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Sunday Reflections: Upcoming Books, Fun Stuff and Great Deals You Might Have Missed, Week of October 13, 2013

13 Oct

Upcoming Books and New Releases

A new addition to the Cosmo Red Hot Reads partnership with Harlequin is Everything You Need to Know by HelenKay Dimon. Jordan McAdam is jaded enough when it comes to men to administer a DC website detailing the hottest bachelors – including rating them on the manners in and out of the bedroom. When the opportunity presents itself to get the “hands on” dirt on elusive hottie Forrest Redder, they both wonder if and when his stats will get posted, or if Jordan might finally realize that some men are worth keeping to herself. Publication date October 15th!

While we are waiting patiently for the first book in author Jaci Burton’s new Hope series to come out, she continues to tantalize by releasing the book cover for the second one, Hope Ignites, complete with a link to pre-order! This contemporary series appears to have heart-warming themes of home and family in a rural environment, but with Burton at the helm, I’m sure that there will be plenty of emotional sexy times as well.

Cara McKenna is releasing her new book, Unbound, this week on October 15th, a contemporary featuring a woman trying to find herself after some major life changes (including losing over 100 pounds) by taking a three-week hike in the Scottish Highlands. What she doesn’t plan is finding a self-imposed hermit, forced to take in an injured woman. When her flirting and upbeat attitude begin melting away his defenses, both find themselves wondering if they can face their fears and find a future…together.

The next book in paranormal doyenne Larissa Ione‘s Demonica series is going to be Reaver (the 10th book in the Demonica series and the 5th in the Lords of Deliverance), and fans will be pleased to note that Amazon has currently discounted the paperback price to $4.80 if you pre-order this book prior to its release date of December 17th.

Thea Harrison is about to release the next novel in her Elder Races series, Kinked in early November.  One of the most popular dragon series in paranormal romance (and yes, there are plenty), this novel features two Sentinels who despise one another who are thrown together on a reconnaissance mission only to find their conflict – and passion – coming to a head. They need to discover a way to resolve their differences, and quickly, as their entire kingdom is at risk. This book is down to $4.79 if you pre-order the paperback copy from Amazon.

I’m going to have to do a blog post on historical romance author Bertrice Small who is still cranking out books at 75 years old. How awesome is that? Her latest is an addition to her The Silk Merchant’s Daughters series, and Lucianna – the tale of a beautiful Italian widow who comes to the attention of an English Earl captivated by her intelligence and looks while in the country on a mission for King Henry VII – is the next novel in the series, just released on October 1st . When her well-meaning family schemes to get her to England to pursue the attraction and find some happiness, Lucianna must confront what she really wants from her life rather than hiding from it.

Contests and Giveaways

I loved Dee J. Adams’ Adrenaline Highs series, so I’m happy to see that not only did she put out another book this summer, Against the Wall, the first in her new High Stakes series, but that it also currently has a giveaway on Goodreads to boot. A wrongfully imprisoned man is out for revenge against the person who put him there and he must team with a young woman who can give him access to her employer – in exchange for the safety of her kidnapped family. Sounds like Adams is giving her usual brand of page turning suspense! Enter before October 15th to win.

Historical thriller writer Tracey Devlyn is having not one but two giveaways this month! While her web contest is giving away the three books in her Nexus series plus a custom bookmark, her no-holds-barred Rafflecopter giveaway could have you winning an iPad mini if you help her promote her latest (and totally terrific) book, A Lady’s Secret Weapon. You can earn entries toward the iPad by entering the necessary information on either the Rafflecopter link on her website or on her Facebook page. Enter before October 31st for both contests.

Suspense maven Stephanie Tyler specializes in crafting terrific military heroes and her new Section 8 series is up to her usual mark. Based around a former Navy SEAL whose father was part of a secret operation named Section 8, now the government has given the order for all operatives and their families to be eliminated and it’s a race against time to save the innocent. The second book in the series, Unbreakable, is due out in early November and there is a contest to win a copy on Goodreads if you enter prior to October 18th.

Fun Stuff

I adore the blog Book Riot, particularly for featuring all the great reading-related clothing and accessories in the world, but know this wonderful resource has their own t-shirt, emblazoned with the terrific logo of “READ HARDER”. And you should! Only $20 and you could be exhorting this message to the people in your life.

Just in time for Halloween literary style are this pair of adorable custom made Edgar Allen Poe flats from CustombyKylee on Etsy. Only $50, this will have you quoting “The Raven” whether you are thinking of your high school English teacher or The Simpsons Halloween episode version (which is also pretty fabulous).

Just when I think it’s impossible for me to drool more over Kate Spade and her wonderful offerings, she proves me wrong! Case in point, her new library-inspired bag line, including the chuckle-worthy Required Reading Bon Shopper tote bag, printed with a colorful old-fashioned card catalog. Granted, it’s Kate Spade so this puppy is going to set you back about $228, but a girl can dream, right?

Great Deals

Shifter fans who have not yet read Rhyannon Byrd’s Dark Wolf Rising will be pleased to note that it’s available for free from Amazon right now. When a powerful wolf who has always steered clear of human females and mated within his pack instead finds an irresistable woman snooping around the pack’s land in the hope of finding her kidnapped sister, all previously held ideas get examined..and are found wanting.

Historical author Julie Anne Long’s The Perils of Pleasure is discounted to only $1.99 right now, so fans of Regency rogues arrested for murder and rescued by beautiful mercenaries with their own agenda might want to run over to Amazon right now and pick it up.

Fans of BDSM queen, Joey W. Hill will be thrilled to see that her Natural Law novel is currently available for free on Amazon. When a strong detective goes undercover at a BDSM club he’s glad to discover the Dominatrix willing to help him uncover the murderer in their midst, but she might also uncover some rather disturbing revelations about this cop’s sensual desires, and what he might really want.

That’s it for this week. Happy reading, everyone! 🙂

Tender Friendship, Spine-Tingling Suspense, and Hot Romance: Dangerously Close by Dee J. Adams Has It All

23 Jun

Dangerously Close (Adrenaline Highs #3) by Dee J. Adams (Carina Press, July 23, 2012)

On a rainy June afternoon, I was more than ready for a romantic suspense novel, so I sifted through my soon-to-be-published books from NetGalley and thought, “Huh, this one looks okay. I’ll try it.”

Dangerously Close by Dee J. Adams is more than okay. It’s awesome.

The third in Adams’ Adrenaline Highs series, I have determined to read the first two books ASAP because I need to discover if she can do such a great job balancing romance and suspense in her previous stories. Luckily, it is no problem for a reader to read this book out of order (always the mark of a great writer) since we have a sense of the other characters, but don’t have to suffer an awkward info dump to be brought up to speed.

Ashley Bristol is trying to remain cheerful in her recovery. After having a psychopath put her in a coma for two months, she is, months later, just now getting her life back on track. Yes, she still has to take seizure medication and she’s prone to migraines, but her best friend Ellie is helping her and renovating the beautiful beach home in Malibu she bought with the settlement is a terrific distraction. Until a freak accident leaves her almost fully blind from wet macular degeneration, that is.

With a sense of humor the long-suffering biblical Job wishes he had, Ashley takes on this next new challenge, learning how to function as a blind person (she can see the occasional shape and has some peripheral vision but otherwise sees nothing). Ellie needs to get back to her husband, so the two of them start interviewing candidates for a live-in companion, one that can teach Ashley to be more independent. When she finds the perfect person (and a boxer/pit bull stray) all in one day, she’s ecstatic. She begins to learn how to shift for herself as much as possible and is merely curious when someone moves into the previously empty multi-million dollar beach home that shares the yard and the oceanfront.

How I picture the view from Ashley and Mel’s Malibu beachfront property

Seger Hughes has been leading the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll lifestyle for way too long, a reality brought home when he wakes up with a barely legal girl in his bed and one hell of a hangover. He’s disgusted with what the years and his success have brought him, and finishes up his tour, determined to make some serious changes. He stops having sex with strangers, cuts out booze and begins eating well and working out, so much so that when he pulls into the beachfront home he bought using his real name, Mel Summers, no one would recognize his thin, blond former self for the muscular guy sporting a natural brown buzz cut.

He’s still worried about discovery, however, and super pissed to find out that the guest house he thought was part of his real estate purchase belongs to someone else. When he discovers its owned by a blind woman and her classical-music loving companion, he breathes a sigh of relief and vows to keep his distance. But it’s a vow that’s easy to break when there’s an enthusiastic dog and a friendly blond woman in the mix.

Dangerous Race (Adrenaline Highs #1, Tracey and Mac’s Story) by Dee J. Adams (Carina Press, September 5, 2011)

What floored me about this book was how Dee Adams manages to show Mel’s resurrection. With the lifestyle he had been living, a big part of him had essentially died. Through the unconditional acceptance and friendship of Ashley and her dog, Roamer, he begins to return to life. After hearing about Mel’s crappy childhood and quick path to success, you begin to get a sense of the profound loneliness he’s experienced and how this probably contributed to some of the self-destructive choices he’s made.

In a way, he resurrects a part of Ashley, too. She’s lonely with Ellie back in Indiana with her husband, but she’s exactly the friend everyone would want to have and her relentless warmth is like a fresh rain on parched earth for Mel. Yes, you don’t like him lying about who he is, but other than that, he tells her the truth in every other aspect of his life, even sharing personal details he never told anyone before. Their friendship very naturally becomes something much more to both of them, and I have to say that in the thousands of books I’ve read (romance or otherwise) I’ve never read a more well-written friendship unfold on a page than this one.

But this is romantic suspense and Dee Adams doesn’t leave us high and dry in that arena. Ashley obviously attracts psychopaths like ants at a picnic, although this one, in this case, is focused on Mel/Seger. A stalker for literally years (yikes) Paula sees the blind woman and her companion living next door as exactly what she needs to get close to the man she’s been obsessed with since middle school (yes, I said middle school). Her behavior is nothing short of chilling and manipulative even before she goes full-throttle crazypants at the end of the book. *shiver*

Danger Zone (Adrenaline Highs #2 – Ellie and Quinn’s story) by Dee J. Adams (Carina Press, February 20, 2012)

Their romantic and sexual feelings for each other highlighted by the adrenaline, when Mel and Ashley get together it’s not only caring and giving but pretty smoking hot as well. There is such joy in their lovemaking that the rush of emotion provides a strong contrast to the ever-present menace of our stalker. When the story finally cames to its resolution, I had such an attack of the feel good fuzzies that I walked around for a couple of hours smiling. (The song Mel writes for Ashley is so beautiful!)

I’m impressed by new author Dee J. Adams’ burgeoning platform as well. Her website and blog have lots of information (love her tagline “Ordinary People. Extraordinary Danger.”) and she is active on Facebook and Twitter with a decent Goodreads page (it would be better if she added her Facebook and Twitter accounts right on there, as well as on the front page of her website, so readers wouldn’t have to go to the blog).

Full disclosure. This book doesn’t come out until July 23rd (frustrating, I know) but I figured an interested reader might need a few weeks to read the first two in the series and be totally primed for Dangerously Close. Ashely and Mel won’t disappoint, I promise!

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