Monday, February 19, 2018

Excerpt & Tour: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke



Dear Lady Truelove, I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . .

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.

Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . .


About the Book

The Trouble With True Love
by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series
n/a; standalone
Genre
Adult
Historical Romance
Publisher
Avon Books
Publication Date
January 30, 2018



Excerpt

“Well, well,” he murmured, “with every look and every word, the little lamb with the big brown eyes proves she’s not as defenseless as she first appears.” 

Clara felt a spark of frustration at his description. She might be plain and possess a shy, quiet disposition, but she was not some helpless, dependent creature.

“Is that what I am?” she asked as they turned in a circle, moving in the steps of the dance. “A little lamb?” She opened her eyes deliberately wide. “And I’m lost in the woods, I suppose, and you’ll come save me?”

“Save you? I doubt it.” His gaze lowered, paus- ing at her lips. “Ravish you would be a sight more likely.”

Clara’s heart gave a panicked thud, slamming into her ribs with such force that it broke her concentration. She trod on his foot, lost her balance, and would have stumbled, but he caught her, letting go of her hand to wrap his arm around her back. 

“Careful,” he murmured. “Dance with me much longer and you’ll be in danger.”

“You warn me, Lord Galbraith, but I cannot help wondering why.”

“You’re in my arms.” He pulled her a fraction closer. “Make no mistake, my lamb. You are in very great danger.”




Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of THE TROUBLE WITH TRUE LOVE, we’re giving away two paperback copies of THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES by Laura Lee Guhrke!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a paperback copy of The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 2/20/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  




About Laura Lee Guhrke

Author bioLaura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty historical romances. 

Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave. 

Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Blitz: The Viking's Chosen by Quinn Loftis





The Viking’s Chosen 
Quinn Loftis


Published by:
Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

His orders are clear: launch a raid against England and bring home the spoils of war. But the prophecy is also clear: General Torben will take a foreign bride—one who is a seer and healer just like his mother. The eldest princess of England is said to be just that…a beautiful, charming, and headstrong woman. But he’s a Viking army general and she’s an English princess—and one who is already promised to the king of Tara. 
Two worlds collide in this epic historical fiction centered on an undeniable chemistry that smolders against the odds. Richly written and injected with moments of humor, this action-packed romantic tale will leave you breathless. 
Quinn Loftis is the author of twenty novels, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury.

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EXCERPT:
“At least he does not resemble the back end of a boar,” Dayna whispered.
I shot my sister a quick nod of agreement and then covertly turned back to peer at my future husband who was currently conversing with my father. After our morning ride, my sister and I had found a hiding spot behind some large drapes just to the left of the room occupied by our guests. It afforded us the surreptitious ability to listen and watch with the two kings interact. Thomas had taken his leave, but not before he informed me of what he thought about our childish behavior. I did not care if I was being childish. I was not ready to meet King Cathal just yet, at least not without a little advance warning of what I would be dealing with.
“You are correct,” I murmured back. “He is not ugly, but his handsomeness is marred by that tight lipped frown. He looks cruel.”
I had been surprised to find that my future husband was not nearly as old as I had thought he would be. If I had to guess, I would put him at eight and thirty, or, at the very oldest, two and forty. His hair was dark, cut close to his head. He had deep green eyes, a hawkish nose, and thin lips that seemed to hold a perpetual scowl. Standing at a little over six feet, King Cathal was lean but obviously muscular. Yes, he was handsome, but the cold, detached look in his eyes ruined any favor I might have found in him.
“Do you think it hurts to hold his face like that?” Dayna asked.
I bit my bottom lip to keep from laughing. “Perhaps he was just born that way.”
“Tis a shame to be so handsome and yet such a pompous ass.”
“Shh,” I chastised. “That pompous ass could have your head if he felt your offense warranted it.”
“Father would not allow me to be beheaded, Allete” Dayna assured me. “I am his favorite.”
I made a motion with my hand to quiet her so we could hear what it was our father was saying to the king of Tara.
“She has to know by now that I have arrived,” King Cathal was saying. His words came out clipped and low.
“Allete tends to have her own mind about things. I am sure she will join us when she is ready,” King Albric said, attempting to placate his irritated guest.
“And who allows such independent thinking?” Cathal challenged. “A woman should know her place.” His pointed look was aimed at the queen who stood quietly next to King Albric.
Allete was sure her mother was going to smack the rude man, but a subtle hand placed on her mother’s wrist held her in place.
“I understand your frustration, Cathal, but please be considerate of Allete’s situation. She is being courted by a man she has never met. She will be expected to leave with that man in a month’s time and travel to a place that is not her home, where she has no friends, no family. She deserves time to adjust.” King Albric, ever the diplomat, attempted to ease his counterpart’s temper. Based on Cathal’s pinched lips, however, his efforts were wasted.
“Could you at least send for her?” The other king asked in a more civil tone. And then added, “Please,” all be it a bit begrudgingly.
I snatched Dayna’s sleeve and gave it a gentle tug, indicating it was time for us to go. Like mice being hunted by a cat, we scurried from our hiding place and snuck to my bedchamber. We had barely made it inside when there was a knock at the door.
“Enter,” I said, attempting to keep my voice from sounding breathless.
Lidia entered. The look on her face was one of trepidation.
“The king requests your presence,” my handmaiden said in a soft voice.
I smiled at the girl. “Chin up, Lidia. All will be well.”
Lidia let out a huff, her manners momentarily forgotten. “You have not met the man. He is positively awful.” Her hand flew to her mouth and her eyes widened. “Forgive my frankness.”
Dayna laughed. “Allete would never punish you, especially not for telling the truth.” She lowered her voice conspiratorially. “We already saw him. We spied on them.” Dayna winked, looking completely unrepentant.
Lidia lowered her hand and made an ‘O’ shape with her mouth.
I straightened my dress and pulled my shoulders back. “Might as well face the music. I doubt he is going to turn around and sail back home without me.”



Author Bio: 
Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Chewy the Cat who thinks he's a dog. She is the author of 17 novels, and 2 novellas, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write. 

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: To Free A Phantom by Carrie Pulkinen

Title: To Free A Phantom
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Spirit Chasers (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
LinksGoodreads
SynopsisA second-chance romance where the past isn’t the only thing that’s haunting…

Paranormal investigator and IT genius Gage Dawson sucks at dating. Ten times out of ten, his relationships don’t make it past dinner. But when his childhood best friend comes back into his life, he’s determined to take her all the way to breakfast. He never told her he loved her in high school. Hopefully he won’t make that mistake again.

Psychic medium Erica Miller is struggling to make her haunted community theater a success. She’s never had a problem with ghosts before, but when black-outs, confusion, and headaches plague her rehearsals, she’ll need the help of a certain paranormal investigator to find the culprit.
Erica hasn’t seen Gage since high school, and the nerdy boy-next-door she once called her best friend has grown into a mouth-watering specimen of a man. Will sparks fly between them, or will the spirits drive them apart?


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Best friends reconnect while a ghost stirs up trouble.

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The last thing Gage expects is to find the woman who used to be his best friend is working in the same building as him. After she disappeared to Hollywood with her boyfriend after high school, Gage hasn't seen her since. Now, she's back and he wonders if this is his chance to finally make the move he should have made years ago, before she walked out of his life and took his heart with her.

Erica's life isn't going according to her plan. She's running a theater she never intended to own and now there's another ghost hanging around her apartment, asking for help she can't give. The only highlight of her week is reconnecting with her best friend. Gage is still the same sweet guy, but now it's impossible for her to ignore her attraction to him. But just as the two start to become reacquainted, a ghost from her past comes into play and doesn't intend to play fair.

This series has been a fun ride so far. We've had ghosts aplenty and demons to contend with. Couples who were strangers and now a pair who were teenage best friends. There is a nice variety of both paranormal elements and romance blossoming in each book. And I love how different every story is. Each couple has their own feel to them as well. Overall, I highly recommend this series.

For this book, we have Gage and Erica, plus a few ghosts butting in here and there. I think the romance outshines the paranormal angle in this one. But I didn't mind that because the pair were great to read about. Gage was his usual sweet self and I think he might even be my favorite guy of the three. He reminded me a lot of my own husband who was just as terrible at the whole 'dating' thing. And my hubby called his sister for advice too! Haha!

The supernatural element was a little tamer here than the first two books. A quarter into the book and I was thinking things were going a little too smoothly for our couple. I started wondering where the paranormal struggle would play in because there always is one. And when it came around, oh boy. It really shook things up. I won't give away what it is, though. You'll just have to read it to find out.

I think the highlight of the book, for me, was the romance between our pair. It's a friends-to-lovers story, but also a sort-of second chance theme too. The two are intimate early and often and I ate it all up. This author always does a great job at writing the love scenes. It never gets repetitive or boring. There is emotional growth from one encounter to the next. It's definitely one of this writer's strengths.

In closing...
I don't know if there is more to come in this series or not, but I sure hope so! Five ghostly suns!



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Release Blitz: Lucifer's Daughter by Kel Carpenter

Title: Lucifer's Daughter
Series: Queen of the Damned #1
Author: Kel Carpenter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018 



We’ve all heard the story of the four horsemen. Harbingers of the apocalypse. Destruction given form. Four of the sexiest—wait no—forget that. You get my point.

So imagine my surprise when I find out everything I’ve ever been told, is a lie.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s start from the beginning.

My name is Ruby Morningstar. I run a tattoo parlor in Portland with my best-friend, have a pet raccoon, a crazy ex that stalks me, not to mention this one little thing… I’m a demon. Half-succubus to be exact. For the last twenty-three years of my life, that’s the story I believed, but on the day a handsome stranger bails me out of jail, my world is turned upside down, and suddenly I don’t know who I am anymore.

Because the four horsemen aren’t the bringers of the apocalypse.

I am.

Talk about never catching a break.

Warning: Mature content not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen. This book is unsuitable for a younger audience due to language, sexual content, and violence. If the reader is comfortable with a multitude of F-bombs, dark and gritty violence, as well as explicit sexual situations, then by all means one-click this, and enjoy the ride!









Born in Olympia, WA, Kel Carpenter has lived in over twenty-five houses and four different states, all inside the US. Kel started writing in high school where the origins for her original series, Heir of Shadows, began. It was then that writing changed her life. Fast forward, and Kel is now twenty-two and finishing up college in Atlanta GA. She has many wonderful friends and her 3-year-old German Shepard, Harley (the self-professed love of her life). They spend their afternoons hunting unknown coffee shops along the streets of Atlanta—when she's not writing or in class that is. If you want to learn more about Kel or her books, visit her on Twitter or Facebook.




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Review: Waiting for a Rogue Like You by Samantha Holt

Title: Waiting for a Rogue Like You
Author: Samantha Holt
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Rogues of Redmere (Book Three)
Publisher: Love Books
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
LinksGoodreads
SynopsisHe knows trouble when he sees it. 

Fortunately, Drake likes trouble, especially when it comes in a particularly attractive package. While he and his crew of smugglers are waiting for their next job, Julianna makes a welcome distraction from the damned ache in his leg and the scars making his skin itch. 

A shame Julianna doesn’t like him one jot then, not even when he rescues her and promises to bring her to her brother. She knows a rogue when she sees one and the last thing she needs is another man in her life telling her what to do. Not even her brother… 

A brother who happens to be the face of the smuggling operation Drake partakes in. And a terrifying face at that. Knight is the muscle behind the crew, ensuring their cover remains in place so that they can help the war effort whilst making a pretty penny. Knight won’t be too happy when he finds out Drake has decided Julianna is a challenge he more than welcomes. 

It’s a risk he’s more than willing to take. 

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Winning the heart of a rogue captain...

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When a gorgeous woman stumbles into the building, Drake knows she is far from home. Dressed in a fine gown and with the mannerisms of a perfect lady, she is way out of his league. And she immediately recognizes his roguish ways, vowing to steer clear of him. Yet, when the lady finds herself in danger, it's the womanizing captain who saves her hide. And stirs things inside her that she's never felt before.

Julianna is on the hunt for her brother after escaping an unwanted betrothal to a ruthless man. She knows her fiance will follow her to the ends of the earth and she needs somewhere to hide away and begin a new life in secret. But falling for a captain who is far too charming and handsome for his own good was not in that plan. Her heart didn't get that message and the pair are soon up against more than one person who wants their tryst to end.

No kidding, when I saw this book was available to review, I jumped in my seat and squealed a little. My husband looked at me like I was nuts and maybe I am, but I had to request it. It's the third in the series and I've loved both of the previous installments. I just knew this one would be another hit and it was. It really was.

These two were a hoot from their first interaction. Their bickering was entertaining and their chemistry was hot. I think this is my favorite couple in the series so far, mostly because I love the way the trust was built between them. Even when they faced opposition on a few sides, they defended one another, stuck together, and helped each other to grow.

The romance was full of steamy moments and some sweet ones. The plot wasn't very intense but mostly ran in the background. We knew the threat was still there, but our couple were more focused on discovering each other and hiding their newfound love from a grouchy brother. By the way, I foresee a fun story when Knight finds his own match. That is one broody man.

In closing...
Another fantastic historical romance and I hope there is more to come. Five suns!



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