Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Stuck in Books Giveaway ~ The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith


Since we are officially in FALL, Jess wants to giveaway a set of her favorite fall-ish series (as in, a majority of the entire series takes place in fall...so that counts, right?) -- The Secret Circle! Check out these amazing books below and enter to win the trilogy!



The Initiation / The Captive Part I (The Secret Circle, #1-2)

THE CIRCLE'S POWER HAS LURED HER HOME...

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witched that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants - even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.




The Captive Part II / The Power (The Secret Circle, #2-3)

Caught in the struggle between good and evil . . .

Cassie has joined the most alluring—and deadly—in-crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it's more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Grcle, she must ultimately choose between saving all of New Salem, and her own dangerous love for the bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the ultimate battle between good and evil, will Cassie's supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? Or will she foil prey to the dark forces within?

. . . will she sacrifice her love for the circle to survive?




- Winner will receive editions pictured (omnibus editions of The Secret Circle)
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Darkest Flame by Donna Grant ~ Review

Source:  Purchased the audio book

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender - body and soul?

Her beauty is a weapon

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up - as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny - and a desire - that could destroy them both...

His passion is a curse...

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans - and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.







I really enjoyed the novellas that started this series so I was excited to get to read this one.  Certainly wasn't disappointed!

Kellan has some issues.  He's a dragon king that has been sleeping for centuries.  The presence of man in this realm has caused some problems that he just can't get past.  In his grief for his bronze dragons and the betrayal of a human, he finds endless sleep easier to deal with.  That's all interrupted when an MI5 mission lands Denae and her partner Matt in his cave.

Denae is a highly skilled operative but her partner Matt sneers at her seeing her as less than him.  That sneer may have been wiped off his face as he faced Denae with a knife in her hand.  Yeah, I was pleased she put that boy in his place.  And she needs to be strong to get through what's facing her.  Wounded and betrayed by her employer, she needs to figure out how to get out of this mess alive.

I loved that Denae is one strong women.  Kellan under estimates her a few times but he learns.  And if anyone can melt his angry heart, it's her.  These two are great together.  Kellan thinks to protect her.  She doesn't get why she can't stand up to Fae magic on her own.  Both are stubborn and willful.  They are perfect for each other.

I do love Kellan.  He knows from the beginning what Denae is to him but he refuses to even think the thought.  Tough and emotionally scarred, he needs to work through some issues.  Denae does a good job of surprising him.  Humans aren't all what he believed they were.  Together these two are combustible.  Definitely yummy.

The questions grow as it becomes clear that the dark Fae are part of those targeting the Kings.  But who is behind it?  We still don't know but things continue to get more and more interesting.  There was some infighting between the kings in this one.  Con tries to protect his Dragon Kings but it's not clear who the real threat is.

The writing is good, the characters well developed, and I want to read more!  This is good paranormal!



                                         


When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen ~ Excerpt & Giveaway






A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?





The Girls
Before
One thing everyone agreed on—it was the perfect night for football. There was a nip in the air—just enough to need a sweatshirt—and it smelled of popcorn and moldering leaves, was filled with the sounds of thundering cleats and the band’s instruments mingling with the screams of excited fans, carrying as far out as the interstate, so that even peo­ple passing through caught a bit of our excitement. “Our boys really showed up tonight,” we all said.
We were Worthy, a town and a team. The town was small, just 4,162 souls calling it home. And we knew just about all of them in one way or another. Small as the town was, we had at least one of every kind of church, and it didn’t matter whether you were a good person or a straight-up heathen; you showed up in one of them on Sunday morn­ing. If you didn’t, we would talk about you.
Our few restaurants were passable but none of them especially good. Folks liked Chessman’s for their fried chicken and barbecue plates. Tomasina’s had decent pizza (so long as you’d never had really good pizza somewhere else and didn’t know the difference). And of course there was the Subway and the Hardee’s if we wanted fast food. There was also Stooges Pool Hall and Bar, but we weren’t supposed to Marybeth Mayhew Whalen go out there, even though it was rumored that they served people under twenty-one. We knew if we even tried it, we’d get spotted by someone who’d tell our parents.
We had some stores—a Dollar General, a Rite Aid, an Ace Hardware, and Trout’s Market, the town grocery store where we were sure to run into someone we knew, so we never went there if we weren’t fixed up. (We always left Trout’s with instructions to tell someone in our families that someone else said “hey.”) But that was pretty much it for shopping, unless you counted Maxine’s Finery, a place our mamas always wanted to take us because that was where they used to get their dresses when they were our age. But we preferred to go to Macon or, better yet, Atlanta for our clothes.
We had a swim club that practically everyone we knew was a mem­ber of. In the summer we went up there all the time to tan and swim and see our friends. There was a lake just outside town with a public beach, so sometimes we went there just to do something different. Once, late on a summer’s night, we even skinny-dipped in that lake, shrieking and laughing as we slicked off our clothes and leaped into the dark water.
But it wasn’t summer anymore. It was fall. And fall meant football in Worthy.
Once football season started, we were more the team than the town. And that season we were the team to beat in Bibb County. We had Webb Hart and Ian Stone and Seth Bishop as starters. It was Coach William “Fig” Newton’s last year (after a Georgia record of 470 wins and counting) as head coach of the Worthy Wildcats. We were halfway through another winning season that promised to last all the way to the state championship. That night brought another victory: 28 to 7 against the Central Chargers.
At halftime they escorted Diane Riggle out onto the field, the only girl ever in the history of Worthy to go on to become Miss Georgia. Though that’d been five years ago, people never got tired of it, still proud though she didn’t even place in Miss America. They kept up the billboard on the road that led out to the lake, a gigantic Diane Riggle looking down on us as we drove by, wearing her Miss Georgia crown, her face growing more and more bleached by the sun with each passing year.
“We grow ’em pretty in Worthy,” the boys said that night, elbowing one another and gesturing from Diane to us on the sidelines, where we were holding our pom-poms and waiting patiently for Diane to get off the field so we could get back on it. We thought she looked like she’d gained weight.
After the game we had a party to get to, so we all went to Mary Claire’s to get ready. Her mom was out with that weird girl, taking on a cause like Mary Claire’s mom was always doing. “What can I say?” MC said, pulling the curling iron from her long hair to reveal a flawless blonde loop de loop. “She’s already created the perfect daughter, so she needs a new project.” MC rolled her eyes and laughed. “And this one is definitely a fixer-upper.”
We laughed along with her, but we heard the note of hurt in her voice. Her mom had missed the game to take the strange girl—we called her the Runaway because of how Mary Claire’s mom got mixed up with her—shopping in Macon.
Not one to dwell on depressing topics, Mary Claire cranked up “Style” by T. Swift and we all joined in, singing at the top of our lungs and laughing at Brynne’s earnest attempt to sound like the singer. Brynne couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but she thought she could. Though Keary went along with everything that night, she was kind of quiet, like she had something on her mind, something she wouldn’t talk about no matter how much we tried to get it out of her. Her cheers had been flat in the second half, her jumps lacking any spring, her voice not nearly as peppy as it normally was. Whatever she had on her mind, we had a feeling it was good stuff. Stuff we planned to get out of her. But there was time for that, we believed.
We’d talked Keary into being DD, even though she only had her permit. “You’ll be with two other licensed drivers,” Mary Claire assured her. “It’ll be fine.” And because Keary was a sophomore and just honored to be part of the night—part of our group—of course she said sure, yeah, she’d do it. But Keary was nervous about it, and she wished Leah hadn’t bailed on us to do whatever it was Brynne had put her up to. Leah would’ve made a better DD. She was so conscientious, so certain, so good. We all felt Leah’s absence that night in one way or another, but when Brynne said she had something more important to do, we didn’t argue.
And so we got ready for the party without Leah. We curled our hair and did one another’s makeup and took ten times longer to do everything because we had to stop and dance, like, every five seconds. We danced to Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and once even Hank Williams Jr., and of course Mary Claire had to play “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer because “MC Hammer” was her dad’s nickname for her. When her dad heard it, he came busting in the room from wherever he’d been keeping himself and did some dance that we guessed was from the eighties. We laughed our asses off and MC about died of embarrassment. But we assured her that our dads were just as embarrassing. Her dad saw the beer cans but didn’t say anything because MC promised him we had a DD and it would all be fine.
“I thought we were busted for sure,” said Brynne after he left.
“My dad’s cool about that stuff,” said Mary Claire. “Now my mom, on the other hand . . .” She shook her head and buried the beer cans in a grocery sack to hide the evidence. “Let’s just say we’d be locked in this room for the rest of the night.”
Later, we would think back to that moment, to how things could’ve gone so differently, to how easily we could’ve been prevented from load­ing into Mary Claire’s Civic with Keary behind the wheel and Adele on the radio. Sometimes we like to think we are still in that room, all of us happy, all of us young, all of us excited for the night ahead, anticipat­ing what it would hold. Never once thinking it could hold tragedy. We imagine that night just keeps going on forever, and we guess that, in some ways, it does.



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Stuck In Books Giveaway

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.

Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?

If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?









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From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I’m Gonecomes a compelling novel of a bond between sisters, tested by tragedy…

Ellie Brown thought she’d finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who’s busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie’s days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she’d hoped never to see again.

Until a 911 dispatch changes everything. The address: her sister’s house. Rushing to the scene, Ellie discovers that Amelia and her husband, Steve, have been shot in a home invasion. After Amelia is rushed to the hospital, Ellie tries to make sense of the tragedy. But what really happened inside her sister’s house becomes less and less clear. As Amelia hangs on in critical condition, Ellie uncovers dark revelations about her family’s past that challenge her beliefs about those closest to her…and force her to question where her devotions truly lie.









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Swoon Thursday ~ 9/21/17



Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.




Re-read this one in preparation for Brave's release later this year!

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Swoon...

Ren's mouth brushed mine as he murmured, "Mmm."
"What...what was that for?" I asked, blinking.
He laughed as he turned, switching the engine off.  "It was a a just-because kiss.  Get used to it.  You're going to get a lot of them." (Kindle location 3242) 

Check my gushing  5 star review here!  Hope you've read it and are ready for book three later this year.


That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Series: The Wicked Trilogy, Book # 3
RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book 



Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…






Virtual Signing Information



To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing!

Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET
- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17
- Open Internationally


To participate in the virtual signing go here -> http://www.apollyconevent.com/jla-brave-virtualsigning/


About the Author 


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 9/20/17


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!


When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.




Available from Avon Books on 1/3/18

Why am I waiting?  I've really enjoyed this series and can't wait for Joe's story!


That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!