Saturday, April 30, 2016

WINGDOG: SOUL PUP, A MAGICAL MUTT MEMOIR

It’s love at first sight…for both of them. An abandoned yet tenacious pup with one blue eye and one brown eye beats the odds and is enlisted as one woman’s WINGDOG. It’s a role he takes seriously, but he knows that his human needs more than just another set of eyes and ears. He must show her how to laugh and how to love again. His loyalty knows no bounds, and he takes his duties seriously riding shotgun as the pair travel life’s highway.

A dog may be man’s best friend, but the truth is…A WINGDOG is truly a woman’s gift.
For readers who enjoy contemporary canine classics such as MARLEY & ME, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, and A DOG’S PURPOSE, Janelle Jalbert’s ‘Magical Mutt Memoir’ combines the best of these storytelling traditions. Told as a memoir – adhering to how events unfolded – one woman seeks establish a new life after moving across the country from California to North Carolina.

Her chance at a new normal arrives in the form of Goose, a pup that melts not only her heart but also the hearts of everyone that he meets. As they travel coast-to-coast and places in between, the bond that the two share proves that love and loyalty can transcend even the greatest of obstacles.

WINGDOG: SOUL PUP is a heart-warming, emotional – and oftentimes comical – tale of how one pup becomes the consummate WINGDOG only to transform into the ultimate Soul Pup.

My Review

I love reading dog books. I am such a dog lover. While the last couple of dog books that I have read were good they were not "great". This book is great. Both the author, Janelle and Goose were so relatable. This helped make the book so much more enjoyable. Goose is the perfect name for the dog. All of the adventures that Janelle and Goose had were entertaining. Also, loved the thoughts of Goose as if he were really talking. I do believe that dogs can communicate with their owners. Only the ones that share a very special bond can listen and would agree. I have been communicating with all of the dogs that I have owned or came into my life since I was a little girl. I loved every moment of this book. For anyone who is a dog lover you need to pick up a copy of this book. You won't regret it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Cowboy's Claim



Everyone knows Victor Vicario—he's the scarred loner who's on his way to the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas. But no one knows about the guilt that drives him. And until he achieves his goal, there's no room in his life for attachments.

So when Vic is given temporary custody of his young nephew, he is torn. He can't turn his back on family, but how can he look after a kid when he's traveling the rodeo circuit? Then he runs into feisty barrel racer Tanya McGee and makes her an offer. She helps him with Alex, and he'll pay her rodeo expenses. The problem is their little "family" starts to feel all too real.

My Review

I am a sucker for a cowboy. Although Victor is charming and great with his nephew, Alex, I was not feeling the spicy chemistry between him and Tanya. For example the first time that they slept together, I had no reacts and just kept reading. Despite me not feeling the sizzle, I did think this was a sweet read. Alex is a cute boy. He warmed my heart and I could not help but fall in love with him. He just goes to show that you can say a lot even without words. The rodeo scenes were good too. For anyone who is not familiar with the rodeo or barrel racing will get a taste of what that experience is like with the scenes from this book.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Daughter of Albion


"Those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia's personal quest."—The News Daily

Set in Ancient Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion, Daughter of Albion is a mesmerizing novel about the collision of two worlds and a young woman torn between two men.

Daughter of Albion transports the reader to the village of Caer Cad in southwest Britain, AD 43, where the dark cloud of the Roman Empire is gathering on the horizon.

A baby girl is abandoned on the doorstep of the Tribequeen’s kitchen. Cookmother takes her in and names her Ailia. Without family, Ailia is an outsider in her village, forbidden from marriage and excluded from learning. Despite this, she grows up an intelligent and brave young woman, serving the Tribequeen of her township until the day when an encounter with an enigmatic man named Taliesin leads Ailia to the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, who have chosen her for another path.

Ailia’s growing awareness of her future role as the tribal protector and her relationships with the two very different men she loves will be utterly tested by the imminent threat of Emperor Claudius preparing to take the island.

With an incredibly compelling heroine, Daughter of Albion is a suspenseful and richly rewarding novel about women, about power, about love, and about the clash of cultures and the tenacity of belief.

My Review

When I first picked up this book I thought it sounded intriguing yet I was not overly excited. In fact, I put it down but a few days later came back to it when looking for my next book to read. So glad I picked up this book. I read it in one day. This time I actually have to agree that the reference to Khaleesi is a good reference. Albion is a dynamic woman. The special abilities that she possess is cool. Although at this point I have not felt any strong feelings towards the two male interests. Hopefully this will change in the sequel. Also I just have to say that I will be watching the fish next time I go swimming in a lake. Anyone who likes paranormal, historical fiction, strong female heroines, or just looking for a new author to read you have to pick up a copy of this book as you will get lost in the story. Which for me turned into a quick read.

Last Light + Giveaway

 




  Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. Today, I'm excited to share with you, my review of Last Light, by CJ Lyons! Also, make sure you check out the rafflecopter, because Novel Publicity & CJ are giving away scented candles, signed hardbacks. . . AND a KINDLE PAPERWHITE!

About the Books


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons. For fans of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Jeffery Deaver: "Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

After leaving the FBI, life should be easy, right? Wrong--not if you're Lucy Guardino. Lucy has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst. But after a violent predator targets her family and she's injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI in order to keep her family safe.

What is she now that she's no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she's traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs. What is she now that she's no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she's traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.

Her fears appear justified when she's partnered with TK O'Connor, a former Marine MP struggling with her transition to life back home, and sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that's more than cold, it's already been closed with the killers behind bars for the past twenty-nine years. But...who really killed Lily Martin, her infant daughter, and husband? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried? LAST LIGHT is the seventh Lucy Guardino novel, but they can be read out of order. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling,strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you'll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller. Join the millions of readers who've fallen for CJ's Thrillers with Heart and grab your copy of LAST LIGHT today!


My Review


My only exposure to this author is from the medical thrillers. So this is also my first time meeting Lucy Guardino. Although, I knew nothing about her or what she has endured in the past, I was able to instantly connect with her. It seems whatever things she endured in the past she was able to overcome and it made her a stronger woman. The partnership between her and TK was a good one. They worked well together to achieve results.

The other plus to this book is the killer and storyline. Both elements did not take a back sit to the characters. I hate when this happens. The story would at times flash back to the past but every time it did, it only gave me greater insight into the present. I plan to go back and read the past books in this series.


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Pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller writer CJ Lyons has been a storyteller all her life—something that landed her in many time-outs as a kid. She writes her Thrillers with Heart for the same reason that she became a doctor: because she believes we all have the power to change our world. In the ER she witnessed many acts of courage by her patients and their families, learning that heroes truly are born every day. When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her Lowcountry home, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters. To learn more about her Thrillers with Heart go to www.CJLyons.net Connect with CJ on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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 Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. Today we're pleased to share an interview with our featured author, CJ Lyons! In this interview, we’d like to dive deeper into the world of FBI agent Lucy Guardino, and CJ's novel, LAST LIGHT. The characters, setting, and themes along with what makes them tick, and who was the loudest character that just wouldn’t shut up!

For readers that are new to you, can you tell us a bit about this collection of books and introduce us to Lucy Guardino?

CJ: I created Lucy because I was tired of reading thrillers featuring female FBI agents who were driven by angst, fleeing demons, fighting addiction, stalked by serial killers, or with dark, forbidden secrets, etc–all things that would never allow them to do their job effectively in the real world. As a woman who has always worked in a male dominated field (Emergency Medicine), I wanted to create a main character I could relate to.

Someone facing the same kind of struggles balancing work and family and who was “real.” So, I thought, why not go as real as it gets? How about a Pittsburgh soccer mom, who has a loving and supportive family? No angst, no dark past, no addictions or demons…Just the very real need to do her job the best she can while also giving her family as much love and attention as possible. Of course, I can’t go too easy on her, so during her early adventures with the FBI, I give her the worst possible job, tracking pedophiles and sex offenders. The fact that she happens to be good at it only makes her life more complicated because she fights a constant battle of protecting her family from her work.

Can these books be read out of order, or are they better read by publication date?

CJ: The first six Lucy books, the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers are best read in order: SNAKE SKIN, BLOOD STAINED, KILL ZONE, AFTER SHOCK, HARD FALL, BAD BREAK. I’m striving to design the new Lucy books, the Beacon Falls Mysteries, so that they can easily be read out of order.

Your website has lots of resources for writers, research links from stories you’ve done and extras. Research obviously plays a big role in your writing. Can you tell us about how you begin researching for writing a thriller?

CJ: All of the Lucy books center around true life crimes and criminals, so I read a ton of police newsletters, follow the FBI news stream, press releases, and their official Law Enforcement Bulletin to get an idea about the kinds of cases they’re focusing their efforts on and any strange twists that they’ve taken. I’ve also visited Quantico twice and have interviewed many FBI agents as well as other law enforcement professionals. For the Beacon Falls series, I have the luxury of using cold cases—and since they’re by definition unsolved, I can use my imagination to provide my own unique answer. I don’t go searching for the perfect crime to use in a Lucy story, it comes to me…guess it’s a good thing there are so many crazy criminals out there wreaking havoc! (something only a thriller writer could say!)

LAST LIGHT has a warning, is this more tongue in cheek, or have you had readers complain about the depiction of violence in your books?

CJ: I never include gratuitous violence in my books, but I do depict what violence there is in a very honest way, especially the emotional impact—all my years working as a victim’s advocate demand that. I began placing that warning on the first Lucy book, Snake Skin, years ago when it was a #1 on several Amazon bestseller lists, including Mystery. I’d noticed that despite its overwhelming popularity and rave reviews, including many from former FBI and law enforcement officers, I was getting strange one star reviews complaining that the reader had been expecting a cozy mystery and by gosh, there was blood and bodies and violence in this book, how could that be when it was the #1 Mystery? My one rule of writing is that I always strive to excite and delight my readers and obviously, for whatever reason, these readers were not my readers. I decided it was better to lose a sale than disappoint a reader.

Snake Skin already had a snake lunging off the cover (a very large, scary snake, in fact!), its subtitle was: a Lucy Guardino Thriller, and the series name using the word “Thriller” was also already right there on the top of the product page in big, bold letters, so I was at a loss of how to prevent readers from buying a book that wasn’t what they expected. I crafted that warning and added it to the top of the product description. It has seemed to work…so far, at least.

In the latest Lucy Guardino novel LAST LIGHT, Lucy has left the FBI to work with a private consulting firm on cold cases. Are there really consulting firms like this operating in the US, or are private detectives more a figment of our imagination?

CJ: Yes. The Beacon Group is a fictionalized composite of several private and non-profit organizations that exist in real life. These groups, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, NAMUS, the Polaris Project, and the Vidocq Society among others, assist overworked and overwhelmed law enforcement agencies even though they have no police powers. They are the true unsung heroes and I hope that Lucy’s team serves to shine a light on their amazing work.

Lucy is a very strong female lead character, who are her supporting characters, and could you introduce us to a couple of your favorites to write?

CJ: Fan favorites of Lucy’s current cast of characters include Nick, her loving husband, and the closest thing Lucy has to a nemesis, teenaged-sociopath and daughter of a serial killer, Morgan Ames. Readers loved Morgan so much (she was introduced in BLOOD STAINED and reappeared in KILL ZONE) that I gave her her own spin-off story in FIGHT DIRTY. I’m hoping to find time to write more Morgan stories in the future as readers can’t seem to get enough of her quest to learn how to stop killing and live life as a “Norm.” In Lucy’s new Beacon Falls series, we get to meet new characters.

I think readers will especially resonate with TK O’Connor, the brash, young former Marine MP who was embedded with front-line special ops troops in Iraq and Afghanistan—something that actually happened as the military recognized the utility of having women involved in these dangerous missions. TK has returned from the war with no home or family left and no mission to guide her, so her partnership with Lucy and the others at Beacon Falls becomes more than just a job, but a chance to finally find her place in the world.

If Lucy were in the boxing ring with one of your other series leads, which series would it be, who would win the match and why?

CJ: Cassandra Hart from the Hart and Drake Medical Suspense series is going for a black belt in Kempo and she’s younger than Lucy, so Lucy wouldn’t win a straight out boxing match—but Lucy, being older and wiser, would find a way to de-escalate things before it ever came to that.

What do you think makes a good thriller a great read? Is it lots of action, suspense, multiple plot lines, or something else?

CJ: Great thrillers have all of those, but the main thing is the ever-increasing stakes the characters face until their entire world is at risk and they must sacrifice everything to save it. A good thriller is more than escapism, it makes you think: what would I be willing to do if that was me? In a way, they can teach us how to be heroes, even if it’s only through the vicarious experience of enjoying a good story.

We don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but we do want to ask...when you were writing the story, did it always end the same way, or did you have alternate endings?

CJ: The killer was always the same person but that’s all I knew when I began writing. As a seat of the pants writer, I never know the ending when I begin, all I know is whether it will be a happy ending or a tragic one. After all, if I’m surprised by the twists that happen, then readers will be as well. Thanks for joining us today CJ!

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When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn't get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

My Review

It has been a while since I have read a mail order bride themed story. I found this book to be very sweet and charming. This book is a good start to this series. It was nice that Leah had a friend in Daniel. He is a gentleman. I like that he did not push Leah into the romance. So this way I got to know them both better and thus their love felt real. A pleasant surprise was the references to God. Yet, this book is not preachy. The town and the other folks of Cowboy Creek were nice as well. Although I liked this story, the townfolk and the mail order brides, I did feel like this story was just that...charming. I wanted a little more than charming. However I do look forward to reading more by this author and this series.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Take Me, Cowboy

This sexy rancher is her best friend…but can he be more? Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates!

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?


My Review

So what happens when two best friends break down the barriers and give into temptation...Take Me, Cowboy. Anna and Chase's chemistry was HOT. As soon as Anna made the first move and they shared a kiss, I was feeling the heat. Anna may not have a lot of experience with men or her own body as a woman and I like that Chase realized this and was patient with Anna. Although after the first kiss they could not keep their hands and lips off each other. Yet, I would not expect anything less from a book in the Harlequin Desire series. The rest of the story was good too. It had funny moment as well that only best friends could share and relate to. I read the short snippet of the next book in the Copper Ridge series by this author and I liked what I read. I will be checking it out as well as the other books in this series.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Summer Heat Book Blast













Title: Summer Heat Box Set
Authors: Caridad Pineiro, Nina Bruhns, Rebecca York, Jennifer Lowery, Taylor Lee, Traci Hall, Stephanie Queen, Alicia Street, Kathy Ivan, Jackie Ivie, Michele Hauf, Rachelle Ayala, Katy Walters, Melissa Keir, Dani Haviland, Jacquie Biggar
Publisher: Chill Out
Genre:  Anthology/Box Set

16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader's taste. Grab a cool drink (you'll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.

1: Caridad Pineiro, Under the Boardwalk - A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love in just one night?

2: Nina Bruhns, Fast and Flirty - The top-secret package STORM Corps transporter Kade Maddox is hired to deliver turns out to be way more trouble—and a whole lot sexier—than he ever anticipated.

3: Rebecca York, Outlaw Justice - Will a surprise reunion with her old lover save her life when she flees from a homicidal husband?

4: Jennifer Lowery, The Fall (Book #2 ATCOM series) - The last thing ATCOM agent Brendan Devayne wants is to settle down, but Mia Lawrence makes him think twice…

5: Taylor Lee, Jared: (Book 1, The Justice Brothers Series) - The rookie cop learned the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love-- isn’t always fair or easy.

6: Traci Hall, Festival by the Sea - Al Cooper’s too bad to be a cop and too good to be a crook; Darcy Smith can’t get enough.

7: Stephanie Queen, Beachcomber Heat - This summer’s heat wave on Martha’s Vineyard is breaking records, but so is the crime wave. The combination is causing a wave of red-hot dangerous desire between Dane and Shana.

8: Alicia Street, In Training for Love - When private fitness trainer Shannon meets her hot new client, loving her job takes on a whole new meaning.

9: Kathy Ivan, Sex, Lies and Apple Pies - A televised baking competition brings them together.  But deceit, intrigue and revenge are on this menu.  Can their love survive?
 
10: Jackie Ivie, The Hunted - LeeAnn’s got business in Miami.  Bring on the sun.  Sand.  Sexy men to look at.  The last thing she expects is to be someone’s target.

11: Michele Hauf, The Geek Gets The Girl - Mistaken for the IT geek? This sexy CEO is about to learn the intimate operations of his company—up close, and personal.

12: Rachelle Ayala, Bad Boys for Hire: Ken (Bad Boys for Hire Series, #2) - After Jolie Becker is left at the altar, her friends secretly hire a hunky beach bum to cheer her up.

13: Katy Walters, Sands of Seduction - Clary escaped to a place of sea and sand, a place of passion and seduction.

14: Melissa Keir, Protecting Her Pigg - Arson and fire bring them together, but what will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways?

15: Dani Haviland, Pool Boy Wanted (No Experience Preferred) - He’d never known a woman before, and that’s just how she wanted him.

16: Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ - Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

For More Information

  • Summer Heat boxed set is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Summer Heat is also available at Google Play, Kobo,
  • Watch the book trailer for Melissa Keir’s PROTECTING HER PIGG at YouTube.
Book Excerpt:
From Protecting Her Pigg by Melissa Keir

Arriving on the scene, the smell of smoke with the tang of gasoline assaulted my lungs. The building was a total loss. It bothered me to see something once so beautiful destroyed.
“Sir, you can’t be here,” the officer I’d assigned to the perimeter yelled.
Turning toward the commotion, I witnessed a tall, dark-haired man storming toward me with violence in his approach. Sizing up the advancing danger, I threw my shoulders back and met the man halfway.
“This is my building. Who are you, and what do you know so far?” His gravel voice caused goose bumps to form on my skin.
“I’m sorry, Mr…?” Up close, the man took my breath away. His features weren’t “pretty boy” beautiful, but striking. Chiseled chin, full lips, slightly curved nose. Must have been broken at one time.
“Pigg, Lucas Pigg. And you are?”
Caught staring at his lips, I almost missed the question. “I’m Lily O’Neill, chief arson investigator. We don’t know much so far. I’ve only begun my investigation. This wasn’t an accident. It was set with gasoline as the accelerant. The smell is noticeable. I have some questions for you. I’d like to meet you in my office to talk.” No matter how good-looking, Mr. Pigg was my first suspect.


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About the Authors






Sixteen New York Times, USA Today, and International best-selling authors share new stories about Alpha men, Detectives, Sports’ Heroes, and sexy men. These authors write from their hearts and have stories that entertain.
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Giveaway!

The authors of the Summer Heat Boxed Set are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one blogger who participates in their book blast and another $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person who leaves a comment at any of their book blast stops!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One blogger will be chosen to receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card and one commenter will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • This giveaway begins April 25 and ends on May 27.
  • Winners will be contacted on May 28 and announced on the author’s tour page.
Good luck everyone!