Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sale Spotlight and Freebie Alert: Summer Riptide and Her Favorite Doc by Barbara Lohr



Synopsis: Sometimes the forgotten past holds the key to the future.

Sometimes summer can steal into your heart, bringing a flood of memories.

She comes home to forget…until he helps her remember. Beach picnics, lake sunsets and skinny dipping in the moonlight help Mandy and Kevin heal the memories of divorce and war. A lot has changed when Mandy Klavis is called back to Sandy Shores by a family emergency. Voted the girl most likely to succeed, she’s discovered marriage and a city career didn’t deliver. Duty calls her home. Kevin Corbin, her high school boyfriend, knows all about responsibility. When he stops in her family bakery for a raspberry kolache, unsettling memories come flooding back. 

Following three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the star quarterback now struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Instead of a wife, he has a one-eyed dog named Rufus. But Kevin’s still smoking hot -- a good-hearted man with a sweet smile. Together they explore summer in Sandy Shores, the way it used to be. The lake provides carefree refuge but a hidden danger could end their dreams.
Synopsis: Romance isn’t on his mind when Dr. Logan Castle meets midwife McKenna Kirkpatrick, but give her time. McKenna presents a challenge for the head of her department when she joins Montclair Specialty Hospital. She’s good at riling things up, and Logan soon learns he likes to be riled. Ranked a Chicago Hot Doc, Logan favors established protocols while McKenna likes to push the envelope. She’s been brought on board to shake things up and Logan gets the message when they work together on a hospital project. He may be a Hot Doc but soon learns McKenna generates her own heat. Has he ever met a woman this outrageous? Has she ever been this drawn to a colleague’s bedside manner?
Although their chemistry is off the charts, soon the two can’t agree on professional or personal priorities. Does Hot Doc harbor a hurt that makes a future impossible? He’s like the chocolates hidden in her desk, so very hard to resist. When Logan joins Midwives in Action for a summer mission trip to Guatemala, McKenna wonders if working together in the remote highlands of Central America will resolve their differences... or end the romance for the Windy City girl. Her Favorite Hot Doc is the third book in the Windy City Romance series.


Promo: Wolf Hunger by Ella J Phoenix


When the last box of deadly bullets is stolen, the hunt is on and the Vampire King’s band of fighters is set for the challenge of recovering it. But Yara, the shifter-witch, has other problems to face. She must help her leader to overcome the strange illness that has befallen her before it’s too late. For that, she must go back to the only place she swore never to return – her home land.

Rafe is a typical lone wolf who spends his nights earning his bucks in the fighting ring. When he was offered a pardon for his debts in exchange for the Vampire King’s head, he didn’t even blink, thinking it would be a hard mission but not impossible. He just wasn’t expecting the saucy shifter-witch to cross his path and ruin his plans. Now, he can’t get her out of his mind and the clock is ticking for him to make good on his word.

This is the third novel of the Dragon Heat series – a paranormal lover’s delight with vampires, shifters, dragons, witches and much more.


In five words please describe your writing style:     

Scattered brain, daydreamer, passionate and adventurous

Top three favorite titles (books or movies):    

Oh, it's so hard to choose!
Interview with a vampire (the novel and the movie)
The Matrix (the first movie)
Leaving Microsoft to save the world (book by John Woods)


Do your leading characters come from any place in particular?        

Yep, my heart. :)


What do you do in your down time?      

My mind never stops so it's really hard for me to simply do nothing and just relax. I read novels, I watch movies, I sing and I dance.


Top five snacks while writing:       

Pop corn!
Does red wine count as a snack?


What's your writing process?       

I think about the characters for a few weeks, developing who they are, where they came from, and what cross-roads of life they are in. Then I write the first and maybe the second chapters, and then I eventually stop to draft the rest of the synopsis. I know it's a weird way of doing things but that's how my mind works.


Talk to us about your book, what is your favorite part or character? 

I enjoyed writing the very first chapter, when Yara and Rafe meet at the fighting joint, the chapters when Yara and Rafe are in his wolf pack territory, the final battle... Oh, I can't choose!

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?     

Got married! :) My husband was supposed to be a summer fling. That was 10 years ago.

What would you like to say to your readers about Sexy Books Blog?

 I'd like to say how much I love Sexy Books Blog. You rock! ;)  

Ella J Phoenix

Author Bio

I was just nine years old when I discovered my passion for the paranormal world. That passion led me to a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts where I had my first taste in writing, conjuring children’s plays and re-writing Shakespearean masterpieces to suit the modern times (Yes, he’s still cringing in his grave).

After years travelling around the world, translating other people’s novels and devouring paranormal romances, I realized the real world wasn’t fun without a touch of magic, and decided to purge my own crazy stories into paper, well, into word doc, to be more precise.

My busy life with a demanding full time job and a very loving husband (I’m so not complaining!) doesn’t allow me much spare time, but somehow every night I find myself in front of the computer, exorcising the millions of stories stored in my sanity-challenged mind.

My novels are tales of love and passion between strong female leads and hot heroes, bathed in paranormal magic, of course.

I live in Sydney, Australia, the land of koalas (that are not bears), kangaroos (that are not boxing champions) and Vegemite (a black spread that should have never been invented. Seriously, don’t try it).

If you want to know what I’m up to, just find me on Facebook or Twitter



Twitter - @ellajphoenix






Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Blitz: Devil's Prey by SE Chardou

Devil’s Prey 
A Dance With The Devil Novel #1
Dance With The Devil Trilogy
SE Chardou

WARNING: This is a dark romance with a hot alpha male, an anti-TSTL heroine and steamy good times. Due to explicit language, violence, adult situations, scenes involving m/m/f and m/f, alcohol and drug use, this novel is recommended to adults that can separate fiction from reality. 

"I'm hot as Vegas desert in the summertime. He's arctic, complete and utter ice.
I don't think past the end of the day. He has long term goals.
The adrenaline is like a spike in my veins. He doesn't seem to have a conscience, let alone a pulse.
I like him enough to stick around. He doesn't seem to care whether I live or die.
Neither one of us trust each other, and in a life of crime, that can be a huge issue."
- Mags

Magnolia "Mags" Reynolds is no shrinking violet. Her innocence is taken away from her at a very young age. Since she can remember, she's been a ruthless criminal but she's managed to survive to see her twenty-fifth birthday. 

Maxwell "Max" Cartier, an expert in his craft, enters her life shortly after a sudden change of circumstances leaves her adrift yet again. He doesn't want to be her lover or friend. He only wants her for one last job that will mean a fortune and his retirement.

The best laid plans are always the first to go awry, and their situation is no different. Both will have to learn the hard way there is no such thing as easy money when they are both merely Devil's prey.

***Although this is a trilogy, all novels are cliffhanger free and should be read in the order they are released to understand the overall plot arc.***

Devil's Prey 

Devil's Pawn (October, 2014)

Max nodded affirmatively. “Yes, and she’s . . . quite different from what I expected.”

Dimitri’s masculine face continued to stared impassively. “How so? Was she stronger than you thought she would be? Sometimes the women we underestimate the most are the very people who will be our undoing.” He paused and swigged from his vodka. “Tell me, are you attracted to her?”

“Well, she is a beautiful woman, Dimi.” Max stared into the distance before his blue-green eyes met his mentor’s again. “I thought she would have that hardened look of a woman who has lived a rough life but you must see her in the flesh. She’s . . . even more striking than any photo I have ever glimpsed of her. I shall maintain my emotional distance from her but lucky for me, sex isn’t a weapon she wields.”

“She wouldn’t,” his mentor replied. “There are some women who are tainted like her who do use sex as a weapon but that is because they are psychologically damaged or perhaps sociopaths. Magnolia’s mentally intact. Somehow, she’s like a fucking phoenix, rising from the fire and soot of her past. I admire her very much. It’s a shame she will have to be disposed of after this operation is over.”

Max looked away though he tried not to show any emotion. That was always the one part of the plan he’d been uncomfortable with but he couldn’t possibly question the orders of Dimitri. The woman had been through enough and he felt her life should have been spared for the ultimate betrayal she was about to commit against her own family. Surely that should’ve bought her freedom?

Selene Chardou is the alter ego of Elle Chardou, and a professional liar. 
When she isn’t busy writing about hot, exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control set in the world of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, she’s planning her next trip to France. 

She is currently working on a vast array of books about good girls gone bad, bikers, gangsters, rockers, fighters, lovers, tattooed alphas, strong women and anyone else she finds remotely interesting. When not glued to her laptop, she enjoys daydreaming about her next great idea, visiting friends, traveling to her favorite locales in the world, jet-setting across the country to author signings, and playing taxi driver to her school-age daughters.
Ms. Chardou currently resides with her two children and their multitude of stuffed animals in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Cover Reveal: Picking up the Pieces by Shelby Reeves


At twelve years old, Kaylee Harper’s life took a heartbreaking turn when her father was murdered and she was left for dead.
Now seventeen, Kaylee’s still living with the unbearable guilt from that night. Things now seem to be looking up for Kaylee. She has Alexis Collins, her best friend who is practically her sister, and Riley Thompson, her boyfriend who is the star running back on their high school’s football team.
Kaylee is starting to see that Riley isn’t all that great, but is it too late?
Adam Thomas has everything a teenager could wish for, two loving and caring parents, friends, a nice truck, and a starting spot on the school’s varsity basketball team. Now he just wants the perfect girl and he has his sights set on Kaylee.
After Adam takes her home one night he has no intentions of staying away, but Riley has different plans and he is not about to let her go.
Kaylee’s life is once again turned upside down and this time it’s more than just her that she has to worry about.
Can Adam help Kaylee wash away the guilt she carries around and get her to see that she can trust him? Can he make her see that she is not alone?
As more secrets are revealed will she finally let Adam in so he can protect her?
Wife. Mother. Customer Service Supervisor at Walmart. Obsessions: Alabama Football and Harry Potter. Loves to spend time with family and friends. Born a Yankee, raised in Sweet Home Alabama.


Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Resist by Lilly Avalon

Resist Cover  
by Lilly Avalon
Resist #1
Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Allegra Maxwell is sick of the monotony of life. It's all work and no play, and right now she wants to play. She shows up at her company's yearly meeting with one goal in mind: have a one night stand with a stranger. What she didn't count on is Devlin Pierce walking through the door.

When Allegra first met Devlin, she knew he would be nothing but trouble. After he proved her theory true last year, she made a vow to avoid him at all costs. He's the last person she wants to see, and he knows it. He refuses to leave her alone though. As much as she tries to fight it, the pull he has on her is undeniable. Her ability to resist him proves impossible when Devlin makes her an offer she can't refuse.

One night. That's all he asks. That's all she wants. Or is it?

Excerpt #2
I let out a groan of exasperation. “Excuse me.” I turn on my heel to the elevator.
“We're not done yet, Allegra,” Devlin calls out after me.
“Oh yeah, why's that?” I ask as I press the button to go up. The elevator slowly makes its way
He stands in front of me, blocking the elevator. “Jack sent me out here to make sure you were

Stepping closer to him, I press a finger to his chest. “You can tell him I was feeling out of it and
had to go back to my room.” I lift my hand away only to have him catch it in his. Holding my
hand over his heart, his fingers curl around mine. My palm soaks in the heat of his chest through
his clothes. A powerful sensation spreads down to my toes and I suck in a breath. My heart skips
a beat, and the intoxication of his scent holds me there.
“Is that the truth?” he asks, his eyes searching mine. “Or is it something else?”

I stare into the deep pools of his eyes. There's a shift in the atmosphere. I'm barely aware of him
moving in closer, leaning toward me, toward my lips. My eyes are closing of their own initiative,
completely ignoring the warning siren blaring in my skull. It's not loud enough. I'm no longer
listening. It isn't until the elevator chimes that I realize what is happening. I jerk away from him,
yanking my hand from his chest. The spell is broken and I'm not going to let him drown me in it

I give him a slight shove to push him out of my way and walk into the empty elevator. I press the
button for my floor and look at him.
He blinks a few times. I say, “I'll never tell. It's been fun, Devlin.” 

The doors close, leaving him hanging by a thread.
About the Author
Lilly Avalon
Lilly Avalon writes new adult and erotic romances. She's in her twenties and lives in a cute little apartment in a small city. She loves reading romantic stories as much as she loves writing them. Her favorite things include dancing, watching scandalous television dramas, and autumn. Lilly Avalon is a pseudonym.

Promo: Hard Roads by Lily White

(buy links below)
This life isn’t one that I chose for myself.

Years spent as a daughter in the Dominion MC left me washed up and struggling to breathe. Life was never flowers and sunshine. It was gravel and dust, the trails of dirt left behind when the brothers tore out, floating up from the ground to hover in front of an angry, red sun.

I could never have imagined that a life sitting at rock bottom could get any worse, but it did.

Life is funny like that.

Just when you think things can’t get any more bleak, a shade is drawn leaving you staggering and blind – lost in a world of heartache and sorrow.

I met J.D. Brooks on the road and he swept me off my feet. Literally. But not in the way you might think.

He was both an angel and a demon.

He was the most vicious storm that ever darkened my life.

He was also my salvation.

Stripped from the hands that always held me back, I was released into a nightmare that would threaten everything I thought I knew about the crap hand I’d been dealt.

I thought I could never hate a man more than the one who stole me from the life I’d known.

And in our time together, he would teach me one important lesson:

That in the end, it doesn’t matter how our paths intersect, because when it comes down to the basic truth of our lives...

...we’re all stuck traveling down hard roads.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Promo: Shannon's Gift by Nate Bennett

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Title: Shannon’s Gift: A Story of Love, Loss, and Recovery
Author: Nate Bennett
Genre: Grieving, loss, love story
Publish Date: June 1, 2014
Publisher: Booklogix
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.    

~ Book Synopsis ~
  In this raw, emotional memoir, Nate Bennett shares the blog he maintained to work through his grief over the sudden loss of his wife Shannon. He is surprised and comforted to discover a vast virtual community of support. His blog posts—alternately poignant and of dry wit—eventually attracted tens of thousands of hits and a following from readers who hadn’t known the couple. This unique book gives the reader a window into the starkness of a widower’s grieving experience in real time. What comes through in virtually every post is his love for Shannon as he weaves in vignettes from their life together, chronicling their love story and his efforts to recover. And in the end, with the support of his virtual community and the strength he was able to draw from remembering Shannon’s wishes for him, he finds love again.  

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November 10
Today I am thinking about the best age to become a widower. The question came to mind because I found myself
thinking that from where I stood, the grass was greener in every direction. I hate the self-pity—I really do. So I was
trying to work my way through it to get past it.
If I was younger, I might not have Spencer and Reid. Or I might be in a severe struggle to try to raise them right. Or I
would have lots of mobility restrictions. But if I was younger I would feel like there was still enough runway ahead to
use to launch something great. If I was older, I might not feel as frightened about spending the time I have left alone. I
might be able to just work myself to death. I like my work—so that isn’t as bad as it sounds. But 30 years of working
myself to death is too long.
I think I am a widower at the worst age. I am a ‘tweener widower. Too old for round two, too young to throw in the
towel. So much for working through the self-pity!
Changing the sheets today. The thought passed that I could wash the sheets half as often if I slept for a week on my
side and then a week on Shannon’s side. Think of all the water I would save the planet. I could be an eco-hero. I
quickly realized that I am careful when I go to bed, when I wake up, when I walk around the bedroom, to NOT look at
Shannon’s side of the bed. I have her side of the bed covered with pillows. I think part of me is trying to “hide” her side
of the bed from the rest of me. So I don’t think I’ll be sleeping over there any time soon.
The final deep thought for the day was that my bad moments come in two different flavors. I am not sure I understood
them this way before. One is when I am overcome by loneliness from missing Shannon. I get very, very sad. That is a
curl up in a ball and wait for it to pass thing. The other is when I am overcome with fright about being alone. That is a
get up and do stuff to be distracted thing.
So today was a frightened about being alone day. Boy, was I busy. Bank, carwash, tailor (she said “it’s good to see
you,” not “how are you?”), Reid’s bank, FedEx shop, lunch, grocery store, liquor store (for party Sunday).
Came out to the car, turned on the car. Song playing on the radio is “Miss You” by the Rolling
Stones. Really? Not fair.

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About the Author

Nate Bennett photo nateheadshot_zpsf7f33147.jpg In the fall of 2011, Nate lost his wife of 26 years in a shocking turn of events. She’d just had an outpatient procedure on her shoulder and the doctor sent Nate to get the car to bring her home. In the next few minutes, things went terribly wrong. Shannon collapsed, never to recover. After more than a week in a critical care unit in pursuit of a cure, Nate honored Shannon’s wishes and had her life support discontinued and she died shortly later.

Nate’s book, Shannon’s Gift, is the result of the blog Nate kept during Shannon’s hospitalization and after her death. Initially, the purpose of the blog was to keep friends and family informed of Shannon’s condition. Quickly, though, the blog became Nate’s catharsis and a way to stay connected to a web of supporters. After the sudden loss of his wife, Nate was surprised and comforted to discover a vast virtual community of support. His blog posts – alternately expressing poignancy and dry wit – eventually attracted tens of thousands of readers and a following from people around the world that didn’t even know Nate or his wife.
The unique book gives the reader a window into the starkness of a widower’s grief in real time and a look at how social media has changed grieving in today’s world. In the end, with the support of his virtual community and the strength he was able to draw from remembering Shannon’s wishes for him, he finds love again.

While Nate is new to the personal memoir genre, he is co-author of two management books, "Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO" and “Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals.” Both are books published by Stanford University Press. Additionally, his research has been published in respected scholarly journals such as the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Psychological Bulletin, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. He has also published in many widely read resources for managers including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and

Nate Bennett is a professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in the summer of 2012. From 1999 to 2012, he was on the faculty of the business school at Georgia Tech, where he most recently held the position of the Catherine W. and Edwin A. Wahlen Professor of Management. From 1999 until 2010, he served as associate dean and then as senior associate dean. Prior to Georgia Tech, he served on the faculty at Louisiana State University.

While at LSU, he served at times as the management department’s Ph.D. program coordinator, department chair, MBA program director, and associate dean. Nate holds a BA in sociology, as well as a MA in Social Research from Tulane University. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He resides in Atlanta, GA.

What lessons did you soul learn from your experiences
in dealing with Shannon’s
Shannon’s illness has become relevant only because it led to her death.  While
she lived, we felt we had no choice but to ignore it.  That strategy worked for the
first 20 years of our relationship.  For the last years, we learned to work around
it.  So in the end - and not to parse words - I am not sure either my soul or I
learned anything from dealing with Shannon’s illness.
Her death – that’s another matter entirely.  Though again, as I reflect on it the
lessons really came not from her death but from trying to get better.
1.     I learned that Bob Marley was right, “You never know how strong
you are until being strong is your only choice.”  I think that really
requires no further explanation.
2.     People are capable of incredible kindness.  It’s hard to let them be
kind to you because it reminds you of what happened, but you must.
3.     I was reading a novel and a character had a line to the effect that
“there is no past, if there was we wouldn’t need sorrow” or something
similar.  It’s a good line.  Losing Shannon will never be in the past.
4.     Never leave the house without kissing and hugging.  While the
odds are in your favor, the chance you take a pass on could be the last
chance you get.  I nearly took a pass on my last kiss with Shannon.  If I
had, that would hurt so badly now.
5.     It would be great if there were a way for people to gain the
perspective on “what matters” that losing Shannon gave me.  How
much time and energy we waste fretting over people’s words and
actions that just don’t matter.  Don’t ask if the pain of the loss was
worth the gain of perspective.

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