21 February 2017

happy release day-the keeper of lost things-ruth hogan-review











“Hogan’s first novel reveals how even discarded items have significance and seemingly random objects, people, and places are all interconnected.”  - Booklist


“Hogan’s writing has the soothing warmth of the cups of cocoa and tea her characters regularly dispense…old-fashioned storytelling with a sprinkling of magic.”  - Kirkus

A self-proclaimed “rapacious reader and incorrigible magpie,” north Londoner RUTH HOGAN has always had a passion for small treasures and curiosities.  In her first novel, THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS (February 21, 2017; ISBN 9780062473530; $26.99), she transforms this fascination into a tale of love and wit—a story about what happens when people, like lost things, finally find their true home. 

Fate has opened Anthony Peardew’s eyes to lost objects, stirring an insatiable curiosity about the people who once owned them.  The shocking loss of his fiancée Therese on their wedding day, and Anthony’s careless misplacement of the keepsake she gave him, leaves him bereft, and newly captivated by the many tools and trinkets that pass through our lives.

Laura, Anthony’s new assistant, arrives at his Victorian mansion much like a lost object herself.  Recently divorced and in need of a change, Laura is unexpectedly thrust into a spearheading role when Anthony suddenly dies, leaving her his home and the legacy of what has become his life’s work—reuniting people with the mad array of objects, large and small, he has obsessively collected and written about for years.   

With the help of Sunshine, a young girl gifted with keen perception who becomes a friend and guide to Laura; and Freddy, the gardener with whom she becomes smitten; Laura is transformed as she and her small team find success carrying out Anthony’s mission. 

As her quest progresses, we learn the fate of Eunice, a woman of another era on a similar search for self-discovery, who has lost and found items integral to Laura’s goal.  In a twist of fate, Laura realizes she holds the key to both Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. Her greatest challenge then becomes unlocking the past, to make the connections that will finally lay their spirits to rest.


THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS is a charming story of wisdom, transformation, and beauty, colored by vibrant, witty characters—that reveals, through random items of varying significance, the invisible threads that connect us all. 






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I am not going to tell you much about this book for several reasons, the primary one being that YOU NEED THIS BOOK. Anything in detail that I say would only ruin the magic of this novel, so again trust me, you really do need this book. 

There is such a sense of romanticism to this heartfelt, beautiful thoughtful and tangible novel.  I also felt there was a sense of classic/old school writing here(I'm in love with it).  In fact, do not start this novel unless you have time to finish it because you are going to want to read it in one sitting. 

The Keeper of Lost Things made me laugh, and cry (oh geez I was at work too! LOL). The intertwining stories kept me utterly captivated and all of the characters(even the ones that are are only mentioned for a few paragraphs) are so developed that they leap off the pages(and in some cases right into your heart). I particularly got a kick out of  Douglas(a pastry loving dog!) 

Again, I know I haven't said much about this book per se, but I really think it would ruin it if I did. You will not be disappointed if you give this novel a chance. It made me nostalgic and touched me in a way that I can honestly say I don't think any other book ever has (total fan girl here). In fact I loved it so much I bought two copies to give to people I know would love it. 












When RUTH HOGAN was a child, her mother worked in a bookstore.  This experience helped fuel her lifelong passion for reading and books.  Ruth lives north of London.  THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS is her first novel.












happy teaser tuesday! can't fight this feeling- miranda liasson


CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING
Spikonos Brothers #2
Miranda Liasson
Releasing March 7th, 2017










SHE WANTS TO MOVE ON…WITH SOMEONE BLAND AND BORING…

Widowed psychologist Maggie McShae is ready to find someone who won’t make her heart beat fast, her knees grow weak, or make her feel hot and cold at the same time. No one she can really love, because love brings too much pain.

Drew Poulos, son of a billionaire, is hiding out in Mirror Lake, working at his brothers’ brandy company. He inspires those very feelings Maggie’s determined to avoid. The hunky businessman, who left his high society bride at the altar, is the last person she’d ever seriously date…but he might just be perfect for a fling…

HE NEEDS A DATE FOR HIS BROTHER’S WEDDING…WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN CALM HIS QUIRKY FAMILY…

Drew’s too heartbroken to ever trust any woman again, but the sexy psychologist is the perfect person to deflect his family’s attention as his brother marries the woman Drew once thought was his.
 As sparks fly, two injured hearts might just find that true love can be even better the second time around….










He got in her face. And oh, those big brown intelligent eyes up close, those chiseled cheekbones, so much more defined than her own, which really were such a waste on a man. That thick, pitch-black hair, so thick a woman’s fingers could get lost in there.
She tried to back up a step, but he moved forward. “Maybe. Let’s start by being honest with each other. Do you want me, Maggie?”
“We’re not talking about—that. Back off already.” She pushed on his chest a little. A mistake. Because it was hard as boulders and made her knees go weak. “Besides, you just—flinched when I touched you.”
“I think we need to do what you said, talk about it. I flinched because I felt what I think you feel too. That there’s something going on between us. What are we going to do about it?”
She flipped her hand dismissively. “It’s all that touchy-feely stuff we’re doing in front of your family. That has to stop.”
“This has nothing to do with playacting,” he said quietly. “And I think you know that. “That kiss on the court… It was real.”
“That kiss was…impulsive. Heat of the moment, fueled by our hard-won victory.” Joking now was not stopping the shivers that were running up and down her arms. Or the hot and cold coursing through her veins. Somehow, she sensed how it would be between them. Wild. No holds barred. And God help her, she wanted that.
She tried to pull some common sense out of her sex-addled brain. It would be a very bad idea on both their parts to forget their troubles with a sweaty round of sex, wouldn’t it?





Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a former Golden Heart winner who writes contemporary romance for Montlake Romance, Entangled, and soon for Grand Central. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.





















20 February 2017

happy tour day-the russian obsession- nikki navarre- giveaway


To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. 
The battle of hearts between them.  


THE RUSSIAN OBSESSION
Foreign Affairs #3
Nikki Navarre
Releasing Feb 21, 2017





Christabel Orlova remembers nothing before the night she woke in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her shadowy past. Armed only with keen wits, survival instincts and mad skills in the research lab, Christa has three goals. Stay alive. Stay one step ahead of her hunters. And find a cure for the Ebola bioweapon whose secret is locked in her brainbox—before it wipes out the human race. Gypsy, loner and wild child, her first rule of survival is never to trust.

Ex-Russian fighter pilot Max Vasylko is a gun-for-hire smuggler who’ll fly contraband cargo anywhere in the world, no questions asked. But he can’t fly far enough to forget the wife and daughter who died in an Ebola outbreak. When a bioweapon from a rogue U.S. program is to blame, Max’s mission turns personal. Find the scientist responsible for designing the super virus—and make her pay. The last villain he expects is Christa: a smart, sexy, scrappy survivor in hiking boots who’s lost her own brother to the virus.  

Now Max is flying high above the African jungle with enemy agents in his six and a sweet redhead he’ll risk his backside to protect. Christa’s tempted to trust this hot-as-hell jet jockey with his wildcat courage and Mafia past. But the vaccine isn’t the only secret locked in her head. To uncover the truth, Max and Christa must win their toughest battle yet. The battle of hearts between them.    



The biggest bouncer she’d ever seen was powering toward her like a tank on steroids. Packing a machine gun the size of a bazooka.
Teetering on her stilettos, Christa froze. The music throbbed in her ears like a heartbeat. An electric current of panic pulsed through her veins. Cheesed-off cops on one side and a bad guy bouncer on the other.
And, clutched tight in her perspiring palms, the McGuffin. A briefcase holding five million doses of a deadly virus. Or a cure that could save the world.
“Hey, doc.” A voice dipped in Brooklyn brass grated in her ear. “I swear to God, I ought to turn you over my knee.”
Alarm and annoyance jolted through her—swamped by overwhelming relief. She spun to face six and a half feet of towering menace. Ultramarine eyes seared through her like lasers. Stripped to his tee shirt, bronzed biceps and wicked tattoo sheened in sweat, Max Vasylko spelled danger with a capital D.
The breath shuddered out of her tight-locked lungs.
Along with a whopping dose of sass.
“What kind of grunting Neanderthal are you, major? Were you raised in a cave? If you think you’re laying a hand on me, you’re going to need an army—”
“Army of one, baby.”
His low growl in her ear sent goose bumps racing down her arms and curled her toes in her boots. His big hands closed around her naked shoulders. Heat snaked from his callused palms and sheeted down her spine.
Max pushed her into a vacant banquette scattered with cards and cash. Her bottom hit the red vinyl seat with a bounce. He snagged the briefcase from her startled arms and tossed it at the opposite seat.
“Hey!” she cried. “That case isn’t a football. You can’t just—”
“News flash. I just did.”
He crawled right in after her. Right between her thighs.
Her heart was a kettledrum roaring in her ears. She slithered and scrambled over the slippery seat. He took every inch she gave him and kept on coming. Which was how she ended up flat on her back.
He crawled right on top of her, weight braced on those impressive arms.
For a moment in time that stretched surreal, like a Dali clock melting in the desert sun, he crouched over her. She forgot about the jumpy cop with the trigger finger, the tank-sized bouncer packing heat, the backstabbing ex-boss sprawled somewhere on the floor.
The world narrowed to the span of Max’s powerful shoulders and the primal musk of saffron and cedar. Above his neckline, the spiky tips of another fierce tattoo curled around his neck.
She was guessing that hidden ink spread all the way across his shoulders. Maybe all the way down his back. And that was a lot of real estate to cover on a man like Max. With the flashing lights behind him, shadows cloaked his face. And every inch of him scorched her skin.
“Wow.” She managed a husky whisper. “You’re…really…something.”
“Pot and the goddamn kettle,” he growled.
Right before he kissed her.
















DOSSIER FOR NIKKI NAVARRE
DECLASSIFIED
Subject:  Nikki Navarre
Assignment:  Double Agent
Cover:  Diplomat. Playgirl. Author of the Foreign Affairs series.

Nikki Navarre is the author of the award-winning Foreign Affairs series and the sinister twin of unsuspecting historical romance author Laura Navarre.  In her other life, Nikki is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues.  In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the perilous realities of her real life, Nikki writes romantic suspense set in glamorous international locales and laced with political intrigue.  From her island compound in the Pacific Northwest, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for government clients.  Her notorious exploits in the world of diplomacy will get her in trouble one of these days. 


The Russian Obsession may be the last mistake she ever makes.






Her Favorite Obsessions:

Meet the Heroine from The Russian Obsession

By Nikki Navarre

I always swore I’d never write an amnesia story.  Until I met Christa.  The haunted, half-Russian viral engineer/nomad wakes in a Turkish bazaar with two passports, two governments on her tail, and no memory of her dangerous past. Christabel Orlova walked out of some shadowy recess of my psyche right into my heart.  And for Max Vasylko, cocky ex-Russian fighter pilot and gun-for-hire smuggler in my sexy spy romance The Russian Obsession, wild child Christa is (as he would say) abso-frigging perfect.

While she hopscotches from hostel to cyber café across Southeast Asia, one step ahead of the scary goons who hunt her, Christa stows a journal in her grungy backpack. And she’s a list freak. I snuck a peek over her shoulder while she scribbled at a bus station in Thailand.

My Top Five Obsessions

1.  Cure for Ebola. Talk about obsession. I’m going to design the perfect virus—a vaccine to wipe every known strain of Ebola off the planet. Then donate it to the Red Cross and the World Health Organization so every kid in the world can be vaccinated. Someday.

2.  The Bourne Identity. Saw the film on a bus to Phuket and just…can’t…get it out of my head. And it’s not just because, you know, Matt Damon.

3.  Speaking of Jason Bourne…HAVE to get my memory back. But I’ve just about given up hoping.

4.  Tar-black coffee. Bitter and perfect. Lots of it. Getting three squares a day’s a challenge when you’re basically, um, homeless and broke. High-octane caffeine keeps me fueled.

5.  That guy I met running security at the Embassy. With his Superman shoulders and neon blue eyes and, yeah, that sexy grin. No wonder I’m obsessed. Not to mention he saved my life from those terrorists. If Major Max Vasylko ever walked through my door, I’d be in big-league trouble with a capital T…

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Let’s just say Christabel Orlova definitely piqued my interest! If she piques yours, check out The Russian Obsession.


Happy reading!

Nikki 



happy release day-nova-rebecca yarros-giveaway


The only heart he wants is the one he already broke...


NOVA
The Renegades #2
Rebecca Yarros
Releasing February 20th, 2017
Entangled Embrace






The only heart he wants is the one he already broke...

He's Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
Full-time heartbreaker.

They say a girl broke him once—
That's why he's so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.

But I'm that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He's the one who destroyed me,
And I'm not the sucker who will let that happen again.

***NOVA can be read as a standalone***























Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, which includes Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What Is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for fifteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching Brat Pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, and an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.















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