Monday, 31 March 2014

Guest post by Stacy Gail + Giveaway

I'm 'very happy to welcome back to Ex Libris the wonderful Stacy Gail who is celebrating a great accomplishment since today is the release of Dangerous Angel, the 4th and last novel in her Earth Angels series ! Please give her a warm welcome and read on for an exclusive excerpt and great giveaway. Stacy, take it over! :-)

Before we begin, I’d like to thank Stella for allowing me to pop onto the blog to chat about DANGEROUS ANGEL. I’m so excited about this release, as it’s the action-packed conclusion to The Earth Angels, a miniseries published by Carina Press, and the culmination of a project I’ve been working on for almost two years.

Well, I did it. *dusts off hands* With the release of DANGEROUS ANGEL, I’ve completed The Earth Angels miniseries and accomplished my goal of creating a demonic-apocalypse story arc that encompasses my favorite archetypes found in PNR. I showcased the brooding, Alpha-male superhero in NOBODY’S ANGEL; the rigid gung-ho soldier who learns how to love in SAVAGE ANGEL; the inner strength of a hero with lost powers in WOUNDED ANGEL; and the reluctant hero in DANGEROUS ANGEL—Kyle Beaudecker.

To be honest, I was worried about Kyle. He’s… different. In fact, I’ve never run across a romantic hero quite like him. He has ADHD for starters, because his synaptic pathways are firing at a rate not usually seen in most humans. That’s because Kyle is a descendant of Barakiel, also known as Uriel, a lower archangel who had dominion over lightning. That makes him a member of the Nephilim, and while that might sound great, the powers handed down to him through countless generations are now housed in a mostly human body. Electrically stimulated brain cells equal a lot of hyper activity for Kyle, but he manages. In fact, it’s part of his charm, as Nikita—rival bounty hunter and the object of Kyle’s riveted attention—finds out with every conversation they have. ;)

Excerpt:

“You found something out, didn’t you, Nikita? You’re never in this good a mood.”

“What are you talking about? I was born chock-full of glitter and rainbows.” Nikita squinted against the sun and followed Kyle to where they’d left his dark cranberry-red muscle car, a ground-hugging tank that was as custom-made as her own SUV. While he didn’t have a steel grate separating the backseat from the front the way hers did, there was a heavy steel ring embedded into the backseat that hooked into the handcuffs his fugitives always wore. “But you’re right. As it happens, I did manage to find out your bail jumper is in all probability an iron-clad social climber, and she’s doing it the oldest way known to womankind.”

“You don’t say.”

She nodded. “Apparently her disappearance isn’t some ominous mystery to be solved. If you believe her roommate—and I have no reason to doubt her since she seems to have a thing about lying and liars—Bambi’s simply too busy entertaining a richer, younger sugar daddy to remember things like work and court dates.”

“That’ll break Dibby’s heart.” Kyle unlocked the car with the press of a button, then leaned against the hood. “The poor guy’s convinced he’s the number-one star in Bambi’s sky.”

“According to her roomie, Dibby was a distant second behind Floyd Hardy’s wayward son, Paul. Not only has little Paul got the bucks to bankroll the life Bambi wants to become accustomed to, but apparently he also likes it wild.”

“Who doesn’t?”

“Nothing wrong with a little kink every now and again.” She settled next to him, the sun-warmth of the car hood seeping through the flouncy material of her dress. “I also found an address in Bambi’s locker. It might not be anything, or it might be everything.”

“We won’t know until we check it out. Let’s have it.”

“I don’t think so.”

“What?” Maybe it was because he seemed so relaxed as he slouched against his car, but Nikita couldn’t stifle a little squeak when he suddenly moved so that he was face to face with her, propping his hands against the car’s hood on either side of her hips. He stood between her knees, their faces so close together the delicious threat of his breath feathered across her lips. With that sensual menace to her peace of mind hovering so near, her heart decided it was time to play out the Great Escape by knocking a hole through her chest. “Sorry, but I didn’t quite catch that. I could’ve sworn I just heard you say no. You didn’t tell me no, did you?”

Her brain had to be sun-fried. Having her personal space invaded should have filled her with indignation, not feverish excitement. “What if I did?”

“I thought we were working together on this one. Combining our resources, using teamwork. You know, like Sherlock and Watson, or Laverne and Shirley.”

“I don’t want to be Laverne, and have you noticed how close you are?”

“No one wants to be Laverne, she had bad posture and a funny accent. And nothing’s escaped my notice—especially that part about you telling me no.” He loomed closer still, until every breath was filled with the scent of him—like an exhilarating rush of fresh air after a wild storm. “Denying me like that for no good reason makes me want to spank you for being a bad girl. You don’t want me to spank you, do you, Nikita?”

Oh my God, yes. “Depends. Over the panties or bare-butt?”

“Bare-butt’s the only way to go.”

“This is so true.” It was nice they agreed on something.

Sound interesting? Read on if you’d like to learn more about DANGEROUS ANGEL:

Dangerous Angel by Stacy Gail

Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami's best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper's stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from "Hurricane" Kyle. After all, she can't get hurt if she doesn't care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he's a lover, not a fighter, and he'd much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita's. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He'll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can't do it alone.

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

March Brazen Blast + Giveaway


If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control. Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they've got the hero destined to melt your... heart. Visit the Entangled website, the Brazen Blog, follow them on Twitter, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on Pinterest.

Introducing Brazen's March 31st releases:

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Friends with benefits was never the plan...


Melanie Jacobs’s chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is her best friend, sexy cowboy Colton Freeze, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are blurred. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement destroy everything they once shared?

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Also, don't miss these three great novellas from our prior Halloween Anthology, now available individually for the first time!

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Possession is nine-tenths
of the law. And she belongs to him.

He's not who she thinks,
and he has seduction
plans of his own...

When a battle of wills
becomes a game of lust,
one wrong move could be fatal.


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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Books Coming This Week

April is already here and it comes with a bang! We have quite an impressive variety of titles to choose from in this first week of April.
In detail:


Dangerous Angel (Earth Angels, #4) by Stacy Gail
Death's Daughter (Realm Walker, #2) by Kathleen Collins
Rising Assets (Maverick Montana, #3) by Rebecca Zanetti
A Shocking Delight (Company of Rogues, #15) by Jo Beverley
Bad for You (Sea Breeze, #7) by Abbi Glines
Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom (The Renegade Royals, #2) by Vanessa Kelly
Creators (The Lost Souls, #3) by Tiffany Truitt
Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1) by Eden Bradley
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Dazed (Connections, #2.5) by Kim Karr


Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Disruption (Disruption, #1) by Jessica Shirvington
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige
Drowning in Fire (The Elementals, #3) by Hanna Martine
Games Creatures Play by Charlaine Harris (Editor)
Ghost Seer (Ghost Seer, #1) by Robin D. Owens
Going Over by Beth Kephart
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Midnight Pursuits (Killer Instincts, #4) by Elle Kennedy
Play (Stage Dive, #2) by Kylie Scott


Prince's Fire (Hearts and Thrones, #3) by Amy Raby
Quicksilver Soul (The Shadow Guild, #2) by Christine d'Abo
Red at Night by Katie McGarry
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Surrender to Temptation by Lauren Jameson
Sweet Obsession (Windy City Kink, #1) by Kelly Jamieson


Takes Me (Every Part of You, #5) by Megan Hart
The Day He Kissed Her (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #3) by Juliana Stone
The Deepest Ocean by Marian Perera
The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) by J.R. Ward
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
The Rising King (Keepers of Life, #3) by Shea Berkley
The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi


The Sweetheart Rules (Sweetheart Sisters, #2) by Shirley Jump
The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match (Regency Rogues, #6) by Stefanie Sloane
The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters, #2) by Anne Gracie
This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Turned (The Belladonna Agency, #1) by Virna DePaul
Wild Wolf (Shifters Unbound, #6) by Jennifer Ashley
Writing in the Sand by Helen Brandom
Picture Perfect (Limelight, #2) by Elisabeth Grace

Quite a lot to choose from this week... Among the releases that caught my attention is Midnight Pursuits by Elle Kennedy whose writing style I just love but also Prince's Fire by Amy Raby because this series is pure awesomesauce! Red at Night by Katie McGarry is also a must-read for me!

Any pre-orders this week?

Just let me know in your comments :)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Things I Love Friday! #3

Hey Everyone!

Another week is almost over and we are getting closer to Easter! or as my little sister used to call it: bunny season ;-p

So here are some of the things I love this Friday:

  • the smell of freshly cut grass,
  • still obsessed with tulips bursting with colours,
  • trees getting green! was about time...,
  • just completed a 3 day-long cleanse, was a great surprise and achievement that I proved to myself that I could do it. Next I'll do a 10 day-long one.
  • Will have our first dance class with the boyfriend tonight, yay, I'm so excited! I've been telling (=nagging) my boyfriend that I want us to go dancing for months and the time is finally here. :-)
  • The whole family will be celebrating my grandpa turning 89 tomorrow, wow! And he still works 4 days a week at the hospital as a volunteer and teaches at med school, incredible!
  • There will be cake! Need I say more? ;-p
  • And speaking of birthdays: my little sister turns 23 today, Happy Happy Birthday Sis! :-)) Love ya! <3


Excerpt: Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly + Giveaway



ONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS...

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…


Excerpt

First meet between Griffin Steele and Justine Brightmore, in Griffin’s London townhouse:

As Mr. Steele strolled leisurely forward, Justine tried not to stare. She failed miserably, but since the man was eyeing her without the least attempt to veil his curiosity, she decided she might as well return the favor.

Although not as tall or as broad as Dominic, Steele conveyed a sense of presence that dominated the room—and considering the riot of colors and textures in the drawing room that was quite a remarkable feat. He was dressed in black breeches, highly polished boots, and a black coat and waistcoat. The dark garb was relieved only by the white linen of his shirt. Justine’s pulses jumped when she realized he wasn’t wearing a proper cravat, only a white cloth tied casually around his throat. She couldn’t recall the last time she’d seen a gentleman without proper neckwear, not even on her uncle’s estate in the country, where she often spent the summer months.

His features were aristocratic and arrogantly handsome, with an expressive, well-shaped mouth, high cheekbones, and a sharply cut, determined jaw. For all those sharp angles, however, there was something rather sleek about him. In fact, he moved with a lithe grace that put her in mind of a cat. A black and rather feral cat, quite evidently up to no good.

But it was his hair, gleaming blue-black like a raven’s wing, which made her blink. Swept back from a widow’s peak, it was long, flowing down to his back, and pulled into a semblance of order by a narrow leather band. With his black garb and leather boots it gave him the appearance of a buccaneer from another century. That impression was enhanced by a thin, faint scar running down from his left temple to below his cheekbone.

Griffin Steele looked altogether exotic and disreputable, and he set her teeth on edge the closer he got to her. One would have to be blind not to perceive the sense of danger inherent in the man, and Justine was far from blind.

Steele was judging her, too. From the surprised lift of his eyebrows and the slight, sneering curl of his mouth, he was as little impressed with her as she was with him.

Dominic came to his feet with what Justine could swear was a slightly taunting smile. “Ah, Griffin, there you are. Allow me to introduce Miss Justine Brightmore. She’ll be looking after Stephen for the next while. I’m sure the two of you will get along splendidly.”

Oh, yes. Her godparent was definitely taunting Steele.

She filed that knowledge away and dipped into a respectful curtsy. Her host might be a reprobate and a rake, but that was no excuse for poor manners. “Good morning, sir. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

His dark brows arched with an elegant disdain she suspected was the habitual response to situations not to his liking.

“Permit me to express my doubt on that score, Miss Brightmore,” he drawled. “Not that I can entirely blame you, given the circumstances.”

Even as she struggled not to bristle, she couldn’t help noting that although his voice hinted at the roughness of a street brawler, he spoke in cultured tones. That first element didn’t surprise her, but the last did. It warned her to beware of making quick assumptions about him.

Before she could make any kind of appropriate response, Steele turned his disgust on Dominic. “Good God, what have you done? You’ve brought me a lady, one barely out of the schoolroom. Have you gone mad?”

“Hardly just out of the schoolroom,” Dominic replied, resuming his seat. “Justine is entirely capable of doing what is required here.” He nodded at her. “Is that not correct, my dear?”

She also sat, smoothing her gloved hands down over the skirts of her mustard-colored pelisse. “I must believe so, Uncle Dominic, or you would not have asked me.” She couldn’t refrain from giving Steele a challenging look. “And for your information, sir, I am four and twenty. Well past the age of the schoolroom, to be sure.”

He stared back at her, sucking in an audible hiss of air. “Dominic, you brought you own niece to do this?” He looked genuinely horrified, but then a puzzled frown marked his brow. “I didn’t even know you had a niece, or any surviving family, for that matter.”

Dominic watched Steele with calculating interest. He obviously had some deep plan, one that eluded her at the moment but which obviously involved Steele and possibly her, too. Dominic had told Justine that he hadn’t been able to find anyone else to care for the infant—at least not anyone he could trust. The few female agents that could take on this sort of task were all unavailable. Not that Justine was one of his agents—anything but. Still, Dominic knew he could trust her, and from what he’d told her about the situation, trust and discretion were of primary importance.

But her instincts, finely honed after years of living with her father, pricked themselves to alert. Dominic was up to something, and Justine needed to factor that into her dealings with both him and Steele.

“Justine is not my niece. She is my godchild,” Dominic replied. “Her father was Edward Brightmore.”

Steele’s dark gaze flickered back to her as he took the matching armchair next to Dominic’s. He subsided with a negligent but elegant sprawl of limbs as he continued to study her.

“Ned Brightmore? He died a few years ago at Salamanca, did he not?”

When Justine nodded, she thought she detected sympathy in his gaze.

“My condolences, Miss Brightmore. He seemed to be a good man. Certainly better than most of the men of his class who walk through my doors.”

“You knew my father?” she asked with an eagerness that surprised her. She usually avoided talking about Papa. It was still too raw a wound to probe.

“You’ll find that Griffin knows most everyone in London,” Dominic responded.

“Yes, and most of them have been more than willing to allow me to fleece them, for which I am profoundly grateful,” Steele said in an acid tone.

Justine was trying to decide whether to be horrified or not at the idea that her father had sampled the dubious delights of Steele’s gaming clubs and brothels when the arrival of the tea tray spared her the choice. As far as she knew, Papa had never gambled. And if he had visited the brothel next door, she did not want to hear about it.



Meet Author Vanessa Kelly:


Vanessa Kelly is a nationally bestselling author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, the first book in her new Renegade Royals Series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Vanessa also writes USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.




GIVEAWAY RULES:


There are TWO giveaways!

One print of Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, book one of The Renegade Royals series per the total number of stops. (US/Ca only)

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Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway on her website for a chance to win one of three gift baskets stuffed with books, cookies and candy, and other fun gifts.



Facebook Celebration: April 1st; 7:30pm - 9:30pm EST

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cover reveal: Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh + Giveaway


Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh

Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trial whorehouse where her great-great grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn’t want to be wrangled?

Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town, and rehashing old feelings complicates his life and makes him think about things he's rather forget.

When Lila’s restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets – or wherever the moment takes them – it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Excerpt: Come Home to Me by Brenda Novak + Giveaway



Book #6 in the Whiskey Creek series

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family.

There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.

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Excerpt

He grimaced. “Except that when your world falls apart, you should be able to wake someone you’ve been…intimate with.”

“No. I understood the rules.”

“The rules?” he repeated.

“How you really felt about me. Moving on had to happen one way or another. How else could our…arrangement have ended?”

“More gently.”

He seemed to feel sincere regret, so she smiled in an effort to ease his conscience. “I’m okay,” she said. “Stronger than ever.”

With a jerk of his head, he indicated all the tools Riley had left behind. “And with prospects.”

“I’ve finally arrived,” she teased.

“So…are you going to date him?”

“I think so.”

“Really.”

“Is there some reason I shouldn’t?”

He raised his hands. “Of course not. Riley’s the best Whiskey Creek has to offer.”

She didn’t join in his sarcasm; she didn’t feel it was fair to Riley, who’d also done a lot to help her today. The reception desk was only partly finished, but she could tell it was going to be far nicer than anything she could’ve built. “Did he say when he’d be back?”

“Tomorrow. He’s bringing Jacob to help him finish up.”

“I’ll have to put his pie in the fridge, then. Or maybe drop it off at his house—if Cheyenne will let me borrow her car.”

“I’d let you take mine, but I don’t really care if he gets a pie.”

“You don’t like Riley? Since when?”

“He’s fine,” he said, but she couldn’t tell if his indifference was real or feigned.

She pulled the stroller closer. “I made you a pie, too. It’s not much but…I wanted to thank you for painting.”

When she tried to hand it to him, he made no move to accept it. He just stared at her as if he was still hoping to tear off the polite mask she was trying so hard to keep in place. “You used to like my apple pie,” she added lamely.

“I liked a lot more about you than your pies, Pres.”

Suddenly, she was no longer grateful they were alone. The same privacy that allowed them to talk without being overheard made other things possible, as well. The spike in her pulse suggested several alternatives—all of them physical—and she knew that would only enslave her again.

“That’s nice of you to say,” she responded.

“Quit being so damned courteous,” he snapped. “I’m not just stroking your ego!”

He was getting irritated, and she understood why. He didn’t see any reason they couldn’t resume the relationship they’d had before. But that was impossible. Even if she didn’t have Wyatt, why would she settle for someone who couldn’t love her?

She’d rather spend the rest of her life alone.

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Meet Author Brenda Novak:

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader's Choice Award, the Bookbuyer's Best, the Bookseller's Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.

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GIVEAWAY RULES: 

One commenter from the entire tour will win a Brenda Novak Mini-tote and an autographed collection of the first 3 books in the Whiskey Creek series (When Lightning Strikes, When Snow Falls and When Summer Comes).

To be entered jkust fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
Giveaway is open to US and CAN residents only!

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Any and all are invited on March 25th for a release day celebration of COME HOME TO ME (Whiskey Creek, #6). Drop in on Facebook between the hours of 4 – 8pm PST (7 – 11pm EST) to read teasers from the new release, chat with Brenda and other guest authors, and, of course, be entered to win some great giveaways!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Books Coming This Week

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Another very busy week ended and I can't help but fear of all the new things I'll have to do starting from tomorrow :P And the new week won't be busy for me just at work. Nope, this week we have quite a lot of new and exciting book releases too!
Let's see in detail:


Craving Him (Love by Design, #2) by Kendall Ryan
Improper Proposals (Improper, #3) by Juliana Ross
The Submission Gift by Solace Ames
A Match Made in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #6) by Katie Lane
A Phantom Enchantment (Unbound, #3) by Eve Marie Mont
After the Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #4) by Elizabeth Essex
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea (Pennyroyal Green, #9) by Julie Anne Long
Bite Me (Pride, #9) by Shelly Laurenston
Code Zero (Joe Ledger, #6) by Jonathan Maberry
Come Home to Me (Whiskey Creek, #6) by Brenda Novak


Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, #4) by Lori Foster
Dawn's Early Light (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #3) by Philippa Ballantine
Destry (Rough and Hard, #1) by Lola Stark
Four Friends by Robyn Carr
Hope Ignites (Hope, #2) by Jaci Burton
Moonlight On My Mind by Jennifer McQuiston
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Recklessly Royal (Suddenly, #2) by Nichole Chase
Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts
Six months (Seven, #2) by Dannika Dark


Tempting Fate by Jane Green The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher
The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine, #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #1) by Paula Quinn
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Three Weeks with a Bull Rider (Oklahoma Nights, #3) by Cat Johnson
Three Weeks With Lady X (Desperate Duchesses, #7) by Eloisa James
Twisted (Tangled, #2) by Emma Chase


Unwound (Mastered, #2) by Lorelei James
Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars, #1) by Rob Thomas
Waiting On You (Blue Heron, #3) by Kristan Higgins
Wallflower Gone Wild (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #2) by Maya Rodale
What a Reckless Rogue Needs (The Sinful Scoundrels, #2) by Vicky Dreiling
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Right Moves (The Game, #3) by Emma Hart

This is the week of Historical Romance for me! And it's only natural,since all of the books I have my eye set on this week are from this genre! From Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale to What a Reckless Rogue Needs by Vicky Dreiling and Moonlight On My Mind by Jennifer McQuiston, this week my book budget will be spent entirely in one of my favorite genres!

Any books you have your eye set on this week?

Just let me know in your comments :)

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Another big batch of winners announced!


Hey Everyone!

Once again we are late with announcing the winners of several giveaways which have ended on the blog, so prepare yourself for a big batch.

Congratulations to

the lucky winner of a copy of The Best Man's Baby by Victoria James and a $10 USD Amazon gift card is

robin the book nerd


the lucky winner of a copy of Riding Desire boxset is

Michelle


the lucky winners of a copy of The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas are

Despina
lkish77123
Natasha


the lucky winner of a copy of What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee is

@heatherzilla8


the lucky winner of a copy of A SEAL's Salvation by Tawny Weber is

elena k


the lucky winner of a copy of The Rogue Returns by Leigh LaValle is

veRONIca


the lucky winners of a copy of The Duke's Match Girl by Lila DiPasqua are

tina
Diane P. Diamond
Glittergirl


Congratulations winners! I have sent you all a notification e-mail, please get back to me within 48 hours or I will have to draw new winners. Thank you and enjoy your weekend! :-)
 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Things I Love Friday #2


Hey Everyone, we are back!

And since it's Friday it's no surprise that we are in a jolly good mood ;-P

Things I love this Friday:

  • I will spend the weekend at a wellness spa with my high school bestie and my bf :-D
  • it's Restaurant Week: yesterday we sampled a fun Thai restaurant with the bf and Saturday we're looking forward to another fancy and delicious meal,
  • the weather is splendid! Seriously it is as warm as if we were in June with 22 degrees C! :-)
  • soaking up the sun on a bench in the park
  • waking up ahead of the alarm and having the time for a quick episode of Fringe to watch in bed before going to work
  • Two and a Half Men! Discovered it some weeks ago and we are addicted! So funny :-D
  • in-your-face-bright colourful tulips, don't they just make you smile?
  • bananas cooked in coconut milk with lime juice, yum!
  • pomegranate lemonade with lime and fresh mint
  • hugs!
 And ending on that note, wishing you all a great weekend! :-)


Monday, 17 March 2014

Book Review: Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Sentinel
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Book #5 in the Covenant series
Release Date: November 2nd 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Number of pages: 297 pages
Source: Paperback copy purchased by reviewer


Grade: 2.5 stars

Novellus malus!

Goodreads appetizer: It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

My Thoughts: This is probably one of the hardest reviews I ever had to write. Both because Sentinel was one of my most anticipated books of this year and because Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors ever. So yes, I expected some fireworks from the last book in one of my most beloved series in the last years. Scratch that, I was pretty sure that Sentinel would be mind-blowing or at least a very satisfying conclusion. And I don't know if my high expectations ruined everything for me but sadly, Sentinel was nothing like I expected it to be...

And here I have to note a motive that has formed over the last books I read and reviewed by JLA. A motive that isn't complimentary I might add... I couldn't help but notice that all those things that I really liked in this author's books before has lately tired me more and more... It's like reading the same stuff in small variations again and again and again... Characters that resemble one another, plots that are very similar, twists that one can easily expect, it's like the novelty of this author's stories has wore off for me and now everything feels and reads the same...

But enough with generalisations, let's talk about why Sentinel didn't exactly work for me.

From the very first chapters I felt bored. Oh yeah, you heard me right, I was reading a JLA book and I couldn't wait to finish it and move on to the next story. Nothing could grab my interest. The pace of the story felt excruciatingly slow. Nothing happened. Sentinel was the last book in a series, so I kind of expected that things would happen in quick succession. What I got was a plot that dragged from one point to the next and endless chatter of nothing of real importance. I mean the first half of the book is dominated by Alex's pregnancy or not. Why oh why should that be added in the mix??? From the first moment something like that was hinted I couldn't help but roll my eyes, a reaction I maintained everytime it was discussed. I thought that it was added in the story just to cover the cliche of the teenage heroine getting pregnant by the end of the series...

And here I must add the fact that for a last book, the better part of the plot instead of being focused on crucial things was just dominated by relationship matters, sex or make out scenes and repetitive discussions of the same topics.

And now it's time to discuss the main characters... Where shall I start... Let's start from Alex who bothered me more, even more than Seth, to my astonishment. Alex was plainly irritating, especially in the first half of the book. She's overcome by her fears and vanity and acts like nothing of the Apollyon she's supposed to be. Granted, her behavior is more or less explained, but I would like her to fight her fears more, to rise above them. Isn't that what badass heroines do? Overcome any obstacles and show that they deserve to be the heroines of a story. Alex failed me in that department. And maybe the author wanted to show a more mundane side of her with all that I don't know, the fact remains that I was unimpressed and it didn't work for me at all.

Seth on the other hand, is the other character I spend my time being mad at while reading Sentinel. Granted, I was never team Seth. I even felt sorry for him despite acting like an ass in Apollyon. But the way he just understands his wrongdoings just because his actions ended up hearting Alex was not only unbelievable fut frustrating as hell... I mean you are the reason that hundreds of people, pures and half-bloods have lost their life and you only feel sorry for what happened to Alex and that is what makes you see what an ass you were? Sorry but I'm not buying it... And to make things worse, as soon as he claims that now he's against Ares everyone falls for that in a minute, believe that he won't betray them, thus gaining his redemption? Oh no, no, no, he isn't redeemed in my eyes, not one bit... And the whole ending was just another proof of how easily you can wrap up a story and make a character look like a saint even if he doesn't really deserve it. JLA should just have Seth remain a villain rather than glorifying him in such a way. In that case, I would at least respect him as a villain.

I won't talk about the rest of the characters much. Aiden was ok I guess but here I just have to comment on the gods that appeared in Sentinel. We're talking about a total cliche-fest! It was like watching an episode of Xena the Warrior Princess or Hercules... I'm quite familiar with Greek mythology, being Greek myself and Olympian goddesses don't dress with their nipples showing, wearing next to nothing or flirt shamelessly. And most importantly, not one of the Olympian gods talk or act like a teenager. And Perses, a Titan, talking in slang??? Nice touch there...

And now let's come to the ending. Wow! Just wow! I couldn't even predict how nicely everything would wrap up, with Seth's help of all people, or how utterly disappointed I would be by the way one of my favorite series ended...

Verdict: Sentinel, in my abject horror, is one of the most disappointing books I ever read. Not one of the worst. No... But it's the book I had such high hopes from, only for them to be crushed in the most painful way... To be completely honest with myself, I'm pretty afraid to read again one of JLA's stories... Given the fact that her stories don't work for me anymore the way they used to, it's only natural that I'm afraid I won't like her next story. I have a bad track with her books lately...

Plot: 5/10
Characters: 5/10
Writing: 6/10
Ending: 4/10
Cover: 9/10

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Order of the series:
Book #1 - Half-Blood
Book #2 - Pure
Book #3 - Deity
Book #4 - Apollyon
Book #5 - Sentinel

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Books Coming This Week (17-23)

It's Sunday, so you all know by now what day of the week that is! The day we sit back, enjoy ourselves and browse over what possible new titles we can add to our overflowing TBR pile :P


Beyond Jealousy (Beyond, #4) by Kit Rocha
Dancing with Dragons (DRACIM, #2) by Lorenda Christensen
Dark Deeds (Mindhunters, Book 4) by Anne Marie Becker
Up In Knots (Pleasure Code, #2) by Gillian Archer
Delilah: The Making of Red by Jessica Sorensen
Denies Me (Every Part of You, #4) by Megan Hart
Elusion by Claudia Gabel
Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked, #2) by Elisa Ludwig


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle
The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory, #1) by Sarah Harian
Tied With Me (With Me in Seattle, #6) by Kristen Proby
Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #3) by Fiona Paul
Trust (Finding Anna, #4) by Sherri Hayes

This week I admit nothing tempts me so much so that I can't wait to read it but still Tied With Me by Kristen Proby is a title I will read sometime in the future as soon as I read the rest of the books in the series that is :P After all, I've heard nothing but praise for the With Me in Seattle series!

What about you? Any books you will buy this week? Any great books you are currently reading?

Just let me know in your comments :)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Introducing: Things I Love Friday!

Hey Guys and Girls!

I know things have been a little quiet and sporadic at the blog, I totally blame real life: with an existing but demanding job, a loveable and huggable but even more demanding boyfriend there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day/week to find time for everything. Sadly my reading-time has greatly diminished as well since a big part of my commute is spent daydreaming and people watching. ;-)

And although real life is busy, with Anna we both miss the blog and are not ready to give it up, so here is a brand new feature we would like to introduce: Things I Love Friday posts!

I usually love reading personal posts on blogs, getting to learn more about the blogger and their every day life, so this will be our corner of the blogosphere where we'll just do that. :-)

So here is our first edition and I'll go first :-)

Source: Dan Smith

Things I love:

  • spring is here!! The weather is warm, the sky is azure blue and trees started to bloom!
  • lots and lots of sunshine! Can't get enough of it :-D
  • soon (I mean probably tomorrow) I will finally exchange my winter coat and boots for a trench and some flirty ballerinas ;-)
  • my high school best friend is pregnant, love hearing about all her pregnancy news and can't wait to meet my little BFF-niece ;-p
  • my brand new fresh & flirty spring lipstick: Ravishing by MAC, which is the perfect shade of coral-pink apricot
  • I started doing yoga again (had to take a few months off after a tendon injury), and loved how energetic I was after the class
  • started reading Claimed by the Rogue by Hope Tarr, the story is just delicious: a man returns after spending 6 years at sea to finally claim the love of his life, who believes him dead and is about to marry another!
  • my little goddaughter just turned 5! Can't believe how much she has grown up *sighs* So tomorrow we'll celebrate her birthday with lots of pink and balloons and delish cake ;-)
  • getting a "have a great day hon" hug and kiss in the morning before leavingfor work
  • that it's Friday and in a couple hours the weekend will officially begin! :-D

Ok, I'll stop now, will have to leave some stuff for next week ;-) lol

So what things are you loving this Friday? 
Tell us, and have a lovely weekend everyone! :-)
 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Guest post by Callie Hutton + Giveaway

I have the pleasure of welcoming back to Ex Libris Callie Hutton, who is celebrating the release of her latest novel, The Duke's Quandary, and after having read the blurb when asked to provide a guest post topic I was inspired to ask for a post written by the hero in which he compiles a list of qualities he is looking for in the ideal bride, almost like an advertisement for a bride :-) So take a seat and read on to see what kind of woman the Duke of Manchaster is on the lookout for! ;-) ps. And you could also win a beautiful jewellery set, see details at the end.


London
February, 2014

My Dearest Mother,

You have asked me give careful thought to the search I am about to conduct for a bride this Season. In that regard, I considered the best way to proceed would be to write down my expectations to help clarify my requirements. I am sending this letter to you so you understand I am serious in my search.

First of all, my future duchess must be above reproach in all things. No tinge of gossip whatsoever can surround her. I expect her to be poised, sophisticated and well versed in ladylike endeavors. She must know French, watercolors, embroidery, pianoforte, and how to run a household with equanimity.

She must, of course, bow to me in all things, and know her place as the Duchess of Manchester. No deviation from decorum will be tolerated.

A lovely visage would be welcomed, but not necessary. My bride will be gentle, kind, and know a woman’s place in society. She will countenance her duty, and not expect anything as untoward as love to disrupt a peaceful marriage.

I hope this treatise has helped you to appreciate my desires in selecting a wife. I look forward to the arrival of you and my sisters for the start of the Season.

Most Affectionately,
You Son,
Drake, Duke of Manchester.

P. S. I just received word that a Miss Penelope Clayton will be joining us for the Season this year. I am sure she will be a lovely woman, and bring peace and contentment to our household, most particularly to my lively sisters.


Callie Hutton always knew those stories she made up in her head would be written down one day. There was nowhere else for them to go. After years of writing articles and interviews for magazines and company newsletters, she decided to tackle writing a book. That was back in 2010. Now with twelve books under her belt, and seven more contracted, the relief at having somewhere to tell those stories is wonderful. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, adult children and three dogs.


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The Duke's Quandary by Callie Hutton

London 1814...

Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.

Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn't meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She'll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she's been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.

As Drake's family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Excerpt: The Rancher's Second Chance by Victoria James + Giveaway

You all know how much I love Victoria James' stories. Whatever she writes I'll read it. Her stories are always witty, moving and so romantic *sighs* So I am very happy to tell you that her latest novel, The Rancher's Second Chance, just got released and she is here to share with you an exclusive excerpt to give you a first taste of the story, so enjoy and enter the giveaway at the end! ;-)
The Rancher's Second Chance by Victoria James

Widowed rancher Cole Forrester is all about running his family's ranch and guarding his heart. The last thing he's looking for is love, but when his little sister can't make it home to handle some of her wedding details, he's forced to entertain the event planner, Melanie Simms.

Melanie is everything he's not even remotely interested in: she's high-society, complicated, and high maintenance. But when he's stranded with her at his remote cabin in the Colorado mountains, he realizes he's seriously underestimated her. She's hiding something about her past from him, but despite everything, he finds himself falling for the last woman he ever expected, and the first woman to make him want to give his heart and risk everything...

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Excerpt

“You look hotter than I expected.”

Her eyes widened, and she looked over at him. Their horses were standing close together and she could almost touch his thigh. His compliments always seemed to come out of left field, and they were impossible not to physically react to. It was hard concentrating on the horse and the cowboy at the same time.

“I guess this is a good time for me to admit that this whole cowboy thing you have going on is a very good look.”

His deep, rich laugh made her smile. “You do realize I’m not trying to make a fashion statement, right? This is my livelihood.”

“Of course, I get that you’re not dressing up in a Halloween costume,” she said. “But it does work well.” She tilted her head to the side and tried to hide her smile. He was fun to tease and flirt with and she enjoyed making him laugh. There always seemed to be a hint of surprise on his face when he let go and laughed.

“Mel?”

She tried not to smile as she raised her eyebrows, signaling for him to continue.

“I find you irresistible. You are insanely gorgeous and since our night together at the cabin I have thought of you all day, every day. That night ended way too soon. All I want to do is taste you, feel your body against mine. And if you have any doubt…” He paused, his brown eyes holding hers with their intensity. He took her hand in his warm one and placed it over his heart. He held it there and she squeezed her eyes shut as she felt the rapid beating of his strong heart. “If you have any doubt, know that this is what happens the second you walk into a room.”

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Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Victoria loves connecting with readers, you can find her online at



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To be entered just leave a comment and tell us about a favourite story of yours featuring a wedding planner, be it in a novel or a movie.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 21 March 2014!

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