Thursday, August 17, 2017

Virtual Tour - Swept Into Love (Ryders, #5) by Melissa Foster

One night changes everything, putting their friendship—and their love—on the line.
Swept Into Love
The Ryders, #5
by Melissa Foster
Releasing August 16th 2017
World Literary Press
 
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . SWEPT INTO LOVE (The Ryders, #5) . . . The time has finally come for the one Ryder we have seen and heard throughout the series thus far. Gage. He a man that cares and loves fully. He had made a commitment to the one woman that he knew would make his life all that and more. Sally. She on the other hand just wanted a friend and father figure for her then teenaged son. Now, much time has passed and Gage still wants the one woman that makes his world brighter. Sally torn between his friendship and connection to her son and the chance at having something more and risking losing so much more.

Gage and Sally have been on this ride for a long time. They have a friendship that exceeds convention. They have a connection that had only grown more over time. Friends to lovers have a journey ahead of them that only to two of them will be able to completely understand. The joy, laughs, tears, passion, excitement, contentment and more accompanies both Gage and Sally as they head out for this out-of-town assignment. This trip out-of-town was much needed to allow for the good things to spark to life.
Ms. Foster delivered another engaging, alluring, entertaining, well-written and developed read that contains old and new characters. There’s deep emotional aspects, light cheerful aspect, heart-warming aspects, and she maintains a connective balance through it all. The final connection of Sally and Gage brings about an encompassing sign from head to toe for a long-time readers of the overall series Love in Bloom.

Straight from the blurb and no better description of this series: “The Ryders are a series of sexy stand-alone romances. These hot contemporary romance novels feature alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.”

The Ryders series:
Seized by Love – The Ryders, #1
Claimed by Love – The Ryders, #2
Chased by Love – The Ryders, #3
Rescued by Love – The Ryders, #4
Swept Into Love – The Ryders, #5

Blurb
It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died and she was left to raise her teenage son alone. And almost as long since she told the only other man she’d ever wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and coworker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage always believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. Tasked with opening a new youth center in Oak Falls, Virginia, Gage hopes the trip away is just what they need to finally come together.


Before Gage and Sally ever reach Oak Falls, one night at a conference changes everything, putting their friendship—and their love—on the line, and the two must decide if getting swept up in love is the beginning of forever, or the end of their friendship as they know it.

 

Sally Tuft awoke to a freight train running through her head and the worst cotton mouth she’d ever experienced. She lay on her back, eyes closed, trying to remember what happened last night after the conference she’d attended. Thank God what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas, because she didn’t need her boss finding out she got rip-roaring drunk. She rolled onto her side, coming face-to-face with hot whiskey breath. Her eyes flew open and she bolted upright, clutching the sheet to her chest. Her heart pounded wildly as she took in the gorgeous sandy-haired man lying next to her. Oh shit! Shit, shit, shit!
No. This can’t be happening.  
She slammed her eyes shut, trying to calm her mounting panic by breathing deeply, but that made her head hurt even worse.
Her eyes opened slowly, roving over Gage Ryder’s scruffy jaw and the full lips she’d fantasized about so many times she should be arrested. This was bad. Very bad. Gage had been her best friend and co-worker since her husband was killed in a skiing accident several years ago. And worse, he was her son’s confidant. The man whom Rusty went to with problems his father was no longer there to help him with.
Her gaze trailed over his broad shoulders and muscular chest as realization set in. She bit her lower lip, holding her breath as she lifted the sheet. Please let me have something on. At least underwear. The pit of her stomach twisted at the sight of her closer-to-forty-than-thirty, less-than-perky bare breasts, and stomach that had never quite regained its elasticity after having her now twenty-year-old son. Oh God!
Gage rolled onto his back, and her eyes were drawn to the formidable bulge lifting the sheets. Look away. Look away.
She couldn’t look away. He’d made his feelings for her clear without ever actually spelling them out. Would he mind if she looked? Oh God! I should mind! She needed to force those desires back into Ignore mode. Closing her eyes and gritting her teeth, she tried to do just that. But the urge to look was too strong, and they popped open again, drinking in every hard inch of him.
His left arm stretched over his head, coming to rest on the pillow. The other reached beneath the sheet and adjusted himself. Her nipples prickled to tight points. Now was not the time to get turned on, but she couldn’t stop staring as he sleepily pushed the sheet down his chest, revealing solid abs she’d seen a million times—but never once in bed. They were sexier than when he was playing basketball or chopping wood to heat his home. Oh God, she loved to watch him chop wood.
Her eyes moved to the other wood in sight. She heard a whimpering sound and realized it came from her. She snapped her mouth shut. She had to get out of there before he woke up and realized what they’d done.
What if he remembered what happened—or didn’t—last night? She was never going to drink again. Not in this lifetime, and definitely not with Gage Ryder.
She clutched the sheet and slid to the edge of the bed, struggling to dredge up memories of last night from the muddled recesses of her mind, but her head was spinning. At least her hangover had taken a backseat to the reality of having slept with Gage. He rolled toward her as she stepped quietly from the bed. The sheet caught beneath him and pulled from around her.  She gasped, her hands darting to cover all her private parts as Gage’s amused blue eyes opened and followed her frantic hands. A slow smile crept across his gorgeous face. She needed more hands! She yanked the sheet from the bed and turned around.
“Don’t look!” she yelled as she tried to wrap it around her. “Oh my God. Gage!”
“Sally…?”
“Don’t say a word. Wait. Please tell me we didn’t have sex. Just…” She shook her head and spun around, bringing Gage and all his naked glory into full view. For a second she was struck mute, her jaw hanging open. His thick arousal lay nestled between powerful thighs, on a manicured tuft of dirty-blond hair.
“See something you want?” Gage said with a chuckle, snapping her brain into gear.
“You’re naked!” She spun around again, breathing so hard she feared she might pass out.
“You whipped the sheet off me,” he said far too casually.
I’m naked!”
“I see that, and I prefer you without the sheet.”
“Gage!” She huffed. “Put a pillow over yourself! Cover that thing up.”
He sighed loudly and she heard the rustling of the pillow.
“Okay, Salbird. I’m covered, but given that we’re both naked, I’m pretty sure you got more than an eyeful last night.” 
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - A Building Passion (DIY, #1) by Sandra Kyle Narrator: Kelley Hazen

A Building Passion
 DIY, #1
by Sandra Kyle
Narrator: Kelley Hazen
Length: 8h 14m
Publisher: Sandra Kyle
Released: June 27th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Vanessa moves to Savannah to pick up the pieces of her once very certain existence after her fiancĂ© cheats on her. An independent and self-sufficient accountant, Vanessa also has a knack for DIY. When she purchases a ramshackle property in need of repair, she crosses paths with Daniel, a sexy and skillful carpenter. Daniel is a ladies’ man who plays the field and has his own romantic issues to conquer. As Vanessa embarks on a journey to embrace her new community and rehab her new home, she enlists Daniel’s help. Tackling the house is the easy part, but can two do-it-yourselfers find a way to work together to fix their love lives as well?
 
   
Born to Italian parents, Sandra is a “first generation” American. Her parents came to America in search of a better life. Along with their dreams they brought with them wonderful tales that Sandra recalls told time and time again around the kitchen table. Though not sure where her love of writing originated, she can admit to having penned stories (i.e., fanfic) about New Kids on the Block back in the late 80s – scribbling pages and pages in notebooks shared before school by lockers and passed in between classes. It was fiction that included classmates and heartbreaking romance only a teenage girl filled with unbearable angst could summon. An avid movie lover and introvert, she reads anything from Austen to King. She is an east coast gal and currently resides (when not immersed in the fictional worlds that occupy her headspace) with her husband and bipolar feline.
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Kelley Hazen is an actress, blogger and audiobook narrator living in Los Angeles with her husband and their two awesome dogs. The Los Angeles Times describes Kelley’s work - "...listen to Kelley Hazen, so poised and well spoken, so in command of this room full of strangers you wonder why she isn't off winning Oscars...." Kelley received recognition from Audible.com as ‘Best New Audiobook Talent’. She twice received the Audiofile Magazine ‘Earphones Award’ for her narration. She holds an MFA from The Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Kelley isa lecturer in astronomy for the world-renowned Griffith Observatory. She was recently invited to participate in “A Celebration of Mark Twain” as part of the annual HEAR NOW Festival in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. Kelley owns and operates Storyteller Productions, an intimate, boutique, recording studio carved into a San Gabriel Mountain hillside.
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With Sandra Kyle
1.     Waffle fries or curly fries? Waffle
2.     GIF with a hard g or soft g? Soft (I’m also an ETHERNET with short e gal *shrugs*)
3.     Fantasy or science-fiction? Fantasy (Have you seen “The Dark Crystal” or “Legend”?)
4.     Superman or Batman? Superman - Reeves and his little curly que made quite an impression on me when I was younger.
5.     Text message or call? Text for information dissemination. Call for true connection.
6.     Pancakes or waffles? Waffles - perfect balance of crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
7.     Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Neither at the moment.
8.     TV Shows or movies? Hm, tough one. Television production has really raised the bar in terms of entertainment value over the past decade. I guess just for binge-watching potential I’d have to go with TV Shows.
9.     Facebook or Twitter? I find Facebook easier to use.
10. Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Crusoe
11. Being too warm or too cold? I’d rather be too cold.
12. Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
13. Work Hard or Play Hard? Work Hard
14. Passenger or Driver? I selfishly enjoy being the passenger and taking in the view
15. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Either one if it can be at night and at my leisure - any place with too many people is too much stimulation and stress.
16. Honesty or Other’s Feelings? It can be tough to hold to, but I value honesty.
17. Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Movie at home - air popped popcorn and pausing for bathroom breaks.
   
 
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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW- YA PNR FANTASY - Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse

Fashion. Dead bodies. And magic.
Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
by Carla Rehse
Date of Publication: July 24th 2017

In this fantastical and mysterious tale, seventeen-year-old lock pick Gracie Mason finds herself inadvertently caught up in a world involving witches, bizarre rituals, romance—and murder.


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Witches must bond with humans in order to produce children—and once the bond is made, it cannot easily be unmade.

Imagine seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason’s surprise when she accidently bonds with a witch named Asher. Sure, he’s cute, but that’s beside the point. She’s not going to settle for a guy just because she’s magically bound to him.

To dissolve the bond, Gracie must seek out another witch to perform a magical rite. However, matters become considerably more complicated when witches begin turning up dead. Wanting nothing more than to get on with her life, Gracie must now team up with her enchanter and wade deeper into a complex world of enchantment and intrigue.

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is an enthralling story of magic, mystery, and murder—and each new twist will draw you further under its spell.
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Excerpt:
Daddy told me years ago that to succeed in life I need a strong plan, the right tools, and the gumption to follow through. His words of wisdom helped me get elected homecoming queen, become co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and voted on the student council. Now I plan to use them to help me pull off my first burglary.
My plan is solid. I’ve also never backed down from a challenge, not even last year when Brittany Thomas became overly friendly with the entire football team in a sad attempt to deprive me of my crown. People say I started the rumor about the rash of STD cases spreading through the boys’ locker room faster than a brush fire. I didn’t, of course. Why start gossip when the squad of doctors from the local Health Department did it for me?
I take a deep breath as I enter the Trinity Building. At almost four o’clock on a Friday before a three-day weekend, the place is deader than a PTA meeting. It helps that today is the hottest July first on record for Central Texas and the air conditioning in this building is dismally subpar. The Trinity Corporation may claim to have the most upscale rental space in town, but one look at the gold leopard granite floor paired with peach-painted walls shows that’s a downright fib.
The only guard on duty leans back in his chair and sucks down a Sonic Route 44 Coke like his life depends on it. I wave as I pass the security desk, wearing a megawatt smile and fully confident in the strength of my lavender-scented Lavanila deodorant—vegan, of course. Deputy Dawg gives me his usual perv stare before returning to the comic book balanced on his knee.
Centex Therapy, LPC occupies most of the first floor office space. A small bell tinkles when I open the frosted glass door. What decorum the overall building lacks, the waiting room has in spades. Brown leather chairs sit on a bamboo rug and pastel paintings from local artists brighten the walls. A tall grandfather clock in the corner softly chimes four times. This late on a Friday means the room is empty of other patients. Perfect.
Jane, the receptionist, fans herself with a copy of Country Living. “Cutting it awfully close, Gracie. Go on in.”
Dr. McDozzle gives me a pained smile as I enter the room.
“Good afternoon, Miss Mason. Have a seat.” For a head shrinker, he’s incredibly formal. And a non-Texan, who hates football and sweet tea. I haven’t learned much more about him in the last month, but that’s enough to get him tarred and feathered if word got out.
The leather recliner squeaks when I sit down. “Thanks for seeing me on a Friday, Doc.” I twirl a strand of newly highlighted platinum hair around my finger. It goes wonderful with my bubblegum pink manicure. “Mr. Anderson, Daddy’s new lawyer, is now insisting I have two sessions a month with you. Of course, Mama’s lawyer says once a month is just fine, seeing how I’m such a well-adjusted high school senior and all. Almost a senior, I guess, since school’s not started.”    
Dr. McDozzle straightens his glasses. “Yes, well, your parents do seem to have quite the barrage of attorneys involved in their divorce. Have you worked on the homework I gave you during our last session?”
This is such a waste of time. My parents have spent the last five years embroiled in a divorce dirtier than a greased pig-wrestling contest. Both sides of the family have more money than sense, much to the delight of every lawyer in the tri-county area. Not that I want my parents to get back together. Anytime they’re within spitting distance of each other, the tension between them gives me a migraine. Besides, if they hadn’t split up, I never would’ve met Ben.
Ben’s the son of Daddy’s ex-girlfriend. Until four months ago, they all lived together in Daddy’s condo. Ben is a sophomore at the local college and is truly hot, in a geeky, stud muffin, save-the-world, kinda way. Crushing on my almost stepbrother might seem a bit sketchy, but it’s legal—I Googled it twice.
Which means it’s time to start step one in my Get Ben Plan.
I toss my hair over my shoulder before pulling out a pink glitter notebook from my Eiffel Tower-shaped mini-purse.
“You wanted me to write down my feelings about my parents’ shared custody thing. Honestly, I don’t understand why the lawyers are so panty-twisted about me spending a week with Mama and the next with Daddy. It means I get double the wardrobe. Hello? What girl would say no to that? It’s way better than Heather’s situation. I told you about her last time, I think. The girl with the hideous frizzed-out curls but drives a cute BMW Z4 roadster? Anyway, her parents are insane.” I continue a steady stream of babble until Dr. McDozzle’s eyes glaze over.   
There’s no clocks in the room, but Dr. McDozzle keeps checking his watch. I’m sure the poor man created a nice therapy plan for me, but I’ve completely derailed it. Mama always says a girl has many tools to choose from in her arsenal—perfectly curled hair, well-placed boobs, and endless chatter are my faves. Besides, Daddy’s been paying therapists a fortune for years to show the divorce court how concerned he is about me. Dr. McDozzle’s earning his car payment today.
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Author Info
Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of  “y’all” and “bless your heart.”

Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met.
The Book Junkie Reads Interview with Carla Rehse . . .

How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
First person, present is my nature voice. I love a mixture of humor and action.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I hope to have the sequel finished by Christmas, but that might be a bit ambitious. I’m excited to publish for the first time. Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats will be available on Amazon on 7-24-17.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
I always have stories in my head. The trick is getting them down on paper.

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
I have a story about the first settlers on another planet. I love the plot and the main character, but can never find time to finish the book. Someday…

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
Throwing down some butterbeer with Harry Potter and his crew would be awesome.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I would live at Moab in Utah. Rock climbing and jeeping would be fantastic. I’d also drag my laptop out to a mountain and get some writing done.

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Pink Duct Tape and Glittery Broomsticks is the title of the sequel. It opens with Gracie, a tent, and a jumping armadillo.
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SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Our First Dance: The Doms of the Cage Prequel Novella by P Nelson

Our First Dance
The Doms of the Cage Prequel Novella
by P Nelson
Date of Publication: August 11th 2017
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Cover Artist: Veselin Milacic via Upwork.com
Tagline: The sizzling hot passion only betrayal could tear asunder
 
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We met Calla and Master Flynn as the sub and Dom with so much sexual tension it set the dungeon of The Cage on fire. Find out how their love affair began and why it had to end to protect them both in Our First Dance.

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P Nelson has just started her journey in Erotic Romance with her debut novel Take My hand. Our First Dance is a prequel novel to Take My Hand focusing on the characters of Calla and Master Flynn. Nelson calls Vancouver her hometown and is married with one young daughter. At 6.00pm most days she can be found with a G and T in one hand and either her daughter or a good book in the other.

The Book Junkie Reads Interview with P Nelson . . .

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
My publishing goals this year focus on getting The Doms of the Cage series out to readers. I am really happy with the work I have done so far and the response from readers has been so generous. It’s a really great feeling to have so many positive reviews for Take My Hand. Yes I read them!. I have my prequel novel Our First Dance out this week as you know and I’ll have another prequel novel The Rehabilitation of Master Dillon out in early October. My full-length novel about Master Eric and whoever wins my name contest, The Heart of the Matter will be out in November.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
It depends. Some days are easier than others and on the easy days I think it comes naturally, but in actuality it is the result of research, planning and process. I am not one of those writers who can stare at a blank page and have ideas come out. In fact, just thinking about trying to write that way gives me the cold sweats. I have to develop a story and its characters, put together a rough outline at least before I begin. Then the story flows for me.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
Right now, I am totally digging the Nalini Singh Guild Hunter series. If I stepped through a portal and popped out into Archangel New York and got to hang with Elena, Raphael, Illium, Dmitri and Jason. I don’t think I would ever want to come back!

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
Hard question as I have so many places I would like to spend one year! I guess if I had to narrow it down I would say Northern Italy. That way I could ski in the winter and hike in the summer. But most of all I could write while eating really great food and drink amazing wine.

Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Right now I’m finishing up my manuscript for The Heart of the Matter. I will be starting another erotica novel afterwards. It is not connected to The Doms of the Cage series and will be a stand-alone effort. Instead it will be a stand-alone romance, erotica, and murder mystery cross genre story.

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