Book Blitz & Review: The Song That Seduced Paris by Cindy Irish

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My Review

The Song That Seduced Paris is in short, amazing. While it started off a bit rocky for me–I’m seriously glad I wasn’t reading it at work or at school because the opening of the book isn’t exactly safe-for-work/school–I am very happy to report that the beginning of the book did not detract me from continuing with the book. This is a good thing because I’d have missed out on a great book had I given up at that point.

This book is interesting. Gabriel is lonely, which floors those around him because he’s a star in France. But stars are often far more lonely than anyone realizes and Gabriel is one of them. Annie needs to let go of her deceased husband and her painful past. When these two get together it’s fireworks. It just takes a bit for them to actually get going. 😉

The book is so well written I was lost in it every time I picked it up. It made it an easy read and one that was hard to put down once I got into it. This is a definite must-read and I can’t wait for the rest of the series, especially Nico & Michael’s stories. I want to see what kind of women capture their hearts!

Excerpt

Cloaked in darkness, Gabriel thought he was dreaming when she floated past him like a sweet phantom: filaments of timorous light. He didn’t make a sound because he didn’t want to lose this, whatever it was. Stopping at the keyboard, she played seven notes that made him smile: Mary Had A Little Lamb. Why, it was Little Bo Peep, he thought, charmed right out of his trance.

His parents had been very progressive people. They’d wanted him to learn many different cultures and languages, so he’d been tutored in English since he’d been quite young. Childhood memories bombarded him as he remembered one of his favorite nannies, an American woman who used to sing this song to him.

Something awakened inside him then. It felt like happiness.

When she moved toward the window, moonlight caught her just so, and Gabriel lusted. He stopped his groan before it hit the air, but his groin had a mind of its own. He hardened, the urge to thrust nearly overpowering as she crawled up onto the pillowed seat. She opened a locket hanging around her neck and sighed. Then she closed it and let it drop back to her chest, wrapped her arms around her knees, and sighed again.

He started at the sound of her voice.

“What lovely music I heard coming from up here tonight—but it made me cry in my sleep. The music was crying, too.”

Dieu, he wondered, was she talking to him?

“A beautiful man whose melodies weep. How can someone like him be lonely? But I felt his pain all the way to my bed, and I wanted to take him inside me and kiss him until it went away.” She covered her face with her hands. “I can’t believe it’s you I’m telling this to.”

Gabriel asked himself again. Who in the world was she talking to?

She knelt and placed her hand on the window. “I was so lucky to be married to you, Stephen, but I need you to help me say my real last goodbye. Do it for me from your side of Heaven. Push me away, because I’m too weak to do it alone. Please let me go.”

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About the Author

Cindys Book Pic IICindy Irish writes Contemporary, Paranormal, and Speculative romance fiction. She’s a member of The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, as well as the Mid-Michigan and Greater Detroit RWA chapters.

Cindy lives in Michigan with her family.

Connect with Cindy: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

 

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Blog Tour: Warrior Kids by Michael J Bowler

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Review

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book – more than I originally thought I would. I’m not much for middle grade fiction, although I do occasionally read it.

The story makes for great reading and is very interesting. I did find myself wishing I’d been able to read the actual Children of the Knight series before reading this book, because things from the series were mentioned in this standalone novel that confused me a bit.

This book is meant to be a kind of boost to kids to show that kids can have an impact and that kids can get things done when it comes to things like protecting the environment. It also teaches that it is better to be self-less than to be selfish. Which is a very good thing, because I see all too much of that “me” attitude in kids today.

There are even tips in the back for how kids can start helping to save the environment. However, I would caution both parents and children that it is most likely not possible to do all fifty of the tips—even for adults—so do not be disappointed if you are unable to do all of them, very few people would be able to.

All in all, the book is a wonderful book with a great story behind it and a great message.

About The Author

Michael J Bowler Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently working on a sequel to Spinner. His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

Excerpt

“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
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11/17/2015

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11/18/2015

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11/19/2015

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Blog Tour: The Courtship of Utopia Miner by Linda Gilman

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About The Courtship of Utopia Miner


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The Courtship of Utopia Miner
Author: Linda Gilman
Series: Gold Rush
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 9th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 289 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 9781517538941
Digital ISBN: 1517538947

Synopsis:

Utopia Miner is tired of hunting gold and caring for her three adopted fathers. Living in a Rocky Mountain mining camp is holding up her dream of becoming a saloon girl. If only she could learn the essential skills of singing, dancing and kissing, she’d be on her way to a glamorous life. When Utopia discovers she’s the prize in her three fathers’ marrying scheme, she sees benefits in going along with the courting contest. She now has a kissing teacher. And wow, what a teacher. One starter kiss from Lance and her body’s sweating in places it never had before.

Lancelot Jones wants to turn in his life-risking marshal’s badge for a much safer job as a reporter, but the newspaper wants articles as proof of his qualifications. When his editor sends him to a mining camp to get the scoop on a courtship contest, Lance discovers the privilege of covering the story hinges upon chaperoning the bride-to-be. He soon finds himself ensconced in Utopia’s innocent charms and demanding saloon girl lessons. In short order, chaperoning the bride-to-be becomes risky business.

Excerpt

“When you hear me ringing, that’s the signal the next man can cut in for a turn to dance with the Miss Utopia. You’ll each be allowed two dancing cut-ins. Any one breaking the cut-in rule will be tied to a tree wearing nothing but long johns. That fella will stay tied to a tree until morning. Is that clear?”

Lance couldn’t quite hear what Sadie was saying for he was standing near where the musicians were tuning their instruments. He needed to hurry. If the music started he’d have an even harder time getting near Utopia.

The fastest way to the girls from where he presently stood would be to go around the rear of the wagon to the other side. That’s the direction he headed.

“We will go by your suitor numbers,” Sadie stated, “starting with the next gent to court.”

“That’d be me. I’m next,” Travin shouted.

“All right then. Get me and the lady down from here and let’s get this dance started.”

Travin placed his hands at Utopia’s waist and swung her down off the stage. The fiddles struck up a lively tune of Old Suzanna.

Lance finally had circled around to the other side of the stage, but to his dismay, the first notes were struck and that Travin fellow spun the laughing Utopia off in a fast two-step hopping stride. New plan needed.

Figuring the fastest way to reach his objective would be to dance his way through the crowd, he looked around for the closest person to use as a partner. It happened to be Miss Lil, who was dancing with the lad, Mickey Crosby. Lance poked the youngster on his shoulder. “Sorry kid. I have to cut-in.”

“Hey.” Mickey scowled. “I didn’t hear the cow bell.”

More interested in keeping sight of where Utopia had floated off to, Lance went up on his tip-toes, scanning for a glimpse of her auburn hair or that lavender dress. Damnation. Where is she? “Look kid. Go find yourself a new dance partner.”

“Did you hear the cow bell?” Mickey asked a nearby dancer. “That fella says the cow bell rang. Did you hear the bell?”

The lad received several negative nods.

“Look here, mister. No one heard the bell. It’s still my turn.”

“Kid, I don’t have time for your sniveling. I just need Lil for a minute. Stay here and I’ll bring her right back to you.” Lance lifted Lil’s petite frame off the ground and carried her off in a fluid spinning motion, flowing along with the dancing crowd, all the while scanning the bobbing heads for Utopia.

Lil held on tight to her feathers. “In case you don’t know–this is a dance not a foot race. I can say one thing for your way of dancing. At least my sore feet get some rest.”

“I’m not really dancing Miss Lil. I’m trying to catch up to Utopia.”

“So–she’s charmed you, too? Has she?”

“Me? No. I’m her guardian.”

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About the Author

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Linda Gilman is known for writing humorous western romance novels. Her stories are centered on independent, strong-willed women, and courageous heroes who always protect the innocent without violating their personal code of conduct. It’s the cowboy west readers are so enamored with and a twist of zany plot. From first page to last, her books are loaded with pain-in-your-side laughable moments.

She has a deep love of the American gold rush era and often uses this as an excuse to do book research and travel to ghost towns in the western states.

Born into a city girl life, her parents raised her in St. Louis County. However, Linda has always felt her country girl roots calling her to move west young woman. She currently lives in rural Missouri with her hubby and the oldest of her three sons.

Connect with Linda: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Guest Post from Linda Gilman

Barn Storming: My Wayward Hobby

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What is it about barns that fascinates me to the point of distraction? I’ll tell you.

When I think about barns and see barns, particularly barns that are near to falling down from weather and lack of upkeep, I think about that structure’s past.

When our country was young and just starting to spread to the west, besides a log or sod house, the next property improvement was a barn. Barns were as much a necessity on a ranch or farm as a source of water for pioneer families.

Barns sheltered animals, equipment, hay, and grain for the animals. In addition, there was another aspect to these
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Moreover, this is where my historical romance writing can let my imagination fly. I think of these barn dances and can envision a young couple sneaking off to the hayloft to have a first kiss – kissing like the kind that occurs in my debut historical romance, The Courtship of Utopia Miner.

During my barnstorming photo ops, I’ve come across a couple barns in rural Troy, Missouri that are century barns. The owners have kept the family farms for over one hundred years. They’ve restored their barns and preserved not only their family legacy but have kept a past of long ago days from perishing.

I’ve included a few of my barn pictures with this post, but if you’d like to see more, feel free to peruse my Barn Blog!

http://www.lindagilman.com/barn-blog

Tour Schedule

11/9/2015

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!
Book Adventures

 11/10/2015

 Hart’s Romance Pulse

 11/12/2015

 Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
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 11/13/2015

 Nicole’s Book Musings
A British Bookworm’s Blog

 11/14/2015

 Fresh Fiction

 11/16/2015

 The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!

 11/17/2015

 Yah Gotta Read This
Romancing the Readers
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
RoloPoloBookBlog
Romance Junkies

 11/18/2015

 The World As I See It
Naughty Book Eden

 11/19/2015

 Country Gals Sexy Reads

 11/20/2015

 Evermore Books
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Blog Tour: Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to present the Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson blog tour! Shattered Pieces is the second book in the Pieces Trilogy, which started with In Pieces. Please read on for a exclusive content, a review, and a giveaway!

Excerpt

I kiss her neck and breast and pull a hardened nipple in my mouth. I nip and bite, lick and suck and her hips buck under me. I’m already between her thighs and it would be so easy to thrust myself inside of her, but I’m not like that anymore, and Betsey Ann isn’t just some chick.

She’s the love of my life and I want to cherish her. Treasure her. Love her. But right now, she’s making it very difficult for me to do that.

“Colton, just fuck me,” she whispers in the dark.

Holy shit. That just came from her mouth? I line our bodies up and slowly slide in and out of her, making sure she’s ready to accept me. I don’t want to hurt her. I’m big and she’s a lot smaller than me.

She feels so good, a warm tight glove surrounding me. I can feel her tighten those muscles and I groan. She does it again, and I look into her green eyes. “What do you want me to do to you, Betsey Ann?”

“Fuck me,” she whispers.

YOU GOT IT!

“Hold on, Baby.”

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In Pieces – Book #1
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My Review

I’m going to come right out and say it. I haven’t really been a big fan of the contemporary romance genre for quite a while. I suppose it is because in many cases, the books have such shallow characters that it’s just no fun to read the books. But that certainly is not the case with Shattered Pieces.

Although I haven’t read In Pieces, I was easily able to fall into the world of a woman who is in love with her Denver Bronco best friend and doesn’t quite know it at first. A woman who’d been hurt badly in the past and has no idea that her best friend has been hurt just as badly or that he’s in love with her!

Yes, there is a mention of football. No, you don’t need to understand anything about football or be a football fan to enjoy the story. In fact, there’s not much talk of actual football so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be out of the loop. Just know that Colton is a Denver Bronco and you’re good!

The story is light-hearted enough that it makes for a quick and fun read. And it helps to have songs by artists I love (We are Harlot) being mentioned in the story. I have to say, this one was really good and I’d love to read In Pieces and the next story as well!

Trust me, the ending of this one will leave you wanting more!

About the Author

Noelle has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She currently lives in the Northern area of Minnesota with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, fishing, sleeping, reading, snuggling, watching TV when she’s bored or reading. Did I mention she likes to read and snuggle up with her kindle? She also shares her home with two dogs and a very spoiled cat.

Connect with Noelle: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Tour Schedule

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11/9/2015

T&L Book Reviews
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11/10/2015

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Monlatable Book Reviews
Romance Junkies
Paulette’s Papers

11/11/2015

Reese’s Reviews
Happily Ever Chapter
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 11/12/2015

Blogging by Liza
The Book Disciple

 11/13/2015

 The Goth Girl Reads – You are here! 
Yah Gotta Read This
Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog

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