Thursday, May 28, 2015

Top Places to visit in Aspen, Colorado with Sara Richardson of No Better Man (#Giveaway)

I asked Colorado  native Sara Richardson to list her top places to visit in Aspen, which is also where her new book, No Better Man, takes place!

Top 5 Places to visit in Aspen, Colorado

1. Maroon Bells – The Maroon Bells (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) are the most photographed peaks in Colorado. Yes, it’s a huge tourist destination, but there’s a reason thousands of visitors flock to get a glimpse of these pyramid-shaped peaks. They are breathtaking. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh - 5 Wine Glasses

12059093Title: Tangle of Need 
Series: Psy-Changeling #11
Author: Nalini Singh 
Format: eBook/Hardcover, 422 pages
Published: May 29th 2012 by Berkley 
ISBN: 0425247562 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal
Source: Author
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past—one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both. 

Crystal's Thoughts:

Tangle of Need might be the eleventh book in the series, but it was still just as fresh and captivating as the first!

Q&A with Author Jessica Lemmon of Rescuing the Bad Boy (#Giveaway)

1. What three characteristics of the stars of RESCUING THE BAD BOY will make readers fall in love with Donovan and Sofie? 

First, Sofie is relatable. I think almost all of us have been in a position where we like someone way more than they like us. You know, the unrequited crush syndrome. In the Prologue, Sofie’s dreams come true when Donovan wants to take her home… and then that dream turns into a nightmare that sets the stage for their reunion seven years later.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#Review: Viking For Hire by Jo Grafford - 5 Wine Glasses

24917445Title: Viking For Hire
Author: Jo Grafford
Format: eBook/Paperback, 59 pages
Published: February 6th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Branwyn O’Tyre’s estranged brother summons her for a healing ritual. Fearing he actually plans to arrest her for witchcraft, she drinks a protection potion before he arrives.

Eirik, a Viking sea captain pretending slumber in the tavern corner, witnesses Branwyn’s magic and offers her safe passage from Exeter if she will attempt to reverse a curse that plagues him. Alas, every woman who touches him falls madly but falsely in love with him.

There’s only one hitch. If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will fall prey to the same madness...forever!

Linda's Thoughts:
“I am not a witch! I am a healer,” she cried. “There is a world of difference between the two."

“Call yourself whatever you will, Branwyn. Your powers do not scare me. In truth, I sought you out a-purpose in the hopes you would heal me from the effects of a spell. ‘Twas cast on me by a wretched sorceress when I refused her…ah…advances.”

Fearing another trap, Branwyn stared at the ground. “Methinks you mistake me for another. I am naught but a lowly healer, cast off by an overzealous brother in a fit of religious fervor. Wh-why do you ask me such things, m’lord?”

“Very well,” Eirik snapped and pocketed her wand. “If you wish to indulge in games, at least choose one that gives me equal pleasure. By Thor, I’ve been long without a woman.” He closed the distance between them and hauled her into his lap.”

Character #Interview: A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall (#Giveaway)

From the Bestselling author of the Immortal Guardians series comes a new paranormal historical romance that inspired it all, and is sure to enchant fans new and old!

Thank you for joining me!  I’m very happy to be here today, celebrating the release of A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN, the first book in my new series The Gifted Ones and my first historical romance.  Every time a new book releases, I like to introduce readers to the characters they’ll find in it via character interviews.  While many authors interview their characters themselves, I prefer to let my characters interview each other . . . which poses an interesting challenge for me this time.  Men and women in the middle ages didn’t interview each other for e-newsletters, so I’ve decided to let Sheldon (a popular human character in my Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series) interview Marcus (a powerful Immortal Guardian), because Marcus appears in A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN as a teenaged squire.  :-)

Sheldon:  So . . . 

Marcus:  So?

Sheldon:  Thanks for doing another interview.

Release Day Launch: HADES: A Demonica Novella by Larissa Ione

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO LARISSA IONE AND HADES! HADES is a novella in Larissa’s Demonica Series! This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback.

(Demonica #11.5)
by Larissa Ione 
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — bestowing or mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing.

Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…

Release Day Blitz: Passionately Yours by Cara Elliott (#Giveaway)

Happy Release Day to Cara Elliot and the next book in her historical romance Hellions of High Street series - PASSIONATELY YOURS! 

20628348Passionately Yours 
(Hellions of High Street #3)
by Cara Elliott 
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING
ISBN 1455573264 
Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor.

Preferably one with both a title and a fortune.

So, the headstrong, opinionated Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Audio #Review: Unhinged by A.G. Howard - 4 Wine Glasses

17449197Title: Unhinged 
Series: Splintered #2
Author: A.G. Howard 
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins 
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-08-14
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Links: Goodreads | Audible | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Linda's Thoughts:
Logic wrapped in nonsense ...

ARC #Review: The Likelihood of Lucy by Jenny Holiday - 3.5 Wine Glasses

25481032Title: The Likelihood of Lucy
Series: Regency Reformers #2
Author: Jenny Holiday
Format: Kindle Edition
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Entangled: Select Historical
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Kimberly
Source: NetGalley
Rating:  3.5 Out of 5

Danger and desire are explosive in the newest romance from Select Historical!

She would never bow to any man...

London, 1815

Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he'd long left behind...

Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.

But Lucy's reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel's future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he's always loved...

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

#Review: Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas - 4 Wine Glasses

22550717Title: Dragons Are People, Too
Author: Sarah Nicolas
Format" eBook/Paperback, 255 pages
Published: April 28th 2015 by Entangled
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the ├╝ber-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

Linda's Thoughts:
The right side of the screen then shows a close-up of the protesters. There are only about thirty of them, but Gods bless them they're energetic. And they have catchy picket signs, like: "Set the dragon-people free!" and "Dragons are people, too!" and "End Racial Segregation! Again!"

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