PROMO ~ “Saviour”

Title: Saviour (Book 1 of The Saviour Series)
Author: Lesley Jones
Publication Date: May 16, 2013

She’s a smart mouthed Essex Girl, now living in Australia. 
He’s a good looking, born and raised. all surfing Aussie Boy.
Enjoy the fireworks, fun and the very hot sex as their worlds collide

Lauren has decided that her marriage is over but has yet to tell Jay, her abusive husband of the past twentyfive years. After making this decision and resigning herself to the fact that she will now be middle aged and single, she embarks on a girls night out and spills her guts to her girlfriends about what she has endured, in secret all these years.

Gabriel joins his brothers for a drink at a local bar. He’s thirty five and very single. Good looks and a good job mean the ladies are generally lining up every night, which is just the way he likes it, straight sex, no complications.

Then their worlds collide, neither of them looking or thinking that what they need is each other, but the chemistry is instant and overwhelming and has the possibilty to consume and destroy them both. Can they overcome both their pasts to survive the future, together? Is the amazing, mindblowing sex enough?Join Lauren and Gabriel on their emotional, funny, sexy and traumatic journey as they try to conquer the demons from their past and try to build a future together. Their story will make you laugh and it will make you cry and sometimes do both at the same time!

Add on Good Reads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17841269-saviour?from_search=true

Title: Resolution (Book 2 of The Saviour Series)
Author: Lesley Jones
Publication Date: October 4, 2013

Resolution picks up exactly where Saviour left us all hanging! Having left an abusive marriage at 45, Lauren can hardly believe that she has found Gabe, a 35 year old blonde buff sex god, their instant chemistry has convinced him that that he wants to change his serial shagging ways and to make what they have found permanent, he knows that he loves Lauren but relationships are a whole new concept to him and he doesn’t always get it right.

Lauren, still reeling from the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her ex husband is not convinced that jumping straight into another marriage is the right thing for her, despite how much she loves Gabe, the sex is amazing, they have no problems there, with Gabe she is growing in confidence and trying things in the bedroom (and every where else) that she never even considered during her marriage but they have known each other for just 10 short weeks and already they have been through enough drama to last a lifetime. Lauren has once again been beaten and humiliated by her soon to be ex-Husband, Gabe has revealed he was sexually abused by his Step-Mother as a teenager, and Gabe’s ex is threatening to stop him seeing his daughter.

Will Lauren listen to taunts from jealous exes and her own self doubt; or will the love (and lust) Lauren has found in Gabe’s arms be enough for her to let go of her painful past to build a future with Gabe. Resolution is the conclusion of Gabe and Laurens story, it will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, with some steamy and erotic sex scenes, just to keep your pulse racing, like Saviour, some scenes are gut wrenching, it will have you laughing, crying and wanting to not only hug Gabe and Lauren but also wanting to shake some sense into them. Buckle up and enjoy the ride

Add on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18622672-resolution

I was born and raised in a small working class town in Essex, just outside of East London. I am married with three sons and in 2006 we all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about 50K outside of Melbourne Australia. It’s a whole new way of life for us down here,we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

I am currently a stay at home mum but in the past I have worked at Marks & Spencer, as a classroom assistant/teachers aid and have run my business.

As well as writing, I love to read and have been known to get through four or five books a week. My other interests are watching my boys play football…The round ball version; I am happy to admit to being an addict of social media and I owe a lot to my Facebook and Twitter family in promoting my work; I am also rather partial to a glass… or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favorite. Being a born and raised Essex girl, I will happily admit to be being a big fan of spray tans, Shellac and am regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although I am more likely to be found in thongs/flipflops than a pair of white stilettos these days.

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Cover Reveal ~ “All For You” by Jessica Scott

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ARR ~ “PODs” by Micehlle K. Pickett

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Title ~ “PODs”

Author ~ Michelle k. Pickett

Series~ PODs

Book # ~1

Format ~Paperback

Rating ~5 Stars

 

**DISCLAIMER** A copy was provided to me in return for an honest review

 

Short Recap ~ Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure. (recap courtesy of goodreads.com)

 

 

 

 

This is only one of a handful of novels in this genre (dystopian) that I have ever read, so I went into reading this basically blind and without any preconceived notions of what a novel in this genre is really about. I have read YA novels off and on for years. This novel was a wonderful surprise.

 

First off, I received a paperback from the author (thank you) and I was able to dive right in and fall into the world she created. I could picture myself living as the characters did, trying to make the most out of a bad situation, decorating the walls, etc. They tried to make it less of a tomb and a bunker and more of a real ‘home’ if you could call it that. After a year of what they had been told was the incubation and dying off process, I cannot imagine their terrifying surprise.

 

I felt for Eva and David as they emerged from their POD and had to make their way into the unknown. They hide and try to evade those they once knew, yet those people are no longer ‘human.’

 

Take one part “I AM LEGEND”, one part “OMEGA MAN”, stir in “YA Adult Romance” and bake for a year, you get “PODs”.

 

“PODs” is one novel that you will read and it will make you think twice about calling ‘preppers’ nuts, lol. It did scare me or should I say, it gave me pause as far as looking at the world at it is and how is might be on the near future. Michelle brings her own view of this not to distant future to life and keeps the reader going and pulling them further into her world.

 

I am excited to read the next one!!!
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PROMO~ “Wild Hyacinth”

Synopsis – A deadly lover. His perfect mate. Asher is everything Aria’s never dared to imagine: sexy, confident, and rich. But if she convinces him to take her to his bed . . . her first time may be her last.
Incubus Asher Chain seduces every woman he meets whether he wants to or not, and refuses to let anyone grow close to him. Until the alluring, tattooed waitress Aria Hyacinthe admits she’s been living in her car. Enthralled by her unusual beauty – and terrified he’ll succumb to his deadly, incubus needs – Asher offers her a place to stay.

Living in Asher’s loft above his gym, Aria’s desire for his body is growing more urgent with every touch. Used to being the backward, shy one, in his presence she becomes fierce, captivating, and breaks down Asher’s walls against all his attempts to keep his distance. She has no clue that if he gives in to her passionate pleas, she won’t survive the night, just like all the other women who have fallen victim to his charms.

But the deeper Asher and Aria fall in love, the harder he must fight the incubus in his soul, demanding her life.

Sensuality Level: Spicy
Buy Links – http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Hyacinthe-Crimson-Romance-Sarina-ebook/dp/B00FM85OC4/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-hyacinthe-nola-sarina/1117077779?ean=9781440572463

Author Bio Info – Nola Sarina and Emily Faith are authors from Alberta, Canada. Both mothers and lovers of music and art, they draw inspiration for their fiction from Nola’s dark fantasy concepts and Emily’s flair for romance that ignites both in and out of the bedroom. Learn more about Emily and Nola at nolasarina.com/wh-emily-faith/. They also love to be stalked on Twitter @NolaSarina and @EmilyFaith2012.

Social Media links – this is the Launch Party link: https://www.facebook.com/events/636350776386406/permalink/666494620038688/
Goodreads link – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18144392-wild-hyacinthe

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EBooks verses Paperbacks

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Ereader verses Paperback!!!

I am going to just jump in here and say, I LOVE my paperbacks. I am team paperback about 75% of the time. The way they feel, smell, the organic nature of holding a book in my hands while I dive into an unknown world; it’s heaven. I find it also an experience to go through them.

In this world of electronics, ereaders are all the rage; for Christmas last year my hubby and boys got me a NookHD which is AWESOME. I can set different profiles for my 4 year old, my 13 year old and myself. I can decide what content they each have access too including books, games, internet; so as a mom, it gives me that added level of security, it even recommends games for my munchkin, so an added bonus.

However, I do think I will have to invest in a Kindle, only because I get so many novels for it; I have to app on my iPhone, so you might think its rhetorical to have another device to toss in my purse, but trust me, when you realize how much memory eBooks take up on your phone, you will want an ereader or a paperback. I think my Kindle has over 4,000 novels and novellas, between what is on iCloud and actually on my phone.

As an avid reader of the written word, I don’t care what form it comes to me, as long as it comes to Momma!! Tossing a paperback into my purse as I head out the door for a trip with hubby is always fun, he prefers to chat when he isn’t answering calls for work, so putting my nose in a book is a great escape; now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my hubby, I just have several book boyfriends, yes, in the same series (more on that in another post). It’s difficult to read my phone or Nook while in car since I must wear Polarized sunglasses; they cut the glare (and help to prevent migraines), so they cut the words from the ereader, so I either A) have to take my sunglasses off, B) talk to hubby, C), try to sleep, or D) read a paperback. Usually, I go for C or D, lol.

Simple Comparison ~

Ereader – Electronic, have to keep it charged, can hold thousands of books and games, easy to get books, can email from, thin, can highlight passages, easy to jump or search

Paperback/Hardcover – no charge necessary, one story at a time, can read in the bath, its easy to share (just hand it over), don’t have to worry about glare, you need to have bookmarks, don’t have to worry about it shorting out in the water

Plenty of authors are getting their start with eBooks; I have many Indie Author friends who I luv and adore, and their works are ONLY available via ereader format; does that mean I will stop reading them? Not on your life! I have made some wonderful friends and I would not trade reading their books on my iPhone or Nook for ANYTHING.

Mainstream authors, sorry, give me my PAPERBACK! Do not forget us paperback fans! Don’t short change us and publish something ONLY for an ereader, be fair. We are fans too, we just want to have the nice set of you books on our shelf for others to see and to share with our girl friends and to grab when we need some bath time reading material (a few have gotten baptized, yet they are still alive and have forgiven me). Paperbacks are NOT dead.

Bookstores are still around, so there is a large market for physical books; I could spend hours and hours in a used book store (I have a few times) or Barnes and Noble. I find it a community experience while searching the shelves looking for something new or someone new or an old favorite. When I see someone searching in a used book store around where a favorite author is, I usually make small talk, that’s how I discovered a few authors who I am now a big fan of; other authors I have discovered just by walking down the isle at Target and the cover caught my eye, buy the book and I’m hooked, then my search was on for the other books in that series. That would not have happened if I had seen an eBook.

I find myself stretched thin some times with eBooks. I will be reading 5 or 6 books simultaneously, yet with paperbacks, one or possibly 2 if I am very adventurous at a time. That keeps my attention and plots from wandering too much, plenty of times I have been reading one eBook and then switch to another and another, since I get a new one that looks great and I end up forgetting about the other one for weeks; then it takes a while to get back into the groove of that one again; whereas with my paperback, I can see my progress and its sitting on my nightstand or in my purse and it BEGS me to ‘come read me.. just a few pages.. you know you want too” Does anyone else’s paperback(s) do that or is it just mine? Perhaps it’s the lack of sleep some nights that makes my book talk to me or being over caffeinated.

Well, the great debate of Ereaders verses paperbacks will continue on without a definite winner; just think about this, if the power went out or all electricity was gone, forever, paperbacks would still be able to be read.

I don’t care what you read or how you read; just READ!! Books are MY way to relax after being ‘mommy’ all day. They are my retreat and way to unwind after school stuff, bills, NRA classes (bet ya didn’t expect that!!), family drama and life. For me, books and sanity are one in the same.

What are you curing up with today??

PROMO ~ “Waking Sarah” by Krystal Shannon

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COVER REVEAL

WAKING SARAH
Vegas Mates, Book 3

Council threats and Renata’s deadly attack leave the Vegas pack scrambling to regroup…

Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé and tortured by a voice in her mind that’s haunted her since childhood, Sarah McLain learns her true ancestry after attending her best friend Margaret’s wedding. Can the pack save Sarah from the darkness that threatens to overwhelm her? Or will the wolf inside drive her over the edge before they can show her being a supernatural being is a good thing?

Chris Michaels is in charge of training the new latent werewolves at the O’Hearn mountain inn, now known as Woodhaven. His focus is tested when he finds out the beautiful but sad redhead, Sarah McLain, is his trainee. The connection he feels to her is strong but not magickal, and his wolf claims it foolish to listen to his human instincts. Can Chris heal her broken heart in time, or will he lose the woman he knows is perfect for him.

WAKING SARAH – COMING NOVEMBER 3rd – KRYSTAL SHANNAN

~Short Excerpt~

PROLOGUE

Sarah’s mind drifted as her friend Margaret recited her vows and became Scott O’Hearn’s wife. She stood silently holding the bridal bouquet. They were calla lilies. She would have been carrying calla lilies two weeks from today. They were her favorite and Brad always got some for her on her birthday.
Her thoughts moved to the unworn wedding dress hanging in the back of her mother’s closet. When she glanced up at Scott, the look of adoration he had for Margaret nearly broke her heart all over again. Brad would have looked at her like that.
Margaret had practically begged her to stand as her maid of honor. Sarah wanted to be here for her friend’s wedding. She really did. But neither Margaret nor Sam knew she’d been engaged to Brad. None of them knew she and Brad had picked out a wedding date. Or that it was two weeks from today. September twenty-second. They hadn’t had the time to tell anyone…
She shook her head and sniffed quietly, clearing the image from her mind.
Now, he was dead. That future they’d both been so excited to share with their friends had been stolen.
Nearly six months had passed since she’d gotten a life-altering knock on the door from two Houston police detectives. Sorry to inform you, but life-as-you-know-it has just ended. That’s not what they’d said, but it might as well have been.
She’d dropped out of college and come home to Vegas to find one Sam already married and Margaret in a rapidly-becoming-serious relationship and now married as of today. Margaret had told her earlier that day she’d wanted to get married in May, but somehow her big bear of a fiancé convinced her September would be better weather. Of course, Margaret had also shared they’d had a few snafus getting the inn up and running again, too. It was an older building. So the extra time had been needed to accommodate the repairs needed to house everyone.
Sure.
She’d listened to Margaret ramble on, but most of it had fallen on deaf ears.
The happiness in the room was suffocating. She should be happy for her friends, but she wasn’t. Then she felt guilty. Their lives weren’t perfect. Both Sam and Margaret had both recently lost their fathers. She couldn’t imagine losing her Dad, but right now the only thing her mind kept circling back to was that they both had their soul mates.
Hers was gone.
The forests outside the inn called to her soul. Dark thoughts of disappearing into the forest forever crossed through her mind. It was a big mountain. Her dreams over the last few days here had tortured her sleep and she’d doubled up on her prescription just to make it through the night. The pills helped silence the voice, but no treatment or therapy had ever successfully gotten rid of it.
She was so tired of the pain.
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Meet the Author:
Paranormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a ‘Happily Ever After’, she’s on board!

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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