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Tantor Media’s Pre-Black Friday/Cyber Monday blowout sale!

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I’m so excited I had to share with everyone. Tantor Media is having a huge Holiday Sale today through Sunday, November 30th. All Audiobook CDs are $14.99 and all MP3-CDs will be $9.99 – INCLUDING PRE-ORDERS!

Better yet, on Cyber Monday, December 1st, all downloads are only $4.99 . Only $4.99 for an audiobook!  Sweet! (Sorry, no preorders on downloads.)

I have my list ready for Monday. At $4.99 I am getting Elle Kennedy’s Midnight Rescue (Killer Instinct), the Night Shift anthology w/ the new Nalini Singh novella, and Shelly Laurenston’s Big Bad Beast.

“No, Honey, I didn’t say anything about getting more audiobooks. You know I already have over 200 hours already downloaded I have to catch up on. Don’t be silly.”

(I’m getting those three and probably others once I start shopping. ;) )

I use audiobooks to binge read any new series that I find, and for only $4.99 this is the time to load up on a series you have been wanting to read.

You can grab audiobooks from these authors and series (and much more).

Thea Harrison’s Elder Races
Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings and Archangels
Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians
Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls
Larissa Ione’s Moonbound Clan

Cara McKenna
Elle Kennedy
Cynthia Eden
Danielle Monsch
Alexandra Ivy
Shelly Laurenston
Sara Humphreys
Jessica Sims

Don’t worry. I’ll repost about this huge sale again on Monday to remind you to go to so you can load up on any of these incredible series/authors.

NOTE:  Not all titles are available in both CD/MP3 and downloadable form.  Before you miss out on the discounted CD/MP3s, make sure the books/series you are looking for are also available in download form.  Good thing I checked since the Shelly Laurenston I want is not a download, just CD/MP3.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  I was told that Tantor just did a reboot on their website. I kept getting a page error. I made the company aware of this. If it hasn’t been corrected, they advised me to clear my cookies. Once I cleared my prior Tantor cookies, I had no further problems. :)

Spotlight: Treacherous Tart by Ellie Grant


Ellie Grant
October 28, 2014
Pocket Books

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.

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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Harlequin is now partners with Scribd



Update:  Scribd have put together a special offer for Harlequin readers. Sign up using the promo code ‘ScribdLovesHarlequin‘ to get three free months. (Valid until Oct. 2015.)


Want to know more about how Scribd works? Click the read more link for some info and check out to get ready to fall in love again, and again, and again…

Breaking News!

Fall in Love Again, and Again, and Again with Harlequin + Scribd

Harlequin Partners with Scribd to Offer +15,000 Titles Exclusively in their Ebook Subscription Service.

We have exciting news to share for book lovers everywhere! Harlequin has partnered with Scridb, a subscription reading service, to make available 15,000+ titles.

Monthly subscribers to Scribd can now find titles from these Harlequin imprints:

They will feature novels from best-selling authors including Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, Susan Wiggs, Heather Graham, Shannon Stacey, and many more!

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Click here to view the official press release with additional details.


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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