3/31/2013

Sunday Post #7 and an Announcement


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to  share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

3/29/2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe

Of Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel)
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound
Cover Designed by: Steven Novak

In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it,
but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

Book Blitz: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon






Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is.  She doesn't know her real name or when she was born.  Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old.  At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school.   With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 


This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody.  It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love.  But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are.  Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Book Spotlight: Muskie Attack


MUSKIE ATTACK, the outdoor adventure of three adolescents named Griffy, Pike and Gil is both heartwarming and entertaining.  Griffy, a city kid, is told he will be spending the summer months in WS at Whispering Pines Lodge on Lost Land Lake with his Uncle Dell. Griffy, who typically entertains himself in his room with a vast array of electronics, is dreading the summer knowing he will be out of his element. In all his worrying, Griffy never imagines he will be part of a fishing adventure of a lifetime with his new found friends Pike and Gil.

The huge 5 foot muskie discovered in Lost Land Lake spurs a fishing contest with a reward of $5000.00. With competitors arriving from near and far, the trio is not to be outdone. Determined to win the prize and land the large fish, Griffy, Pike and Gil embark on a breathtaking adventure that even the fans of “Jaws” would be proud.

G.M. Moore has created a fish tale sure to please any age looking for fun and adventure. Whether you are 8 or 98, you will be entertained.

3/28/2013

Wildflowers Blog Tour: Top Ten Books of All Time

Title: Wildflowers
Author: Schledia Benefield
Published: February 1st 2013 by Three Keys Publishing
Buy It: Amazon 
ebook 99 cents March 25 - 31 *regularly $4.99

Have you ever feared what may be hiding deep within you?

Darkness often skulks in the blood of unsuspecting victims, but Aster McGrath is acutely aware of the violence coursing through his veins. After all, he is the son of a murderer, and everyone in the town of Bayville, Mississippi says he will end up just like his father.

When Susan Blackman moves into town, Aster has already embraced his brutal nature, but her gentle spirit draws him in and slowly melts the icy exterior of his heart. Taming his savagery, she professes her love, but will the good within him be able to overcome the evil lurking deep inside? Or will the fiend break free of its fetters and seek blood?

3/27/2013

Bye bye GFC?

I've been seeing a lot of tweets lately about the demise of Google Reader and that Google Friend Connect's bound to go with it any time soon. I don't have that much followers yet but I did work hard (at least I think I did) to get the 273 I have now so it would totally suck if GFC were to disappear as well.

Better safe than sorry, right? So here's what I'm going to ask you, dear reader, to do. I would really appreciate it if you would follow my blog via Bloglovin'. I'll follow back, I promise! :D

Follow on Bloglovin

And since I really have no idea how to work Feed Burner (I'll get to that....someday), I'm advertising my Facebook page instead. I mostly share photos there and status updates and giveaways. I try to share every new blog entry but sometimes I forget. Not to worry though, because it is still awesome (yeah okay, Sab).


I actually got the idea to start a Bloglovin' account from Louisse of The Soul Sisters. I read her post and panicked! LOL. Thanks for the heads up, Louisse!

So uh.... (I have really got to find a better way to end my "personal" posts)

Follow.
Like.
I'll make sure to return the favor, just give me your links. :)

Xo,

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder



Title: Shattered Soul
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Release Date: May 14, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Paperback

Hellish Nightmare...

If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.

Love.

In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.

3/25/2013

Guest Post by Diane J. Reed and a Giveaway!

Spring Fling

by Diane J. Reed


Why is it that new romances often blossom in spring? We’re all familiar with the fact that increasing daylight hours and warmer temperatures tend to ignite sexual hormones in animals and bring about the term “mating season”—hence the classic “birds & bees” analogy for the coming of spring. But what about humans? Though we now live with electric light and thermostats to keep us well lit and warm most of the time, why is it that we tend to throw ourselves headlong into a new romance during the spring, too?
Frankly, I think the answer lies in the phenomenon of “spring break”—and the mentality that goes along with it. Let’s face it, Christmas and Hanukkah are winter holidays that carry with them a lot of depth. You’re supposed to give ones you dearly love meaningful presents at that time of year to show them how much you truly care. But Easter or Passover? They’re mostly food holidays! Times to celebrate sunshine and spring flowers and whatever religious tradition you might subscribe to. But especially for most teens and college students, spring represents a chance to go on a much-longed for “spring break” from studying so hard or the usual grind at work. And traditionally, that means leaving town and even heading to the ocean or a lake for some sunshine by the shore.
And all of a sudden, we find ourselves in a location that gives us a new, and possibly a wider, pool of romantic possibilities. We get to see new sights (even if it’s just at some delightful new spring festival), and we certainly get to move beyond the usual faces of our monotonous school or work environments. In addition, the warmer temperatures tend to make us more willing to wear skimpier outfits to soak up the sun. Combine that with a lack of pressure or deadlines during our brief respite, and you suddenly have the perfect recipe for romance—the chance to step out of your usual comfort zone to connect with new faces and places that might just bring you the lover of your dreams . . .
Did I say lover for a lifetime? Absolutely not!! Because there’s no pressure here. You’re just on vacation! It’s simply warm and you’re feeling frisky. The very nature of being on vacation makes you feel more relaxed and willing to take chances on something casual that doesn’t have to mean anything at all—which is why we tend to call them “Spring Flings.” And it’s exactly that breezy feeling that sweeps Robin McArthur into a romantic mood in my novel Robin in the Hood. After Robin took her father (who’s wanted by authorities) and hid him near a vacation lake where people often go for spring weekends, she never dreamed that she might find a hot new romantic interest. But spring wraps her up in its spell, especially during the following scene where a local bad boy named Creek invites her to an outdoor dance: 
“Let’s get down to Turtle Shores and see what all the fuss is about,” Creek said to me.
I carefully followed him down the tree-stand ladder to the ground, and we picked our way through the forest that was growing more shadowy by the second. Yet through the trees, I could see the reflections from the fireworks glowing on Bender Lake.
My heart skipped a beat.
Because despite the smell of sulphur and other obnoxious fumes I didn’t recognize, the vibrant colors on the dark water were . . .
Captivating.
But not half as exquisite as the twinkling white lights that greeted us like stars when we arrived at the Turtle Shores compound.
I stood at the edge of the meadow in shock.
The delicate lights criss-crossed from tree to tree over our heads—like winsome fireflies illuminating the meadow.
And on some of the tree branches hung round paper lanterns in charming colors—the kind that usually appeared gaudy in daylight, like some sad remnant of a forgotten carnival. But here, in the twilight, they appeared . . .
Magical.
Creek saw me halt in place and gasp.
A big smile spread across his face, lit up by the orange and red and blue paper lanterns that hung above us.
“Didn’t know the boondocks could cast such a spell, did ya?”
Later, after they start dancing, spring works further magic on Robin’s heart—and suddenly a mere guy from a trailer park that she never would have thought of dating at her old private boarding school is starting to look like genuine lover material in the scene below:
Creek enveloped me in his arms and began to sway a little—for a few, blissful moonlit moments—as the music slowed to a softer melody. Catching my breath, I glanced up and saw the stars flicker above us, so bright now in the clear night sky, and the way Creek’s eyes seemed to match their light. His hold on me felt strong and enduring . . . and tingles began to spark along my skin. Something inside told me I was living out every teenage girl’s dream—dancing with a hot guy most boarding school chicks would kill for!
Even Robin is shocked by the intoxicating alchemy that spring wages on her heart—because surprise is the very nature of Spring Flings! We don’t expect these liaisons to just happen, so when they do, it’s like receiving a marvelous gift to go with the warm season. But does that mean Robin’s new love will turn into something more enduring? I’ll let you find that out by reading the rest of Robin in the Hood. But the one thing that’s always wise to remember about the power of spring—sometimes it’s the most “accidental” relationships that turn out to have just the right blend of adventure and surprise that can keep us going for the long haul . . .


If you would like to read Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed, it’s available in paperback at Amazon.com & BarnesAndNoble.com & as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, iBooks & Kobo.



“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” said Robin. 
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…

15-year-old Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth.

They’re broke.

And everyone from bankers to bookies has come to collect.

His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools: He truly does love her, in spite of all his mistakes.

Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.

Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…




About the author
Diane J. Reed

I write novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. I have a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those of us who burn brightly to live each day as a gift--because it is! I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to visit my website or message me on facebook or twitter to share the whispers of your spirit.


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
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First name drawn will win the first prize and so on.
Winners will have 72 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen
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3/24/2013

Blog Tour: Karen Duvall Author Spotlight




ABOUT ME

Where to start… Bios are always difficult for me. I don't want to say too much and bore people, or not enough, which is almost as boring.

I was born in Hollywood, California. Sound glamorous? Maybe it might have turned out that way if my mother hadn't given me up for adoption. Or that's what I used to fantasize about when I was a child. Nevertheless, I was very fortunate to have had the best adoptive parents in the world. If you're curious to read more about this part of my life story, I wrote about it for my blog. http://karenduvall.blogspot.com/2012/01/lets-get-personal.html and http://karenduvall.blogspot.com/2012/01/secrets-revealed-and-secrets-kept.html

I've always been a writer, even before I knew how to make my letters. At the age of three, I used to tell stories to my mom so she could write them down and I could draw the pictures. I still draw pictures, however I've replaced the crayons in favor of computer graphics. I've been a professional graphic artist for over thirty years after graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado in 1978.

I started out writing short stories because the thought of writing a book was too intimidating. Then I read an amazing series by Armistead Maupin and was so intrigued by his excellent characters that I knew I had to give it a try. After that, I was hooked. Writing books became my thing.

I joined Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers http://www.rmfw.org about 20 years ago, and that's how I learned how to write. I owe this amazing organization so much! Such a fabulous group of warm, helpful and supportive writers. I feel blessed to have discovered them and highly recommend their annual conference to any writer serious about becoming a published author. It's an amazing event attended by some of the best agents and editors in the industry. Even though I don't live in Colorado anymore, I return for the conference every year.

Now I live in Bend, Oregon, with my husband Jim, an over-zealous border-bully dog named Kinsey, and three spoiled cats that run our household. When I'm not writing, I freelance as a graphic designer. If you'd like to see some of my work, please visit my design website. http://www.duvalldesign.wordpress.com

WRITING AWARDS

2008 PASIC (Published Authors Special Interest Chapter of RWA) – KNIGHT'S CURSE, 2nd Place 
2009 Romance Through the Ages (Hearts Through History Chapter of RWA) – MYSTIC TAXI, 1st Place
2012 Reveal Your Inner Vixen Contest (Maryland Romance Writers) – MIRROR READER, 2nd Place
2012 Suzannah Contest (NOLA Stars Chapter of RWA) – MIRROR READER, Finalist http://nolastars.com/contest/ (winner to be announced in March 2013)

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YA or NA: A Blogger's Dilemma



I usually read Young Adult books but lately I've been reading a lot from the New Adult genre. Back when I was completely unaware of the New Adult genre and had to do a bit of research, I found out the main differences between YA and NA are:

Age bracket
YA: 15-18 years old; highschool
NA: (according to Goodreads) 18-26 years old; college to the awkward years of adulthood limbo

How physical they get
YA: That first kiss and... okay maybe some YA books have sex in it too.
NA: They have sex and boy is it detailed.

Now I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. I know I've originally started this blog not caring about who reads it as long as I review books I read - and trust me, I read a variety of books. From Percy Jackson to Fifty Shades of Grey, I obviously don't stick to just one genre. As I updated my review list, I realized just how random it is. I have a lot of YA in it but at the same time I have lots of NA in it too. It's weird looking at the titles under, say, letter W: Wallbanger and We'll Always Have Summer. Two polar opposites. The title alone gives everything off.

I've always felt like blogging shouldn't have rules but right now I'm kind of wondering: Should I just stick to one genre for the readers' sake (assuming I have regular readers LOL)? I mean, I'd still read whatever but I just won't review everything here. I know readers are capable of choosing which reviews to read but it just bothers me, that's all. I want to consider who reads my blog, but I also want my blog to be a reflection of the kind of reader I am. 

*sighs*

All I know is I started this blog not caring about rules or limits, and it's fun that way. Even if the whole genre difference is bothering me....ugh. But hey! What if another reader much like myself actually enjoys my blog? Because, you know, she reads a variety of books so she also checks out a variety of reviews. That counts for something, right? :)

Okay this post is getting floopy - hey! 'floopy' is a word.

ANYWAY.............

Yet another rant post. Note that I'm not looking for any sort of solution here but I'd really like to know what you think, if ever you've had this experience or you've thought of this before.

Share your thoughts below!
          Xo,

3/21/2013

Book Review: Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan


Title: Hard to Love
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: January 18th 2013

Cade’s always taken risks…

Cade takes cares of his sick younger sister by doing what he does best--cage fighting and starring in adult movies, his newest harebrained moneymaking scheme designed to pay for his sister’s growing medical bills. But when his latest gig finds him admitted to the ER sporting an erection from hell, thanks to the little pill given to him by the director, he can’t get the pretty little nurse who treated him out of his head, even though he knows she’s so far out of his league it should be illegal. 

Alexa’s always played it safe…

Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…

Cover Reveal: Precious Things by Stephanie Parent

Title: Precious Things
Author: Stephanie Parent
Release Date: May 2013
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound

Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.

But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible. 

Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.

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About the author
Stephanie Parent

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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3/20/2013

Book Tour Review: Going Under by S. Walden



Title: Going Under
Author: S. Walden
Genre: New Adult
Date to be Published: March 19, 2013
Buy It: Amazon | Smashwords | Createspace (paperback)


Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes.  It contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual violence.)

3/19/2013

PROMO and GIVEAWAY: Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck



Title: Deadly Deception (Book 1 in Deadly series)
Author: Andrea Johnson Beck
Release Date: November 4th, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Buy It: Amazon | Createspace | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

*the release of book 2, Deadly Redemption will be in the beginning of April*

Dr. Anne Jamison, brilliant neuropsychiatrist , living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney, Adam Whitney. The mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her former boyfriend, haunts her to this day. After three years of unanswered questions, a secretive note finds its way to Anne, revealing the possibility that Carter may in fact be alive, and that her very own fiancé may have had a hand in his attempted demise.

Who really is Adam Whitney? Can Anne trust the man she pledged forever with? As deadly secrets begin to unravel, so does her trust. A dark, twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, who will run out of lives and who will walk away, to only be deceived, once again.

EXCERPT
from Chapter 1

Anne stretched her neck muscles as they tightened at just the thought of Victoria. Her attempts to shake the green-eyed monster were ineffective, so she turned her attention to the mystery envelope waving its secretive arms, enticing her to open it. She picked it up and walked over to her mission-style desk to locate an envelope opener. Anne took the silver blade and ran it through the glued seal. The contents trickled out and onto her desk. Colored photographs fanned out in front of her and a white note with red hue writing stared at her. 

For My Anneliese

“No!” 

She gasped, feeling her hands begin to numb. Her veins were flooded with fresh fretful blood that burned her chest and pulsated into her ears as the thumping of her heart pounded deep within her. The one person in the entire universe who ever called her by her given birth name was Carter. The room was losing all focus and was quickly becoming dim. But then Carter’s face became clearer, like a luminous apparition pulling her subconscious in deeper. 

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About the author
Andrea Johnson Beck

I think I came out of the womb writing. I published my first poem when I was in elementary school and my first short story was not too far after that. When I had my son, I wrote for various publications about his birth, what we went through as a family and when he was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum I shared his story with others who were going through the same scary process as we had.

Before my thirtieth birthday, I vowed to write and complete a full length book, which I did. I finished two weeks before my birthday. After a couple of frustrating contract negotiations, I decided to take a time out. Earlier this year, I made the decision to get my baby (Deadly Deception) published. With another frustrating contract deal down the drain, I decided that self-publication was my destiny.

Between homeschool awesomeness, domestic goddess duties, city upheaval, extra-curricular craziness, it has been a challenge to tidy the book up and slap a red bow on it. With the help of some amazing editors it's ready with a red bow on top. 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

One signed paperback - US Only / One e-book-international

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: November 25th 2012 by Omnific Publishing
Source: Bought
Buy It: Amazon

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

3/18/2013

Letting Go Excerpt, A Steamy First Kiss, & A Chance to #WIN



Title: The Truth About Letting Go
Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Publication date: February 21st 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear—with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart…
But Ashley’s the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Up until now, Ashley Lockett’s followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. Then her ideal life is torn apart when her dad dies suddenly.

Now she’s miserable and furious, and she makes a vow not to believe in anything. She’s on a mission to do everything opposite of how she lived before—rejecting safety, the rules, faith…

And then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he’s a great kisser, and he wants to help her through her grief. He also believes in everything Ashley now claims to  hate.

Then she meets Colt. He is not safe. And he’s ready to help Ashley fulfill her mission.


In The Truth About Letting Go, main character Ashley Lockett rejects religion and makes a vow in Chapter 2 never to step foot in church again.

She does her best to keep that vow, and she never changes her mind about her decision. She's been hurt too badly.

Jordan's a Problem.

Ashley can't help her feelings for him, and they're both really hot together. But he's Mr. Young Life, so she pushes him away. Several times.

Then when she can't stop going back to him, she tries to argue him out of his beliefs. And their fights usually end up in lip-locks, too.

This excerpt is the first kiss between Ashley and Jordan, and it's when they first discover their chemistry.

Enjoy~

He grabs me around the waist, easily lifting me off the floor and through the door into his room. He puts me down, but his arms are still around me. They’re warm, and I’m surrounded by the smell of fresh-cut grass, the creek. My eyes travel from his blue shirt to his face, and his expression changes.

Jordan, I—”


He leans down and cuts me off with a kiss. Soft, warm lips press over mine gently. I only hesitate for half a second before reaching up and weaving my fingers into his hair. I open my mouth, and the flavor of mint grows stronger as our tongues slide together. A burst of energy floods my chest, and suddenly, I’m kissing him again, faster, like I can’t get enough. He’s keeping my pace, and for the first time in months, the painful sadness is gone. In its place is this new feeling, this tense anticipation. I love it, this excitement canceling out that wretched sadness.


Our mouths break apart and we both gasp. He presses his forehead to mine, but my eyes are still closed. I’m smiling.


“I’m sorry,” he whispers, pulling me into his chest. “I didn’t mean to—”


But I don’t want to hear that. I reach for his face again, pulling it down to mine. I want more of the good feeling. He lifts me, and my hands stay on his cheeks as I kiss him again and again. A noise comes from his throat, and it’s like gasoline on a fire. All of me is hot and desperate. I barely notice as we fall back onto his bed, me on top, my fingers searching for the buttons on his new shirt. They’re easy to unfasten and soon, I’m sliding my hands over his smooth chest.

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Jordan drops a bombshell a few paragraphs later that changes everything and sets up the basis of their ongoing "conflict." But yanno. You'll have to read the book for that part (*wink*).


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About the author
Leigh Talbert Moore

Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

Leigh’s debut novel The Truth About Faking is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. Her second book, Rouge, is a mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel set in New Orleans. It’s available on Amazon.

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OCD Kicks In: Mid-series Cover Change Rant

DISCLAIMER: This post is basically me ranting. I didn't intend for this to have any thought provoking message and whatnot. I just really, really want to get this out.

Recently Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, revealed the new covers for her books as well as the cover for the third book in the series, Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the covers. They look so clean and pretty (my favorite word for attractive book covers). I was all giddy and excited at first but then I remembered - this is a mid-series cover change. I originally read Anna and Lola in ebook format and I enjoyed the books so much (I loved Anna more though) I decided I'd buy physical copies because I want to make my shelf prettier (there goes that word again). But when the news broke out... darn. Good thing I haven't gotten copies yet or else I would've been royally pissed. The cover change, however, means I'll have to wait longer before I buy my copies because right now they're still selling the old covers in bookstores.

Old :(
I really like the old Anna cover more though. No, wait. I like its spine more. I saw it in a bookstore and instantly pictured it on my shelf - the spine looking all cute and girly. 

Moving on...........

This isn't the first/only series to do this. Inasmuch as publishers and/or authors have the right to do this, it's really frustrating being on the buying end. I have this problem with my Shatter Me copy. I have the cover with the girl on it but then they changed it to the one with the eye. Now I don't know what to do with my copy and I really want to buy the next book (Unravel Me) already. 


Forgive me if this sounds totally stupid but this is just my (selective) OCD talking: I just can't stand it when one book doesn't match the rest of the books in the series. I want the whole set looking like a set. Get what I mean?

Mid-series cover changes may be a marketing scheme to get you to buy the new books so you'd get all the matching books. Or it could also save them money from printing books with the old cover only to reprint them with new ones. Either way, it's not nice. It's annoying. And it sucks even more when you already feel an attachment to the series and completing the books, putting the whole set in your shelf, is your way of worshiping it (okay that sounded so weird). But whatever. At least I dodged a bullet here, don't want a repeat of the Shatter Me incident.

What do you think of mid-series cover changes? 
Okay? Not okay? Meh?

Let me know in the comments section!

         Xo,

3/17/2013

Sunday Post #6


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to  share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

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Ugh. Check back in a few hours, I don't have my updated calendar in this laptop.

(I decided to do my Stacking the Shelves/In My Mailbox/haul post every end of the month)

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Exhale by Jennifer Snyder



Title: Exhale
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: December 2nd 2012
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Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything. 

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated—isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.

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