Friday, 30 May 2014

#BookReview Her Protector by @KiruTaye #FreebieFriday #shortstory


Tags: historical romance, ancient Africa

Blurb:

This is a short story sequel to His Princess (Men of Valor 3) and a prequel to Men of Valor 4. Approximately 9000 words.

Oma should fear the fierce warrior whose captive she’s become after she is seized while spying. The penalty is the lash of his whip. The ache in her body is not from the sting of his flogger but from the scorching heat of his touch. Still, she has to resist him if she wishes to safeguard the secrets she hides.

Jide is the prince’s closest guard. His duty is to keep the royal family safe, so he should deliver instant justice to the spy in his chambers. Yet the intense fire in the eyes of his beautiful prisoner Oma stirs him beyond that of any other maiden in his past. When his self-control is tried which will he choose—hand her over for punishment or defy the prince and protect her?


Maya's Review


I enjoyed this short tale of intrigue and romance in an African royal court by two members of the royal staff, one a spy out of need, the other the guard who will capture her and her heart. It is well written for a short story and I'm looking forward to more from these characters. I heard the author is writing the sequel.

This is currently a FREE READ, so if you're looking for a quick read during your lunch break, this is a nice bite-sized read. Enjoy.

Available from all Amazon outlets, All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble and iTunes

Expect the unexpected-Autumn and Summer by @XOXO_DAllen #Giveaway


~ Synopsis ~


Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?

Sexy, successful and stylish, Autumn Jones believes in love. She believes in the all-consuming, mind blowing enormity of love. She believes in the euphoric state of loving and being loved. She believes in it because she’s had it once. And when it was lost, she was devastated, but she never stopped believing in the existence of love. Unwilling to settle, she learned from the past and moved on with the expectation that she’ll love again. 

Beautiful, talented, and slightly jaded, Summer Wilson believes in sex. She believes in the all-consuming, mind blowing enormity of good sex. She believes that love exists, but Prince Charming does not. At least not for her. She’s seen the downside of love—insanity, heartbreak, infidelity, divorce—and she dates with the expectation that she won’t ever subject herself to that type of vulnerability. Instead, she chooses to love her family, her friends, and her work. And although she enjoys the company of men, her heart is hers and hers alone. 

Best friends since elementary school, Autumn and Summer kick off the summer by embarking on a dating experiment. Unfortunately, expecting the unexpected doesn’t prepare them for what the dating world has in store.

Friday, 23 May 2014

#CoverReveal: Facing The Music by @Andrea_Laurence Preorder Now



Summary

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters”; hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The conclusion to the Click Trilogy-Right Click by Lisa Becker #Giveaway


Love. Marriage. Infidelity. Crises of identity. Death. Cupcakes. The themes in Right Click, the third and final installment in the Click series, couldn't be more pressing for this group of friends as they navigate through their 30's. Another six months have passed since we last eavesdropped on the hilarious, poignant and oftentimes inappropriate email adventures of Renee and friends. As the story continues to unfold, relationships are tested and some need to be set "right" before everyone can find their "happily ever after."

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Torn between two men and two worlds-IF I STAY @Tamara_Morgan


Summary

Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he's had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.

Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother's former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it's not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.

Amy's determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn't all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he'll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.

It is crunch time-Since He Really Feels by @LisaSuzanne24 Out Now


Synopsis
Julianne Becker has a choice to make between love and history. She needs two men in her life, but ultimatums and secrets are forcing her to choose.

Monday, 19 May 2014

#CoverReveal: Begin Again by Evan Grace @Evan76Grace


Releasing May 27, 2014
Synopsis

Two years ago Journey Cummings spent two of the best weeks of her life with the man of her dreams, until he left her without even a goodbye. 

#ROW80Books May 2014 #ReadingChallenge Book link


Hi ROW80Book challengers,

As I wrote in my email last month, there isn't a specific Book of the Month in May as we take a break. With that in mind, any fiction book you read in May will count towards your book of the month. All you need to do is read and post the link to your review on the linky to qualify. One book (of the month) per challenger.

Here are the winners of the April LGBT/BOTM reading challenge award:

Kay - A Better Man
Shreyas - The Prophet Murders
Shonna - Scars
Veronina - Boy Meet boy

Congratulations to the award winners

If I missed you out of the list please let me know.
Any outstanding continent award will be given next month.

In June we will be travelling to Africa for our reading challenge books.

Add your links to your May reading challenge books




A chance meeting changed everything-OVERWHELMED @MaritaAHansen #Giveaway


Overwhelmed
Marita A. Hansen
May 19, 2014

Synopsis

It was a chance meeting
That changed everything

Friday, 16 May 2014

#CoverReveal: Since He Really Feels by @LisaSuzanne24

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Julianne Becker has a choice to make between love and history. She needs two men in her life, but ultimatums and secrets are forcing her to choose.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

#BookReview Emily-Sex and Sensibility by Sandra Marton

Tags: Contemporary romance

Blurb:

EMILY: SEX & SENSIBILITY is a steamy romance novel by USA Today Bestelling Author Sandra Marton. Emily Wilde has led a privileged life. Now she’s trying to make it on her own in Manhattan. Marco Santini grew up dirt poor in a Sicilian slum. Now he has everything. He’s gorgeous. He’s rich. He’s powerful. And he has all the beautiful women a man could ask for. Then, one rainy night, he sees a woman standing alone on a deserted New York street corner. 

Emily is clearly in need of help, but she’s not foolish enough to step into Marco’s chauffeured Mercedes. It takes a lot of convincing before she lets him take her to her apartment. He swears he’s not going to do anything he shouldn’t and he means it--but she’s in his arms before they can stop themselves. Still, it’s only a kiss, just one kiss in a moment torn out of time. That’s what they both think. But Fate has other plans, starting with an unexpected job offer and a business trip to Paris that explodes in a passion so hot it will change everything--everything but the web of lies that traps them both.

#BookReview: Basement Level 5: Never Scared by @LWrightAuthor #thriller

Tags:   Suspense/Thriller

Blurb:
Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security-contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and-most of all-the adrenaline rush.


Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice-is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass? 

Purchase Basement Level 5: Never Scared:  http://smarturl.it/BasementLevel5

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

#TeaserTuesday + Opening Paragraph-Keeping Secrets @KiruTaye #diversifyourshelves

This week I'm reading Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye and participating in First Chapter, First Paragraph hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea  as well as Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Here is the opener from Chapter 1:

 “Mrs. Essien, your husband is out of his coma.”
Phone pressed against one ear, the other hand reaching for the remote control, Ebony
bolted upright. Her hand shook as she fumbled to mute the television news channel she’d
been watching. The discarded controller clanked onto the clear, glass-topped side table.
“D...did I hear you correctly? Felix is awake?” She couldn’t hide the tremor in her voice,
nor relax her tight-knuckled grip on the overstuffed arm of the upholstered cream sofa.
Disbelief warred with hope, trampling all over her troubled mind.


 Here's my teaser:

“I...I’m Ebony,” she said, and waited for a sign of recognition from him. When none
came, his face remaining impassive, she continued.
“Your wife. Don’t you remember me?”


~ pg 13 pdf, Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye.

The Blurb:

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married
to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their
wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels
an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.
Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the
temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring
husband she’s always dreamt of.
She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he
still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and
their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave me a comment and I'll return the visit shortly. Have a great week.

Maya xx



Friday, 9 May 2014

One scar. One betrayal. No escape-One To Protect by @AuthorTLouise

Title: One to Protect (One to Hold #3)
Author: Tia Louise
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour Host: The Book Nuts Author Promotions




Thursday, 8 May 2014

There was only one choice-Finding Their Bliss by Thianna D @the_weremouse #Giveaway



Brent Carmichael loved Corbin's Bend. A small community at the base of the Rocky Mountains just for spankofiles, he worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and that the residents were safe and happy. He never intended1! to fall in love but when Charmagne Kendle stumbled into his life, he found an attraction he had no intention of fighting.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

#BookReview Midwife To Destiny by @NanaPrah #multicultural #giveaway

Tags: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural

BLURB
Ghanaian nurse Aurora ‘Ora’ Aikins never expected to find the love of her life while on vacation in South Africa. Engaged to another and believing that love has no place in her life, she returns to Ghana, and puts duty and honor first.

Three years later, Dr. Jason Lartey still can’t get Ora out of his mind or his heart. After learning she never married, he takes a risk and moves to Ghana hoping to rekindle what they started. His sudden appearance in Ora’s Emergency Department sends sparks flying all over again.


They’re in the same country, working in the same hospital, and together but distance creeps between them. Can they make their destined love one for the ages?  

Sequel in an award winning #fantasy series Shades of Virtue by @JackWhitsel


Title: Shades of Virtue
Author: Jack Whitsel
Series: Dragon Rising (Book 2)
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: Mar 2014 Digital/April 2014 Print
Editions/Formats Will Be Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
The sequel to the award winning, Shadow of Kings continues with Shades of Virtue.
Nearly two years have passed since the Harhn incursion. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region. And like so many wearing the heraldry of the Dragon, he must confront the Order’s agenda, and question the sacrifices to be made for the greater good.
In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that will determine who wins Lady Basina’s hand in marriage. With the tournament Champion also foreseen to have an impact on Shyrlandia’s future, the Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. But the Order is not the only party interested in the tournament. From her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress, conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.


Jack Whitsel is an award winning author from Portland, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Portland State University, but studies medieval history in his spare time.  His favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction with a medieval emphasis. Shades of Virtue, (To be released in March 2014), is the second installment of the Dragon Rising series.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

#TeaserTuesday +Opening Paragraph-Basement Level 5: Never Scared @LWrightAuthor

This week I'm reading Basement Level 5: Never Scared by L.R. Wright and participating in First Chapter, First Paragraph hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea  as well as Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Here is the opener from Chapter 1:



November 3, 2011
The raging storm increased in intensity as the hours crawled by. Violent gusts of wind howled and rocked the huge mansion. Flashes of lightning filtered through the closed blinds, followed closely by loud, crashing thunder. Tree branches scratched against the roof as the pounding rain battered the house.
Alexa had just started to relax when she heard a distinctly different sound outside. Gunshot? She bolted upright on the sofa and listened intently. Standing up, she walked to the window to investigate. Suddenly, there was a loud knock at the door. She started for the door then hesitated. Another knock sounded a few minutes later. Slowly continuing to the door, she peered through the peephole. A stranger stood outside. Alexa hesitated before opening the door. A cold chill ran up her spine.
 

Here's my teaser:



“What the hell was that?” Alexa growled. She whirled around and trained her gun on Nicholas, pressing the tip to his temple. 
Nicholas’ eyes widened. “I just wanted to help. I thought—”
“Why are you here?” she asked. “I told you to monitor the cameras. What makes you think we need your help? We had this situation under control and you jeopardized our safety by leaving your post and coming here.”


If you enjoy kick-ass heroines in suspense/thrillers, then you can't go wrong with this one. I'm enjoying to so far.

Monday, 5 May 2014

#CoverReveal SINGE by KC Stewart #Giveaway

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She thought no man could touch her until-The Riding Master @AlexandreaWeis


Synopsis
A woman finding her way.
After a devastating divorce, an emotionally skittish Rayne Masterson swears off men and vows to devote her life to her passion, horses. 

A man with insatiable desires.
Trent Newbury is an expert rider who is arrogant, brash, and has a ruthless reputation for getting any woman he desires. 

Will the past keep them from their forever? Begin Again by @TamsynBester #Giveaway

One year ago, Brody Scott made the biggest mistake of his life and has lived with his regret every day since then…
One year ago, Demetria ‘Demi’ Rosemead watched the love of her life turn his back on her, leaving her to face one of the hardest things she’s ever had to go through on her own.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Top 10 facts about Midwife To Destiny by @NanaPrah #Giveaway

Midwife to Destiny
by
Nana Prah
Destiny Series, Book 1
Contemporary Romance, Multicultural


BLURB:
Ghanaian nurse Aurora ‘Ora’ Aikins never expected to find the love of her life while on vacation in South Africa. Engaged to another and believing that love has no place in her life, she returns to Ghana, and puts duty and honor first.

Three years later, Dr. Jason Lartey still can’t get Ora out of his mind or his heart. After learning she never married, he takes a risk and moves to Ghana hoping to rekindle what they started. His sudden appearance in Ora’s Emergency Department sends sparks flying all over again.

They’re in the same country, working in the same hospital, and together but distance creeps between them. Can they make their destined love one for the ages? 


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