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Friday, August 31

Book Blogger Hop: August 31st - September 6th




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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer:

I have a Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/coffeeramblings), but I've never made a book review video. I have reviewed a few products on there in the past. I do want to review books & movies on the channel, but I need a better microphone and camera.


Linky List:

Release Day Blitz: Only Chance



Only Chance

Chisholm Falls Series, Book Two

by Trish Arcangelo

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pub. Date: 8/31/18

ISBN: 9781386217381

Pages: 147
Word Count: 46,351

Cover Artist: Diana Carlile

Tagline: This old flame still burns hot….






What's the book about?

Fallon Gentry is back in her hometown after leaving an affluent life in Dallas, and her cheating ex-husband, behind.  She's ready to start over, even if that means dealing with the pain of her first love's betrayal left buried in the past.

 Lucas Chance is a working class guy leading a simple life.  He plays the part of the town ladies' man but deep down he's still reeling from old wounds, namely a heart shattered when the only woman he ever loved walked away.

They're both shocked when Fallon unknowingly shows up on Lucas's duplex door step, looking to rent the unit next door.  Lucas is too intrigued to tell her no and Fallon is too desperate for a place to live.  There's also the blazing attraction still between them.  Now as landlord and tenant, Fallon and Lucas battle their feelings.

Will they discover the truth behind what drove them apart and take their only chance at true love?


Where can you purchase the book?
Amazon     iTunes     BN



Here's an Excerpt!
She knocked on the door.  “Lucas?”
The door opened and an arm shot out.  Before she knew it she was pulled inside and the door slammed shut with her back against it.  The bank bag and paper slipped from her hand as he caged her in.
“Where’s Laurel?” he rasped.
“I-in the bathroom.”
“Good,” he said, moments before his lips covered hers.
He didn’t touch her anywhere but on her lips, his hands braced against the door on either side of her head and his rigid body inches from hers.  Somehow that only made it hotter. The intensity of that one contact was like a lightning strike, incinerating all rational thought.  There was nothing but the wicked mouth of the only man she’d wanted for as long as she’d wanted.
Her lips and tongue submitted to his, following his lead as his mouth devoured her.  God, how she missed this.  Tears stung the backs of her eyes at the acute need, the longing.  She reached for him.
Lucas broke the kiss.  “Don’t.”
Her eyes fluttered open.  “W-what?”
“If you touch me, I’ll lose it.”  His voice was husky and warm, the sound of sin.  “Why do you think I’m keeping my hands to myself?  It’s so I don’t take you right here.”
Fallon felt dizzy with want, leaning in.  “But, can’t we just---”
“I’ve been sitting in here all night thinking about what that asshole told me,” Lucas interrupted, leaning down to capture her eyes with his.  “Did you really call out for me, Duchess? All those nights, lying next to him?”
Her brain was screaming at her to lie.  To remember why she was here and the implications of her next words.  But the rest of her was still a quivering mass of pent up desire.  A younger woman who wanted only to please the man in front of her.  Her love.  “Yes,” she whispered.  “All the time.  I dreamed about you.”

About the Author

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Butcher's Daughter


The Butcher's Daughter
by Mark M. McMillin
Genre: Historical Nautical Romantic Adventure 

In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming. The King of Spain is assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen - an enormous beast - to invade England and depose the Protestant “heretic queen.” To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain, England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman’s axe for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

Based on true historical events, this is a tale about war, adventure, love and betrayal. This is a story about vengeance, this is a tale of heartbreak…

“… a pleasurable and action-packed read … a delicious spin to the otherwise tired clichés of male captains … the joy of the open seas - as well as the danger churning below - pulses throughout this rip-roaring, hearty tale of the high seas.” - Kirkus Reviews




Born in 1954 in Indiana, Mark McMillin has lived in a number of states throughout the U.S. as well as overseas. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, focusing his studies mostly on military history, and served as a cadet in Canisius's nationally recognized ROTC program. After graduating in 1976, Mark was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and was stationed in Bad Kissingen, Germany where he served with the elite 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.


In 1986, Mark received his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and began his legal career with a law firm in White Plains, New York focusing his attention on general corporate law. In 1994, Mark moved to Virginia and ventured out into hazardous world of litigation where, in 1999, he won what was reported to be at the time one of the largest and longest federal criminal trials in Virginia's history. Mark thereafter moved to Georgia where he resumed his general corporate practice and served as general counsel for several companies, including a $1B publicly-traded airline.

Mark has been a life-long student of military history. And he has always had a passion for reading and love for writing and wanted to someday write his own book. But write a book about what? Mark had no desire to write about some subject that 100 authors before him had already delved into. And then, almost by accident, this fascinating, little known story of Captain Luke Ryan fell into his lap. It was an opportunity was too good to pass on and so Mark began the long and tedious journey of researching, writing and rewriting. The twelve year project ended in 2011 with Gather the Shadowmen (The Lords of the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Napoleon's Gold.

Mark currently lives in the Southeastern part of the United States.






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Book Tour & Giveaway: Slashing Monalisa


Slashing Mona Lisa
by D.M. Barr
Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense 

Killer body or body killer? When fat shaming backfires…

Most people are dying to lose a few pounds. Not so in Slashing Mona Lisa, where it's the weight-loss advocates who are losing their lives.

Whenever Terry Mangel's body acceptance revival meeting rolls into town, local diet execs and "fat shamers" turn up dead, often in grotesque, ironic ways. All single murders in small suburbs, no one's noticed the pattern…until now.

Rookie journalist Camarin Torres is a crusader against discrimination, partially to assuage the guilt she feels over the suicide of her obese, bullied twin sister. She reluctantly accepts a job offered by handsome publisher Lyle Fletcher, a widower with a vendetta, who sees Torres as salvation for Trend, his fledgling fashion magazine. Torres, however, detests everything the publication stands for, and joins solely to transform its judgmental, objectifying content.

As an unexpected romance blossoms, the overconfident, justice-hungry reporter defies orders and infiltrates Mangel's world—only to find herself in the crosshairs of a vigilante group targeting the sixty-billion-dollar diet industry. Unmasking the killer may save her life but shatter her heart: every clue seems to implicate Fletcher, her mercurial mentor and lover, as the group's mastermind.

With a sassy, snarky voice and multi-cultural overtones, Sashing Mona Lisa explores body shaming and its victims: the disenfranchised who don't conform to society's arbitrary norms, and the lengths they will go to for love and acceptance.

Content Warning: contains some strong language, violence, and explicit sexual scenes





Thursday, August 30

Back to School Reads: Sharkee and the Teddy Bear & Breamner and the Party


Ripley Publishing; 40 pages; $16.99; Amazon

Available now from Ripley Publishing are two cute picture books, titled Sharkee and the Teddy Bear & Breamner and the Party which are written by Carrie Bolin and Jessica Firpi and illustrated by John Graziano. The books are based on everyone's favorite Ripley’s Aquarium mascots - Sharkee the sand tiger shark and Bremner the pufferfish.

In Sharkee and the Teddy Bear, a teddy bear falls into the ocean and Sharkee wants it. However, there is one little problem - Sharkee doesn't know where the teddy bear went?

Along with his sidekick fish, Sharkee goes on an mission to retrieve the missing teddy bear!






Ripley Publishing; 40 pages; $16.99; Amazon







In Breamner and the Party, Breamner the pufferfish is excited about an upcoming party, but he is also worried at the same time. He's nervous that he will puff up at the party and all the other fishes will laugh at him!

Breamner gets enough courage to attend the party, but his worst fear comes true, resulting in a hilarious ending!













Final Thoughts

Book Tour & Giveaway: Down Under


Down Under
The Falau Files Book 6
by Mike Gomes
Genre: Thriller

Some people just need to die.

The banks of Australia are not safe with the "Rock n' Roll Bandits" on the loose. Hitting bank after bank they have amassed a small fortune. Now working with the fearless underground leader with terrorist ties, the Dragon, the sky is the limit. Everything seems to be perfect. Little do they know that "The System" has called on Michael Falau to put an end to their criminal ways. What follows is a fly by the seat of your pants adventure that runs across the south of Australia and throws Falau at the highest risk he has ever had. To infiltrate the group he will have to do things he never thought imaginable. With only his guts and cunning he will have to find a way to bring in the outlaws before they learn who he is and kill him. 

From the bestselling author Mike Gomes comes the 6th book in the Falau Files. If you love action packed adventure and some grit in your thrillers then this is the book for you. Pick up your copy of Down Under today!

**easily read as a standalone!**

**Only .99 cents!!**


Book Tour & Giveaway: The Arousing Series


Arousing Consequences
The Arousing Series Book 1
by Cam Johns
Genre: Erotic Suspense 

***** Warning- Explicit sexual scenes between consenting adults in a safe setting. *****

Exposing the truth…giving into explicit desire…finding love.

Book One introduces Karisma Washington who has just graduated college and looking forward to moving on with her life, following the untimely murder of her father Blair Washington. If it weren't for the constant support of her boyfriend, Kevin Matthews, there's no telling how deep her depression would have taken her. Support she thought she couldn't live without, which, in turn, carried their relationship regardless of the discontent building between them. 
Here it is, a few years later, and she's now ready to start her career at the top Rehabilitation Center of Seattle. The place where characters come into play compelling rousing desires, carnal elation and amorous internal struggles. Karisma is finally impelled to realize her life is worth more than Mr. Right Now. But is her new crush really better for her? Lies told, truths withheld, and awakening sexual thoughts arise...where all choices are forced to face consequences.

Get it FREE!!


Arousing Secrets
The Arousing Series Book 2

***** Warning- Explicit sexual scenes between consenting adults in a safe setting. *****

Finding my way back into her arms.

There comes a time in a man’s life when you have to face the past, to build the future. I tried avoiding it at all costs. Tried masking it. Tried pushing it back to that far side of your brain where my secrets hide. Then, everything changed when I met her. The woman of my dreams. My future. My soul. Karsima. Our life together thus far hasn’t been blissful and let’s face it, she’s been stalked…shot…and above all, deceived. By everyone, including myself.

Seeing her leave, carrying my child only intensifies my desire to keep her in my life and there’s only one way to do that. My secrets have to be revealed. As our saga continues, I can only pray that our love will withstand what was done in the dark.







Arousing Inferno
The Arousing Series Book 3

***** Warning- Explicit sexual scenes between consenting adults in a safe setting. *****


Taking back control.

I’m sick of this! It’s been a year of secrets that have revealed themselves at the cost of my life. Who knew that meeting the man of my dreams…my future…the other half of my soul would uncover such turmoil. Turmoil that may be beyond our control, but our future can’t survive until the secrets of the past are diminished…or killed. 

That secret being Thomas Malcolm.

That lowlife snake who has tried to destroy my father, Jackson, and me…my family. I’ve even had to kill someone because of him! I’m done with this. Done with letting Malcolm run our lives. Done living in fear. Done waiting for his next formidable move. It’s my turn. And I’m nobody’s pawn! It’s time to end him…end this…Inferno.







Book Tour & Giveaway: His True Queen


HIS TRUE QUEEN
The Smoke and Mirrors Duology #2
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance

Pub Date: 8/7/14



The breathtaking conclusion of the Smoke & Mirrors Duology.
A beautiful, defiant princess. A renowned, sinfully gorgeous Hollywood actor.
A love affair that is sure to rock the British Monarchy…and the world.
Their love affair began intensely and passionately. Princess Adeline and Josh Jameson knew any future together was impossible—her status as a princess and his standing as a Hollywood heartthrob dictated that. But the heights of pleasure they could take each other to were wildly unanticipated by them both. Josh’s absolute disregard for Adeline’s status quickly drew her into his hedonistic world. And her perfectly worn mask and false façade captivated Josh to the point of obsession. The boundaries became blurred. The physical became emotional. Their hearts became entwined.
But a cruel turn of events rips their worlds apart and Adeline is more bound than ever by the protocol and expectations her title commands. The army of royal advisors who guard the secrets and scandals of the Monarchy will go to unthinkable lengths to keep the smoke and mirrors in place…and Josh away from Adeline. She knows the power she possesses comes with agonizing sacrifices. Walking away from Josh devastates her…but it keeps him safe from the corrupt institution that has ruled her life.
Yet Josh refuses to lose the woman who has consumed him so completely, distorted his boundaries, and stripped him of all sensibility.
Will the power of the British Monarchy triumph? Or will their fierce love for each other change the course of history?



The Controversial Princess
The Smoke and Mirrors Duology #1

Her father is The King of England.

She is The Controversial Princess.

Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by the King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the Royal Family is nothing but smoke and mirrors - lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to the King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.

That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defences overwhelms her - his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows the King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice.

And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.






Wednesday, August 29

Summer Reads: The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

Thomas Nelson; 340 pages; $15.99; Amazon
I was bit under the weather last week with three canker sores, so I spent a lot time indoors resting. While I didn't have a whole lot of energy, I did have enough energy to do some much needed reading, which included The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble. The book is part of the Lavender Tides series. The book has been sitting in my needs-to-be-reviewed pile for awhile now. Actually, I believe I had received the book back in January, but due to a few personal issues in my life, I haven't gotten back into reading until recently, so you'll be seeing more reviews on this blog soon.

Set in the small town of Lavender Tides, the home of four thousand residents, the novel centers on Shauna McDade, a helicopter pilot and widowed mother of one child, Alex. Her husband died in a climbing accident over a year ago and she's still mourning his death. 

Shockingly, Shauna's helicopter charter business partner, Clearance, is murdered in an explosion. Shortly before his death, he had given a package to Shauna with instructions to give it to his wife, Marilyn. While it seemed to be an accident at first glance, Zach Bannister, a firefighter, believes that foul play is at play here. After Marilyn is found murdered, it's obvious that Shauna and her son are now in danger. 


Final Thoughts

Book Tour & Giveaway: We're All Thieves


We're All Thieves
Blood Bound Book 1
by Dyrion Knight
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Steal an heirloom. Steal a ship. Steal a glance. Steal a kiss…
Skylar D’Apra is a pirate with a plan:
First: Capture Jag Harver—the reckless thief who stole the Crest of Miracles (the most powerful relic in the realm)—and return him to the Ruling Council to suffer whatever fate he finds.
Second: Use her reward money to sail away with the makings of her very own fleet. To tame the seas and conquer undiscovered lands.
Simple.
Or so it seems until the day she actually captures the infamous Jag Harver and he turns out to be as devious, delicious and intoxicating as the rumours suggest. And it looks like the relic he stole may actually be safer in his hands than anywhere else…
Skylar swore she wouldn’t get tangled up in magic, mayhem and the madness of monsters. She vowed to claim the sea as her home and live on another day. But now something darker is calling, veering her off track, and it all began with that damned, Jag Harver.

Sail away on this New Adult Paranormal Romance! A tale of rogue pirates, magical beings, alpha-males and monsters. Compared to A Court of Mist and Fury with more steam and pirates.

*NOTE: For mature audiences due to sexual content and mild language.*

**.99 cents until August 14th!!**





Book Tour & Giveaway: Dissension


Dissension
A Deliverance Novel #2
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: New Adult Paranormal

In an age where humans dominate the world…

And supernatural creatures exist in the cover of darkness…

He must find a place among his rivals or risk losing it all.Hayden has had his hands tied coping with life outside of the Institutes. He’s come far despite all the bumps along the way. 

He’s allowed himself to believe he could live a normal life…until a new threat makes its presence known.

In an instant, his entire life is flipped upside down once more. Those he cares for are not safe with or without him. There’s no escaping his past. Or permanent solution to his problems. One way or another he’ll become the target for all those looking to destroy the hybrid who endangers their way of life and challenges everything they’ve ever known.

Now he must decide between kill or be killed, and risk becoming the very monster he’s fought so hard to prove he’s not. 

Freedom has come with a price, but is he willing to pay the cost?




Deliverance
A Deliverance Novel #1

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human. 
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?



Tuesday, August 28

Book Tour & Giveaway: A Girl of White Winter


A GIRL OF WHITE WINTER
A Dark Glass Novel Book #3

by Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Pub Date: 8/7/2018


Kara, as a ward with no parentage and no future, has been raised knowing nothing outside her lady’s chambers. Until Royce Capello, a visiting nobleman, is struck by her ice-pale looks, and demands her as payment for the land the family needs.
With barely time to protest, Kara is sold and packed off for a life as a concubine—until a raiding party descends on Royce’s company and she’s kidnapped for the second time in as many days.
Whatever happens, Kara will be alone in the world, inexperienced and fearing even the vast unfamiliar sky. But one raider gives her a choice—and a magic mirror appears to show her where each path will lead…
She can leave with her protector Raven and journey with his performing troupe, competing for his mercurial affections.
She can flee the raiders’ settlement, and return to Royce’s manor, chattel among devious nobility.
Or she can stay in the settlement, bound to firm, silent Caine, who is as gentle as he is staid and inscrutable.
Her fates twist and turn to affect far more than she could have guessed, tangling the bitter with the sweet—and Kara must choose which consequences she can live with…




A CHOICE OF CROWNS
A Dark Glass Novel Book #2

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.
Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .
If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.
As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .



THROUGH A DARK GLASS
A Dark Glass Novel Book 1

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:
Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?
As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.
Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .