Guest Post – T.A. Foster, Author of Finding Haven Book Tour + Giveaway

A special thank you to author, T.A. Foster for today’s guest post. To find out more about T.A. Foster and her new book, Finding Haven, see below.

Why writing is like an episode of Sex and the City

Remember watching Sex and the City when Carrie would so succinctly sum up each episode with a theme? And those themes carried on throughout the show with all of the characters; like the episode, “A Woman’s Right to Shoes” when Carrie’s Manolos are lost at a baby shower or “A ‘Vogue’ Idea” when Carrie and the girls question their understanding of relationships. I will refrain from listing all of my favorite scenes and outfits, or going into the Berger Post-it debate.

Without realizing I was pulling a Carrie Bradshaw I started grouping together my life events like SATC episodes. Maybe it’s the writer in me that sees the themes in everyday occurrences, or maybe it’s that television is a truer reflection of how our lives actually unfold (more than most of us would like to admit).

Lately, the current episode in my life seems to revolve around the same common theme. I’ve heard it from friends and from family. I see it on TV, read posts and tweets about it online. I’ve seen other authors struggling with it. It is everywhere in subtle and in-my-face ways.

As I was brainstorming topics for this guest post I thought about all of the topics that related to my book and how I could talk about them, but sometimes the universe speaks to you, and mine has been speaking in clear sentences. So, I decided I would share with you the episode I’ve been living and writing in the past two weeks: Write It Out.

I haven’t quite hit the one-year mark on publishing my first book. If I think about it, it’s absolutely crazy that I’ve released five books in nine months! I mean, that is nuts, right? I still consider myself to be a newbie to the indie book industry, but I often receive questions from people who seek advice about writing or about self-publishing. I won’t go into all of the questions, but I will address the most popular one: how do I get started?

For this question, there is a very simple answer. You have to write. Write about what matters, or the ideas swirling in your head, the dream you had last night, or something that happened to you—whatever it is—write it! When I hear this question it reminds me not only of how far I’ve come in less than a year, but also why I write. I love it. It’s a part of my life and who I am. It’s a welcome reminder, a good reminder. Here comes this week’s episode lesson…

I’ll be honest, writing is not always easy, in fact self-publishing is a really tough industry, but when it doesn’t turn out the way I expect or how I want it to, I try to remember all those SATC episodes and how at the end things ended the way they were supposed to.

There is a second part to writing that is as important as the words and this is the theme that is coming at me in all directions. It’s the approach to the career. Stay positive, keep writing, and plow forward no matter what obstacles you hit along the way. Carrie never gave up her shoe collection or her hope for Big, no matter how small the closet was or how far away he moved. Don’t let naysayers discourage you or tell you your work isn’t worthy. Write the best work you can produce and if it’s not something you’re proud of, don’t panic—you can write something else. As Carrie said, “Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many to get it right.” You may have to date for six seasons to find the one that fits, just like you have to write and write until you find your style and audience. So for all of those aspiring writers, or the ones just getting started, don’t stop moving forward. Keep writing, because next week you’ll be in a new episode and things may look completely different.

Finding Haven Cover by T.A. Foster

About the Book

Title: Finding Haven
Author: T.A. Foster
Release Date: May 15th, 2014
Genre: Romance
Links: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwordsiTunes

Synopsis

Power. Money. Control. Love.

He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

About the Author
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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Cover Reveal – Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

I’m excited to share Monica Murphy’s cover for her upcoming sexy contemporary romance, OWNING VIOLET, coming from Random House Bantam. Check out how gorgeous it is!

About the Book
Title: Owning Violet
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance
Goodreads: Link
Pre-Order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis

The Fowler sisters are New York City’s darlings, heiresses to the Fleur Cosmetics Empire. Quickly put up on a fame hungry pedestal only for the media to lie in wait, eager to tear them down, these three very different young women soon find love in the most unexpected places…

OWNING VIOLET coming December 2.

Violet Fowler is the good sister. She works hard at her family’s cosmetics company, is faithful to her boyfriend and never causes any trouble. Until Zachary disappoints her yet again with a promotion that will take him to London—and away from her. His leaving sets a new fire within her. What’s the point in being so good when no one else ever is?

Someone within Fleur Cosmetics wants that London promotion and will do anything to get it, including throwing temptation in the path of the not-so-faithful Zachary. Ryder McKay came from nothing and has fought every step of the way to his position at Fleur. And now the mysterious charmer has set his sights on Violet. If it worked for Zachary, it could work for him.

Seducing the good Fowler sister is easy. What Ryder doesn’t count on is how much Violet makes him feel. What started out as revenge soon becomes something deeper. Can Ryder go through with his plans to deceive Violet? Or is he only deceiving himself?

Other books in series:
STEALING ROSE coming spring 2015
TAMING LILY coming summer 2015
(tentative release dates)

Monica MurphyAbout the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway – First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden

About the Book
Title: A Shadow Maven Paranormal
Author: Pauline Creeden
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: AltWit Press
Links: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble

Synopsis
Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

About the Author
Pauline CreedenIn simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. Her books have hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List and Armored Hearts won the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Award in Historical Fiction. First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal is her first mystery. It’s a dark urban fantasy and will be released March 24, 2014..

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YA Book Review – Contrition (The Perception Trilogy #3) by Lee Strauss

Synopsis
Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors are stranded in the Arizona desert.

They all have secrets and reasons to hide. But they’re not alone.

Cyborg soldiers…war…humans and humanoids.

Who can be trusted?

Zoe’s life is in danger. Noah must make an impossible choice.

Will their love survive their brokenness?

Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?

My Review
A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the series, Contrition ties up loose ends on a thrilling and emotional rollercoaster ride. There’s the whole Noah/Zoe/Taylor/Mary love square, Zoe’s grandfather, now President, the cyborgs, and the fact that Zoe and Noah are number one on President Vanderveen’s most wanted list. When war breaks out, things go from really bad, to worse, to hopeless. Or so it seems. This is the most tragic book of the trilogy, but it’s not completely devoid of hope as neither Zoe nor Noah ever give up.

Plot
There was a lot going on. This is the most action-packed book of the series and it careens along, sometimes nearly out of control, but there is a lot of ground to cover in this final book. In fact, I think the author could easily have written a fourth book in the series and kept us hooked through one more without losing anything.

There were a few issues that seemed implausible, even in this scifi future world and a couple things were predictable, but overall, it was a solid plot that moved the story forward to a heart-pounding climax and a sweet resolution.

Characters
Noah and Zoe really develop the most in this third book. They’re both so young that they have no choice but to grow up fast in the midst of a war, but it’s good to see that arc in both of them as they realize the world is more than just their teen angst and what they want.

Bottom Line
Contrition is a wild ride that runs at breakneck speed, twisting and turning, and finally rolling into the station as we all say a collective, “ahhhh.”

Title: Contrition
Author: Lee Strauss
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Pages: 342
Category: Young Adult Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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YA Book Review – Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?

My Review
This is my favorite book in the series by far, and I love the other books. We finally get to hear from Daemon for half the book as opposed to just a scene or two in as extras in the back. It’s great to get inside his alien head and really see what makes him tick.

Two things that really work in this book are the amped up emotion and the action. All of the emotions are heightened — the fear, love, anger, hatred — and the author brings the reader into the firestorm of feelings. JLA has taken the action to nuclear levels and doesn’t let up. About the only thing that I can say that isn’t over-the-top gushing praise is that Daemon and Katy sound a little too much alike at points. They use the same expressions when they think. But it’s not enough of a negative to offset all the wonderfully positive aspects.

Plot
The plot zips right from the first pages. This is a bit of a departure for the series. In the three previous books, things took a few chapters to really get rolling. But not this time. Daemon is hellbent on getting Katy back from the opening and anything or anyone who gets in his way risks annihilation. The story builds, adding more tension, emotion, and passion, until it peaks, but then it doesn’t stop. Book 4 leaves us hanging and waiting, less than patiently, for the fifth and final book due out in August, 2014.

Characters
The characters are the same we’ve come to know and love in the first three books, and again, they don’t stand still. Their emotional growth is building as they are thrown from one impossible situation into the next. We get to know a handful of new characters that play well off of the others and add to the plot development.

Bottom Line
This is the best book in the series so far. The raw emotion and the strong plot work well together to create a fun, fast-paced read that kept me turning the page.

Title: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 400
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Book Review – Take Two (Lights, Camera #1) by Laurelin Paige

Synopsis
He’s ready for his close up, but she’s the one calling the shots. 

On the night of her graduation from film school, straight-laced Maddie Bauers fell completely out of character for an oh-my-god make-out session with a perfect stranger. Complete with the big O.

Seven years later, that romantic interlude is still fresh in her mind. That stranger is now a rich and famous actor. And she’s one very distracted camera assistant working on his latest production. She might consider another tryst…if he even remembers her.

Micah Preston does indeed remember Maddie. Too bad he’s sworn off Hollywood relationships. He allows himself as much sex as he likes—and oh, he does like—but anything more is asking for trouble. For the woman, not for him. Yet knowing Maddie could want more than a movie-set fling doesn’t stop him from pursuing her like a moth drawn to hot stage lights. 

But as the shoot nears its end, it’s decision time. Is it time to call, “Cut!” on their affair, or is there enough material for a sequel?

Warning: Contains a dreamy movie star hero, a focus-pulling heroine, off-the-charts instant chemistry, steamy sex in near-public locations, and a new use for lip gloss.

My Review
Take Two is thoroughly engaging from the first page. It moves along swiftly, is punctuated by enough angst that would give any teen novel a run for its money, and the sex scenes are H.O.T. hot! The author has done her homework and has given us a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry that is almost its own character in the story. The chemistry between Maddie and Micha is palpable, rivaling some of the most passionate couples between the pages.

Plot
The plot is solid, if not ground-breaking. There is a formulaic predictability to it, but I think that’s pretty standard for the genre. While there were a few instances where I found myself rolling my eyes, in general, it kept me turning the page.

Characters
I found the characters a little bit cliche. There was the bad-boy with something in his past that has him bedding every girl in town, refusing to fall in love until he finally meets the one. Then there’s the good girl searching for love and won’t settle for less and when she meets the bad boy, he brings out the bad girl in her the way no one else ever has. The supporting cast is almost non-existent — only there to move the plot along, which is their role, but we don’t see nearly enough of them. And Beaumont, the antagonist, is only a shell. We never learn what makes him tick, or why he has it in for Maddie. A superficial reason is given, but I was hoping for something deeper before the story ended. As a result, he came off as a stereotype and that’s too bad, because he had potential.

Bottom Line
This is a solid four out of five stars for a fun read that moves quickly, provides an insane amount of heat, and lives up to expectations. If you like steamy contemporary romances with a phenomenally sexy bad-boy, this is right up your alley.

Title: Take Two (Lights, Camera #1)
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 264
Category: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Release Day – Contemporary Romance – Ready for You (Ready #3) by J.L. Berg

Ready for You (Ready #3) by J.L. Berg

Ready for You (Ready #3) by J.L. Berg

About the Book
Title: Ready for You (Ready #3)
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again. 

Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind. Maybe now she can find a way to heal from the devastating mistakes of her past.

When a chance encounter brings these former lovers together, passion reignites in a way neither is prepared for. Can Garrett move beyond his anger and find a way to forgive? Will Mia’s insecurities and fears cause her to once again flee the life she’s destined to live?

Garrett and Mia will soon discover that they must journey into the past to find their way home.

Author J.L. Berg

Author J.L. Berg

About the Author
 J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.

When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Where to Find J.L. Berg
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Book Review – Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power by William Brohaugh

Wright Tight by William Brohaugh

Wright Tight by William Brohaugh

Synopsis
“These days, most creative-writing courses teach self-indulgence. Write Tight counsels discipline. It is worth more than a university education. Its advice is gold.” -Dean Koontz

Foreword by Lawrence Block

Not since The Elements of Style has a writing guide had the ability to turn a writer’s work around so effectively. Every writer struggles with keeping their prose focused and concise, but surprisingly few books address this essential topic. Write Tight is an informative and utterly readable guide that tackles these issues head-on.

William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer’s Digest, goes beyond the discussion on redundancy and overwriting to take on evasiveness, affectations, roundabout writing, tangents and “invisible” words. Other topics include:

-Outlining the four levels of wordiness
-Identifying 16 types of flabby writing
-Exercises that help writers avoid wordiness
-Streamlining through sidebars and checklists
-Tests that show how concise a writer’s prose is

“Write Tight is a supremely valuable, ‘must-have’ for aspiring writers in all fields from prose to nonfiction, journalistic copy, screenwriting and so much more.” -Midwest Book Review

My Review
As a writer and editor, I found this book to be useful for every kind of writing I do. I initially read it to help me shave word count on my novel, but I found it to be infinitely useful for the work I do for my day job. There are so many common sense lessons in the book that I easily shaved 10 thousand words off my novel in one revision and I continue to find additional areas to make my writing tighter with each pass.

There are useful checklists, exercises and examples to really help retain the lessons learned. The only thing that kept me from giving this book a full five stars is that it’s longer than it needs to be at 240 pages. I feel like it probably would have been fine at about half that.

Bottom Line
This is one of the top ten writing resources I’d recommend to all writers, not just those writing books. Anyone who writes anything for any reason will benefit from the lessons in Write Tight.

Title: Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power
Author: William Brohaugh
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 240
Category: Writing Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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Young Adult Book Review – Jake and the Other Girl (Monument 14 #1.5) by Emmy Laybourne

ake and the Other Girl (Monument 14 #1.5) by Emmy Laybourne

ake and the Other Girl (Monument 14 #1.5) by Emmy Laybourne

Synopsis
The apocalypse has hit Monument, Colorado, and Jake Simonsen, captain of the football team, is caught in the middle of it. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. Now Jake has to decide how to pick up the pieces.

My Review
Jake and the Other Girl picks up Jake’s story after he leaves the Monument 14. We get inside his head and learn why he left Astrid, the popular girl who is pregnant with his baby. Jake has issues. His blood type has left him impotent, a fate worse than death for a boy like Jake. When he stumbles upon a girl he knows from school, a girl he knows intimately, he hopes she’ll stir something in him.

But they’re not alone, and once again Jake will have to make a decision to stay or go. Jake and the Other Girl is a nice bridge between Monument 14 and Sky on Fire. It fills in some blanks and shows us what drives Jake. He becomes a little more likeable once we understand him. Sure, he’s still a putz, but he’s a tolerable putz.

Plot
It’s a short story, only 26 pages, so the plot isn’t meaty or deep, but it does move the story forward, providing additional pieces to the puzzle of what happened outside the Greenway where the Monument 14 have been holed up. Its primary function is to develop Jake’s character, which it does nicely.

Characters
Only three characters are in Jake and the Other Girl. One being Jake, the other is well, the Other Girl, also known as Lindsey, and Lindsey’s father, who has the same aggressive blood type as Astrid and Dean. Lindsey is only 15 and Jake is 18 which makes their physical relationship ten kids of wrong, but it shows us so much more about Jake’s character than if she’d been older.

Jake is a piece of work. He’s immature, selfish, and pretty much only thinks about sex and drugs. But there is more to Jake than that. Emmy Laybourne has actually crafted a fascinating character in Jake. He seems like a stereotype, and yet, there is more to him than the just the drug-taking star athlete who knocks up the most popular girl in school. He’s a cliche and yet he’s not. All presented in just 26 pages.

Bottom Line
This is really Jake’s story and while it doesn’t absolve him of his sins, it helps us understand the Jake we never knew. And that’s a good thing.

Title: Jake and the Other Girl (Monument 14 #1.5)
Author: Emmy Labourne
PublisherTor Books
Pages: 26
Category: Young Adult, Adventure, SciFi
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Book Review – Kisscut (Grant County #2) by Karin Slaughter

Kisscut (Grant County #2) by Karin Slaughter

Kisscut (Grant County #2) by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis
Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton–the town’s pediatrician and medical examiner–finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister’s death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it’s going to happen again

My Review
Kisscut is darker than Blindsighted and far more gripping. There are so many moving parts, it’s impossible to figure out what’s going on until the end. Even the subplots are engaging. First, there’s Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship. We take a trip back to Jeffrey’s childhood home and learn more about how he and Sara originally met and fell in love. Then there’s Lena’s recovery from the horror she endured in Blindsighted, and the weird kinship she feels with the brother of one of the young victims. And there’s Jeffrey’s unresolved guilt over shooting a teen girl, even though he didn’t really have a choice. Last but not least, running through all of that is why the girl put herself in a position that the police had no recourse but to shoot her, who took a young girl and why, and how the two are related.

Karin Slaughter does a masterful job of handling all of the subplots and the main plot, interweaving them, and keeping us on the edge of seats, wondering how they all intersect with one another. And they do, almost perfectly. The only thing that keeps this from being a five-star rating is the stomach-turning nature of parts of the story. While they were key to the plot, it kept me from loving the story, even if it is a page turner.

Plot
The plot was intense, and unique, and riveting. It was nearly impossible to put down at times. The subplots provided additional interest and the twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. But because of the nature of the crime and the people involved, it takes a strong stomach. Definitely not for the faint of heart or anyone who is easily offended. I know a lot of people complained about the disturbing nature of the crime and claimed the author was glorifying it. In no way is the crime glorified. It is detestable, but it is something that happens every day in this country, and pretending it doesn’t, won’t make the problem go away.

Characters
There were a lot of characters and they were often difficult to keep track of, but not to the point that I couldn’t keep up with the plot. I love that we get to dig deeper into our favorite characters from Blindsighted and learn more about Jeffrey, Sara and Lena. Karin Slaughter doesn’t try to gloss over the effects of what happened. The characters grapple with what happened, particularly Lena. This is something that I don’t think is done often enough in serial thrillers. Too often, characters just bounce back and go on with life, with very little reflection on what happened other than passing references. But what Lena endured at the hands of her attacker in Blindsighted becomes very much a part of who she is and the decisions she makes throughout Kisscut.

Bottom Line
Kisscut is an intense thriller that is equal parts moving, gripping, and disturbing. But it never failed to keep me turning the page, right to the very end. Sure, I felt like I needed to take a shower afterward, but isn’t that what a good thriller does?

Title: Kisscut
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 448
Category: Thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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Release Day – Welcome to Paradise Box Set & Happy Endings by S.L. Scott

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Welcome to Paradise Box Set by S.L. Scott

Welcome to Paradise Box Set by S.L. Scott

About the Box Set
Title: Welcome to Paradise Box Set
Author: S.L. Scott
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Amazon

Synopsis
I thought I was strong… But I wasn’t when it came to Evan Ashford.

The rich, cocky playboy I met within minutes of landing in Hawaii didn’t give me arrogance. He gave me his heart and his hard truths. In return, I gave him everything, including my trust. The man made me weak in the knees, but I soon learned the bad boy surfer had a reputation that preceded him and an image to uphold.

The sexual chemistry was unquestionable, our emotions irrational, but our love was undeniable. Together our pasts didn’t matter. Our different backgrounds were irrelevant. He made me feel his life wasn’t worth living without me in it. He took my breath away and saved each one of them, owning me wholly.

Evan became my life, but with all the obstacles that stood in our way, could he become my future?

Happy Endings by S.L. Scott

Happy Endings by S.L. Scott

About the Novella
Title: Happy Endings
Author: S.L. Scott
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Amazon

Synopsis
Life was perfect. Paradise was found in the arms of a redeemed bad boy. Evan Ashford’s cocky side didn’t stand a chance against true love. He pursued me with an unbridled determination, a passion that couldn’t be denied, winning me over. Our lives are now set… or should have been. But nothing stays perfect forever and happiness comes with a price. 

We’ve paid that price. 

Sometimes we may not get the answers we seek, but we’ve learned to cherish the gifts we’ve been given. It doesn’t matter what life throws at us or takes away, we’ve found love and we will fight for what matters most—family. 

Author S.L. Scott

Author S.L. Scott

About the Author

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement. She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

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Release & Giveaway – Hidden Treasure (Billionaire Bachelors #9) by Melody Anne

Hidden Treasure (Billionaire Bachelors #9) by Melody Anne

Hidden Treasure (Billionaire Bachelors #9) by Melody Anne

About the Book
Title: Hidden Treasure (Billionaire Bachelors #9)
Author: Melody Anne
Release Date: May 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble, iTunes

Synopsis
The second book in the Lost Anderson series is here, and it comes to you with a kicking and screaming heiress.

Brielle Storm inherits a dilapidated ranch in the wilds of Montana and she isn’t happy about her situation in the least. She may be moving to her new home, and she may be planning on doing whatever it takes to make her billionaire father happy, but she certainly won’t be doing it with a smile on her face.

No. Brielle plans on coming to Montana, hiring some ranch hand to do all the work, and then getting out of there before the first winter snow has a chance to hit.Montana isn’t a state that offers predictable weather and Brielle is going to find out that the land isn’t the only thing she has to fear.

When her hotter than any city boy ever dreams of being, cowboy neighbor shows up on her doorstep, Brielle decides that maybe Montana isn’t so bad after-all.

That is until he laughs openly at her city girl ways. Then, she has something to prove…

Excerpt
“I hate it here!” she shrieked, feeling like a fool but not caring. She hadn’t been at the ranch for five minutes and already her world was crumbling. “Spiders, cobwebs, rocks, dirt, grime, and who knows what else! Lions and tigers and bears…”

Her angry tears soon stopped, but Brielle was still in a foul mood as she sat there trying to breathe normally. After a few moments, she pulled herself together. Wasn’t she better than this? When she heard the crunch of footsteps behind her, she grimaced, not wanting to deal with anyone or anything else right then.

Whipping her head around, she got ready to tell whoever it was to go away when her tongue got stuck on the roof of her mouth. When the person who’d invaded her privacy spoke, she felt even more disoriented.

“May I help you?”

Brielle couldn’t seem to find her voice. Since she was still sitting on the ground, the man standing before her was so tall, he seemed to block out the sun. His boots looked old, his jeans dusty — like that truck — and the shirt plastered to his chest had seen better days. Brielle tilted her neck all the way back to examine his face, which was shadowed by the brim of his faded cowboy hat.

“Are you real?” she asked.

When his lips tilted up in a sardonic smile, she thought for a moment that she might be fantasizing. No, not likely. Where she was from, girls never fantasized about cowboys — she preferred a man in a suit. Still, she had to admit, if only to herself, that the guy towering over her was one hell of a hot piece of man candy.

And then he spoke again. “You must be Brielle Storm. I’m Colt Westbrook.”

Author Melody Anne

Author Melody Anne

About the Author
Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon – Rise of the Dark Angel. She’s been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody’s Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/authormelodyanne, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.

Where to Find Melody Anne
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Young Adult Book Blitz + Giveaway – Hold Me (Life After the Outbreak #3) by L.J. Baker

Hold Me Book Blitz (Life After the Outbreak #3)

Hold Me (Life After the Outbreak #3) by L.J. Baker

Hold Me (Life After the Outbreak #3) by L.J. Baker

About the Book
Title: Hold Me (Life After the Outbreak #3)
Author: LJ Baker
Release Date: April 16, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Nothing comes easy in a post-zombie-apocalyptic world and Andi is used to losing the people she cares about. But when Will gets infected so soon after getting him back, she can’t accept the possibility that her life may have to go on without him.

She clings to Dan for support through one impossible situation after another, and although there are some bright spots, the darkness just keeps rolling in.

When finally things seem to be settling down, and she thinks she might actually have a shot at a normal life, the unthinkable happens. She struggles with knowing nothing will ever be the same again and moving on to honor the memory of the one person she thought would always be there. But that’s easier said than done, and Andi finds has to fight harder than ever just to hold on.

Excerpt
Dan and I found the parts we needed, a small cache of fuel, and even a few cans of beef stew, just in time for the rain to begin. I was actually used to walking in the rain, but he insisted we hang back a bit and wait for it to slow down. We found an abandoned hardware store to sit in until the big baby decided he wouldn’t melt in the storm.

The store was a mess, shelves knocked over, most of the good items cleaned out, but scattered around in the mess, there were still some usable finds. Dan found a canvas tool bag halfway under one of the fallen shelves and he pried it loose to fill with whatever he found that might be useful. I wasn’t really sure what most of it was, but he seemed to have an idea what he was doing so I left it to him.

In front near one of the large windows, there was a workbench and stool, so I made myself comfortable and sat down to wait. There were names carved into the wooden top of the workbench with dates and little sayings. Some were written in pen, listing the date they were there, and others were carved in with whatever tool they might have had at the time. There were a few dates that were recent, but most of it looked to be from before the outbreak. The kind of thing teenagers did to leave their mark on the world. Back when it seemed like that was so important.

I’d actually been in that particular store a few times with my Dad when I was younger. Even if it was just to run a small errand or pick something up for Mom, he usually brought me with him. I could remember when I got to the age where it was more of a chore than it was cool to hang out with my dad. In another life, I might have been one of those kids carving their name into the work bench, counting the minutes before I could get back home to complain to my friends about the agony of my wasted time.

I pulled out my knife and absently carved my name into the splintered wood. Making a mark on the world was so much more important since the outbreak than ever before, because life was so much more uncertain. Not that carving my name into an old piece of wood would make my existence mean something. It didn’t. But I wanted there to be some evidence in the world that I was there. That I existed. That I mattered.

“Whatcha doing, love?” Dan came up from behind me and peered over my shoulder.

I shrugged and continued carving the last letters of my name. “Making my mark.”

Dan raised an eyebrow and sat down next to me. He looked like he was about to say something, maybe tell me not to worry or that we weren’t all going to die, but instead, he pulled out a screwdriver from his newly collected hoard, and started carving his name in next to mine.

Andi Sheppard and Dan MacNamara. Our names immortalized forever in a useless wooden table.

I looked over the words and pressed my finger to the indentations in the wood. It wasn’t much, but it was something. If the world ever went back to something resembling normal, it was something to let them know we were there. I wanted to do something important. Something that would be remembered.

But what?

“Do you ever think that there is no point to all of this?” I tilted my head up and looked at Dan. He narrowed his eyes and glanced over me like I was a little nuts. “Like… everything we go through… then we die and it’s like we were never even here. We don’t matter.

“Of course we matter. Just as much as we ever did. You think that because there are zombies that everything that was important before, just isn’t anymore?” He turned to face me and trapped my legs between his knees.

“Yeah, don’t you?”

“No, I do not. If we were ever anything more than insignificant blips in time, then we are much more important now, than we ever were. What we do in this life matters, Andi. The people we help, the differences we make, just the fact that we survive at all, is important. You are important. You will be remembered and missed and thought about after you’re gone. The same way you would have been if that virus never took over and the world was exactly how it was two years ago.”

Dan took my hands into his and looked for a long moment into my eyes. “What did you want for your life before the outbreak?”

It was a valid question. I didn’t have a real answer, but it was valid.

“I don’t really know, I guess. To go to college, find a career, get married, have children. The usual stuff.”

“Okay, so you might not get to go to a traditional college and have that whole dorm experience, but tell me why you can’t do every one of those things now?”

“Don’t be insane. I can’t…”

Can’t what? Go to college. But, I’d learned more in the two years since the outbreak than I ever would have at college. Find a career? I’d almost joined the military and after my stint at the infirmary, I knew I had options. Get married… well not legally, but that didn’t even matter since there was no real government and law anymore.

“Well…?”

“I don’t know. I mean, I guess that makes sense. It’s just that… I don’t even know.”

Dan smiled and lifted my chin up to look at him. “Sweetheart, you can do anything you want to do. As much as things are different, they’re the same. It’s whatever we make of it. We are the pioneers of this new world. Like Ben Franklin and shit.”

We both laughed at his ridiculousness, but he was right. I was focusing on all the wrong things. If I wanted to leave a mark, there was so much more I could do besides carve my name into a forgotten workbench in a ransacked hardware store. I could find a way to really leave a mark.

Author L.J. Baker

Author L.J. Baker

About the Author

L J lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, four kids, two cats, and an inherited dog from hell (a.k.a. the sewer gremlin). Though writing has always been her first passion, she got a degree in psychological counseling and worked in the mental health field for awhile, which she finds very helpful in dealing with her crazy family.

She is a lover of all different types of music and books, switching between genres so wildly it sometimes makes people wonder if she has multiple personalities. She is most likely to be found writing romance stories of all kinds (contemporary, erotic, new adult, young adult, fantasy, etc.) and enjoys jumping genres just for the fun of it. When she’s not writing, she prefers to spend her time reading, taking photos, or spending time with her family.

Where to Find L.J. Baker
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Book Review – The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set) by Marata Eros

The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set) by Marata Eros

The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set) by Marata Eros

Synopsis
TT1
Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They’re so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.

Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can’t save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.

TT2
Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn’t want Jared “Mick” McKenna for the billions he’s amassed, but for the one thing she’s never given any man: her innocence.

Mick’s guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren’s actions don’t match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can’t reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.

As Faren’s bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she’s made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother’s life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?

TT3
Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn. When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth. Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive.

Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother’s head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew.

Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?

My Review
I’ll start off by saying this isn’t my usual genre. The whole billionaire/poor girl with shades of kinky sex isn’t something I usually go for. I gave Fifty Shades of Grey a try, but couldn’t get past the third chapter. Mostly because the characters were too unlikeable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for erotica, but if I want to read erotica, I buy it, not something with a thin plot that tries to pass as something else. But there was something about this series that intrigued me and this is definitely not dressed up erotica. It is truly dark romantic suspense.

It started off a little slow, but by midway through the first book, it had me hooked. By the middle of the second book, it had me turning pages when I should have been doing something else, and by the end of the third book, I couldn’t get to Amazon.com fast enough to pick up the fourth book in the series. It’s a thoroughly engaging and fascinating romance.

Plot
The plot is the strongest part of the first three books in the series. There are plenty of turns and twists and some unexpected moments. I have to admit, the author totally threw me at one point. I thought I had it all figured out at the end of Book 1, but instead was left with my mouth hanging open. Things go from shocking to interesting and then tragic as I worked my way through Books 2 and 3.

Characters
I started off feeling like the characters were superficial and not particularly interesting. Especially the main character, Faren. She describes herself as having creamy skin and hair that is rich and honey-colored. I couldn’t help wondering who the hell thinks about themselves that way? I didn’t much care for her and I wasn’t a fan of billionaire Jared “Mick” McKenna either. I mean what kind of man owns a series of strip clubs? And then there’s strip club manager, Ty, who is a total lecherous perv.

But once again, Marata Eros surprised me. She actually created far deeper characters than I expected. No one is exactly as they seem and as we get to know them through the books, we learn that while they’re far from perfect, they are human and each one of them has redeeming qualities that we can’t help liking.

Bottom Line
This is a surprisingly good story with far more depth and breadth than I expected and I’m very glad I gave it a try.

Title: The Token Series (3 volume boxed set)
Author: Marata Eros
PublisherMarata Eros
Pages: 264
Category: New Adult Dark Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Book Review – Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series) by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones … about a love that transcends the boundaries of time … and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his….

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart … in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising … and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

My Review
Dragonfly in Amber flashes us forward 220 years, introducing us to Jamie and Claire’s adult daughter, Brianna, before sending us back to pick up where Outlander left us. This second installment in the Outlander series has the same intense passion, adventure, danger, and heartache we’ve come to expect from Diana Gabaldon.

Once again, this is amazingly well researched and transports the reader not only through time, but also across the Atlantic to 18th century Scotland and France as well as 1968 Scotland. About the only thing that annoyed me is the bouncing around from Claire’s first person point of view to third person for various characters, and back to first again for Claire. It’s an odd way to tell a story and I found it annoying, and I don’t know that it was necessary to tell the story.

Plot
The storyline is strong and the history insanely accurate. Claire and Jamie attempt to rewrite history and stop the massacre at Culloden in 1745. Even though the reader knows what happens historically, it doesn’t keep us from rooting for them to succeed anyway. The plot is intricate and layered and keeps the reader engaged, although it did sag in a few spots.

The story jumps around from 1968 to the 1940s and back to the 1740s as Claire tells her now grown daughter, Brianna, about her real father, Jamie Fraser, and how she was conceived in 1745 Scotland. It’s a tough sell, as you would expect, not something even a 1968 flower child would easily buy into. Dragonfly in Amber unfolds epically, keeping us on the edge of our seats most of the time.

Characters
The characters we already know and love are back for more and are as three-dimensional as ever. The new characters introduced, including Brianna and Roger, only add to the story. While I found Roger to be irritating, I don’t think that was a problem. Not every character can be perfect, and he does evolve over the series, so I think it’s okay that he starts off less than loveable.

Bottom Line
Dragonfly in Amber is an engaging, well told, and beautifully set story and it gets five out of five stars from me.

Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Author: Diana Gabaldon
PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
Pages: 754
Category: Historical, Science Fiction, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Book Review – The Plot Skeleton (Writing Lessons From the Front #1) by Dr. Angela Hunt

The Plot Skeleton (Writing Lessons From the Front #1) by Dr. Angela Hunt

The Plot Skeleton (Writing Lessons From the Front #1) by Dr. Angela Hunt

Synopsis
In writing class, our teachers made sure we understood how to write a five-paragraph theme: introduction, thesis sentence, points one, two, and three, followed by the conclusion. But rarely did any teacher tell us how to write fiction–they simply urged us to write a story. 

But how is that done? Angela Hunt has been writing and teaching for thirty years, and she has boiled plotting down to the basics in thirty pages. Not only will you come away knowing how to plot, you’ll be able to point the important structural points in movies and other books you read. It’s all about the skeleton, Hunt says, and every working story has one.

(A condensed version of this lesson was originally published in A NOVEL IDEA, a collection of writer’s tips and techniques by published novelists.)

Enjoy this writing lesson for a fraction of the cost of attending one of Angela’s writing classes–your writing will never be the same.

My Review
Dr. Angela Hunt has published over 130 titles and sold more than 4 million books. That alone was enough to get me to try her Writing Lessons series. That and the fact that each one is about 30 pages in length. Additionally, she teaches writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, so she not only knows a thing or two about writing successful novels, but also has experience imparting her wisdom to other writers.

The Plot Skeleton breaks the plotting process down into a rather interesting analogy of the human skeleton beginning with the head and ending with the feet. While there is nothing new or earth shattering here, it does present an easy-to-follow organizational structure for creating a plot outline. She includes helpful examples to illustrate her points, making it pretty painless to grasp the concepts.

Even if you’re a pantser, it helps to have a basic understanding of your plot and where your story is going before you sit down to write. You don’t have to stick with your outline, it can ebb and flow with your writing, but if you don’t know where you’re going when you start, your story can meander, not really going anywhere. Personally, I hate the editing process, so the more work I can do up front to reduce the amount of editing required after the first draft, the better. While my story may not end up exactly as I conceived it, I know when I’m veering wildly off course if I have some sort of an outline before I start.

The first novel I wrote, The Union, has been through over 30 revisions. I wrote without an outline or any real understanding of where I was going other than I knew my storyworld, my protagonist’s story goal, and her hidden need. However, on the next three books I wrote in the series, I had a rough outline. Even though those aren’t polished yet, they’re a lot stronger structurally after early drafts than The Union was.

Bottom Line
This is a quick and easy read that lays out the process for outlining your plot in a pretty straightforward way. Even if you don’t learn anything mind blowing, it’s a useful tool. I tend to glance through it before I sit down to write a new project. It never hurts to refresh my memory on what makes a strong plot, and skimming a 30-page book is a lot easier than a 300+ page book.

Title: The Plot Skeleton (Writing Lessons from the Front#1)
Author: Dr. Angela Hunt
PublisherHuntHaven Press
Pages: 30
Category: Writing Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Release Day + Giveaway – The Token Series By Marata Eros

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The Token Series By Marata Eros

The Token Series By Marata Eros

About the Book
Title: The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set)
Author: Marata Eros
Release Date: May 7th, 2014
Genre: New Adult Dark Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis
From New York Times& USA Today bestselling author Marata Eros~
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Three volumes ***Limited time only*** A savings of$6!

4.5 average star rating across three volumes!
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The Token Series revolves around heroine Faren Mitchell and self-made billionaire hero Jared “Mick” McKenna. The two literally collide when Mick accidentally runs into Faren while riding his Harley. A mix of chemistry, tragedy, murder and unrequited love transpire in a series of six, dark installments…

The Token (The Token Series #1) by Marata Eros

The Token (The Token Series #1) by Marata Eros

The Token 1
Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever.

They’re so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.

Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can’t save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one.

When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.
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The Token 2 (The Token Series #2) by Marata Eros

The Token 2 (The Token Series #2) by Marata Eros

The Token 2
Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life.

She doesn’t want Jared “Mick” McKenna for the billions he’s amassed, but for the one thing she’s never given any man: her innocence.

Mick’s guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating.

When Faren’s actions don’t match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can’t reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.

As Faren’s bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she’s made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother’s life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?
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The Token 3 (The Token Series #3) by Marata Eros

The Token 3 (The Token Series #3) by Marata Eros


The Token 3
Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn.

When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth.

Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive.

Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother’s head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew.

Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?
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App. page count 340
*Volumes 1-6 available now!
*TT6 releases May 16, 2014

The Token 4 (The Token Series #4) by Marata Eros

The Token 4 (The Token Series #4) by Marata Eros

The Token 4
Faren doesn’t think her heart can break any further until Mick discovers her sullied secret in the worst way possible.

Faren picks up the shattered remnants of her emotions and moves forward with a desperate plan to win Mick back that doesn’t involve one penny of his billions.

When Faren sees what remains of her life coming together with a synchronicity she can only dream of, the unexpected happens with Jay–and she must play a razor’s edge of deception once again.

Can she tie this final loose end and receive the money from that aborted last dance before the countdown of debt has expired?

Will a dirty cop and the long arm of Ronnie Bunce conspire to ruin the fragile bond she’s created with Mick?

Or will the concessions Faren’s made along the way shatter the dark joy she has been given ….
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The Token 5 (The Token Series #5) by Marata Eros

The Token 5 (The Token Series #5) by Marata Eros

The Token 5
 Jay puts pressure on Faren for more than she’s willing to give. With the discovery of a deeper secret than she can keep to herself, Faren commits to lying no more.

Though the goal of her mother’s debt has been absolved and she is safe from transport, Faren struggles with concerns over her long term care.

When Mick finds out the absolute truth, the dynamic of their relationship changes to include something she never expected to have: hope.

How long can Faren keep those at bay that wish to destroy the fragile happiness between Mick and Faren?

Will blackmail be successful in ruining the one thing Faren’s decided she wants even more than her own life?
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The Token 6 (The Token Series #6) by Marata Eros

The Token 6 (The Token Series #6) by Marata Eros

The Token 6
From the NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author, Marata Eros

Faren is blown away about the dual revelation of her health. A different threat against her mother remains, while Mick and Faren execute caution with the excavation of the past. Neither want Thorn to suffer for something he’s not responsible for.

The lesson taught to Ronnie Bunce didn’t stick and he has connections that even Mick’s monetary status can’t silence. When its discovered the players on the chessboard have been closing in for a checkmate against Faren and Mick, Farenuses whatever’s at hand to save the one she cares about the most.

Will the gauntlet Faren rushes through put everything she cares about to the test? Does this final danger erase the seeds of the truth she’s finally come to terms with—or will the larger threat irrevocably damage her most precious treasure?
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Author Marata Eros

Author Marata Eros

About the Author
Marata Eros (a pseudonym for Tamara Rose Blodgett), is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of dark, romantic new adult novels, including A Terrible Love and its companion novel A Brutal Tenderness.

Marata lives in South Dakota with her husband

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New Adult Book Blitz + Give Away – Revelation (Revelation Series #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

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Revelation (Revelation Series #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

Revelation (Revelation Series #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

About the Book
Title: Revelation
Author: Randi Cooley Wilson
Release Date: May 1st, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis
A DIVINE SECRET,

A LOYAL PROTECTOR,

A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.

Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life. Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything? Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

This is volume one of a series.

Author Randi Cooley Wilson

Author Randi Cooley Wilson

About the Author
Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.

Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.

Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.

“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”

Randi loves to hear from readers, you can reach out to her via Twitter: R_CooleyWilson and/or Facebook: authorrandicooleywilson

Where to Find Randi Cooley Wilson
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Release Day + Giveaway – Contemporary Romance – Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

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Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

Finding Haven by T.A. Foster

 About the Book
Title: Finding Haven
Author: T.A. Foster
Release Date: May 15th, 2014
Genre: Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes

Synopsis
Power. Money. Control. Love.

He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become.

Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of.

A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

Author T.A. Foster

Author T.A. Foster

About the Author
T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age, and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

Where to Find T.A. Foster
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