Thursday, January 19, 2017

#BOC Guest Blog by KAT MARTIN **INTO THE FIRESTORM** (Coming January 31, 2017)


INTO THE FIRESTORM

At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy 
 
M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.
 
Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.
 
Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .


ABOUT THE BOOK
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.

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My Favorite Places

Since I’m about to make my annual trek from the snow country to my house at the beach, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favorite places.
Personally, I hate hot weather.  Among my personal favorites are the ski slopes of Aspen and the chalet at the top of California’s Mammoth Mountain.   
Montana has some of my favorite places.  Recently we visited Yellowstone National Park, which I’ve been to numerous times and never grow tired of.  Just about anywhere in Big Sky Country is a favorite place to be.
A day on the ocean off the coast of Santa Barbara is hard to beat when the sun is shining.  Sailboat or powerboat, just being out on the water makes me feel completely carefree.
Seattle is another one of my favorite places, which is the reason I chose the city for my BOSS, INC. trilogy.  Book #3, INTO THE FIRESTORM, Luke Brodie’s story, is about to be released.  Luke is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.
I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE FIRESTORM and that you find some new and exciting places to enjoy. 
 Warm wishes for a great 2017!
  Kat


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots. 

Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com
Or look for her on Facebook at Katmartin/author.


Early Praise for INTO THE FIRESTORM

INTO THE FIRESTORM by Kat Martin
“With a chilling plot, non-stop adrenaline-pumping action and fast-paced dialogue, Martin’s latest B.O.S.S. Inc. novel is rock-solid. The complex ex-soldier hero and ex-teacher turned kick-butt bounty hunter heroine have  combustible chemistry – and travel an explosive and bittersweet road to their HEA. The skillfully placed humor really lightens this extremely dark, suspenseful tale.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Monday, January 16, 2017

BLOGGING WITH THE #BOC *The Devaluation of the Written Word*



The roving reader may love those 99 cent eBooks, but that price point is ruining the market and giving authors zero return on their hard work. Yes, I said it.. I am a voracious reader and of course love a good deal once in a while, but knowing that my authors are getting short changed on books that have taken them months to write, then edit and finally release makes me very sad.

How did this  99 cent deal become the norm? Why do readers expect that to be the pricing of a full length novel?  I see reviews for books where the reader has paid nothing or .99 and they feel free to say that the book wasn't even worth that.... Or even worse, I have seen readers who are so inclined to email an author to ask them to send a free copy to them because they can't afford them. This is so wrong and it makes me cringe.

When I first started book club and began having published authors over, I asked a USA Today Bestselling author what her return was on a paperback book that sells for $6.99. When she told me that she got 28 cents for each of those books, I wanted to choke. Why would anyone want to be an author if that's the return on a book they put their blood, sweat and tears into? Obviously the love of writing and sharing the written word is more important than making money to some. Why do we pay more money for a cup of coffee but gripe when a book is more than a dollar? We shouldn't. 

I am disheartened when I see an author friend of mine being undersold. It shouldn't be this way, and everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes down to it. Authors who consistently price their books at 99 cents are doing a disservice to everyone else who wants to make a living. There should be standard pricing for each length of book and it shouldn't even begin with a 99 cent novella. 

Fact: We see Indie authors all the time who have their books at .99. Maybe the justification for it is because since they are  the ones making the money back, it's okay  to have that book at .99. It isn't when one thinks of how much actually goes into the publishing of a book. The cost of editing, formatting, the cover, the promotion is only the tip of the iceberg. It can easily cost an author over $2000.00 just to get the book up on Amazon, and selling 2000 copies of that book does not give them that money back. 

To be honest, if I hear that a 75,000 word eBook selling for $3.99  is too expensive, one more time, I may go ballistic.  I do disagree with some publishers pricing an eBook at the same price point as a print book, to be honest, I'd rather have the print book in my hands for $6.99 than a license for the eBook for that very same price, but that is another issue for a later date.

Many may not agree with me, and that's fine. I do think we need to rethink our attitudes when it comes time to buy an eBook. The hours of enjoyment we all get out of reading a book that evokes our emotions and our intellect should be worth more than a buck, bottom line....

Feel free to comment... I welcome debate...

~KIMBERLY~

Friday, January 13, 2017

Early Review Happiness with Christi Caldwell and TO ENCHANT A WICKED DUKE ( Heart of a Duke #13)



When it comes down to the bottom of things, author Christi Caldwell is one to keep the audience entertained and intrigued at all times. She never pushes the envelope, but dives headfirst into the story that needs to be told. 

Lucky number thirteen in the HEART OF A DUKE series, TO ENCHANT A WICKED DUKE  is a revelation in so many ways. In this wonderful tale, we begin with a young Dominick Tallings who instead of enjoying his informative years has to cover up the demise of his family and the death of his father in particular. The evident cause of the Tallings Family fall from grace is the malicious Marquess of Rutland, who has called in all of Tallings debt and in turn has begun a domino effect which shapes Dominck for years to come. When the Marquess confronts the young man after leaving the pivotal argument with his father, Rutland tells Dominck to never make apologies for who one is or for what one has done, thus beginning Dominick's quest for revenge that consumes him for over a decade.

Miss Justina Barrett may be a Diamond of the First Water but her life at home with her family is far from sparkling. Her father is in dun territory and devises a way to sell Justina to the highest bidder to squash his debt. Unfortunately, the man who pursues Justina is probably the last man she would ever want to marry, The Marquess of Tennyson, who has disrespected Justina in public. After a disagreement with her father, who threatens to hurt Justina's mother if she doesn't comply with his wishes, Justina is bereft, but determined to find another way.  If only her brother-in-law and reformed rogue, the Marquess of Rutland, were in town to stop Justina's father's threats. Happily  married to Phoebe, Justina's sister, who has just gone through a difficult birth, Rutland puts the fear of God into anyone who crosses him, especially those who seek to harm the family of the love of his life. Alas, Rutland is by his wife's side as she recovers and Justina is loathe to write and tell him of the Barrett family troubles.

A chance meeting with the fascinating Dominick Tallings, Duke of Huntly, who literally sweeps Justina off her feet when he saves her from a runaway horse who would have trampled her, gives her hope that maybe her father's dastardly plans for an unwanted marriage to a man she despises can be thwarted.  The Duke of Huntly has other plans for Miss Barrett however, and she is his means to an end in Dominick's plan for revenge against Rutland.  

Dominick thinks it will be cut and dry. He thinks his quest for vengeance will overshadow any humanity inside of him. What he soon comes to discover is nothing is cut and dry where Justina Barrett is concerned and the more time he spends in her company, the less cold hearted he actually may be. Revenge consumes Nick, and his inner struggle to fight off his new emotions for Justina war with the need to see the Marquess of Rutland brought low. Just when all may be resolved, Dominick's former lover and partner in crime, Lady Marianne Carew slithers in give Nick an ultimatum to finish what he started with their mutual nemesis, the Marquess of Rutland, or suffer the consequences.

As much as I would continue to give an inside to this fabulous work by the brilliant Christi Caldwell, I feel it would be better if TO ENCHANT A WICKED DUKE were grabbed and read immediately. Nothing can come close to Ms. Caldwell's writing, her emotion and her attention to detail and this book is a shining example of what Christi Caldwell is all about, perfection. 


~KIMBERLY~

Thursday, January 5, 2017

BLOGGING WITH THE #BOC *To Goodreads or Not to Goodreads*



Welcome book lovers to a new Book Obsessed Chicks feature, 'BLOGGING WITH THE #BOC". I hope you will be interested and enjoy this new spot that has been brewing for a while and has finally come to fruition.

This time "goodreads" is the topic of discussion and I imagine, as well as hope there will be questions and comments when all is said and done. The goodreads site is a touchy subject for some and always creates a great debate when mentioned.  Here are a few questions for you... What is goodreads for you? What do you get out of it? What don't you like about it?

When I joined goodreads back in 2009 I wasn't quite sure how to utilize what the site had to offer. At first I started adding all the books I remember reading and adding ratings to them. As time went on, I primarily used goodreads as a place to keep track of what I had read and once in a while, write some thoughts pertaining to books I liked. It became an invaluable tool for me in keeping track of what was on my TBR pile, because honestly, I read a lot, but retention and my brain are not best friends. 

A few years ago, I became a goodreads Librarian and use that status to help my author clients and friends add their upcoming books, covers and descriptions to the site and make changes when necessary.

When it comes to goodreads, I think readers and authors at large either love it or hate it. Let's chat about the Pros and Cons of the site. Please feel free to leave your opinions, questions and comments, because I really would love to know what's on your mind. A huge PRO for me is that from my goodreads Friends list, I see what you all are reading and get your recommendations, which make me very happy.  I LOVE the goodreads Challenge, because it makes me strive to read more for myself and only for myself. I don't feel the need to be in competition with my friends to see who can read more.  Another PRO to this forum, is the ability to find my tribe, the people who enjoy the same books I do and forge a friendship through that. 

To be quite honest, there's only one CON I have about goodreads, but it is a very BIG CON. I absolutely detest the reviews that choose to rip apart a book. Those reviews by trolls who have an agenda to bring an author down. Those reviews by those trolls who haven't even read the book, but rate it with a ONE STAR for no apparent reason. I understand the need to write an honest review, I  don't understand the need for someone to pick apart a book and go as far as using GIFs to embellish the vitriol. What good can come out of this bashing? What good can come out of starring a book that hasn't been read? No good. I find it very interesting that these trolls always hide behind fake names and no photo. I wonder if these so-called reviewers would have the guts to rip an author if they had to use their real name and photo. Somehow I doubt it. 

I always say that reviews are subjective. Everyone has different tastes and thus different opinions. I am happy to read and acknowledge a well written, honest opinion and wish that was the norm on goodreads. 

This year I strive to complete my goodreads Challenge and help my authors and reader friends. I will continue to use the site to keep track of the books I read and want to read and I will try not to let those trolls get to me, but it's hard.

So what's your take on goodreads

~KIMBERLY~





Friday, December 23, 2016

A HARLEQUIN CHRISTMAS BLOG EVENT


'Tis the season, and what better way to celebrate than with 3 wonderful Harlequin releases by 3 wonderful Harlequin authors!  Have a peek! I think Santa will understand! 

A BRAVO FOR CHRISTMAS
By New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Christine Rimmer

‘Tis the season for a sexy holiday!
When Darius Bravo wants something—he usually gets it. And the powerhouse CEO has wanted Ava Malloy since he was a Justice Creek High senior. Darius is already adored by one Malloy: Ava's spirited daughter. Helping Sylvie and her local Blueberry troop build dollhouses for needy kids is a worthy cause that's bringing him closer to the widowed single mom. Imagine his surprise when the usually unapproachable Ava starts flirting and making her romantic intentions crystal clear!

With one condition.  A holiday fling with the man Ava has always found irresistibly attractive is a thrilling way to ring in the New Year. She can't promise Darius the future—one devastating heartbreak in a lifetime is enough. But Ava underestimates his staying power. And what about her own secret heart's desire? A Bravo under the mistletoe and in her arms forever!


CHRISTINE RIMMER is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written more than 100 contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. A reader favorite, Rimmer has won Romantic Times Book Review's Reviewer's Choice Award for best Silhouette Special Edition. She has been nominated seven times for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award and five times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year.


A BRAVO FOR CHRISTMAS
by Christine Rimmer
Harlequin Special Edition; November 22, 2016
$5.50 U.S.; 224 Pages
ISBN-978-0-373-65095-8


THE GREEK’S CHRISTMAS BRIDE
By Lynne Graham

‘Tis the season for a Sexy Holiday!
Coldly ruthless and deeply cynical, Apollo Metraxis has made a career of bachelorhood. But when the inheritance of his father’s estate is conditional on a marriage and a child, he is forced to do the unthinkable!

Unpolished Pixie Robinson is the world’s worst choice of a wife for Apollo. Yet her family’s mounting debts leave her defenseless and therefore uniquely suitable. But when the wedding night exposes Pixie’s untouched vulnerability, striking a chord in the dark reaches of his heart, Apollo is forced to think again.

And that’s before he discovers that she’s carrying not one but two Metraxis heirs!



LYNNE GRAHAM is a popular Northern Irish author of more than 60 romance novels, published by Mills & Boon since 1987. Graham met her husband when she was 14, but before marrying she completed a degree at Edinburgh University. Lynne and her husband have five children, one natural and four adopted, two from Sri Lanka and two from Guatemala.


THE GREEK’S CHRISTMAS BRIDE
by
Lynne Graham
Harlequin Presents; November 22, 2016
$4.99 U.S.; 224 Pages
ISBN-978-0-373-
134885



MAID UNDER THE MISTLETOE 
By USA Today bestselling author
Maureen Child

‘Tis the season for a sexy holiday!
Single mom Joy Curran needs this temporary holiday housekeeping job working for a reclusive billionaire. But her sexy, aloof boss pulls at Joy's heartstrings—and her long-denied desires—in unexpected ways…
Sam Henry never got over the loss of his wife and son, and he's shut himself off from happiness, love—and the holidays. But Joy and her sweet daughter bring laughter into his life. And living with his new maid ignites a passion he can't ignore. After one glorious night in Joy's arms, will this beauty be the Christmas miracle that changes the beast forever?




MAUREEN CHILD is the author of more than 130 romance novels and novellas that routinely appear on bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the National Reader's Choice Award. A seven-time nominee for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America, one of her books was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector. Maureen recently moved from California to the mountains of Utah and is trying to get used to snow.



MAID UNDER THE MISTLETOE 
by Maureen Child
Harlequin Desire; December 6, 2016
$5.25 U.S.; 224 Pages
ISBN-978-0-373-73500-6



Saturday, November 26, 2016

JOANN'S REVIEW ** Real Earls Break the Rules (The Infamous Somertons #2) by Tina Gabrielle **




This book is a revisit to the Somerton ladies. Ms Gabrielle first introduced us to the ladies in her earlier novel An Artful Seduction.

This story was also a delight. When Brandon St. Clair, the Earl of Vale first met Amelia Somerton she was working in a print shop and he was just so intrigued by her. Amelia's sister marries the Earl of Huntingdon, Brandon's closest friend and Brandon invites the whole family for a stay in his country estate Rosehill. As the daughter of a renowned forger she is skeptical of Brandon's proposal to paint his portrait and copy a famous artwork he has in his home.

Brandon just can not keep his hands off Amelia and she too is just as passionate towards him. This is a great book for fans like myself of historical romance. Will the Earl break rules and marry the forger's daughter or seek a wealthy young debutante?

~~ JOANN~~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLISS with SAMANTHA KANE ** FOR LOVE & COUNTRY, Brothers In Arms #13 **


Sir Barnabas James is secretive, manipulative, cold and alone. He abhors society and shuns personal attachments despite a long list of lovers. All the better to be the consummate spymaster in service to King and country. Until an old enemy asks a personal favor…

Lord Ambrose Wetherald has always taken pride in his status as an English gentleman. He obeys even the strictest of society’s rules, is unfailingly polite and deferential, and feels it is his responsibility to protect women and the underprivileged. He has also saved himself for marriage. Until one day he needs a favor…

Melinda de Vere was once the spoiled and willful toast of the London season, but she threw it all away on childish escapades and unfulfilling love affairs. Now she is married to a treasonous scoundrel who abuses and degrades her. Until one day she is rescued by two men she has never met.

When Barnabas demands Ambrose repay the favor in his bed and Mel goes undercover as Barnabas’s housekeeper to help trap her traitorous husband, the three embark on a sensuous affair. Barnabas will have to choose love over duty, Ambrose must surrender his reputation, and Mel will need to learn to trust again if the mismatched, unsuitable lovers hope to survive the devious plot against them.

*For mature readers, 18+