Wednesday, 12 December 2018

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Christmas in Kentbury by Claudia Burgoa



Title: Christmas in Kentbury
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2018

 
Blurb

Knightly

If practice makes perfect, I should excel at pretending that Heath Miller doesn’t affect me. That I’m immune to that wide jaw, taut body, and the unique woodsy-aftershave-engine-oil scent that makes my ovaries explode.

Since before I could walk, he’s been my champion. My best friend. The one problem I can’t solve. Why? If I tell him I love him, I’ll lose him and his adorable daughter. Maybe the best Christmas gift I can give him—and myself—is to turn in the keys to my B&B and put some distance between us.

Heath

I’ve made my share of mistakes. Lost my MIT scholarship, came home to fix cars and romance Kentbury’s female tourists—until I wound up a single father. For all eight years of Cassie’s life, Knightly’s been my anchor.

I’ve changed. Cassie’s the best part of me, and Knightly’s been there every step of the way. But as Christmas lays its mantle of magic over Kentbury, she drops a bomb—she’s following a dream to New York City. I’ve got one week to do everything, say everything I’ve never dared. To convince my best friend to be mine—ours—for all the holidays to come.


Caroline's Review
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Fabulous little story! 

"It gets harder to feign that I'm not in love with Heath Miller."

With a bit of encouragement from her brothers, Knightly Harris makes the decision to move away to NYC for a while. She make a fresh start where nobody knows her and try and 'unfall' out of love with her best friend, Heath. She'd be leaving a lot behind - her beloved B&B business, the family resort, and sweet, little Cassie - Heath's daughter, who is like her own.

"I don't miss what I've never had, but I yearn for what I could have with her."

Heath led a tearaway life before the advent of his daughter, Cassie. However, when she came into his life, Knightly stepped up and took her into her own heart immediately. Heath doesn't think he's relationship material nor does he feel he's got much to offer Knightly - the true girl of his dreams. However, with the threat of her leaving Kentbury for a new life in NYC, he's realised that he really can't live without her. 

"This is how we'll do it. I hand you my heart...I'll take care of the rest."

I adored Heath and Knightly's story. They really belonged together. They had history, fun times, and a solid unswerving friendship between them. They've always looked after one another and raised Cassie together. I loved Heath's efforts to win her over. Once they let their walls down, the heat between them was undeniable. Gorgeous, heartwarming story and a beautiful ending.




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Prologue

Heath

I hate surprises almost as much as I hate Sunday brunch at my parents. My family and I don’t get along. It’s a cliché, but we’re like water and oil. I became everything they hate and I hate everything they represent. My parents are judgmental. During my late teens and up until a few months ago, I fucked around—a lot—in every sense.
Needless to say, I lost my scholarship to MIT during my sophomore year. The dean called me irresponsible. My parents wrote me off as a failure until I came back to Kentbury to take over my uncle’s car repair shop after he died. I try to keep myself out of trouble and off the town’s radar. I steer away from the women in town. But I do have fun with the tourists who stay at the lodge. It’s simple. They’re here for a week or a weekend. Then they’re gone for good.
“But I ran out of luck,” I sigh and look down.
In the bouncy chair lies Cassie, my one-month-old baby. The fuss of black hair is covered by a pink hat. Her arms aloft as if dreaming of cuddling her mother. I slide my pinky into her open hand and watch as her fingers curl around it. I feel her soft breath on the back of my hand. Already the tension is melting away as I watch my sweet little girl sleep in peace. She’s so innocent, she doesn’t know that our lives have been forever changed again.
“Maybe I just got lucky,” I whisper close to her ear. “You and I are going to make it work. I’ll make your proud little one.”
There’s a slight knock on the door. I kiss her tiny hand before I open it for Knightly.
“That must be, Knightly, coming to save the day,” I whisper to Cassie and kiss her tiny hand.
There’s so much I could tell her about my best friend, but not enough time. I only tell Cassie what’s important, “She’s going to become your favorite person. We call her Lee for short.”
When I swing the door open, I finally relax. Lee’s here.
Her big brown eyes narrow locking her gaze at me. “I need a big explanation,” she says handing me the shopping bags she carries with her.
“Hello, Lee,” I greet her and stare at all the bags she brought as she unzips her blue parka.
“I got everything that you asked for,” she says. Bishop is bringing the big items. What do you need that for?”
Her voice is neutral, but I know her well. She’s easy to read. The expression on her face matches her mood. I know when she’s excited about something. I can tell when she’s tired or cranky. Or, like right now, when she’s upset that I’m keeping her in the dark. As she takes off all her winter gear and sets her snow boots on the plastic tray, I close the door avoiding the sight of her body.
I like to think of Lee Harris as my best friend. One of the boys. She’s the kid who I hung out with since she could walk. I endless practice not noticing her sweet curves or the way her long, dark, curly hair cascades over her shoulders once she takes off her hat. I’m a shitty person and can’t do relationships. I’d never do anything to jeopardize my relationship with Lee. Ever.
I tilt my head toward the living room. “Follow me.”
“Oh my God, did Santa bring me a baby?” She claps once and takes out the tube of hand sanitizer that she always carries around.
Without asking, she snaps the belt of the bouncy chair open and takes her into her arms.
“Hey, beautiful, welcome to Kentbury. You’re going to love this place.”
Cassie snuggles closer to Lee who looks beautiful holding my baby. I swallow hard and remind myself that she’s a friend who deserves a lot more than a guy who sucks at life.
“You’re not going to ask anything?”
“The mom came to the lodge earlier, asking for you.” She sweeps my body with her gaze. “Tall, dark hair, light blue eyes and was friends with the Lodge’s owner.”
Lee rolls her eyes and sighs.
“You and Kingston need to stop sleeping around or…” Lee touches her mouth lightly with the tips of her fingers. “Oops, it happened.”
“You could’ve warned me.” I grit my teeth.
“I could’ve.” She shrugs. “Maybe next time.”
I glare at her. She’s not funny but I don’t have the energy to deal with her banter. Though, maybe she doesn’t have much energy either because she’s not as witty as usual.
“How are you handling the news?” She asks with a serious tone, though her gaze remains on Cassie.
“I’m dealing, I guess,” I close my eyes briefly taking a deep breath. “Can you picture me as a father?”
I gesture to myself, showing her the hot mess that I am. Then, point to the apartment I live in which is above the car shop.
“I’m a fucked-up guy who can’t finish anything. I can’t even get along with my parents. What am I supposed to do with a baby?”
“Love her,” she answers.
“You should give yourself some credit, Heath. She has the best dad in the world, and you two have me and my family.”
I smile at her and say the obvious, “I can always count on you.”
Lee studies Cassie. She smiles at her, but her face looks a little saddened. Her brown eyes are slightly red and watery. Was she crying? I’m sure it’s nothing. Later, when I’m not busy with my baby I’ll ask her what’s wrong. In the meantime, I have to learn how to be a dad.
Maybe I can find a book on how to be a father online. It worked with the car shop, and so far, I’ve managed it well enough.

 
 

Author Bio

Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of three confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh


Rock Rebel is now available!


“Tara Leigh has written her best Nothing But Trouble Book with Rock Rebel.

~Musings of the Modern Belle

SYNOPSIS
He's a rock star with a secret, she's a pop princess with a painful past - can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?
I've earned my bad reputation.
A few years ago, I was New York City's hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now... I'm rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I'm an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.
They're not entirely wrong. I don't give a damn what other people think, and I'm all for breaking the rules... except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.
Rock gods don't tour with pop princesses.
It's not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity's incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is... intriguing. But I'm convinced the skeletons in Verity's closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we're not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I'm determined to keep hidden.
Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .
But since when do I give a damn about the rules?




ABOUT TARA LEIGH

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.
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BLOG TOUR: Virulent by Dani René & Yolanda Olson


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Folie á Deux – Book One by Dani René & Yolanda Olson 
Publication Date: December 4, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance


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We've always been different. 
Normal is something that's bored us from the moments we were spit into this world, screaming and crying, wondering why we were dispelled from the sanctity of the darkness we both crave. 
I guess in a way, it's made us stronger than we thought we were. 
Especially now since we have each other. 
I’d do anything for her and she would do anything for me. 
Lie. 
Cheat. 
Steal. 
Kill. 
We were never meant to be together, but the universe has a way of taking two completely different disasters and putting them together to let destruction reign freely. 
Our story is born of violence, deceit, and mischief, but it’s one you won’t soon forget. 
Welcome to the world according to Pike & Molly. 

*Warning: This is an extremely dark, taboo story. There are numerous triggers throughout the story.




About Dani René

Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA). A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride. On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness. She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.

About Yolanda Olson

Yolanda Olson is an award winning and international bestselling author. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT where she currently resides, she usually spends her time watching her favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. Occasionally, she takes a break to write books and test the limits of her mind. Also an avid horror movie fan, she likes to incorporate dark elements into the majority of her books.


Monday, 10 December 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Side Hustle by Emily Goodwin

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From New York Times bestselling author Emily Goodwin comes a sexy standalone romance about a single dad who has sworn off women and the nanny who is faced with the biggest con she has ever pulled, not falling in love.

Side Hustle by Emily Goodwin is live!

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When Scarlet Cooper takes a new job as a nanny, she assumes she’s going to work for the rich couple who hired her. But instead of pulling up to their million-dollar estate, she finds herself on the front porch of a humble farmhouse, looking into the eyes of dark and brooding single dad, Weston Dawson.

It’s bad enough that Weston doesn’t have a fortune to charm out of him, but he’s also a cop. After marrying his high school sweetheart only to have her up and leave weeks after their baby was born, Weston has sworn off women for life. All that matters now is taking care of his son, Jackson.

If anyone can break down the tough exterior of the former soldier, it’s Scarlet. But just when she’s close to getting exactly what she wants, she’s faced with a whole new challenge, which just might be the biggest con she’s ever pulled: pretending she doesn’t love him.


Danielle's Review
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Scarlet Cooper is from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. Dad ran out on the family, she was then a high school dropout taking care of her younger siblings because of her crackhead mom. As she got older, she found a new, easy way to make money. Conning married men out of money, or just stealing it outright. Yeah, I know. SKEEZER! Eventually, her dad came back, got sick and her sister went to jail. She’s once again left to take care of everyone, so she takes on another nanny gig thinking it’ll be as fruitful as the last. 

Wrong. 

Weston Dawson, single dad, hot cop. Wowza. Scarlet was definitely NOT expecting him to greet her on the steps of her new job. Wes is still married even though his wife is a total loser and bailed when his son was just a brand new baby love. He hasn’t seen her in over three years but hasn’t felt the need to end things just yet. 

Yeah, that changes quick. 

Scarlet & Wes have undeniable chemistry. The sexual tension is palpable. It doesn’t take long for the feelings to develop and for each of them to jump in head first. But when Wes’s ex shows up with plans to foil their future, it all comes tumbling down...or does it? 

I LOVE WES! Where can I find one? He’s the gentle, loving alpha every girl needs in her life. Scarlet goes from being a heartless wench to being so full of love it actually made me feel a little, too. 

5 STARS! 💓

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About Emily:

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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RELEASE BOOST: Christmas Sugar by Melanie Moreland


Title: Christmas Sugar
Series: Insta-Spark Series
Author: Melanie Moreland
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2018
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Dylan Maxwell is a busy man. His no-nonsense approach to life and business keeps him balanced – and alone. His life is bland – devoid of any kind of sweetness or light.

An unexpected business trip close to Christmas, however, brings three people into his life he never expected. 

An oversharing teenager.
A lisping little angel.
A sexy, unassuming woman unlike any he has ever met. Her bossy attitude challenges him, while her green eyes melt the frost around his heart.

They draw out something in him that he has never experienced.

Feelings.

Are they the Christmas miracles he needs – or will he walk away from the sweetest gift he has ever been offered? 

Love.



"Melanie Moreland's Christmas Sugar is this season's must have gift for romance lovers. The perfect holiday read." - B. Cranford, author of The Avenue series
"You won't even need a fire to make you feel warm this Christmas. Christmas Sugar has a sweet buy sassy heroine who melts the cold brooding hero's heart will keep the chill away the entire holiday season. I can't get enough of this adorable and extra fluffy Christmas story." - Alexa Riley, author of Lift and Hungry for More
"Simply heartwarming. A perfect holiday story to enjoy by a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate." - Mae Wood, author of Genealogy


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New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She's learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

Melanie is represented by Flavia Viotti at Bookcase Literary Agency. For any questions regarding subsidiary or translation rights please contact her at flavia@bookcaseagency.com




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