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Monday, July 31, 2017

Read an #Excerpt from Dead and Buried by Jennifer Rebecca + #Giveaway




34745449Dead and Buried 
(Funerals and Obituaries #1)
by Jennifer Rebecca 
Kindle Edition, First, 329 pages
Published July 17th 2017 by Jennifer Rebecca Laura
ASINB071FCY3Y7
You ever hear the phrase, “about as successful as a soup sandwich?” Well, that's me, I am the soup sandwich, but instead of a soggy bread mess, you have twenty five year old with a Bachelor’s degree in nothing useful who just quit her job at the local home improvement store where there were definitely no Christian Greys looking to tie anyone up-and that's not a bad thing. I know, it's looking pretty sad right about now, but at least I don't still live with my parents…

So, here I am, embarking on a new journey covering the Funerals and Obituaries section of the local paper, the San Diego Metro News, for the editor-brace yourself-my uncle, Sal. Unfortunately, while my parents are on vacation, my Granny and her friends are determined to stir up some trouble, but this time, they may have bitten off more than they can chew, especially when some of the residents of the local retirement community are turning up unnaturally dead.

There is nothing that will keep me from protecting the people that I love, no matter how crazy they may be--not even the sexy, I mean stubborn, homicide detective Trent Foyle can stop me--My name is Shelby Whitmore and I'm kind of the newest reporter for the San Diego Metro News, but hey, I'm a hit with the blue hairs.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

3.5 Wine Glass #Review for Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

 



32798151Title:  Too Scot To Handle
Series: Windham Brides #2
Author:  Grace Burrowes
Format:  Paperback & eBook, 384pgs
Published:  July 25, 2017 by Forever
ASIN: B01N05V8R9
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer:  Kimberly
Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A MAN WITH MANY TALENTS

As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.



Kimberly’s Thoughts:
After a sick childhood, Anwen is used to being fretted over and cosseted. However, when the orphanage and boys she's dedicated her time to are in financial straits, her inner fire is about to be seen by all.
Colin never wanted to be a duke's brother and learning how a lord is supposed to act is wearing. Discovering Anwen is not the quiet shy miss everyone thinks her to be, though, has him intrigued.
Anwen and Colin will fight for what is right while discovering the strength of each other.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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


Welcome to Saturday Sangria, 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!  




Ultimate Sangria
Servings: 18 | Total Time: 15 minutes

Save that crappy wine by making this Ultimate Sangria!

Read an #Excerpt from Delta: Redemption by Cristin Harber




35048455Delta: Redemption 
(Delta #3)
by Cristin Harber
Kindle Edition
Published July 25th 2017 by Mill Creek Press
ASINB072HHY4R6
“My name’s Victoria—No last name. Don’t ask.” 

That was all that the woman would share when Delta team’s expert trigger man, an Australian named Ryder, pulled her from the pits of a human trafficking nightmare and took the gun from her hand.

He didn’t mean to steal her revenge but survival was the priority. Now that Victoria was home? She had a past he was trying to understand while keeping a secret from her that might tear her apart.

But he’s not the only one. When she goes missing, Delta team discovers that Victoria No Name was a one-woman vigilante force, taking on whoever crossed her path, from gun runners to a drug pushing motorcycle club.

She was exactly who Ryder thought she might be, and now he was coming in to help—whether she wanted backup or not.


Friday, July 28, 2017

#Spotlight on Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan + #Giveaway




32861737Kiss My Boots 
(Coming Home #2)
by Harper Sloan 
Kindle Edition
Published July 18th 2017 by Pocket Books
ASINB01M3X6CPC
In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing…


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About the author:

Harper Sloan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Corps Security and Hope Town series. She started writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night. Harper lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her at AuthorHarperSloan.com or Facebook.com/HarperSloanBooks.





GIVEAWAY:
Pocket Books is giving away a copy of  Book 1, Lost Rider, to one reader today. U.S. only please. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

#Interview with by Sarah Skilton of Club Deception

Murder and hot summer nights go together, don’t they? And so do magicians and secrets! CLUB DECEPTION has all of the above and here to talk about it is Sarah Skilton!



Lexi: Welcome, Sarah! Congrats on your first adult book release! Your previous books are YA, BRUISED and HIGH AND DRY. What was your favorite difference in writing CLUB DECEPTION compared to BRUISED and HIGH AND DRY?

Sarah: Thank you! I loved writing for teens, but it was a refreshing change to write people who range in age from their 20s-50s who have more life experience to draw from in their personalities and behavior. I'd say it was also fun to include sex and alcohol but my YA books had a bit of that, too ;)


Lexi: So, your husband is a magician? Did you make him practice any tricks or use him as a prop to test out any scenes while writing CLUB DECEPTION?

Happy #BookBirthday to Big Shot by Kim Karr




34757162Big Shot 
(Sexy Jerk World #2)
by Kim Karr
To believe one person can change your destiny sounds absurd. But it happened to me… twice.

Ten years ago I had no idea what I wanted out of life, until I met Hannah Michaels. She was a computer-engineering student ready to conquer the social media world, and I was smitten. Even though I knew she was taken, I had to have her.

Being the big shot that I was, I didn’t let her status stand in my way. It wasn’t long before my hands were on her thighs and my name a whisper on her lips. This smart, sexy girl inspired me to greatness, helped me grow into the kind of man I never knew I wanted to be. The man I am today.

Too bad I hadn’t grown fast enough to keep her.

Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down.

A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.

The wild, burning desire that roared through my veins was unwanted, and yet impossible to ignore. Letting her in meant so much more this time around. Guilt hit me like a hammer. I hated myself. I hated her. The problem was I really didn’t hate her—I wanted her more than ever.

But this time around I can’t have her.

This time it’s my status that stands in our way. And going up against myself just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Read an #Excerpt from Leave The Night On by Laura Trentham + #Giveaway




31450643Leave The Night On 
(Cottonbloom #4)
by Laura Trentham
Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 1250130956
Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge--life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance's classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton's whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton's shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage--and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she's got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along? 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Wine Glass #Review for Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai




29422692Title:  Hate to Want You
Series: Forbidden Hearts #1
Author:  Alisha Rai
Format:  Paperback & eBook, 384pgs
Published:  July 25, 2017 by Avon
ASIN: B01LYE196D
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer:  Kimberly
Rating:  5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.



Kimberly’s Thoughts:
Growing up as the pseduo prince and princess of their families, it was almost inevitable that Nicholas and Livvy would end up together. However, their world gets shattered when tragedy strikes and they find themselves ripped apart.
Ten years later and Livvy is back home to take care of her mother and maybe get back some of what was lost to her.
Nicholas wants something too, more than one night a year.

Happy #BookBirthday to Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy + #Giveaway




32941281Summer on Firefly Lake 
(Firefly Lake #2)
by Jen Gilroy 
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Forever
ISBN 1455569607
Sometimes love is better the second time around . . .

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire-and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down . . .

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn't meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he's ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn't take long to realize being "just friends" will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he's always wanted . . . and the woman he can't live without.


Happy #BookBirthday to Fatal Threat by Marie Force




32336122Fatal Threat 
(Fatal #11)
by Marie Force 
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Books
ISBN 0373801904
With a killer on the loose, it's the worst time to be on lockdown…

It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything—including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

This isn't the first time the couple's lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam's past returns to haunt her, she can't help but wonder if there's a connection. With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam struggles to tie the threat to a murder that can't possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband's career is irrevocably damaged…


Monday, July 24, 2017

Top Summer Reads with Grace Burrowes of Too Scot to Handle + #Giveaway




Top 5 Summer Reads


I go to my keepers in summer (also in winter, spring, and fall…)
  1. Not Quite a Lady (Loretta Chase), or The Last Hellion or Lord of Scoundrels or, or, or… 
  2. Slightly Dangerous (Mary Balogh) or any of the Slightlys
  3. Angel in a Red Dress (Judith Ivory) or anything by Judith Ivory 
  4. Being a Beast – nonfiction by Charles Foster, veterinarian and medical ethicist 
  5. Thinking, Fast and Slow—nonfiction, oldie but goodie (2012) by Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

4 Wine Glass #Audio #Review for Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family's Journey Through the Belly of Japan by Michael Booth




27840867Title: The Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family's Journey Through the Belly of Japan
Author: Michael Booth
Narrator: Ralph Lister
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 10 hours and 15 minutes
Published: Sept 6, 2016 (Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books)
ISBN-10: 1681683083
ISBN-13: 978-1681683089
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Audiobook Jukebox (http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/)
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. The Japanese go to the most extraordinary lengths and expense to eat the finest, most delectable, and downright freakiest food imaginable. Their creativity, dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm, whale penis and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

Inspired by Shizuo Tsuji's classic book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art, food and travel writer Michael Booth sets off to take the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by with two fussy eaters under the age of six, he and his wife travel the length of the country, from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa.

Along the way, they dine with - and score a surprising victory over - sumos; meet the indigenous Ainu; drink coffee at the dog café; pamper the world's most expensive cows with massage and beer; discover the secret of the Okinawan people's remarkable longevity; share a seaside lunch with free-diving, female abalone hunters; and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they trash a Zen garden, witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatised by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto. They also ask, 'Who are you?' to the most famous TV stars in Japan.

What do the Japanese know about food? Perhaps more than anyone on else on earth, judging by this fascinating and funny journey through an extraordinary food-obsessed country.



Linda's Thoughts:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Sangria: Strawberry Kiwi Sangria (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)


Welcome to Saturday Sangria, 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!  




Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
Servings: 18 | Total Time: 15 minutes

Delicious with ginger beer but still yummy with ginger ale! 

Read an #Excerpt from Eyes on You by Laura Kaye




32871265Eyes on You
(Blasphemy #2.5)
by Laura Kaye
Paperback
Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
ISBN 194592019X
She wants to explore her true desires, and he wants to watch…

When a sexy stranger asks Wolf Henrikson to rescue her from a bad date, he never expected to want the woman for himself. But their playful conversation turns into a scorching one-night stand that reveals the shy beauty gets off on the idea of being seen, even if she’s a little scared of it, too. And Wolf loves to watch.

In the wake of discovering her fiancĂ©’s infidelity, florist Olivia Foster never expected to find someone who not only understood her wildest, darkest fantasies, but would bring them to life. As Wolf introduces her to his world at the play club, Blasphemy, Liv finds herself tempted to explore submission and exhibitionism with the hard-bodied Dom even as she’s scared to trust again.

But Wolf is a master of getting what he wants—and he’s got his eyes set on her…


Friday, July 21, 2017

Read an #Excerpt from Wicked Intentions by J.T. Geissinger




34102272Wicked Intentions 
(Wicked Games #3)
by J.T. Geissinger 
Paperback, 350 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Jack's House Publishing LLC
ISBN139781945340109
Ex special-ops officer and security expert Ryan McLean is getting a much-needed vacation. In the Caribbean for his best friend's wedding, his plans include nothing more strenuous than working on his tan. But when he meets a beautiful woman in the hotel bar, their connection is immediate and intense, and they spend a passionate night together with pleasure as their only goal.

Until Ryan wakes the following morning to discover the beautiful woman has vanished, along with millions worth of jewels from the safe of the Saudi prince staying in the suite next door. Realizing he was duped, Ryan becomes determined to find the mystery woman and bring her to justice. If only he could forget how explosive their chemistry was, how her kisses drove him wild like no other woman before.

A notorious thief known to authorities only as the Dragonfly, Mariana Lora only has one more score to settle until she can retire, but the sexy-as-hell Marine she spent one explosive tropical night with is hot on her heels at every turn. She has to outwit him to stay out of jail, but fighting their magnetic attraction soon becomes a game neither one of them can resist.

When Mariana’s last job goes dangerously wrong and she needs Connor’s help to survive, he has to decide if their game of cat and mouse is only a game, or if he can trust this beautiful thief with something no woman has ever stolen: his heart.