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Friday, 22 September 2017

RELEASE DAY BLITZ - Covetousness (Havenwood Falls) by Randi Cooley Wilson


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COVETOUSNESS
By Randi Cooley Wilson
Series: Havenwood Falls
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, MaeIDesign.com

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Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. This is only but one…

Graysin Ravenal hasn’t seen her sister in years, but when she learns Jenni has mysteriously died in a library fire, she leaves her upscale beach community for the mountains of Colorado in search of answers. She needs a job, and Havenwood Falls happens to need an interior designer for the new library. The last thing she needs, though, is to fall for the dark and sexy Everett Weston, aka her new boss.

Their undeniable mutual attraction aside, keeping their relationship professional proves impossible as their lives collide in more ways than one.

Graysin finds herself immersed in a world heavily guarded by secrets and lies—a world Everett seems to know quite well, making him her only hope in finding the answers she seeks. As they work together to unlock the mystery surrounding Jenni’s death, their ever-increasing passion must be denied, no matter what their hearts say. Because the story they’re thrown into is one of desire and danger that not only uncovers a centuries old secret that could destroy the town, but also reveals the darkness of Graysin’s family’s past—a darkness that changes her life forever. And some secrets just can’t be forgiven.

This is a New Adult paranormal romance in the Havenwood Falls series of New Adult and Adult fantasy novellas featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read. We do recommend that you read Forget You Not first as an introduction to the town and its eccentricities.

Other books in the main Havenwood Falls series:
Forget You Not by Kristie Cook
Fate, Love & Loyalty by E.J. Fechenda
Old Wounds by Susan Burdorf
Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories by Lila Felix, R.K. Ryals, Belinda Boring, Heather Hildenbrand, and more.

Watch for Havenwood Falls High, a Young Adult series launching in October 2017.

Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14) by Felicity Heaton




Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 14)
Felicity Heaton


Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.


Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.

When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart?


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Grey was beginning to think it had been a mistake to let his emotions get the better of him.
Sure, the fight to free the captives held in the procession had been satisfying, and easy.
The few demons that had been leading the slaves across the valley hadn’t been difficult to take down in his tiger form, mostly because the first two hadn’t seen him coming. The third had tried to run, and the fourth had been too dumbstruck to put up much of a fight.
When they had all breathed their last, he had shifted back and freed the captives, a sense of satisfaction rolling through him.
Until he had stood alone in the valley, and had grown aware of the lights in the distance, of the fact that others were there, locked in chains and fitted with collars.
About to be sold to the highest bidder.
A black rage had come over him, swift to consume him.
He had shifted in a heartbeat, and had been sprinting across the valley in the next, determined to reach the black market and put an end to what was happening.
The moment he had seen the stage and the bastards filling the space in front of it, waving numbers and shouting bids, the moment he had scented the fear of at least a dozen people, all of them different species, he had lost it.
Two guards had met death at his claws and fangs.
A third had hit him hard enough to drive him back out of his tiger form.
Which was never a problem.
He could fight in both forms, had honed his skills over the three centuries he had been alive, all so he could protect his charge, Maya, and his family.
So he could protect the damned pride too, he supposed, although they didn’t particularly deserve it.
Or want it.
He pushed thoughts of the pride out of his head as he grappled with a fae male of some kind. He whipped his head forwards, cracking the male’s skull with his brow, and the male grunted and staggered backwards, clutching his head. Grey didn’t give him a chance to escape, or gather himself. He launched at the male, grabbed his head in both hands, and twisted hard, snapping his neck.
The male dropped lifeless to the floor.
Most of the bastards who had been bidding on the auction had fled, but a few had remained, obviously hungry to make sure they got whatever poor soul they had purchased. One of them was frantically arguing with the demon Grey had figured was in charge, a burly male who stood on the stage, protected by three guards and showing zero inclination to join the fight.
Was he so sure that Grey would meet his end before he reached him?
There were only a handful of enemies between him and the male now.
A sudden surge of people rushing towards him had him growling and hunkering down, preparing for them to attack him. He frowned as they ran straight past him, some of them not stopping while others joined the fight.
Shackles clanked and chains jangled as they attacked the guards that had been on his to-do list.
The slaves.
Someone had freed them.
He looked off to his right, towards the cages he had spotted earlier, and his gaze caught on something as a roar sounded.
Something incredible.
Blue flames lit the darkness around the sleek black-panther-like feline as it faced off against two demons, shimmering over the entire length of its body.
A chill chased over his skin as he stared.
A hellcat.
He had read about them, but he had never seen one.
The closest he had come to seeing one was Maya, and she only had the black nails of a hellcat when she lost her temper. Their mother had told him once that he had the eyes of a hellcat, pure cerulean, like precious gems, and it was the smattering of hellcat blood that remained in him from his ancestor cross-breeding with one that had given him those eyes.
Their mother had been a bit of a romantic.
It wasn’t whatever trace of hellcat genes he had that had given him blue eyes.
It was his deformity.
The hellcat edged backwards, away from the two demons with their damned batons.
No.
The hellcat limped backwards.
Grey growled and stalked towards the males, fury boiling in his veins, a need to kill them both for sinking so low as to attack an injured hellcat.
A female.
He caught her scent as he neared, and gods, his anger flared hotter in response, his claws emerging and his fangs growing long. A need to shift swept through him, but fear held it back, a feeling he didn’t understand as he set his sights on the smaller of the males.
The pain that had forced him out of his tiger form had ceased. He could shift. He was stronger as a tiger.
His gaze flicked to the hellcat.
Cold chased through him at the thought of her seeing him in his feline form.
Abomination.
He growled, and poured all the anger, the rage, he felt on hearing that word chanting in his head in the collective voice of his pride, into his attack. He closed the distance between him and the demon in a heartbeat, had his claws against the bastard’s throat in the next second, and had sliced it open on the third.
The male dropped hard as his life flowed out of him, revealing the hellcat.
Her eyes met his.
Bright pools of tropical ocean that he wanted to drown in.
He growled, scooped up the baton the demon had dropped, and hurled himself at the second male. The demon blocked his first blow, but the second connected, striking the male hard across his wrist.
Grey struck again, slamming the electric baton into the male’s chest point first.
The demon grunted and shuddered as the charge unleashed, pouring into him.
Out of the corner of Grey’s eye, the hellcat began inching away from him, dragging her rear left leg.
He couldn’t blame her for trying to escape when she saw the chance.
Shackles circled her front legs.
She had been a captive of these males, might have been sold if Grey’s temper hadn’t got the better of him.
Or the warlock hadn’t given him this location as a place to find mortals.
Grey had been an idiot to think the male had meant Archangel soldiers were here.
The male had presumed he wanted a mortal, and had pointed him in the direction of where to get his hands on one. A slave auction. It wouldn’t surprise him if the warlock had been on his way to buy a few poor souls for himself. He didn’t want to think about what a warlock might want with slaves.
The demon struck him across his right cheek, bringing him back to the fight and reminding him that now wasn’t the time to think about things.
It was the time to act.
Grey snarled through his fangs and brutally shoved his baton under the demon’s chin and pressed the button to unleash another blast of electricity.
It was enough to send the demon down and have him shaking uncontrollably.
Grey hit him again, a blast right into his temple, and held it there until the bastard stopped shaking and went still.
He picked up the male’s baton and twirled them both in his hands.
That left just the son of a bitch in charge of this disgusting auction.
Grey growled when he realised the male was gone.
The whole arena had emptied.
Leaving him alone with the hellcat.
He advanced towards her.
She turned and hissed at him, ears flattening against her head, fangs enormous. Her bright blue eyes warned him away, her flames growing larger, more violent as they danced over her black fur.
They stuttered a second later and she slumped, but was quick to pick herself back up and shake it off.
He dropped the batons to the black dirt, aware that it had been a mistake to keep hold of them when approaching her.
They had made her view him as a threat too.
The pain had her locked deep in her animal side, and that animal associated the batons with pain, and with her enemies, people out to hurt her.
Grey held his hands up at his sides. “I can feel you’re afraid.”
Which freaked him out a little.
He could sense Maya and Talon’s feelings, and Byron’s if he bothered to pay any attention to him, but he had always found it hard to get a bead on what others outside of his bloodline were feeling.
She was the first.
Was it just because she was broadcasting her emotions loud and clear to him because her animal was in control, her human mind suppressed by the instinct to survive and the need to shield it from the horror of what had been happening to her?
It had to be, because he didn’t want to think about it being anything other than that.
He risked a step closer.
She hissed again and swiped at him, right paw cutting through the air, leaving a trail of blue fire in its wake.
Her flames died down, covering only her paws and the tips of her twin tails, and fluttering around her mouth.
Because she was injured?
He glanced at her hind left leg, taking his eyes off hers for only a second.
In that split-second, she lunged forwards and slashed at him again, but still fell short. She wanted to fight him, feared him as much as she had feared the demons who had beaten her.
“I’m not like them,” he whispered and kept his hands held high, hoping she would see he was hardly a threat to her now. He was naked and unarmed. “I’m not going to hurt you… I just want to get you to safety. We can’t stay here.”
She growled and backed off, placing more distance between them, showing him that she wanted to escape this place as much as he did.
Probably more.
But with her injury, it was slow going. She made it barely three metres in the minute he watched her, and had to keep stopping, her flames dying down each time.
“You’re going to pass out if you keep pushing yourself.”
She looked back at him and hissed.
Grey sighed. “I get it. You’re angry, afraid… but I swear… I am not going to hurt you. I saved you, didn’t I? Why would I do that if I was going to hurt you?”
The look she gave him somehow answered him loud and clear.
Because he wanted to put another collar on her.
“Look… I’m not into that sort of thing. I came here to free everyone, not enslave them. I’m not like that.” He slowly kept pace with her as she began inching forwards again, stopping every time she did, keeping the distance between them steady. Voices sounded in the distance. She lifted her head and growled, and there was so much pain in it, so much fear in her, that he snapped. “I tried doing this the nice way.”
She growled as he closed the gap between them and he ignored her, let her smack him in the legs and try to drive him away.
He felt like a bastard as her fear increased, panic mingling with it in her scent.
She honestly viewed him as a threat.
He bent, grabbed her around her waist, and scooped her up into his arms. She hissed and wriggled, and he grunted as he tried to keep hold of her, which was a damned feat given her size. She was far larger than a tiger, and heavy with muscle that she was doing her damnedest to use against him.
“I can’t leave you to fend for yourself and you know people are coming… so you can bite and scratch me all you want, but I’m getting you out of here before they arrive.”
She could clearly understand him, but she took the invitation he had issued and raked claws over his shoulders as he twisted her in his arms. He slung her over his shoulder and held her hard over her back, but gently around her hips, aware of her injuries. As much as she obviously wanted to hurt him judging by the war she waged on his back with her claws, leaving fiery trails across his skin and filling the air with the scent of his own blood, he didn’t want to hurt her.
He swiftly carried her away from the battleground, heading back towards the mountain range in a direct line. She finally stopped trying to fight him when he reached its base and began to ascend, going still in his arms as he picked his way around boulders and up steep inclines.
For a moment, he feared she had passed out, but her low growls and occasional hisses, and the feelings he could sense in her said that she was still lucid.
Still angry.
He skirted the base of the mountain, his senses fixed as far and wide as he could manage, charting everything.
The people he had sensed drifted into the distance.
Good.
He dropped back down into the valley when he smelled his own scent, and found his backpack and clothes. The moment he put the hellcat down, she growled and tried to get away.
He sighed.
“Really?” He donned his trousers, boots and t-shirt, and then slipped his backpack on over his shoulders.
She got all of a couple of metres from him before he had her back in his arms.
She didn’t fight him this time.
He carefully carried her in his arms, which should have been the weirdest thing, cradling a huge feline like a baby, but he had done it once or twice with Maya when she had been younger.
Only this cat was infinitely more dangerous than Maya had ever been.
Blue eyes steadily watched him, pinned to his face as he carried her.
If she wanted, she could easily bite his head off in this position.
He just hoped she got the message that he trusted her.
And she started to trust him in return.
He looked down at her, strange warmth flooding his chest.
That sense of connection returned.
Deeper than before.
He dragged his eyes away from her, fixed them ahead and crushed the feelings she had brought to life inside him.
Whatever she was to him, it wasn’t going to happen.
If life had taught him anything, it had taught him this.
No one could ever love him.


5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Treasured by a Tiger takes place in Hell, and not the nice part where the Elves live either. Talon keeps dreaming of a door, and because Grey loves him, he goes to find out what he can. As he says, he can't have curiosity killing that cat. And that, in essence, is Grey's character through and through. He loves his family, and will do all that he can to protect them - even if it means travelling into hell. Lyra is a hellcat who usually lives in Norway. She trusted the wrong cat, and ended up a slave, shackled by a fallen angel. When these two meet, urges rise up, but Grey is determined not to act upon them, and scare Lyra even more.

This was a brilliant addition to the story, and I love how we are getting closer to Archangel's final game plan with every one. Brink though, oh my goodness, I can't wait for his story!!! My lips are sealed on that one though, no spoilers from me!

As will all Felicity Heaton books, there were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. Instead, I was swept into a world that was dark and horrible, and yet the light of hope and love shone through. Yes, that sounds sappy. No, the book isn't. Trust me on that one!

I thoroughly adored this book, and hope to see more of Grey in the future. PS. can I just add that I LOVE white tigers! So yey for Grey! 😊
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince (FREE AT SELECTED RETAILERS)
Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King
Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar
Book 5: Craved by an Alpha
Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat
Book 7: Taken by a Dragon
Book 8: Marked by an Assassin
Book 9: Possessed by a Dark Warrior
Book 10: Awakened by a Demoness
Book 11: Haunted by the King of Death
Book 12: Turned by a Tiger
Book 13: Tamed by a Tiger
Book 14: Treasured by a Tiger



Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEWS - Alphas of Danger Anthology




** 2016's Alphas of Sin Anthology we've raised $5,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We've been able to sponsor a puppy pen and not one but TWO puppies named Vixen & Frenzy. We will be following the journey of these two puppies to hopefully graduate and become service dogs to a family in need. You can come join our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha. We are now BACK with Alphas of Danger, available NOW for a LIMITED TIME with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2017's Alphas of Danger with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**

COVER DESIGNER: COVER ME DARLING – MARISA-ROSE SHOR
PHOTOGRAPHER – WOODEN GATE PRODUCTIONS
MODEL – JASE DEAN

ALL NET PROCEEDS OF SALES DONATED TO 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY

Synopsis

Happy-Ever-After has never been so intoxicating

Danger…
When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.
Lust...
When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.
Love…
It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward.

Ten bestselling authors, masters of spine-tingling romantic suspense, bring you brand-new stories that will yank you to the edge of your seat and have your heart pounding as you turn the pages.

Best of all, the proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.


Stories Contributed to Alphas of Danger:
For more information about this nonprofit organization: http://4pawsforability.org/



























4 out of 5 (very good)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


I was asked to review all ten books, however I only finished 8 so will just review those 8.

Devoted to Wicked, Shayla Black. 4 stars
Stuck in Mexico when her passport is stolen, Karis doesn't expect Cage to come get her. 
I really liked this. Cute and to the point, but with that deadly undertone that all the books in this set carry, it sets to pace for the whole set. Part of the Wicked Lovers series. Makes me want to read more. 

Countdown, Lexi Blake.  5 full stars!
Faced with their death, watching it countdown on the bomb in front of them Ben and "Maggie" spent their last hour doing something they should have done years ago. 
OMG!! My favourite of the whole lot!! Did not see that coming at me, not at all. I expected there to be a positive outcome, because who wants to read a romance where they both die, but I did not expect THAT ending! Left wide open for a full book, maybe?? I certainly want to read more about these two.

Power Struggle, Mari Carr. 4 stars
Ten years ago, Bree ran from Carter, but now her stepfather has escaped from prison, she knows she needs him. 
Alpha male meets Alpha female, head on!! Probably the most explicit of the set, but I really enjoyed it. 

CIA Covert Team, Kris Cook.
As much as I love MM, I did not like this and did not finish it, and cannot, for the life of me, figure out why! 

With a Vengeance, Anissa Garcia.
First person present tense. Nope. The other one I did not finish.

Hard Asset, Kym Grosso. 5 stars!
Evan is trying to catch who is selling National and company secrets. Raine just happens to land in his crosshairs.
Another OMG ending! Seriously great reading, for such a short book, it packs a punch. Not a HEA, and I NEEEEEED to read their full story!

Revenge on The Rocks, Jenna Jacob. 4 stars.
Gina is 12 years older than Nate. When Gina goes missing, he knows that he will do all he can to find the love of his life!
Cute tale, made ME think, so gotta be good! 

Seducing Danger, Kennedy Layne. 4 stars
Kelli catches Landon's eye, turns out she'd been watching him all along!
Really great read, enough sexiness to make it HAWT, but without the danger level of the other books in this set. 

Enforce Her, Isabella Pearl. 4.5 stars.
On the run, Ella crashes her car. Rambler comes to her rescue.
OH!!! A new to me author, and this world is most firmly on my TBR list now! So close to the full 5 stars. Maybe had THIS been a full length book, it might have hit that fifth star. 

Executive Ink, Carrie Ann Ryan. 4 stars.
Ashlynn just wants one night with her tattooed rescuer. But Jax keeps popping up, and he wants more. 
A fab little short, of opposites really do attract and fate will do her best to get what she wants!

All in all, a great box set of Alpha males and Alpha females, but reading them all back to back was maybe a little bit too much, even for me! 

4 stars for the entire set, with two standouts and two unfinished. 

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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

4 out of 5 (very good)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


I enjoy reading a well contributed to anthology. Who can complain about reading a multitude of stories by different authors in one book? That’s why I happen to enjoy reading them as I get a little bit of everything in one sitting. Let’s add to the fact that the profit from this particular anthology is going to benefit “4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.”

Overall, this anthology is comprised of several great short stories. You’ll get your fill of drama, love, sex, suspense, and thrill. Some stories are shorter than others. Some stories have better plot lines than others. Some stories leave you hanging. It was a great mix of well rounded authors!

I had a few couple of favorites that earned a five star rating from me if I were to rate each story individually. Those stories were “ Devoted to Wicked by Shayla Black” and“CIA Covert Team by Mari Carr.” I felt that these stories really had a well rounded mix of everything. They had great plots, incredible characters, a fair amount of steamy bedroom scenes, and has suspense galore. They left me guessing and left me wanting more, wishing for a full story rather than a short. They are ones that I would definitely read as a novel without a second guess.

There were a couple that I really enjoyed the story line but I felt that sex was the main portion to the story and so the story line felt semi-lacking or not near as important. I would have given them 4/5 stars, so still an enjoyable read. Those particular stories were “Power Struggle” by Mari Carr and “Revenge on the Rocks” by Jenna Jacob.

The other stories not mentioned specifically by name were still good reads. There wasn’t anything for me to complain about while reading but didn’t have anything specifically compelling me to give them a five star. They were still enjoyed and were well written. Their plot lines were written well and the characters were fairly enjoyable.

Overall, a good set of stories. I enjoyed reading the anthology and if nothing else, go buy a copy just to help a great charity raise money for a great cause!

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

AboutTheAuthor

SHAYLA BLACK


ShaylaBlack high resShayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.



LEXI BLAKE
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.



MARI CARR
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.
Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.



KRIS COOK
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I've been out since I was twenty-five."


A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris's influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black.

Kris is also the co-host of Romance OUT Loud, an audio podcast that features some of the best voices in gay romance fiction like, Andrew Grey, Damon Suede, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, L.A. Witt, Sarina Bowen, and more.

Kris is married to the love of his life - Stephen.



ANISSA GARCIA
anissa-garciaAnissa Garcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting a change of pace, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre for two years. After working in Hollywood as an actress and casting assistant, she relocated to Austin, Texas and began writing freelance for Cosmopolitan and other publications. Her first book, A Promise Kept, is available now. A Promise Made will be available November 2016. When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.



KYM GROSSO



Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean. She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University. In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company. In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.



JENNA JACOB
JennaJacobUSA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love.

Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna’s new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.



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.



ISABELLA LAPEARL


isabellalapearlIsabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles.

To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement... what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.



CARRIE ANN RYAN
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Finding You by Lydia Albano

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Finding You
by Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.


Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

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4 out of 5 (very good)


Finding You is set in a world similar, yet different, to our own, with a possible historical/steampunk type setting. Isla and Tam have been best friends for years, yet Isla can't help but hope for more. Those hopes are dashed when Tam announces that he is signing on to the army, as it means his family will have food for the coming winter. She goes to the station to say goodbye to him, and is literally snatched off the streets. Horror and degradation follow, with her constantly hoping that Tam will rescue her. Once she realises that she has to do this own her own, the pace picks up slightly and the story quickly evolves.

This is a very good debut, with action and story aplenty. Isla is forced to do things that she would never have dreamed possible; that she never thought she would be strong enough for; simply because of the circumstances she found herself in.

With plenty of characters to keep your attention, this is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. The pace was smooth, and the scenes flowed from one to the next.

A thoroughly entertaining read (some of it quite dark) that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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

Merissa
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Print copy of Finding You


Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.

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