01 April 2015

Release Day Launch: Love & Recipes by Bethany Lopez



Love & Recipes
by Bethany Lopez.
Audience/Genre: Recipes, Love References.
Publication: April 1, 2015.
Bethany Lopez has loved writing for as long as she can remember, but her love of cooking came a little bit later in life. In Love & Recipes, she combines the two into one fun cookbook. With recipes ranging from easy to difficult, she’s incorporated dishes for every home cook. And, because each dish comes from the pages of her fiction novels, each recipe references back to the book and/or character from which the dish derived. Whether making a quick dinner for two, or looking for that perfect dish to bring to your family’s holiday dinner, Love & Recipes has the dish for you!








S’Mores Brownies & Ghost Stories

In xoxoxo, Melissa’s family goes to the lake for the weekend. One night, around the fire, they’re making S’Mores and their dad is trying to tell a ghost story, but little brother Mikey keeps trying to guess what’s going to happen next.
I decided to do something different than just S’mores, so I made them brownie-style. I hope you like them, we sure did!

Prep Time ~ 10 Minutes
Cook Time ~ 40 Minutes
Yields 12 Brownies


Items You’ll Need:

½ cup Butter, melted
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
½ cup Flour
½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 cup Mini Marshmallows
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 tbsp. Graham Cracker Crumbs


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9-inch square pan with shortening. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Pour the batter into the greased pan, scraping the sides of the bowl to get all of the brownie mix out.

Bake uncovered for 20 – 30 minutes, inserting a toothpick after 20 to see if the brownies are cooked through. It’s okay for there to be a little mix on the toothpick, because you are going to sprinkle the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs on top of the brownies, and put back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the marshmallows have expanded and browned. Cool the brownies before eating.

Variations:
Use a disposable tin pan for easy cleanup.

**xoxoxo is book 2 in the Stories about Melissa series, and is available in all eBook formats, as well as in paperback**



Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011.Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.






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Release Launch: Reft by Libby Austin



Reft by Libby Austin.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 2015 by Infinity & Beyond Publishing.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. ~
Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Brandon “Brand” Carmichael’s life was the stuff dreams were made of…too bad it was an illusion. As a guitarist for Inert Motion, Brand traveled the world, performing with his brothers in all but blood. He never stopped moving all the while his mind played in a never ending loop. Now outside influences have changed the band’s course, leaving Brand’s life void of the balance he craved. Once again, his dream had become a recurring nightmare. Brand coped the only way he knew how; retreat into solitude.

Magdalena “Layna” Delacroix had achieved the long sought goal of her Ph.D. in Psychology, but success came at a high cost: over one hundred thousand dollars in debt. After being presented with the opportunity to fulfill her desire to help someone in the aftermath of tragedy, along with earning enough money to clear her debt and start a psychology practice of her own, Layna had to balance the means against the outcome. Could she be the force to stop the downward spiral of someone who refused to seek help?

Neither Brand nor Layna expected the reaction they had to one another. It was the opposite of everything they sought.

Could Layna live a lie while pushing Brand to live in the truth?

Would Brand forgive her for committing one unforgivable sin?

Or was he branded by destiny to be...

Reft


By the time the movie ended, I was sitting on the couch with Layna. She was cuddled to my side with her head resting on my shoulder. My arm lay across her back, and my fingers lazily swept up and down her side.
Layna sat up and rubbed her hands together, a big smile on her face. “Do I get to see my surprise now?”
It had been sitting for about an hour, so it should be dry enough. “Yes, but you have to close your eyes,” I instructed her, and she closed her eyes tightly, scrunching her face up and puffing out her cheeks. “You don’t have to hold your breath too,” I told her with a laugh as I stood up.
“I was doing that so you would hurry,” she retorted, making me laugh harder.
I grabbed the boot and said, “Keep your eyes closed,” as I walked back around the couch and sat on the ottoman. Checking to make sure her eyes were closed, I placed the open boot on my lap, then placed her foot in it and tightened the straps. Taking a deep breath, I said, “Okay, you can look now.”
Nervous about her reaction, I kept my eyes down. I’d never shared my art with anyone who meant anything to me before. I wanted to ask her if she liked it, but the insecure part of me held me back.
“Brandon,” she said softly. I liked that she called me Brandon. Her hand clasped mine and she shook my arm a little. “Hey, look at me.” Cautiously, I raised my eyes to look at her. “It’s beautiful. I can’t believe you painted robo-boot. I’ll never be able to part with it now. I wonder what people will think when I put it on my mantle,” she mused.
“You don’t have to keep it. It’s not really anything. More of a doodle. I just noticed you never had anybody sign your cast or anything. They’re apricot blossoms. I thought they were fitting,” I said, trying not to let it show how much her enjoyment meant.
“No, Brandon, it’s more than a doodle. I can’t remember the last time anyone has done something so thoughtful for me. It’s beautiful.”
“If this is the most thoughtful thing someone has done for you in so long you can’t remember, you’ve been hanging out with the wrong people,” I said in an attempt to bring some levity to what was becoming a heavy conversation.
“Well, I like the company I’m keeping right now,” she said with a smile.
















One day some words came to mind, so I wrote them down. Soon the words became sentences, which formed paragraphs, which, in turn, formed chapters. Before long, those few words had become a book.
When I’m not reading or writing, I’m a wife, mother, and business owner. I’ve lived on both coast and few places in between, but as born and raised Southern girl, I’ll always believe there’s no place like home.






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Release Day Launch: I'll Sing for my Dinner by B.R. Kingsolver



I'll Sing for my Dinner by B.R. Kingsolver.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rape.
Publication: April 1st 2015 by Smashwords Edition.
When Cecily Buchanan walks into the Roadhouse Bar and Grill and offers to sing for a meal, ex Marine Jake McGarrity can't say no. Some say Jake is too soft hearted for his own good. But letting the waif with the cover girl face and the voice of an angel walk away would be more than he could stand.

Cecily's sweet nature, bubbly personality and obvious talent endear her to everyone she meets, and Jake soon knows his heart is lost.

Cecily has secrets and won't talk about her past, one so dark that she has nightmares and clutches a knife while she sleeps.

When those who are chasing her close in, she faces the decision of whether to run again or to trust her life to the cowboy angel who has taught her the meaning of love.

“Shocking, but oh, so sweet.”

Author's note: This book includes content about past rape and abuse.









BR Kingsolver is the author of the Telepathic Clans series (The Succubus Gift, Succubus Unleashed, Succubus Rising, and Succubus Ascendant) and Broken Dolls, a paranormal thriller as well as the contemporary romance Trust: a truly modern romance, and the upcoming I’ll Sing for My Dinner. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I’ve lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently live in Baltimore and Albuquerque.






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Release Day Blitz: Choose Me (The Archer Brothers #2) by Heidi McLaughlin

Choose Me (The Archer Brothers #2)
by Heidi McLaughlin.
Audience/Genre: New Adult.
Publication: April 1st 2015.
Two brothers.

One woman.

One son.

One choice.

Lives ripped apart, shattered and rebuilt.

Evan and Nate Archer: Brothers, best friends, warriors and now enemies. Both in love with the same woman. Both determined to fight for what they want.

Nate Archer promised to protect Ryley Clarke in the event Evan didn’t make it back. It’s a promise between brothers since the early days of basic training. Nate never considered that his feelings, long buried since high school, would resurface and grow stronger.

Evan Archer wants answers. He wants someone to pay. After being gone for an unprecedented amount of time, nothing is making sense now that he’s home. Most of all, he can't understand how his brother ended up engaged to his fiancĂ©e. Evan is determined to uncover the mystery, and win back his family.

The Archers are about to fight dirty.


Our kisses turn soft, less eager, but with more passion. Her hands move from my chest and onto my neck as her fingertips play with my earlobes. Horns honk in the background causing her to pull away, but not before I get another taste of her lips. I don’t know about her, but I’m having a hard time catching my breath and when she pulls away, the pink flush of her cheeks tells me she felt something too.






Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.






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Blitz & Giveaway: Such A Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1) by Cortney Pearson



Such A Secret Place (Stolen Tears #1)
by Cortney Pearson.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult.
Publication: April 1st 2015.
Raids splatter across the news–Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.

When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille’s brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.

Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her people’s magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.

All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day they’ll succeed at draining her people’s magic completely, and all hope will be gone—not only for her brother, but for her world.







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Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. Cortney lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.






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