Monday, November 24, 2014

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


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)


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… 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Series #Review: Fifty Shades by E.L. James - 5 Wine Glasses

10818853Title: Fifty Shades of Grey 
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Author: E.L. James 
Format: Paprerback/ebook, 385 pages
Published: May 25th 2011 by Vintage
ISBN: 1612130291 
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

11857408Title: Fifty Shades Darker 
Series: Fifty Shades #2
Author: E.L. James 
Format: ebook/Paperback, First Edition, 532 pages
Published: September 16th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
ISBN: 1612130585 
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

13536860Title: Fifty Shades Freed 
Series: Fifty Shades #3
Author: E.L. James
Format: ebook/Paperback, 579 pages
Published: April 17th 2012 by Vintage Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN: 0345803507
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. 
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past. 
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

Crystal Thoughts: 
I originally read this series two years ago but because of the uber intense feelings it seemed to bring out in people (gushing love or seething hate) I never posted a review even though I simply la-oved these books. After my third re-read though, I decided to finally write one up. It can't come close to completely articulating my feelings for the series. But, I'll do my best putting the magnitude of these three books in one post. ☺

Letting Go by Molly McAdams (#Excerpt & #Giveaway)

I love Molly McAdams' books. She is one of the best new adult contemporary romance authors out there right now and is an auto-buy for me. I don't even look at the synopsis anymore, I just one-click it! Now she has a new series and I can't wait to get started on Letting Go. Enjoy the excerpt below and be sure to grab your own copy! 

21434931Letting Go 
(Thatch #1)
by Molly McAdams
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by William Morrow & Company
ISBN 0062358405
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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