Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spotlight & #Giveaway - Christmas in Transylvania By Sandra Hill!

Christmas in Transylvania
A Deadly Angels Novella
By Sandra Hill

On-Sale 10/28/2014  

ISBN: 9780062117557

Book Description:

For the first time ever the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped and the stockings have been hung. And that’s mistletoe, not cobwebs hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels…really! 

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy! 

But a strange “Christmas visitor” at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It’s an impossible match: a human and a vangel, but Christmas is a time for magic. 

Karl and Faith don’t stand a chance…

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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. 

She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[Release Blitz & Giveaway] Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce

Today we are excited to join the book blitz for Last Light (Night Owl #2) by the amazing M. Pierce.  Check out my review here!  Take a look at the lovely covers, an excerpt and a giveaway!

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper—and hotter—in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.  Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.
Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt's memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers' motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt's life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.  Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate's libel suit and fend off Seth's advances...until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.

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Matt insisted on carrying me to the bathroom. I hugged his neck.

“Matt, you realize I can walk with a black eye, right?”

“I’ll be the judge of that.” He set me on the counter and I squeaked; the marble was frigid under my bare bottom. He dropped one of my bath bombs in the tub and watched it fizz and color the water purple.

Once, I managed to convince Matt to use a bath bomb with me. It was called a “sex bomb” and it was supposed to “put us in the mood” with “exciting scents” and "natural pheromones.” I grinned at the memory. As soon as Matt realized the bomb was coating his skin in sparkles, he leapt out of the tub ranting about “looking Twilighty” and “smelling like a girl.”

“What’re you grinning at?”

 “You.” I smiled. “And this bath, which is such a transparent effort to avoid saying goodbye. Sweet... but transparent.”

Matt frowned and paced the small space of the bathroom. Ha! I was right. Matt planned to leave me in the tub and slip away.

My poor, adorable night owl—he really had issues with goodbyes.

“No,” he mumbled. “Maybe...”

 “Can I induce you to stay a little longer?” I uncrossed my legs deliberately and spread them. Matt watched. He folded his arms and tilted his head.

“How does your cheek feel?”

 “They’re cold.” I grinned.

 “And you say I’m bad.” He slid me off the sink and turned me. I watched our reflection through the patchy steam on the mirror. Matt—God, he was so tall, and the look on his face was arresting. He wanted me. I knew that look.

M. Pierce is the bestselling author of Night Owl, book one in the erotic Night Owl Trilogy. The author lives in Colorado and owns a rabbit named Laurence. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

[Book Blitz] ~ Anguish (Jokers' Wrath #3) by Bella Jewel

There are a lot of things in this world that are easy to escape from. Having a son you didn't ask for isn't one of them. Mack is a nomad. He likes his own space and he struggles with emotion. His past is grey
and his future looks about the same. That is until his ex-girlfriend dies and his son is handed over to him. A two month old baby he didn't know existed. Until now. His world comes crashing down around him. Desperate, he hires a nanny.  Jaylah has gotten herself into some serious trouble, so when she sees the job opening for a nanny pop up, she jumps on it. Of course she's not a nanny, but she figures she can pull it off. I mean, how hard can it be?  She's thrown into a world of diapers, hourly feedings and a whole lot of laundry. She's also introduced to the most rugged, gorgeous man she's ever had the pleasure of meeting. The best part, he's the baby's father. The worst part, he's a biker. Their sexual tension is huge, but he's a hard nut to crack. She'll get in, though. She makes it her mission to break through the wall Mack has built so high around himself.  Her world is about to spiral out of control, and she's taking Mack along for the ride.

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“You stole my fuckin’ drugs.”

The foot at my throat presses me further into the cold, scratchy pavement. I gasp, my fingers clawing at fleshy ankles. His skin doesn’t budge; my nails are too short to break 
the flesh that I’m so desperately scraping at. It does nothing to move him, or send him on his way. Instead, he pushes harder, cutting off more of my air supply.

“That’s not exactly how it went down,” I croak, struggling.

“You were meant to deliver them; instead you fuckin’ sold them, and ran with the money.”

He’s right about that. I did take the drugs and sell them. I had good reason—my boyfriend was in trouble, and I was doing anything I could to get him out of trouble. I didn’t think ahead. I didn’t realize that I’d then owe a very unhappy drug dealer money. Not my finest moment, that’s for damned sure.

“I had no choice . . . I was helping someone I care about.”

He presses his boot down further into my throat, and my air supply narrows down to a dangerous level. My head pounds as the blood and oxygen are cut from my brain.

“I bet that person ain’t here helpin’ you tonight, now, are they?”

No, he’s right about that. Samuel is probably sleeping with someone else. The moment his debt was cleared, he left me. The dirty, cheap fucker left me. Now I’m dealing with the backlash. A furious drug dealer who wants his money.

Money I don’t have.

“Don’t I get,” I gasp, “one chance to get your money?”

He glares down at me through angry grey eyes. I squirm again as my vision starts flittering in and out. Shit, I’m going to pass out and he’s probably going to kill me, or worse, drag my helpless body away to do God knows what with.

“I have m-m-m-money,” I croak.

“If you had money, you wouldn’t have stolen my drugs.”

“I . . .” God, I’m on the edge. “I can get it. I s-s-s-swear.”

He stares at me, and for each second he does, my vision swims. Then, much to my relief, he lifts his boot off and reaches down, hurling my weak body up. He pulls me close, so close that our noses touch. My knees wobble and I have to push all my focus into not falling flat on my face and giving him another chance to take me.

“Listen, and listen fuckin’ good. You’ve got two weeks, and trust me, that’s me bein’ fuckin’ generous. Get my money, or I come for you.”


I nod.

“Don’t try and run. You do, I’ll fuckin’ find you.”

I close my eyes, take a deep, burning breath and nod again.

“Two weeks.”

Then he’s gone.

And I know . . . I just know . . . I’m in deep, deep shit.

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western
Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in 
Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing 
and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the
courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.

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[Coffee Shop Talks] Dressing Up as Our Favorite Characters!

If I were to dress up as one of my favorite characters for Halloween, I would want to be the mercenary badass, Devi Morris, from Rachel Bach's Paradox sci-fi series. She wears a heavily mechanized suit that is smaller, quicker, and lighter than the suits that other mercs wear. I would definitely steal the show at any Halloween party I attended =)

What about you? Which character would you dress up as for Halloween?

Art by the amazingly talented Marek Okon 



Saturday, October 25, 2014

[Early Review & Giveaway] ~ Rellik by Teresa Mummert

Release date: October 28, 2014
Published by: Teresa Mummert
Source: Author

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Rellik Bentley is to die for.

He can have any woman he wants and they will do anything to be with him. He uses and abuses them like drugs and tosses them out with the trash. The only thing he gives a f*ck about is his music. That is, until Ella Lighten walks into his life and stumbles upon one of his darkest secrets. In the midst of doing damage control, he begins to obsess over the mysterious woman who wants absolutely nothing to do with him.  Rellik won’t take no for an answer.

To say I loved this book would be a vast understatement.  This novel is fucking lovely - it's complicated, intense, intelligent and oh-so very dark.  Teresa Mummert is a genius and the queen of mind fucking plots.

I love the way this story is told, giving us snippets of both the main characters' pasts.  The horror of what they have been through slowly unfolds until you are punched in the gut with hidden truths.  I also enjoyed the chapter title words, complete with definitions.  The words defined each chapter and had me searching for meaning as I read.  The plot is fast moving, not giving too much time to the characters' inner thoughts (thank God).  There was a lot of action and the story flowed like lave - hot and steamy, full of danger and living on the cusp of destruction.  The plot twists were astounding - there were several bombs dropped and I didn't see any of them coming.  And these weren't frivolous plot twists written for the sake of shock.  The twists defined the lives of each character, revealing how each person was shaped.

Rellik is my new favorite dark alpha character.  So much darkness lies in him, yet the light is there, shining for all to see.  He is a comlicated and layered character, hell bent on righting the wrongs of the past.  He is sexy and broody, with a side of crazy thrown in for good measure.  Rellik lived a difficult life, battling public stigma, family upheaval and an incident that changed the trajectory of his life.  He is not an absolute monster- he only wants pay back for all of the severe pain that was inflicted upon him.

Elle also has a tragic past.  Her home life was not acceptable and she suffered loss at a young age.  However, Elle never forgot her past and she sets out to right all of the heinous things that have been done to her.  She has a lot to fight for, and we soon see her inner strength.  Her life has been a nightmare and she has spent most of it hiding from the monsters.  Rellik may be the title of the story and the photo on the cover, but Elle is a huge driving force in this book.  I love her strength and determination and her fight to fix all of her broken bits.

Rellik and Elle together are combustible.  They fit one another like two pieces of a puzzle.  Both characters have suffered myriad losses of epic proportions, and their souls recognize that in each other.  Elle makes Rellik a better man, giving him something to live for.  Rellik makes Ella whole, giving her hope.  The sex scenes are unbelieveably hot.  Sizzling on the pages, Elle and Rellik are a fantastic match.

When I say this book is dark, it is DARK.  There are a slew of difficult topics covered in this story.  Murder, rape and psychological issues are all included.  If any of that is a trigger for you, then don't read this book.  I love the darkness and how Mummert wrote each situation.  I loved the outlaw vengeance that fills this book.  Although these characters are all kinds of fucked up, I fell in love with each and every one of them.

If you are a fan of dark, intense romances, then you will adore this book.  If you are a fan of superb writing and plot twists, you will beg for this book not to end.  I can only hope that Mummert plans to write about the side characters in this story, because I don't think I've had enough of this amazing world she has created.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review, Excerpt, & #Giveaway - Seventh Grave & No Body by Darynda Jones!

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancĂ© who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at

As Cookie and Gemma planned my wedding, a job I did not envy in the least, I watched Reyes. I tried to single out his emotions, but there was so much blisteringly raw lust in the room, I couldn’t get past it all. Damn him and his sexual tractor beam.
A giggle floated toward me, and I saw the woman’s head tilt back again. Clearly, Reyes was slapping on the charm, but why? Was this about an interview? He’d been asked a dozen times for one and never gave any of the other reporters the time of day. Even 60 Minutes had wanted to do a story on him and got the door slammed in their face. But this woman came in, pinned him with a glittering smile, and he caved?
That was not like Reyes.
“I need a pretzel,” I said, ignoring my food.
Before any of them could say anything, I rose and walked to the bar, which put me a few precious feet closer to the happy couple. If he were ever to break up with me, I would so be that stalker ex- girlfriend who stole his underwear and hid in the hedges outside his bedroom window. But finally I had a clear path and could read Reyes’s emotions. Only I still couldn’t feel him.
He was blocking me!

**Spoilers for anyone who hasn't read Sixth Grave**

Typically when I'm reading a series that has been going on for this long, I'll have at least one book that I can say was just not as good as the others. With the Charley Davidson series, they're all amazing. Charley is always hilarious. Reyes is always oozing sex appeal. The secondary characters are always interesting. There are always plenty of mysteries to hold my attention. And the sex scenes are always incredibly HOT. I could never grow tired of this series.

Charley and Reyes' relationship still has plenty of ups and downs. They're both stubborn and continuously butting heads. Reyes wants to protect her and keep her safe and Charley just wants the freedom to continue on with her life and her career. It's not in her nature to sit still or to stop helping people, despite the fact that their lives could be in danger. 

In true Charley fashion, she manages to make her worries about becoming a mother both sweet and silly at the same time. It doesn't immediately click with Charley that her own needs can't come first anymore. She has a little one to think about now and while she has her doubts about her maternal abilities, I can't wait until we get to future installments when Charley becomes a mother. She's going to be fiercely protective, incredibly loving, and hilarious all at the same time. Can you imagine Charley giving life lessons to a kid? 

Another highlight of this story (although it was brief) was Mr. Wong. We may soon know this mysterious man's secrets! I've always been curious about Mr. Wong and I'm certain that we're getting closer to learning who he is and why he's there. 

As you'd expect from any installment in this series, Seventh Grave was the perfect blend of funny, dark, and sexy. I can never get enough of these characters and I'm always eager to see where the story line will take us next. It would have been nice to see just a bit more hellhound action, but I still loved the story regardless. 5 well-deserved stars.

~ Cat ~

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