Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My Favourite... Time To Read

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite post, thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite time to read.


For me, my favourite time to read is in the evening and I try to read about two hours every day. I'm luckily single and childfree, so there's no one, apart from my cat, who wants my attention.

Book Blitz; The Torc by J. E. Hunter

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cover Reveal; Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi


Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Can't Believe I Read

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was books I can't believe I read. Personally I interpreted that one as books I wish I hadn't read and/or wish I got my time back (sorry guys, I can't like all books I read).

My list includes;

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

The Cries of Vampira by Sean H. Robertson

Psychopomp and Circumstance by Andrean Messmer

Perpetual Night by Georgina Morales

Et sted på grensen by Emilie Edland

Stål by Silvia Avallone

Marina Bellezza by Silvia Avallone

A Wolf on the Loose by Dan Straka

Et rike for sultne sjeler av Lorraine López

100 tak med hårbørsten før sengetid av Melissa Panarello

Monday, 29 January 2018

Valentine Countdown Blitz; The Billionaire's Sweet Valentine by Laura L. Walker






Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when Laura met her own hero and they eventually became the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of four contemporary romances.

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"All Penny Merrill wants to do is run her own bakery shop, but her money-thirsty mother and conniving stepfather are making it nearly impossible to keep her dream alive. When Penny finds a clipping advertising a Valentine's Day contest for Arizona's cutest couple, with the winnings being enough for her to hold on to her floundering business, she comes up with an idea that might just work--if she can find the right man for the job.

Commercial contractor Preston Ames is starting to develop feelings for Penny, and even though he's been through enough heartache to know that he should avoid her at all costs, he can't keep himself from visiting her sweet shop everyday. When Penny asks him to participate in a crazy scheme so that she can overturn her stepfather's underhanded business ploy, Preston is tempted to run the other way. But one look into her soulful blue eyes and he's a goner. Little does he know that his calm, orderly world is about to unravel--and that just one picture will turn Penny into his sweet valentine! "




~ AmazonAmazon UK



Excerpt:
   
    “Hiya, Penny.” Preston answered his phone around a yawn on the second ring. “Everything all right? How are those new security cameras working out for you?”


    This was the morning they’d been waiting for, and all he could ask her about was the security cameras? “Great, although they haven’t caught any suspicious activity since we put them up. But we caught another white mouse. Who knows how many more are scurrying around the place? And Ms. Forrester is supposed to come back any day.”

    “I’ll help you do a thorough cleanup, and make sure that nothing else suspicious is going on,” he offered.

    “Thanks. Listen, I wanted—”

    “Well, I’d better let you go so that I—”

    “What are you wearing?” she blurted.

    There was a pause. “Well, at the moment, since you just woke me up—”

    “No, I mean today. What are you going to wear today?” Great. Now she couldn’t get the image of Preston, sitting up in bed with no shirt on, his face scruffy with new whiskers, and his hair standing out in all directions, out of her head. Oh, my!

      “I’m going to wear a T-shirt and pair of jeans like I always do when I go to work.”
      Work! “Preston,” she said, trying to keep the growing panic out of her voice, “don’t you realize what day this is?”

      Another pause. “Monday?”

      “The twelfth,” she added for emphasis.

      Dead silence prevailed for at least thirty seconds. Then, “Something supposed to happen on Monday the twelfth?”

      “PRESTON!”

      A hearty laugh rang in her ears. Ooh! Was he going to get it—but not until after their appearance on TV. “You scared me out of my mind,” she confessed with an aggravated chuckle. “Please tell me you didn’t really forget.”

     More laughter. “Nope. I just wanted to make sure you got your cardiac workout this morning since it's close to Valentine’s Day and all.”

     Argh!

    Just when she started thinking about the best way to get him back, he surprised her again by asking, “What are you wearing?”

    Penny looked down at her towel-wrapped body. “Uh . . . “

    “See? It’s not so fun to be bombarded with personal questions first thing in the morning.”

    “I’ll try to remember that in the future,” she grumbled. “Now, can we get serious?”

    “I am. I want to know what you’re wearing so that I can match my T-shirt to yours.”

    “No. Not a T—”

    His low rumble let her know she’d fallen prey to his teasing again.

    “Preston Ames,” she said in a threatening tone.

     “Uh-oh. In order for that to work, honey, you’ve got to know my middle name. It’s Preston Lee Ames.”

     “I’m not your mother. I’m your—”

     “Fiancee, I know. And that’s why we’re practicing our flirting, so we’ll be all warmed up for the show.”

     Penny froze. So that’s what he was doing? What a sweet guy. Her legs turned to butter, and she practically sank onto the floor. “Thank you,” she whispered.

     “You’re welcome, sweetheart. I’ll pick you up at four-fifteen.” They’d been told they would need to arrive at a quarter till five so that they would have time to prepare. They’d also been told to not wear any makeup; their crew would take care of that.

    It wasn’t until after Penny hung up that she realized she'd never found out what he’d be wearing that day.



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Book Tour & Giveaway; Night Night, Sleep Tight - A Horror Anthology


Night Night, Sleep Tight
A Horror Anthology
Presented by Enchanted Anthologies

Warning - These stories are not for the faint-hearted. This anthology is intended for readers aged 18+. 


'When you wake up randomly in the night, there's a good chance someone or something was watching you'
A bump in the night wakes you, the jolt just as you're about to sleep could be something much more sinister than you thought, the sound outside your window is much more than a branch knocking in the wind, and no, you didn't imagine that shadow in the corner of your eye...
Night Night, Sleep Tight explores the horrific things that happen at night, from sleep paralysis to monsters hiding under the bed.
So, Night Night, Sleep Tight, and don't let them get you...

Introduction by R. L. Weeks
Under my Bed - Erin Lee
Butcher's Wife - K. L. Roth
Embers and Ashes - Mary Duke
Villisca Unraveled by A. Maslo
The Pendant by Lorah Jaiyn









R L Weeks is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches, Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.
She lives in a small village in the UK.

When she's not writing, she's traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish Designs.







Erin Lee is a dark fiction/reality author and therapist chasing a crazy dream one crazy story at a time. She is the author of books published by Savant Books and Publications, Limitless Publishing, Black Rose Writing, Zombie Cupcake Press, Bella Tulip Press, and Crazy Ink.
Her Diary of a Serial Killer Series is an international bestselling series as is the Moving On Series that she co-wrote with Chelsi Davis. Upcoming titles include Wendigo and Momma. She is a co-founder of the Escape from Reality Series and author of several books in that series.

Lee holds a master’s degree in psychology and works with at-risk families and as a court appointed special advocate. When she isn’t busy dissecting the human experience, she enjoys escaping from reality through reading and spending time with her muses and canine companions and therapy dogs—Thomas the Terrier and Milo Muse. To her, laughter is the best medicine of all.





K. L Roth is the award-winning, international bestselling author of The Royals Series, The Fallen, Bloodlust, and she has stories in Fractured Fairytales Book Two, A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris, and Night, Night Sleep Tight anthologies published with Enchanted Anthologies. 


She lives in the small town of Delphos, Ohio. When she's not writing she enjoys reading, participating in outdoor activities and teaching her son the outdoor way of life.

She writes erotica, paranormal, historical, horror and thriller. She is working on several series and anthologies for 2018.









Mary Duke
Mom & Realm Wrangler. Also the author of Vampire Girl: Divided.

#Fantasy #SciFi #SpaceOpera









                                                                                         A. Maslo
Created in Hawaii, Alicia has traveled the country in search of faeries, mermaids, unicorns, and all things pretty. 


She has two completely spoiled Rotties and is attempting to raise two gentlemen while living the life of a Soldier's wife. 

She spends her days caring for her family, and sneaking in a few moments to write and possibly have a cup of tea and a bubble bath.

She creates fantastical landscapes in oils and acrylics and even has her works in homes as far as Wales.




Lorah Jaiyn
My stories vary from sweet and romantic to whimsical and mischievous, to temperamental and moody. My fervent imagination makes all of my projects different.


I started to focus on my writing career after developing a nasty case of empty nest syndrome. My stories have appeared online at Speculative 66, 101 Words, Our Write Side, and Dark Chapter Press, as well as in anthologies published by Rhetoric Askew and Our Write Side. I have several anthology projects in the works, several working with various charities. 'Whisper of an Angel' is my first full length romance novel, but I have many more in progress that cover different genres, each blended with a romantic element. 

I spend my days behind a desk, and try to write in the evenings while entertained by my greatest distraction,my Jack Russell. I enjoy creating with polymer clay, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. I spend time volunteering at a local wildlife rescue and am a total Hallmark Channel addict.






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Mailbox Monday Week 5

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It's time for a new Mailbox Monday post, thanks to the blog Mailbox Monday and here are some of the books I've recieved in the mail lately.




We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Ved elven by John Hart (won through a Facebook giveaway)

Drivanker by Alexander Maksik (won through a Facebook giveaway)

Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts

Kjære verden - en syrisk jentes historie om krig og bønn om fred by Bana Alabed (press copy from the publisher)

Poké! Fargerik gatemat fra Hawaii by Oskar Sellin og Helle Øder Valebrokk (press copy from the publisher)