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[Blog Tour + Giveaways] Strangers In Paradise by Heather Graham & Sheltered In His Arms Tara Taylor Quinn

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.


Prism Tour Grand Finale for

Strangers in Paradise
By Heather Graham

&
Sheltered in His Arms
By Tara Taylor Quinn

Two bestselling stories about characters who lives don't quite work out the way they thought they would. If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

June 27th: Launch - Tour Welcome


Heather and Tara are very glad to have you join them as they celebrate their second Bestselling Author Collaboration! For one low price and under one cover, you get two full length novels by two bestselling authors.




June 28th: Lady Amber's Reviews - Sheltered in His Arms


What I hope will really make you feel at home is the fact that all is not perfect in Shelter Valley. Just like anywhere in the world. We all have faults. And sometimes finding them in others is comforting, makes them more like us, allowing us to relate to them more easily. Sam Montford made a substantial mistake. But he’s ready to atone for that mistake and to share with Shelter Valley the good things he’s created in his life. He asks only to be forgiven.


June 29th: Books & Spoons - Strangers in Paradise

Strangers in Paradise takes place in the area that’s been my home my entire life—with all the good and the bad that come with living in such a paradise! I do love Miami, for all of her beauty, though I admit, of course, we have our problems. We’ve grown too big for our britches in my lifetime; we have crime, and we have craziness. But, still, there’s nothing like a sunset in the western sky, a sunrise, the Deco insanity of Miami Beach, and the beauty to be found in the coral shelves off our coastline. I am a diver—maybe that’s half the reason I love my area so much!

Strangers in Paradise
& Sheltered in His Arms

(Bestselling Author Collection)
by Heather Graham & Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 544 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin

A SAFE PLACE 

Alexi Jordan moves to her family's crumbling Florida estate to start over. The house needs work, but that's exactly what she's looking for to get her life back on track after a disastrous marriage and an exhausting career. But after a series of unsettling phone calls and someone tampering with her lights, Alexi begins to fear that her home is far from a refuge. 

Her neighbor, Rex Morrow, insists on protecting Alexi. She can't deny that Rex is strong and sheltering, but the feelings she begins to develop for him are just as frightening as the series of scary events in her home. As the danger increases, Alexi must decide who poses the greater risk—her mysterious stalker, or the man who threatens to steal her heart… 

FREE BONUS STORY INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! 

Sheltered in His Arms by USA TODAY bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn 

Ten years after doing the unforgivable and leaving Shelter Valley, Sam Montford returns home. But forgiveness proves hard to find…particularly with the one woman he loved the most and hurt the deepest: his ex-wife, Cassie Tate.

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About the Authors




New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. (And award for charitable endeavors.) Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.


Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.


Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Heart Stopping Tara Taylor Quinn Giveaways



STRANGERS IN PARADISE PRISM TOUR GIVEAWAY

1 Winner: $10 Amazon eGift Card
3 Winners: 1 ebook of choice from the Shelter Valley Stories Series
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TTQ PRE-ORDER/PURCHASE KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY






Kindle Fire with Six Pre-loaded TTQ Books (books 1-6 from Where Secrets are Safe series)
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Ends August 31st



To Enter: Submit your receipt online for your pre-order or purchase of any of Tara Taylor Quinn’s six releases being promoted on her Heart Stopping Tour (Love By AssociationHis First ChoiceThe Promise He Made HerStrangers in Paradise: Sheltered In His ArmsSheltered In His Arms Audiobook, and For Love Or Money). Enter as many times as you purchase. One book purchase equals one entry (one receipt per entry and must be uploaded at time of entry).


TTQ HARLEQUIN MY REWARDS POINTS GIVEAWAY



1st Place: 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 5 free books, reader’s choice of any book published by Harlequin/MIRA/Carina Press.

2nd Place: 15,000 Harlequin My Rewards Points – equivalent of 3 free books, reader’s choice

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[Book Blitz + Giveaway] Intertwined by Jenn Maire

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[Book Blast Giveaway + Excerpt] Drop Dead Handsome by M.K. Scott: Chance to #Win Lots of Giftcards!

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I'm proud to be a tour partner with Goddess Fish Productions to bring a fun sounding Cozy Mystery with an excerpt and awesome giveaway!



Series: The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries #2
Genre: Mystery, Cozy
Age: Adult
The Painted Lady Inn is open for business and limping along in the B and B world. A high school reunion package assembles Donna’s least desirable classmates, including the backstabbing cheerleader, her narcissistic high school crush, and Arnie, whose cheesy poem had everyone calling her, hot mama. It’s all something she liked to forget. These are the normal guests.


An octogenarian self-proclaimed sleuth, Father Christmas, a dognapping couple, and a pair who is copying everything in the Inn to set up their own competitive establishment rounds out the group. Maria, the sister-in-law, has a matchmaking agenda for Donna. Daniel, her brother, finds himself serving as a referee with one guest’s multiple wives.


High school reunions can be murder. Detective Mark Taber is on the trail of the murderer, when he isn’t interfering in a smitten Arnie’s determined bid to woo the no nonsense innkeeper.



Forthcoming on KOBO, iTunes & Barnes and Noble!

Interesting in book one? Here's Murder Mansion on Goodreads.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. Morgan’s daughter who manages a hotel provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Overall, it is a fun series to create and read. Drop Dead Handsome is the second book in the series. Killer Review should be out in October 2016.

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Arnie stepped into the room, threw his suitcase on the bed, while still cradling the basket. He slowly turned around taking in the entire room. “Not bad. Actually, it’s pretty nice.”

At last, someone who appreciated the effort she had put into the room. Her shoulders went back. Maybe she’d been too hard on Arnie.

“For a chick’s room.”

Chick’s room, really? “Why do you think it’s a chick’s room?” She liked to think all her rooms were appropriate for any gender.

Arnie placed the basket on the drum table with the floral light. “Hmm, the ruffles, the flowers, the room smells like perfume.”

Yeah, hers.

He walked over to the rocker and picked up the romance novel she’d been reading. He brandished the book. “No self-respecting man would be caught reading this drivel. Mindless nonsense.”

His remark stopped her from asking for her book back. The best she could do would be to sneak back in and snatch it while cleaning. “It might do you some good to read it. Shouldn’t judge something you’ve never taken the time to read.”

Well, she’d gone and blown her excellent innkeeper behavior. “I dare you to read it.”

He blinked once, and then smiled. “Challenge accepted.”






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[Blog Tour + Giveaway] Fun Facts Black Five by J.Lynn Bailey

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YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey. This tour will run from June 27th to July 1st. 

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[Cover Reveal + Giveaway] Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright

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On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Venom and Steel
By Melissa Wright


Coming September 2016...


(Frey Saga #4)

Three seasons of peace come with a price.

It's dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can't decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.

But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey's high guard is torn apart, her magic too volatile, and in three moons, the fates will dance.

If she can't regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—--but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.


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Other Books in the Series



Frey (Frey Saga #1)

Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known.

Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.
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Pieces of Eight (Frey Saga #2)

The story of Frey continues in this, the second book of the series.

After revealing her dark history, Frey is forced to join with a group of strangers whose pasts seem to intertwine with her own. She struggles to regain her memories and her full power, only to discover there is more danger on the other side. Except now, there is no turning back.


Molly (Frey Saga #2.5)

Molly dreamed her whole life of living in a world of magic... until the day she walked into one. This short story falls between The Frey Saga Book Two: Pieces of Eight and the third book, Rise of The Seven.


Rise of the Seven (Frey Saga #3)

As Frey works to regain control of the North, a small silver dagger nearly brings her end. She raises her guard and proves her abilities, but another attempt on her life, from what appears to be fey, reveals not all are pleased with her return. If she could only figure out the force behind the attacks, she might be able to relax enough to decide what to do about her other problem... Chevelle.




About the Author



Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.






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[Meme T.T.T.] Freebie Week: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed & Can't Believe I Haven't Read It

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Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and The Bookish. This week being a freebie I went cruising through old TTT posts. Because I’m indecisive and the questions are great, I picked two. First up:

I Loved But Never Reviewed


Since I haven’t been reviewing that long, there’s a fair amount of books that qualify for this. However, I’m keeping it simple with my absolute favs from the birth of my Goodreads account. I am going to work on doing more Throwback Thursday/Backlist Monday posts to chip away at this list. With that in mind, I’m keeping it to 5 hoping I’ll get to these and more soon.

  1. Harry Potter series. Probably never going to review these though because what can I add? Plus, it’s been so damn long.
  2. The Lord of the Rings. See above ^
  3. Mistborn series. Mostly like the previous entries, only it feels more fresh in mind and I hope to write up something someday.
  4. Kushiel’s Universe. Same as #3
  5. Black Jewels. Ditto ^

All of these I read before reviewing, which makes me feel a bit better but there’s one series I want to note that I read during my hiatus: The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix. So, so much love for this series. The latest book I’ve read, Clariel I did add some notes:
I fucking love this series. Every goddamn thing about it.
I was so wrapped up in Clariel, I didn't think for a second who she'd become later. Then I read the first sentence of the afterword, which dropped the bomb.
Oh.
OH.
OHHHHHHHHHH.
OH. MY. GOD.
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

I’m so fucking eloquent, ya'll.

Now for the really fun list that makes me feel terrible and yet happy because I have all these books to look forward to!

I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read:


Because Peer Pressure:


Confession: I've never read a Jane Austen novel...
Last classic I'm going to list because I've only read like 9 of them total so...

Because Popular & Sounds Great:


I’m a feminist and I feel lacking not having read it. Plus, there’s a controversy around it apparently. Can’t weigh in when I haven’t read it.
Now it’s hard to deal with other books claiming to be the next Gone Girl when you haven’t even read THAT yet.


Because I love the authors:


Never read a book of his that I didn't love.
Literally the first two books listed on my TBR. Sitting for 5 years now, ffs.

Because I LOVE Dragons:


I want this as a book flower.


Because What Have I Been Doing With My Life?!!?







What do you think of my choices? Any picks of your own? Comment with your TTT post and I'll comment back!



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[Cover Reveal] This Is Me by C.E. Wilson

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[Rave Review] 5 🌟s for Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee w/ Top 10 Quotes

I don't care who you are or who you think you are, read this motherfucking book right now.


Genre: historical,
Age: YA
Format: Ebook, 400 pgs.
Source: Library
Rating: 5 Stars
Recommendable? TO EVERYONE!
CW: Racism, Sexism,
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?





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I was dying to get my hands on Outrun the Moon as soon as I heard about it. I was on a quest and entered every giveaway I could find. While I'm not lucky enough to have a copy grace my broke-ass's shelf, my hold from the library came through.

I broke my rule about following review copies with deadlines. I skipped ahead to Outrun the Moon. In my defense, it would've been unfair since I'd be thinking about this book while trying to just get the others done already!

I don't know where to start. I don't know how to start. It's fucking FLAWLESS.


Hell, I feel inadequate trying to write this review.


There is absolutely nothing bad to say. Nothing. No minor complaints or nit-picks or pet-peeves. It's all fucking amazing: characters, setting, plot, writing. You name it, Outrun the Moon does it perfectly.



I'm trying not to fangirl everywhere and make it a gif review. It's hard because Outrun the Moon is so fucking good you guys.



It's about friendships and bigotry, opportunity and oppression and community and segregation wrapped in such lovely writing, profound messages and lessons that causes ALL the feels.

The characters are so well done. Mercy and her classmates grew, had depth and impacted the story greatly. They're all real people and dynamic. Their gender and race effects who they are and how they act. Even with the larger cast, they’re all distinct. I never had a problem keeping track. I don’t even really want to call them background characters because they were so good and important.

There's a bit of romance but 1.) it doesn't overwhelm or take focus, 2.) They’re actually friends and act like it, 3.) They were actually compatible, 4.) They did what was best for them even if it meant being apart and they were happy for each other. That's so mature and dammit, I know there are teens who do this that don't get representation and those who need to see this kind of love.

Even after all that rambling, I don't think ya'll understand how much I LOVE this book. I have notes and highlights several times during almost every chapter and beyond to the Author's Note, Author's Second Note and Acknowledgements. Her list of people that helped and gave her the "stamp of approval" for what she wrote, how she portrayed the people and time...Stacy Lee is fucking phenomenal.



It makes me want to cry, both in gratitude and wonder. I don't cry a lot and when I do it's usually from being overwhelmed or a panic attack but this? There were tears. When I thought it was safe, more came.

Her Acknowledgements being with this quote from Jean Massieu, a pioneer deaf educator: "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." [Cool note: It's become a proverb in France.]



Thank you, Stacey Lee for writing this. For all of your time and research and skills. It's been weeks trying to write this review and I'm still struggling for words and tearing up just thinking about it.

Stacey Lee is a must read author. I can’t wait to get read her previous book, Under a Painted Sky and her next book, Secret of a Heart Note, coming out this December(!!).


About the Author:

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction


Did you know?


"In 1879, California adopted a new Constitution, which explicitly authorized the state government to determine which individuals were allowed to reside in the state, and banned the Chinese from employment by corporations and state, county or municipal governments."

"Many people strongly supported the Chinese Exclusion Act, including the Knights of Labor, a labor union, who supported it because it believed that industrialists were using Chinese workers as a wedge to keep wages low. Among labor and leftist organizations, the Industrial Workers of the World were the sole exception to this pattern. The IWW openly opposed the Chinese Exclusion Act from its inception in 1905.

Read more about the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States.

After records burned in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake many immigrants (known as "paper sons") claimed that they had familial ties to resident Chinese-American citizens.
~Wiki

Here's a moving article from Steve Kwok via Immigrant Voices, My Father Was a Paper Son



A Sampling


I wasn’t joking about all the notes, highlights, and bookmarks I made earlier. While I can’t share them all, and some you need context/spoilers, I’ve done the hard work of picking ones I can share. They’re only in chronological order, not ranked.

First:
"Hard work wasn't enough to get rich, or else we'd already be living in a mansion on Nob Hill with cut-glass windows like those of Leland Stanford or Mark Hopkins. No, the key to wealth was opportunity. And if opportunity didn't come knocking, then Mrs. Lowry says you must build own door."
~ Chapter 3, pg. 8.

Second:
"It strikes me that I could be back in my tenement courtyard listening to the women gossip over the community soup. Same pot, different stirrers."
~Chapter 10 pg. 8.

Third:
" 'Joi-gin,' I whisper. May he hear out Cantonese word for good-by, which means 'see you again.' He may never be my partner in business or in life, but I hope his boat will return one day. "
~ Chapter 15, pg. 2.

Fourth:
"The poor man, whose intentions were so quickly imagined for him because of the way the light hits his skin. My heart bleeds for that man. Isn't that why I had to con my way into St. Clare's? Even if I did climb to the top of that mountain one day, people will never stop seeing my color first, before me."
~Chapter 26 pg. 11.

Fifth:
"The vanishing sun lights the sky a strange yellow purple, half day in the west and half night in the east. It amazes me that even when the world is going to hell in a handcart, there's still beauty in the fringes."
~Chapter 27, pg 11.

Sixth:
"My life has changed. There is no going back. There is only holding on to this present, whose shape is as hard to define as a cloud."
~Chapter 27, pg 14.

Seventh:
"[Mrs. Lowry] Our success is determined not by external forces, but how we react to them. And didn't Ma always tell her more hapless clients that you can't prevent the birds of misfortune from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from making nests in your hair?"
~Chapter 27, pg 14.

Eighth:
"Some parents bring their children up and, I suppose, others let them down. At least we can choose our friends."
~Chapter 35, pg. 4.

Ninth:
'For every rule, there is a rule breaker.' Her gaze flits to me. 'And a ruler breaker.'
-Chapter 38, pg 11.

Tenth:
"A part of me understands the need to keep order, but another part worries that we are being led to fear the wrong things.

It's just like Chinatown and all the laws passed to contain us. We were never the enemy. The enemy was our country's own fear. "
~Chapter 42, pg. 4.

Bonus! From the Author's Second Note:
However, history is a general overview, and overlooks the story, the possibility of the individual. If we are confined by the strict margins of what is "known" to be true, we would never explore the power of what could be true. We would deny our ability to create our own stories, to make our own magic. And what is life, without that?"



Have you read Outrun the Moon yet? If not, will you? Which quote is your favorite? 



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