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#wotr19 #AttendingAuthor #mmromance Football Sundae by Daryl Banner



Tanner, the hunky college football star, is home for the summer. Billy, the budding dessert chef, is about to have his hot-fudge-glazed world flipped upside-down. Get ready for the “sweetest” romance you’ve ever tasted.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33955848-football-sundae

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Oh my this book is amazing. Let me tell you this was the first m/m book I have ever read and if you haven’t read one either let this one be you first. It had me laughing so hard, smiling even harder and made me fall head over heals for Billy and Tanner.

Review by Twinsie Dee

 

Daryl Banner is an author and composer who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Honors College with a degree in both Theatre and Psychology. During his time in college, he wrote, composed, and produced a musical under Tony Award-winning musical and Theatre producer Stuart Ostrow, as well as two original plays produced under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, who also mentored Daryl through the writing of his very first novel. 

In addition to new adult and M/M romance, Daryl also writes post-apocalyptic fantasy as well as dystopian. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.

 

#AttendingAuthor #WOTR19 #SeriesStarter Forever Kinda Love-Clara Stone


The day Carrigan lost her mother, she gained a new best friend. But she never expected the charming boy-next-door from the wealthy family to become anything other than her confidant and strength. Ten years later, Heath’s become exactly that—more.

But Ace can’t give in to her secret crush, can’t let herself feel what it’s like to be loved by him in return. Not when her entire future is at risk. Not when she houses an unexpected, deadly secret that could destroy it all.

The thing is, Heath Lovelly isn’t one to be kept in the dark. And shouldn’t you live life to the fullest, even as that life runs out?

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43603271-forever-kinda-love?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Kinda-Love-Interconnected-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B00MPVIJE6/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2QBBIZMMEYW7R&keywords=clara+stone&qid=1554425813&s=gateway&sprefix=Clara+stone%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-4

When your 8 years old you never figured you will find your best friend in a hospital the day that tragedy struck her life. For Ace and Heath that is what happens fate brought them together and from that point on they were best friends, but when Heath released that his feelings for Ace are more then just as friends that when his life gets a litter more tricky. This is an amazing story of how fate will bring two people together and give them a hell of a ride.

Review by Twinsie Dee

 

Clara Stone writes YA/NA Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance stories and is a complete sucker for sweet, memorable kisses. She strongly believes that true love conquers EVERYTHING, along with a tub of Ice cream! 

When she isn’t reading or writing or dancing, much to the embarrassment of her husband and two kids, she’s probably watching Supernatural and The Walking Dead. So, if she sounds like your cup of syrup to your pancakes (or waffles… no favorites here), then give her a “Follow” to any number of social media kingdoms she’s built and stay updated of her upcoming releases, book sales, and book recommendations! 

 

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #RH #Trilogy #FinalBook – Reclaiming Kendall, White Trash Trilogy Book #3 by Brandy Slaven


Reclaiming Kendall (White Trash Trilogy, #3)


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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I fell in love with Mav, Teagan, Grant and Lucas thanks to my friend Mary introducing me to this hella good world.  Kendall is one tough chick who will NOT be what the expectation is for her….white trash continuing the cycle in the trailer park.  We have seen her fight and scratch her way out and when she meets the Quad it all falls in place for her.  Her men, now husbands, have done everything to ensure their love will endure.

We have seen the 5 grow from high school to college and now we see them all taking the final plunge into marriage.  We know the struggles will not be over so quickly given their unusual “family” dynamic BUT they wont give up any part of the group or sacrifice their love for Kendall.

When the story starts we see the marriage and honeymoon….damn the breakfast scene…holy hot shower after is allllll I gotta say!!!  WOWZER!!  Brandy I will never look at pancakes and maple syrup the same way and neither with the other guys!!!

From the honeymoon we see them living their lives.  We see the daily routines and trying to make time for everyone.  I loved how each couple got private time but they also remained grounded in their family time and dynamic.

We see Kendall begin to struggle with not being enough when things come into play plus we see the family taking on a parental roll that none of them understand more than Kendall.  This book gives us more insight to the new budding “family” plus we also see the changes each person is willing to make for the love of their “brother husbands” and new wife.

I seriously am so sad to see them go but loved the surprises we got at the end with some spin offs and novellas coming our way!!!  Whoop Whoop!!

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her creating worlds with her words, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at a state parks.

Find her online at
www.authorbrandyslaven.com

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Paranormal #Shifters #Dragons – Windy City Dragon (The Treasure of Paragon #2) by Genevieve Jack

Windy City Dragon (The Treasure of Paragon, #2)

Chicago: the Windy City, where something dark lurks just below the surface

For decades he’s fought to be human…

It’s been a long time since Tobias spread his wings. The exiled dragon prince has worked hard to blend into the human world and practice his love for healing as a pediatric cardiologist. But when magic proves the only way to save a beloved child, he’s tempted to reengage with his past.

She awakens the monster within…

As a vampire-human hybrid, Sabrina is used to being different from the rest of her community. But all vampires need to feed. The night she chooses Tobias as her next meal, everything changes. He’s far more than he seems, and if she doesn’t protect his secret, it could cost him his life.

It takes a monster to know a monster…

One kiss thrusts Tobias into the dark underground world of Chicago’s vampires, where his dragon nature is his only hope of protecting Sabrina. But Sabrina knows the only way to keep him safe is to push him away.

For decades he’s fought to be human…

It’s been a long time since Tobias spread his wings. The exiled dragon prince has worked hard to blend into the human world and practice his love for healing as a pediatric cardiologist. But when magic proves the only way to save a beloved child, he’s tempted to reengage with his past.

She awakens the monster within…

As a vampire-human hybrid, Sabrina is used to being different from the rest of her community. But all vampires need to feed. The night she chooses Tobias as her next meal, everything changes. He’s far more than he seems, and if she doesn’t protect his secret, it could cost him his life.

It takes a monster to know a monster…

One kiss thrusts Tobias into the dark underground world of Chicago’s vampires, where his dragon nature is his only hope of protecting Sabrina. But Sabrina knows the only way to keep him safe is to push him away.


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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Oh baby!!  EEEP!!  Paranormal is so my jam!!  When I grabbed book one, I really liked it and the world that was created.  Holy Moly!!  This book was even BETTER!!

I was loving the fact Gabriel and Raven were still very present in Tobias and Sabrina’s love story.  It was exciting to see Gabriel and Tobias dealing with their past and presents colliding.

Tobias is a typical dragon.  He lives alone and follows the old laws of his land.  He is happy living as a human and ignores his dragons needs and wants.  All of this changes when a certain vampire kisses the heck outta him not knowing he is a dragon but thinking he is a mere human.

Tobias, the rule follower, is afraid of what he feels and what is happening in his very meticulous world when he falls in love when Sabrina.  A love that is absolutely banned in both of their species and worlds.

Sabrina is confused and miserable.  She doesn’t want to become the coven Master, but she was groomed for it and so taking over the “family business” is expected.  However, how cha she keep Tobias safe from all the power hungry vampires she will be ruling when his existence is not to be allowed.

These two have A LOT to deal with like Gabriel and Tobias mother is coming after her children, someone is trying to kill Sabrina to take over the coven plus what the heck is up with Raven???

I loved this story and had the hardest time putting it down to do real life stuff like cooking dinner for my family…gesh just order a pizza already!!  I fell so hard for Tobias.  He is such a hopeless romantic stuck in the body of a moody dragon.  LOL  Sabrina is such a fierce vampire and her bond with him is so strong that even she is stunned by how deep her feelings run.

I loved the last chapter and seeing what is happening.  I am excited to meet the only female dragon sibling in the next book.  She seems like she will be a handful but YIKES at what also was revealed.  The siblings are definitely going to be looking over their shoulder for MULTIPLE enemies!!!

USA Today bestselling author Genevieve Jack writes weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and fantasy. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of witches, shifters, and vampires her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours, thanks to her years attending a high school rumored to be adores the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.

#WOTR19 #Throwback #Review – My Favorite What If by Lyssa Layne


One year after Jacob “Smitty” Smith is stood up at the altar, his good friend Jules encourages him to redeem his honeymoon package before it expires. Reluctantly, he agrees, and finds himself sitting beside free spirit Sloan Talbott, who is attending her sister’s destination wedding at the same resort. Both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?

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AWWW Smitty!! Lemme tell ya..this man stole my heart is Jules book. Then to SEE he was getting a book….Imagine me being a crazy girl jumping up and down. Yes I wanted Smitty to find love. SO imagine my shock when I SEE that the beginning of the book he is getting married. *Insert wrinkled eye brows* Unless her name is Angie, this won’t do!!

Smitty has found his one love. I mean I was even shocked to hear about their whirlwind courtship and pending nuptials but it just SEEMED right. It seemed he found his one…until Jules dropped the BOMB that Caroline isn’t coming. My heart was breaking for my man in the first chapter. NO NO NO not my Smitty!!! Why would this woman leave. He is perfection …in my eyes anyway.

So fast forward a year later and Smitty is still hurting. He hasn’t had the heart to remove Caroline from his life so to speak. He looks at her photo every morning and is still hurt by her departure. Jules has had enough. She FORCED Smitty to go on his trip…..errr…..his honeymoon because the trip hasn’t yet expired. She packs his bag and ships him off to Jamaica for the week. 

Sloan is going to Jamaica to see her little sister get married. But before she can leave she has to go and visit a grave sight of someone she loves dearly. Her husband. She hasn’t been able to move on in over 5 years since he died. Her love for Cooper is so strong and she is happy, or so she thinks, with her life the way it is.

A simple seat assignment on a plane has the two meeting and forming a connection. I gotta say there was something SO RIGHT about Sloan and Smitty the more and more we saw them together. They were like two missing puzzle pieces. They just FIT! 
When the story starts to unfold and we learn what happened to Coop and then why Caroline doesn’t show for the wedding. OMG I dunno which story made me sadder. But the things that REALLY BROKE Me was when Sloan leaves Smitty because of her involvement with Caroline…OMG….DESTROYED!!!

I was a bit mad at my man Smitty but loved when how he owned his heart and feelings. I loved how he never gave up on Sloan and even assisted is getting her family to help him get his woman back!!

I am so going to miss this guy and these characters but trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlight – CA Harms

C.A. Harms

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

C.A. Harms – Mother of two, married for 19 yrs. Love Chocolate WAY TO MUCH, oh and Starbucks.

Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?

In my office, or out by the pool. Office I need trail mix, pool I need a little alcoholic poolside drink. Oh wait you said food.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting the readers.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Nora Roberts, or James Patterson

What author would you love to write with?

So many, I can’t name them all.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Interaction with the readers

What are your social links?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/charms0814
Website: https://www.authorcaharms.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…
Instagram: instagram.com/authorcaharms/
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1xsgHCS
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/c-a-harms

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/C.A.-Harms/e/B00BM5QT9S

Twinsie Angie’s review of Series Starter Forgiving Reed, Souhern Boys Book #1 HERE

 

#WOTR19 – #Review – Insure This by Shyla Colt

 

Insure This

 

Overworked, unappreciated, and disenchanted, insurance agent Pepper Miller is stuck in a rut. When her manager offers her a challenging claim, an alien abduction case she needs to disprove in order to gain her dream job—complete with an office and a management title—she’s eager to rise to the occasion. Booking her trip to the tiny, southern town, she expects an easy win. What she finds is anything but that.
Lost time, handsome book shop owners, and the car rental from hell push her to reexamine her life. Alien abduction victim Orson Bussey is everything she could have wanted in a man. Too bad he’s off limits. As the universe itself pushes them together in a number of hilarious and cringe-worthy events, she’s forced to decide what’s truly important in life.

 

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Fun, sassy, and quick read! Pepper is an insurance adjuster and she has just been told she needs to go to investigate an alien abduction claim. What the hell?! She thinks this is a hoax and believes she will be able to sweep this under the rug and get back home to a promotion. What she doesn’t expect is to find that her mark is the handsome bookstore owner, Orson. She is befriended by his grandfather, who has been abducted before too. She is invited to a meeting to discuss other “strange” happenings that could be alien related. As she spends more time in this small town and continues to run into Orson she can’t deny the pull between the two. This is such a funky, quick and quirky read that kept me smiling throughout the entire story. This is one that will keep you shaking your head with a wonderful HEA! Cute and Fun!!!

 

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Shyla Colt

#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights- Jolanthe Aleksander

Jolanthe Aleksander

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Jolanthe (Jo Lawn They) Aleksander. I am a USMC Brat, former theatre rat, and proud mother to a son who shows me the meaning of unconditional love every day. I write fantasy/paranormal romance mainly featuring the Fae.

Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?

My favorite place to write is at a locally owned coffee shop, but since I can’t always get there, my second favorite place to write is in my bedroom. Lays original chips and chocolate is a must.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

hmmm….my favorite things about attending signings include: meeting new to me readers, seeing readers who have enjoyed my books and are back for more, seeing my author friends who all live entirely too far away from me, and last but not least, being around like minded people who share a love of the written word. There is an energy about signings that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I would love to meet, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Darynda Jones, J.R. Ward…the list goes on.

What author would you love to write with?

I’ll have to think on this one a little longer.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

My dad’s smile when I signed my first book for him.

What are your social links?

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/JolantheAleksander

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Joli_Aleksander

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JOLANTHE-ALEKSANDER/e/B0163KCF7G

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/sh…/14442826.Jolanthe_Aleksander

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jolanthealeksander/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ajolanthe/

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/authors/jolanthe-aleksander

What are your buy links?

Breathe Me to Life: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H4KDZ4Y

Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams~The Veil Book 1: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B015NP04Q6

The Veiled Path to Destiny~The Veil Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072YT686B

Veiled Hearts Revealed~The Veil Book 3: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1MHHKX

 

 

#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights- CC Dragon/Cheryl Dragon

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Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CC Dragon…. I write para stuff and have a swag problem…

Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?

My office… water and fruity Mentos

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

meeting readers 🙂

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I’ve met Nora and Charlaine Harris… hmmm JK Rowling. that’s a unicorn

What author would you love to write with?

no…I can’t co-write. I’d freak out. Control Freak 😀

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I’ve had readers ask for every book I had at a signing…that’s rare but it has happened. that’s a WOW…

What are your social links?

authorccdragon.com

@authorccdragon

facebook.com/ccdragonauthor

What are your buy links?

https://amazon.com/CC-Dragon/e/B00USM8LDI

 

 

#wotr19 #attendingauthor #seriesstarter #MelanieJames – Accidental Leigh by Melanie James

How does a girl become a witch? By accident, of course!

Leigh Epstein is a grief stricken and lonely elementary school teacher that is devastated by the brutal and unexpected death of her true love at the hands of a careless writer. She overcomes her grief by taking matters in her own hands and takes up a little romance writing to resurrect her vampire-werewolf book-boyfriend. Leigh gets more than she bargained for when she discovers that every steamy erotic scene she creates is magically reenacted by her family, friends and coworkers.

In her hilarious first diary, Leigh unwittingly sets her parents up for a weekend dinner party that they will never forget. She has two weeks to find out what her new found magic is capable of. Can she prevent a wild erotic encounter that could devastate her sweet parent’s marriage? What and who else will get caught up in her magic spells?

Read a story so witchingly fun, that you won’t be able to put it down and you will be eagerly awaiting the rest of the Literal Leigh Romance Diaries!

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22012863-accidental-leigh

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KY7EAG4/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

This book was down right hilarious when Leigh makes a decision that on summer break from her teaching job she was going to write a book after her favorite author kills off her beloved book boyfriend she decided to take it into her own hands and figures it can’t be that hard to write a book, so she needed to get her a writing desk small enough to fit in her tiny apartment.Seeing a local ad about a desk that is FREE Leigh jumped all over it and went straight to the address listed to pick up her new desk,but little does she know that it’s more then a desk.  But this very desk has a history of its own and will send what she believes are just stories that she made up and bring them to her real life, so when her family and friends get involved she can’t help but try to help them out,  but then things get turned upside down pretty quickly.

Review by Twinsie Dee

 

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, Melanie James spent 14 years as an IT systems administrator before tiring of the hustle and bustle of the technology world. She’s doing what she loves, by writing paranormal comedy, steamy paranormal, and contemporary romance books. Melanie has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Leadership and Development, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Adult Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

Melanie is married to a wonderful man who supports her dreams and goals. She has two children, three step-children, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and an adorable grand-baby.