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Sunday, July 31, 2016

#NewReleases in Books for August & #Giveaway!!!

So many amazing book releases this month! I can't wait to get my hands on Kresley Cole's new releases, as well as Katee Robert's and Rebecca Zanetti's! I also cannot recommend enough Kari Lynn Dell, Anna Bradley, Colleen Houck, Jen McLaughlin, Lexi Blake, and Rachel Van Dyken's upcoming releases! Which books are you looking forward to the most this month? 



1st

24419968Day Zero
(The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
by Kresley Cole
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Valkyrie Press
ASINB01FROAZOO
Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew.

Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene's story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game--like Death, Jack, and Fortune--must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.

We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . . 


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Texas BBQ #Recipe (#Coleslaw) with Cathy Gillen Thacker of A Texas Soldier's Family

This wraps up our Saturday posts this month featuring a delicious Texas BBQ Recipe from great Harlequin authors. You won't want to miss this! Today we are featuring a delicious recipe that would go perfectly with the ribs recipe we featured last week, and okra the week before! And who doesn't love a good coleslaw recipe!? Grab your fixin's, this sizzling cowboy romance, and enjoy! 



Texas Coleslaw
A recipe of the author's favorite cowboy-barbecue dish for summer nights!

Friday, July 29, 2016

4 Wine Glass #Review of Gold Like the Sun by Erin Kellison




30374743Title: GOLD LIKE THE SUN
Series: Sol #2
Author: Erin Kellison
Format: Kindle,
Published: Fire Flower Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2016)
ISBN: ASIN: B01HOR2EZU
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

It’s the wedding of the millennium! Princess Pilar Sol and Hakan Frust are celebrating their union with sector fetes full of celebrity and pomp. Theirs is an arranged marriage to preserve the vital commerce of the Nyer Transit Hub, and yet Pilar is madly, unreservedly, passionately in love. She has all the excitement she has long dreamed of—and a little more than she bargained for when she discovers that Hakan’s grasping family wants her dead.

Hakan has done everything in his power to save his inheritance—the bustling but impoverished Hub—including marrying a wealthy princess for her dowry. His heart isn’t supposed to be part of the deal, but Pilar has all the beauty and joy his life lacks. When Hakan runs afoul of his uncle’s associates—criminal in nature, violent in approach—he refuses to risk Pilar, not for money, not even for his life.

But Pilar is not so easily cast aside, and negotiations turn into a gamble with the future of the sector in the balance. Hakan is about to learn about the high stakes his bride will hazard, as he now has far more to lose—and win—than he ever believed possible: a future brighter than gold.



Linda's Thoughts:
A black void was sucking her down into a nothingness far deeper than sleep.
Her throat was parched, closing. She grabbed for one of his arms to hold her, to stop her fall, and he brought her close, her head on his chest. His heart boomed under her ear.
"Save me." Her vision was dimming.
"I am," he answered.

#Excerpt #Reveal of Ruthless by Lexi Blake

Here is a book I am currently reading and loving - Ruthless, out August 9th! This is a spin-off of Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series, which I have not read yet, and feature's Case's new in-laws, the Lawless'! 



27833807Ruthless 
(Lawless #1)
by Lexi Blake
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 by Berkley
ISBN 0425283577
The first in a sexy contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

The Lawless siblings are bound by vengeance. Riley, Drew, Brandon, and Mia believe the CEO of StratCast orchestrated their parents’ murder twenty years ago to steal their father’s software program. And there’s only one way Riley can find some solid evidence...

Heir to the StratCast legacy, Ellie Stratton hires a new attorney to handle a delicate business matter—and she’s shocked by her attraction to him. Over the course of a few weeks, Riley becomes her lover, her friend, her everything. But when her life is threatened, Ellie discovers that Riley is more obsessed with settling an old score than in the love she thought they were building. And Riley must choose between a revenge he’s prepared for all his life and the woman he’s sure he can’t live without...

Read an #Excerpt from As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee + #Giveaway




27969077As Rich as a Rogue 
(Rakes and Rogues #3)
by Jade Lee
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492605050
Third in the saucy, vibrant Rakes & Rogues Regency romance series from USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee

A most unusual wager

Mari Powel's fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton's good graces. How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston's unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she's made of. Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he'll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari's heart.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

5 Wine Glass #Review of Into Dust by B.J. Daniels





27220715Title: INTO DUST
Series: The Montana Hamiltons #5
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages/ Kindle,
Published: HQN Books (July 26, 2016)
ISBN: ISBN-10:0373789246
ISBN-13:978-0373789245
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author/NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A Texas cowboy comes to her rescue but who is he really?

As the daughter of a presidential candidate, and an identical twin, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape the notoriety and live her own life. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, Cassidy longs for the cavalry. Which suddenly comes in the tall, dark and sexy form of cowboy Jack Durand. The gorgeous Texan doesn't recognize her, wants nothing from her and is determined to keep her safe. Cassidy's kind of man

As Jack takes Cassidy into hiding, he hates keeping secrets from the beautiful blonde. But Jack knows more about the kidnapping attempt than he's admitting. Forced on the run in the Lone Star State and Montana, Jack and Cassidy begin piecing together a jagged family puzzle, exposing a plot years in the making one that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together than ever.


Linda's Thoughts:
Without the cops or the feds, the two of them were on their own. And Jack had no idea what they were up against. All he knew was that he now had the assumed future president's daughter's life in his hands.

#Spotlight on Love Blooms on Main Street by Olivia Miles + #Giveaway

Sorry this is late going up, friends! I was waiting on some exclusive content from the publisher....but I guess they aren't sending that over. This still looks like a great romance to check out though! 



27416042Love Blooms on Main Street 
(Briar Creek #4)
by Olivia Miles 
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Forever
ISBN 1455567175
Love is always in season . . .

Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.

In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart... 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review of Grace: Bride of Montana by Debra Holland




27418029Title: GRACE: BRIDE OF MONTANA
Series: American Mail-Order Brides #41
Author: Deborah Holland
Narrator: Lara Asmundson
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 3 hours and 45 minutes
Published: March 30, 2016 (Debra Holland)
ISBN: ASIN:B01DKV1WA2
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Practical Grace Davenport thought she had her life all planned, including picking out the perfect husband. But she couldn’t have predicted the disaster that changed everything, leaving her no choice but to become a mail-order bride to a most imperfect man.


Linda's Thoughts:
Mine to protect. Mine to cherish.

#Giveaway of Into Dust by B.J. Daniels




27220715Into Dust 
(The Montana Hamiltons #5)
by B.J. Daniels 
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by HQN Books (first published June 28th 2016)
ISBN 0373789246
A Texas cowboy comes to her rescue but who is he really?

As the daughter of a presidential candidate, and an identical twin, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape the notoriety and live her own life. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, Cassidy longs for the cavalry. Which suddenly comes in the tall, dark and sexy form of cowboy Jack Durand. The gorgeous Texan doesn't recognize her, wants nothing from her and is determined to keep her safe. Cassidy's kind of man

As Jack takes Cassidy into hiding, he hates keeping secrets from the beautiful blonde. But Jack knows more about the kidnapping attempt than he's admitting. Forced on the run in the Lone Star State and Montana, Jack and Cassidy begin piecing together a jagged family puzzle, exposing a plot years in the making one that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together than ever. 

#Excerpt #Reveal of Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley




17608224Midnight Soul 
(Fantasyland #5)
by Kristen Ashley 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: August 15th 2016
ASINB01FR7DBL0
Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her masks slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

4 Wine Glass #Review of Snakes in the Garden by Victoria Roberts and C.A. Roberts





30110597Title: SNAKES IN THE GARDEN
Author: Victoria Roberts and her daughter, C.A. Roberts
Format: Ebook, 102 Pages
Published: Victoria Roberts (July 26, 2016)
ISBN: ASIN: B01EXBCK22
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Following in the footsteps of her late father, Annella Poley is an assassin for the Crown. She’s determined to avenge her father’s death, no matter what the cost. But then a brawny Highland captain crosses her path and helps her uncover secrets of her past that might save her future…unless she kills him first.

Marcus Grant would rather be anywhere other than the English court. When his laird orders him to follow a mysterious woman who can fight as well as any man, he’s trapped in the last place he wants to be. Marcus knows Annella is not to be trusted, and he plans to expose what she’s been hiding—but that’s before he risks everything by falling in love.



Linda's Thoughts:
He gave her an encouraging smile. "I know horrible memories haunt your dreams, but you're the strongest woman I know. If anyone can do this, it's you. We must kill the snakes in our garden, protect what we love, and let no man stand in our way."

Travel Tips with Lillian Marek of A Scandalous Adventure + #Giveaway




Lillian’s Marek’s Travel Tip: 

In rainy climates, carry an umbrella instead of a parasol. If it also has a good steel shank, it can be useful when you wish to prod someone, either a recalcitrant younger sibling or the villain of the piece.

Monday, July 25, 2016

#Spotlight on Right Through Me by Shannon McKenna + #Giveaway

NYTimes and USA Today bestselling author Shannon McKenna launches The Obsidian Files with RIGHT THROUGH ME, a pulse-pounding tale of thrilling suspense and searing passion. A beautiful fugitive and a biotech tycoon with strange powers must face the lethal rage of a vicious enemy bent on their annihilation.



28681470Right Through Me 
(Obsidian Files #1)
by Shannon McKenna 
Expected publication: July 26th 2016
Stranger, speak softly...

Biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher has a deadly secret: his clandestine training as a super-soldier gives him abilities that go far beyond human. Yet he's very much a man. When Caro Bishop shows up at his Seattle headquarters with a dangerous secret agenda, his ordered life is thrown into chaos. Caro is a woman like no other—and her luminously sensual beauty cloaks a mystery he must solve.

Caro's lying low, evading a false charge of murder. She means to clear her name, and she'll do whatever it takes to survive—but seducing a man like Noah is more than she bargained for. His amber eyes have the strangest glow when he looks at her—she could swear he sees the secrets of her heart. The desire smoldering in Noah's eyes awakens her own secret hunger, but Caro has to resist his magnetic pull. Anyone close to her becomes a target. The only right thing to do is run, far and fast, but Caro can't outrun Noah's ferocious intensity—or deny the searing passion that explodes between them.

Nothing else matters—until a vicious enemy bent on the ultimate revenge puts his murderous plan into play. Noah and Caro must battle for their lives...and their love...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sangria Saturday: Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria (#Recipe #Sangria #Wine #Grilled #Fruit)


ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub

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!  


Another great grilled fruit sangria recipe to share with you this weekend! These would also go good with the Texas BBQ recipes we have been hosting Saturday's as well! Grilling the fruit until perfectly caramelized gives it, and the sangria, such an amazing taste.


Grilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria
TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN |  SERVINGS: 6 TO 8  | TIME(OTHER): PLUS 45 MIN CHILLING