Release Day + Giveaway – Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Arrow Realm Release Day

Today is release day for Joshua and the Arrow Realm, the follow up to the middle grade fantasy, Joshua and the Lightning Road, by Donna Galanti. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, and details on her giveaway.

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti

About the Book
Title: Joshua and the Arrow Realm
Series: Joshua and the Lighting Road #2
Author: Donna Galanti
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | BAM! | IndieBound!ndigo | BookDepository

Synopsis
Joshua never thought he’d return to the world of Nostos so soon. But, when King Apollo needs his help in the Arrow Realm, Joshua’s will and powers will be tested in order to save him.

With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs, or whether he is being tricked into making the one mistake that might cost them all.

JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM is the exciting follow up to JOSHUA THE LIGHTNING ROAD which the Midwest Book Review called, “a heart-pounding thrill ride.”

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Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti

About Book 1
Title: Joshua and the Arrow Realm
Series: Joshua and the Lighting Road #1
Author: Donna Galanti
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay | BAM! | IndieBound | !ndigo | BookDepository

Synopsis
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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Author Donna Galanti

Author Donna Galanti

About the Author
Donna is the author of the Joshua and the Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs…, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com.

Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since).

She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle...

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Where to Find Donna Galanti
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Feature Tour – Excerpt – The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons

The Collector’s Society Feature Tour

welcome to the Feature Tour for The Collectors’ Society, a new adult fantasy romance series by Heather Lyons. See below for information on the book and the series, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt from The Collectors’ Society, book 1 in the series

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 | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | 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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Excerpt #1
THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY EXCERPT

“So.” He fully sits down, scooting against the wall next to me so that our bodies are just an inch or so apart. “About your request . . .”

“I had a request?”

“You wanted me to show you around New York, right?”

Bloody hell, do I feel like a tomato right now. “I wasn’t—”

“I’d be happy to.”

My head tilts to face him, but the truth is, it feels as if we’ve been spinning rather than sitting. “Can we start small, though? I have somewhere I have to go in a few hours, but a walk would be good. Maybe coffee? We can do the more touristy stuff later.”

Could my skin warm any further? Of course he has plans. Why wouldn’t he? Just because I’m his partner doesn’t mean he owes me anything. “I don’t want to inconvenience you—”

“Besides. For all of us who weren’t born in the Twenty-First Century, the true initiation is a coffee shop, you know. There’s one about six blocks over that’s good. It’s always crowded, but their espressos are worth the wait. It’s like liquid crack.” At the look on my face, he quickly clarifies, “It’s addictive.”

“I don’t drink coffee.”

His eyebrows lift up.

“I’m English, remember?”

Oh, those beautiful lips of his curve upward again. “Plenty of English drink coffee.” “I prefer tea.”

“Luckily for you, they have tea at coffee shops. And hot chocolate, if that’s what you like.”

I glance down at the dress I’d found in Sara’s closet. It’s white and loose and barely grazes my knees, with crocheted lace trimming the hem.

As if he knows what I’m wondering, he assures me, “You look fine. Very boho. It’s a good look for you.”

“Boho?”

I’m annoyed at how much I like the quirk of his mouth. “Bohemian. Do they not say that in England? Are bohemians coffee drinkers, maybe? A rare breed?”

I give in and allow myself to giggle. A small weight lifts off my shoulders, even if momentarily.

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

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

About Book 2
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 | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

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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The Forgotten Mountain (The Collector's Society #3) by Heather Lyons

The Forgotten Mountain (The Collector’s Society #3) by Heather Lyons

About Book 3
Title:
 The Forgotten Mountain
Series: The Collectors’ Society #3
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: June 25, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romantic Adventure
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places..

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The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4) by Heather Lyons

The Lost Codex (The Collectors’ Society #4) by Heather Lyons

About Book 4
Title:
 The Lost Codex
Series: The Collectors’ Society #4
Author: Heather Lyons
Publisher: Cerulean Books
Release Date: Coming Soon!
Genre: Fantasy Romantic Adventure
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the lands very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be 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.

She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find..

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Where to Find Heather Lyons
Goodreads | Website | Facebook  | Twitter
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Neil (Uncompromising) by Sybil Bartel

Neil Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Neil, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Uncompromising, by Sybil Bartel. See below for information on the book and series, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Neil (Uncompromising #2) by Sybil Bartel

Neil (Uncompromising #2) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: Neil
Series: Uncompromising #2
Author: Sybil Bartel
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Genre:
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
Ex-Danish Military Special Forces, built like a legend, and uncompromising in every way—Neil Christensen didn’t walk into my life. The Viking-sized warrior crashed it like a hurricane.

The moment he showed up at my strip club, my life fell to shit. South Florida’s most ruthless motorcycle gang, the cops, the Feds—they all want something I don’t have, something the Viking took from me.

I thought I could run, but the motorcycle gang caught me. Now the only thing standing between me and an unmarked grave is a warrior I don’t trust.

I’m not afraid to die, but I am terrified of weathering the storm. Because when a Viking decides to unleash his fury, no one is going to come out unscathed.

Warning: This book contains alpha heroes, offensive language, violence and sexual situations. Mature audiences only. 18+

NEIL is a full-length, standalone novel and is the second book in the Uncompromising Series.

TALON, the first book in the Uncompromising Series is also a full-length standalone novel and is available now.

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Excerpt #1
He threw the gear in park, cut the engine and opened his door. The cab filled with the sound of cicadas and I glanced around in a panic. Before I could think what to do, my door opened and he undid my seat belt.

“Get out.” His features were more austere than in the warehouse.

I trembled. “No.”

“Not a request.”

Viking was alpha, all alpha. He commanded everything but he’d never forced me to do anything. Anxiety licked at my conscience but I swung my legs out of the truck because showing fear was worse than defeat.

My feet hit the ground and I looked up at him with every ounce of defiance I had. “Now what?”

His shoulders dropped, he leaned toward me and his body language went from tensed restraint to liquid seduction in half a second. “Look up,” he gently commanded.

Was this a trick? Was he only pretending to not be mad? Reluctant to take my eyes off him, I glanced at the dark sky. “What about it?”

“What do you see?”

I swallowed past the tightness in my throat. “Night.”

“The moon and stars,” his low, quiet voice corrected.

I didn’t like this. Him gentle, making me look at the stars, this wasn’t the man who’d killed to save my life. “So?”

Huge, warm fingers wrapped around the back of my neck. “The same moon that was there last night.” He moved closer. “The same stars that will be there tomorrow night.”

His body heat curled around me like everything I’d ever wanted and I pushed back. “Is this some kind of proverb?”

“Same as the night sky, I was there yesterday and I will be there tomorrow.”

My throat closed up, my chest tightened and I fought tears. It was the single most beautiful thing anyone had ever said to me. And it was a complete lie.

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Talon (Uncompromising #1) by Sybil Bartel

Talon (Uncompromising #1) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: Talon
Series: Uncompromising #1
Author: Sybil Bartel
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Genre:
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.

Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.

I was wrong.

The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.

I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.

Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.

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About the Author
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon. Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously? Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil. She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Where to Find Sybil Bartel
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Book BoyfriendsTwitter | Amazon

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Unnatural Souls (Realm of the Claimed) by Linda Foster

Unnatural Souls Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Unnatural Souls, a prequel novella in the new paranormal romance series, Realm of the Claimed by Linda Foster. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Unnatural Souls (Realm of the Claimed #0.5) by Linda Foster

Unnatural Souls (Realm of the Claimed #0.5) by Linda Foster

About the Book
Title: Unnatural Souls
Series: Realm of the Claimed
Author: Linda Foster
Publisher: Glass House Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
It’s been almost a year since the night of the accident that should have killed Grace. Nearly a year since her brother, Ash, sold his soul to save her. She survived, but that wasn’t the end of their story.

Not even close.

In the months since, Grace’s life has turned upside down. She can move objects with her mind, teleport in a blink of an eye, see dead people … and that’s just the tip of the crazy train.

And that would be fine, really … if she had any idea how to control it.

Instead, she’s stuck in a body that does things she doesn’t understand. And now, the contract her brother made for her life is drawing to a close. Which means he’s running out of time before the demon comes to collect his soul.

Unless Grace can find a way to save him.

When an angel named Michael shows up with answers and an offer to help her, she jumps at the chance—and agrees to help him with his own mission as the price.

Then she finds out that Michael is working with another demon. That the deal she’s made … is no better than the one from which she’s trying to save Ash. And she’s faced with a choice: turn and walk away, or try to save her brother—by working with the very monsters who have nearly destroyed them both..

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Excerpt #4
Effectively, then, I would be a spy for him in the group of demons. I would be in charge of making sure they stayed in line. I still didn’t know why he thought I could handle that, though, and I frowned at him. Putting me with a bunch of demons sounded like an insane idea—even if they were supposedly “good” demons.

“You will learn to use your powers,” he told me with a smile. “You will discover everything you can do, learn defense. Learn to fight the demons that hunt you. And I have the perfect teacher in mind. She can protect you until you can take care of yourself. Until we find out why Adrian wants you dead.”

I eyed him, feeling uneasy. Learning to control my powers. I was going to need that to survive. And to save Ash.

“Who?” I asked. An angel trainer would be helpful, but if he trusted this girl so much why wasn’t he putting her in charge of these demons?

“She was one of the strongest angels I knew,” he told me with a half smile. “She was resilient, and incredibly powerful.”

“Was?” Did he think that was going to slip by me? I wasn’t that stupid. She was a strong angel, meaning she wasn’t one anymore. She could be dead, a ghost, but I doubted that was the case here. Could angels even die? Could they become ghosts?

Then I realized. If she wasn’t an angel, there was really only one other possibility. My teacher would be a lost freaking soul, which meant I was going to be taught how to be an angel by a demon. Every time I thought this situation couldn’t get any worse, it did. I stared blankly at him, hoping this was a sick joke.

“Her name is Kali,” Michael replied.

Okay, not a joke then, if she had a name and everything.

“She stopped the last war in Heaven before becoming a demon.”

I let out a shaky laugh, knowing that was meant to comfort me. “Redeeming qualities aside, the girl is still a demon. How do you know she’s not one of the assassins sent to kill me?”

“She is important,” Michael replied passionately. “She was a friend, and she is capable. I taught her myself. She knows everything you will need to learn. She can protect you better than anyone else, and while you study, you can keep an eye on her.”

Ah, he trusted her with my life, but not with being a well-behaved demon?

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Author Linda Foster

Author Linda Foster

About the Author
Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband, two (very spoiled) ferrets and (equally spoiled) dog. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was fifteen years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later.

The Realm of the Claimed novellas are her first published work..

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Where to Find Linda Foster
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Book Blitz – Trailer + Giveaway – Wicka (The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake) by Christy Deveaux

Wicka Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Wicka, the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series, The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake, by Christy Deveaux. See below for information on the book, buy links, the book’s trailer, and details on her giveaway.

Wicka (The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake #1) by Christy Deveaux

Wicka (The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake #1) by Christy Deveaux

About the Book – Currently on Sale for just $0.99!
Title: Wicka
Series: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake #1
Author: Christy Deveaux
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Genre:
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen year old girl from Ann Arbor Michigan, thinks she’s enrolling in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Instead, she falls in love; finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family –– who weren’t thought to exist anymore; and discovers that her life is in danger, as the Elders believe that she is the heir to a legend they fear above all else.

Wicka, the debut novel by Christy Deveaux, has been compared to other fantasy paranormal tales such as Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyer and Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling. Young adults and grown ups alike are sure to love this adventure filled magical romance.

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Author Christy Deveaux

Author Christy Deveaux

About the Author
Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. Her highly anticipated first book in the series, Wicka, was just released this spring (2014). Inspired by traveling across Europe solo at a very young age, and many travel adventures since, the character and story line behind Elizabeth Blake was born. Christy majored in political science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow. .

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Where to Find Christy Deveaux
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Excerpt Reveal – The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona) by Rachel Van Dyken

Welcome to the excerpt reveal for The Bachelor Auction, the first book in the contemporary romantic comedy series, The Bachelors of Arizona, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken. See below for information on the book, pre-order links, and an exclusive excerpt.

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Bachelor Auction
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. That is, until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. A prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if that is just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while he and Jane may not get a fairy tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .

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Thick wavy auburn hair fell in disarray over his forehead. It was lush, shiny, perfect. Were guys born with hair like that? Or was his somehow chemically engineered? His full lips pressed together in a secret smile as the equally handsome man next to him said something, then erupted in laughter.

The first man stiffened, then shook his head. His broad shoulders seemed to grow tight as a drum. A slight tic in his jaw was the only clue that he was irritated or maybe outright angry.

And then his shoulders slumped as he was handed another drink and then another.

Nervous. He must be nervous. But what could a man like that possibly have to be nervous about?

He easily towered over most of the men in attendance. Suddenly his posture changed, then he smiled.

Jane felt her mouth drop open in shock.

Dazzling.

He was…like a duke or a lord or a prince from a storybook. Clearly, she read too many romance novels, but his entire presence demanded attention; screamed authority, importance, and sex. Lots and lots of sex.

Yes, his virility was a tangible thing, as if she could reach out and grasp it with her fingertips.

“What are you doing?” Esmeralda yelled in her right ear, interrupting her blatant sexual fantasy about a complete stranger. Great. That’s what her life had come to. And sadly? It was the most fun she’d had all night.

Jane turned to Esmeralda, prayed for patience, and answered. “Sorry, I was just thinking.”

“You’re so boring.” Esmeralda rolled her eyes. “No wonder you got dumped.”

Another fun fact? Esmeralda was mean when she was drunk.

The reminder of the breakup burned like acid.

It had been a year ago, not that it mattered. It still hurt that the last guy she’d dated had told her that although she was cute, she wasn’t really doing it for him anymore.

Right. Doing it.

Maybe that was because she hadn’t done anything for him or with him, and he found that lacking. But they’d only dated for a few weeks. Did normal girls do that? Put out after a few weeks? Apparently.

She wasn’t normal.

But if that was normal, maybe she was better off being strange.

“Jane, are you even listening to me?” Esmeralda whined. “Essence needs you to dance next to her for a bit. I’m tired and tipsy. I want to sit. Plus your dress blends in enough that it won’t take attention away from her.”

No way. What? What had she just said?

Jane wrapped her arms around her middle. “I’m sorry, what?”

Without warning, Esmeralda grabbed Jane’s hand and jerked her toward the dance floor, causing Jane to lose her footing and crash directly into Esmeralda’s back. Then, like a domino, she slammed back into Essence.

Jane opened her mouth to shout out an apology, but Esmeralda was already too drunk to listen to reason. With determination in her eyes, she reached for the pearls at Jane’s neck but grabbed the fabric of the dress instead.

Her poorly sewn dress ripped instantly, causing the fabric to slink past her strapless bra. A diagonal slit split up her thigh almost all the way to her hip. In an effort to cover herself, she took a step and tripped, thanks to her clunky shoes.

And then she fell to the floor.

Hard.

Her sisters watched in horror—but neither of them offered a hand. They were probably kicking themselves for forcing her to come. Esmeralda leaned over but missed Jane’s shoulder by a mile, grabbing her hair and giving it a tug, which only made Jane wince harder.

Both sisters were completely tanked.

And she was less than two minutes away from being trampled by the other sweaty bodies around her.

She glanced up.

And into the eyes of the man she’d just been lusting after.

Oh God, the humiliation was complete.

That one glance told her he’d seen it all. She swallowed back the thickness building in her throat. Of course the only time he’d notice her would be when she’d ripped her dress and nearly took out a few guests on her way down to the dance floor.

The crowd gathered around her.

And the sexy man disappeared—probably off in search of a girl with perfect hair, perfect teeth, perfect clothes.

She really should have stayed home.

Tears filled her eyes as a heel pressed into her right hand. With a jerk she tugged her hand free, struggling to get up to stand on her wobbly feet, when suddenly she was pulled to a standing position and then swept up in strong arms.

Jane’s eyes were still so blurry from unshed tears she couldn’t make out the man’s face as he carried her out of the crowd.

He smelled like heaven.

She fought the insane urge to press her face against his chest and just…close her eyes.

Because he felt safe.

Pathetic, when a stranger’s arms provided more safety than her own family. And yet he felt…right.

In a world where things for the past ten years had felt so wrong.

He felt right.

Maybe she’d had too much champagne..

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

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Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
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Release Day + Giveaway – Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles) by Eve Langlais

Pirate Release Day

Today is release day for Pirate, the first book in the science fiction/fantasy romance series, Space Gypsy Chronicles, by New York Times bestselling author, Eve Langlais. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles #1) by Eve Langlais

Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles #1) by Eve Langlais

About the Book
Title: Pirate
Series: Space Gypsy Chronicles #1
Author: Eve Langlais
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Eve Langlais

Synopsis
A Galactic Adventure – with a sassy ship – and aliens!

Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to Earth: a space pirate’s dream when it comes to booty, but not a good place to hide when bounty hunters come looking. Pulling up stakes means Rafe must leave his vintage trailer behind, but in the process, he acquires a passenger, a mouthy female who seems to think she’s calling the shots. She’ll soon learn who’s the captain.

And it isn’t Annabelle, his bossy ship.

Travel the galaxy with this gypsy pirate as he looks for treasure–and finds trouble instead. The universe might be out to get him, but he’s not giving in without a fight.

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“What were you doing on Earth?”

He stuck to the most obvious reason, the one he’d cultivated as a cover. “I was on your planet because I needed some rare goods. Given that Earth is out of the way and bound with restrictions on tampering with a developing species, any type of goods from your world fetch a high price at market.”

“So you’re in the import/export business? Funny, I would not have pegged you as a businessman.”

“Don’t say that.” He recoiled at the very idea. The horror. Him, dressed in a suit and tie, his clothing perfectly pressed? He couldn’t help but laugh. He gestured to his body. “Do I look like a businessman?”

“No, but then again, you also didn’t look like a guy who was hiding a spaceship under his house,” she retorted.

“Good point. But I will note that there are more spaceships hiding on your planet than you might imagine.”

“All that superior technology and you can’t help but crash land? And they say women are bad drivers.” The tilt of her lips let him know she teased.

“Where I come from, the women don’t drive at all.”

“Why am I not surprised to hear that?”

“There are reasons we do the things we do.” She would soon learn the universe was a harsh place, especially for females. Better if she began the process now of accepting her new status in life.

“Having a little pinky between your legs doesn’t give you the right to dictate.”

“Little? Lying isn’t attractive, wench. We both know I’m more than adequately endowed.”

To his surprise, she agreed. “Fine. You’re hung, which probably explains why you’re so stupid at times. All that blood loss.”

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Author Eve Langlais

Author Eve Langlais

About the Author
~ New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Hello, my name is Eve and I am a Canadian author who loves to write hot romance, usually with hot shifters, cyborgs or aliens. I should warn you that I possess a twisted imagination and a sarcastic sense of humor something I like to let loose in my writing.

I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

Thanks so much for coming by and checking me out. If you’d like to know more, read some excerpts or find out what’s coming next, then please visit me at http://www.EveLanglais.com

Or sign up for my new release email list at http://www.evelanglais.com/newrelease.

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Where to Find Eve Langlais
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures) by Lisa Marie Perry

Meant to Be Mine Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog Tour for Meant to Be Mine, the first book in the contemporary romance series, Guilty Pleasures, by Lisa Marie Perry, releasing August 30. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures #1) by Lisa Marie Perry

Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures #1) by Lisa Marie Perry

About the Book
Title: Meant to Be Mine
Series: Guilty Pleasures #1
Author: Lisa Marie Perry
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo | GooglePlay | BAM! | IndieBound

Synopsis
Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely..

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Excerpt #1
Mmm, and there it was again. That impressive flannel-covered back. What if he smelled as fresh as clean cotton? Or, better yet, as comforting as hot chocolate? A tiny step forward and Sofia might be able to sniff this guy.

Sniffing strangers in gas station convenience stores was a social no-no. She shouldn’t do it. She wouldn’t…

She did. Jutting out her chin and closing her eyes, she inhaled the scent of…tangerine incense.

She smelled of tangerine incense. There’d been bundles of incense sticks burning during Luz’s service.

“I’d let you stay there with your nose in my back, but I should get this ice to my boat, Sofia.”

Sofia opened her eyes to find him watching her over his shoulder. Beyond the sexy scruff of a beard, mussed brown hair, and hard-edged gray eyes was—trouble. “Burke?

She’d let Burke Wolf fade into her past years ago. She’d muted their teenage conversations in her memory, had convinced herself to ignore the sharp rush of heat that rode her at just the thought of him. So why couldn’t she remember the reasons she’d walked away, instead of wanting something she shouldn’t?

Be my Burke again—just for a second. Make me laugh. Touch me anywhere. I need something…

Burke didn’t seem to register the pretty smile the blonde clerk had waiting for him as he took his receipt, stepped aside, and said, “I’m going to take some of the weight off.”

Stunned, she said nothing as he transferred the snacks and dog food cans to the counter.

“I was at Luz’s funeral,” he murmured. “I hung back, left early…”

She nodded as though she understood, but she didn’t.

“The last time we talked,” he said, catching her eyes with a look so heavy it pinned her, “you were covered in spaghetti sauce.”

It hadn’t been her most charming moment. Or his. The man was as much a part of the best of her as he was the worst of her.

Which was exactly why she wouldn’t launch herself into his arms. They weren’t friends anymore.

“Now I’m covered in rain.” Sofia focused on the clerk scanning and bagging her loot. The crunch of the ice as Burke shifted the bag to one side didn’t warn her. Nor did she notice him ease a step or two closer.

His fingers gently worked beneath her collar to grip the nape of her neck. They were cold from the ice, but she and her tightening nipples didn’t care.

She was clinging to what she found in his touch, arching into it because he was comfort and arousal and danger swirled into one drugging combination.

“I’m sorry, Sofia.”

“About Luz?”

“Yeah. Everything else—let it stay where we put the stuff we don’t want to talk about.”

Sofia pried her gaze off the clerk, stole a glance at him. “It’s crowded there, you know?”

Fuck.” The swear was soft, but apparently loud enough for the herd behind them to grunt in offense. Stroking her neck, he said, “I know, Sofia. Damn it, I know.”

“Let me go.”

She was sorry when he did. But she had to survive this day standing in her own two rain-soaked stilettos—not depending on Burke Wolf to hold her up, no matter how tempting trouble could be.

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Author Lisa Marie Perry

Author Lisa Marie Perry

About the Author
Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes sizzling, deep fiction featuring flawed heroes brought to their knees by the love of complicated women. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America’s heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

For laughs, randomness and occasional inappropriateness, visit LMP at www.perrytalebooks.com.
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Where to Find Lisa Marie Perry
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Unchained Melody (Love Song Standards) by Cynthia Roberts

Unchained Melody Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Unchained Melody, the first book in the inspirational contemporary romance series, Love Song Standards, by Cynthia Roberts. See below for information on the book and series, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99!

Unchained Melody (Love Song Standards #1) by Cynthia Roberts

Unchained Melody (Love Song Standards #1) by Cynthia Roberts

About the Book – NOW ON SALE FOR $0.99!
Title: Unchained Melody
Series: Love Song Standards #1
Author: Cynthia Roberts
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Genre:
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo | Smashwords

Synopsis
Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

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Her next move was brazen as she stood on tippy toes and entwined her arms about his neck.  She drew his head down to touch her lips to his, and he did not resist.

His hands roamed up the small of her back, following the seductive outline of her waistline, leaving a blazoned trail of sensations in their quake.

Her insides quivered as his mouth warmly opened and his tongue worked its way insider her mouth.

He took her face between his hands and aroused her with long, ravishing kisses, bringing to life a passion that had been dormant for far too long.

The cold Winter night did not chill her wrapped in the warmth of his embrace.  Even the silvery moon that glowed overhead cast a radiance over the newly fallen snow and the couple.

She hungered for more than just kisses and knew that he could carry her to heights of ecstasy she never experienced before.  She knew by the way he kissed and worked his magic over her that he was a man expert in loving a woman.

Pamela forced herself to sever their tie.  As much as she wanted him in her bed, she could not rush into anything she would be sorry for later.

“You sure know how to kiss a woman, Gavin Templeton,” she exhaled as she fumbled in her purse for her keys.

“The pleasure is all mine,” he rasped.

He lifted her chin with the tip of his finger and looked at her warmly.

“I’d love to see you again, that is, if you feel the same”

“I would love nothing more.  I’m starting back to work on Monday and going to take it slow at first.  My schedule needs to be reworked and I have to prepare for a major case I’m committed to.”

Pamela looked away shyly for a brief moment and gathered Gavin’s hands in her own, drawing them to her breast.

“Law has been my life 24/7.  I would love a reason to change that.  I’m a little mystified by the way fate has brought us together.  I also don’t want to rush things between us.  I hope you don’t mind.”  Her eyes pleaded for his understanding.  “There’s so much I don’t know about you, and you me.”

Gavin grasped her by her shoulders and kneaded them softly.

“I’m not a love them and leave them kind of guy.  I’m attracted to you and not because you saved my life.  I was drawn to you the moment I laid eyes on you.  I’m fine with slow.  I can be very patient when I have to.”

Pamela’s eyebrow quirked playfully.

“Well,” he interjected, joking.  “To some degree.”

She laughed and he drew her into his arms.  When she tilted her head back to gaze into his eyes, he captured her lips once again and she moaned softly with pleasure.

He broke the kiss and smiled knowingly at the sound she made.

“Slow, hah?”

She jabbed his rib playfully and replied, “You keep kissing me like that, and that could change.”

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Author Cynthia Roberts

Author Cynthia Roberts

About the Author
My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior was born. I don’t fit into one specific genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they’ll fit into **wink wink **

I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later but, life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful moments in my past when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.

It is my hope my readers walk away with not just an entertaining read but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”

Where to Find Cynthia Roberts
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – Neil (Uncompromising) by Sybil Bartel

Neil Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Neil, the second book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Uncompromising, by Sybil Bartel. See below for information on the book and series, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Neil (Uncompromising #2) by Sybil Bartel

Neil (Uncompromising #2) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: Neil
Series: Uncompromising #2
Author: Sybil Bartel
Release Date: August 22, 2016
Genre:
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

Synopsis
Ex-Danish Military Special Forces, built like a legend, and uncompromising in every way—Neil Christensen didn’t walk into my life. The Viking-sized warrior crashed it like a hurricane.

The moment he showed up at my strip club, my life fell to shit. South Florida’s most ruthless motorcycle gang, the cops, the Feds—they all want something I don’t have, something the Viking took from me.

I thought I could run, but the motorcycle gang caught me. Now the only thing standing between me and an unmarked grave is a warrior I don’t trust.

I’m not afraid to die, but I am terrified of weathering the storm. Because when a Viking decides to unleash his fury, no one is going to come out unscathed.

Warning: This book contains alpha heroes, offensive language, violence and sexual situations. Mature audiences only. 18+

NEIL is a full-length, standalone novel and is the second book in the Uncompromising Series.

TALON, the first book in the Uncompromising Series is also a full-length standalone novel and is available now.

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Excerpt #5
I craned my neck to look up at him. Perfectly square jaw, straight nose, high cheekbones, even his profile was intimidating. “Where do you really live?”

He took a sip of his drink. “Ocala.”

That was hours from Miami Beach. “Then why are you here?”

“Why do you think?”

I made a pathetic attempt at humor. “You’re trying to get into my pants?”

His sideways glance was unreadable.  “Trying? No.”

I wasn’t going to touch that. “So you just show off your real estate to random women who get kidnapped?” I was so damn uncomfortable in this designer showcase waste of money, I wanted to accuse him of being pretentious but he wasn’t. He was a Viking-sized beast of man who made no apologies.

“I show nothing off.” He tossed his drink back in one gulp. “You are not random and I do not bring women here.” The muscles in his forearm rippled as he set his glass on the coffee table.

I didn’t know if I believed him about the women but then it occurred to me why it might be true. “Do you have a girlfriend?”

He didn’t hesitate. “No attachments.”

At first I thought he meant he wasn’t attached to anyone right now but then something in his tone made me question him. “No attachments like you’re not seeing anyone right now or no attachments like you don’t do relationships.”

“Both.”

I digested the information but instead of it putting me at ease, I was getting more uncomfortable by the second. My adrenaline was two fucked-up situations past spent and suddenly I wanted out of here. “I want to leave.”

Reaching in his pocket, he came away with keys. With one quick, swift motion, he tossed them at me and I caught them midair.

He lowered himself to the couch and spread his massive arms along the back. His biceps strained the fabric of his shirt. “Truck’s parked in the garage.”

“You’re going to let me walk out of here.” It wasn’t a question because I knew he was full of shit. He wouldn’t even let André talk to me alone but he was going to let me drive off in his truck? He’d said I wouldn’t be safe alone and he was right.

He studied my face. “You are nervous.” He said it like it was an answer, not a statement.

“I think you want me nervous.” I didn’t know what he wanted or why he’d given me the keys. He was aloof as hell and he looked like he got off on making women sweat.

His gaze dragged the length of me, slow and deliberate. “I want a lot of things but that is not one of them.”

The sting of his earlier rejection made my face flush and anger surged. “Screw you.” In a spectacular display of my temper, stupid enough to think I was going to simply walk out, I made it all the way to the door.

His giant hand wrapped around my nape.

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Talon (Uncompromising #1) by Sybil Bartel

Talon (Uncompromising #1) by Sybil Bartel

About the Book
Title: Talon
Series: Uncompromising #1
Author: Sybil Bartel
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Genre:
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.

Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.

I was wrong.

The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.

I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.

Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.

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About the Author
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon. Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously? Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil. She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Where to Find Sybil Bartel
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Young Adult Book Review + Giveaway – Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes #1) by Martine Lewis

Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes #1) by Martine Lewis

3 Stars

Synopsis
High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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My Review
Lily Morgan is an empath. She feels what everyone else feels, but she has the ability to block those feelings. That is until Malakai slams into her in the hallway on his way to football practice. Lily hits her head and loses that ability. In high school, she’s overwhelmed with teenage emotions. Not to mention that Lily’s own mother hates her, which she can no longer shield herself from. Lily’s best friend, Sandra, and her brother, David, are the only two outside her family who know about Lily’s gift and they’re supportive in a way friends should be. Sandra helps her navigate the school hallways as she’s bombarded with everyone’s angst, drama, anger, fear, and every other emotion teens feel in the span of three minutes between classes.

Malakai and Lily have strong feelings for each other from the get go, but forces outside their control threaten to keep them apart. Other than Lily’s inability to block emotions, the paranormal aspect doesn’t really come into play much in the story. Until the very end in a surprise twist I didn’t see coming and absolutely loved!

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Plot
The plot is a young adult romance. Will Lily and Malakai be together? There is a fair amount of angst threaded through this plot as one thing after another forces them to wonder if they are really meant to be. The subplotting of Lily’s relationship with her mother is interesting and a little over the top at first, until more is revealed about their relationship in yet another twist. The pacing was a little slow throughout, but not to the point that it dragged, but for a paranormal, I guess I was expecting more action.

Characters
The third-person point of view made it difficult for me to really connect with either character the way I normally do in young adult. At least at first, but once I got into the story, I almost forgot it wasn’t first person.Lily, despite her ability, is a little naive and a bit of a doormat at times. It made it hard to identify with her. I would have liked to see more backbone in her. She does grow through the story, though, and she’s tougher toward the end. Malakai has his own issues. His mother left him and his father as a child without explanation. Abandonment by your mother is tough on any kid. Add to that a usually absent military father, and Malakai is basically raising himself. I thought Malakai had a lot more depth than Lily and I was glad we got to see Lily through his eyes. I think that made her more sympathetic.

Ending
The ending was my favorite part of the book and left me breathless for the next in the series.

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Top Five Things I Enjoyed about Crossing the Barrier:
1. Transparency. Because Lily could feel everyone’s emotions, nothing was hidden. That was a cool angle for young adult.

2. Sandra and David. Loyal best friends are my favorite young adult trope.

3. Drama. The conflict between Lily and her mom was some of the best in the book and as the reasons became apparent, it only got better.

4. The ending. I won’t spoil anything, but it was one of the best twists I’ve read lately.

5. Football. This is my favorite sport. I thought I was going to be reading a paranormal, so the sports angle was a pleasant surprise.

Bottom Line
Crossing the Barrier is essentially a contemporary young adult romance with a paranormal twist.

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

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About the Book – FREE from Sept. 1 through Sept. 5!!!
Title: Crossing the Barrier
Series: The Gray Eyes #1
Author: Martine Lewis
Publisher: BMJ Chanapi Press
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 380
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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Author Martine Lewis

Author Martine Lewis

About the Author
Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats..

Where to Find Martine Lewis
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