Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mini ARC Review - The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal: Culinary Herbs for Magic, Beauty, and Health




The Hearth Witch's Kitchen Herbal is an herbal with a difference—it shows how to use the herbs and spices most of us already have in our kitchens for home remedies, personal care, spiritual practice, and magic. The follow-up to the bestselling Hearth Witch's Compendium, this practical guide includes more than 150 recipes and highlights 23 plants, spices, and herbs. For each plant, you will discover magical correspondences, history and lore, culinary uses, cosmetic uses, medicinal uses, notes of caution, and recipes. From basil to black pepper and from compresses to cough drops, this comprehensive guide shares everything you need to know for living the hearth witch way.






Mini Book Review 

 I love this! I own many books that deal with herbs and what you can do with them but done of them at actually go into the history of those herbs. I learned things about the herbs I love and use everyday that give them new context in my eyes. It also shows recipes for hair rinse, skincare items, teas, and just about everything in between. It's a must have for any witch or person who wants to use more natural items in your everyday life. I will forever love and use this book. I wish more herb books were like this one.

*This was given to me in exchange for an honest review*



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Duality of Nature Blog Tour + Giveaway




Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. 

But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.





Excerpt:

Tallis’s mind was racing as they went. There was something much bigger than anything they had anticipated at work here. She just didn’t know what it was. She was holding so many pieces of the puzzle and yet none of them fit together to make a whole picture, and yet, she was somehow in the center of it all. 

As she walked beside her cousin, weapons at the ready, she whispered, “Why haven’t we come across more elves?”

 Donovan gave her a strange look. “What? The ones we have come across haven’t been enough for you?”

 “But that’s just it,” Tallis added quickly. “We’ve really only encountered the one and a score of deranged animals. Everyone says that the forests are crawling with elveswhen you get this far in, and yet we’ve seen blessed few. Doesn’t this seem, I don’t know, just a little bit odd to you?” 

Donovan was silent for a long while. Tallis could not tell if he found her questions annoying because they were silly, or because they genuinely caused him pause. 

Just as Tallis gave up that her cousin would ever respond to her, he said, “Ever since Aunt Lana died I have said that the elveswere changing in their behavior. For whatever reason, they were going back to old camp sites and deciding to fight to the death rather than flee like they used to. For three years I’ve had to listen to my commanding officers and even my fellow knights tell me I was delusional, and I would be stripped of my position if I kept harping on about being vigilant against a threat they couldn’t see. Even you seemed reluctant to believe me when I said that danger was approaching. But now you see it, the elvesare seeping across Selkirk like a wave that cannot be stopped until it has washed its corruption over everything we hold dear. I don’t find this behavior odd Tallis, I find it expected.”

About the Author 



C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love—writing—and hasn’t stopped. She is now the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, and poetry, can be found on her website. She'd also be thrilled if you followed her on Instagram and liked her bookish and pet photos, and Amazon where you can get updates on her new releases. And there's always Facebook, if that's your thing.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Mini Review - Lawbreaker

Reader Warning: You'll need to buckle up and load up on snacks and energy drinks, because this baby clocked in at 112,000 words. But the heartwarming story is filled with adventure, dry humor, quick-witted banter, a touch of mystery, and a hard-earned happily ever after. :)

Lawbreaker is a standalone new adult romance in the Unbreakable series, coming September 17, 2018!

Raised on the streets, Shay Morgan yearns for a real family, where love is unconditionally offered—even when trust doesn’t come easy. Before that day arrives, she trespasses and steals in order to provide for the few people who’ve gone out of their way to protect her.

Born to privilege, Ben Bishop loathes his family for the despicable things they’ve done, and not done. He vows to be different, play by the rules, do the right thing. Building a thriving nightclub with those who share his values dominates his world.

One explosive night at his bar, Loading Zone, changes everything. For both of them. Forever.

A dance of opponents commences as they thwart with suspicion, start to trust, then sidestep to protect themselves from a fatal blow. Until they soon wonder if they’ve been fighting for the same side all along.

As they begin to open their hearts, they up the stakes with a one-week pact. She shows him the power in breaking the law. He demonstrates the virtue of following it.

Then a far-reaching crime is suddenly exposed—that his family committed. And for one chance moment, Shay and Ben hold the key to right the wrong, correct the injustice. But at what cost?

Will they be able to return from the other side together? Or will their differences tear them apart?

Flirting with danger...has never been so tempting.



Mini Review 

Wanna start by saying that I love a book that puts you through the damn ringer and then gives you the ending that just melts your heart and leaves you feeling all floaty long after you've put the book down. This is at kind of book, it will tear your heart out but give it back with roses and chocolate. It's got strong messages of family and love and the writing is perfectly easy to understand and flows like a dream. All that being said, it's the characters that really kept me going, I loved watching them grow together and just grow on their own. It's simply magical. 

+I was given this book in exchange for an honest review+

Sunday, January 27, 2019

One Line Reviews (2)


Hello! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I hope you enjoy your stay here. 

This installment of One Line Reviews is mostly manga, it's just so hard for me to review manga without giving everything away so this is perfect for me. So let's jump into a few manga reviews. 




This is really starting to kick off and get interesting but I still want more romance!



Yona is really starting to come into her own and I love it!



Blue Dragon appears! I want more romance!



I love how the group is slowly coming together.





I really love all these characters so much.



The Green Dragon is pretty funny. I like him so far.


This was one of the cutest and most angsty books I've ever read. Loved it!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave - Mini Review

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?


Mini Book Breakdown 

Honestly, I enjoyed this book, let me start by saying that. It was fun, the characters were fine and dandy, the writing flowed nicely but it just felt so... If you're looking for your next paranormal YA read, this is for you. It will entertain you and you'll enjoy it but it brings nothing new to the the table at all. If you just want something to escape into for a while, grab this. If you're looking for a game changer, then you won't like this. I do say that if you love this author, you'll love this one too. It's just as great as any of her other work. 

*I was given this title in exchange for an honest review*

Friday, January 25, 2019

50/50 Friday - Most/Least Overrated Main Character

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Most/Least Overrated Main Character



So we've all been there, we're reading this book and we like it but just don't understand the whole hullabaloo about the main character. Everyone loves them but we just sit there on the fence, not in love with the MC but we don't hate her. We just think she's overrated.

This guy who got his own book actually inspired this topic....

Most Overrated MC
Chaol Westfall
Everyone LOVES him, I don't get it. Sorry.


Least Overrated MC 
Katniss Everdeen
Most everyone I know says that Katniss is sooooo overrated and they think she's been overdone and overplayed and I just don't agree. She's one of the few hugely popular characters that I truly love.



Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Read of January




Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shadow Walker Blog Tour + Giveaway












Shadow Walker
Anya J. Cosgrove
Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
A newborn witch is rescued by two smoking-hot brothers. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Or will she lose her soul trying?

Alana sucks at witchcraft. Healing, telepathy, seeing through illusions… she can’t master any of it.

Sparring with the six-foot-three muscular Walker brothers doesn’t help her focus. Alana’s not about to let herself fall for a man—or a demon—especially not the ones that abducted her in an attempt to save her life.

When a bitter demon learns of Alana’s existence, he’ll stop at nothing to possess her and drive a wedge between the two brothers. If Alana can’t learn to use her powers, she’ll die. If she can’t discern illusion from reality, she’ll lose her mind.

Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.

Demons, witches, forbidden love… visit the otherworld today.






Guest Post 

Pick your perfect movie cast and share a funny writing story.

The Shadow Walker movie has had a lot of auditions over the years, but all the other actresses lost their jobs the day I watched Teen Wolf, because Holland Roden is my absolute favorite for the role of Alana. She’s sassy and smart with a sweet side. I looked at a bunch of videos and pictures of her. I’ll always have a total crush on her.

Liam is a mix of Ian Somerhalder, Tyler Hoechlin, and a young David Boreanaz. I never had just one guy with him, because I named him after Angel in Buffy, and he has a lot of Damon’s flaws, but if we’re talking strictly physical resemblance, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale is more what I had in mind. Muscular body, large shoulders, broody features. And a rare smile that can bring a girl to her knees. I’m smitten!

Thom is a curly, blond Alex Pettyfer. He’s been one of the hardest one to cast because I had this clear picture of him without any actors in mind for so long that it was hard to find one that looked just right.

Lilah is a shorter Margot Robbie. When I saw Margot Robbie for the first time, I turned to my husband and said: that’s Lilah.

Vicky is Emily Browning in Sucker Punch. I even made her hair and clothes similar because I had this clear picture of her walking into the scene with her school-girl uniform and pigtails.

The Walker mansion is an important location, and I always pictured this huge centennial house surrounded by luscious woods.

The cover was hard to design because I wanted to stay true to the characters while coming up with something that fitted the market. First, I wanted to put the heroine between the two brothers, but every mock up ended up feeling like I was marketing a reverse harem or ménage story, not a love triangle. The, I went to my current designer and tried a few couples, but it didn’t feel right either, so I decided to go with just a man. They say half-naked men sell books, and I’ll tell you in a year whether it’s true, but I felt this model embodied my vision for Liam. Dark, sexy, mysterious.

My sister, best friend, and I spent an evening on our phones texting and talking to select the exact picture I ended up using. Can you imagine browsing through hundreds of pictures of cover models? LOL, It was a pretty good night! :D Don’t worry, we did the same with Book 2’s cover which features the heroine, and I’d say choosing the right Alana was even harder, but I think we nailed it!





Author Bio:

Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.

What would Buffy do? Kick ass!

Read it first! http://bit.ly/anyaslair





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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

December 2018 Wrap Up


Hello butterflies and welcome to the very last wrap up of 2018. I don't know about you, but I am so done with 2018. I'm going to make 2019 the best year ever. This will be my year. I'm excited for what is to come and I hope you feel the same! Now, let me just jump into this, shall I?



Nana Volumes 1-10 
I am loving this series! It's dark and gritty but still manages to make me smile and laugh. If you're 18 or older (it's rated mature) and like manga, I fully recommend this series! 


These are indie self published novels that are VERY dark and I don't recommend them to everyone unless you like dark stories with a.... different takes on things. 


I've used this the past two years for the moon signs throughout the year and I enjoy how easy and convenient it is to have.


This is such a fun story so far and reminds me why I love C. S. Pacat. 




I am loving this series so much! It's the perfect blend of paranormal romance. 



This is an amazing series and if you're not reading it, you're missing out! That is all I will say.



I love this and it comes in handy. 



This was a nice little historical romance novel but nothing to write home about. 


That wraps up this last reading month of 2018. I hope you all have a great New Year. 




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Shane and Trey (Free M/M E-Book) + Giveaway

Title: Shane and Trey

Series: Enemies to Lovers (Book 1)

Publisher: self-published

Free for a limited time only: January 20th – 24th

Length (Print & Ebook): 66000 words / 230 pages (print)

Subgenre: Light hearted, sweet, new adult gay romance

Tropes: enemies-to-lovers, sister's boyfriend, college, roommates, forced proximity, inconvenient attraction, first time, slow burn romance.

Get this book now on Amazon!




Shane is a little bit screwed, he's just started college and stuck rooming with that bastard Trey. His sister's boyfriend. His sister's damn fine boyfriend. Uh-oh. This so wasn't going to happen. But try as he might, there's just a little too much to ignore between the two of them...

Read what Anyta Sunday has to say about SHANE AND TREY:

Enemies to Lovers - who doesn't love this trope?!?

I really enjoy romances that pair guys that can't stand the sight of each other... but then, slowly, realize there's more to the other...

My "Enemies to Lovers" series is full of these stories, and right now you can grab the first book, Shane and Trey for FREE!

This classic Anyta Sunday new adult gay romance has over 70 Amazon reviews and over 2000 ratings on Goodreads.


Excerpt:

Near the end of the movie, Trey took another handful of chips. Actually, it might have been the rest. But he balanced them poorly and one fell onto the bed between my legs. In a movement so fast it may as well have blurred, Trey stuffed the chips in his mouth and shoved his hand down the tiny triangle of space in my lap.

I sucked in a hard breath, holding it as Trey moved about trying to find his chip. I should have found it for him, or moved or something, but I’d frozen. There was only one muscle able to move now, and I was doing my best to avoid that happening. Trey was still glued to the screen, like he had no real idea what he was doing. Just a voice in his head whispering for him to find the chip. That delicious crunchy chip. Fucking chip!

Finally he found it and came out, managing to brush his hand over my inner-thigh as he did. Bastard. I scowled as he brought the chip to his mouth and began nibbling it. Nibbling it. Like, what was this guy doing to me?

Was it possible to wish for scary Trey back? The Trey that made me want to be best buddies with my dictionary. Because, in all honesty, I think that might have been easier to handle.

As the credits rolled up, Trey rested a hand on my shoulder. I jumped a bit, and he met my gaze directly.

Trey spoke, dropping his hand suddenly, like before. “Guess it’s about time to get ready for that date of yours.”

Syd. Shoot! I sprung off his bed and checked the time. I had ten minutes before I was meant to meet him. I shrugged out of my T-shirt, quickly folded it, and slipped on a causal black shirt. Patting myself, I calculated what else I needed. I turned around, and Trey held my wallet out to me.

I shoved it in my pocket and found my keys, slipping those in behind my phone. “Right. I gotta run.”

Trey opened the door wide, but as I passed him, he stopped me, one hand curled around my wrist. His warm breath tickled my neck, and, in the lightest of whispers, he said, “Don’t sleep with him.”

About Anyta Sunday:

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.



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One Line Reviews - Manga Edition



Today I'm bringing you some awesome manga reviews. I hope to start Manga Monday again but I've yet to find a manga that has moved me that much that I write a whole review. So until then, enjoy these one liners. 




Everyone seems to like everyone and why is Ren still on drugs?!



So much angst!



I'm simple, I see Gena Showalter, I click. The art is great and the story is awesome. Can't go wrong.

* I was given this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *



* I was given this title in exchange for an honest review. *

This was a cute little story and I love that it's manga! Romance and manga, two of my favorite things.




Sunday, January 20, 2019

Pestilence (Four Horsemen #1)

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.




Book Breakdown 

Favorite Quote 
“Getting angry at one of the horsemen of the apocalypse for bringing about the end of man is like getting angry at ice for being cold.”

I will freely admit, I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. Sara's voice just pulled me in and didn't let me go. She's snarky but not to the point of being rude. She really made this book for me. She was just so strong, kind, and unapologetically herself. 

Pestilence is not really as awesome as Sara. I've read lots of reviews where everyone has fallen head over hills for him. Not me, he's fine, don't get me wrong but he's just my cup of tea at all! 

Now the story itself is something I've never come across before and I love it! It's mostly pretty dark, in the beginning is the worst to me but with all the death, gore, and how Sara is treated at first makes this book not for everyone but if you can handle the content, you're going to love this book! 

You'll find yourself wishing they'd just get together already. It's really a good enemies to lovers slow burn done in a way I've never seen before.

Fully recommend!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Snowed In - Book Blitz + Giveaway











Snowed In – Ross and Ashton
J.V. Speyer
Publication date: January 5th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Massachusetts State Trooper Ross Huber is giving one last sweep of the roads before heading in for the night. The nor’easter hitting the Boston area is worse than expected by an order of magnitude, and the governor has just issued a travel ban. He finds a wrecked car half buried in a snowbank and rescues its human and canine occupants from carbon monoxide poisoning, but is forced to take shelter with them in a vacant or abandoned house when the roads are blocked.

When he gets the victims indoors, he thinks the human looks uncomfortably familiar…

Ash Machado has been through a lot in his career as a war correspondent. Sidelined by an injury, he’s returned to Boston to take up a job as a news anchor. After he loses control of his car on an icy road, he wakes up in an unfamiliar home, looking into the face of the guy who broke his heart in college.

Neither Ross nor Ash are the same guys they were in college, but they’re trapped in the abandoned house with no place to go. Can they get past old hurts long enough to get through the storm, or will the same misunderstandings that drove them apart years ago make this confinement unbearable?





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EXCERPT:

Ash moistened his lips and scratched between his dog’s ears. “More or less, yeah. He definitely likes to be on the receiving end of any affection.” He swallowed hard. He could still taste Ross on his tongue, bad morning breath and all.

He lurched to his feet. “I’m going to see what I can do about excavating some space for Porthos to do his business. He’s going to have to sooner or later, and I don’t want to wreck the joint.” Ash had to get up and do something. He had to get away from Ross or his brain might explode.

“Good point.” Ross grimaced and stood up too. “Can you shovel, with your arm like that? Do you want me to do it?”

Ash forced a little smile. Ross’ words cemented his worst fears. Ross hadn’t kissed him out of affection or even nostalgia. He’d kissed Ash out of pity. It turned Ash’s stomach. “No, thanks. I’ll be sore, but I really want to move around a bit.” He ran for the


back door as fast as he could.

Was this really what life was going to be from now on? Pity kisses from guys who occasionally wanted to throw him a bone, and who didn’t have any better options? A sedate anchor job covering sedate local news from the safety of a swanky downtown newsroom, instead of being out in the field like he’d been born to do?

He struggled into his coat and pushed the intrusive thoughts out of his head. The doctors had warned him about this after his injury, both in Turkey and in Germany. Intrusive thoughts were normal. Bouts of depression were normal. He’d survived a major explosion, and he’d had to make some major lifestyle changes as a result. It was okay to be upset, and it was okay to be frustrated. Ash should be patient with himself, they said. And they also acknowledged it would be a challenge for him to find that patience. He knew exactly what to expect.

He attacked the snow with vigor. He’d made it out alive when plenty of others had not. He was not going to squander his second chance on self-pity and pining for a guy who’d dumped him almost a decade ago. He was here, breathing free air. He might be in pain, and he might not have full use of all of his limbs, but he could use most of his parts and that was enough. He was a lucky man. He just needed to remind himself sometimes.

He hacked into the snow, using his anger and his grief to power through the pain. Okay, sure, this sucked, and he’d need more surgery on his shoulder eventually. He’d get it. In the meantime, chances were that he’d find himself in a position to need to shovel. He needed to get used to it. He needed to toughen up, and get used to doing things for himself. Two hours later, he’d carved out enough space to function as a doggy outhouse. It would be foul soon enough, but it had become almost like a little snow cave. Ash had worked up a good sweat, and he’d accomplished something to take care of Porthos. He hadn’t had to depend on Ross, or anyone else. He’d done it himself. He could be proud of it.







Author Bio:

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J. V. Speyer has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before making the greater Boston, Massachusetts area her permanent home. She has worked in archaeology, security, accountancy, finance, and non-profit management. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house old enough to remember when her town was a tavern community with a farming problem.

J. V. finds most of her inspiration from music. Her tastes run the gamut from traditional to industrial and back again. When not writing she can usually be found enjoying a baseball game or avoiding direct sunlight. She's learning to crochet so she can make blankets to fortify herself against the cold.






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50/50 Friday - Most/Least Shocking Plot Twist

This meme is hosted right here and over at Blue Eye Books 


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday. If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let me know!

Topic for the Week
Most/Least Shocking Plot Twist

This week's post will contain spoilers for the books Everything, Everything and Caraval, you've been warned. 



So let's jump into the least shocking and save the best for last, aye? Awesome.

Least Shocking
You know that plot twist at the end that kind of throws the whole book into the ocean and just ruins? Yeah, that plot twist. Now, I'm being overdramatic here but that twist at the end I saw coming from a mile away and I just knew where it was going. So I wasn't shocked. 



Most Shocking
Now, there are way too many to pick so I just want to address the one that really got me, the one at the end that involved Tella and Legend. I'll leave it there. 



Topic for Next Week
Most/Least Overrated Main Character






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Risk of Happiness Blog Tour + Giveaway





Bad boy punk rock star Reale Lynxx never expected to see his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Simmons, again. And after she'd stomped on his heart and walked out on him six years ago, he's not so sure he wants to. Certainly Reale never imagined he would rescue Amanda and her son, Johnny, from drowning. But all it takes is one evening with her and Reale is ready to leave the past behind and try again.

Amanda never meant to hurt Reale and happily jumps heart-first into rebuilding their relationship. But when she confesses she left him to secretly raise their son, Reale grows livid, fighting her and gaining custody of Johnny...When Reale realizes he was wrong for taking Johnny away, he tries to win Amanda back. But can she forgive the man who took her son? And can she ever trust Reale again, no matter how much she loves him?






Excerpt: 

Reale winked. Damn, he was too happy.

 Johnny was completely locked into his tablet. She had a strict, no-tablet-at-the-table rule, but right now she’d make an exception just to find out if she had broken her own strict, do-not-sleep-with-your-rock-and-roll-ex-boyfriend-no-matter-how-sexy-he-isrule. “And um, where did we...or more specifically, did you...sleep last night?”

 “Don’t you remember?” He waltzed past her, stuffing two slices of whole grain bread into the toaster.

“No. Uh, sorry...”

Reale smiled, grabbing his pan and crossing to the table, expertly sliding scrambled eggs onto Johnny’s plate. “Seconds.” He nodded toward Johnny proudly.

“But...you slept where exactly?”

“Babe. You were drunk. I carried you in, changed you into your PJs, and slid you into bed. I slept on the couch. Scout’s honor.” He held up his peace fingers making a “V”.

“That’s the wrong sign, dumbo.” She smirked. “So nothing happened?

”He came closer, whispering. “As tempting as it was—what with your ruddy glow and contagious laugh, I figured after you had sung every song on my last CD to me—twice—you were perhaps a bit too intoxicated to partake in any additional activities that evening. Or morning.”






About the Author 


I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author ofThe Letting andThe Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. 

I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Lettingseries; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com

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