Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Words that trip me up


There are some words in the English language that I stumble on when writing them. These tend to be words I can’t replace with another, even though I may spend hours trying. I’m sure you’re dying for examples so here are a few.

Drank vs. drunk
Pat vs. patted
Towards vs. toward
Dove vs. dived
Farther vs. further
Leapt vs. leaped
Its vs. it’s
Lay vs. Laid vs Lain
Who vs. whom

I wrote this post with no intention of clearing up these words for anyone, not even myself. Only because when I look them up and then understand them for the moment, I somehow find that I’ve lost that clarity when I need to use the word again.

English can be a little confusing.

Do you have any words that you get mixed up?


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Book Spotlight: Awakening Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #4) by Sharon Kay #ParanormalRomance

Title: Awakening Kiss
Series: Watcher's Kiss #4
Author: Sharon Kay
Genre: Adult, PNR Romance
Published: September 13, 2016
As part of the Watchers, Rhys is used to all types of combat, pursuit, and interrogation. But hacking and tracking through hidden online channels is where he excels. Shattering codes and sneaking around firewalls comes as easily to him as a swordfight or street brawl with a predatory enemy.

Cooking up sweet new pastry creations is Enza’s dream job. Kitchen appliances never fail her, unlike every computer she’s ever touched. Her fledging baking business is doing well, yet as streetlights flicker with her changing mood, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s different from everyone else. But life as a regular Chicago girl is all she’s ever known…until one hot summer night.

Violence threatens both of them when her world collides with Rhys’s in a dark city alley. As a raw and formidable ability awakens in her mind, she becomes targeted by the last person she expects. Drawn to his sweet baker with a pull he can’t deny, Rhys vows to protect her—no matter the consequences that will change their lives forever.


Awakening Kiss Excerpt © Sharon Kay 2016

After a few minutes, they reached a split that made two branches. “It’s up ahead on the left,” Rhys murmured, and pulled her to the right hand tunnel.
“Then why are we—”
He extinguished his fire and crowded her against the cool concrete wall. “Remember what I said about scents?”
Enza’s breath hitched and her heartrate sped up. “Yes,” she whispered, breathy. “Touch?”
He leaned down to nuzzle her neck, and in the complete blackness her pulse beat a wild rhythm clear to his eyes. His hands moved to her hips. “Yes, bella. We walk in there, it needs to be crystal clear that we’re together, or the attention won’t stop.”
“Attention?” She laid her hands on his chest like she had before.
“Touches, kisses, getting too close. Arms around us, invitations for sex…hell, you’ll probably see it happening to others in there.” He inhaled her sweet scent, wishing their best lead on information didn’t lead them into a group of sex-seeking creatures. “But no one touches you or they’ll be sorry.” Slowly, he skimmed one hand up her side, to the bare skin of her bicep.
She shivered, and a trail of goosebumps stood out on her arm. He repeated the process on her other side, and a tiny moan escaped her lips. He framed her face in his hands, caressing her cheeks with his thumbs. For tonight, she was his. Maybe they were just playing roles, but damn if it was the most natural thing he’d ever had to play at.
And maybe that thought should have made him pause, but any hesitation was derailed by a new, intense, protective desire to show those wolves she was off limits.
“Mmm.” She closed her eyes and leaned forward, curling her fingers into his T-shirt.
“I want your neck, baby.” He stroked one finger down from her ear to her throat, eliciting another shiver from her.
Her head dropped to the side, giving him full access to her dewy, tantalizing skin. He brushed his lips across her collarbone and sucked at the spot where her shoulder started, inhaling her scent like it was oxygen.
Her arms went up and linked behind his neck. She wiggled close, rubbing her body against him. He groaned at her soft curves, remembering exactly how firm she felt in his hands. Blood surged to his cock and he dotted kisses along her throat, lingering below her ear. A spot he already knew she liked.
She whimpered and raked her fingernails through his hair. Tingles shot from her nails to his dick, making him flex into her. He switched to the other side of her jawline, kissing and nibbling along her skin, ensuring anyone who dared get that close would smell him on her.
“Rhys…” she moaned, lifting her head and scratching him again.
Without hesitation he slid a hand into her hair and gripped. Then forcing slowness, if only not to maul her, he held her still while he lowered his mouth to hers.






Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and one weekend the idea for her Lash Watchers and tough leading ladies formed in her head, refusing to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

The Christmas Cookie Shop by Ginny Baird #ContemporaryRomance




GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Ginny will be awarding The Complete Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1 - 5) to five randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


BLURB:

Come home this Christmas to…

CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE

Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series…

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP

(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she’s taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he’s more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he’s encouraging her to do her part. Hannah’s great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn’t looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance—without sacrificing her heart?

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Excerpt:

Carter wondered what someone so young and pretty was doing in this neck of the woods. Christmas Town, Tennessee. Population: thirteen hundred. And, most of those thirteen hundred were over the age of sixty, which was probably why Carter couldn’t take his eyes off the striking brunette with warm brown eyes. Wispy raven tresses tumbled out from beneath a colorful knitted cap, framing her creamy complexion and lightly grazing her chin. She turned her eyes back on his and Carter’s heart stuttered. What was wrong with his ticker today? When he’d first laid eyes on her, it had skipped a beat. Now, it was slamming like a jackhammer. He pounded his chest with a fist to set it right before asking, “Long drive?”

She shook out her map and folded it, setting it aside. “I came here from Stafford, Virginia. Near Washington, DC.”

“Wow. What did that take you? Seven or eight hours, I’d guess?”

“Could have been less without the weather.”

“I’ll bet.” A blast of cold air roared through the lowered window and the woman shivered, gripping her arms by the elbows of her tattered pea coat. “My apologies,” Carter said, embarrassed by his attempts to detain her. “Here I am keeping you, when what you asked for was help in getting under way.”

“That’s all right.” Her pretty mouth drew up in a smile and heat warmed the back of his neck. “I’m new in town so I don’t have many friends yet.” The kittens mewed again. “Apart from those two,” she said with a laugh.

“Then you’re in for a treat. Everyone knows everyone in Christmas Town. It’s a very friendly place.”

Mirth sparked in her eyes as she lowered her window even further and stuck out her hand. “I’m Hannah, by the way. Hannah Winchester. It’s nice to meet you, Sheriff.”

“Call me Carter, please.” He latched onto her worn leather glove, thinking it felt warm and feminine in his calloused hand. Apart from patrolling, Carter did a whole lot of handyman work around town. All pro bono stuff to help the locals. Gave him something to do, since he’d only written one traffic ticket all year. Even then, he’d ultimately let the guy off with a warning.

“Staying in Christmas Town long?” He tried to downplay the hopefulness in his voice, but he wasn’t completely successful.

She blushed and withdrew her hand. “Just passing through. I’ve rented a place for a month. But I might stay two, depending.”

Carter scolded himself for nearly hitting on the woman. But nearly wasn’t doing. Nearly only counted in horseshoes and hand grenades…

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.
She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. When she's not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media. http://www.ginnybairdromance.com/

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Cover Reveal: Barrier by D.C. Renfroe #Giveaway



The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

GENRE: Romance Thriller

BLURB:

When Claire Luna is kidnapped and taken to a remote island, her predictable life is torn to shreds. She thought she understood grief, loss and loneliness. But nothing prepared her for the island.

Tucker Knight had his world turned upside down when he was a young teen. He’d known love, security and normality. But things changed, and somehow he lost his innocence along the way.

Barrier takes you on a compelling, thrilling and sometimes brutal journey of Claire and Tucker, who in a bid to control their destiny, must learn about trust and submission. And also about love.

The island is under the control of Dr. Stephen Bell, a scientist obsessed with the secrets of humanity through genetic engineering. Claire is part of his obsession, and quickly comprehends Bell’s twisted intentions. She is forced to decide between submission and life-altering consequences. In her desperate attempt to survive, Claire surprises Bell and Tucker with her strength to fight.



But, can she trust Tucker? Is he her enemy or her savior? Claire understands that to surrender means to survive, but can she endure? Tucker can’t help but be enamored by the spirited and determined Claire, but to survive, he must face and overcome his haunting past. Up until Claire’s arrival on the island, he had never thought himself capable, or deserving, but perhaps this was his chance to finally do the right thing.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I began writing many years ago and put it aside to raise a family. I put myself through college working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, which I have almost completed. I took every writing class that was offered and finally put pen to paper after dreaming of completing a novel for almost twenty years. In the meantime, I worked as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper briefly and wrote a personal blog while living in south Florida. I currently work as an Instructional Designer based in Austin, Texas. I am a mother of four and truly believe they are my greatest creation! Two of my children inherited my love of writing and I encourage them to write every chance they get!

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Color of Love 2016 - SIGN UP


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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review: Hot Pursuit (Hostile Operations Team 1) by Lynn Raye Harris


Welcome to my favorite month of the year. Usually my birthday month never fails me, so I expect good things in all aspects of my life, including the books I read. So far I have not been disappointed.

We decided to grab a book from our e-reader backlist for this month’s book and ended up with Hot Pursuit. Just look at that cover, a hot guy and purple lettering, how could the book be anything but good?
Remember to check out Constantine and Baryeh’s blogs to see what they thought about the book. 
Have a splendid September everyone!

The Blurb
He was the last man in the world she wanted to see…but he might be the only one who could save her…

Ten years ago, Matt Girard did something he shouldn’t. When sweet Evangeline Baker offered him her virginity, he took it. Then he left town and he’s never looked back.

Until now. His future as a black ops soldier with the Hostile Operations Team is in jeopardy, and he’s come home for a few days before going back to face the consequences of a mission gone wrong.

Matt still makes Evie’s heart pound, but she wants nothing to do with him. She’s had enough of men who lie and promise things they don’t deliver. But when her sister goes missing and her ex-boyfriend turns up dead, she’s in need of Matt’s special military skills.

With time running out, Matt will put everything on the line to protect Evie and find her sister. Even if it means sacrificing all he’s worked for with HOT. Sometimes, the reward is worth the price. Especially when it’s the one woman he can’t forget…

My Review
I really enjoy books where the hero and heroine share a common history. Matt and Evie have known each other since they were kids, and then he went and screwed things up, not by taking her virginity, but by bragging about it to his friends afterward. I don’t blame Evie for hating Matt for his duplicity. I did admire the fact that after all the time they’d spent apart, Matt felt badly for how he’d treated her and the implications his action had on his life. I would’ve advocated for him to kick his own ass. In the end, things worked out just the way they should’ve, even though I seriously wondered how it would get that way.

The story was filled with action from beginning to end. I do love a military alpha male who knows exactly what he’d doing it. I like the way Ms. Harris kept upping the stakes to his situation and making us wonder if he would or would not be able to keep his job.

Evie was full of grit, but I didn’t agree with all of her actions. For one thing, if I’m in danger and a professional tells me to do something,  I’m very well going to do it, but she didn’t roll that way, which annoyed me. Otherwise she was a tough heroine worthy of a delicious alpha male.

I give this book 4 out of five yacht shaped chocolate bars.

I bought my book from Amazon.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Review: Breaking the Mating Bond (Wiccan Haus #17) by Dominique Eastwick


 The Blurb
What if the Fates got it wrong?

It’s been seven years since the death of three of Janessa Rowan’s cousins at the hands of mercenary assassins. The time has come for the remaining coven to come together and begin healing. But Janessa is in need of more. Her mate is in love with another, and she will do everything in her power to give him the freedom to allow him to be happy.

Coming to an island of witches is not Silvano’s idea of a good time, but, as a Dhampir, he has no choice but to follow his mate if he wants to feed. But what happens when what you thought you wanted starts to lose its shine and what you have seems to be moving out of your grasp. Can Silvano fight old prejudices to save his true love?

Prepare yourselves—the Rowan Coven is assembling. Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus.

My Review
I can’t get over the fact that I chose the 17th book in a series to read when I’ve never read any of the previous ones. I was hooked by the blurb and I knew they were stand-alone books so I figured I wouldn’t get lost.

The story was filled with a depth of emotion that I didn’t expect. Janessa loved her mate so much that she was willing to give up the life she knew so that he could be happy. She went above and beyond her duty as a mate even though the odds were stacked against her.

There was one point in the book where I thought the situation would go in a certain direction, but the author threw me a curve ball. The twist made sense in the end even though it caused me to suffer through a little bit of anxiety.

I’m going to have to check out the other books in the series. Maybe starting from #1 this time because this set of paranormal books is not to be missed.

I give this book five out of five sword shaped chocolate bars.


I purchased this book from Amazon.