Cover Reveal: ‘The Break-Up Bet’ by Cat Carmine

 

Title: The Break-Up Bet
Author: Cat Carmine
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2019

 

Blurb

Never make a bet with a man who plays to win… 

Especially not a man like handsome, arrogant Connor Pratt.

AKA the huge PITA who’s currently crashing in my spare room.

AKA my brother’s best friend since they were about six.

AKA the one guy who still makes me feel like an awkward tongue-tied loser.

But when Connor moved in, I got a glimpse of another side of him. Because, like me, Connor’s going through a nasty break-up. And, like me, he’s just doing whatever he can to get through it.

Unfortunately, his method involves drinking alarming amounts of whiskey and watching a lot of, um … movies … that make every inch of my skin flush.

I’m just trying to be helpful when I tell him that he should try my way: copious amounts of baked goods, sappy romantic comedies, and late nights spent whining with girlfriends.

But I should have known Connor would take that as a challenge.

Now, he says he’ll try my way of dealing with a break-up … but only if I agree to try his. Six months rent to the person whose method works best.

We call it the break-up bet. And I’m going to win. Except right now, it feels like there’s a whole lot more at stake than just rent money…

 

Author Bio

Cat Carmine writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She also happens to like drinking wine, eating cake, buying too many books, and snuggling with her elderly cocker spaniel (oh, and her husband too.) She loves — and writes — books with sweet and sarcastic heroines and strong, sexy heroes who like a little bark with their bite. She thinks witty banter is the best kind of foreplay, and she tries to infuse all her stories with heart, humor and heat.

Sign up to her mailing list to get an exclusive free book: http://smarturl.it/ccromancejoin

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Cover Reveals, Reading Nook Blog Posts

Release Blitz: ‘Hold Me Today’ by Maria Luis

Title: Hold Me Today
Series: Put A Ring On It #1
Author: Maria Luis
Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2019

 

Blurb

 

Rock bottom has never felt so good.

 

At least, that’s what I tell myself when I bargain with the enemy and score a renovation for my hair salon.

 

The enemy? Nick Stamos, my best friend’s older brother.

 

He’s got a body and face the Greek gods would envy but his personality needs a major overhaul.

 

He’s surly.

A rule-follower.

Did I mention he’s seen me naked?

 

I may have crushed on him for years, but the only place I want Nick swinging his hammer nowadays is at my salon.

 

Except, he needs something in return. . .

 

A fake girlfriend.

 

And I’m just reckless enough to say yes.

 

 

Purchase Links
$2.99 for a limited time!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Excerpt

~ Mina ~

A masculine hand sticks through the closing elevator doors, cutting off my train of thought as I lurch forward to jab the KEEP OPEN button. I smack it once with a heavy, don’t-fail-me-now finger, then again, my gaze flitting to the doors that are inching closed like the gates of Mordor.

That hand balls into a fist and then a suit-encased forearm appears, followed by a long leg and a brown, leather dress shoe. The leather is so soft, so visibly supple, I wouldn’t doubt that they cost more than my mortgage.

Gamóto.

At the Greek curse for “fuck”, and the more than familiar gravel-pitched voice, my back snaps straight, and I yank my gaze up. Up past the lean waist not even a suit jacket can hide. Up past the barrel chest and the bulging, I-swing-hammers-for-a-living arms. Up to a face that’s as unforgiving in its aristocratic, angular bone structure as his hair is a wild, dark mop on his head.

Only that curly hair and a pair of full, pillow-soft lips—not that I’ve ever tasted them, of course—make him seem more human than rigid statue.

Bingo.

Has there ever been more appropriate timing? I don’t think so.

She who asketh shall receive—or however the saying goes.

For possibly the first time in six years, I smile at the man standing just inches away.

Nick Stamos stares down at me, his pewter eyes hard and narrowed with suspicion. “Trying to amputate my arm, Ermione?”

My smile slips, hackles twitching like a cat’s fur standing on end when stalked by a predator. Er-me-o-ne. His tongue rolls over the R in my given name, his Greek accent perfect and sultry despite the condescension dripping heavy and thick with every purred syllable.

Don’t let him get to you.

Only, he’s gotten to me for years now.

“If by amputate you mean save,” I murmur with practiced flippancy, “then sure. It’s not my fault if technology doesn’t want to work for you.”

Those slate-gray eyes, unlike any pair I’ve ever seen, drop to where I’m still pressing the KEEP OPEN button. When his dark brows rise, taunting me with their perfect arches, I follow his lead and glance down at the illuminated button.

CLOSE DOORS.

Oh. Oh.

Air puffs up my chest with indignancy as I inhale swiftly. “You didn’t really need that arm, did you?”

Nick snorts derisively. Without sparing me another look, his big hand circles my wrist. His touch is bold, his skin hot. A shiver of something—revulsion, I hope—rolls down my spine, unwinding and unfurling until even my gold-painted toes curl in my heels. And, as though he fears I’m completely incompetent, he angles my still-pointed finger at the button to close the doors.

Pushes down and lingers, as though to taunt, see? This is how a contraption called an elevator works. Welcome to the twenty-first century, Ermione.

Ermione. Even in my head I can hear him slinging around the name I inherited from my maternal grandmother, knowing that it makes my mouth pinch and my hands clench.

My smile has, as it always does around him, completely evaporated.

The elevator pings shut.

Locking me in with Satan’s mortal sidekick, my best friend’s older brother.

 

Author Bio

Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.

When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.

Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

Author Links
Giveaway

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz

Release Blitz: ‘The Measure of Home’ by Krista Sandor

Title: The Measure of Home
Series: Langley Park #4
Author: Krista Sandor
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Blurb

How much would you give up for your dreams?

Monica Brandt doesn’t have money or power. Beauty is her only currency. She dreams of leaving her grandmother’s bakery in Langley Park and traveling the world as a model.

Then she meets Gabe Sinclair.

They promise to build a life together, but when offered a chance to model abroad, she chooses her dream over love.

Years later and near penniless, a terrifying event forces her to return home and confront the man she abandoned.

Despite their complicated past, passion burns hot between them.

But Monica didn’t come home empty-handed. She has something dangerous people want.

Something that could get her killed.

Can she trust Gabe to keep her safe after she broke his heart or will their tortured past tear them apart?

 

The Measure of Home is a steamy, second chance, small-town romance with no cheating, a swoon-worthy celebrity chef, and a happily ever after as sweet as you can imagine. Get ready to turn up the heat with Gabe Sinclair.

 

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Also Available
#1 The Road Home is FREE for a very limited time!!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
All free in Kindle Unlimited

 

Author Bio

If there’s one thing Krista Sandor knows for sure, it’s that romance saved her. After she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015, her world turned upside down. During those difficult first days, her dear friend sent her a romance novel. That kind gesture provided the escape she needed and ignited her love of the genre. Inspired by the strong heroines and happily ever afters, Krista decided to write her own romance series. Today, she is an MS Warrior and living life to the fullest. When she’s not writing, you can find Krista running 5Ks and chasing after her growing boys in her adopted home of Denver, Colorado.

Author Links

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz

Book Review: ‘Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir’ by Michael Anthony

Title: Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir

Published: 27th December 2016

Publisher: Pulp

Author: Michael Anthony

 

Synopsis:

After twelve months of military service in Iraq, Michael Anthony stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home – or at least back on US soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack of cigarettes that he thought would be his last. Two months later, Michael was stoned on Vicodin, drinking way too much, and picking a fight with a very large Hell’s Angel. At his wit’s end, he came to an agreement with himself: If things didn’t improve in three months, he was going to kill himself. Civilianized is a memoir chronicling Michael’s search for meaning in a suddenly destabilized world.

 

Review:

Review might be late but this still goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A memoir. A biography memoir bringing to life what can happen when you get back home after war. You might physically be back but mentally and emotionally are two other matters entirely.

Michael was clearly struggling, like so many I’m sure, and this seems to be an almost therapeutic way of putting everything out there for people to see. The darker side of how people cope (or don’t cope) with when they get back. Drinking, smoking, drugs, sex, everything to the excess. It seems to be a way to drown out memories or feelings so you can just get through the day.

There was an interesting mix of people throughout that Michael met along the way in the first three months after getting back. The dating guru of sorts was funny in his methods, along with the others from the class. Finally going to PTSD and drug addiction meetings was a step in the right direction but maybe not the right kind of meeting with the other people that were there. With the meetings anyway you have to want to be there to see any benefit or else you are just going through the motions and not getting anything back from it.

I feel the abrupt ending worked well because in life nothing is tied up with a happy big bow on it to finish things off. This isn’t the end anyway but more like a true beginning. With fiction you can create the ending you want. With fact it’s real life and nothing in life that’s worth having is easy.

I did feel at times that the timeline jumped around a little. It’s only taking place within three months to begin with but at points days seemed to jump around. There was a good pace throughout though and it does keep you hooked to see how everything plays out.

The struggles shown throughout are hard at times to read but real in a way to show you what can really happen. But also that there is help out there to help you try and find a way back to the other side. Dark and gritty too but that’s needed to show the true perils of dealing with PTSD, depression and addiction. An interesting read all the same though that is worth checking out.

4 out of 5 stars

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Non-fiction, Reading Challenges, Reading Nook Blog Posts

Blog Tour: ‘Ginger Snapped’ by Chloe Sunstone

GingerSnapped BT

Today I’m happy to share an exciting thriller with you all called, Ginger Snapped by Chloe Sunstone! There’s an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway to enter, so be sure to check it out!

Ginger Snapped - eBook.jpgGinger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Twist

Genre: Thriller/ Cybercrime

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

*Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

Goodreads

Amazon

Excerpt

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body. Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

About the Author

chloe_sunstone

After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.
On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

Chloe Sunstone| Twitter |Facebook|Goodreads

For your chance to win a signed copy of Chloe’s book, click the link below!

*Note: Open to North America Only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

GingerSnapped BT

Blog Tour Schedule

Jan. 14th

Reads & Reels (Promo) http://www.readsandreels.com

Reading Nook (Promo) https://readingnook84.wordpress.com/

Yearwood La Novella (Promo) https://yearwooddailybookreview.com/

From Belgium with Book Love (Review) https://frombelgium.wixsite.com/withbooklove

Jessica Rachow (Review) http://jessicarachow.wordpress.com

The Writer’s Alley (Review) https://www.jacobrundle.com

Jan. 15th

Life at 17 (Promo) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Promo) https://klling.wordpress.com/

The Cozy Pages (Promo) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

J. Bronder Book Reviews (Promo) https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

Jan. 16th

Misty’s Book Space (Promo) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

Tsarina Press (Review) https://tsarinapress.com/

Hannah’s Beautiful Fantasy (Promo) https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/

Jan. 17th

Bobo’s Book Bank (Promo) https://bobosbookbank.com/

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Guest Post) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Promo) http://bansheeirishhorrorblog.com/

Literary Dust (Promo) https://literarydust.wordpress.com/

Jan. 18th

Didi Oviatt (Promo) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/

The Return Cart (Promo) http://thereturncart.com/

Rockabilly Spoonie (Promo) https://lauramorningstar.com/

Blog Tour Oganized By:

R&RButto200x200

R&R Book Tours

1 Comment

Filed under Blog and Promo Tours, Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts