Friday, January 17, 2020

Audiobook Series Blog Tour and Giveaway: Updriftt (The Mer Chronicles #1) by Errin Stevens


Author: Errin Stevens

Narrator: Sean Posvistak

Publisher: Errin Stevens

Released: Apr. 20, 2017

Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 1

Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water. Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach. Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative - or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend - you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

Narrator Bio

Sean is an aspiring game developer who's used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration. 

 Updrift, the first installment from Errin Stevens’ The Mer Chronicles series, was a different read for me. As an avid reader, I enjoy going outside my comfort zone of my normal genres and try something new. In this case, it was so worth it. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of it and loved how the narrator, Sean Posvistak, portrayed the characters. He did a great job bringing this story to life. 

Updrift gets four stars from me. I look forward to reading the second book in The Mer Chronicles to see what happens next. 

I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Errin Stevens. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.


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Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Racing the Whirlwind by January Bain

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. January Bain will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Book three in the TETRAD Group series

Alysia has spent the last ten years avoiding relationships, but the night her life implodes, she meets Nick. Now all bets are off.

Haunted by her past, Alysia’s desperate for answers. She needs Nick and the group sworn to aid those unable to go to the law for help, because TETRAD will do what law enforcement cannot or will not—believe her when she says she knows who’s after her.

My name is Nick Wheeler and I’m with TETRAD, where I use my unusual skillset to best advantage. But what I didn’t expect is to become involved with a trauma nurse, or for it to become so deadly, with the stakes rising hour by hour.

I’m Alysia Rossini. One look at Nick Wheeler and I know he’s the one to help me forget the past. But is it fair to expose him to such danger? And will I live long enough for the chance to be with him?

Read an Excerpt

She looked into the man’s face again, brushing back his wet hair to check the deep wound on his forehead that showed the white of bone. It dripped a steady stream of blood, almost black in the low light.

Who was he? The shape of his face haunted her. She was becoming more positive she knew the guy.

Then his eyes opened. Eyes that had haunted her since she was twelve years old stared back at her.

Oh. My. God. Time jerked to a punishing halt.

Not him.

Not the monster who had murdered her entire family. In cold blood. She wanted to yank the device out of his evil throat, to use it to strangle the life right out of him. Her hands froze in their self-appointed task. Her heart stuttered and her breathing grew harsh, forcing its way in strangled gasps from her horrified chest.

Was he stalking her? Was that why he’d been following so close behind her? No one would know if she just let him go into the good night, ended it right here and now. She could. She knew how. She had the means. Could anyone really blame her?

The police hadn’t believed her all those years ago—said he’d had an airtight alibi in being away at that Ivy League school his parents had sent him to, to correct his behavior, to make better use of his intellect that tested right off the charts. But Alysia had always known he’d gotten away with murder, had taken revenge on her family for perceived harm to his own—a perception that had later proven unfounded.

And now he was back. At her mercy.

They stared at each other for a timeless moment. His eyes dark pools of emptiness, he gave no quarter. The decision was hers.

The roar of the helicopter engine overhead alerted her to incoming. She still had a couple of minutes yet—they had to get to the scene from the parking lot. There was still time to let the bastard die.

The staring contest continued for a few more deadly seconds. Her hand hesitated on the tube, wanting to yank it out. Administer no aid. End it. It wouldn’t take much. Just hold her hand over his mouth and nose until all breathing ceased. His injuries would explain it.

The dilemma sliced into her brain. Pain followed. Her head felt about to explode with the acute stress. Her throat tightened. No winning on this one. Let him die—she lost. Let him live—she lost…

About the Author:
January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…


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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Duke's Refuge by Lorri Dudley


About the Book

Book:  The Duke’s Refuge
Author: Lorri Dudley
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020  

When love comes in a tempest, who knew it would wear pink?

Georgia Lennox has traded in her boyish ways for pink gowns and a coy smile to capture the eye of the Earl of Claremont. However, on the day she’s convinced the earl will propose, Georgia is shipped off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. But when she arrives on Nevis, the last thing she expects is to learn that her abrupt departure was not at her father’s bidding but that of the infuriating, yet captivating, island schoolmaster. And now her plans may well be shipwrecked.

Harrison Wells is haunted by the memories of his deceased wife and hunted by the subsequent women who aspire to be the next Duchess of Linton. Desiring anonymity, he finds sanctuary in the Leeward island of Nevis. He’s willing to sacrifice his ducal title for a schoolmaster’s life and the solace the island provides. That is until unrest finds its way to Nevis in a storm of pink chiffon—Miss Georgia Lennox.

As Georgia and Harrison’s aspirations break apart like a ship cast upon the rocks, a new love surfaces, but secrets and circumstances drag them into rough waters. Can they surrender their hearts to a love that defies their expectations?

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About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at  

More from Lorri

After being buried under the largest snowfall in Massachusetts history, I wrote The Duke’s Refuge as an escape to warmer tropical climates, and what better respite than a romantic Caribbean isle with a mysteriously missing Duke? In the process I fell in love with the beauty of Nevis, it’s rich culture, and history. My heroine Georgia lured me in the moment I realized she only wore pink. My psychology background had me digging deeper. I needed to know why. Why the obsession? What was the root behind the hurt? Why pink? How did she go from being a Tomboy to a dignified, Regency socialite? And how did she wind up in the Leeward Islands? Enter her beloved, sick father who always saw Georgia’s potential even when it was hidden under boy’s clothing and often smelled of marsh. Although, he held the best of intentions, his relocating to Nevis left Georgia with deep abandonment issues. Harrison was a completely different beast. After reading about Mudlarks who trolled the Thames River searching for treasure and even picking the pockets of dead people washed up on the shores, I knew Harrison’s would wind up caked in the Thames’s thick mud and devastated at the loss of his wife. The Leeward island became not only a reprieve from his grief but also from the women who snuck into his carriage or cornered him at parties clamoring to become the next Duchess. Oddly enough, part of the story formed when a friend of mine spoke of their family trip to visit his mother. She happened to own a parrot, and after a week of the kids yelling each other’s names, the parrot imitated their shrieking. Even long after they returned to the U.S. the bird still screeched out their names. I couldn’t resist adding a mimicking parrot to add a comical element and harass my main characters. The Duke’s Refuge is meant to be a fish-out-of-water, case-of-mistaken-identity, love triangle romance with a happily-ever-after. It demonstrates how God’s love fervently pursues us, no matter how far we run, and that sometimes, something we would never have chosen can bless us in a way we would never have expected. To learn more, check out my website at or click here to watch The Duke’s Refuge’s book trailer:

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To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


The Duke’s Refuge is the first installment from Lorri Dudley’s debut series, The Leeward Islands. I have to admit that the main reason I wanted to read this book was because of the beautiful cover. After opening to the first few pages, I realize that the cover is not the only beautiful part of the book. I absolutely adored this story from start to finish. I loved Georgia instantly and love the chemistry between her and Harrison. It was great to watch how they grew throughout the book. I was not able to predict what was going to happen next which kept me wanting to turn the pages continually.

I am giving The Duke’s Refuge a very well deserved five plus stars. I would have given it one hundred if I could have. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy an inspiring historical romance. I look forward to the next addition from The Leeward Islands series.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: DawnKing by Janalyn Voigt

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

(Tales of Faeraven #4)
By Janalyn Voigt
Fantasy, Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages
February 1st 2020 by Pelican Book Group

A prince marked for death, a princess without a kingdom, and a world at war.

Unlikely travelers band together to accomplish the impossible—bring peace to their kingdom. But traitorous forces are at work, and a treacherous hand is destroying everything they accomplish.
Honor and soul-searching bring the travelers to hidden truth, and when a sacrifice is made, the broken-hearted band of misfits must cleanse the evil from their midst to free their world...or lose everything.

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[Mara, daughter of the high king of Faeraven, is forced to travel in the company of Rand, a protector she isn’t certain she should trust, and certainly not with her heart. At a crossroads, the two argue over which way to turn.]
On impulse, she pushed through the weilo’s trailing branches into the shade beneath the tree. In its privacy, she dried her cheeks on her sleeve before pushing aside the screening leaves to look out at him. “I prefer to wait here.” 
Rand opened his mouth but shut it again. "Suit yourself." He stomped off toward the river, the wingabeast following him with graceful steps. 
Mara let the leaves fall back into place. The green shade beneath the tree embraced her. A flaemling landed on a branch above her and flicked its red feathers. The bird opened its throat and voiced an aching lament that resounded deep within her. Her father might be dead or dying. If he passed into the Land Beyond, her life would change forever. How could she disappoint the hope he’d placed in her? She would have to ascend to the high throne of Faeraven. 
Mara peered out from the screen of leaves. The lonely road ran straight then disappeared around a bend. That it might curve back around the right direction seemed possible. Rand should be more reasonable. If he was wrong about the fork he wanted to follow, they would lose time retracing their footsteps. They really should make sure the main road didn’t bend northward before taking that derelict track. She left her hiding place and stepped onto the road. Her feet made little sound as she hurried along. Fading sunlight slanted through the trees that lined the road, casting long shadows. She went around the bend and stopped, undecided. The road curved westward just ahead. If she didn’t start back, Rand might return and find her gone. She didn’t want to worry him, but how could she give up without going just a little farther? And yet… 
Something felt wrong. 
A grove of strongwoods lifted twisted branches against the deepening sky. The trees bordered a meadow thick with undergrowth. Anything could be hiding in there. 
She should go back. Curiosity lured her onward. The bend wasn't far. She started forward, darting glances into the shadows. The sensation of someone watching crawled over her skin. Mara’s steps slowed. She should persuade Rand to come back with her. 
Movement flickered at the edge of her vision.

About the Author

Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.

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One winner will receive a Tales of Faeraven bookmark and a $15 Amazon Gift Card (US only)
Ends January 29, 2020

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