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GIVEAWAY!! PLEASE HELP ME CHOOSE — AppleTV or Amazon FIRE??

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*Taken from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455874,00.asp

I know this is very different from my usual posts, but I could really use some help….

We have been trying to get away from cable (TV but we will keep Internet) for quite some time. Now, I am most familiar with Apple and Amazon and I am an Amazon Prime member so I am definitely intrigued with the new FIRE. Deep down I am an Apple lover though….

Quite frankly I’m not worried about storage or processors; mainly because I know Apple doesn’t take much of a processor to be fast, so I consider them pretty equal.

What I really want is to be able to:

1. Watch any and ALL DISNEY
2. NETFLIX
3. Kiddo friendly
4. Would LIKE Amazon Instant Video (I can get this on my iPhone, maybe TV?)
5. Games would be fun
6. Multiple rooms – here’s the rub (I think), are these mostly just 1 room systems?

What I desperately need is for people who have/had one or both to tell me what they are like in real life.

We are finally out of contract and I keep thinking I will be able to get my iPad A LOT faster if we get out from under the $200 cable/internet/phone bill every month!

So if you have an opinion (surely you do, right?) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE weigh in on my dilemma. I don’t care if it is via Facebook, Blog, or Twitter; all i know is that I would greatly appreciate any and all information.

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THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

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REVIEW – Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman

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Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

My Thoughts

The bet spun out of control so quickly.  Erin is sitting around having beers with friends and before she knows it, she has her very own wingman!  No problem, right?  Maybe she will get lucky and Troy will find her a great guy?  And thankfully, her and Troy would never work so she doesn’t have to worry about that.  After all, what would Mr. Safety want with a daredevil?

The problem?  The chemistry between the two is off the charts!  Each is determined to keep a distance from the other, but some things are undeniable… and unavoidable! 

Do not miss the awesome connection between Erin and Troy.  It was a truly wonderful story to fall into! 

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REVIEW – Fiancee by Fate by Jennifer Shirk

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Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…

My Thoughts

This was such a sweet story that is definitely based on fate.  Sabrina is superstitious and definitely thinks fate dropped her fiancée into her life.  When he “temporarily” calls off the engagement she believes whole heartedly that he will come back to her.  After 3 years together and all the coincidences there is no other alternative, is there?

Enter Jack…

Jack is too good looking for his own good and Sabrina is definitely NOT looking.  In fact her and Jack can’t stop sniping at each other.  However, Jack’s father believes he needs to settle down and realize there is more to life than work.  Jack can’t see too far past eventually running the company and is willing to do just about anything to gain the board’s approval.

It is so fun to watch Jack and Sabrina come together.  I especially love that Jack does learn that there is more to life than work…..but is it too late?  Don’t miss this story!!  You will fall in love with all the characters!!

BUY LINKS

Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo / Google / AllRomance / Amazon CA / Amazon UK

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REVIEW – Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek

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She’s his best friend’s sister, but he’s ready to break all the rules…

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan.

And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. 

Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known. 

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this story!  It had that big-brothers-best-friend-crush, a mystery, a whacko, and a woman with the best intentions that just can’t seem to come out on top.  That doesn’t even cover the all-grown-up version of her crush!

CeeCee is a girl that just wanted to fit in with the big boys and prove herself.  Now that she has grown up and made a HUGE mistake she just want to start over in her hometown.  Jonah has always seen CeeCee, but never considered anything like a relationship since he is Zach’s best friend. He swore to help watch out for her growing up. 

However, as Des makes CeeCee over piece by piece, he can no longer deny that she is all woman! The back and forth between the two is real, and hard, and different.  They both have very valid reasons that makes them think they can’t be together.

This story was very sweet and had so many characters that just came alive. This was not the first book in the series, but it is a stand alone story. You can bet that I will be after the rest of the books now!

BUY LINKS

Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / iTunes / Kobo / Google / AllRomance / Amazon CA / Amazon UK

 

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REVIEW – The Heart Knows What The Heart Wants by Lori L. Clark

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Blurb

Estelle “Star” Falconé, a thirty-year-old tattooed bartender, was once a free-spirited dreamer who dabbled in astrology for fun and secretly dreamed of
becoming a rock-star some day.

Twenty-one-year-old Shane Harper was once the star of his high school basketball team. With a full ride scholarship, his dream was to play college
basketball and study astronomy. When a tragic car accident permanently sidelines his basketball career, college is out of the question.

Sparks fly when their two worlds collide.

Can a relationship survive between a thirty-year-old starry-eyed woman who’s on the run from an extremely dangerous man, and a twenty-one-year-old science
guy who’s hell-bent on protecting her at all cost?

***Caution*** This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+) containing adult situations, non-consensual sex, and
violence. This is a full-length, standalone novel.

My Thoughts

WOW this book was crazy and scary and wonderful all at once! I did not put this book down once I started reading it. I loved the strength that Star pulls
out of herself. I can’t imagine being in that situation, but for her to get out with zero support was AMAZING!

I wasn’t sure what to think of Shane at first. I’m glad I wasn’t left wondering about him for long. Yes he was a good chunk younger than Star, but that boy
created disaster and emerged an amazing human being!

What I loved about this book was that all the things that make us sort of squeamish when looking at a nontraditional relationship were completely
obliterated by the end. What I mean is that while I would think I would have the same fears Star does about a younger man, we get to see them both overcome
each and every one of those issues. So by the end of the book there is no other alternative. If fact if they had not ended up together I would have
probably gone a little nuts….LOL

You need to pick up this book; it does contain some abuse so you need to be able to handle that as well. I guarantee you will not be sorry you did!!

Buy this book!!!

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About the Author Lori L. Clark (taken from Story Cartel)

Lori L. Clark was born in Iowa, where she spent the first forty-six years of her life. In 2007, she loaded up a moving van and relocated to Missouri, where
she currently resides. Lori’s only child is a very spoiled Min Pin named Barkley. When not writing, she reads and runs. She completed her first half
marathon at the age of fifty.

Lori is a member of Savvy Authors, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America.

Connect with the Author Lori L. Clark

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COVER REVEAL – Secret Exchange by T. Renee Fike!!!

 

Release Date: April 21, 2014

Synopsis

Will Devyn be able to find her true happiness or will her best friends destroy everything she’s looked so hard to find? Devyn a strong willed school teacher wants to fall in love and settle down. She wants what most women want, while her best friend Dezi wants the complete opposite. Dezi loves the single life and tries to help Devyn through a rough time.  What better way to get over a man than to get with another!

When Devyn meets the sexy Maverick, he gives her a weekend that she’ll never forget. When she tries to move forward she can’t help but think of the sexy gray eyed man.  Fate takes it course and Devyn runs into Maverick again, except he’s not at all who she was expecting to see.

How can she forget this sexy man and move past him if he’s now a part of her world? When the two run into each other, fireworks happen, but at what and whose expense?

 

About the Author

Me… what can I say…I love to read books!!!

I hang out with friends and love my sports!! NFL Football is my favorite… GO EAGLES!!

I have my bachelor’s degree in Business/Human Resources Management and currently working towards my Masters in Management!

A friend encouraged me to write a book and I can say it’s exhilarating and I can’t even begin to form words on how I feel right now.

 

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REVIEW – HEiRESS, P.i. by Amanda Mahan

heiresspiIf you read the blurb for this book, I can guarantee you will get all that and MORE!  Lucy is happier playing in the dirt than glamming it up, but she will do anything to help Holden.  Yes, some of the issues stars deal with Lucy falls face first into, but the way they come about will have you rolling on the floor. 

Blurb:

Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.

Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.

If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.

Lucy is bold and fearless once she puts her mind to something.  When she makes a name for herself she goes ALL OUT!  The wardrobe malfunction that happens to Lucy had tears running down my face….from laughter!  Everything that Lucy does she does with gusto. 

I absolutely loved this story and would love to read more about Lucy!  You cannot help but love her and what she stands for.  You’ll love how Holden bribes her to do some investigating for him! This book is sweet, funny, and intense.  Some of the situations Lucy gets herself into get pretty hairy. 

Don’t miss this book!

Buy this book!

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About Amanda Mahan

Amanda Mahan is the author of Heiress, P.I. — think “Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl” — which tells the story of the richest girl in the world getting made over and going undercover to solve a mystery.

Amanda is the People’s Choice Award winning Green Mommy blogger and worked on two NBC sitcoms. Both of these influences can be seen in Heiress, P.I. which features an environmentally-friendly protagonist and humorous dialogue.

Known for her love of trashy tabloids, her hopelessness with her own hair, and her addictive red velvet cupcakes, Amanda lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two small (but surprisingly loud) children.

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PLEASE VOTE!!! Spellbound in His Arms was nominated for a RONE award!!!

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Booktrope has re-launched Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer, the first book in a romantic mystery series. The stunning novel was just nominated for a RONE award! Please vote for it until the Mystery category here anytime between March 24th and 30th. Also, book 2 in The Greek Isles Series, Deadly Secrets, will be out this Spring.

You can also vote by email!!!!
Send an email to anasmith@indtale.com
Subject line: 2014 RONE Awards vote
In the email put: Mystery – “Spellbound in His Arms” by Angel Sefer

This book was really one of my all time favorites and will keep you on the edge of your seat!!!

 
Blurb
#1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller, a #2 Amazon Bestseller, Recipient of InD’tale Magazine’s Crowned Heart Award for Excellence, and 2014 Rone Award Nominee
 
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 are dying 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. Jackie realizes soon enough 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…

 
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REVIEW – Fighting for You by January Valentine

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This book is told from Jewelia’s point of view and at first my brain was spinning with the way her mind works! You quickly realize that this is just Jewelia….she’s crazy and erratic and so REAL! You can’t help but fall face first into this story as you get into her mind.

Jewelia and Indigo’s relationship is powerful and turbulent from the moment they first lock eyes in the coffee shop. Jewelia is so out there for you to see (granted it is told from her POV), and Indigo is locked down so tight.

Throughout the story Indigo flashes hot and cold and we can’t begin to decipher what is going on in his big brain. We want so badly for him to open up and show us his pain, but he feels he has to keep that part of himself separate from Jewelia. It is such a struggle to the very end…..

I absolutely loved this book and I am quite sure I will be reading it again, just before the next one comes out! The next book will be told from Indigo’s POV and normally I wouldn’t care to read the same story again……but Indigo is so very damaged and I am dying to see his side of this story. I’m so happy that I will essentially get twice the book as there were many scenes I would have loved to get more of!

Blurb:

Fighting For You is a revised edition of original title: Head Over Wheels New Adult Romance

Jewelia Delarosa isn’t too eager to fight her way through another dead-end relationship. Then her eyes find his. By chance. He’s like wine, rich and intoxicating. One sip rocks her world, and suddenly, she’s drowning in a guy called Indigo. She doesn’t know how to handle her overwhelming emotions. His mood swings. The two women who refuse to let him go. The battle is all uphill. Giving up seems the most sensible thing to do, but once she’s tasted his love, given herself to him body and soul, living without him is not an option. Until she realizes, leaving him seems the only protection from heartbreak.

About to begin his residency at NYU Medical center, Indigo’s plan is to rescue every child who needs him, even if it sucks the life out of him. He doesn’t remember what happiness feels like. His mother haunts him. A wannabe girlfriend stalks him. He doesn’t need another woman in his life. Then a stunning gaze captures his, and while fighting to resist, he sinks deeper into something he never thought could be his. Love has never been in the cards for Indigo. But a girl named Jewelia is as necessary as the blood coursing through his veins.

Don’t wait! Grab this book NOW!!!!


Or find it on BARNES & NOBLE and/or SMASHWORDS!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
January Valentine is the pen name of Victoria Valentine, New York writer and indie book publisher.

Victoria uses January, her birth month, when writing romance and thrillers. Children’s books and poetry are written under the name Victoria Valentine.

Victoria hosts her radio show, Away With Words every Wednesday @ 7pm EST on blogtalkradio.com, where she interviews writers and poets.

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GIVEAWAY and REVIEW – Wanting Him (Needing You #2) by T.R. Fike

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Synopsis:

Can a person really fall in love in only a few short months? Does distance really make the heart grow fonder?

Natalie, a confident strong individual who has had her fair share of pain and loss has found the one thing that truly makes her happy, Parker Thomas.

Parker is living his dream, on tour with his band mates, King Dread. He’s making a name for himself and his band, wanting nothing more than for Natalie to join him on this new adventure.

Unfortunately due to life, Nat cannot go with him. Between going to school, working, and taking care of her sister, her plate is full.

During the months apart, Nat and Parker are able to grow as individuals and reveal who they really are, and what’s important.

Though distance is hard on both of them; there are people out there who want nothing more than a piece of Parker.

When they are put to the test, will they be able to prove their love for one another or will others step in and take their place?

**This contains graphic sexual content and situations suitable for readers 18**

My thoughts:

This is another one of those books that tries really hard to get that vein in my head to POP!!  Holy smokes, the intensity of feelings between these two is such that nothing else seems important.  They are trying so hard to continue on with their lives and yet keep circling back.  Even if they know it can’t last.

I don’t want to talk about the parts that really hit me between the eyes because you should experience them yourself as they come.  It’s tricky, but I can guarantee you will be hooked on this book very quickly.  You don’t have to read the first one to understand this one, but I highly recommend it.  That book knocked me on my rear end as well!   Grab this book up RIGHT NOW!!!

Also, check out my review of the first book in this series Needing You (Needing You #1)!!

Purchase Links

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Excerpt

Nat, if there’s any point in time when you doubt how I feel about you, I want you talk to me, don’t bail on me,” he says piercing me with those gorgeous green eyes.

“I won’t.  We only have to wait a year until you’re home,” I say with a smile.

 

“Yep, one year.  Plus we’ll see each other when I’m around home for concerts, and you’re going to stay with me a few days when you can,” he says with a knowing look.

 

“Yes babe, I told you I would,” I say with a smile as I lean in and softly press my lips to his.

 

Before I can register what he’s doing he has me lying on my back and he’s settled between my thighs kissing me silly.

 

teaser 3“Round two,” he says with a wink as he quickly moves down my body to my sensitive spot.  He wastes no time getting me ready for more of him.  His tongue hits my sacred spot, making my body jump.  Parker makes sure I’m not going anywhere as he continues his tongue assault on my body, then thrusting two fingers inside my aching walls.

 

“Please babe, I need you inside of me,” I whimper.

 

“I will soon, I’m enjoying tasting you,” he says before he dives back in with his tongue making me moan louder.

 

It doesn’t take Parker long to have me reaching bliss and calling him all sorts of God-like names.

 

My body feels like mush, but I can’t get enough of him.  I wish I could have him every day, but that’s what makes our times together even more special.

 

Soon Parker is pushing inside my wet core waking my insides back up.  I lean up towards Parker to kiss him. I wrap my arms around his neck, allowing my fingers to play in his sexy messed-up hair.

 

I wrap my legs firmly around Parker’s waist wanting him to push even deeper inside of me.

 

T Renee FikeAbout the Author

T. Renee Fike is a born and raised country girl from Pennsylvania.  When T. Renee isn’t writing, she’s working her full-time day job, or pursuing her Master’s degree.  Aside from work and school, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading a good book, watching football, (GO EAGLES) or hanging out with her niece and nephew.

You can follow T. Renee Fike on

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