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Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: All Wrapped Up by Braxton Cole

By: Braxton Cole
Release date: July 1st
All wrapped up is book two in the The List Series

~Blurb~
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), 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 novels because romance is the stuff that makes life great and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

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Check out the new cover for Birthday Wishes, Book One of The List Series



~Blurb~
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?


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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


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Forgiven (This #3)
Released: May 16th
Genre: New Adult
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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 love 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.




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Forgiven (This, #3)Forgiven by J.B. McGee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*4.5 Stars*

This series just keeps getting better and better.

When I finished conspiring I needed to know more. I loved that it gave a perspective into the minds of Veronica and Ian. I recommend reading it before Forgiven but it's not necessary.

Forgiven took me on a journey through the craziness that was Bradley and Gabby's lives. They were both dealing with individual problems that gave the story a lot of depth.

"It's by grace, love, and forgiveness that any of us experience joy"

I particularly liked how Bradley dealt with the whole "baby momma drama". I liked that he questioned everything. A lot of times the guy just kind of takes it all at face value but not Bradley. That made me love him so much more. I SWOON for Bradley. I have a major book crush on him right now.

Gabby was stronger this time around and I really enjoyed her coming into her own. She seemed more mature to me. She was ready to tackle old ghosts and not just run away from her problems. Which was her past M.O.

I particularly liked the switch in POV's throughout the story. You really got to experience every event with each of the characters. It made you understand where they were coming from.

I am looking forward to book 3.5 Falling, Veronica and Ian's story. But I am even MORE excited about Blinded, Sam's story!!! Will we see more of Joe?? I hope so!


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Author Spotlight


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 hometown.

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, they 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.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh

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Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh
 
 
Collide:
Collide has a brand new cover. Here is...
Before
 
 
 
AND
 
 
After 
 
 
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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
COVER DESIGNER: Regina of Mae I Design ~ Website ~ Facebook
 
 
 
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 fells, 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.
 
 
 
Now for the cover of the highly anticipated sequel
PULSE:
 
 
 
 
 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 10th 2013
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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 on 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...
 
 
 
 
About Gail
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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Monday, May 27, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Hiding in Plain Sight (book 2 in The Silver Oaks Series) by Kate Mathias

 
 
 

The much anticipated sequel to Worlds Apart. If you have not read Worlds Apart I recommend that you read it before starting Hiding in Plain Sight. They are both so good! Only $.99 each.


 


~The Blurb~
Graham Reynolds has always taken on the role of the protector in his family. He's a hard working DEA agent but he has a secret that he's been keeping his whole life--he can jump to parallel universe. It's on one of these jumps that he faces an impossible dilemma. Will he make it in time to save his half sister from the wrath of a mad man? Will Graham be able to deal with the consequences of his actions?

Lily Bennett is the girl next door that Graham remembers as the shy, quiet childhood friend. All grown up, Lily is a powerful CFO of her family's business. Graham saved Lily once when they were children but now Lily may be the only one who can save Graham from his past. Will she be able to pull him out of his darkness and back to her or will he be forever hiding in plain sight?


~An Excerpt~





“Hi,” She glanced up at Graham and slowly licked her bottom lip. Her eyes had gone from a warm brown to a dark liquid color that threatened to drown Graham. “Hi yourself,” he took a hold of her chin with his thumb and traced a small circle on her jaw line. Bending his head, he slowly brushed his lips on hers and was instantly met with a current that seemed to stir him all the way to his stomach. He craved her like no other, but also wanted to take his time and enjoy every curve of her soft skin, every crease he needed to memorize. 

He inhaled her sweet smell and seemed to hold his breath as her scent filled every inch of his being. With both of his hands free, he wrapped them around her lower back and bunched a handful of material in his fist. Graham pulled her into his body, feeling her warmth and softness, which threatened to take all of his senses over the edge. 

His tongue joined hers and in a slow dance with one another’s mouths, he hungrily deepened the kiss until he could hear his heart beating in his ears. Graham could be satisfied kissing and drinking in her lips for days, but Lily broke away from him slowly. 

 Looking up at him through her eyelashes, she bent down and slipped off her heel on one foot and then removing the other one, she let it drop to the floor. She never took her eyes off of Graham and watched him watching her. Reaching up and pulling her hair so it fell to one side, she slowly untied the knot on the halter dress behind her neck. Graham watched as the material slipped down and seemed to free-fall past her curvy hips to land in a heap on the floor. 

~The Review~
 

Hiding in Plain Sight (The Silver Oaks Series, #2)Hiding in Plain Sight by Kate Mathias
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*4.5 Stars*
What a fantastic sequel. Even better than the first and the first was good already. Kate Mathias takes us on a journey that is out of this world in more ways than one.

Hiding in Plain Sight is the second book in The Silver Oaks series. The first book Worlds Apart is so different and interesting. It is different in the best possible way. You follow the story of Piper, Pip, and the Joes and their inter-connected lives. If you have not read Worlds Apart yet I recommend you read it before you read Hiding in Plain Sight, only because there is A LOT of background story that you might get little lost trying to figure out on your own.

Hiding in Plain Sight picks up exactly where Worlds Apart left off and then jumps 20 years in the future. We continue to follow the lives of Graham, Arie, Palmer, Pip, the Joes, and even the ever present Chad. We get to see how everyone has coped with Piper being gone. This story really demonstrates how everyone deals with loss in different ways. For some is easier to pick up the pieces and keep going while others struggle to not take the loss personally and feel abandoned. There are so many emotional levels to this story. It really grabs you and it’s hard to disconnect from it.

Graham is faced with a very difficult situation that leaves him uncertain if the career he chose is the right one. This leads to him being unfocused and causing his friend, Lance, to sustain an injury that he feels he is responsible for. Lily, Lance’s sister, has been Graham’s friend since childhood. When they reconnect they are immediately drawn to each other. She is exactly what Graham needs,even if he doesn't know it.

“I may have protected you all those years, but Lily, you’re the one that saved me. I didn’t even realize that I needed saving until you came along and opened my eyes”--Graham

“Sometimes even knights in shining armor need to be rescued too” – Lily


This story is even more intense than the first one. At one point is “jumping” crazy. It seems like everyone is “jumping” and the outcome of those jumps are uncertain. I loved getting to see the addition of other characters into the story. I am super excited for Cole and Brant!!! I think those two are going to bring some interesting twists to the next part of this story Spitfire. I can’t wait to see if/when Arie is going to be able to jump. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in this series!


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~About the Author~

Kate Mathias is a former elementary teacher and real estate agent. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.








 
~Fun Facts about Kate~
1. I have been skydiving and have flown a small plane.
2. My dad's a pilot and I've taken a plane off numerous times.
3. I'm an adventure junkie and love the thrill of roller coasters and anything that moves high and fast.
4. I can't get enough of sweets and often have dessert after breakfast.
5. I don't drink coffee or tea.
6. I'm a night owl and tend to stay up every night until midnight even during the week.
7. My family and friends always come first and I'm dedicated to other's happiness almost to a fault.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez

Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez
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Blurb
 
Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.
 
However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.
 
Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.
 
Piece of cake, right? 
 
 
Excerpt
 
He stepped closer, only a couple of feet away from me. He smelled heavenly, like rain and citrus. "Every night. I've been trying to figure out a way to find you, to save you, and here you are, so close all this time, and I never knew," he sadly said.
 
It was my turn to step closer. Tears pooled in my eyes as I said, "I didn't think you existed. I hoped that you did, but I thought I was crazy to believe that I could find you."
 
I reached out my hand to touch his face. When I did, a jolt of electricity sparked between us, spreading what felt like burning honey throughout every inch of my body. What was happening to me? Whatever it was, I didn't want it to stop; it was one of those pains that felt amazingly good, almost addictive. Jace's eyes widened as an astonished smile spread across his face. "Unbelievable," he said as he grabbed a handful of my curls at the back of my head, pulling my face to his to crush his lips to mine.
 
His kiss was desperate, just like his gaze in my nightmares, only multiplied. I opened his mouth with my tongue, tangling with his as our passion increased. I had never had a kiss come close to this one, and it had just started. He tasted exotic, a subtle sweetness present as he caressed my tongue with his. I clutched his shirt, twisting it in my hands as I tried to pull his body to become one with mine. Heat rushed in-between my thighs and pooled there, sending tendrils of burning warmth up my stomach. I never wanted this to end; the world could stop turning right now, and I would be oblivious, deliriously happy in Jace's lips.
 
 
Review 
 
EnvisionedEnvisioned by Nikki Narvaez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Prophecy:
A child will be born, who within, the blood of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water dwell,
The sky will fall to reclaim the Earth, and bring forth the depths of Hell,
Five will journey to the mountains cast from Medusa's gaze, to halt what Evil has been sent to raze.


Prophecy say what?!?

I love a good paranormal read and Nikki Narvarz does a great job on her debut 'Envisioned'.

Brielle De Luca is a high school senior who just wants to finish school and experience something different then the life she lives now. Little does she know that when she turns 18 her life would change forever when she learns that not only can she control one element but she can control them all.

For a while Brielle has had very vivid dreams of otherworldly "things" that keep her up at night, but what she can't shake from the dreams is the boy that reaches out to her for help but she can never save.

"Somehow, all of that wasn't as unsettling as when I saw him- those startling eyes, glowing like embers, burning into me with a look of desperation that I still could not comprehend. Why did he stare at me like I was his salvation? Why did he elicit feelings of longing in me like no other? Talons gripped at his shoulders, causing him to thrash and reach in my direction. They dragged him away into the blackness of the night, and his screams penetrated me to my soul."

Brielle has an intense connection to the guy from her dreams but she doesn't even know what her dreams mean.

Then there is Jace.
Jace, a Fire elemental, also has a recurring dream, where a girl reaches out to him but he can't save, that hunts him at night. Jace knows she has to be real and living out there somewhere.

I can't give too much away because it would take away from the story. But I'll just say that after Brielle and Jace meet sparks fly and the fate of their world ends up in their hands.

If you like being transported into another world where magic reigns and true love CAN conquer all then check out Envisioned.

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About Nikki

My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 26 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold'Em poker.
 
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Cover reveal: Fading by e.k. blair

 
Genre: Contemporary, coming of age
Release date: June 21, 2013
 
~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 fu 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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Luck of Love Spotlight and Giveaway!!!

Luck of Love by Tiffany Aleman and Ashley Poch is finally released!!!
 
We are currently reading this and can't wait for you guys to enjoy it as well.
 
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~Synopsis~
Blake Riley thought she could leave her traumatic past behind when she left for college. Starting a new life and moving forward never sounded so good. Living carefree with her best friend in Ocean City, New Jersey gave her the freedom she had always hoped for.
 
But sometimes life isn't so carefree.
 
When Blake finds herself torn between the affections of two men, emotions that have been buried for years will be exposed. Derrick, a powerful CEO of a popular casino resort, instantly captivates her. Being drawn into his domineering passion, she bares herself to him in a way she least expected. With Landon, a successful attorney, she can be someone new; someone free from her haunting past. Each man evokes a different side of Blake. As both relationships grow stronger, walls slowly begin to crack.
 
What will happen when the past slowly creeps its way into the present?
 
With two worlds filled with secrets and lies, it's only a matter of time before they crash and truths are revealed.
 
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~Excerpt~
Standing on the landing in front of Blake's door knocking, my cell phone vibrates. Reaching in and pulling it out of my pocket, I open a text from Blake.

Blake: It's open. Come in and find me ;)

With a smile spreading across my face, I open the door walking in. Closing it behind me, I walk past the couch, tossing my bag on it.

Searching for Blake, I go to the last room I haven't looked in yet. Opening her door I'm frozen in place when I see a very sexy Blake standing in front of me, wearing a pair of black stilettos, black stockings with garter belts attached to a pair of lacy boy shorts, and a black bra that has me salivating at the sight of her. My dick jumps to attention, as a white satin tie hangs around her neck and over her breasts, the tip skims above her belly button. Her wavy hair hangs freely down her back. A pair of scarlet red square framed glasses rests on her face completing her look. Spinning around slowly letting me take in the full effect of this vixen who is Blake Riley, I say huskily, "Well this is a nice surprise."

Sauntering towards me, swaying her hips back and forth, I clear my throat when she reaches me. Tracing her finger along my collarbone and up my neck, she leans into me and whispers seductively, "Well hello Mr. James. I see you got my text. I seem to be in need of some assistance tonight." Tracing the shell of my ear with the tip of her tongue, my body stiffens, as the bulge in my pants grows harder. Grabbing my hand, Blake guides me towards a chair that sits in the middle of her room surrounded by the soft glow of candles placed sporadically throughout. Sitting down, I rest my arms on the armrests of the chair. With hooded eyes, I ask Blake, "Are you sure you want to play this game with me?"

Her eyebrow lift as she answers, "This is my game Mr. James and you have to follow the rules, or else you don't get to play." She leaves me sitting in the chair as she walks across the room. With her back to me, she says, "There are two rules, and if you break either of them there will be consequences. I'll tell you when the rules no longer apply, then and only then are you allowed to do what you want to me. Rule number one: Do not touch me at all; if you do, I'll restrain you. Rule number two: Don't speak. If you ssay one word, well, you'll miss one hell of a show." Fiddling with her iPod, Beyonce's "Dance for You," comes over the speakers.

Walking back to me and standing within my reach, she leans down so that we're eye to eye, asking, "Do you undertand my rules?"

~Authors Spotlight~
About Tiffany:
I am 27 years old, with a wonderful family. My husband is in the Army, and we have two wonderful children. Ashley and I have been best friends since we were 13. I recently graduated from South University with my Associate's Degree as a Paralegal. I enjoy listening to music, playing with my kids, and going to the beach, and anything that has to do with the outdoors pretty much.
I've always liked to write, but never really had an interest in reading until the summer of 2012. I am so excited to be taking my writing journey with Ashley, and we cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on Luck of Love, which is the first installment in the Luck Series. I have many authors that I consider my favorite so I'll just name a few: E.L. James, SC Stephens, Molly McAdams, Rebecca Donovan, K.A Linde, Marie Coulson, and S.H. Kolee.

About Ashley:
Ashley grew up in Texas but now has joined her husband to reside in North Dakota. She is a military wife and mother of two adorable children. She's always wanted to travel having grown up in a small town. Her interest in reading sparked last summer and now she's a lost cause without her e-reader. Since she loves to travel, the places she gets to go in her fictional books are what any girl could ask for.
When Ashley isn't glued to her computer you can find her outdoors either playing with her children or relaxing and enjoying the sun reading a good romance novel.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cover reveal: Finally by Scarlett Metal

 
Release Date: June 6, 2013
 
~Blurb~
Lauren broke off an engagement with her old boyfriend because she caught him cheating on her. She's ready to move on, but work has been keeping her too busy.
 
Marcus is a player, never settling down with one girl. No one seems to meet his long list of requirements in a woman.
 
Marcus and Lauren have worked for the same company for years, but in locations across the country from each other. They've been flirting for months, but Lauren was with Kyle. Now that she's single and Marcus is coming to town for a few days, they finally hook-up, both assuming it's just a fling. Once Marcus gets home, they both realize they want more. Can they make a long distance relationship work? And when Lauren's old boyfriend comes back to win her affection, can Marcus compete with their history?
 
~Author Bio~
Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family. When she's not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80's hair bands.
 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rumors by Stephanie Abrams





A Little about Rumors






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 confrotable 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.
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My Review
RumorsRumors by Stephanie Abrams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deceit, twisted plots, opportunistic backstabbing characters, Rumors has it all.

Mystery novels are not my go to genre BUT having said that after reading Rumors I might be more inclined to check it out more often.
Stephanie does a good job involving you with the characters and wrapping you into the story.
You get sucked into the worlds of these selfish, self entered, unfortunate characters.

I particularly liked how everything and everyone seemed to be linked together.

There are many stories happening at the same time. I particularly liked Allison story. The Rumors that were manufactured against her changed her entire life. Melanie's story made me laugh at times with her perseverance trying to get her ideas for the flowers on the bema (that were plastic, tacky, and dusty) conceptualized. Newlyweds Frank and Maisy get more than they bargain while trying to create a life together.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the story with its many twist and turns.

My favorite quote from the book:
"People are crazy and I'm not going to make myself crazy trying to sort them out"
Yep that pretty much sums it up.


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Author Spotlight
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 www.sAbrams.com, www.travelers411.com and www.JetSet411.com

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 believable people and incidents with unexpected twists and turns. The quiet lives of ordinary people are thrown into chaos that all begins with rumors.

Abrams favorite things in life are traveling with her husband producing exciting radio programming, finding occasions to speak French and kissing her English springer spaniel, Maggie McGee, on the nose. 
Abrams is currently working on a series of travel guides, the first of which is a guide to visiting Ireland, and a sequel to "Rumors." 


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Thursday Nights Tour Stop and Giveaway

Thursday Nights ( The Charistown Series, Book 1) by Lisa N. Paul
Review and Giveaway
 
 

 
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release date: May 13, 2013
 
 
 Blurb
  

 
"Pain can leave even the strongest of people weak and hollow.
 
Max DeLucca has spent seven years trying to forget the betrayal of his past. He lives his life from day to day never looking forward and never looking back. The walls around his heart keep anyone from getting too close and prevent him from feeling too much... until he meets her.
 
Her entire life, Janie Silver searched for the kind of love that wouldn't leave her behind. She longs for a love that can heal the wounds of her past and give her the future she knows she deserves. She thought she was looking for something that just didn't exist... until she meets him.
 
Danny's on Main is where their story begins.
A neighborhood bar where stragers become friends, friends become family and some... become lovers
 
... it all started on Thursday Nights"
 
 
 
Review
 

 
Thursday Nights by Lisa N. Paul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thursday Nights  (Charistown, #1)
"Words, I need words"
That's exactly how I am feeling right now!

I so want to find my own version of Danny's on Main!
What an amazing read. I was so sucked in to this story that I couldn't put it down. It has been a while since i found a story where I was completely invested in EVERYONE of the characters. They grab you and pull at your heart strings with their troubled past and inability to have a meaningful relationship. At least they can have some laughs to try to forget their fears and insecurities.

What do you do when you have been hurt so bad in the past that you consider yourself "broken"? You eliminate any possibility of ever being hurt again. Never taking a chance at love will guarantee that will never happen. Max DeLucca had closed himself to love 7 years ago. Only opting for casual sex. That is until Janie Silver entered his life one Thursday night.

Janie and Lyla started to go to Danny's on Main every Thursday night. Janie and Lyla became more than just "regulars" at Danny's, they became "family" something they each sought desperately.

Janie felt drawn to Max, one of the bartenders at Danny's. All she ever wanted was to be put first and loved. But encouraged by Lyla decided to give "sex with friends" a try. Max wanted nothing more than to try to get Janie out if his system. All he wanted was one night. But would it be enough?

"You are no one's hero, he thought. You don't do relationships. It's fuck and release. You get in, you get out, no one gets hurt."

Can Janie do "sex with friends" she wasn't sure.

"As unrealistic as she knew it may be, she couldn't let go of her childhood fantasies, the ones where she dream that one day, someday, she would find someone who would make her feel whole. Complete. Cherished. Loved."

Will Max overcome his past and finally open up his heart to love?
You have to read to find out. Take the journey, you won't regret it.

Although this book is about Max and Janie, I really liked how Lisa N. Paul interwove other characters stories, like Lyla ,Gage, Ashley ,Ryan, Julie, Danny, and even Kyle and gave us a glimpse of what is yet to come in this great series.

*Everything is better with Starbucks*

Thank you Lisa N. Paul for providing us with an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

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Thursday Nights  (Charistown, #1)


Author Spotlight
 
 

Lisa Paul is a mother, daughter, sister, friend, reader, writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed comedian—just not always in that order. Ever since she was a little girl, she has devoured books. Falling in love with the Sweet Valley High series at a young age drew Lisa to series books and inspired her to write her own. Thursday Nights is the first book in her Charistown series. When not writing, Lisa can be found eating french fries and Godiva raspberry truffles, or hanging out with her husband and two sons. Visit her blog at http://www.lisasreads.com and her website, http://www.lisanpaul.com.


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