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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Chained By Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2) by Larissa Ione



Chained by Night
MoonBound Clan #2
By: Larissa Ione
Published: Sept. 30, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
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GR's Summary:

THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE 
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL 
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?


MoonBound Clan Vampire Series:
My Review of Bound by Night Here




My Thoughts:

Larissa Ione sure can write Urban Fantasy!  The MoonBound Series just keeps getting better and better.  If you are like me and love the Native American culture, and folklore, as well as vampire stories; you will love this series!  All of the characters are three-dimensional, unique, realistic, and very memorable.  In Bound By Night, we got Riker and Nicole's story, and while I loved their story, Chained By Night was even more amazing!!!

In Chained By Night, we get the sexy, handsome, protective, and loyal MoonBound Chief, Hunter's story.  He is to be wed to Rasha, the Shadowspawn tribe's chief's daughter.  The only reason he is marrying her is to bring peace between the two clans.  However, when he meets Rasha's identical twin sister, Aylin, sparks fly.  Rasha and Aylin are as opposite as night and day.  Rasha is selfish, blood thirsty, controlling, and an egomaniac.  She is also manipulative, and has no scruples.  Aylin is caring, compassionate, lovable, sweet, and yet strong and courageous.  Aylin is loved by everyone.  When Hunter is tasked with entering trials in order to not lose his first born child to a demon, Rasha refuses to go with him.  Aylin jumps in and offers to accompany's him in Rasha's place.  At the same time poachers are becoming a huge problem as they kill or send vampire's in to slavery for large sums of money.  As Hunter and Aylin are thrown in to peril at every turn, they get to know each other on a deep level, bond, and fall in love.  However, if Hunter takes Aylin over Rasha, he risks war with Shadowspawn (Aylin and Rasha's tribe,) as well as Nightshade, where the chief is promised to Aylin.  What will hunter do; lose the love of his live or risk his clan members?

If you can't tell; I loved Chained by Night!!!  The story was extremely fast-paced, suspenseful, addictive, and I couldn't put it down.  The chemistry between Aylin and Hunter built and built until it was palpable!  I would love to get more of the character's stories, and am hoping we get Myne's next.  He is a character that has pulled on my heartstrings.  He's been through so much pain, and I would love to see him find a worthy mate, and his "happily ever after."


My Rating:

I give, Chained by Night, by Larissa Ione, 5 Heart Pounding, Pulse Skipping, Sensual, Seductive, and Addictive Stars!!!  If you love Urban Fantasy, Vampire's, and Native American Folklore, the MounBound Clan Vampire Series is sure to become one of your favorites!





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About Larissa Ione:

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.





Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge 2014 : October/Sci-Fi



So this year Readers Live A Thousand LivesCorrie The Book Crazed Girl, and Lovin' Los Libros have teamed up to host the Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge! For this challenge, the goal is to mix up the genres/categories we read. We have all had those times when we have gotten stuck in the genre/category we are currently reading and read nothing else for a while. The goal here is to mix that up! Each month we will feature a different genre/category and the goal is to read and review one book or more in that genre/category during that month. This month we are focusing on Middle Grade. If you want to find out more and join in, go sign up here.




October: 
Sci-Fi

We Plan to Read:





September Challenges Wrap-Up Post


NetGalley Books:

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Edelweiss Books:

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Completed this Month: 10  

Total Completed this Year: 93






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Completed this Month: 3

Total Completed this Year: 27






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Launch Day Blitz: Jagged (Colorado Mountain #5) by Kristen Ashley



Jagged
Colorado Mountain #5
By: Kristen Ashley
Published: Sept. 30, 2014
Publisher: Forever Romance
Source: Publisher
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GR's Summary:

An old flame rekindled...

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers. 

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

Colorado Mountain Series:
My Review of The Gamble Here
My Review of Sweet Dreams Here
My Review of Lady Luck Here
My Review of Breathe Here





My Thoughts:

I LOVE the Colorado Mountain Series by Kristen Ashley!  Every time I receive one of these books, I get absolutely giddy with excitement.  If you are going through a reading slump, please do yourself a favor and read this series.  There isn't one bad book in the bunch.  Each of these stories have completely pulled me in and hooked me!  Amazing characters, fascinating plots, steamy and sexy love scenes, are all part of what make this series exceptional!

In Jagged, we return to the small Colorado Mountain Town of Gnaw Bone.  Zara has been madly in love with Graham "Ham" Reese for five years.  He's a tall, muscular, bear of a man, who is many years older than her.  Unfortunately, Zara is ready to settle down, get married, and create a family, and Ham isn't one for staying in one place, and laying down roots with one woman.  Zara ends her relationship with Ham and ends up getting married to Greg, a really sweet man, but he isn't the love of her life.  

Three years later, Zara divorces Greg, and is in financial straits,  When she see's on the news that Ham nearly got killed by an axe murderer, she calls him.  When he finds out that Zara's divorced, he moves to Gnaw Bone, and is determined to win Zara over, and never let her go again.  He gets a job as a manager at the local bar, moves in to a nice apartment, and inserts himself back in to Zara's life.  He learned from the first time, that letting Zara go was a huge mistake, and he's not about to let her walk away from him again.  However, he needs to earn her trust again, because how can she be sure, he won't up and leave town, like he use to?

Zara was a great character.  She was very strong, independent, and courageous.  She had been abused by her father, and not protected by her mother.  Yet, she built a life for herself, and learned to stand up and not let others bully her.  Ham was a great character as well.  He had been thoroughly messed over by a woman, to the point where he lost hope and trust in the possibility of finding real love.  Zara made him believe again, and when he realized what he had, he became the most loyal, caring, doting, and loving partner towards her.

I enjoyed being reunited with many of the secondary characters that I have gotten to know from previous books, such as Max, Nina, Cotton, Becca, Mindy, Arlene, and I'm sure I'm missing a few.  I also loved getting to know Maybelline, Wanda, Nona, and Zander.  

Another thing I must mention is that I love the way Kristen Ashley ends her books!  She always write's a happily ever after, ending with a lot of details.  She always gives us a glimpse or more in to the couple's future, and how life is for them down the road!  I wish more authors did that!!!   

My Rating:

I give, Jagged, by Kristen Ashley 4.5 Sexy Bear of a man, showing versus telling, New Beginning, "Happily Ever After" filled Stars!  Jagged was a wonderful addition to an already amazing series!!!  I highly recommend Jagged, as well as the rest of this series! 




Excerpt:

I moved to his bed. He was on his side, facing me. He had the blinds open and a hand shoved under his pillow. The covers were to his waist and he had nothing on up top. Not unusual. If it was cold, Ham would put on pajama bottoms but mostly he slept nude. 

Even in the dark, he was hot. 

I sat on the side of his bed and he jerked awake, sitting up, his hand flashing out and curling, hard and tight, around the back of my neck as I gasped. 

He came fully awake. His hand didn’t leave me but it relaxed and he growled sleepily, “Jesus, fuck, you scared the fuckin’ shit outta me.” 

And I would. I hadn’t thought about it but the last time someone snuck into his room while he was sleeping, they’d been wielding an ax.

“God, Ham, I’m sorry. I didn’t think,” I whispered, lifting a hand and putting it on his chest, feeling the crisp hair there, wanting to slide my fingers through so badly, my mouth watered with the need. 

His hand slid to the side of my neck. 

“You okay?” he asked.

“No,” I answered. 

“You sick?” he asked. 

“No,” I answered. 

“What’s up, baby?” 

Before I lost my courage, I blew on the dice and let fly. 

In other words, I leaned into him, aiming fortunately accurately, and my mouth hit his. 

His body stilled. 

I touched my tongue to his lips. 

His mouth opened. 

My tongue slid inside. 

Then I was on my back in his bed, his arms around me.



About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.





Book Spotlight : Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence


Facing the Music
by Andrea Laurence

Released:
Sept. 15th, 2014

Publisher:
Pocket Star

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Synopsis:

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters”; hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships. 

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.



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Eighties Fashion Blog

Oh. My. God. Becky! 
Look at Her Dress! It's Just so...Eighties! 

In my new southern contemporary romance, Facing the Music, my rock star heroine Ivy Hudson returns to her hometown to help them rebuild after a tornado hit the high school. She shows up under the impression that she’s doing a charity concert, but the fundraiser committee has a whole lot more in store. In addition to the concert, they’ve planned a county fair and a dance. 

And not just any dance — a second chance retro prom bringing back the glamour and gaudiness that was the 1980s. I’ll admit that I’m a huge fan of the 80s. The music was fun, the hair was big, and the clothes were bright. Not everyone looks good in neon and stone washed jeans, but we rocked it. Over the last few years, I’ve noticed some of the looks coming back in style. I chuckle at the kids who think they’re so original with their hot pink leggings and their fingerless lace gloves. 

Since Ivy will be the honorary prom queen (and her ex, the honorary king) it was important that they have totally awesome outfits for the dance. For inspiration, I went to the internet in the hopes of finding the perfect choices. Jackpot. 

Here’s the description from the book of Ivy’s thrift shop find – 



“Oh my God!” Pepper exclaimed. “I. Have. Found. It!” 

Ivy looked up to see what Pepper had uncovered this time. The strapless dress was made out of a metallic blue lamé that shifted between bright blue, midnight blue, and black in the light. It was gathered around the waist with a giant lamé rose at the left hip. It flowed down into two asymmetrical ruffled tiers that were edged in black lace. If that dress was in her size, it was so hers. 

Her friend Pepper also finds a dress at the thrift store. 



Ivy turned her attention back to the rack. She snatched out a short dress in dark green and held it up. “You need to wear this one,” Ivy said, hoping to change the subject. “It would look good with your red hair.” 

Pepper inspected it with a shrug, letting the uncomfortable conversation drop. For now. “What about the huge bows? It has one on each shoulder and one very unfortunately placed near the crotch.” 

“Your crotch is not that low.” Ivy passed the dress over to the other side of the rack. “I had issues with bows on the butt. This one is fine. Wear that.” 

Even Ivy’s high school rival got in on the 80s fashion fun.


Lydia had on a tight, short, sequined black dress with a peplum that was hot pink on the underside. There was a big pink bow at her hip that would have made her look wide if she wasn’t so petite to begin with. Her hair was teased and sprayed into submission, making a golden halo around her head like a lion’s mane. She looked just like she’d strolled off the set of an eighties music video. 

“Lydia. I’m sorry you missed the excitement this morning, but honestly, you wouldn’t have enjoyed yourself very much. We both know how much you hate it when I’m the center of attention instead of you. I think you’re the winner tonight, though. I see you got C. C. DeVille’s stylist to do your hair. No one will give me a second glance with that train wreck ingrained in their minds.” 

We can’t forget about the boys, either. Prom King Blake and his brother Grant raided their father’s closet. He never throws anything away, so they found these gems... 



“Where did you find that thing?” 

“My dad was the best man in a formal wedding in 1984.” Blake held out his arms and did a little spin on Ivy’s front steps. “What do you think?” 

“I think I’ve never seen you look like that before.” And she hadn’t. The tuxedo was a pale gray, almost silver. The jacket was cut high in the front, about at the waist, with tails in the back. It had a dark blue cummerbund and matching bow tie. “You even got matching accessories to go with my dress.” 

“I rented that part from the formalwear store in Gadsden. I didn’t even know you could still get a cummerbund, but the lady had some in the back.” 

“Nice touch.” 



Blake had been right about his tuxedo. It was awful. It had black pants and a rust-colored jacket with black buttons and piping along the lapel and pockets. The ivory shirt underneath had ruffles down the center with matching rust thread on the edges. 

I’ve shared my character’s embarrassing eighties fashions, but unfortunately, I don’t have any scanned pictures from my own prom I can share. I’ll tell you that one year involved a dress very similar to Pepper’s with teal satin and lace. It was...unfortunate. Instead, I’ll leave you with pictures from the retro 80s birthday party I had a couple years ago. 




Giveaway

-5 ebooks of Facing the Music 
by Andrea Laurence (INTL.)



Now it’s your turn! Tell us about your prom or homecoming dress. Was it awful? Did it have puffy sleeves? Did you go through half a can of AquaNet for your hair? Bonus points if you’re brave enough to post an actual prom photo. I want to see some mall bangs!



Abouth the Author

Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.