2018 LIFT for Autism Auction

LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27

Enter the $50 Gift Card GIVEAWAY celebrating LIFT!

Every April it’s amazing to see the romance reading community rally around families living with Autism. A few years ago, authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan launched LIFT 4 Autism, the charitable initiative raising funds for ASD families during Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

With 1 in every 68 children diagnosed, Autism is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. Many of the therapies and services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It can be an expensive and difficult diagnosis to navigate.This year’s charitable partner, Kulture City, does incredible things for ASD families. Discover more about their programs at kulturecity.org.

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

1. Online Auction featuring many of your favorite romance authors!
Browse all the amazing items up for bid here:
bit.ly/LIFT2018Bid (Must register to bid)

The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28.

Find the full Donor list here:
lift4autism.com

If you would like to donate book-ish items for auction, sign up here: http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Auction

If you want to donate gift cards to the auction, please consider donating the amount of the gift card here instead. Thank you!

2. Make a financial donation to Kulture City through the LIFT Campaign.
DONATE: http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Give

3. Buy LIFT Wear (T-shirts, totes, mugs, etc…) All proceeds to Kulture City.
http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Tee

Contact us at liftauction@gmail.com with questions.

Don’t miss a thing!

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*Join the LIFT Facebook group:
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*Follow us on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lift4autism/

*Follow us on Twitter:
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This Book Touched My Soul (Seriously)

Marriage of Inconvenience

 

Knitting in the City Series book 7 by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

 

I received a free copy of this book because I’m a lucky woman. This book touched my heart and I had to share it with you. This book is a standalone novel, technically, but it is the final book in a series with a lot of characters, so it’s best read in order.

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Kat Turner and Dan O’Malley have been giving each other the eye for a while now. When Kat finds herself in a jam, she turns to Dan the Security Man (see what I did there with rhyming?). Dan has kept his eye on Kat for a while, so he’s happy to help, even if helping means marrying.

I love this book. I love it so much for so many reasons it’s difficult to elucidate them all. The most immediately obvious thing I love about this book is Dan & Kat. I love them as individuals but together they are magic. They have great chemistry and make an ideal partnership.

More generally, this book is very dynamic. It moves along at a great pace. There is not a lot of angst, so if you’re into love triangles or over-the-top drama, you’re out of luck. There’s a bit of intrigue in this novel, kind of like the first book in the series, which drives the plot along in interesting ways. And like all of Penny Reid’s books, there is a great sense of character development.

One of the most powerful ways Kat and Dan grow over the course of the book is in regards to Kat’s past and family. I don’t want to give away anything, but Kat’s story resonated with me on a very deep and personal level. Her fears and insecurities are ones I have experienced first-hand and reading her story meant so much to me. To read about someone who has gone through some of the same things I’ve gone through makes me feel less alone. Not to put too fine a point on it, but immediately after finishing the book, I sent Penny a message because I couldn’t NOT share how much I felt for this book. And Penny, being a wonderful person, was kind enough to message me back and share a little bit more about this story. It’s well-worth the read.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)

Yes.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try the Geek Tycoon by Vicki Lewis Thompson. It has a little bit of corporate espionage and there isn’t a lot of drama. It is also the first book in a series, so it’s very accessible.

A Twist of Wyrd Excerpt

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A Twist Of Wyrd
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They say a person’s wyrd – their destiny – is carved into Yggdrasil’s branches long before they are born.
The Norns have a plan for everyone and mere mortals aren’t meant to stray.
But three hundred years after Odin’s gates between the Nine Worlds malfunctioned, Outlanders left behind on Midgard have forgotten their wyrd and have integrated into society so thoroughly that few humans are even aware of their existence.
PI Bryn Ullman spends her days using her unique gift of retrocognition to assist the local police force in solving otherwise impossible crimes. Her nights are spent alone in hiding, very literally, from the shadows themselves and from those who want her to fulfil her birthright.
Trygg Mackenzie, berserker in hiding from Odin and the eternal servitude that he owes, buries his secrets behind the calm facade of a security professional, working for the mob.
But he’s just one stressor away from losing it all to the monster inside him.
When a murder investigation thrusts Bryn into his life, Trygg is more than willing to risk exposure and even his life in order to protect the courageous beauty who sets his blood on fire, but the one thing she values the most – the truth – might be more than he’s willing to offer.
As mob secrets and unknown factions threaten their work and their lives, will giving in to their passion be their undoing or their salvation?
On the path of fate and destiny, it’ll take A Twist of Wyrd to save them both.

 

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Living in a small village was peaceful–for the bedraggled Mr. and Mrs. Friel, parents of eight children. For their daughter PJ, the village of Gnadenhutten was a study in boredom. Her only excitement was found in skulking around the old graveyard at midnight with her friends and badgering the librarians at the local library. When told she wasn’t allowed to read adult romance (at the age of twelve), PJ decided to use the mail-order library instead.
Sirena the Sea Siren sailed into her life (courtesy of Fern Michaels) and a respect for bold, gutsy women was born.
When PJ isn’t terrorizing the highways of Ohio in her red, mid-life crisis, sports car or crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets, she’s writing about sword-wielding, ass-kicking, wilful, sometimes wanton women and the men who are strong enough to love them.  
Her hobbies include reading and creating artwork that reflects the juxtaposition of sensuality and strength in women.  
She is currently single and lives with her son, who thinks he’s the boss of her.
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BOOK REVIEW

A Twist of Wyrd by PJ Friel

Paranormal Romance

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can see for yourself how honest I was…

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Bryn Ullman can take care of herself. She’s trained to deal with anything that may come her way, man or beast. But she can’t help but still be afraid of the dark. After all, she knows better than anyone who lurks in the shadows. When she meets Trygg Mackenzie she’s attracted to him despite who he is and who he works for. But as they work together to figure out why people are dying, they’ll have to decide if what they have goes deeper than just attraction.

This is an action packed book and I love the suspense aspect of it. Not really knowing everyone’s motivations made it a quick read, although the ending wasn’t a surprise for me. I also enjoyed the touch of myth involved with the book, especially in regards to berserkers, wyrd, and Odin. I’m not especially knowledgeable about Norse myth, but I enjoyed the references.

There are parts of the book that didn’t read as smoothly to me as I’d wish. I don’t mean that PJ Friel is a bad writer. On the contrary, her dialogue and characters are well written. Rather, it’s that sometimes the characters’ reactions to events seemed odd. It caused me to pause and think about it, rather than continuing to read the book and be engrossed in this new world.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

I don’t think I’d pay $4 for this book, but it is a part of Kindle Unlimited and I’d definitely recommend reading it through the KU program. If you really like paranormal romance that’s based off of myths, then you should recommend it to your library for purchase. It’s a great way to read the book for free and it benefits your entire community!

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Still, which is a brand new book out by Camilla Monk. It takes on some of the ancient myths, but with less sex and more humor.

New Release: A Twist of Wyrd

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A Twist Of Wyrd
(The Ways of Wyrd #1)
by Author PJ Friel



They say a person’s wyrd – their destiny – is carved into Yggdrasil’s branches long before they are born.
The Norns have a plan for everyone and mere mortals aren’t meant to stray.
But three hundred years after Odin’s gates between the Nine Worlds malfunctioned, Outlanders left behind on Midgard have forgotten their wyrd and have integrated into society so thoroughly that few humans are even aware of their existence.
PI Bryn Ullman spends her days using her unique gift of retrocognition to assist the local police force in solving otherwise impossible crimes. Her nights are spent alone in hiding, very literally, from the shadows themselves and from those who want her to fulfil her birthright.
Trygg Mackenzie, berserker in hiding from Odin and the eternal servitude that he owes, buries his secrets behind the calm facade of a security professional, working for the mob.
But he’s just one stressor away from losing it all to the monster inside him.
When a murder investigation thrusts Bryn into his life, Trygg is more than willing to risk exposure and even his life in order to protect the courageous beauty who sets his blood on fire, but the one thing she values the most – the truth – might be more than he’s willing to offer.
As mob secrets and unknown factions threaten their work and their lives, will giving in to their passion be their undoing or their salvation?
On the path of fate and destiny, it’ll take A Twist of Wyrd to save them both.

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MEET THE AUTHOR
Living in a small village was peaceful–for the bedraggled Mr. and Mrs. Friel, parents of eight children. For their daughter PJ, the village of Gnadenhutten was a study in boredom. Her only excitement was found in skulking around the old graveyard at midnight with her friends and badgering the librarians at the local library. When told she wasn’t allowed to read adult romance (at the age of twelve), PJ decided to use the mail-order library instead.
Sirena the Sea Siren sailed into her life (courtesy of Fern Michaels) and a respect for bold, gutsy women was born.
When PJ isn’t terrorizing the highways of Ohio in her red, mid-life crisis, sports car or crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets, she’s writing about sword-wielding, ass-kicking, wilful, sometimes wanton women and the men who are strong enough to love them.  
Her hobbies include reading and creating artwork that reflects the juxtaposition of sensuality and strength in women.  
She is currently single and lives with her son, who thinks he’s the boss of her.
CONNECT WITH PJ

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New By Penny Reid! Marriage of Inconvenience

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Marriage of Inconvenience, an all new romantic comedy standalone in the USA Today bestselling, Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.

Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.

Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?

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Read Today!

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Connect with Penny:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PennyReidWriter/

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Twitter: @ReidRomance

Newsletter: http://pennyreid.ninja/newsletter/

www.pennyreid.ninja

 

McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Luck (Book 8)

 

I received a free copy of this book. This book is slightly different from the rest of the series and I wanted to provide an honest review.

A Cowboy's Luck

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sEx)

Quick & Dirty summary: Michael Murphy knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. Whether it’s being co-owner of the Guzzling Grizzly or asking Roxanne Sawyer out on a date. Roxanne can’t deny that Michael is one attractive man, but she’s not entirely sure he’s relationship material. Will Roxanne let her fears derail any future she may have with Roxanne?

We return to Eagle’s Nest to discover the woman Michael Murphy is interested in and it’s no surprise she’s a talented artist. One of my favorite things about this book is that it seems like a story of the person next door to you. A boy and a girl meet. They have chemistry, but what do they do with that chemistry?

This novel is definitely steamier than the other books in the series. If you’ve been reading the series then I think this book will come as a surprise—a good surprise. I love Michael and while I thought Roxanne was a little wishy-washy, I also found her to be honest and sweet. This is the perfect book, heck this is a perfect series, for a low drama, heart-felt, feel good romance.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes, especially if you want a steamy, feel-good read. It’s less than a dollar so you really can’t go wrong there.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you like things even steamier, try a book by Alexa Riley. This is erotic, insta-love where there is very little drama and a whole lot of romance. You can find a selection of Alexa Riley books that I’ve read and my thoughts on them here.