Saturday, June 4, 2016

Getting Back to Basics...

Lengthy post but worth the read...

Lately I've been doing a bit of soul searching (slightly overdramatic). My interest in books has been dwindling... drastically, and it was really upsetting because, as I'm sure most of you can relate, books have been a major part of my life since I was a child. I haven't been doing much reading at all over the past couple months, partly because real life kept me super busy, but mostly because I just had no interest.

Even though I wasn't reading much that didn't stop me from browsing Amazon everyday hoping something would catch my eye. And then it happened. Let me rewind for a second though, when I started this blog I relied strictly on Amazon searches to find my next read. There was no outside input whatsoever. I read what I wanted, whatever caught my eye, and in doing so stumbled across a bunch of amazing authors. So that's what I blogged about. I was reading a book a day back then too so I had way more recommendations to share. As my blog grew and I started connecting with more and more authors I strayed away from my normal routine (and way of finding books) and ventured further into the blogging world, reading books that were given to me for the sake of an honest review.

Basically what I'm getting to here is that I started reading what everybody else was reading and lost my own individuality. Not that there's anything wrong with following the tops recs and bestsellers. To each his own. Let's jump forward now, back to browsing Amazon... Memorial Day Weekend I was browsing as I always do and came across a series that the "old me" would have instantly been drawn to. I knew immediately that was the book I had to read, and it was going to get me out of my funk. Lo and behold that weekend I read 3 books. Well, technically it was actually 13 books because they were novella length in boxed sets. I came to a very big realization that weekend. I need to go back to reading books that set my soul on fire! Books that capture the whole reason I love reading. Books that provide the escape from reality that got me hooked from an early age. I need to be me.

So I guess the main point of my rambling is to say that I want to get back to basics. I want to cut back on all the promos and focus more on reading and reviews, which is what my blog used to be all about. That means you may see less posts from me, but when you do see them they'll be full of genuine, book-loving goodness! I hope you'll all stick around, and be prepared to talk books!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cover Reveal - LOST SOUL SERIES by Maria DeSouza

I'm happy to reveal the covers and blurbs, along with the tentative release dates for the remaining novels in the Lost series.

Book 2 in the Lost Series, Lost Soul:


He loved her with all his heart.
He mourned her with all of his soul.
Now, he must forget her…

A year has passed since Jason’s life was turned upside down. While trying to deal with his personal loss, he is given a new boss, a new partner, and a new case.   

Vin’s safe return brings news that leaves Jason’s life in shambles.  He struggles to find a way past the pain he is feeling.  But the only way to get past it, is to forget the one he gave his heart and soul to.

Will Jason be able to move on or will he just be another…
Lost Soul?

Tentative Release Date: August 31, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   Jubert Gilay Photography    ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page

Book 2.5 in the Lost Series, Hidden Destiny:


Julian Straiz has always worn his heart on his sleeve, even as a lawyer.  Even though his career is going great, he finds himself wanting more.  He wants to have someone to come home to.  Someone to talk to at the end of the day, Someone to love.

Bethany Walters has worked with Julian for 7 years now.  When Julian offered her a job as his office manager, she quickly accepted.   Over time, Bethany has fallen for Julian, but she can’t bring herself to tell him. Julian deserves someone better than her.  
Anyone but her.

An unexpected surprise brings Bethany and Julian closer together.  Can Julian convince Bethany that she is his Hidden Destiny?

Tentative Release Date: October 23, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Brendon Charles ~> FB Page  &  Allison Murphy ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Kruse Images & Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~>  FB Page

Book 3 in the Lost Series, Innocence Lost:


He always did things by the book…
But not anymore…
Now, it was all about Revenge.

Jason is on a mission that he might not come back from.  He is going to Brazil to bring back Lucio.  Dead or Alive.

Jason has a plan to infiltrate Lucio’s club by having his partner, Jocelyn go undercover as a dancer.   He is ready to grab Lucio when he sees her.

Jason must choose between getting his revenge or saving Selene.  Will he be able to stop Lucio or will there be Innocence Lost?

Tentative Release Date: December 31, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   David Massa Photography
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page

Book 3.5 in the Lost Series, Hidden Evil:


He was broken.
He was dangerous.
She was not going to give up.

Everything Eddie knew was a lie and now he needed to deal with it.  He killed for Lucio.  He was someone that shouldn’t have an ounce of happiness in his life.
This was his punishment.

Jocelyn saw something in Eddie that she couldn’t shake.  She saw the misery and pain that she once felt herself.   Once she decided to stay, she knew there was no turning back.

Love isn’t always easy.  It can be your worst enemy…. 
even a Hidden Evil.

Tentative Release Date: February 14, 2017

Cover Credits:
Models:  Lance Jones ~> FB Page  &  Stephanie Pietz   ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Kruse Images & Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page

Book 4 in the Lost Series, Lost Time:


Time can heal all wounds…

Jason and Selene are finally home but things are not right between them.  
Jason doesn’t know how to feel with everything that happened in Brazil, especially after finding out about his son.  A child he thought he lost with Selene.
A child he thought wasn’t his.

Selene never stopped loving Jason and she knows he didn’t either.  She just needs to remind him of that. Will it be enough to bring them back together and become a family?  Will Selene lose Jason for good?

Can Jason and Selene make up for Lost Time?

Tentative Release Date: April 2017

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   Jubert Gilay Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs  ~> FB Page

Book 4 in the Lost Series, Lost Time:


Patience is a virtue…

After Jessie rescued Angelica and brought her back home, he made it his personal mission to see that she was ok.   Especially after finding out she was Captain Cayhill’s daughter.   

Angelica was angry and in pain after finding out about her father.   When her mother refused to let her back home, she found herself living on the street and having to do the unthinkable when Jessie intervenes.

The more Jessie tries to help, the more Angelica fights back. 
Can Jessie help Angelica find her Hidden Virtue before it’s too late?

Tentative Release Date:  June 2017

Cover Credits:
Model:  Eric Leto  ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Irish Wolf Photography  ~>  FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs  ~> FB Page

I will be putting up the pre-order for Hidden Heart Next week for a Release date of late June/Mid July.   Love Lost Audiobook will also be published sometime this week.  



Cover Reveal - YANKED by Serena Akeroyd

Title: Yanked
Series: the YANK effect #1
Author: Serena Akeroyd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
  Release Date: May 30, 2016


Noah Lincoln's no ordinary tycoon.

Sure, he's rich, and yes, he can date the hottest models, and a helicopter? Yeah, he has one of those too. Move over, Grey. But, what he doesn't have, is Tara.

She of the curves, the brains, and the viper's tongue with a wicked British accent that gets him hotter than Hades in high summer.

Tara's not his usual type, and that's what's driving him nuts. Until he gets her out of his system, he knows she'll be that one itch he desperately needs to scratch.

The only problem?

She's his employee. Noah doesn't date employees. Or at least, he didn't.

For Tara, he'll make an exception, but will she appreciate being yanked out of her world and into his?

That's if he can convince her to date him at all. Because all things considered, she's not entirely head over heels for this rich and sexy Yank. Noah will have to pull out all the stops just to get her into his bed, but in the end, will the bedroom be the only place he wants her? Or will Tara worm her way into his heart…?

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“What did you mean to happen?” he asked, cocking a brow at her.

She blew out a breath. “I don't know. I just wanted to know what we were doing tonight, really. I never intended...” She swallowed. “Sorry.”

The repeated apology had him frowning down at her. “Why? Why are you sorry? You don't have to be.”

“Because...” She jerked her hips a little, reminding him—like he needed the reminder—of his hard-on.

Had it been any other woman, he'd have been suggestive. Encouraging. Teasing. Instead, he shrugged off his need like he'd never done before in his life and murmured, “There's always later.”

She bit her lip, and he couldn't stop himself from reaching forward to press his mouth to hers. He tugged at the tender morsel with his own teeth, nibbling down gently before murmuring, “Only I can bite your lip now,” he whispered, his voice rough with the hunger ricocheting through his system.

A tremor worked through her and she sucked in a shaky breath. “I-I've never come like that before. Not...not with...”

He could have preened, because hell, it did inflate his ego to hear that, but instead, he told her, “You would have to be blind not to feel the chemistry between us, Tara. I always knew we'd be combustible together.”

She blinked. “You knew?”

“I did.”


Noah gritted his jaw. “When I saw you with that schmuck of a boyfriend at the office party at Christmas and Easter. He had his hands on you for some of the slow dances and I wanted to tear him a new one.”

“T-This chemistry, it's more than I've ever felt before. I won't lie about that, but I still don't want anything serious, Noah.”

He sighed at her worried voice. “And I'm not offering anything serious, Tara. I'm just saying it how it is. These things, they burn brightly but who knows for how long. I don't want to waste it. I want to feel the burn, and I want to know you do.”

“I want to feel it too.”

“And you will. If you respond like that later, it's going to scorch us.”

She flushed. “You talk about it so easily.”

“So do you, normally.” He tilted his head to the side. “You spoke about it before like it was nothing.”

“That was before I climaxed on your lap in your office.”

He shrugged that off. “You should take that for what it is: a gift.”

“Oh Christ, don't start getting a big head,” she retorted, and he was pleased to hear his Tara coming back to him.

Her shyness had been a surprise, a pleasant one, but this was the woman he knew and craved. This was the firecracker he'd known would raze his world to the ground.

“I think I deserve one.”

“I'll let it grow a couple of inches, and that's about it.”

“I know something that's growing a few inches.”

“How disappointing,” she teased. “I was hoping for a bit more than a few.”

He growled at her. “I'll show you later.”

“Please do.” Laughter poured from her as she chuckled at his expense then climbed off his lap with a caution that made him groan and her bite her lip again. “Sorry.”

“Stop saying that,” he gritted out. “It will go down in a minute.”

He hoped so. Hell, it was only eleven AM. That was a hell of a lot of time to kill before he'd see her again tonight and hopefully, get inside the heat that had been calling him for months.

Tara stared at him a second, then whispered, “If I didn't have a busy morning, I would...”

When she broke off, he asked, “What? You'd what?”

Her jaw clenched, turning from that faint shade of rose to a tense white. “You know what I'd do.”

“Maybe I do, maybe I don't. Tell me,” he taunted, but he was taunting himself. He fisted the ends of the armrest, clenching down on them instead of doing what he wanted to: reach for her and drag her back onto his lap.

“I'd let you bend me over the desk to take me here and now.” Her words were a challenge. They were thrown down like the offer of a duel. And maybe it was that. They were both dominant, both used to dominating their environs. Neither one was eager to let their guards down, and Noah knew that when they finally did sleep together, it would create a connection, some intimacy that try though she might, she'd never be able to hide from.

He accepted the gauntlet she threw at his feet, and in a tone of voice that sounded like silk sliding over gravel, bit off, “That will have to be for another day, won't it?”

Her eyelids were heavy, slumberous, and the shamrock green of her eyes sparked and glinted at his suggestion. He could sense the spike in her arousal and was burned by it.

Just as he did, she clenched her fists. “Is that a promise, Noah?”

“It is.”

“And do you keep your promises?”

“I do.”

Author Bio

Serena Akeroyd is a romanceaholic. She won’t touch a book unless she knows there’s a happy ever after at the end of it. Pathetic as it may be, because of this addiction, Serena decided to craft her own tales, stories that suit her voracious need for sexy romance. After all, a love story ain’t a lurve story without a bit of naughty!

A citizen of the world, Serena is a nomad at heart, and her novels enable her to travel the globe and all behind her computer desk. Naturally, she’d prefer the option of a private jet, but still, if wishes were horses, eh?

Always feel free to connect with Serena, she’d love to chat with her readers, as well as fellow romance addicts!

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Release Blitz - REVELATION by M.T. Harrte

Title: Revelation
Series: Alexis Wolfe Trilogy #1 
Author: M.T. Harrte
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Release Date: May 16, 2016


Though her father's suicide still lingers in her mind, Alexis must put aside her grief and take on the role as Alpha of her werewolf pack. Her new position also puts her next in line to be Queen of the supernatural kingdom, the Dark Court, which needs to be united more than ever now that mysterious attacks have been terrorizing the town. Too bad the current queen, Samira, would rather lie and murder her way through a power trip than step down quietly.

As Alexis investigates the murders, she learns corruption isn't just Samira's game. Her leadership is questioned by her very own pack, and after a gut-wrenching betrayal, she isn't sure if anything is worth protecting. But when Samira makes one last assault, Alexis is the only one who can end her reign of terror forever...that is...if she can find something worth fighting for.

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“Sure, I was already planning on changing a few things around here. For starters I would like to add more guards from different colonies as long as ya’ll don’t oppose,” I said.

I scanned the room for any type of disagreement. Ethan was twirling his hair around his finger, Konrad was digging in his nose, and Liam was staring back at me.

“Alright, so just let me know who you think should ser­­­­—” A sneeze stopped me midsentence.

Fuck, I peed again. Wait …. No … not pee.

No one said anything or seemed to notice but I could feel the liquid gushing out and no amount of Kegels or anything else was stopping it.

I motioned for Palo to come closer so I could make a discrete exit and officially check on things. Thadius invited himself over, and stooped down beside me.

“I think my water just broke,” I whispered.

“What!” shouted Thadius.

“What is it? What’s wrong,” said Liam, taking several steps closer.

“Everything’s fi—”

“Alexis’ water broke!” yelled Thadius.

So much for being discrete.

Everyone rushed to my side with the exception of Konrad who was desperately attempting to fish out whatever was lodged in his nasal cavity.

“Girl, I just had that chair reupholstered,” said Ethan. “Get ‘cha ass up so we can get this baby out of you.”

“Call the humans!” yelled Liam, pacing the room.

“No,” I hissed. “I don’t need the humans.” I turned to Palo and breathed through a contraction. “Call Rachel.”

He nodded and ran off in the opposite direction as everyone else closed in on me.

“If it dies, can I eat it?” asked Konrad leaning forward in his seat.

My eyes flashed yellow as our glares fell on him.

“What?” he asked. “It’s goblin custom.”

Ethan shook his head in disgust as I motioned for my other guards. “Get him the fuck out of here,” I growled. “In fact, everybody leave with the exception of Thadius and Ethan, I need ya’ll to help me to my room.

We shuffled down the hall pausing long enough for the freight train disguised as a contraction continued to slam into me over and over again.

Thadius took the initiative to go ahead and pick me up and carry me the rest of the way. Wasting no time, he kicked my bedroom door open and gently placed me in the middle of the bed.

Ethan shook his head again. “Those sheets cost a fortune,” he muttered.

“Really, Ethan!” I shrieked. “Make yourself useful or get out!”

He rolled his eyes and snatched off my leggings. “Let’s just see what’s going on down here.”

His head disappeared for a moment and I immediately felt the urge to push.

“Oh hell na’ll, girl whatever you are doing, STOP. Something is peeking out,” he said, and his ghostly face paled to a nearly transparent hue. “You know what, I’m going to go see what’s going on with your midwife wolf lady.”

I looked over at Thadius and attempted to smile to lighten the mood. The panicked looked on his face made me wonder if he needed more medical attention than I did.

Author Bio

Megan Spann, known under the pen name, M. T. Harrte, is an eclectic blend of sex, sarcasm, and a dash of darkness. Her love of books blossomed at an early age and it has developed into a passion for writing as well. She also writes lighter fiction under the pen name M. L. Spann. She’s definitely one of those people that carries around books in their bag. She adds a touch of sass to her novels by using her southern roots to set the tone.

She spent a great deal of her life moving from state to state with her military family, until finally settling down in Mississippi. Despite graduating from Ole Miss with a business degree and going on to gain a Master’s degree, she has decided to truly follow her heart by pursing a writing career.

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Release Blitz - SWAY by Adriana Locke

Title: Sway
Series: Landry Family #1
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: May 16, 2016


BARRETT LANDRY has it all.
Power, prestige, and plenty of women, the dapper politician’s life is pretty phenomenal. But in the midst of the biggest campaign of his life, he needs to focus. The last thing he can afford is a distraction.

ALISON BAKER is a work-in-progress.
As a single mother to HUXLEY, she’s rebuilding life on her terms. She’s focused on family, faith, and a future for her son that can’t be taken away. Putting her child first means not being careless, no matter what.

A chance encounter forces Barrett and Alison to redefine what they really want out of life. But everything comes at a cost ... and sometimes, even for love, it’s a price too steep to pay.

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“I want a chance to win you over,” he breathes, peering at me. The way his eyes search mine make it seem like time stands still. “Will you let me try?”

He forces a swallow and the look of hesitation, the internal fight he’s having, isn’t lost on me. It’s there, right beneath the surface, and when I add my concerns to the mix, it’s enough to make me balk. Just a bit.

"I'll think about it," I whisper, holding on to the little strand of courage I have left.

“Say yes.”

Instead of responding, I ask, "Where'd you get that scar over your right eye?" I reach out and press gently on the raised skin. I expect him to pull back, but he doesn't.

My hand shakes as I touch his warmed skin. His forehead is silky and smooth. I'd like to run my hands over every inch of it, feel it ripple beneath my fingertips.

The corner of his lips twitch. "Lincoln hit me in the head with a baseball."

"Bad reflexes on your part?"

"Wicked curveball on his," he says, his face breaking out into a full smile.

“I thought he played center field?”

“He does. But he pitched some growing up.”

We stand inches apart, my hand gently brushing down the side of his face. Although I feel like he'd stand here all night and talk to me, it’s not possible.

"I really need to get back to work," I say, trying to unlock my eyes from his.

“Dinner? This week?”

I can barely resist the look in his eye, the one that implores me to say yes. The one that makes me believe he really does want to have dinner and spend a few hours with me.

I need to get away, put some space between us while I can.

“We ran into each other tonight,” I shrug. “If we’re supposed to see each other again, then I guess we will.” I start to turn away before I completely buckle under his gaze.

“How am I supposed to get ahold of you? I don’t have your number,” he calls after me.

Heading up the steps to the Savannah Room, I glance at him over my shoulder. “You’re the Mayor. Figure it out.”

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana's Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Release Boost - THAT ONE DAY by Josie Wright

Title: That One Day
Series: That One #1.5
Author: Josie Wright
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 6, 2016


One day.
One letter.
That’s all it took for my life to fall apart. Now all that’s left is deception and betrayal. I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t know who to trust.

So I leave, searching for the truth hidden behind a web of lies.

The only thing I take with me, besides a bag of clothes, is the memory of one night. That one night with Frankie, my best friend’s little sister. The woman I have loved as long as I can remember.

The memory is what keeps me going when I learn the truth. It’s what keeps me sane when I feel like I’m losing my mind. And, it's what drives me back to a life I ran from eighteen months ago.

Yet, nothing is the way it used to be. Frankie has a secret. One that changes everything. Changes who I am. Letting her go is not an option. I have to make her trust me. I need to make her mine.

But I have a secret of my own. One that keeps me awake at night. A secret that could make me lose Frankie forever. It’s not a chance I can take.

Not suitable for under 18's due to strong language, violence and sexual content

*Though this book can be read as a standalone, it's recommended to read 'That One Night' first to get the full picture.

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Josie Wright has always been a bookworm, spending every free moment with her nose buried in a book. While others were out partying, she spent her evenings with Heathcliff, Sydney Carton or Snape. Romance, fantasy, thrillers - you name it, she read it.

Thanks to the Kindle, she finally arrived in the 21St century and discovered the Indie literature world. Josie has been lost to it ever since. With her love for the written word and her promiscuous feelings for countless book boyfriends, the next logical step was to start writing. The voices in her head and her imaginary friends wanted out to play and so she wrote her debut novel "That One Night", that's to be released early summer 2015. And the good news is, there are more voices and imaginary friend where Ben and Frankie came from.

Josie is a financial expert by day and a writing junkie by night. The rest of the time she's a bit of a hippie, a bit of a goth and many things in between. Josie loves to spend time with her husband when she can tear herself away from her book boyfriends. She loves video games, movies, good food and even better music. She's addicted to chips, long baths and shoes. Oh, and books of course. Definitely books.

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