Friday, February 5, 2016

The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story (Playful Brides #4.5) by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is a go to author for me. I love this author's mind and the tales she weaves are gripping and entertaining. THE UNFORGETTABLE HERO,  a novella in the Playful Brides series is no exception to Ms. Bowman's lively repertoire of romance.

Miss Cecilia Harcourt has been her younger sister's caregiver since their parents untimely passing. They both are under the thumb of their unlikeable Aunt and Uncle, who have plans for Cecilia to marry their disagreeable son, Percy.  An aspiring author, Cecilia plans to be an independant woman and take her sister out of their uncle's clutches by selling her novel. But Cecilia's plans go awry when she is almost run over by an out of control carriage. She is saved from her demise by handsome Lieutenant Adam Hunt, who quickly takes over and takes the unconcious woman to the safety of his family home.

Younger son, Adam Hunt has been away in service to the crown, but when his brother sees him discharged from the military and hopefully out of danger's way, Adam is disgruntled and eager to find his own way without his brother the duke's influence. Saving the mysterious woman in effect puts a stop to his plans, when the confused lady awakens and believes he is someone he is not. When the doctor tells him and his family to play along with her convoluted tales of her identity, the mystery thickens. What is he supposed to do with this woman who believes that Adam is her betrothed? Discovering "Lady Magnolia's" true identity is a very interesting path that should not be missed. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Welcome all the the new Book Obsessed Chicks Feature, CHEERLEADERS FOR ROMANCE. In the world of romance, many authors don't get their fair shake of promotion. From my years attening conferences and being on social media, I have found some really wonderful voices who have no qualms about letting the public know what they're reading and what they are loving. Margie Hager is one of those very awesome ladies. I first met this lady at Lori Foster's RAGT  in 2012.  Since then, Margie and I became fast friends and have been shouting out all over about romance.

Hi Margie and thanks for being so gracious about answering some questions for the Book Obsessed Chicks blog…. I picked you because you are an amazing advocate for the romance genre and you make a difference. I am very happy that you are in my life and are a dear friend.

Please tell us a bit about yourself…
I am a very happy wife, mother of three and grandmother of three beautiful, very active granddaughters. I have lived in the Pittsburgh area most of my life with the exception of a short stint in New Jersey.  I graduated from high school in that naughty year ’69 and from college in ’74.  Then it was work, get married, work, raise kids, back to work, help raise grandchildren. Just your ordinary life loving family and friends.

When did you fall in love with the romance genre?
I was part of the first craze for what they called “bodice-rippers” when Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers first were published. But back in those days I was really a mystery and fantasy reader so many years passed before I started reading romance novels again.  It was a fantasy author, Jean Johnson and her Sons of Destiny series who lead me to romance books. I was in Ocean City, MD a number of years ago on vacation and stopped in a book store to pick up Jean Johnson’s latest in that series and found her books in the romance section instead of the fantasy and sci-fi section.  I was a goner from there.  I became a romance novel bookaholic.

What made you decide to help spread the word about romance?
I guess I just had to share my enthusiasm for a good thing.  I think more people would enjoy romance novels if they would just pick one up and read it.  I believe lots more people would get hooked. So I shout out and share book releases and fun news about authors and books.

Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors.  I can name a few here but this list is just the tip of the iceberg.
Desiree Holt (I just love her!), Cherise Sinclair, Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Gaelyn Foley, Kallypso Masters, Allison Brennan, Marie Force, Elle Boon, Cat Johnson, Carolyn Brown, Kresley Cole, Bella, Andre, Lorelei James, Susan Stoker, Shannon Stacey – and many more.

Do you have any advice for others who want to be romance cheerleaders?
If you love it, share it.  Enthusiasm about an author can be contagious.  That’s a good thing!

What new books have you been shouting out about lately?
I’ve been bitten by the Susan Stoker bug.  I discovered her when she wrote a book in Cat Johnson’s Kindle World. Susan’s story was part of her SEAL of Protection series. I started with the first book in the series and binge read my way through.  I couldn’t stop.  I always comment for her books, “I bet you can’t read just one.” She just released the last book in that series last month, SEAL of Protection. 
I’ve also been on a kick of reading books that involve magic. Deanna Chase writes a great series about Jade Calhoun, another series I couldn’t stop reading once I started.  The latest Jade Calhoun story, A Miracle on Bourbon Street, is in a box set, Hex the Halls.

What do you do when you’re not shouting out about great books?
I don’t work a full-time paying job.  I do, however, put many hours into watching my granddaughters and hauling them around to all their many sports and activities.
Then there’s my hobby (obsession), planning and putting together charity raffle baskets.  I get a lot of enjoyment from doing this and the fact that these baskets help make money for some wonderful charities is the icing on the cake. I also beta-read for Desiree Holt. 

Your Top 10 in Romance….
This is just impossible.  I can’t rank a Top 10. I’d have trouble answering even if I indicated series. But I will give this a shot:
Rodeo Heat by Desiree Holt – a beautiful beginning to many many super reads.
Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Series
Lorelei James’ Rough Riders Series
Marie Force’s McCarthys of Gansett Island Series
Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid Series
Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands Series
Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series
Bella Andre’s Sullivans Series
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Carolyn Brown (any Carolyn Brown book)

Justice For Mackenzie by Susan Stoker 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AUTHOR ROLL CALL WITH **KAT MARTIN** Into the Fury (BOSS, Inc. #1) Q&A, Review and Giveaway

Greetings to all. Thanks for coming on over to Book Obsessed Chicks. I am always so happy to have Kat Martin here on the blog. Every single book I have picked up by this uber talented author has been a hit for me. Whether it's her historical romances or her romantic suspense, Kat Martin has given me countless hours of reading enjoyment and I hope the same is for you all. I hope you enjoy our little Q&A session! 


       Where did you get the idea to use the fashion industry for a focus in INTO THE FURY?
       I rarely know where my ideas  come from.  They just sort of pop into my head.  They usually hang around for a couple of years before they actually turn into a book.  Maybe I saw a Victoria’s Secret show somewhere, but I don’t think so--not until I started researching the book.
       From your wonderful descriptions of the Seattle area, I was wondering what kind of research you did to get to know Washington better?
     I live 550 miles from Seattle so we are there every few years.  I love the city.  We were there again during the time I was writing the book, but I was pretty comfortable with the area.  I had written another novel, The Summit, also a Romantic Suspense but a paranormal that was set there.    
      I really fell for Ethan, but I am very intrigued with Luke. When will we get to read his story?
         May 31 is Into the Whirlwind.  That is Dirk and Meg’s story and one of my personal favorites.  Dirk and Luke are best friends so you get to see a lot of Luke.  Into the Firestorm, the final book in the trilogy, isn’t out next year, but it’s another of my personal favs.  Those two books were really fantastic to write because the two guys were so terrific. 
      You have chosen a colorful cast of characters for this series… Do you use people you know as a template for your characters?
        No, I just make people up!  Just like most writers.  I suppose I could see someone on the street or in a movie and kind of file away their looks or some of their personality traits.
         Do you plot out your books or are you a pantser?
          I would love to plot them but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way for me anytmore.  When I wrote historicals it was easier to plot the whole book.  Now I have to follow the mystery, the evidence that’s collected, etc.  I do know a lot of what is going to happen, but not all.  It’s a terrifying way to write! 
        When you aren’t writing, how do you have fun?
       I work a LOT.  If I’m not working I’m usually traveling, doing something connected with work.  Yesterday, I did take a day off and my hubby and I went to LA to see Mama Mia at the Pantages in Hollywood, then spent the night at a very swank hotel and returned today.  That was a true day off.
        Will you ever write historical again?
          I’m afraid I am into a different world these days.  My heroes and heroines have grown up just as I have.  So probably not.
       What have you been reading?
           I’m a readaholic, so I’m always reading.  More like who have I been reading.   Julie James and Rebecca Zanetti, JT Ellison with her Brit in the FBI book. Those were recent reads.  Also Kristen Hannah’s latest, The Nightingale.
       Name one place you haven’t been, but want to travel to.
         I’d like to go to China someday but the flight is sooo long, I’ll probably never get there.
         Where will your fans be able to see you in 2016?
             L.J. and I are in Cheyenne, Wyoming  for Western Writers of America June 21-26.   Great fun group.  I’m at Thrillerfest in New York City July 5-10.  RWA in San Diego July 13-17.   I’d love to say hello to any of my readers who happen to be in town.   Hope to see you, Kim!

Sworn off women due to a disastrous relationship with the mother of his young daughter, former Police officer, Ethan Brodie is cool, calculated and all business. But when the handsome P.I. takes on the job of protecting beautiful top models his reserve is shaken when he meets a woman like no other.

Valentine Hart is a complete contradiction. Outwardly flawless, this model hired by the LaBelle Lingerie Company is far more than meets the eye. This intelligent and articulate young lady has an agenda that has nothing to do with the modeling industry but she needs the LaBelle to achieve her goals. From the minute she meets Ethan Brodie, sparks fly, but his job is to protect the models from a major threat.It appears that some religious fanatic has singled out the LaBelle ladies and the notes sent to some of the models has the BOSS Inc. agency on high alert. 

In as much a Ethan wants to steer clear of Val, he is drawn to her with every little detail he learns  about the woman behind the pretty face. Val also sees Ethan for the man he is under his reluctant demeanor. As the danger heats up, so do their emotions for one another, but can Ethan keep her safe and at arm's length? Does he really want to? Hmmm, that's a mystery worth finding out in of itself. 
Once Ethan and his BOSS team members investigate, they find that there is more going on than they ever could have anticipated and keeping these models out of danger is a full time job. 

INTO THE FIRE (BOSS Inc. #1) by the incomparable Kat Martin is a story that will have the reader on edge and nail-biting the way through. Handsome and cocky, Ethan's character is strong and with depth. His personal woes have made him into a cynic, but not totally closed off to the right kind of stimulus. Val is exactly the kind of woman to bring Ethan around. Gorgeous but also intelligent, this hard working woman has a bright future ahead of her. 

Kat Martin never fails to take a reader to places they have never been before. I for one,know when I grab one of her books, I am in for an adventure. So Kat, bring on the next great read! 



A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.

Megan O'Brien is at her wit's end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son's life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.

Dirk's never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he's got to help Meg rescue her son.

The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

In my new book, INTO THE FURY, meet Ethan Brodie, one of the hot Brodie cousins.  Ethan works with Nick in Seattle, at Brodie Operations Security Services--BOSS, Inc, the guys call it.  Ethan’s current assignment, working as a bodyguard for the La Belle lingerie fashion show tour, is the last thing he wants.  He's already got more woman-trouble than he can handle.     
But when the models begin to get threatening notes and one of them is murdered, it’s Ethan's job to keep the women safe.  He’s determined to ignore his attraction to blond bombshell, Valentine Hart, but he’s promised Nick’s wife Samantha he’ll protect her super-model friend--which makes Val Ethan's first priority. 
It's a high-action, romantic adventure filled with passion and intrigue.  I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE FURY. 
Very best wishes and happy reading.  Kat 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#BOC Feature: RUSTLER’S MOON By New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Thomas Q&A and Giveaway

By Jodi Thomas
HQN Books; January 26, 2015
$7.99; 368 pages
  ISBN-13: 978-0-373-78862-0

On a dirt road marked by haunting secrets, three strangers caught at life's crossroads must decide what to sacrifice to protect their own agendas…and what they're each willing to risk for love. 

If there's any place that can convince Angela Harold to stop running, it's Ransom Canyon. And if there's any man who can reveal desires more deeply hidden than her every fear, it's Wilkes Wagner. Beneath the rancher's honorable exterior is something that just might keep her safe…or unwittingly put her in danger's path. 

With his dreams of leaving this small Texas town swallowed up by hard, dusty reality, all Wilkes has to show for his life is the Devil's Fork Ranch. Though not one to let false hope seduce him, he can't deny the quiet and cautious beauty who slips into his world and changes everything. 

Lauren Brigman finally has freedom at her fingertips. All she needs is Lucas Reyes's attention—a look, a touch, some sign that she's more to him than a girl he rescued one dangerous night. But now it's her turn to rescue someone, and the life-altering decision may cost her more than a chance with Lucas

Author Jodi Thomas
Q&A with Jodi Thomas
Author of

1.      This is your second book in the Ransom Canyon series. Tell us about the town.

In RUSTLER’S MOON the town of Crossroads has grown.  After allowing their museum to sit empty for a year, the book opens with a new curator coming.  The museum comes alive and brings the town together as Angela Harold wakes up to life and loving for the first time.  The quiet, shy curator carries a secret that will threaten the whole town and leave rancher Wilkes Wagner fighting for his life as he protects Angela.

2.      We’ve heard you have an inspiration room for your writing. Tell us about the spot.

Ransom Canyon room:  When I began the series, I moved my computer to a little room out back of my house.  We call it the bunkhouse.  It’s not big, mission designed and almost a hundred years old.  I took down all the western art and put up white boards.  Removed all books except those on ranching, horses, Texas, or research I might need. Family histories of characters fill one wall.  Plot lines another.  When I step into the bunkhouse, I step into the world of Ransom Canyon.  One by one my characters come in and sit down to tell me their story.
            I even have pictures of the flowers of Texas taped up in the bathroom and a Jack Sorenson print of horses running into the canyon on the door.

3.      Are there any characters in the series you’d consider for a spin-off?

Yes.  There are characters outlined on one board of my study that may not make it into this series.  Who knows?  Maybe they’ll find their way in the future.

4.      If RUSTLER’S MOON were made into a movie, who would you cast as the lead characters?
Like many of my readers I spent my Christmas holidays snowed in and watching Hallmark movies.  Almost every movie I’d say, “That actor would be perfect as this character.”  I’d love to hear from my readers about who they see as playing Wilkes Wagner in RANSOM CANYON.

5.      What’s up next for the series?

Coming this spring will be LONE HEART PASS.  Another modern day ranching story set in Texas.  It opens with a woman giving up on a career and taking what she thinks is her last chance to survive by coming to a small ranch her grandfather left her.  She hires a cowboy to help who has a pickup full of baggage, a five-year-old daughter and a determination that surprises her.

6.      If you had to wear a t-shirt with the same saying every single day, what would it say?

That is an easy one.  When I started writing I went to a writer’s conference in Oklahoma one year and bought a t-shirt.  Every night when I stepped into my closet sized study, I put on that shirt.  I wore it out, but I wore it until I sold.  It said, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, in training.
7.      If you were a punctuation mark, which one best suits your personality?
If I were a punctuation mark I think I’d be a semi-colon.  Half the time I don’t know where I belong.  No one really understands me.  I think I’m kin to a comma.  Which were left on earth millions of years ago by aliens just to confuse us so we’d never evolve completely.

8.      If you didn’t live in Texas, where would you most like to call home?

I love traveling.  Wherever I go, I always think I’d love to live there.  I was twenty-one when I first crossed the Mississippi heading east.  I spent so much time pointing out all the trees my new husband stopped the car.  “We’re heading to Fort Mammoth, New Jersey.  There are trees from now on, Jodi, so stop yelling every time you see one.”  The next three years we crossed the USA several times in a 1970 Camaro and everywhere we went I was excited at all there was to see.
      But, in truth, when the time comes, bury me in Texas with the open sky and land so flat you can see the curve of the earth.  It’s where I belong.  It’s in my blood.

9.      If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? 

I’d be a teacher.  Teachers change the landscape of your life.  Mrs. Dickerson in the fourth grade saw that I couldn’t read.  She took the time to learn why and send me to a school for two summers.  She opened the world of fiction for me.  Without her, I would have been fine.  With her, I’ve lived a much richer life.
I’m the writer in residence at West Texas A&M University and the best part of my job is sitting down with students in my office and beginning our journey with, ‘So, you want to be a writer?”

10.  What authors do you most like to read?

I can’t answer that question because the answer changes every day.  I love curling up with an old book and reading it for the second or third time.  I love discovering an author and seeing a new fresh voice.

      I have a loose grip on reality.  Give me a good story.  Take me away into another world for a few hours.  Make me laugh.  Make me cry.  Make me fall in love again for the first time.  

The Hunter (Victorian Rebels #2) by Kerrigan Byrne

After reading Kerrigan Bryne's first  book in the Victorian Rebels series, THE HIGHWAYMAN, I didn't think  it could get any better, but I was proven wrong. THE HUNTER is a gripping and gut-wrenching tale that evokes so much emotion. 

THE HUNTER begins with a very telling prologue about Christopher Argent, who was born in Newgate prison to his prostitute mother who was given fifteen years. Christopher is at the impressionable age of nine and all he knows the the damp and darkness of the prison's wall and the injustices that inevitably happen there. Christopher has been taken under the wing of fellow prisoner Master Wu Ping, who is teaching him a lethal form of martial arts. Between trying to survive and his lessons, Christopher and his mother bide their time awaiting the end of her sentence.Unfortunately his beloved mother is attacked and all Christopher can do is watch her be brutalized. This scene is the defining moment for Christopher Argent's future and it is a dark but necessary one.

Once he is of age, Christopher is released from Newgate and through his training with Master Wu Ping and his associations with fellow inmates including Dougan Mackenzie and a crafty lot of characters he is lead to his current occupation, assassin. Christopher Argent is the most notorious of his kind. Emotionless and calculating, he never misses his mark. Hired for a insane amount of money to murder London actress, the enchanting Millie LeCour, he has no idea the turns his life is about to take. 

Polish immigrant, Millicent LeCour has worked hard to be the best actress she could possibly be. Achieving her place has meant a lot of sacrifices but it is no sacrifice to make sure her son Jakub has a good upbringing. Millie will do anything for him. During a performance onstage, Millie chooses a member of the audience to focus on while she puts all her emotions into her craft. This night, she finds an attractive and mysterious man who she gives her attention to. After her stellar performance, Millie attends an after-party where she is approached by the mysterious stranger, who brings out feelings she has never felt before. Unbeknwonst to her, Millie comes face to face with the man who has been paid to kill her, but when he gets his chance, he doesn't do it, instead he shares a passionate kiss with the actress.  Millie doesn't know how close she came to have her life taken from her.

Christopher doesn't undertsand what overcame him. He has NEVER hesitated to complete a mission, but Millie LeCour evokes something inside of him that he has worked his entire life to hide, emotion.  When completing this job becomes an impossibility, Christopher turns the tables on the ones who hired him and makes it his new mission to keep Millie and Jakub from harm. Discovering who put the contract out on Millie is first and foremost on Argent's list. Survival is definitely number one with Millie, but making Christopher see that he is not the monster that he believes himself to be and that under his steel exterior there is a man craving love, is a job she is willing to take on. Even if it breaks her heart. 

Okay, just stop me now... I feel like telling you all the entire story! It's just that amazing. THE HUNTER is most definitely not for the faint of heart or those who are looking for a sweet and simple romance. This book is dark and complex, it's agonzing at times, but it is brilliantly written. Kerrigan Byrne is an impressive talent. I felt each and every word she put on the page. Yes, I love Christopher Argent, he is an astounding anti-hero. Millie is one of the strongest and forgiving heroines I have ever read and her persistence is such a sight to see. The young Jakub is a little star among the clouds and I love how the author made him a focus. The twists and turns in this tale are fabulous and I recommend this book wholeheartedly. 


Monday, February 1, 2016



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Hi all! I wanted you all to meet my friend Lyla Bellatas, if you haven't already met this awesome lady! She is not only a member of the #BOC, she is one very talented debut author, with her sexy romance read, DEEPER, out on Feb. 2. Please enjoy our little Q&A! 

Please tell us a bit about yourself
I am Armenian American born on Long Island's Gold coast, and have morphed too many times to count. Beginning as an engineer after college I swiftly made the move to marketeer then drifted to digital design, printing CEO, tarot enchantress, life coach and math/science tutor, collecting stories along the way.

My passions have also led to many outlets. I’ve been a high performance race car driver and driving instructor, poker player without the face, loves to shoot pool and although I hate being away from home I do enjoy exploring new places.

I was gifted my first tarot deck during a chance encounter in an elevator. Innately empathic and claircognizant, tarot unlocked the natural witch within. I taught tarot, pessomancy (reading stones) and reading junk oracles. I've read tarot, stones and junk professionally for decades and I still read with or without a deck when the moon shines just right.

Swept off my feet by a handsome Greek I met at the race track I finally found my happily ever after as a wife, mother to a spirited, beautiful daughter and writer. We live in the NYC suburbs, loving the fast paced brutal honesty, great restaurants, arts and energy that define NYC  and never fail to light a new / full moon candle charmed now by three.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the third book in The Real Fling Series - Rougher - its set in Europe.

What’s your favorite genre to write?
Erotic Contemporary - although I do love paranormal if there isn’t much world building.

 Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be?

 What’s your favorite food?
Slightly dirty martinis… Filet Mignon Oysters and Escargots...

 Do you have any pet peeves? If so, what are they?
I hate when people don’t listen. Mean people really upset me. I once saw a homeless man getting beat up in NYC I stepped in the middle of it. It kills me when people are mean. I always worry I’m going to pick a fight with the wrong person some day…let’s hope not.

 Who was your favorite character to write and why?
I was in love with Val from Deeper. I went to lunch with a friend while I was writing the book and she said - where are you? and I said I’m so in love with this character my head is still with him. :-)

  What’s your favorite television show? 
Orange is the New Black! Scandal  Law & Order  Madam Secretary  The Good Wife. I have a lot.

  What’s your favorite holiday? 
I love Halloween and Christmas! Oh!!!! and My birthday! Except in 2001 :-(

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?I like being home. But anywhere my husband and child are home to me.
Dream destinations for me are Iceland to see the Northern Lights… Alaska … Australia…Hawaii or Bora Bora… I’d like to see an active Volcano. :-)

 Please tell us a bit about your current book… 

Deeper is about Val and Adriana. Adriana is on a vacation from hell in Vail Colorado and gets stranded in back country during a blizzard. Val comes to the rescue and he’s all broody and sexy and protective. He’s also guarded. Adriana figures what the heck he’s better than the travel companion she came with who left her in the first place and a fling very quickly becomes the real thing.

Hotter is the next book which will be released the beginning of March. It features Sandrine and Leo. The met 9 years ago during a Katrina relief effort in NOLA and Sandrine who has just broken her engagement after finding her fiance in bed with another woman goes to NOLA on an interview and comes face to face with Leo. Leo has not forgotten Sandrine and tries to woo her back. 

On the ski vacation from hell, Adriana Gallo wipes out in a snow storm. Injured, she realizes her party has left her stranded with no way down the mountain. 

Valentin Barinov came to Vail to recover from an accident, never expecting to find the woman of his dreams broken in the snow. 

Val penetrates Adriana's defenses, too haunted and tender for Adriana to resist. What starts as a night of mindless fun opens them up to each other in ways they never imagined. 

Too much is never enough.