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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Book Blitz - G.O.A.T - Liz Crowe

G.O.A.T
Liz Crowe
(Detroit Sports Network, #4)
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: October 7th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

On the day Roz Garnet signed divorce papers, ending her near thirty year marriage to a hot-shot sports agent, she figured a celebration was in order. Little did she know that stopping by her favorite Detroit bar for an old fashioned would lead to a life-altering moment. All she wanted to do was to sink in her own self-pity puddle and try to figure out what she was going to do next.

Retired football star Sean Ridley was thrilled to have landed an up-and-coming agent for his son, so once that deal was struck, he stopped by his favorite Detroit bar for his own solitary celebration—no plans in place for a life-changing, chance meet up either.

But lives are changed, and plans are altered, and after one seriously hot weekend at a premiere horse racing event, Roz and Sean have to face the fact of the matter—that their first meeting might have been pure coincidence but it was one that made all the difference.

Lust and love don’t stop happening after forty—just ask the G.O.A.T.

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EXCERPT:

Sean got up, needing to move around, to dispel nervous energy.

“Oh, sit down, for heaven’s sake.” She smacked the ottoman in front of her. He took it as an invitation but reminded himself that he had to go slow, to let her lead. He sat, keeping his distance. But still so close he could smell her, her skin, her lotion, her very essence. It was intoxicating. He clenched his jaw against it. “You are so … cute.” She bent one knee and pressed the toe of her other foot into his thigh.

Okay, so this was torture. Sean channeled his inner big boy and smiled at her, got up, and sat on the couch. He needed space. “I am cute,” he said, sipping his water. “You’re beautiful. But surely you know that.”

She snorted and looked up at the ceiling. “You really do know how to bring out the worst in a girl, don’t you, mister man?”

“I don’t know what you mean.”

She glared at him long enough to make him uncomfortable. “I’ve had way too much to drink. Again.” She got up, swaying a bit before she righted herself and headed for the bathroom. Sean waited, taking deep, calming breaths. She returned, looking flushed, her hair tumbling in soft curls around her face. Sean had to clench his fists tight enough for it to hurt to stop himself from grabbing her, dragging her onto the couch, showing her how a real man treated a woman as magnificent as her.

She walked up to where he was sitting, slouched down into the too-soft leather, and sat in front of him on the ottoman. “I like you,” she said, putting her hands on his knees. “I like you a lot. But I’m not … I mean, we should be friends. We’d be really great friends.”

He took her hands and pulled, gently, so she rose and shifted forward, ending up on his lap. Once there, she curled into him, knees up, arms around his neck. “I would love to be your friend,” he said, stroking her hair. “But I’d also like to be more.”

She was shaking all over, which made him doubt himself and this whole damn scene. Closing his eyes, he pressed his nose into her hair, sucking in deep breaths of her. “I want to be more for you, Roz. So much more.”

“I don’t know,” she whispered, letting go of him. “I don’t know anything anymore.”

“Tell you what,” he said, keeping his arms around her, holding her, like he sensed she wanted him to. “Let’s eat, watch a mindless movie, get a good night’s sleep, and go to a horse race tomorrow. I hear there is one. And it’s kind of a big deal.”

She nodded. He held on to her a little longer, hoping she wouldn’t get up anytime soon but knowing this was the extent of things for now. Which was fine with him. Going slow was his superpower. All the better to enjoy the final result, which, he told himself, would be a mind-bender for both of them. He grinned and pressed his lips to her temple, keeping it soft, non-committal.

The speed at which she flipped around, straddled him, and had her lips locked on his left him paralyzed with shock for a few seconds—but only a few. He met her halfway after the initial surprise wore off. Their lips smashed together, teeth clicked in an inexperienced way. Her lush body pressed against him left him breathless in a way that should embarrass him but didn’t. The whole thing was surreal. He wasn’t sure where to put his hands. Her desperation was palpable, he could almost taste it.

As soon as he identified it as that—an attempt to prove to him that she could do “this,” whatever “this” was—he broke the kiss. “Hold on a second,” he said.

“Why? Isn’t this what you want?”

He was struck dumb for a moment, admitting that it was very much what he wanted. And that she was so damn stunning right then, lips full, face flushed, curls framing her face. He took a deep breath and put his hand alongside her cheek. She clutched it, and that desperate aura slowly began to fade. “Breathe,” he said. “Just take a minute and breathe.”

She blinked fast, then sucked in a breath and exhaled, never taking her gaze from his. “You must think I’m some kind of a…”

“Fascinating woman who worked hard to help her husband become successful, but was denied the most basic of spousal privileges—that of being told you’re perfect and beautiful multiple times a day. And being made love to in a way that you deserve, also multiple times a day.”

She made a sound of disbelief and raised an eyebrow at him.

He grinned back. “Well, you know, there was a time when I could’ve done that. And while those days are behind me, I make up for quantity by ensuring top quality, if you know what I mean.” He was spellbound by her, unable to take his gaze off her even as his body was painfully ready to scoop her up and take her into a bedroom, or this couch, or the floor and prove his qualifications. Although he knew it was soon. He shifted underneath her, trying to get comfortable but not wanting her to remove the lovely warmth of her body from his.

“You’re a charmer, I’ll give you that.” She got to her feet, keeping her hands on his shoulders, which put her boobs at his eye level, which made everything worse and better at the same time. He gave himself a mental pat on the back for keeping his hands off them, took her hands, pushed her up and away from him.

“I try.”


Author Bio:

Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville living in Central Illinois. She's spent her time as a three-continent expat trailing spouse, mom of three, real estate agent, brewery owner and bar manager, and is currently a social media consultant and humane society development director, in addition to being an award-winning author. With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, inside fictional television stations and successful real estate offices, and even in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are compelling and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, at times frustrate, and always linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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VBT# Only My Dog Knows I Pick my Nose - Lauren Tarshis and Lisa Bronson Mezoff






Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose
VBT# Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose - Lauren Tarshis and Illustrated by Lisa Bronson Mezoff - October 2021




This adorable picture book caught my attention by the title and will be the pick of children all around as kids love that bodily humour about boogers, toilets, etc. This book has our main child character being the perfect angel to the world but just between him and his dog, he is anything but. To his mum and dad, he eats his dinner including broccoli, but he feeds it to his dog so he can have his dessert. To his mum and dad, he blows his nose correctly, but to his dog, they keep the secret that he picks his nose. This is one of those fun reads that will be perfect for children aged 6-9 years old. An old saying always says that "dogs are a man’s best friend as they are loyal creatures" and this proves true in Only My Dog knows I Pick my Nose by Lauren Tarshis and illustrated by Lisa Bronson Mezoff as our two main characters child + dog is as thick as thieves in this 2021 picture book.


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Monday, October 18, 2021

Book Blitz - Bad Dream - Gianna Darling

Bad Dream: A Dark Dream Prologue Novella
Giana Darling
Publication date: September 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Bianca is trying to survive in the small Texas town. Her only goal–to keep her younger brother healthy. Everything changes when Tiernan shows up at her mother’s door in a suit and tattoos.

His dark world is all-consuming, but she doesn’t want his money. Or his secrets.

Until her mother dies.

Then she has no choice but to turn to the only person who can help.

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Author Bio:

Giana Darling is an USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Top 40 Amazon Best Selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man's bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her Golden Retriever puppy, Romeo.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: They All Had A Secret - Michele Leathers






They All Had A Secret: A betrayal. A deception. A tragedy. A murder. (They All Had A Reason #2)

Review: They All Had A Secret - Book #2 They All Had a Reason Series - Michele Leathers - February 2021



At the end of Book #1, we discovered that Bellamy along with the help of Quentin, had faked her murder, killed someone else and escaped from their small hometown, and living under a pseudonym. Now in Book #2 Bellamy has changed her name to Charity and living in a small town at the local hotel and cleaning for freeboard/food etc. She also has gotten rid of Quentin and has a new plan in action. The sole heir to the hotel and a massive fortune is Roy - Veronica's grandson. Charity plans to get him to fall in love with her and manipulate her way into the fortune. Her plan would be simple, but Roy has a sort of girlfriend Samantha who is suspicious of Charity and won't let her get her claws into Roy. As the book goes along, Charity will also uncover some dark secrets that Veronica is hiding - one to do with Joshua Iverson's son Liam and the other to do with the Tripps son. Meanwhile, it looks like not only Quentin has tracked Bellamy down and wants his revenge on her, but also CJ who is from her hometown and has been tracking her movements and covering her on his podcast about unsolved crimes and fugitives on the run. Does Bellamy / Charity's run come to an end or has she got another ace up her sleeve and will stay one step ahead of everybody.  Find out in Book #2 They All Had a Secret by Michele Leathers and stay tuned for Book #3 They All Had a Fear. This series is great for all fans of YA thrillers from authors like Karen McManus, Sara Shepard, and Natalie D. Richards.


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RELEASE BLITZ - Scouts: A Dark Romance Anthology




Title: Scouts: A Dark Romance Anthology
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: October 6, 2021


BLURB

The troop is all grown up, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped using the badges they earned.

Follow the irresistible men of the River Scouts as they journey through the twisted path that fate has set them on.

Each River Scout has a story to tell.
A truth they can’t hide.
But will they come out unscathed?

There’s only one way to find out...

SCOUTS is a limited time forbidden romance anthology containing new stories from a collection of your favorite authors.









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AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited







CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

YOLANDA OLSON
ABIGAIL DAVIES
PENELOPE DOUGLAS
NATASHA PRESTON
JENNIFER BENE
VICKI JAMES
SAMANTHA TOWLE
COLE DENTON
ALLY VANCE
J.M. WALKER
MEASHA STONE
KAMISA COLE
CLAIRE C. RILEY
ELLIE MEADOWS
SHANE STARRETT
ANDI JAXON

Review: Love You Little Lady - Brett Young






Love You, Little Lady


Review: Love You Little Lady - Brett Young - August 2021


If you love Country Music, then this book is one of the perfect ways to introduce your daughter to country music and Brett Young.  Love You, Little Lady, by Brett Young and illustrated by Airin O'Callaghan brings to life his song Lady which was inspired by his wife when she was pregnant with his daughter. This is such a beautiful story as the song is also one of my favorite father/daughter combos as the book and song has a strong father/daughter relationship and up until the last few years, I was quite close to my dad, and growing up I thought we had quite a good relationship. That was until I reached my late 20's / early 30's after my mum died and I moved into my own home - then despite metrying to reach out, we drifted apart and sadly that relationship just isn't as close as we used to be and probably never would be as I think he doesn't know how to connect with me. That is sad and I do mourn the relationship we once had but I would like to think that if I ever had a child, I would love it with all my heart and it would know love for eternity.  This book besides many others would also be one I would use to introduce it to the music I love and the illustrations have also captured the song lyrics beautifully. Love You Little Lady is the perfect gift for all new fathers and families with a close father/daughter relationship.  This picture book is perfect for all children aged 4-7 years old.


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Book Blitz - Lingerie Wars by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Lingerie Wars
Janet Elizabeth Henderson
(Invertary, #1)
Publication date: January 1st 2013
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Englishman Lake Benson loaned his life savings to his dippy sister so that she could buy a shop. It was a big mistake. His sister has been steadily flushing his money down the drain – and now he wants it back. Years in the special forces taught Lake that if you want a job done, do it yourself. So he steps in to make the shop profitable, sell it and get his money back. The only problem is, the business is an underwear shop. And all Lake knows about underwear can be summed up in how fast he can unsnap a bra. To make matters worse, the tiny highland town already has a lingerie shop. A successful one, run by an ex-lingerie model. A very gorgeous ex-lingerie model, who’s distracting him from his mission more than he’d like to admit. If Lake wants to get his savings back, and get out of Scotland, he only has one option – wipe out the competition.

Kirsty Campbell has spent years rebuilding her life after she woke up in hospital in Spain to find her body scarred, and her ex-fiance had run off with all her money. The last thing she needs is a cocky, English soldier-boy trying to ruin all she has left. Her home town is only too happy to help her fight the latest English invasion, although Lake is beginning to sway them with his sex appeal and cut price knickers. With the help of her mother, and the retired ladies of Knit or Die, Kirsty sets about making sure that her shop is the last one standing in Invertary.

It’s Scotland versus England as you’ve never seen it before. It’s lingerie war.

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EXCERPT:

Lake Benson’s midlife crisis lasted exactly twenty-four hours. In that time, he quit his career with the army and bought a lingerie shop. All things considered, he was glad the crisis hadn’t lasted longer.

“I told you,” whined his little sister. “I can do this myself. I have a business plan. You’re only interfering because you’re bored and don’t know what to do with yourself.”

“That’s not the point,” Lake told her as he looked up at the sign on the front of the shop. “The point is, you obviously need my help. You’re hemorrhaging money. My money.”

He hadn’t even set foot inside the shop and already he could see a problem.

“That”—he pointed at the sign—“has to go.”

Rainne twisted a strand of her long hair, a dead giveaway that he wasn’t getting the whole story.

“I can’t get rid of the sign,” she said at last. “It’s part of the town’s heritage.”

Lake folded his arms tight across his chest. Heritage his hairy backside.

“You also didn’t tell me how isolated this place is,” he said.

“It’s busy during the tourist season—you know, summer.”

For Scotland that was about two weeks in August.

“And you neglected to mention that we have competition.”

He cocked his head towards the lingerie shop, which sat opposite them on the high street. Unlike the shop that had eaten all of his money, the one over the road actually looked like people would buy lingerie in it.

“Ah, yeah,” his sister said as she toed the pavement with her pink Doc Marten boot. “But Kirsty’s shop has a different clientele than ours.”

“One that buys underwear?”

She missed the sarcasm.

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Author Bio:

Janet is a Scot who moved to New Zealand fifteen years ago. Among other things, she’s been an artist, a teacher, a security guard at a castle, a magazine editor, and a cleaner in a drop in center for drug addicts (NOT the best job!). She now writes full-time and is working on her 19th book. Her books have won several awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense. When she isn’t living in her head, she raises two kids, one husband, and several random animals. She survives on chocolate and caffeine.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Review: The Only Child - Miranda Rijks







The Only Child

Review: The Only Child - Miranda Rijks - October 2021


This book captured my attention with the cover and I was in the mood for a mystery read. However, this book got on my nerves and frustrated the heck out of me. The book starts with meeting Chantal who is a lawyer and her husband Stuart who has just been promoted to an awesome news reporter slot. Life has been great for them as they are finally at the top of their careers, however, their son Alex has different ideas as he has currently turned into a pro-environmentalist and his current target is the LALO clothing company which the husband is Chantal's client and with his dad now in the spotlight, the family is under pressure and Chantal is starting to crack. If that wasn't bad enough, she is being blackmailed as seventeen years ago she chose that if anyone finds out the truth, it could cause dangerous consequences and a ripple of events. As I was saying at the start, this book frustrated me as I hated the son Alex as he was a spoilt selfish brat and such an arrogant prick, and then when the blackmailer is revealed and the ending revealed it was like seriously WTF. If you like mysteries, then you may enjoy this as everyone loved Gone Girl and even that had the worst ending than this book.

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