Thursday, July 20, 2017

Princess Breeze on Tour {+ Giveaway}


A love for reading can begin at any age and it’s always fun to find a delightful story to spark that interest. Today author Beverly Stowe McClure stops by as part of her PRINCESS BREEZE Blog Tour through MC Book Tours.

As part of the celebration you can enter the tour-wide giveaway (courtesy of the author) for one of two paperback copies of the book (U.S. only) being given away. Please see the end of the post for more details.

◊ PRINCESS BREEZE
◊ By Beverly Stowe McClure
◊ Series: Breeze (Book 2)
◊ Paperback: 236 pages
◊ Publisher: 4RV Young Adult (June 11, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1940310555
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1940310558

For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night, without telling her goodbye. On the night, she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?
          Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, soon sail to the island, where she and Cam renew their friendship. But danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one winner.


PRINCESS BREEZE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and 4RV Publishing.


Author Beverly Stowe McClure
Most of the time, you’ll find Award-Winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers, and clouds. She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax she plays the piano. Her fur babies don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.

Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.

For more on Beverly and her writing visit her at her:
Twitter @beverlymcclure

The first book in the series is JUST BREEZE.

◊ Paperback: 196 pages
◊ Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (August 31, 2009)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0984070826
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0984070824

Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She's still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.

JUST BREEZE is available on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by today during Beverly’s visit. Do you just love the covers of these books? They make me think of the typical teenage girl, what about you?


This is a tour-wide giveaway (courtesy of the author) for one of two paperback copies of the book (U.S. only). The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, July 25.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below (if it shows up) and follow the instructions. If the widget doesn’t appear, just click HERE and it will take you to the Rafflecopter page where you can enter. Be sure to make a comment here before clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Indigo Lake by Jodi Thomas


I’m delighted to be hosting Jodi today since yesterday was the release of INDIGO LAKE, the sixth book in her Ransom Canyon series.

Indigo Lake
By Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 18, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373799365
ISBN-13: 978-0373799367

Two families long divided by an ancient feud. Can a powerful love finally unite them?

Blade Hamilton is the last of his line. He's never even heard of Crossroads, Texas, until he inherits land there. Riding in on his vintage Harley-Davidson, Blade finds a weathered ranch house, an empty prairie and a dark river that cuts a decisive path between the Hamiltons' land and that of their estranged neighbors.
          When Dakota helps a stranger on the roadside, she isn't prepared for the charisma of the man on the motorbike—or for the last name he bears: Hamilton, of her family's sworn enemies, representing all she's been raised to loathe. The problem is, it looks like Blade is in town to stay, and there's something about his wolf-gray eyes she just can't ignore.
          Lauren Brigman feels adrift. Unhappy in work and unlucky in love, she knows she ought to be striving for more, but she's never truly at peace unless she's at home in Crossroads. If the wider world can't satisfy her, is home truly where her heart is?

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Jodi as she joins us to talk about her latest release. Welcome, Jodi.

When I started INDIGO LAKE, I loved the idea of a love story happening in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. And, of course, my hero and heroine are from the two feuding families!

Blade Hamilton is a man who has no family ties. Since he turned 18, he’s been on his own. When he finds out he’s inherited a little farm from a father he never knew, he rides down to Texas from Denver on his Harley to take a look. (Fun note and photo: I had to learn a little about Harleys.)

Sell the place and ride away is his plan, until he meets Dakota Davis and falls into the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Legends and curses seem to keep them apart, but an attraction neither can deny keeps pulling them together.

Blade finds himself surrounded by legends and a deep family history as he falls in love with a woman who is afraid to step on his land and has a grandmother who regularly threatens to kill him.

As Blade is drawn into an investigation in town, he truly finds home for the first time in his life. I just know you will love Blade and Dakota’s story.

Good news for Ransom Canyon fans, WINTER’S CAMP is included in the back of INDIGO LAKE!

Hope you enjoy both, Jodi Thomas 

Thanks for joining us today Jodi and sharing an insight into your story.

Author Jodi Thomas, friends and a Harley
New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes."

In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Jodi into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008).

While continuing to work as a novelist, Jodi also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

For more on Jodi and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you like the idea of a love relationship coming between an age-old feud?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Unveiling ….. Jalapeno Cupcake Wench


I’m thrilled to be participating in the cover reveal for JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH, the first book in the Amazing Gracie Trilogy by friend, fellow blogger and author Carol Kilgore.

JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH
AMAZING GRACIE TRILOGY, BOOK 1

A hot and spicy taste of murder—and more.

During the day, law enforcement consultant Gracie Hofner is on assignment at a small San Antonio bakery, waiting for a delivery. No one knows what it is or when it will arrive. The upside? Working next to Donovan Beck, a flirty hunk and a half—perfect fling material.
          At night, Gracie resumes her search for a little girl and her mother who went missing following a double murder. Finding the pair is imperative or the girl will become a target.
          At the girl’s aunt’s house, Gracie experiences a peculiar need to leave immediately. She tries to deny the urge to flee and pushes the pressure aside, but the compulsion intensifies. Gracie thinks she must have a brain tumor. Or is losing her mind. When similar events continue to occur, Gracie sees a pattern. Can she use this newfound ability to help her find the girl and her mother before it’s too late?


Author Carol Kilgore
Carol Kilgore is the author of Jalapeno Cupcake Wench, the first book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy, and three romantic suspense novels: In Name Only, Solomon’s Compass, and Secrets of Honor.

She’s married, with dogs, and lives in San Antonio, the setting for the trilogy.

For more on Carol and her writing, connect with her on the following sites:


Thanks for stopping by today. Doesn’t that cover just make you wonder what’s cooking inside?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Forbidden {+ Giveaway}


I’m delighted to be a part of the launch promotions for THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas!  

The first part of the launch is this teaser release today. To celebrate there’s an excerpt for your reading pleasure. In addition, you can enter to win one of five ARCs of THE FORBIDDEN being given away during this teaser.

A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy. 

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.
Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

“Every kiss, every sexy scene, every word between this pair owned a piece of my soul.  I could read this book a hundred times and still react as if it was the first time.  The Protector is a top 2016 fave for me.” –Audrey Carlan, #1 bestselling author of The Calendar Girl series

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The teaser blitz excerpt for your reading pleasure:

             Keeping his eyes on mine, he calls to the barman. “Two tequilas, please.”
             “Tequila,” I muse, looking over my shoulder when the salt and lemon land behind me. “Is that my challenge?”
             “Crying off?” he goads, reaching into his pocket and pulling out some notes.
              “Never,” I scoff, turning into the bar. I don’t know what his game is, but I want to play. With him. “You’re asking me to prove I’m sober by doing a shot?” I narrow my eyes on him, teasing. “Or is your plan to get me drunk and take advantage of me?”
              He smiles to himself as he pays the barman. “You don’t look like the kind of woman who could be taken advantage of.”
             “What kind of woman do I look like, then?” I challenge quietly.
              He turns into me, watching me for a few moments. “I don’t know, but I think I’d like to find out.”
               I hold his gaze for a few seconds, no retort coming to me. I think I want him to find out, too, just as much as I want to find out what kind of man he is. My eyes drop from his sparkling greys, down his tall, lean frame to his feet.
Oh…fuck…
              “Let’s play,” he says, moving in closer and pulling one of the glasses forward. I don’t mean to, but I yank my arm away abruptly when he brushes against me, startled by the tiny stabs of pleasure that pitter-patter all over my skin. The fleeting touch tells me he would feel as good as he looks, and—give me strength—he smells divine, all manly and earthy and fucking edible.
              The sudden lapse in movement and talking from both of us becomes slightly awkward. I can feel him looking down at me.
              “What do I have to do?” I ask again quietly, almost on a breathy gasp.
              He clears his throat. “You’re not drunk?”
              “Not even the slightest bit.” I raise my nose in the air.
              “Good. Then you’ll smash this challenge first time.” He places a finger on the brim of one of the shot glasses. “Brace your palms on the edge of the bar,” he orders, firm but softly. I look at him, finding a serious face. “Go on.”
              Frowning, I place my hands on the edge of the bar. “Okay?”
              He takes my hips. He takes my fucking hips! I freeze from top to toe and swallow hard, waiting. My insides are quickly furling, my mind in chaos. “Move back a bit,” he says, pulling at them a little until I step back.
              Oh, Jesus. I’m on fire. I have a strange man bending me over a bar in public, and me, Annie I’m-immune-to-men Ryan, isn’t fighting him off. It’s like he has me under a spell. What gives? I dare not look behind me. I’m not stupid enough to think Lizzy isn’t currently watching a man manipulate my body to where he wants it.
              “You feel tense,” he observes, releasing me and moving back to my side.
              I don’t deny it; neither do I confirm it. His big hands felt so good resting on my hips, so much so I have to resist not claiming them and putting them back where they were. “What now?” I ask, evidently struggling for air, damn me.
             “Now.” He picks up his beer and grins. “I get to gloat that I had you bent over a bar within five minutes of meeting you.” He takes a swig, still grinning, and I hear the roar of a man down the bar laughing his head off.
              Oh, the fucker! Part of me has admiration. Another part of me wants to slap him stupid; I don’t care how beautiful he is. And another part of me wants to rip his clothes from his body and ravish the sly bastard.
               I cannot believe I fell for it! How many women has he played like a fiddle? I drop my head, shaking it to myself.
              I knew that smile was dangerous. A man who can bend a woman to his will so easily and so soon couldn’t be anything less than lethal. And the fact that he got me with his wicked game means hats off to him. I can’t possibly take that away from him, and since I’m lacking in the dignity department right now, I decide not to slap him. Nor will I chuck a drink over his head, or fire a load of verbal abuse at him.
              I’ll do what he least expects.
              I push myself up and turn to face him, unable to stop myself from smiling at his half-grin. Holding his gaze, I slowly lick the back of my hand, blindly take the salt off the bar, sprinkle a bit, and take one of the shots of tequila. But as I’m taking my hand to my mouth to lick the salt up, he seizes my wrist and takes the shot from my other hand. My heartbeat accelerates, our eyes glued to each other as he moves into me and slowly brings my hand to his mouth. I watch, gripped, as he lazily licks up the salt from the back of my hand, eyes on mine, and then knocks the tequila back. Kill me now, for I will certainly die a happy woman. His tongue on my skin. His eyes boring into mine. His hold of my wrist. I must look like a statue—unable to talk, move, or think clearly.
            “There’s one more tequila,” he says, cocking his head toward the bar but keeping me in his sights. “And it’s yours.”
            Oh good lord. My heart is speeding up by the second as I watch him lick the back of his hand and sprinkle some salt. Then he offers it to me. I stare at his hand, and then slowly look up at him. I could get lost in those grey glittery eyes.
“I taste good,” he whispers.


Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man.

She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Doesn’t that cover just make you wonder what is going on inside that story?


Friday, July 14, 2017

The Duchess and the Highwayman {+ Giveaway}

 
It a pleasure to be a part of author Beverley Oakley's blog tour for her release, THE DUCHESS AND THE HIGHWAYMAN, through Reviews by Crystal.

Beverley is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate and an eBook, The Mysterious Governess, to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here

BLURB: 
A duchess disguised as a lady’s maid; a gentleman parading as a highwayman. She’s on the run from a murderer, he’s in pursuit of one… In a remote Norfolk manor, Phoebe, Lady Cavanaugh is wrongfully accused by her servants of her brutal husband’s murder. There’s little sympathy in the district for the duchess who’s taken a lover and made clear she despised her husband. The local magistrate has also vowed revenge since Lady Cavanaugh rebuffed his advances. When Phoebe is discovered in the forest wearing only a chemise stained with the blood of her murdered husband, she persuades the noble ‘highwayman’ who rescues her that she is Lady Cavanaugh’s maidservant. Hugh Redding has his own reasons for hunting down the man who would have Phoebe tried and hanged for murder. He plans to turn ‘the maidservant with aspirations above her station' into the 'lady' who might testify against the very villain who would see Phoebe dead. But despite the fierce attraction between Phoebe and the 'highwayman', Phoebe is not in a position to admit she's the 'murderous duchess' hunted across the land. Seizing an opportunity to strike at the social and financial standing of the man who has profited by her distress, Phoebe is drawn into a dangerous intrigue. But when disaster strikes, she fears Hugh will lack the sympathy or understanding of her unusual predicament to even want to save her a second time.
  
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Excerpt:  
“The doctor doubts Ulrick will make Michelmas.” The lazy drawl of her husband’s cousin punctuated the silence as Phoebe resumed her position in an armchair by the fire. Wentworth raised his cut glass tumbler to the light as he sighed in appreciation of Ulrick’s best brandy. He took a sip and smacked his lips, meeting Phoebe’s eye across her sleeping husband whom she’d made more comfortable in his large leather armchair with the tasselled cushion Phoebe had embroidered to support his neck. The odious creature could not help but interpret Phoebe’s critical expression correctly, but there was no defensiveness in his tone as he chuckled. “The old bastard can’t enjoy his riches when he’s gone.” His teeth were white; sharp and wolfish beneath his black moustache and Phoebe looked away, pretending concentration on her handiwork while her stomach clenched with revulsion and fear. She would not dignify Wentworth’s grasping remarks with a response. For a few minutes Ulrick’s wheezing, rattling cough and the hiss of the fire broke the silence. The harsh caw of a raven in the darkness made Phoebe jump but she kept her fingers busy with her embroidery and her head averted from Wentworth’s hard stare. Tonight? Would Wentworth insist on claiming her tonight, with Ulrick so very ill and likely to need her? Wentworth drained his glass, placing the empty vessel clumsily upon the low table beside him. Empty vessel. It’s what she’d always been made to feel as Ulrick’s wife. “Ulrick was always mean with his liquor. A good supply for his heir, then, eh, Phoebe?” Ulrick’s Heir. Wentworth imbued the word with the disgust he’d always felt for the fact that Wentworth was not Ulrick’s heir. It was hardly better than the reproach that had always hardened Ulrick’s tone in the days he could speak and implied that Phoebe had failed in providing him with a son to continue the family line. Phoebe glanced up and saw Wentworth’s thin lips were pursed, observing fleetingly that he looked like a malevolent raven, his dark eyes glittering in the face she’d once thought so handsome. She tried not to show her fear. “How long do you suppose it’ll take my brother to drink the lot once he inherits?” There it was. The bitterness he didn’t bother to hide. “Hush, Wentworth. You’ll wake Ulrick.” Phoebe cast the sleeping invalid a nervous look. “The doctor opines that our poorly Lord Cavanaugh will not last three months.” Wentworth didn’t trouble to lower his voice. “My guess is he’ll be gone long before Michealmas.” Phoebe could bear it no longer. She dropped her handiwork into her lap and sent her husband’s regular and increasingly unwelcome guest an imploring look. “Please, Wentworth. He’s not dead yet. Have the good grace to keep such thoughts to yourself. What if he hears you?” Wentworth gave a short laugh. “What do I have to lose by my graveyard talk? It’s not as if Ulrick’s in any position to deny me what my imbecile brothers already have simply by virtue of them being alive.” How many times had she heard the same complaints? Phoebe forced aside her weary frustration and rose. “I’m going to bed.”  

 

Author Beverley Oakley
Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.
Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.
Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.
Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.
You can get in contact with Beverley at:

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Knit Your Own Murder {+ Giveaway}


This is a delightful cozy mystery that I reviewed last year when it came out in hardback. Now it’s finally available in mass market paperback and it’s still a great read.

I’m sharing my thoughts from last year, along with a few new notes about the book. In addition, you can enter to win your own copy (see below).

KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER by Monica Ferris
◊ Series: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book #19
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Berkley (July 4, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425270130
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425270134

SYNOPSIS:

 In the USA Today bestselling Needlecraft Mysteries, Betsy Devonshire has her hands tied between running her needlework shop and turning her sharp eye for deduction to solve a knotty murder at a local fund-raiser…

The Monday Bunch and other local knitters are participating in a fund-raising auction to save a community center, creating a growing pile of stuffed animals and toys right in front of the auctioneers as the audience bids. Among those contributing the most knitted goods is temperamental businesswoman Maddy Hanover—who keels over halfway through the event.
After she is pronounced DOA, an autopsy reveals that Maddy had been poisoned. But how? And by whom? One of the prime suspects is her ruthless business rival, Joe Mickels, who lost a bitterly contested property bid to Maddy.
When Mickels pleads his innocence to Betsy, she reluctantly believes him. But if Betsy is going to uncover the real murderer’s identity, she must first untangle the knots Maddy made in her relationships throughout her life…

FREE KNITTING PATTERN INCLUDED 


Author Monica Ferris has crafted characters that readers feel comfortable with like neighbors down the street. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time reader of her Needlecraft Mystery series or a returning fan, the characters will seem like old friends. Her characters are realistic and intriguing, each with their own unique personality.

The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. The twists and turns will hold your attention until the very end. The setting is inviting and comes to life through the author’s eye for details.

Ferris keeps the story fresh and entertaining even though KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER is the 19th installment in the series. There’s a good mix of suspense, friendship, and humor combined with needlecraft tidbits and a knitting pattern. Non-crafters shouldn’t shy away from the story as the mystery and friends are the focus.

This is an enjoyable cozy mystery and readers don’t have to be needlecraft buffs to delight in the tantalizing plot and unique characters.

Knit Your Own Murder by Monica Ferris, A Needlecraft Mystery (Book #19), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-0425270134, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of KNIT YOUR OWN MURDER by Monica Ferris to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Friday, July 21.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you ever tried a pattern that was in a book you’ve read? If so, how did it turn out?