#BlogTour: Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson @XpressoTours #Excerpt

Welcome to the blog tour for Tainted Rose by Yumoyori Wilson. I have an excerpt for you today and if you want to follow the tour you can do this at Xpresso Book Tours. This is the second book in this reverse harem series, you can catch my review of book one here!

Description

I failed…

My name is Ryder Carter, future heir of Realm Five, Minato.

I was destined to do great things, to walk alongside my fellow star knights, as we desperately searched for the woman who would lead our galaxy to salvation.

My spirit and I had failed her once, unable to prevent the chain of events and challenges she’d faced for sixteen cycles. Then, we finally found her – alive.

Within two rotations, she’d blossomed into a beautiful rose – such delicate petals, filled with purity and life. My mission was to guide her home, to where she truly belonged, as our Princess and saviour from the approaching darkness. She was more than just our Princess; I loved her with all my heart.

But…I failed. My once perfect rose, damaged by my failures. Would she ever forgive me, her star knight who’d sworn to protect her? Will I ever get the chance to tell her how much she means to me…to us?

Only the Starlight gods can tell. Please…bring my Firefly home.

~In Stars We Trust~

Tainted Rose is Book Two in the new, paranormal reverse harem series. 
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Excerpt

“Fuck me, Ryder.”

 

I watched his pupils dilate, expanding quickly before constricting back to their normal size. I felt the hardness between his legs grow, as his breath caught in his throat.

 

“Makoto.”

 

The sound of my name as it left his lips was somewhere between a prayer and a curse. I never knew I could want something as badly as I had once wanted freedom, yet here I was, sitting in front of a man I loved.

 

He held me in his arms as he stood from the couch.

 

“Are you sure you want this? Once I start – I won’t be able to stop.”

 

There was no hesitation, no doubt in my soul. This was what I wanted.

 

“I’m sure.”

About Yumoyori Wilson

Yumoyori Wilson - Author ImageYumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She loves to sleep and write her days away. She works at night as a registered nurse. She has a little addiction to bubble tea and coffee but loves to workout. She has big plans for the writing world and can’t wait to share them with everyone.

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17086384.Yumoyori_Wilson

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TitleTainted Rose
Series: Starlight Gods #2
Author: Yumoyori Wilson
Genre: Adult | Paranormal | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 10 November 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 446
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#BlogTour: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan @XpressoTours #Excerpt

I’m really looking forward to reading this, I’ve had it on pre-order for months and was really hoping to get a review to you today but there was an issue with the ARC’s so I haven’t been able to. BUT I do have a sexy excerpt which I hope that you will enjoy and I will get a review to you ASAP once my pre-order comes through. You can follow the tour at Xpresso Book Tours. This is a standalone reverse harem novel and Kate Morgan’s debut release!

Description

Sin or piety.

Those are the two things I’m choosing between when I walk up those stone steps and into the church. Heaven or hell. Pain or pleasure. But sometimes, pleasure brings more hurt than pain.

I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and that’s why I’m doing this, giving up everything I know and love for a whole new life. A life dedicated to something, someone, other than myself.

The thing is, sometimes fate has other ideas.

Out of all the churches in town, I picked this one. This building with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass and all its secrets.

This building that houses them.

My five worst sins.

My five most awesome pleasures.

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Excerpt

“Mrs. Carroll,” Hawke says, setting me down suddenly and grabbing the edges of my shirt.  He jerks it back into place and covers up all my bits.

 

 

 

“Father Dell used to … set a box outside this door to collect donations for the homeless,” the woman said, staring, not at the giant man in the body armor and guns, but at me.  Me!

 

 

 

I try to move, but Hawke tightens his grip, the muscles in his arm bulging and tensing like steel.  I can hardly even breathe.  But having that big, solid form behind me is… exhilarating.  Hawke smells like leather and musk and man.

 

 

 

“Yes, well, that’s an excellent idea,” he grumbles as I stand there like the typical mob-daughter that I am.  Here is a person, unconnected to all of this shit, and I’m not screaming or calling out for help.  Because back home, all that would do is get the old woman killed.

 

 

 

At least, that’s what my father would do.

 

 

 

“We’ll … look into that,” he continues, reaching past me with a big hand, and slamming the door closed in the old woman’s face.

 

 

 

“Your cover is fucked,” I breathe, but Hawke just grunts and lets go of me before putting his hands on my shoulders and turning me around to face him.  His eyes bore into mine as I swallow past the lump in my throat.  I look up, up, up at him and wonder if this is the moment where it all ends.

 

 

“So, are you going to kill me now?”

 

 

 

“Kill you?” Hawke asks with a long exhale.

 

 

“Not exactly.”

 

 

 

He steps back and gives me a look, propping his hands on his hips.

 

 

 

“Not … exactly?” I choke out as our gazes meet and a hot thrill takes over my body.

 

 

 

“You have two choices here, Natalia: let us take you to the nunnery … or stay here.”

 

 

 

“And if you do go to the nunnery,” Arsen says, grinning maniacally, “you best be careful.  We have agents there, too.  And they’ll be watching.”

 

 

 

“Agents?” I ask as Hawke looks me straight in the face.

 

 

 

“If you stay here, you also have two choices,” Hawke continues.  “Wait us out until we finish what we came here to do … or let me teach you.”

 

 

 

“Teach … me?” I ask as Hawke sucks in a breath.

 

 

 

“Dude, are you serious?” Colt asks, storming over to us and looking between me and Hawke like he’s crazy.  “Just let her go, man!”

 

 

 

“I can’t let her go!’ Hawke roars, and my skin erupts in goose bumps.

 

 

“I can’t let her go now.”

 

 

 

“She doesn’t know anything,” Colt says, sounding exasperated.

 

 

“Let her walk, man.”

 

 

 

“She knows enough,” Hawke responds with a sigh.

 

 

“And she’s his daughter.  I … can’t let her go.”

 

 

He stares at me, and I imagine that in a different scenario, hearing those words–I can’t let her go–would be a breathtaking experience.

 

 

 

“So … my choices are go to the nunnery or … you really are going to kill me?”

 

 

 

“You can stay here until we’re finished with our mission.  And then we’ll let you go.  But, if you stay, consider signing on with us. After that life you’ve led, you’d be a perfect candidate.”

 

 

 

“This is ridiculous!” Colt shouts, throwing up his hands and pacing a short, wild rut in the floor.  “You can’t hire her.”

 

 

 

“She’s perfect,” Arsen says, slinking up behind Hawke and taking a seat on the edge of the table.  “With all the shit she must know.”

 

 

 

“I’m willing to hire you to be a part of my team,” Hawke says, “but you’ll have to be willing to work.”

 

 

 

“Work for … what?” I ask and he gives me a tight smile.

 

 

 

“If you joined our team, your life would change forever.  I’ll give you a rundown, and if you think you’re up for it … we’d love to have you.”

 

 

 

“Hear that?” Arsen smirks.  “We’d love to have you.

 

 

 

Blinking at the group of men in front of me, I have a bad, bad feeling about this.

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An eBook Copy of Five Fathers

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TitleFive Fathers
Series: N/A
Author: Kate Morgan
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Reverse Harem
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 March 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: TBA
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#BlogTour: The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans @be_the_spark @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of The Little Wedding Island blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy! This is a wonderful book so I encourage you to dig in and enjoy everything which is going to be served up. The tour schedule is further down the post so you know where to head during the tour. 😉

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‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’

Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem? She doesn’t have a fiancé!

So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever-after.

But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride – and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…

A gorgeously uplifting summer romance. Perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Caroline Roberts.

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Review

I absolutely adored Jaimie Admans previous release The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, it ticked all my chick-lit boxes so the opportunity to read this release was not one I was likely to turn down.

Once again we were served up an almost magical situation with characters who had good reason to dislike each other but the pull they have towards each other may prove more electric than the fireworks of their animosity.

Bonnie is the last of the true romantics, a journalist for a wedding magazine she feels as though she is a crusader for true love. Her only problem she’s in her mid-thirties and has never actually been in love. But she doesn’t let that stop her, she ploughs on flying the banner for love and defending those who she thinks can’t defend themselves. Which after a big Twitter spat gets her sent to an island with some pretty big claims about their success record for weddings.

While there she meets man mag writer Rohan Carter, also passionate about his stance on weddings, he hates them, everything they stand for and he doesn’t believe in love either. These two couldn’t be more different but they are drawn together like moths to a flame and the flame is the wedding chapel.

Jaimie Admans is a creative writer, her books are funny, and heartwarming and The Little Wedding Island is no exception. These are characters I couldn’t help but to be swept away with and to want to spend time with. They made me laugh and cry and they made me want a happy ending for them desperately.

I highly recommend this is added to your spring reading piles with haste!

Sending a huge thanks to Jaimie Admans, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Jaimie Admans

Jaimie Admans - Author ImageJaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

http://www.jaimieadmans.com
http://twitter.com/be_the_spark
http://facebook.com/jaimieadmansbooks

Giveaway

 

The Little Wedding Island themed goodie bag:

  • The Little Wedding Island notebook
  • The Little Wedding Island fridge magnet
  • A signed postcard
  • In honour of Puffin the dog, a pug fountain pen
  • In honour of Edelweiss Island, a copy of The Sound of Music on DVD
  • A ‘grow your own’ Edelweiss flower kit in a tin

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TitleThe Little Wedding Island
Series: N/A
Author: Jaimie Admans
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 2 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
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#BlogTour: Dark Glitter by C.M. Stunich & Tate James @CMStunich @TateJamesAuthor @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to another bonding between C.M. Stunich and Tate James. These two are a dynamite writing partnership and they produce fantastic reverse harem novels. This is the start of a new series, which is much darker than their previous series the Hijinks Harem.

Please follow this tour by clicking the link, the wonderful Xpresso Book Tours is hosting.

Description

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo.  Reece.  Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds.  But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

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Review

When Ciarah wakes up in a dirty alley she has no memory, found by The Wild Hunt motorcycle club she is taken in and given support and help. As her memories start to return they are full of horror and torture, and the people who did that to her haven’t gone away.

Ciarah is someone special, someone powerful, someone important and The Wild Hunt MC is going to protect her and help her through it. This especially applies to three key members of the club, Arlo, Reece, and Killian. For they aren’t just an MC, they are all members of the fae. And these three fae men are full of magic and lust which swirls around Ciarah and draws her to them.

I was deeply drawn to the paranormal story presented here, it was dark…really dark and our authors didn’t hold back on detail, brought in the form of flashbacks, memories, and dreams. Ciarah was the forming of the immortal fae woman and a human girl who was transferred into the immortal body. This makes for a really interesting balance with her personality, and also her background story. It was also a great way to make the non-human character much more human.

The relationship with the men was fitting, it was worked into the story perfectly with the sexual scenes not overbearing the main storyline but it was still thoroughly enjoyable and extremely hot. As with the previous series, these two authors have written and both of their individual books the men are very individual and have very solid distinct personalities which makes them each adorable and lovable, or downright annoying in their own right.

This was a fantastic read, the final couple of chapters especially standing out as completely unputdownable. I’m really looking forward to the second book in this series and seeing what Ciarah and her MC get up to next.

I’m very grateful to C.M. Stunich, Tate James and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About C.M. Stunich

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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

Author links:
https://www.facebook.com/cmstunichauthor
https://twitter.com/CMStunich
http://www.cmstunich.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6432984.C_M_Stunich

About Tate James

Tate James - Author ImageTate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.

She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

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an eBook copy of Dark Glitter

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TitleDark Glitter
Series: Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club #1
AuthorC.M. Stunich Tate James
Genre: Reverse Harem |  Paranormal Romance | Fae | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 January 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#BlogTour: The Authors Bookshelf Special Edition – Rebecca Bradley – Fighting Monsters @RebeccaJBradley

I’m at it again! combining a blog tour with The Bookshelf so you’re getting a sneaky extra bookshelf mid-week!

I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Fighting Monsters

Description

24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

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TitleFighting Monsters
Series: DI Hannah Robbins Series #3
Author: Rebecca Bradley
Genre: Mystery | Crime
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 15 February 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 280
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So, onto the books! Here is Rebecca’s bookshelf, enjoy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

This is a difficult one. I started reading quite young. The books, in general, were Enid Blyton books. Famous Five and Secret Seven. I read a lot of them before moving on to the Nancy Drew books.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
A book with the most gorgeous white glossy cover. It was clean and simple and was pure white with a copper coloured key in the middle. That was it. The title and author were embossed white. It was stunning. Consent by Leo Benedictus.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
London Rules by Mick Herron. This is the latest in a brilliant spy series. I would recommend it any crime fan. Regardless of whether they think they enjoy spy books, this is different. His writing, his characters, they are alive, just brilliant!

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Last year I managed to read close to 200 books, so I’m slightly spoiled for choice! Though this is because I also listen to a lot of audiobooks. I’m addicted to them. You can listen to them even if you couldn’t possibly be sitting reading.

 

Okay, 5.

 

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Sci-Fi time travel, audiobook)

 

Unbroken: My story of survival from 7/7 Bombings to Paralympics by Martine Wright (non-fiction, audiobook)

 

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA)

 

Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner (Crime)

 

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields (Crime)

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. I love everything she writes.

And, The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths because I adore this series.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Into the Woods by John Yorke. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard nothing but great things about Yorke so I’m looking forward to digging into it.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I think I probably have to say the first one, Shallow Waters because that is the one that started my writing career. Without it, I wouldn’t have the readers I have now and I wouldn’t be in the position I am now of writing a series I love, with characters I love to spend time with.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. That was a fantastic book. The main character drawn so fantastically well. It’s an amazing crime novel. Also, anything by David Jackson. Have you read him? Wow, his writing is – how many times can I use the word brilliant? I need to find another… but you get the point!

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

There is but it’s currently with my agent so I’m not sure on timeframes. It’s completely different to the DI Hannah Robbins series and it was a book I really wanted to write. I’m excited about releasing that one. Oh, and utterly terrified of course.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Rebecca Bradley’s Bookshelf

About Rebecca Bradley

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day, and if she could she would survive on a diet of tea and cake.

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twitter.com/RebeccaJBradley

Facebook.com/Rebeccabradleycrime

The Bookshelf

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Thanks so much for taking part in this blog tour special edition of The Bookshelf Rebecca.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no

#BlogTour: Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ChickLitGoddess @NeverlandBT #Excerpt #Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson. Unfortunately, this is one of the tours which has fallen victim to my struggling with reading recently and so I haven’t been able to get a review written yet and I send huge apologies to both Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours. However, I do have an excerpt from the book to share with you today.

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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Excerpt

Connie Albright

 

 

Connie typed anxiously on her keyboard, looking up from her cubicle every few seconds, waiting for Sharon from Khloe’s Flower Shop to come through the glass entryway doors. She had checked her email first thing that morning, and like always, once a week, there was a confirmation about her order.

 

Dear Connie Albright,

 

Your order to CONNIE ALBRIGHT has been created by one of our team members and is on its way to the recipient.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, please call Khloe Harper at 1-800-555-1212.

As always, I wish you a bouquet of happiness!

Khloe Harper

 

Owner of Khloe’s Flower Shop

 

With a sigh, Connie looked back down at her keyboard and continued entering patients’ data into the Excel spreadsheet. Six years ago, to pay for her college education, she had started the medical data entry job, where she found mundane tasks enjoyable, and had been looking forward to making new friends. However, these days, she was now a college graduate with a degree in marketing who hated her job, finding it boring and repetitive, nor had she made friends with any of her co-workers. In fact, they barely noticed her.

 

Compared to the thin, sexy bombshells she worked with, Connie wasn’t anyone to be desired. She was tall, frumpy, wore glasses, and, thanks to a conversation she overheard, was known in the office as “the ugly girl who wore tacky sweaters.” With the exception of a few that her grandmother had sent her for her birthday, having crocheted each one, Connie didn’t think the sweaters were tacky.

So, after hearing enough of what was being said behind her back, and after complaining to her best friend—her diary—she came up with an idea to change things, and, so far, it seemed to have worked like magic.

 

“Connie!” Mia, the office receptionist, squealed. “They’re here!”

 

With a slight pause to get ready for the weekly act she performed, Connie popped up from her chair and watched Sharon approach. After signing her name to the page on the clipboard, she gave Sharon, the only other person besides Khloe who knew her secret, a quick nod.

 

Suddenly, Connie found herself in the center of a circle of women hovering over her desk, eagerly waiting for her to read the card that came with the bouquet.

 

“Well, what does it say?” asked a co-worker.

 

“Yeah, come on. Tell us,” begged another.

 

She took in the moment, wishing she had a real man who would say the things she had written to herself. “Your beauty captures me more each day, and my love for you grows each time I touch you. I’m looking forward to this weekend…in bed! Walt.

 

Holding the card close to her chest, Connie forced tears from her eyes, forcing herself to blush in front of her co-workers. “Oh, I love that man so very much.”

 

“Seriously, that has to be the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard,” Mia said, dramatizing her voice and placing her hands on her chest. “Oh, Connie, you’re so lucky to have a man like him.”

 

“Yeah, Con, that’s cute,” began Nicola, the bitchiest of them all. “But the last time I got flowers, just yesterday as a matter of fact, they certainly weren’t carnations,” she joked, motioning her hand like she was shooing the flowers away from her. All the co-workers joined in her laughter, and then shuffled back to their desks.

 

Connie looked at her flowers and smiled, her feathers not ruffled by Nicola’s comment. She felt accomplished and desired. For a few moments, she’d been the center of attention of a group of women who she knew despised her. Even back in high school, she had been a female nerd, which crossed her out from being friends with the beautiful and popular girls, and in college it was pretty much the same story. It’s not that she didn’t try to make an effort, because she did, but after failing time and time again, whether it be at orientation, working together in groups for school projects, or the few times Connie went to a pub near the university in hopes of meeting up with a few girls who she thought she could be friends with, it never worked. They either laughed in her face, said that the empty seat next to them was already taken (when it really wasn’t), or simply ignored her.

 

Though it was beginning to get expensive and difficult to keep the lies about Walt straight, Connie had no other choice but to continue the weekly charade.

 

It’s just the right thing to do!, she told herself, taking a seat in her chair before continuing to enter the endless data, while thinking of what Walt’s card would say the following week.

 

About Isabella Louise Anderson

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Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Indian and Mexican food, margaritas, and red and white wines. She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. When Isabella Louise isn’t working on her next release, her attention is also on her Scentsy business, where she’s a consultant.

Website: http://www.isabellalouiseanderson.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ChickLitGoddess

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#BlogTour: The Authors Bookshelf Special Edition – Jennifer S. Alderson – Rituals of the Dead @JSAauthor

I know, I know, it isn’t Saturday and here I am announcing a Bookshelf post!

When Jennifer S. Alderson approached me about taking part in her blog tour for her new novel Rituals of the Dead and she said she wanted to take part in The Bookshelf for it I thought it was a great idea. Of course, I had no free Saturday spaces during her tour dates so I decided “what the hell” and went with the “let’s live dangerously” line of thought and agreed to post on a Thursday instead. Hopefully, all will remain right with the world and I’ve not upset the balance of time and space!

I want to ensure the book we’re here for, gets its time so before we start The Bookshelf here is a bit about Rituals of the Dead.

Description

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series.

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.

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TitleRituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery
Series: Adventures of Zelda Richardson #3
Author: Jennifer S. Alderson
Genre: Thriller | Suspense | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 15 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 249
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So, onto the books! Here is Julia’s bookshelf, enjoy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is the first book I can remember having on my bookshelf. I read it so often that it fell apart!

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I received Dan Brown’s Origin for Christmas. I haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but do look forward to reading his descriptions of Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The Vestals Conspiracy by Tomasz Chrusciel and The Hidden Village: A Story of Survival in World War II by Imogen Matthews.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Victoria Blake’s Titian’s Boatman, The Master by Dora Ilieva, Casket Cache by Janice Richardson, The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, and The Samoan Pyramid by Maya Lynch.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I saw Donna Leon has a new book out – The Temptation of Forgiveness. I love her work! I also want to read Conspiracy of Lies by Kathryn Gauci and Far Away by Victoria Blake.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Debbie McComber’s Knit Together. Whether you’re a church-goer or not, this is a wonderful book to read if you are a feeling a bit lost and need some help finding your path in life, or a writer (or other creative person) who needs a bit of inspiration to keep going in the face of rejection.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. It took three years to write and I am still immensely proud that I finished it!

In 2004, I moved to Amsterdam to study art history and worked for several Dutch museums before my son was born in 2011. I’d been batting this idea for an art mystery around in my head for years, but didn’t work out the plot’s structure until I decided to stay home and raise him. I wrote primarily while he napped. Three years later, it was ready for publication. Writing about art, history and museums was also a wonderful way to stay in touch with my ‘adult life’ while raising a toddler. I am delighted to see how well readers respond to it!

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Expats by Chris Pavone. It’s a thrilling amateur sleuth mystery and adventure through Europe.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

I am so excited to announce the release of my third novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery on April 6! Set in Amsterdam and Papua New Guinea, it combines anthropology, art, and history into one thrilling adventure.

This time my protagonist, Zelda Richardson, is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with investigating the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, missionaries, art collectors, headhunters, and smugglers, where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased.

Join Zelda on her next quest as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do everything to prevent her from discovering the truth.

My hope in writing this book is not only to entertain readers, but also inspire them to learn more about the Asmat and their fascinating culture. I can’t wait to share Rituals of the Dead with mystery and thriller fans!

It’s available as paperback and eBook on April 6, 2018 but you can pre-order the eBook now for the low introductory price of 99 cents! Visit my website for direct links. [http://www.jennifersalderson.com/]

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

 

Jennifer S. Alderson’s Bookshelf

About Jennifer S. Alderson

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels.

In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of diamond smugglers. The Lover’s Portrait is a suspenseful “whodunit?” about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands.

Connect with Jennifer via her website, Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.

Social Media:

Website: http://www.jennifersalderson.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JennifeSAlderson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jenniferSAldersonauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JSAauthor

The Bookshelf

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This was so much fun running a bookshelf mid-week as part of a blog tour for a bit of a change, I may be persuaded to do this again.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.