Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home is Where You Are

I started Home is Where You Are and found myself reading it any chance I could get.  I had my Kindle, and for those moments when I tried to sneak in a little covert reading, I kept my Kindle app on my phone handy. I NEEDED to read this, and I am so glad that I did! I loved it!

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.

I have liked every book by Tessa Marie that I have read, but I must admit that Home is Where You Are is my favorite.  I think her writing has matured and the concept of this story is unique and different.  Character development was great and the story flowed flawlessly.  I didn't know how I would like the hero in the book being homeless but Tessa handled this topic so carefully and the way she described Dean was perfect.  Anna was a little too perfect, but once you saw behind her facade and realized her need for perfection, her drive to succeed made sense.  The love between these two characters starts out slow and builds into something beautiful.  The hurt each of these characters carried with them was real and touched my heart.  I might have even teared up a time or two....The steamyness is light and compliments these two characters and their relationship.  I encourage everyone to read Home is Where You Are and let me know what you think!

To purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nC9f8T

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

As You Turn Away

There are not many books that I have read that have stuck with me long after the last page.  Sure, I remember books, have several favorites, and have those that I love to reread, but a book that sticks to your emotions and buries itself so deep? Those books are hard to come by.  As You Turn Away is one of those books.  

Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance...

When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.

Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.

But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.

When I read the synopsis I really just thought this would be one of those sweet stories where two people who once loved one another, meet several years later and find that they never stopped loving each other and you get a warm feeling in your heart and all is well in the world.  While As You Turn Away does contain said situation, that is only a small part of the love story of Jonah and Quinn.  Jonah and Quinn not only turned their backs on each other, but their families as well.  The story isn't just about lost loves, but about finding one's self, forgiveness, and knowing when to walk away.  The characters are mature and the situations were so realistic that I felt as if I was watching this beautiful complex love story unfold.   It was refreshing to have a story about two people who once loved each other so much but were torn apart by hurtful words, and when they see other again years later, they handled it maturely.  The acted like mature adults, no petty words or overly dramatic scenes.  Molli Moran did a fantastic job of writing strong characters with a strong story line. The story flowed well and I found myself not wanting to stop until I had finished.  If you're looking for steam, this really isn't the book for you.  There is a steamy scene, and I really think it was the only part of the book I didn't like.  It wasn't badly written, I just felt like the detailed scene wasn't necessarily needed.  Beautiful characters, beautiful story, and a definite must read.  Molli Moran has found a huge fan of her writing and she is on my auto-buy list.  Can't wait to read the next Walker brothers book!

To purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/YyGCNS

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Heidi Hutchinson's Double Blind Series has new covers!

I am a huge fan of this series and have been for a long time.  Heidi's covers were gorgeous, unique and I loved them.  Well, she's gone and changed them and I think you will like these too!  Check out the Double Blind Series:

Introducing the newest book, Deepest Blues that will release in October!!!

Mike Osborn woke up in a hospital in Germany three years ago.  He was still breathing.  They had saved him.  

Double Blind Study has been through every rock and roll cliché ever contrived.  When their drummer nearly dies from a drug overdose, everything changes.  Life becomes important again.  Living becomes important again.

No one knows that better than Mike.  So why does he feel like even though he's breathing and he's happy, his heart isn't beating the way it should be?  Maybe it never did.

When Mike meets Clarke Matthews for the first time, he knows he should stay away.  He knows too much about her and what she's been through.  He knows that he's not the one who should still be here.  But for the first time, his heart has found another rhythm that matches its own.  Every beat reveals new colors exploding in his darkness.

Mike's been living life raw, unplugged.  He's close to a reckoning.  When it all comes apart, and he's faced with every mistake he's ever made, will the black win out and wash away the color that he's found?  Or will the steady drum of a healthy pulse finally push the black away for good?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Prophecies by Holly Martin

The Prophecies, Book 2 of The Sentinel Series by Holly Martin, will be published on October 1st!
Check out this awesome cover!

The world is a big place, will Eve really be the one to save it?
Eve grows stronger and more powerful every day as she strives to ensure she is ready to face her destiny. But some of her gifts are unwelcome.  Eve's visions of the future become darker and those she loves are in terrible danger. But when her actions result in tragedy, Eve is called before The Oraculum, the council that created her
When she is summoned to their castle she becomes aware of a rift between the council members that not only could endanger her life, but could put the whole planet at risk. Would The Oraculum really turn against her and risk everything?
But in the darkness, a light burns bright. Her love for Seth is stronger than any of her powers.
But as she battles against a new threat, can she really forsake those closest to her in order to save the world?  Will everyone Eve loves survive?

The Sentinel, Book 1 of the series is only 77p/99c so if you haven't read it yet you can download it here http://myBook.to/TheSentinel

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sexy in the City

What a great new box set by Crimson Romance!! I have read Masquerade by Nicole Flockton and it was fantastic! Can't wait to check out these other books for only .99!!

Sexy in the City CoverSexy in the City
 9 Glamorous, Globe-trotting Contemporary Romances only $0.99 for a limited time.

New York to Paris, London to Los Angeles, these cosmopolitan tales of romance will challenge and inspire your most worldly fantasies: \

Singapore Fling by Alexia Adams: A CEO-in-training is tempted by her a handsome hotshot marketing director as they tour the company’s Asian offices. But will eight countries in three weeks lead to whirlwind romance or lasting love?

A Place to Rest My Heart by Galen Rose: This poignant story of family, romance, and discovering where you truly belong will enchant everyone who’s ever left their heart in San Francisco.

Kirby by Samantha Molina: The competitive nature of New York’s publishing scene forces Rachel Sirianna to adopt an alter ego—but can she keep her hot boyfriend from discovering the duplicity?

The Very Thought of You by Carolann Camillo: When real estate developer Nick Mancini tries to buy out the tenants in his San Francisco apartment building, sparks fly with stubborn Molly Hewitt.

Masquerade by Nicole Flockton: A medical romance set down under in Perth provides just the right emergency to reunite Sophie and Alex after their steamy one-night stand.

Looking for Prince Charming by Iris Leach: Glory agrees to pose as her boss’s girlfriend while he campaigns for Lord Mayor of Melbourne—which might not be the best idea since she’s already in love with him!

Urgent: One Nanny Required by Olivia Logan: Rania George is offered a sweet gig babysitting a boy she adores. Only catch? She has to fly to Hollywood—a place she loathes—and spend three weeks with his devastatingly handsome and arrogant father.

Special Angel by Nancy Loyan: A diva with no record of her past, classical singer Angelique must search the globe to find her true identity, and sexy investigative reporter Brian Andrews is hot on her heels.

Perfect Partners by Stephanie Cage: London’s latest hit dance competition television show throws two former lovers into each other’s arms—but can they stay in step?

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Friday, September 19, 2014

What Happens in Book Club Stays in Book Club!

Today's post is written by my online buddy Shannon.  Shannon has the most awesome book club meetings and even though we don't live in the same state one day I will crash her party!  Forget wedding crasher, I want to be a literary crasher!  I asked Shannon to write a little about herself, her book club, and the books they've read. Check out the pictures from these parties they are so fantastic!!  Hope you enjoy!!  If you enjoy Shannon's post let her know in the comment section! Maybe we can persuade her to do another one!

Book clubs are enjoying a renaissance. They are so “in” right now.  Book clubs are the new Black.
My book club, however, is not your grandma’s book club.

Reading for me has always been better (and way cheaper) than seeking professional help. I have always dreamed of being in a book club overflowing with food, friends, fun and lovely fiction.  I did not, however, want an Oprah-style book club. What Happens at Book Club, Stays at Book Club is not about serious issues, social commentary or the classics. We are firm believers of “comfort reads”. Books are therapy.  Books can fill a wide range of emotional needs. It is also comforting to know that at the end of a long day/week/month, members can gather together and share our love of books, food, friendship and love. 

<<Cue Aha! moment>>

About a year and a half ago I had an EPIPHANY. The form of this epiphany was French, oh so sexy and enrobed in chocolate.  I stumbled upon a library e-book by Laura Florand, the first in her Amour et Chocolat series. Her novel single-handedly, simultaneously and forcefully pulled me out of a self-induced reading coma.  I had been on auto-pilot, going through the motions, favoring quantity over quality, reading books people would lend me without discernment. It left me feeling empty. And honestly, quite depressed.

Then I read The Chocolate Thief. Like an addict binging on the highest quality artisanal chocolate, I immediately read it again. And again. Slower each time, highlighting passages, savoring the dialogue and, well, sighing. In my chocolate induced euphoria, I even penned an ode to Laura to thank her! I won't actually admit how many times I have read it The Chocolate Thief. For me, it is (really all of her books are) like a favorite movie. People watch their favorites over and over, don't they? Why should cherished books be any different? 

Hearing vs. Listening
I was simply (and mindlessly) reading words and passages, not truly being present or involved in the experience/understanding/enjoyment of the material. Sadly, I don’t even remember half of the names of the books I read during that time. One single book, however, not only returned me to a more tactile/emotional/whole body immersing EXPERIENCE, but also renewed my thirst for lovely fiction. Since then, I have been on a quest to discover and devour the work of authors who have slightly skewed the traditional RomCom formula with their uniquely crafted and smart, quirky fiction.

Bibliophiles unite!
Surely I was not alone. I felt compelled to find like-minded ladies, and I longed to share my literary discoveries with others. The mom group for my daughter’s class (that I dubbed The Mom Mafia) was my litmus test. Already gathering for school functions, play dates and birthday parties, the moms began organizing special “grown-up” field trips and carving out time for our own book-themed meetings.  The rest, as they say, is book club history.

Oh, the places you’ll go!
During this first year we have refined our palettes with the finest Parisian chocolates and desserts, conducted highly scientific research on knitting, tattoos and the art of drinking whiskey, taken field trips to harvest lavender and to see kilted highlanders play the bagpipes, attended movie premieres and private cooking classes and have traveled through time to dystopian society and 18th century Scotland. The book club has also been extremely blessed to be the recipient of author involvement. The generous assistance and much appreciated gifts and swag have been an amazing boon to members.

Work It
I will admit, the book club requires a lot of prep work. Reading, rereading and researching. Planning meetings with appropriately themed food, drink and décor. Drafting discussion question and topics as well as creating games and activities.  Organizing field trips, when applicable. It is a labor of love, however, and the rewards far outweigh the effort.

For some members (me!), the book club legitimizes an obsession with reading. For others, it may be the only night they can take the time away from hectic schedules to be with friends and talk about something other than work, school and children. For all, it’s kind of like playing hooky from life for an evening.

You can find me, as well as the individual boards I have created for each book club selection on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/shannonoschmieg/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you a Fashionista?

Are you a fashionista?  I'm not, but I wish I was.  How great would it be to know what to wear when/where/how? As with all of Aven Ellis' books, Avery in Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista knows fashion.  Avery is an expert on clothes, which products are the best, and how to look your best in the worse of circumstances.  While she's great at everything fashion, she hasn't had the best luck when it comes to picking out the right men.  Check out the blurb:

If Premier Airlines knew about her fear of flying, they never would have hired her to be their marketing assistant—but it’s not like Avery wants a lifelong career. Right now she simply wants a job to pay her bills…and fund a few little shopping excursions, too.

Her new lifestyle comes with a price tag, as Avery is not only faced with paying a ridiculous rent but finds she’s perceived as one of the vacant, husband-hunting fashionistas who live in the area. Avery resents this stereotype—so she doesn’t want a lifelong career, and she loves fashions she can’t afford, but that doesn’t mean she is empty-headed and spoiled, does it?

When an opportunity to participate in a documentary at work arises, Avery finds a two-fold solution to her problems. She’ll earn extra money for it, and the documentary will show her as a serious career woman, enabling her to shed that husband-hunting fashionista label for good.

When the camera is on, Avery attempts to be a motivated professional woman. But when she is challenged by Deacon Ryan, the videographer assigned to cover her story, Avery finds herself wanting things she was never supposed to want—like a lasting career—and Deacon. And Avery might just gain more from the experience than a perfect career image and extra cash to put in her Tory Burch wallet…

I am a huge fan of Aven Ellis and have read all of her books.  What I love most about Aven is that she knows how to write a romance that is a ROMANCE.  Her characters are mature, in mature relationships and she doesn't spend half the book describing one steamy scene after another.  Aven brings out those moments that make your heartbeat a little faster and give you butterflies as you watch two people slowly fall in love.  She builds the scenes so well that while she doesn't describe those steamy scenes, you find yourself reading just enough that you can imagine what isn't said.  In Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista, we are introduced to Deacon and Avery.  Deacon is a quiet, confident and slightly mysterious videographer who finds out that someone's outside isn't always a predictor of what's inside that person's heart.  Avery looks high maintenance, but as the story progresses we see that she isn't what others, and even herself, are led to believe.  Deacon and Avery meet and it's not all fireworks and love at first sight.  These two people have to learn to look past appearances and trust their hearts.  While the romance isn't instant, Aven does a great job at building the anticipation and keeping the reader interested.  Fashionista was hard to put down and is the perfect story for a day when you want to escape reality and go somewhere less complicated with little angst. As with all of Avery Ellis' books, this one left me with a smile on my face and that awesome feeling of watching two people fall in love.

To purchase Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1o3GdcT
Aven's other books:
Waiting for Prince Harry: http://amzn.to/XDY03m
Connectivity:  http://amzn.to/1qYU5tr

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; She has also released Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy).  Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A book that quotes Ramona Quimby? Yes please!

"You can't help who you fall in love with but you can help who you spend all your time with"

Is that not a great quote?  I think this quote, from Leaving Liberty, is a perfect description of this love story. When I began Leaving Liberty I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from this unknown author.  What I discovered is a fantastic Christian romance that weaves together forgiveness, making the choice to be happy, and taking a chance on love.  I am a Christian but I don't really read a lot of Christian romance.  I feel that in this genre, it is a fine line between telling a beautiful story that includes faith and high morals and telling a story that is perceived as preachy and uneventful. You will find this story is not in the least bit preachy, but infuses the characters faith in a flawless way.  In Leaving Liberty the characters are people of faith and are real people with real problems. Lane is a small town cop who is confident in his faith, but not as confident about giving his heart away.  Daisy is a former resident of Liberty who has come back for a funeral to the town she dislikes because of bad memories.  Lane wants her to come to term with her past and find forgiveness and Daisy isn't sure she's capable of the kind of forgiveness that will allow her heart to heal.  Together they find more than either of them were looking for. Check out the blurb:

At eighteen, Daisy McConnell left Liberty, Colorado and never looked back. The only bright spot in a childhood of neglect and loneliness was the town librarian, Marie. Now settled as a teacher in sunny Fresno, Daisy does her best to forget everything about Liberty including her drunk father, her MIA mother, and the town she hated with every beat of her heart.

Lane Bennett’s life as a small town cop is pretty close to perfect. He’s got his dog, a pretty date when he needs one, and plenty of time to fish on the weekends. No other place can compare to his hometown and he’s happy to devote his life to keeping the folks of Liberty safe. When Marie passes away, Lane knows one of the best parts about living in Liberty is gone, along with the old Carnegie library. It needs repairs the city can’t afford and the city managers won’t pay the new flood insurance. It’s too bad, but safety comes first.

When Daisy comes home for Marie’s funeral and hears the only safe place she knew as a child is going to close, she refuses to let it happen. She hatches a plan to save the old library, run the summer reading program, and keep Marie’s legacy alive.

She once vowed never to come home and he’s vowed never to leave. Daisy and Lane discover together that true love happens when you least expect it and you should never say never in Liberty.

I think the first hint that this was going to be a great story is when Daisy made reference to an old Beverly Clearly book about Ramona Quimby.  " The sidewalk seemed to stretch forever.  A scene from one of her favorite childhood books popped into her head.  Ramona Quimby being carried out of the muddy field by Henry Huggins, proving once more she was, indeed, a big pest.  She hadn't thought of that book in years and she had to smile a little.  She wished she had bright red rain boots, like Ramona, instead of the funeral-shoes-turned-rude-party-trick.  And Mr. Hero Complex could be Henry Huggins."  I devoured those Ramona books as a child and smiled at the reference.  The longer I read this book, the better the story became.  Even though the steam is light, the romance is strong and real. The author builds the relationship between Lane and Daisy slowly and steadily and allows the reader to really feel these characters emotions.  The pace of the story is fantastic and the story never felt rushed.  I highly recommend you taking the time to read Leaving Liberty.  The only complaint I would have about this book is the cover.  To me, the cover is something that would hint at YA/NA and this book is neither.  While young, the couple are past college age and established in careers.  The story is light hearted, but handles some serious issues without high intensity and drama.  You will not find ridiculous angst or immature characters. This is a great read for when you need a happy and uplifting story to brighten your day.

I want to leave you with one last quote, "That's the thing about happy endings.  You just never know until you reach the very end."


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Virginia was born near the Rocky Mountains and although she has traveled around the world, the wilds of Colorado run in her veins. A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, she believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her polar opposite in all things except faith. They’ve learned to speak in short-hand code and look forward to the day they can actually finish a sentence. In the meantime, Virginia thanks God for the laughter and abundance of hugs that fill her day as she plots her next book.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Playing For Passion Anthology Release!

Publication Date: September 15, 2014 Genres: Anthology, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Love is the name of the game in this limited-edition boxed set of sizzling sports romances. Twelve New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning authors put you right in the action with scintillating stories of hot athletes and the women who prove love is the ultimate game-changer.

Dare to Love by Carly Phillips: Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men— until charismatic team owner Ian Dare turns a kiss into an assault on her senses and she learns she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. They complete each other, but Riley's past is closer than she cares to remember—and her struggles against Ian’s dominance might cost her everything. 

Breaking Away by Toni Aleo: Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. They do what, who, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, attraction is undeniable. Soon, they’re willing to get tangled in the sheets. But one night turns into two, and two into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be more.

Hook Me by Chelle Bliss: Michael Gallo found his calling in life—he wants to kick ass. The title is no longer enough—he must capture the woman of his dreams. Bigger than Beckham by V.K. Sykes: Sports mogul and soccer star Tony Branch takes one look at sexy Martha Winston and her soccer team and decides he wants both. But Martha has no intention of submitting to Tony’s demands—until he gives her no choice!

Love Bats Last by Pamela Aares: The baseball diamond isn’t the only field for all-star Alex Tavonesi; he also runs his family’s prestigious vineyard. But what he can’t seem to run is his love life. When love’s in the game you can’t play it safe...

Schooling the Player by Allie K. Adams: Women throw themselves at star pitcher Zach “Breaker” Evans, and he plays the field. When curvy Becca Porter moves in next door and treats him as nothing more than a neighbor, he goes all-out for her attention. One night, one party, and one winner-takes-all bet, changes everything.

Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport: Professional party crasher Izzy Maxwell needs team captain and reluctant party guest Cooper Black’s cooperation, but he can’t get past his hockey team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt his frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?

Breakaway by Catherine Gayle: Dana Campbell’s panic attacks make it impossible for her to have a normal relationship with a man. She asks her brother’s best friend, Eric Zellinger, for help. As the captain of the struggling Portland Storm, he can’t lose focus—but he can’t say no to Dana, either.

Perfect Pitch by Mindy Klasky: When cocky star pitcher DJ Thomas slams reigning beauty queen Samantha Winger in an interview, Sam seduces him even as she uses their notoriety to promote her kids music program. Can Sam and DJ's blazing relationship survive when DJ's son begs to trade Little League for music class?

Inside Heat by Roz Lee: Identical twins Jeff and Jason Holder share everything on and off the field, including Megan Long. When Jeff is injured, he could lose everything he loves: Megan, his brother, and his career. It’s going to take more than physical therapy to mend relationships and get him back on the mound. It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love.

Fire on Ice by Dakota Madison: Firestorm Center Kian Kavanagh dominates the ice like a rock star on stage. After Taylor Thompson's heart was shattered by her high school's most popular jock, she vowed never to date another athlete, but after a chance meeting with Kian, Taylor's walls are in danger of being burned down by Mr. Fire on Ice.

Game Misconduct by Bianca Sommerland: Oriana Delgado’s father owns the Dartmouth Cobras, but he doesn’t own her. When he treats her future like another play, she changes the rules and picks her own lineup. But the intended deke turns into the real thing, and the game can’t be won in one lusty night.

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Shiver Anthology Cover Release!

SHIVER: 12 Sexy Tales of Humor & Horror
Release Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Anthology blurb:
100% of all proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
12 smart, sassy ladies of RomCom are sharing 12 short stories and novellas. You will find some new characters, some old characters in new situations and a whole lot of awesome for a great cause all wrapped up with a spooky, sexy, Halloween themed bow.

Authors:        Belle Aurora
                        Jodie Beau
                        Ruth Clampett
                        L.H. Cosway
                        R.S. Grey
                        Z.B. Heller
                        Jennie Marts
                        Liv Morris
                        Daisy Prescott
                        Penny Reid
                        N.M. Silber
                        C.C. Wood

Add SHIVER to your Goodreads TBR list:

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover Reveal: Life Next Door by J.D. Hollyfield

CRBanner Life Next Door by J.D. Hollyfield Love Not Included #2 Publication Date: November 3, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance


There is only one thing in life that professional pastry Chef Pricilla Westcott values more than baking and wine, and that’s honesty. A quality she soon learns that her marriage lacks when her husband runs off with their next door neighbor. Divorced and alone, Priscilla is determined to make changes in her life. She decides to approach her new goals like one of her beloved recipes. Surely with a little time, a dash of patience, and measured planning she can whip herself—and her life—back into shape. However, when a new—and utterly delicious—neighbor takes up residence in the house that ruined her marriage, Priscilla worries that her careful world will fold faster than a deflated soufflé. Trent Walker knows what he wants and his sweet, sassy neighbor is at the top of the list. He’s certain that the chemistry between them would be explosive, but Priscilla fears that an affair with him, however hot, could be a recipe for disaster.

About J.D. Hollyfield

J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn Cover Reveal!

Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn
(Brew Ha Ha #2)
Publication date: Fall 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Kasey Lane is having a bad week.


Her idea of success never involved losing her job, man, and apartment in 24-hours. Now, with nowhere to go and no way to pay for it anyway, Kasey decides it’s time for a fresh start, which means a new apartment, a new career, and…no men.

But as a magnet for ridiculousness and absurd brushes with the law, her start goes from fresh to stale in record time. It doesn’t help that Mr. Wrong keeps showing up during her adventures gone awry and taking over. Now, as Kasey plans her way to independence she has to decide if the only path to success is going it alone…or if maybe a partner in crime can make the journey sweeter.

Caitie Quinn is the Rom Com Writin' name of YA Golden Heart writer, Bria Quinlan.

Caitie writes stuff. Stuff that's funny -- hopefully.

She's a lover of the Romantic Comedy and manages to always bring light-hearted romance and shenanigans to her stories. They may be set in a city that looks remarkably like Boston. But don't quote her on that.

If it's not funny, you can totally blame the weather, or her lack of chocolate, or the formatting, or her cat. Wait, she doesn't have a cat. Scratch that last one.

Check her out on twitter @CaitieQuinn or at www.caitiequinn.com.

It's a Bookworm Makeover!

It's a Bookworm Makeover!

New cover!

(I have to give HUGE HUGS AND THANK YOUs to PepperJack Photography and Jolene Perry for my amazing design and pictures, and the FANTASTIC models, Dalton and Tanna.)

New blurb!

Getting kissed for a birthday present should not be a big deal. Especially for Brea Mason, who doesn’t think of her best friend, Adam Silver, in any way other than… well, a friend. But after the liplock she can’t seem to get him off her mind. And she has to, because Adam is a senior while she’s stuck in high school for another two years.

Then BAM, the perfect distraction comes along in the form of a new, hot sophomore who actually seems interested in Brea, despite her anti-social personality. And with the stress at home, stress at school, and ignoring the reality of all her friends leaving come June, Brea welcomes the distraction.

But when she sees four fat Fs on her report card, Brea needs a study buddy, and the best candidate is Adam, book nerd and math whiz. So she enlists his help, hoping the birthday kiss was just a fluke. After all, she has a boyfriend now. It should be easy to ignore the butterflies and fizzy feelings that arise with the bookworm… right?
And new release day!

A lot better than June, yes? Happy dance! 

It will be up for pre-order shortly. :) But you can add it to your Goodreads HERE

Spell for the day:


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet Shane Brookings....

It's no secret that I love Heidi Hutchinson's Double Blind Study series.  Who doesn't like boys in bands!  I wasn't sure how I would take the third book in the series, Tectonic, being about a non band member, and a former bad boy who caused a little trouble in the first book, Learn to Fly.  I felt Shane did redeem himself slightly in the second book, In Your Honor, but a whole book dedicated to him?  Well, I read Tectonic and do you know what I discovered???  I not only love boys in bands, but I love boys who can snowboard and surf!  Shane Brookings surprised me by being the total package.  He is hot, a former bad boy, and when he loves, he loves hard.  Did I mention that he is hot??? Because he is. Hot.
Check out the blurb:
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.

I think Heidi did a fantastic job of incorporating Shane and Greta's story into the Double Blind Series.  The ties that bind this group together are tight, lead in many directions and are sometimes strangely uncomfortable. (Ex's and spouses, oh my!) In Tectonic, Shane and Greta's relationship took a natural progression and did not feel rushed.  Shane was nursing a broken heart and in a rough place.  Greta is a free spirit with a tender heart that wants to fix people.  She's  fiercely loyal and she had her sights set on Shane. Shane and Greta together was such an awesome dynamic.  They brought out the best in one another and became friends before falling in love.  Shane and Greta decided at the beginning to always be completely honest with one another, no matter how brutal.  That honesty added such depth to their story and I never felt the drama was silly or over the top.  Readers get to read exactly how they are feeling and why.  I loved that! As with all of Heidi's books, I found myself on the edge of my seat, talking myself out of skipping to the last chapter just to reassure my anxious heart. I didn't, but I wanted to!  She is a master at building anticipation throughout her stories.  Can't wait until the next book!! Steamy-ness is light, but the romance and anticipation is fantastic!

**You know who I want to see incorporated into this series? Laura, Greta's boss from the coffee place, now that is a character that has some thing to say!**

To purchase Tectonic at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1pmXkFt
Book 1: Learn to Fly  http://amzn.to/1lxN0zD
Book 2: In Your Honor  http://amzn.to/1q9hvw4

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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Take-Over!

My Facebook blog page will be taken over tomorrow night, 8-10 p.m, by the fabulous Heidi Hutchinson! Everyone is invited! Invite your friends! Heidi loves to give away prizes, you don't want to miss it!