Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway: Killing Secrets by K.L. Docter


...Some secrets are better left dead...



Quick Facts                                        
Release Date: April 17, 2014                 
Genre: Romantic Suspense                                              
Formats to buy: Kindle, Nook, PDF, Kobo, mobi, epub, pdf, paperback. 


Book Synopsis


Some secrets are better left dead.

Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her little girl — the child is his key to controlling the James fortune. Frightened, Rachel flees to Denver with the child who hasn’t uttered a word since her daddy went to prison.

Contractor Patrick Thorne wants nothing to do with another of his parents’ charity cases. He failed his own wife so abysmally she took her own life as well as his unborn son’s. After two years, it’s time to concentrate on the bid he’s won and the saboteur trying to destroy his construction firm.  

There is no room for trust in either of their hearts. But trust is all that will untangle the secrets that dominate their lives, free a little girl of her silent prison, and save them all from a serial killer who stands too close.




Excerpt

“I’ve only filed three police reports, but I’m sure I can lay half a dozen more attacks at this bugger’s door.” He ran his hand through his hair to corral his frustration. “What about fingerprints on the hammer? Have you identified anything in the clothes left behind?” Somehow, the single untouched wall with women’s clothing stapled all over it like some kind of macabre trophy wall was more disturbing than the vicious holes his saboteur left everywhere else.

“It’s one of your own hammers kept in a tool box with a broken lock. Anybody could have handled it. I’ll be surprised if they find a viable print, although the clothes might reveal something.” Jack heaved a long suffering sigh. “We’ve barely had time to catalogue the evidence since you called us this morning. We’re not exactly sitting on our thumbs, no matter what you think.”“What I think is it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep my problems under wraps.”

“Well, you wouldn’t know it after reading that sweet, full-page feature the Denver Post ran on you yesterday.” Jack picked up the newspaper section sitting on the corner of Patrick’s desk and read the headline aloud, “‘No Thorns in Thorne Enterprise’s Rosy Future’. According to this you’re ‘a new contractor barely in his thirties with a Midas touch who’s made it to the major leagues with the multi-million dollar, upscale Villas at Three Oaks Ranch’. You must have really schmoozed that reporter, bro.”

“The headline would have read something radically different,” Patrick replied sourly, “if she’d dug a little deeper and uncovered the truth.”

Angry again at the thought of what he stood to lose, he reached across the desk, snatched the newspaper out of Jack’s hand, and threw it into a wire basket for his office manager, Jane Brown, to file. “You know what I’ve been dealing with these last few months,” he said. “Vandals tag building sites. Supplies go missing. Equipment breaks down.

“But this is different, Jack. You saw those walls at Southgate. This isn’t kids on a lark, pissing out territorial boundaries.”

“I agree. But as my captain pointed out, I’m a little close to the situation and I’m not on the case.”

Patrick barked a harsh laugh. “What does this guy have to do before the department takes this seriously? Leave a dead body?”

“It might take just that,” Jack retorted. “Right now we’re up to our armpits in what’s rolled downhill from the mayor’s office after the kidnapping of that councilman’s daughter last week.”

If it weren’t for the radios blasting all day on his sites Patrick wouldn’t keep up with local events but even he’d heard about the coed who’d disappeared while he was in Cheyenne. “She’s been gone, what, four days? Do you have any leads?”

“We don’t even have a ransom note. After a co-worker dropped her off at her apartment complex, it’s like the girl disappeared into thin air.”

Patrick saw Jack’s jaw tighten, a sign of the increasing stress he’d been under in recent months. “You think she’s a victim of the Angel Killer, don’t you?”

The local news media had dubbed the serial killer with the name because of the angel tattoo he’d burned into each of the girls he brutally killed. He remembered Jack’s fury, as one of the detectives on the task force, over the leak of that critical piece of information.


Review

This book was an exciting mix of romance and thrilling suspense. I loved every second of it – as the twisted web of lies and deceit slowly unravelled; page for page, chapter for chapter.  

There were so many secrets and half-truths within the pages of this book, and each character was so amazingly defined, with a multitude of layers that were just waiting to be peeled away. From Rachel’s life on the run from her crazy ex, to the devastating lies she’d been led to believe regarding the child she protected with her life. And then there was Patrick, still getting over the guilt and anguish of losing his wife and unborn child, to the occurrences that threatened to destroy his business, as well as the tie in with serial killer.

Patrick was an amazing man. It was refreshing to crack open a book that had a genuinely good guy as the hero. He may have been a bit unsure at times, and his reluctance to get involved with Rachel made him act irrationally every now and then, but he was sweet, and caring, and just so wonderful that it melted my heart. The romance that grew between Patrick and Rachel was slow but passionate. Patrick was even amazing with Amanda – and who doesn’t love a man who can interact with children? Especially a child who was as withdrawn as Rachel’s sweet little girl. I loved Patrick the minute he stepped onto the pages of this book, but when he softened at the moments he engaged with Amanda I was done for; and it was obvious a connection grew between them, just as strong as the one that developed between him and Rachel.

This book was never boring, and I was riveted, on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next. Expect the unexpected because this book was not predictable in any way. There were times when I had to wonder if what was happening was the result of Greg’s obsession with Rachel and Amanda, or the work of the Angel Killer. This story was complex, and the many intertwining subplots kept it exciting throughout.



The Author

Karen Docter writes two different kinds of romance novels....Contemporary Romantic Comedy w/a Karen Docter: Romance...With a Kick of Humor!
Romantic Suspense w/a K.L. Docter: Women hunted by killers...men who'd die to protect them. 

Karen's contemporaries are cute romantic comedies. She loves writing about real men and women with dreams and goals that don't allow for a relationship just so she can throw them in each other's path...with a tickle and a smile. Her romantic suspense novels (as K.L. Docter) are also filled with romance, although the dangers the hero and heroine face are intense, usually because a serial killer is bent on ending one or both of their lives before they can fall in love. These are psychological, woman-in-jeopardy stories.

Karen's an award winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. When she's not saving her characters from death and destruction or helping them fall in love, she loves camping and fishing with her family, reading, gardening & cooking.

If she can do most of those things over a campfire, all the better!


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Teaser Blitz: Slowly We Trust by Chelsea M. Cameron


SLOWLY WE TRUST 
by Chelsea M. Cameron

April 24th, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance 


Audrey Valdez didn’t mean to fall for Will Anders. He isn’t her type. At all. But his goofy smile, Star Wars quotes and athletic body make it impossible. She's lived so long in the darkness and Will is like the sun. He makes her laugh more than she has in years and cares for her more than her own family.


But there are things about Audrey that Will doesn't know, things he can't know. She tries to push him away, but he just ends up getting closer to her, and to her secret. Is the risk of losing him forever worth the chance a being with the only person she's ever loved who has loved her back?




SERIES Buy Links 


DEEPER WE FALL (Book #1)


FASTER WE BURN (Book #2) 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.


Matchmaking Blitz: Searching For Perfect by Jennifer Probst

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SEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst


Will be released Tuesday, April 29th


Series: Searching For, #2


Book Summary:


The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client. Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . . Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?   




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In order to join the fun, just leave a comment on this post telling us who your perfect match would be. It can be a celebrity or book character. Give as much detail as you'd like. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com. 




AUTHOR LINKS: 
Website: www.jenniferprobst.com 
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferprobst 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst       



Book Trailer Reveal: Aqua by M.A. George

 



Aqua
By- M.A. George


Genre- YA Paranormal
Publication Date- April 16th, 2014 


 
Meet Layla McKelland:  
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio. 

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.  

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water. 

Especially not water.
 

  
 

Cover Reveal: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

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FINDING HAVEN by T.A. Foster

Releasing May 15th, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:

Power. Money. Control. Love.

He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?  





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


headshotT.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos. T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip. 



Author Links: 
Blog: http://www.tafosterauthor.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tafosterwriter 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TAFosterauthor 
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7164289.T_A_Foster




Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway: Summoned by Rainy Kaye




Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.

Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets Syd—assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd—he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets.

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming—the wish that will destroy him.


Summoned is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.





EXCERPT

I dislike having to murder someone. Kidnapping is worse. At least when I setup a kill, I know what's coming. No connections, no honesty, no surprises. Everything I say and do are just steps to luring in my victim. Once the victim falls right into the trap, the next move is swift: crushed windpipe, fatal concussion, or a good ol' fashioned headshot.

            Kidnapping, on the other hand, is a little trickier. First, the victim has an opportunity to respond. I don't like this. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes they manage to alert the authorities. And sometimes they escape, usually by inflicting bodily harm on me.

            Dead people don't retaliate.

            The second major difference between killing and kidnapping is my conscience. I get in and out with a kill. We have no chance to bond.

            Abductees require a little more one-on-one. As much as I try to keep the switch turned off, I can't help but listen to their pleas and demands. And I usually realize I'm a jerk.

            That's exactly where I find myself one late afternoon in June. I prefer doing this at night, but moreover, I would prefer not doing this at all.

            Instead, I have a belligerent nine year old girl sitting in the passenger seat of my Honda Accord, shackles on her wrists and ankles and a small stuffed bunny on her lap. She's eying me in a way that makes me self-conscious. Like I'm the bad guy.

            Probably because I am the bad guy.






REVIEW


There was a fantastic uniqueness to this story that was extremely interesting and held my attention from start to finish.

I’ve read a few books about the Jinn/Genie myth, but nothing like this. I loved that it was told from the male POV.  I was enthralled by Dimitri’s life as a genie and the master he served, but this was no Disney version, with a blue, stand-up comedian genie. Dimitri’s master was demanding and sinister, with the luck of having a henchman to do all his dirty work for him, he held nothing back. Unfortunately, Dimitri had no choice in the matter and dare he defy orders or try to grow a conscience.

This was a thrilling story of the lengths Dimitri had to go through to keep his humanity, while living out his master’s wishes. He was at odds with himself on more than one occasion, but his blood bond with his master was always there to remind him of the legacy he was so unfortunately born into.

There was some light in his life in the form of Syd, although their relationship was quite strange. I knew there had to be some connection between Syd and everything that was going on with Dimitri, but I really just thought that the closer he got to her – the more he felt for her, the more danger it forced upon them. I never imagined the connection was so much more personal and that she’d be so involved in everything.

There was something very sweet and romantic about the moment the truth was revealed and Dimitri realized he was bound to Syd in a whole different way, but that she’s willing to set him free. It just spoke of the love that had blossomed between them.

This book was filled with passion, heart ache, and some extremely shocking scenes (ahem, Silvia and the kittens – read the book and you’ll understand what I mean). This story was thoroughly entertaining, with many twists and turns. An exciting read.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com and writes paranormal novels from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter (@rainyofthedark). 

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.


Cover Design: Kris Wagner https://www.facebook.com/digitalgunman
Photographer:  Marcin Rychły https://www.facebook.com/karrdepl




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