Saturday, January 31, 2015

Promotional Post: Grace Burrowes' THE FIRST KISS (#Giveaway)

21527240The First Kiss 
(Sweetest Kisses #2)
by Grace Burrowes
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 140227887X
James Knightley's brothers worry he spends too much time at the office. But personal failures have caused James to find solace in his work as a law expert… and in the unfailing comfort of his little black book.

Vera is a twice-divorced mom, fiercely protective of her young daughter, and a world-class piano soloist. When threatening messages cause her to fear for her daughter's safety, she turns to James for guidance. Business becomes pleasure until Vera learns of his past. As danger looms, can James convince her that he's not the man he used to be?

Friday, January 30, 2015

#Review: Risking it All by Tessa Bailey - 5 Wine Glasses

22313677Title: Risking it All 
Series: Crossing the Line #1
Author: Tessa Bailey
Format: eBook/Paperback, 400 pages
Published: January 27th 2015 by Entangled: Select
ISBN: 1622665643 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviwer: Crystal
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses!

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life. 

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process. 

Crystal's Thoughts:
Risking it All is hand's down, Tessa Bailey's best work yet! 

Behind the Author: Lisa Kessler (#Giveaway)

Thank you for joining us this month during out Behind the Author series! We hope you've had fun getting a peek at what your favorite authors do when they're not writing the books we love to read. To wrap things up we have the fabulous Lisa Kessler joining us. Enjoy!  

Hi everyone! *waving from San Diego*

Big thanks to Crystal for inviting me back to Reading Between the Wines!

I often get asked what I do when I’m not writing or reading, and today I’m going to lift that curtain and let you take a peek behind the scenes… Ready? 

Before I started writing seriously, I used to perform in musicals and even sang for a season with San Diego Opera. I was also in a few comic operas with San Diego Lyric Opera. Music has always been a passion for me, and I still have one professional gig as a church soloist because I just can’t stop singing. I’m pretty sure part of my soul would die! LOL

If you’re curious, you can hear samples of my songs on Amazon and I have a couple of CDs out…. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lily Dalton's of Never Surrender to a Scoundrel Top 5 Books On Her TBR List! (#Giveaway)


My To Be Read pile for 2015 is already looking spectacular! Which books tempted me enough to click the pre-order button? We don’t have long to wait for the first book on my list.

Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs Book 1) Release: February 3
Shana Galen whetted my interest in this new series with the recent novella, Viscount of Vice. If you’ve read her books you know her heroes are devastatingly charming and her heroines smart and adventurous. In this novel, the heroine is a member of a gang of thieves! RT Book Reviews gives this book 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick designation, so you won’t want to miss it!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#Review: The Marriage Match by Tracy March - 4 Wine Glasses

23614774Title: The Marriage Match 
Series: Suddenly Smitten #3
Author: Tracy March
Format: ebook
Published: January 19th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Hot bachelor seeks bride…

Resort tycoon Trent Hawthorne is looking for a wife. His all-business, no-nonsense grandmother (and the matriarch of the small town of Maple Creek) has selected three potential brides―all beautiful and approved. Each “fantasy date” will take place in a lush Caribbean setting, filmed like a reality show to promote the Hawthorne family’s chain of resorts. All of Trent's hopes for love combined with a clever marketing gimmick…what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, all it takes is a kiss. A sizzling, sweet-as-sin kiss. But Cynthia Sawyer isn't one of the bachelorettes, and she's definitely not supposed to be making out with her boss's sexy grandson. Not to mention it's strictly against company policy. But Cynthia has her own reasons for hooking Trent up with a bride who isn’t her as soon as possible. And losing her heart is a price that she's willing to pay…

Linda's Thoughts:
The Queen said, "I want you to be in charge of all the details - greeting our guests, introducing them to Trent, planning dates and travel when it comes time for that. You'll need to get with Trent to make sure he has a say in how things go." ...
"With all due respect, that seems way beyond the boundaries of my job description."...
"Here's my proposal," the Queen said, looking pleased with her play on words. "I'll give you a twenty-five-thousand dollar bonus if Trent gets engaged before summer."

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

A new time travel romance set in the Scottish Highlands is coming your way! 

21897474Just in Time for a Highlander 
(Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1)
by Gwyn Cready
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492601934
It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist.

Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on...

Promotional Post: Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid

Newly Released! 

22043083Fire Me Up 
(Pine Mountain #4)
by Kimberly Kincaid
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by Zebra
ISBN 1420136550
If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - 4.5 Wine Glasses

17399160Title: Snow Like Ashes 
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Author: Sara Raasch 
Format: Hardcover, 422 pages
Published: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062286927
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Library
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 

Linda's Thoughts:
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”

Top 5 Book Boyfriends with Rebecca Zanetti of BLIND FAITH (#Giveaway)

It's release day for the print version of Rebecca Zanetti's BLIND FAITH! I absolutely love the Sin Brothers series, it is a must-read for romantic suspense fans! The fabulous Rebecca is joining us today with her top BBF's, enjoy!

A big hello to Reading Between the Wines, and thanks for having me over today to celebrate the release of Blind Faith in print!  I was asked about my top 5 book boyfriends (not from my books-LOL), and I had so much fun thinking of them!  Here are five really good ones, in no particular order:

1. Tack Allen from Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man.  Sure, Tack is a little rough around the edges, but I think that makes him appealing, especially when he tries to tame himself a little in order to make the heroine feel safe.  He’s in charge of his world, and he’s willing to bend a little for her peace of mind. Sexy and sweet!

Release Day Launch: Kristen Proby's FALLING FOR JILLIAN (#Giveaway)

The third book in Kristen Proby's contemporary romance series, Love Under the Big Sky, is now available. Grab Falling for Jillian today!

18123424Falling for Jillian 
(Love Under the Big Sky #3)
by Kristen Proby 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Pocket Books
ISBN 1476759383
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?
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