17 April 2019

An Excerpt of Needing to Love You by Erin Rylie (Blog Tour)

Today I have the blog tour for Erin Rylie’s NEEDING TO LOVE YOUCheck it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Author: Erin Rylie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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About Needing To Love You: 

Carlos Ramirez has always prided himself on two things: being damn good at his job on the Houston police force and being able to land any woman he wants. When a devastating car accident leaves him crippled and in excruciating pain, he begins to rely too heavily on his prescription painkillers. The only person who can help him heal is the only woman who has ever rejected him—and on more than one occasion. Living with Kelsey while he works through physical therapy wasn’t anything he ever expected to happen, but it might just be what he needs.

After a divorce that left her doubting her ability to love, Kelsey Byrne wants nothing to do with relationships. Unfortunately for her, the only man she could see herself loving needs a place to live and help while he recovers. She had a hard time pushing him away after a one-night stand, so how can she possibly keep him at arm’s length when he’s in her house every day, playing with her son, cooking her meals, and leaving her cute notes every morning? Carlos may be working his way into her heart one sweet gesture at a time, but can she give him everything knowing that she’s more than a little broken inside?


She was woken up by the sound of a key turning in the front door. Groggily, Kelsey lifted her head to take in her surroundings. The credits of the movie she and Carlos had been watching were playing on the TV, and his warm, hard body was curled around hers. Momentarily forgetting about the person at her front door, she snuggled back into his warmth, his erection digging into her ass. Sleepily, he ground himself into her and kissed her neck. His kisses were slow and lazy and she could tell he was barely awake. 

“Well, well, well. What do we have here?” Her brother, Dillon, stood above them on the couch, taking in the scene before him looking amused. 

Carlos groaned, burying his face in her hair. “Babe, I don’t know who this is, but make him go away.”
“Hot and rude? My kind of guy. Where did you find this one, Kels?”

She elbowed Carlos gently and he took the hint, loosening his hold on her waist. “Dil, what are you doing here?”

“Well, you bitch, we had dinner plans tonight. When you didn’t show up at our usual restaurant or call me, I decided to show up and make sure you were still alive.”

She sat up and pulled down her sweater, which had ridden up above the waistband of her yoga pants. “Shit, I’m so sorry. I completely forgot.”

When she noticed her brother’s eyes lingering on Carlos, she turned around and realized that the way she’d sat up had left his lower half exposed. His very…enthusiastic lower half. 

“Hellllooooo, sailor!” Dillon said, saluting Carlos’s erection. Instead of being snarky or embarrassed, Carlos sat up behind her, placing one leg on either side of her body, and wrapped an arm around her waist. 

“Sorry, I was sleeping with a hot woman in my arms. It happens.”

With Carlos’s erection hidden from view, her brother took in his face, and a confused expression flitted across Dillon’s features. “Wait a minute, I know you. You sing karaoke at JR’s all the time. You’re not straight!”

“Ummm, your sister and I have been doing some very straight things together all day.”

Kelsey elbowed Carlos in the gut, earning a surprised oomph in reply.

“Okay, let’s lay this out. You come into JR’s, a well-known gay bar—”

“For karaoke, yes.”

“You put on aviators and sing that annoying as hell song from Top Gun every single week.”

“‘Danger Zone,’ yes. It’s a classic.”

“Then there was the time you sang ‘Poker Face’—”

“Hey, who doesn’t love Lady Gaga?”

“Last but not least, you introduced nearly everyone in the bar to your partner. Grumpy looking dude with blonde hair and blue eyes? Often mistaken for the long-lost Hemsworth brother?”

Kelsey laughed, burying her head in Carlos’s shoulder. Only he would be secure enough in his sexuality to walk into a gay bar and introduce his best friend as his partner. Seriously, only Carlos. 

“I’m a police officer! He’s my partner on the force, not in life!”

“When you introduced him to me, you had your arm around him and called him Rafey-poo.”

Carlos shrugged. “Well, yeah, it’s a term of endearment.”

Her brother threw back his head and groaned. “Thanks a ton, asshole. I just lost a hundred-dollar bet because of you.”

“Serves you right for betting that I was gay.” Carlos shrugged. 

About Erin

I'm a Montana born, Texas raised New Jersey transplant with a degree in hospitality. At 29 years old, I decided it was finally time for me to pursue my real passion in life - writing. I've been writing princess stories and LOTR fan-fiction since I was in middle school, so the transition into romance has been fun!

When I'm not writing, I'm reading (fantasy, sci-fi and romance are my genres) or working. I'm currently obsessed with Brooklyn Nine Nine which should tell you all you need to know about my sense of humor. 

Finally, I am 100% an old cat lady. My cats Socks and Kaz are little weirdos and I love them more than most people.

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13 April 2019

Author Interview #25: Errin Stevens

My FIRST interview in forever! Can you believe it? If you're new here, here's a quick rundown: I started blogging in 2012, blogged consistently for a few years, then went on and off ever since I graduated college and started working. I call this Sab The Book Eater version 4.0 after so many theme changes and "I'm back!" posts. 

So here I am now with a new interview! Everyone, Errin Stevens, author of The Mer Chronicles

*cue the applause*

Hi, Errin! Welcome to the blog! 

Hi Isabel! Thanks for having me!

First off, please tell five quick facts about yourself.

Okay! Here goes:
1. I was born in Grenoble, France…
2. …but my French is rouillĂ©.
3. I’m a rabid – rabid! – mother and homemaker.
4. I think unkindness is the result of insecurity but the insecure usually can’t be saved.
5. I believe in goodness and light and guardian angels.

Now tell us about your books. How did The Mer Chronicles start?

Short answer: I had an insuperable drive to live in my own head as a kid, and as there wasn’t enough to chew on in there when I was a youngster, I read. As in, I mainlined fiction, and the addiction reference is apt! This practice set up a narrative filter I have for ingesting everything I see and feel as if the were a story. Updrift was the first serious daydream I applied to pseudo-reality playing outside my brain… and I couldn’t let go of it. Meaning I wrote another story and then another, and I have a fourth brewing in the same world.

What was the most challenging part about writing the first book, Updrift?

Learning to step outside of my narrative enough to see the problems with it. You need that initial passion, that massive personal investment to give your words resonance. But then you have to develop the ability to ferret out the problems, and that’s hard.

Readers sometimes have a hard time with sequels. It's either we're pressured to like it or we're overly critical of it. Did you experience something similar while writing the sequel Breakwater?

Absolutely. Especially since I played so fast and loose with my premise. And then my first book is more character-driven, the second more plot-driven, which results in a very different feel when you read them. Other writers will tell you the same thing, though: your characters and story guide you, and you have to follow them or you won’t end up with the right tale.

What is your favorite thing about Outrush? Do you have a favorite (non-spoilery) scene?

I think Outrush is a pretty perfect balance of character and plot, especially for readers who read Updrift. I loved explicating the bonds of people who’s lives had been intertwined since childhood, and I loved letting Maya charge after her life with everything she had… and then forgive herself for all she did wrong. 

In terms of a scene to share (non-spoily!), here’s one for you: 

She despised Aiden – or at least, she wanted to – for stealing her peace of mind so thoroughly after her wedding, she’d never regained it. That awful dance at the reception, where every second felt like an accusation. His recriminations, issued without actual speech, were like an internal battering ram ripping through her insides from the center of her liver. This marriage is a lie you cannot turn into truth. I’m the one you wanted. You’ve made a terrible mistake. When Mitch Donovan shook her hand, his touch was a direct transmission line to the whole, miserable litany.

And no. Just… no. She would not feel that draw again, the attraction to Aiden that had solidified her decision to marry Stu when she was finishing college. Back then, she was struggling for purchase on adult life with very little hope she’d achieve it, thinking maybe she had it in her to go to medical school, and how, if she was lucky, she might be able to build a life with Stuart Evans. Stuart had been a guy who, unlike Aiden, didn’t seem like he’d die without her. Stuart was maybe predictable by comparison, bland even… but he never freaked her out with intense, hungry stares that gave her the impression she was about to fall off a thousand-foot ledge. Mostly he never made her feel crazy, like she could suddenly smell the ocean, or feel a sea breeze on her skin; or think she wanted nothing more than to dive into the biggest, deepest body of salt water she could find. She hated swimming in the ocean. All she could think about when she waded in was a statistic on shark attacks, how most of them happened in three feet of water. 

“There are about a gazillion things waiting to kill you out there,” Maya explained once when her friend, Kate, questioned her on her saltwater reticence. “People don’t belong in oceans. That’s why God invented swimming pools.” Kate snickered. 

“Laugh all you want, Blake,” Maya retorted. “I’ll be your ER doc when you come in with shark’s teeth lodged in your sternum. Or a Man-O-War wrapped around your neck. Don’t think I’ll forget this conversation, either.”

Lastly, what's next for you? 

I’m writing Crosstide! It’s an itty-bitty, baby book at this stage, but I’m tackling the most complex characters yet and building a most improbable love story. It’s glorious to attempt.

Thank you so much, Errin, for dropping by! <3

Get in touch with the author!

Facebook: Errin Stevens
Twitter: @errinstevens
Instagram: Errin Stevens

Buy the first book Updrift on Amazon: CLICK HERE

09 April 2019

REALLY Quick Fire Review of My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

For things:

1. To use Demeter’s favorite word, the Alex/Katie angle didn’t feel ORGANIC so I didn’t appreciate that the book ended with it. 

2. I spent so much time getting stressed over Katie’s negativity that by the time the story started turning into SOMETHING it was already too late. 

3. I think I only like the bit about setting up the farm and Katie sorting out the office drama. So basically... just a very small percentage of the book. 

4. I’m not mad at the book. Just... meh.

08 April 2019

Sale Blitz: FREE THIS WEEK! Peony Red by J. Lynn Bailey

Today I am sharing an exciting FREEBIE from J. Lynn Bailey! For this week only, you can get Peony Red for FREE! Make sure to 1-click it fast. This is the first book in the Granite Harbor series and the next book in the series releases this July.

Peony Red by J. Lynn Bailey

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Book Blurb:

Three years ago, Alex Fisher lost her husband and since then, she hasn’t been able to find her stride. She’s out of a job, out of time, and running on fumes. When she receives a personal invitation to visit the picturesque town of Granite Harbor, Maine, she jumps at the chance to start fresh.

For game warden Eli Young, life is simpler when he’s exploring the back roads of Maine. In the north woods, he doesn’t have to deal with town politics or his soon-to-be ex-wife. But a chance meeting with a brokenhearted newcomer leaves him tangled. He should walk away—except, now that he’s met her, he can’t turn back.
When a young woman goes missing in town, tensions rise, and everyone becomes a suspect. Eli doesn’t think things can get any more complicated…until a picture of Alex is discovered at a gruesome crime scene.

In a town where trust is hard to come by and ghosts from the past haunt its citizens in the broad light of day, the question isn’t whether Eli and Alex can save what’s left of their hearts…but whether they’ll live to see tomorrow.

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J. Lynn is a bestselling author who hates to talk about herself. Loathes it.

More importantly, she's the mother of two beautiful children and a wife to her high school sweetheart. She's also a mother of two extremely needy cats, Leo and Vinni, and an Australian Shepherd named Grizz.

She lives with her family in a small town tucked away in the redwood forest, located on California's northern coast.


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06 April 2019

#romanceclass: Be Careful What You Wish For by C.P. Santi

I went into this feeling hopeful because it had all my favorite plot tropes in the mix: pretend bf/gf, celebrity with non-celebrity and making someone jealous. I know, I’m horrible. (But am I really?) Hey, we all have guilty pleasure plot tropes right? 

The problem with these kinds of tropes, in my opinion, is transition. I need to see that the story is heading in the natural direction smoothly. In this case, I wanted to see the characters go from awkward pretend high profile bf/gf to a normal, genuinely loving couple. While they ultimately became a real couple in the end (non-spoiler alert!), I find that getting there was a struggle. 

Where do I begin?

There’s the fact that Ana, despite being 32 years old, is childish when it comes to her relationship. Fake or not, communication is key! You’ll get into some form of a business deal? Talk about it! Discuss the terms, and as her friend put it, if the terms seem like they are no longer being met, maybe it’s time to renegotiate. Ana is inexperienced with romantic relationships, I get that. But what I don’t understand is her lack of maturity. You don’t need to be a serial dater to understand, at that age, that hashing it out is important. It frustrated me whenever she was having internal monologues. She’s described as being spunky, independent, strong, intelligent and all that good stuff but where was all that when it mattered? Where was that Ana when she was worried over her place in Ken’s life? In reality, yes, people act stupid when infatuated or in love. But I don’t appreciate it happening in such a short story where her moments of weakness couldn’t be spread out evenly. 

And that too. Let’s talk about the length of the book. I understand that this is intended to be a short one. Having said that, I just wished there wasn’t so much cramped in such few pages. Too many names of friends, colleagues, and other random characters. It would’ve been fine if they weren’t all so actively participating. It gave me such a headache going through dialogues involving more than two people. Oh and don’t even get me started on the direction the story took at the last quarter of the book. It’s like the story sped up five times! I felt like I was reading a Filipino telenovela where all the good things are crammed in the end to compensate for all the hassle in the middle. 

Lastly, I feel that the relationship and characters could have been fleshed out more. I wanted to believe that Ken, without all his money and fame, is an honest to goodness lovable person. I wanted to know what made Ana the girl of his dreams. I wanted to see how their pretend relationship progressed. But most of what I saw where descriptions of who they are and rundowns what they did. It all felt lacking. 

I am not happy. 

I liked it for the setting — oh how I love Japan — and the tropes. However, the execution was disappointing. I would choose Santi’s other books over this one.