Sunday, September 30, 2018

Strong by Kylie Scott review tour + excerpt



From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


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“Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”

“Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”

“Am I?”

“Yes, there’s nothing between us.”

“So that’s why you were staring at him?”

I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”

At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.

Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.

Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.

Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.

It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”

On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.

And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.



CHRISTY'S REVIEW: 

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I love Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series, so when I saw there was a new novella coming out, I was more than a little excited to read it! When I saw it was Martha’s story, I had mixed feelings. Martha is a character you kind of loved to hate and hated to love in these books. Either way, I was still excited to get to it. And I'm pleased to say I found myself really enjoying it!



Martha is David’s ex and Ben’s sister, so she’s a big part of the Stage Dive family. She has made mistakes in her past, but I feel like she genuinely has changed. She is still herself, but she regrets things she’s done in her past. Her love interest is Sam, the head of Stage Dive security. Sam is a big old teddy bear. I loved him! He and Martha together seemed like an unlikely couple, but they made sense. And their chemistry was off the charts!

After reading this novella, I want to go back and read some of my favorite books in this series. I miss these characters! They are so much fun. This novella was a fast read, but it was full of heat and heart. Definitely one I’d recommend for all fans of the Stage Dive series!
“You’re so beautiful, Martha. Every part of you. I want you to feel cherished.”


Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/


Friday, September 28, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent




Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Release Date: September 27th

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Willow Taylor lives in a castle with large walls and iron fences. But this is no ordinary castle. It’s called Heartstone Psychiatric hospital and it houses forty other patients. It has nurses with mean faces and techs with permanent frowns.

It has a man, as well. A man who is cold and distant. Whose voice drips with authority. And whose piercing gray eyes hide secrets, and maybe linger on her face a second too long.

Willow isn’t supposed to look deep into those eyes. She isn’t supposed to try to read his tightly leashed emotions. And neither is she supposed to touch herself at night, imagining his powerful voice and that cold but beautiful face.

No, Willow Taylor shouldn’t be attracted to Simon Blackwood, at all.

Because she’s a patient and he’s her doctor. Her psychiatrist.

The medicine man.

WARNING: This book discusses sensitive issues including but not limited to, depression and suicide.



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Simon Blackwood is such a contradiction. He wants to save me, but he also wants me to save myself. He wants me to fight, and at the same time, he wants to protect me.

Medicine Man is a deliciously forbidden and flawlessly written story. Seriously, Saffron Kent is one heck of a writer. She is uber talented and every book I’ve read of hers has had just the right amount of taboo with a lot of sexy. This was no exception. 



Willow Taylor is an eighteen year old girl who is clinically depressed. So depressed, that she ended up in a facility called Heartstone after attempting to take a flying leap off a roof. Heartstone is a psychiatric hospital. There, Willow meets a lot of people that change her life forever. One of them is a man named Simon Blackstone.

Simon is a man who Willow is enamored with from the first moment she meets him. He’s someone who helps Willow come to terms with her condition. He helps her see herself in a different light. As a fighter. Someone who doesn’t need saved, someone who can save herself.

He’s not a hero, he said. Maybe that’s why I shattered myself just now. For him. So he could fix me, save me like a hero he says he isn’t. With his medicine in my blood putting me to sleep, I close my eyes to that ridiculous thought. I don’t want anyone to save me. I don’t need saving. I also don’t need a hero.


Simon would be the perfect man for Willow, if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s in his thirties and her psychiatrist. Willow calls him her Medicine Man, her Ice King. He’s mercurial and can be a real jerk, but it’s pretty apparent he has feelings for Willow as well. But Simon isn't perfect. He’s got issues of his own to deal with, issues from his past that have scarred him.

Willow and Simon’s relationship is complicated. It’s hot and cold, it’s push and pull, and it’s scorching and sexy. There is something about a good forbidden romance that is so much more endearing than a cookie cutter love story. Every single book I’ve read of Saffron’s has had this quality. This unputdownable, completely engaging quality. It’s in the writing, in the romance, and in the undeniable chemistry between these two.
 
   
My medicine man is curing me, purifying my blood, vacuuming the illness out of me. With his mouth, his kisses, he’s drinking down all my poison. That thing inside me that gives me blue eyes. He’s making me cleaner, healthier. He’s purging me. He’s making me happy. The thing that’s as elusive to me as love.


There were parts of this romance I loved, and parts I didn’t always love. By the end, I realized how beautiful it was, even though it hurt to get there. As much as the romance aspect was a bit wishy-washy for me, one thing that I loved from start to finish was Willow. My Warrior Willow. This girl was sweet, scared, strong, and tough as nails when she needed to be. Her growth was beautiful and astounding. She is a true fighter and an amazing heroine. I loved her to pieces and she made this book for me.

After finishing this story, I saw there would be two spin off stories from other characters and OMG I need them asap. Seriously, I cannot wait for more from these characters. Hopefully, we will get a peak into Willow and Simon’s future while reading as well.

Medicine Man is a unique and all consuming story. It’s a powerful read and one that made me think and feel. I can’t shout out enough how beautifully written it is. Overall, a really great read.



EXCERPT

“Do you have someone special, Dr. Blackwood?”

Someone you kiss? Someone you grab and pull into a dark alley and press against

walls?

I don’t say that but I’m definitely asking that.

It’s like he hears the unspoken questions because the heat of his body seems to have

doubled. Like his blood is rushing in his veins with an uncanny speed.

With flaring nostrils and a hard jaw, he answers, “No.”

“Why not?”

“Because I’m busy.”

I want to smile. Actually, I’ve never wanted to smile this hard. Ever. His answer calms

me but it also makes me restless to move closer to him. I want to trace my palm over the arch

of his chest and see if I got it right in my dreams.

But I don’t do any of those things. I don’t want him to take away this small concession

he’s given me.

Why is he even giving it to me? I’m not complaining. But still.

“Busy with patients?”

“Busy with my job. Yes,” he says, all professional-like.

That’s what he is. Professional and distant. Dedicated to his job and fixing people. If

Mass General let him go, then they are idiots.

I’m an idiot, too, in this moment.

Instead of backing off, I want to do something. Something that might crack his cool

fa├žade. Maybe reaching up and messing up his no-nonsense hair.

What would he do? If I did that? If I grabbed his collar and pushed him against the wall?

And kissed him?

My eyes drop to his lips, his soft, soft lips. There’s a cleft in the middle of his lower lip. I

want to taste that cleft, dig my tongue in it, wet it, suck on it, bite it.

“So you don’t have fun at all?”

“No. I’m not a fun guy.”

I watch his lips form the words, and every syllable that comes out of his mouth makes

my need to shake him, kiss him, mess him up, stronger. Stronger and stronger.

The need is so consuming that I hardly notice when he puts his hand on my palm and

takes it off his body. It’s final and smooth, his action. Effortless. As though my touch barely

registered to him.

“But I think you have a point. It’s after hours and I should go… have fun rather than

spending my time with a patient.” He steps back then. “I’ll see you next week. Same time.”





About the Author

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.



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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cover reveal: THE LEGACY by Dylan Allen!

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He's the king of all he surveys.


Except her.



The Legacy, an all-new steamy contemporary romance standalone from Dylan Allen is coming October 25th, and we have the brand new cover for you!

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Exiled for 15 years, Hayes Rivers has finally assumed his place as head of Houston’s oldest and most powerful family.

Now, they call him King.

A legacy of wealth and prestige are his to claim.


As age-old rivalries, long-buried secrets, and generations of betrayal threaten his birthright, he finds himself in a battle for control of his family’s future.

When he meets Confidence, she’s a sweet distraction.

Everything he shouldn’t want.  

But after a weekend of passion and surprising intimacy,

he realizes she's everything he needs


He holds the keys to a kingdom,

But he covets the key to her heart.


And he'll stop at nothing to claim his queen.




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Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Photographer: Regina Wamba

Model: Ripp Baker


About Dylan Allen
Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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REVIEW: Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven


What's a girl to do when a man who's countless shades of wrong feels oh-so-right?
Ambitious book editor Asha Tate is a hopeless romantic. Despite her mediocre track record with men, she believes in swooning, sighing, and the everlasting love of true soul mates. Sure, sex is okay, but she’s not someone who’s ever been driven by her animal urges.
Until now.
When Asha stumbles upon the scorching hot Instagram feed of someone calling himself Professor Feelgood, she falls in lust for the first time. Not only is she left panting over the professor’s insane body, but his angst-filled poetry about losing his one true love speaks straight to her soul. 
Desperately in need of a bestseller for her struggling publishing company, Asha knows the professor’s potential to sell to his millions of loyal followers could be the lifeline her bosses need. However, the ink is barely dry on a book deal before she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Sure, the professor is incredibly talented and sexier than any man has a right to be, but the man behind the persona isn’t at all who she pictured. In real life, he’s intense, arrogant and infuriating, and his uncanny ability to rub her the wrong way turns her dream project into a total nightmare.
Knowing that the professor is everything she doesn’t want in a man should help Asha ignore her occasional urges to mount him, but she quickly learns that explosive, unwanted chemistry can make even smart people do stupid things.
Don't miss this sexy new standalone from the international bestselling author of Bad Romeo!

CHRISTY'S REVIEW:

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Leisa Rayven always writes the best sexy and fun reads that have an awesome twist you never see coming. I really enjoyed the first book in this series (Mister Romance), but I LOVED Professor Feelgood. In my opinion, this book was much better than the first. It gave me a few laughs, had a lot of emotion, and tons of heart.

Asha Tate is looking for a promotion at work, but has no idea where to start with the task she's been given. Find a bestselling author. After countless hours of pouring over manuscripts, she's no closer than when she began. Then she remembers his Instagram... Professor Feelgood. The Professor's Instagram is full of beautiful poetry and even some photos. As a romantic, Asha falls in love with the Professor's words. And she falls a little in lust with the man himself. Even though she's never seen/met him.

Asha just knows Professor Feelgood could write the next best seller. He has millions of followers and his writing touches many people. She just has to talk this man who is an enigma into it. She actually manages to get him to agree over the phone and she can't believe it. Then, she meets him. Her perception of the Professor changes drastically and she's not sure if she can make this work. The only thing is, she doesn't  have much of a choice. Her job is on the line. And truth be told, so is her heart.

Asha is the sister of Eden, the heroine in Mister Romance. Even though these books are in a series, either one can be read as a stand-alone. I thought Asha was fantastic. I enjoyed reading from her point of view and I feel like she's very relatable. Now the Professor... I loved the spin on him and the twist I didn't see coming. You want to know more about this sexy man? You'll have to read the book yourself!

Once again, Leisa Rayven brought an original story to the romance genre. I love that her books aren't your typical troupes. This book was captivating, steamy, emotional, and a lot of fun to read. I loved it and can't wait to read more from this author! Every book she's put out has been a win for me!


A soulmate is someone who sees all the parts you’re ashamed of, and loves you anyway.
 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Strong by Kylie Scott is LIVE!


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


AVAILABLE NOW




“I don’t believe this,” I bitched. “My Valentino boots are actually sticking to the floor. That’s how gross this place is.”

Lizzy just smiled. “Told you to dress casual.”

“I am.”

The smile widened.

“Jeans and a tee is casual.”

“A tee? It’s velvet, Martha.” She held a bottle of beer up to her lips, taking a sip. “I said we were going to a dive bar. You have only yourself to blame for the fashion faux pas.”

“But velvet is in!”

“Would you two quit talking? I’m trying to listen,” said my brother, Ben. The big hairy idiot was slouched back in his chair, bopping his head in time to the music.

Lizzy shuffled closer all conspiratorial-like. “I know why you’re all dressed up.”

I said nothing. There was nothing to be said.

Next her gaze went to the man standing at the end of the bar across from us. No, no, I would not turn my head. I would not fall prey to her bullshit. After all, I’d managed to successfully avoid him for the forty-eight or so hours since my not so triumphant surprise return to the West Coast. Even with us both being in the same house. A very big sprawling house, but still.

On the other hand, it should probably be mentioned that he looked awfully good tonight in jeans and a white T-shirt with a leather jacket. Samuel Rhodes, otherwise known as Sam. Not a pretty man with his harsh features and bull-like neck, but something about him appealed to me. As always, his head was shaved and his body was built and my idiot fingers itched to explore.

Okay. So I guess at some point I must have turned my head. And shit, he caught me looking.

The corner of his lips rose just a little, just enough to mess with me, before he returned to doing his job by casually surveying the packed room. My heart did not speed up due to anything done by him. Clearly, I hadn’t totally caught my breath from when we’d walked in half an hour ago or something. That was all. Interesting to note, he did none of the checking me out typical of a heterosexual male who might have been into me. In fact, he didn’t really give me any signals at all. Ever.



Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/


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