29 September 2014


Her Best Shot
Hot & Nerdy # 1
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing September 29th, 2014
Lyrical Press: Kensington


With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat… 

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…  

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?  

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Shannyn Schroeder is a former high school and middle school English teacher. She holds a BA in English and MAs in Special Education and Gifted Education. She currently works as an editor for an education company and juggles writing around her kids’ schedules. In her spare time, Shannyn loves to bake and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She started her first book on a dare from her husband and has never looked back. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending, and writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.



She held her cue in front of her chest, the line bisecting her, making it difficult to do anything other than focus on her breasts. He reread her shirt and began to think about pie. 

And Layla naked.

            “So what’d I do wrong?”


            She moved the stick in order to walk, breaking his concentration on her chest. She neared him and asked, “Why did I miss?”

            “You got cocky and it cost your concentration. The first two worked, and, although the third shot should’ve been an easy one, you lost your stance and your bridge was sloppy. You didn’t have enough control. You can’t ever spend time thinking about the last shot. Worst case, you focus on the shot at hand. Best case, you think two or three shots ahead.”

            She tilted her head and narrowed her eyes. “How am I supposed to plan ahead if I don’t know where the balls will land?”

            “You predict. Look, if I try to hit the three into the corner, it’s going to push others out of the way. Where are they going to roll? That’s how I’ll set up my next shot. I can force those balls to land where I want based on how I hit them.” He took a swig of his beer. Layla didn’t respond, but she absorbed what he said. He saw the understanding in her eyes and didn’t need the verbal confirmation.

            “I want the five to move to the left, so I’m going to hit it on the right side with a little spin. I don’t want it to shoot far, just enough.” He leaned down and took the shot. The three swooshed into the corner pocket, and the five lined up exactly where he wanted.

            Layla’s face suddenly brightened. “I got it!” She walked to the opposite corner and rattled off possibilities.

            He nodded and then cleared the solids without looking up. Layla didn’t crowd him and she’d stopped flirting. When the eight fell into the pocket, he straightened and laid his cue on the table. Layla didn’t acknowledge him. Her gaze stayed locked on the remaining balls. Maybe she was so competitive that she was a sore loser.

            “Can I clear the table?”

            Her question surprised him and his face must’ve reflected that.

            “I know you won, big surprise, but I think I see the shots I’d take and want to try.”

            “Knock yourself out. I’m going to get another beer. You want one?”

            “Sure. Thanks.”

            Phin went to the bar and grabbed the beers. When he returned, she was racking the balls.

            “Another game?” Layla asked.

            “Sure. What are we playing for?”

            “I’m a poor college student. I’m still not going to pay you twenty dollars.”

            “Not confident in your ability, huh?”

            “I’m confident in my ability, but you’re a shark. My money’s staying in my pocket.”

            Phin moved closer and handed her a beer. “So what do you have in mind?”

            She tilted her head, as appeared to be habit, and said, “A kiss. I’ve never kissed a guy with hair longer than mine.”

            He reached out and ran his hand over the back of her head, where there wasn’t enough hair to grab. “Not hard to do. Besides, if you want a kiss, all you have to do is ask.”

25 September 2014



This week we are doing a review:


In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…






Special thanks to NetGalley who provided me with an e-book copy for my honest review.

Sadly, I don't have much to say. I had mixed feelings about this book. It was well written, fairly easy to read, and I liked the small town feel BUT overall I found it peppered with too many cliches. I also found  that it was unbelievable how quickly Ivy and Blake reunited all things considered. I felt this book was too "New Adult" for my tastes (I was going to say juvenile, but I don't mean it in a immature or bad way).

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18 September 2014


Welcome back to Book Club Thursday!

This week we are excited to be hosting another GIVEAWAY!


A Hero of Her Own
What woman hasn't dreamed of what it would be like to marry a Navy SEAL? Dan McCullum is everything Aria has ever imagined—sweet, strong, and sexy as hell. She just never expected how tough the SEAL life would be. Dan could be gone at a moment's notice and not allowed to tell her where he's going or when he'll be back.
Dan has never backed down from a challenge in his life. But this one is his hardest yet. How does he balance his duty to his country with a soul-deep love for Aria? It's going to require patience, ingenuity, and some of the hottest homecomings he can dream up. Because for him, this isn't a fling: this is forever...


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11 September 2014


Welcome back!

Today we are talking about romances with military heroes or heroines, a very popular theme in recent years. 

I'd like to take a moment to thank all of our service men, women, and animals that help to protect America both on our soil and across the world.

I'm going to list a few of my favorite romances that I've read that have military heroes/heroines/themes:

About the book:  
Soldier Mike Nichols has come to Sweetness, Georgia, for one reason: to get help for his troubled black Lab, a decorated rescue dog, at the town's new military dog training facility. He doesn't expect to be referred to dog groomer Lacey Lovejoy instead!
Straitlaced Mike and free-spirited Lacey couldn't be more different. Yet the longer he works with Lacey, the more his attraction to her grows. They clash often, but their heated encounters also lead to a steamy night together that leaves them both reeling.
But when Lacey's job is done and it's time for Mike to move on, can their animal attraction turn into a permanent partnership?

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About the book:

He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is pulled from an op in Afghanistan, he is surprised to discover he's been hand-picked for a special assignment with the Department of Covert Operations (DCO), a secret division he's never heard of. Terrorists are kidnapping biologists and he and his partner have to stop them. But his new partner is a beautiful, sexy woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly—never mind take down a terrorist.
She's Not Your Average Covert Operative
Ivy Halliwell is no kitten. She's a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up...

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About the book:

In Glory, Kansas, the best bakery in three counties not only brings together ingredients for sweet treats, but is the place where—through the powerful mix of friendship, community and a well-stocked kitchen—a wounded hero can forge a forever kind of love.
Back in the hometown he left behind five years ago, Jack McConnell has returned battle-scarred and feeling like half a man. But Betsy Lewis only sees the hero who once saved her life and set her heart on fire. Now she's burning to save him in return. She'll use every trick she's got up her sleeve, from her generous natural assets to her talent for baking, to coax Jack out from the bottom of his whiskey bottle.
At first, Jack responds to Betsy like any red-blooded man would. He's always denied his attraction to the innocent girl he used to know, but he's returned to find Betsy's grown into a full-on woman with strength enough for both of them. Until Jack realizes the only way to conquer his demons and be worthy of the hero's mantle she's pinned to his shoulders is to save Betsy one last time—from himself.
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About the book:
No touching allowed …
After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.
Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

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10 September 2014


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Ten years ago, he saved her life … and she’s never forgiven him for it.

Claire Masters never planned to return to Pecan Creek. After a suspicious fire killed her mother and sent her own life up in flames, she was ready for a fresh start – far away from the small Texas town.

Ethan Banks never asked to be the fire chief, but it’s the family business. Asking the FBI…and Claire Masters for help is the last thing he wants to do.

When a series of fires strikes the town, as one of the FBI’s top arson investigators, Claire reluctantly returns before the fires take a fatal turn.

Now the pair is forced to work side by side, and they’re reminded the heat between them has nothing to do with fire.


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Not quite as Southern as sweet tea…but pretty close.

I’m the mom to two teenagers and two furry kids.

My blood is probably 50% coffee.

When I was in first grade, I convinced my teacher my mother made my father sleep in the barn. And the stories have just continued from there…

04 September 2014


Welcome readers!

It's another Thursday and today's topic is all about Male-Female...point of views in point of views...

First of I'd like to address point of view definitions in general pertaining to fiction (although later I'll be mainly discussing romance genre books).

To simplify I'm paring down to the two most common/very basics:

Third-person point of view is when your story is being told to you by an outside narrator who is not part of the story. Characters are usually referred to by their names and by use of he/she. There are variations to this type of POV but the most common is omniscient. This is when the storyteller knows everything- including everything from the characters  in regards to their thoughts, feelings, perspectives etc.

First-person  POV is usually from one person only and done through the use of "I" and/or "me". The reader is limited in knowing only the storyteller's thoughts/feelings etc.

Recently, I've read fiction with multiple first POV's telling the story. I've also read a series(Brown and de Luca) from Maggie Shayne where the heroine's POV is first-person and the hero/rest of the book is third-person. Both styles were quite effective in the books and made for some interesting reading but I'm off topic. And I do HIGHLY recommend the Shayne series (I've blogged about them previously and will be reviewing the upcoming/next book in that series soon!).

In my opinion different POV's have their place in different types of fiction. However I will stand firm that in a true romance(not a work of fiction with romantic elements- and trust me there is a HUGE difference) the third-person omniscient works best. This style is the best way to get a full rich ROMANCE. Limiting POV from any characters in this genre can make for a dull story.

Many times romances are told with almost a 50/50 split from the hero/heroine. I say almost because there are usually secondary /supporting characters and we as readers often get glimpses from them(heck - why else would we be clamoring from more books in a series).

So let's take this another step. If I was to choose whose thoughts/feelings/perspectives etc I'd rather spend more time with in a romance, I can honestly say it's a toss up depending on how much I like each character. Also the type of romance that it is also plays into for me.  I also think spending -oh let say 1/4 of the book or less with either the hero/heroine is not a good idea because then how do you really get to know that character.

So what's your...point of view the topic? I'd love to hear. 

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03 September 2014


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Love isn’t easy to forget even if you’re determined to never feel it again. It has a way of finding you when all hope is gone, resurfacing tender emotions you’ve buried deep in your core because the pain of acknowledging them is too much for you to handle.

Carson Bradley, CEO of a powerful pharmaceutical corporation is rich beyond boundaries with a missing soul. His heart faded away fifteen years ago with the death of his first love. He strives every day for the sake of his cancer research because he’s determined to eradicate it forever.

Lillian Ly is a humble, young medical student whose kind and generous heart is as vast as the universe. Being raised poor by a single parent; she matured quickly and respected the sacrifices her mother made for her. Lillian’s determination leads her down a stringent five-year path with no room for love.

When their paths cross at an unlikely place thousands of miles away from home, they both realize that fate has brought them together, and Carson will never let anything or anyone tear them apart. He knows how desolate life is without love and refuses to return to that empty place ever again.

Lillian enters Carson’s world with the purest intention of loving him with all her heart, but discovers that his volatile world will alter her uncomplicated life indefinitely. Regardless of what obstacles are thrown in their path, Lillian and Carson will endure them all to hold onto their forever from the beginning to the end.

Over a long year ago, I picked up a pen and wrote the first sentence of a fantasy that I’ve imagined ever since I was a daydreaming little girl—minus the steamy parts of course. That initial sentence was the seed that grew into my flowering romance book, “Beginning with Forever.” 

With all my heart, I wrote, rewrote, edited, re-edited and now, I’m finally ready to share it with all of you. My one and only aspiration for this book is to have readers embrace my story and characters with their heart. If I can make someone laugh till their gut hurts, hate with vengeance, cry till their eyes dry out, fall in love all over again, drool over the hero or feel any other emotions, than I’ve succeeded my goal.

I’m the sappiest person in the world when it comes to romance. Don’t laugh! I believe in love at first sight, Prince Charming or Mr. Hot Billionaire in my book, and happy endings. In my heart, every women deserves all three, and they will when they lose themselves in my books. Your fantasy can become your reality with just the flip of a page, so come join me.