Thursday, August 18, 2016

Re-release Sale Blitz! Dark Fancy by Sabrina York PLUS last chance to enter the giveaway!

Dark Fancy by Sabrina York
Book 1 in the steamy Regency Noble Passions Series

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When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion.
But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more. No matter the cost.

2014 NTRWA Carolyn Reader Choice Award Winner

This book was originally published in 2013 and has been re-edited, re-covered and re-published.

Check out all the stories in the Noble Passions Series:

Dark Fancy, Book 1
Dark Duke, Book 2
Brigand, Book 3
Defiant, Book 4
Folly, Book 5

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James stared at Eloise, brave, proud, innocent Eloise. He could relate to the passion in her plea. He had a sudden desire to be released from a betrothal himself. He fiddled with the corner of his napkin. “There is always the chance your betrothed won’t care if you’re ruined.” Some men did not.

Her lashes fluttered. When they rose again, there was a look in her eye that sent lust coursing down his spine. It settled in his cock. “If I’m to be married to a bilious flounder of a man for the rest of my life, I should like to know passion just once. Just once, James.”

“J-just once?” His voice cracked.

Her smile blossomed. “Perhaps more than once.”

He had to laugh, although this was clearly no laughing matter. “My dear. I would be happy to oblige.”

“Excellent!” She clapped her hands with glee.

Unfortunate, that, because it made her look, once again, like a little girl. But then she picked up her cup and ran her pink tongue around the rim, lapping at the wayward drops. He reached for the second bottle.

She held out her cup for a refill. “You will need to show me what to do.”

He almost forgot to stop pouring. Hell yes. He’d love to show her what to do. He’d love to instruct her—in elaborate detail—what, precisely, to do. Something snarled in his belly.  His palm itched.

He forced down that decadent desire. Chained the beast.

For God’s sake. She was an innocent, a virgin. If he opened with that card, not only would she truly be ruined, she would probably hie off to the nearest nunnery and spend the remainder of her life in seclusion.

Oh, he would bed her. He would despoil and beguile her, but only in the very gentlest of fashions.

But his fantasies, the darkling imagery of what he would truly like to do, simmered.

“Are you…” He cleared his throat. “Are you ready for your bath?”

“Heavens, yes.” Once again, she clapped her hands.

The childlike gesture was off-putting since, at the moment, he was thinking of sinking his cock into her body and swallowing her moans with his mouth. But he liked her enthusiasm. It also made him desire—very deeply—to tie those hands to the bedposts. So she couldn’t clap them.

Why that thought made him salivate, he didn’t know.

Ah hell. Of course he knew.

Despite the lust snarling through him, he managed a modicum of chivalry, although it was perfunctory at best. “I’ll fashion a curtain.”

Her next words nearly unmanned him. “You don’t need to.”

“I b-beg your pardon?”

“You don’t need to bother with a curtain.” For a shy and demure innocent, she had something of a brazen streak. “I mean, if we’re going to…you know…”

“Make love?”

“Yes. If we’re going to make love, you will see me naked anyway.” A frown crossed her brow. “Won’t you?”

He chuckled. “Most certainly.”

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Shannon's 5 Star Review: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

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Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino
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From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Swear on This Life is Renée Carlino at her finest. Raw, real and gripping; I read it in one sitting.” —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us

“Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out.” —Kirkus Reviews


Swear On This Life – Renee Carlino
5 Stars

I was lucky enough to be approved by Netgalley to read it. I’m so glad I did. I’m going to go back and read her other books that I haven't read, though, I know this book is very unique in and of itself.

I’ve never read a book that had a whole other book inside it’s covers. We start out meeting Emiline. In the book it doesn’t come out and say she’s settle but I feel as though she’s settled for her life. After having a hard childhood and losing her once in a lifetime love she’s settled for the adjunct teaching position rather than striving to write her novel. She’s settled for a seven-year monotone relationship with Trevor who’s now an armchair quarterback because of an injury that took him out of football. She’s often thought of that love of a lifetime, Jase. Where is he, what’s he doing, is he happy? You know all the questions we ask about past loves but continue to move and strive for the best and happiness.

Her roommate Cara comes in going on and on about this phenomenal book that she just happened to find an advertisement about in her mailbox. They talk about the infamous author J. Colby and Cara pushes the book on Cara, telling her she has to read it. Everyone is talking about this being the book of the year, you just have to read it. So Emilene decides to read it, if for nothing else, just to see what all the hoopla is about. What she finds inside the cover of All the Roads Between is her life story including her bad childhood, going into foster care, and that lifetime love, Jase. But wait. The only way that her story could be put in a book that she didn’t write would be if he wrote it. Without her permission. Huh, she doesn’t know what to think; all their childhood they both spoke of writing a novel but she always expected to write her own not to find her thoughts, feelings, vulnerabilities, and fears written by someone else, even if it was written by Jase.

Swear on This Life is the present tense and the past is written in All the Roads Between; we actually read J. Colby’s book and experience the past as he and Emi lived it. Granted, the names are changed but the words are truth. Reading about childhood friends who grow into lovers and then are separated by extenuating circumstances.

The purity and rawness of first love is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking but watching it end hurts and ruins us just as much as it does the characters.
Swear on This Life is a friends to lovers, second chance romance but IT IS SO MUCH MORE. It’s so in depth, so tangible, and causes one to do some soul searching. This is by far one of my top reads of 2016.

~~ “This could be the best thing for us, after it stops being the worst.”
~~ "It was about you... what I wrote. It was all about you."
~~ “I was still afraid that If Jase and I finally gave in to the force driving us together, we would crash into each other so hard that we’d break apart into a million pieces, impossible to put back together.”

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Shannon 5 Star Review - It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover
5 Life Shattering Stars

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It’s going to be hard to write a review without telling you the who’s, the how’s, and more importantly the why’s. I’ve ugly cried reading before – mostly CoHo books but this book was more than an ugly cry. I couldn’t catch my breath but I couldn’t stop reading either.

I didn’t read the blurb, I didn’t read a review, I didn’t participate in any reading groups. I went in completely blind. This story is so compelling, so real, and potentially life changing. You start out in this place of calm, cute first encounters, and the possibility of happiness and then Colleen Hoover being the evil genius she is, takes our happiness, twists it into something dark and vicious, and destroys our hearts.

We meet Lily, we meet Ryle, and then we meet Atlas. We know Lily is kick ass. We know Ryle is a hard worker. We know that Atlas stole Lily’s heart as a young girl but that was years ago. This isn’t a love triangle. It’s not all hearts, rainbows, and unicorns. We all know love is hard; it’s difficult at times. But how we handle those difficult moments can define us and our relationships for the rest of our lives.

I am not going to give you any pertinent information except this: devote a whole day to this book, another couple days for the hangover that’s sure to come. Be ready for a blindside. Be prepared for the ugliest, snottiest, and most heart breaking cry you’ll ever encounter while reading a book. Be fully prepared to hurt and be prepared to pick up the thousands of pieces of your heart to begin the healing process. Always, I mean always, remember – “We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things”.

I will be generous enough to give you some of my favorite quotes that won’t give you any spoilers.

~~ “You said you were like a drug. But you failed to tell me you were the most addictive kind.”

~~ “Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.”

~~ “What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

~~ “But no matter how different the substance of a love might be at different ages in a person’s life, I know that love still has to weigh the same. You feel that weight on your shoulders and in your stomach and on your heart no matter how old you are.”

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016




The soul is not where it lives, but where it loves. 

A countryside ranch, naughty notes and a neighbor boy. Kissing in silos and skinny dipping under a full moon. Ten years gone. An ocean, a tragedy...secrets and buried things. Letting go and hanging on. Remembering to forget. 

My reality became his nightmare, but then my nightmare became reality. 

Hawke Slater was not only my brothers’ best friend, he was a tender, sweet country boy. I never wanted to leave, but there was no choice for me. Two things kept my soul alive, and I’m hanging onto hope that one might be an option for my future. 

I wish none of it had been my fault, but it was. 

Sloan Story McQueen has returned. Why would I hold out an ounce of hope that she’d want me once she finds out what I do for a living. Some call it obscene, but I’m just chasing storms and rainbows. 

She’s holding onto something big. If only it were me. 

This novel contains adult content and is not intended for sensitive readers.



A Field Guide to Catching Crickets
By A. Wilding Wells


This is the first book by A. Wilding Wells that I’ve read, that being said, I will be buying all others that she’s released and will release. I came across a giveaway for a signed paperback and was like “Oh, this sounds like my kind of book”. It had a southern tone (ponds, crickets, barns, cows), it’s the friends to lovers trope we all love so much, and some angst; but it’s so much more, y’all. It’s funny, it’s heart breaking, it’s tangible and life like. The writing is beyond superb. The characters are so in depth and so well developed. The whole time I was reading - I was there with them, I could see everything so clearly and feel every feeling and emotion that the characters were feeling.

Sloan McQueen had to be a tough girl growing up with four brothers and guy best friend. She and Hawke Slater were inseparable from the time they were young kids to the day she ripped his heart out at eighteen. She was moving to Amsterdam with her grandmother to go to school, that’s the story she gave Hawke that tearful night. For ten years he believed it but now his Cricket, Sloan to the rest of us, is going back home. She wasn’t sure what she was going back to, though. She was hoping that maybe she was going home to his heart but ten years was a hell of a long time.

Hawke Slater loved that girl with every fiber of his being, he couldn’t wait to see her again after ten years. He knew there were obstacles in his way such as his illustrious career but surely that would be the most damaging obstacle, right? He knows she’s changed, he can see it in her eyes and her face. Though, still beautiful, he knows she damaged and hurt. With ten years comes a lot of baggage and things to work through but you can’t work through them if you don’t know what the problems are and Sloan was keeping her ten years close to her heart. Hawke was ready to face the problems head on and right then. Sloan, she knew they needed to work through them but she wanted to do it at her own pace.

Hawke, y’all, is hands down one of the best BBF’s I’ve read. He’s all alpha, he’s strong, caring, kind, has a great heart, full of patience (10 years taught him that), and full of love. He knows what he wants and he goes after it but Sloan keeps pushing him away because she’s not ready to divulge all her secrets. Hawke’s an open book but Sloan is a locked diary. Those secrets she’s locked away will either push him further away than she’s already pushed him herself or it will pull him closer to her so he can help her pick up the pieces and put her life back together. Which will it be???


“You’re all over me. Inside and out. When I run, I feel your breath filling my lungs. When I bathe, it’s your hands washing me, soft and wandering. When I cry, my tears are about you, us, and how I want you, need you, love you. Still.”

“This feeling I have for you, I can’t shut it off. Damn thing won’t leave me alone. Keeps me awake, follows me everywhere. It’s relentless in it’s pursuit.” “Of what?” she asks. “Of my hear. Fuck, Sloan – my heart.”

“Don’t be afraid to love me again.”

“I want to strip you down to your thoughts, want to hear your naked words. I want you heart exposed and defenseless.”

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


“There is a message for everything. From handwritten to verbal, seen and unseen. Messages exist all around us.”
But what if you don’t see?
What if you don’t understand?
What if, by ignoring the message, your life is never the same again?
Estelle Evermore morphed from nobody to somebody overnight.
Galloway Oak put his past behind him and endeavored to make his fortune using his trade.
Two strangers.
One plane.
Multiple unseen messages.
From sky to island, they find neither fame nor skills can save them. Stripped from society and left alone to survive the elements, the very task of staying alive outweighs all other needs.
Until survival turns to desire.
And desire turns to danger.

5 STARS               

I sat down with this book and never put it down. I read all day long. I was so engrossed and lost in the pages of Unseen Messages. Pepper Winters has always been a go to author for me because I love dark reads but when I saw that this was going to be different aspect of dark, I jumped on it.  That’s just what this book is. A new element of dark; there’s mystery (surrounding Galloway Oak), there’s intrigue, there are ominous clues and foreshadowing. This story gripped my heart, head, and emotions. I couldn’t put it down (sorry family)
Estelle was heading home to Australia after a crazy thrust into the music spotlight and world tour.  Once she arrives at the airport fate tries to step in not once but three times to stop her from boarding her flight. She chooses to ignore the signs up until the very last minute but it’s at that moment she’s practically ran over by a handsome man trying to find his seat. She is persuaded to stay on the flight and she never expected the turn her life was about to take.

Galloway Oak is a man with secrets.  He’s trying to make amends for the wrongs he has committed and change his life for the better.  Once he’s on the plane he can’t take his eyes off Estelle.  He would love to meet and get to know her. Maybe if fate has its way Galloway will be able to reach out to her and get to know her. Little does he know that fate has it all written in the stars.

Through a couple of unfortunate incidents Galloway does get to know Estelle and they’re much closer than either could have ever imagined.  Not only are they having to learn how to survive together but they’re also responsible for two children who now look to them for food, love, support, and safety. 

This book takes you on a journey of love, laughter, tears, heartache, and hope. I felt every single emotion that each of the characters felt.  It made me stop and think about the what if’s of life. What if we all ignored the signs? What if we all heeded the signs? Would we end up where we’re supposed to be or would we stay in the same place going nowhere? What would you do if faced with the present that Estelle and Galloway found themselves in? Would you survive? Keep going or give up? Would you trust your gut instincts or question every move you made?

I hope you take the time to read this new dark, amazingly well written book. It is different from the normal Pepper Winters books but it’s a wonderful different……I hope you enjoy it every bit as much as I did. 

Shannon Daniel
Reviewed for Stories and Swag

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Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA Today International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestsellers, best BDSM series voted by the SmutClub, and recently signed a two book deal with Grand Central. Her books are currently being translated into numerous languages and will be in bookstores in the near future.
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Pistol Whipped by Ashley Rostock


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She’d known him for forever…
Gabriella Crawford has been best friends with Logan since the 2nd grade, but that’s all they’d ever been…friends. Suddenly after 20 years, Gabbie starts to notice Logan in a different light. But sex has never been something Gabbie thought was great and it’s certainly not something worth risking a friendship over. Or is it?

He’d never really seen her until now…
Logan Reeves should not be looking at his best friend’s breasts. Not even when he sees her modeling lingerie. But try as he might to stay in the ‘friend zone’ Logan can’t stop fantasizing about Gabbie. And when a business trip forces them to sleep in the same bed, all bets are off. Especially once Logan finds out Gabbie needs to be shown how good sex can be…

But is it too late?
Incredible sex might not be enough to keep these two together. Not when old secrets from the past and new career opportunities threaten to rip Logan and Gabbie apart forever.

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He was brought out of his trance by Gabriella’s soft laugh.

“I was just thinking about something else,” he told her truthfully.

“Do you like those panties?” she nodded to the red ones in his hands. “That’s just a sample. Then I can decide if I will order more or not.”

Without thinking he asked, “Who samples them?”

She tilted her head and looked at him like he was an idiot, “Who do you think?”

Visions of Gabriella prancing around in these panties came to mind. He forcefully set them back down on the table and cleared his head.

“So do you need any help, then?” he cleared his throat, “with any painting or anything?”

Gabriella laughed, “Come hold this for me, please? What has gotten into you lately? Ever since the trouble with the credit union, you haven’t been acting like yourself. Is it still bothering you? Is there anything you want me to do to help you get through this?”

Again, her and the red panties.

He shook his head.



She tilted her head to the side as if she were willing him to tell her what he was thinking. She stood there a moment longer, allowing him the privilege to commit her body to memory. Her client whispered something to Gabriella and she looked through the mirror at him once again, gave him a nervous smile and disappeared back into the changing room.

He tuned the women out as the customer continued to gush over the ensemble. Hell, where was he? He worked so hard trying to get the image of Gabbie wearing the erotic lingerie out of his mind, so when she nudged his back, he jumped.

“I’m sorry. I just need to get by you to ring her up.” Her voice was angelic, breathy.

“Sorry.” Sorry for many, many things right now.

He mindlessly watched her ring up the red items. As each item passed his line of vision, each of Gabbie’s body parts flitted through his mind the same as the lingerie flitted through her hands. She took her time folding the sexy get-up into tissue paper before she deposited them into a bag and handed them over to the lady.



He stretched, folding his arms underneath his head, “I don’t know what to do about this, Gabriella. I’m leaving Colorado.”

“I know.”

“We are really good friends.”

“I know.”

“There is nothing I want more right now than to touch you.”


“Does that mean you don’t want me to touch you?”

“Touch me how?”

Logan removed his hands from behind his head and turned to face her on the bed.

“Look at me,” he demanded.

Gabriella turned to face him. In the dark, he could barely make out her face with only a small fraction of it illuminated by the alarm clock.
“How would you like me to touch you?”

“I’m nervous, I don’t know. You could come closer though.”

Meet Ashley Bostock...


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Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats. She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013. She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list. She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.