Rosanna’s recommended reads from @EKingstonBooks @FarahHeron @AlyssaColeLit @suleikhasnyder @Eve_Silver.

As you know, I like to do this regular feature here at the blog, in which I share some of the romance books that I have recently enjoyed. This has been a stellar year of reading for me. I’m sure I won’t need to twist your arm on any of the following books, because you’ve likely already heard of these fine authors.

And for those of you who haven’t, consider your arm twisted!

I’d like to start with Farah Heron’s The Chai Factor. I had the pleasure of meeting Farah in person at the 2018 Northern Hearts conference, and was so excited to read her debut. Full disclosure: I haven’t finished it yet but probably will this weekend. I’m this close! However, I have read enough to know I can recommend it heartily. This book isn’t simply a wonderful, sweet romance. It tackles some difficult topics, and does so with honesty and integrity. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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I just finished Elizabeth Kingston’s The King’s Man, and am so glad I did. It’s been on my to-be-read list forever, and quite frankly, after reading this one I have added all her other books to my list. What I love about this story is it shows us a period of history we don’t normally see in historical romance. This one takes place during the reign of King Edward I, and Elizabeth brings this intriguing world to light. Great characters and a great plot.

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Eve Silver has long been one of my favourite authors. I first discovered her when I read Demon’s Hunger years ago. When I heard she had a gothic romance series, I was all over it. Gothic romance is my catnip! Book 1 of her Dark Gothic series is Dark Desires. This was an absolute page turner. The romance is sexy and it features a memorable leading couple, as well as a Jack the Ripper subplot. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Did I mention Dark Desires is a freebie? Well, it is!

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Alyssa Cole was won a place on my favourites shelf with A Princess in Theory. I was tickled to discover this fine romance and series this year. Quite frankly, this book is everything everyone said it would be, and more. This charming romance has humor, engaging characters and a fairy tale plot. This isn’t just a fun read, it’s a memorable read, and if you haven’t picked up any of Alyssa’s books yet, I might just hop through your computer and slap your wrist. So get on it!

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Suleikha Snyder is another terrific author that I discovered this year. Her book Tikka Chance on Me has all the emotion and conflict of a full-length novel, expertly delivered through this wonderful novella. This one made me smile so much. I adored the banter between the protagonists, Pinky and Trucker. This story is filled with sexual tension and even hotter love scenes, and it will also remind you there are risks worth taking. A sheer delight.

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Well, there you have it! I hope these recommendations find a way onto your bookshelf or ereader very soon.

The best part? I’m still reading and discovering, so I hope to have another of these posts for you soon. Happy reading!

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Giving the Muse a break. #amwriting

If you’ve been following the progress of my Handymen series, you’ll know I just finished A Gentle Man, Handymen 2. It was a long road, and often bumpy, but I made it to the end. Some books are like that. They take a little bit more out of you. However, it is now in the hands of my publisher and I hope to announce a release date soon.

 

I finished it at the perfect time. You see, my day job just got busier because of a new project and I was asked to take on more hours, which I was thrilled to do. I knew in accepting those hours that I’d have to put off any other writing projects for a few weeks, but that’s okay. After the experience I had writing A Gentle Man, frankly, I could use a break.

Of course, I told myself when I accepted those extra hours I’d still find time to write here and there. “You’ll sneak in an hour at night or on the weekends. It’ll be great!”

Here’s the thing. I really haven’t.

And, honestly, I’m not sure I could right now. I’m exhausted when night time rolls around. My day is packed with activity, much of it involving attention to tiny details. And, as I’ve learned, my brain can only handle so much at one time. I’m not being derogatory. I’m being realistic. We have to cut ourselves some slack. We can’t do it all.

Very often, my writer wheels are turning, even when I’m doing other things. I’m always going over plot points in my head, or creating new characters. Lately, I haven’t been. My Muse has gone on holiday, and she’s currently sipping a cerveza on a sunny beach somewhere. I think she might have needed the break.

So, I’m letting her have that much-needed vacation, and I hope to recharge my creative batteries at the same time. And when my project at the day job ends and my regular schedule resumes, I hope to tackle my writing with renewed energy and ideas.

In the meantime, please stay tuned for all the details on A Gentle Man, Handymen 2!

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of A Good Man, Handymen 1, I hope you’ll do so today.

Grab your copy of A Good Man here!

Kane by Jen Davis @RedHotBooks.

Title: Kane
Series: Cooper Construction #2
Author: Jen Davis
Genre: Dark MC Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 26, 2019

 

 

 

I know how it feels to lose everything—to watch my world crash down around me, unable to do shit about it.
I was a broken man when the Skulls took me in. They helped me pick up the pieces, became my family, earned my loyalty.
Then my past storms back into my life with spiky heels and an attitude to match, and my loyalty is tested. Amanda doesn’t just own the company I work for, she owns my heart. She’ll always own it, even though her betrayal sent me into hell in the first place
But being together now is not as simple as it was back then. We’ve both changed. After thirteen years, we’re worlds apart. I don’t belong in her world, and she wants nothing to do with mine.
Problem is, I don’t think I can let her walk away from me…not again.

 

Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched the Red Hot Books blog in 2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.

 

She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.
 
Jen spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up with a good book.

 

 

 
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Cover reveal for Lycan’s Blood Queen by @Cathy_Edward10.

I’m excited to host Catherine Edward with her cover reveal for Lycan’s Blood Queen!

LYCAN’S BLOOD QUEEN:

Aaron George Randolph, ruling King of the Lycans, is hell-bent on revenge for his mother’s brutal death at the hands of Vampires. But when a suspicious student takes up resident on his turf, he can’t help but be drawn to her despite knowing what she is.

Taken into custody by the ruling family of Brookedge, Mia’s life gets complicated by the whole different world of mythical creatures living among humans. Now she must survive the impending civil war between old rivals, all the while learning about her true self and the power she holds. Torn between the nature of who she is and the overwhelming desire for the Lycan king, her choices are minimal.

With the war on the rise and a powerful enemy at the head of it, their feelings might have to take a back seat…

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Hailing from India, Catherine is an author and law graduate, specializing in Intellectual Property & Copyright Infringement. She is passionate about Lycans, Werewolves, Witches and Vampires, and writes sizzling tales of love and betrayal.

Her love for books started from a very young age, when her loving father would gift her books like Russian Tales woven with fantasy. But it was in late 2015 when she found the books of Paranormal Romance author Cynthia Eden, whose books introduced her to the whole new world of paranormals. The more she read the more she got enticed and she penned her first novel in 2016. Since then, she has resigned her full time job as the HR and Operations Manager at a marketing/event management firm to pursue her passion as a writer.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel and read. Music and writing goes hand in hand for this night owl. Her family and furbabies are her world.

She also loves to chat with her readers and fellow authors. You can find Catherine often chatting on Twitter or on her Facebook page.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

All Social Media Links: https://linktr.ee/catherine_edward2017

🌏 Blogger | Website

🔗 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn

🖊️ Amazon | Goodreads | Bookbub  | Wattpad | Inkitt |

 

☕️ Catherine’s Book Cafe:

Facebook Group | Discord Group

 

 

Some new vendors for my Vegas Sins series.

Up until recently, my Vegas Sins books and my Handymen books were only available through Kindle Unlimited. While many readers use this platform, I know many other readers don’t and I’ve heard from people who’ve wanted to buy these books through vendors like Nook and Kobo.

My publisher has kindly helped me start the transition to these other vendors. As of right now, A Good Man, Handymen 1, is the only one still at Kindle Unlimited, and that’s because we have to wait for the term there to expire. Once the term expires, I will announce the new links.

However, Vice and Covet are now available at Kobo, iTunes and B&N! I’m really excited that these series will be able to reach other readers, and of course you can still purchase the ebooks and print copies through Amazon as well.

You’ll find all the updated links on the series pages here on the blog, but they’re here for you as well:

Vice:   Amazon   iTunes   B&N   Kobo

Covet:   Amazon   iTunes   B&N   Kobo

Thanks for reading!

Brick by Jen Davis @RedHotBooks @GiveMeBooksPR.

 

 

Title: Brick
Series: Cooper Construction #1
Author: Jen Davis
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Gritty Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Blurb
I’m used to getting
my hands dirty. During the day it’s mud and grime on the construction site. At
night…it’s the blood I spill. A drug lord’s enforcer does what needs to be
done. It’s my obedience, my loyalty to the boss that keeps my family alive.
I know I’m teetering
on the edge. I’m losing my humanity, I can feel it. It’s changing me, and it’s
only a matter of time before the darkness takes over.
Then I meet her.
Liv. The only person who sees past my busted knuckles and brutal exterior. She
sees…me. But being with me will get her killed. The only way I can
keep her safe is by staying away. Until her own actions catapult her into the
center of my world—a world which will swallow her whole.
Now I’m forced to be
the ruthless bastard I’ve been for so long. Only this time it’s not to
destroy…but to defend.

 

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Coming Soon
Releasing February 26, 2019
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Author Bio
Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a
reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched the Red Hot Books blog in
2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.
She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising
two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.

Jen spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up
with a good book.

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It’s #BellLetsTalk day. My mental health journey.

Whenever #BellLetsTalk Day comes around, my posting and tweeting finger gets ready. That’s because with every view of the video in the link below, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

https://twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk/status/1090452040118165504

I applaud Bell for initiating so many conversations about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.

My own journey with mental health has been an ongoing one, and it’s something I work at every day. I first experienced some hardship after the birth of my first son. I didn’t notice it coming on, but knew I was being plagued by dark thoughts and horrible nightmares. For quite some time, life continued. I thought I was okay, just tired and adjusting to having a baby. If anyone had told me I was suffering from post-partum depression, I would have scoffed. “Me? I’m not depressed. I’d know if I was depressed.”

But here’s the thing. You aren’t always the first one to realize it.

My husband pulled me aside one day and told me he thought there was a problem, that I wasn’t myself. In truth, I wasn’t. He was gentle and patient as he explained the things he’d seen, the things he’d heard me say. And then he suggested we visit our family doctor together.

As it turned out, I did have post-partum depression. The knowledge shocked and saddened me. How did I not feel it coming on? Shouldn’t I have seen the red flags in myself? Our doctor explained it was perfectly normal for me not to notice it in myself. It wasn’t a failing. It didn’t mean I was “broken” or “wrong.” I just needed help.

I sought treatment and am so glad I did. Since that day, our family has battled other mental health related issues as well. We’ve always been fortunate in that any stigma we’ve experienced has been minor and mostly self-inflicted. Of course, we were fortunate. So many others encounter horrible reactions and lack of support.

When your mental health is suffering, it is so easy to think there’s something wrong with you. However, the fact is our society needs to be better educated on mental health awareness. We need to learn to support each other better, which is why #BellLetsTalk Day means so much to me and so many others.

We talk openly about mental health in our family now. We have all struggled with it. We have all seen doctors and have had to have difficult conversations with each other. And I’m happy we did. If I saw someone suffering, as my husband did with me, I would have no problem counseling them to get professional help. The world can be a lonely place, and we are constantly surrounded by difficult imagery and messages. I know I still have to work hard to maintain good mental health, especially in the current political climate.

I sincerely hope today’s efforts will help everyone to open up dialogues in their homes and workplaces, so that we can build better support systems and help those who need it. No one should have to suffer alone in silence. Let’s talk.