25 April 2017

Blitz & GIveaway: Debutante by Marie Silk


Davenport House Prequel: Debutante
Marie Silk
Publication date: April 21st 2017
Genres: Historical, Young Adult

The family saga begins in Debutante, a prequel to the best-selling Davenport House series. A life of luxury for the Davenports means drudgery for the servants on the grand country estate. This is their story in 1909 America, six years prior to the events of book one.

While her father is away on business, sixteen-year-old Mary Davenport feels confined and alone, despite her privileged life at the family’s mansion. As the day of Mary’s debutante ball draws near, the servants are conflicted by instructions from Mary’s mother to starve her until she fits into a gown that was made too small. Mary is also under pressure to act the part of society while being forbidden from seeing her only friend, the servant boy who works in the stable.

In a shantytown hours away, a young girl called Abigail is hired to sew a gown for a dressmaker’s wealthy patron. Abigail gives up her education in order to provide for her impoverished family. Neither she nor Mary is aware of how connected their futures are destined to become.

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Marie Silk has enjoyed writing stories and plays since childhood. She lives with her family in the United States and travels the globe as often as life permits. She is an admirer of history, antiques, and architecture. Marie is the author of the best selling Davenport House family saga.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Blood Road by Amanda McCrina


About The Book:
Title: BLOOD
ROAD
Author: Amanda
McCrina
Pub. Date: April 25,
2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 329
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Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He
knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an
Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.

Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens
and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who
tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken.
Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.

Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the
Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a
desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.

Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he
will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice
in an empire that seals its borders in blood.


He touched her arm. She tensed but did not move away. He took off his glove and traced her cheekbone with two fingers, brushing the tears from her cheek. She drew a shivering breath. He turned her head and held it between his hands and brushed the tears from her eyelashes with his thumbs. She stood very still and silently while he did it, her eyes closed, her lips tight. He bent his head and buried his face in her black hair—and she slipped in suddenly under his arms, looping her arms around his neck, resting her cheek on his chest. Then she twisted against him, tilting her head back to look up in his face. “It’s no good,” she said. “I can’t feel your heart beat.”

“It’s the plums. I think I’ve suffocated.”

She laughed. He felt it echo through her body. He felt her muscles loosen. Her breath was warm on his neck. “If that’s all,” she said.

They sat below the boundary wall. She unbuckled his helmet and cuirass and held the cuirass for him while he shrugged it off. She sat against him with her knees folded up on his lap, her shoulders under the curve of his arm. She unlaced his jerkin and bent her ear to his chest. “Better,” she said. “And this—just to be sure.” She leaned into him and pressed her lips gently to the pulse in his

He kissed her. He sat up from the wall, cupping her head in his hands, and he bent his face to hers and kissed her lips, her eyelids, her forehead; he lifted her chin with his fingers and kissed the hollow at the base of her throat. Her arms were around his neck and her cheek against his and her tears running on his face. He tried to lift her to look at her. She shook her head. Her lips brushed his ear. “Don’t,” she said. Her voice was thick. So he put his arms around her waist and held her, his head and shoulders braced against the sun-warmed stones of the boundary wall, his chin on her shoulder, and he listened with his eyes closed while she cried.

He opened his eyes at the smell of wood smoke. They were smoking the hives over in the bee field. Over Ceno’s shoulder, he watched the smoke trail away southward toward the city. He could see the Hill just visible above the pines in the hazy distance, the Palace and Senate buildings in delicate white-marble miniature—and the moment shattered against it, and there was nothing but Tasso, and the orders in his saddlebag, and the cavalry column mustered and awaiting his command on the parade ground at Vione.


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Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.












24 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Chance for Home by Traci Hunter Abramson



Chance for Home by Traci Hunter Abramson.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Clean Read.
Publication: April 1, 2017.
Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she’s found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he’s a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizes that what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she’s after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she’s trying to escape, she’s out of luck.
Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women. As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he’s dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancĂ©e, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan’s teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben’s sister will pose as Ryan’s new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a cute and fun read. It was easy to get into and hold your attention. I liked how easy going Kari and Ryan were. It was easy to cheer them on!

While Ryan is a professional baseball player, the story isn't centered on his playing. It is more on learning to balance that "job" with Kari's time. Kari wants to be in the medical profession and wants to finish her pre-med. But because of her ex, she is out of her internship for the summer. So she went to stay with her brother and his wife, Maya (who is also her best friend) for the summer and helps Maya. Maya is on her last round of chemo. Kari has learned a lot from helping her and wants to do something to help others.

Kari isn't one to want to be in the spotlight. She is comfortable helping out and just living life and helping others. Ryan is more of a private person and doesn't like that women want him more because of his celebrity status. His ex keeps getting in the way of Kari and him. She is aweful! Kari's ex is also a no good person!! I like how Kari deals with him when he shows up for the very last time! Oh how she made me proud!

There was a mention of a store called Furniture Affair in the book. I thought it sounded like a bargain but it was way too much for me! Insert sad face.

I loved the integrity of both of the characters. I admire them! Where as some would think that boring, it was kind of refreshing to see that!

The gift that Kari give to Ryan is the theme of the book. I loved it.

The Best Things Happen at Home.

If you like baseball, Washington D.C., reading about meddling and ill willed ex's, girls who stick up for themselves, helping others, medical stuff, big homes, relaxing with your family and friends and someone important to you, than this might be it for you!

contents: kissing and one episode of violence (but when it is given you will cheer for it) hehe!


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Growing up, Traci always dreamed of being a novelist, but the practical side of her prompted her to study finance and international business at BYU. She was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency right out of college and she thoroughly enjoyed working there. Her love of reading and writing never left her, however, and after leaving the CIA, she indulged in both hobbies. She spent about seven years writing her novel, Undercurrents, and ultimately pursued publication. She has been writing and publishing ever since.






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21 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: The Wedding Planner's Baby by Amanda Ashby


He’ll have
to choose between duty to his relatives and 
love for the real family he never
thought he could have. 


THE WEDDING PLANNER'S BABY
Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #2
Amanda Ashby
Releasing April 10th, 2017
Entangled Bliss



Free-spirited
Bec Watson was never having children­––until she is. No way she’s ready for
this, and she’s not going to tie-down the father, not even (especially!) if
he’s secretly an English Lord. She’s doing this solo, which means she needs
help from the one place she swore she’d never return…Wishing Bridge Farm. Home.



Lincoln Mathews has never known love, only responsibility. And now his family
home and business is at jeopardy unless he finds a solution. Fast. Their idea?
Marry for money. But the girl who stole his heart is carrying their child. His
first mission? Follow her to Wishing Bridge Farm. But soon he’ll have to choose
between duty to his relatives and love for the real family he never thought he
could have. 



“I’m sorry I judged you. I hate when people judge me, and yet I seem to be constantly doing it to you.” Bec sighed, causing her chest to rise and fall beneath her thin T-shirt.
“I didn’t give you much to go on.” Lincoln tried to ignore the cramp in his shoulder. He should move, but if he did, he might somehow break the connection that had opened between them. “What with the whole forgetting to mention who I really was.”
“I understand why you did it.” Bec bit down on her lower lip, making her even more desirable. The numbness in his shoulder disappeared, replaced by the steady pounding of his heart as he drank in the sight of her mouth. “And I could’ve asked more questions. Or taken fewer photographs,” she said.
“At the time it seemed like a good idea.” He dared to inch closer to her, breathing in her aroma—soap and hay and all things bright. His pulse spiked as she let out a tiny moan. The air caught in his throat as the throbbing tension rattled his body.
“It did,” she murmured, her eyes never leaving his. A shudder went through him as her perfume caught in his nose and her lips parted. “Just like right now, this seems like a good idea.”
Desire raced through him. She wants to kiss me as much as I want to kiss her.
He leaned in and pressed his mouth to hers, feather light at first, until Bec let out a soft groan. Lincoln’s arms snaked around her, dragging her closer to him, pushing away all the things standing between them. They were back in Italy. She tasted of juice and sunshine. The sea was behind them, the sand beneath. Bec’s hand looped up around his neck. His title fell away along with his responsibilities. All he could taste was her skin. Her heart pounding—



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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.





20 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton



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Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton.
Audience/Genre: Adult Sci-Fi Romance, Dystopian.
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Rocky Mountain Press.
Remember How It Feels to Fall in Love?

Race against the clock through a dystopian nightmare. Climb naked into an untested time machine (carrying only a seashell and a promise). Wake up twenty years younger on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded, with your heart in your throat.

This is a journey of love, loss, and redemption that will make your pulse gallop and your palms sweat, have you laughing out loud through your tears, and leave you flush with the sublime pleasure of falling in love.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is different than my normal go to books to read. There is romance or the evolving and revolving love between Isabel and Diego. Diego is a software engineer and Isabel is a geneticist and very brilliant. After years apart and one divorced Isabel later; Diego and Isabel meet again in Denver by accident. There is an explosion and Diego does everything to save Isabel and a bunch of pets from a store Isabel went into after the explosion. Two of those pets are seen throughout the book. Diego also got help from some teenagers looting a jewelry store. But there is more to those teenagers, I am sure of it, I just don't have any proof yet. Maybe in the next book!

Then someone sets off a nuclear weapon and the world falls apart. Diego and Isabel are prepared and live in a cabin with solar power and emergency prepardness things.

Meanwhile, as the world changes, Matt, a physicist professor is kidnapped to an underground government facility. The government found this otherworldly ball in the explosion and they need his help to figure out what it is. When they open it they find Diego's name on it and a sock.

When Diego leaves the cabin to go in search of antibiotics for a gravelly ill Isabel, the government kidnaps Diego to find out what part he plays in the otherworldly ball found. Diego also found a letter to him with a warning and a seashell. There are so many pieces to a puzzle throughout the book, sometimes I was overwhelmed and confused.

Thankfully, they don't play heavily on the physics and other things that I know nothing about, which is good because I probably would have abandoned the book! But I am a labor and delivery nurse and one spot I caught a mistake. But if you aren't a nurse you probably won't catch it.

The ending left me wanting the next book NOW! Because it left me high and dry with a lot of questions.

"Why did the cantaloupe go swimming?" Still holding the fridge door open, she watches me washing the melon, then returns to her search. "Why?" "He wanted to be a watermelon."

"Did you hear about the Zen master who brought a hot dog from a street vendor in New York City?" She looks at me. "He gave the guy a twenty dollar bill and said, 'Make me one with everything.'".
The man pocked the money and handed the guru his order, and when the master inquired about his change, the vendor replied, 'Change comes from within.'

If you like other universes with the same people, nuclear bombs, physics, emergency preparedness, giving up your life for someone you love, dogs, cats, jokes, finding that one special person, biodomes, peeing on a handkerchief with smoke everywhere, and maybe a way to save us all from our mistakes then this might be for you!

Contents: Language and sex





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- 1 winner will receive the Between Two Evils series, which includes Crossing in Time, Lost Time, and Dead Time (print if US, Kindle copies if international)
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D.L. ORTON is the BEST-SELLING author of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS book series. She lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops. In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

Ms. Orton is a graduate of Stanford University's Writers Workshop and a past editor of "Top of the Western Staircase," a literary publication of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The author has a number of short stories published in traditional and online literary magazines, including Literotica, Melusine, Cosmoetica, The Ranfurly Review, and Catalyst Press.






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