Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NetGalley Challenge 2014!

NetGalley Challenge 2014

Clear your NetGalley Dashboard!

If you read one NetGalley book every week in addition to your regular review books, that will get you through 52 books this year!

You can use books from NetGalley to complete some fun reading challenges being hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup, to keep things interesting.

Go ahead and add your challenge post to the linky below, and at the end of the year, we’ll do a check in. Everyone that completes their challenge (we’re on the honor system) will be entered to win a gift card from me since all that hard work deserves a reward!

* I myself have 46 books to get through, so my hope is to do more than 1 a week, but if I only do one a week I can clear my Dashboard. *

Monday, December 30, 2013

Erotic Romance Reading Challenge!

Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014

The goal is to read at least 12 Erotic Romances in 2014!
  • Level 1--12 erotic romances
  • Level 2--18 erotic romances
  • Level 3--24 erotic romances
  • Level 4--30-60 erotic romances
Added a couple extra levels for yall super readers ;)
  • Level 5--61-80 erotic romances
  • Level 6-- 81-100+ erotic romances
What counts!
  • Every erotic romance you read and review in 2014
  • They can be any type of erotica-- paranormal, historical, m/m, contemporary, etc
  • All erotic romances over 100 pages in length--audio, ebook, print
  • Re-reads, cross overs from other challenges
  • We also have a closed FB group for the challenge. To join click HERE

So my personal goal is Level 4. I’m also going to take part in the historical challenge and the Nalini Singh Read- A- Long. Something to keep me reading and challenged. I’ll make separate Goodreads shelves too.

So what do you say, want to join the challenge! Then click here!

Shatter by Joan Swan - Spotlight/Giveaway

by Joan Swan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (with paranormal elements)
Heat Level: 3.5/5
Elements/Tags: romance, suspense, paranormal abilities, conspiracy, firefighters,
Publisher: Kensington
Publishing Date: 12/31/13
Series: Phoenix Rising, 4
Format: Print and Ebook
Words: 110k

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For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.
All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

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          By the time he opened the driver’s door, the huge dog was trying to climb into Halina’s lap. The bottom half of his body was hidden beneath the dash as he sat on the floorboard. The upper half was draped across Halina, his big head resting in the crook of her elbow where she had her arm wrapped around his neck. The beast had to weigh well over a hundred pounds.

          His golden brown eyes sharpened and a low growl hummed in the dog’s throat as Mitch slid into the driver seat. He paused before closing the door. “Halina, order him not to bite off my dick off or go for my jugular.”

          She turned her head toward Mitch, but kept the side of her face against the dog’s neck. “Tikhiy, boy.”

          Mitch shut the door and backed out of the drive. “Where’s the nearest emergency room out of town? You need to get your head looked at.”

          “In more ways than one,” she muttered. “But I need to get to my storage unit first.”

          “What’s in your storage unit?”

          She only gave him an address in the neighboring town of Bellevue.

          Before he searched for directions, Mitch tapped into an app on his phone and sent a scanned image of the fingerprints on the glass to Kai, who’d been the one to share this cool toy. Through his military contacts, Kai would get answers on this guy’s identity faster than any other source. And the sooner they discovered who their attacker had been, the sooner they could uncover the root of this danger. The attacker had said he was the new game in town, but Mitch believed this would ultimately end at Schaeffer. Just because the man was lying in a military hospital in Washington DC in a coma didn’t mean he hadn’t put this plan into action before his accident. 

          After retrieving directions from his phone for the storage unit, Mitch set a safe and sane pace through the mostly sleeping neighborhood to avoid notice.

          He was completely off balance now and needed a million answers to as many questions. Stopping at the red light marking the intersection of the main road, he rubbed his eyes and took a deep, cleansing breath to get himself back on track.

          His lungs filled with…Halina—a unique musky sweetness beneath the gentle scent of perfume. One Mitch had given her so long ago. The very first perfume she’d ever owned.

          Why that memory hit him like a fist in the solar plexus, he didn’t know. But the gentle floral scent of jasmine and roses, laced with a hint of leather ambushed him. His nostrils flared. Fingers tightened on the steering wheel. Gut squeezed a hot line toward his groin.

          The realization of how easily he reacted to her clashed with the memory of how quickly she’d taken him down at the hotel and then run, whipping up anger. “Why did he call you Beloi?”

          “Because it’s my name.”

          “Which name? You went by Sintrovsky when I met you. Same name as your ambassador husband, who you originally claimed as your cousin. 

Schaeffer referred to you as Dubrovsky. You go by Raiden now.” He slanted her a glance and found her eyes open, but distant. “Interesting choice, by the way. Now, this guy is calling you Beloi. How many freaking names do you have? You’ve probably got a split personality to match every one.”

          She rubbed her forehead near the injury and winced. “You’re not helping this headache.”

          “Why did you tell that guy to let me and the dog go?”

          Halina let out a long, heavy sigh. “I was hoping you’d run so he’d have a reason to shoot you.”

          His gaze shot to her face again. The little curve of her lips spiked his irritation. “Halina.”

          She winced and closed her eyes again. “What happened to your sense of humor?”

          “What research was that guy talking about?”

          “So many damn questions,” she said. “Do you not see the blood gushing from my head?”

          “You’re not even bleeding anymore.”

          “Do I need blood pooling beneath my body before you take pity?”

          “You may be in that exact situation if we don’t figure out their next move before they make it. What research?”

          “The genetic research I was doing at DARPA before I left.” She snapped the words, her voice harsh, nudging Mitch’s temper.

          “Why did you tell that guy you’d get the research from the house if it’s not there?”

          “Because I could fight him easier inside. And I knew Dex would be out of danger that way.”

          Mitch jerked his head back in surprise. “Dex?”

          She rubbed her face against the dog’s fur. It reminded Mitch of the way she used to cuddle deep into her pillow. The way he used to watch her sleep, study the beautiful lines of her face, the curves of her lips, the texture of her skin, the contrast of her dark lashes on blushed cheekbones. All the time thinking what a lucky bastard he was.

          Now all he could think of was what a damn fool he’d been.

          “Mitch, this is Dex,” Halina said. “Dex, Mitch.”

          The dog looked at Mitch as if he understood Halina’s words and whined.

          The light flipped green and Mitch turned onto the main road headed toward the freeway. “Dex is a dog?”

          “What did you think…?” Her voice trailed off, followed by a soft, throaty laugh that drifted over his body like a touch. “Oh, okay, that’s funny. You thought he was a boyfriend, didn’t you? You must be letting your paralegals do your research again.”

Meet Author Joan Swan:

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series).  She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

Website: http://joanswan.com/

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Return to Audubon Springs by RoseAnn DeFranco - Spotlight/Giveaway

Brothers of Audubon Springs Series, #1
Genre:  Contemporary Romantic Comedy

When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.

Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.

Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?

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“This is your fault!” Emma shouted.

“My fault?” Rafe blinked through the thick coat of flour. “You’re the one who started this.”


“Yeah, you—Miss Macrobiotic Princess!” They used the barstools for support, and pulled themselves up from the slippery floor. “You’re immovable just like your mother.”

“And you’ve got about as much depth as a toenail. For the life of me, I can’t remember why I was ever with you.”

With a predatory look in his eyes and gait, Rafe advanced. In two long strides he pinned her to the counter, his hands grasping her hips. “Don’t!” His voice, low and dangerous, and his near proximity overwhelmed, charging her body with a jolt of electricity rendering breathing impossible. His gaze locked on hers for an eternity, then without warning, he dipped his head and licked lavishly at the syrup on her chest and neck.

Need and heat consumed her at his touch, fraying what was left of her nerves. She dropped her head back, shivered, and her knees buckled. He held her steady, fully pinned against the counter and continued to feast on her neck. Then with a shake as if waking from a dream, he stepped away, taking his heat with him.

Emma swayed and gripped the counter. Goose bumps rose on her flesh at the storm brewing in his eyes.

“Say or do anything you want to push me out of this house, but don’t ever say you don’t remember.”

RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing funny, steamy romance with heart. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family and would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series.  More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at radefranco.com.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tempted by His Wicked Kiss by Zoey Williams - Spotlight/Giveaway

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Publication Date: December 1, 2013

New York City, December 31—Countdown to Eternity…

Jackson Holloway is running out of time. To pay for his life of crime, he must find a pure soul to take his place in the Underworld before the clock strikes midnight. Medium Charlotte Simms seems like the perfect target—all he has to do is kiss her. But one kiss leads to a sensual encounter unlike anything Jack ever experienced in life. And now he must choose between love—and eternal damnation….

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Zoey Williams was born and raised in New York. She graduated from NYU with a degree in writing and nutrition and currently works in the publishing industry. When she's not writing, she enjoys travelling, yoga, hiking, and annoying her tuxedo cat, Rini. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to interact with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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GRAND PRIZE:   Vera Bradley tote bag 
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