Monday, April 20, 2015

#Review: Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea - 4.5 Wine Glasses

24487082Title: Island of the Forbidden
Author: Hunter Shea
Format: eBook/Paperback, 288 pages
Published: January 6th 2015 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Item number: ISBN139781619227699
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Hook of a Book Media
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Sometimes, the dead are best left in peace.

Jessica Backman has been called to help a strange family living on a haunted island in Charleston Harbor. Ormsby Island was the site of a brutal massacre two decades ago, and now the mysterious Harper family needs someone to exorcise the ghosts that still call it home. The phantoms of over one hundred children cannot rest.
But something far more insidious is living on the island. When the living and the dead guard their true intentions, how can Jessica discover just what sort of evil lurks on Ormsby Island? And why is Jessica the only one who can plumb its dark depths?

Linda's Thoughts:
"It's this place. Whatever darkness came to the island, it's here to stay. Stick around long enough and it gets inside your skin, into your cells, like an infection..."

#Review: Bones on the Bayou: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Short Story by Carolyn Haines - 4 Wine Glasses

23643997Title: Bones on the Bayou: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Short Story 
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #14.5
Author: Carolyn Haines
Format: Kindle Edition, 34 pages
Published: December 1st 2014 by KaliOka Press
Item Number: ASINB00Q3JFPCA
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Christmas is six days away—and Sarah Booth Delaney has her hands full! 

To honor a group of international investors, Shaw, Mississippi, resurrects the old custom of drifting miniature, lighted Christmas floats down Silver Bayou. The Italian delegation from Venice may bring much-needed new jobs and commercial opportunities to this small, struggling Delta town. 

Among the investors is notorious womanizer, Enzo Aceto. Handsome, witty, and eager for new conquests, Enzo meets his match in Tinkie Bellcase Richmond. She, too, is an accomplished flirt, and a partner in Delaney Detective Agency. 

Enzo disappears. Rumors of murder are buzzing. Suspicion falls on Tinkie’s husband, Oscar, whose jealousy created a scene at a social event. 

A body spotted bobbing behind the last Christmas float makes the joyous holiday celebration take on a much darker tone. Tinkie and Oscar flee Sunflower County. Sarah Booth must determine what happened to Enzo, or her partner’s and Oscar’s holiday will end in multiple felony charges. 

From paid shoppers to canine and feline assistant sleuths, “Bones on the Bayou” brings the Zinnia gang together to solve the mystery—and save Christmas. 

Linda's Thoughts:
My Christmas tree glimmered with lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Though such holiday trimmings weren't in vogue any longer, I loved them. I pulled every box of family decorations from the attic and glamored the tree until it looked like a "fancy woman in a cheap brothel" as my aunt Loulane would say.

#CoverReveal: Stalker by Clarissa Wild

by Clarissa Wild 
Expected publication: June 2015
Pre-Order at Barnes & Noble

#Excerpt of All's Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline Linden (#Giveaway)

24892871All's Fair In Love and Scandal 
(Scandalous #2.5)
by Caroline Linden
ebook, 112 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Avon Impulse
ISBN 0062419072
Nothing wagered…

Douglas Bennet can’t resist a good wager, especially not one that involves a beautiful woman. When a friend proposes an audacious plan to expose the most notorious woman in England, Douglas agrees at once. After all, it would be quite a coup to discover the true identity of Lady Constance, author of the infamous erotic serial scandalizing the ton, 50 Ways to Sin.

Nothing won…

Madeline Wilde is used to being pursued. For years she’s cultivated a reputation for being unattainable and mysterious, and for good reason: her livelihood depends on discretion. When Douglas turns his legendary charm on her, she dismisses him as just another rake. But he surprises her—instead of merely trying to seduce her, he becomes her friend…her confidant…and her lover. But can it really lead to happily-ever-after…or are they about to become the biggest scandal London has ever seen?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Genre Jumping with Lisa Beth Darling of On a Hot Summer Night & Cold November Rain

Genre Jumping

When back in the Dark Ages when I was young, right around 1975 or so, there wasn't any such thing as a 'genre writer'. Writers were writers and that's all there was to it. One might write non-fiction or they might write books for adults or they might write children's books.  A few very talented folks did 2 or even all 3 of those. Unlike today where everything is broken down and broken down again and maybe a third time until one becomes known as something like a 'paranormal romance writer'.  That may be good for the reader but it's terrible for the author who easily becomes pigeonholed into a category they may (or may not) feel is suited to them based solely on what book of theirs became popular first.  

The main problem with being labeled a 'genre writer' is it becomes very hard to break out of that cage people/publishers/agents/PR guys have put you in. It becomes very difficult to get anything different out on the market under your own name because in 2014 you're only supposed to write one type of story for ever and ever even if it's not your chosen genre or heaven bid you don't want to choose a genre and you want to be known simply as a writer.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sangria Saturday: Watermelon Sangria (#Sangria #Wine #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!  

It's warmer up here in Florida and after an outdoor children's birthday party, nothing sounds better then a watermelon sangria. Yum!

Top Five ‘Office’ Romances with Jennifer Bonds of Once Upon a Dare (#Giveaway)

Top Five ‘Office’ Romances

As a lover of romance, I spend my fair share of time reading, writing, and watching love stories unfold, trying to pinpoint that special something that draws me in and makes me root for the happily ever after. If a story can make me laugh out loud or ugly cry, I know it’s a winner. I’m also a sucker for a good old fashioned office romance. Because, really, what could be hotter than sneaking off to the supply closet for a mid-afternoon make out session? So whether it’s seeing couples unite as a team or bucking the system and breaking every HR policy known to man, office romance is my guilty pleasure. Throw in enemies to lovers and I’m toast.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Promotional Post: The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken (#Giveaway)

Coming next week, a brand new story from author, Rachel Van Dyken! 

23381448The Consequence of Loving Colton 
(Consequence #1)
by Rachel Van Dyken 
Expected publication: April 21st 2015
It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with author, Jill Shalvis of Still the One! (#Giveaway)

Jill Shalvis will miss writing about her hot guys…I mean her Lucky Harbor series. But not to worry, she still has her amazing Animal Magnetism series going strong! Let’s ask her about the series’ heroes…welcome back to the blog Jill!

Thanks for having me!!

Lexi: We always get something good when you stop by the blog. From hot chocolate recipes to insights on your handsome heroes we know we are in for a treat. Sort of like the kind of glee you get when a person who wronged you needs something from you and comes crawling; which is what you have happen for Darcy and A.J. Have you ever had that happen in real life?

#CoverReveal: Twisted Lies 2 by Sedona Venez

Twisted Lies 2 
(Dirty Secrets #2)
by Sedona Venez
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by One Wish Publishing

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