Cover Reveal: ‘Just Exes’ by Charity Ferrell

Title: Just Exes
Series: Blue Beech #3
Author: Charity Ferrell
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Charity Ferrell
 Release Date: August 30, 2018
Blurb

 

Lauren

Running into an ex you haven’t seen in nearly a decade is never a good time.

Running into your ex while he’s arresting you is humiliating.

The handcuffs close around my fists at the same time he promises to hate me until he takes his last breath.

I can’t blame him. He pleaded for me not to walk away.  He doesn’t know leaving him broke my heart as much as it did his.

It wasn’t for me. Rather, it was for someone else.

 

Gage

I skipped town after Hurricane Lauren obliterated my heart.

Coming home was a hard choice to make. Arresting her isn’t.

She has no idea of the demons I carry with me now. No idea that I’m a new man.

Two women ruined me.

One I gave my heart to.

The other punished me for it.

 

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Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up riding her bicycle to her library and reading anything she could get her hands on. Angst is her happy place, and she loves writing about flawed people finding love. She loves the basics—books, shoes, and online shopping.

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Release Blitz: ‘Miss Demeanor’ by Beth Rinyu

Title: Miss Demeanor
Author: Beth Rinyu
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Enemies to Lovers
Release Date: August 16, 2018
Blurb

Spoiled. Privileged. Brat.

What others saw as entitled, I saw as standards, and mine were high, especially when it came to men. The boys I wasted time on in college were now a thing of the past. I was setting my eye on the real deal: Rich, successful, nice looking, good personality preferred—but not required.

I had it all figured out, I’d live off my family’s good fortune as I waited for my wealthy Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet. That was until my father decided to come up with his own ridiculous plan:

Move to New York City (good)
Take a job at a magazine owned by one of his friends (bad)
Cut me off financially after three months (worse)

All out of options, I headed to the East Coast to start my job. Feeling much like a princess being thrown into court with the commoners, I intended to fail, and fail miserably—that was until I was given an office with a view and my own advice column. Suddenly, working for a living wasn’t so bad after all…except for him. Obnoxious, boorish, rude…take your pick. He was the exact opposite in my quest for Prince charming—except for nice looking and good personality not required. He hated me the moment he laid eyes on me and was determined to make my life a living hell whenever I was in his company. Little did he know, he had no idea who he was up against, I planned on matching his animosity toward me in ways he never imagined. But the funny thing was, the more he got under my skin, the closer he was getting to my heart, making me reassess the girl I once was and focus on the girl I wanted to become.

 

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“So, Alex, have you thought of any ideas on how to incorporate the female staff into being a part of Him?”

All eyes were on him as he picked his head up from whatever he was paying attention to on his phone. I impatiently waited for his answer, knowing how much he didn’t want for this to happen. “Actually, I have.” He was upbeat with his reply, not at all what I was expecting.

“Okay, let’s hear it.”

“I was thinking about having them do something that’s the exact opposite of what they would normally do and then write an article on the experience.”

“Such as…” Mr. Andrews waited for him to elaborate.

“Like Laurie hates sports, so maybe have her go with Keith when he’s covering a game and write about the experience.”

“I like that idea. What are your suggestions for some of the other women?”

He cleared his throat. “I, umm haven’t really thought about it. I wanted to bounce the idea off you first and see what you thought about it.”

“I love it.” Mr. Andrews adjusted his glasses and looked my way. “What would you suggest having Rose do for her article?”

My face heated when I sensed all eyes on me. I dropped my head and stared at the table, just imagining what horrible adventure he was conjuring up.

Skydiving. Fire juggling. Swimming with sharks. The possibilities were endless.

 

 

Author Bio

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I love creating deep characters who you will love or love to hate.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? My happy place is a seat by the ocean with my feet in the sand or on the busy streets of New York City. You will more than likely find one of these places as the setting for most of my books,

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me – yes, even if you don’t like them!

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Book Review: ‘Harkworth Hall’ by L.S. Johnson

Title: Harkworth Hall

Published: 1st August 2017

Author: L.S. Johnson

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Twitter: @ls_johnson

 

Synopsis:

Caroline Daniels must marry, and marry well. But in her remote corner of England eligible suitors are few and far between, and none hold a candle to her closest friend, Diana Fitzroy.

When Sir Edward Masterson arrives, he seems the answer to Caroline’s financial worries, though she instinctively dislikes the reticent, older merchant. Soon Sir Edward has set his sights on acquiring both Caroline and the decaying Harkworth Hall.

Caroline’s future seems secure, save that Sir Edward’s enigmatic secretary hints at a dark secret, and Sir Edward shows an unusual interest in the nearby bay. To discover Sir Edward’s true purpose, Caroline will have to face the horror beneath Harkworth Hall—and the woman who will change her life.

 

Review:

This is a gothic mystery story with a twist, so hold on for an intriguing ride with this one. Just when you think this could be a romance story when a mystery man comes on the scene it turns on its head with a bit of a paranormal mystery. Be wary of birds leaving in hoards as it would mean danger, or evil, is on its way.

Caroline is in for a mysterious journey when a stranger comes to town to take up residence in the equally mysterious Harkworth Hall. Sir Edward Masterson seems quite charismatic and charms most he meets – Caroline’s father being top of that list. So much so that he wants to go into business with him. Well her father also wants something else that could help Caroline, that in the form of a marriage to someone seemingly respectable. Caroline has never really been that focused on marriage, not like her friend Diana, but seems willing to do more if it will help her father in anyway. She knows he needs funds so this would help but isn’t going out of her way to meet Sir Edward Masterson just yet. Seems her father knows her well so brings him and his secretary Mr Jonathan Chase to her – someone else who seems to hold a secret close to their chest. Dinner guests make the house go a little crazy with trying to get everything ready. There is only so much that Caroline and the housekeepers Mr. and Mrs. Simmons can do. Dinner is one thing to get through but her father has invited Edward to stay with them until Harkworth Hall is ready for him. The house has been empty for years and just the looks of it would put the chills in you. Let alone the chills Caroline gets whenever Edward is near. There is something about him she just doesn’t trust but is she the only one?

Maybe not as Mr Chase gives off the impression that she should stay clear of Edward and Harkworth Hall altogether – not that she really wants to get close to either anyway. Mr Chase is a mystery too, Caroline knows there is more than meets the eye and it won’t take her long to uncover secrets hidden. Whether Mr Chase is there to help or hinder her in figuring out what darkness may be upon them is unclear but it’s something she needs to figure out fast with the disappearance of a local girl who was on route to Harkworth Hall.

Caroline is the kind of person that once she has her mind set on something she won’t stop until she figures it all out. She was told to stay away from Edward, something she is fine with really, but knows she needs to go to the house to figure out more of a mystery. It doesn’t help that she has been having bad dreams of late – a clue to what’s coming perhaps? An eye in the sea calling to her and needing something only she can give. Some paper clippings of women going missing and being murdered draws a dark picture on what may be coming and who might be involved. Is Edward who he says he is? Can she trust those she has known for years? Will a stranger be there to lend a hand in times of need? One thing is clear and that’s that she should always trust her first instincts, as they don’t seem to lead her wrong. Just maybe into dangerous situations first before trying to get back out again.

Interesting mystery mixed with a paranormal twist and intrigued with what is really happening at Harkworth Hall. Who you can really trust will be tested and what lies beneath might not be the only danger that draws near.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Tour: Siren’s Curse’ by Katee Robert

SIREN’S CURSE, a dark and haunting standalone novel in the multi-author series, The Sea King’s Daughters is LIVE!

 

In SIREN’S CURSE by NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert, a cursed mermaid has lost her powers and her ability to shapeshift and the only creature that can help her reclaim herself is one who may mean her the most harm…

 

Add SIREN’S CURSE to your TBR pile on Goodreads then keep reading to get a sneak peek excerpt and your chance enter the giveaway to win one of TEN (10) eBook copies of SIREN’S CURSE!

 

Title: Siren’s Curse

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: August 13, 2018

Publisher: Indie

Series: The Sea King’s Daughters

Page Count: 76 pages

Format: Digital

ASIN: B07DJK2HQR

 

Synopsis:

Lorelei Fischer is cursed. A mermaid who can’t shapeshift, can’t create portals, and is no longer fully who she was meant to be. Too ashamed to admit how badly she failed to her sisters, she takes refuge in a small town in northern California and opens a used bookstore. With no way to regain what she’s lost, she resigns herself to a life half-lived.

After nearly drowning under the dark of the new moon, there’s no escaping the truth. She’s being hunted, and this enemy will stop at nothing to take her.

Lorelei must find a way to reclaim her birthright and her abilities before it’s too late. Because the sea holds more monsters than she could have dreamed—and one of them wants her dead.

Look for other stories in this exciting Urban Fantasy series from Philippa Ballantine, Stacia D. Kelly, Lauren Harris, and Asa Maria Bradley.

 

 

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Siren’s Curse Excerpt

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

 

I start for home, the wind and water turning my hair into blond snakes that whip around my head. Less than a quarter mile to my house and it might as well be on the moon. I pull my jacket tighter around my body and pick up my pace. Each harsh breath makes my chest ache, reminding me about the way this morning started.

I shouldn’t be alive.

There’s no other way to say it. When I closed my eyes, parted my lips, and inhaled… I made my choice. That I hadn’t died. That I woke up on the beach… Someone put me there, though I can’t begin to guess their purpose.

Lorelei.

I jump and spin in a circle, searching for the source of the voice. There’s no one in sight. There isn’t even a single pair of headlights on the road. Just the trees whipping back and forth in front of me and the beach at my back. I turn slowly to face the beach—the water—and squint into the driving rain. No part of me is dry at this point, so I might as well investigate.

Lorelei.

There it is again, barely more than a whisper on the wind. Calling me back to the water.

I take a step before what’s left of my self-preservation kicks in. “No.” I don’t mean to say the word aloud, but it settles something inside me. I am not some weak-willed creature to be drawn in by curiosity. Whatever has the power to reach me here on dry land is something I want no part of. “Get the fuck out of my head.” That’s where I must be hearing him. There’s no way he’s actually speaking to me on the wind.

Whoever he is.

I have something you want.

I freeze. The faintest tugging in my stomach dials it up a notch. It never really goes away, even when I’m sequestered in the bookstore and surrounded by earth instead of sea. That tug tells me the exact direction my necklace—my powers—lay. I never get more than a hint of water that’s such a dark blue, it might as well be black, or an intense pressure that conveys exactly how far from the surface my necklace is kept. Too deep for humans and their machines.

Too deep for me.

I start for the beach before I can think better of it. For over two years, I’ve been missing a vital piece of myself, walking around as only half of a whole. I might not be completely helpless in my current state, but I’m easy pickings for any supernatural creature who decides to gun for me. Last night more than proved that the sea will take me, one way or another

It might as well be on my terms.

Lightning flashes, bright enough that spots dance over my vision for the several seconds of silence before thunder rattles my bones. The storm isn’t directly overhead yet, but it will be soon. I’m a damn fool if I’m still out by that point.

I yank off my boots and socks and toss them onto the beach just out of reach of the waves coming faster and faster. One step, maybe two, and I’ll be submerged up to my ankles. My finding power will spiral out of me, instinctively seeking the one item I want more than anything in this goddamn world.

Not my sisters.

Not even the portal home.

No, what I want more than anything is to be whole again.

I should just turn around and go home. Whoever this voice belongs to, they mean nothing good for me. There’s a proper way to reach out, and it’s not by drawing a finless one of the merfolk into the ocean and nearly drowning her human body. Stepping into the ocean will boost what little magic I have left, and it will create a clear channel for him to speak to me.

I take that first step, and then the second. My power streaks out into the deep and then rebounds, slamming me with a vision of my necklace. It’s different than it’s been in the past. Barely any pressure to speak of. Blue-gray water that stretches for miles and miles and miles around without encountering land. A vaguely fishy taste on my tongue.

Tentacles.

And then his voice is in my head, curling through me in a way that’s just shy of being invasive. Hello, pretty.

Telepathy isn’t one of my skills, but apparently his is so strong that it allows me to fire off a reply. Tell me what you want and get out of my head.

His chuckle is pure predator. More like I have something you want.

Surely not. The Deep Dwellers, sworn enemy to my people, wouldn’t be so foolish as to lose a coup like my necklace. In the endless history of wars between our kind, I can’t think of a single instance when they’ve managed to steal the very essence of what one of the merfolk is—to sever one of us from our power. It’s priceless. They wouldn’t have traded it—would have, in fact, guarded it with their lives. So why does this monster in my head have access to it?

I cross my arms over my chest and tell myself that the shiver racking my body is from the cold. I’m listening.

Come to me.

That surprises a laugh out of me. Pass.

You’d turn down a chance to regain yourself?

I’d turn down a chance to walk into a trap like an idiot. I shake my head. This is a waste of time. I turn for the shore when power slams into me, sending me to my knees. The water rushes in—or maybe I rush out—and the next thing I know, I’m up to my chest.

Don’t be a fool.

This deep, I finally have a sense of him. He must have held himself back up to this point, because he’s positively ancient. Older than anything I’ve ever felt—even my father—and so powerful that pain lances through my head. It would be so easy to give him what he wants, to stop fighting, to…

“Get the fuck out of my head!” I sprint for dry land. This deep, it’s more of a fast wade, but I curse and spit and fight the pull of the magic current trying to yank me off my feet. “No, no, no, no, get your stupid magic off me!

He releases me all at once and I fly the last few feet and land in a heap just past the now-normal waves. I sit up and scrub sand from my face. Even without the water connection, his dark amusement slithers through me. Another time, pretty. His presence recedes faster than any tide, leaving the storm just a normal storm.

It’s official—I’m in even worse trouble than I could have imagined.

 

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

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Book Review: ‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ by C. M. Owens

Title: Talk Nerdy To Me (The Sterling Shore Series Book 12)

Published: 30th May 2018

Author: C. M. Owens

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Synopsis:

Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I’d never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like…he’s a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother’s friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn’t get mentioned much unless he’s on stage.

Until…he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics…

His weirdness differs from mine, but he’d be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he’s yet another man afraid of a virgin.

I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one’s virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily.

The human element always messes up the plans in my head.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Another great read by one of my favourite authors, with a series I love. Can’t wait to see how it all ends with the wedding we have been waiting for. This is very much part of a series so I would recommend that they be read in order and not as standalones as you may not get certain ‘in jokes’. Characters from all previous books pop up in this one so you may get a bit confused with who they are if you haven’t read them. But as the series is so great you should check it out anyway!

Britt and Base is the story I’ve been very excited to read. Mainly to get inside this girls quirky head to see what makes her tick and how she really views those around her. She is one weird and wonderful girl – elf ears and mystical fantasy to comic-con superhero extremes. Don’t worry because Base is just as quirky when he starts to see her as his muse – talk about ‘in the zone’. Almost stalker-ish at times but he somehow manages to make it come across as artistically charming.

Britt just wants to lose her virginity without any drama or feelings getting involved. She has seen what has happened in the past with all those around her so just wants the deed over with. Seems to be having a bit of trouble in that regard though as men seem to want to run the other way – protective brother and would be uncles having something to do with that. Now you may think that she isn’t completely aware of some of the things they do but it seems she has a certain way of getting back at them. Past books moments will have a bit more clarity and humour to them. She feels like an odd ball trying to find her way in a confusing world. She has plans and thinks things through with logic to get the answer she seeks but the human element seems to keep messing with her. Namely when Base comes onto the scene. When she asks him for a favour, I think you what that is, she is a bit hurt that he turns her down. She just needed a bit of girl talk to find out ways to get what she wanted. The fact that most wanted to come round to check in on said shirtless, sweaty, Greek god in training was neither here nor there. Doesn’t take long before that situation is taken care of and both seem to be on the same page. Well to start with anyway. Plans are one thing but when feelings get involved the human element always seems to change the direction you thought you were on.

All Base seems to be able to focus on at the moment is trying to get his band a contract deal. They know that they are good enough but need the next big break instead of just doing local clubs – even though Dane’s is a good gig. It’s at one of these gigs that he comes across Britt, taking the wrong idea from his inability to ask a direct question. She may have caught his attention then but it’s not until another strange encounter that he starts to fixate on her. Cosplay in the park where he finds that he does like the look of elf ears on a girl, helps Britt’s costume leaves little to the imagination too. He can see she has a story behind her eyes and longs to find out more. Once he has a muse in his head his musically mind kind of takes over and he loses a bit of focus on what he should and shouldn’t be doing. Now Base wouldn’t have thought saying no to taking someone’s virginity would get him on every Sterling female’s shit list, but that’s just what happens. It seems that he might think he is doing the right thing but he is actually messing it up. Taking advantage of Britt’s kind nature by taking over her spare room so he can be close to his muse as it helps the lyrics come out. Not a lot of give a take to begin with so you are glad when he sees sense. Hot and steamy fun soon to follow and with emotions off the table everything should be hunky-dory right? Well you know nothing is going to go that smoothly so hold on for the ride.

I wouldn’t say Base is a full alpha man, yet, more like alpha man in training. So he’s got a bit of work to do before he gets to the likes of say Kode or Rye. He was fun but not my favourite alpha with a soft side hottie – top three would have to be Kade, Kode and Mav – OMG I loved his book so much! That’s not to say the other men is this series aren’t all swoon worthy because they are when the need arises but they stand out a little more than most.

I think what made this book for me was the crossovers with all the other characters from the previous books. Whether it was a one on one with Britt and Harley (loved their chats, especially when she starts talking about a certain shirtless wearing sweaty band member at her apartment), the group BBQ (these Sterling men will do anything to keep Britt innocent, not that it works on Base though) or the girls lunch (now that was fun, talk about dropping in a conversation stopper – ‘oh he took my virginity 3 weeks ago’ before deciding what to eat, shocked faces all round wanting to know as many details as possible). They all bring together a series of some great characters in new interesting ways.

Now seriously will our man Kode ever catch a break to get a ring on his girl Tria or will it be a twist with her asking him? Now that he wouldn’t see coming after all his procrastinating with when to ask her. Liked that we got introduced to some new characters in the form of Base’s band members – Randy, Taylor and Sticks. All interesting characters who bring a certain something to an already brilliant series. OMG I loved it when they went to Britt’s talk. The fact Randy was taking notes was brilliantly funny. Note to self, next time you are asked to go to a talk make sure you ask what it is about first or you may wish a hole would open up so you could hide in it. Another great read and now I can’t wait to read the finale. You are left on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are wondering what might happen next with the wedding we have been waiting for. Kade and Raya are where we started so it’s only right that they end it off too. Happily ever after? Here’s hoping that goes for more than just them.

5 out of 5 stars

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