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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sexy Snippets: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh


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Sundays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. Want to join in? Just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like, and then leave a comment with a link to your post. And don't forget to have a sexy-good time!

Promotional Post: The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel Cooper (#Giveaway)

Who doesn't love Highlanders?! (I can't be friends with you any longer if you don't :p) But a Dragon Highlander?! *Swoon* I have gone into hero lust overload! Find out more about Colin MacAlasdair below in THE HIGHLAND DRAGON'S LADY!



21897519The Highland Dragon's Lady 
(Highland Dragon #2)
by Isabel Cooper
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402284705
Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn't count on that friend being so handsome... and she certainly didn't expect him to be a dragon.

Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he's never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly... or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit - and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sangria Saturday: Pomegranate Sangria (#Sangria #Wine #Recipe)


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Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  




Looking for the perfect sangria recipe for the fall and winter months? Look no further! 


Pomegranate Sangria

Pre-Release Blitz: A League of Her Own by Karen Rock (#Giveaway)

I love a good sports romance and A League of Her Own sounds promising! Find out more about the book below and then be sure to get your copy on December 1st!



23252231A League of Her Own
by Karen Rock 
Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 312 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2014 by Harlequin
ISBN139780373367030
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits. 

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her…

Romance, Baseball, Rivals to Lovers, Contemporary Romance 


Friday, November 28, 2014

#Review: The Rooftop: A Short Story of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch - 3.5 Wine Glasses



23300601Title: The Rooftop: A Short Story of the Entwined Realms
Series: Entwined Realms #1.6
Author: Danielle Monsch
Format: Kindle Edition, 15 pages
Published: September 29th 2014 by Romantic Geek Publishing
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Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 3.5/5

FALLON and REIGN - a meeting and a parting, with only the stars as witness.

AUTHORS NOTE: The Rooftop is a short story (10 PAGES) set in the Entwined Realms universe. This story would best be described as a slice-of-life/character study, and is meant for existing fans of the series. It is not the best place for readers who are not familiar with the Entwined Realms to start.

This short is not necessary for following the over-arching plot of the Entwined Realms. This is an extra, written for fans who want more time with these characters.

The Rooftop is Book 1.9 of the Entwined Realms series, but due to the nature of the story, can be read any time after finishing Stone Guardian.

Linda's Thoughts:
THE ROOFTOP by Danielle Monsch is a short story consisting of just fifteen pages in Danielle's Entwined Realms series.  It renders some intriguing insight into both Fallon and Reign through a series of rooftop meetings and offers a taste of what may lay in store for them in future installments.  

Blog Tour: Halligan To My Axe by Lani Lynn Vale (Post & #Giveaway)

Lani Lynn Vale returns with her second book in The Heroes of The Dixie Wardens MC series - HALLIGAN TO MY AXE! MC's, Firefighters, sizzling hot romance? You won't want to miss this one!


Lani Lynn Vale, Black Friday Shopper?

I value my life, so no.  I live in Texas, and a woman won’t hesitate to knock you over and stomp on your face if you’re next in line for the Xbox that she wants.  

~ Lani Lynn Vale

Promotional Post: Ann Mayburn's Exquisite Danger



22362229Exquisite Danger 
(Iron Horse MC #2)
by Ann Mayburn 
ebook
Published November 26th 2014 by Fated Desires Publishing, LLC
ISBN 1623221676
For the first time in my life I know what it’s like to be completely and truly adored by a man who loves me for exactly who I am, a high functioning autistic with more personality quirks than there are stars in the Texas Hill Country night sky.

Some people think my boyfriend, Smoke, is a total biker psycho, a natural born killer who will destroy anyone who threatens what he considers his. They wouldn’t be wrong, but he’s so much more than that. He’s my dark salvation, my beloved fallen angel who is trying with all of his wicked heart to save me from what seems like an entire world bent on either killing me or a fate worse than death.

We’re headed to the Denver, Colorado chapter of the Iron Horse MC, chasing after my narcissistic, junkie mother who decided to steal from some very bad men leaving her two daughters behind to pay the price for her betrayal. My twin sister, Sarah, old lady to the Iron Horse MC president, is looking for my mother as well, but Sarah’s gone rogue and has no one to guard her back which worries me deeply. To further complicate matters, there are traitors in the Iron Horse MC who are working with my mother, not only helping her to escape but also informing my enemies of my every move.

The odds are stacked against me, but I will do whatever is necessary to protect those I love, and with Smoke at my side, I just might make it out of this mess alive.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Author Guest Post with M.L. Buchman of Full Blaze

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We have a talented guest joining us today with is new romantic ruspense release of Full Blaze. Please give a warm welcome to author, M.L. Buchman!



Taking a Step Too Far
Full Blaze by M.L. Buchman

Cal Jackson stared up at the wall of flame eating its way toward him through the forest. He was always tempting fate one step too far. Now he was way past the second step, as well as the third. He was standing in the foreign land of totally screwed. In his seven years of fighting wildfires and five more photographing them, he’d never been this far over the line. Not even close.

He’d ridden the edge a lot since he was a testosterone-laden teen. It had earned him his fair share of cold slaps from ticked-off women, but maybe more than his share of warm and friendly nights. It had also led to numerous interesting opportunities to travel for both work and play, so he’d learned to take that risk without really thinking about it.

He tried not to take that second step very often; it was his warning that he was pushing the limits. But dancing along the edge of that step was what had won him so many of his awards. Though the Pulitzer for photography and “best of” for World Press Photo still remained out of reach, he’d bagged a lot of awards including the cover on National Geographic. And Time, twice.

Out here, way past the second step, the Grindstone Canyon Fire was in full-throated roar.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#Review: All In by Amanda Carlson - 4 Wine Glasses


23491305Title: All In 
Series: Sin City Collectors #5
Author: Amanda Carlson 
Format: ebook, 145 pages
Published: November 17th 2014 by Amanda Carlson, Inc.
ISBN:139780990392811
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4/5

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. 

Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She’s in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she’s been accused of committing. It doesn’t help that she hasn’t fed in months, and keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who’s accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour. 

Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he’s fallen for—not only from her brother—but from herself. The two have been on the incubus’s trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows the succubus is in trouble, but he has no idea how to help her. In the end, letting go of his painful past is the only way he can save her.


What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone paranormal romance novellas, each with their own set of characters and happy endings, and are all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

Linda's Thoughts:
"That tree--" she motioned toward it again "-- is the equivalent of a demon's wet dream in the natural sense."
"I hear what you're saying, but I'm having a hard time believing it. How can a tree be seen as seductive?"
"Why wouldn't it be?" Ginger said, "Anything can be seductive if you see it in the right light. Haven't you taken the time to notice all the beauty around you today? This place is absolutely breathtaking!"
"I see it, and the scenery is nice, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't come close to giving me a stiffy." He grinned at his joke.
She crossed her arms. "Then you're not appreciating it enough. Nature should be... stiffy inducing."
...  "And just so you know, that was one of the best lessons I've ever had. Wolves don't notice much past their noses, so that kind of beauty is lost on us."

Character Guest Post from Kara Braden's The Deepest Night (#Giveaway)

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We have a special guest joining us this holiday week. Please welcome Michelle from THE DEEPEST NIGHT!



Five Things Michelle Cole is Thankful For

What a difference six months can make! This past June, I was lost in the Arizona heat, living with my mother and trying to figure out what to do with my life. Now, I’m on the other side of the country, with my whole life in front of me—or I should say, in front of us, because I’m not alone anymore.

That’s a good place to start, because of all the things I have in this world, I’m most thankful for the man who showed me true love: Ray Powell. And to think, the first time I saw him, I was more than a little scared of him. Of course, he looked like he’d been on the losing end of a brawl, but when I got to know him, I realized just how gentle and caring he is. I never thought I’d trust anyone enough to fall in love, but Ray snuck into my heart, one kind word and soft kiss at a time, until I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#Review: Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye - 5 Wine Glasses



21410470Title: Hard to Come By 
Series: Hard Ink #3
Author: Laura Kaye
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by Avon
ISBN: 0062267922
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Audible
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 5/5

Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


Crystal's Thoughts:
Okay, first, I just have to say. How much does the model on the cover look like Piper from Charmed? Awesome! And the male model ain't too bad himself. *wink* From the previous books in the series, I didn't think that I could fall in love with Marz any more. But after reading Hard To Come By, Laura Kaye proved me wrong once again!

Interview with Sally Orr of The Rake’s Handbook (#Giveaway)

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Our guest today is a fellow scientist who turned a challenge into a novel! Welcome Sally Orr!



Thank you. Delighted to be here.

Lexi: Right side or left side of the brain, scientific or creative process. Which one would you say is more difficult?

Great question. Easy to answer because, after a long career in science, I suspect my creative side is entirely vestigial, a small shriveled up remnant of whatever neurons use to be there. When you think about it though, both science and creative writing requires each side to function. In science, you need to know the facts, but a successful scientist needs the creative side to dream up experiments to test a hypothesis. While the creative process needs the factual, detail-oriented part of the brain to remember the details of your story and plot. Since I can easily forget the details of my characters, perhaps both sides of my brain may have shriveled just a bit. 

Release Day Launch: .@LauraKayeAuthor's HARD TO COME BY (#Giveaway)

Laura Kaye's HARD TO COME  BY is finally here! Marz's story is sure to blow you away, I know it did me! Keep a look out for our review of this title coming soon and be sure to grab your copy today!



21410470
Hard to Come By 
(Hard Ink #3)
by Laura Kaye
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publication: November 25th 2014 by Avon
ISBN 0062267922
Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Audible
Caught between desire and loyalty…



Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.


When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


Monday, November 24, 2014

#Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel - 4 Wine Glasses



20640755Title: The Book of Ivy 
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Author: Amy Engel
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published: November 11th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
ISBN: 1622664655
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4/5

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him… 


Linda's Thoughts:
“My mission is not to make him happy and bear his children and be his wife. My mission is to kill him.” 

Promotional Post: Love Me to Death by Marissa Clarke (#Giveaway)

LOVE ME TO DEATH is one of those books that I would pick up based on the cover alone. Yum! Take a look at this sexy paranormal romance below and then be sure to grab your copy today!




20696013Love Me to Death 
(Underveil #1)
by Marissa Clarke
Paperback, 420 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Entangled: Select
ISBN 1622663918
Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. 

Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

* * *

Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them--an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong. 

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. 

With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sexy Snippets: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy


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Sundays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. Want to join in? Just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like, and then leave a comment with a link to your post. And don't forget to have a sexy-good time!


WARNING: A change of panties may be needed after reading...

Promotional Post: Hot Highlander's Blog Tour with Delilah Devlin (#Giveaway)

Hot Highlanders & Wild Warriors

I’m a romance writer, but before that, I was a reader of romance novels and my favorites were historical stories set in medieval times. Genres rise and fall in popularity, but medieval romances, whether knights in shining armor or Highlanders in their tartans, are always there. So I was thrilled to have the chance to put together a collection of stories set in long-ago times in faraway places.

I asked authors to let their fantasies run wild to an era where men wearing heavy armor or thick tartans sent a spirited young maiden’s (or salty widow’s) heart fluttering. To imagine a primitive, simpler time where survival required physical strength, and men were judged for their fierce loyalty and unshakeable honor. To tell the story of that knight serving a conquering king, who enters a keep, his armor tarnished and smeared with dirt and blood, and let the reader watch as he scans the great hall until his gaze snags on a woman whose frightened face is nonetheless set into stubborn lines as she meets his piercing gaze… And then imagine what happens next…

TWICE TEMPTED by Eileen Dreyer (#Spotlight & #Giveaway)





20967420Twice Tempted 
(Drake's Rakes #5)
by Eileen Dreyer 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by Forever
ISBN 1455519340
Fiona Ferguson and her twin sister Mairead are missing. Sisters of an alleged traitor, they have been cast out by their noble grandfather, who believes their brother's reputation will taint them. Furious at the old man's behavior, Drake's Rakes Alex Knight and Chuffy Wilde set out to find the sisters.

What Alex and Chuffy don't know is that they are also leading agents for the traitorous cabal The Lions right to the women. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, the sisters and their rescuers are forced farther and farther into the slums of London to escape not only the Lions, but Minette Ferrar, a notorious assassin looking to revenge herself on Ian Ferguson by killing his sisters. What Fiona Ferguson cannot escape, though, is the dawning realization that she is falling in love with Alex Knight, who is burdened with secrets that pose the most danger of all.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sangria Saturday: Spiced Cranberry Sangría (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)


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Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  

I absolutely LOVE cranberries. Anything cranberry! And since this coming week is a holiday known for having cranberries I thought I'd share a yummy sangria recipe to accompany your Thanksgiving meal!

Spiced Cranberry Sangría

Interview with author Victoria Vane of Slow Hand (#Giveaway)


Her bio says it all, from historical to contemporary settings. But today she is stopping by to talk about her newest Western Contemporary Romance! Welcome Victoria Vane!


Thank you so much for having me, Lexi!

Lexi: This summer you did a road trip and hit up some of our country’s western states. You even came across a cowboy carrying the American flag. Did that trip inspire any of this new series, Hot Cowboy Nights?

So glad you enjoyed the photos! It was an incredible trip. We took hundreds of pictures as we travelled through Wyoming and Montana. It was very much a research trip for me. IN addition to visiting all of the places I mention in this series, I also had a chance to meet face to face with many real people who live the life and face the challenges I depict in this series. Among them were cattle ranchers, rodeo cowboys, stock contractors, and even a wild horse trainer. Many elements of these various people combined to bring my characters more vividly to life.

Lexi: Book spurs trip, trip inspires book. Either way, writing about something you see is a great way to bring your reader into the story. And the story between Wade and Nicole in Slow Hand sounds like a great romance! Sassy Southern girl who is done with cowboys and a lawyer who is really a cowboy at heart. Did their chemistry click for you right away?

Friday, November 21, 2014

#BookReview: The Reordering by Vicki Pettersson - 4 Wine Glasses



23380177Title: The Reordering 
Series: Signs of the Zodiac #6.5
Author: Vicki Pettersson 
Format: ebook
Published: October 15th 2014 by Alistern Press, LLC
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer:  Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Joanna Archer is back.

From New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson, comes The Reordering, an all-new, action-packed novella, and sequel to the NYT Bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series.

Joanna Archer is a superhero … or would be if she hadn't blown up the underpinnings of the entire supernatural underworld and walked away. With the promise of new life stirring in her body, and her lover, Hunter Lorenzo, firmly at her side, Joanna believes she's earned her hard-won peace. Yet when her mother, Zoe, is reported missing, Joanna must take up arms once again and return to Las Vegas. Because there is a Reordering of the Zodiac world underway…and a powerful new evil rising from the rubble she left behind.

Never before published,The Reordering is a 25,000 word original novella.


Crystal's Thoughts:

Book Blitz: Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul (#Giveaway)

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Today we're having a book blast for Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul. We'll be revealing a deleted scene from Exchange of Fire and it's on sale right now as well!! Enjoy and make sure you enter P.A.'s giveaway!!



21848650Exchange of Fire 
(SBG #1)
by P.A. DePaul 
Published August 19th 2014 by Penguin InterMix
Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…