Celebrate Slack Friday with these Merr-E Holiday Treats from Pocket Star eBooks!


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SLACK FRIDAY: NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Avoid crazed shopping crowds!  Keep calm and carry on at home with these great Merr-E Holiday Treats from Pocket Star eBooks!

Click on the red Christmas ball and then on the blue titles to read an excerpt from the story.


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Christmas Carol

In A Christmas Carol, evil Scrooge was shown the error of his ways by three helpful ghosts and vowed to become a better person. Bob Cratchit and his family benefited most from Scrooge’s change of tune—but what happened after the goose was given, and Scrooge resolved to turn over a new leaf?

Tim Cratchit’s Christmas Carol shows us Tiny Tim as an adult. Having recovered from his childhood ailment, he began his career helping the poor but has since taken up practice as a doctor to London’s wealthy elite. Though Tim leads a very successful life, he comes home at night to an empty house. But this holiday season, he’s determined to fill his house with holiday cheer—and maybe even a wife.

When a single, determined young mother lands on Tim’s doorstep with her ailing son, Tim is faced with a choice: stay ensconced in his comfortable life and secure doctor’s practice, or take a leap of faith and reignite the fire lit under him by his mentor, Scrooge, that fateful Christmas so many years ago.


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The Perfect Gift

’Tis the night before Christmas… and businessman and single father Jason is scrambling to find the dollhouse of the season for his seven-year-old daughter Emily. But when he finally strikes gold at an obscure toy store, he’s met with resistance—literally, as a beautiful woman named Leah is grabbing onto the dollhouse box from the other side of the aisle, determined to get the same Christmas present for her own daughter.

Desperate not to let the other win, Jason and Leah forge a pact: stay together until they find the same dollhouse at a different toy store. It sounds simple, but ten stores and many hours later, they still come up empty. They might not be finding another dollhouse, but they sure are finding a lot to talk about and, as their mutual attraction grows, the unlikely pair finds the greatest holiday gift of all—love.


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Christmas Train

Anna Spano is on the train to meet her father while she befriends Eva Stephens, an older woman who occasionally thinks she’s traveling to her home village in pre–World War II for the holidays. Recognizing Miss Eva’s disorientation as the same dementia her late grandmother experienced, Anna isn’t sure who is actually taking care of whom on the journey.

At the far end of the journey, Tom Thurston is anxious about what to expect when his daughter arrives. So he’s doubly shocked when a teary old woman embraces him, convinced that he is her long-lost brother.

At Anna’s insistence, he reluctantly agrees to bring the woman home with them and try to locate her family. And as Anna clings loyally to her new friend, and Tom struggles to be who Miss Eva needs him to be, both father and daughter begin to understand one another. And through Miss Eva, they learn the true meaning of family, and of love.


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Rocky Mountain Miracle

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?


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Branded

The third lighthearted romance in Colette Auclair’s award-winning Aspen Valley series, Branded will take readers on a wild and dreamy ride through the beautiful valleys and mountains of Colorado. Professional, polite, and pearl-wearing, dressage rider and resort consultant Cordy Sims is the last person anyone would expect to initiate a weekend of debauchery. And yet, that’s exactly what she does after meeting a handsome stranger at an Aspen resort. Agreeing that they’ll leave personal details at the door, they indulge in a memorable weekend of carnal recreation. On Sunday night, Cordy doesn’t want to leave this charming, seductive man, but she must play by her own rules.

On Monday, Cordy sits in a meeting at the ad agency that’s hired her as a freelancer, and her professional and personal worlds collide. Turns out agency owner Jack Cormier looks just as good in the boardroom as he did in the bedroom. Forced to work together, Cordy and Jack can’t ignore the chemistry that crackles between them, or the deeper feelings that have developed. But secrets and scars from their pasts may prove too formidable, even for a love that’s as powerful as it is unexpected.


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Blond Cargo

Blond Cargo is the highly anticipated second Jack Bertolino installment from New York native and now Los Angeles author John Lansing. This gripping eBook from the former writer/producer of Walker, Texas Ranger and Co-Executive producer of the ABC series Scoundrels continues the story that began in The Devil’s Necktie.

Jack Bertolino is back…in the sequel to John Lansing’s bestseller The Devil’s Necktie!

Jack’s son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt and Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, provided information that helped Jack take down the perpetrator of the crime. Jack accepted the favor knowing there’d be blowback. In Blond Cargo, the mobster’s daughter has gone missing and Cardona turned in his chit. Jack discovers that the young, blond mafia princess has been kidnapped and imprisoned while rich, politically connected men negotiate her value as a sex slave. John Lansing taps into the real life world of cops, crime, drugs and murder in Blond Cargo to deliver another sizzling whodunit.


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A Last Goodbye

Find out where fan favorite Ali Reynolds’ new adventure takes her in A Last Goodbye as New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings her trademark breakneck pace to this fun and exciting e-novella, in which Ali Reynolds takes on double responsibilities as both sleuth and bride. Ali Reynolds is finally getting married to her longtime love B. Simpson. They wanted a simple Christmas Eve wedding, but nothing is ever simple with Ali. Even as a motley crew of her friends—Leland Brooks, Sister Anselm, and others—descend on Vegas, the bride-to-be finds herself juggling last-minute wedding plans and a mystery in the form of a stray miniature dachshund. Ali’s grandson rescues the little dog, but Ali’s not in the market for a new pet right before her honeymoon, and leaves no stone unturned in hunting for the dog’s owner. But what she finds is more than just a shaggy dog story…Bella’s elderly owner has vanished, and her son seems to be behind it. So it’s Ali and B. to the rescue—and still making it to the church on time!


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Spotlight: Treacherous Tart by Ellie Grant

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TREACHEROUS TART
Ellie Grant
October 28, 2014
Pocket Books
$7.99

There are worse crimes than using frozen pie crust…

Festive pastries are flying off the shelves at Pie in the Sky, where Maggie Grady and her Aunt Clara sell the best desserts in Durham, North Carolina.  Yet it’s not just the tantalizing scents of cinnamon and nutmeg in the air, for murder is on the menu too…

As Christmas approaches, Aunt Clara’s love life is heating up.  Maggie likes seeing her beloved partner-in-pie happy with her new beau, Donald Wickerson—until Maggie’s own boyfriend, local reporter Ryan Summerour, discovers that several of Donald’s wealthy exes met with unfortunate “accidents.”

Is Clara’s boyfriend just looking to fatten his bank account?  Before Maggie can discover, a dying Donald stumbles in Pie in the Sky.  The way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, but someone found a handgun more effective.  Even worse, Clara – who was out back feeding a stray cat at the time—had motive, means, and no human witnesses.

To clear Clara’s name, Maggie and Ryan start sifting through suspects.  Could the murderer be one of Donald’s numerous former in-laws, or an embittered flame?  And can Maggie find the culprit before the killer serves up a second helping?


We’re giving away a copy of Treacherous Tart, courtesy of Pocket Books. Since we are talking pies in Pie in the Sky Coffee Shop, tell us what’s your favorite pie that you are looking forward to this Thanksgiving?

Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 2nd. Giveaway open to U.S. residents, 18 years and older please.


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Nothing Personal by Jaci Burton

ORDER A COPY: Nothing Personal

Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publishing Date: October 22, 2014
Audiobook: 6 hrs.
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart

Rating: DNF


I simply could not continue with this story. It wasn’t the predictable tropes that made it unreadable. It wasn’t the nonsensical set up that made it unreadable. It was simply the unbelievable heroine that I couldn’t get past to finish this story.


The story begins with Ryan McKay, owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar casino, needing to get married by the end of the day because his grandfather was determined on his deathbed that Ryan needed to know about love. The grandfather, as well as the parents, ignored Ryan growing up and never showed him any kind of love. CONTINUE READING

A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson


ORDER A COPY: A Cursed Bloodline: A Weird Girls Novel

Publisher: Loveswept
Publishing Date: November 18, 2014
eBook: 370 pages

Rating: 4 stars


The excitement never ends for Celia Wird, and by excitement I mean attempts to kill her. In this story, even friends become enemies. With no one at her back, she will still risk everything to get back the one friend she still has in the world and to protect the man she loves but can’t have.


I originally made the mistake of classifying this series in my brain as paranormal romance. The first book was lighthearted and funny. But make no mistake, this is an Urban Fantasy series. The difference (I feel) between the Urban Fantasy and the paranormal romance is how dark the story gets and how deadly it gets to the characters. In an Urban Fantasy it is not unusual for major characters to be killed and the main characters to get mauled. Although Celia transforms into a tiger, she is not a were and does not have a were’s healing ability. If it was not for her sister’s ability to heal, Celia would have been long dead.
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Stripping Her Defenses by Jessie Lane


ORDER A COPY: Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops Series Book 2)

Publisher: Whiskey Girls Publishing
Publishing Date: October 31, 2014
Paperback: 200 pages

Rating: 3 1/2 stars


Even the greatest love can be torn apart, but it can also be mended if the love is strong enough. This latest novel by Jessie Lane deals with depression, mental health, loss, and reconnection.


Kara and Riley Sullivan were high school sweethearts. After they married, Riley went into the Navy and Kara attended college and worked hard to become the perfect Navy wife. Yet it was Kara’s need to be “perfect” that ultimately destroyed the foundation of their marriage. CONTINUE READING

Spotlight: BTS eMag – Chick Trends in Romance

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Friday Giveaway – Make You Remember by Macy Beckett


Happy Friday!! We do have several new blog followers joining us so welcome to you all and good luck in our Friday giveaways.

I’ve got nothing to talk about this week. :( I’ve been running around, but still trying to sneak in some reading time. I’m setting us up for some future promos and giveaways. I’ve also been invited onto the reviewer list for Sourcebooks and I’ll be including some future giveaways with them as well our friends from Penguin-Random House, Gallery-Pocket Books, Harlequin and Kensington. Sleeping is overrated, right!

I am also still working on going pro with my blog and hope that I don’t shut down the internet. Right now I am planning on using the long Thanksgiving weekend to get up and running. If EBookObsessed.com disappears suddenly (uh oh), you should still be able to locate us at wwww.EBookObsessed.wordpress.com. If I lose you, hang on. I will find you again. :)

For this week’s giveaway, I have two copies of Make You Remember (one finished and one ARC). I enjoyed Book #1 and the novella on this series and am trying hard to get caught up on this one as I missed the release date.

Just say “Hi” to be entered.

Giveaway open to U.S. residents. 18 years and older please. Giveaway ends Thursday, November 20th.

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family’s riverboat, The Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn’s old flame offers her a stint at the boat’s day care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana’s most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn’s all business. She won’t give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.

But there’s no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won’t be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he’s always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?


In Pursuit of Miriam by Helen A. Grant


ORDER A COPY: In Pursuit of Miriam

Publisher: Arrow Publications
Publishing Date: August 2014
eBook: 222 pages

Rating: 3 stars


This was a first published novel for Helen Grant. It had a good outline but what this story lack was embellishment. I would have enjoyed reading more conversations and interactions between Miriam and Vincent instead the very short conversations or the general references to “we talked.” Even though Vincent wanted to marry Miriam as a business arrangement, it was hard to acknowledge that she had any appeal to him when they had so little interaction. CONTINUE READING

Spotlight – In Pursuit of Miriam by Helen Grant

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Dragged by her aunt for a season in Bath, the Honourable Miss Miriam Knightly promises to make herself agreeable to any unmarried man she meets. All in the hope that one of them will overlook her lameness and offer marriage.

Vincent, the Earl of Chantry, needs a wife in order to inherit the funds he needs to prolong his merry London lifestyle. What better candidate for a marriage of convenience than an unfortunate lady with little prospects of gaining a husband? Miss Knightly. He happily foresees planting her at his country estate while he returns to London.

However, Miriam, a lady of independent character and means, secretly refuses to fall at the feet of the gentlemen who do propose—including the handsome Earl of Chantry. His proposal couched in cold business terms, distresses her. For already, his very touch makes her pulse race. Can she accept his proposal and live in hope that one day he will come to care for her?


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