Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Everything Has Changed

As I began reading Everything Has Changed by Mia Kayla I found myself not being able to read for very long at a time because I felt this nervous, jittery feeling and would have to put the book away.  Why?  I was so enamored with these characters from the very beginning and I felt that at any moment one of them, mostly Jimmy, would do something totally stupid and it would be hard for them to redeem themselves in my mind.  You know the scenario, girl/boy secretly loves best friend but doesn't want to tell them so they apparently feel the need to sleep around to justify it.  This drives me CRAZY sometimes!  Without giving too much away, I will say my fears were unwarranted and I just might have loved the characters even more by the end of the story.  The story is your predictable Fall-In-Love-With-Your-Best-Friend-But-Can't-Tell-Them romance but the author added enough "What?!?" moments to keep me reading.  I might have even teared up at one point in the story.  I recommend this book if you love Best-Friends-to-Lovers story.  Steamyness is mild with one tastefully written scene.


Bliss Carrington has known Jimmy most of her life, since Kindergarten to be exact. He took on the role of the big brother Bliss never had, breaking Bliss out of her shy shell, encouraging her to have fun in high school, and pushing her to live her life. It’s always been friendship between them until one day, she realized, it wasn’t. Now seeing women everywhere swoon over Jim Brason, NFL's head quarterback of the New York Cougars, is enough to drive her to madness.

Jim Brason, an alpha whore, is on a fast track to fame and money. In all this craziness, the one person who keeps him sane, keeps him whole is Bliss. He’s been in love with her since before forever, but she doesn’t know and can never find out. He’s a firm believer that history repeats itself. With his tainted past, he’s afraid he’s fated to hurt her if he allows himself to follow his heart.

Bliss watched this boy grow into a man and it wasn’t fair that someone else would get to keep him when in her heart, she knew he only ever belonged to her.

Can their friendship survive? Can she live pining over a guy who will never commit? She doesn’t want to live like this, but she doesn’t know a life without him either.


EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED is a story of Love, Loss, and Longing for the boy you grew up loving.

To purchase:  Amazon

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Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.

In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.

Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.

She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Hooker and the Hermit?!??

Penny Reid cannot write bad stuff, she just can't.  The Hooker and the Hermit is no exception. Warning to all of you Penny Reid fans, this book is MUCH more explicit than her Knitting in the City series, but it still contains Penny's quirky sense of humor and coupled with L.H. Cosway's sexy writing, the book is a great read.  I admit I'm not one for reading the more explicit romance. I like a few details, but prefer not to get a play by play of every move during the sexy times, so I was a little hesitant to read The Hooker and the Hermit.  I found that I really liked Ronan from the very beginning and thought he had an awesome sense of humor, but be prepared because most of what comes out of his mouth has a sexual innuendo.  Annie is totally someone I found myself identifying with and loved her more quirky reserved personality.  These two together had chemistry off the charts and made the story hard to put down once I started.

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid Publication Date: February 5, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Romance

iBooks: Coming soon!
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1BZ5w8n

Synopsis: New York’s Finest February 14, 2015 LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? The one with the anger management issues and the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy. Well, I have a confession to make… THE HERMIT Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much. THE HOOKER Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite… THE PLAN When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together. What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

About L.H. Cosway

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

about penny reid


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.
 

Monday, February 9, 2015

He Kissed Me First

It seems that so many of the romances that I have read lately have been serious, so when I stumbled across He Kissed Me First, I couldn't wait to read this romantic comedy.  The dialogue is fast paced, witty and fun!  While it took me a while to like the foul mouthed sarcastic Matthew, his tenaciousness at catching Cecelia was too cute to ignore.  Cecelia's strong, yet modest, personality was the perfect match for Matthew.  The supporting cast of characters added to the funny scenes and made it feel like you were catching up with friends.  Steamyness is mild.


"Trust me - If there's one thing I'm not attracted to, it's an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want, and Matthew Wakefield isn't it." - Cecelia Carter

From the first moment they laid eyes on each other, all Cecelia Carter and Matthew Wakefield do is bicker. Fight. Even though he is her roommates brother, Cece just can't stand the sight of him, and Matthew - well. He could never resist a challenge...

That can't be a good combination, can it?

But sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Accept This Dandelion

I am one of those millions of women who have found themselves in front of their t.v. on a Monday night watching the train wreck that is known as The Bachelor.  I love it and I'm not afraid to say it. Actually I love a lot of reality t.v., but I won't bore you with a list of must-see-trainwrecks.  Recently I discovered this great romantic comedy that indulges my reality watching side while giving me butterfly inducing romance that I love.   Accept This Dandelion by Brooke Williams is a fun, cute romance that includes a hot bachelor, a cute girl and fun cast of supporting characters.  I loved that Renee wasn't perfect, had a few quirks and usually found herself in funny situations.  Ben was rich, handsome and a serial dater, but was genuinely looking to settle down and fall in love.  I loved both characters from the beginning and enjoyed reading the story from both perspectives.The premise of the story has been done before, but the author kept the story fresh and fun.    The angst is light, the drama a little over the top, but the ending is perfect.  Steamyness is light and the perfect amount steam to let the romance shine through.


Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host on a nearby secular station. When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of “the Bachelor,” Renee goes along with it in order to raise her profile. Ben McConnell, one of the most eligible bachelors in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show, despite her bumbling audition. Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee. He gets a girl who doesn’t bow to his every whim…and a girl who opens his eyes to true, unexpected love. Enjoy a local version of the popular "Bachelor" TV show...where nothing can go right for Renee!

To Purchase: Amazon

Friday, February 6, 2015

COVER REVEAL for Tessa Marie!

 
Prove Me Wrong by Tessa Marie
COVER REVEAL
2/6/15
Tessafull

A single secret changes everything.
With no college ambition—or desire to care—Luke Hannon’s ready to bail on school before senior year even begins. But when he spots the hot new girl reading an upside down map, he changes his mind.
Hailey Saldino desperately wants to start fresh at a school where she's free of the snide remarks and hurtful stares. A place where no one knows her past…or her son, Brady.
Luke wants a no strings attached, physical relationship, until Hailey becomes more than a cute girl in a skirt. Usually his bad boy reputation hooks the ladies but it won't be enough to land a girl like Hailey. Needing a lasting approach, Luke decides to be honest. No lies. No BS. As the connection between them deepens, Luke shares all his shameful secrets.
Afraid to lose one of the few people who’s ever looked at her as something other than a slut, Hailey buries herself in compounding lies. And when Hailey's purposeful deceit blindsides Luke, he must decide if he'll walk away, or accept Hailey and the little man she already loves.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS TBR PILE: http://bit.ly/1Li0xoF

~*~ABOUT TESSA MARIE~*~

TessaTessa 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 it’s sequel, (ONCE) AGAIN released Summer 2014 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.






Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's Release Day for Penny Reid!


The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid Publication Date: February 5, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Romance

iBooks: Coming soon!
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1BZ5w8n

Synopsis: New York’s Finest February 14, 2015 LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? The one with the anger management issues and the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy. Well, I have a confession to make… THE HERMIT Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much. THE HOOKER Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite… THE PLAN When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together. What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 100k word novel, and is a standalone.

About L.H. Cosway

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

about penny reid


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.