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Tuesday 30 January 2024

Release Day Blitz: Vices and Vows by Candice Wright!

Nova Romano is an anomaly.
She’s playing a role she didn’t choose, living a life that was never hers to begin with.
A tapestry of deceit and carefully interwoven lies protect her
But when everything unravels, the truth comes with a heavy price tag.
She’ll have to marry a man who despises women,
Or sell her soul to a monster like me.
When Nova realizes I’ll sacrifice everyone she loves to keep her,
She will have no choice but to give in.
I’ll drip-feed her my brand of crazy until she’s as twisted as I am.
That’s what happens when an unstable mind falls for a reckless heart.
And when she runs, I’ll be ready.
There is no place she can go that I won’t follow
Even the depths of hell itself.

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Candice Wright is the international bestselling author of the Underestimated Series. Hailing from the UK, Candice lives with her three slightly unhinged children and the long-suffering partner. When she isn’t busy raising the next generation of crazy, you can find her sitting at the computer writing words she hopes will resonate or snuggled up reading stories by the authors that cultivated her love of the written word.

Monday 29 January 2024

Release Blitz & Giveaway: His Claim [Banachi Family 02] by Winter Travers!

He gave her up to save her…

Murphy knows the kind of life he lives with the Banachi isn’t for everyone. Danger is always one step away and that’s why he pushed away the woman he loved five years ago. He had claimed Tatum for a brief moment, but knew he couldn’t keep her if he wanted her to be safe.

Imagine Murphy’s surprise when that danger comes straight for him, and throws Tatum at his feet.

Murphy needs to decide if there is a place in his life for Tatum or break her heart all over again. Either way, they’re both in danger.

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Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Winter Travers is a devoted wife, mother, and aunt turned author who was born and raised in Wisconsin. After a brief stint in South Carolina following her heart to chase the man who is now her hubby, they retreated back up North to the changing seasons, and to the place they now call home. Winter spends her days writing happily ever afters, and her nights being a karate mom hauling her son to practices and tournaments.. She also has an addiction to anything MC related, puppies, and baking.

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Sunday 28 January 2024

Stacking the Shelves [102]!

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality where we show what books we got recently. I do this post once a month.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book, they can all be shared!

Purchased (Ebooks):

Purchased (Paperbacks/hardbacks):

I, unfortunately, didn't buy any paperbacks or hardbacks this month.

Gifted from Authors/Publishers:

I, unfortunately, didn't receive any paperbacks or hardbacks this month.

For Review from Author/Netgalley/Edelweiss:

Saturday 27 January 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Winter Wonderland Romance [Winter Wishes 03] by Shanna Hatfield!


   When no one answered, she stepped inside and reached for the light switch she knew was on the wall.
   “Alex? I’m not leaving until I make sure you’re okay, so you might as well answer me.”
   She cocked an ear and heard water running. He wouldn’t try to drown himself, would he? Olivia tossed off her coat, set the ice cream and cookies on the counter in the kitchen, and was just headed down the hall to the master suite when a light flicked on and Alex stood there wearing nothing but a towel.
   The wise thing for her to do would have been to spin around and give him his privacy. However, she was too worried about him and still too keyed up from what had happened to listen to the voice telling her to retreat.
   She walked the rest of the way into the room, fisted her hands on her hips, and studied him from the top of his head where water droplets clung to the tips of his hair, down his stoic face, past that delectable cleft in his chin, and along the impressive muscles in his arms, chest, and abs. The physician in her categorized his scars, making note of several burn marks and one spot on his side that looked like a gunshot wound. She walked around him, convinced the corresponding wound on his back was the exit point.
   What terrors had this man survived?
   Her admiration for him climbed several notches. Alex was a survivor, whether he realized it or not.
   “Hi,” she said softly, walking back around to face him. His nearly naked state left her feeling wave after wave of things better left alone, but despite how much it unsettled her, she wasn’t quite ready to return to the kitchen.

She never wanted to return to her hometown.
He needed an escape from his family.
When a chance meeting brings them together, will their attraction keep them from drifting apart?

Doctor Olivia Burton never intended to return to her hometown of Pinehill. After graduating high school, she set off on a new path, eager to leave her past behind. However, years later, an unexpected phone call from her mentor pulls her back to Pinehill to take over a thriving medical practice as the town’s primary physician. Determined to avoid the local gossip mill, Olivia attempts to keep a low profile as she settles back into the community.

Alex Adams is desperate for an escape from his well-meaning but suffocating family. After a life-altering explosion ended his military career, he finds himself plagued with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Surrounded by his loud and overbearing family only intensifies his struggles. Seeking respite, he retreats to his aunt’s mountain cabin in Pinehill, desperate for peace and quiet.

When a chance encounter brings Alex and Olivia together, the sparks begin to fly. Olivia, cautious and hesitant to let anyone into her guarded heart, begins to question if it’s time to leave her past behind and embrace the possibility of a winter wonderland romance. Alex, yearning for connection and understanding, finds himself drawn to Olivia’s warmth and kindness.

As they spend more time together, will Olivia and Alex discover that love, much like freshly fallen snow, has a way of blanketing everything in a layer of beauty?

Uncover the joys that come with new beginnings, the transformative power of love, and the magic that can be found in the simplest moments in this sweet, wholesome, and tender romance.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes sweet romances rich with relatable characters, small town settings that feel like home, humor, and hope.

Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

When this farm girl isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller. She also experiments with recipes, snaps photos of her adorable nephew, and caters to the whims of a cranky cat named Drooley.

To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her website http://shannahatfield.com or find out more about her here: linktr.ee/ShannaHatfield

Friday 26 January 2024

Release Day Blitz: Prince of Carnage [The Boston Bloodlines 04] by Ivy Wild!

He’s the mafia prince that would be king.
Savage and ruthless
And my new secret.

It was supposed to be simple,
A little fling with danger
To forget about my divorce and my cheating ex.

He looked like he could get the job done in a way no other man has.
I could tell that much when I was stitching him back together
After a bullet went clean through his shoulder.

Now I’ve become his play thing
And as much as I should say no,
I can’t.

He calls me his little rabbit,
Because he’s the hunter
And I’m his prey.

Problem is, his world is dangerous.
He’s started a war with the Irish
And now I’m caught in the middle.

He’s hiding something, too.
something that could unravel
everything he’s built.

My name is Evelyn Moretti
And my love story
Will end in carnage.

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USA Today and a Top 15 Amazon bestselling author, Ivy Wild writes angsty, sometimes dark, contemporary romance with guaranteed happily-ever-afters. As a practicing corporate attorney for a global law firm, Ivy loves combining her real world experiences with her fictional worlds.

When she’s not working—who are we kidding?—she’s never not working. She currently lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband, her German Shepherd, and a sassy rescue cat named Cobalt.

Thursday 25 January 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Burning Hope by Lori McAfee!

Life is full of imperfect people striving to be real and live for God in a fallen world, people no different from you or me, who long for acceptance and are ambushed by betrayal.

Burning Hope tells the love story of Gabby and Griffin, complete with all the twists and turns that threatened to take them away from each other and God. As their story shows, we all long for love. We can all feel abandoned, ashamed and full of despair. And we all can get entangled in worldly pleasures when walking between the twin flames of romance and faith.

In the end, God teaches that facing our pain is the only way out. Then, through the gentle breeze of grace, we can be guided into unexpected encounters of redemption and hope - learning that love can heal invisible scars left by the blazing flames of our past.

As the faithful romance at the heart of Burning Hope shows, it is never too late to find redemption, and to walk into the life we were created for.

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Lori McAfee is an inspirational life coach, speaker, author, and podcast host of Get Your Rear In Gear. With an unwavering faith in Jesus, Lori is devoted to making a positive difference in people’s lives with her encouraging words of wisdom and uplifting spirit.

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Release Day Blitz: Stay Present [Kincaid Brothers 06] by Kaylee Ryan!


Two years of silence and no goodbye—she slipped away and through my fingers, leaving me with nothing but questions… and a heavy heart from missing her.

I know what we had was real, that our love was once in a lifetime.

Now she’s back from her Parisian fashion internship, and I'm ready for answers, desperate to understand why she couldn't just stay.


When I walked away, it was to protect him. Yet, all he knows, all he cares about, is that I left. Coming home is a bittersweet journey, each step heavier than the last.

While I’m no longer half a world away, the obstacles in front of us make it feel like we’ve never been farther apart.

I want to give him the answers he so desperately craves, and this time, I’ll get to say goodbye. However, what I didn’t plan on was Ryder’s fight. He’s not going to let me go so easily this time.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylee Ryan has been crowned the Queen of Swoon by her readers. With nearly fifty romance books under her belt, she’s known for penning happily ever afters with heart. When she's not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand or hanging out with her family where she resides in her home state of Ohio.

Monday 22 January 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Delayed and Somewhat Haphazard by Amber Laura!


   Just like that, Miranda announced her newly single status.
   Greer was on her feet and moving in an instant. One hand slapping the door to her office closed, the other took Miranda by the elbow before forcibly sitting her down in one of the two chairs in the room. Between the shock of being manhandled by Greer and the realization that, at last, the news had broken, Miranda found a split second to be relieved: Greer hadn’t pulled a grotesquely sorrowed face as she’d hauled Miranda to a seat; indeed, she’d looked fierce. Protective even as she perched herself on the edge of her desk. “What happened?”
   Leaning forward, Greer interrupted her own question: “Are you okay? Do you need a hug? I’m told I’m an excellent hugger. Only you’ve never appeared…well, it doesn’t matter. Would you like one now?”
   Biting her lower lip, Miranda shook her head politely. Damned if she wasn’t on the verge of laughter. The opposite reaction she’d expected to have in this long-imagined moment. Then again, she was speaking to Greer. “I’m okay. Thank you.”
   “What happened?” Greer asked again.
   Miranda glanced down at her fingers, the nails of one hand chipping at those of the other. Her voice was low but blunt: “He found someone else.”
   Greer sucked in a breath, one hand going instinctively against her heart at the words. “Oh. Oh, I’m so sorry, sister.”
   “It gets worse. He, ah, he married her.”
   Out of her peripheral vision, Miranda watched Greer’s eyes bulge. “Wait. What? I’m confused.”
   “Join the club.”
   “How long ago did you and he break up?”
   “Ah.” Miranda inclined her head in understanding. “Yeah. After the fact.”
   “You mean, he married someone else while still dating you?”
   Miranda let out a breath. “Yup.”
   “And you weren’t a throuple?”
   Miranda rolled her eyes. “Definitely not. Nor were we in an open relationship, if you were going to ask that next.”
   Greer looked ready to bite something. “What a dick.”
   “Yeah.” Forcing her gaze to lift, to settle on Greer, Miranda gave the woman a tight look. “It’s rather…hard to talk about. For obvious reasons.”
   “Lordy, ducks. I am so sorry.” At the words, Greer was off her desk and squatting down in front of Miranda. Reaching forward, she tipped Miranda’s chin up with her index finger. “Men are absolute beasts. Why do you think I’ve always gone for women?”
   Miranda gave a watery chuckle.

Miranda Monroe’s world just imploded. Not only did she just get dumped by her long-time boyfriend, but she got dumped in the most humiliatingly painful way imaginable. Very suddenly single, homeless, and heartbroken, she runs to the only person she knows will always be there for her.

Sam Church. Her best friend (and the man she’d once secretly been madly in love with).

Which is how she finds herself, emotionally spent and financially crippled, somehow agreeing to his outrageous offer: that she move into his guest bedroom. Temporarily, of course. Just until she gets back on her feet.

There’s only one problem. In the midst of mending her shattered heart, in the process of trying to find herself again (just who is Miranda Monroe?), her thoughts keep getting distracted, wandering in the most confusing and forbidden of ways…just down the hall from her.

Which is ludicrous. The most commitment-phobic person she’s ever met, Sam is off-limits to Miranda for all kinds of reasons. But mostly, because he’s her best friend—and she loves him too much to lose him. So why, suddenly, can’t she seem to stop fantasizing about him? Why can’t she stop hoping for something more?

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7 Fun Facts about Amber Laura:

1.If there’s creamer, I’m drinking coffee. And when I edit, there’s always creamer.

2.I do my best daydreaming on long car rides.

3.Some of my favorite stories came as follow-up answers to the question: “What if…?”

4.I’m the mother of a darling (if slightly overweight), 16-year-old cat. She’s kind of my mascot.

5.One of my favorite parts of writing is inventing new places—or traveling to spaces where I’ve not actually been. It’s magical and never disappointing.

6.Writing may be a solitary process, but then the characters always keep me company.

7.I’ve never quite figured out if I like to write by plot or the seat of my pants.

8.(Because I write, I don’t math.) When a scene isn’t coming together on a piece of writing, or a string of dialogue is falling flat, I like to close my eyes and picture the whole thing as though it were being acted out on a movie screen—and forty minutes later, I usually wake up!


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Sunday 21 January 2024

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Trusting Love [Clusmsy Little Hearts Trilogy 01] by Julie Navickas!


   Beside him, she released a heavy breath and lifted her gaze. The deep hues of blue sparkled, each eye coated in a thin layer of tears.
   “Wait, is something wrong?” Ryan frowned and propped his body up on an elbow.
   She shook her head and smiled. Dragging a hand down the side of his face, she paused on his cheek. “This happened really fast, didn't it?”
   You’re not wrong.
   Ryan gripped her hand and pressed a kiss on her palm. “It did,” he muttered.
   “One minute we’re picking out a paint color and the next we’re sleeping together beneath the stars.”
   Their relationship flashed before his eyes, each smile on her lips gripping his heart as affection and desire built within his soul.
   “It may have been fast, but that doesn’t make it any less real for me.”
   A single tear slid down her cheek and dripped onto his arm. It rolled, falling to the blankets and dissolving into the material.
   “It’s real for me, too.” She sniffled. “Maybe too real.”
   A twinge gripped his gut. “What’s that mean?”
   “Like, when is the other shoe going to drop?” She snorted. “When does the dream end, or the bubble burst?”
   Just as cynical as me. You’ve been hurt just as bad, haven’t you?
   Ryan sat up and reached for her sandals in the corner of the tent.
   “What’re you doing?”
   He pressed the first shoe into his chest. “I promise, I won’t drop it.” Holding the second sandal out to her, he placed it in her hands and guided it to her chest. “If you won’t.”
   Her smile melted his heart. Eyeing a blonde curl falling in her face, he tucked it behind her ear as a shiver zipped along his spine—inspiration striking once more. “How about another adventure this morning, Ms. Browning?”
   “Clothes on or off?”
   With a wink, he pressed a kiss on her forehead. “That’ll be your choice.

What does a s’more, a tent, and a campfire have in common? For Ryan Prescott, it’s a typical weekend camping trip. But for Tess Browning… it’s a recipe for the truth.

Tess Browning earned the nickname Little Vixen for a reason. And she has no incentive to play by the rules anymore. Because why bother? All it ever did was trap her in a loveless marriage. Tossing faithfulness out the window, the only thing she is committed to now is her new code: keeping it fun, flirty, and deliciously sultry.

That is, until Ryan Prescott walks in and charms his way into her heart with a leather tool belt strapped around his waist. He’s sexy, smart, and as emotionally damaged as they come. And Ryan seemingly wants nothing more than to have Tess pick up the pieces of his broken heart.
But there’s one thing he doesn’t know about her.

When the details of Ryan’s past heartache come to light, Tess digs her hot pink heels into the ground and will stop at nothing to hide her past indiscretions from the man who stole her heart. Because if there’s one thing Ryan won’t tolerate—it’s dishonesty.

Will Tess manage to keep the truth hidden? Or, will the secrets of a lifetime shatter her one true chance at love?

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Julie Navickas is an award-winning, nationally recognized contemporary romance novelist, known for her keen ability to tell heart-wrenching, second-chance love stories through relatable characters with humility, humor, and heroism. She is also an award-winning university instructor and serves as the executive director of The Writing Champions Project. Julie earned master’s degrees in both organizational communication and English studies with an emphasis in book history, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public relations, graduating cum laude from Illinois State University.

Saturday 20 January 2024

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fade Into the Night [Philly Heat 05] by Becky Flade!


   Dulcet tones from bow and string created grace as music soared to the vaulted ceiling and images of horror panned across the wall. Blood and rose petals littered the champagne-colored carpet. Candles reduced to hardened puddles on occasional tables, their frozen drips streaked toward the floor. Every detail designed to draw the viewer’s gaze to the dead woman spread eagle in the center of the room, her hands and feet staked with metal tent posts. Her eyelids removed and her torso carved, she’d been butchered and displayed in the most gruesome definition of the word. One image transitioned into another, a macabre carousel.
   Close-ups of the damage to the body gave way to distance shots of the room, taken from separate angles. As detailed and distressing as it was, it couldn’t recreate the smell of death. Feces, urine, blood, and the sickly, sweet scent of roses mixed with the sandalwood from the scented candles and permeated the room. The faint odor of the initial officer's vomit wafted in from beyond the open door. He could show them, but they’d never know. The last photo, the room after the body was removed, filled the screen as the music faded to silence.
   “Lights on.” Special Supervisory Agent Noah Danes catalogued the expressions of the thirty bureau cadets in the lecture hall. He punched back to the first photo. The full image of the room with the corpse showcased dead center. “This is how Reston police found the body of Caitlyn Jones. They were responding to a noise complaint. The music we just heard, Adagio in G Minor, composed by Tomaso Albinoni, played on the stereo system at full volume. We asked them to secure the residence, and advised them to touch nothing, not even the stereo, until we arrived to document the scene. You’re seeing it as I did. What do you see?”
   “The second victim of the Beltway Romeo,” a voice sounded from the back.
   Noah nodded. “That’s the name the press has given him, not law enforcement. The body of the first victim, Stephanie Jackson, was found in her Frederick, Maryland home. Because they have, annually, more than four times the violent crime of Reston, they were prepared to handle the scene there. Reston PD knew they were out of their depth and were familiar enough with the details of the Jackson murder to request immediate help to process the scene. Since then, the Behavioral Analysis Unit here at Quantico has acted as a judicial clearinghouse in this investigation. Who can explain what I mean, and extra points if you can tell me how we navigated the multi-jurisdictional morass?” Hands shot up. “Sciarrillo.”
   “One way to elude law enforcement is to change jurisdictions.” Sciarrillo was a former military officer. What was euphemistically referred to as a door kicker but he was smart and had excellent instincts. The BAU would bore him, but he’d prove a formidable field agent. “Even in our digital age, communications between local law enforcement in different counties, and differing states, leave a lot to be desired. The Behavioral Analysis Unit both collects and disseminates information to various law enforcement agencies. It’s kind of brilliant. As soon as Romeo crossed state lines, the FBI claimed jurisdiction over all his crimes.”
   “Good. Hicks?”
   The young woman lowered her hand. She, like so many younger recruits, held a law degree. Extraordinarily intelligent, overachiever, destined for a career in government, politics, or maybe a judicial seat. She’d rise through the ranks in white collar crime. “Doesn’t Romeo present as too intelligent to make the mistake of earning the FBI’s attention?”
   “Yes. However, let’s remember. By spreading his kills out, he makes them harder to link. It was a calculated risk.” Though true, he didn’t believe it himself. There was something more to this pattern. Speaking of. “There are eight victims to date. Each woman was single, successful, and upwardly mobile. They held powerful jobs in the capital and lived in communities accessible by the Beltway or the northeast corridor. As fresh evidence is discovered, we refine our conclusions and ViCAP is updated. For those of you who may not know, although by now you should, ViCAP stands for the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. It enables local law enforcement agencies to collect, enter, and analyze their own violent crime information. It facilitates the identification of similar cases on a regional, state, and national basis. As in all things, it’s only as good as the information added to it.” He nodded and clicked on another photo. “What else do you see?”
   “He tortures them. Removes their eyelids and forces them to watch what he’s doing to them until they die.”

A man dedicated to unmasking monsters.
The woman who gives faces to the lost.
Neither can see the evil hiding in plain sight.

FBI Special Agent Noah Danes' investigation into The Beltway Romeo brings him to Philadelphia and leads to a chance encounter with an old friend. Forensic facial reconstructionist Sadie Potter hasn't seen Noah since the sentencing of her mother's murderer four years earlier. Seeing one another in a new light, they both dare to hope for more.

But before they can explore their newfound feelings, Sadie's attacked by The Beltway Romeo.

Fueled with rage and fear, Noah swears to protect her at all costs. But his fellow profilers turn their focus on Noah, threatening to reveal his deepest secrets to the world. Scarred, depressed, and afraid of losing herself along with her art, Sadie lashes out at the people she loves most...until Romeo makes it clear he hasn't forgotten the victim who got away.

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When I was little, I thought everyone had stories in their head. When I found out only special people had stories to tell, I wanted to be one of the magical ones who shared their stories with the world. I wrote my first book in kindergarten with the help of my teacher, Mrs. Daniels. My mom – my biggest fan and most ardent supporter – has that little crayon-drawn book tucked into the pages of her family bible. It took almost thirty years to get from there to published but here I am, making my own dreams come true, one happily ever after at a time.

Friday 19 January 2024

Release Day Blitz: Hooking the Captain [Off the Bench 01] by Kimberly Knight & Rachel Lyn Adams!

In hockey and love, timing is everything …

Emmett “Coop” Cooper is the star captain of the Boston Bruins. But off the bench, he’s hiding a secret that could jeopardize everything he’s worked for. As a gay man and a virgin, he’s chosen to live his life in the closet, afraid of how the hockey world might react. However, one night, while visiting family out of town, everything changes when he meets a guy at a bar with a captivating smile he can’t ignore.

Ford Mahoney is a recent college graduate with a haunted past. After destroying his relationship with a fellow student, he escapes from Boston after graduation to mend his broken heart. A chance encounter with a famous hockey player sparks hope of a fresh start, but when Ford learns Coop is friends with his ex’s new man, he keeps Coop in the dark, leaving the fate of their relationship on thin ice.

With secrets buried deep, the excitement of a steamy summer fling provides a welcome distraction. But once they’re back home, Ford is forced to come clean, leaving him to wonder if he’ll ever break free from the chains of his past. And with a broken heart, Coop questions if love is worth the pain.

But maybe it’s true; time heals all wounds.

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Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in the Central Valley of California with her loving husband, who is a great research assistant, and young daughter, who keeps Kimberly on her toes. Kimberly writes in a variety of genres, including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and paranormal romance. Her books will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love before she throws you curve balls you never see coming.

When Kimberly isn’t writing, you can find her watching her favorite reality TV shows, including cooking competitions, binge-watching true crime documentaries, and going to San Francisco Giants games. She’s also a two-time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter, which has made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans.

Rachel Lyn Adams is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, five children, and a crazy number of fur babies. She writes contemporary and MC romance.

She loves to travel and spend time with her family. Whenever she has some free time, which is rare, you’ll find her with a book in her hands or watching reruns of Friends.

Thursday 18 January 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Penance of Valentine Cash by Rebecca Rook!


   The Huntsmen had arrived.
   They were all large, dressed in furs, leathers, and thick boots. The men had thick beards and braids; the women either wore braids or had shorn hair. All of them wore armor of some kind, with runic designs upon their crests. Ghost green flames danced and kissed across their skin. As Valentine watched, she saw that their skin flickered and faded in the moonlight, alternately translucent and opaque. During the translucent phases, she saw their skeletons underneath.
   She shivered.
   Then, beyond the Huntsmen, she saw the mounts.
   They were stunning.
   Each horse shimmered, dressed in golds and silvers, blues and violets, coppers and moonlight. They were enormous, with hooves the size of dinner plates and lush manes that draped across the starlit skin. Valentine watched as they huffed, stamped their feet, and half-reared. They were ready, she could tell. They wanted to hunt, to chase.
   She heard Malcolm’s prosaic voice in her head. Choose the smallest mount.
   Valentine scanned the herd. There.
   The smallest mount glowed like a golden fire in the moonlight, with a silver mane. Compared to the others, this one was dainty, almost delicate. Valentine cast a quick glance at the Huntsmen, then started forward, crouching low to avoid notice. As she moved forward, she draped the bridle over her shoulder, then pulled out the packet of frankincense and myrrh. She poured it into her hands, then crept forward. She stopped before the golden creature, a good six feet away. Though this mount was smaller than the others, it was by no means tiny.
   When Valentine stilled, the horse raised her head.
   What do you want, mortal? The voice sounded like a crack of lightning in her head. The eyes glowed with violet flame.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jennifer Mason-Black’s Devil and the Bluebird in this modern adaptation of the Greek legend The Twelve Labors of Hercules for young adult fantasy readers.

Valentine Cash is dead.

When she dies in an accidental collision she caused on the cusp of musical fame, Valentine is offered a deal: Complete a series of difficult tasks to get her life back. Fail, and she dies a final, everlasting death. Guided by Route 66 the Mother Road of America on her quest, she tackles one herculean task after another, giving up a piece of herself with each trial.

Valentine begins to understand that the fame she once sought won’t bring her happiness or belonging – and if she fulfills the penance, she must decide what’s more important: Her old life or restoring the lives of the strangers who died alongside her.

The young and the ancient, the tangible and the mythical, collide as Valentine learns the true meaning of redemption, connection, and the enduring power of the human spirit.

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Author bio:

Rebecca Rook designs tabletop games, manages a little free library dedicated to sequential art and comics, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with two wonderful dogs. She writes young adult fiction in the fantasy, thriller, and horror genres.

A 2021-2022 Hugo House Fellow in
Seattle, WA, she also attended the 2021 Tin House YA Fiction Workshop in
Portland, OR. Rebecca was selected as one of the 100 invited writers to participate in the Write Team Mentorship Program’s curated Pitch-a-Thon event before being chosen as a Mentee for the 2021 Program. Prior to this, she completed the wonderful Yearlong Workshop for Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction at Hugo House.