Friday, 14 June 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway: Love Calls You Home by Donna Simonella

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Donna will award a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Stephanie Williams left skid marks on the road out of Willow Springs, Vermont after she finished high school. She didn't return until her company sent her to evaluate the town for a massive development project. Back then she thought the town was way too small and too cold. Now the cold isn't as much of an issue since she's reconnected with her childhood friend, Donald Flanagan. Stephanie doesn't remember his eyes being quite so green, or his body quite so built. He's smart and funny as he ever was, and a forest-fire sized attraction burns between them.

Donald never understood his old friend's driving need to leave Willow Springs. He loves everything about it. When he learns the truth about Stephanie's project, and how it will turn his hometown into a theme-park version of itself, will it extinguish the flame that has sparked between them?

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It was much darker on this side of the building, without the bright, neon lights around the entrance, and even though they could hear the muffled music through the wall, it felt as though they were all alone in the world. Donald stopped and turned to face her, which placed her between him and the building. He cupped her face in his hands, and Stephanie marveled that she’d never noticed how big his hands were before. He leaned down a little and studied her face. His eyes seemed to be searching for a clue as to what she wanted. There were complications aplenty––putting their lifelong friendship at risk, and her work here in town, which Donald still didn’t know the extent of, being two major hurdles, but Stephanie knew what she wanted right now. She knew it from the bottom of her toes to the top of her head, with a certainty she’d never experienced before. Her blood pounded in her veins, and she felt a little breathless with excitement about the step they were about to take.

“Hurry up and kiss me, Flanagan, before I spontaneously combust.”

One side of the mouth she longed to be kissing quirked up in a sexy half-grin. “There’s no turning back if we take this step, Williams. Are you sure?”

About the Author:
Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read--contemporary romances filled with heart, heat, and humor, like the books of her favorite romance writers, Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis. A Sweeter Spot is the first book in the Rivers Bend trilogy, which is set in a fictional small town, populated by quirky characters. But if you prefer a big city setting and a little fantasy mixed in with your romance, try Angels Fly. A heartwarming story, set in beautiful San Diego, about getting a second-chance with your first love, with a little help from some unlikely guardian angels.

Writing is Donna's third career. She has worked in the business world, which she decided wasn't for her. So she went back to school to get her MLS degree, and worked in a school library, before deciding to pursue writing on a full-time basis. Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Cover Reveal: Awakened: The Oracle Chronicles Book One by Moni Boyce

The Blurb
Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.
Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her. 

Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli's apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn't make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she'd always believed were myth. 

That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can't escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay in task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules. 

Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?

Fans of A Discovery of Witches will love the mix of magic, adventure and paranormal romance in the first book of the series THE ORACLE CHRONICLES from Moni Boyce.

            A couple minutes later, she followed him. Whatever he’d prepared smelled delicious. He moved around the kitchen unsure. She raised her eyebrows while she watched him. He caught the gesture and looked embarrassed. “Most of the time, I cheat and use magic so I can do something else. I haven’t manually cooked in a while.”
            She looked at him wide-eyed, with her mouth gaped open. Even though he’d told her earlier, they were witches she still was having a hard time believing it. “You cook with magic, like they do in Harry Potter? That’s so cool. I know you told everyone not to use it, but just show me a little something. I won’t tell.” Awe and child-like wonder permeated her voice. “Cross my heart.” She made the sign of the cross over her heart.
            “You heard everything didn’t you?” His eyebrow quirked upwards, daring her to lie.
She gave him a sheepish smile and looked away before she continued talking about magic, in the hopes he’d forget her listening to their conversation. “I would be the ultimate multi-tasker if I was a witch. Say ‘Abracadabra’ and make the food magically appear on the plate or something.” Willow was giddy with excitement.
            Eli chuckled. “I’m not a wizard. I don’t say ‘Abracadabra.’” He shook his head.
            His explanation confused her. “What does that mean? I thought wizard was a name for a male witch.”
            He sighed and put down the pot he was holding. That comment appeared to get his undivided attention. “You watch too much television. First, regardless of gender, we’re known as witches, those of us that practice white magic. Warlocks are witches that practice black magic. Wizards are charlatans, posers. They don’t know magic, but are exceptional at trickery so they can give someone who doesn’t know any better the illusion they do.”
            She digested the information he’d just given her.
            “That’s why everyone went silent earlier when Matty referenced black magic, because none of you practice it?”
            He nodded and picked up the pot of noodles. “Yes. Now may I finish making dinner?”
            “So you’re not going to cook with magic?” She was expecting him to do tricks and wow her. Disappointment marred her brow, when he didn’t whip out a magic wand or say a spell. 
            “You just said so yourself, that you overheard me tell everyone magic is off limits.”
            Her shoulders slumped in discontent and she pouted. “You can’t do even a tiny little spell?”
            She rolled her eyes. “Great. A witch who can’t do any spells or magic.”
            Eli looked offended. “I didn’t say I can’t do magic. I’m just unable to do any at this time.”
            “Uh, huh.” 
            He bristled at her disinterest and she had to hold back a sly grin. “Wizard.” She mumbled under her breath, knowing it would get a rise out of him.
            “I’m not a wizard! I can do magic!” 
            If she lit a match and threw it at him, he would have gone up in flames he was fuming so hard. 
“Whatever.” Maybe she’d just…

Moni Boyce is a writer, filmmaker, poet and author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels. She spent the last fifteen years working in the film industry and now creates characters of her own and brings them to life on the page. Moni has ghostwritten romance novellas and novels for over a year now and decided to put some of her own creations out in the world. She considers herself a bookworm, film buff, foodie, music lover and an avid world traveler having visited 32 countries and counting. She lives a bit of a nomadic life, but considers Los Angeles home. Which is the subject of her first travel book: Greater Than A Tourist – Los Angeles, California: 50 Travel Tips From A Local.


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Review: Wickedly It Begins by Cathrina Constantine

The Blurb

One fateful night will change their lives forever.

Seeley is born a hunter. God’s warrior. She’s endowed with inexplicable gifts to slay creatures and demons threatening human’s. Alongside her guardian angel, Ezekiel, she will face unimaginable trials and tribulations.

Jack Chase was born an orphan. Kicked from foster home to foster home, he lands with a couple who worships Satan. He succumbs to their diabolical rituals, and learns he also has extraordinary talents. Wealthy, Asa Trebane, and leader of the Black Order of the Cult locates this teenager he’s heard much about. He takes Jack under his wing and into his home.

A mysterious pull leads Jack to Seeley. A pull neither of them can resist. 

My Review
After meeting Seely as Jordan’s mother in Wickedly They Come and Wickedly They Dream, it was great to read about Seely’s not so humble beginnings as a warrior and how she met Jack Chase. The book was fast paced and exciting. The fight scenes were filled with energy. The snarkiness of the characters brought out the laughs.
The story was darker than I expected, but seeing how Jack grew up worshiping Satan, it was an morbidly fascinating aspect of his life. I enjoyed the way Jack’s story progressed and how he developed. The romance between Jack and Seely lightened the darkness of the book.

As a teenager who hangs out with angels, Seely can only be described as powerful. This was an aspect that I didn’t completely understand in the first two books because they were about Jordan. Seely’s strength and involvement in the war between heaven and hell became clear . There were times when she was tested and I didn’t know if she would stay true to herself or not. Intriguing.

Ms. Constantine has crafted a fantastic tale which possessed a slight twist on the classic good versus evil. Sometimes you never know which category a person really falls into. 

I give this book five out of five sword shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from AmazonUK

Monday, 3 June 2019

iover Reveal: Love Conquers All Series by Suzette Riddick

Love Conquers All Series by Suzette Riddick
A Special Summer
When Love Comes Around
Key To My Heart

Stand-Alone: yes
Series: Love Conquers All
A Special Summer Publication Date: June 21, 2019
When Love Comes Around Publication Date: TBA
Key to My Heart Publication Date: TBA
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Sensual

Summer Jackson is inexperienced when it comes to love. That’s until she meets wealthy playboy, Nicholas ‘Nick’ Stiles, who teaches her everything she’s been missing. The only problem is, Nick isn’t the settling down kind. Devastation rocks Summer when Nick walks away, leaving her to pick up the shattered pieces of her life.

Months later, Nick reappears and is in for a massive shock. A love that once was pure is plagued by betrayal, deceit and heartbreak. Will Summer and Nick find true love again?

The Love Conquers All series has been previously published under the author’s former pseudonym. This is a revised version.

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing about flawed characters on a quest for love. She is an Amazon Best-Selling Author and was a featured author in USA Today ~ Happy Ever After. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Suzette loves to travel, read, and is addicted to Chanel parfum.

To learn more about Suzette visit her website at



Thursday, 30 May 2019

Cover Reveal: A Cougar's Kiss by A.C. Arthur

Series: Shadow Shifters Rebellion, Book 2

Standalone: Yes
Artistry Publishing LLC
Publication Date: June 28, 2019
Genre: Paranormal
Heat Level: Sensual

Shya Delgado has been sheltered from the world above and left with a residual ailment for which there is no cure. She has spent her life reading and dreaming of what could be and when the sexy renegade cougar shifter is sentenced to guarding a comatose Faction Leader, she begins to dream even more, only these dreams are in real time and what Keller makes her feel is so much more than Shya could have ever imagined.
Keller Cross had a plan for revenge that was sidetracked by the Shifter Assembly Leader. Now, Keller’s stuck babysitting when an alluringly curious jaguar shifter, determined to break free of the shell that was forcibly put around her, dares him to take a chance on desire.
But this unlikely shifter duo will never find happiness as long as the Faction Leader is on his deathbed with the secret to who betrayed the Shadow Shifters locked in his mind. In the midst of their tumultuous passion, Shya and Keller will take the shifters into the next and most deadly stage of their rebellion.
AC Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband, three children, grandson and an English bulldog named Vader. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.
Working in the legal field for over twenty-five years, AC has seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven of a romance novel. To date, she has written in several genres: YA paranormal (w/a Artist Arthur), small town romance as Lacey Baker, and sexy contemporary and paranormal romance. With intriguing plots and sexy love scenes, AC brings a new edge to romance!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Review: Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6) by Alyssa Cole

The Blurb
Regina Hobbs is nerdy by nature, businesswoman by nurture. She's finally taking her pop culture-centered media enterprise, Girls with Glasses, to the next level, but the stress is forcing her to face a familiar supervillain: insomnia. The only thing that helps her sleep when things get this bad is the deep, soothing voice of puzzle-obsessed live streamer Gustave Nguyen. The problem? His archive has been deleted.

Gus has been tasked with creating an escape room themed around a romance anime…except he knows nothing about romance or anime. Then mega-nerd and anime expert Reggie comes calling, and they make a trade: his voice for her knowledge. But when their online friendship has IRL chemistry, will they be able to escape love? 

My Review
This book had me holding my hand over my heart because it was so darn touching. It had everything that makes a romance novel great and Ms. Cole’s superb and engaging writing style had me in awe.
The heroine, Reggie, was strong, determined to succeed at everything she tried and just plain awesome. Her flaw of wanting to do everything herself was one of those “interview” type weakness because even that made her a better heroine. She kicked ass and didn’t let anything, not even her disability stop her. Reggie just rocked all over the place. 

Gus was just so sweet. He didn’t even seem to have to try to make Reggie happy. By the nature of him being who he was, he just did and that lead to a terrific romance. And he was blunt. I covered my mouth a time or two on his behalf wishing he would have kept the words inside. The way he treated Reggie with so much respect (even though she naturally commanded it) was just so fabulous. 
The chemistry between them was far from geeky. Their romance had heat, yet it moved at a pace that suited the characters. 

Be warned that the humor in the book was definitely on the dorky side. I’m okay with admitting that I didn’t get it all, but I sure did enjoy it.

I haven’t read a book that I have enjoyed this much since A Duke By Default by Ms. Cole. Also a fabulous read. Heck get the whole series because they‘re all great.

I give this book five out of five salad dressing bottle shaped chocolate bars. 

Purchased my copy from AmazonUK.

Review: We wish to inform you that tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

The Blurb
In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority. Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide's background, and an unforgettable account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.

My Review
This book broke my heart and set my mind on a rampage of disturbing thoughts that still gives me nightmares. The writing was exemplary. A historical story has never held my interest to such an extent before. The work was gory in places, but most of it wasn’t. It told the story of not just the genocide of the Tutsis, but the history of Rwanda and how they had gotten to the point of having their own people slaughter each other because they had been conditioned to do so over time. Hint: As with the damage done to many African countries it all started with colonialism.

The book made me sad while questioning what I would do if I were a Hutu at that time. Would I be able to bludgeon my neighbors to death because I was told to? Would I risk my life by not killing anyone at all or saving others? The questions kept coming. I can never know the answer, because unless placed in the same situation during that time, they are unanswerable. 
May nothing like that ever happen in the world again. Peace only.   

I give this book five out of five chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from the Ghana Must Read Book Club.