Cover Reveal: Knox by Crimson Syn @CrimsonSyn82 @XpressoTours

OK Crimson is one of the nicest people I’ve met in my little Facebook community and when I saw this cover reveal I absolutely jumped on it. I am planning to lock myself in a room and have a binge-fest to catch up with this series because I have heard nothing but incredible things about it and this synopsis and cover is HAWT!!!

Thanks for having me on the reveal Crimson and Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours. Much love to you both. xxx

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I’ve loved Jade ever since I first laid eyes on her.
She’s always been mine.
And now a dangerous evil wants to take her away from me.
He wants to hurt her, cage her free spirit.
Over my dead body will he lay a finger on her.
No one takes what’s mine.
And no one hurts what I love without paying the price.
She’s my life, my love, my everything.
And I’ll be damned if I lose her.

I’ve been captivated by Knox ever since I met him.
He’s the only man who’s ever cared about me enough to protect me.
There’s no way I’d ever turn my back on him, or any of the Hellbound Lovers.
They’re not the traditional family, but they’re mine.
I’ll fight tooth and nail for them.
But I’ve been propositioned by an enemy
And now I face my fate.
Protecting Knox is the only things that matters.
No one will take him away from me.
And no one is going to keep me from the man I love. No one.

The last installment of the Hellbound Lovers – Resisting love has never worked out for any of the members of HLMC and Knox isn’t any different. Get ready to fall in love with this irresistibly protective alpha.

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You want it right? It’s so hot…are you sure you’re ready? OK…here it is

About Crimson Syn

Crimson Syn is a new erotica author. She delves into those hot and heavy stories where her characters are pushed to their sexual limits. Her wicked pen dips into every little niche, even if it’s wrong and kinky. Vanilla, BDSM, BBW and that twisted taboo is what she wants to make you crave.
Her Hellbound Lovers MC series is her first attempt at a bad boy biker series. If you’re looking for sweet and innocent, you’ll find it, but not in that wholesome way you’re used to. No. Miss Syn delivers sex at its best, and the more innocent you are the more her alpha males will attempt to defile you.
Miss Syn is passionate about her family, her friends and her writing. Where she travels is her next setting, and her fantasies and dreams are her inspiration. She writes her alpha males tough and rough, and she expects for her female leads to be independent, bright women with lots of sexy curves.

To be a part of her Synful Fanbase, giveaways, and get juicy bits of her next books in the Hell’s Lovers series join her newsletter here:
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Book & Buy Links

TitleKnox
Series: Hellbound Lovers MC #8
Author: Crimson Syn
Genre: Adult | Romance | MC Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 24 May 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other FormatseBook
Pages: TBA
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Blogiversary Guest Post: Kaisha from The Writing Garnet @kaishajayneh

Tomorrow I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

Kaisha is a blogger so many of us know, she not only runs one of those blogs that we can’t help but to love. She has a four year old daughter who is adorable and she somehow manages to read more than pretty much all of us combined. She well and truly came to my rescue this week, jumping in at the last minute to fill a gap after one of the bloggers I originally asked dropped out last week. Not only did she jump in but she has written a heart-wrenching post, one that won’t help but to pull at your heartstrings. Thank you so much Kaisha.

‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’

I knew that at some point in the future, I would have to sit down with my daughter and answer questions on bullying, but, what I never expected was for my four year old little girl, to calmly ask me, ‘Mumma, what do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. Again, she’s four. She’s homeschooled. Why on Earth should she be asking that question?

My answer to that one is; why on Earth SHOULDN’T she be asking that question?

I was horrendously bullied from the age of five to the age of thirteen at school. I was then cyberbullied at the age of 15, and then I was bullied in every single job I had from the age of 17. I am now 28. The reason why my little girl even knows what bullying is, is because she has heard me talking about it. She has heard me express my voices on a topic which is still painful to this day. I’m not afraid to admit it, nor am I afraid to talk about a subject which NEEDS to be spoken about.

Recently on social media, I have seen people get bullied. I have stood up for people getting bullied, despite getting threatened myself as a result of that and having nobody stick up for me. Am I upset about that? Of course I am – I have been in the position where I get bullied and nobody fights my corner and it’s a horrific place to be. Which is why, despite many ‘don’t get involved’ comments, I chose to get involved because I couldn’t sit back and watch someone else get bullied and I don’t see how anyone can actually do that.

I will continue to talk about the aftereffects of bullying until I’m blue in the face. I will challenge anyone that bullies another person until I’m blue in the face. It just isn’t right. I am constantly reminded of what I went through and, whilst it’s easy for people to say, ‘move on’ or ‘forget about it’, when you’re the one dealing with the scars of eating disorders, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse, all at the hands of bullying, forgetting it is incredibly hard. I want to forget it, really I do – it just isn’t that simple. The recent events on social media have brought all of my past to the forefront of my mind, especially as, whilst defending others, I was left out to dry myself.

So, back to my daughter’s original question; ‘What do you do if you see someone getting bullied?’. My answer to that was ‘you step in if and when it is safe to do so’. If you see your friends getting bullied or find them in the firing line to some nasty comments, don’t sit back and watch that happen because leaving someone out to dry due to bullies is the most horrendous position to be left in. I understand that people choose to not intervene due to concerns of fuelling the fire or similar, but the victim does not deserve to be getting bullied and they need someone in their corner.

The fact that my little girl already knows what bullying is, is of course rather sad. BUT, I would rather her know about a subject which can ruin people’s lives, break up families, scar people for life, so that she can help should someone need it. Victims of bullying are often afraid to speak out about it due to the high level of stigma attached to the topic, especially if they’re not taken seriously and told are told that it’s only ‘name calling’. Maybe it is, but undermining their viewpoint will make a victim less likely to come to you further down the line. It makes them more likely to hide away if the ‘name calling’ gets worse and threats are being made. Listen, observe, believe them and most importantly, be in their corner should they need you to be. Actions speak louder than words for most people, but for a victim of bullying, actions and words are as sharp as each other.

 

Kaisha’s Links

https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Kaishajayneh

https://www.facebook.com/thewritinggarnet/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

Blogiversary Guest Post: Danielle from Books Vertigo and Tea @BooksVertigoTea

On Thursday I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

I asked Danielle to kick this week off because I knew she would bring us something perfectly tasty and she didn’t disappoint. Danielle have formed a friendship which has come off the page, both having a possibly unhealthy relationship with tea, we send tea across the atlantic to each other and talk regularly. She is a good friend as well as a fabulous blogger who I highly recommend to everyone.

Pairing Teas & Genres

I was over the moon when Claire asked me to help kick off her blogiversary by sharing a guest post! She is one of my favorite bloggers, biggest supporters and well.. quite honestly embodies all that I look for in a friend and fellow human. But what to post? Books and tea have brought Claire and I together, so it felt most appropriate to choose exactly that. I have put together a small post of teas and the genres I pair them with. Thank you Claire for the continued inspiration, wonderful cups of tea, and incredible friendship.

Danielle’s Links

https://booksvertigoandtea.com/

https://twitter.com/BooksVertigoTea

https://www.facebook.com/booksvertigoandtea/

https://www.instagram.com/books_vertigo_and_tea/

Giveaway

As a thank you to all my followers I’m giving away 3x £10/$10 Amazon Gift Vouchers at the end of this week. To enter just head to Rafflecopter.

#BlogTour Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell @JillMansell @headlinepg #BeachcomberBay

I’m so excited to have the blog tour for Jill Mansell’s new novel, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, stopping by BrizzleLass Books today. Now, it’s publication day so be sure to grab yourself a cake while you’re here to enjoy while your read the great guest post by our author, it really is a corker! I’ve also added my review of this wonderful novel at the end of the post…enjoy!

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Love is in the air in St Carys, but you’d never know it – the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets…

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#BlogTour: Brake Failure by Alison Brodie @alisonbrodie2 @NeverlandBT

Today I’m reviewing Alison Brodie’s new book Brake Failure which is released on Monday. This is set during the mania of the Y2K bug frenzy, which if you remember it sent people a little crazy. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so be sure to click on the link to enter!

Description:
Brake Failure is a contemporary romance with humour, suspense and a kick-ass heroine.  The story is set in one of the most fascinating periods of America’s history:  the months leading up to Y2K “melt-down.”

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is an English debutante, destined for Ladies Day at Ascot and taking tea at The Savoy. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control.  Until fate dumps her down in … Kansas.

Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person.  Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to explode.  She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure.  And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria.  She joins a group of Survivalists, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials, such as gasoline and water-purifying tablets.  So she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time.  She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law.  At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul.  She desperately wants him but knows she can never have him.

She’s angry at the emotions he arouses in her.  Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun.

What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper?   And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Note:  Alison Brodie wrote this story from first-hand experience.  She lived in Kansas during this time and was stunned by the hysteria, unnerved that the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon.  As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin:  “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

Review:
When Ruby marries Edward she thinks they are moving to Paris, little does she know that plans are changing and they will be heading to Kansas City. It’s September 1999 and Y2K hysteria is just getting started. I remember this time so clearly everyone was talking about the Y2K bug, people were stockpiling food and preparing for if the electricity went out and banks went down. I spent that New Years Eve like many others at an End of the World Party, of course nothing happened but it didn’t stop a whole year of worrying beforehand.

When Ruby lands in Kansas City she makes friends with a group of survivalists who tap into her inner hypochondriac and this seems to spark something inside her, a need to be free of her invisible shackles from the life she’s been living and she starts drinking (having been tee total), and breaking the law, she starts rebelling against her husband, and falls in love with another man.

Brake Failure was a slow starter, it took a while for me to connect with Ruby as a character, initially she is quite cold and there is little to like about her, a prim and proper socialite who would fit in well with the upper classes. She says the right things, does the right things but has little to no personality.

As she starts to change she is still not very likeable having swung to the other end of the scale being tacky and trashy but her antics are at least funny and give something to chortle about as you read the book.

She spends much of the book stuck in a place of indecisiveness, not sure what to do, should she go back to her uptight ways or be more trashy? It’s a shame she didn’t find a middle ground to just be an average Jane.

I found the end of the book didn’t sit right with me, she does something which outside of fiction she wouldn’t get away with yet in this book it all ends well. I would have preferred a sterner ending that fit in with how she had behaving through the book.

Overall though Brake Failure is an amusing romp set during a wild time in history.

A huge thanks to Alison Brodie for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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About Alison Brodie:
Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.  Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up.  She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial.

A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison an idea for her first romance novel, Face to Face.  It was taken up by Dinah Wiener, the first agent Alison sent it to.  Three weeks later, Alison signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton.  Subsequently, Face to Face was published in English, German and Dutch.  “Vain, but wildly funny leading lady.” -Scottish Daily Mail.  It was also chosen as Good Housekeeping’s “Pick of the Paperbacks.”

Unfortunately, Alison then suffered from Second-Book Syndrome.  The publisher’s deadline loomed but Alison couldn’t think of a story!  She found the whole experience a nightmare; and this is why she cautions first-time authors not to sign a multi-book deal unless they are prepared!

Alison lived in Kansas for two years.  She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs!  Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.

Alison’s previous release, THE DOUBLE, was published to rave reviews:

“Proof of her genius in writing fiction…Excellent.” –San Francisco Book Review.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest

Giveaway:
Head to Rafflecopter for your chance to win a $25 (or equivalent) Amazon Gift Card! (Tour-Wide Giveaway).

Title: Brake Failure
Series: N/A
AuthorAlison Brodie
Genre: Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Clipboard Press
Publication Date: 9 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 295
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | iBooks

Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway

So another year is over, I’ve read 100 books this year, which is bang on target. I’m quite pleased with myself, reading a lot of fantasy many of the books I read have page counts to rival the Bible so 100 is quite an achievement! Narrowing down my favourites to just 10 is hard and my list changed at least 100 times itself before I settled on what you see below. These are the one’s which I couldn’t get out of my head, which have lingered and made a long lasting impression.

I’ve linked to the full reviews for those who are interested but have also provided a short comment on why I have shortlisted each book. This list is in no particular order, it contains books I have read in 2016 but they may not necessarily be published in 2016 (although most are).

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Blog Tour: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour

Today I’m reviewing Aven Ellis’ new book On Thin Ice, You will probably have seen the Chapter Reveal a few week’s ago which went down a treat. Be sure to scroll to the end and click on the buy links to pick up a copy for yourself.

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Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation:

1.) It’s a long road to become a full-time author.

2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills.

3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers nights in watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Continue reading Blog Tour: On Thin Ice by Aven Ellis @avenellis @starcrossedtour