Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Release: Till There Was You by Wade and Lilliana Anderson

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⚜It's finally here! 
The release day for TILL THERE WAS YOU
 by Wade & Lilliana Anderson⚜ 

Haunted by his past, Lincoln Ryan abandoned his life in Australia, retreating halfway around the world to the town of Newsham, a place as remote and cold as his heart had become. 

It suited him perfectly—for a while. When a fateful event forces him to help out local bar owner, Lily Colbert, Linc finds his life of solitude is suddenly flooded with the light and hope of one very stubborn woman. Slowly his walls begin to crumble as he lets the enigmatic Lily in. But when Linc and Lily dance perilously close to the ‘L’ word, his secrets re-emerge, rocking him to the core as he tries once again to outrun his past.

 However, the thing about the past is that it always seems to follow you around, and for Linc, hiding may not be an option anymore. Not when he has Lily. Not when he might finally have a future…. 

 Till There Was You is the debut novel by Wade Anderson, co-written with his wife, Lilliana Anderson (author of Drawn and 47 Things).

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Early reviewers called the book 'a beautiful but at times heartbreaking story', and said 'loved this book, the characters are great. I laughed, cried, felt lots of emotions...'. 

Why not check it out for yourself? Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Series Book Review: Promises Promises Series by Victoria Klahr


Promises, Promise Series by Victoria Klahr


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Book 1

That's A Promise




Pain isn’t new to me.
I’ve been to hell only to find it never really leaves when you get back. It haunts me through nightmares, unrequited love, lies, broken hearts, and now death.
A monster almost took my life.
My best friend carries half my soul a world away.
My boyfriend broke my heart but refuses to let me go.
And my father is dead.
I don’t believe in fate and I don’t believe in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason, I still hope.
Live, even with a tainted spirit.
Long for my other half to come back to me.
Risk another broken heart, just to feel loved again.
And refuse to let another horror break me.
In the face of my most recent tragedy, I have to decide whether forgiveness is something I can give. But even if that’s an option, can I be forgiven?

THat's a lie

Book 2

That's A Lie




Seth is back.
When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…
Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.
Do I even deserve to be loved?
“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”
I came back for Josie.
I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.
I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.
So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

**This is book two in the Promises, Promises series, and book one should be read before you read this one. Also, this book is for mature readers (17+), so if you do not like getting turned on or reading hot steamy scenes, this book is NOT for you!**

That's a ReliefBook 3

That's A Relief




It was supposed to be our happily-ever-after. We were supposed to look into the future and not worry about our past dragging us down anymore. I was supposed to marry the man of my dreams in a month, and now… Now, everything has changed.
So when my nightmares become reality—when the world starts crashing down around me—what do I do? How do I save the one person who never gave up on me?
Because, Seth? He is everything.
Everything was perfect. She said yes, she had the ring. Best of all, I had her heart. We were so close… so close to that future I had been dreaming about for years. Until suddenly it was ripped away from me.
I will stop at nothing to protect her. But how do I do that when I feel my sanity slipping with every blow sent our way? How do I save a girl who doesn’t want to be saved anymore?
Because Josie? She is everything.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Book 1

Seth and I still took self-defense classes so I wouldn't have to be a victim again. My personal favorite moves were the ones that doled out damage to a man's private parts. Seth always got nervous when we paired up to practice, because I loved that part a little too much.

He's the type of man that makes a girl want to cling on for dear life. The type of person that makes a girl want to lie, cheat, steal, crawl, kneel, or degrade herself in hopes for a shot of being with him for one moment...

Book 2

We'll go slowly. Keep coming back to me. Let me show you that you're my other half... Let me prove to you that I can love you the way you deserve.

And please for the love of baby Santa, fix your damn hair and makeup. You look like you've been attacked by bears all night.
I've been yours since I was six years old... I've just been too scared to admit it.

I'll love you forever, Pussycat. I'll love you when I'm dead and gone. I'll love you when through every life I live after this one. I'll love you every second I have left to live, and I won't regret one single moment of loving you. I'll choose you over and over again, because I can't and won't get over this feeling.

Book 3

She gave me a nice lecture when I asked for the engagement ring to give Josie. Most of it consisted of me being called a dumbass and being told that Josie will always be right.

The words I love you don’t do it justice. You own me. You’re my lifeline. Still not good enough. Is it possible to love someone too much?

Loving you…is something I never felt I deserved… Loving you… is something I will never regret… Loving you… is the only thing worth living for.

We are two damaged souls. Both of us missing pieces that the other had… We’ll never be whole while apart, but together… Together we are strong.

My Review:

Ms. Klahr's writing was emotive, evocative, alluring, and seductive. The story was insightfully penned throughout in my favorite form with a dual POV. Even when I became frustrated with her characters, I was reluctant to put my kindle down. I adore Seth Montgomery!  The storyline was highly sensual and often had me gasping and clutching my wine goblet, and caused my beloved kindle to steam over. Oh my, if the characters were actual people, they would be in a constant state of exhaustion and dehydration.

Of all the three books in the series, I loved and hated the last one the most. I cannot recall the last time I reacted with such scorn, derision, and irritation toward a main character as I did poor Josie while reading this series. Her selfish behaviors, destructive lies, and mind games were deplorable. However, it does not help that among my least favorite tropes is the “I will leave them for their own good” – ack! Despite a disturbing prologue of That's A Relief, Ms. Klahr had me in the palm of her hand during the first part of the book with her sweet and sexy love story with clever hits of humor and banter with friends. I adored Josie and Seth as a coupe. However, she did not allow them to enjoy their idyllic cloud for long and it soon began to thin when threats started arriving, tension mounted, and then the gates of hell fell open for our sweet couple and they were simply horrid toward each other throughout most of the book. It hurt my heart.

Each installment was highly emotive and full of drama, angst, intrigue, suspense, and some rather gruesome events. Ms. Klahr did an excellent job of capturing the destructive elements of major depression with its social withdrawal, denial, self-pity, delusional thoughts, feelings of desperation, and self-loathing. She also came through for me in the end with a stellar conclusion to the series while tying up most loose ends. Despite my bruised and battered coronary muscle, I count myself a new fan of Ms. Klahr, the gal has mad skills and is definitely one to watch.

Empress DJ

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About the Author

Victoria Klahr lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her dreamy husband of four years and their two beautiful daughters. She is a self-proclaimed book-nerd who likes to sniff books before she reads them and fantasizes about book boyfriends. She is the author of the Promises, Promises series, including That’s a Promise, That’s a Lie, and That’s a Relief. She writes happily-ever-afters one heartache and tragedy at a time, and won’t apologize for making you cry.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review, Giveaway: Into the Fire by Meredith Wild

Into The Fire by Meredith Wild

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Bridge Series follows Cameron, Darren, and Olivia Bridge, three siblings living in New York City. Desperate to break away from the crushing expectations of their wealthy and privileged and equally broken family, they carve out a new path together. But can they find real love along the way? 
Each book follows a different sibling’s journey and can be read as a standalone.


Darren Bridge is living a bachelor’s dream. When he’s not running into burning buildings with his crew, he’s training the flavor of the week at his brother’s gym. Few women have ever been off limits...until Vanessa. Smart, beautiful, and legs for days, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met. Too bad he’s sworn to leave her alone.

Overworked with no end in sight, Vanessa Hawkins hasn’t had a vacation in nearly two years. When Cameron and Maya’s destination wedding takes her out of the office for a much-needed break, she finds herself struggling to resist her attraction to the best man. Darren is dangerously good-looking with enough charm to make any hot-blooded woman want to drop her panties and enjoy the ride, no matter how long it lasts.

When they return to the city, Darren realizes the single life has lost its glimmer. But with everything else on her plate, Vanessa doesn’t have room in her life for a man, let alone a player. Can Darren find his way into her heart and convince her that he’s worth the risk?

The Bridge Series follows Cameron, Darren, and Olivia Bridge, three siblings living in New York City. Desperate to break away from the crushing expectations of their wealthy and privileged and equally broken family, they carve out a new path together. But can they find real love along the way? 

Each book follows a different sibling’s journey and can be read as a standalone.



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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

I had no secrets in Callaway and no way to escape the story that other people threw around like social currency, whitewashing their own secrets.

I could see now where Olivia got her ice princess tendencies.  Her mother carried an air of superiority that could not be missed.  I was surprised it didn't knock people over when they passed her in the street.

Every time he shot me that perfect smile of his, the small-town girl in me wanted to cook him dinner and press his shirts for the rest of my life.

She was free of an old life, a chapter past, and reaching for a dream she'd never really accepted as her own before.

She smiled sweetly, and in that moment, my love for her took residence in every cell of my body.

My Review:

Into The Fire was my first Meredith Wild experience - so I'm busting my buttons with pride to say I've now been Wilding!  It was a like an extended joyride in a new, sleek, and sexy car, that had been duly appointed with all known upgrades.  The writing was smart, engrossing, richly detailed, evocative, creatively steamy, and frequently sensual.  Using a dual POV the story weaved between two main characters with explosive chemistry and an undeniable attraction.  Although, they were also hampered by poor timing and several social issues and barriers between them, with the most troublesome being his history and well-deserved reputation for being a selfish player and a jackass.  Add in family drama and tension, a tropical wedding location, bad boss issues, and corporate intrigue; and the plot thickens.  I was instantly addicted to the Wilding experience. 

Empress DJ

About the Author

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at

Other Books in the series:

On My Knees (The Bridge Series #1)


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cover Reveal, Giveaway: Mend by Tara Dawn

MEND (The SNAP Trilogy #3)

by Tara Dawn

Romantic Psychological Suspense

Release Date: August 2016

Cover Design: RMGraphX

Fate. Karma. Time.
They are all faces of the same entity. Each is beautiful in its own way, in the right light. Normally each works of its own accord. Escape them, and you discover what lies beneath their masks. It surpasses sinister and lies within base carnality. The three twist together to create something terrifying enough to stop you in your tracks and beg for mercy. A clemency they'll not grant you.
I should have accepted and taken what they offered me to begin with. Death was kind to me, yet I refused it. I turned my back on them, and they unleashed a personal vendetta against me. Anyone close to me felt the repercussions; some of them payed the ultimate price. All because my will was stronger than theirs. They've proven to me that when things are meant to be, to not change them. Otherwise, someone will pay the consequences to right the world, and they won't hesitate to prove that to you.
Discrimination doesn't exist in their eyes. The headstones before me validate that.

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About Tara

Tara Dawn is a married, stay-at-home mom who homeschools her three sons. When she's not busy with them, you can find her reading, talking about other authors and books over at The Word Wenches book blog, writing, editing, crafting, or hula hooping. She wears many hats and finds that if you aren't learning something new everyday then you aren't living to your full potential.

Tara is currently working on MEND, 101, and about to begin work on Twins (an erotic horror novel) with the amazing Bonny Capps.

She loves making new friends and talking about life, so stop by her Facebook page and say hello.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cover Reveal: Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald

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Politically Incorrect
Genre: Contemporary Political Romance
Cover Design: Jada D'Lee Designs

Expected Release Date: August 16, 2016

Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she's not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor's degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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Sex. Lies. Greed. Power. Scandal. Politics.

Nothing gets by Elizabeth McNeal. As a forty-five year old divorcee and a nationally renowned political strategist, she can claim to have seen it all. Most of her adult life she’s focused on two important things ─ her daughter and her career. Now, challenged by a new campaign and a new candidate, Elizabeth is forced to reevaluate the things she most values and make some major decisions that could impact her future.

William Baxter is a thirty-four year old Democratic Congressman for the great state of Texas who’s vying for an empty seat in the U.S. Senate. Accustomed to standing out in a crowd, Liam takes pride in being true to himself and the people he serves. He refuses to fall in line with the stereotypical persona of a politician. Backed by one of the richest men in Texas, Liam is offered the chance to work with D.C.’s most elite political strategist. With the odds already against him because of his party affiliation and age, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

Apprehensive about their age differences and driven by politics, Elizabeth finds herself keeping score of their sensual game for control. For the woman who thought she’d seen it all, the man in the eccentric ties and a dashing smile teaches her a new game to play. Rules are made to be broken. Lines are meant to be crossed. But in the high stakes sport of politics, where one bad decision can destroy a campaign, can they afford to rewrite the rules to meet their desires or will they choose to remain politically incorrect?

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Book Review, Giveaway: THE LAST PLUS ONE by Ophelia London, Lindsay Emory, and Alexandra Haughton


by Ophelia London, Lindsay Emory, and Alexandra Haugton

Adult Contemporary Romance/Anthology


You are cordially invited to the wedding of the summer…

Do you have your plus one on speed dial?
Senator and Mrs. Ramsey’s youngest daughter is sure to be the loveliest June bride that the exclusive New England compound at Virtue Cove, Maine, has ever seen. But first, there’s a barrage of Wedding Week festivities to endure enjoy. And dogs. So many dogs.

While the bride and groom are basking in their Happily Ever After, behind the scenes are one b*tch of a wedding planner with an old flame that never burned out, a “quid pro quo” business arrangement in serious jeopardy of becoming a more personal partnership, and two best friends who might discover they’re a perfect match. 

During bonfires on the beach, sunset yacht cruises, and tortuous wedding toasts, will the wedding magic rub off on the guests and turn someone’s “Mr. Plus One” into “Mr. Right”? 

RSVP for three romantic novellas from USA Today Bestselling Author Ophelia London, Lindsay Emory, and Alexandra Haughton.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Maggie's voice shook.  So much for buckling up those emotions.  She just spilled them out.  Like upending your purse in public with tampons and stray pens and that weird stress ball you picked up at a conference going everywhere, it was just as mortifying. 

There was little time to ponder this change in dynamic.  Soon, he kissed the thoughts right out of her brain.  They were all floating up there, on the ceiling, just waiting for her to gather them back up again.  But they could wait.

Tell me Ash.  When you become an actual licensed therapist, will 'knocking boots' be the exact prescription you'll be giving your patients?

Hmm, what if he was flirting with some skeezy bridesmaid?  Ah.  Now she was jealous of an imaginary woman... with fake boobs and hair extensions who got buzzed off one whiskey sour.

'This man is evil incarnate, just look at his hair.'  It had made sense before it came out of her mouth.  Maybe she hit her head harder than she thought.

You don't know him like I do.  He applied to be an Obamacare Death Panel administrator but they denied him for being too enthusiastic.

Claire fixed him with her queenly stare.  God, she would be beautiful if it wasn't for the black hole where her heart should be.

What had he been thinking?  Trying to be nice to Claire was like trying to be nice a zombie on The Walking Dead.  Sooner or later your head would get torn off.


My Review:

I found this book to be such an interesting concept - three different stories from three different authors depicting the same wedding event for 3 different couples.  And oddly, neither of the featured couples were the actual bride and groom.  Two of the stories were of the friends to lovers trope, while the final installment - which was my favorite of the three - was a second chance romance.  All the authors share a gift for banter and wit, as well as amusing inner musings.  And each story was of the slow burn as well as frequent to constant conflict variety.  In sum, these tales were not my usual cup of tea, nor were they my favorite type of entertainment, and truthfully, I struggled more than a bit in trying to appreciate the female main characters as two of them were actually quite obnoxious.  However, I did appreciate the talent, humor, and skill of the three authors, as well as the creative setting and plot that bound the three stories together.   

Empress DJ


About the Authors:
Ophelia London USA Today Bestselling Author 

Lindsay Emory  
Represented by Cassie Hanjian, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency 

Alexandra Haughton