Review – True Blue (Blue Series) by Jules Barnard

True Blue Release Day

A big apology to author, Jules Barnard, for missing my posting date. I finished the book and typed up the following review while on vacation, but my flakey internet access prevented me from posting.

True Blue (Blue Series #3) by Jules Barnard

True Blue (Blue Series #3) by Jules Barnard

Synopsis
Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger.

Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her.

To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees to look out for her temporarily until she’s safe enough to move out on her own. And if he has to push that process along by snooping around and figuring out what she’s hiding, he’ll do that too. Only, Mira is still beautiful, and she’s feisty as hell, and she has all his attention—just like she did six years before.

Mira is driving Tyler crazy, the tension between them off the charts while they’re trapped under the same roof. Something is going to crack. Will it be Mira’s last hold on a haunted life, or Tyler’s self-control around the one girl he’s never been able to get over?

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My Review
I read Blue Crush earlier this year and fell in love with the characters Jules Barnard created and the incredible chemistry she develops between them, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on True Blue. I gotta admit, I was not a fan of Mira’s after reading Blue Crush, so the fact that True Blue was from both her and Tyler’s points of view made this one of my most anticipated sequels of the year. And it delivered!

We get to roll around inside Mira’s head and see why she is the way she is, why she relies so heavily on Lewis, and what her issues with Gen really were. But more importantly, we learn why she’s so damaged and more about the past that continues to haunt her. Man I just love her. We also get to see a lot more of Tyler Morgan, the younger brother of Gen’s roommate, Cali. Mira and Tyler have a history that is hinted at in Blue Crush and we finally get to see what that’s all about, and it’s intense.

Plot
Once again, Jules Barnard balances a solid main plot with a variety of subplots that keep you guessing. The book opens in middle school where we learn the history of Mira and Tyler, then zooms through to high school where we learn about the miscommunication that sets up the animosity between these two. Add to that Mira’s loan shark trouble, a less than stellar mother, and some shady characters at Blue Casino, and True Blue is a page turner.

I really only have two complaints, two things that really keep this from being a full five-star for me. The first is a rushed climax. After building a lot of intrigue and potential danger, I feel like it all culminated too quickly and wrapped up easier than it should have. The second is that after so thoroughly developing the conflict up front that weaves through the remainder of the book, it would have been nice for Mira and Tyler to have addressed what happened in high school. The reader gets an in-depth understanding, but I think if Mira and Tyler had really hashed it out, it could have made a compelling and emotional scene.

World Building
Once again, the story takes place in beautiful Lake Tahoe, one of my personal favorite vacation spots. It’s fun to read about places I know well. I can so vividly picture the setting, that I needed to remind myself a couple of times that the people are fictional even if the town is not.

Characters
I love Mira. She’s flawed and damaged and misunderstood, but this makes her growth that much more satisfying. And Tyler is awesome. Even though he’s deeply wounded, he still  does the right thing. But he’s not perfect. He’s human, makes mistakes, does things that make you want to scream at him, but those are the things that make him so believable, and also what makes him perfect for Mira. We get to see a bit more of Lewis and Gen, too, which is nice. I’m hoping the next book in the series gets us inside Zach’s head because he’s fast becoming my favorite character.

Top Five Things I Love About  True Blue
1. Mira’s boss Hayden Tate. She’s the boss everyone should have.

2. Mira. She’s such a well-developed character, I have to remind myself she’s fictional.

3. Tyler. He’s perfect for Mira, but he’s not perfect. He’s sweet, but a guy. He’s not an alpha male and that’s just so refreshing for a change.

4. The prologue. I’m not usually a fan of prologues, but it’s just so well done and sets the stage so perfectly, it’s hard not to love it.

5. The Lake Tahoe setting. Love, love, love it. It’s beautifully authentic.

Bottom Line
True Blue is full of incredibly real characters coping with real-life problems in authentic ways. It’s full of angst, conflict, and satisfying moments of sweetness.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title:
 True Blue
Series: Blue #3
Author: Jules Barnard
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Pages: 240
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4-1/2 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Author Jules Barnard

Author Jules Barnard

About the Author
Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

Where to Find Jules Barnard
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Review – Hart Attack (Titan Series) by Cristin Harber

Hart Attack Blog Tour

Hart Attack (Titan Series) by Cristin Harber

Hart Attack (Titan Series) by Cristin Harber

Synopsis
Outside of Titan Group, there are few people that Roman Hart would die for. He’s a soldier, a protector, and he’s haunted that one of the people he should’ve been able to protect didn’t let him. That was years ago, and now a hardened heart and a cocky attitude are his impenetrable shields, until one woman—one challenge—drives him to distraction.

On the outside, Beth Tourne has it all. Luxury car, gorgeous condo, and a job partying with the rich and famous. It’s a plush CIA cover, but she wants more. Anything for an adrenaline rush that can override her guilty numbness and let her forget the tragedy she never saw coming.

Their scars make them perfect operatives. Their mirrored pasts give them deep, wounded reasons to stay alone. But the more they ignore the tension, the more vulnerable they become. Survival means trust. In one another, behind closed doors, and on the job. The only way they’re making it out alive is if they find peace while waging a war.

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My Review
Hart Attack is a solid Cristin Harber novel. It has all of the elements we come to expect: danger and intrigue, a hot guy who doesn’t need to fall in love, a strong woman who is the only one who can change his mind, lots of  steamy sex, and all of the characters we already know and love. Hart Attack opens with Roman and his team returning from a mission, with all but him having someone to go home to. He’s never really wanted that until now. And he realizes the one he wants to go home to is his sister’s best friend, Beth. They’ve been dancing around their mutual attraction for a year, but haven’t done anything about it. Until now.

And as I’ve come to expect from Cristin Harber, it’s not an easy transition. Beth has deep wounds as does Roman. They’re both coming to terms with what those mean to themselves and their ability to let someone into their lives. Their path to happiness is winding, detoured, and messy which only makes it more satisfying when they get there.

Plot
The main plot is good. It’s the ebb and flow of Roman and Beth’s relationship and it works. Well. I love that we get enough sweet moments to offset the darker themes throughout. The CIA subplot is also really strong. But once again, I think the story suffers from one point-of-view too many. I saw what should have been a shocking twist coming because of that POV. I think that pivotal scene would have been jaw-dropping without that additional insight.

World Building
We have more of the special ops for hire in the Titan group, but what really stood out to me is the world of the CIA. We go deeper inside than we did with Garrison’s Creed. Understanding cover stories and how they play into a particular operation and how the persona for the job can hide the person inside was fascinating. We also get a crash course in handlers and how they rotate based on the operation. I don’t know if any of this is how it really works, but Cristin Harber makes it so believable that it doesn’t matter if it’s not even close. Because unless you’ve been a CIA operative, there’s no way to really know the inner workings of the Agency and if you did and revealed it in a novel, they’d probably have to kill you.

Characters
Because we’ve known Roman all along, it’s great to finally get to see his story, understand what makes him tick. He’s long been one of my favorite Titans. I mean, as Nic’s older brother and Cash’s best friend, he already had two checks in the plus column. And I loved Beth coming into this, but she got on my nerves a few times in Hart Attack. I like the fun-loving Beth more than the deeply wounded Beth, but I think that’s how life is. How many people are just the face they put forth for the world to see? The fact that Roman could see through her party-girl exterior to the woman beneath and still cared is part of what makes him so awesome. I don’t dislike Beth, but there were definitely times I wanted to shake some sense into her.

Top Five Things I Love About  Hart Attack
1. Beth’s spunky personality when she’s not brooding or being self-loathing.

2. The world of CIA operatives and their handlers.

3. The moment on the helicopter after a pivotal scene when Beth reveals her deepest feelings.

4. The Cash-Roman-Nic chemistry is still there, strong as ever.

5. Jared and Sugar’s bet.

Bottom Line
Hart Attack is another fantastic installment in the Titan series.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title:
 Hart Attack
Series: Titan #5
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Pages: 268
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
UK: Amazon | iBooks

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Author Cristin Harber

Author Cristin Harber

About the Author

Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author.

Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.

She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.

Where to Find Cristin Harber
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter | Titan Team

Blog Tour – Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Pig Park Blog Tour

A fresh young adult read about a fifteen-year-old heroine hoping to save her community.

Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

About the Book
Title: Pig Park
Author: Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
It’s crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga’s neighborhood is becoming more and more of a ghost town since the lard company moved away. Her school closed down.

Her family’s bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls to haul bricks to help build a giant pyramid in the park in hopes of luring visitors.

Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something’s not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. Then there’s the new boy who came to help, the one with the softest of lips.

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Excerpt
I knew from that letter in that drawer that with no one to buy the bread, the bakery would close down for good too. We would end up leaving Pig Park like everyone else.

This is what else I knew: I’d lived in Pig Park my whole entire life. I still had a few friends left. So—even after everything—I couldn’t wrap my head around the bakery closing and us leaving also. It kept me up at night, wondering about tomorrow and the day after.

Maybe I would never see my friends again. My family lived upstairs now. Maybe we’d end up homeless. My dad was always saying not to think like that, to leave the worrying to him and my mom, but—I just couldn’t help it. I couldn’t help it about as much as I couldn’t help breathing or just being me.

My dad tied an apron around his waist, rolled his sleeves up and grabbed hold of the masa resting on the counter. Sweat dampened his shirt across his thick broad back. He pounded down on dough the color of dirt clay.

“How about some music?”

“Music?”

“Yes.”

“Like what?” I grabbed a dish towel and dried my hands.

“Anything.”

I switched on the radio. My dad sang along to that old song, “Amorcitoooo Corazon.” I imagined him making his way down a cobblestone road on a bike—balancing a big basket of freshly baked rolls on his head—belting out the song like in one of those old black and white movies they used to play in the park to bring the neighborhood together.

“Dad, I like it when you sing. It makes me feel like I am all wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket,” I said. It made me think of how it was before, when things were good and my dad sang all the time.

My dad sang even louder and smiled like it made him think of it how it was before too..

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Author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

Author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

About the Author
Claudia is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014).

She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

Where to Find Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
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Release + Giveaway – The Shape of My Heart (2B Trilogy) by Ann Aguirre

The Shape of My Heart Release Day Launch

Today is release day for The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre. The Shape of My Heart is the third book in her new adult contemporary romance series, 2B Trilogy published by Harlequin HQN.

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

About the Book
Title: The Shape of My Heart
Series: 2B Trilogy #3
Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksBAM | IndieBound | Vroman’s | Book Depository | Powell’s

Synopsis
Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school—only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate, Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain—he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything…because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

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Excerpt
So many questions ricocheted around my brainpan, but Max’s shoulders were pulled up almost to his ears, his chin nearly on the table. Without looking at me, he shredded the napkin in his hands into four pieces and then in half again. The waning sunshine streaming in the smeared window behind him haloed his hair, so that the highlights shone blue instead of tawny or copper.

            “You don’t have to tell me a bedtime story,” I said gently.

            “No, you need to know. So you understand what’s going on and why it’s so tense when we get there.”

            “Okay. If you’re sure.”

            “I’ll set the stage.” His tone was brittle, uneven, and the bits of paper in his hands kept getting smaller. “I was sixteen, just got my license. My dad was drinking, acting like a fuckhead. Business as usual. When he started in on Mickey, I grabbed the keys. Figured I’d get us both out of there for a while. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but taking off is kind of my specialty.”

            “Between your bike, the garage office, and the place you showed me by the river, I’ve picked up on the pattern, yeah.”

            “I thought I was doing the smart thing, you know? But I was driving too fast and some asshole blew the stoplight. T-boned us. Mickey got the worst of it… weeks in the hospital without knowing if he’d make it. Then once he stabilized, we found out he’d never walk again.” He curled a fist and slammed it onto the table, making the pizza box dance. “Ironic, huh? I was worried that my dad would hurt Mickey but I’m the one who—”

            “Not true,” I cut in. “That’s a textbook accident. Don’t tell me you blame yourself.”

            “It’s impossible to do anything else. No, wipe that look off your face, Kaufman. I didn’t open up to make you feel sorry for me. I just want you to know the deal going in. I mean, my dad’s the biggest asshole I ever met and he hates me, too.”

            “What about Mickey?”

            “We weren’t talking much when I left. Every day I think, what if I’d put up with my old man’s shit for five minutes more? What if I’d picked a fight with him instead of grabbing those keys? I—” His voice broke on a shuddering inhalation.

            Until this moment I didn’t realize how much weight Max carried on a daily basis or how good a job he did hiding it. I came out of my chair and rounded the little table before I consciously decided to make a move. Standing beside him, I hovered, unsure what to do. He answered the question by wrapping both arms around my waist and pulling me onto his lap. Unsettled, unnerved, even, I let him press his face into my shoulder, resting a hand on his head.

            His breath warmed the skin of my throat, rousing an inappropriate shiver. Now is not the time. It wasn’t like I’d never noticed his hotness; he specialized in a scruffy, soulful appeal that women of all ages seemed unable to resist. But it was so much better for him to call me Kaufman and confide in me instead of flirting. At the moment, Max needed a friend. I stroked his back for like five minutes before he raised his gaze to meet mine.

            “Sorry. The closer we get to Rhode Island, the worse I feel.”

            “It’s understandable. You have to be worried about how your brother will react when you see him.” The rest of his family sounded like jackwagons. Though he’d only told me about his dad, if he had any decent aunts, uncles or cousins, they would’ve stepped up when his old man went upside his head with a bottle. A scar like that would take eight or ten stitches, minimum. I imagined Max as a scared kid with blood gushing from his scalp, and all of my protective instincts roared to life. People had been calling me a bitch since I was fifteen, and I was ready to wade in against Max’s family. Yeah, the funeral might be tense and shitty, but if his family said one fucking word—

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Check out the rest of the series below.

2B Trilogy

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I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

About Book 1
Title: 
I Want it That Way
Series:
2B Trilogy #1
Author: 
Ann Aguirre
Release Date: 
August 26, 2014
Genre: 
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | BAM Indiebound | Vroman’s | Book Depository | Powell’s  

Synopsis

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

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As Long as You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2) by Ann Aguirre

As Long as You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2) by Ann Aguirre

About Book 2
Title: 
As Long as You Love Me
Series: 2B Trilogy #2
Author: 
Ann Aguirre

Genre: 
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N BAM | IndieBound | Vroman’s | Book Depository | Powell’siTunes

Synopsis
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship.

And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.

Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

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Author Ann Aguirre

Author Ann Aguirre

About the Author
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order.

She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

Where to Find Ann Aguirre
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Release Day + Giveaway – Hard to Come By (Hard Ink Series) by Laura Kaye

Hard To Come By Release Day

Hard to Hold Come By is a contemporary romance filled with suspense in the Hard Ink Series published by Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins. Be sure to see below for an excerpt and details on Laura Kaye’s giveaway.  As a special treat, through December 2, anyone who pre-orders Hard to Come By or purchases it during release week, will receive exclusive bonus content! Just fill out the quick form here!

Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye

Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye

About the Book
Title:
 Hard to Come By
Series: Hard Ink #3
Author: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo
International: Amazon.ca | Amazon UK

Synopsis
Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

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Excerpt
Marz was playing with fire. He damn well knew he was. But that didn’t make him want to pull away.

He just wanted more of the heat.

Marz nuzzled the side of Emilie’s face with his nose, his lips. She turned her face toward him and offered her lips. He couldn’t refuse.

Capturing her mouth on a tortured groan, Marz poured every ounce of his longing and confusion and desire into the kiss. They grasped at each other and Emilie turned in his arms. He pinned her against the railing and planted his hands in her hair. She opened to him and accepted his tongue, sucking him in until Marz’s blood ran hot and his hard-on ached. He ground himself against her and devoured every little moan and whimper and gasp she spilled.

Trailing kisses from her mouth to her jaw to her ear, Marz dragged a hand down her body and grasped her breast in his palm. She cried out and her head dropped back, drawing his mouth to her neck, where he licked and sucked and nipped as he kneaded her soft flesh. “You are so damn sexy.”

Her hand flew to his hair and grasped the back of his head. “Touch me,” she said. “Don’t stop touching me.”

Marz pulled away long enough to do a three-sixty scan. The lighthouse cast a dark shadow over them, and the pier was otherwise empty. His heart raced and his pulse hammered. He dove back in, trailing kisses down her neck to her collarbone, which he traced with his tongue. Her nails scratched deliciously at his scalp and her grip urged him down.

Through the thin material of her blouse and bra, he mouthed and flicked at her nipple. He shifted the deep vee of the neckline to reveal a lacy royal blue bra. He tongued her through the lace until she was panting and moaning and writhing against the railing.

“Oh, my God,” she rasped as he shifted her shirt and moved to her other breast. This time, he tugged the lace down to bare the deep pink of her nipple. She tasted and smelled like something fruity and sweet, and it made Marz hunger for more. “Derek,” she gasped. “Yes, yes, yes.”

Her palm cupped and squeezed the bulge of his erection through his jeans. His hips jerked into the touch, craving more of her, all of her. He groaned and it seemed to egg her on, because she pressed and rubbed her hand against his trapped cock until he was panting and imagining taking her down to the ground.

“Jesus, Emilie, you’re driving me fucking crazy,” he said as he worked kisses back up her body to her mouth.

“I know just what you mean,” she said. Her molten hot gaze met his. Eyes hooded, lips shiny and swollen, cheeks flushed, she was a freaking goddess standing under the moonlit sky. He felt the force of her beauty every bit as much in his chest as in his cock.

“You sure about that, babe?” he asked as he took her mouth in a deep, wet kiss. “Because my imagination has me stripping you of those fuck-hot jeans.”

“Yeah?” She rubbed his cock in a long stroke with the heel of her hand. “Mine has us getting a room at the hotel back there. So I’m sure,” she said with a smile.

Marz’s heart hammered against his breastbone and his cock jerked, clearly liking her idea, too. Except, if he took her up on it, he was going to end up buried inside her for as long as she’d have him. And so long as this clusterfuck of a situation defined their relationship, he couldn’t take things that far. Could he?

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The Men of Hard Ink

Other books in the Hard Ink Series
Hard As It Gets
Hard As You Can
Hard to Old On To

Hard to Be Good (March 10, 2015)
Untitled (July 28, 2015)

Praise for the Hard Ink Series
For Hard As You Can:
“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:
“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

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Author Laura Kaye

Author Laura Kaye

About the Author
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance.

Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Where to Find Laura Kaye
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Anomaly (Schrodinger’s Consortium) by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly Book Blitz

Check out Anomaly, the first book in Tonya Kuper’s new Schrodinger’s Consortium Series from Entangled Teen. See below for an excerpt and details on her giveaway.

Anomaly (Schrodinger's Consortium #1) by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly (Schrodinger’s Consortium #1) by Tonya Kuper

About the Book
Title: Anomaly
Series: Schrodinger’s Consortium #1
Author: Tonya Kuper
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Reality is only an illusion.

Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

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Excerpt 2
Another bell rang. I spun wildly, searching for the source, and my foot slipped out from under me. My left foot joined my right, sliding down a rocky surface.

A scream tore past my lips.

My brain fought to figure out what was happening as my hands gripped for something—anything—because I was falling. My head swiveled.

I couldn’t comprehend the giant, gaping crack I’d fallen into. A fissure in the ground at least eight feet wide. My fingers sunk into the cracked concrete, barely holding on. Sliding.

Then I looked down.

No end in sight. An abyss.

Everything around me blurred, and all I could see was black. And in that blackness was the one thing I was terrified of: death. My stomach pitched and my chest heaved, but no air moved in or out of my lungs. I was suffocating.

Ripping my eyes away from the darkness, I focused on my hands, still grasping at the gravely terrain crumbling beneath them. My right foot slipped, and my fingers dug deeper into the ground. It was a mixture of rock, and mud, and I didn’t know what. It felt like glass shards were being shoved under my fingernails.

I dug in with my toes, using the muscles in my legs to slow my descent. I slid to a halt, but the rocks and substrate continued to crumble beneath me. I searched blindly for a sturdy foothold. My foot found a rocky lip, but as soon as I thought it was safe, it gave way. My right silver flip-flop plummeted into the darkness so eager to swallow me.

Attempting to force my gaze upward, I focused on the contrast of the dark surrounding me and the bright light above, the line where they met. Technically, I’d die in broad daylight.

“Think, Josie.” The voice was strong, demanding. It took a second for it to register. “Josie, look at me.”

Reid. Reid was here. That’s where I was. I was at Reid’s place. I’d come here to train. I’m an Oculi. It all became clear as I broke free from the terror.

I wrenched my head toward his voice, my gaze meeting his. He crouched above me at the surface, his eyes my lifeline because he didn’t offer a hand. He wasn’t about to coddle me. That wasn’t his style. He said, “Breathe. Think.”

Dragging in an uneven breath, looking into his clear eyes, something clicked in the far reaches of my mind.

Stairs.

I Pushed with no effort. No headache, no nausea. I blinked, and stairs carved themselves into the side of the chasm, jutted out as if they’d always been there. With great hesitancy, I climbed the stairs on all fours, close to the wall. I could see the surface, right within my reach.

Whoosh.

The stairs were gone.

I felt myself tumbling, falling. Flailing along the wall of the abyss with nothing to stop my descent.

“React, Josie!”

Think.

I focused on the surface, on the light growing dimmer the farther I skidded. Earth. Ground beneath my feet. I Pushed. And Pushed.

Pain. Nausea. Dizziness.

Thunder sounded below, like the darkness of the chasm was rising up to swallow me whole. Something hit my feet so hard that it tossed me in the air.

Up. Up. Into the light.

My thoughts didn’t coalesce clearly, but I felt myself rising. The pain behind my eyes made my vision waver. I shot to the warehouse floor. Reid reached for me as I collapsed.

My lungs rebelled, and tears burned trails down my cheeks. Dirt covered my hands and caked beneath my fingertips. One fingernail had broken to the quick. It bled sullenly. I wasn’t about to look weak in front of him, though, so I held out my arm to ward off his offer of help. I stood tall on trembling legs.

Reid closed the gap between us, his arms extended like he would embrace me. “Josie—”

The light streaming through the warehouse windows dimmed and flickered. Darkness edged my periphery. I balled my trembling fist and slammed my knuckles into his cheek. White heat shot through my hand before everything went black.

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Author Tonya Kuper

Author Tonya Kuper

About the Author
Tonya Kuper’s debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen.

She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.

Where to Find Tonya Kuper
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YA Book Review – Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Synopsis
Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

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My Review
Save Me is not your typical paranormal romance. This is a fresh take on the genre with a supernatural twist. Something dark and sinister is afoot in Liberty, a fictional town on the Oregon coast. Cara, a high school senior with a love of whales, volunteers part time for Liberty Charters, a whale watching tours business. While working a tour, she meets a cute newcomer to town when both are tossed overboard by a transient killer whale. Thus begins an intense romance that is doomed before it starts because David is completely off limits.

A second newcomer, Garren, provides a much-needed, albeit not romantic, distraction as she pines for David and watches her best friend, Rachel, become that girl. The one who ditches her best friend for her new boyfriend, Ethan. But there’s more to Ethan than meets the eye and Cara soon fears for her Rachel. Add to that a jealous girl with her sights set on David, more transient whale sightings, and things become mysteriously eerie.

Save Me takes a traditional, religious look at witchcraft and demon possession that is both creepy with shades of The Exorcist, as well as endearingly sweet. There is no overt horror, no strong language, and no sex, making this a safe choice for younger teens and even middle grade students who like their stories on the darker side.

Plot
The main plot revolves around the witchcraft and there are a lot of balls in the air, making it fun to try to figure out what’s going on. The subplots involving who Garren really is, Cara’s affection for Grayback and Bobbie, the local whales, and the romance with David all add lighter moments to the darker main plot. Author Jenny Elliott doles out the information we need, as we need it, to keep us in the story. She builds to a climax, weaving together all of her subplots into the main plot, and tying up all the loose ends in a satisfying conclusion.

World Building 
World building is where Save Me really shines. I can almost feel the briny ocean air, sense the cool sand beneath my toes, hear the waves crashing to shore through the descriptive settings, tone, and word choices the author makes. Liberty, Oregon comes alive inside the pages. The world of witchcraft, demon possession, and religious symbolism and rituals all have an air of authenticity, but are fueled by Elliott’s imagination. She’s clearly done her research, but allows her own creativity to influence the rules around the world she’s created.

Characters
Cara is mature for her age which keeps her from making so many of the impulsive teenage mistakes a lot of characters in this genre are famous for, and it’s refreshing. It also makes her relationship with David, who is a bit older, not only believable by understandable. It never seems implausible that a man four years older would be attracted to a teen girl because she’s intelligent, wise beyond her years, and caring.

The conflict between Cara and her mother over her relationship with David is realistic. David was also quite believable in his role as the forbidden love interest who tries so hard to do the right thing, despite his strong feelings for Cara. The romance between Cara and David is so sweet that it is a welcomed offset to the dark themes of witchcraft and demons. It’s like the perfect sweet and sour chicken – just enough of both to make a delicious blend.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About  Save Me
1. The descriptive details of Liberty, Oregon and the way the author makes the setting come alive.

2. The paranormal twist based on religion and witchcraft which is a refreshing departure from what I’ve read in this genre recently.

3. That cover! I mean it’s gorgeous and it fits the mood for the story so perfectly.

4. Cara’s devotion to her best friend, Rachel, and how determined she is to save her.

5. The underlying story of the whales that threads through the story, tying everything together and epitomizing the themes of good versus evil.

Bottom Line
Save Me is a fresh take on the paranormal romance that is both darker and lighter than many others in the genre.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title:
 Save Me
Author: Jenny Elliott
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Pages: 336
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Author Jenny Elliott

Author Jenny Elliott

About the Author
Jenny Elliott is a lifelong resident of Washington State and lives in Spokane with her husband and four kids.

Writing fiction is her favorite method for avoiding insanity. Other avoidance techniques include reading, playing Scrabble, and browsing social media sites.

Save Me is her first novel.

Where to Find Jenny Elliott
Goodreads | SwoonReads | Facebook | Twitter

Release Day – (Un)bidden (Judgement of the Six Series) by Melissa Haag

Un(Bidden) Release Day Launch

Today is release day for (Un)bidden, the fourth novel in the Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag. Be sure to see below to find out where to get the first book in the series for free for a limited time.

(Un)bidden (Judgement of the Six #4) by Melissa Haag

(Un)bidden (Judgement of the Six #4) by Melissa Haag

About the Book
Title: (Un)bidden
Series: Judgement of the Six #4
Author: Melissa Haag
Release Date: November 24, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
I left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast.

That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep.

However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.

While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay.

However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe.

Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.

Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgements

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Haven’t started the series yet? You’re in luck. The first book in the series is currently available for FREE.

Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six #1) by Melissa Haag

Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six #1) by Melissa Haag

About Book 1
Title: Hope(less)
Series: Judgement of the Six #1
Author: Melissa Haag
Release Date: November 18, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Our world is being judged, and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks that fill her mind and represent the people around her, confirm it.

Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight, Gabby struggles to find an explanation. A chance encounter leads her closer to the answers she has struggled to find and into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the intense werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her.

Gabby escapes back into her old life, but not quite alone. Clay follows her and silently makes a place for himself in her world. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, problems compound when other werewolves, ones with abnormally colored sparks, begin to stalk her.

Instead of gaining answers, her list of questions is growing. What do the other uniquely colored sparks mean? Is she not as alone as she thought?

Judgement has begun…

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Author Melissa Haag

Author Melissa Haag

About the Author
Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of a separate six book series.

To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at: http://melissahaag.com , and you can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Where to Find Melissa Haag
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Beautifully Broken (Infinite Love) by Kira Adams

Beautifully Broken Book Blitz

Check out Beautifully Broken, the second book in Kira Adams’s Infinite Love Series, and was released June 5, 2014. See below for an excerpt and details on her giveaway.

Beautifully Broken (Infinite Love #2) by Kira Adams

Beautifully Broken (Infinite Love #2) by Kira Adams

About the Book
Title: Beautifully Broken
Series: Infinite Love #2
Author: Kira Adams
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Jacqueline Blunt hasn’t had an easy life. In fact, she’s had anything but. From a drug addicted mother to being bounced around in foster care, Jacqueline longed for one thing—normalcy.

Lee Bennett had everything he could ever want—girls falling all over him, a dream job, money. The one thing he was missing? Passion.

Sometimes the ones worth fighting for don’t know their worth. Sometimes being broken is beautiful. This is a story of strength, courage, hope, faith, and love. This is Beautifully Broken.

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Excerpt 1
“You’re insane,” Lee said again, only this time it was in a low whisper.

I tore my eyes off the road to meet his, watching as mischief and mystery danced across them. I might have been hallucinating, but I think I also saw Lee turned on. He kept biting his lip, and running his hand over his fuzzy shaved head.

“Pull over.”

“What?” I asked, puzzled as to what his motives were.

“Pull over,” he repeated in the exact same tone and I kid you not—I had never been more turned on in my life.

Before I knew it, I had taken his advice and we were parked outside a local park I used to frequent. It was late, around eight at night and it was dark; not pitch dark though. There were no patrons around. I put the car in park and was sure my heartbeat could be heard across the world.

Lee unbuckled his seatbelt when I parked and shifted in his seat to face me. “I’m not going to kiss you again until you ask for it.”

I looked at him, my jaw down to my knees. “What makes you think I would let you kiss me again?” It was all I had been fantasizing about since he had stolen the first kiss from me. It consumed my every thought. But I was not going to tell him that. I was going to remain strong.

“Oh, when I’m done with you—you’re going to be begging for it,” he said in the cockiest tone I had ever heard.

“Cocky much?” I asked, snidely.

“Confident,” Lee responded calmly, grinning back at me.

And then I could feel his warm breath in the crook of my neck, just below my ear, dancing on my skin. My breathing became shallow, and I wondered how he knew where my spot was instantly and the crazy things it would do to me.

If his lips or tongue made their way anywhere towards my neck I was a goner for sure.

I was holding my own. My poker face had not wavered, but my madly beating heart and breathing were a dead giveaway.

“How ya doing over there?” Lee whispered in my ear.

“I’m fine, absolutely fine,” I gulped out, attempting to sound confident.

That’s when his lips found the bottom of my ear and he kissed it and gently sucked on it, causing me to literally bite my tongue off as I squealed with pleasure.

“What was that?” Lee asked, putting his ear to my mouth. His neck was irresistibly close and all I could smell was his intoxicating scent. A mix of his cologne and pure pheromones.

Lee backed up again and began nibbling my right ear. Was it getting hot in here? Or was it just me…

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My Forever (Infinite Love #1) by Kira Adams

My Forever (Infinite Love #1) by Kira Adams

About Book 1
Title: My Forever
Series: Infinite Love #1
Author: Kira Adams
Release Date: May 18, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Grief and loss can make a person act out in all the worst kinds of ways.

Madalynne Johnson has always been a bit of a handful, but with the loss of her brother, separation of her parents, and her boyfriends unexpected news of joining the army she has gone into a full on tailspin.

Parker Grant experienced loss firsthand when his brother took his own life. Darkness closed in. Madalynne saved him; showed him the light.

And even though he isn’t sure what the future holds–he wants Madalynne and this time he won’t give up without a fight.

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Author Kira Adams

Author Kira Adams

About the Author
Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at.

She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.

Where to Find Kira Adams
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Book Blitz + Giveaway – Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer) by T.R. Milne

Birth of a Destiny Book Blitz

Check out this new young adult fantasy series by author, T.R. Milne. See below for Chapter 1 and details on her giveaway.

Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer #1) by T.R. Milne

Birth of a Destiny (Light Bearer #1) by T.R. Milne

About the Book
Title: Birth of a Destiny
Series: Light Bearer #1
Author: T.R. Milne
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
Release Date: September 28, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon AUS | Amazon UK

Synopsis
Evil stalks her. True love finds her. Destiny claims her.

Rose wakes from a coma to find her life has changed forever.

Her parents were killed in the accident that nearly claimed her life. Now orphaned, her mother’s sister brings her to live in the country with her cousins, who quickly make their resentment known.

Once courageous and full of life, she only wants to be left alone to wallow in the murky shades of grief. Yet, evil stalks her dreams, and fate moves her towards her destiny.

Ghostly meetings, attacks under the cloak of storms, and a threatening dark presence brings danger and adventure to Rose, her cousin and new friend. Her special abilities, known to no one, must remain a secret – somehow.

The trio uncover a portal that takes them to a magical kingdom threatened by an evil creature thirsting for eternal darkness. Only one can stop him . . .

Already heart-broken after the loss of her parents, Rose struggles to deal with the hostility from her cousins, the constant danger, and the guilt that keeps her from Diamond, her horse. But, she is totally unprepared for a turn of events that has staggering consequences. Her special abilities are strengthened as she is tested, time and again.

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Excerpt
Chapter One – The Creature

There is a time just before a storm hits when everyone is lulled into a false sense of security, so that when the storm arrives, the splendour of its power weakens knees. Rose was in that moment – the summer air was saturated with heat, the sky bruised, the light bursting its final golden shower; everything felt suspended  – like a time that wasn’t supposed to exist. It was beautiful, yet deep down and against every bit of logic, Rose wanted no part in it – she wanted it to be over, she wanted the storm to unleash itself upon her.

And, then it did.

The light faded across the open field as a grey wall of clouds prepared for battle. Rose raised her eyes as lightning punctured then tore across the sky. Thunder replied by rumbling and stomping through the trembling valley. Then the rain came, falling softly at first, but soon pounding the steaming earth. Her body stung from the rain’s assault and woke her from a daze.

‘Claudia!’ she yelled, but the wind arrived and blew away her words. Running forward into the downpour, shielding her eyes from the rain, she searched the bushes around her. She couldn’t see more than a foot in front of her. How could she possibly find her cousin?

‘Damn it!’ she cried out.

She knew, in the place that told the truth, something was terribly wrong. Claudia hated storms with a passion and if there was any way she could have made it back to the farmhouse she would have.

As she ran toward another group of bushes, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, illuminating a dark shape that seemed to be looming over something – or someone. She stopped running; causing James to run into her and push her flat to the ground, landing so hard that the wind was knocked out of her. She swiftly rolled over, gasping for air.

‘Are you okay?’ James leaned down and touched her cheek, asking, ‘Are you hurt?’

Rose pushed his hand away, annoyed at how her face tingled where he had touched her. She tried to sit up, but couldn’t quite make it, so made do with leaning back on her elbows.

‘What do you think you were doing?’ she gasped, still struggling for breath.

‘I was running behind you, and then you just – stopped, and I ran into you. I’m very sorry.’

The memory of the dark figure in the bushes rushed into Rose’s mind. She lurched forward, trying to stand up, but it was too soon and she started to fall back down.

James stopped her fall and yelled through the rain. ‘Hey, what are you doing? What’s the matter?’

‘I saw something,’ she pointed to the bushes where she had seen the figure, ‘when the lightning flashed – I saw a dark shape over there.’

She felt James’ warm hand find hers. For a split second it felt so natural, but then she remembered, and immediately pulled away.

‘Let’s go check it out,’ she said, walking slowly toward the bushes.

With each step forward, she felt as though the darkness she kept locked inside was being released and spreading through her. Somehow, James’ hand had found its way back into hers and now she clung to its warmth.

A scream ripped through the rain, Claudia’s scream, and the story it told reached in and squeezed Rose’s heart. Letting go of James’ hand, Rose lunged forward. Two steps further into the bushes brought her to Claudia huddled into a ball against a tree and staring, transfixed, at the rain-shrouded figure in front of her.

‘Oi!’ Rose shouted. ‘Leave her alone!’

‘Get away from her!’ James roared in a voice Rose didn’t know he possessed.

Lightning filled the sky, exposing the creature, for that is what it was. Covered in a black cloak from head to foot, the only thing she could make out was a face that appeared shrivelled upon itself, with skin so thin it was transparent; revealing no blood in the veins beneath it. The mouth was an ebony pit filled with a red tongue that licked at crumbling teeth. The nose, long and narrow, hooked downwards.

But, it was the creature’s eyes that told his story – black holes that spoke of a thousand years spent in the darkness with only hatred, evil, and death for company.  Every part of Rose’s being was sickened and repulsed, yet she knew that the thing possessed a dark power beyond any she had ever known. She knew they were lambs before a wolf.

The dark creature turned and moved toward Claudia.

‘Get away from her!’ Rose screamed. It didn’t hesitate. ‘Claudia, RUN!’

‘Rose!’ Claudia called out her.

‘Run!’ screamed Rose.

‘Rose, wake up!’ yelled Claudia. ‘You’re having another nightmare.’

With a jolt that left her breathless, Rose awoke.

‘Are you okay?’ asked Claudia. ‘What was it about?’

Rose sat up, drenched in sweat.

‘You were lost in a storm and I found you, but then I saw the creature.’

‘The creature,’ said Claudia. ‘What kind of creature?’

Rose knew they were safe, but she couldn’t stop her heart from racing as she remembered the creature’s face as it stared at Claudia like she was his prey.

‘It was from another world,’ said Rose, and as she said the words out loud she knew them to be true.

‘From some far-away magical land, was it? Where your ghosts live?’

The hot room they shared suddenly felt suffocating. ‘What do you mean, where my ghosts live?’

‘You think this is the first time you’ve talked in your sleep?’ said Claudia, hopping back into her bed.

‘What did I say?’

‘It’s more a question of what haven’t you said. All I can say is you have one hell of an imagination. Magical worlds. Creatures. Ghosts. As if.’

Claudia turned away in a huff and pulled her sheets up to her neck. In seconds, she was fast asleep.

No doubt dreaming of sunsets, ice creams, and beaches with palm trees. If only she knew!

Rose threw off her sweaty sheets and stormed toward the French doors that led to the veranda. Sleep, which came so easily to Claudia, was no longer a friend of hers.

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Author T.R. Milne

Author T.R. Milne

About the Author
T.R. Milne was shaped as a writer by early childhood where she grew up in a haunted house on a farm where her imagination grew wild.

Her love affair with writing began nine years ago, when her first child was still a baby. Since then, between working part-time and parenting a  brood of scrumptious children, she has been writing during little stitches of “free” time in coffee shops, kitchen tables, libraries, and her study.

She now lives with her husband and three children in Melbourne, Australia where she is a Change Manager and Author.

T.R. Milne finds inspiration for writing in all the things that bring light into her life T.R. Milne loves writing for Young Adults, stirring their fertile imaginations and eager sense of adventure. Birth of a Destiny, the first in the Light Bearer series, is her debut novel.

Where to Find T.R. Milne
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Cover Reveal – Rebound (Boomerang Series) by Noelle August

Noelle August is revealing the cover to the latest book in her Boomerang series, Rebound. Rebound releases February 10, 2015 from William Morrow.

Rebound (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August

Rebound (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August

About the Book
Title:
 Rebound
Series: Boomerang #2
Author: Noelle August
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books-a-Million

Synopsis
Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

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Author(s) Noelle August

Author(s) Noelle August

About the Author(s)
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang.

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate — but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel. Lorin had never been to Israel.

Where to Find Noelle August
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter
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The Taylor Swift Book Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

I found this fun post over on Stephanie’s Book Reviews and it was too fun not to play along. I decided to stick with young adult and new adult books for the most part, because it seems fitting for a Taylor Swift themed post. With a fourteen-year-old girl in the house, I’m far too familiar with TS and her music.

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

1. Love Story

Time Between Us/Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone. The ultimate young adult love story. Anna and Bennett’s love  is so epic, it transcends time.

Time Between Us Summary: Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Time After Time Summary: Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

Pepped Up by Ali Dean

Pepped Up by Ali Dean

All Pepped Up By Ali Dean

All Pepped Up By Ali Dean

2. Mean

Pepped Up/All Pepped Up by Ali Dean. For this song, I wanted to pick a character who is mean, not someone inherently evil, because stories are filled with evil villains. Instead, I choose Madeline Brescoll from the Pepper Jones series because she’s just plain mean for no other reason than she can be.

Pepped Up Summary: Pepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.

When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.

All Pepped Up Summary: Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.

Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson

Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson

Restraint by Randi Cooley Wilson

Restraint by Randi Cooley Wilson

Redemption by Randi Cooley Wilson

Redemption by Randi Cooley Wilson

3. I Knew You Were Trouble

Revelation/Restraint/Redemption by Randi Cooley Wilson. Hands-down, Gage Gallagher from the Revelation series. He makes trouble look sexy as hell.

Revelation Summary:  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.

Restraint Summary: One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collin’s world upside down. Now, she’s left to struggle with her identity and allegiance. Haunted by grief and tempted by her increasing attraction to her protector, will she ever truly be safe from enemies that refuse to give up?

Redemption Summary: For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true. In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war. You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Always and Forever by Karla J. Nellenbach

Always and Forever by Karla J. Nellenbach

4. You Belong with Me

Always and Forever by Karla J. Nellenbach. This heartbreaking story is the ultimate tale of Mia and Kal, childhood best friends and next door neighbors, who finally realize that the perfect person was right there all along.

Always and Forever Summary: Mia’s first reaction is outright disbelief. Obviously, a mistake has been made. Sixteen-year-old girls don’t die. But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger. If she has to die, why should it be of cancer? In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer. Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.

Determined to meet death on her own terms, Mia devises scheme after scheme to get the job done. A “fall” down the basement stairs, driving her car off a bridge, and even a dance with a train all end in her survival.

And through it all, Mia keeps her family and friends at arms’ length with her destructive and hurtful behavior. With each failed suicide attempt and burned relationship, she slowly realizes that it’s not the dying that she’s afraid of, but the life she’ll be leaving behind. Now, that life is in a shambles.

As time begins to slip through her fingers and death is upon her, Mia fights to rebuild the bridges she has destroyed, but can she do it before the clock runs out?

Fifteen by Beverly Cleary

Fifteen by Beverly Cleary

5. Fifteen

Fifteen by Beverly Cleary. This is a classic story of first love. Jane, a high-school sophomore, has never had a date before. What’s she to do when the most popular boy in school is suddenly looking in her direction? With warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary chronicles the joys and worries of a young girl’s first crush. Seems fitting.

Fifteen Summary: It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out — and she’s never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working — everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?

Suppose her parents won’t let her go? What if she’s nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he’ll think she’s too young. If only she knew all the clever things to say.

If only she were prettier.

If only she were ready for this…

With her usual warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary creates the joys and worries of a young girl’s first crush.

Jake and the Other Girl by Emmy Laybourne

Jake and the Other Girl by Emmy Laybourne

6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Jake and The Other Girl by Emmy Laybourne. This novella from the Monument 14 series by Emmy Laybourne falls between books 1 and 2. We get to see events from Jake Simonsen’s point of view after he abandons the rest of the Monument 14, including his girlfriend, Astrid. Yeah, she’s never, ever getting back together with him.

Jake and the Other Girl Summary: 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.

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. Shake It Off

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. After getting more or less dumped by Katie, Daemon shakes it off and sets his sights on proving to her that what he feels is real. Watching him become prime boyfriend material makes this follow up to Obsidian even better than its predecessor.

Onyx Summary: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

The Union by T.H. Hernandez

The Union by T.H. Hernandez

8. Red

The Union by T.H. Hernandez. Sure, this is blatant self-promotion, but the cover is really, really red and it is my release week after all, so yup, I’m really doing this. And this cover by artist Mark Sgarbossa is really, really awesome.

The Union Summary: After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

His Reverie by Monica Murphy

His Reverie by Monica Murphy

9. Mine

His Reverie by Monica Murphy. Nick is on is own since both of his parents are gone. He has no one. Not even a friend since his best friend is responsible for him going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. So when he falls for Reverie, she’s the only one he really has and his feelings for her pretty much sums up the theme of the song, Mine.

His Reverie Summary: I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want. The only girl I could ever love. She is light. I am darkness. She is innocent. I’ve done too much. She is good. I am bad. She is my every dream. I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m… Not.

Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers. The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo

10. Fearless

How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo. This fabulous young adult novel doesn’t even come out until next summer, but Jordyn’s strenght to say what she needs to say, to stand up to her fears, is the perfect book for Fearless. You’ll just have to wait to find out how great this book is. But it’s really, really great. Just sayin’.

How to Say I Love You Out Loud Summary: For Jordyn Michaelson, having a severely Autistic brother means her wants or needs never come first. It means keeping people at a distance, and settling for friend status with Alex Colby, even though she still clings to the memory of one steamy kiss last summer. Now he’s with Leighton Lyons, field hockey star, someone Jordyn could never go up against.

When her brother’s private school closes and he joins Jordyn at image-conscious V.F. High, she’s desperate to keep her relation to Phillip hidden. But secrets come at a cost, and Jordyn soon realizes she could lose everything if she continues to shut people out. When Alex hints at lingering romantic feelings, will Jordyn take a risk and reveal all? Will she finally take a stand for something, or will one last chance with Alex slip away?

Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Heartlines (Thirty Seconds to Die) by S.G. Holster

Here is the cover for Heartlines by S.G. Holster, releasing December 30, 2014.

Heartlines (Thirty Seconds to Die #3) by S.G. Holster

Heartlines (Thirty Seconds to Die #3) by S.G. Holster

About the Book
Title:
 Heartlines
Series: Thirty Seconds to Die #3
Author: S.G. Holster
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Heartlines is not a standalone book. It is only meant to be read after first reading Thirty Seconds To Die and Terrible Lies.
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Sometimes in battle surrender is the strongest move of all.

Brett Owen, the son of a Sentori leader, promised himself he’d never do the work of his brotherhood – killing reborn souls. He’d been naïve to make such a vow. He’d been naïve about a lot of things – such as the bond of family and love.

Taunted by a Sentori hunter, Brett does whatever he can to survive, even if it means embracing his dark Sentori side and earning the unwanted attention of the Sentori leaders. His life had never looked so frantic. And all the while, his true family is infecting his heart and mind.

When his heart is tied to an unexpected soul, he finds himself fighting for a future he desperately wants to live to see. It becomes clear that whatever freedoms Brett is hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Fragile lives that had been carefully woven together will be ripped apart swiftly and easily.

Faith is betrayed.

Remorse and innocence intertwine.

Fate and chance collide to mend the tattered strands of Brett’s heart in the shocking conclusion to the Thirty Seconds To Die Series

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Heartlines (Thirty Seconds to Die) by S.G. Holster (Full)

Heartlines (Thirty Seconds to Die) by S.G. Holster (Full)

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Get caught up on the series. Book 1 is now free!

Thirty Seconds to Die (Thirty Seconds to Die #1) by S.G. Holster

Thirty Seconds to Die (Thirty Seconds to Die #1) by S.G. Holster

About Book 1
Title:
 Thirty Seconds to Die
Series: Thirty Seconds to Die #1
Author: S.G. Holster
Release Date: January 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Lexi Flynn thought she could hide from her dreams.

She thought her fears were all in her imagination.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’d been through, she could fall in love.

She was wrong.

An ancient society, one extraordinary letter, and the secret Alexandra Flynn would die for – again – to protect.

For Lexi, life had always been – normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Her life quickly becomes the opposite of normal when Ren Miller moves to the small community where she lives. Mysterious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Lexi discovers Ren is no stranger. They’ve met before – in another life.

When Ren pulls her into his bizarre world of past lives and secret societies, all bets are off. They become the targets of the Sentori, an ancient, secret society who believes it must protect the sanctity humankind by killing those like Lexi and Ren, those who are reborn.

In an effort to protect Ren from the Sentori, Lexi is forced to enlist the aid of the most unlikely of all allies. Her decision ignites a series of events that lead to a heartbreaking decision and a devastating conclusion.

If your life was all you had to give, wouldn’t you give it to save the only person you ever loved?

THIRTY SECONDS TO DIE draws the reader deeply into a story of danger and flight, of love and hate, and of the extraordinary power of the spirit – human or otherwise

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Terrible Lies (Thirty Seconds to Die #2) by S.G. Holster

Terrible Lies (Thirty Seconds to Die #2) by S.G. Holster

About Book 1
Title:
 Terrible Lies
Series: Thirty Seconds to Die #2
Author: S.G. Holster
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Against the odds, Lexi Flynn closed the passage for the souls. Fleeing to Alaska was a heartbreaking decision that has left her feeling devastated and alone. She wishes that her life could go back to normal.

But as the protector for the passage and being pursued by superhuman assassins, it’s hard to tell what normal is. Just as she hits rock bottom, Ren sweeps in as her hero.

Refusing to let her go, he attempts to rebuild her trust. What no one knows is that Ren needs Lexi to save him from his own devastation when a dark family secret is uncovered. Transformed by their decisions, their choices become irrevocable as they learn that some secrets should remain hidden.

Lexi must fight to save those she loves while dealing with the conflicting emotions of grief, forgiveness, love, and while discovering the strength of her own identity.

Terrible Lies, author S.G. Holster’s second book of the Thirty Seconds to Die series, is an exciting journey with twists, heartbreak, romance and sacrifice.

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Heartlines Teaser

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Author S.G. Holster

Author S.G. Holster

About the Author
S.G. HOLSTER lives in California with her husband and their two daughters.

She is the author of the THIRTY SECONDS TO DIE series.

The third and final book in the series, Heartlines, will be published late in 2014.

Where to find S.G. Holster
GoodreadsTwitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Website | Email

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Cover Reveal – Free Fall (Donovan Brothers) by Kailin Gow

Kailin Gow is revealing the cover to the latest book in her Donovan Brothers series, Free Fall. Free Fall will release on December 15.

Free Fall (Donovan Brothers #6) by Kailin Gow

Free Fall (Donovan Brothers #6) by Kailin Gow

About the Book
Title:
 Free Fall
Series: Donovan Brothers #6
Author: Kailin Gow
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Although Summer has made her choice, the danger is far from over.

In order to protect everyone he loves, Nat must continue living with his new identity for however long it takes, even if that means several years later.

Would the love he feels for Summer still last, even when he is no longer the Nat Donovan he used to be?

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Haven’t started the series yet, check out Loving Summer!

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow

About Book 1
Title:
 Loving Summer
Series: Loving Summer #1
Author: Kailin Gow
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt’s beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans – her best friend Rachel and Rachel’s brothers Nathaniel, and Drew.

Here at Aunt Sookie’s beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel’s friend.

For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did…and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

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Author Kalin Gow

Author Kalin Gow

About the Author
Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin’ Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

Where to Find Kalin Gow
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cover Reveal – Hollowed Humusara (The Primortus Chronicles) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

Authors J.L. Bond and Val Richards are unveiling the cover of Hollowed Humusara, the second book in their Primortus Chronicles.

Hollowed Humusara (The Primortus Chronicles #2) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

Hollowed Humusara (The Primortus Chronicles #2) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

About the Book
Title: Hollowed Humusara
Series: The Primortus Chronicles #2
Author: J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Release Date: Soon!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
It begins again! Skylee Porter thinks the worst is over. She has faced her greatest fear, the monstrous black-eyed Brinfrost and survived with the help of Chrism, her shape-shifting sister. Sky even had the courage to finally admit her true feelings to Will.

But something has changed. The three people she trusts the most are acting strange. Will seems distant. Her talkative sister has clammed up. Even Airon is keeping secrets.

Soon, Sky discovers the leaders of the Primortus have plans for her. Then, to her dismay, they threaten to take away her magical book. The Humusara, the very thing that tethers her to the world she so desperately wants to protect. And now, the earth is trembling again. Could there be another Day of Disaster?

Dark powers are at work. Two prophecies loom on the horizon. One declares she’s the hope of humankind. While the other proclaims she’ll destroy us all.

Sky’s destiny awaits her…

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Eleventh Elementum (The Primortus Chronicles #1) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

Eleventh Elementum (The Primortus Chronicles #1) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

About Book 1
Title: Eleventh Elementum
Series: The Primortus Chronicles #1
Author: J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
It has begun!

Fourteen years after a catastrophic disaster, the world has regained its balance with the help of the Primortus. They have secretly walked amongst us since the beginning of time, protecting the earth with the power of the elements.

When a fourteen-year-old girl is given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew, she is drawn into their dangerous world of magic.

She must learn to wield the power of the Eleventh Elementum to survive. With the help of Will (her best friend), his cousin and her new stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New Zealand.

But a black-eyed stranger is watching their every move.

Now, two powerful beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way of life.

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Authors J.L. Bond and Val Richards

Authors J.L. Bond and Val Richards

About the Authors
J.L. Bond and Val Richards met in college in Clarksville Tennessee, where Val excelled in Math and J.L excelled in creative ways to talk Val out of going to class.

A few years later…okay, more than a few, they found themselves living about an hour away from one another in Florida and joined forces to write the Primortus Chronicles, YA fantasy- adventure series.

Nowadays, J.L. likes to remind Val that Math isn’t necessary for writing.

Where to Find J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Goodreads Website | Twitter | Facebook

Flynn Friday Teaser – Chasing the Tide by A. Meredith Walters

Welcome to the second Flynn Friday teaser. Each week, A. Meredith Walters will share another teaser from her new contemporary romance, Chasing the Tide, releasing December 16.

Flynn Friday Teaser 2

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Chasing the Tide by A. Meredith Walters

Chasing the Tide by A. Meredith Walters

About the Book
Title: Chasing the Tide
Series: Reclaiming the Sand #2
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.

And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.

Yourself.

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Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

About Book 1
Title: Reclaiming the Sand
Series: Reclaiming the Sand #1
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.

*THIS IS A STANDALONE WITH NO CLIFFHANGER!*

Bully and victim.

Tormenter and tormented.

Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger’s. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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Author A. Meredith Walters

Author A. Meredith Walters

About the Author
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

Where to Find A. Meredith Walters
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Release Day + Giveaway – The Future Without Hope (The World Without End) by Nazarea Andrews

The Future Without Hope Release Day Launch

Today is release day for The Future Without Hope, the third novel in third novel in The World Without End Series by Nazarea Andrews. Be sure to see below on how to get the rest of the series for just $0.99 each.

The Future Without Hope (The World Without End #3) by Nazarea Andrews

The Future Without Hope (The World Without End #3) by Nazarea Andrews

About the Book
Title: The Future Without Hope
Series: The World Without End #3
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Genre: Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies–and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her.

But Finn is a long way away. The Order’s influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting–and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she’s facing.

Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take–and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters.

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Excerpt
I GO TO THE UNDERGROUND. It’s deserted this early, but I know some of the acolytes will be there, and a few priests. It’s a gamble, but it’s what I have.

I could go to Omar. It would take very little to reach out to the High Priest, and I know him—he might be loyal to the Order, but he’ll do whatever he can to destabilize the Red Priestess. Even helping me steal back a sacrifice.

But that would mean trusting him. And I’m not ready for that. Not yet.

So I go to the vice clubs.

The doors are locked. I bang once, and wait impatiently until two acolytes pry open the door. “The clubs are closed until sunset,” the one in green robes lisps.

“I’m not here for the vice clubs,” I say. “I need to see the High Priest of the Haven.”

They exchange a quick look, and then the Red shakes her head. She’s familiar—the same acolyte who attended me when I fought. The sweet hospitality in her eyes from the previous night is gone now, replaced with a cool reserve that borders on hostility. She isn’t a woman impressed right now. She’s a fledgling priestess protecting the Order. And that makes me smile, slow and amused.

“He isn’t here.”

“Tell him that Finn O’Malley needs to see him. He has two hours to meet me at the house on the edge of the wall and return what he took from me. If I don’t have her by then, I will start killing his priests—and I won’t stop until every member of the Order in 1 is dead.” I pause, and stare at them. Their eyes are wide, fear mixing with anger and shock.

They don’t believe me. And because of that, they won’t deliver the message. I lean in and murmur into the space between them. “If you think I wouldn’t do it—I want you to know, I fought for Kelsey Buchman in the war. There is nothing I wouldn’t do. And if she isn’t there, in two hours, yours will be the first blood I spill.”

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The Horde Without a Future (The World Without End #1) by Nazarea Andrews

The Horde Without a Future (The World Without End #1) by Nazarea Andrews

About Book 1
Title: The World Without a Future
Series: The World Without End #1
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Genre: Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
She was born the day the world ended…

Nurrin has lived her entire life with zombies-trapped behind walls meant to keep them safe. She’s mostly happy there.

But when a zombie horde breach the walls of her Haven, she has to trust her brother, Collin, and his best friend to keep her alive.

He just wants his past to die…

Finn O’Malley has given up on voicing warnings that are ignored. No one cares that the zombies are changing. Now all that matters is keeping Collin and Nurrin safe from what’s outside the walls of a Haven.

But when Nurrin’s best friend picks up a contact infection, he agrees to get the medicine needed to save his life. Forced together, relying on each other in a strange Haven, zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing they’re facing.

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The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2) by Nazarea Andrews

The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2) by Nazarea Andrews

About Book 2
Title: The Horde Without End
Series: The World Without End #2
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
It was supposed to be over…

Returning from Haven 18 was supposed to be the end. But nothing is ever easy—and in a world full of zombies, finding the missing is next to impossible. There are breadcrumbs.

Tiny clues.

But what are a few tiny clues in a world of the dead? 

Nurrin is desperate to find her brother, but that will mean trusting Finn O’Malley. A man shrouded in secrets, who kills as easily as breathing. And the more she learns about him, the more questions she has. But she has learned one thing—the zombies are changing. Adapting.

And this time, the Haven walls won’t keep them out. 

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Author Nazarea Andrews

Author Nazarea Andrews

About the Author
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read.

She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids.

She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

Where to Find Nazarea Andrews
Goodreads Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Street Team | Newsletter | Pinterest

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Release Day – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards Series) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Mistletoe Release Day

Today is release day for Alyssa Rose Ivy’s contemporary holiday romance novella, The Hazards of Mistletoe.

The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

About the Book
Title: The Hazards of Mistletoe
Series: Hazards #4
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe.

It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life.

One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be

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Excerpt
“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.

“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”

“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.

He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.

“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.

I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.

He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”

“Usually.”

“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”

The line at the café on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.

He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”

“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.

“Well, thanks.”

We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.

“You guys need to kiss.”

I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”

I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.

Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”

I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”

“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.

Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”

“I don’t know. Just checking.” He got a twinkle in his eye. That twinkle should have given me all the warning I needed, but it didn’t. I was wholly unprepared when his lips made contact with mine. They were warm and soft, and they moved perfectly against mine. I kissed him back, desperately wanting to know what his mouth tasted like, and if his tongue felt half as good as his lips.

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Author Alyssa Rose Ivy

Author Alyssa Rose Ivy

About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting.

Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Where to Find Alyssa Rose Ivy
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Cover Reveal – Ryley’s Revenge and Paxton’s Promise (Gloves Off Series) by L.P. Dover

Glove's Off Series

L.P. Dover is revealing the covers of the two next books in her Gloves Off Series, Ryley’s Revenge and Paxton’s Promise. Ryley’s Revenge will be available on December 1 and Paxton’s Promise will be out on December 29.

Ryley's Revenge (Gloves Off #3) by L.P. Dover

Ryley’s Revenge (Gloves Off #3) by L.P. Dover

About the Book
Title: Ryley’s Revenge
Series: Gloves Off #3
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Synopsis
UFC Middleweight fighter, Ryley Jameson, swore it would never happen again.

He was done with his ex, and over the pain she’d inflicted when she left him. At least, that’s what he tells people. Maybe if he says it enough, he’ll begin to believe it himself.

Regretting her decision to let Ryley go, Ashleigh Warren comes back into town and confronts him. Holding only one secret back, she puts the rest on the line and asks for a second chance.

Too bad he’s not going to let her off easy.

Camden Jameson loves his twin brother, but his jealousy runs deep. They may be identical in looks, but that’s where the similarities end. When Ashleigh comes back into Ryley’s life, Camden has the perfect opportunity for revenge. Two birds, one stone.

A journey to the Dark Side affects them all, but only one feels the true sting of revenge.

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Paxton's Promise (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

Paxton’s Promise (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

About the Book
Title: Paxton’s Promise
Series: Gloves Off #4
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
She hates him, yet she can’t get him out of her mind.

Female Bantamweight fighter, Gabriella Reynolds, has a bad habit of falling for forbidden fighters. Enter Paxton Emerson. He’s tall, tattooed, and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Everyone wants a piece of him, and he only has eyes for her.

Through no choice of her own, she’s fallen in his debt and he’s now demanding payment. Too bad it doesn’t involve currency.

Gabby’s decision to fulfill her promise to him ultimately brings out her true feelings, but also spurs the unwanted attention of another.

Rage’s fixation on his newest obsession reaches dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Paxton Emerson has become a roadblock to his end goal and needs to be removed from the equation—by any means necessary.

Gabby will do anything to save Pax, but what happens when she’s the one who needs saving?

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Author L.P. Dover

Author L.P. Dover

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

  1. Where to Find L.P. Dover
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Book Release – Bulletproof (Songbird Series) by Melissa Pearl

Bulletproof Release Day

Today is release day for Melissa Pearl’s Bulletproof, the latest novel in her Songbird Series.

Bulletproof (Songbird #2) by Melissa Pearl

Bulletproof (Songbird #2) by Melissa Pearl

About the Book
Title: Bulletproof
Series: Songbird #2
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2014
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof.

But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men for the rest of the year…but then she meets Sean Jaxon.

Sean Jaxon has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness – her.

Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face-to-face with her long-buried demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two songbirds discover something…they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

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Fever (Songbird #1) by Melissa Pearl

Fever (Songbird #1) by Melissa Pearl

About Book 1
Title: Fever
Series: Songbird #1
Author: Melissa Pearl
Release Date: June 8, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Singing in the shower takes on a whole new meaning in Melissa Pearl’s first New Adult Contemporary Romance.

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she’s often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.

Can one voice really have that much of an impact?

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicago, the only thing he wants to do is finish school and get on with his life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate’s gorgeous girlfriend who’s just arrived from LA – Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.

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Author Melissa Pearl

Author Melissa Pearl

About the Author
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons.

She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Where to Find Melissa Pearl
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