Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway

From Avon...

In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow the 'Penhallow way': find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

In Tess Diamond’s gripping debut, when an elite negotiator and a security expert team up to solve a kidnapping, the only thing higher than the tension is the heat . . .

Maggie Kincaid left the FBI two years ago and didn’t look back . . . until now. A senator’s daughter has been abducted, and the nightmare set in motion isn’t just familiar to Maggie, it’s personal. She’ll need all the help she can get to bring Kayla Thebes home alive—even if that help comes from a hot-as-hell ex-soldier who plays by his own rules. . .

For Jake O’Connor, negotiation equals weakness. But he’s immediately drawn to the sexy former agent who epitomizes strength. It isn’t long before he and Maggie are working together 24/7, learning to read each other’s signals and wanting much more.

But for Maggie and Jake, letting their guard down—even around each other—may be dangerous. Now, as they close in on a kidnapper with nothing to lose, their first mistake could shatter a young girl’s last chance…

Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . . 

New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Wilde returns to Cupid, Texas with a heartwarming story of a cowboy who comes home to the family ranch for a wedding filled with surprises…

The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.

Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?

From Harlequin...

The golden cowboy of Wrangler's Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle...

There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn't counted on losing his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn't counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he's met by another surprise former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother's old house.

Nicky's been rebuilding her shattered life since her husband's death two years ago. But Garrett's timely arrival in Wrangler's Creek doesn't automatically make him the missing piece of the puzzle. Even if he does seem to adore her two-year-old daughter Even if seeing him again stirs up old feelings Nicky would gladly keep buried, forcing her to wonder if moving forward has to mean leaving everything behind.

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.

Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.

From St. Martin's Press...

Five years ago they fell in love after one whirlwind summer. Now she's an internationally famous musician and he's officially out of the military, but when their worlds collide, can they keep things strictly professional? Sweet, thrilling, emotional, and sexy, fall in love with Megan and Jax in USA Today bestseller Sidney Halston's Kiss Marry Kill.

He's been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.

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#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 5

Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

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Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

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NEXT Author up?

Jeaniene Frost


In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ 3/28/17

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
* Grab your current read
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

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"I'm guessing you don't follow the rules or worry about being polite and toeing the line.  How's that working out for you?"
The corner of his lips twitched.  "Honestly?"
"Shit," he admitted, lacing his fingers behind his neck.  (Kindle location 505)

Gotta love a good lip twitch!  I adored the first series and I'm excited to start this spin-off with Vaughan!  I really liked him before and I can't wait to get to know him better.  

That's our teaser this week.  What about you?  Have a teaser?  Leave a comment and a link. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 4

Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!

NEXT Author up?

Tessa Bailey

Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire . . .

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 3

Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!

NEXT Author up?

Cora Carmack

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

#SIBisOutofTown Giveaway 2

Val & Jess is out of town!

At Apollycon!

And we're leaving the promo for the blog up to YOU, our followers!

Are you up for the challenge??

Each day there will be a different giveaway for a book by an author that's at Apollycon!

The entries will be based on promoting the posts on the blog!

NEXT Author up?

Brighton Walsh

A favorite!

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Struggle by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Buzz Tour & Giveaway


A bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

Favorite Greek God?

I think if anyone had asked me before I read the Covenant and Titan series who my favorite Greek God way, I'd have said Poseidon. I loved the whole water thing he has going AND truthfully, I loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. 

 But now? Well this series changed things, didn't it.

Now my favorite is the sun God, Apollo!

Apollo, Greek God of the Sun, The Light, the Music and the Prophecy.

Name(s):  Apollo, Aegletes, Phoebus, Phanaeus, Hilius
Rules:  Music, Poetry, Art, Oracles, Archery, Plague, Medicine, Sun, Light and Knowlege
Symbols:  Lyre, Laurel wreath, Python, Raven, Bow and arrows
Sacred animals: Wolf, Dolphin
Parents: Zeus and Leto
Siblings:  Artemis
Children:  Asclepius, Troilus, Aristaeus, Orpheus
Facts sourced from Greek Gods & Goddesses

     Yes, yes,...all of that is interesting but what really made me love him was The Covenant Series.  JLAs interruption of Apollo is much more interesting than the Greeks views on him.

***Spoiler Alert***
If you haven't read The Covenant Series (*gasps* say what?) don't read the next part!

      At the beginning of the series, the Gods were absent, or so we thought.  But Apollo is actually around a lot.  He likes to appear as a human named Leon and was quite a good Sentinel!  But the real fun started when we found that little tidbit out and he started openly popping in as Apollo.  And I do mean POPPING in! HA!

     As Leon...

     Leon, the King of Impeccable Timing, glared at me.  "You are in need of a professional babysitter." (Deity)

     When I looked up, Leon was gone.  Shaking my head, I went over to one of the marble benches and sat.  I had no idea how Leon could move such a massive body around so quietly and fast.   The ground should tremble in his wake.  (Deity)

      And I truly believed that Telly was behind the compulsion that'd been used on my the night I almost turned into a human Popsicle.  If Leon hadn't found me, I'd have frozen to death. (Deity)

      A second later, there was a knock on my door and a booming voice.  "Alexandria?"  Seth stilled above me, panting.  "You have got to be freaking kidding me."  Leon knocked again.  "Alexandria, I know you're in there."  Dazed, I blinked several times.  The room slowly came back into focus as did Seth's disgruntled expression.  I almost laughed, except I felt...off.  "You better answer him, angel, before he barges in here."  (Deity)

      It sounded lame, but it was like the old times, before everything got so incredibly screwed up.  Sometimes Leon popped in on us.  He never seemed surprised or suspicious.  Not even the last time, when we'd been sitting with our backs against the wall, arguing about whether or not ghosts existed. (Deity) 

    As Apollo...

      I jumped, smacking my hand off my chest.  Apollo sat on the edge of the toilet seat, one leg crossed over the other..."Oh, my gods,"  I said.  "Seriously.  Are you trying to kill me again by giving me a heart attack?"  (Deity)

      "She should be kept as far away from Lucian's hours as possible," Apollo said, appearing out of nowhere.  Several of the Guards backed off, eyes wide and faces pale.  Apollo grinned at them.  "Anywhere Seth will be, I suggest Alexandria should not be."  "We need to put a bell on him," Aiden muttered.  I pressed my lips together to keep from laughing. (Deity)

      There was a part of me that kept expecting the gods to zap on of us for finally breaking all the rules.  So when Apollo popped in on our fourth round of Scrabble, I about had a heart attack.  "Gods!"  I clutched my chest.  "Can you stop doing that?" (Deity)

AND that was just ONE book in the Covenant series. 

Then you add it all the Apollo time in the Titan series!

      He occasionally makes me mad...he did that a lot in The Struggle.  I won't give you reasons, since they are way to spoilery.  BUT I get him.  He loves Alex.  He loves Josie.  He tries more than the other Gods do.  But, of course, that is the JLA version of Apollo and he's the one I love!

      What about you?  Have a favorite Greet God??

ENDS 3/31 at 12AM EST

 SIGNED HARDCOVERS by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass & A Court Of Thorns and Roses Series) 
SIGNED PAPERBACKS by JLA (Lux, Dark Elements, and the Titan Series)
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March 19 - Krista Dust Jacket  - Chapter 1 Reveal 
March 20  - The Escapist Book Blog - Top 5 Seth Moments
March 21 – Vi3t Babe/Deity Island - Top 5 Josie Moments
March 22 - Jenuine CupcakesQ&A with Drew Leighty
March 23 - K-BooksTitan Series Dreamcasting

March 24 - Stuck in Books - Fave Greek God