Tuesday, September 18, 2018

#NewRelease ~ Swagger By Liz Lincoln

Swagger
By Liz Lincoln

About Swagger:
Bree Novak is so close to earning her Ph.D. she can taste it, but she’s supposed to be writing her dissertation, not giving lectures while her advisor slacks off. The semester gets even crazier when veteran tight end Marcus James—Bree’s celebrity crush—enrolls in her “Intro to Physics” class. The man’s even hotter in person than he looks on Sunday Night Football. So why is Bree hoping he drops out? Maybe it’s because Marcus, with his cocky smile and chiseled body, is the ultimate distraction . . .

Drafted out of college years ago by the Milwaukee Dragons, Marcus is taking advantage of a season-ending knee injury to finish his bachelor’s degree. Plus, thanks to a required science credit, he’s also getting to know the geek goddess who teaches physics. With brains and beauty, Bree is living proof that opposites attract. She’s even kind enough to give Marcus extra help with the material, as if she didn’t have anything better to do. And the more time Marcus spends with her, the more he realizes he’s not just crushing on his teacher—he’s falling for her.

Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2Nxyg6w

Swagger
Ballantine Group; Loveswept | On Sale: September 18th, 2018 | ISBN: 9780525619833 | Pages 275 | Price: $4.99

Tight end
/tīt ˈend/
noun

1. a position in American football,
 
2. NFL star Marcus James, 

3. what any hot-blooded woman can’t stop staring at every time Marcus walks by.

 
About the Author:
Liz Lincoln has been concocting stories as long as she can remember, and from the beginning they involved two people falling in love. When she’s not writing, she spends her time rooting for the UW Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (or yearning for the return of football season), cross-stitching sassy sayings or nerdy characters (Wonder Woman is her favorite), and drinking too much Diet Coke. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a turtle.



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#NewRelease ~ First and Ten: A Contemporary Reverse Harem by Erin Hayes and Margo Bond Collins


First and Ten: A Contemporary Reverse Harem
A Team of Her Own Book 1: Preseason
by Erin Hayes and Margo Bond Collins

Margo and Erin are visiting Madison Michael today too. Stop by to read another excerpt and pick up a little treat! https://wp.me/pac2ts-CA

About First and Ten:

When Madison Harte inherits a football team with three hot players who all want her, there’s one problem: when it comes to America’s favorite sport, she’s clueless.

I have the worst luck. Failed tech startup? Check. Jerk of an ex-boyfriend? Check. No idea what to do next? Check.

Then my Uncle Dusty passes away and leaves a whole football team to me. Never mind that I’ve never even seen a game. Who has time for that, right?

But I can sell the team and turn my life around, so I fly from San Francisco to Birmingham, Alabama, where I find a whole new level of football obsession—and start to develop a fascination of my own. Mostly with the three players who are very, very interested in me.

I never expected to find a team of my own. Or that there would be so many obstacles in our way.

Luckily, Madison won’t have to choose just one man in this contemporary reverse harem where Friday Night Lights and Bridget Jones collide and where—hallelujah—it’s still raining men.

Order now and get First and Ten, book one of A Team of Her Own by a New York Times Bestselling duo.

First and Ten is Available on Amazon:

Excerpt from First and Ten:

The last time I had anything to do with football, Timothy Bartley threw the ball at me during PE, and it hit me in the face. I was left with a shiner for three weeks after that, barely able to see out of my poor eye. Everyone made fun of me, and I still sported a small scar on my eyebrow where my skin had split from the swelling.
That was in sixth grade. Seventeen years ago.
Since then, I hadn’t watched a game, hadn’t paid attention to who’s who, or even glanced at ESPN. That was fine by me. I was happy not having to spend my Saturdays watching the big game. My money was spent on video games, comics, and shoes instead of tickets and merchandise.
Football was in an entirely different universe that didn’t touch mine in the slightest.
Until now.
“Excuse me?” I asked in disbelief, sitting forward in my chair. My black business suit stretched as much as it possibly could, but it still felt tighter than the last time I wore it. Yet another sign that my size-14 waist was now a size 16. I’d put on some weight since my ex Jacob and I broke up six months ago. My boobs looked great though, so I really didn’t mind. He was the one missing out.
“Did you just say what I thought you did?” I asked.
My lawyer, an old family friend named Daniel Reiss, a balding man with a permanent scowl, stopped his reading of my late uncle’s will and looked up. “Which part?”
He must have continued reading while my mind slowly processed what had been bequeathed to me.
“The part about the football.”
He frowned, the wrinkles in his face deepening, and he flipped back a few pages in my uncle’s very long will.
Uncle Dusty had been eccentric when he was alive, amassing a huge fortune that had once covered a vacation home in Tahiti, several of the most expensive cars ever produced, a private jet, and millions of dollars in capital. But, being eccentric, he had spent or sold most of it before he died. Fair enough, I would have done the same. Most of the will consisted of what to do with his coin collection or each of his rare, exotic stamps.
But the part about football was, well, let’s just say unexpected.
Finding his place on the page, Daniel cleared his throat. “‘I leave my football team, the Birmingham Yellowhammers, to my brother’s daughter, Madison Harte.”
Madison Harte. Me.
I blinked. “Is that like a little kid’s team or something? Or his collection of footballs? Or a set of those shirts they wear?”
“Jerseys?” Daniel supplied.
“Yeah, those.”
“No.” He watched at me, perplexed. “They’re a team for the major league.”
I looked at him blankly.
“As in professional football, Ms. Harte.” Ugh. Daniel only used my last name when he thought I was being stupid. I should’ve been used to it by now—he’d used it for the last several months as I refused offer after offer from Jacob to buy out my half of our tech startup, even as my savings dwindled. I finally took him up on it when I had no choice.
I hesitated for another beat, still trying to come to terms with Daniel’s words. “You’re not talking about soccer, are you?” At least I knew something about soccer. I played on a rec team when I was in college. Still terrible at it, but at least I knew some of the rules. Like, you couldn’t use your hands to touch the ball.
Daniel couldn’t hide the derision from his face. No matter how grumpy someone looks, they can always make you feel like the stupidest person in the room.
“No, Miss Harte. American football.”
I worried my bottom lip, a million thoughts running through my head. “Uhm, how can you leave someone a whole football team?”
None of this made any sense.
Daniel sighed and took off his spectacles. “Your uncle was the owner of the Birmingham Yellowhammers. They’re the newest team in the league, and they’re—”
“Birmingham as in... Alabama?” I couldn’t help glancing out the window, which gave me a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay from the fortieth floor of this high-rise building in the Financial District. Daniel always did like having a flashy office.
My own business, a virtual reality tech startup with an app in development that should have been an amazing success, once had a flashy office, too, but that went down the toilet like all my dreams. Shit happened, as I learned too early in life, and it was really hard to pick up the pieces when things didn’t work out.
But don’t think about that right now.
I could see the Bay Bridge in the distance, and Oakland and East Bay lay beyond. I couldn’t imagine anything more different from my current surroundings than the Deep South.
“Yes, as in Birmingham, Alabama,” Daniel said with barely-restrained condescension. He flipped back to continue where he had stopped, but I wasn’t done with him yet.
“What could I do with a football team?”


About the Authors:

ERIN HAYES:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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MARGO BOND COLLINS:

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill monsters, too.)

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Margo and Erin are visiting Madison Michael today too. Stop by to read another excerpt and pick up a little treat! https://wp.me/pac2ts-CA

#GiveAway ~ His Girl by Megan Slayer ~ @MeganSlayer @GoddessFish

 His Girl
by Megan Slayer

Megan will be awarding a prize pack featuring a necklace made by the author to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here.  

BLURB:

Mary Allen’s never been a guy magnet. Most men are put off by her confidence in the workplace. Not Sebastian. He kindles a passion she thought was long dead. After one scene, she’s ready to jump back into the lifestyle. But can a workplace romance really work?

Sebastian Paul came back to the Underground after time away to figure out what he wanted from his life. He can’t escape the desire or the need for the scene, but he hasn’t found his perfect sub—until he spots Mary. He never expected to see her at the club. She works with him, and although she oozes confidence, he notes her desire to submit. He wants Mary as his girl. No question. But will she want him in return?

When passion ignites, love will find a way.

GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance (BDSM)

Buy Links:  
Available from Evernight Publishing: https://www.evernightpublishing.com/his-girl-by-megan-slayer/  
Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/bwYB8v   

Excerpt:

©Megan Slayer, 2018 – All Rights Reserved

“If by it, you mean the fumbling, confusing start of something with Seb, then yes. Don’t sell yourself short. Give him a chance, too. He’s not like the other guys,” Andi said. 

“You sound like a motivational poster.” 

“Sorry.” Andi giggled. “Just trying to help.” “You are.” She sighed. “I need to go. I’m working a six-totwo tomorrow and need to get some sleep.” She’d never be able to settle down, but still. 

“Blech. That’s too early.” Andi stood. She left the room with Mary. “Good luck.”

“Thanks.” She hugged Andi. “I know you’re not a morning person, but you’re awesome. I’m going to lean on you.”

“I expect it.” Andi waved. “See you.”

Mary waved and left. She headed to her car. Her brain buzzed from her session with Sebastian and the pep talk from Andi. She liked being on display, and Sebastian knew how to make her feel alive while giving her release. Many other Doms had given her orgasms and played to her needs, but they hadn’t scratched the exact itch within her. 

She drove home and sang along with the radio. Once at her apartment, she unpacked her bag, downed a glass of water, then brushed her teeth. She noticed her reflection in the mirror. She gasped. Damn. Her hair was a mess and her makeup smudged. She hadn’t checked her look before she played with Sebastian. He probably thought she didn’t care about her appearance.

Oh well. She didn’t have time to think about her ridiculous hair and makeup. She’d probably mussed herself during her shower. That had to be the case. 

She finished brushing her teeth, then washed her face before falling into bed. She needed sleep or she’d be crap at work. 

Mary prided herself at being at the top of her game at the air traffic control center. Lives depended on her doing her job. To do the best she could, she needed to settle down.

Within a few minutes and white noise playing in the background, she managed to fall asleep. For the first time in a long while, she didn’t dream and managed to relax. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm Sign up for the newsletter here: http://ymlp.com/xgjmjumygmgj

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

#Interview ~ His Midnight Sun by Viviana MacKade ~ @ViviMackade


His Midnight Sun
Crescent Creek Book 3
by Viviana MacKade

Interview with Viviana MacKade:
Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Viviana MacKade. Welcome, Viviana! I'm so excited to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Viviana: I’ll share my current life-status: I’m moving, which gave me the chance to avoid anything remotely close to cleaning in the ‘old’ house, despite the fact we still live there. I’m switching to a keto diet because it’s healthy and such crap (note: keto diet is a -187 gram-a-day of carbs. Pasta is carbs. I’m Italian. You can figure out the rest.) Uh, also, the book I’m presenting today, His Midnight Sun, is the last in the Crescent Creek Serie. I can’t believe I finished a 3+ 1 novella Series!!! By the way, they are all standalone.

Crystal: What are you currently working on?

Viviana: Now that Crescent Creek is closed, I’m playing around with a couple of ideas I’m very excited about. I’ll tell you only this: I’m going to try a different subgenre. I’ll tell you also this: whichever idea I end up following, it will involve a lot of research.

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP?

Viviana: Aidan might be a loner, but that doesn’t make him subtle. I met him while I was writing Rhett’s story (Painted Love), and •sigh• both my critic partner and I fell for him. I’ve never had so much trouble dealing with a character like I had with him. Sure, big trouble leads to big satisfaction, but still….

Crystal: Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us?

Viviana: It used to be choc chip cookies, but that was pre-Keto. Now it’s almond, or a teaspoon of any nut butter.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?

Viviana: Ah, how can I choose? Aidan is, well, Aidan, and Summer has enough spunk and humor to balance his darkness. Put them together, and every scene becomes great!

Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?

Viviana: I read. Yeah, I know. But I was thinking the other day that my life really is book oriented. If I don’t write I read, or critique, or edit… I like–scratch that, I need the beach, and I need to take a walk to clear my mind. Soon I want to start volunteering at a horse shelter with my son. I grew up with horses and it’s the thing I miss the most, they give so much. My boy will love it.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

Viviana: Complete silence freaks me up, I like the white noise of the outside–wind, rain, the occasional car or people talking. No more than that. Absolutely no music, it means too much for me to use it as background noise. I dislike TV. If my kid is in the house, I’m playing with him so there’s no writing–or any kind of work.

Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Viviana:  It’s more of a favor, really. Please, please, please, if you read a book and you like it, write a review. A simple “I liked it” will do.
And if you read a book and you don’t like it, write a review keeping in mind there’s a person who’s going to be crushed. Not by the review, it’s in every Reader’s right not to like a story, but by harsh words and general unkindness.

About His Midnight Sun:
His Midnight Sun (Crescent Creek Book 3) by [MacKade, Viviana]
Tormented, fierce, and broken, sculptor Aidan Murphy has judged himself guilty. He yearns for love but pushes everyone away. He longs for acceptance but has lost the key to open his heart. Until he meets Summer Williams. Beautiful and smart, Dr. Williams promises haven for a man who believes he deserves none. All he has to do is let her in and risk his heart and soul.

Summer’s managed to keep her inner light alive, even through tragedy. She’s created a new life for herself and her daughter in Crescent Creek with loving, caring and fun friends–well, except brooding, breathtaking Aidan. She’s used to keeping away from his type, though. All she has to do is ignore the pull of a man who’s turning up to be much more than snarls and storms. Will her compassion and medical instincts let her?
Love can heal a broken soul and shake up a timid heart. Or it can unleash devastation and a thirst for revenge.

Will Aidan and Summer survive the hurricane?

Release September 15, available for pre-sale now
$ 0.99
FREE with KU

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2O9UMQi

About the Author: 

Beach bum and country music addicted, Viviana lives in a small Floridian town with her husband and her son, her die-hard fans and personal cheer squad. She spends her days between typing on her beloved keyboard, playing in the pool with her boy, and eating whatever her husband puts on her plate (the guy is that good, and she really loves eating). Besides beaching, she enjoys long walks, horse-riding, hiking, and pretty much whatever she can do outside with her family.

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#CoverReveal ~ MOONLIGHT AND WHISKEY by Tricia ~ @tlynne67


 MOONLIGHT AND WHISKEY 
by Tricia Lynne

About Moonlight and Whiskey:

When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.
Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

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About the Author:

Tricia Lynne is fluent in both sarcasm and cuss words—a combination that tends to embarrass her husband at corporate functions. A tomboy at heart, she loves hard rock, Irish whiskey, and her Midwestern roots. She’s drawn to strong, flawed heroines, and believes writing isn’t a decision one makes, but a calling one can’t resist. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she lives in Dallas with her husband and their goofy dogs.

Facebook: @TriciaLynneAuthor
Twitter: @tlynne67
Instagram: @tricialynnwrites

Monday, September 10, 2018

#NewRelease ~ Three, A Love Story By Adriana Kraft ~ @AdrianaKraft

Three, A Love Story
By Adriana Kraft

BLURB:
Three lives—but how many loves?
Committed lovers for three years, Jamie and Susan are good together. Jamie knows she wants Susan in her life forever. But what if that’s not enough?
Both bi, the two have continued dating men occasionally, and now Jamie’s falling in love with Mason. Can she love two persons? Will her love for either one wrench the other one out of her life?
Jamie’s convinced a long-term three-way relationship is the answer, but none of the players are prepared for what’s coming. Two-way relationships are hard enough—is a three-way even possible? And if so, what must each of them give up to create it?

available now at Extasy Books
Coming soon to other e-book vendors
Excerpt: 
Jamie eyed her partner, waiting for her to awaken. Now was the moment—she couldn’t let the subject wait any longer, even though it put her stomach in knots. Mason Johnson. It was time. Maybe past time. She steadfastly believed everything would work out for the best. Still, what she was about to propose might shake their comfy world a wee bit.
She smiled that her Irish grandmother’s voice had crept into her thoughts. Well, maybe that was why she felt so good about her future—their futures. It might require a bit of the luck of the Irish to pull off, but she just knew it could be done—if everyone simply trusted the process. She had Celtic roots. She had natural red hair…nothing fake about that. She could work her own magic. Couldn’t she?
Jamie grimaced. She wished it was so. But she’d never discovered a magic wand or a book of wizardry that would give her that kind of power. No, if her dream became real, it would require three persons working together.
She blew her waking lover a kiss. It would take three persons playing together, too.
“Hey, you,” she said softly. “Was that as good for you as it was for me?”


Sunday, September 9, 2018

#Review ~ Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine ~ @AJ_Pine

Tough Luck Cowboy (Crossroads Ranch) by [Pine, A.J.]Tough Luck Cowboy is the first chance I have had to read anything by A.J. Pine and it certainly will not be the last. I became completely engrossed in this story from the very first page. The storyline is unique and entertaining. 

The story starts out with poor Lilly Green having the worst birthday possible. She has her divorce papers in hand, she has run straight into her soon to be ex-husband's best friend, and she has just talked herself into catering for a wedding without knowing who the groom is. Oh my! I think I found an instant bond with Lilly. She has courage that is for sure and she's determined to make her new catering business work even if it means she has to cater the wedding of her ex-husband to his now pregnant soon to be wife. Oh and on top of that, she has to put up with the guy that she thinks hates her. He is to help her work everything out for the wedding food. 

Luke Everett has is that bad boy cowboy that all ladies love to look at and maybe drool over but he's too busy to settle down and on top of that his best friend married the only lady that he's ever really thought of in the forever sense. 

Little do Luke and Lilly know that under all that hostility there is simmering passion that could turn into one incredible romance given the chance. 

I was so totally engrossed in this book that I read it in one sitting. I just could not put it down. I had to see just what was going to happen with Lilly and Luke, how he was going to finish out his rodeo career and if there was a chance that these two just might be able to turn all that friction into a strong and passionate love. 

There are funny moments, heartfelt moments, heart-stopping moments, and of course some really great romantic moments in this book. The characters are incredible, the storyline certainly captured my attention, and the author has a lovely writing style to make this just a truly enjoyable read. 

I have not read the first book in this series but I didn't feel like I was missing any important details. Ms. Pine has done a great job of telling the story so it stands on its own just fine. Now that I have read Tough Luck Cowboy I would love to read the first books in the series. I am sure they are just as awesome as this book is. 

This may be the first book I have read by A.J. Pine but I know I will be on the lookout for more of her work. I can't wait to see what she has in store for Walker Evertt in the next book in this series. 

I was given the opportunity to read this incredible book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2MW626d






#Review ~ Tempted by Love: A Montana Heat Novel by Jennifer Ryan ~ @JenRyan_author


Tempted by Love: A Montana Heat Novel by [Ryan, Jennifer]
Tempted by Love is the second book I have had the pleasure to read by Jennifer Ryan and it sure will not be the last. This talented lady could very well work her way to the top of my read list. She has created characters that are very easy to relate to and bond with. The storyline is full of suspense, drama, mystery, intrigue, oh and romance, steaming hot romance. 

Alina Cooke is an intelligent, independent lady that thinks her life is following along on a nice path. She's busy with her partnership in a pharmacy and everything is going pretty well. Then she is involved in a serious accident. The question about the accident is it really just an accident or someone that is after Alina because of her brother's jobs in the DEA. 

Jay Bennett was present at the weddings of his two best friends. He ends up finding more than just the ceremonies to keep him busy. He meets up with Alina (his two best friends' little sister) and things get hot. 
They that one night or maybe two is all there will be their relationship when Alina finds herself in danger. Of course, Jay jumps in to make sure Alina is safe and tries to figure out what is going on and why she is in danger. 

Alina and Jay find a connection and passion that they had not admitted to having before. These two work well together and their chemistry is fabulous both in the bedroom and beyond. 

There is a lot of breath stealing, heart-pounding drama, and suspense in this story. I found myself flipping pages quickly to see what little piece of information that was going to be revealed next. 

I really liked how Ms. Ryan brought the attention to a problem in society that is rapidly growing and so very very dangerous. I wish so many many people would think before doing what they do to their bodies with drugs. She has done a wonderful job of showing just how dangerous drug addiction is and what can happen to families. 

Overall this one was an incredibly well-written story that held me captivated from the very first page until the very last. I know I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by Jennifer Ryan. I like her style and writing voice. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next for us lucky readers. 

I was given the opportunity to read this fantabulous book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

Amazon Buy Link https://amzn.to/2CyoTzy

#Review ~ Desperate by Laura Griffin ~ @Laura_Griff


Desperate Girls by [Griffin, Laura]
Laura Griffin is one of my very favorite romantic suspense authors. She is such a talent with Romance, suspense, drama, intrigue steaming hot passion, and characters that have great charisma. Desperate Girls is a shining example of her extreme talent. Desperate Girls is one of those books that I picked up and just could not put down. I was hooked from the very beginning. 

Brynn Holloran is a strong, smart, independent lady that knows what needs to be done for her clients and how to get it done. If I needed a lawyer I would want this lady on my side. She's incredible. She's used to doing things her way and when a possible security threat interferes with her job she's not happy about it. She doesn't like not being in control.

Erik Morgan is a guy that will kick butt and then ask questions later. He is strong, smart, and knows how to keep his clients safe. This guy is one that I would want on my side too. He knows what he is doing. It doesn't hurt that he is incredibly handsome either.

Brynn doesn't take well to having her routine change and it's Erik job to keep her safe. They encounter a few up close and personal disagreements about how things are going to be done. Oh my! The chemistry between these two is so incredibly powerful that it's going to ignite with little or no notice at all. And oh my when it does WOW! 

There is a lot of suspense and drama in this story. I could not put it down. Just when I thought that Brynn and Erik may have things under control then something else would happen and I was once again quickly flipping pages with baited breathe. 

If you enjoy an incredible drama-filled romantic suspense story then you have got to grab this one. If you are a Laura Griffin fan like me, you're going to love it, I know I sure did. 

On the whole, this book has it all. There is the steaming hot romance, the heart-pounding suspense, the chemistry between all the characters, the storyline is fabulous and kept me guessing from the beginning all the way to the end. I was a bit shocked by a few of the secrets revealed at the end. Desperate Girls is another fantabulous read from Laura Griffin. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us lucky readers next.

I was given the opportunity to read this terrific book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

You may find more of my reviews on Laura Griffin's work here. https://goo.gl/PPQ8nX
Amazon Buy Link for Desperate Girls: https://amzn.to/2wV11QA

Saturday, September 8, 2018

#Review ~ When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath ~ @Lorraine_Heath @avonbooks

When a Duke Loves a Woman: A Sins for All Seasons Novel by [Heath, Lorraine]

About When a Duke Loves a Woman:

Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed . . .
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.


Review:

When a Duke Loves a Woman: A Sins for All Seasons Novel by [Heath, Lorraine]I have found another wonderful historical romance author to add to my ever growing list of must reads. Lorraine Heath's When a Duke Loves a Woman has all those fabulous things that make a great read. The story is fascinating with a touch of drama, mystery, suspense and of course a wonderful romance. The Characters are compelling and I quickly established a bond with both Gillie and Thorne. 

Gillie Trewlove comes from a family that has been put together mostly with children that were not wanted by their birth parents. The Trewlove family may not be bound by blood but they are a tight-knit family that sticks together. I love Gillie's spunk. This lady has carved out her place in the world where women really are not allowed to be on their own and take care of a successful business. Gillie has her nitch and she's good at it.

The  Duke of Thornley set out to find his missing bride to be. He was left at the altar by the lady his father had arranged for him to marry. Gillie walks out her back door to find a bunch of hooligans robbing and beating him senseless. Gillie scares the thieves away and takes in Thorne. She nurses him until he well enough to travel by coach to his home. 

Throne shows up to Thank Gillie for keeping him alive and ask for her help to find his lost bride. He's changed his mind about the marriage but he's a soft-hearted gentleman that wants to make sure she is OK. During their search feelings start to grow and the attraction starts to steam.

There are so many things that stand between Thorne and Gillie's relationship. Their background could not be more different, Gillie want's freedom to own her Saloon, and Thorne needs to marry to produce an heir. However sometimes love just may be strong enough to get these two through all the obstacles that stand in their way. 

I truly enjoyed reading Gillie and Thorne's story. They are a unique and fun couple. I had the pleasure of reading about one of Gillie's brother's in a previous book. I truly enjoyed that story as well and I can not wait to see what Ms. Heath may have in store for more members of the Trewlove family. I will certainly be waiting to read more from this talented lady.

I was given the opportunity to read this incredible book and it is my pleasure to share my thoughts with you. 


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#Interview ~ Fey West by Michael J. Allen ~ @TheDScribbler

Fey West (The Guns of Underhill Book 1) by [Allen, Michael J.]
Fey West 
The Guns of Underhill Book 1
by Michael J. Allen

Interview with Michael J. Allen:

Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Michael J. Allen. Welcome Michael! I am so happy to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Michael: Well, I don’t really consider myself very interesting outside of the stories that escape my head. I was born in Oregon, love the rain, and experiencing new foods and cultures. I live in Georgia with my two incredible black lab overlords, Myth and Magesty. I got hooked on watching readers argue about my stories when I was about eighteen. My day job is in technology. It can be pretty intrusive on my writing schedule, but the paycheck lets me travel to conventions about once a month to enjoy one of my favorite parts of the whole author gig—meet readers.

Crystal: What are you currently working on?

Michael: At the moment, I’m jugging the third book in my Bittergate modern high fantasy series, Forge of War; edits on Duplicity—the second book of my Dumpstermancer urban fantasy books; and proof “reading” the audio book of my first space opera, Scion of Conquered Earth

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP?

Michael: I picked up a new mythology book from the bargain rack at the local bookstore, brought it home and dropped it onto the stack siting on the stairs waiting to be taken up to my office. The book under it was a fair folk encyclopedia I got off of Amazon. A thought occurred to me. What if the Greek gods (or Roman or Egyptian or Norse or all of them) were just a bunch of power fairies screwing with humanity to get us to bow and scrape? What would humanity do? What kind of world would that make if instead of pilgrims, North America was colonized by fairy creatures and druids fleeing religious persecution? One question led to another and I ended up with Fey West.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite snack that like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us?

Michael: I like to nibble, and since I have a tendency to forget the food is there, I prefer stuff that can sit out a while. I also try for small bites, so grapes or apple slices, cheese cubes, crackers, olives of any sort and occasionally celery stick, broccoli and dip. Of course, no writing session wouldn’t be complete without my long term partner, Diet Pepsi.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?

Michael: There are a lot of great scenes in Fey West, but I think one of my favorites is a scene in a saloon. Rafe is playing cards with a bunch of other gunslingers and the little six inch high pixie he’d saved from slavery. A bad guy comes in intent to shoot Rafe in the back, and the pixie gets up on the table, magically creates a pair of floating six-guns and starts talking like Clint Eastwood.

Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?

Michael: I try to pull myself away from the keyboard once in a while—though I admit it can be a real struggle to leave some poor character stranded and in danger. I’ve been trying to learn heavy combat in the SCA, and I regularly meet up with my fellow Starfleet International “crewmates” to talk geek or share movies.

The activity I’ve really enjoyed since my return to it 2 years ago, is my weekly Dungeons and Dragons game. The guy running it is one of those super crafty people with way too much time on his hands. Roleplaying again lets me focus on one character without worrying too much about plot and Billy’s constantly showing up with some strange creature cobbled together from dollar store toys or a cool new set piece wired to glow or burn or who knows what.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

Michael: I used to have a 400 DVD jukebox that just played movies at random, but since it died I usually run “watch it again” movies on Netflix. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have a shuffle feature, but at the same time it is less likely to play something I haven’t seen in a while that might distract me from the writing.

Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Michael: You guys live in a special time, really a golden age for readers. There are so many up and coming talents out there that might never have been published otherwise. Sure, there are some not so great books too, but getting a publishing contract took a lot of time and effort. I’ve seen a lot of good writers just give up and walk away, Enjoy a world of stories at your fingertips, try some of those indies out there and don’t forget to tell them—and preferably the world via a review—how their book made you feel.

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About Fey West: 

Fey West (The Guns of Underhill Book 1) by [Allen, Michael J.]Fey do not forgive, and they do not forget.
Neither do gunslingers.



A half-breed born under a death sentence in the New World and saved from execution in the Old, Rafael West—half-elven druid turned gunslinger—returns to his homeland, wary and beholden to the high fairy who negotiated his release. 

To repay his debt, West is forced to protect and champion a dwarven railroad laying poisonous, cold iron across the wild lands of the fey continent, which means he’ll have to face the very elven tribesmen that want him dead for the crime of “stealing” their magic.

If Big Iron stops its march across fey land, anyone he calls friend will die. The woman he’s trying very hard not to love will die. One wrong move will plunge the entire continent into full scale war.

West will need more than six-guns and luck to survive. He’ll have to lie, cheat, and steal, but even that may not be enough once the secrets start to unravel. The fey aren’t the only ones with secrets to hide.


Amazon Buy Link:
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About the Author:

Michael J. Allen
Michael J. Allen is a bestselling author of multi-layer science fiction and fantasy novels. Born in Oregon and an avid storm fan, he lives in far too hot & humid rural Georgia with his two black Labradors: Myth and Magesty. On those rare occasions he tears himself away from reading, writing and conventions he can be found enjoying bad scifi movies, playing D&D or the occasional video game, getting hit with sticks in the SCA or hanging out with the crew of Starfleet International’s U.S.S. DaVinci. 

To learn more about Michael, check out his website at www.deliriousscribbles.com