Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Author Spotlight: Ashlee Sinn

Ooh! Today's spotlight is going to fun! And maybe that's because I've read her books before and they were excellent. Seriously, check her out if you haven't before. Without further ado, here's Ashlee Sinn!


BIO
Ashlee Sinn fancies all creatures of the paranormal persuasion, especially those who like to bite. Her steamy romances tend to feature swoon-worthy heroes and kick-ass heroines. Whether its vampires, weres, or demons, the women who keep them in line have a special place in her heart. And in her chaotic head.

LURED BY THE BEAR
The first book of The Alaska Shifters – a spinoff from The Callaghan Clan books.


BLURB:
Derrick Ward has always wanted a mate. When all of his friends settle down and start a family, he wonders if it will ever happen for him. Brandt, his clan leader, has some females in mind, but Derrick refuses to accept a forced mating. And now the time has come for the shifters to reveal themselves. Derrick fears that once the world knows he’s a grizzly, he’ll never be able to find that right person to fill his den.

Julia Housten has been in love with Derrick for years. Still recovering from the negative reputation her father left behind by his failed challenge for clan leader, she worries that Derrick will never accept her as a potential mate. So when she has an opportunity to do something good for the clan, she can hardly contain herself when she learns she’ll be working with Derrick.

The International Shifter Coalition is moving forward with the big reveal while Julia and Derrick discover just how perfect they are together. But with the reveal comes a danger they hadn’t expected. A new threat that could tear them apart looms nearby, and it will take the whole clan to protect everything, and everyone, they love.

EXCERPT
As I set down my fork after cleaning my plate of salmon, crab legs, and roasted potatoes, the smile grew on my face. “I seriously think that was the best dinner I’ve ever eaten as a human.”
Derrick smiled and took a drink of his wine. “As a human?”
I shrugged. “My bear likes raw salmon.”
“Isn’t that a stereotype?” he teased.
“Maybe, but it’s true. If you don’t know where I am, check down by the shore.”
“Good to know,” he said with a wicked grin. Raising his glass, he stretched out his arm in an offered toast. “To the last day of anonymity.”
The worry in his face ruined the handsome jawline. “It will be okay,” I said after I clinked my glass to his.
“Do you really think so?”
“I do,” I said, taking a sip. “People aren’t what they used to be. They’re more tolerable of differences and more curious about the unknown. I mean I think it will be a little rough for a while, but something else will come along that’s louder and shinier, and their interest will move on.” When Derrick just stared at me, I shook my head. “What?”
“Do you even understand how much I want to take you back to my place right now?”
“Huh?” Words simply wouldn’t form as the aroma of his bear filled the space around us. His hand found my knee under the table and the feeling of skin on skin ignited a fire of need in me that I hadn’t felt before.
“I will never forgive myself for wasting so much time with you.”
“What do you mean?”
“I knew you had a crush on me. The brothers teased me about it all of the time. But I wouldn’t listen. I refused to listen. Even if, now that I can look back, even if my bear was trying to tell me otherwise.”
I swallowed the emotions welling up in my throat. “What are you saying, Derrick?”
“I’m saying that I want you to be mine. And I wish we hadn’t wasted so much time getting to this place, but now that we’re here…I don’t ever want us to be away from each other. These last few days have been torturous for me. My bear wants you. I want you.” Derrick lifted his hands and reached across the table for my own. When I placed them inside of his, he smiled. “You’re my mate, and I love you.”

OTHER BOOKS BY ASHLEE SINN:

The Vampire Huntress Series

The Callaghan Clan

                                                The Alaska Shifters
                                                Lured by the Bear

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That's it for today. Please check her out!
Happy Reading!

Kim

Monday, September 19, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Regina Wamba

I'm excited for this artist spotlight! Meet Regina! Cover artist extraordinaire!


I’m an eternal optimist; negativity only serves as an anchor to creativity. Hate is a four letter word.

I graduated in 2006 from Brown College with a Degree in Visual Communications (Graphic Design). In 2010, I joined a forum and started doing fan art, using my design to make art from the books I read. While there, I met authors and the idea of covers and self-published work snowballed into what I’ve built today.

I loathe socks . . . absolutely detest those suckers . . . creeping down my foot, slouching into my boots, crinkling between the toes. <shivers>

Striving for excellence, and pushing myself to always step outside of the box, is something of a hobby of mine. 

But I don’t want to reach the top without a crowd of peers around me, so I look to push people to find their passions and grab hold—no matter how nauseating that might be. Lift as you climb!

My clients include: Amazon, Atria Books, Random House, Penguin Books, Skyscape, Montlake Romance, Jessica Sorensen, Gail McHugh, Cambria Hebert, Leslie Dover, Lexi Blake, Micalea Smeltzer, Amy Bartol, and hundreds more.

If you hire me, my focus will be on designing you a cover with originality and significance.

Website:




Seriously! Go take a look at her website! I'm obsessed with her covers! 
That's all for now. See you soon!
Happy Reading!

Author Spotlight: Micalea Smeltzer

Hello and welcome to today's spotlight! Allow me to introduce Micalea!



Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.


Excerpt for When Stars Collide

We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend. 

Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them because her brother would never approve. Now, they’re married— the strongest bond you can have as a couple—and they’re not even a real couple…unless they want to be.

Thea wants an annulment immediately, but Xander’s waited too long to see her become his and he won’t let her go easily.

If she wants a divorce, fine, but he wants the summer to convince her that he’s the one. If at the end of the summer she still wants to end their marriage he’ll sign the papers, but until then…

All is not fair in love and war.

When Stars Collide is the second book in the Light in the Dark series. You can grab the first book, Rae of Sunshine, on Amazon for free!
And click here for When Stars Collide.

That's all for this spotlight!
Happy Reading!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Author Spotlight: S.N. Garza

Hello and welcome to S.N. Garza's author spotlight! Let's get started shall we?


About the Author
S. N. Garza is from Southeast Houston, Texas, with her husband and two small children. She is a full time Chilihead employee at Chili's Bar & Grill. Author of steamy, sexy, sinfully beautiful stories about strong alpha men and the women who fall for them.
When she's not taking care of her family, or working her tail off, you can find her writing well into the night with her headphones on, or reading another steamy romance novel, attaining another fictional boyfriend.
Remember
Where the men are strong, the women, stronger.

Amazon Author Page URL
Goodreads Author page
Facebook Page
Blog:
Instagram: @sngarza124
Twitter:@sngarza_author

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Bound
Bound: Smarturl.it/boundbook1

Courtland spent his childhood watching his mother turn tricks and bow
to her abusive pimp. It taught him a lot about relationships and how
never to get involved in one. When he meets sweet Adelaide, his life
is forever changed. Her gentle personality has him thinking maybe his
vow to never commit is misplaced. Until she disappears out of his
life.
Adelaide knew the only way to escape the darkness she’s lived her life
in, is to go back to the one place that’s haunted her dreams. Home.
Reuniting with Courtland is the last thing on her mind until she
becomes helpless to his every kiss. Hopeless to his every touch. And
no matter how far she tries to run, her heart is irrevocably bound to
him.


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Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend
Amazon: Smarturl.it/daagbf 

***for mature readers due to sexual content, graphic language, and violence. Not for young adult readers***
He will show her a world she never imagined.
She will show him how to open his heart to love.
Scarlet Castle is a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Ever since she can remember being a dancer on Broadway has been her goal, but downtown Houston is as far as she’s gotten.
Dax Dixon keeps the books at Saints and Sinners Lounge, a well-known cabaret in the heart of Houston. He’s also the grandson of a hard core motorcycle club president. No one can prove the club is full of criminals, but Dax doesn’t need proof for what he already knows. And he also has no intention of being involved.
As for the opposite sex? They were only good for one reason.
Then he meets Scarlet. Then all bets are off.
One night at the lounge Scarlet becomes a witness to a crime, living proof that the MC is not as pure as they want people to believe. Dax’s grandfather wants to eliminate her and he sends someone she least expects to get the job done.
Can Dax get to her in time to save her from the MC determined to destroy their future?
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Hot Houston Nights: Boxset (2 stories for the price of 1)
Hot Houston Nights: Boxset
Graham & Isabella/Grant & Pippah

Graham & Isabella: What happens when a one night stand, doesn’t stay just that? 
Out for the first time after a long term relationship, Isabella wasn’t expecting much except a good time with the girls. A one night stand wasn’t in the cards, until she met him. 
Graham is damaged both physically and mentally by a past that refuses to let him go. When he sees Isabella for the first time, she wasn’t at all what he was expecting. 
One night. No regrets. That’s all it was supposed to be. But fate has different plans. Follow Graham and Isabella on their discovery of trying to fight fate, but one night just isn’t enough. 

This is a three part serial series of hot sexual encounters and conflicting emotions. Their journey to their happily forever after will be a hard one, but so worth it.

Grant & Pippah: Grant Moore is fine being a bachelor. He has no intentions on letting a woman lead him around by the nose like his best friend did. Until the one night he slept with a virgin. When morning came, she disappeared with the night. Leaving him feeling robbed. Something about her ignited a flame that he wasn't ready to burn out.
Pippah Walker had a list. Being the daughter of a wealthy man, she was making it happen. But when he cuts off her expenses and ships her to Texas to learn some real life lessons, Pippah decides to take a risk and mark off one of her quests. Having a one night stand.

No names were exchanged. Just red hot passion.

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His Second Chance
Amazon: smarturl.it/hsc

As a young girl, all Kellan ever wanted was to be herself. Always compared to her perfect older sister, Kellan leaves for college with hopes to be free of condescending parents. When tragedy strikes, and her older sister gets murdered, she’s more ostracized than ever. So she stays away.
Five years and a big blow up with her boyfriend, Kellan returns to Bay Creek. A small Army town in west Texas.
After the tragic loss of his wife, Beckett took every mission he could to avoid his hometown. Letting his family raise his son in his absence. When Kellan shows up, he’s reminded what it feels like to be alive again. Only one thing…he never expected to fall in love again. Not with the sister of his dead wife.
Sparks fly and passion ignites. How could something so wrong, feel so right?
Will his second chance at happiness blow up in his face?
Secrets are uncovered. And the betrayal cuts deep. But love…cuts the deepest.

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X-Treme Measure
Smashwords: smarturl.it/xmsmash

X-treme Measure Blurb

* this is a contemporary romance novel recommended for ages 18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter*


X-TREME MEASURE: where everything is for your pleasure.


Daniel 'The Duke' Greensboro wants nothing more than to take care of his little girl. Being a male stripper and escort made that happen. He wasn't looking for anything else. Until she moved into the apartment next door and turned his world upside down.
When Moriah's financial aid is cut off, she has to find a new place to live and going home to deadbeat parents wasn't an option. Finding a posh apartment in the heart of Houston was her only choice. She didn't anticipate meeting hot, sexy-as-sin, single dad Daniel Greensboro...the neighbor across the hall. When he asks for a favor, she just can't say no. 
Then one night Moriah goes out with the girl's from work and they head straight for X-treme Measure. She has no idea what to expect, until she sees Daniel, heating up the stage. 
Seeing Moriah at X-treme Measure is shocking but it provokes him to give her just a little tease of what she could have. 

Sometimes you find love in all the wrong places. Every once in awhile, it's so worth it.

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Coming November 24th
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Amazon pre-order 
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Sarah Connelly's had a crush on Team USA Volleyball player Donovan Richards ever since she could remember. When she finally gets the chance to meet him, she never thought she'd catch him with his pants down. What's a girl to do?
The intense, focused gold medalist Donovan Richards never believed in love at first sight. Until Sarah, the new sports medicine trainer, came walking in, catching him almost naked in the locker room and staring straight at his dick. 
Sarah is dedicated to her job, but Donovan is relentless. He goes for what he wants and that's the sexy, sassy Miss. Connelly.

Should she choose love over having the career of a lifetime? Or can she find a way to have both? Donovan certainly thinks so, because he's never giving up on her or on them. Even if it means quitting Team USA.



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Stephanie NG
Author
Pyro-Princess Design & Style series
Love Came Back
Bound Hearts
Bound


And that's it for this spotlight! See you soon!
Happy Reading!

Author Spotlight: Z.Z. Rae

Hi! So this is a bit late. I've a really bad week and haven't really been online since last Friday. But I'm back and ready to get things rolling! So allow me to introduce Z.Z. Rae!



Z.Z. Rae is the author of the book: Angel Guidance for Wealth. She lives in a small town, where she inspires others to find their voice and do their passion in life. A coffee addict, Z.Z. loves to find unique coffee mugs, as well as taste several kinds of dark chocolate.


Angel Guidance for Wealth: Do you struggle in the area of wealth? Have you felt frustrated? 
In Angel Guidance for Wealth, the angels messages speak directly to you. They breathe on the pages their helpful advice, love, and wisdom. In this book, you will hear from multiple angels—they are always at our side to help us. Open up your heart, to the love of your angels, and walk free. 



Don't forget to pick up your FREE copy of Angel Guidance for Peace at the end of the book! (link https://amzn.com/ B01GY4P67C )

Angel Guidance for Inner Healing: If you find yourself constantly plagued with fear, pain, worry, and inner doubts, reach out and connect with the angels to help clear away those problems. In Angel Guidance for Inner Healing, the angels give you their input on how to walk free of emotional pain and bring healing in your life. Uncover the secrets of heaven and listen to your angels. ( https://amzn.com/ B01I5LPNS4 )


Hope you enjoyed this author bio!
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Author Spotlight: Chasity Tarantino

I'm so excited for this author spotlight! Allow me to introduce my good friend, Chasity Tarantino!



And here's a little bit about her:

Chasity Tarantino currently resides in Highland, Indiana.  Reading has always been a huge passion of hers. There is nothing better than being able to escape reality for a little while and delve into a new world created just for entertainment to her. To her books are golden and they are the most magical thing in this world. She began writing when she was in the fourth grade and has been writing ever since. She is currently attending Ashford University to complete her BA in English. When she is not reading or writing is listening to music, crocheting, or hanging out with her family.  She lives with her husband and her doggie Chloe, she considers herself the luckiest girl in the world to have those two who constantly support her and a loving family who have always had her back. Her first published work was a short story named “You’re Still the One” which was featured in an Anthology called, “My Life Would Suck Without You” and her upcoming debut novel, “Warped Love” will be her first full length novel.


Here's an exert from her upcoming work, Warped Love.




Finally after much debate in his own mind, he got up and made his way to the bar.
The seat next to her was vacant so he took it and motioned to the bartender, letting him know that he needed a drink. He then glanced at the girl next to him, only to meet her gaze; she was looking right at him. She smiled; then quickly looked back at her drink.
He smirked, but she didn’t see it. She was even more beautiful up close. There was definitely no turning back now, he licked his lips and began to say something to her, but before he could get it out the bartender came over and said,
“What can I get you?” in a cheery tone.
“A gin and tonic, please.” Camden ordered.
“Sure thing.” The bartender agreed, heading off to make his drink.
“Hi.” Camden whispered in the girl’s direction.
She glanced up quickly to see if he was talking to her, when she seen that he was indeed talking to her.
“Hi.” She muttered back quietly; then she quickly scanned the bar behind her.
Camden thought she looked nervous, maybe even scared. He wondered what that was all about, when she was finally convinced that the area around her was safe, she looked back at Camden. 
“Having a good time at the party?” He questioned, even though she clearly was not.
“Yeah, I really like the band and this new album is really good too.” She nearly whispered, looking at her clutch.
So not only was she absolutely gorgeous, but she liked his music and she like it for the actual music, not him. This just  got better and better. 
When he didn’t answer her she asked,
“What do you think of this band?”
He smiled widely at her.
“Well I think my opinion is a bit biased.”
She looked at him puzzled.
He laughed,
“I’m Camden, bassist of ‘Four Aces’.” He said, extending his hand out to her.
She laughed,
“Well then Camden, I’d say you are completely biased.” She agreed, shaking his hand.
“I’m Jazlyn.”
Again she looked around her surroundings, before her attention went back to Camden.
“Something wrong?” He finally questioned.
“No, not at all.” She responded, but didn’t meet his gaze.
He just nodded; he didn’t believe her at all. He knew it had something to do with her boyfriend. This made Camden angry for some reason, he couldn’t pinpoint why though. 
“Well thank you for coming out and supporting the new album.” Camden said appreciatively.
She smiled at him.
“Glad to help.”
Her smile was breathtaking and he could feel it melting him completely to his core. The intense color of her eyes made him positive he could fall into them.  He knew in that moment that those piercing eyes would haunt him forever.
“So what do you…” Camden began, but he was interrupted by a man walking up to Jazlyn.
“Jazlyn let’s go, I’m done. So we are out of here.” The guy that the voice belonged to grabbed Jazlyn by the arm; Camden could see that it was her boyfriend. 
Camden frowned.
Jazlyn’s whole demeanor changed, she looked at the floor. Her shoulders sagged, she grabbed her purse; she looked like a scolded child.
“Nice meeting you.” Jazlyn muttered quietly to Camden, careful to avoid eye contact.
The boyfriend looked back at Camden and gave him a look that said, ‘MINE!’
Then he quickly walked off dragging Jazlyn behind him. Camden watched the pair with a sinking feeling in his stomach. There was something seriously wrong with that relationship, but what could he do about it?


How excited are you for Warped Love now that you've read a little bit of it? I know I am!
You can find Chasity on Goodreads and you can find her short story in the anthology "My Life Would Suck Without You" on Amazon.
Please go check her out!
Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover



Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Synopsis: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


My review:
Holy crap. HOLY CRAP. This book, this author really knows  how to tug on your heartstrings. I honestly don't know how to talk about this book without going into spoilers. So there will be a spoilery part down a bit later. 
One of the things I loved about this book was the characters. I loved how they all interact. I love how real they felt. I love how they all loved, cared for, and supported each other in their own ways.
Lily was such a fantastic character and I loved reading from her point of view. It was really eye opening. Her relationship with her parents, with Atlas and Ryle, with Issa. I loved seeing her interact with mostly everyone. 
And that's it. That's all I can say really (I know it's not much) without spoiling anything. So I'm going to just dive right in. You have been warned.


I'm going to start off by saying that I seen massive spoilers about what this book was about before I read it. I knew Ryle abused her and I knew they got married and got divorced,and about Emmy. That's all I knew. So when we first met Ryle on the roof I rolled my eyes and practically screamed RUN AWAY! But of course since it's a book they couldn't hear me. So I rolled along with it. I do think the experience of reading it blind would have been more rewarding. But I think I'm also glad that I knew about the abuse part too. I had time to mentally prepare myself for those scenes.
I didn't fall in love with Ryle at all. There was no swooning, no nothing because of those spoilers I seen. Instead I fell in love with Atlas. I couldn't wait till we seen him present day. So when he popped up at the restaurant I squealed with joy. And the Ellen diaries? My favorite part. 
Atlas has to be the sweetest guy. He got Ellen to sign her book for Lily. If he's not a winner, I don't know who is. 
The one thing that really bummed me out was that it took them nearly ten years to finally be together. And we didn't even get to see him notice her tattoo! I really wanted to see his reaction for that. 
I did not like, and probably the only thing I didn't like, was how it just ended. I wanted to see more Atlas, Lily, and Emmy. I wanted to see more bonding between Atlas and Emmy. I feel like I was robbed of that. I need a short story or something to make up for it. 
I did love that we got to see the thought process behind Lily forgiving Ryle all those times before and then the points leading up to the divorce. It's always been hard for me to understand why anyone would stay in an abusive relationship and this did help shine a little light on it. It felt all real and I think that really helped. 

That's it for this review. Thank you for visiting!
Happy reading!