Monday, December 5, 2016

Mini-Review/Giveaway!! Fire and Midnight, by Sandra Renee Appet (Bewitching Book Tours)

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Fire and Midnight Blog Tour, 
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Fire and Midnight
Sandra Renee Appet
Trade Paperback, 215 pages
Evernight Publishing
October 18, 2016
Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance,
Women's Fiction
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

"Fire and Midnight is a delightful story full of characters you won't soon forget. I didn't want it to end!" ~ New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich 

He could be her best worst decision…

With a glass of wine in hand, Jane Keegan’s finger is poised to delete the account her pushy BFF created for her on “The Cowboys” escort service website. Sure, she’s lonely, but not desperate. Then an image of sky-blue eyes and warm, tanned muscles jumps off the screen. And she finds herself hitting the “Book Now” button.

After all, why not? She’s a free, divorced woman on business in San Antonio. There’s nothing to lose…except her nerve. Especially when Mr. Tall Dark And Incredibly Sexy meets her at a River Walk bar—and his only-for-you smile turns her insides into a quivering mass of second thoughts.

Ryan Zeigler is enduring one last escort assignment as a favor before hanging up his Cowboys hat to run his own restaurant. Yet there’s something about the pretty New Yorker’s vulnerable grin and I’ve-got-baggage eyes that halts his usual dating M.O. in its tracks.

When Ryan sweetens the deal—no strings, no payment expected—Jane the good girl takes the bold step of letting her vixen out to play. But when it’s time to go home, her heart is at a crossroads. Is Ryan the real deal? Or is she letting yet another man take her heart for a ride?

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WOW. Just.....WOW. What a GREAT excerpt!! It's so romantic, so sweet, and yet, so very sexy. Sigh..... Those early dating days are simply unforgettable! I've already checked out the reviews on Goodreads, and most of them give this book four or five stars! And no wonder! Ms. Appet has created very compelling characters, especially Ryan, who is obviously a charmer and sweetheart. The best of this? He's the Real McCoy, the dream man every girl and woman wants to swoon over! I know this book will be such sweet fun, and can't wait to get myself a copy so I can devour it!! Also, I think I see a future movie in the works!!


Ryan eased her body against his car. Warmth from the metal of the door seeped through her thin skirt, doing nothing to cool down her heated skin. "You're sexy, intelligent, and a hell of a lot of fun, and it's taking every ounce of self-control for me to not kiss you, right here and now," he said, his voice low and silky.
The air slipped from Jane's lungs. She searched his face, wondering if he meant the words as a joke. She tried to look away, but his body was so close to hers that he dominated her field of vision, from the white shirt stretched over his broad shoulder, with a smattering of dark hair peeking from his unbuttoned collar, to his stubbled jaw and his full lips.
God, those lips.
She needed him to kiss her more than she needed to draw a fresh breath of air into her lungs. But what if she wasn't good at it? She hadn't kissed any man other than Nick in … how long? Almost twenty years?
"Querida." He hooked his thumb under her chin, challenging her to meet his gaze.
"I love when you say that," she whispered.
"Querida," he repeated slower and trailed his fingers up her cheek and threaded them through her hair to the nape of her neck, pulling her closer.
She froze.
"What’s wrong?" he asked, capturing her stare.
“It's just…" Truth seemed to be her only option. "This is embarrassing to admit, but I haven't kissed anyone else in a very long time."
"It's just like riding a bicycle."
"That's easy for you to say."
"And it'll be easy for you to do, especially with those lips." The palm of his free hand cupped her face, and he traced her bottom lip with his thumb. "Like I said, I've wanted to kiss you all night. Actually, all day and all night."
Everything became dark as Ryan leaned in closer. His intoxicating scent overpowered Jane's senses as his lips brushed hers, feather-soft, as if he was testing her. She opened her mouth just a little as a slow heat blanketed her body.
"Just like a bicycle," he repeated and reclaimed her lips.
As if they knew exactly where to go, her hands snaked around his back, locking her body into his embrace. She whimpered into his mouth as his tongue began a leisurely exploration of her mouth.
Holy crap. Not only had it been a long time since she kissed someone else, it had been a very long time, maybe never, since someone had kissed her like that.
After a minute, Ryan pulled away but kept his hand on her chin. "Well, was it?" he murmured.
Jane's eyes were still closed as she savored the kiss. "Was it what?" she asked, wishing time would stop so that they could remain leaning against his car on this quiet street forever.
"Was it just like riding a bike?"
        She smiled. "I'm not sure. I think you'd better try it again so I can take off the training wheels."

Sandra is an author of romance who stays up too late dreaming up sexy heroes. When she's not writing, shoe shopping or saving wayward turtles, Sandra can be found with a cup of coffee browsing the shelves of an indie bookstore.

As a social media junkie, Sandra loves to chat with readers and formed the Bookalicious Babes Facebook group where members share their love of books.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 192: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

***Late Edition***
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
Hardcover , 214 pages
Chatto & Windus
August, 1970
Classics, Dystopian Fiction, Literary Fiction,  
Science Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

This stunning cover for the classic dystopian novel is simply perfect! Although I have never read the book, this cover certainly tempts me to do so! I love the two artistic influences I see here -- one is definitely Picasso's late Cubistic phase, and the other the Art Deco design movement. The font displays the latter influence, while the central design -- what strikes me as a fragmented world -- reflects the former.

I love the design, which encompasses circles, although again, my impression is one of fragmentation, not wholeness, in spite of the fact that there also seems to be a sense of globalism here. 

I love the "waves" above and below the globe. They seem to indicate that there's a certain cosmic flow, and somehow, it has been disrupted. This is also what I'm picking up from the shapes surrounding the globe. Wholeness is set against fragmentation. The theme is brilliantly and starkly repeated, over and over, and yet, the design is very dynamic, and immediately calls attention to itself. 

Dark and light are contrasted in the globe, and this gives me the feeling of the different time zones. The plane in the middle of the design seems to be crossing from one time zone to another. Again I see the theme of fragmentation, as the front half of the plane is a brilliant shade of blue, while the back half is a stark black. 

This very striking cover was designed by Leslie Holland. According to the website,, which featured it in a photo gallery titled, "The 50 Coolest Book Covers", this is the cover of the first edition, which was published in 1932. So apparently the novel was re-issued, with the same cover, in 1970. I discovered this listing on Goodreads.

Holland was a British artist who was not that well-known, in spite of the brilliance of this design. Therefore, I have not been able to find out much about him. I have, however, found a very interesting story involving his granddaughter, who recognized her granddad's work being sold as a poster in Blackwell's Bookshop, located in Oxford, England. You can read read more at the second link below. I really haven't found much else beyond this, for which I am heartily sorry....

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week's cover?
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Saturday, December 3, 2016


We  have a winner in the
Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop,
featured @ A Night's Dream of Books,
and hosted by
Mary @ Bookhounds!!

The giveaway ran from 
Nov. 15th through Nov. 30th!! 

And the winner is....

Aneta @  Angelic Book Reviews!!

 She has already claimed her prize!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany,
and Jack Thorne
Hardcover, 343 pages
Little, Brown UK
July 31, 2016
Fantasy, Plays
Young Adult Fiction

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Mini-Review/Giveaway!! A Viking Holiday, by Sky Purington (Bewitching Book Tours)

Welcome to the tour for 
A Viking Holiday,
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For my stop, I'm featuring a mini-review!
There's also a tour-sponsored giveaway!!

A Viking Holiday
(The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors' Kin)
Sky Purington
Digital Edition, 121 pages
November 29, 2016
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Having time travelers in your life isn’t always easy. Given that he’s said goodbye to several of them over the past few years, Sean O’Conner knows that better than most. Now his best friend Megan has returned from tenth-century Scandinavia to modern day Maine. Not only has she aged over twenty-five years, she hasn’t traveled through time alone. Her troublesome daughter Svala is with her.

Of dragon blood and proud to be Viking, Svala Sigdir has no use for the twenty-first century and makes it evident to all around her. Even so, she will protect her mother at all cost. Meanwhile, she needs a man. Sean to be exact. Despite his aversion, she is determined to make him hers.

Svala might be after him, but Sean wants nothing to do with her. At least that’s what he tells himself as the holidays arrive and he struggles to keep peace in what’s become a battleground instead of a festive Winter Harbor home. At his wit’s end, he finally calls on an old friend’s help. Or so he had hoped. Cast beneath the spell of a powerful Scottish wizard determined to protect his Viking Ancestors, Sean and Svala go on an unexpected yuletide journey. As it turns out, there’s only one way to break free from the spell. A life-altering choice that might very well cost Sean both his sanity and his heart.

Oooh, I LOVE this excerpt! I can see that this book REALLY sizzles! Well, that's why I've already bought my own copy of the novel! Svala and Sean are definitely going to make my holidays much more entertaining, with their banter and obvious chemistry. Even in this short excerpt, they seem to be so well matched, and they match wits quite expertly, as well. Their dialogues here are very well-written, and I can picture them as each tries to convince the other that they're right. Yet, they don't engage in outright arguing, which I'm really glad about! Sean strikes me as an easy-going guy, while Svala, who, according to the synopsis, is rather high and mighty, shows none of that here. In short, I can't wait to get into this book! It sure looks like Sky Purington will have me celebrating Christmas WAY before December 25th!

Svala wrapped her fur cloak around her shoulders and started to breeze past them as she eyed his crew mate. “So you’re New England’s finest, are you?”
“Naw.” Nick chuckled and nodded at Sean. “Most ladies think he is.”
“Hmm, I’m not sure about that,” she said before she started down the hallway.
“I don’t think so.” Sean grabbed her wrist and stopped her. “Nick, go make sure none of the guys head this way. Tell them I’m catching a rat or something.”
Svala winked. “Or a dragon.”
“Where you gonna hide her, Cap?” Nick kept grinning. “She don’t look like the type of woman who’ll keep hidden if she’s decided otherwise.”
Svala cocked a grin at Nick. “I think I like you.”
“I know I like you, beautiful,” he returned.
“Just make sure no one heads this way, Nick,” Sean reiterated. “And I’ll make sure Svala stays hidden.”
“I betcha will.” Nick chuckled as Sean pulled her toward the meager sleeping quarters.
“I am not staying down here.” Svala started to fight him. “I want to be on deck. I want to help you fish.”
“Hell, no.” Sean grabbed her before she could bolt in the opposite direction. “My men won’t be able to concentrate on work with you around.”
Her eyes met his. “Then you must not lead them well if they are so easily distracted.”
It felt as if the narrow hallway only grew smaller as her eyes pinned his…as he remembered with vivid clarity how she’d felt against him last night. “You know damn well the effect you have on men.”
“I did not dress in modern day clothes.” She pulled the cloak off her shoulders. “See, I am dressed like a Viking again.”
His eyes fell to the fur-trimmed, leather tunic. To her unmistakable curves. He swallowed and tore his eyes away. “What difference does it make? You’re still trouble.”
“Only when I dress like a modern-day woman, yes?” Svala cocked her head. “That is why you fought for me last night, is it not? Because you desired me in those clothes?” She frowned. “Now I am not wearing them. You will not desire me so they won’t either. There will be no trouble. You will not be ashamed of yourself.”
Sean had no idea what to make of her logic. “I’m not ashamed of myself.” But he had been when he overreacted last night. “And trust me, sweetheart, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. You’re gonna distract my men.”
She didn’t press closer, but her words made the hallway seem even narrower as she murmured, “Am I distracting you now, Sean? Is that why you seem so convinced?”
When they hit a small swell, he braced his hand against the wall beside her head and bit back desire. “Just do as I ask, Svala. I don’t need any trouble, okay? Not with my men.” He ground his jaw. “This is my livelihood. Please don’t screw it up.”
Shockingly enough, Svala looked as though he’d slapped her. “That’s not why I’m here, Sean…” She trailed off, clearly upset before she gathered herself. “I just wanted to see you fish.”
“Commercial fishing isn’t like normal fishing.” He shook his head. “There’s not much to see, really.”
Except when the nets came up. That feeling of excitement and expectation before they found out how big a load they’d caught.
He had no idea what to make of the look on her face. She was vulnerable in a way he’d never seen her. “I’m sorry,” he murmured, not sure what to say, still confused about why she hadn’t already traveled back in time. “Maybe I can take you out fishing another time?”
“Maybe,” she said softly, her eyes alarmingly gentle as she stepped close. “So how are you going to keep me entertained while you hide me away?”
Ah, there she was. The little Viking he knew so well. Except he wasn’t doing what he always had.
He wasn’t stepping away.
Something about having her on one of his boats, on his turf, on the high sea…was different. Somehow, though it was on his territory, they had found common ground. The sway of a ship. The pulse of the ocean beneath them.
“Sean,” she whispered, clearly sensing a crack in the wall he’d kept between them. Slowly, inch by inch, she unzipped his jacket. “If I understand things correctly, you aren’t needed for hours yet. Why don’t we fill in that time in a pleasurable way, yes?”

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Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over twenty-five novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books. 

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Interested in keeping up with Sky's latest news and releases? Visit Sky's website, to download her free App on iTunes and Android or sign up for her quarterly newsletter. Love social networking? Find Sky on Facebook and Twitter.

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