Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Tempering Steel by Lea Barrymire

Title: Tempering Steel (Coyote Bluff Series #2)
Author: Lea Barrymire
Publisher: Lea Barrymire
Published Date: December 17, 2014
Genre: Paranormal/Erotic Romance
Page Count: 156

After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home. She burns with need every time they’re close, but even she can only take rejection so many times before giving up.
Connor’s resolve to stay away from Margie weakens when she takes in his packmate. Fighting his inner animal and jealousy makes him question his decision to leave women and love alone. 
They’re thrown together to catch a trapper or hunter threatening the pack. But once things start to heat up even the possibility of danger doesn’t cool the tension between them.

When reading Tempering Steel, you might want to sit near a fan. Just reading Connor and Margie’s scenes will set you on fire. I loved Margie and Connor in Accidentally Yours and I was so excited to read their own story. Connor is brooding and keeps his emotions to himself. He wants Margie and craves her every time she is near. Margie has always wanted Connor and is tired of being pushed away. Used to demanding what she wants, not getting it is new to her. I love the chemistry that these two characters have and how it just oozes from the pages. From the first tongue lashing Margie gives Connor, to the way Connor worships her body. You will fall in love with the characters.
I enjoyed this book more than the first. I think that is because Margie knows about the shifters and knows that Connor is one. In the first book Cammie did not and Ian had to be secretive. In this story we do get to find out how things are going for Cammire and Ian as well as the other shifters in town. 
Barrymire does a great job in creating a world of shifters and humans that keep the reader entertained. Her writing style is more for the 18+ audience and if you love paranormal romance, you’ll find a good book here. 
I recommend this to those who love paranormal romances and maybe those just starting out in them. You don’t have to read the first book to read this one but it helps you understand the character backgrounds. 

5 out of 5 Stars!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin


QUEEN OF TOMORROW by Sherry D. Ficklin

QUEEN OF TOMORROW by Sherry D. Ficklin

A Stolen Empire Novel, Book 2
The Queen Arrives on July 14, 2015

Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, Catherine glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it vanish at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Catherine must sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.



Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?




Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2015 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CTP Book Sale and Giveaway

Our team and our authors at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! As a special gift to our readers, we have made the following books FREE for one day only on 12/25/14! Make sure to grab your copy while these free deals last. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.

(These titles will only be free on 12/25/14. Get them for free before the price goes back to normal.) That's over $90 in FREE BOOKS on one day only! 


Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin (Regularly $5.99)

Aftershock & Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy (Regularly $6.99)

The Woodlands & The Willful by Lauren Nicolle Taylor (Regularly $2.99) 

The Awakener by Amanda Strong (Regularly $4.99)

River of Bones by Angela J. Townsend (Regularly $4.99)

Reluctant Guardian by M.E. Cunningham (Regularly $4.99)

Moonflower by Angela J. Townsend (Regularly $4.99)

Double Star by Cindy Saunders (Regularly $4.99)


Rumors and Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer (Regularly $5.99)

The Mind's Eye, Leighton's Summer & A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn (Regularly $12.99)

Haunting Zoe & Losing Logan (Regularly $5.99)

Night Marchers and Redemption by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels (Regularly $9.99)

Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez (Regularly $4.99)

Burden of Sisyphus, Fall of Icarus & Purge of Prometheus by Jon Messenger (Regularly $12.99)


Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing want to give back to our readers this holiday season. That's why we are offering up an awesome giveaway with a $50 Amazon Gift Card grand prize. We also have some awesome runner up prizes such as readers choice of any CTP print book, swag packs and e-books! Make sure to enter this giveaway today and don't forget, you can Tweet daily for more chances to win these fabulous prizes!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour~~Review: Down For The Count Series by Christa Cervone




 A murderer’s child…A foster child…A troubled teen…Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything. Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex. Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn’t stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her. Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he's never known – love? Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn't deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he's gotten in his life. Can he go the distance?

On The Ropes is the beginning for Gabriel and Salem. It is the story of how they met. Gabriel and Salem’s story starts off with her being the girlfriend of Gabriel’s new promoter. This small fact doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. Gabriel comes off as a cocky person. He believes that all women are supposed to swoon with one look.
Gabriel seems to be tormented by his past. He has a father that killed his mom and a brother that is a drug attic. He doesn’t like getting attached to people. Falling for Salem is a surprise to him. He even has a strange relationship with Frankie, the man that saved him as a child. He doesn’t seem very appreciative of what Frankie has done for him at times.
I was not a fan of Salem. She put too much pressure on herself. She feels that she has to live up to certain standards and that means staying with Blaine. Even if she doesn’t treat her right.
I know that this is a MMA type book but I was thrown off by all the fight lingo. I have read MMA books before and the balance of fighting and romance was there. I felt that in this book there was not such balance.
This book has potential at being a great book, I just felt it fell flat in some areas. I recommend this book only if you want more history on Salem and Gabriel. 

3 out of 5 Stars!


       * AMAZON * BARNES & NOBLE *


Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time.
Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started. Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?

Going the Distance is Gabriel and Salem’s HEA story. They had a rocky start in On the Ropes but are able to come together in this book. I feel that the author did a better job in this book blending the sports and romance cohesively.
Gabriel shows his vulnerable side in this book. He is no longer the rough and tough guy, but is someone who cares and feels for others. He shows that with his brother and also with Salem.
Salem is starting to find her own is this one. She is seeing who she really wants to be and not what others think she is supposed to be. I enjoyed seeing Salem and Gabriel blossom into strong characters.
Overall this book was by far my favorite of the series. I feel that Cervone did an amazing job in writing this book. This story allowed the readers to become more emotionally involved with the characters. I recommend this book to fans of this genre. 

4 out of 5 Stars!!


Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.
Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes - Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, was released July 2014 and claimed the number 3 spot in the Interracial category as well being in the top 20 in Erotica on Amazon.

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