Blog Tour + Giveaway – Blood Music by Jessie Prichard Hunter

Blood Music Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blood Music book event. Blood Music is a suspense thriller from Jessie Prichard Hunter. See below for information on the book, a blog post on why she chose to write this story, and details on her giveaway.

Blood Music by Jessie Prichard Hunter

Blood Music by Jessie Prichard Hunter

About the Book
Title: Blood Music
Author: Jessie Prichard Hunter
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
ISBN: 0062389289
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | HarperCollins

Synopsis
New York City is caught in the cold grip of a brutal serial killer who savagely rapes and murders his young, blonde victims.

As the death count rises, he sends taunting notes to the newspapers, all with unsettling references to his obsession with classical music. The media is titillated and has dubbed him the “Symphony Slasher.”

Young, blonde Zelly Wyche has a new baby and a happy life with her dependable electrician husband. But she, too, is petrified by the madness and the unthinkable tragedy of the murders.

With time running out, the Slasher’s sole survivor teams up with another victim’s brother to mount a desperate vigilante manhunt, and a chill runs up Zelly’s spine. She is beginning to wonder if the killer could be closer than she thinks. But no—she has to be dead wrong …

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After Blood Music was published, several people I knew, mostly from my daughter’s preschool, came up to me and said, without rancor, “I thought you were a nice person!” If by that they meant a person who is not devoured with curiosity about the darkest parts of the human psyche, then no, I am not a nice person.

Several years before I wrote Blood Music, I dreamt I’d written a book of that name. Now that, I thought, is something I’m going to do one day. I had no idea what it was about, but it certainly was a good title.

Some time later, on a lovely spring afternoon, I was sitting with my baby girl on a park lawn at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where I was living at the time. It was quiet and calm, with perfect sun. Suddenly I thought, What if there was someone in the bushes with a knife, watching us, and he decided to kill me if I turned my face his way? Yes, this is the sort of thing I think regularly, even to this day. I absolutely loved it. That’s Blood Music, I thought, and hurried home to write it.

I knew it had to have music in it, of course, so I put some, right at the beginning. The first chapter of Blood Music is among the finest things I have ever written, and I am proud to say it was a first draft that took about twenty minutes to finish. It was then that I knew this was a book I absolutely had to write, although I had only the foggiest idea of what it was going to be about.

At that point I had studied abnormal psychology, and specifically serial killings, for some twenty years, since I was fifteen. I had just finished another novel, Like Love, which I still adore and want to see published, in some form, one day. But although I had taken great care and love in the writing of it, it lacked one thing: a plot. I had studied dialogue, I knew how to write a sentence and create a scene. But a plot is something that sadly escapes a great many first novelists.

To make up for it I decided to write a completely plot-driven book, a thriller. Now, thrillers have a rather bad name, although I have met very few people who don’t (at least secretly) love them. They’re considered second-rate as far as writing goes, and I consider myself a literary writer. So I decided to write a plot-driven literary thriller.

It took me eight months to write the first draft, all the while raising my baby, Leah. At eight months she would crawl across the floor, pull herself up to the computer, and try to tear my hands away from the keyboard. (Later, my boy would crawl across the floor, pull himself up to the computer, and try to type with me.) I would tape Sesame Street and play it for Leah so that I could have an hour to write, which I ended up doing, in small notebooks, at a counter in the kitchen. As long as she couldn’t see what I was doing, I was all right. Heaven help me if she figured it out, though, and she was one smart baby. She wanted me all to herself, all the time; but that’s just being a mother, and now I laugh at how guilty I felt about those Sesame Street tapes.

I wrote Blood Music because I had to; it really was that simple. A name, a scene, a creation being born. That’s one of the things I love most about writing: It has its own agenda.

I did change one word for my sister’s sake (I forget which), but when it went into Editorial at Turtle Bay, Random House’s newest imprint, I stipulated that not one word of it could be changed. Not one was—although of course that had nothing to do with me!

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About the Author
Jessie Prichard Hunter is the author of the psychological thriller Blood Music, forthcoming from Witness Impulse. She currently resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and two children.

Where to Find Jessie Prichard Hunter
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | Amazon

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Giveaway
5 BlueFire Downloads

YA Book Review – Because You Exist by Tiffany Truitt

Because You Exist (Light in the Dark #1) by Tiffany Truitt

Because You Exist (Light in the Dark #1) by Tiffany Truitt

Synopsis
Life is good for LOGAN MIDDLETON. He’s quarterback of the Shepherd High football team, nephew of the town’s most successful lawyer, and boyfriend of Jenna Maples, a girl who has finally agreed to take their relationship to the next level. But nothing good lasts forever.

With only a few minutes of last period English left between him and a weekend alone with Jenna, Logan blacks out. When he awakens, he finds himself in a future where Shepherd High lies in ruins, nothing is what it seems, and everyone he loves is dead. Logan is a shifter. Chosen to travel through time, it’s up to him to figure out how to stop the terrible events that claimed his once perfect life.

Of course, all of this might be easier if he wasn’t paired with the one girl who’d rather see him dead than help him, JOSEPHINE. A girl he tormented during childhood. Strong-willed with biting wit, who lives in the shadows. Tough and dark, Jo is Shepherd High’s most notorious outcast and Logan’s opposite in every way. Together the two must overcome their many differences to figure out why they’ve been selected for such an overwhelming task, and who selected them in the first place.

Before it’s too late…

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My Review
Holy freaking awesome! This book is a recipe for everything I love in a story. Time travel – check, angsty teen drama – check, a flawed protagonist that is hard to like, but you pull for anyway – check and check. Logan Middleton discovers he’s a shifter, someone who can time travel, but with no control over any of it. And to make matters worse, he’s teamed with fellow shifter, Scary Carrie, the worst girl in all of Shepherd High. She’s so awful, he’s spent a great deal of his childhood tormenting her, including her horrible nickname. Now he has to rely on her to survive.

Logan’s the big man on campus, quarterback of the football team, poised to take the team to the state championship. Except he keeps shifting into the future, where a plague has wiped out most of mankind unless he and Scary Carrie, aka Josephine, can find a way to stop it. His teammates think his newfound interest in Jo is sexual. Even his uncle has a weird obsession with his relationship with Jo. Only Logan’s perfect, cheerleader girlfriend seems to understand that Logan’s relationship with Jo goes deeper.

Plot
The plot is complex and fascinating. On the surface, it’s about Logan and Jo finding a way to save the world, but it’s more than that. There’s the mystery over what happens in the future and how they can possibly stop it. There’s the questions over why they were chosen to be shifters, and how shifting occurs. Plus there are other shifters as well as a handful of future survivors who want to kill and eat the shifters. And it’s about two damaged kids who develop a true friendship based on a common goal as well as genuine affection for each other.

There is so much going on in this story, but it’s never confusing. Tiffany Truitt weaves in the subplots so expertly, everything is seamless. Tension run high throughout the story, and I found it incredibly hard to put down. While it’s the first book in a series, the ending is well done, wrapping up enough of the story goal to satisfy me, but also leaving me dying for more. This is the first book in awhile that I’ve been this anxious to get my hands on the sequel.

World Building
The world building is intense and thorough with shifting and guides, light and dark shifters, and conductors. And all of it is really well developed. The future as well as the past are just as three-dimensional as the present world Logan and Jo inhabit most of the time, I’m impressed with the level of detail woven in. At no time does the world building feel like anything other than an extension of the plot.

Characters
I love how beautifully crafted the characters are. Jo and Logan, especially, are deep, layered, and intense. Both of them grow and develop so much over the story in natural, believable ways. In fact Because You Exist at times feels like its equal parts character-driven and plot-driven. What it is, is exceptionally well balanced.

Logan is utterly heartbreaking as the kid who leads a charmed life, popular, in love with the girl of his dreams. He tears everything apart trying to be who he thinks he should, only to to finally admit he’s a complete asshole. And he is. At times. And yet, I still want him to do the right thing. I still believe he will.

Jo is damaged beyond what anyone should be. Her story unfolds slowly throughout the novel. With every new piece of information I learn about her, the more I love her. And it only makes me want Logan to do the right thing by her even more. Oh, Logan…please, please pull your shit together in book 2!

Top Five Things I Loved About Because You Exist
1. Time Travel. It is my number one favorite genre, whether it’s books or movies.

2. The Ending. It ripped my heart out and left me craving more.

3. Logan and Jo. Because they are just so cute together, even though they aren’t “together” together.

4. Randall and Ben. Best bromance I’ve read in a long time.

5. 1996. Because it was a very good year and because did I mention I love time travel?

Bottom Line
Because you Exist is a phenomenal time-travelling young adult romance that raises the bar for the genre.

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

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About the Book
Title: Because You Exist
Series: Light in the Dark #1
Author: Tiffany Truitt
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Pages: 294
Genre: Young Adult SciFi/Paranormal
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & NobleLimitless Publishing

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Author Tiffany Truitt

Author Tiffany Truitt

About the Author
Tiffany Truitt received her MA in literature from Old Dominion University.

Her debut Chosen Ones, first in the Lost Souls trilogy, is a searing look at what it means to be other and how we define humanity, as well as a celebration of the dangerously wonderful feeling of falling in love.

Where to Find Tiffany Truitt
Goodreads │ Website | Twitter │ Facebook

Cover Reveal + Giveaway – The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend (Hazards Series) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is revealing the cover to The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend, the fifth book in her new adult contemporary romance Hazards series. The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend releases March 26, 2015. See below for a description of the book and details on her giveaway.

The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend (Hazards #5) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

The Hazards of Sleeping With a Friend (Hazards #5) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

About the Book
Title: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend
Series: Hazards #5
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another.

The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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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
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Giveaway
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Cover Reveal – Getting Dirty by Mia Storm

Author Mia Storm is revealing the cover to Getting Dirty, the first book in her steamy new Jail Bait series. Getting Dirty releases on March 17. See below for information on her book and an exclusive teaser.

Getting Dirty (Jail Bait #1) by Mia Storm

Getting Dirty (Jail Bait #1) by Mia Storm

About the Book
Title: Getting Dirty
Series: Jail Bait #1
Author: Mia Storm
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Goodreads Giveaway

Synopsis
Dirty
A poem by Blaire Leon

If sex is dirty, why would I do it with someone I love?
If sex is dirty, then didn’t we all come from the dirt?
What if I like the dirt?
What if I want to get dirty?
What if I want to roll in the mud until I’m so fucking filthy that I’ll never be clean again?

When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college. They connect over Lord Byron’s Don Juan and, as their conversations become increasingly thicker with sexual innuendo, Caiden finds himself obsessing over a totally off-limits undergrad who’s bold, beautiful, brilliant, and one of the most passionate poets he’s ever met.

But it turns out Blaire hasn’t been totally honest. She’s the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class, taking courses at Sierra State while awaiting her acceptance to Stanford.

Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?

“A thousand and one feels….Getting Dirty is a thrilling, tantalizing forbidden romance you do not want to miss! I not only devoured this book, it devoured me right back!”–Katy Evans, New York Times Bestselling author of REAL

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Getting Dirty Full Cover

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Excerpt
“What year are you?” I don’t even realize I’ve said it until it’s out of my mouth.

Her eyes flick from the book to mine. “A senior.”

I feel my eyebrows arch before I can stop them. “You look younger.”

She bites her lips between her teeth for a moment. “Is that good or bad?”

“Neither, I suppose.” But my insides burn, knowing that she’s not as off-limits as I originally thought. It’s nearing the end of January. Commencement will be here soon enough. She graduates and all bets are off.

“So…” she says, twisting a finger into the ends of her hair. “I know you like old, dead poets. How do you feel about hearing something fresher?”

I lean toward her. “Such as?”

“I’m reading in a poetry slam tonight. It’s just something over at Tino’s in Jonestown on the fourth Friday of every month. There’s no prize money or anything, but I perform something new pretty much every month.”

“A poetry slam…” I want to say yes in the worst way, but it feels dangerously like a date.

She must read the hesitation in my eyes. “If it’s too weird, no worries. I just thought, since you like poetry…”

She leaves the thought dangling. Like a noose. And I jump right into it. “Yeah. Why not?”

The answer to that rhetorical question is that it’s not May yet and she hasn’t graduated. I’m risking everything I’ve worked the last three years toward. My entire future. But the voice of reason is being drowned out by the raging waves of something rolling up from the deepest layers of my being like an undertow. Something base and essential. And unrelenting.

“Do you want to meet me there?” she asks, standing from her seat and giving me a better view of the entire exquisite length of her.

“Yeah…that’s probably best.” Plausible deniability. No, Dr. Duncan, I didn’t have any clue she’d be there. Just went to hear the poetry.

“Great,” she says as she gathers her book and shoves it in her bag. “It starts at nine. There are usually five or six poets and it’s a random draw, so I don’t know what time I’ll be reading.”

I nod without standing, no longer able to tame my erection. “I’ll be there at nine.”

“You know where Tino’s is?”

Electricity crackles under my skin. I’m really doing this. “Yeah. I’ll find it.”

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Getting Dirty Teaser

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About the Author
Mia Storm is a hopeless romantic who is always searching for her happy ending. Sometimes she’s forced to make one up. When that happens, she’s thrilled to be able to share those stories with her readers. She lives in California and spends much of her time in the sun with a book in one hand and a mug of black coffee in the other, or hiking the trails in Yosemite. Connect with her online at MiaStormAuthor.blogspot.com , on Twitter at @MiaStormAuthor, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiaStormAuthor.

Where to Find Mia Storm
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Giveaway
Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for two paperback copies.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

Author Chris Ledbetter and Evernight Teen are revealing the cover to Drawn, a young adult paranormal romance. Drawn releases June 5, 2015. See below for a description of the book and details on his giveaway.

Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

About the Book
Title: Drawn
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Release Date: June 5, 2015
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.

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Author Chris Ledbetter

Author Chris Ledbetter

About the Author
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

Where to Find Chris Ledbetter
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Giveaway
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Release Day – Poker Face (Masks Series) by Melissa Pearl

Poker Face Release Day

Today is release day for Poker Face, the fourth book in the Masks Series by Melissa Pearl. See below for information on the book as well as a couple of fun teasers.

Poker Face (Masks Series #4) by Melissa Pearl

Poker Face (Masks Series #4) by Melissa Pearl

About the Book
Title: Poker Face
Series: The Masks #4
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2015
Link: Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

Synopsis
When Caitlyn Davis agreed to work with the FBI, she never imagined it would lead to her own kidnapping. But her special ability to read people’s emotions and decipher the truth has attracted the unwanted attention of Santiago Gomez, a rich casino owner who intends to use Caity’s talent to further his own business.

Eric Shore knew Caity didn’t want to break up with him; her scribbled note left on his bed gave him a snippet of the truth she’d been hiding. Still reeling from his brush with death and the loss of his beloved grandfather, Eric throws himself into searching for his girl.

With help from his reemerged father and a rogue FBI agent, Eric follows a tenuous lead to Las Vegas, not caring that his rescue attempt could bring him face-to-face with the same man who killed his grandfather and wants him dead as well.

While Caity fights to survive the horrors of her slavery, Eric is thrust into a dangerous world that could cost him his life, along with Caity’s.

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Poker Face Teaser 1

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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
Goodreads | Website | NewsletterBlog | Twitter | Facebook

Blog Tour + Giveaway – Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Finding Jake Book Tour

Welcome to the Finding Jake book event. Finding Jake is a suspense thriller from Bryan Reardon. See below for information on the book and details on his giveaway.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

About the Book
Title: Finding Jake
Author: Bryan Reardon
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow & Company, an imprint of HarperCollins
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
ISBN: 9780062339485
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | HarperCollins
Sample: Web Sampler

Synopsis
A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does—and does not—know about his teenage son, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school.

Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone.

As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?

Brilliantly paced, Finding Jake explores these questions in a tense and emotionally wrenching narrative. Harrowing and heartbreaking, surprisingly healing and redemptive, it is a story of faith and conviction, strength, courage, and love that will leave readers questioning their own lives, and those they think they know.

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FINDING JAKE, the debut novel from Bryan Reardon (William Morrow Hardcover; on-sale February 24, 2015), is a unique psychological thriller that will stay with you long after you finish and Kirkus calls it “a compelling read; disturbingly relevant in contemporary America.” In the vein of such blockbuster successes as We Need to Talk About Kevin and Reconstructing Amelia, comes a story with a different twist that will appeal to the same audiences.

School shootings. They are every parent’s worst nightmare and unfortunately in this day and age has become an all too common reality. FINDING JAKE is told from the point of view of Simon Connolly, the angst-ridden father who finds out his son is unaccounted for directly after a shooting at his school. Because of this Jake becomes one of the prime suspects in the case and Simon is forced to obsess over the details of his son’s childhood. Were there mistakes he made as a parent? Did he miss something? Could this have been prevented? Did he really not know his own son? Simon unravels mentally and emotionally as he searches for answers and struggles to keep alive the hope and belief that his son could not be a cold-blooded killer. FINDING JAKE is a harrowing yet redemptive novel that depicts the power of faith, courage, and family love – it will leave readers questioning their own lives, and wondering if they really know those they think they are closest to.

Personal note: When Bryan became a father ten years ago, he and his wife made the decision that he would be the parent to stay at home with their twin children. At a time when this was very uncommon, Bryan left his high-powered job in politics and started a freelance writing business while raising their young boy and girl. There are many parallels and awkward situations in both Bryan and Simon’s life as both were often the only males picking up their children from school and chaperoning play dates. When Bryan writes about Simons’ anxieties and worries as a parent, he draws on his own self-doubts at that time.

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Early Praise for Finding Jake

“A compelling read; disturbingly relevant in contemporary America.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Reardon deftly builds suspense by setting his dual story lines on a collision course toward a shattering—and surprising—conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly

“Reardon beautifully captures the parental second-guessing that is magnified in times of crisis. In the early stages of the investigation, the speculations about Jake affect his father, sister, and mother all in different but perfectly believable ways. Reardon also does an excellent job maintaining suspense throughout the book. The reader is afraid to know what she thinks she knows. Ultimately, what is revealed about Jake is unavoidable and unpredictably heartbreaking.” — Booklist

Finding Jake is a heart wrenching, heart breaking beautifully written must read.  A school shooting, parents’ worst nightmares, not understanding your teenager, questioning your parenting skills, and unconditional love all come together in this wonderfully told story.” — Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC 

*A February 2015 LibraryReads Pick*

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Author Bryan Reardon

Author Bryan Reardon

About the Author
Bryan Reardon is a freelance writer specializing in medical communications. He co-wrote Ready, Set, Play with retired NFL player and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth and Cruel Harvest.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the State of Delaware for over a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, kids, and rescue dog, Simon.

Where to Find Bryan Reardon
GoodreadsFacebook | Amazon

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Giveaway
5 Physical Copies of the book (US Only)

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – The Heart (Siren Series) by Rachel Higginson

The Heart Cover Reveal

Author Rachel Higginson is revealing the cover to The Heart, the third book in her mythological romance series, The Siren. The Heart is due out on March 26, 2015.

The Heart (Siren Series #3) by Rachel Higginson

The Heart (Siren Series #3) by Rachel Higginson

About the Book
Title: The Heart
Series: The Siren #3
Author: Rachel Higginson
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Genre:
Mythological Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Ivy Pierce has been to Hades and back trying to escape Nix and his evil plans to use her. After a failed attempt to save her loved ones, she was forced to leave her friends, her sister and the boy she had fallen in love with, Ryder Sutton.

And yet Olympus isn’t finished with her yet.

As Nix plots to overthrow the legendary mountain, Ivy is pulled back into the twisted, manipulative world of the Greek pantheon. Thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, Ivy will learn quickly that Nix is not the only threat to her freedom and not the only god interested in using her unique skillset to resurrect the Age of Olympus.

In a deadly game between two powerful factions of Greek gods, Ivy will have to battle both fate and the Fates in order to secure her future once and for all. She will discover new powers, fight for her friends’ lives and convince the only boy she has ever loved that he can trust her again.

In the end, she’ll learn the hardest lesson of all. This isn’t a fable or a Greek myth, her life is a love story.

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The Rush (Siren Series #1) by Rachel Higginson

The Rush (Siren Series #1) by Rachel Higginson

About Book 1
Title: The Rush
Series: The Siren #1
Author: Rachel Higginson
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Release Date: March 20, 2013
Genre:
Mythological Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

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The Fall (Siren Series #2) by Rachel Higginson

The Fall (Siren Series #2) by Rachel Higginson

About Book 2
Title: The Fall
Series: The Siren #2
Author: Rachel Higginson
Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Genre:
Mythological Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Synopsis
In Ivy Pierce’s world, Greek mythology is reality. Sirens, like herself, use men for money, power and status; but she has the greatest gift of all. Stronger than any of the Siren’s before her, Ivy’s attraction alludes to a prophecy that could mean the rebirth of Greek gods and goddesses for our modern time.

The Fates believe she is the symbol of a new era. Her mother believes she is the key to ultimate power in their Greek circle. And Nix, her godfather and god of the sea, believes she belongs to him.

Ivy doesn’t want any part of her world or the people that demand so much of her. With the help of Ryder Sutton, her closest friend, she will fight against fate, against the expectations of her society and against the desires of a monster that will do anything to possess her.

And through it all she will deny her feelings for the one person she loves more than anything in order to protect him.

While her future crumbles around her, Ivy will go to extreme lengths to free herself from her glass prison—or drown trying.

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Author Rachel Higginson

Author Rachel Higginson

About the Author
Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast, “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart.

Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing worlds of her own.

Where to Find Rachel Higginson
GoodreadsWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

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FREE eBook – Caught Up In Us (Caught Up in Love) by Lauren Blakely

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For a limited time, you can pick up Caught Up In Us, the first book in Lauren Blakely’s Caught Up in Love Series, for free!

Caught Up In Us (Caught Up in Love #1) by Lauren Blakely

Caught Up In Us (Caught Up in Love #1) by Lauren Blakely

About the Book
Title: Caught Up In Us
Series: Caught Up In Love #1
Author: Lauren Blakely
Release Date:  January 18, 2013
Publisher: Tantor Media
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother’s best friend, Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night, but he broke her heart and she had to move on.

Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky-panky permitted.

Kat can handle that because she’s totally over him . . . right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he’s even more handsome now than he was then.

Then there’s the spark between them—the simply undeniable chemistry and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all?

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Author Lauren Blakely

About the Author
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists.

Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers!

Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, and Fighting Fire. She recently released Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

Where to Find Lauren Blakely
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

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Release Day + Giveaway – The Hidden Library (The Collector’s Society) by Heather Lyons

The Hidden Library Release Day

Today is release day for Heather Lyons’ The Hidden Library. The Hidden Library is the second book in The Collectors ‘Society, an adult romantic fairy tale series, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before…

The Hidden Library (The Collector's Society #2) by Heather Lyons

The Hidden Library (The Collector’s Society #2) by Heather Lyons

About the Book
Title:
 The Hidden Library
Series: The Collectors’ Society #2
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romantic Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo
International: Amazon UK

Synopsis
Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.

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Excerpt
We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”

One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”

There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”

He wants to court me.

Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.

I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.

He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.

I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.

I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.

He wants to court me.

And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.

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The Collectors' Society (The Collectors' Society #1) by Heather Lyons

The Collectors’ Society (The Collectors’ Society #1) by Heather Lyons

About Book 1
Title:
 The Collectors’ Society
Series: The Collector’s Society #1
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Romantic Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

Synopsis
From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life.

An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though.

Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings.

Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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Author Heather LyonsAbout the Author
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Where to Find Heather Lyons
Goodreads | Website | Facebook  | Twitter

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Boundless Fate (Fate for Love) by Alicia Rae

Bestselling author, Alicia Rae is unveiling the cover to Boundless Fate, the second book in her new Fate for Love Series. See below for information on the book, an excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Boundless Fate (Fate for Love #2) by Alicia Rae

Boundless Fate (Fate for Love #2) by Alicia Rae

About the Book
Title: Boundless Fate
Series: Fate for Love #2
Author: Alicia Rae
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Colton Kingston’s livelihood has been reduced to a pile of black ashes by a tragic act of arson. After sending away the woman he’s loved since the tender age of five, a dark hateful revenge threatens to overtake his heart. Colton knows pushing her away is the only way he can keep her safe.

Paige Summer’s has endured her fair share of obstacles in the past, and refuses to give up on Colton and the life they share together. As interferences try to tear them apart, Paige is determined to stand by Colton’s side and remind him of their love and its strength.

But at every turn, tragedy continues to strike and more devastation falls upon them.

Will Colton and Paige’s love be boundless? Or will revenge conquer their fate?

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Exclusive Excerpt
I pulled off the main road of Paige’s home and slipped my truck into park. An overwhelming sense of relief filled me when I saw she’d made it home safely. All the lights were off, and nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary.

Except the lonely ache I felt inside.

I’d barely ate or slept in four days. But in this moment, I just wanted Paige, nothing else mattered.

The thought of her sleeping alone in her bed without me combined with the desperate need to feel her body against mine had me slouching forward and resting my forehead against the steering wheel.

I closed my eyes briefly, and muttered, “Don’t do it, idiot,” as I fought the impulse to go to her.

I could practically feel her heart beating—her soul calling to mine—I was that connected to her.

I was a starved man, yearning to have her in my arms. Before I was able to stop myself, I was striding across her front lawn, feeling an internal pull to be with her. I went around to the backside of the house and tapped on her window.

While standing there my attention fell to the grass, and all of the reasons why this was a bad idea oppressed me. I shouldn’t be here. Staying away from Paige was the only way I could protect her. I couldn’t let Hank see how deeply mine and Paige’s love went for one another, or he could possibly take his animosity for me out on her. And if Hank hurt Paige in any way, it would be game over—there was no telling what I would do. She was my weakness and my strength all rolled into one, right around my heart.

Just as I was about to walk away and let Paige be, a dim light flickered on. The white curtain covering the window pane was drawn to the side, and I lifted my gaze. Paige stood before me staring through the clear glass, dressed in a long white tee. The conflicting emotions in her beautifully brown eyes reflected the way I felt inside, and it caused my heart to thump unevenly.

She lifted the window and then leaned forward while wrapping her fingers around the window frame, peering down at me.

“Colton,” she breathed my name, and I was uncertain if it was meant as a greeting or a question.

“Can I come in?” I queried, getting straight to the point before I came up with reasons to force myself to leave her be.

“Yes.” She stepped aside.

I braced my palms on the bottom ledge and hoisted myself upward. My right shoulder hit the window framing as the upper half of my body made it inside her room. I hadn’t crawled through this window in ages, but the damn thing seemed smaller.

I lowered my feet to the ground and stood tall before briefly turning to close the window at my back. When I faced the room again, Paige was at the edge of her bed. She sat down and nestled herself under the comforter. When her eyes met mine, she grasped the corner of the blanket and lifted it as though a silent invitation.

Without a single sound, I slipped off my boots and went to her. Once climbing in next to her, she let the comforter gradually fall over me and stretched over to the nightstand where she turned off the light. Then, she settled back down on her right hip, her back toward me. I could feel her hesitation as she tried to distance herself from me.

To feel that kind of uncertainty pouring out of her was the same as someone cracking open my chest and grabbing ahold of my heart. But in truth, I couldn’t blame her for feeling this way, because it was my fault for being hot and cold all over the place. It wasn’t fair to her.

Desperately craving her warmth and needing to know that we were okay even though it was wrong of me to do so, my arm came to the center of her stomach, and in slow motion, I hauled her into my chest. She didn’t fight me.

I outstretched one arm above her head and rested my cheek on my bicep while scooting closer till my nose rested against her hair, so I could inhale the sweet scent of her. With my other hand still at her center, I began to methodically rub tiny circles on her abdomen with the pad of my thumb. Her breathing increased with every full loop.

My eyes began to fall heavy with the weight of the last few days. I was so damn tired, but lying here with Paige—just like this—was all I ever wanted.

“Colton?” she asked suddenly out of the blue.

“Yeah?”

Her hand came to my wrist and she caressed it softly. “What are you doing here?”

Paige couldn’t have asked me a tougher question, and I bit back the defeat I felt inside. I didn’t hold the answer she was looking for. Instead, I made light of the situation, hoping to make her smile. “Sneaking in your window. Which shrunk drastically in size over the years, by the way.”

A quiet laughter seeped out of her, and I found myself genuinely smiling for the first time in days. She rotated to face me and set her hand on my chest. “It didn’t shrink. You have—” She skimmed her palm across my chest up to my shoulder—“broadened, so you don’t fit through it as well as you used to.”

“Maybe,” I grinned mischievously.

In that instant, so many childhood reminiscences with Paige flashed through my mind, all of them filling my soul with sense of peace.

As a teen, there had been countless nights where I longed to see her so I’d go to her house and knock on her window. Paige would come outside, and we would lay in the grass for hours, watching the stars.

Even in the midst of my darkest days, those memories could bring a smile to my face. It was her that kept me going.

An unexplainable calm tranquility settled over me at having Paige’s body pressed against mine. She gave me hope I’d find myself again, and she made me believe someday I could let go of the hate and revenge I carried inside of me.

A profound tiredness took over me from the build-up of the past several happenings, and I was losing the will power to keep my eyes open.

Paige rose her hand to touch my cheek, caressing it. Her skin was so soft.

“Colton?” she repeated my name, softer this time.

I gazed down at her. “Yeah?”

The movement of my thumb paused on her stomach from the intensity burning in her eyes. “You know that’s not the answer I was looking for…”

“No, it wasn’t,” I agreed, knowing she deserved an honest explanation. “I don’t know why I’m here, only that I didn’t have the strength to stay away, so please, just let me hold you.”

“Okay.” She set her finger on my lower lip and gently ran it back and forth. Then, she leaned in and softly kissed the corner of my mouth. “Goodnight, cowboy.”

“Night,” was all I had time to say before sleep carried me away.

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Author Alicia Rae

Author Alicia Rae

About the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

Where to Find Alicia Rae
Goodreads | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Cover Reveal + Pre-order Sale – Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross

Author Sarah M. Ross is releasing the cover to her young adult mystery, Never Gonna Tell. Never Gonna Tell releases on March 17, 2015, you can read the Prologue now. You can pre-order on Amazon for just $0.99. Hurry, this sale won’t last long!

Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross

Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M. Ross

About the Book
Title: Never Gonna Tell
Author: Sarah M. Ross
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
My name is Reagan Wilcox: high school senior by day, kick-ass investigative journalist by night. I’ve always loved observing people—especially when they think no one is paying attention.

I thought I was ready to cover any story. Work any angle.

Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that night. I wasn’t ready for what I saw. And I certainly wasn’t ready for him.

I always knew I’d write the headlines. Now, I just might become one.

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Prologue
NOTHING BUT BLACKNESS surrounds me. I can’t move. Why can’t I move? A shiver runs through me, both from fear and the cold of the ground below me. The air is stale and smells like the earth as I try to take a deep breath. I instantly know I’m inside of something, or maybe under something. “Hello?” I call, my voice shaking and barely above a whisper. No one answers. I try again, a little louder, as I fight back tears. The only sound I hear is my heart pounding in my tightened chest, the noise filling my head. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. Thump, thump.

I blink, my eyes adjusting to the darkness, but still I can’t see a thing. Pain radiates through my arm and head, but fear pulses stronger. The air around me grows thick and heavy. Sweat trickles down my face. My clammy hand trembles like a leaf in the wind as I stretch forward, feeling for something—anything. “Calm down,” I command my nerves. “It’s going to be okay.” But even I don’t believe my lies.

I move, just an inch, to test my arm. The pain is still throbbing, but it’s manageable enough to try to get out from … wherever I am. Taking another stale breath, my right hand reaches out and connects with something hard and scratchy. Wood? It’s all around me, maybe a foot or so away. I push against it as hard as I can with one hand, but it doesn’t budge.

I’m trapped. I can’t move and I want to scream. It’s bubbling up inside, but I quash it back down. Screaming will only let them know I’m awake. That I’m alive. Panic begs to take over, to take control, but I need to get out of here before that happens. I want to take a deep breath, but can’t. There isn’t any to fill my lungs. But there has to be air coming from somewhere or I’d be dead by now, I remind myself. And that’s all I need. I focus on keeping my breathing even, counting each breath. After reaching thirty, I reach up again, trailing the tips of my fingers along the wood, hoping to find a handle or knob, but there is only a large, flat, solid piece of wood.

This is it. My worst fear is coming to life. Everything I worked for, everything I sacrificed, was for naught. My mom and dad’s faces pop into my mind as tears well in my eyes. I was so stupid. So foolish to think that I was doing the right thing. Now look where that’s gotten me.

I’m going to die tonight. I’m sure of that now. All because I vowed that I was never gonna tell.

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Author Sarah M. Ross

Author Sarah M. Ross

About the Author
Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers’ Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!

Sarah’s debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, and INHALE EXHALE.

Where to Sarah M. Ross
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

#1LineWed – Color

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is color. Here is another line from The Ruins, the upcoming second book in The Union Series.

Dappled sunlight filters through colorful leaves, trimmed in vermillion, gold, and crimson, clinging to branches, not yet ready to give up their tenuous grasp on life.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

Cover Reveal – Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons

Under the Influence Cover Reveal

Bestselling author, L.B. Simmons, is unveiling the cover to her latest novel, Under the Influence. Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.

Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons

Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons

About the Book
Title: Under the Influence
Author: L.B. Simmons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May, 2015
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Dalton,

I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

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Author L.B. Simmons

Author L.B. Simmons

About the Author
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.

She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

Where to Find L.B. Simmons
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Release Day + Giveaway – When Fate Isn’t Enough (Fate Series) by Isabelle Richards

When Fate Isn’t Enough Release Day

Today is release day for When Fate Isn’t Enough, the second book in the Fate Series by Isabelle Richards. See below for information on the book, an excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

When Fate Isn’t Enough (Fate Series #2) by Isabelle Richards

When Fate Isn’t Enough (Fate Series #2) by Isabelle Richards

About the Book
Title: When Fate Isn’t Enough
Series: Fate Series #2
Author: Isabelle Richards
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Can a romance that was written in the stars survive real life? Lily Clark and Gavin Edwards met when their lives collided in a crazy twist of fate. Their relationship started amidst chaos, fraught with lust, passion, and love. Building a life together will take more than destiny, especially when ghosts from their past try to tear them apart.

Needing a fresh start, Lily decides to escape her life in Washington, DC to join Gavin in London. Trust and faith have never come easily to Lily. She’ll be put to the test now that she and Gavin are living under the same roof.

To make matters worse, trouble finds Lily wherever she goes. She thought she’d rid herself of her late husband’s demons, but she soon learns that when you make a deal with the devil, he often comes back to up the ante. Can she learn to let Gavin in or will she continue to fight her battles alone? Find out what happens When Fate Isn’t Enough.

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Excerpt
Oxford in a suit… hot damn. It’s obviously a custom job because it fits him perfectly, showing off his broad shoulders and tight, toned torso. The allure of the suit is more than just the way it highlights his ridiculous body. His commanding presence while wearing it, the air of confidence that surrounds him. Everything about him screams “power”. Or more accurately it screams, “Don’t fuck with me or I’ll destroy you.” I may not give a shit about his money but power seems to be a bigger turn on than I would have expected.

“What? What’s wrong?” He looks in the mirror, trying to figure out what isn’t working.

“Your ass in those pants! I can hardly contain myself. How does anyone get any work done? All your female employees must just swoon with you strutting around like that. I bet you actually stop traffic. You do, don’t you?”

A sexy smirk spreads across his face. “Trousers, Lily. They’re called trousers. I can assure you I’m a slave driver. My employees are too busy to notice me.” He straightens his tie and looks back at me. “And only occasionally.”

“Occasionally what?”

He winks. “Occasionally I stop traffic.”

I throw a pillow at him. “You’re an arrogant bastard, you know that?”

He sits on the edge of the bed and slips his shoes on. “Hey, you asked! Don’t ask a question unless you can handle the answer.”

I scoot down on the bed and wrap my arms around his stomach. I rest my chin on his shoulder and say, “You’re just lucky I’m prohibited from attacking you, or there’s no way in hell you would be leaving this bedroom. Not for a good long while anyway.”

He peels my arms off of him, stands, and then kisses each of my hands. “I’m going to hold you to that after the doctor clears you.” He walks to his dresser and puts his watch on.

I smirk. “Oh, you’ll be holding something to me all right.”

Gavin closes his eyes and leans against the wall. “You’ll be the death of me, woman. Can’t you talk about football or skiing or carpentry? Anything other than… this?”

“You want to show me what you can do with a hammer, Gavin?” I bat my eyes at him.

He glares at me.

I cock my head and flash him a coy smile. “What? You said carpentry,” I say innocently. “Fine, soccer? You want to come over here so I can show you how to score? I’m sure you’re amazing at getting it in the goal! No? Not better?” I explode into laughter as he storms out of the room.

“Goodbye, Lily,” he yells from the hallway.

I don’t know what he’s so pissy about. I’m just as sex starved as he is! I lie down and close my eyes for a few moments, mentally calming my libido. Suddenly, I feel his weight on me, and he kisses me with a passion that literally takes my breath away. I feel my heart pounding as if it’s going to fly out of my chest.

I pull back. “You change your mind about staying in bed with me all day?”

“If only, Lily. If only. I couldn’t leave without a proper goodbye.”

“Well that was one hell of a sendoff. You’d better go. Don’t want to be late. I hear your boss is a real bastard.”

He kisses my forehead and walks out the door. Damn, that man knows how to make an exit.

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When Fates Collide (Fate Series #1) by Isabelle Richards

When Fates Collide (Fate Series #1) by Isabelle Richards

About Book 1
Title: When Fates Collide
Series: Fate Series #1
Author: Isabelle Richards
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

Synopsis
Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment, Lily is trapped in a loveless marriage. In a split second she is free, but at what cost?  Her mundane life is set into a freefall of tragedy and terror. Her husband may be out of her life, but he left a storm of collateral damage behind and the burden is on Lily to sort it out.

Fate connects Lily with Gavin, a charmingly handsome British gentleman that has been drawn into her tangled circumstance. Gavin is everything Lily’s husband wasn’t and gives her hope that love really does exist. Gavin wants nothing more than to sweep Lily up and carry her off into the sunset, far away from the devastation left behind by her husband. Gavin has been the first breath of fresh air in her life, but she isn’t looking to be saved. She needs to clean up her husband’s mess and find a way to save herself in the process.

Does she throw caution to the wind and open her heart? Or listen to her head that tells her and go it alone until she’s found herself again?

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Author Isabelle Richards

Author Isabelle Richards

About the Author
Isabelle Richards spent years as a speech writer before tackling fiction. An avid reader of all genres, Isabelle is drawn to romance novels as they provide an escape from daily life.  Through her complex cast of characters, Isabelle creates a sanctuary for readers to dive into for a break from reality.

When she is not writing, Isabelle works as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Washington, DC. Her two yellow labs are her writing partners, although they frequently sleep on the job.

Where to Find Isabelle Richards
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – Camden’s Redemption (Gloves Off Series) by L.P. Dover

Camden’s Redemption Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stop on the Camden’s Redemption blog tour. I have an excerpt for you today.

Camden's Redemption (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

Camden’s Redemption (Gloves Off #4) by L.P. Dover

About the Book
Title: Camden’s Redemption
Series: Gloves Off #4
Author: L.P. Dover
Release Date: February 22, 2015
Publisher: Books by L.P. Dover LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords
International: Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis
For so long, UFC Middleweight fighter, Camden Jameson lived in his twin brother’s shadow, competing to be the best. When he lost his way, he turned to the Dark Side and did some unforgiveable things. After his betrayal, he tried to earn his redemption, but it wasn’t enough. Now his whole world has fallen apart and he’s on the run from those who want him dead. But he’s not alone.

Undercover agent, Brooklyn Avery, has been assigned to Camden’s case, to watch and protect him. For months, she’s been in the shadows, keeping her distance. All of that changes when the mission takes a dangerous turn and she needs to get closer to protect him. Their love is forbidden, but once they see past each other’s scars, they realize they have what it takes to heal the other. Unfortunately, Camden still has a price to pay for his sins.

Lives will be lost, some will be damaged, and a dark, hidden secret will be revealed. In the end, Camden finally learns what it means to put everything on the line for love, even if it costs him.

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“One of these days you’re going to realize what you have.”

“How can you say that? You don’t even know me or what I’ve done.”

“Then show me,” I shouted. “Stop pushing everyone away when they only want to help you.”

“Fine.” He ripped off his shirts, baring his scarred and tattooed skin. They were on his arms, across his chest, and all over his back. He must have done some heavy fighting in the Dark Side. “Do you see all of this?” he asked angrily. “I got them all from fighting, from hurting people. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. I’m a monster, Brooklyn. People are scared of me. And for the life of me, I don’t know why you aren’t.”

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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.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Where to Find L.P. Dover
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Caught Up In You by Colee Firman

Caught Up In You Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stop on the Caught Up in You blog tour. Caught Up in You is a new adult contemporary romance by Colee Firman. See below for information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Caught Up In You by Colee Firman

Caught Up In You by Colee Firman

About the Book
Title: Caught Up In You
Series: Caught Up #1
Author: Colee Firman
Release Date: December 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.

Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.

Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.

Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.

After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.

Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.

Due to sexual content and graphic language – 17+ recommended.

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Excerpt
The steady thumping of footsteps on the dock made me look back to see Myles headed my way.

“What are you doing out here?”

“Being quiet,” I said, looking over as he sat down next to me.

He let his feet sink into the water below us. “You can be in the house.”

“I know—same rules as home.” I leaned back on my hands and looked up at the sky. “I forgot how many stars there are.”

Myles tipped his head back. “It’s still twilight—in a few minutes there’ll be twice as many.”

I took a deep breath and let my eyes close. “We used to spend summers in a place like this. My parents rented the same lake house every year.”

“Where at?”

I immediately opened my eyes, realizing what I’d said and sat up. “No place you’d know.”

“Try me.” He turned his head and looked directly into my eyes.

I looked away feeling uncomfortable and swatted at my arm as a mosquito buzzed around. “The bugs are awful out here.” I pulled my feet out of the water and started to stand up.

“I didn’t think you knew my name.”

“Huh?” I lowered myself down and crossed my legs. “What are you talking about?”

“Last night,” he said, looking at me, “you were yelling my name right before the branch broke the window—I didn’t think you knew it.”

“It’s a small town.” I wasn’t about to confess that I’d been bitching about him in so much detail that Tom knew who I was talking about. “How’d you know my name?”

“Lou told me when he dropped off your—” He broke out into a smile and looked away. “Shit…”

I leaned forward to catch his eye as my curiosity piqued. “Dropped off my what?”

“Your front door key…”

“Wait…” I shot to my feet and crossed my arms. “You said you had an extra one.”

“And that was true,” he said, grinning as he stood up in front of me. “I had an extra one because Lou stopped by while you were at work and gave it to me for you after he realized he forgot to put it on the ring with the other keys you had.”

“You fucker!” He was so tall that I had to tip my head way back to look at his face. “That entire scene in the hallway was bullshit so I wouldn’t mow the lawn early!”

Myles nodded as he laughed. “It was fucking genius.”

“Keep laughing…” I shoved him as hard as I could in the chest.

“Hey!” He continued laughing as he waved his arms in the air, trying to keep from falling back.

I couldn’t help smiling as I rammed my palms into his chest again. Damn, the guy was solid. Myles grabbed at me as he tipped backwards. I tried to pull away, but it was too late. I tumbled into the lake with him.

I popped up out of the water and wiped my hands across my face. As soon as I could breathe I was swearing at him. When he didn’t respond I felt a little bubble of panic in my gut.

“Myles?” I looked around and didn’t see him. “Myles!” I had no idea if he could swim. Suddenly I wished I’d paid more attention to the CPR training I’d been forced to take in high school. “My—”

“Stop yelling…”

I turned toward the sound of his voice and found him sitting on the edge of the dock looking down at me. “Of course you’re already on the dock…”

“C’mon,” he said, holding his hands down to me.

I wrapped my fingers around his and held on as he pulled me from the water. He scooted back and I ended up sitting sideways between his knees.

He leaned back on his hands and smiled. “Was your revenge sweet?”

“Not particularly,” I said, pulling the rubber band out of my dripping hair. “I know how truly evil you are now, though.”

The corners of his lips curled. “You don’t even know the half of it…”

I bit my bottom lip and diverted my eyes. He’d rendered me completely speechless with his unbelievably sexy smile.

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Author Colee Firman

Author Colee Firman

About the Author
Colee Firman has always been a closet writer. As an only child, there were constantly stories swimming around in her head. In 2012, she finally started unleashing them on the world, beginning with The Unbinding Fate Series.

As a Michigan native, she never passes up a chance to escape the winter weather. When she’s not working at her day job or writing, she’s traveling with her longtime boyfriend, reading with her cat, or binging on Netflix.

Where to Find Colee Firman
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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish because as they fully admit, they love lists. I’ve finally jumped on this fun bandwagon because I’m also rather fond of listy type things, including my list of Top Five Things I Enjoyed that I include in each review.

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish posts a new theme. This week’s theme is your top ten heroines, and it was hard. Not hard to come up with ten, but hard to limit it to just ten. There are so many great heroines in fiction. But here is my list.

10. Emma Wrangton from A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger. I love how tough Emma is, and while she’s not a hero in the traditional physical ass-kicking sense, she fights hard for what she believes in, even when it would be easier to give up. Especially when it would be easier to just give up.

9. Nicola Hart from the Titan Series by Cristin Harber. I first met the spunky CIA agent turned Titan in Sweet Girl. I loved her when she was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for her loved ones. And that love only grew when I got to see how tough she became in Garrison’s Creed.

8. Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve barely started the series, and already I love her. She makes mistakes, royally screws up, gets everyone pissed off at her, and yet she never gives up. Not on her friends or herself. She never stops trying to do the right thing.

7. Sara Linton from Grant County series by Karin Slaughter. As the town pediatrician and medical examiner, she has her hands full with contrasting roles of ensuring the lives of the town’s smallest inhabitants and helping investigate the darkest events. She’s tough but vulnerable in a way many other female leads in crime thrillers aren’t.

6. Six from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. She’s as tough and hardcore as they come, swooping in and saving John in I Am Number Four. And that’s just the beginning. Able to turn invisible, she has one of the coolest legacies. She’s not afraid to fight alone, but will do anything to protect her friends.

5. Claire Randall-Fraser from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. This time-travelling nurse from the mid-20th century travels back in time two hundred years and falls for a Scottsman. She lives through some of the most brutal fighting in history, choosing a life of hardship and violence for the man she loves over women’s rights and financial security. And she doesn’t just mind the homestead as an 18th century wife, letting her husband do all the fighting. Nope, Claire is right there in the thick of the things with husband, Jamie, often saving his ass.

4. Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie bumbles her way through mystery after mystery, usually solving by luck rather than skill, but she never gives up. She’s loyal and her positive attitude makes it impossible not to root for her.

3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. While she’s not particularly likeable, she is strong, brave, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. While you may never want to be friends with her, you always want her to win.

2. Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Ellie is a typical teen thrown into an unbelievable situation when war comes to the Australian continent. Fighting and killing don’t come naturally to her, and she struggles with the things she’s done in order to survive. But she never gives up on her friends or her family, risking everything to protect them.

1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Hermione is smart, funny, kind, witty, clever, and as loyal a friend as there is. She never leaves Harry’s side as he battles to the very end, always risking her own life, while yelling at Harry for doing the same, in order to save the world. She’s everyone’s favorite Muggle-born witch

Release Day + Giveaway – The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

The Ghost of You Release Day

Today is release day for The Ghost of You, a young adult contemporary romance from Amanda Burckhard. See below for information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

About the Book
Title: The Ghost of You
Author: Amanda Burckhard
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Link: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

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Everything in my room reminded me of him somehow. The candle Mom got me he used to joke smelled like cinnamon on steroids. The lopsided dream catcher we made at a school carnival in middle school. The running shoes he got me last Christmas. I didn’t want to see any of it. I wanted him.

Then I was screaming, ripping, tearing, throwing anything I could get my hands on. My vision blurred. My head pounded in my ears. When my hand tightened around a smooth cylinder on my desk, I almost didn’t realize what it was in time to stop myself from shattering it against the wall.

Derek had given me the green, plastic flashlight when we were ten as a way to ward off nightmares. It didn’t work anymore, even with new batteries, but I could never bring myself to get rid of it. I collapsed onto the floor, hugging the flashlight to my chest, crying and sobbing so hard I couldn’t breathe or see or think.

What was I going to do without him? We were the Grayson twins. We did everything together. I didn’t know who I was without him. He couldn’t be gone. He couldn’t.

When I pulled myself off the floor, it was nearly dark out. I looked around the room that appeared as if a tornado went through it. The shelves from my dresser lay on the floor, their contents scattered. Papers and posters lay crumpled and torn into pieces. My bedding and clothes were strewn everywhere. Almost every visible inch of the floor was covered. I couldn’t remember doing most of the destruction. I didn’t even feel better after doing it.

Something on the ground caught my eye. Something orange and familiar. I reached for the small bottle of pills and read the label. Vicodin. They were from my tonsillectomy last year. They must’ve been stuck away in a drawer, forgotten and unused.

I remembered how they made me feel like I was floating on water, like my brain was fuzzy and nothing seemed like a big deal. That feeling would be a nice change to what I felt now.

Throwing two pills into my mouth, I grabbed a week-old bottle of Gatorade from my dresser and took a swig. I left my disaster of a room and went down the hall to Derek’s room. The room felt dull and lifeless without him. The posters of old rock bands plastering the walls and wrestling trophies displayed on every shelf didn’t fit without the boy who had put them there.

I set the flashlight on his nightstand and crawled into his bed. His pillowcase smelled of peppermint. Jess and I had picked out that shampoo for him a few weeks ago. He swore he’d never use it, but I guess he changed his mind.

I stared at the flashlight until the pills made my eyelids droop and my mind slipped off into darkness.

Derek’s voice reached out to me just as I was falling asleep. “It’ll be okay, Em. Sleep. I’m here.”

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Author Amanda Burckhard

Author Amanda Burckhard

About the Author
Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she’s been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

Where to Find Amanda Burckhard
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Release Day + Giveaway – Losing at Love (Outer Banks Tennis Academy) by Jennifer Iacopelli

Losing at Love Release Day

Today is release day for Losing at Love, the second book in the Outer Banks Tennis Academy, a young adult contemporary romance series from Jennifer Iacopelli. See below for details on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and information on her giveaway.

Losing at Love (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #2) by Jennifer Iacopelli

Losing at Love (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #2) by Jennifer Iacopelli

About the Book
Title:
 Losing at Love
Series: Outer Banks Tennis Academy #2
Author:
 Jennifer Iacopelli
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Grass courts, tennis whites and the fiercest competition in the world. Wimbledon. After two crazy weeks in Paris, the girls of the Outer Banks Tennis Academy are headed to London with just one thing on their minds: winning.

Indiana Gaffney is fresh off a surprise win at the French Open junior tournament. Sponsors are clamoring for her attention, but what she wants more than anything—aside from a wild card to Wimbledon—is to be with Jack Harrison, but international fame and a secret relationship rarely mix well.

When Penny Harrison dreamed of playing at Wimbledon she never imagined agonizing pain shooting through her ankle with every step. With just a month until the tournament and the whole world expecting her to win, she’s determined to play, with or without the support of her coach or the love of her life, Alex Russell.

For the first time ever, no one expects anything from Jasmine Randazzo. After a crushing first-round defeat in the French Open juniors, the tennis world has given up on her, but worse than that, so have her parents, her best friend Teddy and maybe even her coach. With everyone writing her off, can she find it within herself to go after her dreams?

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La Metropolitan Hotel

Paris, France

Indiana Gaffney gasped, her eyes flying open and locking on the glistening object across the hotel room. It reflected the muted television behind her, the French Open final, the red of the court, blurry in the polished silver. A large, round plate, innocuous to the untrained eye, with the sizeable laser carved logo of Roland Garros at the center, was braced against the mirror hanging on the hotel room wall. The mirror reflected the match clearly, the broad steps and fierce rallies of two men battling it out for the French Open Men’s title. But those men were mere afterthoughts as her eye caught a set of shoulders stretching the material of his t-shirt thin, not a mere image from the television, but broad and warm and real. Strong hands slid down her back, fingers twining into the ends of her long blonde hair, tugging on it gently, drawing her gaze away from the mirror and back to the green eyes of the man in her bed.

He kissed her soundly, sending shivers down her spine and making her hips rock against his and her legs tighten around his waist. “It’s not gonna disappear if you take your eyes off it,” Jack Harrison muttered into the skin of her neck, nipping at it lightly with his teeth.

“Feels like it will,” she whispered back, tilting her head to give him better access. Most of her mind was focused on what he was doing with his hands and mouth, but that plate, the one that declared in no uncertain terms that she was the new French Open junior champion, would not be ignored. Not even for the guy who made her heart pound like no one else ever had before, the guy who, up until a few days ago, could barely look at her without his shoulders slumping with guilt. Their age gap hadn’t shrunk in the days full of soft kisses and nights far more intense — though perhaps not as intense as she’d like — but he wasn’t fighting their attraction anymore. She hadn’t chased him, not really, but he’d known she wanted him, almost from the moment they first met. Then he’d found out how old she was and he started treating her like a flashing red SEVENTEEN was stamped across her forehead, every year between them creating an accompanying foot of distance. In the end, the attraction had been too much, even for someone as painfully good as Jack Harrison.

“Hey, Champ, you in there?” Jack’s voice brought her back, his lips spelling out the words against her shoulder.

“Champ?” Indy hummed and smiled. “I like the sound of that.” In fact, she liked the sound of it so much she planned on winning again the next chance she got, on the grass courts at Wimbledon.

“I bet you do. Get used to it, baby,” Jack said, his whole face lighting up as he shifted his weight forward, tilting her back onto the bed. A shriek bubbled up through her throat and the giggles followed as he leaned over her, bracing himself on his elbows and then smothering her laughter with the press of his mouth. As his tongue slid against hers, she turned herself over to it, letting herself revel in the dreams of future victories and the celebrations that would follow.

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Game.Set.Match (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1) by Jennifer Iacopelli

Game.Set.Match (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1) by Jennifer Iacopelli

About Book 1
Title:
 Game.Set.Match
Series: Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1
Author:
 Jennifer Iacopelli
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world’s most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.

Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she’s hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after…until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.

With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.

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Author Jennifer Iacopelli

Author Jennifer Iacopelli

About the Author
Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave…ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass.

She got a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master’s in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

Where to find Jennifer Iacopelli
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