Cover Reveal + Giveaway – Yours And Mine (Freshman Forty) by Christine Duval

Author Christine Duval is unveiling the cover to Yours and Mine, the second book in her new adult contemporary romance series, Freshman Forty, releasing February, 2017. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

Yours And Mine (Freshman Forty #2) by Christine Duval

Yours And Mine (Freshman Forty #2) by Christine Duval

About the Book
Title: Yours and Mine
Series: Freshman Forty #2
Author: Christine Duval
Release Date: February, 2017
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine….

Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.

It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.

But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.

After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.

Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love..

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Yours And Mine (Freshman Forty #2) by Christine Duval (Full Cover)

Yours And Mine (Freshman Forty #2) by Christine Duval (Full Cover)

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Author Christine Duval

Author Christine Duval

About the Author
Christine Duval lives in New Jersey with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild.

When not creating fictional characters or organizing carpools, you can find her walking through houses and writing about them for an upscale real estate company. She also has an extensive social media background and has worked for several well-known magazines.
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Where to Find Christine Duval
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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – Breaking Cage by A.J. Pryor

Breaking Cage Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Breaking Cage, a contemporary sports romance, by A.J. Pryor. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Breaking Cage by A.J. Pryor

Breaking Cage by A.J. Pryor

About the Book
Title:
 Breaking Cage
Author: A.J. Pryor
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
There is speculation that he killed a girl . . . 

Journalist Hannah Black has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: Get the exclusive story from the Chicago Bears’ new starting quarterback, Derek Cage. There’s only one problem—Derek refuses to talk to reporters. The son of a famed Illinois senator, this football star despises the media.

Hannah has never been one to follow orders, especially when she wants something. When her new assignment tries to give her the brush off, Hannah won’t take no for an answer, going to extremes to get the attention of this superstar athlete. 

Drawn to her quirky questions and die-hard persistence, Derek begins opening up to this rookie reporter, and he can’t stay away no matter how hard he tries. 

As the two get closer, Hannah finds herself falling for the enigmatic quarterback. But nothing’s ever easy. As a decade old secret comes to light, Hannah has to decide how far she’ll go and how many lines she’s willing to cross to keep Derek safe. 

Is uncovering the truth worth the risk of losing it all?

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Excerpt
“Is this your idea of staying out of the press?” My dad has the front page of the sports section open on my kitchen table. Hannah is looking up at me with trust in her eyes. A feeling I won’t soon forget. A feeling I then destroyed.

My father’s irate, cold expression makes me realize how exhausted I am. My life is lived through a microscope, a specimen existing in a Petri dish for the world to judge.

“Dad, this is nothing.”

“Nothing? You were almost arrested.”

“But I wasn’t.”

After dropping Hannah at her apartment, I called my attorney, and he handled everything. The photographers had been too close, a viable threat. My actions were warranted. Of course, the media chooses to leave those details out of their coverage.

“It’s that reporter. I’m sure she tipped them off. I told you to stay away from her.”

Crumpling the paper, I toss it in the trash. “No.”

He startles at my defiance. The air has shifted.

“This is not how a Cage behaves, Derek.”

“I never asked for this last name. Never wanted the life you lead. Don’t put that burden on my shoulders.”

“Most people would give anything to have your life, to be a part of the Cage dynasty. Yet you act like it’s a curse.”

I hold my father’s stare, wondering how flesh and blood can be so different.

“It is a curse.”

“They’ll destroy you.” He pounds a fist on the table, the noise vibrating off the walls. “The stories they’ll tell. You’ll be finished, your career done, your life worthless. Just like Lily’s.”

“You think I murdered her, don’t you?”

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Author A.J. Pryor

Author A.J. Pryor

About the Author
A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Where to Find A.J. Pryor
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway and Sale – Darkness Savage (The Dark Cycle) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Savage Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for Darkness Savage, the third book in the young adult urban fantasy series, The Dark Cycle, by Rachel A. Marks. See below for information on the books, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. And during the month of October, you can pick up the first two books for just $1.99 (for both)! See below for details.

Darkness Savage (The Dark Cycle #3) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Savage (The Dark Cycle #3) by Rachel A. Marks

About the Book
Title: Darkness Savage
Series: The Dark Cycle #3
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as Aidan faces a crushing choice: give in to the demands of the forces of Darkness in order to save his sister, Ava, or fight on the side of good and risk losing her forever. With so much at stake and so little time, Aidan embarks on a mission to finish assembling a team of “Lights,” other teens whose special abilities are linked to his own.

Meanwhile, Rebecca discovers that she’s more than just a normal teen, and that the power awakening inside her may be stronger than she ever could have imagined. As the city plunges into chaos and Aidan doubts his plan of attack, Rebecca’s newfound gift may tip the balance in the wrong direction.

In this thrilling final installment of The Dark Cycle trilogy, will Aidan find the help he needs to release the world from Darkness’s grip? Or will he lose everything he’s been desperately trying to save, including his soul?.

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Darkness Savage Teaser 1

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Excerpt (Rebecca Emery)
I’ve been sitting in the living room, staring at the patterns on the Surya rug and chewing on my nails since Tray called an Uber to take him and Samantha home. My treat, since the mess was pretty much my fault. I should’ve never let Samantha tag along with me to see a witch. I can’t let her get caught up in all my crazy magical mess. That girl is not prepared for reality. In the car on the way home, we didn’t even talk about the demon attack, as if we were all trying to pretend it hadn’t happened. And even though we got away, I can’t stop wondering: Why didn’t it hurt me?

The sound of the doorbell nearly makes me jump out of my skin when it hums through the living room. I hesitate and then realize its probably Connor come to check on me. The guy needs to learn how to text me warnings in moments like this, after a demon attacks.

When I let him into the house, he steps over the threshold, looking around the wide-open entryway suspiciously before grabbing me and smothering me to his chest. You need to be more careful. Where was the demon? My God, Rebecca, you couldve been—” his voice catches and he squeezes me tighter.

Connor, I cant breathe,I say into his shirt.

He releases me a little but doesnt let me go entirely, resting his forehead against mine. I kiss his cheek and then tug him to the couch to sit. Im okay,I say as we settle in beside each other. And Im going to be wearing my amulet from now on, so theres nothing to worry about.

I cant lose you to this craziness,he whispers. The vulnerable look in his eyes makes my chest hurt. Then I realize how sunken they are, the dark circles under them, how pale he is. Even the smattering of sun freckles on the bridge of his nose looks dimmed.

Im okay,I repeat, touching his temple. But you arent. You look so sick. What happened?

He shakes his head.

I scoot closer to him, leaning my head on his shoulder, my fear turning sour at the thought of how vulnerable he is, how much danger hes in sticking to Aidans side.

I cant stand this,I say, feeling it all fall on me like a lead blanket.

He just breathes and takes my hand in his, curling his fingers over mine. Im so glad youre okay,he says. He shifts to face me, and I find myself studying his features, that lovely sun-kissed face. I want to be the sun and kiss that skin. Always.

I lean in and gently touch my lips to his jaw, tightening my grip in his.

His body stiffens at the soft connection. He leans back a little and looks me in the eye, a question there between us. And I marvel at the way he seems to understand me, the way he cares about me. Because in all this horror, theres this thing between us. Its more subtle than it was with Aidan. Its a secret in my heart that I barely know myself.

I find my body leaning closer again as the thought comes to me. I graze my lips against his and release a sigh, feeling his warmth, his presence, like it could save me.

His hand pulls from mine to touch me, his fingers trailing a path over my leg, gripping my waist. I sink into the kiss, my urgency growing, and find myself getting lost in how much I want more. How much I want him. My hands turn to fists tugging on his shirt. My body moves as close as it can, pressing into his chest, my breath stuttering, mingling with his as his hands anchor me to him.

His fingers find the hem of my shirt, and calloused palms slip underneath, glide up my side, squeezing my ribs, flickering fire over my skin, bringing it to life. I gasp at the sensation, at the feel of his mouth on my neck.

The sound seems to undo him. He finds my lips again and leans into the kiss, forcing me down against the couch cushion, pressing with his fingertips at the curve of my hip as he settles between my legs. The cautious Connor is nowhere to be found now, his gentleness evaporated, replaced by desperation and need, his and mine. Because I ache everywhere, my whole body pulses with focus. On him, on the tastes and smells, the feel of it all as it consumes me.

I help him pull his shirt over his head. He tugs mine up more, starting to trail kisses along my colar bone

Emery!The shocked, angry voice fills the room. My father.

I yank my shirt back down and wiggle out from under Connor, my knees coming up to my chest, like making myself smaller will save me.

What the hell is happening here?he asks from several feet away. His suit jacket is on the floor at his feet as if he dropped it in his shock.

Connor doesnt react as quickly as I do. His body moves away from mine slowly, his bare chest suddenly very obvious in the dark room. He mutters under his breath, Shit,and then releases a sigh as he pulls his shirt back on. Only after hes put himself back together does he look at my dad. Sir, Im very sorry.

You bet your ass you areyoure going to be.My dad is so not a tough guy. I can see his face change from anger to confusion as Connor standsall six feet and broad shoulders of him. That side of my dad that wants to kill Connor seems to be warring with the commonsense side of him that knows hes an investment guy who barely ever works out.

I try to swallow but I cant because my throats become a desert. Dad, please,I manage to say, not sure what Im asking for. Dont kill my boyfriend.

Im a jackass,Connor says, putting his hands in his pockets and hunching his shoulders. Ill just go.And he heads for the door.

I jump up and make it to his side, stopping him as he gets to the entryway. Just wait.Then I look over at my dad, giving him a pleading look. Dad, can we take a second here?I hadnt really wanted these two to meet because the idea felt so alien, like then Id have to choose between the two worlds Ive been trying to juggle lately. I certainly didnt want them to meet like this. But now, seeing both of them in the same room, my life suddenly seems much more average than it is. Its actually nice to have a normal teenage problem; my dad caught me making out with a guy on the couch.

Its almost awesome.

Excuse me, Emery, but this young man needs to go,my dad says in a tight voice. Now.

His names Connor. This is the guy you were asking me about.

Rebecca,Connor says, touching my arm gently, hes right, I should go.

This is the boy with the beat-up Jeep?my dad says, as if Connor isnt still standing right there.

Connor, Dad. His name is Connor. And hes my . . . well, hes my boyfriend.

I didnt think it was possible for my dads eyes to widen any more, but they do.

Connor rubs his temple and shakes his head. Rebecca, Im leaving.

Stop calling her that!my father suddenly roars.

Connor jerks back at the sound.

No one calls her that,my dad adds more quietly. And the thing hes not saying rings loud in the air, Only Charlie called her Rebecca. My heart squeezes tight in my chest. This is insane,he says more to himself, running a hand over his forehead.

Daddy, its fine,I say, stepping closer, wanting to get that lost look out of his eyes. Because it is fine. And very normal. Im good, I promise. Better than good.I want to say, When Connors with me I feel like myself again, innocent of pain, like before Charlie died. And I miss that feeling.

He looks at me for several seconds before asking in a calmer voice,How old is he?

Please stop talking about him like he isnt right here,I say carefully, motioning to Connor.

Connor holds out a hand, like hes trying to tell me not to defend him. I understand. This looks bad.

Yes, it does.My dad seems to deflate even more. Its also a very new experience for me.

It shouldnt have happened,Connor says, and I know he means it one hundred percent. He feels like he lost control, went too far with me. And hes obviously unhappy with himself about it.

Dont be ridiculous!I say, making them both look over at me in surprise. You two are being crazy. Of course it shouldve happened. Im a healthy sixteen-year-old girl, Im not a nun, even if Ive been living like one. I should be kissing boys and making out with them, but instead all Im doing is feeling sad and lost, and Im sick of it.I pause and look between the two of them, but neither one seems to know what to say, so I add, Im going to be a normal girl now. Im going to get into trouble and skinny-dip and get caught by my dad making out with my favorite guya guy who makes me happy and safe and whole. Three things I havent felt in far too long.

Connors lips tip up in a slight grin.

My dads mouth has come open a little in shock.

So, who wants some ice cream?I ask, straightening my shirt. After all that, I need chocolate and guilty-pleasure TV. What do you think, Dad? Should we introduce Connor to Rehab Addict? And then we can discuss how grounded I am. Man, I havent been grounded in forever. Itll be fun.

I walk past them as they blink at each other. Silent questions bounce between them as I head into the kitchen.

When they pause only for a few awkward seconds before following me, Dad first and then Connor walking hesitantly like hes not sure what else to do, I find myself considering a future, looking forward to it instead of fearing it, and the warmth that fills me nearly lifts me off the ground.

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Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1) by Rachel A. Marks

About Book 1
Title: Darkness Brutal
Series: The Dark Cycle #1
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava.

But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

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Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks

Darkness Fair (The Dark Cycle #2) by Rachel A. Marks

About Book 2
Title: Darkness Fair #2
Series: The Dark Cycle
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing his little sister Ava, who is now trapped somewhere beyond the Veil.

As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on.

They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.

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Author Rachel A. Marks

Author Rachel A. Marks

About the Author
Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens’ Oliver Twist meets TV’s Supernatural, is now out through Skyscape, beginning with DARKNESS BRUTAL.

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Where to Find Rachel A. Marks
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – The King in the Stone (Two Moon Princess) by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

The King in the Stone Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for The King in the Stone, the second book in the young adult historical fantasy series, Two Moon Princess, by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban. See below for information on the book and series, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The King in the Stone (Two Moon Princess #2) by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

The King in the Stone (Two Moon Princess #2) by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

About the Book
Title: The King in the Stone
Series: Two Moon Princess #2
Author: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis
A full moon,
A silver key,
And the unbending passion of two young lovers
will bring hope to a defeated kingdom
and, through their sorrow, deliver a king
who will change its fate.

Vivid visions have haunted Andrea since her arrival in northern Spain. In her visions, the ruins of the medieval village she’s excavating comes alive, and, around the fires burning in the no longer buried hearths, she sees people dressed in furs sharpening old fashioned swords.

Even more upsetting for her that the headaches her visions leave is the fact that Julián appears in them—Julián, the king from her world whose rejection she is trying hard to forget.

But when a slide bury Andrea under the mountain, Julian comes searching for her. Soon after they are reunited under the mountains, the full moon opens a portal and sends them back a thousand years into the past, to a time right after the Spaniards have been defeated by the Arabian invaders.

Separated by a bitter winter, Andrea and Julian are caught in opposite sides in the battle between the Spanish last unconquered settlements and the Arabian army. A battle for survival that will determine the fate of a kingdom and demand of them the ultimate sacrifice: As the Arabs close on the mountains, Julián makes a decision that will break Andrea’s heart and change them forever.

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Excerpt #2
I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff staring down at Andrea’s broken body, so unnaturally still in her white shroud of snow. I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff lost in a world of my own. A world beyond feelings, beyond reason. A world in which, I came to believe, time could flow backwards, and as long as I didn’t move, didn’t breathe, it was still possible to reverse its course. Andrea would rise from the ledge and climb to my side, and her blood would be warm again inside her body and not a red stain over the snow.

I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff dreaming impossible dreams. Then somewhere down in the valley, a horse neighed and broke the spell.

I shivered. The rush of the fight had left me by now, and the bitter wind blowing through the mountain had covered my body with a frozen dust. If I didn’t leave soon I would freeze to death. Forcing my stiff legs to move, I turned my back to the ledge and started walking.

I didn’t remember going back into the cave and retrieving the sword and the knife from the bear’s body. I didn’t remember grabbing the cloak or picking up Andrea’s arrow from the ground or walking down the mountain. The next thing I remember is someone calling my name.

I shook my head to clear my mind and looked around. I was back in the oak grove where we had tethered the horses, and Irene stood in front of me.

I let go of the hilt of the sword I’d instinctively grabbed, and nodded to the girl whose waif-like face was tense with fear.

“Julián?”

I tried to talk. But no words came.

Irene moved closer and reached for my face. “You’re hurt, Julián. Let me help you.”

“There is no time. We must go. Now. Get the horses ready. I’ll get Theodorica.”

Turning my back on her, I entered the copse.

Her feet and hands bound, a dirty rag over her mouth, Theodorica was sitting on a stump. Her eyes full of contempt didn’t leave mine as I approached her, and when I removed her gag, she spat at me.

In anger, I lifted her and held her against the closest tree. Theodorica struggled like a wild animal trying to break free, and as I fought her back, something snapped inside my mind, turning the throbbing ache at Andrea’s loss into a feral urge to make Theodorica mine. Forcing her face still with one hand, I kissed her. I kissed her long and hard. Not because I cared for her, but because Andrea was dead and she alive, and in the aftermath of death we crave life.

I kissed her out of pain, out of anger and despair. Out of hate. I kissed her until her body grew willing under mine. Only then, I pulled back.

Without a word, I cut her bonds.

Theodorica stared at me.

“You got your wish, my lady,” I said in answer to the question she had not asked. “I’m coming with you to the Arab’s camp.”

Two Moon Princess (Two Moon Princess #1) by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Two Moon Princess (Two Moon Princess #1) by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

About the Book
Title: Two Moon Princess
Series: Two Moon Princess #1
Author: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
A Spanish Princess

An American Boy
A King set on revenge
An unrequited love
and a disturbing family secret
bring a World to the brink of War

Two Moon Princess is a coming of age story with a touch of romance that takes place in a mythical world in which the medieval kingdoms of Spain are still fighting each other, a world of warrior kings in which girls are not supposed to speak their minds.

“I absolutely loved Two Moon Princess. It was an enchanting and enthralling story full of adventure and romance, history and intrigue, full of battle and war, and lies, love, royalty, and more.”
— CMy at LitPick

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Author Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Author Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

About the Author
Carmen Ferreiro Esteban is the author of the medieval fantasy Two Moon Princess (Tanglewood Press 2007), and Immortal Love (Crimson Romance 2012). Her own translation into Spanish of Immortal Love can be found under the title Bécquer eterno.

Carmen was born in Galicia (northern Spain) and went to college in Madrid, where she finished her Ph.D. in Biology. She worked as a researcher in Spain and California, before moving to Pennsylvania, where she now works as a writer, editor and translator.

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Where to find Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
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Cover Reveal – Excerpt + Giveaway – Blind Landing (Flipped) by Carrie Aarons

Author Carrie Aarons is unveiling the cover to her latest release, Blind Landing, the first book in the new adult contemporary sports romance series, Flipped, releasing August 4, 2016. See below for the cover, information on the book, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Blind Landing (Flipped #1) by Carrie Aarons

Blind Landing (Flipped #1) by Carrie Aarons

About the Book
Title: Blind Landing
Series: Flipped #1
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.

Natalia Grekov was born to win Olympic gold. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle includes no time for distractions—especially men. When a disastrous fall in practice puts her dreams at risk, it seems the only person who can help her is the one person she wants nothing from.

Spencer Russell is gymnastics’ bad boy. A cocky, laid-back charmer with abs of steel and a witty mouth, he waltzes around the U.S. Gymnastics Training Camp like he owns the place—even though he doesn’t anymore. After an injury sidelined his career and any chance at Olympic glory, he’s now just a coach, helping other gymnasts reach their goals. Serious is not a word in Spencer’s vocabulary. But when Natalia tumbles into his life, he’s suddenly sincerely interested in helping the blonde beauty in any way he can.

Can they vault over the obstacles standing in their way? Or will Spencer be the distraction that causes Natalia’s chance at gold to crash and burn?

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Excerpt
Gerek claps again and I look over in his direction. “Thank you for being able to join us this morning, Spencer.”

Turning towards the gym’s front doors, I watch Spence. It’s still strange, rolling his shortened nickname around in my mouth, but he insisted I call him that after I told him to call me Nat, so here we are. He strolls in, clad in his typical wardrobe of sandals and workout shorts.

And nothing else.

Jesus, he’s sexy. With all of those carved-out-of-stone muscles and short brown buzz cut, it’s like he should be in a Marines uniform instead of a chalk covered training center. He looks like he just rolled out of bed three seconds ago, and I squirm in my split. Which only adds to my building frustration as the carpet and my leotard create friction below my waistline.

“Oh, no problem, boss. Anything for you guys.” He gives a lopsided grin and jumps onto a stack of mats, lounging with one elbow propping him up. It’s as if he’s posing for a non-existent camera, like he’s the star model for a shoot in Gymnastics Monthly.

Actually, I think he did have a five-page spread a couple years back and I have it somewhere in my desk at home.

“Grace, Julia, Natalia, Peyton, Quinn and Lila … you are headed to the bars gym for the first part of practice today. Spencer, Anka and I will be assessing the men on pommel horse for the first part of the day, so you will be helping with the girl’s bar workout.”

My stomach flips. Bars is my best event, I’m not nervous about that. I could do my routine, which is one of the hardest of anyone at Sikora’s, in my sleep.

But having Spence watching me with those clover green eyes? Tracking my body as it spins and flies through the air? It makes the butterflies in my stomach explode.

I know he likes me, genuinely likes me. I know because he told me. And I genuinely like him too. We also find each other hot, or else we wouldn’t have gotten naked together in the Atlantic Ocean last night. That’s obvious.

But I don’t do boyfriends. Especially not boyfriends who are gymnasts. And don’t even get me started on the gymnast turned coach thing. Even if he isn’t my coach. Point is, I don’t even do hookups. Sure, I have in the past, but most of the time I find that the sex isn’t worth it and things just get awkward. Most would call me more adult than my years in this thought-process, but being an elite athlete means having to grow up fast. My biography might read nineteen, but I’ve been told I have the maturity and life view of a thirty-year-old. Talk about being jaded.

The whole relationship thing, no matter what form it’s in, is just too messy. And as much as I hate the Sikora’s and everything they stand for, I need to focus to achieve my goals. I’m not here to fulfill anyone else’s dreams, just my own.

I don’t have time for Spencer Russell. And what’s more, I have a feeling Spencer Russell does not have time, or serious interest, for me either.

Spence salutes Anka and Gerek, taunting them and crossing the line just a little further than anyone would dare where they’re concerned.

Then he turns to our group. “Alright ladies, let’s get moving. Someone remind me again, what’s this low bar for?”

The rest of our group giggles and bats their eyes at Spencer, but I just roll mine. His humor about the difference between the men’s high bar and the women’s uneven bars is the oldest joke in the book.

“Why don’t you watch and learn? We’ll show you what real gymnastics looks like.”

I skirt past him, pulling my gym bag over my shoulder as I exit the building and head to one of the countless warehouse buildings on the grounds that houses all of the bar equipment. The rest of the girls push their way in after me, a sea of brightly colored leotards, bare legs and ponytails.

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Author Carrie Aarons

Author Carrie Aarons

About the Author
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

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Where to Find Carrie Aarons
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Street TeamTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Amazon

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray

A Second Chance Book Blitz

Welcome to the book blitz for A Second Chance, a contemporary Christian romance, by Dana K. Ray. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, a couple of teasers, and details on her giveaway.

A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray

A Second Chance by Dana K. Ray

About the Book
Title:
 A Second Chance
Publisher: eLectio Publishing
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis
A past she can’t forget…

Raven will do just about anything to forget a horrific event from the past that still haunts her. Forced to attend church because of a promise she made at a party, she is immediately attracted to the young, handsome preacher but is unconvinced of his promises of a better life.

A future he refuses to accept…

Matthew has everything planned out until Raven walks into his church and turns his life upside down. Repulsed by her lifestyle, yet fascinated by her beauty and charm, he finds himself drawn to her by a force he can’t explain.

Raven and Mathew’s unlikely friendship leads them through escalating troubled waters that threaten to doom their growing relationship. Will they survive to learn valuable lessons of grace, forgiveness and love?.

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Excerpt
Raven staggered into her bedroom and fell on the bed. Darkness pressed into her on every side. A shard of light sliced through the room. She tried to focus on the ceiling, but the room spun around her. She slid to the edge of the bed until one foot lay flat on the floor. It was supposed to stop the spinning. It didn’t.

Oh, God. If You keep me from puking, I swear, I’ll never drink again.

It was an empty promise, as deceiving as the alcohol. The numbness was too short. All too quickly, she’d end up in the same position, praying the same stupid prayer, talking to a God she didn’t know.

Teresa appeared. Raven smiled and reached out to her best friend. Teresa came closer. Her face was white and her lips were blue. Raven’s smile faded as terror filled her.

“I’m sorry,” Raven whispered as tears fell from her eyes.

Raven blinked and gave her head a gentle shake to rid herself of the ghost. Wrong move. Teresa vanished like a vapor but her stomach churned in protest. She looked back at the ceiling, pushed the thoughts of Teresa out of her mind, and focused on not puking.

Teresa was back with a vengeance, haunting her this time, calling to her…

“Raven.”

Raven rolled on her side and pulled the pillow over her head to muffle the girl’s voice. The shrink said the memories would fade. They didn’t.

“Raven.”

Startled, she sat up and tried to focus on something. Her heart pounded as hard as her head did. She must’ve been dreaming.

“Raven.” There was pounding. “Get the door,” her sister yelled.

Raven turned. Hailey stood in the doorway of her room. Is it morning? Did I sleep? Am I still buzzed or hung over? She sat motionless for a moment. Her head throbbed. Cotton mouth. I’m hung over.

“The door?” Raven asked, but Hailey had already disappeared.

Raven crawled across the bed, peeked out the window, and looked down at the front porch. Travis, the preacher boy, pounded on the door again.

“I’ll kill him.” The doorbell shrilled through the house, intensifying the pounding in her head.

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Author Dana K. Ray

Author Dana K. Ray

About The Author
Dana K. Ray has been writing gutsy, true to life stories since she became a teenager. A full-time children’s minister in her church, she and her husband reside in the Midwest with their four children and four dogs. A Second Chance is her first published novel. Absolution, the first in the Luciano series, is set to be released July 2017.
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Where to Find Dana K. Ray
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Fix-Up (First Impressions) by Tawna Fenske

The Fix-Up Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Fix-Up, the first book in the contemporary romantic comedy series, First Impressions, by Tawna Fenske. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

The Fix-Up (First Impressions #1) by Tawna Fenske

The Fix-Up (First Impressions #1) by Tawna Fenske

About the Book
Title:
 The Fix-Up
Series: First Impressions
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Release Date: December 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

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Excerpt #1
“Look, Mr. Langley—”

“Ben,” he said.

Ben.” Slipup number one. Yet another sign she needed to back off. “I have to be honest. This is a little outside the realm of my normal corporate branding work. I typically develop high-level campaigns to influence the public’s perception of a company or a product.”

“In this case, consider me the product. I’m the face of the company, and I need help. I’ve spent the last ten years working my ass off for Langley Enterprises, but my closest colleagues were protons and polymers.”

“I take it the protons and polymers weren’t concerned about your hairstyle?”

“What’s wrong with my hairstyle?”

“Nothing, if you’re into that whole rumpled ‘just got out of bed’ look.”

Which I kinda am.

Holly bit her lip, hoping she hadn’t offended him. Hell, maybe she should offend him. Maybe then he’d hang up himself and she’d be off the hook. “I don’t know that I’d be right for this job,” she said at last. “But if you believe First Impressions is the best PR firm for your needs, I can personally select someone from our staff to work with you.”

A silence followed for several seconds, and she wondered if the line had gone dead. Maybe he really had hung up.

“Someone else?” he said at last. “I was hoping it would be you. At least with you, I know we already work well together.”

Yeah. That was kind of the problem. If that kiss was any indication, they worked a little too well together.

“Besides,” he continued before she could voice another objection. “I reviewed the bios for your whole staff on the website. There’s no one else on your team with the same mix of skills you have in corporate branding, public speaking—”

“Ben, I’m sorry, the situation would simply be too…unusual.”

She let the word hang there between them for a moment, hoping he understood what she was driving at. Then again, even Holly wasn’t sure what she was driving at. Why was is so terrifying to imagine mixing business with a guy she found so attractive?

You know damn well why.

He cleared his throat. “If it’s a matter of money, I can assure you, I’ll pay whatever fee you think is necessary. Triple it if you think the assignment is unusual enough to warrant it.”

She grimaced and tapped her pen on the desk. The money was tempting, but she wasn’t that desperate. Was she? She closed her eyes. “I’m sorry. But I’m sure you’ll find a PR firm that’s more suited for your needs. Good luck to you.”

Then she hung up before that sexy voice could talk her into something entirely more dangerous than a job.

Like his bed.

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Author Tawna Fenske

Author Tawna Fenske

About the Author
Tawna Fenske is a romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has been praised by Booklist as “A tame Carl Hiaasen on cupid juice,” and RT Book Reviews nominated her debut novel for contemporary romance of the year.

Tawna is a fourth generation Oregonian who can peel a banana with her toes and who loses an average of 20 pairs of eyeglasses per year.

She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

Where to Find Tawna Fenske
Goodreads | Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter

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Review – New Subscription Service – Playster (Books, Music, Movies, Games)

Playster Subscription Serivce

As someone who has Kindle Unlimited, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Pandora, and makes regular visits to my local RedBox, I was excited to find out about Playster. Playster boasts the world’s most diverse digital catalogue, and considering they provide eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and game, that’s probably a fair statement, although it’s unlikely they have the most diverse catalogue in each category. Still, with the temporary account Playster provided me to evaluate their service, I was impressed with the content they have available. Current releases in each category are available along with classics. Playster is still in beta mode, but you can get a free thirty-day subscription to check it out.

Overview
Playster is the world’s first all-inclusive online entertainment service, bringing together music, movies, books and games into a single subscription. The service boasts millions of titles in all genres across every media platform, from timeless classics to the newest blockbusters.

Playster’s extensive media library gives users instant, unrestricted access to a wide variety of relevant and exciting titles from anywhere in the world, with the North American and European markets benefiting from the strongest array of content. As well as providing members with the biggest names in entertainment, Playster also offers a social experience and a powerful platform on which to discover new niches.

Playster works on virtually any web-enabled device, and has a limitless potential for growth. Currently in BETA, the Playster app is set to launch in the summer of 2015, paving the way for the service to become the most complete portable entertainment experience on the market.

Playster Books

What I Liked
1. Extensive library. 
Playster has a lot to choose from, and I’m told new content is being added weekly. Many of the books in their library are not available on Kindle Unlimited. Playster is working with top content providers, including HarperCollins, Simon & Shuster, and Harlequin. They’ve also teamed up with distributor, Digital Entertainment Group, allowing Playster’s subscribers to gain access to DEG’s extensive collection of movies, music, television shows, and video games.

2. Cost. At $25/month, it’s a pretty good value. If you have both Audible and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, you’re already paying that much without the music, movies, and games. If you only have Kindle Unlimited and Netflix, you’re almost at that without the audiobooks, music, and games. And if you only have a gaming subscription service, you’re likely paying close to $20/month without books, music, or movies. If you sign up for a full year at $25/month, they’ll send you a tablet and a set of headphones for free. And, if you want to add a second household member to your account, it’s only an additional $10/month.

3. Indie authors. One of the best things about Kindle Unlimited is the ability to discover an amazing array of indie authors. Some of my favorite books are written by indies, so I don’t want to give that up. Playster works with indie authors, so readers and writers alike benefit. If you’re an indie author, be sure to check out their page on how to get your books included in the Playster library.

4. Intuitive user interface. The site couldn’t be any easier to use. There is nothing complicated or confusing about it. Click on the desired category and select the book, movie, TV show, song, game, or audiobook you want. It’s as simple as that.

5. Donation to charity. A portion of the proceeds from your subscription is donated to Unicef. So while you get unlimited access to a plethora of entertainment options, you’re helping mothers and babies in some of the poorest countries around the world.

What I Didn’t Like
1. Limited ability to download. 
Currently, you need internet access to use most of the services, with the exception of ebooks which can be downloaded. Unless you have unlimited data, listening to an eBook while you walk the dog can end up being rather expensive. This also means if you want to download a movie to your tablet to watch on the plane or to entertain the kids on the long drive to Grandma’s, you can’t. At least not yet. A representative from Playster told me there’s a possibility that other media types will be available in the future for offline use, but no timeline is currently available for this functionality.

2. Limited mobile support. An Android app is currently available, but I wasn’t able to test it since I don’t have an Android device. An iOS app is currently under review by Apple. I’ll be able to comment on this functionality after I’ve had a chance to try it.

3. Cost. This is both a positive and a negative. It’s a good value for what you get, but if you don’t use all the features, you could end up paying a lot for the services you do access.

Bottom Line
Playster is an intriguing entry into the subscription marketplace, offering a lot of variety, but it’s not quite time to cancel your other services just yet. If and when Playster offers offline capabilities, the marketplace is about to get crazy competitive.

About Playster
Website: Playster.com
Cost: $24.95/month with a free 30-day trial
Services: eBooks, audiobooks, music, games, movies, TV shows
Limitations: Internet access required
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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