Friday, December 19, 2014

Audio Book Tour: McFarland's Farm by Cardeno C.

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 McFarland's Farm
McFarland's Farm: Hope, Book 1
Written by: Cardeno C.
Narrated by: Paul Morey
 Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:11-11-14
 
Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.

Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.
This looks like it will be the first instalment in a series based around the town of Hope, population 3000.  I really enjoy reading the M/M genre and this was a great quick read.
Jared lives on his farm, growing produce for his growing list of clients.  This is something he knows and loves doing.  When his ex-wife calls him to tell him that her step brother Lucas is coming to stay for a couple of weeks, that it will be a favour to her father, he reluctantly agrees to it.
Jared has always been attracted to Lucas but the version that steps off the bus is a whiny, spoilt and full of self entitlement Lucas.  This is going to be tougher than he first thought.  He is still really good looking though so I guess there is that.
Lucas is fuming about being sent to a farm and the small town of Hope.  Jared soon puts him to work sorting out his home office, which will free him up more to work his farm.
There is a mutual growing attraction between these two and when they finally admit what they both are feeling things get really hot between them. I love that this was a slow building realisation between them, nothing felt rushed.  Jared is not a one night stand kind of guy and when he is with someone, it's because he wants to know them and give himself fully.  This is a new experience for Lucas who has never been a relationship kind of guy but he wants to with Jared.
I enjoyed this hot sexy story and give it 3.5 stars
 
 
 
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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
 
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."
 
 
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Blog Tour: Free Me by Laurelin Paige


TitleFree Me
Series: The Found Duet Book One
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
 
Her story began long before she started working at The Sky Launch...

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway. 

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free.

BOOK ONE OF TWO. This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy
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Amazon Linkhttp://amzn.to/1wfjYWp
 
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.
 
Laurelin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurelinpaige
Laurelin's Website: http://laurelinpaige.com
Laurelin's Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/z1ugH
 
 
 




 
 
 
 


 






 
 


 

 













Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Before Ryan Was Mine by Kahlen Aymes

 
When Ryan Matthews meets Julia Abbott for the first time at Stanford University, he immediately knows she will change his life.  They have an instant, unbreakable connection that goes beyond partying and palpable attraction.  Although his intelligence and good looks land him any girl he wants, Ryan hesitates to cross that line with Julia because she quickly becomes the best friend he’s ever had. 

Both secretly in love, Ryan and Julia are terrified to take the chance that could mean the loss of the very person they don’t want to lose.  As the bond between them grows stronger, they are both miserable as they are forced to watch as they each date other people.  But will Ryan’s all-consuming jealousy and Julia’s deeply broken heart torment them enough to make one or both walk away?

Join Ryan and Julia on the beginning of the journey that has made Kahlen Aymes’ Remembrance Trilogy an international bestselling favorite among her readers.  This book was written after The Trilogy was finished due to an abundance of reader requests for more of Ryan and Julia’s story.

And so…
The Mad, Mad Love Begins…
This was like taking a walk down memory lane.  Kahlen takes us back to the moment when Ryan first laid eyes on Julia.  We get an insight into all of his thoughts and feelings as he and Julia become friends.
 
Over the three years that they are at college Ryan constantly battles with his feelings for Julia.  He is in love with her but also values his friendship with her above everything else.  He thinks that taking the next step with her is too big a risk to take, he wants to keep her in his life and a relationship with her could ruin that for both of them.
 
Julia is in love with Ryan too and it is heartbreaking reading about how she deals with him dating and sleeping with other girls.  Every time she tries to move forward and date other guys, Ryan steps in like a jealous boyfriend and manages to intervene.  He can't have her but he doesn't want anyone else too either.
 
Knowing what the outcome of this couple's story is made this a lot easier to read but I did get annoyed with Ryan and all of his to-ing and fro-ing.  Poor Julia was in a no win situation with him, her heart got constantly battered about and her college experience was laced with a lot of frustration and sadness at the hands of Ryan.
 
Luckily he came to senses and was honest about his feelings for Julia and they rode off into the sunset to live happily ever after....  okay that is not entirely true and if you haven't read The Remembrance Trilogy yet then I highly recommend you do!
 
I give this 4 stars
 
Ryan
 
The biggest moment of my life found me unexpectedly.  It crept up softly, and settled around me like a fuzzy blanket.  A mere whisper; it hit me like a sledgehammer.  At the time, I knew it was significant, but I didn’t realize just how those few seconds would change absolutely everything: how one brief glance could leave such an indelible stamp on the remainder of my life.  It would become a contradiction; an unstoppable force that would send me reeling out of my control, churning and shredding my emotions, but create the most incredible contentment I’d ever feel.  Contentment that could wrap me up in a warm, safe place or devastate me to the core and leave my heart in shambles.  It would become years of want and pain, lust and love… It would hurt like the deepest hell, but become the most euphoric and precious ecstasy I’d ever know.  I’d never forget that day, that moment; that glance. 
It would wreck me.  It would make me.  
 
 
The Future of Our Past (Book One)

Don’t Forget to Remember Me  (Book Two)

A Love Like This (Book Three)

The Remembrance Trilogy: Books 1-3
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1HixD5I
 
I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.


I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.
 

I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture. The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 








Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon


 
The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Release date: November 27, 2014
Cover Design By: Hang Le
 
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know its coming, and it will hurt. But youll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten oclock news the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like hed been broken at birth. I knew that wasnt what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
 
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
 
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didnt stay away.
 
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.

 
She has done it again. Amy Harmon is truly an amazingly talented author, who gives us beautifully written stories. They deeply touch our hearts and give us characters that we won't ever forget. I loved every moment of Moses and Georgia's story, even the ones that broke my heart and had me crying rivers.

Georgia and Moses meet at such a young age. But I think it because of it, that their relationship evolves as quickly as it does. Georgia is a VERY naive teenage girl, who knows that Moses is not like the other boys, but is still drawn to him. At times, his strange behavior puzzles her but I think it also pulls her closer.

"Maybe it was being seventeen, maybe it was first love, or first lust. Maybe it was just hot. But I wanted him with a desperation that consumed me. I had never wanted anything so much in my life. And I couldn’t imagine wanting something so much ever again."

They are given only a short time together before their world implodes and they are ripped apart. And the wreckage left behind is devastating. It gutted me to read how Georgia fought to hold on, while Moses is steadily pushing her away. I understood his reasoning but it didn't make it any easier to experience.

The Law of Moses is very difficult to review. There are quite a few twists that could easily be spoiled by saying too much. So, I'll just say, it really is a book that just has to be read to experience all the beauty it has to offer. It is one that will show you love, true love, is blind to all the obstacles that stand in its way. Even the ones that destroy you. Can Moses and Georgia's love for one another pull them out of the depths of despair they've both found themselves in and to the other side, one where they both find peace and happiness?

And once you finish The Law of Moses, go pick up ALL of Amy Harmon's other books. Each one is very unique in its storyline and just as well written!

My Five Great (you'll understand once you read the book!):
My son, who is my miracle baby
My husband, I'd be lost without him
My family, their support means everything
Books, I couldn't imagine a world without them
The bad days to remind me that the good ones are truly great! 
 
“You still talk to your horses.”
 
I jerked and Sackett shifted, not liking the spike of energy that shot through me or the fact that my fingers had yanked at his mane.
 
Moses stood silhouetted in the barn door, holding what looked to be a large canvas in his hand.
 
I hadn’t realized I was still talking to Sackett, and I did a quick examination of what I’d just said. I believe I had just uttered an embarrassing rant on people named Moses not being allowed in Georgia. “Oh, Lord,” I prayed silently but fervently, “you can make the blind man see and the deaf man hear so it shouldn’t be too much to ask to make this man forget everything he’s just seen and heard.”
 
“What does Sackett think about those new, stricter laws in Georgia?”
 
I looked up at the rafters, “Hey, thanks for comin’ through for me, Lord.”
 
I loosened the cinch that secured the saddle around Sackett’s middle and pulled the saddle from his back, hoisting it onto the saddle horse and removing the blanket beneath without looking at Moses. I was kind of surprised that he remembered Sackett’s name.
Moses took a few steps inside the barn and I could see a small smile playing around his lips. I gave Sackett a firm pat on his rump signaling I was done, and he trotted off, clearly eager to go.
 
“You’re back.” I said, refusing to embarrass myself further by getting angry.
“I took Tag home. He had big plans to train for his next fight old school, like Rocky, but discovered that it’s a little more appealing in the movies. Plus, I don’t do a very good Apollo Creed.”
 
“Tag’s a fighter?”
 
“Yeah. Mixed martial arts stuff. He’s pretty good.”
 
“Huh.” I didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t know anything about the sport. “Didn’t Apollo Creed die in one of the movies?”
 
“Yeah. The black guy always dies at the hands of the white man.”
 
I rolled my eyes, and he grinned, making me grin with him before I remembered that I was embarrassed and ticked off that he had kissed me and left town. It felt a little too much like the past. The grin slipped from my face and I turned away, busying myself shaking out the saddle blankets.
 
“So why did you come back?” I kept my eyes averted. He was quiet for a minute, and I bit my lips so I wouldn’t start to babble into the awkward silence.
 
“The house needs more work,” he replied at last. “And I’m thinking of changing my name.”
 
My head shot up, and I met his smirk with confusion.
 
“Huh?”
 
“I heard there was this new law in Georgia. Nobody named Moses can even visit. So I’m thinking a name change is in order.”
 
I just shook my head and laughed, both embarrassed and pleased at his underlying meaning. “Shut up, Apollo,” I said, and it was his turn to laugh.

Amazon: The Law of Moses
 
 
Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called What I Know also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One. 
Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.
 
 
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