Monday, 18 March 2019

✪ The French Photographer ✪ Natasha Lester ✪




Release date: 26th March 2019



Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, the new novel by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress

Manhattan, Paris, 1942
: When Jessica May's successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D'Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer -- and realises that she is connected to D'Arcy's own mother, Victorine.

Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, The French Photographer is a story of courage, family and forgiveness, by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress and A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald.



Copy received from Hachette Australia for an hones review - thank you

Oh my, Natasha Lester knows how to write amazing stories.

Before you start reading, google Lee Miller Hitler bathtub for a bit of an idea of what kind of woman our leading lady, Jess May is inspired by.

I just started singing Pop Musik by M as I was writing this, as our story takes us from New York and all across Europe during the last couple of years of WW2.

I was drawn right into this story, and swept away with Jess and the other female war correspondents, who tackled not only war, but misogyny and sexism every day.

She caught the beauty of war, along with the pain and suffering and horrors - I found myself googling people and places as I was reading, as I needed to get more of a visual of the places she was writing about.

Told both in the 2000s and during the war, it was wonderful to see the links form and get uncovered between The Photographer of today and of the amazing people surviving the atrocities.

I couldn't help but turn each page to find out where she was next, what she was capturing, what emotion I was going to feel next.

This story has also made me interested about reading more of the ladies like Martha Gellhorn, Lee Miller and their ilk.

Thank you Ms Lester for another amazing story.


   






Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which wont the T.A.G Hungerford Award for fiction.  Her second novel, If I Should Lose You was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian bestse3ller The Paris Seamstress in 2018. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

In her spare time Natasha loves to reach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dressups with her three children.  She lives in Perth

Friday, 15 March 2019

✪ Order (Tattoos and Ties Duet #2) ✪ Kindle Alexander ✪ Blog Tour and Giveaway ✪







Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.

Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?

As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.

Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?

Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.

Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?



Title: Order
Series: Tattoos and Ties #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Release: March 5, 2019
Genre: M/M Romance



ARC received for an honest review

You will need to have read book one, Havoc, as we continue where the first book ends.

From the Chaos comes order.

I have that song "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul (and who can forget MC Skat Cat!) as I read, as our lovelies really aren't a couple you would expect.  And I love them the more for it.

We knew after reading Havoc that life for our lovelies was not going to be easy, however as more and  more obstacles were thrown in their way, they navigated them wonderfully.

I was so excited to to the conclusion of Alec and Keyes story.  Gah, I have been impatiently waiting for part two *puts on whiney voice* forevvveerrrr.

And Kindle Alexander did not disappoint.

The chemistry between our lawyer and our biker is off the charts.  It is hot, it is sexy, and it is emotional.  You could feel each characters inner turmoil leaping off the pages, and my heart hurt for the guys as they fought for their HEA.

There is plenty of sh!tty things happening to our guys, and I was kept on the edge of my seat, hoping with the turn of each page that nothing would keep them apart.

I laughed, I cried, I threw my kindle across the couch in frustration.

But most of all, I hoped and I smiled as I read.

This duo has written another amazing story, and I can't wait to see what they bring us next.












  







Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com








Monday, 11 March 2019

✪ Space (Law of Physics #2) ✪ Penny Reid ✪






From the New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid

One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.




Copy received from author for an honest review

You will need to have read book one, Motion before diving in to book 2.

With the way the first book ended, and with Abram's insistence that he hates liars, I was expecting an argument of big bang proportions when I started reading Space.

However I did not get this.  I got lots of passive aggressive comments, stares across the room and so much quiet between the two, I didn't know if they would ever talk to each other.

You could feel their emotions coming off the pages, the love, the hate, the confusion.  The just weren't showing them to each other.

My heart hurt for Mona, as she doesn't let her emotions show much, and I hated the way people talked about her being emotionless.   I felt the emotion for her, and wanted to slap some sense into people

I did like Mona's relationship with Lisa better, though I have to say I didn't think I could dislike her brother Leo any more than I did before - but nope, I was wrong.  He was a complete and utter d!ck in this installment.  I wanted to clip him over the head with my kindle!

I did like where the story has taken us at the end of Space, and look forward to the finale in Time.







ALSO IN THE LAW OF PHYSICS SERIES



✪ Lisa Renee Jones ✪ THE EMPIRE ✪ #FilthyTrilogy3 #DirtyRich10 ✪

© Bianca Janeane ✰ 





• 12 March 2019
• Book #10 in the #DirtyRich series and book #3 in the #FilthyTrilogy
• not a standalone!

★★★★
3,9 Stars

Passion. Lies. Family. Eric and Harper will feel the push and pull of a dynasty gone wrong. Secrets remain. Danger is everywhere. And the pull of a forbidden love will not be ignored.

The third and final book in the Filthy Trilogy.





We all remember Eric from Grayson's books. BUT The Bastard & The Princess & The Empire can be read as a complete standalone trilogy - but I suggest you read the Dirty Rich series in the right order - all very adorable and sexy and exciting books! ☺

We're back with Harper and Eric where we left them in the second book. Eric was just about to tell Harper this big secret ...
And then of course we still have to find out what all the messages mean, who wants to kill everyone and what is what and who and why and huh? ☺


Well, I liked this last book a bit more than the 2nd one.
It was again verrry sexy and a little bit exciting and mysterious and adorable!
Lisa finally gives us the little summary again at the beginning. That is so amazing of her for all of us Bookalzheimer-Sufferers!!!

Harper and Eric are finally (almost) done with all those stupid secrets in the first part of the book. Now we have time to concentrate on finding out what's what in this whole mess!
It may take us a while - but we'll get there. Eric is not a mega genius for nothing! ☺

I really like this trilogy and all the people in it - especially all those Walker security guys and the heroes from the previous books - in this case Grayson!

But here's my BUT again ... the book - like with many of Lisa's books recently - was just too long. It wasn't even a mega long book - but 100 pages could've been cut! There are too many too long passages of words. Too much sex (even for me!) Too much of the same. I wanted more action. More new stuff. They keep on repeating every little detail a million times ... like who doesn't trust whom and who has secrets. Still!!
And then the whole mystery and action part of the book doesn't really happen? I expected/hoped for some kind of thrilling gun/fight excitement. But no. Nothing. There was never someone bad behind a door or catching us while walking on the street. These three books could've/should've been sooo much more.
We wouldn't have needed 3 books for this story.
No idea what happened with Lisa and her writing recently ... I'm almost tempted to stop reading her books. But I've been with her since the first Chris book and I just can't stop reading her stories. But why does she write so many books? There are at least two more trilogies coming this year alone, plus a lot of other books. Why??? Quality over quantity please. Write 3 mega amazing books a year and not 25 mediocre ones. Plus they're all sooo long. When does she ever eat or watch Netflix or play with her pets or husband??? Hm.
I'm hoping for better things to come. ♥

THE EMPIRE was a verrry sexy finale in this mystery suspense romance trilogy!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Eric - this one is MINE!!!




♥ EXCERPT ♥

In life, there are people who touch our lives and leave lasting marks. There are people who cut us and do so in a way that we feel as if we might never heal. If we’re lucky, we find that one person who can soothe the ache of our wounds, if not heal them. That one person who sees our flaws as perfection. That one person who can make us whole again.

Eric shoves me against the wall of that alcove, and with that window beside us, overlooking the city, his big body pressed to mine, his kiss not only devours me—it speaks to me. He’s my one person and I’m his. I feel that in his touch. I feel that in the way we connect. I taste it in his kiss. I don’t know where this leads us. I don’t know if it means we can overcome the Kingston family, but I know we can overcome his demons. He doesn’t, though. I taste that in his kiss as well. There is torment, a feeling like he’s bad for me. That he shouldn’t want me and the only comfort I find in this and where we’re headed is that he isn’t pushing me away—he’s pulling me closer. And I will hold him tighter.

I sink into the hard lines of his body, slide my hands under his shirt, hard muscle flexing beneath my palms, the thick ridge of his erection pressed to my belly. God, how I want him, how I ache for more, and the next lick of his tongue just about undoes me.  I tug on his shirt. “Take it off,” I order, wanting to feel him closer.

He reaches over his head and tugs it free and then fixes me in one of those scorching blue-eyed stares, the way he had the first night we met, and I’m melting right here in this office for him. He tugs my shirt over my head and unhooks the front of my bra, his gaze raking over my naked breasts, my nipples puckering beneath his inspection, and my sex clenching, empty, so very empty without him. “Better?” he challenges, his attention settling on my face.

My hands come down on his upper arms, the jaguar on his right shoulder, reminding me just how much he wants to deny his heritage. It reminds me just how much this family burns him alive. “A little.” I slide my hands down his hips and boldly stroke the line of his zipper, the thick ridge of his erection.

He groans, one of his hands covering my hand, the other hand catching my hair, a rough pull as his mouth closes down on mine again. And then he’s devouring me again and I love it. I love that I’ve drawn this deep, guttural reaction from him. I love that he’s all here with me, not in his own head, not doubting how good he is for me. Not swimming in the ocean of numbers in his head. Not in the hell of the Kingston family.

This drives me. I want to push him. I want to keep him here, with me. I squeeze his erection through his pants and whisper, “Why aren’t you inside me already?”

He turns me, pressing me to the wall like he had in the cottage, his big body wrapping my body, his hands on my breasts, fingers teasing my nipples, lips at my ear. “You were always sweeter than revenge,” he promises. “Always more addictive.” He plucks at my nipples. “So fucking addictive and I hated you for that.”

He reaches for my zipper and I squeeze my eyes shut. I don’t have to ask what he means. I understand. From the moment we met, he was in my head, in my heart, his touch imprinted on my body. The man I compared all others to, and they came up short. “I hated you, too.”

His hands press under the denim at my hips. He caresses them down my legs and then his arm is wrapping my waist and he’s lifting me. In a few quick moves, I’m naked and he’s standing at my hips, one palm possessively on my backside. The other on my belly.  “Do you hate me now?”  His fingers walk down to my sex and he cups me.

“Yes.” I look at him. “I still hate you for having this much control over me.” He slides his fingers along the seam of my sex, sending sensations darting through my body.

“Is that a bad thing?” he challenges, his palm squeezing my backside, his fingers slipping inside me.

“Yes,” I say, panting my way through that one word and somehow adding, “Because when I look in your eyes, like I am now, I see expectations. The wrong ones.”

He scowls and suddenly he’s turning me, pressing my back to the wall, his legs caging mine. “What does that mean?” he demands.

“It means as long as you expect to hurt me, as long as you expect you being a savant, you being different from me, to make us less, we will be. It means, you expect us to fail and so we will.” I swallow hard, my hand planting on his chest, his heart thundering beneath my palm, pounding out an emotional beat. “You think I can’t handle who and what you are. You still think I’m the princess and you’re the bastard.”

He tangles his fingers into my hair, his touch rough, erotic, as he drags my lips to his. “We are the bastard and the princess, but I don’t care anymore. I want you. I fucking need you. Do you understand me?”

Heat rushes over me, through my body, over my skin and settles in my heart and my sex. “I fucking need you, too.”


“Good, because I might have asked you to stay, but I never intended to let you go. I’m not going to let you go. I’m not going to let us go.”

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.