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 

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

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 sweetest hell.

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. 

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. 

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 
 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. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flawed Perfection Release Blitz


Perfection Cover
Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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I nodded my head and watched as Adam’s hand lingered on the neck of the Ibanez™ before he picked it back up and slipped the strap over his shoulder.
I sat on the edge of the bed as he began to play without an amplifier.
The noise was tinny without the electric part hooked up but that didn’t matter. Adam’s fingers moved effortlessly from fret to fret as he strummed the guitar. His head nodded ever so slightly to the beat and his bare foot tapped the floor as he closed his eyes and a smile formed on his lips.
I stood and placed my hands around his neck, yet he continued to play, nod his head and tap his foot with eyes closed. The only change was on his lips as they crept into the seductive grin.
I leaned into him, letting my hands comb through the hair on the back of his head as my breath washed over his lips.
Still nothing. The guitar continued to hum with his talent.
I let my lips hover over his, then let them wander over the soft skin of his neck and up the stubble of his chin. The beat remained smooth, undisturbed as the strings squealed and he deepened the riff.
I paused as my lips reached his again, lingering at the corner of his mouth where the cold metal of his lip ring teased me just as much as his fingers on the guitar.
I let my mouth run over the metal until it caught in my teeth and I sucked it in.
Finally, his body reacted tensing as he groaned—but his playing didn’t cease, didn’t change. He still resisted, hand strumming a tease over the strings next to the skin of my belly.
His mouth responded to mine as I let the ring and his lip slowly slip away from me. That was it— the guitar spun to his back and he yanked my hips to his own.
“I need you to play me like that guitar,” I gasped as his hand tilted my head and his tongue ran over my trembling neck.
His other hand drifted down my torso.
“Good, because I wasn’t done with my song,” he growled into my ear.

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the author

picCassandra 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. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
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