Happy Wine and Books Wednesday! Hope you're all staying safe and well during this time. I know we're all looking for things to occupy ourselves with amid the whole "stay home and don't get sick quarantine" and so I bring you this beautiful pairing today. Romance Author Eve Kasey's Love in Stone from the Her Hands series is sure to grab your attention from the start and weaves back and forth between high society, big city life and the open air setting of a paleontology dig in Montana. It's a smart, refreshing, new love story that pairs perfectly with a glass of Breathless Winemaker's Penelope Brut which is equally adventurous and high spirited.
I know that I mentioned before, maybe not here but on my social media somewhere, that I had ordered a group of wines from nakedwines.com's Angels series. Essentially, all of the wines in the set are from independent wine makers from all over the world and they're wonderful so I hope you'll give them a try. I'll be pairing lots more indie romance author's books with these Angel series wines because what could go better with and indie book than an indie wine? On that note, be sure to grab up your copy of Love in Stone and pour yourself a glass of sparkling Penelope for a rare treat and enjoy!
Stay safe out there friends. I wish you all a happy Wine / Book Wednesday and, as always, some very happy reading!
Clare Clover is super smart, but she’s not a people person. At 27, she’s never even had a boyfriend. That’s why she works with fossils. She doesn’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing to a bunch of bones. When she gets chosen to lead an exciting excavation, Clare thinks she’ll finally be able to make a name for herself. What else is there to do besides dig in Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana? Then she meets Ben Merano, a handsome geologist who gives her an education her three college degrees couldn’t come close to.
Ben Merano loves his isolated, drama-free existence with no responsibilities. Traveling, hanging out with the guys, being outdoors—what’s not to like? Then Clare, a paleontologist with killer legs and zero social skills, shows up at his camp. Ben feels an instant connection to the reserved girl from the big city. That he had a vision of her a few weeks before they met is only part of her appeal. Ben starts to believe he wouldn’t have seen Clare coming if she wasn’t meant to be his. The problem is he’ll have to convince this student of science there’s such a thing as destiny.
Clare’s brain tells her a relationship with Ben would never work, even if he can sing like Paul McCartney and kiss like Casanova. After all, Ben’s a wanderer and she’s got the job of her dreams back in New York. Will Clare’s logic, and lack of experience with love, get in the way of what they both want—or will she allow herself to find Love in Stone?
From my review:
A fun, well written love story.
A really enjoyable read by this debut author. Clare and Ben were such an adorable couple. It was fun to watch them grow together and learn about each other, life and love. The whole paleontology theme was really cool and, as a Rocky Mountain girl, I loved all the Montana scenes. I thought the psychic element the author threw in added a nice sort of fated love feel as well, which the hopeless romantic in me had to appreciate. Can’t wait to read more books by this fabulous new writer!
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Hello, everyone, happy Wine and Book Wednesday! This week's dynamic duo is brought to you by Author Shelly Ferguson's Sweet Shifter Romance, Scarlett, and Callie Wine Collection's Chardonnay. Don't they look great together? I thought so. Both are sweet, refreshing and, I gotta say, crush worthy if we're talking appearances. Once you get started with these two, you're in for a treat so sit back, relax, grab up a copy of Scarlett and pour some Callie Chard into your favorite glass. I promise, all your cares will float away.
Happy Wine Wednesday and happy reading!
*Links and my review down below.
One crazy week will change Scarlett’s life forever.
For the last ten years, Scarlett thought her Fated Mate was dead … until he hit her with a buggy in the shampoo aisle of the grocery store three days after she moved to a small town in the Georgia mountains.
That little bump leads to a girlfriend road trip, a hot centaur, a creepy co-worker, and a gremlin sidekick who stabs first and asks questions … never.
When the local romance book club – The Crazy Cats – adopted her all bets were off. They planned her wedding and helped her settle into their small town before she knew what was happening.
Will, she chose the charming Derek Heiss (the King of Centaurs) or Ian Beckett (a small town deputy she was born to love)?
From my review:
A sweet shifter romance! Scarlett is a very enjoyable read. It’s packed with humor, witty internal monologue from the heroine, and lots of super hot alphas from all spectrum of the mythical world. The gremlins were adorable and I now am wondering where I can find one of my own. All in all, a fun book that kept me reading from beginning to end!
Happy Wednesday to all you wine and book lovers out there! This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Cassie Faber's Forever Memories from her Angelbay Harbor Series and Carmel Road's Unoaked Chardonnay. Both book and wine are fabulous and I had a lovely time introducing the two of them to one another. ;) If you love steamy small town romances and rich chards without the oaky bite, don't miss out on these two. Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone, and happy reading!
*Read on for book description, links and my review.
When Claire discovers the man she loves holds the key to unlocking her memories of the tragic accident that took her mom, the last thing she expects is to stumble upon a heartbreaking secret that threatens to tear her already fragmented family apart.Realizing that being a part of her life will only hurt her again, Boh decides that the only way to keep Claire safe is to take Olivia back to Brooklyn where he tries to make amends by helping her build a life at the cost of his own.Nine months later he returns to Angelbay Harbor to bury a friend, and he’s confronted by the need to protect the only woman he’s ever cared for—the only woman he’s ever broken all his rules for.Pulled under by the weight of their demons, Boh and Claire must come face to face with their darkest fears if they ever want the chance to break the surface, and have a second chance at love. to edit.
From my review:
A sweet girl, a sexy bad boy and an unforgettable cast of characters. I’m in love with this sexy, suspenseful, small town romance. All the characters are great. I want my own Miles. He’s so supportive and protective of Claire and I loved his sense of humor. When you discover an author that can make you fall in love with their supporting characters, you know you’ve found a gem!
But on to Claire and Boh, their romance is both sweet and intense. This second Angelbay book takes the reader on even more of an emotional roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns and many more secrets revealed. Claire rocks Boh’s tough guy world and I enjoyed watching her come into her own. Boh’s side of things is equally intense as he deals with his troubled past. It’s a rocky road for both of them but that makes the HEA all the sweeter.
Faber’s written a page turner for sure that left me wanting more, especially with the teaser at the end for McKenzie and War’s story in the next book of the series which promises to be smoking hot. Can’t wait!
Happy Wine Wednesday! I'm running a little late with this post today, but I didn't want to miss the mid-week holiday aka. Wine Night ;) This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Lacey Dailey's NA romance, Specter and the rich, creamy Butternut Chardonnay. These two go perfectly together for a romance reading escape you're sure to enjoy! Find the book description, links and my thoughts on the book down below.
Two years ago, I joined an organization that was so top secret not even the FBI could locate us.
As a hacker, I teetered on the edge of right and wrong every single day, breaking the law to make the world around me a better place.
I knew how dangerous my work at Circuit was. I knew I could get caught one day and wind up behind bars for the rest of my life.
I didn’t care.
And then the packages started to show up on my doorstep. One after another. Never the same gift twice. Never the same day.
I warned my team, tried to get them to prepare for a takedown. They didn't seem as concerned as I was to learn my identity as Specter had been compromised.
I prepared for everything.
And then Sage Maddison appeared with one of the packages, snow-white hair and eyes filled with fear.
I was not prepared for her.
From my review:
What a book! Dailey’s writing hooked me right from the beginning and it didn’t let go until the very end. With all the intrigue and emotion and character growth that happened, the twist at the end took me completely by surprise. The underworld hacker theme was really interesting, kind of comic book era meets modern day tech, while the drama was heartrending and what kept me turning pages.
Happy Wine and Book Wednesday, everyone! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author K.M. Keeton's erotic romance, His and Black Diamond Chardonnay. Both are smooth and seductive with a hint of the unexpected. If you're looking for an intriguing erotic romance with bdsm themes and the perfect glass to go along with it, then give His and Black Diamond a try. Links and review down below.
Lana never expected for her life to take the turn that it did. Being married with children she had no business to have a wandering eye, but the day Donaven stood in front of her, she felt an instant connection, a longing desire. After many months she finally lost herself in his world, discovering the woman she was always meant to be.
Donaven from the beginning knew the outcome of the end, yet there was no stopping him from his Lana, his Wildling.
Not a HEA, but you can keep the H for Hope…
From my review:
... captured my interest right from the start and I finished it in one sitting. The author’s delivery was perfect, very sophisticated and emotional, never relying on shock value to get the point across which I appreciated. His is a story of one woman’s journey to self-rediscovery. It’s full of steamy sensual scenes and intriguing characters. I loved how Donaven helped Lana to see her worth and regain the confidence she had lost over the years due to a variety of circumstances. He was a dom to die for and the twist at the end was great. I can’t wait to read more in the Kaleidoscope of Desire series.
Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone! This week's wine / book pairing brings together Author Trisha Harley McCarthy's suspenseful, hockey romance, On Ice, and crisp fresh Avant chardonnay by Kendall Jackson. If you love contemporary romance novels with lots of twists and turns, you'll love On Ice and Avant is the perfect wine to have on hand while reading it. Grab up your copy today then pour yourself a glass of Avant and enjoy. Happy reading!
Zoe Simmons receives a text on her wedding day. Her fiance called off the wedding. No explanation and he is soon traded to another hockey team, the Detroit Steels. She is devastated and has an emotional breakdown. After a few months she returns to her lonely life. Numb and withdrawn, she throws herself into her work as an assistant to general manager of the NHL team The San Jose Otters. Fast forward three years, The Otters are contenders for the Stanley Cup that include a shocking trade, Killian "Ki" Connery. The man who left her at the altar in humiliation and shame. Another blow comes when her father, Jed Simmons, negotiated the trade of her former fiance without telling her. How will she be able to endure being around the man her heart yearns for but her mind rebels against? Not to mention the scandal that is about to break opening up her private life to further scrutiny by the media?
Killian "Ki" Connery
The woman he loves jilted him at the altar and he is banished to Detroit to play for The Steels. The former star and captain of The Otters is crushed by the betrayal of his love he's never gotten over. He survives through sheer will power and playing hockey while fighting the underlying demons plaguing him. Jesse Ward comes into his life and they become America's Sweethearts of the media. Little does Ki know the part Jesse played in his breakup with his true love Zoe.
This story will keep you on your toes with an intense love story, challenges, betrayal and overcoming the odds that love conquers all.
Another great angsty book by Trisha Harley McCarthy, author of the acclaimed Granite Bay Series.
From my review:
I have to admit, I usually shy away from celebrity romances because I always figure I won’t be able to relate to the characters, but the author did a terrific job of humanizing this power couple. On Ice pulls back the veil from what one might consider a very glamorous lifestyle and sheds light on the hardest parts of celebrity ie. dealing with the media, paparazzi and the darker sides of the sports/entertainment business, not to mention she brings several mental health issues to the forefront.
Killian “Ki the Sly” Connery is a star hockey player and team captain for the Otters and Zoe is the daughter of the team’s general manager. Their relationship takes so many twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat reading the whole time. This book is filled with colorful characters, intrigue and… well, a whole league’s worth of stone cut abs. I can’t wait to read more about Harley McCarthy’s hot hockey guys. Go Team!
Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone! Today, I have something extra special for you. To celebrate the release of King of the Tides, I've paired this steamy new paranormal romance with a super hot bottle of The Arsonist Chardonnay. These two were meant to be. Grab your copy of King of the Tides today for only 99 cents, pour yourself a glass of Arsonist, then sit back and settle in for the exciting latest installment in my Tides of Atlantis series!
Attacked by the demons –
– that threaten Earth’s Realm, secret agent Marlowe Casey is in a fight for her life. As poisonous demon venom seeps into her veins, Adam Atlas takes her underground. When things go from bad to worse, the immortal Atlantean does the unthinkable, something forbidden by the gods, to save her.
Now she’s alive, but she’s on everyone’s hit list, Poseidon’s, the demons’… even the cartels’! She has powers she never could have imagined. The only problem is, they’re coming from the wrong team.
She needs a power greater than she’s ever known to make things right again. She needs…
… the King of the Tides.
What readers are saying:
"A true fantasy that's easy to read and hard to put down." - ARC reader
"King of the Tides was a wonderful mythical adventure that combined the modern with the ancient in a beautiful way." - Bookish Creation
"Adam and Marlowe are officially my favorite couple in the The Tides of Atlantis series!" - The Lusty Literarians
Yes, you read that right--a book cocktail. If you've been reading this blog for very long at all you know me well enough to know that I adore adult beverage type love potions of every kind. Added to that is the fact that I hide a special drink inside each of the Tides of Atlantis books and they turn into the cocktail especial for my newsletter subscribers on release days. Today, I was in my mad scientist lab (i.e. kitchen) mixing up something extra special for you, dear readers.
Voila! I give you "the pink drink" from Marley's trip to Asphodel in the Hell Realm from King of the Tides. The heroine of the book herself named this concoction The Unicorn Fart and, as we all know, she's a pretty tough cookie so I am not going to argue with the fire eyed, demon blood bearing girl. (Or her bad ass, demon slaying boyfriend for that matter.) I'm just the writer here folks, Unicorn Fart it is.
Read on for a tiny little bit from the scene this whimsical beverage originated in then be sure to sign up for the Amanda V Shane Newsletter for your very own Unicorn Fart Cocktail recipe card to be sent out on release day for King of the Tides! Have your drinks ready then meet me in the Tides to celebrate book three of the Tides of Atlantis series on Jan. 29th 2020. See ya there!
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Asphodel - realm of thoughts, dreams and wishes
Excerpt from King of the Tides:
She couldn’t sit here in this stew any longer. She had to move, had to find out what had happened to Adam. Her chest ached at the thought, but she forced herself up. As she moved, the mist and smoke combined. Wet, black droplets formed in the air and a strong wind started to blow. In no time, icy sludge drenched her skin, chilling her to the bone. When she brought her head up to look through it though, a light, round and white, took shape in the rain. With nothing left to lose, she walked toward it.
The further she went, the brighter the light got. It grew so blinding she threw her arm up over her eyes. After several moments, the rain stopped. She lowered her arm and opened her eyes to find herself standing in a sun-filled meadow. Lush grass folded beneath her feet, tiny white flowers springing up everywhere amid the green.
“How thoughtful of you to come.”
Marley whipped around at the sound of the voice. Powerful, white light blinded her once again but then it mellowed into the shape of a gorgeous white skinned woman. White like the flowers in the meadow. Simms, the Time Keepers’ tech agent, had fair-skin and red hair, the two kind of went together, but this lady was the color of fresh snow.
“Don’t trust anything here, Marlowe.”
Adam’s voice echoed in her ears. Tears welled up in her eyes when she looked up at the shining apparition. Just like before, above the Acheron, misery pulled at her heart.
The woman cocked her head to the side, a benign smile on her silvery lips. Her eyes shone green as emeralds against her pale skin.
“Oh, but you are sad… so very sad.” A sincere look of concern came over the woman’s face.
Marley shook her head.
“Who are you… or what?” She asked the spirit. “And where am I?”
The being smiled.
“I am so close to a mystery,” she said cryptically. “My name is Daeira. You, child, stand in the meadow of deciding, very near the realm of thoughts, dreams and wishes. Far to the east lies the Gate of Horn, to the west, that of Ivory. You are in the very middle.”
Marley’s gaze left the woman. Sure enough, off in the distance to one side, a shining white gate appeared. When she looked to the other side, there stood a black gate.
“Your lover and your friends are not far, but you should come inside and rest.”
Marley’s heart leapt into her throat. Had she just said…? She called him her lover. That wasn’t accurate. They’d never… heat flushed her body at the thought. The sun suddenly seemed brighter. Daeira made a small sound, a sigh. When Marley looked up, the spirit smiled at her again. Was Adam still out there with the warriors somewhere… alive?
“Where are they, if they are alive, as you say?”
The lady’s smile only brightened as she started to grow transparent.
“Wait!” Marley yelled, but too late.
The vision disappeared as quickly as it had come. The place where the beautiful glowing woman had stood became a perfect arch carved into the air, a doorway. It was obvious she was meant to walk through it. Marley stepped through the passageway. Immediately, her head began to swim. Everything she saw blurred as though she were underwater. She pinched at the space between her eyes wishing for just one recognizable thing to pop up in this damn realm—something normal.
“I wish I was at home,” she muttered.
The words fell out of her mouth before she’d even thought about them. Then she started to laugh—a testament to her failing sanity. It was the home part that got her. She had no clue why she’d said that. When had she ever had a real home? Where she’d grown up certainly couldn’t be considered one. The time she’d spent shackled underground in Adam’s ‘palace slash demon apocalypse armory’ didn’t count and her apartment above Maria’s—she’d lived there for a hot ten minutes. She rubbed her eyes. The laughter made them water… yeah, that explained the wetness. When she opened them again, she gasped, unable to believe her eyes. She stood in her room at the Time Keepers’ base, back in Colorado.
What had just happened? This must be another trick or a dream. She walked to the very utilitarian, single bed in her living space in the underground bunker the Time Keepers called The Mountain. A metal nightstand stood beside the bed with a stack of comic books on it. A soft sound escaped Marley’s throat at the sight of them. If any of this were real, then she knew what she’d find in the slim drawer of the stand—her copy of Anne of Green Gables. Stark as it appeared, this was maybe the one place she’d ever felt like she didn’t have the sole responsibility of watching her own back. The Keepers all converged at The Mountain regularly. Their headquarters lie hidden deep underground beneath the remains of an old mine shaft. She’d done a lot of training here, learned a lot about the Keepers and their legends. It was also one of the few places she’d ever felt safe.
She realized how dumb that sounded since it had been built with the end of the world in mind, but there was her twisted thought process for you.
This was wrong. It was perfect, but so wrong. Marley shook her head. Everything looked the same as she’d left it the last time she’d been here. It couldn’t be though… none of this could be real. She swiped her hand down through the air above the nightstand to prove it, expecting her fingers to whoosh through the façade of the piece of furniture.
“Ow… mother… ahhh!” Marley grabbed her fingers. Dammit, that hurt.
Yanking open the drawer in the stand, she peeked inside. Sure enough, a first edition, leather-bound copy of her favorite book lay tucked inside. Kay’s mom had given it to her from her own collection when she’d seen Marley’s tattered copy.
Her mouth gaped open as she stared at the book.
“No way,” she said.
Reaching out, she brushed her fingertips over the treasure then grabbed the book and sat on the bed. That felt real too, same hard little mattress she remembered. Hmph. She wondered how Adam’s great big bed would look in her Spartan little bunker room. Even as she thought it, the mattress under her butt got softer. She looked down. Yup, soft black sheets now covered the same bed from Adam’s room.
Her knees were nearly at the edge of the room now because of the size of the big bed. She smoothed her hands over the super soft sheets as she laughed. Maniacally. Might as well embrace her lunacy and go all out, Batman villain style.
The realm of thoughts, dreams, and wishes.
“I could really use a drink right about now,” she said to the open air. Not Adam’s smooth cognac either, or burning whiskey. Something with foam would be nice… and a cherry.
In her hand, a curvy glass appeared. It contained a frothy, pink liquid with a sparkly mist that swirled around the juicy looking red fruit in the middle.
“If a unicorn ever farted into a glass, this would be what it looked like,” Marley said. “Nice touch, Wish Realm,” she added then took a sip.
It tasted heavenly, just enough alcohol to hint at what lurked under all the fruity goodness. Dangerous—the way she liked it.
Well, if Adam had her dropped off here to be babysat in some wishing realm while he went off to fight demons and have all the fun without her, she might as well make the most of it. She took another drink then ate the cherry.
Only four more days till the release of King of the Tides! Pre order your copy today www.amazon/com/dp/B082RJJGFQ There are still a few more fun KoT related things to share with you prior to release day so stay tuned to the blog. I put together a playlist on Spotify while I was working on King and thought I'd share the link. Some of the songs on the list made me think of the first half of the book and I could picture them playing in the background at Adam's nightclub, Ramone's Party Cove. Others fit right into the second half which takes place in Tartarus. There are even a few that I threw in just because I like them or they happened to be on while I was writing. Feel free to check out my music inspiration for King of the Tides. You can even use it for mood music as you read the book or reenact your own dance floor scene a la Ramone's Party Cove! :)
I also have inspiration boards and book boards set up on my Pinterest account. There's even a Lost Kings of Atlantis sightings board with some yummy guy pics you don't want to miss. If you've been to any of my book parties on Facebook, you know that I'm always asking for reader help with pics for that one. *wink wink
Keep an eye out for more Tides of Atlantis excitement and if you haven't slipped into the Tides yet, there's still time to get caught up. Start with a free companion novella to Moontide, Book 1 in the Tides of Atlantis series, by signing up for the Amanda V. Shane Newsletter.
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.