Friday, June 20, 2014

In between Seasons Cover Reveal!

 

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">COMING JULY 31, 2014

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">From Show n'ot Tell Publishing

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">NEW ADULT POST - APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE SERIES
In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.</span>

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">Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Cassandra Giovanni is published by href="http://shownottellpublishing.wordpress.com/">Show n’otTell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Because of You by J. Lea



Genre: Romance, suspense
Cover: Cover It Designs
Release date: Early August 2014
Synopsis:

What would you do, if you lost the one person in your life that you could count on?

Abuse
Pain
Sorrow
Fear

These are the things, that Aaliyah Thomas had to cope with, all of her life. After the person, who meant the most to her and who made her life worth living, is murdered, she escapes and flees to the other side of the country. She enrolls in a college, determined to go on with her life. What she does not know, is that the killer is looking for her and will do anything to find her.

Ryder Knight lives for basketball. He is one of the most popular guys on campus, with a lot of friends and a good heart. The only thing he misses is honesty. Most hang out with him because of his money, so he isn't sure who is sincere and who has hidden motives.


The attraction between Ryder and Aaliyah is immediate, but Ryder's distrust quickly ruins any chances of them becoming friends.

Is he ready to open up his heart and once again let love enter his life? Will Aaliyah break down the walls, that she set up around her heart and finally start trusting others?

Will they get their forever? Or are their hearts too broken?

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Summer I Fell Cover Reveal

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Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.

Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley wa
s off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace ​doesn't let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.

When her co
llege plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that's not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.

Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.

Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?

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TSIFabouttheauthor





Sonya2Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.
The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.



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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Double Blind by Tiffany Pitts [Review + Promo]

Read in: May, 2014 
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Star Rating: 4 

Book Synopsis: 
Delilah Pelham’s brother, Paul, is missing. She should probably be worried about that but honestly, he’s been in trouble since the day he learned the words “trust me." In fact, if it weren’t for his roommate, Carl, she would gladly leave him to his fate.

Carl is a good guy, even if he’s a bit of a dork. Okay, a large slice of a dork. Possibly the entire cake.

But he wants to help, as do his gamer friends, which is how Deli finds herself in the middle of Hong Kong with the King of the Dorks, running from creepy guys with slicked-back hair and shiny black guns.

Back at home, Carl’s friends aren’t faring nearly as well. All they had to do was monitor the situation and feed Deli’s cat while she was gone. How could that possibly end in bloodshed?

There is an answer, of course, but no one ever thinks to ask the cat.

Prosecution: 
Got a bit dry here and there. 

Defense: 
Quick read and can we talk about funny? This is my kind of humor and the situations Deli finds herself in is right up my alley. Great to read by the pool (which I did!) and a super quick read. 

Verdict: 
4 stars. While I loved the humor and the writing style, some parts were quite long and I had to putter through to get to a better part. Quick read and clean enough to (secretly) read at work. 


About the Author 

Tiffany grew up in the Seattle area in a time when the Super Sonics were huge and Starbucks was just a store at the end of the Market. Tragedy struck early in her life as her family moved to New Jersey mere months before Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” album hit record stores. It took nearly a decade to wean herself off the hairspray. But Seattle called her back, so she went; eventually earning a degree in Botany (pronounced “Bar tending”) at the University of Washington.
She made one more valiant attempt to leave the PNW after college by travelling around the country doing not much of value and making very stupid decisions. She is thankful every day that the internet was not a huge deal in those years. Then Seattle called again so she picked up and moved home where she spent many years being a scientist of middling talent in several labs that she absolutely did not blow up—except for that one time and everyone agreed not to talk about that any more.
Now she divides her time between writing fiction and raising two kids who are wonderful but, for some reason, won’t stop licking things.
You can contact her here: 
Twitter:  @snickerpants
Facebook page name is Tiffany Pitts, Author.  Link is: https://www.facebook.com/tiffanypittsauthor

Monday, April 21, 2014

Believe (True Believers #3) by Erin McCarthy

Believe (True Believers, #3)
Read in: March, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley.com 
Star Rating: 3 
Synopsis: 
Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend's boyfriend. Now she's faced with being THAT girl, and couldn't be more disgusted with herself. She can't even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that's good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin's house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he's drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn't care that he's done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it's a naïve dream to believe that his record won't catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

Prosecution: 
That cute little chip on Phoenix's shoulder gets old. It gets old real fast. 

Defense: 
Wow! Can I just say how much I love Erin McCarthy as an author? This novel sure delivers in a one-two punch. Robin in fearless in the face of danger and Phoenix is stand offish in the best way. Great entry level New Adult novel, not too twisted to screw you up forever, but emotions run high. 

Verdict: 
3 stars. I would recommend this as an entry-level New Adult novel, but as a seasoned New Adult reader, this really didn't get as emotional and overbearing as I expected it to. But the writing was fantastic and the reader will get sucked in. A bonus is this can be read with the series or as a stand alone. 

Release BLITZ: Melted & Shattered (L&J #2) + {Giveaway!}

Emily Eck invites you to celebrate the release of Melted & Shattered (L&J #2) with an awesome giveaway and a free download of J Speaks (L&J #1.5)
Melted & Shattered (L & J #2)
By: Emily Eck
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Romance/Trilogy
Cover Designer: Melody Simmons

Synopsis

Elle was never broken.
She wasn't shattered.
And she sure as hell never needed to be saved.
That is,
until she found out what the aftermath of love was capable of causing.
Doing her best to stay afloat amidst the sh!t storm that has become her life, Elle is hanging on by a thread. Between worrying about Fernie’s precarious future, an incident with a Shemar Moore look-alike gone terribly wrong, and an inability to let go of her feelings for J, Elle just can’t seem to get her head straight. Deciding a change of atmosphere is what she needs, Elle heads to Mexico to study abroad for a semester. She has no idea that she is walking into an even worse storm. One that involves a pissed off MC President, a ruthless drug cartel, and a man willing to die to have her light. ***This is the 2nd book in the series L&J – cannot be read as a stand-alone***

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Steel & Ice (L&J #1)

Excerpt

“I came here, baby, to tell you I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.” He inhaled sharply, but said in an even voice. “And I can’t lose you before the greatest fight I will ever wage.”
Redemption. Could I absolve him? I lay in a hospital bed for two weeks. All of it at his hands. I’d been marred, though the scar on my skin was not the worst damage. It was a reminder of the scar I’d carried inside. Could he erase that scar? Could he heal a wound one could not see?
There was silence, deafening silence. I tried to keep it together. I used every ounce of energy I had to keep the fire at a low flame, but it blazed through me. He would’ve shot my kid, and I couldn’t let that happen. These kids, they’d become my lifeline. My light.
“Without those kids, I’m just as dark as you.” I said emotionlessly, empty. These last few weeks of pretending during the day, only to come home and sob until sleep graced me was maddening. “I’ve got nothing left to give you, J. Nothing.”
 I hung my head, losing the fight with the tears that had been threatening to erupt since J arrived. “I can’t be your light, when I have none.”
We lay on the floor, two damaged bodies searching for the light. J pulled my head into his hands, bringing us face to face. I could feel his breath against my lips. “You were a comet that bust into my life out of no where” he whispered. “I begged for you. On my knees in the dirt, I groveled to the sky to bring me light. And there you were, at Eight Oh Eight, staring up at me, even though I knew you couldn’t see through the window. I saw you, though. Elle, I saw you long before you saw me.”
“How could I love a killer?”
“How much pain was worth loving this man?
“Please, baby. Please. I need you. I love you. I can’t go into this without knowing you’ll be here when I return.” 
“I’m not sure what to say. I want to tell you I’ll wait. That I’ll be here, waiting like a good girl for you. I want to because I love you. Fuck, I love you.” I turned, finally ready to look him in the eye. “I don’t know where I’ll be. I can’t tell you that. But I can tell you that I love the fuck out of you, and no matter how much I try to stop,” I paused. Fuck this mother fucker. Fuck! God, why was he doing this to me? Angry tears, sad tears, hopeless tears, tears filled with longing fell from my eyes. J caught then with his thumb, but there were too many. They ran over his fingers like a waterfall.
“Fuck, J. I don’t want you to die.”
He pulled me to him, and I inhaled his scent. I’d never be able to smell Acqua di mother fucking Gio again and not think of him. Today it was mixed with the smell of exhaust, like he’d been riding around all night. For what felt like the gazillionth time, I crumbled into his arms. How did two times come to be a number exponentially higher?
“I don’t want to die, baby. I want to fall asleep next to you. I want to wake up next to you. I’m fighting this war for you. To be with you.”

Author Bio

Emily is a Midwestern Gal, but could be anywhere as you read this. She gypsy's the country, as well as south of the border. Adventure feeds her soul, and offers great writing material. She loves kids and working with kids, but can only handle caring for four-legged furry friends. A crazy dog and laid back cat have trained her to be their partner in life. Vices include Swedish Fish, ignoring chores in favor of reading, and caring too much for people in her life. She chose to write this bio in third person as she is an Aries, and found writing in first person ended up with her writing an excessively long life story. Aries like to talk about themselves. It is something Emily is working on being more mindful of.

Giveaway

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

Waiting For Prince Harry
Read in: March, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: CTC Virtual Book Tours 
Star Rating: 4 

Synopsis: 
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer. 

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course. And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down. But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present? And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...

Prosecution: 
Kylie... I really did try to like you the WHOLE book..but.. you had your moments, girl. 

Defense: 
This novel is just too cute! It's quick and I mean...who doesn't have a thing for Prince Harry? Kylie's fixation on red heads was a little bit off putting in the beginning, but whatever, she got over that. No big real twist here, so don't expect this one to keep you on the edge of your seat, but if you want a cute, quick, and HEA novel, this is it! The novel was pretty adorable. I also really enjoyed how clean the content was without being just dry without it. Kylie is trendy and pretty darn cute with her "Prince Harry" romance and added work place drama (though I don't know how she puts up with it.) 

Verdict: 
4 Stars. Light and airy, this novel is perfect to take to the lake and spend an afternoon in the sun with. I believe I read it in about 3 hours? It's super quick and a HEA without the angsty drama of New Adult and still keeping the content pretty clean. 

Bastards Brew by Jillian Felix (Family Portrait #3) {Review + Rafflecopter!}


Read in: April, 2014 
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Star Rating: 4 

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com) 
When L'Wren's ex-boyfriend Jeff suddenly disappears, she turns to Kevin to help her find him. With one phone call, Kevin makes sure that Jeff stays hidden and that L'Wren's heart is broken, leaving the door open for Kevin to pursue her. But Kevin is not as free as L'Wren thinks; she is in the dark about his affair with her stepmother, Savi. Savi constantly reminds Kevin of his devious ways and uses their secret to keep him as her toyfriend. 

“You don’t deserve to be loved, and you don’t deserve to be happy. You and I are the same … we’re broken inside. Everything we touch, we destroy. We don’t get happily ever after … we don’t get to ride off into the sunset. You know who gets that? L’Wren … she gets it, she gets the guy, and she deserves a decent guy.”- Savi

Kevin desires to be the man that L'Wren deserves, but before he can assume the role of white knight, he brews one last plan to get rid of Savi for good. Will L'Wren, the innocent victim in their twisted game, become a casualty?

Kevin may have sold his body to the devil in stilettos, but he'd be damned if he let her have his heart. 

Suitable for young adult readers 18+

Prosecution: 
As with all of the Family Matters books, the multiple story lines is a little overwhelming. But now that lines are starting to cross and more and more is being added to each story, the stories are becoming even more memorable. 

Defense: 
The third installment in this fast paced series does not disappoint. For me especially, my interest always starts to wane around the second novel (ex. The City of Bones Series) but I continue to look forward to every email from Gillian asking if I'll give her next book a go. This novel doesn't disappoint and is just as fast paced as the last two. There isn't any room for you to get bored, you're way to caught up in each characters story. I am THRILLED this novel had a focus on Kevin, L'Wren, and Savi. Kevin has been a side character I've been interested in since the first novel, and every chapter and tidbit that was solely his was a gift. To have this book focus more on him was completely needed. But reader be warned, you HAVE to read these novels in a series, these are definitely not stand alones! 

Verdict: 
4 STARS. Have to say the third novel of Family Matters delivers and I found this one to pack more of punch than the previous. Can't wait for more from this author! 

About the Author 

I have been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I enjoy creating characters that could be your next-door neighbor, but would you want them as your neighbor is another story.

Originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, I moved to the United States in 1998. Since then I have been involved in the entertainment industry for over ten years.
I am an entrepreneur and advocate for women and children’s rights and I enjoy being in nature and volunteering.

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Contact the Author
Website: http://www.plaintalkbm.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPortraitNovels





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Monday, March 17, 2014

Ashes to Steele {Review + Character Interview + Giveaway!}

Read in: February, 2014 
Format: eBook
Source: CTC Virtual Book Tours
Star Rating: 4 

Synopsis: 
Emma
Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems
to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure
becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've
been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you
make.'

Breck
I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are
mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want
anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch

sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin...my sweetest hell.

Prosecution: 
THE ANXIETY THIS NOVEL LEFT ME WITH. It has been almost a month since I read it, and honestly, it hasn't left my brain since. But the novel lost a point due to becoming a little predictable. 

Defense: 
Oh my LAWD. Can I  just move to Boston now??? Anyways, Breck. Oh gosh. The way he stands up for her. Boys, please take note. Emma has to be one of my favorite heroines. She's strong, hard working, and stubborn. Definitely someone to look up to. I don't want to give too much away, but this novel is for sure up there in the top 10 books of 2014. 

Verdict: 
4 solid stars. There was just enough of a kick ending to escape 3.5 stars but the novel ended up becoming a little predictable towards the middle. However, someone sign me up for a sequel!! 

Character Interview with Gavin: 
I appreciate you coming here to talk about Breck. 
 I know that you wanted to interview Breck, but he’s more of the private kind, not too 
much into talking or giving interviews. 
Breck’s restaurant is doing remarkably well and he has a new one to open up soon. Is he proud 
of his success? 
 Breck’s restaurant is his life. He busted his ass to open Kylianna’s, and having another 
restaurant open in New York is his dream, even if he won’t publicize that. 
Breck’s notorious for his ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ lifestyle. Does that image hold true to his 
character? 
 Breck is definitely a one night stand guy; he has a woman once and he’s done with her. 
Well, at least that’s how he’s been until he met Emma. 
Emma is a small town preacher’s daughter; she doesn’t seem his type? 
 Hell, I guess the saying ‘Opposites attract’ holds a new meaning for Breck and Emma. 
There’s this twisted love/hate thing going on between them. The attractions there, but they are 
both hell-bent on denying they feel anything for the other. It’s hilarious watching them 
together. Emma has no idea what she’s getting into. 
You’re the bouncer at the Dark Hole. That’s a popular place; are there many fights there? 
 Not nearly enough! That’s what keeps things interesting, having to break up drunken 
idiots when they’ve had too much liquid fun. I can kick some serious ass on my own, but when 
Breck joins in, we’re invincible. 
Breck likes to fight? 
 No, actually he tries to avoid fighting, unless it’s beneficial to him, which is a shame; he’s 
damn good at it. 

 Breck also works at Dur Acier, his grandfather’s lucrative business. Does he plan on taking the 
manager’s position permanently? 
 Not if he can help it. Breck hates working at Dur Acier and having to deal with the 
partners and board members. He’s not what you call a team player. Breck likes to make his own 
rules, live his own life. He doesn’t do well with playing nice. He’s only stepping in until his 
grandfather gets better. 
Do you see Breck and Emma getting together, or will she just be one of his conquests? 
 Emma’s Jess’ best friend. We don’t screw with one of our own; Breck knows that, or, at 
least, I hope he does. Emma seems to have class and a good dose of intelligence; I don’t know if 
she’ll fall for his usual panty dropping skills. 
You, Breck, and Jess seem very tight. How did all of you meet? 
 That’s a question that I’ll have to follow Breck’s lead on and decline answering. I’m a 
helluva lot more open than he is, but that’s a part of our lives that’s private. I will say that 
Breck’s known Jess since they were small kids, and I met them in my teens. 
Breck donates food from his restaurant to a center that houses foster children. Does he do other 
philanthropic work? 
 If you count Breck saving my and Jess’ ass more than once. Breck’s always been the one 
to hold everything together. He doesn't talk about what he does, but I know he’s got a heart 
buried under his smug ass exterior somewhere.

About the Author: 
Karen-Anne Stewart is a new author and has only recently discovered that she is now addicted 
to writing. Her first novel, Saving Rain, was originally going to be a single novel, but it quickly 
turned into a trilogy. She fell in love with the characters and had to continue the story. Saving 
Rain is a new adult contemporary romance meant for readers 18 and older. 
She lives in the mountains with her family. She loves to read, hike, and travel when she is not 
writing. She is a sucker for romance, especially a book with a strong alpha male who has a 
sensitive side. She also enjoys a good mystery and thrillers. 
Her favorite author is James Patterson; he is an amazing writer. 
With being a newbie, she is just learning all the ropes, but is loving the wild ride. She plans to 
write for as long as her fingers have dexterity. 
Visit her website at Karen-Anne Stewart. 
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