Posted in Cover Reveal, romance on February 13, 2013

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Title: Drowning in You

Author: Rebecca Berto

Expected release date: April 12, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult Cover

Designer: Okay Creations and Jacqueline Barkla Photography

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Book Description:

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

 

About the Author

VLUU L100  / Samsung L100Rebecca Berto writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Giveaway on February 12, 2013

 

Phantom by Laura DeLuca

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

Excerpt


The orchestra tuned for its virtuoso, and Justyn stood
ready. But no one else was ready for the magical performance he began. Beside
her, Carmen was rambling on about something mundane. Rebecca elbowed her to
silence so she could listen to the perfectly thrilling tenor. As she listened
to the song unfold, the world around her started to slip away. Gone was the
high school auditorium. Gone were the rowdy teenagers. The Gothic stranger on
the stage had become the embodiment of Erik, and Rebecca watched him in all his
dark glory, belting out his tormented love through the words of his song. And
she was as breathless with wonder as Christine herself must have been when the
masked stranger serenaded her in the candlelit labyrinth of the opera house. In
that moment, Justyn wasn’t just portraying the phantom. Justyn was the phantom.
“Let the music touch your soul.
Let the darkness make you whole.
                                                 Do not fear what is
unknown.
Your true path has now been shown.
Listen to the words I sing.
                                                 Embrace the peace that night will
bring.”
     As he continued
to sing in his deep but somehow angelic voice, Rebecca found that she couldn’t
tear her eyes away from him. With every line, her heart began to beat
faster.  She truly felt the arms of night
wrapping her in a warm embrace. She could almost feel the hands of the phantom
glide along her body as the words poured forth. The music caressed her. It
possessed her—mind, body and soul. Each word left her longing, yearning for
more.
     She was gawking
so obviously, it was hardly surprising when Justyn felt her eyes on him and
steadily met her gaze. She realized her mouth was hanging open in stunned awe,
and she quickly snapped it shut. His lips moved into just a small hint of a
smile. He never took his eyes off her while he sang the final verse, making her
cheeks flush to the point that she felt almost feverish. But it wasn’t
embarrassment but excitement, arousal even, which was sending her mind spinning
in so many directions.
      When the song
was over, and Rebecca had recovered just a hint of her composure, she couldn’t
help but burst into a healthy round of applause. A few scattered people joined
in, including Debbie and Carmen after she nudged them in the ribs. But only
Miss King seemed to truly appreciate the brilliance of his talent as much as
Rebecca did.
      “That was
amazing, Justyn!” the teacher gushed.
      “Lord Justyn,”
he corrected as he stepped down from the stage.
      A few others
complimented him as well, but he took in all in stride. In fact, his serious
expression never faltered as he stepped down from the stage. He seemed almost
bored, like it was all he could do to hold back a yawn, despite the smiles and
words of encouragement.
     But not everyone
in the crowd was pleased as Justyn glided down the aisle, so ethereal in his
dark garments that he still resonated the spirit of the Opera Ghost. Miss King
might have been excited about the newest male addition to her cast after being
limited for many years, but Tom and his group of boisterous companions glared
at him as he passed them by.  Jay sneered
and tossed a balled up piece of paper in Justyn’s direction, but the Goth was
quick, and caught it in his hand without missing a beat.
    “I think you
dropped something,” he said.
    His speaking voice
was no less melodic than his singing voice, but something about his tone made
Rebecca shiver. He tossed the paper back at Jay, who was nowhere near as
coordinated as Justyn. He practically fell off his seat in his efforts to catch
it.
     “Hey vampire,”
Tom called when Justyn went to walk away. “Are you sure you can handle the
competition?”
     Justyn smiled, a
cool, sarcastic half-smile, and crossed his arms over his chest. “Are you?”
     Miss King didn’t
notice the short confrontation, and Justyn vanished from the auditorium as
quickly and mysteriously as he had appeared. Only Rebecca had noticed the very
real tension between the two boys. She wondered if it was a bad omen for them
to start off the production with hard feelings and envy. That could only lead
to trouble. The kind of trouble that could end with someone getting hurt.  The kind of trouble that Rebecca would do
whatever it took to avoid.

 

 
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Author Laura DeLuca

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.

 

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Fantasy, Giveaway, Science Fiction, Young Adult on February 12, 2013

Red Madrassa by Terah Edun
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny…

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it’s almost impossible to attend.

When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.

She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.

Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?

 

Author Terah Edun
Terah Edun is a young adult  fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE,  the first in the Courtlight series.

Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.

 

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Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Showstoppers is a novella-length story in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther.

In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she’s mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.

 

Review:

This novella is actually the second book in this series.  I liked this story better than the first one, Three Sisters, but both were good.  We learn a little more about Emily and her wacky neighbors…well at least a few of them.  Having just lost her job, Emily almost starts to work for a neighbor at a theater school.  It is under the guise that she will help figure out where these threatening letters are coming from and who is trying to scare Victoria.  I think I almost had it figured out but not until near the end.  I like that it wasn’t blatantly obvious who was behind everything.

Over all I give it 3 1/2 paws.

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Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious… Helen Smith is a master story-teller.

~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.

~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.

~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.

~Eva’s Sanctuary
Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.

~The Booklist

 

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Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She’s the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.

 

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Posted in Monday, mystery on February 11, 2013

If you haven’t read any of the Flower Shop Mysteries by author Kate Collins, you should pick up these books!    The first book in the series is Mum’s the Word and was published in 2004…wow, I didn’t realize how long I had been reading this series!  The latest book is Nightshade on Elm Street and is another winner in the series!

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Synopsis:

Hey, I’m the bride! Shouldn’t I get to plan the ceremony?

Enjoy her wedding shower…or receive a cold dunking?

In addition to running her flower shop, planning her wedding, and juggling two mothers who both want to host an elaborate bridal shower, Abby Knight is facing another complication. Her ditzy cousin Jillian asks her and her longtime beau Marco, a private detective, to find a woman who’s gone missing from the exclusive beach house belonging to Jillian’s in-laws, the Osbornes. The missing woman is also the fiance of Pryce Osborne, a wet noodle with a big bank account who dumped Abby at the altar several years ago. And merely being anywhere near Pryce makes Abby’s insecurities grow like kudzu…

Then a woman’s drowned body surfaces, and Pryce becomes a prime suspect in her death. Unless Abby and Marco can get a killer to come clean, their bridal shower will turn into a complete washout…and Pryce will be exchanging a sunny beach for a prison cell.

Excerpt (from the author’s website)

CHAPTER ONE

Monday, August 1st

Dear Euphorbia,

Half an hour until the flower shop opens, so I’m grabbing a minute to update you. Sorry to have been MIA, but, hey, life is never dull here at Bloomers, even after the chaos of the wealthy dowager’s murder died down. So far today ,luckily, things have been quiet. We started off with Lottie’s traditional Monday morning scrambled egg and toast breakfast, and Grace’s gourmet coffee and fresh blueberry scones, so how bad can the rest of the day be?

Wait. What am I saying? Today is Monday – the day Mom always brings in her latest art project for us to sell. Last time it was a whole box of sea glass sunglasses, with frames studded so thickly with sea glass chips that they became instruments of torture. Still, I’m going to remain optimistic because I really want to have a pleasant day, so I’ll imagine myself loving whatever debacle Mom bequeaths us. It’ll be my new challenge, and you know how I love a challenge.

On the good news front, I’ve taken back my bridal shower! Euphorbia, you’ve been listening to me complain since I began this journal three months ago, so you know what would have happened if I’d allowed Mom, with her outrageous ideas, and Marco’s mom, with her take-no-prisoners approach to any kind of event, to pull it off. And heaven help me had my cousin Jillian been allowed to choose my shower outfit from one of the haute couture boutiques she frequents.

Being 5’ 2”, with red hair, way too many freckles, and what my mom refers to as an ample bosom, I don’t fit into the kind of garb Jillian’s ultra-chic customers do, but she never seems to get that. Well, actually, no surprise there. For a Harvard grad, Jillian doesn’t get much. Luckily, Marco, my groom-to-be, the malest of all males, the man who causes women of all ages to drool with desire, likes the way I look, freckles and all. So why should I spend mega-bucks on an outfit that would only make me look like an upscale fireplug?

A voice interrupted my train of thought. My assistant, Lottie, swept back the purple curtain that separated the flower shop from my workroom and handed me a slip of pink paper, which, coincidentally, coordinated with her cherry blouse, white denims, primrose Keds, and the rose colored barrettes in her short, brassy curls. It took courage for a tall, big boned, middle-aged woman to pull off all that pink.

“Sorry to interrupt, sweetie, but I thought you’d want to know about this phone call.”

I read the message — twice. “Pryce called here? For me?”

“Disgusting, isn’t it? He claimed it was extremely important that he talk to you right away.”

Determined not to let anything or anyone ruin my day, I dropped the paper in the wastebasket beneath my desk. “Everything Pryce does is extremely important, Lottie, because Pryce is extremely important. Just ask him.”

Not that I harbored any lingering ill will toward the heel who had jilted me two months before I was supposed to march down the aisle with him. Now that I looked back, I’d dodged a bullet — make that a hail of bullets – although at the time, Pryce Osborne II had seemed like the answer to my prayers. Indeed, according to Pryce, it was a privilege to be joining one of New Chapel, Indiana’s dynasties. His family tree had branches that reached back to the founding fathers of our country.

I had nothing to bring to that table. All my family tree had were nuts.

Still, I’d been living at home with my parents, struggling to get through my first year of law school, and Pryce had purchased his own condo, was about to take the bar exam, and had a high-salaried job all lined up. What logical-minded woman wouldn’t go for that? Plus he had a plan for us: after I got my law degree, we would rule the justice system.

Only one problem. I flunked out.

With swift vengeance, Pryce’s parents stepped in and decreed me an Untouchable for doing the unthinkable. Pryce, who never ever crossed his parents, quietly asked for his ring back. My pain was unimaginable.

But as my other assistant, Grace Bingham, liked to say, when God closed a door, he opened a window somewhere. And that window had been humongous, because if Pryce hadn’t dumped me, I wouldn’t have become the poor but happy owner of Bloomers Flower Shop. Nor would I have met Marco Salvare, the bravest, most sincere, loving, and, frankly, the hottest guy in town. So merci beaucoup, Osbornes, for not ruining my life.

“Why don’t you let me call Pryce for you?” Lottie asked, rubbing her hands together as though anticipating the chance to tell him off. “I’ll let him know you’ve got more important things to do.”

“Perfect.” I fished the message from the waste can and gave it back to her. “Thanks.”

But . . . on second thought, maybe I should return Pryce’s call. It would be a great opportunity to let him know I was getting married in a month-and-a-half. Plus, I was nosy. Erase that. I was curious as to what was so important that Pryce would be forced to phone me. Was he writing a book on how to crush a woman’s self-esteem?

“Wait, Lottie. I think I’ll return that call after all.”

Lottie shook her head as she handed me the pink slip. Her view of Pryce was that he was lower than a snake’s belly. It was one of those sayings she’d learned growing up in the rolling hills of Kentucky.

I reached for the receiver, then changed my mind and put the message aside. I didn’t want Pryce to think I was eager to talk to him. Picking up my pen, I wrote:

Euphorbia, I will have to tell you about my phone conversation with Pryce later, but only if it’s worth memorializing. Otherwise, where was I? Oh, right, preparing for the shower.

Okay, in keeping with my carnival theme, I’ve purchased plastic cups, paper napkins, and coated plates with a colorful pinwheel design on them. I’ve ordered carnival masks, flower pinwheels, flower lei garlands and hibiscus toothpicks. I want this shower to be an afternoon of flowers and fun, not the boring cake, punch, and present opening event everyone else does.

Marco agreed to attend only if I promised that there wouldn’t be any games whatsoever, so I still have to come up with another form of entertainment. I’m thinking of a flower-arranging contest. Or maybe a juggling act. Jugglers who juggle flower pots? I’ll have to investigate this further.

I also have plastic utensils, paper table cloths in bright yellow – my favorite color, as you know — and I’ve ordered a chocolate sheet cake that will have candy flowers in the shape of a pinwheel on top. Let’s see, what have I forgotten?

“Abby,” Lottie said, peering in, “Pryce is on the phone again. Now he’s saying it’s exceedingly urgent.” She snickered. “Maybe his manicurist moved away.”

I held up my short, unpolished nails. “I wouldn’t be much help there, but thanks, Lottie.”

I set my journal aside, then inhaled and exhaled a few times before picking up the phone. I didn’t want to sound angry when, in fact, I should want to hug him.

“Hello, Pryce,” I said in a cool-yet- not- unfriendly voice.

“Abigail, I need a favor.”

No preamble, no warmth, and he’d called me by my proper name, knowing that I’d always preferred Abby. So I didn’t respond.

As though he hadn’t even noticed, he continued, “One of my friends is missing. I wouldn’t bother you except she’s been gone for twenty hours now, and I’m starting to fret.”

Osbornes never worried. They fretted. It was the superior emotion. “Missing from where?”

“The lake cottage. I’ve checked her condo and her office repeatedly but there’s no sign of her. I’m at my wit’s end. She could be in a hospital somewhere or she might possibly have been abducted. She does have a rather large stock portfolio.”

“If you think something serious happened to her, Pryce, I’d recommend calling the cops.”

He let out an impatient sigh. “You know Mother and Father won’t allow me to involve the police unless I’m one hundred percent sure it’s a life or death situation.”

“How do you know it’s not?”

“Because of circumstances that I’d rather not divulge into over the phone. I have to keep this matter hush-hush, Abigail. That’s why I need to hire Marco. Would you contact him for me?”

“Yes, but just so you’ll know, it would be Marco and me taking the case, Pryce. We work as a team.” Rub it in, Abby. That a girl.

“That’s fine,” he said dismissively. “I just want Melissa found.”

“So her name is Melissa?”

“Yes, Melissa Hazelton. She owns Pisces, the interior decorating shop on Lincoln. You know her. I introduced you to her at one of our country club functions back when you and I were, well, you know.”

About to make the biggest mistake of our lives?

“I vaguely remember a Melissa. Tall blonde with legs like a weight lifter? Interior decorator more noted for her enthusiasm than her talent?”

“Did you know I’d planned to marry Melissa?”

Oops. Foot-in-mouth moment. Why hadn’t he mentioned that at the outset? “So I guess congratulations are in order?”

“Yes, well . . .” He let it hang there and went on, “I’d like to have Marco – and you, I suppose – come out to the cottage as soon as possible while my house guests are still here. I’m not sure how much longer some of them will be able to stay.”

“Do you think one of your guests may have had something to do with Melissa’s disappearance?”

“I have no thoughts on the matter. I merely intuited that you would need everyone who was here this weekend to be present so you can interview them. Isn’t that how it’s usually handled?”

He was showing off. “I’ll call Marco to see if he’s interested in the case.”

“Let him know I’m prepared to pay half again as much as his usual fee, and I’m positive he will be.”

Ah! The Osborne philosophy: You can make anything happen if you throw enough money at it. “I’ll fill him in and get back to you with our decision.”

“Grand. I’ll be expecting your call, say, within the quarter hour?”

“All I can do is pass along the message.” I wasn’t giving an inch. Let the worm squirm.

“You’re being awfully stilted, Abigail.”

“Am I?”

“I hope you’re not harboring any ill will toward me.”

In as innocent a tone as I could muster, I asked, “For what?”

There was a moment of silence, after which he said, “I’ll await your phone call then. Good b–Hold on a moment. Jillian is signaling — I believe she’s waving hello to you.”

My cousin was there? Great. Now I had even less desire to get involved. Not only was Jillian married to Pryce’s younger brother Claymore, but also, whenever she was around, things got crazy.

“Pardon me,” Pryce said. “My error. She’s signaling for you to come quickly.”

The line went dead. I hadn’t even had an opportunity to slip in a mention of my engagement.

Oh, well. I could do that when I called to tell him that there was no way we’d take his case.

“Pardon me,” Pryce said. “My error. She’s signaling for you to come quickly.”

The line went dead. I hadn’t even had an opportunity to slip in a mention of my engagement.

Oh, well. I could do that when I called to tell him that there was no way we’d take his case.

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Title: Sweetest Taboo

Author: Eva Marquez

Release date: October 1, 2012

Genre and Age Group: *Mature* YA Adult Contemporary Romance/Ages 16+/Females

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Book Description:

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

 

About the Author

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa.

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Dear Reader,

My story begins in the early 90s, when a young girl started her high school career.  She may have been any girl – young, impressionable, and fresh into the wide world of older boys, harder classes, and more choices. She may have been quite beautiful, well developed for her age, and smarter than most of the other students in her class. She may have been destined for the same high school career as anyone else – honors courses, braces, a few high school crushes, photography classes, a first kiss, and then a straight shot into the college of her choice, and her future as a doctor, or teacher, or architect.

Instead, she fell in love with her swim coach, one of the most popular teachers in the school, and became romantically involved with him.

I don’t believe that I have to tell you how dangerous this would have been. She was a young girl of 15, 16, 17 and he an adult man in his late 30s, old enough to be her father. Although this type of relationship would have passed as acceptable and even normal in Medieval England, the modern world frowns on such dalliances, and prosecutes the men – and women – who take advantage of adolescent students in this way. The two of them, then, would have been facing the threat of discovery, tarnishing of reputation, and even time behind bars; throwing their relationship in the face of society, if you will, but doing so quietly, in order to avoid detection.

Have you guessed, yet, that the story I’m telling you is true? Have you guessed that it’s more than just a rhetorical question, more than an idea that developed in my head one day?

The girl in the story is my mother, Isabel Cruz. She never told her story to the world, though she could have, because she didn’t want her love and relationship to be tainted by society’s judgments. This was a story of an illicit – and illegal – love. It was a story of lying, cheating, and misleading the authorities. My mother’s love for this older man was forbidden, and would have been highly scandalous to the world at large. She might have lost privileges, opportunities, and even her family, had they found out. And for him … his future and very life would have been put in jeopardy if the nature of their relationship were revealed, regardless of whether my mother sought to prosecute him or not. Even when she was older, my mother feared that the truth about their relationship might bring a backlash to the man she had loved so dearly. She fought against that with all her might, with the ongoing wish to keep him from any risk or pain. She never lost her love for him, scandalous as it may have seemed to others.

She is older, now, and the man in the story is long gone. When I happened across her diary from that time and asked her permission to write the story, she acquiesced. It was time that the world knew, she said, so it could see that this type of love – though it may be frowned upon, and even prosecuted – isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes, regardless of the ages of the participants, it is just that. Love. True and pure as it can be between two people, and strong enough to last through the years. It was time, she said, for our family to know its past, and its future.

I have just closed her diary, having squeezed every word from it, and written my own last words, which means that the book is done and her story has been told. I must pass it to you now, Reader, and trust you to hold it dear and keep it safe. I must trust you to see the love that shines through, rather than the social mores of the situation. I must trust you to care for my mother and her past, as I have during the writing of this book.

This, then, is my mother’s story. It starts when she was very young, only 15 …

~ Claire Stevens

 

Giveaway:  (1) KindleGraphed eBook copy of SWEETEST TABOO. Open Internationally. Books will be gifted from Amazon only.

Winner will be chosen on February 28, 2013

 

 

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Posted in Cover Reveal, romance, women on February 11, 2013

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Title: A TERRIBLE LOVE

Author: Marata Eros

Expected release date: February 13, 2013

Genre: Women’s fiction/ Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Phatpuppyart

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

 

Book Description

Jessica Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.

Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.

 

About the Author

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Marata Eros is a mixed-genre writer of dark erotica and fantasy with elements of romance and horror. She has completed her first contemporary romance, A TERRIBLE LOVE as her next new release. Marata is a passionate reader who loves interacting with her readers and is more grateful than she can express for their support.

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Posted in contest, Giveaway, mystery, Review on February 10, 2013

A few weeks ago I highlighted the book, The First Rule of Ten which is a new mystery series by authors Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay.  That book and this book, The Second Rule of Ten, was sent to me by their publicist to read and review.  They know me well enough to know that if I am to review a book in a series that I really need to read the ones before it…I’m picky like that!

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Synopsis:

Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light—and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.

Review:

This new series has an interesting main character…who would expect a monk turned LA police officer turned PI to be the main character?!  It is definitely an interesting main character and one that doesn’t disappoint.  Ten takes on his next case (without his PI license quite yet….but when does that stop anyone?).  As with other cases, this one crosses several lines from the film industry to the drug cartel.  It is surprising that he hasn’t gotten himself killed yet!  He has also met a new woman…perhaps she will help him get past his issues and not run her off like he has other women in his life.

Like the first book, I enjoyed the storyline in this book and the interplay between the characters.  Ten and Bill’s relationship gets a little strained at times, but it is good to see that occur because not everything can be easy.  It is told to us that there are issues between Ten and his father (both in the first book and this one) and Ten has the opportunity to try and right that relationship.

I really enjoyed both books and I see that a third book is in the works.  I will have to put that on my list of books to read!

Overall I give the book 4 paws.

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Giveaway:

I am giving away the first book and the ARC of the second book in this series to 1 lucky winner.  Open to US residents only.   A winner will be chosen on February 28th.  Good Luck!

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Posted in Blog tour, Book Blast, contest, Giveaway on February 8, 2013

 

Prize-Winning Pacific Stories 

(Special Edition Boxed Set Vol. I-III)

House Of Skin, Cannibal Nights, Opium Dreams
Bestselling author, Kiana Davenport (The Spy Lover, Shark Dialogues) is pleased to offer a Special Edition Boxed Set, featuring the first three volumes of her Prize-Winning Pacific stories, many of which have appeared in the O.Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prizes, and The Best American Short Stories. Set across the Pacific, in islands where the author has traveled and lived, the stories comprise tales of love, lust, racism, family, murder, rape, the search for identity, and the universal search for human dignity.
BOOK DESCRIPTION

Volume l, HOUSE OF SKIN, comprises stories set in Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Fiji, Vanuatu.

Volume ll, CANNIBAL NIGHTS, comprises stories set in Hawaii, Tonga, Easter island, Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, Australia.

Volume lll, OPIUM DREAMS, comprises stories set in Western Samoa, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Honolulu, Georgia, and the title story, a novella set in Kohala, Hawaii.

READER REVIEWS FOR THE PACIFIC STORIES

(5 Stars) “BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL…Tales of tragedy, triumph, murder, of rape, lust and love. Important literature for the 21st century.” — Robert Carraher

(5 Stars) “FLAWLESS PROSE…Rivetting characters. A must-read for anyone who wants to delve into the dark side of Paradise.” — Honi Aumiller

(5 Stars) “EXTRAORDINARY!…Absolutely stunning. She has introduced me to a world I might never have known.” — Scott Fitzgerald Gray

(5 Stars) “GORGEOUS. BRILLIANT…Recommended to anyone who loves

beautiful writing.” — Violette Vane

 

Purchase

 

Author Kiana Davenport

KIANA DAVENPORT is descended from a full-blooded Native Hawaiian mother, and a Caucasian father from Talladega, Alabama. Her father, Braxton Bragg Davenport, was a sailor in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, when he fell in love with her mother, Emma Kealoha Awaawa Kanoho Houghtailing. On her mother’s side, Kiana traces her ancestry back to the first Polynesian settlers to the Hawaiian Islands who arrived almost two thousand years ago from Tahiti and the Tuamotu’s. On her father’s side, she traces her ancestry to John Davenport, the puritan clergyman who co-founded the American colony of New Haven, Connecticut in 1638.

Kiana is the author of the internationally best-selling novels, SHARK DIALOGUES, SONG OF THE EXILE, HOUSE OF MANY GODS, and a new novel, THE SPY LOVER, now available in paperback and on Kindle. She is also the author of the collections, HOUSE OF SKIN PRIZE-WINNING STORIES, CANNIBAL NIGHTS, PACIFIC STORIES Volume II, and OPIUM DREAMS, PACIFIC STORIES, VOLUME III. All three collections have been Kindle bestsellers. She has also been a guest blogger on Huffington Post.

A graduate of the University of Hawaii, Kiana has been a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Her short stories have won numerous O. Henry Awards, Pushcart Prizes, and the Best American Short Story Award, 2000. Her novels and short stories have been translated into twenty-one languages. She lives in Hawaii and New York City.

 

PRAISE FOR KIANA DAVENPORT

“She exhibits the character great writers must have. You can’t read Kiana Davenport without being transformed.”

— Alice Walker

“Reading Davenport is an overwhelming experience. Her prose is sharp and shining as a sword.”

— Isabel Allende

“Her writing has an intensity of feeling, a dedication to a level of writing few bestsellers possess.”

— Norman Mailer

“Writing that’s timeless, magical! A powerful moving experience.”

— The Washington Post

“Davenport’s imagination and her vision will haunt you for a long time.”

— The Chicago Tribune

BookBlast $50 Giveaway

Ends 3/21/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Posted in contest, e-books, Giveaway on February 7, 2013

 

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

 

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Authors:
The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

One Classic Latin Lover, PleaseThe Reluctant BacheloretteBetrayal (Wounded Heroes, #3)Bellyache: A Delicious Tale
Ethan Justice: OriginsI Have PeopleFor What It's WorthA Kiss of Ashen Twilight (Ashen Twilight #1)The Unraveling (Sage Seed Chronicles, #3)Fateful (Fateful, #1)
Dracian Legacy (Dracian, # 1)Cascade Brides: The Complete SeriesA World ApartReality Bites: Tales of a Half-VampireFace-Off (Book One)Two EqualsThe Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw (Morgan Sisters, #1)One for KamiFreak of NatureGrace DollThe Secret of the Scarlet Stone (Gabby Girls Adventure, #1)Gallagher's Hope (Gallagher, #2)The Spy LoverPRIZE-WINNING PACIFIC STORIES  (SPECIAL EDITION, BOXED SET VOL I-III)RejectedRapunzel UntangledA Hard Act to FollowStarseed
Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).

Ends 2/28/13



Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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