Friday, December 15, 2017

Audiobook Review Tour 'Paper Love' by Aubrey Wynne

Today I’m excited to participate in the Audiobook Review Tour of ‘Paper Love’ by Aubrey Wynne. This is a Contemporary Holiday Romance that was published on October 23rd, 2017.

About the Book:
Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the US and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind.

Sexy physical therapist Ben Montgomery meets his sister's friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it's her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart.

With the help of a stray homing pigeon and an old origami legend, Ben sets an unwavering course of romance to win her love.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 23rd, 2017
A Chicago Christmas #2
Sara Sheckells
3 hours 21 minutes
Contemporary Holiday Romance
Available at:

My Review:

I don’t know about you, but when the year is nearing it’s end, the temperatures drop and it’s time for your Christmas decorations to come out, I always feel like reading and listening to Romantic stories even more than normally. So when I saw the sign-up for the Audiobook Review Tour of ‘Paper Love’ I didn’t hesitate a moment and signed up. I couldn’t wait to start listening to this book.

In ‘Paper Love’ we meet Joss Palmateer. Joss lived for a long time with her family in Papua New Guinea. Now her mother is passed away and she is living with her father and sister in the US. And this takes some getting used too. With everything going on in her life, the last thing Joss needs, is falling love. But when she meets her friends Brother Ben Montgomery, Joss just can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them for long.

‘Paper Love’ is a nice and sweet story. It’s not very long, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I definitely wouldn’t have minded to have more time with these characters. I especially loved Ben’s character. He was just so charming and fun. And I really loved the way he tried so hard in winning Joss’s heart.

Joss was kind of serious, and didn’t want to give in to Ben as easily. Which I understood completely. And it was really fun to read how they slowly got together more. ‘Paper Love’ was really a perfect read for this time of year.

Since I listened to this book as an audiobook I was glad to find out I enjoyed listening to Sara Sheckells. Her voice was nice and warm and it fitted this story perfectly. I usually need time to get used to narrators voices but with this one it just felt natural. Also the male voice Sara did was great. I hate it when narrators seem to try so hard to make their voice sound male. With Sara it just fitted.

Overall, ‘Paper Love’ was a really fun and charming book. And with a great narrator as Sara, this book made for a great audiobook I’d definitely recommend. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas.

Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante's Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill, Heart of Excellence, and Aspen Gold award, as well as being a Maggie finalist.

Aubrey’s medieval fantasy series launches in 2017 with Rolf's Quest. Besides the Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will also release "A Vintage Romance" series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s.

For more information about Aubrey Wynne please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Instagram.

About the Narrator:

Storytelling comprises the earliest memories of narrator, Sara Sheckells, and remains a constant in her life. She resides outside of Boston with her husband, and two children all of whom are voracious readers and audiobook listeners.

Sara held a long-term career in higher education prior to establishing Sara Sounds, her voice artistry business. She especially enjoys narrating projects focusing on young adult themes, parenting, and historical fiction.

An on-air host at WERS 88.9 FM while attending Emerson College in Boston, MA, Sara was a co-founder and host of "The Playground," a children's music and spoken word program. She went on to volunteer for several years with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now LearningAlly) where she narrated content ranging from textbooks to children's stories.

Her forthcoming audiobook projects include "Saving Grace" by best-selling author, Aubrey Wynne.
For more information about Sara Sheckells please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

This event was organized by The Audiobookworm

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Promo 'Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance' by Lauren Smith

Today I’m excited to share with you the Book Promo of ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith. This is a Paranormal Romance and the first book in the ‘Brothers of Ash and Fire’ series. ‘Grigori’ was published on October 18th. 

About the Book:
He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia. 

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…

Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori  calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with. 

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 18th, 2017
Brothers of Ash and Fire #1
Paranormal Romance
Available at:


Madelyn woke slowly, bit by bit, stretching the muscles here and there and enjoying the warmth of the bed she was laying in and the hard body that she was half sprawled out on. 

Hard body... 

She tensed and opened one eye to peek at the man in the bed with her as memories of last night came flooding back. She’d had a terrible nightmare, and then Grigori Barinov had made it snow and held her until she fell asleep. She wasn’t sure what shocked her more, having fallen asleep with a stranger after her nightmares, or that she watched him take a vast thunderstorm over Moscow and make it snow.

Just for me.  

A smile curved her lips and she tried to hide it. Men didn’t even open doors for her, but this man had made it snow. It was the most romantic thing that had ever happened to her. 

She enjoyed her moment to study him. The sensual lips and pale gold brows. He was gorgeous. She knew she kept thinking about it, but damn, he was beautiful. It almost hurt to look at him.  

One of his arms curled around her waist. The other lay against his stomach. The tattoo on his forearm was in open view and she examined it. The tattoo was stunning. More symbolic of a dragon than lifelike, she could see the dragon was clearly in a curled position. One of its eyes was closed, but the other was open and fixed on her. Her attention turned to the signet ring on his hand. The serpent biting its tail. A symbol for eternity. The ouroboros. The jeweled eyes of the serpent were made of tiny bright sapphires.  

“Did you rest well?” Madelyn jumped at the sound of his voice, her body clashing against the arm wrapped around her waist. Her eyes flew to his and her knees weakened at the sight of his soft, indulgent smile.  

“Er . . . yes.” She stammered, trying not to think of how many women over the countless years he’d seduced with a look. It was a look that promised whispers in the dark, glittering jewels and naked bodies entwined on beds of furs. But when she looked at him she could see a future unfurling like a new flower, a future that his bright gleaming eyes and strong hands hinted at as they held her captive against him in bed.  

“Good.” He suddenly flipped them so she lay beneath him on the bed. A gasp escaped her and she tilted her head back to look up at him.  

“What are you—” 

With a wicked smile he dipped his head to hers. The kiss burned and sizzled, sparking part of her to life that she hadn’t even known existed. It seemed in the last day her body had completely changed inside, making her aware that she wasn’t as in control of herself as she’d always believed. She should not be turned on by a stranger’s kiss, but she was.  

Oh yes, hell yes. She tried to wrap her arms around his neck, but he caught her wrists and pinned them into the bed on either side of her head. His large, strong hands curled around her wrists, making her feel small, helpless . . . She strained against the hold, struggling just enough to test his power.  

His blue eyes flashed with molten fire. “My bed, my woman,” he purred in a low seductive rumble that seemed to ripple through her entire body. She was hyper-aware of him, from the wisps of his hair brushing against her neck as he nuzzled her throat to the scrape of the faint shadow of a golden-brown beard along his jaw. He may have worn an expensive suit and looked like an Armani model, but he acted like an ancient warrior—one who took what he wanted. God help her, she liked it.  

His natural dominance frustrated and aroused her at the same time. She should have been scared, kissing a stranger in a foreign city in his bed. But bit by bit, Grigori was becoming less a stranger to her.  

He tugged on her bottom lip. The weight of his body on hers was thrilling and yet she felt safe. How was that possible? She’d never had sex before, had never been all that interested in the whole idea of sex, but right now all she could think about was having him take her and make love to her, wildly, roughly. Her body was in total overload with all of the sensations and new hungers. 

“I can feel you thinking.” He teased before he moved his lips in a trail of kisses down her neck. 

“Not thinking,” she panted. “I promise.” She rolled her hips, inviting him to lay deeper into the cradle of her thighs. It was time to get rid of that pesky virginity.  

Grigori’s warm laughter on her neck made her quiver. He lifted his head, their gazes locked. His body still trapped hers, his hand still holding her wrists captive.  

“I have so little control around you,” he whispered. 

“Is that a bad thing?” she asked, loving the way his lips twitched. He was trying not to smile and for some reason she adored that. It was a challenge. What could she do to make him lose that control and grin at her?  

“It can be. You are untouched and I might be too rough.” 

Every muscle in her tensed, her body going rigid. “You, you know that I’m a . . .” the word failed to come out.  
“A virgin? Yes.” His eyes hardened and he frowned.  

Suddenly she couldn’t breathe, her lungs seized in panic and she struggled. How did he know? How the hell could he know she was a virgin?  

“Let go of me,” she demanded.  

Grigori slid off her at once, as though he’d expected this.  

She grabbed the top blanket off the bed and dragged it around her like a protective shield. Being a virgin had not been something she wanted him to know. Didn’t it freak out guys to be with a virgin? That’s what she’d heard, anyway. And just how had he figured it out? Was she a bad kisser? Was it because he was a dragon? Had he sensed something or was she acting like a virgin? Maybe she . . .  

“Madelyn, do not be angry with me.” 

She lifted her chin. “I’m not. It’s just . . . How did you know?”  

He slowly skirted the bed and when she retreated, he paused leaning against the nearest bedpost, his blue eyes changing to liquid amber.  

“Your scent. It’s like a potent aphrodisiac.” He licked his lips, the action seductive and a little frightening.  

“My scent?” She kept the blanket wrapped around her and continued to retreat until her back bumped into the wall.  

Grigori smiled crookedly as he seemed to realize he had effectively cornered her. 

“It’s like Georgian wine with a hint of berries . . . and rain.”  

Madelyn stared at him, trying to process that before she lifted a lock of her hair up and took a sniff. Nothing but a faint scent of the shampoo she’d used a day ago. She didn’t smell like a thing. He was creeping closer, his long elegant fingers trailing along the bedspread and she was momentarily distracted by imagining those fingertips gliding along her skin, sliding into her. Her body quivered with new hungers and Grigori’s nostrils flared.  

“It’s almost impossible not to touch you. From the first moment I picked up Barrow’s book back at the Russian State Library your scent has been torturing me with its sweetness. Madelyn,” he growled her name in a subtle warning.  

“My sc—scent?” She couldn’t believe she’d stuttered. It wasn’t like her at all, but neither was she the type to tremble and quake at a man’s touch, let alone a scorching look. Not that she’d honestly had much experience with men sending scorching looks her way.  

“You know a fair bit about dragon mythology, don’t you?” he asked, taking one step closer. 

She nodded, suspicious.  

“And what do dragons love to eat?”  

The moment she realized the answer, Grigori’s wicked grin grew.  

She didn’t stutter this time, but her heart was pounding wildly.  

“Virgins . . .”

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, and a Semi-Finalist award for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

For more information about Lauren please visit her website. Or visit her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. 

This event was organized by Maureen's Books Promotions. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Favorite.. Christmas Movie

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

As you might have guessed already I love Christmas. I just love everything about it. It’s such a fun, cozy and romantic time of year. I just adore this time of year. And I have many Christmas movies I love to watch this time of year. For one, I never get tired of watching the Home Alone movies. I love the Family Man with Nicolas Cage. A Christmas Carol never gets old, I love every version there is. I really enjoy watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas. But my absolute favorite Christmas movie… Love Actually.  

Love Actually is one of those movies I can watch every year and just never get tired of. I love how romantic this movie is and how it tells the story of several people. It’s fun, sad, romantic and just very Christmassy. It also doesn’t hurt at all that I love most actors in this movie. I mean Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Kiera Knightley and Alan Rickman all in one movie? Does it get better than that? For me it really can’t get any better. I just adore this movie.

Which Christmas movie is your favorite?

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maureen's Little Corner of the World: Snow

Do you ever have these thoughts in your head that you just really want to write away? As a wife, reader, book blogger, nurse and woman I have many thoughts going through my head that I just want to put out there sometimes. Some fit a genre, some don’t.. and sometimes they are just crazy ramblings in my head that need to come out. In Maureen’s Little Corner of the World I’ll be sharing some of these ramblings, ideas, opinions, views and adventures.  


What is it with snow that always makes me feel so happy? Currently our Dutch landscape is covered with snow. Since we don’t really seem to know what to do with snow here, the roads are terrible, the people can’t really drive anymore and a lot of people seem to curse the snow. Trains aren’t going anymore, buses have stopped and the advice is to stay at home. Obviously it’s not fun if going to your job takes two hours, instead of the normal 30 minutes. But I love snow and even the longer time to get from one place to the next can’t make me love snow any less. But what is it about this cold, wet and white substance that makes me feel all swoony inside?
Having some fun in the snow with my husband this Sunday!

Maybe it’s because the snow makes me think of the holidays I spend in Switzerland in the winter and summers. I remember those gorgeous looking wooden Swiss houses.. covered in lots of snow. Everywhere you looked everything was white. And we had these walks through the snow covered mountains, surrounded by a perfect blue sky and the warmest sunshine. Those are the childhood memories I remember the most. And in my memories they are even more perfect than they really probably wore.

I remember sledding in the snow with my parents and grandparents. Skiing through the mountains in Switzerland and in France, feeling like I could concur the world. Making snowman’s with my family and friends. And I remember some Christmases where it really was a white outside. Snow is just magical to me. It makes me think of happy memories. And I can never see to much snow.

And as a Gilmore Girls fan, it obviously makes me think of Lorelai. And hot cocoa! And warm boots. And.. Well.. I think snow is great!!

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