Title: The Virgin Detective Author: Kat Cazanav Genre: Paranormal Mystery with a touch of romance Release Date: March 18, 2014 Cover Art:phatpuppyart
Where there are roses there’s dead bodies and no one knows this better than Poppy Rae Mamadou.
Out of college and in debt, she has no choice but to take a job at her family’s P.I. firm in Seattle. When her stiff sniffing ability leads her to a notorious homicide with kinky overtones, her life quickly spins out of control. The police label her a suspect, the media can’t get enough of her, a killer wants her dead and the good looking young detective wants a piece of her. If only she wasn’t such a Virgin Detective.
As the bodies pile up, it’s up to Poppy Rae to prove her innocence but who will believe her? Telling the truth never sounded so unbelievable.
Author David M. Echeandia is giving away two (2) $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Cards (winner’s choice) to two (2) luck winners!
Title: The Avatar of Calderia Author: David M. Echeandia Genre: Epic Fantasy Series: Book One: Awakenings Release Date: December 6, 2013
A Dark sorcerer is Awakened from eight hundred years of ensorcelled slumber, unleashing an ancient and terrible scourge upon the land as he uses his malevolent powers to enslave a continent and create an empire built on blood magic and death.
Across the Luminous Sea in Calderia, a crown prince grows to manhood, unaware that he carries within him a seed of divine power that must now be Awakened, if his people have any hope of surviving the evil sorcerer’s coming invasion of his homeland.
But to do so, the human prince must help forge an alliance with other warring nations, including his blood enemies, the Elves, and their warrior princess who wants him dead. Somehow, these sworn foes must join forces, gathering other companions as they undertake a perilous journey to find a hidden talisman, solve an age-old mystery, and save their world from oblivion.
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Title: Rushing Amy Author: Julie Brannagh Genre: Contemporary Romance Series: Love and Football #2 Release Date: February 11, 2014
Julie Brannagh’s sparkling and romantic Love and Football series continues!
For Amy Hamilton, only three Fs matter: Family, Football, and Flowers. It might be nice to find someone to share Forever with, too, but right now she’s working double overtime while she gets her flower shop off the ground. The last thing she needs or wants is a distraction … or help, for that matter. Especially in the form of gorgeous and aggravatingly arrogant ex-NFL star Matt Stephens.
Matt lives by a playbook—his playbook. He never thought his toughest opponent would come in the form of a stunning florist with a stubborn streak to match his own. Since meeting her in the bar after her sister’s wedding, he’s known there’s something between them. After she refuses—again and again—to go out with him, Matt will do anything to win her heart … But will Amy, who has everything to lose, let the clock run out on the one-yard line?
Mackenzie will be giving away a $50 Amazon/B&N Gift Card to one randomly chosen commenter and a $25 Amazon/B&N Gift Card to two randomly chosen hosts.
Title: Essence Author: Mackenzie Lucas Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing Release Date: December 31, 2013
All Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away.
Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie; so she finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer who is her biggest professional competition.
In the end, Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again. And that, sometimes, no matter how high the risk, the best paradise of all can be found inside our own hearts.
*Regan will be awarding a copy of three (3) of her books, Racing with the Wind, The Holly and the Thistle and The Shamrock and the Rose to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
On a dull day at White’s, the Redheaded Rake agreed to a wager: seduce and abandon the lovely Lady Leisterfield by Twelfth Night. After one taste of her virtue, he will stop at nothing less than complete possession.
I’m so pleased that Girl meets Books is able to host a guest post from Regan Walker where she talks about the Wagering Culture in Regency London.
The Wagering Culture in Regency London
By Regan Walker
Gambling is, as they say, as old as the hills. As long as there have been people willing to take risk, and the money to back up a challenge, there have been wagers and gaming.
Regency England (1811-1820 when Prince George was Regent) was no different, except that the wealthy members of le bon ton had the leisure time and the money to indulge. Men of the upper classes had their richly appointed clubs like Brook’s and White’s where, in the course of social gathering, political discussions and networking, outlandish wagers were made and recorded in “the book” for all the members to see. Fortunes could be won or lost with a single wager. Historical Romance novels set in the Regency often reflect the demise of a peer brought on by his unrestrained gaming.
White’s, a gentlemen’s club in London, established in the 17th century from a regular meeting of wealthy men, is the setting of the first scene in my novella, The Twelfth Night Wager, when one October evening in 1818, two bored men of the aristocracy enter into a scandalous wager involving a virtuous young widow.
Historically, White’s played host to many ridiculous wagers. William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley once bet a friend £3,000 as to which of two raindrops would first reach the bottom of a pane of the bow window of White’s. Other bets dealt with sports, politics and social events, such as when a man might marry. No matter was too small or too great for the wager book. And some men piled up huge debts gaming and wagering. The politician Charles James Fox was famous for this. Lord Holland, Fox’s father once paid off almost £140,000 in gambling debts for his son.
In the Regency culture, gaming and wagers were glamorized in a society addicted to luxury. Gambling was entwined with the conspicuous consumption of the aristocracy, led by the Prince Regent himself. As Lawrence Stone said, “…wealth is not a sufficient source of honour in itself…it needs to be advertised.” What better way than an outlandish wager for some small matter? It was one way the aristocracy showed its detachment from the value of money. Still, there was honor among those who gambled. A gentleman might wager vast sums of money, which he might lose, but he must never lose his temper or his integrity—and he must pay his debts.
A Study of Gamblers and Gaming Culture in London, 1780-1844 by Arthur Pitt