Monday, August 31, 2015

Off Kilter: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure Release Tour +Giveaway +Review

Crossing The Line (Kismet Series Book 1) Re-Release Blitz

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Title: Crossing the Line
Series: Kismet Series Book 1
Author: Samantha Long
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
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Victoria doesn't have time for love after a bitter divorce. She's too busy. Her twin daughters are approaching puberty and her interior design business is expanding. So when Nick enters her life, she has to remember why she's too busy for a little lust. Which is difficult considering he's the contractor hired to redo her office. Besides, his tattoos and MMA past make him a poor candidate for a woman who's trying to level out her life.
Nick thinks Victoria's hot but doesn't want to get involved with a woman who has kids, much less one that's been hurt by a man. Too much baggage. He's sworn off relationships, tending to stick with one-night stands. Victoria is a client, one he doesn't want to cross the line with, but the more he's near her, the quicker his resolve weakens. 


A multitasking mom of four from Alabama, Samantha Long has been writing since the first grade. Samantha’s first story consisted of a one-paged fantasy biopic entitled, "If I Was An Indian". Samantha’s racy writing tastes were evident at a young age, with the plot consisting of a warrior husband, elite living quarters, and an affair with the Chief. When she’s not writing, doing laundry, or changing diapers, you can find Samantha in front of her DVR catching up on episodes of Supernatural and Castle or enjoying sweet tea with a movie or good book. Samantha’s writings are inspired by the works of Nora Roberts, Lauren Kate, Kresley Cole, and Gena Showalter, to name a few.

Twitter: @SamanthaMLong

Saturday, August 29, 2015

120 Days Release Day Blitz

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120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks. Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months more time than they had before they walked through the door.
Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.
Say goodbye…
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.
After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.
How much can change in 120 days?








Each and every one of the songs on this playlist mean a lot to this book, but these four songs I would listen to more than others while writing. Sometimes on a loop for hours at a time depending on what I was writing. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Heron Blue by Sun Kil Moon
Bloodstream by Stateless
Long & Lost by Florence + the Machine

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About the author 

M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.


Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Between Heartbeats Blog Tour +Review

Title: Between Heartbeats
Author: Donelle Knudsen
Genre: YA/Romance

Can life change between heartbeats? Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told, during a heated argument with her mother, that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets, and travels across the country to visit her step-father. And so, Diana begins a journey where she discovers shocking truths hidden just beneath the surface. To further complicate her summer, she meets Kevin Wright, a college junior. When Kevin vanishes without a trace, Diana learns family is more than shared DNA and discovers who will help her when it appears all hope is gone. In Donelle Knudsen’s Young Adult novel, Between Heartbeats, a young woman’s quest to find her roots enables her to discover love and the power of forgiveness. 


This book was a great read.  It is fast paced and intriguing.  It starts on Diana’s 17th birthday.  She learns from her mother that her father isn’t her biological father.  Her mother is upset because she is going to visit him for a month during summer break.  While visiting her father she meets Kevin and they begin to get to know each other and then start to date.  This book is about Diana’s mother Roberta and how Diana begins to think maybe she was kidnapped as a baby and that her mother isn’t her mother.  Also Kevin goes missing and Diana gets her father, a lawyer, to help in the search to find him.  This book moves very fast but I didn’t feel like I missed anything.  I can’t imagine what is would feel like to learn that you were kidnapped as a baby and the person you have thought is your mother your whole life is in fact your kidnapper.  Kevin and Diana’s relationship is great to read about.  He is super romantic and does all sorts of nice things for her without needing a reason.  They have a long distance relationship but that doesn’t seem to matter for them.  They talk and text all the time.  Diana is going through so much most of the book with Kevin missing and trying to get answers from her mother.  Diana’s mother Roberta doesn’t seem to be all there.  Everything has to be about her even when it has very little to do with her.  She is only worried about how things will affect her.  Even when a friend allows her to move in when she loses her house she is mad because she can’t smoke in the house, watch tv whenever she wants, etc.  It’s almost like she thinks her friend should change just to suit her.  When she appears to be close to getting in trouble she does childish things to make her the victim and the center of attention.  The only thing that kinda bugged me was the ending, I felt like I didn’t really get closure with what happened to Kevin.  They had a lead but then it was left unfinished.  All the characters in this book are great.  The story pulled me and I couldn’t put the book down.  This is the first book I have read by Donelle but I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.

Donelle Knudsen was born in Portland, Oregon, the beautiful City of Roses, but has lived in Eastern Washington since 1988. She also writes short stories, poetry, and memoir, and owes her love of books and the craft of writing to her late father, who was never too busy to read to her or to make visits to the “big” library every Saturday. She then earned a B.S. in Arts & Letters from Portland State University and is a four-time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s literary contest in the memoir category. Her first book, “Through the Tunnel of Love, A Mother’s and Daughter’s Journey with Anorexia” was published in 2011.

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The End Game Pre-Order Blitz

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
 Release Date: September 8, 2015

“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”
The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.
But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.
“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”
I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.
But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.
This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

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Author Bio

Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete.

She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Finding Garbriel Release Bitz +Giveaway +Review

Title: Finding Gabriel
Author: Rachel L. Demeter
Publisher: Momentum (Pan Macmillan)
Genre: Historical Romance
 Ebook Release Date: August 27, 2015
Paperback Release Date: September 24, 2015 


Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die. 

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon’s army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger. 

But fate has a different plan. 

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

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“Look at me. Look at what you have saved.”

Gabriel released Ariah’s chin and tore away the bandage in a harsh movement. As his eyes bore into her own, pale moonlight fell upon the deformity, illuminating the twisted flesh and grotesque welts. The sight reminded her of a beautiful chateau . . . a stunning fortress situated along the coastline . . . one that had fallen into ruin and neglect. The skin was concave, destroyed, cavernous – a remnant of former glory. And the surrounding features – his burning eyes, the right side of his face, his powerful body – dwarfed the disfigurement with a striking beauty.

“Look at the monster you have created. Look upon my face, Ariah.”

She shivered at the sound of her name; slightly muffled from the injury to his mouth, it slid from his tongue with equal parts venom and hunger.

“I was supposed to die that night . . .” The last of his words ended in a choked whisper. His face fell forward in despair until his forehead was pressed against her own. He was impossibly close. And he appeared every gram a flesh-and-blood warrior – coarse and ruthlessly untamed. Sweltering heat radiated from his body and engulfed all five of her senses. She was suffocating. Visions of that long-ago night echoed in her mind until she could perceive nothing else. Ariah gave a shallow cry as she struggled to free herself once more.

“Don’t. Don’t leave me. Please.”

Her movements ceased. The words struck a chord deep inside her chest. She connected her gaze with his and was rendered speechless by the naked anguish in his stare. Regret and desire were etched in every line of his face – but what stole her breath was something entirely different. For the second time, it was neither anger nor resentment that radiated from his eyes, but a longing so intense that it nearly overwhelmed her: hope

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This book was a good read.  It did take me a bit to get into but the story is really good.  This story takes place during Napoleon’s reign and tells the story of two different people and their struggle to come to terms with things that happened in their past.  Gabriel lost his wife and daughter and blames himself for it.  If only he would have been a better father and husband maybe they would still be alive.  He joined Napoleon’s army and hoped that each battle would be his last.  Ariah’s is struggles with things that happened to her after her father died.  Her husband Jacques taught her to trust again but she couldn’t seem to open her heart to him.  Jacques has been gone for several years serving in Napolean’s army.  Ariah and her daughter Emmaline and waiting for him to come home.  Ariah find’s Gabriel on the banks of the Sein on the brink of death.  She brings him home and is determined to save him and help him heal.  At first Gabriel is mad that he was saved he just wanted to die and be with his daughter.  After some times he realizes this is his second chance and he isn’t going to waste it.  Ariah finds herself drawn to Gabriel like no man before.  With the fate of Jacques unknown this is hard for Ariah.  She feels like she is betraying him in some way.  She isn’t even sure that he is alive though.  Gabriel fought in battle with Jacques and is startled when he realizes that Ariah is his wife.  Gabriel and Ariah recognize the sadness in each other.  They help each other move forward and work through their pasts.  Will they have a future together?  Will Jacques come back?  I enjoyed reading this book.  As I said it took me a bit to get into but once their pasts were laid out and they began to move forward and help each other I really started getting into the book.  I felt for Ariah so has been through so much.  Gabriel is a true soldier through and through.  He was overcome with the need to protect Ariah and Emmaline.  Realizing that he couldn’t do anything to change his past and that he would never forget his wife and daughter Ariah helped him work through his grief without even realizing it.  He helped her as well.  He showed her that not everyone is the same and that she could like intimacy.  This book was so sad at times.  There were some twists I didn’t see coming and enjoyed them a lot.  I look forward to reading other books by Rachel L. Demeter in the future.

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Author Bio

Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of eleven years. She enjoys writing dark, poignant romances that challenge the reader's emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel's passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Searing Ectasy (A Guardians of the Realms Novel) Cover Reveal +Giveaway

Today is the Cover Reveal for Setta Jay's upcoming book, Searing Ecstasy and I am so happy to be helping with the reveal. Who's ready to see it?

Blurb coming soon!
Check out Setta's other books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!


About the Author:

Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She's garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves writing stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat. Her influences include Judith McNaught who she feels writes a smart heroine to perfection, Gena Showalter, Maya Banks and Lora Leigh. You can often find her writing compared to JR Ward, but if you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood be warned that Setta Jay's novels are more erotic in nature.
Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her husband of ten plus years who she describes as incredibly sexy and supportive.
She loves to hear from readers so feel free to ask her questions on social media or send her an email, she will happily reply.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The CEO Book Blitz +Giveaway

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Book Title: The CEO (The Game Changer)  
Author: Shealy James  
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: August 18, 2015 
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Eve Bryant finds herself moving across the country with only one goal—to rediscover herself and get her life back on track… Leaving a disastrous marriage, she swears off men and relationships, but when she meets sexy, charismatic Grant Mitchell, her new rules fly right out the window. Grant is a born and bred businessman, and he always gets what he wants… The moment he lays eyes on Eve, Grant is determined she will be his. She’s different from other women he knows—too stiff, too prim—but her smile pierces his heart and he longs to see what she’s like when she lets her hair down. They discover a powerful and undeniable connection, leading to a fast moving relationship that leaves Eve whirling in its wake. The odds are stacked against them, and trust is hard to come by. A woman scorned, a troubled ex-husband, and a mother bent on orchestrating her son’s future to suit her own agenda make for a very rocky road. The new couple may not last, no matter how strong their feelings for each other are. Grant is willing to fight to keep Eve in his life, but after recent events, Eve isn't sure she has any fight left to give.
Will outside forces drive Eve and Grant apart? Or will they learn there’s no love greater than the one you fight the hardest to keep?

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“With Eve's fire and Grant's cocky determination, this was a fast, fun, believable read. I don't generally go for the alpha males even if saying so does place me in a significant minority, but, in this book, Grant was perfect. I wouldn't mind meeting or dating an alpha male like him any day!”
-Written by Amelia for Summer’s Book Blog.
“This story made remember why I love to read romance!”
-Jennifer Jura, Reader
“I just spent all day reading this book for the second time. I loved it even more the second time around. The characters are well developed and pull you right in. Eve and Grant's story sizzles and I can't wait for the next book in the series!”
-Ryan Ringbloom, Author of Fake Boobs and Books, Blogs, and Reality
Meet the Author
Shealy James is a Georgia native who teaches math by day and writes romance at night. As an avid reader, expert on romantic comedy films, and lover of realistic characters who could be her best friends if only they really existed, Shealy appreciates when humor mixes with drama to guide her imaginary friends to their happy endings. And there must always be a happy ending. Shealy openly eats enough candy to feed a small nation, drinks sweet tea by the gallon, and hopes to hit 10,000 steps each day.

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