Sunday, June 16, 2019

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: The Impaler's Wife

The Impaler's Wife by Autumn Bardot

Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Flores Publishing
eBook; 452 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Legend, history, and passion collide in this gritty, evocative, and sensual story about history's most notorious price and the woman who paid love's ultimate price. The year is 1464, and young King Matthias controls Hungary, his family, and the fate of the world’s most notorious political prisoner, Prince Vlad Dracula. Ilona Szilágy, the king’s cousin, is young and ambitious. Dracula is determined to marry into the Hunyadi family. It is love at first sight…but the king has other plans. The Impaler Prince, however, never takes no for an answer. This begins Ilona’s journey into the treacherous world of court intrigues, family betrayals, and her husband’s dark desires. Eager to become Vlad’s trusted confidant, Ilona soon discovers that marriage to a man tortured by his past comes with a price. Woven throughout is a peek into the life and times of one of the world’s most enigmatic and maligned rulers…the man before the legend. With Bardot’s decadent period detail and a cast of gritty evocative characters, The Impaler’s Wife offers a fierce yet sensuous glimpse into the violent 15th century.

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

About the Author

Autumn Bardot writes historical fiction and erotica about sassy women and daring passions! Her erotic fiction includes Legends of Lust, Erotic Myths from around the World, published by Cleis Press. Confessions of a Sheba Queen (erotica) will be available Jan 2020. The Impaler's Wife is her debut historical fiction, releasing in April 2019. Autumn has a BA in English literature and a MaEd in curriculum and instruction. She’s been teaching literary analysis for fourteen years When Autumn’s not writing or working, you'll find her hanging out with her ever-growing family, spoiled husband, and pampered rescue pooch. Her favorite things include salty French fries, coffee, swimming, and a great book.

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Review: This is a book I really would have loved to read in Oct, just because of the subject matter of the book. I mean, Vlad Dracula? 


This book was so wonderful and I found myself googling quite a bit while reading this, not that there is a whole lot known about her or her marriage, so this makes this a nice "what if" sort of novel. OK, saying nice is probably not a good word choice when discussing a book about Vlad the Impaler. Its probably better to say it makes for an intriguing reading.

From the first page you are swept into Ilona's world you won't be able to put it down the book until its finished.

Rating: 5 flowers

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away one paperback copy of the Impaler's Wife! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Impaler's Wife

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: The Process of Fraying

The Process of Fraying by Jess Neal Woods

Publication Date: January 5, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 446 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Violet is a pillar of hospitality and compassion within her community. As a farmer’s wife and mother of a large brood, she is resolute, thrifty, and charming. The life that is woven between the land and her family is one of harmony and beauty. When she begins to struggle with depression, her demeanor changes. At first, the change is subtle, but it becomes increasingly problematic as Violet struggles with bouts of incapacitating depression and anxiety and visions of self-harm. A candle flame offers a way to feel, even if it is the pain of a burn. Her beloved creek becomes ominous as it beckons to her. Having no real understanding of what is happening within her, Violet turns to both the religious and medical communities for guidance. Both fail her. With her identity stripped away and her family reeling from the aftermath, Violet must determine if she can make peace with the changes within herself before she is consumed by them. The Process of Fraying is a historical family drama that explores the social, religious, and medical stigmas surrounding mental health in the 1940s.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Jess is a debut novelist in historical fiction centering around the WWII era. A graduate of Indiana University, Jess holds a degree in English. When she is not reading or writing, she teaches English (literature and composition) courses online to high school students. Jess currently resides in upstate New York with her husband, Josh, their three children, and their two dogs. Though she is a Georgia native, Jess has lived in a multitude of states. Each place gives her writing fresh flare and direction as she is exposed to new people, stories, and experiences.

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Review: There are some books that you can sum up in a few words and that's not because there isn't a lot to say about the book. This is one of those books. I have spent days trying to find the words to say how I felt about this book and nothing seemed adequate

Violet's story left me emotionally gutted. That's really all I can say without going into the story, that I don't want to spoil for you. Suffice to say if you think there is a stigma around mental health issues today, it was much worse in the 1930s when this book is set.

All I can say is that this book was simply amazing and one that should not be missed.

Rating: 5 flowers (and a lot of tears)

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a copy of The Process of Fraying by Jess Neal Woods! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Process of Fraying

Friday, June 14, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Summer On Mirror Lake

About Summer on Mirror Lake

Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (June 11, 2019)
Summertime is the best time to lose yourself in the romance of Honeymoon Harbor…
When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn’t change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup.
As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn’t wait to escape. But it’s irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she’s taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever.
Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he’d taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he’ll have to choose between the success he’s worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future…if he’ll only take the risk.

Purchase Links

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About JoAnn Ross

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at www.joannross.com.

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Review: I think I'm hitting all my beach reads at one time. Summer on Mirror Lake is a wonderful "summer" story.

This was a sweet small town romance with Gabe and Chelsea, but unlike some of the other small town, summer books I've read, this one was a little to long. OK, it was a lot too long. I don't mind a chunker, but this one really wasn't that, it was 384 pages, but they were very long pages.

I felt this story could have been about 300 pages and everything would have been fine and the read would still be enjoyable.

I liked the characters, but there was so much filler that made things go on longer than it needed to.

Rating: 3 flowers

Forever Write PR Book Review: Back For More

RELEASE TOUR for Back For More by Sylvia Kane



For Kurt Owens, law school came first, but now that he’s back in the city, he can’t deny the
sparks when he sees his best friend’s sister for the first time in years. Corina Davies needs a
job and takes Kurt up on his offer to be his new assistant. Summer in the city is about to get a
whole lot hotter. The seventh book in the beloved 425 Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Back For More by
Sylvia Kane today!


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About Back For More

Summer in the city...


Kurt
She’s smart, hot, and funny. My dream girl.  
There’s just one problem. She’s also my best bud’s little sister.  
The sparks have always been there, but law school had to come first. Now, we’re all back in
the city and the same sparks fly every time I run into her.  
She needs a job and I need an assistant at the law firm. What could go wrong?
I don’t know if I can hide my feelings any longer.  
I know I shouldn’t go there, but I can’t help it.


Corina
My brother's back in town, and I offer to share my awesome apartment. Imagine my surprise
when his best friend Kurt walks in.  
He’s still tall, dark, and handsome, and I can’t deny the pull.  
Working together only complicates things. Long days and nights in the office can be
dangerous.  
When we’re not at the office, he’s always hanging around my apartment. To see my brother.
Yeah, right.


All I know is, summer in the city is about to get a lot hotter.


After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.


Excerpt
Copyright @ 2019 Sylvia Kane


“I’m here for Corina Davies in 1205,” I respond, my nerves rattling even louder than five
minutes ago when I was seized with the instinct to see her.

“Is she expecting you?” he asks, resting his hand on the phone.

I shake my head. The guy must think I’m a weirdo for just showing up like this. He’s going to
call her for sure.

Sure enough, he picks up the phone. “Ms. Davies, you have a visitor,” he says, and then
looks back at me.

“Your name?”

I almost turn around to walk back out into the night, but I stay rooted to the spot. “Kurt.
Kurt Owens.”

“Kurt Owens. Thanks.” He turns to me again and nods.

“Go ahead. Have a good evening.”

I head for the elevator, and my heart rate rises with each step. She’s gonna think I’m fucking
nuts for showing up like this at midnight. And why am I doing this again? What do I hope to
achieve by interrupting whatever relaxing activity she’s enjoying at this time of night?

I don’t know, but the thought of seeing her makes my palms sweat. I remember that skirt she
wore, and how soft her legs looked. My cock twitches at the memory of her silky-smooth legs.

Fuck. Down, boy. We’re not here for that.

I step into the elevator and before I know it, I’m standing in front of her door, my hand in the
air. What am I going to tell her? What’s my excuse for showing up here so late? At the very
least, I have to admit it to myself—I just want to see her. I have to see her. There’s no denying
the spark that flew between us the other night. All those years hadn’t done a damn thing to kill
our chemistry.

It sure is ballsy to just show up here. Maybe I’ve had a bit much to drink, but I’m not drunk. I’m
not slurring or falling over myself. She won’t notice.

Finally, I knock. She’s expecting me, because she opens up right away. Seeing her knocks the
wind out of me. Her hair rests over her shoulders in this sexy, yet natural way; she has a hint
of makeup, but not much. She doesn’t need any. She’s still a natural beauty, just like she was
all those years ago.

A light pink, silk robe clings to her body and ends just above the knees. She ties up the belt,
very tight, as if afraid it might slip off any minute. Or that I might see what’s underneath. I try to
push the thought from my head.
“Hi,” I say, hoping I don’t look as awkward as I feel. I’m standing in her doorway, without any good reason whatsoever, like a doofus. She’d be perfectly justified in turning me away with some excuse about going to sleep or whatever. But, she doesn’t.
She stands back to let me in.

“Hi, Kurt.”

I love the way my name sounds on her lips. Her lush, rosy lips. So smooth and kissable.





Author Info:


If you love naughty romances about irresistible men who love their women fiercely, you’ve
come to the right place. Sylvia's books include a sprinkling of angst, introspective and lovable
characters, and a healthy helping of steam. She lives in Toronto with her husband, their two
young kids, and an adorable Maine Coon who follows them around like a guard dog when
they go for walks!

Review: What's not to love about the 425 Madison series? Not much!

This was a great best friend's sibling romance. Is that a trope?

Corina and Kurt = Awesomesauce

They had the best chemistry from the start.

How they work out their relationship is wonderful A little bit strange at times, but wonderful. I was a little befuddled at why they seemed to be worried about what Corina's brother felt about her being involved with Kurt and not the fact that he got her a job. She referenced #MeToo but I don't think that it was being referenced in quite the way that it should be.

I devoured this book, like a chocolate bar.  Its a quick fun read, that definitely falls into the beach read category. I always read romance when I used to tan.


Rating: 5 flowers
About the 425 Madison Series




Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in
fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.


The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK
Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames,
and C. Lesbirel.


Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.


Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling
romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports
romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's
best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers
you something new, something different. After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect
place to fall in love.


For more information, visit the series website ➝ www.425madisonseries.com


Follow the series on Facebook ➝ https://www.facebook.com/425MadisonSeries


Did you miss the first five books in the series? You can read them here:




The next book in the series is coming soon! Add it to your Goodreads shelf today!


Accidentally in Love by Katy Ames
An Ugly Duckling Romance
Release: 6/27/19
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Summer By The Tides

About Summer by the Tides

Paperback: 320 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 21, 2019)
From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.
Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.
As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.
As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Purchase Links

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About Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

Connect with Denise

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Review: I have to admit, Denise Hunter is one of my favorite "clean" writers. I read all kinds of books, some sexy, and some not so much. I don't care about the heat level if the story is good. 

Denise Hunter writes stories that don't need sexy bits. You get invested the character's lives. I love Connor and Maddy. But this book was more than just a summer romance. It is about family and forgiveness, with a little bit of faith tossed in the mix, but not enough to deter the average reader.

I have always liked that Denise writes about "real" people with "real" people problems. (though some, like in this story are a little bit exaggerated). You feel like you could know Maddy and her sisters, as the story progresses.

This continues my 2019 summer beach reads and this one is definitely a keeper.

Rating: 4 flowers

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: No Angels For Christmas


No Angels for Christmas
by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance with suspenseful elements

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BLURB:

No Angels for Christmas . . . a cozy romantic mystery with suspense from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure who . . .
Child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn't quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client -- a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel's Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.
Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make -- stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.
Unless Rachel's little angel-spying client is telling the truth…

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Excerpt :

Since this isn’t our Publix, I’m assuming you stopped on your way home from work,” Jake said when she reached his side.

Our Publix? Did he even realize he’d said that?

You’re right,” she replied. “So why are you here?”

My apartment’s just around the corner.”

Ouch.

That simple statement shouldn’t hurt—she knew his apartment was near here—but it did. She nodded.

I’ll help you out.” He gently nudged her hands off the cart handle and took over, setting his own bag on top of her stack.

Rachel paced alongside the grocery cart as they moved through the electronic door and knew a moment of joy that her parking spot lay at the far end of the lot. She would have a few extra moments to be with him. How pitiful was that? She eased a step closer, anxious to inhale his unique scent of soap, aftershave, and pure Jake.

He glanced over and caught her staring. Heat rushed to her cheeks, and she hoped he didn’t notice the flush.

Jake, look out!” She grabbed the cart to stop it just short of a car backing out.

He gave her his sexy crooked Jake-smile. “Guess I should keep my eyes on the road.”

Her heart ka-thumped inside her chest. “At least until we get to the car.”

His smile went to an all-out grin.

Had she just flirted with him? Had it been that easy to get past her trauma for a few brief minutes?

Far sooner than she would have liked, he stopped the grocery cart next to her Honda and helped stow her bags in the trunk, leaving his in the cart.

Thanks for helping me,” Rachel told him.

I’m glad you decided to stop at this Publix tonight.”

You are?”

Yeah. I’m glad I got to see you.” Jake grazed a knuckle gently across her cheek leaving a streak of tingly nerve endings in its wake.

But I thought you wanted . . . I mean, I haven’t heard from you . . .” She cleared her throat. “. . . in a long time. I thought you might’ve . . .”

Why couldn’t she finish a sentence tonight? Bad enough she felt pathetic, now she sounded pathetic.

You thought I might’ve what?”

She swallowed hard. “Might’ve found someone else by now.”

He studied her for a long moment. “After all we meant to each other, you thought I’d go right out and grab a new girlfriend, just like that?” His mouth tightened to a thin line.

She hadn’t meant to rile him. The last thing she wanted to do was fight with him. Without thinking, she reached up and brushed two fingers gently across his lips, wanting that sensuous mouth to smile at her again.

She startled him, and he jerked at her touch. She whisked her fingers away. “Sorry. I don’t want you to be mad.”

His gaze trapped hers, his pupils expanding until little of the brilliant green remained. “There’s no new girlfriend, Rachel,” he said gruffly.

No?”

He slowly shook his head, his all-dark eyes tracking hers. He seemed closer than he’d been a minute earlier.

She exhaled hard. “Not yet anyway.”

He frowned.

Why had she said that?

No, not yet,” he said flatly.

I’m glad,” she said quickly.

Screw pride.

Are you?”

He was definitely closer now. If she eased forward just a few inches, she could press her lips to his, feel that certain sizzle that always flared when they touched. But Jake had walked out on her. His move. Though she ached with the need to hold him, if only for a second.

Yes. Very glad. I don’t want you to find someone else—”

His lips brushed hers into silence—sweeping gently across as though seeking permission—the touch just light enough to make her lean in for more. He didn’t miss the movement and kissed her again, his lips settling on hers and nibbling at her lower lip.

The sensuous teasing had her knees growing weak, and she grabbed the placket of his dress shirt to steady herself.

He didn’t miss that movement either, and he cradled her cheeks in his big palms to deepen the kiss.

Suddenly lightheaded with desire, she twisted her knuckles into his shirt to keep him close. She didn’t care if they were kissing in front of God and everybody. If Jake wanted to throw her down here in the middle of the Publix parking lot, she was ready. She could always shop at Winn-Dixie.


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Review: I read the first book in the Mystery Angels series and enjoyed it. This book however was more than I expected. This wasn't just a light mystery. You learn that when your opening chapters detail a teenager being abused by her mother's boyfriend.

So this isn't light fluffy reading.

It is good reading with a kind of "Touched By An Angel" twist to it.

This was a powerful read, dealing with a lot of issues you might not expect to find in a more "traditional" romance.

The pacing of the story was slow at times, but that didn't detract from the fact that it was a great story. One that had me reading into the early morning.

Rating: 5 flowers

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—"The Most Magical Place on Earth"—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.
Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

Visit Petie's web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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