Happy Wine Wednesday! We're into the 'dog days' of summer here, in my neck of the woods. If you're rolling along, looking for a little something exciting to spice up these last couple weeks of August, this week's wine / book pairing should do the trick. Author Lawrence Hall's superhero romance, Vigillante, and the ever intriguing, Kung Fu Girl Reisling are the perfect temptation for the adventurous soul. So pull up your favorite reading spot and pour yourself a glass. Happy reading everybody!
Ashlyn Rivers is a detective in the Orias Police Department. Every day she goes about doing her part to protect and serve the people. Recently, a new criminal organization has moved into the city. If they continue to disturb the current crime boss and his empire, they will start a turf war that will hurt a lot of innocent people.
The mayor, meanwhile, has declared that the Vigilante is to be arrested on sight for fear others may try to copy him. Ashlyn cannot explain it, but she feels a connection with him and believes that he actually helps the OPD. If he truly has the abilities they say, she can sleep better at night knowing he has watch. Many in the department however, will go out of their way to make a name for themselves by being the cop that brings him in. Even if it costs lives.
There's a war coming and a lot of blood will be shed, unless Ashlyn can stop it with help from the Vigilante. That's if the Orias Police stay out of the way.
She works for the law, he works above it. Will they find a way to save the city and come together, or will their worlds forever keep their love apart? This debut novel puts a fresh spin on the female heroine, the man that loves her and those she's sworn to protect.
From my review:
I loved the whole superhero theme. I’ve read a ton of paranormal romances because it’s my favorite genre, but I hadn’t read one like this before. Good job, Author Hall, for putting something new on the scene. Vigilante was action packed, full of underworld, criminal intrigues and I could totally see it as a graphic novel. That would be really cool. I liked how the Vigilante’s superhero back story started to take shape in this first book and look forward to more secrets being revealed as the series continues.
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Here is another fabulous reader review of Odile, Legend of the Black Swan from Indie book blogger, Melanie A. Smith put together with a lovely bookstagram photo done by @carpelibrum.in of Instagram! If you love dark fairy tales, be sure to grab up your own copy of Odile and... Enter the world of the Black Swan.
Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a stand alone fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
Happy Wine and Book Wednesday everyone! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author Tori Alvarez's Naive in Love and Benziger Family Winery's Chardonnay. Naive in love is a New Adult, college romance perfect for all the back to school feels going on this time of year. I don't have any going off to college yet, but I know that I am definitely having some of those yearnings. As in, how soon do the kids start back to school again? Mama needs a quiet moment here. Lol. Here's hoping you all find a quiet moment to read Naive in Love with a glass of Benziger. Happy reading, book and wine lovers!
How do you know what love is if you have never experienced it? Love or infatuation? How's one to tell?
Sophia is having trouble navigating these new experiences during her first year in college. Each time someone tells her to follow her heart, she is even more confused and frustrated. Away from home and her friends, she needs to figure out who she is.
From my review:
Naive in Love
by Tori Alvarez
Great debut novel! Many life changes and first experiences were depicted very well in this book and the characters were relatable. It took me a little while to get into, but once the MC settled into her new life as a college freshman the story took off. There were a few times where I wished I could have put a bug in Sophia’s ear about a certain bad news boyfriend. But then, YAY! Ethan stepped in and saved the day! Nice coming of age story. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys NA romances that revolve around college life.
Happy Teaser Tuesday everyone! Here is a small bit from Moontide and a beautiful reader pic, along with a new review. If you haven't started the Tides of Atlantis series yet, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Moontide or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited and ... slip into the Tides.
Captain Ronan Garring stepped out from behind the mists and into the blaring sounds of a modern day tavern. The last time he and his crew had come to the surface, there’d been nothing here but a stretch of beach. That had been nearly a century ago.
His five man crew followed behind him, then spread out into a throng of people and tried to blend in with the mass of revelers. He skirted the crowd and looked for his contact. The place thrummed with unearthly energies, but they weren’t of the heavenly variety so he knew that the Olympian had yet to show. It figured. The entities that resided in Zeus’s realm were generally a careless lot of bastards so it wasn’t surprising that whoever Poseidon had sent him to meet was late.
He studied his surroundings, noting the carefree attitude of the humans. They had no idea that they danced and drank with the dark spirits of the underworld. Ronan could see them though. He’d always been able to see the others.
His vision blurred for an instant as a wave of nausea came over him then passed. It was Thema the Nereid’s curse; a subtle reminder that his time here was finite. The longer he stayed away from his sea realm island, the more pain that would be inflicted on him by the nymph who held his life in her hands. And if he stayed too long…well, he had no hope of escaping back to earth permanently unless he wished for an excruciating death. This was how the Nereid queen fulfilled Poseidon’s demand that he be used as an emissary while she kept him and his men bound to her. Even after she’d been banished from the Isle of Gades, the curse remained effective. Thema had angered Poseidon by interfering with humans when she took Ronan and his crew as her slaves, now they worked for Poseidon though they had never seen the god themselves.
Rolling his shoulders back, he ignored the drain of the curse and waited at the end of the bar so he had a better view of the place the Tides had dropped him and his crew into. Finn, Bas and James had already stationed themselves within the tavern’s perimeter while Will and Cully were still exiting the portal. They’d been eager to travel through the mists and see 21st century Earth, while at the same time, watching their captain’s back. Their loyalty reminded Ronan why he had accepted the evil Thema’s terms for their survival centuries ago.
Ronan searched the crowd until his eyes landed on a young woman sitting all the way across the dance floor. A mix of moon and artificial light reflected off her skin and hair and she appeared to glow. Her luminous quality piqued his sixth sense, but he couldn’t get a read off of her that exposed her as anything other than human. Still, there was something about her that he couldn’t turn away from. She shone like something otherworldly, but not from any kind of demon glamour.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to the series!
This author is new to me and I am so happy that I found her! Elements of Greek Mythology mixed with regular people makes for an interesting paranormal romance read! The subplots are engaging well-crafted. The worldbuilding is a mix of the Ancient and modern world are rich and very well thought out-this alone deserves 5 stars. The dynamic between Ronan and Cindy left me rooting for them early on! Although there are quite a few plot threads to follow Amanda brings it all together while simultaneously setting up for the next installment! I thought this was well executed. This was an easy 5 star for me and I am looking forward to delving into book 2! Well done!
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous week. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Clara Winter's paranormal romance, The King of Kings from her Immortal Kindred series and, one of my favorites, Apothic White. These two together make for a truly enjoyable reading experience!
Love has no limits…
Alexandre has retreated from the world. He has no one to love, nowhere to call home. While licking his wounds in the middle of nowhere, Alexandre is approached by Irish lass, Bria. She has a proposal for him; to follow her to Ireland and fight demons.
Alexandre finds this amusing, but intriguing. More than anything, he is curious to see the individual who sent Bria, someone from his ancient past.
In Ireland, Alexandre confronts a dilemma greater than fighting demons. He must face down fiends of all kinds, deciding once and for all who he really is. Sparks fly between Bria and Alexandre, adding to the already complicated situation. Can a bad boy vampire really change?
The King of Kings is set in southern Ireland with a glimpse back to Ancient Egypt.
From my review:
Demons, Immortals and Vampires… oh my!
Very much enjoyed this book. I jumped into this series on book three without having read the first two books, but had no trouble at all following the story line. The mix of mythologies and ancient mysteries made for a very intriguing story world. I flew through the pages and look forward to reading the rest of the Immortal Kindred stories.
Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here's a tasty little bite from Moontide, Tides of Atlantis #1.
Upon A Moonswept Tide…
Trapped in time…Ronan Garring is a man of action; a ship captain who has sailed the seas from Europe to the Caribbean…in the seventeenth century. When he is tricked by a sea nymph, he is sent to a deserted island in Poseidon’s realm to serve the gods for all time. On a mission to modern day Miami, he finds his earth home crawling with underworld evil and is waylaid by an enchanting human woman who seems to stall his attempts at completing his quest at every turn. He can’t be sure if she is an entirely innocent wrecking ball or the agent of a more sinister force. Against all his good intentions, he finds himself continually, albeit pleasantly, entangled with her both in this world and beyond.
Searching…for a friend whose gone missing, Cindy Pierce left the Rocky Mountains for the beaches of Miami to try to make sense of, what looks to be, a hopeless case. As the trail grows cold, she stumbles into an intriguing dark stranger and is literally knocked flat. Fierce and intense as he is, towering over her and exuding old world masculinity, she can’t help her body’s immediate response to him. When she finds herself being chased across the southern tip of Miami and into the Florida Keys by the handsome foreigner however, she’s convinced he’s not only psychotic but intent on doing her harm. Once she finds herself in his arms again though, her attraction to him can’t be denied and neither can the fact that he may be the only one who can save her from the dark forces at work on the beach.
Join the race to find the kings in Amanda V. Shane’s new Tides of Atlantis series and help them to discover their soul mates, the women who will win their lost hearts and help them fulfill their destiny!
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Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful week and managing to keep cool in the summer heat. I have a couple of things that can definitely help you out with that in the form of this week's wine / book pairing. Ellie Malouff's Between the Waves and Kono Marlborough Savignon Blanc are a great duo to keep to keep you company in the shade or while lounging poolside. Be sure to give them both a try, you'll be glad you did!
"Compulsively readable, sexy, and fun!"
I moved to a small town on the island of Maui, ready to live out my days on my own and far away from the monster I left back in Chicago.
It was the perfect reset until I needed something more. Someone more.
When I met Jake, the hottest guy in board shorts this side of the island, I started living again. He's teaching me how to surf, making my toes curl from pleasure, and is the one person I want to let into my world, with one condition...
He can never know my real name.
No one can.
Because if I'm found, I'll have to give up the life I'm building with Jake.
Where did this girl come from?
My life was on a straight trajectory—waking up at dawn, getting my brother off to school, heading to the shop, and watching surfers come and go—until a beautiful woman named Audrey Logan moved to town. She's guarded and mysterious, but I'm drawn to her in a way I can't resist.
I'm determined to break down her walls one surfing lesson at a time, in hopes that she'll stay in Maui and let me love her, come what may.
What to expect from this standalone novella: hot surfer dudes, bonfire parties, kissing under the stars, romps on the beach, lovey-dovey stuff, mysterious backstories, "I will protect you!" hero vibes, suspense, kick ass women, and of course a happily ever after.
*** From my review:
Perfect Summer book! I really enjoyed this quick, summer read. Set in beautiful Hawaii, it had all the best beach elements—sun, sand and a hot surfer guy to fall in love with. It’s very well written, has fantastic characters, no slow spots. I finished it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. I loved all the surfer quotes the author put in as well. Well done, Ms. Malouff!
Would recommend to anyone looking for a great little romance to throw in their beach or pool bag.
The tiniest of love bites from what I currently have in the works for Teaser Tuesday. Here is the opening of King of the Tides, book three in the Tides of Atlantis series.
The King of the Tides
After being bitten by a demon on the roof of Ramone’s Party Cove, Marlowe Casey is down for the count. With demon venom seeping into her veins, violently reacting with her human blood, she’ll die. Adam Atlas takes the Time Keepers’ secret agent underground to his home, hoping she’ll recover. When things go from bad to worse, he does the unthinkable to save her… something that’s forbidden by the gods.
It's that time again--happy Wine Wednesday everybody! Hope the summer months are treating you well. Today, for our little mid-week holiday, I have a great wine / book pairing for you. Author Dana Terry's romance novella, In Love With the Writer, is the perfect afternoon read if you're looking for something light, sweet and relatable but with dynamic characters. Paired with a glass of Bliss Chardonnay, it makes for a delightful romance reading experience. Cheers and, as always, happy reading!
Lindsay loves reading and writing romances. She's falling for her handsome writing instructor, Ryan, but a past hurt is holding her back.
Ryan is a successful author, older and more experienced. He lives alone in a beautiful home that's way too big for one person. The only thing missing in his life is love. He needs to break through to Lindsay, but a secret from his past could hurt her again.
From my review:
~I loved this story! It was the perfect afternoon read. I opened it up to clear my head a little bit and couldn’t stop reading until I was done. I was completely absorbed with hoping that Lindsay and Ryan would forget about all the obstacles they kept putting in their own way and finally come together. The book plays on a favorite trope—student falling in love with the teacher and is a quick read but the characters managed to have a satisfying amount of depth in such a short time and I felt like I was right in the story with them. They are both just lovely! I see that this author has another novella out and I’ve already added it to my tbr.
Sometimes novellas like this one can be just the right length when you have a couple of spare hours all to yourself. What romance novellas do you recommend?
Just a fun little snippet from Crystal Tide, Tides of Atlantis for Book Teaser Tuesday today. I also have a new review of this book that I'm putting up on the website so I thought I would add it to this post. Happy #TeaserTuesday everyone!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read more. I fell in love with Kay and Xieran, two characters who couldn't have complimented each other more. The plot was fast-paced and interesting, drawing on Greek myths and the legend of Atlantis in a very compelling way. Highly recommended.
Desires and Passion are brewing in the Tides - as unexpected as a hurricane and as old as an ancient land.
“That’s the funny thing about will…sometimes your own bumps up against that of another’s.” ~Xieran Amphere, Crystal Tide
Devastated by the loss of both parents and running scared after a break-in at her home, Kay Laurens jumps on the first plane out of Denver heading south to Miami. There she meets up with, of all people, a love psychic for answers. On the tip of the Bermuda Triangle, she is swept up into the dark world of an ancient cult and sent on the ride of her life. Then her incense induced visions come to life in the form of an inter-world travelling, suspicious and sinfully hot immortal agent for Mt. Olympus.
Xieran has no memory of who he was before being stolen by Hermes. The Greek god uses him to enter Earth’s sphere under the guise of an affluent art dealer in search of an elusive artifact which, if he can find, will win him his freedom. When his latest mission is brought up short by a female grad student breaking into his complex travel system, he can’t help but be suspicious. It makes no difference that he finds her more and more irresistible with each encounter. With demon outbreaks, nefarious characters working in the Underworld and a power struggle of epic proportions going on, no one can be trusted.
As they are thrown into the Tides together, Kay and Xieran set out on a whirlwind adventure, racing through the streets of Rome, Miami and even Western Australia to chase down the answers that will win them their freedom from the overbearing gods. Will they come to terms with destiny and conquer the evil taking over the Tides, or will they succumb to the passion growing between them?
Join the forming crew of Poseidon’s defenders against the Underworld in book two of Amanda V. Shane’s Tides of Atlantis series!
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About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.