Saturday, March 27, 2021

NEW RELEASE ~ The Blood Witch by Ivy Asher


We're on tour with The Blood Witch by Ivy Asher!

Get your copy of The Blood Witch now!

I never saw it coming...the bones...the magic...the betrayal.

It’s no longer a question of who I can trust—the answer is no one. Now, it’s about survival.

I’m in the heart of the Order, trying to solve a series of mysterious disappearances, while doing everything that I can not to become bait.

Enemies are circling, and they can’t seem to decide if they see me as a pawn or as a threat. Oh, and there’s that little issue of being tethered to Rogan, who I now want to kill.

It’s time to figure out just what I’m capable of though. Because fool me once...shame on you. But fool me twice...and I will crush your bones to dust.

My name is Lennox Osseous, and I’m about to unleash the wrath of the Bone Witch.

About Ivy Asher

Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she's lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

THAS blog button

Twitter Facebook Website

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

NEW RELEASE ~ Down for Her by Melissa Chambers




Down for Her: A Riches-to-Rags Steamy Romance (Destiny Dunes: Book One)
By Melissa Chambers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: March 23, 2021

From champagne to salt water…


Walking into my employee housing unit at Destiny Dunes resort for the first time, the last thing I expect to see is a hot guy…and definitely not a dripping wet naked one.

Turns out the unit was double-booked. With only twenty bucks to my name and no credit cards, I’m screwed.

But with Brett, Florida’s biggest playboy, offering me his bed for the weekend, I may not have to go crawling back to my two-timing ex or my controlling dad. My real challenge will be not letting this hunk who helps kids for a living steal my heart.


Of all the housing units she could have walked into…

I don’t have the time or capacity to deal with this damsel in distress. Between helping my mom take care of my grandma and keeping an eye on my brother, all I’ve got time for are quick, emotionless hookups.

So why am I letting this woman pull me in?

I’ve been down that road before and it bit me in the ass. I’ve got to stay strong…make sure she understands my heart is off limits, otherwise, this thing between us is certain to detonate.

Welcome to Destiny Dunes, where the only thing hotter than the Florida sun is the romance between this resort's employees. Each book in this steamy series focuses on your favorite romance tropes. Once you enter the gates of Destiny Dunes, you'll never want to leave!



Barnes & Noble:

Apple Books: 







Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She has served as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series, the Destiny Dunes series, the Before Forever series (YA), and Courting Carlyn (YA).

Author links:


Monday, March 22, 2021

Blog Tour ~ FORBIDDEN by Adrienne Woods



Forbidden: A Red Riding Hood Retelling
by Adrienne Woods
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

This is not The Little Red Riding Hood we grew up with. 

Supernatural races—vampires, werewolves, witches, you name it—all exist.
Eighteen-year-old Rue Chaperon and her family belong to an elite hunting society, the S.H.A—Supernatural Hunting Association—and what the Chaperons hunt best are werewolves. When a new hunting group convinces the Chaperons to team up with them and try a different approach to hunting the supernatural by taking out the Alpha, it sounded like a great idea.
Taking out the Alpha meant they'd eradicate the entire race.
Piece of cake, right?
But nothing is ever easy when you're a hunter.
A Little Red Riding Hood retelling with a spin that will make you believe not all fairytales were meant for children.

Adrienne is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She’s been in love with books all her life and knew at the age of 13 that she is going to be a writer one day.
That dream happened ten years ago and she started to pen her stories down on paper. Firebolt, her debut novel, was released 4 years after that, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Now she almost has 15 novels under her belt, and it doesn’t look like she is going to stop soon.
Go to her books to discover her series and those that still need to come.

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$10 Amazon 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Book Tour ~ The Man Before You by Shalana Battles



The Man Before You
Grand Mesa Men Prequel
by Shalana Battles
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Time may not actually heal all wounds, but love just might.

Eloise's husband was dead and she wished she were too. She quit going to work, refused to answer her phone or her front door, and shut out the people who cared about her. She felt imprisoned by her tainted memories, but couldn't escape her own home or recliner, because she had to focus on breathing.

Six days after she buried her husband, Jack pounded on Eloise's door. Jack, a man she hadn't seen or spoken to in over a decade. Jack, the only man including her husband, who Eloise felt truly knew her.
Jack's life hadn't been without its fair share of loss. Breaking contact after Eloise's marriage had seemed the best thing for them, but regret tortured Jack when Eloise swung open her door and he saw the shell of the woman he once loved.

Eloise pushed Jack away ten years ago and never expected him to come back into her life. She hated herself for wanting Jack to stay, but she couldn't help but remember the love they once shared and the life that they could've had—or the life they could have now.

The longer Jack stayed, the more he realized Eloise blamed herself for not being there when her husband died. Jack wanted a second chance, but Eloise didn't think she deserved one. Eloise wanted to find herself, but wasn't sure she could while dealing with grief, Jack's deployments, PTSD, and a universe that seemed determined to keep them apart.

A Second Chance Standalone Romance

Shalana Battles is a YA/Adult writer who tells stories about love...sometimes with witches and ghosts. Her debut novel, SOUL JUMPER released October, 6, 2020. Be the first to hear about upcoming projects and book updates by signing up for her newsletter below!

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Book Blitz: Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee

Love and Other Moods banner

This is my stop during the book blitz for Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee. Love and Other Moods is a standalone coming-of-age "own voices" story set in contemporary Shanghai, about falling in love, learning to adult and discovering one's place in the world.

This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 10 till 23 March. See the tour schedule here.

And don’t miss the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a Love and Other Moods gift basket at the bottom of this post!

Love and Other Moods
Love and Other Moods
By Crystal Z. Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural Romance, Coming of Age
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: December 10, 2020

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancĂ©’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships—familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships—in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

- Goodreads
- Bookbub
- Amazon ebook
- Amazon Paperback
- B&N
- Bookdepository
- IndieBound

Author Interview

Topic: Meet the Characters from Love and Other Moods

Why Shanghai? Why was the novel set in this city?

I adore rom-coms, in books and in films. But it bothered me that the majority of romantic stories I read or watched growing up were almost always with the same American or European backdrop. Sure, Paris or Rome will always be iconic cities of love, but I believe Shanghai, Taipei, or Tokyo can be just as romantic. In Love and Other Moods, the city of Shanghai itself can be seen as one of the central characters.

Introduce us to Naomi.

The main character of Love and Other Moods is Naomi Kita-Fan, a Japanese-Taiwanese-American who moves from New York to Shanghai with her fiance. Her wedding dreams are soon dashed and she must learn to step out of her comfort zone. This is a coming-of-age story, so we journey with Naomi as she experiences growing pains, discovers her place in the world, and along the way, fall in love. 

If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be and where would you go?

Dante Ouyang. He is the one of dreamiest Chinese men you'll ever meet. Dante is an architect and also a culinary enthusiast. For dinner we’d go to Xin Jesse in Shanghai, one of the best restaurants that serves authentic Shanghainese cuisine. After dinner we'd go on an architectural tour. He'd point out all the art deco elements in the city because that is his specialty.

If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

I would want to meet Naomi’s grandmother, Nai Nai. She tells Naomi about a real-life love story between a famous Chinese couple who lived a hundred years ago. I love history so would ask her for more stories like that. 

If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?

If I were the reader, I’d love to hear the backstory of Naomi’s parents, Reina Kita and Wesley Fan. Or hear about Trina Akersten’s adoption story in Taiwan. Those are two spin-offs I might develop one day. 

Why did you decide to write the story in multiple third-person point-of-views?

I struggled whether to write the novel this way, but ultimately I wanted this book to mirror a city, with viewpoints from the multitude of characters you would meet in a sprawling metropolis. Therefore, in Love and Other Moods, there are POVs from the expats, the Shanghainese socialites, the corporate executives, the working class, the entrepreneurs, the doorman, the maid, the millennials, the aging parents. To me, all of their perspectives are essential to the story, and is what makes a city like Shanghai come alive.

What are some tried-and-true writing techniques for transporting the reader?
I'm a firm believer in personally visiting any location or backdrop you're writing about, or at least conducting very thorough research. When I travel to a new place, my routine is to take a massive amount of photographs and videos, buy local artisan crafts and memorabilia, and if possible, I try to visit the region's bookstore to find unique reads sold only locally. When it comes to writing the scene, I gravitate towards setting the atmosphere with descriptions of the location's five senses--sights, sounds, scents, touch and tastes. Sometimes I create a mood board which helps me to visualize a setting. And when in doubt, have someone that lives there or has been to that location read your work.

Were the romantic relationships in the book based on people you had known in Shanghai?

Somewhat. Almost every character or situation was inspired by something that had happened in real-life. For example, I had known people in China whose family were opposed to them dating a Japanese person because of what had happened during World War Two. I knew some Joss and Tay types, where the second generation was loosely connected to the government in some capacity yet decided to date outside of their circle. I also knew many Logans in China—western men who had moved to Shanghai and treated the city as their personal playground. Although many foreigners have left China recently ahead of the pandemic, there is still a sizable expatriate contingent in Shanghai. Many of my friends are still there, and have married or are dating somebody from China. 

Explain the Chinese characters on your book cover and on the photos inside of the book.

The four characters on the book cover literally translated, means “romantic journey in the neon city.” Inside the novel are four photos, which serve as dividers to the four parts of the book. So each Chinese character is represented in each part of the book: “romance,” “journey,” “neon,” “city.” Indeed Love and Other Moods is a romantic story about journeys and voyages, both literally and figuratively for the characters. Naomi crosses oceans and borders, and in the process, learns and grows as a person. 

A fun fact about the city photographs inside the novel: my husband took them! We first met in Beijing (although he had seen my photo from my mutual friend in New Jersey, but that’s another story). In Shanghai my husband was always taking photos of the city wherever we went, so I had a treasure trove to choose from!

One unique thing about Love and Other Moods

I'd say the Asian male characters in my novel are all pretty dreamy, which is an element I don't see too often in mainstream English-language literature. I for one, would love to see more Asian men as lead characters in English-language fiction, and in the romance genre at large. 

Crystal Z. Lee
About the Author:
Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her debut novel. She’s already hard at work on her next novel and a children’s book.
Follow the author on Instagram @ Crystal.Z.Lee

Author links:
- Instagram

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Love and Other Moods. One winner will win a “Love and Other Moods” gift basket filled with items related to Love and Other Moods. Total value at $70. US Only.

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lola's Blog Tours graphic