Monday, 5 December 2016

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, & #GIVEAWAY - The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff

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The French Impressionist
by Rebecca Bischoff
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever.  She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious.

Desperate to escape haunting images from her past and a stage one helicopter parent, Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and a communication disorder that has tormented her all her life. She believes her dream of a new start will come true, until she unwittingly finds herself enveloped in a decades-old mystery that threatens to ruin her only chance for success.  Determined to stay, Rosemary must choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.

Dramatic, heartwarming, and full of teenage angst, The French Impressionist perfectly captures the struggle of those who feel they have no voice, and also shows the courage it takes to speak up and show the world who we really are.


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I look around in desperation. I have to do something. What do I paint? The square, the pink buildings, the silver tram whirring by? My eyes fall on a pole not far away, near the tram stop. At the top is what looks like a carved man kneeling down on a tiny platform, like he’s meditating or something. There are several more of them, lining the edge of the checkerboard pavement along either side of the metal tracks. Pole guys. Should I paint them? Sylvie notices where my gaze falls and her face glows. She points and chatters in an explosion of French like a cloudburst of sound and I do not understand a single word. Not one. And then she waits, and I’m supposed to answer. Great. I smile and duck my head toward my canvas, placing my chin in my hand like I’m deep in concentration. Sylvie laughs and stops talking. And I still have to paint. Do it, Ro! Paint something! Anything! Forgetting the metal pole guys, I take a deep breath, dip my brush into a color that looks a bit like the color of the sky, and smear it across the top of the canvas. The blue is too dark, so I mix in a dab of white, and it turns milky gray. That doesn’t work for the sky, so I decide to paint the base of another fountain I see nearby. I move the brush in a circle as I try to create the fountain’s round shape and end up with something that looks like a large toilet. I dip the brush into more paint, but the brush accidentally touches another color, and suddenly my toilet fountain turns a muddy brown. I toy with the idea of “accidentally” pushing my easel into the fountain. And then a dog barks, and a shrill woman’s voice shouts, and I glance up to see a short, blonde woman guiding a greyhound that’s almost as tall as she is on a leash. The woman wears a white dress with horizontal black stripes, and white leggings with vertical red stripes. Her white-blond hair is braided, much like Sylvie’s, but the braids are uneven and lumpy, bundled up into a tangle on the top of her head, like a pile of frayed rope. The woman lets her dog off its leash and it bounds into the toilet/fountain I’d been trying to recreate, joyfully leaping and splashing in the water. Then the woman sits at the edge of the fountain, tosses a cigarette into the water, and lights another. I watch the light glint on the water as it splashes, and the haze of smoke that circles the woman’s head, and then I notice that the woman is made up of shapes. She’s a striped watermelon on red licorice legs. I’m so desperate at this point that I figure she’s as good a subject as any for my painting. I dip my brush into more paint.

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A signed copy of The French Impressionist, a $50 Amazon gift card, and a box of macaroons


Rebecca Bischoff currently resides in Idaho with her family and works as a speech-language pathologist. She loves helping others, especially kids and teenagers, discover their own unique voices and learn to share who they are with the world. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, spend time with her kids, and make awkward attempts to learn foreign languages.  She is drawn to all things both French and Italian, used bookstores, and anything made out of chocolate.


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REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford

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Genre:

M/M, Romance


Synopsis:

Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.
 



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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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Angle and West had a summer of love. Then Angel was removed from half Moon Bay, and both were left with broken hearts. Angel, much more than just a broken heart. When West returns to Half Moon Bay, and they meet again, their reunion is emotional, difficult. Not least because someone is trying kill West and someone wants Angel out of business.  Can they make it work this time, or will that someone get the better of them??

This is book two in the Half Moon Bay series, but you don't need to have read book one, Fish Stick Fridays, before you read this one. You should though, if only because I said to!

Because this series is amazing. I know we're only in book two, and I have no idea how many books there will be, but Ford's story telling, especially with the crime/ thriller/suspense element is outstanding! I can never quite see where she is taking a story, how its gonna play out, she keeps me on my toes, and make me READ the book, rather than skim, as I usually do. I've missed things, don't you know!

Murder attempts and fires at the shop aside, Angel and West's story is painful at times; physically as well as emotionally. Angel's struggle with his 11 year old brother is equally difficult. But I loved reading about it; how he feels he is or is not doing, how he can do better. Roman is a character and a half in his own right. He comes across all hard, but all he is, is a boy who needs his big brother.

I'm glad Ford did what she did at the end. If it had gone down how I was expecting it to, I think both Angel and Roman would have been damaged beyond repair.

Loved that I got my Zig fix too, since she, Deacon and Lang play a part here. 

I have but one question, Ms Ford: Who is next?!?!?!

5 full and shiny stars

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.



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REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Christmas Kiss by Annabelle Jacobs

A Christmas Kiss - Annabelle Jacobs

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: November 18 

Length: 38,000 words

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Blurb

Keeping secrets from your best friend isn’t right, but it’s easier than admitting you’ve fallen in love with him. 

Sharing a late-night kiss with his best friend, Alex, is Riley’s dream come true. Waking up to discover Alex was too drunk to remember anything is more like a nightmare. Scared the truth could destroy their friendship, Riley keeps quiet and pretends nothing happened.

Alex can’t shake the feeling that he said or did something stupid on their group’s drunken weekend away—why else would Riley be avoiding him? Although the explanation he finally gets sounds plausible, Riley’s still acting strange, and trying to figure out why that is unearths emotions Alex has worked hard to bury.

Riley knows not telling Alex how he feels is probably selfish, but he wants one last normal Christmas before he has to come clean and face the potential fallout.

He should have known it wouldn’t be that easy.



4 out of 5 (very good)


A Christmas Kiss is a short read, telling the friends to lovers story of Riley and Alex. Riley has liked Alex for a long time, but feels that he is firmly in the "friend-zone". Then, during a stay as a friend's lodge near Snowdonia, Wales, Riley kisses Alex and thinks they've made a step forward. However, due to Alex being blindly drunk, he has no recollection of this event, much to Riley's hurt feelings. We have miscommunications, jealous tirades, plus 'helping' friends to make this book work... and it does.

It is low angst, full of backwards and forwards as Riley and Alex try to figure out just how to move forward, and just what exactly is wrong. With the Snowdonia and Bristol settings, it works perfectly. 

This is a feel good Christmas novella, perfect to enjoy with hot chocolate and marshmallows! (Maybe with a spot of brandy or Bailey's if you're really lucky!!) Definitely recommended by me. 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.



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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - The Devil's Highway (Journeyman #4) by Golden Czermak

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The Devil's Highway
Title: The Devil's Highway
Series: Journeyman Series #4
Author: Golden Czermak
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 5
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Synopsis
The Adventure Continues

From author Golden Czermak, comes the fourth installment of the engrossing Journeyman Series.

Gage and his team must race against time, searching for a beloved teammate who is held in the barbaric clutches of the Noctis.

Meanwhile, Dajjal has entered frozen wastes beyond the Door in the Mountain, searching for the Crown of Immortality. The inhabitants of that realm are unwilling to part with their greatest treasure, challenging the demon to take it by force.

He gladly agrees.

Deep in the shadows, other powers long neutral are now hard at work, watching the events along The Devil’s Highway with great interest.


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5/5 (Exceptional)

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Not surprising, another incredible story by the author we love to hate, Golden Czermak. Secretly, I think he absolutely enjoys making his readers feel intense emotions, making them squirm, and secretly I think he giggles at all the readers who express their hatred to what his story telling does to them. These things alone just really make me love his writing style that much more and really make me adore him. He doesn’t disappoint with his writing in this book, he is incredibly detailed, very blunt, and doesn’t sugarcoat the details.

Let’s talk details and descriptions for a minute. This book is packed FULL of descriptions that will make your mind spin with wonder as you try to figure out how he generates so many detailed descriptions, characters, and scenery. It’s absolutely amazing. This story will require your attention a little bit more, in my opinion, to the detail and the characters, and the story line.  It is easy to get lost if your mind is distracted and not fully into the story, but just as easy to re-read a little bit and when it sinks in, you’ll get that ahha moment.

I secretly (well obviously not so secretly since I’m admitting it to you now) love what Golden is doing to his readers. I love how he has us so wrapped into the story and the characters that the smallest details will make you hold your breath until the next sentence, or paragraph, and sometimes even the next chapter. I love that he makes me want more, makes me crave more, and sometimes it makes me demand more.

Please, go check out his work. Start with book 1, Homeward Bound, and get ready for a journey. Get yourself some Kleenexes, an adult drink, and snuggle down for a great story! You’ll be happy you did.


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Golden
In the beginning, Golden worked the standard corporate rat race, completed college for a Chemical Engineering Degree, and began a small photography company on the side.
Since then, and the growth of the FuriousFotog brand, Golden became an internationally published modeling/fitness photographer and eventually began working as a book cover model.

Having been in the industry for at least four years, he has interfaced and networked with countless authors and other clients. As part of his work as a photographer, he worked with them to create book cover images - now numbering well over 250 at the beginning of 2016.
Learning the ins and out of the book world, along with being an avid reader and storyteller himself, Golden finally decided to write and publish his first book, Homeward Bound, in 2016. This paranormal adventure romance will span a total of six books and new ideas for other stories are in the works as well.


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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Stolen Breath (Chequered Flag 3) - Mia Hoddell


Stolen Breath

by Mia Hoddell



Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 5th 2016

Pages: 344



Blurb


My name is Zeke Lawson, but you probably know that already because everyone’s heard of me.

I’m the bad boy of Formula One.

The player.

The heartbreaker.

At least that’s what I allow people to believe.

The truth is too precious to be tarnished by reporters, and no matter what my fans think, they don’t deserve access to every detail of my life. It’s just a shame Nadine Hadley doesn’t see it that way.

She’s writing the feature every driver longs for on me—the one that can make your career. The only problem is she wants more than I’m willing to give her … and she’s playing dirty to get it.

Flirtatious smiles, skimpy dresses, sex: Nadine is using my reputation against me, and it’s working. No man could resist her, especially when she swears not to print my story.

So now I’m in too deep.

I want her more than anything, yet falling for a journalist may cost me the one thing I vowed to protect. Although, that seems insignificant when compared to another issue I face this racing season.

Did I forget to mention someone is trying to kill me?

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"Filled with romance, suspense, chemistry and mystery." Melissa: HEA Fanatics on Chameleon Soul

"I wasn't prepared for the full emotional journey this book takes us on ... Hands down, this will be one of my favorite reads of the year." Mignon Mykel on Chameleon Soul

"To say I was absorbed in this story would be an understatement." Jess: Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty on Chameleon Soul

 "I've never had a book effect me the way this one did. From the mystery and danger to the realness of everything Raine and Teo go through, this is one book that had tears rolling and love pouring from my soul." Amanda Barbee: The Magic of Books on Chameleon Soul

"Their story will have you gasping with bewilderment, worrying about the emotional roller coaster the two have endured, and cheering for happily ever after these two both deserve." - Amy: Pages Abound on Twisted Mind

"Twisted Mind made my heart race. What a great love story of two people trying to move on from a hurtful past." MAustin: Alpha Book Club on Twisted Mind

5/5 (Exceptional)



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Wow. I am absolutely blown away and utterly speechless after finishing this story. It’s one of those stories that leaves you thinking, and thinking, and thinking some more. I think this book, out of the other two, was a little darker, was a little more sad, but met with just as much if not more sweetness and love. 

This couple is a couple I enjoyed reading about. They are both very stubborn and that characteristic makes for an incredibly fun read if written right. Their characters are delicate in their own right but full of life and full of vigor. They love hard and fight for what they love even harder. 

This story allowed me an escape from reality and allowed me to relax, and enjoy what I was reading. It gave me a few really good belly laughs that might have earned me a few weird looks. Okay, there were definitely more than a few belly laughs going on. It painted a picture of exactly what the author was telling us as I read the words and it painted such a beautiful, innocent, sensual picture. It was perfection with a few bumps and bruises on the way.

There is no question whether or not I enjoyed reading this story and whether or not you should read it. This author writes amazing stories and really knows how to get you to fall in love with her characters. My only complaint is that currently I’m done reading this series until book 4 release, take a moment after you have read this story, and give her a shout and let her know just how much you are ready for book 4 so I can get my hands on it!!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


Excerpt


Stan stood as I moved to sit down and held out his hand.

“I’m afraid I have to head off, but you have my number if you need to discuss anything.”

I shook his hand and, with a final pointed look at Zeke, Stan left.

“Are you going too?” I prayed he’d say yes so I could head home early. I needed to regroup after the shock he posed to my system.

“Yep, but you’re coming with me.” Zeke signalled for the bill while I remained standing, dumbfounded. He paid, and only when he started to slide out of the booth did I find my voice.

“Why would I do that?”

“Because you like your job and wouldn’t want me making a complaint to your boss.”

I planted a hand on my hip. “You wouldn’t.”

“Sure I would.”

Really? You’re blackmailing me?”

Zeke stepped out of the booth, forcing me to wobble back on my heels. “I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion. After all, your boss wanted personal, didn’t he? For that you’re going to need to be my shadow. If you’re not, you aren’t doing your job.”

“You’re unbelievable. Where the hell do you even need to go?”

“First we’re going to get you some new shoes, then I need to meet up with some triathlon buddies.”

I picked up my file and followed him from the restaurant, irritated. “You do triathlons?”

“See, I’m being helpful. You wouldn’t have known that if it hadn’t been for me.”

“I can think of a few things you are, and helpful isn’t one of them.”

Zeke chuckled. “One of them is sexy, isn’t it?”

I grumbled in response, choosing to change the subject so we didn’t stroll into dangerous territory. “Why are we getting me new shoes?”

“Because the ones you’re wearing are too big. You’ll slow me down or break your neck trying to keep up with me.”

“I’m fine, you worry about yourself.”

“You’re getting new shoes, princess. Deal with it.”

As if to prove his point, I tripped over the kerb as we crossed the road. This time I was sure I’d hit the concrete, but Zeke’s arms locked around me and pulled me upright. He didn’t need to say I told you so, his expression said it for him, and I resisted the urge to slap the smirk off his mouth.

“See? Why are you wearing these death traps anyway? I’ve never seen you look so … not put together.”

I huffed. “Mine broke on the way to work and these were the only ones someone could lend me.”

Zeke set me safely back on my feet and took my hand. I glanced down at it then up at him. The gesture felt unfamiliar and personal, not something I associated with Zeke. As if reading my thoughts, he explained, “In case you fall again.”

“Sure, because the only thing you’re interested in is my safety.”
  

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Chameleon Soul (Chequered Flag #1)


I have it all: my dream career as a Formula 1 driver, more money than I can spend, crowds who cheer my name "Teo Coates," and an endless supply of beautiful women to warm my bed as I travel the world.

I should be happy. I should love my life.

But none of it means anything without her.

One year ago, the love of my life broke off our two-year relationship via a phone call. No explanation, no apology, and no sign it was coming. She shattered me…ripped out my heart. And the worst part is that I couldn’t stay to fight for her without losing my career.

However, now the racing season’s over, I’m back, and I intend to reclaim my girl’s heart.

There’s just one problem.

The girl I left behind no longer exists. Plagued by fear, something has broken Raine Wilkins to the point where she’s struggling to cope with each day. It’s going to take all of my skill to gather the explanation I was denied a year ago and persuade her to reveal her secrets. But if there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s I never lose. I returned to the UK with one goal: win back the girl I love, and nothing and no one will get in my way.

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Twisted Mind (Chequered Flag #2)


She’s toxic.

Everyone tells me to leave her—that she’s going to destroy me.

But things aren’t that simple.

Elora’s pregnant with my child and I endure her twisted games of manipulation and violence to protect my unborn baby. I never predicted she would do the unthinkable or that she was cruel enough to kill.

Yet she did, and now everything’s spiralling out of control.

The light-hearted jokester on the race track isn’t a part I can play anymore. The Dustin Coates everyone loved is no longer me. I’m merely a grief-stricken man who’s barely able to function.

At least until Tazia Nixon moves in next door.

She soothes my aching heart and helps me forget. With every second I’m around her, I can feel myself being revived.

However, beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past, and the lies are starting to unravel around me. I should have protected my fragile heart from her when I had the chance because now it’s too late. Someone out there wants to destroy me, and the odds are stacking up against us. They know Tazia can break me beyond repair, and they aren’t afraid to use her.

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About the Author

#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs and is the organiser of Virtually There Book Fest.

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