Friday, July 3, 2015

Release Week Blitz, Review & 2 Giveaways: A Promise Of Forever (A Tallgrass Novel #4) by Marilyn Pappano...


 Giveaway:
 1 LUCKY commentor will WIN a paperback copy of A Promise Of Forever. All you have to do is leave a comment under this post. Contest ends July 5th. 
(US/Can only) Good Luck!!!


A PROMISE OF FOREVER 
A Tallgrass Novel #4
by Marilyn Pappano 
Forever Mass Market
June 30, 2015

Sergeant First Class Avi Grant's return to Tallgrass, Oklahoma is a long-deferred wish come true. With her final tour in Afghanistan over, Avi can focus on her future-a job here at home and a family of her own. There's just one thing she has to do first: visit her beloved commanding officer's widow and share her grief. The last thing she expected was to feel an instant attraction to the woman's son. Too bad the sexy surgeon is impossible to ignore . . . and even harder to resist. 

The sting of his parents' divorce still niggles at Ben Noble. So when a warm, funny, and beautiful young sergeant arrives, mourning his stepfather's loss as strongly as his mother does, Ben can't help but feel conflicted. If his parents taught him anything, it's that love doesn't last-especially with a career soldier. But try as he might to keep his distance, Ben begins to see that Avi-and the spark she brings to his life-is the stuff forever is made of. As Avi's leave ticks away, can Ben convince her to take a chance on forever with him?

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Excerpt:

Outside, the sounds of children playing were louder, the splashes indicating that the kids across the street were enjoying one of the last swims of the summer. Avi and Ben walked silently to her car, parked in the driveway.
She nestled the pie plate into the passenger seat, tucked her purse around to hold it in place, then closed the door before turning to him.
So . . . Would he ask for her cell number? Offer his? Make firm plans to see her again before driving away?
For the first time in a long time, the answers mattered.
Linking his fingers with hers, he pulled her to the driver’s side of the car, then stood, invading her personal She liked it.
“Do you have any plans for tomorrow night?”
Yes! “Not a single one.”
He combed his fingers through his hair. “Would you like to go out to dinner?”
She wanted to blurt out the affirmative as quickly as it had echoed in her head, but he went on. “You would have to drive to Tulsa. Tuesday is surgery day, so if I come here, I can’t get here before seven, and I’ll have to head back before nine.”
Drive to Tulsa? An hour or less. No big deal. She’d had commutes between apartments and forts that took longer, and that was just to work. An evening with Ben was such a nicer payoff. “I don’t mind.”
“I usually get out of clinic around six. We could meet at my house around six thirty?”
A smile spread across her face. “I can handle that.”
“Good.” He wasn’t smiling, but his eyes showed something just as encouraging. Relief, maybe, or satisfaction. Hmm. She could show him satisfaction.
He leaned closer, just slightly, and lowered his voice. “I’d kiss you good night, but we have an audience.”
Glancing over her shoulder toward the house, she caught just a glimpse of Patricia before the blinds at the living room window settled. Looking back at Ben, she smiled. “Kiss me anyway.”
He closed the last of the distance between them, lowering his mouth to hers, giving her a sweet, gentle, tender kiss that set her blood on fire. It was impressive and surprising and just a bit scary, considering she’d had tons of kisses that were a whole lot more passionate and evoked a whole lot less of a response.
When he lifted his head, her fingers curled, wanting to wrap around the back of his neck and pull him down again. Her heart skipped a beat or two, and something deep inside her felt deprived.
In the dim light, Ben looked impressed and surprised and a bit scared, too. For a moment, he stared at her, all intense and searching, then he gave a rueful shake of his head. Stepping back, he asked for her cell phone, input his number, and texted it to himself to get her number.
“Six thirty,” he said when he handed it back, his voice rough-edged. “I’ll send you the address.”
“I’ll be there.”

My Review:
I've been a HUGE fan of this series since reading A Love To Call Her Own.  I started out of order, reading that 3rd book first, and then went back to read the first two books. I was hooked!!

Military romance is one of my favorite themes to read and A Promise Of Forever is certainly that and so much more. The concept of this series is what initially drew me but it was the characters and their stories, brilliantly written, that have kept my interest growing and coming back for more. I love that in each book you get a glimpse of the characters from the previous books along with the addition of new characters. 

The members of the Margarita Club have each touched me in some way through their grief and struggle to move on after suffering such unimaginable loss. That they all found friendship in one another through that experience was both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  Out of all of these strong and courageous characters, Lucy is the one who captured my heart the most and I so wanted her to find her HEA again. In  A Love To Call Her Own I was hoping that she would finally find that with Ben, while at the same time, secretly wishing it would be with Joe. ;)  So when I saw that A Promise Of Forever was about Ben and Avi, I was both disappointed and excited!! I was so happy that Ben and Lucy remained close friends and I actually enjoyed them more like that. The way they teased each other was so funny - like a brother and sister.  After reading the snippet from A Chance Of A Lifetime, at the end of this book, I'm even more excited for Joe and Lucy!!! It's going to be so good!!!

I really liked Ben and Avi together. They were perfect for each other. I fell in love with Ben a little more with the choices that he made to be with Avi and the way he was with his mother. That he felt the way he did about his mother leaving and still came to support and comfort her, just showed what a truly great man he was. I love that through Avi he was finally able to forgive his mom and move on from what happened in the past. I'm not sure that I could have been so forgiving had I been in his position. 

Another awesome book in an already awesome series. I'm so looking forward to A Chance Of A Lifetime and hopefully many more books to follow. (*hint*Fia*hint*)

Thank you Marilyn Pappano and Marissa Sangiacomo with Grand Central Publishing for the chance to read and review A Promise Of Forever.

About the author:
Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.

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The Tallgrass Series by Marilyn Pappano:

A Hero to Come Home To   
A Man to Hold on To
A Love to Call Her Own
A Promise of Forever


Release Boost & Giveaway: Raber Wolf Pack: Book #1 (Raber Wolf Pack Series) by Ryan Michele...


Title: Raber Wolf Pack: Book One
Series: Raber Wolf Pack
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: PNR/Shifter
Release Date: June 29, 2015


"There will come a time in our world when greed, power and wealth will overrule good judgement, and packs will be destroyed."

In the blink of an eye, everything can change, altering life as we know it forever. 

Zara was happy and carefree, until receiving her gift from the heavens. Her world tilts completely on its axis when she faces torture at the hands of a person meant to love her. Forced into a life of servitude, she's left only a shell of her former self.

Lifemates are a gift all their own. A powerful link that can’t be broken. 

Zara crosses paths with Xavier, Alpha of the Raber Pack, and the one time playboy finds himself drawn to the broken woman. As their connection flares to life, he grows determined to unleash the spitfire she hides within. 

Little does Xavier know that in finding Zara, he's ignited a flame that could destroy everyone’s lives…









"Wow what a completely different shifter book. I loved every second of it." ~ Goodreads Reviewer

"I love me some sexy wolves, especially when the story is as fresh and unique as Ryan Michele's Raber Wolf Pack." ~ Goodreads Reviewer

"Can you say holy hell balls of hotness? Raber Wolf Pack: Book One was an absolutely amazing read! If you are looking for one hot, sexy as hell Alpha look no further than Michele's Xavier." ~ Goodreads Reviewer







Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.







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Release Boost & Giveaway: Evanesce (The Darkness #2) by Cassia Brightmore...




Title: Evanesce
Series: The Darkness #2
Author: Cassia Brightmore
 Release Date: June 29, 2015

Blurb


If your soul has been plunged into the dark depths of despair, how hard would you fight to claw your way back to the surface? Can the life you lost be restored, or is it destined to be forever phased out of existence? Fated to dissolve into a distant memory.

The Black Market—a ferocious, starving beast. An endless sinkhole of precious valuables; the playground for blood-thirsty power seekers. Only one thing feeds its hunger like no other…human life.

A sinister criminal ring has descended on the small town of Norton Springs, instilling fear in the residents. A vicious wave of disappearances coupled with the gut-wrenching horror of infants being ripped from the arms of their helpless mothers has the town quaking in terror.

When Gabe Thornton strolls back into his hometown, his main goal is to claim the one woman that has always denied her feelings for him—Nora Jacobs. The last thing he expects is to be thrust into a storm of devastation and chaos. Will his strength be enough to save them from the dark souls that threaten to destroy their chance at happiness?

Broken futures. Shattered dreams. Mind-numbing loss. When your heart has been ripped away from you—how do you find the will to go on?

No one is safe. Everything you thought you knew is about to change in this second installment in The Darkness Series.

Warning: Due to adult content and graphic situations, this book is intended for readers 18 and up.



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Excerpt


Gripping Red’s hand tight, the two ran up the stairs, Brooke wincing each time one of the boards squeaked under the pressure of their weight. At the top, the door was open, a fact that had Brooke’s heart jumping up her throat like it was on a damn trampoline. Peering out, she ensured there was no one in sight before tugging Red forward. A few steps into the carpeted foyer, the sound of voices drifted towards them. Panicking, she pulled Red into what she thought was an empty room and shut the door.

Panting, she leaned against the door, trying to catch her breath.

“We have to hide here, Red. I’ll check if it’s safe in a few minutes.” When there was no reply from Red, Brooke turned her head, searching. “Red?” The other woman stood frozen, unmoving in the middle of the room.

“What are you—ahh…” Brooke stepped up beside Red, concerned why she was non-verbal. The room was not empty as she had expected. It wasn’t empty at all and the scene before them was a terrifying one.

Cots. Rows and rows of cots and each one was occupied with a tiny infant. Some were sleeping, wrapped in thin blankets. Others were squirming, having come loose from their bundle. A few were wailing, a loud sound that would make any dog in the surrounding area sit up and take notice. How Brooke didn’t hear them, was beyond her. The adrenaline was a roar in her ears, blocking out everything except listening for footsteps of anyone that might be approaching. A quick count revealed twenty-four cots. Twenty-four babies either stolen are birthed by a mother that was likely a prisoner in the same house of horrors she was trying to escape from.

Covering her mouth, Brooke supressed a scream of disgust. Children. Helpless infants all lined up and ready to be sold by the indescribable monster, Marcus. An auction straight from a mother’s worst nightmare.

“Red,” she tried to get her attention. “Red,” she said with more force. When that still didn’t work, she reached out and lightly shook her. The haunted, empty look in her eyes when Red finally acknowledged her, broke Brooke’s heart into a million tiny pieces.

“My sons. My daughters…” she moved towards the cots. “I—I have to find them. I—I—I didn’t get to—to hold them,” she stammered, peering over the cots at the tiny faces. Her heartbreak was written all over her face as she searched from cot to cot for her children.

Not being able to stand seeing her torment, Brooke rushed to her side, trying to tug her away. “Red, I don’t think they are here now. These…these are infants. As in just born, and you—” Red’s head whipped around to pin Brooke with furious eyes.

“Shut up. You know nothin’. My children are here. They are here.” Tears sprang to Brooke’s eyes at the utter despair in Red’s voice.

“I really wish they were, God, Red. But I promise you, we will make these bastards pay. We will find your children and make sure they can never do this to any other woman,” Brooke’s promise was fierce and true. She would shut this operation down, even if it killed her to do it.


Author Bio

Cassia Brightmore is a new indie author. Her debut novel, Malevolent is the first book in the Darkness Series and can be read as a standalone.

 

Writing has always been a passion of hers and publishing her first novel is truly a dream come true. She enjoys writing dark stories that she hopes will thrill the reader.
 

Cassia lives in Grimsby, Canada with her two furbabies, Harley and Molly.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Belle's Book Bag Side Bar Spotlights For The Month Of July...

Sexiest Couple Cover Of The Month:


Sexiest Male Cover Of The Month: 7/29/15

Book Series Of The Month:
Amazon / B&N


Book Of The Month: 7/28/15
Amazon / B&NGoodreads


Ménage Of The Month:
Bookstrand


Favorite Cover Of The Month:


Author Of The Month: 


These Books Caught My Attention...

Want To Lick This Cover ;)...I think he needs a permanent place on my blog!


Kristen Ashley...Do I Need To Say More??


So EXCITED For A New Release From Pamela Clare...



 Can't Wait To Read What Happens Next...Biting My Nails...
(Never sure what Mary is going to do to my favorite characters...I like this cover but it makes the book seem like it is a f/f when it isn't)


A New Series From One Of My Favorite Paranormal Authors...9/29/15


July HOTNESS... *sigh*
He was my June HOTNESS also...Look at him...He deserves 2 months in a row!! ;)


A Little Bit Of Motivation...
Exercise and eating clean is definitely a challenge but it's worth it!! 


Exercise For The Month...
Courtesy of one of my favorite sites...Busy Wife Fit Life with Coach Ashley


Clean Eating Recipe For The Month...So Good!!!


YIELD: 8 BOATS
 
PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME: 50 MINUTES
 
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
Ingredients:
  • 4 medium zucchini (about 2 lbs.)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reserved zucchini 'meat' from the center of zucchini
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and pre-heat oven to 350.
Slice zucchini in half length wise and use a spoon (or melon baller) to scoop out the center leaving about 1/4 inch zucchini shell all around (see video for demonstration).
Brown turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into smaller pieces.  Add garlic, onion, green peppers, zucchini meat, italian seasoning, strained tomatoes, sat, and pepper.  Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the veggies are tender and all the flavors have come together.
Place zucchini halves in a baking dish and fill each zucchini boat with about 1/2 cup filling.  Top each turley stuffed zucchini boat with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 min.
Courtesy of another one of my favorite sites...Clean and Delicious with Dani Spies