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Promo Spotlight: Whiskey Nights by Fabiola Francisco

Friday, October 30, 2015

Today, I'm hosting a promo spotlight on Fabiola Francisco's new adult romance, Whiskey Nights (Sweet on You #2), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also enjoy some teasers and an excerpt!
Whiskey Nights
Fabiola Francisco
(Sweet on You #2)
Published: October 26, 2015

One kiss. That’s all it takes to captivate me. Although I fight the emotions that surge through me when I feel his lips touch mine, I am too far gone. It’s impossible to hide from the truth; Jake sparks a fire that burns life into me.

Our passion ignites the southern nights, but when our wishes for the future put us on separate paths, I am forced to imagine a life without One kiss. That’s all it takes to captivate me. Although I fight the emotions that surge through me when I feel his lips touch mine, I am too far gone. It’s impossible to hide from the truth; Jake sparks a fire that burns life into me.

Our passion ignites the southern nights, but when our wishes for the future put us on separate paths, I am forced to imagine a life without him. Fun whiskey nights turn into emotional whiskey escapes as I find myself alone and questioning what I truly want out of life—settling for less than perfect to acquire a life I imagined or chasing my happiness and giving up part of my dreams.

**This book is a standalone novel featuring characters that were introduced in Sweet on Wilde.**

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Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: Blossoming Flower by Vivian Winslow

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I'm hosting another promo spotlight, today, on Vivian Winslow's new adult romance, Blossoming Flower (Wildflowers #1), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find some teasers and an excerpt for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a $20 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!

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Blossoming Flower
Vivian Winslow
(Wildflowers #1)
Released: October 19, 2015
In the wake of the collapse of her father’s business empire, Flor, the gorgeous twenty-one year-old daughter of disgraced former Brazillionaire Gustavo de Lima, is forced to forge her own path in life.

Flor decides that none of it—the private jets, the vacation homes and the luxury cars—were real. Or at least they really didn’t matter. The only thing that’s real for Flor is her love of horses and her desire to go to veterinary school.

Heading into her final year of college, Flor seeks out the help of an unlikely benefactor to secure a summer internship working with horses. Arriving at the secluded Belo Horizonte ranch, Flor is awed not only by the majestic beauty of the place, but also by handsome cowboy and skilled horse trainer, Collin Taylor. Yet nothing is quite as it appears on the surface.

When the hidden past is revealed, will love end up blossoming for Flor?

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Release Blitz and Giveaway: To Hale and Back by Marie James

I'm hosting a promo, today, on Marie James' erotic contemporary romance, To Hale and Back (Hale #4), as a part of the ongoing release day blitz. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a big swag bag (US ONLY) with signed paperbacks, key chains, bracelets etc., so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!
To Hale and Back
Marie James
(Hale #3)
Release Date: October 26, 2015

While this closely knit group of six tries to settle into normal; drugs, money, and vengeance leave one man dead and another in jail for a wide range of crimes he did not commit.

Friendships and bonds are tested past the breaking point, allegiances are questioned, and relationships threaten to crumble. From the point of view of all six characters we've come to love, perspective is offered on the hell that they are all experiencing, the love they've all found, and the sexy, fairytale lives they all wish to get back to.

This is the final book in the Hale Series.

Recommended for readers 18 and up due to strong language and explicit sexual content.

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Duchess Decadence by Wendy LaCapra

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Duchess Decadence
Furies #3

Wendy LaCapra
Historical Romance
Published: October 19, 2015 (ARC review)

H/h - The Duke of Wynchester/Thea, the Duchess of Wynchester
Setting: England, 1784.

Read in October, 2015.
My rating:

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Duchess Decadence brings the conclusion to Wendy LaCapra’s fabulous the Furies series. I’ve enjoyed all the previous installments and glad to report that the final book didn’t disappoint! I’ve been intrigued by Wyn, the Duke of Wynchester and Thea, his Duchess’s “past” since the beginning of this series. Now that I’ve finished it, I can see why they were chosen to grace the grand finale of this series.

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance. In this series, they are a group of 3 ladies, widowed and married yet estranged from their husbands, both; who have formed an unlikely friendship and are sworn to protect each-other. So in a way, they do resemble the Furies of the myth. These ladies have fallen on hard times due to some injustice done to them, yet resolving to earn their living. And for that, they can’t afford to play by the rules. The Furies, Lavinia or Lady Vaile, Lady Sophia Beneham and the Duchess of Wynchester, Thea, have put all their resources together to earn their living by opening a gambling club, where they go by as Lady Vice, Lady Scandal and Duchess Decadence. The events are hosted at Lady Sophia’s grand estate. In time, the club gained enough popularity with the rakes and gentlemen of the Ton alike, giving the ladies a strong financial backbone, though not without a scandalous reputation.

Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Summer Campaign

Carla Kelly
Historical Romance
Published in 2012

H/h - Major Jack Beresford/Onyx Hamilton
Setting: England, Regency.

Read in October, 2015.
My rating:

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I was reading something else, needed a distraction and found it in the sweet and beautiful Summer Campaign, one of Carla Kelly’s books that I’ve had for a while but haven’t had a chance to read. From the very first page I was hooked and kept thinking why didn’t I turn to this one before!

Summer Campaign is a traditional regency or what you call “clean” historical romance. It’s a reissue of Ms. Kelly’s 1989 release. I recently noticed that the book has been reissued once again this year, though until I read my 2012 edition and discussed with a friend who bought the latest edition, I hadn’t any notion of any changes. I’ll talk about that later... but first, into the review.

Major Jack Beresford, a veteran of the Peninsular War (of 1807–1814), is just returning to England. He’s bone weary and disillusioned and just wants to go home to his elder brother Adrian, the current Marquess of Sherbourn and SIL Emily. Jack has seen it all, done it all in the field of war. He has been touted as a hero many times but he doesn’t feel worthy of any of it. All he sees is death and destruction... blood and gore. Bloated dead bodies of young boys who fought under his command and died, trying to swallow him whole. Yes, Jack has PTSD as we find him telling Onyx that he “dreams in red”. He also stutters, something I assumed started happening after his traumatic experience in the war.

Guest Post and Giveaway: Georgian Jewellery by Elizabeth Ellen Carter, Author of Moonstone Conspiracy

Friday, October 23, 2015

Today, I'm hosting a little different type guest post on Georgian-era jewellery by author Elizabeth Ellen Carter as a part of the VBT. Also find a complete promo and an excerpt of her recently released historical romance, Moonstone Conspiracy, for your enjoyment.

Elizabeth Ellen Carter will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour
Georgian Jewellery

When it comes to labelling the late 18th and early 19th century there is a little bit of confusion.

Quite correctly, one could say that the Georgian era lasted from the reign of George I in 1714 until the death of George IV in 1830. Equally you’d be correct if you included in the Georgian era, the seven year reign of William IV which then ushered in the Victorian era with the ascension of the eponymous Queen.

On the other hand, it could be said the Georgian era ended with the Regency era with George IV taking on the full responsibilities of his father from 1811 to his death in 1820 when George IV became king in his own right.

However, if you’re talking about literature and architectural design or politics and social reform, the Regency era actually begins in 1795 – it’s all so confusing!

In that case, let’s have a look at some beautiful jewellery instead.

The Georgian era put an end to sumptuary laws where only the rich and noble could wear particular items of clothing or jewellery as a display of their title. The rising merchant class (some of whom were more wealthy than the nobility) could afford fine jewels and they weren’t shy about flaunting their success.

There was jewellery for daytime – necklaces, earrings, bracelets and chatelaines for women, rings and bejewelled shoe buckles for men, studded in coral, garnet, agate, pearl and turquoise – and at night diamonds (or at least very high quality paste stones) sparkled, aided by silver and gold foiled backs to create a diamond riviere – a diamond river around a beautiful woman’s neck.

Drop and chandelier earrings in beautiful cut stones designed to complement the necklaces and shockers were sold in beautifully fitted cases.

Fashion and styles criss-crossed the English Channel with trends and designs in England as much influenced by the taste of Louis’s court as much as the French kept a watchful eye on the Georgian fancy.

Sadly, all good things have to come to an end and with the American Revolution and the French Revolution taking a toll on the wallet as well as the mood, the over the top style became more classic and subdued during the Regency period.

Hold 2 by Jayne Blue

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hold 2 (novella)
Hold Trilogy #2

Jayne Blue
Contemporary/New Adult
Published in 2015

H/h - Craddock Flynn/Cassidy
Setting: Present time.

Read in August-September, 2015.
My rating:

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Hold 2 of Hold Trilogy by Jayne Blue went so off the track that I’m not even sure how I finished it. I liked book 1 quite a lot so I was very excited to finish the trilogy. Each installment came out a month apart and even with those irritating cliffys, I could barely wait to read. Unfortunately, this time wait hasn’t been worth it.

Just to tell you first that I absolutely despise love triangles as more often than not it ruins the story for me. Either a completely good person gets hurt in the end, or does something to try my patience and I keep wondering why on earth this individual is even a part here. I don’t always see the point of a love triangle and try to avoid any book containing it. The first installment, Hold 1, gave a hint of a building like that and I got apprehensive instantly. My apprehension was due to the fact that the third member of this triangle was more infatuated than in love with the heroine. Or so I felt he was. I was hoping for a smart way to tackle this unfortunate buildup but the author completely messed up in this installment. If it was done to create angst and intrigue, it failed quite royally IMO.

In book 1, we meet this orphaned girl Cassidy who was desperately looking for a job when she finds one as an assistant in a gym called Great Wolves (GWG). It’s a gym which trains MMA fighters. She’s quite brilliant and soon Cassidy shines in her job, helping Whitey, the ancient trainer with anything that needed the help of technology like computer, to handle it.

Release Blitz and Giveaway: Game On by Katie McCoy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Today, Katie McCoy's debut contemporary sports romance, Game On, is releasing. I'm hosting this promo spotlight as a part of the release day blitz that's taking place. Also find some teasers for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a $10 Amazon GC and an e-copy of Game On, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!

Game On
Katie McCoy
Published: October 21, 2015

Rule of reporting 101-- don't bang your subject.

Sophie Hall has just gotten the opportunity of a lifetime--to profile Nathan Ryder, the hottest baseball player since A-Rod, for her first solo assignment as a reporter. Rumor has it Nathan is going to be drafted to the Major league, and yet he still fits an intense training regime around volunteering at a animal shelter. He's a prodigy with a heart of gold, as American as apple pie and has an ass that deserves a trophy all its own. He may be the country's heartthrob, but Sophie isn't going to fall for that. She just has to remain objective and cover the story.

But she didn't bet on Nathan's gorgeous green eyes or the way his arms flex with muscle when he's holding a bat. And she certainly didn't think he'd be witty and smart and caring. Nathan is completely untouchable, but she can't help it if those lingering gazes turn into something more. How could she not fall at the thought of the hottest guy she's ever met devoting his limited free time to saving puppies?

When Sophie's scoop turns into Nathan's scandal, Nathan needs her more than ever. With both of their careers on the line will they strike out - or hit a home run?

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