Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Little Lies (An Alex Mercer Thriller Book 3) by Stacy Claflin

Kindle Edition
Published November 28th 2017

He’s dedicated his life to saving missing persons, but will it be enough to save himself?

Alex Mercer traded in his troubled past to protect the powerless. His blog for tracking down missing persons got his foot in the door at the police academy. But on his first day of training, a heroic act drops him into the hands of the captors he once hunted.

Zoey planned to tell Alex how she felt the night he disappeared. As she and Alex’s family discover the bloody signs of his fate, past regrets and dark secrets begin to come to light. It’s enough to tear Alex’s loved ones apart.

Without hope of rescue, Alex must rely on his cunning to escape captivity. In his line of work, he knows all too well that each passing hour could kill his chances of survival…

Little Lies is the third captivating standalone novel in the Alex Mercer series of thrillers. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, complex characters, and unflinching explorations of real-world problems, then you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Claflin’s pulse-pounding novel.

Buy Little Lies today to be held captive by an exhilarating page-turner. 

My Thoughts…

I am so hooked on this series by Stacy Claflin.  I started with the Gone Series and have continued with The Alex Mercer Thriller Series.     The characters are carried over from series to series but each book is an entire story.  You can pick these up in any order and enjoy them.  

There were a few times in this book I thought Oh My Gosh…how much more can one family go through.    And then the characters voice this same thought.     I liked how this family and their extended family stick together, come together in times of trouble, and have each other’s backs no matter what.   There was never a doubt that in this situation they would still stick together, still protect each other, and still never give up hope for a happy ending.   

I will forever be a Zoey and Alex fan and am thrilled with how this story was theirs.    I love how it came together, how their relationship was portrayed, and how the ending was written.    This is a perfect addition to their story and I am excited to keep reading more about their families.  

Thank you Stacy Claflin for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.   

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Stacy Claflin writes about complex women overcoming incredible odds. Whether it's her Gone trilogy of psychological thrillers, her ongoing Transformed paranormal saga, or her Seaside Hunters sweet romance series, Stacy's three-dimensional heroines shine through. 

Decades after she wrote her first stories on construction paper and years after typing on an inherited green screen computer that weighed half a ton, Stacy realized her dream of becoming a full-time author. 

When she's not busy writing or educating her kids from home, Stacy enjoys watching TV shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time. 

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY...Bitter Rivalry by S.M. Reine, Heather Hildenbrand

Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published September 20th 2015 by Elephantine Publishing 

Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father--and the family that's been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will.

Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not what she had in mind.
When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she's befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that's been promised the winner.
Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who "wins" Owen.

Only problem: Charlie's already fallen for him.

Bitterroot is a 3-part novella series with a dose of sibling rivalry... Who will you root for? 

My Thoughts…

Wolves, vampires, long lost family, and secrets… sounds like the perfect book and it is!    Bitterroot is exactly what I hope for when I start a new paranormal series.    I like that the authors took the time to let the reader get to know the characters and that the characters have some depth, some charisma, and some spunk.     Being that many of the characters were teenagers it was fun to see them push the rules, sneak around, and be young and fun. 

The storyline was unique in that the long lost family members were pitted against each other.    The father wants Charlie to come to her family, the family she didn’t even know existed, and follow the rules and accept what her future may hold.    That same father expects Regan to put aside what she thought was her future and accept that she has to fight her long-lost sister for what was to be hers.      It was interesting how these young women worked together and apart to figure out exactly what was to be expected of them and how they would make it work for them.     I liked that even though they were to fight each other it was evident that there were feelings developing between them and both were at odds at how to live up to the expectations without hurting the other.   

This is a novella, it is short but tells a story.    It is obviously the first in a series and the authors leave the reader with the must-read more mentality at the end.     There is so much more to the story and I cannot wait to continue this series.  

Thank you Heather Hildenbrand for a copy of the book for an honest review.      

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PROMO POST...Purrfect Santa by Jessie Lane & Chasity Bowlin

Title: Purrfect Santa: Howls Romance
Author: Jessie Lane & Chasity Bowlin
Genre: Paranormal Romance Novella
Release Date: December 12, 2017
A woman afraid to love …
Nikki knows what it is to lose those you love. With her focus on her orphaned sister, she hasn’t given herself the chance to process her own grief over the loss of their parents. Life is chaos and the last complication she needs is a mate.
A lion alone for too long …
Joe Miller knows chaos. Being orphaned as a child, he’s never had a family to call his own. Crashing with a friend for the holidays, he’s hoodwinked into playing Santa Claus at a local mall. The last thing on his mind is finding a mate.
A love worth the risk …
With her baby sister on her hip, sadness in her eyes, and a longing in her heart, Nikki waits in line with her sister to see Santa. From the moment he scents her, Joe is in deep. It’s going to take everything he has to convince Nikki the love outweighs the risk to her heart. Luckily for Joe, he has fate and Nikki’s adorable baby sister on his side. After all, who can say no to the Purrfect Santa at Christmas?

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.
She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.
She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Chasity Bowlin lives in central Kentucky with her husband and their menagerie of animals. She loves writing, loves traveling and enjoys incorporating tidbits of her actual vacations into her books. She is an avid Anglophile, loving all things British, but specifically all things Regency. She also writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance. 

Growing up in Tennessee, spending as much time as possible with her doting grandparents, soap operas were a part of her daily existence, followed by back to back episodes of Scooby Doo. Her path to becoming a romance novelist was set when, rather than simply have her Barbie dolls cruise around in a pink convertible, they time traveled, hosted lavish dinner parties and one even had an evil twin locked in the attic.

REVIEW Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin

Published November 21st 2017 by St. Martin's Press

More than 16 million viewers watched the first season of the Masterpiece presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin--the highest-rated PBS drama in twenty years, second only to Downton Abbey. But what happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless round of duty?

This all-new companion book by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan transports us to the private world of Victoria and Albert. Though first cousins, they could not have been more different: Victoria was impulsive, emotional, and capricious, Albert cautious, self-controlled, and logical. But together they forged a bond with each other and with their people that would change the world. Drawing on letters and diaries and fresh insights into royal history, this gorgeous book charts the constant ebb and flow of power within the couple's surprisingly ardent and modern marriage.

Sumptuously illustrated and full of rich insider detail, Victoria and Albert takes us behind the scenes of the magnificent TV drama, including fascinating, in-depth information on the actors, the props, and the costumes - and bringing an extraordinary royal marriage even more fully to life.

My Thoughts…

About a year ago I read Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (see review HERE) and was thrilled to learn that Victoria was going to be a PBS series.   I immediately set my DVR to record them all.   Currently I am caught up on season one and am excited for season two to be coming soon.  

When Victoria and Albert:  A Royal Affair arrived in my mailbox I could hardly wait to open it up.    While it looks like a coffee table book, with the bright and beautiful pictures, the thick pages each with their own stories about the Queen and Prince, there is so much information.   There is historical information and there is information about what went into making the series historically correct.   Everything from the costumes, the sets, to the food that was served was shared.

The pictures were bright and beautiful and the writing was quick and easy to follow.    I am now even more excited for the next season of Victoria to be released.    

Thank you John Karle at St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Seeking a Familiar Face by May Patterson SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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Book Title: Seeking a Familiar Face: The Transformational Journey of Connecting with God by May Patterson
Category: Adult nonfiction, 175 pages
Genre: Christian Living
Publisher: Exploration Press
Release date: September 2017
Tour dates: Dec 11 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

The greatest adventure of your life awaits. And it will change everything.

Ever feel disappointed? Like your life isn't as fulfilling as you had always dreamed it would be? Are you laden down with responsibilities, feeling overwhelmed and empty, or maybe even a bit caged?

You're not alone.

Many people in the Bible felt the same way. Most had difficulties. Some felt stuck. Others were depressed, afraid and uncertain. And some just wanted to get closer to God. So they set out on life's adventure —seeking God—and encountered the One who fulfilled their longings and changed their lives forever.

The same can happen for you.

Seeking a Familiar Face guides you on the transforming journey of connecting with God, through simple, yet extraordinary ways. It doesn't matter if you are already seeking Him or just getting started, this book will encourage you to go a little farther toward locking hearts with God.

In this book you will discover engaging narratives from ten biblical characters, along with stories, humor, and practical ideas for seeking God. There are thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter to discuss with a friend or a group. Most of all, "Seeking a Familiar Face" will offer you fresh hope for deepening your intimacy with God.

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May Patterson has been writing and teaching bible study classes for several years. Her new book, “Seeking a Familiar Face,” was birthed from a Bible study she wrote in 2014 called “A Time to Seek.” She was trained in small group dynamics for over ten years at Bible Study Fellowship, serving as a leader for four years. She has written for several magazines including Focus on the Family, Upper Room Magazine and Shattered Magazine, among others. She is married to her dear friend, Mike, and they have three grown children. She loves to tell stories, laugh, and talk about the adventure of seeking God.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY of Only for You by Melissa Foster

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. Hers could be right next door…

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

My Thoughts…

I want to live in Sugar Lake.     The family get togethers, the small town shops, the amazing friendships, and the gossip are all part of Sugar Lake.   I want all of that and more.   Plus I want to be neighbors of Bodhi, Bridgette, Zane and Willow.   

This is Bodhi and Bridgette’s story.   The story of a soldier who was taught not to leave anyone behind and knows that each mission is dangerous.   He cannot imagine leaving Bridgette after falling for her not knowing if he will ever come back.    Bridgette promised to live in the here and now and not fall for Bodhi.    After they spend time together she knows that will not be the way her life ends up.      I love how hot and steamy their relationship started.    There was no slow burn, there were no doubts, and there was no way they would not be together.    The sparks started from the first time they saw each other and turned into a full blown fire quickly.     I liked how the rest of the town knew what was happening even though Bodhi and Bridgette were trying to keep it a secret.   

The rest of the residents of Sugar Lake are just as wonderful as Bodhi and Bridgette.   It was fun to catch up with Zane and Willow from the first Sugar Lake book in the series.      This is a series that I have put on my must read list.   I definitely recommend picking up your own copy asap.     

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The Real Thing (Sugar Lake Book 1)
Fall in love on the shores of Sugar Lake in the small town of Sweetwater with Willow Dalton and Zane Walker.

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancĂ© too hot to handle?

Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring? 

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.
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About the author
Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented-- perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

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