The Hunt For Snow Blog Tour {Excerpt & Giveaway}

Hunt For Snow Tour Banner The Hunt For Snow by S.E. Babin Fairytale League #1 Publication Date: October 20, 2014 Genres: Urban Fantasy Purchase from AmazonPurchase from B&NPurchase from Kobo The Hunt for Snow Cover

Synopsis

Fairytales with a twist! Snow has successfully avoided her past for years … until now. With an evil queen bent on her destruction and a hunter bent on her seduction, she has no choice but to run. Who will find her first? S.E. Babin presents The Hunt for Snow, Book 1 of her exciting, new fantasy series, Fairytale League. Every ten years a convention is held in a neutral location where people from all the realms come together and reunite. This is no ordinary conference, though, because everyone who shows up holds a place of honor in the legends of old. But there’s one person who doesn’t care that Earth is neutral territory. The Evil Queen, Naomi, is out to settle a score, and she’s brought along one of her most talented henchman to teach the one who got away a harsh lesson. Snow’s past is shrouded in mystery. Mild cryptozoologist by day, private investigator by night, Snow is dead set on one thing — staying far away from the Huntsman who haunts her dreams. When she shows up to the conference with her two best friends in tow, things start going awry right away. Mere minutes after arriving, they find themselves thrust back into the world they’ve tried so hard to avoid. Now, along with the help of her friends, Snow is struggling to stay one step ahead of the queen who wants to destroy her — and the Huntsman who wants to possess her at all costs. The hunt for Snow is on. But who will find her first?

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So where does a girl go when she’s hurt and upset? I don’t know, but this girl went back to the bar. I sidled up to it, grabbed a stool and gestured the big, friendly guy over. “Vodka, straight. Not the cheap stuff.” I had to give him credit. His eyebrow only rose a fraction of an inch before he rumbled his big body over to all the glorious booze and poured me a healthy shot. I took it back in one gulp, enjoying the slow burn of the booze, and gestured for another one. He obliged, so I knocked that one back too.

I asked him for a coke with a shot of vodka and watched his strong, capable hands while wondering what his story was. He slid it over to me with the ease of someone with years of experience in the same job, offered me a slight smile, and left me there to stew. Maybe for the best. I wouldn’t be very good company right now.

“Did someone take your Sig?” The cool voice intruded into my maudlin thoughts. “Tsk, tsk, it’s a sad day when a pretty girl like you sits at the bar crying over her lost hardware.”

I snorted and twisted in my seat to look at Robin. I picked up my drink and clinked it against his. “Cyndi feels sorry for me,” I said without preamble.

His brow crinkled adorably and he burst into guffaws. “Sorry? For you?”

I let him have his moment. I hadn’t confided in him in years, so he had no idea of the extent of my bone-deep loneliness. “She replaced all of my clothing with frilly garments. Pink. Purple. Pastel. Skinny jeans.” I made a gagging noise.

His laughter abruptly stopped. “Christ.” He turned a panicked look to me. “Did you kill her?”

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About the Author

S.E. Babin S.E. Babin has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it's romance or mystery, she loves turning the norm into the extraordinary. Her early love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. This resulted in her spending way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool. She lives in Texas with her family and a passive aggressive dachshund.

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True Blue Release & Giveaway

TrueBlueRDL   True Blue by Jules Barnard The Blue Series, #3 Publication Date: November 17, 2014 Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger.

Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her. To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees to look out for her temporarily until she’s safe enough to move out on her own. And if he has to push that process along by snooping around and figuring out what she’s hiding, he’ll do that too. Only, Mira is still beautiful, and she’s feisty as hell, and she has all his attention—just like she did six years before. Mira is driving Tyler crazy, the tension between them off the charts while they’re trapped under the same roof. Something is going to crack. Will it be Mira’s last hold on a haunted life, or Tyler’s self-control around the one girl he’s never been able to get over?
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Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist. Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

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The Dangerous Hero Plus Giveaway

Dangerous Hero   The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow Publication Date: November 11, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Romance Review Request: The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow
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I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Viola was the first woman I ever tied up. We had one of those brief but intense summer romances. OK, so I screwed that up. But now, years later, I've got a second chance. The thing is, she doesn't trust me. I write novels about a brutal spymaster whose craving for blood and torture is insatiable. Hidden in my home is an authentic medieval dungeon. I'm a connoisseur of finely-wrought leather floggers, silken ropes, the restrictive corset, the binding cuff. I don't mean to frighten her. But hey, I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Mastery and submission, pleasure and pain. I'm looking for that special partner--somebody to torment, somebody to love. The door to my dungeon is open. It is up to her to walk in. The Dangerous Hero is a contemporary romance novel by USA Today bestselling author and Rita Award Winner, Linda Barlow.
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About Linda Barlow

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Linda Barlow is the author of 23 novels in various genres, including family sagas, historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, and general mainstream fiction. Publishers have included Doubleday, Dell, Penguin, Warner Books, New American Library/Signet, Berkley/Putnam, Silhouette and Harlequin. Her books have been translated into approximately 20 foreign languages. Her romances have won numerous industry awards, including the Rita from Romance Writers of America (1989), Best New Historical Romance Author from Romantic Times (1986) and a Lifetime Achievement award from Romantic Times. She also contributed two essays to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a collection of scholarly essays on the enduring appeal of the romance. This book won the Susan Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture in 1993. Linda is now indie publishing and loving it! She is updating her backlist and writing new novels, too. The first book to be rewritten and indie-published is the new edition of her classic historical romance, Fires of Destiny, which was a finalist for the Rita Award in 1987 (available now!). Linda served as President of Novelists, Inc. in 1992 and did two three-year terms on the Executive Council of the Authors Guild in the 1990s. She was Romance Writers of America’s keynote speaker at the annual conference in 1989. When she is not at her computer writing, she is likely to be reading. She can't imagine what her life would be like without books!

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Finding Southern Comfort (Free Book & Giveaway)

SCRDL Finding Southern Comfort by Barbara Lohr Windy City Romance #0.5 Publication Date: November 17, 2014 Also in this series: Her Favorite Mistake, Her Favorite Honeymoon, Her Favorite Hot Doc Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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She’s not what he wanted… but she is what he needs.

Harper Kirkpatrick is not what Cameron Bennett expects for the bachelor party in his Savannah mansion. She’s desperate when he sends her home. Jobs are scarce and eviction looms. Former boyfriend Billy took off for California and she’s too proud to head home to Chicago. Although Cameron may not go for her cheerleader kicks, he does admire Harper’s spunk. When she answers his ad for a nanny, she’s horrified to find herself back at his mansion. But she can’t turn down the generous salary or Bella, the toddler with troubled eyes. Youngest in the Kirkpatrick clan, Harper’s not an expert on kids. Neither is the young widower. Her head-strong personality soon puts her at odds with Cameron and his TV personality girlfriend, Kimmy Carrington. When she stands in for Kimmy at a Savannah gala, Harper and Cameron spark a fire that nearly burns down the dance floor. Never has the wrong man felt so right. Never has a boy from the south worked so hard to rev up the charm. Will the Windy City girl be able to put the heart back in his home? Can he convince her that his southern comfort has staying power?
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Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, adult as well as New Adult, often with a humorous twist. Her early career included teaching writing and lit, while writing theater and book reviews for the local newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Eventually, national magazines published more than two hundred of her short stories. Today she concentrates on novels and novellas with feisty women who take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Barbara lives in the Midwest with her husband and their cat, who insists he was Heathcliff in another life. In addition to travel, her interests include outwitting the deer that insist on sharing her beloved garden. Her Windy City Romances series present Vanessa, Amy and McKenna and the men who are a match for these three high school friends.

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Delusions (Book 2 of The List of Five Series) {Book Review}

Richie's eighteenth birthday brings another haunting list, a list of five people he cares about, and one that should be dead. DEAD? Can he handle it all, or will it drive him crazy. When he finds out that the person on the list that is deceased is actually alive, he knows he must do something or all will be lost

Can he stop events before the end in everyone he has left dying? Can he find the mysterious cult leader, Travius Free and bring him to justice for killing his family and friends? Has he grown up enough to face all of this and come out on top?

Is he capable of facing up to it all or is it all just a delusion?

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I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Delusions picks up where the first book ended; Richie waking up, his head pounding as five names hammer away over and over again in his head. As if Richie hasn't already suffered enough here it goes starting all over again and to make matters worse, someone from his past has returned but is everything as it seems? To get the answer then you must read the book as Mr. J. Scott Sharp continues to weave an amazing storyline and trust that once he captures you in his web you'll be wanting more. The story grabs you from beginning to end. You'll want to cry, scream in anger and most of all you'll definitely be on the edge of your seat. I cannot wait until the next book to see what surprises there will be in store for us and what new revelations will be revealed. This highly anticipated second book for the readers of this series did not disappoint and I know you'll love it as much as I did if not more.

About the Author:

J. Scott Sharp has been writing for much of his considerable life, but only just now decided to take it seriously at 48. This makes him a little crazy. At least his wife Marti and his two dogs, Sumo and Tnur think so.

He has his degree in psychology, which qualifies him for nothing except understanding what you're thinking. At least he likes to think so. He also thinks he understands what you're feeling, but that's a whole other problem.

He lives in Arizona where he splits his time between watching TV on DVD, working, and writing. His hobbies include stage and close-up magic and reading until his eyes won't stay open. Closed eyes make it harder to do stage magic, but he tries.

He is the author of short stories Not Even There, Three Blackbirds, and Cold-blooded

The Luthier's Apprentice Blog Tour

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The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani Violinist Detective Series #1 Publication Date: May 15, 2014 Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult Purchase from AmazonPurchase from B&N

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Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another… When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms. But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini? Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice.

Excerpt Emma and Annika jumped to their feet. They had concentrated so hard on the attic door, they hadn’t heard Grandpa coming upstairs. “We…we heard a noise, Grandpa,” Emma said. “I’ve told you not to get close to that room. Why do you have so much trouble with such a simple request?” “I’m sorry—it’s just—” Grandpa glanced at his watch. “It’s almost three. I want you to continue work on that scroll. Come on, sbrigati.” His eyes moved to Annika. “I’m sure Annika will understand.” “Sure, Mr. Donatelli.” Emma sighed. “Okay,” she mumbled. “Let me at least walk her to the door.” Down at the front door, they said goodbye. “I’ll call you later,” said Emma. After Annika left, Emma trudged to the workshop and worked for the next couple of hours. She had already planed the fingerboard face of the scroll block, marked out the shape with a pencil and started sawing it out yesterday evening. Under Grandpa’s stern supervision, she finished sawing out as accurately as possible, then bevelled both sides to the pencil line and tidied the outline with chisel, gouge and files. It took a long time. The job demanded precision, stamina and concentration. Usually, she would get so much into it that the hours would fly like seconds. But today was different. Her mind kept straying to the attic, to the mark on Monsieur Dupriez’s floor... and to Corey. On one occasion she hurt her finger with the gouge, on another she dropped the file. “Where’s your head today?” Grandpa snapped from across the worktable. “Sorry.” She sighed. After another half hour Emma had the final outline for the scroll. She smoothed out the curves with her fingers. She smiled. It looked pretty neat. She looked at Grandpa only to realize that he had been watching her for some time. The expression on his face surprised her. The usual harshness in his eyes had totally vanished, and in its place lay only a profound sadness. But it didn’t last long. Grandpa blinked, as if waking up from a trance, and reached over for her scroll. He inspected it, his eyes narrowed and critical under his bushy eyebrows. Emma held her breath. Say something nice, please. His expression was grim again. “You’re too good for your own good,” he muttered. What was that supposed to mean? At that moment the shop door bell chimed. “Get started on the pegbox,” Grandpa said. He gave her back the scroll and wiped his hands on his working apron. He headed to the shop through the connecting door and closed it behind him. Emma rose from the bench to stretch her back and legs. Her neck was sore. She opened and closed her hands, stretching her fingers. Even though she was used to it, she still got sore muscles if she overdid it. She reached for the pencil compass and began marking out the pegbox on the front and back of the scroll. While she worked, her mind drifted again to this morning. And to Corey. Her heart quickened. She remembered his Holmes impression and in spite of herself, she smiled. She wished she’d brought her Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes here. She would have looked up some clever quotes to throw at him the next time they met. From the shop came the sharp edge of Grandpa’s voice arguing with a customer. Emma froze and listened. “It is exactly as you requested,” Grandpa said. “To the last specification. No more, no less.” “I’m not satisfied,” a woman’s voice said. “She promised...” The woman lowered her voice and Emma couldn’t catch the words. Emma put the scroll and compass on the table and stepped closer to the door. “I’m paying a small fortune here, Mr. Donatelli,” the woman said. “I will not accept something I didn’t request.” Grandpa answered back, but he must have kept his voice low because Emma couldn’t get what he said. “Well, maybe you should go back and get some other wood then.” The woman’s voice was icy. “My next concerto is in one month. Do you understand? One month. And I will not play with this one. I want what I was promised!” “Will you please keep your voice low? My granddaughter is inside.” Emma felt the thud of steps approaching the door. Quickly, she ran and jumped on the bench where she had been working. The door opened and Grandpa peeked in to check on her. His bushy eyebrows were furrowed and his eyes sparked with suspicion. Emma pretended she was adjusting the compass. She looked up and smiled. “Oh, hi, Grandpa. Is something wrong?” His lips pressed together, he shook his head. “I think you have worked enough today, Emma. Why don’t you go upstairs to your room? Or better yet, take a bit of fresh air outside?” “Now?” “Sì, adesso. Come, you can go out from the shop.” Curious to see who the woman was, Emma followed him into the shop. An elegant lady with high cheekbones and red hair stood by the glass counter. Her haughty expression was heightened by the luxurious, silver-grey fur coat that covered her. On the counter lay a violin. Its varnish, like red wine, glowed with warmth and mellowness. For a second, Emma thought the woman looked familiar. “Hello,” Emma mumbled as she crossed the shop to the door. The woman remained silent, offering Emma a secretive smile. “Is she your helper?” she asked him. He nodded. “She is just leaving.” “So you have a little apprentice! How sweet,” the woman’s tone mocked Grandpa. Grandpa didn’t look pleased by her comment. He shot Emma a warning glance. “Be back in fifteen minutes.” Emma rolled her eyes and groaned inwardly. The bell tinkled as the door closed behind her. She hoped her mom would return soon. Living with Grandpa felt like being in the army. She glanced at her watch. It was not yet six but already dark. A few people were busy walking their dogs. As she trudged down the street, she glanced over her shoulder at the shop. Through the windows she could see them talking. She wondered why the woman had not been satisfied with the violin. A perfectionist to the end, Grandpa almost never had complaints from customers. She was thinking of Corey—angry at herself for not getting him out of her mind and toying with the idea of inviting him to tomorrow’s Halloween party—when, suddenly, someone came flashing by and put something in her hand. Startled, she saw Corey speeding away on a skateboard. “Hey, wait!” she called after him, but he seemed to be quite an expert at the skateboard, and in a matter of seconds was a block away and disappeared round the corner. Emma looked at the note in her hand: Tervuren Square Tomorrow, 2:00 pm.

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Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. She's represented by Serendipity Literary. She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, 2 wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Night Call

Night Call by Jessica Hawkins Night Fever Serial #2 Publication Date: November 11, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Novella, Romance, Serial

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With their dream within grasp, Johnny and Lola make an offer on Hey Joe--only to discover that a million dollars doesn't go as far as they'd thought. As the price of the bar rises and expenses pile up, Lola begins to question what she really wants.

Lola knows she can solve their problems with one phone call, but she may risk going too far to have it all. Because she's not dealing with just anyone--she's dealing with a master. For Beau Olivier, there's no such thing as too far. There is only conquest. There is only victory.

Beau and Lola already had their night together, but it wasn't enough. They need more. And the more they need. The more they have to lose.

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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