Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers


Title: Tone Deaf 
Author: Olivia Rivers
Genre: New Adult Romance
Age Group: 16+
Release Date: November 4th, 2013
Synopsis:
His world is music…
…Her world is silent.
Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.
Until the brain tumor struck.
Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents. 
Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships. 
But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.


        About the Author
Olivia Rivers is the author of six novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student.  She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Arrested Development. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.




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Book Blitz & Giveaway: You Are Mine by Janeal Falor


You Are Mine (Mine #1)
Release Date: 05/06/13
273 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.


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Advanced Praise:
“I was blown away by the beautiful writing, haunting themes, and chilling visuals.” ~Becca at Nawanda Files


“There were times when I had to fight back my tears and the emotion that this book drew from me made me feel so connected to what was going on as if I was actually there. You Are Mine should be on everyones to-read list and I cannot wait to see what Janeal Falor comes up with next.” ~Danielle at Coffee and Characters

Excerpt #1:
My insides hurt. I fold my arms across my stomach as they head out, but it doesn't help with the pain. I move to follow.

Mother touches my elbow. The touch startles me to a stop and she lets go. “I remember when I was chosen by your Father. It was a troublesome time, but you can do it. You're strong and your sisters need your example.”

I close my eyes and shake my head before opening them again. “I don't think I'm that type of strong.”

Mother sighs. “Maybe not, but you still have to go through it, society expects it. You'll have a new owner soon.”


She's right. A warlock could ask to buy me at any time. There's nothing I can do about it. I follow mother from the room, bowing my head with the hope that it will keep further attention from me. But it's too late to hope. I will always be owned.


About the Author
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry



Title: Waiting for the Storm 
Author: Marie Landry
Publication Date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis:
Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

Review

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Where do I start? This was a heartfelt story that captivated me from the beginning to the end. It is a story about loss, grief, and love. I easily connected to all the characters. Charlotte is left devastated after the death of her mother. Her father and sister, Gabriella (Ella) are not coping well either. For the summer, they move to Angel Island, a destination where Charlotte’s mother holds near and dear to her heart. Little does she know that this is the summer that will change her life.

Charlotte has been taking care of her mother for the past year. Now, that she is gone, Charlotte is having a difficult time learning to live again. This story takes you on a journey where you get to experience a family’s grief and how love brings them through it all. You also get to see a beautiful love develop between two of my favorite characters-ever.

Ezra is Charlotte’s hot next door neighbor. He has been hired to fix the summer house. The first time Charlotte comes into contact with Ezra, she sees something in his eyes. She can tell he’s hurting too. And that he is the person who will understand what she is going though. The way they fall for each other is breathtaking. No insta-love here! It is natural and heartwarming.

This emotional story was wonderful. I felt everything. I had no idea I would connect to the characters like I did. If you are looking for a YA story full of family, emotion, and love, then this is for you. I hope there is more Charlotte and Ezra in the future. These characters will stay with me for awhile. 


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       About the Author
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visitmarielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Exception by Patty Maximini

Title: Exception
Author: Patty Maximini
Expected release: October 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover designed by: Okay Creations 
Synopsis:
 With her life packed in boxes in the back of a U-Haul truck and a promise to her sister, Charlotte, that she’d find a way to let go and be happy, Emily crossed the country to escape the haunting memories of her past. As she settles into her new life, Emily holds true to her promise and begins to open her walls to those around her and overtime, she selectively begins to trust again. However, some wounds are too great to overcome, and between her recurring nightmares and her fear of even the slightest physical contact, she wonders if she will ever heal completely. In walks Taylor, a handsome out of towner, with his own past to overcome. Against all odds, an undeniable special friendship forms almost instantly between the two. Not minding his company or touch, Emily is jolted into realization that he is her healing, her strength, her protection and her escape from her daunting past. He is her exception.

About the Author
 
 I’m Patty, and words have always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved to read them, write them and learn them in other languages. Last year, I’ve decided to take that passion and turn it into a book, the result was Exception, my very first novel due this October. Whenever I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m either enjoying the company of my dear hubby, Alex, and our four four-legged babies or reading. I’m a firm believer in long hand written letters, love of any kind and good stories.

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Cover Reveal: A Perfect Mess by Zoe Dawson

Title: A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret, #1) 
Author: Zoe Dawson
Expected release: June 17, 2013 
Genre: Mystery 
Age Group: New Adult/Adult 
Cover designed by: Okay Creations    
Synopsis:
  I know what you did last summer. Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did. Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw. Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, has passed away under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker. Returning to Hope Parish to lay her beloved aunt to rest, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s death. Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship. As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess. 

 A Perfect Secret Series: Three perfect girls, three perfect secrets, one unholy trinity. 


About the Author 

 Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic comedy/mystery, new adult, and urban fantasy. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.   

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Now or Never by A.J. Bennett



Title: Now or Never  
Author: A.J. Bennett 
Publication Date: June 19th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:
Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work.




Excerpt


Grayson’s stomach flipped when the dark-haired man pulled up a stool beside her. She had no idea what her sister had said to the blond, who in turn had brought this sexy stranger to her side. Thankfully, the bar was dimly lit so he couldn’t see how red her face was.
He leaned towards her resting his forearms on the table holding her gaze steadily. “What’s your name?”
Grayson froze, she didn’t want to give her real name. She looked around for inspiration, and then glanced down at the amber and carnelian bracelet around her wrist. “Amber.”
“Amber.” He rolled the word around as if he was tasting it. “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Todd.”
Grayson raised the glass to her lips finishing her drink, and then pushed it to the side to pick up the next. She wasn’t sure why she’d lied about her name, but it was too late now anyway. Maybe if she pretended like she was someone else, she could actually go through with the madness?

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About the Author

A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark

Title:  I Breathe You (Breathe #1) 
Author: Lori L. Clark
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Synopsis
When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans -- lead vocalist for the rock band Fate's Crazy -- permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn't driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He's the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian's troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn't in their cards.

Because Fate's Crazy that way...

Review

Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved Rhane and Ian’s story! It was heart- warming, passionate, and a crazy roller coaster, but I enjoyed every minute. As told in the synopsis, Rhane  (lead singer of Fate’s Crazy) loses the love of her life in a tragic accident. An accident that cost her her voice, Rhane is left heart broken and lost. Her heart starts to beat again the moment she meets Ian Callahan. However, he has a past too, and little does she know, he may be just as broken, if not more than she is.

“He awakens feelings inside of me that I’d honestly thought I would never feel again”

Ian. Sweet Ian. The moment I met this character,  I was swoon-ing. Yes. I just said that. The amazing attraction between Rhane and Ian is undeniable. Ian gave me goosebumps. His way with words is indescribable.  Yes, beyond words. The way he called her Sunshine was just a small portion of what makes him amazing. The author did a great job at creating passionate tension between Ian and Rhane.

"It's okay Sunshine, I've got you," he murmurs. "Go on and cry like nobody's watching. I'll be your rock."

Although broken, Rhane is a no-nonsense girl, which I loved the most about her. The rollercoaster of their ups and downs had me on the edge throughout the story. Although their love was undeniable, secrets and pasts continued to keep them apart. My heart went out to both Rhane and Ian.  What I loved about this story was beneath the hurt, both characters were able to surface and find love. Both of them have loved and lost, in different ways, but it hurt all the same.

I enjoyed the secondary characters, T and Gwen, as well. The author was great at character development, where it made it difficult to put the story down.  This was not your typical NA storyline. It was different, in the best way possible. It was a refreshing read. I hope there is more Rhane and Ian in the future. I look forward to more of this author’s work. 



About the Author


I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I'm an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I'm a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I've written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don't look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80's hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine's "Top 100 places in America to work."

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair




Title: Bittersweet Junction
Author: Ivy Sinclair 
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis:
Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.

Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.

Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.

      About the Author
Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow

Speak Easy (Speak Easy, #1)Title: Speak Easy (Speak Easy #1)
Author: Melanie Harlow
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: July 22nd 3013
Tour Organized by: AToMR Tours

Synopsis:

Temptation is everywhere.

It's July, 1923. By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation. By night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper, but with her mother gone, she’s usually stuck at home with two younger sisters—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom.

In one week.

Enzo DiFiore’s screen-idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless, even though he’s the son of the mobster holding her father hostage. But when the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful attraction to buy more time.

And then there’s Joey Lupo, the irritatingly handsome pest from her childhood who’s got the street smarts Tiny needs to smuggle enough booze to make a quick ten grand. But he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned, and despite his promise to protect her, Tiny isn’t sure she can trust Joey—or stop her growing feelings for him.

To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.


 
My Review
 
Before reading this, I didn't really consider myself a fan of historical fiction. I think I've read maybe three books that fit that genre, and while I always seem to enjoy them, I still didn't really feel like it was my "thing." It seems I'll have to change my opinion on this; I absolutely loved this book. It was also really refreshing to read a New Adult that wasn't a Contemporary Romance for a bit of a change. Although I am no expert on the time period, I've always had a fascination with the 20's and Speak Easy, in my opinion, was an accurate portrayal of the period. With that said, the story still felt very fresh and now. From the very first page, the author pulls you into a world of flappers, smoke and whiskey-filled illegal clubs, and sexy, dangerous gangsters-- and you won't want to leave.
 
I adored the characters; they each brought something special to the story, and were all very well developed. I loved that Tiny had flaws and dealt with things in a realistic way. She made mistakes along the way, but she was real and strong, and did whatever she had to do to protect her family. Even the supporting characters were great-- her sisters, her friends, I liked them all. As far as the men... oh my goodness. Hot, hot, hot! Do we love Joey? Do we love Enzo? I'm as undecided as Tiny on this one. I loved them both! They're probably both bad news for her, but I don't care. Lines definitely get blurred as far as who to trust when everyone seems to have their own agenda.
 
"Why are you doing this? You think you can buy me?" Straightening my shoulders, I stood a little taller.
"I'm not for sale."
He picked up my hand, smashed the money into my palm, and curled my fingers around it.
"Sweetheart, everyone's for sale."
 
As far as the love scenes-- grab a fan and an ice-cold drink (or some rum), because they are something else! I love a steamy story as much as the next girl, but there are some books that can make you feel like you're drowning in sex-- this definitely wasn't one of them. The balance between the romance (which wasn't even mushy, but I loved every minute of it) and the action was perfect. And the tension, sexual or otherwise, between these characters was so thick, you could cut it with a knife.
 
"Only stop acting like you're going to seduce me one minute and then strangle me the next."
He glared at me, seething. "That is, in fact, exactly how I feel about you."
 
I truly enjoyed this story and will be counting down the days until the sequel is released. Joey or Enzo? I need to know NOW! I'm so happy that I took a tiny chance on this one, considering it isn't the genre I usually go for; it really was fantastic. I highly recommend Speak Easy to anyone looking to take a little break from the angst, and try something different. Historical Fiction and New Adult fans alike will love this one!
 
 
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About the Author:
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.
 
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