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Welcome to the Audio Blitz tour for Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek! Enter to win a paperback copy of The Hashtag Hunt signed by Kristina Seek and the narrators and an Amazon Echo making listening to audios in your home a breeze. The Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek

The Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek narrated by Andrea Emmes -Award Winning, Best Selling Audiobook Narrator and Tim Paige. Published by The Audio Flow, LLC. Check out the deets, listen to a sound bite and enter to win a fabulous prize. We think you’re going to love this fun, original romance.

The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to someone called the Wizard.

For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject.

The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help with hashtag number six.

While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.

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About Kristina Seek

Kristina Seek's debut novel, The Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she quit her day job to focus on a career in writing. Kristina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves traveling to new destinations, and wants to cross off the other items on her bucket list.

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One lucky US winner will receive a paperback copy of The Hashtag Hunt signed by Kristina Seek and the narrators! They will also receive an Amazon Echo making listening to audios in your home a breeze. Enter today!

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Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Bookhounds.net. Several blogs are participating, so be sure to hop on over to each one for your chance to win more prizes! On my stop I’m giving away a $10 Amazon e-gift card to a US winner OR $10 Paypal cash to an international winner. It might be nice to get something off the old wishlist right?

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  • Open to anyone who can accept and use an Amazon or Paypal code. Must be 18 or older.
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The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke doesn’t release until August, but I just couldn’t wait to tell everyone how much this series is impacting me so far. Book 2 in the Lizzie Hardwicke series and it’s already shaping up to be one of my favorites. Below is the Top 5 Reasons why I loved The Corpse Played Dead.   1. Lizzie Hardwick is a harlot.

I’m a sucker for unconventional heroines and Lizzie Hardwicke had me from the very beginning. She’s as unconventional as they come and it’s a lot of fun reading about someone who doesn’t really have the “hero/heroine” qualities.

“I am not averse to flattery. This is a serious flaw in my character and I really should excise it.”

Don’t worry though. Her profession is not always in the forefront and does not go into much detail.

2. Georgian Era

I don’t get to read a lot of historical fiction novels set in this time period. What with the men wearing powdered wigs and all it’s hard to feel romantic about that. But it works well with murder and mystery. Also, the atmosphere tends to revolve around the lower class citizens which makes for a more grittier read.

3. Undercover Shenanigans

Lizzie foregoes her bawdy house to play a little undercover detective at the Drury Lane theater as a seamstress. Her little white lies to the inhabitants does go a little too far and it puts Lizzie in danger quite a few times. So the added drama of her being in disguise it quite thrilling. It was also funny to read the dialogue between Lizzie and her fellow harlot acquaintances when they help her put together her disguise. Fun times indeed.

4. Amateur Sleuthiness

Yes, I understand that sleuthiness is not a real word. The fact that Lizzie is in fact an amateur sleuth slash harlot really is the perfect combo. She’s not really good at it, but I love that in the end, it all works out.

 

5. Drury Lane Theater

The setting is what really made this fun. I could almost smell the mustiness of the dressing rooms and the dark hallways. The first murder really put in perspective the dangers and pitfalls to any theater set. That death was the perfect dramatic scene and frankly I did not feel sorry for the victim.

Overall, this was a quick, fast paced read for me. Lizzie Hardwicke is really pushing her way to the top of my favorite characters list.

Other Reviews in Series

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Corpse Played Deadby Georgina Clarke
Series: Lizzie Hardwicke #2
Also in this series: Death and the Harlot
Published by Caneloon August 19th, 2019
Genres: Amateur Sleuths, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Women Sleuths
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating:


Blurb:

‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…’

When an undercover assignment for the Bow Street magistrate sees prostitute Lizzie Hardwicke trade Ma Farley’s Bawdy House in Soho for life as a seamstress the theatre on Drury Lane, it becomes clear quite quickly - what goes on in the wings is much more intriguing than the theatrics being played out on stage…

Soon Lizzie is once again thrown together with the handsome Inspector Will Davenport when a high profile investor is brutally hanged at centre stage and Lizzie discovers the body. With the suspect list rivalling any casting call, Lizzie will have to use every trick she’s hidden up her sleeves to unravel the tangled threads and bring the culprit into the spotlight.

What’s your favorite historical setting in books?

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It Happened on the Blog-June 2019

It was my birthday month in June and I SPLURGED! I bought a lot of books and pampered myself as someone is wont to do when it’s their birthday. 🙂

Reviews

Reviews off the blog (Goodreads)–I plan on incorporating these reviews in later blog posts.

Stand Out Reads

Second Hand Curses is probably in my top 5 audiobooks. It’s a sort of fairytale retelling, where faeries are not friendly. The Corpse Played Dead was a book I was most looking forward to. I received the ARC via Netgalley. It did not disappoint.

Total Books Read

This month I’ve read a total of 7 books. Not bad really, for me anyway.

Book Haul

Okay, so I might have went a little overboard.

Blog Giveaways

The signed print copy of Flying by the Seat of My Knickers is still active.

Blog Tours Video Game Reviews

None. But my review for Dragon Quest XI is incoming. Well, It’s not technically going to be a review. But, at least I finally finished it! Woot! 😀

Personal Update

Guess what? The birds that nested last month returned again and now we have 4 chicks. They just hatched and are so cute. My birthday was really nice. I had made a triple layer mousse cake. I wanted to test my skills and it turned out great. We went out to eat and it was just good times all round.

Goals for July
  1. I really have to get these outstanding reviews written.
  2. I want to at least write one Shady Talk article.

It Happened on the Blog Archive

How was June 2019 for your blog and/or personal life. Any goals?

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Welcome to the Book Blast & #Giveaway: Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall. A randomly drawn commenter will receive a $25 Amazon/BN GC via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the blog tour by clicking on the banner image above. Commenting on blogs increases your chance of winning. Please only comment once per blog (unless it’s active conversations with an author, multiple comments from the same person will be deleted.) Knightmare Arcanist

Blurb:

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Frith Chronicles #1

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A flash of rain pelted the entire city, but only for a few seconds, as though the heavens coughed and forgot to cover their mouth. The man secured his pack shut, protecting his vegetables.

“Oh, this again,” he said.

“Does this happen often?”

“Storms happen frequently enough,” he replied. “This ain’t no storm, though. It’s those flashy arcanists. They like makin’ a show. Just you wait. You’ll see somethin’ good yet.”

Making a show?

I headed toward the docks. Despite the creeping chill, I moved with energy and purpose. Crowds of people clogged the roadways, making travel by foot damn near impossible, even for an arcanist. Frustrated, I jumped onto the wheels of a nearby carriage and used the extra height to pull myself onto the roof of a building. The A-frame roof made for a steep trek, but the tiles were easy to grip, even when wet.

Once on top, I turned my attention to the nearest pier.

A tremendous flash of lightning lit the sky. Thunder chased after, strong enough to rattle the windows and pierce straight to my bone. Luthair shifted through the shadows as another round lit the sky. I knew some arcanists could control the weather, but I had never seen a demonstration so showy before.

A flurry of snow soon followed, but like the rain, it lasted only a few seconds. People lifted their hands in the air, trying to catch the snowflakes as they approached the earth. Most evaporated before anyone could hold them, but I managed to catch a few on my tongue.

The ocean waters beyond the docks swirled into whirlpools. Two cyclones of saltwater rose upward, forming pillars of ocean as thick as forty oak trees, each stretching straight to the sky.

Rapt by the show of magic, I almost didn’t notice the massive leviathan snaking through the ocean. Its shiny scales glistened with each new flash of lightning. The serpent-like body must’ve been as long as ten galley ships and as thick as a three-mast sailing ship. Although the mystical creature never lifted his head out of the water, I already knew who he was.

Decimus—Gregory Ruma’s legendary leviathan.

About Shami Stovall

Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrillers to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.

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If you’re one of the lucky ones and plan on heading to the beach this summer, well I’ve got a book recommendation for you! Barefoot Beach by Debbie Mason provides fun, family dynamic, sweet romance, matchmaking grandmothers, and drama. Barefoot Beach

First off let me say that I couldn’t get enough of this installment. I finished reading this after waking up in the middle of the night. 4 hours later, I knew this was one of my favorites in this series.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of the main female protagonist, Theia. The first few chapters seem like there was something stuck up her butt. I didn’t care for her attitude. But after some things were pointed out to her (you gotta love small towns), she softened a bit.

Marco, the hunky fireman, had a definite role in it. This whole series revolves around a large family trying to save Greystone Manor, which has been in their family for generations. It’s rival in the next town is trying to buy them out and make room for condos.

So a lot of back and forth about family members either wanting to sell their share and being on Team Greystone. It’s fun to read that’s for sure.

If you also enjoy the fake relationship trope this one has some cute and funny scenes.

Overall, I kind of knew how the story was going to play out towards the end, but it really made for a fun read. The story could be a little confusing for those who haven’t read the previous installments. If anything, read the first book. That sets the tone for everything.

Other Reviews in the Series

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Barefoot Beachby Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor #8
Also in this series: Mistletoe Cottage, Christmas with an Angel, Starlight Bridge
Published by Foreveron June 4th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating:


Blurb:

Can a summer of love make up for a lifetime of secrets?

Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor this summer, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot who's in town for a stay at Greystone Manor. And while Theia's got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there's a certain tall, dark, and irresistible man that she can't seem to get off her mind.

Firefighter Marco DiRossi wants to beat the matchmakers at their own game so he conspires with Theia to pretend they've already fallen in love. It's only for the summer. What could go wrong? Yet as the beach season draws to a close, Marco and Theia find their pretend relationship has led to very real attraction. But when a secret from the past is revealed, jeopardizing everything they hold dear, can this unlikely couple find their way to a happily-ever-after?

About Debbie Mason

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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Are you a fan of the fake relationship trope?

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Welcome to the Excerpt Tour for The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada & Holly Lörincz. Read the excerpt below. The Perfect Date

Blurb:

When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.

Angel Gomez has never lived by the book. A Bronx-based unwed mother by the time she was sixteen, Angel’s personal mission has always been to show the world that a Puerto Rican girl is not to be messed with—especially by a man. The only thing that matters to Angel, now, is providing for her son and earning enough tips at the club to complete her nursing degree along the way. Love is nowhere on her agenda.

Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts whose romantic escapades make delicious fodder for gossip columns. But lately he’s been trying to keep a lower profile—so much so that when he meets Angel, first while she’s in her nurse uniform and the next time behind the bar, she has no idea who Duke is, fails to fall for his obvious charm, and ends up throwing a drink in his face! She is the perfect woman for Duke…to fool the tabloids into thinking he’s finally settling down. But what begins as a charade soon has Duke and Angel hurtling into a full-blown romance that rocks each of their worlds and begs the question: Is this the real deal—or are some love stories just too good to be true?

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Chapter One

Angel Gomez hissed under her breath.
Claro. Of course. If she was going to get a paper cut, it would be from the page illustrating the male reproductive system. The twenty-three-year-old sucked at the thin line of blood on the web of her hand, squinting hard at the flayed cojones in her anatomy textbook.
As a nursing student, Angel knew the male anatomy— from the bulb to the external urinary meatus—but her ability to reel off the Latin names of penis parts seemed to scare the living, breathing version away.
Not that I want a man, she reminded herself, her inner voice stern. Focus, girl.
Dark spirals of hair popped free from her ponytail as she bent closer to her textbook. Concentration was elusive. She closed the window next to her with a shriek of metal on metal, shutting out the gray February breeze and the number 4 train running on the elevated tracks down Jerome Avenue. She tilted her head, listened.
What is that? Breathing. It was gaspy, heavy breathing, coming from the depths of the worn corduroy couch behind her. Angel twisted in her chair.
“Jose,” she said, too loudly, knocking pages of lecture notes off her makeshift desk on the radiator.
“Mama, I’m fine,” the seven-year-old boy muttered. He turned up the live radio stream coming from the decrepit laptop and avoided her eyes.
“Go get your inhaler. Now.”
“Just a minute. The Duke is about to pitch.”
Faintly, she could hear Suzyn Waldman, longtime announcer for the Bronx Bolts, adding color to a local charity game. “He’s winding up and . . . another beauty, right over the plate . . . Ohh no, the batter’s hit a hard foul right into the dugout.” The announcer clucked, but then, “What’s this? The Duke seems to want off the mound.”
“No!” Jose yelled at the computer, as if it could hear his complaint.
“His ankle may still be giving him problems.”
“Jose! What’d I tell you?”
Jose’s face shone with perspiration as he stomped past her, wheezing down the hall to his room. That beautiful pouty face, she thought. His bronze complexion, a shade darker than hers, was the perfect blend of her and his father. Jose’s dad was long gone, however—the high school quarterback had disappeared when he found out his fifteen-year-old girlfriend was pregnant, but not before slapping her around, yelling, “That ain’t my kid.” Angel had shoved him into the hallway, slammed the door in his face. She didn’t want him. She didn’t need him.
Two years after Jose was born, her mother died. Angel was seventeen. She almost buckled from the pressure of the responsibility to care for another, tiny human. She had no safety net. His dark eyes, staring up at her with such adoration . . . She’d shoved steel into her spine, stood up straight, and vowed her boy would be safe, happy, and healthy on her watch.
And she was doing it.

In a few more weeks, she’d be done with nursing school and would take her final boards. She survived by putting her head down and pushing through, focused on getting them out of this decrepit apartment building filled with dust and screeching train brakes. She kept the rest of the world’s bullshit at arm’s length.

From The Perfect Date. Copyright © 2019 by Evelyn Lozada and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.

EVELYN LOZADA, is a high-profile American-Latina reality television personality, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. She is best known for her role on VH1’s hit series Basketball Wives (2010-present), OWN’s hit series Livin’ Lozada (2015), author of the first installment of the book series: The Wives Association: Inner Circle (2012) and creator of Healthy Boricua (A Puerto Rican Lifestyle Guide to Healthy Living). Evelyn has become a national trendsetter, a “go to” fitness export, jewelry designer, fashion and beauty maven, social media royalty and a stimulating voice and proactive supporter of causes that effect women and girls through the Evelyn Lozada Foundation. Evelyn is a Bronx native, mother of two (Shaniece Hairston and Carl Leo Crawford) that currently resides in Los Angeles.

Holly Lörincz is a successful collaborative writer and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She is an award-winning novelist (Smart Mouth, The Everything Girl) and co-author (best-selling Crown Heights, and How to Survive a Day in Prison) living in Oregon.

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