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Monday, April 21, 2014

FAR GONE by Laura Griffin ~ Guest Post ~ GIVEAWAY

 by Laura Griffin

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I am so honored to have Laura Griffin Stop by today. She is here to talk to us about Far Gone, which is a WONDERFUL story. You may find my review here. Welcome Laura, I'm so happy to have you here today!

Thanks for inviting me to visit! 
It’s been an exciting time with the release of my first hardcover book, FAR GONE. Holding the book in my hands for the first time was a joyful moment! 
FAR GONE is the story of Andrea Finch, an Austin homicide detective who is on leave from her job when she gets a distress call from her younger brother in West Texas. She wants to ignore his plea for cash, but she thinks something is very wrong so she goes out to investigate. She soon meets FBI agent Jon North, who is working undercover to solve a murder that may be part of a broader plot... and he believes Andrea’s brother is involved.
The new book is a bit different from the Tracers series I have been writing lately.  Both the main characters, Andrea and Jon, are new. But readers of the Tracers series will recognize a few familiar Tracers who play a role in the forensic aspects of the investigation. It was fun to weave some of my favorite characters from previous books into the story.
Writing FAR GONE was an adventure because I got to meet and interview all sorts of law enforcement people, from cops to FBI agents. I had fun writing the action scenes in the story, but I also enjoyed the romance between Jon and Andrea. From the very beginning, Andrea doesn’t trust Jon because she knows he’s investigating her brother... and yet she feels drawn to him anyway. I liked watching their romance unfold along with the mystery. I hope you will, too!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. The author of twelve novels, she has won numerous awards, including a 2012 RITA Award for Scorched and a 2010 RITA Award for Whisper of Warning.  Laura lives in Austin, Texas. Find her on Facebook at or visit

Friday, April 18, 2014

Belong To You (Riding Tall #10) by Cheyenne McCray ~ Review ~

I have had the wonderful opportunity to read quite a few books by the talented Cheyenne McCray now. I have enjoyed each book and found each one to be a real page turner. Belong To You I found not only to be a real page turner full of suspense but also a tear jerker in places. 

I felt an instant connection to Anna Batista. She is just one really wholesome family girl, living to help take care of her family. She loves her Aunt, Uncle, and little cousins and is so pleased that they are all together. 

She attends a debate with her best friend. Her best friend's brother (a jerk if I may add) is debating the current sheriff (a real good guy). Anna meets Sheriff Mike McBride and there is an instant connection between these two. After much personal debate Anna decides to meet Mike for drinks and the connection grows deeper. 

However when the jerk Chad finds out about this blooming relationship he adds some major drama to the situation that makes me like the jerk even less. I won't tell you too much about this because it is a major part of the storyline.  However this does lead to some major tension between Anna and Mike and also leads to some very serious tear jerker moments. 

I really enjoyed this story, It didn't take me very long at all to read. There is plenty of drama, a few steamy scenes, and some really sweet family moments. On the whole I just really enjoyed this story. 

I know I will be looking forward to reading more of  Cheyenne McCray's work. It doesn't seem to matter what genre she writes in, she writes one really awesome storyline that totally keeps me entertained. I have really enjoyed this Riding Tall series and I look forward to reading more of these books as well. Honestly I'm looking forward to reading what ever Ms. McCray has out next as well.

I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Belong To You.

Stealing Fire by Susan Sloate ~ Review ~

I hosted a blog tour for Stealing Fire by Susan Sloate a few months ago. The more I read about Stealing Fire during the tour the more I just had to read this book. It just sounded like a really awesome story and let me tell you I really was not disappointed at all. I really enjoyed this book. I found myself not being able to set it down. I just could not wait to see what was going to happen next or how in the world this wonderful couple was ever going to find their way together. 

Amanda Harary is trying to get a break in the musical business, however it's just not happening for her. So she is currently working at a hotel. She gets to met and talk to lots of interesting people and she is great at fixing any problem that may arise for their clients. When she meets Beau Kellogg, her life changes. She feels like she has met a real celebrity because she listened to the songs he wrote when she was a child. They were some of her very favorite. 

I love how these two make a connection over the phone without meeting for quite a while. I love that Beau gives Amanda confidence and I love that Amanda gives Beau the peace and tranquility that he needs to be creative again. 

There were so many things I truly enjoyed about this story. Their may be an age difference between these two but as I always say age is just a number. Does it really matter when you have found the love of your life? These two have a LOT of things that get in their way of being together. My heart broke for each of them many times through out the story. At one point I found myself with tears in my eyes saying to myself "please tell me this is not how this wonderful story is going to play out". It wasn't, the ending was not quite what I was expecting but I hope that it is leading where I think it was. 

This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by Susan Sloate, however I did host several tours for her books. They all sound great and I would love to read more of her work. I found her voice to be one that I truly enjoyed reading. So I know I will be stalking blog tours to host Susan again when ever she has another tour and I'll be looking forward to reading what ever she has out. 

I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Stealing Fire.

Love, Lex by AVERY ASTER ~ The Undergrad Years #1 ~ Giveaway ~


The Undergrad Years #1

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This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?

—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog

Contemporary New Adult Romance/Coming Of Age
Foreword by Belle Aurora
Cover Design by Cover It! Designs
Interior Page Design by IRONHORSE Formatting
eBook List Price $2.99
Paperback List Price: $8.65
218 Pages

Excerpt from Chapter Five: Sweet Motor Cop Jesus

*the set-up: Alone in the jail cell after Lex’s besties are bailed out, Officer Ford Gotti asks her a few questions.  

Shoulders broad, Officer Gotti stood tall near the cell. The doors opened. My friends walked out and waved goodbye.
He stared at me as if ready to come back for round two. His face said, “LIAR!”
I hadn’t lied to Officer Gotti. Earlier, I’d admitted my guilt. I just hadn’t corrected Taddy and Vive as they professed my so-called innocence moments ago. Nor had I been honest to the judge when we’d pleaded not guilty.
Okay, Okay, Okay. Who was I kidding? Certainly not myself. I was a lying piece of Hedda’s poo. How could I tell the truth? What if this went to trial? What if Birdie didn’t take the blame? We’d learned from past experience not to tell the authorities a thing. They weren’t our friends. I was mad at myself for admitting I’d started the fire when they first asked. I hadn’t imagined it would end in an entire penthouse floor being destroyed. The doors closed. He didn’t leave with them. He kept on watching me. A guard walked back and forth checking the cells. I used that time to ask myself two important questions. One, was I nervous to talk to him by myself? Hells yeah! And two, could I keep my mouth shut, not telling the truth without my besties here to talk for me? Maybe. Maybe not. Suddenly, from the top of my head to my tippy toes, a tingle started. It wasn’t from the synthetic orange fabric I wore. Oh no. This was a sensation of hyperawareness. I’d felt self conscious before but this was ridiculous.
His expressive face, catalog model-worthy for sure, talked to me. His mind was racing in judgments about who I was and what I’d done. His accusatory stares infuriated me.
For some unknown reason, I wanted his approval more than anything. I ached for him to believe me and that today was an accident, a misunderstanding.
Fudge, I didn’t even know him. I shouldn’t give a flip what he thought about me. I didn’t care how the TV portrayed me or what Birdie and her fans thought of me either. This explosion wasn’t only putting my plus-sized bum on the line but my besties boney butts as well. I had to stick to the story.
After the guard had gone and it was just me alone in my cell, Officer Gotti stepped closer.
Both of us remained silent.
The room spun as my WWF, Scorpion King, Hulk on a Harley, inked up demi-god mirage in the desert returned.
My vision blurred. Confused? Heck yeah. Tummy tossing? I felt oddly aroused. I know!
At a time like this, how could I be…horny? I just blew up Mom, and my two besties had left me. My hormones rocketed into overdrive. I forced a smile to show he didn’t make me nervous. Heat came off my skin. Slowly I wiped the perspiration off the back of my neck by knotting my hair into a bun. That was a ladylike trick I’d learned at Avon Porter.
“You okay? Now that your friends are gone.”
“Woo, it’s warm in here is all.” I was scared as hell but I wouldn’t show it.



I'm a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I'll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Pulse: Book 1 in the Pulse Trilogy by Shoshanna Evers ~ Review ~

I have to admit that this is the very first post-apocalyptic book I have ever read. I was a little nervous because this is out of my realm of normal reading material. However, I find that I like to take a step out of my reading comfort zone and grab something a little different. The more I read about this series the more I wanted to try it. I have to say I'm really glad that I gave this series a chance. I really enjoyed The Pulse

Emily Rosen is a strong, independent woman that is trying to survive after the Pulse in New York City. She is living on the track at Grand Central and it is anything but a pleasant experience for her. She ends up in a LOT of trouble and there is plenty of drama that kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen to her next. This was a very steamy but also a very suspenseful book. 

When Emily runs away from Grand Central she meets up with Christopher Mason. Mason has been living on the streets since the Pulse and has done fairly well. That is until he gets himself mixed up with some of Emily's problems. These two end up on the move together. Which leads to some very steamy moments between these two. They really do have a connection they just don't know if they can make it together. There is so much going on and so much violence everywhere. 

I have to say this book really makes you think about what life would be like if we had no computers, no electricity, pretty much no modern conveniences that we are all use to taking for granted.

I think that Shoshanna Evers has done a fantastic job of writing a very intriguing story with a great plot and some very erotic moments. I have the other two books in this series in my to be read pile and I am looking forward to see what happens to more of the characters that I meet in this story. I'm sure that Ms. Evers has created another great storyline for them as well. So stay tuned for more review to come soon.

If you are a fan of Shoshanna Evers already but this type of book is a step out of your comfort zone I think you might want to give it a try. I know I am sure glad that I did. If you have not read any of her work yet give this one a shot. It really is a great story. 

I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on The Pulse

How Sweet the Sound By Vanessa Miller ~ Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours ~ Giveaway

How Sweet the Sound
By Vanessa Miller

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Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.
While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.
Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 4, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426749287
ISBN-13: 978-1426749285
Genre: Historical Gospel Fiction

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Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.
Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.
To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

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The Blog Affair By Alissa Baxter ~ Bridging the Gap Promotions Blog Tour ~ Character Interview ~ Giveaway

The Blog Affair

By Alissa Baxter

Giveaway:   Alissa is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to 1 lucky winner! Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter! 
An Interview with Nick Reynolds From The Blog Affair 

How did you first meet your writer?

We had a rocky first meeting in that she created me as the villain for her first chick lit novel, Send and Receive. She and has redeemed me somewhat in her second novel. Our first meeting was a little uncomfortable, to put it lightly.

Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

No, I didn’t… It’s kind of ironic as I am a writer myself. I didn’t ever expect to end up being in a novel as I’m the one usually writing them. 

Do you like the way the book ended?

The book ending was very rewarding from my point of view!

What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

She painted me as something of a bad boy at first… but I think I won her around in the end.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a war correspondent/journalist and I also write mystery novels under the pseudonym Victor Veritate.

Did you have a pet as a child?  What happened to it?  How did you feel about that?

I had a dog called Mischief as a child. The hardest thing about having pets is that you tend to outlive them. It was one of the saddest days of my life when my dog died of biliary. 

What do you think is your strongest attribute?

I have a very strong work ethic and manage to juggle two careers. But often your strongest attribute is also your weakest attribute. There’s a fine line between working hard and workaholism, and I don’t always get the balance right.

What is something no one knows about you?  Why do you keep it a secret?  

I write my novels under a pseudonym as essentially I’m a very private person. I tend to avoid the public spotlight.

At your book signings, you generally dress up in some sort of disguise. You’ve appeared as an eighteenth century Lord, a masked highwayman, and as The Scarlet Pimpernel. Are you a naturally flamboyant person? 

When I’m dressed up in some sort of costume, I tend to take on the characteristics of the part I’m playing. I like acting and I’ve studied Speech and Drama. But, as you might know, many actors are actually quite shy; it’s only when they are taking on a role that they become animated.

I’m an introvert, but I’m also able to step out of myself and into a certain role—especially if it helps promote my novels. I almost see it as my author persona stepping out ahead of me, and I’m following behind watching, as odd as that might sound…. 

For a number of years I refused to do any book signings, and I know my fans missed the opportunity to interact with me on some level. When I came up with the idea of appearing in costume at book signings, I decided to do it properly. I’m pretty much an all or nothing person. 

The main character of your novels, Jared, has become almost a legend in South African literary circles. He has been called “The African James Bond,” and “Africana Jones.” Do you identify with Jared? Are you like him in any way? 

Jared would never dress up in a costume of any kind, so we are not alike in that way. Jared is also the quintessential man’s man, and can be a bit hard-headed sometimes, while I’m more open to persuasion.

But the biggest difference between us is that Jared is completely sure of himself and doesn’t regret his actions, while I look back on my life and some of the decisions I’ve made, and wish I’d done things differently.

However, there are some similarities between us as well. Jared is pretty daring, and I embrace danger and difficulties in the same reckless manner he does. 

In your latest novel, Jared rescues a lady in distress, and it seems he has finally found true love. However, you left this up in the air. Will their romance continue into your next book? 

It might well—but you’ll have to read to see. I don’t want to give too much about Jared’s love life away at this point. 

If you won’t speak about Jared’s love life, perhaps you won’t mind talking to us about your own? 

I’m even more cagey about my love life than I am about Jared’s! What I will say, though, is that during the last few years I’ve had a pretty rough road romantically. I’ve travelled a lot and that causes problems. 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to write—ever since I learnt the alphabet. I particularly enjoy the process of writing a novel. From the glimmerings of a story idea, to plotting the outline, to creating interesting characters, to those moments of pure inspiration that can’t really be understood or explained. 

So where do you get your inspiration? 

Oddly, from writing. There’s an expression “With eating comes appetite,” and in the same way I sincerely believe “With writing comes inspiration….” However, it’s a fascinating process in a lot of ways, and I don’t like to analyse it too much. 


Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is a no-no, but slowly, Nick works his way around her defenses. Trust him, or not, especially with her awful track record with men? 

When an anonymous male reader of the blog challenges her on her ideas about the male species, Emma realises she must confront her past and find her true self before she can move forward...and love can blossom again in her future.

Chick Lit/Contemporary
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Escape to Africa
246 pages


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Damn him. Damn him. Damn him. Like a bad apple, he just had to pop up in her new home. She’d left Durban to escape him, and here he was, back again, tormenting her as ever. Awful enough that memories of him were with her all the time, without him turning up in the flesh. And what flesh it was….
“You had a good time in Italy?” she inquired.
Phil nodded.
“Great. Well, I have things to do. Bye.”
“Running away, Em?”
Emma, who had starting walking toward the door, stopped in her tracks and turned around. “I’ve moved on, Phil.”
“You mean you’ve moved away. You haven’t moved on.”
“What makes you so sure?”
Phil gazed into her eyes before looking down at her mouth, and Emma swallowed hard. He always made her insides twist into knots, and the fact she couldn’t bear to be in the same room with him for even five minutes clearly showed she hadn’t moved on.
She had to put him behind her, though, and stop allowing him to upset her equilibrium to the degree he did.
But as she studied his once-loved face, she let out a tiny sigh. How did you just move on and forget someone? Especially when you’d once believed that someone was the love of your life?
She stood immobile for a long moment. Then, without a word, she turned around again and walked out of the room.


Alissa Baxter was born in South Africa, and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. After school and university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she published her first novel, The Dashing Debutante. Alissa travelled to London, England, and did an odd assortment of jobs while researching her second novel, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which she wrote after she moved back to South Africa and settled in Durban. Alissa then relocated to Cape Town where she wrote her third novel, Send and Receive, before moving to Johannesburg, where she currently lives with her husband and two sons. 


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