Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni ~*~*~*~ Release Blitz

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In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems. I was born into this world. Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me. We were told to just believe. We were taught to never question. We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society. Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules. And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible. They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon. It’s me. And I’m not following the leader any more. Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5LHki61zs?rel=0
ExcerptI would have given him everything. I would have melded every part of me into him. My breath caught in my throat. I already had. Love hadn’t existed in this world. Only hate, deceit and lies, but by letting him in I’d let all of that crumble. By letting me in he’d done the same, and now we were engaged in an even deadlier game than before. We weren’t enemies as we had been born to be. We weren’t friends as we had come to be. Then what were we? I let my hands run through my hair as I clasped my eyes shut even tighter. We were cursed. Young woman standing in dark forest
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Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga. Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Mate's Bite (Sassy Mates #2) by Milly Taiden ~*~*~*~*~ Spotlight Tour, Review & Giveaway



A Mate's Bite (Sassy Mates #2) by Milly Taiden

Mission: Don’t fall in love 
After an explosive night of passion during a scenting ceremony, Karla Alves is sure she was just a one night stand for the man she'd been crushing on for years. She teased him and pleased him, and Nate hasn't been around since. Her fear of becoming clingy kept her from risking her heart and asking for more than a few hours of skin sin. 

Mission: Crack her walls 

She. Is. His. Nathan Wolfe marked Karla. His mate. Deeply involved in pack politics, Nate has had to stay away. When his sister warns that Karla needs him more than he thinks, he'll discover a bundle of secrets only his wolf can sniff out. But getting the woman he cares about to let down her guard may prove to be his undoing. 

Mission: Embrace the bite 

With Karla's wayward sister wreaking havoc and friends needing more of his time than ever, Nate will have to rearrange his priorities if he ever hopes to earn Karla's trust. But will time with her be enough? Only true love and a wolf's promise can hold together a relationship created with a bite, a scenting, and a hope for tomorrow. 
Mature reader warning: Adult content including but not limited to: Violence and raw sexual language and actions.


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A Mate's Bite (Sassy Mates #2) by Milly Taiden
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5 

Once Bitten, Twice as Scared! Our 5 sassy women are back again! Now that Jordan and Aric have mated, it's time for another couple, Karla and Nate, to fall. But this one is a little different, she is scared he won't really commit based on her mother's experience with men. Not to mention someone still seems to be after Jordan and Kass, Karla's identical twin, shows up to cause problems. And now a bit about the story...

We start at the same scenting ceremony from book one, but this time "Spot" (aka Nate) sneaks up on Karla. Before we know if they are naked and having a glorious time! Karla even gets a little bite out of it to mark her as his. Of course she doesn't know this and then all hell breaks loose. It's three weeks later before she even sees or hears from him, little does she know he stops by at night just to check on her and be near her... if only they would communicate! When rouges and humans start attacking the drama escalates ... tune into see who's up to no good this time! 

Favorite Passages:
- “Words,” she shrugged, “they’re easy to say. Actions speak louder, son. Your mate needs proof that you’re not going anywhere.”
- Oh she wanted him bad. More than her next breath or even more than she’d ever wanted another man in her life.
- “You’re a genius, Mom.” She grinned. “I know. Took your father all of thirty seconds tied to my bed to acknowledge it.” “Mom! I don’t want to hear that kind of stuff!”
- My life is here, with people that love me for me, not for what they can get out of me.”



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Hi! I'm Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf- shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.
When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life- sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.
I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.
Come by and visit me! I love to meet new readers!
Website: millytaiden.com Facebook: facebook.com/millytaidenpage


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scent of a Mate (Sassy Mates #1) by Milly Taiden ~*~*~*~ Spotlight Tour, Review & Giveaway


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Mission: Scent a Mate   

Jordan Alvarez knew that a promise to her best friend involved staking out the local wolf pack's scenting ceremony and recording the graphic details, but she was the writer and the only one with the balls to finish the task. No one would know that four human women had sneaked proof of their rituals, or at least, that was the plan until Aric Wolfe showed up. 


Mission: Stake a Claim  

Aric Wolfe knew his baby sister was up to something, and expected her best friend, Jordan, to be in on the chaos. He finally had an opportunity to lay claim to a mate that had been under his nose for years. Jordan's scent called to both the man and the animal, and he was done fighting the call of the beast. It was time to mark his mate.


Mission: Survive an Alpha

  When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan's strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever. 
 
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Scent of a Mate (Sassy Mates #1) by Milly Taiden
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5 

Wow! What a scenting party - and I'm not talking about candles ;)

Loved this new series (Sassy Mates) from Milly Taiden with 5 Sassy women (4 human and 1 a wolf shifter). They say what they think, carry shotguns to protect themselves, and don't take anything from anyone, well except maybe the middle school students they teach when they get the puppy dog eye treatment :) Plus this one features the hero holding his feeling back not to scare HIS woman off - though he is cocky and confident, he still doesn't want to spook her. And now a bit about the story ...

Jordan has finally convinced Ellie to let her and their friends document the Scenting Ceremony the Wolfe pack is holding. Jordan has convinced Ellie it is important to document their culture and rituals, but Ellie has an ulterior motive with her brother Aric as it relates to Jordan. Don't get me wrong Ellie and Jordan are best friends and have been for years and love each other like sisters. The only problem is there are a few others who have plans for Aric -- give this book a try and see who all has their target set on Aric and meet his other three brothers, known collectively as the Sexy Four.

Favorite passages:
- "You're important to me." His quiet words dug deep into her heart, flooding her with a new kind of emotion she'd been afraid to let loose. Love."

- "Baby," he let her see the wild side of his beast in his eyes, "my wolf claimed you as his the moment he first saw you."

- "Jordan!" Ellie snapped her fingers in front her face and took a sip of her mixed drink. "Would you please stop daydreaming about my brother?

Bonus Short: "A Hero Scarred" by April Angel (aka Milly Taiden) is included at the end of the story.


Author Bio

Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.
She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading romance, thrillers and suspense.
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Song Chaser (Chasers #2) by Kandi Steiner ~*~*~*~*~ Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

Title: Song Chaser
Series: Chasers #2
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: July 1, 2014
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For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.
Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.
With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?
Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.
What people are saying about Song Chaser -
“This story will have you cheesy smiling, tearing up, mad, sad – every emotion will be brought out. READ THIS SERIES!” – Lyndsie, Mean Girls Luv Books

“You will laugh, cry and want to slap the crap out of Tanner a couple of times; I guarantee it! 5 *WINK* READ!” – Jessi, Book Flirts by Jessi

“Kandi Steiner has done it again….only even better.” – Booked on Romance

“Song Chaser is a great story on how 2 people can overcome their pasts and make a song of their own. 4 smooches!” – Sarah, Red Cheeks Reads

“It was beautiful. I hate to admit it (don't kill me Corbin!! I LOVE YOU BOO!) but I seriously loved Song Chaser more than Tag Chaser.” – Sam Stettner, Sammie’s Book Club

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Song Chaser (Chasers #2) by Kandi Steiner
Review by Theresa Esterline
Stars: 5 

Will his chasing lead him to the right girl this time?

When I think of Tanner and think of someone who is funny, cocky, lovable, and giving. He is the best friend you will ever want. But when he tells Paisley, his best friend, he loves her -- she adds one more characteristic to the list: broken. This is a great romance about moving on, being honest, fighting the urge to run and fighting for what you want. There are great comic relief moments with Mee Ma and of course the too hot to handle moments - especially when Tanner signs to Kellee. This is one chase you don't want to miss! And now a bit about the story...

Tanner is almost finished with med school and instead of celebrating his accomplishments, he is either throwing himself into his work or attempting to sleep off the jack and coke from the night before. He has lost Paisley, she didn't love him back, and now he doesn't know what to do. He has moped for a year. Some buddies get him to the bar one night and he sees Kellee - it isn't long before the banter between them leads to their first date. Now the only problem is can they choose happiness? Kellee is afraid she will repeat steps from her past and hurt him and he still isn't over Paisley...

Favorite passages: 
- She may be hot, but I honestly want to slam my head into the bar. I could have better conversations with a chalkboard.
- "Nothing good in this life comes without pain, but you'll never figure that out if you can't stick around long enough to see the rainbow that comes after the storm."
- "I can handle the gobbler, you just worry about your cock."



My heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest. Tanner is looking at me like he’s not good enough to touch me and like he can’t keep his fucking hands off me all at the same time. I inhale deep, my breath shaky as I try to find the words to say. I want to talk about it more – about what she is to him, about when she’s coming and what I’m going to have to deal with – but right now all I can think about is how his hands feel on my waist, and how I wish he would touch every inch of my body with those hands.
“Kiss me,” I breathe.
Tanner doesn’t waste another second. His lips find mine, soft and gentle at first, but then a fire consumes us both and I’m biting his neck as he lifts me from my chair. He kisses down my collarbone and then back up to my ear, sending chills cascading down my arms and legs. I moan softly, running my fingers through his hair and tugging a little as I pull his lips back to mine. He slides his tongue between my lips and takes my mouth, deepening the kiss as his hands explore my body.
“How long until dinner?” he pants between kisses.
“Maybe twenty minutes.”
“That’ll do,” he replies, carrying me to the couch.
Tanner’s hands are hungry as he positions himself on top of me, pulling the straps of my tank top down to kiss my shoulders. He nips and sucks softly, trailing a line from my shoulders, to my neck, across my collar bone, and back again. Slowly, he kisses a little lower, sucking at the swell just above the hem of my top. I inhale sharply, my fingers gripping his hair.
“You taste so sweet,” he mumbles against my skin, lighting it on fire. He lifts my shirt and slowly kisses down my stomach, stopping just above the hem of my shorts. He blazes a trail of fire with his tongue from one hip to the other, working the buttons and zipper until he has my shorts loose enough to pull down my shaking legs and throw across the room. He smiles up at me, his sexy half grin silently killing me, and then he completely takes my breath away – because he pulls my panties off with his teeth.
With. His. Teeth.
Suddenly, my heart is beating in my throat. I’m not a virgin, but I’m definitely no where near as experienced as Tanner, no matter how cocky my fa├žade may be. My legs are shaking uncontrollably and I feel it start to move up to my hands. Tanner stops kissing my thighs and looks up at me, concern laden on his face.
“Are you okay?” he asks, moving to position himself on top of me again. He brushes the hair from my face and pulls my shaking hand to his lips, kissing my fingers softly as he waits for me to reply.
I nod, though not confidently. “I hate admitting this to you, but I’m not that experienced.”
He smiles devilishly, his eyes lighting the fire in my stomach again. “You think I don’t know that? Why do you think I’m going so slow?”
I let out of a puff of air, “This is slow?”
His grin grows wider, “Trust me – if I had it my way, your ankles would have been on my shoulders the first night I saw you.”
Tag Chaser (Chasers #1) – Released October 2013
Paisley Bronson is a 27 year old successful advertising professional, but the most exciting part of her life happens outside of work. Claiming the life of a Tag Chaser toward the end of her college career has taught her one thing: Never get too close. She has enjoyed her dating lifestyle, but when her best friend makes a bet that she won't ever be able to date a normal guy, her competitive nature takes control and she vows to change the game.

When Paisley meets the incredibly handsome and practically perfect Corbin Ray, she begins to think keeping her word might be easier than she thought. But when an accidental discovery reveals that Corbin is in the Army, she knows she must run the other way and never look back. Although it kills her, she aims to move on and look for a new prospect.

There's just one small problem.

Paisley's been assigned a new client at work, and his name is Corbin Ray.

Will Paisley and Corbin give in to the chemistry between them, or will their past and present complications keep them apart?

Fall in love with this fun and irresistibly naughty game of cat and mouse.

Who inspired you to start writing?
My mom, definitely. She's actually very into reading like I am and is a great writer herself. I hope to one day convince her to write a novel, too. She inspired me when I was very young and encouraged me to pursue my love of writing, no matter what. Everything I've written from awful love poems in high school (yuck!) to decent pieces in college, she has always been there for me.

Why romance?
Great question! I have no idea. I always pictured myself writing non-fiction or nothing at all, but one of my final capstone courses in college was an advanced fiction course that really turned me on to the possibilities of creating a story. Why romance specifically? Well, we could blame it on my husband for showing me love so early in life, but it's probably more Disney's fault than anyone else's. I'm a girl, I love to love, what could be better than romance writing?

How do you write your novels?
Sporadically and without any structure at all. Sometimes I'll be driving and I'll whip out my phone and record something to write down later. Sometimes I'll write a scene and sometimes I'll just write about my character to get to know them better. Eventually, I sit down and map everything out so that I don't forget anything (blonde moments are a habit for me) and then I slowly start piecing it all together. It makes sense to me, but if I told any of my professors this they might kill me lol.

When did you know you wanted to write a novel?
Honestly, it hit me out of the blue. I got the idea for Tag Chaser when I was in the shower and I just couldn't shake it. I was dreaming about the characters, writing random scenes in my head, and just thinking about them constantly. I decided it was a sign to stop being so scared of failure and just write it. The way I see it, the worst thing that could happen is no one likes it - and in that case it will still be loved by me and that's what matters.

Why should readers pick up Tag Chaser?
Tag Chaser is a unique story that I think hasn’t been told yet. Often times we fall in love with characters who are so perfect, either individually or for each other. Tag Chaser is about exploring our imperfections and learning not to fight that chemistry that sometimes we just feel, whether it’s easy or not. I think anyone who reads Tag Chaser will laugh and love, and those are both two very beautiful things.

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Artemis’s Hunt (Sons of War #2.5) by Lia Davis ~*~*~*~*~ Cover Reveal & Giveaway


Artemis’s Hunt ~ Sons of War novella 2.5
By Lia Davis

Deception broke her heat. The truth fuels her hunt.

Coming September 2, 2014


Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has lived with heartache for the last fifteen hundred years, believing her only love is dead. That’s what her father—Zeus, king of the gods—told her. After recent events brought the truth to light, Artemis must gather the courage to face her lost love again.
Evangelos, former god of messengers, was content living in the mortal world until he discovered he has a daughter and her mother is Artemis. When the goddess shows up at his place of employment with tales of renewing his god status, he’s skeptical. Zeus wouldn’t reverse the curse out of the goodness of his heart. There is always a catch. The god king wants something in return.
When Artemis explains she has to hunt down her stepmother, Hera, in order to get Evan back into Zeus’s good graces, Evan demands to accompany her. However, the journey turns out to be a test that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.


Sons of War series to date
Ashes of War, book 2
Artemis’s Hunt, book 2.5
More to come…


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Bio:
Lia Davis is the author of the bestselling shifter series, Ashwood Falls, a mother to two young adults and three kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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