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Early Review: Ten Kisses to Scandal by Vivienne Lorret

Posted on Nov 30, 2018 with No comments

Nov 30, 2018

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret returns with the second book in her charming, witty Misadventures in Matchmaking series, in which the sister with terrible matchmaking skills makes a bargain with a notorious rake to get him to teach her about attraction

The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule—never fall in love with the client. However, they never said anything about kissing a rake…

Briar Bourne’s matchmaking career could be summed up in two words—comic disaster. Unless she can learn about the irresistible forces that draw men and women together, her professional future looks rather bleak. But Briar has an intriguing plan—enlisting London’s most irredeemable rake to teach her everything he knows about attraction. Given his notorious reputation, it’s no surprise that Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, requests one thing in exchange for his tutelage. For every lesson, he wants a kiss in return. And what harm could there be in a simple kiss? After all, Briar would never fall for a scoundrel…

Nicholas has no romantic notions about love, and no intention of changing his ways. He’s only helping Briar so that she can find the perfect bride for his jilted cousin. Yet Briar is so clever, so curious, so candid—so blasted tempting—that soon, Nicholas can’t stop wondering what it might be like if he was irresistible to her.

Ten lessons. Ten kisses. And a million ways to fall hopelessly, scandalously in love.


Ten Kisses to Scandal made me giddy the entire time I was reading. It was similar to experiencing butterflies on your very first date. I was breathless as the tension between Briar and Nicholas blossomed and fully engaged with the main and secondary characters. Briar was like a breath of fresh air. Although she was naive, it wasn't the cloying naivety that drags a story down, it added depth. It was refreshing and welcoming. Nicholas is the perfect rake to teach Briar all the things she needs to learn. I wish the ending had been different. I felt it was too bland for such bold and endearing characters. They deserved more. This is a great story, it's humor and passion will take you on a journey. I can't wait to read more stories in the Misadventures in Matchmaking series by Vivienne Lorret .

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Publisher: Avon
Pub Date: Dec. 24, 2018

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Early Review: My Bought Virgin Wife by Caitlin Crews

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She’s mine…

But will her innocence break all my rules?

I’ve never wanted anything like I want heiress Imogen Fitzalan. I married her to secure my empire—but my untouched wife has ignited an undeniable hunger in me. Desire beyond reason wasn’t my plan, yet now I have a new aim: to strip away her obedience, and replace it with a fierce passion to match my own…


Riveting! The best Harlequin Present this year!  Imogen and Javier sizzle, tantalizing readers.  I loved the dual POV in this steamy romance. It was refreshing and unexpected having both of the characters in the forefront throughout the entire story. I can't wait to read more from Caitlin Crews, she is most definitely an author to watch.

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Publisher: Harlequin Books
Pub Date: Dec. 17, 2018

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Pre-Order Available: The Case of the Voracious Vintner by Tara Lain

Posted on Nov 26, 2018 with No comments

Nov 26, 2018

Now available for pre-order!!

The Case of the Voracious Vintner
(A Middlemark Mystery Series, Bk 2) 
By Tara Lain 

Where Bo Marchand comes from, gay men are just confirmed bachelors who never found the right girl. But now Bo’s a successful winemaker on the central coast of California, supporting his whole damned Georgia family, and all he really wants is the beautiful, slightly mysterious Jeremy Aames.

Jeremy’s vineyard is under threat from Ernest Ottersen, the voracious winemaker who seems to know all Jeremy’s blending secrets and manages to grab all his customers. Bo tries to help Jeremy and even provides a phony alibi for Jeremy when Ottersen turns up dead in Jeremy’s tasting room. But it’s clear Jeremy isn’t who he claims, and Bo must decide if it’s worth tossing over his established life for a man who doesn’t seem to trust anyone. When Jeremy gets kidnapped, some the conservative winemakers turn out to be kinky sex fiends, and the list of murderers keeps dwindling down to Jeremy. Bo has to choose between hopping on his white horse or climbing back in his peach-pie-lined closet.

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Dreamspinner Press

Release Date:
January 29, 2019

A Middlemark Mystery

The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
Bk 1 

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About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance,  Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels,  Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since. 

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Early Review: Respect for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Posted on Nov 18, 2018 with No comments

Nov 18, 2018

A former courtesan and a new baron have a most unlikely Christmas in this special novella from the New York Times bestselling author of My One and Only Duke.

Henrietta Whitlow is leaving behind the life of a very successful courtesan in hopes of making peace with her family in the shires. Michael Brenner's family all but ignore him, despite his shiny new baronial title, and his errand along the Oxford road isn't half so benign as Henrietta's. While trying to settle a debt of honor involving Henrietta, Michael instead loses his heart and comes to understand the true meaning of holiday spirit.


I enjoyed this short story. Burrowes brings characters to life with rich detail. Henrietta is true to herself and is willing to make her own way in life. Michael has had to work hard and can see things differently as the new baron. Together they pave their own way. Respect for Christmas is a great, cute Christmas read. I would recommend if you are looking for a quick historical read.

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  • Publisher: Forever 
    Pub Date: Nov ember 20, 2018

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    Release Day Blitz: Wrong Turn An Anthology

    Posted on Nov 15, 2018 with No comments

    Nov 15, 2018

    An anthology of stories to thrill and chill. 
    Written by 22 authors. Narrated by 22 performers. 

    Wrong Turn: An Anthology


    It's dark...

    You’re tired. Not thinking straight. It’s the worst time of all for you to make decisions, and maybe that’s why you take a…WRONG  TURN. 

    In this new anthology offered by Blunder Woman Productions, you’ll take a trip down twisty roads into forests, back alleys, and even across the border between life and death. Together these tales are funny, creepy, weird, contemplative, traditional, and speculative. This is a perfect collection for dark nights when the wind is howling and you’re curled up in front of a crackling fire, or listening to while you’re taking a long walk.  The characters in these stories might take a wrong turn, but it’s the right move for any fan of thrillers and mysteries.

    Edited by Tanya Eby
    Foreword by Bernard Schaffer
    Published by Blunder Woman Productions

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    Anthology Includes

    By Michele Reed
    Performed by Megan Tusing

     A wrong turn right into the past. 

    By Jim Shaffer
    Performed by Peter Berkrot

     An investigator looks into the reported suicide of his best friend, why it happened, what went wrong and if, in the end, it really was a suicide.

    By Heidi Hunter
    Performed by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

    A wrong turn takes a couple to a ghost town haunted by an entity more terrifying than the resident spirits.

    By Molly Thynes
    Performed by Amy Landon

     When Jehovah’s Witnesses, Valerie and Ana, finally find someone at home, the young women tells them the reason why everything is so quiet on her street…but shouldn’t they already know this?

    By Chris Martin
    Performed by PJ Ochlan  

    When a daughter loses her way, a father’s worst fears are brought to light.

    By J.R. Hayslett
    Performed by Dawn Harvey

    When Greg and Janet embark on a 500-mile trip to save Janet’s recently widowed dad from making a disastrous wrong turn in his life, they find themselves in a bizarre déjà vu world that keeps them from making a fateful wrong turn in their own lives.

    By Laura Jennings
    Performed by Andi Arndt

    Finally forced to choose between obligations or obsession, Charles makes his decision.

    By Laird Long
    Performed by Renee Chamblis and Julie McKay

    Glowing bright fireflies are a delight at night; but a green and blue luminescent fairy with dragonfly wings is a sight to enrapture and capture.   

    By Rosemary Hayes
    Performed by Erin Mallon

    Halloween. Scary creatures, blood, and screams. Murder. Can Detective Ron Taylor and his wife Val catch the real monster?

    By Kelley Ernst
    Performed by Bailey Carr

    A young woman, dissatisfied with love and life in modern times, comes face to face with the flesh and blood incarnation of all her romanticized notions of days gone by. But are things as they seem?

    By Elena Sichrovsky
    Performed by Jeffrey Kafer

    Most people just want to make it through their day, but Christopher Joseph Brent wakes up every day hoping some disaster will strike so that he won’t even have to see the sun rise tomorrow.  

    By Robb White
    Performed by Tim Campbell

    Four friends, recent college graduates, are traveling through Utah’s canyon country on their way to tech jobs in California when their lives are changed forever—and only one of them knows exactly what happened in those missing twenty-four hours. 

    Written and performed by JOHNNY HELLER

    A noir tale about a guy who makes a wrong turn on a hot New York day and finds some hapless thugs, a kidnapped pooch, a dame and a new purpose.

    By Sharon Hart Addy
    Performed by Andrea Emmes

    Picking Josh up after his mom’s car broke through the barrier and ended up in the river that dark, rainy night was natural, but what happened afterward was anything but. 

    by Chris Rodriguez
    performed by Chris Cuilla

    Small time gambler, Lucky Loo’s luck runs out – permanently.

    By Alexander Shearer
    Performed by Suzanne Freeman

    A package thief prompts a San Francisco mom to dust off some skills from her old career.

    By M. Regan
    Performed by Vikas Adam

    It’s okay if you’ve never been in love before, because CareKeion cares about you.

    By Lawrence Allan Pontius
    Performed by Andrew Eiden

    Dumping a body in the lake was supposed to be easy, but, it turns out,  for Shane and Kevin, some favors are harder than others.

    By Sharon L. Cook
    Performed by Melissa Moran

    When Arnold and his mistress sneak away to their hidden love nest, they have more to fear than an approaching blizzard . . . 

    By DJ Tyrer
    Performed by Romy Nordlinger

    Blindly following the satnav leads to more trouble than just a congestion charge when a family is caught up in a spreading wave of terror.

    By Tom Mead
    Performed by Gary Furlong

    A respectable psychiatrist finds himself roped into a murder plot, but as events spiral out of control he begins to wonder if somewhere along the line he has taken a wrong turn.

    By Jacqueline Seewald
    Performed by Madeline Maby

    A recluse mystery writer commits suicide, but is everything as it seems? 

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    Early Review: This Strange Witchery by Michele Hauf

    Posted on Nov 10, 2018 with No comments

    Nov 10, 2018

    The last thing he wanted......was to fall for a witch.

    All Torsten Rindle wants is to be normal. As soon as he completes his last job, he's done with the supernatural. Then Melissande Jones sashays into his life, and Tor finds that he can't resist this sultry sorceress. He might be able to protect her from vampires and zombies, but can he leave the paranormal world behind after Mel has bewitched him?

    3 STARS

    Torsten Rindle knows all about the supernatural beings. He's a bit of a cleaner in order to keep the truth hidden. Everything changes when he meets Melissande, who needs his help. Torsten begins to look at the supernatural differently the more time he spends with Mel. This Strange Witchery has some humerous moments and the world and characters bring this story to life. I wish I had connected more with Melissande I felt her dialogue was a bit much at times and it became grinding, but overall the story was good.

    Publisher: Harlequin
    Pub Date: December 1, 2018

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    Release Day Blitz: Saved By Time by Jennae Vale

    Posted on Nov 9, 2018 with No comments

    Nov 9, 2018

    The ninth book in theThistle & Hive Series
     is finally available!! 

    Saved By Time
    (The Thistle Hive Series, Bk #9)
    by Jennae Vale


    Tina Carrera is looking for the love of her life and so she does what anyone else in her position would do. She calls on Edna Campbell of The Thistle & Hive Inn. Edna is more than happy to help her by sending her back in time to Breaghacraig where she promises Tina will find her man.

    Donal McCabe isn’t interested in settling down. He likes his life exactly as it is. Unfortunately for him, fate has intervened and sent him a wee daughter he was unaware of. Responsibility isn’t something Donal is known for and he has no experience with being a father. He sees his carefree life crumbling before his eyes, but If he can find a willing woman to be his wife in name only, he just might be able to continue his womanizing ways. 

    As luck would have it, a lass from the future arrives just in time to save him. The only problem is that he’s lied to her from the start and when she finds out the truth she wants nothing to do with him. Donal finds himself falling for her, but is it too late to keep her from returning to her own time.

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    The day started off with such promise, as had the day before and the day before that. Those had ended poorly for him, but Donal hoped that today might end differently. The lass in the kitchen was back and she’d agreed to meet him by the postern gate at sunset. If all went well, he’d be exactly where he wished to be, in the arms of a beautiful, buxom red-haired lass.  The mere thought of it set his pulse to racing and his kilt to rising.  He spun quickly leaning on the well to hide his more than obvious arousal at the thought of Bess… Beth… Oh, what was her name? He nodded to the few passersby who gave him curious stares as he ran names through his head determined to get it right.  “Bethia!” he exclaimed out loud, slamming his palm into his forehead. How was it that he couldn’t for the life of him remember it.

    “Donal? Did ye call me,” Bethia asked, approaching the well with an empty bucket.

    “Och!  Aye.  Aye.  I did.”

    She smiled sweetly at him as she lowered her bucket into the well.

    “Here.  Allow me to help ye with that,” he said. No one would ever accuse him of nae being chivalrous.  She moved out of the way as he hoisted the now filled bucket up and set it on the ledge of the well. 

    “What did ye want?” she asked.

    “I wished to tell ye how beautiful ye…” Bethia didnae seem to be listening to him. He was trying to woo her a bit and instead she was glancing towards the gate.

    Turning his head to see what was so fascinating, he noted an elderly couple speaking with the guard, who glanced around and upon seeing Donal pointed in his direction.

    “Who are they?” Bethia asked, standing so close to his side that his arm brushed her breast.
    He fought to control his erection as the couple approached. “I dinnae recognize them,” he said. He turned towards her and his arm again brushed her breast. Tonight was definitely going to be better than the last.

    “Are ye Donal?” the elderly man shouted as he got closer.

    Donal was startled at the man’s angry tone. He turned to give him his full attention, “Aye,” he answered. He looked from the man to the woman and back not recognizing these people.

    “We’ve something for ye,” he said, motioning to the woman who was carrying something.

    “For me?” What could it be? He hoped it was something good.

    “Aye.  ’Tis yers,” the man practically hissed at him.

    The woman raised a plaid wrapped package with shaky arms and placed it into his hands. As soon as she did, it began to wriggle and shriek.

    “What’s this?” he asked, a look of horror on his face.

    Bethia peeked into the blankets.

    “’Tis a bairn,” she said.  The look she gave him was one he would never forget.  Shock and something else rested there.  Accusation.

    Thistle & Hive Series

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    About The Author

    Jennae Vale is an author of romance with a touch of magic. Her Scottish Medieval time travel series The Thistle & Hive, Books One through Four, is available in print and ebook versions from Amazon. The first book in her new series, The Mackalls of Dunnet Head has been released, with more to come throughout 2016.

    Jennae started life in Massachusetts as part of a large extended Irish and Italian family of imaginative story tellers, but now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, her dog, two cats and four chickens. Storytelling is her passion, but Jennae also loves to quilt, cook, read and indulge in her crafting obsession when she’s not writing.

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