Waiting on Wednesday: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones

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Has anyone else besides me been checking their calendars and counting down until this book is released???

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)

Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7) by Darynda Jones

Published: October 21st 2014

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Synopsis:

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

I just cannot wait until this book is downloaded safely into my Kindle. I will be stopping whatever I am currently read and start this right away. I can’t wait to see what happens next….

So are you waiting for Seventh Grave and No Body to be released like I am? Or is there another book that has caught your interest? If so leave me a link so I can check it out!

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Review: Summer’s Moon by Lacey Baker

 Summer's Moon (Sweetland, #3)

Summer’s Moon (Sweetland #3) by Lacey Baker

Published: August 26th 2014

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Synopsis:

Parker Cantrell is not the most joyful guy around. After years of being a homicide detective in Boston, he’s seen too many bad things to believe in happy endings. So when Parker has to return to his small hometown to care for the puppy his grandmother left him, he’s looking forward to having some time to rest and relax. That is, until he bumps into Drew. She’s always gotten him hot and bothered, and unless Parker can find a way to avoid her, there’s no way he’ll be able to relax. Or get any rest…

Drew Sydney has had the biggest crush on Parker for as long as she can remember. Now that he’s back in town, the attraction between them is impossible to ignore. Drew knows she should stay away from Parker—if he can bolt after the best night of their lives together, he’s clearly not cut out to be anything real in her life. The problem is that their one night stand didn’t just rock Drew’s world…she’s also pregnant with Parker’s baby. 

 
Both of their lives have just been turned upside down. Parker wants to do the right thing, but Drew isn’t interested in any shotgun weddings. So if Mr. “I’ve Seen It All” Parker wants the woman he can’t seem to forget, he’s going to have to win her heart all over again…

Review:

Parker is one of the Cantrell siblings that have come back to Sweetland for their grandmother’s funeral. Her legacy to them is a B & B and a puppy for each of them. Parker decides to stay in Sweetland for a while due to his suspension from the police force in Boston. One night he and Drew, the local florist, have a one night stand.

Even though neither one of them is looking for a commitment they both end up having feelings for each. These feelings grow once they find out that they are going to become parents…

Summer’s Moon is the third book in the Sweetland series. The story is easy to read and can be read as a standalone but keep in mind that each book in this series is about one of the Cantrell siblings. If you like small town stories with romance and a bit of mystery well I would pick up the first two books and enjoy them before heading into this one.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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Giveaway: Highballs in the Hamptons by Delancey Stewart

 
Highballs in the Hamptons (Girlfriends of Gotham #2)
Release Date: 09/3014
Swoon Romance
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Natalie Pepper thinks she can just be friends with CJ, the man of her dreams. But after seeing him every day at work – and after he lays it all on the line – it becomes pretty clear that something’s gotta give. She’d admit to herself, and to him, that all she really wants is him…if she wasn’t so afraid of losing the best job she’s ever had (and the life it has made possible).
 
At least she’s got her friends to distract her. Lulu Rossi is an unorthodox and unpredictable spitfire of a girl who has a habit of saying whatever’s on her mind. And while that attribute entertains friends and intrigues her new boyfriend, Andrew, it might be the one thing that stops their relationship from moving forward. Lulu has unintentionally entered the world of Upper East Side royalty, as her ER doctor boyfriend turns out to be the pedigreed heir to an old money fortune – one that is watched over by his manipulative and exceedingly judgmental mother, Elizabeth “Tippy” Barton.
 
Natalie’s insane supervisor worsens the situation at work when her own man troubles result in a new “no fraternization” policy, and CJ finally gives up and begins to look for other opportunities. Natalie is forced to decide what is important to her for once and for all. Will it be CJ or her job?
 
Lulu must prove her worth to Andrew’s family – or make him see that the only person whose opinion really matters is his.
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Men and Martinis (Girlfriends of Gotham #1)
Release Date: 12/03/13
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Candace Kanie wins at every game she plays. From the boardroom to the bar, she’s confident, clever, perhaps just a tad overbearing. It’s not easy for a girl like Candace to admit that love may be the one game she can’t win…at least not until she’s willing to change her strategy. In Men and Martinis, Candace Kanie will learn that sometimes to be at the top of your game, you have to hit rock bottom.

Men and Martinis is the first release in Delancey Stewart’s series “Girlfriends of Gotham” – a voyeuristic voyage through the lives of a group of twenty-something girls who dance, date, and drink their way through Manhattan during the days of the dot com boom. During an era when the up-and-comers in New York were partying like Studio 54 had never died, this group of friends discovers that the city is theirs for the taking; and they find their often-hilarious way through the forces that work to redefine the way they know themselves and each other.

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About the Author
I’m not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):
- wine drinker (and wine geek)
- mother of small boys
- military spouse
- writer
- chocolate eater

I’ve written the Wine Country Romance Series, which ties my love of wine to my love of falling in love… and the Girlfriends of Gotham series, which begins publishing with Swoon Romance in December 2013.

I also love short stories, and my themed collection (all set in the same NYC brownstone across the span of a century) published in 2012.

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Excerpt: Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart

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Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Length: 320 pages

Genre: Historical Romance

Summary

Sophie Russell was once society’s darling. But after the disgrace and death of her father, she now finds all doors firmly shut to her — including those of her family home. To discover the secrets now hidden within its beloved walls, she’ll pose as a cook and spy on the estate’s new owner, a broodingly handsome viscount, who may have schemed against the Russells.

Viscount Griffiths suspects that there is more to his new cook than meets the eye—especially since it was a mistress he hired sight unseen, not a cook. With the hope that her passion in the kitchen will extend to his bedchamber, he humors the beautiful interloper. But when that passion burns to brightest love, revelations may shake both of their wary hearts…

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“So we have discussed my reasons for marrying you…”

“Not entirely. You could marry someone with money,” Sophie suggested.

“I don’t need it. I told you, I have a gift for making it on my own.”

“You could marry someone with a pure reputation.”

“I don’t care about reputations. You should know that.”

“Then why are you insisting on marrying me?” she demanded.

“Let’s turn this around, hall we?” Alexander said in his elegant voice. “Why don’t you tell me why you keep refusing my very handsome offer?”

He really was being a rat bastard, Alexander thought. He shouldn’t be enjoying this so much, but Sophie had that effect on him. In fact, he enjoyed her so much he’d probably be better off letting her escape, be he couldn’t bring himself to allow it. He set the paper down beside him, stretched his legs out, and watched her as she struggled through her justifiable outrage.

“Because I hate you!” she finally said.

“What a pathetic answer. And entirely untrue — you’ll have to do better than that. Why should you hate me? I’m rich and titled, just as you required.”

“I wanted an elderly peer who’d die off and leave me alone,” she shot back.

“I’m afraid I can’t help you with that,” he murmured. “I am a bit older than you are, but I intend to live a long, long time. Right at your side, my precious.”

He watched her fume, and wondered whether he’d still be able to drive her into a passion when they were elderly. He hoped so.

“I don’t—”

“Don’t come up with another lie, please,” he said. “It’s tedious. Why don’t you want to share my bed and board?”

“Because I didn’t happen to like your bed, and I prefer my own board,” she snapped.

“Well, then, I suppose I’ll simply have to change your mind.” She was light enough, and it was a simple matter to reach across and lift her into his arms. She wasn’t expecting it, so she didn’t fight, and he held her in his lap, a mass of billowing skirts and infuriated womanhood.

“You are a beast,” she said in a low, furious voice.

“And as you’ve pointed out to me numerous times, you are a beauty. See how well matched we are.” He put his finger under her stubborn chin, lifting her face to his. “So let’s see how easy you are to train.”

Author Biography

Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart has proven herself a master of the romance genre. With forty years of experience sweeping readers off their feet, she’s topped New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists. She’s touched on almost every subgenre, from gothic to historical to romantic suspense to contemporary and beyond. Her recent award-winning series include the historical romances of the House of Rohan and her ever-suspenseful Ice titles. With multiple RITA awards and a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, she’s continuing to give her readers more of the stories that they love to fall in love with.

When not spinning yarns of romance, Anne enjoys quilting, listening to rock ’n’ roll, and spending time with her devoted and darling husband in their Northern Vermont home.

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Giveaway: Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

 
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
 
Summary from Goodreads:
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
 
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About the Author
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.
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On Sale: Flawed and Damaged by Emily Krat


Book Title: Flawed and Damaged
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 22 July, 2014


Two people haunted by their past…
The collision of two damaged hearts…
Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?
Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.
Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.
There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.
Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.
For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.
Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true. Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Guest Post: A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak

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A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Length: 338 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Summary

Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places.

When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.

Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart.

I am so happy to welcome Brenda Novak to my blog today!

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Rest in peace? by Brenda Novak

I love that A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN is coming out in October. It’s ideal for Halloween. Not that this book is horror. I set out to create a tender love story. But it does contain a few creepy elements—like the fact that the hero is posing as a resurrection man (also known as a body snatcher). He’s part of a gang of men that roam the London churchyards, digging up freshly buried bodies to sell to anatomical colleges. Problem is…with the loved ones of the recently deceased doing everything possible to defend against this deplorable practice (by setting booby traps or guarding their dead until they are too decomposed to do the “sack ’em up men” any good), it becomes more and more difficult to whisk away these corpses, which only makes the price go up. Short supply, high demand. You know what happens then. Some gangs turn to alternative means of procurement. (Hey, where there’s incentive, right?)

The most famous incidence of this happening was the case of William Burke and William Hare, who murdered sixteen people (in Edinburgh) so they could sell their bodies to Dr. Robert Knox as dissection material, which is why the practice also came be to known as “burking.” 

Bodysnatching isn’t a very appealing profession for a hero of a romance novel. Fortunately, my hero, Maximillian Wilder is actually Lucien Cavendish, the Duke of Rowenberry, and he is bent on a most noble mission—to find his poor, unfortunate half-sister (the bastard child of his father), who has gone missing. She was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the nefarious leader of the gang Max has joined, so that’s where Max is determined to look for her. He feels as if he’s making great inroads, until Jack takes an immediate interest in the headstrong daughter of the surgeon at St. Aldersgate School of Medicine. That puts him in danger, because Max knows if he has to act to protect Abby, he’ll blow his cover.

As any intelligent man would do, he takes steps to make sure she stays out of the way. But Abby has her own agenda—one that throws her right back in his path and forces her to pretend to be something she isn’t, too (at various points in the story). Do you see why I say this is the perfect Halloween read? Not only is the bodysnatching element a trifle chilling (mostly because it’s based on things that really happened), it’s involves a wee bit of role playing and dressing up.

Dressing up as a historically correct body snatcher would be a fabulous idea for Halloween. In 2010, the BBC developed a dark comedy about serial killers Burke & Hare. Below are some of the pictures of the stars dressed up in costume. Resurrection men toted along big sacks in which they carried the corpses they stole, so putting a dummy in a large canvas sack would certainly add to the ensemble.  

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Author Biography

BrendaNovak

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are 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 (www.brendanovak.com) every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.

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