Saturday, November 30, 2013

SHARDS Of My Heart ~ Nicole Andrews Moore



When I took the vows for better or worse, I meant them. Then I started to wonder if there was a limit as to how much worse I was supposed to endure. Am I supposed to stay if worse means that me and my daughter are in danger? What if the worse was because of a mental illness? When is enough simply too much?

This is a different kind of love story. Read Nina’s journals for a tale of hope, strength of spirit, and unconditional love.

I remember when I met Shane.  He was several years younger than I was, but he seemed much more together, and so much more mature than my almost ex-husband.  Here was a man who had a career.  Shane had been in the same field for ten years, employed by the same company that entire time.  He owned his home and drove a nice new truck.  As a neighbor, I had watched him maintain his lawn, service his vehicle, do all those things that men were supposed to do.  Even the interior of the residence was neat, despite having two really lazy roommates.  
We dated for a while growing closer and closer.  Finally, he made some admissions that touched my cold, brittle heart…
Shane: No one knows me as well as you do.  No one has ever been allowed to get this close.
It was such an honor, and soon I was so crazy in love that I knew...I knew nothing could tear us apart.  For a while, it seemed that we were destined to be together, forever.  He made me feel safe and loved.  Every moment spent together was incredibly special.  That’s why I vividly recall one night when we were alone in the house and Shane was walking around without a shirt on.  He loved showing off his muscular physique.  Honestly, I loved seeing it, loved touching his bare skin.  In that moment, he leaned his back against the counter and faced me.  Without thinking, I walked into his open arms, inhaled his scent to imprint it upon my soul, and kissed the broken heart tribal tattoo on his chest.
Shane: Are you trying to heal my broken heart?
Shaking my head, I responded.
me: Nope.  Just loving you.
Shane: Good.  It can’t be fixed.
He looked down and instead of wrapping me up in those muscular arms and pulling me closer to his washboard abs and ample pecs, he stiffened and stood straight.  
Shane: Sometimes, I think you are only attracted to me because you want to fix me.
His demeanor had me tensing up.  Somehow, I knew what I said next was going to be really important.  Shaking my head, I found the words I sought.
me: Baby, until I got to know you, I didn’t even know you were broken.
That softened him.  My words worked.  They were magic.  He admired my ability to communicate, to speak eloquently, and to make an impact through simple speech.  Words did not come easily for him.
He held me close.  Bending his head, his chin in my hair, he finally spoke what was clearly bothering him.
Shane: You make me want to be a better man, but I don’t want to change.  What are we going to do about that?
With my chin on his chest, staring up into his pained eyes, I told him the truth.  There was only one way I knew to make this work.
me: I’m going to love you through it.  No matter what, I promise I’ll love you the best I can with all that I am.
I meant it, too.  
Must be he liked my response because within seconds, his lips closed the distance to mine.  That kiss.  That love.  
That was five years ago.
Life has changed, much different from what I knew...all because I said, ‘I do.’  

About the author:
Nicole has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past twelve years and now...she lives in secrecy in another state.
  Her journey of elf-discovery and recovery has barely begun and she faces it with her head held high, her shoulders back, a smile on her face, and hope in her heart. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. 

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?)

In May, Nicki started the blog Stories and Swag to promote authors. Several months later, she started Stories and Swag Tours, a blog tour company offering cover reveals, release blitzes, release parties on Facebook, and blog tours. In addition, she started Dominatrix Publishing, a boutique publishing company, to help other authors achieve publishing success.

Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. 

Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review- Lady X ~ by Claudy Conn

My two favorite genres, paranormal and historical romance come together for an excellent story! 

Claudy Conn always pulls me into her journey and this time I was spell bound ! 

A witch from today  travels through time to hide from her father in order to prevent  an unwanted marriage. She is alone and is told by her mother not to use her powers, her father could track her if she uses them, so she must blend into the past and bid time until she can return when she is strong enough to fight her fathers compulsion. 

When she meets a man and is attracted to him. She is unsure of her path, should she pursue this man or keep to herself ? Does she feel her magic take part in this or is it her imagination?   



Claudy Conn used to write regencies and historical romances as Claudette Williams/Melanie Davis (over 40 mass market bestsellers) for Fawcett, Zebra and Doubleday Book Club. She took a break from it for a time and then discovered the world of paranormal romance.

Originally from New York, she and her husband, Bob, now reside in North Carolina and are always hiking, swimming, traveling, playing with their wolf and her son and the horses.

Please visit Claudy Conn to experience ALL her great reads!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover Reveal and Excerpt.


“These graphics suck,” George says and I look back at the screen. We’re standing in the middle of the Estate, colorful orbs quivering ahead of us. We each have to choose our starting advantage. Waterfalls shimmer in the distance and the sunlight streams over multicolored stones in the courtyard.
“Amateurs,” Lanyon concurs. “I mean, they couldn’t have five waterfalls?”
“Your ironic wit is mind blowing, but choose your damn orbs,” I tell them. I consider. Magic, defense, offense, stealth, and charisma. I always go for magic as a black mage, but I wonder if a druid needs something else. Screw it. I need charisma in real life, too.
“Charisma?” Lanyon asks. “No one ever picks charisma.”
“We’re a party of a thief, druid, and a bard. We’re screwed regardless.”
“You two underestimate the mighty power of my lute,” George argues.
“Did you start with charisma?” Lanyon asks.
“Hell, no. I have charisma in spades. I started with stealth.”
“Great. A stealthy bard,” I sigh.
“She’s right,” Lanyon concedes. “We’re screwed.”
However, it actually isn’t bad at all at first. We power through the Estate and make it to the Yobanaria Dale with no resurrections and all at level ten. I’m impressed. George hasn’t actually fought anything, but he has some pretty awe-inspiring charm mastery already. I think I might have a serious crush. He seals the deal when he buffs my hailstorm spell without even being asked.
“Can you guys watch El Thiefelo? My mom wants me to eat supper,” Lanyon says.
“Yeah, we’ve got it,” I tell him. “The first boss is in the elven ruins anyway, so we should grind a bit. I think he’s a twelve.”
George and I explore the Dale, taking out bats and Joba spores. It’s fairly quiet, except for when we combo with his charms and my spells and he yells out, “Eat lute, bitch,” but it’s nice. We work well, almost inherently understanding each other. I’ve never been able to play this effectively with anyone. I try not to think about his eyes. Stupid boys, being cute and stuff.
By the time Lanyon comes back, we’re all at level 12, although Lanyon leveled up just by standing by a door while we played. Still, we are ready to take on Balsa the Proud. As a black mage, it took me about nine seconds. Trees don’t like fire. However, druids don’t have the same level of black magic and all elemental magic is weakened by the need to draw from the elements nearby. Sadly, trees seem to avoid storing fire runes in their villages. I expect this to be a little more challenging. It might even take fifteen seconds.
“First boss. Also known as the freebie bitch to sucker the young folks into a false sense of security,” Lanyon announces as he runs into the center of Balsa’s lair. The cinema plays and then, in a moment of pure absurdity, El Thiefelo is squished as Balsa steps on him.
“Can someone revive me?” Lanyon whines.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gena Showalter ~ BLACK AND BLUE

My review for BLACK AND BLUE

Well this book was fabulous!! I loved every minute of it.

Evangeline “Evie” Black is a tough cookie to crack!

Corbin Blue is well Corbin Blue, playboy, football star, undercover agent.

When the two meet, It’s hate at first sight for Evie, just knowing
Blue is a playboy she wants nothing to do with him even if she has
to work with him on a case.  Blue on the other hand has to keep his
eyes and hands off his bosses daughter. Hard thing for a playboy.

After that night of working as a team Evie is back to her day job as a surgeon and
no longer is an agent , after the tragic death of her sister she wants the agency life gone.

Then Blue appears needing help, he was involved in an explosion which also involved Evie’s father and some other agents. Will she help Blue? She has to find her father , did he die in the explosion? 

The team is back together, like it or not.

The relationship goes from hate to love but will it last?

Thanks as always Gena for a great read!!

Please visit Gena here to enjoy ALL her great reads!

Gena Showalter is an American author in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and young adult. Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27, and has published over 25 books. Wikipedia

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kresley Cole Giveaway

The newest giveaway will be live tonight at midnight!!

Four Kresley Cole signed books.

When this Giveaway is over I will have another one for the Young Adult 
audience, so stay tuned.

You can enter here on the giveaway page or enter on facebook go here: , go to the giveaway tab.

Kresley Cole is a the #1 New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romance and young adult novels. She has received three Romance Writers of America RITA Awards and was inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame as only its 14th member. Wikipedia
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Giveaway News

Well as promised I have another giveaway going live soon!

The great Kresley Cole has given me a list of signed books for you to win.

When you enter the giveaway you could win one of the following books:

No Rest for the Wicked - IAD series

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - IAD series


Shadow's Claim -  The Dacians

and for the Young Adults

Poison Princess - The Arcana Chronicles

Endless Knight  - The Arcana Chronicles

I will list two separate giveaways so if we have YA readers they can choose to enter only that giveaway.

This will be for the US only(sorry)

I should have it up on Friday this week so check back to enter.

Happy Reading!
~ Wendy

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sarah Daltry is offering FREE chapters.

Have you read any of Sarah Daltry's books? She is offering FREE chapters to get you started. 

I have posted the books below, just go to the link below to check them out!

 For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting...

A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret...

Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?

 Lily had a crush on her brother's best friend, Derek for years - which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it's hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.

Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can't stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it's Jack who is there to pick up the pieces - and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn't know she was missing.

Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?

Note: This is a work intended for readers 18+ as it features explicit sex between people in college. See where it began in the short story, "Her Brother's Best Friend."

 You met them in Forget Me Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.

Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex.

When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.

Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?

 Jack isn’t a rock star. He’s not the leader of a MC. He isn’t a billionaire. Lily’s not the daughter of a mob boss, or a stripper, or a virgin with a BDSM fascination. They’re just regular college kids, who somehow found each other in the middle of all the crap and chaos of growing up.

“With you, Jack, it was the first time I ever felt real. It was the first time anyone looked at me and saw substance. It was the first time I wanted to make someone see me.”

Jack and Lily have navigated his past, her desire to move on from her family’s demands of her, his depression, and her loneliness. Now, on New Year’s Eve, they have an entire year laid out ahead of them. First, though, Jack needs to meet Lily’s family, to be welcomed into her life. It’s intimidating, but with a sweater that is way too hot and his grandmother’s ugly car, he arrives at Lily’s gleaming house on a hill, ready to open himself up completely to her.

Inside the perfect, sparkling house, Lily waits for the boy she has come to love. But Lily’s house and family are a lot like her – shiny and pretty on the outside, with a sad emptiness on the interior. Lily wants to give Jack the one thing he has always dreamed of – family and love – but can she keep him from seeing how hollow a lot of the picture perfect life he fantasizes about really is?

This is a novella length work that follows Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley

Happy Reading!!
~ Wendy

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Falling Into Me - K. M. Scott - Release party!

Come to the Fall Into Me Release Party on November 30 from 6-10 pm eastern time! We'll be talking about the series, doing some great giveaways, and having lots of fun, so join us and tell your friends! And save your receipt when you buy the book on release day for a special party giveaway!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Katie Reus - New Release - Darkness Awakened

Katie is having a release party and giveaways today, stop by and check it out! 

This book is only 99 cents right now at Amazon.

Happy Reading ~ Wendy

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lisa Renee Jones ~ Infinite Possibilities

 9 Days til #InfinitePossibilities countdown party! 11-11 is release day! Several ways to enter each day! Today's prizes 2 of the black and white bags with Escaping reality on 1 side and Revealing Us on the other 5 e-copies of IF I WERE YOU -- gifted to winner or a friend of winner 10 winners of Liam & Chris Tattoos To enter: SHOW THIS POST SOME LOVE <3 --Comment --like --create your own blog with Escaping Reality and Infinite Possibilities leave a link to your blog in the comments! --Add to Goodreads bookshelf --Vote on Goodreads list And if you haven't read Escaping Reality yet it's 99 cents until the 11th!

I have shared this from Lisa's facebook page, so go there to post your comments to enter this giveaway.