01 July 2018

Giveaway: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Romance.
Publication: June 22, 2018.
Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.

Loyal.

Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.


Praise...
“Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don't want it back.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author

Review by Kelly

This story is just so heart wrenching! I was sucked in the moment I read the first paragraph. Tristan and Riley’s worlds are so different and as they get to know each other, they both want the best for the other! Tristan is placed in an honors class and he doesn’t know why. His work isn’t that hard. Riley is in the same class. But they met when Riley was moving into the house down from Tristan’s. He stopped briefly to help her with some heavy stuff. She learned he played basketball down the street every night. She just didn’t know he was part of a gang. That knowledge came later. Riley wants to be a professional basketball player someday. She is really that good!

Tristen is a good kid trapped in a bad life situation and with the thought he could never leave his life. If he did, he would be killed! Tristan did what he was told but he never killed anyone himself! He also cares about people. His best friend is Paul, aka Joker. He looks out for everyone. He doesn’t do drugs or alcohol. Except for the one time, Dub (the head of his gang) forced drugs into him when he was really young.

Riley isn’t accepted when she goes to the court down the street, where later everynight, drugs are sold. She is told she doesn’t belong there by Tristan himself. They all ignore her except Lauren. She likes Riley and they become friends. Riley does something on a whim to prove that she can fit in with the boys. Where they learn to like her she never really gets accepted there. But Tristan and Riley have some kind of connection that can’t be ignored! I feel the pull they have to each other.It’s easy to see how both of them can be great leaders!

Okay, so like I said before, I don’t like sports. I just don’t get into it. But when Ginger Scott writes a book she puts sports in it and she explains things and she makes the characters so in need of something that I want them to win, to excel and to be happy in life. And I wanted Riley and Tristan to both have their deepest desires to come to fruition. I want Riley to become someone that people notice and not someone on this itty bitty last minute girls basketball team that has only a volunteer for a coach. And I want Triston to somehow free himself of this life in a gang and to live and be happy. Is that too much to ask? I guess it is sometimes. As for them, you will have to read the book to find out how their story ends!

There is a quote at the end that is what becomes part of their lives. I want to share it but it might be a spoiler so I won’t!

I did find myself crying a few times. Life can be so unfair and Ginger Scott writes these stories that may not be a perfectly ever afters but good enough to be happy with life ever after!

If you like basketball, stories about gangs and gang life, scholarships, realizing the truths in life, friends that stick with you no matter what, then this might be a book for you!

Content: language, one sex scene, violence with guns and fighting.








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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several 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, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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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29 June 2018

Tour & Giveaway: Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Romance.
Publication: June 22, 2018.
Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school—to pretend. But he always fell back in line.

Loyal.

Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends—better than him
sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.


Praise...
“Cry Baby is brilliantly written. It's hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking and will leave you thinking about it for days afterward. Bravo, Ms. Scott. This boy-man stole my heart and I don't want it back.”- L.J. Shen, Bestselling Author


Review by Kelly
This story is just so heart wrenching! I was sucked in the moment I read the first paragraph. Tristan and Riley’s worlds are so different and as they get to know each other, they both want the best for the other! Tristan is placed in an honors class and he doesn’t know why. His work isn’t that hard. Riley is in the same class. But they met when Riley was moving into the house down from Tristan’s. He stopped briefly to help her with some heavy stuff. She learned he played basketball down the street every night. She just didn’t know he was part of a gang. That knowledge came later. Riley wants to be a professional basketball player someday. She is really that good!

Tristen is a good kid trapped in a bad life situation and with the thought he could never leave his life. If he did, he would be killed! Tristan did what he was told but he never killed anyone himself! He also cares about people. His best friend is Paul, aka Joker. He looks out for everyone. He doesn’t do drugs or alcohol. Except for the one time, Dub (the head of his gang) forced drugs into him when he was really young.

Riley isn’t accepted when she goes to the court down the street, where later everynight, drugs are sold. She is told she doesn’t belong there by Tristan himself. They all ignore her except Lauren. She likes Riley and they become friends. Riley does something on a whim to prove that she can fit in with the boys. Where they learn to like her she never really gets accepted there. But Tristan and Riley have some kind of connection that can’t be ignored! I feel the pull they have to each other.It’s easy to see how both of them can be great leaders!

Okay, so like I said before, I don’t like sports. I just don’t get into it. But when Ginger Scott writes a book she puts sports in it and she explains things and she makes the characters so in need of something that I want them to win, to excel and to be happy in life. And I wanted Riley and Tristan to both have their deepest desires to come to fruition. I want Riley to become someone that people notice and not someone on this itty bitty last minute girls basketball team that has only a volunteer for a coach. And I want Triston to somehow free himself of this life in a gang and to live and be happy. Is that too much to ask? I guess it is sometimes. As for them, you will have to read the book to find out how their story ends!

There is a quote at the end that is what becomes part of their lives. I want to share it but it might be a spoiler so I won’t!

I did find myself crying a few times. Life can be so unfair and Ginger Scott writes these stories that may not be a perfectly ever afters but good enough to be happy with life ever after!

If you like basketball, stories about gangs and gang life, scholarships, realizing the truths in life, friends that stick with you no matter what, then this might be a book for you!

Content: language, one sex scene, violence with guns and fighting.



Why You Should Read Ginger Scott's Books...

1- I don't like Sports! I just can't get into it. But there is usually sports involved in her books! But the way she writes, it doesn't matter if you like them or not. She keeps your mind thinking and you get why that character loves that sport, why it's important to them and you find yourself routing for them to do the best and to win!

2- She writes books that leave you feeling vulnerable and naked! She writes with such raw passion that you can't tear yourself away from reading it and your mind can't stop thinking about it days after you have finished!

3- I have never given her anything less than 5 stars!!

4- Ok, you ask where my review for this book is? I am in Peru and we had some troubles with planes and it ended up very badly with me throwing up on an nonairconditioned stationary airplane we weren't allowed to exit from for 4 hours and then we got stuck in Panama City for 24 hours. At least they put us up in a 4.5 star hotel and fed us but still, I didn't enjoy it. Then my daughter delivered her baby here in Peru and I am watching her toddler. So, I need time to read her books and I couldn't finish it yet. I will have it finished today but I can tell you that it is definitely another 5 star book. When I saw the tour being offered, I jumped at it without even remembering what the book was about! I didn't care, she is one of those go to authors that you just get every book!!

5-You could win one here and not even have to pay for it! I will buy it for you! Win win for you!!


The room is so quiet that every small sound sends a jolt of urgency through my body. The refrigerator motor kicks on…then off. The heater rumbles and buzzes a loose vent cover in the hallway. A cricket hidden somewhere inside echoes.

“You get like that when you live here,” he says, bringing me back to the surface.

“Huh?” I shift my gaze to him and he steps close again, this time sitting on the couch, our knees nearly touching as he turns to face me.

“Paranoid, I guess.” His eyes move between mine as I nod, kind of understanding.

Tristan clears his throat then slides against the corner of the couch, gaining a few precious inches of distance. Probably for the best since we can’t be friends.

“You want to listen to some music?” I ask.

He chuckles lightly and cocks one brow, relaxing his expression when he sees that I’m serious.

“Oh…uhm,” he glances around the empty home. I get why—he wants to be able to hear what’s happening…out there.

“I’ll keep it low. I just thought maybe it would help…I don’t know…pass the time you have to sit here with me? You know, since it’s so awful and we aren’t friends.”

My expression grows hard. That was passive aggressive, but I’m still glad I said it. I see him wince, just barely, and I’m satisfied.

“Music’s good,” he finally says.

I pull my phone from my pocket and open my favorite playlist, starting it then setting my phone on the back of the couch. It’s a mix of everything, which is what I was raised on. My dad’s more of the country and oldies type of guy, and my mom like hard rock. I love pop and rap and pretty much anything, so it works. The first song that plays is from the eighties.

Tristan smirks, then turns my phone toward him so he can read, half laughing.

“Hey, I saw your lips moving with the words to that. You can’t make fun of me when you know the words,” I say, mouthing too-ra-loo-ra along with him.

His mouth curves slowly, and when it’s finally smiling for real, everything in the room shifts.

We begin to sing together, both messing up verses in our own ways, nowhere even close to being on key. When the next song starts and it’s country, Tristan groans, but I catch him mouthing the words to this one as well. I throw a nearby pillow at him and he catches it at his chest, holding it to his body and laughing until the sound fades out and we’re both just looking at each other.

Country turns into Elvis, and Tristan’s lip ticks up on one side as he blinks and looks down. His gaze doesn’t fall for long, though, and in a breath he’s studying me again.

“Careful, we might become friends,” I tease. He doesn’t laugh, and his grin falls a little, losing the dimples on his cheeks. I shouldn’t have said that. He took it seriously.

“Every single time I hear a car drive by, I assume it’s someone coming to kill me.”

My throat goes dry at his words, and my heartbeat pounds in my gut. His eyes flirt with me, moving to and away while he chews at the inside of his cheek. I’m frozen on his face, but in the periphery, I can see him wringing his hands.

He looks up and lets his breath slip away until his lip hangs open and his features droop, almost desperate. It’s a surrender.






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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several 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, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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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26 June 2018

#UnforgettableLove & Giveaway: Elizabeth Johns







Moon and Stars by Elizabeth Johns

Lady Charlotte Stanton was officially on the shelf. Her first offer to be a chaperone had sealed her fate at the advanced age of eight-and-twenty. Yet, one magical evening a mysterious gentleman took pity on her and danced with her clandestinely under the stars. He refused to tell her who he was—other than unsuitable. It has ruined her peaceful existence as an aging spinster.

Sir David Douglas, known to many as Captain Deuce the infamous smuggler, regardless of having changed his ways and made his fortune away in the Indies. His past was destined to follow him forever. Despite helping bring down a high level smuggling ring, the King wants him to do more to earn his pardon. Reluctantly, he is forced back into the dark trade of smuggling once again.

As Sir David struggles to gain his freedom, Lady Charlotte tries to unravel his mystery and help him. But will she find her happily ever after or will she be caught up in the sins of his past?

 

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“Sometimes I think I have more in common with the moon and the stars than Polite Society,” a deep, baritone voice said from behind her, as if the man had heard her thoughts.
Charlotte managed not to flinch. She was unused to anyone seeking her company in dark places.
“Yes, I was brought up amongst the ton, yet it is not often comfortable,” she replied, still looking at the night sky.
“That is the last word I would use for it,” he said as he came to stand next to her. He was so close she felt warmth radiating from him and smelt his scent of spice and pine. She was afraid to turn and look. She did not wish to ruin the moment with reality, yet the arm of his coat appeared to be well made, and his hands appeared to be strong.
They stood there in silent kinship, listening to the sounds of laughter and dancing coming from the ballroom.
“Would you care to dance?”
Charlotte did not answer. This man must be someone new in Town, someone who knew not who she was, or could not see her clearly in the moonlight. What did it matter? It was only a dance. One dance would change nothing.
She held her hand out to him and finally allowed herself to look up.
“Have we been introduced?” she asked, annoyed at her inanity. She had never before seen this man, of that she was certain.
His light grey eyes twinkled in the moonlight, and they were looking at her—her!—flirtatiously. Crinkles formed at the edges of his eyes, indicating an experience and maturity that made him more handsome when he smiled. It was devilish cruel that men became more striking with age.
“You know very well we have not,” he answered.
He pulled her close—too close—and began to twirl her around. The moment was too intimate for mere words. Charlotte felt light and dainty for the first time ever as this man spun her in his arms. She must be dreaming. It was a heady, delicious feeling as her pulse raced and her insides quivered.
When the music ceased, they stood there still, retaining the position of the dance as their breathing slowed. Charlotte grew self-conscious as the man studied her.
“Am I to know your name?” she whispered.
He took her hand and brought it to his lips, sending shivers through her.
“Some things are better left unspoken, my lady.”







“I loved everything about this story. Every woman needs to meet a man who wants her just the way she is. Despite the struggles and self doubt, despite the familial opposition, despite the outside forces and ever present danger from sinister forces - our dear couple finally triumphs.”

“Elizabeth Johns writes lovely, intricate Regency tales filled with angst, longing, tragedy and triumph. She does not pander with superfluous and gratuitous sex scenes. Yet her stories are romantic and satisfying. I highly recommend this series and all of Johns' books if you want to be transported and escape this time period to the land of happily ever after. I cannot wait for the next one!”










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Author Elizabeth Johns

National bestselling author Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen's clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was "forced" to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author's books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into publishing began with the release of Surrender the Past, book one of the Loring-Abbott Series. Johns makes no pretensions to Austen's wit but hopes readers will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.

Johns attributes much of her inspiration to her mother, a retired English teacher. During their last summer together, Johns would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, who encouraged her to continue writing. Busy with multiple careers, including a professional job in the medical field, author and mother of small children, Johns squeezes in time for reading whenever possible.





 

Through the FireMelting the IceWith the WindOut of the DarknessRay of Light: Traditional Regency Romance
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