Saturday, August 31, 2019

Book Review: Party Central by Mandy Lawson

L.K. (Lora Kate) London needs a job and a new roommate. Her best friend Sam does what he can to is surprised when she manages to land a job as an event planner as well as snag a roommate Lynsey. She's not happy when Lynsey starts to date Sam, but on the other hand, her new boss Ben is buying L.K. gifts and taking her out.
help, but
I love a best-friends-to-lovers book, and this is a fun read. I admit that I never warmed much to L.K. She's spoiled and immature, often acting more like sixteen than the twenty-three-year-old college graduate she actually is. Her behavior, especially in the workplace, was somewhat unrealistic and/or naive. (Nobody gets a diamond necklace from their boss in the first week without something else going on) Sam, however, is a doll. The story is told in L.K.'s first-person POV, but I'd have loved to have the story alternate with Sam's. He's kind and looks out for L.K. who definitely needs all the help she can get.
This is a cute story and a clean Christian book, perfect for the beach or a cozy fireplace read.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Book Tour and New Release: How To Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne


These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody
would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now,
with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s
most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.


Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride.
Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra
enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts
her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce
desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.

Author Bio:
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, USA Today bestseller Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Duchess in his Bed by Lorraine Heath

The Duchess in His Bed
Sins For All Seasons Book 4
by Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance 

For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan…
 As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden—with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.
A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.
As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future—or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA(R).

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Trad Tuesday: Lagan Love sung by Celtic Thunder

Written in 1903 in northern Donegal by and English poet and composed in 1904 by an Irish Composer from Belfast, "My Lagan Love" is a song to a traditional Irish air. Written during a time in Irish history when it was forbidden to write openly about Ireland, or express love, devotion, or nationalism towards the country, the Irish would write songs that indirectly would reference their love for their country as a beautiful woman. The Lagan is the river that runs through Belfast, but arguably that the Lagan in the song refers to a stream that empties into Lough Swilly in County Donegal, not far from where the composer resided.

This song features in my book The Black Swans where Conn sings it to Taisie.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Release Blitz: Wishful Thinking by Helen Harper

How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother In The World (Or Die Trying), Book 1
Urban Fantasy
Date Published: August 26, 2019
Publisher: Harperfire

Muddled magic. Missing faeries. She’s having one spell of a day at work…
Saffron Sawyer aspires to rise from the magical world’s bottom rung. But when her wish to join the renowned Office of Faery Godmothers is granted, bullies make her first day on the job unbearable. And to add to her misery, she discovers that someone is abducting her coworkers one-by-one.
Desperate to prevent another kidnapping, she scrambles to piece together the clues. After teaming up with the handsome and powerful Devil’s Advocate, she uncovers a strange connection between the disappearances and her lowly former gig. But when Saffron learns her promotion was only a ploy, she vows to ruin the devious plan.
Can Saffron muster enough magic to trap the villain before she’s sacked or stolen?
Wishful Thinking is the first book in the refreshingly original How To Be The Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World (or Die Trying) urban fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, enchanting spins on old tales, and clever twists and turns, then you’ll love Helen Harper’s captivating story.

Buy Wishful Thinking to watch a spunky sprite strut her stuff!

After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time, thanking her lucky stars every day that's she lucky enough to do so!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.
She currently lives in Devon in the UK with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway: Peppermint Candi by Melissa Love

Peppermint Candi
by Melissa Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Between her job at the firm and her husband's suspicious infidelities, Rashawn decided to listen to the advice of her close friends and set up online account. Inside the private world of Ultimate Pleasure adult club, you can chat and then meet up at a secret location.

Peppermint Candi, as Rashawn soon calls herself decided it's time for them to meet in person, but in this twisted story, Dark Chocolate isn't whom she expected.

My name is Melissa Love I make and create wax melts and scrubs as a side business, I love to write romance especially stories is all about lust, passion, and love. I also enjoy writing sensual and steamy characters. I still enjoy the street fiction, but I love my alter ego side as well. I have been writing for about six years, and also have dabbled in short stories. So if you are looking for stories to ignite your reading passion then you came to the right place. Sit back and enjoy yourself a cup of coffee.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New Release on Pre-Order: The Forbidden Scrolls by Matthew Cesca

After a heist gone horribly wrong, Juliya awakens in a room of a monastery. While she knows she had stolen a mysterious artifact there, she can't remember or understand all which has happened since. She is offered a chance: help the High Priest track down the artifact: The Forbidden Scroll of Fire that she stole; or be turned over to the guards.

But there are complications. The scroll was taken from her by Frost Dirvent, the sorcerer who hired her to steal it and then betrayed her, leaving her for dead. The heir to a family of necromancers long since defeated, Frost has stepped forth from the ashes of history to reclaim the power he believes is his birthright.

Despite her misgivings, Juliya must work with a group of adventurers to track down Frost and reclaim the scroll from him before he can use its powers against an unsuspecting world. But the journey to stop him will take her to the last place she ever wanted to return to: Home.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Book Review: The Sage by Kayla Krantz

In the third book of the Witch's Ambitions trilogy, we find Lilith injured after the last battle. Now both her legs are damaged, and she can't walk. She's acquired more information about her mother, none of it good. Meanwhile, a magical sickness is attacking the witches of Willow's coven and she finds she can't reanimate them.
I found this book a little slower in pace than the first two. There's one battle, but it's off-scene, so the story is mostly about the conflicts existing within Willow's coven and how Lilith deals with the various characters there. It's a good ending to the series which resolves Lilith's battle with the Council and gives hope to those left in the Land of Five.
The series as a whole is an interesting world of witches not quite like anything I've seen before. I liked the idea of the covens divided by their powers. The ultimate betrayal of the Sage, the witch who rules them all, and Lilith's resolve to overcome her makes for an interesting dynamic and a good read.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Splintered Crown by Larry N. Martin

The Splintered Crown
A Tankards and Heroes Novel
by Larry N. Martin
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure Quest 

A medieval fantasy with a party of adventurers all ready to make a name for themselves and earn some gold.

Tankards and Heroes is set in the city of Kortufan, where spies, assassins, mercenaries, arms dealers, rebels, smugglers, and informants do dirty deals dirt cheap.

The Poxy Dragon is a rough bar outside the worst part of the medieval Silk Road. It takes serious courage just to walk into the place, not only from its reputation but because of the rough clientele, questionable food, awful beer, and abysmal hygiene. Lots of taverns in Kortufan are home to ruffians and illegal dealings, but the Poxy Dragon is the proving ground for heroes - with a cemetery out back for the ones who don’t make the cut.

Lady Leota, the resident demigoddess at the Poxy Dragon, sends would-be heroes to different realms on quests. Once committed, there is no turning back, and if they want their reward, every party member must return through the portal – dead or alive.

Larry N. Martin Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat, and the new portal fantasy series, The Splintered Crown, A Tankards and Heroes novel. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel: New Templar Knights series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author (with Gail) of the Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack - Shadow Council series from Falstaff Books.

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