Thursday, May 19, 2016

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SILENT HEARTS
Hamilton Stables #3
Melissa West
Released May 10th, 2016
Lyrical Shine


The Hamilton brothers have horse racing in their blood, and their sprawling Kentucky farm is the family’s pride and joy. But they’ve got plenty of passion to spare…

Nick Hamilton has always known he’d take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire…

Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn’t see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch’s future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…

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Becca closed the freezer and then, missing its wonder, she fanned herself with her tank top. “It’s time I reconsider a move up north, but then snow and driving in snow.”
“Yeah, that’d be pretty dangerous with your track record.”
She continued to fan herself. “What? It was one mailbox, not the whole street.”
“Two mailboxes.”
“All right, fine. Two. But I bought them replacements.” She grabbed a flyer from her stack of mail, folded it in half, and used it as a makeshift fan. “Ahhh.”
“What are you, menopausal or something?”
She pointed at him. “Watch your mouth, boy.” He laughed, the sound so glorious she almost closed her eyes again so she could bask in it, but then that would be all sorts of awkward, and Becca tried to maintain her cool around her best friend. Even if right now she was anything but cool in every sense of the word.
“Now spill it.”
Becca pulled out a bottle of water and leaned a hip against the counter.
“You could at least drink with me.”
“It's five thirty. I like to keep my alcoholic tendencies for nighttime hours.”
“It's P.M. That stands for nighttime.”
“Wow. Is that what that Ivy League education of yours taught you? 'Cause you might want to ask for a refund. At least a partial, right? Because night starts with an N, not a P, and time starts with a T, not an M. And, in fact, P.M. stands for post meridiem, so you can send me that money they give you for the refund.”
“All right.” Nick pulled out his wallet, counted out several bills, and tossed them onto the counter. “Now go turn on the damn A/C. It's hot in here.”
With a loud, long, and drawn-out sigh, Becca pushed the money back toward him. “You know I'm not taking that.”
“Well, I'm not taking it back, so take it or burn it.” He shrugged. “It's nothing to me.”
“See that right there? That's why you can't get a solid date. No girl wants a guy who burns money. I mean seriously. Not only is that six shades of insane, but hello, fire hazard, right?”
He cracked a smile and she grinned back, lost in those amazing blue eyes, crystal clear even through his glasses. Years and years around him and she still couldn't pinpoint the exact shade. They were sky blue with flecks of navy and turquoise. They were perfect...he was perfect.
And now she'd drifted into lala land again.

3 1/2 Stars
I love a good book about best friends who are fighting their feelings for each other, each other thinking the other just wants to be friends but the other wants so much more but they are feeling the same way & friends & family can see what they are feeling & Silent Hearts is that book.  You can just feel Nick & Becca fighting their feelings afraid if they tell each other how they feel they may loose their friendship of 20+ years if the react to their attraction.  I just wanted to go thru this book & wring Nick's neck in parts of this book & saying "you jerk realize wants in front of you & start living for today & your future". Nick was trying to keep his dad  & his former fiancee's memory alive not realizing he was loosing what was more important in life his family & Becca. The only thing I disliked was Nick's pity party, his going back & forth one moment he was ok with his brothers & Becca, then the next if they didn't kiss his butt he blew up & didn't want anything to do with, at one time I was thinking Becca just give up on him & his pity party, you deserve better, but then Nick did redeem himself.  Thank you to Tasty Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read & review Silent Hearts.


Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. 

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN
Cheryl Yeko
Releasing May 19th, 2016
Soul Mate Publishing


Kyle Wade has spent over half his life seeking justice for his mother’s brutal murder at the hands of the serial killer known as C.H.K. His efforts lead him to Nicole Chambers, a woman he quickly develops strong feelings for.

Now he’s torn between keeping Nicole safe, or using her as bait to capture the monster stalking her.

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Nicole paced nervously, waiting for Kyle to return. She’d thrown on her workout clothes; a black pair of Capris, a long purple T-shirt with large cut-out armholes, and a black sports bra that peeked out from underneath. She was covered practically from head to foot, so why did she get so nervous thinking about Kyle seeing her in the outfit?
Because he’ll be touching me, that’s why. And though not as daring as what a lot of the women wore at the club, it still showed far more skin than Nicole was used to, except when she was working out. Did this qualify?
This is a bad idea.
Her doorbell rang out.
She took a steadying breath. Too late to back out.
When she opened the door and Kyle saw her, his eyes lit with a smoldering fire. But all he said was, “Ready?” as he moved past her, greeting her dog, “Hey, Charlie.
Taking a moment to close the door, and calm her jittery nerves, she turned back to him. The desire she’d so clearly recognized in his heated stare, had lessened to a more neutral expression.
He nodded toward the living room, where she’d pushed the furniture out of the way, clearing a large spot in the middle. “You should have waited for me to help.”
Nicole rolled her eyes. “Please. I do vacuum, you know. The furniture doesn’t move itself.”
A slightly crooked smile curved Kyle’s lips as Charlie headed over to his dog bed for a nap. “Suppose not.”
Her stomach fluttered. He was too damn charming for his own good. How in the hell was she supposed to resist him? No men rule, remember. Gah! What a dumb rule. What had she been thinking?
Maybe that your taste in men is crap, and you needed a good long break after the last guy you dated almost killed you.
Oh, yeah. That was it.
Kyle moved to the center of the room, looking all too fine in a pair of tight jeans that hugged his ass. He waved her over with two crooked fingers. Her cheeks flamed, hoping he hadn’t caught her checking him out. But by the smirk on his face, she figured he had.
“Now,” he said as she approached, his tone shifting to all business. “If someone tries to grab you, whatcha gonna do?”
“Um. Run away?”
He nodded. “That might work. But, let’s say he manages to get ahold of you. What then?”
She licked her dry lips, nerves rolling around in her stomach. “Is this a trick question?”
The smile that split his face stole her breath. Gone was the serious tenant-slash-police officer from her backyard cottage. The man who stood before her now was a total, flat out, hands-down, no-question-about-it, hottie. His sex appeal exploded into the room like an atomic bomb filling up every nook and cranny.
And in just a minute or so, he was going to put his hands on her.
Ohmygod. Trouble. Seriously.
Maybe this really wasn’t such a good idea—
Nicole screamed when she was suddenly grabbed and her back brought up against Kyle’s chest. One arm clamped around her waist, the other across her throat.
Her natural instinct was to struggle, but he had one leg wrapped around her shins, totally immobilizing her. The heat from Kyle’s body burned her up, and she wasn’t unaware of the rising bulge against the small of her back. Excitement tickled through her.
Charlie let out a little bark, but only lazily watched them. She scowled at him. Some guard dog!
Mouth pressed against her ear, Kyle murmured in a seductive drawl, “If I were the bad guy, sweetheart, your pretty little ass would be mine right now.”
Nicole paced nervously, waiting for Kyle to return. She’d thrown on her workout clothes; a black pair of Capris, a long purple T-shirt with large cut-out armholes, and a black sports bra that peeked out from underneath. She was covered practically from head to foot, so why did she get so nervous thinking about Kyle seeing her in the outfit?
Because he’ll be touching me, that’s why. And though not as daring as what a lot of the women wore at the club, it still showed far more skin than Nicole was used to, except when she was working out. Did this qualify?
This is a bad idea.
Her doorbell rang out.
She took a steadying breath. Too late to back out.
When she opened the door and Kyle saw her, his eyes lit with a smoldering fire. But all he said was, “Ready?” as he moved past her, greeting her dog, “Hey, Charlie.
Taking a moment to close the door, and calm her jittery nerves, she turned back to him. The desire she’d so clearly recognized in his heated stare, had lessened to a more neutral expression.
He nodded toward the living room, where she’d pushed the furniture out of the way, clearing a large spot in the middle. “You should have waited for me to help.”
Nicole rolled her eyes. “Please. I do vacuum, you know. The furniture doesn’t move itself.”
A slightly crooked smile curved Kyle’s lips as Charlie headed over to his dog bed for a nap. “Suppose not.”
Her stomach fluttered. He was too damn charming for his own good. How in the hell was she supposed to resist him? No men rule, remember. Gah! What a dumb rule. What had she been thinking?
Maybe that your taste in men is crap, and you needed a good long break after the last guy you dated almost killed you.
Oh, yeah. That was it.
Kyle moved to the center of the room, looking all too fine in a pair of tight jeans that hugged his ass. He waved her over with two crooked fingers. Her cheeks flamed, hoping he hadn’t caught her checking him out. But by the smirk on his face, she figured he had.
“Now,” he said as she approached, his tone shifting to all business. “If someone tries to grab you, whatcha gonna do?”
“Um. Run away?”
He nodded. “That might work. But, let’s say he manages to get ahold of you. What then?”
She licked her dry lips, nerves rolling around in her stomach. “Is this a trick question?”
The smile that split his face stole her breath. Gone was the serious tenant-slash-police officer from her backyard cottage. The man who stood before her now was a total, flat out, hands-down, no-question-about-it, hottie. His sex appeal exploded into the room like an atomic bomb filling up every nook and cranny.
And in just a minute or so, he was going to put his hands on her.
Ohmygod. Trouble. Seriously.
Maybe this really wasn’t such a good idea—
Nicole screamed when she was suddenly grabbed and her back brought up against Kyle’s chest. One arm clamped around her waist, the other across her throat.
Her natural instinct was to struggle, but he had one leg wrapped around her shins, totally immobilizing her. The heat from Kyle’s body burned her up, and she wasn’t unaware of the rising bulge against the small of her back. Excitement tickled through her.
Charlie let out a little bark, but only lazily watched them. She scowled at him. Some guard dog!
Mouth pressed against her ear, Kyle murmured in a seductive drawl, “If I were the bad guy, sweetheart, your pretty little ass would be mine right now.”



My writing career began in 2011, after my wonderful husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas and changed my world. I started reading romance novels, and fell in love with them. I decided to write one myself, and disappeared into my room over a long Wisconsin winter and wrote my debut novel, PROTECTING ROSE. I submitted to a few publishing houses and was offered a contract with Soul Mate Publishing, which I quickly accepted.

PROTECTING ROSE went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the romantic suspense category. Well, I was hooked.

Today, I'm a multi-published, award-winning author, and live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. I belong to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

Please sign up for Cheryl’s Newsletter, with her two BFF’s, Char Chaffin and Callie Hutton.

Char and Cheryl also write together under the pen name, CiCi Cordelia, Writing From The Heart. Find us on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cici-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90


Cheryl is also an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing. As an Editor, she welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and Erotica. You can reach her at Cheryl@SoulMatePublishing.com



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CHANGE OF HEART
Healing Harts #5
T.J. Kline
Releasing May 10th, 2016
Avon Impulse


The fifth and (for now) final book in TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series. 

Leah McCarran has never had anything but bad luck in her life, with the exception of her dream job, working as a therapist for at-risk youth at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down on the side of the road and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows up to help, seems like the last person she can count on.

Gage Granger has risen above the circumstances of his youth, enough that people believe he has the Midas touch, especially in business. But when one costly mistake could send his reputation and his company into ruin, he needs some time to get his head on straight before he makes a decision that could affect hundreds of lives and heads to see his brother, near Heart Fire. The last thing he expected to find was a feisty therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.

Leah doesn’t want friends. There was only one person she let close - her high school counselor and the mentor who not only took her in but changed her life, and then she died. Leah doesn’t want that kind of hurt again so it’s easier to remain distant. But Gage is making it difficult. And finding out that he staying next door at Heart Fire Ranch isn’t making it any easier to avoid the kind man who is worming his way into her heart.

Gage sees the pain Leah’s trying so adamantly to hide but neither can help the attraction that begins to develop as they rescue two abandoned kittens and find they have far more in common than they believed. Gage helps her to move past her nightmarish past and she helps him realize that one mistake doesn’t define his worth.

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She felt him behind her even before his hand slid up the wooden frame of the door. He didn’t touch her but he surrounded her—with his presence, his scent, the desire that rolled off of him in titillating waves. He brushed her hair away from her shoulder, his fingers moving over the curve of her neck exposed by her shirt, and she felt the longing coil tightly within her as his arm slipped around her waist, his palm lying against her stomach.
“You think I didn’t want to come? It was killing me all day remembering how it felt to kiss you.” His lips brushed over the sensitive spot behind her ear as he spoke. “I haven’t been able to get the taste of you off my lips. You were part of the reason I couldn’t come over last night. I couldn’t stop thinking about you long enough to focus on the work I needed to be doing.”
Leah let her head fall to one side with a sigh, giving him full access to the column of her neck. His lips found the pulse racing at her throat as he moved to one side of her, blocking her into the corner formed between the wall and the doorjamb. His hand slid around her back and curved around her waist. His thumb slid up over her ribs, teasing the underside of her breast; and his lips trailed hot kisses to her jaw. Leah’s hands found his waist, clutching at the T-shirt he wore, wishing she was bold enough to slide her hands beneath and feel the flesh that was scalding her through the material.
“You’re not ready for this. Any more than I am.”
His words fell around her, each one stabbing her heart. He was saying exactly what she’d already thought, but hearing it come from his lips hurt more than she’d ever imagined.



EskieMama Reads Q & A with T.J Kline

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I was reading while other kids were playing outside. I loved falling into a fantasy, a different realm, a new world. When I was young, it was books like Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Nancy Drew and The Wizard of Oz. And then I discovered Tiger Eyes and Sweet Valley High. It opened my eyes to romance and I was hooked. Graduating from there to sweet teen romances, moving on to Harlequins (my grandmother had hundreds!). It was there I discovered so many authors I loved – Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsay. I’ve never looked back. Francine Rivers taught me a new appreciation for inspirational romance. But I’ve been influenced by every genre – from Stephen King to Jodi Picoult, from Tolkien to Harper Lee to Shakespeare to Bradbury. There are far too many greats to ever encompass all of those who have had influence on my writing because every book influences me – teaching, touching, guiding and inspiring.


Tell us something you hate doing. Why?

I absolutely HATE cleaning bathrooms. Not just toilets but the entire room. It seems like such a waste of time. I mean, it’s a room that literally gets more dirty the more sanitary you are. Take a bath? Dirty tub. Wash your hands? Dirty sink. See?

However, I’m such a stickler for a clean house that I’m usually the only person I trust to do it right (I have two teen boys here.) Unless my husband offers, which he usually does knowing how much I hate it. He hates dirt and germs more than I do, so it’s a win. He also does laundry, cooking and shopping…yeah, that’s right, ladies, be jealous. :)


Share a funny incident in your life.

Well, I’ve already shared the one about the rodeo clown messing with me (it actually ended up in a book…thank you, Dwayne Hargo!) And I have a ton of stories where I thought I was pretty smart, only to end up looking like an idiot. but there was one day, running sprints at the park with my golden retriever who is sixty pounds of bouncing energy.

Unfortunately, I am not and while I was dying, he thought we were playing. I took off at a dead sprint. I mean, full on, Olympian speed (okay, maybe not quite that fast but it felt that way) and he ran with me, literally circling me and jumping up and down. Until he landed on the back of my feet. Before I realized what happened, I saw the ground coming at me and knew I was going down.

Years of horseback riding came back and the one rule to remember: When going down, tuck and roll! I immediately did as everything slowed. In my mind, I saw myself rolling on the grass, coming back to my feet and leaping up again, ninja-style. What really happened was that I rolled, and rolled again, ending up on my chest, face-down on the grass, dirt in my mouth, with a dog licking at my face and leaping around me with what appeared to be a smile on his. My one consolation? The park was empty so no one saw!


What's your pet peeve?

With most things in life, I’m pretty easy going and I don’t get too worked up about things people do in general. However, inside my own house, I’m kind of a fanatic, especially in the kitchen for some odd reason. I don’t like for the paper towel holder to be away from the backsplash. I get irritated when people leave dishes on the counter rather than putting them into the sink. But my absolute biggest pet peeve (okay, maybe I’m more OCD about it) is that the glasses are in the cupboard correctly. By this, I mean, it has to be organized by type of glass. That means, no mixing plastic cups with glass tumblers, or coffee mugs with water bottles. Ugh, what are we, savages?


When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist?

This is a yes/no answer for me. While in “writer” mode during the first draft, no, I can’t listen to music unless it’s new or something I don’t know, because I find myself singing along and then become distracted while I do my best version of Kelly Clarkson. (Yes, I am that good!) Pretty soon, I’m looking at lyrics, finding songs to play on my guitar and no writing gets done. However, when I’m in “editing” mode (which is once the first draft is done, when I add in more details, elaborate on scenes, etc.), yes, I listen to the music that inspires me. When I start singing along at this point, it’s not distracting because I know what’s happening already and where the story is going. For this, I have a playlist for each series, if not one for each book as well. You can follow me on Spotify to see them if you want (but no judging my eclectic genius)! https://open.spotify.com/user/1268560600



5 Stars

Change of Heart was a heartwarming enjoyable book. This book had me laughing one moment & find a tear falling from my eyes the next, those are my kind of books.  The interaction between Gage & Leah was outstanding & who couldn't fall in love with Gage, he felt his attraction growing for Leah but held it back so he could be her friend since she was new to the community & didn't have any. But then when he found out what all she had went through he more determine to be her friend & bank his feelings for her & let her decide when she wanted to take their friendship to the next level.  Oh my what wasn't there to love about this book, it had a small community atmosphere where everyone knew who Gage & Leah felt about each other before they truly realized, emotional rollcoaster each main character was going through their own problems but learned from each other what they truly wanted in life. This is the first book I have read by T.J Kline & hopefully not my last, she has earned a new fan in this reader. If you are looking for a heartwarming romances, with nosy but caring friends & family, adorable fur critters, one minute you are laughing & the next you find a tear rolling out your eye then I recommend you pick up a copy of Change of Heart! Thank you to Tasty Book Tours for the opportunity to read & review Change of Heart!



T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.


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