Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blog Tour: The Warriors Awakened by CS Patra - Excerpt, Character Bios & Giveaway


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covergifTitle: The Warriors Awakened
Series: Operation Genome, #1
Author: CS Patra
Genre: Science Fiction/Paranormal
Audience: YA and up
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: CS Patra
Cover By: Catherine
Editor: Lauren Spieller
Pages: 200 pages
ISBN: 978-1492175483
ASIN: 149217548X
Date Published: 11 April, 2014


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Joe, Lowell, Eugene, Chuck, Reiko, Ally, Sam, and Megan were a part of the test. They were designed to destroy the human race.

Now they are going to save the world that is desperate to get rid of them.

For the last couple of years, humans have been trying to perfect themselves by creating the perfect human being. They ran tests on children to see just how far they could go with their experiments. Parents lined up at the door, all willing to make their child become the perfect human. It seemed to be the perfect plan until a horrible truth was unleashed. A group known as Operation: Genome had plans for their experiments that didn’t involve saving mankind. 

Instead, they were hoping to take the world. The experiments would be known as Frozen Warriors until they were summoned by their creators. Once they awoke, all Hell would break loose and destruction would follow. By the time most of the people found out this truth, it was too late to go back. All they could do was hope for a miracle.

Years would pass before some of the Frozen Warriors started to wake up. In the midst of it all was Chuck Everett, a genius child desperate to get attention from his father, and seven of his childhood friends. They begin to notice strange things happening to them and they stumble across something they should never have seen. As the truth begins to unfold, Chuck and his friends come to a decision about their futures. They realize they have to fight. They know they were made to go into war.

They’re just fighting for the other side.

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A long time ago, mankind made a grave mistake.

But it hadn’t been a mistake from the start. What they had been trying to do was keep more mistakes from happening. Come present day, the numbers of problems were rising. Wars in various countries. Famine. Poverty. Disease. All of which they wanted to put an end to once and for all. Danger was only spreading further so they decided to come up with the ultimate plan: build a race designed only for saving mankind.

It wasn’t something they had hoped for or wanted from the very beginning. They weren’t even sure that this was a mistake when it started. They were sure they were doing the right thing for humanity. As technology started to advance, they decided to advance their own race. After all, people had played with genetics before. They had successfully crossbred living creatures. So why couldn’t they try to make their own race stronger? That was where the visions started.

It was a very simple plan that went on for years. Several scientists named themselves “SH” (Save Humanity) and came up with an idea that would change genetics. A group of newborns would be subjected to tests and observed. Their DNA would be altered and they would be given powers that most people didn’t have. As time passed, their bodies would change. They would develop powers slowly and wouldn’t be able to control them until they were between the ages of 13 and 25. Until that point, they would be known as “Frozen Warriors.” But when they came to terms with their abilities, they would become “Awakened Warriors” and would be gathered to help mankind be rid of the terrors that plagued them.

But not everyone had the same idea. An opposite group called “Operation: Genome” decided that this power could not be used to save mankind. A person with such powers had to have bigger goals and desires. So they began their own plans to start a rebel group of Frozen Warriors. Many separated from SH in secret and went to join Operation: Genome for their own purposes. Once word of this got out, both sides found themselves at war and were sure that the third World War was coming. It would be between the Awakened Warriors and anyone who got in their way. Those that survived this war would determine what would happen with the world. It seemed to be destiny, so both sides created more Frozen Warriors. Only time would tell just how strong they would be.

Yet there was a small bit of hope. Prior to the ties between both sides being broken, scientists had created two scrolls: one silver and one gold. The silver was said to push back the darkness while the gold was to bring forth the light. Only a true warrior would be able to use these scrolls. When the time was right, the right person would use those scrolls to fix what had been broken. They could only hope that the scrolls fell into the right person’s hands.

For now, it was nothing more than a waiting game. Neither side interacted with each other again and made sure to keep their secrets locked up. All they could do was hope that their warriors would be the ones who would prevail in the end. Their destinies were determined and no one could break out of them.
Or so they believed.

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imageChuck Everett
The main protagonist of the story, Chuck is the only child of Dr. Jonathan Everett and the late Isabel Montoya Everett. In his words, he is an inventor, chemist, mechanical engineer, and computer hacker rolled in one. Extremely intelligent, he is considered a genius by his friends though his IQ is never stated. He has a crush on a girl named Gwendolyn at his school but can barely look at her to say hi. What he lacks in physical strength, he makes up with his creativity and ability to make new gadgets. He’s desperate to get his father’s attention but he rarely succeeds there. His friends often tease him for being a nerd but each one secretly admires his intelligence. He has the ability to teleport, something that showed up when he was younger. His father tried to hide this by claiming Chuck had a sleepwalking problem. Although his power is the least stable of all, he comes up with ways to control it.
imageJoe Carr
Originally from Minnesota, Joe moved to New York shortly after he found a job opportunity there. He technically lives in New Jersey but drives into the city all the time for work and to see his friends. Though in his early twenties, he’s the oldest of the group and often acts like a big brother. Everyone considers him the leader even though he never asked to be one. While he gets annoyed with them from time to time, he also sees how strong they are and does his best to keep them in line. He has the ability to read anyone’s mind as well as drain people of their energy with the touch of his hand. He wears a bracelet that keeps him from doing that (which he thought was originally to warn people of his allergies). In the beginning, he isn’t thrilled about his circumstances but soon decides that he wants to use his powers to help others.
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Lowell is a student at NYU and is working towards his Bachelor’s degree. The rest of his family is in Texas and he sees them when he is on break. He is fascinated with history, especially Asian and Middle Eastern history, and wishes to do something in regards to that. He is quite a neat freak and likes to cook though he rarely has time for the latter. The second oldest in the group, Lowell is considered to be the realist. He does not jump into conclusions if they can’t be explained by logic. He’s unwilling to get involved at first but soon jumps in when he realizes what’s going on. His shadow and reflection have the ability to leave him and attack anyone he tells them to. He also gets them to help him with chores when he needs them.
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Eugene is Lowell’s roommate and best friend to Chuck. He’s a little more optimistic than the others in the group and would do anything to make people smile. His parents divorced not too long ago and people suspect that this is the reason why he tries to stay positive. Despite his laid-back nature, Eugene can be serious if needed. He will stand up for what he believes in and he protects his friends and family at all costs. His power is super speed and he is the first one to get a good grasp of his ability. He uses his ability a lot more than the others even if it just to get from class to class.

imageReiko Nara
At eighteen, Reiko just entered Columbia as a freshman and is studying chemistry. She’s very bright though she does struggle in her classes. She is still trying to find her way around in life and in college. She has a very gothic style and likes wearing mostly neutral colors like black, gray, and white. She is extremely fond of art and can sometimes be seen at museums and small galleries. Her family lives in Queens, which makes traveling from class and home easy for her. She has a small crush on Chuck ever since he first helped her. She has the ability to control the elements as well as telekinesis. Her power is said to be stronger than the others. It also can become unstable if she ever were to lose to control.

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Alec “Ally” Parker is a junior in high school. His favorite thing in the world to do is watch his favorite cartoon, Bringing Pluto Back to the Solar System. He often bothers everyone else by quoting things from it. Smart and eager to learn, he’s curious about Operation: Genome and its purpose. He is the oldest of triplets and originally grew up in Florida. Recently, he discovered that he and his sisters had been adopted. His parents haven’t told him this and he hasn’t told his sisters. He hopes that they will approach him on this one day. He has the ability to heal quickly, which makes him realize he might be immortal. He also feels that there’s more to his power than not being able to die.

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Samantha “Sam” Mahanti is a junior in high school and classmate to Ally. She lives in Brooklyn and considers herself a Hindu. Although she isn’t extremely devout, she does attend events at the Hindu Temple and often prays right before events or battles. She’s the middle of nine children and the only girl. Though she is overweight, the only time this bothers her is when her mother rags on her about it. Sharp-tongued and hot-tempered, Sam is one the first one’s ready for battle. She is usually the first tease her friends and the first to defend them. She is a shape-shifter. Though she is the least-experienced with her power, she successfully manages to pull off two changes without anyone noticing.


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A freshman in high school, Megan is the youngest of the group. The daughter of a rock star, she currently lives with grandmother and only sees her father now and then. He purposely let her stay in New York so she could be safe from the paparazzi and grow up to have a normal life. She is on the swim team and soccer team at school. She also enjoys skateboarding when the weather is good outside. She is openly gay but not dating anyone at the moment. Despite being much younger than the others, they take everything she says into consideration and never treat her differently. Her ability is to extend her arms and legs to incredible lengths. Though afraid that it might be hurting her bones, she soon learns to get used to them.

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1x $10 Amazon Gift Card
2 x E-Copies of The Reapers Apprentice by CS Patra
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C.S. Patra has been writing for a very long time and has books lined to be published in the next few years. Previously, she had written poetry books before releasing a novel under her real name, Lengths for Love. She released her fist book series but certainly not her last. Currently, she is with California Times Publishing. She lives in NC with her family.

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Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour The Warriors Awakened , Operation Genome #1 by CS Patra from April 14 to 20. 2014.

April 14
Eclipse Reviews - Spotlight with Excerpt, Book Soundtrack
MHZ Book Reviews and Giveaways - Spotlight with Excerpt & Character Bio's

April 15
Karen Swart - Spotlight with Excerpt, Character Bio’s

April 16
Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight with Excerpt
Niecey Roy’s Blog - Spotlight with Excerpt & Author Interview

April 17
JeanzBookReadNReview - Spotlight with Excerpt, Book Soundtrack & Character Bio's
Bookworm for Kids - Spotlight with Excerpt & Review

April 18
Our New Generation for Reading - Spotlight with Excerpt

April 19
Kimber Leigh Writes - Character Bio's
Coffee Books & Art - Spotlight with Excerpt, Book Soundtrack & Character Bio's

April 20
Cajun Book Lover - Spotlight with Excerpt & Book Soundtrack

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson - Review & Giveaway

Righting a wrong

Righting a Wrong

Rachael Anderson

 Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. If only life worked that way. Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jace instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. If only it were that easy.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Righting a Wrong is the third book in The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series. I am loving everything about this series! The stories are so sweet, and Righting a Wrong is no exception. I fell in love with Jace in book two when he let Eden go to be with Drew. This man deserves happiness, and he finds it with Cambri.

Cambri was lost and confused after her mother died. She had dreams of going off to college to become a landscape architect. When her best friend Jace kissed her, she realized if she didn't run, she would stay in his arms forever, which also meant staying in tiny Bridger, CO. Fast forward six years and she returns home after years of silence to care for her ailing father.

Jace was heartbroken when Cambri left without a word or even a goodbye. She never returned his calls and eventually he tried to forget about her. When she comes back to Bridger, he doesn't know what to do. After losing her once, Jace knows he can't go through that pain again. There's no doubt in his mind that Cambri will return to her life in North Carolina once her father has recovered.

It makes me sad that Cambri and Jace lost six years due to her fear and insecurity. But sometimes we need to walk away to realize just how special things really are. We also meet Jace's sister, Lydia, who has never left the small town. She's dying for adventure and it looks like she'll get it in book four. If you're a fan of sweet romance, I think you'll love Righting a Wrong.

RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Book Blitz: Dark and Deadly a Paranormal Romance Anthology - Excerpt

Dark and Deadly
Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane

Paranormal Romance Anthology
April 14, 2014

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Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

Featuring the bad boy heroes of:

BODYGUARD (Shifters Unbound #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters--having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman with special psychic abilities, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

TRAPPED by Caris Roane
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

Excerpt from Alejandro's Sorceress by Alyssa Day

Poe’s Avenue, Virginia, FBI Paranormal Operations Division HQ

Alejandro cocked the shotgun they hadn’t been able to force him to give up and followed his teammate into the burnt and jagged opening in the side of the building, hoping that—for once—there weren’t any trolls.

He hated trolls.

“Clear,” Mac, already moving through the narrow hallway, called back to him. It was Mac’s turn to go first. 

They kept score.

Lately he’d been keeping score on a lot of things. Like time. The year, two weeks, and five days since he’d seen the sunlight outside of the academy, for instance.

Not that he was counting.

Anyway, the year-long course at the FBI’s sister division, P Ops, had kept him plenty busy.

“Shotgun!  You coming or scratching your ass back there?”

“No, my friend, I was just thinking of asking your sister to scratch it for me,” Alejandro said. “She reaches all the itchy parts so well.”

“I will kick your ass if you get any of your itchy parts anywhere near my sister. Or she’d kick it for you. Jenny scares even me.”

The sound of Mac’s Glock firing three shots in rapid succession caused Alejandro to break into a run as he slapped his night-vision goggles in place.

“On my way,” he called, not bothering to try to be stealthy. “Save some for me.”

He caught the shifting glimmer of light in the corner of one eye and whirled around, aiming and firing in one smooth motion. Whatever it was, he missed. Too short to be a troll, so there was one mercy. If he were the type to have nightmares, he’d still be having them about the last one’s breath. Green, moss-covered teeth. 

What the hell was that about?  Toothpaste was cheap.

“Shotgun!  Could use a little help here!” Mac sounded just the slightest bit out of breath, which was unusual for the man who’d beat the all-time speed record for the FBI’s obstacle course at Quantico in an inter-agency competition. Alejandro had won a hundred bucks on that one.

He took off running, cocking the Remington as he moved. The vampire who jumped him five feet down the hall took a blast to the head. Alejandro vaulted over the vamp’s disintegrating body, not wanting the acidic slime of decomposing vamp on his new shoes.

A high-pitched scream warned him of the approach from overhead of a deadly Mngwa, but he had a silver throwing knife at hand. One lethal toss later, a couple hundred pounds of mutant killer cat lay on the floor, blood gurgling out of its throat.

He skidded to a stop at the end of the corridor, not willing to rush headlong into a blind turn, and Mac called out to him again, his deep voice rough and strained. “Alejandro, if you’re coming, now would be a really good time.”

Alejandro instantly switched from student-taking-his-final-exam mode to deadly-predator mode. They had a code between them, he and Mac. They were only Alejandro and Maxwell to each other in the event of a dire emergency. Whatever faced Mac around that corner was no training-ground obstacle. Somebody had 
set a trap, and Mac was caught in it.

Alejandro was going to kick somebody’s ass for this one.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!
How does this work? The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code at the end of the Linky and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

Ah yes, Spring Break. How to choose a destination... I'm thinking a 3 or 4 night cruise would be a great way to celebrate. I love cruising because it's so easy to stumble back to my room after a night of partying. Would you believe I rarely get lost? I've also always wanted to go to Key West.

You can follow however you'd like. I'm not picky.

Book Blitz: Surprised by Family- A Contemporary Romance Duet by Noelle Adams and Stacey Joy Netzel - Excerpts & Giveaway


Title: Surprised by Family, a contemporary romance duet Author Name: Noelle Adams and Stacey Joy Netzel Organized by: IndieSage, LLC
Surprised by Family will be on sale for just $.99 for a limited time, beginning on April 13.

Surprised by Family

Excerpt from Autumn Wish by Stacey Joy Netzel
     He’d just reached into the refrigerator for a beer when the doorbell chimed. The cheery summons grated across his nerves, making him cringe. Could he ignore this unwanted visitor who appeared to have practically been waiting in the bushes for him?
     A glance over his shoulder gave him the answer. Nope. His bare windows, glaring lights, and the volume of the TV made it impossible to pretend he wasn’t home. Curtains and blinds seemed a great investment right about now.
     Kicking the fridge shut, he twisted the cap from the bottle. The doorbell went off again, twice as long as before, as if the person on the other side held it down. Damn it. If this was another married woman bringing him pie, he was going to—
     Smile, and say, “Thank you.” That’s what neighbors did, right?
     He took a long, fortifying pull off his beer, then thumped it on the counter on his way to answer the door. Too bad his neighbor right next door hadn’t been one of those pie-wielding visitors. He’d have invited her inside.
     Then he got a glimpse through the window...of her standing on his front porch.
     “Well, whaddaya know,” he murmured with a sudden grin of anticipation. Maybe she’d come in and watch the game with him. Hell, he wouldn’t even care if she held a pie in her hands.
     He swung the door open and smiled his welcome at the pretty blond. His gaze dropped, then froze. Where he would’ve preferred a pie, she held a baby carrier—complete with baby.
     Damn, she had a kid. After what his mother put him and his sister through, he didn’t do women with kids.
     “Samuel Mallin?”
     He lifted his gaze up from all that pink to a pair of guarded blue eyes. Forcing his lips to maintain their upward curve, he answered, “I prefer Sam. And you’re Nicole, right?”
     “Nikki.” She frowned. “How’d you—”
     “I had some of your mail in my box yesterday,” he admitted.
     Her wry smile was appealing enough to make him forget about the baby. But it faded fast as she took a breath, shifted her stance, then extended her arms, carrier and all.
     “Sam, this is yours.”
     There was a crumpled envelope clutched between the fingers of her right hand. Tilting his head, he read his name in the crinkled address field and removed it from her grasp with a laugh. He liked that she’d chosen to bring his mail over personally. If he’d been thinking, he’d have done it first—and found out about the kid.
     “Thanks,” he said as her baby began to fuss. “I just put your stuff in your mailbox.”
     Nikki lifted the carrier higher with an exasperated huff. “You don’t understand. She is yours.”
     In the middle of stuffing the folded envelope into his back pocket, his gaze dropped to the baby. Blue eyes, just like her momma. It took his brain a moment to make the connection, and then his pulse jumped as his eyebrows shot skyward. “Uh...I don’t think so.”
     The baby sucked hard on a pacifier, her eyes shifting back and forth as she squirmed in the confined seat. Oh, hell no. He lifted his gaze once more, taking note of the woman’s curves on the way up. Yeah, she was pretty, but not worth this level of crazy. He’d have much preferred another pie.
     “May I come in?”
     “No,” he stated. “She’s not mine.”
     He fumbled for the edge of the door. The woman stepped forward as he began to shut her out.
     Her chin lifted and those blue eyes of hers glittered with determination. “Her name is Ella. She’s three and a half months old.”
     “I haven’t—”
     He broke off as she shouldered her way past, into his living room. Sam closed the door and followed her to the couch where she set the carrier and an overflowing diaper bag. He glanced toward the kitchen, searching out his cell phone on the counter. Was he going to have to call the cops to get rid of her?
     The baby started to cry, so Nikki picked her up and rocked her while speaking in a soft, crooning voice. The gentle sound soothed his nerves until common sense returned with a vengeance.
     Denial shook his head as he moved to stand in front of her. “Listen, I don’t know what you think you’re going to get out of this, but we’ve never met before, much less done what we would’ve needed to do to create that baby.”

Excerpt from Revival by Noelle Adams

   So Baron had to climb a tree. In his business suit. On the edge of a college campus.
     It wasn’t exactly the way he would have chosen to spend the afternoon.
     He probably shouldn’t have suggested the girls play around the tree, though, and the little girl was being remarkably brave. Plus, there wasn’t anyone else around who could climb up there after her.
     So he climbed. He talked to her casually as he did, telling her about Robin Hood, Will Scarlett, and Maid Marion and about how, when she got down, she could play a lot better.
     When he reached a high enough branch, he braced himself against the trunk to assess the situation. He didn’t want to put much weight on the branch Charlotte was hanging onto, so he balanced on the large branch beneath it and stepped out toward her.
     “You ripped your sleeve,” Charlotte informed him, as he grabbed her and hauled her over toward the tree trunk.
     “So I did.” Baron hadn’t just ripped up one of the sleeves of his jacket. He had also scratched the back of his neck. “You’ll have to pay for it, I guess.”
     Charlotte giggled, not for a moment believing he was serious.
     They managed to climb down to the lower branches, and Baron swung himself down to the ground and reached up to take Charlotte.
     The girl extended her arms toward him, but he didn’t expect her to jump off the branch toward him at the same time.
     She did jump, and the momentum threw him off balance.
     The next thing he knew he was sprawled flat on the ground with a blond child on top of him.
     He opened his eyes to see the other girl peering down at him with wide green eyes that suddenly looked eerily familiar. “You fell down.”
     “I did.”
     This was definitely not turning out to be one of his better days.
     Charlotte was trying to pick herself up, but unfortunately that included elbowing him in the chest and kneeing him in the stomach. She stared down at him too with those same green eyes.
     And suddenly Baron knew who the eyes belonged to. He knew who these disastrous girls belonged to.
     Another pair of green eyes stared down at him, paired with an adult face and a very adult body.
     “And I’ve told them over and over again that they’re not supposed to tackle strangers,” Leila said. Her voice was light, but her face was kind of pale, and he wondered how much of the dramatics she’d seen.
     Now that he knew, the resemblance was glaringly obvious. These girls couldn’t belong to anyone except Leila. It had never even crossed his mind before, though.
     “It was nice of you to play Will Scarlett for us,” Jane said, brushing away the remnants of her tears. “But I think we should play Therm-o-ply instead.”
     Charlotte patted Baron on the chest, just as he was trying to sit up. “We’ll even let you be the Spartans!”
     Baron finally managed to regain his feet, dirty, bruised, and torn in more than one place. He angled a look over at Leila, who had pulled Charlotte into a hug but was gazing at him with eyes that were mostly apologetic.
     But a tiny part of her expression, Baron was convinced, reflected faint amusement. At him.
     Not—not—his best day.

About the Authors

Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Stacey Joy Netzel

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me it seemed only natural to graduate to writing them. I credit my parents for encouraging my dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends I've made in Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA). An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In my limited free time I enjoy gardening and canning, and visiting my parents up north at the cabin on the lake with the whole family.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader & Read Now Sleep Later. Spring is finally here, and I love reading outdoors! I'm giving away a $10 gift Amazon gift card in addition to an ecopy of my YA fantasy romance Shadow Fire. Be sure to hop over to the other blogs on the Linky for more giveaways!

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Blog Tour: Desperate Match by Lynne Silver - Top Tens, Quiz & Giveaway

Desperate Match
Coded for Love #5

Lynne Silver

Adult Fantasy Romance
March 27, 2014
Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find her, let alone hurt her ever again.

Rowan Blacker, is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying a trunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites. 


Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.  

But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.  



Guest Post ~ Top Ten “Different” Heroes
By Lynne Silver

The hero in my current book, Desperate Match, is handi-capable. He was born, due to a genetic defect, without his right arm. It was really rewarding and difficult at times to write a hero with one arm. (The love scenes were particularly fun). Today I’m thinking about other authors who’ve taken a risk by writing a hero who is different in some way.

1. Rowan Blacker from Desperate Match  by (Moi) Lynne Silver– Rowan is supposed to be a perfect genetic specimen, bred to be a super soldier. Too bad no one told his genes. He is born minus an arm.

2. Ian MacKenzie from The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley- In a world before the word Aspergers was on the spectrum, Ian Mackenzie, has all the signs of it. He’s unable to look people in the eye or carry on polite drawing room conversation. His “Madness” gets him institutionalized.

3. Dorian from The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh- To most of us, Dorian isn’t different, but in Nalini’s world, a leopard changeling who can’t shift, might as well be in a wheel chair. Good thing for Dorian, he’s stronger than perception.

4. Ransom, Duke of Rothbery from Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare- Ransom is blind. He wasn’t always blind. It’s a recent thing, and he’s not happy about it. How can a Duke be all-powerful, if he can’t even read his own mail?

5. Phury from Lover Enshrined by JR Ward- Given Ward’s popularity, I’ll assume you’ve all read this. In case you haven’t (and you should) Phury is a 300 year-old vampire with a prosthetic leg.

6. Gareth Lloyd, Duke of Warneham from Never Decieve a Duke by Liz Carlyle- Gareth aka Gabriel is Jewish. Now to those of us in 2014, religion doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is for two reasons. 1. Jews weren’t dukes. At least not in Regency England, and 2. Even in 2014, it is rare to have a Jewish hero.

7. Benny Wright from Sin’s Haven by Carlene Love Flores- full disclosure, Carlene is my critique partner so I’m biased. But you’ll be emotionally drawn to Benny who has a bad burn scar. I won’t tell you where, but it’s kind of important.

8. Almost every Navy Seal in Seal of My Dreams anthology by a lot of authors. So many authors in that book were brave enough to write heroes who were home from war minus body parts they’d left with. And they were hot and sexy!

9. Macrieve from Macrieve by Kresley Cole- most romance heroes have a tormented past, otherwise they wouldn’t be the brooding men we all love. Kresley chose to give Macrieve a dark past in which he was sexually abused as a child. In Romancelandia, it’s far more common for the heroine or the villain to have been sexually abused, never the hero. But Cole pulls it off, and Macrieve is one sexy wolf.

10. Robert Hamilton, Earl of Westbrooke from The Naked Earl by Sally Mackenzie. Hero. Is. Impotent. ‘Nuff said.

So who have I left off the list? Are there any other heroes that stick out in your mind because they are very different or handicapped in some way?


About Lynne

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.



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