Slave by Sherri Hayes: 4th Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago on July 26th, Slave, the first book in Sherri Hayes’ Bestselling Finding Anna Series hit the market.

Genre: BDSM Romance Series
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.



As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.



Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.



Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.



Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

Readers
Have Fallen In Love

 

Slave now has over 100 4 and 5 star ratings son Amazon.

“Slave was a very intense read for me, beautifully written, and left me wanting more.” 

~In The Book



Describing this read is simple- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found every aspect of it to be so good. I couldn’t put it down.”

~AndreaAH


Finding
Anna

Slave is the first book in Sherri’s Finding Anna Series. A 4 book serial series that follows Brianna and Stephan through their journey.


“I talk to a lot of readers and the one thing they consistently say is that this is unlike anything they’ve ever read before. Some see the cover of Slave and assume it’s a traditional slave/capture story. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Slave, and the rest of Finding Anna, is about a young woman who has to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life after suffering through immense trauma. Finding Anna starts where all the other slave/capture stories end…with the rescue.” ~Sherri Hayes


As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? 

 

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.
 
 
 
For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring. There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.

 

Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer? As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on, and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known. 


 

 

Brianna is lost for the fourth time in her life. Each time was unexpected, and each changed the course of her future. The first life-altering event occurred when her mother died, and she moved to Minnesota to live with her father.

 

The second was when she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and forced to be a slave. She would never forget those ten months. Brianna thought her life was over.

 

Everything changed again the day Stephan steamrolled into her life and brought her home to live with him. She had no idea what to expect—what life with her new Master would hold. That first month with Stephan was, in some ways, more confusing than the prior ten. As a slave, she’d known her place. With Stephan everything was new and different. He’d given her freedom and so much more.

 

Five months after Stephan rescued her, Brianna once again finds her life flipped upside down.

 

In this fourth, and final, installment of Finding Anna, Brianna must unearth strength she never knew she possessed. Stephan can no longer protect her from the outside world. She must learn to trust herself, embrace who she is, and discover who she wants to be. Only by facing her demons can Brianna find true happiness and peace.

 

Finding
Anna Box Set
Download all 4 books for only $9.99.
Giveaway

 

Grand Prize – $10 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize – Sherri Hayes Swag Pack
3rd Prize – Set of Signed Finding Anna Bookmarks

 

 

The Woman in the Movie Star Dress: Review

Woman in Movie Star Dress coverWinner of the Silver Medal, Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards 2015

What if you borrowed someone’s clothes and then when you wore them, their personality transferred on to you? That’s the premise behind this critically acclaimed magical realism suspense set in Hollywood.

“A highly readable novel about love, sex, Hollywood, and transference.”
“With plot twists, simmering sexuality, male heroes, and a femme fatale, this novel fondly pays tribute to film noir.” – Blue Ink Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews: “The author manages to deftly mix aspects of suspenseful film noir, chick lit, and Hollywood nostalgia in this well-paced, concise tale. An entertaining ride with a troubled but sympathetic young woman.”

Summary:

A young woman comes to Hollywood to escape her past. She finds work in a vintage clothing store that sells clothes used in the movies. One day she discovers a way to transfer human character through these vintage clothes, and she uses this ability to transform from a lonely, insecure young woman to a glamorous heartbreaker. But she also discovers that with the good comes the bad as character flaws are transferred too. She begins to worry: what if one of the vintage clothes she has sold to some unsuspecting customer had been previously worn by a deeply troubled soul? One day her fears become crystallized—intrigued by a man who comes asking about a beautiful scarlet dress she has recently sold, she looks into its history and discovers a secret that terrifies her. So begins a quest to find the scarlet dress complicated by a budding romance and the threads of her past, which intervene like trip wires. Emotions run high, and in the background the quickening drumbeat of the race to find the scarlet dress, potent as a loose, loaded weapon.

 

My Review:

What an interesting premise: a fragment of a person’s soul becomes embedded in their clothing and the people who subsequently wear it experience the original owner’s opinions, proclivities and emotions. This leads to some unexpected, hazardous experiences for our protagonist, Genevieve Nightcloud.

Genevieve is attempting to discover herself and her place in the world. A lover of film noir and old Hollywood, she tends to compare her experiences and the people she meets with those she finds in movies. Genevieve, as a bit of an odd duck, doesn’t really fit in anywhere. She shyly keeps people who would gladly befriend (or date) her at a distance and is generally insecure. Movie star men and the characters they play are usually easier to crush on than anyone real.

She also straddles two cultures. Her mother was a WASP and her father Navajo. After her mother killed herself, the family fell apart. Genevieve just wants to make sense of it all. So, she begins to experiment upon the hypothesis that transference is real by wearing the clothes of strong-willed movie heroines, borrowed from the shop where she works. She finds a method that seemingly makes it possible.

The author succeeds in creating a heroine to whom one can relate without necessarily being able to agree. I understood Genevieve and why she acted as she did, without being able to endorse the majority of her actions. If one can accept that the possibility of transference exists, then Genevieve behaves recklessly.

A few of the plot points in this book remain unresolved (although it may be argued that in life, not all questions have answers). Still, the compelling parts of this story far outweighed any weaknesses. This is a book I wouldn’t mind discussing with other readers. Sadly, I don’t have time to be in a book club, but if you are a member of one, I would suggest this book for a group read.

This novel presents a loving tribute to Hollywood past and a picture of its present that feels authentic. Something I truly loved was that the author’s voice is an echo of the narrators in films of old.

Much thanks to Netgalley and Doublewood Press for providing me with an e-book. Four stars.

 

About the Author:

“When I was a child, I often had to wear hand-me-downs from my cousins. But my mother was always careful to choose which clothes to accept from relatives–she would only take ones from well behaved kids because she worried some of the character of the bad kids could get embedded in the clothes and transferred on to me. I thought that was a fascinating concept and I used it in this novel.”

~Quoted on Goodreads.

 

Buy Link:

Amazon

 

 

Summer Romance: Review of Supernova by C.L. Parker

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Review: Supernova by C.L. Parker

The Blurb:

Somewhere between the first twinkling of stars in the night sky and the break of dawn, two souls from two unique worlds collide, creating an everlasting supernova.

Kerrigan Cruz and Dominic Grayson are among the chosen few who have the gift, or the curse, of being able to walk between two worlds.  It is on the cusp of where these beings meet that everything changes, and life as they know it is turned upside down. Fantasy becomes reality and what shouldn’t be, is.

Forced by destiny, their chance encounter is breathed to life by the one thing that can make even the most impossible of impossibilities a reality.  Something so complex in nature, yet as simple as a flicker of thought to exercise. Most normal people go about their everyday lives never even suspecting its existence. But it is out there…it is the Light.

The universe has granted the power of the Light to a chosen bloodline charged with the responsibility of protecting our right to choose our destiny. But in the shadows, darkness wreaks havoc in the lives of the unsuspecting. Yes, another world does exist, and it holds secrets beyond what the most vivid imagination can comprehend.

 

supernovaMy Review:

When I picked this book to review, I wasn’t sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Happily, I gobbled it up. C. L. Parker has a marvelous imagination.

 

This is a carefully-crafted paranormal world with immersive detail. We find our protagonist, Kerrigan, at a difficult time of her life. A sweet, loving girl, she has lost her dear grandmother. An oily boyfriend with aspirations has ingratiated himself with Kerrigan’s dad and she tolerates the jerk’s attentions because she doesn’t want her dad to suffer any more loss. In short, she’s a pleaser. But then, she inherits her Grammy’s house and is able to start a whole new life.

 

Enter Dominic Grayson, tortured soul. He’s been tucked under Grammy Availia’s nurturing wing for a significant amount of time, and Availia instructed Kerrigan, via a letter, to keep him around. A mysterious web soon emerges with Dominic at its center.

 

Best things about this book? Kerrigan emerges as the strong one. She and Dominic are evenly yoked. Dominic is smoking hot and has a habit of flirting in Spanish. I’d rate him highly as a book boyfriend! The unresolved sexual tension is amazing and the love scenes are steamy.

 

One thing I would change about the book is the preface. In fact, I would suggest that readers start at Chapter One and read the preface last. Also, while I liked the character Gabe, his behaviour was at times silly and not in tune with Kerrigan’s feelings. Still, he had a good heart.

 

Okay, looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy. I can’t wait to find out the answers to a bunch of intriguing questions. Four stars.

 

cparkerBio:  C. L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She’s a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort for all her life—which translates to “she just wouldn’t shut the hell up”—it’s no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.

 

Buy Link:

http://publishinghouse.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/22

 

TWCS Summer Romance Tour: Passion & Propriety

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Review: Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier

Summary:

There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest and least pretty daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.

 

Even if the unthinkable were to happen and the viscount was to see past her plain exterior and recognise the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Her best friend Grace’s warnings are moot; a man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?

 

Returning to his childhood home, a place he’d vowed never to set foot in again, William doesn’t expect to survive the terrible wounds he received while fighting the French at Arapiles—certainly not with all his limbs intact. Bullied into making what can only be described as a miraculous recovery, William can’t decide if his nurse, the hazel-eyed woman with the lovely voice, is an angel or a devilish imp. She torments him, both with foul-tasting concoctions she insists on coaxing down his throat, and by showing him a taste of heaven . . . of what could have been . . . if he were not cursed by the sins of his forefathers.

 

Passion coverMy Review:

If you like Regency Romances, you’re probably going to love this story. I can’t promise that every detail is period-perfect because I don’t know enough about it, but it has a very good feel for that era and it’s easy to get lost in the story. I do know that the British aristocratic titles are used correctly (which is saying something!)

But the best thing about this book is the characters. We have a viscount who is determined to let his wicked line die out because of a family curse. He’s so adamant about it that he remains chaste and unmarried at the age of twenty-five. And then, we have a 27-year-old spinster who is equally stubborn and terribly opposed to his views. Each manages to shock the other in a multitude of ways. Obviously, they belong together.

The supporting cast and the settings are great and it’s interesting to get immersed in the small details of life in the various social classes. Some of the scenes that play out with other characters are positively hysterical.

This is a book that I own and have reread at least four times without tiring of it. As it’s part of the summer tour, it’s a great time for you to grab a copy. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too. Five stars.

 

Buy Link:

http://publishinghouse.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/books/detail/163

 

Author Bio:

edesallierElise met the love of her life when she was only sixteen, married him three years later, and recently celebrated her thirtieth wedding anniversary. Needless to say, she is a big believer in living Happily Ever After. With a lifetime’s worth of experience behind her, Elise also believes great relationships don’t just happen, they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun.

After surviving all manner of health obstacles while raising a family and nursing her elderly grandmother—her writing namesake, though she’d have been shocked by her granddaughter’s steamy love scenes—Elise established a career as a counselor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse began to make its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twelve and a half thousand reviews, and an email from an acquisitions editor at The Writer’s Coffee Shop later, and Elise’s life found a new and fascinating direction.

A romantic fiction addict from way back, writing her own historical and paranormal romances—and having others read and fall in love with her characters and the worlds she creates—is a dream come true. Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

 

Connect:

http://publishinghouse.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/68

 

 

 

My Wounded Soldier, Fight for Glory: Diane Munier

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All across the country men are drifting home from the war. But when Tom Tanner musters out, he doesn’t plan to go home. He has been working in the brickyard in Springfield trying to save enough money to buy a rig and head west. He’s not expecting his father to show up and plead with him to return to the farm. After the horrible loss of his older brother, Tom doesn’t feel worthy of the family’s company. But his guilt won’t allow him to cause them more pain and so he goes home for one last visit. It’s hard to find normal around the folks. The work of harvest provides the perfect distraction. Once the crops are in he’ll go so far away they’ll never have to look at him again. But his plans are challenged one day. Tom is working in the field when the neighbor boy, Johnny, comes running for help. What Tom finds at the neighbor’s home is a scene right out of the war. But it’s not just about killing. The Missus Addie Varn, is ready to birth. Tom wants to run, and he will come fall, but now he must roll up his sleeves and play midwife.

‘My Wounded Soldier Book Two: Fight for Love’ will be available for Pre-order July 4th. So, celebrate with family and fireworks, start reading My Wounded Soldier Book 1, and stop by this Facebook event page  to hear a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  Exciting stuff is happening!

Additionally, there will be a Facebook Release Party on June 9th, hosted by Jedigirlsc and Frannie Flower. Please add the three of us as friends on Facebook to keep up with all the news.

 

My Wounded Soldier Buy Links

Amazon

 

My Wounded Soldier Bio

Diane profile picLiving comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I’m a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew and hear story. Hear the voices telling story. See the mouths move and the hands clutching glasses or cigarettes. See and hear the laughter. There is no greater honor than to hear someone’s story. If you feel that way about the tales I tell…what more could I ask.

My Wounded Soldier Connect

Website: www.dianemunier.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dianemunierauthor
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/dianemunier
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dianemunier

 

Military Romance FB Hop with Giveaways: July 1-4th

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To celebrate the Fourth of July, 30+ authors (including some of your favorite NYT and USA Today bestsellers) are participating in a Facebook hop from July 1-4th. Readers can win prizes on each author’s Facebook page. All you have to do is stop by the first author’s link, enter the contest as instructed, and then click on the next author’s link.

There is also a Rafflecopter grand prize on the event’s landing page if you share the Landing page URL by FB or Twitter.

Your first stop on the tour:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAllieKAdams

Landing Page:

http://rochellepaige.com/military_romance_event

Rafflecopter:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b76806b85/

Readers will start at the first author’s Facebook Page and continue through the pages of the 30+ authors participating in the hop. Winners will be randomly chosen to win prizes on each author page. Don’t miss this one! And Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to all of you!

 

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