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Friday, 31 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Playing for Keeps [The Game 02] by Emma Hart!

 
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game…

She's in love with him.
He's trying not to love her.
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realising she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

**This book can be read as a standalone novel, but reading The Love Game (The Game, #1) beforehand is advised.)
 
Excerpt!

Disclaimer: This is from the unedited version of the book, and is therefore subject to change or removal before publication. 

MEGAN
 
   “If you’re trying to hide, babe, then you’re failing. I can see you.” Aston’s words crawl over me in a smooth caress, making my throat dry up and my blood boil simultaneously.
   “Why would I be hiding?” I sit up and look forward, determined not to meet his eyes.
   He shrugs a shoulder carelessly, twirling a pen between his fingers. I catch his every movement from the corner of my eye. His eyes are burning into the side of my head - they’re begging me to turn, begging me to look.
   “Because you want me so badly you can’t bear to see me,” he says in a dramatic tone with a touch of arrogance. 
   My back straightens. “Clearly someone has been feeding your ego again,” I reply dryly. “Because I don’t remember ever telling you I want you.”
   His bicep brushes mine as he leans forward. “Is that so?” he asks, his voice low and barely perceptible.
   I fight the urge to drop my eyes to the desk. “Damn right it is.”
   A fingertip trails down the back of my arm, the tingling feeling making me fight against a shiver.
   “I think you’re wrong,” he whispers. “Because I’m pretty sure you said you wanted me on Saturday night – right before you dug those nails of yours into my back and wrapped your pretty little legs around my waist.”
   My head snaps round to him, and our faces are inches apart. His lips are curled in a slightly smug smile, and I hate the fact that’s where my eyes fell first. I drag them away from his mouth and across the sharp planes of his face until they meet his smoky eyes.
   I remember why I didn’t want to look at him. His eyes have the power to entrance me and to break me. Right now it’s the former – the silvery hint at the edge of his iris pulling me in and holding me captive. I remember why, from the first touch of his lips against mine on Saturday night, nothing could have stopped us happening.
 
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Author bio:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys.
Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.
 
Twitter: @EmmaHartAuthor
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451162.Emma_Hart

Release Day Blitz: The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea!

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.

DARE them to LOVE
DARE them to LIVE
 
The Edge of Darkness



Author bio:
 
Melissa started reading in high school when she found her mom's romance book collection and has been hooked on books every since. She became a complete book-a-holic, starting her own collection and improving her reading skills. Most of the time she could finish a book walking around the store, while her mom shopped.

She wrote her first short story in high school for a competition in her writing class. It was a child's book called 'Arnold' - it was about an ant who believed he could do anything. Oh by the way, she won!

She has written many stories since then, but this will be her first YA paranormal/fantasy and the first book she will have published.

She lived in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of six years, and her 3 beautiful daughters. They are her biggest fans and they inspire her everyday. She enjoys spending time with her family, weekend dates with her mom & taking vacations. Hawaii anyone??
 
 


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Review: Lost & Found [Lost & Found 01] by Nicole Williams!

Publication date: 7th May 2013
Paperback edition: -
Source: Kindle
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years,
Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

Favourite quote: "We will all, at some point in our lives, fall. Every single one of us." He hoisted himself up beside me and moved closer. "We shouldn't spend our time trying to avoid falling. We should spend it finding someone who will help us up."

I would do anything in the world to give this book more than 5 stars! It deserves so much more then that! This book was phenomenal! I have been an avid fan of Nicole Williams since I first discovered Crush in August last year and I have loved all of the books that I had read by her since! As soon as I heard about Lost & Found I knew that I was going to read it! In fact as soon as I read the word cowboy in the synopsis I knew that I was going to read it! I mean who doesn't love a cowboy? This book really did blow my mind! It may just be my favourite book of the year so far! During this book I laughed, I smiled and I sobbed like a baby! The plot of this book was quite easy to follow but there were some twists in it as well which I enjoyed! The plot was about learning to trust someone and through that person eventually learning to trust yourself! I went through a lot of emotions with the plot and I wouldn't of had it any other way! The characters were beyond amazing! Rowen was the main character and she was so easy for me to connect with! She hid herself away and tried so hard to downgrade herself but not realising that she was just like everyone else and that she really was an amazing person! I felt sorry for her as she had been through a lot with her mum and that's why she was forced to hide herself away! I loved that Jesse showed Rowen that she was perfect and that she didn't have to hide anymore! Jesse Walker! Even his name is sexy! He was one of the hottest male characters that I have ever read! I adored him right from the start! He was exactly what Rowen needed! Jesse and Rowen as a couple were on fire! Even when they were just in the same room it was on fire! When they were together my insides were squirming as I knew that one of them was going to do something to the other one and it was going to be hot! I would love another book to this one and I judging from the end I kind of think that there could be! The end left it fully resolved but it sort of left me with the feeling that there might be more to Rowen's story! How hot is that cover? Don't the colours just pop? I am in love with it and I can guarantee that it will be on my bookcase in paperback very soon!

Lost and Found

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Glass Hearts [Hearts 02] by Lisa De Jong!

 
 
Can a relationship survive on love alone? Is love truly enough?

Dane and Alex’s relationship has never been easy, but now they have a fresh start without the pressures of Alex’s family. Together they
try to move forward while continuing to struggle with a past that they can’t seem to escape.

Sometimes no matter how hard we try to make things work, love isn’t enough.

Sometimes even after a broken heart is mended, cracks remain, and the same doubts and insecurities that once yanked us apart seep in.

Can true love hold Dane and Alex together or will their hearts completely shatter like glass?
  
 
Excerpt!
 
   I head toward the bedroom and find Alex sprawled out on the center of the bed. I’m still pissed at her for dancing with him. I don’t know what she was thinking. I hate that fucker and seeing him with his hands on my girl was enough to send me over the edge. I immediately wanted to walk over to them but I stopped, telling myself over and over that there would be no way I could control my temper if I went anywhere near him.
   I kept my eyes on them, ready to pounce if he took it any further. I started to cool down a little but deep shades of red clouded by vision when I saw him press his body closer to her. My mind was made up; I was heading over to punch that idiot in the face if I got through the packed crowd. I was still about ten feet away when I saw him press his lips to her cheek and it halted me in place; she let him do it. Didn’t push him away or tell him to stop. It took everything I had to not break his neck. I was even more pissed at Alex for letting him do it.
   I hate feeling this way.
   “Dane,” she whispers, lifting her head from the pillow. She glances at the clock. “You’re late getting home.”
   Yeah, I had a couple drinks after work. I needed them. “It was busy,” I say, sitting on the edge of the bed to remove my shoes.
 
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Plastic Hearts [Hearts 01] is also only $0.99 for today only!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Hearts-ebook/dp/B00BMI9HUS/ref=la_B00BT4I59E_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369817242&sr=1-1

Author bio:

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

 
Lisa De Jong

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Blog Tour: Norma Jean by Amanda Heath!


Publication date: 7th April 2013
Paperback edition: -
Source: Kindle
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: The night Chance Duncan drunkenly kissed me on his couch, I vowed my revenge. I finally had something over his head, something that would bring him to his knees. It only served him right. He bullied me for years and turned me into this messed up person I am now.

Though I didn’t know at the time he wasn’t that mean little boy anymore. He was almost a man and easily stole my breath away. I just wanted to make him fall in love with, then break his heart into a million pieces. Just the way mine was. Instead he put the pieces back together and I started to feel whole again.

Good things never last. He did what I was supposed to do. Broke my already fragile heart all over again. Betrayed and alone I fled my home town and started a new life where I wasn’t in the shadow of what I did.

Now he is back and trying to worm his way into my heart, again. Though he will never know it will always belong to him. He hurt me and I want nothing to do with him. Life has other plans. Doesn’t it always?

He doesn’t know though. Doesn’t know what I’m hiding or who I’m hiding from. I never thought I would see Chance again and I’m afraid that he’ll get hurt getting mixed up in my mess. Though he is right in the middle of it, without even knowing it. I have to find a way for us to get out, before somebody dies.

My name is Norma Jean and this isn’t a fairytale.


I loved this book! It was my first book by Amanda Heath and I got only a taste of her writing skills! I got so much more than I bargained for with Norma Jean! I wasn't really sure about reading it after I read the synopsis but as soon as I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I thought that this book was going to be an adult book, but I soon discovered from the first chapter that it was a New Adult book! The plot of this book had so much in it! It was written over quite a long period of time and some years and months were missed out! I would love a novella to maybe what happened during some of the years or months that passed by in this book without us knowing much about what happened during that time as I think that it would be an amazing addition to thins amazing book! The plot also had so many twists and turns in it as well! I wasn't expecting some of the twists and turns so I was pretty excited about them! The characters were amazing! I felt so sorry for Norma Jean at the beginning of this book but I loved how she took revenge! The girl fought dirty! I connected with her instantly as well! I felt sorry for her throughout most of the book as well as you discover more about what she has been through! I loved how strong she was though through it all! Chance was the love interest of Norma Jean and I loved him as well! I loved how much he had grown up since the beginning of this book! When I got a glimmer of what he used to be like I felt myself comparing how much he had changed! There were quite a lot of other characters in this book and they were all amazing and brought so much to the story! I also loved that Norma Jean was written from Norma Jean and Chance's point of view as after you discover what Norma Jean went through you got to go inside Chance's head and see how he really felt about her! The ending of this book was beyond perfect! I found myself grinning like an idiot while reading it! After reading Norma Jean it has definitely motivated me to check out Amanda's other books! I have them on my Kindle but I am now even more motivated to finally read them! When I started reading this book I did think that the cover was maybe a little too sexy for the book but once I got to a certain stage I realised how much it actually suits the book and the character of Norma Jean! I really do love it! Big thank you to Amanda for a copy of Norma Jean and to Allison for having me on the Blog Tour!

Norma Jean
 
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Author bio:
 
Amanda lives in southern Arkansas with her husband and young child. 
She enjoys reading, writing, and drinking tons of Dr. Pepper.
You can find her sitting on the couch with either her head in a book or typing on her laptop.
Amanda is the author of This Beautiful Thing, Fire In Her Eyes, Angel Cuffs, and Norma Jean. Wrong Kind of Love will be released this June.
 
 

Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: Demanding Ransom by Megan Squires!


Sometimes life takes things away from you.

In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.

Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.

But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.

Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Maggie feel. Maybe meeting Ran is life’s little gift for Maggie—a sort of consolation prize for enduring everything she's had to go through.

But things don’t come easy for Maggie. Why should love be the exception? And just when everything starts to settle, it’s all turned on its head once again.

If there is one thing Ran has taught Maggie, it’s that you can’t sit on the sidelines of your own existence. When life takes something that’s yours, you have every right to demand it back.

Only for Maggie, that is easier said than done.
 
Demanding Ransom
 
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Author bio:
 
Megan Squires lives with her husband and two children just outside of Sacramento, California. A graduate from the University of California, Davis, Megan is now a full-time mother, wife, and dreamer--though her characters don't often give her much opportunity to sleep. 
 
Image of Megan Squires
 

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Release Day Blitz: The Forever of Ella and Micha [The Secret 02] by Jessica Sorensen!

Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they're together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.

Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she's having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.

Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won't ask her to leave college, just to be with him.

The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?

 
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Teaser!

   “You have got to be kidding me?” I mumble as Micha struts into the kitchen with a pleased grin on his face as he rubs his hands together. “No way. Music was not part of the deal.”
   He braces his hands on the doorframe and the light highlights the muscles on his chest and the shameless blaze in his aqua eyes. “Now most guys would have gone with some sexy song you had to dance to, but I’m a lyrical man myself and I think this song fits perfectly.”
   The lyrics make my cheeks heat. “In no way shape or form did I offer up a striptease.”
   His tongue slips slowly out of his mouth and when he pulls it back in, he draws his lip ring with it as his fingers comb through his disheveled hair, leaving strands sticking up. “Pay up, pretty girl.”
   Pressing my lips firmly together to bury my nerves, I reach around to the back of my bra, and unclamp it. Wavering temporarily, I inhale an insecure breath, release the fabric from my fingers, and allow it to fall to the floor.
   His eyes drift to my chest, unashamed, as he sips a beer. When he pulls the bottle away from his lips, he makes a motion with his finger. “Continue.”
   I want to smack him upside the head, but unbutton my jeans. With my knees shaking, I step out of them and stand vulnerable in the spotlight, something I despise. Thankfully, I’m wearing boy-cut panties so at least my ass is covered. His eyes lazily move up my long legs, across my bare stomach, finally residing on my eyes.
“You can sit down now,” he says like he’s the boss.
   Proving a point, I walk across the kitchen and steal a beer from the fridge. “I don’t have to sit down just because you tell me to—”
   Warm fingers grip my side and reel me around, snatching the beer from my hand as my back presses against the fridge door. Micha stands only a sliver of space away from me, eyes fierce, lips tantalizing, his expression yearning with need.
   He leans in to kiss me, but my hand against pushes at his chest, and his bare skin is warm as I hold him back. “No way. You didn’t win anything but a show.”
   Lowering my head, I duck under his arm, but he snags my wrist and pins it above my head kind of rough. We’re drunk and neither of us are thinking rationally, but my interest in what’s coming renders me motionless.
 
 
Playlist

1. All the Same by Sick Puppies
2. The Story by Brandi Carlile
3. Shameful Metaphors by Cevelle
4. Rush by Dance Movie
5. Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
6. Black Sun by Jo Mango
7. Sail by AWOLNATION
8. The Distance by Cake

Author bio:

The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

 
 

Monday, 27 May 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Pieces of You [Shattered Hearts 02] by Cassia Leo!


Publication date: 17th May 2013
Paperback edition: 350 pages
Source: Kindle
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: The story that began in the USA Today bestseller RELENTLESS continues. Which team are you on?

In Relentless, college student Claire Nixon and surfer Adam Parker each had a painful past too heavy to carry alone. Claire tried to push Adam away, but Adam's relentless pursuit of her heart and her secrets made her walls come crumbling down.

Though their hearts will never be whole again, Claire and Adam now know they are stronger together than they are apart.

But now Claire's attending college a hundred miles away from Adam. With their relationship already hanging by a thread, Adam is sent to Hawaii on business.

And rock star Chris Knight is back in Claire's life.


Chris wants his ex-girlfriend back and he knows just how to get her: only he has the power to mend the final missing piece of Claire's broken heart. Now Claire must choose between a long-distance relationship with Adam and a second chance at love, family, and home.

Favourite quote: "You're mine, and a piece of you will always belong to me the same way a piece of me will always belong to you."

I loved the first book in this series so I was really looking forward to reading Pieces of You! I have to say that I didn't really enjoy this book as much as the first book! I preferred the first book as it had more relationship development in it and in Pieces of You relationships were put to the ultimate test! Also, there weren't a lot of scenes with Claire and Adam in them so I was slightly upset because I missed my Adam fix! This book was still extraordinary though! The plot continued on from where Relentless left off from and it was all about all of the characters coming to terms with the big secret that was revealed on the first book! I couldn't get through it fast enough as I was instantly drawn back into Claire's world! The plot was full of emotion that you connect with the characters a lot more and you start having more empathy for them! The characters were again amazing! I felt sorry for Claire as she had so much going on in her life and she had to deal with her love for two amazing guys who would do anything for her! I didn't agree with some of Claire's choices in this book, but in a strange way I could see why she made them! Adam in this book surprised me! I can't say much or else I will spoil the book, but he and Claire went through some things that I wasn't expecting them too and I felt sorry for him! We got a glimpse of Chris in the first book, but in this book he is one of the main characters! I liked Chris, I didn't not like him, but I didn't like that he came back into Claire's life and just expected her to get back into a relationship with him! I feel that I got to know him more as the book went on though! I loved that Pieces of You was written from Claire, Adam and Chris's point of view as in Relentless I got to see the story from only Claire's point of view, but when the guys point of views were added in then it made it so much more interesting as I got to go inside their heads and start to see how they really feel because emotions play such a big part in this book! The love triangle in this book comes to the ultimate climax! I was Team Adam in the first book and I was Team Adam in this book! I liked Chris, but I thought he was a little too big for his boots sometimes! I could see that he loved Claire though! I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series and seeing where it ends and also seeing who Claire picks! I will be rooting for Adam! That cover! WOW! It is stunning and it most definitely suits the book! Big thank you to Cassia for an ARC of Pieces of You and to Christine for having me on the Blog Tour!

Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts, #2)
 
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Author bio:

USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both.
 
 
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Cover Reveal: Cry Me A River by Devyn Dawson!



Caide Palmer, Emerald Isle's resident chef and grieving father. Everything in his life is turned upside down when his ex-girlfriend Heather dies from an accidental overdose. She left behind their eighteen month old daughter. Heather's parents filed for emergency custody of baby Lucy. Now Caide is in the fight of his life to raise his daughter to the best of his ability. The courts order Caide to attend parenting classes and Al Anon meetings. It is there that he meets twenty-two year old River. She is drawn in by his story, and she wants to mend his grieving heart. Will Caide allow River in to his world, or will he find his role as single father is to be faced alone? There's something about her that he wants to save. Can they really save each other?

Cry Me A River is a New Adult book with sexual situations and explicit language. If you've ever mourned the loss of someone you loved, Cry Me A River will show you that love can conquer when you meet the right person.

Add to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Author bio:
 
The author Devyn Dawson is from Oklahoma, but she kicks up her boots in New Bern, NC.  She spends her days writing about the characters who live in her head.  Devyn has been intrigued by the young adult world and is now branching out to new adult.  This is her first non-paranormal book.  Although the characters are fictional, grief of losing someone you love is drawn from her own experiences of death and loss.
 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Review: Running On Empty [Mending Hearts 01] by L.B. Simmons!

Publication date: 4th January 2013
Paperback edition: -
Source: Kindle
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband. Three gorgeous little girls. Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.

The question is…

How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?

Favourite quote: "You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."

WOW! This book completely blew me away! I bought it when it first came out and then when I helped reveal the cover and got on the Blog Tour for the novella, Recovery, then I thought that I better start reading this book so that I knew what was going on! When I first saw the cover for this book I thought that it was going to be a Young Adult or a New Adult book and then I saw that it actually wasn't after I read the synopsis! I was a little apprehensive about reading it as the main character was older than the characters normally are in the sort of books I read, but I can honestly say that I felt like I was reading a Young Adult or New Adult book and that was the first time that I've probably ever stepped outside my comfort zone and felt like that! It's the sort of feeling I love and another reason why I loved this book as much as I did! The plot of this book was so sad, but so beautiful at the same time! I was instantly drawn into it and it just got better and better! In Running On Empty there was this broken woman who was doing the best she could and putting on a brave face when inside she was broken, until someone comes back into her life and saves her! I loved that the plot was so interesting and kept making me what to read a few more chapters every chance I got! I also teared up at a particular scene in this book which I was pretty impressed about as I thought that I was going to cry the whole way through it! The characters were so amazing! Alex was the main character and I just adored her! She had been through so much and she still held her head high and was determined to be independent, even though it's okay to ask for help sometimes! Alex was someone who I admired as she was a character that tried her best even when she had been through a lot! Blake was the man who saved Alex! He swooped in and showed her that you can get a second chance at love and to cherish it when you find it! I loved him! He was also hot and exactly what Alex needed! I also loved Kyndall, Nycole and Rylie! They were so funny and exactly the kind of children I would want! I'm really looking forward to reading more of this series as Running On Empty was full of emotion and was written amazingly! The cover for this book is initially what drew me to it! It is absolutely stunning! I am in love with it! I also love how much the title suits the book as well!



Running On Empty (Mending Hearts, #1)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Cover Reveals: The Empath Trilogy by HK Savage!

Cover Reveals for The Empath Trilogy by HK Savage!
 
Empath [The Empath Trilogy 01]
 
 
All she wanted was to disappear…

Claire Martin is an empath. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren't hers. Off to college she hopes simply to blend with the crowd where she can best hide her curse. Within her first few weeks at school Claire meets Stephen Andrews, a small, fragile looking boy who changes her life forever. 



Stephen, a boy with a secret of his own, instantly recognizes Claire for what she is. It is through Stephen's aid that Claire meets James, a vampire with a talent of his own. As soon as they touch, their abilities connect in a way that has not occurred in over three hundred years forming a bond that cannot be broken. 
 
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Bonded [The Empath Trilogy 02]
 
 
 
The bad guys are licking their wounds leaving Claire and James to enjoy what promises to be a merry Christmas. Only a traitor among them sends Stephen and Claire into enemy hands.

Past lovers, obligations and rivalries compete, all the while the bond between Claire and James grows and Claire is pulled further toward the vampire side. James is growing dependent upon her to feed his humanity until the boundary that separates them is no longer clear.

A potential husband and a job working for the Court threaten to take Claire's newfound control over her life from her and stick her firmly under someone else's thumb. She must try to keep her wits about herself enough to figure out what she wants before the ability to decide is gone forever, and try not to get any of her loved ones killed in the process.
 
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Secrets [The Empath Trilogy 03]
 
 
 Paris, everyone is together and forgets for one night about the looming threat of war between the races for a wedding. But no sooner are their vows exchanged than the newlyweds are called upon to serve the Court.

Stateside, an old photograph turns up with a member of the vampire's Court and several other men linked to an organization called Nightshade Holdings, LLC. More digging reveals how deep Nightshade's influence extends and just how deeply the Court itself is involved in the plot to start an interspecies war.

Love is found, old friends die and a greater enemy than any thought possible is revealed. It will take everything for the clan and the vampires to stop the war before it is too late.

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Author bio:

HK Savage has been a voracious reader of anything she could get her hands on going back to the second grade when she would set her alarm two hours early to read before school. Her passion for the written word has continued and flowed into writing going back nearly as far. Her books have fans in twenty countries on six continents with hopes of attracting attention on Antarctica if for no other reason than to check a box.

Currently, HK is a mother, wife and black belt in Karate as well as an avid dressage rider. Her three dogs: a Doberman she uses for therapy dog work and two ancient Doxies keep her busy when she is not writing or working or whatever else.

In addition to editing for the past ten years in advertising, HK has been an editor for several newsletters over the years; her favorite being for Heifer International where her ideas were put into effect and complimented by those on high. Currently her skills are being focused on clients in the writing world.

Paranormal is her favorite genre and science fiction because both address the possibilities we have not yet realized and the darker things we have. Her favorite premise: “what if?”

 
 
 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Darker Days [The Darker Agency 01] by Jus Accardo!

 
Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...
 
When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.
 
Seven deadly ones, in fact.
 
They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing...
 
There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.
 
Excerpt!

   “So not your biggest fan at the moment,” I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.
   From across the room, Mom stared. “What happened to you?”
   “It attacked me.” Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the love—and right now, the love was soggy.
   She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. “Surely you’re overreacting. It was one little zombie. They don’t attack people.”
   “I’m serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, I’d say we’re probably square. I’ve learned my lesson.”
   “You’re serious?” Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.
   “As a coronary.” Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirt—the word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the back—I said, “Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse…”
   “But why would it attack? Did you provoke it?” Folding her arms, she frowned. “Insult it, perhaps?”
   I winked at her. “Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see what’d happen.” I’d called it Stinky, but that didn’t count as an insult. Something couldn’t be considered an insult if it was true, right?
   Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. “But you’re okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions…?”
   I smiled and did a little twirl. “All in one piece and still me.”
   Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.
   “Oh, and you’re probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.”
   Mom groaned. “I told you to be more careful.”
   “It’s not like I tried to break anything.”
   “Something tells me you didn’t try hard enough not to break anything, either.”
   “In my defense, it wasn’t a simple trap and slap…”
   “We can’t afford this.” She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. “This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.”
   “Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head…”
   “If you keep this up, we won’t even be able to afford the rent.”
   She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too.” A good start, but it didn’t feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damages—I hoped—but I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.
   As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. “I’ll even throw in pet possessions for the next month.”
 
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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
 
 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cover Reveal: Recovery [Mending Hearts 1.5] by L.B. Simmons!





I have the perfect life.

I’ve finally found my happy ending.

I fought through the loss of one husband, lucky enough to be given a second chance at a lifetime of happiness. Settling into our new lives, however, may not be as easy as it seems.

What really happens after the fairytale ending? What happens after the prince rescues the princess? After he sweeps her off her feet and carries her off into the sunset? Do they truly live happily ever after?

Well…

This is our story.


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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Day Seven of the Birthday Week: The Forever of Ella and Micha [The Secret 02] by Jessica Sorensen!


Excerpt from The Forever of Ella and Micha [The Secret 02] by Jessica Sorensen!
 
Coming 28th May 2013! 

   I tug Ella eagerly toward the front door, shoving people out of my way. When we step outside, I grab her arm, whirl her around, and pick her up.
   “Where’s your car?” I ask as she hitches her legs around my waist and my dick instantly gets hard.
   She loops her arms around the back of my neck and her green eyes sparkle underneath the streetlights. “It’s parked out back.”
   I stumble blindly down the dark alley as I kiss her fiercely and tangle my fingers in her long, auburn hair that smells sweetly of vanilla. I trip over the curb at the end, but regain my balance without breaking the kiss. My hand cups her ass and the other one explores the soft skin of her thigh.
   “Did you wear this skirt just for me, so I’d have easy access?” I murmur against her lips as my fingers inch up her leg.
   Laughing against my mouth, she pinches my ass. “You at least have to get us in the car before you start doing stuff to me.”
   “Yeah right.” I caress her tongue with mine, savoring her, before moving away. “I’m planning on throwing you down on the hood right here, right now.”

  
Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they're together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.

Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she's having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.

Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won't ask her to
leave college, just to be with him.

The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?
 
The Forever of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #2)
 
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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