Release Blitz: Marked (Branded #3) by Scarlett Finn

marked coverTitle: Marked (Branded Series #3)
Author: Scarlett Finn

Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Marked-Branded-Book-Scarlett-Finn-ebook/dp/B071RCC6L6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Synopsis:

When your heart is broken and your mission complete, how do you put the pieces of your life back together?

It’s easier said than done for Nya Yorke. Living under Archer is a constant reminder of what she’s lost. Their lives are entwined, she just can’t break free.

But she isn’t the only one struggling with the devastation of loss. Her oldest friend, Taggert, doesn’t deal well with the demise of his relationship and his empire. Angry, and out of control, he begins to lose his grip and there’s only one person Nya knows who can help her hold him together.

Turning to Archer puts her between the two men who have no love for each other and this time, she might not be able to prevent a clash that could prove final.

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Book Review: Déjà Vu & Gin by Heather R. Blair

 

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Title: Déjà Vu & Gin (Toil & Trouble #5)
Author: Heather R. Blair

Release Date: June 29, 2017
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/D%C3%A9j%C3%A0-Gin-Toil-Trouble-Book-ebook/dp/B071FYTX17/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Blurb:

Fair is foul and foul is fair.

Betrayed by her father.
Abandoned by her mother.
Left at the altar by the prince of her dreams.

Anastasia Gosse’s past is more tangled than most. Everything she’s been through has taught this witch one valuable lesson. Trust no one. All that Ana’s ever wanted was to have her family back together and safe. She’d do anything to make that happen.

Even blackmail an assassin of the realm who drives her crazy in more ways than one.

Tyr Kanerva thinks he’s seen it all, the worst of both the human and fairytale worlds. This assassin thinks he’s too jaded for surprises. Enter one clever, calculating witch who tricks Tyr into a contract that just might be the death of him. He should hate her, but instead he finds himself wondering what the witch is hiding under all that ice.

When Ana comes up with a sinful solution to satisfy their mutual curiosity, neither of them are prepared for where their liaison will led.

Because the FTC world is not a kind one, and between gods, goddesses and a Fire Prince who will stop at nothing to have Ana back at his side, a happily ever after for these two may be just another impossible fairytale….

Review:

5+ STARS!!!

Let me just say that I’ve been a fan of Heather R. Blair‘s writing ever since I read Smoke in Moonlight back in 2014 and even I was impressed with how well thought out and written this story was. This book isn’t just an addition to an already creative series, it is written as a parallel narrative to the first four books in this series. I found myself in awe of how Ms. Blair was able to seamlessly connect all of the books as well as the events throughout the series.

Anastasia Gosse has always been the cold and aloof sister with a heart of ice and no time or desire for love. But what if she wasn’t always like that? What if all Ana ever wanted was to reunite her sisters and protect them from the evil surrounding their family?
When Ana decides to blackmail Tyr Kanerva, an assassin of the realm, she never expects to find her happily ever after. And when a ghost from her past rises up again to claim her, Ana may lose her chance at HEA for good.

I absolutely loved this book and I would highly recommend this series to PNR fans. You will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading 🙂

 

 

Cover Reveal-Souls Unchained by C.C. Wood

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Title: Souls Unchained (Blood & Bone, #2)

Author: C.C. Wood / @authorccwood

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: July 18, 2017

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Synopsis

Rhys Carey spent centuries evading the clutches of his twisted brother, unable to trust anyone. He longs for a home and for the love that he could not have while his brother lived. Now that his twin is dead, he’s bound with a different set of chains, those of isolation and self-loathing, and they are impossible to escape.

Savannah Baker is unbearably lonely. Her abilities as an empath have trapped her in a small life, with only a single friend to call her own. She dreams of so much more but holds no hope that she will attain her deepest desires.

When Rhys moves in across the street, the attraction between them blossoms into something more — a love neither of them believed they could have.

Yet unbeknownst to Rhys, darkness stalks him, waiting for the opportunity to strike. The evil that shadows his every move will use whatever means necessary to ensnare Rhys, even kill the woman he can no longer live without.

Now that these two lost souls have finally found each other, they are in a battle for survival. And for love.

*Though this is the second book in the Blood & Bone series, it can be read as a standalone. Rhys was a secondary character in the Bitten series, so if you enjoy this book and you have not read that series, you should check it out!

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About CC

Born and raised in Texas, C.C. Wood writes saucy paranormal and contemporary romances featuring strong, sassy women and the men that love them. If you ever meet C.C. in person, keep in mind that many of her characters are based on people she knows, so anything you say or do is likely to end up in a book one day.

A self-professed hermit, C.C. loves to stay home, where she reads, writes, cooks, and watches TV. She can usually be found drinking coffee or wine as she spends time with her hubby, daughter, and two beagles. Connect with C.C. on social media!

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Review-Candy Boys (Hot Candy Series) by Jo Raven

candy boysJoel and Jethro. Roommates. Total hunks. Inseparable friends. Hot as hell.

Meet my fantasy boyfriends. Aren’t they just the sexiest, cutest thing? I know, right? They totally are. They are hot, too hot for a quiet—and obsessed with them—girl working in a bookshop.
That’d be me, by the way.

There’s also the tiny problem of Joel wanting another girl. And as for Jethro, well… he doesn’t do girls. Or maybe he doesn’t do relationships. He certainly doesn’t do boys, so he isn’t doing his best and very male friend… right? Much less his male friend and me at the same time.

So it’s fine to crush on them. And write a serial story on my blog in which we are together. All three of us.

Whew.

I mean, it’s okay. It’s perfectly safe. They’ll never even know I exist, much less find out about my blog and my secret fantasy about them.
Right?

Review: This series is hot, sexy and so endearing.  Yes, endearing.  The love that builds between Jet, Joel and Candy is remarkably sweet and something that I think everyone hopes for, not necessarily the ménage aspect but the love and acceptance.  The characters each have their own flaws and they accept each other regardless.  I loved watching their relationship play out over the course of the series.  I would highly recommend these books for anyone looking for something a little spicier:)

Happy Reading 🙂

 

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Interview with Author Sarah Hegger

Positively PippaToday I had the pleasure of sitting down with romance author Sarah Hegger for a quick Q&A.  After reading several of her books, I found myself very interested in how she got her start in writing and what we can look forward to next.  So let’s get started.

Printed Pleasures Book Blog: Every writer gets their start somewhere, through some inspiration. What would you say pushed you to write your first story?

Sarah Hegger: I was about eight. I saw a forties, black and white movie adaptation of Jane Eyre and decided right then and there that I needed to write my own stories.

PPBB: That’s a young age to decide your career, did you ever publish that first story?

SH: Alas, no. The truly terrifying travails and turmoil of Lady Sophie never made it out of my parent’s house.

PPBB:  Do you use life experiences to help mold your books or characters?  And do you ever use qualities of people you know in your characters?  If so, have they read your books and recognized themselves in your characters?

SH:  I never use a whole person, but I will often grab snippets of people or little isolated incidents. I remember having a conversation with a certain blonde aquatic biologist who I thought would work great in one of my books (ahem).

PPBB: Oh, that sounds like an interesting character, lol.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for any new releases. What about you, if you could write yourself into one of your books which one would it be?

SH:  There are already pieces of myself in all my books, but I’m not telling which and where.

PPBB:  Fair enough.  Have you ever written your characters into a situation that you realize isn’t going to work out and if so how do you go about changing things?  A small tweak/a complete re-write?

SH:  This used to happen to me more when I didn’t plot in as much details as I do now. I tend to iron out potential glitches in the plotting stage, mainly so I don’t run into just this. James A Michener said, “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” I tend to subscribe to that and when I’m editing one of my books, nothing is sacred and I will—and have—scrapped twenty thousand, and on one occasion sixty thousand words, if they’re not working.

PPBB:  I imagine that that can be frustrating but it’s the end result that’s important. Now let’s talk about some of your books.   You’ve written two successful series in different genres; Sir Arthur’s Legacy which is historical/medieval, as well as a contemporary series, Willow Park.  Did you find it difficult to switch gears between writing each series?

SH:  The two genres actually helped me. Switching from one to the other was a complete change of the scenery in my head, and gave me a different perspective. Of course, I have a nasty knack of repeating names across genres.

PPBB:  I think that’s something that the readers probably overlook, I know it didn’t bother me.  Do you find that medieval books require more time or research than contemporary?  I know some readers can be particular if phrases or events don’t fit in with the time period.

SH:  Any book takes research. Medieval definitely more than contemporary and the time period I write in can prove challenging from the perspective that there are not a lot of original sources. It’s easy enough to get the historical context and the bare bones of the period, but nobody journaled or wrote letters to each other. Most people were illiterate in England at that time, so we are reliant on old manuscripts from monks and tapestries to get a feel for the period.

PPBB:  I have to say that I found myself swept away in the world you created within the Sir Arthur’s Legacy series.  There’s something refreshing and authentic about a romance that isn’t based solely on sexual interactions.  Are you ever worried that you’re writing too much sex or not enough to satisfy readers?

SH:  I used the worry more about that in my very first books. Now, it’s all about the characters and their joined story. Sex just for the sake of sex is a wasted opportunity, in my opinion. Sex can give the reader so much “between the lines” information on the couple and the characters. It can be used as a major plot point. Sex changes the power dynamics between people, and that can be really useful for a writer. Different characters have different levels of sexuality, and the couple has their own dynamic. I let those things be my guide. If all of that is right, I should sweep the reader right along with my characters.

PPBB:  Well, I think that you definitely accomplish that in both of your series.  In your latest book, Positively Pippa (Ghost Falls Series), our heroine returns to her childhood hometown to seek comfort and sanctuary after a hurtful and embarrassing break-up.  The idea of returning home, for whatever the reason, is also mentioned in the Willow Park series.   Does this particular theme have any special meaning for you?

SH:  Not so much in the physical returning home sense, as much as it reflects my belief that we must know ourselves to live an authentic and full life. Our past is so much a part of us, and for me, as well as my characters, it’s about making peace with the past, accepting ourselves warts and all and then moving forward.

PPBB:  One thing that I love about Positively Pippa is that there are so many likeable and relatable qualities to both Pippa and Matt.  Was it as enjoyable to write their story as it was to read?

SH:  I’m thrilled you enjoyed it, because I loved writing it. Matt was so clear and real in my head, and I adored Pippa. I felt every little thing I put her through. And then there’s Phi. What can I say about Phi, other than she was an absolute dream and a delight to write?

PPBB:  Phi is definitely a memorable character and I’m hoping that we get to see more of her in the Ghost Falls Series.  The second book in the Ghost Falls Series is set to come out in September, do you have plans to write more books in that series?  Can you tell us about any characters you may be looking to explore.

SH:  There is every intention to write more books in the series. Readers will meet a host more characters in Becoming Bella, #2 Ghost Falls, who all have the potential for a story. Right now I am looking at a character called Simon, who readers meet in Bella. After that I have my eye on Matt’s sister, Jo. And, of course, brother Eric is yelling to have his story told.

PPBB:  Well it sounds like you have an interesting cast of characters to choose from and I look forward to reading their stories.  Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of my questions.  I’m excited to read more from you and seeing what’s to come.

SH:  Thanks for letting me natter on.

Be sure to check out Sarah and her amazing books on Amazon and other retailors.

Happy Reading 🙂

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Blog Tour: Positively Pippa (Ghost Falls #1) by Sarah Hegger

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Title: Positively Pippa (Ghost Falls Series #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Author: Sarah Hegger
From author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.
For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…
Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers.
He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list.
Sneak Peak:
Positively Pippa
Chapter 1  

“Aren’t you—?”

“No.” Not anymore she wasn’t. Pippa snatched her boarding pass from the check-in attendant and tugged her baseball cap lower over her eyes. Couldn’t Kim Kardashian help a girl out and release another sex tape or something? Anything to get Pippa away from the social media lynch mob. She kept her head down until she found her gate, and chose the seat farthest away from the other passengers waiting to board the flight to Salt Lake City. Latest copy of Vogue blocking her face, she flipped through the glossy pages.

Peeping over the top of her magazine she slammed straight into the narrowed gaze of a woman three rows over. Shit! Pippa dropped the woman’s gaze and went back to Vivienne Westwood bucking the trend.

Across the airport lounge the woman’s glare beamed into the top of her head like those laser tracking things you saw in spy movies. Pippa buckled under the burn and slouched lower into her seat.

Look at that, Fendi was doing fabulous separates this season. And really, Ralph Lauren, that’s your idea of a plus-size model? Stuff like this made her job so much harder.

Her former job.

Losing her show still clawed at her. Losing? Like she’d left the damn thing at Starbucks as she picked up her morning latte. More like her jackass ex with zero conscience had knocked it out of her hand. Framed, stitched up, wrongfully accused—judged, found guilty, and sentenced to a plethora of public loathing wiping out all the years spent building her career. Burning sense of injustice aside, she was stuck in this thing until it went away.

Angry Woman lurked in her peripheral vision. As sweat slid down her sides, Pippa tucked her elbows in tight and risked another glance.

Under an iron-gray row of rigidly permed bangs, the woman’s mouth puckered up.

Back to Vogue. The knot in her stomach twisted tighter, and she checked her cap. What the hell? A baseball cap and shades always worked for other celebrities. Why not her?

Angry Woman squared her shoulders and huffed.

This could go one of two ways. Either Angry Woman would come over and give her a piece of her mind on behalf of women everywhere, or she’d confine her anger to vicious staring and muttering. Maybe some head shaking. Please don’t let her be a crusader for women. Please, please, please. After two weeks of glares, stares and condemnation, Pippa had gotten the message:

Pippa St. Amor, the woman America loves to hate.

Right now, all she wanted was to sneak home and stay there until someone else topped her scandal. God, didn’t Vogue have anything fresh? She’d make a list. Lists were good. Soothing. Item one, run away from Angry Woman and hide in the bathroom. Item two, get your career back. She moved item two up to first place, where it had been since she left home at eighteen, and gauged the distance between her and the bathroom door. She’d never make it.

Angry Woman lifted her phone and snapped a shot of Pippa.

Damn, she’d forgotten that option; this one by far the worst. God, she hated Twitter. And Facebook. And Instagram, and Snapchat, and whatever-the-hell new social torment site some asshat was thinking up right this minute. The ongoing public derision chipped off bits of her until she felt like an open nerve ending.

A friend huddled next to Angry Woman, long hair that was totally the wrong shade of brown and aged her by ten years at least. If Pippa had her on the show, Long Hair would be wearing a cute, hip cut, a fresh new makeup look, and mile-wide smile with her new sense of self.

The reveals never got old. There was something about a woman finally seeing her own beauty that made all the other crap that went with a television career worth it. Ray had ripped that away from her too.

Pippa was getting it with double barrels now. Lips tight, matching twin spots of outraged color staining their cheeks as they whispered over Angry Woman’s phone. They both wore mom jeans. Up until two weeks ago it had been her mission to deliver moms everywhere from jeans like that. Along with those nasty, out of shape T-shirts they sold in three-packs of meh colors that had no business existing on the color spectrum. Angry and Long Hair were so her demographic. They’d probably seen the original episode live and watched it over and over again on demand or something. Maybe even watching it right this minute on YouTube.

YouTube! She hated YouTube, too.

Why didn’t they call her flight already and get her the hell out of here?

You didn’t sleep with the boss, and especially not in television. For four years. Ray had always been a bit sneaky, but to annihilate her career to boost his own? She hadn’t seen it coming. But you couldn’t rely on a man. How did she not get this by now?

Three minutes until boarding.

“Excuse me?”

Ah, shit, shit, shit, double damned shit in a bucket. So close, two minutes and fifty-five seconds. Smile and look friendly. “Yes.”

Try not to look like you.

“You’re that woman, aren’t you?” Angry Woman narrowed her eyes, and Pippa leaned back in her chair, out of striking range.

“Hmm?”

“It is you.” Long Hair planted her legs akimbo like a prizefighter. “I watched every single one of your shows. I can’t believe you said those things, and I—”

Two minutes, thirty seconds.

“—should be ashamed of yourself. What you said is a crime against women everywhere. You made that poor woman cry.”

Of course they cried. They were supposed to cry. The shows were edited to make them cry even more, but not the time to point it out.

“Shocking. And cruel. You’re just a . . . a nasty bitch.” Angry Woman got the last word in. She’d been called worse. Recently, too, and it still stung.

A man in the row opposite turned to watch the action. The three teens beside him openly stared and giggled.

I didn’t say it, people. Okay, she’d said it, but not like that. Editing, people. Creative editing— the scourge and savior of television celebrities worldwide. She could shout it across LAX and it still wouldn’t do any good. Until the next scandal broke and hers was forgotten.

“This is a boarding call . . .”

Thank you, Jesus!

“I’m sorry, that’s my flight.” Pippa creaked a smile and gathered her things. Handbag, phone, iPad, and coat. Her hands shook under the combined weight of several sets of eyes and she nearly dropped her phone.

No cabin baggage, not on this flight. Nope, this flight she’d packed just about everything she owned into the two heaviest suitcases on the planet. Paid extra weight without an argument. Anything to get the hell out of LA and home to Philomene.

Phi would know what to do.

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Sarah Hegger Bio:

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble. Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books. Sarah is the recipient of the 2015 EPIC Award for Historical Romance. She is represented my Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.

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