Monday, January 26, 2015

#Review: The Consequences of Sin by K.A. Robinson - 3 Wine Glasses

23657390Title: The Consequences of Sin
Author: K.A. Robinson
Format: eBook, 225 pages
Published: January 21st 2015 by K.A. Robinson Publishing LLC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 3/5

When the sun disappeared, the world was cast in shadows, hiding the evil that lay in wait. When it was dark, I hunted. The shadows caressed my body as I did things I could never do in the light of day.

Eighteen-year-old Bree Bowen has spent her entire life training and working as one of her father’s assassins. Fear has kept her and her best friend, Wes, under her father’s thumb—until now. 

When Wes takes matters into his own hands, securing Bree a new identity and a plane ticket to America, he gives her the one chance she’s been desperately seeking. 

Learning to live a new life isn’t easy. Add in her new roommate, Reid, who just happens to be a stripper, and things start to get a little crazy. Falling for a man has never been part of her plan, but she can’t seem to stay away from Reid. When Bree’s past comes crashing back into her life, secrets that she’s fought to keep hidden are revealed, and she’s forced to choose between Reid and the life she could have with him, or Wes, the one man who has always loved her unconditionally. 

Regardless of her choice, she must learn the consequences of sin. 

This book will be a standalone.

Crystal's Thoughts:
Murder, love, vengeance and second chances collide in K.A. Robinson's newest dark romance - The Consequences of Sin!

Behind the Author: Debra Holland (#Giveaway)

Thank you for joining us for another edition of BEHIND THE AUTHOR! Today, Debra Holland is joining us. She is not only a fabulous romance author but also a psychotherapist  and grief counselor!

In my other life, I’m a psychotherapist and corporate crisis and grief counselor. From the time I was a young teen, my grandmother inadvertently influenced both my decision to be a counselor and to be a writer.

My grandmother and I were very close, and I spent a lot of time with her. I was fascinated by her stories of growing up on a big estate in Germany, running wild, and having lots of adventures. I knew I wanted to write her stories when I grew up.

She subscribed to The Ladies Home Journal magazine, and I loved to read it. I was particularly interested in a long running article called, “Can this marriage be saved?” I was intrigued by the counselor’s role in bringing a husband and wife back together and knew I wanted to do the same thing someday.

In college and graduate school, although I took some writing classes, I focused on earning my master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and a Ph.D in counseling psychology. It wasn’t until I’d finished my Ph.D. and state licensing exams, and then recovered for about a year, that I turned to writing. Of course, I started with my grandmother’s stories. But by that time in her life, she’d forgotten a lot of the details I needed to write a book. So I took about six of her adventures and wrote them down.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Interview with author Candis Terry of Sweet Surprise (#Recipe & #Giveaway)

The last time this guest was at the blog she shared the recipe for Seven Devils Saloon Apple Pie Shooters! (yum) Let’s see what she has in store for us today, welcome Candis Terry!

Candis: Hey! How are you? Thanks for having me back!

Lexi: I am like you, or at least the Candy side of you that comes out in your Sweet Texas series, and I adore sweets. Good old American apple pie is hard to beat. But when you throw home made goodies into a book, pure perfection. In the writing of this series did you have to do any hard core taste testing? Hit up a string of pie shops all in one day?

Candis: I am really all about the research and writing the Sweet, Texas series has been detrimental to my waistline. When I put cowboy boots on the ground in Texas I sampled everything from deep fried pickles, sweet potato fries, deep fried cheesecake, Texas style barbecue, and a line up of sugary treats that still make my mouth water! And of course I had to imbibe in the Wilder brothers favorite, Shiner Bock Ale. I do like to be authentic and when it comes to good food I’m more than willing to take one for the team.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Behind the Author: Tracy March (#Giveaway)

Contemporary romance author, Tracy March, is joining us today for our BEHIND THE AUTHOR special! Please give her a warm welcome and enjoy this peek behind the author of THE MARRIAGE MATCH

I love writing stories—bringing characters and settings to life. And when I’m not writing, I’m busy building new ideas and discovering just the right places to set my novels. Whether it’s hiking or biking or challenging a ropes course, I love being outdoors and active. It’s twice the fun if I’m visiting a place that’s new to me, or even a familiar one, that I can poke around and explore.  

Always up for travel and adventure, I’ve flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia—and  I’m always asking, “What’s next?” 

Last year, my husband and I planned a vacation to the Colorado Rockies with the goal of hiking from the Victorian mining town of Crested Butte over the mountains to Aspen. We knew it would take some training, for sure. In late February, with my husband as our “coach,” we started hiking distances to build endurance, and found that we enjoyed the together-time even more than the exercise. After a while we brought along backpacks with extra gear to get used to the weight we’d be carrying on our big hikes. We worked up to frequent 12-mile hikes, and included as many challenging hills as we could find in mostly flat Yorktown, Virginia. By August, we were ready to go! 

#CoverReveal: Cassia Leo's THE WAY WE FALL (#Giveaway)

Today we have the cove reveal for Cassia Leo’s The Way We Fall! I love this cover, AND Cassia is sharing an excerpt, as well as the playlist for the book. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for all the fantastic extras!!

The Way We Fall 
(The Story of Us #1)
by Cassia Leo
Expected publication: February 16th 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Audio #Review: Deathwatch by Dana Marton - 5 Wine Glasses

18482611Title: Deathwatch 
Series: Broslin Creek #1
Written by: Dana Marton
Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins 
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:09-11-14
Publisher: Dana Marton
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

As the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life.

Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give.

If the best of the FBI couldn't protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer? 

Linda's Thoughts:
Kate Bridges thought attending her own funeral would be the hardest part....

Behind the Author: Amanda Usen (#Giveaway)

Welcome back to another BEHIND THE AUTHOR spotlight! Joining us today is Amanda Usen of the newly released Entangled Indulgence book, IMPULSE CONTROL! Looks sweet and a whole lot of sexy! 

Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain! A peek behind the author? Are you sure you really want to see what I've got going on back here? 

Well...let's start with the three kids. My oldest just turned thirteen, and by the time this posts I will have survived her bat mitzvah. Do you know what it's like to be a non-Jewish mother who hates to plan parties but is also a perfectionist? A perfectionist with a book release two days after the grand event? Who also started a new bakery job not too long ago?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#Review: Broslin Bride: Gone and Done it by Dana Marton - 5 Wine Glasses

22451824Title: Broslin Bride: Gone and Done it 
Series: Broslin Creek #5
Author: Dana Marton 
Format: ebook
Published: June 16th 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Library (A Huge Thank You to the author, Dana Marton, for donating her Broslin Creek series to my local library. :-))
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

The worst time to be charged with murder is:
A. When you have no alibi for the night in question.
B. When you have no memory of the night in question.
C. When you told people you hated the victim.
D. When the detective is the 1st guy you ever slept with--which didn't end well.

Check all of the above for Luanne Mayfair. If it wasn't for bad luck, she wouldn't have any luck at all. Okay, maybe a little luck. As it turns out, Detective Chase Merritt doesn't hold grudges.

He still looks at Luanne just as he did in high school, except he's grown some serious 'hot cop' muscles--very distracting when Luanne is trying to avoid the very law Chase represents.

Is she the killer? Is she being framed? Is she the next victim? As Chase and Luanne race to find some answers, danger and heat ratchet up in this fast-paced romantic mystery that will stop your heart one second, then steal it in the next. 

Linda's Thoughts:
"Okay, more disclosure. I'm not a fugitive at the moment, but I might become one. I don't know if I'm going back for a trial. I can't go to prison and leave the twins alone. We'll leave before it comes to that. I don't want to get you in trouble."
Hilda waved off the words. "I'm an old woman. They ain't gonna take me out of here in shackles. I've seen most of the local officers run around in diapers."
Luanne was pretty sure that didn't mean immunity. She'd seen Chase naked, and that hadn't stopped him from arresting her. She didn't tell that to Aunt Hilda.

Promotional Post: Devil in Duke's Clothing by Nina Mason (#Giveaway)

Devil in Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical romance by Nina Mason, tells the story of an innocent bride's struggles to adapt to her new husband’s eccentric erotic tastes amidst the instability and hedonism of the reign of Charles II. The book is the latest by Nina Mason, the author of The Queen of Swords and The Tin Man. Book One in the Royal Pains Trilogy, Devil in Duke's Clothing is highly erotic and features scenes of voyeurism, bondage, flagellation, and a voyeuristic menage.

23687907Devil in Duke's Clothing 
(Royal Pains #1)
by Nina Mason 
Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 17th 2015 by Nina Mason (first published January 11th 2015)
Maggie York, a convent-raised foundling, knows the Duke of Dunwoody’s sexual tastes are a shade or two darker than normal, but marries him anyway—partly because she has no other prospects and partly because, try as she might, she can’t seem to stop fantasizing about her dashing guardian. 

Two years ago, a voyeuristic experience involving him lured her from the garden of innocence into the orchard of forbidden fruit and she's been hungry for more ever since.

Robert Armstrong, the duke, is a Roman Catholic whose extreme devotions as a child colored his desires as a man. He’s also a slave to the times in which he lives--and to his king. Everything he is, everything he holds dear, depends on staying in Charles II’s good graces.

Unfortunately, Maggie isn't the king's choice of brides for the young Duke of Dunwoody. Now, to make amends, Robert must choose between the lesser of two evils: whore his wife or be reduced to a penniless commoner.

Whose interests will Robert choose to serve, his own, the king’s, or the woman he loves? 

#CoverReveal: ALL PLAYED OUT by Cora Carmack

ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, and we are excited to help share the cover with you! It is due to be released on May 12th, 2015.

All Played Out 
(Rusk University #3)
by Cora Carmack 
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by William Morrow & Company
ISBN 0062326244

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