Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hard as Mason by Cindy B. Wells (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Sex, crimes and a writer’s mantra
by Cindy B. Wells

It’s a common lesson for writers; for some, it’s a mantra. As well, it’s a reliable point of reference to use as a tool while you chase after that elusive story—that glorious plot—that taunts and teases your mind until the walls break down and words flow. Say it with me…Write what you know.

I suppose it’s related to that old question about nature versus nurture. Does your imagination naturally run wild with stories inspired by few or no prompts from the outside world? Or do you base your writing on your experiences, relationships, destinations you have visited, people you know, and so on? And in the case of writing erotic romance, are the scenes real, or fantasy?

Back to You by Jessica Scott (Top 5 List/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Jessica Scott! Be sure to see our review of this title HERE!

Top 5 Ingredients for Keeping a Series Fresh

1. Remember what your core is. Too many series branch off or get too big for new readers.

2. Write the story that is true to your characters. Some of my books are darker, some are lighter but the tone is largely driven by the characters.

TEACHING ROMAN by Gennifer Albin (Excerpt)

18157895Teaching Roman 
(Good Girls Don't #2)
by Gennifer Albin
Published June 26th 2014
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Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

Friday, July 25, 2014

#BookReview: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - 4 Wine Glasses

10357792Title: Up From the Grave 
Series: Night Huntress #7
Author: Jeaniene Frost 
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published: January 28th 2014 by Avon
ISBN: 0062076116 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | AudibleB&N | ARe
Source: Purchased
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

I have much love for Cat & Bones and the Night Huntress series. It's been an incredible seven year journey for this couple and seeing the end of it is bittersweet. I recommend this series to everyone I meet and they will always have a special place on my book shelf, and in my heart. 

Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (Interview/Giveaway)

Tall, Dark, and Vampire (Dead in the City, #1)Vampire Trouble (Dead in the City, #2)Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead in the City, #3)
She was here with the release of book one in her Dead in the City series, and now she is back! Which means two things, we have book two and another chance to ply her with wine to get more vampire details from her! Welcome Sara Humphreys!

Lexi: It doesn’t seem as if it has nearly been a year since we were talking to you about Tall, Dark, and Vampire but I guess it has been. You have been busy with your other books but have you felt likeVampire Trouble has been a long time coming? 

It feels like a long time between every book. LOL. But it's kind of fun to have that much time in between because it's like visiting with old friends.

Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca (Promo/Giveaway)

Love hot romances with sexy ex-military men? Check out Jennifer Apodaca's HER TEMPORARY HERO!

22572532Her Temporary Hero 
(Once A Marine #2)
by Jennifer Apodaca
ebook, 242 pages
Published July 14th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence)
ISBN 162266762X
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Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.

Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.

Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.

Rochelle Alers's MAGNOLIA DRIVE (Excerpt)

Rochelle Alers' upcoming novel in her Cavanaugh Island series release July 29th and we have a special excerpt to share with you! 

18757482Magnolia Drive 
(Cavanaugh Island #4)
by Rochelle Alers
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Forever
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After a painful divorce and failed acting career, Francine Tanner packs her things and moves back to her hometown of Sanctuary Cove. There, she will join her mother in the family business as a hairstylist at the Beauty Box. Putting her LA dreams behind her, all Francine wants is to focus on rebuilding her life.
Keaton Grace is an independent film writer and director looking for a great place to open his own studio. After happening upon the small-town, he buys an abandoned building and surrounding lands to start his company. But he doesn't expect to bump into the beautiful Francine Tanner when he walks into the Beauty Box for a haircut and shave. Remembering her from a performance years ago in an off-Broadway show, he knows exactly what role she will play in his life.
Sparks fly between the two until Keaton reveals his plan—he wants Francine to star in his upcoming film. Tortured by her Hollywood past, she refuses to have anything to do with the film, even if it means letting go of their budding romance.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer!

I usually try to keep book news and such strictly on our Facebook and Twitter pages because it's the fastest way to share it but... ya'll ...I just had to post the 50Shades movie trailer here too this evening. I won't tell you how many times I've watched it already but it's in the double digits. lol And chills...Every. Damn. Time. Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday next year and I already told the Hubs we have plans! ;-) Eek! Let the countdown begin!

#BooKReview: Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning - 4 Wine Glasses

18490383Title: Sinners at the Altar 
Series: Sinners on Tour #6
Author: Olivia Cunning
Published: March 11th 2014
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon
Source: Purchased
Reviewer: Crystal 
Rating: 4/5

Even Sinners need love...
Sinners at the Altar includes four complete wedding stories, each about a different member of the rock band Sinners. These novellas are intended to be read after the Sinners on Tour series as each story is an epilogue to a different book in the series and thus riddled with major spoilers for not only individual books, but in some cases, the entire series.
When Sinners tie the knot, things don't always go as planned.

Appetite for Seduction - Epilogue to Backstage Pass
Lead guitarist Brian Sinclair may have finally won Professor Myrna Evans heart and her consent to wed, but being part of a high-maintenance band might just ruin his long-anticipated wedding day and steamy wedding night. Will the couple ever find a moment's peace or are some things more important than a night of uninhibited love-making?

Sweet Love of Mine - Epilogue to Wicked Beat
Drummer Eric Sticks is determined to marry sweet and sassy soundboard operator, Rebekah Blake, on the spur of the moment. But can he really offer the love of his life the wedding of her dreams in a small, unplanned ceremony? And can Rebekah offer Eric the one thing missing from his life that never realized he wanted?

Patience - Epilogue to Rock Hard
Lead singer Sed Lionheart never really wanted a big fancy wedding. He just wanted the girl. But his hot-tempered fiancee, Jessica Chase, has her heart set on a memorable ceremony and she is determined to persist through the aggravation to have the wedding of her dreams. The ceremony turns out to be memorable, all right, but not necessarily in the way they'd planned. Can the stressed-out couple recognize what's really important on their wedding day, or is the honeymoon over before it even begins?

November Rain - Epilogue to Hot Ticket
Professional dominatrix Aggie "Mistress V" Martin is madly in love with bassist Jace Seymour, but she's not in any real hurry to marry him. She's not really the wife "type". That all changes the moment she lays eyes on the perfect place to say "I do". With more than one obstacle in their path to wedded bliss, will these two ever make it down the aisle or will everything fall apart at the whim of others?

If you're a long-time Sinners fan like moi' then you know just how long we have been waiting for some of these stories! (Appetite for Seduction) The end of the series was bittersweet because these are characters that will stay in your heart forever. So, you will understand my excitement when Ms. Cunning was finally able to put this baby together and make fan-girl readers such as myself heart's explode with the joy of it all. 

#CoverReveal: K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER! BURYING WATER is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel scheduled for release October 7th! This book will blow you away. Get. Ready.

Burying Water
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