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★★ ELLIE MASTERS ★★
 
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Genre: Romantic suspense/thriller
Details: Full length, multi POV, standalone, HEA novel
Author: Ellie Masters
ARCs will be available for read/review third week in January.
Blurb:
Melissa is a victim, capable of attracting only the worst kind of man. She seeks redemption for crimes she did not commit.
CJ struggles to absolve himself of an unforgivable act. He seeks salvation through heroism, but fails every day.
Our prince, a man with the blackest of hearts and an endless capacity to inflict pain, seeks validation for his work. His corruption is absolute, but even he will sacrifice for love.
Meanwhile, a man of pure evil invades their lives, weaving his sinister threads and binding their futures.
But Fate has different plans for them all. As tornados tear through the town, their lives will be uprooted, twisted, and tangled beyond what any of them could foresee.
Buy Links:
Review By Tamye

⭐⭐⭐⭐ and 1/2⭐
(4.5 stars)

Intense! Page turning! Edge-of-your-seat heart-stopping Suspense!

From the first page to the last I was totally captivated.  This fast paced romantic suspense would not let me put it down.  I had to know what would happen next.

I liked the fact that while Melissa had complete confidence that C.J. Would dome to her rescue she wasn’t willing to rely solely on him and showed some backbone and worked with what, and who was at hand to save themselves when the opportunity presented itself.  As to whether that worked remains to be seen.  (Read the book)

The characters were real, with both flaws and strengths.  I laughed, awwwwwed, and “bawled my eyes out” at one point.  Needless-to-say, this book evoked a gamut of emotions.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic suspense.
Warning:  It can be very graphic in nature at times and is not for the faint-at-heart.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me in exchange for an unbiased review.

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CHANGING ROLES

Genre: Dark Romance/Mystery



BLURB:

Kate Summers’s career on the Police Force came to an implosive end when the Mayor’s wife exposed her secret life as the Mistress of Pain. Kate lost not only her detective’s badge, but something much more valuable. She lost her confidence as a Mistress of men.
She now scrapes by as a private investigator, feeding off the misery of others. When the Mayor and his wife ask her to investigate the murder of their daughter, Kate faces a difficult decision. To follow the leads, she must reenter the world that destroyed her career and go undercover as a submissive to a noted Dom. Only Kate swore she’d never endure the submissive role again.
Yet Jake Davenport is the one dominant fearless enough to not only challenge her rules, but break them. While accepting her new role and the erotic thrill it brings her is difficult enough, Jake’s complicated past raises many questions. As her investigation progresses, the man she’s fallen in love with might just be her number one suspect.

 

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An Angel Fire  Rock Romance

Genre: Contemporary Rock Romance

Blurb:
Skye Summers endured a tragic past. She wants what the past stole, and despite lingering scars, she’s surviving and thriving. Now she cures the sick, heals the wounded, and takes care of those clinging to life. The only person she can’t heal is herself, because Skye is too broken for love.
Ash Dean has it all: Fame, fortune, and the adoration of screaming fans. The constant parties, drugs, alcohol, and an endless string of one-night stands are taking their toll. He gives and his fans take, until he’s lost within the crowd. He wants someone to see him for the man he wishes to be rather than the one he’s become.
 

 

One fate…
Two lives…
Three Days…
That’s the proposition…

 

It would be insane to accept and Skye’s a fool to agree, but she’s tired of playing it safe, besides what could go wrong?
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ASHES TO NEW
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Genre: Women’s Lit/Abuse Survival
Blurb:
Ashes to New, prequel to Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance, is a story about the fiercest kind of love. It’s about enduring. Surviving. And never giving up. Elsbeth and Forest are two teenagers trapped within an abusive foster home. They endure tragedy, but find there is light in the darkest places. With hope is as limitless as the summer sky, all they need is the love of one another to survive.
Buy LInks:
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About the author:
ellie.jpgELLIE MASTERS is the bestselling author of Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance. She writes multiple genres, creating the stories she loves to read. These are dark erotic tales. Or maybe sweet contemporary stories. How about a romantic thriller to whet your appetite? Ellie writes it all. Want to read passionate poems and sensual secrets? She does that too. Dip into the eclectic mind of Ellie Masters, spend time exploring the sensual realm where she breathes life into her characters and brings them from her mind to the page and into the heart of her readers every day.
When not writing, Ellie can be found outside, where her passion for all things outdoor reigns supreme: off­ roading, ATV-ing, scuba diving, hiking, and breathing fresh air, are just a few of her favorite pursuits.
She has lived all over the United States, east, west, north, south and central, but grew up under the Hawaiian sun. Now, Ellie is proud to call herself a Southern transplant, learning to say y’all and ‘bless her heart’ with the best of them. She lives with her beloved husband, two children who refuse to flee the nest, and four fur-­babies; three cats who rule the household, and a dog who wants nothing other than for the cats to be his friends. The cats have a different opinion regarding this matter.
Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her mind to the page and hopefully into the hearts of her readers.

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Magic & Mayhem Kindle World Release Extravaganza

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Come party tonight in Robyn Peterman‘s Magic & Mayhem Kindle World.
These authors are a hoot and a half. So you know you’re going to have tons of fun!
Games and prizes. And FUN!!
6PM – 11PM EST – Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lineup of a Authors:
Robyn Peterman, Michele Bardsley, Saranna DeWylde, Renee George,
Cate Lawley, Heather Long, Cherie Marks, HM McQueen, Isabel Micheals,
Julia Mills, Virginia Nelson, Jordan K. Rose, Sharon Saracino, DC Thome,
Jodi Vaughn

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire!

Sable Hunter Presents Hell Yeah!World and a rafflecopter giveaway.

From the Shadows by Dawn Montgomery Dust on the Bottle by Lori King Her Hell No Cowboy by Donna Michaels

Hell Yeah! Kindle World Presented by Sable Hunter Connected by blood ties and bonds of friendship, the Hell Yeah! world chronicles the lives and loves of a family of Texas men and women, the McCoys, who live by the code of the cowboy. Adventure, unabashed sexual tension and tender intimacy plays out in a saga […]

via SABLE HUNTER PRESENTS HELL YEAH!KINDLE WORLD — Book Addict live

Donna Michaels – Want more cowbell?

Hi, everyone! I’d like to thank Delilah for hosting me again. It’s always fun to play on her blog! Today I thought I’d talk briefly about secondary characters and how they sometimes steal the show, book, movie…etc. Don’t you love them? You know who they are. R2D2. Jack the monkey from Pirates of the Caribbean.…

via Donna Michaels: Want more cow bell? — Delilah Devlin

Special Guests - CMC Featured Authors Julia Talbot and B.A. Tortuga

⛱___ Crafty Authors at the Beach ___⛱ With #CMCon2017 ‘Featured Authors’ B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot

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Welcome to “Crafty Authors Coffee Time with Tamye”.

Our special guests joining us today for coffee and crafts by the beach is not one but two “Featured Authors” for the upcoming Coastal Magic Convention, B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot.  

B.A. and Julia are here to share their latest books with us and their part in the special craft project Kiernan started last week to raffle off at Coastal Magic for charity.  So hang around to see what they’ve been up too. 

First off, let me tell you a little about this dynmic duo.

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B.A. Tortuga is texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head

Connect with B.A. Tortuga:
Facebook | Twitter |  Pinterest | Goodreads | Instagram
Check out her websites.
Rednecks and Romance |  Rednecks and Romance Blog

Find B.A.’s Books on:
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You can also find B.A. and Julia on the Evil Plot Bunny website. 

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Julia TalbotJulia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Dreamspinner Press, Resplendence (as Minerva Howe),  Changeling Press, and Samhain. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Julia also writes as Minerva Howe

Connect with Julia Talbot:
Facebook | Twitter |  Google + | Goodreads
Check out her website.

Find Julia’s Books on:
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Join B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot at Coastal Magic
in Daytona Beach February 2 -5, 2017.

You still have a chance to join B.A., Julia, and more awesome authors as well as some of your fellow readers for beachside bookish fun! Single Day and Combo Registrations are now available, but are limited! Choose the day (or days) that work best for you! We’d love to see you by the beach!!

See You At The Beach!!
Single and Combo Day Registrations for Coastal Magic Convention

B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot
crafting for Coastal Magic

B.A. & Julia shows us their contributions in the shared project they and fellow Club Raven author, Kiernan Kelly created to be raffled off for charity at Coastal Magic this February.

In case you missed Kiernan‘s video.  You can view it here


 🎈 New Release 🎈

Calling His Bluff  by B.A. Tortuga

A Club Raven Novel

Calling His Bluff by B.A. Tortuga

Patrick’s loss is Remy’s gain.

After his twin dies in battle, it’s Patrick Daniels’ duty to marry his brother’s fiancée. Too bad he can’t make himself do it, and in his distress, he manifests a psychic talent that’s stronger than the tornadoes in his native East Texas. Then a mysterious man from a place called Club Raven steps in and sweeps Patrick off to the booming East Coast city of Baltimore.

Club Raven veteran Remy Blanchard sees Patrick and knows, even though Patrick is very ill, that this is the challenge he’s been waiting for. He nurses Patrick back to health, and begins to teach Patrick to control his talent. His methods might be unconventional, and Patrick might be new to the kinds of sexual games Remy knows best, but the two of them find something in each other that might be just as magical as the gentleman’s club where they meet.

Excerpt:

The sheets were drenched, the world a violent place filled with tremors and waves of agony. Patrick twisted, trying to drive himself up, away from the sea of bites that covered his skin. He groaned when skeletal hands reached up from the depths to pull him back down. No. He wouldn’t go back.

Bébé. Bébé, you are a fighter, aren’t you? So strong.” The voice was soft, melodic, welcome. It had a lilt to it that pleased him, soothed him.

“Sing to me?” That voice could draw him up.

“Oh, bébé. I haven’t been asked that in a long, long time.”

“Please.” He couldn’t see the face that went with the voice but he knew it. Hot golden brown eyes, a strong jaw, wicked mouth. Hair like a raven’s wing. It made promises of things that were simply phantasms, but the sounds… Oh. The voice began to sing, a simple French lullaby, but so sweet. His tortured brain held onto the song, the melody a salve.

The grasping, bony hands clawing at him withdrew, and a kinder, warmer pair of hands began stroking his skin with a cool, wet cloth.

“It will be better soon, bébé. Mark my words.”

“They’re trying to drown me. I won’t let them.” Not when he could stay here. “Don’t stop.”

“You are safe from drowning, mark my words.”

“Am I?” He laughed, but the sound was dry as dust.

“I swear to you, by all I hold holy.”

Patrick opened his eyes, relieved to see the face matched his memory, blurry as it was. “You’re Mister Remy.”

“Very good.”

“I don’t feel well. I feel awful and guilty somehow.” He felt as if he’d gone and done something wicked and evil.

“Guilt is not for men like us, bébé. Let it be gone and you will feel better.” Remy stroked the cool cloth over his burning skin again.

“Is it so easy?”

“No, but then again, it doesn’t need to be difficult, either.” The cloth disappeared, and Remy held a glass of water to his lips. “If you practice, it becomes easier.”

The cool water eased him, splashed deep in his belly. He breathed deep for the first time since he’d awakened. “Better.”

“It is.”

The cloths were changed, the cool rags making him gasp. He clenched and unclenched his hands, trying to adjust.

“I know, bébé. I went through just this before I left San Francisco. Unlike you, I did it to myself, no?”

“Why? Why would you?”

“I was feeling guilt. You see? Totally useless emotion.”

“Indeed. Guilt is…” He had so many reasons for it—Henry, Caroline, his father’s eternal disappointment.

“We’ll work on it together. After you heal.”

“Soon? How long can this linger?”

“Not long.” Remy smiled, one hand resting on Patrick’s chest. “Not as strong as you are.”

A tingle made his muscles twitch and he pulled away from the wicked thoughts the dark hand on his chest drew forth.

“Did I hurt?” Remy asked, concern clear.

“No. No.” No, that was a comfort, down deeper than skin.

“Ah, good.” Remy began to hum again, that voice smoothing over every rough nerve.

The peace made him blink, made his eyelids heavy. All he did now was sleep and dream, but he was so tired. Remy was there watching over him.

“Be at ease, bébé.”

You help.” The words popped out, and he tried not to worry about saying them.

“Good. I want to, hmm?”

“Thank you.” He blinked again and again, but couldn’t focus, so he finally let his lashes fall since they were so heavy.

“Easy. Easy, bébé. Breathe.”

“Stay with me.” He shouldn’t ask, but he did. He needed Remy with him.

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You can also get it from the Evil Plot Bunny website which offers a variety of book formats.
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 🎈 New Release 🎈

Happy Medium by Julia Talbot

A Club Raven Novel

Happy Medium by Julia Talbot

Andrew is out to debunk Max as a medium, not make love to him…

Max Bellame is working his way through 1870s Baltimore as a medium, even if he knows nothing about spirits. He uses the power of his mind to move objects, convincing his clients he’s the real thing. He’s making a living, but sooner or later he always has to move on. Something always happens. Usually a disaster.

Andrew Meechum works for Club Raven, a gentleman’s club that doubles as a paranormal research facility. He sets out to debunk Max, only to be fascinated by the man. Can Andrew convince Max to take a chance on love, and to find his true calling as a medium, or will their personal demons force them apart?

Excerpt:

The low gaslight in the creaky old parlor cast the perfect glow on the round table, lending atmosphere to the cheap crimson cloth Max had draped over it. A candle or two would complete the look, but he wouldn’t light them until immediately before the family assembled in the room.

He surveyed the seating. Seven chairs.

Max blinked, then frowned. He’d been told five family members and himself. Where had the extra chair come from and why?

He ducked back across the hall into the men’s parlor, where he’d asked the family to allow him to be alone to prepare for the séance. Max took a deep breath, rubbing his fingertips over his watch chain, which hung across his waistcoat. Changing the plan was against the rules. The Marsten family should know that. He’d been incredibly clear. After another inhalation, he knelt beside the large carpet bag holding all his tricks and pulled out a piece of white cheesecloth and a small glass orb. Those would serve as his floating spirit. The glass orb would be far more mysterious than the rubber balls some of his contemporaries used. He needed these and a picture of the deceased.

Many men had tried to debunk the Mesmerizing Maximillian and failed. That was because, while he might not be able to talk to the dead, Max didn’t have to resort to wires and dressed up actors for his tricks. He rubbed his fingers against his thumb, feeling his calluses slide together. Then he stopped, glaring at his hand. No tells. No nervous habits. Get this over with, get the other half of his payment, and move on.

Closing his eyes, he rubbed his hands on his pants, then nodded sharply. Time to set up. Max grabbed some tallow candles scented with a tiny bit of sage, the orb and cloth, and a few other tricks from his bag.

Thank God the parlor was still empty. The family waited in the dining room for his signal, sipping port or brandy in an effort to steel their nerves, no doubt. Contacting a dead relation always gave people pause, and for good reason. Inviting such things into your home, finding out information you didn’t want to know, was always a risk. Even with a charlatan like him, there was a chance of summoning something real. When that happened, if it did, his only backup plan was to run.

He thought of what had happened in Philadelphia and shuddered.

Max couldn’t think of that now. Candles, drunkards’ matches, the orb hidden behind the biggest chair. He placed a few atmospheric touches about, then lowered the gas lamps in the chamber.

Time to go get the family. He needed to lead them in, sort them out so they sat where he needed them to.

He strode to the dining room and knocked on the door, which swung open easily. Clearly the portal was meant to allow servants easy access with trays. This had been a proud house once, beautiful. Now it was run down and sad.

“I’m ready, Mr. Marsten,” Max murmured in a low, respectful tone.

“Thank you.” The gentleman of the house rose, his moustache twitching with distaste. Clearly he was indulging his wife with this séance; the lady in question still wore deep mourning rather than the gray and lavender sported by the other family members, so even though the death had been some time ago, she was unwilling to let go.

A man Max hadn’t met rose from the table with the daughter and two spinster aunts. Tall, broad through the shoulders, he had the carriage of a soldier, not a bit of slouch about him. He held his hat in his hand, and his hair, cut too short for fashion, shone bright gold under the gas lamps. His handsome face creased in a smile, lines crinkling up beside his blue eyes and his mouth.

“I hope you don’t mind that Miss Marsten invited me to attend,” the fellow said. “Andrew Meechum, at your service.”

“Maximilian.” He nodded curtly, noting that Mr. Meechum didn’t specify which Miss Marsten had asked him along. Both spinster aunts and the daughter went by that designation, so the ruse was a clever one, since all three ladies wiggled and fluttered when Meechum said the name. “I wish I had been informed ahead, but no matter if you come with an open mind.” Max gave a strained smile.

“I do.” Meechum spread his hands, apparently trying to look harmless. He managed about as well as a fox in the henhouse. “I am entirely at your disposal.”

“Mmm.” Max turned on his heel and left the room, the ladies preceding the gents as they all trooped over to the parlor. He stopped to light matches, touching them to the candlewicks. One of the spinsters, he could remember neither name, lowered the gas lamps even more, and the atmosphere changed immediately.

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You can also get it from the Evil Plot Bunny website which offers a variety of book formats.
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Come join us at the Coastal Magic Convention, February 2nd – 5th, in Daytona Beach. It’s going to be an absolute blast. #CMCon2017

Don’t miss your chance to meet over 50 fabulous urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance authors at Coastal Magic! This super casual book-lover weekend happens on Daytona Beach and gives everyone the chance to hang out with fellow readers and amazing storytellers.

LIMITED REGISTRATION is still available! If you haven’t been to Coastal Magic yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.  Be sure to keep up with all things Coastal Magic, by following it via your own personal social media drug of choice: 

Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | RSVP at the Facebook Event.


Thanks for sharing with us B.A. and Julia.  I look forward to seeing you both in Daytona.

Thanks to everyone who joined us today. I always want to know what you think.  

What do you do with the swag you get from conventions and book signings?  Have you ever used them in a craft?  We’re going to be playing “Swag Bingo” or something of that nature at the convention next weekend. Sounds like fun. I’ll be sure to tell you about everything after I return.

Please feel free to leave a comment and a picture of anything you’ve made with some of your author swag.

Special Guest CMCon2017 Featured Author Kiernan Kelly

⛱___ Crafty Authors at the Beach ___⛱ With #CMCon2017 ‘Featured Author’ Kiernan Kelly

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Welcome to “Crafty Authors Coffee Time with Tamye”.

Our special guest joining us today for coffee and crafts by the beach is another “Featured Author” for the upcoming Coastal Magic Convention, Kiernan Kelly.  I’m so excited she accepted my invitation to join us today.

Kiernan’s a very gifted author and crafter and has come up with a very special craft project to share with us later. 

For now, let me tell you a little about this creative lady.

Kiernan Kelly

Kiernan Kelly lives in Florida among the alligators and palmetto bugs with her husband and a Shar Pei-Labrador puppy who thinks she’s a person (the dog, not Kiernan. Kiernan knows she’s a person. At least, she is after she’s had her daily dose of caffeine).

Kiernan spends most of her time writing gay erotic romance while chained to a computer in the dark recesses of her office, which her children have dubbed, “The Gay Cave.”

Her stories of gay romance envelop diverse themes, varying from paranormal to fantasy, and science fiction to contemporary romance, with thirteen novels currently in print and ebook, and over sixty shorter works available in both mediums. She has published with a variety of houses, including Torquere Press, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, Loose-Id, Starbooks Press, Cleis Press, and Circlet. Her horror short story release, “Cletus,” appears in the Coscom Publishing’s book “Bits of the Dead.”

Connect with Kiernan:
Facebook | Twitter |  Google + | Goodreads
Check out her website.

Find Kiernan’s Books on:
amazon111x30Barnes & NobelIndieBoundBooks-A-MillionDreamspinner Press

You can also find Kiernan on the brand spanking new Evil Plot Bunny website. Today is it’s debut so be sure to go by and check it out.

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Join Kiernan at the Coastal Magic Convention
in Daytona Beach February 2 -5, 2017.

Last chance to get your ticket for the full weekend is January 20th.

Coastal Magic Convention 2017

 

Kiernan Kelly crafting for Coastal Magic

Kiernan shows us her contribution in the three-person project she and fellow Club Raven authors, BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot are creating to be raffled off for charity at Coastal Magic this February.


BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be joining me later this week with their contributions.  I can’t wait to see what they do.

 🎈 New Release 🎈

Wishful Thinking by Kiernan Kelly

A Club Raven Novel

Wishful Thinking by Kiernan Kelly

Summary:  

Tony Brazzio, co-owner of Club Raven, Baltimore’s premiere men’s club in 1875, has a pocketful of cash and a chip on his shoulder. He’s out to prove to his co-owners — and himself — that he’s not a fluke, that anyone can be successful give the opportunity, no matter how poor his beginnings.

Bull O’Brian and Dandy Gilroy are two hoodlums from the rough streets of New York’s Five Points. They’re pickpockets by trade, and both possess psychic talents that make them two of the best. When Tony offers to bring them to Baltimore and give them the chance at a life of riches in polite society, they jump at the chance, if only to steal the members of Club Raven blind.

The best of plans rarely work the way they’re intended, and things swiftly go from bad to worse for Dandy and Bull. There’s murder afoot and a detective on their trail, and not even copious amounts of hot, sweaty sex can ease their fear or guilt.

As for Tony, he’s faced with admitting his experiment is a failure, something he’s loathe to do. It’ll take a great deal of persuasion, a little luck, and a lot of lube to make sure his plans for Dandy and Bull become more than just wishful thinking.

Excerpt: 

Tony sat on a stool in Club Raven’s huge kitchen. A plate piled high with fragrant spaghetti Bolognese sat in front of him, accompanied by another dish holding an array of meatballs, sausage, and braciole. He held a tiny saucer full of grated cheese, and drizzled some over the top of the spaghetti with a delicate silver spoon.“Mama, it smells delicious.”

A very round woman hovered nearby. She wore a black silk faile mourning dress, and a long white apron. Her only jewelry was a simple gold wedding ring, a broach fashioned from human hair that was pinned to her ample bosom, and a pair of black rosary beads she kept in her apron pocket. Her gray-streaked black hair was neatly braided and pinned into a coronet encircling her head. She flicked her fingers impatiently toward his plate. “Si, si. Mangiare.”

Tony chuckled. “Si, si. I’m eating, Mama. You’re going to make me fat.” He twirled his fork in the pasta and lifted it to his mouth. His eyes closed in near ecstasy at his first taste. Nobody cooked like his mama. It was why he brought her to Club Raven as his private chef. She had a nice little apartment behind the kitchen. This way he could see to her needs, and didn’t have to worry about her living in Five Points, but she could still feel useful.

Perché hai portatoquei due ragazzi irlandesi qui?” She made the forked sign of protection with her fingers. “Sono problemi.

“I know the two Irish boys are trouble.” He smiled at her, then speared a piece of sausage on his fork. “I need to make them respectable. Rispettabile, you understand?”

Stai andando a mettere se stessi in difficoltà, Antonio.

“I won’t get myself in trouble, Mama.  I told you—I’m one of the owners in this place.” He shook his head. Mama just couldn’t believe that her son, poor little Anthony Brazzio from Five Points, could co-own a magnificent building like Club Raven. It was as if Mama spent her days with one eye always looking for the trouble she was sure was coming. “I admit, though, I’m wondering if maybe I made a mistake bringing them here. They’re up to something, I can feel it.”

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You can also get it from the Evil Plot Bunny website which offers a variety of book formats.
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Come join us at the Coastal Magic Convention, this February in Daytona Beach. It’s going to be an absolute blast. #CMCon2017

Don’t miss your chance to meet over 50 fabulous urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance authors at Coastal Magic next February! This super casual book-lover weekend happens on Daytona Beach and gives everyone the chance to hang out with fellow readers and amazing storytellers.

REGISTRATION is open until January 20th! If you haven’t been to Coastal Magic yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.  Be sure to keep up with all things Coastal Magic, by following it via your own personal social media drug of choice: 

Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | RSVP at the Facebook Event.


Thanks for joining us today, Kiernan.  I look forward to seeing you in Daytona come February.

For those that can’t make the convention, you can still join in the fun by joining our 2017 Featured Authors Reading Challenge.  It’s open to everyone.

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Thanks to everyone who joined us today. I always want to know what you think.  

What do you do with the swag you get from conventions and book signings?  Have you ever used them in a craft?  Please feel free to leave a comment and a picture of anything you’ve made with some of your author swag.
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AWKward, Victoria by Emme Burton Release Blitz ~ Review by Tamye

AWKward Victoria by Emme Burton

Title: AWKwaRd, Victoria

Author: Emme Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

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Synopsis

Merde!

That’s exactly what Max Devereux’s former life was-pure crap.

He’s re-invented himself. Now he’s the Premier Danseur and Choreographer at the hottest ballet company in Chicago.

He’s also a premier player. All the dancers know it.

Moving from girl to girl. Bed to bed. No one has ever compelled him to be faithful.

No one has ever felt like home.

His stunning boss and artistic director, Mariette Gallant, bets him he’ll be in love in three months.

The prize if he doesn’t?

A night with Mariette. Max takes the bet-eagerly. This will be an easy win.

Enter Awkward.

Victoria Awkward.

The gorgeous, strawberry blonde ballerina with the unfortunate last name.

She is ANYTHING but Awkward and she can dance and charm as well as he can.

The best way to motivate Max to do something is to forbid him.

Mariette has put Miss Awkward off limits.

All bets are off.

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Excerpt

The alarm on Victoria’s cell phone goes off. She’s set it to go off every night at eleven forty-five so she can get home by midnight. Tonight when it sounds, she groans and drops her head to my chest in frustration.

I lift her head with both hands and bring her gaze to mine. “I know you have to go, but before you do, one more lesson from the teacher.” I run a thumb across her soft, full lips and then lower my head to allow my lips to take its place. The kiss is soft and lingering, and just as I believe it to be ending, my awkward girl surprises me and opens her lips ever so slightly to allow me to taste her sweet mouth and tongue fully. She steps back even as she kisses me more.

“Mmm.” She breaks our kiss. “I don’t want to go, but I have to.”

“I understand.” I turn her toward her dance bag and give her a little nudge. The last thing I want to do is have her mother get upset and refuse to let her out at night to rehearse, or worse, tell Mariette.

She slings her bag over her shoulder and blows me a kiss.

I catch it. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Yes, tomorrow. No boxing tonight.”

“Don’t worry, Miss Awkward. I have no desire to box tonight.”


Review By Tamye

AWKwaRd, Victoria

by Emme Burton

☕☕☕☕

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

Fantabulously fun read.  Which is surprising, since by the end of the first chapter I was thinking, “What the heck!  This guy’s a total jerk!  I agreed to review this, Why?” But I had promised to review the book.  And I believe in sticking with it, and seeing a book through.  Luckily in this case, I was rewarded.  Without the author showing us what a total smuck Max Devereaux is.  We wouldn’t be able to appreciate how much he has to grow to become worthy of winning the prize.  As to what that prize is, you’ll have to read the book to find out what the true prize is.

Even though I couldn’t stand the hero at first, I was pulled in and held captive by the writing itself.  As I shook my head over Max’s caveman like behavior, I eagerly kept turning the pages, waiting eagerly to see how Victoria Awkward would reactive to his antics, and what hoops she would make him crawl through to gain her attention and affection.

All in all.  I came to love the main characters, and enjoyed reading about Max’s journey down the road of love.  There are a few surprises, that give the story a nice twist as well.

I definitely recommend this book to contemporary romance and dance readers and look forward to reading more books by this author.

Disclaimer:  I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

About The Author

Emme

Emme Burton is the author of the bestselling Romantic Comedy/New Adult Novel, SNACK, the Better Than Series: BETTER THAN ME (Book 1), FIX IT FOR US (Book 2), and STILL INTO YOU (Book 3) and an author in the #1 bestselling anthology, HOOK & LADDER 69. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing husband and sons, and her “fur boy.” Emme has never, ever been lost in a mall either as a child or an adult. Her mother, and now her family, have always known where to find her. At the bookstore.

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Title: SENSUAL SECRETS: Not Your Mother’s Coffee Table Book
Author: ELLIE MASTERS
EBOOK Release Date: 1 January, 2017
Genre: ROMANCE, SHORT STORIES AND POEMS, PICTURE BOOK, 104 pages
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Ellie Masters has been exploring the worlds of romance, dark erotica, science fiction, and fantasy by writing the stories she likes to read. When not writing, Ellie can be found outside, where her passion for all things outdoor reigns supreme: off­ roading, ATV-ing, scuba diving, hiking, and breathing fresh air, are just a few of her favorite pursuits.
Wife, lover, and mother are her most treasured roles, but Ellie has played many parts: counter-girl at McDonalds, a research assistant in a Nanofabrication facility, rocket scientist, physician, and now a published author with the release of her debut novel Changing Roles. Ellie is adding to her publications, HEART’S INSANITY: an Angel Fire Rock Romance coming August 2016.
She has lived all over the United States, east, west, north, south and central, but grew up under the Hawaiian sun. Now, Ellie is proud to call herself a Southern transplant, learning to say y’all and ‘bless her heart’ with the best of them. She lives with her beloved husband, two children who refuse to flee the nest, and four fur-­babies; three cats who rule the household, and a dog who wants nothing other than for the cats to be his friends. The cats have a different opinion regarding this matter.
Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her mind to the page and hopefully into the hearts of her readers.

 

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The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook 🍴 Book Tour and Review

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The Asian Slow Cooker by Kelly Kwok

Review by Tamye
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Fantastic cookbook! Beautifully laid out, well written, with easy to follow instructions.

I was very impressed with this cookbook. The photographs were drool inspiring, and made me eager to try each and every recipe. The recipes themselves were easy to understand, with great tips to make the best meal possible. In fact the only thing difficult I found with this book, was deciding which recipe to try first.

The first section of the book was filled with some of my favorite take out recipes. Now I can make them at home. Next was one of my favorite sections. “5 Ingredients or Less”. I don’t know about you, but I love the ease of making a yummy meal, without a lot of fuss. I recommend the Ginger- Glazed Cod or Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks. If you like pumpkin, you will love the Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup. The next section was “One-Pot & Skillet Meals” which was filled with a medley of tasty favorites and new-to-me recipes. The “Skip the Stove-top” section offered up a great selection of warm tummy fillers, without firing up the stove. I’m in love with my slow cooker again. No standing at the stove, stirring every other minute to prepare mouth watering, hot meals. “Fiery Favorites” supplies a flavorful mixture of tease the palate with differing levels of heat. “Meatless Mondays” has something in it for everyone, not just vegetarians, such as “Mango Sesame Lentil Lettuce Wraps” and “Teriyaki Pineapple Portobello Burgers”. The “Sensational Soups” section is perfect for the colder months, when I crave homemade soup. Then to finish things off, “Delectable Desserts”. Basically YUM! I can’t wait to try the “Black Sesame Brownies”.

All the recipes were easy to follow. But what I found really nice was the Slow Cooker Basics, as well as the concise section on “Stocking Your Pantry for Asian Cooking” and the index. Because face it. I did not grow up making Asian food. I went to a restaurant to get my cravings satisfied. Now I can meet them at home, without a ton of fuss.

I highly recommend this book for the beginner to the advanced cook.
Enjoy! I know I am.

*disclosure: I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.


The Asian Slow Cooker CoverThe Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home.

With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.

You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice.

There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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Kelly Kwok

Bio: Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You
can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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