Friday, February 12, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Blast: Fighting Dirty

Bestselling author Lori Foster shares the fan favorite character from her Ultimate Series
Every series has a fan-favorite secondary character—you know, the guy readers just latch onto in Book One and keep falling for more in every subsequent release until finally, after much anticipation, he stars in a book of his own. In my Ultimate series about a group of mixed martial arts fighters and the women they unexpectedly fall for, the fan-favorite from day one has been bad boy Armie “Quick” Jacobson.
Ever since Hard Knocks, my Ultimate e-prequel novella about up-and-coming fighter Gage “Savage” Ringer, was released, I’ve had so many readers demanding Armie’s book. But it was Cannon “The Saint” Colter’s story, No Limits, that was the first full-length book in the series, and fortunately the reception was terrific. (Thank you for that, readers!)
Then I wrote Holding Strong, starring Denver “Predator” Lewis and many of you proclaimed him a favorite—while still insisting Armie should be next to get a book of his own. (Y’all are persistent and I love it!)
I guess since Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan is the laid-back, relaxed, ultra-focused guy in the group, it was easy to look past him. Yet I’m hopeful that once you read Tough Love you’ll love his story as much as I do.
But I’m so excited to finally share what everyone has been waiting for; Arnie “Quick” Jacobson has a story all of his own in Fighting Dirty. You can check out this last book in my Ultimate series starting February 23 wherever books are sold.
Do let me know if you enjoy Fighting Dirty. I always love hearing from readers!


About the book: He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.
Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's truly worth fighting for…


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About the author: Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Reviews: A Scone To Die For




(Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1)
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Self-Published
• Number of Pages: 360

Synopsis:

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.
Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.
But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?
*Traditional English scone recipe included!
 Review: I actually read another book with the same name a few years back. I like this one much better. I have to draw some comparisons between the two books of the same name. This one is less pretentious, though both dealt with murder in a tea room.

I like my cozies to be light hearted and this one was just that. And the cover is oh so very cute.

Loved it!

Rating: 5 flowers

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Mapmaker's Children


The Mapmaker's ChildrenAbout The Mapmaker's Children


• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Crown (May 5, 2015)

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

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Review: I read The Baker's Daughter shortly after it was released and it was one of my favorite books. I absolutely adore Sarah McCoy's writing.

Sarah McCoy does a brilliant job creating a story and blending it with history. In this story we travel further back in time to the Civil War while having a portion of the story woven in with the present.

I fell in love with this story just as quickly. I think it has to do with the "real" people that feature in the story. It really makes you want to learn more. My grandmother always said she learned something from every book she read. I really wish that she were still alive so I could share this book with her. I think she would have really appreciated this novel.



Rating: 5 flowers


Sarah McCoyAbout Sarah McCoy


SARAH McCOY is the  New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella "The Branch of Hazel" in Grand Central; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico; and The Mapmaker's Children (Crown, May 5, 2015).

Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband, an Army physician, and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas. Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Tours: Gone By Midnight



Gone by Midnight
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 149 pages
Publisher: J. Lavene (February 2, 2016)
ASIN: B019AJC1XU
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Fans of Joyce and Jim Lavene will thrill at this collection of thirteen short stories—many are set in the worlds of their national bestselling mystery series, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries, the Renaissance Faire Mysteries, the Retired Witches Mysteries, and an upcoming mystery novel!
These stories contain the elements of mystery and fantasy the Lavenes are famous for, as well as some new things their readers have never seen. Several stories feature characters interacting with ghosts, magic, and the supernatural—the healing woman in “Courtship;” the Civil War widow in “One with the Darkness;” the city girl who summons a wizard from the past in “The Magician and the Sorceress/Accountant;” and the young introvert in “Aunt Edna” who finds her calling with help from a ghostly visitor.
Poignant, charming, and captivating, Joyce and Jim Lavene bring their characteristic wit and heart to these stories and introduce each one with a passage about its origin or how it ties into the universe they’ve created. Gone by Midnight is a treasury of tales that will delight the mind and touch the heart from one of the most prolific writing duos of our time.


Review: Anyone that loves the cozy mysteries of Jim and Joyce Lavene are going to want to grab a copy of Gone By Midnight. It is a collection of short stories that aren't what you would expect.

It starts with the haunting Aunt Edna, which is sad and yet beautiful at the time. It is really a lovely ghost story, not at all frightening but really heartwarming. I absolutely loved this story, but I'm prone to loving things that tug at your heart strings.

Another favorite in this collection was The Singing Trees of Jappa. Reading this story reminded me of Doctor Who. It really felt like something that would happen on that show.

The Magician and the Sorceress Accountant was funny and sweet. A woman not content with her appearance conjures up someone from the past to help change her appearance only to find this man loves her as she is. I was totally thrilled with this story.

The title story is one that just might bring a tear to your eye.

I don't want to give too much away about each story found here, because most are so short that sharing the plot gives too much away.

These stories will have you turning the pages quickly and you won't want to put the book down until you've finished, which won't be long because this collection is only about 150 pages long. The stories cover so many genres, sci fi, paranormal and even a bit of folklore, so there is definitely something for everyone here.

If you love Jim and Joyce's other books, you'll want to check this out. It will give you the answer to how they could write so many different series, because they can write anything!

Rating: 5 flowers





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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Texas On My Mind

Author: Delores Fossen
Title: Texas On My Mind
Publisher: Hqn
Publish Date: Feb 23. 2016
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours
Book Blurb: 
The McCord Brothers are the most eligible bachelors in Spring Hill, Texas. But these cowboys are about to get wrangled by the love of some very unique women—the kind who can melt hearts and lay it all on the line.

Air force captain Riley McCord has come home on medical leave to find one heck of a welcome reception. Every unattached woman in Spring Hill, Texas, wants to nurse him back to health. That includes his childhood friend Claire Davidson—the only person who understands how damaged he really feels. In high school, she chose his best friend over him. According to Riley’s rules, that should make her off-limits forever. But when Claire suggests a no-strings fling, he can’t refuse.

Claire always wanted Riley—but she also craved the safety and stability he couldn’t offer. So she chose another path, only to end up crazier about him than ever. She’s even convinced herself that this time she won’t be devastated when he leaves. Yet once Riley realizes the depth of Claire’s feelings—and his own—he’ll have to make the ultimate choice: return to the job he loves or stay home for the woman who’s always lived in his heart.



Review: Texas On My Mind is the first book by Delores Fossen that I've ever read. I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone a bit with romances, because I need to shake things up a bit.

I didn't go totally out of my comfort zone, because I always liked cowboy romances. Military related stuff is out of my comfort zone. I seem to be drifting to stories where someone in the story is flawed. In this case Riley is suffering from PTSD.

I was really impressed with Delores' writing and the story was one that felt fresh, even though parts of the plot are typical romance novel scenarios. The thing that makes this book different are the characters. You really have to love Claire and Riley.

I also loved the man rules.

Rating: 5 flowers




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Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Call Me, Maybe





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CALL ME, MAYBE

Ellie Cahill


Releasing on February 9, 2016

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 Ellie
Cahill is definitely one to watch
!” raves bestselling author Cora Carmack,
and this steamy, upbeat modern romance about connecting in all the best ways
proves it once again.




Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy,
powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an
embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to
live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the
last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by
mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the
line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just
the way Clementine likes it.



Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to
realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at
his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town,
but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin
doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has
been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people

can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.







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Excerpt: 

What the hell?”
Honor looked over. “What’s wrong?”
My phone is going completely nuts. It sent me a whole bunch of text messages from myself. Look at this.” Was it possible to get a virus or a worm on a phone? And when had it happened? I held it out.
Honor squinted at it, then looked up at me, eyes going wide. “Oh shit.”
What?”
That’s not your phone.”
What!” I pulled the screen back to look at it myself.
Below my number the content of the messages was only partially visible, but it wasn’t hard to figure out.
+1 (847) 555-2015
YOU HAVE MY PHONE! PLEASE COME BACK TO . . .
+1 (847) 555-2015
WHO IS THIS? I HAVE YOUR PHONE . . .
Oh. Fuck.
I thumbed the lock open and had to search frantically for the messages app. It wasn’t where I kept mine on the screen. When I found it, it had the number 15 in a little red circle. The phone app showed another red circle, this one with the number 6.
Oh double fuck.
I said it out loud. “This is definitely not my phone.”
I already said that. So whose is it?”
I scrolled through the increasingly frantic messages from my number. Whoever had my phone didn’t give a name.
I tapped into the phone app and selected my number. Tension drew me up high in my seat, stomach flopping like a fish, and all traces of drowsiness gone.
Ring.
No no no no no no no, this could not be happening to me.
Ring.
Honor must have grabbed the wrong phone at the airport!
Ring.
Who the hell had my phone?
Ring.
God, it could have been anywhere. It could have been on its way to Katmandu by now!
The sound of my own voice startled me. “Hi, you’ve reached Clementine. Please leave a message.”
As the automated voice gave me my options at the end, I realized I had no idea what to say. But it was too late to think about that now. Beep.
Um, hi. I’m the person who has your phone. I am so sorry. I don’t know how this happened, um . . . I’m, um . . . please call me so we can figure out what to do.”
When I disconnected, I shot Honor a look of death. “You took the wrong phone!”
It was the only one there!” he protested.
Obviously not.” My hands curled tight around the strange phone as I fought the urge to punch him in the shoulder.
I swear to god, Clementine, it was the only one there. You left it plugged in; I grabbed it, end of story.”
Then how did this happen?”
How should I know?”
Serena the flight attendant appeared in the aisle looking concerned. “Is everything all right here?”
Fine,” Honor snapped.
Don’t be a dick. It’s not her fault.”
Well, it’s not my fault,” he said.
Well, it sure as hell isn’t mine!” I said through gritted teeth then looked at Serena. Time to channel my grandmother. I gave her my best Miriam Schulman-Daly patrician smile. “Everything’s fine. Just a little problem with my phone. Thank you.”
The pilot hit the brakes as we arrived at our gate and the plane filled with the metallic chatter of seatbelts releasing. Serena hurried back to the head of the plane and Honor got up quickly, like he was determined to be the first one off. I guessed he was avoiding talking about this any longer on the plane.
Probably for the best. Because I was going to kill him after all.
He seemed determined to stay ahead of me the whole time, using his longer legs to eat up the terminal all the way to the escalators to baggage claim. I was out of breath by the time I got on behind him, but that wasn’t going to stop me. Oh no. The longer I had to think about this, the madder I was getting. I poked my brother in the back of his head.
I swear to god, Honor, if we weren’t surrounded by witnesses—”
He turned, looking sullen. “It’s possible there were two phones plugged into the outlet, okay?”
Uh, ya think?”
Just then the phone started vibrating in my hand.
It was a call, and it was coming from my phone.
Oh god, it’s him—her—whoever.” I didn’t even know since I hadn’t listened to the no doubt angry voicemails. The texts had been enough.
Ring.
Was I about to get screamed at?
Ri—
Answer it!” Honor exploded.
I swiped the phone to life. “H-hello?”
Hello?” A masculine voice replied and I practically jumped out of my skin. There was a fifty-fifty chance it would be a man answering, genius.
H-hi,” I stammered. “I’m the idiot who took your phone.” Probably best to approach this humbly.
He sighed, making static in my ear. “Hi there. Thank you for calling.”
I’m very sorry,” I said.
Yeah, me, too.” He sounded resigned. “What are we going to do?”
Um . . .” I had no idea. What were the options, even? Probably the easiest thing to do would be for me to get a new phone, disable mine remotely, and import my number to the new phone, but that would leave this stranger with a dead phone and I’d still have his. Now theoretically, he could do the same but that presumed he could get a new phone where he was. And that he had the cash to do it.
I could FedEx it to you, I guess,” I offered. My heart quailed at the thought of trusting my precious phone to any kind of delivery service.
Meanwhile we’re both phoneless while they’re in transit.”
Right.” I followed Honor to the baggage claim area on autopilot. All my concentration was on the phone.
And that assumes that they don’t lose our packages.”
Yeah,” I said, sounding much cooler than I felt. “Not my favorite option . . .”
Mine either . . .” the voice said softly. “The thought of never seeing my phone again hurts in a way that I’m a little embarrassed to admit.”
I laughed, glad to hear I wasn’t alone. Though probably for way different reasons. “Okay, so what then?”
Where do you live?”
Chicago. But I’m in California until Friday.”
You’re from Chicago?” he asked. “So am I. But I’m in Florida until Friday, too.”
So, do we wait until we’re both back and trade?”
He made a soft whimpering sound. “I guess we have to.”
I promise you I’ll guard it with my life until I get back,” I said.

I’ll take good care of yours, too.”













Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books
for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.












Tasty Book Tours Book Blast: Leaving Yesterday





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LEAVING YESTERDAY


Laurel Falls #1

Zoe Dawson


Releasing on February 9, 2016

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If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel
Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series!
Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a
rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.




Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots
anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan
behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why
it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking,
slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated
coupe.



A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace
Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s
ridiculous sports car. He’s couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who
looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty
don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her
everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.



As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the
pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to
trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used

to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.








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Zoe Dawson had always dreamed of becoming a
full-time romance writer, and with determination, persistence, and a little
luck that wish came true. Her other passions include traveling the world,
owning a beach house (she believes she was a mermaid in another life), and
seeing her books in movies. When she’s not writing, she’s painting or killing
virtual MMORPG monsters in World of Warcraft. She lives in North Carolina with
her two grown children and one small, furry gray cat.









 
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