Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal: Heart Attack by Cristin Harber

We are so thrilled to share the cover of HART ATTACK with everyone today! HART ATTACK releases this November and Roman's story is one you won't want to miss!

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About HART ATTACK

Outside of Titan Group, there are few people that Roman Hart would die for. He’s a soldier, a protector, and he’s haunted that one of the people he should’ve been able to protect didn’t let him. That was years ago, and now a hardened heart and a cocky attitude are his impenetrable shields, until one woman—one challenge—drives him to distraction.

On the outside, Beth Tourne has it all. Luxury car, gorgeous condo, and a job partying with the rich and famous. It’s a plush CIA cover, but she wants more. Anything for an adrenaline rush that can override her guilty numbness and let her forget the tragedy she never saw coming.

Their scars make them perfect operatives. Their mirrored pasts give them deep, wounded reasons to stay alone. But the more they ignore the tension, the more vulnerable they become. Survival means trust. In one another, behind closed doors, and on the job. The only way they’re making it out alive is if they find peace while waging a war.

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If you haven't read SWEET GIRL by Cristin Harber, the new adult prequel to GARRISON'S CREED, you can grab it from iBooks HERE for free for a limited time! Sale price is also available on Amazon, B&N and Kobo!

EXCERPT

She closed her eyes and still saw his chiseled face. “Don’t be sweet to me, Roman.”

“I’m not.”

With a deep breath, she opened her eyes and focused on his lips, his eyes, wishing that he would act like a belligerent ass, not this seductive guy whose words held such gravity. “Then don’t do whatever that was.”

“What? Touch you?” His fingers found a curl of hair and he rubbed the strands. “Why not when it’s so much fun?”

Ah, fun. That was the problem. She could barely breathe. Holding herself up much longer would require significant and obvious assistance. Everything he did turned her into a puddle of goo. And here he was having a great time. La dee flippin’ da.

“I think I should go.” She jumped off the couch without looking at him. Her legs decided to work at the last second, saving her from a moronic tumble, tripping over herself on her get away. “I don’t want to be here.”

“Liar.”

ABOUT CRISTIN HARBER

Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author. Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.

She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blog Tour: No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion


No Weddings


Author: Kat and Stone Bastion
Publisher:Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Series:No Weddings #1
Pages:Paperback, 230 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September 8th 2014



Summary:

Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.



Review:

When I first saw that Kat Bastion is releasing a new series and having a book tour, all I could think was, that I wanted in. I hadn't even read the blurb nor had I any clue what it was about. But I have read Kat's previous book, and though it had a love triangle - and let's be honest I totally loath those- I really loved it. Not only that, I adore her prose. Again, as you know, I am a sucker for good prose.  Hence my reaction- simply was don't care about anything, I want in. Then I noticed the cover... and I admit it, again... the cover slut in me was full of glee. Writing this... obviously I am one of the lucky devils, who got to take part in the tour. *smirks gleefully*
Now, I should mention, I did read the blurb before requesting the book. Cause, well, experience taught me that much, and frankly even my inner cover slut and the love great prose would make me read a book without reading the blurb. I found out it's a contemporary romance co-authored by Kat's husband Stone.
Now, I know you are thinking, why the hell is she babbling on about this? I promise there is a point to this. Here it goes. I expected great prose, obviously. Well, go on: check my rating.. As you see I wasn't disappointed.  I also for some reason expected two POV. But that isn't what I got. This is all written from Cade's POV. Cade's rather typical male but very witty view of life made me grin a hell of a lot. The banter between Cade and Hannah is definitely the best part of the book. Their chemistry tangible. And while there was kinda insta-lust- well actually I guess it was more insta-attraction- their relationship evolved slowly, a friendship blossomed and trust was built in excruciating snail pace.
Which makes this a rather unique contemporary romance. No insta-love in sight. AT ALL. *sighs happily*  Which makes this an awesome story line.
But sadly my biggest issue with the book was also the plot. It was really slow. Some of the scenes way to elaborate. The pace stifled by that. As example there is a function and Cade's mother gives a speech.. the entire speech was printed. All I thought was, yeah yeah very  moving and all, but I don't care about that. I wanna read about Cade and Hannah... There were several more instances like that one. Thought the above mentioned probably the most extreme.
Then again. This is a character driven novel. And the character building has been done meticulously. Really, superb in fact. I really loved Cade's relationship with his sister and friends. I gotta care about Hannah. Well, literally every side character in this series.  But at times I felt it was a bit too  well constructed. I know that sounds weird, but at times it felt like this was too well planed. I know it's an odd way to put it, but maybe it was a tad to cliche? I am not sure, cause I can't actually point out what it was, but some scenes just felt constructed and obvious. Not really bad don't misunderstand me. It's minor, just at times. At other times, it felt so real so heartfelt so unique, maybe that's why the times it didn't stuck out.
The prose. It is beautiful. Just as expected. It is subtle, straight to the point and heartfelt. My favorite bits were scenes of Hannah in the bakery, Cade on his bike... just so.. I dunno... touching? Well, for a lack of words- since we all know I ain't no writter- touching it is. But I mean by that that I struck something in me, touched my heart kinda thing. And here I shall stop, cause we all know I am a heartless ... you know.

I was left with loads of questions, no not that many about the book. It ends on a high point. And open ending, not really a cliffy. Naturally I wanna know what will happen next. But those are not the questions that are circling in my head. NO. I wanna know more about Kat and Stone. How their collaborations worked. Where do their ideas come from. Does it have any thing in common with their real life.... in short I wanna pick their brains!
Cause not only did I enjoy this novel and am definitely gonna read the rest of the series. No I am intrigued and fascinated by the fact that this is a result of a collaboration of two married people.

A wee side note (and warning):Though there is lots of chemistry, lots of lusting and plenty of heat- there are only TWO kisses. So virtually no smut. I am saying this, for my smut-loving reading buddies. So you were warned.
Frankly while there was plenty of drama and plenty of me wanting the hit them both over their heads, I also could relate to their commitment issues. And the kisses were so rewarding so I was more than happy with this. Except than the book ended and all I could think of was when the feck will I get the next one?!

WELL the good news, this one is out for anyone to read. AND lucky me is reading One funeral - the sequel of No Weddings- as we speak.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Release Day Launch: No Weddings

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I am so excited to bring you the release day launch for Kat and Stone Bastion's NO WEDDINGS, the first in their new contemporary romance series!!! Check out the blogs helping us with this release day launch, and be sure to check out the giveaway!!!


Blogs Taking Part in the Release Day Launch
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Becky's Book Bytes
Tissues and Tomes Book Blog
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The Flirty Reader
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Agents of Romance
KT Book Reviews
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Closet Geeks and Slow Mo
A & K Book Topia
Reading Bliss
The Literary Gossip
Romance Schmomance
No Weddings Synopsis:
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Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.
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Exclusive Excerpt

Her eyes narrowed for a split second as she pulled out a large pan with two hands. “This is not even close to a date. What would you suggest instead, a notepad and pen?”
I leaned a hip on the far counter, watching her light the stove and drop a large tablespoon of solidified coconut oil into the pan. “Would you be wearing those sexy librarian glasses?”
She raised her brows. “You think my glasses are sexy?”
Leaning up on her tiptoes, she reached for and pulled down a glass container full of popcorn kernels from a cabinet beside the stove. A few hundred kernels pinged into the pan before she replaced the lid. With both hands, she lifted the pan a few inches above the gas burner and gave it a good shake before resting it back down.
The response to her question demanded her full attention, so I waited. She turned, leaning back on her counter edge. We faced each other, her island between us. The few feet may as well have been inches with the way the air was charged between us.
I gave her a heated stare.
Her breath caught, her chest expanding.
Which caused my cock to twitch. I began to feel like one of Pavlov’s dogs.
“You are sexy.” I held her gaze captive. “Therefore, anything you wear becomes sexy.”
She smirked. The power she knew she had over me emboldened her. “Even my apron?”
I inhaled, remembering that ruffled apron, her thin T-shirt and short shorts hiding underneath. “Sexy as fuck.”
A kernel popped.
She swallowed. “‘As fuck?’”
I nodded. “Doesn’t get any sexier than that.”
A slight tilt of her head, and Hannah began to play. “What if I wore a potato sack?”
I snorted. “Do you own a potato sack?”
She crossed her arms, shaking her head.
My eyes were drawn down to that tempting cleavage. I took my sweet time dropping my gaze down her body, imagining her in a potato sack.
Pops sounded out. One after another. Faster and faster, like my pulse going out of control. Hannah began shallow breathing under the intensity of my stare.
“I would love to see you in a potato sack. Just like I’d love to see you in lingerie. To me, they’re both the same.”
She laughed, then turned quickly, grabbing the heavy pan with both hands and giving it another hard shake. When she turned around again, she resumed her stance in the same place, back to the counter.
This was another dance—a different location, a more enticing rhythm, but a dance all the same. Two partners circled each other, deciding how long to draw out the beginning steps before pulling each other even closer.
“How can they both be the same? You’d find me equally sexy in either?”
A deep inhale was the only thing I could do to clear my mind, keep me sane. That, and the white-knuckled grip I had on the edge of her counter, holding me immobile, keeping me from launching at her and showing her just how sexy I found her.
I tilted my face down, holding her gaze beneath my lowered brows. “Hannah, you have no idea. Whatever you think you do to me, magnify it. I don’t see you in anything. I just see you. And if you’re ever brave enough to wear a potato sack for me, wear nothing else underneath.”
The popping slowed. Her attention was needed at the stove at that critical point.
She didn’t move. “Why?”
“Because I’ll shred it and have you naked in three seconds flat. Might as well save the lingerie.”

Kat & Stone Bastion Bio:

Shoe and Boot PhotoAward-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit their blog at www.talktotheshoe.com, website at www.katbastion.com, and their Twitter accounts at https://twitter.com/KatBastion and https://twitter.com/StoneBastion for more information.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Kiss & Tell : Nalini Singh



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1. Tell us 5 random fact very few people know about you?

I speak three languages: English, Hindi, & Japanese
I can use chopsticks like a pro (courtesy of living in Japan for several years)
I like seedless grapes
I used to play field hockey
I collect snowglobes from around the world


2. What's the last book you read?

I read an early copy of Milla Vane's new novella (to be released as part of the Night Shift anthology). Barbarians! Adventure! Smexy times! It's awesome.


3. Coffee or Tea?

Tea all the way.


4. Who is your hero?

The hero of the book I'm writing at that time.


5. What are your 5 favorite books and movies?

Too tough! I'm going to stick to movies, because with books I just can't imagine naming only 5.

Pride & Prejudice (BBC/Colin Firth version)
Jodhaa-Akbar (Bollywood)
Ladyhawke (An older but totally awesome movie).
Jab We Met (Bollywood)
Love Actually (Makes me smile).

This list changes with my mood. :-)


6. Who's your fictional crush?

Not counting my own heroes, currently...I'm in love with Laura Florand's chocolatier heroes. Chocolate + hotness = win.


7. Favorite Book Cover?

Way too hard to decide!


8. Favorite Colour?

Blue. Every shade. Though I have been wearing a lot of pink lately.


9. Summer or Winter romance?

Winter


10.Top place to visit on your bucket list?

Machu Picchu



Thanks for the lovely interview!





About Nalini Singh


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website: www.nalinisingh.com. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.


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DON'T MISS NALINI'S NEXT BOOK!!!!
It's released next week. Find Glam's review here


Rock Addiction

Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 9th 2014

Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh stuns with a sizzling contemporary romance…

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

ARC Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh


Rock Addiction

Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Series: Rock Kiss #1
Pages: ebook, 312 pages
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 9th 2014



Summary:
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…




Review:

Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors as well as one of the best paranormal romance writer ever. She's one of the three authors whose books are automatic buy for me. She really has the knack to not only build great characters and relationships, create amazing worlds building but also and most importantly unlike many authors writing PNR, her series are coherent, originals, not dragged for the sake of it or suddenly overflowing with dubious new characters brought in for the purpose of helping dragging said series.

Years ago, a buddy reader bugged me to try her Psy-Changeling series. She was raving endlessly about it but at that time, the series already had nine books released so I was a bit hesitant and weary to start it (that's the effect long series usually have on me). Moreover, and even though I do enjoy science fiction stories, I wasn't sure I would like the futuristic and Psy parts of the series. But I checked her work and decided to begin with her contemporary romances and if I liked them I'll give a go to the Psy-Changelings. Not only did I really enjoyed the stories but the way she described her heroes and the relationship building was what made me start the amazing P-C series.

With Rock Addiction, I thought that I'll have the same pleasure as when I was reading her Silhouette Desire stories, but to be honest I have to say that I was a bit disappointed.

Even though the writing isn't as polished as in her other books, the story started really hot but very quickly the sex elements took over the story. I understand that it was all new, hot and shinny for them, and a part of me even found all the smexing realistic with regards to a new hot relationship starting, but reading the book it seemed to me that each time Molly and Fox met they were going at it and that was too much for me.

I do like hot stories very much, but not when it comes to the detriment of the characters and relationships building. I'm sad to say that in Rock Addiction I didn't find any of the red hot sexual tension or beautiful sensuality, Nalini Singh used me to and if the insta lust was obvious, the insta love wasn't so much. If that wasn't enough, the book had to have a BDSM scene. Nalini Singh introduced it cleverly, but it still made me roll my eyes...

Also, the secondary characters (Molly's sister, Charlotte and
her mysterious and really hot boss, Fox's band members) hold the promise of great stories to come and instead of having Molly and Fox in the sack for the xth time I wanted to know more about them. It reached a point that at times I was more interested in Charlie and T-Rex relationship as well as Thea and David on going memos... So yes, I'm curious to read the next installment.

Last but not least, last May, Nalini Singh was in Belgium and not only I had the immense pleasure to meet her but she agreed to respond to a short interview. I, along with Deniz (my partner in crime) would love to thank her for taking the time to answer our questions.

The interview will be posted on the Kiss & Tell rubric on September 5th.

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