Friday, October 21, 2016

The 12 Days of Single by Christmas Blog Tour (Giveaway) @RosaT_Author

TITLE: Single by Christmas
AUTHOR: Rosa Temple
RELEASE DATE: October 3rd, 2016
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review


You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits. 


My Favourite Christmas Rom Coms
Guest Post by Rosa Temple

When it comes to Christmas and romantic comedies, I can’t get enough of the genre in book or film formats. There’s nothing better than getting snuggly with a good Christmas rom-com on the television, a glass of your favourite drink in hand and a box of tissues at the ready, even when you know there’s going to be a Happy Ever After. The same could be said for a good book at Christmas. Bring on the love and bring on the comedy, that’s what I say.

So what are my favourite rom-coms to get snuggly to at Christmas? Well the list was so long, I whittled it down to a top 5 – but even that was a hard decision.
So here goes:

No. 5 – The Holiday
This one stars one of my favourite actors, Jack Black. I absolutely adore this guy’s talent. It didn’t hurt the film to have the handsome Jude Law in a lead role either. But the best thing about this film is that there are two happy endings – you can’t get better than that!
Favourite Quote: “Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you're behaving like the best friend.”

No. 4 – Matchmaker Santa
Now this one was not on at the cinema. It’s one of a billion “made for television” films that for me was above average and could have given some of the blockbusters a run for their money. It has a touch of magic in it and sees an engaged couple being kept apart and finding that they each fall in love with someone else! Sounds weird but you  have to trust me on this one.
Favourite Quote: “ [Man on Plane]‘Did you ask Santa for something special?’ [Melanie] ‘I asked for true love.’”

No. 3 – While You Were Sleeping
One of my favourite actors for rom-com is in this one – Sandra Bullock. Love her. And I love this dreamy film – excuse the pun. But I love films with a twist of fortune; falling in love with one guy who doesn’t know you exist only to find the one for you is right under your nose. It’s a common theme in this genre but I don’t care. No matter how contrived, this well acted film has to be seen to be believed.
Favourite Quote: “And who are you, Jack, the happiness guru?”

No. 2 – Sleepless in Seattle/You’ve Got Mail
Excuse the double up but by cheating I get to have 6 films on my top 5! These films both star a great pairing of actors who work so well together. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are great in straight films as well as comedy. I am just in a state of heavenly bliss as I watch either of these films and they are the ones I have the tissues out for, just waiting for that Happy Ever After to arrive. Great stuff.
Favourite Quotes: “That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in a love movie!” “People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened.”

No 1. – Serendipity
One of the best themes a writer can work with is the one of Fate and that’s what this film is all about. It begins in New York as two people, already in separate relationships, meet while Christmas shopping and both want to buy the same pair of gloves. Years later, will they meet again? There are some films you can just watch over and over again, even if you know what’s coming next, and this is one of them for me. Such a beautiful story – I can’t get enough of it and that’s why I made it No. 1!
Favourite Quote: “I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It's one of my favourite words.”

Now you tell me, what’s your favourite romantic comedy Christmas film?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Necromancist @CharmainePauls

TITLE: Necromancist
SERIES: Seven Forbidden Arts #6
AUTHOR: Charmaine Pauls
RELEASE DATE: October 11th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Satin Romance
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

Nine years ago he took her virginity. Now he’s back for revenge.
Alice Jones has loved one man only–the man who stripped her from her clothes and defenses to leave her vulnerable and cold, the man who took her virginity and went downstairs for ‘a glass of water’ never to return. After nine years the once poor and shamed Ivan Kray is back in London, now a world-famous rock star. He is wealthy, successful, surrounded by millions of fans, and built like a machine while she is struggling, single, overweight, and has to borrow affection from her neighbor’s cat. To make matters worse, he blames her and her family for driving him away. This time round, Ivan doesn’t come to her with gentle caresses and roses. He comes with vengeance and thorns that will either purge or destroy her.
A malnourished toddler barely kept from starving by a nursing dog, Ivan Kray grows up into a hard and emotionally scarred man with a golden voice and a cursed art. Suffering from visions and voices in his head, he finds peace in Alice Jones’ heart and naked arms, only to be knocked down once again. When she chooses her upper-class family over him, he slaves for nine long years to climb to the top of the ladder with one purpose only–to take revenge. He swore he’d be her first and last, and he isn’t a man to break his promises. His plans of submitting Alice to his will are hampered when someone tries to kill him. The sinister attempts on his life are more than the actions of a fan gone fanatic. When his hunter uses Alice to achieve his ominous goal, Ivan must acknowledge his true feelings and put his skills as necromancist to the ultimate test. Will his unusual ability be enough to save Alice before it’s too late to tell her the truth?

South African born Charmaine Pauls is a gypsy at heart who likes to look at the world from the lens of her camera. She writes dark and paranormal romance novels. The author currently resides in Chile with her husband and children.

Just when you thought this series couldn't get any better, Charmaine surprise us and bring us a darker and more twisted book. 'Necromancist' has one of the hottest but most complicated male characters and set the bar higher for future books. As usual the story flows naturally, it's fast to read given the really good writting style and the temperature reaches unreachables highs.

This time we meet Alice and Ivan, their relationship is based on something that happened nine years ago, when he took her virginity and she thought he walked away breaking her heart. What begins as revenge becomes an intense play between two broken souls. Little by little we get to know them and understand their past, we discovered two people who are afraid to love and be loved due to their past.

The romance is too strong, their relationship is intense, hot and full of fire. This book has a darker tone and Ivan enjoyes a kind of sex that can be a little too much for some. However, is hard to stop reading once they are together, the passion is almost palpable and your eyes get glue to the pages.

I was waiting to see what was their conection to the characters from previous books and was mind blown when I found out how they are conected. The plot is solid and each chapter brings a new surprise.

Overall, I loved this book and is a great addition to the series. Charmaine has a gift to write this kind of books and I can't wait to see what's next.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Wreck You @randiperrin

Intense and delicious M/M romance
Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Wreck You (Trade Me Collection)
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Artist: Soxsational Cover Art
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Mechanic for Hard and Fast, Mike Davis has an intense crush on the parts delivery driver, Blake. For the sake of the business, he keeps his distance, not acting on his wanton desires. What Mike doesn’t realize is Blake is crushing equally as hard on him.

Just as love and life appear to take shape for Mike, his old demons take hold and drag him under, leaving him spiraling out of control.

Will Blake push Mike further into the abyss or will he be the one to finally pull him free?
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His shaggy, sandy-blond hair covered his eyes, and a deep tan highlighted his sharp cheekbones. He had a baby face; hell, compared to me he was a baby. Still, that silky-smooth face called out to be kissed without mercy.

I wanted to be the one to do just that.

He pushed the hair out of his eyes. The chocolate-brown pools that hid underneath were visible for a brief moment before gravity won the battle, and his hair fell right back to where it had started. 

His constant battle with his hair was one of those things I had always adored about him. Every time he ran his hands through his hair, I couldn’t help the twinge of jealousy I felt. I wanted to be the one to unearth those eyes that matched the shade of my morning coffee. 

I was pretty sure Blake didn’t know anything about my feelings for him, and that was for the best. For the sake of both our jobs, I kept my emotions in check, burying those feelings as deep as I possibly could. The last thing I wanted to do was have my way with him and then have things go south. They always went south for me—and then I’d be stuck having awkward encounters with him every day, or even worse, he’d leave, and I’d have to get used to a new delivery driver. Neither situation was appealing, so I did what I had to do to maintain the status quo. I even kept my thoughts about him secret from my best friend, Lydia, the manager of Parts and More. I already knew my obsession with her employee was taboo; I didn’t need to give her the chance to mock me for it, too.

Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.

A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

PreOrder Book Launch & Giveaway @CynthiasRomance

Cynthia Robert is releasing a new book next month and to celebrate it she is hosting a fantastic giveaway... keep readign and find out more about it.

Book Description

Does an ex-cop ever lose his "nose" for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher, certainly hasn't, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a mad man. No stone is left unturned, as he plays the role of senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on ... her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator's newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his "moment of fame"?
Pawn for Malice is a thrilling and passionate love story that is a blend of crime action, suspense, and self-discovery, or one could even say, a cross between Safe Haven meets Criminal Minds.

Pre-Order TODAY at Amazon ~  Smashwords ~  Kobo ~ Barnes and Noble ~ and Apple iBooks 

About Me

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior . I really don't fit into one specific niche.  Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub-genre it will fit under.
I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later.  Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way.  Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.
It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

Go directly to her website read the first two chapters and join her email club for a chance to win one of (2) $25 Amazon Gift Cards.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Tour: In The Line Of Duty @Carolyn_Arnold

Police are People Too

“You experience the emotions, distractions, frustrations and successes of the characters in every chapter of In the Line of Duty.  I found her heartfelt details to be spot on with a line-of-duty death. Being able to put such a tragic situation into words, is difficult in itself, but she does it with compassion, knowledge, and respect for those in uniform who know what it is like to lose a brother or sister in blue.”
-- Carl J. Harper, Training Officer, ERT (SWAT)
Sadly, as humans, we tend to judge that which we don’t understand. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t stood in the shoes of a police officer. We’ve never faced an armed subject at one o’clock in the morning or had to make life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. We’ve never had to focus in a traumatic situation and make a significant judgment call. We’ve never had to face families and friends who have been left behind and tell them that their loved one won’t be coming home.
In general, people either point fingers at the police or put them up on pedestals. No one is perfect, however, and sometimes that pedestal cracks. Instead of doing either of these things, though, I think it’s most important that we respect our law enforcement officers and accept that they are human, just like the rest of us. They have families and friends. They have feelings. They have hopes and dreams.
In the Line of Duty was inspired by my love of law enforcement, for those who serve and who have served, but I also wanted to write a book that showed the human side of policing. I wanted to paint a vivid picture that shows that police are people and illustrate how the loss of a brother in blue affects them—not only on a professional level but more importantly, on a personal one.
The characters in my book must carry on after a great loss to find the person who killed their fellow officer. Their grief tears apart relationships, changes people’s viewpoints, and has them acknowledging their own mortality, just as it would anyone.
So the next time you see a police officer, remind yourself that police are people, too, and deserve the same compassion and kindness as you or me.

--Carolyn Arnold
Author of In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight series)

Excerpt from In the Line of Duty, Chapter 3:
Troy gripped the sink in the men’s washroom at the Stiles police station with both hands and stared at himself in the mirror. He’d lost men close to him before. The last one was two years ago, and the officer had been killed in a car accident while off duty. He’d left behind two kids and a wife. But Barry…he was different. Life always equaled death, of course. It was a simple equation to accept until it touched close to home. And that’s what Barry’s death was for him--personal.
Losing Barry made it clear just how dangerous this job could be and how fragile life was. One minute here, the next gone. Barry had just been pumping gas, a routine thing, something people did all the time without any thought to their safety. Those on the outside would say that’s the risk he took being in law enforcement. Yes, there was the chance any one of them wouldn’t return home from a shift, but it wasn’t something Troy consciously thought about before heading to work.
In fact, when serving in a SWAT capacity, he’d say it was one of the safest positions within the Stiles PD. SWAT had the toys, and when they showed up to manage a situation, it was often brought under control rather quickly. Even the majority of criminals didn’t want to tango with an AR-15 and armored vehicles. Besides, dwelling on one’s mortality wasn’t healthy. But when something like this happened to one of their own, it spurred on such self-reflection. It could have easily been him in the morgue, or one of his team members. Or Madison…
His insides quivered with rage as his heartbeat slowed with his grief. He squeezed his eyes shut.
“I’ve got Dad’s car tonight,” Barry says. “We’ll take it out on the back roads and see what she’s really capable of.”
“Your dad’s a cop, Barry,” Troy reminds him.
“So? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” Barry takes a few steps down the hall of their high school but stops and spins when Troy doesn’t follow. “Come on, man. Don’t make me take Lyman.”
Troy came back from his thoughts and opened his eyes to find himself staring at his reflection.
That night had been one of the best ever. Barry had sent the car airborne by racing over the railway tracks on the outskirts of the city. They’d even conned some seniors into getting beer for them and drank it by the tracks later that night.
Barry had made Troy feel alive…
Pain knotted in his chest, the regrets over skipping drinks with Barry last week paired with losing a part of his childhood somehow.
Troy pinched the bridge of his nose as the memories continued to rush over him.
“I just got my acceptance letter.” Barry holds the envelope in his hand. “This college has the hottest chicks… Not that it would matter to you.”
“What does that mean?”
“It’s Lauren and Troy sitting in a tree…” Barry sings.
“Seriously? You’re like a girl sometimes, you know that? A big, emotional girl.”
“Hey!” Barry punches him playfully in the arm.
Madison punched him in the arm sometimes, too…
God, what would he have done if Madison were the one who’d been killed?
You’ve reached the end of the excerpt, but In the Line of Duty is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover from popular retailers.

About In the Line of Duty:
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him, shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
When news of Weir’s murder reaches the department, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves just when they need one another the most.
With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with members of the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more officers pay with their lives.

About the Detective Madison Knight Series:
Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & OrderCSIBlue BloodsRizzoli & IslesWomen’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

About the Author
Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

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