Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Blitz & #Giveaway: Ursa Unearthed (Scourge Survivor Series, Book 2) by J.L. Madore

About Ursa Unearthed:

Mika’s life has never been normal, but it’s hers.

After being told by the Great Spirit to stand up for the Earth Mother’s children and “save the great species from extinction,” she buries herself in an investigative journalism career hunting down poachers and exposing illegal trade in wildlife exotics. A survivor by nature, she would rather fight injustice than maneuver the hassles and heartache of relationships anyway.

When danger suddenly finds her unprepared, Mika’s perception of her life is shattered and she is hurled into a realm of magic and murder she does not understand. Seduced by Bruin, the powerful and sexy warrior who saves her life, Mika is catapulted into a world where Were-creatures and Scourge assassins threaten not only her life but her heart as well.

With the boundary between worlds crumbling, Mika realizes that her destiny to save the great species will draw her deeper into a reality more terrifying to her than anything she has faced before.

Trusting in love.

Book Details:

Ursa Unearthed
Scourge Survivor Series, Book 2
JL Madore

Genre: Fantasy Romance

ISBN: 978-0-9916763-2-3

Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: David Wysotski


Ambar Lenn – Fate's Journey

Alone in the dark, Aust sat at the bottom of the grand staircase of Jade's manse, staring at the cryptic words mounted on the foyer wall. Translated by the Centaur, Chiron of Deleran, the Queen Oracles' prophesy hung opposite the double entrance doors. Aust's Elven brothers and warrior friends boasted thoughts and theories as to its meaning, but theories they remained. And on nights when reverie evaded him—which occurred more oft than not—he sat within the silent stone walls of Jade's new home and tried to glean the prophesy's meaning:

Journey of Fate, two realms to purge

Weapons drawn against the Scourge

Blaze of passion,

Trust unearthed,

Cleansing of past,

Spirit rebirthed,

Fate or free-will, which to choose?

With love to gain and life to lose.

Darkness hides in familiar form

A brother's betrayal, a sister's storm

Empower lost souls or evil shall reign

Noble the child of argenteous mane

Journey of Fate—the first line referred to their Ambar Lenn, everyone agreed on that point. Four fortnights past, the inception of his, Galan's and Thamior's journey to manhood had triggered unforeseen events. On that night—the night the exile of his people was lifted—the three of them had set off from the Highborne village to find their path.

Aust had yet to find anything . . . save grief.

His Eda had been slain, his Naneth left heart-weary, and his people so offended by his goddess-given affinity to communicate with his animal brothers and sisters, they cast him out.

Galan fared well enough, and for at least that much, he rejoiced. Jade was a remarkable female, and to have Recognized with his mate . . . there was no greater blessing. Together, partners in life and purpose, the two now served Castian as Protectors of the Realm of the Fair.

Thamior's journey? Well . . . Tham remained Tham e'ermore. Aust marveled at the strength of spirit the male possessed, his love and wonder of all things, the simple joy he found in living free within the Realm of the Fair. Tham had yet to make any progress in his journey, yet paid it no mind.

Weapons drawn against the Scourge—Aust was more than ready to take up arms against the enemy of the realm. He yearned to prove his value, burned to avenge his dead. There were moments, the fury boiled so white-hot in his blood, he almost drowned in the lure of vengeance and pain. He quelled those impulses as best he could.

For the choices made to navigate the journey of the Ambar Lenn would determine if he could ever be thought of as a male of worth. And so he pushed back the anguish and the anger and waited . . . .

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About the Author:

JL Madore, lover of family, animals and chocolate has a soft spot for romance and a hot button for sexy stories. She didn't find writing so much as it found her. Waking each morning with a vivid cast of characters tangled in chaos in her head, it seemed essential to capture them on the page.

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Author web links: www.jlmadore.ca


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Hometown Heroes - Hotter Ever After

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 9/30/14

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A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX (Harmless, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Melissa Schroeder--When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today bestselling author Lucy Monroe--Alex is looking for revenge. Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions. Neither will get what they're looking for, but a whole lot more!

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren--Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York--When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again. It is all she can do to resist his seductive wiles. But she must. Sexy Jason always has been heartbreak on a stick.

MADRONA SUNSET (Madrona Island) by bestselling author Jami Davenport--Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and a woman pining for her dead husband--both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams--Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her. When he discovers that she’s a doctor—the only profession he hates more than lawyers—he knows better than to trust anything that falls from her sexy lips.

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine--Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.

SHE'S WORTH IT ALL (Club 3, Book 4) by bestselling author Cathryn Cade--Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she's worth it all?

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies--A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop - looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie's Monday get any worse?

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL (Lost in Oblivion, Book 1.5) by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott--A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered. Until the future comes much quicker than they expected, threatening to crumble not only their perfect honeymoon but also their brand new marriage.

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant--An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James--Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with police detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined.

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee-- Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him? Not if her stalker has his way.

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen--War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery--In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.

TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan--Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun...and a little more?

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Review: Passionate Persuasion (A Date By Mistake Novella) by Rosemary Clement-Moore

A Date By Mistake Novella

About Passionate Persuasion:

A hot playboy who has left a string of hearts in his wake can’t forget the cellist who haunted his fantasies. Now it is his turn to use his power of persuasion to prove he’s the only man to keep her satisfied.

Previously released as part of the Date by Mistake anthology but is now available individually.

Novella Details:

Title: Passionate Persuasion (A Date by Mistake novella)
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Genre: Category Contemporary Romance
Length: 60 pages
Release Date: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-508-2
Imprint: Indulgence

Sapphyria's Review:

For Alexander Drake, Kiara Fredericks is truly the one who got away. Breaking up with her in college was definitely a huge mistake. One that he wants to correct and when Alex finds that she's back in Port Calypso, he makes his move.

Kiara is still affected by her college boyfriend-turned-dump without a reason-ex, Alex Drake. Wouldn't you know that he would have to turn up in the pub while she's waiting for her blind date to show.  When Kiara discovers the treachery that brought her to the pub, she is furious.

What evolves is a rekindling of the desire between both Kiara and Alex that has been slow burning for years.  The attraction is undeniable and the chemistry is amazing and undeniable.  Passionate Persuasion is truly a story about the one who got away - but Alex has figured out a way to try to win back Kiara.

If you're looking for a quick romance to fill an afternoon, this novella is the one.  Short, sweet, and to the point you'll spend your time reading about the main characters, Kiara and Alex, not a lot of filler or fluff.  The back story is there in a reasonable amount so the reader isn't guessing what happened that leads the characters to this point in the the present.

Review copy courtesy of:  The publisher on NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery, Book 1) by Nancy G. West

About Fit to be Dead:

Aggie Mundeen, single and pushing forty, fears nothing but middle age. When she moves from Chicago to San Antonio, she decides she better shape up before anybody discovers she writes the column, “Stay Young with Aggie.” She takes Aspects of Aging at University of the Holy Trinity and plunges into exercise at Fit and Firm.

Rusty at flirting and mechanically inept, she irritates a slew of male exercisers, then stumbles into murder. She’d like to impress the attractive detective with her sleuthing skills. But when the killer comes after her, the health club evacuates semi-clad patrons, and the detective has to stall his investigation to save Aggie’s derriere.

Book Details:

Fit To Be Dead
(An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1)
E-Book File Size: 477 KB
Publisher: Henery Press (July 24, 2014)
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Henery Press(July 29, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976372

Sapphyria's Review:

Fit to be Dead takes place in San Antonio, Texas in 1997.  Executive banker, Agatha Mundeen, quit her job in Chicago and moved to Texas, behind one of her dearest friends, Detective Sam Vanderhoven.  He was married to a very good friend of Aggie's, Katie, but unfortunately, Katie and their adopted daughter were killed.  Aggie has developed an attraction to Sam that has gradually grown over time.  She enrolled in grad school and is also the columnist behind "Stay Young with Aggie."  Aggie decides that it's time to practice what she preaches and checks out the local fitness center, Fit & Firm Health Club.

Shortly after walking through the door - she's not even a member yet - she finds a young woman, named Holly, face down in the pool.  After extracting her and calling for help, Aggie comes to the conclusion that the accident may not have been an accident at all.  Her suspicions are confirmed when unusual and highly dangerous events keep happening at the Club.  

Aggie is determined to help figure out why Holly, and now herself, are being targeted.  Aggie decides to start by doing some undercover investigations involving the Club regulars.  Her curiosity raises some eyebrows and  instead of being focused solely on Holly, who survived the pool incident, Aggie may also be a target now - for reasons unknown.  Aggie had just met Holly and the only thing she really knew about her was that she'd recently given a baby up for adoption.

Holly's secret baby isn't the only revelation.  As Aggie investigates, she ends of finding out a lot about the male patrons she's spying on and unearthing some secrets that apparently aren't suppose to be known.  After Holly is killed in a hit-and-run in the Club parking lot, the actions toward Aggie intensify.

Fit to Be is a humorous cozy mystery that takes the reader all over the place.  There are different threads to the craziness that don't seem to be connected and then all of a sudden something happens or is said and everything falls into place.  I enjoyed the plot and character development; the world building was done well.  We were given the important back story information on the main characters in just the right dosage - not too much, not too little.  We also learn that Aggie harbors a secret that she's held tight for several years.  A secret that could destroy the relationship that Aggie has with Sam.  A secret that is expertly woven in with the rest of the tale.

Aggie is 30+ and is not physically fit.  Her humorous attempts to use the different machines in the Club had me laughing out loud.  I'm also 30+ (not 40 yet but I'm closer to 40 than I am to 30) and while I'm thin, I'm not physically fit.  My husband and I purchased gym memberships at the beginning of 2014.  I hadn't a clue how to use anything - not even the treadmill.  I almost feel like the scene where Pete shows Aggie how to use the items in the weight room mirrors my husband trying to show me how to use the machines and such in our gym for the first time.  I love that I can relate to Aggie on that level.

I enjoyed Fit to be Dead.  It's a quick and easy read that keeps the reader engaged from for the first page.  There is humor, sadness, suspense, and tragedy - a little something for everyone who loves a good cozy mystery.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

I’ve been writing since age seven: poems back and forth with my mom. I had a real poem published in the Library Journal, Pegasus, at age fifteen. At eighteen, I wanted to study journalism and English literature, but friends who chose that college route were making minimum wage or selling lingerie. Being practical, I earned a business degree. After marriage and two children, I decided I HAD to study literature and write. I wrote non-fiction articles, a biography, and a suspense novel in 2004. That’s when whimsical Aggie Mundeen cut through the suspense, popped into my head and demanded her own series. The Aggie Mundeen mystery capers were born. Aggie must have been right: FIT TO BE DEAD is a LEFTY FINALIST 2013 for best humorous mystery, nominated by Left Coast Crime.

I'd like to invite readers to chat with Aggie and me at her blog: www.stayyoungwithaggie@wordress.com

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Book Blast: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin #Giveaway

Genre: Paranormal Romance

About The Watcher:

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings--soft and silent like snow--and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn't understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them--but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Read an Excerpt:

Michael leaned against a nearby rock, still watching me. With the orange-cast light from the street lamp playing off his skin, shadowing the muscles of his shoulders and arms, and the flickering of golden light his halo cast around him, he looked positively heroic, like a statue of an ancient god. 

“Where to now?” I asked, approaching him. 

The wind had swept his hair into a tangle of curls splayed in every direction, forming a dark, shadowy crown of their own. I reached over to smooth it, as if doing so was the most natural thing in the world, and he brushed his hand up my spine. Even through my jacket, a burning heat coursed through me. Touching the back of my head, he found my braid and pulled it out. He twisted it between his fingers, examining it, then looked up at me, his gaze open, unguarded, his pupils as wide and black as the night sky. A flush warmed the back of my neck and I stood there mesmerized by him, unable to look away. 

Arcing his other arm around me, he pulled me toward him and whispered, “I shouldn’t,” against the side of my face, as though it were a confession. Then, his lips cool and salty from the sea air, he kissed me with such tenderness it made my chest ache. 

But I didn’t need tenderness. I needed him. Since the last time we’d kissed, I’d been so careful around him, trying not to cross the invisible line that would either damn him or scare him away. I couldn’t be careful anymore. Gripping the front of his shirt, I pulled him closer, and he locked his arms around me like I’d always wanted him to, like maybe he’d never let me go. Sitting on the rock, he gathered me into him, sliding me onto his lap. My thighs straddled his hips and he let out the softest of moans, his lips grazing my throat, the side of my neck, the line of my jaw, before returning to mine. 

With a sharp inhale, he tensed and stopped kissing me. His eyes flashed a warning look—full of fear, as though he’d gone somewhere fathomless inside himself that he’d sworn he’d never go. Standing, he guided me off his lap. When he spoke, his voice took on a deep timbre. 

“We’re not alone.”

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About the Author:

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. 

A self-proclaimed coffee lover, Lisa can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.

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COMING SOON: The CAMRYN CROSS series by Brina Courtney



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RELEASE DATES: October 20th, November 10th, November 24th

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blog Tour for Sports Romance Novel ~ Knocked Out by TY Langston

Welcome to the Blog Tour for:

Book Details:

Knocked Out 
Ty Langston

Genre: Sports Romance

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About the Book:

Fresh out of Grad School, Hayley Monroe gets the chance of a lifetime when her boss gives her the opportunity to produce and host a reality series on finding MMA’s “Next Great Hope”.

Enter former MMA contender Evan Bates. His sudden re-appearance into the sport after a mysterious five year absence not only raises eyebrows, but also temps both in and out of the Octagon.

Can Hayley keep everything in check? Or will she be Knocked Out?

About the Author:

As a child, multi-published author Ty Langston loved to read about dragons and knights so much that one day, her grandmother told her to "just write about them."

So she did.

From that day forward, she never left home without her pen, a notebook, and some kind of music playing in the background. Her love of reading expanded from fantasy into science fiction, and eventually into paranormal romance and erotica.

She enjoys different works from George Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and Jackie Collins. But some of Ty's favorite writers are from the world of TV and film: namely, Tudors creator Michael Hirst, and the late John Hughes.

Ty has a certificate in Broadcast Journalism along with a degree in Business Administration. She is single and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

She can be reached via her website at www.tylangston.com

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Trouble with Faking (The Trouble Series, Book #3) by Rachel Morgan

Welcome to the "Day After I Was Supposed To Post This" cover reveal for 

The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan.  

(I apologize for the delay).

Book Information:

GOODREADS LINK: http://bit.ly/FakingCR

About The Trouble with Faking:

After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they/really/want to be with. What could possibly go wrong?

So, are you ready for the cover?

Here it is!

Cover Reveal & #Giveaway: Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera, Book One) by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Today is the gorgeous cover reveal for Dani-Lyn Alexander’s Reluctant Prince. 

She’s also including an excerpt  AND hosting a giveaway!!! 

Make sure to keep reading and check out all the goodies there are for this awesome cover! :) 

Book Details:

Title: Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera, Book One)

Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander

Release Date: November 3, 2014 


About A Reluctant Prince:

Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow. Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger. Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom. 

 Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince: 

"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!" ~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy. 

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Jackson clutched the stone wall of his chamber and gasped for air. What had just happened? He had returned to Cymmera, of that he was certain, but how? He hadn’t accessed the gateway. At least he didn’t remember opening it. A vision of her assailed him, beat at him, reminded him that he’d failed. Oh, man. He was in trouble. He pushed away from the wall. Images of his target taunted him. He shoved a chair aside and tore through the pictures scattered across the table in a desperate search for salvation. There. He pulled the shot from the mess but found only condemnation. The long blond hair flowing behind her in the snapshot had not been visible to him, but there was no mistaking the deep blue of her eyes. The pounding of a fist against the heavy wood door released him from whatever spell she’d cast.


Another loud thud punctuated his name. He struggled to get his bearings, tried to slow the racing of his heart. 

“Yeah, one minute.” 

“Now. Your father wants to see you, immediately.” 

Kai, his father’s most trusted warrior. He was in more trouble than he’d originally thought. Was it possible the king would sentence him to death for ignoring a direct order? Surely not without offering him a fair trial, or at least granting him the opportunity to explain. But what could he say? What explanation could there be for failing to deliver the girl? None. 

“I won’t knock again.” 

The warrior would soon break down the door and drag him before the throne. He crumpled the offending photo, the evidence of his disgrace, into a ball. Instead of tossing it in the trash as he’d intended, he shoved it into the small leather satchel he wore at his waist. With a deep breath, he released the latch and pulled open the door. 


Kai turned his back on him and strode purposefully down the corridor, their footfalls echoing through the silence of accusation. The thought of escape taunted him, but he would never make it out of the castle. He had only recently completed his warrior training under Kai’s watch and would be no match for the seasoned soldier. Besides, Kai was a stickler for the rules. If he tried to run, the warrior would surely take him down, protégé or not. 

About the Author:


Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She lovesspending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate. 

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Hidden Heart (Windy City, Book One) by Measha Stone

Book Details:

Hidden Heart
Windy City, Book One
Measha Stone

Publication Date: September 26, 2014

To read the STEAMY excerpt, please go to my 18+ older blog http://saphssteamybooks.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-details-hidden-heart-windy-city.html

About the Book:


Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only. Her predictable life is thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences when she meets a dominating man at a casual dinner with friends. Royce Bradford is a man of intent and is used to getting his way. Until he meets Jessica. She is wound tight, and he finds himself yearning to unravel her secrets and her passions. Jessica declares their relationship casual. She’s tempted by his seductive tone and unusually powerful demeanor to give him that much. But for Royce, it’s not enough. He wants more. Except Jessica has built a secret tomb around her heart, and it will take a lot more than sensual play times and verbal commands for him to be allowed entrance. Royce never backs down from his desires. He takes up the challenge to seek out her Hidden Heart.

Purchase Links:

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About the Author:

Measha Stone lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their children. By day she works as a healthcare administrator, and by evening she steams up the computer screen with her erotic romances. No stranger to the BDSM community, Measha feels right at home within the erotic genre. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her vanilla writing has been published in the online magazine efiction and the DuPage Writers Group annual journal Possibilities.

To find out more about Measha Stone visit her blog at www.meashaswritings.blogspot.com or follow her @Measha_stone

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Seven Seeds of Summer by Chantal Gadoury #YA #Paranormal #Romance

About Seven Seeds of Summer:

Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of Summer, a college art student who has grown up in a house full of Greek mythology and legends. Summer grew up with a love for the darkest of all Gods: Hades, which caused tension between her and her mother. Summer comes home to Point Judith, Rhode Island, to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The figure comes to her with questions about a familiar myth of her childhood: of Persephone and Hades. He proceeds to tell her of a new version of the story with a different ending that Summer never knew; an ending that includes herself.

A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met before. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find out the secret of herself and her piece in the story, Summer goes with him, and tries to make herself at home in his world.

Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life.

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/klFPgDuwwSY

Book Details:

Seven Seeds of Summer
Chantal Gadoury

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Waldorf Press
Date of Publication: March 15, 2014

ISBN: 1630684775
ISBN-13: 978-1630684778

Number of pages: 332
Word Count: 66,420

Cover Artist: Karen Davis and Terri Cooper

Excerpt from Chapter Five:

I pressed my palms against my eyes and let out a deep sigh. I just had to trust everything would work out. Everything would fall into place and I’d still be able to go to school and finish what I started at Art School. My mother reminded me that this could be a chance for me to finally make friends. It could be a new start to my life. The only thing she didn’t know was that I had made a friend; a strange friend, but none-the-less, a friend. Was I really calling him my friend? He was probably much less than a friend, and more of a stalker. He was also someone that I felt connected to – someone that I wanted to see again before I left for Greece. Did he know my family’s plan? I felt a shiver run down my spine, and it felt like a finger was tracing my neck.

I stood up, glancing at my bed where I'd been sitting. I was expecting to suddenly see him; his long hair that touched his shoulders, and his pale skin that was cold. It almost reminded me of when skin was submerged in water for too long. The pale yet soft quality skin developed the longer it remained under the waters. He was as flawless as a reflection seen in the clearest waters, and yet, there was something about him that caused him to be blemished. It was beyond his eyes or features, but in his soul. It was hidden in the darkest part of his eyes, in the crook of the corner of his lips; a secret that he seemed to want me to guess -- to know.

I opened the small suitcase full of my paint supplies and pulled out a few colors and a few brushes, along with a white sheet of paper that was lying on my now empty desk. Painting always made me feel better, and I hoped this last time, it would have the same effect on me. This would be the last painting on my beach. I decided that I wanted to get comfortable, and out of my dusty clothes from cleaning and packing. I put my paints on my desk and walked to my dresser in the corner of my room. I pulled out clothes that I was willing to leave behind; a pair of sweats that were cut at the knees, and an extra-large shirt that had droplets of black and blue paint all over it. I pulled my hair up in a ponytail, and slipped on a pair of my old sneakers that also, weren’t being packed. I looked like a painter. The same way Maggie had displayed ‘painter’ with her overalls.

I smiled a small smile at the thought of her I wondered what she was doing now that she was home. I could imagine Maggie with some of her friends from home; the faceless girls created in my mind, as they dove head first into crystal clear pools. Beach parties planned, while eating pizza and watching the sunsets. I also knew Maggie would be there with her camera, capturing pictures for later to paint. Even though Maggie and I weren't the closest of friends, I knew I'd miss her. A piece of something familiar I'd never have again.

I grabbed my pile of paints, brushes and paper, and went down the stairs to the kitchen. It was dimly lit by the sun streaming in from the windows. There were hardly any decorations on the walls anymore, and only my mom’s good dishes were in the open cabinet. She figured plastic plates were the best to pack and shipped right away, while the china would be boxed carefully later and sent in more secure circumstances. A cruel part of me hoped a plate would get chipped on the way to Greece. My painting of Demeter and Persephone was still on the wall. I had insisted to leave it behind. It still sent chills throughout my body. It was more a reminder of what he promised than any other painting I created. I stood there for a moment, looking at my brush strokes of the two women and the blurred shadow in the forest. The same shadow I wanted to see. I closed my eyes, taking in a deep breath of air. The ocean breeze coming from the open kitchen window filled my lungs. I was going to miss this place so much. I opened my eyes, and slowly moved away from the painting. I wanted to escape to my ocean and spend as much time as I could. When I opened the back door to our porch, I saw that it was covered with a light dusting of sand. I pressed my toes into the rough grains, enjoying the feeling against my skin. There was something about sand and the beach that brought calmness to me.

I was glad when the walkway finally became sand and beach, and there was nothing solid underneath my feet. There was nothing ahead but the water and me. I set my collection of art supplies on the dry cement and pushed myself out toward the water. I loved the feeling of the ocean ebb over my feet. It brought back memories of my childhood. My father would take me out back to our ocean and build me sand temples instead of castles, and mermaid tails. He’d tell me the stories about the Gods that littered our house as we’d burry our feet in the moist sand where the water rushed over us. There were many times that my father would have to hold onto me just so that I wouldn’t be washed away with the water. My mother would stand at the back door and watch. She was always watching, and he always played with me. He was my entertainer, and my mother was my keeper. I could see the picture of my father and I when I was seven. He had me on his shoulders and my feet were dripping with sand. I had since lost the photo, but had always wanted to paint my version of it. It was my favorite memory of the two of us.

I heard a seagull cry out over the roar of the waves, and the wind tasted sweet and salty as I took in a deep breath. This is how I always wanted to remember my beach; warm and peaceful, perfect: mine. I couldn’t bring myself to turn around and grab my paints. I wanted to enjoy the beauty of it all without having to worry that I mixed the colors right, or added too much water on my brush. This sight was meant only for me. The world had created a painting for me to enjoy. I found a dry spot of sand and sat down, digging two holes with my toes for my feet to rest in.

The more I dug, the more I thought, and the more I thought, the angrier I became. I had lived here my entire life. Even when I went away to Art School, I still had the promise of home waiting for me only an hour away. Home would be in Greece now.

Anger pushed me from the ground. Anger pushed me to grab my paints from the porch and scorch my paper with flashes of reds and yellows and angry orange. The dark purples felt like bruises that would never leave my body. They would be engrained into my skin. Even the purple paint that was smeared on my thumb. Anger pushed me to cover the white paper until there was nothing but a mess of paint and water. Anger pushed me to tear apart the paper and dash it over the ocean foam. The pleasure and pain emerged as the waves tore and disintegrated the paper into nothing.

I felt my stomach twist and grumble, and I knew I was hungry. With a soft sigh, I turned around; taking only one more glance at the deep blue waves and wished for a moment that I had been born a fish. The ocean could have been my home. I wouldn’t ever have to say goodbye to it. With that thought, I walked back toward the porch, watching my feet kick the sand with each step. I knew I’d have to ride my bike into town if I wanted to get something to eat or I could hope that there was something in the fridge. Maybe she had left something in there, thinking of me. It was cooler in the house than before I had gone out to the ocean. My feet were leaving a trail of sand on the kitchen floor and I knew that if I didn’t clean it up, my mother would have a fit. I grabbed one of the dishrags lying by the sink. Getting it wet, I tried to wipe away as much sand as I could. I bent over, wiping away the sand on the bottoms of my feet. I tossed the rag on the counter and walked toward the fridge, expecting to find it completely empty. The fridge’s air felt good against my warm skin as I glanced around the empty shelves. There was only a large lonely, pomegranate on the top shelf. It was a deep, blood red, and it made my mouth water.

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Chantal Gadoury is young author who currently lives in a small town in Delaware with her two cats, Theo and Harper and her boyfriend, Robert. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting, and has an interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, this is her first book.

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