Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour & #Giveaway for The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour, presented by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, for The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope.  Please leave a comment or question for Amity to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on her tour by clicking on the banner above.  Good Luck! 


The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope
Publication Date:  August 14, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush


1)    Take things slow (her rule)
2)    Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

            When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

            But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.   


Excerpt

I groaned.

I knew this guy.

He narrowed his eyes at me, and in that instant I knew he was trying to place me as well.

Lightning fast, he reached for me. I tried to swat his hand away, but in my shocked stupor I was a second too slow, and he pulled the black knit cap from my head.

My face was average, fairly unremarkable. But my hair? It was what everyone remembered about me. Long and auburn, it cascaded to my elbows in bouncy waves. It was my best feature and right now, as it tumbled from beneath my cap to shimmer in the dim lighting, it was a traitorous one.

He dangled my cap in front of me. I quickly swiped it out of his hand.

“So this is what the mysterious Meg Matthews does in her free time.” His tone held a hint of gloating.

I was hardly mysterious. If he didn’t know a thing about me, it was because we drifted in different social circles. He was neck deep in the crowd that thought they ruled the school. I was perfectly happy being part of a trio that floated around the fringes.

He was staring past me, checking out my mural. “It looks even better up close.”

I was tempted to kick him in the family jewels so I could make a run for it. That, I knew, would wipe the smug, knowing look off his face. But it was probably a very bad idea to mess with the Prescott family’s precious jewels, both literally and figuratively speaking.

The Prescotts were one of the wealthiest families in town. His dad was the Prescott in Prescott & Holbrook, the prestigious law firm that was notorious for representing corporations of questionable standing. Everyone in town knew to never cross the Prescotts.

It was best not to mess with this boy.



About the author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to chase her dream. Her debut novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.







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Book Tour & #Giveaway for Serenade by Heather McKenzie


Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour, presented by Silver Dagger Book Tours, for Serenade by Heather McKenzie.  Please leave a comment or question for Heather to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

Serenade
by Heather McKenzie
Nightmusic Trilogy Book 1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Romance, Thriller, Suspense




Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.
Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver – a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart - until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in.

Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya's world unravels when she's kidnapped. Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya's father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor—a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own – is a safer place to be. At least, that's what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run...

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless.






This was it, now or never.

          I gathered every single ounce of energy I had and steadied my mind to ignore the pain in my foot and the dizziness in my head. Then, with everything I had, I turned and bolted toward the dense forest. The darkness instantly enveloped me. I could see well enough not to run into tree trunks, but branches caught me at every turn. My head felt as if it was spinning like a top, but I forced my legs to keep going. I could hear the men’s voices yelling at each other in an organized manner.

          I tripped and found myself on all fours. Get up, girl. There’s nothing wrong with you—get up…

          I made it a few more steps before my head connected with a blue spruce, and then I collapsed in a pathetic heap. My arms were so wobbly I could barely wipe at the gash across my forehead. My body was completely failing me. I prayed to God that the dog would just snap my neck and get it over with quickly…

          Human footsteps approached. I gulped in some air and tried to push myself up, but the world tipped on its side and I fell with it. Within moments, large hands had my wrists pinned to the ground. I struggled and fought with everything I had left, which wasn’t much.

          “Stop fighting,” he said.

          His voice created such confusion inside me. I kicked harder.

          “Stop… please,” he begged.

          His body pinned mine to the ground. I could feel tears welling up in my eyes.

          “Please, Kaya, trust me. I won’t let anyone hurt you, I promise.” He leaned forward and pressed his sleeve to my bleeding forehead, dabbing and inspecting it closely while I had no choice but to gaze up him. How could this beautiful man be a kidnapper? It just didn’t fit.

          “It’s just a scratch; no stitches required,” he said, voice trailing off as his eyes met mine.

          We stayed like that for a while: me on the ground, him kneeling over me, and our line of sight only on each other—until an unmistakable sound broke through the tree tops.

          “They’ll find me,” I said softly, wondering if Oliver was in the helicopter circling over our heads.

          He positioned his arms under my body, and, in one graceful motion, he picked me up and into his arms. “Just don’t run. Promise me that, please. I’ll keep you safe. You have my word. Okay?”

          He held me tightly—protectively—waiting eagerly for my reply with turmoil in his blue eyes. My whole body hurt, and admittedly, I couldn’t have walked another inch. The wolves or that beast would have got to me long before Oliver would have. I was at my kidnapper’s mercy, laying helplessly in his arms and falling harder for him by the second.

          “I promise,” I said.          



Heather McKenzie is the Canadian author of Serenade, book one of The Nightmusic Trilogy. Also a professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she has been telling stories through music for years and pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. A rocker at heart, a mom of three, an aspiring painter and a lover of animals, she is kept grounded by her husband at their home in Edmonton.


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Book Tour & #Giveaway for Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti


Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour, presented by Silver Dagger Book Tours, for Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti.  Please leave a comment or question for Rebecca to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Raffleopter form below.  Good Luck!

WICKED BITE
by Rebecca Zanetti
Realm Enforcers #5
Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pub Date: 8/1/2017







As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous…

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it…


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Chapter 1

Somebody was in his cabin. Beauregard McDunphy lumbered around the side of the modest wood structure, his fur rippling in the wind, his big paws leaving tracks in the wet dirt. At one point, not too long ago, he’d been bigger than any bear in the area—shifter or animal. Now he was merely normal size. Yet he could still take a human trespasser without much effort. He lifted his snout, and the fur rose down  his broad back.

He was a loner, and he liked his privacy, so anybody who even remotely knew him understood to stay the hell out of his space. What was that smell?

Irish roses and something . . . female. The scent of woman. He growled,  the sound hollow.

Who the hell was in his cabin? He stalked toward the front door, which remained open. Oh, he was going to scare this interloper. He sucked in air to snarl, rolling his neck so he could fully flash his canines.

A woman came into view, turning around, skirt rustling. “There you are.”

He paused and studied her. Thick black hair piled on her head, violet-blue eyes, smooth features. Delicate. Something stirred inside him, and he shook his head, trying to focus. Why wasn’t she scream- ing? Most people freaked out when faced with a grizzly bear. Wait   a minute. He knew her. Didn’t he know her?

She pressed her hands to her hips. Her green houndstooth de- signer suit looked like something out of the fifties. Somehow, it worked on her. “Do you mind shifting back to human form? We need ta talk.”

The brogue. Irish brogue. Pretty eyes. Small stature. Sparks of power  all around her.
It hit him then. A witch. There was a witch in his home. He growled again and set his bones to transforming into his human shape. The process took longer than it should have, considering he’d mainly been in bear form for nearly three months. Three useless months that hadn’t changed a damn thing about his failing health.

Pain lanced down his spine and through his arms. His bones broke and reformed, hurting much more than they should. The fur receded on his arms and then the rest of his body. Agony flared through his face, reshaping it, nearly making him black out.
Finally, he straight- ened, his body elongating. He kept his expression stoic and tried to banish  the ache.

“That looked painful,” she whispered, her gaze soft on his face.

“It was,” he responded before he could think. Then reality crashed back. “Why is there a Coven Nine witch in my fucking cabin?” His safe cabin in the Seattle wilderness where witches and the Coven Nine couldn’t get to him. What was her name? He couldn’t place it. Everything was cloudy. Yet he remembered seeing her in Ireland at witch headquarters—she was a council member. When was that? Months ago.

She hummed and looked around, her gaze high and a light pink dusting  her cheekbones.

He settled his stance. His human brain kicked back in. “As a member of the Coven Nine, what are you doing here?” She was on the ruling council of witches, and she should have security all around her. His back stiffened, and he turned to scan for threats.

“I’m alone,”  she said.

That was impossible. Yet even with his senses returning, he couldn’t find any other people near, much less any witches. 

“Why?” he barked. His voice was rough and hoarse from disuse.

She blew out air, her pretty lips pursing. Her gaze rose nearly to the rough wooden ceiling. If she craned her neck up any more, she might  fall backward.

Bear frowned. “What the  hell?”

She cleared her throat. “Do you, ah, do you mind?” Her hand swept  out, even  the small movement graceful.

“Mind what?” he snapped, glancing over his shoulder again. Trees and silence met his gaze. Thunder ripped above, and an angry autumn rain began to slap the ground. Summer had given up the fight, and the oncoming winter scented the breeze. He stepped inside the cabin.

She backed up so quickly her butt hit the ancient stove, and she gave  a startled eep. “Please, Mr.  McDunphy.”

What in the world was wrong with the woman? “Please, what?” Was  this some kind of trap?

“Put some clothes on,”  she said through pearly-white  teeth.

He started and looked down at his naked body. “Oh.” Clothes were such a damn annoyance. “Uh, okay.” A small dresser sat by the bed, on the north wall. He moved past the raggedy sofa and modest fireplace to yank out a pair of faded jeans. He struggled into them, wincing as he engaged the  zipper.  Life was so much easier as a  bear.


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes contemporary romances, dark paranormal romances, and romantic suspense novels.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for That Paris in Spring by Ciji Ware

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by France Book Tours, for That Spring in Paris by Ciji Ware.  Please leave a comment or question for Ciji to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway below.  You may follow all of the stops on her tour by clicking on the banner above.  Good Luck! 

Ciji, what drew you to write about Paris for the
 first time in your work, given that your previous novels tend to be set in America and the United Kingdom?

My husband and I have been visiting the French Alps nearly every year of our “marriage of long duration” due to a close family association with France in general, and the Alpine region called the Haute-Savoie in particular.  For a couple of generations, now, the Cook family has supported a modest foundation dedicated to bringing 10 American college students each year to a village of 500 called Talloires on Lake Annecy to spend their summer learning French and gaining a cultural understanding of America’s first ally. 



When we head from our home in San Francisco to France, there is usually a stopover in Paris (who can resist?).  On a trip a few years ago, I noted that former industrial barges on the River Seine had been converted to very appealing “condos-on-the-water”—some of which are available through rental agencies like Airbnb.  For some reason the thought popped into my head, “What a perfect place to hide out if a person didn’t want to be found…” (The ‘What Ifs” are the basis for most plotting by people in my profession!)

In 2015, the Muslim extremist terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the cartoon magazine, was followed by the horrible mass attacks in the cafes and concert hall in November.  Soon, an idea started percolating in my mind about two Americans who both have friends affected—and meet in the aftermath. That’s when I decided I could have the hero living on a barge because he didn’t want to be found (for a very good reason), and the heroine flying in from San Francisco, desperate to learn if her best friend was alive or dead and, well, That Spring in Paris was the result!.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the research:  The very week in June, 2016, I leased a barge in Paris was the occasion of a fifty year flood with the waters rising on the Seine twenty-three feet, flooding the Louvre Museum and Metro stations!  After five days helping our host battle the chance the barge could be ripped from its moorings and smash into the nearest bridge, the water finally began to recede—but I had a fabulous plot twist!As my late adored writer-father once said to me:  “To anyone else, a poke-in-the-eye is just a poke-in-the-eye. 
To a novelist, a poke-in-the-eye is grist for the writer’s mill.”I hope you find That Spring in Paris—Book 4 in my Four Seasons Quartet (That Summer in Cornwall; That Autumn in Edinburgh; That Winter in Venice)-- full of drama, excitement, beautiful (and terrifying) scenery, and a love story you won’t soon forget.


  That Spring in Paris
That Spring in Paris
By Ciji Ware
Four Seasons Quartet, Book 4

Release date: May 25, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction / romance
SBN: 978-0988940871
ebook: 978-0988940864
Length: 468 pages



About the book:

Two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy.

Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East. Now resident on a classic barge moored on the Seine, Finn is a man with both physical battle scars and psychic wounds that overshadow his day-to-day encounters at every turn.

Juliet Thayer is a fledgling landscape painter who seeks escape from a tyrannical older brother and her job at his violent video war games company in San Francisco. Her emergency trip to Paris also raises doubts as to her impending engagement to a colleague where she serves as packaging design director and “Chief Branding Officer” of GatherGames, a highly speculative enterprise in which her parents are heavily invested.

As Finn and Juliet form a tenuous attachment in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that traumatized the French capital November 13, 2015, they wonder if the “City of Light” can provide a path out of the darkness for two emotional exiles who fear–along with the world at large—that their universe has descended into a permanent state of chaos and that the renewal of spring might never come.

New York Times bestselling novelist and Emmy-award winning news producer Ciji Ware displays her formidable skill at weaving fact and fiction–delivering a gripping story about the discovery of love and regained serenity in the wake of horrifying events.



Ciji Ware, a graduate of Harvard University in History, is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary fiction, and two works of nonfiction.

An Emmy-award winning former radio and TV broadcaster for 23 years in Los Angeles, her numerous writing accolades include a Dorothy Parker Award of excellence, and being short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award. Her family circle includes a husband of many decades, a grown son and daughter-in-law, and now two grandsons under four, along with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cholly knickerbocker.

Ware lives in a cottage by the sea on San Francisco Bay. Visit her website Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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A book set in both Paris and San Francisco, That Sprig in Paris, is both a love story and a treatise on modern international society.  The fourth book in Ciji Ware’s Four Seasons Quartet, this is a book which can be read and enjoyed on its own. If you like contemporary romance, women’s fiction, tortured heroes and colorful descriptions of cities and their gourmet food, this is a book (and series) you will want to add to your reading list.

Ms. Ware does a wonderful job introducing her primary characters right from the start.  I quickly connected with Patrick Finley Deschanel, an American ex-soldier, whose family has spent the last 200 years or so fighting in its adopted country’s army (Patrick’s family was originally from France but came to the U.S. with LaFayette during the American Revolution). Suffering from PTSD after his years in service, Patrick has settled into a barge condo in Paris and spends his time cooking, reading and visiting his elderly aunt, the former editor for Paris Vogue.  Partrick is easy to like and his PTSD is being treated.  When terrorists attack several locations in Paris, Patrick finds himself drawn into the events surrounding him.

Ms. Ware also does a good job introducing Juliet Thayer, the female lead character, whose friend is injured in the terrorist attack, bringing Juliet from San Francisco to Paris.  As Juliet deals with her friend’s situation, she finds herself drawn to Patrick.  A woman caught in a life she doesn’t really want, Juliet finds herself questioning her life choices and being growing closer to Patrick.  Though she’s not sure how or if she can break off her current obligations, especially the ones tied to her family.

The secondary characters are colorful, the city of Paris and its cuisine shine in Ms. Ware’s writing and even though I fear overseas travel at the current time, I found myself perusing several websites for pictures of locations Ms. Ware described.  Ms. Ware’s voice as an author is well established, enjoyable to follow and I found myself completely immersed in her tale.

Will Patrick and Juliet figure out a way to be together and let go of the past? Will Juliet have the strength to be in a relationship with someone suffering from PTSD? Will Paris, the City of Love, be able to bring these two people together forever? You’ll have to read That Spring in Paris to find out.  I really enjoyed it and I’ll be grabbing the rest of the books in this series (I also have quite a few of Ms. Ware’s novels on my Kindle set in the U.S. I need to read).

My Overall Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns




FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ms. Ware as a part of this book tour.  The review is my opinion, and my opinion alone of the reading material provided.

Book Tour & #Giveaway for To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne


Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour, presented by Silver Dagger Book Tours, for To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne.  Please leave a comment or question for Mackenzie to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

TO WIN HER SMILE
by Mackenzie Crowne
Players, Book 5
Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 7/18/2017







Sometimes love and luck collide . . .

When sultry British Baroness Piper Darrow falls on desperate times, she needs a diversion—and cash. As a talented photographer, she jumps at the chance to travel to the U.S. for a Manhattan Marauders football event. But she gets more than she bargained for when buff quarterback Wyatt Hunter’s errant pass lands…in her face. And when it results in Wyatt’s comeback of a lifetime, the superstitious athlete is convinced Piper is his good luck charm . . .

With his sights on the Super Bowl, Wyatt will do anything necessary to keep Piper close. The fact that she’s a feast for the eyes is a bonus. And as they get closer, he discovers that beneath her proper English surface is a sweet, sexy seductress. Soon the notorious playboy finds himself genuinely smitten, and surprisingly open to love—until his powerful family uncovers something about Piper that threatens to shatter his trust. Now he’ll have to decide whether to team up with his fears, or his heart.

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Wife, mother and really young grandmotherMackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too.





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