Cover Reveal: All I Want for Christmas: A Contemporary Romance Holiday Collection

Title: All I Want for Christmas: A Contemporary Romance Holiday Collection

Author: S.L. Sterling

Release: September 10, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance Holiday

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58254439-all-i-want-for-christmas

Cover Design: Thunderstruck Cover Design

PreOrder Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096B86RD8

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B096B86RD8

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B096B86RD8

Blurb:

From USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling comes this collection of slow-burn holiday romances guaranteed to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night.

Included in the Collection is On A Silent Night, Back to You this Christmas and Fireside Love.

On A Silent Night:

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…

Brody:

Five years ago, I lost my best friend. The last words he ever spoke to me were a plea to look out for his wife. I never meant to fall in love with her. I even ran from my feelings. Not that it did any good. Three years later, I still can’t get her out of my mind. Now, I’m going to try to win her back.

Hopefully, I’m not on Santa’s naughty list because it will take a Christmas miracle to win her back.

Cass:

After Jackson died, I didn’t expect to find love again. Still, things with Brody just felt… right. Which made it that much more confusing when he left with no explanation. Since then, I’ve worked on rebuilding my life. I started fresh in a new town, and even have a new man in my life. All of which complicates things when Brody shows up in search of a second chance.

Hang the mistletoe and string the lights, he’s going to need more than a jolly ole elf for me to consider re-gifting him my heart.

Back to You this Christmas:

Bah-humbug!

This Christmas, all I wanted was to wallow in self-pity until the woman I thought was the love of my life could explain why she left me at the altar. Instead, my buddy, Zach forced holiday merriment on me. I thought it was going to be a tinsel-laced nightmare… until his sister, Alexa, showed up. Turns out, she grew up into a gorgeous present I was insanely tempted to unwrap. Lucky for me, she shared my desire to meet under the metaphorical mistletoe… and let things heat up from there.

For the first time in months, Laura, my ex, wasn’t haunting my thoughts like the Ghost of Christmas Past. Which, of course, is exactly why she had to pick that moment to call and say she wanted to talk. I could only hope St. Nick had a playbook in his sleigh because things were about to get complicated.

Fireside Love:

Kristy

I hated my job. I had no social life.

Somehow I had become so predictable after my last relationship ended, that the cashier at the local food mart already had my favorite wine bagged and waiting for me behind the counter when I walked in on Friday afternoon.

I needed to get away, from everything.

So when my best friend, Addie, called up and offered me a FREE weekend getaway, how could I say no.

Promises of a quiet weekend with a good book, warm fires, and flannel pajamas? Yes, please!

Austin

It had been eighteen months.

Eighteen months, since I had lost my wife in a car accident and learned that our marriage had been nothing but one big lie.

I’d done nothing but work and mope around my sister’s house, so when she told me to take her cabin for the weekend. Time alone, surrounded by nature and the fresh cold mountain air was exactly what I’d been needing.

However, my plans of being alone in the wilderness quickly vanished when I walked through the doors of the cabin and found my sister’s best friend drunk and half-naked on the floor of the very same cabin.

I’d hidden my crush on her for years. Perhaps, not well enough. After all, Addie must have set this up.

The weekend was about to get a lot more interesting.

Author Bio:

S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her the push she needed to put pen to paper and her debut novel “It Was Always You” was born.

When S.L. Sterling isn’t writing or plotting her next novel she can be found curled up with a cup of coffee, blanket and the newest romance novel from one of her favorite authors on her e-reader. Her favorite authors include Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Alessandra Torre and Willow Winters.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, sunny destinations, spending quality time with family and friends and of course reading. 

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Review: Book: Banshee Song- Jen Katemi

Title: Banshee Song

Series: Blood Fae Chronicles #2

Author’s Name: Jen Katemi

Publisher: Flourish Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 204 Pages

ISBN: 978-0648404569

Author or Book Website: Jen Katemi – USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance books

Link to Amazon purchase page: Banshee Song: A Steamy Paranormal Romance (Blood Fae Chronicles): Katemi, Jen, Kaye, Rainy: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Banshee Song (Blood Fae Chronicles #2) by Jen Katemi | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Her banshee song is her weapon… will it be enough to save those she loves?

My voice is my gift and my weapon.
As a banshee, I carry the song of life and death within me.

Now, crazed, magical beasts want my blood, and my true fae name, or so he says.
A warrior from Faerie’s Winter Court has come to protect me from this supposed supernatural threat.

The sexy fae won’t relent, says his heart is frozen. No chance.
With every kiss, heat rises and ice melts, and I forget everything, but fire and desire.

But now, I need that winter warrior’s protection more than anything.
With no training, no allies, and nowhere to go, I’m on my own.

My voice isn’t enough to protect myself or the ones I love.
They’re about to drain me of my blood, my life.

And I have nothing to save me, but my love.
My warrior.
Is it too late, for us both?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have to say I love the name of the characters Indigo or Indie is a very cool character. She thinks her life is boring. She spends her time singing on stage. Her world is turned upside down when a “Protector” comes from the Winter Court of the Fae. She has people out for her blood. She does not just jump in with both feet, but the book does get a little steamy. It was a fun read. It makes we want to see what the other two books in the series will be like.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Banshee Cry- Jen Katemi

Title: Banshee Cry

Series: Blood Fae Chronicles Book 1

Author’s Name: Jen Katemi

Publisher:  Flourish Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 200 Pages

ISBN: 978-0648404545

Author or Book Website: Jen Katemi – USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance books

Link to Amazon purchase page: Banshee Cry: A Steamy Paranormal Vampire Romance (Blood Fae Chronicles): Katemi, Jen, Kaye, Rainy: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Banshee Cry (Blood Fae Chronicles #1) by Jen Katemi | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

This banshee will do anything to save those she loves. Even climb into bed with her enemy.

Worthless. Useless. Helpless. That’s how I feel.
A banshee without a voice.
Well, half banshee and half human, and my human side failed my father,
Got him killed.

But that was a long time ago…

Now, there’s a sexy vamp on my doorstep wanting me, needing me.
He’s the hottest being I’ve ever laid eyes on.
His blood sings to mine, in ways I can’t explain, and in ways, I am determined to uncover.

But with my past, my fear, my pain,
I want to stake him–right through his cold, undead heart.

If we don’t team up, everything I know and love will be gone,
Just like before.

This time, I will do anything to be heard,
With or without that banshee cry.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read a few books before this one that had Banshees but this is the first to who did not have the voice to cry. That made the story unique from the get go. The fast that Aleah is only half banshee and half human make this interesting. That is when a vampire comes to her for help to get rouge vampires. There was some things a little off when Luc almost drains her once she has gone to sleep. The details in the story are vivid, but the pace of the book was a little off for me.

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: Broken Like Me- Kaitie Howie

Title: Broken Like Me

Series:

Author’s Name: Kaitie Howie

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 978-1087960807

Author or Book Website: Kaitie Howie

Link to Amazon purchase page: Broken Like Me: Howie, Kaitie: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Broken Like Me by Kaitie Howie | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Rose is hiding—from her past, from her own mind, from the world she knows promises no happy endings as she works to make a better life for her newborn daughter. Josh is trying—to make ends meet, to protect his only family from the fears that haunt them both, to keep the darkness from winning while he makes his way through the hurdles life keeps coming.

When Rose and her daughter move into the building Josh and his best friends live in, it becomes clear they’re meant to be a part of each other’s lives—trauma knows trauma, and weary hearts and broken souls grow together. But beyond their newfound friendship, the universe has more in store for Rose and Josh, from falling in love and the baby’s first words to a horrifying court trial.

And when their pasts come back to haunt them, each other is all they have while they face their darkest fears.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not ready for this book. It put you in the thick of things quickly and wraps around you not wanting to let you go. It had me in my feelings from the very beginning. Rose has been through a lot and she is doing the best she can to get away from from a difficult past and having a new baby does not make things any easier. When she moves she meets Josh who has a rough past as well. Josh and his friends become like family for Rose and Scarlett. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Wolves of Adalore- Morgan Gauthier

Title: Wolves of Adalore

Series: Mark of the Hunter Trilogy Book 1

Author’s Name: Morgan Gauthier

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 269 Pages

ISBN: 978-1736828205

Author or Book Website: Morgan Gauthier

Link to Amazon purchase page: Wolves of Adalore (Mark of the Hunter): Gauthier, Morgan: Amazon.com: Books

Link to Goodreads: Wolves of Adalore (Mark of the Hunter Book 1) by Morgan Gauthier | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Niabi killed for it once and is prepared to kill again.

Crispin wants it and is determined to have his revenge.

Salome wants nothing to do with it, but has to fight for it.

After years of people insisting she must be cursed due to her discolored left eye, Salome starts to believe they might be right. But when Harbona the Seer unexpectedly visits her, he reveals not only has the Year of the Hunter begun, but Salome’s distorted eye is in actuality the Mark of the Hunter, and she is charged to avenge the blood of the innocent.

With the Immortal Seer, their axe-wielding guardian, and a dangerous bounty hunter known as the Wanderer in their company, Salome and her brother, Crispin, embark on a journey to defeat their sister and reclaim the White Throne. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I enjoy when an adult goes beyond the story. There is a map at the beginning of the book. I found myself when a place was mentioned that I would go to see where it was on the map. It added to the experience of reading the book. This book moved at a pace I enjoyed. The book is told from several points of view. The details and description was amazing. The characters were witty, bold and determined. It makes me wonder how the rest of the trilogy is going to go. I am excited for the journey to continue.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Ninja Girl Adventures- M. G. Wilson/Phil Elmore

Title: Ninja Girl Adventures

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: M. G. Wilson/Phil Elmore

Publisher:  Networlding Publishing, Inc.

Genre: YA

Page Count: 328 Pages

ISBN:  978-1944027735

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Ninja Girl Adventures: Wilson, Melissa, Elmore, Phil: Books

Link to Goodreads: Ninja Girl Adventures by Melissa Wilson | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Sister Power at It’s Best

Moira Mackenzie is just 14 years old. Her sister Mindy is 15, and their younger sister Marci is 9. The girls have lived their lives until now believing their father, Scottish billionaire Stephen Mackenzie, is simply a businessman whose KogaTech Consolidated (KTC) is the world’s most successful technology company. Their father was married to a Japanese woman, Kameko, whom the girls are told died in a car accident.

The girls’ idyllic existence in New York, where KTC headquarters is located, is shattered when their father disappears. He is legally declared dead by their Uncle Jiro Akiyama, Kameko’s brother. Uncle Jiro wants to possess the company for himself. What he doesn’t know is that Stephen Mackenzie changed his will so that Moira inherits the entire corporation.

An overwhelmed Moira must contend with the unraveling of her family. She has the help of Morton Gerardi, Stephen Mackenzie’s best friend, but he’s not the girls’ father and there’s only so much he can do. While Mindy rebels and Marci, a child genius, disappears deeper into her computer, Moira is further frightened by an intruder who invades the girl’s Manhattan apartment. Not long after this, Moira is visited by Uncle Jiro himself, who offers to provide for the girls financially as long as Moira signs the company over to him.

Moira considers giving in but doesn’t. Suddenly, out of nowhere, black-clad figures, who can only be the mythical ancient ninja of feudal Japan, attack the Mackenzie sisters. The girls are saved by an elderly Asian woman who heads a ninja clan of her own. That woman removes her face mask to reveal that she is Aiko Akiyama, the girls’ grandmother. Moira immediately has many questions. Why has Aiko only now revealed herself?

Aiko explains that Kameko, as Aiko before her, was a member of a Koga ninja clan of Kunoichi — a female ninja. Aiko was forced to fake her own death because of Jiro’s ambitions. She vows to teach Moira to become a ninja warrior and fulfill her family destiny. As Moira beings to learn the ways of the ninja, Aiko’s Yoda-like lessons give her greater self-confidence as well as physical martial arts skills. She passes these lessons to her sisters… but there’s more. Legends claim the ninja were shape-changing tengu, forest spirits with magical powers. Aiko reveals that these stories are true. If Moira wishes, she can learn these mystical abilities. Jiro himself can become a wolf and other ferocious beasts. Moira can learn these same skills, just as Aiko has.

As Moira trains and learns more about herself, she helps her sisters to grow more confident and more disciplined as well. Soon, Mindy is using her gymnastics skills to have ninja-style adventures of her own, as genius Marci helps both of her sisters using her knowledge of computers.

As they grow in their abilities, the girls uncover a plot by Uncle Jiro to misuse “sleep learning” technology developed by KTC. This is why Jiro wants the company. He believes the technology can be used to control minds, ultimately giving him control over the city — and perhaps, one day, even more than that. As the girls use their new abilities to chase down clues that point them to Jiro’s sinister ambitions, Jiro grows tired of holding back. He instructs his ninja to kidnap Mindy and Marci. He then tells Moira she has no choice but to sign KTC over to him if she ever wants to see her sisters again.

To get her sisters back, Moira will have to face her greatest fears. With only partial training, she must conquer her own doubts and apply the lessons of empowerment and confidence that Aiko has given her. The story climaxes in a battle between the two rival ninja clans wherein Moira must first save her sisters and then defeat Jiro himself. The fate of New York City hangs in the balance, as does the fate of Moira’s family and of her father’s company. 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is one of those stories just by the description you know is going to be a wild ride. I was impressed at how strong Moira was and how she handled herself in the grand scheme of things. She gains confidence and skills to keep her and her sisters safe. She is training to be a ninja even as her uncle is trying to take the company her father build after he disappears. It would be a lot of anyone that young to deal with. There were moments that had my heart racing that I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn- Vakasha Brenman/Alfonso Colasuonno

Title: The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Vaskasha Brenmen/ Alfonso Colauonno

Publisher: O-Books

Genre: Legends and Mythology

Page Count: 144 Pages

ISBN: 978-1789042535

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn: A Unique Anthology of Esoteric Knowledge, Myths and Legends: Brenman, Vakasha, Colasuonno, Alfonso: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn: A Unique Anthology of Esoteric Knowledge, Myths and Legends by Vakasha Brenman | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Book of the Magical Mythical Unicorn is an anthology of esoteric knowledge, myths, and legends about the most magical of beasts: the mythical unicorn. Utilizing a global lens, the authors delve into the critical importance of the timeless unicorn across multiple cultures and spiritual traditions to display the transformative energy of the creature and its larger effect on humanity’s consciousness. No other mythological creature is enjoying as rapid an ascent into the public eye and consciousness as the magical unicorn. The unicorn is now a fixture in contemporary pop culture. People young and old are captivated by the magical legends and mythology of the unicorn. This book explores a diverse assortment of tales about the unicorn, ranging from its presence in the Garden of Eden, its foretelling of the births of Confucius and the Buddha, its protection of India from the wrath of Genghis Khan’s army, and its depiction within heraldry, including in the Scottish and British thrones. It features in-depth sections on the use of the unicorn’s horn for detecting poisons and healing, the horn’s connection to the opening of the third eye, and the unicorn’s depictions in ancient Sumeria, Egypt, and many other early civilizations.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have always had my own thoughts about the unicorn, but not on this scale of what I found within the pages of this book. I actually learned a lot of things I would not have found on my own. I knew that it was a fixture in Europe I did not know that it extended to a global presence. I like when books read teach something I did not know before. It took me back to some of the stories and movies that I enjoyed in my younger years. Worth the read.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Malice- Heather Walter

Title: Malice

Series: Malice Duology

Author’s Name: Heather Walter

Publisher: Del Rey

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 469 Pages

ISBN: ‎ 978-1984818652

Author or Book Website: https://heatherrwalter.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Malice: A Novel (9781984818652): Walter, Heather: Books

Link to Goodreads: Malice (Malice Duology #1) by Heather Walter | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again.

Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Once I started this book I could not put it down. It is a world that was so well put together that I almost believe that if I looked hard enough I could find it. I do have to say the book did start a little slow passed. It did pick up and move at a bit of an intense pace after that. I like the characters Aurora and Alyce. I am not going to tell the ending but it was a bit much and I am wondering who it will all get wrapped up in book two since that will be the last one. I did want to see what else I can find by this author I love the writing style and pictures I saw in my mind while reading.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

I Know I Have Been MIA

I know life just kind of happens. I have not posted anything in over a month. I am not even sure what to say. There was so much going on with me personally that it kept me away from a lot of creative moments in my life. I am not sure if it was anxiety or depression, but it happen me in a dark place for a bit. The only writing I have been doing is writing in my journal everyday. When I sat down at my desk today I was like wow I have not even looked at my blog in while.

It made me feel like I had abandoned my reader and reviewer voice. It made me feel terrible. I am going to get back to this as soon as I can. I have to pull all my stuff out and see just how far I am behind. Thank you all for stick with me as I dealt with all of this. I will do my best to keep you all better updated on me and my current state of mind.

Checking in!!!

I know that I have not posted in awhile. I have a lot going on my life that has been keeping me way from the laptop. It seems the universe has a way of keeping things up in the air. My husband has been laid off and I am still having trouble finding work. The world around us has changed in some ways, but remained the same in others. I keep getting the same line from people and it makes things hard. You all know the phrase that I am taking. “You are over-qualified for this position. I have heard it a lot. I have two associates in business and an accounting certificate.

He and I are working on our options and trying to get back to a good play. I wish blogging paid. I know it does for some but I have not found a way for it to work for me. That does not change why I am a blogger. No I will continue to do what I love when it come to sharing my option of books and the stories they take me on.

D.