martedì 28 febbraio 2017

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Chain Reaction by Tara Wyatt



ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Chain Reaction
Author: Tara Wyatt
Series: Bodyguard #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market
Price: $7.99 (mass market)

SHE NEEDS A LOVER AND A FIGHTER

Blonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protective nature-and the hard, chiseled muscles to back it up.

 Zack has always been wildly attracted to Alexa. But since he's training day and night to be an MMA fighter, he's afraid his gorgeous friend will only distract him from his goal. Indescribably sweet and irresistibly sexy, Alexa needs Zack to pretend to be her boyfriend after her life is threatened. Now this fighter-in-training will have to fight his own intense feelings-to keep their little charade from turning into a major disaster . . .


BODYGUARD SERIES

Bodyguard #3


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Excerpt

She leaned her back against the door and shut her eyes, her face ghostly white. Her hands shook as she adjusted the strap of her purse on her shoulder.
Frowning, Zack shoved his hands into the pockets of his jeans and headed toward her. She smiled weakly when she saw him, her lips twitching up for a second, but the smile didn’t reach her eyes. Her fingers curled around the strap of her purse, her knuckles going the same shade of white as her face. Something hot and protective tightened his chest, and for a crazy second, he wanted to reach out and pull her into his arms, to promise her that, whatever it was, she’d be okay.
Instead he stopped a few feet in front of her, his hands still in his pockets. “Alexa? You okay?”
Her eyes met his, and she sucked in a shaky breath. “I...Oh God.” She pressed her hands to her face and let out a soft sob, her shoulders trembling.
Zack yanked his hands from his pockets and pulled Alexa into his arms, cradling her against his chest. She felt so tiny, so vulnerable. She barely reached his shoulder despite the fact that she had heels on.
“What happened? Did someone hurt you?” he whispered into her light-blond hair, so fine and soft under his fingers as he stroked the back of her head. So help him God, if someone had hurt her, he would make them bleed.
She pulled back, just enough to look up at him, and he noticed the mascara smudged under her eye. He left his arms around her. It would’ve felt wrong to take them away.
She shook her head slowly, her bottom lip caught between her teeth. “I...don’t think...I can’t.”
“Do you want to go outside? Get some fresh air?” Maybe if she calmed down a little, she’d be able to tell him what the hell had her so...It was more than upset.
The poor girl was fucking spooked.
She hesitated a second before nodding. Without a word he tucked her under his arm, shielding her from the view of the other party guests. He led her down a hallway off the foyer and into the garage, where a side door led into the quiet, dark backyard. The noise from the party filtered out through the open windows, mingling with the soft gurgle of water from the pool. A cool spring breeze rustled the palm fronds and teased Alexa’s shoulder-length hair around her jaw. She brushed it aside as he led her to a stone bench off to the right, their backs to the house.
For several moments they just sat, Alexa sniffling and staring blankly at the still water of the pool. Zack stroked a hand up and down her back, hoping to comfort her in some way. He’d spent the past year as a bodyguard honing his protective instincts, and they now came to life, alarm bells ringing through his skull. Something was very, very wrong.
When she finally spoke, she surprised him with her question. “Who’s the party for? Sierra was cagey about it on the phone earlier.”
Zack glanced back at the house. “Oh. Uh, for Taylor and Colt. They got married in Vegas last weekend.”
Alexa’s head whipped around. “What? But didn’t they just get together?”
“Yeah.”
“They’re crazy.” She shook her head, but he could hear the smile in her voice.
“That’s what I said.”
Gently, she laid a hand on his arm, the tips of her fingers warm against his skin. “Are you okay?”
Fuck, she was so sweet. He was supposed to be comforting her and finding out why she’d suddenly burst into tears, and she was worried about him because his ex-girlfriend had eloped.
He laid a hand over hers, allowing himself the luxury of tracing his thumb over her delicate knuckles. “I’m fine. Just surprised, like everyone, I think. You gonna tell me what’s wrong?”
She sighed heavily. “I don’t even know where to start.” “Beginning’s usually a good place.”
She scoffed out a laugh. “That would take too long.”
He turned to face her. “Did someone hurt you? What happened, Alexa?”A tremble coursed through her, and he wished he were wearing more than a T-shirt and jeans so that he had a jacket or a sweater to offer her. But he didn’t, so instead he pulled her close and tucked her against him. “Please tell me. I want to help.”

She swallowed thickly and looked up at him, meeting his gaze. “I...I think my dad’s a murderer and that I might be in a lot of trouble.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Wyatt has been making up love stories ever since she fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys almost twenty years ago. Winner of the Unpublished Winter Rose Award, Linda Howard Award of Excellence and the Heart of the West Award, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the cutest dog in the world and a husband that makes all of her heroes look like chumps.


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Review & Giveaway: The Second Time Around by Ella Quinn


The Second Time Around
by Ella Quinn

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .

Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .

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My Review:

I love historical novels and Ella Quinn in particular, her stories are original and very engaging. I really loved this story of love between two people no longer young.
Richard and Patience were in love but he felt the need to travel and know the world. When he returned she was going to marry the Earl of Worthington and her parents didn't allow him to approach her. Now she is a widow and free to fall in love again, even though she lives with her stepson because  her daughters are under his protection. If she marry again will have to leave them to live with him. Who can marry a widow with four daughters if not her first love? But worth the risk of losing her daughters forever?
The protagonists are well characterized, adorable, believable, and their attraction to each other sizzled. I loved them from the first page. 
It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the series in order to better appreciate the plot.
An engaging, delightful and brilliant Regency Romance of a second chance in love.



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EXCERPT:

Patience gasped. Not loudly, she was much too self-contained to draw attention to herself. But Richard could feel her pulse jump, and he was pleased that he still had the ability to shake her calm, to make her react to him. He wondered if her old husband had been able to command her attention in the same way. The corners of his lips twitched. Probably not. Whether she knew it or not, she was his and always had been.

If only he hadn’t been such an idiot. Who forgets the year of his beloved’s come out? A young man who had traveled halfway across the world looking for adventure, that was who. By the time he had returned home, it was just days before her marriage to Lord Worthington. He had argued with her father to be able to see her, but it was as if her parents had locked her in the house. When they’d traveled to Town for the wedding, he had followed. However, his pains had been to no avail. Neither her mother nor father was going to let him ruin their plans for Pae. After all, an earl outranked the heir to a viscount. There was also the scandal that would ensue if she broke the betrothal just days before the nuptials. He would not have cared, but he was the only one. Even his parents would have been appalled if Pae jilted Worthington for Richard.

Too late. That is what everyone had told him. But he wasn’t too late now.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016.

 She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

    

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lunedì 27 febbraio 2017

2017 Steampunk Reading Challenge


Challenge Guidlines:

  1. This challenge will run from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017. Signups will be open until December 1st, 2017.
  2. Anyone can enter, as long as you are posting your reviews/book talks somewhere that you can link to them. Whether that is on your blog, Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon, etc.
  3. Rereads are allowed as long as you have a review/book talk to go along with that for the 2017 year.
  4. The link ups for each quarter will go live on the first day of each quarter. And they will be open until the next link up is live.
  5. Use #2017SRC on social media to show off your updates for the challenge and of course to make more friends!

Levels:

1-5 – Shipmate
6-10 – Navigator
11-15 – Mortician
15-20 – Electrologist
21-25 – Aetherist
26+ – Aeronaut
I'm going for Shipmate Level 


domenica 26 febbraio 2017

2017 SPOOKS, HOWLS, AND FANGS Reading Challenge

Hosted by Renee at Addicted to Romance.


This is a reading challenge for those fun and sexy PNR reads. This is a way for us to challenge ourselves to read more books with those creatures of the night that we can’t get enough of. This can include many variety of options for you. Whether it be vampires, shape shifters, ghosts, demons, fae, gargoyles and more!! You get to choose what you read, the only stipulation is that it has to be romance.

CHALLENGE DETAILS
  • 5 books minimum to read
  • Must have paranormal aspects, and the focus must be a romance.
  • No limits on the type of book: whether it be audio, printed or e book. ARC’s are also included
  • Re reads can be part of the challenge.
  • Any reader can change their level, if needed.
  • Keep track of your progress through Goodreads and/or your personal blog or website.
LEVELS
  • 5-15 Books- A Shifter Cub Taking Risks In The Forests
  • 20-40- A 200 year old vampire Seeking Blood In The Dark Of Night
  • 50-70 A Shifter Wolf Finding His Mate
  • 80+ An Alpha Leader Bulletproof When It Comes To His Pack

I'm choosing 5-15 Books- A Shifter Club Taking Risks In The Forests

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE READING CHALLENGE 2017

This is a challenge hosted by Renee at Addicted to Romance




This challenge is to try out those books that were published before 2008. This challenge is to be centered around historical romance.  There are many wonderful romance that have become forgotten or not top priority. This is a way for those to discover those hidden gems. Any of these books can be from your aging TBR pile or they can be recently added to your wishlists. Any historical romance published before 2008 counts.

CHALLENGE DETAILS
  • Choose at least 5 books…Minimum.
  • Only romance books, and must have been published before 2008.
  • Must be a historical romance, but no limits to any time period or sub genre.
  • Click HERE to sign up!!!

LEVELS
  • 5-10 Books-The Newbie Looking For Swoon Worthy Adventure.
  • 11-20-Seeking Passion on the High Seas.
  • 30-45- The Pirate, Scot, and Duchess of Love
  • 50-100+ Full Era Traveler of Romance and Passion.

I have chosen Seeking Passion on the High Seas

Author Love Challenge 2017


The Rules

  • Pick an author that you love and wish you’d read more of their books
  • Set a goal to read x number of books by that author by the end of the year. You can make your goal to read all their books, but all we ask is that your goal be at least 5.
  • Announce your participation, author, and goal in a blog post, goodreads post, FB post, etc. and link up below.
  • Have fun finally catching up with a favorite author!
I have chosen Philippa Gregory

I would like to read
The Constant Princess
The Queen's Fool 
The Virgin's Lover
The White Queen
The Lady Of The River
The Kingmaker's Daughter
The White Princess



2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge


2017 Resolutions Challenge hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road and Michelle @Because Reading.

You can sign up HERE anytime between December 1st to March 1st, the challenge starts January 1st and ends December 31st. The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is about setting New Years Resolutions for reading, blogging, and writing.

Reading Goals:
  • Read up to 15 books per month.
  • Finish at least 6 series.
  • Complete at least 15 reading chiallenge this year.
  • Join in at least 3 read-a-thons
  • Get my NetGalley percentage up to 80%.
  • Read 2 Classic book per month
  • Read 1 book by Agatha Christie per month.
  • Read 3 books a month that were on my Kindle at the beginning of the year 
Blogging Goals
  • Write up at least 3 reviews a week.
  • Join a book meme every day.
  • Join a book tag per week
  • Review at least 15 arc review copies that I received prior to this year
  • Create a Blog/Review Schedule
  • Participate in the Blog Ahead Challenge to get 30 posts ahead.
  • Update Review and Challenge pages once a month.
  • Cross post all reviews to Amazon and Goodreads
Personal:
  • Open a channel on youtube and upload at least one video per month
  • Try out some resin creations
  • Try to do some scrapbooking projects
  • Decorate every week at least one planner
I'll start from March 1, 2017

venerdì 24 febbraio 2017

Read Scotland Reading Challenge 2017

Host: Peggy Ann @ Peggy Ann's Post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017
Sign Up: here 


Read and review Scottish books, written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration), or about or set in Scotland. Any genre or format. Books read may overlap with other challenges, and you don't need a blog to participate. 

There are several levels to choose from:
  1. Just A Keek (a "little look"): 1-5 books
  2. The Highlander: 6-10 books
  3. The Hebridean: 11-15 books
  4. Ben Nevis: 16-20 books
  5. Back O' Beyond: 21+ books
I love Scotland. I'm signing up at the "The Highlander" level (6-10 books).


giovedì 23 febbraio 2017

Review & Giveaway: Lizzie's Earl by Fiona Miers


Lizzie's Earl
by Fiona Miers

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GENRE:   Regency Romance

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BLURB:

She's a widow seeking a gentleman to give her the family she wants and enjoy life on her country estate. He's a London rakehell seeking a wife he can wed, bed and forget. Who will prevail?

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My Review:

It was a really enjoyable read, romantic and passionate, very intriguing, the author was very good at capturing the reader's attention right from the prologue.
Rupert has just turned twenty-one years and is looking forward to starting his life as a bachelor. But his elder brother's wife has just given birth to their fifth daughter and he decides that Rupert will be his heir. He absolutely must get married. They manage to reach an agreement: he can marry at thirty, has nine years of freedom. When the deadline has come, he meets a very charming woman. Elizabeth is just come out of mourning and want to marry a simple and sweet man who is able to give her the family she so desires. Will she manages to turn Rupert in a perfect husband?
Rupert is a charming man with two beautiful blue eyes but is very stubborn and hates engage. Elizabeth is a smart and sweet woman, who loves tranquility and simplicity
Although it is the third book in the series "The heir and a spare" can be read as a standalone. I'm very curious to read the previous books to find out how the other couples  known in this book were formed.
It 's a short and fast but very intense reading, to read in one breath.


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EXCERPT:


Rupert straightened his coat with a quick tug and straightened to his full six feet four inches tall. Feeling confident, he walked over to the two ladies.

“May I beg you for an introduction to your friend, my dear Charlotte?”

Charlotte smiled tightly, knowing his habits well. She turned to include him in their circle, which surprised him a little, but his friend’s sister did have the perfect manners.

“Of course, Rupert. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons, may I introduce a friend of ours, the Hon. Rupert Willoughby, the younger brother of the Earl of Sweeting”

Rupert heard the warning in the introduction and smirked inwardly. Charlotte was fiercely protectively of those she loved. It was one of the things he liked most about her.

The beautiful blonde curtseyed prettily and gave him a sunny, open smile. Rupert bowed in return, surprised despite himself by the artlessness of her expression.

“May I have the pleasure of the next dance my lady?” he asked, giving her his most charming smile.

Elizabeth smiled back, glancing quickly at Charlotte for permission to leave her alone, which Rupert respected.  When Charlotte smiled back in return, the beautiful woman turned to him.

“Of course. Thank you, sir,” she replied confidently, placing her small hand in his.

She was very petite, tiny even, yet Rupert felt the firmness of her grip and observed the way she held herself. This would not be a woman over whom one could easily walk, he told himself.

“You are looking very beautiful this evening, Mrs Symmons.” Rupert told her, as they swept into the dance floor.

Elizabeth laughed, her bright eyes sparkling with gaiety.

“Why, thank you, sir. And indeed, you are looking very handsome.”

Rupert grinned, surprised by her words. He didn’t believe he had ever had a compliment returned before. Most women simply fluttered their fans and gave him the eyes. The eyes told him how flattered they were that he had given them his attention. The eyes also indicated to him just how quickly they would fall into his bed. Mrs Elizabeth Symmons wasn’t giving him the eyes, nor was she flirting with him. How strange.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Fiona Miers has a super busy life, like most modern women, but always finds time for reading and writing romance. Her love affair with the romance genre started when she was only 11 years old, when her mother, and nana, handed her, her first mills and boon.
Since then she's built her own business, become a mother to two beautiful little girls, and fallen in love with the most spectacular man on the planet. (JMHO)
Fiona writes MF contemporary and historical romance, writing more erotic stories under the pen name Tamsin Baker.
Thank you for reading this, and hopefully you'll love reading about her characters as much as she loved creating them.

Lizzie's Earl will be $0.99 during the tour.

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sabato 18 febbraio 2017

2017 Outlander Series Reading Challenge

It's a long time that I want to read this so fascinating series, I love time travel stories. Some time ago I started the first book but left it although I was enjoying a lot. I hope this time to succeed.


hosted by Simply Angela

Here’s what you need to know. 

Timeframe: January 9th, 2017—December 31st, 2017
 
Goal—To read through the Outlander Series and the shorts.
 
What Counts
Books must be read in 2017
Re-reads count
All formats (print, digital, or audio) count
 
Who can join? Anyone.
Bloggers, set up a challenge post and link it below.
Not a blogger? It’s okay, just set up an Outlander Series Reading Challenge shelf on GoodReads.
Make sure you join the Facebook group, because fun mini-challenges and giveaways will be posted there. You’ll also have the chance to meet and interact with other Outlander fans who are participating in the challenge.  
 
Check In Posts: Will be the last Friday of each month with the exception of November.
January 27 | February 24 | March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 30 | July 28 | August 25 | September 29 | October 27 | November  30 (Thursday)| December  29 (Final Check In Post)

Check In Giveaways will be random, so please check the blog every month. 

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