Friday, November 29, 2013

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Night Moves by Andrea Smith ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Darcy Nicole Sheridan, is 22 years-old, beautiful, single, spirited, sexy and - spoiled. She knows that about herself. Raised by wealthy (and doting) parents as an only child, Darcy pretty much coasts through life until her heart was inexplicably broken by her boyfriend, Darin.

To ease the pain, Darcy flies to Belize over the holidays fully intending to wallow in self-pity and distance herself from her ex. Her pity party is short-lived however, after observing a very handsome, very intriguing man on the beach. Darcy becomes the focus of the smokin' hot, wealthy and somewhat mysterious 'E.J.'

Soon she finds herself entangled with an alpha like no other… Her world is rocked by a series of events that will forever change the course of her life, showing her what love is all about; and forcing her to come to terms with hidden sexual pleasures only one man could fulfill…






“He omitted the fact that I looked a lot like the last woman he may actually have truly cared for. I mean, yeah, he told me that I wasn’t anything like Lacee... but what about Bianca friggin’ Templeton? And then he just walks out of my life, expecting me to never have figured it out and call him out on that kind of bullshit? Yeah... fuck that andfuck him. It’s time a woman takes him down a few pegs.”

“Careful, sweetheart.” Eli replied, as he leaned up against my bedroom dresser, “You’re starting to sound like one of those ‘Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned’ girls who sit up in their attic, planning some poor schmuck’s demise.”

I considered that for a good second, looking down at the carpet. “This isn’t about that, Eli.” I finally said. “It’s about being lied to by someone who was clearly using me as a stand-in for...what? Prolong an ended relationship? To use me as some sort of fantasy in bed, so he can fuck ‘the one that got away’?” I looked back over at him.

He shrugged. “I don’t know. And maybe it’s better that we don’t know.” He walked over to me, putting his hands on my shoulders, “I don’t get it. One minute, I could swear you love the guy; the next minute you’ve got this “evil vixen” thing going that I can’t comprehend.”

I couldn’t say anything to that. I didn’t even fully understand why I was reacting the way I was.

Eli pulled away from me, crossing his arms. “A piece of advice, Darce? When it comes fucking someone over... Don’t fuck with someone who knows how to fuck you harder.”


I love Andrea's G MAN series, and Easton just took the spot as my favorite G MAN!  I love how Easton was a player and didn't initially fall all over the girl like in most books and instantly change his ways, and declare his undying made it seem more realistic.  Easton was this cocky, sexy, player, alpha male that was used to women falling all over themselves for him and when he meet the sassy Darcy, well Easton got put in his place. 4.5 stars!!

"I was on fire for this man and wasn't sure why aside from the obvious....he was sexy, single and gorgeous."

In Night Moves (book #3) we meet Darcy Nicole Sheridan, a spoiled daddy’s girl who right off the bat gets her heart broken by her low-down dirty, cheating boyfriend.....she catches him in bed with another women. Darcy is Lindsey's best friend so we were introduced to her in the other books.  So, Darcy packs up and tries to heal her broken heart, she heads to Belize and meets the sexy, playboy Easton Matthews aka E.J. he's half-British and wealthy. Easton just happens to be in Belize with his assistant Lacee who surprise, surprise is also his friends with benefits.  There is an instant chemistry between Easton and Darcy and they both feel it but Easton doesn't want to be her rebound guy.

He was quietly ruining me, wrecking me, shattering me on a low pulse for any other man. He owned me, and I was happily being captured.’ 

Darcy returns home and once back in the states she crossed paths with Easton again.  Easton just happens to be Taz's (Lindsey's fiance) half-brother.  What are the odds? Guess who is tagging along with Easton? Yep, Lacee.  So, Easton sends Lacee packing once he decides he wants Darcy as his new toy.  Soon, Easton takes over Darcy's father’s company and offers to mentor her professionally. Of course, Easton is persistent and it's not long before Easton is teaching Darcy in and out of the office and Darcy is falling hard. Easton has been burnt in the past and had a horrible childhood.  The jaded playboy does not think he is capable of love....but is he willing to give Darcy what she needs?

It'll never be over. This thing we have . . . this complicated and beautiful thing that you and I share with one another? I won't allow it to be finished because I do love you in spite of my black heart and my flawed emotions." 

Night moves kept me hooked from the very start.  It was smoldering hot, heart-wrenching, and shattering.  I loved how we got to catch up with the characters from the previous books in Night Moves.  I highly recommend you read this series......Slate, Taz, and now Easton....what's not to love?

*Reviewed by Brandi

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Andrea Smith is an Ohio native, currently residing in southern Ohio. Ms. Smith is the mother of two grown sons; grandmother of four. The 'Baby Series' trilogy is Ms. Smith's first self-published work. Having previously beenemployed as an executive for a global corporation, Ms. Smith decided to leave the corporate world and pursue her life-long dream of writing fiction.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Remy by Katy Evans ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Book Title: Remy

Author: Katy Evans

Date of Publication: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Gallery Books

Blog Tour Hosted by: The SUBClub Books


Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.

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We go toe-to-toe. I feint and Hammer swings, opening his side. So I jab his ribs, feel the satisfying punch race up my arm, and we bounce apart. Hammer is stupid in the head. He falls for all my feints and never covers right. I ram him hard enough to make him bounce on the ropes and drop to his knees. He shakes his head and hops to his feet after a moment. I love this. My heart pumps slowly. My every muscle knows where to move, what to do, where to send my power—right from my center, up my chest, shoulder, down the length of my arms, to the tips of my fucking knuckles that hit with the force of a charging bull.

I take him down, and then I do the same with the next foe. And the next.

A powerful energy takes over me as I fight, and I fight knowing that Brooke Dumas watches me. If there’s anything in my head other than winning, it’s that I want her to think inside that lovely round head of hers that she has never, ever, seen a man like me.

By the time the tenth guy falls, sweat coats my chest, and as the ringmaster raises my arm, I’m anxious to see the look in her eyes. I want to see that she liked it, that she—like everyone else in this room—thinks I’m the shit. Our eyes lock, my gut goes hard and twisted and wild with desire, and I smile at her as I try to catch my breath.

When the ringmaster releases my arm, I cross the ring, jump over the cord, and land in the aisle, watching her part her lips in shock as I come over.

People go crazy when I go outside the ring, and they’re losing their shit right now.

The whole room screams with their applause and cheers. And I know they all can see where my gaze rests and where I’m headed.

“Kiss his heart out, woman!”

“You don’t deserve him, you bitch!”

“You go, girl!”

I smile down at this woman who has stolen my thoughts, and as I wonder if she wants me to, she looks pleadingly up at me, almost begging me not to kiss her here. My blood simmers as I remember her lips on mine, but it won’t be happening again.

Not until you’re ready, Brooke Dumas.

I bend to her and scent her hair, whispering at her temple, “Sit tight. I’ll send someone over for you.”

I back off before I lose it, and climbing up into the ring, I steal one last look at her. My chest does all kinds of strange things when our eyes lock.

“Riptide, people!” the announcer screams.

The yells feed me. I suck them in with a smile, full of pride and satisfaction. I can see in every one of these people’s eyes that I’m the man. But I want to see it in her eyes. That. I’m. The Man.

The man who wants to be hers.


You know I love Remy and his caveman, alpha male, crazy tendencies....I love Remy hardcore. There was no doubt this book started off strong for me, I loved being in Remy's head, then it just became a bit repetitive and a little too much. Remy's POV could've been blended with Real and Mine for a better effect. Now don't take this the wrong way, because I really, really adore REAL and MINE, there are no words to describe how EPIC those books are. I definitely recommend this series, I just felt there was too much past and not enough present. 3.5 stars

"She's given me love in ways no one in my life ever has. I had never known someone could love me until she loved me."

Remy is basically a retelling of major scenes in Real and Mine through Remy's POV.  The majority of the time is spent in Real, although we do get glimpses of Brooke and Remy in the present.  I loved reading Remy's thoughts on the first time he meet Brooke and actual seeing how he felt about her, it explained a lot about his actions and how he needed Brooke.

My likes:
I love Remy and Brooke as a couple, I love seeing how Brooke was the first person to show Remy love and how he expressed his love for her through music. I love Remy's protective nature and the glimpses of the present we got.

My dislikes:
While I understand that Remy has mental still dumbfounded me how he could say such sweet, sweet things one minute and then do something crazy the next.  My examples,  the whole scenting thing became too much, the use of the word "mate" as sex,  and the whole reference to a lion....I get this makes him seem more primal but ummmm no. Then the use of the "f" word.....I have no problem with this but this; "I taste her ear. I fuck it." ummmm double no.

My favorite quote:
"You're mine.My obsession. My dreams. My hope. My heart," he whispers. "

The series is really epic. Even with my issues I had with Remy, I will definitely be reading the rest of this series......actually, I really can't wait to see more of the other characters.

*Reviewed by Brandi

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Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!





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Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Title: Addicted for Now

Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Series: Addicted #2

Pub Date: Novemeber 30th, 2013



He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex.
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.
No. More. Us.

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Once I have a handle on controlling the things that tempt me, it’ll be better. Today’s just not a good day.

I am overly aroused.

“You don’t have to talk to the male models,” Lo reminds me.

Too late.

“I thought you said you were at your desk,” he says.

“I am.”

“Then how come I don’t see you?”

He’s here? I can’t even crawl out from underneath my desk anymore, not even to greet Lo and Rose.

Because everyone by the muffins will laugh and look at me funny for being down here. I just want to stay

hidden until they all leave.

“Maybe,” I say, “because your superpower is to turn me invisible.”

He pauses. “That’s a horrible power. Take it back.”


4 Stars

The Addicted series so far has been amazingly heart wrenching and hot to read, I love it!!!! 

In Addicted to You we met Lily Calloway and Loren "Lo" Hale.  Both trust fund babies, nobody would ever suspect the lies, deceit, and pain that each of them go through daily.  They've been best friends forever and are the only two people who know each other's secrets.  They both have an addiction.
Lily is addicted to sex.  She craves it.  She needs it.  It drowns out all of her pain.
Lo is an alcoholic.  He uses it to cope with life.  It drowns out all of his pain.
Together, they've hid their addictions by pretending to be the perfect couple.  Nobody knows that Lily hooks up in bar bathrooms while Lo drinks until he passes out daily.
As they fall deeper and deeper into their addictions they realize that the only constant good in their lives are each other. When their addictions are discovered by others they cling to each other and realize they have another addiction-each other.

In Richochet we watch both Lily and Lo struggle with beating their addiction.  With Lo gone to rehab Lily must be celibate for 90 days.  On top of fighting their addictions new insecurities seep into the relationship.  Will they still need each other when they're "better"? 

Addicted for You has to be my favorite book of the 3 so far.  With Lo out of rehab they can finally focus on moving forward in their lives and learn to live without their vices.  Lily struggles with her sex addiction more than ever now that Lo is back within her reach.  Not being able to jump him whenever she wants, trying to stay within boundaries of "normal sex" is a minute by minute struggle.  
When a new threat is brought to their attention Lily and Lo need each other, their friends, and family more than ever. Lo knows he loves Lily more than anything and will do anything to protect her, but the pressure is almost too much and does nothing but make him want to drink again.

These books are SO PAINFUL to read-but in a good way.  I love the alternating point of view between Lily and Lo because I could truly feel how much they were hurting, every emotion that caused them to want to give into their vices.  The love that Lily and Lo felt for each other was so deep rooted.  They are each others best friends, only confidant, and lifelines-but they know they're bad for each other at the same time.  They feed each others addictions to get their own.  The struggle that each of them go through hurt to read but had me rooting for them to end up together.
I also loved the friends and family within the book.  Their personalities were all so different and had me laughing at the dry sense of humor  throughout the dialogue.  I cannot wait to read each of their books too!
Overall this series has been AMAZING!  I loved everything about it.  While it wasn't your typical happy romance at all it made you feel more emotion and empathy for the characters then most books that I read.  Definite must read series!
*Reviewed by Lauren


Becca Ritchie claims she's from Mystic Falls, but really, she lives in Atlanta where humidity is her greatest foe. She loves comic books, blue nail polish and Jonathan Taylor Thomas circa 1995. She frequents Twitter to dish about too many TV shows, and when she's not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister to collaborate on a New Adult series. 

Krista Ritchie has a clone...or someone who looks exactly like her. If she's not writing books with her twin sister, she's pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is.












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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Penance of Black Betty by Kelli Maine ~ Blog Tour


Alistair Ingram is finally the man he wants to be, with the woman he wants to be with. No longer ruled by his manager, producer, agent or fans’ desires, he and Bethany “Black Betty” Stavars have settled into his LA mansion and have started a life together. Everything is as it should be…until he gets the call that Bethany has been brutally attacked in their home.

Alistair can barely stand to see Bethany’s bruised and battered body, but that’s not the worst of her injuries. She regains consciousness thinking she’s still married to her ex-husband—the man responsible for putting her in the hospital in the first place—and has no recollection of being with Alistair.

Unable to coax her brain into giving her any memories of the past ten years of her life, Bethany struggles to comprehend how she could’ve ended up on the other side of the country—California instead of Florida—and living with superstar actor, Alistair Ingram. Even worse, how had she become a dominatrix at a Vegas men’s’ club?

Lucky for her, the past few months have been detailed in black and white newsprint in every gossip magazine she can get her hands on.

With their relationship hanging in the balance, there’s only one thing Alistair can do. Jog her memory the best way he knows how. In bed


This is a very short novella that continues the story of Alistair Ingram and Bethany "Black Betty" Stavars from The Submission of Alistair Ingram.  It basically picks right back up where the last novella left off.  While Alistair is away filming his new movie with his "ex-fiancĂ©", Bethany is brutally attacked in their home.  Alistair rushes to be by her side, but when Bethany wakes up she has no memory of Alistair.  She has lost ten years of her life, she believes she is still married to the abusive ex who attacked her and also doesn't remember her time as "Black Betty".  Alistair promises not to leave Bethany's side and support her and helps her remember.  All Bethany knows is, Alistair is this famous movie star that her mind doesn't remember, but her body remembers him.  It's not long before the chemistry between these two is back and little bits and pieces of their life together comes back to Bethany.  Will Bethany remember her past and how will she deal with all the hardships and the person she has become?

The Penance of Black Betty was sweet, saucy, and sexy! Like I mentioned before, this is a very short novella that continues Alistair and Black Betty's story.  I definitely enjoy reading these, but I will be glad when we can get the complete series. 

*Reviewed by Brandi

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"Be the First to Fall" for Courtney Cole's BEFORE WE FALL (out 12/3!) ~ Promo and Giveaway



One dark moment was all it took to turn twenty-four-year-old Dominic Kinkaide's world black. On the night of his high school graduation, a single incident changed him forever, and he became a hardened man-famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured inside. Now all he cares about is losing himself in the roles that he plays.

At twenty-three years old, Jacey Vincent doesn't realize how much her father's indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn't one specific moment that wrecks a person, but an absence of moments. She tries to find acceptance in the arms of men to fill the void-a plan that has worked just fine for her, until she meets Dominic.  When jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, the combination of his secrets and her issues turns their attraction into the perfect storm. It could change their lives for good-if it doesn't tear them both apart…

He laughs, a velvety sound. “Babe, I could show you a bunch of things you’ve never done. And I guarantee, you’d like every one of them.”

For some reason, I have no doubt of that. It’s an exciting thought.

He bends his head and nips at my neck, then soothes the bite with a soft suck. His lips, so soft and smooth, ease the pain of the bite away. His nearness is intoxicating and everything about him screams that he is capable of so many things… things that would please me… things that would embarrass me in the light of day.

But still, I don’t move. I stay right with him, my gaze frozen on his.

Keeping his eyes on mine, he slowly dips his head and plunges his tongue into my mouth, completely plundering it, consuming me yet again. It’s like he can’t kiss me without devastating all of my senses at once, annihilating my thoughts and causing my blood to throb as it all races toward one destination… the V between my legs.

Right where I ache for him.

He’s like a drug….and one taste just isn’t enough.

I open up my mouth and breathe around his lips, sucking in air, grasping at his back and pulling him closer. He reaches back and grabs my hands, holding them together at my wrists and pinning them over my head against the plexi-glass gondola cage. I’m trapped here with him, yet there’s no place I’d rather be.

The energy around us now is primal and raw…and it’s exhilarating too, because we’re out in public. Every time the gondola swoops along the ground before it begins its ascent upward again, anyone could look in and see what we’re doing. They could see Dominic pinning me against the wall, and his other hand buried in my crotch, if only they looked closely.

Honestly, I think he might like that idea.

“What are you doing?” I finally manage to whisper, pulling away just ever so slightly.

His eyes are a little unfocused, his pupils dilated. “What would you like for me to do, Jacey?”

He knows. Oh, God, he knows. He knows exactly what I’d like for him to do.

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Seven Sons by Lili St. Germain ~ Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Title: Seven Sons
Author: Lili St. Germain
Genre: MC Romance/Erotica
Release Date: February 2014
My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the President of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect. Including my innocence. When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old. Before my father died, Dornan and his sons stole my innocence and branded my skin, and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer. I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.
But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club. I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it. Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?
Tears form at the corner of my eyes as the full brunt of Dornan’s obsession with me becomes apparent. He left me here for this. He asked me who my ex-boyfriend was, and then proceeded to travel across the country to kidnap an innocent boy from his house. A boy who has never laid eyes on me, a boy who I found online and added to Sammi’s backstory for credibility.
A boy who kneels in front of me with a gun pointed at his head.
I struggle against Chad’s stronghold, but it is useless. The guy is built, and he’s probably been snorting the white powder with daddy all the way home.
I bite down on Chad’s hand and he pulls it away, yelling at me.
“He’s not my ex!” I scream, fighting against Chad’s rigid embrace.
Dornan looks at me like a man possessed. A man on a mission.
“I lied,” I gasp, still struggling. “I’ve never met him before. Please, just let him go.”
Dornan lowers his gun and looks me up and down. “You don’t have to be scared of him anymore,” he says. He lifts the gun, his finger putting pressure on the trigger.
“Please!” I scream.
My pleas go unheeded.
He pulls the trigger.
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LSG Author Avitar Lili writes dark erotica and NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, is due to be released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

LAST CHANCE KNIT & STITCH by Hope Ramsay ~ Release Blitz and Giveaway

LAST CHANCE KNIT & STITCH by Hope Ramsay (November 19, 2013; Forever Mass Market; 9781455522279; $8.00)
Molly Canaday wishes she could repair her life as easily as she fixes cars. She was all set to open her own body shop in Last Chance when her mother ran off and left her to manage the family yarn shop instead. Now guided by the unsolicited-though well-intended-advice of the weekly knitting club, Molly works to untangle this mess. But her plan unravels when the new landlord turns out to be difficult-as well as tall, dark, and handsome.

Simon Wolfe returns to quickly settle his father's estate and then leave Last Chance for good. Still wounded by a broken heart, Simon is surprised when the town's charming streets and gentle spirit bring back good memories. Soon the beautiful, strong-willed Molly sparks a powerful attraction that tempts him to break his iron-clad no-commitment rule. Can Simon and Molly find a way to share work space-and build a future together in Last Chance?
Bio: Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar. 
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Testament by Katie Ashley ~ Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

Title: Testament
Author: Katie Ashley
Published: Nov. 22, 2013

Five years ago, catastrophic earthquakes, massive floods, and violent storms caused the collapse of the global economy and a massive political upheaval. In a world thrown into chaos after The Great Fall, greedy CEO’s enforce the Golden Rule—whoever has the most gold, rules the land. Any hint of rebellion against the domineering government ends in either death or imprisonment. 

Fiery and beautiful Cadence O’Bryant has trouble keeping silent against the new order, a trait that often lands her in trouble. Having lost her parents to rebellion, her life now is about survival. She despises the new order of life and wishes for time to turn back to when life held order, and love was a possibility, not an impossible dream. Her worst nightmare comes in the form of the Emperor’s decree—all young women are to compete in a competition of beauty, intelligence, and most of all obedience, for his son, Kellan’s, hand in marriage. Cadence fears not only to lose herself to the male dominated society that now prevails, but also that hers and her brother, Griffin’s, secret will be revealed, which would be a death sentence. 

Determined and handsome Micah Greene harbors an even deeper secret than the fact he is in love with his best friend’s sister, Cadence. The secret is one his father died to protect, but it’s also one that unites him to Cadence and their cause. On the eve of their separation, Micah reveals his heart to Cadence. But is it too late? Is it possible he might lose the woman he loves to his nemesis, Kellan Quinn, the Emperor’s son. 

Will Cadence be chosen by Kellan, or will she be able to choose her future? Will Kellan’s sexy good looks and promise of stability tempt Cadence to fall for the future Emperor and hurt her one true friend. Passion is burning, but for whom will it burn the brightest for? 

As revolution brews in the province, love may need to take a back seat. Will Cadence have the option to love either man, or will she have to fight for everything she’s ever loved, including her freedom?

A flicker of the red velvet curtain gave me a peek at the enormous crowd. My stomach instantly lurched and fluttered. No, no, no! I couldn’t allow myself to get nervous. Being nervous would break my concentration, and I couldn’t let anything do that. I had to focus.

Of course, being slightly nervous didn’t help my sometimes klutziness. Since I hadn’t been in heels in years, I hadn’t thought to take the proper precautions like scuffing them. The moment my heels hit the freshly waxed stage, I skidded. When I tried to gain my footing, my legs ended up sliding back in forth like I was on snow skis while my arms flew out to protect myself in case I fell. Icy embarrassment pricked at my skin as I quickly recovered.

“Very graceful,” Chandra muttered behind me.

I jerked my chin up and chose to ignore her. Instead, it took every fiber within me to concentrate on making it to my mark on the stage. As soon as I found my spot, I gazed out into the packed crowd. My eyes skittered across the unfamiliar faces, desperately seeking out Griff or Micah. Finally, I found them in the fourth row of the reserved family section. Just the sight of their faces sent calm washing over me.

My eyes were drawn to the first row where Kellan sat outfitted in a tux with a blood red rose in the lapel. He appeared anything but thrilled at the proceedings. His eyes locked with mine, and he arched a blond eyebrow almost mockingly. It took my mind a moment to process what had just happened. He didn’t do it to any of the other girls who were desperately trying to make eye contact with him. So why did he do it to me? I mean, we barely knew each other. The day he’d wrapped up my hand was the longest conversation we had ever had. So instead of diverting my eyes like I should, I smirked at him. I mean, who was he to look at me like that?

One by one we were called to Guy, the host. Each girl tried as best she could to make the most of her walk down the stage. Everything hinged on impressing Kellan and Richard with beauty and charm. I doubted the interview portion mattered at all.

As each girl stood beside Guy, he posed inane questions about what makes a good wife or what does a woman have to give the world. They appeared to be the same question just posed in different ways. I don’t know why I was surprised. After all, they were looking for obedient, if not vapid answers, from a pretty face.

Finally, it was my turn. I drew in a deep breath and strode confidently down the stage. I locked eyes with Griff, and he bobbed his head encouragingly. Any nervousness I might have felt dissipated.

Guy smiled at me. “Cadence, what do you feel a woman’s place is in the world?”

I shifted on my feet. Mentally, I had been preparing for this type of question with each girl who had been called. I could recite word for word what I knew they wanted to hear. But that wasn’t an option. Laurel’s words echoed in my mind, ‘Richard may want a woman to be seen and not heard, but I know Kellan doesn’t.’

An old memory flashed in my mind. It was saying my mother had on the bulletin board in her office at the university. Something about woman’s place was in the house, but it was the White House, State House, and House of Representatives. Even though those things didn’t exist anymore, it was something I could work from. I drew back my shoulders and smiled convincingly. “Oh, I believe a woman’s place is in the house.”

Guy leaned forward, his expression bent on urging me to continue.

“Well, I believe a woman belongs in every government and financial house in the land. One only has to look at history to see the great contributions women once made.”

“But surely—” he tried interrupting, but I plowed right on ahead.

“At one time, women held degrees in subjects like law and medicine. They healed the sick and fought for the rights of others. They gave of themselves beyond their front doors. I believe it was once said that behind every great man, there was a greater woman.”

Guy paled under his thick coating of stage makeup. He twisted the cards in his hands while casting a worried glance at Richard. “Well, uh, yes, that’s true, but at the same time, our world fell. Women are needed for more important things like procreating our new race.”

I smiled sweetly. “That is true.” I locked eyes with Richard. “And I hope to have a house full of children someday,” I remarked, playing off the ‘house’ pun of my question. His dark expression lightened at my response while nervous laughter twittered around him.

“So, um, thank you Cadence.”

“And thank you, Guy,” I replied, with the goofy smile still plastered on my face.

We were then herded backstage to await our fate. As other girls primped and preened in front of the lighted mirrors, I wrung my hands and paced the floor. Had I done the right thing by following Laurel’s advice? Or was my potentially feminist rant a deal-breaker for Richard?

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Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rock'n Tapestries by Shari Copell ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Title: Rock'n Tapestries

Series: A Rock'n Tpestries Novel, #1

Author: Shari Copell

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 23, 2013

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Book Blurb:

“Asher Pratt had been a drug for me, and I wasn’t sure I wasn’t still addicted.”

Chelsea Whitaker works as a waitress at Tapestries, a trendy Pittsburgh bar. She’s doing her best to avoid Asher Pratt, the Pittsburgh rock legend who shattered her heart years ago.

When he takes a job at Tapestries just to be near her, Chelsea has some decisions to make.

She soon discovers that some things never change. It’s all she can do to keep a tight hold on her heart as Asher takes her for another wild ride.

As she struggles to gain some perspective on their relationship, she learns that he’s never needed her more. She must put the past aside for the sake of the future.

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4 Stars!

Holy crap. Rock n' Tapestries just completely blew my mind and rocked my world!

Chelsea and Asher have history. In high school Asher completely shattered her heart and she's never been able to completely put it back together. Years later when his band plays at the bar, Tapestries, that she's a waitress at-she does her best to avoid him so she doesn't get broken all over again. Asher can't stand that she won't speak to him and goes out of his way to try and get her to talk to him. When nothing else works he gets a job as a bartender at her bar and forces her to acknowledge him.
All too soon she allows him back in and the forge into a great friendship. Chelsea finally thinks she can handle her feelings towards him and have a great friend when her world comes crashing down. Asher leaves her high and dry and Chelsea isn't sure she'll ever move on.

Twist after twist, turn after turn, this book kept me completely on my toes! I love me some hot rock star books so when I read the synopsis for Rock n' Tapestries I was excited to read it. What I didn't expect was for it to be completely different then all the others. I was so pissed when Asher left her again in the book but it's what happens after that took me by complete shock. There were lots of tears as my heart hurt for both Chelsea and Asher as they tried to move on with their lives without each other. At the end of the book I don't know if I was more sad, pissed, in shock, or hurt that it didn't end the way I was expecting it to. 
Rock n' Tapestries has a whole lot going on, and I loved it all. The characters are emotional yet not annoying, hot rocker, lots of hot sex, amazing friends that help and support, and a huge twist that you never see coming. It is a definite must read, just make sure you have your tissues ready to go! Loved this book and can't wait for more from this author!

*Reviewed by Lauren 

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Author Bio:

Though I write contemporary romance under the name Shari Copell, my real name is Sherry Jesberger.  I write a historical fantasy/paranormal romance series under the name S.L. Jesberger.

I am an eleventh generation native of Pennsylvania.  My husband Gordon and I raised three lovely daughters, one of whom designs my book covers. Another daughter drew the map in the front cover of my historical fantasy series. 

I’ve always had stories swirling through my head. Crazy stuff, totally whack situations. I was a voracious reader as a child, choosing to escape into the world of books. I wrote stories when I was a teen, but quit as I grew up. (Keep in mind, there were no computers then. Writing a book or story consisted of a brand-new notebook and a ballpoint pen.) I found some of these early stories as I cleaned out my grandmother’s house after she passed. Unfortunately, I threw them away.

 I started writing again in 2012 after my husband lost his job. Aislin of Arianrhod was published in October of that year. I immediately began to work on the second book in the series, Winter’s Child.

Sometime in the middle of writing Winter’s Child, I had the inexplicable urge to swear like sailor, use modern vernacular, and write steamy sex scenes. I was amused and tried to push it aside. The language in a historical fantasy is obviously much different from a contemporary romance, so I had to behave myself.

 I finally just thought, fuck it. I’ll do it.  It was during that time that I started to write “Micah’s Island.” I simply needed to purge the wild story that had taken over my brain by then. It was so much fun to write.  What would happen if you met a man who had never seen a grown woman before? 

I chose the pen name Shari Copell because Micah’s Island was so very different from the Ă€lainnshire series. Copella was my grandmother’s maiden name—I just dropped the A.

For the most part, people seemed to like Micah, though he was a man of few words.  I got some nice (and not so nice) emails about it, mostly from people wanting a better ending. I promptly wrote them one.

I wasn’t sure I would ever write another contemporary romance until Rock’n Tapestries dropped into my head, nearly complete from beginning to end (though I did run some things past Tara Chevrestt, who edits for me. Her suggestions were invaluable.)  You just have to indulge your muse when that happens, as it doesn’t happen often.

Though the names and situations have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent, some of the things in Rock’n Tapestries were things that actually happened to me.  My husband was wearing a bass guitar the first time I ever laid eyes on him. As Chelsea says of Tage, “ I think I might’ve had to scoop my jaw off the floor.”  He’s the skinny dude in the gray tank top and orange guitar on the far right in this video:

I hope you’ve enjoyed Rock’n Tapestries. I’m currently having a blast working on a book about Nicks Sorenson, Asher’s daughter. I love this girl! It should be out sometime in 2014.

In the meantime, rock on!

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