Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

I love the summer time.  I love the sun, the flowers, the relaxing opportunities, trips to the beach (any body of water), etc., but one of the main things I love is the plethora of the red, white and blue that is shown throughout the summer!  The patriotic songs, the thanking our military, etc. just make me smile and warm my heart.

With the joy though also comes the times that we need to stop and remember the sacrifices that many have make and continue to make for us to have these joyful times as individuals, families and a nation.

This memorial day, and really every day, thank you to those who have served and were not able to return home and thank you to the families that have lost loved ones!

Until my next post...love y'all!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Steal my Breath by Nina Levine, Cover Reveal

*I love this author...seriously I have read all of her books and they are fantastic.  They are gripping and will create all of the feels!! Even better while I loved all the alpha's I do have a favorite, so I am always excited to read a new story from NL to see this couple's approach to each other, their obstacles, their successes, etc.  I don't think anyone can take my favorites place..but I always enjoy reading and meeting new couples to see where they stack up!! This book is not an MC or rock-star book..but knowing NL it is going to be outstanding and will keep us captivated from beginning to end!!*



Title: Steal My Breath
Author: Nina Levine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs 
Photography: Sara Eirew Photographer
 Release Date: May 31, 2016



Blurb

I let him steal my breath and I want to give him my heart too.
But it’s complicated.


Internet dating and Callie St James do not go together.

25.
Desperate for sex.
Earns shit money waitressing while desperately trying to get a publishing deal.
Only does yoga to keep core muscles strong—trust me, guys thank me.
Reads too much because gets no sex.
Did I mention desperate for sex?


She’s about to give up on love when the guy she’s been lusting after for a year breaks her three month sex drought.
Luke Hardy.
Mysterious, moody and all alpha, Luke is hiding a secret—one that Callie never saw coming.
The secret, however, is nothing compared to the discovery she makes about Luke’s family when she starts a new job at the local paper. Callie finds herself caught between her morals and her desires. Whichever path she chooses, someone will lose. Is she ready to give up the man she’s just found or will she go against everything she believes in so she can finally have the love she’s always dreamt of?





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Excerpt

Here’s a taste of Luke & Callie…

I stand and move to him. His back muscles tense when I place my hand on his shoulder. “I want to get to know everything about you, Luke Hardy,” I say and he spins around to face me.

His eyes search mine. “You already know the important bits.”

“No, I don’t.” I rest my hand against his chest. “I don’t know the secrets you keep locked in here. They’re the important bits.”

His intake of breath is sharp and he wraps his hand around mine. His other hand slides around my waist and he pulls me close.

Oh, shit.

No.

Too close.


But his lips brush across mine before I can move out of his embrace. His hold is tight and his message is very clear—he’s in charge here and if a kiss is what he wants, a kiss is what he will have.

He surprises me, though, and angles his face away from mine. Still keeping hold of me, he says, “I know we’re doing the friends-only thing for awhile, but a man’s got needs, Callie. If you put your hands on me, you better be prepared for the consequence of that.”

I’m pretty sure my eyes almost pop out of my head. I knew Luke was bossy—oh, boy did I know—but this is a whole new level of bossy. His deep voice vibrates along my skin, scattering goose bumps, while his eyes penetrate my soul. Those intense, green eyes of his will do it to me every time. They’ll cause me to forget everything I’ve ever said or thought and just cling to him for the ride.

He dips his face again and his mouth finds mine. The moment our lips connect sparks of desire burn through me. I’m so damn hot for him and I can’t control myself. I push my body hard against his and open my mouth to him.

He tastes like whiskey and I make a note to buy some just so I can remember this moment forever. I’ve never loved whiskey before, but it may just be my new favourite drink.

This kiss will forever live in my mind. Luke doesn’t simply kiss—he possesses. He takes me mind, body and soul.

In this kiss I find hope.

Hope that he will fight for me.

For the us we both want.






Author Bio

ESCAPE WITH AN ALPHA

Dreamer.
Coffee Lover.
Gypsy at heart.

USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.

When I’m not creating with words you will find me planning my next getaway, visiting somewhere new in the world, having a long conversation over coffee and cake with a friend, creating with paper or curled up with a good book and chocolate.

I love Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, Lady Antebellum and pretty much any singer/band that is country or rock.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.


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There is a giveaway for a Kindle Fire, signed paperback of Steal My Breath or a $20 Amazon Gift Card


SINdicate: Cerberus MC Book 1.5 by Marie James, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance, Action
Published~ May 25, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
BT Urruela is former military with scars from war that forever changed his life. He attends an acting class, is a personal trainer at an elite facility in Tampa, and is your typical warm-blooded male. 

Life is pretty easy-going for BT... then Aviana Maguire catches his eye. 

Aviana attends the same acting class as BT, but does her best to stay under the radar. She’s the product of a broken family and a less than desirable childhood. She’s riddled with emotional scars and has extreme trust issues with men and all relationships in general. 

Life was hard for Aviana as she struggled daily to just stay afloat. Just when she thought life couldn’t get more difficult, she’s snatched away from her home as retribution for someone else’s mistakes. 

Underworlds, debts, and an obsession for justice could change everything for them both. 

BT may rescue the girl he tracked into the dark recesses of Las Vegas, but will she ever be the same? 

Or will BT become so deeply involved in SIN, that he becomes the one needing to be rescued? 

My Thoughts
This is the first time that I have read fan-fiction and it was the first introduction to the veteran/writer/cover model/motivational speaker BT Urruela, so I was not quite sure what to expect.  Except ...I did know that I have read all of MJ's other works, loved them, and that the blurb sounds amazing.

Per usual the writing was very enjoyable, multi-faceted, the characters well developed,  and the scenes  very visual.  One of the things I love about all of the books from MJ is that when I read them the locations and individuals are so vividly described that I can see them as I read.  I was thrilled when we got to see members from Cerberus MC!!  I love those men, the brotherhood they hold as an MC and veterans, and what all they stand for.  The balance between romance and action/thriller regarding the actions of those in Vegas was fantastic.  I love books that hold both elements because it keeps me engaged and questioning what will happen from start to finish.  SINdicate had me laughing, crying, cringing, cheering and thrilled throughout the entire book.  It also left me wondering how much is fiction and what/if any is accurate about BT.  I did find from going to BT's FB page that he does have dogs! And while a small part of the book, the scenes involving the dog caught my attention since I always plan my vaca's around my chi's! 

The premise of the book from the cover, to the blurb, to the emotions, actions of many individuals and the ending had me hooked and I can definitely say that this book will be one that I re-read and strongly recommend!

Important Links
*One could say that I am a huge MJ fan since I have read and reviewed all of her books.  You can find my reviews for Coming to Hale here, Begging for Hale here, Hot as Hale here, To Hale and Back here, Love me Like That here, and Kincaid here *

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Disclaimer~ I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Until my next post...love y'all!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Organic Bunny Box~ May 2016

First of all I must talk about how this box continues to impress me with the attention to detail in the packaging, presentation and quality.  

This month had a great variety of products that I can't wait to try out!  In May's box there was a Puracy Natural Bug Spray (talk about time appropriate), Erin's Faces Tinted Lip Balm (feels and looks amazing), Metta Skincare Body Butter, Java Coffee Infused Hair & Body Serum, gorgeous Au Naturale Cosmetics Eye Shadow, AnnMarie Neroli Toning Mist and a make up brush from one of my favorite vegan beauty companies...Luxie Beauty!...oh yeah and of course all of these items are organic and have made me feel pampered on my quest to learn more about living an organic lifestyle:)

This is a subscription service that Amanda* over at the Organic Bunny started a few months ago.  Each box comes with 6-8 medium to full size products of organic goodies (sometimes with more deluxe samples).  This might be skin care, hair care, make-up or even laundry supplies and coffee!

You can sign up for the box (currently has a waiting list) at this website .  There are subscriptions for a reoccurring monthly service, a one month service, a three month service or a six month service.  I chose the reoccurring monthly box when I initially signed up and I am SO glad because I never have to worry about not getting the box before it sells out!! The one month or the reoccurring monthly is $59.99 a month.  Payments are done on the 1st of each month or whatever your subscription service covers.

So far each month has sold out and/or has a waiting list.  She posts updates on any available spots on her Instagram account here.  Normally the box ships in the beginning of the month and you will receive an email with a tracking number.  The box arrives in 2-3 days and in my opinion is a joy to open! There are no hints or teasers about what is in the box so it is a surprise and very fun to open it up and see the goodies that await!

The organic products come in a very nice quality and pretty pink box.  It is a flap top box that is very sturdy.  In side there is a great saying about "for the glamorous girl with a green heart."  All of my boxes have arrived in great shape and none of the products have been damaged, spilled, etc.  Previous boxes had hair care, skin care, essential oils, tanning spray, lip gloss, shampoo, hair and body oil, etc.  As you can see a wide variety of products and brands to try!
*The top box design has been the standard for the last few months, but occasionally there have been other designs...all on the same great quality box, gorgeous, and great to re-use as storage for my beauty, nails and skin care products!!*

Until my next post...love y'all!!

Lies by C.A. Harms




Title: Lies
Series: Phoenix Undercover #1
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
 Release Date: November 24, 2015



Blurb

FBI Agent Joshua Phoenix goes undercover…Deep.
Thrust into a world of drugs and criminal activity, integrating himself into the Russian Mafia turned out to be much more than Josh bargained for.
It’s dark and it’s dangerous.
The lives they destroy along the way will never be the same.
The things he is forced to do will haunt him forever.
Even more importantly, he never planned on meeting her…
A chance encounter with Real Estate Agent Gabriella Shannon, has Josh questioning his ability to complete his mission.
And now the dark world may consume them both.
He’s in too deep.
Leaving now would only risk the safety of those around him.
But when his cover’s blown Josh is forced to make a decision that will reroute his future.
One decision.
The hardest decision he will ever have to make in his life.
And those he meant to protect will be the ones who suffer the most…







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Trailer



Excerpt

“I like the red ones,” Josh said before turning back toward the display of lingerie. “Oh, and this color. Is that teal?” He lifted up the pair of panties and held them out before him.

I smiled as a younger guy three feet away ducked his head in embarrassment.

“Now these would look fucking amazing on you. Damn, baby.” Josh’s eyes gleamed in excitement as he looked up at me. “I may go broke if you keep bringing me to places like these.”

I giggled as I grabbed the pink, lacy, and completely see-through nightie he held in his other hand.

“We’ll take one of these in every color you have,” he hollered to the clerk.

I hid my head against his chest and tickled his sides.

“What?” he grunted and tried to pull back from my assault. “You can’t blame me for trying, sweetheart.

Forget about getting dressed daily. I think you should live in these nighties.”

I tilted my head and looked up at him. “You are insatiable.” I rose up on my tiptoes, bringing my lips close to his. “And extremely adorable.”

He closed the distance and kissed me, wrapping his arm around my waist securely. His tongue rolled with mine, and for a moment I forgot we were standing in the center of a department store. Someone cleared their throat, and I broke the kiss to look over my shoulder. An older salesperson was giving us a disapproving glare.

“Sorry,” I offered. When I turned back to face Josh, he was grinning from ear to ear.

“So—” He waggled his eyebrows suggestively. “—we are getting some of these. Right?”

I lifted up the light pink nightie and shook it in front of his face. “We’ll get this one and the red one,” I assured him as I walked toward the sales clerk at the checkout counter. When I looked back over my shoulder, Josh was smiling brightly and following close behind.

“Now that’s my girl. Looks like tonight we’re

staying in.”

I rolled my eyes and turned forward again as he chuckled.





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The devil wears many masks, and everyone’s world will crash when the truth comes out…
The life of an undercover FBI agent can be dark.
The things you see can never be unseen.
The effects it has on your mind, leave a gaping hole in your soul.
Agent Joshua Phoenix found the one person he knew could save him from the darkness, but just when things become real, she’s ripped from him without warning...
He is forced to watch his life go on without him.
His presence is just too dangerous to those he loves.
But how far will things go?
With only a short list of those he can trust, Josh must race to find answers, before fate is decided for him. Gabriella’s in danger and yet no one around her knows it.
And a man who everyone believes they can trust, may just be the devil himself…
Will Josh and Greyson solve this case before it’s too late?
Or will Josh lose Gabby forever.




Coming Soon

#3 Revenge - Available June 7, 2016 

Living in fear was what they were all doing.
It was no longer just the life of the woman he loved that was in danger, but also the life of their unborn child. The undercover case Josh led was now threatening to take away his true happiness. And he must find a way to keep his family safe from the hands of evil.
Knowing that the devil is lurking in the darkness, Josh is left with no way to secure their safety. His fear is taking over.
Soon Leo would finally get the chance to make them pay for ruining his life.
His revenge was coming, and there was no one who could stop it.
The devil is near and Gabby is his target….
And he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
The count down has begun.
There’s nowhere to hide.
They will all pay.



Author Bio


C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.



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Monday, May 16, 2016

Series Cover Reveal~ by Maria Desouza

Last year I was introduced to Maria Desouza's writing by attending a book signing and I am so glad! I read, loved and reviewed her first book in the series Love Lost in November and have been waiting for word about the next in the series and what was happening with Jason, Selene, Vin and others in the story.  So, last week on Facebook (if you aren't following her you should...here) I saw a blurb about releasing the covers and blurbs for the REST OF THE SERIES!*!*! You better believe I signed up for that and squealed when I opened up the document last night to read what as in the cards for some of my favorites!

Not only are these covers and titles great...the blurbs grabbed my attention and made me so happy! Obviously I was looking for and caught by the story premise for Jason, Selene and Vin, but I was thrilled to see a story for Julian and Bethany. Below are the covers, blurbs and tentative release dates for the Love series!!

From the author herself
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Enjoy!!

I'm happy to reveal the covers and blurbs, along with the tentative release dates for the remaining novels in the Lost series.


Book 2 in the Lost Series, Lost Soul:


 Synopsis:

He loved her with all his heart.
He mourned her with all of his soul.
Now, he must forget her…

A year has passed since Jason’s life was turned upside down. While trying to deal with his personal loss, he is given a new boss, a new partner, and a new case.   

Vin’s safe return brings news that leaves Jason’s life in shambles.  He struggles to find a way past the pain he is feeling.  But the only way to get past it, is to forget the one he gave his heart and soul to.

Will Jason be able to move on or will he just be another…
Lost Soul?

Tentative Release Date: August 31, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   Jubert Gilay Photography    ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page




Book 2.5 in the Lost Series, Hidden Destiny:


Synopsis:

Julian Straiz has always worn his heart on his sleeve, even as a lawyer.  Even though his career is going great, he finds himself wanting more.  He wants to have someone to come home to.  Someone to talk to at the end of the day, Someone to love.

Bethany Walters has worked with Julian for 7 years now.  When Julian offered her a job as his office manager, she quickly accepted.   Over time, Bethany has fallen for Julian, but she can’t bring herself to tell him. Julian deserves someone better than her.  
Anyone but her.

An unexpected surprise brings Bethany and Julian closer together.  Can Julian convince Bethany that she is his Hidden Destiny?

Tentative Release Date: October 23, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Brendon Charles ~> FB Page  &  Allison Murphy ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Kruse Images & Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~>  FB Page


Book 3 in the Lost Series, Innocence Lost:


Synopsis:

He always did things by the book…
But not anymore…
Now, it was all about Revenge.

Jason is on a mission that he might not come back from.  He is going to Brazil to bring back Lucio.  Dead or Alive.

Jason has a plan to infiltrate Lucio’s club by having his partner, Jocelyn go undercover as a dancer.   He is ready to grab Lucio when he sees her.
Selene.

Jason must choose between getting his revenge or saving Selene.  Will he be able to stop Lucio or will there be Innocence Lost?

Tentative Release Date: December 31, 2016

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   David Massa Photography
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page


Book 3.5 in the Lost Series, Hidden Evil:


Synopsis:

He was broken.
He was dangerous.
She was not going to give up.

Everything Eddie knew was a lie and now he needed to deal with it.  He killed for Lucio.  He was someone that shouldn’t have an ounce of happiness in his life.
This was his punishment.

Jocelyn saw something in Eddie that she couldn’t shake.  She saw the misery and pain that she once felt herself.   Once she decided to stay, she knew there was no turning back.

Love isn’t always easy.  It can be your worst enemy…. 
even a Hidden Evil.

Tentative Release Date: February 14, 2017

Cover Credits:
Models:  Lance Jones ~> FB Page  &  Stephanie Pietz   ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Kruse Images & Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs   ~> FB Page


Book 4 in the Lost Series, Lost Time:


Synopsis:

Time can heal all wounds…

Jason and Selene are finally home but things are not right between them.  
Jason doesn’t know how to feel with everything that happened in Brazil, especially after finding out about his son.  A child he thought he lost with Selene.
A child he thought wasn’t his.

Selene never stopped loving Jason and she knows he didn’t either.  She just needs to remind him of that. Will it be enough to bring them back together and become a family?  Will Selene lose Jason for good?

Can Jason and Selene make up for Lost Time?

Tentative Release Date: April 2017

Cover Credits:
Model:  Joe Marvullo
Photographer:   Jubert Gilay Photography  ~> FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs  ~> FB Page


Book 4 in the Lost Series, Lost Time:


Synopsis:

Patience is a virtue…

After Jessie rescued Angelica and brought her back home, he made it his personal mission to see that she was ok.   Especially after finding out she was Captain Cayhill’s daughter.   

Angelica was angry and in pain after finding out about her father.   When her mother refused to let her back home, she found herself living on the street and having to do the unthinkable when Jessie intervenes.

The more Jessie tries to help, the more Angelica fights back. 
Can Jessie help Angelica find her Hidden Virtue before it’s too late?

Tentative Release Date:  June 2017

Cover Credits:
Model:  Eric Leto  ~> FB Page
Photographer:   Irish Wolf Photography  ~>  FB Page
Designer:  Rochelle McGrath @ Shamrock Designs  ~> FB Page



I will be putting up the pre-order for Hidden Heart Next week for a Release date of late June/Mid July.   Love Lost Audiobook will also be published sometime this week.  

XOXO 

Maria

Until my next post...love y'all!!