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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog Tour - Taking Control by Jen Frederick | Spreading the Word & Novels/Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Gemstone Ring Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Jen Frederick author of "Taking Control," which is the hotly anticipated sequel to "Losing Control."

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"Taking Control"
[Kerr Chronicles, Book 2] by Jen Frederick

Author's Book Description :
    The hotly anticipated sequel to "Losing Control."

    I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

    No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

    I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria”s risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

    Release Date September 8, 2014.
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About the Author :

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Unraveled

Book Excerpt :

“I want us to get married. Soon. Do you want a big wedding?”

“Married? I mean, I guess I thought you were serious but I figured...I don’t know.” Her voice trails off.

“That my proposal of marriage was somehow insincere? I’ve never wanted anything more. I just didn’t want to pressure you because of all the emotional upheaval you’re experiencing now.” Rolling over so she can see me and judge the sincerity for herself, I declare, “I want you to be my wife. The mother of any children we have. My partner in life. I want that to happen now so that I can introduce you as Mrs. Ian Kerr.”

Her eyes close for a moment and beneath the lids, silent tears leak out. Her words, though, are classic. “Maybe you should take my name. You can be Ian Corielli and I’ll introduce you as Mr. Victoria Corielli.”

“As long as it means you’re mine in the eyes of the world, I’ll be Mr. John Smith.”

She wraps her arms around my neck and clings to me. This time the shudders I’m soothing are from maybe, possibly, hopefully joy for our future. “I’m okay with Victoria Kerr,” she chokes out. “You better give me a big rock and lots of flowers since you’re proposing to me while we’re naked.”

“I proposed to you when I first took you to the house on the Long Island Sound.”

“You didn’t propose. You said that you wanted me to be your wife and fill your big house with lots of little people.”

“That’s a proposal.”

“It was a demand.”

“It was a request couched as a demand.”

Her body is shaking with laughter. “You’ve been in charge for too long. That was no request.”

Pushing to my knees, I reach into the nightstand and retrieve the box I bought before Sophie died. Her eyes grow huge and her hands come up to the cover her mouth. I flip the box lid open, pluck the ring out and toss it aside.

Lifting her shaking hand in mine, I slide the ring down her finger.

“When I was fifteen I made a hundred different stupid vows. I’d avenge my mother. I’d rise to the top of Wall Street and smite everyone down. I’d crush Richard Howe beneath the sole of my boot. I’d win at everything. But I never wished for happiness because I didn’t know what it was until you came into my life. How could I want something I didn’t know was missing? Now, everything I’ve achieved pales in comparison to having you love me. When I say that you’re my heart, my everything, those aren’t just words. They are the only truth in my world. I’d give up money, revenge, success, as long as I could lie down next to you at night and wake up with your face beside mine.

There is no greater achievement in my life than having you fall in love with me and I recognize on some mysterious level that is pure luck. I need you to marry me and be my wife. I need you to be the mother of my children. I need you because without you I am nothing. I am a pile of bones and flesh filled with misery. You bring me to life. Love me, marry me, be with me in this life and into all the ones we live from this point ever after.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I guess I must.” She rises and kisses me. Our mouths sealing the promises we’ve made to another one another.

I make love to her again then, slowly. We barely move. I just slide in and we rock together and allow the strength of our emotions to carry us into the heaven.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Made the Grade: Must Love Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 1460 KB | Expected Release Date: September 3, 2014 | Publisher: Season Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"Must Love Breeches" [Must Love Series, Book 1] by Angela Quarles

Author's Book Description : She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century.

“A fresh, charming new voice” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare


A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, but before she understands the card case’s significance a thief steals it. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her time-traveling origins a secret, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes.

To Lord Montagu nothing makes more sense than keeping his distance from the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge reaches a stalemate, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. What he did not bargain on is being drawn to her intellectually as well as physically.

Lord Montagu’s now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and her common sense. Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home—as well as her heart—lies.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, travel through time with Isabelle (Belle)--a Southern historian working in London--where she meets some historical figures, gets thrown into a big cover up plot, and has the possibility of falling in love if only she allows herself too.

In truth, this novel charmed me from the very beginning. I liked the mystery of it all and her growing relationship with Phineas (Lord Montagu/Phin). In addition, I liked that Ms. Quarles stuck as close to the truth, when it came to the historical figures, as she could, as it was intriguing to learn more about them.

The chemistry between Phineas and Isabelle was undeniable. It was also, remarkably sincere in how they both grew to care for one another, but because of their personal goals and wants, they tried to deny themselves each other for the longest time. After a while, though that restraint (or in some cases--stubbornness) made me to get very annoyed with them both, because I wanted to watch their feelings grow yet they emotionally deny themselves for about 62% of this novel. Once you get to that point though the novel gets really good as you're thrown into Phineas' project and finally learn if Isabelle is willing to fully commit to Phineas or not.

I really did enjoy this novel. It was humorous, intriguing, with just enough romance to make me curious to see where everyone would end up.

Nevertheless, I'm surprised to say that even though I liked its epilogue, it's in the epilogue that it made it harder for me to believe the timeline that Ms. Quarles portrays for this novel. Since at the beginning of this novel Isabelle talks about her cell phone and if the dates that are listed in the epilogue are supposed to be "true" than some of the things she did with her cell phone just would not have been possible during that time period. Now, on the other hand, if you look at it that with Isabelle going into the past really did change history then never mind, I guess, as I might be wrong and in that "alternate reality" that could've happened. Yet, it's still hard for me to agree with. *shrug*

Overall, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who likes time travel romances!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: Must Love Breeches | Must Love Breeches - Overview & Blog Tour Dates | Must Love Breeches, A Time Travel Romance (Excerpt) :: Chapters 1 - 4 | Oh, For A Title... | Is It Getting HOT in Here? A Steamy Kiss Blog Hop | Polishing my Pitch for the FF&P Fantasy on the Bayou Conference this weekend | Pull Out Those Pantsed Weeds in Your WIP | Make Sure Your Curtains Match the Drapes–Why Your Query’s Tone Matters | Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Who Was She? | Confessions of a Contest Whore... | Cover Reveal for MUST LOVE BREECHES | Weekend Writing Warriors – 7/6/14 | Weekend Writing Warriors – 7/13/14 | Weekend Writing Warriors – 7/20/14 | Stepping Through Time in MUST LOVE BREECHES–Weekend Writing Warriors – 8/3/14 | Stepping Through Time in MUST LOVE BREECHES–Weekend Writing Warriors – 8/10/14 | Meets Ada Lovelace in MUST LOVE BREECHES–Weekend Writing Warriors – 8/17/14 | MUST LOVE BREECHES Due Out Sep 3, Avail Now for Pre-Order | Meets the Hero in MUST LOVE BREECHES–Weekend Writing Warriors – 8/24/14 | Book Trailer Reveal for MUST LOVE BREECHES and Kickoff of Blog Tour

Author's Series Extras : Pinterest: Must Love Chainmail | Taking a short blogging hiatus | Ack! I have a plot hole! Techniques to Solve in an Early Stage

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
A sob escaped Isabelle's throat and she gripped the door handle tighter. She was stuck in the past. In 1834. How? And, more importantly, how could she get back? Was that even possible?
She had to find a way back.
To her house, her job, and oh God, her promotion. She couldn't allow that snake Andrew to beat her to it.
She lifted her skirt hem and peeked at her slippers--could it be that simple? She glanced around the room to make sure she was alone, clicked her heels together three times, and whispered, "There's no place like home."
She looked around. Same room. She shrugged. Oh, well. Of course, it couldn't be easy. ~ within Chapter 6
He sought to calm. "I am gratified by your concern, but my surgeon will attend it. You need not worry."
"Oh God, a surgeon?"
Her face and tone of voice, the expression of both, imparted the idea he had said he would rip a horrible monster from the bowels of hell to clean the wound. She had the strangest notions he had ever encountered.
"Yes, my surgeon is quite capable, I assure you."
"They don't still believe in leeches for that particular wound, do they? I can't remember..." A frown creased her brow and a look of concentration crossed her face, as if reviewing her memory. This woman puzzled him indeed.
"No doubt probable for this type of injury, to prevent inflammation. Quite routine." He hoped his tone of voice and the words themselves reassured her.
She reeled back as if struck, her face contorted. "You cannot be serious."
It was his turn to frown. "Of course. I am unacquainted with medical practices performed in America, but I assure you, my surgeon if one of London's best. I daresay superior to any you have there."
She curled her hands into fists and propped them on her hips. "Wow, of all the arrogant-- you don't know the half of it-- And I can't even--"
Her arms came toward him, and he honestly thought she would strike him again. ~ within Chapter 12
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Angela, then please check out her website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Feasted On: Arabian Heat Series & Billionaires and Babies Series, Book 3

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 338 KB | Release Date: July 1, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : Desire | Obtained: Harlequin

"The Sheikh's Son" [Arabian Heat Series & Billionaires and Babies Series, Book 3] by Kristi Gold

Author's Book Description : Her sheikh, her prince...her pretend husband?

Prince Adan Mehdi isn't normally one to back off from a beautiful woman, but there's something so pure about American heiress Piper McAdams that it seems like the honorable thing to do. Piper believes in his good intentions until his supermodel ex shows up with their baby! Still, Piper agrees to show Adan the parenting ropes and pretend to be his wife until custody with his ex is settled. But playing royal house tests the prince's resolve, and soon things get steamier than either of them imagined. Could a real white wedding be in their future?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Captivating me from the beginning with the main characters’ witty banter, this fiery contemporary romance was one that hooks you and doesn't let go!

Adan & Piper turn a playful flirtation into a sudden relationship once Adan becomes aware of his one-month-old son and Piper decides on helping him out in learning his care taking duty. Their chemistry was one that I loved reading about and they quickly became one of my favorite couples.

Yet I wish Adan handled his feelings better. I mean I liked how the plot turned their story out in the end, even though Adan made a flop of their relationship when the emotions got to tough for him, but I can't help but think of Adan as a bit of an idiot since his actions really ruined my impression of him and the novel a bit.

Overall, though, recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances based around fathers!

-- On a side note --
This novel can be read as a standalone!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Arabian Heat Series Here :

My Previous Review(s) for Billionaires and Babies Series : The Nanny Bombshell | Baby for Keeps

Author's Novel Extras : My third book in the Arabian Heat series has a new title and release date... | I'm so proud to reveal the cover for my July Harlequin Desire release...

Author's Series Extras : Arabian Heat Series - Overview | I'm proud/thrilled/pleased to report... | I have a new title and release date for the next Arabian Heat installment...

Book Teaser(s) :
“What would have been wrong with letting everyone believe he’s mine and leave it at that?”
His anger returned with the strength of a tempest. “I will not deny my son to anyone. Under any circumstance.”
She blew an upward breath that ruffled her bangs. “Okay, it’s obvious we’re not going to get anywhere by playing the blame game. The question is, what are you going to do now? I don’t think moving to Antarctica is a viable option with a month-old child.”
The trip was beginning to appeal to him greatly. “If I refuse to comment further, the rumors will eventually die down.”
She leaned back and released an acerbic laugh. “By the time Sam turns twenty?”
He recognized the absurdity in believing any scandal involving the Mehdi family would simply go away. “You’re right. I will have to come up with some way to explain the situation. But I will not retract my statement regarding my son.”
She appeared resigned. ~ within Chapter 4
“I do believe I’ve located an impressive sea creature down below.”
“Actually, it’s an eel.”
“Highly charged.” He brought her hand back to his chest. ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kristi, then please check out her website.


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