Author Archives: Kristin

Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Venerate Order by Troy Dukart

The Venerate Order
by Troy Dukart
Publisher: Creativia
Publication date: Feb. 26, 2018
Genre: Fantasy

Strafe Rocknus has suffered hard losses in his life, but now things are looking up for the college graduate.

He has a sizzling girlfriend, good friends and a bright career ahead of him. But one day, Strafe awakes in a mysterious cavern, discovers an ancient artifact, and unwittingly ignites a war that spans two worlds: his own, and one he never knew existed.

With the abyss of the unknown before him, Strafe enters the swirling darkness. Desperate, he must navigate a new and hostile world on the brink of catastrophe, and learn the truth of who he is, while facing a darkness with the power to destroy everything Strafe has ever cared about.

Soon, he will discover that his greatest strength comes from those he fights for.

 

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Review: Play by Kylie Scott

Play
(Stage Dive #2)
by Kylie Scott
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

 

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Review: Luke by Stephanie St. Klaire

Luke
(Brother’s Keeper #3)
by Stephanie St. Klaire
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: May 10, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Luke O’Reilly has seen it all, done it all, and lived through it all. When a career ending injury forces him to retire from the military, he struggles to adapt. Luke was born to be a soldier, not conform to the nine-to-five mediocrity of everyday life. He needs to protect and serve like he needs his next breath.

Angry, with a bitter taste of civilian life, he finds himself searching for purpose in dangerous operatives through the family business that is Brother’s Keeper Security. Working alongside his brothers, protecting them and those they love, gives him satisfaction. But he still wants more – needs more – and struggles to find it. That is, until the one thing he didn’t think he was searching for, lands on his doorstep. Literally.

Daisy King lives life on her own terms, just the way she likes it. A free spirit, until she finds herself in the protective clutches of Brother’s Keeper, one frustrating brother in particular. As the key witness to a high-profile murder, the stakes turn dangerous and take an unpredictable twist leaving her once simple life an existence she’ll never reclaim.

In a true tug of war between good and evil, Luke fights to overcome his past, to protect his future. Can Luke and Daisy save each other and find a happily ever after? Or, does murder and mayhem prevail, robbing Daisy of her freedom and sentencing Luke to a life alone?

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford

The Harper Effect
by Taryn Bashford
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication date: May 15, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court–until her coach dropped her for being “mentally weak.” Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob–who also happens to be her sister’s very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.

But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Colt, a cold, defensive, brooding young tennis phenom, she hits the court all the harder, if only to prove Colt wrong. But as the two learn to become a team, Harper gets glimpses of the vulnerable boy beneath the surface, the boy who was deeply scarred by his family’s dark and scandalous past. The boy she could easily find herself falling for.

As she walks a fine line between Colt’s secrets, her forbidden love, and a game that demands nothing but the best, Harper must decide between her past and her future and between two boys who send her head spinning. Is the cost of winning the game worth losing everything?

 

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Review: Mate Claimed by Jennifer Ashley

Mate Claimed
(Shifters Unbound #4)
by Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: Oct. 2, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

As a wildcat Shifter and leader of his Shiftertown, Eric Warden knows his own kind. When he sees Iona Duncan, he realizes that although she appears human, she is a half-Shifter wildcat living without a Collar—and that if she doesn’t acknowledge her true nature and her mating hunger, it may kill her…

Iona finds the mysterious and powerful Eric alluring, even though she has vowed never to reveal her Shifter side, lest her mother pay the price for hiding her all these years. But her mating hunger is rising, and with Eric so close, she may not be able to resist…and her desire may lead to the very doom they are fighting to deny…

 

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New Plants and Books Equals One Happy Girl

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

I know I talked about plants last week, but I am even more excited about the plants I got yesterday. We went to our local nursery because The Mister wanted a bougainvillea. We wound up not finding the one he wanted, but I found these two awesome plants! The one of the left is a Cylindrical Snake Plant aka African Spear and the one on the right is a Pilea Peperomioides aka Chinese Money Plant. The Pilea is a plant that took me forever to find online last year for a friend who really wanted one. I wound up dropping $30 on a tiny 2″ pot to be shipped to me. So, imagine my surprise when I rounded the corner and there were a whole bunch of these plants for sale! There was no way I was walking out of the store without one.

Aaand if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a bit obsessed with plants. If I could, I would be one of those people whose house is covered in plants from top to bottom. I’m starting to feel like maybe I need to start a plant discussion post or something for the blog. 😂

 

 

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Review: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Punk 57
by Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Oct. 21, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Murder, She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart

Murder, She Knit
(A Knit & Nibble Mystery #1)
by Peggy Ehrhart
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Mystery

Since her only daughter left for college, widow Pamela Paterson has kept busy as associate editor of a craft magazine and founder of the Knit and Nibble knitting club in quaint Arborville, New Jersey. Now, she’s trying out a new hobby—solving murders!

Pamela is hosting the next Knit and Nibble meeting and can’t wait to liven up her otherwise empty home with colorful yarn, baking, and a little harmless gossip. She even recruits Amy Morgan, an old friend who recently moved to town, as the group’s newest member. But on the night of the gathering, Amy doesn’t show. Not until Pamela finds the woman dead outside—a knitting needle stabbed through the front of her handmade sweater . . .

Someone committed murder before taking off with Amy’s knitting bag, and Pamela realizes that only she can spot the deadly details hidden in mysterious skeins. But when another murder occurs, naming the culprit—and living to spin the tale—will be more difficult than Pamela ever imagined . . .

Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!

 

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Win the entire M-Day series by DT Dyllin (signed)

Stuck on Books is putting on a May I Suggest Giveaway Hop, and I’ve decided to join in on the fun. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these hops, but I had to take part in this one. I’ve actually been holding onto these books for over a year now. I was lucky enough to meet D.T. Dyllin at RT Booklovers Convention last year, and I got her entire M-Day series signed for an upcoming giveaway that I was planning. However, I wound up moving soon after the convention and things got put on the back burner. So, when I saw that there was an upcoming hop designed to show your love for one of your favorite books by giving them away. I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to give away these signed copies.

 

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Review: Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue

Bound for Eden
(Frontiers of the Heart #1)
by Tess LeSue
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Rating:

Alexandra Barratt has found the perfect man—it’s a shame he thinks she’s a boy…

Fleeing from the murderous Grady brothers, Alexandra disguises herself as a boy and joins a frontier party heading West, with her brother and sister in tow. The wagon train is captained by the irresistible Luke Slater, who’s never met a woman he couldn’t charm.

At first, Alex can’t believe the way every woman in town falls at Luke’s feet, including her suddenly flirtatious sister. But when she sees him naked in the bathtub, she finds herself swooning over him too. If only she could wash the muck of her face and show him who she really is. Unfortunately she has more pressing concerns…

The Gradys aren’t about to let Alex, nor the small fortune she stole from them, slip through their fingers. Only by maintaining her ruse does she have a chance of protecting her family. But fate, it seems, is conspiring against her.

 

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