Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Release Day Excerpt Tour - Ricochet by Skye Jordan (with Giveaways!)

Let's meet Skye!

Skye Jordan is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling romantic suspense author Joan Swan. 
(Squee! I know, right?!)

Skye's novels are about enjoying that little wild streak we don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we rarely get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, and maybe even acting a little naughty. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.

And, yes, even love, because while wicked-great sex is good, happily ever after with wicked-great sex is even better.

Skye (aka Joan) lives on the central coast of California in the heart of wine country with her husband and two daughters. As often as possible, she retreats to a hotel with critique partners for a power-writing week where much drinking, laughing, and yes, even working, ensues. When she’s not writing, Skye goes to breakfast with her hubby, attends her daughters’ barrel races, and spends a lot of time with her own horse, Riddle…while her two dogs, Paxton and Indie, tag along. She also loves to read, knit, craft, row, ride, and dabble in photography.



After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to his first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.

Ricochet is available for KindleKoboNook, and All Romance.

Check out Ricochet on Goodreads too!

Troy’s long hair was a curling, wild mess hanging to his shoulders. He hadn’t shaved in at least three days, and his T-shirt and jeans were covered with a film of dirt beneath some crazy-ass harness. Sweat dripped down his face, dampened his hair, and darkened his black tee. Everything about his friend oozed vibrancy and energy and excitement, making Ryker realize it had been quite a while since he’d felt the same in his own life. Jealousy and longing stirred. A restlessness to get back to his unit. His own work.
The weeks remaining of his leave suddenly felt infinite.
“You fucker.” Ryker rested his elbow on the window ledge. “The amount of fun you have in your job ought to be illegal.”
“You’re not one to talk.” Troy planted his palms on the harness at his hips. “Get your ass into that trailer.” He tilted his head toward one of many trailers littering the canyon. The long side had been covered in a stylized Renegades Stunt Company logo, and Ryker’s mind instantly shot back to Rachel. “Sign a release form and come have some fun with us.”
Troy pointed across the roof of the truck. Ryker squinted against the sun to where several people in harnesses like Troy’s scaled the rock face—some with filming cameras hiked on their shoulders. A bevy of others milled at the bottom. “Is that what you want to blow up? The boulder?”
“No, this is a different scene.”
“Troy!” The call drifted to them from a ledge on the face of a massive granite outcropping. “Get up here.”
Troy pull the driver’s door open. “Come on.” He waited for Ryker to stand from the vehicle and walked with him toward the trailer. “The one we need your help on is way bigger. It’s a bridge, located three hours north, and we need a big finale shot. We’ll talk explosives as soon as we shoot this scene. For now, I’ll introduce you to Rachel, get your Hancock on a few—”
Surprise cut along Ryker’s nerves. His feet stopped dead at the base of the trailer’s steps, where Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” poured from the open door at the top. “Rachel?”
Troy turned and looked back at him. “Yeah. Our secretary…manager… She sort of does everything but the stunts, really. You talked to her on the phone a week ago.”
                        Ryker’s mouth dried up. His belly coiled with…with…shit, he didn’t even know. “What is a secretary doing here? On site?”
            Troy turned and gave him a what-kind-of-question-is-that look, and Ryker immediately realized his screw up.
He turned and waved for Troy to follow. “Fuck the paperwork. Let’s have fun.”
Troy smirked with a ahake of his head. “Sorry, buddy. Those days of free adrenaline are over. All risks are now carefully calculated, insured, and contracted. But the worst would be Rachel getting ahold of me if I let you up there without signing a waiver first. She’d chew my ass to nothing.”
 “Listen, dude, I don’t really have time to climb today anyway. Can’t we just talk about the blast?”
Troy put his hands on his hips and frowned. “What the fuck else you gonna do?”

Right. He ran a hand over his head as the dread in his chest turned to stone and dropped to the pit of his stomach. “Yeah, okay.”

Thirsty for more? Check out the next stops on the tour:

About the Renegades series:

The rough and ready stuntmen of Renegades are experts in the fine art of death and destruction on the big screen. The best of the worst.
When it comes to tearing it down or blowing it up, no one can do it better, faster or with more flare than a Renegades’ bad-boy on a mission. When it comes to pleasing a women, no one can do it with more intensity or eroticism than that bad-boy with the need.
And while women come hot and fast for the sexy Renegades, holding on to the right woman may be the hardest stunt they’ve ever had to pull off.

AND on a super exciting note, Skye is giving away prizes!! 
Open internationally!!

Giveaway Details:
Skye is giving away the following at each stop:

     1  American Flag Military Dog Tag Swarovski Crystals (1 winner)
This sparkly, all-American military dog tag is symbolic of the tags Ryker wears in RICOCHET, but much prettier.
       The front features the American flag embellished with real Swarovski Crystals.
The reverse side is custom engraved with one of the following RENEGADE taglines:

       Each tag comes with a split ring for keychain or ball chain for pendant.

     1 American Flag Paracord Zipper Pull (1 winner)
These patriotic cuties are made with quality 550 Paracord. Add them to everything you can imagine—for style and function! Ex: purses, luggage, jackets, camera bag, etc.
     3 Digital copies of readers choice of any of the following books: (3 winners)
     Intimate Enemies
     First Temptation
     Sinful Deception

 Want to win? 
Comment below! 5 winners will be drawn at random.

GRAND PRIZE for the tour:
Stylish GUESS wallet filled with $70 in gift cards + necklace! (Valued at $150)
     $25 Amazon
     $25 Barnes & Noble
     $20 iTunes
     Handmade necklace: Home of the Free Because of the Brave!

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Tour Schedule:
July 14:

July 15:

 July 16:
What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing On A Blog Like This? (Excerpt 9)
(that's me!!!)

July 17

July 18

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Risky Game by Tracy Solheim

Brody blocked the door, his muscled arms belligerently crossed against his chest, his feet spread wide. He muttered something beneath his breath. “Do you give all your boyfriends this much trouble,” he asked as he took two steps toward her.
“You’re not my boyfriend, Brody.” It was a credit to her acting abilities that she could hide the disappointment in her voice.Somehow he’d managed to move to within striking distance. He narrowed those cobalt eyes at her and suddenly there wasn’t a breath of air left in the room.“So then I shouldn’t do this.”Ever so gently, he cupped her face in his hands. Shay was too stunned to react as his lips descended toward hers. He definitely shouldn’t be doing this, she thought to herself.Ever so gently, he cupped her face in his hands. Shay was too stunned to react as his lips descended toward hers. He definitely shouldn’t be doing this, she thought to herself. But she did nothing to stop him. She couldn’t. Even more embarrassing, she wasn’t able to stifle the soft moan of pleasure that escaped from the back of her throat as his lips made contact with hers. The sound was all the encouragement Brody needed.

About Risky Game:

Just when he was at the top of his game… She changed the rules.

Baltimore Blaze tight-end Brody Janik is a natural born football star.  At twenty-seven, his record-breaking athletic performance and his cover-boy good looks have turned him into a household name.  But Brody’s hiding a major secret behind his charming, public persona: a health condition that may cut his career short.

PhD candidate Shannon ‘Shay’ Everett works multiple jobs to put herself through school—including an unpaid internship with the Blaze training department.  Strapped for cash, Shay answers the call of a NFL gossip blogger to uncover personal details about the Blaze players. Sneaking into the locker room one night, she gets entangled in Brody’s secret… and swept up by his charm.

Brody isn't sure what to make of the gawky girl with the whiskey eyes, especially when he discovers she was snooping. His first instinct is to turn her in as a snitch, but she could destroy him by sharing his secret. Instead, he decides to keep her close… perhaps closer than either of them originally intended…

Risky Game is available for Kindle, KoboNook, and iBooks, as well as other book retailers

Let's meet Tracy!

Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing—and reading—books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

AND on a super exciting note, Tracy is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card to one random entrant!!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Release Day Blitz + Giveaway: Absolute Surrender by Jenn LeBlanc

It's no big secret that I like books; especially Romance novels, especially especially Historical Romance Novels. The stories are fun and lovely, and the covers are like candy. Beautiful, artistic, and wonderful. 

Some people collect stamps, or baseball cards, or wine corks (I don't know why, they just do) I collect something else. I collect books. and I'll share a little secret, I especially collect books where a particular photographer is behind that gorgeous cover. That photographer is Jenn LeBlanc.

Not only is Jenn a fantastically talented photographer, she's an author too! So I am double excited today to take part in the release day blitz for her newest release Absolute Surrender
(I may or may not be fangirling out a little here!)

Let's meet Jenn!

Colorado. Canon. Curls. CJs. Chuck Norris

Born and raised in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, started a business, and totally beat the daylights out of Chuck Norris, all with a camera in hand.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. Once I finished my first novel I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers. The Illustrated Romance.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wears shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family.

The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there, #StudioSmexy was born, I’ve since shot over 300 romance novel covers, and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

My first novel THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE: REDUX  is doing its own Chuck Norris impersonation with the time travel charts on Amazon, where it took up residence for over a year. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eyecandy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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Happiness was always too much for Lady Amelia to hope for. Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry Charles, Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in Charles's eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very well condemn her to Bedlam.

Baron Endsleigh, Amelia’s oldest friend, has other ideas. Ender has loved Amelia all his life. He knows her secrets, and they don’t frighten him. He plans to come between Amelia and Charles in any way he can to prevent the marriage and finally claim Amelia for his own. Though her father forbade the match years ago, Ender is determined to have her as his wife and nothing can stop him. Not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry.

That duke has hated Baron Endsleigh and wanted Amelia for, what seems to him, forever. Charles will stop at nothing to make her his, and his alone, even if that means destroying the one thing he knows she loves most in this world—Endsleigh.

Will Amelia be able to choose when one man speaks to her head and the other her heart?

None of them will find happiness until they all three learn to embrace absolute surrender.

Absolute Surrender is available for Kobo, Nook, and iBooks, as well as a special Limited Edition Trade Copy, that you can get directly from Jenn's website!

Check out Absolute Surrender on Goodreads too!

AND on a super exciting note, Jenn is giving away 5 packages of Absolute Surrender swag. 
Open internationally!!

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Jenn is also giving away a Nook and a $25 B&N gift card to one randomly chosen reader who reviews ABSOLUTE SURRENDER. Enter your review links here

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

COVER REVEAL for ‘Romancing Lady Stone’ by Delilah Marvelle

When I was growing up, there was one movie that, to me, screamed Romance. And Romance Novels.

Action, adventure, swoonworthy moments, a handsome roguish hero and a beautiful heroine (who was a Romance novelist, one of my desired careers!) I would regularly comb the TV listings (thank you PBS Pledge Drives!) and settle down to watch Romancing the Stone whenever I could.

Happily, in high school, I had a teacher who also loved the movie and we spent many class hours watching the movie, as well as its sequel, Jewel of the Nile. (Don't get me started on when she had us watching Midnight Express though!)

Turns out, I'm not the only one who loved Romancing the Stone.
A real life Romance Novelist does too!

Delilah Marvelle admitted today that it is one of her favourite romance movies of the 80's! If you don't already know who she is, let's meet her!

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romance of 2012. When she isn't writing, she's digging through research books. You can visit her at her website at 

If you'd like to get to know Delilah better, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter too!

I have been a fan for quite some time, and the admiration only grows stronger.
Her newest novella, Romancing Lady Stone, is a nod to our beloved movie.

About the novel-la:
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it...
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Book Review: The Silver Chain

The Silver Chain by Primula Bond

Format: eBook via Netgalley
Publisher: Gallery Books

From the Publisher: Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
An erotic romance novel perfect for fans of 50 Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.

I wanted to like the book, I really did.
Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried to push through, I just couldn't finish it.

It's another weak attempted BDSM tried to hop on the 50 Shades bandwagon. 50 Shades was laughable at best, and unfortunately The Silver Chain tries too hard to be a grittier version the same, just without the laughs.
There is not much more I can say, I couldn't like or relate to any of the characters or stilted situations.
If you liked 50 Shades, maybe you'll like this, but I can't even read it ironically.

The Silver Chain is available for digital purchase on, and will available in print on September 17th.

Book Review: Finding Colin Firth

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March

Format: eBook via Netgalley
Publisher: Gallery Books

From the Publisher: From the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club, “a heartwarming, spirit-lifting read just in time for beach season” (Kirkus Reviews), comes a new novel about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin Firth is coming to their Maine town to film a movie.

After losing her job and leaving the husband she dearly loves, twenty-nine-year-old journalist Gemma Hendricks is desperate to save her career by scoring an interview with Colin Firth. But a much more local story steals her heart—and just may save her rocky marriage too. Thirty-eight-year-old waitress Veronica Russo, shocked by the unannounced arrival of the daughter she gave up for adoption two decades ago, becomes an extra on the movie set, wondering if happy endings—and a real life Mr. Darcy—are even possible. Twenty-two-year-old student Bea Crane, alone and adrift, longs to connect with Veronica, her birth mother, but she’ll discover more than she ever imagined in this coastal Maine town. And just when they least expect it in a summer full of surprises, all three women may find what they’re looking for most of all…

This is the first book I have read by Mia March, and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!
I liked the three main characters and if I couldn't relate to what they are going through, I could empathize.

Each is dealing with the life effects of an unexpected baby. Veronica as the woman who gave up her baby, Bea was that baby, and Gemma who discovers that she is pregnant but never really wanted to be.
Add in some charming (and not so charming) Boothbay Harbour locals and Hollywood types, a group of pregnant teens, old and new love interests, and you have a sweet and satisfying story that wraps up in a neat and pretty bow.

It is my understanding that Mia March's previous novel, The Meryl Streep Movie Club also features some of my favourite side characters, if it's anything as good as Finding Colin Firth, I will be checking it out! I like that the B&B where some of our characters were staying held a Colin Firth Movie Club in honour of the actor expected to shoot a film in their area, the companionship of the women was comforting and it inspired me to hold my own theme movie nights.

Another reviewer on Amazon stated that one of her complaints was that there were no recipes included, and I have to agree. We are often treated to descriptions of Veronica's magic healing pies, some of which sound delicious, I would have loved to have a taste! Next time I read this (which I will!) I will have to make sure to have pie in the house, it made me hungry!

Finding Colin Firth is available for purchase on, and on as well as other book retailers.

Monday, 8 July 2013

What is the Opposite of a Foodgasm?

I like to think of myself as a bit of a Foodie. I like to eat food, I like to make food.
I may not go all out adventurous and try the gizzards and innards gourmet delight du jour or anything blood related (I may like to read about Vampires, but I certainly don't want to eat like one) and don't get me started on bone marrow, eugh. But, I do go for ethnic variety, and things that are out of the usual ordinary.

I am a regular viewer of the Food Network, and collect books from some of my favourite celebrity chefs (I'm looking at your Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray!)

When I think of Bobby Flay I get excited. Um, rather, when I think of his food I get excited (my feelings for the man are personal, although not really a secret, the way that man carves a turkey... LOL)
My taste buds rev up, my mind fires and I get ready. (I have eaten at his Bar Americain NYC location so I have experienced the foodgasmic bliss, and have successfully followed his recipes,  it's not just wishful thinking.)

I figured the man could do no wrong, but I have come across one recipe that didn't even have me wanting something more, it just turned me off completely.

Last summer we took a family vacation, roadtripping it down to Florida. We passed through the southern states and I desperately wanted to try Fried Green Tomatoes; a Southern staple that has many salivating at the thought. Alas, when we stopped in Georgia for lunch, we went to a Ruby Tuesdays, nothing especially regionally special there. I went without the Fried Green Tomatoes.

Recently the movie starring Jessica Tandy was on TV and it awakened my desire to try the dish again. I'm sure I won't be finding any restaurants in Montreal that would satisfy the craving so I decided to make them myself. I searched the internet for recipes and found one on the Food Network's site by Bobby Flay.
He has never led me wrong before, right?

His recipe (along with all other I could find) called for cornmeal, as well as the obvious, green tomatoes.
No green tomatoes to be found, so I substituted firm yellowy red ones. I also couldn't find any golden cornmeal, so I got the white, I really didn't think it would make that much of a difference.

The results were awful. There was no golden brown outside, it ended up with pale white discs, no matter how long I cooked them for (or at how high a heat.) The only thing that changed was how hard the, for lack of a better word, shell was. This is what people get excited about?

Also included was a recipe for a remoulade dipping sauce, which was okay, but tasted too eggy.

I won't print or link to the recipe, I can't do that to anyone.
I won't include a picture, because they were so uninspiring.

Did I do something really wrong?
Is there another recipe you would recommend?