Player by M L Sparrow ~Excerpt & Giveaway~

Let the game begin…

After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field.  

Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parkers jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience.

But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle...    


WITH EVERY BREATH the fourth book in #1USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks’s suspenseful and sizzling Slow Burn series.

As a vulnerable teenager, Eliza Cummings was the target of a predator who cultivated her need for love and approval. Until she found the courage to fight back and help put him away. Years later, she works with Devereaux Security Services and devotes every hour to taking down the very thing that nearly destroyed her. But now the killer has been set free, and Eliza knows it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her, and the people she loves.

Wade Sterling never allows anyone close enough to see the man behind the impenetrable mask—but one woman threatens his tightly leashed control. He took a bullet for Eliza and the result was more than a piece of metal embedded in his skin. She was under his skin and nothing he did could rid him of the woman with the heart of a warrior.

But when Wade sees a panicked and haunted Eliza he knows something is very wrong, because the foolish woman has never had the sense to be afraid of anything. So when she tries to draw a monster away, the primal beast barely lurking beneath his deceptively polished façade erupts in a rage. She may not know it, but she belongs to him. This time, Eliza isn’t going to play the protector. She was going to be the protected. And as long as Wade breathes, no one will ever hurt what is his.

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In the Shadow of Satellites by Amanda Dick

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Memories are precious, and for Sian Bennett, they are fleeting. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand. Sian was there, along with her husband and baby son. What happened that day is a mystery; all she remembers is waking up in hospital five months later, alone.
Two long years pass, and the memories continue to disappear into the black hole that was opened up the day of the quake. Life becomes a perilous journey lived on a tightrope that stretches between the past and the present. Retreating to a lakeside cottage in Rotorua, she shies away from a world she no longer understands.
When Luke Lancaster moves into the derelict cottage beyond the trees, he respects his reclusive neighbour’s silent plea for privacy. Now half a world away from his native North Carolina, he has seen war, misery and chaos. Along with his dog, Geezer, he lives with a few ghosts of his own.
What begins as a fragile friendship leads to a much deeper connection, in which truth, lies, love and pain are intimately bound. Even in paradise, shadows lurk.
A slow-burning tale of loss and love, stoked in the flames of fate and superstition, it is ignited by the power of hope.
"Not all those who wander are lost."  ~~ J.R.R. Tolkien 

First of all, I love this stunning book cover.  Just beautiful...  but, I love the color purple so I guess I may be a little biased.  And, the blurb does a pretty good job of laying out what you will be getting in this story.  In fact, I knew when I read the opening line of this newest release by Amanda Dick that I was in for another amazing journey!  Each time I open a book by this author I know that I am in for something new and original and I also know that my emotions are getting ready to be pummeled.  But, that's okay...  I love a good emotional roller coaster ride AND especially so when by the end of the ride I can look back and see that all of the bumps, twists and turns were worth the trouble. 
Sian is a woman who is haunted by ghosts from her past.  She is coping with an unimaginable loss and lives in isolation.  Luke is also haunted by his past, and on the outside looking in you would think that he is also lost.  But, as the story progressed I realized that Luke wasn't lost at all.  He was exactly where he wanted to be.  Luke and Sian reminded me of a giant jigsaw puzzle.  They were two pieces that fit perfectly together.  But, first they had to sort through the many, many other pieces of the puzzle before they finally found where they fit and belonged.  Together, they were able to make sense of the experiences and loss they had endured.  Together they helped complete the puzzle and finally feel whole again.   
My favorite character in the book was definitely Geezer the dog.  Yes, I am a sucker for adorable, pushy and sneaky animals.  They do bring life into our lives don't they?  And, sometimes a little bit of trouble.  Geezer was indeed a catalyst for helping bring Sian and Luke together.  Dogs have a way of leading you down paths you wouldn't usually wander.  They are quite often smarter than us humans when it comes to finding where we belong.  :) 
I also loved how this book takes us not only on the journey of loss in regards to Sian, but also how that loss caused a rippling affect to those around Sian.  Her friends Ana and Chris were struggling right along with her and I loved how they rallied behind her and allowed her to deal with the ghosts from her past in her own way.  Truly amazing friends and a reminder of how important it is to be present for those you love know matter how hard life throws the punches. 
The writing in this story is beautiful!  Amanda always makes me "feel" and think about life from a different perspective.  This book made me think about how difficult it is to cope with loss and how even harder it must be to be re-build your life even when it seems impossible.  It's about loss, fear and grief but also about trust, friendship and courage.  It takes courage to move forward from a past that haunts you every step of the way.  And, it takes trust to allow someone to help you along.  This is what Sian and Luke did for each other. 
This was an amazingly written story in a beautiful setting that left me with a sense of hope by the end.  A reminder that even though doors are constantly being closed or slammed or even obliterated, there are always more to be opened if we just take a chance. 
I would highly recommend this to those who love to indulge in women's fiction that also has a healthy dose of romance.  The meat of this story lies in the healing that takes place on Sian's journey back to living in the present and putting away the ghosts that haunt her.  The strong feelings that develop between Sian and Luke are the side dishes that just make the whole meal come together. 

Another well written story that hit me straight in the heart! 

5 ++ stars!!  And, definitely going on my top favorites shelf...  :) 

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Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald

 Title: Politically Incorrect
By: Jeanne McDonald
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Cover Designer: Jada D'Lee Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The BookEnd ~Aug 19th 2016~

With so many kids heading back to school, we hope you have a great weekend everybody :)

Tanja - Well guys, I finished an ARC of Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews and it was EVERYTHING! Coming out September 20th. Fans are going to LOVE IT! 

Kat - She's taking a bit of a breather this week :)

August 20, Nashville, TN
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Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle

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Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry ~Giveaway~

Hi, and welcome to the blog tour to celebrate the release of Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry. I’m visiting some of my favourite blogs around the place to talk about writing Adulting 101, some of my influences and inspiration, and even sharing an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a prize!

MIDNIGHT SOUL by Kristen Ashley ~Review, Excerpt & Giveaway~

MIDNIGHT SOUL is here! This amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series. Be sure you check out all of the stops on the tour and order the final novel in this amazing series today!

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Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.


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It’s no secret that one of my favorite series EVAH is Fantasyland. So I am pleased and a bit humbled to tell you just how much I adored the love that fills the pages of Midnight Soul. It’s unexpected and almost decadent, but I am getting ahead of myself…

When someone has been abused, hurt, or saddened, they can be fearful of more pain, causing them to lash out or put on an iron mask of no emotion. It takes a keen eye and a sense of understanding to notice this in others.

Noctorno Hawthorne is just the man to recognize and provide protection for Franka. Seeing right through her façade, he has dubbed her Frankie (to her utter dismay). Noc will give her his unconditional support and friendship until her walls begin to crumble and he can help rebuild the beauty that is within her.

Midnight Soul is completely unexpected and wildly fulfilling, and a rather sweet and endearing addition to the Fantasyland Series; an absolute treat. But have no fear ­– with an alpha like Noc, the spice will be just as strong as it is sweet. A perfectly balanced summer read with a kick!


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Twisted Reality by Heidi McLaughlin

When we left off in Blind Reality, Josh was on bended knee proposing to Joey. The cameras were rolling, and the audience was waiting…Are you ready to get Twisted?
★¸¸.•*¨*•★ TWISTED REALITY is LIVE ★¸¸.•*¨*•★

The Sapphire Heist by Lauren Blakely