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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY- A BABY FOR EASTER BY NOELLE ADAMS




This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Noelle will be awarding the following prizes via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post:

* One winner will receive a $25 GC to Amazon or BN
* Two winners will receive signed paperbacks of Married for Christmas and A Baby for Easter
* Ten winners will receive their choice of ebook of any title from Noelle’s backlist.

Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.





ABOUT THE BOOK: Alice Grantham lost her fiancé and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Now, however, Alice was regretting her random impulse to put on a skirt that morning, since she was on her knees in front of the bookshelves, putting the last of the commentaries back in place.


At least no one was around to see her undignified position, with her skirt pushed up to her thighs to give herself freedom to move.


“Daniel,” a voice came from outside the office. “Daniel!”


She recognized the voice, but he was in the office before she could move or pull down her skirt. She froze as she looked over her shoulder, befuddled by Micah’s sudden appearance.


He seemed equally startled to discover her on the floor, after his eyes scanned the room for his absent brother. “Oh,” he said, standing in the doorway.


It took her a minute to pull herself together, but when she did she managed to smile. “He went to the hospital to see Mrs. Cooper.”


“Oh.” Micah was such a self-assured man that it was strange to see him so stumped.


Then there was a different sound in the office. It took Alice a few seconds to even identify it. It was so unexpected that she was sure it wasn’t right.


It sounded like a baby whimpering.


Finally, her eyes drifted down to something Micah was holding. A baby carrier. A baby carrier.


“Is that a baby?” she asked, her voice hoarse with surprise.


He looked down at the carrier as if he’d forgotten he held it. “Yeah.”


She scrambled to her feet, rather clumsily, and hurried over to look at the baby as he set the carrier on Daniel’s desk, right on top of the printed copy of sermon notes for Sunday.


She peered into the carrier and saw the baby—maybe four or five months old—wearing a pink sleeper. Her eyes were blue and grumpy, and her whimpers were quickly turning louder.


Instinctively, Alice reached out for the girl and pulled her up to rest against her shoulder, patting her back in a comforting manner.


Alice had always liked kids. She’d never had baby-fever, but she certainly knew what to do when one was starting to cry.


“What are you doing with her?” she asked Micah, who’d been staring at the baby with that same glazed look of bewilderment.


“I…I don’t know.”


“Well, whose is she?” Surely this baby hadn’t dropped from the sky into the back of Micah’s truck.


His features twisted slightly—maybe anxiety, maybe disbelief. “That’s the thing. I think…I think she’s mine.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

VBT: SPOTLIGHT/ EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY- THE BURNING STAR BY JESSIE LANE


 

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
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.






The hairs on the back of my neck started to tingle. For the second time that day, I felt as if I might be in some unfortunate Animal Planet documentary. At least this time I was safe in my house. Well, at least I hoped I was safe.
I stayed deathly still at my window, thinking movement might draw its attention. I could have gone to my bed and told myself that it all hadn’t actually happened, yet I wanted to know what it was. Are there any white bears in Asheville? I mean, there were polar bears, but I obviously wasn’t in the Arctic, so that wasn’t possible. No, I didn’t think it was a bear. It wasn’t burly enough.
The animal took another cautious step out of the woods and smelled the ground. It lifted its head up and then smelled the air around itself, searching for something.
Upon the understanding of what it was, my fascination magnified. It was an enormous and elegant white wolf. I sucked in my breath, awed by its beauty. The wolf’s head snapped around to face my direction, almost as if it had heard me breathe.
No way. I’m at least a hundred yards away, in a house. It couldn’t have heard me.
But there it was, just standing out of the tree line, staring at me. It was by far one of the most beautiful creatures I had ever seen.
We stayed that way for a while, staring at each other. Me, in my Young Guns concert t-shirt and plaid flannel pajama bottoms, leaning against the window frame, wondering what the wolf was doing. The wolf with its gleaming fur, standing on the grass almost a football field away, studying me with something that almost resembled intelligence. The two of us were only separated by a house, an enormous yard and a road.
Then there was more movement in the tree line. A second wolf stepped out of the trees. This one was chocolate brown in color, walking up to the white one. It sniffed at the ground as it walked and seemed wholly engrossed in whatever it was that it found there.
As I looked from the brown colored wolf to the white one, something else caught my eye, but this time I jumped as it startled the crap out of me.
Another wolf, this one black, stood in the middle of my front yard. I didn’t know how long it had been standing there, but I did know that just like the white one, it was staring right at me. Unwavering. If I thought the white one had been beautiful, then there were no words for this particular wolf. It was staggering, with its shiny, jet black fur reflecting the moonlight, its eyes a piercing green.
Is that color green normal for a wolf’s eyes?
It looked to be just as large physically as the other two wolves, but it carried itself differently. It seemed more confident and sure of things than the others were. Even the carriage of its body radiated certainty and command. The way the wolf looked at me, I felt like it saw right through me to my soul. I never knew an animal could see someone so thoroughly the way this one seemed to see me. My hands trembled at some emotion I couldn’t name. It wasn’t fear; it was more like an overwhelming sense of knowing and intimacy.
How strange.
I stood frozen, feeling both excited and scared. So engrossed at the sight of the beautiful black wolf that I didn’t even see the other two approaching. The black wolf must have heard them coming because it turned its head in their direction. I followed its gaze to see them halfway to where it was standing in my yard. Looking back to the black wolf, I saw that it was watching me intently again, its head cocked to the side as if it were analyzing me. I almost felt as if it had a question it wanted to ask, but then one of the other wolves yapped and it turned and trotted away.
The three wolves disappeared back into the trees. I stood there for a few minutes after they faded out of sight, wondering if they would reappear again. Today had been unreal. Apparently, these woods were full of animals.
In just one day I had come across a rabid dog large enough that I would seem more like a snack to it instead of a meal and then three wolves. I wondered what else could be out there in the forest surrounding us as I walked to my bed to lie back down. All of a sudden I felt a lot like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Wolves and freaky dogs, oh my.
What would tomorrow bring?







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 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
  • 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







  • 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:

    April 21:
    A Novel Review - Dreamcast

    April 22:
    random jendsmit – Spotlight w/Excerpt
    Twinsie Talk Book Reviews - Spotlight w/Excerpt


    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    VBT: SPOTLIGHT/ REVIEW/ GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY- HIS ALIEN VIRGIN BY JESSICA E. SUBJECT


    HIS ALIEN VIRGIN
    A  1Night Stand Story



    His Alien Virgin
    A 1Night Stand story
    By Jessica E. Subject
    New Adult Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
    ISBN: 978-1-61333-680-9

    She is desperately seeking freedom...

    On the eve before her twenty-first birthday, Skylar steals a ship and escapes from the planet Rebed. She refuses to be another wife for the slimy space pirate that is her betrothed. After hearing of her brothers’ success, she applies to the 1Night Stand service on her way to Earth, hoping Madame Eve can find her a hero, to make her feel special, even if for only one night.


    He is trying to fit in...


    A longtime friend to Skylar’s brothers, he’s always relegated her to the look and don’t touch category. Though, Daran traveled to Earth years ago, he still struggles to fit in on the planet. When his boss suggests a blind date, he reluctantly agrees. What would happen if anyone found out about his alien ancestry?

    And they are not at all meant to be together...

    Has Madame Eve made a huge mistake, or will Daran tread into forbidden territory to be with the one woman he’s always wanted, and become the hero Skylar craves?

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    REVIEW

    His Alien Virgin
    A 1 Night Stand Story
    By Jessica E. Subject
     

    It's no secret that I am a huge Jessica E. Subject fan. She is a master of creating complex characters, solid plots, and incredible emotions in a short a amount of time. 

    His Alien Virgin was a short little sexy treat to read.... 

    The heroine of our story is Skylar. She's from the planet Rebed where she was raised to be sold as a wife. Not liking her fate or her soon to be husband, Skylar steals her step brother's ship and flees the planet. 

    After escaping the planet, Skylar sets course for earth. Madame Eve has arranged a 1 Night Stand for her. 

    Our hero Daran has been longtime friends with Skylar's step brother. He has always been attracted to Skylar, but knew she was forbidden. Not being native to eRth himself, he has longed to fit in, but has been weary due to his heritage. 

    Daran reluctantly agrees to go on a blind date, after a suggestion from his boss. He never imagined that his date would be the one person he knew he couldn't have.. 

    Again, Jessica E. Subject packs a punch of a story in a short amount of time. It's so well done that you don't feel like you missed anything, but you definitely want more. This fast paced sexy little story is another great addition to the 1 Night Stand Series. 

    5 STARS/5
    Excerpt:
    His evening was supposed to be fun and exciting. Not filled with the worry of his companion learning of his extraterrestrial origins, or of her outing him to the world. He’d kept his hair short, to hide the feathers that grew in when his locks reached a certain length. And, each morning, he covered his exposed skin with waterproof foundation to conceal the blue tinge of his skin. But, as soon as he removed his clothing later in the night, his façade would end. He wouldn’t be able to hide his differences. Unless we stay in this part of the hotel all night. The dim lighting would make his skin color less obvious.
    Perfect! He stood, his muscles finally relaxing, the tension melting away. Circling the room, he blew out every third candle. Just to be sure. In the morning, his one-night lover would leave, never knowing she’d had sex with an alien.
    Daran returned to his chair, leaning back, hands behind his head. Or, if he was really lucky, he’d find an Earth woman who considered extraterrestrials to be sexy.
    The door to the observatory rattled and he jumped to his feet, brushing sweaty palms across his pants. Heart pounding, he glanced up at the sky. Gods, please let this evening work out.
    With a burst of light, the door opened. A woman stepped through, her long, lean body hidden in shadows. Clutching his fingers behind his back, he waited for her to move closer, needing to see her better.
    A strange tingling filled him. Not good. Something’s wrong. He swallowed the sudden lump in his throat. I should never have agreed to this. Trying to step back, he stumbled when the message didn’t reach his feet.
    His date drew nearer, her appearance becoming more defined. A silver dress hugged her body, both protecting and giving a hint of the delicious treat inside. The candlelight reflected off her wide eyes, leaving them glowing like sapphires. With most of her hair pulled back, the remaining long blue tendrils framed her face and highlighted her matching lips. But her radiant, mesmerizing eyes sparked his recognition. He knew her. His stomach sank along with all hopes for the evening.
    “Oh, fuck.”
    Of all the women on Earth—hell, in the universe—for him to be set up with, Madame Eve had to pick the one lover he could never have.

    GUEST POST
    What Inspires Me to Write Sci-Fi
    by Jessica E. Subject

    It is a pleasure to be back at Wicked Readings by Tawania. Thank you for coming to visit me!
    For as long as I can remember, I have always believed in aliens. In fact, my mom and I used to joke that aliens had taken my brother away and replaced him with one of their own. (He was going through a really tough time growing up and then he just changed for the better, as if overnight.) But, all kidding aside, I’m still waiting for first contact. That is, a publicized one. Maybe extraterrestrials are already here on Earth. Who knows?

    Besides staring up at the stars on a clear night, it was 80’s shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Out of this World, Alf, The Jetsons, and in the 90’s The X-Files, The Outer Limits, Space: Above & Beyond, and Star Trek:Voyager that brought about my love of sci-fi.
    I admit that I didn’t read a lot of sci-fi growing up, except for the stories assigned to us for English class. But, I did take a science fiction English class in high school. And one of my assignments for that class inspired The Underground series. 

    But it is the “What’s out there?” and “What’s possible?” curiosity that inspires each and every one of my stories. Whether clones, aliens, or androids, I love to think about the social aspects of interacting with them. Will they be accepted into society? Will romantic relationships happen? And what about children? If there are aliens already here, do they look like us? Do they interact with us?

    These questions and more start the stories I write. And my curiosity and my hope for the future and happily-ever-afters inspire the rest.



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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR


    Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. And if you’re looking for something really steamy, check out her erotica stories written as Paisley Brown.

    When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

    Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.



    His Alien Virgin tour Giveaway
    Three Grand Prizes!
    #1 - $10 Amazon.com GC & book swag
    #2 – Satin Sheets in Space (ebook) & book swag
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