Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker - Excerpt & Giveaway!


I am really excited to share an excerpt for Hot Pursuit with is the upcoming release in Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights series.  Sourcebooks was generous enough to allow me to host a giveaway for Hot Pursuit which means one lucky reader of this blog will win a copy of the book for their own shelves!  


Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #11
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Length:  384 pages
He puts the hot...
Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

In hot pursuit.
Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they're for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can't help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
Pre-order:  Amazon | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound | Kobo
Excerpt


Pre-order Special
About the Author

JULIE ANN WALKER is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. Winner of the Book Buyers Best Award, Julie has been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award and the prestigious RITA. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” She lives in Chicago.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Giveaway

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.  I am linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings this week.  

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…

Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?


Pre-Order:  Amazon | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo 


Why Am I Waiting?
I have been having  a lot of fun with this series so far so I am pretty excited to read Gwennore's story.  Plus this book promises dragons....one can never go wrong with dragons!

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Releases - September 19, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!


Lucas by Sawyer Bennett

Find it at:
The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he's promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

Release by Patrick Ness

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34519764-the-last-move?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33358408-wicked-deeds?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35955803-storm-gathering?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34527938-ride-it-out

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review - Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: September 17, 2017
Length:  352 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he's promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I liked this book.  I didn't love it but I think a lot of people will.  I decided to read this book without knowing much about it but the cover caught my attention and the premise sounded good which was enough for me.  I knew pretty early on that I was going to have to see what was going to happen to these characters in the end.

This book tells Paul's story.  The reader spends almost the entire book in Paul's head which is not always a pleasant place to be.  I wasn't sure about Paul from the very beginning of the book and it quickly became apparent that he really wasn't someone you wanted to put your trust in.  As the book moves forward, we only learn the things that Paul wants to share and he is only going to share the things that paint him in the best light possible.

Paul is taking his wife away for the weekend and has planned the best day ever.  He has it all planned out and wants to make sure that things go perfectly.  Unfortunately for Paul, there are a few factors that are out of his control.  The neighbor seems to show up at all the wrong times and refuses to take a hint.  Mia doesn't always follow the plan that Paul has in his head either.

I found myself setting this book aside more often than usual.  I think I just needed a break from Paul's thoughts.   I didn't like Paul at all which was kind of the point of the book but it made it hard to connect with any of the characters since everything is described by him.  The entire takes place over the course of a single day.  There are times in the book where things seemed to move really quickly but at other times the plot slowed to a crawl.

I would recommend this book to anyone that thinks the premise sounds interesting.  It was pretty fast read for me which was a good thing since I was really wanting to see how everything would work out. I would be interested in reading more from Kaira Rouda in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - Graydon House via NetGalley.

Book Trailer

About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction. Her novels include The Goodbye Year; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference and In the Mirror. She is also the author of the bestselling short story "Mother's Day," as well as the Laguna Beach series and the Indigo Island series. Her nonfiction titles, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs and Real You for Authors: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.

Kaira's work has won numerous awards, including the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Award, Readers' Choice Award and an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #87


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This week was way too busy for my tastes!  I have barely picked up a book and it is driving me absolutely nuts!  My daughter is one of the drum majors in her school's marching band and this is competition week.  I think my life revolves around band some days.  The band competition is actually today so I probably won't have too much time online.

I did get to watch Outlander on Sunday last week and it made me very, very happy.  I cannot wait for another episode this week. 

Digital Books

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay (NetGalley)
Love the One You're With by Lauren Layne (Kindle Purchase)

I requested Barking Up the Wrong Tree the moment I saw it on NetGalley.  I was thrilled that my request was approved as quickly as it was and I am really looking forward to reading it.  I caught a Lauren Layne novel on sale for $0.99 and bought it since it is a part of a series that I haven't read yet. 

Audiobooks
Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas (Audible Purchase)
First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost (Audible Purchase)

I stocking up on audiobooks this year since I have a membership and access to all of the sales.  I love Lisa Kleypas and am looking forward to re-visiting Then Came You.  I also enjoy Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress World so I picked up First Drop of Crimson.  I will probably add a few more this weekend before the sale ends.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Spotlight Tour Review - On the Chase by Katie Ruggle @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa #Excerpt #Giveaway

On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: September 7, 2017
Length:  384 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Injured in the line of duty,
His orders are simple:
Stay alive.

But when a frightened woman bursts into his life, Hugh and his K9 companion have no choice but to risk everything to keep her safe.

The sole witness to a horrific crime, Kaylee Ramay flees to the Colorado Rockies to start a new life. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel employee desperately trying to avoid attention—especially from dangerously attractive K9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

Because Hugh is tall, dark…and nothing but trouble.

Hugh is anxious to get back in the field after an act of heroism left him warming the bench. Until then, he and his K9 partner Lexi spend their hours teasing the town’s mysterious newcomer. But when their simmering attraction is nearly cut short by a sniper’s bullet, Hugh’s mystery woman must come clean about the secrets she keeps…

Or both of them will pay the price.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I liked this book.  It wasn't perfect but it was definitely entertaining.  I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Run to Ground, when I read it a few months ago so I was pretty excited to read Hugh's story.  It was a pretty fast read for me since I had a rather hard time actually setting the book aside.

The book opens with Kaylee in her old life.  She witnesses a horrifying crime and becomes a target herself.  In order to stay safe, she changes her identity and starts all over.  Kaylee, or Grace as she is now called, moves in with Jules and her four siblings.  I was really happy to see all of the wonderful characters from the first book of the series having such an important role in this book.  Grace is slow to adjust to her new life because she is living in constant fear.

Hugh is on leave as he recovers from a bullet wound and he is driving everyone crazy.  He keeps showing up and getting involved in things when he is supposed to be resting.  He thinks that Grace is being completely honest from the first moment he meets her.  He becomes determined to find out what her real story is.

So like I said earlier this book wasn't perfect.  Hugh crossed a few lines that kind of bothered me.  It was like the man had no boundaries.  A locked door....no problem, because he would find a way to get in anyway.  This kind of behavior seemed to happen quite a bit at the beginning of the book but did lessen as the story progressed.  I think that Grace let him off a little too easy a couple of times in the book.

I did like Grace and Hugh together.  Grace is honest with Hugh about her past as soon as it becomes a safety issue and then they really do start to become a team.  There were some pretty exciting scenes in the book that really had my pulse pounding.  They did have great chemistry with each other and I really enjoyed their banter.

I would recommend this book to others.  I enjoyed this action packed romance with wonderful chemistry between the characters.  I am looking forward to reading more in the great series from Katie Ruggle very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Excerpt


The Series
Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit:
Run to Ground (Book 1) - My Review
On the Chase (Book 2) - Now Available!
Survive the Night (Book 3) - Coming February 2018
About the Author

When she's not writing, KATIE RUGGLE rides horses, shoots guns, and trains her three dogs. A police academy graduate, Katie readily admits she's a forensics nerd. She now lives in a 150-year-old Minnesota farmhouse near her family.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Giveaway

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Audiobook Review - Storm Raiders: Age of Magic by P.T. Hylton & Michael Anderle

Storm Raiders: Age Of Magic by P.T. Hylton & Michael Anderle
Narrated by Gabra Zackman
Series: Storms of Magic #1
Publisher: LMBPN Publishing
Publication Date: July 27, 2017
Date Read: September 12, 2017
Length:  6 hours 28 minutes
Source: Audiobook Access
★★★★☆
In a time when magic rules the sea, she only trusts her sword.

Abbey has always been an outsider in Holdgate. While the people of her adopted city dominate the seas with their weather-controlling storm magic, she prefers the work in her father's blacksmith shop - besting any foolish enough to question her skills with a sword.

But when her father is falsely accused of murder, she has to sneak aboard a stormship and take to the seas in a quest to clear his name.

Teaming up with a young storm mage and a no-nonsense Captain, Abbey sets off on a swashbuckling adventure.

She'll soon learn that the legendary Storm Raiders - a terrifying group of seafaring pirates - are all too real.

Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit series, Storm Raiders tells an entirely new story in the Age of Magic - and of the heroes and villains who battle for control of its destiny.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This audiobook was a rather entertaining listen.  This was my first experience with the writing pair of P.T. Hylton and Michael Anderle and I was pretty impressed with it overall.  I decided to listen to this book because the premise appealed to me and I have really enjoyed Gabra Zackman's narration in the past.  I was hooked really early in the story and listened to the book in just a few short days.  I had a lot of fun with this entertaining story.

The book is focused on two main characters.  Abbey is the daughter of the local blacksmith.  She is tough, smart, and has a little bit of magic.  Abbey and her father are very close and many in their city consider them to be outsiders since they come from another area.  Dustin has been training to be a storm caller for years and is facing the final test as the book opens.  Things don't go exactly as Dustin hopes in his test but he plans to make the most of the situation.

I really enjoyed the world that was created in this book.  The magic is really interesting and I liked how Abbey questions it.  The book had a bit of a pirate feel with the ships and some of their actions.  Each of the ships has their own storm caller that can shape the weather in their own favor.  The ships were very important to the towns and ruled by the captain and storm caller in most cases.

The book was exciting from the beginning.  There are a few battles and fights spreads through the book that provided plenty of action.  The mystery centered around Abbey's father was very interesting and I really enjoyed learning more about his past.  I loved watching Abbey and Dustin both deal with the reality of what they learn about their world.

I enjoyed Gabra Zackman's narration of this book.  She handled a fairly large cast of characters very well by using a variety of voices.  She was able to put a lot of emotion into her voice and made the exciting scenes seem a bit more thrilling.  The dialogue in the book flowed very well and I thought she was able to really bring the story to life.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a lot of fun listening to this action packed story filled with wonderful characters.  I would love to learn what happens next for this group.

I received an review copy of this book from LMBPN Publishing via Audiobook Access.
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