Cover Reveal: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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The Night House
 by Rachel Tafoya
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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.

But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.

As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.


About the Author

Rachel TafoyaRachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

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Friday Favorites: Love Gone Wild & The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo


Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.

I've been in a romantic mood lately and I really enjoyed these two books. There was plenty of romantic tension, humor, sweet moments, witty dialogue, heartache, engaging plots, characters I loved, and a great writing style. I've seen some reviews that weren't as positive and there are a few typos and mistakes (although especially for being self-published I would say these are very well done), but I still loved these stories and would definitely recommend them to romance lovers!

Love Gone Wild (Reality Show)Love Gone Wild
(Reality #2)
by Amy Matayo
Adult Romance
Paperback264 Pages
March 14th 2014 by Amy Matayo                  

Summary

Anna Lloyd’s life has been completely mapped out. As the daughter of a wealthy political family, she’s cultured, beautiful, dating her town’s most eligible bachelor, and is the perfect asset to her parent’s life in Chicago politics. So why is Anna unhappy? And why—when her boyfriend claims she’s nothing but a pampered socialite—does she do something as stupid as audition for an Alaskan survival show just to prove him wrong?

Jay Maddox wants one last chance at fun. After a lifetime of being responsible for siblings, mortgages, and a dysfunctional mother, he’s ready for a change. So when an opportunity to spend thirty days in Alaska with nothing but nature and nine other strangers comes along, he signs up. He’s young, loves a challenge, and winning comes with money—money that Jay could really use to get ahead in life. 

But when everyone arrives in Alaska to begin taping the show, the producers make a decision that throws everything into chaos and ruins Anna’s plan to prove herself. Now Jay and Anna are alone in the wilderness and forced into a partnership neither one expected. Just as they begin to care for each other and push for a win, they realize the game isn’t what it seems. Will the show’s outcome bring Jay and Anna together at last or ultimately be game over for the life they’ve always wanted?
 

My Review

I loved reading Love Gone Wild! I just crave a good Adult Romance once in a while and this definitely worked for me. There were lots of snarky dialogue that cracked me up, lots of sweet meaningful moments, some serious romantic tension, some heart-wrenching moments, characters I could get behind and cheer on, and a plot that kept things moving and engaged me.

I was rather skeptical at first about the two main characters, Anna and Jay, winning this whole ordeal and being the winners of their Alaskan survival reality show. As the story progressed, though, and hints were dropped here and there I began to see how things were going to work out. There was only one spot where they are trapped in a cave and the story skipped a little so that I really don't know how they got out that I questioned, but the rest of it worked for me. I've watched enough Survivor and Bear Grills to understand the reality show and camera work and such. There were some pretty terrifying moments for these characters where I really wasn't sure if they were going to make it.

You know how some books just go from event to event and there isn't even all that much dialogue, just a lot of page turning? Well, there is page turning in this book because some things are happening, but mostly I turned pages because the dialogue was so fun. It's really what made this book so great: the dialogue between Anna and Jay as well as their characters. I really loved Anna! I really wanted her to stand up for herself and take the chance she was being given. I loved how quick and smart she was and her fierce determination. I loved how she quoted movies all the time and played this game with Jay to see if he knew what she was quoting. Then Jay had his own game called "spill it" that was ongoing through their whole survival journey. He was such a good guy. He would make comments, tease, and flirt, but he was also a gentleman and saved Anna numerous times. He also really took a leap in putting his heart out there.

I still feel somewhat upset about Anna's parents and boyfriend and a choice that Anna makes towards the end. It just really galls me what some people will do for for their own selfish endeavors. I have to say that this huge contrast between characters really added to the story though. It just gave quite a contrast between characters, but at the same time made me want to yell at them or shake them. There were some rather painful moments that Ana had to deal with.

I would recommend Love Gone Wild to anyone who enjoys reading a good romance. I definitely can't wait to see what Amy writes next!!

Content: Clean (There is quite a bit of innuendo, but I would still consider this clean for the genre.)

Source: Purchased


The Wedding Game
The Wedding Game
(Reality #1)
by Amy Matayo
Adult Romance
Paperback280 Pages
November 16th 2013 by Createspace                  

Summary

Cannon James has a plan: Sign on as a contestant for his father’s new reality show, marry a blonde hand-picked by the producers, and walk away two million dollars richer. It’s all been arranged. Easy. Clean. No regrets. Until Ellie McAllister ruins everything by winning the viewer’s vote. Now he has to convince America that he’s head over heels in love with her. Not easy to do since she’s a walking disaster. Ellie McAllister has her own problems. She needs money, and she needs it now. Despite her parent’s objections and her belief that marriage is sacred, she signs on to The Wedding Game…and wins. Now she’s married to a guy she can’t stand, and if she wants her hands on the money, she has six months to make voters believe she loves him. Not easy to do since he’s the most arrogant man in America. It doesn’t take long for Ellie and Cannon to realize they’ve made a mess of things…even less time for their feelings for one another to change. But is it too late for them? More importantly, can the worst decision they've ever made actually become one of the best?
 

My Review

I can't remember how I ran across this author, but I'm really glad that I did! She is a great new voice in Adult/Inspirational Romance! There is plenty of romantic tension, but she keeps it clean and I really appreciate that!

If you love watching The Bachelor or any run-off shows then this is the book for you!! I actually don't watch those, but I have read a slue of those types of books. They are rather fun because it puts these characters in difficult, but interesting settings. They're in a commercial setting, but spending that much time with someone and leaving without ever learning to care for them would be really hard to do. It's rather comical how Cannon and Ellie start of their relationship. Cannon is excessively rude and Ellie doesn't lay down, but shoves it right back at him. They pretty much hate each other at the beginning of their marriage, which is definitely not the way to go.

I really loved quite a bit of the banter between Cannon and Ellie. Cannon was really quite arrogant and rude and it took me a while to like him. He eventually comes around and redeems himself, but he definitely takes awhile. Although, I did enjoy seeing how he matured and changed. Ellie, I loved! I loved how much she challenged him and just her personality overall. She's this sassy, smart, gorgeous gal with a great work ethic and a fabulous family that she loves.

I was pulled into the story right away and never lost interest. Even at points when I thought everything was going to work out and the tension was low, there would be a twist or something would happen and conflict would rise right back up. One thing I think this author does really well is connecting her characters with readers. I felt emotional about Ellie and the situation. The story just pulled me in and I felt all the highs and lows and got behind these two. I really wanted things to turn out well. I also loved how Ellie's faith in things and God affected her actions.

I would definitely recommend The Wedding Game to those who enjoy those type of Bachelor shows and reading romance.


Content: Clean (There is quite a bit of innuendo and some closed-door scenes - they are married - but I would definitely consider this clean for the genre.)

Source: Purchased


Amy Matayo, the author, was extremely generous and is giving away two ebooks of Love Gone Wild!!! You can enter below.

About the Author

Amy Matayo graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. Afterwards, she went to work at DaySpring Cards, where she worked for seven years. After the birth of her first child, she became a freelance writer for David C. Cook before pursuing novel writing full time. The Wedding Game won the 2012 ACFW Genesis award and is her first novel. Her second in the series—Love Gone Wild—releases March 1, 2014.

As the mother of four children with a husband immersed in political life, Amy has very little free time, preferring to spend that time enjoying intellectual pursuits such as: watching television with her feet propped up, watching movies with a bucket of popcorn, and watching her laundry pile high—with no desire to do anything about it.



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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Fortune Cafe by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, & Heather B. Moore


Fortune CafeThe Fortune Cafe: A Novel in Three Parts
(A Tangerine Street Romance #1)
by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, & Heather B. Moore
Adult Romance Novella
March 13th 2014 by Mirror Press

Summary

Welcome to Tangerine Street

Tangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and exclusive bed-and-breakfasts. The Fortune Café, situated in the middle of this charming collection of shops and cafés on Tangerine Street, is a Chinese restaurant unlike any other because, well, to be honest, the fortunes found in the cookies all come true…

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?

    


My Review

I've been reading some great and fun chick-lit lately, and The Fortune Cafe was no exception. I really enjoyed reading these three short stories that all have The Fortune Cafe (a Chinese restaurant located on Tangerine Street) interwoven through each story in some way. In these stories at least one of the main characters opens a fortune cookie from the Cafe and has that fortune come true by the end of their story.

My favorite of the three was Mis-Fortune, which is also the first book. It just grabbed me from the beginning with its humor and characters. Then later it pulled me in with its heartbreak that almost made me tear up. I was really, really cheering on these characters. I especially loved their chemistry and dialogue and just the sweet moments they shared.

Here's one part that just cracked me up that I just have to share:

     "Do you know what time it is?" he asked out of nowhere.
     She pulled out her phone to check the time, but he held out his hand. "Mind if I see?"
     She handed her phone off and felt confused as he tapped the screen. She jumped when his phone rang from inside its clip at his belt. He checked his phone while handing hers back to her. "Oh look?" he said. "You sent me a text. Must mean you want me to have your phone number."
     She laughed. "Well played, Harrison. Do you do that to all the girls?"
     "Honestly, that was a first. But worth is, I think."

Then here's another snippet that I loved, but was also a little sad:

     He stared hard at her. "Are you okay?" he asked.
     "I'm good." She moved forward again, grateful that movement made it harder for him to look at her that way. She hadn't dated anyone since before her dad died. She'd forgotten how intense a simple look could be. She'd forgotten how her heart could pump blood so fast through her veins that it left her dizzy. She'd forgotten how to feel.

Then next we have Love, Not Luck. I could definitely see where this one was headed, but I also really enjoyed the ride. I did want to push one of the MC's in a specific direction at one point when she'd decided to hold off. It definitely created that great tension and climax that I love in the Romance genre. Carter was probably my favorite guy out of all three stories. I just loved him!

The final novella was Takeout and it was such a sweet story. I was completely surprised by a few of the actions and choices these characters made, specifically Stella at one part (the second time she sees love-interest Evan) because both characters have somewhat reserved personalities. These moments really mixed things up, in a great way. It was another really fun and sweet read.

I really enjoyed this compilation of three short stories. Each story was fun, sweet, heartfelt, and romantic with great characters and story-lines. I'd definitely recommend The Fortune Cafe to those who enjoy romance or chick-lit.

I'm definitely planning on reading the next book in this series, Boardwalk Antiques Shop.

Content: Clean (there is one mild swear word in Love, Not Luck and there are also a few instances of social drinking, but I would consider this clean).

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


About the Authors

JulieWJulie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.


MelanieJ


Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.


HeatherM


Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.



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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Fissure by Marilyn Almodóvar


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Fissure
(Chronicles of the Interred #2)
by 
Marilyn Almodóvar
YA Paranormal Romance
May 20, 2014 by Iambe Books, LLC
Cover designed by Nimbi Design


Summary

Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.

Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.


About the Author

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor...as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop



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In the spirit of the holiday, I'm giving away two Christian Historical Romance titles (US Only), Carolina Gold and Beloved. You can see my reviews by clicking on the covers.

Carolina Gold Beloved
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Blog Tour Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson

I have been so excited about this series! I even contributed to it being published because I really support what these authors are doing, writing clean Adult Romance. Thank you, ladies!! 

I will be reviewing each of the novellas in this series every couple of weeks. The book up for review this time around is...

Righting a Wrong (a Ripple Effect Romance Novella, Book 3)Righting a Wrong
(The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series #3)
by Rachael Anderson
Adult Romance Novella
March 7th 2014 by Hea Publishing

Summary

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year of high school ended in a fiasco. But now her father needs help, and Cambri has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and heads home, hoping against hope that Jace Sutton is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs-in the past. If only life worked that way. 

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she walked out of his life without a backward glance, he was left with no choice but to try to forget her and move on. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jace instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. If only it were that easy.

    


My Review

In Righting a Wrong we get to find out what happens to Jace, who used to be the heroine's boyfriend in the last book. Jace is a down-to-earth, great guy. He's a little more reserved than some other heroes, but I really liked him. I also really felt for him and wanted him to get his happily-ever-after. I loved that I was able to sit down and read Righting a Wrong (and really each of the novellas in this series) and feel satisfied that I could read it in one sitting, delve deep into the story while doing it, and in the end be satisfied. It's just really nice to have that feeling and to know I'm going to find out what happens to the two MC's, but also be happy with the outcome. 

Cambri hasn't ever really moved on from Jace. They were the best of friends and she feels she ruined that. She doesn't get along with her dad (still doesn't really when she comes back) and so hasn't been back home for six years. Her dad definitely spices things up in this story. Him and Jace's grandfather really add a lot to this story. Cambri isn't even expecting for Jace to still be living in her hometown, but she finds out how wrong she was when she begins running into him everywhere. I really loved the dialogue between her and Jace! I loved that even though Jace has all these emotions, he keeps them inside and he challenges Cambri. There were some great moments between the two of them and several that were just flat-out hilarious and then some that were really sweet.

This was another great read for me from this series! I loved the characters, the dialogue, the plot, and, of course, the wonderful ending. It was sweet, funny, and romantic, and included some great characters. I would definitely recommend it to chick-lit lovers everywhere.

Now I can't wait to find out what happens to Jace's sister, Lydia, in the next novella in this series, Lost and Found. Join me again in two weeks to find out what I thought. :)

Content: Clean

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.


Excerpt

In Cambri’s life, mistakes were like boomerangs. She’d make them, regret them, and launch them as hard and far as she could to get away from them. Then suddenly, after she thought they were long gone, they would come sailing back to thunk her hard on the chest.

Like now.

Cambri could practically hear the figurative boomerang whooshing toward her as recognition dawned on Jace’s face—the kind of recognition that came when seeing someone from your past you’d rather not see.

“Hey, Jace,” was all she could come up with to say. She clutched the pruning shears, frantically trying to think of something more. “Long time no see.”

He glanced at the shears, and a few awkward seconds passed before he responded. “Yeah, long time.”

“I was just, uh . . .” Cambri brushed a few dried leaves off the shears and held them up—“trying these out. They’re sharper than I expected. I’ll take them.”

“Will you take the hose too, or was it the sprinkler head you were also trying out?”


Rachael
About the Author


A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.




The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 
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Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith


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