Friday, July 25, 2014

Review Tour & Giveaway for A Gentleman And A Rogue by Stephanie Burkhart


Welcome to my stop on the Review Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for A Gentleman and A Rogue by Stephanie Burkhart.  Please leave a comment or question for Stephanie to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $25 Amazon GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway.  You can also follow the rest of Stephanie’s tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  

A Gentleman and A Rogue
By Stephanie Burkhart
The Windsor Diaries, Book 2

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: November 10, 2012
Genre: Victorian/Time Travel
Length: 226 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-61252-815-1
ASIN: B00A5CF24C

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About the book: 

Lady Keira Russell is destined to bring compressed natural gas to Britain. Her inner courage and mental toughness rarely falter – except when Prince Edmund Windsor is involved.

Edmund of Wales is from the future. His last jaunt through history muffed up the time line. Now, he's here to set it straight and win Keira's heart.

For Keira, if it isn't one obstacle, it's another. Queen Victoria has sponsored a competition to find a cleaner fuel source than coal. Keira's father is trying to build a windmill and the Ridgecrofts are working with gasoline. Then there's Edmund, whose sensual kisses and heated stares distract her down to her bones.

Keira has a choice: trust Edmund's notorious mischief-making or put her faith in Queen Victoria to make the right decision, but if Keira makes the wrong choice, the future of Great Britain will be changed forever.

EXCERPT


Rex appeared in the doorway, stoic as ever, with a tray of food. He placed the tray on a nearby table. "The Windsors are here to see you."

Keira jumped to her feet. Her heart accelerated in her chest. Alice and Edmund! Heaven help her. She needed to shore up her willpower when it came to Edmund. Setting her shoulders, she followed Rex down the hall to the vestibule located just off the main entrance.

Alice stood in a simple blue muslin dress and fussed with her reticule. She always did her best to dress for comfort. Edmund wore a brown vest over a white shirt and pressed trousers. His frock coat hung over his arm.

"Keira!" Alice rushed forward and wrapped her into a warm embrace. Keira returned Alice's strong hug with one of her own, realizing she'd missed Alice more than she thought she would.

Edmund cleared his throat.

Keira glanced up. "Hello, Ed."

His eyes smoldered with desire. "Keira."

Oh, his red, pouty lips were like chocolate -- tempting her to take another bite. She looked at Rex. "Can you bring appetizers and coffee to my study?"

He arched an eyebrow. "Coffee, My Lady?"

"Yes, coffee."

A little snort escaped his lips, but he departed.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
  
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. 

Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee.  She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

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A genre bending novel, A Gentleman and a Rogue by Stephanie Burkhart combines the best of time travel, steampunk and historical romance in one story.  Beginning right after the events of the first book in The Windsor Diaries series, Victorian Scoundrel, Ms. Burkhart sends her established characters on another time traveling adventure from 2011 to 1855 during the height of Queen Victoria’s reign.  Only this time it’s to correct an error they made in the past which would have a lasting effect on England’s future.

Ms. Burkhart’s characters are interesting, colorful and already well developed at the start of this story.  This can be a problematic issue for some readers, especially readers like me, but for some reason I felt as if I knew these characters and was able to follow the story line as it developed (perhaps I read the previous book and never wrote a review for it).  Providing great detail in regards to the contest the characters find themselves involved in, Queen Victoria’s search for fuel sources and technology for the future, Ms. Burkhart provides the reader with information on the invention of a natural gas compressor, early windmill machines and the development of steam driven machinery.  It’s very clear she did her research.

Ms. Burkhart also gives her story emotional depth and angst by having several of the characters fall in love.  There are actually three love stories which develop as the story takes place.  Because I don’t want to give spoilers, I will say that all of the love stories have a fundamental problem – in order for their romances to succeed, someone will either have to stay in the past (thereby changing the future?) or go forward in time (again possibly changing the future).   Ms. Burkhart does a good job developing the romances though and I felt they really contributed to the story.  She also does a good job developing the villain of the story, a person from the future who travels to the past for purposes of his own.

Will the Windsor family be able to fix their mistake in the past?  Will any of the romances survive past the end of Queen Victoria’s contest? You’ll have to read A Gentleman and A Rogue to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Burkhart’s work.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Crowns




*FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Book Blast & Giveaway for Uriel's Fall by Loralie Hall


Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall.  Please leave a comment or question for Loralie to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $10 Amazon GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You must comment in order to enter the giveaway.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 

Uriel’s Fall
By Loralie Hall
Ubiquity, Book 1

Publisher: Acelette Press
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Length: 215 Pages
ISBN:  9781311181329
ASIN:  B00L3WESHU

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About the book:

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she's a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity's secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn't a complete dickhead.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer's descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she's absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost. 


Excerpt

I straightened my clothes the best I could. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen asleep in my clubbing outfit. Then again, I wasn’t sure I cared. I wasn’t exposing myself to the world, which was a good compromise for me. My breath caught in my throat when I yanked open the door. Nope, definitely not missionaries. But Michael looked incredible in a T-shirt and shorts.

Sorry, what? Too busy drooling.

Great. I thought she hated him.

Yeah, about that.

I wasn’t in the mood for her. My smile fell out on its own. “Hey.”

“Am I interrupting something?” He nodded at my outfit.

“Nah.…” The false bravado slipped away. It felt too cliché to say, “What, this old thing?” Besides, I kind of liked being honest with Michael. “I forgot to change before I fell asleep.”

“Did I wake you, then?”

“I also forgot to change when I woke up.” Too many more nights of missed sleep and I’d be forgetting a lot more. Maybe that was how I’d lost my memory. Had I done this before? Had the voice been there before I lost my memory?

You keep asking yourself circular questions. Let me take over for a while.

Nope. Not interested. Michael still stared at me, brow furrowed. I did a quick check of myself. Skirt wasn’t riding too high. Did I have mascara smeared across my face? “Is something wrong?”

He shook his head. “No. Just waiting to see whether you’re going to try and eviscerate me or just brush me off.”


Oh, that. He really did think I was insane. Or, considering the number of ways our encounters had started and ended, maybe he was just bored with something as basic as me in a mini skirt.


About the Author:

Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway for 2014 Summer Collection Anthology


Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for the 2014 Summer Collection Anthology.  Please leave a comment or question for the authors to let them know you stopped by.  You can follow the tour wide giveaway by filling out th Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

2014 Summer Collection Antholgy
By Markee Anderson, Stephanie Burkhart, Gerald Costlow, Larry Hammersly and Jory Sherman

Publisher: Victory Tales Press
Release Date: July 4, 2014
Genre: Anthology
Length: 225 Pages
ISBN: 978-1499733051
ASIN: B00KMJB4NG

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About the book:

Five complete sweet to sensual stories from five multi-talented authors in settings to make any summer occasion more special. Included are:

Meet Me In Seattle by Markee Anderson

Madysen Duke has been coerced to participate in a reality show with her teacher friends. But little does she know, her high school flame is also along for the ride, with intentions much different from hers. Even though she's out for the money, he's trying to thwart whatever crime is happening right before their eyes.

Arrow Through The Heart by Stephanie Burkhart

Summer vacation and the Fourth of July brings Ella to New Hampshire while participating in a tennis competition. Logan is an innkeeper's son who bumps into Ella and invites her for an ice cream. Attraction flares and they enjoy spending time together, but each has their own plans for their life. Then disaster strikes Ella. Can a summer attraction truly become a lasting relationship?

Taking Liberty by Gerald Costlow

Liberty "Libby" Bell is a waitress at a roadside diner, trying to hide from an abusive ex-boyfriend who refuses to leave her alone. She strikes up a romance with Roger, a hunky local fireman, and seems to be getting her life back into gear. Then her ex-boyfriend tracks her down.

Will she be forced to leave Roger and run away again, or see the ex- boyfriend and risk a violent confrontation?

And if that isn't enough to handle, suddenly there's a serial killer in their midst.

Marcy’s Struggle by Larry Hammersley

Marcy Mason is in her final year of graduate school, pursuing a PhD in chemistry. She has brains and looks, but struggles in the romance department. She met Ross Franklin in undergraduate school when she was a senior; he was a freshman and second-string quarterback. Her problem – she was hung up on Leroy Doyle at the time.

Leroy is married and moved away, but Ross, now star quarterback, isn't convinced she’s over Leroy. When Leroy arrives on campus to give a lecture, Marcy must make all the arrangements. After contact with Leroy, Marcy admits to what she’s known all along—she’s over Leroy and wants Ross in her life. Can she convince Ross to look past their different backgrounds and give love a chance?

The Garden by Jory Sherman

Summer brings forth fresh vegetables in the garden and with them, the ultimate fight against insects and wild critters to protect those vegetables. Harvey enjoys his garden, especially the corn – watching it grow, providing food for his beloved wife Ruth. Then, something unusual happens in the garden and his corn begins to disappear.


Excerpt from Taking Liberty by Gerald Costlow

Libby turned the key to her little mobile home, realizing this was the first time anyone, man or woman, had been invited inside since moving here a year ago.

"It's not much," she said, waving at the tiny living room and attached kitchen common to all such units. "I can ride my bike to work and back in good weather and being a waitress doesn't give me enough income for anything better."

"I like it," he said, looking around. "Cozy. If I ever move out of that drafty old house I was raised in, I'd love to find something smaller. But then I think about having to pay rent..." He shrugged.

"Grab a seat on the couch," she said, heading for the refrigerator. "I have diet Coke and some orange juice that's not too old. There's milk, but it's past the expiration date, so I wouldn't recommend it."

"Orange juice is fine," he said.

"I can make a pot of coffee. I think I have an old jar of creamer in the cupboard."

"No, no, juice is fine."

She poured the juice, turned, and had to stop for a moment. Seeing him relaxed in her couch, legs stretched out under the coffee table, looked so...natural. Like he was meant to be there. She felt happy being around him. Am I...falling in love?



AUTHOR Bio and Links


Markee Anderson makes her home in northeast Wisconsin, surrounded by Packer fans, snow, and cheese. Along with her husband, they have three adult children and two Boston terrier babies. She writes under different pen names, all at: www.sweettalebooks.com

Come visit her at: http://markeeanderson.com

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent eleven years in the military, seven stationed in Germany. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. Stephanie has been married for over twenty years and has two boys, Andrew and Joseph. She now works for LAPD as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher.

Come visit her at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan and has published several novels and numerous short stories and novellas over the years. He's currently publishing a romantic-supernatural series with Publishing by Rebecca Vickery.


Larry Hammersley is 76 and has been married to Sue for 51 years. He has two children and five grandchildren. Larry enjoys jogging, amateur radio, occasional woodworking, and is active in his church. He's been writing for 39 years.

Come visit his blog at: http://larryhammersley.blogspot.com/

Jory Sherman began his literary career as a poet in San Francisco's famed North Beach in the late 1950s, during the heyday of the Beat Generation. He has been published widely in literary journals. His first book of poetry, So Many Rooms, was published by Galley Sail Press in 1959.


Come visit his website at: www.jorysherman.com/



Spotlight for Endangered by Jean Love Cush



Endangered
By Jean Love Cush

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Amistad (Harper Collins)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: Fiction/African American/Legal Thriller
ISBN: 9780062316233
ASIN: B00FOPS5BW


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About the book: 

To save her son from a legal system bent on sending African American men to jail, a young mother agrees to an unprecedented, controversial defense offered up from a team of crack lawyers, in this debut novel that speaks to race, class, and justice in America.

Janae Williams, a never-missed-a-day-of-work single mother, has devoted her whole life to properly raising her son. From the time Malik could walk, Janae taught him that the best way to stay alive and out of trouble with the law was to cooperate. Terrified for his safety, she warned him to “raise your hands high, keep your mouth shut, and do whatever they say” if stopped by the police. But when a wave of murders hits Philadelphia and fifteen-year-old Malik is arrested, Janae’s terror is compounded by guilt and doubt: Would Malik be in jail if he had run?

Blocked at every turn from seeing her son, Janae is also unable to afford adequate legal representation. In steps the well-meaning Roger Whitford, a lawyer who wants to use Malik’s case to upend the entire criminal justice system. Janae simply wants her son free, but Roger, with the help of an ambitious private attorney, is determined to expose the system’s hostility toward black boys.

Offering a startling and unprecedented defense, the lawyers spark a national firestorm of debate over race, prison, and politics. As Janae battles to save her son, she begins to discover that she is also fighting for her own survival and that of the future of her community.



Praise for Endangered

“[An] engaging debut. . . . Cush has crafted a compassionate story that commands the reader’s attention.” —Publishers Weekly

“…frightening and realistic…Cush makes a passionate argument for the defense of young men whose only crimes were being born black in America.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Jean Love Cush fashions a far-reaching, thought-provoking tale from the kind of tragedy found any day on local newscasts and in the small type of big-city newspapers.” —Michael A. Fletcher, author of Being a Black Man in America and Supreme Discomfort



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About Jean Love Cush
A native of Philadelphia, Jean Love Cush worked for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office directly out of law school before spending three years as a family law attorney helping low-income women escape domestic-abuse situations. 

After moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, she hosted a weekly radio show called A View from Summit, where she covered such topics as public safety, urban violence, and inner-city education. Cush now lives in Illinois with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Jean at her website and connect with her on Facebook andTwitter.

Jean’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, July 1st: Turn the Page
Wednesday, July 2nd: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, July 3rd: A Book Geek
Monday, July 7th: Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, July 9th: FictionZeal
Thursday, July 10th: Books on the Table
Monday, July 14th: Between the Covers
Tuesday, July 15th: Pearls & Hoses
Thursday, July 17th: Veronica M.D.
Monday, July 21st: Priscilla and Her Books
Tuesday, July 22nd: Giraffe Days
Wednesday, July 23rd: The many thoughts of a reader
Thursday, July 24th: Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, July 24th: Literally Jen
Friday, July 25th: Back Porchervations