Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Jamie K. Schmidt and THE QUEEN'S DANCE (The Emerging Queens) RaffleCopter Giveaway

Traveling as a dragon…If you're lucky enough to shift into a dragon that has wings, you no longer have to fly coach and the world, as they say, is your oyster.  Margery, a dragon Queen from my book The Queen's Dance, unexpectedly shifted into a sky dragon and can fly over the earth at great speeds.  If she wasn't trying to remain incognito from the nefarious dragon studs who want to kidnap her, she could have start her day with a breakfast in Paris.
She would choose a pain au chocolat, similar to a chocolate croissant and a cafe au lait, a big bowl of milk and coffee.  Then after whizzing around all the sights of Paris, taking in the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, she'd pay a visit to Versailles and pop into the Hall of Mirrors to see why Napoleon wept when he viewed it for the first time.

Making sure to also keep off of the ruling Queens' radar -- because it's not a good idea to enter another Queen's territory unannounced, Margery would spend the rest of the day sight seeing.  She'd kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland, perch on top of Big Ben in England and then fly over the Kremlin in Russia.  As a dragon Queen, Margery has a treasure hoard.  Her hoard is tea, so you can be sure she's shifting back into a human for a cuppa or two and ship a bunch of exotic teas back home to enjoy later.

For lunch, she'd cruise down the Nile and chomp on some alligator, maybe shifting back to human to enjoy some honey and dates and then it's off to Morocco for some refreshing mint tea.  Taking back to the sky again, she'd breeze through the Australian outback and then spend the rest of the afternoon lying on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.

To cool off, she'd jet up to Antarctica and play with the polar bears and then head off to Mount Everest to rescue a climbing expedition.  As a reward to herself, she'd then go to Japan and take in a tea ceremony and then over to Thailand for a spicy iced chai.  She'd end the day with a Hawaiian luau and then take to the sky for a nightly show of the Aurora Borealis.

Of course, because of the very real threat of being caught by the Cult of Humanity, who want to eradicate all the dragons from the earth, Margery could never flit around the world like this without her consort and protector.  And since her protector, Remy, can't fly because he's a lake dragon without wings, that would limit her traveling quite a bit.  He could, however, show her the mysteries of the lochs of Scotland. Everything else, though, they'd have to reserve a private jet.

Blurb…Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her...forever.

He can never have her, but he'll protect her with his life.
After newly shifted sky dragon Queen Margery is rescued from smugglers by water dragon Remy Champlain, she debates whether to flesh out the story that nearly got her killed or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Sparks fly between Remy and her. He’d love her to give up her job and settle down…hopefully with him…but he can’t fly and she can’t swim, so their relationship can never get off the ground.

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Excerpt :
 Margery was lying out in the sun again. She felt the heat press into her bones from the hard deck under her and the rays beating into her skin.
Listening, she could hear the creak of the deck chair and the splash of the waves. Where was Remy?
She wanted to open her eyes and sit up, but she didn’t know where they were. Would she be flashing all of Lake Champlain? Her hands inched around on the deck hoping to find her bikini. No luck. But she did feel a sheet balled up at the very edge of her reach. Snatching it, she wrapped it around herself and sat up and wobbled—she’d had tequila hangovers that didn’t feel like this. When her eyes adjusted to the sunlight, she realized she was alone.
“Remy?” she called. She didn’t feel up to standing, so she sat there on deck and wondered why she’d passed out. It had just been starting to get good, too. Margery touched her lips where Remy’s kisses had left their brand then smiled and hoped he didn’t think he’d frightened her.
While she’d gotten really cold, and the dark did remind her briefly of being a prisoner below deck with the pirates, that’s where the similarities ended. Margery knew Remy would never hurt her. She wasn’t sure why she’d passed out, but it had nothing to do with him. Concentrating, she tried to emerge into a dragon so she could fly around the lake, but pain jackhammered into her skull until she was retching bile over the side of the deck.
“Shit,” she gurgled.
She thumped back to the deck and closed her eyes until the pain went away, which took longer than she expected. Luckily, the sun’s warmth bored into her every pore, and the headache eased to a mild throb. Margery stretched and rolled over so she wouldn’t get sunburned.
Too bad she’d passed out. She didn’t quite get the politics of the consort thing, but if it was a choice between Remy, Casimiro, and a total stranger, her best bet was Remy. It didn’t have to be love, after all. Not yet, anyway. It would have been nice to have a night of mind-blowing sex and fall asleep cuddled up in a man’s arms. Ever since Casimiro did a number on her heart, Margery wasn’t too keen on letting that organ decide her bed partners. Her libido had good taste, and right now Remy would fit the bill. If she could stay conscious for it.
A big wave lifted the boat, and she clutched at the deck as the vessel swayed nearly to tipping. Then Remy launched onto the deck. He was fully dressed and not even dripping.
She squinted up at him. “How do you do that?”
“Did you have a nice night?” he asked, turning his back on her to go to the helm and raise the anchor.

The Emerging Queens Series:
The Queen's Wings…FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.


The Queen's Flight…Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola's beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless...and what doesn't kill Viola will only make her more dangerous.

Author Bio: Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with GUEST BLOGGER Kat Martin and INTO THE WHIRLDWIND


Blessing or Curse by Kat Martin

The cover of a novel is one of the most important ingredients in the success or failure of a book. 

If the book is special enough and gets lots of word-of-mouth, even a bad cover can’t stop the novel from being a success.  If the author’s name is well enough known, a bad cover might slow sales down but it won’t be a death knell, which if very well can be.

Most of us fall into the category where a good cover is imperative, the difference between success and failure. 

Take the cover of my new book, INTO THE WHIRLWIND.  At six-foot two and totally ripped, Dirk Reynolds is gorgeous to look at, tough as nails, and sexy as hell.  He’s featured on the cover of the book, which is out May 31st.

Personally, I love covers that show bare-chested, hard-muscled men, but it turns out a lot of book buyers don’t like them.  Or perhaps it’s just that there are so many of them out there right now.

I’m hoping the gorgeous cover on INTO THE WHIRLWIND will appeal to readers as much as it appeals to me.  The book is Meg and Dirks’ story, the second in the BOSS, Inc. Trilogy

following INTO THE FURY.

When Megan O’Brien's three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts to help her, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart.  But their breakup had been bad, leaving Meg unsure if Dirk will agree.  Desperate, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.

Together, as they follow the clues, Dirk and Meg are pulled into the murky world of high-stakes gambling, international crime, and terrible danger.  I think the picture on the front of the book fits the story perfectly.

Over the years, I’ve had good covers and bad.  One of the prettiest covers I ever had was on an historical I wrote titled MIDNIGHT RIDER.  The problem was the cover was completely white.  The lovely embossed bird on the front didn’t show up until the reader picked up the book. 

Not many did! 

But the cover was chosen by the publisher and no amount of talking could convince them to change it.

On the other hand, my AGAINST SERIES, all twelve novels had fabulous covers, each with a profile of the hot-looking hero.  Sales reflected how great those covers actually were. 

I hope you like the cover of INTO THE WHIRLWIND.  Even more, I hope you enjoy Meg and Dirks’s high action adventure.

Till then, all best and happy reading, Kat

Author Bio…Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. 

AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, AGAINST THE TIDE and INTO THE FURY her latest release, took top ten spots. 

Visit Kat's website at
Or look for her on Facebook  at Katmartin/author.

Blurp…When former lingerie model Megan O’Brien's three-year-old son is kidnapped, Meg goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart.  Desperate, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.

Along with Luke Brodie, a BOSS, Inc. bounty hunter, Dirk and Meg follow clues that led them into the murky world of gambling, high power international crime, and terrible danger. 


Megan O'Brien parked at the end of the gravel driveway and quietly got out of her compact SUV.  Through the trees, she could hear the roar of a chainsaw, hear see two-by-fours going up to form the sides of the house under construction.
     The garage was already finished, undoubtedly full of Dirk's toys, including a Harley and a custom Dodge Viper.  In the summer, he kept a boat docked on the lake below the house.
     Though two other men were hard at work, her gaze went straight to Dirk.  Hammer in hand, carpenter's belt dangling low on his waist, he was shirtless, though the January air was chill.
     Hard muscle flexed across his back and shoulders as he pounded in a nail with an ease that said how many times he had done it.  Long, sinewy muscles outlined by the soft fabric of his jeans stretched and moved as he worked on his house.
     Meg's gaze went over the familiar dragon tattoo that wound over one shoulder and inched up the side of his neck.  The colored ink seemed right with the sexy, short-cropped, horseshoe mustache that framed his mouth and curved down to his jaw, making him look like the hard, tough man he was.
     Even her terrible fear for her son couldn't block the memories of how it had felt to lie with him.  Couldn't lessen the yearning that burned through her body just at the sight of him.
     On the fashion show tour, Dirk had been her bodyguard, and though every instinct had warned her not to get involved with him, the fierce attraction between them was impossible to resist.
     Once the tour returned home, Meg had ended the affair.  Dirk Reynolds was wild and fierce while she was a single mother with a son to raise.  She had duties, responsibilities.
     She couldn't have Dirk Reynolds.   
     But she had never gotten over Dirk.
     Meg steeled herself and headed along the gravel driveway toward the house he was rebuilding after the fire that had nearly killed him five months ago.  One thing she knew, Dirk Reynolds was a hard man to kill.
     Which was the reason she had swallowed her pride and her heartache and come to him.  She needed him, trusted him as she never had another man.  Her little boy's life depended on gaining this man's help.  This man she had loved and rejected.
     She stepped out of the foliage and started toward him.  With Dirk's usual keen senses, he turned, alert that someone was there, though the buzz of the saw hid the sound of her footsteps.
     For several long moments, he just stared, watching as she approached.  He was six-two, his body lean and sculpted.  Wavy dark brown hair curled at the nape of his neck.  She forced herself to keep walking, even as his jaw locked and a fierce scowl darkened his face.
     Dirk grabbed a faded blue work shirt and shrugged it on, covering most of his amazing chest.  He didn't bother fastening the buttons, just strode toward her, blocking her view of the house.
     He stopped right in front of her.  "What are doing here, Meg?"
     "I need to talk to you.  It''s urgent."
     "You're trespassing.  What do you want?"
     She swallowed, fought to stay strong.  He didn't want her there.  She had known he wouldn't.  Known he thought of her only with contempt.  She wished he would hold her the way he used to when she was afraid.  "I...I want to hire you."
     The corner of his mouth edged into a ruthless half smile.  "What for?  Stud service?"
     She wanted to cry.  She wanted to beg his forgiveness.  Tell him she had never forgotten him.  That she never would. She knew it wouldn't matter to Dirk.  Not anymore.
     It didn't matter.  Nothing mattered, but saving the life of her son.

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with GUEST BLOGGER Lisa Olech and WITHIN A CAPTAIN'S TREASURE

Thanks for letting me stop by today, Mary. It’s an exciting day. I’m releasing my newest book, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE!

With a single pistol shot and the swing of a cutlass, Alice Tupper saves her mistress's life. But no lady's maid in polite society has ever killed a duke--at least, not on purpose. So Alice sets sail for America and her new destiny--only to find herself battling pirates on the high seas. Aboard her rescue ship, The Scarlet Night, she is hailed a hero and earns her place among the crew. . .as well as the ire of Captain Gavin Quinn.

Gavin chose this pirate's life, but he knows it's no place for a woman, especially one as exasperating--and beautiful--as Alice. Despite his desire for her, Gavin is determined to do the right thing and deliver her to the new world. But Alice's deepest wish is a life by Gavin's side. Will his heart overrule his sense, and will he risk everything to pursue his greatest treasure of all?

Would you like a little taste to whet your appetite?

Portsmouth, England 1686

Alice Tupper refused to look back. As the Olivia Grace pulled away from its
docking, she didn’t line the gunwales with the others waving farewell to England. She
stood at the farthest point of the bow instead, pulled her woolen shawl tight about her
shoulders, and lifted her face to the freshness of the open sea. Her gaze rested on the thin
line where the sea and the sky lay atop one another like lovers--that was where her new
life would begin.

“Good day, Mistress Tupper. Ye’ve stolen my favorite place to stand.”

Alice turned and grinned at Captain Fredericks. He was a joyous soul who’d
already won the hearts of his passengers. Albert Fredericks reminded her of Father
Christmas after indulging in an overabundance of plum pudding.

“I’ve only sailed twice, but I love standing here as the ship cuts through the water.
It creaks and pops and pulls against the rigging like a bridle. When the sails fill, it’s as if
she breaks into a gallop.” She ran her hands along the polished rails and fittings. “I envy
you your time at sea. Once I arrive in Virginia, I imagine I’ll never sail again.” She gave
him a quick smile over her shoulder. “Governesses aren’t known for their exotic travels.”

“Well, then, you’re welcome at my bow anytime.” He patted her shoulder and
leaned close. “Ye can’t tell, those children ye’ve been sent to care for might need to see
more of the world than their back porch.”

Mary, Thanks again for letting me stop by. I’d love to keep chatting. If your followers have any questions about me or the books, I’d be happy to answer them!

BLURBThis pirate's latest prize may be love. . .
With a single pistol shot and the swing of a cutlass, Alice Tupper saves her mistress's life. But no lady's maid in polite society has ever killed a duke--at least, not on purpose. So Alice sets sail for America and her new destiny--only to find herself battling pirates on the high seas. Aboard her rescue ship, The Scarlet Night, she is hailed a hero and earns her place among the crew. . .as well as the ire of Captain Gavin Quinn.

Gavin chose this pirate's life, but he knows it's no place for a woman, especially one as exasperating--and beautiful--as Alice. Despite his desire for her, Gavin is determined to do the right thing and deliver her to the new world. But Alice's deepest wish is a life by Gavin's side. Will his heart overrule his sense, and will he risk everything to pursue his greatest treasure of all?

Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

Author’s photo courtesy of Jenny Sinclair Photography.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with M. Clarke and SEXIEST COUPLE ALIVE

Sexiest Couple Alive (Book 2): Knight Fashion by M. Clarke

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Print Length: 229 pages
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Blurp…Nathan Cross is living his dream. Not only is he modeling for Knight Fashion Magazine, recently voted “sexiest man alive,” but he is dating a beautiful photographer who could be his new future.

When he unexpectedly reunites with his past love, his world crashes around him. Two loves. The past or the future: which one will he choose?

Olivia’s past choices come back to haunt her and could ruin everything she has worked so hard to build. Troy has the power to destroy any hope of happiness. She will do everything to keep that from happening, even if it means giving up her second chance with Nathan. Lies. Revenge. Scandal. Olivia could lose it all.

Author Bio… International Bestselling, Award Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with HOW THE DUKE WAS WON by Lenora Bell


Series: The Disgraceful Dukes
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (April 26, 2016)

BLURP… The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

AUTHOR BIO… Lenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!

An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties.

In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She's thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis

Heart Like Mine by Maggie McGinnis

Series: An Echo Lake Novel (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 5, 2016)

BLURP… ONLY LOVE CAN HEAL A BROKEN HEART - Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.

Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?

Don't miss Heart Like Mine, the second Echo Lake novel from Maggie McGinnis!

AUTHOR BIO… USA Today bestselling author Maggie McGinnis is the author of Forever This Time and is a Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She writes sweet romances set in Montana and Vermont, and feels extremely fortunate that through her books, she gets to fall in love every single day. She's a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn't an author, she'd totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It's probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with THE SISTERHOOD: How the Power of the Feminine Heart Can Become a Catalyst for Change and Make the World a Better Place by Bobbie Houston

THE SISTERHOOD: How the Power of the Feminine Heart Can Become a Catalyst for Change and Make the World a Better Place by Bobbie Houston 

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Hardcover: 272 pages 
Publisher: FaithWords (May 3, 2016) 

BLURP… As Co-founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and founder of The Colour Sisterhood, Bobbie Houston paints a vision of God's plan for women of all ages and backgrounds to flourish, empower each other, and unite to change the world. 
We don't need to look far to realize that not all women live with the same opportunities and confidence. THE SISTERHOOD invites women to explore and expand what they believe about God, themselves, and their responsibility to the world around them. Tracing the rise of Hillsong Church's global Sisterhood movement, author Bobbie Houston challenges women to join her in creating a new era of outreach. Readers will learn how to embrace their individual gifts and value as women, growing seeds of change into greater possibilities for women everywhere. If one woman can change her world, then only heaven truly knows what an entire company of women can achieve. 

Author Bio… Bobbie Houston, together with her husband Brian, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. Bobbie also founded The Colour Sisterhood foundation in 1997, a worldwide movement of women united to make a difference and make the world a better place, which sponsors conferences, Sisterhood projects and initiatives. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia and Orange County, California. 

REVIEW…As the wife, co-founder, and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Bobbie Houston has the unique ability to project a message out to everyone and in this book she does just that.  Her well written, thoughtful, and concise words convey how the power of being a woman holds much responsibility and when combined with our faith can be an amazing tool to raise us up and guide our life from every venue. 

I have been moved by the previous books Bobbie has written, but this one spoke to me in a way I found beyond comforting or motivating but to the point of inspiring.  It made me push my mind set out of the ordinary into the open possibilities regardless of age and see that I do have the confidence through faith and a belief system that has proven itself to always be on my side.  We are not a disappointment to anyone or a mistake, we are all perfect in the function we perform and the actions we take as righteous women of God. 

Be inspired and understand your worth, read a Bobbie Houston book today! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

One Hot Summer by Melissa Cutler

Series: One and Only Texas (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 5, 2016)

BLURP… Welcome to Dulcet, Texas, home of the legendary Briscoe Ranch Resort, where one woman will discover that even love is bigger in the Lone Star State.

Celebrity wedding planner Remedy Lane is Hollywood royalty―until a scandal sends her packing to the wilds of Texas. She has a knack for leaving disaster in her wake, but she’s determined to reboot her career at Briscoe Ranch, a luxury resort known for extravagant weddings. Little does she know that weddings don’t happen at the resort without the approval of the town’s cowboy-swaggering, too-hot-for-his-own-good fire chief, Micah Garrity.

ONE HOT SUMMER - Micah knows trouble when he sees it, and all it takes is one glimpse of Remedy’s princess airs for him to know he’s met his match. Too bad he can’t stop thinking about her―even when she brings about one disaster after another at the resort. He and Remedy clash at every turn, but they can’t stop the sparks flying between them. They come from such different worlds―does love stand a chance or will this fire burn too hot for either of them to handle?

AUTHOR BIO… Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy small town contemporary romances, western romances, and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Harlequin, Kensington Books, Penguin, and Macmillan. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. Find out more about Melissa and her books at or write to her at . You can also find Melissa on Facebook ( and Twitter (@m_cutler)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Anya Summers and TO MASTER AND DEFEND

TO MASTER and DEFEND by Anya Summers

Blurp..Ophelia Mills is coerced by her friends into having a fashionable night out, where she discovers the newest night life destination is actually an exotic BDSM Club named Dungeon Pleasures. She’s always been curious about the lifestyle, but her reserved nature has so far held her back from exploring her desires. When an over enthusiastic club goer goes overboard with his intentions and attempts to force her into submission, the club’s owner comes to her rescue, defending her honor. After a scorching one night stand with her knight in shining armor, Ophelia discovers that the fantasy was one for the record books.

Tobias Ford likes his life just fine. At the helm of two successful businesses, he’s a Dom with a checkered past and isn’t looking for anything permanent. He’s perfectly content to enjoy the submissive offerings at Dungeon Pleasures, as well as his membership in the exclusive Dungeon Fantasy Club. Then Ophelia Mills stumbles in, needing his protection, and bringing forth every dominant urge he possesses. After a torrid night he cannot forget, he devises a campaign, laying siege to her heart even as he spanks her bare bottom for disobedience. With every one of her pleasured cries, Tobias falls further under Ophelia’s spell as she surrenders to his mastering.

As he indulges her newfound carnal appetite, Ophelia will have to face old hurts, and decide whether or not she can trust him with the most precious of gifts…

Author bio…Anya Summers - Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.

Anya is a #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series
Her Highland Master, Book 1, April 15, 2016
To Master & Defend, Book 2, May 15, 2016
Two Doms for Kara, Book 3, June 12, 2016
His Driven Domme, Book 4, July 2016
Her Country Master, Book 5, August 2016
Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 2016
Submit To Me, Book 7, October 2016
Her Wired Dom, Book 8, November 2016

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To Master & Defend Excerpt

What the hell had she gotten herself into this time?
"Of all the…" she muttered under her breath as she gripped the wooden handrail on the bar. The club's boisterous crowd jostled Ophelia on her barstool; the movement skewed the aquamarine feathers of her mask so that they tickled her nose.
Reaffixing her disguise so that she didn't inhale feathers, she assessed Dungeon Pleasures. End of Summer Masquerade Party her foot, it was more like an excuse to fondle, ogle, and show everyone your naughty bits. Its tagline should have read, 'debauchery central, if you want it, this is the place to get it'. 'It' meaning sex. This club was a place for the wilder LA crowd to break out their leather gear. Ophelia didn't think she'd ever seen so much leather and spandex in one place, nor so many nipples. Women and men displayed their cleavage wrapped in clamps, jewelry, or spilling out of leather corsets—or all three. And she wasn't even going to mention the barely-there skirts or number of people going commando. There was a cowgirl strutting herself in assless chaps. She hadn't known until tonight that they made assless chaps, but apparently, they do.
A resounding bass pumped out of the sound system and that, combined with the sweaty mix of gyrating, oversexed bodies getting their groove thing on out on the dance floor, was enough to send Ophelia scurrying for the hills. She'd rather be at home, curled on the couch with a good book, than in the midst of this sexual feeding frenzy. She liked sex; she did, but she had never been into overt displays. She was more the fine wine, candlelight and lingerie type, than the leather studded corset type.
So why was she here? Besides the crushing amount of guilt she needed to assuage. Ophelia turned Anna and Molly down for attending social functions ninety-nine percent of the time. It wasn't that she didn't like her friends—she did—but she also far enjoyed her own company above the overcrowded, over-stimulating clubs her peers seemed to adore without question. There really was something erroneous about her attitude toward social interaction. She knew it, but didn't believe there was a fix for it. Crowds made her uncomfortable and filled her with anxiety. And, if she were honest, most clubs bored her to tears, even ones with ample amounts of bared flesh on display. Although Dungeon Pleasures did take the cake for the sport of people-watching. Yet Ophelia far preferred her books than the bump and grind she was presently witnessing. That was where the world made sense, where men behaved with honor and dignity, sent you a calling card so you knew from the start what their intentions were toward you.
Dating was something Ophelia had never seemed to get the hang of, not in high school, not in undergrad, and certainly not now. She'd had boyfriends, who had skedaddled the moment they realized she was more interested in her books that she was in them. Sad, really, when she thought about it.
The only reason she had come tonight was because lately, she'd been feeling like she was nearly coming out of her skin she was so desperate for physical contact. In other words, she wanted sex, with no strings attached. She didn't have the time necessary to cultivate a relationship. Her end game was sex. Really hot, she might need to fan herself with an Austen novel, pulse-pounding sex.