30 November 2013

Release Event and Giveaway: Surrender to Temptation by Ednah Walters



Surrender To Temptation (The Fitzgerald Family #6)
by Ednah Walters.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Romance.
Publication: November 26th 2013 by Firetrail Publishing.
A playboy in hiding
A woman searching for answers
Will he let her in or send her packing?


After a tragic accident, Chef Chase Fitzgerald left his life in Los Angeles behind and moved to a ranch in Montana. He's convinced that all he needs to be happy are his horses, a few ranch hands and the big sky country. Until one day, Nikki Savoy walks through his doors in her city clothes, sexy mouth, and a body designed to drive a man insane.

Nikki wants to know the truth about the accident that left her sister in a coma. Getting a job at Chase’s ranch is just the beginning. Throw in a crafty housekeeper, a cantankerous cowboy, a few adorable horses, and an attraction that can’t be denied, and you have a recipe for disaster or romance. Will Nikki get her answers or will Chase offer her something better?

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He looked down at her, and for one brief moment, his mind went blank as he once more became aware of
her as a woman and not the gifted web designer about to rescue his records. She really was exquisite.
Creamy skin begging to be stroked. Lips so soft and lush a man had to be a eunuch not to want to taste them. And
her eyes beckoned him, when they weren’t daring him to forget he was raised right, and haul her into his arms.

“Fitzgerald?”

Her calm voice penetrated his sensual thoughts. It annoyed him that she was so unruffled all the time when he
couldn’t think straight around her.

Wanting to rattle her a little, he shifted and propped his butt on his desk, so he could see her face. “I
stopped doubting you the moment you said you wouldn’t insult me by climbing into my bed.” Her cheeks grew
pink. “That is what convinced you? Why?”

“The look in your eyes said you actually meant it.” Her eyes widened, and he grinned. The flustered look
suited her.

“What look?” she asked, sounding skeptical. She had a right to be. He was making up things as he went,
reverting
to his old self hours after meeting her.

“Like I was a troll with warts and bulbous nose.”

She laughed.

The sound washed over him, and his heartbeat shot up a notch. He feigned hurt and gave her his most
whipped puppy
look. “Now you are laughing at me.”

“Not at you, but at what you said.”

“Does that mean I’m not trollish?”

“It means you’re fishing for compliments.” She stood and looked down at him with a challenging
twinkle in her eyes. “You are not trollish, Fitzgerald. You are just not my type.”

No way. Women loved him. Ever since he hit puberty and acquired muscles, women, young and old,
never stopped chasing him. And he always accommodated them. “What the hell is your type?”




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EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS (Release date TBA). Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.





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26 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sia by Josh Grayson


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Sia
by Josh Grayson.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult.
Publication: November 20th 2013.
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Sia starts off with her waking up on a park bench with a pink skimpy workout outfit on and only an ipod on her. She quickly realizes that she has no idea where she is or who she is. She starts to wander around looking for anything. Then she realizes she is hungry. When she smells the food coming to her, a man well dressed offers to buy her food. She hesitates for only a moment. There is no place to sit and the man states that they could sit in his car and eat. RED FLAGS! She agrees based on him being well dressed polite and kind. Things quickly change and he locks her in the car trying to drive away with her in it. She gets slapped when she tries to get out. Thank goodness she instinctively knew how to maim and she got out of a running car. She learns her lesson but she is still bewildered at who she is and what she should do. She doesn’t want to go to the police until she gets some idea of who she might be. STUPID GIRL.

Then she runs into a homeless woman, named Carol, who takes her under her wing and helps her survive the streets. She learns a lot about compassion and kindness and learns not to judge. They are together for a week. Then one morning at soup kitchen while Carol is momentarily away from her, she runs into a boy who yells at her to get out and that she has some nerve coming here. She has no clue what he is talking about. She leaves quickly and is so upset over it a car hits her when she is not paying attention. She wakes up in a hospital. They know who she is and her parents are there. But of course she has no idea who they are. The doctor tells them that she has fugue amnesia. Who knows when her memories will come back but to do her regular routines and hopefully something will trigger it back. Also, she learns that this is a rare amnesia that is usually caused by stress.

Sia comes to find out that she is very well off and lives in a rich neighborhood. She has a room covered in pink. Sia thanks everyone for anything that she gets, like the driver and the housekeeper, who just grins at the comment. Sia’s friends show up and she finds out she is the captain of the cheerleaders and her boyfriend is the quarterback at school. All that doesn’t sit well with her.

She goes to school and runs into the boy who threw her out of the kitchen. She is intrigued by him. But he kind of ignores her. She soon finds out why. Her so called friends are rude and mean. Sia isn’t like that now and she could only handle so much with them. She also finds out that things are peachy keen at home either. Her parents marriage is on the rocks; her dad’s company is almost bankrupt.

Not knowing what to do, she sneaks out and finds Carol who will listen to her and help her through this.

Then when an earthquake hits. Kyle starts a fundraiser to help the victims. Sia joins them and all hell breaks loose with her friends because Sia isn’t suppose to be like that she is supposed to be like them mean and selfish. And Kyle’s friends don’t want anything to do with her either but they give her a chance. That’s more than her so called friends do. They snub her. Sia breaks up with the quarterback too.

Now Sia is feeling alone and confused. Kyle only talks to her when he has too and yet he watches her. She gets mixed messages from him and she is starting to like him.

Sia’s only real friends are Carol and the housekeeper. Sia decides she wants to stay the way she is and is worried that when her memories come back will she want to be mean, rude and selfish or will she want to be the way she is now, kind, caring and compassionate.

Kyle is afraid that Sia will become mean again and although he has feelings for her, he keeps his distance.

When will Sia get her memories back and what will she become?

I like the premise of the story. That anyone can change. And that people can forgive. There is more than just Sia who changes in this book. Sia radiates her goodness.

If you like forgiveness, learning to be better, overcoming dependence, helping others, charities, service to others, friendships, and family than you will like this book.





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Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.





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Cover Reveal: Tousle Me by Lucy V. Morgan

Tousle Me
by Lucy V. Morgan.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 13th 2013.
He’s exquisitely hot. Exquisitely tousled. Exquisitely screwed in the head.

Cammibelle Hicks just wants to survive her first year of college. Desperate to forget her troubled past, she throws herself into her degree and book review blog. So what if her life is one long tumblr page of grumpy cat GIFs? She doesn’t need to get out more, and she definitely doesn’t need a man.

Hunter von Styles approaches life like he’s spoiling for a fight: with a tempting scowl. A cage-fighting, ex-rocker billionaire, it’s unclear why Hunter’s at college. Frankly, it makes no sense. Then Cammie falls into him—literally—at a party, and he’s obsessed. He needs her more than a moist towelette at a barbecue.

Though Cammie’s friends warn her against Hunter, she can’t resist his charms; especially not when he buys her shoes. And GoodReads. And a unicorn. But when her handsome best friend, medieval reenactor Archer Riddick, makes a play for her heart—and challenges Hunter to a jousting match—it turns out that Hunter has demons of his own. Demons that aren’t real ones, but metaphorical ones—which are MUCH WORSE, when you think about it…

Join Hunter and Cammie on an emotionally exhausting journey into love.

And co-dependence.

And probably therapy



Lucy writes sharp contemporary fiction, usually with a liberal splatter of filth. She is a Lyrical Press author, an editor and a screenwriter.

Her new adult novel, TWISTED SUMMER, is a gutsy take on forbidden love starring an even gutsier heroine.

Her contemporary series, encompassing CHAIRMAN OF THE WHORED and THE WHORED'S PRAYER, features slick London lawyers with a penchant for sensual violence. BEAUTIFUL MESS, her romantic comedy novella, is a snarky, sexy friends-to-lovers romp.

In TOUSLE ME: A New Adult Parody, Lucy pays homage to the books she loves in the best way she knows how...by mocking them mercilessly.

Lucy lives amid a graveyard of scented candles and half-read books. She's still trying to kick her dirty Pepsi habit.




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25 November 2013

Sacrifice of Love (The Grey Wolves #7) by Quinn Loftis

Sacrifice of Love (The Grey Wolves #7)
by Quinn Loftis .
Audience/Genre: Fantasy,Paranormal Romance.
Publication: September 13th 2013.
As one evil falls, another rises in its place. The powerful witch, Desdemona, has finally been killed by an alliance of wolf, elf, and fae. But Reyaz, brother to Cypher the warlock king, has vowed retribution for a life that was taken from him. Now Cypher must decide not only how to protect his newfound mate and his people, but also how to destroy the only family he has left.
Meanwhile, Jen’s pregnancy progresses and the fateful due date draws ever nearer. The thought of losing Decebel’s child constantly threatens to overwhelm her. With each passing day, Decebel grows more distant, causing Jen to wonder what toll the impending loss of their child is taking on him. Unbeknownst to Jen, in an act of desperation to protect his unborn child and mate, Decebel strikes a deadly bargain with the Great Luna—his life in place of his child’s. There is only one way for that to happen; the bond between he and Jen must be broken.
As Jen as Decebel struggle through their darkness, another kind of darkness is infiltrating Fane’s heart. Doubts and questions linger as he tries to cope with the emotions brought on in the aftermath of Desdemona’s curse. He knows what happened wasn’t real, but still he can’t rid himself of the terrible images seared into his memory. Jacque is his light, the one who keeps the darkness at bay, yet he won’t let her inside to do just that.
Sally continues to learn what it means to be a gypsy healer and Costin struggles to protect her as she runs full speed ahead to help her wolves, heedless of her own safety. She sees her best friends struggling, each enduring their own trials. She’s desperate to help them, but can she keep them safe?
With all of these things hanging heavy over the heads of the Serbia and Romania packs, their attention is divided. The wolves do not even realize a threat has slowly infiltrated their midst. Will they recognize the threat in time to save the lives that precariously hang in the balance?
Against this backdrop of darkness, choices will be made, fears will confronted, and the ultimate sacrifice will be made. Will the wolves stand together to defeat the threats arrayed against them, both from within and without? Will love conquer all? Or will the beleaguered wolves finally succumb to their demons?

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is one of my all time favorite series!!

You know when a series ends, you are left with conflicting emotions; happy with the HEA and sad that there is no more.Yep, that's me! Well, at least we will still get to see Vasile and Alina’s story even if it does take place years earlier and we won't see all the characters we love.

When an author can make you feel all kinds of emotions, I give it 5 stars. I felt anger, sadness (even got teary a time or two), happiness. I loved the way that you could feel the love the wolves had for their mates. The description had me in awe at that love. The snarky,subtle and not so subtle innuendos kept me rolling on the floor with laughter. That is one of the things that got me hooked on the series is the girls friendship with their humor. I couldn’t get enough of it.

There is always evil to fight and there are always sacrifices to be made. Many are willing to make that sacrifice and do. There are a lot of hot werewolves who will do anything to get back their mates. The fae and warlock who have mates aren’t too shabby either.

I love Peri and the slang she picks up from the girls. She is a hoot! I love what she gets at the end and no I am not telling you, you have to read it yourself.

I have a major book crush on Decebel. Where I love all the guys, he is my fav. He is tormented and does things that well I can’t tell you that either!

Gah, I don’t feel like I should tell you about what happens, just how I feel. It is a great series if you like family, pack, sacrifices, good vs evil, hot chocolate, non graphic sexual innuendos, pregnancy and labor (had to get that one in there since I am a labor and delivery nurse), fade to black intimacy, forgiveness, crazy fae, werewolves who fight,sacrifices and everlasting love.

Currently, Book One,Prince of Wolves is free on Amazon






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22 November 2013

Embrace Blog Tour: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London


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Definitely, Maybe in Love
by Ophelia London.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: October 28th 2013 by Entangled: Embrace.
Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle.

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I love Jane Austen. I like retellings too. This retelling is really keeping on the same track as Pride and Prejudice. I wasn't sure I would like it, but I adored it immensely. I found that because I loved Pride and Prejudice, I just fell in love with Henry easily.

One would think that because it so closely followed the book that you wouldn't enjoy it because it would be predictable but that wasn't the case. There was just enough of modern times in it that I was intrigued and saw a new twist on a classic book.

I simply adored Henry. He was a little socially inept and geeky but I loved watching him grow and came to love Spring. He was loyal and didn't see himself as a Hot Stud. He loved his sister. I really liked that he may have been rich but he gave back and helped others. Henry was easy to fall for. Gah, he is totally swoon worthy because of what he is on the inside not just the good looks on the outside.

Spring, well she took a little more time for me to warm up to her. She ran hot and cold with Henry. She was sometimes annoying. She was very opinionated in her environmental issues and couldn't see past it. I know that was the point in her pride and prejudiced ways. So, kuddos to the author for that.

If you like Pride and Prejudice than you will enjoy this book. I don't want to say too much because since, if you read Pride and Prejudice, you would know how it goes and then the new twist would be spoiled. So in other words, YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS VERSION!



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Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she's lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE, ABBY ROAD, and the Perfect Kisses series including: PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and "untitled #3" (Jan 2014). Visit her at http://ophelialondon.com. But don't call when The Vampire Diaries is on.




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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Reap by Christina Channelle



Reap
by Christina Channelle.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal.
Publication: October 11th 2013.
Foreign, or rather unfamiliar, would be the word I would use to describe how I felt.

Faintly, I could hear the glimmer of voices surrounding me in this dark haze, caressing my ears like skin against silk. I felt like I was in a cocoon of sorts, protectively enveloped, quietly drifting in some far-off place. I wanted to stay that way forever.

But we all know that what you want never really seems to happen in the real world
.

Something’s not right in Mia’s head.

The first thing is that her name isn’t Mia. In fact, she has no clue what her name is—who she is. All that she knows is that she’s not like the ones who found her: Dante with his kind blue eyes, Amy with her child-like demeanor, James with his questioning gaze.

And Briggs.

The one she cannot decipher no matter how hard she tries.

As Mia tries to fit in with these people, a strange occurrence is amidst outside. And as she finally remembers who she is …

Well, let’s just say that things get a little more complicated.

(Mature YA Paranormal Romance Novella.)

Excerpt


I opened my eyes but had to squeeze them shut against the harsh lights. 
My lids felt swollen, heavy with fatigue. 
My eyes burned, tears leaking from their corners. 
It was the most uncomfortable of feelings.
I must have been dreaming.
“Hello?” 
Although the word seemed alien to me, almost as if I had never heard it before, 
I instantly understood its meaning. Thevoice that had spoken was warm, making me 
feel as if I were suddenly sitting in front of a fireplace, wrapped in a 
heavy blanket, flames crackling. The heat of the word practically licked my skin.
Again, I tried opening my eyes, this time a bit more cautiously. Blinking, I slowly adjusted 
to the artificial lights, now able to see. 
I found myself staring back into a pair of bright blue eyes, a look of wariness in their depths. 
For a brief moment I couldn’t look away as I stared up at him. Then he cleared his throat and 
glanced away, as if uncomfortable with my gaze.With the spell of his eyes broken, 
it was then that I noticed I was lying on the ground—no, on hardwood floor.
And with not one, but three interested faces peering down at me. 
I sat up, then winced at the abruptness of my movement, bringing my hand to the 
back of my head.
Pain, my mind whispered.
“Careful now.”
I directed my eyes toward the person who had spoken such kind words. It was the first 
person I had noticed, the one with the blue eyes and the warm voice. His voice was deep 
and calming, and as I sat there 
I tried to think of the emotion I should be experiencing. 
Inhaling softly, I closed my eyes, ignored the painful throb in my head, and waited for the 
proper term to 
flutter into my mind.
Gratitude.
“Where did you come from?”
Satisfied I had found the correct word, I opened my eyes again to the voice speaking to me. 
It was a pleasant voice, reassuring to say the least, and immediately captured my attention.
At that moment, I didn’t notice the black hair atop his head, a striking contrast against 
his blue eyes that looked like I was staring into an ocean. I didn’t notice that the 
corners of his eyes crinkled up when he smiled kindly at me,complementing the 
single dimple in his right cheek. 
By just looking at him, anyone could tell that he was someone who 
knew how to laugh. But I didn’t notice any of that.
All those things I would notice later.






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A dreamer, Christina Channelle holds two degrees in health sciences but has always had a passion for writing. You will find her reading other young adult novels, or typing up a new story on her computer. When not writing, Christina spends her free time at the movies, listening to music, or eating sushi. She's a reality TV junkie and has a close relationship with many characters on TV that have been a topic of many heated discussions among friends. She resides in Ontario, Canada.







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21 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe


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Fireblood (Fireblood #1)
by Trisha Wolfe .
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult.
Publication: December 17th 2013 by Spencer Hill Press.
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin.

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult.

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out.

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

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A loud crackling rends the air.

I freeze.

“It’s only the transmission starting,” Hadley assures me. “I have to admit, I’m almost jealous of your ignorance.” She lifts her head toward the screen, shifting her eyes away from me, but not before I see the sadness in them.

I open my mouth to question her, but the screen flickers. When we were younger, after my first stolen glimpse of the public punishments, I made her swear to keep the transmissions to herself. I trusted my father’s reasons for forbidding me to watch them after that. Of course, once we were older, I could have done away with childish fears. Now, as an image appears on the screen, I know why I never abandoned our rule.

Terror grips my insides. I want to turn away, to go back to my father and take care of him, and forget my curiosity and desire to share in Hadley’s fun. I risk so much every day hiding my father’s illness.

I want to remain ignorant.
Only the face on the screen holds me captive. It’s not the elusive King Hart, but his son.
Prince Sebastian.

His golden eyes seem to glow with the lambent of the monitor, ethereal and assured. His full lips, curved into a graceful smile, hold an air of danger—a secret only he knows.

“Isn’t he beautiful?” Hadley says longingly.

Yes, I think, but not in the way she’s obviously seeing him. He’s beautiful in the way the apple in the banned book my father read to me ages ago was beautiful to the princess. Tempting but deadly.

“Citizens of Karm,” Prince Sebastian addresses his audience. His voice is a deep baritone that booms through the square. “Thank you for joining me. I know you were looking forward to an appearance from your king, but as I’m soon to take a wife, I’m making every effort to assume more responsibilities in the kingdom, also.”

As his voice echoes off the buildings, tendrils of fear wrap around me. My memories of the thief being hanged resurface, his haunting cries replacing the prince’s speech. My brow beads with cold sweat.

My throat thickens and I swallow. I should leave. The Force is here, and I have medicines on my person that would incriminate my father. I don’t spy the knights in crimson anywhere, and that worries me more than if one of them were standing by my side.

Glancing at Hadley, whose eyes are transfixed on the prince, I begin to inch away. She doesn’t notice, and I hunker over to slip from her sight. Staying low to the ground, I maneuver through the crowd.

The prince’s voice follows me out of the square. “Let us not waste another moment.
As I’ve been relentlessly searching the realm for my princess, I cannot wait.” I can almost feel
the anticipation thrumming back in Town Square. Just as I pass through the gate, he says, “On the morrow, one of your own will become my betrothed, my princess, and the future queen of Karm.” He pauses. “Zara Dane. I’m honored to—”

My blood stills.

A whoosh floods my ears, snuffing the rest of his words out.

The ground beneath my slippered feet seems to shift. The well-worn tracks of the roadway come at me as I stumble forward.

My head jerks around, and I try to peer past the gate into the square, where shouting and applause and mayhem crack the silence like thunder. My pulse bangs against my veins.

My father.

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I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and my NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.






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20 November 2013

Blog Tour: Conviction (Wanted #2) by Amanda Lance



Conviction (Wanted #2)
by Amanda Lance.
Audience/Genre: New Adult.
Publication: October 4, 2013 by Limitless Publishing.
Falling in love with each other was unlikely.
Surviving their adventure was doubtful.
Living without each other: impossible.

To everyone else, it may look like she’s leaving for college, but for Addie Battes, it is the beginning of another adventure. She and her kidnapper Charlie Hays have found a way to be together and eluded authorities. Yet fairytale romances aside; life isn’t easy with schoolwork, roommates, and meddling FBI agents. And balancing acts threaten to fall when violent competitors rise up to put Charlie and the guys out of business.

Addie soon realizes that keeping her relationship with Charlie a secret is the least of her problems, especially with Charlie’s growing suspicions and jealousies. When misunderstandings surface, Addie’s worst fears come to fruition. Desperate and alone, she is faced with a choice: try to find her own happy ending, or fight to make Charlie a part of hers.

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I half expected the silence to stay. I certainly wanted it to stay. But it didn’t, Polo erupted in laughter point and jaunting out at Reid “You were sooo wrong Reid!” Reid lunged immediately and started throwing punches. While Ben and Yuri tried to break them up Charlie turned to me on the couch.
Our hands hadn’t disconnected since dinner and I was glad for it.

“That’s why you were going to kill me” I smiled “You thought I sold information to the Russians or something.”

“They thought you did. You and that cop. Either that or he was and you were in for the ride.”

“This one’s big mouth is gonna get all of killed eventually.”

“I second that motion” Elise waited until Charlie picked up the fallen coffee table before setting cups and a pitcher on it. She mouthed the word decaf to me before sitting next to Polo, though I couldn’t help but notice she picked the side of the room where Ben was keeping Yuri at bay in his corner while Reid paced in his.

“Don’t you idiots get it? She. Is. lying. It’s all a scam people. She never went back to the house, she never called Harmen, and what? Your gonna let her bring us all down because shes got Charlie so twisted up he thinks he can’t live without her?”

“Shut up Reid” Yuri barked. “You did nothing but run your mouth off for months, planting ideas in everyone’s head trying to get people to believe crap we knew wasn’t true.”

“Your like a snake” Elise crossed her arms and glared “Always whispering things into someone’s

“I’m trying to look out for my friends.”

“I think he’s jealous” Polo’s sang

Yuri stopped him before he could lunge again, saving both the coffee and Polo’s face.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Cause before Charlie and Reid were always mad together, but then Addie came and now he’s not so mad and Reid is all by himself.”

“You might have something there Elise mused.

“I’m amazed you’re still around to say it to. I figured Charlie woulda killed ya by now.

“If I was in his shoes I would certainly would have.”

“W-what? Are you serious?”

“You’re not welcome in this house Reid. Or any house of mine for that matter.”

“Your screwing with me right? I know you guys are mad, but I lurid the cops away. I—“

“I can’t trust you around my family Reid. Around any of them. Not anymore.”

“Bunch of morons. Look at the Goddamn evidence. If she didn’t do anything, then why did she write that letter? Why did she try—

“Enough!” Everyone looked at me as though they had forgotten about me altogether. But I seized up. I had entirely forgotten about my would-be suicide letter to Elise and how Reid had inadvertly saved me from myself, as much as he might not have wanted to.

“Just—let’s change the subject okay?” I smiled awkwardly and I knew it wouldn’t do the trick. Lame Addie, so very lame.

“Try what?”

“Nothing. Nothing okay? Reid is just making stuff up—“

We exchanged glances and the deviousness was there as it had always been I shook my head quietly, dreading the way he smiled and his eyebrows went up, the way he started to laugh.

“Oh hell!” He reached into his back pocket and looked at Ben still laughing. “Last week, when you wanted me to get another car and the rest of your old lady’s stuff…”

“Out with it Reid” Charlie demanded. I struggled to breathe altogether.

“Well since everybody gave me shit about going through the traitor’s e-mails, I thought I might keep quiet about it. But since—“

I wanted to run away when Elise yanked the paper from his hand, when she and Ben began glancing over it, their eyes skimming my words on the crinkled paper that I had wrapped in tears but Charlie squeezed my hand harder, silently forbidding me to leave the room.

Elise looked up with wet eyes, “Addie?”

I dug my nails into Charlie’s hand. Though I knew they didn’t really hurt him, it was enough for him to let me go anyway. “I-I…”

And I ran out the front door.

Soundtrack links...

KillSwitch Engage Always
In this Moment The Storm: Lost at Sea-
Sia Breathe Me
Kodaline All I Want
Flourence and the Machine—Seven Devils



A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.





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19 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Love You (Love #3) by Megan Smith




Hard To Love You (Love #3)
by Megan Smith.
Audience/Genre: New Adult.
Publication: November 12th 2013 .
What do you do when the one you’ve always wanted becomes too Hard to Love?

Hailey Taylor's heart has always belonged to Mason Cahill, but one secret has changed everything.

Things on the baseball field come easy for Mason Cahill. Why can’t the rest of his life be simple? Mason's finally admitted he wants the one girl he can be himself around, but one secret destroyed that.

Their love isn't sweet and simple. It's hot, loud, and messy. But now, when he's finally all in, she’s folded. Sparks fly. Tempers flare. Hearts shatter. One thing is certain… everything has changed.

Who will be too Hard to Love?
Mature New Adult novel—contains adult content, sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up*

Reviewed by Kelly

I love love love this series!!! The characters are all broken and need each other to be fixed. This story is Mason and Hailey's story. They are more messed up than Kenzie and Hunter.

Hailey comes from a broken family. Her sister, Tara, blames her for her parent's divorce and is cruel to her. Her dad treats her like dirt and abuses her. Her mom is oblivious. So naturally, Hailey has some issues to overcome. Mason has always been the one to protect her. But sometimes to the extreme. He keeps a secret from her that isn't even related to them and it blows up in his face ruining their relationship. Of course this secret has something to do with the town whore and Hunter's evil recently identified step sister. I was really worried that maybe they wouldn't be able to resolve things. But I had faith that the author would somehow fix their mess! (insert giggles here)

Mason has issues too. He wants to protect. He forgets to take care of himself and Hailey first. He does some bad stuff here and I find myself going back and forth on how I feel about him.

They both make way too many mistakes and don't know how to communicate and get over it. I wanted to beat them both upside their heads to grow up and communicate and listen to each other and not take other peoples words before listening to each other.

I love the close knit family that are the Cahill's. I love that even though they make mistakes, the Mr and Mrs Cahill love them all unconditionally. I enjoy watching them all grow. That's part of why I love this series is that the family is the center of everything.

Now, I have to wait for Cooper's story. I really want to hear that one!!

Oh, And we finally get to see Hunter and MacKenzie married. It was so sweet. And I even adored little baby Ryder.

The only thing that always bothers me is all the F bombs. I am not a fan of it. Never have been.




As soon as my feet hit the dance floor the perfect song for Hailey and I comes on, Changed By You by Between The Trees. I heard when I was traveling to one of my away games. I wanted to have Hailey listen to it but that never happened. Maybe this is a sign for us after all.

Hailey’s back is turned towards me; I don’t see her arm candy anywhere so I know I am in the clear, at least for now. I walk up behind her, slide both my arms around her and rest my hands low on her stomach. Her body responds like it always has, and she melts into me; fitting together like puzzle

I whisper in her ear, “Listen to the words. Just listen.”

She nods, for once not fighting me. We start moving, slowly. Very slowly. As the words start talking about change, taking care, melting fears away, reaching inside and seeing the real person, being the one. As the song continues her body becomes stiff and she trembles.

I start turning her around, never giving her enough space to push away from me, afraid I’d lose our connection. “You’re the one for me, Hailey. I’m letting you go for now but know you will always be the one for me. You can hate me all you want.” I kiss her forehead. “You’re my mirror; you make me see things that no one else can, not even Coop. You challenge me, you tear me down, and you build me back up. Somewhere along the way you lost your mirror, me. When you’re ready to see it again you know where to find me.”




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Megan is the author of USA Today and Amazon Bestselling novel, Trying Not To Love You.
She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and son.
During the day Megan is behind a desk purchasing computer equipment. At night, she's writing and planned for her next release or chasing around her very active son.






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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael

Entrusted
by Connie Ann Michael.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult Paranormal.
Publication: November 18th 2013 by Entranced Publishing.
How far would you go to protect the people you love?

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her.
Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her.
But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?


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Slowly and deliberately, Solomon began to kiss my shoulders, turning me so he could run his fingers lightly over the bruises on my back. I could feel the warmth of his touch become more intense as he transferred the wounds of my body to his own. His kiss, his touch, sent shivers through me, taking all my worries and fears away. He turned me again and placed his mouth over mine for a long, soul-
stirring kiss.

“I think you should watch those healing skills of yours.” I was breathless.

He smiled mischievously. “It’s my touch that heals. I thought I would try something different this time.” He continued to trail kisses across my shoulders.

“Well, I give this technique high marks, but have to wonder how the older men would like it,” I stuttered, trying to keep my thoughts coherent.

I felt him smile against my bare skin. “I’ll reserve it for you.”

“Does it hurt you?”

“Not as much as it does you.” His hands moved softly over my bare arms. I watched the bruises appear on him, and then slowly fade away.

“But I can heal you here.” I ran my fingers over the raw sore on his chest.

“Yes,” the word caught in his throat. “You already have.”

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Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State. She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books. She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family. Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.





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18 November 2013

Blitz and Giveaway: Drawn by Cecilia Gray



Drawn
by Cecilia Gray.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Publication: December 13th 2013 by Gray Life, LLC.
Take a journey into the gritty world of political espionage through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal from the author of The Jane Austen Academy series....

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.

Excerpt...
All alone in a foreign country, Sasha isn't sure what to do so she hits the streets, trying to get her
bearings…

Brussels, Belgium

I tighten my scarf, shove my hands in my pockets, and quicken my pace.

I challenge myself to make it downtown without peeking at the map. The residential townhouses give way to a bustling business district with dimly lit storefronts. Pockets of bundled pedestrians lazily stroll by.

It's unreal to clop down a cobblestone street in a foreign city like a real spy. Since getting wind of the new assignment, I've watched countless espionage movies and read an endless supply of intrigue books—about other people.

Now, this is me. These are my sneakers squeaking against stone damp from tonight's rain. My breath fogging the chilly air. My adventure in full swing.

Who needs boring dinner conversation when I have this?

When the suit first laid out the CIA reassignment, I'd assumed I'd be based in Baghdad or London. I wasn't psyched when I got Brussels. I kept thinking, how am I supposed to flex my mojo in the city of Brussels when nine times out of ten, Brussels makes you think of sprouts? The city's claim to fame is a statue of a naked kid pissing into a fountain. Seriously. And a comic strip about tiny blue creatures who live in 'shrooms. Again—seriously.

But then I learned Brussels is home to the European Union. Headquarters for Europe's political shenanigans.

If I play my cards right, Brussels could be home. My own apartment. One door instead of the revolving door of well-meaning foster parents, overeager research scientists, and partners who would rather not double as a babysitter. It's all led here.

This will make it worth it.

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Stella Artois Restaurant and Bar, Brussels, Belgium

The wooden door swings into a smoky tavern with a wall-length bar backed by hundreds of colorful bottles stacked to the ceiling. Clinking glass and hushed conversation muffles a peppy rock beat. Cigarette smoke cloaks the room and settles into the fibers of my clothes and hair. A shiver of excitement rocks through my body. My new life, my awesome mission, and now my first bar, thanks to Belgium's low drinking age. Chelsea would freak if she knew.

The bartender doesn't seem old enough to drink beer in America, either. He wears a white V-neck tee that sets off a deep tan and a head of close-cropped black curls. He wipes down the counter in slow circles.

Exit—the porthole door behind him that likely leads to a kitchen with an alley door. Weapon—any of the glass bottles behind the bartender, broken in half.

He glances up—chiseled jaw, pronounced nose—and holds my gaze from across the bar with dark eyes that scrutinize the newcomer. I amble up to the counter and take a seat on a red stool.

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Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.

Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).

Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.





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Cover Reveal: Seeking Her (Losing It #3.5) by Cora Carmack

Seeking Her (Losing It #3.5) by Cora Carmack.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: January 28th 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her,the more he wants her.



Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.





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15 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: 1000 Sleepless Nights by Connie Ann Michael



1000 Sleepless Nights
by Connie Ann Michael .
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Military Romance.
Publication: August 21st 2013 by Entranced Publishing.
Can you choose between fighting for your life and fighting for your heart?
Twenty-two year old Corpsman Emme Sawyer doesn’t follow rules. She’s always been the best and no one will die if she has anything to say about it.

Emme refuses to hang around the hospital waiting for the wounded to come to her and joins a Marine unit heading into Helmand Providence, the largest opium producer in Afghanistan. Shutting off her emotions, Emme focuses on what she does best…keeping her men safe. When her best friend is obliterated by a roadside bomb, Emme
begins to realize she can’t save everyone. Seeking comfort from Raven, her commanding officer, Emme develops feelings that don’t belong in a combat zone where each step could be your last. As Raven reciprocates, Emme learns you can’t choose when and where love finds you..

I asked Connie about her backround and if she had any experience in the military with snippets of pieces from the book as how they relate to her life.And this is what she said....

"I personally have not had the opportunity to serve in the military, although my family has a deep history in the military and my mom and I are involved in a missing in action group. My great uncle went down in Italy during WWII and has never been recovered. I wanted to enlist after High School but my dad wasn't supportive so I went a different direction, but respect for the armed forces continued to grow. Then I had two boys and I kind of put my interest into them. When my son was little he decided he wanted to be a Marine. He had all the G.I. Joes, plastic army men, uniforms, play guns, then air soft guns, he immersed himself in it. His goal was to go to the Naval Academy and then become a Navy Seal. His dreams are on hold right now because he found out he is a talented football player and is playing college football right now. I enjoy reading military non-fiction and watching documentaries, as well as any series with the military theme. So many of the scenes are just depicted from things I have seen or stories I heard. To give a specific example, I had a student in first grade who eventually became a Marine. He had two tours in Iraq. His best friend was killed in front of him. That is the scene I have with Tahk and Doogie, and I drew some of the confusion and sorrow from the stories his mom told of him coming home. I really wanted to portray the difficulty the men and woman have when they witness so much and then are expected to go back out there or come home and become "normal" again. I am thankful my past student was able to move forward and he is now married and has a baby. However he returned to college first and I can only imagine the difficulty he had sitting next to an eighteen year old out of high school when he had experienced the tragedy he had. The sequel delves deeper into those feelings."


I also asked her for a playlist. She said The Fray greatly inspired her writing. I could put most on spotify but Hero, so I just put that one on here from you tube.....






Here is an excerpt....

“I don’t expect you to take care of me,” Sawyer said.“You were throwing up. It wasn’t like I could have left you. With Tahk gone…” Raven’s voice trailed off.

Her shoulders slumped at the mention of his name.
Neither of them said anything.
“How old are you, Sawyer?” he finally asked.
“I’m not sure why that matters, Sir.”
“My name is Moses.” His words were so quiet Sawyer almost didn’t hear them. He continued to look at her. “My family…my
friends…they called me Mose.”
“Sir?”
“What’s your name?” he asked.
“Sir?” she asked again. “I don’t understand.”
“What’s your first name? The one your mom calls you by.”
Sawyer lowered her head, shaking it from side to side.
“No. Not while I’m here. I can’t be that person. I’m not that person.”
“It’s still who you are.”
“I can’t. Not here. She isn’t strong enough.” That part of her was separate. It would be crushed in this war. She wasn’t a soldier. Sawyer was.
“Your name is Emme. You’re twenty-two,” he whispered.
Tears filled her eyes at the sound of her name. “Don’t.”
“I’ve known since you were commissioned to me. I just wanted you to be the one to tell me.”
“I can’t.”
“For this conversation. For right now. I would like to talk to Emme. After, we can go back to Raven and Sawyer. This isn’t about the war. This isn’t about what happened in Marjah. I need to talk to Emme. Can you try? Try while we’re in this little room.”
She didn’t know if she could, but if it was for only a minute, just while they were in the supply closet…
Raven waited.
“I can try.”
Raven didn’t say anything. He’d been the one who had asked to talk, and now he seemed at a loss. Finally, he cleared his throat. “You kissed me last night.”
“Oh God,” Sawyer moaned, burying her face in her hands.
"No, Emme.” He grasped her wrists and then ran the back of his fingers lightly along her arms. Raven was so close his
breath moved the tiny hairs around her face.
“Raven,” she breathed.
“Moses,” he whispered.
She pressed her palms against his chest, pushing lightly.
“I can’t.”
He cradled her face. His breath was warm against her cheek.
“You started this.”
“I didn’t mean to.” Breathing with Raven so close was becoming difficult.
“I’m twenty-seven.”
“Okay?”
He smiled. “Okay.”
“What?”
“You don’t see a problem with the age difference?”
Sawyer stood taller. “I’m a genius. I finished high school at thirteen. Did my undergrad and two years of med school before I joined. My mom let me enlist that early. I’ve been in almost two years.”
Raven ran a hand over his head. “You’re a genius.”
Sawyer shoved past him. “That’s what the tests say.”
Raven grabbed her arm. “Why won’t you talk to me?”
She pulled away. He let her arm slide through his fingers.
“I don’t see what more we need to say.”
“You had a lot to say last night.”
“Well I don’t feel like talking anymore.” She started grabbing boxes of medical supplies and shoving them into her
pack.
“You told me you never drank before.”
“So.” She shrugged. “Some people choose not to drink.”
He took her frantic hands in his and held them still. “You told me you’d never been with a man.”
“Oh God.” She wanted to die. “Shoot me now.”
Raven laughed, wrapping her in a hug.
His arms felt wonderful, and she felt herself melt into him.
“It isn’t a bad thing.” His words were kind, but held a bit of humor. “I find it endearing.”
“Did we do something? Anything? Is that why you gave me the flower?” Sawyer talked into his chest, afraid to look at him. "A thanks for sex token.”
“No. You were mad about the kiss. The flower was an apology.”
“Stop talking about me kissing you.” She closed her eyes and rested her forehead on his chest. “I’m such an idiot.”
“No, you’re not. Emme, look at me.”
She raised her head and watched his gaze lower to her mouth.
“Why was I upset when I was the one kissing?” she questioned.
“I didn’t kiss you back.”
“I’m sorry I asked.” She lowered her head again.
He grasped her chin and tugged her face up to his. Leaning in, he brushed his lips across hers.
“Raven and Sawyer can’t do that,” he whispered before leaning in again. This time, his lips lingered, parting slightly
as he put a hand to her cheek. Sawyer hesitated, the warmth of his kiss flowed through her, and she finally let her mouth respond. Her arms moved to his neck, and her fingers weaved through his short hair. A quiet hum came from him when his hands found her waist and pulled her closer.
Too soon, he pulled away. “Well then.” He sounded out of breath.
“Well then?”
Raven nodded his head again. “The kiss…I’m not sorry about it."
“Oh. It’s okay. Just forget about it.” Sawyer waved her hands nervously. Her heart sank.
He shook his head back and forth. “No.” He reached for her.
“Don’t you see? That’s the problem. I don’t want to forget about it. I can’t stop thinking about it. About you.”
His response caught Sawyer off guard. She hadn’t been able to stop thinking about him either. She never imagined he felt the same. He couldn’t. He was her CO. Tahk’s death must have messed him up. He was having a response to battle stress. She hadn’t expected it to happen again. She wanted it to but never expected it to.
“I think we’re suffering from some sort of affection trauma from losing Tahk. You know, reaching out to each other because of the loss of a common friend.” God what was she saying?
Raven’s eyes widened. Surprised? Shocked? Confused?
Affection trauma? What in the hell was she saying?
“Is that what you think?” His voice was so quiet. Sad.
Sawyer wasn’t used to this Raven. Emotional Raven scared her more than intense Raven.
It’s what she thought but not what she wanted. Sawyer stared at his lips while he waited for her answer. She wanted to
touch them. To have them kiss her again. But the kiss had been some sort of crazy reaction to Tahk.
“Raven, you don’t even like me,” Sawyer finally said.
His mouth dropped open. “Stop saying that.”
“You told me I was a pain in the ass. You’ve barely tolerated me for the last few months. This is a stress reaction.
I’m here for the men. I do what needs to be done, and I’m fine with that. I started it by kissing you. I shouldn’t have.” He crossed his arms and listened to her babble on and on. She got distracted by the muscles in his arms as they folded against each other. How could that part of his body be so sexy? Ugh.
Stop it, she yelled at herself. Maybe she was suffering from affection trauma.
“Are you done?” he finally said after she exhausted her attempt at explaining why he couldn’t possibly want to kiss her
again.
“Well…I don’t…yeah, I guess I am,” she stuttered.
Raven uncrossed his arms and grabbed her by the shoulders.
His warm lips crushed against her mouth. He ran his hands softly down her arms and then encircled her waist. He picked her up and repositioned them behind the tree—pushing her against the rough bark. His mouth devoured hers, his tongue reaching out to find hers and pulling her into his desire. Sawyer ran her hands up his back and traced the hard muscles with her fingertips. Raven hummed and leaned his body into hers. She’d never been kissed with this intensity. She’d hardly ever been kissed. Her mind began to float away, lost in the desire Raven brought. He pulled away, trailing the back of his fingers down her cheek.
“I am not suffering from affection trauma, whatever the hell that is. I’m not in need of sympathy from a woman. I’ve wanted to kiss you since the day you were commissioned to me.”

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Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides
in a speck of a town in Central Washington State. She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local
Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books. She loves the outdoors
and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family. Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.




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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Damselfly by Jennie Bates Bozic


Damselfly (Damselfly #1)
by Jennie Bates Bozic.
Audience/Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance.
Publication: November 11th 2013.
In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.

Here is a sweet little excerpt...

When I was a little girl, about five or six years old, Mr. Coxworth gave me several pop-up children’s books. He propped them up on the kitchen counter in his house, and I would play in the paper castles and oceans. I’d never heard the stories my “forts” belonged to, so I made up my own instead.

Cinderella’s castle became the home of my “real parents,” who would come and rescue me someday and break the curse keeping me so tiny. We would ride away in a gilded carriage, and I would never have to return to Lilliput ever again.

Hansel and Gretel became my brother and sister. Together we would bury the evil witch in candy and then live in her gingerbread house forever. In my reimagining, Hansel was my protective older brother and Gretel much younger, the baby of the family. And I was smack in the middle. Normal. And I didn’t have to go to school or have tutors or learn old, dead languages.

The Snow Queen looked so very much like Dr. Christiansen in the illustrations that I imagined they were one and the same. Hansel and Gretel would come and spring me from her icy castle, and we would escape to our gingerbread house on the next page.

As I grew out of the pop-up books, I began to write my own stories in a little notebook. I called them my “True Tales,” and they were my dreams for what my life would have been if I’d been born under different circumstances. Tales of my first day at school, getting a poor grade in English, first crush, first kiss…

When I met Jack, I stopped writing them.

Today I write a new one. Not on paper. Not for anyone to find. I write it on my soul.

I think the book cover is so stinkin' cute!
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I'm a visual effects artist for film and television by day, and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a good fairy tale, especially if there's a creepy twist, so that's what I write.

I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.

I have a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that's what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that's another tale.





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