Thursday, February 22, 2018

Embrace Release Week Blast!

Title: Leaving Everest

Author: Megan Westfield

Pub. Date: February 19th, 2018

Book Description:

Twenty-year-old Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide, she has climbed Mount Everest and other peaks most Americans only dream of. But for all her mountaineering prowess, she's lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one guy in particular—Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn't seen since he left for college in the United States two years ago.

Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. He's even more handsome than she remembers, and that something that had been building between them during their last season together is back in front of them, bigger than ever.

The problem is, there's a detail about Emily's past that Luke doesn't know. It's the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place...and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year. It's also the reason she would never consider following him back to Washington after the climbing season ends.

But first, they'll have to survive the mountain.

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About the Author:
Megan Westfield grew up in Washington State, attended college in Oregon, and lived in
Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a
permanent resident of San Diego, along with her husband and two young children. Aside from
writing and her family, her great passions in life are reading, candy, and spending lots of time
outside hiking, skiing, camping, climbing, running, and biking.
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Title: Straight Up Irish

Series: Murphy Brothers #1

Author: Magan Vernon

Pub. Date: February 19th, 2018

Book Description:

I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?

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About the Author:
Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004.
She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just
watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amuck around her
Texas ranch.

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Title: Cinderella and the Geek

Series: British Bad Boys

Author: Christina Phillips

Pub. Date: February 19th, 2018

Book Description:

From Christina Phillips a sexy, new romance with a hero you won’t forget…

I'm not looking for love or a Happily-Ever-After because I know how that ends. I just need to concentrate on my degree and look after myself. But there's something about my boss, Harry, I can't resist. It's crazy since he's so hot and smart it should be illegal.

And then, just like Cinderella, I have my night at the ball and a midnight kiss, and for a week all my sexy daydreams come true. That fake date changes my life in a way I could never imagine. It turns out, Harry wants me too.

But I’m off to pursue my dreams, and he’s taking his business to the next level. There’s no way this fairytale has a happy ending, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing for it.

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About the Author:
Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school
sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal
romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.
She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their
needs. They are not wrong.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Scorched Release Week Blast!

Title: His For the Week

Author: Alice Gaines

Pub. Date: February 19th, 2018

Book Description:

Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.

When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!

Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.

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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Alice Gaines is the author of several full-length books and dozens
of shorter works. She lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper. While Alice
isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her pottering in her garden or cooking something in her
kitchen. She’s passionate about her church and funky soul band, Tower of Power, not
necessarily in that order. Alice loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at If you visit her website at http;//
and sign up for her newsletter you’ll be entered to win her hand-knitted and crocheted

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Title: The Test

Series: The List #2

Author: Tawna Fenske

Pub. Date: February 19th, 2018

Book Description:

This is a test. A test of every life decision Lisa Michaels has ever made.

Lisa thought she’d gotten everything right: The nicest condo, the right career, the best hair, and a perfectly adequate sex life with her stockbroker fiancé. But when the fiancé ditches her at the altar, Lisa’s left questioning every decision she’s ever made. What if her instincts have been steering her wrong all along? And what if she tested that theory by spending one month doing the exact opposite of what she’d normally do?

A crazy-hot fling with a tattooed steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks seems like a good starting point...

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About the Author:
When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash
bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a
RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance,
and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s
offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully
relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the- top characters in undeniably
relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”
Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.
She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on
her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of
eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Review & Giveaway: Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel!

Title: Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3
Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: December 12th 2017
Source: Cleis Press

Book Description:

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are "supposed" to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate "Body Shots," and get tied up with "Red Satin Ribbons." They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies--from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready--and make them come alive. Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you'll want to savor again and again and again...



I love Cleis Press anthologies. The main reason why is that they are so diverse, and this book is no exception. There are 21 short stories in this book, but other than being labeled erotic, they couldn't be more different. There are characters of color. There are characters in the LGBTQ category. There are women who are submissive, and women who dominate. There's monogamous couples and polyamorous ones. There are characters in their senior years and ones who are squeaky clean and new. There are ones with realistic body types and even disabilities. It's pretty all inclusive, character-wise.

That expands to kinks and fetishes too. There's a little something for everyone. BDSM play. Exhibition. Ropes. Professional dominants. Roleplay. Even a paranormal experience. I appreciate that they're not all the same bland "oh I have handcuffs" type of erotica, which I see a lot of.

As any anthology will be, it's a bit of a mixed bag. The stories I didn't care for so much, it was either because I didn't care for the writing style or that the kinks involved are not my own (and that's okay!).

Rather than give a mini-review for 21 stories, I'm just going to highlight my top three favorite stories.

The first story that made my list is "Bibliophile" by Dee Blake. It involves a woman with a passionate love for all things books and literature, a mysterious book author, and a shared book appreciation that goes far beyond your local Barnes and Noble employees. It's well written, and because I also have a bit of a book fetish, I really enjoyed the angle of the plot.

The second story is called "Overexposed" by Brandy Fox. This story includes a photographer back in her home state for work, a former lover in the unlikely guise of a street performer, and a luxury hotel. I felt that in the few pages of story, the author really managed to make these two characters connect and have feelings beyond a night at a hotel. It seems hard to do, so well done there.

The final story that rounds out my list is titled "Romance and Drag" by Lyla Sage. This short story is a bundle of queer/gender-bendy deliciousness and includes a drag king, a drag queen, and a lot of flaming hotness shared between them. My partner is gender fluid, and I am queer, and this just happened to hit all of the right buttons for me.

Of course there were other stories I liked too, and some honorable mentions include: "Demon Purse" by Sommer Marsden (paranormal cosplay), "A Love Affair All My Own" by RJ Richardson (ballet, f/f), and "Tanked" by Lynn Townsend (private aquarium).

If you love erotica in all shapes and colors, this is something that'll heat up your winter night. The stories are quick and can be read in any order since they're independent from one another.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake

Title: Assassin of Truths

Author: Brenda Drake

Series: Library Jumpers #3

Publication date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

About the Book:

The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in- the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.

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About the Author:
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest
memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for
storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories
with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince
charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson
Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French
Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and
Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys
hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at
all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The She-Wolf of Kanta by Marlena Frank!

Title: The She-Wolf of Kanta

Author: Marlena Frank

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Publication date: April 17th 2018

Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing

About the Book:

"A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers."

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

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About the Author:
A writer of both fantasy and horror, Marlena’s work is in a smattering of anthologies. Her stories lean toward weird horror, creature horror, and YA fantasy. She typically thinks up strange tales while sipping sweet tea at her Georgia home, listening to podcasts on her hour-long commute, or while reading a good book with her three cats.

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