Saturday, August 30, 2014

My interview with Catherine Bybee, a review, and a giveaway!



1. What initially inspired the Weekday Brides Series? 
I wanted to write a bride for hire romance that featured a strong woman and a Duke. Why not? I love that trope in historical romances, so I wanted to explore it in contemporary.

2. In the beginning, did you plan to have this series, or was the first book, Wife by Wednesday, written as a stand-alone?
It was meant as a stand-alone. It’s highly publicized that Wife by Wednesday was originally written with the desire to publish with Harlequin. Once ‘the best rejection ever’ came across my desk, I bumped up a few things in the book and self published it. Once the book went viral, I knew I had a series on my hands.

3. Which book of the Weekday Bride series has been your favorite to write?
I love each book for different reasons. When I know the characters really well, as in Neil and Gwen, it is easier to write the book… but I can’t say that any one was a favorite to write.

4. Any favorite characters?
That’s like asking if I have a favorite child. LOL – I’d love to hang with Eliza, I think we have a lot in common. Then again, I can see myself sitting in a bar talking with all the women in this series. As for the men…there are some I’d like to ‘play with’ and other’s I would consider marrying. *wink*

5. What is your writing process?  Do you have any weird writing quirks?
My day starts with a workout, if I’m on my game. I spend the early hours cleaning out my inbox and taking direction on what ‘has to get done’ from my assistant. If I’m working on writing, I try and dive in after lunch. I take a break to schlep kids or make dinner, then find myself working late into the night. I tend to do my best writing when it’s dark. Not sure why. But it works for me.
Writing quirks? I’m a complete pantser so I find my story evolving as I write. I rush through the first draft and go back to clean it up after. I don’t know if that’s a quirk or not. I do try and have a title for a book before I start writing it.

6. We have all book boyfriends, and personally Neil is one of my top faves, do you have any book boyfriends?
Bless your heart! Neil is mine, lady…hands off. *wink* Yeah, I want Neil in the worst way. Sad to say that publicly, but it’s the way it is. Rick is a close second. I’m so shallow.

7. You are so great at connecting with your readers on social media, has there been anything that readers have said or done, concerning your books, that has surprised you?
Thanks. My readers, as in my fans, always surprise me. I love it when they really ‘get’ some of the underlying messages in my books. Certainly there is the boy meets girl, they fall in love, overcome conflict, and live happily-ever-after, but some of my heroes and heroines have some serious baggage they have to work out in order to grow. Life is never one-dimensional. I love it when my readers dig into the layers of my characters and connect with them. 


I have read each book in Catherine Bybee's Weekday Brides Series and each one has captured my heart. Each story incorporates all the characters, yet is uniquely written to capture each couples amazing love story.  In Taken by Tuesday we are given the awesomeness of Rick and Judy.  We have been introduced to Rick, Neil's best friend, in previous books, but in Taken by Tuesday we see him in all his full glory. Get your mind out of the gutter, we don't exactly get to see that side of Rick's full glory! While Neil, from Fiance by Friday, will be my favorite alpha male military man, Rick came in a close second.  What I loved about this story is that we start off the book knowing Rick wants Judy.  Rick never hides his attraction or his desire to have her.  I thought that was so refreshing, and to be honest, HOT!  Judy is young, but showed such maturity and drive.  She is focused on her career and doesn't want the distraction that is Rick (Rick is definitely a distraction!). As with Catherine's other books, there is plenty of heat, drama, and humor.  I'm not big on spoilers so you have to check out this story yourself, but the drama is intense!  Taken by Tuesday had me captured from the first page and I didn't want to put it down!  If you've read the other books in Catherine's Weekday Brides Series, this is the next must read in the series. If you haven't read the other books, dive in to Taken By Tuesday and I know it will leave you wanting to immediately read the rest!  Steamy-ness is HOT but tastefully written.  Catherine knows how to add steam to her stories.  

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JUDY GARDNER:
College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can find a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

RICK EVANS:
With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned-bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.



New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

This is Falling by Ginger Scott release day!



We're celebrating the release of This Is Falling by Ginger Scott! Check out the excerpt below and let us know what you think! 


Title: This Is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: August 29, 2014
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Blurb:
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to livewith the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

Excerpt
“You ever make wishes?” he says, out of nowhere. His voice breaks the thick silence, and it makes my heart jump. I think it would have jumped at hearing him anyhow.

“All the time,” I say. “You?”

“Nah,” he says, and I start to laugh, but I realize he isn’t. “I just made my first one in years.”

Breathe.

“Oh yeah? You want Barbie back?”

“No,” he smiles. “I wished you were over here instead of there.”

Oh.

More seconds pass, and I let them slip into minutes, my eyes unable to leave his. He didn’t ask. He didn’t come up with some transparent scheme. He was just honest—perfectly, beautifully, terrifyingly honest. We lie there for fifteen more minutes just looking at one another, this new feeling swallowing us both up whole, until Nate finally rolls to his back and then his other side, facing away from me.

More seconds. More minutes. I watch his body rise and fall with every breath, and it’s constant and regular, but I know he’s still awake. Being Cass’s friend, being Paige’s friend, even being Ty’s friend—that’s all part of healing. But what I’m about to do right now has nothing to do with my own personal growth and overcoming my trauma. Being Nate’s friend was a level I left in the dust the second I made his acquaintance. And right now is about me, and the pounding in my chest, and the voice in my head telling me to take what I want.

“Nate?” I speak, my eyes shut tightly.

“Yeah?”

“Can I come over?” I open my eyes as soon as I speak—amazed the words left my lips.

He rolls back over to face me, lifting his blanket open, and I somehow find my balance and tiptoe to the other side of the room, lying down next to him, in the most amazingly safe place I’ve ever felt.

He’s slow with his arm, pulling the top of the blanket over my shoulder and then reaching around the front of my body to pull me in close. He slides his other arm under my head for a pillow, and my head rests heavily on his bicep. I reach up and pull the tie from my hair, dropping it to the floor. Nate’s hand reaches along my arm when I do, and then he runs his fingers up my neck and into my hair, scooping my heavy strands into a pile along my skin. He continues to run his fingers from my hairline to behind my ear, each stroke like a wave crashing over me, making my eyes feel heavy.

“Hey Nate?” I say, my voice barely a whisper.

“Mmmmm,” he says, his nose pressed against the back of my head while he pulls me in closer, continuing to wind my hair through his fingers.

“You should make more wishes,” I say.

“I just made, like, about twenty. But don’t worry. I’m patient.”

Every nerve in my body is tingling from whatever it is we’re doing. This is no longer just flirting. This is levels beyond flirting. And I am about to fall asleep without the help of Ambien for the first time in months.






About the Author:

Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Release Day to Heidi Hutchinson! Tectonic is out NOW!


No matter how solid something seems, if enough pressure is applied,
hearts and lives will shift.
Shane Brookings, passionate surfer and accomplished athlete, was not a
rock star, as much as he tried to represent himself as one throughout most of
his adulthood. Mostly, Shane had always been kind of a jackass. A talented
jackass, but still. So it really came as no surprise to him that the only two
women he had seen a future with, chose actual rock stars to hitch themselves
to.
Feeling cold and hollow, he returned to California to focus on growing
his brand. Determined to now stay serious about his life choices, he never
anticipated Greta O'Neil's blatant shove into his life.
Greta O'Neil, avid artist, surfer chick, and baby sister to a rock star, had a
life that was anything but boring. Having a knack for pulling sad men out of
their funk, she sets her talents on Shane Brookings. She has no intention of
breaking her rules, which include getting too close, letting him in, and
accidentally falling for the guy.
But Shane is not like her other projects. Not only is he built like a Greek
god, he's hardworking, passionate, clever and heroic. (Not that he believes
any of those things about himself.) The rules she has so firmly set down to
protect herself, are more than shaken up with Shane's every push into her life.
Even as they both compromise to make room in their hearts for the other,
outside forces put pressure on their burgeoning relationship. Shane's dream
is put into jeopardy, ex-lovers surface at the worst moments, and their own
faults threaten to violently tear them apart.

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Heidi Hutchinson was born in South Dakota and raised the exact right distance away from the
Black Hills. She had an overactive imagination very early on, and wasted no time in getting most of her
friends in trouble due to her unrealistic and completely ridiculous ideas. Seeing as she was so lazy and
also afraid people would think she was bonkers, she didn't write down any of the story lines that played
out in her daydreams.
During her high school years, she took pen to paper and filled more notebooks than she is proud
of with angsty, depressing, self-depreciating poetry. This led to her writing down more things: notes,
ideas, character bios, plot twists that had no plot yet to twist. After years of cleaning up her own scraps
of imagination with nothing solid to hold on to, she sat down and wrote the story that had been in her
head the longest. Fueled by coffee and her unwavering and perfectly normal devotion to Dave Grohl,
she discovered a writer living inside of her.
She still lives in the Midwest, though not as close to the Black Hills as she would prefer, with her
alarmingly handsome husband and their fearless child. They eat more pizza than God intended and she
listens to her music the same way she lives: loudly.
Links to Author:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/heidirhutchinson
Blog: http://heidihutchinson.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7275775.Heidi_Hutchinson
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChosenbyFaith

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Interview with the guys (and their girls) of Double Blind Study!


Hey everyone!  Summer is almost over and school is beginning. Heidi Hutchinson's newest release, Tectonic, is out tomorrow!!!!!   Before I get too busy, I decided to visit with the guys from the band, Double Blind Study.  They might tell you different, *clears throat* but this interview was entirely voluntary and they are super excited!  I caught up with the guys at their latest tour stop and demanded, I mean asked, some great questions.  Check it out!

Angie: Hey guys! Thanks so much for letting me interview y'all today.  With the upcoming release of Tectonic, fans are curious about the guys behind the music of Double Blind Study.  I've compiled a long list of hard hitting questions that I feel fans need to know.  Prepare yourselves.  First question, what do each of you like to do in your free time/day off?

Luke:  I like to stay active.  Lenny and I like to try different things depending on where we are that week.  White water rafting was the most recent adventure.  She's fearless so I mostly try and keep up.

Mike:  I've been doing a lot of writing lately with Harrison. We have a solo project we're getting ready to start in L.A.  I do trail runs in the evening—

Lenny: Running is the best!

Lucy:  Running is the worst.

Angie: I agree with Lucy! If I'm running, someone is chasing me!*looks hopefully at Sway and winks* 

Mike:   And I like to fish.  *looks at the interrupting girls*  I like the peace and quiet.

Sway:  I like to hang around people I love.  I like social settings so whatever anyone else is doing I'm up for.  In my down time I've started reading a lot.  Mostly books that make me think.  Especially after meeting David Warren.  But I'm open to other genres. 

Harrison:  I like to explore the culinary differences in the regions we visit.

Blake:  You eat ALL the time.

Harrison:  *shrug* I like to eat.

Angie: Musical Influence?

Mike:  Southern rock, lot's of blues.  I like stuff with soul.

Blake:  In my profession? Old punk.  The Germs, The Adolescents, Black Flag.  Life influence? I'm partial to Tom Petty, Rolling Stones...

Harrison:  Queen is the greatest band of all time.  They are the reason I picked up a guitar at all.

Angie:  I suggest you listen to a little George Strait or Kenny Chesney and get in touch with your country side.  Girls really love those cowboys. *smiles sweetly while secretly picturing Mike in a cowboy hat*

Angie:  5 Things you cannot live without?

Luke:  Whew!  Ha!  That's a loaded question!
*Sway and Harrison just start laughing.  Blake shakes his head.  Mike takes it upon himself to explain their reactions.*

Mike:  We've been doing this a while now.  There was a time when we used to think that all we needed was our instruments.  But that's just not true.  You start sharing a van with four other dudes and you realize what the most important things in life are *lists them off on his fingers one at a time* One: deodorant *the rest of them nod along emphatically*  Two: toothpaste, Three: Soap, Four: Water, Five: Fuel.
You can always bum equipment off of another band.  Or even multiple bands.  You can always get someone somewhere to buy you a meal—

Blake: Or find the right dumpster at the right time.  Don't look at me like that, Angie.  It's not as bad as it sounds.  *wink*

Mike: But you can't risk hating each other.  The instruments don't make the band.  We do.  If we're not getting along, the entire show is screwed.  There's five of us.  We're the five things the band has to have in order to work.

Harrison:  While I agree with Mike, I would really like to add that food is number six on the list.

Angie:  *looks out of the corner of her eye at Blake* I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear the dumpster comment. *looks at the rest of the guys* I love that you depend so heavily on one another, but Luke, I assumed Lenny would be in there somewhere…Funniest thing that has happened while on tour? *looks at Sway with a pointed look* and keep it clean.

Sway:  Harrison's face

Harrison:  Shut it, dick.
**Angie giggles**
Luke: One time we accidentally left Mike in Albany.

Mike: Ha, ha!  That's right!  I was being interviewed after a show by the local radio station.  Went back to the buses and they just weren't there.

Lenny:  That had to have been before I was around.

Mike:  All my credentials were on the bus.  I had no money, no phone, no identification.  I hitchhiked to the next venue.  I got lucky and some college girls drove me the whole way.

Angie:  *rolls eyes* Mike, I'm glad you weren't lost and were found by co-eds. Co-eds, seriously?  I'm surprised they returned you. *smiles*   Most embarrassing moment on stage?

Blake:  Besides Luke strutting his tight ass off of it at least once a year.

Luke: It's not that often.
*Angie leans back and covertly glances at Luke’s ass*

Harrison:  One time we added a new song to the lineup and I was so nervous about playing it for the first time that I played an entirely different one.  The band covered for me though and changed over to what I was playing.  But I was pretty embarrassed.

Luke:  One time I got too close to Harrison during his guitar solo and he clocked me with the neck of his guitar.  Nearly knocked me out.
*laughing*

Blake:  Harrison also doesn't like to go shirtless.  But it gets hot under those lights.  Especially when you've been playing for an hour.  He went to take off his shirt for the first time and got his head caught.  He panicked and nearly ran off the end of the stage.
*more laughing*

Harrison:  Thanks for making me feel super cool in front of Angie, you guys.

Angie:  Harrison, you’ll always be cool to me **stares at him and smiles dreamily**

Angie: *shakes herself* Sorry, I lost myself there for a second.  Harrison, has anyone ever told you that you have great hair? No? Well you do.  Let's keep the questions rolling, craziest thing a fan has done?

Mike: besides sneak onto our bus and ask for an impromptu interview?

Angie: I’ve only done it once and I promise not to do it again!

*lot's of thought on this one*

Luke: posed as our assistant so that I had no choice but to fall madly in love with her.
*Lenny rolls her eyes*

Sway: I had a male fan steal all my pants off the bus once.  Security caught him in the parking lot as he tried to make his getaway. 

Angie: Luke that’s sweet.  Sway, I think that fan may have wanted more than your pants…just sayin’. *gives him a look* All of you have had the opportunity of traveling all over the world.  If you had to choose, what is your favorite place to tour/and or vacation?

Luke: I love London.  Always have, always will.

Blake: I prefer the States.  I don't like flying over the ocean.  I like big cities.  There's more to do.

Lucy: Even if I get on the wrong train and get us lost in Chicago?

Blake:  *reaches over to hold her hand*there's worse things than being lost with you.

Mike:  The tropics.  Give me an island and a hammock and I'm set.

Harrison:  Australia.  We only get to go every three years, but that place is a freaking blast.  The people, the culture, the food.  I love it all.

Sway:  Italy.  Espresso, art, gorgeous women.  My idea of heaven.

Angie: Texas is nice and it contains all of the above, plus cute Texas girls.*wink* With Luke and Blake finding love and settling down, I want to ask, do you believe in love at first sight? Soulmates?

Luke: Yes *winks at Lenny*

Blake: love at first sight? No.  Soulmates?  Hell yeah.  *pulls Lucy into his lap*

Mike:  Yes to both.

Harrison:  No... *shrug* I don't know.  I guess I'll know if it ever happens.

Sway:  I'm a hopeless romantic so, an emphatic yes to both.

Angie:  So Luke, how’s married life?  When can we expect little Luke and Lenny’s?

Luke:  Ha, ha, yeah.  Married life is great.  I recommend it.  As far as kids?  *blushes*  we don't have a plan for that, but we're not—uh, *clears throat*—we're not trying to prevent it.

Angie:  Lenny, do you still feel as close to the other guys, even though you and Luke are now married and share a bus to yourselves?

Lenny:  yes and no.  I mean, our dynamic has changed for sure.  They treat me more like a sister now than anything else.  Especially now that I'm not their boss anymore, so to speak.  They still come to me for advice about random things.  Sway and I have a standing appointment every eight weeks to get a deep conditioning treatment and scalp massage.  Blake has his own woman now so I see very little of him.  I miss riding with the guys sometimes.  But my bus is AMAZING. 

Angie:  **mumbles under her breath** Bet I know what makes it so Amazing….

Angie: *Grins mischievously* Tell me something about one of your bandmates that the world may not know.

*They all eye one another suspiciously*
Luke:  Sway is a clean freak.

Sway: What?!  No I'm not!

Luke:  Dude, you so are.

Sway:  Just because I don't live like a pig doesn't mean I'm a clean freak.

Mike:  Harrison uses product in his hair.

Harrison: *gasp* you promised not to tell anyone that!

Angie: Harrison, when this is over do you mind sharing what you use? *reaches out to touch his hair* Your hair looks so soft.

Sway:  I see how it is.  Fine, Luke is afraid of spiders.

Luke:  *chuckles uncomfortably*  I have no idea what you're talking about.

Sway:  You jumped out of the shower screaming like a woman until I went in and killed it for you.

Luke:  It was the size of my fist!

Harrison:  I only use a little to help with the humidity when we travel.

Angie: Inquiring minds, mostly just me and Jo, want to know: Boxers or Briefs?

Luke: Boxer briefs

Mike: same

Blake: boxers

Harrison: boxers

Sway: wouldn't you like to know *wink*

Angie:  *Stares at Sway and tries to picture said scenario* Okaaay, *clears throat* most important question of the night, how do you feel about Texas girls?

Sway: *leans forward and cocks and eyebrow*That they're as intelligent as they are beautiful.

Harrison:  she's married, man.

Sway: Doesn't make what I said untrue.

Angie: **giggles and blushes** Is it hot in here?? Just me? *wipes sweat off her forehead* Okay, moving on. *takes one more look at Sway and winks* Mike, what about you?

Mike:  Texas girls are some of the toughest girls I have ever met.  Texas seems to know what it's doing with their women.

Angie: Damn straight! I like the way you think Mike! As a band, and individually you have had many successes, what is your biggest regret?

Luke: * looks around the now solemn group.*Since the overdose, we've all done some soul searching.  I think we have our own version of how we wish some things could be different.  Not being a better friend was mine.  But now I'm looking to the future. 

Blake: My whole life has been a huge series of regrets.  Like Luke said, looking ahead is what I'm doing now. 

Mike:  Everyone knows my history.  I don't think it would be too hard to guess what I would do differently.

Angie: Final question, how do you guys picture the band in 5 years?

Luke:  *blows air out of his lips*  You never know.  I'm looking forward to the kind of music we'll be writing then.  We just keep getting better.  These guys are my best friends and all I want is make music with them for the rest of my life.  Realistically speaking, we might try something new, see what happens.  We're growing up.  Making big life changes, adding more people to the family.  But we'll ALWAYS be family.  The heart of DBS will never stop beating.

Angie:  Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me today!  Sorry about the whole hiding on the tour bus thing, but honestly, did you have to call the cops???  Everyone, please check out the newest Double Blind Study book Tectonic when it releases TOMORROW!!

Cuts Run Deep Cover Reveal


CUTS RUN DEEP BY AMBER GARZA

COVER REVEAL

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2014


Piper wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. Only fragmented memories surface – her boyfriend Jackson on the ground covered in blood, Piper standing over him, her hands slick and red.  Then she is told the awful truth: Jackson was killed the night she was injured, and she is the only witness.

If only she could remember what happened.

Piper searches through her memories, recalling her entire relationship with Jackson in order to piece together what happened. Meanwhile, as Jackson’s family is trying to make sense of the tragedy, they find his journal and begin reading through it to find answers.


As the chilling truth begins to unfold, Piper has to face the darkest secrets of her relationship with Jackson and the part she played in his murder.



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Amber Garza is the author of the Delaney's Gift Series and many contemporary romance titles, including Star Struck, Tripping Me Up and Break Free. She has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Tea and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they're real people. She currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.




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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Delay of Game by Catherine Gayle

Catherine Gayle's Portland Storm's hockey series has become one of my favorite series.  Hot hockey guys? Check! Drama filled hockey action? Check! Great strong women? Check!  This series really does have it all.  Every book can be read as a stand alone, but if you choose not to read them in order, you miss so many of the great stories of the characters that are reoccurring in each book.  It is one big hockey family that keeps growing with each book.  Check out the blurb:

With her father’s health in question, Sara Thomas is focused on reducing his anxiety. That’s no small feat considering his high-stress job, not to mention her own distractions. Everyone knows Sara’s single; no one knows she’s pregnant. There’s never a good time to unexpectedly get knocked up, but now is definitely not it. Regardless, she doesn’t want anyone to know—especially not her father—until she has a game plan in place. But when Jonny, one of her father’s players, seeks vigilante justice on the ice, everything gets tossed out the window.

Cam Johnson’s role as a fourth-line winger with the NHL’s Portland Storm entails more than scoring goals. He has to ensure other teams don’t take liberties with the Storm’s star players. The way Cam sees it, that’s the most important aspect of his job. His teammates call him Jonny; opposing fans call him a goon; the media calls him an enforcer. The title’s unimportant. Cam will always fight for his team—even if he has to break the rules. He’s used to taking penalties, but he never meant for anyone else to suffer from his choices.

When Cam’s actions cause Sara’s worst fears to be realized, he blames himself. He’s screwed everything up; now he has to set things right. Mutual attraction leads to lust, and suddenly Cam is taking penalties at every turn…at least where Sara is concerned. He’s got to think on his feet or he’ll end up with a Delay of Game.

In Delay of Game, Cam Johnson is the strong silent type that is part of the backbone of the hockey team, the Portland Storm. You are first introduced to Cam in the first book, Breakaway.  The Cam I had pictured in Breakaway was so different to the sensitive man in Delay of Game.  I loved both visions, but the Cam that falls in love with Sara, is my favorite.  As with each book in this series, Delay of Games handles a difficult life struggle and demonstrates the strength of the characters.  Catherine Gayle is so great at taking a subject, infusing it into her stories, and demonstrating the strength and compassion of the human nature.  Cam is strong, but he met his match with Sara.  Sara is an independent, strong, take no crap from anyone type of woman.  She has always felt this pull to Cam, but she refuses to look twice at a hockey player.  Cam has always admired Sara but from afar being that she is the coach's daughter and off limits.  When Catherine introduces you to these characters, you immediately get a sense of who they are.  Her character development is so thorough and in depth, that you begin to feel deeply for these characters from the very beginning.  Circumstances happen, love is tested, doubts emerge, and we see just how strong these characters really are.  I started the book late one night thinking I would read a little and then finish it the next day.  I finished the book at 2am and felt like I had just started.  I was so wrapped up in Cam and Sara's story, that I had to finish; no, I needed to finish.  If you've read any of the other books, you will see previous characters as central characters included in this book. You will also begin to see glimpses of other characters that Catherine has masterfully sprinkled in to lay the ground work for future stories.  I encourage you to give this series a try.  I'm glad I did and I blame Catherine for making this Texas girl want to check out my first hockey game.  Steamy-ness is moderate/HOT but tastefully and not overly done.

To purchase on Amazon for only .99!!!: http://amzn.to/1mz6oHw 
Portland Storm Series:  Breakaway  On the Fly  Light the Lamp

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'm Mad at author Caitie Quinn

I'm mad at my friend, author Caitie Quinn.  Why?  She wrote this amazing novella, Love in Tune, that has left me wanting more.  I finished her novella and I kept looking to make sure that was all of it.  I hoped that if I turned the page really slow then another page would appear and the story wouldn't be over.  Nope, that was it, there was no more.  I'm sharing her new novella with you today because I figure if we all get mad together, she'll write faster.  Let's see if it will work.  Check out the blurb:

Melissa Foehner is a rock star babysitter—er, Tour Logistics Manager—with the patience of a saint. That is until her star and his slacker buddy go missing. Now nothing will stop her from getting the show back on the road…Not even a broad set of shoulders and a smart mouth. 


(Love in Tune is an 8k short story included in the LOL Anthology. It is a standalone story that takes place at The Brew Ha Ha.)

I was hooked after reading the first sentence.  Caitie's writing is always witty, fresh and contains just enough of that sweet romance we love.  In Love in Tune, Mel is a take charge woman that has had enough of the rock god that she has been hired to "handle".  Even though she's not a fan of the rock star, his best friend Kyle on the other hand, is her kryptonite.  Flirting ensues, a little confusion is thrown in and then a few hot kisses seal the deal. You're given a small sampling of how great Caitie's writing is and it will leave you craving her next book. Um, Caitie?  Can you please get busy with that next book? Ok? I'll be not so secretly stalking you until then.

The best part?? The LOL Anthology is only .99!  
To purchase on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1qt1kFI



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

I love Cassie Mae.  Love. Her.  Cassie has such a fun, quirky, heartfelt way of writing YA/NA books.  Her books always leave me with a goofy smile on my face and a happy heart.  The Real Thing left me with all of this, yet with this story, it left me with a teeny tiny sense of guilt. Why?  Because in this NA story, Mia, has an addiction to social media.  While I'm not addicted, I do love my social media, but definitely not as much as Mia.  Mia's addiction is a little obsessive and is quickly becoming a problem in her relationships.  Eric is this sweet guy who she has known for years and had to move away when they were younger.  They have kept in touch, but when they finally see each other after many years apart, she is pleasantly surprised that he has transformed into Mr. McHottie.  Eric asks Mia to be his roommate and let the fireworks begin!  I love their relationship.  Eric has some anxiety issues that he's desperately trying to work through, Mia has her virtual friends that she has constant contact with, and together they have to decide if being with one another is worth putting aside fears and focusing on one another.  As with all of Cassie's books, these two fall in love and work on their relationship while experiencing many heartfelt and funny moments.  I felt the story was very realistic and definitely kept my attention.  Cassie is so good at putting into words all those butterfly feelings that you experience as you're falling in love.  Mr. McHottie, I mean Eric, and Mia are such likable characters, that you will find yourself cheering for them from the start.  Steamy-ness is light/moderate, but very tasteful.


                                         The Blurb: 
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had. 
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Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie Cover Reveal!




Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie COVER REVEAL Young Adult Contemporary Romance Anna’s life reads like a check list. Straight A’s (Check) Editor of the school paper (Check) Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check) Ivy League (So close she can taste it) Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list) Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him. Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.
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Tessa
Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer under her real name, Theresa Paolo. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?


I love watching ice skating, there is romance, passionate music and pure joy on the faces of the skaters. There is a feeling of excitement that I feel while watching these athletes skate and I love that they make it  look so easy.  Reading Jennifer Comeaux's Crossing the Ice had me feeling that same excitement.  There are mentions of great songs, Jennifer describes the love and fear of participating in a sport you love, and obviously a great romance all built into this story.  Josh and Courtney are competing in pairs ice skating, hoping for a spot to the Olympics, the only problem is that they are paired with different partners and those partners don't want these love birds together.  The love story between Josh and Courtney was so sweet and real.  The resistance they experienced by those around them was tough and when they competed at the World Finals, I found myself crying in both disappointment and joy.  Jennifer did a great job at developing these characters and you could feel the competitive emotions of participating in a sport where results change in the blink of an eye and winning can be determined by a tenth of a point.  The story moves along smoothly and I found myself starting and finishing the book in the same day.  I will definitely be purchasing Jennifer's other ice skating romances in this series.  This is a stand alone, no cliffhanger.  Steamy-ness is light, but contains enough heat to make your heart race.  
To purchase on Amazon:  Crossing the Ice

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Breaking News! Why you need to check out author Amy Patrick's new release!

 You. Must. Read. This. Book.... Seriously.



Synopsis:
From award-winning author and two-time GOLDEN HEART® finalist Amy Patrick comes a New Adult contemporary series about twenty-somethings entering the world of TV broadcasting, where what happens behind the scenes is the real news.


22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.

Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.

Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.

He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.


Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric. He’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she's forced to work closely with him on the weekend newscast. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.



Channel 20Something has sweet romance, a great story line, and strong character development.  I will admit the first chapter didn't hook me as well as I would have liked, but I kept reading and found myself not wanting to put it down.  In the story, Amy Patrick's news background shines through and it was fascinating to see the work that goes on behind the scenes of a news show.  Aric and Heidi were a great couple and Amy did an amazing job of portraying REAL people.  Yes, real people with a believable romance!  Aric was down to earth, handsome and nice.  Heidi was pretty, a little insecure and nice.  Did you see how they were both NICE??  I loved that these characters didn't have rough, horrible backgrounds. They were characters that you could relate and connect with.  I did feel Heidi was a little too indecisive when it came to her feelings about Aric, but I think it contributed to making her a believable character going through real emotions.  The angst was light, nothing was blown out of proportion and events were handled in a mature honest way. Steamyness is light/moderate and very tasteful.   This is a series that I cannot wait to read more of!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430248-channel-20something
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Website: http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews



"Storms will come and storms will go, but it's the rain drops that provide life to the world"- Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews





Have you ever read a book that as soon as you finish it, you immediately flip to the beginning and read it again? When I read Drops of Rain by Kathryn Andrews that is exactly what I did.  The book is that good.  I needed to read it again so that I could experience all the feels again and make sure I didn't miss a thing. Drops of Rain is a story about loss; whether that be loss by death, loss of love of a parent, or loss of self esteem.  Kathryn Andrews did an awesome job of immediately pulling you into the lives of her characters. This is the story of two high school seniors that are both masters at hiding their hurt.  Drew, the golden boy that is counting the days he until he can leave his past behind.  Ali, the new girl who is finding her way in a world that has been suddenly altered and doing it alone.  I liked how Drew wasn't your stereotypical high school jock going out with every girl he meets.  Ali wasn't instantly popular and she endured bullying.  These characters were REAL.  I will confess to moments of feeling that this couple had a little insta-love, but as I read, Kathryn's storytelling masterfully weaved these two people together and I realized that they were just two people who found their other half; the one that understood them the best.  The story being told in both Drew and Ali's POV provided me the opportunity of seeing circumstances through both characters and helped me to really understand them and feel their pain, their confusion and their happiness when things begin to go right.  I honestly don't want to give any of the story away because the themes and story lines are something you need to experience yourself.  Expect a few tears, a little bit of laughter, and a whole lot of smiles.  Drops of Rain does not include a cliffhanger, but there is a second book about Drew's brother Beau that I am anxiously awaiting!  Steamyness is light, a few tasteful fade to black scenes.


     
To purchase on Amazon: Drops of Rain

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Game Changer by Collette West

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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.


I have to admit that when I read the synopsis of Game Changer, and it included a woman playing major league baseball, I was skeptical.  I had visions of A League of Their Own running through my head; I couldn't have been more wrong.  Game Changer is not only a story of two people falling in love, but the emotional story of a sister stepping up and doing what no other woman has done, all in support of her sick brother.  The romance between Brooks Davison and Sasha Roberts is the major story line, but the smaller stories, the stories of how a team can come together to support a fallen teammate, the unwavering support of a coach who sees the potential of his players, and the love of family will have you enthralled.  While I did feel the love between Brooks and Sasha seemed a little rushed at times, the relationship was portrayed very realistically.  I admit to experiencing a few tears in both joy and sadness as I read Game Changer, but the story will leave you with a happy heart.  If you like sports romances I encourage you to read Game Changer, I think you'll like it.  Steamy-ness is moderate, but tasteful.  


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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.