LOVE OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde

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Mister O by Lauren Blakely


Lauren Blakely's MISTER O is here for all of your reading pleasure! MISTER O is a standalone, sexy romantic comedy, including a forbidden romance, told from the male POV. You met Nick in Lauren’s BIG ROCK, and he’ll keep you up long into the night as you turn the pages of MISTER O.

"This book is an absolute gem! Nick is so freaking SEXY! And funny! And adorable in the HOTTEST way!!!" - NYT Bestselling Author Emma Chase

Dare to Take (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips

This is my first time reading a Dare to Love book. And in all honesty you can very much read this as a standalone. Do I feel like I missed anything having not read the previous books? No, but I am intrigued to do so. Especially when at one point when “the gang’s” all there, it would have been nice to know who they were and be able to feel the love, I am sure the fans will feel, during a certain scene especially. But I digress :)

Ella Shaw is working on an island when she is mugged and sent to the hospital. She reaches out to her best friend for help, and she sends her brother, Tyler Dare, to the rescue.

Unbeknownst to the rest of the family, these two had a night together that neither will ever forget and not entirely in a good way. Sad, embarrassed, and carrying the emotional toll from that night has made Ella into a ball of insecurity.

When Tyler begins to understand how his actions that night have affected Ella all of the years since, he is on a mission to change that. With age comes understanding and a need to make things right.

Add in a side of suspense and a little mystery and this makes for one exciting read. At times it could be a tad predictable, but the sweetness overrides it.


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FLY WITH ME by Chanel Cleeton

May 3, 2016
Wild Aces #1
Adult Contemporary Romance

How to Save A Life by Kristin Harmel

Groundhog Day meets Grey’s Anatomy in this heartfelt novella with a hint of magic from the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended, in which a woman with only a short time to live discovers she can repeat the same day over and over until her life feels complete.

When a pediatric oncology nurse receives a devastating prognosis—she has just weeks left to live—she finds unexpected comfort from a patient. Her young friend shares a life- and death-changing secret: it is possible to live the same day over and over again until she’s experienced a truly full life. Thus begins a heartbreaking and joyful journey of love, friendship, and self-discovery, as the brave nurse only truly learns how to live in the face of death. Kristin Harmel, whose work has been called “immersive and evocative” (Publishers Weekly), “absorbing…well-paced and warmhearted” (Kirkus Reviews), and “absolutely enthralling” (Fresh Fiction), infuses her poignant, uplifting novella with a dash of magic and a hefty dose of heart.

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The Cookies & Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

Wildly popular Cookies & Cups blogger Shelly Jaronsky’s eagerly anticipated cookbook features all-new, mouth-watering, delectable sweet treats 100% guaranteed to make you want to eat dessert first.
Shelly Jaronsky has a problem. She’s an addict. Of the buttercream variety.
“Chronicling my life in sugar” has been Shelly’s motto since the inception of her insanely frequented dessert blog, Cookies & Cups. With recipes ranging from the deliciously decadent (her S’mores Fudge Bars will make you seriously reconsider everything you thought you knew about baked goods) to the deceptively simple (her Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie will become an instant staple in your baking repertoire), The Cookies & Cups Cookbook truly has something for everyone, from the cooking novice to the seasoned chef.
Now you can bring Shelly’s signature style into your own kitchen with more than 125 no-fail recipes, including some reader-approved favorites and a special bonus section dedicated to the quick and savory side of cooking. Authored in the witty, intimate style of the blog that draws more than three million monthly page views and a social following of more than seven hundred thousand fans, The Cookies & Cups Cookbook is the go-to source for all things flavorful, accessible, and irresistibly tasty.

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Kaitlin's Tale by Christine Amsden ~COVER REVEAL~

Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin's past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

Ebook Release: May 16, 2016
Print Release: July 15, 2016
Audiobook Release: TBA

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she's a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

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Being a Hero in Panopolis means living the high life: parties, money, influence, even reality television. And I’m one of the most powerful Heroes in the city. I have plenty of fans, a manager who looks out for me (after himself), and a job that pays the bills. I should be enjoying myself.

Unfortunately, the downside of my superpower means I can’t touch anyone, which tends to put a damper on things. I probably don’t deserve all those perks anyway, since I’m working in secret with two of Panopolis’s biggest Villains to undermine GenCorp—my main sponsor and the company that controls what gets through my force field.

I obviously don’t trust my corporate overseers, but they’ve hired a new scientist who actually seems interested in helping me. Dr. Mansourian might have the answers to all my questions—not to mention a starring role in most of my dreams—but he’s hiding something big. If I let him have what he wants, I might not live to regret it.  

Then again, the way things are going in Panopolis these days, I might not live either way.

Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, "See ya!" She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She's still climbing that ladder, but can't stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.

Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get 'im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there's a lot of love to go around.

Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on, under the name Carizabeth.

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To celebrate the release of Where There’s a Will, Cari is giving away ebooks of both Where There’s Smoke and Where There’s Fire, a $10 Riptide credit, and a Panopolis t-shirt. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 7, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

It's the BookEnd! April 29th

Feeling my southern roots this weekend so bring on the comfort!
I will share the recipe with you too :) BONUS!!!

As for what I'm nibbling on... well, I think we need to keep with the southern theme
Chocolate cover pecans!

Have a great weekend everybody :)

Tanja - It has been one of those weeks where I just couldn't seem to get to my books! 
Real life does that sometimes.  I have two books I am excited to begin. 
and A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, it's the first in the 
Kingmaker Chronicles series coming this August. 

Kat - It's been a tough month for me as I've been dealing with health issues.  Life happens right??  I'm finally feeling a little like my old self again and this week I decided to get into the kitchen and stir up some recipes from a cookbook I'm reviewing titled:  The Cookies and Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky.  I'm currently putting together a recipe blog hop hosted by the XOXO After Dark Street Team so be on the lookout! 
Compelled by DB Reynolds - Review by Tanja
Hook by Elizabeth Grace -Review by Tanja

Saturday, July 9th from 11am - 1pm
Scheduled to attend:
plus local authors Stephen Bockmiller & Gage Shepherd

August 20, Nashville, TN
More information and tickets can be found HERE

Info and tickets info HERE
Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (MDT)
Mile High Author Event info HERE

Hook (Duplicity Duet #1) by Elisabeth Grace

So not what I was expecting in a read! I feel as if I need a moment to rearrange my thoughts. What began as an “in the moment” introduction of “Brandi” maneuvered into a story of a mother’s ultimate sacrifice.

Her client Marco is completely unexpected and sweet. Not to mention that he radiates sexual prowess and power. From the moment these two meet there’s chemistry and a knowing that what will happen between them will be life changing.

I have to say, my feelings were all over the place while reading. I felt just as confused as Brandi did. Is this an erotica read, A “Pretty Woman” read, or a struggling mother read? In all honesty, it’s all three rolled into one fantastic feast of a read.

I will prepare you though; it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. For those of you that hate that type of ending, you might want to wait till book two has been released before starting, but for those of you that like the feel of a good angsty ending that makes you euphoric for more… well buckle up baby — it's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Fun, erotic, and emotional book candy.


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Women loathed me without even knowing my name. Men coveted the very idea of me.
Escort. Call girl. Prostitute. Hooker. Whore.

I'd heard it all. Done it all.

Over the years I'd felt a lot of things about my occupation...but not regret--never regret. I had my reasons for doing what I did and nothing and no one had ever made me question them.


He'd changed me and I'd naively fed into the fairy tale.

But Marco wasn't my Prince Charming. He had secrets of his own. Secrets that would eventually rip away everything I held dear.

*ARC provided by TRSOR

Bound to You by Skylar Nightingale

Hook by Elisabeth Grace

Meet Marco Valenti is Hook by Elisabeth Grace!