Jan 26

4.5 Drops #Review: A Barlow Lens by Elizabeth Noble & #GuestPost

Title: A Barlow Lens
Author: Elizabeth Noble 
Series: Circles Series, #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/suspense, Romance
Release Date: January 14th, 2015
Length: 152 pages 
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While planning a future with his partner, Val, Wyatt’s past refuses to be forgotten. Wyatt’s old friend asks him to look into the mysterious death of her uncle in a fire back in 1927, when men were silent, tough, and did not love other men—except when they did. Working with Val, Wyatt digs up clues uncovering the truth behind the tragic school fire and the one responsible. The story of Tom and Philip slowly reveals itself, and Wyatt and Val realize nothing is as simple as they originally believed. As their trail heats up, an old enemy of Wyatt’s decides he’s waited long enough for revenge. If Wyatt can’t tie everything together, history might repeat itself.

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Jan 16

5 Drops for LOVE MEANS… ENDURANCE by Andrew Grey, plus #Excerpt

If you want to stalk Andrew Grey, a little extra, there’s a fan group on Facebook called All The Way With Andrew Grey you can check out.

 

Title: Love Means… Endurance 
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: a Love Means… story 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 16th, 2015
Length: 200 pages 
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Together for over ten years, Geoff and Eli built a fulfilling life. Their love and support helped raise their adopted son. Their hard work and dedication grew their farm from raising cattle and boarding horses to expanding into therapy riding sessions. Surrounded by a loving circle of friends, Geoff and Eli couldn’t ask for more. Until driven Eli loses his energy, and the doctor gives them the dire diagnosis of cancer.

Caught up in never-ending doctor’s appointments, surgeries, and treatments, their world turns upside down. With so many people dependent on them, they must pull together to put on a brave face, continue living as best they can, and care for their family. Geoff fears Eli, the love of his life, while a fighter, may not endure this battle, but neither is willing to consider succumbing as an option.

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Jan 15

5 Drops Review: Dismantling Evan by Venessa Kimball

Title: Dismantling Evan 
Author: Venessa Kimball
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 11th, 2015
Length: 363 pages / 969 KB
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Life is unstable…

…What will be the trigger to dismantle it?

When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.

It should be.

Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson. The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas.

As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time?

Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself?

Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of society over the edge.

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Jan 01

New Release: CAGED SANCTUARY by Tempeste O’Riley

Title: Caged Sanctuary
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Genre: M/M Contemporary BDSM Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Release Date: December 29, 2014 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 204 pages
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Kaden Thorn, a dental surgeon who lives a quiet life, has no hope of finding the love he craves. A vicious gay bashing cost him the use of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair. He has given up hope of finding a Dom or even a nonkink partner to love him. When his best friend practically forces him to attend a dinner party, the last thing he expects is a strong Dom who can see beyond his wheels.

Deacon James is an architect and a demanding Dom, but he has spent the past couple of years without a sub or partner. When an employee invites him to a dinner party to meet his girlfriend, Deacon smells a setup but agrees anyway. He prides himself on being an excellent judge of character, and when he meets the younger dentist, he sees past the chair and finds a sweet submissive man who more than piques his interest.

Kade’s fears and demons continue to haunt him, challenging Deacon to use everything he’s learned as a Dom to earn Kade’s trust and submission. Deacon’s determined, though, willing to battle all of it to have Kade by his side and at his feet.

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Dec 27

FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey, Guest Post and Excerpt

Title: Fire and Water 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Release Date: December 15th, 2014
Length: 200 pages / Novel
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Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

Overhearing one of the officer’s comment about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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Dec 17

Review: FIRE AND WATER by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Water 
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Release Date: December 15th, 2014
Length: 200 pages / Novel
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Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

Overhearing one of the officer’s comment about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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Dec 12

NO TIME LIKE NOW by Jennifer Young, #excerpt, #giveaway

Title: No Time Like Now
Author:
Jennifer Young
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Tigearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Hiding away from a disastrous past, Megan McLeod is getting along nicely in her job as housekeeper at a university field centre in Majorca. But the arrival of geological researcher, Tim Stone, throws everything into disarray — because Tim was the father of the baby she lost some years before and the two of them had parted very messily indeed.

As if having Tim on the scene wasn’t bad enough, he’s there with his new partner, Holly. But when in the course of his research he comes upon something extremely nasty along the cliffs of north Majorca, he’s forced to turn to Megan for help.

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Dec 04

Romance Adventures #BlogHop & #Giveaway

Welcome to the Romance Adventures Blog Hop.
(a list of other authors to Hop to is at the bottom of this post)

This bloghop is a throwback to years ago when people didn’t come to a bloghop for $$$ but to discover great books to read. And we’ve plenty of those.

Don’t Worry, there’s a gift for you as well Winking smile

This spring, from Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing, you will see the release of the next story in the House Millar series! It’s a little different, but hey, we like different, right? Right! So, what makes the next story, Glamour Blade (well besides the title NOT having the word ‘blood’ in it, lol)?

  1. It’s not from Anya’s POV;
  2. It’s not about the triad of Anya, Nicholas, and Declán;
  3. You’ll find out more about Lord Lorccán than you did in “Blood Marked”;
  4. Find out more about Mistress Anya, but from the perspective of a human, a sidhe, and a vampire;
  5. … and more, but for some of it, you’ll just have to read.

But what’s it about, you ask?

Rory Ó Cuinn is a sidhe warrior sent to reestablish the magically enhanced vampire hunters known as the Guardians. Lord Lorccán is a vampire noble, but he’s also a little unusual as he only kills humans that are barely more than monsters themselves.

When they team up to find possible future Guardians and to hunt other vampires—the ones that kill indiscriminately—reality and perceptions change for both men as love, hate, passion and betrayal collide.

It’s still paranormal romance but with a bit more kick and who is and who isn’t friend and foe becomes a bit more complicated. I’ll give you a little (unedited) tease and then tell you what your prize in and how to enter to get it, lol. Yeah, I know, tease you then give you gifts, hehe, but hey, ‘tis the season, right?

Entering the club was surreal in the extreme. The music thumped to the point I felt it more than heard it – which, with the hearing of a sidhe, was saying something indeed. The low lights combined with dark wood and too many bodies kept the place shifting and mysterious as I looked around. Low lights flashed over the dance floor and gave a strangeness to the dancers appearance – a sort of ethereal, shimmering draw.

Of course, that was deliberate on the part of the owners – easier to hide in plain sight. Vampires, with their slightly luminous skin, were something to behold under some lighting, unless precautions were taken.

I appreciated that the smoking ban was respected here, since I hated the smell almost as much as the taste of it on my tongue.

I had grown tired of club hopping, especially since I never seemed to be sent to the nicer places. Bars were fine, I just disliked the seedier ones, you know. . . where ‘no’ doesn’t mean no. I was thankful this wasn’t the usual. The two servants I’d chatted with, swore the aberration came to this club and would return tonight.

Now to hope I can find him and gain his attention.

Knowing my mark had a thing for leather, I’d dressed in the tightest leather pants I could obtain, and added a tight mesh top that showed off my smooth chest, tattoo, and pierced nipple. Add in the kohl around my eyes, the shimmering platinum ringlets my hair naturally fell into, and the glitter sheen on my cheeks, and I was guaranteed to turn heads. My doll-like appearance, for a warrior, was both a blessings and a curse.

I approached the bar in a slow saunter, took my time to observe the patrons as I passed. I hoped the information proved correct.

“Ale please,” I called to the bartender, the one person here I actually knew. He’d hit on me at one of the other clubs I’d checked out earlier in the week.

“Hey, cutie, you following me?” Chad teased, and winked. He knew he had no chance, but we were on good terms.

“Ever the hopeful,” I chided with a smile. “Actually, I’m looking for someone specific. Just hope I don’t end up leaving alone tonight.” I winked and kept my smile in place. Chad thought I sought a special trick for some play, an illusion I planned to keep in place.

“Well, when you find him, let me know. I want to see what kind of man has you so eager.”

Making the circuit a second time, I headed back to the bar. The hairs on my arms suddenly stood on end. I could feel eyes on me, and while that wasn’t unusual – especially in a club – this, I knew, was more than just some mortal ogling my backside.

Arriving back at the bar, I turned to face the crowd, and sought the one staring at me. After Chad poured me a fresh glass of ale, I turned to pick it up. That’s when things got interesting.

A warm shock surged through me as someone ran their hand up my arm. Even through the mesh I could feel the fingers, long and strong, but cool – strange in a place like this. I knew, no human’s touch, could cause such a shock.

I turned to find the owner of the roving fingers. The stranger trailed his agile digits up, over my shoulder to the back of my neck. I slowly raised my eyes to meet his, curious to see whose hand touched me in such a sensual yet possessive manner.

Wow! Definitely vampire, aberration thankfully. The stranger stood next to me, body turned, so when I straightened, I was neatly tucked into his form.

The creature was tall – probably a good six-four – lean bodied with a nearly gaunt appearance to his face, which gave him an intense and captivating appearance.

The stranger’s hair was a vibrant red, pulled back into a tail at his neck, and his eyes a shocking teal. He wore an ankle-length, flared leather skirt and a lace-up, halter-style, tight leather top – obviously made for a male form. Somehow, it was exceedingly sexy and masculine.

“Mmm, who do we have here?” The aberration’s sensuous voice carried a subtle undercurrent of curiosity mixed in with desire.

“Rory, sir.” Looking up from under my lashes, I smiled and arched into the male’s touch as I asked, “And you are?”

With the quirk of a small smile, he leaned down to whisper in my ear, “I’m Lorccán, though I like the way sir sounds coming from your sweet lips.” Tracing the shell of my ear with a fingertip, he continued to purr, “Why don’t you accompany me outside, piscín.”

I hadn’t expected the vampire to have such an effect on me, not when I knew what he was, dammit. Not trusting my voice, I simply nodded my consent. Lorccán’s hand slid down to my waist and pulled me against his body, before he silently lead me outside. When we reached the club doors, Lorccán motioned to a young, human, woman who headed toward us.

“Andy, my sweet, we’re leaving. Please, get the car.”

“Already, sir? She looked me over and offered a smile. "Be right back.” She practically skipped back to the parking area. A few moments later a car pulled up and Lorccán escorted me into the back of a sleek, black Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. The entire time he continued to toy with the nape of my neck, as he kept me tucked into his side. His behaviour mystified me.

Long, powerful hands twisted my body. The vampire, Lorccán, gazed at my face as he stroked his long fingers across his cheek, and up into his hair. Even with the knowledge of what he was, the fact that I was prey to him, I wanted more than just the touches Lorccán gave me.

What is wrong with me? I’m here to recruit him – the outfit and club were a lure to find him and gain his attention, but not for this!

Leaning down, Lorccán lightly bussed his lips across my temple, feathering against both eyelids and finally pressed the softest of touches to my lips. I gasped at the sudden tingle that shot through me. When my lips parted, Lorccán took it as an invitation and used more force as his lips caressed mine.

Deepening the kiss, his hands began to explore more of my body, Lorccán’s tongue teased across my bottom lip, seeking entrance. I couldn’t hold back the moan, or the slight shiver as it raced throughout my body. Opening wider to allow him entrance, Lorccán plundered my willing mouth, tasting everything he could reach. Sucking on my tongue once he’d captured it, he moved to nibble on my lower lip. Lorccán maneuvered me with quick insistent hands so that I straddled his lap.

He released my mouth and trailed kisses and nips down my jaw. Tracing the pulse in my neck, he gently sucked the skin, scraping his teeth across my pulse, and applied firm but gentle pressure. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I managed to keep enough sense to note that while Lorccán, sucked and nibbled, his fangs did not join the party. Not able to help myself, I pushed into the ministrations with a low moan.

Lorccán’s fingers skimmed across my pierced nipple. I shivered and pushed into him, desperate for more. He managed one good pinch when a knock on the window interrupted us. Startled out of the sensual fog, I realized we had stopped and someone waited on the other side of the car door. Letting out a small growl, Lorccán slid me deftly off his lap just as the door opened. The loss of his lips and body was painful and confusing. I wanted to be back in his arms again!

Obviously, I’ve lost my bloody mind.

And on the note… how about a little giveaway?

To enter to win an ecopy of “Blood’s Voice,” book One in the House Millar series, tell me What you would do on a cold winter’s night with your very own hottie with fangs? Yep, that’s all you have to do to enter!

Want to grab your copy of Blood’s Voice, Blood Marked, or of the Hope and Love donation anthology that has a little follow up on the House (along with 14 other stories from authors around the world)?

Blood’s Voice     Blood Marked

Hope & Love Anthology

And last but not least, don’t forget to hop on over to these other wonderful authors and check out their lovely posts (stories, giveaways, and fun await)!

1. Liza O’Connor

2. Daryl Devore

3. Jennifer Lowery

4. Andrea R Cooper

5. Melissa Keir

6. Karen Lopp

7. Áine P Massie

8. Gaeille Vanderspek

9. Joceline Farrah

10. Jenna Jaxon

11. Gina Danna

12. Melissa Kendall

13. Sharon Cullen

14. D’Ann Lindun

15. Nikki Lynn Barrett

16. Tricia L. Quinnies

17. Lisa Kumar

18. Georgia Lyn Hunter

19. Sheri Fredricks

20. Susan Sheehey

21. Aleah Barley

22. Stacey Brutger

23. Bobbi Romans

Nov 27

Forgotten No More: A Lady Forsaken, Book Two by Christina McKnight

Title: Love On The Run 
Author: Christina McKnight 
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing 
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Romance
Release Date: November 20th, 2014
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A lady forgotten by all…

Ruby St. Augustin must find the truth of her past to determine what her future holds. She only has a short time in London to uncover the identity of her real father and the secrets behind her birth. If anyone learns of her mission, she will disgrace everyone she holds dear. What she doesn’t expect is to draw the attention of a man who doesn’t care about his reputation or her past.

A man mesmerized by one…

Harold Jakeston is a man without wealth or title. Resigned to a life he loathes, Harold has the chance at a few weeks of freedom before being trapped in a future he wants no part of. When he’s drawn into the mysterious quest of a woman from his past, he embraces the opportunity to forget the life that awaits him. What he never anticipated is falling in love with a woman who ignites his desire to create a new future for himself and for her.

A love neither can abandon…

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Nov 27

THE ACADEMY: THIEF – Book Blast

 

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will run a $25 Amazon/BN gift card via Rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Men are brilliantly stupid.

For one thing, guys carry the most cash with them anywhere. Didn’t anyone ever tell them cash was dead?

I nestled myself in one of the side branches of Citadel Mall. I picked my way through a Claire’s but the lights were too bright reflecting off the sparkling plastic and crystals of the teeny bopper jewelry and handbags. I ducked into a shoe store where the lighting was dimmer and the window wasn’t as obstructed. Waiting was the hardest part.

My favorite place to find dumb guys with lots of cash was the mall. Always fairly crowded on a weekend; I could count on at least a couple of twenties for every wallet I temporarily borrowed.

I never kept all of it. Forty to sixty dollars at the most. Not enough to bother reporting to the cops. I didn’t mess with credit cards, or bother with selling ID cards. That’s the kind of crazy stuff that gets you sent to prison. I always left the wallets and the rest of the leftovers tucked away in the food court and on benches where management would see it and find the owner. That way, the people wouldn’t have to get new ID, which is a huge hassle.

And they never suspected a thing. All they saw when I accidentally bumped into them was batting eyelashes and as much cleavage as I could muster the absurdity to expose without dry heaving.

About the Author:

C. L. Stone once lived in Charleston, SC, and currently lives among Cajuns. She writes about cute boys and uncomfortable situations, usually mixed together. You can email her at clstone@arcatopublishing.com. Sign up for email updates, get exclusive info on upcoming release dates, get notified when freebies are offered, and sometimes sneak peeks!

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