Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book review: Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2) by Larissa Ione @LarissaIone @Pocket_Books

Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire #2) by Larissa Ione 

Paranormal romance
Paperback/eBook, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Pocket Books

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Larissa Ione sets the night on fire with a thrilling new novel of irresistible hungers and immortal enemies in a world as sensual and dark as her Demonica series.

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader's daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress's identical twin sister?

First in series: Bound By Night review

In Bound By Night, Larissa Ione's introduction to the MoonBound Clan Vampire series, I immediately took notice of this engaging story with its' own unique world and conflicts and intriguing characters. Chained By Night has made me a fan of both the author and her series.

Where do I begin? As a fan of vampire stories (yes, even after all these years), I'm always on the look-out for new books. The second book in Ione's gritty series showcased Hunter's predicament. As the leader of the MoonBound Clan, his job is to keep his vampires safe. The world has turned ugly with humans becoming hunters and slaughtering the vamps for sport or reward. To keep peace among the clans, Hunter has agreed to marry the daughter of a rival clan leader. He doesn't like her and neither do the readers. Rasha is a walking spoiled princess and unaccustomed to the better ways of living Hunter has created for his people. Her twin sister, Aylin, is her opposite and we already know there's a chemistry between her and Hunter from book one. When Rasha's bridal party is attacked by hunters on their way to Hunter's secret compound, the leader joins the fray to rescue his bride. Except his fiancee turns out to be Aylin as he realizes the real woman he's interested in is off limits to him.

The author really expounded upon her worldbuilding here with lots of information on the creation of the vampires and a certain demon's key role. Before Hunter can marry he must endure certain trials and the one who accompanies him may surprise readers. Gritty, dark, dangerous and still steamy in parts, Chained By Night dares to expose every little detail about this strange new world. Hunter's trials are exciting, violent and page turning. He's a pure Alpha male who doesn't mind taking a break to play a Wii game. How quickly he jumped onto my Top Ten favorite PNR males.

Aylin is also a terrific character. Accustomed to being the unwanted one due to a birth defect with her leg, she should be the typical broken female, but she isn't. Kind, compassionate, and strong in unusual areas, she's not ashamed to use her intelligence in a coven of bullies and sexist pigs. When she enters Hunter's world, she's shown respect and care and is made to feel accepted. I thoroughly enjoyed her scenes with Hunter and thought they made a fantastic couple. 

The MoonBound Clan Vampire series has quietly and quickly made room for itself on my shelf of beloved paranormal romance books, right beside others by Ward, Adrian, Moning, Rice, Kenyon, Frost, Sands and Cole. I know I should have picked up this author's Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. At least I found this one on time. Tumultuous, sexy and riveting, Chained By Night had my fingertips tethered to the sides of my paperback and is sure to satisfy any fans of paranormal romance. I can't wait to see what the third book is about.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
I like the symbolism of the cover photo with Aylin chained and Hunter kneeling in front of her to free her, but the image does make me think of certain other books featuring chains (not that I'm saying this is bad or anything). I wish I could tell if the model acting as Hunter has long hair or not. 

Book source:
I received a promotional copy from the publisher in return for my honest review. Thank you Simon & Schuster.

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles blog tour with excerpt and giveaway @cindymilesbooks @XpressoReads

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Only fools fall in love…

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

Star of Deliverance Mandy Madson Voisin blog tour with spotlight and review @CedarFortBooks @SweetwaterBooks

Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin
YA/NA Fantasy
Paperback/eBook, 320 Pages
September 1st 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Born a slave and outcast, the young healer Emi discovers an ancient disease spreading among her people. Desperate, she races to the Capital for a cure and unwittingly finds herself in a competition to win over the Crown Prince’s heart. Staying in the game provides time to search for a cure, but it may cost Emi her life—or her heart.

The Grand Finale for The Better Man by Amy Vastine

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're blitzing the GRAND FINALE for
The Better Man by Amy Vastine!

The Better Man, which is the beginning of the new Chicago Sisters Series, is set in the busy city of Chicago, but is full of family, friendship, and love. It's also from the clean romance Heartwarming line of books from Harlequin.

Did you miss any of the tour? You still have time to go back and check out all the stops and enter the amazing giveaway!

Launch - Intro and Excerpt
The Better Man is the first book in the Chicago Sisters Series, which introduces us to the three Everhart sisters, Lucy, Kendall, and Emma. All three sisters live in the Lincoln Park area, and even though the story has a big city backdrop, the focus is still on family and community. These sisters always have one another’s backs, even though they couldn’t be any different...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Western romance Spurs & Lace is FREE! Check out Bonnie Paulson's new series @bonnierpaulson

Start the series for FREE with Spurs and Lace!

Spurs and Lace 
***This is the first book in a SERIES. Not all plots are resolved in this book and there is a "cliffhanger" type ending. All of the plot points will be resolved by the final book in the series. It is a sweet-style romance.***

Feuding with his houseguest’s brother and torn between worry and frustration over his twin, Slate MacCallister brings the rural doctor to his ranch in a record-breaking snow storm to save the boy Slate loves like a son.

Dr. Becky O’Donald is a city girl stuck in Nowhereville, Montana trying to hack down her massive student loan debt. Thrown into a medical nightmare by MacCallister and certain there is more going on with the lonely, melancholy Amelia, Becky is taken aback by the boy mirroring her host down to the dimple in his cheek.

Closeted on the sprawling ranch, surrounded by white, Becky fights the pull of the country life and the man exuding it.

Certain he’s with Amelia, the boy is his, and he’s lying about having a brother, Becky denies her heart. But how long can she hold out against the man who rides to her rescue and kisses her knees weak? 

 Get it for FREE on Amazon/ iBooks / Barnes and Noble / Kobo / iBook Audio

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Secrets and Lace 
 ***This is the second book in a continuing COMPLETED series.*** 

Robbie’s had enough of the wanderlust controlling his heart. Amelia slammed him from her life four years before and he hasn’t looked back. Ranch-handing around the state, he calloused his heart against emotions and returns to the Lonely River Ranch a hardened man. Discovering Amelia with a boy he knew nothing about, Robbie refuses to believe what Slate tells him. But Amelia’s pull is stronger than his bitterness and rejection. His recent decisions have placed his brother and Amelia in danger. Can Robbie’s gambling experience help him work out a plan to save everyone? Or will he lose everything just as he discovers how much he really has? 

 Get it for $2.99 on Amazon/ iBooks / Barnes and Noble / Kobo 

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Sorrows and Lace

***This is the third and final book in a continuing series. These books need to be read in order.*** 

Ronan James finally has a reason to get rid of his wife. Unfaithful and sterile, she’s the one thing standing between him and his rightful property. His sister’s desertion to the MacAllister ranch with R.J.’s competition is salt in a rotting wound. R.J. needs an heir and a legitimate one at that. With divorce papers in the works and the contracts calling in for mining rights, R.J. strikes a deal with his childhood girlfriend, Kelsey, – a woman who is more tied to his enemies than he realizes. But if she can marry him and give him a kid, he just might be able to hold onto the one thing he thinks he wants above all else – the land. But when things slip out of his control, Ronan will need to figure out which is worth the sacrifice – the woman he’s always wanted or the land he was destined to have. 

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Charming by Krystal Wade blog tour with excerpt and giveaway @KrystalWade

We have a different type of fairytale retelling with today's tour stop. Welcome to the Charming by Krystal Wade blog tour. There's an except of this new Young Adult novel and a tour-wide giveaway. 

Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!

In this edge-of-your seat, tension filled retelling of Cinderella, a vengeful schizophrenic pulls sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine into his dark world. She must make a choice: save her abusive, alcoholic father and bitter little sister and allow the only people who've treated Haley like family to die, or seek out the killer and save them all.

CHARMING by Krystal Wade
YA horror, romance
Paperback/eBook, 208 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die. 

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Release Day for THE LAST ONE by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra


The anticipated spin-off series of THE POSSE is finally here!

Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Where We Belong by K.L. Grayson blog tour with excerpt, Spotify playlist, and giveaway @authorklgrayson

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Since it is Friday, why not end the week with a New Adult contemporary romance, right? Our tour stop today is for Where We Belong by K.L. Grayson and we have a lot. Enjoy the Prologue, check out the tunes on the Spotify playlist and enter the giveaway. We thank you for stopping by and wish everyone a great weekend.
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Title: Where We Belong
Author: K.L. Grayson
Genre: Adult Romance
Publish Date: September 23, 2014
Cover PhotographerTess J Photography
Cover Designer: Wicked by Design
Regret . . . she's a snarky little bitch. I’ve tried several times to regret the events that took place on June 5, 2008, but for the life of me, I can’t. I'd never regret the pain, the suffering, or the heartache because they ultimately led me to the place I am now. And I can’t regret the place I am now. What I still can't figure out is this: how is it possible that the single worst day of my life inadvertently became the very best day? Five years ago my life was irrevocably changed. Seventeen minutes was all it took— to lose my best friend… to lose the love of my life… Seventeen minutes was all it took for the seeds of hope—the seeds of my future—to be planted in the worst possible way. My name is Harley Thompson, and this is my story.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Raven (The Legends Saga #2) by Stacey Rourke blog tour with excerpt and giveaways

The Legends Saga has some of the best covers I've seen this year. Just look at the cover for Raven, today's tour stop at Reader Girls. It's romantic and creepy at the same time. And look at the cover for Crane. Wow, that is fantastic! Her eyes, her hood, I'm lured in by the macabre mystery and brilliance of the art. For our stop we have an excerpt from Raven which makes me want to grab the book and find a quiet corner to read (great job Stacey Rourke). Enjoy!

(The Legends Saga #2) 
by Stacey Rourke 
Publication date: May 26th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

Seeing is Believing: The Chronicles of Izzy by Michelle Graves tour plus series excerpts and giveaway

See How She Runs
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Length: #234 pages
Publisher: Michelle Graves
Purchase:  FREE!!!!! 
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One delivery changed her whole life.

Izzy was a normal girl living in Chicago as a bike messenger before that fateful day. She delivered one package and set into action a chain of events she never could have expected.

Now she is running for her life from the Corporation, her best friend is not at all who he seemed, and to top it all off she keeps having visions.

Will she survive to navigate the waters as a Seer? Will her feelings for Kennan be her very downfall? Find out in See How She Runs.

Author's Note: Re-edited November 2013. Some sections have been rewritten to ensure the best story possible is made available.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Better Man by Amy Vastine blog tour plus excerpt and giveaway @vastine7 @PrismBookTours #HarlequinHeartwarming

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

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Maybe you can beat Max,Simon said. His blue eyes fluttered but stayed firmly fixed on Max.
I dont know. Im pretty good at checkers and your mom just got schooled by a first grader. No offense,he said to Simon.
Kendalls eyebrows shot up. Seriously?
What?Max laughed. Im just speaking the truth.
Oh, it is so on.Kendall started setting up the board. Something told him she wasnt going to be so easy to beat. Sure enough, she was a checkers master this time around. Every time Max thought he was setting her up to get jumped, shed trap him in more ways than one. She almost had him, but he wasnt kidding when he said he was good. Kendall groaned when she could tell her defeat was imminent.                                   
Winner!Max jumped her last checker and threw his hands up in the air, victorious. Im pretty sure you cheated,Kendall mumbled.
Dont be a sore loser.
Im not, but I was killing you. Your massive comeback is fishy, admit it.
Maxs mouth dropped open. That is a lie. There was nothing fishy about my comeback. You opened up that side for my guy to get through!”                                  
Are you going to give Max kisses because he won?Simon asked, completely putting an end to their playful argument.
Kendalls cheeks turned petal-pink. What he wouldnt do to feel the heat of them under his lips. Max shook his head, shocked at his own thoughts. Why would he think about kissing Kendall? Romance between the two of them was a complication shed certainly never welcome into her life. Shed been very clear about the fact that he might look like her husband but, aside from that, they were nothing alike. He wasnt her type.
But the way she looked at him told him maybe he was wrong.
Im not going to kiss Max,she said, her gaze shifting to the table. Her bottom lip caught between her teeth.
Oh, shes got to win to kiss me, buddy,Max said to let her off the hook.
Her eyes lifted back to his. Suddenly, the idea wasnt so objectionable. Kissing you is that great, is it?
Ive been told Im a very good kisser. The best by a few.
Her giggle was almost as cute as she was. That sounds like a challenge,she said, setting the checkers back on the board.
Max had to throw this game. Letting her win was the only option now that the thought of her lips on his had settled in his mind.

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

Website * Goodreads * Facebook * Twitter

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- Gift Card Grand Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed paperback (US) or ebook (INT) of The Better Man
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- 5 copies of The Better Man (paperback for US and ebooks for INT)
- Ends October 5th

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Violet Storm (Book One of the Modi Series) blog tour with excerpt and giveaway

Violet Storm (Book One of the Modi Series) 
by Anna Soliveres
YA sci-fi
Paperback/eBook, 305 pages
Publication date: March 28th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Several hundred years into the future, The Cleansing, known to some as the End of Days, forced the government to create Arks to shelter its people. When Earth became habitable again, new territories rose up from the ashes: Agria, the City of Light, and the Outer Boundaries. For a while, they lived in peace.

A brilliant surgeon known for his invention of Modi’s—the only cure for the deadly disease, vaincre—has gone rogue with his experiments, and the Monarchy is desperate to shut him down. That’s where Aeva Storm comes in, a champion athlete with an ego to match. Aeva is the surgeon’s secret weapon against the Monarchy. And they’ll never know what hit them. After reconstructing her body to become a Modi unlike any he’s ever created, Aeva is forced into a fight against all odds. She’ll have to break loyalties, hurt family, and turn her back on newly awakened love. Thousands of lives hang in the balance in a battle that will set forth a new era.

Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she’s got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created.

Purchase: Amazon | B&N


“Who are you? Who sent you?”
His attacks begin to speed up, a blur of motions. I dodge, duck, and twist around him.
“No one! Whoever you think I am—I’m not!”
I run. He follows, his blade slashing at my back. I spin away, a dancer’s move, and then kick off a nearby tree, taking me into a somersault over his head. There is a frightening whoosh of air as he twists his blade, the unmistakable hum kissing a hairsbreadth away from my skin. Pieces of my hair fall to the ground.
“Damnit!” he roars.
Learning to fight on the field shows its value. Scoring goals is what I do best, but fighting to keep the glass ball is another level of skill that if I didn’t have, would make my talent for scoring practically insignificant.
I see it all, as if Karth were moving in slow motion. He swings down at my exposed neck. I catch the blade between my hands, and then jump into a backflip, kicking the tip of the saber up in the air. Karth quickly regains his grasp. He meets my next move with a slash, this time grazing my left cheek just as I swivel away from him. The sharp sting draws blood and a hiss from my lips.
This has to stop. I don’t have the benefit of oxiom if he seriously wounds me. And without it, infection is a definite. I tumble across the dirt, snatch a solid piece of wood on my way, allowing the momentum to pick me up off the ground and into a standing position.
“Please! Stop!” I plead.
He responds with a roaring lunge, his long saber glinting in the dim light. I instinctively block his blow with the wooden club. In the same motion, I grab his wrist, ram my head between his eyes, slide my foot behind his knee, and knock him backward. In midair, I straddle him, following him to the ground where his saber, now in my hand is poised over the vein pulsing in his neck.
“Please. I don’t want to hurt you,” I say through bared teeth. Somehow that felt too easy. 


Anna Soliveres has always been a storyteller but it wasn’t until her early twenties when she began writing novel length works. The result was an enthusiasm to get better at the craft until her work could be shared with the world. Releasing in March 2014, VIOLET STORM is her debut novel. Anna is currently working on another young adult sci-fi series, titled SNOW DOLLS, set to release in late 2014. To learn more, please visit her here.

Author links: website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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25$ Amazon gift card 
A Fitbit Zip

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    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Cover Reveal: Spooktacular Seductions, a Halloween Anthology @RoanePublishing

    Spooktacular Seductions
    A Halloween Anthology

    By Various Authors

    Publisher: Roane Publishing
    Release Date: October 31, 2014

    Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas

    Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their vows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.

    Samael, the Angel of Death, must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.

    Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.

    Cover reveal: The Reaper's Daughter by KM Randall

    The Reaper's Daughter

    The Reaper's Daughter by KM Randall
    YA paranormal
    Publisher: Booktrope
    Expected Publication: February 15, 2015

    I’ve always felt like an average girl . . . 
    except for my strange relationship with death. 

    You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. 

    But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. 

    Free Ebook Saturday: The Chronicles of Steele Episode Three by Pauline Creeden #free


    Chronicles-of-Steele-Raven3-199x300Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. 

    Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. 

    If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… 

    Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. 

    The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby blog tour stop with guest post and giveaway

             Make It Home Tour        
       September 8 – September 26   

    Welcome to our blog. We are featuring a tour stop for When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby. The author has written a guest post and there's a tour-wide giveaway. 

    When You Make It Home
    by Claire Ashby
    Contemporary romance
    Paperback, 320 pages
    Published July 2014 by Red Adept Publishing

    Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

    When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.

    Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?

    Purchase: Amazon

    Romance Is Like Butter, It Makes Everything Better

    Romance novels are full of hope and possibility. Here you are walking through life, trying to make the most of your circumstances. You’ve made promises to yourself. Maybe you’ll never trust someone again after what happened with that last someone. Maybe you just don’t want complications, and let’s face it, nothing is more complicated than love. Or maybe it’s that you’ve been alone for a long time. You don’t believe your special someone is out there.

    But then you meet a guy. He looks at you and your body heats. He speaks and you hear the blood pulsing through your veins. His laughter is air, and when you’re near him you breath deeper, breath faster. You are alive.

    Life with love is more alive. It changes every part of who you are and how you understand the world around you.

    We might meet someone who makes us feel this way once, perhaps twice in our lives. This, I believe, is why we are drawn to romance novels. To experience the thrill of falling. The rush of that first touch, skin on skin. Those heavy seconds before a first kiss, the heat of his mouth on you. The way it feels when there’s no space between your body and his, but you need to get closer.

    That feeling is not something that can be bought, borrowed, or stolen, unless you find it in a romance novel.

    About the author:

    Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. She now resides in Austin with her family and a pack of wild dogs. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination.

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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Throw back Thursday's Bound By Night

    Book I of The MoonBound Clan Vampire series

    Bound by Night was a fantastic start to this very promising new series…
    a very tasty treat from a must be read author.  Happy reading everybody…you’re bound to love it.
    Night Owl Reviews for Bound by Night

    “The exceptionally entertaining Ione kicks off a sexy new vampire series…
    Ione does what she does best: deliver paranormal romance with a sexy and dangerous bite!
    RT Book Reviews ****HOT Review for Bound by Night

    Book II of The MoonBound Clan Vampires series

    Ione’s second MoonBound Vampires paranormal deftly uses a mixture of complex rivalries, primal violence, and sex to portray a society in which frequent vampire enslavement provokes a civil-rights dispute…Ione’s characters are relatable and sympathetic both because of and despite their id-drenched setting, and Ione’s flavor of vampirism produces a fascinating mixture of authoritarianism, atavism, and compassionate humanity that works on multiple levels.”
    Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW August 25th

    Ione has created a fascinating vampire world steeped in Native American traditions and lore and developed a path to happiness for Hunter and Aylin that is fraught with potent and poignant internal and external conflicts. The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested.”
    Kirkus Reviews August 28th online, Sept. 15th print

    “Major talent Ione is back with the second installment in her gritty new MoonBound Clan Vampire series, where vampires live under the threat of enslavement and torture by humans.  Ione’s vampire world is made up of sometimes warring clans who fight against each other as well as humans.  Uniting the clans may be the vampires’ best hope for survival in the upcoming war with humans.  With so much at stake, these excellent character relationships are fraught with intense and conflicting emotions.  Hang on tight, as this is one exciting and dangerous world!”
    —Romantic Times ****1/2 HOT