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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Blog Tour, Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Promises of Virtue

Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Promises of Virtue
Series: Earthbound Angels, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: RMGraphX
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Love has never been Cheryl Brigham’s plan. She’s not cut out for second dates, relationships, or happily ever afters.

All that changes when she’s on vacation in Paris. First dates lead to second dates, which leads to a whole lot more than she ever bargained for—but she knows it's all over when she returns home. That’s okay with her.

Until it’s not.

When it’s no-strings-attached, what will Cheryl do when her heart gets tangled up?

I’ve heard it said that vampire romances are over.

Teenage, angsty vampires that sparkle in the sun, sure. Those can be so over, put a stake in their hearts, chop off their heads, throw water on them—whatever we can do to make them die a horrible, grisly vampire death. 

No, seriously. Don’t. (Down vampire hunters, down.)

Judgments about the story, the characters, and writing (and believe me, I’ve heard it all) about Twilight, I think it ushered in the era of the paranormal romance.

It’s always been there. People have been writing about vampires (Anne Rice, anyone?), shifters, and other paranormal creatures forever. I think, though, we can actually thank Anne Rice and Stephenie 

Meyer for making it more mainstream.

Mainstream does not equal bad or sell-out either.

It means making it more accessible to those who would normally look at a paranormal and toss it on the floor as if it were the devil itself. 

Has paranormal peaked? I certainly hope not, considering I write it! 

Peak or no, there will always be a place for it. (Hear me out.) 

We, as a whole, turn to fiction as a means to escape. It’s the very reason we love books, movies, television shows—they transport us somewhere else, anywhere else. For a brief time, our problems are not our own and instead we’re taking that ride with Louis and Lestat, Edward and Bella, or heck, even my Sera and Cheryl. 

Paranormal has the unique ability to take that entire escapism a step further. It’s fun to imagine a world where these things are possibilities, a world where magic, vampires, shifters, or angels exist. With all the problems facing the world today, who doesn’t want to escape into another world? I know that’s one of the reasons I like to write it so much. I like tiptoeing around this world I created where my characters can fly; can hold out her hand and take someone’s life; can touch a stranger with grace and change that person’s life forever. 

Of all the paranormal creatures out there, why did I choose angels? I get this question. A lot.

Truth be told, I didn’t choose angels. Angels chose me. Virtue of Death was going to be contemporary. No, really. I decided to give her an angel wing back tattoo, and then I said, “Well, what if she really was an angel?” Thus, my entire outlook—on the book, on my career, on everything—changed. (For the better, I think.) 

Is it a challenge? Absolutely. But I love it for several reasons.

One, it’s not common. Who wants to do something everyone else has done? I pride myself on walking to beat of my own drummer, out of rhythm though that may be. 

Two, it was a challenge. It still is a challenge. Being one of the lesser used paranormal creatures, I had a little bit of leeway with the way I wanted to handle them. (Case in point: my angels don’t have feathers! I was adamant about that. My creatures, my rules.) But I also run into religion. A lot of it. 
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with religion. However, how much of it do I want to keep, and how much do I want to fictionalize? How do I write angels without any major religious overtones? (My answer: take everything you knew about angels and throw it out the window.)

In October, I was at a convention and people would pick up Virtue of Death, compliment the cover (as well they should, it’s gorgeous), and then ask what it was about. With each sentence in my elevator pitch they’d step farther and farther away, “she’s going to hell” painted on their face. (Sometimes I forget I live in the Bible belt. Oops.)

Three, why not? 

My mom has read both Earthbound Angels books, and the first thing she said to me after reading Virtue of Death was “You’re going to pay for how you wrote Gabriel.”


I’m not scared. 

After all. It’s just fiction. Just escapism, and we all need that. Probably even Gabriel.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Review: Rewriting Destiny by Shelly Morgan

Rewriting Destiny  (Forsaken Sinners MC, #0.5)Rewriting Destiny by Shelly Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great cast of characters with wonderful plot and relationship developments. Lots of emotive moments where I actively cheered, yelled and cried for the characters. I loved the female protagonist's strength especially. It was refreshing. A well-written and performed motorcycle club romance.

This is based on a personal, audible version of the book.


Rewriting Destiny (Forsaken Sinners MC 0.5) 

When life gives you lemons, it’s time for shots of tequila. That’s my new saying in life, and trust me, life handed me lots of lemons. 

For eighteen years I took those lemons that life and “destiny” threw at me and made lemonade, but I’m no longer a naive girl. I was forced to grow up too fast and the one person I depended on turned his back on me. So now I say screw the lemonade and just give me a bottle of tequila, because I don’t believe in destiny anymore.

There is no pre-designed path set out for each of us. Sometimes bad things happen, it’s just a part of life. It sucks, but you have to pick yourself up and get on with your life. I’m done just sitting around and waiting for my life to change or something good to just fall in my lap. It took me awhile to understand, but once I was done being the doormat to destiny, it was time for me to take control. I would decide where I would go in life and what would happen. It wouldn't always be pretty, it would sometimes hurt like hell, but I would make sure I lived my life to the fullest.

It time to rewrite destiny.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Checkmate by Rose Sawyer

Title: Checkmate
Author: Rose Sawyer
Series: Stalemate, Part 2 of 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 18, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Ellie Collins has always been good at hiding her emotions, but when they threaten to overwhelm her, she channels them into her work. After leaving behind the first person to capture her heart, Ellie’s heartbreak leaves her more motivated than ever before. She has one more job to take care of and nothing left to lose. 

Alex King is determined and stubborn. Unable to walk away from the woman who’s left him dazed, his life is about to get crazier than ever. Through the thick fog of deception, both Ellie and Alex have a decision to make that will change their lives forever. They can only hope that their choices are not taken from them before it’s too late. 

When the moves are made and the positions set, who will finally deliver checkmate?

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Sheila Kell's His Chance

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Title: His Chance
Series: HIS Series #4 - Stand-alone
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Photographer: Eric Battershell
One night in Vegas will change everything

Devon Hamilton, the HIS eyes and ears, hasn’t taken off his headset since joining his brothers. But, when Rylee Hawkins may be in trouble, the radio waves fall silent as he steps away from the command center and into the field. He soon discovers she is on a dangerous quest to find two girls who disappeared on her final FBI op.

Making a bargain, Devon agrees to help Rylee to get what he wants—her. He’ll do anything necessary to keep her safe while using all the tactics he knows to win her over. When danger comes knocking and the threat against Rylee becomes real, Devon gears up for a fight, and like their one hot night in Vegas, all bets are off.

HIS CHANCE is the fourth book in the HIS romantic suspense series. If you like thrilling, edge of your seat reading with sizzling sex scenes, then you’ll love each installment of Sheila Kell’s best-selling series.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

Good Boy (WAGs, #1)Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great amount of humour and relationship development kept me happily turning the pages. Good Boy took me a little to get into--I found the opening a bit slow--yet by 1/4 of the way through I was thoroughly invested. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next in the series.

This was a personal review from a purchased copy.

Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Losing You by Gen Ryan

Author: Gen Ryan
Title: Losing You (Trade Me Collection)
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art
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After a tragic accident, aspiring pro-surfer Brad Morris, leaves his hometown of California to try to forget his pain. Unable to swim or surf since his loss, he focuses on a new career as a car mechanic and restorer. After years of struggling, Brad finally agrees to get help and attempts to gain back the parts of himself he lost that day in the ocean.

Colton James gave his all to his partner, Ben, but his all wasn’t enough. Dumped after buying Ben’s dream home, he buries himself further in his career as a police officer. But when he meets Brad, all bets are off, and Colton begins to question what’s more important: a job, or the one you love?

Clouded by their pasts, will both men be able to see beyond those they lost in order to have a future together?

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Oh, he wasn’t just any guy. He was perfection.

He was all man, his police uniform hugging all the right places of his delicious body. Across his chest, “James” was written in script. He grinned at me, his dazzlingly crooked smile spreading into his dimples. His dark features gave him a mysterious look. I was riveted, and clearly I’d been staring for longer than acceptable because he cleared his throat. I ducked my head and blushed, trying to find something to do to take the attention off my faux pas.

“Oh, here.” I shoved the clipboard at him and he signed his name and flashed me his ID, which read Colton James. 

“Are you new?” he asked.

“Yeah. I’m Brad. Just started today.” 

Olivia smiled at us both.

“He’s so good, Uncle Colt. He used to be a surfer!” She animatedly talked about my surfing days and I smiled because Olivia wasn’t his kid. He was her uncle. Not that I minded kids, but in the back of my mind, knowing Olivia wasn’t his child, I figured I might stand a chance. 

“Surfer, huh?” He gripped his belt and shifted it back to the center. My eyes automatically focused on his dick, because he adjusted his belt, which was near his dick, so… yeah. I couldn’t get a good visual with all the crap that was hanging from his belt. Dammit.

I glanced back up and Colton was grinning at me, catching me yet again mesmerized by his body. 

“Well, I have to get Olivia home before my sister has my head.” 
I nodded, afraid my words would betray me if I opened my mouth.

“Uncle Colt.” Olivia tugged on his hand. For five, she was a good swimmer. Long arms and legs, a perfect swimmer’s body. She was fearless in the water and reminded me a lot of Taylor. “Brad likes boys too.” She clearly meant it to be a whisper, moving closer to Colton, but I heard it. 

I nearly choked. Colton shook his head and shrugged.

“Kids, huh?” was all he said. My initial reaction was to be embarrassed for him, but he didn’t seem fazed in the least. He seemed like a man who didn’t let much bother him, his stern face and uniform just adding to my theory. 

“Yeah. Kids,” I agreed, shoving the clipboard underneath my arm.

“See you around, Brad.” He tilted his chin at me—his magnificent, chiseled, clean-shaven chin—as he walked away, hand in hand with his niece.

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