Friday, August 29, 2014

#Excerpt - The Ultimate Catch - Giveaway

Title: The Ultimate Catch 
Author: Constance Phillips 
Genre: Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2014

Jolanda is willing to do whatever it takes, even face off against the Bering Sea, to raise the money for a balloon payment on her father’s house. She challenges Keller and wins a bet to get on the recently inherited crab fishing boat, forcing the young captain to buck tradition and superstition. 

Will his season be doomed or will he end up with the ultimate catch?



Keller looked up into the bartender’s face and his wide smile. Good to know that Keller wasn’t the only one who reacted to her like that. Still he couldn’t bring himself to face her. Not after the argument on the boat.

“I’m not here to pour ’em, Ralph, I’m here to drink ’em. I’ll have a draft, please.”

By the sound of the bar stool scraping against the gritty hardwood, she was just a few stools to his left.

Her voice sounded cheerful, but he could sense that layer of exhaustion he’d seen in her eyes that morning. “Can I put in for an order of the crab nachos too?”

Keller picked up his cup and sipped. The coffee was cold and seemed heavier, bitterer than it had a few moments ago. Because of his guilt?

He heard the heavy glass sliding against the mahogany. Her barstool rattled as she slid off, but he kept his gaze on the drink. One look in her eyes and the façade that had al-lowed him to dismiss honor would crumble.

“Is it that easy for you to ignore me now?”


He lifted his chin and glanced in her direction. “I didn’t hear you come in.” How did the lie slip by his lips so effortlessly?

Her chest heaved slightly and a grin pushed up her cheeks. Great. She didn’t believe him. She leaned back against the bar, close enough to him he could smell the fruity perfume she wore. Or was that her shampoo? Her long hair was now freed from the clips and the hat she wore earlier. She’d pulled it over the shoulder closest to him. “So which one of these yokels did you hire?”

“Nobody yet.”

“What are you waiting for? I figured you’d pull out by the end of the week.”

What could he say? The weight of the phone in his hand gave him a thought. “I have a call into Reese. I’m hop-ing he’ll come up.”

“I didn’t know that was an option. I mean when I heard he wasn’t captaining the Melbourne, I assumed he’d given up fishing.”

He shook his head. “Can’t believe everything this rumor mill spits out. His wife’s expecting. He wanted to take some time off to be with her and the baby.” Yeah, some time, like the rest of his life.

“Reese is going to be a daddy?” Her laugh sounded al-most musical. “That’s wonderful. He’ll be such a good father.”

That grabbed Keller’s attention. “How do you know that?”

She shrugged her shoulders. “Maybe I don’t. But, you sort of get to know the guys who come into the cannery. He always seemed kind-hearted.”

His brother was that. And if Keller asked, Reese would answer his call.

“Don’t you think it’s unfair to ask him to miss the birth of his first child? But then, I guess you don’t care too much about those kinds of things.”

Though he’d seen and interacted with Jo before, it wasn’t until last night that he’d felt he got to know her at all. “Why would you say that?”

“This is a small town. And maybe you guys think you breeze in and out without making a mark on us locals, but when you get drunk in here you talk. And what you say to one person becomes common knowledge along the gossip chains.”

“I want my brother to be home when his child comes.”

“But not more than you want to fill your boat on your terms.”

“No. Family comes first.”

“Since when?”

Since his father died with no one from his family around him, but he couldn’t say that. “Let’s just say I learned that lesson the hard way. Okay?”

“Is that why Brie left you?”

How did she know about that? Yeah. Right. Gossip chains.

“That’s none of your business.”

“Oh. I touched a nerve.”

“I’m not having this discussion with you.” He motioned to the bartender. This time he ordered the whiskey he’d held at bay earlier.

“Watch it, Kell. Don’t get drunk again and make prom-ises you’re not willing to keep.”

At her prodding, the guilt bubbled into acidic anger, pressing against the back of his throat and giving him the worst heartburn he’d experienced in a long time.

“Your nachos are up, Jo,” Ralph said.

“Thanks. I’m going to take them over to the booth.”

As she crossed the bar, Keller could feel her presence pull away from him. He hadn’t felt such a connection to anyone in a long time. Not since Brie. But Jo was different. She stood tall. Pushed buttons. Made him look in the mirror and examine who he was.

He picked up the shot and took a small sip, just enough to quiet the whispers of guilt. How dare she even think she knew what went on between him and his former fiancée? How dare she be right?


Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids. Her son -- now on his own -- is planning a wedding, confirming that romance still lives and breathes.

When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hot Romance ~ Beginning with Forever ~ Interview and Giveaway

 Beginning with Forever
Title and Author: Beginning with Forever by Lan LLP
Publication Date: March 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Love isn't easy to forget even if you’re determined to never feel it again. It has a way of finding you when all hope is gone, resurfacing tender emotions you've buried deep in your core because the pain of acknowledging them is too much for you to handle.

Carson Bradley, CEO of a powerful pharmaceutical corporation is rich beyond boundaries with a missing soul. His heart faded away fifteen years ago with the death of his first love.He strives every day for the sake of his cancer research because he’s determined to eradicate it forever.

Lillian Ly is a humble, young medical student whose kind and generous heart is as vast as the universe. Being raised poor by a single parent; she matured quickly and respected the sacrifices her mother made for her. Lillian’s determination leads her down a stringent five-year path with no room for love.
When their paths cross at an unlikely place thousands of miles away from home, they both realize that fate has brought them together, and Carson will never let anything or anyone tear them apart. He knows how desolate life is without love and refuses to return to that empty place ever again.

Lillian enters Carson’s world with the purest intention of loving him with all her heart, but discovers that his volatile world will alter her uncomplicated life indefinitely. Regardless of what obstacles are thrown in their path, Lillian and Carson will endure them all to hold onto their forever from the beginning to the end.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Lan LLP. Check it out!

If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say?
Patricia rated it 5 of 5 stars
"With the completion of this first book my nerves are raw and my heart is beating at an accelerated rate. Lily and Carson's characters have a raw passion that captivate you from their first meeting and relentlessly tug at your heartstrings. This is not another billionaire with a dominate streak that we have read over and over again (no matter how hot those men are). No this man has a heart deeper than an ocean and endearing to the point of pain.
I am so grateful I was provided a copy of this here on goodreads and am more than thrilled to provide a spectacular review. My only issue is waiting for the release of the next part of their story. The supporting characters provide an added layer of intrigue and emotion. This is definitely a book I plan on purchasing a few paper copies of to share with's just that outstanding. On a scale of five stars I would give it a ten. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! !!!!"

Sounds great! So, what started you on your journey to be a writer?
After reading the infamous 50 Shades of Grey, I told my friends that if a woman in her forties can write something this hot and racy, well I certainly can give it a try. 

That's a racy title! What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Lindt- dark chocolate candy bars.

Great! Now I want one :-) If you weren't a writer, what you would be?
Fashion designer or makeup artist.

When did you decide to become a writer?About two years ago. 

Why did you choose the genre you write in?I’m a romance junky. I love that mushy-gushy feeling you get from reading a romantic scene.

Me too!! How long did it take you to write your current book?Six months- it’s difficult for me to find extra time because I’m a mom, caregiver and I work 4 days out of the week.

I totally understand that! Six months is great with everything else you have going on! Where do you get your inspiration?
Don’t laugh, but every time I step into my shower, turn on the water to HOT, the ideas just start to flow :-)

I won't laugh... same thing happens to a lot of us. How many books do you read/month?
Because I’m dedicating all my free time to completing my series, I haven’t read as much as I usually do. I can read about 5-10 books a month

So, where is your work available?

If you could write outside your genre what would that be?
Fantasy fiction.

Are you writing something else at the moment?
Finding our Forever is the second book in the Forever series. I just completed it and now I will be starting the writing for Ending with Forever, the third and final book in my series.

We'll be excited to see more from you in the future! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today, and good luck with the series!

~Meet The Author~
Over a long year ago, I picked up a pen to jot down the first sentence of my vivid imagination. Those initial words were the seeds that grew into my flowering romance book, “Beginning with Forever.” With all my heart, I wrote, rewrote, edited, re-edited and now, I’m finally ready to share it with all of you. My one and only aspiration for this book is to have readers embrace my story and characters with their heart.If I can make someone laugh till their gut hurts, hate the villain with vengeance, cry till their eyes dry out, fall in love all over again, and drool over the hero or feel any other emotions, than I've succeeded my goal.
I’m the sappiest person in the world when it comes to romance. Don’t smirk! I believe in love at first sight, Prince Charming or in my book,Mr. Hot Billionaire, and happy endings. In my heart, every women deserves all three, and they will when they lose themselves in my books. Your fantasy can become a reality with just the flip of a page, so come join me.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

#CoverReveal - Generation X by Desiree Deorto


The Elder Race was a story told around campfires. Aliens, monsters, mad men. Those who believed were called insane, but they were right. They came from space, the seas, and below the earth. Turns out they were waiting, patiently waiting all this time. For what, no one knew, until now. They’re coming for what they think is rightfully theirs, the half-breeds that are part human, part Elder.

Once The Rising began, those who were different were gathered. Separated from the life they knew, those they loved, and moved into camps where they were tested and given the choice. But for Elizabeth, there was no choice at all. They meant to make super soldiers out of them. What they discovered instead was something that no one ever expected.

Sometimes monsters aren’t the things you can’t see, but rather, they’re the weapons of your own creation. When you’re part Elder, and part human, it’s hard to see which side of you is the true hero, and which side is the monster.  Everything Elizabeth thought she knew about herself and the world around her is changing, but will she be able to get through The Rising alive? Or will she become what the Government wants her to be: The ultimate weapon.

Author Bio

Desiree DeOrto is a mother of four adorable little hellions. When she's not busy wiping noses, stopping toddler WWIII, cooking, or cleaning she can be found creating complex characters in believable worlds, throwing confetti, or causing general mayhem. Also known as the #ConfettiQueen and #DevastationDiva, Desiree believes in the power of words, and works hard to create an escape from reality through her stories. She loves to hear from readers so don't hesitate to contact her through Facebook.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

#NewRelease - Ten Year Crush - Romance

Title: Ten Year Crush
Author: Toshia Slade
Release Date:  August 18, 2014


Sometimes a crush can break you.

When Gabby Murphy landed in her brother's best friend's lap her whole world shifted.

But after years of watching Cam go through women her heart can't take anymore. Now in college, she's finally ready to get on with her life. Her new boyfriend is the perfect man to squash her craving for Cam. But her boyfriend has an addiction, an obsession that Gabby soon finds out he can't let go.

Some cravings last forever.

When Camron Taylor received a thump to the head, he couldn't help but adore Gabby. When she grows from cute kid to desirable woman his imagination goes to places it shouldn't. Afraid of ruining friendships he pushes her away. Until something seems off with her new boyfriend.

The past isn't always left there.

Cam is the savior she's always needed. Gabby is the woman he's always coveted. When past mistakes come back with a vengeance will their love be strong enough to fight it? Or will the past keep them apart?



Gabby walks by the table toting some surfer boy behind her. Anger ignites in my blood and I grind my molars to keep me from doing something stupid, and then grab my beer and take a deep pull.

Cool it, dude. Josh’s baby sister. And it’s her birthday.

Then that damn song comes on. I sit back and watch them out of the corner of my eye. When Gabby pulls him closer, I grip my bottle tighter, my muscles tense.

Mother. Fucker. Now she’s grinding on his leg. And Josh and Tiffany are bickering with each other. I can’t deal with any of this shit. I drain my beer and head to the bar for another one without a word.

“Motivation” by Kelly Rowland starts playing. Do they have to play every fuck-me song out there?

I lean back against the bar and chug my beer. Three drinks and it’s gone. I order another and head back to the table.

Gabby has her back to the asshat now and she’s doing this thing with her hips, moving lower and lower. If I wasn’t seeing red, I’d be rearranging myself.

Damn, she can move those hips.

Isn’t Josh going to do anything about this dude dry-fucking his sister on the dance floor?

Turning again, she’s back to fucking his leg. His hands move to her ass and that’s it, white-hot fury overtakes me. I slam my bottle down on the table making Tiffany jump. Josh gives me a what-the-fuck-is-your-problem look.


Toshia resides in Nicholasville, Kentucky with her husband, son, a dog, and a cat. Growing up in the small area known as Poosey she was a tom-boy and country girl at heart. At nineteen she married her husband, and then at twenty-one was blessed with a beautiful baby boy. She's been a stay-at-home mom since he was born, enjoying watching her son grow up.

Now, five years later, she is an avid reader and known in the book world as a reviewer. She is currently running a group for another author on Facebook. It was there, in that group, that she found the strength and courage to write her own book. Always having a love for writing, she finally said. "I can do this, I can write my own book and share the stories that are in my head." She's gearing up to release her first book Ten Year Crush.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#BookReview - Foreigner In My Own Backyard - Humor

Title: Foreigner In My Own Backyard
Author: Travis Casey
Genre: Autobiographical humor
Release Date: August 1, 2014
My Rating: 4 stars!

A family crisis brings Travis Casey back to the land he used to call home after living in England for the past two decades.

His parents need him – not as a carer as he expected, but as someone to drive them from Florida back to their home in Minnesota.

Just as well; he’s not a caring person, but he is a damn good driver.

But the country is not how he left it…

Casey uses his own brand of humor to explore what has changed in America since he lived there – that’s when he’s not recounting the chaos that occurs as he attempts to reestablish himself as an American. He discovers that entering the United States with his British wife is more difficult than he had anticipated.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
--Chinese Proverb

A journey of seven thousand miles begins with a trip to the US Embassy
I'm a big fan of Travis Casey and his brand of humor. Though much different from his fiction works (in Tyler's Trouble Trilogy books are far-fetched Navy journeys of laughter and thrills) I still really enjoyed this one. This autobiographical story about Travis Casey and his wife uprooting their lives in the UK to move back to America to take care of his aging parents is so easy to relate to. Many of us have to sacrifice for the love of our family. Travis' parents are lovable and exasperating all at the same time, and it was great reading about the different trials they go through with Dad not wanting to give up his independence and Mom becoming forgetful. It made me think so much of my grandparents and what we all face with age. 

There were a lot of funny bits in the book that gave me a good laugh, most notably a reference about a mountain and a molehill. As always, Travis Casey entertains. Read this book to get a glimpse into the mind and life of a writer, and a good chuckle along the way.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

#Interview & Giveaway - What if It's Love? by Alix Nichols

What If It's Love? by Alix Nichols

 What If It's Love? by Alix Nichols

Series: Bistro La Boheme
Publication Date: June 2014
No. of Pages: 244 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult


Can a Paris bistro heal a broken heart?

Charm, wit and poignancy abound in this gripping contemporary romance.

Introverted heiress Lena moves to Paris to nurse old wounds reopened by her neglectful boyfriend. Enter Rob, a charismatic and handsome Frenchman who waits tables at La Bohème -- a café on Lena’s street -- and has big dreams.

He makes her laugh and forget her insecurities. She stirs something infinitely tender in his soul. Before they know it, they’ve fallen for each other, even though both had good reasons to fight the budding love.

But their passionate romance is cut short when she discovers his dirty secret...

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I had a chance to sit down with Alix, and here is a bit about her and her process. 

How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb? It's a story about recognizing love. 

State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers. I discovered and fell in love with romance books only a few years ago. Until then I'd been a hardcore science fiction fan. 

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes. But before the advent of direct publishing I didn't dare dream it was possible. 

What are your favorite hobbies? Reading and cinema. My idea of fun is to consume fiction, as you can see. 

Do you have a day job? Unfortunately, yes. 

Ha, ha. I know the feeling. What do you love about writing? The inspired moments when I can't type fast enough. 

What’s the hardest part of writing a book? Discovering upon rereading that a scene you were really pleased about when you wrote is actually really bad. 

But it's also great on rereading a scene and finding it is better than you thought! ;-) Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books? I do most of my research after I complete the first draft. 

Your favorite books and author?

In sci-fi, it’s “Rendezvous with Rama” and "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke’s, "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov,"Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury's,. 

In romance / chick lit, I love nearly all books by Marian Keyes, India Knight, Courtney Milan, Katarina Mazetti, Judith Ivory, Tessa Dare and Kresley Cole. 

How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews? I read every review and reply to every message. Hearing from the readers is vital for me. 

Morning person or night owl?  Night owl.

Me too!! What are your thoughts on ebooks? Love ebooks, love my Kindle, yay!

How many more books can we expect in this series? The current plan is for six novels and five novellas. But I may end up writing more.


"Can we be friends again?" he asked.

"So you think we were friends?"

He nodded.

She arched her brows. "And you think you can be friends with me and Amanda at the same time?"

"Why not?"

"Can be a health hazard, what with all the sparks that fly."

He grinned. "Never mind Amanda's taunts. She's like that with everyone."


"Spiky. But she's a sweetheart, once you've grown on her."

"I wonder how I could ever accomplish that." Lena smiled, a speck of sadness still lingering in her eyes.

He stared, mesmerized. He could never get enough of that smile.

A cloud hiding the moon must have shifted, because suddenly silver light poured over the terrace turning it into an enchanted place.

Lena gasped. "What happened to your hand?"

He followed her gaze and saw that the knuckles of his right hand were smeared with blood. Shit. He could bet there'd been none after he punched the wall.

He covered the abrasions with his other hand. "It's nothing."

She grabbed his wrist and yanked his hand closer to her face. "Have you disinfected them?"

Rob didn't register her question. He looked at her delicate fingers holding up his hand. Then at her face. She was squinting at his hand, trying to assess the seriousness of his cuts. Her gesture was devoid of any erotic subtext. And yet the contact of her skin scorched him, just like when he held her hand at L'Espace. It stirred an impulse inside him that was both feverishly raw and infinitely gentle. It made his heart bump against his ribcage as if demanding to get out.

He gazed at her hands holding his. The urge to run his fingertips over her skin, from her nails down to her wrist and then inside her palm was too overwhelming to resist. . .

"So have you?" she asked.

Rob blinked and looked up. "Have I what?"


"It's just a graze."

"I have a disinfectant in my suitcase," she said. "I can fetch it--"

And release my hand? "Stay," he blurted out. Shit. "I mean, I also brought some, so you don't need to bother. I'll disinfect as soon as I get back to my room. I promise."

"OK," she said softly and let go of him.

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Alix Nichols is an avid reader of chick lit, romance and fantasy, caffeine addict and a badge-wearing Mr. Darcy / Colin Firth fan.

She lives and works in Paris, France. When not writing, she reads romance (what else?) and spends time with her family.

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