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~ Music for my Soul by Lauren Linwood Blog Tour + Review ~

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Publication Date: May 15, 2013

Soul Mate Publishing

Formats: eBook, Paperback

# of Pages: 282

Genre: Historical Romance

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Synopsis

As the third wife of an abusive French vineyard owner, Madeleine Bouchard hasn’t produced the expected heir after three years of marriage. Fearing he plans to kill her, she flees during a trip to England. Unable to make her way home, she joins a troupe of traveling mummers and reinvents herself as the only woman troubadour in the land, captivating audiences with both song and story.

Nobleman Garrett Montayne’s fascination with Madeleine causes him to pay the troupe to bypass their next stop in order to journey to his estate. Though he suspects Madeleine of being a thief with dark secrets, love blossoms between them under the magical moon of summer solstice.

But Madeleine’s past is about to catch up with her, as her husband is set to arrive to conduct business with Garrett. Madeleine determines to free herself from her loveless marriage and make a new life with Garrett, no matter what the cost.

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christie review4 starsAt first glance, Madeleine Bouchard seems to have a charmed life; she’s married to a wealthy, older man Henri. However, behind closed doors, Madeleine lives in a nightmare. She’s beaten by her husband frequently, and she is coming to realize the he may indeed kill her. So, she decides to run away and try to make it back to her family in France and eventually seek refuge in a convent. However, all that changes when she meets Garrett Montayne on a dark road the night she makes her escape. Ironically, he is on his way to meet her husband, Henri, to discuss business. She makes up an outlandish story claiming to be none other than Lady Montayne, Garrett’s wife. She has no idea that Garrett’s wife supposedly disappeared with another man years before. But, Garrett is intrigued by her and plays along with her story. This is just the beginning of the love story of Madeleine and Garrett. This couple will face many obstacles from their pasts and their trust issues…not to mention Madeleine runs away and joins a troubadour group. Alas, this isn’t the end for them. You will have to read on to discover the fate of Madeleine and Garrett.

Music For My Soul is considered a historical romance, but it is so much more. It really isn’t your typical historical romance. There is a great deal of history dealing with troubadours which I found interesting. The romance between the two wasn’t rushed at all, and it really couldn’t be. They both have been hurt badly by their spouses. Yet, this isn’t the only obstacle. The church and the law see them both as still married, so they really question what kind of future they could have together.

This was a beautifully written romance about second chances at happiness. There was great sexual tension between them, yet there was a sweetness as well. It was a great, realistic historical romance that had a lot of substance to it. If you aren’t a fan of historical romance, you really should give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Lauren Linwood’s books in the future.

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Praise for Music For My Soul

“Told with humor, heartache, loveable characters and plenty of adventure, this is a story that grabs your attention from the first page and holds you captive until the very end. Much like real life, MUSIC FOR MY SOUL is a mixture of ups and downs along with a few surprises thrown in just to keep you on your toes.” -Romance Junkies, Reviewer Chrissy Dionne

“This story takes a wonderful turn into the seldom explored topic of the life of traveling mummers and musicians. Placing the heroine between the line of aristocracy and commonality is also a stroke of creative genius that makes for a delightful breath of fresh reading air! The characters are created and developed with a fine touch, making the story both believable and enjoyable.” -InD’tale Magazine, Reviewer Ruth Lynn Ritter

“This is a marvelous and intricate story of desperation, escape, finding love…also of forgiveness,mystery, danger, and righting old wrongs! The tale is incredibly well told with some humor as well as a building romance. The characters are loveable, some you can hate, and some are comic…a little bit of everything! Lauren Linwood is a wonderful writer with a fantastic imagination. I hope this is only the beginning of many wonderful tales. Believe me, it’s hard to put this one down. I found myself awake until the wee hours of the morning because I just had to know what was going to happen!” -The Reading Café, Reviewer Georgianna S

Abou the author03_Lauren Linwood

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.

Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

For more information please visit Lauren’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Music for My Soul Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 6

Interview at Mythical Books

Tuesday, October 7

Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, October 8

Review at Book Nerd

Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, October 9

Spotlight at Griperang’s Bookmarks

Friday, October 10

Review at Tea and Inspiration

Tuesday, October 14

Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Thursday, October 16

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, October 17

Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Saturday, October 18

Review at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book

Thursday, October 23

Review at The Lit Bitch

Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Friday, October 24

Review at Devilishly Delicious Book Blog

Guest Post at Historical Romantic Lovers

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~ FRAGMENTS by M.R. Field Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

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Title: Fragments (Running on Empty, #1)

Author: M.R. Field

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 8, 2014

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Under the lights, amongst the jazz shoes, blistered feet and caked faces of the dance troupe, you pretend you’re someone else. The melody begins and your body responds. You allow it to weave into your skin until it’s made itself home in your soul. It is that dance that drives you. It is that dance that will continue to save you. It is that dance that will release you.

Until him.

Until your heart can no longer shut him out, even after he’s pushed you away.
You can’t let him in again, can you? There’s only so much of your heart left to give.

Alex
She is the reason I can’t stay. The reason that the covered bruises, the lies and the hurt are too much. I am no good for her. But when I see her again, I can’t stay away. Like Dante said, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”

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M.R. Field

M R Field is an author from Rural Victoria and has completed a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from Latrobe University, Melbourne. After growing up with the river at her front door, she returned back to her hometown after many years of living in the city. She now lives a tranquil lifestyle with her husband and two young children.

M R Field has always held a love for writing, filling journals as a child which progressed to more eloquent pieces as an adult. After ten years of creative instruction, she decided to turn these ideas into manuscripts. She adores creating new story lines and is a big fan of a happily ever after, but believes strongly in making her characters work for it.

She has recently decided to join the independent publishing world with her debut novel, Fragments, due for release on December 8th, 2014.

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~ HIGH STAKES by Nikki Groom Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Title: High Stakes (The Kingdom, #2)

Author: Nikki Groom

Release Date: October 24, 2014

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

goodreadsSynopsis“Stupid. Beautiful. Girl.

How did you ever think you could be free?”

 The last words I heard before the darkness took me and my dreams were shattered.

 I was on my way to having it all.

Friends, family and a future.

Everything I had wished for but never thought possible.

 Denham King showed me just how good life could be. A life where love and happiness were within reach.

 Almost.

 I should have known it would never last.

My past is a dark, damp cloud, that has seeped into my skin and left a cold promise.

A promise of hurt and pain.

A promise of a long, hard fight, where the stakes are high and the risks threaten lives.

 When your world gets thrown in all directions, and your dreams for the future are torn from your grasp; how do you go on?

 Can I fight the demons that haunt me?

Can love save me from fate’s cruel path?

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“Arianna, dear. It’s nice to see you again.” Amy pushes past my shoulder, inviting herself in and taking ownership of the air around us. “Although, I wasn’t expecting to see so much,” she sneers, letting her eyes drift down the length of my legs.


I stand tall, trying not to be intimidated by her, trying to stand my ground in my apartment, but instantly feeling threatened by the way her body reacts to me, and the way her gaze makes me feel cold and uncomfortable.

She lifts her hand toward me, and tucks a long, red, predatory nail under the collar of the white shirt I am wearing, lifting it between her fingertips and gently brushing against my collarbone through the fabric as she does. It sends chills through me. She’s cold. Her aura, her demeanor, and her intentions are all icy and it radiates from her in steady pulses.

“I bet he likes you in this. I bet he asked you to wear it, am I wrong?”


Of course, she’s not wrong. She’s pretty much as correct as can fucking be. I swallow hard. Shards of her persona stick into me like little icy pins. Her words, like little needles of reality, stab into my veins. She knows him better than I do. She knows what he likes, and what he doesn’t. Has he asked her to wear his shirt for him?

Has he told her to dress in nothing but heels and diamonds for him?
The thoughts make me feel sick. But, I know that she’s playing me. I’ve seen Denham’s reaction to her. I’ve seen the contempt in his eyes when her name is mentioned, and I’ve felt the tension radiate from him when he encounters her. She’s a bitch. Pure and simple.

 

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Holding Aces (The Kingdom, #1)

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Abou the author

Nikki Groom

Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.

Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…

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~ POINT OF FREEDOM by Stacey Lynn Release Blitz ~

 

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Title: Point of Freedom (Nordic Lords MC, #3)

Author: Stacey Lynn

Release Date: October 23, 2014

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Hatred.
Desire.
Broken Dreams.

Jules McAllister has loved and lost.

She experienced the gut wrenching pain of grief after her boyfriend, Scratch, a member of the Nordic Lords MC, died on the same night that she told him they were going to have a child.

Grief stricken and destroyed, she left Jasper Bay, unable to tell anyone the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

When her childhood friend, Olivia needs her, Jules realizes it’s time to return home and give her daughter what she wants most – a family.

But Jules didn’t count on the tumultuous emotions she would feel around Scratch’s brooding and angry brother, Jaden.

Jaden has vowed to never forgive Jules for, what he feels is her role his brother’s death. Being face to face with Jules again, who is now a mother to a young child, he finds that his anger hasn’t waned and swears to have nothing to do with mom or child.

But how can he reconcile the burning fury in his soul with the irrational urge to touch her? To taste her? To own her completely?

Can wounded hearts that still bleed ever be healed? And can two people broken by their pasts find freedom from their pain in each other?

Or will a night of passion destroy them both?

 Excerpt

“I would have given it to you last night. Anything you wanted, you turned those lying innocent eyes on me and I would have fucked you so hard you’d forget all about Scratch.”

“That’s…” I swallowed and his lips grazed the hollow of my throat. “That’s an asshole thing to say, Jaden.”

“I know.” He pulled away, our noses almost touching, our harsh breathing mingling together. “Good thing in the light of day I remember what a selfish, lying killer you are, isn’t it?”

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Point of Return (Nordic Lords MC, #1)

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Point of Redemption (Nordic Lords MC, #2)

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Point of Freedom (Nordic Lords MC, #3)

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Stacey Lynn

Amazon Bestselling Author of
the Just One Song series, Don’t Lie to Me,
Remembering Us and the Nordic Lords MC series.

I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.

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~ Love Scars : Bad Boy’s Bride by Nicole Snow Cover Reveal ~

Love Scars : Bad Boy’s Bride
by Nicole Snow
Publication Date: 10/24/2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Erotica

Synopsis

LOVE SCARS BURN, SEDUCE, AND NEVER, EVER FADE…
 
ANNA
 
The worst night of my life just got worse. Nobody explained why I’ve been dumped in this run down house, or who this hulk with the filthy mouth is. All I know is he wants me, he says I’m his, and I’m ignoring my instinct to run like hell.
 
When he pulls me into his embrace, I want to push closer to his warmth, his strength, his vicious tattoos.
 
Can I trust him? Can I trust myself? Or will obeying his wicked words confirm all my worst suspicions?
 
DAVID
 
So sweet, so pure, so confused…I almost feel bad about claiming her. Almost.
 
Too bad she’s a Rossini, and I don’t regret making her old man sign her over to me for one second. I was born a Strelkov, a killer and an outlaw, and I second guess nothing.
 
The instant my hands are on her, I know I’ve made the right choice. The crazy ache in my lips when they’re not on hers doesn’t lie. Revenge is a dish best served hot, sweaty, seething with passion, and Anna’s tonight’s special.
 
Yeah, she’s gonna flip when I shove the wedding contract in her face. But I’m gonna make her my wife in every nasty, beautiful, permanent way I can, even if it means adding a few more scars to my skin and Anna’s heart…

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“Hope you get those fucking tears out of your system soon, pet. They’re not gonna delay a damned thing.”
 
“What’re you talking about? Delay what?” I snorted.
 
David jerked me against his chest, this time tighter. His hand rolled down my side, pressing my sweater snug. He didn’t stop until his brute hand was clapped on my thigh, giving it a possessive squeeze.
 
Dangerous heat flooded me, rage and lust mingling in the dance I despised. It gave me my answer before he opened his mouth again.
 
No. Not there. Please!
 
“You’re gonna do your fucking duties like a good wife, same as I’m gonna do mine like your lawfully wedded man. We’ve got certain traditions we respect around here, Anna. Shit means more to me than breathing. You’ll figure that out fast.” He sighed, hissing hot, guttural desire onto my neck, stopping just short of stamping his lips to my skin. “Nothing’s gonna stop me from fucking your brains out, love. Nothing. This little contract gives me all the rights and privileges a husband deserves, and I’m not taking that shit for granted. You can whine all you want, but sometime in the next twenty-four hours, I’ll be balls deep inside your sweet little pussy. Then you’ll understand. Once you have this dick in you, you’ll never be able to imagine another, especially not one attached to some pissant who doesn’t know shit about blood or sex or ink like I do.”
 
Shit! I stared deep into his eyes, searching, wondering if this entire thing was some sick bastard’s joke.
 
There was amusement in his eyes, but it wasn’t playful. The handsome psycho holding me was deadly serious.
 
I tried to keep breathing. It wasn’t easy when the lust was overpowering my anger, one ruthless piece at a time with his hand so close to where I gushed and ached. I was coming unraveled right there, lusting after a man who filled my heart with total contempt.
 
He pulled himself away in one rough movement, sending me crumpling down again, clawing at the chair for support. I caught myself and stayed on my knees.
 
 
“I’ll give you the day to get used to this house and screw your head on straight. Dry those bright eyes,” he said, stepping away and pointing his finger at me. “Tonight, babe, it’s just you, me, and a bed. Welcome to your fucking honeymoon.”

Abou the author

Nicole Snow is a sweet, unassuming young woman. You’d never suspect the deeply sensual, sometimes depraved fantasies raging behind her eyes.
 
She started writing erotica to escape the boring drudgery of a desk job. In fiction, there are no rules and no boundaries. Everything is on the table, no matter how forbidden.

 

Today, Nicole serves up some of the bestselling erotica and erotic romance on the shelves.
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