Monday, July 25, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast: Secret Dream


Lia just wants him to meet her parents. 
Why does this feel like the fight of his life?


SECRET DREAM
DELOS Series 1B
Lindsay McKenna
Releasing July 25th, 2016
Blue Turtle Publishing


Ex-Navy SEAL Cav Jordan faces danger daily in his job as a security expert. He even faced down a gang of South American drug dealers to protect his fiancĂ©e, Lia Cassidy. So why is he terrified of meeting her parents? Having lived through his own horrible childhood Cav can’t understand the situation is he is walking into. Lia just wants him to meet her parents. Why does this feel like the fight of his life?

Novella: The continued story of Cav and Lia from Nowhere to Hide, book 1 of the Delos Series. 

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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.

Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!

Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!



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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review: A Buccaneer At Heart

Author: Stephanie Laurens
Title: A Buccaneer at Heart
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: May 1, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
After a decade of captaining diplomatic voyages for Frobisher Shipping, alongside covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But an unexpected mission intervenes. Although Robert sees himself as a conservative businessman-cum-diplomat and this mission is far from his usual sphere, it nevertheless falls within the scope of his abilities. As matters are urgent, he agrees to depart for West Africa forthwith.

To Robert, his way forward is clear: Get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp, return to London with the information, and then proceed to find himself a wife.

Already in Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is set on finding her younger brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared. Find Will and rescue him; determined and resolute, Aileen is not about to allow anyone to turn her from her path.

But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.

Accustomed to managing diplomats and bureaucrats, Robert discovers that manipulating a twenty-seven-year-old spinster lies outside his area of expertise. Prodded by an insistent need to protect Aileen, he realizes that joining forces with her is the surest path to meeting all the challenges before him—completing his mission, keeping her safe, and securing the woman he wants as his wife.

But the villains strike and disrupt their careful plans—leaving Robert and Aileen no choice but to attempt a last throw of the dice to complete his mission and further her brother's rescue.

Compelled to protect those weaker than themselves and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only their talents and inner strengths to aid them—and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.

The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the cataclysmic end.



Review: I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it immensely. This book however did not live up to the standards of the first book.

This book gets billed as a regency romance and it really isn't that at all. Its more like an adventure novel with a touch, and I do mean a touch of romance.

Most of the book is long and drawn out. 500 + pages of plodding adventure story.  Robert and Aileen didn't even meet until the book was about 30% in. That's very frustrating, at least for this reader.

The flow of the story is nice though, and if you didn't read the first book, you can jump in and you'll be given enough back story not to be confused, but really, this book is part of a quartet and they really should be read in order so you get the proper flow.

There's a lot going on in Freetown with missing adults and children. It is Robert's job to find out where the missing people are going. He didn't plan on meeting Aileen who is just as capable of being a help on his mission, as she has an interest in it, her brother is one of the missing.

The two do work well together and there is a spark between them, but not enough of one to make for a satisfying romance. Truth be told, the sex scenes just didn't it for me, because the romance was secondary to the story, in fact, the romance was barely there, so any love scenes just didn't work.

Once Robert and Aileen have the information they needed to take back to London the story really slowed down to a snails pace (and that's being insulting to the snails) Ms. Laurens spent ample time setting up who the next book would be about too which added even more to a story that would have been better if it were about 100 pages shorter.

I also couldn't figure out the title of the book, as it had nothing to do with the story at all. I'm invested in the mystery that is at the center of these stories, so I will read on, but I hope this is the only miss in the series.

Review: 3 flowers


Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: Winter's Touch


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WINTER'S TOUCH
The Last Riders #8
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 19th, 2016
Young Ink Press


As president of The Last Riders, Viper’s only fear was losing his wife. After all, he had almost lost her once before.

As wife to the president, Winter lived in fear every day: fear that a club enemy would take Viper from her, fear that one of the club women would tempt him to stray, fear that she wasn’t enough of a woman for him. One thing Winter didn’t fear was risking everything to carry her husband’s child, even her health, yet Viper refused to take the chance.

Losing hope, Winter makes one last ditch effort, determined to make Viper realize that some things were worth fighting for besides the club.

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Jamie Begley grew up in a very small, and a very rural town in Kentucky. Growing up poor was hard but she would go back if she could just to get that feeling of going to the corner and popping open a soda.

For now her days are spent writing, writing, and writing.

She would like all her fans to know one thing, “All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.” 



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Tasty Book Tours Release Blast: For Her Protection


You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.


FOR HER PROTECTION
An Alpha Romance
Amber Bardan
Released July 15th, 2016


You shouldn't mix business with pleasure.

Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize's mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she's more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can't afford.

She doesn't want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. Surrounded by enemies, she's not sure if Connor is a man she can trust.

Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn't be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. He'll win her trust, preferably one orgasm at a time.

With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there's only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection.

WARNING: This is an Amber Bardan Alpha Romance, featuring one dirty-talking hero obsessed with his heroine, and a Happily Ever After. No cliffhangers.

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After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.
She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.



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Monday, July 18, 2016

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Branson Beauty

About The Branson Beauty

  • Series: Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 19, 2016)
The Branson Beauty, an old showboat, has crashed in the waters of an Ozark mountain lake just outside the popular tourist destination of Branson, Missouri. More than one hundred people are trapped aboard. Hank Worth is still settling into his new role as county sheriff, and when he responds to the emergency call, he knows he’s in for a long winter’s day of helping elderly people into rafts and bringing them ashore. He anticipates a lot of anxiety, many arguments, and extra costs for emergency equipment that will stretch the county’s already thin budget to the breaking point. But those are the least of his worries after he discovers high school track star Mandy Bryson’s body locked inside the Captain’s private dining room.
In her captivating debut novel, Claire Booth has created a broad cast of wonderfully compelling characters, and writes with a style that perfectly blends humor with the emotional drama and heartache of a murder investigation.
“Claire Booth hits the ground running in this debut novel set in the Missouri Ozarks. She writes with the assurance and clarity of a more seasoned pro.” – Edgar award-winning author Margaret Maron
“This contemporary take on a locked-room puzzle is chilling, compelling and completely entertaining, and Claire Booth is a wonderful new voice in crime fiction.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award winner
“With nuanced characters and an intricately unfolding plot – and a bone-deep sense of cold in this snowy Ozark setting – this novel is reminiscent of William Kent Krueger or Giles Blunt. Claire Booth is a writer to watch.” – Anthony and Agatha award winner Sara J. Henry
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Review: I love mysteries of all kinds. Usually I'm a cozy mystery kind of girl, but if it is a good mystery, it doesn't have to be an amateur sleuth.  

This is the first book in the Sheriff Hank Worth series and it is a great beginning. I love the setting of Branson and the river boat. I'm all about casinos etc, even though I can't afford to go to any. I still find something glamorous about being able to through away money to a slow machine or a turn of a card.

Claire Booth makes a great debut here. Hank is a great lead character. He's a professional, but he has a little bit of what I like in a cozy mystery lead. He's got a little bit of humor with some quirky characters hiding a lot of secrets. I adored the nicknames that he gave to some of the suspects. He called his one young deputy Pup.

The mystery involves a body found on the river boat that has run aground. What should have been a simple rescue operation turns into much much more including arson and the murder of a track star.

Mandy's murder is a lot more complicated than it seems too, and that's really what makes you keep turning the pages with this book. There are so many different people that could have possibly killed her, and there was something going on in her life that will point to who had the most motive.

The story had a good blend of Hank's personal life as well as his professional life. You'll definitely be invested in this character by the end of the book.

The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning and you don't guess the killer until it is revealed. You'll also be anxious to see how Hank chooses to handle his job after the little twist at the end with the former sheriff and the county commissioner.

This is definitely a series to keep up with.

Rating: 5 flowers


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review: Puppy Love For The Veterinarian w/recipe


Author: Amy Woods
Title: Puppy Love for the Veterinarian
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Publish Date: June 21, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
A New Leash On Love

When June Leavy finds two puppies abandoned outside during a storm, she immediately feels a bond with the adorable animals. Swindled out of her life savings by her no-good ex, she, too, was left with nothing but heartache and struggles of her own. But when she arrives at the local veterinary clinic, June is met by dangerously handsome Dr. Ethan Singh, whose sexy smile threatens to disarm her hard-won emotional strength.

Back in Peach Leaf, Texas, to recover from an ugly breakup, Ethan gently tends to the puppies and their charming caretaker. But as the storm rages, so does the electric attraction between Ethan and June. Is this real, or a cruel phantom of lost love? Stranded alone at the clinic, only one thing is certain: they've got all night to figure it out…


Review: I love a sweet romance and Puppy Love For The Veterinarian was definitely a sweet one. June and Ethan were both on the rebound from bad love affairs. I felt really sorry for June, since her ex took all her savings with him when he walked out. Ethan's ex was just a lying cheatin' fool.

Neither of them were looking for love again, but two puppies found behind the pizza shop June works for brought them together. Dr. Singh is filling in for his father while he vacations with his mother. When June shows up in the midst of a snowstorm they are stuck together.

The pacing of the story is a bit slow considering the time span of the book. They fall in love pretty quickly, without sharing that information with one another, but it wouldn't be a romance if they shared the necessary things with each other, right!

I really loved Ethan and I loved that he wasn't your typical Harlequin hero. He wasn't alpha and he wasn't a big buff guy. In fact he was of Indian descent. Props to Amy Woods for creating a non sheikh, non Caucasian hero that was still sexy. That was one thing that really made this book stand out for me. The other was that both were both suffering from heart break.

My only gripe is that Ethan didn't bother to consult June about what she wanted to do with the puppies she found. This is the one thing that really bugged me, because anyone that would have gone to the trouble June did to get those puppies help would want a say so in their upbringing.

I truly enjoyed the story and all the twists and turns. I especially loved Ethan's family and June's mom.  June's mom in particular is sweet and she wants what is best for her daughter.

This is a great book to cozy up to when you have an afternoon to spend with a book.

Rating: 4 flowers







For many barbecue lovers, it’s all about the meat. Not so for this Texas girl—give me sides over the main course any day! I love all the classic southern barbecue pairings—mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, potato salad…and the list goes on. But my favorite of all, hands-down, no contest, is fried okra. I could seriously eat bucket-loads of this breaded, crispy, deliciousness, and it’s one of those rare treats that I love so much I don’t even think about the calories. And anyway, it can’t be that bad, right? After all, okra is a vegetable! ;-)

Fried Okra (from Allrecipes.com)
Prep: 15 m
Cook: 15 m
Ready In: 30 m
Recipe By: Linda Martin

Ingredients
-10 pods okra, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
-1 egg, beaten
-1 cup cornmeal
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1/2 cup vegetable oil

Directions
  1. In a small bowl, soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge okra in the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly. Carefully place okra in hot oil; stir continuously. Reduce heat to medium when okra first starts to brown, and cook until golden. Drain on paper towels.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Freebie Friday: Let Me


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LET ME
The O'Brien Family Series Book Two
Cecy Robson
Released April 19th, 2016


Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her master’s degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts. 

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Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.


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