  She’d taken the sofa, in her own house, and given me the bed. That didn’t make a lick of sense.  

I crouched next to her, threading my fingers into the silky hair at her temples. “Honey.”

 “Mmm.”

 I bent to whisper, “Shelly.”

 “Hmm?”  

“I’m going to carry you to your bed. I’ll take the sofa.”

  “Mmm.”  

I grinned at her soft noises, at the untroubled expression on her face, and how her brow—even in sleep—still looked regal and stern.  

Sliding my arms under her legs and shoulder, I picked her up. And, unfortunately, that woke her up.  

She jerked in my arms. “What are you doing?”

 “I’m taking you to the bed.”

 “Don’t do that.”

 “I don’t mind, I’ll take the sofa.” Our mouths were just inches apart, and hers was distracting.

 She squirmed. “Put me down.”

 Sighing unhappily, I did. I set her on her feet next to the couch. The blanket pooled at her feet and I stepped back to give her some space. It was dark, but I could see her just fine, and that meant I had to force my eyes to remain above her neck. The woman was wearing two pathetic scraps of fabric as pajamas. A thin little tank top and shorts. That’s it.  

I set my jaw and turned to the side, waiting for her to walk past.  

“Where are you?” I glanced at her and realized she couldn’t see at all. She didn’t have a hand out, but the way her eyes were moving about the room gave away her blindness.

 “I’m here.” I didn’t touch her, because if I did, I wouldn’t want to stop.  

Shelly turned her head in my direction and took a deep breath. Still she didn’t reach for me. I didn’t know the specifics of what to expect after her Friday session, but I recalled Dr. West saying something about Shelly doing self-guided ERP exercises over this week.

 “Can you see?” She licked her lips, her voice sandpapery. “Because I can’t see at all. It’s so dark.”

 “I can see.” Unbidden, my eyes dropped to her body, to the swell of her breasts, the panel of bare stomach, the curve of her hips. Pinpricks of heat raised over my skin and I curled my hands into fists.  

She shuffled forward and I caught her before she bumped into me, setting my hands gently at her waist.

 “Let me take you to your room.” My voice was rough, for obvious reasons.  

Saying nothing, she brought her hand to my forearm, her body gently colliding with mine. And then her hand on my arm slid up my bicep to my shoulder.

“Shelly.” I was running out of breath.  

“I like this.”

 “What?”

 “Touching you.”  

Oh fuck.  

I held still and endured her hands moving over my body, down the front of my shirt, stopping at the hem, then pushing it up.  

“Take this off.”  

I did. I pulled the T-shirt over my head and let it drop to the floor.  

We stood there, facing each other in the dark, not touching. Despite the session on Friday and the progress that had been made, I realized she wasn’t quite there yet. Dr. West was right, Friday was just a step, the first step. Shelly wasn’t able to initiate contact. Not yet.  

Her hands balled into fists and she swayed forward, her breath struggling little puffs.  

If anything was going to happen tonight, I had to initiate it. I had to be the one to touch first.  

God, how I wanted her. How I wanted her above me, beneath me, surrounding me. But how could I?  

“I know why I hesitate,” her voice was breathless, “but why do you hesitate?”

 “Lots of reasons.”  

“Give me one.”

 “I don’t want to you use you.”  

“I wish you would.”  

That pulled a laugh from me, just a small relief from the mounting tension. My eyes moved over her body, an undeniable impulse to devour the sight of her, her legs, stomach, chest, then up her neck to her lips.

 “You asked me on Saturday if sex was a big deal for me, or if it was you. The answer is both.”  

She held very still, and I got the sense she was holding her breath, straining to listen.  

“You are a big deal to me. I don’t want a fling. I don’t want a flirtation. I want promises.”

 “What can I promise you?”  
 
That you’ll love me. That I’ll be your priority.  

She shifted her weight from foot to foot. A spike of anxiety that she might leave me like this had me acting without forethought. I lifted my hands to her waist again and immediately, her fingertips skimmed over skin of my lower stomach in response, making my muscles tense in hot anticipation. She grew more assertive as she caressed my sides, abdomen, ribs, chest, shoulders, and then back down.  

Shelly stepped closer, a hint of thrilling contact between her breasts and my torso, and all the words and worries melted from my mind, died on my tongue, suffocated by the feel of her body, and the possibility of this moment.  

Her finger hooked in the waistband of my jeans. “Take these off.” Her hand turned, her fingers and palm cupping me over my zipper.  

Instinctively, I pressed myself into her touch even as I grabbed her wrist.

 “Beau, I promise—”  

She didn’t get to speak, because I kissed her, hard and wild, unbuttoning and unzipping my fly with one hand and bringing her palm inside my boxers with the other.

LIVE  

My Review:

My rating:  4 stars

This was an interesting book.  I enjoyed the first book in the Knitting in the City series by this author, and I've been intrigued to read this one as well.  While this is the 4th book in the Winston Brothers series, and it plays off of the other series as well, it was easy enough to read on its own.  I got to spend some time with Quinn and Janie from Neanderthal Seeks Human, since Quinn was Shelly's brother and we met her in their book.  I also got to meet all of Beau's brothers and sisters and friends.  I'm now looking forward to getting to go back and read their stories, as well as for future books that are other characters' stories.  All of the men in the story are so different that it makes them fun to see how they are going to handle love when it is coming at them.  And I have to say that I really liked that we got an extremely real woman to see how she could fall in love with her extreme case of OCD.  And I liked that Beau was able to deal with it, but that in some ways, he definitely acted realistically with Shelly in how he reacted to different events.  

I do have to say there were some moments I was unsure just how it could work, but they were overcome by the writing keeping me reading and not wanting to put it down.  The beginning did take a bit to get into, as the book is told mostly from Beau's viewpoint, and I think I'm more used to romances being evenly told throughout the male and female lead, with usually more on the woman's side.  I also guess I didn't realize there was a bit of the motorcycle club story with this series, but it wasn't in a way that overwhelmed the plot for me, even while it totally added a lot of depth to the story overall.  

I am definitely a Penny Reid fan, and when I got the chance to win any of her audiobooks through a Facebook contest, I immediately asked for the first book in this series, and I can't wait to listen and get back to the first part of this family's story.  If you are looking for a fun romance, but with the serious and realistic qualities of their lives and families thrown in, this is the book/series/author for you! 

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Meet Penny Reid:

  Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. 

Connect with Penny:

Twitter: @ReidRomance
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Masked (Superheroes Undercover #1) by J.D. Wright


Book info:
Title:  Masked
Author:  J.D. Wright
Series:  Superheroes Undercover #1
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Superheroes, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Vada’s To-Do List:
– Turn 18 (check!)
– Register super name
– Order supersuit
– Attend superhero indoctrination
– Graduate high school
– Start kicking criminal tail

Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.
Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?
Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.



EXCERPT:

Nick couldn’t take it anymore.
The entire morning had been one shock to his system after another. The nice long weekend in his giant but silent house had made him all but forget about the weird run-in with Janet. He’d spent the entire time working on his homework and enjoying the peace and quiet.
But after only five minutes at school, he was rudely reminded that he must be losing his mind. The voices came like a whirlwind into his head, one after another. So many that he couldn’t decipher whose thoughts belonged to who. He couldn’t even separate his own thoughts from the others. There were so many, and every one of them was as loud as the other, washing over him like waves of pounding noise.
Being in class gave no relief, either. The other students may not have been talking aloud, but every one of them was thinking, loudly. Nick heard too many things that he never wanted to hear and a lot of mundane thoughts that no one cares about.
…I wonder if I forgot to lock the door this morning…
…Oh, man. I’m not sure if I’m ready to do this. What if I get pregnant? But Luke is so cute, though…
…Mrs. Yates has such nice tits…
Nick actually agreed with that last sentiment, but he couldn’t be sure who had said it.
…Only thirty minutes left. I really need to pee…
…Nick is too good for Scarlet. What does he see in her? She’s such a bitch…
…This class is about as useless as my stepmother…
There was just so much noise. Nick pulled his hood up, but it did nothing to block the sounds. Every single thought that crossed someone else’s mind entered his. He didn’t give a damn about someone’s new pet lizard. And while he appreciated the girl across from him’s glances and thoughts of admiration—at least, he was pretty sure those belonged to her from the way she watched him—he didn’t want to know what other people were thinking.
What had caused this? Was it some sort of mental illness? Was he imagining these things? He couldn’t be sure he was even hearing real thoughts. He considered quizzing someone, but he was almost too afraid to confirm what he suspected.
He was reading people’s minds. Hearing their thoughts. Without even trying.
And it was excruciating.



Author Bio:
J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting.
Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.

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Book Tour with Giveaway: To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne


TO WIN HER SMILE
by Mackenzie Crowne

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 7/18/2017


Sometimes love and luck collide . . .
When sultry British Baroness Piper Darrow falls on desperate times, she needs a diversion—and cash. As a talented photographer, she jumps at the chance to travel to the U.S. for a Manhattan Marauders football event. But she gets more than she bargained for when buff quarterback Wyatt Hunter’s errant pass lands…in her face. And when it results in Wyatt’s comeback of a lifetime, the superstitious athlete is convinced Piper is his good luck charm . . .
With his sights on the Super Bowl, Wyatt will do anything necessary to keep Piper close. The fact that she’s a feast for the eyes is a bonus. And as they get closer, he discovers that beneath her proper English surface is a sweet, sexy seductress. Soon the notorious playboy finds himself genuinely smitten, and surprisingly open to love—until his powerful family uncovers something about Piper that threatens to shatter his trust. Now he’ll have to decide whether to team up with his fears, or his heart.


Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too.


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