Friday, May 31, 2013

All Wrapped Up by Braxton Cole ~ Cover Reveal


All Wrapped Up ~ Cover Reveal
Release date: July 1
By: Braxton Cole
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


Blurb: 

All Wrapped Up is Book Two in The List Series.

Mari and Luca continue to work through their list of sexual fantasies in All Wrapped Up, Book Two in The List Series. They've abandoned their original plan of no strings attached and, for the most part, Mari's learning to be okay with it. She definitely likes Luca's strings (and whatever else he might use to restrain her), but she's not sure she's ready to take the next step in their relationship. Luca, sweet, strong, commanding Luca, insists that it's time to move in together. Mari insists it's time to relax and enjoy what they share without complicating things.
With every moment they spend together, Luca shows Mari how good they could be together. Will Mari run away from her emotions, or does Luca have her all wrapped up?

All Wrapped Up is a novella length erotic romance and contains mature adult themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

Author Bio:

Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she's not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn't given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.
Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

Social Links:
o Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/braxton.cole.737 andhttps://www.facebook.com/BraxtonColeAuthor
o Website: http://www.braxtoncole.com
o Twitter: @braxcole
o Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998148.Braxton_Cole




Blurb for Birthday Wishes:

Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible.

But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari's impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he's her ultimate birthday wish come true?

Birthday Wishes is Book 1 in The List Series is intended for an adult audience only and contains mature themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

Birthday Wishes Buy Links:

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Birthday-Wishes-List-Book-ebook/dp/B00BOHJ76Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368728120&sr=8-1&keywords=birthday+wishes+by+braxton+cole

Change of Heart by S.E. Edwards ~ Release Day Event and Giveaway








Synopsis:

Persevere.

That's how I've gotten through nineteen years of life. It's what I do every single day--no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.


Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that's about as much as I can ask for.

Love? Hah. Don't talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.


That's why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I'm awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper.


All expectations are thrown to the wind as I'm tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I'm about to become his biggest one...



Excerpt:


Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.


“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”


I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.


“Penny, wait.”


I look back, confused. “What?”


A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.


His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him sobadly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees. The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his arms like a bride on her wedding night.


“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.


I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”


Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”


I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.


The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.


After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.


Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”


I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”


Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”


“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”


The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.


Nothing happens.


For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.


Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.


I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.





Author Bio:

I'm Scarlett Edwards. I'm a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!


I'm kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.


I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom's from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day.


Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on. It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete. In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories. I'm getting faster!


I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I'm just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time.


I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!



Extra:

Personal Message:
"I love hearing from readers! If you read my book and want to share your thoughts, good or bad, email me! Scarlett@ScarlettEdwards.com. I'll be sure to reply!! <3"


Social Media Links:


http://www.goodreads.com/ScarlettEdwards


Buy Links:


Here are the Amazon links:

http://www.amazon.com/Change-of-Heart-ebook/dp/B00CWABVLS

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-of-Heart-ebook/dp/B00CWABVLS

http://www.amazon.ca/Change-of-Heart-ebook/dp/B00CWABVLS


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Forgiven by J.B. McGee ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway






Synopsis

Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.

Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings


Review

Forgiven is the third installment in the This series by J.B. McGee, and I just really have a special place in my heart for Bradley and Gabby.  They have grown together, overcome obstacles, and are finally getting their chance at a happy future together.  4 stars

Forgiven picks right back up where Mending left off.  We get to see Gabby and Bradley's relationship continue to develop as they plan their future, and see them over come the mess that Veronica and Ian have created.  We also get to see Gabby meet her father, and come to terms with her emotions regarding the man who broke her down emotionally.  

Forgiven is a heart warming, emotional love story about forgiveness that will touch you deep within your soul.  I did not feel like Gabby and Bradley's story was complete and was so excited when J.B. announced that we will getting more Gabby and Bradley, more Veronica and Ian, and more Sam!

In closing I have to make mention of one of the most touching scenes in the book, remember this book is called Forgiven......Gabby was given the quote below on a picture frame and I have Faith, Hope, Love tattooed on my foot so I absolutely adored this!
"Never lose Faith. Always have Hope. Love for Always." -






About the Author

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all- girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series



Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/j_b_mcgee

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544571.J_B_McGee

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/jbmcgee

Website: http://www.jbmcgee.com

Blog: http://www.jbmcgeebooks.blogspot.com/

AuthorGraph: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/j_b_mcgee



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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Prelude by KaSonndra Leigh ~ Promo Post and Giveaway







Synopsis:

A New Adult Contemporary Romance

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.

Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless.

Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

This novel contains sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for an audience at 17+ years of age.



Erin Gets Her Happy Dance On…


I’m walking in a daze.

I think I’m going to pass out. Whoa! What just happened out there? The most gorgeous, successful, beautifully arrogant man ever just kissed my hand. My best friend, Selene is going to hate me for being so lucky. I can’t wait to tell her.

“Alright, chill out, Cinderella.” I walk through my door and let all the pretense, aka Miss Control USA, go flying out the window. I hop right up in the middle of my living room floor and start doing my hot damn dance.

So, yeah, Alek’s statement about the prelude freaked me out for a second. The word reminded me of something Jada used to say. His line was just the tiniest bit corny, too. But I meant what I said when I told him I thought his words were cute. He can say anything with that accent and get away with it.

I glance at my watch. 10p.m. It’s too early to call Selene. She works as a bartender in Florence. Sometimes her nights don’t end until around 2am.

I sniff the contract Alek gave me. His scent still lingers on the paper, reminding me of the day I first experienced the scent of his cologne. That was the day I fell on my butt, and he offered me his jacket to cover my body. He’s a true gentleman. Well, maybe a little.

So what if the gesture came after I had bolted for the door because he was looking me up and down at first. I feel myself forgiving his neglect to inform me of his true identity. He’s yet to explain himself. I consider agreeing to meet him for dinner just so he can tell me why he led me to believe he was an assistant.

I shower and throw on my Betty Boop sleeping shirt, a pair of booties, and then try to bring my racing thoughts back under control. Heading to my bedroom, I lie down on the bed and pull out a romance novel Selene let me borrow.

She thinks I’m destined to become either a nun or a homicidal maniac. Her reasoning being that no normal person goes without sex as long as I have done. Selene’s boyfriend and my old design lab partner from school, Christopher, even chimed in to help drill the thought into me one day when the two of them visited. I study the book in my hands.This just doesn’t seem right. Erin Angelo is pulling out a romance novel and actually considering reading it. Now I know something’s wrong with me.



Buy Links

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-Musical-Interlude-Novel-ebook/dp/B00C43RBFI/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1366238613&sr=8-1&keywords=the+prelude


Barnes&Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-prelude-kasonndra-leigh/1114966900?ean=2940016717609






About the Author


Meet your word sculptress...


Author of the Lost Immortals Saga and the Path Seekers Series. I’m also a mother, blogger, reader, gardener, home renovator, and a slayer of undead Egyptian mummies in Tomb Raider. I believe in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring my favorite show ever back.


Strange things about me: Everything. I am weird, odd, unusual, and generally tend to make people think I swooped down from another planet. I don’t know. Maybe I did. Who knows? I’m also a member of the #zombiesurvivalcrew on twitter. So if you need protection from the upcoming apocalypse, don’t hesitate to call on us.


I was born in the race-car city of Charlotte, NC, and now live in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, NC, when I’m not hanging out in Bardonia (Lost Immortals). Most of my characters are based on people that I’ve met throughout my travels and adventures. People tend to stop and start conversations with me as if I’ve known them my entire life. Does this freak me out? Not really. My mom says that one day I’ll get kidnapped by one of them. I told her that if it weren’t for these lovely people then I wouldn’t be able to create the stories that I do.

Author Links


KaSonndra’s Author website: www.kasonndraleigh.com


Prelude's Fan page: http://facebook.com/kasonndraleighbookspage


Prelude's Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/alestasia/the-prelude/


KaSonndra’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/kasonndraleigh



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Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller ~ Review



Blurb:

The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive.
Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.


Review

This is the third book in The Blackstone Affair with the sexy Ethan Blackstone, and oh how I love Mr. Blackstone and his dirty, filthy, kinky, bedroom mouth! Now, I'm not going to lie, it took me a little while to get into this one but once I did, I was sucked right back into the story. 4 stars

In EWO we get a mix of point of views, Ethan's and Brynne's and I loved this! I love male POV's! We get to see Ethan and Brynne's relationship develop and grow, and get to meet Ethan's family and I absolutely adored his niece Zara and Ethan's relationship with her. We also get to see the stalker situation play out, and although I thought there was a little too much predictability to this, it still made the story interesting. I also loved learning more about Ethan's past but there is definitely more to that story. I don't want to give too much of the story away, just know Ethan is still the smoking, hot alpha male we love.

Overall, this was a great story, definitely not my favorite in the series but still anything that has Ethan in it, I'm smitten. I definitely don't feel like the story is complete and from what I hear we haven’t heard the last from these two yet......be on the look out for the next installment in this series!

**ARC provided for honest review through NetGalley.

Buy Eyes Wide Open on Amazon

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pulse and Collide (Re-Design) by Gail McHugh ~ Cover Reveal and Giveaway


Book Title: Pulse (Book Two)

Author: Gail McHugh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 10, 2013

GoodReads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17267122-pulse

Cover Designer: Regina of Mae I Design - http://www.maeidesign.com/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/MaeIDesignandPhotography





Blurb:


How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?


You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your…soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.


Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?


Only time will tell…


Tick-Tock…


Book Title: Collide (Re-Design -Book One)

Author: Gail Mchugh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 18th 2013

GoodReads Linkhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17158596-collide

Cover Designer: Regina of Mae I Design - http://www.maeidesign.com/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/MaeIDesignandPhotography





Blurb:

A missed first encounter…


Colliding with a second chance…


On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.


While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.


Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.


This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.




Collide Buy Links:


Amazon - http://amzn.com/B00B385VCU


Barnes and Nobles - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/collide-gail-mchugh/1114184617?ean=2940016033211




About the author - Gail’s info:

I've always been a lover of writing, but mostly dabbled in creating poetry while raising my three beautiful children. I am grateful my husband of fifteen years has supported me—albeit sometimes kicking and screaming—as I pursue this "hobby" of mine. Without his help, writing would be an impossible endeavor.



In late June 2012, I felt an urgent tug of my pen, and I began writing one of my first novels, Collide. Although I thought it might never see the light of day, it gave me the courage to plunge headfirst onto a path I had never considered before.

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Pieces of You by Cassia Leo ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway










BOOK BLURB:

The story that began in the USA Today bestseller RELENTLESS continues. Which team are you on


In Relentless, college student Claire Nixon and surfer Adam Parker each had a painful past too heavy to carry alone. Claire tried to push Adam away, but Adam's relentless pursuit of her heart and her secrets made her walls come crumbling down.
Though their hearts will never be whole again, Claire and Adam now know they are stronger together than they are apart.


But now Claire's attending college a hundred miles away from Adam. With their relationship already hanging by a thread, Adam is sent to Hawaii on business.


And rock star Chris Knight is back in Claire's life.


Chris wants his ex-girlfriend back and he knows just how to get her: only he has the power to mend the final missing piece of Claire's broken heart. Now Claire must choose between a long-distance relationship with Adam and a second chance at love, family, and home.


New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language, drug use, and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Excerpt – Chris’s POV


The phone rings in my ear as I wait for Claire to pick up. I try to remind myself to stay calm, but this feeling that I’m being lied to makes this very fucking difficult.

“Hello,” she says and just the sound of her voice catches me off guard.

Suddenly, I can’t remember why I called.

“Chris?”

Then it comes back to me. “I thought you told me you didn’t have the money to pay your bill. My assistant just called to pay it and they said your bill was paid this afternoon.”

She’s silent for a moment, probably trying to come up with another lie. “Adam paid it for me.”

I want to throw the phone at the wall. I’m so sick of hearing his fucking name.

“Good,” I reply as I grit my teeth to bite back an angry retort. “Can you talk right now? About Abigail?”

“Yeah,” she whispers so low I can barely hear her.

What is it about hearing a name that can provoke such a strong emotional reaction? I hear the name Adam and I want to pummel something. Claire hears the name Abigail and she immediately shuts down. Maybe I shouldn’t talk to her about this stuff. She needs a clear head to do well in her classes.

“Are you sure you’re okay talking about this?” I ask.

“Yes. I’m fine. I need to talk about it, too.”

I take the stairs down to the first floor and head for the kitchen. I have an apartment in L.A. that’s been empty for months while I’ve been on tour. This Home Sweet Home tour is the last leg for this year. It’s over in the end of September. I’m headed back to L.A. in October to record for a few weeks then I’ll be back before Christmas.

“I need to get you up to speed on the details of the agreement and I need to give you my schedule for the next few months so you can try to handle some of this stuff alone while I’m gone, if necessary.”

“I can’t do this alone.”

I open the refrigerator and grab a bottle of water. When I close the refrigerator door, I notice a new picture my mom must have dug up and stuck on the fridge before she left for work this morning. It’s a picture of me playing at one of my first paid gigs when I was sixteen. A small piece of the back of Claire’s head is visible in the bottom-left corner of the photo. This picture was taken just a few months after I met Claire, when we were still “just friends.” So much has changed. Claire and I will never be “just friends” again.

“You won’t be alone. You’ll be working with Tasha. I’ll be gone for less than four weeks and I’ll be just a phone call away.”

“Don’t you think that’s going to look bad? Leaving to L.A. when we’re so close to coming to an agreement with her parents? They’re already nervous about your… lifestyle.”

I laugh as I take a seat on a barstool. “My lifestyle? What the fuck does that mean?”

“I don’t know,” she replies, probably afraid she’ll offend me if she elaborates.

“Come on, Claire, you can be honest with me. What the fuck do you think I do when I’m not sitting in my mom’s kitchen talking to you?”

“It doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what Abigail’s parents think.”

“It matters to me what you think.”

There’s a long pause followed by a sigh. “I have to study. Feel free to give Tasha my phone number so she can fill me in on the details. Bye, Chris.”

She hangs up before I can get in another word. When I pull the phone away from my ear I see two text message notifications. The first message is from Amira, a girl I made the mistake of giving my phone number to when we fucked two months ago after a show in Houston. She texts me every now and then to tell me about shows she went to in Houston, like I give a fuck. I think she’s waiting for me to tell her the next time I’ll be there for a show.

I delete her text then open the next.

Tasha: Got a cryptic message from adoptive mother. She wants to meet me alone tomorrow without her husband. Will keep you posted.

My stomach twists inside me as I imagine what this could mean. Does she want to call the whole thing off or is she going to allow us to visit Abigail without her husband knowing? Maybe she just needs someone to talk to. I hate the idea that this whole agreement might be causing turmoil in their marriage, but I want to see my daughter. Abigail and Claire are the missing pieces of my heart. Even if I only get to hold Abigail once, I think I can live with that.


Review

I'm trying to compose myself enough to do this review without spewing words of hate towards Cassia (and she knows I'm just joking). So book 2 has the same characters, but its a completely different tone to the book. It's no longer fun and games and falling in love for the first time. This is real life stuff right here! 

So Pieces of You starts off a couple of weeks after the end of Relentless. Adam has started surfing again and is competing and Claire is back at school. And Chris is you know wondering around being a rock god or something. Claire and Chris are attempting to come to an agreement with the adoptive parents of their baby, Abigail. Adam is sent to Hawaii for 2 months, the hardship I know, so he can finally be done with his manipulative asshole father. But 5,000 miles is a lot to ask for a new relationship and add the fact that Chris is so far up Claire's arse that her teachers are grading his work at school too. Adam is struggling as well and I know I made a comment about his drug use in the last book that I didn't see a point to it, but after reading from Adams POV I understand it. I don't agree with it in any way shape or form but I understand it. Yeah so Adam is struggling with the insecurities of having a gf with a rocker as an ex boyfriend/baby daddy and all the hoes trying to sleep with him. Again there was some stuff there that I didn't see the point of BUT they probably play into the next book. Well crap goes down and all hell and my emotions break loose. I was all over the place with this book. And I didn't switch hit. I was contemplating playing for team Chris for like a couple of chapters. Adam literally broke my heart. What was I suppose to do? DON'T JUDGE ME! Anyways I loved this book a lot more then Relentless because Cassia Leo peeled back my emotions one by one and made me live there. "Why would you spew words of hate to Cassia then?" You ask. Well because after getting me everywhere from hurt to guilt to down right confused she decides that "hey all this drama isn't enough let's add some more shit on to it!!!!!!!!!" Last freaking paragraph of this book had be yelling and cursing and shaking my kindle like I was trying to give it shakin baby syndrome!

I'm a lot calmer now that I got to rant to you lovely readers. I really loved his book, it's fabulous and I seriously can not wait for book 3. I hope Cassia writes fast because if not I'm gonna have to resort to stalking her!

*Review by Rosa









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USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Head Over Wheels by January Valentine ~ Review and Giveaway



Blurb

Warning: This book contains graphic sexual encounters and language. Not recommended for readers under 17.

Turning 21 hasn't proven very fruitful for Jewelia Delarosa. Still, one lost boyfriend & two failed classes haven't gotten her down. She's got her sights set on a career with the NYPD, and is on course ... until she meets an irresistible and unpredictable Med Student who contradicts everything she thought she knew about Life, Love, Commitment ... and Sex.

Whether on the front seat of his Wrangler or his kitchen counter, her reserve is low, desire higher than the roof of the isolated A-frame in Maine where the two enjoy a weekend with friends, and take romance to the next level.

Who'll be there to catch her when she's falling Head Over Wheels?

Review

This one took me a little bit longer to read and get into, and I was honestly thinking it was probably around a 3 star rating but around 30 - 40 % it really started picking up and took a turn for the better. I found myself more engrossed in the story.  I actually loved the heroine Jewel, which is rare for me because I'm usually more invested in the male characters. Head Over Wheels gets 4 stars.

Head Over Wheels is the story of Jewel and James Ballou (aka "Jimmy" and "Indigo" too many names, just call him Jimmy LOL).  Jewel is a bright young woman, studying to be a police officer. She meets Jimmy one day at a Cafe and it's instant attraction. They don't actually get to talk until they run into each other again at a bike-a-thon that Jewel's roommate Emma drags her on. Jimmy is smoking hot, sexy and in medical school....Dr. McDreamy anyone?  Even though the chemistry is there and they start seeing each other, Jimmy is hot one minute and cold the next and with all these mixed signals Jewel just can't figure out exactly what he wants. So we get loads of sexual tension! Oh, and I have to mention his mother and his crazy friend Vanessa, who obviously want to put a stop to Jewel's and Jimmy's relationship before it can even really get started....it's obvious there's some baggage there.

"Jewel, I have extensive knowledge of the human anatomy. I know the physiology of an orgasm, and the effects on a body when it's denied release. I know what to do to a woman...how to bring her to a screaming climax."

I can't leave out mention of Jewel's friends Emma and Pete, and even Jewel's family who help make this story and provide us with laughs while Jewel struggles with her and Jimmy's relationship status.

Head Over Wheels was funny, full of steamy sexual tension, romance and even had a little mystery to the plot.  I was actually shocked as some of the story was revealed, I did not see some of it coming.....so if your looking for a light fun read this one is for you!



About the Author

January Valentine is the pen name of Victoria Valentine, New York writer and indie book publisher. See Victoria's Author page: amazon.com/author/victoriavalentine

I chose to use a pen name because Love Dreams was originally going to be a red hot erotic story, and I wanted to separate Victoria, who writes contemporary fiction and children's storybooks. Since my birth month is January, January Valentine seemed an appropriate pseudonym.

I also host a blogtalkradio show: Away With Words, every Wednesday evening at 7 PM EST where my co host Jill and I interview other writers and poets and discuss writing in general: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aww1

Love Dreams is a story about a handicapped young man who secretly falls hopelessly (and helplessly) in love with a young woman who hides herself, and her past, beneath a grim but beautiful exterior. This gentle romance builds into a powerful "reality".

Sweet Dreams is a novel about a serial killer who is on the loose, working his way up the east coast. Previews on: http://www.skylinestories.us

My new book, Head Over Wheels, (Spicy Young Romance) has released and is available in paperback and Kindle and other electronic formats. Read about "Wheels" and win a free copy and other gifts on my blog: http://januaryvalentine.blogspot.com/p/head-over-wheels-valentines-day-giveaway.html

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Schooled by Deena Bright ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway






Blurb:

The horrifying shock of witnessing her husband banging his skank-whore secretary spurred this ever-wholesome and rule-following teacher to seek some new lessons of her own. A young teacher learns about sexuality, pleasure, and satisfaction from rather unlikely and forbidden teachers, her former students, now recent college graduates. Not only does she get “schooled” by the beautifully-built all-American football player who struggled to pass her class, but she also learns a few tricks from the innocent, well-read, and thoroughly sexy bookworm. Both men teach her that not all curricula worth learning comes from a book.

Go through the journey Janelle Garrity-Flowers faces after discovering her husband’s infidelity. Growing up, she followed the rules, but now, she wants to defy the norms and play by her own rules. Janelle explores her own sexuality, searching for pleasure beyond her wildest dreams. However, despite this callow teacher’s “lesson plan” of forgoing the rules and not letting emotion get involved, the teacher must decide between the athlete, the scholar, and the career she loves. But what or who does she love and want more?

Adult language
Adult content
Explicit sex scenes



Excerpt 

The three of us were sitting around just talking, talking mainly about bullshit topics, nothing of substance. I was talked out by that point when there was a knock at the door. Joz got up to get it. “Hey Nelle, Uh, I think it’s for you,” she said teasingly.

I walked to the door; my eyes widened. Briggs was standing on my porch, holding a comeback cup from Starbucks. All his confidence and assuredness was back, leaning on the frame of the door.

“Dude, why is Briggs Alexander at my house...your house?” Jasper was looking at Briggs, star struck, as he bounded up to the front door, shaking his hand and pounding his back. Everyone in town knew Briggs; he was a hometown celebrity. Jasper led Briggs in. Suddenly, silence and awkwardness filled the room.

“You know he was one of my students.” I didn’t know what else to say and that response certainly didn’t clear anything up.

Jocelyn walked up to him, looking formal and business-like. “So Briggs, is it? What brings you here this morning?” Nice Jocelyn. Real subtle. “With Starbucks?” Damn Jocelyn, shut it. Jocelyn and Jasper were floored. I didn’t think it could get any worse at this point.

“I just thought the Teach deserved an apple.” He pulled a small apple from his pocket and popped it into the air. It hit his bicep, sending the apple through the air to me. I caught it with a giggle, quickly shutting my mouth and sucking in my lips. “Plus, I left my phone right there last night,” he said as he walked over to get it. I hadn’t even noticed his phone. And yes, it could get more awkward. Oh. My. God. What were they going to think?

Jocelyn and Jasper glanced back and forth between us, then incredulously at each other. They decided that they needed to get going and were stumbling over each other to leave. Mortified wasn’t strong enough to explain how I felt. They mumbled their goodbyes and left the pool house, leaving us alone.

“I left the phone here on purpose.” Briggs looked so proud of himself. “What can I say? I’m an overachiever, eager to learn more.” Alright, he was hot, even though he wasn’t as skilled in the bedroom as I had imagined, his sex appeal and willingness to learn was making up for it. Fuck it, what did I have to lose? My job. My reputation. My dignity. Eh, fuck it.

“I’m glad you’re here; I was just about to take a shower.” His eyes widened. “But a bath seems pretty good too. Interested?” His shirt was off before I finished the sentence. “But hon, you need to learn some self-control.” I couldn’t believe how cliché I was being, but I wanted this man naked and in my bathtub.


Review

OMGeeee this book freaking rocked! Yes, while it sucked catching your husband with another woman Janelle got to live out every woman's fantasy....okay maybe not every woman's but I'm not gonna lie....where can I sign up? Schooled was hot, sexy, funny, and actually quite romantic....you must read this book! 4 stars.

In Schooled we meet Janelle and after coming home early and busting her douche bag husband in their bed with his secretary, Janelle walks out on the marriage and not sure where to go she heads to a local bar.  There she runs into former student Briggs Alexander.  Briggs is on the rise to fame, cocky, sexy with his mocha skin and blue eyes, almost 24 years old....and did I mention he wants Janelle?  Briggs becomes too much to resist and Janelle becomes his teacher in the bedroom also.....whew I needed a fan for this, so freaking steamy!

Then we get to meet Leo Cling, also a former student who wants Janelle.  He's the former nerd turned hottie who is super sweet, fun, good with her nieces, just the boy next door.....oh and a virgin! The relationship between him and Janelle develops and it is so sweet and genuine, yet steamy too!

So Janelle is in a bind, she has two sexy great guys she can't resist, who both don't want to share her and want a relationship with her and she's not even divorced yet.  Then in the mist of all this, she doesn't give in to one of her sleazeball former students, Vince's advances and he's slinging her name through the mud! She's got a big challenge ahead and a big decision to make as to which guy will ultimately win her heart......so beware cliffhanger, and I'm Team Undecided....I actually loved both guys which is rare for me!

Schooled was fabulous, to the supporting characters like Char, Janelle's best friend that had you laughing out loud to Janelle/Briggs/and Leo who will be steaming up the pages.....don't miss out on this fun and sexy read! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see what the gang is up to and who wins Janelle's heart.


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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Winners of our 4,000 Facebook Likes Giveaway





WINNERS WINNERS, CHICKEN DINNERS!! Big Thank you to everyone who liked our page and participated in our giveaway! Below are the winners.  You will be receiving an email in the next couple of days but if you see your name here please contact us at sugarandspicebookreviews@gmail.com with the prize you won, your mailing address if you won a paperback or book tote and if you won an ebook please let us know what book you won, what format you prefer and what email address you would like your ebook sent to! Thanks, Brandi and Pam!

Signed copy of Collide by Author Gail McHugh ~ Jessie Llewellyn

Signed copy of A Life More Complete by Nikki Young ~ Kerri McLaughlin

Signed copy of Taken by Storm by Kelli Maine ~ Lindsey Licciardi

Signed copy of Fallen Desire by Natasha Echeverria ~ Laura Troxel

Ecopy of Taken by Storm by Kelli Maine ~ Margarita Cantu

Ecopy of Finally Found by Nicole Andrews Moore ~ Margarita Cantu

Ecopy (Smashwords version) of Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora ~ Catherine Carr

Ecopy of Destined to Change by Lisa Harley ~ Heather Robinson

Ecopies of Love Unexpected and Love Unmatched by Anne Leigh ~ Amy Avery-Johnson

Ecopies of Love Unexpected and Love Unmatched by Anne Leigh ~ Heather Heath Mitchell

Ecopy of Coming Home by B.L. Mooney ~ Amanda Lindig

Ecopy of Coming Home by B.L. Mooney ~ Sarah Vander Meer

1 complete ebook set of the Star Series (3 books) by Jettie Woodrufff ~ Wendy Widger Stubbs 

1 Book Boyfriend Book Tote Bag donated by Elaine Breson ~  Yvonne Cline Simpkins

1 ecopy of The Last Boyfriend by J.S. Cooper ~ Laurna Hamilton


Rumors by Stephanie Abrams ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway






Blurb:

Conspiracies, secrets, lies, scandals and loves are woven into the intrigue of the business and personal lives of Frank, and his young wife, Maisy, their family and friends, as rumors swirl around them and the company Frank joins on his search for a more comfortable life. Warned by Maisy’s dad, a retired Nassau County, NY police officer, that disaster awaits if he accepts a job at this local company, based on unprovable rumors about the corporation, Frank’s need to make a better life for himself and Maisy result in the lives of all around them being sucked into danger. Rumors abound, like a tornado sweeping through the family and community, threaten the lives, livelihoods, and love relationships of family, friends, and acquaintances in this Long Island community! A glimpse into Frank’s welcoming ceremony into the company sets the stage for the intrigue that follows.



Excerpt

It seemed like only yesterday that they watched Maisy graduate from high school. It seemed like only yesterday these same family members and friends attended Maisy’s graduation party. The irony was that it was only yesterday. . .

. . .As the guests arrived, it was clear that they were beginning to grow weary of the rounds of rituals and celebrations being heaped on Maisy in one compressed weekend and the demands placed on them to exude their joy while suppressing their impulses to indulge in the kind of gossip one would expect from the timing of the two events. Who could blame them from pandering in rumors that Maisy was pregnant and that this must be the proverbial shotgun wedding?
The rumors seemed all the more believable when you looked at the couple. They were so mismatched. Maisy was still very much the giddy, scatterbrained teenager, frequently described as flighty. She was fun to be around but completely focused on nail polish and hair rinses. Her husband-to-be, six years her senior, was tall, olive-skinned, and dark haired and made quite a contrast to Maisy’s pale skin and auburn hair. It didn’t take much to figure out that it wasn’t Maisy’s mind that interested Frank. But it was difficult to see how someone as cute as Maisy, with a flair for making people feel comfortable and keeping them laughing from her antics, could find anything about Frank to love other than the attention he showered on her.
Frank could best be described as devoid of personality. No one could remember ever seeing Frank smile. The contrast of bouncy, bubbly, buxom Maisy and dull and dour Frank added to the undercurrent of buzzing of the guests and propelled the rolling of eyes among those trying their best not to speak ill of this moment of joy.
. . . the honeymoon consisted of one night in a motel off of the New Jersey Turnpike and an afternoon at the slot machines in Atlantic City. Maisy had barely removed her wedding gown and the honeymoon was over. Actually, it was worse than over. Because Frank was in a pitifully low-paying job, an apartment of their own was out of the question. So the honeymoon ended with Frank carrying two nylon duffle bags across the threshold of Hilda and Nate’s house while Maisy brought up the rear carrying the large garment bag that housed her wedding gown. This was not the romantic beginning to their life together that Maisy would have liked. . .
. . . Frank surveyed the room for one square foot of uncluttered space to put down the two nylon duffle bags. Not finding a spot was the defining moment of the newlywed’s first fight. It started so simply with Frank’s words: “Do you have to be such a slob?” to which Maisy responded by bursting into tears and running the kitchen in search of Mommy and Daddy. . .
. . . It was summer. It was hot, muggy, humid and steamy, and that was just the climate in Maisy and Frank’s bedroom. Outside wasn’t much different. For the newlyweds, the sex was good but not as quiet as Nate and Hilda would have liked. . . .
. . . One night at dinner, Frank stunned Hilda and Nate by saying a full sentence that wasn’t related to passing food on the table.
“I’m thinking about changing jobs,” Frank muttered.. . . “I’ve got this account I’ve been sellin’ auto parts to and they like me,” Frank went on. “They asked me to come over and talk about a job.” . . .
. . .“What kind of money are they offering you, Frank?” Nate continued to probe
“Twice what I’m makin’ now!
“Twice?” Nate asked, incredulously.
“. . . Maisy and I will be able to move out of here and get an apartment of our own and live on Easy Street,” Frank concluded.
“There’s no such place, Frank,” Nate cautioned.
. . . “Well, who is this company?” Nate queried.
“Ryan, Cuttler, Angeline, and Dugan,” Frank said proudly.
“Oh, no you don’t!” Nate exhorted.
“Wait a minute, Nate!” Frank shot back. “Who the hell are you to tell me what I can do and can’t do? This is my ticket out of here. This is my chance for success. I think you’re just jealous ‘cause you didn’t make that kind of money at my age.”
”“Nate doesn’t have a jealous bone in his body,” Hilda retorted, protectively. “You watch your mouth and you take that back, Frank.”
Nate turned to Hilda, proud of her defense of him, and asked her to take Maisy for a walk so he and Frank could talk alone. Hilda and Maisy dutifully complied and, then, Nate continued.
“Listen, Frank. Those guys are bad people. They’ve got a bad reputation. If they get their hands on you, you’ll never get out from their clutches. Don’t fall for the easy money,” Nate concluded.
“It’s not easy money. I’m going to be working a lot of hours doing important stuff,” Frank defended.
“Frank, think about what I’m saying to you,” Nate went on. “You’re responsible for Maisy, too. I’m telling you, Frank, these people are no good! Stay away from them! No one’s been able to make anything stick, but they’re a shady organization. Don’t do it, Frank! ”
As he said these words, Nate stood up, pushed his chair away from the table and walked out of the room. Frank muttered, “He can’t tell me what to do,” and then lapsed into his customary silence, which went unnoticed since Frank sat alone in the room.
The next morning, Frank came down earlier than usual. It was obvious at once that he had taken extra steps in grooming himself. His hair was slicked back, his tie was in a Windsor knot, his shoes were glossy, his nails were spotless, and all of the items he was wearing coordinated. The final touch was that he smelled of sweet spices. This was a man with an agenda. And his agenda had given him confidence and altered his mood with the intoxication of the excitement that the day would bring.
Frank sauntered into the kitchen. He swaggered over to the coffeepot and poured himself a full mug. He turned with the flair of a man on top of the world and said with gusto, “Good Morning, Hilda,” to which she responded,
“Good grief, what’s come over you?
“Boy, you sure can’t win around here, can you?” he replied.
“That’s all right,” he continued. “I’m a rising star, in charge of my own destiny.
You’ll see,” he said with finality. “You’ll see.”
As Frank walked liltingly down the front path to his rusting car, Nate appeared on the sidewalk and said, “Don’t be a fool, Frank. These people are no good. Stay away from them! You’re gonna get yourself in trouble. I know what I’m talking about!” Nate’s thirty years on the police force made that statement good as gold.
Nate’s final words of warning were lost on Frank as the noisy rumblings of his muffler drowned the words of reason and wisdom that he was offered


Review:

This book really shocked me, it was very entertaining....definitely outside of my typical read. Rumors was filled with mystery, gossip, deceit, friendship, and passion.. Rumors engrossed me from start to finish. 4 stars 

The story starts with Frank and Maisy, a couple newly married. Frank is offered a job and even with a warning from his father in law, it doesn't stop him from taking the job. He wants to take care of his new wife. He eventually realizes, after a unconventional welcome, that he should of never taken this job. It's too late now, there is no way he can back out. Things are spiraling out of control as we meet family and friends of this couple and see relationship destroyed all by rumors. I loved how this book kept you guessing all the way through and thinking about how everything tied together.

I recommend you read this book, heck, this would be a great TV show.  Rumors is unique, full of secrets and lies, and will grip you from start to finish.

*Review by Brandi


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Stephanie Abrams is recognized worldwide as a travel expert and has been rated as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel. She is the executive producer and host of two nationally syndicated radio shows about travel and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC1 Radio and BBC1 TV. She is a sought-after motivational speaker and has given seminars for the last nine years at the NYTimes Travel Show. She is a journalist whose work has appeared in TRAVELHOST, travelgirl, Fido Friendly and WHERE NY. She travels widely globally and in the US and has an award-winning website, which includes the family of brands http://www.sAbrams.com, http://www.travelers411.com andhttp://www.JetSet411.com.
Abrams has been the recipient of honors, awards and recognitions for her signature business legacy and accomplishments in the travel industry and her philanthropic work sponsoring travel experiences for people whom she identifies as “needing to go someplace of significance to them who otherwise would not get there,” and for needy and homeless children to have the opportunity to travel both in the US and abroad to expand their horizons and assist them in raising the bar in creating their own life goals. Recognitions and awards have come from the Saint Patrick Centre in Northern Ireland, the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, the Giving Tree Outreach Program that rescues homeless and needy children, the Big Apple Project Pearl Legacy, the Euro-American Women’s Council, the City of Athens and the island of Mykonos, Greece as well as the Greek National Ministry of Tourism, and the Greek Hellenic Parliament.

Abrams launched her travel career after following a path she describes as “what was expected of me.”
After receiving her BA and Master of Science degrees, Abrams taught every level from elementary school children through college where her focus was on developing a curriculum concentration in the field of Travel & Tourism. In the travel industry, she rose to the position of Executive Vice President of a $1.5 billion global travel company and has been recognized with many prestigious awards including being honored as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Travel Agent Magazine.

Stephanie Abrams first novel, “Rumors,” while a work of fiction, presents characters and events inspired by her world travels and observations of life’s experiences, creating fictional but believable characters and incidents with unexpected twists and turns. The quiet lives of ordinary people are thrown into chaos that all beings with rumors among friends, family, strangers and colleagues driven by greed, egos and the search for power. Life appears to be imitating art as recent real news events seem to be copied from directly from the pages of Rumors as the first character, Herbert Holmes, is introduced as Mr. Bodyparts.

Abrams is currently working on the first in a series of travel guides which is a new approach creating perfect days traveling in Ireland which will be immediately followed with a sequel to RUMORS called SECRET. Abrams favorite things in life are traveling with her husband, Mark, producing exciting radio programming about inspiring destinations for her national audience, finding occasions to speak French, visiting with her son, Dru, in California, writing stories and poems for and about her granddaughter, Piper, and kissing her English Springer Spaniel, Maggie McGee, on the nose.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fading by E.K. Blair ~ Cover Reveal




Genre: Contemporary, coming of age

Release Date - June 21, 2013

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Facebook Author page - https://www.facebook.com/EKBlairAuthor




Synopsis:

Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.


At what point do secrets become lies?

 
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Distorted by Laura Dunaway ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway







SYNOPSIS

Aly Chase has worked for Paul Pierce for years, loving him from afar. He is handsome, rich, and the powerful CEO of Pierce Homes. Just when Aly has decided her love for him is futile and vows to move on, Paul begins to give Aly the attention she had always desired, forcing her to feel confused by his actions.

Then there's Aly’s best friend, Ethan Baker. He's sweet, handsome and charming. He is also in love with her. He's accepted that Aly and he will only be friends, until one day Aly realizes that her feelings towards Ethan are way more.

Aly is caught in between the man she’s loved for so long and the man that has always been there for her. As her feelings are pulled and tugged in both directions, she must make a choice before her distorted life loses both of them.

Who will end up winning Aly's heart?


EXCERPT 

Paul’s green eyes were burning into mine. I could feel the electricity from his gaze shoot straight to my core. He began kissing my hand again, brushing his lips along my knuckles. Once his lips reached the divot between my index finger and thumb, his lips parted. Very gently he ran his tongue along the surface. My body heated and my heart beat grew rapid. His lips parted into a smile, knowing the affect he had on me. I stood there powerless as this man gave me the most intimate kiss without ever touching my lips.

His tongue glided around my wrist, then he stopped to suck ona few places. I grew warm all over and closed my eyes, unable to stop myself from loving what he was doing. He continued up my arm, looking at me the whole time. When he got to the start of my sleeve, he bit down on it and moved it up to my shoulder, trying a few times until it finally stayed. He went back to where he was and started kissing up my arm again. He stopped as he got close to my shoulder and swirled his tongue around my skin. Fire completely erupted inside of me and I let out a moan. This was the sexiest moment I’d ever experienced and I knew if he tried to do more, I wouldn’t stop him.

He reached the top of my shoulder, sliding his tongue along the top of my bra strap until my shirt stopped his access. He detoured to my neck and started dropping light kisses there as I felt his hands go to my waist and pull me close. His lips were warm against my neck and when I felt his tongue start tracing my ear lobe, I visibly shuddered.

He smiled against me. “Ah, Aly. You don’t know what you do to me,” he whispered, his hot breath brushing against my ear. I grasped his arms; I could no longer hold myself up on my own. He was slowly but breaking down the strong barrier I had built around my heart.

He lightly bit my earlobe as his lips traveled to my face, traveling down my jaw line. My hands moved to his shoulders and he pulled me harder against him, slamming me against his chest. I gasped at the contact and when his lips met mine, I didn’t push him away. Instead, I pushed his head toward me more.

We stood there kissing like our lives depended on it, hardly taking a breath. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed him, missed this. Even though I’d barely had a taste of what being with him was like, I’d had enough to know I liked it, and always wanted more.


Review

My favorite kinda book....ya'll know I love me a good love triangle and it's really hard for me to write a review of this book with no spoilers, because one the characters really ticked me off! Laura knows exactly what I'm talking about LOL! I had a WTH....OH NO THE FREAK he didn't moment and let me tell you, I am so glad this book went the way it did......I actually stayed up quite late finishing because I JUST HAD TO KNOW WHO Riley ends up with! 4 stars


Aly Chase is stuck between two guys who love her and she has to decide which one she wants to have a relationship with. She has Paul Pierce, the sexy, hot CEO of Pierce Homes that she has worked for three years now. He has had a steady girlfriend and she has painfully watched them together for the last couple of years. for those three years. She thinks that Paul doesn't have any interest in her......well she is wrong, she quickly finds out when something changes between them! Aly also has her best friend since college, Ethan, who works at Pierce Homes as well.  Ethan has always been there for Aly through thick and thin. Aly knew that Ethan had feelings for her, but never realized the extent of those feelings.  When something happens with Paul, Aly sees Ethan in a whole new light. One of these characters makes a huge mistake and Aly has to decide which guy is ultimately going to win her heart?

This is a great debut novel for Laura! Distorted is full of angst, drama, love and a cast of characters some of whom you will love and some of whom you will hate ;)

*Review by Brandi

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AUTHOR BIO

Laura Dunaway has been married to her prince for 17 years and together they are raising three amazing kids. While she's always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn't until this past year that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, Distorted was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she'd written The End. When she's not busy shuttling her kids to lessons and practices and making dinner, she's busy behind her computer writing her next book.



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