Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review: Hard as Stone by Sarah O'Rourke - Empress DJ

Title: Hard as Stone

Author: Sarah O’Rourke

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance


 Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the beautiful town of Paradise is the perfect place to raise a family, have dinner at the local diner...and chase a ruthless killer.

Jacob Stone is an undercover DEA Agent dead-set on getting vengeance for his sister’s death. When his sources tell him that the drug dealer he’s been searching for will soon be setting up a distribution center in the seemingly innocent town of Paradise, he moves in for the kill.

What Jake wasn’t counting on, however, was falling in love with gorgeous Harmony McKinnon – the ex-wife of the man he was determined to eliminate.

Harmony McKinnon never believed she’d find love again....not after the horrors she lived through with her ex-husband. When she meets secretive Jacob Stone and soon falls in love, she never expected that her life would be in danger again...or that the man she’d come to trust would betray her. 

Can Jake make Harmony understand his motives? Can Harmony trust him in spite of the past? Will they have their happily ever after? 

Not everything is as it seems in the sleepy, little town of Paradise, Tennessee!

Hard as Stone is the second book in the Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters Series, but is a stand-alone novel (165,000 words) that can be easily read without reading the first book

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Have you seen the ass on that man?  You could bounce a quarter off him and make yourself fifty cents!”

“Jacob Stone was YUMMY with extra emphasis place on the YUM.  Completely freaking edible, her libido sang joyously as her girly parts did a happy little dance beneath her dress.”

“Still spry at 71, her aunt could still do many things, but coordinating an outfit wasn’t among them.  Eying the old woman’s orange skirt and purple shirt only reinforced what she already knew.  If she wasn’t careful, she was gonna walk out of this room dressed like a clown on crack.”

“That woman could remove a man’s jewels with a butter knife and a can-do attitude.”

My Review:

If you read and enjoyed Cain’s Salvation, you will find Hard as Stone as much the same but even more… more intense, more stories, more family history, more sex, more passion, more humor, more of everything - and all so good!  Holy hotness!  Well done ladies – you have turned me into a rabid fan - I cannot wait to see what you do next.    

Empress DJ

Upcoming Release: The Chase 3 - Jessica Wood

Jessica Wood has just announced July 6th as the release date for The Chase 3, the final book in her novella serial.  Oh yay!

Blitz and Giveaway: Crushed Renee Novelle


Crushed by R.S. Novelle 
Publication date: June 7th 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Brooklyn has decided to stick around campus to pursue her Master’s Degree while her boyfriend chases a job opportunity in Chicago. After discovering that long distance relations rarely work out, her best friend helps her to decide that she needs to put down the daily pints of therapeutic ice cream and join their local gym.

Though resistant to the idea at first, Brooklyn relents and finds that things quickly heat up with her new personal trainer Collin. Is it just a flirtatious crush, or is there something real there? And will the blind date her best friend has also committed her to have any weight in the decision on whether or not Brooklyn will pursue her chances with Collin?


Renee' Novelle is preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of more than 80 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She also launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love - fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women's fiction, chick lit, and new adult.

Though she received her Bachelor's of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She's an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes "no" as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music  and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life's problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you're meant to be.

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Promo Tour: Calculated Collision - C.A. Szarek

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Promo Tour Calculated Collision – by C.A. Szarek 

Book 3 in Crossing Forces Series


Special Agent Lee Dawson has secrets. Secrets that forced her from Dallas to New York City in disgrace two years ago. Dallas County Assistant District Attorney, Nate Crane, visits New York and witnesses the brutal murder of a friend. When Lee is assigned to the investigation, her personal and professional life collides. She can’t avoid the man she ditched six months ago. She’s the one Nate can’t stop thinking about. The one he let get away. He’s determined to get her back, no matter what she thinks she wants. Being a witness in her case puts them close—and Nate intends to keep it that way. After Nate’s attacked at a safe house, Lee knows there’s a leak – a dirty FBI agent working with the human trafficker her unit has been hunting for years. Can Lee protect her witness and resist the heat between them or will she succumb to her desires and throw them both into danger?

About The Author:

Chrissy 002 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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Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Release: Rhett- J.S. Cooper


✰★✰ Rhett is now live✰★✰

Rhett is a new standalone novel from New York Times Bestselling Author J. S. Cooper
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Get your copy now!!! I’m Rhett. I’m cocky because I can be. I’ve got it all: the looks, the money, the endurance. I’m the guy that every girl wants to be with, yet none of them have ever been able to tie me down. I don’t do love. I don’t do relationships. And I sure as hell will never do marriage. I’m all about the fast life and everything that entails. There’s a different woman in my bed every week. My friends are jealous of me. My enemies envy me. Everyone wants my life. And everything in my life is absolutely perfect. At least, that's what everyone thinks. Everything changed the day, Clementine O'Hara told me she was moving away. She’s my best friend. She was my first kiss in grade school. We share everything with each other. She's the only girl I haven't tried anything with because she's off-limits to me and my friends. Only, suddenly I'm seeing her in a different light. I’m Rhett and I don’t let anything get me down. Then one night changed everything and everything I thought I knew was called into question. All of a sudden, being Rhett didn’t mean so much anymore. All of a sudden my friendship with Clementine was in jeopardy and I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blitz and Giveaway: 2B or not 2B? by Stephanie Witter

Title: 2B Or Not 2B?
Publisher: AG Publishing
Cover Designer: Cover It Designs
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Coming out June 26th
London Reed is on the hunt for a place to live before the start of her second year in college. Either she is successful and can enjoy her student life without the pressure of her parents breathing down her neck, or she goes back home and clashes with her parents.
Because London doesn’t have a filter.
''You’re a weird one, aren’t you?''
She basically tells it as she sees it. So when she meets the hunky and scarred guy who lives in apartment 2B, the last apartment on her exhausting list, she’s sure to bring some crazy in his life.
But he’s determined to not take a girl for a roommate.
"I have nothing against you, but I don't see this working for me."
London doesn’t give up that easily and makes a deal with him. If she makes it for two months, she’s in for the whole year. If not, then she leaves to never contact him again.
Easy, right? Not so much.
"You should have told me that you wanted me to be all over you."
When a guy and a girl live under the same roof, it’s bound to complicate things. Between banters, heady games of seduction, innuendos and insecurities revealed, the life in apartment 2B isn’t simple, and a few slips in their relationship doesn’t help the matter.
"You're driving me completely nuts. That's my fucking problem."

About the Author: 

Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She soon started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels filled with angst, love, hope, drama and a touch of fun. PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, Giveaway: Club Prive by M.S. Parker


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What I heard and saw in Howard's office changed everything. The only question was, what would I do about it? When Carrie Summers decides to find out what her firm's client, Howard Weiss, is hiding, she never dreams it will turn her world upside-down. Now she's caught in a more dangerous situation than she'd ever dreamed and no one is coming to save her. Her heart is broken, but is her spirit strong enough to survive what Howard has planned? Don't miss Club Privé Book 5, the heart-pounding thrilling conclusion to M.S. Parker's Club Privé series.


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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“I dropped my head down, pretending that the sugar rimmed Lemon Drop martini sitting in front of me was the essence of my life.”

“Inside, nestled against rich black velvet, was the most beautiful necklace I’d ever seen.  I almost couldn’t bring myself to pick it up, terrified that some mistake had been made and that a single touch would bring people swooping down into the apartment to ask me how I dared to have such a lovely piece of jewelry.”

My Review:

Oh my, my, MY!  What a yummy treat.  A steamy and spicy romantic suspense tale, in a well written, intriguing, and addictive little package. Thankfully, the author was generous and I had the whole series, as I couldn’t put it down - not until my eyes were blurred and my stomach rumbled from being completely empty.  Even then, I didn’t want to stop.  Sigh.  Everyone else’s life is just so exciting and eventful compared to mine.  The entire series was very well written, unpredictable - yet mostly believable… well… as believable as it can be while having a rich man fall for young woman he meets by chance while she is out with her friends.  Sigh, a rich, handsome, well-toned, generous, sexually talented, well endowed, and well-dressed man with a sense of humor.  Sign me up for that night out with the girls please.  If you are new to this author, buy the entire series.  Believe me - you will want them all.
Empress DJ






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M. S. Parker is the author of the Erotic Romance series, Club Privè. Living in Southern California, she enjoys sitting by the pool with her laptop writing on her next spicy romance.



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Blitz and Giveaway: Third Date by Kylie Keene

Third Date by Kylie Keene 

Publication date: June 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene.
When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants.
When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head.
Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn’t expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.

“Serena?” A deep voice wakes me from my thoughts. 
I look up and see a man standing next to my table, holding his hand out. He has jet black hair and deep brown eyes and he’s smiling at me. But since my name isn’t Serena, I’m guessing he’s meeting a blind date here and thinks I’m her. 
I take a moment to consider my options. What if I just pretended to be this Serena girl? Doing so would certainly qualify as being adventurous. But then Serena wouldn’t have a date. But I’m sure she could find another one. With a name like Serena, I bet she gets tons of dates. Serena sounds exotic. The name alone would draw a man in. Morgan, on the other hand, sounds like a last name. Or the name of a company. It’s dull, practical, and not the least bit exotic.
“Excuse me. Are you Serena?” He asks it again.
“Um, yes. Have a seat.” The words come out of my mouth before I can stop them.
“I’m Luke.” He smiles and sits in the chair next to me. “It’s nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you, too.”
“Can I get you a drink?” He’s still smiling, his teeth sparkling white.
“No, thank you. Water’s fine.”
“So Jackie said you work at the agency?”
Agency? What agency? I stare at him, not sure how to answer. And then I come to my senses.
What the hell I am doing? This is crazy! I can’t pretend to be someone else. Steal someone’s date. I really need to get a life. And a date. A real date, not someone else’s.
“I’m sorry. I’m not Serena.”
“What did you say?”
“I said I’m not Serena. I’m not your date.”
“I don’t understand.” He sits back in his chair, trying to get some distance from me now that he knows I’m insane.
“I was just pretending to be. Sorry. You just surprised me when you came up to my table and—”
“Yeah, okay.” He stands up and shoves his chair back in place. He almost seems mad or maybe he’s afraid of me. “Good luck with everything.”
He takes off to the hostess stand.
Good luck with everything? What does that mean? Good luck ever finding a date? A man? A life?
I watch as a tall brunette approaches him. She’s wearing a red dress and three-inch heels. She’s gorgeous. And exotic-looking, just as I thought. 
The waiter comes back to my table. “Are you ready to order?”
“Yes, I’ll have a vodka tonic.”
“Um, okay.” He seems surprised, given that I turned down the wine earlier. Now I’ve skipped straight to the hard liquor. “Would you like anything to eat?”
My eyes are still on Luke and Serena. They even sound like a couple. Like one of those couples on a soap opera who are rich and always look perfect and have sex all the time.
Luke escorts her to the bar, his hand on her lower back as he whispers something in her ear.
“Ma’am?” The waiter’s still standing there. “Are you going to order?”
I sigh and look back at my menu. “Do you have burgers here?”
“We have a prime rib burger with a portobello mushroom sauce.”
“I’ll have that.” As he turns to leave, I say, “And bring TWO vodka tonics.”
“So someone IS joining you?”
I scowl at him.
“Oh. Sorry.” He scurries off to the kitchen.
This is the last time I eat alone at a restaurant. Okay, maybe it’s not the last time, but I’m never going to a date restaurant again.
I should’ve stayed home and eaten one of the meals in my freezer in front of the TV. 

Maybe I’m not ready to be adventurous.


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Title: Her Dom
Author: A.D. Justice
Anticipated Release Date: July 25, 2014
Genre: Erotic Thriller
My name is Dominic Powers. My software engineering company, DPS, is one of the top 500 companies in the world. Conducting a search for my Personal Assistant brought an unexpected candidate straight to me. I knew she was different as soon as she walked into my high-rise office. She exuded innocence and inexperience. Those are two things in a woman that normally don’t attract me, but I am apparently making an exception for her. She’s young and delicate – and I’m afraid she won’t make it in my world. But the carnal man I’ve kept hidden deep inside me says I have to try. She is my Sophia Vasco. I am Her Dom.

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A.D. Justice has been married for 25 years and has two wonderful sons in college. She is also an avid reader of romance novels and, to her amazement, a self-published author. A.D. enjoys reading many different types of romance books - including drama and suspense, crime and mystery, NA and YA, and contemporary and erotica.

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