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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Burning Star

If you love fantasy, the paranormal, romance and twisty-turny stories featuring two young women in the fight of their lives then we have the book for you! Pick up Jessie Lane’s THE BURNING STAR, available now, and we have a special excerpt from the book to whet your appetite! Learn more below and be sure to enter the author’s amazing giveaway while you’re at it!

 

The Burning Star by Jessie Lane

Re-Release Date: March 23, 2014

Original Publication: May 23, 2012

Links: Website | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Hosted by: Author’s Taproom

*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.
Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?

WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

 

 

 

 

 

He’s going to be so pissed. That was all I could think about. The insides of my body trembled so badly that I thought my knees were going to buckle and I would collapse. On the outside, no one saw it—I would never let anyone see how scared I was. The moment they knew I was weak, they would rip my throat out and serve me in pieces to those damn hellhounds of his.

My body involuntarily shivered at the thought of them. Being fed to those atrocious things was something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I felt like staying intact, so I would keep my fears to myself. I hadn’t survived this long by letting anyone know I was weak on the inside. It was a good thing I had distanced myself from the rest of the group by outpacing them to the front and beyond.

He surely couldn’t get that mad. He was the one that told them to fall back. I would have gone out into that field and killed them all if he’d let me. The three men and the wolf had been so preoccupied with his hellhounds that they would have never even seen me coming.

But he’s still going to be pissed.

We were supposed to get her before anyone else did. That damn wretched girl. Why did he want her so badly? Had I not done everything he ever asked of me? Suffered through all of his cruel training and punishments? Surely he could see that I was devoted to him.

Even now, I could feel a trickle of blood run down my back from where he reprimanded me for speaking out of turn. He’d let his favorite Redcap pack attack me for sport. Maybe I was one of the best at what I did—killing—but not quick enough to take on twenty or so Redcaps.

The image of her sitting in the meadow with the Summer Prince swirled in my mind. Her bright red hair blowing softly in the breeze while she sat there blushing like an idiot at the pompous, little brat sitting next to her.

So why does he want her?

Silent and mysterious as shadows, but beautiful and most importantly deadly, I was his best assassin. Even now, as I walked, the dead grass beneath me made no noise at all, bowing down before my feet carried me forward. My victims only knew it was me coming for them in their last moments before they closed their eyes. I remembered them all, every, single haunted face. It was the never-ending stream of memories plaguing my dreams. I did it all for him, to please him, for just one ounce of his attention, his affection. The only man I have known to be a father figure; he always loved to remind me of that.

 

 

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

 

 

Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)

  1. 1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
  2. 17 Signed Paperbacks:
  • Shelly Crane: Significance, Accordance, Defiance, Reverence, Independence
  • Helen Boswell: Mythology, Mythology Wicked
  • Quinn Loftis: Elfin, Prince of Wolves
  • Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood
  • Alivia Anders: Illumine
  • Carrie Butler: Strength, Courage
  • Alyssa Rose Ivy: Flight
  • Erica Stevens: Kindred, Ashes

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Tour Schedule:
April 1:
Rather barefoot than bookless – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 2:
 
April 3:
Reading Between the Wines – Author Interview
 
April 4:
Turn the Page – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 6:
I Read Indie – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 7:
Reading in Pajamas – Character Interview
Renee Entress’s Blog – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 8:
Little Read Riding Hood – Author Guest Post
 
April 9:
Belle’s Book Bag – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 10: 
Fictional Candy – Playlist
 
April 11: 
The Romanceaholic – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 12:
Rustys Reading – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 13:
Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 14:
Wicked Readings by Tawania – Spotlight w/Excerpt
We Stole Your Book Boyfriend – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 15:
RhiReading – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 16: 
 
April 17:
The Book Harlots – http://www.thebookharlots.blogspot.com – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 18:
Kats Read – Author Guest Post
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 19:
Romancebookworm’s Reviews – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 
April 20:
Cocktails and Books – Playlist
 
April 21:
A Novel Review – Dreamcast
 
April 22:
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Twinsie Talk Book Reviews – Spotlight w/Excerpt
 

Series Spotlight & Giveaway – Jago Legacy – Jane Goodman

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LEGACY OF DARKNESS
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1837 Cornwall, England
Orphaned, penniless and reduced to the role of lady’s companion, Lucy Alleyne is relieved when a distant relation spirits her away to Castle Athal. But gratitude soon gives way to fear—and unlooked-for pleasure.
The ancient Cornish castle is a dark monument to family, fortune and blood. Within its walls, the Jago family keeps its wards close…and its secrets closer. Lucy is drawn to Tynan, Earl of Athal. The young heir is handsome and caring, yet tortured in his mind like his father before him. Tynan is utterly different from his uncle Uther—a commanding, seductive presence whose leonine power radiates from his every word and gesture.
These two Jago men have innocent Lucy enthralled—mind, soul and body. But if she remains within the poisonous castle keep, with its history of ill-starred passion and madness, a mere broken heart will seem a mercy.

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ECHOES IN THE DARKNESS
(available now in the April 2014 SHIVERS box set)
Not betrothed, but beguiled.
In artistic circles she is the Divine Dita, Paris’ most sought-after nude model. But now she’s not so much posing as playing a role: fiancée to the next Earl of Athal. The charade is a favor to Dita’s friend, Eddie Jago, a dissolute painter…and the aforementioned heir. As deceptions go, it is innocent compared with what will come.
On the grim Cornish coast, from the ashes of a ruined castle rises the Jagos’ sumptuous new manor house. The fresh-hewn stone, however, cannot absorb the blood of centuries or quiet the echoes of past crimes. Dita struggles to decipher the family: the infirm Earl and his inscrutable wife; resentful Eddie; sheltered sister Eleanor. And Cad: the handsome second son whose reputation is spotless in business—scandalous everywhere else.
Drawn by friendship, ensnared by lust, Dita uncovers a sordid tangle of murder, desire and madness. It will lay her bare as no portraitist has done before.

DARKNESS UNCHAINED
The third and final book in the Jago Legacy series is coming soon!

LEGACY OF DARKNESS Excerpt
{This excerpt takes place during Lucy’s first night at Tenebris. I chose it because I think it sets the gothic scene perfectly. ~ Jane}

I could not sleep. Whether it was the strangeness of my surroundings, the speed with which Demelza had whisked me away to this place or, as I suspected, the unsettling effect of meeting Uther Jago, I could not say. But I rose from my restless, curtained bed and sat in a chair by the dim light of the dying fire for what seemed to be many hours. The shadow of the bed-post danced upon the wall, but my thoughts were still as the grave.

I remembered with great clarity how my mother talked of her occasional childhood visits to Tenebris. Although she died when I was young, she had a remarkable gift for painting with words a vivid picture of reality. Her stories stayed with me long after she had gone. Bemused affection always tinged her recollections of this Jago stronghold, the walls of which had seen so many bloody endings. She viewed Tenebris through the romantic eyes of a fanciful child, and it had not disappointed. Ghosts and hauntings, mysterious whispers, troubled winds, darkened moors and secrets … these were the colours of her memories.

The awful grandeur of Tenebris, it seemed, exerted a powerful attraction over the Jago family, even those for whom it had never truly been home. My grandmother, a Jago cousin, spent her childhood nearby in an unremarkable manor house. Even once married to a successful London diplomat, and with a family of her own, she made a regular summer pilgrimages to the remnant of her ancestry. My own mother had married well, but perhaps not quite brilliantly enough for her Jago relatives. Although my father died a baronet, the title came to him through hard work, not birth. I suspected that my mother’s visits to Tenebris were curtailed because her husband— who, at that time, had been plain Mr Reginald Alleyne— was not quite grand enough for her noble relatives.

Of her Jago cousins, my mother had spoken little. And that struck me, with the great gift known as hindsight, as rather odd. I wondered at the charismatic duo who made up two- thirds of my new family. Brother and sister had physical beauty in abundance, undeniable charm and something more besides. Their wealth and pedigree were beyond question. Yet both were well past the expected marriageable age and remained unattached. Were they particularly difficult to please? Or, as my aunt had hinted, had their great sacrifice to the altar of family duty been their care for an orphaned, delicate nephew? And what of that nephew? Of Tynan Jago, the man who was master of this towering monument to the cruel vanity of men? In spite of Demelza’s dismissive assurances, I remained nervous about how the Earl of Athal would view the introduction of an indigent— and tenuously distant— relative into his ancestral home.

Uther, yielding to Demelza’s promptings, had promised to escort me around the castle on the following day. I looked forward to learning something of the castle’s history. Dare I also admit that I relished the prospect of his company? My thoughts, unbidden, returned repeatedly to dwell on this possibility. Indeed, if I am honest, my mind had not strayed far from Uther Jago since the minute I met him. I was utterly, helplessly devastated by his charm.

At first, my mind was so preoccupied that I thought I must have imagined the sound. When it came again, it was faint and my ears strained to fully catch it. It was a cat, surely? Or maybe a fox had strayed into the gardens beneath my window. The hoarse, yipping sound could only have come from a wild animal.

I rose and drew my elegant new dressing gown tighter . The casement window creaked as I opened it. The moon was full and threw its benign silver-gauze veil over the unfamiliar scene. The sound grew louder. It became a croaking, screeching banshee wail which that broke on a note of wild laughter before dying away to an embittered moan. Frozen into immobility, I stood by the open window, as the soulful lament— urgent and frenzied— went on and on, branding its madness into my brain. No emotion so effectively robs the mind of all reason, or the feet of all action, as fear. But my terror was not induced solely by the haunting desperation of the sound. It was also because its source was here … inside the castle. In the corridor outside my bedchamber.

About the Author

I am an avid reader, particularly of historical romances, and my favourite authors are Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and Victoria Holt. I have always enjoyed writing (I still have a copy of the medieval novel I wrote, in felt tip pen, when I was 14!).
Gothic romance (love stories with a dash of horror) is my favourite genre. I love the lush atmospheric settings of the true gothic, the dark, unexplained secrets and feisty heroines. The heightened sensuality the new gothics sends an extra shiver down the reader’s spine.
My first Harlequin Shivers novel, Legacy of Darkness, was published in January 2014. The sequel, Echoes in the Darkness, was released in April 2014 as part of a four book Shivers box set.
I also write historical romances, with heroes and heroines you fall instantly in love with, fascinating supporting characters and luscious settings.
I live in England and love to travel to European cities which are steeped in history and romance. Venice, Dubrovnik and Vienna are amongst my favourites. I am married to a lovely man, mum to two grown up children and slave to a spoilt-brat cat.

I love to hear from readers and can be contacted at:
http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/
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Mills and Boon:
Jane Godman page: http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/jane-godman

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Review: The Husband Campaign – Regina Scott

The Husband Campaign

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A Marriage of Necessity 

The moment John, Lord Hascot, encounters a young woman sheltering in his abandoned stable, his future is sealed. To prevent scandal—and protect Lady Amelia Jacoby from her parents’ ire—he must propose. John’s ability to trust vanished when his former love married his twin brother. Yet he offers Amelia everything she could want—except affection. 

Amelia sees John’s true nature shine through when he cares for his horses. But the brooding aristocrat seems determined to keep her at arm’s length. Little by little Amelia will turn Hollyoak Farm into a home, but can she turn a marriage of convenience into a joyful union? 

The Master Matchmakers: Wedding bells will ring when downstairs servants play Cupid for upstairs aristocracy

First things first, I do realize that there are different “rules” for Inspirational romances than there are for mainstream romance, and therefore there won’t be a lot chemistry and passion. There is, as to be expected, no sex in this book, and I think there are a few rather chaste kisses exchanged between husband and wife.  I’m perfectly okay with this. After all, not every good love story requires passion to get the point across, though I won’t lie and say I don’t typically enjoy that sort of thing in my romances. 

However, my biggest problem with this is that when there is no physical passion between a couple, it’s all the more important for the author to really illustrate the emotional connection between a couple in order for me to truly believe in their love by the end of the book.

In this instance, though, I never really felt the love between Amelia and John. Sure, they both had a strong affinity and attachment to horses, and they both had a strong faith in G-d, and they were both considerate towards each other (at least eventually), but I’ve read Inspirational romances where you could feel the caring and love between the leads, and this, sadly, wasn’t one of them.

I think that the drama involving John’s brother’s widow, whom he had once thought himself in love with, distracted from rather than added to the story, and though it was pleasing to see John take a united front with his wife, I was disappointed that he didn’t actually stand up for her more.

I also realize that this is rather picky of me, but one of the things about the blurb that interested me was that the servants would be playing a huge part in the matchmaking between husband and wife, and I was looking forward to a bit more scheming and plotting than we received. While we did get a rather outspoken lady’s maid, and a quietly encouraging veterinarian, I didn’t really get that the servants were truly playing matchmaker.

So in the end, while this one wasn’t bad by a long stretch, it wasn’t really one that truly appealed to me.

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A solid 3/5 Stars

Entangled Brazen Book Blast & Giveaways!

If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control. Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they’ve got the hero destined to melt your… heart. Visit the Entangled website, the Brazen Blog, follow them on Twitter, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on Pinterest.

Introducing Brazen’s March 31st releases:

 

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Friends with benefits was never the plan…


Melanie Jacobs’s chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is her best friend, sexy cowboy Colton Freeze, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are blurred. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement destroy everything they once shared?

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Also, don’t miss these three great novellas from our prior Halloween Anthology, now available individually for the first time!

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Possession is nine-tenths
of the law. And she belongs to him. 
He’s not who she thinks,
and he has seduction
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When a battle of wills
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one wrong move could be fatal.

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Quickie Review: Wallflower Gone Wild – Maya Rodale

Wallflower Gone Wild

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In the second in Maya Rodale’s delightful Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to Cause a Scandal is taking Society by storm…

Being good has worked out very badly for Lady Olivia Archer. All she has to show for four seasons on the marriage mart is the nickname Prissy Missy. Her prospects are so bleak that her parents have betrothed her to a stranger with a dire reputation. If Phinneas Cole—aka The Mad Baron—wants a biddable bride, perhaps Olivia can frighten him off by breaking every ladylike rule.

Phinn has admired Olivia’s poise and refinement from afar…qualities that appear to have vanished now that they are officially engaged. This Olivia is flirtatious, provocative, and wickedly irresistible. She’s not at all the woman he bargained for, yet she’s the only one he wants.

He’s determined to woo her. She’s determined to resist. But Olivia is discovering there’s nothing so appealing as a fiancé who’s mad, bad, and dangerously seductive…

One thing I love in historical romance is a a good Hero-In-Pursuit story, especially when the subject of his pursuit is so determined not to let him win.  Phinn’s bad reputation led to quite a bit of misunderstandings, and I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Olivia. More than that, though, was just how heart-meltingly clueless he was when it came to romance and courtship.

There was lots of humor, though I personally don’t care for “embarrassment humor” such as was found at Almacks. Luckily, the delight that came from the merry chase that Olivia led Phinn on outweighed any of my discomfort at her public humiliation.  I especially loved watching Olivia come out of her shell and finally stand up for herself to her parents.  The sly nod to Caroline Linden’s 50 Ways to Sin, from her Scandals series was entertaining as well.

Even though there were some rather serious issues to be tackled, Ms. Rodale handled them with her typical humor which made this an entertaining and light-hearted read.

Recommended for fans of misunderstood heroes, unconventional courtships, and heroines finally finding her own voice.

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4/5 Stars

Book Blasts & Giveaways: Entangled Covet

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Covet’s March releases:

Sex and the Single Vamp by Robin Covington

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Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.


Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.


Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?

Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense by A.D. Marrow

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Breaking it off with her long-time non-magical boyfriend, Evan, was for his own good. At least that’s what Maggie Owen tells herself. After all, a witch and a human can have no future together. Her vision told her so. But now it seems the universe is exacting revenge for upsetting the balance of what “should be” and her heart is telling her she was wrong.

Evan Jackson can’t believe his bad luck. It’s been a year since Maggie broke his heart, and now his business partner has hired her as their new receptionist. Fine, they need the help. But no way will he let her get close again. He can’t take another heartbreak from the woman he still dreams about, even if it feels like there’s still a magical pull between them.

Being in the same building with Evan is a start, but it’s going to take more than Maggie’s special talents and a wink to get the hard-hearted bad-boy to see that love is really more than just cosmic nonsense and set the universe back into balance.


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January’s releases, Love At Stake and Haunt Me, are on sale for only for a limited time only! If you missed out before, now’s your chance to snap them up at just $0.99 each!

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