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REVIEW and EXCERPT from Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer

Spellbound in His ArmsThis book LITERALLY sucked me in with the very first paragraph!!!  Look farther down to get a peek at it!! :-)

Book Description:

A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances…
A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own…
Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless… When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…

This book was page after page of constant action!  Seriously, check out the very first paragraph of this book:

           Jackie stopped dead in her tracks. What was that? A light noise coming from somewhere in the back of the mansion turned her blood to ice.  She immediately turned the flashlight off and stood still, holding her breath. Her mouth went dry. What if there was someone in the mansion? How would she explain who she was and what she was doing here in the middle of the night? Then again, would her explanations make any difference to whomever, or even worse whatever, was out there? The old mansion was pitch black, far away from any civilized soul and the owner dead. Who could it be? 

~ Chapter 1, Paragraph 1, Spellbound in His Arms

I’m not sure I can tell you how very much I enjoyed this book!  It really was fly by the seat of your pants!  Every time things finally calmed down for Jackie – BAM – she was off and running again!  It was so much fun!  I like the ways that Michael finds her and helps her.  Because is could have very easily been redundant, but each time he was able to was a totally different circumstance.  Sometimes it was easy, sometimes not.

I had a very hard time putting this book down because it is so action packed!  It is not a super long book, but it just flew by.  I couldn’t believe how much happened and I don’t think she wasted a single word! J  I think very few authors would be able to pack that much into a book and make it believable.  Of course I was rolling my eyes at Jackie a couple of times and thinking “uh-oh, here she goes again!”, but the events were such that I believed she had no choice.

The bottom line – get this book, you won’t regret it.  It was a fun book and a little like your favorite roller coaster.  Two people falling in love, yet they don’t quite trust each others…..hmmmm…..LOVE IT!!

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About the Author

Angel Sefer AuthorAngel Sefer was born in Athens, Greece. She has studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a degree in Economics, and divides her time between the corporate world and her true passion: reading and writing romance, mystery and adventure novels.

She lives in Athens, Greece, with the two loves of her life – her son and her husband – and her wonderful and supportive family.

Angel is a member of several writers groups.

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Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00005]I don’t think you can help but LOVE the characters in this story!  They are rich, vibrant and yet down-to-earth.  Arielle is a girl who believes in true love and is looking for her “Mr. Darcy”.  She turns down most dates because she is looking for that immediate SPARK.

Lilian Roberts has an almost poetic way of writing, I’m not sure how else to describe it. There was this lovely flowing way about the words that I haven’t seen in some time.

Book Description from Amazon:

 A mortal soul…

From the time college co-ed Arielle Lloyd had been young, she had been able to hear the thoughts and feel the pain of certain others, and those she comes to think of as her special group. One friend’s dabbling with spells and magic showed her the power of love that can endure beyond the grave. But another friend’s terrifying encounter with a warlock left Arielle wary of those who claim otherworldly powers. On holiday in the south of France, a chance encounter could change her mind. Or could cost her life.

An Immortal man…

Sebastian Gaulle is the wealthy, handsome owner of an international company. He is also an Immortal. For five centuries he has sought the one soul who can fulfill his dreams of everlasting love. Then he meets Arielle, whose heart calls out to him like no other.

A timeless love…

Sebastian has made his choice clear. But jealous Immortals from his past threaten retaliation. They have vowed to destroy any woman who becomes involved with him. In spite of the powerful protection amulet Sebastian gives Arielle, death stalks their newfound love. Their love may be eternal, but they may be running out of time.

Eva, Gabrielle, and Arielle are three girls that have been best friends since they were little.  This is a paranormal romance with some unique powers and immortals (no vampires or werewolves).  When Arielle first meets Sebastian, she is both scared of him and intrigued by him.  He is desperate to get to know more about her, but he has secrets……and he has a past that is trying to destroy his chance at happiness.

This book is definite MUST read and you don’t have to love paranormal stories to read it.  I have always gone toward contemporary romance, but I am really glad this one was offered to me.  I CAN’T WAIT to start on the next book (Arielle: Immortal Seduction)!!!

Don’t take my word for it, grab book 1 and see if you aren’t grabbing up book 2 in no time!!

Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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EXcapades by Debra Kay

2d38f872b05ad7e7bbf5ef803a94dd9ac4b69eb4-thumbThis story was an emotional roller coaster….in a GOOD way!!

Here is the books extended description from Smashwords:

 EXcapades is a touching love story about second chances.

When her husband suddenly moves out to begin a new life with a younger woman, Lila’s world is shattered. She never dreamed she’d manage her empty nest without him. For so many years, Lila has put the needs of others ahead of her own, but with her daughter now in college, she realizes it’s time to focus on herself. She eagerly embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But is it too late?

When a handsome man from her past breezes back into her life and encourages her to have fun again, Lila is startled. Her college boyfriend—her first true love—wants to rekindle the magic they once shared, their passion for life and adventure. At the same time, he awakens her hidden desires. But can she trust him? He believes he has learned from his mistakes, and he insists his years in the military have made him an admirable man. Even if he is all he claims, will her devastating secret stand in the way of their happiness?

Share her journey as Lila rediscovers how to live and love even in the shadow of uncertainty.

Word count: 70,445
Sexual content warning: Explicit love scenes

I am also giving a suspense classification for this book.  I have to tell you, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it.  When it begins she “knows something’s wrong” but refuses to call the doctor’s office back.  This sort of hangs over you for the majority of the book.  And even once she finds out there is so much suspense in what will she do?  Will she or won’t she tell him?  A lot of mysteries don’t keep me in suspense that well!!

I am also going to break it to you as gently as I can………………you WILL cry!  I don’t think it’s possible not to!  This is the type of story that reaches in and grabs a hold of all of your emotions and doesn’t let go!!  I honestly had a horrible time putting it down once I picked it up.  This is such a fun book with a pretty serious undertone.  It is definitely one you don’t want to miss!!

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Bound by Seduction: The First Anthology by Kharisma Rhayne

BoundBySeductionThis was a HOT HOT HOT group of essentially single encounters! It was so fun and awesome to sneak in here and there! I love that the author grabbed me with these short tidbits and had me begging for MORE!!!  I also loved that I could read one encounter in a short time and then if I had to put it down, there was no getting back into the story!  It was a brand new couple to read about!  I love these types of anthologies and this one will absolutely SCORCH you!!!

Here is the description:

PART 1: JARED & BEKKA
Jared and Bekka, two people with a huge conflict. He’s FBI, she’s the prosecuting attorney. Him in his high class suits with attitude to match, her with an uptight personality and a virgin to boot. Watch the sparks fly from the office to the bedroom as these two go head to head and flesh to flesh.

PART 2: JARVICK & ARABELLE
Arabelle finds herself at the gym on a Friday night and ends up working on more than her cardio with oh so hot stranger, Jarvick when he guides her to his truck for some cuffed experimentation. Just how well will these two fit together?

PART 3 MYKAL & KRISTYNA
The third installment in the Bound by Seduction series finds that Mykal has admired Kristyna for quite some time. He knows there are dangers with bringing her into his world. After a time, he decides to try to become friends, leading them right into relationship territory and landing them right into his bed. But what price will she pay to be his forever?

PART 4: SHANE & KASEY
Shane has a special surprise for Kasey on their date. He’s been out of town for a while and wants to show her how much he’s missed her and push their boundaries.
Kasey is surprised when she opens her door and sees a dozen roses outside. She’s even more surprised to see that they’re bound together with rope. The note attached to it has her anticipation rising.
Will Shane’s planned evening go off without a hitch? Or will the tables get turned?

PART 5: JACOB & ISA
Jacob liked Isa, maybe even loved her, but if she couldn’t accept everything, it was time for them to both move on. Would she accept what he was about to tell her?

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Blurb:

Book one in the Crossing Forces series

 Bad boy FBI agent and feisty widowed police detective collide pursuing a human trafficker in small town Texas on their way to true love.

Bad boy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

 Cole doesn’t do small towns and doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

 Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent who sees her as no more than a tagalong.

 Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.

Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she’d left behind when her husband died. Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

 Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardise their case and their hearts?

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Collision ForceEXCERPT

Cole cursed. He stared into the rear-view mirror in the busy parking lot, but saw nothing. He’d been so close this time.

The damn local police were breathing down his neck, and that was the last thing he wanted…or needed.

Cooperation, my ass. They needed to get the hell out of his case. He’d been too involved for too long, and he wasn’t about to let some Podunk police chief tell him what to do.

Not to mention that dumbass detective getting himself shot. Cole didn’t need the locals piecing it all together. He had to wrap up a few things before letting them in on his case. Full disclosure wasn’t on his list at all.

That bastard Maldonado had got away from him. Even two months later, that still chapped. But he’d tracked him here and been in town a few weeks with no clues. Until the shooting. Two goons dead and a police detective shot twice. And Maldonado had slipped back into the shadows. Cole’s gut told him the coward was still in town… He hadn’t—or couldn’t—move on. But where the hell was he?

Cole’s cell phone rang, yanking him from his thoughts.

“Lucas,” he said.

“Where the hell are you?” Olivia Barnes, his supervisor, barked at him. “Chief Martin called screaming at me. He said you told him to kiss your ass? What the hell, Cole? I told you to cooperate with them.”

Cole snorted. Chief Martin had misquoted him, but not by much.

“I don’t need them, Olivia.”

“Oh, don’t Olivia me. This was an order from higher up. Get that through your thick skull, dammit. Get to that station and make nice. Now.”

Cole sighed. His boss didn’t respond. Though her tone had brooked no argument, he’d been tempted to tell her to kiss his ass. It wasn’t like his record wasn’t tainted, and it wouldn’t have been the first time he’d told her off. But he held his tongue. He was damn good at his job, and Olivia knew it. Cole would play along, for now.

“All right,” he answered. Olivia was silent on the other end of the phone. Too silent.

“All right?”

“You’ve ordered me, correct?” Cole said dryly. He could almost hear her eyes narrow.

“Just like that?”

“Just like that. C’mon, Liv, I can be a good boy.”

She harrumphed. “Okay. Go kiss Chief Martin’s ass.”

“Can’t promise that, but I will go to the station.”

“Good. I can’t afford any more damage control, Agent Lucas.”

Uh oh, Agent Lucas? “Sounds like a warning.”

“It is.” Olivia lowered her voice. “I don’t want to have to yank you off the case, Cole.”

Like that would happen. “I’ll call you later.”

She started to say something, but he ended the call imagining her outraged expression—one he was quite familiar with. He smirked. Yes, he would play along…for now.

The drive to the station was short, but didn’t alleviate his irritation with the whole damn situation. He slammed the car door and winced, berating himself. He loved this car. Cole patted the hood in apology, admiring the brand new, deep metallic blue Dodge Challenger. It looked mean as hell. Like it was made for him. He’d even contemplated keeping it when this was all over.

He groaned when he took in the smallish Antioch, Texas police station, but headed inside. The asshole desk sergeant practically growled when he introduced himself, as did Chief Martin over the intercom. He ran into the female, literally, right after Sergeant Asshole-of-the-year had finally acknowledged his existence and buzzed him into the back. And although his head smarted, seeing a beautiful woman was the highlight of his morning.

“Whoa, sorry,” she said, smiling. Her chestnut hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she had the bluest eyes he’d ever seen. She was tall and slender, and he liked what he saw. She was wearing a white button-down dress shirt and snug khaki pants, and the outfit was somehow incredibly sexy.

Cole almost missed the paddle holster at her waist, but when he saw it, he couldn’t help but admire her subtly rounded hips. Her badge was on a chain around her neck, swaying gently with her movements. A detective.

“No, I’m sorry. You all right?” he answered, trying to tear his eyes away.

“Sure. You?”

He nodded. Cole bent and helped her retrieve the scattered case file contents. He latched onto a crime scene photo. Not only was she a detective, she was working his case—the pictures were all-too-familiar evidence. No doubt the local case was tied to his. He bit back a cringe.

“Ah, I don’t think we’ve met.”

They both straightened and she thanked him for his help. He tried not to stare at the items in her arms.

“Oh, I guess not. Detective Andi MacLaren. Nice to meet you.” She held out her right hand, but he couldn’t help but glance at her left before accepting her shake. No wedding ring. Good.

“Andi, huh?” He met her eyes.

“Well, it’s Andrea, but not even my mother calls me that.” She smiled.

Instinct told him she was a no muss, no fuss, hard-working kind of girl. Not overly feminine, but extremely appealing. A smattering of freckles spread across her high cheekbones and trailed over her nose. She wore little or no makeup—that drew him as well. Not his normal type at all, but gorgeous.

“And you are?” she prompted.

Cole jolted to attention. He’d been staring. And she looked as if she was oblivious. Should that bother him? Yes. Women always noticed him.

“Special Agent Cole Lucas, FBI.”

Her eyes widened, then she flashed a grin that could have only been called impish. It rivalled one he was known to give from time to time. “You’re Agent Lucas? You’ve had Chief in a tizzy all morning.” Was that admiration in her tone?

He smiled back. “Guilty,” he admitted, winking at her.

“Agent Lucas,” Chief Martin shouted from the doorway to his office.

Cole caught Detective MacLaren’s eye and shrugged. “Guess I’m being summoned.”

She chuckled.

“Hope to catch you later…Andi.” He flashed a grin, then trotted towards the angry police chief before she could answer.

Are you hooked yet?!?

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About Author C. A. SZAREK:

C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is
married and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

She works with
kids when she’s not writing.

She’s always wanted to be a writer and is
overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

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PLEASE HELP MICHEAL PRY!! – Micheal’s Blitz Weekend

Hilary Storm is generously donating all proceeds from the sale of her book “IN A HEARTBEAT” ($1.99 on AMAZON) to help Micheal Pry!!  You can read more about Micheal and his struggle on the family’s FACEBOOK page.

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Hilary heard about Micheal and “In a Heartbeat” she wanted to help. Hilary is donating 100% of her profits from Ebook sales during the blitz to go to Micheal’s family. She is calling all authors and bloggers to join in with her to raise money for this amazing cause.

michael~Micheal’s Story~

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as an infant, I am now 19 and I recently graduated from high school. Throughout my life, I have been in and out of the hospital for lung infections and other things related to my Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes. In late August, 2012 I got very sick and my pulmonary lung function had been in decline ever since.

In November, 2012 I had a week-long evaluation at Duke University Hospital, In January, 2013 my father and I relocated to Chapel Hill just outside of Durham in North Carolina to be close to the hospital. Since then it has been daily trips to the hospital for test, labs, procedures, education classes, the fitness center daily to try to build up weight and muscle for after the transplant. On March 26, 2013 I was put on the Transplant list. On April 5, 2013 I got my new lungs. Will continue to go to the Doctor appointments, clinic visit’s, do lab work, the fitness center, learn about all the new medications I will take for the rest of my life. I will continue to be close to the hospital for 3 or 4 months until I can go home.

Even with insurance, transplantation is extremely expensive. We live 18 hours away from Duke University, so the travel and relocation back and forth for evaluations, work-ups, and the transplant will in itself cost tens of thousands of dollars, all of which must be paid out-of-pocket. Aside from this, we will have to cover the cost of co-pays, deductibles, doctor visits, and the costly immunosuppressant medications I will have to take for the rest of my life. All of this presents a challenge my family and I cannot meet alone.

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I have already read and reviewed “IN A HEARTBEAT” and you can see that post HERE!!  It also includes the link to purchase the book on AMAZON as well as more information on Hilary Storm!

Give Me Strength by Kate McCarthy – COVER REVEAL!!!!

Give Me Strength is the second book in the Give Me Series.  I have read and reviewed the first book called Give Me Love and you can check out my review of it HERE!  Check out this beautiful new cover!!

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Title:  Give Me Strength (Give Me #2)

Author:  Kate McCarthy

Genre:  Romantic Suspense 18+

Publication Date:  September 16, 2013

Cover Design:  Okay Creations

Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services

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Synopsis

Quinn Salisbury doesn’t think she’s cut out for this whole living thing. Even as a young girl she struggled. Just when she thinks she’s found a way to leave her violent past behind her, the only thing that’s kept her going is ripped away, leaving her damaged and heartbroken.

Four years later, she is slowly rebuilding her life and lands a job as an assistant band manager to Jamieson, the hot new Australian act climbing their way to the top of the charts. There she meets Travis Valentine, the charismatic older brother of her boss, Mac.

From his commanding charm to his confidence and passion, Travis is everything Quinn believes is too good for her, and despite her apprehension, she finds their attraction undeniable and intense.

When her past resurfaces, it complicates their relationship. Instead of reaching out for help, Quinn pushes Travis away, until a staggering secret is revealed that leaves her fighting for her very life.

Torn between running and opening her heart to the man determined to have her, can Quinn find the strength within herself to fight for her future?

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Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area.

She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.

She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.

When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.

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99¢ for a LIMITED time only!! Sale ends August 21st!!

IJALC_CoverRemember It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig?!?  If you don’t you can check out the review I posted a couple of days ago HERE!!  I cannot stress how much I LOVED this book.  It was funny and sweet and full of action.  I read it so quickly because the story just flowed so beautifully!

It’s Just a Little Crush is only on sale through August 21st so that means you need to grab it now!

Check out how HUGE this book is already becoming!!!!

  • #1 on BN.com‘s  humorous fiction list yesterday

  • #1 on the women detectives list today

  • #2 on three Amazon lists yesterday, including:

    • women sleuths

    • comic fiction

    • humorous fiction

  • Also ranked #17 overall on BN.com today

  • The TOP 10 on several more lists too, including:

    • #3 for contemporary fiction

    • #4 for other romance

    • #5 Mystery (overall)

    • #6 Romance (overall)

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CarolineFardigCAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana.  Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom.  Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline has completed her first novel, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH, and is currently hard at work churning out a second novel in the series.  She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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