Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Up To Bat (The Diamond Series, #1) by Maggie Jane Schuler: Release Blitz + Giveaway

Title: Up To Bat
Series: The Diamond Series Book 1
Author: Maggie Jane Schuler
Genre: NA Romance 
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Photographer: RplusMphoto
Cover Models: Davy Muscle and Kayla Barnes
Cover Design: Mr. @ Maggie Jane Schuler

“Maggie has done it again! This time with a suspenseful, slow-building romance. Oh. My. God! This book was fantastic!” - Stacey Broadbent
“Absolutely loved the book. Sam and Blake are a good blend of maturity and innocence, snark and seduction.” - Margie
Samantha Sawyer, a busy college junior, is thrown a curveball when she's asked to mentor Adriana, a shy freshman with secrets and mysteries. 
Unfortunately, these secrets lead Sam into a dangerous game she’s not sure she can win. Her salvation comes packaged in the tall, sexy, and self-assured Blake Angel. Can he save her, or is he really the devil in disguise?
Maggie Jane Schuler is a wife, mother of three almost-grown children, and teacher by day. While she has always loved to read, the thought of writing her own prose did not strike until she was in the middle of writing her Master’s Thesis. From that point on she was hooked. She Resides in Southern California. Besides the family and books, she loves baseball. Since the Dodgers, Angels, and Padres are all within a short distance, and the Giants and Athletics a nice weekend jaunt away, she’s got plenty of games to take in during the season. Additionally, she enjoys cooking, movies, the beach, and the local mountains. She’s most content being with her family engaged in whatever activity they have planned.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pretty New Doll by Ker Dukey & K. Webster: Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review

Title: Pretty New Doll
Series: Pretty Little Dolls, Book 3
Author: K. Webster & Ker Dukey
Genre: Dark Suspense
Publish Date: July 13, 2017
Review Source: IndieSage PR

Benny, broken, hurting, and alone
Lost his dolly, his love, his home.
Injured and searching, reborn anew,
He finds himself befriended by one who’s true.
Learning about the world, urges, and lust.
Finding a new future, a new dolly, is a must.
Then out of old pain, fresh prospects come to life,
Benny’s sick mind summons him, so his hand takes the knife.

Have you ever been so lost that you became a shadow? Lurking but not living. Existing in the background where no one notices you.
My doll betrayed me, killed me in more ways than she realized.
I’m watching, waiting, wanting.
One day soon she’ll give me back what she took away…
it’s funny how life works that way.

Benny likes his dolls ... Benny likes to play. He may be quite sadistic, in every single way. Benny sees his target, but does she hold his hand? She does not, she belongs to another man.

He sees his new doll and she steals his heart, but will she like him, from the very start? Once doll knows who he truly is, will she run for the hills? Or will she set up shop and live amongst the chills? Benny can manipulate and con, with the very best, however … new doll may just put his skills to the mighty test.

Pretty New Doll is most certainly my favorite book yet, in the Pretty Little Dolls series. Having a new character (Tanner) added, only adds to the story and kicks up the evilness a few notches. These ladies rock the boat that sits in the deep, dark abyss. This story sick and sadistic, yet beautiful and intriguing. You must give it a chance and pick up this series today. 

About Ker:

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles...prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I'm not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I'm a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

About K:

K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she's active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

Pretty Stolen Dolls #1

Pretty Lost Dolls #2

Midnight Show by Mira Day

Title: Midnight Show
Author: Mira Day
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: July 18, 2017

“Oh be still my beating heart!! Ms Day you did a number on it and I thank you for that.” - Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon 
“This is a must read for lovers of dark stories, and I am in awe of this talented author’s work. Brilliant work Mira!!” - Wendy’s Book Blog
“This book was killer. Quick but killer. It dealt with some dark topics. Heck I didn't see half the twists that this story threw at me till it was too late. Please have some tissues when reading this story. Big high five to Mira Day” - Brandi on Goodreads

My Jenny. 
Best friends since we were five years old. She was there for me when I lost my mom. There for me when my dad used me as a punching bag. She was my rock and I needed her more than she ever knew. 
It's been so long since I've seen her. So long since I've held her hand and felt her heartbeat nearly in sync with my own. She came back for me; my rock, to help me bury the man who shaped who I've become.
But she didn't come alone. 
I was used to losing parents, but losing Jenny? To him? No. She's MY Jenny.
Michael pours me another glass of bourbon. Its burn is nothing compared to the tortured world inside my mind. 
"We'll make sure she never leaves us...ever again."
I nod my head as the room goes dark.
I can keep a secret.

It took me a while to write the review. I wasn't sure how I felt by the end of this book. I mean it was not what I was expecting and if you're looking for a cutesy HEA this isn't really it. 
So in this book we are introduced to Brandon and Jenny, two people who met when they were kids and a relationship of co-dependence blossomed from there. 
As they grew so did their lives and for one it grew in a different direction and for the other it went downhill. 
This book is confusing at first, but after a little bit, it sinks in and when it does you realize how messed up it is. As I stated before I was unsure how I felt at the end of the book and it took me a while to put into words what I was feeling. Usually when I write reviews I try for funny, snarky, or sexy. That formula didn't work here. 
Immediately when I finished the book, I was like WTF did I just read? Everything inside me was in turmoil and I didn't understand those feelings. 
Then two days later I noticed I was still thinking about it and I also noticed I was no closer to putting into words what I thought about it. 
That night I decided the book was amazing. The book didn't give me the typical feels, it made me work for it. I had to delve deep inside me to process this. That in itself is amazing. As a blogger you sometimes get desensitized because you're reading so much and it all starts to run together. When a book gives you pause, whether it be inspiration or trepidation you take notice. I took notice. So while I cannot give you  a traditional review in fear of spilling the details; because I can't share what touched me without spoilers, I can say give this book a try. 
My only complaint that made it lose a star, was I wanted more at the end. I wanted some aftermath, some more investigation- I wanted to go deeper. 
This book may not be for everyone because of the non-(traditional) HEA, but its a good story. 

“So, how did your date go the other night?” She takes a swig of beer and turns to look me in the eyes. Her baby blues are bright against the dark bar background, the neon lights enhancing everything.
I shrug. “Meh. She was a bit boring.”
“Jesus, I swear. If it’s not one thing it’s another.” Jenny kicks my bar stool, laughing. I love it when she laughs. Her whole chest heaves and it’s hard not to pay attention to that. “So what made her so boring?”
I lock my eyes on hers and take a pull from my beer. 
She’s not you.
Swallowing, I lick my lips. “I don’t know. She just didn’t keep my interest.”
“You still slept with her though, didn’t you?” 

Is that a glimmer of disappointment I see? Damn it, why does she have to know me well enough to know that?
I give her a sly smile and she punches me in the arm. “You dog! Sounds like she kept your interest peaked just long enough.”
“Well, with tits the size of melons,” I hold my hands out, “it’s hard not to be a little interested.” I instantly hate myself for saying that to her. 

Way to go, Genius. Right before you confess your undying love to a girl, tell her about the sex you just had the other night. Smooth.
Luckily, my Jenny knows me. She gives me a scoff before taking another drink. I focus on her lips wrapped around the bottle. The way her throat moves as the liquid makes its way down. My dick twitches, and I shift in my seat to ease the sudden confines of my pants. Jesus, what she does to me.
“Jenny, I need-”
I hear her phone ring, and she holds her hand up. “Hold that thought, B. Hello?” She starts to slide off the stool. “Hey sweetie! Let me go outside.” She beams at me as she leaves.
I place my head in my hands, gripping my hair. Someone sets a shot in front of me, and Andy’s gravelly voice breaks into my thoughts. “You alright?”
“Fuck.” I slam the shot down and motion for another. “No dude. I’m not.”
Andy sets the next shot down and leans against the bar. “You need to man up. Quit being a bitch.” He raises his eyebrow as he pushes off, smirking.

Smug asshole.
“Sorry!” Jenny gives me her breathy apology as she climbs back on her stool beside me. Her hand touches my back to brace herself, and leg brushing against mine. Her touch sets my body on fire, as my eyes drawn to the hint of cleavage she’s showing.
“That was Ronnie. He’s stopping by.”
I stare into the second shot glass. “Fuck Ronnie.”
I want to immediately regret my words. I want to take them back and do this differently. But I don’t. I don’t regret saying what I said. Out of the corner of my eye, I watch her reaction.
“What the hell, Brandon?” She narrows her eyes. “I thought you liked Ronnie.”

What is wrong with me?
“I can’t do this anymore, Jenny.” I don’t even recognize my voice. It’s deeper, with a touch of anger that I wish I could hide. I pour the second shot of bourbon down my throat, enjoying the burn.
“Do what?”
I inhale deeply. It’s now or never. “Jenny. I love you.”
Her brows furrow together. “I love you too, Brandon.”
“No.” I drink from my beer, my hands starting to shake. I set the bottle down. “Like, I’m in love with you.”

Mira Day is a Contemporary Romance/Fiction writer, born in the Carolinas with a passion for food. She loves the outdoors, NFL football and exclamation points! You'll usually find her slinging coffee at Starbucks, writing, making jewelry or catching up with Friends on Netflix.