Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tour and Giveaway - Blood and Sacrifice


Title: Blood and Sacrifice
Author: Jessica Gibson
Series: Blood Ties Novella Series (#2)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook
Bronwyn left everything behind when she left with Ronan. She became what he needed her to be and forgot the rest. Too bad the past won't stay in the past.
Rider bursts back into her life uninvited, and is not the man she remembers. There is an edge to him that was not there before. Bronwyn is torn by guilt over what he has become and anger at being blamed for it.
When Ronan ended his maker’s life, he inherited a line of vampires and a whole set of problems to go along with it. Bronwyn must decide if their love is worth it, worth the killing, and the constant disruption of their lives.
Is love enough? Can Bronwyn find herself again and strike a balance between who she wants to be and who Ronan needs her to be? Or will she lose herself all over again?

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Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

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My Rating: 4 Cogs

My Review:

I admit, after reading book one in this series, I was a little iffy on whether or not this was a series for me.  I felt that in the earlier book, that Bronwyn  seemed like a weak character, and she just didn't resonate well with me.  This book took all of that worry, and tossed it out the window.  Bronwyn is totally in her element in this book, and she turns into a strong vampire queen.  I was actually a bit surprised by the entire night and day change in her personality, but I could totally see how living a year with Ronan could change a person.

Bronwyn was admirable in her attempts to save Rider from pain, and I feel that this really kept the important part of her humanity in tact from the first book.  Even though she knew she wasn't going to be with him, she also didn't want him to die, even though it would be the easiest route to solve her problems.  I found this fantastic, because although she had changed into more of the monster type of vampire, she still kept that bit of humanity that kept her able to be a good friend.

After reading this installment, I really look forward to continuing this series with the next book.  I hope it comes out soon!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Blood Ties Novella Series

Boston Witches


Bronwyn stopped in her tracks when she saw someone very familiar leaning against the building across the street, dressed head to toe in leather. “I’m guessing you all decided on a field trip at the same time?” She said sarcastically, as she zipped across the street.
“Well, someone has to clean up after his mess,” Carly scoffed.
Bronwyn’s lips thinned out, “I saw him, earlier. He seems to be out of control.”
“Hmmm, I wonder why that is?” Carly pressed a finger to her lips in mock concentration.
“Look, I don’t need a lecture from you, too. I got enough from Seraph.”
Carly smiled. “You know, I want so bad to stay mad at you. It would be a heck of a lot easier if I did. But, it’s too damn good to see you.”
Bronwyn’s tough exterior melted, “I know. I’ve missed you so much. Is Tuck here, too?”
“He’s looking for Rider; we followed him here. I didn’t even know you were back in the States. Seraph told us, yesterday.” There was a hint of something in Carly’s voice.
“Look, I know this is an f-ed up situation. I had to make a clean break, though. I couldn't live half in and half out with Ronan.”
“You ruined him.” Carly’s voice was harsh.
Bronwyn laughed. “Really? Rider is a big boy; far older than I am. His choices are his own. Did you really come here to make me feel guilty? If so, you may as well leave now.” Bronwyn’s tone was cool.
“Who are you?” Carly took a step back.
“I’m the same person I’ve always been, Carly, I’m just not fighting it anymore.” Bronwyn leaned in and kissed Carly’s cheek before heading off into the night.

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Review: Friend-Zoned

By:  Belle Aurora

Rating: 5 Cogs


Nikolai Leokov never thought he'd fall in love with the only girl he's ever befriended.

Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.

When Tina decides to make broody Nik's day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.

Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.

A story of friendship, humour and love.


Maybe I'm just a sucker for a friends to lovers romance, but this book seems nearly impossible not to love.  Nik and Tina make such an unlikely set of friends, and their love builds slowly and sweetly.  This book had a little bit of everything - action, humour, love, and plenty of excitement of all kinds.  I was up all night reading this book, and I didn't regret it for one minute.

Tina's character was heartbreaking.  I can't even begin to talk about how much strength and perseverance is bottled up in just this one character.  I couldn't help but shed a tear or two while reading about her history.  She's riddled with loss and pain, but she hid it from all prying eyes.  The best (or worst) part of it all, is that her pain was so real.  It wasn't just drama llama crap, it was truly a truly heartbreaking occurrence that was completely believable, and could happen to anyone in the matter of a few seconds.

Honestly?  This is the first book I've ever felt bad for waiting to find on sale.  Had I known the wonder and awesomeness that was between these pages, I would have quickly paid full price without a second thought.

If you read any form of romance, this book is for you.  This book will grab your heartstrings and take you for a fun and thrilling ride.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Only Half Alive

Book: Only Half Alive
Author: Konstanz Silverbow.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 27th 2013
Cover Reveal Host: LadyAmber Tours

The world's darkest creature, will be their brightest hope.

While darkness haunts her, she craves the light. Christina is a demon, but she doesn't want to be. She is willing to sacrifice everything to change it. Only one person stands in her way, and he will stop at nothing to keep her the way she is.

The greatest battle of light vs dark threatens every living creature, a battle that could destroy all. And the demon in love will only have one chance to save everyone.

About the Author:

Konstanz Silverbow has always been a dreamer . . . but not a writer. Being an author was something she was dragged into. But since that day, she hasn't stopped. It has become more than a hobby, it is a passion.

During the day Konstanz works, making jewelry, playing the violin, collecting dragons, and learning all she can about medieval weapons. But at night she creates made up worlds and places where those dragons come to life and the weapons are used in battle."

Young adult fantasy, paranormal with a dash of romance author, Konstanz Silverbow; Proud Creator of magical worlds, fictional creatures, ideal super heroes and sarcasm since 2007!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tour Review: Ivy Entwined

Ivy Entwined
A Something to Celebrate Novel
By:  Laura Simcox
Entangled Edge


When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

About the Author

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She is thrilled to be counted among the romance authors of this world and enjoys reading all genres. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Sometimes it's even juvenile dialogue, but hey, who couldn't use a dose of silly humor every now and then? Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending.
Laura lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!!!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. And that's cool, because she loves 'em too.

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Look for fun new titles from Laura coming soon!
- Something to Celebrate series from Entangled Edge
- Various States of Undress Series from Avon Impulse

My Rating: 4 Cogs

My Review:

Every so often, everyone needs a little taste of small town sweetness, and this book definitely has it.  As I'm from a small town myself, I can easily understand how quickly the rumour mill can pump out information that you would normally never want someone to know, so I found the insane speed that the town learned all about anything that Ivy and Marcus were up to, strangely easily believable.  I can remember a few times in my past where I wasn't even able to get all the way home before my family had already heard all about my day's adventures, so seeing this small town in action really made me feel a bit homesick for my own small town.

As far as the characters went, this book has a fantastic cast.  Not only are Ivy and Marcus well developed and easy to root for, I found favourites in some of the oddest places.  Ivy's grandmother!  Wow, is that lady a firecracker!  I absolutely loved her grandmother and all her foul-mouthed quirkiness.  I also found Preston strangely appealing.  Even with his privileged attitude, it seemed as if there was a little bit more behind his story that just wasn't yet told.  Out of everyone, I really hope to read more about Preston, if nothing else but to crack his elitist attitude.

The story line in this book is solid, and as many other Entangled books, has a feeling as if this story could actually happen.  This is a quality that I look forward to whenever I pick up an Entangled book, and I was not disappointed.  The characters are normal people.  They have normal problems, and they have their flaws, just as we all do.

Overall, this is book is a fun contemporary romance that I would recommend to any of my romantic readers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Lovestruck in London

Lovestruck in London
By:  Rachel Schurig

Rating: 5 Cogs


Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in surburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once.

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this!

Lizzie must now determine if her love—and her confidence—are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?


I absolutely loved the story captured here! Lizzie and Thomas are adorable characters that are easy to root for, even in the mess of all of Thomas' hype as a movie star. The characters are very well developed and well rounded. Their friends were fabulous, and so down to earth even with the crazy amount of fame going on in the story.

The love is sweet and even though it grew very quickly between the two leads, it was still believable. I feel that one of my favourite aspects of the book is that it really caters to it's American readers, even though it obviously takes place out of the country. It clearly explains all the differences in language, such as the truck of a car being a boot. Often when I'm reading books that take place in different countries, I get a tad confused with common words with different meanings, and I love the fact that the author squashed these differences with a simple explanation in this book.

This book had a great moral! Be yourself even if it's not what is expected from you. I love how this was added into the book, and how Lizzie's family reacted to the news that she was not going to follow in her sister's footsteps to become a teacher, even after receiving all the necessary education.

Overall, this is an extremely cute book that I wasn't able to put down. I definitely recommend this to contemporary readers. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, August 26, 2013

Promo - August Ever After

One Night in the Spa by Kathy Lyons


What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.

Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?

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Archeologist Lucy Davenport made a promise to retrieve an elusive piece of history buried in the walls of an iconic Indian village. But when she draws unwanted attention that interferes with her secret plans, she's forced to risk it all with a man who threatens not only her goal, but the walls she's carefully constructed around her heart.

Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she's up to something. She secretive, sexy as hell—and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn’t prepared for is just how close he wants to get.

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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online at or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Take Me (Take a Chance #4) by Diane Alberts

Married in the morning…

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?

Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?

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Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME, hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

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Tour and Guest Post - Player

Title: Player
Author: Laura DeLuca           
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Joshua Hanover had it all. He was handsome, rich, athletic, and had always been popular with the ladies. Yet, until he gets paired up with his beautiful but shy lab partner, Rosa, he never allowed himself to fall in love. As the chemistry between them grows, Josh realizes that his player days have come to end. But it seems his change of heart has come too late. Not only is Rosa leery of his bad boy reputation, he has four vindictive ex-girlfriends who are on a rampage. At first he doesn’t take their threats seriously, but then his tires are slashed, someone tries to poison him, and one of the girls turns up dead. Josh doesn’t know who to trust, but one thing is certain. It definitely isn’t worth the price he’s paying to be a player.

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Author Bio:
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.

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Someone else came over to offer Nadine their congratulations, so Josh said goodbye and went to his locker to get his backpack. He figured he would meet up with Andrea and Rosa in the parking lot. He fumbled with the combination before finally getting the door to swing open. Something glittered on the top shelf and caught his eye. He reached for it, and a small scrap of paper fluttered to the floor.
     At first he wasn’t sure what he was holding. It was a pink plastic tiara with some big gaudy plastic jewels. It was the type of thing he had seen in dollar stores for little girls’ birthday parties. It was practically broken in half, and the edges were sharp. Josh pricked his finger on the jagged point, and a few drops of blood welled from the small wound. He put his finger in his mouth as he bent to pick up the paper that had fallen. When he read it, the broken crown suddenly made sense and he wondered how he could have been so naïve. He should have realized from the instant he saw it what it meant.
“Josh decided to play around

Now one of his girls is under the ground.

Another has a big bump on her head.

And by the end of the dance, the queen will be dead.”

Rating: 4/5 Cogs

My Review:

I was a bit surprised at how well the mystery was kept within these pages.  Normally when I read a book like this, I am able to figure out who the "bad guy" is pretty quickly, but this book kept me on my toes and questioned my beliefs on who the killer was until the very last pages.  I never saw what was coming!

Josh is a well developed character, and I had a great time reading through his eyes.  I wish there was a little bit more about the romance with Rosa, but I can see why that wasn't on the front burner considering how all of his exes were dealing with tragic accidents.  I just didn't feel like I was able to create a very lasting connection to Rosa, but all the same.. The book was great!

It was interesting for me to read as if I were a teenage boy.  I rarely read books where the protagonist is a male, so it was a nice switch up for me.

If you like a mysterious YA, this is definitely a book you would enjoy!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”