Wednesday, April 23, 2014

**Blitz & Giveaway ~ Golden Hour ~ Campbell Reinhardt**



**Until May 3, Golden Hour is available for ONLY 99 cents!**

Golden Hour by Campbell Reinhardt
Print Length: 215 pages
ASIN: B00J7QT7TS
Published: March 23, 2014




Synopsis
In the medical field, the precious moments following a traumatic event in which you have the best chance of saving a life are known as the golden hour. But being there during the golden hour doesn't mean you'll be able to save the one you love...

New Orleans native and ER nurse, Elise Dupuis knows that fact all too well. There was nothing she could do to save her fiancĂ©, New Orleans police officer Mike Bazanac, when he was brought into her hospital with two fatal bullet wounds.

Now everyone walks around on eggshells when she comes into the room—except her brother Charlie. As Mike's partner, he bears a guilt that's spiraled him into dark pain. Charlie is lashing out, Elise is turning in, and life seems to be falling apart around them.

Caleb Warren knows what it feels like to always be on the losing end of things. A few criminal turns in his youth landed him two crap choices: mandatory service in the armed forces or jail. He chooses to enlist, and just when he finds a commander who has a little faith in him, their truck hits an IED. Caleb's training as a medic isn't enough to save the one person who's ever given a damn about him.

Now back in New Orleans as an EMT, Caleb is bound and determined to drown himself in booze and regrets. But he crosses paths with nurse Elise Dupuis and finds a woman whose passion and courage gets under his skin in a way that wakes him up and makes him want to live again.

Unfortunately, Charlie doesn't think the new EMT is good enough for his sister, and he’ll step outside the lines of the law to prove it to Elise.

Caleb has to figure out what's worth fighting for…and how far he's willing to go for the woman he loves.






***FIVE WORDS to describe GOLDEN HOUR***

HEART:

This word means so much in its literal and figurative sense. Because 
this is a story about the medical field, the heart as an organ is 
something every character is very attuned to. But, even though 
Caleb and Elise are young and physically sound, overcoming 
extreme heartbreak is what makes them strong and attracts them 
to each other. And the healing of their hearts--through their love for 
one another--is the most gorgeous aspect of Golden Hour.

HEAT:

Golden Hour takes place in the muggy, sweaty rise of a New Orleans summer. You can feel the heat beating down on the characters in so many scenes. More than that, Caleb and Elise feel a blistering sexual heat for one another. It’s this chemistry that drives them into each other’s arms when they’re so sure they’re not right for each other. And that heat only gets fanned the longer they’re around each other.

FAMILY:

Strong bonds, intrigue, complications, abandonment, blood 
family, family by marriage, family by love...Golden Hour lets all 
the intricacies, ugliness, and heartbreaking beauty of family wind 
together and play out.

STRENGTH:

Caleb and Elise face death and pain on a daily basis…and their job 
is to fix it. Stop it. Make it better. They do an amazing job at that 
because they’re hardwired to be strong and compassionate. That 
strength is ultimately what drives them together. They find in one 
another a person they can be vulnerable with after a long day of 
carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders.

HOPE:

More than anything else, Golden Hour is a story about hope. Hope 
after devastating loss, hope when you’re positive there’s absolutely 
nothing left to hope for, hope that frees you from everything you’re 
too afraid to face head on. Caleb and Elise find love and transform 
their lives because of hope, and it’s what we most hope readers will 
take away from this book.




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Liz grew up on the East Coast, and Steph on the West Coast-and somehow they both ended up making their homes with their husbands and children in small, Southern towns. They've been co-writing since 2012 after they each read a book written by the other and contacted each other to gush.

Liz loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature Zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

Steph has one husband, four children, and a serious nail polish obsession. When she isn't reading, writing or wiping someone's nose, you can usually find her baking something.

You can find the writing duo on Facebook.


More books by Campbell Reinhardt:
Silver Strand Series:
LENGTHS
DEPTHS
LIMITS
TIES
RIPTIDES
DRIFT

Stand Alone:
A TOAST TO THE GOOD TIMES

COMING SOON:
Rutherford Vineyard Series:
ALMOST LOVER (Summer 2014)


**Cover Reveal ~ Chasing Love's Wings ~ Zoey Derrick**

I'm very excited to share the cover of 
Chasing Love's Wings
by Zoey Derrick! 

I think it's gorgeous! What do y'all think? You'll also find the newly re-designed cover for Finding Love's Wings (book 1) below. It's equally as beautiful. ;)



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Chasing Love's Wings (Love's Wings 2) by Zoey Derrick
Age group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Parajunkie
Scheduled to release: May 27, 2014



Everything in Cameron Enders' life feels like a dream since she took a trip to a remote island where she met Tristan Michaels, Hollywood's hottest man. Tristan never imagined that his get-away vacation would change his life and his heart. 


But everything isn’t perfect in paradise once Cameron and Tristan return to Phoenix. When Cami discovers a dark secret, her dream becomes a living nightmare. She slips back into old habits, turning to alcohol to hide her pain. As the woman he loves becomes more a stranger by the day, Tristan’s world is rocked again. He’s a helpless witness to Cami’s self-destructive cycle - until she pushes too far, testing the limits of his love. Their love is far from perfect, but he will stop at nothing, chasing it all until she has everything she deserves.

Cami’s withdrawal could strengthen or destroy everything she hopes to have with Tristan. Can Cami trust him enough to give him everything or will she cling to her secrets and their pain, tearing them apart forever?



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***Teaser***
(*subject to final edits)

“I love it when you’re jealous.” 

I playfully smack his chest. “I am not jealous.” 


He laughs. “Yes you are.” He kisses my forehead and I there is that shiver of goosebumps that fly across my skin and that is something I know I never want to get used to when it comes to him. “Cami, every single minute of the future I see is filled with images of you and me, and maybe even little ones running around. I’d propose to you right now if I knew you’d say yes, but I am also enjoying us just the way we are. We start talking about marriage and then other things factor in.” 

I pull my hand up to rest on his chest and I place my chin on top. “Other things like what?” 

He takes a deep breath. “Things like you starting your career at Bold, me getting my post Love Is Burning career moving forward. Hell Cams, I don’t even have a place to live. When I’m not with you, I’m in hotels. I feel so unstable and I’ve felt that way for a long time. When I’m with you, I’m finally starting to feel some sense of normalcy and stability, but I not quite there yet.” He pauses momentarily. “Sure I have loads of money because I don’t spend it.” 


I can’t help the chuckle that escapes my lips. “Don’t spend it? My ass, do you not remember your Tarah bill?”


He laughs a little at that. “Oh I remember it, it’s hard to forget over two-hundred thousand dollars.”

“I told you that I’d pay for half of that.”


“Shh, we’re done talking about that. I told you no before, and I am saying it again. No.” I roll my eyes at him and he smirks at me. “Seriously, though, my career could be over tomorrow, I could get cut from Catalyst or whatever the hell the next one in New York is, the minute they find someone better, or decide to give up. I could not find another script I like, then I end up settling just so I can do movies. Cams, my career is a nightmare and there are no guarantees.” 

“There was one point you were ready to give it all up.” 


He adjusts himself underneath of me and puts his head back into the pillow. “I’m still not sure that might not happen.”


“Is that what you want?” 


He sighs. “I don’t know. It’s not as fun as it was before.”

“That’s my fault.” 

His head comes off of his pillow and he looks at me. “Explain please?” 



“Well look at the last six weeks. Things were great, you go to L.A., then you come home to find me in the mess I was in, then we come to Montana, and I’ve been miserable and a bitch. Look at everything around you Tristan, don’t you think that factors into why you’re not enjoying yourself.” As soon as the words leave my lips, 
I’m not sure that’s really how I wanted to say that, but I do my best to brace myself for whatever he has to say back. 



“These last six weeks have down right sucked. I won’t lie Cami. I was so afraid to leave you, scared shitless about what I was going to come home too. I thought maybe if we got away and came up here, out of your condo, that things would be better, but they only got worse because he’s thirty minutes away and after today, I don’t know what to expect from you anymore, and it scares me.”







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TitleFinding Love's Wings (Love's Wings 1)
Author: Zoey Derrick
Age group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Parajunkie
Release: May 6, 2013
ASIN: B00CNXE8HS
ISBN13: 9780615814077
Goodreads

CAMERON ENDERS seems to have it all: a brand new condo in a city she loves, a top executive position at an international entertainment firm, an insane amount of money, and a gorgeous boyfriend. But when Cami catches the boyfriend in the act with another woman, it triggers all the anguish from years of neglect by her parents, and she realizes she never learned how to love or be loved. Cami flees to the remote tropical island of Tarah, but she can't avoid facing her problems any longer when she meets the man of her fantasies...

TRISTAN MICHAELS, one of Hollywood's hottest new stars, has come to Tarah to ride out a storm. His girlfriend of five years has been caught on camera cheating, and she's determined to make Tristan stop the story from breaking.

But Tristan's done cleaning up her messes. He needs to escape all things Hollywood for a while--and especially the firm that represents him--until the whole thing blows over. What he doesn't count on is meeting an irresistibly beautiful woman, a woman who just so happens to be the CEO of the firm he's trying to avoid.

Can Tristan and Cami help each other learn to trust and love again, or will their histories of betrayal tear them apart?

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Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason - The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true. Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the  unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica ony closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it. The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.
Find Zoey Here:


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

**Teaser Tuesday ~ #15**

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




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Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2)
Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley
Rock Chick #2
Release Date:
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Synopsis
Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie's just plain hot.) Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie's interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie's a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet's used to solving everyone's problems she doesn't want Eddie's help.

Throw in a Dolly Parton look-alike, a gruff but lovable strip club owner, Jet's ne'er do well father, his ne'er do well friend, Bear, Bear's long-suffering, chain-smoking wife Lavonne and the crew from Rock Chick and you've got Rock Chick Rescue.

Rock Chick Rescue takes you on a wild ride with Jet, Eddie and the gang as they wrestle bad guys in a bagel ship, hit Denver's backstreet poker tables (with big hair), and help the strippers at Smithie's take down a would-be murderer.

Through this, Jet's got to learn that even when life made you give up your dreams, you can still end up with the (hot) guy. Eddie's got to rescue Jet from a bad man (so he can do better things with her) and teach her that some dreams can come true.

***Teaser***

"The way I see it, the minute I got my hand in your pants and made you come, that bought me nearly an entire day of you bein' nice to me. You didn't yell at me once, you cried in my arms and fell asleep in them too. So, I'm guessin' that's the way to keep you sweet."

Monday, April 21, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Teaching Willow: Session 3 ~ Paige James**


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Paige James' Teaching Willow: Session 3. My stop includes the pertinent details for the book, my review, and a giveaway.

To check out all the stops along the tour, click here for the schedule.


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Teaching Willow: Session Three by Paige James
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover designer: Paige James 
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Tour organized by: WordSmith Publicity
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms 

Synopsis
It started with waking up in a strange place.

It ended with everything that I thought I knew coming into question.

Now, I’m watching love turn into hate, bend turn into break and lies turn into truth that hurts worse than the deception ever did.

Such is my life, The Wicked World of Willow Masters.



Whoa! It seems the gig is up. Everything is out in the open - sort of. Willow knew she was treading a dangerous path and if she stepped wrong, things would go badly. That's exactly what's happened.

One thing I appreciated in this installment is that Willow shows some maturity. She's remorseful for her actions and wants to make amends. She shows some backbone - something we haven't seen previously. Yes, it took some...I don't know - guts? - to do what she's done but in other areas of her life, she's just allowed things to happen. Now she seems to be moving toward taking responsibility for her actions and taking back her life.

I also appreciated getting some insight into Ebon's past. He's been keeping his own secrets and we are finally privy to a little of his past. It's rather horrifying. And what's worse? It puts Willow in danger.

Teaching Willow: Session 3 was every bit as twisty and thrilling as its predecessors. But I think I found it a little more fulfilling now that things have derailed for Willow. (Does that make me a bad person? ;) I'm very anxious to see how it all plays out.






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My name is Paige James. I'm a fairly shy bookworm and lover of all things romantic and steamy. I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a drinker of wine, an animal advocate (even the ones that look like rodents) and a spinner of tales. Thank you for taking a chance on my work. You're making this working girl's dream come true.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

**Review ~ Bound by Lies ~ Hanna Peach**


Bound by Lies (Bound, #1)
Bound by Lies by Hanna Peach
Bound #1
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Source: I received a review copy from the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 Bookworms

Synopsis
Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes - unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I'm not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it's only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It's the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.

Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don't know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn't scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop.

I know he's hiding something. But that's okay. I am hiding things too. Like my real name and...who I really am. But the deeper I fall for him, the stronger my curiosity becomes.

I could never have imagined just how much our lives are bound. And that pulling at this tangled web of secrets would cause my own dark past to come back to try and reclaim me. Will we survive? Will our love?





Holy wow!! This book...I was literally biting my lip, hunch-shouldered, with a tightness in my gut the entire way through! And it was OH.SO.GOOD!

It wasn't until I started to write this review that I realized I don't even know the real name of the MC. Caden (I'll get to him in a minute) refers to her as Kitten, so that's what I'm going with. Kitten is broken. She can't completely trust anyone. She can't open up and be totally honest with anyone. She lives her life on the fringes, knowing she can't get close to anyone because she'll eventually have to leave them. Meeting Caden changes things. Caden allows her intimacy without sharing her secrets. And he has his fair share of those as well. So we watch as these two broken people try to make each other whole - in the only way they can. Eventually though, it's not enough for Kitten and her curiosity gets the best of her.

The story is told from Kitten's POV and alternates between the past and present. In this way, we are privy not only to her thoughts and feelings in the present, but we see earlier meetings between she and Caden - how their relationship progressed - and we see her past - how she ended up so broken and on the run. The tension - and there is so much of it - is created through Kitten's anxiety over when she'll see Caden again as well as her actions once she decides she wants to know more about him.

Caden is an enigma. He has his rules that must be followed when he and Kitten are together. He won't share any details about his life with her - not basic ones anyway. He does drop hints but that only serves to make him more mysterious. What I know - he is protective of Kitten - he would lay down his life for her - and I guess that's enough for me.

When Kitten and Caden are together, they are combustible! Oh my! If bondage isn't your thing, don't worry. This is not a BDSM book. The binding and blindfolding are just a part of Caden's brokenness. But the way Caden make Kitten feel is conveyed so well. I understood Kitten feeling:
"This constant dull ache for him crescendos into a crushing fist deep in my belly. Like always, it gets worse when I know exactly when I'll see him next."
And I will never look at dark chocolate ice cream the same way again. *swoon*

When Kitten starts looking into Caden, her past becomes entangled with her present. The conclusions she begins to draw elicit the fear she's tried to bury. And yet she showed so much strength of will.
"You won't realize how strong you are until you are given no other choice."
The sequence of events that occur once she decides she wants more from Caden was shocking. As revelations are made, I became more and more anxious. I tried puzzling it out as it was unfolding and I never saw it coming! I find it ironic that Caden gave Kitten a name that embodied the curiosity which put her in the situation of having to flee 5 years ago, and in her current predicament.

Bound by Lies is dark, twisty, well-written, tense and thrilling. It was so much more than I was expecting. This is my first read from Ms. Peach and I've already one-clicked the first in her urban fantasy series. I'm glad I can read something else from her while I'm (im)patiently awaiting the next in the Bound series.


**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #16**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)

Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:

BOUGHT
Angelfire (Dark Angel, #1)Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)The Fallen (Sons of Wrath, #0.5)Friends Wanting Benefits (Friends With Benefits Prequel)Significance (Significance, #1)Three's a CrowdUnfixableStripped CleanRock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2)
Wow! I certainly did A LOT of one-clicking this week! I don't even know where I found the time. ;) Angelfire, Jane Austen Girl, The Fallen, Significance, and Friends Wanting Benefits were all Amazon **FREEBIES** (I one-clicked Angelfire after finishing and loving Bound by Lies by Ms. Peach) I picked up Three's a Crowd after reading Naomi's review @Nomi's Paranormal Palace. I picked up Unfixable after reading Braine's review @TalkSupe. Stripped Clean was a recommendation from Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views. Thanks, ladies!!

BAGGED
Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years, #1)Riding Desire: Alpha Bad Boy Bikers Boxed Set


I received Love, Lex for review from the author through Xpresso Book Tours. I won Riding Desire from Roni Loren's blog tour giveaway - I think from Reese's Reviews. :)




Upcoming Reviews
Bound by Lies by Hanna Peach
Teaching Willow: Session 3 by Paige James
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

Saturday, April 19, 2014

**Sidekick Showcase ~ #38**


Sidekick Showcase (previously known as Sidekick Saturday) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type

• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment

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April's theme ~ silly, joker, prankster, comedic relief, outrageous, and the like...   

My choice of character: 
Adam Black
from Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Series

Adam Black is Tuatha De, a sexy Fae prince. He's been interfering with the Seelie queen's plans by meddling in human affairs, typically by seducing the women, for eons. He's playful and gets himself into all kinds of mischief. When the queen finally tires of his antics, she punishes him by taking his immortality and making him invisible. Of course, this doesn't stop him. And his attempts to win back his immortality are more fun than what lost it for him in the first place. Adam is present throughout the Highlander series, but he also go this own book, The Immortal Highlander.

If you haven't read this series - which, although is a precursor to the Fever series can be read standalone, hop to it. It's fantastic! And there are so many clues about things going in the the Fever world. 

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"You will wear the feth fiada until this is done, Amadan."
"Bloody hell," Adam muttered savagely. "I hate being invisible."
"And Keltar," Aoibheal said in a voice like sudden thunder, with a glance up at the balustrade. "Henceforth I would advise against tampering with my curses. Perform the Lughnassadh ritual now or face my wrath."
"Aye, Queen Aoibheal," Dageus and Drustan replied together, stepping out from behind stone columns bracketing the stairs. 
Adam smiled faintly. He should have known no Highland would flee, only retreat to a higher vantage - take to the hills, in a manner of speaking - waiting in silent readiness should battle be necessary." -The Immortal Highlander

"Tell them, Gabrielle," Adam urged impatiently.
Blinking, Gabby nodded. "I have one of the, er...fairies here with me --"
"Tuatha De," Adam corrected irritably. "You're bloody well making me sound like Tinkerbell." -The Immortal Highlander

"I am the man you've needed all your life. I can give you whatever you wish before you even realize you are wishing for it. I can fill your every longing, heal your every wound, right your every wrong. You have enemies" Not with me at your side. You have hunger" I will find the most succulent, ripe morsel and feed you with my bare hands. You have pain? I will ease it. Bad dreams? I will chase them asunder. Regrets? I will g back and undo them. Command me, Beauty, and I am yours." -Beyond the Highland Mist

"You were firing questions at me today, trying to get inside my head. You asked if I believe in God. I told you of course I do - I've always had a strong sense of self." -The Immortal Highlander