Friday, April 19, 2024

#BookReview: The Downloaded by Robert J. Sawyer @lexilikestoread

Synopsis: The new novel by Canada's top Science Fiction writer In 2059 two very different groups have their minds uploaded into a quantum computer in Waterloo, Ontario. One group consists of astronauts preparing for Earth's first interstellar voyage. The other? Convicted murderers, serving their sentences in a virtual-reality prison. But when disaster strikes, the astronauts and the prisoners must download back into physical reality and find a way to work together to save Earth from destruction. The Downloaded debuted in a six-month exclusive window as an Audible Original narrated by Academy Award-winner Brendan Fraser promoted by national TV and radio ad campaigns. This print edition is coming out immediately after Audible's exclusivity ends and is being supported by a six-city cross-Canada author book tour.

#CoverReveal for Firefly Effect by K.K. Allen @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: Firefly Effect
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Tropes: Small Mountain Town, Single Dad
Forbidden (Psychologist/Patient), Obsessed Hero
Cover Design: Qamber Designs
Release Date: May 24, 2024


From USA Today Bestselling Author, K.K. Allen, comes a steamy and gripping standalone romantic suspense.

For years, tales of the Firefly Man were nothing more than elaborate rumors spread by residents in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Until the night Evelyn Vaughn stumbled upon a dead body in the woods.
Fear gripped her, and silence stole her voice.
All while she watched the boy she was with that night take the fall.

Fourteen years later, Evelyn is nothing more than a shell of her former self.
Her life moves like a clock, from one moment to the next, never a surprise.
Gone are the days of chasing fireflies through the woods.
Until her therapist goes missing and he’s replaced with someone new.
Dr. Lincoln Reed.
A devastatingly handsome single dad with an intensity behind his evergreen eyes that jolts her back to life.

Or does it?

Evelyn is quickly losing grip of the suppressed reality she’s worked so hard to live.
With every new session on Dr. Reed’s couch, comes a startling new revelation that has her past awakening like the sparkles of light she used to chase through the Appalachian woods.

The Firefly Man was supposed to be a rumor, a fable, a spooky tale.
But Evelyn remembers the truth.
He’s her very own phantom.
And he’s back.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

#ReleaseBlitz for Believing Ben by Harper Cross @GiveMeBooksPR

Title: Believing Ben
Series: Elite Forces HEAT #1
Author: Harper Cross
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Second Chance/Still the One
Sister's Best Friend/Best Friend's Brother
Release Date: April 18, 2024


Break my heart once, shame on you. Break my heart again, there’ll be hell to pay.

My once-thriving company is on the rocks, my business partner is in bed with seriously bad guys, and I’m in trouble up to my naughty bits. I’m desperate enough to do the last thing on earth I ever want to do: ask for help. Worse, the only man with the skills to save me is Ben Hays, the ex I can never trust again.

After he left me, I picked up my broken pieces and came back stronger. The problem is it feels too good having him back by my side again after so many years of going it alone.

I could get used to being under his protection, but I can’t risk slipping under his spell. Even if one reckless night reminds me why I fell so hard for him in the first place.

Because I’ve spent years building up my protective walls. And if he hurts me again, I’ll hate him forever.

With my Army discharge papers in one hand and multiple job offers in the other, my future’s so bright, I have to wear aviators. A run-in with Savannah Lindstrom, the woman I never got over, derails my plans. Scary people are looking for her and she can’t escape them alone. She needs help and fast.

As the former leader of a rapid-response team, quick rescues are my forte. The problem is Savannah can’t forgive me for not being a long-term guy all those years ago.

I’m the last person she wants to trust, but I can’t let her face her enemies alone. Even if being close to her reminds me of everything that could have been.

Because her entire life is built on a house of cards. And if I can’t fix it, I’ll lose her for good.

#BookReview: Wild Magic (Magic for Hire #1) by Alexandra Ivy @AlexandraIvy

Synopsis: When old-world demons, modern-day mages, and irresistible attraction collide, desire becomes the most powerful and dangerous weapon of all, in this spellbinding new series from New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy . . .

There was a time when demons reigned. That was before they were forced to retreat to the shadows. Today, in hidden corners across the globe their evil blood still pools, and the authority of their new rulers—the Vampire Cabal—must never be challenged. Leave it to a Jersey girl to change ancient
history . . .

At sixteen, when Peri Sanguis’s wild magic first appeared, she was forced to flee her Wyoming ranch—and her suddenly murderous family—to save her own life. On the East Coast, tutored by mages who run the Witch’s Brew bookstore-cafe, Peri’s world seems magically tranquil—until her estranged mother and a coven of witches are slaughtered. Now, to solve the violent mysteries of her past, she must put her trust, body and soul, in a sensual immortal who is every woman’s darkest fantasy . . .

The golden-eyed vampire, Valen, has never wanted more than to claim an untamed female like Peri. Lured into each other’s orbit, and working together against a resurrected evil brings them intimately closer—to danger, blood betrayals, all-consuming passion, and to sacrifices that must be made to save themselves and the world . . .

#PreorderBlitz: Sleeping Dragon by Stephanie Burke @RABTBookTours @Flashycat


Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Women’s Fiction, LGBTQ

Date Published: April 19, 2024


Youltan lives a life of obligation and service, a slave to the desires of others, harnessing the strange and powerful chaotic energies known as Ice Magic. After a final betrayal by the people he protects, he finds himself transported to the one being who holds the key to his freedom.

The wards tattooed across Garyn's back ensure his total compliance, trapping him in his own form of slavery, until one of the traitorous Mages, the kind that devised this tortuous penance, is placed in his prison. Now manipulating his way to freedom rules the sex-shifting dragon's mind.

Garyn never expects Youltan to willingly sacrifice so much for a person he barely knows. Nor does he expect to find the a core of passionate heat that exists deep within Youltan's soul. The fight for survival takes on new dimensions and strains the very threads of their honor and morality.

But what would you expect....when you prod a Sleeping Dragon?

#BookReview: Things I Want Back From You by Elizabeth Stix

Synopsis: Elizabeth Stix's debut story collection

Set in the fictional California town of San Encanto--a place where suburban angst coexists with the astonishing--a lonely wife finds her oppressive husband has become a dirigible who follows her from the sky, a neglected boy spends his summer unwinding a parasitic Guinea worm from his little sister's belly, and an aspiring life coach attends a self-actualization seminar that goes wildly off the rails. In THINGS I WANT BACK FROM YOU, Elizabeth Stix's hilarious and poignant debut of 20 linked stories, hopelessly flawed characters flail against their own insecurities, seeking one true moment of connection, and if they're lucky, winning that rarest of gifts--a second chance.

"Funny and poignant, this collection will resonate with any reader who has felt trapped by something inexplicable, what Stix calls 'the fishbowl of our circumstance.' She takes on love, alienation, betrayal, and recriminations with wit and wisdom, and a generosity of spirit. Her tight cast of characters is frequently smothered by longing, doubt, and sometimes each other in a California landscape that shimmers with possibilities just out of reach. Elizabeth Stix is a true bard of modern life."--Elizabeth Gonzalez James, author of The Bullet Swallower and Mona at Sea

"Elizabeth Stix's THINGS I WANT BACK FROM YOU is charming and inventive. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the interlinked collection of stories--set in and around the Bay Area suburb of San Encanto--features achingly alive characters who yearn for connection. An enchanting debut."--Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City

"With sharpness and ease, Elizabeth Stix shows us how the short story, above all literary forms, can deliver an explosion of meaning and feeling. Neighbors, co-workers, families and friends mess up and carry on in stories of poignancy and humor that disturb and delight. An affirmation of the absurdity of life and the steadying power of love."--Kathryn Ma, author of The Chinese Groove

This title will release June 14, 2024.

#BookTour: The Beginning of the End by @ScholteAdam @RABTBookTours #Giveaway


Date Published: 08-10-2022

Publisher: Ocean Reeve Publishing


Ramulas' peaceful world as a farmer is shattered when he is pulled into the midst of a magical civil war between two worlds. With the appearance of a mysterious young woman, Ramulas starts to unravel some of the mysteries of his forgotten childhood and secret ability to communicate with animals.

He starts to fear for the safety of his family when his daughters reveal that they too, have unexplained abilities, and the intrigue only deepens when he discovers that the very existence of their world is under threat and that he may be the key to avert impending doom.