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  • Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue

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    DOG CRAZYThe USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour

    As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.

    Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.

    Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, Dog Crazy is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.

    Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/02/dog-crazy-novel-of-love-lost-and-found.html

    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22573873-dog-crazy?from_search=true

    Buy Links

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     My Review

    I have a dog.  His name is Max, and although it wasn’t my decision to get him, I love him like he was my son.  To lose him would be (will be) devastating.  I have had two dogs that have passed away. One (Pepe) when I was in junior high, and one (Buffy) when I was in my first full-time job.  Granted, those two were my “brothers”, but I felt their loss deeply. This book made me remember them and I miss them.

    Maggie is a grief counselor for people who have lost their pets.  When she moves across the country to start a new life  Her best friend and dog, Toby, dies shortly after the move, leading Maggie to run her counselling business in her home because his loss triggered agoraphobia.  A new client forces Maggie to face her fears, so that she can help her find her dog or at least deal with his loss.

    Maggie finds more than her courage by the end of the book she finds love in more ways than one.

    Although I felt the beginning of the book was a little drawn out, I did enjoy this book.  There is a romance in this book, and not just about a dog.  It takes a while to happen, but once it does, it is sweet.

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    Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three young daughters, and dog.

     

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  • Night Shift Blog Tour

    Night Shift FBNight Shift is now available
    6 NEW novellas — Never Before Released
    100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity

    Authors: Toni Aleo, Kindle Alexander, Sawyer Bennett, Chelle Bliss, Eden Butler, and Brenda Rothert

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    Synopsis:

    Summer in the Big Easy is hot. Inside Tulane Medical Center the temperature is on the rise.

    A doctor nursing a broken heart. A wounded warrior with no interest in love. A single father finding the girl who got away. A combat nurse trying to adjust to civilian life. Two lost souls looking for love. A former detective looking for answers and an FBI agent who finds more than he bargains for.

    Desire. Lust. Excess. New Orleans will never be the same.

    Six never before released stories that will leave you breathless.

    Dirty things happen in the dark.

     

    My Review

    Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I love anthologies.  So, when I found out about this  particular collaboration, there was no way I wasn’t going to be a part of it.  Kindle Alexander, Toni Aleo, Sawyer BennettBrenda Rothert(Goodreads Author), Chelle Bliss (Goodreads Author), and Eden Butler (Goodreads Author) are all authors I love.  I mean out of the six I belong on half of their street teams.  That is how much I  adore these women.  

    Each story takes place in New Orleans and has a connection with a Hospital.  But my favorite part of this particular anthology is that it is cross-genre.  M/F, M/M and interracial.  I have heard people are not happy about reading M/M or whatever in this book, but to them I say that this anthology reflects life!  If you go to the movies and look at the people around you, you would be surprised at  who you see.  Love is Love people.  If you are upset about M/M, either skip that story or just get over it.  Ditto for whatever story you have a hang up on.  

    I loved certain stories more than some of the others, but in general this was a really great anthology and I highly recommend you to read it.   5 Hearts!

    Buy Links

    Amazon – http://amzn.to/1LoEvOl
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    Barnes & Noble –  http://bit.ly/19xzO9j

    About the Authors 

    Toni Aleo is the author of the Assassins Series, Bullies Series, Whiskey Prince, Let it be Me, and the Spring Grove novels. She lives in Clarksville, TN with her husband, and two beautiful children. She enjoys taking pictures, writing, shopping and going to as many hockey games that she can! Click here to visit her website.

    Kindle Alexander, best selling and newly award winning author, is an innovative writer and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next! Happily married with too many children, and dogs, living in the suburbs of Dallas. Click here to visit her website.

    Sawyer Bennett, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Click her to visit her website.

    Chelle Bliss, USA Today bestselling author, writes stories about real-life scenarios with fantasy Alpha males. Her works include humor as well as steamy sex. Her work includes her best selling series Men of Inked. Click here to visit her website.

    Eden Butler is an Amazon best-selling editor and writer of Romance, Mystery and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched October 2013. Since that time Eden has published six books and novellas including the Amazon best seller, “Thin Love”. Click here to learn more about her.

    Brenda Rothert is a proud indie author who loves writing stories that make readers laugh, cry and occasionally, yell at their e-readers. Her Contemporary Romances include Unspoken; The Now Series – Now and Then, Now and Again and Now and Forever, and The Fire on Ice Series – Bound, Captive, Edge, Drive and Release. Her latest release is Killian, the first book in her new hockey series, On the Line. For more information about Brenda’s books, visit her website at www.brendarothert.com.

    100% of the proceeds of this Anthology will be donated to:

     

    keithThe Keith Milano Memorial Fund – The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating deadly disease that is Mental Illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Click here to learn more

     

    pancanwhitePancreatic Action Network – The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is fully committed to providing the most comprehensive set of programs and services to fight this very difficult disease. Our commitment and passion are driven by our mission: to advance research, support patients and create hope for anyone facing pancreatic cancer. Click here to visit the Keep the Memory Alive page.

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    Nashville Predators Foundation – At the inception of the Nashville Predators’ franchise in 1997, we not only made a commitment to develop a successful hockey team and organization, but also believed and committed to fulfilling a recognized responsibility to play an important role in our home community. Click here to learn more


  • Saige by Kelsie Belle

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    Synopsis

    Haunted by the curse of a tormented past, Damien Thorn doesn’t believe love and a happily-ever-after is in the cards for him. A witch hunter and slayer who despises everything that has to do with witchcraft, he finds himself in a very uncomfortable situation when he has to help his adopted brother find his mate’s sister, who happens to be a witch. Soon, just a sniff of Saige Callahan’s peculiar scent has him panting after her and wanting things he vowed he would never want from any witch. Never did he expect to be drawn to her the way he is and he’s determined to stay away from her, even if it killed him.

    One look at Thorn’s luscious physique has Saige convinced that she has to have him, even if it’s just for one night. But how can she even get close to him if he’s determined to hate her at all costs? Can she cast a spell on this jaded shifter to make him see that all witches weren’t created equal?

    My Review

    This is the third and final book in this trilogy.  We finally find the third sister, Saige.  Saige was raised to believe in science, that monsters we not real.  She does remember a nightmare with a monster but was always told it was just a dream.  Thorn’s life was torn apart by witches.  He swore to avenge his parents and rid the world of them.  Until his “brothers” fell in love with Raven and Eryn.  When he meets Saige in the woods he is convinced that she has bewitched him.  What I got out of this book, is don’t judge a group of people just because of a few bad apples.  I can’t tell you what happens in the story more than this because it would give too much away.  I really enjoyed reading the story and in fact, it only took me two hours to read.  

    4 Hearts!  

    Excerpt

    A sudden movement in the bushes made her snap back to reality with a little jump. Biting back the sudden pang of fear, she forced herself to remain still and listen for a moment, but she didn’t hear the peculiar sound again. She expelled a breath of relief, realizing that her mind was probably playing tricks on her. In any case, it was perhaps time to get out of the water now. God only knew how long she’d been in here already. She hurriedly made her way to the riverbank, drying off and dressing in record time. But as she was gathering her belongings, she suddenly heard the movement in the bushes again.

    Another jolt of fear coursed through her, and she had to force herself to tamp it down. It was probably just an animal passing by, or maybe the tree branches rustling in the breeze. Absolutely nothing to be afraid of. She hurriedly began to make her way back to the campsite, moving her feet as fast as she could and looking about her wildly despite her efforts to remain calm. She was still several feet away from the cabin when a low growling made her stop dead in her tracks.

    Fear made her throat constrict like a closed-off tunnel when she noticed a pair of gleaming amber eyes peering at her through the darkness. The rumbling growl sounded again, louder this time, and then the owner of the eyes began moving closer toward her. The crunching of leaves under the creature’s feet resounded in her ears like firecrackers. She could tell it was advancing on her, but she still couldn’t make out its figure in the dim moonlight. She had no idea what it was, couldn’t decide whether she should turn and run or stand her ground and try to fight it off.

    Instinctively she began moving backward, calculating her best options for escape as she did so. At that moment, the animal made a sudden pounce, and she finally got to see what it was in a thin glimmer of the moonlight—a humongous black cat. Shocked, she opened her mouth to scream, but no sound escaped. Without another thought, she spun on her heels and made to run in the opposite direction, but before she made even one step, the cat was in front of her again. What the hell? Is there more than one of them?

    “Stay back!” she yelled, crouching to find something on the ground to defend herself.

    The cat just growled again and began stalking toward her once more.

    “Shoo! Get out of here!” she tried again, waving a stick she’d picked up. Still it came at her.

    She backed up some more, inching away from the animal as cold dread settled in her stomach. Soon her back was pressed up against the trunk of a large tree, and the cat was right in front of her, its amber eyes piercing her in the darkness. What the hell was she going to do now? This creature could tear her to pieces in less than a minute.

    “Nice kitty,” she whispered, her voice shaking under the stress of her fear. “Are you hungry? I ha-have food…W-would you like something to eat?” God, I must have lost my mind! Talking to a wild animal like it was a house pet was definitely sheer insanity.

    Just when she thought it wasn’t possible for her to be any more petrified, the animal suddenly began shaking, and then something completely unbelievable happened—it transformed into a very large man right before her eyes. Saige’s heart immediately jumped from her chest to her throat, blocking off the scream she desperately wanted to let out.

    The man cocked his head to one side, his amber eyes gleaming in the moonlight just like the black cat’s had, and whispered, “Don’t you know it’s not safe for little girls to go off into the woods all by themselves?”

    That was the last thing Saige heard before she crumpled to the ground in a dead faint.

    Buy Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/the-white-witchs-legacy-3-saige

     

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    Want to start from the top?

    The White Witch’s Legacy 1: Raven

    When Xander Kane meets a delectable exotic dancer in a bar, he is instantly drawn to her striking beauty. He knows he has to have her, but when he finally convinces her to let him take her home, she disappears without a trace after they share an electrifying night together. He never thought he would see her again, but when fate takes her right back to his doorstep he is intent on making her pay for running out on him like she did. But Raven is not what she seems, and the secrets she hides, coupled with his own dark skeletons, threatens to destroy any hope that Xander harbored for them.

    Raven embarks on a perilous journey to protect her mother’s legacy and finds herself fighting for her life at every turn. When she meets Xander Kane, he is everything she wants in a man and everything she cannot afford to let herself have right now. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that confront them at every turn and find their way to love?

    Buy Links: 

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    The White Witch’s Legacy 2: Eryn

    Eryn Lancaster is grieving the loss of the only family she’s ever known, her grandmother Clarisse. She wants to sell their little business and move away from the village she has lived in all her life, in order to get over the pain of loss. Then a gorgeous business man walks into her little bookstore-cafe with an offer to purchase and turns her whole world upside down. But Eryn is in for the shock of her life when she finds out who she really is and just why Asher Valentino sought her out.

    Ash is on a mission to help his brother’s girlfriend, Raven, find her long lost sister, in order to defeat an evil sorcerer. But when he finally finds the enchanting beauty called Eryn Lancaster, the mission becomes the last thing on his mind. He wants her and he plans to have her by any means necessary. He plays a dangerous game of deceit by omission that almost gets him the prize he desires most, Eryn’s body. But he soon learns that lies and lust could cost him the prize that he needs the most, her love.

    About Kelsie Belle

    Kelsie Belle wears many hats – wife, mother and teacher are just a few but the erotic romance writer hat is by far her favorite. Kelsie is wildly gregarious by nature. She considers herself ‘forever 21’ and enjoys reading contemporary romance, Science fiction and fantasy, listening to music and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. A caffeine addict that lives life from one coffee mug to the next, she’s always on the go, ready and waiting for the next adventure.

    She has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember, her characters live inside her overactive mind and a thousand stories come to life in her head every day. This her first paranormal series The White Witch’s Legacy. It promises to be an exciting trip into her wild imagination and she hopes her readers will enjoy the experience of taking a ride outside the ordinary with her.

    Contact Kelsie here:
    Twitter: @mskelsiebelle
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelsiebelleplaying
    Website: http://kelsiebelle.wordpress.com
    Email: kelsie.belle@yahoo.com
    Author Pages: http://www.amazon.com/Kelsie-Belle/e/B00JTLUEAW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1409005664&sr=1-2-ent
    http://www.bookstrand.com/kelsie-belle


  • Becoming the Whiskey Princess by Toni Aleo

    About The Whiskey Princess…

    For better or worse, for richer or poorer, ‘til almost death do they part…

    Amberlyn Reilly took a risk and found a new life in Ireland. She did something drastic and jumped in front of a loaded gun for the one she knew she couldn’t lose. And with her mother’s last request, she did more than fall in love. She fell into Declan O’Callaghan—with her eyes wide open and her damaged heart and soul leading the way.

    When Irish-born Declan O’Callaghan spotted Amberlyn across the lake, he knew his life was about to change. And it did. Now he has everything he’s ever dreamed of —he’s marrying for love, and with that love, the family distillery will now be his as long as he marries before the deadline.

    Things are moving fast. It’s now or never. And as their beautiful relationship grows, time is something these two don’t have a lot of. Declan’s and Amberlyn’s souls are tightly tethered, but will the questions and second thoughts of others prevent them from having a life they’ve both only begun to dream of? Will family and the obligations that come with the O’Callaghan name push them to their breaking point? Or has the Whiskey Prince truly found his happily ever after taking Amberlyn as his Princess?

    My Review

    OMG!   I have been crying all day reading BWP.  Phenomenal!  I swear to God I had to keep wiping my eyes to read, and don’t even ask about the cemetery scene.  I was trying to cook dinner and had to keep wiping my eyes…..so good.  A definite bottle book!  (A book you prop up on the soda bottle while you are cooking dinner so that you can still read)

    Whenever Amberlyn or Declan cried, so did I.  I even created a meme for this book

     
    If that doesn’t say how much I loved this book, nothing will.  It was an emotional journey in the relationship between Amberlyn and Declan.  The book shows the couple acclimating to how life will be after they are married.  Amberlyn is scared that she will have to give up herself to keep Declan.  Declan is scared he will lose Amberlyn.  Theirs is a love story for the times.  
     
    Five Hearts!

     ABOUT TONI ALEO…

     

    Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.  
    When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.  
    She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

     


  • Crashing the Net by Jami Davenport

     

    Hockey star Cooper Black and professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell return in this sequel to Crashing the Boards.
     
    Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her with one wink.
     
    As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.


    Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.
     

     


    I read a majority of this book while at work.  When I was finished, I posted this to Jami:
     
    “Damn you woman!!!! I am sitting at work. I just finished Crashing the Net, and I am struggling not to cry my eyes out.
     
    Just proves what a wonderful storyteller you are. I finished it, and loved it. I think it is my favorite yet. And yes this post will wind up in my review too.”
     
    Do I need to say more?  I keep telling you all how much I love the badasses who wind up with a heart of Gold.
     
     
    I think what I really loved about this book, is that we have 3 main characters and we get to have each of their points of view.  Reilly’s life growing up was no better than Izzy or Cooper.  I think they were the only two people who could really understand him and be there for him.
     

    5 Hearts!



    “What are you doing here?” Izzy hissed, ever mindful their voices could carry down the hallway to anyone loitering about the ballroom entrance.
     
    “Looking for you,” Cooper growled right back while his gaze raked up and down her body clad in a form-fitting little black dress which revealed a tasteful amount of cleavage and bare thighs.
     
    “Cooper, I told you I had to work tonight.”
     
    He scowled and stepped toward her, backing her up until she hit the wall behind her. He put his big hands on either side of her face and leaned in. “I don’t like you hanging out with all these wealthy businessmen and athletes who’re salivating after you like tomcats on the prowl.”
     
    “You are a wealthy athlete,” she reminded.
     
    “Exactly,” he responded with a grimace.
     
    “It’s just a job.” She stared up into his stormy blue eyes, forcing herself to stay on task and not get lost in those passionate depths.
     
    “I have more than enough money to support you while you go back to school. You don’t need to do this job.”
     
    “I love my job.” Izzy shook her head. She would never be dependent on anyone. After all, when you couldn’t trust your own parents to provide the bare minimum basics of food and shelter, why would you set yourself up to depend on anyone else?
     
    “I don’t.” He glared down at her, his strong jaw set and his kissable mouth drawn in a firm line. If she kissed him right now, he’d forget about everything and the situation would be defused. Until next time. She gathered her strength and did what she had to do. For herself, her sanity, and her business.
     
    “You, buster—” she jabbed her finger in his hard chest. “Do not get a vote.”
     
    He ground his jaw. She cringed at the thought of what that’d do to his implants if he kept it up.
     
    “Cooper, please—”
     
    “This isn’t working. I can’t live like this, not knowing where you are and what you’re doing.”
     
    “You know where I am. I tell you what parties we’re crashing.”
     
    “Yeah, but I worry about you.” Concern softened the anger in his eyes, but judging by his clenched fists, it still bubbled beneath the surface even as he fought to control it.
     
    “There’s nothing to worry about.” Izzy sighed. She wouldn’t quit this job. Number one, she loved it. Number two, it supported her three younger sisters and their college tuitions. Number three, Cooper would not take away her ability to control her present or future.
     
    “You don’t know these people.”
     
    “I don’t have to know them. It’s not like I’m going to establish a relationship with any of them.”
     
    “You did with me.” He pointed out the fact that they’d met at a party her company, the Party Crashers, had been hired to crash over a month ago.
     
    “That was the only time that happened.” She lifted her head and glared at him. “Is that what this is all about? You don’t trust me?”
     
    A muscle ticked in Cooper’s square, stubbled jaw, and his face hardened to stone. That was all the answer she needed.



    USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.