Thursday, January 29, 2015

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

The Marriage Charm (The Brides of Bliss County, #2)Series: The Brides of Bliss County #2
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publication: January 27, 2015
By: HQN Books
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The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.

One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it's her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.



*I received this book from Little Bird Publicity and Harlequin Books in exchange for an honest review* 


~ My Thoughts ~

Cops, robbers, romance, and charm, this second installment in The Brides of Bliss County which can be read as a stand alone, has a little something for every western romance lover.

Police Chief Spence Hogan has a reputation for being able to the charm the spurs off any single woman in Bliss County, except for jewelry designer Melody Nolan. They have a history, one he hopes to use to his advantage and one she'd like to forget. A string of robberies forces them to spend time together, and it doesn't take long for either of them to realize the attraction they feel isn't going away any time soon. 

One of the nice things about Linda Lael Miller books, is you can pretty much guarantee a happy ending, but not without a few bumps along the way.



~ About the Author ~

Photo credit: Harlequin Mira
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at www.lindalaelmiller.com. She also loves to hear from readers by mail at P.O. Box 19461, Spokane, WA 99219.




 

~ Giveaway~

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ApollyCon Featured Author: Jeaniene Frost

ApollyCon Featured Author: Jeaniene Frost

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.




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Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Read-Along + Giveaway: The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski



Hey Everyone!

I've teamed up with Good Choice Reading and a few other blogging friends to bring you a read-along of The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime!

The read-along will be broken down into chapters, and will run from February 3rd - March 31st. We will share and discuss our thoughts on each week's chapters on the TUESDAY of each week. There is also an awesome giveaway sponsored by Macmillan that will run the entire time of the read-along. You could win a signed copy of The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime!! There will be tons of ways to enter and double/triple your chances of winning!

We hope you will join us and follow along!

This is one series you DO NOT want to miss out on! It's one of my VERY FAVORITES and I'm not usually a fan of fantasy.

Make sure to follow the HASHTAG #TheWinnersTrilogy on twitter!


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~ About The Books ~





As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone.

Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.





Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.






READ-ALONG SCHEDULE



The Winner's Curse Read-Along

February 3rd - Chapters 1 - 10
February 10th - Chapters 11 - 20
February 17th - Chapters 21 - 30
February 24th - Chapters 31 - 42

The Winner's Crime Read-Along

March 10th - Chapters 1 - 10
March 17th - Chapters 11 - 20
March 24th - Chapters 21 - 34
March 31st - Chapters 34 - 46



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Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.1) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.1)Series: The Lunar Chronicles (#0.1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Sole 
Publication: January 27, 2015
By: Feiwel & Friends
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Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.




* I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Audio: 4 Stars

Another excellent audio performance by Rebecca Soler! As with the other books in this series, she does a fanfreakingtastic job of bringing each of the characters to life.

Story: 3.5 Stars

 
Levana definitely takes, "I have issues" to a whole different level. Like, hide your rabbits, hide your pots, and make sure the water doesn't reach boiling point, brand of issues. There were times I was sad for her, but mostly, I wanted to hide from her. Glamour myself as a tree or something. 

Fairest is darker than the previous books and does a great job of setting the stage for Winter, but I missed the humor and romance the rest of the series has.  However, in creating a villain worthy both of my respect and fear, Marissa Meyer has also solidified my role as a "Lunartic" and I CAN.NOT.WAIT for WINTER!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

READER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY: Martina Boone

 To say thank you to everyone whose bought, left reviews, or otherwise spread the word, author Marina Boone is having a Reader Appreciation Giveaway from now until January 31, 2015!

The book is on sale for $1.99 on Amazon, B&N, and iBooks through 1/31.

 COMPULSION (HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1)
Publication: 10/28/14
By: Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse
Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.


Compulsion is available anywhere books are sold. Signed copies are available from One More Page Books. You can also order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins.





~ Praise for Compulsion ~


“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout


"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

"A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" — Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

"Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish." — Megan Shepherd, Author of  The Madman’s Daughter

"Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series." — Publishers Weekly

"Flawless, a true gem! With fluid writing that brings the southern setting to life and maintains a colorful cast of characters, this is a must-read for fans looking for a refreshing and addicting young adult paranormal read." — RT Book Reviews


"Readers of Sarah Reese Brennan’s The Lynburn Legacy and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, will appreciate the ambiguity — real? or not real? — until suddenly the not real feels very very real.”  — Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Books
 




~ About Martina ~


Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.







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Friday, January 23, 2015

ApollyCon Featured Author: Laura Kaye

ApollyCon Featured Author: Laura Kaye

About the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


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Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

ApollyCon Featured Author: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin

ApollyCon Featured Author: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin

About the Author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat.Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.




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He'll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.



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