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Donnerstag, 18. April 2019

Teaser #2 - Rockstar by Lauren Rowe #Rockstar

✮ ✮ ✮FIREFLIES LYRIC VIDEO REVEAL!! ✮ ✮ ✮



Throughout ROCKSTAR, Dax Morgan writes a bunch of songs, inspired by his muse, Violet Rhodes. Included in those songs is a pivotal one called FIREFLIES, brought to life by Lauren and her team of musicians. Here is a lyrics video for FIREFLIES, by 22 Goats, an original song from ROCKSTAR, releasing April 29! 


Add Rockstar to your TBR - https://bit.ly/2XUcufK



Blurb:

It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.

I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.      

But nothing went according to plan.

In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.

Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.

My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom. 

Dienstag, 16. April 2019

My RARE Paris 2019 ...its authors, their books ...and Paris #Rare19Paris



Where to start to describe an experience like RARE?


RARE Paris was once again not just a signing but it was an experience unlike any other book event I've been to up to now. Since my first RARE 2017 in Berlin, I've been to London and Rome in 2018 (and didn't even write about it ...) and it's always been amazing. I've met so many wonderful people, amazing authors, found new books and made plenty of great memories.

RARE means getting to know people while waiting in line, RARE means talking books, loving books, making friends, RARE means people holding your place in the line, carrying your heavy suitcase with your books with them to hold your place, RARE means laughter and fun and getting to 
 know people, authors and other places.
 
RARE also means that I've been to London last year in February and in Rome in June - and I loved every minute of it! And -last but not least- it means that last weekend, I spent in Paris. 


Thirty years ago, I spent a couple of months in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne and having fun. This year I got the chance not only to revisit Paris but to get to know many young and modern French romance authors at RARE. I loved to check out their books and brush up on my French along the way. But first, my husband and I explored Paris again.

Sure, some things stay the same but I must damit that I was a bit shocked by the number of security guards and soldiers with machine guns keeping watch at all the main points in order to prevent terror attacks and attacks by the yellow vests among others. The Eiffel tower is secured by a high fence and you have to pass a security checkpoint to get there. It was ...different..but well, things change, right. 

The Abbey Bookshop
Though - some things never change and I had to check out some book shops. ;) Apart from the obvious ones like Gibert jeune and Boulinier, I had to visit Shakespeare and Company in the Rue de la Bûcherie in the Latin Quarter (actually, just around the corner was also my former appartement). Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos there but if you are looking for books in English, this is definitely one of the places to go! It is an amazing, old building and it is well worth a visit!

The Abbey Bookshop
The other bookshop that I had to check out, was the Abbey Bookshop in the Rue de la Parcheminerie not far from Shakespeare and Company.  That one was also ....an experience. Very small, high piles of books, rows and rows of shelves and books. And some more books. And.... well, books.  I must admit though that I didn't buy any books in those shops but some at Bouliniers and Gibert jeune. Especially as the French books are very expensive, I was very happy when I found some books written by authors who attended RARE that weekend at a discount.



And then Saturday finally arrived and it was time to get ready for RARE!

I had brought some books and as my daughter had to cancel last minute I brought some of her books as well and ...let's just say that it was good that my suitcase had wheels....
It was still a lot to carry and wheel around but, yup, it's books so...who cares. ;)

At 10 am I arrived at the hotel where RARE was supposed to take place, to stand in line for the General Admission at 11.45 am. I was not the first one to arrive but I was lucky because my husband could drive me there. The metro/underground near the hotel was closed that day and several others had problems to get there. 
Lara Adrian
As usual I loved the atmosphere, people waiting, having fun, talking even when waiting there outside or a bit later in the hotel till we were allowed to enter. In the end we were allowed to enter a bit earlier than planned and well, I was so overwhelmed when I realized that I was really that far at the head of the line that the ticketed authors weren't ticketed yet that I missed my chance and stood there open-mouthed, not being able to decide where to go first and whose signature to get that ...well, when I started to think again, I quickly got in line for Lara Adrian. Up to now I've read one or two of her paranormal books and some of her historical romances, which were among the first ebooks that I've read. The next book on my list is one of her contemporary romances, Run to You.
First though, I had to get my copy of her Kiss of Midnight signed, the first book in the Midnight Breed Series, a paranormal romance series with lots of hot (and not so hot but rogue and villainous) vampires (all of them of the non-sparkling kind though *sorry, not sorry*).
Waiting in Lara Adrian's line, I popped over to Jennifer Armentrout's line in order to get a ticket for her line. It took a while but some other Rarettes in the line just held my place in Lara Adrian's line for me while pushing my (HEAVY) suitcase along. That's also RARE - and I love it! (A big "Thank you" again to you, girls!)
Kristen Proby
  

Unfortunately I didn't always take photos but I remembered to take a photo at Kristen Proby's table. So far I've only read Easy Love, the first book in her Boudreaux series but I really loved it and will definitely read more of her books!
Rebecca Zanetti
From her line, I went over to Rebecca Zanetti's table where I wanted to get my copy of Justice Ascending signed.  
Justice Ascending is the third book in her Scorpius Syndrome Series. I read the first book in this series a couple of week ago and went straight back to get more of those books because I just had to know what happened next and... well. At her table I also got the first book in her Deep Ops Series, a very promising sounding romantic suspense novel.
 
Ruth Cardello
After picking up some tickets for the lines of the other authors, I started to get my signature book(s, plural as I brought my daughter's as well) signed. 

The first author was one that I've met before - Ruth Cardello whose books I also really enjoy. Her contemporary romance books are highly enjoyable, well written and I've liked all that I've read up to now. Ruth Cardello is always absolutely nice and I enjoyed meeting her again.



Devney Perry
Next up was Devney Perry, whose books I first read in January, then I binge-read her Jamison Valley Series , and started on her other series. The next book in her duet, Mayen Jar Series will be out in June and I can't wait, even though at the beginning I wasn't sure whether I'd like it because it sounded far too sad. It was sad - in some parts but it was also sweet and funny and I loved it. I got my copy of The Coppersmith Farmhouse signed as well and I might have bought another book at her table as well *guiltyascharged*. 
Mariana Zapata

Of course, I couldn't miss meeting Mariana Zapata again - and I had to get my beautiful copy of the wonderful Luna and the Lie, another amazing book that I read as soon as it ot out. I've read all of Mariana's books by now and loved almost all of them. My favorites, apart from Luna, are The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Under Locke, I think. 
Oh, and don't get me started on those audiobooks, they are absolutely great! I love them!

As usual there was a rather long line at Mariana's table as well but when you talk books, the time passes rather quickly, right? 
There's always someone to talk to when you are standing in line at RARE because we all share the love for books and we all love to talk about them. 

Next on my list of who I had to meet, was Amy Plum. I brought two of my books by her to get them signed. One was the German edition of Die for me ( Von der Nacht verzaubert - translated by Ulrike Brauns) with its amazing and absolutely beautiful cover and the other one was the first part of a duet After the End

As that one ends on a cliffhanger, you should make sure that you get the second book of the duet, Until the Beginning, as well, otherwise ...well, you remember those pins and needles and the need to throw something that some people experience when a book ends on a cliffhanger? Right. Better go and get them both. I was lucky and got it at Amy's table so I left with three books instead of two. 

I really enjoyed meeting her! We both agreed that the German edition of Die for Me has the most beautiful cover! Honestly, I like the English covers but the German cover is simply beautiful, isn't it? I think it's gorgeous!





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While I'm writing this, I just learned that Notre Dame in Paris is burning. This is horrible! Apparently the middle tower has collapsed and the whole roof is in flames. Thirty years ago when I studied in Paris,this place looked just like it did last weekend when I was there. Now, nothing will ever be the same. 850 years are going up in flames. A beautiful church with all its history, destroyed, it's unbelievable...at least now they say that the structure could be saved.

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Amanda Bouchet
 Back to RARE though... As you can see, there were quite a few people around but it was fun nontheless. Due to the tickets for some of the authors, you didn't have to stand in line all the time to get there. You just had to wait till your number was called and any time afterwards you could go there. I was a bit handicapped due to the load of books and the fact that I had brought the signing books for my daughter and for me, so I always needed some time to prepare my stuff but the actual lines were okay. Nothing too bad and ususally there were always some authors who didn't have such a long line where you could just pop in and talk. I love that because that's how I found many great authors at those events. You just browse a bit and talk and get inspired. 

The next author on my list was Amanda Bouchet whose Kingmaker Chronicles have been sitting on my kindle forever now so I'll have to do something about that soon, especially as she herself was absolutely nice and great to chat with but I was told that they are absolutely great and now I'll have to read them ASAP ! 

Belinda Bornsmith
 One of the French authors was next, Belinda Bornsmith, whose first book in English, The Order of the Shadows, will be released some time this year. It's the translation of the first book of Le Chaos, the first book of her series La Confrérie des Ombres.  I fell in love with the cover of Rainbow, one of her French books and brought that to Paris to get it signed. It's still on my TBR but that's just due to a certain lack of time and I can't wait to read it. I love to read in french but my French is a bit rusty and it takes more time (and energy ;) ) than reading in English or, obviously as it's my native language, in German.







Terri E. Laine
Jennifer Armentrout
And of course, I couldn't miss seeing Terri E. Laine, whose books I adore (even though she should sell them with a pack of handkerchiefs...) and whose wit and warmth make her one of the people I always look forward to meeting again. 

After having met Jennifer Armentrout in Hamburg a while ago, I already knew that she was wonderfully kind and charming but at RARE I learned how dedicated to her work and her readers she is. Long after almost every other table was cleared and people packed up and left, there was still a long line of people and she was still signing huge piles of books. I was lucky to meet her around noon and despite the long lines and the number of people, she was so nice and welcoming, it was a real pleasure to meet her again.

Every now and then, I had to get out my folder with myspreadsheets and my floor plan to make sure that I don't miss any of the authors where I pre-ordered books or brought books with me to get them signed. Usually though, I looked it up - and forget about it the next moment because...well, there was always another author to meet, some books to browse or people to talk to. Oh, and this is (a part of) what my folder contained, because, you know, a real experienced Rarette spreadsheets the hell out of it when she starts preparing for her next RARE. You need lists of your books, spreadsheets to check whose books you've read and whose you still have left to read, a floor plan for some strategical planning and copies of each and every spreadsheet and floor plan and... It's hard work, trust me. 😉


Ilona Andrews

Okay, I didn't meet every author and didn't get all of my books signed but as Ilona Andrews (which is actually the pen name of Ilona and Andrew Gordon, a husband-and-wife-team who are writing their books together) will be signing in London as well, I'll just take my books there. 
I took this photo while I was standing in line for Suzanne Wright.  

I had pre-ordered one of her books, 
Echoes of Fire
Suzanne Wright
and wanted to get that one signed. Though I must admit that I almost gave up because the line was so long, got my book and planned to get it signed the next time I see her but I was lucky. The next time I passed by her line after having met some other authors, her lovely (Scottish - loved your accent, ladies! 💓) assistents convinced me to get in line and wait there and that there was still enough time. 

I got one of her books at my first RARE and I was hooked. I've read all of her werewolf books and I love them! And every RARE, I get one of her books signed. Somehow, I never even started to read her Vampire books but ...well, one day. They are already on my kindle, so it's just a question of time. 

It was lovely to meet Suzanne again as well and I was a bit disappointed when I realized that she wouldn't be in London in September. Fortunately, there's still Edinburgh next year, where the last, the final RARE will take place.

I met  several other authors, sometimes I even thought of taking a picture (unfortunately not always) and it was so great to meet all those authors whose books I read sometimes for the first time in preparation for RARE but were not only nice and fun and a pleasure to meet but write really really awesome books! I love to find new-to-me authors and RARE is fantastic if you want to find great books and amazing authors!


 Alana Scott was one of them, though despite her name and the
 titles of her books, she is another one of those French authors I wanted to check out in Paris.

Louisa Méonis is another one of them. I haven't read any of her books yet but the first one of her Lola books is on my kindle. She warned my though that due to her kind of humour and the jokes in her books, they might not be the best choice if I want to brush up my French because I might have problems to understand the jokes. I promised her to mail her when I have read her book and tell her about my experience.


Emma Green, another French author with an English pen name, was missing something when I wanted to take her photo - or rather....someone. 😃
The other half of Emma Green was missing!

Emma....
Oh, well - they are Emma Green 😃
Somebody had left all her things, including her mobile and her signature book at the table and we had tried to find her - and the second half of Emma Green was still looking for her.






Tamara Balliana

Nathalie Charlier


Other French authors were Tamara Balliana and Nathalie Charlier  - and many others. 


I was really happy to see so many modern French authors and I found many interesting looking books and wonderful authors, soooo... my resolutions are good - and the books are tempting. That should be a good motivation to brush up my rusty French! 😉

Wow, this is getting longer and longer and blogger is acting up, so I'll speed up a bit...

I won't be able to mention every author whose books I've read for RARE , to whom I've talked, whom I met and...so I'll just mention a few of them. 





Teri Wilson got me with titles like Unleashing Mr Darcy
How could I resist a reference to Jane Austen?

Oh, and I've read The Art of Us by her as well, so it's not just Austen and Mr. Darcy!

Julia London was sitting next to her. I turned to her books because she writes historical romance as well and I found that I really liked those but that I loved her contemporary romance books! I brought one of her historical ones to Paris to get it signed though.
Kristen Ashley
Lauren Rowe

I bought my first books by Lauren Rowe at her table in Berlin. Up to then, I hadn't heard from her or from her books but I liked her and her books sounded good and, well, the rest and so on. 😉
This year I found several new authors, Kristen Ashley was one of them. Her book The Hookup was on sale and I tried that one. I read it, went back, pre-ordered the second book in this series that will be out at the end of April (FINALLY!) , then I bought The Gamble. Since then, several other books of hers have joined them and the number is still growing...


Scarlett Cole
Scarlett Cole is one of those authors whose books I've read and reread and I love each and everyone of them!
Her romantic suspense series Love Over Duty 
and Second Circle Tattoos are amazing but I also absolutely adore her Preload Series! No matter which one you pick as your first, you simply can't go wrong!

Skye Warren is another author whose books I hadn't read till RARE. I read and enjoyed Escort but haven't read any of her (many) other books yet.

 Last but not least - Jennifer Probst, another one of those author with addictive books. I read The Marriage Bargain
and loved it. Then I found her Stay Series in KU and fell in love with Ethan and Mia in The Start of Something Good. Just a couple of days before we left for RARE, I had to order it in print because I needed to get it signed. It arrived just in time and I love it! Since then I've read the second book in the series and now I am waiting for the next... 

RARE Paris was amazing! Now I am preparing for RARE London in September. I won't be able to go to Rome a week later but I will be in Edinburgh in June 2020! I can't wait!



Once again a huge "Thank You!" to everybody who made this event special and helped making many wonderful memories!

















Donnerstag, 11. April 2019

Teaser - Rockstar by Lauren Rowe #Rockstar

 
 ✮ ✮ ✮ COMING SOON!! ✮ ✮ ✮


ROCKSTAR, 
an all-new Sexy and Emotional standalone romance by Lauren Rowe is releasing 
April 29th!

Add it to your TBR - https://bit.ly/2XUcufK




It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.

I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.      

But nothing went according to plan.

In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.

Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.

My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom.   

Sonntag, 7. April 2019

False Queen (Royal Conquest Book 2) by Nikki Jefford #FalseQueen




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 The story:


>> He gave her his loyalty. Will he give her his heart? <<

I married a murderer.

A Fae king who claimed me to punish his family.

My in-laws may be beautiful and cruel, but their cousins are far worse. The vile tyrants would bury us all with a laugh and a smile if it meant taking Liri’s kingdom from him. They refuse to accept a human as Queen of Dahlquist. They want me gone.

When things turn perilous, who does Liri turn to? “Sweet Aerith”, of course.
I love my elven sister-in-law, but I’m afraid Liri still does, too.

More than my heart is at stake. The entire kingdom is at risk of falling into treacherous hands. Our family will have to put aside our differences and band together if we want to save our realm.

My soul is another matter. When a malevolent enchantment is placed, only one thing can save me… True love.




I must admit that as much as I loved this story, sometimes it really kept me on my toes because there was so much action and so much going on and the different perspectives sometimes made it hard for me to follow where exactly I was and with whom. There were parts where it also felt a bit rushed so, well, this book feels a bit like a small whirlwind.

Apart from that, this story was as charming, unique and captivating as Stolen Princess, the first book in the series which I also loved.
I mean, this book really got everything, the loving or not so loving family, cuckoo's eggs in some ...nests..., traitors, ogres, destruction and lots of fighting as well as love, loyalty, and friendship.

All in all it's funny, entertaining while leaving you breathless.....and frustrated. A cliffhanger! And trust me, not a teeny tiny one but a pretty bad one...I'm not sure yet if I'll get over it. The next book might help though, so I can't wait to read it!


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Donnerstag, 4. April 2019

Coming Soon - Rockstar by Lauren Rowe

✮ ✮ ✮ COMING SOON!! ✮ ✮ ✮





ROCKSTAR
an all-new Sexy and Emotional standalone romance by Lauren Rowe is releasing April 29th!

Add it to your TBRhttps://bit.ly/2XUcufK

It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.

I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.      

But nothing went according to plan.

In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.

Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.

My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom.  




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Blog Tour - Realism by Evan Grace #realism



 The story:

Ordinary, typical, conformed, are words never used to describe me. I’ve never been one to play by the rules. It’s my world, my life and I do things my way.

I see the way they stare at my body covered in tattoos and my lavender hair, I just don’t give a damn. There is only one thing in this world that can get me fired up, that’s screwing with my daughter. As a single mom, it’s my job to protect her, fight for her. She is and will always be my top priority.

So, when I get a call that she’s in trouble at school, with a boy- no less, my claws are out and ready to strike. And the boy’s father, some high society stockbroker, isn’t about to deter me. I don’t care how sexy, smart and rugged he is.
Opposites may attract, and I’ve been down that road before, it’s one I never plan to travel again. A man like that would never be interested in a woman like me. That I know for certain, after all I’m a realist.




Or - how one single, innocent kiss changed it all....

 
This was the first book by Evan Grace that I read but it definitely won't be the last. When Mona and Joaquin fell in love with each other, I fell in love with them along the way. Both are amazing characters that I'd love to know in real life. Defined by their love for their wonderful children and their family, I loved the acceptance of their differences, I loved that Joaquin looked much deeper than her (beautiful) inked skin and never made her feel small or less.

No matter what happened, I was right there with them, laughing, crying, swooning, hoping and being furious. Mona is warm and funny, loving, caring, artistic and a wonderful mother and Joaquin, well, he is all that, okay, the male version of it, as well.
I loved that he didn't let people look down on her because every time people felt that she had to be inferior, that she could have no formal education just because she loved colorful hair and had tattoos, I got really really p....eeved. Yes, she is working at a tattoo parlor, she even owns a well-known tattoo parlor but that's her choice and her art, not a sign of a lack of education or whatever. Okay, okay, I'll stop here, otherwise, I'll just get mad again...

A heart-warming, wonderful book that I absolutely loved. When I finished it, I went straight back online to look for other books by Even Grace!


★★★★