Monday, April 13, 2020

Review: The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

 
When the fiercely independent and mysterious Paulina "Poppy" Fontana invites her great-nieces and fellow second-born daughters, Emilia and Lucy, to visit her birthplace of Italy, she makes a wild declaration. On her eightieth birthday, Poppy claims she'll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral and put an end to the Fontana Family Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.

The Fontana Second-Daughter Curse is probably nothing but a coincidence, a self-fulfilling prophecy, an old-world myth. Even so, nobody can deny that for centuries, not a single second-born daughter in the Fontana family has married. But twenty-nine year-old Emilia actually appreciates the curse--some may even say she hides behind it. What might happen if the supposed curse is actually broken, and she's expected to find love?

Reluctantly, the trio of second-born daughters embark on a journey to fulfill Poppy's last wish. Against a backdrop of lush Italian countryside and rich landmarks, Poppy shares family secrets and tales of forbidden love that threaten to upend every belief her young nieces have held to be true.
This book was amazing! If there is one book that you read this year - this should be it.

This story was a great look at finding your true, inner-self and letting it shine, while breaking free of familial obligations. Two stories of second born daughters and a curse and how their connected. The curse is that second born daughters will never know/have love.

Emilia works in her family's bakery. She is kept in the back by her over-bearing, manipulative grandmother. Dressing dowdy, she embraces that embodiment. Her great aunt, Poppy, is also a second born daughter.

Poppy is determined to go to Italy for her 80th birthday and wants Emilia to go with her. She promises that by going she will break the curse. Lucy (another second born daughter and Emilia's cousin) comes along as well.

This story is moving, empowering and hands down fantastic. But at the heart of it, it's a love story. Definitely one-click this.

Lori Nelson Spielman is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author whose novels have hit #1 in six different countries. Formerly a homebound teacher in an inner-city school district, she holds master's degrees in speech pathology and guidance counseling. She lives in Michigan with her husband.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Promo: Alace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora


When the laws of men fail, the rules of Alace prevail.
FREE LIMITED TIME DOWNLOAD
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Title: Alace Sweets
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Series: Alace Sweets book series, book #1
 
Revenge really is sweet. ~Alace Sweets
A dark romantic thriller, this book is not a light read. Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, this intense story commands the reader's attention as it drives towards the explosive ending.

Alace Sweets is a vigilante serial killer, with everything that implies and is sure to trip all your triggers. Be ready.

At seventeen, Alace Sweets turned a corner in her life, taking the wrong shortcut home from school.

Setting aside the harsh knowledge her attackers will never be made to pay for their actions, Alace takes a stand. Justice must be served, and if fate’s scales are out of balance, she’s determined to set things right as best she can.
"From the first page [deMora] pulls you into the world she has created and you do not even try to escape..."
~Little Shop of Readers Blog

"A must read for all those dark, gritty romance fans out there."
~Sweet & Spicy Reads
 
"Don't judge me for bonding with a vigilante serial killer, she's more than what she does."
~iScream Books
Get ready for book 2. Now available for preorder.
Seeking Worthy Pursuits
Alace Sweets, book #2
April 13, 2020
Raised in the south, Wall Street Journal & USA TODAY bestselling author MariaLisa deMora learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says "I've always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading...if nothing else is available, I've been known to read the back of the cereal box."

A member of Romance Writers of America, deMora​ has penned a variety of stories, with five established series that include motorcycle romance, veteran repatriation, and time travel, as well as a romantic standalone, dark suspense, and a legal thriller. Her website is filled with links and information, as well as extras like character interviews, playlists, poetry, and trailer videos!

Her short bio reads, "Plate-spinner / cat herder at work; totally geeked author; single mom in the thick of autism at home; hockey freak; wanna-be hiker; usta-be/on-again EQ gamer."
 
 

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Reaper Unexpected by Debbie Cassidy


Reaper Unexpected
Debbie Cassidy
(Deadside Reapers #1))
Publication date: March 26th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Your dead are our business.
Got a loved one who’s passed? Want to ask your dead aunt where she hid that elusive will? Head over to Necro city and look no further than Soul Savers Inc.
One day the world was normal, and the next, it was filled with ghosts. And then the reapers came. Blood-sucking hot dudes with wings and wicked scythes. They took control, and now we have a system.
Now we have Necro city, the hub of all things untethered.
As a soul relocation agent, it’s my job to rehouse the dead until the reapers come to collect, but with so few of those dudes about, the wait isn’t pretty. Thank goodness for decent coffee, frosted donuts, and a pending promotion.
Things are looking good until they’re not.
One bar fight and a dead reaper later, I’m left holding the scythe.
Not just any scythe, but a scythe belonging to one of Lilith’s four favored sons—the most powerful reapers in the world.
For some reason, it’s chosen me.
Now, three very large, very pissed off reapers are on my case.
It looks like that promotion is going to have to wait.
A kickass Urban fantasy with a why choose romance. Vampires, ghosts, angels, and demons. Perfect for readers who enjoy forbidden romance, enemies to lovers, or friends to lovers.
 

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head - in a totally non psychotic way of course. She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Friday, March 27, 2020

Release Blitz and Giveaway: Dagger by S.L. Sterling

Release Date: March 27
Derrick
I'd been fighting all my life.


Making it my career choice seemed...logical.

Sticking to what I was good at seemed...illogical as often as I ended up in the ER.

Then my occupational hazard began to feel like more of a perk when I met, Katy. She was a night nurse at the ER I frequented. She could barely hide her contempt for me, which naturally made the curvy brunette with long wavy hair all the more irresistible.

Now I just needed to convince her I was a better lover than a fighter.

Katy
They called him Dagger, for the looks he gave.


He knew I hated him on sight, but still, he teased me and tried to sway me.

There's no way it would work. I was on the run and still healing from a relationship with a 'roid-raging powerlifter. No way was I going to give it a go with someone trained to cause pain for a living.

Then my ex tracked me down. And suddenly, having a fighter in my corner didn't seem like such a bad idea.
Read an Excerpt Here!
Enter the Giveaway Here!
S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel "It Was Always You" was born.

When S.L. Sterling isn't writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading.
 
 

Book Blitz and Giveaway: By Blood and Magic by Jamie A. Waters


By Blood and Magic
Jamie A. Waters
(The Dragon Portal #2)
Publication date: March 26th 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

A priceless treasure is hidden within the ocean’s depths…
Sabine barely managed to escape from Akros with her life.
But the ocean isn’t safe for someone whose power stems from the forests.
When their ship is attacked on the high seas and one of Sabine’s companions is taken hostage, only an agreement forged by blood and magic may save her friend’s life.
The pearl of the sea is also the key to the gods’ revenge…
With the dragon portal failing and the gods’ magic threatening to destroy their world, Sabine must choose between following her heart or upholding a sacred oath.
The cost of ending a centuries-old feud may be higher than anyone expected.
All magic demands a sacrifice–even if it’s hers.
Sabine scanned the sea, but she couldn’t see any sign of the missing crew. If the Merfolk were already taking prisoners, they were running out of time. A few more hits like the last one, and the ship would capsize.
“If you have any suggestions, Sabine, now is the time. Otherwise, I agree with Bane. I’ll destroy every last one of these Merfolk for harming those under my protection.”
Without waiting for a response, Malek leaned over the railing toward the lower deck and called out more orders to ready the catapults. Sabine swallowed and tried to bury the sick fear threatening to overwhelm her. Esmelle wouldn’t even have been on this ship if it weren’t for her. The thought of losing one of her closest friends was unfathomable.
Sabine’s hands tightened on the railing as she stared at the angry sea. “They’ll keep Esme and the rest of the hostages alive until they manage to capsize the ship. Those who aren’t enslaved are usually fed to their underwater pets. If they take all of us down below, we’ll lose any negotiating power we might have while still under the sky.”
“I’ve heard the stories,” Bane admitted, caging her with his arms. She leaned back against his heated skin, thankful for the warmth he offered against the chill from the elements. Bane might have difficulties tapping into softer emotions, but he’d made it no secret he admired and respected the spunky witch who was now an unwilling hostage.
“They aren’t just stories,” she said as a daring plan began to form in her mind.
Bane squeezed her midsection and murmured, “You are my priority, Sabine. If we must lose Esme, she will be mourned, but we cannot allow you to fall. We need to get you and this ship out of here.”
Sabine turned and glared up at him. “We won’t be mourning anyone. I will get them back—all of them. And you’re going to help me do it.”

Jamie A. Waters is an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy romance. Her first novel was a winner of the Readers' Favorite Award in Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance and the CIPA EVVY Award in Science Fiction. 
Jamie currently resides in Florida with two neurotic dogs who enjoy stealing socks. When she's not pursuing her passion of writing, she's usually trying to learn new and interesting random things (like how to pick locks or use the self-cleaning feature of the oven without setting off the fire alarm). In her downtime, she enjoys reading on her Kindle, playing computer games, painting, or acting as a referee between the dragons and fairies currently at war inside her closet.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Release Blitz: His Little Pyro by V. Kelly

 
His Little Pyro
Series: A Forbidden Love Affair: Book Two
Author: V. Kelly
Release Date: March 27, 2020
Genre: Erotic Taboo Romance: Revenge Daddy Book
I’m walking a thin line between revenge and insanity here.
I gave my boyfriend the last three years of my life, only to find out that he’s been banging my best friend Haysleigh behind my back for at least two of them.
I’m mad at him.
I’m furious with her.
Men will come and go, but best friends are supposed to be forever. Haysleigh crossed a line I would never cross, and now that she has, it’s time to even the score.
I have to get my revenge.
But, there’s only one thing that I know of that will hurt Haysleigh as much as she hurt me . . . I need to seduce the only man in her life that she has ever really loved. It’s the man that I’ve been obsessed with since I started realizing boys were a thing. The man I fantasized about taking my virginity, even though I knew he couldn’t. The man who has always been off limits but has always held a special place in my heart. The man who I have feelings for that I can no longer ignore.
He’s sexy.
He’s a firefighter.
He’s also her dad . . .
That’s right, I’m gonna seduce my best friend’s dad.
My only problem . . . I’m going to have to start a fire to do it.
Amazon:
 
Add to Goodreads:
It Had 2 B U Series (Rom-Coms Inner-connected)
Innuendos
Accent Hussy
Caleb: Unaccented Pain in the Ass (Sister book to Accent Hussy and first book in the Jacob’s Gloves, spinoff series

Pop! Duet (Nerdy Virgin/Rocker Series)
Pop!
Popped!


A Forbidden Love Affair Series (Erotic Taboo Romances)
His Little Cheater
His Little Pyro


Montgomery Ranch Series (Cowboy meets Rocker)
Just A Little Bit Country


To Be With You Series (Contemporary Romance NA)
First Impressions

V. Kelly grew up in Reno, Nevada. She now lives in Oklahoma where her family takes up most of her time. She writes to take a break from all the insanity in the world so she can create new worlds of her own.
 
V. Kelly has always had the writing bug, but it wasn't until July 2015, that her dream of becoming a published author finally came true. As a writer of contemporary romance, romantic comedies, and everything in between, V. Kelly's main focus is to make people laugh, but she also loves to play with people’s heart strings and emotions. She doesn’t pigeonhole herself to one genre so you can never expect what V. Kelly book will come out next.
 
V. Kelly readers have been known to laugh hysterically while reading in public, wake up partners out of a dead sleep with uncontrolled bursts of giggles, and shed emotional tears.
 
If you love to laugh, smile, and connect with characters, then a V. Kelly book is exactly what you need for your next book obsession.
V. Kelly Author