Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cowgirl Crazy by Becky McGraw

Cowboys are a different breed...
They work hard, play hard and love harder.
It's all about the ride, until the right woman
makes them fall.
Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She's not winning at barrel racing or in love. She's spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother's best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister.
Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He's winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend's fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay.
It's worked for ten years, but when she finally snaps and sets out to prove she's not a little girl anymore, Ryan has no choice but to face the fact that it's time to fish or cut bait. But with his choice will he lose his best friend or the girl?


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Becky McGraw
A Jill of many trades, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a real estate broker, web designer, graphic artist, and romance writer. She knows just enough to make her dangerous, and her humor-laced contemporary western cowboy, and military, police procedural romantic suspense novels varied and interesting. Becky resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-three years and her dog Abby.  She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Published Authors Network.
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Book Tour: Rough Edges by Cardeno C.


~Rough Edges
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.
Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.
Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition, which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
~Jumping In
When love's on the line, the brave jump in with both feet...
Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home. Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes.
After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving. Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk.
With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.
This is a 2nd edition without substantive changes from the 1st edition.


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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Blitz: Always Mine by AJ Renee

Series: St. Fleur, Book #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 28, 2017

After a few years of easy, small-town living as the St. Fleur librarian, Lindsey finds herself in the middle of a love triangle gone wrong. Gifts begin arriving and in time she realizes her confusing feelings over Derek, the sweet history teacher, and Marc, the man she doesn’t remember, is the least of her troubles. Her complicated love life takes a violent turn when she learns there is a stalker watching her every move.

When Marc visited his best friend’s new home months ago, he didn’t expect to meet the first woman to awaken his desire for more since he was a teen. Too bad she’s already taken. When their shared attraction leads them to the truth, will they finally get the happily ever after they both want?

Or will her current man, his best friend, and her stalker be the nails in the coffin of their attraction?

Series: St. Fleur, Book #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance with some Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2016

Living in a world full of colors, Sofia Brazier escapes a career gone south as a juvenile probation officer in New Orleans. After moving to the small town of St. Fleur, Sofia opens a photography business in hopes of ridding her life of all the dark auras surrounding the damaged souls she once tried helping. Her comfortable new life is upended when widower, and ex-security-forces-turned-handyman hunk, Noah Tyler enters the local pub.

Noah attempts to avoid the voluptuous beauty who has captivated his every thought. That is, until his daughter vandalizes Sofia’s building and effectively seals their fate. After cutting his daughter a break, Sofia begins tearing down the walls he built after his wife’s death.

Just when life finally seems worth living for Noah, Sofia finds herself the victim of a string of crimes. Can he protect Sofia when he failed to protect his own wife?


Author to Widower’s Aura, Always Mine, and Finding love at the falls.... I’m a military wife and mother to three girls seven and under. Prior to these roles I lived in Florida where I attended the University of Central Florida. I received my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelors of Science in Psychology. A decade later and I haven’t used either.

Writing a book was never a goal of mine, funny how life works out sometimes. I thought I would work for one of the many agencies that specialize in justice. Instead I decided to focus on a family once we married.

When I’m not shuttling my daughters around, you can find me at my laptop. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: The Paper Year by Avery Aster

Title: The Paper Year
Author: Avery Aster
Release Date: March 16, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Myster, Thriller & Suspense
Source:  Blog Tour, received copy in exchange for honest review

For fans of The Girl on the Train, Before I Go to Sleep, and The Silent Wife, the new psychological thriller from New York Times bestselling author Avery Aster warns readers: the first year of marriage is killer.

Barclay is Manhattan's premiere cooperative—the kind of place everyone who's anyone desires to reside in. That's what psychotherapist Piper Adler believes as she moves into the garden apartment with her new husband, but then she wakes up in a hospital accused of trying to take her own life. Her dreams of being a wife and mother destroyed along with her career as a mental health professional, she sets off on a mind-bending course to discover the truth.

Unraveling a web of deceit forces Piper to second-guess her family, her friends, and even herself. With each terrifying revelation, she must come to terms with the fact that those she thought she knew aren't who they seem, and someone trusted very close to her wants her gone. Will she beat them at their own game or die trying?

Fusing nail-biting suspense with potent storytelling, THE PAPER YEAR will keep you on the edge of your seat with an unforgettable cast of characters who are compelled to do the unthinkable to survive.

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My Review:

I thouroughly enjoyed The Paper Year. It was a quick read though, only taking several hours to finish the book. It definitely didn’t end how I expected it too and that’s what I love about mystery and thriller books like this one. The Paper Year will definitely keep you guessing till the very end and I’m looking forward to book two.


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Review & Promo: Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie

Somewhere to Begin (Poison and Wine Series, Book 1) by Mika Jolie

Date of Publication: February 23, 2017


There are wounds that never show on the body.

For twenty-nine years, Colbie Bennington does as expected with an eternal smile stained on her lips. The biggest chances she's ever taken can be counted on one hand, three fingers to be exact—her battered red chucks, painting her toenails a vibrant blue, and her wedding dress. Always the dutiful daughter and a Stepford fiancée, she has never acted on impulse, never been in love.

She's never lived.

On her wedding day, Colbie ends a toxic relationship, drops the fake smile, and says, "I can't do this anymore."

Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home broken and burdened with a volcano of remorse. Too trapped in a mental war to be at peace and too damaged to be at war, he shuts the world out. The last thing he expects is to feel, especially for a runaway bride with her own baggage.

Two empty hearts marred in different spots find themselves drawn to one another. Each with their own scars. Some, the world can see. Others, unseen to the naked eye.

They say two broken people should not be together. But for Colbie and Zander, their attraction is undeniable, unexpected.

Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other's wounds?

Starting over is never easy, but sometimes in life, everyone needs somewhere to begin.

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I really enjoyed Zander and Colbie's story. Somewhere to Begin  really shows and explains the mental and physical struggle of PTSD as well as the abusive relationship that Colbie was in with her ex-fiance. The struggles that both Zander and Colbie have actually bring them closer together. This is a great book for someone who is looking for a military romance novel.

About Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she's determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let's face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she's not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.
She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Mika on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Amazon.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: Justice by Another Name by E.C. Hanes

Title: Justice By Another Name
Author: E.C. Hanes
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: RaneCoat Press
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspence
Source: Received from Smith Publicity in exchange for honest review.

Set against the backdrop of North Carolina’s powerful hog-producing industry, Justice by Another Name tells the story of Paul Reavis’s suspicious workplace death followed a year later by a senseless death of his young son Paulie. Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.

As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.

My Thoughts

The story starts off in North Carolina and right from the start I knew it was going to be a page-turner. When Paul Reavis’ son dies by drowning in pig manure you learn that Lana works at the local veterinary clinic and that her husband was murdered and that her son is the victim of deliberate homicide. You also find out that she’s involved with Will who is the local chief deputy of Hogg County. I didn’t know anything about the hog industry so learning all of this was extremely interesting to me, especially about how the pigs are treated and different diseases that they carry. Will's investigation ended up bringing out the shabbier side of the industry and what farmers might do to cover up when something goes completely wrong. Overall, the mystery and suspense was intriguing, and I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend this book.

About The Author 

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I was born on November 29th 1945 to James Gordon Hanes Jr. and Helen Copenhaver Hanes and named after my mother’s father, Eldridge Copenhaver.

I spent my formative years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and my high school years at Woodberry Forest School in Orange Virginia. Upon graduating from Woodberry, I enrolled at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and graduated in 1967 with a degree in Economics.

Following college, it being 1967 and the height of the Viet Nam war, I enlisted in the US Army. After basic training, advanced infantry training, and combat engineering Officer Candidate School, I was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. A bit of logic understood only by the government. I spent my first year as an officer in New York City working at a joint DOD facility on projects of a secure nature. In 1968 I received orders for duty in Viet Nam and spent fourteen months in country. Initially I was a liaison officer between Support Command and the armored cavalry units in Third and Fourth Corps; then was made a member of the general staff of the Saigon Support Command. I left Viet Nam in 1970 with my life, a bronze star, and the disdain of the American public.

After a year of travel and recuperation, I married Jane Scott Grenley, a woman of exceptional character, humor, and perseverance evidenced by the fact that she has stayed married to me for over forty years. We have two children, three grandchildren and the anticipation of more to come.

I began my business career at Hanes Corporation, a firm started by my great grandfather. I left Hanes in 1978 and with two partners, started Xpres Corporation. Xpres eventually became, after a merger and then eight acquisitions, the Russ Companies with operations on five continents and over fifteen hundred employees.

While I enjoyed business, I promised myself that business would not be all consuming; thus, I worked with numerous arts, educational, and environmental organizations on both a local, state, and national level. Balancing my business career with my other interests gave me a perspective that I believe contributed to both.

Within the arts field, I served on the boards of the American Arts Alliance in Washington, DC, the American Council of the Arts in New York, the Winston-Salem Arts Council as President of the board, The North Carolina School of the Arts as the Chairman of the Board and president of the foundation, the Amon Carter Museum, the American Federation of the Arts, the North Carolina Governor’s Council on the Arts and Humanities, the North Carolina Cultural Alliance as Chairman, and the North Carolina Writers Network.

In addition to the arts community, I spent many years in wildlife conservation and environmentalism. I have served on the boards or the North American Wildlife Foundation in Manitoba, Canada, Trout Unlimited in Washington, the North Carolina Zoological Society, and was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to an environmental study commission called ‘Save our State’.

In the field of education, I was a board member of the Fuqua School of Graduate Business of Duke University, the Medical Center board of Wake Forest University Medical School, Woodberry Forest School, Trinity College of Duke University, Salem College and Academy, and Co-Chair of the Maya Angelo Research Center on Health Equity at Wake Forest Medical Center.

Besides the specific areas of interest listed above, I have also been active in the community needs of Winston-Salem and the state of North Carolina. I have been a member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston-Salem United Way, the Urban League, the Metropolitan YMCA, North Carolina State Film Commission, North Carolina Heritage Tourism Advisory Committee, Winston Salem Millennium Fund, and finally was the 1996 Democratic candidate for the North Carolina State Senate in the 21st senatorial district.

To keep myself smiling along my journey, I also have pursued a number of hobbies. I have been a member of the American Orchid Society for thirty years and have managed to keep a rather large orchid collection alive for the same period. I played competitive Polo for ten years with a one goal rating. Excessive broken appendages and stitches forced me to swap my polo mallets for a set of golf clubs and for the past twenty years have pursued hitting a small ball that is lying still. I have fly fished in both salt water and fresh since I was a young man and continue to do so wherever and whenever time will permit. Wing shooting has been a passion for my whole life, ever since I got a double on Bob White quail and praise from my grandfather. I am currently a licensed scuba diver and was an airplane pilot for a number of years, at least until I realized that flying was no hobby. I have skied for many years and managed to break those few bones left in-tact during my polo excursions. Finally, I began to write seriously in 1997 after I lost the State Senate race. I joined the North Carolina Writers Network in 1998 and have pursued my study and practice of writing ever since.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Release Blitz: Wild Card (Drift Series #3) by Susan Hayes

Wild Card (The Drift Book 3)

by Susan Hayes

The game of love can change in a heartbeat when fate deals you a wild card.
Technician Lieksa Kiv saw firsthand what the corporations did to their cyborg soldiers during the Resource Wars.  Her job: repair their damaged cybernetic components and send them back into battle. When a stolen kiss reveals the truth about her charges, Lieksa sacrifices everything to protect the cyborgs’ secret, including a future with the men she’s fallen for.
Mack Darian and Dash Scudo aren’t soldiers anymore. Inspired by the kindness of the woman who saved their lives and touched their hearts, they are defenders, instead. As Corporate Security, they’re dedicated to protecting the citizens of The Drift from all threats, including each other.
When these three lives reconnect, the flames of passion burn white hot. But before they can hope for a future together, they must contend with old secrets and present-day challenges threatening to tear their world apart.


“That’s what I first noticed about you. You cared about us. How was I supposed to stay away from you once I realized that?”
“Red hair, a kind heart, and a gentle touch. We were doomed right from the start.” Dash turned his hand over and captured hers in his fist.
“Afterward…I swore I’d never work on another cyborg or anything that could possibly be sentient. After everything I did to you, how can you forgive me so easily? I’ve never forgiven myself.”
“You saved our lives the first time we met. More than once, it turns out. The second time we crossed paths, you saved mine yet again. I think that’s grounds for a little forgiveness and understanding. If we couldn’t do that, do you think we’d be working for a corporation like Astek?”
“I wondered about that. At first, I thought it was the only work you could find. But Alyson told me you two have been here since the Drift was first set up. You really don’t mind working for the corporations after all they did to cyborgs?”
“After the Resource War ended and the spoils had been divvied up, there weren’t many jobs left that didn’t involve some sort of corporate connection. Most of the freighters, mining ships, and stations in the galaxy either work for them directly or depend on them for their livelihood. Our choices were simple. Sign on for more fighting with the IAF, work for the corporations, or go live in a backwater colony somewhere and try to eke out a living as a farmer.” Mack snickered. “Do you see either of us as the farming type?”
Her musical laughter was a song Dash’s heart wanted to dance to.
She was still laughing when their meal arrived. All conversation faded to appreciative silence as Jinella and another server set out the feast Nadia had arranged for them.
“I haven’t met Nadia yet, but I think she’s already my new favorite friend,” Lieksa declared with a grin.
“She’s an amazing cook. Great voice, too. In fact, she’s almost perfect.”
“Yeah, apart from that one flaw of hers,” Mack muttered and glanced around as if he was expecting Nadia to appear at any second.
“What flaw is that?” Lieksa asked.
“She’s a hugger,” Dash whispered with a theatrical shudder.
“And that’s a flaw?”
“A big one,” Mack chimed in.
Lieksa nearly choked on the first mouthful of her dinner. “Big, scary, cyborg soldiers turned Corp-Sec officers should not be afraid of hugs.”
“We’re not the touchy-feely type,” Mack said.
She set down her fork and looked first at Mac, then at Dash. “Really? Because I don’t recall you two ever having trouble getting touchy or feely with me.”
“You’re the exception to the rule.”
“You’re the exception to all our rules, sweetheart.” It was the truth. Since the day they’d woken up and found themselves under her care, she’d affected them in ways no other woman had. Dash didn’t understand it. He didn’t need to.

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Susan lives out on the Canadian west coast surrounded by open water, dear family, and good friends. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidently swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.
If the world ends, she plans to survive as the spunky, comedic sidekick to the heroes of the new world, because she’s too damned short and out of shape to make it on her own for long.
To contact her about her books or to arrange end of the world team-ups, you can email her at

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