Saturday, October 14, 2017

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Who doesn't love contemporary romance with paranormal twist? Why?

Admit it, we’re nuts about these otherworldly men. The fanged, then furry, the demon, the druid, the other-planetary…all of them a bad-to-the bone hero, drop dead gorgeous guys who will protect their woman to the ends of the earth. They can be superheroes, although most must be dragged kicking and screaming into a save-the-world role. Danger is his hometown. Give him some preternatural powers, and now he’s all that, plus he’s an alpha take-charge kind of guy. Swoon.

Second, we love the heroines. These are women with real problems, sometimes even everyday problems who are swept into a magical, mysterious, often dangerous, world of their supernatural guy.

Third, it’s the stories. It’s the ultimate escapism into the magical and mystical. It’s good versus evil. It’s reading a quintessential what if. This is in our time, our real world. Yet, there’s a whole lot of something not quite so normal going on. The something sucks us into a fascinating twist on modern life, an escape that ignites our imagination and is often worthy of any movie plot. A lot of these are actually made into movies we love.

And, of course, there’s always a push/pull between the characters that keep the tension hot and the passions hotter.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017




About MINE FOR THE WEEK (Wild Love Series #2):

As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline and training. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at an exclusive singles resort. He just needs a few days to escape his life, and then he’ll get right back on track. But not twenty minutes after he arrives he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Being the youngest by eight years, she’s used to feeling left out, but selling off her family’s legacy without talking to her first? Not gonna happen. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. He’s smoking hot and intensely protective of her—and she loves it. But he’s about to start a major league baseball career, and she’s launching a battle to keep the family company. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion? Or can a week turn into a lifetime?


Mine for the Week is a sizzling New Adult read. With the premise of a baseball player I was all in, but soon to realize it’s not really about baseball. My disappointment didn’t last long as I shifted expectations to a romance about our hero, Ryan O’Donnell, and our heroine, Sophie Valentine,  both in the later years of college and who are both dragged by friends to a singles-only resort in Grenada. Most people are at this particular resort for the easy hookup. Not them. They are each in the midst of a personal life crisis. For Sophie it’s about her siblings desire to sell their cookie-making company when she doesn’t want to. For Ryan it’s about being on the precipice of recruitment to professional ball (I did have issues that the author made it sound like he’d automatically jump to the majors but there’d be at least a while of hell in the minors...but no biggie). He’s burnt out after the years of go-go-go. In the middle of this they discover each other. The author did a wonderful job at exploring this crisis for each character without it overwhelming the story too much and using it as a bonding point for the characters.
Chemistry between these characters literally sizzles off the page. They were great together and I enjoyed that they didn’t jump into bed immediately. They both had some standards (well her more than him...he is a guy).
Overall a fast, fun, super hot read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

(Book received off Netgalley/from author in exchange for an honest review)

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    About Erika Kelly: Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life--she just didn't know it. Raised on the classics, she didn't discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she's been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she's written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women's fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she's lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.  

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Sunday, September 24, 2017



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Looking for a Hero?


Since I adore heroes, I thought I’d introduce HOOKED ON A WITCH by sharing the top ten reasons I think you just might fall in love with the hero of this book (Jason Merck):

10) Merck is tormented by a difficult childhood full rebellion, pain and lacking a reliable parent, making trust one of his greatest challenges.

9) Merck doesn’t believe he’s capable of loving, of long-term. The chinks Shannon makes in his armor will make you want to wrap your arms around him and never let go.

8) He’s the son of Poseidon. We could probably stop right there because that’s a wow, but he’s also been reincarnated as the Enforcer, which means he’s slated to patrol the magic world for those who cross the line and put humans at risk. Merck definitely has supernatural skillz.

7) He’s fiercely loyal to those in his close circle. He may not have a huge group of friends but those closest are the only family he’s ever known.

6) He is a romantic at heart. Although he’s never given himself a chance to try long-term with a woman, he’s quirky and cute in his thoughtfulness for Shannon. It’ll melt your heart.

5) He has a strong sense of duty, honor, and integrity. He fights for what’s right, admits when he is wrong, accepts the consequences of his actions without excuse, and fights for the safety of all humans.

4)  At heart he desires a core family. He wants somewhere to belong and people he can come home to. His isolation and loneliness will break your heart.

3) He choses to protect Shannon, even from himself (however misdirected that idea may be), above his own duty and needs.

2) He’s a skilled lover unafraid to show just how much he needs and desires his partner. Just ask Shannon.

1) He’s ah-mazing-ly gorgeous, from his dirty blond hair and blue eyes to the tattoos covering his arms down to his hands and all over the incredible muscles covering every inch of his body.

Need more convincing? Read on…


     “What is it you’re going to do exactly?” Shannon asked. “At least tell me what you’re about to deal with since you’re dumping me here.”
     “A warlock.”

     “What’re they like?”

     I don’t want you to know. “The best plan is for you to get a ride home and text me when you get there. I don’t know how long I’ll be.” Or if I’ll be coming back. As he shifted to give her space to get out of the car, she caught his hand in hers, holding it there.
     “Jason...Merck, be careful,” she whispered, her gaze darting up the paved two-lane in the direction of the dirt road and abandoned house. “This feels really dangerous.”
     Her soft touch trapped him, like a caught wild animal. He shouldn’t imagine kissing her, not right now. Shouldn’t even go there. Something about her concern melted every ounce of his resistance to her. He wanted. Christ, he wanted. He hadn’t felt this kind of all-consuming desire since the last time he ignored his rules to kiss her.
     Her eyes widened and she withdrew her touch. “I’m sure you’ll be careful.”
     “Always am.” Tempted beyond endurance, he captured the back of her head and put his lips to hers. He coaxed her mouth open with his tongue. She deepened the kiss with a groan of surrender and gripped his arms.
     She wanted him. The knowledge was more intoxicating than any high-inducing drug or enticement spell. This was what he’d remembered about her, but had convinced himself was no more than the product of fantasy. Kissing her wasn’t just a kiss. It was a full-body, mind-altering experience. It blocked out the rest of the world and all of reality.
     His brain nudged him about the warlock. Yet, this...this was so much better than whatever sickfest he’d find inside the house. He wanted her, this, and everything that came next. Hell, he’d wanted it, dreamed of it, and run away from it for over a decade.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

New Release (romantic suspense): Honest Intentions by Kennedy Layne

If you love romantic suspense then you're not going to want to miss this one! 


USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne continues the Safeguard Series with this fast-paced romantic suspense novel that leads the SSI team on the trail of a serial killer who continually seems to be one step ahead…

Coen Flynn has always done the right thing, even it meant siding against his own family. His sense of justice was what led him to take a job in law enforcement, though his choice of agency was a bit unorthodox. His current assignment was believed to be a simple protection detail. He was never supposed to be identified by his charge, but a murder took priority and changed the course of his mission.
Brettany Lambert’s life is suddenly rocked when she finds the body of a dead friend on the eve of what was supposed to be a special wedding. Now Brettany and Coen are trapped in the middle of a blizzard and their attraction will fuel the heat of temptation. Good intentions always have a way of backfiring, but his desired intent won’t matter if a notorious serial killer can finish what he started.

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“Brettany?” Coen set his half-drained glass of orange juice back on the counter as he regarded her with curiosity. He misunderstood her silence. “Shepherd Moss has been quite busy in Florida, very far from here. It’s doubtful he’d make his way this far west. It’s a risk for him to travel even a short distance.” Brett didn’t want to talk about murder, serial killers, or anything that had to do with his chosen profession or what she’d stumbled into last weekend. The storm had ended hours ago, the snow plows were out clearing off the streets one by one, and the sun was shining in a clear bright sky. It was a new day and one she wanted to celebrate with him. She drained the rest of her tea and carefully placed her cup in the sink. This was it. There didn’t seem to be enough oxygen in the air, but that might be due to the fact that she’d stopped breathing. Her adrenaline spiked just enough as she walked around the kitchen island. “Are you okay?” Coen asked cautiously, turning his stool slightly to the left so that he was facing her. “You haven’t—” Brett closed the distance between them before she could change her mind. She slipped her fingers underneath the leather of the holster that seemed to be a permanent fixture over his shirt and pulled him close. “Give me this one morning before you leave,” Brett whispered imploringly, searching for any sign that he was willing to ignore this attraction between them. Her heartbeat faltered when the rich brown of his eyes darkened in sensuality. “No strings. No expectations.” “You don’t want to do this with me.” Coen raised his arms and gently clasped her wrists to stop her from sliding her hands up behind his neck. “I’m not—” “Looking for anything serious?” Brett finished for him, although she inferred his statement as a question. “You might not believe this, but I’m not expecting you to want that with me. The plan I’ve laid out for myself doesn’t include a man in your line of work. I do want that white picket fence with a husband who will play baseball with our son in the backyard…but not for some time to come. In the meantime, I’m not without desire, Coen. I’m a woman with sexual needs…and I want to be with you very much before we part ways. I warned you there was a chance I’d take you up on what you had so temptingly dangled in front of me. Well, here I am…just like you wanted.”    

About Kennedy Layne

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers--find out how to connect with her at

Monday, September 11, 2017


It's finally here. The 4th in the series reviewers are calling spell-bounding and addictive...

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Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn’t do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she will be executed. What’s worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.

The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck’s life he’s in trouble. There’s something about the witch he can’t resist, but he must. The witch hunter cannot fall for the witch.

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