Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: July 6

  • The Lone Star Burn Series by Ruth Cardello: Promotional Tour

  • A Savage Affair by Olivia Hayes: Release Blitz & Giveaway





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Taken, Not SpurredSynopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes the steamy debut to the Lone Star Burn series.

Would-be writer Sarah Dery has just turned twenty-five and feels like her life is on hold. She’s done squat with her English degree and is just killing time working for her parents. So, when the opportunity to spend the summer working on a ranch in Texas comes her way, she jumps at the chance, figuring it might be just the jolt she needs to get her creative juices flowing.

Tony Carlton is a handsome and reclusive horse trainer with a tortured past and an eye for trouble, this time in the form of a naked blonde stranger he finds in his shower.

The wrong turn that led Sarah into the arms of this sexy, brooding cowboy turns out to be just what she needed to find her steamy inner voice, but will their connection be enough to break down Tony’s defenses?

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I love Ruth Cardello’s books so I was very excited when this new book came out. I had the pleasure of reading the beginning of it at the end of one of her previous books, so I knew the premise of the story. That made it even more exciting to finally get my hands on it and jump in.

If book one is any indication, the Texan Night Series is going to be great! I loved this first book in the series and can’t wait for more. The leading lady character of Sarah met Tony (the cowboy) by being in the wrong place. She was looking to find her way in a new life and boy did she. Tony was not looking for changes in his life as he thought the way to “live” was to basically hide himself from life.

Both characters are emotionally flawed and trying to survive in their own world. It takes finding Tony and his ranch for Sarah to come to terms with her past and know how to face her future. Tony has a much more difficult time in accepting the horror of his past but when he does face it, it sets off a series of beautiful events.

Ruth Cardello does an excellent job of writing Tony & Sarah’s story. You feel every emotion right along with them. There are gut wrenching moments that suck you in until you feel like they are happening to you. Great job Ms. Cardello! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Five stars all the way!


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Tycoon TakedownSynopsis:

Melanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame that he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and sizzling detour.

Charles Dery is at the top of his game, but all he can think about is bedding the woman he was asked to protect. When she’s almost killed, he takes what he’d been denying himself and discovers he’ll do anything to keep her—even break his own rules.

When it comes to love, two wrongs may just finally make a right

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I absolutely loved this book! Loved the way the author brought the past into the present with these characters and how they both had to face their fears in order to be together. Melanie and Charles seemed like totally opposites when in reality they were an awful lot alike. I also loved Jace. He was quite the little gentleman. This was a great story and I highly recommend it. Ruth Cardello writes awesome books!


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Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.
She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.


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Book: A Savage Affair (Novella)

Author: Olivia Hayes

Releases 6th July
Genre: Erotic Romance



The first time Colt Savage sees Marin Wiley he is captivated by her stunning beauty, her shameless confidence, and her fierce independence. Suddenly his world is brighter, his life filled with her laughter, his future a vividly clear picture overflowing with love and happiness.
Marin never expected to meet a man while she was performing at a bachelor party. She certainly never thought she’d be drawn to him like a moth to a flame. When Marin’s world starts to crumble Colt is by her side with his witty humor, sexy dance moves, and a body that just won’t quit.
When a misunderstanding threatens to pull them apart, making them question everything they thought they knew about each other, will they be able to put the pieces back together and find their future with one another, or will they go their separate ways with the painful memories of a shattered hope?


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Meet the Author


Olivia Hayes is a native of Savannah, Georgia and now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her loving husband and two children. With her southern roots, Olivia dreamt of one day writing books with the backdrop of coastal Georgia and South Carolina. When she’s not reading, writing, or working her day job, Olivia enjoys spending time entertaining friends and family.
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Genre: Erotic Romance
True love. Meaningful friendships. Two things that don’t come easily and appear when least expected.

Privileged and perpetually single Lexie Donovan could totally do without the single part, but every guy she meets is taken or uninterested. It’s probably for the best since she’s buried under planning the wedding event of the year. But when Lexie invites three women to move into her house, a chain of events is set in motion that brings her a love that will change her life forever.

Beth Garrett has finally made a future for herself, despite her dark past, but she keeps most people at arm’s length, especially men.  When she agrees to move in with a girl she barely knows, she doesn’t expect to find a family, friends, or the tall, sexy bad boy who will become the center of her world.

Girl next door Remington Savage is keeping a huge secret from everyone, even her best friend Lexie, but she’s figured out a way to talk about it without divulging the truth. What she doesn’t know is that the whole world is about to find out exactly what she’s been hiding, in the most incredible way.

After her friend, Beth, offers her the opportunity of a lifetime, Kate Parker has everything she wants, except a man to share her life with. Her brain wants to choose the one who appears to be the perfect package, but her heart yearns for the man who warms her bed and seems to only want one thing from her.

For these four women sharing a house will mean more than any of them could have planned for. Their lives will intersect in ways they never imagined; through love, friendship and heartbreak. Forming bonds that will last forever. 

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