Thursday, October 31, 2013

Season of the Witch

Coming Halloween 2013!!!

I'm super excited to share the newest release from author Silver James! I've already purchased my copy for my kindle and can't wait to read more about Sade and her crew.

Season of the Witch (Penumbra Papers Book 1)

Welcome to The Penumbra Papers, the exciting new Urban Fantasy series from award-winning author Silver James. Fans of her Moonstruck series will love the Penumbra Papers. These “Cases from the Shadow’s Edge” explore the forces of light and dark as they dance through shadows humans barely glimpsed prior to the Big Rip. Since then, all manner of preternatural magicks intermingle with humans in ways mysterious, magical and, in some cases, criminal. Much to humanity’s surprise, there really are monsters under the bed and the things that go bump in the night are bigger and scarier than anyone ever imagined.

Back cover blurb

Sade Marquis. Her best friend turns furry. Her godfather’s a master vampire. Her mother was once a mistress of the King of the Faerie Court.
After the Veil rips, FBI Special Agent Sade Marquis is picked to head up the newly-formed MAGIC unit. When magic’s in the air, Sade is the agent FBI Director George Bailey wants in the trenches. She’s savvy, snarky, and sexy but she may have met her match when she’s sent to Chicago to investigate the murder of a congressional aide.
Is the vampire, Kristian St. John, guilty as sin? Once a Templar knight, Sinjen now teaches history at the University of Chicago. He must rely on Sade to clear his name and track the real culprit.
Together, they unravel a thousand-year-old mystery. If they don’t solve it, the world—human and magick—will suffer the consequences unleashed by evil incarnate.

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Excerpt from Season of the Witch

Fuck you. What the hell was she thinking? Fuck her! The best and the sexiest from every preternatural race attempted her seduction at one time or another. Every last one of the magicks, in the right glamour, looked damned hot. Luckily, they couldn’t reproduce with humans—which was a very good thing. Otherwise, there would be little halflings running around all over the place. Ariel, known everywhere as the King’s Seducer—an actual title within the fae court—never got past first base with her.

The last magick to try—a sexy dragon—still called and texted in hopes of catching her with her guard down. She just thought Nikos Constantine could kiss. If not for a bansidhe attack, she might have been tempted by Nikos. In the end, though, she’d shut him down. All those attempts were to no avail, but here she was in a vampire’s arms ready to waive all rights to her virginity.

Hiding the fact she was ready for a horizontal tango remained high on Sade’s to-do list. She’d made out with guys before. A lot. Well, okay. A little. Caleb and Roman never let her out of their sight for very long. Not even Ari or Nikos could get her between the sheets. She was not frigid, despite what Caleb thought. She wasn’t.

The fact Sinjen had her all hot and bothered at the moment proved her point. Her girlie bits snapped to attention, returning the salute from his manly bits...or vampirely bits as the case might be. That meant he’d fed. That bit of lore was correct. Sade once checked with a doctor about it, a prominent cardiologist, in fact. The process all had to do with blood pressure and well...stuff. A twinge of jealousy nipped at her. He’d fed. On someone. Besides her.

“That can be arranged,” Sinjen breathed into her mouth.

Sade squeaked. Had he read her mind? There seemed to be a lot of that going on. When he continued, she realized his mind was on something completely different.

“But fuck is such a vulgar word for what I want to do to you, Lady Sade.” He murmured the words against her cheek as his mouth left her lips and trailed upward toward her ear. His lips paused on the wildly beating pulse under the soft skin of her throat. As he nuzzled, her pulse quickened even more and he smiled. “Will my ice queen scorch me before the night is through?” The word’s whispered across her skin.

Once again, Sade’s knees all but buckled under his ardent assault. Damn, she thought. All those romance novels are right after all. That was the last coherent thought she had as Sinjen’s arm tightened around her waist. His other hand cupped the back of her head and held her still for the onslaught of his lips and tongue. He angled her head so he could trail kisses down her throat before returning to assault her mouth.

As she melted against him, Sinjen kissed the tip of her nose and rested his forehead against hers. Sade trembled in his arms but it wasn’t because she was afraid. No, she would never fear him.

“What a treasure you are,” he murmured, his lips nibbling hers as he spoke. “But I fear you think far too much.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Coming Home Series Spotlight

 I found Jessica Scott’s books as soon as her very first book was released in 2011. I love her voice and thanks to her, I have an even bigger appreciation for the men and women in the military and their families. I was lucky enough to met Jess at RWA in Atlanta this year and it was totally one of the highlights of my trip. As she has 2 more stories coming out soon in her Coming Home Series, I decided it was time to spotlight her books.

Because of You Release date November 14, 2011

From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there's more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he'll never see again- until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.  Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there's a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels - for the first time in a long time - like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty -it's a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected - her deepest desire.

Until There Was You Release date October 8, 2012

From the author of Because of You comes an all-new contemporary eBook romance. He plays by the rules, she's not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed Army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure--except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else--including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He's more than the rank on his chest; he's a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

Anything for You Release date February 1, 2013
From the author of Because of You comes an all new Coming Home short story.

Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams. But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.

Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.

As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

I’ll be Home for Christmas Release date November 5, 2013

There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

Back to You Release date January 7, 2014

He’s in for the fight of his life . . .
Army captain Trent Davila loved his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful children. But when he almost lost his life in combat, something inside him died. He couldn’t explain the emptiness he felt or bridge the growing distance between him and his family—so he deployed again. And again. And again…until his marriage reaches its breaking point. Now, with everything on the line, Trent has one last chance to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs …if she’ll have him

to win back his only love.

Laura is blindsided when Trent returns home. Time and again, he chose his men over his family, and she’s just beginning to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together.  But when Trent faces a court martial on false charges, only Laura can save him. What begins as an act of kindness to protect his career inflames a desire she thought long buried—and a love that won’t be denied.  But can she trust that this time he’s back to stay? 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Barefoot by the Sea

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When you think you know your heart's desire . . . 

Tessa Galloway is a gifted nurturer-her verdant garden at Barefoot Bay's new resort is living proof. If only the woman who can grow anything could grow what she wants most: a baby. Her friends think the right guy will come along, but Tessa doesn't want to wait. All she needs is the perfect donor to make her dream come true. Then John Brown is hired at the resort. If anyone could make beautiful babies, it's this gorgeous, mysterious man. So why does Tessa suddenly find herself wanting so much more?

Can you give up all your dreams for love?

It's been three long years since John Brown had to leave his old life. Forced into the witness protection program, he's desperate to be reunited with his toddler twins. When he gets that chance, there's a catch-he must prove he's got a steady job and a new wife. Landing a gig as a chef in Barefoot Bay is easy enough. And falling for lovely Tessa is even easier. The hard part? Can he win the heart of a woman who prizes honesty-when the truth may shatter it?

Release date 10/29/13 Forever Hachette Book Group

I was lucky enough to be given an ARC from the author at RWA this summer (Thanks Rocki!!!). I'm a huge fan of Roxanne St. Claire and with great restraint, made myself wait until closer to the release date to read this book. 

I'm a huge fan of the Barefoot Bay series and was excited for Tessa to finally get her happily ever after. I've said over and over again how much the friendship between Tessa, Zoe, Lacey, and Jocelyn is one of my favorite things about this series. I see my friends and myself as I read each of these books, even though there are 7 of us. However, much like Tessa and her friends, my friends and I give each other a hard time, joke and laugh like crazy, and most of all are always there for one another.

Tessa need she her friends now more than ever, since she has decided to go it alone to have a baby. I almost fell off my sofa laughing as the friends sat around a table in a bar giving names to sperm. Of course, this would be when the perfect man happens to walk into Tessa's life. John Brown/Ian Browning really is perfect for Tessa; except for one tiny flaw...he is in the witness protection program and can't be truthful about anything. Oh how I fell for John/Ian just like Tessa. Even knowing he was keeping secrets from her, she couldn't seem to keep her hands off him if they were in the same area together. The biggest secret John/Ian is keeping is the fact that he has toddler twins. So not only is he the perfect man for Tessa, but he comes with children, which are her biggest dream ever. 

It totally killed me that John/Ian couldn't be truthful with Tessa about everything, even as I knew they were both falling in love with each other. When they are picked to be the test wedding at the resort, I was hoping it would be forever for them both. Tessa continued to fight her feelings for John/Ian because she knew he was keeping something from her and John/Ian seemed to be fighting his feelings just as hard. I won't lie and say this book didn't make me cry, because it did...several times in fact. However, I tend to cry when reading many of Rocki's books, so I pretty much know to keep tissues handy. I also tend to laugh, and I did so many times with this book. 

I'm sure I've said this about other books in the Barefoot Bay series, but Barefoot by the Sea is my favorite in the series so far. Really of the 4 books out now, it is so my favorite book. Rocki pulled all the emotions out of me with this book and I loved every single minute of it. As soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to re-read it right away. I’ll also say this book can be read as a stand alone, even though it is the 4th book in the series. I do however suggest reading the other books in the series first. I'm pretty excited this book isn't the end of our time in Barefoot Bay. We will again get to be with the Barefoot Bay characters starting next year with the Barefoot Bride books. Woohoo!!! 

***As today is my birthday, I've decided to give 1 (one) digital copy of the Barefoot Bay book of the commenter's choice. Please make sure your email address is posted with your comment so I can contact the winner.  Open from 10/29 to 11/02. I'll draw the winner using***