Monday, January 31, 2011

NEW RELEASE - To Tempt a Sheikh by Olivia Gates

To Tempt a Sheikh by Olivia Gates (which is book 2 in the Pride of Zohayd Trilogy) will release on February 1, 2011 - THAT'S TOMORROW!

Isn't that a GORGEOUS cover? Olivia is in Egypt at the moment (I'd so love to be her right now) and is unable to promote her book so I'm asking everyone who reads this to go check out the book. Below you will find the blurb, where you can buy the book as well as the link to Olivia's website. I know I've definitely just added "To Tempt a Sheikh" to my to be read list along with book one in the series "To Tame A Sheikh". Both books are published with Silhouette Desire so you know they're going to be good. So go to Olivia's website and check out all the details on the book. While you're there, check out the backlist, free read and the contest. And for those of you who like paranormal, she also has "Mortal Enemy, Immortal Lover".

Blurb for "To Tempt a Sheikh"

He rescued hostage Talia Burke from his royal family's rival tribe and swept her into his strong embrace. But Prince Harres Aal Shalaan soon discovered there was more to the brave beauty than he knew. Talia held information vital to protecting his beloved kingdom…and she had every reason not to trust him.

Marooned together at a desert oasis, Talia couldn't resist Harres. Yet even as his sizzling seduction entranced her, his loyalty to his family and country would always make them enemies. Falling for the sheikh would be her heart's greatest mistake…but she feared it was already too late….

In stores February 1!

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books A Million and bookstores everywhere. Also available at eharlequin both in print and as an ebook.

To read a first chapter and visit Olivia's webpage, click here.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zero Day by Mark Russinovich

Over the Atlantic, an airliner’s controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. And in the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl.

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears that there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to stop an international disaster.

My Review:

My first though on this book was "If I get the opportunity to push the sale of any book, this is the book I would choose, for the simple fact that we need to be educated in cyber terrorism." A thought provoking thriller, Zero Day is by far one of the most exciting yet terrifying books I have ever read. In our generation, there is no where you can look that is not controlled by computers in some capacity. Just think about it for a minute. Online banking, your power at home, the airplane that you take to reach your destination and even your check out at the grocery store, these are all reliant on computers. Now try to imagine a virus attacking any one of those industries and your world would be turned upside down. Zero Day is a book that addresses those issues and expounds on that by painting a vivid picture of what can happen should one of these industries come under attack. The public needs to become educated and aware of the fact that cyber terrorism does exist and CAN happen to them.

I am currently a programming student in college and one of the areas we study is internet security. Just about everything we studied in class is included in this book. I've told my instructors that this book needs to be required reading because it not only shows you the magnitude of destruction that viruses can cause but it helped me to better understand what I learned in class. When I read this book, it was almost as though it were in two parts. The first part of the book concentrated on the technical computer side and the second part where most of the action was found in the book. Believe me when I tell you that there is a lot of action throughout the book and that it was nearly impossible to put this book down.

I felt a connection right away with Jeff Aiken's character. Previously working with the government, Jeff tries to bring attention to the links between all the disasters taking place and the recent virus outbreaks. He's met with red tape throughout the book and I couldn't help but feel helpless right along with him. Jeff has closed himself off from forming relationships with anyone and finds himself attracted to Daryl, his female counterpart who happens to work for the government. Watching Jeff and Daryl work side by side while their relationship grows stronger, was a breath of fresh air. I found myself rooting for their relationship to flourish beyond friendship. While the focus stays on cyber terrorism, romance between these two is intricately woven into the story. There are some surprises with Jeff's co-workers that you won't see coming. I loved to be shocked and Mr. Russinovich does just that very well I might add. The action in this book is remarkable. Painting vivid pictures of the level of greed humans go to, the reader is transported into a very dark world.

Zero Day is the debut novel for author Mark Russinovich who is a cyber security expert with Microsoft. A well researched and highly developed book, Zero Day is a must read for everyone who is dependent on the internet in any form. The book does get technical quite often but Russinovich does an excellent job of explaining what he's talking about. Everyone needs to be made aware of the potential of a threat of global proportions and even though this is a fictional story, it can easily become reality. Zero Day is an addictive read that will stay with you for a long time to come. It is a MUST READ!

*Coming March 15, 2011*

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hide and Seek by Jamie Hill


Wild Thing Series, Book One. Life can’t be all fun and games, or can it? Madison Stewart spends her days taking care of children at the Sunny Days Childcare Center, and her nights wondering what’s missing from her life. When Robert Cooper brings his three year old daughter, Sophie, to the center, he not only fills the vacancy in Maddie’s classroom, but also the empty spot in her heart.

Sophie’s mother returns with her own agenda, and Rob is forced to choose between an old, familiar existence and his new, more complicated relationship. Shocked and hurt at his indecision, Maddie, with secrets of her own, feels the need to run and hide. When Rob seeks her out, what he finds stuns him and changes their lives forever.


Every once in a while you get a book that really touches your heart. Hide and Seek was that book for me. Although the relationship between Rob and Maddie wasn't perfect, it was a moving and powerful read. Maddie was a strong and confident woman who did what she needed to do in order to take care of her life. This is the part where it gets hard not to throw a spoiler in. From the moment that Maddie leaves her former life, the plot line takes off. There are so many twists and turns and I was up late into the night just waiting to see what happened next. Rob and Maddie had intense feelings of love but of course there was conflict in the form of an unpleasant ex and misunderstandings. Sophie's character gripped my heart and didn't let go. She seemed so grown up for her age and because of that, some of her reactions just made me laugh out loud.

Rob's character had me scratching my head sometimes, but watching him grow into the man he was meant to be made it all worthwhile.

Ms. Hill is one of my favorite authors and I'm reminded of that each time I read one of her books. She has a talent for taking the reader on a journey with unforgettable characters while developing a plot line that is highly entertaining. Hide and Seek is a very addicting read and I strongly urge you to pick it up the minute you get the chance.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Destiny Day TODAY!

Everyone knows that I am a Destiny Blaine fanatic. So today, I'd like to take this opportunity to post about her two new books and some highlights on others that she has available. Ready? Set. GO!

Steam Toys

Just Released Today

Available Now at Aspen Mountain Press

Revenge is a hot, bitter dish when served up enthusiastically by someone empowered by extra steam.


Heidi Labeidi, a successful Nevada brothel owner, had the world by its tail until her deceptive lover Stan Graves disposed of her. Lost somewhere between life and the afterlife, Heidi materializes in her former home thirty years after her death. She has a second chance and she's hell bent on solving her own murder.

With a knack for creating pleasure-inducing trinkets and furniture, Edward Brady is an eccentric mad scientist on the verge of greatness. He's also in desperate need of an assistant and his problems are solved when he discovers a sensual ghost enjoying his sex toys.

Heidi has something to offer Edward but her assistance comes at a price. And when Edward becomes an assassin's mark, only Heidi can help him. Will Edward barter with a ghost who can save him and if he does, will the former madam become the one woman Edward is unable to resist?


Heidi squeezed his fingers. “You're a thoughtful man, Edward, but trust me when I tell you: I've ruined many a man's reputation. You're considered a genius in this town. You don't want this city to turn its back on you right now. You're on the verge of something great and I want to come along for the ride.” She slid her arm under the table and touched his knee. “And I want a lot of rides with you, Edward.”

His damn prick was ready to negotiate the terms.

You do?” Edward asked, engaging himself in what must've looked like an odd one-sided conversation. By the time he realized what he was doing, half the restaurant's customers were now turning around, staring at him with marked curiosity.

Heidi tilted her head toward some of the patrons. “You're seated at a table for two. You requested a couple of wine glasses. Two meals have been served. This seat is vacant and you're holding a hand that doesn't exist.” She looked down at their entwined fingers. “Your thumb is jerking as if you're massaging my wrist. You don't think this is newsworthy for the Las Vegas Lifestyle Magazine?”

“You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen,” Edward admitted. “If I can see you, then they must.”

“No, Edward,” she said, standing.

He stood too as a polite gesture.

“I don't exist in your world. You're the only one who can see me.”

“Then I'm one lucky guy.”

Heidi held her shoulders back. A quick tilt of her head sent ringlets tumbling across her shoulders. “That depends on who you ask at the moment. In public situations like this, I recommend that you listen and let me do the talking. Some here are ruthless snakes when it comes to tearing down a man's reputation, especially one like yours, and they'll be anxious to poke fun at the crazy man, the man who inevitably will catch the eye of their women because of his deep pockets.”

“What's that mean, exactly?”

“You're about to make millions, the kind of money this city hasn't seen since the days of Howard Hughes, and you're acting as crazy as Hughes himself.”

“I'm not hungry,” he told her, feeling like he'd known her at another point and time in his life. “I want to take you home and--”

“And what, Edward? Get to know me?”


She took a deep breath. “Oh for heaven's sake, sit down and finish your meal and then meet me at the curb. As long as you're looking at me like I'm dessert, there's no way you'll enjoy your dinner. Besides, you're drawing too much attention.”

“I would think someone in your line of work craves center stage.” he pointed out, snapping at her.

Heidi leaned forward. “Careful, Edward, everyone is staring now.”

Excerpt Two:

A few seconds after the hand-job, she tucked him in his pants and redressed quietly. He stared at her in disbelief. “You are most definitely a tease.”

“No, Edward. I'm not,” she assured him, adjusting her simple sleeves.

'Then do you mind telling me why you didn't finish what you started?”

“Of course not,” she said, crossing one long leg over the other. “Lesson number one is just for you, Edward. You may have a whore in your lap, with your cock in her cheek, but you never, ever make the implication you believe she's old, used and cheap.”

“I made you feel that way?”

She tilted her head down and with wide eyes, she confirmed it. “Yes you did, Edward.”

“You're the one that said you'd given head a few times. Not me.”

She smiled, placed her hands in her lap and looked straight ahead. When they pulled into the parking lot of the towers where Edward lived, she said, “And you suggested I may have been out of practice which was a direct slam to my age.”

“It wasn't.”

“It was, Edward,” she said, pushing her hair over her shoulders. She tilted her head toward the driver approaching them. “Try not to act like a scorned lover when you get out of the car. Remember, he can't see me. I've learned from experience those employees closest to you are the first to run their mouths when things begin to spiral out of control. The last thing you need is your driver telling a reporter you've lost it.”

The limousine driver opened the door. Edward stepped out. He was brewing. Not only did he have a hard-on, he had a complicated woman to credit and blame. Not only did he have someone to blame, he couldn't publicly point an accusing finger her way.

“Did you have a nice dinner, sir?” the driver asked, trying to make small talk while Edward retrieved his wallet.

“We did,” he reported. “Thank you.”

The driver accepted his tip and arched a brow. “Did you meet friends while you were out?”

Heidi studied her fingernails. “You didn't listen.”

“How the hell was I supposed to listen when I'm standing here with blue balls?”

“I beg your pardon, sir?” the driver fired back.

Heidi yawned. “Since your dick seems to be the only thing you can think with, see if it can help you worm your way out of this. I'm waiting upstairs.”

She was gone in a flash and Edward wished he could disappear just as rapidly.

“Sir, are you feeling okay?”

“No, Truman,” Edward replied. “I'm not. I apologize for the outburst. I'm hearing voices tonight.”

Truman frowned. “Sir, I'd strongly advise against telling anyone else about voices. You know how people like to talk.”

AND Then we have one that I will be posting a review for shortly. VERY HOT! DON'T MISS!


Series: Sport Wives #6

Destiny Blaine

Siren-Bookstrand Publishing

Released January 2011
Erotic May-December Cowboy Ménage a Quatre Romance, M/F/M/M

Buy at Siren HERE

Special release day discount at Bookstrand ONLY: For one week only, all other Siren-BookStrand titles by Destiny Blaine are 15% off! Offer ends January 13th.

Suzy has always wanted more. Now, she has all she can handle and she still wonders, "Are two men really enough?"

When the Giovanni brothers introduce Suzy to a close friend, she gets her answer and finds herself pondering possible scenarios. Does Branson Braxton have anything to offer a woman or is he only interested in an eight-second ride?

A man hell-bent on keeping his friends safe, Branson Braxton goes out of his way to protect the Giovanni family. Soon, he finds he's devoted and attracted to Suzy Giovanni. He'll do anything to protect her and goes out of his way to love her.

Read a hot excerpt in this thrilling new release HERE


Don't forget Destiny Blaine's December releases, Cowboys For Christmas and A Cowboy's Christmas Story now available at Amazon, Bookstrand, and other online bookstores.

And here are some of her other exciting books. You need a fan for these as well.

Aspen Mountain Press

Available NOW

Contemporary Erotic Ménage Romance


A holiday blizzard brings a pair of cowboys to a woman's home.

Julie Kensworth opens her door to more than a blizzard and greets two wayward cowboys. She realizes right away she's headed straight for the eye of the storm.
Brandon Blake and Quinn Stewart are a long way from home. They're looking for a warm place to hang their hats while they try to wait out the snow and ice, which continues to gain momentum.

Julie is an author and she's not just the average writer, she's one of the most notorious writers in the world. When Quinn and Blake figure out Julie is an erotic romance author, well, needless to say, their minds churn with all sorts of ideas, most of them geared toward how they can heat up the cold winter nights ahead.


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A Destiny Blaine Production

Available NOW

Holiday/Contemporary Western Romance


A soldier may wave a white flag of surrender but a cowboy never concedes, especially at Christmastime.

Luke McGregor knows how to protect himself. He's a hard ass but even a cowboy with a cocksure attitude understands what he's facing when his heart speeds up and his words slow down all because of one little brown-eyed darlin'.

Marcy Killian has something about her, a way of making Luke stand up and take notice. She may scare the livin' daylights out of him but Luke's played around with wild notions long enough. It's time to approach the enemy and make nice with an old friend.

Marcy is a little older and quite a bit wiser since the last time she saw Luke McGregor. She knows all about missed opportunities and since she's not getting any younger, she's bound and determined to capture Luke's attention once and for all. But she may bite off a little more than she can possibly chew.

Sparks fly when Marcy and Luke end up at the same bar on Christmas Eve. They immediately realize fate has a hand in bringing them together. Will their holiday happenstance lead to more than one night of passion or will their pride and stubbornness keep them from sharing Christmas together?


Find Destiny Blaine on the web at the following places:




Aspen Mountain Press

Resplendence Publishing

Excessica Publishing

Passion In Print Publishing

Secret Cravings Publishing

Extasy Books

Siren-Bookstrand Publishing


Destiny Blaine's Book, Steam Toys is available today from Aspen Mountain Press. Check out other excerpts and information here: or follow her blog here:

Saturday, January 01, 2011

November Rain by Debbie Gould

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am an avid reader and reviewer. I am always reviewing something. Well, this is the first day of 2011 and I made myself one promise. The very first book I read in the New Year is going to be for me. So going through the thousands (not an exaggeration) of books I had, I picked a book that had already been reviewed on our review site, You Gotta Read Reviews, thus guaranteeing that I wouldn't write a review. This book happened to be from one of my favorite authors of all time, Debbie Gould.
Please, how can I possible NOT do a review on a book that is as exceptional as this?

I fell in love with her work when I first read Mountain's Echo (Book one) and then Infidelity (Book 2). It might have been the other way around, I can't really remember but what I took from it was the love of a new author. I am anxious to read Betrayal (Book 3) and Sins of the Mind (Book 4). This review is on November Rain (Book 5). It doesn't matter what book you pick up and in what order, you are guaranteed an action packed and sensual read. If you'd like to check out her site, here is the link to her site. While you are there, check out her blog. Debbie Gould is one of the funniest authors I know and I chuckle each time I read her blog. With all of that being said, here is the review for Book 5, November Rain. Even though I promised myself that I wouldn't review it, it's on my personal review blog so it doesn't count as me reviewing it. I like to look at it as verbalizing my thoughts and sharing it with my web wide friends. ;)

Jessica Kauffman says goodbye to her husband Tyler—again. He’s been deployed to Afghanistan , this time to fight in the war. Their attempts to have a baby unsuccessful, Jessica remains home alone…but that isn’t strictly true. Through a unique bond, she connects with Tyler in their dreams, seeing, touching, and being with him.

After finding out some precious news, Jessica’s world is soon turned upside down, plunging her into a nightmare. Tyler ’s plane has gone down, and the search is on to find him—dead or alive.

Frightened for her future, she keeps the faith that Tyler will come back, believing their love is the key to his return. But will the Search and Rescue team find Tyler and bring him back home, or will Jessica have to face the rest of her life raising his child alone?

With the world we live in today, this is a book that NEEDS to be read. Detailing the reactions of Tyler and Jessica, who are dealing with being separated due to war, this book really hits home. The descriptive scenes in November Rain brings the seriousness of war to life. Tyler and Jessica have that once in a lifetime kind of love that we all hope we can experience at some point in our lives. Throughout the story the strong bond between these two is evident. I don't want to give too much of this story away but when you read Tyler's email to Jessica about a piece of important news, you will know what I mean. I teared up myself and I'm just the reader. The one part I loved about this book was the dream connection that Tyler and Jessica had. While the main story in the book almost took your breath away, any fear was eased when they were able to communicate through their dreams.

Ms. Gould writes with such intensity and knowledge of military life. A strong writer can always make their reader feel what the character is feeling. Ms. Gould does this and so much more. Usually I would say which book I love most from a particular author, but it is impossible when we're talking about Debbie Gould. Each book is just as good as the book before. I strongly suggest that you buy this book and I'll even give you the link to where you can buy it. It's from Red Rose Publishing and the ebook is even on sale right now at only $1.50. Here is the buy link. If Print books are your thing, here is the buy link to the print version of the book. November Rain is worth every penny you would spend on buying it. It truly is an OUTSTANDING read.