Susi Reviews Overruled by Emma Chase @EmmaChse

Susi Reviews Overruled by Emma Chase

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As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.


My Review

Emma Chase write stories that bring plenty of smiles, swooning, oohing and smiling again and again.  Overruled, her latest creation is filled with all of this and a story I loved and know you will too.

Let me tell you all about Stanton Shaw, the male lead in this story.  Oh my!  This protagonist is totally delicious.  Stanton is this sexy, powerful, swoon worthy lawyer living in D.C.  He’s a good old country boy too.  Yeah… cowboy hat included.  Just think sexy Marlboro man minus the cigarettes.  You’ll see.  I once thought that Drew Evans from her beloved Tangled series had won me over. But honestly, Drew and Stanton are running neck and neck on this race.  Fortunately, Drew makes an appearance in this book keeping his fans happy.  Thanks Emma for that.

Now back to Stanton.  He works with Sofia Santos, another powerful lawyer from his law firm.  They are “friends with benefits.”  Their relationship is sexy, funny and convenient.  I love her character.  She is a force to be reckoned with.  Equally talented, they share the same career goals and work well together both in and out of the courtroom.

In this story, Stanton’s past, Jenny comes into the picture taking him and Sofia along with it. Stanton and Sofia must visit Mississippi, his hometown and the home of his adorable daughter Presley, the rest of his friends and family who together make this book so much fun to read.  Trust me, the little town of Sunshine, Mississippi has never been funnier.

Stanton’s time back in Mississippi is both emotional and funny. You’ll find acres of farm land, a Sunday Church Service, a tractor race, a backyard bbq, and a small town where everyone knows your business.  Presley, his daughter, his family and even Jimmy Dean, not the sausage are awesome too adding to this lighthearted and “fantastic” read.

It’s during Stanton’s time back in his hometown that he learns a valuable lesson about love and home.  His visit reveals more to him than he ever expected.

This story is told in both Stanton and Sofia’s POV making it totally come to life in the mind of the reader.  I loved the tidbits that were perfectly sprinkled in indicating their feelings for each other.  The friendly banter between their common friends Jake and Brent added to this brilliant piece.

Now, without giving this fantastic story away, I’ll leave you wondering all about this sexy alpha male named Stanton and his gorgeous colleague Sofia. No spoilers from me.

There’s so much to love about this book and especially more to look forward to in the next book in this series.  I can’t wait to read it.  The Legal Briefs Series is sure to be another success for Emma.

I gave this book 5 brilliant stars.

5 stars

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Susi Interviews – Michelle Day, Author @MichelleYDay

Susi Interviews Michelle Day, Author

Prodigal Son, Father & Son, Cain’s Way

 

I love interviewing my favorite authors.  For today’s author interview, I bring you Michelle Day, author of Prodigal Son, Father & Son and Cain’s Way.

 

Susi:  How long have you been writing?

Michelle:  I started the first draft of Prodigal Son at age fifteen. As I’m now in my forties, that’s quite some time.

Susi:    When did your passion for writing begin?

Michelle: At secondary school. I was one of the few who enjoyed writing essays.

Susi:  What is your favorite genre to write?

Michelle: I would have to say that depends on where my head is at. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Cain’s Way but I equally love the Jensens.

Susi:  What books are you currently working on?

Michelle: I am working on book 3 of the Jensen Family Series which will be called Wayward Son and I’m also penning the second Tate Pack Novella which is called Loren’s Salvation. I’ve also just unearthed something that I started back in 2012. It’s another change of direction for me and it’s called Switch. I will concentrate a little more on that one once Wayward Son and Loren’s Salvation are out.

Susi:  Wow, You are a busy woman.  When do you write?  Any specific routines?

Michelle:  I have to be in a certain mindset to write and my characters need to be talking to me. I can write almost anywhere and don’t mind distractions, just don’t try to read over my shoulder. That’s a major irritation for me.

Susi:  When not writing, what are your hobbies or interests?

Michelle:  I read. A lot. I’ll read anything. I also like to research things which may happen to my characters and can get very involved in that.

Susi:  What inspires you to write?  Music, a muse?

Michelle:  I always have music going. Certain tracks will inspire scenes or character traits. I also find it useful to have a muse. It’s always good to have something nice to look at.

Susi:  Who were your muses for the Prodigal Son and Father & Son characters?

Michelle:  For Paul, of course, Bernardo Velasco and for Gavin,  Taylor Kitsch. I am still working on a muse for Matt. I can see him in my minds eye but he’s yet to take a physical form.

Susi:  Who was your muse for Cain’s Way?

Michelle:  Cain came to me in the shower with his description. I would have trouble putting a face to his character but once the picture was found that is on the cover, I knew that he was Cain.

Susi:  How long does it generally take you to write a book?

Michelle:  That depends on the book. Cain took one month which is a record for me. Father and Son took two years. I’m currently on a roll and being productive so I’d say typically for a full length novel, somewhere between nine to twelve months.

Susi:  Describe a typical writing day for Michelle Day.

Michelle:  Each day is different. Some days I will write all day. Others, I’ll write for an hour and be done with it. I do always start by going back over what was written the previous day and trying to pick up any spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors before I start to write again.

Susi:  Do you have any advice to offer to any indie authors?

Michelle:  Keep at it. It’s not always easy and I’ve felt like giving up especially as sales are low but I love my characters and have faith in them. I think as long as you believe in what you write, you will find your niche and with it an audience.

Susi:  Your biggest mistake as a writer? If any?

Michelle:  Not asking for help. I still don’t like to and as a result, I don’t know many people in the book world.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Pet Peeve:  the your /you’re error

First thing you notice about a person:  Eyes on meeting. Bum as they walk away.

Hidden talents:   I don’t think I have any.

Currently Reading:  Conviction. Nicole Edwards

Fave drink:   Lime milkshake

Fave TV Show:  Currently, Poldark

Fave Book: Black Beauty is a story that will always stay with me.

Fave Movie:  Fast and Furious franchise

 

Any parting words from the author…

Watch this space, I have plenty of things planned for the Jensens. Can you imagine Paul with grandchildren?

 

Oh…  Wow! I can’t wait for more Paul.  As a grandfather, oh my!

Thank you Michelle for taking time from your busy schedule for this interview.  Happy Writing!

~Susi

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Susi Reviews Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton @Alice_Clayton

Susi Reviews Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4) 

by Alice Clayton 

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Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.

The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.

When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.

Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.

Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.

My Review

Alice Clayton does it again in Mai Tai’d Up.  Her latest book is a perfect concoction of fun, sexy and sassy complete with a magnificent cast of characters, including some characters from Screwdrivered and an adorable canine.

This story is entirely told in Chloe’s point of view.  I must say, I love Chloe.  She had a brief mention in the last book.  She is the runaway bride looking to start her life in a new place away from her past.  This former beauty pageant queen heads off to Monterey where a new home, job and life await her.

Her former charity work leads her to her new job.  Although she never held an official job before, her calling, her love of animals shines through in her new endeavor, working with rescue dogs.  Well, if you work with dogs, you need a vet right?  Well, this new vet, he’s HOT!  Enter Lucas a sexy 6’3″ ginger with brilliant blue eyes, tanned skin and great hair.  He’s not only gorgeous but sweet, funny and yes, I repeat, SEXY.

Lucas, the vet and Chloe become friends and of course, written in true Alice Clayton style, their friendship evolves and there are many funny moments between them. Of course,  there are plenty of moments fueled with sexual tension making this a most enjoyable read.

Alice not only brings readers her unique and totally awesome, funny and sexy writing, but transports us to spectacular locations.  I love Monterey and pictured this story vividly.  The theme of pet rescue touched my heart because I am a true dog lover.  I love that she brought awareness to an issue so many people choose to ignore.

I read this book pretty quick and admit I had a huge grin on my face for most of it.  Alice’s books always make me smile, swoon and smile some more.

I would love to read more about Chloe and Lucas in another book.  As a reader, I want more of their story.  This book can be read as a standalone but why would you want to do that?  I recommend reading all of Alice’s books in this fabulous Cocktail series.

Alice, this book is another 5 star read. And, I too love gingers.  You see,  I married one. And, he’s a vet too. (the other kind of vet, a US Marine)

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Now, go get Mai Tai’d Up!


 

Some of my favorite lines….

 

“I want it all. I want encompassing knock your socks off, can’t live without you, can’t be in a room without wanting you naked, love.” 

As I picked up my doodled To Do List, I noticed that on the bottom I’d written Lucas. On my To Do List.  “Yeah yeah yeah,” I muttered to myself. Still smiling.

“First, I can’t believe you just pinched a pregnant woman. Second, I can’t believe you are not hitting that! What on God’s earth is stopping you? Third, and this is the pregnancy hormones talking, if Clark says it’s okay, I’m going to hit that if you don’t!”  This was all said in a stage whisper while Lucas and Clark talked guy talk about monkeys or something. “And fourth, can I have some more ice cream?”

“By the way, what was that about bouncing on his dick? Whose dick are we talking about?”

“I don’t even think that’ll fit,” I said.   “Oh, it’ll fit,”  he murmured, then pulled away. “Wait-are we… talking about…..fitting?” 


 

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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Release Day ~ Excerpts and Giveaway ~ Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia @Debra_Anastasia

 Happy Saturday!

This is what you should be reading today!

Happy Release Day to Debra Anastasia.

Saving Poughkeepsie is live!

 

 

Saving Poughkeepsie 

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Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hart back into his
life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed
wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of
their past continues to crash down around them.
Yet with the
help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying.
He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to
live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake
and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve
just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real.
But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They
have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that.

After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of
the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint
as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love,
turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale
that calls to the good in each of us.

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Skip To The Good Part – Release Day Launch @Raine_Miller @KendallRyan1 @KBrombergDriven @carlyphillips @slscottauthor

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Today we have the release day launch of Skip to the Good Part, a sexy new collection of the hottest scenes from 20 phenomenal authors. I am so excited to share it!!!

It’s on my Kindle, be sure to add it to yours. 

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About Skip to the Good Part:

Skip to the Good Part: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

 

The collection features a British alpha who wants to turn a good girl bad, a woman realizing her impetuous marriage to a stripper isn’t all bad, a bad-boy boxer who could use a large dose of sexual healing, a carnie who has found new and inventive uses for fun house mirrors, and a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart.

 

Read 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. This 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling—you’re sure to discover a new favorite.

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

 

New York Times best-selling authors:

Raine Miller | Kendall Ryan | K. Bromberg | Carly Phillips | Denise Grover Swank | S.L. Scott

USA Today best-selling authors:

Christine Bell | Rebecca Shea | Andrea Smith

Featuring:

Magan Vernon | Kristie Cook | Nevaeh Lee & Michelle Lynn | Alessandra Thomas | Selena Laurence | Heidi Joy Tretheway | Elizabeth Briggs | Meghan March | Taylor Michaels | K.B. Nelson | Elise Covert

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Excerpt from Baby, It’s Cold Outside – by @JenniferProbst @EmmaChse @handbagjunkie @authormelodyanne @kittymeader

What do you get when several amazing authors collaborate on a holiday anthology?  Well, the answer is Baby It’s Cold Outside.  

Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire.

Enjoy an excerpt from Emma Chase below.  

Be sure to pre-order this anthology today.  It will be available October 28, 2014. 

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Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle…

Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate…

With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…

Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan…

What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…

 

Excerpt 

“It’s A Wonderful Tangle Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase in Baby, It’s Cold Outside

 

I shut the door to our apartment and toss the mail down on the front hall table—mostly last-minute Christmas cards. Nothing says “you were an afterthought” like getting a Christmas card on Christmas Eve. I hang up my

black wool coat and slide the shopping bag with Kate’s new shoes under the table, to be wrapped later.

 

Unlike me, Kate is good about waiting. She likes to be surprised, so I don’t have to put in the extra effort of

hiding her gifts to keep her from sneaking a peek.

 

I walk into the living room—and stop dead in my tracks. I was planning on going home only for a few minutes, to let Kate know I’d be at the office the rest of the evening. But those plans get tossed out the window.

 

Because reclining in the chaise longue is a gift that beats the hell out of anything I’ve ever seen sitting under

a tree.

 

My wife, Kate Brooks-Evans.

 

Kate Brooks-Evans in lingerie.

 

Kate Brooks-Evans in see-through, Christmas-themed lingerie.

 

Her smooth legs are crossed at the ankle, bare except for the spiky heeled, shiny black boots that end below her knees. A sheer red nightie, trimmed in fluffy white fur, covers tiny red panties—held together by two silk bows tied at her hips. A shiny black belt cinches her flat stomach, and more white fur embellishes the strapless

neckline, bringing my attention to her perfect breasts and pink nipples pressing against the gauzy fabric. Kate’s

luscious dark hair falls over her shoulders, curled at the ends, and a fleecy red-and-white Santa hat sits on top of her head.

 

She smiles mischievously. “Welcome home, Santa.”

 

“Mrs. Claus,” I smirk, “you’ve changed.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Kristin Proby

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!

Melody Anne

NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author Melody Anne has written the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series; Midnight Fire, Midnight Moon and Midnight Storm – Rise of the Dark Angel.
As an aspiring author, she wrote for years, then published in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in business, she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen and the corporate world.
When Melody isn’t writing, she cultivates strong bonds with her family and relatives and enjoys time spent with them as well as her friends, and beloved pets. A country girl at heart, she loves the small town and strong community she lives in and is involved in many community projects.
See Melody’s Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/melodyanneauthor, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.
She looks forward to hearing from you and thanks you for your continued interest in her stories.

Kate Meader 

Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip. FEEL THE HEAT (Jack and Lili), ALL FIRED UP (Shane and Cara), and HOT AND BOTHERED (Tad and Jules) from her Hot in the Kitchen series are now available. Her next series, Hot in Chicago, featuring Chicago firefighters debuts in October 2014 with a novella in the Winter anthology, BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

For excerpts, news, and giveaways, visit: http://katemeader.com

Exciting News – New Covers/Trailer – Marriage to a Billionaire Series by @JenniferProbst

Here’s some exciting book news!

Jennifer Probst has new covers for her ‘Marriage to a Billionaire’ Series.  

 These repackaged mass market editions priced at $5.99 are all coming out on 4/28/15.

Check out this Series Book Trailer!

YouTube Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYdu1byNNrQ&list=UUbWMa2ZgsoCt3sWbU1zdpww

Aren’t these new covers gorgeous?

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