Saturday, February 28, 2015

#BookReview WHITE SWANS A Regency World by Annamaria Bazzi #fantasy #romance



My Review:


Get ready for something entirely different than what you thought. In White Swans, Annamaria Bazzi takes the reader into a surreal world, one of tea parties and balls, fancy gowns, and gentlemen, butlers and lady's maids. Kendika and her friends exist in a carefully choreographed world, one which seemed to exist for the entertainment of some other entity.

As Kendika discovers more about this Regency Worlds, she is disturbed by the fact that various punishments exist and that mind control is very much in evidence. She and her friends are not "free to go" and challenging the "owners" of their worlds is a dangerous thing indeed.

A refreshingly different adventure.





Kendíka’s second chance at life begins as a nightmare.

Will the eerie eyes always looking down from the sky reveal themselves?

Kendíka challenges the aliens no one has ever seen to bring about a better life for the humans trapped in the surreal Regency world she wakes up in. While getting to know her alien owner, she discovers the aliens aren’t so perfect and have much to learn about humans.

Will Kendíka survive or perish, attempting to make life better for the people living on Regency?









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Excerpt:



Startled by the lack of movement, Kendíka sat up in bed, scanning the shadows in the moonlit room. Perspiration beaded her forehead while her heart pounded against her ribs. The last thing she remembered was sitting in the limousine next to Mr. Vetrano, arguing about her future. He insisted the will mandated her future, not him. Did the pill knock her out? How dare he drug me!

She blinked and, holding her breath, glanced around the unfamiliar room. When her lungs screamed for air, she exhaled then took another deep inhale. What the hell? What happened to the limousine?

Butterflies unsettled her stomach. Her back stiffened. Her heart drummed. Oh, my God! When did I get out of the car or come to this room? Why would Mr. Vetrano bring me to such a freaky place? Fear and the thought of her parents’ death brought fresh tears to her eyes.

She slid out of bed and shuffled her bare feet along the stone floor, hands held out to make sure she didn’t bump into anything hidden by the shadows.

At the opposite end of the room, she could make out a dark blob, which she hoped might be the door. Somewhere along the wall near it, she would find a light switch. She advanced slowly, making sure not to stub her toes. Her fingertips ran along the smooth wood. The handle felt cold. She pulled on the knob, but it didn’t budge. Strange! Her heart missed a beat. Why is the door locked?

With all her strength, she pounded on the door. “Mr. Vetrano?” She paused. “Is anyone out there?” She beat her fists on it a few more times, but when no one came to investigate the commotion, she slid to the floor and buried her face in her hands. Think, girl, think. Standing again, she moved her hands along the smooth walls at the edge of the molding, feeling for a light switch. Why can’t I find it? She tried again…nothing but wall. Why is no one coming?

Fun Facts:

- One of the more challenging items I researched was how to address people. I had been under the impression that I could refer to a duke as ‘My Lord.’ Boy was I wrong! To do so is quite degrading. A duke is addressed as ‘Your Grace’, and he’s introduced as, for example, ‘Charles Emory, the Duke of Deverow.’ Yes, he is one of the leading characters in my book.

- What about the funny little hat maids wore that looked like a shower cap? Well, that’s called a mob hat, and no, it has nothing to do with mobsters and gangsters. It was an essential part of a maid’s uniform.

- Speaking of servants, I had to understand what a footman does versus a butler. A footman did a variety of indoor and outdoor jobs. Important to me were the indoor jobs. Learning that a footman laid out the table, served the meal and tea, and assisted the butler helped me determine what Wordsworth’s duties had to be in the book.

- During this research, I learned that the butler was responsible for household security and most important, the wine cellar. The butler didn’t wear a uniform, but he wore a black cravat instead of a white one so he would not be mistaken for a gentleman.

About the Author:

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.
Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#BookReview BITTERSWEET by K. S. Thomas #romance #paranormal

BittersweetBittersweet by K.S. Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This story was pure romance and the love between Esi and Carter was magical and timeless.

Esi and Carter were made for each other and after seven years dating, they finally tied the knot. It would have been their happiest day ever until they get into a serious car accident driving home from their fantasy wedding.

From the very first page, I knew this story would be heart rending and emotional. The happiness at the beginning of the book portended deep sadness and tears for later on.

And even though disaster struck, Esi was comforted by Carter's steadfast love and his promise never ever to leave her. She struggles through health issues and almost dying and then she is blown away when everything she believes or convinced herself to believe is untrue. Carter forces Esi to face her fears for her own good and proves to her that there is a love that will never ever end.

The scene where they lay on the meadow, face to face, eye to eye while the sun set will forever be etched in my mind as the definition of bittersweet.

Bring plenty of tissues and prepare to have your heart cut out. The feelings are so strong and true. It'll be hard to get over this book, and maybe you never will, and it will stay with you as a testament to true and pure love.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

#BookChat PLAYING WITHOUT RULES by Rachelle Ayala #baseball #romance






Title: Playing Without Rules
Author: Rachelle Ayala
 Release Date: January 26, 2015



Synopsis




A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father.

Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister.

Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret.

Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?









Links to Buy

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AMAZON US / UK


My Comments

Hi, I'm the author of Playing Without Rules. This story deals with the consequences of domestic violence and abuse, especially from a male point of view. Many times, we don't understand the struggles of men who have been abused, and we easily type cast them with the suspicion that they will repeat the patterns of their father. Yes, statistically, this is very prevalent, and these men are highly at risk to become abusers themselves.

However with counseling, early intervention, and the refusal of a partner to tolerate any "shade" of abuse, including emotional, men who have been abused can learn patterns of behavior to avoid triggering either flashbacks and feelings of unworthiness, or the urge to inflict pain on others.

I hope this book raises awareness of men caught between the jaws of being a victim and a survivor of abuse.



Author Bio


Rachelle Ayala is an author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous,
sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She
writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and
hope.

Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways. http://eepurl.com/lR5kv and find her
books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and more.

Fiction: Michal’s Window, Broken
Build, Hidden Under Her Heart, Chance for Love Boxed Set, Knowing Vera, Taming
Romeo, Whole Latte Love, Played by Love, Playing the Rookie, A Father for
Christmas, Claiming Carlos

Want to Contact Rachelle?



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#NewRelease FEAR OF STRIKING OUT by Lyssa Layne #baseball #romance

TITLE: Fear of Striking Out
AUTHOR: Lyssa Layne
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: February 19, 2015
COVER DESIGN: E.J. Kellan
LENGTH: 54,000+
CONTENT WARNING: Adult Content

Synopsis

Shortstop Tate James has been traded from the all-American town of Milwaukee to the trendy City of Angels. 

Pink hair, manscaping, dogs in purses... not his thing. This ball player is less than excited about his new hometown. That is until he crosses paths with beautiful Mia Tomko. She lets him know that not all L.A. women are just after fame and fortune.

As Tate and Mia find that their interest in each other isn't the only thing they have in common, neither are prepared for what their future holds. 

When someone from both of their pasts arrives, will it tear them apart or make them closer?

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Excerpt




Waves crash in the darkness of the night. The moon peeks behind a few clouds as I lean against Mia’s deck sipping whiskey. Once again, the thought of moving to L.A. doesn’t seem so bad, especially when I feel her hand slide over my back pockets. Her breath is warm on my ear as both hands run over my backside. I feel her smile against my cheek. She lightly kisses it and whispers while she gives me a squeeze, “I can’t wait to see you in baseball pants this season.”

Laughing, I turn around to face her and pull her body against mine. She moves her arms around my neck and we exchange a powerful kiss. My whole body shakes inside and I don’t ever want to stop kissing her. What is this woman doing to me? I’m not the kind of man that wants to settle down. Back in Milwaukee, I had a few lady friends that I would get together with from time to time, but I’ve never seen a woman the way I see Mia Tomko. She breaks the kiss, but I don’t let go.

“Good, you started the fire,” she says nodding toward the fire pit. “I brought out the fixings for s’mores; hope you like them.”

Chuckling, I nod my head as I let go of her and she walks over to the table. “They’re actually my favorite.”

I watch her open the box of graham crackers. Damn, even in torn-up jeans and a baggy Stanford sweatshirt she looks good. Reaching for another bag to busy myself, I stop and look at Mia. “Reese’s?”

She nods with a grin. “Trust me, it’s way better than a Hershey bar. It’s pure ecstasy.”

Leaning forward, I kiss her neck, making her giggle. “Nah, I think this is pure ecstasy.”

Walking to the fire pit with roasters in hand, I stand behind her so I can nibble on her neck as we toast the ‘mallows. She tilts her head, giving me full access to her soft skin. A few turns of the roaster and she holds the s’more in front of my mouth. My teeth clamp down over the treat as I lock eyes with her. “Mmm… ” I moan. She’s right, the Reese’s are delicious.

Grinning, she pulls the s’more back and takes a bite herself. Chocolate smears on her lip. I lean forward and run my tongue over it then close my mouth and suck her lip to get every last bit off. As she slips her tongue over mine, I can feel myself start to get hard and I moan into her mouth. Mumbling with my lips still against hers, I utter, “You’re right… ecstasy.”

Additional Books
If you love Fear of Striking Out then you don't want to miss Tate & Mia's friends story in The Right Pitch.


About the Author




Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor. 

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa's own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

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Facebook Party


You won't want to miss the Fear of Striking Out Release Day Party on Facebook tonight from 7-10PM CT. There will be giveaways, games, and tons of fun! Hosts include: Beth Jones, Traci Hayden, William Scott, Linda Armstrong, Toshia Slade, and of course, Lyssa Layne! See you there!

Giveaway


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#BookBlitz LEX'S MELODY by Leigh Stone #erotic #romance




Title: Lex's Melody
Series: Belfast Bound #1
Author: Leigh Stone
 Release Date: November 1, 2014


Synopsis


Lex's Melody is set in the Northern Ireland city of Belfast, and is the first in the ‘Belfast Bound’
series, following the stories of 5 friends and their adventures in love, romance, and BDSM.

Alex Matthews is a tall, handsome dominant. He exists on the thrill that having a woman submit to him creates. He doesn't date, he doesn't commit. He works hard as an architect by day, and demands control over his submissives in his downtime. Melody Anderson is a 26 year college student who is about to change all that.

When her best friend Jonny suggests that she try a dating website, Mel has no idea where it will lead.
Alex finds her profile compelling, and on their first meeting in the oldest bar in Belfast makes the suggestion that she should submit to him. Enthralled by where this could lead, Mel agrees, and the pair find themselves bound together in submission and dominance.

Alex soon finds that with Mel, his previous vice of submission only, isn't enough, and he yearns to make their relationship more, but a dark shadow from Alex's past looms menacingly on the horizon.

Will Alex overcome his fears from the past and find a future with Mel, or will it all end in tragedy?

Contains
graphic sexual scenes including those with BDSM overtones. Also contains graphic language, and therefore is not suitable for under 18's.




Links to Buy

AMAZON US / UK


Author Bio


I'm Leigh Stone, I live in Northern Ireland, just outside the capital city of Belfast, in a house I share with my teenage daughter, and our personal zoo (1 cat, 2 kittens, and 4 rabbits!).

I'm first and foremost a reader, and a fast reader at that, often devouring books in a single sitting over a period of hours. I have always had aspirations to write and become a published author, but as a
teenager I was encouraged to look for a different profession, as being an author "wouldn't pay the bills."

It was that reading that lead a friend of mine to suggest that I had read so many of those books that I could probably write my own! It seemed like a good idea, and I thought that I would give it a try :) a
few months later Lex's Melody was well underway, and the rest as they say is history!




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Monday, February 16, 2015

#BlogTour PLAYING WITHOUT RULES Tour Schedule #RachelleAyala #baseball #romance

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Book Blurb
A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father.

Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister.

Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret.

Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

Playing the Rookie is available on Amazon (Read Free with Kindle Unlimited)

Author Info

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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Subscribe to her mailing list for upcoming books and giveaways: http://bit.ly/RachAyala and find her books at online retailers Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and more.

Fiction: Michal’s Window, Broken Build, Hidden Under Her Heart, Chance for Love Boxed Set, Knowing Vera, Taming Romeo, Whole Latte Love, Played by Love, Playing the Rookie, A Father for Christmas, Claiming Carlos, Roaring Hot, Playing Without Rules, Christmas Stray

Want to Contact Rachelle?

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Review Tour Schedule

Tour Participant Blog Name Tour Date
Amber McCallister http://thewonderingsofoneperson.wordpress.com Tuesday, February 17
Lyssa Layne http://www.authorlyssalayne.blogspot.com Tuesday, February 17
Shandi K Dews http://mamadewsreviews.blogspot.com Wednesday, February 18
Chantel Rhondeau http://www.chantelrhondeau.com Wednesday, February 18
Jamie Fredrickson http://www.youhadmeatfreebook.blogspot.com Thursday, February 19
Cheryl Bavaro http://bavarofamilyreviews.blogspot.com Friday, February 20
Debbie Rosa http://adivareviews.com Saturday, February 21
Liza Cochico http://mlizcochico.blogspot.com/2015/02/book-review-book-tour-and-giveaway.html Sunday, February 22
Raquel Leite http://readingssunshine.wordpress.com Monday, February 23
Kaitlyn Sigler http://kaitmar.blogspot.com/2015/02/playing-without-rules-ebook-giveaway.html Tuesday, February 24
Nadene Reynolds http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/02/review-tour-playing-without-rules-by.html Wednesday, February 25
Paige Boggs http://electivelypaige.com Thursday, February 26
Jessica Cali http://calibookreviews.com Friday, February 27
Krista Bainbridge http://www.savorysavings.com Saturday, February 28
Jessica Cassidy http://www.jessicacassidy.com Sunday, March 01
Marie Dee http://www.marieclara.com Monday, March 02
Rachelle Ayala http://www.rachelleayala.com/ Monday, March 02
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Rachelle Ayala is generously giving away a $10 gift card (Paypal or Amazon) and a key chain (US and Canada only).

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