Monday, May 25, 2015

Review ~ Redeem This by Cami Checketts


Blurb
Some men are beyond redemption. Alex is one of them.
After Alex Chakhota was blackmailed and manipulated into becoming a hit man to protect his sister, serving time as the FBI’s assassin doesn’t do much to ease his conscience. His next assignment brings him face to face with Brittany, a beautiful woman that believes he’s more than the killer he’s been made into. The road to redemption is long for someone with a blackened soul, and with lives hanging in the balance, Alex has a short deadline.
Detective Scott Bentley’s days of law enforcement are behind him. When he’s asked to host agents at his secluded ranch for an FBI sting operation, Scott cannot refuse. Ivy McMahon shows up with the team, and Scott gets more than he signed up for. Not only can she hack into the any computer system, she’s found a way into Scott’s heart. The trouble is that she’s in protective custody and when the job ends, she’ll disappear.
Is redemption possible for those who lives are scarred by the past? With danger crowding close, not even love may have a chance to redeem before it’s too late.
Don’t miss this exciting sequel to Blog This by #1 Bestselling Inspirational author, Cami Checketts

Jewelz Review~
Redeem This was an amazing sequel. I read it in one day - I didn't even read Blog This that quickly, though I loved it too! Stories of redemption always strike a chord - I think they give us hope. We all make mistakes & have regrets - stories of redemption bolster our faith & hope that we too are deserving of grace and can be forgiven.

Redeem This is a beautiful story of redemption for more than one person. It's mostly the story of Alex Chakhota - the hired assassin from Blog This. After his interactions with Natashya his life has taken a drastic change - he finds himself working undercover for the FBI and in the process falls head over heels for a beautiful woman. Despite the pull, he knows he's not worthy. How can someone so pure & innocent ever fall for someone like him?

At the same time, Alex finds himself face-to-face with Ivy McMahon again. He doesn't deserve her forgiveness - he's responsible for he fiance's death - and Ivy makes sure he knows just how much she hates him. But a funny thing happens when they are forced to work together and spend time together during the FBI case; Ivy realizes that there's more to Alex's story than "professional hitman."

I loved how the relationships between Scott & Ivy and Alex & Brittany developed. Alex's relationships with the FBI agents, Scott, Conrad, and even Savannah revealed so much depth of character. There was so much going on in this book - it could have almost been developed into three separate stories, but I'm glad so much was covered in this book. It was fast paced and kept me engaged from page one.

I'm looking forward to reading more from Cami Checketts!

Honest Disclosure ~ I received an ecopy of Redeem This in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Veils and Vengeance

Veils and Vengeance 
Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen 
When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.   
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Author Rachelle J. Christensen 
Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

A BRAND NEW STANDALONE FROM 
RACHEL VAN DYKEN

Capture is a spin-off from the Seaside Series. 



Release Date: August 20, 2015


Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault. 


It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half? 







Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken  or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com 


Review ~ Tempting Treasures


After the demise of her grandfather, nineteen year old Lady Elena St John has spent the last three years running an impoverished barony. Orphaned and alone, she searches for a hidden family treasure while plagued by the ghost of Lady Katherine, the one who created the intricate clues, though the apparition refuses to relinquish any answers.

Retired spy, James Stewart, Earl of Richmond, seeks escape from the clutches of his matchmaking family. Intent on finding purpose in his new role, he dives headfirst into the running of the earldom ending up at a forgotten inherited barony. Obsessed with discovering the secret of the young lady in residence, he is convinced the recent series of accidents are anything but.

Frustration mounts as Elena, desperate to hide her family’s smuggling operation, deflects James’ curiosity with the legend of the hidden treasure. Can they put personal grievances aside and work together to unravel the clues of a more tangible treasure?

~Excerpt~
Prologue
From the diary of Eloise St. John

Sept 17, 1715

Through perseverance, along with a detailed chronicle of my investigation, to perform a categorical search culminating in the discovery of the legendary Settrington jewels. I have armed myself with a copy of the poem which has passed down through many family generations. I shall begin by systematically inspecting the manor for hidden rooms, passageways, and compartments. My hope is that through these efforts I shall be led down the path to discovery, or at the very least, leave behind a detailed transcript of my journey that one of my descendants might be compelled to continue.

Near the sun I’ll always be
Residing there inside you’ll see
Burbling tears o’er the plinth course run
For which my work is ne'er done
To blend with all the scenery
Guarding true my family 
Chapter One
Nov 21, 1715

Father says he has already disclosed the secrets of our home to my sister and me, but this does not mean that he knew of them all to begin with. Furthermore, I intend to inspect the portrait of Lady Katherine with the utmost detail and precision. My aim is to find another clue or piece to this puzzle hidden in the artwork either by design or construction. I am convinced that there must be more to follow. For surely there must be more to the short poem. Not to forget, the gifting of the portrait on the same day.

May 1813

The echo of footsteps pulled Elena St. John from the memory of her greatest discovery, the day she found Eloise’s journal in the attic. Looking down at the precious item, now resting on the desk, she listened as the rhythmic sound continued to march through the halls in the house, trying to distinguish the route. At this late hour no one else should have been up. Just as the tell-tale tingle began to grow, she closed her eyes and focused on the sensation spiraling up from the base of her spine, unwinding into her head. 
Elena knew those steps and their path, had memorized it, just as she had followed the sounds countless times over the years. They always started at the bottom of the main staircase then came directly to the library, stopping near the gilded portrait above the fireplace. 
Louder, the echoes of the footsteps rang on the stone floor as they neared her. Without opening her eyes, she knew what would come next. Elena heard the unmistakable sound of the door opening with a groan, then a whisper and soft click as it closed, though she knew it never moved. 
“Hello, Katherine,” Elena said.
Click, click, click 
The footsteps drew ever nearer, passing by where she sat at the desk, before stopping at the fireplace. When she opened her eyes, Elena could see the apparition of Lady Katherine St. John, mocking her once again. With a sigh of frustration, she ignored the buzzing in her brain and turned back to the journal on her desk. Why the women had to go through this she didn’t know. Katherine should have tired of this nightly charade decades before, but that was evidently not so. 
Elena turned her attention back to the task at hand. Even though Eloise’s journal hadn’t contained any new clues to the whereabouts of the family treasure, it had been a very detailed outline of her aunt’s search. Not to mention full of her ruminations with regards to her own suspicions and theories. Not to mention a fount of knowledge for the other secrets of the manor. Some things a young girl should not have known but found very exciting to explore. 
Rubbing her temples, she reflected on that evening with her grandfather so many years ago and was filled again with the sadness of his loss. They had never found the jewels, but had not given up the search either. Clearing her thoughts with a shake of the head she began massaging her temples in a vain attempt at relieving the pressure. Her long mahogany tresses were gathered into a tight knot at the back of her head and pulled, resulting in a slight headache, making it harder than usual to ignore the manifestation glaring at her from the fireplace. 


Author Michele Buchholz

I'm a voracious reader, always have been, always will be.

As for the personal scoop, I'm a Loan Originator by day, author and aspiring artist by night. On the weekends, I put paint to canvas while enjoying a glass of wine with my gal pals. All this, while juggling the demands of being a full-time mother and wife. I have been a reader of historical romance and lover of mystery novels, ever since I could pick up a book. I owe a big Thank You to my Grandmother for igniting that story-loving spark. To this day, it drives, entertains, and moves me forward in my writing career, eliciting stories full of intrigue, murder and mayhem. Whether by the fireplace on a cold winter night or soaking up the hot summer sun, I find the opportunity to indulge my imagination.

I am married to a very supportive and patient Engineer who indulges my creativity, for which I am eternally grateful. He also bought me my first motorcycle, an adrenaline rush I've never tired of! I've also been blessed with a junior Scientist and little Artist, and I'm always striving to keep up with them!

Thanks to the other wonderful members of Fiction Flurry, I've come a long way from my first story. I've learned quite a lot about the publishing industry as well as technique. I wouldn't have my beautiful, debut novel without all their input and encouragement.

~Links~

Jewelz Review~
I really enjoyed reading Tempting Treasures. It's a story packed full of mystery, suspense, ghosts, intrigue, and romance. Elena and James both have secrets they are hesitant to share. Trust comes with time - but secrets threaten their relationship. Their chemistry is palpable and their verbal sparring is both witty and fun. I adore the loyalty of Elena's staff and the townspeople. Harold and Mr. Black drove me batty from the moment each was introduced and James' mother could drive anyone to drink! Oh the diversity of the characters - such a joy!

Tempting Treasures was a book that grabbed myattention right from the start and I managed to snag enough moments during my busy schedule to finish it in only a few days. Readers will fall in love along with Elena and James. They will enjoy unravelling the mysteries surrounding Settrington Manor, mysteries from the past as well as the present.

FYI~ some minor violence  (a man is killed with a hatchet to the chest), some romantic scenes - no open door intimacy, but some very passionate moments

Honest disclosure ~ I recevied an e-copy in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Consequence of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Teaser

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After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.


Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?








Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!
You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken  or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Authors United Against Child Slavery


Where authors unite to raise funds for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a nonprofit that organizes undercover operations to free many of the 2 million children being trafficked as sex slaves around the world.

Participating authors are donating their books in exchange for donations


  • Donate $20 to receive a free book from a participating author (book prizes selected at random).
  • Donors of $40 or more will receive two free books, a series, or a bundle (selected at random as well). 

Nearly 200 books have been donated by generous authors to help raise funds for this great cause--see the list of participating authors/books below!

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