Thursday, December 30, 2021

#Giveaway & #Excerpt from Watching Over You by Lori Foster


About the Book

Watching Over You
(McKenzies of Ridge Trail #3)
by Lori Foster

ebook, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2021 by HQN Books
Mysterious, unpredictable and most definitely scorching hot.

While investigating a criminal network, Detective Crosby Albertson keeps crossing paths with members of the highly trained, suspiciously well-informed McKenzie family. They’re always one step ahead of him—especially their alarmingly attractive intel specialist, Madison. And he needs to find out why.

Madison McKenzie is the tech and surveillance whiz of her family’s operation. A recent case introduced her to Detective Albertson. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the sexy and mysterious cop. There’s just one problem. He’s a detective and her family’s work is secret. When Crosby starts digging for information about the McKenzies, Madison’s got to get him off the scent…while keeping him at a safe distance. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Read an #Excerpt from Ancient Vendetta by Katie Reus

About the Book

Ancient Vendetta
(Ancients Rising #4)
by Katie Reus 

Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published December 28th 2021 by KR Press, LLC
His responsibility is to his pack, his people—the territory of New Orleans.

When the world devolved into chaos and fire, Alpha wolf King kept his territory from collapsing. Now, every day it seems there’s a new challenge—rogue witches, treacherous vampires, evil dragons. But his biggest threat is Aurora. Unique, magical, a female who sees him, the male, and not simply the Alpha in charge. But she’s thrown up so many walls that he’s afraid he’ll never be able to break through to the woman behind them. When the most dangerous threat they’ve ever faced ravages the city he’ll need her at his side—to defeat it, and then claim the woman who already owns him, body and soul.

But she makes him want more.

After being held captive for a year, Aurora has embraced her freedom. For the first time in her life she’s living away from her older sister in a new territory. A new world. She’s made friends and is helping New Orleans get back on its feet. Giving to others is helping her combat her PTSD, but she’s far from the woman she used to be. Even so, she can’t fight her ever present and growing attraction to King. Except she’s afraid she’s broken, that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship again—that she can’t handle being an Alpha’s mate. When an evil linked to his past threatens to tear them apart and destroy the city, she must set her fears aside and find the courage to follow her heart—and the wolf who’s already won it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Read an #Excerpt from A Chef's Kiss by Nina Crespo + #Giveaway

About the Book

A Chef's Kiss
by Nina Crespo

Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 28th 2021 by Harlequin Special Edition
A welcome second chance…
Or a recipe for disaster?

After their ill-fated fling quashed her dreams, small-town chef Philippa Gayle’s onetime rival-turned-lover Dominic Crawford upended her life. But when Philippa’s forced together with the celebrity cook on a project that could change her life, there's no denying that the flames that were lit years ago were only banked, not extinguished. Can Philippa trust Dominic enough to let him in…or are they just cooking up another heartbreak?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Have Yourself a Slow Burn little Christmas... with Julie Anne Long of After Dark with the Duke

Have Yourself a Slow Burn little Christmas...

I think readers who savor slow-burn, exquisitely tense romances savor them for the same reasons we traditionally disguise our holiday gifts in shiny paper and ribbon: We instinctively understand that anticipation and the element of surprise heighten pleasure and amplify that ultimate delicious payoff—whether we're unwrapping a brand new air fryer, or, for instance, a smolderingly stern duke. And it's why advent calendars are such a fun tradition—no matter how old we are, we all get an undeniably pleasant little charge in discovering what's behind each little door of the calendar, right up until the big day. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

#Interview with Melinda Leigh of Her Second Death + #Giveaway

Interview with Author Melinda Leigh

Detective Bree Taggert is one of your most popular characters. What is it about her that makes readers come back for more of her story? 

Bree is strong and smart, but she’s also flawed and vulnerable. She begins the series as an excellent homicide detective but personally empty. A horrific childhood tragedy distanced Bree from her family and made her a loner. Her sister’s murder triggers the desire to change that. Bree takes on her sister’s case—and her sister’s kids. Bree sees her own childhood reflected in her niece and nephew and is determined not to let them grow up as damaged as she is. In order to do that, she needs to make herself vulnerable. In accepting responsibility for the children, she starts her own road to healing. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

Holiday Short Stories Featuring Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Redfearn, J. Courtney Sullivan & Chandler Baker + #Giveaway

Ring in the Holidays with Excerpts from Festive Reads by Bestselling Authors Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Redfearn, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Chandler Baker.

This winter, rejoice in a festival of entertaining new tales from Amazon Original Stories. Unwrap unique short reads by bestselling authors to keep your holiday season merry and bright. Visit AMAZON to browse a curated selection of stories—free for Prime Members and Kindle Unlimited Subscribers—and read on for excerpts from the titles by Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Redfearn, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Chandler Baker. 

After a long, lonely year, two people stumble toward each other in If the Fates Allow a holiday short story by Rainbow Rowell the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Read an #Excerpt from Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh

About the Book

Someone Perfect 
(Westcott #9) 
by Mary Balogh

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 30th 2021 by Berkley
Sometimes, just one person can pull a whole family apart. And sometimes, it just takes one person to pull it back together. For fans of Bridgerton, New York Times bestselling Regency Romance author Mary Balogh shows how love truly conquers all in this new Friends of the Westcotts novel.

As a young man, Justin Wiley was banished by his father for mysterious reasons, but now, his father is dead, and Justin has been Earl of Brandon for six years. A dark, dour man, he, nonetheless, takes it as his responsibility to care for his half-sister, Maria, when her mother dies. He travels to her home to fetch her back to the family seat at Everleigh Park.

Although she adored him, once, Maria now loathes Justin, and her friend, Lady Estelle Lamarr, can see, immediately, how his very name upsets her. When Justin arrives and invites Estelle and her brother to accompany Maria to Everleigh Park to help with her distress, she begrudgingly agrees, for Maria's sake.
As family secrets unravel in Maria's homecoming, Justin, too, uncovers his desire for a countess. And, while he may believe he's found an obvious candidate in the beautiful 25-year-old Lady Estelle, she is most certain that they could never make a match...

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Read an #Excerpt from Child of Mine by Karen Grey

About the Book

Child of Mine 
(Boston Classics #4)
by Karen Grey 

Kindle Edition
Published December 1st 2021 by Home Cooked Books
The bigger the secret, the harder it is to hide.

Single mom Isabella York was a celebrity before she had her first kiss, her first date, or her first sip of alcohol. Playing the bad girl—both on and off the set—made up for lost time, but the consequences were life-changing. Back home in Boston, with her “checkered past” behind her, all she wants is to raise her little girl far from the spotlight. After all, revealing her secrets could mean losing everything.
For her, and her daughter.

It’s not that Henry Smith hates kids—they don’t like him. Meanwhile, he’s stuck producing children’s TV, so he’s doing the best he can to be less of a grouch. Not everyone gets a second chance to chase his dream, and if he plays his cards right at this new gig, he can move on to making television that will change the world, not just entertain a bunch of brats.

Even better, he just might be able to talk the woman he never thought he’d see again into greenlighting a do-over.

In this sexy, heartwarming, Secret Baby, 80’s throwback romcom, a Sunshine-Grumpy pair has to face the past before they can find their future… together. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท.5 #Review of Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Title: Ice Planet Barbarians
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #1
Author: Ruby Dixon
Format: Kindle, 336 pages
Publication: November 30th 2021 by Berkley Books (first published April 3rd 2015)
ISBN-13: 0593546024
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal 
Source: NetGalley 
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses 
Fall in love with the out-of-this-world romance between Georgie Carruthers, a human woman, and Vektal, an alien from another planet, in this expanded edition with bonus materials and an exclusive epilogue--in print only!

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women--including me--on an ice planet.

We're not equipped for life in this desolate winter wasteland. Since I'm the unofficial leader, I head out into the snow to look for help.

I find help all right. A big blue horned alien introduces himself in a rather . . . startling way. Vektal says that I'm his mate, his chosen female--and that the reason his chest is purring is because of my presence. He'll help me and my people survive, but this poses a new problem.

If Vektal helps us survive, I'm not sure he's going to want to let me go. 

Crystal's Thoughts

I don't read too many sci-fi/alien romance books, but for some reason this one caught my eye. Ice Planet Barbarians turned out to be a fun, but some times dark, story that was both intriguing and titillating.  

Monday, November 29, 2021

Read an #Excerpt From Hunter's Hope by Alyssa Day

About the Book

Hunter's Hope
(Vampire Motorcycle Club #2)
by Alyssa Day 

Kindle Edition
Published November 30th 2021
Hunter Evans risked his life again and again as a firefighter until the night he died saving a child...only to be reborn as a vampire. Now the man who lived his life as the quintessential “nice guy” must find a way to conquer the deadly urges that threaten to turn him feral. When his own actions put a beautiful woman in danger, he vows to protect her…even from himself.

Alice Darlington has a secret of her own: she sees ghosts. She thought she’d done a good job of keeping it under wraps—until now. A terrible threat from her past is hunting her down in order to use her power for dark purposes. Now she’s on the run and doesn't know who to trust or where to go.

When Hunter and Alice team up to battle the dangers coming at them from all sides, they’re forced to rely on each other. But Hunter doesn’t know how long he can keep the beast inside him away from the woman it craves… 

Monday, November 15, 2021

๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท #Review of The Cursed King by Abigail Owen

Title: The Cursed King
Series: Inferno Rising #4
Author: Abigail Owen
Format: Kindle Edition
Publication: October 25th 2021
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
He will burn. She will rise.

Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan, spent half a millennium being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. The only reason he’s alive is a curse— the man to kill Airk will be consumed in his own fire. Which is why Pytheios kept Airk alive, barely, unable to shift in his prison cage, driving the creature half of him into madness. Airk escaped, but he’ll never be truly free. What good is a king who can never let his feral dragon loose, never fly, and never lead his people? He’s better off dead.

Angelika Amon is the last unmated phoenix. The problem? She has no powers. Zip. Zilch. Angelika hates being dormant, especially now that her three sisters are blissfully mated to powerful dragon shifter kings and are very much part of the fight to take down the rotting king Pytheios, their parents’ killer. What good is a useless runt of a phoenix in a battle to save the dragon kingdom?

Desperate to find some way to help, she offers herself to Airk as a mate — just for political leverage. But a dormant phoenix is no damn use to him just like a dragon who can’t shift is no use to her. Until Pytheios sets his sights on Angelika for himself…

Crystal's Thoughts

The fourth and final book in Abigail Owen's Inferno Rising series, The Cursed King, is an explosive conclusion and gripping read! This paranormal romance series follows four Phoenix sisters destined to take down an evil dragon king while finding love. Now it is the youngest Amon sister's turn. Angelika may have been restricted to the sidelines for most of the fight, but she is determined to do her part in this war and she won't go it alone. Former prisoner and heir to the dragon's White Clan, Airk Azdajah, becomes her reluctant partner. If Angelika's quest is successful though, Airk will become so much more....

Monday, November 8, 2021

Happy #BookBirthday to Nashville Dreams by Julie Capulet

About the Book

Nashville Dreams
(Music City Lovers #3)
by Julie Capulet

Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Expected publication: November 9th 2021 by Julie Capulet
“All I wished for was to experience that spark you read about, just once. What I wasn’t expecting was the Fourth of July and heaven on earth all rolled into one.” ~ Stella

Bass player Kade Tucker is known as the Magic Man, and not only for his riffs. After breaking off a disastrous relationship, he swears off women. Only problem is, five minutes later, he might have just met the love of his life.

Stella Bell has always done what’s expected of her. Until a secret letter and an unexpected proposal on the same day prove to be her breaking point. For once in her life, she’s going to do something for herself. As fate would have it, that means taking a spur of the moment trip to Nashville.

A hopeless romantic, Stella has been hiding her true self for far too long. And when a gorgeous, mysterious stranger rescues her from a torrential downpour, she decides to go with it. The hot, dreamy Kade Tucker proceeds to enlighten Stella in every possible way, until she begins to realize that some dreams really can come true.

But will Kade’s twisted ex and Stella’s family secrets – and a very accidental pregnancy –get in the way of their HEA? Or is this a star-crossed match made in Music City heaven?

Read an #Excerpt from Maybe We Should by Melissa Foster + #Giveaway

About the Book

Maybe We Should
(Silver Harbor #2)
by Melissa Foster 

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 315 pages
Published November 2nd 2021 by Montlake
An emotional and sexy novel about guarded hearts, finding love, and families lost and found by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe We Will.

After spending years wondering who she was, tattoo artist Cait Weatherby finally found her answers on the sandy shores of Silver Island. With two half sisters she never knew existed, a group of friends she adores, and a devastatingly charming admirer who flirts with her at every turn, she’s ready to figure out her next steps. The trouble is, Cait lives in the shadows of a dark past, and she can’t afford complications that might cause her to lose the family she’s only just found—complications like blue-eyed boatbuilder Brant Remington, who is as open as she is guarded. If only the sexy charmer would take the hint…

Brant is Cait’s opposite in every way, but he’s drawn to everything about the sexy newcomer—from the quiet strength that rivals the caution in her mossy-green eyes to her tough facade that he can’t wait to strip away.

As Brant works his magic, Cait’s walls come down. But as sweet as that feels, Cait knows how quickly good things can turn bad. It’s going to take more than a little trust to beat the ghosts of her past and claim the future they both deserve. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

#Spotlight on Ruined by Rebecca Wilder

About the Book

(Destiny Falls, #2)
by Rebecca Wilder

Kindle Edition
Published September 24th 2021
This story starts with a car crash.

Lyla Winters life is at a crossroads. She's bounced around from job to job since she was sixteen, but now that she's twenty-five, her lack of a career is a little less cute. Too bad for her, she has no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

She’s got an idea though. She’ll take a year off to travel and find herself. That plan goes off the road though when she gets to Destiny Falls, Michigan and promptly runs into some fancy SUV.

Out climbs Hudson Hayes. Restauranteur, James Beard Winner, and the man who always has a plan.

Also, maybe, the man of her dreams.

She has to pay for the damage to both of their cars and just like that, there goes her savings for the year. Now she’s stuck in Destiny Falls, working at the Mystery Cabin and living in the apartment above Hudson’s restaurant.

Her year off to figure things out is still in play though. She just needs to save up her money and keep her eye on the prize. It’s just that the prize looks more and more like Hudson every day.

When Lyla finally has enough saved to leave Destiny Falls, will she be able to say goodbye to the friends and life that she’s made here in this small town? Or will she have finally found the one place that she belongs? 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Read an #Excerpt from Silent Protector by Katie Reus

About the Book

Silent Protector
(Verona Bay #3)
by Katie Reus

Kindle Edition
Published October 26th 2021 by KR Press, LLC
Some secrets keep you safe…

Adeline Rodriguez left her violent past behind, buried her secrets and started over in Verona Bay. Now a successful co-owner in a local pet grooming business, she’s made a life for herself in this idyllic community, and has real friends. Thanks to her past, the only thing she hasn’t mastered yet is a real relationship. And when circumstances lead her to finally let her guard down with sexy Mac Collins, he completely ghosts her. Her first instinct is to close herself off again, but she decides to confront him instead—and that fateful decision puts her directly in the crosshairs of a killer.

Others can destroy you…

Mac has wanted Adeline since the moment they met, but she made it clear that she didn’t want a relationship. So he kept his distance. When they’re trapped together in a remote cabin, things change between them. But Mac’s past has come back to haunt him, so he pushes her away to protect her. Unfortunately, it’s already too late. Adeline is now a target too. To save her, Mac has no choice except to end the threat. Only then can he try to win over the woman he can’t live without. But winning over the feisty Adeline might prove to be harder than stopping a killer.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

#Spotlight on The Wedding Crasher and the Cowboy by Robin Bielman

About the Book

The Wedding Crasher and the Cowboy
by Robin Bielman

Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 26th 2021 by Entangled: Amara
Kennedy Martin is shocked when her ex calls days before his wedding, expressing serious second thoughts. Doesn’t he see his fiancรฉe's actually the glaze to his doughnut? Now she’s got no choice but to crash his wedding and convince the man he’s with the right woman.

Instead, she crashes into the absolute last man she ever wanted to see: Maverick Owens, her old college nemesis. Maverick is still as awful, infuriating, and just The Worst as ever—even if he looks way too sexy in his cowboy hat. And of course he’s convinced she’s actually at the seaside ranch to ruin the wedding.

Now the only way to get some face time with the groom and save this marriage is to participate in all sorts of pre-wedding events…with Maverick. Stuck on a canoe, making small-talk at cocktail hour, and even a hoedown with her worst enemy? This just might be the longest week of her life…

Monday, October 25, 2021

#Spotlight on Nobody Does it Better by Samantha Chase

About the Book

Nobody Does it Better
(Magnolia Sound #9)
by Samantha Chase

Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published October 19th 2021
A billionaire hell bent on transforming a sleepy coastal town.
The hometown girl determined to do whatever it takes to stop him.

Peyton Bishop has big plans and big dreams when it comes to leaving her mark on Magnolia Sound. Her great-grandfather founded the coastal town and every generation before her has left their stamp. Now it’s her turn. But just as she takes the leap and makes plans to build her own restaurant, a sexy business mogul buys her dream property right from under her.

Ryder Ashford knows a good thing when he sees it, and he knows he’s found a gem with Magnolia Sound. He just needs to get the small town up to his standards first. He’s received nothing but praise from the locals so far, but that’s about to change because the bratty and beautiful cafรฉ owner whose property he just snatched isn’t shy about calling him out on his plans. He should be annoyed she’s getting in his way, but he enjoys their verbal sparring too much.

Ryder’s a man who goes after what he wants, and what he wants is the best.

He never thought that would turn out to be the one woman standing between him and his dreams. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท #Review of Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Title: Neon Gods
Series: Dark Olympus #1
Author: Katee Robert 
Format: Kindle, 380 pages
Published: June 1st 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 13: 1728231736
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Reviewer: Crystal
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine.

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth... a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

Crystal's Thoughts

Neon Gods is a modern-day retelling of the well-known Greek mythology tale of Hades and Persephone. Sexy, edgy, and wicked this new twist on Olympus captivated. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Immortal Guardians’ Favorite Halloween Candy by Dianne Duvall of An Immortal Guardians Companion + #Giveaway

The Immortal Guardians’ Favorite Halloween Candy

Hello! Thank you for joining us. I’ve very excited to be here today, celebrating the release of AN IMMORTAL GUARDIANS COMPANION, a one-stop shop for fun Immortal Guardians extras. With over a dozen deleted scenes that feature favorite characters, bonus scenes, short stories, and laugh-inspiring character interviews, I think Immortal Guardians fans are going to enjoy it.

After Sheldon (one of the mortals in the series and a source of humor) interviewed me for the companion, I tasked him with discovering Immortal Guardians’ favorite Halloween candy. Here’s what he came up with:

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Happy #BookBirthday to An Immortal Guardians Companion by Dianne Duvall + #Giveaway

We have exciting release news to share with you!
An Immortal Guardians Companion, a fun new release in Dianne Duvall‘s best-selling Immortal Guardians series is LIVE !!! Grab your copy of An Immortal Guardians Companion in eBook or paperback format at any one of your favorite online book retailers today! Happy reading!


An Immortal Guardians Companion
By Dianne Duvall

Release date: October 12, 2021
Hello, all!

Your favorite character, Sheldon, here. If you’re an Immortal Guardians fan, I think you’re really going to enjoy this companion. Dianne has packed it with ninety pages of deleted scenes that feature many of the characters you’ve come to know and love plus a bonus scene from Cliff’s Descent that you won’t want to miss.

You’ll also find every character interview Dianne has ever written inside these pages. (Those of you who’ve encountered a few in the past know the ones I conduct are the best.) If you’ve never read one or you missed a few, then pick up a copy, sit back, and laugh while I interview Immortal Guardians and the loves of their lives for the network. Even Chris Reordon and Todd down at network headquarters get in on the action.

I also interview Dianne and ply her with questions I thought you’d like to ask her. Throw in a couple of short stories, what inspired the Immortal Guardians series, and a brief Who Does What Now? list, and you’re bound to enjoy it.

See you on the inside!

Your friend,
Immortal Guardian Richart’s immensely competent Second
And the most beloved character in the Immortal Guardians series (at least in his mind)