Wednesday, May 04, 2016

DENIAL (CARELESS WHISPERS #1) SPOTLIGHT & SALE

To celebrate the upcoming release of DEMAND (Careless Whispers book two) on May 31st, Lisa Renee Jones has put DENIAL (Careless Whispers book one) on sale for $1.99 (reg. $7.99) for the FIRST TIME!! 

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Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, the first book in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (in development for TV) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan's best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He's tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn't destroy her first.

More info about the upcoming book, the series and a mega giveaway: lisareneejones.com/careless-whispers-series-page

Lisa's bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.



Tuesday, May 03, 2016

THE PUREST HOOK (A SECOND CIRCLE TATTOOS #3)

The Purest Hook
A Second Circle Tattoos Novel book #3
St. Martin's Press (Macmillan)
Release date: May 3, 2016
Review copy provided by the publisher 

Blurb:
Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

Nikki’s Review:

To say that I love this series is an understatement! I have read thousands of romance novels, and there are only a couple of handfuls of books that kick me in the gut. Scarlett Cole's, Second Circle Tattoos series is one of them! I lose all sense of time when I'm devouring one of her books. The Purest Hook pulled me and wouldn't let go until the last page.

We met Pixie and Dred in book one. I could feel the chemistry between them. Dred is full of charm and enough rock star swagger to make my spine tingle! And he clearly makes certain areas on, Pixie's body tingle! Through books one and two, they do the dance of flirtation and easy smiles. But Pixie is holding back. There's a story there that we aren't privy to yet. So, when it came time for, Dred and Pixie to take the dive, I was eager to go with them!

These characters both have emotional hang-ups and enough baggage to fill the cargo hold of an airplane. What I love about all the characters in this series, is that they are beautifully flawed. They're good people who have had to fight to find their way in the world. Scarlett Cole writes characters that are real. I feel like they could be my friends. Reading the banter between them is one of the best parts. It all seems so natural. The character development is fabulous. The emotions are raw. 

Dred and Pixie are struggling with their secrets. They're afraid if they share with each other, the parts that not many people know about, that it'll destroy their fragile relationship. Here's where you want to shake them and tell them to just be honest! Though, I can't imagine laying yourself bare like that and risk losing the person you're falling in love with. 

Dred does a lot of growing up in this book. He has to make some decisions about his life. He has to be a better person, and not just for himself. Pixie also has to make decisions. She has to decide to trust someone with her story. She has to reveal her demons and show that she's stronger than her past.

I love these two tortured souls together! They are the light to each other's darkness. You can feel the contentment when they are together. You can also feel the lust burning up the pages! Sweet baby Jesus, the lust is so bright and explosive, it takes your breath away! The sex scenes are seriously intense and beautifully written. Dred is my new book boyfriend. He ummm, has magic fingers...and other magic stuff too! 

I can't go into too much detail about their issues and secrets. I don't want to give it all away. To fully understand and enjoy the journey, you need to be immersed in it.

You get a lot of Trent and Cujo time too! I love that the secondary characters are prominent, but they don't take away from the current couples story. The people in this series are a family. Blood doesn't connect them, the heart does. They've all had their struggles and by finding each other, they've found what they needed the most...love and family.

If you haven't already, start with book one, The Strongest Steele. You wouldn't want to miss, Trent's book anyways! But you'll get the start of Pixie and Dred's story too. This is a series that will stay with you. When I finish each book, I think about the characters long after. I miss them. Getting the next book in the series is like coming home. And home is a great place.



DARE TO TAKE RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT


Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: May 3, 2016

Blurb


She was off limits,
But he couldn't resist.

There are just some guys you don't touch--even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that.  But when her brother's best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can't resist.  After all, she's wanted him for years...
On leave from the army, Tyler Dare WAS just looking for a little fun, but his best friend's sister is off limits.  Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible. 
Now years later, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her.  It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her . . . in more ways than one.

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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Teaser


The sun shone overhead, the temperature neared ninety, and the humidity was hair-curlingly high on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, making it hard to believe a hurricane was coming soon. Ella Shaw glanced up at the blue sky, knowing it wouldn't remain pristine for long.
The calm before the storm.
She pulled her hair into a high ponytail and headed out of her hotel, determined to hit the local gift shop she'd caught sight of on her way to the photo shoot yesterday. She'd seen long, draping, blue-beaded necklaces from the storefront window, but she hadn't had time to stop. Her boss was a stickler for getting the right shot in the exact light, and they'd worked well past dark. By the time they'd wrapped for the day, the store had been closed.
As an assistant for Angie Crighton, a fashion designer based in Miami, Ella was responsible for the little details involved in a photo shoot. And though Angie, the photographer, and models had left the island this morning, Ella had stayed to make sure the shooting site was clean, the hotel pleased enough to allow them back another time. And if she were honest with herself, she liked the downtime after the craziness of a photo shoot, the rushing around of the crew, the bossiness of some of the models and, of course, of Angie herself.
Ella appreciated the fact that she had time to souvenir shop for her best friend, Avery Dare. How ironic was it that the two girls from very different worlds had met at all? But they had. And it was Avery who'd introduced Ella to the finer things in life, leading her to seek out a job with an haute-couture designer. Whereas Avery came from a wealthy family, Ella had been raised firmly middle class, but the two girls had bonded instantly. They'd even shared an apartment until recently, when her best friend had moved in with her rock star boyfriend, Grey Kingston.
Yep, two different worlds, even now, Ella thought wryly. But their friendship was solid. Which reminded her, she needed to let Avery know she might not make it back to the States tomorrow as planned.
When Ella had heard about the storm changing course, she'd tried to book an earlier flight out, without success. She shivered at the possibility of being stranded here alone during a hurricane and knew Avery would like the news even less. Her best friend suffered from severe anxiety, and Ella didn't like to make her worry.
She'd just buy Avery an extra gift to make up for it, she thought, walking into the shop. She immediately headed to the turquoise-blue beads she'd seen through the window. The shopkeeper claimed they were Larimar beads. Even if they were fake, the beads, popular in the Caribbean, were said to have healing powers. Ella purchased two dozen, a mix of bracelets and necklaces, so she could share with the children at the cancer treatment center where she and Avery volunteered.
Avery had been nine, Ella ten years old when they'd met at a Miami hospital, both donating bone marrow, both there at the behest of a parent. Neither of them really understanding what was happening. All Ella had known was that she was doing a favor for her father, helping the stepmother Ella didn't like all that much to begin with. Even at a young age, Ella had been a good judge of character, a better one than her father, obviously, because shortly after Janice had gotten well, she'd left Ella's dad. And both her father and Ella's life had gone downhill from there. Ella shook off the thoughts of her past before she could go deeper and darker, and focused on the pretty jewelry.
She spent some time choosing a thick turquoise bracelet for Avery and a similar one for herself before paying for everything and waiting for the shopkeeper to wrap things up.
Bag in hand, she started back to the hotel, cutting through side streets and looking into the windows of the stores, soaking up the culture along the cobblestone streets before heading back to Miami tomorrow. At least, she still hoped she'd be home. Knowing she couldn't change the outcome, she pushed her worrisome thoughts aside. She'd deal with the situation as it came.
Sweat dampened her neck from the humidity of the island, and she contemplated taking a cab back to the hotel. She reached into her straw bag and pulled out her cell phone to make the call, when, without warning, she felt a hard jerk on her purse.
"What the—?" She spun around, but whomever wanted her purse was quicker.
She barely caught a glimpse of a tall guy with dark hair as he yanked harder, nearly pulling her shoulder out of its socket before slamming her against the nearby building with his other hand.
Her head hit the concrete wall, and spots immediately appeared behind her eyes from the impact. As she struggled not to pass out, the man grabbed her purse, along with her cell phone that had fallen to the ground.
She opened her mouth to scream, but nothing came out. Her legs collapsed beneath her, and she fell to the ground, her head smacking the sidewalk before everything went black.
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FATAL HONOR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Title: Fatal Honor
Series: Shadow Force International, #2
Author: Misty Evans
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Book Summary:

The second thrilling novel in the bodyguard romantic suspense series, Shadow Force International.

Miles is Charlotte’s one and only weakness. He’s also her only hope…

To stop a Romanian crime lord and clear her name, British Intelligence officer Charlotte Carstons has no choice. She must track down former Navy SEAL Miles Duncan and ask for his help. Miles holds the key to completing her undercover assignment and proving she’s no traitor…but he also holds a grudge. Getting him to forgive her may be the most challenging mission of her life.

Charlotte is his fantasy woman. She’s also the biggest mistake of his career…

He was supposed to hunt her down. Instead Miles ended up at the mercy of the sexy, mysterious MI6 agent who left him without so much as a goodbye after their six-week love affair in the Carpathian Mountains. Back in the States and working as an operative for Shadow Force International, Miles has been searching for Charlotte ever since—and so has everyone else. She’s a traitor to her country and she may be responsible for the deaths of his SEAL teammates a year ago.

Together, they can save the world. Or destroy each other…

When Charlotte shows up on his doorstep asking for help, Miles knows better than to get involved. She's determined to go back to Romania with or without him, however, and he knows she’s walking into a deadly trap. Can he keep her safe as they travel across continents and explore the depth of their feelings for each other? Or will misplaced honor and treasonous loyalties prove fatal for them both?

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Liza’s Review:

I've read other books in the past from Misty Evans, but had somehow missed the first book in the Shadow Force International series. I had not trouble picking up and reading Fatal Honor as a stand-alone story. 

Fatal Honor was a really fast read for me. I'm a big fan of the romantic suspense genre and felt like Fatal Honor touched on all the right buttons. Charlotte is such a strong character. She has basically survived hell and still wants to protect all those people she cares about no matter what it takes. I also absolutely adored her relationship with Miles. Yes it started out with both of them keeping secrets from one another, but I really loved their chemistry and totally saw them finding a way to make a relationship work. 

Misty Evans gives her readers a great read with Fatal Honor. There is just enough suspense in the story to keep you on the edge of your seat at times and the romance totally worked for me. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and plan to go back and read the first one very soon.

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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