Excerpt: Untamed Hearts by Colleen O’Connell

Untamed Hearts
UNTAMED HEARTS
Colleen O’Connell
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Two destinations lead to one destiny
Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train to visit relatives. Her journey awakens unbridled passion with the dangerously handsome, Jared King. When Jared is accused of murder, she is faced with providing him an alibi at the risk of her own reputation. Did he use her to save himself or can she trust her heart – and him – to discover the truth? A truth they must work together to reveal.
Gunman, shooter, the brand is Jared King’s life. His skill with a gun creates an existence forever searching – searching every face for the bounty hunter in constant pursuit, for the settled life he is certain he will never find and for one woman’s love. Taryn Ashford jeopardizes his need to remain emotionally detached. She represents the happiness denied him, but if he pursues her, will he risk both their lives?

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Character Profile of Angela Renatus, Heroine of The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
THE GIRL WHO KNEW DA VINCI
Belle Ami
Series: Out of Time Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Tema N Merback
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
What she knows could kill her.
In the spirit of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels an unforgettable mystery.
Three destinies, one remarkable painting.
Will her visions lead her to the truth?
Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn’t exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.
When Angela is contacted by art detective, Alex Caine, she’s shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex’s client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro, and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself—a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.
Alex and Angela journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the illusive painting—Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn’t know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex’s lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

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Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

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I don’t usually give 2 stars, especially when it’s a trope that I love–best friend’s brother to lovers. But there’s just something so wrong with this book that I didn’t enjoy reading it at all. I even flipped the pages just so I could get to the end, and even then, it wasn’t satisfying at all.

The role reversal was refreshing though–Noah was the serial monogamist, while Wendy didn’t believe in relationships–but even that failed to save this story.

So, what went wrong?
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Excerpt: The Priestesses of Levet by Victoria Lynn Osborne

THE PRIESTESSES OF LEVET
Victoria Lynn Osborne
The Priestesses of Levet
Series: A Jason and Mortyiene Mystery # 3
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Jason and Mortyiene investigate the deaths of several priestesses
A priestess is dead hanging in an iron maiden.
The conclave of priestesses are meeting with new instructions from the goddess Levet.
A new floor is opening and the sealed rooms are scenes of horrific crimes discovered after the room opens. Jason and Mortyiene are called to investigate. Who is killing these women? Why? Does this have anything to do with the ongoing war?
To complicate things further, the sky rangers led by general Valairia, war mistress of the Kylvar are in town to fight a rampaging dragon. There is well known animosity between the clergy and Valairia. These spats erupt into battles as the general assumes privileges not granted to her.
Don’t miss another exciting book in The Jason and Mortyiene Mysteries.

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Rant on Reviews

Where to start my rant?

I read because I enjoy reading. I enjoy the escape, and it’s great entertainment. Usually. Of course, I come across a bad book every so often, but I count that as the risks of the trade.

When I was younger, I’d usually discuss the books I read with like-minded people, friends who also read romance and read voraciously. We’d trade books and recommend books to each other. With the advent of blogs like blogspot and wordpress, it made reviewing books even easier and allows us to reach a wider audience, more romance junkies oohing and aahing over the books we love.

It also allowed us to reach authors and tell them how much we love or hate their books. Well, I don’t usually send out the hate, but when it’s a mixed review, I’d tag the author on Twitter. Naively, I thought she’d appreciate knowing what I thought of her book from a reader’s perspective, that maybe she’d take it as constructive feedback.

Some authors are truly nice people. They appreciate your review (whether positive or negative), and they’d thank you nicely. It’s a rare author who can be polite in the face of a negative review.

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New Release: Jersey Ghouls by A.L. Sirois – 99 cents only! Until 6/15 only

JERSEY GHOULS
A.L. Sirois
Jersey Ghouls
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
A disabled cop and his ex battle giant centipedes and ghouls in a small riverside community that’s about to be flooded out.
The rain-drenched riverside town of Sherwood’s Landing, NJ is invaded by a species of centipede from Central America armed with psychedelic venom. Former cop Lafferty “Hoff” Hoffman and his ex-girlfriend Beatrice St. John are swept into terror as their neighbors are enslaved by a centipede-generated group mind. Those remaining free must band together to survive the onslaught of ravenous ghouls.

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Check out these Fun Facts and Excerpt from Watch the Skies by Tanith Davenport

WATCH THE SKIES
Tanith Davenport
Watch the Skies
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
She wants him. He wants her. They want to watch.
Alien hunter Aster is frustrated in more ways than one. Her team hasn’t had a proper encounter in months, and her cute teammate Wade is never going to see her that way – and no other man would let a woman like Aster take charge in a relationship anyway.
Until one night, out in the woods, when the team is engulfed in a white light – and overwhelmed with desire like they’ve never known. Suddenly Aster sees a new side to Wade, one that will let her give her alpha tendencies free rein…
But as the creatures they met return again and again, Aster begins to wonder what they really want – to see her and Wade together, or something more sinister?

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