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Release Blast: Harvest Moon

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Today we are here to celebrate the release of Harvest Moon by Sharon Struth.  

HARVEST MOON
A Blue Moon Lake Romance #2
Sharon Struth
Releasing Dec 22nd, 2015
Lyrical Shine

Getting past the librarian’s guard…


Trent Jamieson isn’t one for virtual romance, but there’s something about the intriguing woman he meets on the Internet he can’t resist. Then the small town bachelor discovers the mystery woman who shares her secrets with him online is the laced-up librarian in his self-defense class! Veronica Sussingham may just be his toughest student yet. Because how can he show the vulnerable beauty that some men are worth letting your guard down for?

Veronica returned to her hometown seeking shelter for her shattered spirit. The last thing she needs is a blue-eyed charmer who wants to show her how to live—and love—again. Then she discovers Trent is not just another admirer, but a man who knows her deepest secrets. Now Veronica must choose between running from her past—or finding future happiness with the kind of man she swore she’d never fall for….

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“Heart-tugging
small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!”
—Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s
never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the
Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel,
Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information,
including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her website.
 

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What drew me to this novel was the fact that the main character is librarian which is what I have wanted to be my entire life. A romance novel involving a librarian falling in love, sign me up! After reading this book, there is much more to than the romance which was wonderful to see the different layers involved within the storyline. Yes, it is about love but it is also about character’s coming to terms with things that have happened in the past and working towards discovering that love even after something traumatic happened is still possible. This book ties together personal connections for me like having the female protagonist be a librarian as well as having it take place in Connecticut with a heartfelt journey of two people figuring out their own personal issues with their pasts while finding one another in the most surprising of ways. I would like to note that if sexual assault is a topic that you particularly don’t like reading about or is a trigger for you, I suggest you cautiously consider reading this as I would hate for someone to have a negative experience reading this book.
Veronica Sussingham has been a librarian for the past 20 years of her life, living a simple yet fulfilling life in the town of Northbridge, Connecticut. Her desire to pursue a romantic relationship that eclipses her control is something that she is not interested in ever since she was sexually assaulted by someone she thought was a good person back in college. Now she is a relationship her sister deems is “safe” where any control in the bedroom is given to her. Of course, there is the man she has been emailing with the last 6 months that makes her feel like she once did before the assault happened. Little does she know that even though they decided not to use their real names, life or even fate will have its way of having their paths cross beyond the realms of the Internet.
Trent Davison is making a change with his life something which holds a lot of importance deep down given the changes and the recovery he has gone through after going to rehab three years ago. Though you don’t know why he went to rehab, you can get the sense that Trent is trying to mend the mistakes he made before he made the decision to get help. The newest change being that he is joining his brother in his new business managing a vineyard. This decision causes him to uproot his life to the small town of Northbridge, Connecticut (coincidence, or fate lol) from the city life of Hartford. It is there that his life will change once again when his brief chance encounter in an elevator with a beautiful brunette turns out to be much more.

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This kiss. Oh, this heavenly kiss. Veronica patted herself on the back for pushing aside her first instinct to remove Jim’s hands from her waist in a public place. The way he’d whispered “sexy” drove a warm blast straight to the core of her belly.
This time when they kissed, his mouth molded perfectly to hers, not his usual awkward preamble. He was strong and demanding, yet not too pushy. His relaxed lips lulled her into a quick surrender, a surrender she strangely didn’t mind at all.
His hand slipped to the back of her head, and she sighed into his mouth, wishing this kiss would never end. Slowly and surely, however, he pulled away, but she kept her eyes closed, clinging to the sensation a few seconds longer as his breath landed near her ear.
“God, baby,” he said, low and husky. “I can’t wait to get out of here with you later.”
Not. Jim’s. Voice.
Her eyes flashed open. She slapped her palms to the stranger’s chest, pushed him away. “What the hell!”
He stumbled back a few steps, his mouth agape and brows furrowed. “You’re not Angie.”
“Well, you’re not Jim! How dare you touch—”
“Calm down. I thought you were my date.” He blinked a few times. “Hey, I know you. From—”
“The elevator.” Her head spun as she stared into his crystal blue eyes. His gaze swept her from head to toe, making his dark lashes flutter. “Thank God you kept your lips to yourself then.”
“Don’t be ridiculous.” His smiled dropped. “I’d never do that to a stranger.” With a slight cock of his head, a grin creased his cheeks and he lowered his voice. “Although I’m pretty sure we both enjoyed what just happened.”
Her face burned, as if set on fire. “How dare you suggest that I—”
“Hey! You guys are early.” Sophie entered the bar area, Duncan in tow.
Veronica tried to speak but found herself more flabbergasted when Sophie walked right up to Hotlips and they hugged. “Hi, Trent.”
Veronica pinched herself in a bid to wake from this surreal dream. Before she could gather her bearings, Duncan surrounded her in one of his big bear hugs. “Ronnie, you look beautiful. New dress?”
She blinked, nodded.
Sophie came over and hugged Veronica. “You okay?” she whispered in Veronica’s ear.
“I’m fine. Happy birthday.” From over Sophie’s shoulder, Trent watched them. Veronica narrowed her gaze, but he only grinned, like the devil might if he learned your biggest secret.
Duncan slung an arm around Trent’s shoulders. “I see you’ve met my brother.”
“Yes. I have.” The heat of her cheeks still simmered.
Trent winked in her direction, and a sizzling blast assaulted every inch of her skin.
“Pearls made me feel right at home.”
“Pearl? That’s not my name.”
“Pearls,” he corrected, an extra emphasis on the s. “Like your necklace.”
She reached up and touched the smooth, hard jewels near her collarbone. A few other guests arrived and snagged Sophie and Duncan’s attention. While she clutched the hard beads and tried to digest what just went down, she glanced at Trent. He watched her closely, but a playful twinkle in his eyes suggested the case-of-mistaken-identity kiss hadn’t upset him a bit.
 
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Blog Tour: The Touched

It’s time for another blog tour as we get closer to Christmas aka my favorite holiday in the entire world.

It has been such a pleasure to have done so many blog tours this year and this one will be my last before the new year so it is extra special. This blog tour for The Touched by Jennifer Weiser is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours who I can’t thank enough for giving me this and many opportunity these past few months.

If you fancy a dystopian read with a paranormal element to it as well as fated lovers, then I definitely suggest you check out The Touched!


The Touched by Jennifer Weiser
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult

TheTouchedThe first sixteen years of Arabella Penthallow’s life have been a lie…

In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader’s daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.

Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground…

Midnight City’s cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he’s been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched—just like him—he isn’t sure who he hates more…the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he’s sworn to kill.

They are told they’re fated to be soul mates…and they each wish the other never existed.

When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable…even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella’s home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn’t, fated souls be damned.

War is coming…and Ara is the prize.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25964260-the-touched?ac=1

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 Jennifer

 

Jennifer Weiser is a young adult author who has always been a book nerd and a bit chocolate obsessed. Writing has always been a favorite escape, but quickly became a passion not long after the birth of her daughter. When she isn’t combing the shelves of her local book stores or blogging about newest book obsessions, you can find her nestled in her nook creating worlds she hopes that one day will inspire her daughter, who not only has given her the courage to follow her dreams–but offers the inspirations that help color their worlds together.
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Review

This is the first time that I have read young adult novel that is both dystopian and paranormal and I must say the combination is quite fantastic. Those elements together intrigued me and within good reason because I was sucked into this book from the very first pages. I dare you to read the prologue of this book and try to dissuade yourself to continue reading because it is simply not possible. The pure emotion of the tragedy that comes to life on those pages along with the air of mystery of what is to come that surrounds it compels you to keep reading and once you do you can’t stop.

Within this world you have individuals who are referred to as The Touched.  They are mortals who possess the abilities and gifts of the gods and therefore have can do things anywhere from mind control to predicting the past, present, or future (not all three though) to reading the emotions of other around you which is what Arabella, our protagonist can do. The only problem is that in Arabella’s world these individuals are feared, hunted down, and even burned at the stake in front of everyone which is called a Reaping. We are introduced to these horrible events as the beginning of the novel, the prologue that completely sucked me in, is a Reaping but not just any Reaping. It is the Reaping of Carter Decker’s mother who is plays another key part in the novel as he is Arabella’s love interest even though they don’t necessarily get along with one another when they first meet.

See Carter is not a fan of Union City which is the one of the legions that makes up the world in this novel. They strive to find and annihilate all of the Touched that exist Carter’s mother being one of them. Ever since he witnessed his mother being killed he has been hell bent on revenge against Union City (no shocker there if you ask me). His father is in a position of power in Midnight City which is the legion adjacent to Union City and where they are much more open to the people who live there. They accept people who are Touched which makes sense since both Carter and his father are both Touched. This alliance involves Arabella and considering that Arabella is Touched, her staying in Union City is not a good idea altogether given the fact that if discovered she is Touched she would be executed despite her family being in a position of power. So thus she travels to Midnight City to train with Carter who is none too thrilled that this is happening. What neither of them know is that they share a bond that has exist since birth.

Within the culture of the Touched, there is this notion that each Touched is fated to another in that there is one person out there they are meant to be with. They refer to it as a person’s bound. It is extremely rare given how so many of this race has been extinguished that the Touched find their bound. But in this instance amongst all the political intrigue and chaos that is occurring, Carter and Arabella soon learn that they are indeed connected to one another even if accepting that took some time. When your father is responsible for sentencing his mother to be burned at the stake I can only guess that they would not accept one another with open arms even if they are both Touched. But who doesn’t love when two characters who are meant to be initially bicker and may or may not hold animosity towards one another. Personally those kind of relationships are guilty pleasures for me so that is just another reason as to why I enjoyed this book so much and could not put it down.

If the fated lovers don’t suck you in at first, I guarantee the world and the story will as this book is wonderfully unique and captivated me from the very first page.

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Blog Tour: I’ll Be There

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season so far! I am personally counting down till it is Christmas like a little kid but that is totally normal since this my favorite time of the year.

In addition to it being my favorite time of the year, I am also excited to be a host for this blog tour for I’ll Be There by Samantha Chase because this was such a fun, adorable read.You can follow the rest of the blog tour which is being hosted by Tasty Book Tours here.

If you enjoy contemporary romances that are emotionally charged as well as incredibly entertaining then I definitely think you should check out I’ll Be There.


I’ll Be There
Montgomery Brothers #6
By: Samantha Chase
Releasing December 1st, 2015
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase’s popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn’t answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She’s used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn’t hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic…and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure

Zach’s perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help…but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella’s love.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25392793-i-ll-be-there?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/103361-the-montgomery-brothers 

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Samantha
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

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Let me first start off by saying that this is the first book by Samantha Chase that I have read. Given that this is the sixth book her Montgomery Brothers series, my knowledge of the other characters and storylines are essentially nonexistent. Though I am assuming each of these books can be read as a stand alone, having the previous knowledge of past characters definitely provides you with more of a connection with the series which I personally gravitate towards. Regardless of that, the way this book is written allows you to not only get the necessary context needed to follow along but also allows you to form that connection with the characters and the story almost instantaneously.

Zach Montgomery’s life has been put on pause as he recovers from the near fatal fall while he was climbing a mountain. The recovery of breaking almost every bone is in his body has been a lot more difficult than he anticipated as he is one who can usually handle pain and conquer the challenges placed in front of him. But the swift recovery he believed he would have has been anything but which leads to him accept that this is his life now unable to do the things he enjoyed before. As a result his negativity and anger towards the situation has taken over as he basically gives up and takes his frustration and pain and anger out on everyone around him specifically his assistant Gabriella Montane.

Gabriella Montane has been Zach’s assistant for the past 5 years and since the beginning there has always been a connection between the two of them beyond being boss and assistant. But striving to maintain that professional relationship, Gabriella never let her feelings for Zach collide with her job. That changes when Zach becomes more critical and strict in the office after an incident involving office gossip and her family creating rift between them that has yet to be mended. Add in Zach’s injury and their relationship gets progressively worse as Zach takes things out on Gabriella as he is struggling to reel in the anger/frustration/negativity he feels due to his accident. Emotions and feelings build up as Gabriella can’t take it anymore and decides to move on and become Ethan’s assistant, Zach’s best friend, who is now the acting president of Zach’s company while Zach get his life back together.

Zach and Gabriella’s relationship was so emotionally charged as one decides to move on while the other desperately tries to mend things and take them back to where they were when they first starting working together. Zach’s progression in the first half of the book was so wonderful to see because of how awful he treated Gabriella but it was also heartbreaking because he tried so hard to apologize and make things right with her but she consistently tried to make that break between them. Obviously their feelings for one another delayed that from happening. I became so invested in their romance from the very beginning that I could not put the book down. Their love for one another though masked by other emotions most of the time hooks you in as you are dying to see if things turn out right between them. If the other relationships written about in this series are anything like Zach and Gabriella’s romance, then I will definitely be continuing on with this series and other works by Samantha Chase.

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Blog Tour: Return Once More

After my little mini hiatus recovering from all the eating I did during Thanksgiving and welcoming the fact that it is finally December (I LOVE Christmas btw), I am here to bring you another blog tour! This awesome tour is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and you can check out the rest of the tour here.

Time travel, a new futuristic world, and a little romance mixed in is what caught my attention to this book so if any of those intrigues you too, continue reading to see if Return Once More by Trisha Leigh will be your next read. Plus, be sure to stare at the cover for long periods of time because it is GORGEOUS!! Also, there are two wonderful giveaway opportunities that I would not pass up the chance to enter.


Return Once More by Trisha Leigh
(The Historians #1)
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Young Adult

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If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17798068-return-once-more?ac=1

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Trisha

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love–the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories–made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!

Author links:
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5828387.Trisha_Leigh
https://www.facebook.com/Trisha-Leigh-463838867020091/timeline/
https://twitter.com/trishaleighkc



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Review

I will go on the record right now and say that this is not a book I would normally read. My niche usually revolves around romance books as I am a huge hopeless romantic (not afraid to admit that whatsoever) but I was drawn to this book from the very beginning. Sure, I was sold the minute I saw the cover. Did I mention it is GORGEOUS because it is. But my intrigue and curiosity only grew once I read the synopsis. You’ve got a futuristic world where people live in a newly developed solar system, time travel is real and utilized to go back in time and study significant moments in history to see what mistakes were made in order to prevent them from happening again, and when you turn 17 like our protagonist Kaia you find out the person who is destined to love you. Please try and tell me you are the least bit curious after reading that. I have not dabbled that much in the world of science fiction but to my own personal knowledge this is the most original and unique premise for a book I have read in a long time.

My curiosity drew me in and from the first chapter I was hooked. Right off the bat you get a feel for what it means to be a Historian which is the job Kaia was sorted into as the setting of the book first starts off, you guessed it, back in time. Kaia and her fellow Historians witness and record a key moment in history in order to reflect on the events that unfolded and learn from it so as to not let it happen again. The term “History has a way of repeating itself” definitely came to mind when I was reading this book because Kaia’s world is trying to do the opposite in order to prevent what happened before the “New Era” began. Kaia as the story’s protagonist was also such a joy to read about because from the very beginning you could see she had her own interests within the realm of being a Historian as she focused more on the environment around her when she was back in time in the beginning of the novel then on witnessing what they travelled back in time to witness. Seeing her own curiosities at the very beginning made it all the more wonderful to see her character grow throughout the book especially as she starts to question her world around her.

If you enjoy time travel, a world where finding out who your true love is, and a book that will keep you intrigued from start to finish, then I definitely suggest you pick up Return Once More by Trisha Leigh.

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