Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Long Summer at Home with Kat Martin of The Ultimate Betrayal



Long Summer at Home


Since I’m housebound like the rest of the country, and unable to make my usual summer treks to see friends and attend various conferences, I thought I would wistfully talk about my summer plans.

Fortunately, my home state of Montana is one of the nicest places in the world to spend the summer.  Mountains so green they hurt your eyes, a few snow-topped peaks even this late in the year.

We have a small travel trailer, so we can do a little RV camping.  That helps break the monotony of looking out the same windows every day.  Even if the view is lovely, I long for a meal in a fun restaurant, or a night at the movies.

Monday, August 10, 2020

#CoverReveal of Sugar by Lydia Michaels



Sugar

by Lydia Michaels
ebook, 300 pages
Expected publication: September 29th 2020 by Bailey Brown Publishing
ASINB08DJ3VPPS

Friday, August 7, 2020

Happy #BookBirthday to Battle Born For You by Layla Lochran + #Giveaway!


We're excited to share with you the next action-packed release from Layla Lochran! BATTLE BORN FOR YOU is available now on Amazon Kindle and FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Grab your copy today!




ABOUT THE BOOK


Battle Born For You: Alexander
(Tell All Secrets, #2)
by Layla Lochran

August 7, 2020

Painting Her Fate Liliana's story continues with this action packed military romance as we dig deeper into Alexander's secrets consuming his days.
A: I made a proud oath to my country, vowing to fight until the battle is won, but my nightmares will not stay buried now that she is gone. Will she run back home to London, out of my life forever? Can I convince her it was my way of protecting her? My reality crashes down around me as I allow darkness to creep in. I can't take this feeling any longer; I need her to save me from myself. Please Lily.

L: He betrayed my trust and now my skeletons are out of the closet for all to see. If any of my secrets were to end up in the wrong hands, who knows what would happen. Can I ever forgive him? Now I am vulnerable, scared, needing someone to cling to. Can I trust Zander and his mates with their word of protection? If I have learned anything, it's never to question a Marine's promise.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

#Spotlight on The Trouble With Quarterbacks by R.S. Grey




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by R.S. Grey 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: August 6th 2020
CANDACE: KAT & YASMINE! DO NOT DALLY! Come straight home after work. Kat, don’t take the long route from the subway station just so you can pass by Cute Hot Dog Guy. This is important!

I’ve had THE BEST DAY. You won’t believe it. There I was in my preschool classroom, washing a bit of poo out of some soggy trousers, when this absolute babe came to collect his nephew from my class.

Truthfully, I thought I’d blacked out for a moment when I first saw him. He was a proper hunk with glorious brown hair, quite tall, and he had these arms. Are muscly arms supposed to turn me on? I’m panting just thinking about them.

Anyway, he told me he’s a professional foosball player. At least, I think that’s what he said. The tots can get quite loud near pick-up time.

YASMINE: Foosball? What are you on about? Have you gone mad?

KAT: Oh sod off. So what if I like to have a good look at Hot Dog Guy’s arse on my trek home after a hard day’s work? It’s called self-care.

CANDACE: Kat, you’re hopeless. Yasmine, yes—foosball! I suppose it’s a big thing over here in the States? We must investigate and learn everything we can.

By the way, he’s called Logan.

Logan + Candace. I think that sounds quite nice! I can hear the wedding bells now. Dum dum da-dum.

YASMINE: Oh good grief. I suppose we can do some snooping when I get home. I’ll grab wine on my way.

KAT: I’ll grab hot dogs.


THE TROUBLE WITH QUARTERBACKS is a hilarious romance about unlikely love found between a British preschool teacher and the professional quarterback who sweeps her off her feet. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

#Giveaway of All the Right Mistakes by Laura Jamison




52421423All the Right Mistakes
by Laura Jamison
Paperback, 328 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by She Writes Press
ISBN1631527096
Five college friends have arrived at forty in very different circumstances, but with at least one thing in common: they are among the more privileged in society. Elizabeth and Sara are lawyers, Martha is a doctor, Carmen is a wealthy and well-educated homemaker, and Heather, the most successful, is a famous tech executive―and after more than two decades of friendship, they know one another better than anyone.

Then Heather writes a women’s advice book detailing the key life “mistakes” of her four friends―opting out, ramping off, giving half effort, and forgetting your fertility―that becomes wildly popular, and Elizabeth, Sara, Martha, and Carmen all feel the sting of Heather’s cruel words. Despite their status, these women face everyday obstacles, including work problems, parenting challenges, secondary infertility, racism, sexism, financial stress, and marital woes―and as they weather their fortieth year, each one can’t help but wonder if their life might have been different if they had followed Heather’s advice.

But as these friends are continually reminded, life is complex, messy, disappointing, and joyful, often all at once―and no one can plan her way out of that reality. In the end, all five women must embrace the idea that their lives are shaped not just by their choices but also by how they handle the obstacles life inevitably throws at us all.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

#Spotlight Calistos by Felicity Heaton + #Giveaway

New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton is here today for the book tour of her new paranormal romance release, CALISTOS, the latest novel in her epic Guardians of Hades series.  




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(Guardians of Hades #5)
by Felicity Heaton
Kindle Edition
Published July 28th 2020 by Amazon Media EU S.Γ  r.l.
ASINB086N2RR3G
Leap back into the Guardians of Hades paranormal romance series in this next thrilling instalment. Join Calistos and Marinda as they fight the desire that blazes between them, struggling against their feelings and the rising tide of danger closing in on the seven sons of Hades, their world and ours.

If you love Greek gods romance books featuring powerful dark lords of the Underworld and strong heroines who steal their hearts, this paranormal romance series is for you.

Seven powerful Greek god heroes. Seven passionate paranormal romance books. No cliffhangers. Just happily forever afters! Grab your copy today and step into an action-packed paranormal romance world filled with mythology and mystery from New York Times and USA Today best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

#Spotlight on The Cowboy Says I Do by Dylann Crush




48890217The Cowboy Says I Do
(Tying the Knot in Texas #1)
by Dylann Crush 
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Berkley Books
ISBN0593101642
It's anything but a wedding cake walk for the mayor and the deputy sheriff when they team up to reinvent the town of Idont, Texas to Ido.

Newly elected mayor, Lacey Cherish, ran for office to redeem the family name after her father had to resign for un-mayorly like conduct. But if she wants to salvage her family's reputation, along with the town's economy, she'll need to think fast. With few options at hand, she starts to rebrand Idont as Ido, as the most romantic place in Texas to tie the knot.

Lacey's grand plans have just made Deputy Sheriff Bodie Phillips's life a whole lot harder. He's got bigger problems than helping the mayor bring in brides. Like figuring out why his dad and grandfather mysteriously shut down the family business, and who's abandoning dogs within the town limits.

When Lacey's chance at getting major publicity for Ido's first wedding is jeopardized, she's forced to rely on Bodie for help. But as their attraction heats up, they both have to decide how far they're willing to go to revive the town and their families' honor. 

Friday, July 31, 2020

#Spotlight on Wild Cowboy Country by Erin Marsh + #Giveaway




53039090Wild Cowboy Country
by Erin Marsh
Mass Market Paperback, 1st edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN149267091X
First in a hot new cowboy romance series by author Erin Marsh, featuring cowboys dealing with wild animals on their land

Clay Stevens desperately wants to reclaim his grandfather's land, using the latest techniques to bring water to the arid landscape. The last thing he needs is wild wolves on his ranch—even if they are brought there by feisty and determined conservation officer Lacey Montgomery. Lacey is convinced the ranchers and the lobos can co-exist, until Clay's nephew and his friends cause a landslide that injures some rare Mexican wolf pups and Lacey gets hurt too. Clay and Lacey have to work together to heal old wounds and reconcile community factions, if they're going to have any chance at the bright future they both envision.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Lethal Edge by Kaylea Cross




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(Rifle Creek #1)
by Kaylea Cross
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Kaylea Cross Inc.
ASINB084DXFXD1
A diehard romantic looking to start over in a small town.

Dr. Nina Gomez might be an astrophysicist and a scientist down to her bones, but she also believes in true love and happily ever after—and won’t settle for anything less. After a rocky end to her first semester teaching at the University of Montana, she’s looking forward to a new school year and a fresh start in the small town of Rifle Creek. When she meets her roommate’s work partner, a sexy, hard-edged detective, Nina is immediately intrigued. However, it’s soon clear they’re like oil and water. But when she’s confronted by the painful past event she wanted to forget, she faces an even greater danger. A predator is bent on silencing her forever, and Nina’s only hope of survival is the unattainable man who’s captured her heart.

A cynical cop determined to guard his heart.

Tate Baldwin has dedicated his life to serving and protecting, first in the military, and now as a detective in Rifle Creek. Badly burned by his last relationship, he isn’t looking to get involved with anyone, especially a brilliant college professor who seems to have her head in the clouds. Yet even Tate can’t deny the attraction between them that soon grows into something more. And when a secret from her past triggers a lethal threat, Tate will risk everything to stand between her and the monster who wants her dead.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Lobizona by Romina Garber and Romina Russell




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(Wolves of No World #1)
by Romina Garber
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Wednesday Books
ISBN1250239125
Some people ARE illegal.
Lobizonas do NOT exist.
Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu's protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past--a mysterious "Z" emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizΓ³n, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal. . . .it's her entire existence.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

#Spotlight on Fearless by Katie Golding + #Giveaway




43067455Fearless
(Moto Grand Prix #1)
by Katie Golding
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN1492694215
Billy King may be smiling under his black Stetson as he waves for the MotoGP press corps, but the plain truth is the motorcycle racer is hurting: for his horse back in Memphis, for his girl with one boot out the door, and thanks to an injury that's not getting any better.

With his racing contract contingent on his latest injury remaining a secret, Billy bolts home at the end of the international circuit―resolved to heal, and ready to win fellow racer Taryn's heart a second time. Hopefully, before the love of his life is gone for good. But broken hearts don't heal overnight, and the cost of forgiveness is sky high...unless Billy can prove his heart is home to stay. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

#Spotlight on Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden + #Giveaway




53074315Come Home to Deep River
(Alaska Homecoming #1)
by Jackie Ashenden
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN1728216869
First in a bold, sexy new small-town Alaska contemporary romance series from Jackie Ashenden

Deep River, Alaska boasts a fiercely independent though small population. The people who live here love it, and they don't much care what anyone else thinks. Until the day Silas Quinn comes back and tells them an oil reserve has been found below the town and now it's neighbor vs. neighbor. Some want to take the money and run, while others want to tell the oil company to put its rigs where the sun don't shine.

Hope Dawson never expected to leave Deep River. Her mom needs her. Her grandfather died and left her the local hangout to run. Her dreams of college and adventure died long ago. Until Silas comes back to town, holding the key to set her free. But freedom means she loses him again, and he's the one she's really always wanted.

Friday, July 24, 2020

A Character’s Voice with Kat Martin of The Ultimate Betrayal



A Character’s Voice


Hearing a character’s voice in your head is one of the strangest parts of writing.  Each voice is distinct, unique to that person in some way.  How does it happen?

That is a question I have yet to satisfactorily answer.

A novel is constructed by using different tools, description, narrative, setting, and dialog among them.  Letting a character tell the story through his own point of view is my favorite way of crafting a novel.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of Beach Read by Emily Henry

 



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Title:  Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Format: Paperback/eBook, 384 pages
Publication: May 19th 2020 by Berkley
ASIN:    B07XNKRV83 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
January has lived her life with an open heart and rose colored glasses. Her mother's scares with cancer taught her to hide her fears while the way her parent's loving and romantic relationship taught her that outpouring happiness and love made life glow. When her father dies and a big secret is revealed, she can't manage to see only the glow in life. Her boyfriend dumps her and with her writing career in danger, January takes off to Michigan to come to terms with who she thought her father was and try to get her life back on track. When her next door neighbor turns out to be college rival and crush Augustus Everett, she winds up getting in a pseudo competition about who can write the best book in the other's genre. January's trying to come to terms with the past and she might just build a future while doing it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷.3 #Review of Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

 



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Title:  Real Men Knit
Series:  Strong Brothers #1
Author: Kwana Jackson
Format: Paperback/eBook, 336 pages
Publication: May 19, 2020 by Berkley
ASIN:    B07WYVBR5V
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop, while dealing with life and love in Harlem.

Jesse Strong is known for two things: his devotion to his adoptive mom, Mama Joy, and his reputation for breaking hearts in Harlem. When Mama Joy unexpectedly passes away, he and his brothers have different plans on what to do with Strong Knits, their neighborhood knitting store: Jesse wants to keep the store open; his brothers want to shut it down.

Jesse makes an impassioned plea to Kerry Fuller, his childhood friend who has had a crush on him her entire life, to help him figure out how to run the business. Kerry agrees to help him reinvent the store and show him the knitty-gritty of the business, but the more time they spend together, the more the chemistry builds. Kerry, knowing Jesse’s history, doesn’t believe this relationship will exist longer than one can knit one, purl one. But Jesse is determined to prove to her that he can be the man for her—after all, real men knit.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
Four boys from different makeups and ethnic backgrounds, brought together by their shared need of, first and foremost, a home, but probably more so the love that that the seemingly irreverent single Black woman had given them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

🍷🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of The Unseen by Thea Harrison




54281116. sy475 Title: The Unseen
Series: Elder Races #9.9 and the Chronicles of Rhyacia #1
Author: Thea Harrison
Format: Kindle Edition, 95 pages
Published: July 13th 2020 by Teddy Harrison LLC
ISBN: ASIN B08BT4MFHD
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: BookFunnel
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

Saying goodbye to their old life in the Wyr demesne in New York may be hard, but Dragos and Pia are determined to create a new life in the Other land of Rhyacia.

At first, everything seems idyllic. Rhyacia is paradisiacal. Accompanied by old friends and new allies, the future looks safe and bright for Dragos, Pia, and baby Niall.

But strange things are happening beneath the picturesque façade. Items move unaccompanied, buildings collapse without justifiable cause, and even the most Powerful residents of Rhyacia can provide no logical explanation for the events transpiring. Whispered rumors point to something called the unseen.

As Dragos and Pia investigate, they uncover a greater mystery than they could have imagined, and they realize the startling truth…

They’re not alone in Rhyacia. The land Dragos had thought was uninhabited hides many secrets, a shocking history that’s not quite ready to be buried, and something more.

Something ancient, evil, and hungry. Something that wants to consume Dragos and take everything he holds dear.

Something that just may be powerful enough to overcome the dragon…



Your Thoughts:
“Dragos, I don’t think we’re alone here.”

Thea Harrison whisks readers on a thrilling new Dragos and Pia adventure with The Unseen, a novella in her amazing Elder Races series. The Unseen is also the first of four linked stories which Thea has entitled the Chronicles of Rhyacia. This opener relates their departure from Earth and the Wyr demise and their arrival in the Other land of Rhyacia. As you may expect, things don’t go as planned and many of our Elder Races favorites arrive to help.