Thursday, December 14, 2017

Excerpt Tour: One Too





BLURB:
Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as most of the members of the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a completely different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.
Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person with whom she is close has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to keep this other group from succeeding with their plan to eradicate x0.






EXCERPT:
Monday night Lola and Alex sat out on the front porch, huddled together in jackets against the chilly December evening. Lola’s twinkly Christmas lights made an oddly festive backdrop to a serious conversation.
“I’m scared Alex. We’ve got something dangerous coming at us and we've got to trust each other and tell each other everything.”
Alex began his litany of reasons and excuses for why he’d never talked to Lola about his ability to slow down time, and Lola was wise enough to let him finish. She knew most of the facts already. She even understood them. The damn problem with understanding was that it was hard to stay angry.
“No more,” was all she said when he was done. “Whether it’s ego or fear or modesty, I don’t care. Everyone under this roof has got to completely understand what everyone else can do. No more secrets.”
“You sound like you’re getting ready to lead an army,” Alex said.
“I think maybe I am,” she replied. “You know, saving the world from my own front porch. You willing to help?”
He wrapped both of his arms around her in the way that she had always loved, the way that had always made her feel so safe.
“Reporting for duty, commander,” he whispered in her ear. “Keep me in mind for any assignment you have that requires speed or involves time.”
They walked into the house a few minutes later and found Teddie, Xuha, and Maurice talking softly in the living room. All three faces looked up, relieved to see that neither Lola nor Alex appeared to be upset.
“We have new house rules,” Alex said.
“Figured as much,” Teddie replied. “We’ve already been talking.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherrie grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came,  it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and  explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying  The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin  turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. &It's about time,& were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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Sherrie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Post #13: Goodreads Challenge ... Success!

For 2017, I set out to read twenty books. I know that others have more books to read for this year's challenge. However, for me, twenty was alot. I am planning on setting my 2018 goodreads goal on twenty-five books. What about you? How are you doing your goal? Are you going to participate in the goodreads challenge in 2018?

Also on Goodreads
πŸ“š added Blind Tribute (by: Mari Christie) to "read" list
πŸ“š added The Duke of Ice (by: Darcy Burke) to "want to read" list

Post Rewind
πŸ“Œ 5th = Pre-order Tour: Wild Whispers
πŸ“Œ 6th = Blog Tour: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing The Ice #3)
πŸ“Œ 8th = Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview
πŸ“Œ 9th = Review: Blind Tribute Rewind
πŸ“Œ 5th = Pre-order Tour: Wild Whispers
πŸ“Œ 6th = Blog Tour: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing The Ice #3)
πŸ“Œ 8th = Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview
πŸ“Œ 9th = Review: Blind Tribute

Moolt Cartoon of the Week



Heads Up" - Posts for the New Week
πŸ”Ό13th = Promo Tour: Miracle on Aisle Two 
πŸ”Ό14th = Excerpt Tour: One Too

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: Blind Tribute

This is the first historical fiction book that I read. It also is the first book by Mari Christie that I read.

Harry is one of the most complex characters I have ever read in a book (out side of high school).
Most of his view can be seen not only in his editorials in letter to othwr characters.

Rating: πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Friday, December 8, 2017

Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview - Dec 8, 2017


Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through the spring. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!

THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR...
C.M. Stunich!

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn't mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she's not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She's the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There's a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She's already looking forward to it.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blitz Tour: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing The Ice #3)



Title: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing the Ice Book Three) 
Author: Robyn M. Ryan 
Genre: Sports Romance 
Release Date: December 5, 2017 
Cover Designer: K. Fouts Designs  



From the author of This Piece of My Heart and This Piece of My Soul,
the conclusion to Andrew and Caryn’s journey, and to the Clearing the Ice trilogy. She no longer believes that love conquers all. He questions his convictions. Alone, each faces an uncertain future. However, Fate has other ideas. Just as Fate placed their lives on a collision course five years ago, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick’s paths cross once again in Toronto after a four-month separation. Despite Andrew’s assurances that he wants to repair their marriage, Caryn is wary, not certain she can trust him, and struggles with doubts and questions about his relationship with a member of his Rehab Team. Wracked with guilt, Andrew questions his determination to return to the Tampa Suns hockey team, and he seeks to convince Caryn their marriage will survive. Fate intervenes with a gift at the worst possible moment. Caryn can hide this secret for only a short time, but is Andrew capable of pushing his needs aside when he discovers the truth? Can she risk her heart and soul once again? This Piece of Our Being follows Andrew’s and Caryn’s journeys through a fragile reconciliation. Both vow to place honesty at the center of their future. But, will the secrets revealed heal their marriage or drive them further apart? The conclusion to the Clearing the Ice trilogy, This Piece of Our Being delivers Andrew and Caryn’s Happily Ever After, but the path to reconciliation is rocky and missteps prove costly.
**Please note: For your best enjoyment please be sure to read THIS OF MY HEART and THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL before this book. Check your favorite ebook site for special offers on the first two books in the series during THIS PIECE OF OUR BEING’s preorder period.** PRE-ORDER SPECIAL—Just .99 through December 9 release week



“Have you seen your brother lately?” Caryn asked as she and Andrew enjoyed lunch in the Rehab Center’s courtyard. Andrew nodded as he took a long drink of water. “Just for a few minutes. He looks like shit.” “I’d say sleep-walking. He arrived just as I was leaving. How do they manage those long shifts?” “No idea, Caryn.” He reached for a second sandwich. “He’ll revive if you saved some of this chicken salad. I guess doctors get used to long shifts. It’s worse for new residents, from what Tom says. Second and third-year residents get first chance at the on-call beds. Seniority rules, even if you’re napping.” Caryn made a face. “Poor Tom.” “He signed on for this. He’s tough…had experience with long shifts when he was an intern. Now, he’s expected to make decisions for patients he sees. I think that adrenaline spike will keep him focused when needed.” Caryn set her sandwich on the paper plate. “Did Tom mention counseling as a way for us to start working things out?” “Yeah, he did. What do you think about it?” Caryn met his eyes, she couldn’t read his thoughts. “It might help us in the beginning. I’m not sure where to start.” “I can make a list of all the shitty things I’ve done to push you away. But, that would take longer than I hope to be separated from you.” Now his eyes betrayed his thoughts, and Caryn felt herself grow wary. “I have my own list of things I’d change if we had a do-over.” She averted her eyes and tore off a small piece of her sandwich to eat. “We could try a counselor.” His voice lacked conviction. “If you think it’ll help.” Caryn’s temper flared. “Unless you have a better idea? Exchange our lists and take turns choosing topics?” “I have no idea. I want what we had yesterday…” “Just pretend nothing happened? Forget the last four months? I wish we could, Drew. I truly do.” His eyes met hers and she saw the resignation in his expression before he sighed. “I know we can’t. Maybe Tom’s right. A neutral counselor could start the conversation. I can get a recommendation and set up an appointment.” Caryn nodded, a lump suddenly forming in her throat. Talking about all this will bring up the feelings I’ve tried to bury. It will hurt as much as it did at that time. Andrew reached across the table and brushed a tear aside. “It’s hard for me to think about discussing everything with a stranger,” he admitted. “But easy to tell Kristen everything?” Caryn blurted the accusation before she could think, sarcasm lacing her words. Andrew didn’t respond, his eyes holding hers steadily. “She made sure I knew you ‘shared everything’ with her—even personal stuff between you and me. She got it right, so you don’t need to deny it.” “I’m not,” Andrew said quietly. “We talked during therapy, especially when I was in a shitty mood. She was a good listener.” “I’m sure.” Caryn crossed her arms over her chest and nodded for him to continue. “You want to talk about this here? Right now?” Andrew glanced at his watch. “We don’t have much time.” Caryn didn’t respond for a moment, her mind flashing back to Kristen’s comments and innuendoes, and of course, the subject of Andrew’s return to hockey. Should I tell him? How she wanted me to prepare him for a career that did not include hockey. Once again, a flicker of guilt pricked her conscience. Finally, she spoke quietly. “She isn’t your friend, Andrew. She was never your friend.” “Caryn, we had a professional relationship until that massage I told you about. We were friendly, but I never counted her as one of my friends.” Caryn nodded slowly. How can we ever discuss this, even with a counselor? What explanation can he offer? If he’s truthful and tells me about that kiss? Andrew’s eyes pierced hers with intensity. “Are you trying to tell me something, Cary?” She hesitated just a beat. “You’re right, Andrew. We don’t have time for this right now. And I don’t want to unravel everything that happened without someone to guide us. I don’t want to take the chance we slip back into the…abyss…I can’t go through that again.”


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By the time she was an eight-year-old tomboy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robyn M. Ryan definitely knew what she wanted to do when she grew up—play major league baseball or write. She wrote throughout elementary and high school, first composing novels featuring favorite TV and music personalities, and then venturing into sports writing.

Attending UGA’s journalism school launched her career in public relations, which included an internship with the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team. This Piece of My Heart, a hockey romance and the first book in Robyn’s hockey trilogy Clearing the Ice was published May 2016. The second book in the series, This Piece of My Soul, was published January, 2017, and the final book, This Piece of Our Soul concludes the trilogy with a December, 2017 release.

Besides writing, Robyn’s passions include following the New York Rangers, NASCAR, and the Atlanta Braves; splitting time between homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast, and visiting Paris as often as possible. Two brilliant Westies rule both homes.
As do many writers, Robyn chooses to write using a pseudonym—hers is a combination of her sons’ names, a contribution from her youngest nephew.





She wasn’t looking for love. Struggling to live up to the high expectations of overprotective parents and a hefty family name, Caryn Stevens only wants one Summer of Fun before focusing on finishing her college degree. She knows her destiny: to follow her dad as CEO of his multi-million dollar business. But that plan changes forever one day when she runs into—literally—sexy and single professional  hockey player, Andrew Chadwick. But love came looking for her. Sparks instantly fly between the two, and Caryn can’t resist his charms as she discovers that Andrew has a reputation of winning – both on and off the ice. One of the most eligible singles in Toronto  Andrew could have any woman he wants, and he’s got Caryn in sights. But, when Caryn’s parents disapprove of the match and threaten to disinherit her and his hockey team trades him to a new city, it make take more than love for the couple to survive this penalty play.



They believe love conquers all… Pro hockey’s golden couple, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick bask in their love, and the limelight reserved for elite professional athlete. An opportunity leads them to a new team in a new city. Neither foresees an event that challenges their love and threatens their marriage. Until it doesn’t... A life-threatening accident rocks their very core. Shattered by the incident, paralyzed with fear,  Caryn can’t provide the support Andrew needs. Distrust, fears, and secrets construct walls. Each makes choices that take them further apart. This Piece of My Soul follows the joint and separate paths the couple navigate as each hopes to rediscover the love that can conquer all.







Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Post #12: Weight Loss (If You Can Call It That)

I downloaded the app called Lose Weight in 30 Days. I was hoping this would help me to remain disciplined enough to lose weight in time for my sister's wedding. Last night was day 3.

20 heel touch
20 left donkey kicks
20 right donkey kicks
44 crunches (clapping and bicycle)
20 flutter kicks
35 sec. plank

Check out my livejournal account to see about days 1, 2 and other entries on different subjects.

Post Rewind
This week's contains more than a month's worth of posts. It starts form October 30th and ends on December 1st.

 πŸ“ŒOct. 30th = Book Blast: Son of the Moon
πŸ“Œ  [double post day] 31st = Blog Tour: The Highlander's Crusader Bride ..... Review Tour: Entromancy
πŸ“Œ Nov. 1st = Spotlight: Love in Dublin
πŸ“Œ 2nd = Spotlight: Wyoming Winter
πŸ“Œ 3rd = VBT: Snakes Can't  Run
πŸ“Œ 4th = Promo Tour: Romance
πŸ“Œ 6th = Spotlight: Can't Miss Christmas
πŸ“Œ 7th = Release Tour: Shifter’s University
πŸ“Œ 8th = Book Blast: Protecting Her Secret Son
πŸ“Œ 10th = Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview
πŸ“Œ [double post day] 13th = RWC: Deal Breaker ... November Lovestruck Release Day Blast
πŸ“Œ15th = RWC: He Loves Me...Knot
πŸ“Œ 16th = [200th blog post] Pre-order Social Media Blitz: Undercover Attraction
πŸ“Œ 20th =  Blog Tour: How to Woo a Wallflower
πŸ“Œ 21st = Book Blast: Prosecco Christmas
πŸ“Œ23rd = Cover Reveal: Bob and the Polka-Dot Highway
πŸ“Œ[double post day] 24th = Release Tour: Frozen Heart .... Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview
πŸ“Œ25th = Promo Tour: Fantasy
πŸ“Œ27th = Review & Excerpt Tour: Undercover Attraction  
πŸ“Œ 28th = Blurb Blitz: Man & Horse
πŸ“Œ Dec. 1st = Release Tour: Any Given Snow Day

Moolt Cartoon of the Week
I couldn't resist. This week's cartoon fits this week's Sunday Post very well. Plus I understand how Abo feels.




Heads Up - Upcoming Posts for the New Week
πŸ”Ό5th = Pre-order Tour: Wild Whispers
πŸ”Ό6th = Blog Tour: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing The Ice #3) 

Currently Reading
πŸ“– Blind Tribute (by: Mari Christie) = 71%

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blurb Blitz: Man & Horse

 Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America
by John Egenes

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The Blurb

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.


An Excerpt 

The young horse stands in the pale light of a gibbous moon, his hindquarters positioned so they block the cold northwest wind. Spring has remained cool and dry here in the high desert of the southwest, and the nightly winds have steadily robbed the place of its water. A heavy toll has been taken this year on the plants and animals who live here, and the horse can sense the corpse of one of his kind close by, though the man who travels with him is unaware of it.

The moon is bright, but not quite bright enough, and the man labors to read a beat-up paperback novel. He wishes the moon was full, and as it moves lower across the sky, the man finally gives up his struggle and stuffs the book into his saddlebags. He gets to his feet, walks over to the horse, and scratches the animal's ears, one by one. The horse enjoys this. The man says goodnight and retires to his sleeping bag, leaving the horse to gaze at the night sky.

Coyotes bark their high, shrill cries as the moon begins to set behind the mountains to the west. Finally, the horse turns into the wind and walks the short distance to where the man is sleeping. The horse allows his legs to buckle and slowly settles to the ground next to the man. He tucks his legs beneath him and closes his eyes to dream the dreams that horses dream. 



About the Author

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, and a hobo, among other things. He only learns by making mistakes and he views his life through a windshield full of squashed bugs. He makes his home in New Zealand.

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John Egenes will be awarding 4 digital copies of the book to 4 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Review & Excerpt Tour: Undercover Attraction  


Synopsis

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancΓ©e for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

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Undercover Attraction Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert
His brows slanted down, and then his expression cleared. “You’re worried about me? Bright eyes, you don’t have to be.”
Either he was lying to make her feel better or he’d missed the cold calculation in Alethea’s eyes when she’d watched them walk out. If he didn’t dance to the tune she set, she would have no problem killing him. She wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep at night over it.
Charlie gripped his hand tighter. “Promise me.”
“You know I can’t. I’ll do whatever it takes to see this through, and if that means getting into another situation like the one we just left, I won’t hesitate.”
She wanted to shake the stubbornness right out of him. “Even if it means you don’t walk out alive?”
He started to give her a pat answer. She saw the second he registered that she was actually scared for him—not herself. The mask slipped, and something like wonder dawned. Aiden pulled her into his lap and framed her face with his hands. “The end justifies the means. You know that.”
She’d thought the same thing earlier. Now she wasn’t so sure.
But he wasn’t going to listen to her tonight. Either he hadn’t seen the danger or he was determined to downplay it. If she kept pressing, it might mean a fight, and that was the last thing Charlie wanted. She’d never been more aware of time flowing, a river that she couldn’t fight. Aiden wasn’t hers. She couldn’t protect him. She didn’t even have a real right to demand he take more precautions. She was just a woman whose aims had lined up with his.


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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My Review 

This is the first book written by Katee Robert that I have read. 

It definitely has a higher heat level than I expect in a contemporary romance novel. This was the reson why I considered a rating of four. I realized that most was to convince the family that Aiden and Charlie were serious about the engagement.

There were actually a few twists that I didn't expect. I loved how the book ended.

Rating: πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ 

I voluntarily read and reviewed a arc copy via Netgalley.



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Friday, November 24, 2017

Romance Between the Pages' Weekly Podcast Interview - Nov 24, 2017


Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through the spring. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!

THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR...
A.L. Jackson!

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Release Tour: Frozen Heart

FROZEN HEART
Calidora series, the prequel
by Ella Medler