Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Heart Stopping by L.P. Maxa - Book Blast and Giveaway

by L.P. MAXA


Paranormal Romance

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Ten years ago Baze Carter fell irrevocably in love and knew he'd found his forever only to have her ripped from his arms, never to be seen again. Broken, and unable to find her, he made a life for himself as a baseball coach at St. Leasing School for Boys. Their secret, hidden for centuries, has been in peril for the past year, and now more than ever, Baze and his pack need to end the evil that plagues them. When Penelope Sutton is discovered bruised and battered lying in the road in front of his home, Baze is elated and murderous in equal measure. Anyone who dare harm his long lost mate will be made to pay, but not before Baze and Pen find their way back to each other.



It was dark now; his packmates should be here soon. Which meant his alone time with Penelope was about to become almost nonexistent, so he didn’t want to waste any more of it talking about Franklin. While Jace’s house in the mountains was large, by anyone’s standards, there were about to be eleven people living there— eleven exceptionally nosy and interested people. 

“I don’t know what happens next, Pen.” He went and sat back on the edge of the bed, his hands wanting more than anything to touch her soft skin. “My pack—”
“You really have a pack now? A real wolf pack?” 

Baze smiled at that. He and his friends were an anomaly in this day and age; real packs were something of the past. “It happened slowly, over time. The four men I coach baseball with at St. Leasing are all shifters. Over the last year they’ve all met and mated. We live in close proximity of each other. We work together, we spend weekends together.” He shrugged. “Eventually we kind of slid into it I guess.”

“You’re the only one without a mate?” She was speaking to him, but she was looking at her lap.

“I have a mate.” 

Her eyes flew to his, round and almost sad. “Oh, I didn’t realize—”

“You’re my girl, Penelope. You always have been, and you always will be. You’re my mate.”

She held her hand up, stopping his sappy declaration. “Baze. Look, I can’t sit here and act like I’m not glad that you aren’t bonded with someone else. But you can’t seriously think of me as your mate.”

“Why not? Don’t you still think of me as yours? You aren’t mated. I’d be able to tell. I’d be able to smell him on you.” The thought alone was hard to stomach.

“Are you telling me that you’ve spent the last ten years pining and celibate? You’ve slept alone every night with no one to comfort you but your hand?” she scoffed. “Because it seems to me a hot young baseball coach in a small mountain town would get plenty of play.”

“There have been other women, but they meant nothing. They were a means to an end, nothing more.”

“Be still my heart.” She rolled her eyes. 

“You are mine, Penelope. You’re my mate. And as soon as things calm down around here, I am going to bend—”

“Whoa.” She held her hand up again. “I haven’t seen you in ten fucking years, Baze Carter. Don’t for one second think that I am going to let you mount me the second this house goes to sleep.” She shook her head. “I’m not some desperate chick in a small-town bar. It won’t be nearly that easy. History be damned.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

L.P. lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, three rescue dogs, four chickens, two dwarf goats, and one adopted cat. The fish died. She is a full-time writer, and part time business owner. L.P. says she loves to read as much as she loves to write, and reading a good book is her reward after writing one. In her spare time, she fosters puppies for a rescue organization based in Austin. 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder by Mary Cunningham - Book Blast and Giveaway

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Andi’s step-mother is a real piece of work! But is Ruby a murderer?

Andi Anna Jones, so-so travel agent/amateur sleuth, puts aside her resentment of her father’s widow and books a 60th birthday cruise to Cancun for Ruby and three friends. Never does Andi imagine the cruise will lead to the murder of a has-been lounge singer—or that Ruby will be the main suspect.

Flirting with more than danger after arriving in Mexico, Andi connects with the charming local sheriff, Manual Rodriquez. After an embarrassing night involving the sheriff, too many margaritas, and a Mariachi band, a chance to check out an eyewitness to the murder leads her to Las Vegas.

In Vegas, a mysterious meeting in the Bodies Exhibition, a body preserving in the prep-room, and an evasive owner of a dance studio, give Andi clues to help Ruby. But when Andi is mercilessly drugged and locked in a storage room, she realizes dear old step-mom isn’t the only one in jeopardy.

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“Tell me what’s going on. Slowly, and about fifty decibels lower. Why are you in jail?”

“Well, honey, I’m not sure. Oh, I know what they’re saying, but I didn’t do anything. I swear. Well, at least nothin’ I can remember. You see, it all started on the cruise ship dance floor, quite innocently, mind you.”

“What started?” I located my slippers and shuffled to the bathroom.

“As I was saying before you interrupted, it all started on the dance floor. You know, they play such romantic music on these cruises like, Shadow of Your Smile and Mandy. Oh, don’t you just love Manilow? Well, anyway, Lenny and I were having a lovely time, and he was obviously enamored, if you catch my drift.”

I knew this was a mistake. Still, I asked, “Lenny who?”

“Why, Lenny La Mour, of course!”

I drew a blank.

“Lenny La Mour,” Ruby huffed, “The famous Las Vegas performer? He’s the reason I picked this cruise. He had his own humongous nightclub and everything. Oh, Andi Anna, don’t tell me you’ve never heard of him. Why, women my age swoon at the sound of his voice. But, I suppose your generation only has eyes for that Bon Ami person.”

“Uh, are you, by any chance, talking about Bon Jovi?”

“Well, you know who I mean.”

About the Author:
Author, Mary Cunningham, grew on the northern side of the Ohio River in Corydon, Indiana. Her first memories are of her dad’s original bedtime stories that no doubt inspired her imagination and love of a well-spun “yarn”.

Childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for her award-winning middle-grade series, Cynthia's Attic. The setting is in her childhood home in Southern Indiana. Family stories and ancestors comprise the storylines. There are currently five books in the series: The Missing Locket, The Magic Medallion, Curse of the Bayou, The Magician’s Castle, and Legend of Lupin Woods.

Through a horrifying stint as a travel agent, the character, Andi Anna Jones, travel agent/amateur sleuth, inspired her latest adult mystery series. Book # 1, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder was released Nov. 30, 2017. The author is currently writing Book # 2 of the series, along with another middle-grade series, The Adventures of Max and Maddie, a historical time-travel, and the biography of a former Army brat/University of Connecticut women’s basketball player who started a non-profit foundation to create scholarships for children of deployed veterans.

Cunningham is a member of The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Writers Guild.

When she gives her fingers a break from the keyboard, she enjoys golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where she makes her home with her husband and adopted, four-legged, furry daughter, Lucy.

Review Blurbs for Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder!

“If Evanovich's Stephanie Plum were a travel agent, she'd fit right in working this case alongside Andi, a wanna-be detective readers are sure to love.” —Regan Black, USA Today bestselling author of the Escape Club Heroes and Knight Traveler novels.

Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder...WOW. Snappy dialog, quirky characters, opens with a curious bang and yanked me through the pages. A fun, fantastic read. —Jean Rabe, USA Today Bestselling author, Piper Blackwell Mysteries.

“Grab a margarita and hold on tight; you're in for a wild ride.” —Karen MacInerney, Agatha Award nominee and author of the Dewberry Farms Mysteries

“Charming, lively, and unpredictable, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder excels in a vivid story mystery fans will relish.”—Diane Donovan, Senior Editor Midwest Book Review

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 269 - Designation 932 by Catherine Miller, Crashed on an Ice World by Anna Hackett

Designation 932 (The Wholeness Project #1)Designation 932 by Catherine Miller

932 is different from others of his kind. Made not born and made to obey. 932 has killed as ordered but has had enough. Then he makes a mistake and thinks that the person who hired him is watching. Turns out that sends him on a new path. Now he has a name, Kal and a person to protect, Enys. While this is a common theme Miller tells it with a fresh eye. Both Kal and Enys are interesting characters. I loved the interaction between the two and while the story is set in a short time frame the romance between the two is slow building making it very believable. This is the first in this series and I look forward to the next made not born characters to break loose and find a HEA.

Crashed on an Ice World (The Phoenix Adventures #9)Crashed on an Ice World by Anna Hackett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elana loves her job and unfortantly she also loves her boss. The problem - he can only see her as a friend - never as a lover. Then providence takes a hand and everything changes. I enjoyed seeing how Elana kept to her decision to leave and how Rynan suddenly realized how much he was hiding from himself. A interesting and dangerous addition to the Phoenix Adventures.

I purchased this when it came out but them it got lost on my TBR shelf. Glad I finally remembered it.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 268 - The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Wild Dead (The Bannerless Saga #2)The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The world building and backstory were done in Bannerless, book one of the series. That means that The Wild Dead can concentrate on the plot and story line. Events unfold through the eyes of Enid of Haven. She is on what should be a simple assignment while she mentors Teeg a new investigator. Things do not work as planned. There is a murder and Enid is the one who has to work to solve it. This was a very tightly woven story line. I did catch on to the fact that helped Enid before she did. That did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. I also loved the look into Enid's group and getting to see their good news through her eyes.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, #1)The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I heard rave review about this book and they are deserved. I loved the mix of characters. Most are characters from book by other authors. Most are monsters. That does not keep some of them from being likable. The world building and back story are used to help solve a mystery and to introduce all the main characters. This was a fun and interesting read and I look forward to the next book in the series.  Kate Reading did a great job on the narration.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 267 - The Volga Rules by Eric Flint, Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance

1637: The Volga Rules (Ring of Fire #25)1637: The Volga Rules by Eric Flint
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is another Ring of Fire story that just quit without any conclusion. That is enough to make my unhappy but there was more that was a disappointment. This series was character driven but that was not true in this book. There was more about how to change uptime to downtime with the story jumping between scenes that could have been left out and not damaged the book. I also felt that the authors missed the opportunity to add scenes that would have added more emotion to the story. A disappoint. Hope better for other stories by other authors.

Duel to the DeathDuel to the Death by J.A. Jance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stuart Ramey has a problem and it can and will cause many more. He shut down Frigg and now he has to bring her back on line. Who is Frigg? A very complex computer program and there is someone who wants Frigg and will do anything to get her. This is a really interesting plot. We get to follow not only Stu, Ali, and B we also get to follow the characters who want the program. I loved following each character and seeing how everything would work out. It was also fun to watch the interaction between Frigg and the various characters. One of the best yet in this series.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Windsong & Requiem by Chad Hunter - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

Windsong & Requiem - Of a Great Deep
by Chad Hunter


GENRE:   Pirate fantasy, Mature



The year is 1716. The world is in the Golden Age of Piracy and fabled ships sail the seven seas. One such vessel is the Requiem, captained by the young but wise, brave but dubious Nabopolassar “Bo” Travis. Alongside his first mate Ghassan, quartermaster Winter Burke and navigator Glover, Travis seeks treasure, female company and good drink. The Requiem’s legendary adventures are filled with tales of monsters and myths - all of which are true. Now, someone or something is sailing the seas in search for a treasure chest – a chest that holds unknown riches which only promise to change the world forever. Captain Travis, his crew and a beautiful young map reader must brave the dark and the deep to find the treasure. Will the Requiem find the X on the spot before the infamous Captain George “Bloody-Face” Fiddick does? Will Travis uncover the secret behind the cursed black ship which changed his young life forever? And will the treasure chest truly be full of riches or does something far more insidious lie in wait? Ready your flintlock. Sharpen your sword. The Requiem awaits.



Lights flickered.  The wind would regularly wheeze its way in enough to play with the 
candles that kept the hidden lair bright enough for reading, for planning and mainly enough to keep George Fiddick's men from walking off cliffs and cavernous drops. 

George Fiddick or George "Bloody Face" Fiddick as he had come to be known, sat on a 
chair that was long since stolen from some ship long since raided and sunk.  The tomes and 
books, art and items that filled the room in heaps here and there were also all pieced 
together from adventures on the seas long ago.  No particular details rang clear in Fiddick's 
mind.  Everything seemed to lump together.  And that was life now for the aging man more 
so than the exactness of details remembered in his younger days.   

A mountain of a man, Fiddick filled the whole chair as he leaned back into it.  The wood and 
upholstery of the pirate's throne groaned under his size.  His brown coat and dark pants 
matched the massive beard that covered his chin.  The hair on his face was still smooth and 
wavy and mostly dark, unlike the thinning and graying hair atop his head.  Of all the colors 
that comprised Fiddick, most focused on the red that regularly gushed from his nose.  It 
darkened on the handkerchief in his bear-claw hand.  It was not battle wounds and swords 
slicked in crimson that had earned him his moniker. "Bloody Face" was pejorative and it 
stuck.  Now Fiddick let it be what it was - a terrifying legend to all who sailed. When 
captains and crews, privateers or navy saw the Crimson Lady, it was unmistakable.  The 
mighty ship ruled seas and oceans with her black flags each with a red insignia shaped of a  Great Deep woman. 


I asked Chad how he did his worldbulding and here is his answer:

World building, for me, is probably the most difficult aspect of fiction writing. Regardless of the setting and genre (horror, fantasy, thriller, etc.) you as the author are laying out aspects of this realm, this environment.  While fantasy/horror/sci-fi give you so much room, they can be the most difficult worlds to build.  By entering those genres, all the rules and layouts of what your audience knows and expects goes up in the air.  You have to ground them.  

Case in point, for Windsong & Requiem – Of a Great Deep, I was semi-bound by the fact that I wanted it to be in our world as we know it but with elements of the supernatural.  With just that vein of monsters, magic and so on, I was unshackled by most normal rules but I still had characters who were human and could be hurt like any human being, I had ships that had to obey the laws of ships and more.  

So, in order to do my world building, I outlined the novel as much as I could. For Of a Great Deepand any novel such as those I’m working on now, I write the ending first so I know where I have to get everyone by the end of the book.  Once I know that, I know what kind of world and setting will allow them to do just that.  Simultaneously, I do, what feels like, a ton of research and “muse immersion.”  

Research normally involved reading information.  I am a huge fan of libraries so I took out multiple books on pirates and books of pirate fiction.  I am also a fan of the Eyewitness books and their mixture of images and descriptions helped with my interpretation and insertion of data, people and things into the story.  

Muse Immersion! I coined that phrase!  I find multiple items that put me in the mindset of writing what I’m writing and have them in sight as I create.  So, for Of a Great Deep, my desk had plastic pirate skeletons, an eye-glass, two fake pirate swords and fake costume treasure.  I played pirate games and watched some classic pirate films. Like the muses of mythology, these items inspired me and eased the transition from school drop-offs, email replies and housework to being in the boots of Captain Bo Travis.

I also keep a few journals where I write my rules down so that I can refer to them quickly. What type of ship is the Requiem? How fast is the Crimson Lady? What are the weaknesses of the Kraken?  What is the unique way the Celestial Galleon arrives every time?  I think it’s important to have your world’s rules on hand every time you write.  Avoid having to remember everything.  Take that stress off of the brain and let that room in your mind be for writing.

Most of all, I had fun doing the world building!  These places, these people and their things became a part of me andI became a visitor in their world.  Keep your world’s rules simple so that you don’t overburden yourself and you don’t have to repeat the rules over and over.  Your reader will accept your world without being reminded that it is different. 

Now, go create! The world – YOUR world awaits! 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city's Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed "Region Rat," Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.
Most often, Hunter's writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.  In addition to being a published author and journalist, Hunter is also a professional speaker.  Having presented to high schools, colleges and various other audiences, his talks and discussions center around the positive impact of literary and creative presences in one’s life.  A large portion of Hunter’s focus is on the uncanny strength of human connectedness which is emphasized via the lens of writing and creativity.
Working in genres including dark fantasy, memoirs, science-fiction and anecdotal collections, Hunter weaves tales of monsters, heroes, zombies, wedding planning, technology, pirates and even black parakeets.  With over ten books under his belt, If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter's theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness - all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann - Book Blast and Giveaway

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Bleeding Vengeance’s drummer, Roderick Powell knows he’s a sod for feeling glum, especially after moving into a beautiful new home in a smart Denver suburb. But all his mates are partnered or married, and dreadfully happy. It’s enough to make a rockstar rethink his options. And even though his sexy neighbor has given him the brush-off, he’s decided to have another go – at this point he has nothing left to lose, apart from his heart.


Gwen Mason’s romantic past has been bumpier than most – twice divorced by thirty, she’s had enough of broken promises. An ER nurse who keeps a brutal schedule, she’s happy to become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady. But…the most delicious man has moved next door. He’s British, he’s famous, he’s a rockstar. And, hard as she tries, Gwen can't keep Rod Powell from breaking all her rules, and suddenly she sees a future she never believed possible.

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Gwen’s eyes widened. “Do you think all five of them are moving into the place?”

“Lord, I hope not.” Mrs. Kersh’s lips thinned like a junior high schoolteacher’s. Suddenly she gasped. “The first one is coming this way.”

Sure enough, Mr. Hotness was striding up Gwen’s lawn with a smile that made her breath hitch. “Cheers, new neighbors. I’m Roderick Powell. I thought I’d introduce myself to you lovely ladies and get the rundown of the neighborhood.”

He had a British accent. Gwen nearly melted in her seat. It wasn’t fair. Her belly fluttered like an infatuated teenager’s as she rose on shaking legs and shook his hand.

“I’m Gwenda Mason.” Oh God, his grip was so warm and strong, and some delicious scent radiated from him. She fought to keep her head straight and not stammer. “I’m your next-door neighbor.” She cringed as his brow lifted with amusement at her stating the obvious. “I mean, ah…” She pointed at her other neighbor to clarify. “This is Mrs. Kersh. She lives across the street from me.”

Mrs. Kersh stiffened on the bench swing and gave him a stiff nod instead of a handshake. “Where are you from, Mr. Powell?”

“Los Angeles.” At her suspicious frown he added, “But I was born in Lancashire, England.”

“And what do you do?” she demanded, casting a baleful glare at one of his speaker cabinets being hauled up his walkway.

“I’m a drummer.” He confirmed their suspicions. “But don’t worry, I’m installing sound-proofing panels in my music room, which will be in the basement.” Roderick tossed the question back. “And what do you do, Mrs. Kersh?”

“I’m retired.” Mrs. Kersh said primly. “Are those others going to be living here as well?” She pointed at the other gorgeous men and the beautiful women beside them.

Roderick shook his head. “No, they’re only helping me move.” At Mrs. Kersh’s loud sigh of relief, he chuckled and turned to Gwen. “And what do you do, Gwenda?”

Her skin flushed under his gaze. “I’m a nurse.”

His grin broadened, revealing gleaming white teeth. “Hellooo, nurse!”

A startled laugh escaped her lips. “Did you just make an Animaniacs reference at me?” She’d grown up with that cartoon. For a moment she wondered how he knew about that old show, but then realized that it was probably streaming online somewhere.

He nodded, still grinning. “Sorry, luv. That was cheeky. Couldn’t help it.”

Mrs. Kersh sniffed in disapproval while heat flooded to Gwen’s face at the casual endearment. She should disapprove as well. Her young neighbor shouldn’t address her with flirtatious terms. That would get them off to a bad start. Yet she didn’t have the heart to reprimand him. Besides, it could be a Brit thing. It probably didn’t mean anything more than other English terms she’d heard like “ducky.”

Gwen changed the subject. “So you’re going to be living in that big house all alone?” At first it seemed like an odd thing, but then she remembered that she’d done the same. Yes, she’d been awarded the house in the divorce, but she could have sold the place and had a much smaller mortgage. For her, keeping the house was a matter of pride, comfort, storage, and the unspoken hope to maybe have room for someone else.

“I’ve had bigger,” he answered with a wink, though for a moment there was a flicker of pain in his gray eyes.

About the Author:
Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series and urban fantasy in her “Brides of Prophecy” novels, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.

She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.

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Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 266 - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was tough trying to see where this one was going to go. Told from multiple points of view the story follows two women from different classes as their lives intersect. I loved the story and enjoyed knowing what different characters thought as different times in the story. I also loved how each of the two main characters turned events around and made good use of them.  This is complex with so many layers that I did have to stop and think about where and what was going on. It is a play on a fairy tale with slightly different results.

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When We Found HomeWhen We Found Home by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is two romances in one but is not the main theme of the book. This tells about three siblings who only meet when some are grown and one is still a young girl. At the heart is family is everything but sometimes it takes time for all to adjust and learn to love. A nice story that kept up a interesting flow with problems that keep popping up causing change in all.

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