Sunday, August 20, 2017

Audio Excerpt & Promo Tour: A Building Passion by Sandra Kyle

Title: A Building Passion
Author: Sandra Kyle
Genre/Age: Contemporary Fiction/Adult
Series: DIY Series (Book One)
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
SynopsisVanessa moves to Savannah to pick up the pieces of her once very certain existence after her fiancĂ© cheats on her. An independent and self-sufficient accountant, Vanessa also has a knack for DIY. When she purchases a ramshackle property in need of repair, she crosses paths with Daniel, a sexy and skillful carpenter. 

Daniel is a ladies’ man who plays the field and has his own romantic issues to conquer. As Vanessa embarks on a journey to embrace her new community and rehab her new home, she enlists Daniel’s help. 

Tackling the house is the easy part, but can two do-it-yourselfers find a way to work together to fix their love lives as well?

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by Sandra Kyle

Reasons to listen to this book
  1. You want to listen in on the lives of characters that are fun and a little angsty without a high level of drama (mostly, anyway).
  2. You want a hero that’s good with his hands. ;-)
  3. You want a heroine that’s pretty darn good with her hands, too.
  4. You want to listen to a great storyteller (Kelley Hazen did an amazing job with the characters!)
  5. You want to laugh out loud.
  6. You want to daydream about a sexy carpenter on your drive into work, during your mundane chores, (insert random activity here).
  7. You want to be in the middle of a public location, listening to an audiobook on your headphones and blushing incessantly when the two main characters finally kiss.
  8. You want to visit Savannah, Georgia. (Warning: You may plan a trip there immediately after listening.)
  9. You enjoy romances where the ladies man finally meets his love match.
  10. We all need a happily ever after every once in awhile.

About the Author: Sandra Kyle
Born to Italian parents, Sandra is a “first generation” American. Her parents came to America in search of a better life. Along with their dreams they brought with them wonderful tales that Sandra recalls told time and time again around the kitchen table.

Though not sure where her love of writing originated, she can admit to having penned stories (i.e., fanfic) about New Kids on the Block back in the late 80s – scribbling pages and pages in notebooks shared before school by lockers and passed in between classes. It was fiction that included classmates and heartbreaking romance only a teenage girl filled with unbearable angst could summon.

An avid movie lover and introvert, she reads anything from Austen to King. She is an east coast gal and currently resides (when not immersed in the fictional worlds that occupy her headspace) with her husband and bipolar feline.

About the Narrator: Kelley Hazel
Kelley Hazen is an actress, blogger and audiobook narrator living in Los Angeles with her husband and their two awesome dogs. The Los Angeles Times describes Kelley’s work - "...listen to Kelley Hazen, so poised and well spoken, so in command of this room full of strangers you wonder why she isn't off winning Oscars...." Kelley received recognition from as ‘Best New Audiobook Talent’. She twice received the Audiofile Magazine ‘Earphones Award’ for her narration. She holds an MFA from The Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Kelley isa lecturer in astronomy for the world-renowned Griffith Observatory. She was recently invited to participate in “A Celebration of Mark Twain” as part of the annual HEAR NOW Festival in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. Kelley owns and operates Storyteller Productions, an intimate, boutique, recording studio carved into a San Gabriel Mountain hillside.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spotlight & Author Interview: Tempting Their Best Friend by Madison Blake & Sienna Matthews

Title: Tempting Their Best Friend
Author: Madison Blake & Sienna Matthews
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Series: No Holds Barred Series (Book One)
Publisher: Chained Hearts Publishing
SynopsisThings to do on a Saturday night: 

Watch National Geographic on TV? Check. 
Sexy times with lover and best friend Ethan Hunter? Check. 
Going to a party with other best friend Shelli Madison? 

Not if he can help it. 

But Adrian Greene doesn't have a choice, as he's not the kind of man to bail on his best friend when she needs him. Having Ethan at the same party is his only consolation until a mistletoe-induced kiss with Shelli heats his blood, sends his fantasies rioting and hardens his…body. 

And when Ethan expresses the same interest in Shelli? Things get a helluva lot more interesting. 

Wicked shenanigans, seduction maneuvers and naked times ensue as the men think up of creative ways to tempt their best friend into something more…all without destroying their friendship. 

Tempting their best friend has never been so sweet…or delicious. 

Product Warnings: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language and sexual situations such as anal sex and m/m/f pairing. 

* Though this story is book 1 in a series, it's a standalone with a happy ending. No cliffhangers. 

Author Interview with Sienna Matthews

  • Brief introduction? In 3 sentences or less, tell me about yourself.

Hi, I'm Sienna Matthews, co-author with Madison Blake in Tempting Their Best Friend. I'm a bespectacled, mild-mannered office employee by day with hopes of one day quitting the day job and writing full time. I'm one of those who often complain about not having enough hours in a day to do everything I want, and I always thought I could be best served with 48-hour days.

  • What genre do you write and why?

I write erotic romance, because I love the freedom that the genre brings in terms of sexual exploration. For example, in my upcoming book, Lust on Camera, a married couple (Brent and Lindsey) explores bringing in a third person (the husband's best friend Rory) into the relationship. How would this affect their relationship, especially since Lindsey has had a crush on Rory since the beginning? For Rory, what does it mean to lust after his best friend's wife…and his best friend? How would this impact his friendship with Brent?

And, you know, in psychology, they say within each of us is the "id", which operates on the pleasure principle. I'm just letting the id in me out to play.

  • Is writing your day job? If not, what else do you do?

I wish! In my day job, I'm a credit analyst in a bank, poring over boring numbers and writing credit reports for loan application approvals. You can see now why I'd need the creativity that writing brings.

  • Any hobbies?

You mean aside from reading? That already takes most of my time. Well, if you insist, it would be cooking. To expand on the number recipes in my mental menu, I'm currently trying to learn how to bake.

  • What is your least favorite part of the writing and publishing process?

Editing is a nightmare, and I don't know anything about marketing. I've since hired Book Unleashed as my publicist to help me out on the marketing front, and they're doing a great job so far. For editing though, I guess I'm stuck with it. LOL Can't very well hand it off to someone else.

  • Do you use an outline or just jump right in?

I want to be one of those authors who write by the seat of their pants--sounds more exciting that way. Sadly though, I'm one of those people who need an outline to guide my writing. However, it's not a rigid outline. I usually only have the bare bones of the story, allowing me plenty of room to maneuver and navigate and unleash my creativity.

  • Do you ever dream or daydream about your characters?

Always! I can't write unless I hear them talking in my head. Sounds weird, I know, but they aren't alive to me otherwise. It's only when they talk that they come alive for me, and that's when I know it's time to write their story.

  • What is your next project, after this?

The next book in the series is titled Lust on Camera, as I'd mentioned earlier. It's due to be published in October or November. I'm also currently developing a series of books of erotic fairy tales. These are fairy tales you've never read before--erotic or otherwise!

Quick Fire Questions… And GO!
  • Favorite color? Blue
  • Favorite food? Chocolate
  • Favorite dessert? Salted Caramel Cake
  • Favorite vacation spot? All
  • Favorite movie? She's the Man
  • Favorite song? Titanium
  • Favorite sports team? What sports?
  • Favorite season? Autumn
  • Favorite show to binge watch? Game of Thrones
  • Do you have a pet peeve? Jumping POV
  • Do you collect anything? Books! (now, it's ebooks)
  • Favorite guilty pleasure? Chocolate
  • What would your superpower be? Invisibility
  • What is your biggest fear? Failing
  • Are you a night owl or early riser? Night owl
  • The beach or the mountains? Mountains
  • What is your most prized possession?  My laptop

Madison Blake is a firm believer in love and happy endings. That’s why she loves stories wherein the characters go through adversities to emerge victorious in the end. Holding a day job means that she doesn’t get much time to write, so Madison tries to cram her free time with as much writing as she can. Even so, she would make time to read her favorite genre (romance), especially when she’s experiencing writer’s block. She loves to read and write about strong heroines, and she’s on the eternal quest for the powerful, attractive, mysterious, yummy hero, the kind of man who’ll make you sigh and say, “He’s the one.” 

Sienna Matthews is a bespectacled, mild-mannered office employee by day and turns into a mad, raving writer at night and during weekends. The only thing that can be heard from her are the tap, tap, tap of her keyboard. She doesn't need food or sleep as she follows the calling of her muse.


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Review: Tempting Flame by DJ Michaels

Title: Tempting Flame
Author: DJ Michaels
Genre/Age: Sci-Fi Romance/Erotica
Series: Jendari Series (Book One)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisJasmine Teale will do anything for the sick kids she works for, including handcuffing herself to the security desk at Hope Towers – headquarters of the newly-arrived aliens. When a Jendari warrior decides to handle her demonstration personally, Jasmine realizes she’s in way over her head. 

Tallis Ba’reah has no interest in the humans whose planet his people now share, and he’s done with the endless anti-alien protests. Until he confronts a soft, sexy, protest-of-one and he becomes far more interested than he should be. Interspecies relationships are forbidden, and Tallis does his best to avoid temptation. But when Jasmine is put at risk because of her ties to him, he’s forced to admit his heart is in charge – not his head. 

Tallis may not be able to claim her for his own, but he’ll do whatever it takes keep her safe. 

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

What a great read!

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This book was fantastic. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi romances but the few I've read have been growing on me. So I am glad I decided to give this one a shot. It's the first of the series and I hope the wait isn't too long before the next book is released. Definitely keeping an eye out for more!

Jasmine is a curvy woman on a mission to fulfill the one wish of the sick children in her foundation. They want to meet a real live alien. It shouldn't be that difficult considering a new species of aliens has taken up residence on Earth for almost two years now. But for some reason, her attempts to see a representative about this matter have all ended in disappointment. Determined not to fail this time, she has a plan to make someone, anyone, listen to her plea.

Tallis is in the wrong place at the wrong time when he happens to become the alien caught in Jasmine's protest. Then after doing the polite thing and listening to her request, he somehow ends up stuck being the one to fulfill it. Yet, it doesn't take long for Tallis and his internal feline half to decide they want more from this woman than an act of charity.

Unfortunately, tensions run high with the new alien citizens and earthlings still at odds. Tallis knows that he can never have a real relationship with Jaz, despite his entire being craving her. He worries for her safety and if rumor were to spread of an alien-human affair they would face opposition from both sides. However, the heart wants what it wants and soon the pair have little choice but to risk it all for love.

Jasmine was a nice character with a heart of gold. She went to bat for the kids in her charity and wouldn't back down until they got their wish. I liked her from the beginning. Tallis was a unique character, especially with him being sort-of a shifter. I enjoyed reading about his alien heritage and all of their technology.

The couple had good chemistry and boy were the love scenes hot with a capital "H". More than that, there was an emotional connection felt early on and the so the whole 'mate' concept never felt forced. Tallis surprised me more than once when he was so endearing yet dominant at the same time. I liked that side of him just as much as Jasmine did. *wink*

As for the plot, it also had some twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. There is a bit of action here and there but nothing too explicit, except for the bedroom scenes. Though, I think my favorite part of the book was watching Tallis bicker with Itohan, who was almost like his magical familiar. Those two were funny at times.

In closing...
I wonder which alien will be next to find their own mate. I hope it's Deasun. Five suns!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review & Tour: Once Upon a Lady by Addie Jo Ryleigh

Title: Once Upon a Lady
Author: Addie Jo Ryleigh
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Soul Mate Tree Series (Book Eight)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via Tasty Tours
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisRespectable Lady Katherine Baxton, striving to meet the requirements of her station, has become the ultimate dutiful daughter. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is nevertheless determined to do as expected and marry.

That all changes the night she panics at her impending future and runs, stumbling upon a private grove, a mysterious tree . . . and a half-naked man.

The youngest son of a viscount widely thought to have purchased his title, Jackson Cooper demonstrates his disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while eschewing anything representing the ton. Jackson has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry. His escape from London is all but complete.

Until fate—in the form of a beautiful, mysterious lady—interrupts his plans, enticing him with the very thing he never wanted.

Kate felt his approach before she saw him. Which wasn’t all that surprising since her body had remained mindful of his presence. Fighting the impulse proved fruitless.

When his tall frame blocked the sun and cast her in shadow, she knew besides giving him a direct cut, she had no escape. If only she hadn’t ventured from her sister’s side. At the time, abandoning Helena had been her singular option since their slow stroll through the gathering had traveled too close to the very man standing beside her. She’d been delaying the inevitable.

Kate was now alone, as she tried to keep her attention on the lawn activities before her, hoping no one would witness what was about to happen.

“Aren’t sprites confined to the trees?” His deep voice washed over her.

She didn’t turn to acknowledge him. “How nice to see you properly dressed for once.”

His chuckle warmed her. “Are you following me?”

An unladylike snort refused to be repressed. “Hardly. You are rather difficult to overlook, being the only unknown face here.”

“That’s not true. You’ve seen my face . . . as well as other, more interesting parts.”

Kate wished she’d listened to her sister and worn a bonnet. Anything to mask the heat flaring in her cheeks.

Thankfully he remained at her side and hadn’t a clear view of her face. “We have not been introduced. I can’t be seen speaking to you.”

“Then let us go where we can't be seen.”

Her heart raced at his boldness. Why was this man so tempting? She was spoken for, though still unofficially. Proper ladies didn’t follow strange men to private locations, regardless of their marital status. “Absolutely not.”

“Even if I have something of yours?”

Blast! Her ring. Given her luck lately, she would have lost it in the grove of all places. Her aunt would toss in her grave knowing Kate had misplaced her gift.

“A true gentleman would return it.”

His deep laugh caused her pulse to flutter. “I’m no gentleman. Or haven’t you heard?”

Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines. 

Addie Jo has lived in the same cold-winter-hot-summer area of Minnesota her entire life. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband who endured being dubbed “The Duke” by his co-workers. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from her side. And recently the newest addition to their family, a black lab named Max.

Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, she reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.

Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not playing chauffeur for her hockey-playing boys, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.


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I think the Soul Mate Tree put me under its spell too!

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Kate isn't sure what to do about her current predicament. She's about to become engaged to a handsome duke who meets almost all of the required traits of a good husband. Except for one. He just doesn't stir passionate feelings inside her when they are together. And she feels as if marrying him is more out of duty than anything. But the Soul Mate Tree has made other plans for her future.

Jackson isn't sure why he is so enamored by Kate the first time he meets her. There is something about the young woman that sets him ablaze and even though he doesn't desire a life of marriage, he can't help but want to get closer to this wood nymph. Yet, the more he does, the clearer it becomes that the plan for his life may change drastically after the legendary tree gets ahold of him.

I loved this story. It was historical romance but with a slight twist of paranormal in the match-making tree bringing our couple together. 

Don't get me wrong, when our pair first meet, I was stunned by how it happened. And because of that situation, I was a little wary of Jackson for a while. I needed him to prove himself to be more than a rake and worthy of Kate's affection. Because Kate really was a great character and she deserved nothing less than forever.

I'm happy to say that both characters impressed me in the end. And they weren't the only ones. Another certain eligible bachelor handled himself with such grace that left me hoping to see him find his own happily ever after. But I won't go into details and give anything away. I will say that if the author decides to write a story with this particular duke, I am all on board!

As for our couple, I enjoyed watching them slowly come to understand their feelings for each other. Kate needed to learn how to stand on her own two feet and Jackson had to discover what was truly worth fighting for. Their chemistry was great and the naughty time left me smiling. I was all-around pleased with this book. 

In closing... 
I will be reading the fifth book of this series in the coming weeks. I hope it's as good as this one but it has some tough competition, that's for sure. Five suns!