3 March 2015

Easy Love Release Blitz

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Easy Love (The Boudreaux Series 1) by Kristen Proby 

Contemporary Naughty Romance



Easy Love



Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

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Author Spotlight:

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. 

Visit her at KristenProby.com.
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Excerpt: 

“Ms. O’Shaughnessy?”
“Kate, please.”
“Hello, Kate. Mr. Boudreaux is in his office. Follow me.” She smiles and offers to take my suitcase, but I shake my head and follow her into the elevator. She doesn’t ask me any questions, and I’m thankful. I’ve learned to lie well in this business, but I don’t know what she’s already been told. I’m led past an office area and into the largest office I’ve ever seen. The massive black desk sits before a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Furniture is big and expensive. Comfortable. There are two doors, each on opposite sides of the room, and I can’t help but wonder what they lead to.
“Ms. O’Shaughnessy is here, sir.”
“Kate,” I add without thinking, and then any hope of being able to think at all is tossed right out of those spectacular windows when the tall man standing before them turns to look at me. The photos didn’t do him justice. 
Yum.
The door closes behind me and I take a deep breath and walk toward him, hiding the fact that my knees have officially turned to mush.
“Kate,” I repeat and hold my hand out to shake his over his desk. His lips twitch as he watches me, his whiskey-colored eyes sharp and assessing as they take a slow stroll down my body, then back up to my face. Jeez, he’s taller than I expected. And broader. And he wears a suit like he was born to it.
Which, I suppose he was. Bayou Enterprises has been around for five generations, and Eli Boudreaux is the sharpest CEO it’s seen in years. 
He moves around his desk and takes my hand in his, but rather than shake it, he raises it to his lips and places a soft kiss on my knuckles.
“Pleasure,” he says in a slow New Orleans drawl. Dear God, I might explode right here. “I’m Eli.”


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Forbidden Territory - Cover Reveal


Forbidden Territory
By Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson

March 3, 2015





Best friends mending a heartbreaking feud, two hot boys, a weekend camping trip in the New Zealand bush away from meddlesome parents... what could be better?

That is, until they stumble across a hidden marijuana crop and its terrifying watchmen, and their dream weekend turns into the ultimate nightmare. Forced apart, the two couples spend the next 48 hours racing blindly through the bush, searching for each other.
Hoping desperately to find their friends before the hunters do...


Author Spotlights:


Melissa Pearl and Brenda Howson have been best friends for well over a decade. Both mothers of two young children, both married to school teachers, and both lovers of writing, they have a lot in common. Having spent many vacations away together, they have become as close to sisters as two girls can get. It was on one of these holidays away that the Mica and Lexy Series was born.



MELISSA PEARL:  Melissa is the author of multiple YA and NA books, written in a variety of genres. She is a fully trained elementary teacher, but is lucky enough to stay home and watch her kids grow.

She is also spending every spare moment trying to turn writing into a full-time career…and loving the process. Find out more about her books here!



BRENDA HOWSON: Brenda was the one who encouraged Melissa to start writing in the first place. Once Melissa got started, Brenda caught the bug; she has been writing for ten years, in between motherhood and working at a local high school in the computer department. She has won two short story competitions and been runner up in another. Forbidden Territory is her first published novel.



2 March 2015

Gravity Review

Gravity - The Taking #1
Melissa West



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What they say: In the future, only one rule will matter:


Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.


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What I say: I'm a big fan of alien stories and I have to admit the blurb really drew me in. Gravity is a YA story full of crazy unexpected twists, turns and of course romance.


Ari lives in a world where aliens have arrived on Earth but they need human antibodies to survive. Humans form a very fragile truce with the aliens because we they cannot beat the aliens advanced technology. The truce involves giving the aliens the antibodies in a nighttime ritual where the 'feedings' are done blind and the humans must never see their alien. Until one night when Ari accidentally sees Jackson...


Readers who love drama and action in their stories should be happy because most of the focus is on the political situation and the potential war, but there is of course romance. 

I really liked Ari, she's a strong fighter who reminded me of a mixture of Katniss, Liz (from Roswell) and Tris. Ari's entire life is planned out for her. She doesn't really even have the choice of career or who she'll marry. 

The book also focuses on loyalty. Ari is asked to look at morality and the idea of the greater good. She also faces betraying her own species by developing feelings for an alien.


Jackson is particularly interesting because he's a huge contradiction; he hides more than he shows, but is really intriguing. I had my suspicions about certain events and I'd like to see him get more page time in the next book. I want to know how he really feels and what is real or fake.


The book is Young Adult so the action is kept fairly clean and is pretty sci-fi heavy. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 and finding out what happens next to Ari. Will we get answers about Jackson's motivation and past?


4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!



1 March 2015

Zili is Two - 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway

*Update* We're up to 8 prizes so far...

I honestly cannot believe I've been running Zili in the Sky for 2 YEARS.


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KANE Cover Reveal


Kane - Slater Brothers #3
by L.A. Casey


Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations

Releasing: May 5th

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Aideen Collins is a free spirit. She is outspoken and tough as nails, but she has to be after growing up in a house full of men. Family means everything to Aideen. Her family consists of her four brothers, her father, and her group of wild friends. Aideen is protective of her family, there is not a lot she wouldn’t do to keep them safe.

Kane Slater is a tortured soul. Literally. He is misunderstood by people, even feared by them thanks to the scars that mar his face and body. He relishes in their fear because people who fear you, won’t want to know you. He likes his circle limited to his brothers and their girlfriends, but a thorn from an Irish rose is dug deep into Kane’s side, and her name is Aideen Collins.

Aideen and Kane don’t get along… at all. Aideen is the only woman who stands up to Kane and throws his bullshit back at him without fear of hurting him. Kane is the only man who can see right through Aideen's tough exterior. He knows her deepest, and darkest secrets. They can’t stand each other, but they want each other. Badly. They hide their need behind arguments, and banter, but when Kane drops his guard for all to see, and succumbs to an illness within his body, it’s Aideen who steps up to the plate to take care of him.

An illness is the least of their worries when a devil from Kane’s past comes back to play with him. Everybody in Kane’s life is threatened, and with his body fighting against him, he doesn’t know if the luck of the Irish is enough to keep his family safe and his demons at bay.

Kane needs Aideen, and what Kane needs, Kane takes.

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Excerpt:

“I broke a nail!” I screamed as pain shot up my finger.
“No!” Kane cried.
Multiple footsteps pounded down the hallway and then bodies burst into Kane’s bedroom. “What?” All his brothers hollered as they piled through the doorway.
Kane pointed a trembling hand at me. “Her nail! She broke her nail!”
With a perplexed look I looked at Kane then to the brothers who all gasped and flung their hands over their mouths. They all gripped onto furniture, or onto one another to stay upright.
I was so confused. I had no f**king idea what was going on.
None.
“Your nail?” Alec screeched.
Nico placed his hands on the side of his head and shook it from side to side. “Anything but your nail!”
Ryder rushed over to me and grabbed the hand I was cradling and thoroughly examined it, and when he saw confirmation that my nail was gone, he whimpered. “It’s gone. Gone forever!”
“No!” Kane wailed, fell back onto his bed, and flung his arms over his face. “Why did it have to her nail? Why, God? WHY?”
I glared at Kane, then his brothers.
The bastards were taking the piss out of me, and my broken nail.
“I hate you all.” I said then turned and walked out of the room.
I made it half way down the stairs before I heard the eruption of belly rumbling male laughter, and even though it pleased me greatly that they were smiling again, I hated that it was at my expense.
“Bloody brothers,” I grumbled.



Slater Bros Series

Dominic: Amazon US * Amazon UK * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Bronagh: Amazon US * Amazon UK * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Alec: Amazon US * Amazon UK * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Keela: Amazon US * Amazon UK * B&N * iBooks * Kobo


Author Spotlight:
LA Casey

L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty-three year old stay at home mother to a two year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her five year old – going on thirty – beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day. She is the author of the Amazon Bestselling book series, Slater Brothers.

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28 February 2015

Stepbrother Dearest Review

Stepbrother Dearest
by Penelope Ward




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What they say: You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.  


When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be. 

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here. 
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room. 
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him. 

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.  

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.  

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.  

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.  

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel. 

**Contains sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+




What I say: After reading the blurb and a few reviews I was expecting to dislike Elec. I have to admit that although I hated the way he treated Greta at times, he charmed me in a similar way to Jared Trent from BullyPenelope Ward has created a demanding character in Elec. He doesn't always make it easy to like him, but he won me over and I really enjoyed his and Greta's story.

Greta's life is overturned by the sudden arrival of her new stepbrother Elec. Whilst Greta is sweet, caring and thoughtful, Elec is confrontational, moody and often really mean. This tall, dark and tattooed badboy has a strained relationship with his father Randy (Greta's stepfather and all round horrible man) and takes an immediate dislike to Greta and her mother. Greta's sweet nature and her insta-attraction to her irritating stepbrother, mean that she goes out of her way to help him and ignores his attempts to torment her. The knicker stealing scenes really made me laugh.


Greta thinks the attraction is one-sided but the two find themselves drawn together. Eventually one night changes everything and they are pulled apart again. The story leaps forward many years and we're faced with two adults rather than teens. They're in very different places but are still seemingly drawn together. 

I don't want to spoil anything here so I'll just say the twist really surprised me. Although I had my suspicions about the ending I wasn't expecting the route the characters took.


In the end I really liked both characters - there were a few times when I wanted Greta to stop moping or to tell Elec to shove it. I ended up feeling really bad when certain events came to light and when we got to understand more about his past and how he had tried to fix things.

4 Stars in my Sky!



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