Saturday, December 13, 2014

All I Want - Novella Anthology - $100 Gift Card Giveaway

All I Want
These 9 fabulous bestselling authors are giving you 9 HOT novellas to brighten your December.

Snowflakes & Fire Escapes by J.M Darhower - Cody Moran and Gracie Callaghan wanted nothing more than to escape the life they'd been born into, but it's the kind of life that doesn't like to let go. A story of love and heartache spanning the streets of Hell's Kitchen to far, far away, where it doesn't snow.

Winter Kiss: Ryley and Ash by L.P. Dover - Now that his time for revenge is over, Ryley wants to make the season special for the woman he loves. Not only will you hear the sound of Christmas bells during the holiday, but maybe another type of bell followed by the pitter patter of little feet.

A Merry Mitchell Affair by Jennifer Foor - Come join the entire Mitchell clan for a very merry Christmas and a surprise wedding.

Hit or Mistletoe by HJ Harley - London and her twin brother Trent are headed home for the holidays. This year Trent has brought home his hockey teammate and friend Pratt Montgomery. Who if wasn’t for Trent, would have spent them alone. London is convinced Pratt is just another beer drinking jock, until she sees a completely different side of him when he opens up to her.

Stranded by BJ Harvey - Stranded in Chicago just two days before the holidays, Porter Daniels and Harlow Wilson have to clear the air. Can they finally stop circling each other and get what they really want for Christmas?

12 Days of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin - A Beaumont Novella - The Christmas trees are trimmed and the bells are ringing. For one lucky couple in Beaumont, Christmas has a whole new meaning.

Adam by K.A. Robinson - A Torn Series Novella - In Tamed, you heard Amber's side of the story. Now, it's Adam's turn. What happened after Tamed? What was going through Adam's mind in key scenes of Tamed? It's time Adam had his say.

Lost in Translation by S. L. Scott - When two opposites attract in Paris, can the language of love bring them together or will they be Lost in Translation?

Fighter by Tijan - Jax Cutler is one bail jumper Dale doesn't want to help her family catch, but he soon becomes the one she can't let go.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

365 Weird Criminal Law Stories by Professor Birdsong - Review

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365 weird criminal law stories

Professor Birdsong’s Weird 365:
Weird Criminal Law Stories for Every day of the Year

This time the professor uses his expertise and experience in criminal law to bring forth his “365,” weird criminal law stories for each day of the year. This is his funniest volume of criminal law stories mostly from around the States to date. This book covers more than a lot of silly and unlawful conduct one could imagine. Full of his witty “Birdsong” commentary and observations the book is sure to deliver some great laughs. There’s a story about the 54-year-old man who attempts to perform an exorcism on his 80-year-old girlfriend to get the devil out of her; a story about a Czech man who uses a chain saw to slice his way back into a restaurant after closing time; a story of an alleged child pornographer caught downloading child porn on his phone while being question at police headquarters; a story about a Tennessee man who had a stroke who thought he was dying confessed to a 1977 murder – he didn’t die and now is facing a murder charge; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminals that make this anthology worth reading.

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

Remember those desk calendars with a joke a day, or a pun, word of the day, etc? This book reminded me quite a bit of those. Some days were definitely funnier than others, and some will leave you scratching your head in confusion. But I will say that all entries were weird, stupid, or just plain crazy. If you're looking for an amusing diversion and like reading about criminals in need of a few brain cells, then I think you'll enjoy this book.

Professor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: Ever Darkening by Janeal Falor - Giveaway

I'm so excited to share this beautiful cover for Ever Darkening, a fantasy novel by author Janeal Falor, coming January 28, 2015!

Ever Darkening
Release Date: 01/28/15

Summary from Goodreads:

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

About the Author

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

It's that time of year again- time to recognize my favorite books of 2014! This was a great year for great books, and it's hard to pick just a few.

One winner will receive either two ebooks from the ones below or one print copy (if available) winner's choice. For international winners- if print is available for shipment to your area through Book Depository, then you are golden- otherwise it will be two ebooks.

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Excerpt

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and the first book in Jennifer’s Wicked Trilogy!


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 WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. 

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


He left me standing there as he disappeared into the bathroom, and I tried to make sense of what just happened. All I knew was that the punch-in-the-chest sadness that came whenever I thought of Shaun wasn’t there. And I didn’t know what to make of that.

Or anything.

Taking a deep breath, I put my clothes on his dresser and all but dashed into the bed, and good Lord, the mattress was comfy! I scooted to the middle and froze, having no idea what side he slept on or if he had a side. I totally had a side—always the furthest away from closet doors because I was a dork.

Straightening the shirt out so my undies weren’t saying hi to the world, I tugged the blanket up to my hips and lay flat on my back.

I so needed an adult to explain to me what the hell I was supposed to do from this point on.

There wasn’t much time to stress over it because Ren returned from the bathroom. His ever-present half grin spread as he saw me. I clutched the blanket, my breath caught in my throat. My heart pounded so fast that I wondered if I was going to have a heart attack, and God, wouldn’t that be embarrassing. I swallowed nervously and willed my heart to slow.

Turning off the lamp, shadows fell around Ren, but when he faced me, I could tell that he’d frozen. I couldn’t make out his expression as he bent, taking a hold of the covers on his side.



He slowly edged the covers back from his side and climbed in, and although I couldn’t make out his eyes, I knew he was watching me. “I’m happy that you’re here.”

My fingers eased off the blanket.

As he stretched out beside me, my eyes adjusted to the lack of light, and I could see that he was smiling. “Are you?”

“Yeah,” I whispered.

“Good. That’s all I wanted to hear.”

Wow, the warmth that flooded my chest could’ve turned me into a puddle of goo in that bed. I waited for him to make a move on me, but seconds ticked by. He seriously was behaving himself. I dared a quick peek at him, and found I could not look away.

Ren lifted his arm closest to me, and a heartbeat passed. I hesitated for a moment, and then, my heart pounding even more, I slid over until my leg brushed his. He curved his arm around my waist and drew me up against his side, guiding me down until I was nestled against his warm, bare chest.

Another moment passed and then I lowered my cheek, and the simple pleasure of lying like this nearly broke me right open.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Flirting With Fire by Tara Quan - Review & Giveaway

Flirting With Fire
A Witch's Night Out #1

Tara Quan

Paranormal Romance
October 24, 2014
Decadent Publishing

Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.

On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.

After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.

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

Flirting With Fire is a fun novella featuring a clueless warlock and the sassy familiar he inherited from his great aunt. Poor Cat is trapped in her cat form whenever she is in a ten foot radius from her new master. To make matters worse, she is a prisoner in the house without his express permission to leave.

Halloween is Cat's one night off, when she can roam in her human form away from her posh prison. Instead of confronting her master, Cat lets her younger sister convince her that she needs one night of sex more than freedom. Leo, the clueless warlock, allows his best friend to fix him up on a no-strings-attached one night stand for Halloween. You can see where this is going, right??

Anyway, sparks fly, literally. What do you expect from an untrained warlock? The story is short, quick, and right to the point. I liked Cat, at least as far as I got to know her. She's an interesting character, and I'd love to read more about her. I enjoyed the scenes between Leo and Cat (in cat form), they were quite adorable. Leo seems rather clueless and sweet, though we really don't get to know much about him. Cute story with a rather steamy elevator scene. I hope the author writes more about these characters.

About the Author

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen by Marlene Wynn - Meet the Characters & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen blog tour. I'm so excited to feature two characters from the novel: Chandrea- the protagonist & Leilah- the antagonist! Check out their bios & interview. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post :)

The Return of the Avatar Queen

Marlene Wynn

New Adult Fantasy
September 22, 2014

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Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.

Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

Meet the Characters

Character Name:  Chandrea Averill (protagonist)

Character Bio:  Chandrea is born the crown princess of Averill on the distant world of Itova.  On the day she is born, her kingdom and palace are attacked and her parents brutally assassinated.  To save her life and allow her to grow safely to maturity, several spells are cast upon the tiny infant and she is sent by magic to Earth to live.  There, she grows up like any other normal girl, oblivious of her true origins.  On her 23rd birthday, the spell reverses itself, and Chandrea suddenly finds herself back on her birth world.  She discovers that she is the queen of the devastated Averill kingdom and a powerful sorceress.

How do you feel about coming to Itova?
I don’t know.  Confused mostly.  Disoriented.  Like everything I’ve ever known as reality has been thrown upside down.  I mean, it’s amazing, don’t get me wrong!  I’m on another world!  How cool is that?  But, at the same time it’s terrifying. 
Why is it terrifying?
Have you ever gone into a foreign city at night and gotten lost?  You don’t speak the language, you don’t know where you are, you don’t know how to get out.  That’s kind of how I feel now.
But you can speak the language.  You can communicate with those around you.
So?  Just because I can talk to them doesn’t mean I understand their customs, values, rules, laws…their way of life.  The little things that you just know because you’ve grown up there.  
I see your point.  That would be unsettling.  What about the people that you’ve met?  What do you think of them?
 It’s interesting to me.  Physically, they are just like those I left behind on Earth, but everything else about them is different.  The way the move, talk, dress, act…it’s just different.  But, so far everyone I’ve met seems to understand how difficult this transition has been for me and has been really supportive.
Are you afraid of coming across anyone who might hurt you?
I’ve been warned so many times about talking to strangers that I feel like a little kid!  But, all kidding aside, yes…apparently there are a lot a people out there who would like to see me dead.
Dead?  Why?
Because I am the living heir to the Averill throne.   The queen of Svara has made it her life’s mission to wipe the Averill line from the face of Itova.
Who knows?  The more I hear about her, the more I think she’s not entirely sane.
What if you became separated from your new companions?  Would you be able to protect yourself in this foreign world?
Absolutely!  I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and, unless someone had a gun, or was better trained than I am, I could easily defend myself.
What if there were several attackers?
Then that would be a problem.  I can hold my own against maybe two or three, but no more.  And, if they had swords, that would be even worse.  So, for now, I just try not to tell anyone who I really am.
Are you glad you discovered your true heritage?
That’s really hard to answer.  I loved my adoptive parents dearly, but at the same time, I wanted nothing more than to find my true blood family.  Though I had no idea I’d have to come so far to find them!  And, I can’t tell you how weird it is to have people call me ‘Your Majesty’ and bow down to me.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that!
Do you think you will succeed in your new calling as queen?
Succeed?  I have to defeat Svara first, before I can even begin to think of ruling anything.  And, I’m so overwhelmed by the thought of that that, sometimes, I just want to curl up into a little ball and cry.  How am I supposed to be able to raise an army?  Repair governments?  Defeat a cruel tyrant queen?  It all just seems so crazy…and at the same time impossible!
If you had the opportunity to go home, back to Earth, would you take it?
That’s really hard to answer too.  Selfishly, yeah…I really want to go back.  Earth is home.  It’s what I know and love.  But, though I wasn’t raised to know this world and its people, they need me.  They need what I can give them.  If I went back home, would I really be able to be happy?  Knowing that I left this world and all its people possibly defenseless?  I don’t think I could.
So, you are going to stay and try to help?  Even though you know the odds are really against you?
Yes…I think I have to.  As crazy as it sounds…I think I’m their only hope.

Character Name:  Leilah Averill (Antagonist)

Character Bio:  At the tender age of fourteen, Leilah’s family discover that her powers are vastly different than expected.  Afraid that her unusual powers will leave their kingdom defenseless, they send the young princess to live in the far away kingdom of Svara.  Devastated by the betrayal of her family, Leilah vows to someday prove that they were just as vulnerable with magic as they would have been without.  Eventually, she overthrows the Svaran government and becomes their queen.   Bent on revenge, she sends her troops to wage war on the Averill kingdom and kill her family.

Are you sorry your family is gone?
No.  They abandoned me when I most needed them.  They gave into their baseless fears and threw me away like unwanted trash.
Do you have any regrets?
Regrets?  Why would I have any regrets?  Stars, they protested to love me one minute, then cast me out the next.  They deserved what they got.  Every one of them.
Even your twin sister?
Especially her.  The bond between twins is sacred.  One that should never, ever be broken.  But, she ignored that bond and cast me away like the rest of them.  Of all of them, I hate her the most.
But Chandrea wasn’t even born when you were sent away.  Why hunt her?
I was sent from Averill because I was different.  Because my magic would make them defenseless.  In order to drive my point home, all of them must die.  Then, I will be the only Averill left alive.  The one who was sent away because she was different.
Do you miss your family at all?
 At times.  I remember the smell of my mother when she held me close, or the sound of my father when he laughed.  I remember how close my twin sister and I were.  But, remembering these things only makes their betrayal worse.  It rips my heart open each time and, like a festering wound, will not give me peace.  When I recall these moments, it only makes me hate them more.
In all this time, why haven’t you left the capital city of Svara?
Because my very presence here keeps Fairhaven safe.  The Svaran’s are now my people and I will do all in my power to keep them and my home secure from magical threat.   Besides, I have a very special captive here that I must keep restrained at all times…
You’ve worked very hard in your time as queen to overthrow the surrounding governments and kingdoms.  If they weren’t part of your family’s betrayal, why go after them?
They were loyal to my parents, and would therefore be loyal to Chandrea if she ever took the throne.  I need those who are loyal to me.  To Svara.  So, I destroyed those in power and put others devoted to me in their place.  I used my scouts and troops to search their lands for any trace of the Averill princess, and used fear to bring their people under my control.
Why use fear?
Why not?  If it works, why use anything different?  If they are harboring or aiding the Averill fugitive princess, then they are nothing to me.
Why are you hunting and killing those who can use magic?
Magic has been the bane of my life!  Its very existence tore me from my loving family.  I hate magic and will do all in my power to see it erased from Itova!
Tell me about your son, Ayden.
Ayden is my right hand man and my most prized possession.  He has been raised as the crown prince of Svara, and will someday be the commander of my armies.  He is as dedicated to finding and killing the Averill princess as I am.
Do you think you will find Chandra and kill her?
Of course.  She can hide, but the moment she shows her face again, the moment it becomes known that she is still alive, my scouts will find her and bring her to me.  I will torture any pertinent information I need from her, then kill her.  Then, and only then, will I be avenged.

About the Author

Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend.  She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since.  Though she has worked in the Benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Real Santa by William Hazelgrove - $50 GC Giveaway

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Real Santa
William Hazelgrove

George Kronenfeldt is an unemployed engineer with one shot to keep his daughters belief in Santa intact. When Megan tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove the existence of Santa Claus by posting her video to YouTube, George realizes he must become the Real Santa. He devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimmney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and and threatens his marriage. When George goes to find the Real Santa to help him, the line between what is real and magic is crossed. Real Santa is a funny heartwarming story of parenthood gone wrong and illuminates what lengths parents will go to keep their children happy.

Praise for Real Santa

STARRED REVIEW BOOKLIST "If somebody doesn't make a movie out of this book, there's something wrong with the world. This could have been played as an out-and-out slapstick comedy, but instead the author approaches the story like a character study: a portrait of a man with the best intentions in the world watching those intentions collide with reality. It's a steamroller of a story, starting small, with George's idea, and getting bigger and bigger as George tries to put the elements together, as his obsession takes him further and further away from reality. Beautifully done." ~David Pitts Booklist

"The author marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry. Adults looking for a funny holiday-themed tale that doesn't lose its sense of wonder in the face of realism will find a treat here. A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires." ~Kirkus Reviews

Best-selling author Hazelgrove (e.g., Ripples; Tobacco Sticks) captures the human need to believe in something good. This book will satisfy readers looking for a happy Christmas story. ~Library Journal

"Hazelgrove's lively improbable narrative will appeal to the readers in the mood for holiday fiction." ~Publishers Weekly

williamAuthor William Hazelgrove

William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of eight novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa and the forthcoming Jackpine and The Pitcher 2. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly,Kirkus and have been selected as Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. His most recent novel, The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. net. His next book Jackpine will be out Spring 2014 with Koehler Books. A follow up novel Real Santa will be out fall of 2014. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway's Attic.

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