Tuesday, July 16, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Nancy Naigle's Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa! We are thrilled to kick off this sweet new Hallmark holiday romance with an exclusive excerpt AND a tour-wide giveaway! And, today is also its book birthday! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour... Find the tour schedule at the end of this post!

Genre:
Holiday Romance
Publish Date:
July 16, 2019
Publisher:

Synopsis:
Return to Evergreen, 
the town where Christmas wishes come true…
But only if you know what your heart really wants.

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another. 

One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for?

This sweet small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Incredible Apple Dumplings.


         

*Excerpt*
“They’re sweet together,” Carol mused as she watched Lisa and Kevin. Joe popped up out of nowhere between Carol and Michelle. “Don’t go stirring the pot, Carol,” he said, shaking his head.
“I do not stir the pot, Joe.” She leaned back and placed her left hand on his cheek, then kissed the other. Michelle drew back. “Carol Shaw, you tried to set me up with no less than three people last year alone.” She placed a hand on Carol’s shoulder and walked back to her table. 
“Yes.” She wiped her hands on a towel and set it on the counter. “But I stopped,” she insisted. “As soon as you told me you weren’t interested.” 
“Yeah, right.” Carol would never stop matchmaking. It was just part of who she was. 
The door to the cafe opened and Hannah bounded in with a big smile, followed closely by a man and young boy. “Hey guys.” 
“Hey, Welcome back.” Carol walked over to greet them. 
“Thanks. You remember my older brother, Thomas.” She hugged the young boy at her side. “And my phew,David.” 
Joe stood next to the Christmas tree holding a red carafe. “Yes, of course. Thomas, it’s good to have you back.” 
“It’s good to be back,” Thomas said. Michelle couldn’t take her eyes off the tall, bald, and charming Thomas as he stood there in a nice pullover and winter coat next to his son. Joe was tall, but Thomas was an easy few inches taller than him. 
“We’ve missed the Kringle Kitchen and your incredible apple dumplings,” he said to Carol. 
“Why, thank you.” Then with that mischievous smile on her face, Carol grabbed Thomas by the arm, practically dragging him across the cafe. “Have you met Michelle?” 
Hannah looked confused, and Michelle could’ve died when Carol finally stopped right beside her chair. Michelle stood, trying to roll with the awkward moment. Carol’s at it again! 
“The famous Michelle?” Thomas nodded to his sister. “Hannah talks about you all the time, and somehow we haven’t met.” 
“Yeah, we’re always missing each other when you’re in town, I guess.” Michelle licked her lips. She hoped she didn’t look as flustered as she felt right this moment, especially with Carol gawking over the two of them. “Nice to meet you.” 
“Yes.” Thomas was quiet for a second too long, giving Carol another opening. 
“Well, come on. Take your coat off.” Carol tugged on his coat sleeve, then pulled out the chair next to Michelle. “Have a seat right over here next to Michelle.” She scurried behind Michelle. “And let’s bring this table over and get you two all cozy, too,” she said to Hannah and David. Hannah helped move the tables together. 
Carol rushed off and came back with a pot of coffee in a flash, warming up Michelle’s coffee first. “So, Thomas. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you and David spend Christmas here every...other year. Right?” “Right. My ex-wife and I, we trade off Christmases.” Carol eyed Michelle. “I see.” Her smile was wide as she did a slow turn away, making sure Michelle saw the “go-get-him” look in her eye. 

No. You’re not a pot stirrer, Carol. Right. Michelle laughed nervously, but thankfully, Thomas was laughing too.


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**About the Author**
USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Dating Roulette by D. Kelly


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for D. Kelly's Dating Roulette! On our tour stop today, we have an exclusive excerpt to share! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!!!

Genre:
Adult
Contemporary Romance
Publish Date:
July 9, 2019

Synopsis:
Bexley
Seven Dates.
Seven chances to win my heart.
It’s not hard – 
Don’t put ketchup on your eggs.
Don’t wear tassely loafers.
For the love of all that’s Holy, don’t ogle the waitress.
See? Simple…
Yet no one can get it right.

Tristan
Dating Roulette.
It’s Bexley’s game.
Correction - it’s her life.
A constant rotation of dates.
You might get one; you might get seven.
No one has ever gotten to eight.
There’s only one rule – 
Don’t commit a dating sin.
I’ve watched for years and bided my time.
Now, it’s my turn to play.


      

*Excerpt*
“Has anyone come in, angel?” I ask. She gives a high-pitched whimper at the pet name. She likes it. 

“No.” She gasps breathlessly. 

“Good, because you’ve been teasing me tonight, and now it’s time for some payback.” As I bring my lips to hers, I slip a hand under her skirt. She stifles a cry when my fingers dance along the seam of her silky panties. She’s hot and wet in all the best places. I’d rather be doing this with my tongue, but if I play my cards right, my patience will be rewarded. 

Our kiss escalates, and I slide my hand into her panties. My fingers glide easily through her excitement, and she kisses me deeper as I circle her clit. She’s a ball of pent-up sexual frustration, and it’s hot as hell. I thrust a single finger inside her, flick her clit, and pinch her nipple in the perfect combination. Bexley explodes, and I swallow her cries as her pussy pulses around my digit. She rides my hand through her orgasm, and I slide my hand out from under her shirt and caress her cheek. As her orgasm subsides, our kiss slows. 

“Tristan,” she says softly, pulling back from our kiss to look at me. 

When I slip my hand out of her panties, she reaches for a few napkins she stuffed in her purse earlier. She watches, eyes locked on mine, as I bring my finger to my mouth and suck her sweet essence from my skin with a tortured groan. 

“I can’t believe you’re doing that right here,” she hisses. The theater is still empty, but even if it wasn’t, I’d give no fucks at this point. 

“And I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on your taste for ten fucking years.” With both hands, I pull her face to mine and kiss her like the starving man I am. Our tongues entwine, and my cock aches with the knowledge I’m sharing her flavor with her. 

She pulls away, gasping. “This is so damn dirty.” 

I pull her close until our foreheads touch. “You think this is dirty? Wait until I come in your mouth and then devour your lips after. You can call it dirty, carnal, depraved, but I call it a fantasy fulfilled, and I can’t wait.” 

She bites my bottom lip and soothes the sting with her tongue.  

Our sexual chemistry is incredible, but the small part of my conscience that’s been whispering to me all night is becoming louder. Bexley isn’t a hot hookup for the night—she’s someone I could easily see myself building a future with. As sexy as it is to get her off in public, she deserves to know her worth. “Bex, I am sorry. You deserved a much better second date than this.” 

Her fingers lace through my curls, and she tugs my hair gently and smiles. “Are you kidding me? This is exactly the date I wanted. I know we’re pretending in a sense, but . . .” 

“Hey, this might be a form of pretending, but my feelings are real, and if I make it past date seven, you better bet the boyfriend title is a given. I want you to be mine, Bexley. Now I need to figure out how not to fuck that up.”   

After placing a brief kiss on my lips, she gets comfortable in her seat and leans her head on my shoulder with a sigh. “That makes two of us. If it helps, you’re getting extra credit for the orgasm that was above and beyond.”   



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**About the Author**
D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Duncan M. Hamilton's Dragonslayer, the first title in the Dragonslayer series! Today, on our tour stop, we have a review to share! Not only that, we have a cool tour-wide giveaway! So... Take a look at what I thought about this read and grab your copy now!!! Follow the tour, HERE!

Genre:
Adult
Fantasy/Adventure
Series:
Dragonslayer, #1
Publish Date:
July 2, 2019
Publisher:
Tor Books

Synopsis:
In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?


On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead. 

Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?  


       
  

Author of one of BuzzFeed 's Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013 

Do you have what it takes to be a Dragonslayer? In this epic, adventure fantasy series, an unlikely hero, Guillot dal Villevauvais, must overcome his disgraced past as a failed member of the King’s guard and hunt down a ferocious beast thought long extinct. A dangerous quest, led by the swordsmanship of Gill, the magical powers of Solène, a barmaid nearly burned to the stake, and the goodness of Prince Bishop. From the critically acclaim fantasy author Duncan M. Hamilton, this fast-moving series is a must-read for fans of epic, sword-and-sorcery adventures. 

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Pre-order the rest of the Dragonslayer trilogy now!!!
 
(covers link to Goodreads)

       
  

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**About the Author**
Photo Credit: Jason Clarke
Duncan M. Hamilton is the Amazon best selling writer of fantasy novels and short stories, including The Wolf of the North and the Society of the Sword trilogy. He has Master’s Degrees in History and Law, and practised as a barrister before writing full time. Duncan is particularly interested in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, from which he draws inspiration for his stories.

He lives in Ireland, near the sea, and when not writing he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, cycling, and skiing.

His debut novel, ‘The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Volume 1)’ was featured on Buzzfeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year, 2013.

Duncan is a member of The Society of Authors, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). He is represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary.

Stay connected with Duncan M. Hamilton
   

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Being a first time reader of Duncan M. Hamilton's book(s), I wasn't sure what to expect. Based on the synopsis, this fantasy is inspired by the history of the Dark Ages/Medieval Ages/Middle Ages (whatever anyone wants to call that time of history). Anyways, I for one have been fascinated by that time period. Oh, there's that dragon(s) part, too, that helped grab my interest... Ha!

Dragonslayer, from beginning to end, has a steady pace as the story, characters, and setting is being laid out; however, there were parts that I felt the pace slowed. Among the character POVs that is an integral part of the story is the dragon's point of view. Yes! I got to "see" through the dragon's eyes. I got to "feel" what the dragon was feeling. Despite all the world building and character development, I still felt like the book started in the middle of an aftermath of some major event that affected all these characters. Hence, all that wondering brought up questions of "whys."  I don't know... Maybe this first book in the series is just setting up for the next books to follow.

Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy this read. I want to know if these questions, or "whys," will be revealed in the following book(s). I just felt that this first book, like most first book in a new series, is pretty much used to introduce readers to the various characters and the setting of the story. I already know that this read is not for everyone. I only say this, because, despite Dragonslayer being an enjoyable read, I really didn't connect or "feel" this read. But, don't let that deter you from reading epic fantasies set in the Medieval Ages.

My rating:

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