Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stripped Down Cowboys (stories by Sabrina York) Spotlight ADULT titles!


Welcome to the wild and randy world of the Stripped Down Cowboys!
 These are ADULT titles


3 prequel novellas and 3 full length novels for your reading
pleasure, featuring the sexiest cowboys this side of the Rio Grande. And the
other side too.
Read on for more info about these sexy books...and be sure to enter Sabrina's Tiara Giveaways (link below)!






PREQUEL NOVELLAS

When Crystal Wilson gets roped into a wild, girls-only weekend at a rowdy “stud” ranch, the last thing she wants to do is tangle with a bunch of half-naked men pretending to be cowboys. But when she meets Ford McCoy, she can’t help but be attracted to his dark, dominant, gruff appeal.
What she doesn’t know is that Ford isn’t a stripper. He’s her friend’s overprotective brother, there to make sure his little sister doesn’t get into any trouble. She’s surprised at the passion that flares between them. In fact, what she has with Ford might just be what she’s been looking for all along.
It’s a pity the sexy rancher isn’t in the market for a city girl.



Back in her hometown on the heels of a nasty divorce, Lisa Binder is looking for a quiet place to curl up and lick her wounds. The last thing she wants is a man—she’s been hurt too many times by the faithless breed.
But then Cade Silver steps through the flames, into her life and into her bed, and she begins to question her resolve to spend the rest of her life as a single cat lady.  The tall, handsome cowboy/fireman—an Eagle Scout and military vet—seems to be the kind of man she’s always craved, and he seems to be fascinated with her as well. But can she trust him not to break her heart?
Cade has been a little in love with Lisa since high school, but when she started dating his much more charming and handsome brother, he was devastated. He left town and joined the Marines to avoid the torment of seeing the two of them together. Now, years later, he’s traveled the globe, survived multiple disasters and experienced loss. He is a man who knows what he wants and is willing to fight for it. And he wants Lisa. Now that life has given him a second chance to win her heart, he’s determined to prove to her he can be the hero she desires…come hell or high water.
 

The last thing officer Charlie Dunham expects when he returns to his hometown is to tangle with his high school crush, Claire Silver, right off the bat. He’d planned to ignore her entirely—the way she’d always
ignored him. But when a mysterious threat puts her in danger, he must step in and save her. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he’s been lying to himself about his feelings for Claire. He wants her…no matter the cost.

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THE NOVELS!


Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch
where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make  your naughtiest fantasies come true...When her sister plans a wild bachelorette weekend at the Double S Ranch, Hanna Stevens is pretty sure she’ll just grin and bear it while the other women get
their fill of hot cowboy strippers. After all, Hanna has never met a man who made her really want.
Zack, Hanna’s future husband, offered to marry her and save her family’s ranch
from financial ruin, and while she accepted, it was never what you’d call a
passionate affair. But when she locks eyes with Logan, Hanna is suddenly
overwhelmed by the feeling she’s always craved and never experienced: Pure.
Animal. Desire...

A man with a secret… A woman with a plan
Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot,
toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true...Satisfaction is the name of the game at the Double S Ranch, where the men are more than willing to play. They come from all walks of life, and each has their own reason for dancing for a lady’s pleasure.
A former Navy SEAL, Brandon Stewart started dancing after an injury in the field put him out of commission. The power he commands when a woman’s eyes are locked on him makes Brandon feel like the man he used to be. But when he meets Porsche, Brandon has never felt more stripped bare.
The spirited beauty needs a handsome fake boyfriend to make another man jealous. But Brandon is determined to prove to Porsche that pretending with him is nothing compared to the real thing...

As the owner of the Double S Ranch, Cody Silver knows what women want—all except the one that got away. So when his high school girlfriend Sidney Stevens comes back to town for her sister’s wedding, Cody will do whatever it takes to prove that he’s a changed man.
After their explosive breakup, it took a long time for Sidney’s broken heart to heal —and she’s not about to risk it again. She’ll tangle with Cody and live out her simmering fantasies, but when the time comes she’s going to walk away satisfied.
But love has a way of ruining the best laid plans, and Cody and Sidney are about to learn that what you want isn’t always what you need...
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous romances. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance in historical, contemporary and fantasy sub-genres.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fearless Destiny by Annette Bower (Spotlight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT







Fearless Destiny

by Annette Bower


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GENRE: Romantic Mainstream


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From the Romance Review Readers Choice nominee, Annette Bower, comes a new small town romance, Fearless Destiny.

Tiffany George, riding high on her commission as a fresco artist, returns home for some deserved rest and relaxation.

The drive is uneventful until she rescues Will Cleaver on the side of a highway. While savoring memories of a kiss and a well formed butt, her future goals do not include a romance.

Once in town, she discovers the hopes and dreams of her community hinge on the development of a new resource mine and Will Cleaver’s designed neighborhood. Her parents demand she give up art and resume her working partner role in the family business. Tiffany George is pulled by her community roots and stretched by her newly discovered independence.

Will Cleaver knows about taking charge of destiny. He models the courage she uses to become the woman she needs to be.


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EXCERPT



The words “hello there” ploughed down the silent hallway as Tiffany’s roadside linebacker advanced with a synchronized arm and leg crutch-walk.

Tiffany bit her cheek while she watched her father grab the railing on the wall. She stepped forward. “Tiffany George of George’s Family Plumbing. There’s a water break.”

His gaze traveled up from her chest to the collar of her pink coveralls and then to the top of her head, where she was sure her spikes had tumbled like dominoes. Then down to the tips of her lime-green boots. “Nice boots, real nice boots.”

Tiffany tugged at the weight of the tool bag across her body.

“A sprite of many talents, I see.” He gripped his walking aids.

“We can’t all be just a pretty face.” She could have bitten off her tongue.

He raised his eyebrows and his eyes sparkled. They weren’t black after all, but a deep brown.

“You think I’m pretty?” He sounded amused.

She took a wide stance and began an assessment of him from the tip of his dusty loafers, gray trousers, a rumpled white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows exposing firm, and tanned arms. His whiskers shadowed across his firm jaw, his full lips held neutral, his straight nose and those dark watchful eyes had deep etched laugh lines around them. “You have a certain road weariness that I’d like to capture on paper.” Reaching with her callused fingers, she touched his beard.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Annette Bower writes about women’s roles in families, in communities and women’s emotions at the beginning and end of love in her home office in Regina, SK. Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom.

Her women’s fiction novels with romantic elements, Woman of Substance and Moving On are published by Soul Mate Publishing.

Annette Bower’s day-to-day experiences as a nurse, administrator, town councillor, teacher’s assistant and student means that her stories are the real thing because they are about you and your neighbours. Her short stories and novels are read around the world. Her romance novels are set in Saskatchewan because she believes home is as exotic as anywhere else in the wide world she has visited.





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My review:


3.5 out of 5 stars

Fearless Destiny by Annette Bower follows Will Cleaver as he tries to convince a town to embrace the idea of change and allow him to create a haven for both the abled and disabled. Tiffany George, whose plans for a relaxing break at home to celebrate her new project are rapidly derailed, piques Will’s interest and prompts him to look for ways to get her to notice him. Unfortunately, she doesn’t plan to be in town long, and if things don’t go right, neither will he.

There are lots of nice elements in this contemporary romance that provides a thought-provoking look at the obstacles faced by those with physical handicaps. I enjoyed Will’s positive outlook and determination to make the town accessible while sensitizing those around him to the different world occupied by the ‘abled’. I admire that Tiffany had the strength to pursue her dreams and sympathize with the conflict she felt between doing what her family wanted and following her heart. I was skeptical of the speed of the romance that develops, and although I like a capable heroine…she was kind of a superwoman, which seemed a little too good to be true. There are a lot of mysteries and conflicts that don’t necessarily get solved, and drama with the delightful doggies that causes significant angst for the heroine that I thought should have been resolved better but I enjoyed learning about Tiffany’s artistic process and meeting the characters occupying the town. Those who enjoy a sweet and gentle small town romance will probably enjoy getting to meet Tiffany and Will.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review












Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

I hope that folks take the time to remember that we ALL share this planet and learn to appreciate the strength and advancements that we achieve by working together to make the world a better place.

Let's celebrate and appreciate our differences while remembering our shared hopes and dreams!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison (review) ADULT title



Moonshadow
by Thea Harrison

ADULT title

Blurb: 

From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…


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My review:

5 out of 5 stars!




Moonshadow by Thea Harrison is the first book in her new series of the same name. It is set in the Elder Races universe but the action in this book is primarily in the U.K., where witch Sophie Ross has gone to attempt to win the biggest prize in her life while she regroups after a tragedy that has wounded her body and soul. Becoming ensnared in the Dark Court’s struggle for survival was never her intention, but between the odd stray she finds and the mesmerizing but immensely irritating Nikolas Sevigny, she can’t help but become invested in their lives. The question is whether she will wind up forfeiting her own.

This paranormal romance embodies the elements I find so fascinating about this genre, fantastical events with people who have extraordinary powers, engaged in a life that…almost…seems like it could be true, while finding that amazing person who completes them. I love this author’s works because her characters are so realistic, snarky and arrogant and charismatic, with quirks and failings that I can relate to. The seesaw between the main characters as she becomes more and more frustrated with his didactic pronouncements was very relevant and I was VERY entertained to read about using gifs to deliver one’s message. The intriguing facets of Puck as well as the hints about Morgan were wonderful elements to the story and I found myself rereading certain passages over and over again, becoming caught up in the drama every single time. I love this introduction to a new compelling series and I am very anxious to read more about these fascinating folks.


A copy of this title was provided to me for review (happy dance), a version of which was submitted to Night Owl Reviews 


I'm a very big Thea Harrison fan and have adored her Elder Races series ever since meeting Dragos and Pia in Dragon Bound. I think it's the combination of tradition-bound hardheaded dominant and protective male plus crafty yet determined female who manages to not only stand against him but makes him learn there's another point of view (even if it takes the application of blunt force, lol) that appeals to me. This is another such couple that I hope to see much more of!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mexican Hat Trick by T.S. O'Neil (Spotight, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY) GFT




Mexican Hat Trick
by T.S. O’Neil

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GENRE: Contemporary, Action/Adventure

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BLURB:

Mexican Hat Trick reunites Retired Sheriff’s Department Detective turned Private Investigator, Eidetic Eddie Doyle with Former Force Recon Marine, Michael Blackfox, in a rollicking tale of murder, counterfeiting and kidnapping south of the border. A rogue’s gallery of new villains, including a pathological ex-French Foreign Legionnaire, a bloodthirsty drug kingpin, and a conniving corporate attorney, conspire to corner the counterfeit apparel market. Mexican Hat Trick is Florida Glare—south of the border.


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EXCERPT

Michael saw the small panel truck approaching in the distance, trailing a cloud of dust many times its size. He heard the faint sound of the helicopter again, but this time, it seemed closer. He looked back at the mountain and could see it now—a bulbous-nosed blue dot transversing the mountainside as if looking for something. Not good, he thought, not fucking good at all.  He watched as the small, nimble craft changed direction, now advancing towards the box truck. Michael estimated the truck was slightly less than a mile away.  He  held his thumb up and measured the size of the aircraft against it—he estimated the helicopter to be about forty feet long. At a distance, Michael could cover the helicopter with his thumbnail—he estimated the bird to be about 10 miles away. It was now rapidly closing the distance and decreasing its altitude—as if preparing for a strafing run.

Their weapons were down by the lagoon, leaning on the rocks that lined its edge. He ran for the lagoon. There was an AK-47 that had the required range and oomph to take down the aircraft, and he needed it.  Clive, Eddie, and Beth stood at the edge of the water watching as he ran towards them. “Weapons,”said Michael, yelling as loud as his overworked lungs would allow. The two men scrambled to pick them up and then ran toward Michael. The effort saved Michael about twenty feet or just a few seconds, but every second counted in a time bound game. He grabbed the AK from Eddie turned and accelerated back up the sandy incline. Michael bolted up the road, leaving the two other men—quite literally in his dust. He reached the desert floor, and took aim at the chopper, but lowered his rifle. Eddie caught up to him and doubled over to catch his breath. “Why aren’t you firing?”

“We’re out of range,” said Michael. “And we don’t know what they want.” 

As if in answer, the helicopter turned it’s cargo door toward the path of the vehicle and a loud whoosh followed by a streak of propelled fire launched toward’s the truck. The warhead exploded a few feet behind the truck’s cargo compartment—apparently, the shooter did not account for the truck’s forward motion. “Holy shit,” said Clive. “He’s got a freaking RPG!”

Michael couldn’t believe what he was seeing—some madman had fired an RPG at the vehicle from inside the helicopter’s passenger compartment. He was pretty sure he knew who that was. The copter went around for another pass—perhaps to allow the shooter to reload. “Come on, let’s go,” said Michael. He broke into a run towards the truck, as the helicopter slowly circled. Michael felt he was in range and fired at the  helicopter. Tracers spaced every third round outlined the arc of fire that fell well short of the hovering aircraft. He witnessed the ineffectual results and began running again, hoping to close the distance on the helicopter before the shooter could fire the RPG again.

The copter moved to take up a hover on the dirt road, directly in the truck’s path. That maneuver brought the aircraft closer to Michael, but still not within his rifle’s range. He aimed it and elevated the barrel above the target—hoping to lob in an arc of bullets. The rounds fell short, and he elevated the barrel hoping to walk them onto the target when he ran out of bullets. He had no additional magazines. Eddie ran forward with the MP5 and handed it to Michael. He tried the same with the MP5, but given the weapons shorter range, he might as well have been spitting at them. Michael handed the empty weapon back to Eddie and looked with alarm at the hovering helicopter—the shooter had finished reloading and was aiming the rocket launcher towards the oncoming truck 

Michael reached down and picked up several large rocks from the ground. “Help me,” he said. Eddie looked puzzled. “Help me pick up some rocks.” Eddie nodded in understanding, reached down and began collecting some large rocks. Michael ran to close the distance with the helicopter as if hovered perpentidular to the road, just a few feet from the ground.

Michael had two large rocks—one in each hand. He got within thirty feet of the aircraft and launched a rock at the open passenger compartment. It flew over the helicopter. Michael ran forward again and let fly the other projectile. The rock flew through the air, arced into the open compartment and into the shoulder of the firer. The force of the impact turned him to the right just as he was squeezing the trigger.

The primary motor of the rocket fired and launched the projectile into the cockpit as the secondary motor fired and drove the warhead into the aircraft’s control console. The exhaust from the chemical-fueled motor burned the pilot’s face and blinded him. He reflectively pulled on the controls and drove the helicopter into the hard-packed dirt road. The craft turned over on its side, and the blades of the motor rotated into the hard packed desert earth and collapsed with the thunderous and calamitous sound of wrenching metal. The aircraft’s fuel tank ruptured and bled aviation gas onto the already blossoming fire.

They all stood mesmerized by the conflagration. A figure engulfed in flames struggled to escape the fire. He crawled from the inferno and rolled in the dirt as he screamed in pain and fear. Clive held up his pistol and aimed it at the man. Micheal suspected the burning figure was most likely the heartless son of a bitch who killed Jimmy, the DEA agent, in cold blood. He put his hand on Clive’s arm and forcefully pushed it down, so the pistol was aimed at the ground. “Let the bastard burn.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


TS O’Neil graduated with Honors from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Degree in Criminal Justice and graduated with High honors from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Business Administration in Technology Management. He served as a Rifleman with the Marine Corps Reserve, an Officer in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army, and retired from the Army of the United States (AUS) as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. TS is currently employed as a Senior Security Consultant, specializing in Information Security. He lives in Seminole, FL with his beautiful wife, Suzanne. He has written four books, Tampa Star, Starfish Prime, Mudd’s Luck and Mexican Hat Trick.

All are available on Amazon.com


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My review:

First let me thank the author for his service in helping keep us safe. His experience obviously enhanced the realism in this story!



3.75 out of 5 stars


Mexican Hat Trick by T.S. O’Neil is Book 4 in the ‘Blackfox Chronicles’ and follows Michael Blackfox as he becomes involved in an intellectual property investigation at the behest of his friend Eddie Doyle. Danger and death shadow them as they follow the threads tangled with the Mountain Man clothing company that is being plagued by counterfeit knockoffs. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones interested in the fortunes of the successful company, and they may not be the most ruthless, but they definitely are willing to do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of the case, utilizing all of their formidable skills to do so…and remain alive while they’re at it!

Hang on to your hat and be prepared for a wild ride as you read this gritty and exciting suspense-thriller. Be forewarned that one needs a fairly strong stomach for some of the action that takes place, which underscores the lengths that criminals will go to in order to achieve their goals. It was fascinating to see behind the scenes of the designer clothing industry and discover the worldwide implications and economic impact of things like counterfeit versions. I enjoyed the action and the hair-raising adventures but things got pretty gory for my tastes and there was such a large cast of characters that I sometimes struggled to figure out who was on which side.

There are a lot of mysteries that wander through the story and I am not positive that all of them were resolved by the end, and I was a little frustrated by the typos, but I still think this was a very compelling read. There are wonderful twists and turns, exciting adventures and exotic locales described in a laconic vivid style that is reminiscent of a noir detective story. I had no problem reading this as a stand-alone, but judging by the references to previous events, undoubtedly some things would be cleared up by reading the first three books in the series. Those who enjoy stories by authors such as John Sanford or Wilbur Smith will probably be quite entertained by this tale.


A copy of this title was provided to me for review.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dragon Wizard by S. Andrew Swann (review)




Dragon Wizard
by S. Andrews Swann

Blurb:  It has been a year since former thief Frank Blackthorne became Princess of Lendowyn and married a dragon.  He's coming to terms with his new life, but during the royal anniversary banquet, an elven prince reads a scroll of evil magic and Frank's world is turned upside-down. Again.

The scroll's spell causes a murderous rampage in a palace full of noble dignitaries, so it's no surprise Frank's visitors are angry. The Elf-King Timoras threatens war but Frank can't do anything about it: because of the same bit of scroll magic, the ex-Dragon Lucille has taken over the princess's body, unaware that Frank is still there, locked in her skull. And worst of all, the fate of everyone may soon rest on the shoulders of the man responsible for the whole mess, someone who should be safely dead...

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My review:

4 out of 5 stars

--> Dragon Wizard by S. Andrew Swann is the third in a set of books that follow the princess of Lendowyn and the thief who has captured her heart. Princess Frank and Lucille the dragon are about to celebrate their anniversary with pomp and pageantry when a guest sabotages the festival and causes yet another body swap. Unfortunately, things have not improved, and now time is running out for the kingdom of Lendowyn and maybe even for the entire human race, while Frank and Lucille are forced to learn how to work even closer with each other and maybe with a trickster god as well.

-->This fantasy novel --> is a fun and wacky story with plenty of odd occurrences and tongue-in-cheek humor. The role reversal and gender swapping that results in Frank Blackthorne occupying his princess wife’s body and her residing in a dragon is mind-boggling to begin with, but when even more magic is conjured, things get delightfully complicated.

I loved the oddity of this story and had no trouble getting involved with these characters despite not having read the previous books in the series, and I was laughing out loud at the descriptions of the attempts at moving a body that was under the control of two different consciousnesses not used to working in concert with each other. There are vivid characterizations and a fun mix of action and slapstick, even though there is a thread of evil and viciousness that provides impetus for the adventures. I think this was a very entertaining and exciting tale, and was fascinated at the dexterity with which the author conveyed the different voices located in atypical hosts.

Grab this book if you are a fan of fantasy quests with a twist, and enjoy the adventure!


A copy of this title was provided to me for review, a version of which was submitted to Night Owl Reviews

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Adventures in Elder Care, Introduction



Many of us are facing the challenge of caring for the elderly, who have definite ideas about what they will or will not do to keep themselves healthy. Unfortunately, although there are plenty of child-rearing aids, there don't seem to be as wide a range of resources to help one in caring for a senior. I have decided to write a few posts based on my experiences over the past few years, to share some of the obstacles we have faced, the stresses that we have encountered, and some of the techniques we have used to cope with issues. I am hopeful that this will help others who are in the same position, and ask that those of you who are looking for the book tours or the reviews just skip those posts that start with "Adventures in Elder Care" in the title, ok?