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text 2017-03-20 07:00
A Star to Steer Her By Beth Anne Miller Book Blitz

A Star to Steer Her By
Beth Anne Miller
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m scarred. Broken. I’ll never be the same.
But I will take this journey.

Ever since my last dive ended in bloodshed, I’ve been terrified to go back into the water. But the opportunity to spend a semester at sea is too good to pass up. I need to get my life back.
I never expected to love it this much. And I never expected Tristan MacDougall.
Rugged, strong, and with demons of his own, Tristan helps me find the courage I thought I had lost and heals me with every stolen moment we share. But the rules of the ship mean we can’t be together.
When a dive excursion goes terribly wrong, our only hope for survival is each other.
EXCERPT:
I was standing alone at the helm, under full sails and a glittering sky, guiding the ship unerringly across the endless black sea with only the stars to guide me, like the sailors of old. It was amazing. This was why I was here, why I’d gone ahead with this semester at sea, even after everything that had happened. Because I loved the sea, and wanted it to be a part of my life.
I returned my gaze upward, focusing on my guide star.
“‘And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’”
The low voice came out of nowhere. I spun to the right, where I could just make out the vague outline of someone leaning against the stanchion that held Speedy the motorboat suspended at the stern.
“Tristan?” As soon as the question left my mouth, I rolled my eyes in the darkness. Of course it was him.
“Aye, it’s me.”
“How long have you been standing there?” I hissed. “And where the hell did you come from?” I’d been at the helm for at least half an hour, and I knew he hadn’t been there the whole time.
There was a flash of white in the darkness as he grinned. “I’ve been here for about five minutes. You were so focused on staring up at the stars that you didn’t see me. I didn’t want to disturb you.”
“So instead, you just lurked in the dark until you could scare the hell out of me. Makes sense,” I muttered, trying not to be too thrilled that he’d chosen to hang out up here with me. “What was it that you said, anyway?”

“It’s from a poem. The full verse is:
“‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.’”

His lilting accent gave the lines a musical quality, and a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s beautiful,” I said, “and perfectly describes the way I feel. You didn’t write that, did you?” Because it would be supremely unfair for him to be kind, gorgeous, athletic, musically brilliant, and a poet, too.


Author Bio:
My first book, written in elementary school, was bound in pink fabric and was about—what else?—a girl and her horse. I soon began cheating on horses with the sea, becoming an open water scuba diver at age 14. That love of the sea led me to a college semester aboard a schooner. I returned with fond memories of the exhilaration of being on a ship under full sail, less fond memories of hurling over the leeward rail on a daily basis, and a sailing bug I couldn’t quite shake.
In addition to horses and the sea, I have a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which I explored with my first novel, INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST (The Wild Rose Press, 2011), and carried into my new novel, A STAR TO STEER HER BY (Entangled Embrace, 2017). A native New Yorker, I work in the publishing industry and am always looking ahead to my next voyage, whether a short one on a dive boat or whale watch, or, with luck, a longer one on a tall ship. You can find me on the web at www.bethannemiller.com

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review 2017-03-09 18:29
Remembrance (Heart Lines #1) by Heather Hildenbrand
Remembrance: (New Adult Paranormal Romance) (Heart Lines Series Book 1) - Heather Hildenbrand

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand is a unique and entertaining start to the Heart Lines series.  Two years before the story began; Samantha Knight underwent a trauma that caused her to lose her memory.  She is no longer the outgoing individual she used to be.  Instead, she is paranoid and scared.  Supernatural hunter, Alex Channing, is slowly dying after being bitten by a werewolf.  His sole hope is for a cure that only Samantha could give him, if she could remember.  This contemporary PNR takes place in California.  It is suitable for New Adults.

 

Heather Hildenbrand did a wonderful job writing this book.  The character development was skillfully crafted.  I could sense Sam’s frustration at not remembering what happened to her.  You felt her confusion.  She discovers significant things about herself and what transpired to her throughout the story.  Alex has a secret and is harboring a lot of guilt.  He is a worthy hero who is brave, determined, and protective.  I enjoyed both main characters; they are multi-dimensional and complex. 

 

REMEMBRANCE was mysterious and full of twists.  The plot was well-executed.  REMEMBRANCE moves quickly and is thought-provoking.  There are occurrences in the story that are eye-opening.  The ending left me anxiously awaiting the next book from the series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway for Ragnarok Prophecies By A.K. Morgen
 

 

 

 
Fade
The Ragnarok Prophecies Book 1
By A.K. Morgen
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
 
 
 
What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?
 
When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.
 
When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them. 
 
Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
 
FADE is available from Curiosity Quills Press at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
Add to your TBR list on Goodreads.
 

Arionna.

I jumped as his voice sounded clear as bells in my head.

What are you doing? His mental voice was too calm. He'd heard my thoughts.

My face burned. I was trying to talk to you. I don't exactly know how to do it, I answered, defensive and mortified. I didn't mean to share those last thoughts with him, and like so much else, he received them anyway.

Again, it just wasn't fair.

I guess it worked. He sounded amused, though his tone seemed darker than usual, like when he kissed me. I stored that knowledge away for future use.

I don't know where Chelle lives.

You could have called.

Why? You never call me.

Would you like me to call you?

No. I had his attention now. Why bother with the phone? It didn't make sense. Still, would it kill him to pick up the phone once in a while, like normal people did, instead of always leaving me to do the calling?

I'm not normal people, Arionna.

How could one boy be so clueless?


Oh, forget it. Where does Chelle live?
 
 
 
 
Fall
Ragnarok Prophecies Book 2
 
 
How do you save someone who doesn't want to be saved?
 
Those called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren't strong enough to stop it. 
 
Arionna thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he always feared. 
 
It's up to Arionna to stop him before it's too late, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward self-destruction. This time, Arionna isn't sure she can save him from himself. Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the people she loves?
 
 
FALL – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here.
I stood alone in a shadowy cavern, my legs trembling.
 
Ancient torches flickered around me, so brittle they looked as if a single touch would destroy them. Massive boulders shot upward in the eerie, inky light, standing like endless mountains barring my way. My gaze bounced across round and jagged alike, trying to pick out where one ended and the others began. I couldn’t tell the difference, though.
 
My attention drifted and skittered around the cavern, focusing everywhere except on what waited for me beyond the thick fingers of solid earth standing like the bars of a prison ahead. Soft, ominous rumbles sounded from that direction, so deep the cavern floor vibrated beneath my feet.
 
Run, Arionna. Run.
 
I fought to listen to the voice of reason urging me to flee for my life, but I couldn't seem to keep my legs locked in place. The compulsion to move, to look, to see, was too strong.
 
I took a step forward, then another, slipping through narrow cracks between one rock and the next.
The rough surface scraped against my arms and tugged at my hair, pulling small strands away from my scalp. I kept moving though, squeezing between narrow openings until the craggy ground gave way, ending suddenly at a frothy river.
 
I glanced across the foamy water.
 
My lungs stopped functioning.
 
The endless spread of boulders scattered all around were tiny pebbles compared to the solitary mass of earth on the far side of the underground channel. A chain wound around and through the mountainous rock, so thin it was almost invisible to the eye.
 
I ran my gaze across the shimmering links, checking to ensure the magic bond still held firm.
 
It did.
 
Air shuddered into my lungs.
 
Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid, I chanted to myself, but when I turned my head, my heart pounded uncomfortably anyway.
 
I bit my lip to keep from crying out when my gaze landed on the monstrous black wolf lunging against the tiny chain. Foam ran in buckets down his chest and into the river around him, as if his hatred cut a canyon of desiccation through the rock like a knife through butter. He towered over me, taller and wider than any wolf I'd ever seen. He was a giant. A Titan.
 
Fenrir.
 
I shivered at the sound of his name echoing in my head.
 
He gnashed his razor-sharp teeth and roared, struggling against the chain binding him to earth. The sound echoed throughout the massive cavern, bouncing from rock to rock in the same deep, ominous rumble I heard earlier.
 
Pebbles showered down from overhead, falling to the dirt floor all around.
 
Fenrir shook them off, then tried to leap.
 
The chain stretched taut, groaning in protest, but it held firm.
 
Fenrir hit the ground―hard―and was up again in an instant.
 
He coiled, crouching as if preparing to spring again, then twitched.
 
He stilled, not even his chest moving when he drew breath. Sanity flickered in his gaze for a brief moment, burning away the obsessive rage pouring from him. What swept through those yellow eyes in its place was far worse: intelligence.
 
Fenrir knew his prison would not hold him forever. Eventually, he would break free.
 
Not today. Please, not today, I pleaded, hoping someone in charge heard me.
 
Fenrir sniffed the air.
 
I stopped breathing, praying he didn't see me standing amongst the rocks.
 
He turned his head slowly in my direction, one ear twitching.
 
His rage-filled gaze met mine and held. Recognition flared in his baleful eyes.
 
I trembled, trapped in his sights like a prisoner, unable to move. The wolf sharing my soul snarled, trying to shake herself free of the thrall freezing me in place. She was too weak to do more than flutter and twist inside me though.
 
Fenrir’s lip curled in a menacing snarl as he looked into me, looked through me, and saw everything I was and everything connecting me to him. For a moment, no more than a split second really, he looked pleased. As if he knew his wait was almost over.
 
And then rage blazed to life in his eyes again, wiping away recognition and replacing it with burning, poisonous hate.
 
He growled low in his throat, the sound that of a gathering storm.
 
The cavern floor vibrated beneath my feet again.
 
Pebbles showered down, striking my arms, my legs… my face. Each hit stung and burned.
 
The river of foam at my feet churned across the rocks like mini-tidal waves.
Dust filled the air in thick puffs, choking me.
 

Fenrir dove toward me, howling.
 
 
 
Flame 
The Ragnarok Prophecies Book 3
 
 
 
Who do you trust when betrayal threatens to destroy everything you hold dear?
 
When Arionna Jacobs fled town in a desperate bid to save Dace Matthews, she never expected the chaos she would leave in her wake. Now her closest friend is dead, and another is missing, forcing Ari to return to face the devastating consequences of her actions and the broken boy she left behind.  
 
Her problems are only just beginning.  
 
Even as her bond with Dace grows stronger, Arionna finds herself weakening when Freki's cage shatters. Fighting the wolf for control is tearing her apart piece by piece. And at every turn, she finds that those she's put her faith in aren't who they seem, bringing her face to face with Sköll and Hati. As the depth of their betrayal is revealed, Freki spirals out of control, and Arionna must face her greatest fear: losing herself to the fierce wolf within.  
 
The world balances on the edge of a blade, and one wrong move will destroy it all.  
 
With few allies she can trust and little choice left, Arionna must decide between the lives of her friends and her own future with the alpha she loves. Will she be able to stand firm for the sake of the world, or will she falter in the face of defeat?  
 
 
FLAME – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Three  is available at Amazon 
 You can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here.


"Arionna, dammit, wake up."

Unseen hands gripped my upper arms, shaking me. A familiar voice called my name over and over. Furious howls ripped through the air.

None of those sounds made sense to me.

I felt different, like I'd been taken apart and put back together in the wrong order. Everything hurt. My body ached, muscles locked tight in protest. My head throbbed. Each painful pulse rattled against my skull, sending ripples down my neck and into my back.

I groaned and rolled onto my side.

The hands shaking me relaxed.

I fought to open my eyes, then blinked, confused. Worn brown carpet scratched against the side of my face. The bottom edge of a pale blue bed-sham fluttered inches from me. Dust bunnies and small pieces of plastic were strewn beneath the sagging bed. A table and two chairs were grouped on the other side. A crack ran up the leg of one chair, splitting the wood.

None of the room looked familiar.

Where am I?

The voice calling my name stopped mid-shout and sighed.

Oh, thank god, he said.

For what? I wondered, marveling that the words came from inside my mind, but didn't belong to me. How was that possible?

I couldn't place the soft, silky tones either, but they made my stomach flip and my heart flutter. I knew the speaker. At least I thought I did. Before I could ask him who he was or how he spoke in my head, someone blew out a sharp breath. This time, the sound didn't come from inside.

"Finally," that second voice said.

Nope. Definitely not coming from my mind.

I rolled my eyes toward the relieved sound, and then frowned at the guy leaning over me. Long, dark hair hung in his face. His eyes were black, and full of concern. His features were sharp, severe, but handsome.

This time I was certain; I knew this guy.

"Ronan," I said. His name was Ronan LaCrosse, and mine was… Arionna. Yes, Arionna Jacobs. Memory began to slowly trickle back in. We were at a motel in Illinois, looking for someone. And the howls were coming from Fuki, the little wolf we'd brought with us, though I couldn't see him.

Where was he?

I tried to figure out why I was on the floor, but came up with a big blank.

"What happened?" I asked, looking up at Ronan.

He held out a hand for me, then pulled me into a sitting position.

The room tilted before straightening again. I clutched my head in my hands, groaning. When the initial wave of nausea passed, I tilted my head up slowly so I could see Ronan. "Did I hit my head?" I asked, trying to blink away the dark spots floating in my peripheral.

"You don't remember?" He narrowed his eyes, tilting his head to the side like a raven assessing me.

I scooted back against the edge of the bed, frowning.


What was I supposed to remember?
 
 



 



 
A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of thirteen years, and their six furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services and CJ field.  
 
Ayden also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname Ayden K. Morgen.
 
You can find her on  Twitter,  Facebook, or via her website at  http://akmorgen.com.
 
 
 
includes a $5 Amazon card, a one-of-a-kind copy of FADE signed by over 50 authors, FADE/Fall Ebooks, Stricken Ebook, and swag. 
 
 
 
You can also enter the Goodreads Giveaway at: http://www.akmorgen.com/2017/02/flame-ragnarok-prophesies-goodreads.html

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text 2016-12-26 16:11
Come Home Again By Nana Malone Free!
Come Home Again: BWWM New Adult Romance (The Donovans Book 1) - Nana Malone

Anything can be fixed with a little Duct Tape and sass…

At least that’s what celebrity fixer, Delilah Donovan, used to think. She prides herself on being able to handle anything. But when she’s asked to fix the new CEO of Synth Games, she never dreams she’ll come face to face with the only man to ever break her heart.

The past can't always be fixed...

When a friend calls in a long ago favor, reformed hacker, Nate Williams, worries that his shady past will come back to haunt him. As acting CEO of Synth Games, he needs to make the world believe he’s CEO material. Too bad the one person who can help him is the one woman he had to leave behind.

Will Nate bury his demons for good or will his past dictate his future? Can Delilah rise to this challenge or will Nate shatter her heart…again.

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review 2016-10-26 22:41
Scoring Chance (Breakaway #5) by Vera Roberts
Scoring Chance: New Adult Romance (Breakaway Book 5) - Vera Roberts

Hockey star Dean Winchester’s and artist Sydney Walker’s story continues in Vera Roberts’ fifth book of the Breakaway series, SCORING CHANCE.  After their recent breakup, the two reconciled, both making mistakes while not seeing one another.   Now a possible scandal once again threatens their relationship.

 

Both Dean and Sydney did some growing up in this story.  They are both still young, Dean 22 and Sydney 24.  They have a lot of responsibility for people their age.  I appreciated when Vera Roberts had Sydney and Dean flashback to their childhood memories.  It helps the reader understand the characters more.

 

I was sort of surprised how the story started out.  By the end of the book, the action at the start of the story seemed brilliant. 

 

Jameson and Sarah get married in Vegas toward the beginning of this story.  Considering they are Dean’s and Sydney’s best friends respectively that makes for some interesting viewpoints throughout the novel.

 

Ian still rubs me wrong.  I like that he looks out for Sydney, but I don’t trust him. 

 

Rebecca is a piece of work.  She adds controversy to the story and keeps it attention-grabbing.

 

I liked Quinn.  He was a fascinating client.  I could totally visualize Sydney’s mural.

 

I liked how the story was resolved.  It had a wonderful ending.  SCORING CHANCE is a great addition to the Breakaway series.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

 

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