Thursday, July 23, 2015

Courtlight by Terah Edun Book Blast + $50 Giveaway

These covers are super gorgeous and eye-catching along with the story. I'm definitely checking this series out myself! ~ R Courtlight

Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.
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Praise for Courtlight

"Beautiful world-building with strong characters." —Tabby Shiflett Reviews

"Captivating from beginning to end. Edun's writing style reminds me of Tamora Pierce and Sara J. Maas!" - Netgalley

"If you're a fantasy lover, this is one world you don't want to miss out on." - City of Books



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Author Terah Edun

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer that writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl. Her Courtlight and Crown Service series can be seen on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog and together have sold over 100,000 copies.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Trouble with Playing Cupid Tour

I'm a huge fan of Tamara so I'm excited to share a blitz of her debut novel!



One New Year's Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker... in front of a live studio audience. 

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he's never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid's arrow missed its mark? 

 

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Title:The Trouble with Playing Cupid
Author: Tamara Philip
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Publication Date:July 23rd, 2014
(Which means this week is its 1 year anniversary, YAY!)

About the Author:
After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.
On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and promoting her books including the sequel called, The Trouble with Romance.


The Legacy/The Missing Blog Tour

This sounds like a great duology! Check out the excerpt down below!

Welcome to "The Legacy & The Missing" Blog Tour!

This Mini-Tour features author Necole Ryse, and is brought to you by Diverse Book Tours!

Looking for a Mystery/Thriller YA/NA novel? Want to get a glimpse into the prestigious world of a HSBC? Dive into the "Birthright Trilogy" today, and meet your favorite new author Necole!

The Blurb:

The Legacy:

Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She's never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides. But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League — against her will — she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs. 

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before. Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz - someone also wants to end her life.




You didn't think we'd end it's fun at Book 1 did you? Raevyn's journey was only getting started in The Legacy.

Here's how her story continues in it's sequel!

The Missing:

Reeling from her boyfriend's disappearance, Raevyn Jones is shocked to learn that she is considered suspect number one. To make matters worse, rumors are swirling that golden boy, Jeffrey Donnelly, isn't just missing...he may never be coming back.

And Raevyn is being framed.

Her second semester at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, the nation's first Ivy League institution for African Americans, is full of twists and turns.
Soon Raevyn will learn not to trust anyone, not even the people she calls friend.

Book(s) Info:
Title: The Legacy/The Missing
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/YA
Page Count: 252/291
ASIN/ISBN: B00LXLSGLK/ B00PCLURFK

Book 3 in the trilogy is expected for a September 2015 release.


~The Legacy Book Excerpt~
          He stood up abruptly, towering over me. Instinctively, I backed up, bumping against the railing. He closed the space that slipped between our bodies and placed his icy, calloused hand around the back of my neck, pulling me close. His embrace sent a chill down my spine. My legs shook like pudding and I couldn’t stop myself from falling into him.
          “Will you go with me?” he asked, only inches away. His sweet breath warmed my face and the invitation fluttered out of my hand.
          Right then, the whole world seemed to stop.
        My mind drew a blank. I couldn’t think of any words, so I nodded. Before I knew it, his lips brushed mine, gently at first, almost as if it were a mistake. Somewhere, in the pit of my belly a butterfly bat its wings.



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Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn't looked back. She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter. 

Visit her website for updates: www.necoleryse.com

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway

Kiss that Launches 1000 gifts by sheralyn pratt

The Kiss That Launched 1,000 Gifs by Sheralyn Pratt


Each weekday from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Grace and Ashton cohost Battle of the Sexes, a radio program arguing the he-said/she-said issues of the day. Their fiery debates often have listeners wondering if there’s more to their relationship than just talk, even though Grace has been dating Phillip, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Perfect, since long before she ever met Ashton Miller.

Yet when news comes that Battle of the Sexes is on the bubble for cancellation, Grace and Ashton need to step up their efforts to engage their audience to keep the show alive. When a charity organization approaches them and proposes that the two of them kiss for a fund raiser, Grace and Ash agree to kiss for a good cause. A kiss is just a kiss, right?



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~Rae's Review~


How adorable was this story! Kathy rec'd this to me on Goodreads and after seeing her thoughts on it, I just had to get my hands on it.  

Both Grace and Ashton are total spitfires and bounce off each other so easily that I could see why their talk show was really popular. I love the fact that each had their own relationship in the beginning. Most romances feature two single people who fight their attraction toward each other but after a nice dosage of my favorite channel's movies which feature their main characters in rocky relationships, I wanted more books to tackle this. Thankfully, Ms. Pratt's book did! This also features one of my fave tropes, enemies to loves, and with that trope mix plus the dichotomy of the relationships (romantic, work and then romantic again), I could see why Grace and Ashton were drawn to each other.

I love the fact that Grace was latina! I would have loved to have known what her culture was, but reading on I was able to put my own imagination into her character. At first Ashton turned me off with his obnoxiousness but as we come to find out, there is more to the surface of our hero and it really comes out later in the book when he has a serious talk with a listener concerned about her son. During that conversation, Frank and Grace weren't the only ones with their mouths open! I love that the characters jumped off the page and felt like real people.

There are some really fun and entertaining moments in this book. I loved Chapter Five because of how imaginative Ms. Pratt was in showing each of their instagrams. I can definitely tell she had fun putting it together! With the pop culture references, the social media mentions in how they worked and why they are needed, I couldn't help identifying with the characters and their world. I don't come across many romances that feature radio DJs so that was a refreshing change as well. I loved the banter not only between Grace and Ash but also between her best friend Esme. There were some really good lines I wanted to quote in my review but I had a hard time choosing just one.

This is a great introduction to Ms. Pratt's writing and I'll definitely be on the lookout to try her other works. I recommend this one!

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Author Sheralyn Pratt
Sheralyn's first job was as a karate instructor, which taught her that practice does not make perfect; practice makes habit--good or bad. Martial arts also taught Sheralyn that a master is simply a person who can effortlessly do all the actions a beginner finds difficult or maybe even impossible.


Sheralyn has worked in many fields throughout her life, but her 12 years as a karate instructor have shaped how she does everything, including writing and mentoring. She likes to keep things light and fun, but she's also aware that life is journey and that if you're going to buy a book, your life should better for it.


So, fiction or nonfiction, know that each of Sheralyn's books are designed to take you to a new place. Maybe that book is designed to help you escape for a few hours, or maybe it's a book designed to teach you a new skill. Either way, Sheralyn hopes it's unforgettable...in a good way. ;)





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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity Blog Tour + Review

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Stick in the Mud meets spontaneityStick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity (Meet Your Match #3) by Rachael Anderson

Home from college for the summer, Samantha Kinsey steps into her role as nanny for her two favorite little charges. But when she finds herself playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak. That is, until she drives the girls to a family-owned ranch and meets Colten McCoy—a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome. Although he claims he doesn't need any fun in his life, Sam’s determined to help him find it. But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to train as wild mustangs. Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy. It’s about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.



~Rae's Review~

Having enjoyed the previous entries in the Meet Your Match series, Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity was like coming home to old friends and meeting new ones! I love the opposites attract theme and this series has hit all the right buttons! I love love love the beginning where we are introduced to our new heroine, Sam, as she comes home from college and we get to catch up with the couples from the first two books before jetting off to see Sam meet Colten. I love how it's Colt who's the stick in the mud with Sam being spontaneous because it's usually the big city girl who has trouble adjusting before falling for the free-spirited cowboy. Sam was more than eager to dive into everything country from line dancing to riding a horse right down to purchasing her own pair of cowboy boots and hat.

Stick in the Mud had me laughing at parts, especially when Sam and Colt verbally sparred. One part in particular I liked was when he was teaching her to ride. I could really hear the changes in tones of their voices in my head which made the story come alive.

I'm not sure if there is more in this series but if there is I'm eager to read more! Stick in the Mud is a fun, flirty light-hearted clean romance that is perfect for a summer day, especially for the readers out there who love cowboys and contemporary western themed books. You guys will definitely enjoy this one!


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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.










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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Vol 1 & 2 ~ Now Available!

Spend your hot summer nights with 22, count 'em, 22 authors in 2 volumes of sizzling and romantic contemporary romance stories!


Join the Facebook party at 11 a.m. EST for the Hot Summer Nights Release Day Celebration!



Hot Summer Nights Vol #1:



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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, Vol. 1
~The Third Collection~
Eleven scorching stories so hot you'll need to turn up the air!
Box Set includes:

Sasha White WATCH ME
What is it about the tease that’s so hot?

Jacquie Biggar THE REBEL'S REDEMPTION
What happens when the one person you love more than life itself walks out of your life and you hear nothing from them for eight years? Then one day, that person returns.

Liz Matis LOVE BY DESIGN
An HGTV meets Sex and the City romp!

Lynda Bailey KIRA
Lisa Robbins has one mission in mind–sell back her UNUSED wedding dress to the wedding shop, but when she has no success, maybe she’s going about this all wrong. Peter Crawford is intrigued by the woman who has somehow hooked Dallas’s most eligible confirmed bachelor, Pembrooke Hastings, Peter’s staunchest enemy. But when Peter takes an interest in her, she’s wondering just what to do about Dallas’s most eligible confirmed bachelor number two, when he just won’t take no for an answer.

Amy Gregory COMBINING DREAMS
Drake Dunner has had his mind and heart set on Nashville for as long as he can remember. He'd avoided any distraction or entanglement at all cost. Yet, one county fair, one small stage and a hot afternoon changed everything. Seeing her smile up at him was all it took. Now how does he keep his dream alive?

Calinda B APHRODITE
Heat builds as a lonely Navy seaman meets an equally lonely young woman on a 24-hour tryst that will change their lives, forever.

Nancy Brophy THE WRONG HERO
What if everything you knew about your husband was wrong?
What If that knowledge could kill you?
Where would you go? Where could you hide?

Maggie Adams WHISTLIN' DIXIE
Sexy homebuilder, Mac Coalson, is determined to catch a vandal, but sassy spitfire, Dixie Harris, is in his way. And the whole town is taking bets on the passionate outcome.

D'Ann Lindun LILY'S SUMMER COWBOY
Afraid to love, Lily Halderman is determined to never feel despair like when she lost her husband to cancer. Will Wainwright is running from the pain of the past.

J.C. Makk ROYAL SUMMER
Anti-monarchist Willow Forbes is determined to revise her strategy after failing to depose the king responsible for her father's death. But when she retreats to a seaside cottage and mistakes the dashing Jaxon Baine for the local handyman, the sexy royal puts a serious kink in Willow's political and personal plans.
Jaxon Baine, Duke of Summerton, has spent a grueling political term fighting to preserve the monarchy. Now he's looking forward to a peaceful season at Summerton Castle, the one place his painful past can be forgotten. But when the castle's cottage is rented to the beguiling Willow Forbes—Royal Enemy Number One—Jaxon's summer heats up.

Terry Spear EXCHANGING GROOMS
Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Chase Buchanan—as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado that boasts a love of cougars—is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey.


HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, Vol. 2
~The Third Collection~
Eleven scorching stories so hot you'll need to turn up the air!
Box Set includes:

Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS
Can a party crasher melt the icy heart of a reluctant party guest or will she crash and burn along with her fledgling business?

Sandra Sookoo OPERATION WEDDING CRASH
When Nora Lenhart and her ex, Camden Webber, are thrown together at an engagement dinner, they devise a plan to break up the ill-suited bride and groom for the good of all involved. As the big day nears, emotions hit a breaking point, proving that wedding planning is more suited to a reality show and while happy endings are optional, they exist despite the odds, and can be had if they stop fighting long enough.


Bonnie Edwards SLOW HAND
In this erotically-charged novella, jilted bride Teri, and charter boat captain Jared, have one short week together under the sultry Caribbean sun. Can Jared’s slow hand lead them beyond torrid sex into a lifetime of love?

Diana Duncan DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
Paradise for software designer Cynthia Wagner means uninterrupted solitude to invent a brilliant video game, and save her job. But renovations on her city apartment force her to seek refuge in a temporary rental in the ‘burbs.
The promised Paradise morphs into Purgatory when she meets her new neighbor, a deliciously tempting Irish rogue sporting a wicked grin and to-die-for body. Rory Devlin is a dangerous distraction—and he’s hiding a naughty secret.


Deanna Cameron DANCE WITH ME
Superstar drummer Taz Roman has it all—looks, money, fame. To ambitious belly dancer Melanie Drake, he’s also a playboy with a bad reputation. But when she discovers he isn’t the man she thought he was, her change of heart is going to change everything.


Kiru Taye KEEPING SECRETS
A story of secrets, betrayals and love. Keeping Secret will grip you from the start.


Elizabeth Rose SAVING SIMON
Safety Officer of the Seduction of the Sea cruise ship, Simon Taylor, saves Piper Westbrook's life when she falls off the ship during a storm. But when he returns home to Sweet Water, Michigan, he finds the same woman trying to close down the town's marina that he someday hopes to buy.

Jenna Allen DESIRE RENEWED
The daring lives of husbands and wives.

Rae Lori RIO SUNRISE
After landing the photography job of a lifetime, Jayla Mitchelson gets more than she bargained for when wealthy business mogul, Eric Jansen, asks her for a special favor.


Theresa Troutman MY SECRET SUMMER
Dylan helps Caitlin deal with her grief and awakens her sexuality. These two misfits fall in love, while trying to keep their relationship a secret from Caitlin’s parents.

Kaily Hart PLAY ME



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Monday, July 06, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer $250 Cash Giveaway

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It's the long Lazy Days of Summer and what better way to spend them than with a huge book related giveaway! Join me and an awesome group of Authors and Bloggers for the...

Lazy Days of Summer $250 Cash Giveaway

July 6th to 26th


We’re giving away $250 in Paypal Cash! Think of all the amazing books that could get one winner!

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Love on the Slopes by Amy Manemann Book Spotlight

“I’ve loved you for a lifetime without even knowing it, and I’ll spend the rest of my life making certain you never forget that. I love you, Jessa. I always have, and I always will.”

Jessa Hartley is haunted by memories of the night she threw herself at her childhood crush, Dominic DeRenzi – and he turned her away. Years later, Jessa has managed to put the past behind her and climb up the ranks as head instructor of the ski lodge she one day hopes to
purchase. Only her plans take a nosedive when the smooth talking Italian shows back up in town. Even worse, he’s planning on purchasing her lodge.

After surviving a disastrous marriage, Dominic DeRenzi returns to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hoping to make a fresh start for him and his six year old son by purchasing the old ski lodge. Until a chance encounter with Jessa Hartley throws his well laid plans off track. The once innocent girl from his childhood has grown into the beautiful woman he always knew she would become, and he is painfully reminded of the night he overstepped his bounds and kissed her.
Then broke her heart by sending her away.

Rekindling the flames of their past isn’t part of the plan, yet Dominic and Jessa soon find they’re helpless to stop the fire that burns brightly between them. He broke her heart the first time he left, but can he make her see this time around he’s here to stay?






Amy Manemann is an International Best Selling Author. She writes sexy and intriguing romantic suspense, contemporary romance (NEW), young adult paranormal romance, and dabbles in children's books. She resides in her hometown along the Mississippi river with her husband and their two children. When she isn't plotting her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and diving into a good book. 

Amy is also a site administrator for the World Literary Café, an online literary community for authors and readers. www.worldliterarycafe.com.

You can connect with Amy at 
www.amymanemann.blogspot.com.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Cities of Dystopia at The SFR Brigade's Summer Cafe


Welcome to week 3 of the Summer Cafe and thanks so much for visiting my stop on the tour! I love dystopia sci-fi, especially when the hero overturns the status quo to make a change for the better.

As an appetizer for today's feast, I'd like to present my soon to be available Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller Novelette, City of Simplicity. What looks like a utopia on the surface is a controlled society lacking any love, intimacy or human emotions. Two people will challenge that system forever.

Citizen 52701 once had a life that is now a distant memory in her dreams. All that remains is the name she carried over from the time before the change: Lyn. As a by-the-book law enforcer of a newly controlled futuristic society, everything is available at one's fingertips. Except the one thing that matters most of all.

A renegade is on the loose, moving amidst the shadows to stay alive. His one goal is to find the wife he lost when the change took over the city. The problem? She is one of the enforcers eliminating renegades trying to escape the system's control. He'll risk everything to try and bring her back to him. No matter who or what he has to take down to do the job.




Although the society within City of Simplicity offers many comforts to make life easier, that leaves out a nice home cooked meal. Replicators are the order of the day whether one is grabbing drinks or a bite to eat. At the beginning of the story, our heroine Lyn has a dream (or is it a memory)? She shares a picnic of yummy food with a man that recurs in her dreams. Friend or foe? Real or imaginary? Check out the book to discover which one but in the meantime, keep on scrolling to check out the delicious sloppy joe dish from Lyn's dreams as well as an excerpt from the story!



Dystopian Futuristic Joes (Of Simplicity)

Ingredients
2 LB - Ground Turkey
Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning to taste
2 TBSP - Oil (Coconut, Grapeseed or Olive Oil works)
1 1/2 C - Ketchup
1/4 C - dark brown sugar
1/4 C  - lemon juice
1 TBSP -  Worcestershire Sauce
2 TSP -  Mustard (I use French's Yellow) 
1/2 C - Sweet Baby Ray's Honey BBQ Sauce (I started with just a half a cup but apply more depending on taste and how tangy & BBQ-y I want it)
Bread Slices

Directions

Heat pan and pour oil, making sure you coat the bottom surface. Add ground turkey and season all over with Spike. Brown ground turkey until you see no more pink on the meat. Drain the grease and let the pan sit while you prep the sauce.

In a separate medium saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients together and mix well over low to medium heat for about 5 -10 min. Apply more SBR Honey BBQ to taste. Once satisfied, add sauce into ground turkey and stir



~Excerpt~

Bright trees stood high above the couple, splitting the sun’s rays into tiny specks of light among the leaves. Green grass surrounded them and a nearby lake echoed its sounds of water along the richly soiled banks.
The smooth cloth of a spread out blanket sat beneath them. A picnic basket full of food lay out near her outstretched feet. All of their favorites were laid out. Everything from homemade biscuits, corn on the cob, Sloppy Joe sandwiches, green beans, and a marble cake slathered with buttercream frosting for dessert. He looked at her with a smile and loving eyes that, to this day, still haunted her.
She couldn’t keep her legs still. The quick fidgety movement of her legs on the picnic blanket matched the rapid beating of her heart. “There’s something I have to tell you.” Slowly she licked her lips, the news eagerly hanging on the edge of her unspoken words. “We’re pregnant.”
“What?” He scooted closer and wrapped his arms around her. His soft gentle kiss made her giggle before he held her to his chest, like a strong wall of muscle. “Baby, this is great news. I love you so much.”
“I love you.” Her mouth didn’t move but she clearly heard the echo of her own voice within her mind.
“What shall we call it?”
She forced herself to think of names but nothing came. All thought and feeling disappeared like a swift wind that blew away any semblance of emotion. The grass around her then turned to concrete. The clear blue sky darkened with black clouds, blocking out the sun. The green trees changed into tall buildings made of cold glass and steel pillars.
And then she was alone.


“Wake up! Your time is here once again. To cleanse the world of the bile that dares to go against the strict order of our new and perfect world. You are a part of the human race and it is your duty to enforce the law and the boundaries of this world. It is your job to set the example.
“Citizen 52701, you have maintained the appropriate body mass of 22.15. If at any time during your duty you exceed this by the maximum allotment you will be terminated on sight. Your shift starts now and will end in 12.50 hours.”
Lyn tapped the button on top of the sensory device that cradled her head like a thin, wiry cap wrapped in clear plastic. The same dream had haunted her that night. The same cursed dream she'd tried to shake for months now. She recognized the man in the dreams. Spenser. He meant something to her, but what?
No, she wasn’t allowed to have these feelings. In this new world, it wasn’t necessary - not to mention it was forbidden.
She shook her head, hoping to shake the eerie echo of the dream.
As she sat up, the small media bar lifted to the ceiling and began its daily monitoring.
The past few months had been good and relatively simple. Lyn had adapted to the new world with ease, but that feeling of a certain man’s closeness never left her mind. Every night for the past few months, she awoke with a familiar memory tingling in the back of her mind like an itch she couldn't reach to scratch. It bothered her and no matter how much she tried to push it to the back of her mind, it was there calling to her. Even now, it lingered in her mind...
She had to shake this feeling. What kind of enforcement officer would she be if she couldn't judge runners guilty of trying to revive a dead past?
Dismissing the dream, she went along with her morning rituals; splashing her face with cold water and dressing for the night’s work. She crossed the dimly lit studio apartment to the kitchen where she started the coffee machine to fill one cup. A quick check over the media bar told her it was working properly.
Lyn went over to the dresser machine and clicked to activate it. She peered through the window to the revolving closet and selected her uniform for the night. A jumpsuit with matching boots. Once it swung around, the outfit jutted out toward her and she stepped in, turning around to let the closet arm zip her up. She pressed her work badge against her chest and slid the small watch-like device on her wrist.
After making sure she looked well enough to work, Lyn crossed over to her dining area. A cup of coffee was already brewing on the java dispenser.  Just like any other morning ritual, she grabbed the small yellow vial from the cabinet overhead. Emotin. Her lifeline for each day. Emotion containment fluids that helped keep the populace moving with clear heads. Free of emotion and irrational thought. One drop did the trick. She waited until the dispenser finished and added her dosage before taking a sip. Once the liquid entered her bloodstream, her body felt at ease and cleansed. No more distracting dreams or the inkling of longing in her stomach.
*          *          *
Darkness was his sanctuary. It wasn't easy moving under the media's eye. He spent months perfecting its movements and even then it was still unpredictable. Already he lost count of the many comrades who died by the enforcer's hands. Rage nearly killed him, but he had to stay focused. The one thing driving him was her...

He kept his head down, leaning close to the buildings to bathe himself in the shadows. Cars rushed along the streets ahead and every now and then a siren would go off, signaling a new enforcer was on the beat. He didn't have much time. This was one of the few times he climbed out from underground and he had to make the best of it. He had to find her tonight.


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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Summer In Snow Valley Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway + Review



Summer in Snow Valley





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#1 Bestselling Amazon Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!



Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.


Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.


A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.


First Love; Love First by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.


Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austin and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.


Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.


~Rae's Review~
This anthology is the follow-up to the wonderful Christmas in Snow Valley as we return to Snow Valley, Montana.  I really loved the first antho and was excited to see the authors return with new stories featuring some very yummy cowboys. I'm still reading it as of this review but I'm definitely enjoying the stories and am currently on Cami Checkett's (a fave of mine) A Touch of Love after reading Catching Caytie. (Now zipping back to Jeanette Lewis's Tin Foil Tiaras).

When I started, I had planned to read a little of Cindy Roland Anderson's Catching Caytie before bed, but the story caught my attention and never let go until the very end. Caytie was likable and sweet but I couldn't help siding with Jake during their first encounter. Although he was a bit of a grump, I still couldn't help rooting for them to get together and find solace from their broken families and pasts. I also love that although there were clear villains with believable motivations, one of the characters I didn't like (because she was moving in on the hero) was still sympathetic because of the lengths she would go through for love of her son. Later on when she practically dimed out the heroine from the very people she was hiding from, she showed remorse and made things right. Ms. Anderson is definitely on my to read list as her writing and storytelling moved this story right up to my fave list.

Next I read Cami Checketts's A Touch of Love. Ms. Checketts is one of my fave authors and I was so looking forward to her story entry. She definitely didn't disappoint! I love that we got to catch up on Kaz and her boyfriend Ty from Christmas in Snow Valley. The dialogue between them, especially when they talk about their respective significant others, was too cute for words. One of the things I love about Ms. Checketts stories are how she makes her characters so interesting with various backgrounds, making them come to life. I love that Luke had an engineering background and Annie came from Hawaii. I also don't come across many heroines with disabilities in romance so I was excited to read Annie's story. The love that grew between her and Luke (Kaz's brother) was so very sweet! Even their first meeting at Annie's massage place was memorable and not to mention so sensual! This is a completely clean and sweet read, but with the way Ms. Checketts conveys the feelings between the two during the massage made it a very hot read without being explicit or TMI. Although Annie was apprehensive concerning her speech impediment, Luke was able to offer her the comfort she desired and eventually come out of her shell. It was a relief after meeting Annie's cruel mother (whom I loved seeing get straightened out by Luke after a verbal attack). The conflict with the ex-girlfriend was believable and even made me feel for her situation.

I'll update as I finish and I can't wait to dive more into these stories if they are as awesome as the last antho. I hope the authors return for a Fall in Snow Valley antho collection. It'll be a great addition to the set and the perfect reading with my pumpkin spiced lattes and tea!



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Friday, May 29, 2015

The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe arrives next month!



In just a few days, the SFR Brigade will be bringing you a smorgasbord of great recipes, prizes, books and of course SFR authors sharing all the goods. Here is the schedule!

Space Opera 1 - JUNE 1-7
Weird Science - JUNE 8-14
Dystopia - JUNE 15-21
Androids and Aliens - JUNE 22-28
Supernova Hot - JUNE 29-JULY 5
Space Opera 2 - JULY 6-12

I'll be posting June 15th in celebration of my newest release, an SFR futuristic novella entitled City of Simplicity. Keep an eye on this blog for the cover reveal and blurb news coming real soon!

In the meantime, mark your calendars and bookmark http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/ for all the updates. See you there!



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