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Blog Tour and Book Review – Cradled by Christina Bauer



Cradled
Christina Bauer
(Beholder #4.5)
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

An Epilogue Novella

At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.

Oops.

BEHOLDER
• Cursed
• Concealed
• Cherished
• Crowned
• Cradled

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I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion to Rowan and Elea’s story. It was a very quick read, and I found myself completely immersed in the story.

The characters are very well developed and easy to identify with. I especially love Jicho, whose antics cracked me up.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. She has built a fascinating world, and paints a beautiful picture with her words. It was very easy to imagine the scenery.

I also enjoyed the different types of magick used, as it put a very different spin on the typical stories of mages.

All in all, this was very well done and I recommend it!

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Blog Tour and Book Review – That Guy by Belle Brooks

Title: That Guy
Author: Belle Brooks
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 8, 2018


A modern way of finding love. One deserted island of luxury. Two people. Three out cards. And a whole lot of possibilities.

Melinda takes the advice of her best friend, Chris. She signs up to a new dating service that pairs you statistically to the one you’re supposed to love. Finding it — love that is — using the more conventional methods, has not been a successful venture for Mindy, and with her biological clock ticking, she uses a more desperate method and takes the plunge into a possible happily ever after.

The thing is, when she boards the boat to a secret location, she doesn’t realise the man waiting for her is someone she’s previously met.
Chance encounters occur more frequently than we realise. Being blind to them is part of a bustling world. But, being faced with them can lead to a hilarious three weeks between two opposites who might just attract.

I am speechless! I just binged on this book in one setting. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down! I read Belle’s Game Of Life Series and loves her writing style so much. This book; however, is as different as could be from that!

I honestly don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. I thankful I was home alone, because my laughter was not quiet and there may have been a snort or two involved.

I truly loved every second of the journey that I took with Arlie and Mindy. Their characters were so lovable and easy to relate to. Chris, Mindy’s BFF, stole the show, though, with his flamboyant antics!

I just don’t want to say anymore, because you have to read it for yourself, but this is a MUST read! I know that I will be reading it again!


“OMG this book was bloody hilarious; I laughed till I had to cross my legs and run to the loo (you’ll get this if you have kids like me)My other half thought I was losing the plot and kept giving me concerned glances with the strange noises that were coming from my corner of the lounge.” – Beckie Bookworm


“This book is every bit as entertaining as every other review is going to tell you, and I highly recommend this as a must read! You just have to, you won’t be sorry. 5 wet myself laughing Stars.” – Marnie


“‘THAT GUY’ gets a phenomenal 5* from me. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. I do know that if you are a fan of RomComs or Ms. Brooks .. this book needs to be read for the full effect.” – Trish Brown


Born in Australia, Belle Brooks has always had a passion for books and creative writing. She loves exploring the different ways stories can be told through the use of text and in-depth characters. Since she was a child her strong talent and interest in creative writing was evident, explaining that her favourite class in school was English. Despite her love for all things books, she decided the world of advertising and marketing was where she could put her talents to use in the business realm, well that is until now. Belle enjoys creative writing and creating fictional stories that leave a valued message inside the pages.



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Blog Tour and Exclusive Excerpt – The Gathering by Bernadette Giacomazzo



The Gathering
Bernadette Giacomazzo
(The Uprising, #1)
Publication date: March 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Dystopian

The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved.

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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Chapter One

Evanora

I could hear him bloviating, again, from the balcony.

It is entirely too early for this, you cocksucker, I thought, but I did not say as I jammed the pillow over my head and tried, desperately, to sleep.

Of course, it was no use. It never was when this asshole started screaming at the top of his lungs at an ungodly hour of the morning. Every morning. For the past twenty some-odd years. Saying the same thing, at the same time, every day, without changing a single goddamn word.

I know it by heart, by now.  I can say it in my sleep. And sometimes, I do.

So, I did what I normally do in these situations: I pulled out my iPod, flicked the wheel, and stuffed the earbuds into my ears as I listened to Faust’s greatest hits.

Now this is the kind of caterwauling that I can get behind – the sacred, now-forbidden ritual of rock’n’roll.

I always thought Ivan Sapphire – real name, Jamie Ryan – was just so damn cute, though God only knows what he looked like now. If history teaches us anything, it’s that time isn’t kind to rock stars, especially if they regularly blast their body with drinking, drugs, and strange bodily fluids.

It’d be a damn shame if that’s what happened to Jamie Ryan.

But there was one Faust member I wanted to know more about, but never could – and never would.

Him.

My father.

Jordan Barker.

For this, I envied my mother, for she knew him well.

Too well, as it turns out, and I was the product of this unlawful carnal knowledge.

Rose Cunningham never talked about my father.

All I knew of him was what I saw in the rare pictures I could find.

He was tall. He was thin. He had strawberry blonde hair. He could play bass like no one before or since.  He had a pixie nose and almond shaped eyes – both of which I inherited. He loved my mother and me with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He bore a pain inside him that could only be numbed with a regular shot of pure heroin to his veins. He died when I was still a baby.

And that was the sum totality of all I knew.

I was born Evanora Joy Diaz-Barker, and nicknamed the “First Faust Baby.” My birth heralded much comment amongst the rock glitterati in the old New York – I was the latest, greatest attraction to join the Faust three-ring circus (come one, come all, in more ways than one!), born to 21-year-old Jordan Barker, psycho bassist from Mars, and his consort of sorts, the 19-year-old Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx Ramira “Rosie” Diaz, a hip-hop B-girl and sometime dancer/choreographer who only happened upon a Faust show because her best friend, Angelique Denham, was the dearly beloved of one Ivan Sapphire/Jamie Ryan.

Ramira loved to dance, and she did it well.

I never saw Rose dance. Not even once.

My name, of course, is just as unique as Faust’s music, but it had a sense of history, as well.

I was named for the two most important women in my parents’ lives: Eva, for Rosie’s mother, and Nora, for Jordan’s.

And my middle name – Joy – was, according to my mother, in honor of all the joy I brought into their lives, and all the smiles I put on their faces.

I don’t remember Rose smiling. Not even once.

I never doubted for a minute that my mother loved me.

Her love for me is what not only keeps me alive today, but keeps me dressed in the finest clothes, attending the finest schools, and eating the finest food.

In this New York – the new New York – the New York that exists under the tutelage of my demagogue step-father, the man known to the city and to the world as, simply, Emperor, but whom, legally, has the decidedly less-intimidating name of Roger Cunningham, though no one dared to call him that if they wanted to live to see another day – this is the most anyone could ask for.

It’s a form of protection, really.

But for this protection, my mother paid a heavy price.

She was forced to become something she never was – and never would be.

Because Emperor, God forbid, could never – would never – be caught dead with a Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx.

Emperor, God forbid, could never – would never – be caught dead with a single mom of a daughter whose father died of a heroin overdose – an overdose he had while he was supposed to be watching me.

He waited until I fell asleep after my feeding – and as I slept peacefully, he filled his needle with four times the lethal dose of the finest China white, plunged it as deep into his veins as it would go, and slept peacefully beside me.

Forever.

My mother found us both an hour later.

My mother and I were those kind of peoplethose kind of people being the nod, the wink, and the dog whistle code word for the “trash” that gave the old New York its unique flavor and charm, but who were second class citizens in the new New York, subjected to psi if they dared to do anything less than toe the line drawn in the sand by Emperor…a line that seems to keep moving further and further back with each perceived infraction.

So, if Ramira wanted to save the life of her daughter, she would have to give up her own.

Oh, she would still be alive – she would be breathing, eating, sleeping. She would be performing all voluntary and involuntary biological functions. Her daughter needed a mother – Emperor needed a wife to at least have the appearance of propriety (“humanizing the dictator,” wrote one journalist who was “mysteriously” found dead not long after he wrote those words) – and Ramira was no good to anyone if she was dead.

Ramira would be alive. She just wouldn’t be living.

So, anything that suggested that she was a Puerto-Rican-from-the-Bronx – one of those kind of people – the fullness of her hips and lips, the curl of her chocolate brown hair, her natural effervescence, a smile that would light up a room, the confident and sexy way she would sway her hips with each step, almost as though she danced her way through life – everything my father loved about her – everything he lusted for in a woman – were obliterated.

Her hair was chemically straightened and dyed a garish white-blonde. I don’t know who told Emperor that this color was a good idea. Because it wasn’t. It still isn’t. She looks fucking ridiculous.

The hair on her face was burned off, unceremoniously, with pulses of light that caused her to flinch and cry with each application. Her olive skin still bears traces of these scars to this day. Of course, she covers it up with the finest makeup – nothing less for Emperor’s wife – but when she takes it off, the marks are still there, as permanent reminders of all she was, and all she was forced to give up so I could stay alive.

Her lips and hips were suctioned, tightened and pulled, and her diet was restricted to the barest of nutrients needed to survive.

Her smile slowly, but surely, disappeared, and would only flash when it was required she be the “good wife” of the “good dictator,” greeting heads of state and other luminaries the way a well-crafted robot would be designed to do. Diva ex machina.

She was sent to what was colloquially called a “finishing school” to complete the transformation. God only knows what they did to her in there, because when she came out, her gait was stilted, her speech was deliberate, and her eyes – once simmering with life – were catatonic, zombified orbs.

And so, it came to pass that when my father died, all traces of him were obliterated, including any memories he may have imprinted on the two women he loved the most in this world.

Ramira Diaz and her daughter, Evanora Joy Diaz-Barker, became Rose and Evanora Joy Cunningham.

My mother insisted that I keep my name. That’s part of the deal, she said, or you may as well kill us both, and fuck what you stand for and what you want to be.

My mother was forged from the fire. Now, she was forced to burn in Hell.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – The Impossibility Of Us by Katy Upperman

The Impossibility of Us
Katy Upperman
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

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This book was amazing! I found it to be realistic, eye-opening in so many ways and full of that teen angst we all remember.

The characters were beautifully developed, their dialogue so genuine that I found myself drawn into their world fairly quickly.

Elise is no stranger to loss, with a father that took off when she was very young, a mother completely absorbed in the writing of her romance novels, and an older brother killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan. In the summer before her senior year, her mother uproots her to move to the town where her sister-in-law and niece live.

There, she meets Mati, a young man temporarily staying in the US from Afghanistan, while his father is receiving cancer treatment. They form a fast friendship despite the cultural barriers that threaten to divide them.

I say this book was eye-opening because I had no idea what life must be like for a foreigner on American soil. I was clueless to the hate they are exposed to daily, the fear they experience and the risks they take doing the most mundane things, like walking to the grocery store. Having never been exposed to that sort of prejudice, myself, I have to admit that I felt ashamed of my blinders.

This was an absolutely beautiful book about overcoming those barriers and prejudices. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Author Bio:

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and daughter. KISSING MAX HOLDEN is her debut novel; her sophomore novel, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US, will be available summer, 2018.

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New Release and Blog Tour – Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgeway

Me and Mr. Jones by Christie Ridgway is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Welcome to the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach, where newlyweds come to honeymoon, where anniversary couples celebrate milestones, and where broken hearts find a place to heal.

Jilted bride Audra Montgomery wants to reset her life at the famed resort, The Hathaway at Dragonfly Beach. A good girl for far too long, Audra has penned a list of must-do experiences she’s sure will change her. When the hotel’s maintenance guy, a “Mr. Jones,” knocks on her door, she wonders if the sexy handyman might just come in handy when enacting some of the spicier items on her agenda.

Kane Hathaway, general manager of the resort, didn’t set out to deceive his guest when he performed a minor repair. But it’s freeing to imagine life without the responsibilities of the family business. Then there’s the whole “Heartbreak Hotel” designation—cynical Kane doesn’t believe for a minute that a stay on site can heal the wounds left by bad romance. But every moment in Audra’s company sparkles with magic—can this be love?

Me and Mr. Jones is book two in the Heartbreak Hotel series and is a STANDALONE.

I was ridiculously excited to read book two in the Heartbreak Hotel seres after reading book one and I can say that I was not disappointed in the least with Me and Mr. Jones! It was every bit as enchanting as Our Last First Kiss.

I love Christie Ridgeway’s writing style. It is sunny, bright and like a breath of fresh air. Her characters are believable and engaging, the dialogue is natural and flows well, and her stories are simply beautiful!

The Hathaway, otherwise known as Heartbreak Hotel, is set in Santa Barbara and it is rumored that guests with broken hearts heal there and may find love again. Audra and her BFF, Lilly, who we met in the first book, retreat to Dragonfly Beach to recover after Audra was jilted at the author via text message by her no-good fiancé, Jacob.

Broken-hearted, Audra never leaves her room, in fact, doesn’t open the drapes or even take her wedding dress off until the day she meets Mr. Jones, the maintenance man. What she doesn’t know is that it’s a case of mistaken identity. Mr. Jones is none other than the General Manager of the resort, Kane Hathaway, confirmed bachelor who has convinced himself and most of the world that he is not cut out for long-term and is destined to be alone. Mr. Jones convinces Audra to venture back into the land of the living, rather than remain a Zombie Bride.

The chemistry between Audra and Kane is sizzling. I found myself fanning my cheeks throughout the book. I had several laugh out loud moments at the banter between them.

I thoroughly enjoyed being re-introduced to the characters from book one, and even though they took a sideline, they were every bit as lively as I remembered.

This is an absolute must-read for those of you who enjoy a good HEA!

About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Deadly Games by Karen Rock



Deadly Games
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .

Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves

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Deadly Games is the first book I have read by Karen Rock, but it won’t be the last. I did not realize that it is the second book in the series until I had finished reading, so that is the perfect indication of what a great stand-alone it is.

Suspense/psychological thrillers are my favorite genres, and this book really checked all the boxes for me.

The protagonist, a kick-ass FBI agent, Katherine, has seen her share of horror in both her personal and professional lives.

Nash, a super sexy stripper with a dream of entering law enforcement moonlights as a PI. When a former client contacts him for help in finding her missing daughter, Nash and Katherine are brought together on a case.

The storyline had all kinds of interesting twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested. While I figured out quite early on who the bad guy was, there were enough twists that I wasn’t quite sure until the end (and I was right!). There were moments that I was chewing on my fingernails, moments that I laughed out loud, and I shed a few tears.

I so recommend this book to everyone, just everyone. Read it!!!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Watching You by Shannon Greenland

Watching You
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Viola’s always been that girl from thatfamily, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

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Watching You by Shannon Greenland was a fantastic quick read with just the right amount of romance and suspense to keep me turning pages.

I adored Riel’s character. Even faced with huge disappointment, he is everything good and kind, and an incredible big brother. Viola is no stranger to hard times, growing up in backwater Tennessee with a stripper mother, felon father, and addict sister. Somehow, she rises above the struggle and works hard for an academic scholarship to a prestigious academy, which has the potential to pave the way to her dream – MIT.

I really enjoyed this author’s writing style. It flows naturally, the dialogue is genuine, and the characters well developed. The storyline is solid and engaging.

I highly recommend this for fans of YA Romance and Suspense. !

Author Bio:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Because Of Logan by Erica Alexander

Title: Because of Logan
Series: Riggins U Series, Book 1
Author: Erica Alexander
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College (standalone)
Release Date: June 28, 2018

“I’m in awe of this story. The emotions and sense of rightness Because of Logan pulls from you is breathtaking. I was moved by Skye and Logan.” ~ Julia (The Red Hatter Book Blog)


“One of the sweetest most heartwarming books I’ve read this year!” ~ Britt (The Red Hatter Book Blog)

All her life Skye Devereaux has been content to live in the shadow of her beautiful and vivacious fraternal twin. 
But when she meets a sexy and charming police officer, Skye decides she deserves more. 
She’s worthy of more.
Now she wants to throw off her introvert shell. 
She wants to challenge her fears. 
And she wants him. 
So what if she’s scared? 
She’ll fake it until she makes it.

Logan Cole left behind a life he never chose to live.
Being a cop gave him the escape he needed to be on his own.
With a past he’d rather forget, he holds everyone at bay.
But when chance brings him face-to-face with an intriguing and awkward girl, Logan knows he can’t let her go.
So what if he’s scared? 
He just needs to figure out how to let her in while protecting his heart.

I loved this story! Something about it grabbed me right from the beginning and I was hooked.

The characters are beautifully developed, the storyline solid and it takes a few nice twists and turns, which kept me fully engaged.

Skye, a college senior, has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful fraternal twin, River. Until she meets “Hot Cop” Logan, that is.

Logan is an amazing male protagonist – kind, compassionate, loyal and charming, yet not without his own share of baggage from the past. Skye is quiet, bookish, and has no concept of her own strengths and beauty. River, on the other hand is bad-ass. She has no filter, faces her fears head on, yet is not without compassion.

I would really love to read River’s story, as she has some secrets of her own and I hope they will be explored in a future book.

This was a fast, easy read and I highly recommend it for fans of NA Romance!

Erica Alexander has been a storyteller her entire life. If she’s not writing stories, she’s daydreaming them. Which has gotten her in trouble once or twice. She has an inclination to use sarcasm and she can make anything that comes out of her mouth, sound dirty. It’s a gift.
When Erica is not writing, reading or daydreaming new stories, she enjoys baking, looking up pictures of hot guys on Pinterest (for research of course) and commiserating with friends over their mutual hatred of laundry.
Erica’s life goals are: to make sure her family is happy and healthy, bring to life all the stories in her head, visit Australia and jump off a plane. Preferably with a parachute.
Erica has degrees in Communications and Computer Science and she loves history, all things Native American, and anything that’s off the beaten path and weird.
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Book Review and Blog Tour – Pulse Omnibus by Kailin Gow



PULSE Vampire Series Omnibus Vol. 1 Books 1 – 4
Kailin Gow
Publication date: March 1st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

This Omnibus contains 4 Full-length Novels in the PULSE Vampire Series, now in development as a Film starting with its Prequel, Mysterious Teacher.

Loved it! Very exciting storyline, can’t wait for the next one…. – Ariana, early 20s.

Pulse is fast paced and intriguing, the story has twists at every turn and the ending leaves you open mouthed and wanting more. Kailin did a wonderful job in creating this vampire world. – Melissa Silva, The Bookshelf

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved vampire books, and this one does not disappoint. – Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)

I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I review a Kailin book but man can she write, no matter whatever she writes I can never seem to put the book down whenever I pick one up. This has become another one of my favourite Kailin series and I highly recommend it. – Head Stuck in a Book Blog

Hurray for Gow, she made up a powerful character. I recommended this, you are not going to regret. – Astrid A.

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17 year-old Kalina didn’t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting….

Kailin Gow is a multiple Award-winning author, film and tv director/producer, and speaker. You can learn more about her at: KailinGow.com.

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This series is the first I have read by Kailin Gow. The concept for the storyline is solid and made for an interesting read; however, I have to say that I didn’t care for the writing style much. I had a difficult time following much of the story, as the writing felt forced – superfluous words in order to make it sound better – but it just didn’t work for me. The dialogue between characters felt like children attempting to have adult conversation.

But, back to the storyline. I truly enjoyed it, and rather than being discouraged with the writing style, I forged on, as I truly wanted to know what happened from one book to the next.

I felt that this was a unique spin on the typical vampire story, and it intrigued me. (This is a good thing, as reading the same old story concept is trying!) I did enjoy the characters, their struggles and the battles were full of the right amount of tension.

I actually look forward to book 5, as I have to know how the story ends.

Author Bio:

Kailin Gow loves things that are edgy, cool, bright, exciting, hopeful, glittery, and jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring. She loves writing, reading, and filming stories about people whose journeys take them beyond their boundaries – physically, psychologically, intellectually, and emotionally to arrive a point and a place of inspiration and hope. Her works have been recognized by the leaders in the industry in book publishing and entertainment to be “innovative” and “disruptive”, earning her awards from ALA, The IBPA, and festivals.

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Book Review and New Release – The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen

Title: The Bombshell Effect
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Sports Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 14, 2018
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Allie Sutton just got a new job. 

Not one she wants, and definitely not one she’s prepared for. She hadn’t seen her dad in years, so the last thing she expects upon his sudden death is to inherit the thing he loved more than anything (or anyone) … the professional football team he owned for the last twenty years. 

Luke Pierson does not want a new boss. 

What he wants is to be a good father to his daughter, the best quarterback possible for his teammates. What he doesn’t need is a blonde bombshell ruining the team’s chances at another championship. Especially when that bombshell turns out to be his new neighbor. The neighbor he was a complete jerk to the first time they met. 

For the sake of the team, they treat each other like complete professionals. In public, at least. Behind closed doors, it’s a different story. And the fallout of giving in to that heat is something neither one of them can see coming.

Well, this is the second book I have read by Karla Sorensen, and it completely lived up to my expectations! She has such an engaging writing style that you can’t help but be sucked in from the first page. OK, so little disclaimer, as I may be a bit biased on this book – it takes place in Seattle, my stomping grounds and I ALWAYS love reading stories that take place here!

Luke, a pro-football player for the Washington Wolves, and single Dad, does everything he can to keep his personal life out of the media… he has been burned before.

Allie, daughter to the former owner of the Wolves, has just found out that she inherited the team. She knows NOTHING about football and has no idea what to do with a team, but that won’t stop her from trying.

The characters are beautifully developed, the chemistry between Luke and Allie is sizzling hot, and oh, I just can’t say enough good things!

The storyline is riveting. I did not want to put this book down for one second! I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of sports romances, and just romance in general!

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone’s face, then I’ve done my job. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.
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