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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Blood Bond Saga (1) by Helen Hardt

Vampire lust in its prime!  It’s not exactly Christmassy, but a great romance is always a gift!

I must not have read enough vampire romances lately because I wondered as I read this whether all vampires have one main topic on their minds:  lust. 

Dante somehow escaped the chains, literally, of a woman who lusted and drank his blood for ten years. You can imagine how disoriented and out of synch with the world he was.Blood Bond: 1       

Erin, a third shift ER nurse finds him in a ghastly state in the blood bank of the hospital.  For some unknown reason, they both find an immediate attraction, but with a lot of difficulties being able to take advantage of it, and each other. 

Dante can’t tell her he’s a vampire.  He also needs an education on how to control his sexual urges because with love making, he’ll want to suck her blood amongst other parts!

Erin hasn’t had a boyfriend for quite a while and desperately is willing to give chase.  But he keeps “starting it,” and then cuts her off and sends her away.

She decides maybe she just needs a good old-fashioned f***.  From someone else?  Dante’s not going to like that.      

But maybe, just maybe…

And that’s where it ends.  Grrr…

Well written and a page turner, yet I was disappointed that I got hooked because the only way to find out if they enjoy carnal knowledge of one another and whether Dante has truly escaped the chains of the evil female vampire, is to buy the next book! 

I’ve run into this recently, where the reader has to continue the story in the next book, but for me as a reader, I’d like a complete story in one volume.  It seems to be the new thing.  I understand that publishers would love another sale, but when I began writing the ending was to satisfy the reader and tie up loose ends. 

Rules change. Blood Bond Saga has nine volumes.  Does that mean I have to buy (2.99 each) nine times (nearly $27) to read a whole story in ebook form??  I think that’s an upsetting realization.  I’ve spent that much on a story before, but it was hard cover and complete. 

Or do I just not like change?  Blood Bond is a great story.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to jump into the next volume to see what happens, or if I’ll just be left hanging again. 

I’m really interested to know what you think.    

Read lots and enjoy!


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Reader Holiday Photos: Cathy Brockman

Christmas is all about sharing, so I asked my readers to share some of their holiday photos. 

Today I'm pleased to be featuring Cathy Brockman's Christmas photos.

Nothing says Christmas more than children, and these two are seriously adorable! 

Okay, things just got even cuter! This little one is in awe of her gift. Children really do make Christmas!

Suhweet! Literally. They all got to make a Gingerbread House. I could have helped, but then none of the sweets would have made it on the house 😋

Oh wow! Now I know for sure this house is the most fun at Christmas time. Look at that snowman! I think I'm in love 💓

Thank you, Cathy, for sharing your wonderful photos! They definitely made me smile. 😁

Always, Lexi

Monday, December 17, 2018

Reader Holiday Photos: Beth Cotter

Christmas is all about sharing, so I asked my readers to share some of their holiday photos. 

Today I'm pleased to be featuring Beth Cotter's Christmas photos. I have to say, this lady knows how to decorate!

Hmmm, I don't see a stocking with the name "Lexi" on it. Uh, Beth?

Check out this snowman! This is the kind I want. The kind that doesn't melt!

These look so elegant! I definitely need some of these in my house.

And what's Christmas without a Christmas tree! There's such a beautiful glow to this one

Thank you to Beth for sharing her lovely holiday photos. Can't wait to see what you do next year!

Always, Lexi  

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Guest author Shana Gray wraps up the year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

I'm here again on Lexi’s blog and thrilled to be here right before Christmas. As the year comes to a close there's a whole lot that I can reflect on. I had a great year, and actually quite a horrible year personally. So we do have to take all the good with the bad. So I look two 2019 with optimism, hope, health and peace. And I paid it forward to you all wishing you the same.

My reason for visiting at this point in time is because the third book in my Girls’ Weekend Away series will be released worldwide on Tuesday. And look at this great review!!

'Full of fun, friendship and romance - a real escapist treat' Jill Shalvis on What Happens In Vegas 

The Nashville Bet is already getting five-star reviews on Goodreads and I can't tell you how thrilled I am. Even though it's the third book in a four book series, each book was written so that it could be read as a standalone. So, if you haven't read What Happens in Vegas or Meet Me in San Francisco before picking up a copy of The Nashville Bet, don't fret. The fourth book, A Match Made in Monaco, which will be a novella, is coming out on April 7.

You might be able to tell that each book is set in a different city 😋  I love to travel, and I've been to two of the locations. Just last month I got back from Bali. It was one of my trips of a lifetime and it was fantastic. I've attached a few photos to show you just how special it was. I plotted a book out while I was there, another series, and keeping my fingers crossed that it will come to fruition. They say, everyone needs a love affair in Bali, so that's what I'm going with for this storyline.

I hope you enjoy the photos. One is special for Lexi’s husband Bob. I thought of him and had to take the photo – Lexi, I wonder if you’ll notice which one 😛 The others are random, I have SO MANY photos and lots are on my Facebook page. I got terribly burnt one day, even slathered with lotion, wearing a hat, sitting in the shade and covered in a towel. Others include a mama and baby from the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, me in a red hat lol, sunrise which I got up early for (not as early as Lexi and I did when I visited her on her island) beach and drink shots. I just loved Bali.
AND, I’m going to be doing a series contest, announcing the details in the New Year. So tune in to my newsletter for the details!

Now a little bit about The Nashville Bet.

In the third warm, funny and romantic novel in the Girls Weekend Away series, four best friends embark on the ultimate girls' getaway filled with hijinks and a sprinkling of romance. For any fan of Bridesmaids and Sex and the City and readers of Jo Watson, Lauren Layne, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods.
The romantic...
When her boss offers her free tickets to the CMA Fest, Ava Trent jumps at the chance for a weekend in Nashville with her best girlfriends. Great music and new opportunities to look for Mr Right? What more could a former country girl ask for? Well, maybe not to literally fall at the feet of the hottest guy she's ever seen.
And the superstar singer...

After becoming an overnight success, fame doesn't rest easy on Chase Hudson's shoulders. It's hard to tell who's interested in him and who's interested in the star. So when he and Ava collide, and she has no idea who he is, he's immediately intrigued. Something about Ava calls to him - even though he's convinced she's a city-type who couldn't handle his Nashville life.
Are about to get their country on.

What starts as a light-hearted bet to test one another, becomes something much deeper as Ava and Chase can't stay away from one another. But with so many differences between their lives, will they win the relationship they've been dreaming of? Or lose each other?
Look for the other Girls' Weekend Away novels, including What Happens In Vegas and Meet Me In San Francisco! And A Match Made in Monaco coming April 7

How about a little excerpt? I hope you enjoy it. (hint, Daisy is just a friend 😆 )

It was a sea of cowboy hats, western shirts, jean covered asses, and, right in front of him, was a woman with the most sparkly boots he’d ever seen. She was stumbling all over herself, trying to keep up with the music, and he smiled. This must be her first time line dancing.
Chase put his hands on his hips and swung into the steps like he’d been born to do. Which he supposed he had. But he couldn’t drag his gaze away from the woman in front of him.
He watched her ass swing in the saucy dress she had on. The skirt, ending mid-thigh, swished as she moved. Her long legs disappeared into the boots. For the first time in a long time, he felt himself grow aroused.
The next steps had them turning around and he hesitated, hoping to catch a glimpse of Sparkle Boots as she twirled around, but Daisy yanked hard.
“Hey, what the—” He grumbled at her.
“Concentrate, Chase. Come on.” Daisy gave him a fierce glare.
But it was like he could feel the woman behind him and once facing back in the other direction, he couldn’t pull his gaze away from her. He was amused at how badly she danced. She was with a bunch of friends and they were all laughing. Even her. It was obvious her friends knew what they were doing and were helping her learn the steps. He couldn’t help giving a low chuckle as she nearly tripped over herself again.
He gave her credit, though, she was trying. This song ended and he was about to make an escape back to the bar.
“Oh, no you don’t, mister.” Daisy grabbed his hand and held him in place. “We got a few more sets to do.”
Chase gave her an exaggerated groan. “Seriously? You said one dance.”
“I lied.” She batted her eyelashes as she squeezed his hand. “Oh, ‘Friends in Low Places.’ Don’t you just love Garth. And, if I didn’t know better, I’d say this was your song.” Daisy poked him playfully in the chest with her pointy nail.
“Oww, watch those claws.” Chase took her fingertips, lifted her hand high, and twirled her. “Plus, I could easily take offense to you comparing me to the song. I’ve had my share of knowing high society girls, and they’re not my cup of tea. Give me a girl who can strip down a tractor, or go fishing and not squirm taking her catch off the hook.”
“Music to my ears, my man,” Daisy told him.
The next dance step called for a reverse and shuffle backwards. He was moving without having to think about it. His mind sorta wandered and the next thing he knew, he smacked into somebody. It was like a freight train had hit him. Chase heard a clatter and feminine squeals from behind, then some raised voices. He spun around, but hadn’t let go of Daisy’s hand quickly enough so he basically flung her onto the pile of women on the floor in front of him.
Had he mowed them all down? Good lord. Chase leapt forward to try and help.
“What the hell, Chase!” Daisy reached up and grabbed his hand. He hauled her off the pile. “What was that? You know how to dance.” She stared up at him, hands on her hips.
“I was doing the steps. They must have lost their feet.” He turned and looked at the ladies on the floor, they were killing themselves laughing. Clearly they were drunk and having the time of their lives.
He leaned over and picked them all up, one by one, setting them on their feet until he saw the last woman at the bottom. Sparkle Boots. She laid on the scuffed hardwood floor, with thick auburn hair covering her face, her skirt hiked up to her hips, allowing him a delicious peek of a pair of hot pink panties, and he couldn’t drag his gaze from her legs. He was poleaxed.

I hope you liked this little snippet.

All the links are available HERE on my website.

Now a little some extra for you.  Since Christmas is just around the corner, and handy treats are great to have around in case of surprise visitors, I thought I’d share a very Canadian recipe. No, not poutine, but it’s super easy too J My butter tart recipe. If time is tight, and you want to whip some up, just use the frozen pre-made tart shells. Otherwise, pastry from scratch is the best (If you want my pastry recipe, email me and I’ll be happy to send it along to you.)

These tarts can be frozen as well and quickly popped into the oven to warm up.

Butter Tarts – Preheat oven to 375
¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup corn syrup or maple syrup
1 egg
Mix all of the above together well. Put a few grains of salt in the bottom of each tart shell – this helps to stop bubbling over.
If using pastry from scratch, cut out a round about an inch bigger than a muffin tin, and press gently into the lightly greased muffin tin.
If using tarts shells, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Fill the shell about ¾ full.
You can add a few raisins or toasted pecans if you choose, or just have them plain.
Yummy goodness!!

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Meet Shana!
Shana Gray writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction that just might make you laugh. With 30 books behind her, some translated into multiple languages, she’s always eyeing the next story line. She lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada, is a mom of two grown sons, a brand new daughter-in-law, and is her black cat’s human. When she’s not writing or at her day job, she can be found daydreaming about life, usually with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand and making travel plans to far off lands to feed her wanderlust. Her newest series – Girl’s Weekend Away – is out now.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

PLEASURES OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Lexi Post on Sale for 99¢ for a limited time!

Pleasures of Christmas Past 
 (A Scottish Christmas Carol #1) 
by Lexi Post

Only 99¢ for a limited time!

When present-day American social worker Jessica Thomas is assigned her first case as a spirit guide, she’s excited to serve as the Spirit of Christmas Past for her client and prove she knows her profession well. Unfortunately, her mentor, the very hot, very single, and very Scottish Duncan Montgomerie has little faith in her ability and plans to catch her when she falls. As far as she’s concerned, he’s going to be waiting a very long time.  

Bachelor Duncan Montgomerie hails from late 18th century Scotland where he enjoyed life to its fullest, something he continues in death. Having been dead a while, he is well equipped to handle the afterlife where time doesn’t exist and phasing is the norm. What has him stymied is his connection to the uptight Jessica and the strange feelings he’s experiencing being around her, even though she refuses to listen to his advice. Duncan needs to figure out what it all means and fast because the rules change after death and the path Jessica is headed down could cost her her soul.
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The rest of A Scottish Christmas Carol Series: 

Desires of Christmas Present

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Temptations of Christmas Future

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One of a Kind Christmas

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Reflections of a Sunday Morning

Hello, gentle readers!
I love Sunday mornings (yes, I know it's Wednesday now, but I always write my blog on Sundays...because I'm that way, but I digress...back to Sunday morning). They’re so quiet and peaceful. I can sleep in a little (if the puppies allow me to). Most of my chores are completed on Saturdays so I have a moment or two to just sit, have some coffee, and reflect. Or plan. Or think about what’s going to happen next in my current work in progress. Or maybe even read a little bit. I need those few minutes of relaxation. It puts me in a good place because after that, my Sunday chores begin.
I put up my tree today, but I have not decorated it. For those who know me well, this is unusual. I’m one of those who likes to complete a task once it’s started…in this circumstance, I can’t. The DH hasn’t brought the decorations down from the attic yet. I actually hadn’t planned on putting up the tree until next weekend, but the DH had other ideas so it’s sitting in my living room, bare except for lights. So far, the pups aren’t interested in it (thankfully…I have visions of seeing bits and pieces of Christmas tree strewn throughout the house…five month old puppies can get into a lot of mischief!)
I also bought my calendar for 2019 so later on, after I cut up my veggies and make my salads for the week, I’ll be filling in birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates then hanging it on the wall. I know it’s really strange, but I so enjoy doing this. Kinda gets me ready for the new year, which is right around the corner! Oh my gosh! Time seemed to fly this year (but I’ve heard this happens as one grows older)!
Speaking of the new year, I’d like to take this time to wish all of you a very happy holiday season. Hope the holidays bring you joy and peace, good times with friends and family…and of course, new books to read.

Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

THE CHRISTMAS BALLET by Constance Bretes and a Chance at Two $10 Gift Cards!

The Christmas Ballet  
By Constance Bretes
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Laura Hemmingway cut herself off from men and her family when the man she loved married her sister. She moved across the country and was doing just fine until she received a devastating call to return to New York. She had to face the death of her sister, her sister’s little girl, Maria, and Maria’s father, Stefan—the man she had once loved. She figured she would pay her respects and leave as soon as possible. She never anticipated on the beautiful little girl stealing her heart. And she never expected that seeing Stefan again after twelve years would stir up old feelings. Stefan’s life was complete. He had a successful career as an attorney, a beautiful wife and an adorable six-year-old daughter. Although he and his wife had been married in name only for the past several years, he cared for her deeply. Then her unexpected death brought him face-to-face with his former lover, and the guilt he’d carried for years. Stefan is still in love with Laura and wants to give her everything she deserves. He and Maria are racing against time to convince Laura to stay with them in New York. Can a little girl’s love, and the true magic of Christmas, help Stefan convince Laura to stay and give their relationship another chance? Content Warning: contains some sexual content Genre – Contemporary Romance Heat Level - Hot
Excerpt from The Christmas Ballet: He smiled as he thought about the look on her face when he’d stroked her. Maybe she was more interested in him than she either believed or cared to be. Then he thought of something. “One more thing, Laura,” he called out to her, and she stopped at the door and turned around. “On the nineteenth, the law firm is hosting the annual Christmas party. It’s quite grand and lasts all evening long.” “You want me to be sure to be available to babysit Maria,” Laura said. “No. I want you to plan to come with me.” “What?” “Remember that beautiful, green, velvet dress we saw at Macy’s? I want you to get that dress, and the accessories to go with it, and attend the party with me.” “Stefan, really. You know I don’t go to those types of events, and I don’t wear those kinds of clothes. I’m not comfortable with either of those things.” “You need to get comfortable.” He smiled. “This is not a part of a job for the nanny and teacher. It’s out of the range of the job description. You need to get Ginger to go with you. I’m not going.” She gave him a defiant look. “Laura, I want to take you to this event. I’m not taking no for an answer. I will arrange for Rhonda to take you shopping to help you get what you need. You will charge all the purchases to a credit card I will give you that’s for your use only. This is the first of many social parties you will be attending.” He watched her as she clenched her hands into fists and released them. “Who do you think you will get to care for Maria on these…occasions?” “Usually Lillian is available.” “Stefan, it’s my job to care for Maria, not be your date to your parties. I don’t like being told what I will or won’t do. I don’t like social parties, and I don’t like wearing expensive clothes. It’s not me, and you’re not going to change me.” “I don’t want to change you. I want you to attend an event by my side. It won’t hurt you to have some beautiful clothing to show your feminine side. I want the world to see the beauty I see. Be glad I want to show you off. Some men might decide they don’t want others to see what they see.” “Flattery doesn’t work with me. You can tell me what to do as far as Maria is concerned, but my personal life is off limits to you.” “That’s good to know. At least I know you won’t get carried away and escape my grasp by someone making flattering remarks to you. Your personal life interests me.” “Stefan, you just don’t get it. I am not going to this party,” she said, enunciating each word slowly and carefully. “Besides, your mother would be horrified to see me walk in with you.” Her face hardened as she stared at him. “Look at it this way—you’d be doing me a big favor.” “How?” She raised an eyebrow. “I’m not interested in the other women that come to this social party looking for an eligible bachelor. With you on my arm, it would send a clear message to all the others that I’m taken.” “God, you’re impossible. Ginger is more than capable of providing you that kind of service.” “I don’t want Ginger. You have the grace, quiet beauty, and finesse I want in a date, and I will not take no for an answer. After Maria’s recital, you and Rhonda will set a shopping date. And one more thing. When you get your hair done, I’d like you to wear it down.” He smiled at her. “This is not going to happen.” She put her hands on her hips and glared at him. “It will. I’ll just have Maria work on you.” He eyed her. “What?” Stefan grinned. “You heard me. You’d never turn down anything from Maria.” “Grrrr.” She growled and stomped up the stairs. He laced his hands and put them behind his head. Oh yeah, it’ll be a night she’ll never forget. About the Author: Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She retired from the State of Michigan after 38-plus years of service and now writes and researches full time. She is married to her best friend and has recently moved from Montana to Alabama. Her hobbies include basket weaving, sapphire digging, and checking out old ghost towns. Constance's Social Links:
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