Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cover reveal: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram is on my list of favorite authors that write great clean romance.  Her upcoming release, Cinder & Ella looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it.  Check out the beautiful cover and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!


Here's the blurb:
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


Teaser excerpt:
“You do have someone who cares,” he said softly. “No matter how bad things are at home or at school or whatever, you have me. You’re my best friend, too. You have my number now. Save it in your phone and call it anytime—day, night, the witching hour—it doesn’t matter. Okay?”
It took me a moment—and a series of deep breaths—before I could respond. “Okay.”
“Promise?”
“I promise. As long as I always have you, I’ll be fine.” I kicked myself internally and laughed. “Wow, that sounded really cheesy. You see? That’s why I didn’t want to call you. I can filter my stupid mouth so much better when I have to type out my thoughts.”
Cinder laughed again. “Ah, but then you would miss out on all the sweet nothings I plan to whisper in your ear now that I know how much you like my ultra-sexy voice.”
I blushed but refused to let him know that his flirting rattled me. “I never said ultra, you egomaniac. But you should definitely consider recording audiobooks for a living.”
“Hmm. That’s not a bad idea.” Cinder’s voice dropped to that slow, seductive purr again as he asked, “Would you like me to read to you, Ellamara?”
I thrilled at the thought and couldn’t quite mask my excitement. “Seriously?”
“Why not? Before you called, I was getting ready to have a Top Gear marathon all by my lonesome.”
“You are such a liar. Tonight is Friday night, and it’s Halloween. There is no way you don’t have plans.”
“I don’t have important ones. It’s just a stupid party that my sort-of girlfriend wants me to go to.”
“Your ‘sort-of’ girlfriend?”
“Yeah.” Cinder stretched the word out in a long breath. “It’s a long story, but I’m not that into her. I’d much rather stay home and read with you. Besides, I can’t hang up on you when you’ve had the worst day ever. What kind of best friend would that make me?”
I almost cried again. The offer was so sweet. And thoughtful. Reading was a passion Cinder and I shared. We read and discussed books all the time. We’d even decided to read the same book at the same time before, but we’d never read one together. Cinder had to know how much that would mean to me.
“It has to be The Druid Prince,” I said.
Cinder laughed. “It’s already in my hands.” 

Look for Cinder and Ella October 1, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Author Spotlight: Anne Eliot

I want to spotlight a favorite YA author of mine, Anne Eliot.  Anne has written these amazing YA books that deal with tough issues that many teens experience, but she does it in a sensitive, thought provoking way that makes you feel as though you are in the mind of her characters.  You experience their highs and lows and everything in between.  Here are my reviews of Anne's books and I hope that you find one that you might wish to read!


It's no secret here on the blog that I'm a boy band/rock star fan.  One of my favorite YA rock star romances is Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot.  I absolutely love this one.  The story is fun, YA appropriate, and every girl's dream.  Cute angst filled rock star? Check.  Uninterested, but becomes interested young girl? Check. Protective but clueless older brother? Double check.  Seriously, this is a favorite of mine and I have read it many times.  The angst is light, the characters are believable, and the story line, while at times sad, is fun.  Plus, I really like the cover.  Isn't it great?!



To Purchase Unmaking Hunter Kennedy at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1k5CNtu


After reading Unmaking of Hunter Kennedy I knew that I had to read more from author Anne Eliot. When I discovered her other book, Almost, I have to admit I hesitated reading it.  The story deals with the aftermath of a teenage girl, Jess, that was almost raped.  Since the subject matter was a little deeper, I wasn't sure I was up to the emotional roller coaster it was offering.   Almost stayed in my TBR pile for quite awhile. When I finally decided to read Almost, I devoured it.  Anne handled the sensitive subject matter in such a beautiful and sensitive way.  Jess' journey of finding herself and putting the past behind her is emotional, but you will find yourself cheering her on and celebrating with her in the end.  As with Anne's other book, this is very YA appropriate.

To purchase Almost at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1tnDYaM




Anne recently released How I Fall.  She's on my auto buy list, so I quickly added it to my large TBR pile, where it safely landed on top.  I started How I Fall thinking I would read a little here and there throughout the day as I was productively getting things accomplished around the house.  I found that I couldn't put it down and therefore blame Anne for my untouched to-do list.  This story, like Anne's previous books, is a YA.  Ellen is 16 and has battled Cerebral Palsy her whole life.  She is strong, driven and desperately wants to be seen as something other than the disabled girl.  Cam is a star football player that feels boxed in by all the demands that are placed on him by his family.  Cam just wants to be able to live his life, and that life doesn't include football.   Cam and Ellen are brought together by a chain of events and longtime crushes are revealed.  In How I Fall I loved the descriptions of the day by day, or more appropriately, hour by hour struggles that Ellen and Cam experience individually, as well as when they are together. The reader gets this amazing love story, but also this internal struggle of realty vs. how you want to be perceived.  While this story does describe and discuss Ellen's CP and her limitations, that is only a small part of the overall story. I think the main theme is about how we all struggle with something, but we can't let that something define or limit us.  I do feel the lengths the adults went to in this story to prevent Cam and Ellen from dating was a little exaggerated, but it did add that extra heart pounding element to the story that kept me reading.  Warning! This book does have a cliffhanger! My understanding is that this is a 2 book series.  Anne if you're reading this, I need book two ASAP!!  Overall great story with a very Romeo/Juliet like love story.

To purchase How I Fall at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1mZ4Oh4


I recently met Anne at the RWA Literacy Signing in San Antonio.  She was so nice, easy to talk to and very gracious.  If you ever have the chance to attend a signing for Anne I encourage you to attend!

Find out more about Anne Eliot at her website: http://www.anneeliot.com/
Facebook: https://t.co/TZjO2YY9fp
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/yaromance

Friday, July 25, 2014

Game Changer Release Day Launch

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  Game Changer
by Collette West
Publication Date: July 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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Synopsis

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

About Collette West

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Last Single Girl by Caitie Quinn

The Last Single Girl has a new cover!! 



One month.

That's all Sarah has to find a date for the Big Night or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins eLove.com hoping that - just like the perfect purse - the internet and online dating can help her find the perfect man.

The problem is, love isn't always where you think you'll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.


Page Count: This Romantic Comedy novella is 23k words, or by NY standards 92 pages.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Unexpected by Amy Marie





SYNOPSIS:

At twenty-seven Erin Decker has the perfect life; a thriving career, a dream home she shares with her best friend Noelle, and a secure relationship with Robert, her handsome and faithful boyfriend. Or so she thinks.

When her visions of a marriage proposal are met with the ultimate betrayal, Erin finds herself in the arms of sexy and strong-willed distraction, Walker Prescott.

Her summer becomes life changing as she realizes Walker has left her with a tiny piece of himself and no way to find him…until he suddenly shows up and turns her world upside down.

Can she let go of her past to make way for a future she never saw coming?

Can Walker be exactly what Erin needs?

Will he give her the perfect life she so desperately craves in the most unexpected way?



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EXCERPT:

My body isn’t used to this much alcohol. The few glasses of wine I normally drink don’t have me in the middle of a dance “orgy” without remembering how I got there. Sweat is dripping down my neck and tickling the space between my breasts. After the third round of drinks, bought by three different men just wanting to get in my pants, I feel relaxed yet out of control. Noelle is nowhere to be found and in my drunken state I’m not even the least bit concerned about it. The music has taken over my body and I can feel myself letting go of all the stress and anxiety that Robert has caused me. I don’t care who is watching because at this moment I feel like the sexiest person in here.

With my eyes closed I rub my hands along my hips all the way to my hair, pulling it off my neck into a makeshift ponytail. The beat of the music moves through me like an electric wave. When a cool puff of air passes over the back of my neck it feels like water in the Sahara. Larger hands than I’ve ever felt before unexpectedly come around my waist and pull me back into a rock hard chest. My breathing becomes more ragged as the mystery man whispers in my ear.

“Are you hot, baby?” He asks, his hot breath sending shivers down my spine.

My senses are on high alert and despite the fact that I haven’t a clue what he looks like, those four words turn me on instantly. If his voice can do that to me I’d love to see what his enormous hands are capable of. Our bodies connect and sway to the music as his mouth continues to hover just above my shoulder causing tingles to radiate through my body. I can feel his lips grazing the crease of my neck and when he nips my skin my knees go weak. My head falls back involuntarily giving him more access to continue his sensual assault. He smells delicious, and the soft suctioning kisses he places up my neck cause me to moan in anticipation. I have to see the man who is releasing all my inhibitions.

Reluctantly I turn my heated body around feeling the loss of his soft lips, but what I’m rewarded with is a vision of godliness. Standing at what appears to be well over six feet tall is the most panty-dropping specimen that I have ever laid my eyes upon. I should have turned around sooner! His plain black t-shirt hugs every single slender muscle in his sexy ass arms. The faded blue jeans he wears are snug, even more so where his zipper lies, showing me how much he is turned on. His dark brown hair is a styled mess; short on the sides but longer up top. I can’t help but wonder what it would feel like to grab hold of it and tug. Hard. A grin flashes across his face, as if he’s read my mind, and I see a hint of just one dimple on the right side of his mouth. His green eyes appear hungry as they shamelessly take me in from my toes to my own starving eyes. I swallow hard and try to catch my breath.

“I thought you looked good from behind but damn if you don’t look heavenly from this angle,” he says loudly, over the music.

He grabs both of my hands, circling them around his neck. With our height difference my forehead falls into his chest perfectly, as if we are two pieces of a puzzle. I try to control my breathing; the alcohol is coursing through my veins now. Freeing my hands from their hold, they find their way down and softly graze over his pecs and then the ripple of his abs. They falter as they come in contact with not a six pack but, a …1,2,3,… eight pack! I see his chest rising and falling rapidly. I think he must be as turned on by me as I am by him. Impossible.


Unexpected is a very steamy story of two people brought together after a one night stand that had lasting consequences.  Walker is a fresh out of college alpha male that knows what he wants, and that's Erin.  Erin is an established teacher who has had her heart broken and just wants to get over her heartbreak and enjoy life.  Together, they find they are exactly what each other needs.  The story is a little predictable, and some of the situations seem a little far fetched, but it is an overall good read.  Perfect book to cuddle up with on a rainy day.  Steamy-ness is high.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amy Marie was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Virginia Beach with her fantastically crazy husband and two kids.

As an avid reader, she never dreamed of writing her own novel until the characters started haunting her at night and in the shower.  Wanting to get it down on paper she set off on a journey that has been more than she could have ever dreamed. 

When not writing, she can be found carting her kids around, breaking up their fights, cleaning up messes, teaching Zumba, or reading. 



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Proceeds of Rise Up Vol. 2 to benefit Stephanie Thomas-co-founder of The Indie Bookshelf






“We all know how fragile life is, especially when faced with a life threatening illness.” ~Nic, Flirty and Dirty Book Blog.

Fiction introduced us. Reality binds us together.

Stephanie Thomas—co-founder of The Indie Bookshelf—has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Stephanie isn’t only a blogger; she’s a loving wife, and mother to three young boys.

In the independent author community, we have an extraordinary network of fellow authors, and readers. A special group of people who bridge this gap—helping authors connect with readers—is book bloggers. These men and women dedicate hours upon hours to reading and reviewing our works, and spreading the word to help us reach new readers.

Now, one of these women needs our help.

100% of the proceeds of the Rise Up anthology (volumes one and two) will go directly to Stephanie and her family to help them on this unexpected leg of their journey together.

Inside the pages of this collection, you’ll find amazing works of fiction. But please remember the reality, and help support Stephanie and her family.

Included in Volume Two of this collection are the following novels:

* 1. Always There - Carol Ann Albright-Eastman
* 2. Republic - Charles Sheehan-Miles
* 3. Seeds of Hate - Melissa Perea
* 4. In The Fields - Willow Aster
* 5. Bar Crawl - Andrea Randall
* 6. Totaled - Stacey Grice
* 7. Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox
* 8. Crossing Paths - Melanie Stinnet
* 9. Going Home - Rhonda Dennis
* 10. Never Goodbye -  Kerri Williams
* 11. Without Boundaries - CJ Azevedo
* 12. Binds - Rebecca Espinoza
* 13. The Forgotten Ones - Laura Howard














Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Safe Space by E.M Tippetts



Title: A Safe Space
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
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Everyone needs a safe space.

For Lizzie Warner, that space has always been in front of the camera on her hit show, or on stage to a sold out concert arena. Since before she can remember, she’s been a star, but that may be about to change.

She’s nineteen. Her show has been cancelled and now she’s going to play the lead in a new prime time drama series, but is the world ready to take her seriously, or will she be typecast as the cute tween queen forever?
Her network has decided to be aggressive and has invested millions of dollars in an ad campaign for her show, money she’s not sure she can earn back. Her co-star can’t stand her, and the writing for the show turns out to be poor at best. The only reason Lizzie didn’t walk away from the job offer to begin with is because she’s broke, the victim of a decade of bad money management.

Then there’s Devon, the personal trainer at her gym. Arrogant and abrasive, he’s the last guy she should ever find attractive, but she has a hopeless crush on him anyway, and he doesn’t seem entirely disinterested either. In fact, sometimes he’s downright sweet to her. If only he weren’t an untamable bad boy who uses and dumps women like they’re nothing. Though Lizzie’s friends warn her to stay away, he’s the only person who can create what she needs: a safe space. But is there any way she can break him of his years' long habit of being a user?


I love E.M Tippetts writing.  I have been a long time fan and was excited to read her newest release.  I was not disappointed.  A Safe Space is more than a romance between two people.  It is a progression of two people discovering themselves and falling for each other in the process.  Lizzie was a child actor who is trying to find her place in the world after growing out of that role and becoming an adult.  It was very refreshing to read about someone making this transition and not carrying a lot of baggage.  I feel as though Lizzie, while young, was so much more mature than her nineteen years.  Denton is this older guy who saw Lizzie as this untouchable, this person who was unattainable for someone like himself.  Together they had to decide if giving someone all of yourself is worth the risk of losing yourself if it ends.  My only complaint is that I felt the last chapter was a little rushed.  I'm glad Lizzie came to her senses, but I felt the situation at that point was taken lightly and then everything was forgiven and all was right with the world.  Steam level is light.

To purchase:
Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/books/A-Safe-Space
Amazon:  http://authl.it/B00LRFKA7A?d
B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940149821662

Giveaway
2 winners will receive a prize pack that includes: a signed paperback of the book, one pen of the winner's choice from EM's Etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/EMTippettsBookDesign), and coupons for free Pie Pops.

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Author bio:

Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction as Emily Mah and sweet romance as E.M. Tippetts. A lifelong New Mexican, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, though she's been known to spend years at a time in the UK, her second home. Aside from being a writer, she's been a lawyer and jeweler, and is currently a stay at home mother, polymer clay artist, book designer/formatter, and owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

Links:
Mailing list: eepurl.com/vS_wz
Website: www.emtippetts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emtippetts
Twitter: twitter.com/emtippetts (@EMTippetts)






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Making Faces by Amy Harmon


Have you ever read something and as you read it you just wanted to take a highlighter and start highlighting words, phrases, paragraphs?  Just me?  If I had highlighted words/phrases that I loved in Making Faces I think I would have used a whole box of highlighters Amy Harmon's Making Faces is one of the most beautiful, well written books I have ever read.  I had heard great things about this book, but honestly kept putting it off because I knew it wasn't a "fluff" book.  I knew it would be emotional and I would probably shed a few tears.  I ordered the book and when it came in the mail, I thought I'd just read a few pages and see what it's about.  At 1:30 in the morning when I had finished, I just sat in awe.  Amy Harmon has a gift.  This book is so carefully and masterfully written.  By page 17 I was already shedding tears....a few more pages, and I found myself rereading some sentences several times so that I could absorb the meanings.  A few more chapters and I found myself smiling and thinking back to when I was young and the world was exciting, but a little scary.  A few more chapters and I was crying again and wanting to scream at the injustice of it all.  When I finished, I immediately wanted to find someone that had read it and discuss it.  It's that good. I will definitely be purchasing her other books to inhale the first chance I get.

I want to share with you the first phrase that I came to that I wanted to immediately highlight.  I think it is my favorite phrase ever. EVER!
Everybody is a main character to someone....  There are no minor characters.
There is more to this scene, but I don't want to spoil any part of this story for anyone.  When I read these few sentences I just stopped.  I reread that sentence again and again.  I loved it.  It is something I want to frame, and I will.  I want to remind myself and those around me that everyone is important to someone.

I'm not going to summarize any of the book.  I want you to experience this book with totally fresh eyes.The characters in Making Faces are believable.  They are smart, funny, and face adversity.  Just like the characters in the story that are trying to make sense of this thing called life, Amy's writing requires you to really think, ponder, reflect, etc.  Did I cry? Yes. Did I fall in love with the characters? Yes.  Did my heart break? Yes.  Would I read this all over again? Definitely.

If you take my advice and read Making Faces, come back and let me know what you thought!
To purchase on Amazon: Making Faces

I wanted to include a conversation I had with my 6yr.old as I was reading Making Faces.
E: What are you reading?
Me:  A book.
E:  Who wrote it? Did Penny write it?(She's a Penny Reid fan ;))
Me: No, her name is Amy Harmon.
E:  Is she your friend?
Me:  No, I've never met her.
E:  Is she on Facebook?
Me: Yes.
E:  Then you find her and you become friends!
Me: **smiles**

So, Amy if you read this, we're friends.  My 6 year old says so.  Just giving you the heads up! ;)

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid


Blurb:
This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 105k word novel.

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn)



When I read, (and when I say read, I really mean the first 20 times I read), Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, I fell in love with Quinn and Janie.  Quinn quickly became my favorite book boyfriend of all time.  My numero uno.  The CFO of Book Boyfriends Inc.  The Chieftain.  The...well you get the picture.  I love that he's a man of few words, an alpha male, and that he loves a slightly awkward gorgeous nerd named Janie.  Then I read Neanderthal Marries Human and I now think I love Quinn 10 times more than before.  Or maybe 11 times, but who's counting.  In NMH, Penny lets us into the mind of not only Janie, but Quinn.  Quinn's mind is a little dirty, a little obsessed with a certain nerd, and a lot romantic.  For someone who didn't want to fall in love, Quinn sure knows what love is and how to keep it.  In NMH, Janie is still Janie, but we get to see more of what is really going on in that brain of hers.  We still get the plethora of trivia, but we are also given a front row seat to her emotions.  I loved seeing how vulnerable she was to Quinn and how badly she wanted to be with him forever, while anticipating and preparing for when he would inevitably move on to someone else.  In Janie's mind, statistically, things end, but what she didn't realize, is that statistics don't apply to Quinn Sullivan.  When Quinn loves, it's forever. What makes NMH great is that it provides us with a window into the every day lives of Janie and Quinn while giving us an intimate look at the people in their inner circle.  Quinn and Janie's love isn't perfect, but it's perfect for them.
I love the way that Penny flawlessly weaved in NMH and gives us small glimpses of scenes from Friends Without Benefits and Love Hacked, but from a different perspective. These glimpses are like the missing puzzle pieces from the other stories.  Neanderthal Marries Human was written after these books had already been written and released and shows just how talented Penny is at knowing her characters and telling their stories. While I believe the first 3 books of the Knitting in the City series are great, I think you will see that Neanderthal Marries Human is the missing link that you didn't even realize was missing.

A few things I observed while reading Neanderthal Seeks Human:

-Don't accept drinks from anyone, especially friends.  What ever happened to Friends Don't Let Friends Do Drugs?!?  My new phrase: Don't Let Friends Drink and Have Unsupervised Panty Dance Parties.

-What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, especially when the details are hazy and no one actually knows what happened.

-Nico's charisma affects everyone, man or woman.  It is extremely effective when it comes to Elizabeth and getting what he wants.  I might even go as far as to call him a genius ..you decide.


-Quinn only gets better with age, each book, when he breathes....

-Dan is the MAN!

-Guys shooting guns is hot.  Guys shooting guns in the desert is hotter.

-Discussing the Titanic is always a great way to divert the sexy ship and send it sinking into cold, cold water.

-Quinn drinks Texas whiskey and therefor a very smart man...

-Sometimes parents shouldn't be parents, and sometimes, parents screw up and just want a do-over.

-Family isn't always someone you're related to by blood, but someone who accepts you for the way you are and loves you more because of it.  No matter who you're with, be yourself.

-Beware of moose sausage.

-Quinn has great taste in slamps....did we ever doubt this?!?

-You can read a whole book in one sitting.  Kids can feed themselves.  Husbands CAN do things without your help.

Penny, if you're out there, I'm not content with your writing ;) I'm happy with it and hope you continue to share your true gift of storytelling with your readers.  I love how your mind works and that you create characters that we fall in love with, flaws and all.  Thank you for letting us live in your mind, if only for such short periods of time.

Sincerely,
Angie

P.S Penny, I'm 97% sure I love ya...;)

P.P.S. I need more Dan.  I know that his book is last, but I wouldn't mind if you moved it up. Will you accept bribes???


To purchase on Amazon:  Neanderthal Marries Human
Love Hacked  Friends Without Benefits

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About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.
 
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Cover reveal: Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews

I am so excited to reveal the Drops of Rain cover! 

Cover by: Ari at Cover it Designs
Release Date: August 11th!


Ali Rain

Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?”  Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone.  I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life.  Only, I no longer know who I am anymore.  Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone.  Silence has become the theme song to my life.  She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how.  Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.



Drew Hale

I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return.  People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free.  Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me.  I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt.  I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.


Find Kathryn Andrews at http://www.kandrewsauthor.com/

Friday, July 11, 2014

Strung by Rachel Van Dyken





From New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken comes the never before told story of the brothers from band AD2.
One girl.
Two brothers.
Who knew that the sleepy town of Seaside, Oregon would eventually be the location of both our downfall and our redemption?
Drugs, sex, lies, shame...it all led us to the Coast. It led us to her.
And ever since we met her.
Our lives have never been the same.
You may think you know what really happened--but you don't. After all, there's two sides to every story.
This is ours.
This book is Tear (the first book from the Seaside Series) told from Alec and Demetri's POV.



Purchase Strung on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qr0g6O
The Seaside Box Set: http://amzn.to/1jxyJSM


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Husband Games Cover Reveal!!

I am a huge Jamie Farrell fan and so excited to reveal the cover of her upcoming release!!



After Natalie Castellano’s marriage imploded on the field of the Husband Games in Bliss, Illinois, the most married-est town on earth, the last job she expected to inherit was planning the fiftieth anniversary of her hometown’s unique Games. But with her mother’s unexpected passing, that’s exactly what Natalie’s doing. And the position demands that she play nice with CJ Blue, the man who ultimately caused Natalie’s marital demise.

Winning Bliss’s Husband Games and being crowned Husband of the Year was the brightest spot in CJ’s short marriage. Since his wife’s untimely death, he’s taken himself around the world, hiding from his grief. But now, family obligations have him trapped in Bliss, where he’s been invited to participate in the Games and humiliate himself in the name of closure. The whole town wants him to play. The whole town, except one. And he can’t decide what bothers him more—that Natalie doesn’t think he belongs in the Games, or that she’s right.

These two would make great enemies. But all games aside, the more they find themselves in close quarters, the harder it is to deny their mutual attraction. She’s battled Bliss’s bridal brigade, and he’s jumped out of airplanes and soared over waterfalls, but now they’re both facing the biggest risk of all: taking another chance on love.
Release Date: Aug. 7th 



One random commenter among all the commenters on the cover reveal posts today will win a signed, uncorrected advanced copy of THE HUSBAND GAMES. Drawing will be held Saturday morning and announced on Jamie's blog (http://www.jamiefarrellbooks.com/blog). Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada. International entrants are eligible for an advanced e-copy of THE HUSBAND GAMES.




ABOUT JAMIE:

Jamie Farrell writes humorous contemporary romance. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe. Her debut novel, SOUTHERN FRIED BLUES, has been nominated for the National Readers' Choice Awards and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.

A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she's not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.


For more information on Jamie and her books, visit her online at http://www.jamiefarrellbooks.com/You can also find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JamieFarrellBooks or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TheJamieFarrell 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Out of Line Box Set Cover Reveal




All three OUT OF LINE books in one volume.

PLUS two bonus scenes AND the original ending to OUT OF TIME!

OUT OF LINE

I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met Carrie Wallington, everything got muddy. She's a rule I know I shouldn't break, but damn if I don't inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. I'm ready to step out of line. And even worse? I'm living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case...

The truth will cost me everything.

OUT OF TIME

Being Carrie's bodyguard was one thing. Being her boyfriend is another. Every day she's mine is a day the sun shines in my life. Yet our time together is running out. Her father will never think a tattooed Marine will be good enough, so I'll do whatever it takes to be worthy of her love. But the road will take me away from the girl who makes me feel alive--the girl I can't live without.

Time only gets us so far...

OUT OF MIND

All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…


Buy Links for individual books:

OUT OF LINE (Book #1)

OUT OF TIME (Book #2)

OUT OF MIND (Book #3)


Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Author Spotlight: Lacey Weatherford

I have read several of Lacey's books and I really enjoyed them.  My favorite has been the Crush Series. A great clean romance series that also includes a little mystery and police action.  Check her out!!


~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~
Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

~*~BOOK LIST~*~

The Crush series
Chasing Nikki series
Of Witches and Warlocks series
Tell Me Why
Fire & Ice
Over the River and Through the Woods
Fairy Kissed
Castle in the Clouds
Too Close
31 Flavors
See Me


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