Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Tour: Interview & Giveaway - Home Run (The Keller Family Series book 7) by Bernadette Marie

Home Run 
 The Keller Family Series, Book 7

by Bernadette Marie 



In one moment Christian Keller’s life was changed. Now as he picks up the pieces he wonders if he can possibly recoup what he lost. 

Victoria Lincoln had a promising future with Christian until an accident took the life of her sister and left her as guardian to her two small children. 

Their lives have gone in different directions, but Christian and Victoria’s paths will cross again. It will take a lot of change to pick up where they left off—if either of them can.

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Quickly, exhaustion took over her body. At some point she knew she’d heard the kids in the hallway with Scott on their way to bed, but she slept through the night.            

She’d nearly forgotten he was there until the next morning when she walked downstairs to make her coffee. The deep breathing from the living room startled her a moment. Then she saw him splayed out under a Mickey Mouse blanket. Her breath hitched in her throat at the sight of his bare chest.            

Steadying herself with a cleansing breath she walked toward the kitchen.            

She was more than grateful that she’d brushed her teeth before coming down, because when Scott walked into the kitchen and pressed himself up behind her she’d let out a sigh. His hard body was close against her and his lips were on her neck.            

“Are you feeling better?”            

“Uh-huh,” was all she could manage.        

“I can call in sick and take care of you.” His voice had dipped sensually and she swallowed hard.            

“I have to work.”            

He let out a groan and then gave her a peck on the cheek. “Maybe tonight and the rest of the weekend.”            

He moved away from her and headed down the hall to the bathroom and Victoria let out the breath she’d been holding. Right. It was Friday. He could come back and spend all weekend.            

Scott would be spending the night.            

Dear Lord, was she ready for this. She looked down at her shaky hand. Yes. She was ready.

Let's Learn a Little about Bernadette Marie!

What is your writing environment?
Anywhere, anytime, so the environment changes. I have five sons and that usually means I’m enveloped in chaos wherever I write. But luckily I can tune them out. If I’m lucky, my environment is in my very quiet office where I can just dissolve into my stories.
Who is your perfect hero and why?
Among my own heroes I’ve written I’d say that would be John Forrester. He’s the eldest of my heroes and that alone makes him one of my faves. He’s handy with his hands (and I mean that in all senses of the word.) He’s a protector, but allows his woman to be strong. Add to that he’s very hunky with his salt and pepper speckled hair and well-toned body.
What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
I was lucky enough to be the first editor for Internationally Bestselling author Lisa J. Hobman. Her work is unique and can pull your heart right out of your chest (in a loving and wonderful way.) Her stories are set in Scotland and they paint a very vivid, modern picture. She’s genius!
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I write contemporary romance and that’s right where I’ve always wanted to be.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
This novel has been brewing for years since Christian is a Keller and has graced most all of the books. Finally it was his turn for a story. Christian was fun to write because I’ve taken him from a shy boy, to a cocky ball player, to a very depressed man who is broken and has lost the love of his life. As for the idea for the book I followed through with his ball playing, or the end of his ball playing, and built the story around how he coped and took back his life.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I think I like the conflict scenes the most. So my favorite scene would be when Victoria’s ex-boyfriend confronts Christian. I love to write testosterone driven scenes.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
Right now I’m working on The Three Mrs. Monroes. This trilogy will release in succession during June, July, and August 2014.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like walking. Usually I’m taking kids to hockey and that means I’m visiting with MY hockey family, the moms and dads who have bonded over the years.
What would you consider a perfect date?
I had one once. We were broke and had enough money for a hamburger and a shake to share. And we sat at the restaurant, same side of the booth, and watched the snow fall in big brilliant flakes.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
Many readers know that I’m a Second Degree Black Belt, what they might not know is that I have two first place and two third place trophies for forms and a third place trophy for sparring. I also have a first and third place trophy from my Nail Specialist days when I competed in artificial nail enhancements!



AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends.  Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter.  At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years. 

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published.  That year she wrote 12 books.  In 2009  she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born.  In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.  

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events.  She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.  An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

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Book Blast & Giveaway - Charming the Duke by Holly Bush

Charming the Duke

by Holly Bush 



1849 . . . Matilda Sheldon, the middle daughter of the sixth Earl of Bisset, has never been interested in the fashionable society events that so preoccupy her parents and siblings. Her loving, albeit, daft family cannot understand why. But Matilda has little use for silly rules and dramas. She would rather occupy her time with a worthwhile cause such as opening The Sheldon Home for Orphans, much to the chagrin of her mother and grandmother. They are quite certain a venture of this nature will discourage suitors. Matilda is quite certain that if suitors are discouraged it is because she is clever, plain, a bit clumsy, and inevitably compared to her beautiful sisters. 

The Duke of Thornsby is in tight spot. After receiving the title on the death of his father, he discovers the inheritance is to be gifted elsewhere if he does not marry before his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately, our man-about-town is embroiled in a scandal, not of his own making, and the marriage mamas won’t let any eligible misses anywhere near him. What’s a Duke to do? Get invited to a house party hosted by the notoriously absent-minded Earl of Bisset, who just happens to be Papa to some young ladies of marriageable age! 

Thornsby finds himself fascinated, not with the two Sheldon debutantes actively seeking a husband, but rather with the ‘brown wren’ he first mistakes for a servant. Matilda is counting the hours until the house party ends when the necessity of conversing with the guests will be over, and ridiculously handsome men go far away. Can a worldly Duke convince a sensible girl to accept his court? Find out in Charming the Duke. 


Our hero can’t resist a kiss . . .
“Thornsby!” Matilda hissed. People from one end of the room to the other were staring. Oddly, the glimpse Matilda caught of her mother revealed a smile.  
“What is wrong with you, Thornsby?” Matilda asked when he finally released her after pulling her into the first deserted room they came to. 
“You said yourself that Altry has never asked you to dance. What do you imagine prompted him now?” 
“Heavens, I don’t know. Why would I care? It was just a dance,” Matilda replied. 
“Just a dance? That young pup was nearly drooling.” 
“Drooling? Whatever are you talking about?” Matilda asked. 
“Miss Sheldon! You are no fool. Don’t presume to tell me you don’t understand. Altry asked you to dance because of this damned outfit you’re wearing.” Thornsby shouted.  
“You’re only angry you can’t compare me to a maid or a washwoman.”  
Matilda supposed the Duke was right though. Altry would have never paid her court if she hadn’t been wearing this dress. It all supported her notion that the glasses, brown dresses, and scruffy boots separated the chaff from the wheat. Those that deemed her worthy enough to speak to when dressed that way, and those that chose this evening to address her. The Duke had apparently noticed her gown. 
Thornsby stared at her as if in a trance. She wondered what was going through his mind. “Don’t make Altry to be any more the cad than you, Thornsby. You’ve never noticed me either. Unless to insult me.” 
His eye twitched. “That is untrue.” 
“Far from it,” Matilda said. 
“Don’t presume to know what is in my mind,” Thornsby said and grabbed Matilda’s bare shoulders. 
The moment was charged with sparks, shooting through the air, connecting him to her. Matilda felt, well, she didn’t know what she felt. Fluttery and female. Angry. Aware. The touch of his fingertips drifted down her arms leaving her hands numb. Her voice came out barely above a whisper. 
“What is on your mind then?” she asked. 
“I’m thinking of kissing you, Miss Sheldon.” 
Matilda batted her lashes. “Is it the dress?” 
Thornsby touched his lips to hers. A feather’s touch. He inched back to gaze over her face. “I don’t know. But I don’t think so.” 
His breath was warm on her cheeks. She’d never been this close to a man before. She could see the lines around his mouth and the bristle of his beard. He touched his lips to hers again. 
“What do you imagine it is?” Matilda whispered into his mouth. 
Thornsby slipped his hand around her waist and pulled her close. He tilted her head up with his finger. “I haven’t a clue,” he said. Then he kissed her. Really kissed her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links: 
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject. 
Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group. 
Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and former vice-president of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.
Twitter - @hollybushbooks 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review & Giveaway - The Sin Circus anthology

The Sin Circus

Everyone remembers their first trip to the circus--the home of fantasy and dreams. Where the idea that anything is possible meets a creative reality of alluring tricks and amazing acts of defiance. The big top is known for inspiring lust, awe, and happy memories, and now you'll see it like never before.

Some of today's hottest romance authors combine the decadent memories of the center ring with all the flavors in erotic fiction in The Sin Circus. Whether it's with a dominating Ringmaster, a lion tamer's bratty kittens, or a dark Harlequin King, this show is sure to shock the audience with its dazzling dares and tantalizing tales.

Dark Surrender by Rachel Firasek
He stole her control, but she hasn't completely surrendered her heart...yet.

Claimed by the Blade by Mina Carter
He's waited years to claim her. Tonight, she's all out of excuses...

Ring of Fire by Lacey Wolfe
The Ringmaster must figure out his feelings before his ballerina goes up in flames...

Unmasking Her Dom by Jennifer James
Tormented by touch, the King of the Harlequin resolves to release his bratty sub before she strips away the last barriers between them, and discovers his secret shame.

The Bratty Lioness Tamer by April Angel
Two sexy female lovers. A new master ready to tame them. And the performance they'll never forget.

Sweet & Sticky by Sabrina Garie
Recipe for forever: Mix a flailing writer with a down-on-his-luck agent, toss in a pound of cotton candy and an empty bleacher. Let simmer.

Twice the Pleasure by Georgina DeBurca
As the bindings unravel, two brothers race to save the woman who has captured their hearts.

With the Greatest of Ease by Anne Lange
He traded a trapeze and the catch of a lifetime for a life in a courtroom. Now he’ll share her, to catch her, one last time.
My Review:
This was an enjoyable collection of hot and spicy romances.  This anthology follows the men and women involved in performing in the Sin Circus and their tales of romance.  This group of stories contains all genres of sexy romance, from ménage to BDSM and everything in-between.  I loved all the tales and highly recommend this book to lovers of both kinky and non-kinky romances. This series of entertaining stories are not connected by anything other than the setting so can be read in any order.  Each tale was very well written and I found myself lost in a story a time or two. ~Booklover Sue

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Blurb Blitz & Giveaway - Catch Me by Katherine Grant

Catch Me

by Katherine Grant



Adam. Enigmatic. Arrogant. Unwilling to take no for an answer. Everything about him threatens my carefully constructed life. Everything about him makes me want him more. 

Isabelle Jennings has it good. She’s a self-proclaimed guys’ girl (football, beers, and kicking back with her “bros”) who has worked hard for everything she’s gotten. And she’s succeeded. Only twenty-six, she already has a startup company – one that helps her atone for past sins. She has (well, had) a healthy sex life, a great apartment and an even better group of friends. No romantic entanglements. No mess. Just how she likes it. 

Enter Adam Weston, a young, ambitious businessman in Chicago. Between his money, looks, and charm, he’s never had a problem with women. Until Isabelle. 

Overwhelmed by her attraction to him, Isabelle does everything she can to avoid the charismatic playboy. But Adam won’t give up that easily. He dares her to be with him, promising sex sans strings. Isabelle’s burdened with a nightmarish guilt she can’t outrun. And Adam won’t settle for less than everything. He’s breaking down her walls, one touch, one look, at a time. 

** Due to language and strong sexual content, this book is recommended for readers who are 18 and older. ** 

Although Catch Me is the first book in a series, it is a standalone novel.




There was blood everywhere. 

On the sink, on the fluffy brown towels. Dripping down white porcelain and onto the bathmat. The smell of it – iron and salt and fear – threatened to choke me.  

It covered his arms, his hands, turning his jeans brown in some spots. He slumped over the sink.  

I screamed, screamed and screamed until my throat went hoarse, but no one came. The tiled walls with their dizzying black and white design pushed in on me, making the room smaller and smaller. I was trapped.  

Couldn’t move. 

Couldn’t breathe.  

Couldn’t escape. 

I tried to staunch the bleeding, but it only got worse. Forcing my gaze away from blood soaked terrycloth, I looked into his pale blue, accusing eyes. 

“Your fault,” he said as he sank to the floor. “Your fault, Isabelle. It’s all your fault.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Katherine Grant is a 28-year-old avid reader, writer and soon to be author in Southern California (who likes to talk about herself in the third person in bios because it makes her feel important). Raised in a town in Michigan so small you've never heard of it, Katie used books as a way to travel. As a child, she talked so much that her family suggested she started writing her thoughts down. And thus, a lifelong dream and career was born. She has been everything from a short-order cook to a teacher to a music journalist.  She's finally embarking on being a novelist full time, and she couldn't be more excited. 

When not hard at work, Katie enjoys hanging out with her dog, lying on the beach, promising herself she'll one day learn how to surf (although it will never happen), making her boyfriend crazy by refusing to do the dishes, and getting lost in books. Also, cookies. She really, really likes cookies.


Twitter: @comecloserbooks 

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ARC review - Dreamer (The Chosen, Book 3) by Ann Mayburn

The Chosen, Book 3
by Ann Mayburn
Paranormal BDSM romance
Release date: April 29, 2014


Arrogant, powerful and dangerous, Devon King is one of the world’s greatest warriors. Yet even he is helpless against the evil that is stalking the children of Washington DC. When the gods assign him to protect Shan Harrison, he can’t believe that the beautiful and spirited Goth girl is the key to defeating the nightmares that haunt the city. Shan has the potential to become one of the strongest dreamers in history, if she can survive long enough to come into her full powers. Devon is used to getting what he wants and he wants Shan. Her submissive nature, hidden beneath her tough exterior, calls to the dominant side of his nature like a siren’s song.

Ashamed of her cravings, Shan fights her attraction to Devon and tries to convince herself that what they have is only physical. The servants of evil use her insecurity and self-doubt to try to tear Shan and Devon apart. If Shan doesn’t learn to accept her desires and Devon’s love, darkness will triumph and everyone she holds dear will be destroyed by terrifying nightmares come to life.

My Review:

I loved this story and even though it says it is book 3 (I am sorry to say, I haven't read the previous books, YET) it can be read as a standalone.  Shan is a feisty goth girl who finds herself being attacked by demons with no clue as to why.  While trying to stay alive, she is also trying to accept  herself as a submissive, she finds herself attracted to the last man she wants to be attracted to, Devon King.  Devon is a very dominant warrior assigned to protect Shan long enough for her to come into her full powers.  Sparks fly from the moment these two meet and they burn up the pages!  Shan and Devon are a fascinating couple and I found myself enjoying their spirited interactions throughout this well written and entertaining book.  This story has a beautiful blend of fantasy, romance, suspense and a dash of kink, I mean this is by the wonderful Ann Mayburn, so yeah, a dash or ten! ~Booklover Sue (an ARC given for an honest review)

ARC review - The Broken (The Apostles Series, Book 1) by Shelley Coriell

The Broken
The Apostles Series, Book 1
by Shelley Coriell
Release date: April 29, 2014


He took her life, but left her alive.Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim-and only survivor-of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.

Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it's her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all.

My Review:

I was drawn into this book immediately and found myself unwilling to put it down.  This story was so engrossing with its blend of mystery, suspense and romance.  Kate is a survivor of a brutal serial killer and has been running and hiding from him since her ordeal.  Agent Hayden Reed is a special agent who is intent on stopping the Broadcast Butcher and knows Kate is the key to stopping the murders.  This story was so well written and entertaining as who found yourself trying to solve the mystery as each clue is revealed.  The relationship between Kate and Hayden was slowly built on trust and compassion.  Kate needed the closure that working with him could give her while Hayden needed to emotionally heal and protect her and, in a way, himself.  This book took me on a fantastic journey and even while I felt a wide range of emotions, I found myself loving the ride.   I highly recommend this book for readers who love a fantastic suspenseful tale with a dash of romance. This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to the next book, The Buried.~Booklover Sue(a copy was provided for an honest review)

Spotlight & Giveaway - Just One Night:Sex, Love and Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne

JUST ONE NIGHT: Sex, Love and Stiletto Series Written by Lauren Layne
Published by Loveswept
ISBN: 978-0-34554727-9
Release date: April 22nd, 2014


New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex – good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.
Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed.  After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night. 

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Author Info:
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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