BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour For HUNTED: A Jonathan Harker Novel By Christopher Draven




Hunted:A Jonathan Harker Novel

Christopher Draven
Genre: Supernatural

Thriller/Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: May 14th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1547126866
Number of pages: 270


Slinging Spells with Broken Ribs Isn't Easy


Jonathan Harker, mage and 
life-long demon hunter, 
wakes to find himself tied to a chair and severely
wounded. His captor, a demon in service to a summoner 
who wants Harker alive.


Armed with impossibly powerful 
magic and a gang 
of demon toughs, the summoner has snared 
Harker in a deadly 
trap. Nothing is ever easy, and 
being new in town has left Harker with few
allies. However, with help from a Fortune-Teller 
named Clover and a self-described
"Kitchen Witch" named Momma Dee, Harker fights back.


To prevail, Harker must walk 
unprepared into a pit of 
demons and black magic - and come out alive on the
other side.





Excerpt:


My brain righted 
itself, and I could pull my thoughts together.

Neither demon 
seemed to possess magic. Instead, 
the creatures relied on their strength and
speed. There was no matching those physical attributes. 
To survive, I would 
need to use a different tactic. 
Direct confrontation had failed, twice. My next
trick was misdirection.

“Tell me,” I 
said. “How did a low-powered summoner 
rank high enough to afford two Demon 
Nobles?”

Both demons, who 
were whispering to one another 
across the room, turned to face me.

“You know us,”
Cresh said with a tone of surprise. 
The demon still pressed one hand tightly
against his wounded side.
“Yes,” I said.

“You knew and 
you still entered to battle?”

“To be fair,” I 
said. “I had no idea who was waiting.”

Cresh huffed a 
small laugh; Mindal growled.

Well, I thought.
I know which one is the smart one.

Christopher Draven has worked as
an instructional designer, newspaper journalist, and ghost writer.

One soggy Monday morning, he
committed to leaving behind the soul-stealing work of corporate puppetry and
escaped to a meadow where he could concentrate on his passion. Since that
fateful day, Christopher has focused on learning the craft of fiction.

Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel
was Christopher’s debut, and his best friend said it was swell.


Twitter: @writerdraven







Release Blitz For BURNING BRIGHT By Morgan Campbell




Burning Bright
The Starlight Falls Series
Book 1
By Morgan Campbell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017


Caitlyn

Coming home is supposed to be a fresh start. Away from the man determined to make my life a living hell, I didn’t count on Charlie showing up, and making my heart beat faster. Now, he’s the only man who can protect the very heart he broke.

Charlie

I tried to stay away; to get her out of my mind. But the second she comes home, my whole world is turned around. She’s hiding secrets, telling lies, and the only way to protect her is to confront her past, to save our future.

Returning home isn’t as easy as Caitlyn thinks. Someone won’t let her forget. Someone is out for revenge at any cost. As flames are rekindled, Caitlyn must battle more than one kind of fire to stay alive, and fight for the life she was always meant to have.



Purchase Links:
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~ Excerpt ~

“Oh god. She’s really back. And for good. What the fuck?” I pace back and forth inside the trailer Landon and I cart around for our on-site jobs. It’s just a makeshift office for us, but right now, it’s my thinking space. And I have a lot to think about.
I run a hand through my hair. It’s shaggy, longer than I normally keep it. But at this point in my life, I’m all about work. I don’t date anymore, I don’t have a family to nag me about cutting it, I’ve got nothing but me, myself, and I to answer to.
For six years, I’ve managed to stay away from Caitlyn Walker. When she would come into town, I would conveniently be in Houston, Austin, or Dallas. I changed my number, moved, and avoided her at all costs. Anytime her family brought her up, I would shut them out until Landon would nudge me or call my name.
But it did me no good.
Everything I did, everything I’ve ever done and will do, has revolved around Caitlyn. I finally went to school when she left me so I could become a more responsible man. One that she could rely on. The home I’m still building is with her in mind. Each and every breath in and out of my body is laced with the thought of Caitlyn Walker.
Being around her family was torturous at first but they never pried, they never questioned me about our break-up, and they never pushed. Even though I was no longer with their daughter, I was still one of theirs. Especially after my parents died.
I tried to date. I tried to get her off my mind but they weren’t her. It’s stupid to compare anyone to the love of your life when they’re married to someone else but it’s what I did. I’ve always held out for her and I always will.
“Charlie, you okay?” I whip around to see Landon inside the office with me. I didn’t even hear the door open. “I have to move her car, but I wanted to make sure you’re fine. You bolted pretty quickly.”
“Yeah, yeah. It’s just weird, ya know? I haven’t seen her in so long and it’s just crazy.” Oh, but I do see her and if she only knew what seeing those doe eyes and those pouty lips had done to me at the kitchen table, then they’d all know just how crazy I was still for her.
“This might be weird to ask but do you still have feelings for my sister?” I look at Landon, He’s uncomfortable asking, rubbing the back of his neck and looking at me with an uneasy glint in his eye.
“No, that was all in the past, dude.” I lie my ass off because now isn’t the time to get into it. I need some more time alone so I can really take in seeing her again. I was caught off guard but now that I know she’s back, maybe we can at least talk. Clear the air or whatever. Maybe get some closure because as much as I want to be with her, she might not want to be with me and maybe I need to hear that last no to move on.

~~~ Other books by Morgan Campbell ~~~






Grayson: A Bully Novel
Goodreads ~ Amazon US : AU : CA : UK



Finn: A Bully Novella
Goodreads ~ Amazon US : AU : CA : UK


~About Morgan Campbell~



Morgan lives in the south of Texas, going back and forth from Austin and Houston, with her husband. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose stuck in a book, cooking, baking, crocheting, and causing a general ruckus with her friends and family! Filled with an overactive imagination at a young age, she began writing her thoughts down in a journal, and the rest, as they say, is history.



~Connect With Morgan~







Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blog Tour Blitz & Giveaway For ALPHA SQUAD by Lorelei Moone

Alpha Squad: Showdown: 

A Bear Shifter Paranormal Romance

by Lorelei Moone
Alpha Squad #4
Publication Date: August 17, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Shifter, Bear Shifter

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Sean McMillan has always lived a life more human than shifter. Upon joining Alpha Squad he is thrust into a whole new world which is taking some getting used to. When two shifters turn up dead under suspicious circumstances in the otherwise quiet town of Inverness, Scotland, Alpha Squad is sent in to uncover the truth. So far, so easy; murder investigations are what Sean does best. Trouble is, one of the witnesses is able to distract him just with her presence. And he can’t shake the feeling that she knows more than what she’s letting on.
Lab assistant Erin Reid thought her work at the research project led by leading Geneticist Professor Blake was benign enough, if excruciatingly boring. Little did she know that they were all embroiled in a deadly conspiracy. When she finds out what she’s been involved in, the resulting guilt weighs heavy on her and she vows to make things right.
What starts off as an ordinary murder investigation quickly turns into something bigger and more dangerous than anyone on Alpha Squad could foresee. Is shifter enemy No. 1 Victor Domnall back with a plan more devious than ever? Can Sean and the squad put all the pieces of the puzzle together before it’s too late?
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Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.


First Look Event & Giveaway For SHINING THROUGH By Elizabeth Harmon

SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon First Look!
Here is your FIRST LOOK at SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon. Dirty Dancing meets Olympic figure skating in this sweet and sexy final book in the Red Hot Russians series


Title:  Shining Through
Author: Elizabeth Harmon
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Pronoun/Macmillan
Series: Red Hot Russians #5
Genres: Romance
Word Count: 80k
Format: Digital & Print

The Biggest Season of her Career…
America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…
Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…
Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

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Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world.  Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway For GRAVITY By Liz Crowe



Title: Gravity (Brewing Passion #4)
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Cover Designer: Emmy Ellis, Totally Bound Publishing
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
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A unique new romance series set in the trending world of the craft brewery. Meet the owners, employees and friends of Fitzgerald Brewing as they live, love, lust and laugh their way through the ups, downs and sideways shifts of small business ownership.
Blurb:
When Brock Fitzgerald is welcomed back into his family thanks to the sympathy of his sister-in-law Evelyn and the tolerance of his twin brother, Austin, he understands that this may be the best he’ll ever get for himself. Years spent partying, drinking, and screwing his way through life have left him drained, exhausted, and accepting of his many weaknesses. He’s grateful for the second chance he’s been offered, even as he continues to battle his demons, including one that leads him back into co-dependency with his oldest girlfriend.
Kayla Hettinger never imagined that once she declared herself clean after several near-overdoses of opiates she’d find herself tending bar for her brother’s fiancée Melody, and enjoying what life she’d managed to build. When she strikes up a friendship with Brock over shared experiences and ginger ale, she discovers something needier and more frightening inside herself—and in Brock—than either of them feels equipped to handle.
Breaking through the clutter of addiction and despair only to find your soulmate waiting on the other side seems like the stuff of fairy tales—until Brock and Kayla accept that being dependent on one another is the only way they’ll survive.




Excerpt #1 rated R for language:
She was tall, very thin, with huge, greenish-brown eyes, full lips and sharp cheekbones. Despite the heat, she wore a long-sleeved version of the FitzPub T-shirt, which engulfed her as if she were playing dress-up with someone else’s clothing. She smiled at him—if he could call it that since it was more a soft lifting of the corners of her lips for a few seconds, before she busied herself, pulling empty glassware out of the bar-level dishwasher and stacking them on their appropriate shelves.
“Who is that,” he whispered to Melody.
“Huh?” She looked up from her phone. “Oh, that’s Kayla. She’s Trent’s sister.”
“Trent? Your main man? Captain Business?”
She rolled her dark eyes at him. “Yes. Him.”
“Ah, I see.” He eyed the new chick’s rear view as she stretched to reach the highest shelves with the clean glasses. “I also see the resemblance.”
Melody shot him a look. “Hands off, lover boy,” she warned. “That girl is a hot mess.”
“Yeah? And I’m not?”
“Whatever. Listen, Trent and I are having people out to the lake house in a few weeks, once this craziness is done here. You’re invited. Bring a date.” She blew him a kiss and headed around the bar and into the kitchen, talking six miles a minute en Español.
“We’re a regular United Nations around here, aren’t we, Princess?” He kissed Rose’s chubby knee and sat a few minutes, watching Kayla work. She was graceful, like a dancer, but never met anyone’s eyes for very long. She had a habit of tugging the already overstretched sleeves of the shirt even farther, as if hiding something.
And like that, he realized he was gazing at a fellow junkie.
“Takes one to know one, kid,” he said, raising a finger to get her attention.
“Hi, I’m Brock Fitzgerald,” he said, holding out the hand that hadn’t gotten befouled earlier. She did that weird almost-smile thing again and touched her fingertips to his before giving her sleeve another tug.
“Kayla,” she said, her voice soft and sing-songy. “Nice to meet you. This is your place?” She gestured around the bar.
“Ha! Hardly. Or better yet, I wish. It’s my brother, Austin’s place. Well, his and Evelyn’s I guess.” He pulled Rose down, mainly because his neck was getting a little too warm all of a sudden. “This beautiful creature is Rose Fitzgerald. My niece.”
“I see,” Kayla said as she observed the girl from a safe distance. “So what can I get you Mr. Fitz—?”
“Oh Jesus, please do not call me that. It’s Brock. And I need a double IPA and a ginger ale. I’m running the beer up to Evelyn.” He smiled by way of covering his embarrassment at drinking ginger ale.
But her smile went a hair past ghostly as she pulled a to-go cup with a straw from under the bar and sipped. “I love the ginger ale myself,” she said, before turning to pour his drinks.
Yep, he thought, as he held Rose on his lap and she slapped both hands on the bar top before grabbing the coaster and trying to cram the entire thing into her mouth. “Too many carbs, doll face,” he said, taking the thing away from her and holding it over his head while she worked her way into a snit. “Somebody needs a nap,” he said, tossing the half-masticated round of cardboard toward the garbage behind the bar, missing by half a mile.
Kayla picked it up and threw it away then put the two drinks on the bar, well out of Rose’s reach. “So, how exactly are you going to get two drinks and that,” she pointed her elbow at Rose, “up to Evelyn’s office anyway?”
“Easy peasy,” he said, slipping the girl back up to his shoulders. But she had other ideas and went stiff as a board, as her snit worked its way into a full-throated howl.



Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
The Liz Crowe voice brings something new and unique, both in settings and characters, that will thrill readers of romance, women’s fiction and chick lit alike.
Recommendations/endorsements:
“If you want a story that will grip your heart and bring all your emotions into play, then do not miss a Liz Crowe story.”
---International Best Selling Author Desiree Holt
"Liz Crowe is my drug of choice for unconventional romance that pushes the envelope of my comfort zone."
--Best Selling Author of the Enigma Series, Ditter Kellan

Liz Crowe writes intense true-to-life stories that make you feel. Whether it's anxiety, love, fear, hate, bliss, or loss woven into her plot lines, you will feel it deep down to your very soul.
--Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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