Ink Slinger PR Presents: If I Dream Review Blitz

A new unforgettable romance by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If I dream, will you dare?

Ryder
All I wanted was my freedom. It's all I'd dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson's world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father's world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.

Serena
I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father's money couldn't buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.

Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?

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Excerpt #4: (NSFW)
Against my lips, she whispered breathlessly, “See? I knew you wouldn’t say no.”
Of all the things rambling around in my brain at that moment, the word no wasn’t among them. How much I wanted to bury my cock inside her and fuck her like she’d never been fucked before quickly became my singular thought. I wanted that like I’d never wanted anything else in my life and none of my excuses overpowered my need for her.
Her hands roamed over my chest and she stared down at wherever they touched, her eyes wide like the feel of me thrilled her. I buried my hand in her hair and pulled her to me to kiss her hard, needing to taste her mouth and the sweetness on her tongue again.
Pulling away, she trailed her fingertips down over my stomach to where a faint line of black hair disappeared beneath my shorts. My body ached with need as I prayed for her to follow that trail. She stopped and looked at me almost as if she wasn’t sure she wanted to go any further. But I did.
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My Thoughts
While undeniably compelling, If I Dream is a book that will tend to cause its reader to be a little conflicted.
The reason?
The assumption that free will exists.

What we have in this case, is the typical "you will do as I say or..." scenario.  But instead of it being employed in the case of a dating/marriage situation.  It has been used as a tool for a father to control his daughters.
So much so, that he even denies them the right to educate themselves.  (Or, in the case of Serena, tries to.)
Which again, leads back to the question of "free will".
At least in the case of our heroine.  Who has several chances throughout the book to leave her situation.
Yet, chooses to sit and do nothing.  But wait for her father to manipulate her, and play the victim to the even more helpless pawn of a leading man, who is Ryder.

Although, in Ryder's defense.  Ryder's reluctance to cross his boss and captor, Robert Erickson, is justifiable. Given the fact that he was nothing more than a glorified slave.  Bought and paid for.

This book is truly an exercise in "the cage door is open puppies...put us all out of our misery and walk on through."

The one thing that this book did get right is the SEX!
These badgered bedmates may not have been able to escape the clutches of her domineering father.  But they can and do find ways to have some of the most readable sex on the planet.  All the time!

All in all, this is a very well written DRAMA!
Serena and Ryder are the perfect star-crossed Romeo and Juliette-esque couple.

Annnnnnd...
Drum roll please!!!!!
The drama continues in book two!

 
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 About K.M. Scott

K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.  

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Take The Plunge Into Love With "Hot Shot"

31185174 Title:  Hot Shot
(Last Shot #2)
Author:  Kelly Jamison 
Length:  NA
Format:  eARC
Date of Publication:  May 16, 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept/Random House
Rating:  5 Stars


A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?
Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave. 
                                         

* Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.*


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(Last Shot #1)

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My Thoughts

Marco Solis and Carrie Garner make the perfect "lonely hearts club of two" in Kelly Jamison's latest addition to her Last Shot series.
This book stands as irrefutable proof that sometimes, "having it all" isn't everything.  Because even though Marco is a former Navy SEAL, turned bar owner.  (Brooding, dark, good looks and body of a Greek god included.)  He can't seem to shake the tragic losses of his past.

In much the same vein...
The equally emotionally encumbered, yet equally fabulous Carrie Garner just can't seem to find her place in her own life.  Feeling like an outcast because her free spirit and artistic nature has lead to a life of runways and bright lights.  Instead of the more practical business related professions of her family.  Carrie has decided that maybe the best thing to do would be accept an opportunity to pursue studies in photography in Spain.
That is of course, after she helps to plan their best friends' wedding.

Enter tall, dark, and broody!

This sweet romance is all about perception.  The way that the two main characters perceive each other...to an extent.  But more to the point.  How happenings and perceptions from their respective pasts, have shaped for better or worse, how they perceive themselves.

The longer that one is involved in this story; the longer one comes to realize that these two have had everything that they have been seeking the entire time.  They each just needed the other to hold up the "love mirror" and say so.
This factor, as pivotal as it is to the "light bulb moment" of the read, is also the one facet of said story that is the hardest to reconcile.
The chemistry and sex are stellar.  There is nothing that readers will crave more than these two together.
The inclusive slant, with nods to family and belonging add that heartfelt element that rounds this romance out in a very lovely fashion.

Reviewer's Note:  This is the second book in a loosely related series.  Though reading book one is strongly suggested, it is not necessary.



About Kelly
Kelly JamiesonKelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that's sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here...) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories. She loves hearing from readers, so please visit her website at www.kellyjamieson.com.


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"Confessions Of A Young Nero" Is The Story Of A Life We Thought We Knew Explained In A Way We Have Never Imagined


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THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO

by Margaret George

Berkley Hardcover

On Sale: March 7, 2016
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 9780451473387
THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO takes readers through the early life of Rome’s infamous Nero. Through the machinations of his mother, Agrippina the Younger, Nero became emperor at the age of sixteen, the last of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. But the road was a frightening one.  The young boy, an intelligent, sensitive and watchful child, had a series of psychological shocks from an early age.  His cruel uncle Caligula and his scheming cousin Messalina threatened his life, and his domineering and ambitious mother Agrippina married and poisoned two men en route to securing the throne for her son. Agrippina viewed Nero’s power as an extension of her own will. But once on the throne—like the teenage boy he was—Nero did not want to take orders from his mother.  Soon the world was not big enough for the two of them. Thereafter he was remembered as a hedonist and tyrant who “fiddled” while his people burned. But the truth behind the caricature, revealed here, shows Nero to be instead a product of his mother’s relentless ambition, and the incest, violence, luxury, and intrigue that have gripped Rome’s seat of power for generations.




LOCUSTA
Chapter I
This is not the first time I have been imprisoned. So I am hopeful that this is a sham and that the new emperor Galba will soon need my unique services and quietly send for me and once again I shall be treading in the palace halls. I feel at home there and why shouldn't I? I have provided my timely services for those in power for many years.

By trade I am a poisoner. There, why not say it? And not any old poisoner, but the acknowledged expert and leader in my profession. So many others want to be another Locusta, another me. So I founded an academy to pass on my knowledge and train the next generation, for Rome will always be in need of poisoners. I should lament that, should say what a pity that Rome must descend to that, but that would be hypocritical of me. Besides, I am not convinced that poison is not the best way to die. Think of all the other ways Rome kills people: being torn by beasts in the arena, being strangled in the Tullianum prison, and most insipid of all, being ordered to open your veins and bleed yourself to death, like a sacrificial animal. Bah. Give me a good poison anytime. Did not Cleopatra embrace the asp and its poison, leaving her beautiful and stretched out upon her couch?

I first met the late emperor Nero when he was still a child, still Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, the name he was born with. I saw him at the low point in his life, when he was an abandoned child at the mercy of his uncle Caligula. (Now that was someone who gave me a lively string of business!) His father was dead, his mother Agrippina had been banished when he was not even three years old, and his uncle liked to toy with him.

I remember he was a likeable child---well, he remained likeable all his life, it was a gift---but timorous. Many things frightened him, especially loud noises and being sent for unexpectedly. Caligula had a habit of that---sending for people in the middle of the night. He once forced me to watch a nocturnal theatrical performance in the palace, featuring himself as Jupiter. Sometimes it was harmless, like the play-acting, other times it ended with the death of the helpless person he had sent for. So, Nero---let us call him that to avoid confusion, just as I call Caligula Caligula rather than Gaius Caesar Germanicus---was precocious in recognizing the danger of the serpent in his uncle.

Ah, such memories! Here in my cell I find myself returning to them, helping the hours to pass, until that moment when Galba sends for me with a task. I know he will!<.p>

My Thoughts
The rule of Emperor Nero will forever live in infamy.  But what of the life of the young boy who would become the man?  What of the young Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus?  What of the boy before?
These are all questions that are both asked and answered in the epic Historical Fiction work, Confessions Of A Young Nero, by Margaret George.

Ms. George brings an unparalleled degree of storytelling magic to the history unfolding here.
Effortlessly, blending fact and fiction into a compulsively readable personal account of a remarkably complex existence.

Told in varied voices, and in various points of view.  The story of young Lucius is one of a young man trying to find his way amid the danger, plots, and scheming of the royals.  As a distant relation to both Emperor Caligula and Emperor Claudius.  Lucius is often part of a treacherous world that he struggles to understand.

Chronicling his life from the age of 3, to some ten years into his reign.  This story is to be continued in another volume.  Ending in quite the cliffhanger after a hefty 500+ pages.

You will note that this review purposely steers clear of detailing happenings within this epic.  The reason for this being.
If one were to attempt to do so; we as both reader and writer would quite possibly be here all day.  There is so much going on, both in the lives of young Lucius and those around him. There is barely time for one to breathe between dramas.

It can be said however, that in the land of villains and heroes; no character stands out more than that of Agrippina, Lucius' power hungry mother.  There is truly no length to which this woman does not go in order to see her son to the throne. Putting herself in power by extensions.  More fascinating still, is the twisted personal relationship which the two shared, and the way that Lucius' relationship with his mother than colored his relationships with all who entered his life.

Confessions Of A Young Nero is a tale that this reviewer would recommend  both on the basis of the story, and its author.
This is timeless story of how power, greed, passion, and pride...made history!
A story that has been told many times.  But one that can only now be experienced!




About Margaret

Margaret George is the author of the bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIIIMary, Queen of Scotland and the IslesThe Memoirs of Cleopatra; and Mary, Called Magdalene.
 

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HFVBT Presents: Daughter Of A Thousand Years + Giveaway

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Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 442 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval Romance
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Greenland, AD 1000 More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband. New Hampshire, 2016 Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon. In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

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The Interview

WTF Are You Reading would like to thank Amelia for stopping by for a chat about her wonderful
book...
Daughter Of A Thousand Years

1.  What inspired you to write Daughter Of A Thousand Years?

It was kind of a constellation of events, honestly. I had one more book to go on my contract, and my editor suggested I step outside of my Bronze Age comfort zone to mix it up a little bit. I spent a couple of weeks reading about women from various time periods, thinking, before I finally hit on Freydis – I was already a little bit more familiar and more comfortable with the Viking Age than I was with any other period barring Bronze Age Greece, and I knew that generally speaking, I for sure wanted to give voice to people (in a serious and respectful way) who we, in the west, have been quicker to dismiss -- to acknowledge that perhaps these other, older cultures and people DID have their own meaningful experiences with the numinous or some greater spiritual power. Freydis seemed like a perfect match on that score, and then it was a very natural step to weave that same thread into the contemporary setting with Emma, because for me, that dismissal of other experiences as meaningful is not just something that lives in the


2.  Is it harder writing present-day or past characters and settings?

past.

DEFINITELY present-day is harder for me. I don’t know about anyone else, but all the details from the kind of car a person drives to cultural background of their family to the kind of food they eat for lunch or the job/career they pursue – they all have that much more meaning and symbolism in the modern day. We have so much STUFF to keep track of, and so many subtle status symbols embedded within all that stuff, and you have to negotiate all of that a lot more carefully in a contemporary setting where your readers DEFINITELY know EXACTLY what’s up. As an example of what I’m talking about: I’ll never forget that time in a writing workshop in college when I got heat and criticism because my character said she was Italian-American but had an English last name. Another comment on that (contemporary/present-day) story was that it was too unrealistic that my character was in college but had never been kissed. Oofda! On top of all that, there’s always the temptation in the back of my mind to kind of gloss over the world building, because I can see everything so perfectly as I’m writing, and we all know what a diner generally looks and feels like, right? Who needs detailed description! (Of course the answer is: the BOOK still needs that detailed description stop trying to cheat, Amalia! what’s the matter with you?!) [Author me is already leans more toward description-lite generally sooo.]

This isn’t at all to say that these kinds of details don’t matter in the past – of course we have to negotiate what it meant to be a princess or a noblewoman or a peasant in those periods too, and what symbols and things might need to be accounted for, but to me, it’s a lot easier to navigate. Also nobody is texting or calling anyone, either. Which. Guh.

TL:DR Contemporary settings are the wooooorst! Why do I do this to myself?!

3.  Do you write at home, a cafe, bookstore, your car...etc?

I write at home! Firstly because I am incredibly distractable – I don’t even like having other people in the house when I’m working, if I’m being honest, and distractions when I am deep into drafting make me SO FRUSTRATED. And secondly because I suck as a driver. Not that I’m a bad driver, just that I have weird driving anxiety and I suspect some kind of directional dyslexia (my brain is incapable of KNOWING right from left, and forget compass directions, nope nope nope), so it stresses me out a lot – not a great way to start a writing session!

4.  When writing your characters' attitudes, mannerisms, likes and dislikes.  Do you draw from yourself, people you know?

Of course! I think most of us do, to some extent or another. Sometimes I do it purposefully, and other times it sneaks in behind my back and I don’t realize what I’ve done until it’s too late to do anything about it, or I only figure it out with a reread three years down the line.
For example, in DAUGHTER, Emma hates raisins in dessert foods (particularly her apple pie) – which is a long-standing point of contention between a minority few of us (myself included!) and certain branches of my family. My cousin was one of my beta readers for the manuscript, and when he read that line, he definitely gave me some grief for including it (but he likes to rehydrate old desiccated raisins in his tea so clearly his arguments are invalid.) I also share Emma’s love of Star Wars, and definitely would have been giving any guy I dated a serious side-eye had he fallen asleep in the theater on opening night. EVEN for the prequels.

And in the book I’m drafting now (also contemporary because I hate myself I guess?), my character’s love for The Lord of the Rings is inspired by my cousins – Lord of the Rings is basically their Star Wars. A friend of mine once involved me in his search for the perfect pea-coat that I feel like DESERVES to be a part of a book someday, and another friend told me about his ongoing saga in battling an impertinent Opossum that I gifted to a secondary character recently. These are all small examples but I think they illustrate pretty well how the purposeful inclusion generally happens :) When it’s accidental – well, those are usually elements I don’t necessarily want to point out to the world, because they speak to something more personal that I didn’t realize I was trying to work out. But that’s kind of an inherent danger for any kind of artist who is sharing their work!

5.  Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really, I don’t think. I generally quickly (sometimes less quickly) check my email and Facebook before I settle in to write for an extended period, but I don’t want to call it a ritual because it feels more like a bad habit. Most of the time, the less I do before I start writing for the day, the more productive I am overall and the faster I get in the zone.

My Thoughts

 Daughter Of A Thousand Years is the story of two woman.  One the daughter of the legendary Erik The Red.  Sister to the equally formidable and Lief Eriksson, and a woman determined to live life by her own rules...at any cost.  At a time when daring to do so could cost her life.
The  other, her modern day counterpart Emma.  A woman also struggling to live her life on her own terms.  Though in her case,  said terms could cost her father his career.

Both woman have essentially the same problem.
Religion, or more specifically, their choice to worship Norse gods in the face of Christianity.
Strangely enough however, here also lies a problem for the reader as well.  At least in the case of the modern story-line
Said problem arises simply because while Freydis' issues with religious persecution are understandable.  Given that she is a women daring to practice "the old ways" in an increasingly more Christian Greenland; in the year 1000 A.D.
Emma is a professor in New England.  A citizen of the U.S., and living in the year 2016.  Her religion, or lack thereof, should be little more than a shake of the head at best, to even the most pious members of her community.
Not the explosive elephant in the room that ticks ever louder as the pages turn, and has a grown woman cowering in fear and lying to herself and everyone else for the majority of this book.

While Freydis deals with her problem head-on.  Going so far as to abandon her husband for her warrior lover, and sail away for freer shores.  Poor Emma chooses a far more passive and more "damsel in distress" method of not dealing with her "problem".

Bless her heart...
Grab the Tylenol people! 
You're gonna need it!
To throw at Emma!

Which is a thing to love about this book.  It proves that there are all kinds of hero.  Even those that you have to look at more than twice to figure out just how they got to be one in the first place.
In the case of Emma...
She had a whole lot of help! 
Freydis...not so much!

What that means for the reader is a juxtaposition of the fierce and the fearful, the meek and the magical, the indomitable and the docile.  The two journeys merging on one path.  Two souls fighting an age old battle in the pursuit of the same destiny. Freedom!

About the Author
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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes myth-steeped fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Amalia Dillin.




Learn more about her other works at www.amaliadillin.com
You can connect with Amalia Carosella on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+.
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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, February 16 Review at Let Them Read Books
Friday, February 17 Review at Just One More Chapter
Sunday, February 19 Review at Carole's Ramblings  
Monday, February 20 Review at 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, February 21 Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, February 22 Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, February 23 Interview at Yelena Casale's Blog
Monday, February 27 Review at Ageless Pages Reviews  
Tuesday, February 28 Review at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, March 1 Review at The Maiden's Court
Thursday, March 2 Spotlight at Laura's Interests
Friday, March 3 Spotlight at Passages to the Past  
Monday, March 6 Review at Luxury Reading
Tuesday, March 7 Interview at Books, Dreams, Life
Thursday, March 9 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Friday, March 10 Review at CelticLady's Reviews Review & Interview at WTF Are You Reading?

 

Giveaway

To win a $25 Amazon Gift Card & a Thor's Hammer/Mjölnir Pewter Pendant, please enter via the Gleam form below. Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to residents in the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Daughter of a Thousand Years

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