Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scenes from the City by Penny Reid


aka... the Festivus Surprise

100% of proceeds go to Toys for Tots.

This book cannot be read as a standalone. It is a collection of short scenes following the ladies from the 'Knitting in the City' series and will only be available in eBook format from December 1 - December 15, 2014.


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Kelsie's Review
5 Across the Board Stars!! (Like you were expecting anything else)

Let's go scene by scene, shall we?

'Neanderthal Seeks Honeymoon' - Janie and Quinn

HILARIOUS. Were we expecting anything else? Frogs and vaginas people! That's all you need to know about this one.

'Friends Definitely With Benefits' - Elizabeth and Nico

Surprisingly poignant...or maybe not so surprising. I don't know why I didn't think Elizabeth had this kind of depth. Maybe because I find her the hardest to connect to, but when we see her moments of weakness that's when I can connect with her. She's very strong, almost all the time which seems to be required of her, but it was nice to see her crumble a little. And of course it helps to have Nico Mangaofhdosafjsjfpiello (I can't pronounce it either, my fingers spazz when I try to type it) to help put you back together! 

'Hacking the Hacker' - Sandra and Alex

Oh God, my favorites. Or I should say current favs because SOMEBODY had to go and give us a sneak peek of another couple and now I'm in lurve with them. Anyhoo, Sandra and Alex, what can I say? You will laugh, smile so hard your cheeks hurt (both sets), and just sigh all over the place. Alex is the best and Sandra is hysterical. I think it may be time for a reread!

'Beauty and the Beard' - Ashley and Drew

Oh, romantic, whoa! Drew, seriously, sets the bar. Gah. Melty chocolate.  I can't really process...kinda feel like Ash right now whenever he starts spouting off poetry. Wowza. This scene was beautiful and HOT. Yum. Like hot melty chocolate with some spice. Yessss.

'Ninja at First Sight' - Fiona and Greg

And here we gooooo! Greg. Just Greg. Every single damn time I think I've hit my threshold of man love for Penny's male leads she then introduces another and I'm over here like "My heart cannot grow this large!" But I have to say, in the few pages we have with Greg, he has completely stolen the top spot. No contest. I love his sarcasm, his wit, his intelligence, the way he talk and treats Fiona, I mean...WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?! Penny, you're giving me a complex! Do you know how hard it is to date and be like "Well, he's no Alex! See ya!" And now they have to compare to Greg too? Sorry, men, I now have unreasonable standards because of Penny Reid. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Redemption by Sara Furlong Burr


Ten years ago, her family was murdered.

One year ago, she left her life behind for a chance to avenge their deaths.

Twenty-four hours ago, her defiance sealed her fate.

With her suspicions mounting and her loyalty to The Epicenter tested, Celaine Stevens makes the decision to fight for a cause she believes in and aligns herself with the rebellion. Joined by Ian Grant, the pair escape from The Epicenter and travel to the Capitol, where they find Marshall Leitner and his followers. While inside the rebellion, Celaine and Ian learn that the rebels are planning a final uprising against President Brooks, one in which they hope will sway the rest of the country’s opinion in their favor. 

However, loyalties are soon tested. The rebels are finding it hard to trust them, so when a bounty is issued on Celaine and Ian by President Brooks, it may be too good for some of them to resist.

As the nation goes to war, Celaine finds herself in the fight of her life. Vendettas will become personal, lives will be lost, and her world will change forever.


Kelsie's Review!!
5 Sad it's ending Stars!! 

Well...it's done. And Sara doesn't disappoint at all. In fact, I'd have to say that this was one of the most satisfying ends to a series that I've ever read. Even though I was still crying into my Kindle and yelling "Why, Sara, why?!" I knew that it couldn't have ended any other way. Sounds ominous, doesn't it? GUESS YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO READ IT!! Muahaha! 

In all seriousness, there were no loose ends, the pace was Sara's trademark white knuckle gripping quick, and emotions were always high. I'm almost positive that I just stayed at a 10 the entire time. Which is good because absolutely nothing distracted me, but also bad because absolutely nothing distracted me. This is a "walking into walls because you have to take the book with you so you can read it while you walk" kind of deal. 

Now, just in fair warning, I do tend to keep the reviews of final installments short so as to not give away anything because I hate spoilers. But I can assure you that this installment is as good as all the others, Celaine is still kick ass, and Sara has done well at making sure all loose ends are tied and justice is served. I cannot wait to read what she puts out next! Recommended to everyone and their mama! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Release Day!!





Twenty-six-year-old Abraham O’Donnell is the CFO of Steel Inc. After working tirelessly for over a year, he takes a week off to enjoy the sand, surf, and bikini-clad women of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After all, he's earned it.

When a brief interlude with a flight attendant in her hotel room goes awry, Abe heads to a rental home with a private beach. While floating naked in the pool, he learns a guest house on the property is also occupied. So much for rest and relaxation. Ever the gentleman, Abe tries to make the most of his misfortune, and offers to make the beauties staying on the property some dinner.

It's senior year and Nikolette (Nikki) Bassett is a few days late for her last college Spring Break with her four best girlfriends. When she arrives, all these ladies can talk about is the guy next door. And once Nikki gets a look at him, she knows what they mean. Fresh from an afternoon of surfing, Nikki can hardly believe her eyes when Abe approaches. The sexual tension and banter between the two of them leads to steamy hot sex on the Atlantic shore.

It's only a Spring Break fling, and both Abe and Nikki know better than to make it out to be more than that. Or do they? Abe’s calm demeanor changes once he has a taste of Nikki. That night, no location is safe. He takes her on the beach and ravages her in his bed. But despite their mind-blowing sex, Abe's taste for ultimate control in the bedroom makes Nikki uneasy. Nikki's just getting over a heartbreak and she can't afford to let Abe in. So, she pushes aside her budding feelings, and leaves Florida and Abe behind without a backwards glance.

Not used to being dumped and afraid to admit how much it hurts, Abe cuts his loses and heads back to Steel Inc., resume his role at the top of Steel Inc., pouring his heart and soul into his work. But Nikki Moore won't be forgotten so easily. Her taste, scent, voice, the noises she made when he brought her to ecstasy, the way she tasted on his tongue, and felt under his touch haunts him. Always fighting for control, Abe tries to push Nikki far into the back of his mind, as he fucks the rented women he had grown accustom to.

But Karma is a bitch, and Abe blames her for Nikki leaving him the way she did. So when Nikki shows up unexpectedly, Abe welcomes Karma with open arms. Control has left the building and safety of one's heart is no longer strong enough to stop what happens next.

ABE, is the first in the TIES OF STEEL series from bestselling erotica author MJ Fields. It is a spin-off of the bestselling MEN OF STEEL series featuring the Steel brothers: Jase, Cyrus, Zandor and Xavier.






MJ Fields's love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and they sold it to family members. She self-published her first New Adult romance in January 2013. Today, she has completed four self-published series, The Love series, The Wrapped series, The Burning Souls series, and The Men of Steel series. The Norfolk series has one title self-published so far and Ties of Steel, which was acquired by Swoon Romance in June 2014. Book 1 ABE releases October 28, 2014. MJ is a bestselling romance erotica author and former small business owner, who recently closed the business so she could write full time.
MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

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This complete collection of MJ Fields Men of Steel series together has over 600 5 star reviews.

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Tattooed, pierced, alpha, New Jersey brothers Jase, Cyrus, Zandor, and Xavier Steel work side by side at their families tattoo shop Forever Steel. 
These sexy and confident young men vow to never fall in love. They show no restraint when it comes to living life the way they want, and enjoy the simple pleasures in abundance. They have an unbreakable family bond and stand by each other through all of lives ups and downs.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Tour Stop!! Killer Queen by LH Cosway!! BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!

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Happy Release Day to L.H Cosway and her new book KILLER QUEEN!

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Synopsis
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome… Come inside The Glamour Patch club to see the star of our show, Miss Vivica Blue. 

 Do you want to read my diary you nosy little devils? Have a glass of champagne (you’ll need it) and get comfortable because you’re in for some crazy shenanigans brought to you straight from the horse’s mouth. I can be whatever you want me to be: boy, girl, a little bit of both. If you have a problem with a man in a dress then best be off with you. If males in make-up give you the willies, then I’ll say au revoir and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. So, who are we left with? Ah, a fine collection of curious souls. I want to tell you a tale of love, because those are the most glorious kind. I want to tell you about real love, a love that transcends labels and gender stereotypes. 

The moment I first laid eyes on my Freda I knew that we were kindred. Well okay, I also knew I wanted to get into her pants, but that’s beside the point. My world was a grey place. I was at my lowest ebb. Then she came along and patches of colour began to spring forth. One day the daffodils were yellow and before I knew it, colour was everywhere, lighting up my life. Love is not about how we appear on the outside, it’s about the soul contained within. Our story was not a conventional one, but it was ours, and that’s what made it shine. 

  Killer Queen is a companion novel to L.H. Cosway’s contemporary romance, Painted Faces. It contains scenes that take place before, during and after the original story. It can also be read as a standalone. 

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Kelsie's Review!
4 Stars!! 

First I should say that Painted Faces was my number one pick for Best Book 2013. I loved it and I fell in love with LH Cosway's writing style and how she can develop her characters. So when I had the opportunity to read Killer Queen I jumped on it, despite the fact that I've become leery of companion novels because they tend to disappoint. There was just something about Viv/Nick, I just knew that he could tell the same FACTS of a situation and the story be completely different. 

His mind is so colorful and to be a total cheeseball, VIVid. The way he sees the world, the way he feels, his highs and his lows....well, he's a human roller coaster and he takes us on one hell of a ride. Now, I may be the only person on this point (because I'm looney tunes), but did anyone else notice how different Viv/Nick saw Fred then Fred saw herself? I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Usually with companion novels or even with alternating POVs it's rare to get a primary character perspective change in terms of the personality. The way I read Fred in Painted Faces was very anxious, maybe slightly insecure, but more impatient with people, places, and things...nouns. LOL! Not in a annoyed way, but in a utilitarian way. Except when it came to feelings, then she was emotional and demonstrative. For Viv/Nick's POV it was like the total opposite. Fred came off (at least to me) as more insecure, maybe way more standoffish, and kinda cold, but still the hilarious and kind Fred we all know and love. Did anyone else notice this? Am I alone? Is this all in my head because I'm writing this late after a super long work day? WHOOO KNOOOOWS???!!! Ok, LH, probably does....

Anyways! What I really liked about it (in addition to above) was all the history and Viv/Nick time. This wasn't just a retelling, it was new material and thank the Freddie Mercury FOR THAT! We get to see somewhat how Viv/Nick tics. I'm not sure if we will ever see all the way to the bottom of that lake, but it got a little clearer. And I love him more for it. We also get to see beyond where Painted Faces ended which YAY!!!! 

So why 4 stars? Well, y'all, I would have loved to have delved a little more into the Drag Queen world. I wanted to explore more of Viv/Nick's psyche. This is going to sound super odd, but I really wanted less romance and more of just getting to know Viv/Nick. We already know how the story ends so let's delve a little deeper into our Killer Queen. 

That all being said, LH knocks another one out of the park. If you haven't done so already, you really need to start reading this author. Everything she writes is very unique with one of the freshest voices I've ever come across. I don't say this lightly, but she's an auto buy for me. I don't even need to read the blurb, it's just "oh, LH? CLICK!" Because I know what I'm getting -> quality. TRUST ME! 

Happy Reading, Kelsie :D 
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AboutTheAuthor LH Cosway

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Cover Reveal! The Hooker and The Hermit by LH Cosway and Penny Reid

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid 
  Publication Date: February 2015 
  Genres: Contemporary, Romance


Synopsis

THE HERMIT Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much. 

 THE HOOKER Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite... 

 THE PLAN When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together. What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is? The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.


About L.H. Cosway

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

About Penny Reid


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon... boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.