Bienvenida a 2016!

2016 is here, and I’m determined to have a productive year! (Remind me of that in March or September if I’ve gotten off track!)

I have lots of things on my plate so it will be interesting to see what survives or at least what I manage to do consistently.

Without further delay, let’s jump into some of those things:

  • To start, I’m participating in Apartment Therapy’s The Cure, which is basically a way to get your house in order during the month of January. My first task is 75% complete. It’s to clean all the floors. I’ve done all the vacuuming, now to the scrubbing. (Can you tell I’m thrilled?)
  • I’ve also decided I want to consistently art journal this year. Last yearNo_Excuses_art I purchased No Excuses Art Journaling. I loved the ideas and suggestions, but never managed to implement them for more than a couple of days in a row. Here’s a link to Gina’s website if your interested.
  • I just set-up my 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I kept it the same as last year: 75 books. I didn’t make my goal in 2015—I was 5 books shy—so I’m going to try and do better in 2016.
  • I’d also like to get back to writing more consistently. Do you hear that Ms. Muse?? Thanks to my friend Dawn, I’ve ordered 2 writing books to improve my craft and get me free writing. The books are Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers and Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers
  • On the health and fitness front, I’ve set some lofty goals. I’d like to train for and run a half marathon this spring/early summer. If my knee can take that training, I’m going to try for a fall marathon. I’m not excited about training in the heat of summer, but with any luck, I will get a lot of biking in, which should help.
  • If you noticed the title of my post, I’ve been learning Spanish. It’s come in handy in my job. I plan to continue with my studies and hopefully can be fluent (well, as fluent as an American living in the US can be!)
  • And speaking of studies, I’m all set to start grad school in March. I will be registering for classes at some point this month. Mercyhurst University best look out!

I’ve probably overlooked a goal, but right now, I’m drawing a blank. Willow (the ever grumpy cat who doesn’t like being photographed) and I wish you a healthy and happy New Year! May you get to read, write, and relax until your heart’s content!

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases

This week’s topic for the Top Ten List from The Broke and the Bookish is… The Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016.

Be sure to stop by their site to visit other bloggers participating in this week’s topic. Here’s the link.

My books aren’t in any particular order. Be sure to stop by and comment if any of my books made your list!

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for 2016

  1. Into the Night (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost
  2. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
  3. The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward
  4. Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires #12) by Chloe Neill
  5. Unholy Luck (Downside Ghosts #6) by Stacia Kane
  6. Born of Legend (The League #11) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  7. Catch a Tiger by the Tale (THIRDS #6) by Charlie Cochet
  8. The Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon

Well, after putting my list together, it appears that most of my books fall into the PNR/ Urban Fantasy Genre. I did manage to sneak in a couple of M-M Romance titles at the end.

I’m hoping that Todd Moss and Daniel Silva will have new releases as well (in the Spy/Thriller Genre).  I have to say that I feel like a bit of a slacker, only coming up with 8 titles. Darn! If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

Ground Rules Book Blitz

Title: Ground RulesGround-Rules

Series: The Lovers Trilogy, Book 1

Author: Renée Swann

Published: December 15th, 2015

Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense

Content Warning: Light BDSM

Recommended Age: 18+

Synopsis:

As best friends, Bec and Rob support each other through choppy times; are each other’s confidants and allies. As lovers, they have maintained a steady friends-with-benefits relationship for eleven months, without a hitch. But then Bec’s psycho BDSM-wannabe ex returns, and he will stop at nothing to destroy her perfect little world.

After several failed attempts of trying to win back her heart, Martin’s true colors bleed through. But who is he really after?

Bec and Rob’s friendship is changing—can they keep their benefited friendship from morphing into something else, something they both desire?

Life is never easy for Bec, but it’s about to become considerably worse. And only one person can stop it all. Read on to find out who.

Amazon | GoodReads Continue reading “Ground Rules Book Blitz”

New Release: Rayne’s Temptation

Today I welcome TC Collins to the blog. Rayne’s Temptation is now available for sale. Yay!

I’ve got all kinds of goodies for you, courtesy of TC. An excerpt and a character interview! Hope you enjoy! The buy links are below as well.

Blurb:

Rayne Thurston has just left an abusive relationship, and the only thing he wants to do is live a peaceful life. But his new job is anything but peaceful. Rayne’s boss, Colin Edwards, is always on his case and to top it off, Rayne finds himself attracted to the powerful businessman. As the two fight the attraction between them, danger stalks Rayne. Will the two be able to overcome their differences to find their happily ever after?

Be Warned: m/m sex

Excerpt:

Strong hands grabbed Rayne’s waist and pulled him back into a tall, RaynesTemptation.jpgmuscular chest. “You look so damn sexy. It makes me want to fuck you in front of everyone and show them who you belong to,” a husky voice whispered in his ear.

Rayne jumped, his heart thundering. It was Colin! He tried to turn, but the hands gripping him kept him in place. Looking up, Rayne gasped. Colin’s dark hair fell across his eyebrows. Jade-colored eyes were hot enough to scorch the Sahara desert. The steady beat from the music and Colin’s body leading his in a slow, provocative dance melted any resistance Rayne had.

He’d promised himself tonight was about fun. Why should he deny himself the pleasure of indulging in his secret fantasy? Monday would take care of itself, but tonight Rayne was going to follow the sexy CEO all the way to the end.

Losing himself in the music and Colin’s wandering hands, Rayne melted against the body behind him. Colin plastered himself to Rayne’s body, grinding his stiff cock against Rayne’s ass. Rayne shuddered and pushed back against Colin, enjoying the strong arms that embraced him. He’d never felt so sexy before. Colin was awakening feelings in him he’d never experienced before, and he wanted more. Continue reading “New Release: Rayne’s Temptation”

An Action-Packed Read: The Lions of Lucerne

The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor is the first in the Scot Harvath series. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller, this book is for you!

Blurb:

On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the President of the United States has been kidnapped and his Secret Service detailLions_Lucerne massacred. Only one agent has survived—ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath. He doesn’t buy the official line that Middle Eastern terrorists are behind the attack and begins his own campaign to find the truth and exact revenge. But now, framed for murder by a sinister cabal, Harvath takes his fight to the towering mountains of Switzerland—and joins forces with beautiful Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney’s Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus—where their only chance for survival lies inside the den of the most lethal team of professional killers the world has ever known…

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WordPress is killing me today. I’m going to retype my thoughts again, and hopefully, the post is saved so I can publish it. Grr… Okay, frustration aside…

I really enjoyed Brad Thor’s opening book in his Scot Harvath series. Scot is a former Navy SEAL who now protects the president. Before becoming a SEAL he was a skier (fits right into the first scene in this book). Scot is easy to like. He’s confident, has a dry sense of humor, and is very good at what he does. Mind you, he’s not arrogant or stuck on himself. He has been know to rebel against authority and not follow directions very well, but typically, most folks are better off when Scot is pursuing his investigation!

Claudia was a nice addition; although, we meet her early on and then she disappears for a while. When she and Scot finally get together in Switzerland and put their heads together, the bad guys’ scheme quickly unravels. (No, I’m not going to spoil the ending…although the Lions may turn into little kitties *wink*)

If you are looking for an action-packed read with a nearly Tom Clancy-feel, then check out this series. I’ve already started Path of the Assassin, and I’m enjoying it greatly (shh…I almost like it more than this book). I have a feeling Mr. Thor is going to up his game as the books in the series go along.

4 out of 5 stars!

Latest Read: The English Assassin

While at Politics & Prose in D.C., I picked up The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. The book immediately caught my interest, and even though it is book #2 in the series, I decided I’d give it a try (P&P didn’t have book 1).

I have to say that I had no issue following the story without having read The Kill Artist so don’t worry if you find yourself in the same boat as me.

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The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva’s extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto natio
nal bestseller lists. Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland’s shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany.

When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel’s handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth-the collector had been silenced-and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train.

Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.

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Don’t be intimidated by the length…you will be intrigued from the start and have no problems getting to page 437. Gabriel Allon is a likable hero. He’s had a tragic past and now works his butt off as a part-time spy and part-time art restorer. He is savvy and smart and totally dedicated to his work.  Continue reading “Latest Read: The English Assassin”

Wind River Refuge Book Tour

Title: Wind River RefugeWind-River-Refuge

Author: J. M. Anton

Published: December 31st, 2013

Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Content Warning: Mild sexual content, violence

Recommended Age: 18+

Awards: Wind River Refuge won the Romance Category in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Synopsis: Jax runs for her life and is apprehended by the police. She’s sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, at the tender age of twelve. Lockup becomes an unexpected sanctuary for the traumatized child. It affords a safe harbor from her abuser, but she’s plagued by nightmares well into adulthood. Fate and her Grandmother step in to successfully reduce her sentence, and she’s paroled into a distant cousin’s custody, and relocated to a cattle ranch in Wyoming. The young parolee finds the transition difficult at first. She spends the next nine years learning the ropes, making friends, and a couple of powerful enemies.

She’s been on her own since the age of ten and has of necessity become a fighter, but her aggressive in your face attitude hides a fragile, mistrustful soul. She’s unnerved when instead of her longtime friend, a dark imposing stranger shows up at the Denver airport to fly her home.

Sparks begin to fly when Garrett picks up his friend’s daughter. She’s not what he expected, and he has difficulty reconciling his mixed feelings about the exasperating woman. Jax drives him to distraction, like a chameleon she constantly changes right before his eyes. Continue reading “Wind River Refuge Book Tour”