Friday, July 25, 2014

Down Among the Dead Men by Claire Baxter

Down Among The Dead Men

Author: Claire Baxter
Release Date: July 14th, 2014
Genre: Romantic suspense

How far will she go to save the people she loves?
When Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the South Australian opal fields on a mission to find her estranged father she instead discovers a half-sister she knew nothing about and learns that her father is missing and suspected of a crime.
 Dale is a former city lawyer-turned-lapidary hiding out in Minagoona after death threats endanger him and his daughter. When Caitlyn approaches him for help finding her father, he’s reluctant, but attracted by her determination to right the wrongs dealt to her family. His sense of justice is very much like hers, but when his daughter’s life was threatened by men who wanted him to break the law for them, he fled to protect the child he loves.
Still the more Dale gets to know Caitlyn, the more he realizes he can’t let her go up against organized crime on her own—which is exactly what she proposes when she sets out to clear her father’s name. No matter what, he’ll do his damnedest to keep her safe—even if it means exposing himself and his daughter to the men who want to kill them…

Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages, and nominated for the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Awards (winner, Best Harlequin Romance). Claire grew up in England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.


July 14
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
Interviewed at Toot’s Book Reviews
July 15
Book featured at Escape by Fiction
July 16
Interviewed at Review From Here
Book featured at The Dark Phantom
July 17
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Guest blogging at Becky on Books…and Quilts
July 18
Book featured at Storeybook Reviews
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July 21
Book featured at Book Nook Nuts
July 22
Guest blogging at Ramblings from this Chick
July 23
Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
July 24
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Book reviewed at The La La Land of Books
July 25
Book featured at First Page to the Last
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Falling for the Pirate By Amber Lin


Falling for thePirate
By Amber Lin
Release Date: 7/21/14
Genre: Historical Romance

Vengeance is a dish best served in bed...
London, 1820
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable.
And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia—unable to recall even her name—and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.
Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.
Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.


For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart

For Her Spy Only
by Robyn DeHart

Entangled: Scandalous

Pub Date   Jul 21 2014

England, 1814

When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn't leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever.

Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn't forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...

Kathie's Review:

For Her Spy Only is only 83 pages long. While it seemed a bit bare in places, it was still a very good read this afternoon. It's book two in the Masquerading Mistresses series by Robyn DeHart. The couple from the first book is mentioned here, but the book itself can stand alone.

Alistair is part of the Seven, a group of spies who work for the crown. He's...different. He's anti-social, thinks outside the box, didn't speak until he was like eight. His fellow spies know his value, and they don't believe the rumors about how he killed his first wife. Armchair analysis, he's on the autism spectrum. He's incredibly brilliant at breaking codes.

On a snowy winter's eve, he comes across Winifred in her broken carriage. He brings her and her maid (who she's sacked three times this week) into his home. Winifred has been jilted, at the altar no less. She's been scorned as a wanton and figures Alistair is hot, and why not live the life she's been labelled. At least until the carriage is fixed.

There's a time jump and Alistair needs some maps. He's shocked and surprised to find Winifred is the widow of the map maker...and she has a young son. Mystery and adventure ensue. And seduction, too.

I took a rating off for the modern language that was sprinkled throughout the novella. It was rather jarring to read modern words in this very Regency story.

Yes, a short story, but very readable with a very fast flow. I suggest it for those times when you want to read an entire story, but don't have a lot of free time. This one will satisfy. Also, I hope there are more in this series.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read For Her Spy Only

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter 
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“Robyn DeHart’s vibrant characters sweep the reader into a clever and sensual romp that is not to be missed.” – Julia London, NYT Bestselling Author 
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“Sizzling romance…DeHart makes the romance believable and enticing.” - Publishers Weekly
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“Robyn DeHart has become one of my favorite authors…where she shines is in creating character…. DeHart’s romances are tender and adventurous, and funny enough you may laugh your nethers off.” – FreshFiction
“One of the best historical romance authors writing today.” - Shana Galen, National Bestselling Author


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Innocence and Protection by Elise de Sallier

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"For the next two weeks, my Amazon Regency Romance Top 100 selling series, A Forbidden Love, will be available at a heavily discounted price. 

Grab your copies of Innocence and Protection while they're only 99c! 

Praise for the Forbidden Love series -

"I flew through BOTH books in The Forbidden Love series because they are that good!!" Kristen - Shelf Life

"The romance, intrigue, scoundrels, and miscommunications kept me enthralled from the first page to the last.... I applaud Elise de Sallier for once again giving us a novel to fall in love with." Lindsey Gray, Author on Author

"Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over. I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!" Kathie, First Page to the Last

A Forbidden Love: Book One
By Elise de Sallier
Publication Date: Dec, 17th 2013
Category: Romance/Historical/ Regency

Available from TWCS Publishing House, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, B&

Forced to flee her father's brutal heir, Miss Anneliese Barlow masquerades as Lisa Brown, a commoner, in the grand country mansion of the Duke of Worthington. Discovering the life she'd known was a virtual fairy tale, and reality a dark and forbidding place, Lisa faces danger at every turn.

Captivated by the beautiful maid, the duke's heir, Lord Marsden, decides the only way to keep the new girl safe—and close—is by offering her his protection. With her reputation ruined and all hope of returning to her previous station seemingly lost, Lisa surrenders her virtue, finding unexpected passion in Nathaniel's arms.

Despite her misgivings about the dubious morality of the role, she accepts the position of Nathaniel's mistress, but the future is fraught with uncertainty. If her identity is uncovered, Lisa's innocence won't be the only thing that's lost.  

Kathie's Review:
Did you ever read a Barbara Cartland novel? I've read more than I can count, loved them. Innocence, by Elise de Sallier, is in the same genre, historical romance. And I loved it just as much as those novels.

Innocence is aptly named. Lisa is incredibly naive and has no clue what most of the things that Nathaniel mentions he wants to do with, and to, her are. She's sheltered, as were all of the girls of that time frame. I loved that she went to a maid to find out just what some of that stuff meant. At the time she was working as a maid, too. And that was an eye-opening experience. The servants of the time worked long hours for little pay and even less time off. It certainly gave her a deeper look into how her world ran.

I wanted to smack Nathaniel. He gave her choices...but none of them were really good ones. It's all in the tone, you know? And he played Lisa like a harp. She gave in to the one choice that he wanted her to take...and she was honest enough to acknowledge that she wanted it, too. Even though she had little idea of what was involved.

Nathaniel learns from his errors. I like that in my heroes. And he does get that smack, not literally, but well enough! "...his knees buckled..." Yes, that was a great moment in the last few pages of the book.

There are steamy scenes in Innocence, as Nathaniel teaches her about herself. The scenes were love scenes, not flat erotica. I liked that very much. As did Lisa!

This book really is full of the things that I read historical romances for. Innocent maiden, gorgeous hero, steamy scenes, and at least the start to an HEA.

Innocence is the first book in a two part series. The ARC ended rather abruptly, but the book itself gives us the first chapter of book two. Lisa and Nathaniel's story continues, and I'm looking forward to getting those few loose ends tied up.

Well done, Ms. de Sallier! This is a great first novel!

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Innocence

A Forbidden Love: Book Two
Elise de Sallier 

Release Date: 1st May 2014
Genre: Romance/ Historical 
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-231-0
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

He'll do anything to protect the woman he loves . . . but first, he must make amends for taking advantage of her innocence. 

In the much awaited conclusion to Innocence, A Forbidden Love – Book One, Nathaniel, the Marquis of Marsden, is left reeling at the revelation of Lisa's royal heritage. Keeping her safe has always been his priority, and he is determined to protect her . . . from the King's machinations, their enemies, and her own overly generous nature if necessary.

Although overjoyed to be reunited with Nathaniel, Lisa fears she made a better mistress than she will a marchioness. Longing for a return to the freedom they shared when he thought her a commoner, she does her best to live up to his—and society's—expectations, but she's only willing to compromise so far. Being kept in the dark is no longer an option. Despite the unexpected pleasure she discovered in Nathaniel's arms, if there is one thing Lisa has learned . . .  ignorance is far from bliss.

Kathie's Review:

I loved Innocence. I love Protection, too! Nathaniel, he thought he had it so good in Innocence. Lisa was everything he wanted in a mistress. He could love her and enjoy her and she could enjoy him, too! Just like a mistress. Then, darn the bad luck. She's a LADY! I won't spoil you with how much MORE than a lady she is...but there's some royal blood there, too.

Poor guy. How does one treat a wife when one knows the riches that she brought to him as a mistress? He's so confused. I like seeing him that way! 

Through some trials...and errors...Nathaniel comes to understand that one can love one's wife. And enjoy her, too!

There are other twists and turns here. The Bad Guy from the first book is still at large. And the King really wants Lisa to take a long look at royals from around the world. Lisa needs to keep her backbone stiff and truly work toward the happiness she knows she can have.

This is a lovely ending to this two book series. Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over. I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!

Most definitely a FIVE BOOKMARK READ! I hope you enjoy it, too.

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Protection

Author Bio: 

A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don't just happen, they take work . . . which doesn't mean writing about them can't be a whole lot of fun!

While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer's muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer's Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.

Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

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