Review- No Holly for Christmas

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After being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever truly loved, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA’s office, he steps into the middle of a politically sensitive murder case where he crosses paths with a beautiful ex-socialite-turned-social-worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter.

 

Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at Walmart, Holly is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst isn’t due to her husband’s untimely death the previous December 25th, but to a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. To make matters worse, she unwittingly stumbles into the throes of Brian’s case and the manhunt for a killer who now has his sights set on her.

 

His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.

Review- Not your typical holiday romance with murder on the menu. But you also have the great romance with DA Brian  and Holly.  Brian who has his own problems is a great hero when Holly and her family needs him . A perfect romance at any time – but perfect for at Christmas time.

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Note: During the tour, the book will be on sale for only $0.99.

 

Scott gave a quick thought to the repercussions of what he’d gotten himself involved in. Disbarment. Prison. But he wasn’t worried. He knew that if it came to that, he could make a deal, tell everything he knew in exchange for leniency, or better yet, immunity. After all, Holland was the one the DA was after. What Scott needed to do now was to keep focused on the cushy life that lay ahead if he succeeded in thwarting the DA’s case against Holland. As one of Holland’s company lawyers, he’d be ensured a lifetime of fine food and wine, travel, box seats to every SEC game, and women—lots of women. All he had to do was keep a murderer out of prison. Not that being required to do so worried or even surprised him. He didn’t possess even half the raw talent or basic instinct for the law as the majority of his colleagues, whose coattails he’d been riding right up until the moment fate shook him off. Hadn’t a part of him always known that sooner or later claiming his fortune would come down to something like this?

Yes, for Scott, a dance with the devil had been inevitable

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. After twenty-five years of residing below the Mason-Dixon line, she now calls the chaparral of Southern Utah her home, where she lives with her husband, the one daughter who has yet to flee the nest, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you’ve ever seen.

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ARC Review * Frost – Bitten

The newest Book from Lori King is out Tuesday -10/17 . Here’s my early review of this book-

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FROST-BITTEN by Lori King

Dr. Quinn Jameson has secured his future by immersing himself in his career, but no amount of money in the world can ease his loneliness. Polar bear shifters aren’t pack creatures, but his soul craves more out of life. When a feisty, female tiger shifter begs him for help, he’s unable to resist and finds himself embroiled in a dangerous situation.

Aubrey Celine is in a bad spot. Pregnant and on the run, she’s out of options until she wakes up in the hospital under the care of a delicious-looking Doctor. Can she trust another man after what her ex has put her through? Or has her heart frozen solid?

In the midst of an epic blizzard, these two strangers must rely on each other to stay alive, but every time they’re alone, the heat between them could melt the ice caps. How far will they go to avoid getting frost bite?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075RWG8WT
B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frost-bitten-lori-king/1127129185
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/frost-bitten/id1287252177
KOBO https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/frost-bitten-1

 

My ARC  review – Dr. Quinn Jameson is a great doctor and a Polar Bear shifter working at a human hospital . But he’s lonely looking for more when he meets Aubrey a pregnant tiger shifter. Aubrey is heavy pregnant and running away from a lion alpha who wants her baby. But Quinn knows she’s his and must save her -even if that means going home with her and battling the lion pride. This book is an exciting read with great characters and a new tales of mates and shifters. Love how protective Quinn and his Den to Aubrey and her new little ones. Put this on the buy list for Tuesday.   Lisa

 

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“All set. Your friend is currently searching the neighborhood for his runaway fiancée; he believes you went AWOL, against medical advice,” he explained as he started the ignition. “Stay down a little longer if you don’t want to be spotted.”

Aubrey did as she was told, hunching down on the buttery-soft bench seat with only the car’s luxurious interior and one delicious-smelling man to look at. Trapped in this enclosed space with Dr. Jameson, she became keenly aware of her body’s attraction to him. Damn hormones.

“It’s normal,” he murmured.

“I’m sorry?”

“The arousal. It’s normal during pregnancy. Your hormones are a bit chaotic.” He glanced over at her, and Aubrey felt her face heat up. “I just didn’t want you to be embarrassed about it.”

“Well, you majorly failed at that, Doc,” she grumbled.

“My name is Quinn. Considering I just helped you escape a dastardly villain, I think we should be on first name terms.” Several more minutes passed before he spoke again.

“We just crossed the river, so you should be okay to sit up now,” he instructed, turning the car off the main road.

“Where are we going?” Aubrey struggled to get her bearings in an unfamiliar part of the city.

“My house.” He looked her way again and shifted the gears flawlessly. “Unless you have another destination in mind?”

“I didn’t have any destination in mind. I just had to get out. Honestly, I didn’t even pause to consider the risk of leaving when I saw my opening. I just ran,” her voice cracked, and she swallowed the lump in her throat. She had no idea where the out of character streak of fearlessness had come from. Alex had been threatening her the entire time he’d held her captive, and until the moment she’d noticed the lock wasn’t secured, she’d never even seriously considered making an escape attempt.

“I know who you’re running from, but what I don’t understand is why? What did this guy, Alex, do to you?”

“He kidnapped me.”

ARC Review * Beauty and the Gargoyle

ARC Review  for Book #2 of Beauty and the Gargoyle –

 

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During the last attack on him and his brothers, Rafael Mansovich was turned into a monster. His face and upper body are badly scarred, and the PTSD of the attack has left him trembling at the idea of being frozen in his Gargoyle form every day. But he has no choice because as soon as the sun rises in the morning, he is transformed into a real, stone beast.

Isabella is the head librarian at the New York City Library, and she loves her quiet life away from the corporate rat race. But when she meets a spectacular man with silver eyes and an attraction she can’t fight, she’s thrown into a world where winged creatures are being hunted, and shifters are a very real thing. Can Isabella’s love reach Rafael, or will her heartbroken beast not care if his attackers find him once more?

I had the pleasure of receiving a free copy from the author of this book. This is book #2 and read book 1 – but you can follow along without. Rafael and his family are Gargoyle shifter by day frozen as statues on the library in New York . But Rafe has been hurt by the hunters and not healed when he meets he’s Beloved at the Library. This book is sweet but oh so hot with these gargoyles – so if you ready for a different type of shifter read this series.  Lisa

Review * Hold Tight By Alexa Riley

Book #2 is the next installment of this instant love  series( For You) -coming out  10/16.    lisa

 

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New York Times and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley returns with Hold Tight, the next novella in the For You series

A hotshot consultant hired to streamline Osbourne Corp. meets his match in Pandora Justice—the more she plays hard to get, the more he wants her.

They say that like recognizes like, and the day I looked into her deep blues, I met my other half.

Pandora Justice took over as head of security at Osbourne Corp. after her father’s retirement. Eighty-hour workweeks are normal; being bossed around by handsome outsiders is not. And she doesn’t like it. Not even one bit.

It’s amazing how easily she can lie to herself.

I had to have her. Plain and simple.

The first time Pandora sees Royce in the ring—all tattoos and sinew, covered in sweat—he looks at her like he’s just won more than the fight. Like he won her.

I won’t play games with her. I’ll wait, and it will kill me, but I’ll do it for her.

Royce’s cocky grin with deep dimples makes Pandora melt. Once she wanted to smack that look off his face—now all she wants to do is kiss it. For the rest of her life.

The thought of spending the rest of my life with Pandora warms the place in my chest I didn’t think was alive. I’ve put my claim on her—she’s the one, and I’m done. It’s that simple.

This book is approximately 20,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

My Early Net Galley Review-  Pandora is Penny’s twin sister mention in the first book ( Stay Close ) She’s the tough twin and works in Security in the family business. She and Royce meets and instant love in this author’s trademark style. With lots of hot sexy and hot males this is another winner- I recommend reading the first book and enjoy the fun.   Lisa

Review* The Christmas Wedding Swap

 

 

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SOMETIMES YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED . . .

Allison Stuart has always been the odd-woman-out of her family. She wears her jeans a little too tight, colors her hair a little too blonde, and instead of going into medicine and law like her sisters, she runs a diner. She’s also the only single sibling left. And while she won’t change her style, and her meatloaf is to die for, thank you very much, she wouldn’t mind her share of wedded bliss. So she makes an early New Year’s resolution: No more meaningless flings.

Drop-dead sexy Luke Hamilton is everything Allison has sworn off. His only serious relationship has been with his five-star restaurant, Le Cygne Noir, in Chicago. When he’s threatened by a lawsuit, Luke decides to hide out in Pineville, Michigan, until the statute of limitations runs out. The small town is filled with Christmas charm, but he can’t imagine living there. Heating things up with the hottie who owns the local diner would make his exile bearable—if he can convince her to give up her ridiculous resolution .

 

From Net Galley- As a long time foodie & love chef show- this book was a sure winner. Luke a fa mouse chef  finds himself in small town Michigan at Christmas time while running away from Chicago. He finds himself working in Allison diner cooking diner food but he finds so much more than he was running from.  He finds love,acceptance and friendship in Pineville,Michigan – I may have to move there it sounds perfect for Christmas. Lisa

Review- A Match Made Under the Mistletoe

Happy Sunday!   Today it’s My Review Day of what I have been reading-  

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Join New York Times bestselling authors Diana Palmer and Christine Rimmer as they spin fan-favorite tales of happily-ever-after under the mistletoe.

If Winter Comes by Diana Palmer
Charismatic mayor Bryan Moreland has already won the devotion of his constituents. He’s well on his way to charming reporter Carla Maxwell until corruption allegations swirl. Is the popular politician really a criminal?

As a reporter, Carla wants to get to the bottom of the story, but as a woman, she wants nothing more than to lose herself in sexy Mayor Moreland’s arms. Or does he have her exactly where he wants her for some other reason entirely?

Ms. Bravo and the Boss by Christine Rimmer
Elise Bravo needs a job, desperately. And soldier turned thriller writer Jed Walsh burned through assistants like hellfire through brimstone. Enter Elise, crack assistant, master plotter and perfect for the live-in job in every way but one…her instant attraction to her new boss! Although Jed has sworn he will never get “involved” with an employee, all it takes is a day or two with the perfectly professional Bravo beauty to realize that his interest in Elise breaks all the rules. He has to make her his, no matter what it takes!

Lisa Net Galley Review-  A great holiday romance from the wonderful – Diana Palmer  and the second romance between two people who finds love during the holiday season. I loved Elise Bravo & her family she owned her mistakes and worked through them and was able to love again. Jed was your typical broody hero that become a loving hero -who learned to love a cat.  Read them and enjoy.  Lisa

Saturday Review * Embrace the Romance

Saturday’s  One click -choices from Tuesday;s releases . Now I may have bought more than One but here’s may favorite-

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The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Saturday Book Review-  This is a great set of books from some of my favorite author’s and they are all set in Outer Space . Each book also features a pets  that my be small and cuddly or has feathers this book has it all and benefits a great organization.

One of my favorite – books Grim has a short story about the great Raptor who protects the planet.  If you haven’t read Grim ( MK Eidem) -Do.

 

 

 

There’s a TON of awesome books on the list this week!

Susan Stoker, Rescuing Bryn: http://amzn.to/2xtOner
Danielle Steel, Fairytale: http://amzn.to/2kbZcdP
Cristin Harber, Jax: http://amzn.to/2udZwN8
Angel Payne, Misadventures with a Super Hero: http://amzn.to/2mEbIQt
Jana Aston, Sure Thing: http://amzn.to/2yUNec7
Eve Langlais, Pint-Size Protector: http://amzn.to/2r4MnoP
Alexa Riley & Jessa Kane, Summer Camp Captive: http://amzn.to/2yMsmDA
Lara Adrian & 1,001 Dark Nights, Midnight Unleashed: http://amzn.to/2pJCVU4
Bella Andre, You Do Something to Me: http://amzn.to/2thVdxl
Xavier Neal, The Hacker: http://amzn.to/2y43RVu
Cat Johnson, Matched With a Hot SEAL: http://amzn.to/2tKgtva
Katy Regnery, Unloved: http://amzn.to/2y8QHGw
Cathryn Fox, Confessions of a Bad Boy Cop: http://amzn.to/2vMtSWa
Sabrina York, The Highlander is All That: http://amzn.to/2vMtuqO
Zoe York, Take a Chance on Me: http://amzn.to/2wCZCkn
Piper Davenport, The Longing: http://amzn.to/2gp33kn
Jana DeLeon, Dead Man Talking: http://amzn.to/2xq8loE
Jill Sanders, Closer to You: http://amzn.to/2xq3KTh
Kendall Ryan, Dirty Little Promise: http://amzn.to/2wCGenx
Donna Grant, Wild Rapture: http://amzn.to/2xldI6R

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Sunday’s Net Galley  Reviews-

 

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There’s no resisting a desire like this…

MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.

 

 

Lisa Reviews- the newest book in the Body Armor Series.  This series feature Ex MMA fighters now body guards and its Miles turn.  Love this series and Miles is another hot alpha male that after a one night stand never forgot Maxi. But she comes to Body Armor for protection and gets so much more. A hot fun romance that’s another winner in this hot series- with a great cast of characters and ab exciting mystery  to solve.

Terry Spears * Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas

It’s Saturday One -Click  Time – Here at Lisa Book Blog @LEL. And today’s books is a Holiday book  from the awesome – Terry Spears .

 

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Tangling with a White Wolf—Best Christmas Ever, or Real Trouble?

Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life—until an accidental bite from a werewolf puppy turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. She’s forced to isolate herself in the wilderness to cope with her unpredictable shifting while she works on her deadlines. After all, for Candice, Christmas is just another day.

Enter private investigator Owen Nottingham, a wolf shifter hired to find Candice so she can collect her inheritance. They have a real problem: she must arrive home in human form, and that’s not happening during the full moon. Besides, Owen has a new mission: to convince the pretty she-wolf her best move is to join his pack in time for Christmas…and to prove he’s the only wolf for her.

White Wolf series:
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (Book 1)
Flight of the White Wolf (Book 2)

Lisa Saturdays Review – I was fortune enough to get a copy of this book from Net Galley and I must say it was a great read.  Candice is a romance writer (great job) writing about what she know ( white wolves) can that be any more perfect -but shes lonely being the only white wolf in the area. I want go in to all the details  about Candice background -because you need to read the book  for the details.

But when Owen finds her well lets say Kismet (best Christmas present ever). But he must introduce her pack life and keep her safe as they  journey to claim Candice inheritance during the full moon. This story is the perfect holiday romance bringing family,friends and mates together in the most exciting way. Read the book and enjoy this holiday romance .  Lisa

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USA TODAY bestselling, and award-winning author and creator of award-winning teddy bears who have found homes all over the world including Australia, Switzerland, China, and Russia, and a retired officer of the US Army Reserves, I love to plant trees and flowers and if I could, I’d turn all the deserts green. Time travels are my favorite read, although I love to read most anything, and the Bourne series, Romancing the Stone, Sixth Sense, Legend, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Inkheart, LOTR, and tons of other movies are my favorites.

I love to research, to make urban fantasy worlds real, to bring a little of the paranormal into our world. Even in “Winning the Highlander’s Heart” the heroine feels she is cursed and she has second sight. But I try to do it in a way that feels real, and not fantasized. 🙂

 

 

 

TONS of new books this week! Get to clicking’! 🙂

Dale Mayer, Michael’s Mercy: http://amzn.to/2sO2W5S
Jenika Snow, Protecting Lily: http://amzn.to/2yFbvTi
Colleen Hoover, Without Merit: http://amzn.to/2s2f9qO
Cynthia Sax, Seeking Vector: http://amzn.to/2gN2tzQ
Alessandra Torre, The Ghostwriter: http://amzn.to/2xOxYQn
Julie Ann Walker, Hot Pursuit: http://amzn.to/2lyVBUZ
Samantha Chase, Holiday Spice: http://amzn.to/2mciL35
Helen Hardt & Meredith Wild, Misadventures of a Good Wife: http://amzn.to/2mEkTAx
Nora Flite, Royally Ruined: http://amzn.to/2udP1JQ
Melissa Foster, Thrill of Love: http://amzn.to/2uLyLBL
Milly Taiden, A.L.F.A. Mates: http://amzn.to/2uM70J5
Cathryn Fox, Confessions of a Bad Boy Professor: http://amzn.to/2wT4HS5
Khloe Wren, Chasing Taz: http://amzn.to/2xrjyp3
Terry Spear, Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas: http://amzn.to/2wCfuDA
Marliss Melton, Hot Target: http://amzn.to/2wCgSWO
Silver James, The Cowboy’s Christmas Proposal: http://amzn.to/2pJzsET
Donna Michaels, Hildie McQueen, et al, Champagne & Cowboys: http://amzn.to/2xTvgcn

Transcending Fire * Book Tour

Transcending Fire
New World Bikers Book 1
by Casey Moss
Genre: MC Romance, Dystopian, SciFi
Hunter Macario wants one thing—a place to belong. When given an
opportunity to solidify his position in the Devil’s Thunder MC, he
takes it.

Dragon’s Clan member, Safaia King, believes she’s found the man from her
people’s legend and her dreams. She has one goal, even if he’s in
a rival club—to make Hunter hers and keep him safe so he can
fulfill their destiny.
After Hunter makes a huge mistake, he’s sent to where Safaia lives—an
alternate universe called The Den. In this new world, sex, battles,
and secrets abound. Hunter must survive The Den to right some wrongs
or else he could lose everything he’s ever gained, including his
home and Safaia’s love.
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Book 1 in this new series featuring Hunter & Safaia . Destined to be together through everything even rival clubs and The Den. Hunter is in the battle of his life but she is worth it. A great new take on a MC romance bring it to a whole new level. Cant wait to see where this series go to next.  Lisa  
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Guest Blog Post ~ writing advice ~ for Transcending Fire by Casey Moss tour

I’ve been doing this writing “thing” for quite some time now. 😉 Had my calling to be a writer back when I was eleven. So, yeah, a long time… Over the years, I’ve picked up tidbits of wisdom that I try to keep in mind to keep me on track. I’m not always perfect, but hey, who is? I’ve also shared the advice with other authors and those looking at becoming writers, and I thought it might be fun to share them here, too, along with my thoughts on the tips.
– Plant butt in chair and write ~ Sounds easy, right? It should be, but it can be damn hard at times, especially when life gets in the way.

– Plan your work and work your plan. ~ This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to plot out the story. You can be a pantster. But you should have goals, and it’s good to have an idea on how to hit those goals.

– Write what you know. ~ If what you’re writing about is not a part of what you do for a living, or where you live, or what you’ve been exposed to in your life, you better like doing research and immersing yourself in the subject matter so you get to know it intimately.

– Treat your writing like a business ~ Set aside time to write and budget money for supplies and advertising if writing is more than a hobby or more than just writing for the love of it without thought of monetary gain.

– Read. Read some more. And then read even more. In your genre and out. ~ Kinda self-explanatory, eh?

– Write as if nobody else is going to read it. ~ This is supposed to help a writer delve into a character, get nitty gritty deep and emotional, and not worry what friends, family…perfect strangers…will say about the subject matter.

– Taking a quote from Dory of Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.” Or in this case, “Just keep writing.” ~ Basically, once you’re done with a story, get to writing the next one. No matter the reception of the story or the reviews, if writing is in your blood and soul, keep on putting words on paper. Stuck on one story? Why not start another one so you can keep on writing and then you can flip back and forth between the two?

– Learn the craft. Learn the rules. Then you’ll know how and when to break the rules. Continue learning about the craft. ~ Read books on writing. Take classes. Write. Write. Write. Read books on writing. Take classes. Repeat.
Whether they’re writing related or not, if you want to share any bits of wisdom you’ve come across, please feel free to do so!

Thanks for reading!
Casey

Casey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes
basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path,
her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted
paranormal to dark things unspeakable. Casey’s passion lies in darker
fiction. Her stories fall under the categories of horror, paranormal,
suspense, thriller and urban fantasy. Sometimes there’s a blending of
those genres in one story. Sometimes there are romantic elements
within the books — be sure to note the rating. Some of the stories
are even set within her home city of Las Vegas. But if she’s done her
job right as an author, all the stories should set you on edge, leave
you craving and wanting to explore more of the dark. What waits
around the corner? Come explore…
Not in the mood for dark? Looking for romance and steamy sex? Check out
Casey’s alter ego, C.R. Moss at
www.crmoss.com
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!