Royally Romanov

Royally Romanov
by Teri Wilson
Book: The Royals #2
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pub Date: July 17, 2017
Genre: Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In this charming modern day retelling of the 1956 classic Anastasia, a museum curator falls for a mysterious man who may or may not be a long lost heir to Russia’s imperial Romanov dynasty.

Finley Abbot is organizing the most prestigious art exhibit of her career at the Louvre museum—a retrospective of art from the House of Romanov. But the sudden appearance of Maxim Romanov threatens to turn her into the biggest laughingstock of the art world. When she finds herself falling in love, she realizes there’s even more at stake than her career. How can she trust a man with her whole world when he can’t remember a thing about his past?

After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial Fabergé eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself. 

My Review: I love this take on Anastasia. It was done better than a few Ive read.
Anywho…Finley is smart and loves art. Right now she is working on organizing a huge exhibit, so huge it will mean big things for her career. 
What she didnt expect from this was falling for the guy of which the art is from. But how can you fall for a guy who doesnt know the past? 
Its not Maxim’s fault he cant remeber. He was struck pretty hard and,that left his memory blank. But he does know he is related to Anastasia. So thats something to go off right? 
Together they work to figure it all out. Hopefully the pieces will fall into place and all goes well right? If only things could ever be that simple. 
Just as things are building up things hit a wall. It only one piece of evidence to question everything. What will Maxim do and what does it mean for him and Finley? 
Let me tell you the build up to it was amazing. You get smacked at every perfect moment which will only make you want to read the book in one sitting and calmy wait to reas the next book in the series.

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

YA book proposal contest

Putting the Readers Back in Charge of Publishing
Imagine a
YA publishing process without gatekeepers.  One where editors and agents
read the manuscripts that readers love, not vice versa.  One where anyone
with a knack for writing, a passion to succeed, and a little flair for
self-promotion, has a fair shot at being published.
All too
frequently, this isn’t the case.  Books often get rejected for reasons
beyond authors’ control.  One editor turned down an ultimately successful
book by saying, “The girl
doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift
that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”  The book in question?  The
Diary of Anne Frank
.  Furthermore, according to the Cooperative
Children’s Book Center, only about 10% of all YA books accepted for
publication feature “multi-cultural content.”  Clearly, there are some
blind spots that need addressing in the publishing industry.
It’s with
this vision in mind that Publishizer is launching its YA book proposal contest
called Plot Without a Cause.
 Publishizer is a startup seeking to fill a hole in the publishing
industry through crowdfunding.  It works like this:
You write
the book proposal.  You know the book proposal I’m talking about.
 The one you’ve been daydreaming about for years.  The one that just
popped into your head last week and you haven’t stopped thinking about since.
 The one for the manuscript that’s been dearly loved by you but maybe not
so much yet by the publishing industry.  That one.  Then you
register (for free!) on Publishizer’s website and post your proposal in the
Plot Without a Cause section (again—for free!).
Now this
is when you’ll have to start hustling.  Crowdfunding runs on pre-orders,
so you had better start promoting that proposal.  Reach out over social
media, post on your blog, email your old roommates—whatever it takes to start
building buzz.  If you get the most preorders by the time the contest
ends, you’ll win $1000 dollars.  And if you don’t have the highest number
of preorders, don’t worry—you’ll still be queried to major publishers who fit
your proposal.
Previous
Publishizer contest participants have gotten interest and landed deals with a
variety of traditional publishing companies, including Harvard Square Books,
She Writes Press, and Weiser.  Publishizer takes a small commission
on pre-orders when you choose a publisher at the end.
Every
year, thousands of books are rejected by the publishing world for reasons that
have nothing to do with the quality of the book—they’re too mainstream or not
mainstream enough, too similar to books already being published or too
different from books already being published.  Or the literary agent just
doesn’t stand to make much money on the deal so they pass on a perfectly good book!
 Imagine how many brilliant YA manuscripts go unpublished every year
thanks to frustrating rejections.  Imagine how many hugely talented
authors quietly give up on their dreams, just because the gate to a traditional
publishing path isn’t open to them.
With
their new YA book proposal contest, Plot Without a Cause, Publishizer is
seeking to level the playing field.  Publishing decisions shouldn’t be
based solely on a literary agent’s judgement or how many friends you have in
the industry. They should be based on quality of writing and how many readers
the book attracts.

Great
books get overlooked all the time, and this is an opportunity to show acquiring
editors that yours is worth paying attention to.  Not to mention the readership and funds you could
gain in the process.  Crowdfunding (or
crowd-publishing, in this case) is growing in popularity and brings a personal
touch back to book sales—for readers and publishers.  Are you in?

Where I End

Title: Where I End
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: NA Romance Standalone
Editor: Karen Hrdlicka
Proofreader: Tiffany Landers
Cover Designer: Amy Queau

Blurb:
Eve
Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel.
All words I’d used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn’t know the man behind the facade at all.
Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine.
All words I’d use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn’t expect was that he would save me, too.
Cy
I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn’t supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn’t walk away.
I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn’t let her go, because where I end, she begins.
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
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Pulling up to the cabin, I shut my truck off and go inside. Parker is in the kitchen making himself lunch.


“Sandwich?” he asks, holding one up.

“Sure.” I’ve only eaten half a danish in the last eighteen hours. I need food.

“You doing okay? You didn’t come home last night.”

I smile a huge fucking smile. “I’m doing great.”

“Look at you all happy. You must have found some hot woman last night and had a hell of a time.” He hands me the sandwich and starts to make another one.

I take a few bites to appease my stomach. “Hot woman, yes, and last night sucked, but this morning was great.”

“Okay, I’m going to need a few more details.”

“Something happened last night, and it fucked me up big time, so I left. I had to get out of here, and didn’t know where I was going until I ended up there.”

“Eve’s.” It’s not a question. He knows I would go to her. There’s nowhere else. No one I’d trust outside of Parker and her.

I nod. “When I got there, she wasn’t home, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave. After about an hour of me sitting on the stairs in front of her door, I heard her. She wasn’t alone. Her date was walking with her to her door.”

He raises his eyebrows. “Her date? I didn’t know she was dating anyone.” Parker and Evie have been talking a lot. They’ve become close.

“Finn Bradley.”

“No! Finn Fucking Bradley. I haven’t seen him in months.”

“Me, neither.” I take another bite of the sandwich and find a glass to get some water. “Anyway, Evie trips as she’s walking up the stairs and I catch her. She must have seen something on my face, because next thing I know, I’m in her apartment with the door shut while she gets rid of Finn.”

“Poor Finn. He didn’t stand a chance.”

“You don’t know that.”

“C’mon, Cy. There is no competing with you. Not in Eve’s eyes. It’s you she wants. She’s always asking me about you, wanting to make sure you are doing okay.” He never told me that.

“I didn’t know.”

“No, I did that on purpose. You didn’t need her in your head more than she already was. After what happened that night when I was having dinner with her, and you showed up, I didn’t like seeing you upset. You needed to get your head on straight after seeing her. Me talking about her all the time wouldn’t have helped you.”

“We’re dating.”

He smiles wide. “Look at how far you’ve come in six weeks. You’re with Eve, for fuck’s sake.”

“How far I’ve come? I’m still a fucking mess. I could be making a huge mistake by being with her, but I can’t stay away anymore. If last night taught me anything, it’s that I need her. I’m done pushing her away. She knows I’m fucked up, and she still wants me. I have no fucking clue why.”

“Because she cares about you, douchebag. She sees something special in you, and no matter how many times she tried to get you out of her head, she couldn’t. Same with you.”

“Then why the hell did she go out with Finn?”

“Six weeks, Cy. You couldn’t expect her to sit around forever. She is smoking hot, even if she doesn’t realize it. Someone was bound to ask her out.” I give him a hard look. He holds up his hands. “I have zero interest in her, outside of being her friend. Chill, dude.”

“I know.” I rake my hand through my hair. “I’m sorry. I get fucking crazy where she’s concerned.”

He feigns shock. “No!”

“Fuck you.” I throw the last bit of my sandwich across the kitchen at him.

“Okay, go back to your story. We drifted off course.”

“Right, so I crashed in her bed, but nothing happened. Well, we talked, we slept, and I had a nightmare, but she was in it this time.” Parker is the only other person to know of my nightmares, outside of my doctors. I normally wouldn’t have told him, but he’s had the unfortunate task of waking me on multiple occasions, now that I live with him.

“Shit. I’m sorry.”

“Yeah, so she woke me up, and then we left. We took my truck out to the falls and sat there to talk. One thing led to another and…”

“You fucked her in the river?”

“What? No! We talked, and I’m now in a committed relationship with her.”

“Get the fuck out! You have a girlfriend?” I nod. “Holy hell, I never thought I’d see the day.” He walks out to the deck, leaving the door open behind him. He cups his hands around his mouth and yells, “Look out world! Cy Revere has a girlfriend! Hell has officially begun to freeze over!”

“Would you get back in here, asshole?”

He comes inside, kicking the door shut behind him. Parker’s hand claps me on the shoulder. “I’m happy for you. Truly. It’s time you’ve had some good in your life. I’m just glad it’s Eve.”

Rogue

Title: Rogue
Author: Jaci Wheeler
Genre: YA Dystopian
Expected Release Date: July 23rd, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
I’ve spent my whole life training to be in the Elite Squad, and I left it all behind without a second thought. I don’t fail. My father made sure that it wasn’t in my D.N.A. to fail. So, I will take him down. I will make him pay for his lies and deceit…but first I will get my son back, or die trying.

“Will I be able to expose Edward and the Academy? Will I be able to turn to the one person I’ve always trusted or after working in the darkness so long, is Van just as twisted as my father?
This is book two and conclusion to the Academy Series.
I have been married to my very supportive husband for 8 years and we have two amazing Autistic kids!I always dreamed of being a writer, but life got in the way. Going through my kids different therapies and special schools and one meeting after the next I needed a way to get away from it all and find my perfect Utopia! This is how the United Series was born. Writing has always been cathartic to me. Who wouldn’t want to leave their world for a while and step into a new one? I have so many stories and characters just waiting to find a place on your shelf! I’m hoping to come out with a few more Trilogies very soon. For Updates and information please go to my webpage at www.jaciwheeler.com

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Break Me Like a Promise

Break Me Like a Promise
by Tiffany Schmidt
Book: Once Upon a Crime Family #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date:  June 2016
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
No one is unbreakable.

All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.

She’s given an ultimatum: shape up or step aside.

Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data. Maggie agrees, but has no intention of keeping her promise or ever seeing him again. That night Alex shows up at her Family estate with copies of confidential Family files and a shocking revelation—the kidney is for him.

The Vickers aren’t willing to let Alex out of their sight, so he moves onto their estate and Maggie is assigned to be his keeper. A task she resents and he enjoys making as challenging as possible. But procuring black market organs is becoming increasingly difficult, and as Alex’s health declines, she’s surprised to find herself falling for him.

Like it or not, Maggie must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both. 


My Review:
 This book started off a good note for me.  Just two young kids planning a life together. They try to run off and have that life, only to get caught by the parents and the plan is put to a halt. But nothing will stop them. A few more years down the road and they finally meet up after years of calls, texts skype, etc. Only moments with each other and they were  happy. But that was cut short when one of them dies.

Fast forward a few years and the story is still going well, but once it hit the halfway point, it started to lose me.  The whole black market and organ thing just wasn’t my thing. It took away parts of the story for me and the whole how did we even up here part? Basically it was the downfall for me. 
My Rating:
✪✪

In the Pursuit of Charity

Title: In the Pursuit of Charity
Author: Alexandria Sure
Genre: New Adult –college/sports
Publisher: Beaumont Tower Press
Editor: Richelle McFate
Cover Designer: Jake Sager
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:
He expected her to recognize him.
He expected her to be seduced by his charms.
He expected her to fall for him.
Expectations are a funny thing …
When his parents named him Herbert Lincoln James, they already had expectations that Linc would attend an ivy league university and go into politics. Linc didn’t. As captain of his swim team, he was expected to win the big relay to carry his swim team to the state championship for the first time in decades. Linc didn’t. Society expected him to walk past her. He couldn’t.
 
She expected him to see through her.
She expected him to make her into a joke.
She expected him to be cruel.
Expectations are a funny thing …
Alexandria Sure is from Michigan and adores her supportive family, her two rescue pups, and her mighty Spartans. Her coffee obsession leads her to writing in local coffee shops where characters come alive between salted caramel lattes and large cups of “cold brew extra cream two Splenda,” which are usually on the counter when she walks in because the baristas know her car. (Thanks, Biggby!)
When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of her time perfecting her craft. She is an active member of Capital City Writers Association and attends several writing conferences each year.
Sure’s first novel, Before Him Comes Me, is an unconventional romance of self-discovery, described by readers as “the first BDSM book with no sex.”
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Stealing First


Stealing First
Weston Parker
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

She’s saving herself for marriage.
Not if I have anything to do with it!
I steal bases for a living. Now watch me steal her v-card.
I’ll take it all, over and over, and she’ll beg me not to stop. You don’t get in the batting cage with me and expect to leave unscathed.
The minute Terra Harmon walks back into my life, I’m hard for her.
She’s always had that effect on me. She’s sweet, she’s innocent, and she’s my best friend’s little sister. She thinks she’s going to take over our pro-league baseball team. But she’s going to be so busy trying to keep her virginity intact, she won’t have time to deal with anything else.
One mistake, and I’ll slide into first.
One little slip up, and I’m going deep. Balls deep.
She wants to save herself for marriage?
She’s in the wrong game.
#Alpha #BadBoy #StealingFirst #H-O-T #SportRomance #KU #99cents

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DANNY:
Turning carefully as the sunlight filtered through my bedroom window, I propped up on my elbow and reached out to brush a wayward blond hair behind her ear. My heart ached deep in my chest that she’d grow up without her momma. My sister’s little girl was now mine, and she’d be raised as my own as best I could. Being a single father for the last few years had forced me to grow the fuck up in certain areas, at least all areas other than women. It’s not like I could imagine a woman coming into my life and helping me raise Lyndsay.
“That tickles!” Her little voice surprised me. Big blue eyes looked up at me with an innocence in them that I knew I’d do anything to protect.
“What tickles?” I lifted an eyebrow and reached over to tickle the side of her neck. “This?” Her giggles filled up the air as I reached for her.
“No, Daddy! No!” She swatted at me and rolled off the bed, hitting the floor.
“Hey. You okay?” I moved quickly, ready to scoop her up.
She smiled up at me from the floor. “Yes!” Bounding up, she tickled my neck and ran off toward the living room, her blond curls flying behind her.
“You tricker!” I yelled playfully from the bedroom and got up. I ran my fingers through my hair and walked down the hallway to the kitchen. It was hard to believe Jannie had been gone for five years. Seemed like yesterday she was giving me shit about finding a good woman in my life. Too bad she never found a good man.
“What are you thinking about?” Lyndsay tilted her head to the side as she sat up at the breakfast bar, her little chin propped up in her hands. “You look worried.”
“Nope. Just trying to wake up. I went to sleep with a princess next to me and woke up to a frog.” I pinched the tip of her nose softly. “What happened?”
“A frog! Not me, Daddy.” She pulled back, shaking her head.
“No. You’re right. You’re much too pretty for that.” I walked to the fridge. “What does my girl want for breakfast this morning?”
“Pancakes, and eggs and maybe some bacon. Oh! And some sausage. And that ham we like so much, daddy. The really salty one.”
I laughed and glanced over at her. “Cinnamon rolls it is.”
She huffed and rolled her eyes. “Fine. I’m going to watch cartoons. Are we going to Mimi’s again today?”
“Yeah, baby. You know it’s baseball season right now. I have to be there when they tell me to.”
“I hate baseball season.” She walked toward the living room with her shoulders rolled in. I needed to find a damn day off to spend with her. The cute little thing had no clue that I was her uncle instead of her father. She didn’t need to know. That was the decision mom, dad and I made the day we buried my sister. It was better this way, and I was old enough and wealthy enough to take Lyndsay.
“Not that I could do it without you,” I mumbled to the empty air around me. My mom and dad had been more than helpful, and between the three of us, Lyndsay was growing up to be a bright, happy, healthy little girl.
“Dad!” she yelled from the living room.
“Yeah?” I pressed the button on the stove and walked to the edge of the kitchen.
“When are you going to bring home someone that can do my hair right?”
I put my hand on my hip and gave her a funny look. “Are you saying I’m not a good beauty shop lady or something?”
She giggle-snorted, the sound of it warming my soul. “Dad. We need a girl around here.”
“Well, we have one.” I pointed to her. “You!”



Author Bio:

I’m a former firefighter/EMS guy who’s picked up the proverbial pen and started writing bad boy romance stories. I co-write with my sister, Ali Parker, as we travel the United States for the next two years.
You’re going to find Billionaires, Bad Boys, Mafia and loads of sexiness. Something for everyone, hopefully. I’d love to connect with you. Check out the links below and come find me.


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