Friday, October 23, 2015


USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents the second novel in the Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series.

Desperation changes a person. Leads them to do things they would have never dreamed.

Thanks for his mother, Ray "Razor" Chambers knows what desperation can lead a person to do. But as a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, those days are long in the past for both of them. His best buddy is about to get hitched in Vegas when a woman whose eyes are filled with an all-too-familiar haunted look approaches Razor. She makes him a proposition, an he knows he's witnessing yet another act born of desperation.

Viktoriya Dubroskaya knows all about desperation, too. She came to America to study ballet and escape a fate no one should have to bear. She can never go home again. She's broke and broken, not to mention in survival mode. Viktoriya turned to the only help offered, but in the end it stripped her of everything she was and all she wanted. Now she's out of time, money and options... until she sees Razor.

There's no chance he'll take her up on what she's offering, but he suggests a counter-proposal- one involving a ring, a green card, and a chance to reclaim her body. It's an opportunity she can't pass up, but for Viktoriya and Razor, learning to live together as husband and wife is as foreign as interpreting Smoke Signals. And where there's smoke, there's usually fire.

Smoke Signals by Catherine Gayle should come with a warning: DO NOT START READING THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE TIME TO READ IT ENTIRELY. Trust me, once you start you won't want to put it down.

Razor Chambers may have most of the world believing he is not a good guy, he's the wild one with no filter... and this bad boy is in Vegas for the wedding of his best friend and former teammate. After meeting and being propositioned by a beautiful Russian this bad boy surprised this reader by becoming one of my favorite romantic heroes ever!

Viktoriya is in a desperate place. She's lost her student Visa when the school sent her packing after finding out she was working in the porn industry on the side to be able to afford to stay in the United States. She has no where to turn and the prospect of going back to Russia is scarier than any of her less than favorable options. Offering herself to the handsome man on the casino floor in exchange for money is just the next step in her downward spiral. She never expected him to proposition her right back, but with an offer of marriage and safety.

Razor sees his mother's past struggles in the beautiful eyes of Viktoriya. He is determined to give her something his mother never had.. a chance. These two find themselves married and on their way back to Tulsa. Now for this plan to work, they must convince everyone around them that they are madly in love.. which given their mutual attraction and fast forming friendship becomes less hard.. and very real.

A heroine with a disturbing past, a bad boy who is oh so good. These two steam up the pages! Catherine Gayle did a fabulous job of investing me in this story. I felt a gamut of emotions from sadness to happiness, to the butterflies caused by the love that grows between Tori & Razor. I loved the friendship that blooms between Tori & Tally (from Bury the Hatchet).

Smoke Signals is books #2 in author Catherine Gayle's Tulsa Thunderbirds series. It can be read completely as a stand alone. In fact, I read it BEFORE I read book #1 in the series, Bury the Hatchet, and loved them both equally. Catherine Gayle is an author who firmly earned her spot on my auto buy list several books ago when she hooked me on the Portland Storm series (PS> If you are a fan of her Portland Storm series, the wedding in Smoke Signals is Katie & Babs... I can't get enough of these two.) I gave this book 5 Stars and would probably give it more if it were allowed.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Stars for About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands!

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married. 

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction.
Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate- maybe even his life- and he'll break every rule to do it.

Justin Bricker is an immortal enforcer and one night his life mate literally and figuratively stumbles and falls right at his feet, onto a pair of scissors. He is forced to turn her into an immortal to save her. Quickly he discovers his life mate is already married to a human. The immortal laws prohibit him from telling her too much or using any persuasion to try to gain her affection. Any feelings she may have for him must be her own without his influence. Since Justin is responsible for her change, he is also responsible for teaching her how to live amongst humans as an immortal. He has a short amount of time to teach her and for her to realize that he is her destiny, her life mate. 

Holly wakes from her fall to discover the change. She isn't quite sure what to make of the handsome lunatic. She quickly realizes that what he is telling her is true and that she is an immortal. Holly just wants to learn how to live with her new reality and then get back to her normal life with her husband. Although the more time she spends with Justin, the harder it is to fight this new attraction. Justin & Holly have a lot of things going against them, the biggest is the fact that she is married to human. Justin's fellow enforcers also think this is the perfect time to pull the ultimate prank on Justin and hilarity ensues. Just when I thought I had the story all figured out Lynsay Sands  throws a curve ball and Justin & Holly's happily ever after is even more perfect than I expected. Justin & Holly's Story gets 5 STARS from this reader! 

About a Vampire is Book #22 in author Lynsay Sands, Argeneau Series. These books can be read in order, but can also stand alone. As a fan of the series, I recommend you read them all in order. The relationships that develop are even more special, as characters from previous books reappear to play small parts in each new story. This series is one of my favorites of all time, The Argeneau Series is a must read for any paranormal romance fan! 

**I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book and have just ordered a paperback copy for my home library**

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Friday, September 25, 2015


You’ll Love to Listen!
A New Podcast for Romance Readers Hosted by Avon Books

New York, NY (September 24, 2015) – With increased demand for podcast content in niche markets, leading American romance publisher Avon Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) is taking to the airwaves with “Avon on the Air,” part of the HarperCollins global podcast network.  The first author featured is none other than New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a queen of the romantic realm.  (Direct Link to launch episode on iTunes:

This new podcast will showcase fan-favorite romance authors being interviewed by Lucia Macro, VP/executive editor of William Morrow/Avon Books.  New “Avon on the Air” podcasts will post on iTunes and Soundcloud every Thursday.  All episodes will be archived online at  Listeners can follow the “Avon on the Air” Soundcloud page for alerts via newsfeed of new content; and via iTunes, listeners can subscribe to the podcast for email updates, and automatic downloads.

Programs feature enticing interactions with reader-favorite romance authors. The “Avon on the Air” podcast is always lively, sometimes provocative, and never afraid to ask the question, “What really happens between the covers…of your novel?” 

Ana Maria Allessi, HarperCollins VP of Digital Innovation and Publisher of Harper Audio, identified a special opportunity in the digital broadcast arena…for more romance! She began working with the Avon team to create interviews and episodes featuring some of the biggest and most beloved voices in the genre – content that readers would love to listen to! “It’s well known that romance readers consume content voraciously, and they share a special connection with their favorite authors,” says Allessi. 

Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Avon Books, says, “Weekly podcasts, available anytime and anywhere, that take readers beyond the book – and make them feel more personally in tune with beloved novelists: this is a new platform that all of us at Avon feel passionate about.”

“Readers will have as much fun listening to Avon on the Air as I did being interviewed,” says New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn.  “I love that Avon is always coming up with inventive new ways to support and promote their writers.”

“Avon on the Air” already has an impressive array of interviews scheduled, with Macro and the Avon team recording new content weekly:

·         9/24/2015: Susan Elizabeth PhillipsHeroes Are My Weakness
·         10/1/2015: Sophie JordanAll The Ways to Ruin a Rogue
·         10/8/2015: Tessa DareWhen a Scot Ties the Knot
·         10/15/2015: Jennifer RyanHer Lucky Cowboy
·         10/22/2015: Tessa BaileyMake Me
·         10/29/2015: Lisa KleypasCold-Hearted Rake
·         11/5/2015: Lori WildeBack in the Game
·         11/12/2015: Wendy Corsi StaubBlood Red      
·         11/19/2015: Helen Kay DimonFacing Fire
·         11/26/2015: Julia QuinnRomancing Mr. Bridgerton
·         12/3/2015: Tonya KappesA Ghostly Murder
·         12/10/2015: Megan EricksonDirty Talk
·         12/17/2015: Lizbeth SelvigThe Bride Wore Red Boots
·         12/24/2015: Beverly JenkinsForbidden  
(Schedule subject to adjustment)

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Rescued by the Ranger by Dixie Lee Brown

Protecting those in trouble is what Army Ranger Garrett Harding does best. But after helping a feisty redhead toss a couple of losers from her Idaho bar, the woman is anything but grateful for his assistance—in fact, she seems to know him. Worse, she almost certainly hates him.

The only thing Rachel Maguire wants is to send this smart-mouthed, muscled military man packing. She knows Garrett has his own reasons for staying, so when he offers Rachel a deal—two days to prove his worth or he leaves—she reluctantly agrees. Despite wanting to loathe him, Rachel finds herself drawn to his quiet confidence…and the way he fills out a t-shirt.

But when Rachel receives a phone call from the past, everything changes. The stalker who destroyed her life ten years ago is closing in once more. Refusing to put anyone else in harm's way, Rachel hits the road hoping to lure danger away from those she loves. But Garrett won't leave this sexy spitfire to face her stalker alone. He'll do anything to protect her. Even if it means risking his life—and his heart.

Guest Spotlight: Author Dixie Lee Brown!

Please join me in welcoming Dixie Lee Brown today!  She is sharing her Hero Profile from Rescued by the Ranger

I'm excited to join you today and have an opportunity to share a few facts about one of my characters from my new release. So, without further ado...

Rescued by the Ranger
Hero Profile

Name: Garrett Harding
Age: 34
Height: 6'1"
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Steel gray
Dress: Jeans, T-shirts and dog tags
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Cougar Ridge hunting Lodge and Resort outside Grizzly Gulch, ID

Family: Large and dysfunctional. Mother deserted the family when he was five. Father is a career politician, remarried. Garrett has one brother, two half brothers, and one half sister.

Occupation: Army Ranger, Captain

Weakness: Has abandonment issues and carries guilt because he was one of only two survivors in the Iraqi firefight that took the lives of everyone else in his unit and left him wounded.

Strength: He's a deadly, well-trained opponent, yet kind and compassionate, sexy and romantic to his heroine, and loyal to a fault.

Trusted Friend: Cowboy, German shepherd, ex-military dog wounded in the same battle as Garrett. The bond between them runs deep.

Transportation: 1996 hunter green Jeep Wrangler with removable canvas top and side curtains, a winch mounted on a bumper guard in front, and a Cowboy's head stuck out the passenger side. 

Best Quality: Cares about others

Quote: "Without you I'm just a guy with a dog."

Thank you Dixie Lee for sharing this with my readers today! I read and loved Rescued by the Ranger and can't wait for the rest of the reading world to fall in love with Garrett Harding! 

I am totally dating myself with this acknowledgement, but I think that the 80's song I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler would make the perfect theme song for Rescued by the Ranger. Rachel Maguire doesn't want to admit she needs a hero, but like it or not she has found hers in Garrett Harding. This sexy Army Ranger will not let her out of his sight once he realizes that she is in danger. 

Rachel feels that she has exposed enough people to her problems in the past with dire consequences. She refuses to allow Garrett to risk his life for her (this is the part in the story where I wanted to thump her in the forehead and say he is a Ranger for goodness sakes- he's got this..). As the situation gets more intense will she allow him to rescue her?

I was quickly swept away by this story. The plot builds very quickly with the prefect amount of drama and suspense. If you like a romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat this one certainly did that for me. The budding romance between Garrett and Rachel is paced well. Once Rachel finally realizes and accepts that he is going to protect and love her, I wanted to give her a high-five and say it's about time sister! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Cowboy, Garrett's dog. He was our secondary hero in this story and stole my heart right alongside his master. 

I gave this book 4.5 Stars! Rescued by the Ranger is a heartwarming read with just the right amount of suspense to satisfy the appetite of the contemporary romance fan. 

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DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book!