Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Release & Giveaway: THE COLORS OF MY LIFE by Linda Burson

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Bank Robbers… Kidnappers… and a daring romance
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THE COLORS OF MY LIFE
Linda Burson
Genre: Romantic Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Class Act Books
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Mrs. Caylie Lyon a devoted, but bored, unhappy housewife of 28 years makes a sudden decision that transforms her and alters her life.
When waiting with her husband, Nolan, in their local bank, a group of masked-men storm through the front doors. When the armed robbers grab a young mother of two to kidnap to ensure their escape, Caylie offers to take her place.
Caylie uses her memories of a handsome movie star, Landon Cordell, to help her deal with her confinement, until she falls in love with one of her kidnappers. They form a close bond, and Caylie’s life is forever changed.
Can their love survive the haunts of Cole’s past and can love be enough when Caylie’s opportunity to meet Landon Cordell becomes a reality?

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About Linda Burson

Linda Burson, a Connecticut resident for over 27 years, has been writing ever since she was a teenager. She started out writing memoirs and continued writing by attempting several nonfiction pieces.
After attending college, pursuing other interests, and traveling, a lot of Linda’s free time was spent reading mysteries, romance, and women’s contemporary novels.
After several attempts at writing nonfiction, but having life get in the way, she put her passion on hold again. She gave up writing to focus on raising her daughters, being a wife, running her own custom computerized embroidery business and taking care of her dog, a Lhasa Apso named Nathan.
After a serious bout of breast cancer, Linda eventually closed down her business after almost fifteen years. She decided it was time to attempt writing again. This time, however, with nothing to distract her, she decided on tackling fiction, a contemporary, commercial romance with a dark edge.
In January, 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started writing notes about how her novel would progress. After that, the writing began and it never stopped. Before she was aware of it, her idea of a single book turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series called the MARCY SERIES.
When asked about inspiration, Linda has this to say: “Nobody really inspired me to write, but I do remember my mother and father always saying ‘anything you put your mind to you can accomplish. Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you can’t do something.’ Having the support and encouragement of my family is also important. Having my youngest daughter, who works in the publishing field, offer advice and knowledge, has helped me to stay focused and continue to write.”
Linda’s first five books in the Marcy Series are published—and the sixth will be available in 2017. Her hope is to have her complete Marcy Series romantic thriller published in the near future. She is also in the process of writing a new thriller, and has just completed a murder mystery novel which she hopes to have published in 2017, along with her other Romance Thriller/Suspense, The Colors of My Life.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Release-Review & Giveaway: ROAD TO THE SUN by Keira Andrews






Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Length: 70,000 words


Blurb

A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can't be denied.

Jason Kellerman's life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie's birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie-even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn't had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.

Ben Hettler's stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana's big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben's own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He's attracted to Jason, but what's the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason's lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.



Carra's Review

I'm one of those people that normally can do without kids in books in the romance genre.  But every now and then a story like Road To The Sun will come along and for just a moment-or at least for the hours I spend reading the story-I am totally enraptured.  This story not only has romance, it's an age-gap/May-December story filled with angsty goodness, suspense, self discovery, and has some pretty fantastic characters to carry it all.

I absolutely adored Jason.  I admired his love for and dedication to his daughter Maggie, and his strength and determination to care for her no matter what-even at the young age he was when she was born.  Jason and Maggie have a wonderful relationship and a strong bond, and boy is she one intelligent young lady!  Both of them sparked something for Ben, who's a strong and protective but lonely man.  Ben and Jason get off to an uncertain start that becomes infinitely complicated when Maggie is kidnapped.

It's at that point that the suspense and tension of the story skyrockets, and I refused to pull myself away from the book from that point forward.  Well, I actually didn't want to pull away from the very beginning.  But once Maggie is taken, my brain was fully embroiled in the action and excitement.

Yes, things between Ben and Jason happen fast.  Yes, it's all super-intense and shrouded in the events of Maggie's abduction.  But the chemistry between the two men is still there, still valid, and still going strong all the way to the end.  Oh, and even if it all might seem a bit insta-lovey, the epilogue pulls everything back into focus for the long term.

4.5 stars for Road to the Sun, and I definitely recommend this story to any M/M romance fan.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.  Final note from the lady who can do without kids in her romance books?  Maggie is simply amazing, and even at the young age of eight years old, I was able to easily identify with her character, and the story would not be the same without her witty comebacks and intelligent voice.



Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and - although she loves delicious angst along the way - Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."




Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: THE SPARKS by Kyle Prue (Feud Trilogy #1)

Author: Kyle Prue

Narrator: Jon Eric Preston

Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: Cartwright Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: Feud Trilogy, Book One


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Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes.

The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties.

Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon - regardless of their family name or allegiance.


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Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.

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Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello.

As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression.
He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.

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Audiobook Release-Review & Giveaway: AS YOU WISH by Isobel Starling (Shatterproof Bond Series #1)





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Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 4hrs 9mins


Blurb

One wedding, two best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay's brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairytale castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided that Annabelle's gay younger brother would share the best man duties with Declan. Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man. Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn't meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realize the kid isn't a kid at all, but a tall, blond, and athletic young man. Declan is sure he's straight, so he's alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But, is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?


Carra's Review

I absolutely loved this story. It’s a wonderful look at one man’s journey to find what-and who-he truly wants after so many unsatisfying encounters with women, and another man’s attempt to find love and settle back into a normal life-if his controlling father will let him.

God, I adored these characters. Sam is so lovable, bubbly and bright and outgoing-though at times hiding some bit of sadness that we don’t get to find out about until the absolute end of the story. And Declan…there’s just something about a person discovering his sexuality and breaking free of expectations that endears Declan (and other characters like him) to me from the start. The two together are intensely passionate and the phrase “explosive chemistry” was probably coined with their eventual pairing in mind.

Watching as Declan explored his sexual boundaries as he learns just what he needs and wants is emotional for the reader as well as Declan himself as he experiences it. He and Sam weave such a tight bond with each other, and as a reader I was just as devastated as Declan when their time together at the castle for the wedding comes to an end…especially the way it did.

I’m really glad the way things tied up at the end, I don’t think I could have taken any other ending. I’m am totally hooked for this series and can’t wait to dive in to the next book.  5 stars for As You Wish, and I can guarantee no matter how this series progresses from here that I’ll still be re-reading this one in the future! Recommended for M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.

Narration: I am thrilled with the narration of As You Wish.  Gary Furlong does an incredible job, nailing the different accents perfectly which gave the story an authentic, realistic feel as I listened.  The pacing was just right, and even with the heavier accents the enunciation was spot on and easy to understand.  When it came to that scene I mentioned earlier when Declan and Sam's time at the castle ends, the narration was injected with just the right amount of emotion that I might have needed a tissue... 5 stars for the narration, and I certainly hope Mr. Furlong continues to narrate the rest of the series!



Author Bio

Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist's creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.

The 'Shatterproof Bond' series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her eleventh book and signed French and German and Italian, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The 'As You Wish' translation "Comme Vous Voudrez" is a best seller on Amazon France. It was released in German in March 2017, and as an audiobook in May 2017.

Isobel's greatest love is writing M/M relationships, and she hopes one day to actually finish the fantasy novel that she put 'to rest' three years ago.

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New Release & Giveaway: EQUALITY by Helena Stone (Dublin Virtues #2)



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Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words


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Blurb

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they'd never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can't imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh-the night before he travels to Canada for three months-Lorcan's no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he'd end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he's found the one, Eric doesn't worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan's insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?






Author Bio

Helena Stone can't remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it's hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

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