Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Post #80 and Stacking the Shelves February 19th, 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.   Once again trying to keep up and doing okay.  But still a little behind.  Only one review this week, but as I did six mini-reviews last week, I'm okay with that.  I'm slowly catching up, but of course also getting behind.  I had planned to use Monday to get a bunch done, but then I took more hours at the bookstore to work on saving money for my trip to ApollyCon in Orlando at the end of March.  I need to work on saving money because as you'll see from my Stacking the Shelves section of this post I've been buying lots of books to get autographed!  I did figure out I probably need to take two suitcases to Orlando, since I can check 2 bags up to 50 pounds each for free on Southwest Airlines.  I found a great deal on another suitcase at Gordman's.  Check out this awesome $36 deal!
It's bright and colorful and not just normal colors so it should be easy to find at the airport!

Okay, really quick, here is a list of what you might have missed on the blog last week:
I got a hair cut and color that was a major change from the long hair I've had lately. 

So, coming up this next week I hope to get several reviews done if possible.  Here's the proposed plans for this week on the blog:
  • Cover reveals:  Deathstalkers MC Boxed Set by Alexis Noelle, Dark Protector by Celia Aaron, and All the Frogs in Manhattan by Carrie Aarons
  • Promo/Blitzes:  Rhys  by D.B. James, Beard Mode by Lani Lynn Vale, Heathered Country by G.M. Scherbert, and Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
  • Reviews:  Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas, Wallbanger series by Alice Clayton (#1-3 audiobooks)
  • Possible reviews:  Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, The Cinderella Arrangement  and Dirty Prince by Vanessa Waltz
  • Possible Cover Characteristic:  Teapots, or maybe do last week's topic of cards.
I'm starting to get behind on reviews again, so if I have time this week there may be a lot of mini-reviews again. For instance, I'll probably do one big post for the books by the same author  or in the same series.  I need to get to the gym again, but that seems to be getting pushed out of the way by a lot of other things these days.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  Once again I've got a lot of books, but like I mentioned above, it is to prepare for the book conventions I'm going to in March.  I'll probably have another big haul next weekend because of the print on demand books that I'm still waiting to arrive.  As usual I've downloaded way too many free e-books to really show you all of them.  


I had to download the first one from Netgalley as soon as I could, that is one I cannot wait for.  I loved the first book so much!  The 2nd one I downloaded before my e-galley could expire and I'm so glad I did because I finished it yesterday and loved it!  The last one I received from the author again to do a promo tour and review of.  I can't wait to see how this series I have loved so far will end.

Physical books:

First a books for trade score!  I love Amanda Hawking's Trylle series, so I had been excited by any new book by her.  I didn't get to my e-galley before it expired, and then in a review I heard this was related to the Trylle series, so I put up a big ARC I had to get it.

These are all books I purchased from the bookstore where I work.  I've read the bottom one, but loved it, need to review it soon.  The top four are all new to me, and Riveted of course just came out on Tuesday.  The top four are all authors that I can meet next month at the two conventions I'm going to.  I've met Jay Crownover before, but will definitely get more autographed from her!

This is my haul from the Half Price Bookstore stop I made this week.  While I've read the bottom two, and listed to Wallbanger, all except for the very top book are for getting autographs at the book conventions.  The top one is a third in a series I've really liked, so when I saw it at the HPB, I had to get it.

So, I read this one from a free ebook, and just did it because it is a local Kansas City author that will be at the Kinky in Kansas City convention in a couple weeks.  I had to buy it to get it autographed, even though I guess she will only now be walking around the convention since she couldn't get books in time to sell.  But I loved this one, especially all the KC references, like about Eric Hosmer, one of our Royals baseball team players.

Those are my scores for the week.  What did you add to your shelves?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Still Love You by Allie Everhart

Book info:
Title:   Still Love You
Author:  Allie Everhart
Publication date: February 14th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
*A Standalone New Adult Romance.*
Silas Sparks was my first love. My only love. The guy I thought I would marry, and almost did.
We were engaged. For a week. In high school. It was the happiest week of my life. But then reality hit and I broke off the engagement. I was only 17. I couldn’t get married! I had plans for my life. Plans that included college and someday running a large corporation.
Silas was crushed. He couldn’t understand why I did it. But that’s Silas. He lives in the moment, never worries about the future. After we broke up, he took off for Europe and never came back.
That was two years ago. I haven’t seen or talked to him since. Then just as I’m about to leave college for summer break, guess who shows up at my door? Looking even hotter than I remember, flashing that sexy smile of his, telling me he’s home for the summer, living just a few houses down from mine!
Now I’m panicking. I was never supposed to see him again. Silas is the past. I’ve moved on. And yet here he is, and all I can think about is how much I want him back. It can never happen, but even so, I can’t deny the truth. And the truth is…I still love Silas.

“Why were you flirting with her?” Willow asks. “You don’t live here. It’s not like you could date her.”
“I wasn’t flirting. I was just giving her my order.” I stretch my legs out under the table, letting them brush against Willow’s.
She crosses her legs and turns to me. “You were giving her the Silas smile. No girl can resist that and you know it. You were definitely flirting.”
“Why do you care?” I nudge her leg with mine and keep it there. I know I shouldn’t keep touching her but I can’t help it. I haven’t seen her forever and now that she’s here, I have this need to touch her, even in just an innocent way. I’m a very tactile person. Touch is a way I communicate, sometimes without even knowing it.
“I don’t care,” she says in a tone that implies the opposite. “Do what you want. I just don’t think you should flirt with some girl you have no intention of asking out. You’re leading her on.”
“A person can flirt without having it go anywhere.”
“Then what’s the purpose?”
Typical Willow logic at work. She has to have an answer to everything. An answer that makes sense to her.
“There doesn’t have to be a purpose.” I know that comment will get her going, but I put it out there anyway.
“Of course there does. You can’t just do something for no reason.”
“Fine.” I lean across the table and give her that Silas smile she was referring to. “I flirted with her so she’d get your order correct. I’m sure they’re not used to having to follow such specific guidelines for making a burger. I was just making sure they got it right.”
She sighs. “I appreciate your efforts but you don’t have to resort to selling your body just to get my order correct.”
I laugh and sit back. “I wasn’t selling my body. It was just a smile.”
“I think that girl would like more than that.” Willow holds up the receipt, which has a phone number written on back with the words ‘call me.’
“Huh. I wondered what she wrote on there.” I take the receipt and shove it in my pocket.
“You’re keeping it?” Willow looks disgusted with me.
I shrug. “You never know.”
“Never know what?”
Before I can answer, our food arrives, delivered by a short, scrawny kid who doesn’t look legally old enough to work. He’s probably the little brother of the girl at the register. They look similar.
“Wait.” Willow stops him before he leaves. “Could you get us another cup for the milkshake? And another straw?”
He nods and walks off.
I set the basket of fries between us as Willow inspects her burger, lifting the top of the bun.
“Is it the way you wanted it?” I ask.
“Yes. It’s perfect.” She puts the bun back in place. “But your flirting trick didn’t completely work. She forgot the cup and the straw.”
“That’s because you asked for that, not me.” I smile, then take a big bite of my burger.
“Whatever,” she mumbles, picking up a fry.
She eats fries one at a time, whereas I grab several and eat them all at once. That’s why we always shared an order. It would take Willow forever to finish a basket of fries on her own, eating them one at a time like that.
I wonder if she shares her fries when she goes out with other guys. I try not to think about that. Thinking about her with another guy makes me angry and I never get angry. Except when it comes to Willow. She brings out all my emotions. The good, the bad, the in-between. This girl gets to me the way no one else can.
When I left two years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see her again, and now, working for her parents, I’ll see her every day.
This is going to be a very interesting summer.

Author Bio:
Allie Everhart started writing romance three years ago with Choosing You, the first book in the bestselling Jade Series. Since then, she’s published eighteen books. Allie writes romance because she loves watching a relationship develop between her characters, from those first flirty encounters to the point they realize they’re in love. Allie's always been a romantic, as evidenced by her early years as a wedding singer, her obsession with dating shows, and the fact that she still watches reruns of The Love Boat.



Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Realm Enforcers Series by Rebecaa Zanetti

Join us for the stunning new covers for the Realm Enforcers Series by Rebecca Zanetti!

Realm Enforcers 1-3 Bundle
Releasing- 3/14/2017

If you love Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors, try the wicked hot Realm Enforcers, together for the first time . . .

Wicked Ride
Seattle vice cop Alexandra Monzelle’s short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. But Kellach Dunne is complicating matters. An affair with an immortal like him could undo everything—including every bit of her resistance . . .
Wicked Edge
When Coven Nine Enforcer Daire Dunne spots Cee Cee across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s back in his apartment. Where after one overheated kiss, she drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on . . .
Wicked Burn
Irish witch Simone Brightston didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, the only thing to do is grab a handful of jacket and hold on tight . . .

Wicked Ride
Realm Enforcers Book 1
Released- 6/23/2015

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.
Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Wicked Edge
Realm Enforcers Book 2
Released- 11/10/2015

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on . . .
Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off . . .

Wicked Burn
Realm Enforcers Book 3
Released - 6/7/2016

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.
Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . 

Wicked Kiss
Realm Enforcers Book 4
Releasing- 7/4/2017

Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .

Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . .

Wicked Bite
Realm Enforcers Book 5
Releasing - 8/01/2017

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .
Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . . .

Preorder WICKED KISS and WICKED BITE now for exclusive content!

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: For Love or Freedom by Lili Mahoney

Title: For Love or Freedom
Author: Lili Mahoney
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Designer: LJ Designs
Release Date: March 7, 2017 

In Tatum’s life, only two miracles have ever happened. And one of them was way too short and sweet, leaving her feeling angry and deserted. She’s accepted her hand though, knowing what gifts she’s been given because she spent her life paying for them. 

Tatum doesn’t want to burn bridges. That’s something her momma taught her not to do and going against those life lessons is hard to do. After all, family should be the most important thing in a person’s life. That doesn’t mean that making the sacrifices and enduring snide comments and nasty looks she gets from her so-called family makes attending their annual get-to-gathers worth it. Maybe those bridges shouldn’t be burned, but just maybe they need to be a little neglected, for the sake of self-preservation. 

Before she has the chance to commit to her plan of neglect, the decision is taken from her hands as she and her daughter Tulsie are stolen to Mexico, and held against their will. For her daughter, the world they now live in couldn’t have been better selected. But Tatum can’t let go of the life that she had been fighting so hard to hang onto.

Living with Nic could be like living in a fairy tale. He has the huge house. Stables full of pedigreed horses. Helicopters and beach houses. But Tatum has always known she will never have the happily ever after that comes with the fairy tale. It was ripped away from her years ago. Twice. 
Love isn’t always like a fairy tale though. And sometimes, happily ever afters are not done by the book. Especially where Nicandro Lobo is concerned.
Lili Mahoney is the author of Young Adult Novel Barefoot Pastures. She was born and raised in Texas, where she went to Texas State University, and lives with her high school sweetheart and their three children. When she isn’t running kids from one activity to another, she’s feeding animals, doing laundry, and wishing she was writing or reading instead. Or eating ice cream.


Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Shutter Speed and Freeze Frame by Freya Barker and K.T. Dove

Series: A SNAPshot Novella + Novel
Author: Freya Barker and K.T. Dove
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Title: Shutter Speed
Series: A SNAPshot novella
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 15, 2017 

She likes picking up her camera because it allows her to see things through a different lens. Like when she lost her job recently and instead of focusing on what she’s forced to leave behind, she zooms in on the new options opening up in front of her. Or when a dangerous looking silver fox comes rolling up her path on a FatBoy, and her digital output shows a deep loneliness, matching her own, in his ice-blue eyes.
But when she's working on making her dreams come true, she inadvertently captures something in her viewfinder she can’t un-see.
He wasn’t supposed to be here, but he can’t seem to escape his old life. Stuck in an old trailer in the mountains, he walks a fine line between ruse and reality. With the arrival of a young-looking pixie—who turns out to be a full grown, hot-blooded woman—his balance is thrown. 
He tries to avoid her, but with the little pixel peeper snapping everything in sight, she unintentionally risks his exposure.
And his focus needs to be sharp to keep her from danger.

Title: Freeze Frame
Series: A SNAPshot Novel
Author: Freya Barker and KT Dove
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date:  Coming Soon

A new career, a new place, and a new man—you’d think after the rough year she’s had, Isla has finally found her stride. Of course it’s never that simple. Some dreams she is building, some dreams are taken away before they have a chance to form. But she never imagined that the one thing she’s worked so hard to realize, could be the cause it all breaks apart.
Ben doesn’t miss his assignments, his life of deceit, or his unsavory associations—but they appear to miss him. Just as he’s beginning to think perhaps there’s redemption for him after all, his dark past casts a long shadow.—and not just on him, but on the woman who made him believe.
 Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
KT Dove grew up, and still lives, in the Midwest. At an early age she developed a love of reading, driving the local librarians crazy, and would plan plot lines and stories for her favorite characters. KT received degrees in English, Speech/Drama, and Education. And yet instead of becoming an English teacher as planned, she opted for an unexpected HEA. 

Now married, a mother and still an avid reader, she stumbled upon the Indie author movement and became involved on several levels. Never in her wildest imagination would she have thought she would co-author a book. With the support of her family, she took the plunge, adding writing to an already busy literary existence.  
She wouldn’t have it any other way.