06 October 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2) by Ginger Scott

Wicked Restless (Harper Boys #2)
by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: October 20th 2015.
Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she
often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot
quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has
been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than
15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors,
scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work,
visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a
baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce
Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge

Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2)
by Lola Dodge.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Futuristic, Romance.
Publication: October 13th 2015 by Ink Monster, LLC.
Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.

Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

Tair annihilated me on the sim and for once, I didn’t give a flying fudge reindeer.
The timeghosts had gotten bored of kissing and now I was getting full-on caressing, nudity, and a soundtrack of bedroom moans. And I couldn’t not peek. Not when Tair looked that good shirtless, his head tipped back, sucking a breath through his teeth as I—
Whoa horsies.
I shuddered and leaned against the sim room wall. I could not be expected to focus under these conditions.
Especially when us getting together was looking more and more likely. Short of knocking him unconscious with one of the prop crossbows, it might be too late to derail the train to make-out town. One kiss wouldn’t be so bad, but—
No. That was the problem right there. It would be a gateway kiss. Then there’d be tongue and heavy breathing and feelings. I needed to nip that right in the bud. Because after the kissing came all the dying.
The most annoying part was that Tair was totally oblivious to the chaos in my head.
“Should I take you back to your room?” Tair set his guns back on the shelf. “Your pulse is high.”
“Well, it would be,” I snapped. That happened when I got bombarded with images of him nipping my collarbone and running his hands all over me, because then I imagined what it would feel like in real life and Jesus Christmas. What was I supposed to do about that?
“Did I do something wrong?” He crouched near me, not close enough to make me uncomfortable, but close enough that I could see the golden shades of brown in his eyes, and that was uncomfortable in a whole different way.
I’d made a mistake. This was the most annoying part. He hadn’t done anything wrong.
Tair was playing his part to perfection. I was the one getting blown apart.
Getting thrown off my game.

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Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University--and hasn't stopped moving since. When she's not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can't melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

NAMELESS is in development for film by Benderspink! That’s the same company who optioned Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and produced the I AM NUMBER FOUR film!

by Jennifer Jenkins.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian.
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Month9Books.
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

“Go ahead and do it.” Zo’s legs buckled beneath her.
Gryphon let her sink to her knees on the cold earth.

“You can throw my body into the river when you’re done.”
The Allies watched the river. Someone would know Tess was
alone. Commander Laden would send a team to retrieve her.
The Ram would move south and the Wolves, with the help
of the Allies, would be prepared to fight. Tess would be free
before the end of this year.

She would.

Joshua joined Zo on the ground and put an arm around her.

“Don’t worry, Zo. Gryphon’s not going to kill you.”
Joshua looked up at Gryphon for reassurance.

“The chief will want to question her.” Gryphon frowned.
“But I’ll speak for her, Joshua.”

“You’ll speak for her?” Joshua jumped to his feet. He had
to crane his neck to meet Gryphon’s cold eyes. “You’ll speak
for her!” He shoved him in the chest with both hands. Gryphon
didn’t even sway from the contact. Joshua pushed him again and
again until his shoving turned to full-on punching. Gryphon just
stood there and took it, watching Zo with a hollow expression.
They all knew what would happen if Gryphon took her back.

Zo couldn’t stand it any longer. “Joshua, stop.” She used
a low tree branch to help her stand. The muscles in her back
throbbed from Gryphon’s rough handling. “I can speak for

The poor kid dropped to the ground. His head hung between
his knees, he grabbed two fistfuls of his own red hair.
Zo stepped toward Gryphon. “Send the boy away. For his
own sake.” Zo was in no position to make demands, but the
prospect of losing her life made her bold. She wouldn’t be a
victim any longer.

Gryphon studied her through the curtain of his dark hair.
“He has a right to stay.”

Zo stepped closer until their toes almost touched and the
smoke of her breath reached his dimpled cheek. Her voice
barely carried over the sound of the river. “Kill me here. Don’t
hand me over to the chief’s guards.” The image of the Gate
Master entered her mind. “Please.” Her bright blue eyes met
his. The time for submission had passed.

Gryphon shook his head, his jaw set.

“What?” She shoved him. “Too much of a coward to do the
job yourself? Aren’t you a Ram?” She had to get him angry.
No one would know to help Tess if Zo’s body didn’t end up in
that river.

Gryphon tensed.

Joshua got up from the ground and put a hand on his
mentor’s chest while looking at Zo. “That wasn’t a great thing
to say,” he forced a whisper through his teeth. “I think you
should let me do the negotiating from now on.”

Gryphon pushed Joshua’s hand away. The wrap around his
wounded shoulder was dark with fresh blood. The bandage
needed replacing. “Why did you come to the Gate when you
knew we kill your kind?” he asked.

Zo chose her words carefully. Tess’ life depended upon
them. “Why are you so convinced I’m a Wolf?”
“The Wolf I captured had that same mark on his shoulder.”

Zo opened her mouth to speak but no words came. The
mark of the Allies was a well-kept secret. She wouldn’t be the
one to divulge it. “The waxing moon is a common symbol of
hope. I’m surprised you’ve never seen it before.”

“You look like a Wolf too.” Gryphon’s face colored and he
looked away.

Zo sighed inwardly. It always came back to her cursed face.

“Either kill me or don’t. Nothing I say will sway you.” She
folded her arms and showed him her back. It was the ultimate
sign of disrespect inside the Gate. She braced herself, ready
for him to strike her, but nothing happened.

A lifetime passed before she heard the crunch of his
approaching footsteps.

Gryphon walked around to face her. This was it. Tonight
she would join her parents on the other side of this cruel life.
She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Please let Tess
be safe. Please let her not mourn my death. Let Commander
Laden find her.

Warm hands clamped down on her tied wrists.

Zo’s eyes shot open and all of her fears raced back in one
swift, agonizing moment: torture, no body for Laden’s men to
find, Tess alone, the Gate Master. “No, no. Don’t take me back
there. Please!” her voice slipped and cracked. “Please! I’ll do
anything! Just don’t take me to the Gate Master!”

Gryphon pressed the blade of his short sword to her neck. “I
don’t trust you, Wolf,” he whispered. “If you ever do anything
to harm my people, I swear I will end your life in a way that
will make you regret ever surviving this night.”
Joshua ran up and hugged Gryphon. “Thank you! Thank

Gryphon yanked the band from her wrists and walked away,
leaving Joshua and Zo to stare at his back in the moonlight.
Zo sunk to her knees. “I don’t believe it.” She held her
unbound hands to her cheeks, her jaw hung slack.

Joshua put an arm around her. “Welcome to the family, Zo.
I think he likes you.”

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Time Warper: FATED, A Sage Hannigan Novel by Peggy Martinez

Time Warper: FATED, A Sage Hannigan Novel
by Peggy Martinez.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance.
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing.
Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn't been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be?

All she has to do is:

1. Learn to use newly acquired warping skills to bend time to her will.
2. Take out a few rogue vampires.
3. Join an ancient secret society.
4. Figure out who is putting the time stream in jeopardy.
5. Find and maim whoever invented the corset.

Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper, and she never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.

The full moon shone down on a scene straight out of someone’s nightmares, maybe even my own. Like a cruel lover, the vampire had the man in a sadistic embrace, holding him tightly against the house’s brick wall, her fangs dug into his neck. The blood pouring out of his wound contrasted starkly with the bright white of his shirt. The vampire made guttural sounds of pleasure deep in her throat as she took his blood and his life. The animalistic sounds snapped me out of my shock, and I cried out in fury as I lunged for her.
Lesson number one: A vampire in the middle of dinner probably won’t appreciate being interrupted.
My anguished cry gave me away as I lunged and thrust my dirk toward her chest. My heart nearly stopped when I was swatted away like nothing more than a pesky fly. I scrambled off the ground, only to be backhanded back down again. I shook off the feeling of déjà vu and tried to tap into my newly acquired inner power; surely, all those combat classes hadn’t been for nothing.
I sure as hell wasn’t going down without a fight, and if I could, I’d make the parasitic bloodsucker pay for what she’d done. I felt a calm settle over me more intensely than I’d ever felt before as I slowly adjusted my grip on the sgian-dubh. My whole body felt alive as an intense vibration hummed through my veins. I wiped the blood from the corner of my mouth and called on my powers just enough to be standing directly in front of the vampire before she could blink.
The look on her face was priceless—her pupils completely dilated, and the red ring around her irises almost swallowed the color of her eyes whole.
Taking advantage of her bewilderment, I head-butted her directly on the bridge of her nose and felt a glow of satisfaction when I heard a crunching sound. By the look on the vampire’s face and the blood pouring from her nose, I gathered she wasn’t in her happy place. She kicked me in the stomach with such force it was nothing short of a miracle that I still had my spine intact as I went flying across the lawn.
“Who are you?” the vampire demanded. “What are you?” she amended in a hiss, her eyes narrowed dangerously at me as I slowly got to my feet and plastered a sneer on my face.
“Wouldn’t you like to know, leech,” I spat.

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Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has over a dozen published works, including the Time Warper Series, the State of Decay Trilogy, the Contradiction Series, the Reapers Grimm Series, her middle grade Super Zero Series, and various novellas and serials.

When not writing, Peggy can be found homeschooling her teen son and four daughters. You may also find her packaging hundreds of boxes for her monthly box subscription business she founded just for readers! (Lit-Cube) She could also be spotted reading, making soap, dabbling in aromatherapy, watching gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles. Oh yeah... and day dreaming about owning a small homestead or taking a dream vacation to Greece, Scotland, & Ireland. She could totally be doing that.

Author Website: http://www.peggy-martinez.com
Business Website: http://www.lit-cube.com

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05 October 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lord Fenton's Folly (A Proper Romance #2) by Josi S. Kilpack

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Lord Fenton's Folly (A Proper Romance #2)
by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Regency, Proper Romance, Clean Reads.
Publication: October 6th 2015 by Shadow Mountain.
Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.

Reviewed by Kelly

The Skinny: You have to read this book. Ugh, I felt so many emotions and I ugly cried at the end of the book and there are twists and turns so don’t think you will figure it out because you won’t see it coming! It is also a tender romance that builds over time. I didn’t think they would ever find love together!

The Fat: We start off with a scene with Alice and Lord Fenton as children. I thought Lord Fenton was such a great kid with a little mischief in him and great kindness. Then we go to their present time as adults. Unfortunately, when Lord Fenton grows up we find that Lord Fenton is an embarrassment. He dresses with bright colored clothes. He drinks. He disrespects his father (on a side note, I would have been disrespectful too. Cruel man!). Lord Fenton doesn’t even really do anything responsible. I didn’t like what I saw in him as an adult. He ends up playing a prank, of which he likes to do to goad his father that goes so far that his father decides to disinherit him, which would be devastating to his current lifestyle. Lord Fenton runs to his mother for help. She tells him that she loves him and that he has been acting out. She says she will talk to his father. The result is that if he takes some responsibility and gets married and soon, he will stay in inheritance mode!

Lord Fenton doesn’t want a wife. In fact, he can flirt but doesn’t want anything to do with a woman. His father had been unfaithful to his wife and Lord Fenton had once caught his father in his indiscretion. He is scared of the act of intimacy. He doesn’t want to be like his father. So when it comes time to choosing a wife. He let his mother decide. She chooses Alice.

Alice is kind and sweet. She has a loving family. He once made a deal with Alice in childhood. In exchange for not telling on him (for a prank), he would help her with anything. Alice wanted a garden of her own. She loved to garden. Lord Fenton arranged it and she has been in love with Lord Fenton ever since.

When Alice finds out that he only chose her because it is a marriage of convenience and no love on his part, she is embarrassed and sad. There will be no intimacy either, but maybe someday. Her embarrassment and pride causes her to lash out at him. They continue to send insults and hurting words to each other. Alice understands that maybe she shouldn’t be that way if she is to ever get him to want her.

I loved the characters. Well, I didn’t like Lord Fenton at the beginning. He was acting out as an adult and it bothered me. But as time went on, we learn more about his actions and I wanted him to love Alice and let her in. But then he grew on me and I fell in love with him. Lord Fenton’s father on the other hand? I hated him. He was cruel to his family. He never changed at all in the whole book. There was no love in his heart for anyone. Lord Fenton’s mom is a gem! She is a class act woman to put up with her husband and her son. She is charitable as well. We learn just how charitable she is as the time passes.

Alice is so good for Lord Fenton! She is devastated at the position she finds herself in, having a husband who does not love her back. She even tries to flirt and seduce him. But Lord Fenton’s father has put fear that if he loves a woman intimately, he will be unfaithful and end up like his father and he won’t have anything to do with that. There is one scene that my heart went out to Lord Fenton and to see the damage his own father did to him. That one part has bothered me so much! I had to stop reading for a minute to get my rage at his father in control. A parent can damage a child so easily and this father did a whammy on his son causing anxiety and pain that has lasted most of Lord Fenton’s life. And Alice is the one who can fix him, if he ever lets her in.

At the very end, the tenderness that passes there has me in tears. It was love that was so utterly sweet and amazing! I have read that part several times. This is my latest favorite book!

If you love a proper romance, marriage of convenience, gardening, dandy, historical fiction, clean reads, loving mothers, family secrets, forgiving others, overcoming things in your life, finding love, then this would be for you.

Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. "I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan't be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication." He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected. "You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?"

Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. "I do, but-"

"Then that is good enough for me," Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. "I do find her appealing and what's more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head."

His mother's eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement.

"Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with." He leaned in and kissed his mother's hand. "Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal."

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Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.

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