Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Audio Review Tour: Love in Spades by Charlie Cochet


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LOVE IN SPADES

Four Kings Security, Book 1

CHARLIE COCHET

AUDIO RELEASE: 06.20.18


COVER DESIGN: REESE DANTE

NARRATOR: Greg Boudreaux

Listening Length: 7 hours and 53 minutes







BLURB

Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.

After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.

Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.

As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?

If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future….


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EXCERPT

Ace’s lips curled into a wicked grin, and he dove under the water. Colton stilled, waiting for Ace to pop, but he didn’t. Jesus, the guy could hold his breath for a long time. It was like he’d vanished. Until something grabbed Colton’s legs. He released a barrage of curses as he was lifted, his arms flailing in an attempt not to lose his balance as Ace came up under him, and Colton ended up on Ace’s shoulders.

“You ass!” Colton hugged Ace’s head to keep himself steady as he sat on the man’s broad shoulders while Ace laughed himself silly. He held on to Colton’s thighs, and started walking. “What are you doing?” Colton squeaked.

“Going for a walk,” Ace said as if it were obvious.

“No, you have something devious planned; I know it.”

Ace chuckled. “Are you doubting me?”

“Absolutely. Remember the pool?”

Blogtour: Blood And Eternity by Shira Anthony



Please say hello to Shira Anthony with 

Blood And Eternity 

Blood series #3 





Reinventing the Vampire Myth
Thanks, Sandra and company, for hosting release day for the final Blood Series book, Blood and Eternity!The series blends paranormal, fantasy, and time travel themes. Oh, and sexy vampires and vampire hunters, of course. Be sure to read to the bottom to see how you can enter to win a cool unisex bat-themed bracelet!
With the exception of the 3 years before and after I went to law school, I’ve always been a voracious reader. And even during law school and the years after when I experienced the I-can’t-possibly-read-anything-else-or-my-eyes-will-explode angst, I still read a great deal, just not the kind of reading I enjoyed! Above all else, I’ve loved to read romance and fantasy (high fantasy, paranormal fantasy, you name it!).
So it won’t surprise you to hear that vampires featured prominently in some of those reads (although I admit I haven’t read the Twilight series). My favorite book vampires are Anne Rice’s. I’ve also seen many movies and TV shows featuring vampires. I particularly loved the first few seasons of True Blood (based on the Sookie Stackhouse series) and the Japanese animated series, Vampire Knight (based on the manga with the same name).
Ten years ago, a reader asked me if I’d ever write a vampire book. Honestly, I thought about it then, but pushed the idea aside. Vampires seemed stale in both literature and in film. So often, it was the same old myth of vampires who burn up in the sunlight, have super-human strength, can’t walk into a building without being invited inside, turning into a bat, undead... you name it. You know the tropes.
When I started writing the Blood Series for Dreamspinner Press a few years ago, I was bound and determined to put my own spin on vampires in much the same way as I did with my shifter mermen in the Mermen of Ea Series. I didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water, though! Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the vampire myths. But I wanted to write something a bit different, and having fantasy on the brain, some fantasy ideas bled into (pardon the pun) my vampires.
So let’s start with what’s the same? Vampires in the Blood Series can create other vampires from humans by draining the human’s blood and allowing the human to drink the vampire’s blood. Vampires are immortal and immune to disease, but they can be killed by vampire hunters. Not a stake through the heart, but they can’t survive without a head.
What’s different about the Blood Series vampires?
My vampires are alive. Living, breathing creatures with hearts that beat. Vampires (those who are born as vampires, not created) are an entirely different species from humans, although they can breed with humans as well as amongst themselves. Those original vampires are called “ancient” vampires. The ancients are vampire royalty, in a sense. They are leaders and they care for their own. They’ve fought amongst themselves for power, and they’ve also fought humans. In addition to being the most powerful vampires, ancient vampires have special abilities that are more like magic than just superhuman strength.
There are other differences between my vision of vampires and the traditional tropes. Because they are living creatures, they don’t burn up in the sunshine, live in coffins, etc. They are stronger at night, but they’re pretty strong during the day as well. Vampires in the series prefer relationships with others of their own sex, although the ancients will marry to procreate (it’s their duty to do so). The older the vampire, the less need they have for blood. They eat food and derive sustenance from it, but they can survive without food.
My favorite “new” myth? It comes from the old trope of a sexual connection to the taking of blood that goes back many centuries in literature. When the vampires in the Blood Series drink someone’s blood, they see that person’s memories. For them, blood is a window onto the soul. So the sharing of blood is a very intimate act. More intimate than sex (and yes, my vampires like sex just as humans do!). There is little a vampire cannot see in someone’s blood, and many vampires will only share their own blood with someone they trust (for obvious reasons).

I hope you’ll join me in my own vampire universe. If you haven’t read it already, the first book in the series is Blood and Rain. Don’t forget to comment to be entered to win a unisex handmade bat-themed bracelet with a paranormal theme! –Shira




Blurb:

Sequel to Blood and Ghosts and the final installment in the Blood Trilogy

Vampire hunter Adrien Gilbert never dreamed he’d fall for his prey or that his love, Nicolas Lambert, would give him the gift of immortality. But when a hunter bent on destroying the truce between vampires and hunters throws the gauntlet at Adrien’s feet, Adrien must travel through time to save Nicolas, and with him, the entire vampire race.

The time has come to make a choice—one they will live with for eternity.

In this final installment in the Blood Trilogy, Adrien and Nicolas must face their greatest enemy in a deadly last confrontation. But to prevail, they’ll need to master the enemies within.
When Adrien awakens to a future he doesn’t recognize, he faces an impossible decision: live a perfect life with Nicolas in a shattered world, or risk everything to repair a broken past. But before he can challenge vampire hunter Verel Pelletier, he must master the demon who lives in his own mind—and learn to control his ability to travel through time. With Nicolas by his side, he prepares for a final battle against a powerful adversary who likes to play games with the past and future.

But the price of ensuring a future for their loved ones may be an eternity spent alone.

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Excerpt from Blood and Rain:
Chapter One:
On the Edge of Forever
Miami, Florida
SUNSET WOVE fingers of purple and red through bands of clouds and vapor trails that crisscrossed the sky. The scent of exhaust from trucks and cars mingled with the tang of salt from the ocean. People scurried about as they returned from work, trying to finish last-minute errands before dinnertime, all oblivious to the lone figure perched atop the high-rise at the edge of the Miami River.
Adrien Gilbert gazed down at the tiny figures below, vaguely aware of their presence. For more than a century, he had seen generations of humans be born, reach adulthood, start families, grow old, and die as their loved ones watched, helpless to slow time. He had grown numb to the cycle of life—a cycle to which he was immune. He was an immortal, a hunter who had shared the soul of an ancient vampire. His beloved soul.
He closed his eyes, trying to picture that perfect face. It had grown strangely difficult to remember over the years, and yet he could still easily remember the face of his mother, who had been killed when he was just a child.
I won’t forget you… Nicolas.
It would have been far easier to give in, to erase Nicolas from his memory forever. Certainly far less painful than knowing Nicolas was out there somewhere, unable to find the way back to him. Less painful, too, than admitting he couldn’t find his way to Nicolas. He would suffer the pain of knowledge; it was a small price to pay to preserve the memory.
I’m sorry.
The irony that a hunter sworn to protect humankind would suffer the loss of a vampire so deeply was hardly lost on Adrien. He’d believed that in spite of the treaty between hunters and the hunted, vampires were not to be trusted. He’d believed his duty as a hunter was simple, straightforward: kill those who threatened humanity, tolerate those who did not. But that had been before he’d met Nicolas. Before he’d lost his heart. Before Nicolas had given him immortality.
Adrien had everything a human might wish for. The small transportation business he’d started when he moved to the United States over a hundred years ago had blossomed into an international empire with cargo ships, airplanes, trucks, and dozens of storage facilities around the globe. He owned homes in Europe, Thailand, Japan, the US, and a dozen other places he rarely visited. Despite his prosperity, the men with whom he shared his bed—human, vampire, hunter—rarely stayed long. He had seen to that, with his aloof manner and his cold heart. Only one man had ever touched his soul.


THE EVENING had started, as it always did, on a far better note. Adrien had stopped by one of his favorite haunts, an upscale martini bar not far from the city center. He’d developed a penchant for gin over the past few decades, enjoying the quick work it made of his long-term memory. Three or four martinis and he could forget, even if only briefly.
The bar was small and full of people. A Sinatra song played in the background as he walked over to the stainless-steel bar, filled with men, some of whom he’d already discarded, others new faces. Eager, all of them. He sensed their eyes on him and felt the hunger they didn’t understand. He understood that hunger. The scent of his blood created it in them. The same irresistible scent that had lured many a human to fall prey to the vampires now drew them to him.
He sat down at an empty barstool and nodded to the bartender, who set to work making the driest martini possible with his most expensive gin, dropping in a tiny bit of lemon peel instead of an olive. He handed Adrien the drink without saying a word, and Adrien brought the glass to his lips.
“Nice,” a male voice said from behind him.
The man was beautiful, tall, with shoulder-length black hair and deep green eyes. He wore a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a crisp button-down shirt that emphasized his muscled chest and narrow waist. Late twenties, perhaps. A new face, but a familiar presence.
“It’s not bad.” Adrien took a sip of his drink and pretended not to care. It was easy.
“I wasn’t talking about the drink.” The man lifted his drink to his full lips but watched him intently.
“I wasn’t either,” Adrien replied without missing a beat.
“I’m Cole.”
“So you are.”
They left the bar together for his apartment, where his housekeeper had already set a table for two. A bottle of Puligny-Montrachet chilled in a cooler by the table. Between them, they finished that bottle, although Adrien drank very little. Alcohol affected immortals far more than humans or vampires.
After dinner Cole stood and walked over to the railing, looking out over the river below. “You know what I am.” Cole’s voice was as smooth as the wine.
“Yes. I know what you are.” Adrien had sensed Cole was a vampire the moment he’d seen him. No self-respecting hunter would have missed the subtle electricity in the air or the scent of mingled blood. He lifted Cole’s hair off his neck, then trailed his lips over his silky skin. Cole smelled good—an earthy and primal scent that caused the bloodlust to rise in Adrien. Once, he had embraced his lust for blood.

Release Blitz: Love Letters by Anyta Sunday


Please welcome Anyta Sunday who is publishing a brand-new series called 

Love Letters

Read on for info on  the first three books from the series. 



Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all.
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low.
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers.
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found.
Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.
Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.




Admiring Ash
Series (name + # in series):  Love Letters #1
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): 41600 words / 222 pages
Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance


Book blurb:
A is for Ash Heartford.  
Adorable, strong, and independent.
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister.  
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news. 
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in. Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart? 
A is for Admiring Ash.
Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love 
Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad  
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance






Begging Ben
Series (name + # in series): Love Letters #2
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): 41000 words / 220 pages
Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance
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Book blurb:
B is for Ben Spengler.
Brilliant. Bashful. Burned.
Brimming with desire for his BFF Landon, who is beyond compare.
But they aren’t the same Ben and Landon anymore. Not after what Landon did. And didn’t do.
Bitter about his unrequited love.
Bound by a night of drunken promises. 
Will the chemistry between them change, or will Ben break first?
B is for Begging Ben. 
Tropes: Pretend boyfriend, friends to lovers, virgin, brother-like, jealousy
Themes: Science, geek, alcohol induced oblivion 
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance







Challenging Chance

Series (name + # in series): Love Letters #3

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 32000 words / 182 pages

Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance




Book blurb:

C is for Chance Roosevelt-Sutton.  
Chiseled jaw. Smug attitude. Wild ways.  
Chained to his ego—or so everyone thinks.  
Except his personal assistant, Brook. He knows better. 
Chance is challenged to make his father happy for once, but he needs Brook’s help.  
Choosing honesty is too risky, so instead they choose secrecy.  
Choked by their pasts, they dream of a better life . . . and  
Charm each other into submission. 

Will their pasts ruin what they have, or will they grow together?
C is for Challenging Chance.
Tropes: Alpha male, millionaire bad boy, athlete, help/comfort 
Themes: Basketball, coming out 
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance





Excerpts:
Admiring Ash Teaser #1:
Who was this River? What was he doing here, unless . . .
Ash narrowed his eyes. Attractive and charming. Hadn’t his sister mentioned she was crushing on a local college guy? “Oh, fuck me. You’ve knocked up my sister, haven’t you?”
All playfulness evaporated as Ash catalogued River from head to toe. Would Ash be spending the next twenty years raising a kid that resembled this man? Would that kid grow up—like all the Heartfords—addicted to love? Raising fatherless children? Obsessed with falling for men, believing, every time that this one was the one?
He’d hoped he and Danielle would kick the tradition.  
He almost punched the stunningly sculpted man in the mouth.  

Admiring Ash Teaser #2:

Monday, July 30, 2018

ARC Review: Blood and Eternity (Blood #3) by Shira Anthony

Blood and Eternity (Blood #3)
Blurb:
Sequel to Blood and Ghosts and the final installment in the Blood Trilogy

Vampire hunter Adrien Gilbert never dreamed he’d fall for his prey or that his love, Nicolas Lambert, would give him the gift of immortality. But when a hunter bent on destroying the truce between vampires and hunters throws the gauntlet at Adrien’s feet, Adrien must travel through time to save Nicolas, and with him, the entire vampire race.

The time has come to make a choice—one they will live with for eternity.

In this final installment in the Blood Trilogy, Adrien and Nicolas must face their greatest enemy in a deadly last confrontation. But to prevail, they’ll need to master the enemies within.

When Adrien awakens to a future he doesn’t recognize, he faces an impossible decision: live a perfect life with Nicolas in a shattered world, or risk everything to repair a broken past. But before he can challenge vampire hunter Verel Pelletier, he must master the demon who lives in his own mind—and learn to control his ability to travel through time. With Nicolas by his side, he prepares for a final battle against a powerful adversary who likes to play games with the past and future.

But the price of ensuring a future for their loved ones may be an eternity spent alone.


Todd's rating:




Yay, after what felt like forever, I finally got to finish this series!

And "Blood and Eternity" was very aptly named, because it truly felt like an eternity that I'd been waiting for this third and final book. ;- )

(Sorry, Shira, you know I love you, gurl! *mwah* hehe)

As this book began, Adrien had been given a choice. Remain in the future with Nico, after searching for him for over a century, and Pelletier would leave them alone to live their lives.

Or leave Nicolas behind, jump back into the past, and continue the fight.

Except Pelletier knew that the deaths of almost everyone Adrien loved would weigh heavily on him, if he stayed, essentially sacrificing their lives for his own happiness.

However, what Pelletier didn't count on was one itty bitty twist in the "leaving Nico behind" scenario that he'd banked on. I absolutely loved where Shira took the story in that respect.

This story was both fun and fast-paced, so I couldn't have put the book down, even if I'd wanted to. And I didn't.

Blogtour: Not So Human by Jeannette DiLouie


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NOT SO HUMAN
Jeannette DiLouie
Series: Faerietales Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Publication Date: February 22, 2015
Not So Human
Two new wings... One Preservation problem.

Sabrina might not care for everything about herself, but she's still used to being a human, an orphan and an everyday average American. However, her life changes forever the day she's followed home by four unsmiling men in dark suits and sinister shades.
A crash-course in reality reveals that she's actually a faerie princess, with a royal family in Scotland and some particularly brutal enemies hunting her down in the U.S. Fleeing the country doesn’t solve her problems though. It only adds to them.
With her new tiara to try on for size and a potential romance that seems bound to go badly before it begins, Sabrina still has to stay one wing ahead of the Human Preservation and Advancement Committee. Which has made its mission to ruin her life. Permanently.

Purchase Links

Special Promo: Available on Kindle for only $4.99, and in Print for only $9.99!
Offer ends August 18.

Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from July 30 - August 18, 2018.
Visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more!
To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Not So Human Book Page at Book Unleashed.

Other Books by Jeannette DiLouie

If finding out she’s far from human can’t break Sabrina Johnson, what can? That’s the question the faerie-hating secret society tracking her down across five countries wants to know. And they won’t stop until they find the answer – or until Sabrina’s dead.

To Err Is Faerie

Up in the Air

Wing and Dagger

COMING SOON!
FLIGHTS OF FANCY, Book 5 of the Faerietales series will be out this year, so there will be no waiting for the finale!

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