Saturday, September 14, 2019

When Wishes Bleed Cover Reveal with Casey L Bond

Title: When Wishes Bleed
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Fantasy
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Publication Date: November 1st, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.
The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.
Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen.
Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.
Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at www.authorcaseybond.com.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fangs and Frenemies by Cherry Andrews

Fangs and Frenemies: A Blue Moon Bay Cozy Mystery
Cherry Andrews
(Witches with Anxiety, #1)
Publication date: September 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal

A socially awkward bobcat shifter.

An ex-cheerleading vampire.

A sweet—but slightly neurotic—cupcake-baking witch.

They fight crime? 

When the case of a missing mean girl throws Hazel back into contact with two old classmates, it’s time for these supernatural frenemies to set aside past grudges and help clear each other’s names.

But in the cloudy, romantic beach town of Blue Moon Bay, Oregon, it seems nearly everyone’s guarding a secret.

And they all involve magic of one kind of another.

Will these three women, who normally can’t stand each other, crack the mystery of what really happened to Hazel’s old bully, Ashlee—or is their effort cursed to fail?

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EXCERPT:

I pressed the button to unlock Trixie, but nothing happened. Desperately I tried again, over and over. Couldn’t even hear her voice. “Crud! The remote battery must be dead.”

Max jogged back over, looking curious. “Maybe you could just fly to him, or something?”

I rolled my eyes at her. “Witches don’t fly, that’s a myth.”

“Not even with a broomstick?”

“Also a myth.”

“Can you stop time?”

“I’m a kitchen witch, not freakin’ Dr. Who.”

“Teleportation spell?

“That is a real thing,” I admitted grudgingly. “I’m just . . . not very good at those kinds of spells yet.” Or Mary Poppins clean up spells. Or reading auras.

“Right then.” Max closed her eyes and screwed up her face into a grimace.

“Wow, sorry that my witch skills aren’t up to your high standards,” I muttered, miffed.

Max’s eyes opened in surprise. “Hazel, I’m not judging you.”

“That’s not your judgy face?”

“No, it’s my shifting face. I’m getting ready to shift into a bobcat so I can sprint back home and get my car for you.”

I stared at her. “Wait, what?”

“Yeah, I thought I’d leave it at home today, it was nice and sunny . . . ”

“Not that. You didn’t by any chance just say you were turning into a bobcat?”

“Guess I did.” Max shrugged and made a lackadaisical “oops” face. “Welp, that was me coming out. You can process the whole ‘shifter’ thing while I get us some wheels.”

I didn’t so much see Max shift as I saw her clothes fall to the floor in a soft heap. A graceful, brown-spotted wildcat with black-tufted ears bounded past me. Picking up her still-warm shirt, I caught a whiff of the pleasant, woodsy essential oil blend she liked to mix up and use as perfume. Made sense. A bobcat liked the smell of the woods.

There wasn’t really much to process. Except what an idiot I’d been not to have guessed it all ten years ago.

This explained so much.


Author Bio:

Cherry Andrews loves a good scone, a good book, and curling up with her cats by the fireplace.

You can read FREE CHAPTERS on her website at www.cherryandrews.com

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Necromancer's Bride (Gaslamp Gothic #4) by Kat Ross

The Necromancer’s Bride
Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #4)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling

Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.

A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.

The smart thing would be to let him go.

Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.

Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.

Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.

Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.

When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.

Note: The Necromancer’s Bride is the sequel to A Bad Breed, which should be read first.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Werewolves, Witches--

Keep in mind while most books in the Gaslamp Gothic series can be read as standalone (I highly recommend that you start at the beginning but it is not required!) this is actually the sequel to book 3, Bad Breed, and it needs to be read after book 3 since it is a continuous plot.

We got to meet Anne and Gabriel in the previous book which was a dark and twisty retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it did not end with any type of resolution (for me) so I have been waiting the last few months to see how it will finally play out! I will admit that I was really stressed that Anne and Gabriel would have a disastrous ending because Kat is not known for her happy stories, more the dark, scary and dangerous kind. I found this installment to be full of deadly intrigue, many types of adventuring, some awesome fight scenes and an epic love that will last for the ages.

I love that there have been multiple side characters pop up randomly throughout the series and in this story we got to see more of the elusive Balthazar and his servant/ward Lucas. The banter between the two was my absolute favorite part of the series, you could see the affection and mischief that the two had a history of. I really really hope that I get to see more of both of them, and maybe Balthazar's love life might feature a certain badass warrior lady in the future...

"If you weren’t covered in blood and cat hair, I’d stop for a stroopwafel on the way. The cafes will be opening soon.” 

Lucas brushed ineffectually at his coat. “Don’t, my lord. Not on top of Armagnac. Here, have a nice digestive.” He fished in his pocket and took out a biscuit. Blew on it to dislodge the clump of orange fur. 

Balthazar eyed it askance. “That’s kind of you. But I’ve consumed my quota of hair today already.”

I am so completely satisfied with how this ended, it wrapped up the little duology perfectly. I also saw read that the next book in the Gaslamp Gothic series will return to America with Harry, who was the first character I met in this world and I have been waiting to see her again. I was originally lured into the series with a Jack the Ripper retelling and I have stayed for all the super scary paranormal action that Kat has created. I love how the series has been building and introducing new characters for me to connect to and go on adventures with in each book and there is no doubt that I will continue reading! I recommend this series for anyone who loves paranormal mysteries with action/adventure and a hint of romance.

I reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Fixer Upper (Echo Springs #1) by Maggie Mae Gallagher

The Fixer Upper
Maggie Mae Gallagher
(Echo Springs, #1)
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: September 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.
Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed.

The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance--

Abby has always marched to her own beat, much to the joy of her quirky great aunt who left her house to Abby. Abby decides to accept the old house and see what she can do to fix it up, never expecting to encounter her delicious neighbor, Nate, who just happens to be the sheriff of the small town. But Abby has some hard choices to figure out, including what direction she wants her life to go. Nate is remodeling his house with the vague goal that in the future he might have a family to live there with him. While remodeling, he discovers an old journal from the previous owner that is suppose to help the reader find love. And when Nate thinks of love, for some reason he pictures his new neighbor- but she might not be around long enough to even try.

I think that The Fixer Upper was just what I needed in my life right now. I have been inundated with fantasy, paranormal, dystopian and mystery and here shows up the perfect little piece of escapism reading in the form of a cute, fairly steamy romance that was so easy for me to read and escape into. I really liked both of the main character individually and I rooted hard for them to overcome all the obstacles to be together. It seemed just when things were going well (and getting steamy) something would happen and completely ruin the moment for them (and me!) so the story kept us all (Nate, Abby and me) wondering if they would ever catch a break.

The story was narrated by Nate and Abby which is my favorite writing technique in romance novels so that way I get to see both side to the story since I am so nosy. Nate was reliable and competent, the first person you would call in an emergency and basically the epitome of sexy outdoors man, but so alone emotionally. Abby was the city girl boookworm who has no idea what to do or expect in the country, who's whole life revolved around academics and learning, forced to conform to the high expectations of her demanding parents. The two could not be more different but from the first moment they met (and survived the undead doll army) the sparks were practically flying off the pages and I was so there for it!

Overall this was a really engaging, entertaining read and I would love to come back to Echo Springs for more. The Fixer Upper was my first read by Maggie but it will not be my last and I highly recommend this for anyone who likes fun romcoms and romances in general and is looking for a HEA.

I voluntarily reviewed a complementary copy of this title.

Author Bio:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Catching Her Heart by Jody Holford

Book Blurb:

CATCHING HER HEART by Jody Holford

Pub. Date: September 9, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 289

When a beautiful brunette driver meets Nashville Slammers catcher, Sawyer McBain, at the airport, he figures it's his lucky day. Sure, he's usually pretty guarded around people, especially after what happened with his ex, but he can definitely enjoy the car ride. Until she passes his apartment...and keeps driving. All of a sudden the woman seems a lot less like romance material and a lot more like a kidnapper. What gives?

Slammers executive Addison Carlisle needs one little favor. Sure, she may have kinda maybe kidnapped one of her professional baseball players, but it’s for a really good cause. She desperately needs someone high-profile to auction off that night for the multiple sclerosis society she’s chairing, but he insists he wants a favor in return.

Soon Addie and Sawyer are trading completely ridiculous I.O.U.s, like being his plus-one to his grandmother's poker game or keeping each other company at the driving range. But when their agreement goes from flirty to fiery, neither is ready to let their guard down for a shot at love.

Each book in the For Love of the Game series is STANDALONE:

* Covering All the Bases

* Catching Her Heart

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Author Bio:

I'm a mom and wife first and many things after. I'm a best friend and a regular friend. A daughter, sister, auntie, and a teacher. I am a book lover, a shopper, a pajama-wearer, movie-watcher, worrier, over-thinker, and a wanna-be-good-Samaritan. I'm a Gemini, a nervous talker, and an emotional writer. I am represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel.

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