Saturday, 18 October 2014

Stacking The Shelves #79


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
It's a fab way for bloggers to share what they've added to their bookshelves (virtual or real) this week!

For Review
   


Bought
  

Received
The wonderful people at Pitakus sent me the set of Fall Away books so far- very happy to have them in paperbacks!

  


What have you added to your shelves this week?


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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blog Tour: Ascension by A.S. Fenichel; Excerpt + Giveaway





Ascension (The Demon Hunters #1)
Author: A.S.Fenichel
Publisher: Kensington/ Lyrical Press
Release Date: 6 October 2014

When demons threaten London, Lady Belinda answers the call.

Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancée is not the sweet young girl he left behind. She’s grown into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he’s convinced it’s for a lover’s rendezvous. Following her to London’s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancée ruthlessly slays a man.

Lady Belinda Carlisle’s only concern was her dress for the next ball—until demons nearly killed her and changed everything. A lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death by a demon’s hand.

Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure, stronger than ever.



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Excerpt

Another turn and he nearly fell over a man standing in his path.

“‘Elloo, gov. You seems in a mite of a hurry. Where’s it yur goin’ so late? Mayhap Taker can be of ’elp.”

Gabriel took a step back from the hulking figure of Taker. The man’s breath was putrid from rotting black teeth and his clothes had not seen a washday in a month or more. “I’m not in need of assistance tonight, my good man.”

“Oh, but I think you is,” Taker replied.

Initially Gabriel’s reaction was to dismiss the inconvenience of street rabble delaying his pursuit. Taker was not easily dismissed. Gabriel looked the larger man in the eye.

Taker’s pale-blue eyes stared back.

The memory of men in war flashed in his mind. The hatred twisting this man’s face was the same. “I’m curious Mr. Taker as to why you stopped me and not the young woman who preceded me down the alley. She would have been a much easier mark. I do not care to boast, but I’m rather tall and strong, whereas the woman was small and easily detained. So why stop me and not her?” His question was more than just curiosity. The answer could help him ferret out what Belinda was up to. Maybe she had a protector in this area and Taker could identify the rogue.

Taker’s eyes shifted down the lane where Belinda had disappeared, before turning back to Gabriel. “Simple, gov. That slip of a girl got bigger teeth then you might think and pays her way down this alley regular-like. Taker’s too smart to do no harm to a steady source of coin.”

It took a great deal of effort not to react to the knowledge that his fiancée frequented these back streets on a regular basis. He had no idea what the “bigger teeth” remark might mean. “I see. Would it then behoove me to offer you payment and be on my way?” Gabriel kept his tone polite.

“Naw, gov. You ain’t no regular. You strikes me as a one-shot deal.”

“I see,” Gabriel said.

“Taker’s a fair man. Gives you a chance to just hand over your purse and then you git to live to see the sun.” Taker smiled exposing his black teeth. “Course I’ll have to rough you up a bit just to keep up me reputation.”

“Yes, of course,” Gabriel conceded. “I’m afraid I cannot allow you to take my entire purse, my good man. Since you have declined my offer of a reasonable payment, I conclude that you will have to beat the money out of me.”

“Shame, that.” Taker shook his head and shrugged before he swung one meaty fist at Gabriel’s nose.

Gabriel easily ducked away from the path of the blow. Taker lost his balance, and Gabriel used the opportunity to strike Taker in the ribs and when he bent over to clutch his gut, Gabriel threw an uppercut to the chin.

The bigger man stumbled backward, but recovered quickly, shaking his head with unfocused eyes. Much to Gabriel’s surprise, Taker smiled at him before rushing forward, throwing several wild punches.

Gabriel dodged each stroke, and the forward motion of his opponent, gave him the opportunity to move left and kick the giant’s legs out from under him.

Taker’s head hit the mucky street with a sickening thud.

A woman cried out in the darkness, and the prostitute Gabriel had encountered earlier, rushed out of a dark doorway and knelt at Taker’s side.

“You didn’t have to kill him.” Her voice was a whining squeal.

Gabriel crouched down and felt for a heartbeat. The telltale sign of life was strong in Taker’s chest. “He will be fine.”

Rising from the filthy street, Gabriel dropped several coins on the thief’s shirt before moving off in the direction he’d last seen Belinda.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Holiday Hop Featuring Jill Shalvis, Carolyn Brown, Grace Burrowes, Terry Spear, and Sarah Morgan + Giveaway


Ready or not, Christmas is right around the corner, which means shopping, food, family — and holiday romances! This season, award winning authors Jill Shalvis, Carolyn Brown, Terry Spear, and Sarah Morgan each have holiday romances releasing. To get readers into the Christmas spirit, the authors answer the following question: What’s your heroine's favorite outfit to wear to a holiday celebration?

Ladies, take it away!

Jill Shalvis author of One in a MillionWell, it’s nothing you would see. Callie’s favorite outfit for a holiday celebration would be under her clothes, something soft and sexy, silky, in red, something that can be slowly unwrapped in private and thoroughly enjoyed…

Grace Burrowes author of What A Lady Needs for Christmas
Oh, Joan has this one nailed. Velvet, of course, and because she’s a redhead, the deep green with the soft white trim and dashes of red piping will do wonderfully.

Carolyn Brown author of Cowboy Boots for Christmas
Callie dresses up twice in Cowboy Boots for Christmas (Cowboy not Included). Both times for Christmas parties: for the one at the Brennan's spread she buys a gorgeous red velvet dress that hugs her body and is slit up to her thigh on the right side. It comes with a matching jacket so she doesn't have to buy a fancy coat that she’d probably never wear again. But she does have to buy shoes, so she opts for the matching red velvet pumps. For the Gallagher’s party she wears green satin in the same shade as the green of the O’Donnell plaid.

Terry Spear author of A Highland Wolf Christmas
Calla Stewart would never think a toga would end up being her favorite holiday dress for a party she has orchestrated, until she realizes just how much the outfit turns Guthrie MacNeill on after the toga party and the discussion he starts in the garden room—the heat in the fire pit is not the only heat in the room. Yep, now this is her favorite holiday dress of all time.

Sarah Morgan author of Maybe This Christmas
Brenna is a ski instructor so she will be working on Christmas Day, but she will probably add something festive and sparkly to her ski suit and she’ll be wearing her favorite blue hat.