Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dahlia Donovan's blog tour for The Wanderer Book Spotlight

Title: The Wanderer
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 1
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Graham Hodson lives for adventure. His entire life has revolved around his obsessive wanderlust. His inner fear of staying in one place or being with one person for too long has kept him on the go. The last thing he expects is a sudden diagnosis to ground his travel—permanently.

Boyce “BC” Brooks has screwed up his lifelong dream of being the captain of the English national rugby team. He’s lost everything. When his uncle leaves him an inn and a dog in Cornwall, he has little choice but to try his hand at innkeeper.

Can two jokesters kicked around by life and their own decisions find stability when their world shakes beneath their feet?


Weddings were a pain more excruciating than a broken nose, or tooth, or both—an event to be avoided when at all possible. Only the blissfully ignorant would voluntarily submit themselves to the farce of “marital bliss,” never mind the noise, whimpering women, and a priest who would undoubtedly drone on and on unless someone whacked him upside the head.

Why did I agree to this shit? If this bint sobs into my sleeve one more sodding time, I’ll shove her into the aisle, manners be damned. I should’ve claimed a sudden bout of dengue fever in Macau and been done with it.

Graham Hodson had returned home early from yet another adventure to attend the wedding of his best mate, Francis, and his soon-to-be husband, former rugby star Caddock Stanford. He’d contemplated doing a runner. His twin brother, Rupert, had threatened to drag him in by the ear, pointing out that they couldn’t disappoint their childhood friend, could they?

Even if he were tempted to do so, Joanne, Rupert’s wife, had promised untold pain if he did anything to ruin Francis’s day. The spoilsport also vetoed all of his ideas to improve the day for the two grooms. He didn’t see why they wouldn’t enjoy having massive cod strung up to their escape vehicle.

Graham glanced across the room, and his mood brightened when he spotted an old mate, Jack Sasaki. They’d spent summers playing on Cornwall beaches together as kids, along with Rupert. They often flirted with the same boys, though one date with each other had been enough to realise they made far better friends.

The half-Japanese and half-Cornish man made his living as a barber a few villages over, in Fowey. Graham hadn’t seen him in a while and would have to find time while home to have a beer and chat with him. He hoped Jack was having better luck romantically than he currently was.

Wanderlust didn’t come with the perks of being romantically available. His passport might’ve been filled with stamps, but his nights had been filled with loneliness—aside from occasional casual sex. His adventures brought joy to his life.

I don’t sodding need anyone to be happy.

Now, repeat the mantra until the wedding stops making you act stupidly moody.

It might be the wedding of a close friend, but boredom continued to make his mind drift. Did anyone other than the couple care about the cute dog with a bow tie or the adorable child in the tuxedo? No. The answer would always be no. People went to ceremonies for the food and drink that followed after, and no one would ever be able to convince him otherwise.

A sniffle from the woman beside him was a reminder that maybe some people did care. With a less cynical view, Graham could admit the tuxedos had been well chosen. Tastefully done bouquets of white roses were adorned with pale blue ribbons that had antiqued copper rugby charms dangling from them.


Graham could also admit, however painfully, that the blissful happiness on Francis’s face made him slightly envious. “Sodding weddings.”

A gasp from the weepy twit reminded him not to mutter out loud. He summoned a smile when Francis glanced his way. The things one did for friends.

Oh, hello.

Who the bloody hell are you?

Never mind who you are. Can I see you naked?

An absolutely gorgeous bloke sitting on Caddock’s side of the church had caught his attention. Tall, with a closely shaved head and black beard, he had a strong jaw—sharp lines all over really, from what Graham could see. He wore a suit that bordered on obscene for the way it clung to his muscled form.

Suddenly this event looks far more interesting than it did a minute ago. Now how do I get myself an introduction? Should be easy. It’s a wedding; single people come to hook up at them, right?


Their eyes met. Almost identical grins of acknowledgement followed, which intrigued Graham. People didn’t always read him so well. Mr Tall, Bald, and Gorgeous smirked as if he knew exactly what Graham had been thinking.

They’d definitely made a connection.


If the wedding ceremony hadn’t been in full swing, Graham would’ve immediately wandered over to introduce himself. They settled for not so subtle flirtatious smirks. His impatience grew more palpable waiting for it to be over.

Their eyes continually drifted towards one another. An electric shock hit him each time. It sounded dramatic even in his head—but he did feel a mysterious sense of adventure just from contemplating a brief encounter with the mystery man.

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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Lindsay Detwiler's release blitz for Remember When.

Title: Remember When
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….

They met at a wedding, Todd the only man wearing jeans, Jessica the beauty with a troubled background. Settled into married life after falling in love, they have so many things left to do in life. They think they have so much time… until Jessica and Todd’s average married life comes to a halt on a snowy back road. When their truck careens down an embankment, they find themselves in a life-or-death situation. With rescue seeming impossible, they cling to the only hope they have left: their love for each other.

As they fight for survival, their connection carries them through the biggest challenge of their lives. Memories and regrets swirl around the couple as they finally take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing in life.

There’s one big, icy question that haunts them, though: Is this where their story will end?


A high school English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.

Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: The Boyfriend Deal - Charity West

The Boyfriend Deal

Review: The Boyfriend Deal - Charity West - February 2016

What do you do when you want to distract your ex-boyfriend and stop him from stalking you? You kiss the closest guy next to you. For Hadley that happened to be none other than Tyler. The hottest guy in school and the guy she has had a crush on since they were in fourth grade. Tyler has a deal for Hadley; he needs a girlfriend and someone who is a mother can trust, a good girl and someone who can help him appear he is cleaning up his act and stop his transfer to the Military school. The thing is though it's not just Hadley who has a stalker and psycho ex, Tyler has one too. What will happen when Hadley and Tyler's romance crosses the line of pretending to real and they both start to fall for each other in a soulmate way, and the exes decide to exact revenge? Except for Tyler's ex, she is more dangerous than anyone of them could ever imagine and sets out to get rid of Hadley once and for all. Will Hadley be able to survive everything that is chucked her way or will she take the easy and the safe road and end things with Tyler before it's too late and the damage has been applied?
The Boyfriend Deal was a predictable main storyline of the Band Geek and Popular Football star falling in love, the classic Cinderella story but The Boyfriend Deal by Charity West takes it to another level with the added suspense factors. If you want a YA romantic suspense set in a High School format.

Review: Before the Fall - Noah Hawley

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Before the Fall 

Review: Before The Fall - Noah Hawley - May 2016

 Maybe I am one for irony, and also I know a book is a book. Before The Fall is about a plane crash and guesses where I was when I started reading it. I was sitting in a plane flying to Texas. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley was an intense read and it delves into the aftermaths of plane crashes and how easily people's perceptions of others can change the course of how others are viewed as either the hero or the villain. Before The Fall takes a hard look at what goes on before an accident and what can happen afterward and how those small decisions that we make every day can have deadly consequences. From someone being invited onto a plane and surviving.  To finding a little boy and helping him. To rejecting someone at a bar as you didn't want to have a relationship with them. These tiny decisions can affect all of our lives and those around us, and the scary thing is at the time we make those decisions, we don't often realize the consequences and actions that could spur from that particular decision.  Eleven people one night decided to fly in a private airplane, less than 30 minutes later nine people would be dead, and there would only be two survivors.  Before The Fall looks at the lead-up lives of everyone on that airplane and also the way that one action can change people's perceptions. Before the Fall was a slow-paced novel, but at the same time, the writing kept you intrigued and wanted you to keep going as you felt invested in all the characters.  Before the Fall by Noah Hawley has also I read today just recently won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel. If you want a book that will make you think about all the decisions we make and the consequences and actions, check out Before the Fall by Noah Hawley today.

Review: Cruelty - Scott Bergstrom

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 The Cruelty

Review: The Cruelty - Book #1 The Cruelty - Scott Bergstrom - February 2017

Coming to the US on the plane, I figured it would be a long ride, so I brought some of my books from home to read on the plane. Books that I had for a while and just kept meaning to read. The Cruelty - An Assassin took a different turn to what I had expected before starting the book. I thought that the story would be about a teen who was an assassin. What happened though has we met 17 yr old Gwendolyn aka Gwen Bloom whose father works in the diplomat's office. They move every couple of years and are currently stationed in New York. Ten years ago, we learn that Gwen's mother was killed in a riot and today is the tenth anniversary. What happens from here is that Gwen gets suspended from school and then her father leaves for another trip. She is used to these trips as he always comes back home, but something goes wrong this trip, and her father is missing. Now Gwen is about to discover the truth of who her father was and that he is now being branded a US Terrorist working for the Russians. Gwen knows her father would never betray their country and leave her on purpose and so with the help of her new friends and next-door neighbors and a copy of 1984 by George Orwell. Gwen will leave the country and start a mission to track down her father and the ones who took them and get to the bottom of who is, in fact, responsible for this mayhem and framing her father.  I have to admit; the book was a tad slow for my liking and in places seemed to drag on. Though this is the start of a trilogy, it won't be one I would be carrying on with. The one thing I did like though is that this book can be read as a stand-alone as it concludes rather than hang on a cliffhanger.

Review: Turbo Twenty-Three - Janet Evanovich

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Turbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum, #23)

Review: Turbo Twenty-Three - Book #23 Stephanie Plum Series - Janet Evanovich - November 2016

When I first started reading this series, I never thought that we would be up to Book #23. In #23 we are still reading the love triangle that is Ranger with his "Babe" and Joe Morelli "Cupcake, " and we read Stephanie Plum still trying to decide where her heart lies. We know she should go towards Joe Morelli as he is the stable and secure guy but will he give up is bachelorhood and his friends with benefits with Stephanie? Then we have Ranger who is the bachelor type, the lone ranger and the type we can see never settling down. This book starts off with Stephanie and Lula trying to catch Larry Virgil and ends up with borrowing the truck which was delivering not only Ice-cream. This is the first murder they discover, and from there it starts to unravel an ice-cream conspiracy between the two major Ice-Cream companies Bogart and Mo's.  Of course, Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich provides our loyal fans with all our favorite Stephanie Plum-isms that we are used to throughout the whole series. From the Ranger/Stephanie/Joe love triangle and they're witty banters, Lula's antics and her dreams for making money, cars blowing up and of course my favourite character - Grandma Mazur this time she brings out her Cougar claws.  I am not sure how many more are still to come but am looking forward to more antics of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.


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