Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot Spotlight Tour & Giveaway!!




Happy Release Week to Kendra Elliot and her latest book in the Mercy Kilpatrick Series, A Merciful Fate!  With millions of books sold, Kendra Elliot is known for writing stories that both grab your attention and make your heart melt. Read on to discover more about A Merciful Fate. Make sure to enter the giveaway down below while you are here for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Giftcard AND a digital copy of A Merficful Fate!!  Happy Reading!

P.S. Clicking on the gorgeous book cover will take you to Goodreads in case you want to add the book to your ever-growing TBR Shelf.


About the Book

Title: A Merciful Fate
Author: Kendra Elliot
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance


Summary

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed—those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist—Mercy realizes she isn’t the only one with something to hide.

Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured. Four conspirators vanished with a fortune. One of them, it appears, never made it out of the woods alive. For Mercy and her fiancĂ©, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle’s Nest that cut deeper than they imagined. Especially when a reckless tabloid reporter draws fresh blood. It’s clear to Mercy that somebody in this close-knit community is not who they seem to be.

Some are still shattered by the heist. Some still have reason to be afraid. But which one will kill again and again to hide three decades of secrets? To land this case, it’s up to Mercy to unmask a familiar stranger before someone else dies.





Excerpt: A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot

“Sit.”

Mercy sat on a stool that was too high for the makeshift table. She didn’t care. They could sit on the ground and she’d be happy with Truman. Currently the home had plywood subfloors and open framing, but part of Mercy loved the empty, bare look; it promised that something fabulous was coming.

Fabulous and practical.

Truman leaned over and poured red wine in the plastic cup by her paper plate. She sighed and buried her nose in her cup. The fragrance was deep and bold, with hints of plum and smoke.

“Italy,” she mumbled into the wine.

“What?” asked Truman.

“I want to visit Italy. How does a honeymoon in Italy sound?”

A grin filled his face, and the sensation of butterflies fluttered up her spine.

Or maybe it’s the wine.

She took a sip of her wine as she studied his face. So familiar and dear to her.

A smile to stop traffic. Eyes that crinkled in happiness. Several scars that testified to his love of law enforcement. Her attraction to him was more than skin deep. She was in love with the person he was. He was a natural leader and easily commanded respect. His people turned to him, followed him, admired him. His natural sense of honor was a magnet for her.

No. It’s not the wine.

He gets me.

He understood how her mind worked, and they fit together like a couple of complicated puzzle pieces. She’d been painfully aware of her missing puzzle piece when he’d been taken away, chained by men planning to kill him, and then rescued thanks to Ollie. The two weeks when no one knew his fate had been the worst of her life. When he’d been returned to her, she’d known she couldn’t waste any more time.

He’d been of the same mind-set and had proposed.

“I’ll try Italy.” He dished spaghetti carbonara onto their plates.

“And what’s on your agenda for tomorrow?” he asked over the rim of his plastic cup. She perked up. “The bank confirmed the money bags are from the Gamble-Helmet Heist. And I have the go-ahead to visit Shane Gamble at the Two Rivers prison tomorrow.”

“What are your thoughts on the remains?” Truman asked. “Did the medical examiner get to them yet?”

“Yes. They spent the afternoon removing the remains, and Dr. Lockhart was going to start an examination tonight. The woman never takes time off.”

“Same could be said for you.”

“Only when I’m deep in a case.”

“I guess this means your weekends are booked for a while?”

Mercy sighed. “I know. The two of us are supposed to be working on the interior of this place … We’ll get it done at some point. It’ll have to wait awhile.”

A grin filled his face.

“What?” she asked.

“You’re not the same person I met last fall. Back then, if the cabin had been in the half-completed state it is now, you’d be climbing the walls with anxiety because your safety net wasn’t perfect.”

“You’re right,” she agreed. “I had a similar thought earlier, but nearly all my supplies are still intact, so it’d be rough living but doable. I can temporarily live with that for now. Especially with this case to distract me.”

His lips twisted.

“Jealous?” she asked with a grin. “It’s an amazing case, isn’t it?”

“It is. Considering there have been no leads for decades, and the robbery is practically modern folklore. It’s like a buried treasure hunt, and Ollie found the first clue.”

“Is Ollie okay after his morning?” she asked with a small wince. She’d nearly forgotten the teen had made the grisly discovery.

“He’s okay. I spent some time with him and he was very quiet, but I could tell he was processing it. He’s dealt with death before.”

“He’s been through a lot,” sympathized Mercy.

They silently ate for a few moments until he glanced up and caught her staring at him. Longing shone in his eyes, an appetite and craving that had nothing to do with food, and she struggled to find her breath.

How does he do that to me?

“You know,” he said, his voice low and tempting, “this place hasn’t been christened yet.”

Mercy blinked. “People do that to homes?”

Patience filled his features. “That’s not what I meant.” His brown gaze held hers.

“Ohhh,” she breathed as heat flashed through her.

“Dessert.” His smile was sinful, and energy pulsed between them.

She melted. “Yes. Dessert.”


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Author Biography


Kendra Elliot has landed on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times and is the award-winning author of the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series, as well as the Mercy Kilpatrick novels: A Merciful Death, A Merciful Truth, and A Merciful Secret. Kendra is a three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, an International Thriller Writers finalist, and an RT Award finalist. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters, but she looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops. Visit her at www.kendraelliot.com.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen





Publication: January 8, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.


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When Jessica enters a study in order to make some extra cash, she begins to question what the truth is and what is a lie.  An Anonymous Girl is a story that I feel is best to go into without knowing too much. I loved that feeling of going into it blindly. It makes the story more enjoyable and you are more open to the twists and turns. The deeper I got into the story, the crazier I thought Dr. Shields was and then I began to wonder if Jessica is just as crazy for blindly going along with her. Or is Dr. Shields just that good at manipulating people and getting her way?

When Jessica begins to second guess every action, every encounter, I wonder if she is being perhaps too paranoid. Then again, what if she is right?

I loved the suspense in this story. Each interaction between Dr. Shields and Jessica caused me to be concerned and wonder what the heck is really going on here. I loved that. During the course of the book however, it felt like there was so much buildup, that when the ending came, it was a little lackluster. The ending definitely could have been better in my opinion. Overall, I did enjoy reading the book. The writing and suspense kept me turning page after page, wanting to know what was going to happen next. I will definitely be checking out more work from these two authors in the future.



RATING: 3½-4 out of 5.



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Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Wicked King by Holly Black Giveaway!!!




I am having an awesome giveaway on my Twitter for the next couple of days. 

I am giving away a copy of Holly Black’s latest book, The Wicked King along with an XL Read Like a Girl Book Beau!! 


U.S. Residents only.

The contest ends 1/16/2019, so make sure to enter ASAP!!

To enter, just visit my Twitter account, follow me AND Retweet my giveaway post!








Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Prisoner of Night (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16.5) by J.R. Ward Spotlight Tour!




PRISONER OF NIGHT
The Black Dagger Brotherhood series
by J. R. Ward
On Sale: January 7, 2019
Gallery Books | E-book Original
E-ISBN: 9781501195174 | $5.99


Thank you so much for joining me on my leg of this tour! I have been a fan of J.R. Ward’s for the last few years, so I was excited when I heard about this latest addition in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series! J.R. Ward writes paranormal romances that grab your attention from the beginning to the end. Read on to discover more about Prisoner of Night; including a special excerpt!


About the Book:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.                                 

When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.    
                                                              
Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.      

Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.


About the Author:

J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.


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Excerpt:

Twenty-One Years, Three Months, Six Days Ago . .

“Where is it! Goddamn you, where’s it at!”

Duran spit blood out of his mouth and spoke over the ringing in his ears. “I’ll never tell you—”

Chalen the Conqueror swung his open palm again, nailing Duran’s lacerated face like a bat hitting a fastball. But it didn’t hurt as much as the other shit they’d been doing to him in this castle’s great room. They’d already pulled out his fingernails, broken all of his toes, and whipped his back until strips of his own flesh flapped against his ribs. At the moment, he didn’t have the strength to keep himself on his feet, but no worries there—two guards, with grips locked under his pits, were holding him up off the floor.
         
As his head flopped back into its lolling hang, he shook it to get the sweat and blood out of his eyes. In the hissing, kicking light of the hearth, the male in front of him was stocky of build and ugly of feature, an oak stump with a bulldog’s muzzle and a hungry bear’s bad fucking attitude.
         
“You are going to tell me the location.” Chalen took Duran by the throat with one of his meat hands. “And you’re going to do it now.”
         
“Sorry, not . . . a big talker—”

          The conqueror grabbed onto the lower half of Duran’s face, squeezing so hard his jaw split and the inside of his mouth was forced between the hard-and-sharp of his molars. More blood welled, spilled, fell on his bare chest.

          “Why are you protecting the male who put you here?” Chalen’s opaque eyes searched Duran’s expression as if he were trying to extrapolate a map of Maryland in the features. “All you need to do is tell me where that facility is.”

          Duran waited for that grip to release. When it did, he spit more blood out. “I’m not . . . protecting him.”

          “Then what are you doing?”

          “Making sure you don’t cheat me of what’s mine.” Duran smiled, aware he must look deranged. “You kill him . . . I don’t get to.”

          Chalen crossed his strong-man arms over his barrel chest. He was dressed in weapons, whatever clothes he had on underneath the holsters of guns and knives largely hidden by metal. No daggers, though. He’d never been Black Dagger Brotherhood material and not just because he was a mutt according to his lineage: Even among black market thieves, there was a code of conduct.

          Not for Chalen. He had no code. Not in the Old Country, and not during his last century here in the New World.

There was only one male who was worse.

“I will break you,” Chalen said in a low voice. “And I will enjoy it.”

Duran laughed in a wheeze. “You have no idea what I’ve already been through—”

Chalen swung that palm wide again, the crack so heavy Duran lost his vision, everything going checkerboard. And then there was a drop in blood pressure, his brain emptying of oxygen, floaty disassociation riding in, a foggy savior buffering the suffering.

The sound of chains moving and gears shifting brought him back to reality. A section of the sweaty stone wall rose by inches, the great weight ascending like a gate, revealing a corridor . . .

Revealing a male who was naked but for a black hood that covered his head.

“I will make you pray for death,” Chalen said. “And when you give me what I need, you will think back to this moment. When you could have saved yourself from so much.”

Duran exhaled in a gurgle. His body was on fire, the pain burning through his veins, turning him into a semi-living, kind-of-breathing, sort-of-conscious incubator for agony.

But fuck Chalen.

“Do what you will,” he mumbled. “I’m not going to give you a goddamn thing.”

“I will make you wish you were never born.”

As the hooded male came forward, Duran was dragged over and slammed face-first down onto a table, his torso bent parallel to the floor. Turning his face to the side, he smelled the spoiled meat and rancid fat embedded in the fibers of the planks.

“Already there, asshole.”








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Monday, January 7, 2019

TOP TEN MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2019!




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s meme is: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2019!

I feel like there are so many awesome sounding books coming out this year; more so than 2018 IMO. It was hard to pick and choose which books I am looking forward to the most, but I think I did it. Take a look at let me know what you think!

P.S. Clicking the book covers will take you to Goodreads.





                 
 The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – Releases January 8, 2019.

Yeah, I know this book releases in just a few hours, but I am still looking forward to it. I didn’t like the second book as much as I did the first one, but I am excited to see where Vasya ends up on her journey.




As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney – Releases January 15, 2019.

This book piqued my interest as soon as I saw it. The cover looks great and this sounds really suspenseful.




We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland – Releases January 21, 2019.


I’m a sucker for a cute romance and I love Vi Keeland. This one sounds cute and funny. 





The Deceivers (The Valhalla Academy #1) by Kristen Simmons – Releases February 5, 2019.


Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11? Ummm Yes Please! It’s been a while since I’ve read a good con artist story. Fingers crossed it meets my expectations. 




99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – Releases January 29, 2019.


As soon as I see the words romantic comedy, I am sold. 99 Percent Mine sounds totally cute and swoon worthy. 





Sherwood by Meagan Spooner – Releases on March 19, 2019.

I love Robin Hood. And I can appreciate a good spin on a classic tale. Sherwood looks like it would be a lot of fun to read.





Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare – Releases March 5, 2019.


I am all for a good psychological thriller and this one sounds like it’s right up my alley.







Meet Cute by Helena Hunting – Releases April 9, 2019.


Here is yet another romantic comedy on my list. There seem to be a lot of good ones coming out. Meet Cute sounds totally adorable! I cannot wait to check it out. 






I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella – Releases February 5, 2019.

Sophie Kinsella’s books are usually bright and fun romances. I enjoyed her Shopaholic series, and I hope that I like this one just as well.




Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – Releases July 2, 2019.

So technically this book is slightly passed the first half of 2019, but it’s so close I am putting on the list anyways. I love Riley Sager. Final Girls was one of my favorite reads and I crossing my fingers that this book is just as good if not better. So excited for it!