Blog Tour: Kat Shehata "Russian Tattoos" @KatShehata







Russian Tattoos – Obsession by Kat Shehata
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:
Falling in love isn't a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mob boss could be deadly.
Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov –a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a taste of danger is within Carter's grasp. Behind her father's back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?
Vladimir Ivanov—godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.
Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.
He's a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.
As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something's not right. When she's lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir's right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she'll never forget.
When Carter realizes she's in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal. But the Russian mafia plays for keeps, and Vladimir's fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Kat Shehata went to school with a bunch of animals–literally. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Zoo's Animal Conservation and Care Program. Her first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. She has had her shirt ripped off by a jealous orangutan, hand-fed grapes to fruit bats, played tug-o-war with a three-toed sloth, and escorted an elephant down Pete Rose Way in the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of New York Times bestseller Animals on the Other Side.

She is a competitive tennis player and spends her free time smashing tennis balls, cheering on her teammates, and playing matches in a recreational league. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, three kids, and an enthusiastic poodle. She holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

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May I introduce: Barbara White Daille "The Hitching Post Hotel" series


Hi, everyone! Thanks to Iris for hosting me here at the blog again, and thanks to you all for reading this post. Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions. I'm always happy to chat.
Today, I'm sharing info about my Hitching Post Hotel series. The premise of the series revolves around the efforts of a matchmaking grandpa to get his three granddaughters married to the three men meant for them—whether any of the six are interested in marriage or not!



Though the heroes and heroines make guest appearances throughout the series, the books are standalones with each couple reaching a happy-ever-after by the end of their story.
I'm so excited to have all three books in the series to date releasing in Australia. 
The first book, The Cowboy's Little Surprise, debuted in January. This month saw the release of book two, A Rancher of Her Own. And book three, A Lawman's Christmas Proposal, is scheduled for March.


From the cover of The Cowboy's Little Surprise:
THE LONG WAY HOME 
A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she's tried to bury the pain of Cole's cruel betrayal. But it's impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son's eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had. 
Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there's a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can't be the man Tina deserves, he's determined to try. For his son's sake—and his own.
Excerpt:
This is Tina's first meeting with Cole since his return:

"You and I need to have something out," he told her.

Please, no. Had he caught a glimpse of Robbie, after all?
 
He shifted his stance and crossed his arms over his chest. "I didn't expect to run into you this soon, but since we've met up, it's as good a time as any to talk."

"I don't really have anything to say to you."

"But I've got something to say to you."

He ducked his head, looking suddenly like the kindergartner made to give back the lollipop he'd just sweet-talked out of her hand. Even in those days, she'd have given him anything.

One night in high school, she'd proven that.

She turned to the truck and grabbed another sack. "I'm busy, sorry."

"I'll give you a hand, and then we can talk."

"No." He had stepped up beside her and stood only a few inches away. His nearness unsettled her. The thought of him going back into the hotel upset her even more. "All right," she conceded. "Say whatever you want to say right here."

"I'm sorry."

She blinked. "What?"

He ducked his head again, then tugged the brim of his hat down, shading his eyes. "Look, I know I acted like a real jerk to you back in high school."

"High school? You mean that lunchtime you turned me down when I asked you to the dance?" The time you humiliated me in front of everyone in the school cafeteria? "I'm over that."

"Oh. Well, that's good. You're sure?"

"Yes, I'm sure." She forced a smile and hoped he couldn't see her grinding her teeth in frustration. She just wanted him gone. Off the ranch. Anywhere but right here, right now.

"Well, that's good," he said again. "I'm glad you're not holding any bad feelings against me, since we'll probably be seeing a lot of each other."

"I doubt it. The hotel keeps me busy and close to home. I don't go into town much."

"You won't have to." His smile didn't look the least bit forced. "You'll see me here. I'm back to working for Jed."

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About the Author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwestern U.S. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven't gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara's series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. A new book is the series, Cowboy in Charge, is scheduled for a (US) July 2016 release, with other books to be announced.
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#MFRWHooks for ~~LET ME LOVE YOU~~ 10/02/2016 #amreading #Reading #MFRWAuthor


 







Happy "Book Hook" Day
May I 'hook' you on 
"Let Me Love You"?












"Let Me Love You" is set in Melbourne, in the wonderful country of Australia.    

 

   

I hope you get hooked by this Snippet 

Today's hook
From where he stood, he was only able to see a small part of her face. She was pale, yet her skin was flawless. Her blonde hair was tied back in a ponytail, with a few stray strands tucked behind her ears. No earrings. He moved a bit forward. No rings on any of the fingers either. When she turned a bit, he again saw her deep blue eyes. They were so beautiful, and yet underlined with troubling dark circles. He imagined for a moment what those eyes were hiding.
“So what brings you to Melbourne?” he asked.
He was sure he’d noticed another little flinch.
Tamara finally turned towards him and met his gaze. She had the most beautiful eyes, and for a moment, he completely got lost in them. A smiled tugged at his lips, yet she simply turned and stared back at the door.
“Business,” she whispered.
He nodded and was glad when the doors opened after what had seemed the longest two minutes of his life.
“Enjoy Melbourne,” he tried once more, but he should have known she wouldn’t answer. Shaking his head, he exited the lift and headed towards the front doors.
As he walked across the car park, he was able to see her in the distance—right next to his car. He choked back a chuckle in disbelief at the odds of parking beside her car.
Shaking his head, he watched her rummaging in her bag. “Lost your keys?” he asked.

She startled, and he saw what he thought was panic in her eyes.

Blurb:
Oliver Dempsey, pitcher for a Melbourne baseball club, loves the women, and they love him… 
But he keeps them at an arm’s length, and when he meets Tamara, he’s unprepared for the attraction he feels for her. Told by his coach that she’s off limits, only draws him in more. 
Tamara Amis moved to Melbourne to find some distance between her past and herself… 
With the help of her uncle, the coach of a Melbourne baseball club, she quickly finds a job, and a place to live. Yet, one meeting with the handsome pitcher stirs unexpected emotions that threaten to overwhelm her. 
It’s Oliver’s injury that brings them together, but as they find out about each other’s pasts, how can they be ready to share a future?   
    


5 Stars 
This is the first book I read by author. I really enjoyed this book. I will have to read book 1 in this series. You can read this as a standalone

4 Stars
Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was more than happy to read Let Me Love You – but each book stands alone and you don't have to have read one to understand the other. Nor do you have to know baseball inside-out to follow the story!

Oliver and Tamara appear to be opposites in the way they live life – he outgoing, she nervy and insular after a recent tragedy. And yet both choose to keep people at arm's length and neither are looking for romantic involvement. The attraction they feel for each other is initially unwanted but ultimately can't be ignored.

When Oliver is injured, he must reevaluate his career and his attitude to relationships, just as Tamara must decide the best way to forge forward rebuilding her life.

This is an enjoyable romance exploring the way two people cope with loss and tragedy in different ways, with likeable secondary characters adding variety and humor.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

New Release: @BradonNave "Copper Lilies"

“A beautifully written reminder that draws attention to a chronic disease that still needs to be fought on the front lines as stigma/judgment remain.” 
- Amy Nelson, MPH, CHES

COPPER LILIES by Bradon Nave is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
|| COPPER LILIES by Bradon Nave ||
In 1986, twenty-three-year-old country girl Nora Brown decides it’s time for a change…

Complacent and bored with her life in rural Oklahoma, Nora leaves her bigoted father and all she’s ever known to pursue a new life in San Francisco. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, Nora, a registered nurse, believes she can be an asset to the community. Bunking in a tiny apartment with a longtime friend, Nora secures a job within a large hospital and begins volunteer work for an organization that cares for those afflicted with the disease.

She is soon faced with the horrors of AIDS—a reality she wasn’t quite prepared for…

Just as the courageous group of caregivers and volunteers have their emotional strength depleted to the point of no return, the group rallies together and pushes forward, remembering their mission—if they aren’t there for these people, who will be?

Nora wasn’t expecting to find him here, to “fall in love among the ashes…”

Along her journey, she meets a diverse community of lionhearted survivors. And then there’s Donald, another volunteer who fights alongside those with dwindling hope. Nora and Donald grow closer as the war on HIV rages around them.

They watch their friends waste to nothing, yet no answers are being offered. The only comfort is the solace they find in each other. After months of hardships, another crippling loss shakes the foundation of Nora’s faith.

Their struggle is not only about HIV/AIDS—but about how the nation responds, and the humanistic choice to be unsung heroes.

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Bradon Nave was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. He attended a small country school during junior high and high school, and graduated with only three people in his class. After graduate school, he decided to devote his spare time to his passion of writing.Bradon currently lives in Piedmont, Oklahoma, with his wife and two young children. 

When he’s not writing, he loves running, being with friends and family, and being outdoors.





Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt ~ Where #Authors #Write to a #Prompt ~ #Reading


 

Welcome to Tuesday ... Welcome to Tuesday Tales ...

I continue with  Rachel's story. I introduced her in "I think I love you", the third book in the "Australian Sports Stars Series". She's Sarah's sister.
When Rachel opens the door and finds the police standing in front of her door, she's scared of a repeat of the day she was dragged to the police station. Yet, the two officers only want information and ask her to stop by later that day. Worried, she calls Oliver, a good friend, but instead gets Matiu Afoa on the phone. Matiu is Oliver's Kiwi friend staying with him for a week. He's in Melbourne for a meeting.

Today's prompt is a picture prompt

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.






“It’s nice meeting you,” he said.
The movement of the window's wooden shutters caught her attention as it made the light dance on his skin. She turned to him, letting out a little laugh. “I still can’t believe I’m here.”
His mouth cocked into a smile, and he winked at her. “I’m glad you came.”
Rachel let out a little breath. “Okay, tell me a bit about you.”
Mat let out a snort. “No way. You’ll run away.”
“That bad?” she asked with a smile.
“Worse.”
“I can’t believe that.”
“What would you like to know?”
She thought about it. Not wanting to sound too eager, she asked, “Tell me about your tattoo and your necklace. I like it.”
Cocking a brow, he moved his shirt up a little. “My tattoo?”
“I didn’t really want to sound like a mother and ask for your life’s history.”
He shook his head as he laughed. “Technically, it’s not a tattoo, but a Ta moko. It’s part of my Maori background. It used to be a tribal thing.”
“Is the necklace a tribal thing as well?”
“Don’t know much about your neighbours across the sea, do you?”
She gave a little shrug. “Never had a need to.”
“The jade toki is a symbol of strength and courage.”
Rachel reached out and gentle held it with her thumb and finger. “I love it. It’s beautiful.” Then she met his gaze. “You’re proud of your heritage, aren’t you?”
He choked back a chuckle. “What makes you say that?”
“Not sure, but I get a feeling you’re not wearing it for show. It means something to you.”



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#MusicMonday: Mr. Mister "Kyrie Eleson"

Cover Reveal: J.E. Warren "Lines we Forget" @jpysofinewrites



°°° COVER REVEAL °°°

LINES WE FORGET by J.E. Warren 

Cover Designer: J.E. Warren
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2016


°° SYNOPSIS °°
Love never comes easy, especially to those who aren’t prepared for it…

Twenty-four-year-old musician Charlie Stone has always played the classics. It’s just another day of playing the same old songs when he notices her—Anna Garrett, a beauty with cold-bitten, rosy cheeks and a coffee cup clutched in her hands.
Five songs later, and she’s still standing there. He vows to steal her heart the only way he knows how—through the power of music.

In the heart of London, chance encounters are few and far between, but a warm melody can bring people together…

New day, same old disappointments. Anna Garrett believes her luck at finding love has stalled before it’s even started when she’s stood up for a second date with a friend of her housemate.

But when she sees a handsome musician playing his heart out, everything changes. Memories come flooding back. As she listens to the music, Anna realises she must take matters of love and luck into her own hands.

When opposites attract, sparks fly…

After a series of wonderful, unconventional dates, feisty Anna and hopeless romantic Charlie declare their love for each other. But their newfound bond is rocked to its core by the appearance of an ex at a New Year’s Eve party gone awry, and a compromising situation that threatens to throw them off course.

Finally, a bright future appears to be within their grasp. But when Anna’s world fractures and distance comes between them, the real work begins.
Will their love go on in perfect harmony, or become another old song full of Lines We Forget?



°° J.E. WARREN °°
J.E.Warren currently resides in a somewhat sleepy seaside town, and is a British Romance/YA writer who has a long standing love for milky tea, travel, shaggy haired 90’s band Hanson, and small dogs.

Always observing, she enjoys writing and bringing to life realistic and relatable characters, especially strong, sharp and savvy females who aren’t afraid to speak their mind.

Music has always played a big part in her life – from noisy rock to reggae, folk to pop punk and everything in else between. And is a constant source of inspiration when writing, especially when plotting new ways to steal reader’s hearts, or make them swoon (usually with the help of guitar playing heartthrobs.)

When she’s not writing, J.E likes to curate perfect play lists – of which she has many, and catch up on her favourite shows (again too many), though you can be certain to find Buffy The Vampire Slayer on heavy rotation.