Saturday, May 28, 2016

Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 25 till 29 May, view the tour schedule here.

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Forever and One WeekForever and One Week (Spirits of Saoradh #2)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April, 2016

Blurb:
The Spirits of Saoradh, who carry the guilt of a crime they committed when they were alive, now spend their ghostly days in the Void, dark nothingness where time and space are distorted. Until they get bound to a human. As often as needed, that human can call them to the real world, ask them to grant a wish, then send them back to the Void. The Spirits also have to follow strict rules or be punished, unaware that they can earn their redemption through a selfless sacrifice.

Spirit Logan despises the obedience he has to show to his humans, and prefers the enjoyable solitude of the Void. For three years, he has managed to threaten them into severing their bond, thus having his memory wiped of their existence. Except his latest human, an emotionless woman with a secret past, isn’t scared of him. Worse, she doesn’t care about his ability to make wishes come true.

Tessa, a twenty-six-year-old nursery teacher in Fort William, Scotland, doesn’t expect a sullen ghost only she can see and touch to burst through her solid defences. Both dismayed and intrigued, she offers Logan a deal he can’t refuse: to live with her in the human world for one week, at the end of which she will agree to release him.

Slowly, Tessa braves through the safety of her detachment towards people to show Logan some kindness. But the more her feelings deepen, the more Logan increases his distance…

Excerpt:

 “What the hell do you want?”
The sharpness of his voice didn’t shock her as much as him turning up in her dining room. She presented the coffee tin to the Spirit lurking in the shadowed corner. She didn’t notice herself pressing on the metal until it created a dent.
“I would like a full one, please.”
If he could fill the can with the same beans he had used the last time he had granted her wish, she would cry in happiness. His coffee had tasted like smooth chocolate with a hint of bitter nuttiness. The fruity flavour of her usual brand had suddenly vanished to blandness.
“Are you asking for freaking coffee again? Are you serious?”
Her extended arm began to ache. “Please, and I need some painting supplies, too.”
He crossed his arms. She couldn’t watch the expression on his face as it was bathed in darkness, but his posture was relaxed. “I thought you didn’t need me.” The sarcasm was drenched in triumph.
She brought the empty tin to her chest. He hadn’t been cross at her for her lack of reaction yesterday. He had been cross because he had been unable to rebuff her. “I take it you won’t give me anything.” She threw the tin in the bin.
Feet spread out in front of her fridge, she opted for the last of the yoghurts, the lemon flavour one she hated. Why the supermarkets insisted on using this vile fruit in their value range, she had no idea. Paper lid removed, she tucked into her breakfast without enthusiasm, standing in the middle of the room.
“Are you kidding me?”
She carried on eating, bracing herself for what was to come.
“Hey—” He grunted with annoyance. “Hell, I don’t even know your name.”
“Tessa.” The slightly acidic and too-sweet yoghurt churned her stomach.
“Well, Tessa, you need to wish for it. I can’t get you anything until you use the proper word. Say it.”
She plunged her spoon in the foul creaminess. “What’s the point? You’re going to refuse me anyway.”
His arms unfolded as he levitated, crossed-legged, elbows wide. His fingertips drummed his thighs with increasing speed. “Try me.”
She didn’t bother replying. She knew his kind. People who had to have their way because they considered themselves so much smarter than others. Tessa dealt with them with casual indifference, because that meant they wouldn’t search for trouble. They would leave her alone.
But him?
He grated that part of her she had put to sleep a long time ago.
She didn’t like it.
Not one bit.
Yet it compelled her, like a chickenpox itch you know you shouldn’t scratch but can’t resist.
Once she had dropped the empty yoghurt pot in the bin, she proceeded to wash her spoon, aware of a glare cutting a hole at the back of her head. She wiped the cutlery dry with slow movements, blew on it then polished it. The sound of fingertips on denim was getting louder in her ears. So he was getting frustrated.
She couldn’t wait for his next move.
Water running from the tap, she rinsed her sponge, soaked it in a lavender-scented cleaning spray and wiped every nook and cranny, from the sink to the kitchen counter, with deliberate fussiness. She lifted her kettle and her toaster, pushed her plant to the left, then back to its place, and scrubbed those pesky corners. The cupboard doors were next, after a few more sprays of lavender.
If I started singing, would that be too much?
His hoarse breathing had turned into a low growl.
But she was too far gone to stop. So when her wrist got captured by a powerful hand, an unexpected thrill coursed through her.
“Say it,” he ordered. “Say how much you wish for coffee.”
His grip was painful. Implacable. It brought her back to reality, chased away that stupid excitement she never should have pursued. Logan was just like everyone else. No doubt he would resort to violence because she had taunted him. Because she hadn’t done as she was told.
So she shut herself down, and let him pull her to face him.
“Jesus Christ, not again.” He yanked his hand away from her.
Images of her mother flashed like a nightmare. She had to concentrate to keep her vision focused on him.
“How can you go from provoking me to this lifeless thing?”
She rubbed her wrist, where his print had marked her flesh. He could scream as much as he wanted and take out his anger on her. A calm resolution had flooded her senses. It shielded her soul. Nothing would hurt now. The soft glow of his eyes had intensified to blazing gold, a sheer contrast to his reddening face. His eyebrows were so low they could cast their own shadow over his cheeks. And his lips…
A painful twinge hit her in the throat.
His bottom lip was cut, the blood dried up as a crust. But it was his neck that had her stumbling back against her sink. It had two perfectly parallel, crimson crevices crossing from one side to the other. She was no expert, but these scars were fresh, and made by a razor-sharp blade. She could swear it.
His tirade halted abruptly.
He seemed to hesitate between retreating in the corner and standing his ground. That he chose the latter didn’t surprise her.
“That’s none of your business,” he replied to her silent question.


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First book in the series:
Forever HersForever Hers (Spirits of Saoradh #1)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 27, 2015

Blurb:
Feisty twenty-four-year old Holly, or Miss Greedy as her friends call her, receives a wooden cube as a gift from an enigmatic elderly lady who happens to be her mother’s new neighbour in Lossiemouth, a small Scottish fishing town. What she doesn’t expect, is for the cube to contain Blayne, a Spirit of Saoradh only she can see and touch.

Blayne is a playful, headstrong ghost with no recollection of his human past and an ability to grant Holly’s wishes whenever she calls for him — as long as said wishes don’t raise any questions from the public that is. So a shiny new car might be out of the question, but the possibility of a flat stomach, a consistently spotless house or a perfect daily hairstyle more than make up for it. Through their incessant banter, Holly and Blayne grow closer while fighting against their mutual attraction since they have no possible future together.

But when the painful reality of Blayne’s existence is revealed, Holly will realize that it’s not always the girl who needs to be saved.
Excerpt:

 Holly went straight to her bedroom and fell on her bed. She lay motionless for a while, staring at the ceiling, mind blank, the ache still digging at her. She grazed the wood with her fingertips, her eyelids getting heavier and heavier. A sudden thump woke her from her torpor.
“Damn it.” She straightened herself to see her court shoe had come off her foot and fallen on the pristine, white wooden floor, scattering bits of mud all around. Holly's shoulders slumped as she realized her shoes had smeared dried up soil everywhere she'd walked. Better sweep the lot up before clean freak Isobel told her off. She hauled herself up with little grace and put her shoe back on. She placed the box on top of her chest of drawers before she dragged herself downstairs. Armed with a broom, she swept the kitchen, the stairs, and then her bedroom. She was about to fetch the dustpan and the brush when her corner vision caught something that made her halt. Frowning, she approached Max's wooden cube.
It had a marking on it.
How was it possible? Both she and her mother had examined it thoroughly earlier, and there was no inscription of any kind. She touched the black symbol. It was smooth against the wood, as if it had been printed, rather than engraved. Holly rotated the box, scrutinizing each side. No, no other marking. She put it back on her chest of drawers, and her lips fastened in a bewildered pout. A black triquetra inside a circle made out of chains. Very strange symbol indeed. She pushed hard on it, part of her wishing that somehow, it would trigger something. Nothing happened. She scratched her temple. Okay, still no opening. But still, this new black mark was pretty cool. No wonder Adelaide had called it magic. Maybe it was activated through a certain temperature? She'd have to show her mother; she was bound to be impressed.
She turned around to pick up the broom she had propped against the wall earlier, and her heart stopped.
There was a man on her bed.


You can find Forever Hers on Goodreads

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About the Author:
Born and raised in France, Caroline Cairn studied hotel management before spending a couple of years in England, Ireland and Belgium. In 2001, she and her husband settled close to the Loch Ness monster in the Highlands of Scotland, and soon, two children and about thirteen fish joined them.
Dramatic scenes are still her favourite to work on, which is perhaps a reminiscence of her teenage years when every single ones of her stories had to end in epic tragedy (Shakespeare had nothing on her).
Thankfully, these days, she veers towards the happy-ever-after finale in a glorious orange and red sunset.

Q & A with Caroline Cairn

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Stephen King’s writing style blows me away. I don’t necessarily like all his plotlines, but he manages to put me into his main character’s head and paint a vivid atmosphere in one mere sentence. His choice of words isn’t over complicated yet denote an incredible sense of attention to detail. It looks effortless, and I think that’s why he can draw me into a story so easily.
I also discovered Simone St James recently, and I’m going through each of her books. I love how she mixes the genres: her novels are set in 1940’s England, and are built around a central mystery, coupled with paranormal elements and romance. Wonderful! Her characters are realistic and engaging, and the pace of her stories is flawless.
I wish I had even one ounce of their imagination and talent.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
The marketing side of things. I’m a natural introvert, so I don’t enjoy boasting about my work because it feels like bragging (and one of my pet peeve is people who show off…see my dilemma?). I used to lurk around the internet, never commenting, never engaging with anyone. I had to force myself to burst my safe little bubble and put myself out there. I still find it hard though.

Share a funny incident in your life.
I was maybe eighteen or nineteen, and I was on my way out, after having had a haircut. The hairdresser accompanies me to the door, where she does the usual goodbye, have a nice day etc
And I lean in to kiss her on the cheek, like I would a member of my family.
I retreat in haste as I realize my mistake (it was my first appointment with her) but God knows what she must have thought. I still cringe to this day.

What's your pet peeve?
Still and always show offs. That include the fake modest people, the ones who put themselves down in the sole aim of hearing others praise them.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist.
In writer mode, no music. I tend to work better in complete silence. Outside writing, I am a huge music fan. It relaxes me or boosts my energy. My tastes aren’t very eclectic, since I tend to favour rock or slow songs.
http://open.spotify.com/user/ccairn/playlist/5l9iww1Zxm0ROa9m2CsOq4

Who was your favorite hero/heroine.
I never had any, in the proper hero sense. Unless you count Hercule Poirot as a hero

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different.
Oh yes. One of my secondary character, Kade, ended up being far more complex and complicated than I had first imagined him. And I like him all the better.

What are you working on now.
I am taking a break from the Spirits of Saoradh series, to pen down a contemporary romance, titled “Recipe for disaster”. I haven’t ironed out the details yet as I’ve written maybe ten per cent of the first draft, but it features a successful writer and his private chef. When they decide to pretend of a love relationship between them, they expect their lie to remain trivial and useful to the both of them, but their deception will soon spiral out of control.

You can find and contact Caroline here:
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Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Forever and One Week. One winner will win a print copy of both Forever Her and Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn and some Scottish goodies.

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Cover Reveal w/Giveaway: Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez

Today is the cover reveal for Kissing the Bride by Tracey Alvarez. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Kissing the BrideKissing the Bride (Due South #7.5)
By Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: June 24, 2016

Blurb:
The countdown is on to the Wedding of the Year, New Zealand!

It’s seven days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot—and it’ll be the most awesomesauce wedding Stewart Island has ever seen if Shaye has anything to do with it. Her All Things Nuptial journal has the big day planned to perfection, but not everything runs like clockwork. While marrying the man of her dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.

WARNING: If you’re new to the Due South world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye’s wedding isn’t the book to start with. Lots of favorite characters join in the wedding craziness—and if you haven’t read the earlier Due South books it’ll just be crazy-confusing.


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Other books in the series:
Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)
Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)
Book 3: Ready To Burn
Book 4: Christmas With You
Book 5: My Forever Valentine
Book 6: Playing For Fun
Book 7: Drawing Me In

Book 1: In Too Deep (Currently FREE)Book 2: Melting Into You (Currently FREE)Book 3: Ready To BurnBook 4: Christmas With YouBook 5: My Forever ValentineBook 6: Playing For FunBook 7: Drawing Me In


Tracey AlvarezAbout the Author:
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, Tracey Alvarez writes steamy but heart-warming contemporary romances set in New Zealand. Her two series, DUE SOUTH and FAR NORTH, both focus on small coastal towns, close communities, and family.

You can find and contact Tracey here:
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Giveaway
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Kissing the Bride. There will be 3 winners who each win an e-copy of the DUE SOUTH Boxed Set containing the first 5 Due South books by Tracey Alvarez.

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Release Tour w/Giveaway: Instead of You by Anie Michaels

Title: Instead of You
Author: Anie Michaels
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Student/Teacher Romance Novel
Release Date: May 24, 2016 
Two brothers.
Cory was my best friend, the boy who I’d resolved to spend my entire life with. I’d grown to love him, gotten used to the idea of our life together, even if it wasn’t the all-encompassing, soul-crushing, heart-shattering romance it appeared to be.
Hayes was the boy who seemed entirely out of reach. Untouchable. He stole my first kiss, a secret I’d hidden away in the recesses of my heart, protecting the memory and hoping it would be enough to last me a lifetime. When he became my history teacher, it was impossible to hide from him any longer.
There was no way to anticipate just how important both Wallace brothers would become to me, how deeply they would change my life, or how the loss of one would propel me into the arms of the other.
“Well... Anie has done it again! She has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that gave me all of the feels! Ever single one of them.” ~Sandra (Goodreads Review)
“I truly, with out a doubt recommend Instead of You to anyone and everyone. Hands down this is a five star read, and if I could give it anymore stars, I WOULD!!” ~Iowa Gal (Amazon Review)
“Love, love, loved this book… it had forbidden and unexpected love, it had heartbreak, angst galore, and joy.” ~Alison (Goodreads Review)
Anie Michaels is the author of The Never series, The Private Serials, and a stand alone novel, The Space Between Us. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
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Release Blitz w/Giveaway: Regular Sex by Kitty French

Author: Kitty French

Release Date: May 27 2016

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01FY2BBY2


Length: 212 Pages

Price: £2.99/$4.31/Kindle Unlimited

Available exclusively to Amazon.

Blurb:

Get your hands on all of the Regular Sex stories from USA Today bestselling author Kitty French, available here for the first time in one binge read box set! 
Nine individual super sexy reads, a lucky dip of adult bedtime stories and blush inducing commuter reads, perfect for those times you just want a fabulous one night stand with no strings or cliff hangers. Very naughty, but oh so GOOD! 

1) The Commute ~ Jude & Stacy meet on the morning train. 
2) Never have Sex with you Ex ~ Reuben & Lizzie, method acting at its best! 
3) Do it like Magic Mike ~ Finn & Laurel, the escort & the mild mannered bank clerk. 
4) Meet Me by the Kama Sutra ~ Huey & Sylvie, quiet please in the library! 
5) Maid For You ~ Don & Cheryl, a birthday gift with a difference... 
6) #NSFW ~ Anderton & Jenna, a business meeting with a twist! 
7) Old Friends, New Lovers ~ Fox & Mabel. They know each other so well. 
8) A Lesson in Human Anatomy ~ Mr East & Jessica. A practical demonstration. 
9) The One Night Stand ~ Adam & Holly. Don't tell me your name... 
10) BONUS treat! Knight & Sleigh - The previously released Lucien Knight Christmas Novella, available for the first time in print only. Find out how the might viking spends his Christmas times with Sophie in a snowy cabin beneath the glittering aurora borealis. 

*Titles previously released individually and now available together here as one box set for the very first time. Also available in paperback - if you wanted to read Knight & Sleigh in paperback, this is the only way to get it.*

Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Kitty French is a self-confessed romance junkie. She loves to read it, watch it, but most of all, to write it. The Lucien Knight series topped the erotic charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and she’s gone on to also write romantic comedy under the pseudonym Kat French. Summer 2016 is set to be a busy one in the French household with a new release in May, June, and July! In addition to Regular Sex, look out for One Hot Summer in June and Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency in July.
Kitty lives in the UK with her husband and their young sons.

Find Kitty on the web
Kitty's Blog 
Twitter: @kittysbooks
Facebook: Kitty's Facebook page 





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Blog Tour: Until Now by Laura Ward

Title: Until Now
Series: Not Yet #2
Author: Laura Ward
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Focus.
Dean Goldsmith is Indiana University’s star quarterback, and his dreams are about to come true. His undefeated season means he has a legitimate shot at the NFL. If he stays focused. Football comes first.
College senior, Grace Yeates, is determined to defy the odds. She is months away from graduating with a business degree, something no one thought she would be able to pull off. All she has to do is focus on her number one priority. Family comes first.
Distraction.
Dean has no time for distractions, but when a gorgeous, snarky, redheaded waitress refuses to tell him her name, he can’t seem to focus on anything else.
Grace knows she can’t let herself get caught up in a guy, particularly a man-whore like Dean, no matter how charming or sexy. She has two hearts to look out for now and no room for a Dean-sized distraction.
Complications.
Everyone in Dean’s life agrees that Grace is the kind of complication his career doesn’t need.
Grace knows that Dean is the kind of risk her heart shouldn’t want.
But what if the last person you think you need, the one you shouldn’t want, becomes the one you can’t live without? Can their biggest distraction actually be the focus they were missing all along?
My heart hammered in my chest. “Why do you ask me my favorites all the time?”
Dean grinned and then bent to kiss my lips. “I’ve never wanted to get to know a girl. I want to know every part of you and every favorite you have. Everything that makes you happy so that I can be the person who never lets you down and always brings you your favorites.”
Oh my.
“Well, I want to know your favorites too. Let me think…” I tapped my finger on my chin. “Where’s your favorite place for me to kiss you?” As soon as the question escaped from my mouth, the meaning hit my brain. Dean had a wicked gleam in his eyes, and I hid my face in his chest. “Oh, Lord. Did I just ask that?”
His chuckle rumbled beneath me. “You did. And I love your dirty little mind, Red. If I’m being honest, I can’t answer that. Cause you haven’t kissed me everywhere… yet.”
Mortified. I was absolutely mortified. I had a choice. I could be shy and feel awkward, or I could own it.
Two seconds later I decided. I was owning it.
I raised my head and pressed a kiss on his chest. Then I lifted onto my elbows and shimmied a bit down his body.
“Let’s rectify that, shall we?”
Not Yet (#1) – Released July 28, 2014
Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons.

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.
Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins.

*** This book is intended for mature audiences. 18 and over!
Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.
Laura has written three novels so far, the new-adult novel Not Yet and the contemporary romance novel Past Heaven. Her third novel, co-written with author Christine Manzari, The Pledge, was released July 25, 2015.