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Friday, November 29, 2013

Unholy Nights COVER REVEAL

For folks who like their Christmas a little twisted, seven tales of charms and magic, curses and intrigue...

Featuring novellas from popular authors Linda Barlow, Andra Brynn, Carly Carson, Alana Albertson,  Kara Ashley Dey, Nicole Blanchard and Cherie Chulick.

Snap up this Christmas collection and spice up those frigid winter nights with a great story at an irresistible price. Seven riveting romances by award winning authors for $0.99. The perfect gift for you favorite bookworm. (Regular price: $4.99)

Releases December 2, 2013 at your favorite retailer in ebook and print.


A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Linda Barlow

Synopsis

It's Christmastide, but Holly Mathers can't seem to get into the spirit. She's been obsessing for weeks over a hook-up gone wrong with the hot, green-eyed Will MacIvey, who's treating her like the ghost of Christmas past. When she and her roommate are invited to a Winter Solstice celebration by their faculty advisor, Holly is thrilled to learn that Will is going to the party. Holly's roommate has procured a sprig of enchanted mistletoe that she plans to use to steal a kiss from the sexy professor. When she chickens out, Holly decides to try the spell on Will, hoping that a kiss under the mistletoe will remind him of the steamy night he seems to have forgotten. But magic always comes with a price…

About the Author




Linda Barlow lives in New England with her mysterious spouse (who sleeps during the day, which has often made her wonder if he's a vampire) and their equally enigmatic and nocturnal cat.

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Andra Brynn

Synopsis

In the bleak midwinter...
With no money and nowhere to go, Ayla MacFarlane's first midwinter break from college returns her to the decaying house she grew up in--and to the shadow of her father, whose perverse obsession with her made her years there a misery. Now under her father's control again, Ayla knows that if she leaves once more it will only be a matter of time before their father turns his sights to her little sister Julia…

"There's a boy in the woods..."

But the hunted are not always without protection. While Ayla has been away, Julia has made friends with a mysterious boy in the woods that surround their property. Certain he is up to no good, Ayla sets out to confront him, only to find a beautiful young man who speaks in riddles and makes her heart race. What is stranger is that he knows things no human should know, and he tells Ayla that he can help her...for a price.

The hunt is on…

As the solstice nears, the time of reckoning is at hand. Will Ayla have the courage to reclaim all her father stole from her and protect her little sister, or will she be be a slave to her fear, and lose her chance to save herself forever?

About the Author

I write books. Obsessively. And I read books. Not quite as obsessively as I'd like, since there are all these books I have to write, you see. One day I will take a book vacation and do nothing but read my TBR list.

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Love Charm for Dakota by Carly Carson

Synopsis

Nantucket is the home of hedge fund titans, old money and hidebound tradition. Habits are comfortable, and the habits of the rich are very comfortable. Into Cabot Saltonstall's sedate world blows Dakota Bishop, possessor of a wild spirit and a magical love charm. Cabot's blue-blood family history includes an ancestor who resigned from the Salem Witch trials, because he refused to believe in witchcraft.

But Cabot is all too willing to be bewitched.

Dakota can't stay still long enough for anyone to tie her down, nor is Cabot the right kind of guy for her. If only he'd have sex with her so she could get him out of her system. Why does he need to be so traditional with his emotions and plans for the future?

Does she know enough of witchcraft to overcome the spell of the accidentally cast love charm?

About the Author

Carly lives near Nantucket Island, where the Christmas Stroll is an annual event. Having found her own Prince Charming at a young age, she's never needed a love charm, but please join her as she tells the tales of other women who've used a bit of magic to find true love.






The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson

Synopsis
Five years ago, Cambridge Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier vanished after performing The Nutcracker. Despite extensive city and statewide searches, no traces of them, besides their ballet slippers, were ever found. Every year since, another member of the cast has gone missing after closing night: the Mouse King, an Arabian Dancer, The Dew Drop Fairy, a Flower. Nieves Alba, who as a thirteen-year-old played Clara in the first ill-fated performance, is now cast as the Snow Queen. On closing night, every police officer in Boston surrounds the theater, determined to catch the perpetrator whom they’ve dubbed “The Nutcracker.” Can Nieves break the curse or will she be the next victim of America's favorite ballet?


About the Author
Alana Albertson never was fortunate to get cast as the snow queen though she did play the soldier. She has extensive collections of snow globes and nutcrackers but none of them have ever been enchanted.

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How Lovely Your Branches by Kara Ashley Dey

Synopsis

Recluse, Katie Crowe, has observed the world from a window in her father's loveless house. With the death of her father and the departure of her only friend, Katie sees no point in venturing out. Then a new neighbor and his three female companions take up residence across the road in the very house her friend had vacated four months ago. Gabe's eyes hold a promise to Katie when she gazes into them--a way out of her lonely prison, if she could but step beyond her threshold. Something holds her back: Though the past and its people seem far from her now, the trees still know her haunting secret.

About the Author

Kara Ashley Dey is a writer of UF and Sci-Fi Romance. Her alter ego is an abbynormal cg artist.

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The Perfect Gift by Nicole Blanchard

Synopsis

Sera Flaherty would rather take lumps of coal and be committed to the naughty list for life than admit that she has a role to play in her failing marriage. She deludes her way into a negative bank balance  and is left with no chance of getting her husband Spencer a present. When faced with the reality of their relationship, Sera finds she's willing to sacrifice anything to fix her mistakes and find her husband the perfect gift...even if doing will cost more than she bargained for.

About the Author

Nicole Blanchard loves receiving gifts from strangers so long as they don't come with an ominous warning or risk of dismemberment. She also enjoys taking full advantage of the fringe benefits of being on the naughty list in her spare time.

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Until the Twelfth Night by Cherie Chulick

Synopsis

Lady Elizabeth Darling has fled her overbearing family to spend the holidays with her late husband’s Aunt at Scarsbury Manor in the hills of Herefordshire. What she hoped would be a quiet Christmas quickly turns upside down as strange sightings begin to stack up and rumors fly that the great house is haunted. She tries to stay out of the drama, but when a young maid who also lost her lover in tragic circumstances asks for her help to move forward she drops everything to come to her aid. With age old traditions underway and a diverse guest list including the handsome and outspoken Captain Wolfe on the premises, can Lady Elizabeth heal both their hearts and find love before it’s too late?

About the Author

Cherie Chulick will not be spending her Christmas holiday at a haunted manor, but she does keep an eye out for the occasional ghost. Fortunately the glow of her Kindle seems to keep them at bay.

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Lady Elizabeth Darling has fled her overbearing family to spend the holidays with her late husband’s Aunt at Scarsbury Manor in the hills of Hereford





Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cake: A Fairy Tale by Dina Keratsis


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 5
  • Originality = 5
  • Romance = 4
  • Sex = 4

Total Score



The Gist of the Thing


Breena is transported to Cake. Her destiny is a mystery but it will change the lives of everyone in Cake.


Technical Details 

  •  Published by Createspace on July 2, 2013.
  • I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.
  • 278 pages
  • Fantasy romance

    Back Blurb


    She has nothing left to lose... When Breena stumbles into the enchanted borderland of Cake, she is given the choice to return to her world or face the unknown. Unable to bear returning to her empty life, she embraces the challenge, much to the annoyance of the handsome, brooding Rune. He wants redemption... Long ago, Rune failed in his duty to guard the Queen Likely and vowed never again to let desire rule him. Then he meets Breena, the last Likely, and least likely, to succeed. Sworn to protect her from the killer who seeks to destroy Cake, Rune is forced to face his awakening desire for the one woman he can never have. Together, they embark on a magical journey to save Cake and while Rune abandons his heart, Breena discovers that she has everything to lose.


    What I LIKED about this book.


    Breena does not do the "this can't be real, it must be a dream." routine. Cake is crazy but what can you do but play along?


    What I DISLIKED about this book.


    If I say I will spoil it. All I can say is that I did not like the final location Breena ends up as much as other places. Everyone has a HEA so it is all good. 

    Map of Cake

    Full Review


    I have always been a fan of cake. When Dina Keratsis asked if I wanted to read her book Cake: A Fairy Tale, my first thought was it has the best title ever. Not just the title of the book but also the name of the land our heroine Breena finds herself in. If I become rich and own an estate you can name, I shall name it Cake. 

    With a book called Cake, you expect a certain level of whimsy. It delivers. I was unprepared for the darker themes. They work so well though. The beautiful place with magical creatures that has an ugly layer lurking just below the surface. That layer will kill you It is not playing around. Villen is the bad guy and he means business. His 'Dreds will skin you to feed their crackle habit. Not even unicorns are safe in Cake.

    Best thing in Cake is Rune. The hero, he is equal parts hot and irritating. Cake is fantastical, a journey of self discovery. Keratsis takes myth and legend merging it with her original ideas. I loved sharing in Breena's adventure in Cake. 

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    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Seven Sons by Lili St. Germain COVER REVEAL



    Title: Seven Sons
    Author: Lili St. Germain
    Genre: MC Romance/Erotica
    Release Date: February 2014


     
    Synopsis
    My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the President of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.
    Including my innocence.
    When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.
    Before my father died, Dornan and his sons stole my innocence and branded my skin, and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.
    I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.
    But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.
    I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.
    Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?


     
    Excerpt
    Tears form at the corner of my eyes as the full brunt of Dornan’s obsession with me becomes apparent. He left me here for this. He asked me who my ex-boyfriend was, and then proceeded to travel across the country to kidnap an innocent boy from his house. A boy who has never laid eyes on me, a boy who I found online and added to Sammi’s backstory for credibility.

    A boy who kneels in front of me with a gun pointed at his head.

    I struggle against Chad’s stronghold, but it is useless. The guy is built, and he’s probably been snorting the white powder with daddy all the way home. 

    I bite down on Chad’s hand and he pulls it away, yelling at me.

    “He’s not my ex!” I scream, fighting against Chad’s rigid embrace.

    Dornan looks at me like a man possessed. A man on a mission.

    “I lied,” I gasp, still struggling. “I’ve never met him before. Please, just let him go.”

    Dornan lowers his gun and looks me up and down. “You don’t have to be scared of him anymore,” he says. He lifts the gun, his finger putting pressure on the trigger.

    “Please!” I scream.

    My pleas go unheeded.


    About the Author 
    Lili writes dark erotica and NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, is due to be released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Cora's Kismet by Cheryl Davis



    The Run Down

    • Hero/Heroine = 4
    • Supporting Characters = 3
    • Plot = 4
    • Setting = 5
    • Originality = 4
    • Romance = 4
    • Sex = 2

    Total Score



    Technical Details

    •  Published by Cheryl Davis on September 30, 2013.
    • I received a review copy from the Midnight Book Tours in exchange for a honest review.
    • 206 pages
    • Fantasy NA or YA romance
    • Twin Destinies Saga #1

      Back Blurb


      Life was bad enough for twins, Cora and Viola Daniels, when suddenly their world was turned upside down.When Liam Anderson shows up to save Cora and Viola from their situation, and to bring them back into their true family fold, Cora knows that there’s something special about him.As she and her twin are being chased down by their, now former, guardians, Cora is finding out more and more about herself that she knew nothing about. Suddenly, they have loving parents, bound powers and a prophecy...

      Full Review

      The adventure gets going immediately. No slush to slog through before you get to the good stuff. I expected to read a lot of set up and back story but nope, jumped right in. Kidnapping and intrigue sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I liked the pace and the characters. Due to language and lack of sexual content, this story is appropriate for younger readers as well.  

      *apologies for the short review. Blogger and I are having some issues getting posts up and running. Long story short, good book. 

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