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Whiskey Secrets (Whiskey & Lies Series) by Carrie Ann Ryan Release Blitz with Excerpt, Book Trailer, & Review

WHISKEY SECRETS by Carrie Ann Ryan, the first book in her new WHISEY & LIES series, is available today! Read a sneak peek below and pick up your copy today!



About WHISKEY SECRETS (Whiskey and Lies #1)

Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.

Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.

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Once again, Kenzie had no idea if she was making the smartest of moves, but she wasn’t about to back down now. Though it was September, the weather fluctuated between stifling humid and hot to downright chilly. Right now, it was a pleasant day where she didn’t feel like she was walking through a wall of humidity, nor did she need a jacket. Between that and the bright sun and tiny dots of clouds above her, it was a pretty nice afternoon.

“This is the main drag for the town.” Dare gestured at the street. “It’s pretty much a straight line except for one part where it curves over the bridge. The creek below that only starts pumping real good after a storm or right when the run-off from the mountains begins to melt. Other than that, it’s a decent trickle that tourists like for selfies.”

As Kenzie herself had taken a selfie in front of the creek for her personal album of memories, she ignored the humor in his voice at the comment. She’d told herself she would start taking more photos and enjoy where she was and who she was now that she was free of everything that had held her back for so long.

“It’s a beautiful town,” she said simply, and she was being honest about that. Everyone took great care of their buildings and businesses. There were coffee shops, teahouses, bakeries, restaurants, antique shops, clothing stores, and a couple dozen other shops that catered to practically every need. Everything was unique and could only be found in Whiskey.

And now, she was part of it.

“It’s home.” Apparently, Dare wasn’t a man of many words today.

They walked another block in easy silence, and Kenzie sighed. She hated feeling awkward.

“So, have you always lived here?”

He looked down at her and studied her face as they waited at the crosswalk. “No. I lived in Philly for a few years.”

“Big city,” she said dryly then immediately regretted it. Weren’t they supposed to be friends now? Or at least friendly?

He snorted before stuffing his hands into his pockets. She couldn’t help but notice the way his forearms tightened at the movement. She shouldn’t be noticing the man’s arms, damn it. Nor should she think forearms were sexy.

She’d come to Whiskey for herself, and had sworn off men and relationships. That meant no more looking at Dare Collins’ arms and the way he filled out his jeans.

“Sorry about that. Like I said, I had a rough night and took it out on you.”

“You already apologized. Let’s get back to the bar. I know you have to work, and I have paperwork to go over.”

His jaw tightened as he studied her. “Starting already?”

She raised her chin and then cursed herself for doing so yet again in front of this man. He set her on edge, and she wasn’t sure if it was because they kept bumping heads or because she found him attractive when she didn’t want to.

“I’m here to help your parents, Dare, and to do a job.”

“I know you are.” He turned away from her, giving her his profile. “And I’m glad my parents are taking a step back to actually try and relax. I’m just not a fan of change. Hell, I hate it, and I hate surprises even more.”

That, she could totally understand. “I hate surprises, too. As for change? Well, sometimes, change is good.” She was living proof of that, wasn’t she?

“That’s true enough, but it doesn’t mean I’m quick to like it.” He stared at her, and she blinked at the intensity. There was something there, she thought, some heat she couldn’t quite name, and it worried her. Was he attracted to her? Or was that flare because she represented that change he wasn’t ready for?

Either way, it didn’t matter; thinking too hard along those lines when it came to Dare wasn’t something she could do.

“But I guess it doesn’t matter, does it?” Dare continued. “As for your new job? I’ll be around if you need help. I don’t know everything about the inn since I have my own two business to handle, but I can probably at least point you in the right direction. And if you’re looking for upgrades like you mentioned? Talk to Loch. I know he’s family, but he’s damn good at handyman work and carpentry when he puts his mind to it. He hasn’t done much on the inn since our parents weren’t ready to update yet, but Loch’s good at what he does.”

Surprised, she found herself nodding. She’d already heard from her new employers about Loch and how he could help, and she was glad to know that the family stood together no matter what. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

“You do that, Red.”

She rolled her eyes. “My name’s Kenzie.”

“I know. I like Red too, though. Plus, it’s fun to see you get all rattled when I call you that.”

And she found this man attractive? She was seriously losing it. It must just be the nonexistent heat talking. Once she was fully immersed in her new job and life, she wouldn’t be thinking about Dare and those sexy forearms of his again.

At least, she hoped.




*****5 STARS*****

Whiskey Secrets introduced me to a new author I hadn’t read before, Carrie Ann Ryan. Let me say that she had me with her dedication at the beginning of the book. I will let readers see that for themselves. She stole my heart right then and there, and the storyline and characters kept my heart. I fell in love with Dare and Kenzie.

Dare is an ex-cop who now owns a bar and restaurant that is attached to his family’s inn. He has mixed emotions when his parents announce that they are going to re-do the inn and hire someone to manage it. He’s happy that they will finally have time to enjoy their lives, but he isn’t happy with their choice…Kenzie. He thinks she is a “city girl” who knows nothing about his family’s inn or town. He makes his feelings well known to Kenzie.

Kenzie is beginning a new life, leaving behind pain and an abusive ex-husband. She is struggling but determined to have a happy life, and she won’t let Dare’s obvious displeasure stop her even if he does stir feelings inside her she hasn’t felt in a long time.

Dare and Kenzie have a lot of baggage between them so getting involved would be the worst mistake ever. However, the heart doesn’t always listen to the mind. They both have painful pasts, but somehow when they are together, the darkness seems to disappear. Neither one of them are perfect, so that makes them realistic. The chemistry between them is sizzling, but the romance is also very sweet. With the addition of the secondary characters, it makes it even better.

As I said, I have never read anything by Carrie Ann Ryan, but I’m so excited I found her. Lucky for me, she has so many good ones to choose from until the next book in this series.

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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A Top Read of 2017 · Christie's Reviews · Paranormal Romance

New Review!!!! Witch for Hire by Shyla Colt

Witch For Hire

by Shyla Colt

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Young, terrified, and bound to a vampire, Louella Eschete fled the bayou and swore off magic. Years later, she’s returned to the tiny town of Cypress, Louisiana to take her rightful place as head of her magical family, whether she likes it or not.
In order to keep the tentative peace formed between the various races of powerful beings who rule side by side, she must face her own demons. Mainly one, Cristobal Cortez. Now a master vampire, and lord of the seven cities surrounding New Orleans, her former lover has moved up in the world. Their relationship gets way more complicated when his court is framed for a rash of murders they didn’t commit.
Forced to play her role as his bond mate, and launch an investigation into the darkness threatening to overturn truces, she may be in over her head.

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 Come take a ride with Lou, Cristo, Fel and the gang. You don’t want to miss a story full of romance, angst, murder, secrets and more.


 I read it in one sitting into the wee hours of the night . I couldn’t put down .


It’s love to read about someone using all their wits and skills and still coming up against seemingly impossible situations, and having to figure it out and grow beyond it.









*****5 STARS*****

Shyla Colt hit this one out of the park. It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal romance, and I’m so glad I downloaded this one. Witch for Hire exceeded all my expectations. She reminded me why I love paranormal romance.

Lou comes from a long line of powerful witches. Years ago, she fell in love, not with another witch, but with a powerful vampire, Cristobal Cortez. That’s not really accepted within her family, and when she thought Cris betrayed her, she ran from Louisiana to Kentucky. She made a good life for herself, but she feels less than whole not using her powers, and she misses her family, especially her grandmother. Now, the time has come when she has to return home and face all her demons. She has no idea returning home will completely change the way she lives her life.

Things are different when she returns home. Her selfish aunt is trying to make a play for the ruler of her family, but her grandmother has other plans. She finds that she also has to make amends to her best friend, Sacha, and cousin, Fel, for leaving like she did. She will also have to face her biggest obstacle, Cristobal. He never stopped loving her, and she may find his betrayal wasn’t as black and white as she initially thought. As she is reconnecting with those she loves, she will also find herself in grave danger. Something is killing humans, and it looks like a rogue witch and a mysterious vampire are trying to destroy the peace among vampires and witches for good.

I LOVED Lou and Cristobal. The chemistry between these two is EXPLOSIVE. That is evident just when the two are near one another. She sassy, beautiful, independent, and powerful. What is there not to admire about her? Cristobal is all male…protective, masculine, but he is also a perfect balance of strength and compassion. The two perfectly complete the other. They truly are soulmates!

This wasn’t only a romance, but it was a journey of self-discovery for Lou. She has always felt like she didn’t fit completely within her family. She is on a quest to discover who she is. During that journey, she finds that change is necessary, not only in her own thinking but the way her family views the world as well. This is when readers get to the crux of who Shyla Colt is as a writer. She may be writing romance or paranormal romance, but there is always a deeper plot going on. This book addresses the issue of change and diversity. As Lou’s Meme says,

“Change comes with opposition. It’s uncomfortable and full of uncertainty. It takes a strong person to stand firm against that unrest and hostility.”

Lou’s journey of self-discovery and her place within the world epitomizes that.

I have read different books from Shyla, but I have to say this one is my favorites! I highly recommend reading if you love complex characters, romance, action, and don’t have plans until you finish the last page.







Shyla Colt is the sassy USA Today Bestselling author of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. This genre-hoppers stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.

As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there’s never a dull moment in her household.
She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.



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Contemporary Romance

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd Release Blitz


The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.

The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.

The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.

Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.

Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.

And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.

With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.


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Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.

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Young Adult

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy Release Blitz


Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Romance

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Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s

not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.


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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Wonderful Love by Maggie Marr Release Blitz with 5-Star Review










This is a story about redemption….

Sex and giving women pleasure is the only way I can survive. I loved once and lost her…she died in front of me. I can never love again. This is my vocation. Or so I thought…

Until Tara.

My sexy neighbor with her douchenugget ex-fiancé. We weren’t friends, we were barely acquaintances, until the tears, and the fistfight, and then … the sex.

I want Tara, but having her means watching the walls of my carefully crafted existence crumble. I have the strength to provide women unlimited pleasure, but do I have the strength to love?




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*****5 STARS*****

Previously published as a duet – Wonderf*ck and Mister WonderFULL. 
After the tragic death of his fiancé nearly 6 years ago, Jake decided he would never get emotionally involved with a woman again. He did enjoy being with a woman and felt that it was his calling to help that woman feel desired and wanted, thus his alter ego “Wonderf*ck” was born. He could take care of his needs while making the women he was with feel valued and empowered.
Then he starts up a friendship with his neighbor, Tara, who is going through a nasty break up with her fiancé. He feels he is safe with her because she knows him as Jake and isn’t looking for anything more than friendship. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore the off the charts chemistry that is simmering beneath the surface. Add in an adorable dog, Jango, and it just might be the combination to help Jake finally heal.
But can he just give up his vocation as Wonderf*ck?
This is my first book by Maggie Marr and definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I don’t read many books with just the male POV but it definitely worked for this book. I loved how this book wasn’t just the story of him and Tara. There was his relationship with his sister and niece and his mother who was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. There were some light moments in this book but also some very serious moments and I loved them all.



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Maggie Marr is the USA Today Best-Selling author of over 20 hot contemporary romances. She got her start in Hollywood pushing the mail cart and eventually became an motion picture literary agent. You can find her at all the usual spots like FB, Twitter, and Pinterest or at She is a pop culture addict and when she isn’t writing or reading you can find her binge-watching her favorite shows. You can always email her at




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