Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Book Tour & Giveaway ~ The Hypnotist's Assistant by Richard DeVall


The
Hypnotist's Assistant
by
Richard DeVall

Genre:
Coming of Age

When
13 year old Gary Crockett hypnotizes Earl Lancaster and Earl stands
from his wheelchair everything changes for both of them. Gary
suspects Earl of lying about his paralysis and Gary’s mom thinks
Earl is sexy and a business genius. Before long all three need to
leave town in a hurry.

This
coming of age tale is full of surprises and quirky characters,
twisted circumstances and weird resolutions. It’s a breezy look at
race relations, ladyboys, virginity, snake biting churches and
meditation.
The
novel is a one day read and sprinkled with humor.
The
Hypnotist's Assistant explores healing, romance, religion, deception,
dysfunction, inspiration, gender, addiction and loss.
What
begins as an extraordinary event ends with new found love, true
friendship and hope. Bottom line - this book ultimately does what
books do, it brings the reader entertainment and escape.





**Only
.99 cents or FREE May 22nd - 26th!!**




Richard
DeVall was born in Virginia near the Washington D.C. border. He
worked as a 1st Class Steam Engineer in D.C. and then became a class
A General Contractor. He now lives in Richmond Virginia where he's
retired and fulfilling a lifetime dream of publishing books. He like
books of all flavors and is always working on at least two novels at
any given time.






Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!





Great Summer Reads - Day 13 ~ Death at the Dakota - A Trudy Genova Manhatten Mystery by M. K. Graff





Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.





Facebook ~ Website ~

Twitter ~

Bridle Path Press ~




Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to
take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O'Malley to the next level, when
she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota
apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star
Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy
might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the
victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to
the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she
can't even survive?

Readers of Death Unscripted, the first
book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures
in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way
to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney
English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff
reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and
police procedural.

Part procedural, part cozy, Death at
the Dakota is a well-crafted and highly entertaining mystery
.- Bruce Robert
Coffin, #1 bestselling author of the Detective Byron mysteries.  

I fell in love -- not only with
co-protagonists, Trudy and Ned, the richly detailed and historic setting of The
Dakota, and the unique cast of characters, but with the unusual plot of Death
at the Dakota.
Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah
Winston Garage Sale Mysteries






  

~ Universal Amazon Link
  


Snippet:

Ned left the dining room and wandered
back toward the living room, certain Trudy had said she would be here today,
but he hadn’t seen her yet.

A cluster of people stood around an
actress in a filmy white wedding dress standing near one of the tall windows.
From Trudy’s description, he thought the man who fussed with arranging the back
of the gauzy gown must be the costume designer, Rashid Something. Troy
Benedict, dressed in tuxedo pants with his shirt hanging open, stood off to one
side, tapping his fingers on the top of the grand piano. Meg approached him
with a handful of shirt studs and a bow tie.

Afternoon sun cast muted fingers of
light into the room, where three still photographers ringed around the woman,
snapping away as of Phin Hill-Yorke directed. Egan and another man Ned knew to
be Perry King stood on the other side of the room, hovering. Ned had seen the
salt-and-pepper-haired King on his popular morning show, and was surprised by
how much shorter he looked in person. But then Monica was petite, like Trudy,
and King would look taller on television next to her.

The director’s assistant stood off to
one side, out of camera range, holding a bouquet of flowers. Ned approached
China and asked if she’d seen Trudy Genova. The woman grinned widely.

“Yes, I’ve seen her, and so have you,
detective.” China gestured toward the actress.

“I suppose that fall will do,” Phin
said, appraising the bride. “Turn away from the window a bit, please,” she
instructed, and the bride turned slightly.

Trudy! Ned watched her move and
recognized her profile. She wore a wig of blonde curls and the front of her
hair had been sprayed a lighter blonde.

“Give her the flowers, China,” Phin
continued, and China handed the lavish bouquet to Trudy. “And toward me a bit
more, please.”

The cameras whirred and clicked once
Trudy accepted the bouquet and moved into place. She noticed Ned and a bright
red flush spread up her neck and into her face.



“Stop snapping! Trudy, what the hell—”
Phin remonstrated, and turned to look in the direction of Trudy’s focus. When
she saw Ned, the director nodded sagely. “Ah, the penny drops.”









To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page 









Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Book Review & New Release ~ Avon Romance Presents: Some Like It Scandalous - The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale



The Gilded Age Girls Club

By

Maya Rodale

June 18, 2019
Avon
Mass Market
Fiction / Romance / Historical (American/Victorian)
$7.99 USD, $10.99 CAD, £6.99 GBP

ABOUT THE BOOK:
 They are sworn enemies…
Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan’s Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swann. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her.

Pretending to be lovers...
Daisy Swann has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true.

And now it’s time to kiss and make up…
Daisy Swann aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer’s flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.






A huge, dynamite full 5 Teacups for Some Like It Scandalous, the newest in Maya Rodale’s The Gilded Age Girls Club! This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, I absolutely loved it!

We start off with a flashback to Central Park, New York 1883, our heroine, Daisy Swann’s childhood where her book is snatched from her hands by none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third, as he grabs her book she falls backward into the swampy pond amidst scum and the quacking of the ducks. He begins calling her Ugly Duck Daisy, which stuck with her through the years. Now in 1895 Daisy is grown up and she is summoned by her mother where she is informed that she is to marry, to her horror, none-other-than Theodore Prescott the Third. She is aghast and refuses to marry him. Her mother informs her of the scandal pending but does not give her any details, all Daisy knows is she must do something to save her family and provide for herself. Daisy has had her heart set on becoming a spinster and making a great success at selling her facial cream, which is the only real beauty she has her soft, luscious complexion. Well, she runs out into the rain to the park where she runs literally into Theodore. 

He too has been informed that his wayward ways and days gallivanting about the city, causing scandal after scandal, will come to an end when he marries Daisy (Ugly Duck Daisy) Swann. He too is aghast and refuses the marriage and off he goes into the park where he encounters none-other-than Ugly Duck Daisy. Here, dripping wet from the rain, they seek shelter in a gazebo and both express their disgust for the other, they both hate one another and neither wants to get married. Daisy comes up with a plan but Theodore will hear nothing of it, so off Daisy goes. It isn’t until Theo finds he’s locked out of his Men’s Club that he goes back to Daisy and takes her up on her offer. They fake their engagement.

Throughout the rest of the tail, we are met with a lot of tension between the two as well as a lot of sparks and love blossoming. We also learn some truths to each of their pasts’ and some hidden talents. Theo learns of Daisy’s experiments in making her facial cream and he helps her enhance it; by purchasing a store and finding just the perfect containers to put it in as well as the most perfect name, but dear readers’ you must read the tale to find out what its name is and how this all unfolds. All I can tell you is you will absolutely love this tale and both Theo and Daisy will touch your heart!

One thing I love most about Daisy is her strong drive for independence and success, it isn’t just about making money but about helping women. We learn in this tale some amazing historical facts: during this time period makeup was not worn by a respectable lady, it was for actresses or worse, prostitutes, a Lady never would wear such a thing. So, in our tale, Daisy, with the help of Theo comes up with some really clever ways of selling her product. We see such a change in both our H and h, but most importantly Daisy, she challenges the rules of the day and takes them on and in fact, begins to change them. I feel many women of today will be able to relate to Daisy for we are still fighting for our rights and fighting against the norms and rules placed upon us women and we are ever striving to change them.

An absolutely wonderful tale and Rodale’ did an amazing job of creating a fictional tale whilst weaving in the realities of the day in the late 1800’s and showing us just how it was for men and women in those days. Bravo to her, what an amazing writer she is. I feel you are going to absolutely love this book and it deserves a place in every woman’s library! 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MAYA RODALE began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

In addition to her bestselling work as a romance novelist, Maya is also a journalist and book reviewer, published by NPR Books, Bustle, Washington Post, and more.

Quick Fire Q&A: A Liberating Conversation with Maya Rodale

1.     The Ladies of Liberty cause a lot of trouble—namely, attempting to dine alone at Delmonico’s. Why was it important for you to write include this boundary pushing scene?

This scene is a fictionalized version of something that actually happened! The real life #inspo for the Ladies of Liberty Club, which this series centers around, is The Sorosis Society, a ladies club founded by Jane Cunningham Croly after she was refused entry at a Press Club dinner on account of her sex. She and her fellow female journalists staged a “sit in” at Delmonico’s in protest! The restaurant ended up hosting the club’s anniversary meeting each year. There was no way I wasn’t including this scene in a Gilded Age Girl’s Club novel.

2.     You wrote, “women were supposed to make it easy to forget about their existence. To hide the fact that they were flesh and blood humans who wanted things.” How do you use cosmetics in your daily life to signal what it is you want?

When I was younger, I used make up to look older. Now that I’m older, I wear make up because it pleases me to do so and I have learned other tricks for signaling what I want (like just asking for it!). Every woman’s relationship to cosmetics is different, and changes at different points in her life or different hours of the day and that’s okay. There is another line in the book, where a character declares “I hate the way it feels on my lips, but I will fight for your right to wear it if you want to!” So this novel explores women’s complex relationship between how they feel about themselves and how it affects their romantic relationships.

3.     Theodore Prescott III is a non-traditional romance hero in that he is described as “pretty” rather than “brawny.” What was the inspiration behind writing a man whose physique is uncommon in the romance world?

Romancelandia has gotten better at portraying a range of women’s bodies—they’re not all blonde, violet-eyed girls with waists so narrow the hero can span his hands around it anymore—but not so much with our heroes, who are all hyper-masculine, super big and broad and in possession of 12 pack abs. With Theo, I wanted to romanticize a different type of male body. Because why not?!  Maybe the 18% of romance readers who are male want to see more diversity in their representation, too.  

4.     Cosmetics and makeup are a form of self-care, both in your novel and in the real world. In the novel, Daisy thinks: “they deserved care and tenderness, even if only from her proprietary mixture of moisturizing ingredients.” What are your favorite self-care habits and products?

It’s maybe easy to scoff at the #selfcare trend but it’s really saying to yourself that you and your needs are valid, valuable and worth being tended to. Especially for women, who spend so much energy taking care of everyone else! If I’m really indulgent, I like to get a massage or a haircut. But often I just need to close my bedroom door and get some time alone.

5.     The Ladies of Liberty practically leapt off the page, particularly as a group. “The three ladies burst out laughing at a most unladylike volume. Heads turned. People glared. How dare these outcast and eccentric women enjoy themselves!” Were these women based on the nuanced and wonderful women in your own life?

I love using my historical romance novels to shine a light on real historical women that have been overlooked in the history books. There were SO MANY women who did amazing things through out history! I think their lives and accomplishments have been deliberately obscured to so other women don’t get Ideas about what we’re truly capable of. In my books, I take the outlines and facts of their lives and breathe life into these characters by giving them traits and feelings from the wonderful women I know in real life. So I’m here to write the stories overlooked historical women in a really accessible way—and what’s more accessible than a paperback romance novel with a happy ever after?




Release Blitz ~ The Lemon Sisters - Wildstone: Book 3 by Jill Shalvis



The Lemon Sisters
Wildstone - Book 3
By: Jill Shalvis
Avon Books – June 18, 2019


Blurb:
Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a breakdown with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places with Mindy, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so she can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken …also how does one go home after seven years away? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.



Buy Links


Author Info:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.



Excerpt:




Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Guardian Domination by Breanna Hayse


Guardian
Domination
by
Breanna Hayse

Genre:
Contemporary Romance 

Celeste
Bronston once again faces the law and the only way to avoid
incarceration is to submit herself to a man she’s never met—her
godfather, Jace Jordon. The judge’s condition is that the
18-year-old will be under Jace’s authority until she turns
twenty-one. Having no other choice except for jail, she accepts the
court’s offer.


Her
legal guardian is not at all what she imagined him to be! Besides
being young, quite wealthy and exceedingly handsome, the man has a
unique way in dealing with obstinate and naughty young woman. Failure
to follow his strict rules and exercising poor behavior promptly
earns the young lady and trip over his knee for a memorable
bare-bottom spanking!

Jace
also offers her the love and respect that she had not experienced in
the past. Together with his best friend, Mark, the men help Celeste
learn about her value and worth as a human being. As she thrives in
the environment of domestic discipline, Celeste’s feelings toward
Jace begin to change—along with her desire to learn more about his
lifestyle as a dominant. She accepts his challenge to learn about
dominance and submission, themselves facing a crossroads. Do they
dare step over the line and experiment with romance?
Guardian
Domination was written to share my actual training as a submissive in
a fictional background. All the scenes are recreations of actual
events. This work includes spanking of adult women. If you liked
Fifty Shades of Grey, then this book is certainly for you.










BDSM/AP
lifestyler Breanna Hayse strives to give her readers truth and
reality of the BDSM/Age-Play/Total Power and Erotic Exchange
lifestyle.

Who
am I?
I'm
a native Californian gone 'wild', and had the opportunity to travel
the globe and discover the world through the eyes of both a Marine
Intelligence specialist and a BDSM lifestyler. I left the service to
go into hospice nursing and grief counseling, eventually working as a
marriage and family therapist for those involved in alternative
lifestyle development. This experience has allowed me to gain unique
inspiration for my books and offer realistic plots and relatable
characters.

In
2004, my husband, John, and I joined forces to work with both
submissives and dominants- teaching, training, listening and loving.
Our goal was to take the mystery and fear out of the lifestyle and
mentor people in safe, consensual and healthy relationships.

My
first book, The Game Plan, was published in 2012 and opened the door
to the now-booming world of Age-Play literature. Since that time,
I've devoted my 'spare' time to writing, researching, community
involvement, and private and group pro bono counseling in deviant
behavior, alternative lifestyle, and addiction recovery.

I
was formally 'dungeon trained' as a Domme before discovering my
submissive side when I joined the service. My scenarios are pulled
primarily from either personal experience or observation, including
spending time in BDSM clubs as the safety/medical officer. My
multi-faceted background allows me to glean from many avenues and
give a unique and intelligent literary experience through elements of
fantasy and fiction. I also discuss the questions and psychology of
the lifestyle in a manner that is fun and informative, and based on
'the real deal.'

I
live with my husband, musician, and fellow-author, John Hayse, and
two border collies in southern California. We practice a 24/7 D&S
relationship with speckles of AP (and many trips to Build-A-Bear),
and happily spend every moment together that we can. My hobbies
include my puppies, hiding my vanilla salt-water taffy where John
can't find it, exotic art, collecting inspirational trinkets, and
developing my own paddle line. You can also see me as a featured
author/instructor in professional conference settings and as a
Sexpert for kinkyliterature.com.









Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!











Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Love, Lies and Murder by Leslie Wolfe


Love,
Lies and Murder
by
Leslie Wolfe
Genre:
Thriller, Suspense 

Breathtaking
suspense unraveling at train-wreck speed, in an unforgettable
collection.





Sometimes the
only way to do the right thing is to break the rules.

Love,
Lies, and Murder
 is a
collection of 19 short stories that explore the extremes of human
emotion and the conflicts that result. Every story will leave you
tense and breathless as the characters race to a conclusion that is
as unexpected as it is satisfying.

Intense and gripping, each
story features a hero that seeks justice and the triumph of good over
evil by whatever means necessary—regardless of what society’s
rules find acceptable.

The collection is taut, visceral, and
addictive. All the emotions we feel every day, when taken to their
extremes, offer a roller coaster of passion, conflict, and
chills.

Nineteen droplets of
suspense in a thrilling anthology that will leave you unsettled,
longing for more.

Fans of
David Baldacci, Robert Dugoni, and James Patterson will love reading
Leslie Wolfe.





**Only
.99 cents!!**


Leslie
Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of
traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong
women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up
by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie
released the first novel,
Executive,
in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from
Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed
growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s
most notable works,
The Watson Girl
(2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of
a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his
actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
A
complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at
http://wolfenovels.com/order.
Leslie
enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from
you.
Become
an insider: gain early access to previews of Leslie’s new novels!




Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!