Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Tour: A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole!

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.

Anything Tillie writes I will love. This wasn’t an exception to that rule. This was a beautiful and sad tale of unexpected love, growth and acceptance.

We have Caresa, who is a Duchess. And with that comes the arranged marriage. Basically a business deal to keep the family business afloat. She heads off to Italy to be with Prince Zeno. If you think this is going to be a love story between these two, you’re sadly mistaken once meeting him. He’s cold, arrogant, womanizing, and not about this marriage. Caresa still is willing to marry this guy for the sake of the family.

That is until she meets Achille. Insta-attraction to the wine maker. Immediately, these two are drawn to each other. Achille, living a private life since he lost his father, meets Caresa and is taken with her. She finds out that he is dyslectic and only has an education of maybe an 8th grader. She helps him to grow and learn to read. There we find out that he has had a letter from his father that he hasn’t been able to read. But once he does, it’s this big A-Ha moment.

Of course there is some heartache. He leaves, not thinking he is enough for Caresa, leaving both of them pretty brokenhearted. But when he comes back to fight for her, your heart soars a bit.

This was a great love story that Tillie has weaved. Different but amazing none the less.


As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.
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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Movie Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Top five all time favorite movies adaptations from a book or play.

1) Clueless - it was based on Emma so it counts, even if I have never read Emma. This movie defines a generation and is so quotable. My friends and I have gone to Clueless Trivia and won!

2) Steel Magnolias - was a play based on the life of the writer's sister and community. They say write what you know, but it was also the perfect chemistry of the cast in the 1989 movie that makes it work. I know this movie by heart and my sister and I would act out the salon scenes with our Barbie dolls and beauty parlor accessories.

3) Little Women (1994) - How could I not love a story about sisters? When Beth dies, I cry so hard my body hurts. Also, I had such a crush on Christian Bale as Laurie, before I knew how intense he is!

4) Pride and Prejudice (2005) - I am talking about the one with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The chemistry between the two is hot. This is another movie I know by heart. I love the proposal scene in the gazebo. After all that arguing and Lizzy telling Darcy she would never marry him, they look like they want to passionately kiss each other.

5) Ever After - is the best adaptation of Cinderella. She and the prince actually get to know each other and talk about books and stuff. She inspires him. Not to mention Angelica Houston plays an evil step-mother so well.

Top five favorite movies from the 90's

1. Titanic - Probably my favorite movie ever. Cheesy as it may be, something about this movie always speaks to me. No matter what, I can watch it and still laugh and cry at all the same parts.

2. Speed - Give me Sandra and Keanu any day. Again, a movie I can watch and never get bored with it. Keanu's acting is highly questionable in this, but there is something about falling in love while driving a bus with a bomb strapped to the bottom. Suspense people!

3. A League of Their Own - There is no crying in baseball! Everyone remembers that line because it is a great one. I loved how girl power it was without being in your face. Plus, it gave me one of my favorite Madonna songs.

4. Edward Scissorhands - Before Johnny Depp got weird and Winona started stealing. I loved this movie and if you haven't seen it, you're missing out the amazing minds of Depp and Burton.

5. Legends of The Fall - Some people fell in love with Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. I fell in love with him in this movie. It will always be one of my and my mom's favorite movies we ever seen. It's tragic and beautiful. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review: Daring Fate by Megan Erickson! (@MeganErickson_)

Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1)
Author: Megan Erickson
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review.

My Rating:

We all have tragic backstories in today's world.
I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.
When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.
As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...

Holy… I don’t think there are enough words to describe this book. For over a year I have been raving about anything Megan Erickson writes. But when I saw she was stepping out of contemporary and into the paranormal, I didn’t know what to expect. I have never read an adult paranormal book before. Let along an adult paranormal book with a M/M romance between werewolves. I can definitely check that off the list now.

Blog Tour: Life As We Know It by J.D. Hollyfield!

Life As We Know It (Love Not Included #4)
Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Published: J.D. Hollyfield
Source: TRSOR Promotions

My Rating:

Life has not been easy for Penelope Summers. Specifically, the last month, when her high-profile boyfriend dumped her, her indecent exposure record surfaced, and her favorite thing in the world, tequila, failed her.
Good thing for Penelope, she has her best friend to pick her up, and take her on the vacation of a lifetime. A seven-day cruise that will change the direction of her downward spiral. But will that spiral shift in the direction Penelope needs? Or will it throw her into a bigger whirlwind of trouble?
With Reckless Abandon as her motto, tequila as her wingman, and a hot one-night stand as her much needed reward, will the tables finally turn for Penelope, or will life as she knows it continue to fail her?
Sometimes you just have to ride the wave of crazy to find out.

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READ THIS BOOK.........I had the pleasure of getting an ARC for this book. I have also met this amazing author and she is the sweetest, funniest person. I suggest if you get the chance to meet her to do it and to read ALL her books.

Now onto this book. This is by far her best written book. I was a true fan from her first book and that was always my favorite but this book has J.D. written all over it. You can tell that her personality is in this book. I loved this book and is now at the top of my list.

When you are reading this book you will laugh, cry, get mad, get your heart ripped out then put back together then ripped out again , but by the end you will be smiling and cheering for the characters. I'm a big fan of reading both point of views in a book, and that's what this book is. So if you don't like that well get over it. Meet Penny, the tequila drinking, no filter, (comedic liar ) not sure that's a word but i'm making it up. Meet Sam, the millionaire who insists that Penny is his forever after meeting her on a cruise. I want more of this couple in another book. I wish I could be like Penny and just say whatever comes to my mind first. LOL.

Well done J.D. on this book and this is by far your best one.
Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero...

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions to the Love not Included series, along with her charm, humor and HEA's.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Twelve Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

These are the books I picked up at New York Comic Con this year and have been added to TBR:

1. Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James 

2. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

3. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 

5. A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

6. Beheld by Alex Flinn

7. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

8. The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

9. The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier 

10. The Tournament (Tournament #1) by Matthew Reilly

11. Lightless (Lightless #1) by C.A. Higgins 

12. Bellwether by Connie Willis 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Release Day! Fling by Jana Aston!

  Today we have Fling by Jana Aston, a sexy romantic comedy that releases today!! Grab your copy and enter Jana’s giveaway today!


About Fling: I have a crush on my boss’ best friend. At least it’s not my brother’s best friend. Or my best friend’s brother. Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliche.   And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay - it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.   Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.   And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…


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  Exclusive Excerpt: "What do you think of Sandra?" I ask Sawyer as I snag a signed baseball from a display case along the far wall of his office. I settle into one of the guest chairs across his desk and toss the ball over my head before catching it again. He's reviewing something on his monitor and he pauses at my question and turns his attention to me. "You know she's the best executive assistant I've ever had. Do you need her help with something? I thought you were happy with Preston?" Somehow human resources only assigns me gay men or women old enough to have birthed me. I suspect that's on direct orders from Sawyer. Dick. I give the ball another toss and catch. "No, I meant, what do you think of Sandra as a woman?" "I don't," Sawyer says, narrowing his eyes at me. "She's got a thing for me," I say. "She doesn't," Sawyer says dismissively and taps the mouse on his desk, intent on ignoring me. "She does," I insist. "She's always looking at me." "Maybe she thinks you're an idiot." That's a distinct possibility. I've never been quite sure. Most of the time she ducks her head and calls me Mr. Laurent as she scurries past. It fucking turns me on, but I'm not sure if it turns her on or if she honestly just thinks I'm an asshole. "I think she's dating someone in marketing," Sawyer adds while tapping on his keyboard, engrossed with whatever's on the screen in front of him. "They broke up over the summer," I say confidently, leaning back in the chair and tossing the ball a little further in the air. "How do you know that?" Sawyer stops typing and crosses his arms across his chest. He doesn't look pleased with my knowledge of Sandra's dating life; I think he views her like the little sister he never had. "What could you possibly want to do with Sandra anyway?" I catch the ball as my brows raise in disbelief. "You need me to spell it out for you, buddy?" I lean forward in the chair and adopt a serious tone. "Sometimes, when two people are attracted to each other, they enjoy taking their clothing off together so they can—" "Shut up," Sawyer interrupts. "She's not really your type." "Beautiful?" I question. "Sweet," he replies. She is sweet, he's right about that. I think about the paper burning a hole in my pocket and wonder again if it was hers. I'd like it to be hers. I think sweet Sandra has a hidden dirty side, and I'd really like to uncover it.


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Tour:Beard Science by Penny Reid - Review! (@ReidRomance)

Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Published: Cipher-Naught 
Source: Indiesage PR

My Rating:

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need? Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston. Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do? Likely, the last thing you expect. ‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

Penny has done it again with her sweet as pie, sexy as magic mike, and bearded to high heaven Winston brothers. This time we get some focus on the stand out from books one and two, Cletus. There was something about Cletus that had me wanting this book after finishing the first. He was funny, sweet, and diabolical. In Beard Science, we get all of that and more.

We also get Jennifer Sylvester or as mentioned previously, The Banana Cake Queen. Jennifer is this sheltered girl who is basically living the life that her parents are laying out for her. Kind of like a caged bird. Never experiencing anything for herself. That is until she catches the most dangerous Winston brother in something she can use as leverage. Having what she has, she can use this to finally seek the freedom she only sees in others for herself.

What I loved about this is the progression of Jennifer and Cletus. And the friendship that blossomed. This felt like a “don’t judge a book by its cover” story. Jennifer on the outside is this meek and weak girl who just bakes and does what she’s told. Cletus can shift the perception he exudes depending on the person he’s dealing with. However, both of them are more than what they seem. With the help of Cletus and his family, Jennifer finds that she is strong and can be something more. And with Cletus, we see that there are deeper rivers to be discovered.

“Because knowledge is only a cage if you dell in isolation.”

I laughed, cried (a little) and swooned all too much with this book. I think I loved Cletus the most in this. We got to see so much of what makes him tick. I loved his friendship with Jennifer. Also, I loved more Billy. The two Winston brothers that have been kind of background for me are Billy and Roscoe. I’m still waiting on more Roscoe but having Billy play a bigger role in this was amazing. Crossing my fingers for his solo book next.

Please, don’t read this as a standalone. If you haven’t read the first two books, go do that now. Go fall in love with these guys and their ladies. Then go have some banana cake and sausage. 

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.