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Early Review: The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris

Posted on May 18, 2017 with No comments

ARC Review of  The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2)

by Rachel Harris

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.


Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…


With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song. 

4 STARS

 STAR

Friends to lovers has always been one of my favorite tropes and when I saw that Rachel Harris had a new book coming out I jumped at the chance to read it.

Hannah and Deacon have been best friends for 10 years. Hannah has always loved Deacon as more than a friend, but never revealed her feelings.
After returning from a year in Paris to heal some wounds from a broken heart and work as an Au pair, she vows to change things in her life, including getting Deacon to see her as more than just a friend and start "Operation Find My Happy" She takes a job as a nanny for Deacon's son who she adores, while the band he's in is on tour. His son's mom (and ex-friend of Hannah's) ran off right after the baby was born a few years prior. Traveling with them on the tour bus, it's the perfect opportunity to see if there could be more between them.
Hannah is a strong, sweet and honest person and has always been there for him. Deacon has always cherished their friendship and can't imagine his life without her in it. Can she show him they could be so much more than just friends? Will he take the chance?

I loved their story. Sweet, swoony and just the right amount of angst. I even got a little emotional at the end.

While there are characters from past books [Accidentally Married on Purpose (Love and Games #3) / You're Still the One (Country Blues #1)], this can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend this and the other books! Love these characters!

**Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC through Net Galley for an honest review**











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Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
Pub Date: May 22, 2017





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Exclusive Alien Education Excerpt #2 & GIVEAWAY!

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It’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, in part because Kitty’s been tapped to represent Earth in the Galactic Council. Kitty feels that’s a bad idea, and she might be right.


When her first official TV morning show goes awry, it’s only the quick thinking of the actor determined to make the “Code Name: First Lady” movie a reality that saves the day. It also forces Kitty to work with Hollywood.


Meanwhile, the Embassy Daycare kids are all about to enter “real school”—and none of them want to go. They may have grounds to be concerned because many of the other students and their families seem shady, and everyone seems to have an evil agenda. 


Dealing with the assimilation of the aliens who have come to Earth, while fending off advances from a variety of Hollywood types, seems like Kitty’s biggest challenge. But then she and Jeff discover that Stephanie Valentino—Jeff’s niece and the true Heir Apparent to the original Mastermind—is back.


Can Jeff and Kitty thwart the most insidious attacks yet, while keeping tenuous peace on Earth and goodwill toward all sentient species going? And can they also find time to be part of the most truly terrifying organization they’ve ever encountered—the school’s parent-teacher association?













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CHAPTER 2
There I was, in my pink linen suit, taking down what looked like a terrorist six years ago. The start of Operation Fugly and my new life, really.  
“I’m just amazed you were so brave on the spot,” Kristie said as everyone watched me slam my Mont Blanc pen into someone’s back.
In real life that had been a superbeing, and I’d put the pen into the jellyfish-like thing on its back, between its wings, into what I later found out was a parasite, at least as far as Centaurion Division was concerned. I’d discovered what parasites really were during our last fun frolic with world- and galaxy-ending danger, but that wasn’t important now. Ah, the good old days, when Christopher and the Imageering team were able to change images on the fly. Missed those days. A lot. I wouldn’t be here right now if those days hadn’t been taken away from us.  
   “I’m just amazed that anyone ever buys linen,” was the only thing I could think of to say. “Seriously, I didn’t sleep in that suit, it just looks like it.” 
This comment earned roars of laughter from the studio audience, Kristie, and Adam. Apparently my role was to keep it light and keep things funny. Go me.  
The scene shifted. Now we got to see me giving the eulogy for Michael Gower at the end of Operation Infiltration, which I still considered our darkest day. This wasn’t a funny moment, and I was relieved that no one was laughing. We didn’t stay on this too long, thankfully. But what we moved to made me cringe inside.     
Sure enough, there it was, the impetus for all the Code Name: First Lady crap. I was on a Harley, Jeff was in a helicopter, leaning out to grab me off said Harley. It looked like an action scene out of any movie you’d care to name.
“So,” Kristie said, as the screen went blank and she turned back to me, “as we’ve seen, you’ve been on television a lot.”
“Not intentionally.” Adam chuckled. “I need to ask the question that’s foremost on everyone’s minds, Kitty. When is Code Name: First Lady going to hit the screens?” Well, at least he wasn’t asking me about being Queen Regent anymore.

Hoped I had a poker face firmly in place. “I really think that’s a joke, not something that’s seriously being considered by anyone.” This was a lie, because, sadly, I knew it was something that was being heavily pursued by at least one Hollywood studio.








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Enchantress of Books Presents: Gift Ideas for the Book Lover #102

Posted on May 17, 2017 with No comments


Are you a book lover!! Looking for ways to help support your love of books? 
Check out the items Viviana, Enchantress of Books has shared and let us know what you think! 

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the Gift Ideas for the Book Lover series! 

I am pleased to share with you an awesome store that recently opened and OMG the items are fantastic!


The Glitter Dungeon are a mother-daughter team who enjoys sarcasm and sticking glitter on inanimate objects. Their sparkly bail jars started as a social media joke. Any time one of their friends mentioned being frustrated or grumpy, they would post, "Dropping a quarter in the jar where I save your future bail money." 

They started making the jars and giving them as gifts. They got such an enthusiastic response, they decided to share them with the world. 

Each jar is unique and handmade. They ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS. Just contact them and they'll find the right materials!

Check out the "The Jail Door



Then there is "Keep The Change




How about the "Stripe Jar"




Okay, Okay, I know what you're think... "That a heck of a lot of glitter Enchantress!"
Normally I would agree with you. I tend to steer clear of anything with glitter as it gets EVERYWHERE! One of the many reasons I LOVE these items and the owners is the their quality of work is phenomenal! They seal the jars as part of the final steps and bam no glitter everywhere!
I have seen the items first hand and my daughter owns a jar with "Books" on it!! As an avid reader, having some change will help her with her growing collection!

I've just shared 3 of their items so visit their shop to see all of their current selection and if you want something specific created, reach out to them!! They are awesome and do custom orders!




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Release Day Blitz & GIVEAWAY: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted on May 15, 2017 with No comments

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . . 


Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.


Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.





ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: LETHAL LIES     
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers, #2
On Sale: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD





“4 1/2 stars! Top pick! This is a true thriller that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages as death and danger come at the protagonists from several directions.  Zanetti's brilliance at storytelling is on full display...When it comes to high-octane thrillers, they don't get better than Zanetti!” —RT Book Reviews on LETHAL LIES

“Zanetti balances the adventure and menace of Zara and Ryker's lives with a relatable romance. The result is a story that's sexy and emotional, and filled with a rich look at love in all its forms.” —The Washington Post on DEADLY SILENCE

“Budget your time, readers, because this is one that's hard to put down.” —HeroesandHeartbreakers.com on DEADLY SILENCE

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.







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LETHAL LIES EXCERPT

She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”
“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.
She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”
“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”
She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.
Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”
Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”
He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”
“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.
“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”
A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”
“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.
Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.









THE BLOOD BROTHERS SERIES




DEADLY SILENCE, #1
LETHAL LIES, #2
TWISTED TRUTHS, #3

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks  for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.






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What's the RT Booklovers Convention all about? #RT17 RECAP

Posted on May 13, 2017 with No comments

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     Every May, around the time I start preparations to leave for RT, I'm asked what readers do at the RT Booklovers Convention. Its not an easy question to answer. RT is so much more than a convention where you have a chance to meet your favorite authors and bring home a ton of books.  There really isn't an easy way to explain just how wonderful and magical it can be. I usually just say this: "If you go, then you'll know!"

     No two RT's are ever the same.

     Seasoned RT goers will usually have a well laid-out game plan to ensure they meet all their favorite authors with enough time to possibly sight see before and after the convention.  Many will make sure to print out labels for all the insane prizes to be had. It always makes life easier to peel and stick when entering all the giveaways. Gift baskets and prizes can be won during the entire con. Issues with limited suitcase space and weight limitations at many times is remedied by driving to RT or taking an extra suitcase just for books when flying. In many cases, even if you drive, your only option to get your new books home is shipping. There's only so much space in the car. There is almost always a shipping center at the hotel.

    When you arrive, it's a matter of getting your room and dropping your things off, because chances are you have dinner plans and time is of essence. Once RT begins, there are no lulls or down time unless until you crash after midnight. RT is a non-stop booklovers machine. Panels, gatherings, signings, and parties are the order of the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner must be planned if you wish to eat more than an "on-the-run" protein bar. Your Booklovers Covention Agenda is your bible, and, if you are savvy, you'll have the RT app as well. But the experts will tell you to always carry both.

     If you hear squeals or shouts of joy, you can be sure someone has met up with their bestie or their favorite author. RT is a time of invading personal space, squealing, asking for autographs, taking pictures, telling friends you love them, laughing so much your voice becomes hoarse, and just being happy. Even when you are the last one in line of more than one-hundred women or more, there is a sense of giddiness. A very unique, charismatic energy seems to be present. It's the kind of thing you just have to experience for yourself to understand.

     Be prepared to experience an incredible line up of your favorite authors on panels, events, and Meet and Greets. The memories are priceless. 

     The themed parties are always boisterous!

    The week flies by and the next thing you know is that you are leaving for home. RT is a  maelstrom of endless fun.

    Atlanta was wonderful! We were able to catch up with friends and made many new ones. RT is a breeding ground for everlasting friendships that are magical. I hung out with my crew: Annette (Assistant Extraordinaire), Jowanna (@jowannaJK) from Pimpin Reads, Kelly from @GotFictionBlog, Amber the @ReadingAddict17 , Vicki @wilson_vicki , Viviana from +Enchantress of Books, Crystal (Roomie 4eva), Sunny @wkonsunshine and Jen B.(Sidekick extraordinaire)! And the Darynda Jones GRIMLETs!


Here's a quick run-down of my week at RT!



We stayed at the Hyatt Regency!  The arrangement of rooms all overlooking the lobby and bar was very interesting. I loved the ease of moving from one exploit to another.  Vegas was all kinds of crazy (distance-wise) whereas Atlanta was very simple with 3 floors of events and more than two ways to access those floors.  

The Polaris was spectacular! The drinks and food were works of art. 


We visited the Coca Cola Museum!  So much fun and rich with history. 









  "First Night Out!"


We dined at Pittypat's Porch walking distance from the Hyatt Regency hotel.  The food was very good and the atmosphere was homey with historic furnishings, paintings, and knickknacks for connoisseurs of all things Gone with the Wind.  We dined with our favorite Aussie gals, Lynne Connolly (Not an Aussie but part of this charming group of women nonetheless), and Megan Bamford aka Kathryn Celeste.  Lynne and Megan have become very special to me.
There is never a dull moment with these ladies! Had such a great time speaking with Kate Voorsanger Ryan at dinner as well.  I talked her ear off.

Image result for inside pittypat's porch




Of course I had to have a sweet potato muffin, and a sip of a mint julep!  It's the (Capitalize??)south!
I also had black-eyed peas and collard greens.  Thoughts of my grandmother's Sunday dinners came to mind more than once.   





"Scrapbooking Mania"


RT really kicks off every year for me with  "Scrapbooking Mania",  held on Tuesdays!  


It grows bigger each year and two of my favorite authors always participate. It's just a wonderfully engaging function. My friend Kelly has kept each and every one of her albums. They really turn out sparkly! You get to sit at a table with an author while chatting and scrap-booking. They then rotate to other tables and you have a new author that sits and chats with you. The entire time you are able to take pictures with the authors. They do a great job of printing them out for you so that you can then place them in your album.

It was a blinging out, go-crazy, kind of event!

Ha!  I was the designated photographer this year. It was so much fun to help behind the scenes.


Check out this fun vid Megan Mitcham posted right before it started. 







"Nothing quite says RT like CINEMA CRAPTASTIQUE!"


Hosted by none other than the phenomenal Damaon Suede and his team of fabulous: Cherry Adair, Laura Kaye, Amy Lane, and Tere Michaels! 

 This has to be the best Craptastique to date. I've had the pleasure of attending the last four!

 RT calls it an RT INSTITUTION! It's movie madness kicked up a notch! This year we watched Glitter starring Mariah Carey!



How cute is Damaon in his boxers!?!?


Get a load of all the tweets by searching for #RTCC on Twitter, and catch a glimpses of  the fun we had.  I'm very proud to say that, until the untimely death of my phone's battery, I was among the Top 10 on the leader board.


I had a winning ticket, because, of course, there were more prizes to win. It 's the cutest, little dinosaur. I'm in love. In the pic below I have my handy-dandy cow bell that we proudly wrung each time the word "Glitter" was uttered during the entire calamity.



"Wednesday was beyond special!"


Paranormal Perspectives featuring Darynda Jones, Molly Harper, Charlaine Harris, & Maggie Mae Summers #RT17 was the best fangirling moment of the day!  Those who have never had the pleasure of meeting any of the authors mentioned above must find a way to see them.  Check their websites and Facebook for the next book signing near you.   These are some of the funniest, wittiest, female authors writing spectacular books.  They took the time to answer everyone's questions, sign books or bags, and take pictures. The energy in the room was palpable!




"Scandalicious Romance Shenanigans"




On Thursday we participated at the "Scandalicious Romance Shenanigans" event.  This was hosted by Scandalicous an entertaining and informative book site that has a little something for everyone. It was all kinds of fun, plus our table (Table #7) WON.  IMHO it was one of the best reader affairs at RT.  

We played Book Jeopardy!  And guess who sat at our table???  None other than Jill Sanders, Sandra Owens, Amanda Bouchet, and Adriana Anders. They brought us luck!  We won the grand prize of over 25 books each  along side a bunch of books and gifts from our table authors, Jill Sanders and Sandra Owens.  Mind blown!  It was smashing. 


We all got these awesome bags filled with goodies as soon as we arrived.  Everyone left a winner.

Here is the grand prize!!!



A special thanks to Scandalicious ladies and honored authors for all the awesome!


"Petticoats and Pistols"



 Petticoats and Pistols was interesting. Many of our friends were signing and we were there to support them. The period dresses were to die for.

Ciara Knight was a dream in her dress.


I have to say that one of the highlights was posing with Sean Hampton
@SeanHamptonforever and Michael Wayne Foster @ironmikefoster.


Ask me why, go ahead. Ha! Can't you tell? I magically lost at least 20 pounds! They did wonders for my figure. They truly were dynamite during the entire week. Such handsomeness! They were kind and accommodating to all the ladies who had to have their picture taken. If you are looking for cover models check them out.


Kelly looks adorable! 

"Romance Rockabilly Street Festival"


There's nothing like a good old-fashioned hoedown!


We had a blast!  Just looking at all the noteworthy costumes RT goers were wearing was entertaining.  Much thought and planning went into their outfits.  

Kelly and I just had to get our pictures taken with Stu aka Stuart Reardon


And for those wanting to know if he is really as hot as he looks in the pictures...  Well, ladies let me tell you... The pictures do NOT do him justice. *whispers* HAWT!   Don't get me started on his tantalizing accent.  Ha!  

 I think the gentleman models at RT this year hands-down should be invited back for #RT18.
 Just saying! 


I had another fangirl moment when I played for books at one of the booths and won Promise of Fire by  Amanda Bouchet and she was there to sign it.  I am now the proud owner of two copies, one of which is a signed copy.   I will be doing an "Authors You Ought To Know" post later in the week and  Amanda Bouchet will be a featured author. 

Good times!!!


"SMP Pics and Pies"

This affair was fa-bu-lous.  So many great authors and books!   I snagged some much wanted titles and was able to have them signed.  Kerrelyn Sparks was taking pictures and greeting fans. 

Had my picture taken with the insanely talented Darynda Jones and Annette!!! 
I'm having this one framed.  #Grimlet4EVA

I was able to say hello to Kate Baxter aka Amanda Bonilla.  Such talent!  I fell in love with her latest vampire story: The Untamed Vampire!  A must-read! One of my fave vamp stories this year.  


Oh, I met Janna MacGregor!  Another soon to be featured author in my "Authors You Ought To Know" series.  She was beyond kind and friendly despite my loud and over-enthusiast fangirling moment.  You will be hearing a lot more about Janna and The Bad Luck Bride!


Oh these pies were divine! 


"MORE FOOD!"

My favorite place to grab dinner was at Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery!


 It had a very laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. The service and prices were friendly.

Kelly and I shared  Grilled Levain Bread with Urban Farmhouse Mussels and BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas! These were appetizers, but oh-so filling.  



 Nom nom! We also had a bit of something-something extra to wash it down with.  
You should try the Max's Lager Grill next time you're in town. 

"Roaring 20's Costume Party"


We danced most of the night and then headed over to the bar.  

Me and my bestie, Jowanna!


Aww look at them! Jowanna's hat was the bomb!




I love this photo!

"RT Awards Ceremony"


Talk about an event that was filled to the brim with talent.  The entire ceremony was oozing with positive and inspiring energy and tales.  Like the wordsmiths they are, the authors delivered acceptance speeches in style.  Funny, heartwarming, and encouraging words moved everyone in the room. Meg Tilly aka Sara Flynn, was a terrific Master of Ceremonies. 

Two of my beloved authors, Darynda Jones and Grace Draven, took home awards. Both of their speeches were inspirational and memorable. It was wonderful to watch them receive their awards. 

Here is Darynda during her acceptance speech. 


"So, just how much swag did I snag?"

This RT was ridiculous!  We made out like bandits.  It was obscene!  But oh-so sweet!


There was a bit more but it didn't fit on to the bed.  
I always try to spread the love and gladly gifted 1/3 of my swag goodies to a friend!
I still shipped 5 large FedEx boxes home with my most treasured buys, finds, and signed copies!


Each RT is unbelievable!  
This is not even half of what we did the entire week, just the most memorable. 


I  had to share the cover of the card Kelly gave me on the first day of RT.
This card speaks volumes. It screams: friends for ever. Don't you think?



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