23 June, 2018

the Girl Who Knew Too Much by Belle Ami Book Tour and Giveaway!

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
THE GIRL WHO KNEW DA VINCI
Belle Ami
Series: Out of Time Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Tema N Merback
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
What she knows could kill her.
In the spirit of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels an unforgettable mystery.
Three destinies, one remarkable painting.
Will her visions lead her to the truth?
Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn’t exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.
When Angela is contacted by art detective, Alex Caine, she’s shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex’s client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro, and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself—a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.
Alex and Angela journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the illusive painting—Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn’t know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex’s lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

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Join us and visit each tour stop daily! Discover features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more. To check the latest tour schedule, visit the The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci Book Page at Book Unleashed.
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About Belle Ami

Belle Ami
Belle Ami writes intriguing romantic/suspense/thrillers with a teaspoon of sex. A self-confessed news junky she loves to create cutting-edge stories about politics, espionage, and redemptive love.
She is a Kathryn McBride scholar of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Writing, cooking, spinning, hiking, boxing, and skiing are her passions.
She is the author of The Only One series, The One (#1), and The One & More (#2). Her third in the series titled One More Time is Not Enough, was published July 13th, 2016. She was honored to be included in the RWA LARA Christmas Anthology Holiday Ever After featuring her short story The Christmas Encounter. Her next series entitled The Tip of the Spear begins with Escape, published January 10, 2017. The sequel to Escape, entitled Vengeance was published September 12, 2017.
The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is her latest release. It’s an intriguing romance/paranormal/thriller. She is currently working on book three of The Tip of the Spear Series, titled Ransom.
She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a horse named Cindy Crawford, and her brilliant Chihuahua, Giorgio Armani.
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22 June, 2018

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen Review!


THE EVER AFTER
by Sarah Pekkanen
Atria/Washington Square Press
On-sale: June 5, 2018
272 Pages
ISBN: 9781501106989, $16.00
eBook: 9781501107009, $11.99

ABOUT THE EVER AFTER:
In this intricate and enthralling domestic drama, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Affair, the internationally bestselling author of the “gossipy page-turner” (Glamour) The Perfect Neighbors goes deep into a marriage in crisis, peeling back layers of secrets to discover where the relationship veered off course—and whether it is worth saving.

Josie and Frank Moore are happy…at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky.

Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world.

Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.

With her “conversational writing style and a knack for making readers care about her characters” (The Washington Post) bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen paints a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a marriage before and during a crisis—and of a woman who fears that the biggest secret of all may be the one she’s hiding from herself.

My Thoughts

How well do you really know your spouse or significant other?  Josie Moore thought she was in a happy marriage. What marriage doesn't suffer a setback or two? Two young children and a life in Chicago is all that she could dream of. A perfect life, until she borrows her husband's phone to make a quick call and sees a devasting text. She is absolutely thrown for a loop, her husband is having an affair. 

What happens is a personal discovery for Josie, she goes through all the emotions involved with the discovery that her husband isn't who she thought he was. She gets angry, wants to withdraw from life but then decides she wants to find out all she can about the other woman and how long this affair has been going on and what she may have done to cause Frank to stray. 

I could relate to this story as I went through the same thing, the anger, the hate for my spouse and the determination that I was going to persevere through the most devasting thing that can happen in a marriage. This story is told in different time frames, from the early days of Josie and Frank's marriage to the present.

This is the first book I have read by Sarah Pekkanen and I did enjoy it although I felt the ending was a bit short, kind of rushed but all in all a very engrossing story of a marriage in jeopardy.

I received the book for review purposes only.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Pekkanen is the bestselling author of The Ever After, The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us,Catching Air, Things You Won’t Say, and The Perfect Neighbors. Her work has been published in People, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY, among other publications. She lives with her family in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


Stand & Deliver by Rhenna Morgan Book Tour!



Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He’s given
her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in
on claiming what’s his. When someone attacks Gia's character and career they'll need to
find a balance between her independence and his fierce desire to protect. Return to Rhenna
Morgan's sexy Men of Haven series available 2018 from Carina Press!


About Stand & Deliver:


Title: Stand & Deliver
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Men of Haven
Format: Digital eBook / Print
Digital ISBN: B076ZV47MC
Print ISBN: 9781335948304


Synopsis:
Live hard, f**k harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven
bleed by, taking what they want, always watching each other’s backs and loving the women they claim
with unyielding tenderness and fierce.
Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands
over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her
time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming
what’s his.
Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and
reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves.
She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still,
Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s
hooked.
Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself
to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia
and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her
abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.


Copyright© 2018 Stand & Deliver
Rhenna Morgan


As light as Gia was, getting her in the house was a breeze, and thanks to Knox, her alarm didn’t pose a problem either. Thank God, he’d actually convinced her to let his company be the one to install the system when she moved in. Otherwise, he’d have had a whole different set of problems to juggle.
Soft lamplight spilled from the corner of the living room, so Beckett aimed that direction and laid Gia out on the couch. Once settled, he crouched beside her and smoothed her hair away from her face.
The impact hit him instantly, the soft and silky strands jolting his amplified need for touch into high gear and tempting him like a junkie on a four-day dry spell. As out as she was, he could toy with the long strands and sample the skin on her face and neck for hours and she’d likely never remember a thing. The thing was, if he ever got the chance to touch her that way, he’d want her to remember. Would want to see the response in her eyes and learn how her body reacted to his touch.
He braced on hand on the couch above her head instead. The fabric was nowhere near as luxurious as her hair, but it was soft like the chairs he kept at his place and kept him from giving into touching where he shouldn’t.
That was the thing about people like him. Touch was everything. The thing he needed to stay in balance and keep his head and impulses in check. While his sensory processing disorder—or SPD—wasn’t as debilitating as it was for some people, he’d sure as hell learned not to underestimate it.
He leaned in and lowered his voice, knowing full well she probably wouldn’t hear or understand a word he said. “How about you chill here for a bit, gorgeous. Let me go get things ready for you upstairs.”
Gia moaned and rolled to one side, tucking her hands beneath her cheek.

He couldn’t help but chuckle. The pose was cute. Totally innocent and sweet. Which meant she’d be mortified if she had any clue he’d seen it. “I’m gonna take that for a yes.”

Rhenna Morgan’s STAND & DELIVER Giveaway
Carina Press is offer three lucky winner’s a digital bundle of the first four (4) books in Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series! Titles in the digital bundle include: Rough & Tumble (Book #1), Wild & Sweet (Book #2), Claim & Protect (Book #3), and Tempted & Taken (Book #4). To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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About Rhenna Morgan:
A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary,
paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds,
and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and
exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You'll also find all of her
social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.


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21 June, 2018

Chasing the Wind by C.C. Humphreys Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Chasing the Wind by C.C. Humphreys

Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 320 Pages
Genre: Historical/Women's Fiction/Mystery



Smuggler. Smoker. Aviatrix. Thief. The dynamic Roxy Loewen is all these things and more, in this riveting and gorgeous historical fiction novel for readers of Paula McLain, Roberta Rich, Kate Morton and Jacqueline Winspear.
You should never fall in love with a flyer. You should only fall in love with flight.
That’s what Roxy Loewen always thought, until she falls for fellow pilot Jocco Zomack as they run guns into Ethiopia. Jocco may be a godless commie, but his father is a leading art dealer and he’s found the original of Bruegel’s famous painting, the Fall of Icarus. The trouble is, it’s in Spain, a country slipping fast into civil war. The money’s better than good–if Roxy can just get the painting to Berlin and back out again before Reichsmarshall Hermann Göring and his Nazi pals get their hands on it . . .
But this is 1936, and Hitler’s Olympics are in full swing. Not only that, but Göring has teamed up with Roxy’s greatest enemy: Sydney Munroe, an American billionaire responsible for the death of her beloved dad seven years before. When the Nazis steal the painting, Roxy and Jocco decide that they are just going to have to steal it back.
What happens when Icarus flies too close to the sun? Roxy is going to find out. From African skies to a cellar in Madrid, from the shadow cast by the swastika to the world above the clouds on the Hindenburg’s last voyage, in the end Roxy will have just two choices left–but only one bullet.

Readers Outside Canada: Amazon US

For Canadian readers: Amazon Canada | Chapters-Indigo | iBooks

Praise for Chasing the Wind

"A barrel-rolling barn-burner of a book! Roxy's got a tender heart with a steel jacket, and the skill and courage to bring her in on a wing and a prayer. A good thing, because this girl doesn't pack a parachute." —Diana Gabaldon

 "Chasing the Wind has everything a historical fiction reader could want. The suspense is wonderful; the writing is sure and confident; and the dialogue is witty and fast paced. I was completely engrossed from the very beginning." —Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

 "Flying on the wings of Humphreys's vivid imagination, spunky aviatrix Roxy Loewen soars from Ethiopia to Madrid as the Spanish Civil War rages, and to Berlin and Hitler's Olympics, where she contends against the Nazi elite in a struggle to retrieve a stolen sixteenth century painting. A hold-on-to-your-seats aerial display with the throttle open all the way." —William Deverell, author of the Arthur Beauchamp series

About the Author

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors, and since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline.
Chris has performed on stages from London’s West End to Hollywood in roles including Hamlet, Caleb the gladiator in NBC’s AD-Anno Domini’, Clive Parnell in ‘Coronation Street’, PC Richard Turnham in ‘The Bill’, the Immortal Graham Ashe in ‘Highlander’, Jack Absolute in ‘The Rivals’ (This performance led to him writing the Jack Absolute novels – and they say acting doesn’t pay!). Bizarrely, he was also the voice of Salem the cat in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’.
A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, he has written eleven adult novels including ‘The French Executioner’, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; ‘The Jack Absolute Trilogy’; ‘A Place Called Armageddon’; ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ and the international bestseller, ‘Vlad – The Last Confession’.
He also writes for young adults, with a trilogy called The Runestone Saga and ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’. The sequel, ‘The Hunt of the Dragon’, was published Fall 2016.
His recent novel ‘Plague’ won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015. The sequel, ‘Fire’ is a thriller set during the Great Fire, published Summer 2016. Both novels spent five weeks in the top ten on 2016’s Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Bestseller lists.
His new novel is ‘Chasing the Wind’ about 1930’s aviatrix – and thief! – Roxy Loewen, will be published in Canada and the USA in June 2018.
Several of his novels are available as Audiobooks – read by himself! Find him here at Audible.
He is translated into thirteen languages. In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia.
Chris now lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife, son and cat, Dickon (who keeps making it into his books!).
For more information, please visit C.C. Humphrey’s website. You can also find him on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 5
Interview at Passages to the Past
Thursday, June 7
Review at Reading the Past
Friday, June 8
Excerpt at Books and Glamour
Monday, June 11
Review at A Darn Good Read
Tuesday, June 12
Excerpt at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, June 14
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Tuesday, June 19
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Thursday, June 21
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, June 22
Review & Excerpt at Clarissa Reads it All
Monday, June 25
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, June 26
Review at The Lit Bitch

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a copy of the short story, The Birth of Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below. 

Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on June 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. 

Chasing the Wind 

19 June, 2018

Review & Excerpt Tour for In My Skin by Shannon Mckenna @ShannonMcKenna4 @Barclay_PR

NYTimes and USA Today bestselling author Shannon McKenna releases the third, s
tandalone installment of The Obsidian Files! IN MY SKIN, features Luke, a renegade
supersoldier with blocked memories that only the fiery beauty Dani can help him
restore. Fans of JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya Banks, JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood
and Cynthia Eden’s Lazarus Rising Series will devour this thrilling tale of deadly danger
and burning desire.
Title: In My Skin
Author: Shannon McKenna
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: The Obsidian Files #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Print & Digital
Synopsis:
Come back to me …
Luke remembers a few things. Just not his last name, or anyone he ever knew. He knows that he’s a s
upersoldier, genetically enhanced and loaded up with brain implants. He just escaped from a year-long
hell of captivity, and to protect his family and friends from his tormentors, he blocked his memories.
Now he needs those memories back, fast … or he and those he loves will die agonizing deaths.
Luke’s dangerous plan to reconnect with his past—and stay alive in the present—has drawn his enemies’
attention to the tough and sexy Dani LaSalle. He’s duty bound to protect the luscious beauty from the
evil pursuing them, but he can’t control the scorching desire she awakens in him.
Dani’s strict routine has been trashed by Luke’s explosive arrival. This rock-hard slab of valiant,
smoldering manhood appears out of nowhere, saves her life, spirits her away to his mountain lair and
bewilders her with tales of sadistic researchers, enhanced assassins. Is this gorgeous, problematic s
ex god just plain crazy—or is she? But Luke can do things with his mind that are just as wild as what
he can do with that body … and she can’t say no.
And there’s no time to wonder. As their passion burns hotter, Obsidian moves closer ... and Luke
and Dani must place their lives and their hearts on the line just to survive …
Buy Now:
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copy of RIGHT THROUGH ME or MY NEXT BREATH
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IN MY SKIN Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Shannon McKenna
The room had one queen-sized bed. If he was lying next to her on it, no way was she leaving
that guy alone. Not even after violent trauma and the wound still throbbing painfully in her thigh.
Crazy, but so what. She was alive and kicking and in one piece, thanks to him.
She wanted to feel something good and true and excellent. Luke fit the bill.
Bye-bye, cartoon kittens. They could wait for a Netflix and popcorn and sex-with-socks-on
night. She was going with the hot red stretch lace. Just as she was. Unretouched.
And in the mood for some intense sexual healing.
Dani wriggled into the outfit. Hoisted her boobs up for maximum lift. Hiked the panties
up extra high. She pushed the door open, stepped out and struck a pose.
For nothing. Luke was in a digital trance. One hand manipulated a tablet, the other was tapping
madly over the laptop’s keyboard. He’d looped his devices into a chain and his brain was the
connector. No attention to spare for sexy lingerie.
But she wasn’t giving up. By no means. “How’s it going?”
“So far so good,” he said. “I’ve pinpointed the location of the second shipment, and the
combination for retrieving it. All the backup equipment needed to activate the slave soldier and
make it function. Coordinates for the pickup of the wetware are included.”
She tugged at the lacy shoulder strap, adjusting it. Luke still hadn’t noticed what she was wearing.
“What the hell is wetware?”
“It’s a Manticore term. It refers to the slave soldier. He could be dormant, possibly suspended in
fluid. There’s a file on him. I89VY262. I haven’t gone through that one yet. C drive on the laptop,
if you’re interested.”
“I am interested,” she said. “But later.”
“The equipment is in a self-storage unit at an E-Z-U-Store in Serrati Flats, California,” he said.
“About a hundred and fifty miles north of here.”
“I suppose you want to get going right away?”
“No, we’ll wait.”
She was startled. “Why? Aren’t we in a hurry?”
“You went through hell today. You need a decent night’s sleep. In a real bed.”
Well, bless his heart. How sweet. The bed part he’d gotten right.
She walked toward him slowly. Swaying her hips. Still nothing. He was locked and loaded
in data processing mode. His eyes reflected squares of blue from the screen. A stream of
files rolled constantly down it. Like she was peering directly into the data churn in his brain.
He was about to get forcibly reminded that he was not a robot.
She stepped between him and the desk and sat down on his lap.
Luke went rigid. “Holy fu*ck, Dani.”
She leaned in so her tits were right below the level of his nose. Nipples on red alert from
being so close to him. She put her arms around his neck, running her fingers slowly through
his hair. Inhaling his hot male scent. “I like the red outfit the best,” she said, her voice low
and husky. “Do you?”’

About Shannon McKenna:
Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged
romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and the
brand new romantic suspense series, The Obsidian Files. She loves tough and heroic alpha
males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to
their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of
true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book,
and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added
benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing
turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway,
and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear
from her readers.
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