Thursday, March 30, 2017

Coming Soon ~ Love in Carson Falls by Paisleigh Aumack

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Love in Carson Falls
by Paisleigh Aumack 

About the Book:

Arianna Morgan:
She never thought life would beat her down. She never imagined the man she loved doing it either. Starting over in a small town was her only option. Once she arrives in Carson Falls, she realizes her life never really began until the locals, one specifically, proves that there are things that can mend your spirit.

River Bradshaw:

He never thought the mother of his child would walk away. He also never thought she would end up dead. Living in a small town his whole life, he knew what his life’s meaning was, or so he thought. Once a stranger from out of town starts teaching his daughter piano, she proves that life has much more in store for him.

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This is a story about loss, love, and how music can teach us about ourselves.

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Read an Excerpt from By Her Touch (Blank Canvas, Book 2) by Adriana Anders & Enter the #Giveaway @SourcebooksCasa

Book Information:

Kindle File Size: 1680 KB
Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

About the Book:

Undercover cop Clay Navarro left the Sultans biker gang a changed man. Its ringleaders may be awaiting trial, but he wears the memory of every brutal act he was forced to commit tattooed across his skin. He doesn’t have space in his messed-up life for anything gentle—not now, maybe not ever.

Dr. Georgette Hadley is drawn to the damaged stranger’s pain, intimidated but intrigued by the warmth that lies beneath Clay’s frightening exterior. But when the Sultans return looking for revenge, she finds herself drawn into the dirty underbelly of a life forged in violence…that not even her touch may be able to heal.

Read an Excerpt:

Clay hurt worse than usual—probably from all the workouts. Not something the doctors back in Baltimore had recommended.

The pain, he told himself, was why he headed over to George Hadley’s house that evening around dinnertime, clutching a sad bouquet of grocery-store flowers and an overpriced bottle of Virginia wine.

He stood on the doctor’s front porch, wearing a neat button-down shirt and jeans, as if they had an actual date, when in reality he was just busting in on her night. The woman probably did have a date. With an entirely different kind of man.

She came to the door at his knock and greeted him with a wide-eyed “oh,” which he could take as either a good omen or a bad one.

“‘Oh, what a pleasant surprise’?” he asked, “Or ‘Oh, get the hell outta here’?”

It took her a second to decide, apparently. Not the best of signs, but…hey, he’d take what he could get.

“Come in,” she said with a friendly air, if not quite the smile he’d wished for.

He followed her into the now-familiar main hall, again bypassing the front rooms and heading straight to the kitchen—the heart of the house, he surmised.

“Those for me?” she asked.

“Oh, yeah. Here.” Gracious as always, he thought. Man, aren’t I a prince?

She smiled her thanks and plunked his bouquet into a vase that far outshone the flowers themselves.

A look around reminded him of all the other flowers strewn about—and behind her, through the screen porch, daylight revealed the bright, happy disarray of growing blooms the moonlight had washed out the other night. Right, no flowers next time. Chocolates.

Or something.

Next time. There probably wouldn’t be a next time, judging by her expression—all closed up and professional like he’d never seen her. That was just what he deserved for running away before.

She set the wine on the counter, pulled a corkscrew from a drawer, and placed it beside it.

Instead of opening the bottle, she turned to him, arms folded across her chest, and he saw new, tight lines pulling her eyes down, puffiness beneath. Had she been crying? Shit. He hoped not.

“What can I do for you, Mr. Blane?”

Jesus, he hated that name. Hated it.

“I…” He wasn’t sure, actually. What was he doing here, again?

“I needed to see you” was all that came out. Thank God, because in his current state, Clay could see himself spewing some of the crap rotting out his brain. And no, that wouldn’t be a good thing. Not at all.

She stood there, looking…sadder? Oh hell.

“Why?” she asked, and ---- if her eyes didn’t look a little too shiny.

He swallowed, glanced out back at the woods and the raging cicadas there, and said the only thing he could think of: the truth.

“It’s better when you’re around.”

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Meet the Author:

Adriana Anders has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home. Today, she resides with her tall French husband, two small children and fat French cat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, steamy love stories of her heart.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book #Review: Dust Up with the Detective by Danica Winters @DanicaWinters Harlequin Intrique #RomanticSuspense

Dust Up with the Detective by Danica Winters

Book Information:

Series: Harlequin Intrigue Series
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Kindle Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Harlequin 
Paperback Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Kindle Publication Date: October 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 0373699379
ISBN-13: 978-0373699377
ASIN: B01E355W50
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About the Book:

Every dead body in Butte is someone's kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it'd feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he's known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.

It's been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake's daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family's secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they'd broken long ago…

My Review:

I've been a fan of Danica Winters' work since I read the first book in her Nymph series. The author is a wonderful spinner of tales whether they are paranormal or romantic suspense. Dust Up with the Detective is a fantastic romantic suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat.

There are no secrets in Butte, Montana. Everyone knows each other and nothing remains hidden for long; especially when dead bodies are involved. Dust Up with the Detective takes the reader into a well-thought murder mystery that cuts a bit too close to home for the book's heroine, Blake West. The nature and relationship of the crime reunites Blake, a deputy, with an old friend, Jeremy Lawrence,  a detective. They must work together to put a murderer behind bars.

During the course of the investigation I found myself sympathizing more with Blake than with Jeremy.  Jeremy may have just lost his brother but his intrusion into the case reeks havoc on Blake's career.  His actions, while unintentional, jeopardize everything Blake has worked so hard to achieve.  I felt her stress, anxiety, and anger throughout those trying times.

It wasn't all stress and anxiety for Blake, however.  There is a passion between Blake and Jeremy that runs hot, while simmering just below the surface as it had in the past.  Neither one ever acted on the feelings but while Jeremy is in Butte aiding with the homicide investigation, the duo emit sparks brighter than a fistful of Fourth of July sparklers.  

The story is a fast-paced tale of loss, deceit, murder, greed, and most of all passion and love.  The culprit mostly remained a mystery until the end.  I was able to put the clues together and finally figure it out right before the reveal but that's okay.  The characters were realistically written in a tone that was smooth and pulled the reader in for the long haul.  The journey through the pages was entertaining, engaging, suspenseful, and fun.

I voluntarily reviewed a paperback copy of Dust Up with the Detective.


The Tribulations of August Barton (The August Barton Series, #1) by Jennifer LeBlanc #augustbartontour

Book Information:

Title: The Tribulations of August Barton
Series: The August Barton Series #1
Author: Jennifer LeBlanc
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Humor


August Barton could never have mentally prepared himself for his freshman year of college: not only has his anxiety increased, but his parents are divorcing, his new roommate thinks Augie is the biggest nerd in existence, and his grandma, a retired prostitute named Gertie, has taken to running away from her nursing home. Augie just wants to hole up in his dorm room with his Star Wars collectables and textbooks, but Gertie is not about to let that happen. What ensues is a crazy ride including naked trespassing, befriending a local biker gang, and maybe-just maybe-with Augie defeating his anxiety and actually getting the girl.

Jennifer LeBlanc was born and raised in South Dakota and has always had a knack for story-telling. When not writing, she can be found getting lost in a good book, doing something crafty, indulging in photography, or relaxing with her husband, two cats, and chihuahua. Jennifer loves animals and supports saving species on the verge of extinction. She currently works in merchant banking and credit services while writing her next project, a YA speculative thriller.

Book Tour and #Giveaway ~ The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley #Fantasy

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan
by Steve Wiley

Genre: Fantasy
"Intelligent, Enchanting, Playful" ~ Publishers Weekly
Warning: Content may be deemed offensive by Polish Indians, vice presidents of something, my wife, Finbar Finnegan's wife, LinkedIn, little kids who think this book is for little kids, Thumbelina, Brown Liners, mermaids, and the wind.
Growing up and getting trapped in adult life is something that most people eventually face, but while reading The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan, a charming and magical book by Steve Wiley, it is almost possible to forget about the inexorable progress of time. With a main character who is teetering on the edge of forgetting about magic forever, this novel is a touching and thought-provoking ride through nostalgia, memory and the promises of youth. Wiley's sharp, tongue-in-cheek style of writing makes the pages fly and the Chicago skyline makes a stunning backdrop for this mystical romp.
In Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind, and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
When we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save him.
Half of the proceeds from this book are donated to Chicago Public Schools. For more information, visit
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Steve is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan is his first book. He has an undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. Seriously, he did.  
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review ~ Arrow: The Dark Archer by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman @JohnBarrowman

Arrow:  The Dark Archer by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman

Graphic Novel Information:

Series: Arrow
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
ISBN-10: 1401263291
ISBN-13: 978-1401263294
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About the Graphic Novel:


He’s been known as Malcolm Merlyn, Arthur King, Ra’s al Ghul...but who is the Dark Archer, really?

Years ago, the man now known as Malcolm Merlyn was recruited by the secret sect known as The Hidden for a mission in the Hindu Kush mountains. Their task: to protect a mystical temple from the League of Assassins. But the mission didn’t go as planned—loyalties were questioned as ancient secrets were revealed.

Now present-day Merlyn has been captured by a figure from his past demanding answers, and Merlyn’s only hope for survival lies in the long-hidden story of his adventures as Arthur King!

Learn the full story of one of the most complex antiheroes of ARROW for the first time as John Barrowman, the actor who brings him to life on the hit TV series, and his sister, novelist Carole E. Barrowman (HOLLOW EARTH), reveal the secret past of the Green Arrow’s mysterious nemesis!

My Review:

Arrow: The Dark Archer brings readers the man behind the.....villain (you thought I was going to say "mask," didn't you?!) or should it be the villain behind the man?  Whichever way you spin it, John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn is a complex guy.  You don't even know how complex until you get comfy with a copy of this graphic novel by both John and Carole Barrowman.  

Malcolm Merlyn is just one iteration of this character.  He's been known by several names and one in the novel that is not familiar to me - Arthur King.  In this adaption we learn who Arthur King is and how he became involved in a secret organization, crossing paths with supernatural creatures and with the League of Assassins.  The history he reveals at the hands of his captors pulls pieces together, answers questions, and allows the reader to get to know the The Dark Archer.

Written in the same tone and with the same sass that John Barrowman portrays with Merlyn, you'll feel like you're in an Arrow spin-off.  I found the entire graphic novel to be written well while providing much needed backstory for our beloved antihero.  I have a love-hate relationship with Merlyn, and The Dark Archer doesn't improve that relationship..haha.  

John and Carole Barrowman did a fantastic job writing Malcolm Merlyn's history, giving fans of the character more information about him.  The artistry was also fantastic.  Each panel is clearly drawn and the speech and though balloons are easily discernible from character to character.  There is action, adventure, wit, and danger in this fast-paced look into The Dark Archer.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Into the Light by J.G. Sumner @jg_sumner

Into the Light 
J.G. Sumner
Romantic Suspense 
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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About the Book:

Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…

With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her...possibly forever.

A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…
Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer...much closer.

A familiar shadow still threatens the light…

They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light...

They fear he might be back to finish what he started...sending Laney to an early grave.

Meet the Author:

JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV's, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won't stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.
JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she's not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.
JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren't and would love to hear your opinion on her books.
JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.

Contact Links:

Twitter: @jg_sumner

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