Monday, March 27, 2017

Excerpt & Blog Giveaway - Wanted and Wired (Tether #1) by Vivien Jackson


Wanted and Wired

Tether, #1

Author: Vivien Jackson

ISBN: 9781492648161

Pubdate: April 4, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction Romance


A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love ignites in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive

Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas—sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark

Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…


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Excerpt & Giveaway - Strays by Garrett Leigh


Strays
By Garrett Leigh


About Strays: 

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch. 

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd's Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in. 

Fast-forward a month and neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away. 

Now available from Riptide Publishing and Amazon


Spotlight - Sassy Ever After: Check Mate (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Sheri Lyn


Sassy Ever After: Check Mate
(Kindle Worlds Novella)
By Sheri Lyn
M/M Romance


Tucker "Rook" Jameson is having an interesting week. First, he finds a body, then he finds his mate... the new Sheriff. Someone has decided to make the pack of Blue Creek pay, but for what is the question.

Sheriff West Graelin moved to Blue Creek for a change of pace. Instead in his first week, he meets a naked man over a dead body who tempts him beyond his ability to think straight. Now the bodies are piling up and their killer is taunting them.

It's time to team up in more than one way. Love, lust, laughter, friendship and murder...It’s just another day in this small town.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - The Banker (Modern Love #3) by Piper Rayne




The Banker
Modern Love #3
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Djordje Grbic
Release Date: April 5, 2017




Blurb

Who knew my brother’s friend could be Mr. Right, and not just Mr. Right Now? 

My brother refused to introduce me, so I blame him. If he’d just caved, and introduced me to Jasper, I wouldn’t be in this mess. I mean, really, what’s the big deal? I’m not interested in the guy’s looks. 

Oh no, I want his cold hard cash. (Be honest, you were expecting that other four letter ‘c’ word weren’t you?) 

Now, before you go getting all judgy, I’m not a gold digger. I have a legitimate business opportunity for Jasper to invest in. The problem is that my stick-up-his-ass brother is embarrassed that his twin sister invents kick ass sex toys. His problem, not mine. 

So, I took matters into my own hands. Defeat isn’t a word in Lennon Hart’s dictionary. 

Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business. 

It wasn’t until I sat down across from the gorgeous panty soaking man in front of me, that I realized I wanted so much more than just his money. I could very well want his heart if I wasn’t careful. 

Apparently my P.I. skills aren’t as stellar as I thought because Jasper had his own secret—and it changed EVERYTHING. 





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Guest Post & Giveaway - Growing Pains by Cass Lennox


The hype about Grandma’s scrambled eggs

For this post, I wanted to share some of the food and drink that's featured in Growing Pains. None of these are important to the story - but then again, even if it's not important to the story, food is important, point blank. Right? Right. These recipes are aggregated from the Internet and personal experience, and I take no responsibility for how they taste – but I’m telling you right now, eggs like the below are sublime.


Gigi's Grandma's Scrambled Eggs

Gigi's very conscious about the food he eats – dancers tend to be. In the novel, he refuses to eat a bunch of things, but his grandmother's famous eggs loom large on the no-go list. It's totally the wrong decision, as you're about to find out, but hey, athletes amirite?

6 eggs (you're feeding family)
salt and black pepper to taste
2 pinches ground nutmeg
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp crème fraiche OR 1 handful grated cheese (cheddar is especially good)
2 tbsp chopped parsley or chives

Break the eggs into a bowl. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg, and whisk together with a fork until light and frothy.

Melt the butter over low heat in a frying pan. Wait until it's frothy and completely melted, covering the entire pan. Add the eggs to the pan, leave for ten seconds, then stir. Repeat until they begin to set, then stir continuously until they're almost done.

Once they're on the verge of being finished, take the pan off the heat and stir in the crème fraîche/cheese and the parsley. Serve with buttered toast.

Extra ideas:
Dice a clove of garlic and brown that in the butter before adding the eggs.
Stir cooked chopped bacon bits into the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
Serve with slivers of smoked salmon for extra decadence.



Brock's Grandma's Screwdrivers

Brock's grandma gets one shout-out, and it's with this drink in hand.

1 part vodka
2 parts orange juice

Mix in a highball glass over ice (whatever glasses you have will probably be fine). Garnish with orange peel if you're feeling fancy. Sit down and enjoy with family and/or a cigarette. [Author note: please do not smoke, it isn't good for your health. Also, Brock and Gigi's grandmothers would probably enjoy being brunch buddies.]



Sophie's Wedding Kombucha Delights

Kombucha is a fancy-ass fermented tea that’s making the rounds as a recent health thing to drink. Confession time: when I included kombucha cocktails in this novel for Gigi’s sister’s wedding, I did it as a joke. The joke's on me - they're real things *deep sigh* And they're probably delicious to boot. Damn you, hipsters of the world! I don't think you're supposed to drink kombucha with alcohol, but eh *shrug* Here are two recipes, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic.

2 oz spiced rum
pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz ginger simple syrup
kombucha to top off

Shake the rum, pepper, lime juice and syrup together with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with kombucha.

2 large mint leaves
3/4 oz apple juice
1 lime wheel
1/2 oz ginger simple syrup
kombucha to top off

Muddle the mint, apple juice, lime wheel and syrup together in a highball glass. Add ice and pour kombucha to fill the glass. Sprig of mint to garnish.

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About Growing Pains:

Gigi Rosenberg is living his best life: performances in the big city, side gigs at a dance company, a successful drag act, and the boy of his childhood dreams who now adores him. Even if the boyfriend part isn’t the sparkly ride of passion he expected it to be, life is sweet. So when his sister’s wedding calls him back to his hometown, he sees an opportunity to show the hicks from his past how wrong they were about him. Only, his boyfriend isn’t quite on board.

Brock Stubbs left their hometown and his parents behind for a reason, and the prospect of facing them again is terrifying. He swore he’d never go back, but Gigi has made it clear refusal isn’t an option, and Brock will do nearly anything for him. There’s just one deal-breaker of a problem: Brock promised Gigi he was out to everyone, including his parents. He lied.

It’s magical to run into the sunset together, but staying the course takes work. For Gigi and Brock, going home feels like the finale of a long, disappointing year. Sometimes love isn’t all you need.


Available from Riptide Publishing and Amazon


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blurb Blitz & Giveaway - A Bend In The Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner


A Bend In The Willow

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

GENRE:   Women's Fiction

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BLURB:

Willowood, Kentucky 1965 - Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?

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Book Blast - The Make It Happen Blueprint by Michelle McCullough

 
The Make It Happen Blueprint
BY MICHELLE MCCULLOUGH

Despite living in a world of abundance, many people still feel unhappy, over scheduled, tired, and unsuccessful. Yet there seems to be an group of people who “get it.” They catch all the breaks, accomplish more in a day, make more money in their business ventures, bounce back from trials faster, and always have their lives in order. Are they just lucky, or is there some sort of secret most of us are missing?

Michelle McCullough has spent thousands of hours studying, listening to, and learning from success experts including Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Brendon Burchard, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard, Darren Hardy, and more. Applying key principles (and learning a few things on her own) she’s built three successful businesses and while still maintaining a meaningful personal life. Everyone has the ability to be a high performer. All it takes is the right mindset, the right tools, and a willingness to work. As she shares eighteen practices for high performance, you too can learn how to take your business and personal life to the next level. Success is possible, happiness is achievable, so stop dreaming about it and get out and MAKE IT HAPPEN!