Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

Book info:
Title:  Counting Wolves
Author:  Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: August 14th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source:  E-galley from Xpresso Tours
The Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.
Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.
But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

This book reminded me a lot of the book Liar, by Justine Larbalestier.   Throughout the beginning of the book, I wondered, is this really a magical story, or is it just a girl who is dealing with psychological issues that cause her OCD and nightmares.  I really liked how the author took the different illnesses and conditions of the patients in the psych ward and made them into aspects of a fairy tale.  This is part of what kept me guessing the entire time on which way the story was actually going to go.  All of the characters were really well developed and had interesting stories, except maybe Red.  While she definitely had a great back story and symptoms/aspects of a fairy tale, I don't know that I got to really "see" her character as I read it.  But Pig was very easily pictured, as well as Vanet and Peter.  Another interesting bit is how everyone had the name or nickname that fit them into the fairy tale.  That was another detail the author wove throughout the story that kept me on my toes looking to see just what was real and what was not.  

It wasn't just the characters themselves that were good though, it was a lot of the interactions between them.  I liked the relationship between Milly and her evil stepmother.  The relationship between Milly and Vanet.  I liked how Milly's character was realistically trying to overcome her counting and other issues, but had setbacks that made sense.  She didn't just magically overcome those issues because she was there and figuring things out.

In the end, I was a bit disappointed with how it ended.  Almost a little too vague of an ending for me.  But I know there are those out there who enjoy those sorts of endings, and they will be pleased.  I won't say which direction the story ends up going, if there is a magical fairy tale aspect to it that is more than just her psychological issues, I'll let you read it and see for yourself!
Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.
He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON, a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN, a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES, an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.



Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid


Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.


  She’d taken the sofa, in her own house, and given me the bed. That didn’t make a lick of sense.  

I crouched next to her, threading my fingers into the silky hair at her temples. “Honey.”


 I bent to whisper, “Shelly.”


“I’m going to carry you to your bed. I’ll take the sofa.”


I grinned at her soft noises, at the untroubled expression on her face, and how her brow—even in sleep—still looked regal and stern.  

Sliding my arms under her legs and shoulder, I picked her up. And, unfortunately, that woke her up.  

She jerked in my arms. “What are you doing?”

 “I’m taking you to the bed.”

 “Don’t do that.”

 “I don’t mind, I’ll take the sofa.” Our mouths were just inches apart, and hers was distracting.

 She squirmed. “Put me down.”

 Sighing unhappily, I did. I set her on her feet next to the couch. The blanket pooled at her feet and I stepped back to give her some space. It was dark, but I could see her just fine, and that meant I had to force my eyes to remain above her neck. The woman was wearing two pathetic scraps of fabric as pajamas. A thin little tank top and shorts. That’s it.  

I set my jaw and turned to the side, waiting for her to walk past.  

“Where are you?” I glanced at her and realized she couldn’t see at all. She didn’t have a hand out, but the way her eyes were moving about the room gave away her blindness.

 “I’m here.” I didn’t touch her, because if I did, I wouldn’t want to stop.  

Shelly turned her head in my direction and took a deep breath. Still she didn’t reach for me. I didn’t know the specifics of what to expect after her Friday session, but I recalled Dr. West saying something about Shelly doing self-guided ERP exercises over this week.

 “Can you see?” She licked her lips, her voice sandpapery. “Because I can’t see at all. It’s so dark.”

 “I can see.” Unbidden, my eyes dropped to her body, to the swell of her breasts, the panel of bare stomach, the curve of her hips. Pinpricks of heat raised over my skin and I curled my hands into fists.  

She shuffled forward and I caught her before she bumped into me, setting my hands gently at her waist.

 “Let me take you to your room.” My voice was rough, for obvious reasons.  

Saying nothing, she brought her hand to my forearm, her body gently colliding with mine. And then her hand on my arm slid up my bicep to my shoulder.

“Shelly.” I was running out of breath.  

“I like this.”


 “Touching you.”  

Oh fuck.  

I held still and endured her hands moving over my body, down the front of my shirt, stopping at the hem, then pushing it up.  

“Take this off.”  

I did. I pulled the T-shirt over my head and let it drop to the floor.  

We stood there, facing each other in the dark, not touching. Despite the session on Friday and the progress that had been made, I realized she wasn’t quite there yet. Dr. West was right, Friday was just a step, the first step. Shelly wasn’t able to initiate contact. Not yet.  

Her hands balled into fists and she swayed forward, her breath struggling little puffs.  

If anything was going to happen tonight, I had to initiate it. I had to be the one to touch first.  

God, how I wanted her. How I wanted her above me, beneath me, surrounding me. But how could I?  

“I know why I hesitate,” her voice was breathless, “but why do you hesitate?”

 “Lots of reasons.”  

“Give me one.”

 “I don’t want to you use you.”  

“I wish you would.”  

That pulled a laugh from me, just a small relief from the mounting tension. My eyes moved over her body, an undeniable impulse to devour the sight of her, her legs, stomach, chest, then up her neck to her lips.

 “You asked me on Saturday if sex was a big deal for me, or if it was you. The answer is both.”  

She held very still, and I got the sense she was holding her breath, straining to listen.  

“You are a big deal to me. I don’t want a fling. I don’t want a flirtation. I want promises.”

 “What can I promise you?”  
That you’ll love me. That I’ll be your priority.  

She shifted her weight from foot to foot. A spike of anxiety that she might leave me like this had me acting without forethought. I lifted my hands to her waist again and immediately, her fingertips skimmed over skin of my lower stomach in response, making my muscles tense in hot anticipation. She grew more assertive as she caressed my sides, abdomen, ribs, chest, shoulders, and then back down.  

Shelly stepped closer, a hint of thrilling contact between her breasts and my torso, and all the words and worries melted from my mind, died on my tongue, suffocated by the feel of her body, and the possibility of this moment.  

Her finger hooked in the waistband of my jeans. “Take these off.” Her hand turned, her fingers and palm cupping me over my zipper.  

Instinctively, I pressed myself into her touch even as I grabbed her wrist.

 “Beau, I promise—”  

She didn’t get to speak, because I kissed her, hard and wild, unbuttoning and unzipping my fly with one hand and bringing her palm inside my boxers with the other.


My Review:

My rating:  4 stars

This was an interesting book.  I enjoyed the first book in the Knitting in the City series by this author, and I've been intrigued to read this one as well.  While this is the 4th book in the Winston Brothers series, and it plays off of the other series as well, it was easy enough to read on its own.  I got to spend some time with Quinn and Janie from Neanderthal Seeks Human, since Quinn was Shelly's brother and we met her in their book.  I also got to meet all of Beau's brothers and sisters and friends.  I'm now looking forward to getting to go back and read their stories, as well as for future books that are other characters' stories.  All of the men in the story are so different that it makes them fun to see how they are going to handle love when it is coming at them.  And I have to say that I really liked that we got an extremely real woman to see how she could fall in love with her extreme case of OCD.  And I liked that Beau was able to deal with it, but that in some ways, he definitely acted realistically with Shelly in how he reacted to different events.  

I do have to say there were some moments I was unsure just how it could work, but they were overcome by the writing keeping me reading and not wanting to put it down.  The beginning did take a bit to get into, as the book is told mostly from Beau's viewpoint, and I think I'm more used to romances being evenly told throughout the male and female lead, with usually more on the woman's side.  I also guess I didn't realize there was a bit of the motorcycle club story with this series, but it wasn't in a way that overwhelmed the plot for me, even while it totally added a lot of depth to the story overall.  

I am definitely a Penny Reid fan, and when I got the chance to win any of her audiobooks through a Facebook contest, I immediately asked for the first book in this series, and I can't wait to listen and get back to the first part of this family's story.  If you are looking for a fun romance, but with the serious and realistic qualities of their lives and families thrown in, this is the book/series/author for you! 

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Meet Penny Reid:

  Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Masked (Superheroes Undercover #1) by J.D. Wright

Book info:
Title:  Masked
Author:  J.D. Wright
Series:  Superheroes Undercover #1
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 15th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Superheroes, Young Adult

Vada’s To-Do List:
– Turn 18 (check!)
– Register super name
– Order supersuit
– Attend superhero indoctrination
– Graduate high school
– Start kicking criminal tail

Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.
Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?
Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.


Nick couldn’t take it anymore.
The entire morning had been one shock to his system after another. The nice long weekend in his giant but silent house had made him all but forget about the weird run-in with Janet. He’d spent the entire time working on his homework and enjoying the peace and quiet.
But after only five minutes at school, he was rudely reminded that he must be losing his mind. The voices came like a whirlwind into his head, one after another. So many that he couldn’t decipher whose thoughts belonged to who. He couldn’t even separate his own thoughts from the others. There were so many, and every one of them was as loud as the other, washing over him like waves of pounding noise.
Being in class gave no relief, either. The other students may not have been talking aloud, but every one of them was thinking, loudly. Nick heard too many things that he never wanted to hear and a lot of mundane thoughts that no one cares about.
…I wonder if I forgot to lock the door this morning…
…Oh, man. I’m not sure if I’m ready to do this. What if I get pregnant? But Luke is so cute, though…
…Mrs. Yates has such nice tits…
Nick actually agreed with that last sentiment, but he couldn’t be sure who had said it.
…Only thirty minutes left. I really need to pee…
…Nick is too good for Scarlet. What does he see in her? She’s such a bitch…
…This class is about as useless as my stepmother…
There was just so much noise. Nick pulled his hood up, but it did nothing to block the sounds. Every single thought that crossed someone else’s mind entered his. He didn’t give a damn about someone’s new pet lizard. And while he appreciated the girl across from him’s glances and thoughts of admiration—at least, he was pretty sure those belonged to her from the way she watched him—he didn’t want to know what other people were thinking.
What had caused this? Was it some sort of mental illness? Was he imagining these things? He couldn’t be sure he was even hearing real thoughts. He considered quizzing someone, but he was almost too afraid to confirm what he suspected.
He was reading people’s minds. Hearing their thoughts. Without even trying.
And it was excruciating.

Author Bio:
J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting.
Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.



Book Tour with Giveaway: To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne

by Mackenzie Crowne

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.

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie 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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Book Blitz with Giveaway: Social Media by JA Huss

Book info:
Title:  Social Media
Author:  JA Huss
Publication date: August 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When Grace @FilthyBlueBird tweeted her dirtiest, most delicious secret desires to MovieStar @VaughnAsher she never expected a reply, let alone a face-to-face meeting and an offer of a lifetime.
And when MovieStar @VaughnAsher figured out the woman vacationing at his family’s St. Thomas resort was the author of all those dirty hashtags she was relentlessly tweeting at him… well, that was a challenge he couldn’t pass up. He was more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld.
@FilthyBlueBird’s online fantasy is about to collide with her real-life reality. And it’s about to happen now.
What started out as a fun, filthy tweet turned into the romance of a lifetime. If—that is—your idea of romance is the #asshole real-life persona of a kinky off-screen control freak.


GRACE @FilthyBlueBird
I can’t stand silence, it drives me crazy. So I’m a talker. I’m a gabber. I’m what they call… social. I pin things, I share things, I plus things. I like, I follow, and I comment.
But most of all… I tweet. I’m a tweeter. I live for the Twitter. I chirp good morning like a little blue bird from my bed in the AM and then chirp good evening again every night.
Even before social media took over the world I was this girl. From my very first year I have been one of those butterflies. Yes—I’m putting my hand up to stop the protests—my very first year. Because my first birthday picture was of me whispering a secret into my big brother’s ear.
And after social media took over the world I embraced this girl. My bestie, Bebe, and I have this whole social thing down to a science. We are the champions of chatter, the proponents of prattle, the backers of blather. We are the goddesses of gossip and we own this shit. We take bubbly optimism to a whole new virtual level. Our motto is Happiness is a #Hashtag and we live life knowing the fairy tale is possible, even if you only get it online.
Who needs reality anyway? Reality is being orphaned at thirteen. Reality is foster homes and loneliness. Reality is a risk ripe for disappointment.
But thank God for Bebe and her family. They welcomed me in with open arms and instead of something tragic, I became the poster child for surviving and came out the other end not only intact, but better than ever.
But back to my mouth—and by extension, my fingertips since they do all my talking on Twitter—it has a mind of its own.
And that mind is very dirty.
Yes, my name is Grace Kinsella and I’m a filthy tweeter.
I can turn a hundred and forty characters into living sex. I can string words together in a way that will make you wet your panties with lust. I can make a man blush before he even gets to the hashtag. I am famous for pithy filth.
In fact, my girlfriends and I have an online Facebook group called the Filthy Blue Birds. And we’re not the only ones. The world of pithy filth is booming, friends. There are endless groups like ours. There are legions of shy girls who come alive when faced with the hundred-and-forty-character challenge. And there is a very special place online where we meet, challenging each other to achieve a new level of smexy typing.
I call that Twitter list Dirty Heaven. I made it up, like literally I’m the freaking founder. So Dirty Heaven is my kingdom and I’m the queen.
I’ll stop here to take a bow.
Besides being a list, Dirty Heaven is an online competition that happens on Twitter every Saturday night across the world—yes, we have filthy tweeters from all walks of life. At 8 PM Eastern the FT’s come alive and each league puts up their best and brightest. You get one tweet, one hashtag, and one chance to shine.
I don’t win anymore, it’s simply not fair. I’m now the judge. But back when we were first putting this together my tweets took me to Dirty Heaven time after time after time. That’s back when we used to have the competitions nightly and the group was small. Just fifteen or twenty of my closest online stranger friends. Each competition we had an online muse and we took turns choosing who would benefit from our blush-inducing prose. Sometimes the girls picked models or rock stars.
I only ever had one muse and his name is Vaughn Asher.
Yes, the Vaughn Asher. A Hollywood legend. He started out in the boy band 2 Far Out, then when his angelic voice changed as he hit puberty he graduated into Disney sitcoms. Most child actors would fade after that, never able to make the transition. But Vaughn Asher doubled down on the workouts—gaining the title of Most Envied Body in Hollywood six years in a row from Buzz Hollywood Magazine—and the preteen wannabe turned into an action-hero heartthrob overnight.
Just thinking his name makes me sigh. He’s so freaking gorgeous. That messy dark hair that makes him look like he just rolled out of bed. Those tight abs that just make you want to drag your tongue all over them to see if they taste as good as they look. And that package, boy. He’s never done any nudes so I have to use my imagination, but my imagination is vivid. I have a very clear picture.
Besides, you know what they say about a man’s thumbs, right? Well, Vaughn Asher has incredible thumbs. And large feet. They say that too.
Yes, doing filthy things to his six-foot-two frame has been my idea of Dirty Heaven for almost three years now. I’d like to say I’ve said everything imaginable about him, but that’s not true. I never run out of ideas. It’s like my brain only exists to compose a one-hundred-and-forty-character sentence that will turn him red.
That’s my fantasy. That’s my fairy tale. Vaughn Asher doing things to me that can only be said in a hashtag.

Author Bio:
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Blitz with Review: Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck (Legal #3) by Bree Dahlia

Book info:
Title:  Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck
Author:  Bree Dahlia
Series:  Legal #3
Publication date: August 14th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
From the author of the Legal series comes a hot and hilarious new STANDALONE.
I met him on the luckiest day of the year.
Of course, I wasn’t aware of his true identity at the time. I only knew him as the arrogant blond god who gave me a shamrock necklace. For luck.
As if I needed it.
Okay, maybe I did. But it was presumptuous of him to assume I wanted his help – all because he made it his business to pry into my personal conversation.
I, Perry Sommers, want a life makeover.
I want to stop being so impulsive and start acting like a grown up.
I want to settle down and have a real relationship, instead of a series of clusterf*cks.
I want to fall in love. Just not with this man.
But love isn’t fair. It doesn’t care if someone is off-limits, and Stephen Davidson definitely is. I can handle that. Our intense chemistry tests me on a near constant basis. I can handle that too.
What I can’t handle is how much I’ve come to need him in my life. I never expected this infuriating hard-ass to become my best friend, but now that he has, I never want to let him go.
I can’t destroy the bond we share, but there is only so much a woman can take before she breaks.
Before she throws it all away for one perfect night.
** This friends to lovers standalone takes place six years before Legal. It does not need to be read in conjunction with the others in the series. **
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My Review:
My rating:  4 stars
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, Legal, and Lyrical.  And while this book takes place in the same world, it is definitely not one you have to read the other two before.  I was very excited for this story because you really get to know Perry in the first two books, and it was a lot of fun getting to see how she actually got together with Jillian's brother Stephen.  I mean, you really do love Perry in the first two books.  At least I pretty much did.  

Now, in this book, I did get a little irritated with her, and that is probably the only reason I dropped this to a 4 star instead of a 5, because like with the first two books, I was barely able to put this one down.  I'd be sitting in a meeting and wondering when I could get back to reading it.  The reason I got so irritated with Perry is because here is this guy that she's been seeing, casually, a friend with benefit you might say, who has decided he wants to be serious.  And even though for some reason she doesn't seem to even want to have sex with him anymore, she keeps giving him a chance.  Seriously, as much as she could tell from the feelings she got, I don't understand why she stayed with him.  It's not like she had asked him to be serious, or that she even necessarily wanted it.  So I feel like that was a bit of stupidity on her part.  

However, I could totally understand her frustration with Stephen (Jillian's brother), and why she fought things with him at first.  And then at the end, I could understand how she was wondering if he still was interested in more than friends, and also her worrying about losing him as a friend if she tried to go for more.  You've probably heard me talk about how I get irritated with that last little misunderstanding that happens in romances, how by that time they are totally being ridiculous with not trusting. But the way it happens in this one, for both of them, well, it totally made sense to me.  I could see both of their sides.

The story did keep me going wondering just what was up with her best friend at the time, Christa, as well as why she couldn't get on board with actually being with Dre.  

In the end it was so much fun to see Perry and Stephen's romance unfold.  I look forward to reading more by this author in the future, and think you should totally pick up her books today! 

Author Bio:
Bree Dahlia is an unconventional romance junkie. She loves reading it but adores writing it even more. Her stories range from lighthearted to sizzling with that satisfying Happily Ever After ending and a touch of the unexpected. She favors themes of friendship, forgiveness, and unconditional love with alpha characters and eccentric tastes.
She holds degrees that she does nothing with and has experienced a long string of jobs that have left her unfulfilled. Only as an author, has she truly found her passion. When not crafting stories in her small Wisconsin town, she hikes unbeaten trails, watches hockey games, and wishes she didn’t detest cooking so much.
Dahlia is her middle name. Her last name is more suitable for a horror writer.
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Promo Post and Excerpt with Giveaway: The Beauty of Us (Fusion Series #4) by Kristen Proby

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, releasing August 22, 2017! Order your copy today and get to know Trevor and Riley!

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.
Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she's been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it's an opportunity she can't afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show's executive producer, she's stunned by their intense chemistry.
Trevor's sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley's office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he's interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?


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“What are you thinking?” she asks. My gaze finds hers.
“I have an idea,” I reply.
“I’m going to take you out on a date. I’m doing to show you how a woman should be treated.”
She tips her head to the side. “What if I say no?”
“You can’t.”
She busts out laughing. “Trust me, I can say no.”
“Okay, I’m hoping you won’t say no. I have a fragile ego.”
“I call bullshit on that as well,” she says with a smile. “What do you have in mind?”
“Let me worry about the details. I’ll pick you up tomorrow around four.”
“I’ll be at the restaurant then.”
I grin and nod. “So will I.”
I nod and push my glasses up my nose, already forming a plan.
“What should I wear?” she asks.
Nothing at all.
“Whatever you want. We’ll start out with something casual.”
“Okay.” She smiles. “Has anyone ever told you that the glasses are sexy?”
Many times. But I grin and shake my head no.
“Well, they are.”
“So, you think I’m sexy?”
She giggles. “I didn’t say that. I said the glasses are sexy.”
“I think you’re sexy,” I reply honestly. “And I’m not quite sure what to do about that.”
She looks taken aback for a moment, blinking quickly, but she recovers and tucks her hair behind one ear.
“Well, I guess you’re taking me out on a date tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.”
“This is a lot of pressure to perform well on said date.”
“You’re the one who suggested it,” she says with a smirk. “Poor sucker.”
She makes me laugh. She’s dry and witty, and I never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. Spending time with her, away from work and on an actual date, is going to be fun.
And I’m going to do my best to keep my hands off her.
It’s a first date, after all.



And Don't Miss the First Three Standalone Novels in the Fusion Series!



Kristen Proby’s THE BEAUTY OF US – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
August 14th
A Fortress of Books – Excerpt
East Coast Book Chicks – Review and Excerpt
Romance as a first language – Review and Excerpt
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 15th
Booked All Night – Review and Excerpt
Logan's sports book section – Review and Excerpt
Shannon Loves Books – Review and Excerpt

August 16th
Book Angel Booktopia – Review and Excerpt
Naughty and Nice Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review and Excerpt
She Hearts Books – Review and Excerpt
The Butterfly Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 17th
Aaly and The Books – Review and Excerpt
Book Loving Fairy – Review and Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review and Excerpt

August 18th
2OCC Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Gi's Spot Reviews – Review and Excerpt
TrashyBibloBlog – Review and Excerpt

August 19th
My Girlfriend's Couch – Review and Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review and Excerpt

August 20th
Nightbird Novels – Excerpt
Smutty Book Friends – Review and Excerpt
We stole your book boyfriend – Review and Excerpt
Wickedcoolflight – Review and Excerpt

August 21st
Bridget's Book Bungalow – Review and Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review and Excerpt
Shannon's Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
The SmutBrarians – Review

August 22nd
Feel The Book – Excerpt
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Reading and funny – Review and Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 23rd
Book Bitches Blog – Review
Marieke's Books – Review and Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog – Review and Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review

August 24th
Musings of the Modern Belle – Review and Excerpt

August 25th
BFF Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Pervy Ladies Books – Review and Excerpt
Queenzany – Review and Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review and Excerpt
Two Book Pushers – Review and Excerpt

August 26th
Love Drug Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Naughty Girls and Their Books – Review and Excerpt
Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review and Excerpt


About the Author:
Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years. During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list. Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series. Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

6th Annual September is for Sequels Challenge Sign-Up Post

So I wasn't sure if I was going to do this again this year, because I didn't have the greatest participation the last year,  only three people besides myself.  But one of my usual participants, Darlene from Darlene's Book Nook, was asking about it, so I decided to give it another year.  This is a challenge I created because I seem to start series, and then new books and new series seem to get in the way of me reading on in those original series.  Am I the only one who does that?  When I love a book, I get to where I MUST buy the sequel as soon as it comes out. And then so many times, it sits on my shelf, waiting for me to fit it in.  So 6 years ago, I got the idea to start my own challenge.  I kind of got it from another blogger, who I can't seem to find her blog anymore, so I can't really give her credit.  But I've kept up with it every year since then.  Now, some years I've done better than others.  In 2015 I got the most participants, 15 people!  Hoping to get that many again this year, but we'll see.  Last year I didn't meet my goal of 8, only got 6.  So I think I'll set my goal at the minimum of 4 this year.  Now, this totally can fit into other challenges, such as anyone doing the Series Enders Challenge hosted by Words Fueled by Love and Somewhere Only We Know, you could join into this as well!  So really, it doesn't have to be anything extra to do.  You can still join in and keep doing as you've planned, but now you also have a chance to win a sequel of your choice!

To read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between the dates of September 1st and 30th, 2016. As I said above, that's going to be my goal, just the 4 for the minimum.  I'm hoping that will fit in with all the review books I have to read.  Anyway, here is my plan, even though it may change as the month goes by:

  1. Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl
  2. One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake (a review book)
  3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
  4. Fire and Ash (Rot and Ruin #4) by Jonathan Maberry
  • It would be good if you had a blog to post reviews, or you can be a Goodreads Member and post your reviews on the site.  I'll open it up to people who want to post reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well, or just let me know what site you'll be reviewing on!
  • The book must be a sequel - it can be any # in the series, just not the first book.  Prequels can count if they were published AFTER the first one in the series.  You can do e-books, even ARCs or e-galleys, as well as good old fashioned books.  And, I'll even let you count the little 1.5 novellas that are often published as e-books only.  
  • The deadline to sign up and participate is September 15th.  
  • You must post on your blog an entry that has a list of the sequels you're planning to read, but it doesn't have to be complete, or you could even just post your goal, do you plan to read 4, or more?  You can always go back as the month proceeds and enter the books as you read and review them.  If you don't have a blog, then you can just post a comment on this post listing your goals.
  • Make sure you grab the button and put it in your entry post, or on the sidebar of your blog.
 In the sign up form below, you need to give me your name and blog name, Ex:  Lisa (Lisa Loves Lit) or just your blog name is okay, and then a link to your original post that set your goal or listed the books you were reading.  If you are not a blogger, and can't do that post, if you only review on Goodreads, then leave me a link to your profile page on Goodreads so that I can follow you to see your reviews.  If you only review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you can leave me a link to one of your reviews on that site.  Everyone who signs up to participate will be entered once into an end of the month giveaway of any sequel you want (up to $20) from The Book DepositoryThere will also be a way to post a link to each of your reviews in order to earn extra points into the giveaway, that will be with the Rafflecopter below the Sign Up form.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you don't want to join in, you can go help me celebrate my 8th blogoversary and enter that giveaway HERE