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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard (Gamble Brothers #3) by J. Lynn

Release Date: May 12, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Series: Gamble Brothers #3


Description:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

About The Author
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Author Links: 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming Release Announcement: Cover Reveal & Excerpt -- HAPPENSTANCE by Jamie McGuire‏


Title: Happenstance
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Jamie McGuire LLC (May 9, 2014)
Print Length: 100 pages
ASIN: B00JOPR0ZK

#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade. 

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her. 

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.
PRE-ORDER LINKS: Amazon | iTunes | Smashwords


TEASER

“What are you reading?” A deep voice asked from the seat behind me. 

I barely acknowledged Weston’s question, holding the cover of my book just high enough for him to see. 

He nodded, waiting for me to speak. When I didn’t, he offered a small smile, and began to sit back. “What are you reading?” I asked. 

Weston immediately leaned toward me, sharing his cover the way I had. 

“Piers Anthony?” 

Weston cleared his throat to stifle a cough, and then smiled. “I like his stuff.” 

I nodded. “I approve.” 

“Good,” Weston whispered. “I was worried.” After a short pause, he leaned into my ear again. “Why don’t you ever talk to me in Art class?” 

We had Art together in seventh period, the class I looked forward to all day. Weston was in there, but more importantly, people like the Erins and Brady weren’t. We were serious about our work, and it was the one place during the school day that I could be myself. 

“I guess I was just busy.” 

“Are you going to be busy today?” 

“Probably.” 

“Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and you’ll take a break.” I turned around to hide my grin, but not before glancing back and seeing the familiar look of hatred in Alder’s eyes. 

Whore, she mouthed, glaring at me.

Giveaway:

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About the Author:
New York Times best selling author Jamie McGuire has penned the Providence series and contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. She is an RT(R), a graduate of Autry and Oklahoma Northern College, and a full time writer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Release Day Launch: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout


 We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!
ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK: 
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of.


 The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash. But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. 

All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive? 

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews “Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK
   BUY LINKS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes 

EXCERPT

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home. Windows were boarded up.There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered, wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was. 

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as sharp gravel dug into my feet. My bare feet? I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood. Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t wearing any shoes, but the blood…

I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of my jeans.
 My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones. Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

 Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone. Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale flesh covered in bruises and gashes. 

My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed. A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words 

ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went. The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on his shoulder before he looked at me. 

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said gently. 

“Are you okay?” I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the motion scratched and pulled.

 “I…I don’t know.” 

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing out here?” 
“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was. 

His smile strained. “What’s your name?” My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his question. The knots started twisting more. 

“I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.” He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?” I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt. And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

 “Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my arm. “We’ll get this sorted.” Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good.

 Only bad people sat behind the glass in police cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders. Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

 “Everything’s going to be okay.” But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 


Sunday, April 13, 2014

ARC Review: Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark, #3) by Gena Showalter

It's been a long time since I last posted a review but please bear with me. My exams are in five weeks and will last about two weeks. After that there'll be major changes at my blog with many giveaways!!!

Without further ado..

Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark #3)

By Gena Showalter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fav Scene: "Trembling fingers stroked over his feathers in a single, innocent moment of communion, flooding him with sensations he'd never before experienced. Sultry heat arced through his wings, spread through hid body. His blood crackled and fizzed with something akin to contentment. An impossible contentment."- Thane

I’m literally out of words. I love Gena soooo much and her works never disappoint. Burning Dawn just became one of my favorite books. For real, this was one of her best books and having read most of her books I know what I’m talking about! I’ve been waiting so long for this book. Ever since I read Beauty Awakened I’ve been “patiently” waiting for this one.

Kendra, a powerful seductive Phoenix, has captured Thane and is using him as a slave, bound to do everything she wishes. Elin sweet Elin, is also a slave to the Phoenix camp and seeing Thane gives her hope that she’ll one day be free. So, Elin decides to free Thane thinking he’ll rescue her as well. Elin gets her wish but Thane is consumed by his need to revenge the phoenix. Not just Kendra but all of them…

I loved, loved this book. Thane was nothing as I expected him to be. His consumed by his need for revenge but at the same time he wants to win Elin’s affection. He was such an “ambiguous character”. He’s strong, determined, unpredictable, scarred, will do anything to get his revenge but he’s also admirable, led by his love for Elin and his friends, Bjorn and Xerxes. Above all he’s loyal and he’d sacrifice his own happiness if that meant his friends would find their own. Thane is not the monster he thinks he is. In my opinion, I think that he’s perfect. He tries so hard to be good for the people he loves that he doesn’t realize how “noble” he is.

On the other hand, Elin was not the typical “Gena-heroine”. She wasn’t that strong, she wan’t that powerful and she wasn’t that brave. When I first read about her I was like “You’ve got to be kidding me! That’s not Thane’s match”. However, as I kept reading I realized that she indeed was. Elin changes throughout the book. I can’t even compare the Elin in the beginning of the book and the Elin in the end of it. She was independent, strong and funny. I felt so bad for her, for the horrors she had to endure. But that made her stronger and more compassionate.

Gena did well with Thane and Elin’s pairing. They completed each other and in the end healed themselves.

As far as the secondary characters are concerned, I loved Xerxes and Bjorn. They were loyal to each other and they shared the same past with Thane. They had to endure horrible things, but managed to escape and survive together. They were major part of the book and they totally supported each other. I loved the fact that they were all so “united”.

Fav chat:
Bjorn: Distracted?

Thane: Yes!

Xerxes: May I suggest knitting? It’s very relaxing.

Thane: No reason to suggest it. I’m already knitting a night-shirt for your mother.

Bjorn: Mother jokes? How low the sophisticated Thane has fallen.

I also liked the Multiple Scorgasms, Elin’s “gang”, Octavia, Chanel, Bellorie and Savanna. A vampire, a fae, a harpy and a siren. I loved the girls and was also very curious about Adrian, the bodyguard.

Fav chat:
Bellorie: So, get this. A gorgeous were-shifter stumbled into the bar. He was already drunk, and paused to stare at me like he’d never seen anything more beautiful. Because, of course, he hadn’t.

Savy: Until I walked in.

Octavia: I must have had the day off.

Chanel: I’m pretty effing sure I was hanging out with Octavia.

Bellorie: Wow. Could you guys be any more narcissistic?

Chanel: I’m not narcissistic. I’m perfect.

Bellorie: Anyway. He kissed me, only to pull back and mutter an apology. He said he thought I was his wife, cause I look just like her. I kneed him in the balls, and called him a lying, cheating son of a troll. He then said I sounded just like his wife.

Octavia: I bet you told him to bring the female with him the next time he visited the club, because she had to be the wittiest, smartest person ever.

Bellorie: So you were there? 

In Burning Dawn get to see the Lords of the Underworld as well.

One thing that really bothered me was the miscommunication between Thane and Elin but it was easy to look over.

The book gripped me from page one till the very end and I just cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have read it. I really loved it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series (pls be about Xerxes and Cario).

Highly recommended.

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Blurb: 
(from Goodreads)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession...

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.
He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. 
But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Lost Souls Series by Eliza Freed

Title: Forgive Me (Lost Souls, #1)
Author: Eliza Freed
Publisher: Forever Yours
Expected publication: July 1, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Some things can't be forgiven...
Charlotte O'Brien should forgive God for her parents' death. She should forgive her boyfriend for his one horrific mistake that separated them, and she should forgive herself for cutting them both off, but instead she hates everyone.
But when her childhood friend Noble Sinclair arrives, his passion reignites the spark that had vanished so completely in Charlotte's gray existence. And in Noble's arms, Charlotte finally begins to wonder if she might be ready to choose the future with Noble over her shattered past.Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Book Depository

Title: Redeem Me (Lost Souls, #2)
Author: Eliza Freed
Publisher: Forever Yours
Expected publication: September 2, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


When two lost souls find each other are they still lost?
Charlotte O'Brien is lost again. After letting go of far too many loves in her life, she's ready to find something to hold on to and when she meets Jason Leer knows she's found her anchor.
When they're together it's everything, but when they're apart it's utterly frustrating. Can love survive when distance is measured in more than just miles?Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Title: Save Me (Lost Souls, #3)
Author: Eliza Freed
Publisher: Forever Yours
Expected publication: November 4, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


"You need to be careful with perfection. It's brilliant at hiding its flaws."
Having lost everything she holds dear...and then some Charlotte O'Brien had almost given up hope. Until an unepexted love opened her heart to the possibility of second chances. But now, will Charlotte be brave enough to take the risk that love be enough to save her wounded soul?Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository



Author Interview

Q. Tell us a little bit about the Lost Souls series…

It’s the story of Charlotte O’Brien–a stubborn, sarcastic, intensely loyal, and compassionate girl who loses her parents at the age of twenty, her first love at twenty-two, and her faith in God and herself too many times to count. Without a clue of how to survive, Charlotte withdraws to her rural hometown and embraces humiliation and self-loathing with an unnerving honesty.

The books are both heart-wrenching and hilarious. They portray that dark place, deep down inside all of us that responds to the pain we inflict on each other, and yet grant us permission to laugh as Charlotte hauls herself out of the darkness…and finds love in the process.

Q. In the series, you fearlessly take your heroine, Charlotte to some dark places— how do you think these covers represent the story and Charlotte’s journey?

While Lost Souls is a love story, it’s also rather tragic and daunting. Charlotte grapples with questions that leave some of us staring into the darkness in the middle of the night.

What do we owe the dead? 
Is there a divine plan? 
How much of ourselves can we give to another before there’s nothing left? 
Can we truly forgive what we can’t forget?

These covers are not only visually stunning, but brilliantly hint at the fact there’s a great deal more going on here than just love. Charlotte’s ethereal depiction in the background with her pleas written over her are right on.

She’s also a girl who doesn’t take her surroundings for granted. Charlotte beholds the clouds, the moon, the sunset, the ocean, the strength of the waves, the distance to the horizon, and incorporates those sights into her understanding of the world. The images within each ME are a nod to her connection to the Earth and they could not be more beautiful or appropriate.

Grand Central’s immensely talented Elizabeth Turner blew me away with these covers!

Q. A lot of the action in the Lost Souls series is set in New Jersey. What’s your connection to the Garden State and why did you chose to set Charlotte’s story there?

I grew up in a rural town in Southern New Jersey which is a stark contrast to the urban setting of Rutgers University where I attended college. I’m odd in that I love the city and the country. The beauty of New Jersey is you can have both. It’s a haven for big personalities and bigger hearts nestled amongst mountains, 130 miles of coastline, rural fields, New York and Philadelphia as our neighbors, and of course lots of highway exits.

I wanted the Lost Souls series to give a voice to the rich diversity that exists here.

Q. What three words would you use to describe your heroine, Charlotte?

Unsinkable. Jersey. Girl.

About the author

Debut author Eliza Freed writes new adult romance novels with a New Jersey wit and a hometown charm. The first book in herLost Souls series will be released in 2014 by Forever Yours.
Connect with Eliza Freed: Website | Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The LUX: BEGINNINGS (Obsidian & Onyx) & LUX: CONSEQUENCE (Opal & Origin) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The LUX: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx)
The Lux Series #1 & 2
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Expected Release Date: June 3, 2014


Obsidian 

There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is. 

Onyx 

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?


The LUX: Consequence (Opal & Origin)
The Lux Series # 3& 4
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Expected Release Date: June 3, 2014 


Opal

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.


Origin

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

Giveaway

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About The Author   
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. 

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ARC Review: Sweetest Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City #3) by Katie Reus

I know that I've been absent and I'm really sorry about that but life has been pretty busy!!! I promise that as soon as summer comes there'll be major changes at my blog! 

Without further ado...Enjoy

Sweetest Surrender (The Serafina: Sin City #3)

By Katie Reus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweetest Surrender is the third book of The Serafina: Sin City series but it can be read as a stand-alone too.

What if the only way to survive was to hide?

Meet Angel. Angel has been hiding from the life she once knew in order to survive. Working as a waitress at a restaurant in the Serafina Casino in Las Vegas, she’s trying to rely on herself, never allowing anyone to get too close to her until she meets Vadim.

Meet Vadim (a russian God!). Vadim is the quite type and Angel is attracted to him from the very beginning. He works security for the Serafina Casino and he's an expert at computers. Vadim is every woman's dream but for Angel he's proving to be her salvation. But is Angel ready to take a chance or will she run?

I loved loved this book but it was really short (ok not that short but I needed more!) It was an enjoyable read filled with suspense, action, romance, a spoiled dog with no qualms about showing who she loves and a hero with an accent. The book had two POVs and it was just incredible to see what these people were feeling. It also helped us understand why the acted as the did.

Highly recommended!

**ARC provided by the author in exchanfe of an honest review**

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