Texas Bossa Nova by Cynthia D’Alba – Release Day Blitz + Giveaway @CynthiaDAlba @BPICPromos


Texas Bossa Nova
by Cynthia D’Alba
Series: Texas Montgomery Mavericks, #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015

He plans to take the wander right out of her wanderlust.

Magda Hobbs’s job as ranch housekeeper—and its daily dose of cowboys—wreaked havoc on her libido. Especially one certain cowboy she couldn’t resist. Scared of going down the same path as her mother, Magda jumped on her motorcycle and hit the road.

Five months later, her father’s mild heart attack has forced her back to Whispering Springs. While she’s grateful for the cleaning job at one of the Montgomery ranch houses, she’s not so thrilled one of the cowboys she’s looking after is the one she fell for last spring.

Reno Montgomery’s parents hiring a housekeeper for him and his brother is a nice surprise, but he’s shocked to discover it’s Magda, the woman who up and left just when things were getting serious between them.

When a freak snowstorm cuts off the outside world, the isolation rekindles their desire. But when the weather and the roads clear, Reno has to work hard and fast to keep the woman of his dreams from accelerating right out of his life again.

Warning: Contains a woman born with a bad case of wanderlust, and a cowboy determined to show her that life’s a dance that doesn’t have to two-step her out of his life.

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Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler – Review + Giveaway


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GARDEN OF DEATHGarden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler
A Natural Remedies Mystery Book 3

PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF?

Murder is unearthed when an outspoken surgeon turns up dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal herb garden.

When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.

Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.

Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…

But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

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Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley – Release Day Event + Giveaway


Welcome to the release day event for Slayed on the Slopes by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is the second book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series. Slayed on the Slopes released March 31st by Kensington Publishing.

About the Book:
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers—Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!

Praise For Scene Of The Climb

“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal

Includes Adventure Guides!

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Welcome to the top of the world. Okay, well maybe not quite. Welcome to the top of Oregon. In the second installment of the PNW Mystery Series Meg Reed is on the slopes of Oregon’s highest peak—Mt. Hood. She’s on assignment for Northwest Extreme to cover an intensive training weekend with the Ridge Rangers, a group of mountain guides who are dedicated to helping novice climbers trek to the summit.

Meg has high hopes for her weekend at high altitude. She plans to cozy up in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate. She’s thrilled to be spending the weekend at the historic Timberline Lodge, one of Oregon’s most famed hotels and a national monument. 

The iconic lodge sits at 6,000 feet in elevation and is a testament to American craftsmanship and resolve. It was constructed in just fifteen months as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Unemployed workers from all over the country traveled to Mt. Hood to learn a new trade. They carted timber from the surrounding forest to carve out the lodge’s magnificent staircases and wood-beamed ceilings.

Today the lodge houses guests from all over the globe, making it one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. In partnership with the National Forest Service, Timberline maintains the same high-quality craftsmanship as it did back in the 1930s. All the brightly colored Pendleton blankets in each quest room are woven by hand. The lodge is like stepping back in time. Down each cheery hallway you’ll discover Native American artwork, vintage ski photos, wood carvings, and stunning views of the summit and the entire Cascade Mountain Range.

After a long day on the slopes, you can gather in front of the giant basalt fireplace with steaming mugs of hot cocoa to warm your hands, or head to the Blue Ox Bar or Ram’s Head for a pint of Ice Axe Ale. You can soak your toes in Timberline’s outdoor hot tub or take a refreshing swim in its year-round heated outdoor pool. There’s nothing more magical than swimming as snowflakes fall and skiers fly past you.


When Meg arrives at the lodge she learns that the Ridge Rangers are actually meeting at the Silcox Hut, which is located a thousand vertical feet above Timberline and accessible only by snowcat or the chairlift. Meg’s not a fan of heights, so she opts for a bumpy ride up to the remote hut in the snowcat. The SilcoxHut is equally charming and fashioned after the lodge. Maybe she’ll be able to have her relaxing weekend after all… or maybe she’s going to be in way over her head.


Don’t miss out on the first book, Scene of the Climb, available now!

About the Author:






Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first
book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Giveaway:
Winter warmer package- signed copy of Slayed on the Slopes, Signed copy of Scene of the Climb, Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix, Oregon Chai Tea, 1 Pound of Coffee and Collectable Mt. Hood art coaster (US)
Ends April 21, 2015

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Shady Cross by James Hankins – Review @James_Hankins_


Shady Cross by James Hankins – Review @James_Hankins_

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Shady Cross by James Hankins – Review @James_Hankins_Shady Cross by James Hankins
Published by Thomas & Mercer on February 24, 2015
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Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 298
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Tour
Rating: four-stars
In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else's money -- three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the cash. On the line, a little girl he doesn't know asks, "Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them the money they'll let you take me home."

From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

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Shady Cross by James Hankins is a suspenseful thriller that kept me turning the pages and wanting to see how it would play out. Stokes is an unlikely hero – a man with a checkered past who pulls off small con jobs to make his living. After one such job, he is heading home when he gets in an accident. He discovers a backpack full of cash along with a cell phone. When the phone rings, there is a scared little girl on the other end, asking if her Daddy is coming to get her.

Stokes is not a good guy. Even so, he struggles with what to do. He really wants to keep the money and skip town. But he also can’t get that little girl’s voice out of his head, along with the kidnappers’ threats. He feels obligated to do what he can to save her, even if he knows it’s probably not going to turn out well.

I ended up liking Stokes. I think what I liked best about him is that he is so flawed and he is not who you would expect to work at saving this little girl. But I think that because of his criminal history, he is able to do a lot of things along the way that most law-abiding citizens would never have done, even with a child’s life hanging in the balance.

The author does a great job of keeping the story suspenseful throughout. My heart was pounding and I kept turning page after page, wanting more of this story. This was a quick read for me because of that. The thriller aspect of the story was well done and I enjoyed the story. I would definitely read more in this genre from James Hankins.

About James Hankins

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Bestselling author James Hankins pursued writing at an early age. While attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he received the Chris Columbus Screenwriting Award. After career detours into screenwriting, health administration, and the law, Hankins recommitted himself to writing fiction. Since then, he has written three popular thrillers, each of which spent time in the Kindle Top 100. Additionally, Brothers and Bones received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named to their list of Best Books of 2013, while both Jack of Spades and Drawnwere Amazon #1 bestsellers. He lives with his wife and twin sons just north of Boston.

Rating Report
Plot
4.5 Stars
Characters
3.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
Pacing
4 Stars
Cover
4 Stars
Overall: 4

Kaylen’s Rising by Yves Robichaud – Excerpt + Giveaway


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Kaylen has been in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community despises his family, taunting him constantly. His parents keep him housebound, forbidding him from wielding sword or wand.

When he is finally allowed to attend school, the harsh truth reveals he has much to learn – including a unique magical ability. Kaylen can summon and control skeletons!

With surface-dwellers threatening war, he will need every friend he can make, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come.

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Royal Date by Sariah Wilson – Blitz + 2 Giveaways


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RoyalDateRoyal Date by Sariah Wilson
Publication date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?

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Blogging From A to Z – April 2015 Challenge


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I am really looking forward to participating in the Blogging From A to Z April 2015 Challenge this year. The challenge basically encompasses blogging every day of April (except Sundays). The challenge? Each day your blog post needs to correspond to that day’s letter. April 1st is something with the letter A, April 2nd is the letter B, etc. Sounds fun, right? For more information, click the button at the top of this post to visit the sign up post. There are over 1400 blogs participating so far.

I can’t wait to read other blog posts and network with other bloggers through this fun Blogging From A to Z challenge. Please let me know in the comments if you’re participating. I’d love to visit your blog during the challenge to cheer you on!


The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons – Review


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The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons – ReviewThe Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons
Series: What Happens in Vegas #1
Published by Entangled Lovestruck on March 24, 2015
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 100
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Rating: two-stars
In Vegas, nothing is what it seems...

After losing a bet, successful publisher Michael Chang is "pretending" to play the piano in a Vegas lounge in order to spy on his less-than-trustworthy employee. His espionage is quickly derailed after meeting Thea Danelle, an editor who's been wronged by Michael's company. She's smart and unpredictable…and clearly hiding a naughty side that tempts Michael to distraction.

Thea has gone from frumpy librarian to the young, wild thing she used to be—all thanks to the promise of sensuous delight in the piano player's eyes. And frankly, after losing yet another author to the competition, Thea is ready to forget her professional problems and explore those sexy promises thoroughly. With Michael, she can finally be herself...until the moment Thea learns who he really is.

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The Makeover Mistake by Kathy Lyons is the start of the What Happens in Vegas series and it is a novella. I struggled writing the review for this one. I was initially excited to receive this title for review, as I thought the premise of the story sounded like something I would really enjoy. When I first started reading, I did enjoy it, but then it just felt derailed.

I genuinely liked Thea and Michael. I just felt like their story wasn’t told in the way that I think I was expecting (and wanting) to hear it. It is novella length, and I was expecting a quick hook-up based on the synopsis and the beginning of the book, but it all just felt super rushed. The story just didn’t flow very well for me. I also felt misled based on the title/synopsis and the direction the book actually took with the ‘makeover’ concept.

Things I liked:
-Thea coming out of her shell
-Michael, except for the lying about who he is most of the book
-Hot sex scenes
-The book held my attention and was a quick read

I really wanted to like this one, but it just fell flat for me in too many areas. Maybe if the book had been novel length, and more could have happened to develop the characters and the story, it would have been something I enjoyed. I would be willing to try another book in this series.

About Kathy Lyons

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KATHY LYONS writes light, funny, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze. She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through.

She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee.

Visit them both on the web at www.kathylyons.com or www.jadeleeauthor.com!

Rating Report
Plot
1.5 Stars
Characters
2.5 Stars
Writing
2.5 Stars
Pacing
1 Stars
Cover
2.5 Stars
Overall: 2

Terror Never Sleeps by Richard Blomberg – Book Review


Terror Never Sleeps by Richard Blomberg – Book Review

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Terror Never Sleeps by Richard Blomberg – Book ReviewTerror Never Sleeps by Dr. Richard Blomberg
Series: A Jack Gunn Thriller Book 2
on February 15, 2015
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Genres: Thriller
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Tour
Rating: three-half-stars
Navy SEAL Jack Gunn's life is turned upside down when a terrorist group kidnaps his family and disappears without a trace. While Jack and his team search frantically for clues in Virginia, his wife Nina struggles to survive daily persecutions halfway around the world.

A military coup, propaganda, dirty bombs, and the launch of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal with one target--Israel--is all part of Rolf El-Hashem's master plan to blow the world back to the eighth century.

From Timbuktu to Diego Garcia to Pakistan, a race against the ultimate deadline unfolds. Jack Gunn must protect his country. Jack Gunn must protect his family. Jack Gunn is running out of time.

My Thoughts

Terror Never Sleeps by Richard Blomberg is the second book in the Jack Gunn Thriller series. I have not read the first book, Warpath, but I felt like this book did a good job of telling the back story and still being able to tell the current story. This is a military thriller that kept me guessing. I felt very invested in the characters and the outcome of this story from the beginning. I found myself looking forward to free moments during my day when I could pick up the book and continue reading. To me, that’s always the sign of a good book.

There were some minor things I didn’t like about the writing style, but overall I enjoyed the story enough to overlook these. I did feel that the story was a bit drawn out in some parts. I really liked that the author included a glossary. It was very helpful and I found myself flipping to it throughout the story. I think without it, I would not have been able to enjoy the story as much. Military thrillers are not books that I normally seek out, but Jack Gunn was a character I really liked and I would like to read more of the books in this series.

About Dr. Richard Blomberg

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Navy SEAL Jack Gunn’s life is turned upside down when a terrorist group kidnaps his family and disappears without a trace. While Jack and his team search frantically for clues in Virginia, his wife Nina struggles to survive daily persecutions halfway around the world.
A military coup, propaganda, dirty bombs, and the launch of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal with one target–Israel–is all part of Rolf El-Hashem’s master plan to blow the world back to the eighth century.
From Timbuktu to Diego Garcia to Pakistan, a race against the ultimate deadline unfolds. Jack Gunn must protect his country. Jack Gunn must protect his family. Jack Gunn is running out of time.

Rating Report
Plot
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
3.5 Stars
Pacing
3.5 Stars
Cover
2.5 Stars
Overall: 3.5