Saturday, April 21, 2018

Eye of the Colossus by Nicole Grotepas Blitz and #Giveaway

Eye of the Colossus
Nicole Grotepas
Publication date: April 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk
The City of Jade Spires, the biggest in the 6-moons, is a breathtaking symbol of hope and unity for the four races. But it’s also a hub of corruption. Holly Drake is proof of that. Fresh out of prison for a mistake framed to look like cold murder, she’s broke, jobless, and branded with a prison record.
When she lands a gig stealing back the Eye of the Colossus jewels, the chance for a big payout means she won’t have to depend on anyone else. She’s never had that kind of freedom. She’ll do it. Even if the work is only a shade lighter than outright crime.
But soon she finds herself pursued by thugs from the Shadow Coalition, an underworld government that wants her dead. Pulling off the heist without getting killed means putting trust in recruits she hardly knows. The clock is ticking to get the jewels, but a mistake now could be fatal. Chasing across the 6-moons to complete the job will test her grit and determination to succeed when everything is stacked against her. More than that, finding out just what secrets the 6-moons hold will either turn her into the hero the moon system needs, or destroy her…
“So, Xadrian. What is it that you need?” Holly waited for something about blackmail or a request for her to tail and photograph some wealthy man in a seat of power who was potentially cheating.
“Ah, to business then,” he muttered and stretched his back and neck, and then cracked his knuckles. “Very well. This face you see before you? It isn’t the face of the one who requires your services. I’m here on behalf of someone else. Someone with money and power.”
Holly attempted to keep her face passive. “Obviously,” she said. Obviously. Obviously I wouldn’t be introduced to the actual client. Duh. It was probably like this a lot, in this business. Whatever this business was.
“Yes, I’m sure you knew that,” Xadrian said, a grin touching the corners of his lips. “My employer has had a valuable, priceless possession stolen:
the Eye of the Colossus. And my employer needs it back.”
“Oh great,” Holly said. “It’s not a simple job.”
“It was stolen, my employer needs it back. Ms. HD, what do you know about the Eye of the Colossus?”
She shrugged. “Nothing, really. I don’t move in those circles. It’s not really my thing.”
“The Eye is a golden amulet with eleven priceless gems embedded within it—it was created by the famous Druiviin artisan, Ko Lapsong to represent the unity of the four races on the six moons, bestowed by the life-giving hydrantium found on Muibaus—aka the Eye,” he paused. “Sorry. You’ve really never heard of this?”
Holly shook her head. “I don’t dig jewelry. But I get it, Ixion is the Eye. So one gem for each race, each inhabited moon, and then the biggest is Ixion?”
“Muibaus,” he nodded. “Ixion is the pedestrian term for the planet.”
That fit. The rings, the attention to appearance, the expensive wines. Xadrian was kind of a snob.
“Moving on. Eleven gems. The biggest is the Eye, exactly. The problem for us and therefore you, is that in less than two weeks it will be moved.” Xadrian studied Holly’s face as though to see if his words were having the right impact. She nodded once to give him feedback. “Once it’s moved, we won’t know where it is and will be unable to recover it.”
“An item, stolen, you need it back before it gets moved and you can’t track it. Great.”
“It’s slightly more complicated than that, however, some of the details that you will need, we’ve got.” He tapped a dark green folder sitting on the table beside his goblet of wine. He paused and swirled the drink around in the glass. He sniffed it and then took a sip. “This folder contains an image of the jewels and the location. We can provide some other tiny bits of intel. For the rest, you will need to scout it out, sneak in, and try to get it back without it being damaged in any way. Or, without your being arrested.”
Holly pursed her lips. “Makes total sense. But before you go on, we should address the elephant in the room. Payment. So far I’m not feeling inclined to do such a dangerous-sounding job.”
Xadrian dipped his head in satisfaction. “You’ll be paid, rather handsomely if I do say so myself.

Author Bio:
I'm passionate about human rights, animal rights, and living life with no regrets. I love how becoming a parent has deepened my devotion to making the world a better place. I do that best by crafting stories that attempt to answer hard questions--the ones I think about most--while also being entertaining and fun. I live in a landscape that reminds me of my place in the universe, under an endless sky and towering mountains that are older than human memory, and I love it here.


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)

Poison by Punctuation
by Kelley Kaye

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Chalkline Outlines - Book 2
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2018)
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 243 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis. 

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student. 

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye
(Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines Book 2)Quirky and a little crazy, this cozy mystery will keep readers on their toes as murder hits close to home in the hallowed halls of education. High school teacher Emma Lovett and her best friend, Leslie are determined to find justice for cheerleader, Kristen Hollis. Will they be putting themselves in the cross hairs of danger?

How can they find a murderer when the murder weapon is far from normal? The plot thickens as the list of suspects grows. Was it the new teacher? The zealot preacher? A student isn’t out of the question, either, but the method for murder is like a snake in the grass, well-hidden and very deadly.

POISON BY PUNCTUATION by Kelley Kaye pits a fledgling teacher, her Shakespeare quoting friend, their insatiable curiosity and dogged termination against the unknown as suspects are eliminated in this venomous tale of death and detective work.

Rapid-fire dialogue, uncanny luck and a little science make this tale an entertaining take on who-dunnits as Emma and Leslie are once again up to their chalkboards in solving the murder equation before the victim count rises. Can they balance the scales of justice by following the clues or will their journey lead them straight to the principal’s office for detention and a time out?

Kelley Kaye’s style is light, filled with some fabulous twists and hidden turns that will make a mystery lover take notice!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Red Adept and Kelley Kaye!

Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Happy Pants Cafe, #3)

Skinny Pants
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Happy Pants Cafe - Book 3
Publisher: Mimi Boutique (April 20, 2018)
Publication Date: April 20, 2018 (April 18, 2018 B&N)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 282 pages
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DR. JACK REED has been through hell. His wife cheated on him, broke his heart, and lied for years. But moving on isn’t easy, and it’s impossible to trust women again. Until he meets Macie, a nurse at his new hospital. There’s something about her honest heart that makes him want to fight to get his life back. 

NURSE MACIE FRANKLIN was always known as “the fat girl.” After decades of failed diets, she doesn’t dream of ever being anything but invisible to the opposite sex. One moment of weakness and two glasses of bubbly later, she’s in a steamy online chat with “Dr. J-Love” as the fake, size 8, bubbly Catrina.

Their passionate conversation convinces her it’s time to make big life changes. But when she goes to see Dr. Reed, the new amazing surgeon everyone’s talking about, it’s Dr. J-Love! And he’s way hotter in person.

They hit it off a second time as friends, but now Macie’s heart is at risk of falling hopelessly in love. Will he ever love the real her back?
Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Happy Pants Cafe, #3)

Skinny PantsWhat’s not to love about a sweet romance that involves humor, heart and COOKIES? Add a little too much wine, an online dating service and several “Oh, crap,” moments, a few “What the Heck?” paragraphs, not to mention laugh-out-loud dialogue and without a doubt, you know you have fallen into another Mimi Jean Pamfiloff tale!

SKINNY PANTS is going to tickle your fancy, warm your romantic heart and offer up a prayer to the gods that women can finally learn to love themselves for who and what they are, no matter their shape or size!

Macie is the woman who always ends up in the friend zone. She’s a little overweight, but fit, intelligent, giving, caring, cool under pressure. She has true friends, is an excellent, compassionate nurse, BUT, she is looking for love and here is where things get verrrrry interesting!

It seems that after a couple of glasses of bubbly, her fingers did the walking over the keyboard on an adult chat/dating site. So maybe the picture she used wasn’t actually her, and maybe, just maybe she was pretty hot and heavy online with Dr. J-Love with the razor-sharp abs, chiseled face, it wasn’t like she was going to actually meet him…Last. Famous. Words.

Macie decides it’s time to get drastic with her weight, so why not go to the best surgeon around? The new guy at the hospital, Dr. Jack Reed…or as she knows him, Dr. J-Love. Holy heart palpitations, his picture online doesn’t do him justice, but he is now all business. And why would this Adonis need a dating site? Could it be that even he knows the pain of heartbreak and loneliness? And what is Macie supposed to do now?

Jack DOES know the pain of betrayal, divorced and bitter, the last thing he wants is a romantic entanglement, but Macie, with her zest for life, quick wit, sincerity and down-to-earth attitude is just the kind of “friend” he needs, until he sees her bite into one of those special cookies from the Happy Pants Cafe. Can you say, Doc, you are an ass, jumping to the totally wrong conclusion? NOT that Macie isn’t hiding some big secret…it just has nothing to do with the cookie!

Hang on tight for the “ride of miscommunications” of your life as Macie and Jack straddle the rails of life downhill without brakes! Lies by omission, arrogant pig-headedness and life-threatening flames make this love story a kaleidoscope of comedy and a collage of pain as two souls make affairs of the heart about as jumbled and abstract as a Picasso painting.

Face it, there is NEVER a dull moment when Mimi Jean Pamfiloff wields her mighty pen!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Reverie Girl by Nico J. Genes (The Reverie, #2)

Reverie Girl
by Nico J. Genes

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Reverie - Book 2
Publication Date: January 13, 2018
Publisher: Nico Genes
Genre: Gay | Lesbian | Bi Romance
Print Length: 261 pages
Available from: Amazon
The Sensual Journey of a Young Woman Falling Madly in Love with The Girl of her Dreams.
Claire is a young woman who only accepted her sexuality following an enlightening trip to India. Soon after, she falls head over heels in love with a gorgeous girl, Lana, a woman she meets only by pure chance during a captivating encounter between flights within Vienna’s Airport terminal. This love seemed far from being reciprocated and rather hopeless. Or was it?
Lana meets Claire whilst going from Slovenia on route to the US making plans for her perfect married life. This encounter reveals the essence of who she is within. She discovers a new side to herself. She becomes torn between two worlds and must decide. Whatever her decision, there will be consequences. She can suppress her feelings and memories during the day. Can she control them in her dreams? 
Will her dreams be strong enough to make Lana follow her heart?
Reverie Girl by Nico J. Genes (The Reverie, #2)

Reverie Girl (The reverie, #2)Their eyes met, they spent three hours in rapt conversation and then they parted in Vienna’s airport. Lana was on her way to Washington to marry her American fiancĂ©. Claire had finally understood and accepted her sexuality and she knew that Lana was her one true love. Lana didn’t understand why the pretty Slovenian woman had captured her interest so completely.

This is the continuation of their story of forbidden love, conflicting emotions, commitments and fear of the unknown. Told in the voices and viewpoints of both Claire and Lana, this heart wrenching love story spans countries, time and even miscarriages as Lana leaves Claire behind to start her new life in America.

As Lana must decide between two worlds, one with a lesbian lover and one with her husband. Is Claire a fling? Something different, therefore exciting or is she the other half of Lana’s soul? Has Lana told too many lies, given too many excuses to expect Claire to wait for her to finally choose?

They say our dreams help us work through conflicts...what are Lana's dreams telling her?

Nico Genes’s REVERIE GIRL is a tumultuous, soul-searching tale of choices and consequences with no guarantee of a happy ending. Well written, dark and filled with a heavy atmosphere of unrest, this showcases the growth of an author writing in a second language and nailing the emotional turmoil of these characters.

I received a complimentary copy from Nico Genes!

The Carmichaels: Complete Series (The Carmichaels #1-5) by Charlotte Penn Clark

The Carmichaels: Complete Series
by Charlotte Penn Clark

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Pen and Pencil Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2018
Genre: NA Romance
Print Length: 828 pages
Available from: Amazon
The lives and loves of five privileged daughters of a Colorado political family.... 

Rich. Smart. Beautiful. Talented. And they even get along....Mostly. The five Carmichael sisters lucked out in the game of life, but their privilege doesn't protect them from troubles and heartbreak. Read all five contemporary romance novellas newly revised and together for the first time!

CORINNE wants her independence, but when tragedy strikes her family she relies on her new French boyfriend for support.
Headstrong DAISY goes after what she wants as a financial journalist, but the guy she wants keeps her at arm's length.
VALERIE, still shaken by past trauma, is surprised when her feelings for her E.R. doctor grow beyond friendship.
MARIE is just getting started as a sportswriter so she really shouldn't fall for her first subject, the newly-drafted quarterback.
SAMANTHA has crushed on her college advisor for a year but now that she's about to graduate maybe she finally has a shot.
The Carmichaels: Complete Series (The Carmichaels #1-5)
by Charlotte Penn Clark 

The Carmichaels: Complete Series (The Carmichaels #1-5)It isn’t that author Charlotte Penn Clark cannot write romance. It isn’t that she cannot write very good at drama, pain, angst or turmoil. I think, for me, she tried to write it all in each book of her series encapsulated in a novella length.

This series covers love, lust and loss as well as growth, for these five sister characters. It tells us of their closeness and willingness to come together in times of strife. Sitting down to read the entire series at once could be the wisest move if you're looking for some substance beyond the sex as each book shares something of all of the sisters, even as it focuses on one sister as the main character and maybe that was the problem.

THE CARMICHAEL SERIES by Charlotte Penn Clark has all of the ingredients to tell five separate stories, but it feels as if the manuscripts were shuffled together like a deck of cards and bits and pieces of another novella showed up out of place. What had definite five-star potential became jarring reading that robbed each book of that feeling of flow or sense of depth.

I wanted to like this series, I did like many characters, but I also want to dive into the deep end of the reading pool when I plan my reading escapes, and this didn’t get past my knees.

I received a complimentary copy from Charlotte Penn Clark!

The Emergent Threat by J.F. Cain #Release Tour

War Eternal, Book II
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#Cover Reveal - Sweet Possession by A.M. Salinger

Sweet Possession
A.M. Salinger
(Nights Series, #5)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
I don’t want to ruin his future. I don’t want him to miss out on having a family. I should let him go — Luke
I love him. And I know he loves me. So why is he pulling away from me? — Ash
Settled in his new life in Singapore with the man he has loved his entire life finally at his side, Ash Colby has never been happier. Not only does Luke fulfill him body and soul, their future together could not be any brighter.
Luke still cannot believe that Ash is finally his. But although he loves Ash more than life itself and has finally found a partner who can satisfy his carnal needs, Luke doesn’t want to get in the way of the young Colby heir’s future. When he decides to give their relationship some breathing space, Luke cannot foresee the despicable act he will commit the night Ash finally challenges him about his cool behavior.
With their love and their future at stake, can Ash force Luke to face his fears and admit they truly do belong together? Or will Luke’s stubbornness and remorse tear their burgeoning relationship apart?
Find out if Ash and Luke find their happy ever after in this fifth novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. Note from the author: Although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order!
This is a novella length MM romance with a HEA.

Author Bio:
Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.
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Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff #Release Day #Giveaway


Skinny Pants

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Book Three, The Happy Pants Café Series
  SHE ACCIDENTALLY CATFISHED THE PERFECT GUY. BUT WILL HE EVER LOVE THE REAL HER? DR. JACK REED has been through hell. His wife cheated on him, broke his heart, and lied for years. But moving on isn’t easy, and it’s impossible to trust women again. Until he meets Macie, a nurse at his new hospital. There’s something about her honest heart that makes him want to fight to get his life back. NURSE MACIE FRANKLIN was always known as “the fat girl.” After decades of failed diets, she doesn’t dream of ever being anything but invisible to the opposite sex. One moment of weakness and two glasses of bubbly later, she’s in a steamy online chat with “Dr. J-Love” as the fake, size 8, bubbly Catrina. Their passionate conversation convinces her it’s time to make big life changes. But when she goes to see Dr. Reed, the new amazing surgeon everyone’s talking about, it’s Dr. J-Love! And he’s way hotter in person. They hit it off a second time as friends, but now Macie’s heart is at risk of falling hopelessly in love. Will he ever love the real her back?



About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men
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The White Room by C.M. Albert Blitz and #Giveaway

The White Room
C.M. Albert
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“What we do behind closed doors reveals the naked truth of who we really are.”
Welcome to the White Room . . . The rules are simple:
No real names.
No commitment.
Two hours.
They’re put into place to protect us—exclusive clients lucky enough to afford the cost of playing. But everyone knows: some rules are made to be broken.
When hearts and bodies collide, even the best intentions slip away . . . exposing the true reasons why we seek the room in the first place.
Will the White Room set you free? Step inside and find yourself.
* * *
The White Room is a five-star STEAMY contemporary romance that takes off from page one and leaves you breathless and panting for more with each new chapter. This book IS different from my first three books as the heat has been dialed up times a thousand!
Thirteen chapters explore different couples as they discover the naked truth behind their desires, limits, lessons, love, and what they really crave in life. The White Room is non-stop heat from page one, but don’t let that fool you. There’s plenty of heart, humor and depth woven into each couple’s adventure.
This is a full-length stand alone with a HEA.
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[Note: Vironica Mason is her real name; Wendy is her White Room name.]
“Stand for me, Wendy,” he commanded. Her sundress dropped to the ground and Asher took in the shape and delicate curves of her body as she stood before him, completely bare except for her long double strand of pearls. “My God, you are beautiful.”
Vironica stepped out of her sundress and kicked it gently to the side. She ran her hands down her chest, over her pert breasts, and to her stomach. It was slightly curved from the birth of her daughter, but she was trim, fit for her age. Her legs were long, and made to look longer in her high-heeled wedge sandals with complicated straps running up her taut calf muscles.
“Dear God, please leave those on,” Asher said, pulling her close. “Those, the pearls, and that fucking sexy braid are going to give way to many fantasies long after today,” he growled.
Her lips curved into a knowing smile. “A woman has to have a secret weapon or two,” she murmured. “But one of us is overdressed,” she said, wetting her mouth with her soft pink tongue as it slid over her full lips.
She tugged at Asher’s baby blue tie, loosening it and sliding it out from under the starched white collar of his button-up shirt. “Don’t you look adorable in your derby finest,” she said, eyeing his frame appreciatively. “You come from good stock.”
She smoothed her fingers up and down his biceps after she dropped his tie to the sofa. He leaned over to pick it up. “Not so fast, Wendy. I have something in mind for this.”
She rubbed her naked body against him and shivered. “Tell me what you want to do with it,” she whispered before finding his mouth. She bit playfully at his lower lip, her hands trailing up the hard muscles that lay beneath his crisp white dress shirt.
He grabbed both of her wrists and held them in one of his large hands. “First,” he said slowly, wrapping the tie around her wrists and securing them, “I am going to tie this so your hands are bound.” He yanked the tie to tighten the knot he’d formed. Her wrists weren’t going anywhere. “Then, I’m going to pick you up, bring you to the bed, and have my dirty way with you. Do you understand me, Mrs. Mason?”

Author Bio:
USA Today Best Selling Author C.M. Albert writes heartwarming romances that are both "sexy and flirty, sweet and dirty!" Her writing infuses a healthy blend of humor, inspiration, and romance. She’s a sucker for a good villain, but is a die-hard believer in everlasting love. In her spare time, she and her husband wrangle their two kids and enjoy spending time outdoors. When not writing or kid wrangling, C.M. Albert is also a Certified Medical Reiki Master, chocolate chip cookie aficionado, kindness ambassador, and seeker of naps.


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Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor Blitz and #Giveaway

Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.
An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.
Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.
Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.
Will went to the doors leading to the balcony. “Do you hear that?”
Lexie got up from the sofa, and as soon as she came up to him, a low buzzing came through their back door. “What is it?”
Will hooked her waist. “Get behind me.”
“Just do it, Lexie!”
She curled into his back with her hands on his shoulders, looking around the nape of his neck while he reached for the door handle.
The buzzing got much louder when he cracked the door.
Her breath coming in quick gasps, she stared out into the night.
A wave of black shot up from the courtyard as if alerted by the light escaping from their door. The humming became deafening. Her eyes adjusted to the dark, and then Lexie became paralyzed with terror.
Flies, thousands of them, swarmed like a flock of birds, dipping and rising with a single mind. While poised over the pond, their mass obscured the floodlights from the adjacent buildings.
Aghast, Lexie’s nails dug into Will as the swarm pulled into a giant ball. A black wave flowed over the mass, bending and twisting in different directions, forming a shape.
“Have you ever seen flies do that?” Will mumbled.
Never taking her eyes off the object, she whispered back, “No. Never.”
Right after Lexie spoke, the ball suddenly contracted into a tight, flat orb.
She could not see the flies anymore, but their buzzing remained. Depressions sank into the orb; two eyes, a dip where the nose should be, and a thin line for the mouth.
The face reminded Lexie of a large black skull.
The skull then exploded, and the flies flew off in every direction.
“Holy shit!” Will slammed the doors and set the bolt. “What the hell was that?”
Lexie went around him to the window and peeked outside.
The only things hovering above the pond were a few bright beams from a neighbor’s spotlight. The flies had disappeared.
She stepped back, trembling. “It’s a warning.”
“Any idea who’s sending it?”
She rubbed his back, eager to feel his warmth. “No, but I’m sure I will find out soon enough.”
“Are you all right?” Magnus arrived in her living room. “I came as soon as I felt the black presence nearby.”
“We’re fine.” She looked up. “Just spooked.”
“Who are you talking …?” Will’s voice faded. “Oh my God. Is that …?”
Lexie held her breath as Will stared openmouthed at Magnus. “Can you see him?”
Will closed his mouth and cleared his throat. “Oh yeah.”
She rubbed her head, fighting the tension headache coming on. “This is all I need.”
“Others have seen me, why not him?” Magnus maneuvered closer. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Will.”
Will’s cheeks blanched, but he managed a courteous nod.
“Yeah, it’s nice to know you’re real.”
Magnus smugly grinned. “I’ve always been real.”
A long lapse of silence followed as each of the men—well, man and ghost—sized the other up.
Since she’d first met Magnus, Lexie longed for Will to see him, to know he existed. Her wish finally granted, she questioned if seeing Magnus was good for her husband. Will had stayed on the fringe of her world, opting to support her in any way he could, but leaving her to run her responsibilities without his assistance. She’d preferred things that way, seeking guidance from Titu instead of Will. He had his architecture firm and she her shop. Could they go back to their comfortable existence, or had the tide turned?
“Why is this happening?” Will staggered backward. “Why am I seeing him?”

Author Bio:
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Valerie by Charlotte Penn Clark (The Carmichaels, #3)

by Charlotte Penn Clark

My rating: 3 stars

Series: The Carmichaels - Book 3
Publisher: Pen and Pencil Press (April 1, 2016)
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance - NA
Print Length: 192 pages
Available from: Amazon
After being attacked by a stalker, Valerie Carmichael decides to give up modeling. But what will she do instead? While she tries to put her life back together she leans on the friendship of Adam Talbot, the doctor who treated her in the emergency room. Their friendship starts to develop into something stronger, but Valerie is just starting the emotional journey to feel safe again.
Adam knows he shouldn’t pursue Valerie. She was his patient and now she needs a friend. When she and her sisters face another crisis he just wants to be there for her, but it only draws them closer together.
This is Book 3 of a series on the five Carmichael sisters. It is a standalone novella that takes place five years after Book 1 so there will be spoilers! It contains sex scenes only intended for readers over 18
Valerie by Charlotte Penn Clark (The Carmichaels, #3)

Valerie (The Carmichaels, #3)Like the other Carmichael sister novellas, Valerie’s story is about finding love, accepting the unfair events in life and learning to trust and move forward. A model, Valerie was attacked and her face slashed. It was the doctor who treated her in the emergency room who would become a friend and a shoulder to lean on.

Valerie isn’t the only one with a past, and her budding relationship with Adam begins as a simmering heat. It will take another Carmichael family crisis to finally bring these two together.

Charlotte Penn Clark’s VALERIE is filled with all of the angst and turmoil of previous books in the series, but there is a troubled sweetness to this couple and in Valerie that feels more endearing than her sisters' stories so far.

Even just a few more pages would have fleshed out Valerie's story.

I received a complimentary copy from Charlotte Penn Clark

The Ghost by Jessica Gadziala (Professionals, #2)

The Ghost
by Jessica Gadziala

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Professionals - Book 2
Publication Date: April 18, 2018
Publisher: Jessica Gadziala
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Available from: Amazon

Sloane has everything she thought she ever wanted- a great career, a great apartment, great clothes, a life she had worked hard for.

Until one night, one chance encounter, one decision that changed everything.

With no options left, she enlists the help of Quinton Baird & Associates, who promptly inform her that she has to leave it all - the career, the apartment, the life she had worked so hard to build for herself - behind.

If all that wasn’t enough, her entire future - and life in general - was in the hands of a man whose coworkers called ‘The Ghost.’ Because that was what he did; he ghosted people, hid them, gave them new lives, made them impossible to find.

With no other choice, she agrees to his terms, climbs in a car with him, and travels almost clear across the country toward her new life. But the long hours on the road - and even longer hours in cabins and hotel rooms - together start to show her things. Like how unhappy she had actually been, how hollow her life was, how much she had denied herself in the name of superficial success.

And maybe, just maybe, how much she was starting to see how wrong first impressions can be, and how much a person can begin to mean to you when you decided to let them in…

The Ghost by Jessica Gadziala (Professionals, #2)

The Ghost (Professionals, #2)Prepare to meet the ultimate badboy/good man. This is the kind of ghost story that will melt the hearts of every soul who reads it. NO, Jessica Gadziala hasn’t gone soft on us, her anti-heroes haven’t lost any of their edge or their honor or their heart.

Gunner is THE GHOST because he is good at what he does. He makes people disappear for their own good, but when the beautiful, successful, yet cold, Sloane with-the-hyphenated-last-name enters the offices of Quinton Baird & Associates, her life and her safety becomes Gunner’s responsibility. Too bad he isn’t too sure she is worthy of his talents, but her money is good and she paid a lot to lose all she has worked for. Now Gunner will deliver her to a new life, a new beginning and wash his hands of ever knowing her.

What Gunner wasn’t expecting from the Ice Queen was a woman terrified of life, a product of an upbringing that left her scarred and needing to prove to the world and herself that she is more than she was given credit for. Maybe they have more in common than meets the eye.
Sometimes you CAN get a second chance to make a good impression…and sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.

Jessica Gadziala has raised the bar one more time! She is known for her grit, her dark romance and no holds barred style of writing. NO, she definitely has not gone soft, her writing has grown, her characters are even more brilliantly developed and they are swoon-worthy, wrapped in a shell of armor, just waiting for the right someone to break that shell and give them a reason to believe in love and trust.

There is nothing more magical than a hero with a heart, willing to give it away or a heroine whose damaged past can be soothed by a good man to believe in. Guess that makes Jessica Gadziala a magician with her words!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Jessica Gadziala!

Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis (The Kennedy Boys, #6)

Seducing Kaden
by Siobhan Davis

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Kennedy Boys - Book 6
Publication Date: April 30, 2018
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Genre: NA Romantic Saga
Print Length: 229 pages
Available from: Amazon
A new forbidden romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliffhanger. 


The woman I love will never be mine because she already belongs to another.

I’ve tried everything to forget her, but it’s impossible when she occupies a starring role in my dreams. My eyes are glued to her shapely curves whenever I see her around campus, and it doesn’t help that she looks as miserable as I feel.

I wonder if she misses me as much as I miss her.

Short of putting a bullet through the skull of that gangster she’s married to, I’m stuck in a hellhole of my own making. 

Until fate intervenes, setting us on a collision course we can’t avoid.


When I was a little girl, I dreamed of falling in love. The all-consuming sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love I swooned over in movies. 

It didn’t take long for that fairytale notion to come crashing down around me. Now I’m trapped in a marriage I despise with no way out.

The only light in the dark is Kaden Kennedy—the one true love of my life. He doesn’t know he is, because I’m forced to love him from afar, condemned to toss and turn at night, crying over everything I want and all I can never have.

Seeing him day in, day out, destroys me, but there’s no other choice; I had to push him away to keep him safe. 

Because if my husband ever finds out I’m in love with another man, I won’t be the only one in danger.

While you don't need to read the earlier books in this series to enjoy Seducing Kaden, it is highly recommended. This book is a contemporary new adult romance, and it is only suitable for readers aged eighteen and older due to mature content, sexual situations, and language.

This story includes details of an extramarital affair, so if you don’t like cheating or controversial storylines, then this book isn’t for you.

Seducing Kaden by Siobhan Davis (The Kennedy Boys, #6)

Seducing Kaden (The Kennedy Boys, #6)The queen of heartbreak and desire has topped herself, AGAIN with SEDUCING KADEN. You think Siobhan Davis couldn’t possibly top her angst and drama filled The Kennedy Boys series so far? Think again! Not only are we going to witness another tumultuous romance, this one has the potential to be deadly for Kaden, but he wants Evelina, as much as she wants him and they are both willing to risk everything to be together.

Get ready to get intimidate with the hearts, souls and minds of these two characters, as well as their lives. Imagine a love that is forbidden, imagine it lasting more than a month or two, for it to be more than a tantalizing fling. We are going to be part of this affair for years and every year, it is going to wrench at your heart and your sensibilities and your moral compass, because forbidden is forbidden.

Brutal and raw, this time out, Siobhan Davis has nailed what real love is, even if it is impossible. Painful to read, excruciating to imagine living, Kaden and Evelina’s story is nothing short of powerful reading that holds twists, passion and some of the ugliest scenes imaginable.

And oh, the heat, it sizzles through Ms. Davis’s words. So many taboos, so much anguish, no matter what your feelings are about the controversial topics in SEDUCING KADEN, you cannot deny the love that cements two souls and binds them together.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Siobhan Davis!