{Cover Reveal} Dead Girl Walking – Ruth Silver

Dead Girl Walking

Title: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)
Author: Ruth Silver
Expected Publication: Summer 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Cover Design: Erica Crouch

Blurb: In 1346, Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

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Excerpt: “The scroll chose you. For whatever reason, she’s your reap.”

“Well, that sucks.” Leila chewed her bottom lip. “If I don’t do it?”

Edon hesitated before he said, “Her soul will rot inside her body. Do you have any idea what that’s like? She’ll be a living corpse, a shell of a person. She won’t feel anything including love. We as reapers, the undead, feel more than she ever will alive.”

Leila swallowed the lump in her throat. “How do you know that?”

“Because I’ve seen what it does to a person,” Edon said. “That little girl deserves better.”

Ruth Silver author photoAbout the Author: Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing and Patchwork Press, ABERRANT, was released April 2013. The second novel in the series, MOIRAI, continues the saga. ISAURA, is the final installment in the ABERRANT trilogy. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Her current writing projects include a YA science-fiction fantasy series, ORENDA, and a YA paranormal series, DEAD GIRL WALKING. Both novels are due for release in 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

You can visit her online at http://writeawaybliss.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/writeawaybliss
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Review {Jessa}: Cover of Darkness by Gregory Delaurentis


NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Book Description: The local Westchester police turn to One Police Plaza when a high profile murder lands in their backyard. Captain Sam Jefferies takes the case and assigns it to two ex-police detectives turned private investigators. Kevin Whitehouse possesses a keen analytical mind necessary for deconstructing especially challenging cases, while his partner David Allerton functions as the embodiment of the skills he honed from his Special Forces–Army Rangers training. Margaret Alexander, Kevin’s feisty yet nurturing lover, enhances the duo’s investigative powers with her own unique perspective on their case. The murder leads the two detectives into the glitzy and tawdry side of Manhattan’s nightlife, encountering both the guilty and the innocent as they follow the leads that bring them to the brink of madness and despair—as well as test the limits of friendship and loyalty.

The Cover of Darkness is an unforgettable thriller that takes the reader on a journey through the dark forces overhanging a soulless city, and reveals the ties that sever rather than bind.

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Review: Author Gregory Delaurentis wastes no time, jumping straight into the action in his debut novel, Cover of Darkness. I immediately wanted answers; to know who would commit such a grisly crime and why. After the murder, the pace slows down quite a bit as various characters are introduced and new leads are pursued. Things started to pick up again about halfway through and after some shocking details are revealed concerning the relationship between Kevin and David, I had trouble putting the book down. Talk about a twist! I was genuinely surprised, but when I thought back I realized the story was riddled with clues that I just hadn’t picked up on.

The storyline itself is unique and well-thought-out. The author obviously put a lot of time and effort into writing this book and researching all of its details. The characters were all clearly defined and intriguing. Some of the dialogue seemed a little awkward at parts, but it wasn’t a huge issue. Overall, this is definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of the crime/mystery genre and I look forward to reading Mr. Delaurentis’ next entry in the Darkness series.
Jessa’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About The Author: Gregory Delaurentis was born in Brooklyn New York, and from birth has been fascinated with the city and its teeming masses. As a youth he used the subway system as his playground, as a teenager, he used its streets and avenues as his stick-ball courts, and as a young adult, cruised the dazzling nightlife and restaurants for action. The flavor of New York City courses through his very veins. Also he has lived in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other locales, but always returned to the city of his birth. Now, finding himself unfettered and free to pursue his initial loves, writing and the city, Gregory is busy with the Darkness Saga, building on the characters that he has introduced in his first book Cover of Darkness.

Gregory finds himself drawn to things unusual, to the NYPD, and to things seedy and dangerous and writes about these fixations that intrigue him.

Finally finding solace in his easy chair, a tall cup of coffee, his laptop and indie music, he stares out of his window upon the streets of Manhattan and falls into the silent world within his head. He traverses remembered alleyways, and darkened, unlicensed clubs, he huddles with the officers of the NYPD on cold bitter nights on the beat, and kneels over corpses strewn in central park with the CSI technicians.

He feels the heart and soul of the city, breathes its urban breath and eyes its criminal element. He hopes his stories reveal that.

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If you’d like to read Cover of Darkness by Gregory Delaurentis, you can get a copy at AMAZON, B&N, or SMASHWORDS. Happy reading!

{Spotlight} Jasinda Wilder

Read the interview with New York Times Bestselling author Jasinda Wilder and take a sneak peek at Forever & Always and After Forever!

Feb2014_coverauthorWell, I’m a wife, and a mother to five amazing kids, ranging in age from 2 all the way up to 10. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and now live in Northwest Michigan. I’ve been a DJ, a corporate headhunter, and a private vocal instructor. Teaching voice, dance and theater was my first and longest career. I started teaching privately while in college, and only retired to write full time just this past year, making it nearly fifteen years as a voice teacher…

Read more here.

Review {Lisa}: Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives

Wicked Little SecretsWicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lord Dashiell is a very lost soul; a man with no one expecting anything of substance from him. To say he has a fear of commitment is the understatement of the century. He travels to avoid any form of entanglement and has amassed an impressive collection of antiquities. Ladies vie for his attention and even knowing he is not going to stay with them, they get upset and throw tantrums. His grandfather, the Earl of Baswiche, is a bit eccentric and causes Dashiell to want to run to any port away from London.

Vivienne Taylor is expected to bail her family out of going to debtor’s prison. She is to marry John Vandergrift, a staid, duplicitous, egotistical prig. Everyone tells her it is a good match and how lucky she is. She is not feeling lucky, she is feeling that she is not worthy and worries that she will disappoint him and her family. She is very intelligent, inquisitive and clever, but has very low self-esteem. Lord Dashiell is the only person that builds her up and shows her any affection, but he tries to keep her at arm’s length.

As a woman of the 21st century I found myself wanting to defend Vivienne to everyone in her life. I wanted to shout, “Stand up for yourself!” She was trying so hard to tow the line that was drawn for her by her family and feeling she was going backward. The relationship with Dashiell was wonderfully written. She makes him crazy; he makes her want to be the woman that he stays around for. The subplots were wonderfully intertwined with their relationship. The mystery of the theft of paintings and the blackmail make the ending amazing. I was able to figure out parts and the parts I did not were great and made the puzzle complete. It was a brilliant story. Twists, turns, dark alleys, halo’s and men in wigs and gowns…oh my! Have fun!

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

If you’re interested in reading Wicked Little Secrets by Susanna Ives, copies are available for purchase HERE.

{Release Day} Fix You – Carrie Elk

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December 1999. Seventeen-year-old Brit, Hanna Vincent, meets New Yorker,
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by wealth, distance and a common language, an unconventional friendship grows
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London to New York, from 1999 to 2012, Fix You follows the story of quirky,
music-loving Hanna and handsome, driven Richard as they fall in love and are
torn apart. Their tempestuous relationship leads to an explosive revelation
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Emotional and touching,
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last seen him. The thin cotton of his shirt clung to his biceps, skimming his
taut abdomen as it tucked into his dress pants. His hips were still lean and
tight, and she closed her eyes as she tried not to remember how they had felt
between her thighs, as he had moved inside her, breathing softly in her ear, as
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She wasn’t standing in his large, oak-panelled office just to take a trip down
memory lane, as pleasant as that might be. She had flown here, over three
thousand miles, to tell him what he deserved to know.
< span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Inappropriate
laughter bubbled up in her throat as she considered the ridiculous melodrama of
the situation. Her 17-year-old self would be rolling her eyes, wondering how
this 29-year-old woman had managed to turn a seemingly promising life into a
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< span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">She glanced up at his
face, looking at his lips, which had turned down into a deep scowl. His eyes
had narrowed beneath his brows, and his straight, patrician, nose was slightly
crinkled in response to her presence.
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< span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Hanna tried to keep
her breathing steady, reminding herself that although she was in his
office, on the penthouse floor of his building, this was her
show.
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< span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">If he viewed her with
contempt now, God only knew how he would feel once he’d heard what she had to
say. He had been an integral part of her life for so long—as a friend, a
confidante, even a lover—but never before did he have the power to break her.

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is to see you,” he drawled, the tone of his voice making it patently clear
that her being in his office was anything but nice, “I have a meeting in
five minutes. Exactly what is it that you want?”

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this was it. Time to open her mouth and tell him what he needed to hear. Her
arms suddenly felt heavy, and her fingers trembled; a physical manifestation of
her nervousness. Her laughter was replaced by something more unsettling, as she
tried to take in a deep breath and form the words that she had travelled all
this way to say.

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to moisten her lips. She watched his gaze move down to her mouth, staring at it
with dark eyes, as her teeth drew in her bottom lip.

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Her voice was surprisingly strong. She could do this. She could tell him the
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Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK.

An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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Review {Jessa}: Bells Will Be Ringing by Monica Tillery, Diana Jean, Carolynn Carey, & Angelita Gill

Bells Will Be RingingBells Will Be Ringing by Monica Tillery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This collection of romantic novellas feature four very different stories that will no doubt get you in the mood for the holidays. The variety is wonderful… from regency to modern love story and locales as varied as a mountain cabin in Colorado and sunny Hawaii. There’s a little something for everyone. All four tales were fun to read and short enough to finish in an afternoon. Perfect for fans of lighthearted romances… definitely a Christmas-time must-read.

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

If you’re interested in reading Bells Will Be Ringing by Monica Tillery, Diana Jean, Carolynn Carey, & Angelita Gill, copies are available for purchase HERE.

Review {Jessa}: Reincarnation by Marilou Trask-Curtin


NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Book Description: Death is not the end, but rather a glorious new beginning that offers solace to our weary souls. After a period of rest between lives, we return to Earth in order to experience true love and make right our past wrongs. Author Marilou Trask-Curtin has experienced reincarnation firsthand. Her first memories as an infant were of her previous lives. In this fascinating book, she describes how she lost touch with her past-life memories only to regain them through a series of remarkable past-life regression sessions.

It’s not easy for anyone to move past the limiting teachings of our culture. But in Reincarnation, the author’s experiences of soul lessons and past-life relationships are too powerful for her to ignore. With a supportive community of like-minded seekers, Trask-Curtin achieved a remarkable transformation. And now she is able to affirm this important fact: Reincarnation is real.

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Review: I’ve always been fascinated with cases of child prodigies who could tackle complicated piano pieces with little to no instruction or those who could recall startlingly accurate details of someone else’s life from years before they themselves were even born. So it’s no wonder that when the opportunity to read and review Reincarnation: One Woman’s Exploration of Her Past Lives by Marilou Trask-Curtin popped up, I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. It was very interesting to read. The references to Dr. Ian Stevenson’s research involving reincarnation intrigued me so much that I took to google to find out more about him and his case studies (If you’re interested in bit of information, you can check out this Wiki page HERE.). The book was well-written with a very spiritual, new age feel to it. While it was interesting, there were a few points where I wondered whether certain details of the author’s past lives had simply been suggested to her during her “regression sessions”. Despite my skepticism, I did overall enjoy this book.
Jessa’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Reincarnation by Marilou Trask-Curtin will be released on April 8, 2014. Copies can be pre-ordered on AMAZON & B&N. Happy reading!

Review {Lisa}: Secrets For Seducing A Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard (The Renegade Royals, #1)Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aden works for the home office; he is very handsome, strong, and quick-minded and has walls around his heart like the Great Wall of China. He has distanced himself from family and life, and he avoids the ton. He feels that no one wants him in their lives; he has felt this way since he was a small boy. He has been charged with protecting Lady Vivien from an unknown evil. His mother wants to be back in Aden’s life, wants to chip away at the wall. Lady Vivien is bringing thoughts and feelings to the surface and he is not sure how to deal with them.

Lady Vivien is beautiful, charming, kind, and very worried about her family. She was asked, by her now dead father, to watch out for her mother and younger brother. She has a very deep sense of responsibility and will do what she must to protect her family. Her older brother, Cyrus, does not have the same sense of responsibility, he is arrogant, self-centered and sees Vivien as a means to an end. She has been treated like an obligation since her father died and yearns to no longer be anyone’s obligation, but to be cherished.

This is the first full novel of Renegade Royal series and it carries the same punch found in the opening novella, “Lost in a Royal Kiss.” The faced paced conversations and Vivien’s schemes keep Aden on his toes and the reader turning pages. I enjoyed the mystery, the twists and turns, and “watching” Aden come to his senses and his wall coming down. Lady Vivien brought wonderful humor to the story and I loved it. The secondary character’s, Aden’s mother- Lady Thornbury, Prince Ivan, Dominic and Vivien’s brother, Kit, and Aden’s cousin- Griffin, are marvelous and bring rich depth to the story. I like that I was vested in the story from the very first page. I am anxiously looking forward to the next installment of the series.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you’d like to read Secrets For Seducing A Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly, copies are available for purchase HERE.

Review {Lisa}: Christmas Wishes by Patricia Kiyono

Christmas WishesChristmas Wishes by Patricia Kiyono
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a touching love story between Mitchell and Sophie. He is lost and has lost love in his life. She doesn’t think she is lost and has lost love in her life also. He has a 6 year old daughter, Angie, who he has no clue how to be a dad to- there used to be people to help with that. She is caring, and can fill the holes in Mitch’s life. Along the way to becoming the perfect pair they can be they allow doubt to creep in. It is a story of the pain of loss- for everyone and how to come out on the other side whole and happy.

I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are well developed and I was invested right away. I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took. It was touching to see the devotion and protectiveness of Mitchell for Angie. There are more great things to talk about, but I dislike seeing spoilers in reviews. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Kiyono’s books.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you’d like to read Christmas Wishes by Patricia Kiyono, you can get a copy for just 99 cents HERE.

Review {Michelle}: Atonement by B.J. Daniels


NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?

Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. One year later, Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn’t save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant…with Ethan’s baby. At first, Dillon can’t decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn’t die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?

Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth…anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves…but also Tessa’s unborn child.

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Review: I really enjoyed this book! It was a wonderful Romance Suspense novel! Even though the characters Dillon and Ethan are twins, the author really made you connect with them individually. Dillon is loyal, compassionate, always there to help others when needed. Ethan is more of a rebel and a free spirit, never one to settle down. As the story progressed B.J. Daniels had you wondering what was going to happen next. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

With the one year anniversary of Dillon’s brother’s death approaching, he was shocked when a strange woman named Tessa showed up at his house. Tessa told Dillon that in fact his brother Ethan was still alive. Not only that, but Tessa was very pregnant with Ethan’s baby. Ethan had abandoned Tessa, and she came to find him. Ethan always had a way of getting himself in trouble. Which also caused trouble for those closest to him. Can Dillon and Tessa find Ethan before it’s too late? There is so much more going on in this small town in Montana.

Atonement will be released on February 25, 1014. You can pre-order your copy HERE.

{Release Day} The Love Series – Melissa Collins

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The Love Series (Box Set)
Books 1, 2 & 3.5
By: Melissa Collins
Releasing February 10th, 2014

Blurb: Madeleine Becker and Reid Connely both come from a world of pain. Despite their best efforts at guarding their hearts, love finds its way into their lives. Ever the bad boy, Reid walks away when things get too difficult. Coming face to face with the horrors of his past only helps to strengthen the bond that he has created with Maddy, and together they learn how to embrace the love they’ve created. Follow Maddy and Reid on their journey where they learn how to let love in so that it can stay and shine forever.

Let Love In (Love #1): What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?

Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t fall in love.

That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy’s pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world. Maddy’s inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.

Together they find out what happens when they let love in.

Let Love Stay (Love #2): If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love – truly, madly and deeply in love. But what happens when that honest and pure love isn’t enough to erase your fears? What happens when your past rears its ugly head and threatens your future?

Maddy and Reid had that kind of love – the all-encompassing, Earth shattering, once in a lifetime kind of love. Then life happened. Old wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped opened and they are forced to face the possibility that, maybe, they are not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.

Together, they found out what love is, but now they will each need to heal on their own before they can ever be together again. They must face their fears and beat down their pasts in order to find their way through this crazy uphill battle called love.

They’ve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.

Let Love Shine (Love #3.5) What comes after “they lived happily ever after?”

Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.

Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.

With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.

Purchase Links: AMAZON / AMAZON UK / BARNES & NOBLE / KOBO / iBOOKS

Author Info: Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

Author Links: FACEBOOK / WEBSITE / GOODREADS / AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE / TOUR LINK

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{Giveaway} Ruth Reid’s A MIRACLE OF HOPE Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party!

A Miracle of Hope is the first book in Ruth Reid‘s new series, Amish Wonders, and she is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party!

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the A Miracle of Hope Facebook Party on February 11th. Connect with Ruth for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!


So grab your copy of A Miracle of Hope and join Ruth and friends on the evening of February 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

{Cover Reveal} Lemons – J. Andersen

Synopsis:
They say when life throws you lemons to make lemonade, but when Ally finds herself in the biggest pickle of her life—stranded on an island in the middle of a lake—fruit and veggies are the least of her worries. Now she’ll have to face the harsh realities of her selfish choices, which means dealing with what happened between her parents a few years ago.

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Lemons will be available on February 13th on Amazon!

{Giveaway} Cara Putman’s SHADOWED BY GRACE “Past & Present” Camera Prize Pack Giveaway!

Cara Putman is celebrating her latest historical suspense novel, Shadowed by Grace with a fun “Past & Present” giveaway! 

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One winner will receive:

  • A Polaroid Instant Camera
  • A beautiful antique AFGRA camera (learn more here)
  • Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon)
  • Shadowed By Grace by Cara Putman

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced February 10th on Cara’s blog.



Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Cara’s blog on the 10th to see if you won.

{Giveaway} Upcoming Blog Tour: THE CALLING | Six Chances to win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating her newest book, The Calling, by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks!
 

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Two grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Four second place winners will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner’s choice!
  • The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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{Lisa} Review: The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) – Courtney Milan

cover40466-medium Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership…even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

Disclosure: Lisa received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.

Lisa’s Review: Sebastian Malheur is a man of secrets. He is charismatic, charming, handsome, and a mischievous smile. He is renowned across England for his scientific mind. He is best friends with Violet Waterfield, the Countess of Cambury. They have been friends since childhood. He is not take n seriously by his family and friends- they do not understand his science studies. He has the ability to walk into a room and instantly have everyone smiling and comfortable. He wants desperately for his older brother to see him as an equal.

Violet Waterfield is a quiet woman with secrets. She is a very independent thinker and is worried the people she knows will shun her for her secrets. She has worked very hard her whole life to blend into the background wherever she is. She is a doer and gets things done. Violet is convinced she is basically not lovable, she has been told she has no worth by men in her life. Deep down she wants to be loved, valued and appreciated for who she is, but has shoved those desires down to avoid being hurt.

Sebastian and Violet are such good, deep friends that they can finish each other’s sentences and hidden meanings to common phrases they use in everyday conversation. They each have insecurities that the other can heal. Once Sebastian makes his decision to end their partnership of sorts, they find themselves starting to dredge up these insecurities and work through them. This is a touching story of love, healing, learning to trust and being willing to sacrifice for the one you love. Their courage is heartwarming and I found myself wanting to hug each of them at points and tell them it will all be alright. The secondary characters had me shaking my head and asking why would you think or do that to one you supposedly care about and then surprising me in the end. HUZZAH!

Lisa’s Rating: 4/5 stars

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