BOOK PROMO ~ “Mortal Bite” by Sharon Hamilton

“Mortal Bite” by Sharon Hamilton is now out!!! I wanted to take a few moments to share.

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Blurb~

Golden Vampire Paolo Monteleone begins raising a son he did not know he fathered, after the murder of the boy’s mother. He meets a beautiful human college professor, Carabella Sampson, at a Halloween costume ball. She is an expert on vampire lore, but doesn’t believe in their existence. Paolo dresses up as himself: a vampire.

A dark coven leader has targeted her for elimination, before she can reveal secrets of the Golden Vampire lineage she has obtained from an ancient book. Can there be a happily ever after if either his lover or his young son has to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect the Golden Vampire race? And will he be able to live with himself if he has to choose between them ?

You can find it on Amazon.

Show Sharon some love & support an Indie Author. Sharon will also be at ArizonaDreamin May 31st through June 2nd. {AZ Dreamin Info & Promo Coming SOON}

Book Review ~ “Sex and the Single Fireman” by Jennifer Bernard

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Title ~ “Sex and the Single Fireman”

Author ~ Jennifer Bernard

Series~ The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel

Book # ~3

Format ~Paperback

Rating ~4 Stars

 

Short Recap ~ The toughest captain on the East Coast, single father Rick Roman has come thousands of miles to San Gabriel to put an end to the “Bachelor Firemen” media hype. But when a stunning woman he nearly hooked up with in Reno turns out to be a firefighter from his new station, Roman realizes it’s going to be tough keeping the tabloids at bay.

But there’s even more Sabina isn’t telling him. Before dedicating her life to battling blazes, Sabina led a very different life, one that made her famous. The last thing she wants is to have her secret exposed. The papers, bloggers, and TV gossips will have a field day with that—especially when they sense the obvious sexual heat between Sabina and Chief Roman, who’s torn between firing her…and falling in love with her!

(recap courtesy of goodreads.com )

 

 

This book was as yummy as its cover. I instantly fell in love with Sabina and Chief Roman; from the first few pages I knew I would be staying up late to read this novel, and I was. The chemistry between the main characters is explosive and as hot as the fires they put out.

 

After reading the back of the book, I was a bit concerned as to how the author was going to weave all the different elements that were described, yet, they all mingled and danced very well in this scorching novel. The grounding forces in this novel were not Sabina’s mother or her ‘uncle’ but, Carly, Sabina’s little sister and Luke, Rick’s son. Those two kids grounded the novel for me and kept it from being over the top.

 

This novel, like a few others I have reviewed, hits on the delicate subject of 9/11.  Rick’s wife, Maureen, was a firefighter in NY and she perished on that fateful day in one of the towers. So the undercurrent in some places was a bit solemn, yet it was woven in with such sensitivity that it brought me to tears at times [memories of what I was doing that day, etc], the purpose of Jennifer, mentioning 9/11 was well balanced and helped to move the plot along and brought a new dimension to the story and gave it that much more depth.

 

While reading this novel, the reader gets to know Sabina’s mother very well and begins to understand why Sabin made various choices in her life.

 

As someone who loves to get into a series, this is one series that I will be getting my hands on the previous novels and any others that come after this one. Seriously, who doesn’t like men in uniform, especially fireman?!?!

Book Review ~ “My Lord Immortality” by Alexandra Ivy

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Title ~ “My Lord Immortality”

Author ~ Alexandra Ivy

(Previously released under author name ‘Debbie Raleigh’)

Series~ Immortal Rogues

Book # ~3

Format ~Paperback

Rating ~3 Stars

 

Short Recap ~ Despite her impeccable lineage and delicate beauty, Amelia Hadwell has no interest in social demands – not when she must care for her brother William, whose otherworldly manner has convinced their family he is mad. Determined to care for him, Amelia is horrified to learn that he has been escaping to the East End, where a shocking series of murders has terrorized the neighborhood – and that her neighbor, Drake Ramone, is convinced William is the culprit! Desperate to safeguard her brother, Amelia accepts the offer of a hiding place from Sebastian St. Ives, a reclusive scholar to whom William has taken a liking. Drawn to the reserved, silver eyed stranger, she is amazed when he reveals the unsettling reason for Drake’s interest in William – and the danger an amulet in Amelia’s possession represents. Yet nothing is as shattering as the realization that although Sebastian belongs to a world she cannot imagine, she has surrendered her heart to him with just one kiss…

(recap courtesy of goodreads.com )

 

 

 

I really tried to get into this book. I thought it was more modern based on the back and the cover (NOT the cover that appears above, I will have to update and scan the one I have), so I was taken aback from the beginning. The plot was fine, yet, I think I needed to have read the previous novels to get a better feel for this one.

 

While the chemistry between Amelia and Sebastian was well developed and Amelia’s love for her brother, William, shines through, I thought that as a newcomer to this series, I was left out in some ways. The story didn’t flow comfortably for me in some places and in others I felt I was reading ‘filler’. Sorry this is not a long review, I wasn’t really that impressed with it. It gets a 3 (weak 3), since I did enjoy the twists and how it ended as well as the compassion that the scholarly vampire, Sebastian shows to Amelia’s brother and his ‘condition’.

Making Connections One Year Anniversary Celebration

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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

It all started with an idea. Why not make a place where we can bring authors, bloggers, publishers, and reviewers together all in one place?

December 2012 marked the one-year anniversary of the Making Connections group. Since then, we have grown beyond our imagination. Not only have we listed almost 850 books in the original Making Connections group for review, we have also branched off and made a Young Adult group with 200 books listed for review.

Thank you for being part of this group and for helping us celebrate our one-year anniversary! We look forward to see where 2013 will take us.

I was given the letter “P”

“P” ~ Making Connections has “Personality”. Making conncections has been a great way for me to get to know up and coming authors, fellow bloggers and readers. Each post shows more and more of the unique people that make this group so much fun. I love reading everyone’s posts and getting to know other members. How many groups organize such a fun blog hop like this one?! You can spend hours and hours reading posts from other members and get to know them and sign up for as many different ARRs as you can possibly read and each post shows the creativity of that poster and their style; I love it. 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends. Readers. Followers. Authors.

Newcomers to the blog and guests who are just stopping by for a quick look around and visit.

Today is a day for lovers, for those with someone to love or someone that they want to love.

I’m sending loving, positive thoughts, prayers and vibes to everyone on this day of romance.

Hugs,

Stephanie

International Ag Expo

Good morning everyone.

Today is the first day of the International Ag Expo here in my hometown. I hope anyone in central California comes out to take a look at all the wonderful Agricultural booths, equipment, yummy food stands, and fun things for the kids and to learn and do. My husband will be working the next few days at the Expo in Pavilion B. This is the start of the growing season here in Central California , and this is the biggest Ag expo of its kind in the world. If you are going to be visiting the Expo, please remember to drive safe, be patient and enjoy the expo. We have over 1 million guests over a few days; our small little town (community) and it gets flooded with farmers, agriculturalists, and all sorts of other visitors coming to check out the expo every year.

Have a wonderful Tuesday. I won’t be able to do any reading the next few days since its “go time” and I will be helping out today with our Grower Appreciation dinner and hostessing guests the rest of the week.

ARR Book Review ~ “Esmerelda” by Judith Leger

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Title ~ Esmerelda

Author ~ Judith Leger

Format ~ebook via pdf

Rating ~4 Stars

 

**DISCLAIMER** I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

 

Short Recap ~ Widow Glory Sinclair and her daughter are living a quiet life on the mountain homestead her family settled nearly three hundred years ago. Then, on a crisp autumn morning, a fractured shriek echoes across the hollow, and Glory’s temperamental handyman claims her prized statue carved from a tree trunk attacked him. Could a wooden likeness of a witch who died centuries before take life? Glory doesn’t think so. Still, mouthwatering sheriff and bachelor William Moore’s decision to hang around and get to the bottom of the increasingly frequent strange occurrences provides her a degree of comfort. Her growing desires to find comfort in his bed…not so much (recap courtesy of goodreads.com )

 

 

It seems I am on a short story kick as of late and as far as short stories go, this one had me mesmerized and kept me guessing page after page. The story started off a bit odd, for the first few moments of reading, then I was able to settle in and immerse  myself in this wonderful short story. The idea of a guardian angel that protects a woman and her child was a new idea and a lot of fun to read.

 

I was able to relate to Grace as a mother and as a woman living outside of a populated city, he fears of something going on were well conveyed as well as her apprehension of a woman coming alive and protecting her and her child; ok, so that’s never happened to me, yet.

 

Judith’s delicate balance of romance, mystery, twists and turns and a strong female character was refreshing; Grace was a great compliment to William’s strength and sense of duty and honor.

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