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Monday, June 18, 2018

Dating the Prince by Alina Snow 💕 Book Tour & Gift Basket Giveaway 💕 (Clean Romantic Comedy)



Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.



Before Katie bolted down her emotions, Alex captured her hand. She didn’t try to pull away. “What are you afraid of?” he gritted out.
Katie regarded him from the shadowed side of the cab. Her eyes sparkled and color stained her cheeks. Not about to let this moment go, he hit the brakes and swung the truck onto the berm. Seconds ticked by and he pursued an answer. “Well?”
She tightened her hold on his hand as if she couldn’t bear to let go. But he wasn’t a mind reader. Alex hungered to tell her his thoughts or rather how they were changing, only he didn’t have the words to match these newfound feelings.
“Alex,” she murmured, entwining their fingers. “I don’t know what to say.”
Nor did he. They’d become closer but what did it mean? To rush their relationship could very well tear it apart. Like so many things in life, to proceed forward in a new direction required careful planning. Rushing headlong in unchartered waters was something he would’ve done years ago. But for once in Alex’s life, the risk was too great if it meant losing this woman’s respect.
This was indeed new territory. He squeezed Katie’s hand. The first stoplight of the town was a hundred meters ahead. If she was agreeable, he wanted to visit the spot that had prompted this adventure. Maybe she needed reminding that this trip wasn’t just about him finding something essential. She was part and parcel of this journey.
A trip, like any trip, would change them both, and he gave her a rueful grin. “I hear it’s karaoke night at Woody’s. You up for a song?”
Excerpt #4

It took an armload of kindling and a starter log to get a fire going in the guest cabin. Feeling a little tipsy, Katie shivered and rose.
Inside the pine-paneled living room, both she and Alex stood feet apart. At Woody’s Saloon with all the action, time didn’t just fly, it up and made for the hills. During the ride back to the ranch, they’d easily talked, laughing over their antics that included singing Born to Run in the nightly karaoke contest, riding a mechanical bull, nabbing second place in partners’ Ping-Pong, and doing an awful rendition of a two-step where she not-so-graciously stepped on Alex’s toes.
And most importantly, she’d learned that he missed his brother more than most folks suspected. It was a secret that Alex tightly held, and she wondered what else he missed. After all, he was the one a long way from home.
But now, it was just them. Katie and Alex. Alone in the cabin.
The room suddenly seemed teeny, claustrophobic, and her heart raced.



Storms Over Babylon by Jennifer Macaire 💕 Book Tour & eBook Bundle Giveaway 💕 (Time-Travel Romance)



From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history. Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece but his reign will be short. Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She's determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down. Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.



We lay on the bed and he kissed me. At first I couldn’t talk, and then I didn’t want to as our movements quickened and grew more urgent, searching for the release we both knew the other had the power to give. Much later, when I felt the pulse in his neck slow, I was ready to speak, but I still didn’t know what to say.

“I’m going to have a baby.” I decided to start with the good news first.

Alexander sat up in the bed. There was enough moonlight coming through the window to show me his face. His eyes were shining, one light, one dark. He smiled, and his teeth seemed to glow in the darkness. “That’s wonderful,” He whispered. “Was that why you fainted during the wedding? I was so afraid that it was because you were upset I’d married Stateira again. However, it made her happy, and I remembered what you said, that she would die soon after I do. I feel so helpless,” He went on, his voice tightening. “I wish I could do something. She’s a nice enough girl and she would so love to stay in Babylon and rule the city. She’s quite good at politics actually. Then I thought maybe it was because Plexis was marrying Drypetis, but no, that’s not it.” He went on in a rush. “You were so happy when he told you he was getting married, and you couldn’t have teased him so much if you were really hurting. Besides, you know how much he loves you and Chiron. I think I was more jealous than you were. When Drypetis asked me if she could marry him, it gave me a shock. I never knew how much I really loved him until...” He broke off and bit his lip. “I’m sorry. I should let you speak.” His voice was breathless, his color hectic. I wondered if he was drunk. But there was no wine on his breath, he was simply all nerves.

“I don’t know how to tell you this,” I said painfully.

“Is it harder than telling me about my own death?” He asked, a note of teasing in his voice.

“Yes,” I was sad.

He caught my mood and sobered immediately. “Is it Chiron?” He asked quickly. “Is he ill?”

“No.” I threw my head back and groaned. “Oh no, I can’t! I can’t do this! “I started to sob.

Alexander grew frightened. I had managed to stay calm for so long, through so much, that when I fell apart he immediately assumed the worst. “Is it you?” He asked. “Are you dying?”

“No. No I’m fine.” I wiped my eyes. “It’s just something I remembered during the wedding ceremony.”

“During the ceremony, When you were watching me and Stateira? Or Plexis...”His voice trailed off as he watched my face carefully. I had flinched. “Is it Plexis?” He breathed.

My shoulders sagged. I put my face in my hands.

“Plexis. Will he die then? Is that it?” It was a whisper. Pain tightened his throat.

“I’m sorry. It was the name. Plexis didn’t mean anything to me. I’d never read anything about him. I realized during the ceremony that…that Hephaestion died.”

   



A New Orleans Threesome by Louisa Bacio 💕 Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Paranormal Erotic Romance)



Haunted by paranormal abilities she can't control and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation. She enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack. The attraction is immediate and fierce.

There's only one problem.

Lily's a virgin. And whatever paranormal problem she's having is what has kept her that way. Every time she's tried to do the deed, something stops her.

Together, the trio encounters magic and unspeakable evil, and Trevor and Lawrence attempt to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse. Ultimately, to get the demon off her back, Lily's men will have to show her all the wicked ways the three of them can come together.

Warning: Read at your own risk. This book is filled to the brim with steamy m/m sex, a virgin who wants in on the action, and a c*ckblocking demon.


“I get it.” She dusted her hands off on her jeans. Her skin itched like she was covered in a shimmer of grime from head to toe. What she wanted more than anything right this moment was a hot, steamy bath. Well, and maybe some hot, steamy sex to go with it.
“How’s the research going?” Trevor asked, instantly breaking her fantasy.
A blush heated Lily’s face. Something about being around these guys… Did he know what she was thinking? She shrugged.
“It’s going. Not having too much luck, and I need more of Lawrence’s help. I feel like I’m running in circles, whether I’m looking through books or clumsily searching the web. I keep coming across the name ‘Arimanius,’ but can’t find much about him. It’s just this feeling.”
“Listen to those hunches,” Trevor said.
Lily got the impression that he meant something else.
“What about you, Trev? Would you sell family Bibles?”
He stopped shuffling through the new inventory and stepped toward her. The closer he came, the more she became aware of his body. He took up space.
“Only if my life depended upon it.” He brushed his thumb across her cheek. “You have something here.”
Shivers of anticipation spread from that focus point. She leaned into his touch, raising her gaze to meet his. A sense of awareness passed through her. His lips were inches away from hers. She wanted him to bridge the gap and kiss her. More than anything right now.
Closing her eyes, she drank in his scent—a little wild and woodsy, like he’d been running through grass. Would he be as wild between the sheets?
He drew away and a chill passed in front of her. He rested his hands on the counter, his back to her, hunched over. She longed to rub her hands along his shoulders, soothe whatever bothered him, and dig her fingers through his blond spikes.
“Well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that,” she said more light-heartedly than she felt.
“But I will sell other dead people’s Bibles.” He turned.
The corners of his eyes crinkled, haunted, and she captured the sense he knew what it was like to be alone in this world hell-bent on partnerships.
“That’s a morbid thought.”
Trevor lifted his arms. “Used-book store. Someone’s discards become someone else’s most treasured. We buy and sell memories, escapes into other worlds. Nothing morbid about that.”
If she found him sexy reflective, impassioned threw a spark in his eyes.
“Sorry, I don’t mean to lecture. I’ll leave that to Law, the historian.”
She laughed, liking how he made her forget her worries. He whistled along with the radio, and she watched his mouth and her thoughts returned to that kiss-to-come.
Alone. Together. She fought the temptation. She needed to stay focused, and not lose her heart.

    


Love, Immortal by Eden Ashley 💕 Book Blitz & Gift Card Giveaway 💕(Sci-Fi Romance)



The Alchemy Initiative—a doomed scientist’s failed attempt to harvest human souls from the afterlife and bind them to complex machines—has been reinitiated. But it doesn’t take long to discover why the program responsible for making Ethan Remington the ultimate weapon was shut down when the spirit of the highly unstable and murderous Agent Drekker goes rogue, embarking on a sinister rampage in an attempt to claim the ultimate prize. That prize is Ethan—everything that Ethan has and everyone who he loves. No one is safe, especially young Hogan who has begun to display some frightening and incredible abilities. To stop this insatiable evil, Ethan may have to forfeit his humanity…and even his soul.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Finder Keeper of My Heart by Vina Arno 💕 Fun Facts, Spotlight & eBook Giveaway 💕 (Contemporary Romance)



Emma Munroe, a Juilliard senior, snags a plum role on Broadway a few weeks before her twenty-first birthday. She travels to Hawaii with her best friends to celebrate. When she gets lost in a jungle during an impromptu hike, she happens upon a waterfall—and a naked hunk bathing underneath it.

When she finds out his name is Avery Bell, she’s dumbstruck. She believes she’s meant to love someone named Avery. It all goes back to a message in a bottle she found when she was nine, a letter written by a soldier called Avery to his sweetheart named Emma. He’d written it in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack during World War II. Since then, Emma has been searching (and saving her virginity) for her own Avery.

But Avery Bell is as mysterious as he is irresistible. Emma learns about his family secrets and bitterness. In the course of this vacation, an accident and a tragic death will shake both of them to the core. Her singular faith in him—her unwavering belief in love and destiny—proves to be his saving grace.

Finder Keeper of My Heart:
10 Fun Facts about Hawaii’s Big Island
 By Vina Arno

Does the name Big Island sound familiar? It’s been in the news because of the volcanic eruption there. My contemporary, new adult romance novel, Finder Keeper of My Heart, begins and ends on the Big Island in Hawaii.
I’m very lucky to have spent many vacations there when the Kilauea Volcano was calm. In many ways, Finder Keeper is my love letter to the island and its people. I’d like to share 10 fun facts about the island that you’ll find in my novel.

#1 Big Island is famous for its black-sand beaches. In the first chapter of Finder Keeper, our heroine, Emma Munroe, and her BFFs picnic on a black-sand beach lined by volcanic rocks. The Big Island is famous for its rugged seashore and pristine waters.

#2 Big Island’s white-sand beaches are among the best in the world. Even though the island is known for its black-sand beaches, its white-sand beaches are world-famous. I highly recommend the two beaches described in my novel—Hapuna Beach and Anaehoomalu Bay Beach.

#3 The Muliwai Trail sits between two valleys. Emma, a New Yorker, gets lost on the Muliwai Trail during a hike. Thank goodness, a hottie named Avery Bell saves her. She wants to go back to Waipio Valley, but Avery offers to take her to his campsite in Waimanu Valley. He explains that the trail sits between the two valleys.

#4 The Kohala Coast is the island’s most popular area. Emma and Avery discover that they are both staying in the Waikoloa area on the Kohala Coast. Emma believes it’s fate, but the pragmatic Avery thinks it’s statistically probable that they’d end up near each other because it’s where a million tourists stay every year.

#5 The wildlife consists of pigs, cats, and goats. Avery reassures Emma that the wildlife on the island—feral pigs, cats, and goats—usually run away from people!

#6 The giant green sea turtles are “rock stars.” The giant green sea turtles, called honu, appear in Finder Keeper twice. They are a main attraction on the Big Island.

#7 You can party like it’s 1999 at the luau. The traditional celebration called luau is your license to binge eat, drink, and be merry. When you go to a luau, follow what Prince said in his popular song: “I’m gonna party like it’s 1999!”

#8 A famous park commemorates a Hawaiian queen. Emma pours her heart out during a pivotal visit to the Liliuokalani Gardens. The park is a gift to the Hawaiian people 0from Queen Lili’uokalani, the first female ruler of Hawaii.

#9 There’s a Healing Island for the defiant ones. While Emma is visiting the Liliuokalani Gardens, she discovers a footbridge connecting the park to Mokuola, meaning Healing Island. A long time ago, it served as a refuge for people who defied the laws of the local religious system.

#10 The loco moco is not for the faint of heart. When visiting Hawaii, try the loco moco. Just beware: It’s not for anyone on a diet! Our romantic hero, Avery, describes loco moco as a pile of “heart-attack-inducing meats, pus fried egg, atop a bed of white rice, all smothered in thick brown gravy.”

Happy travels and happy reading!



Emma jogged for the next few minutes. Another brook, then a dry creek, before she faced a second switchback. Shit, she was lost! She slogged along, her legs now aching. Then a faint sound of water. Late July in Hawaii was hot and humid, but the temperature had turned cooler the closer she got to the source of the rumbling water.

It turned out to be a waterfall, partly blocked by overgrown grasses. She descended to the swimming hole and parted the tall weeds with both hands to get a full view.

Omigod! A naked man stood underneath the waterfall, his back to her.

Well, hellooo, hottie. She stood across from him, frozen and mesmerized by his beautiful body—tall build, broad shoulders, toned arms and legs. He braced himself against the water crashing on his face by gripping a boulder with each hand.

All of a sudden, he turned around, his eyes shut. Before she could hide, he stepped out of the cascading water. When he opened his eyes, his gaze shot straight to her. He cupped both hands over his groin.

“I’m sorry!” She swung around. “I’m lost. I need your help.”

He didn’t respond, and she didn’t dare look. Two, maybe three minutes passed.

“Hello? Are you still there?” she shouted without glancing.

“You can look now.” He stood several feet away, dressed in khaki cargo pants and a burgundy T-shirt marked MIT. He carried his hiking boots, socks, and a backpack.

“I’ve been lost forever.” She puffed out her cheeks and blew a gust of air. “You have no idea how happy I am to see you. I didn’t mean to intrude.”

He was probably a few years older than her. He didn’t appear embarrassed after getting caught buck naked, only annoyed.

“And your name is?” he snapped.

Okay, definitely pissed. “Emma Munroe—like Marilyn Monroe, but with a u.” She wanted to shake his hand, but didn’t get a chance since he perched on a big rock and proceeded to put on his socks and boots. When he rose, his dark eyes bored right through her.

He extended his hand. “I’m Avery Bell.”

“Avery?” She shook his hand, dumbstruck. Omigod! She had waited half of her life to meet someone named Avery—ever since she’d picked up a message in a bottle bearing that name.

He gave her a quizzical look.

She cleared her throat, composing herself. “Avery. I love that name.” My soul mate’s name is Avery. Could he be the one she’d been looking for?

He arched an eyebrow, like, really? He hauled his backpack over both shoulders. “How can I help you?”

“I need to get out of here.”

“How did you get here in the first place?”

Men ogled her during auditions and performances, but this one didn’t leer. He seemed to be contemplating her, like she was an upright jigsaw puzzle he needed to put together.

“How did I get here?” she echoed like an idiot. Her self-confidence withered fast. She described the picnic on the beach and the hike up to the trail’s entrance. “I should have stayed put to wait for my friends, but my curiosity got the better of me. I chased the roosters and turkeys, plus I might have zoned out a little bit. I thought I was retracing my steps. I honestly don’t know how I got here.”

He nodded. “You’ve walked about four miles on the trail.”

“What?”

“Actually, you were probably not on the Muliwai Trail. You probably followed a fake trail. We’re a couple of miles away from Waimanu Valley.”

“You mean Waipio Valley?”

“I mean Waimanu Valley.”

She’d never heard of the place before. He walked up the weedy slope toward the trail.

She followed him. “Can you help me get out of here?”

He stopped, so she paused, too.

He turned his face to her. “I can take you to Waimanu Valley. I’m camping there.”

“Really?” Hope surged in her chest. He’s got to be the one.