Sunday, October 19, 2014

SUNNY - BOOK PROMO TOUR: "Seventh Grave and No Body" by Darynda Jones



Christmas is coming a little early this year for us Charley Davidson fans.  If you're up to date on the series, you know Ms. Jones left us with a bit of a cliffhanger after the last book.  So put away other reads, turn off your televisions, let the your partner and kids fend for themselves, tomorrow is reading time!  If you don't have a copy, enter the giveaway for a chance to win one.  And there's something new, vote for our blog as the blog of the day!  Scroll down to the end of the post to enter!



Seventh Grave and No Body
by Darynda Jones
Release Date: October 21, 2014

Blurb: 
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

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Meet Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards forher work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.




Excerpt:
Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
“What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
“So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
He nodded in thought.
“Reyes, what is it?”
“I think you keep secrets from me.”
“You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
“Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
“We can still do it.”
I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
“I’m very creative with my mouth.”
“I am well aware of that.”
“You should sit on my face.”
A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
“Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
“You really need to practice humility,” I said.
“Humility is overrated.”




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Thursday, October 16, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR: "TATTOOS & TATAS" by Tara Sivec


Tattoos & Tatas 
(Chocoholics #2.5)
By Tara Sivec
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Thank you for joining us for a very special blog tour.  Not only do we get to review this  book and share an offer from the author, but get to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.  During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from Tattoos and Tatas will be donated to breast cancer awareness.

SUMMARY:
Claire and Liz have always had a friendship that defied the test of time, but when one of them is diagnosed with a disease that every woman fears, their bond is put through the wringer. How do you cope knowing your soul mate could be taken from you?

Filled with memories of their life long friendship, inappropriate behavior, bad tattoos and shaving cats, the two friends will realize that laughter really is the best medicine.

Tattoos and TaTas is not your typical love story; it's a story of friendship and learning how to let go when something is beyond your control.


If you have enjoyed the previous Chocoholics books, you will know who these characters are and what they mean to each other, so bring on the Kleenex. This is a story about friendship to the deepest degree.  I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking about it. 

Claire and Liz have an enviable friendship.  They are simpatico in almost every way:  their likes, dislikes, sense of humor, dreams, language, tastes.  They just get one another. They are true soul mates. They have each other backs. 

Then Claire announces she has cancer and Liz doesn't know what to do. Being a "fixer", Liz doesn't know how to fix this problem.  How do you respond when you feel so helpless?

Tara Sivec is writing about an all-too common situation. Too many of our friends and love ones have or had cancer, and as a friend or relative, that helpless feeling can leave you shocked at best and running away at worst.  I've been there and I was rendered immobile.  To this day, I feel guilt and shame that I wasn't there enough for my dear friend. She had her family and didn't want people to fuss over her, but I really feel that I should've been there for her more.  She is a cancer survivor and I am so grateful that she is healthy today and I've vowed to always try and be present in her life. 

This is a beautiful story told in a humorous and irreverent manner by the author.  I laughed out loud and cried my eyes out. I appreciate Ms. Sivec for sharing this heart-warming story reminding us again how we can support our loved ones during this time of crisis. 

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series , the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series, Burned and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR: "Alex" by Sawyer Bennett


ALEX
by Sawyer Bennett
Book 1 in the Cold Fury series

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Alex by Sawyer Bennett. Thanks for joining us in celebrating the book and the author.  If you missed yesterday's release post, you can sign up for the Giveaway at the bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy our review. 

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.


As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

There is definitely a balance in writing a great sports romance.  The sport has to be relevant to the story and it has to be integrated into the romance.  Sawyer Bennett does a stunning job bringing it all together.  It is clearly written from a fan's perspective.  There is so much to love about this book:

1.  His name is Alex Crossman : Alex is a man who experiences very little joy and peace in his life, even as a NHL hockey player.  He plays more as an obligation and expectation, rather than for passion of the game. But Sutton is able to get behind the façade and see the man underneath. As Sutton so aptly put it: “Wearing a blanket of loneliness and anger makes him seem vulnerable to me, and watching him open up a bit makes me all the more intrigued.”

He comes from such a dark place, it is intriguing and satisfying seeing him come out into the light.

2. It would be easy to focus this review entirely on Alex alone.  He is a noteworthy character, but in truth, the best thing about this book is Sutton Price.  She is a self-made girl.  Learning to be independent from a young age, she is making it as a drug counselor and is wise beyond her years.

She gets Alex to see things from new and different perspectives. He’s had one lens in which he has been seeing the world and she gets him to try on new glasses.  As a counselor and daughter of an addict herself, she knows how to read Alex. She sees the residue he leaves behind as a child of an alcoholic.  She knows when to give him space and when to push a little.  It is beautiful watching Alex come to life. I love, love, love Sutton.

You know you are emotionally vested when you feel the heart dropping moment with your character.  I felt the apex and nadir of Sutton and Alex’s relationship. I cried. I yelled. I cursed.  And I smiled BIG at the ending.

I chose to re-read Alex before writing this review. Again, even through I knew the story, I was completely drawn in by the charm of the book.  Sawyer Bennett knows how to capture the reader’s attention with her intuitive understanding of people’s motivation and desire for good, desire for strong relationships. 

IN A NUTSHELL:  Sawyer Bennett scores big with Alex.  It may be my favorite book by this author yet!

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two 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.

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