Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sangria Saturday: Piña Colada 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!  

The recipe that we're sharing today combine two of my favorite drinks... the Piña Colada and the Sangria! 🍷🍍😎 ☀

Piña Colada Sangria

Read an #Excerpt from Tempting the Laird by Julia London

From New York Times bestselling author Julia London, comes TEMPTING THE LAIRD—the fifth standalone novel in her Highland Grooms Series! TEMPTING THE LAIRD is now available where all fine books are sold. Grab your copy today!

36271442Tempting the Laird 
(Highland Grooms #5)
by Julia London
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by HQN Books
ISBN 1335629416
Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish Highlands
Unruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, Cat is soon caught up in the provocative rumors surrounding the dark duke. Never one to retreat, Cat boldly goes where no one else has dared for answers.

Shrouded in secrets, a hostage of lies, Hamlin must endure the fear and suspicion of those who believe he is a murderer. The sudden disappearance of his wife and the truth he keeps silent are a risk to his chances at earning a coveted parliamentary seat. But he’s kept his affairs tightly held until a woman with sparkling eyes and brazen determination appears unexpectedly in his life. Deadly allegations might be his downfall, but his unleashed passion could be the duke’s ultimate undoing. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

#CharacterInterview with Gentry Cabot from WHEN YOU KNEW by Jamie Beck + #Giveaway

Character Interview: 
Meet Gentry Cabot from WHEN YOU KNEW 

Greetings Gentry! Thanks so much for being here. I hear you are pretty busy nowadays with your new baby. Can you tell us a bit about him?

Colton (Colt) fills my heart with love and no small amount of fear of failure. He’s only three months old, and still very colicky, but I can’t stop holding, smelling, kissing, and cradling him. I don’t know much about being a mom yet, but I do know that I want him to feel loved and special, no matter how cranky he can be.

How has becoming a mom changed you?

#Spotlight on Unsteady by Elizabeth York + #Giveaway

by Elizabeth York
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018
He was the only one for me.

When I close my eyes I still see the way he looked at me all those years ago. The way it felt to have someone so amazing in my life especially after my parents abandoned me. The bond that only a childhood friend could understand. He was my balance and never let me fall But I lied to him…

She was my better half.

I remember the fear she hid under her smile when I met her. There were so many adventures that we lived a hundred lifetimes in our minds. She was the reason I got up in the morning. She was my gravity and kept me grounded. But then she lied…

He kept my heart when I broke his.

I was never going to see him again. He would always hate me, even if he knew the truth. It would be better this way. If only he hadn’t kept my heart.

She threw my heart away when I wanted her to have it the most.

She ruined every memory that we made with a simple sentence. My life would be better without her. If only she hadn’t kept my heart.

At forty thousand feet the Earth shifted, and planets aligned. My world came into focus and for once I was no longer unsteady and ready to fall. As the wings of the plane drifted over the icy cold ocean my heart warmed when I saw him. Once I saw his eyes and the way he was looking at me I knew…

He was the balance I always needed

...And she was mine. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Wine Glass #Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


34728667Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha Series #1
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Format: Hardcover,  525 pages
Published: March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan
ISBN-10: 1250170974
ISBN-13: 978-1250170972
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Library
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Linda's Thoughts:
“We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother's arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.” 

Read an #Excerpt from Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

38232071Getting Schooled 
(Getting Schooled #1)
by Emma Chase
ebook, 300 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Emma Chase LLC
Head of the class...

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy—he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then...Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school...

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself...on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she'd prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she's facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore...and that's just the teachers.

Just like old times...

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or...these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

4.5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review of Bright Montana Sky by Debra Holland


35249405Title: Bright Montana Sky
Series: Montana Sky #8
Author: Debra Holland
Narrator: Lara Asmundson
Format: Unabridged Audiobook (7 hours and 49 minutes)
Published: March 14, 2018 (Debra Holland)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

Jilted seamstress Constance Taylor travels to Sweetwater Springs to live with her estranged father, the livery stable owner. She plans to open a dressmaking shop and bring sophisticated clothing styles to the uncouth frontier town.

Angus Cameron is a young doctor, who’s bitter and discouraged from his work with upper class Londoners and the wretched poor in the East End slums. He arrives in Sweetwater Springs to share the medical practice of his brother, the town doctor.

Although Constance and Angus don’t want to live in Sweetwater Springs, both are determined to change the town in ways they think are important. They clash over her fashionable creations, which Angus knows are unhealthy, and Constance refuses to change. They deny their attraction to each other until Constance falls ill from the arsenic used in her favorite purple and green fabrics, and Angus must fight to save the life of the woman he’s come to love.

Your Thoughts:
Dr. Angus was dedicated to the poor served by London’s East End medical clinic. Discouraged after losing a woman giving birth slums, Dr. Angus firmed his resolve to join his brother in Sweetwater Springs:
“I need to flee to the new world, to a new life, to clean air and blue skies and to wide open spaces. Perhaps there I can make a difference.”

#Spotlight on Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker + #Giveaway

In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

35383070Built to Last 
(Black Knights Inc. #12)
by Julie Ann Walker
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks (first published June 26th 2018)
ISBN 1492608874
Masterful, mysterious, and completely ruthless, Jamin “Angel” Agassi joined the Black Knights Inc. after a mission-gone-wrong forced him to undergo extensive plastic surgery and change his name. He's going to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate, and hopefully keep Sonya Butler, a love from his past, from discovering who he really is...

When a dark-eyed stranger gets caught up in Sonya’s latest mission, she starts to question all her hard-won instincts. Something about Angel tells her he's more than he seems, and sometimes, when she least expects it, he reminds her of a man she used to know. As the bullets fly, she realizes that in love and war nothing is ever what it seems... 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason

36501081Title: Sandpiper Shore
Series: Harmony Harbor #6
Author: Debbie Mason
Format: Kindle,
Published: June 26th 2018 by Forever
ISBN: ASIN B0763L6768
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason presents the latest novel in the Harmony Harbor series. Perfect for fans of feel-good romances by New York Times bestselling authors Emily March, Sheila Roberts, and RaeAnne Thayne!

Jenna Bell loves her job as a wedding planner and loves a happy ever after even more. Until the day she meets with her newest client and discovers that the bride's fiancé is the man she's had a crush on for years. But she knows the #1 work rule: Never fall in love with the groom.

Secret Service Agent Logan Gallagher arrives at Tie the Knot to make plans with his bride-to-be. But coming face to face with Jenna after all these years brings back feelings that he's fought long and hard to forget. Does his attraction to Jenna mean that he's about to make the biggest mistake of his life?

Linda's Thoughts:
“It’s hard enough to be dumped a week before your wedding, but to be dumped for your stepmother…”

Happy #Book Birthday to Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

36301030Moonlight Seduction 
(de Vincent #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Avon
ISBN 0062674560
The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel...

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up... and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman... one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

Monday, June 25, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall

16101233Title: Darkness Rises
Series: Immortal Guardians #4
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 403 pages
Published: October 1st 2013 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN: 1420129783
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple--she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.

Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years--long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. . . 

Crystal's Thoughts:
With the return to the world of Dianne Duvall's incomparable Immortal Guardians, sparks fly and enemies fall when a vampire hunter and Immortal come face to face. 

Read an #Excerpt from The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young + #Giveaway

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are. Order your copy of THE FRAGILE ORDINARY today!

36269878The Fragile Ordinary
by Samantha Young
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
I am Comet Caldwell.

And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.

When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sexy Snippets: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall

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!

Read an #Excerpt from Blood Match by K.A. Linde

35898961Blood Match 
(Blood Type #2)
by K.A. Linde 
Kindle Edition, 1st edition
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Loveswept
As the provocative, sensual Blood Type series continues, the rare bond between Reyna and Beckham is threatened by betrayal, greed, and twisted secrets.

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story begins in Blood Type and continues in Blood Cure.