20 August 2014

Wicked Wednesday: Salutes Authors & Publishers that are Wickedly Good and help your purchase do more!

One-click purchases are no-brainers for most of us. We see an author we admire, new book in a genre we follow, or are drawn in by a cover that is enticing - and we click and buy. Our eReaders are happy - and we're doing a good thing, right. Supporting authors and publishers who in turn share books with us that we love to read.

Recently I've been noticing a growing trend that makes that one-click happen at the speed of light. What's that? Well, some favorite authors and publishers have been donating percentages and even total proceeds of book sales to selected charities. Perhaps for an initial week or two of sales - or for the span of the book. Plus, I'm not even wet and shivering after I join in for this donation, though I may be reading one of these books while watching Misha Collins' & Anthony Carbajal's ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Just saying that there are many fun ways that we all can join in to donate to worthy causes.

19 August 2014

Review: Melissa Cutler's Risky Business is a must-read!

Confession time from this reviewer. I was so blown away by Melissa Cutler's Risky Business, the first book in her new Bomb Squad series, that I read her backlist. Yes, this book wowed me to the extent that Melissa Cutler is now on my must-read list. Why? Because she writes about people that we all can relate to. They're not uber wealthy, but they're our neighbors and friends who are trying the best they can to hold things together.

In the first scene of Risky Business, Allison Whitely is about to deliver her child while her soon-to-be-ex-husband is taken in handcuffs from a strip joint. To complicate things even further, she was there to warn him about picketers led by her sister's church. What's a girl to do? Particularly when there doesn't seem to be any property or income after his sentence.

Well, if she's Allison, she'll pack up and move to Destiny Falls where her husband had a tour boat operation. But all is not as she expected as her husband was actually visiting a mistress there and the person who ran the business, alpha hunk Theo Lacroix, expected that the business would be his.

Tasty Tuesday Review: The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

It's the rare cookbook that reads like a life's journey, but The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther reflects the farm-to-table approach to cooking that many of us adhere to.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested this book for review. Would the recipes be ones I'd read, reflect on, try, and adopt or would this be more of a fad-type cookbook. I was thrown, frankly, by the fact that it was a best-seller in the Raw Food category. Yes, I was a vegetarian for many years, a vegan for some of those, and did try out a raw food diet, but found those strictures not as health as I had anticipated. So, I opened this gorgeous cover with a bit of trepidation, but my reservations were washed away by Jennifer McGruther's beautiful introduction and explanation of the philosophy behind the Nourished Kitchen - the traditional foods movement.

Review: Laura Kaye's HARD TO HOLD ON TO pulls the reader in with passion and power - and doesn't let go

As I'm writing this review, I'm still brushing away some tears. First of all, Laura Kaye's novella, HARD TO HOLD ON TO, is amazing. I'm saying that upfront, so if you want to stop reading this now and just hop over to whatever eRetailer you prefer - do. Simply said: Buy this book and read it.

The third title in Kaye's Hard Ink series about a now-disbanded Special Forces team is an unbelievably powerful read. The story picks up immediately following the events of Hard As You Can and the rescue of Sara (aka Crystal) Dean's sister, Jenna. If you haven't read Hard As It Gets (book 1) or Hard As You Can (book 2) - do. You could read each of these as stand-alone titles, because Kaye fills in just enough back story to let you know what's going on. But why on earth wouldn't you want to read these books. Kaye is a writer whose ability to share empathy and understanding of her characters flattens me. Guts me. Reminds me why I love to read.

Release Day Launch: Laura Kaye's HARD TO HOLD ON TO

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Congratulations to LAURA KAYE on the release of  HARD TO HOLD ON TO, the new novella from her rocking' HARD INK series!!!

I'm so excited to be part of the Release Day Launch for this great new title!

Why? Well, Laura Kaye is one of my absolutely favorite authors and her HARD INK series is one of the best new series around. It's got everything super alpha heroes, gutsy heroines, suspense like you wouldn't believe. Laura just ROCKS these stories! 

So I'm just thrilled to be participating in this launch by InkSlingerPR that offers an excerpt as well as a special giveaway to celebrate the release of this third title. 'Nuff said. 

Get your one-click finger going because as soon as you see that cover, you'll be clicking through. Yes. You. Will. BONUS is that for every book sold in the first two weeks, Laura will be donating the proceeds to a charity that supports veterans (read below for more details). 

Review: Vonnie Davis' A Highlander's Obsession features men in kilts, shifters, and animal communicators

A Highland shape shifter, an American animal communicator, an eccentric grandmother - all add up to one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a very long time. 

Vonnie Davis' A Highlander's Obsession, the first book in her new A Highlander's Beloved series, is just one of the most perfect stories. It doesn't hurt that the bear shifters have brogues and wear kilts, that there's a bit of mystery and suspense, some steamy love scenes, a great deal of laughter. Yes, this is a book that I highly recommend for anyone who's looking for that perfect alpha hero and a heroine with spunk.

From the moment when Paisley Munroe arrives at the airport in Scotland with her gram, I began chuckling. Yes, gram is the one who wants to lift the kilts and see what's underneath. I adore this pink haired, pink pelican slipper-wearing, iconoclast. She's a wonderful contrast to Paisley who seems to have to live life a bit more seriously, but at the same time adoring her gram, Effie Iverson Munro.

When the two kilt-wearing hunks turn out to be the welcoming committee, I was sold. Then we find that they're bear shifters. Well, burly guys who get a bit hairy. Quite fine with me. Once we meet Creighton Matheson, the eldest son and laird, well, I found a new book boyfriend for sure!