Saturday, December 10, 2016

Release Day - 'Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain' by Randi Alexander #Giveaway

 
Blurb

Doctor Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk to him in person. Is Sybil back to finally ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? He hardens himself for the blow that’s sure to come.

Sybil MacLean has been gone from MacLean Mountain and from her husband for seven long months, and now she’s back to admit that leaving was a terrible mistake. She has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back first.

As a powerful blizzard moves into the Colorado Rockies and Sybil and Booker are stranded together atop MacLean Mountain, will his fierce pride and her need for his understanding keep them from spending Christmas with the one they love most?

EXCERPT

Sybil kicked off her non-skid-soled winter boots and glanced around. It looked exactly the same. The pine floors and big, thick rugs, heavy trim around the windows and on the high ceilings, and the overstuffed rustic furniture they’d picked out together. Was that just a year and a half ago? Walking past the huge stone fireplace, she stepped into her kitchen. Tall moss-green cabinets and stainless appliances, neat as a surgery suite, and not a thing moved from when she’d been here. Even the pictures and coupons held on the refrigerator by magnets were the same.

Booker came in carrying her bags and she walked through the living room to the small powder room and closed the door. In the mirror, her reflection showed a mess of snarled hair and pink cheeks, but she felt revitalized. How many times had she dreamed of being here with Booker again? Sybil found her hairbrush in the same drawer she’d left it in seven months ago. That was a good sign. He hadn’t packed up all her things and stored them in the barn. Or burned them in a fire aimed at cleansing his life of her.

She would take this opportunity to prove to Booker she really did trust him, and wanted to make their marriage work. Brushing her hair, she said a small prayer, just needing to know she had some divine backup for her plan.

When she stepped into the living room, she spotted him sitting on his heels, his feet in the gray wool socks he wore in the winter, putting logs into the fireplace onto an already-burning fire.

“That was fast.” She sidled up to him, holding out her hands to warm them.

He stood and turned to face her, his silvery eyes catching the glow of the flames.

Looking up at him, she wanted so badly to put her hands on his chest, let him pull her into his arms, pick her up and carry her to the soft couch the way they always had. Snuggle together and make love, nap and start all over again, all night long.

That wasn’t what was going to happen now. She dropped her hands to her sides. “I guess now is the time to talk.”

“Uh huh.” He gestured toward the two light-brown leather chairs on one side of the couch. “Can I get you something to eat? Some water or tea?”

The offer shocked her out of her cozy mood. He was treating her like a guest, not like the woman of the house. “Just water, please.” If that was how he wanted to do this, she’d accommodate him. Walking to the chairs, she sat and tucked her legs up under her, waiting for him to serve her.

It took him a second to get moving, and he brought back two glasses of water. He’d used the hand-blown glasses they’d gotten from his uncle for their wedding. Lord, the memories in this place. How had she ever found the fortitude to leave her home? And how would she be able to leave again if he didn’t come around to her point of view and let her stay?

“Why didn’t you tell me, Sybil?” He sat, his eyes showing his concern.

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About The Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander knows a modern woman dreams of an alpha cowboy who takes the reins, and guarantees they’re rode hard and put up satisfied.

Published with Cleis Press, Wild Rose Press, and self-published, Randi writes smokin' hot romance with heroes who'll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them. When she's not dreaming of, or writing about, rugged cowboys, Randi is biking trails along remote rivers, snorkeling the Gulf of Mexico, or practicing her drumming in hopes of someday forming a tropical rock-band.

Forever an adventurous spirit with a naughty imagination, Randi is also family oriented and married to the best guy in the world, her own cowboy, Kick. Give in to the allure of erotic passion, strong but vulnerable heroines, and irresistibly seductive cowboys, as Randi's emotional love stories sweep you off your feet and leave you breathless with passion.

Saddle up! And prepare yourself for the sexier side of happily ever after.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Audio Book Tour - 'Irrevocable Series' by Samantha Jacobey


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Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Surrounded by strangers, she ponders if they could be right; that is mankind headed for a global disaster. In a twist of fate, Caleb becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her, but when things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough to save the entire community? Or will rival forces strip away all that they have worked for at the time they need it most…

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samantha.jpgAnyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Release Day - 'One More Christmas' by A.M. Willard #Giveaway

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One More Christmas - One Night Series Holiday Edition
Cover Design: MadHat Books Shari Ryan
Release Date: December 7, 2016

Synopsis

In this companion to the One Night Series, we invite you to join Angela and Logan Black for a Tropical Christmas. This special holiday edition will get the heat turned up a few degrees, and we aren't just talking about the Island's sun. It might just get hot enough to melt the snow all the way back home in New York. Leaving the frigid winter weather and their hectic lives behind, Logan and Angela head to the Islands to celebrate Christmas with their son Graham. What do you give the man who has everything? Something money can't buy... Family. Love. Memories. Special guest appearances from Tabitha and Carter, because what's a Christmas without your favorite glitter girl?

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About the Author

International Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard resides in Savannah, Georgia. She joined the Peach State many years ago after leaving the crystal blue waters and sugary white sand behind from the Panhandle of Florida. She's also known for being a wife, mother, and caretaker for her farm animals. A.M. loves anything sassy, glittery, and is a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. That last one might be the reason she believes in soulmates or it could be because she married her high school sweetheart almost twenty years ago.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review – ‘The Queen of the Damned’ by Anne Rice


Blurb 

In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat—in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

Review 

Book 3 of The Vampire Chronicles. I enjoyed this story more than the second one (The Vampire Lestat - TVL) and I like it just as much as I did the first book (Interview with the Vampire - IWTV). It picks right up where the second book left off. We learn about what happened before and after the concert to various vampires who has or will play a big part in Lestat’s life. The Legend of the Twins is very interesting, and we get snippets of it in the ‘dream’ from several points of views until the final explanation close to the end. Of all the characters, I would’ve liked to learn more about Khayman; Marius’s and Pandora’s romantic relationship as vampires (because, so far in the series, vampires are seen as nonsexual creatures so how did Marius and Pandora fall in love?); and I wanted Armand to feel regret for how he manipulated and terrified Daniel Malloy for over a decade but Armand never did.
As with the other books, the description is over-the-top and so vivid I skimmed the pages until I found quotation marks. I don’t understand why the author prefers to describe a couch or the shape of Lestat’s mouth for several paragraphs but she says very little about what’s actually important.
Though I’m interested in the characters and would like to know what will happen to them in the future, I will not read anymore books in this series. I just don’t like the style of writing, the format in which the chapters are laid out and the confusing timeline for each book. For example, in TVL, the concert starts in the spring but, in The Queen of the Damned, it starts on Halloween. Unless I misread something, this is a big timeline error.
I watched the movie, Queen of the Damned, after I read this book and now I no longer like the movie. They’re totally different from one another. The book is better and more detailed while the movie cuts major characters like Louis and Armand, and the movie gives Lestat a girlfriend. So wrong!
3 Stars

Disclaimer – I received this book as a gift from my grandmother-in-law. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Review – ‘The Vampire Lestat’ by Anne Rice


Blurb 

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

Review 

Book 2 of The Vampire Chronicles, this story started better than the first one (Interview with the Vampire - IWTV) but fell short midway through in my opinion. The description is tedious and drawn out, and I found the back stories for some of the side characters unnecessary. I very much enjoyed the part about Lestat’s human life, his family and friends, and everything about Nicolas, Lestat’s best friend. Nicolas’s downfall was hard to read and I blamed Lestat for all of it. His selfishness in the name of protection contributed to Nick’s path into darkness and, because of that, I disliked Lestat as much as I did back in the first book. I despised Lestat’s wretch of a mother and wished she would’ve died, permanently. Armand’s back story was interesting but I didn’t see how it contributed to Lestat’s life or the choices he made. Marius’s back story, however, I loved and it fit well with this story.
I was disappointed with the recap of IWTV. It’s from Lestat’s POV but we learned very little about why he acted the way he did with Louis. Why didn’t Lestat help Louis and instruct him even though he couldn’t betray Marius’s secret? Why didn’t Lestat tell Louis that he only fed on criminals, not good people? (Though I’m not even sure if Lestat followed his own rules all the time while in New Orleans.) There were too many unanswered questions. 
For me, the best part of the book was all the scenes set in 1984, before Lestat was turned into a vampire in 1780, and Marius’s back story.
2 Stars

Disclaimer – I received this book as a gift from my grandmother-in-law. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Review – ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice


Blurb 

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Review 

I usually don’t read pure horror stories but I’ve always enjoyed vampire romance books and vampire movies of any genre. The Vampire Chronicles Vol. 1 has sat on the shelf for years at home and I finally decided to read it. The volume contains the first three books in the series: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned (I’ll review the latter two in other posts). I grew up with the movie, Interview with the Vampire, with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, and I think that’s where my fascination with vampires began. Later, when the movie, Queen of the Damned, came out, my craziness for hot goth guys and wild musicians grew. This second movie, I believe, takes elements from the second and third books so I’m anxious to read those books to see how they differ from the movie.
Anyway, on to this book…
I was a little disappointed to realize the character of the interviewer was simply referred to as ‘the boy’ throughout the whole book and, although the book is titled ‘Interview,’ I’d hoped the author showed the story instead of telling it to us. Unfortunately, we are told everything that happens from Louis’s POV. After a while, I grew comfortable with this format and just focused on the story.
Though I’m not surprised that thousands of humans died—this is a vampire novel after all, and no love or happiness is needed or required—the cruelty and lack of conscience was difficult to read at times. Louis and Claudia’s relationship bothered me. She was his daughter, his best friend, his lover of sorts, his pain, his abuser, and his reason for staying trapped with Lestat and with her for so many decades. She’s a grown woman trapped in a five-year-old child’s body. I didn’t like her to say the least. The way Louis and Claudia treated each other, as though they were married and in romantic love, not parental-and-child love, disgusted me. The sexual innuendoes to child molestation was surprising, though I don’t think every reader will pick up on that or agree with me.
I hate to say this but I thought of Louis as rather a weak character. He knew what he did was wrong, what others did was wrong, but he just didn’t care. He states in the latter half of the novel that true evil is passiveness, that doing nothing to prevent something bad from happening is just as bad as doing it yourself. He’s full of pain and regret; he lacks courage and a backbone to stand up to those who control him (Lestat and Claudia). He wants love, kindness, light and answers, but he lives in blood, deceit and darkness. He never receives his true desire and I feel sorry for him, but I felt he brought this bad existence on himself.
Lestat is cruel, manipulative, ignorant, and plain vicious but, unlike Louis, he doesn’t hide his true nature or deny it which almost makes him more likable than Louis. Claudia is just like Lestat but she physically appears innocent and plays with Louis’s guilt better than Lestat ever could. The hero of this book, if you can even call Louis that, is trapped under their spell for close to a century and he finally escapes with the help of another vampire, Armand. Louis has so many questions but doesn’t ask them when he finally has the opportunity. It’s frustrating. Even with his new friend he’s not truly free because he loses himself to blandness and misery that can’t be vanquished. Louis changes so much throughout the course of the book, from a gentle, na├»ve man to a man full of shame who still wants to be human, to a monster who ignores his shame and regret, to a monster with questions and who tries to be human again, to a monster who finally accepts the evilness inside him, to a shell of a man who lives his life in a bubble of nothingness. It’s a sad legacy to leave behind but his story is very compelling from cover to cover.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but from now on I’ll probably just stick with the movie. Though quite a bit is lost during the translation from page to screen, I think the movie is easier to understand and it doesn’t drag in description as the book does. Hardcore Anne Rice fans may not agree with that assessment, but it’s just my humble opinion.
3 Stars   

Disclaimer – I received this book as a gift from my grandmother-in-law. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Blog Tour - 'Private' by Xavier Neal




Mogul or Monster?
Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn't been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston's true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he's asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn't. It doesn't take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston's forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?





Xavier Neal is an up and coming Author and Blogger. She lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing and reading. She loves Tex-mex, fandoms, and laughing. Feel free to spend her a message any time! 

 



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Release Day - 'Always Wanting' by Alex Grayson

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My name is Abigail Summers, and I’m addicted to sex. Yes, you read right. I’m a woman that craves… no, needs to have a man take my body on a daily basis. If I don’t have sex at least once a day, my body shakes from withdrawals, my stomach cramps with unbearable pain, my sexually hazed mind goes haywire, and I become extremely irritable and a major bitch. This isn’t a lifestyle I’ve chosen for myself. It’s a struggle I deal with every single day.
I don’t do relationships, because what man wants to be stuck knowing his girl may be out having sex with some random guy if he’s not available? You may think this is something that I can control, but I say screw you; you’ve never been in my shoes before.
The cravings may be something I can’t control, but I’ve learned to embrace them. I’ve tried the sexual addiction support groups. I’ve tried curbing my appetites. I’ve been shunned, criticized, ridiculed, and called every nasty name under the sun. Well, I say fuck all you judgmental assholes. I’ll have sex with who I want, when I want, where I want. Embarrassment? That’s a thing of the past. This is my life now, and those that don’t like it can go straight to hell.
But then he came along and screwed everything up. Colt Maverick. For once in my life, I want more, crave more from one guy. A guy that’s sweet and doesn’t match my hard interior. A guy that looks at me like he wants to eat me alive and claim me as his own. A guy that will most definitely not be okay with my addiction. A guy that I want over and over again, not because my body demands it, but because I demand it.

I now have a new addiction. But will he be enough to satisfy my uncontrollable desires?






“Which is it, Abby?” I growl, needing to know if I should kick this guy’s ass for hurting her, or kick his ass for daring to touch what is mine.
“Neither.” She shakes her head, swallows, then looks up at me. Her eyes carry the same confusion I’m feeling.
“I didn’t want him, but he wasn’t hurting or forcing me, either.”
“Abby, what—”
“Take me back to my place,” she blurts out, interrupting me.
For the first time tonight, I notice the sheen of sweat on her forehead and the paleness of her cheeks. She doesn’t look like she feels well. My ire dies, and concern takes over. Her eyes once again drop from mine when she sees my worry. I bend my knees and force her to look at me when I get in her face.
“What’s wrong with you?” I ask.
“Nothing,” she mumbles. “I just want to get out of here.”
I don’t believe her, but when I see the pinch of pain on her face, I decide to force the issue later, once we’re alone.
“My place.” I back away and grab her hand. “It’s closer,” I add when she looks like she wants to object. Luckily, she nods.
The forgotten guy on the floor has managed to sit up and lean against the wall, still holding his nose and stomach. My eyes narrow at him when he looks up and spots us. The bastard shrinks back further against the wall at my look.
Smart man.
“The back door,” Abby murmurs and pulls on my hand, leading me to a back entrance.
After stepping outside into the dark alleyway, Abby stumbles to a stop several feet from the door. I look to see what’s wrong and find her staring at me. The look in her eyes is hard to distinguish. I see pain, uncertainty, and a hint of what looks like desire. The desire is what confuses me. She’s obviously hurting, so how can she be turned on at the same time?
“Blue,” she says softly, her hand tightening in mine.
“What is it?” I ask, stepping into her space.
What’s up with this woman? Something’s off with her, and I need to find out what it is before she drives me crazy.
The hand she was using to hold mine releases its grip and lands on my lower stomach. Her other hand trails a path up my chest and snakes around my neck. I gaze down at her in bewilderment when she steps closer and plasters her front to mine, her tits flattening against my hard chest.
She grips the waistband of my jeans. “I need you,” she whispers harshly.
My dick jerks, and I want nothing more than to sink my hands into her plump ass, lift her up, and sink inside her, but I don’t. I need to get her home and find out what’s wrong with her first.
“Let’s get you back to my place.”
“No,” she whimpers. She raises her hands and digs her nails into my scalp. “I need you, Blue. Please.”




Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.



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