Exclusive cover reveal: Immortal Reign (#6, Falling Kingdoms) by Morgan Rhodes

You guys!!! Check out the amazing cover of Immortal Reignthe sixth and FINAL book in the Falling Kingdoms series by New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes!

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December 12th is the date to circle on our calendars! And if you’re new to the series and love fantasy adventures (like me) you can get started now with FALLING KINGDOMS.

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About Immortal Reign

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms. 

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara  power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

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Spotlight: Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Kristen Proby’s Blush For Me is out today and I’m thrilled to tempt your senses with a special spotlight feature. Along with some other awesome blogs, I’m participating in tour where each day focuses on a different sense and an aphrodisiac that goes with it. Today, we’re focusing on smell! See what Kat and Mac recommend below, and make sure to click the buy links to start reading this seductive standalone romance!

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About Blush for Me

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

A note from Kristen

I think that smell is something we often overlook when it comes to matters of the heart. I truly believe that less is more here. I’m not a fan of strong colognes or perfumes. Instead, I’m more attracted to a subtly scented candle, something citrusy. 

Excerpt

“Now you’re just trying to get in my pants.”

“You’re not wearing pants.”

“I love an observant man,” she says and leads me into a barn that the owner has converted into barrel storage. “Oh, there’s nothing like the smell of oak in a wine barn.”

“Agreed.” The tour guide is describing their process of crushing the grapes, barreling them, how long they ferment, and I can’t help but feel a little bad that he got our group so late in the day because we’re all a little tipsy.

Finally, he dismisses us to have a look around, and to wander back to the main building to sample more wine and eat some cheese, breads and fruits, which is a good idea.

“Is this the last place today?” Kat asks me.

“Yes. After this we head back to the hotel.”

“And room service,” she says with a dreamy look on her gorgeous face. “I’m hungry. Are you hungry?”

“Yes.”

“What are you going to order?”

“I’m not that kind of hungry,” I reply and feel my cock twitch when she raises a brow and sends me a flirty wink.

Kat: There are some really great smelling wines out there. One of my favorites is the 2004 Chateau Haut-Brion. It’s an expensive Bordeaux, so I keep it on hand for special occasions, but the spiciness and hints of fruit are just fantastic.

Mac: That is a good one. I also love the 2014 Aracauria Riesling/Pinot Grigio from Brazil. The combination of these wines lends to a pretty, floral blend that I think many different palates will enjoy.

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About Kristen

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Spotlight + Giveaway: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

I love Emma Chase’s brand of romance—funny, swoony and full of heart. Coming February 21st is the second installment in the Royally series of standalone love stories. Royally Matched is the story of Prince Henry and his struggles again the responsibilities forced upon him. I can’t wait, and I’m so thrilled to feature Emma on the blog today!

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In my sweet and sexy upcoming release, Royally Matched, the irrepressible former spare-heir, Prince Henry, reacts to his stifling new royal responsibilities by signing up for Matched—a Bachelor-esque reality tv dating show. What could go wrong…?

Here’s my list (in no particular order) of today’s real-life hottest bachelors who I would love to see star in a season of Matched!

Chris Evans— Whether he’s suiting up to play Captain America, rooting for his favorite football team, or tweeting Valentine’s Day pics of him and his dog, Chris Evans is the perfect combination of carefree adorableness and sexy charm.

Prince Harry—Although things are looking pretty serious between Harry and Megan Markle (yay!), his great sense of humor, commitment to wildlife conservation and support for soldiers in the Invictus Games would make him a riveting royal contestant.

Michael Fassbender—Charming, handsome, and mesmerizingly talented, watching an experienced and slightly older guy (he’s the same age as I, so I’m allowed to say that) play the dating game would be amazing and oh-so drool-worthy.

Alex Pettyfer—He’s young, hot, British, a model, an actor and now a publisher—it would be wonderful to see what other talents and interests Alex has up his sleeve (or in other places 😉 ). Plus, is it just me or does he remind you of Henry Pembrook too?

Justin Beiber—The paparazzi and social media frenzy would be every bit as entertaining as the reality show itself. Pass the popcorn.

Sam Heughan—When he’s not starring as the swoon-ariffic Scot, Jamie Fraser on Outlander, Sam seems to enjoy the great outdoors—a lot. Biking, hiking, climbing—I don’t climb mountains myself, but I wouldn’t mind watching Sam do it.

Henry Cavill—Who wouldn’t enjoy watching the gorgeous and sweet Man of Steel get wild and crazy in some antics only a reality tv show could think of??

Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark—A single, handsome, intelligent, real-life aristocrat who has an actual career in finance and investments, and lives in New York City. Why isn’t this a tv show already?

Kit Harrignton—Good-looking, smart and funny—watching Kit woo the bevy of beauties vying for his attention would be some fascinating television. And maybe, if we were very lucky—he’d let slip some awesome spoilers for next season’s Game of Thrones!

Charlie Hunnam—Because I miss Jax Teller so much! And though Charlie has a few films slated for release soon, I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see this amazing actor every week on tv again.

Now that I’ve shown you mine—show me yours! Who would you want to star in a reality tv show like Matched in Royally Matched? Comment below and share this post for a chance to win a signed paperback!

About Royally Matched

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.
He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday―and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:
Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner―with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint―who catches his eye.
The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day―and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all―Love.

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Exclusive excerpt + giveaway: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Coming January 31st is Mists of the Serengeti—a new standalone contemporary romance from the talented Leylah Attar. Together with some other awesome blogs, we’re giving you a sneak peek at the prologue. Follow the blogs below in order, so you can read the prologue in its entirety!

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About Mists of the Serengeti

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

“And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newly born butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story—one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”

Excerpt

– RODEL –

It’s the happiest day of my life, thought Rodel Harris Emerson, as she signed her name on the dotted line.

People assumed it was a man’s name, until they met her. It had happened two years ago when she’d applied for a teaching position in Bourton-on-the-Water, and it happened again when she’d messaged the real estate agent to see the property she was buying now, in the same golden-hued village—affectionately known as The Venice of the Cotswolds—in the English countryside.

“Congratulations!” Andy looked over the contract and smiled. “Your first home.”

“Thank you,” she replied.

He had no idea. It wasn’t just a home; it was a dream she had chased her whole life. And now, at twenty-four, she finally had an anchor, the kind of stability she’d missed growing up in a family that traveled wherever her father’s job took them. It had been a good job, one that had afforded them the luxury of experiencing different cultures, different places, all around the world. But just as Rodel would begin to settle down and start making new friends, they would be off again. Her younger sister, Mo, thrived on it, as did her parents. They were explorers at heart, free spirits that craved new tastes, new sounds, new soil. But Rodel yearned for a rest stop, a little patch of comfort and familiarity—a real home.

And now she had it, in exactly the kind of place that had stirred up her imagination since she’d first watched The Lord of the Rings and had fallen in love with the Shire. She had been twelve then, and it had remained lodged in her mind—a fictional, improbable ideal—until she was searching for job openings after college and came across Bourton-on-the-Water. There, in the heart of England, amongst the rural idyll of peaceful rolling hills, life was unhurried. Footpaths crossed scenic fields that bloomed with snowdrops in January and bluebells in May. Stone cottages nestled alongside tree-lined streets, and low, elegant bridges straddled the river.

“Well, that’s it.” Andy put the paperwork into his briefcase. “There are just a few dates that we need to go over.”

Rodel pulled out her phone and switched to the calendar. It rang just as Andy was about to get started.

He read the name flashing across her screen. “Montego?”

“My sister.” Rodel didn’t share the reason behind their unusual names. Their parents had named both daughters after the places in which they had been conceived: Rodel Harris, for the picturesque village of Rodel on the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and Montego James for Montego Bay in the parish of St. James, Jamaica.

Ro and Mo.

“Please go on.” She sent her sister’s call to voice mail. This wasn’t the time for one of Mo’s rambling chats. Besides, Rodel had big news to share. The I-bought-a-house-so-you-need-to-get-your-arse-down-here kind of news that she’d been dying to share once everything was finalized.

“I can wait if you want to take it.” Andy was chatty and overly accommodating. Rodel had a feeling that his interest in her stretched beyond the professional.

“It’s okay. I’ll call her later.”

They were seated on opposite sides of the kitchen counter in the restored seventeenth-century cottage that Rodel had just purchased. It was a tiny two-story home, but it had an open living area with exposed wood beams, a book nook, and a sunny terrace steps from the river. It was close enough to the school for Rodel to walk, but set in the secluded backwater at the edge of the village. Rodel couldn’t wait to move out of the room she’d been renting for the last two years.

“The sellers have agreed to an early closing so you can have the place in a couple of weeks.” Andy went over the dates.

“That’s perfect.” It meant that Rodel would have the summer to settle in before the school year started in September. “Thank you,” she said, as they concluded their meeting.

Andy stood and cleared his throat. “I was wondering if…umm…you’d like to have a drink. You know, to celebrate and all?”

Another time, Rodel would have turned him down. She had been so focused on working toward her dream of owning a home that her social life was practically non-existent. It didn’t help that she was a book nerd. She had book boyfriends that no flesh-and-blood man could ever live up to. She might have sought tranquility in a home, but in a man, she wanted the tempest—Strider, Aragorn, King of Gondor. Another fictional, improbable ideal. Yes, Lord of the Rings had quite possibly ruined her. She had found the Shire, and she had claimed her Hobbit-hole, but she was pretty sure she would have to recast the hero. Kings like Aragorn simply did not walk among mortal men.

“A drink would be nice,” she said to Andy.

“Well then…” He looked chuffed as he led her to his car—a compact, white hybrid.

They drove to a small, rustic pub overlooking the river. The rough, hewn wooden tables were snug, barely wide enough to hold their beers, and their knees touched as they sat across from each other.

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