21 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: The Wedding Planner's Baby by Amanda Ashby


He’ll have
to choose between duty to his relatives and 
love for the real family he never
thought he could have. 


THE WEDDING PLANNER'S BABY
Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #2
Amanda Ashby
Releasing April 10th, 2017
Entangled Bliss



Free-spirited
Bec Watson was never having children­––until she is. No way she’s ready for
this, and she’s not going to tie-down the father, not even (especially!) if
he’s secretly an English Lord. She’s doing this solo, which means she needs
help from the one place she swore she’d never return…Wishing Bridge Farm. Home.



Lincoln Mathews has never known love, only responsibility. And now his family
home and business is at jeopardy unless he finds a solution. Fast. Their idea?
Marry for money. But the girl who stole his heart is carrying their child. His
first mission? Follow her to Wishing Bridge Farm. But soon he’ll have to choose
between duty to his relatives and love for the real family he never thought he
could have. 



“I’m sorry I judged you. I hate when people judge me, and yet I seem to be constantly doing it to you.” Bec sighed, causing her chest to rise and fall beneath her thin T-shirt.
“I didn’t give you much to go on.” Lincoln tried to ignore the cramp in his shoulder. He should move, but if he did, he might somehow break the connection that had opened between them. “What with the whole forgetting to mention who I really was.”
“I understand why you did it.” Bec bit down on her lower lip, making her even more desirable. The numbness in his shoulder disappeared, replaced by the steady pounding of his heart as he drank in the sight of her mouth. “And I could’ve asked more questions. Or taken fewer photographs,” she said.
“At the time it seemed like a good idea.” He dared to inch closer to her, breathing in her aroma—soap and hay and all things bright. His pulse spiked as she let out a tiny moan. The air caught in his throat as the throbbing tension rattled his body.
“It did,” she murmured, her eyes never leaving his. A shudder went through him as her perfume caught in his nose and her lips parted. “Just like right now, this seems like a good idea.”
Desire raced through him. She wants to kiss me as much as I want to kiss her.
He leaned in and pressed his mouth to hers, feather light at first, until Bec let out a soft groan. Lincoln’s arms snaked around her, dragging her closer to him, pushing away all the things standing between them. They were back in Italy. She tasted of juice and sunshine. The sea was behind them, the sand beneath. Bec’s hand looped up around his neck. His title fell away along with his responsibilities. All he could taste was her skin. Her heart pounding—



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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed in the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.





20 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton



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Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D.L. Orton.
Audience/Genre: Adult Sci-Fi Romance, Dystopian.
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Rocky Mountain Press.
Remember How It Feels to Fall in Love?

Race against the clock through a dystopian nightmare. Climb naked into an untested time machine (carrying only a seashell and a promise). Wake up twenty years younger on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded, with your heart in your throat.

This is a journey of love, loss, and redemption that will make your pulse gallop and your palms sweat, have you laughing out loud through your tears, and leave you flush with the sublime pleasure of falling in love.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is different than my normal go to books to read. There is romance or the evolving and revolving love between Isabel and Diego. Diego is a software engineer and Isabel is a geneticist and very brilliant. After years apart and one divorced Isabel later; Diego and Isabel meet again in Denver by accident. There is an explosion and Diego does everything to save Isabel and a bunch of pets from a store Isabel went into after the explosion. Two of those pets are seen throughout the book. Diego also got help from some teenagers looting a jewelry store. But there is more to those teenagers, I am sure of it, I just don't have any proof yet. Maybe in the next book!

Then someone sets off a nuclear weapon and the world falls apart. Diego and Isabel are prepared and live in a cabin with solar power and emergency prepardness things.

Meanwhile, as the world changes, Matt, a physicist professor is kidnapped to an underground government facility. The government found this otherworldly ball in the explosion and they need his help to figure out what it is. When they open it they find Diego's name on it and a sock.

When Diego leaves the cabin to go in search of antibiotics for a gravelly ill Isabel, the government kidnaps Diego to find out what part he plays in the otherworldly ball found. Diego also found a letter to him with a warning and a seashell. There are so many pieces to a puzzle throughout the book, sometimes I was overwhelmed and confused.

Thankfully, they don't play heavily on the physics and other things that I know nothing about, which is good because I probably would have abandoned the book! But I am a labor and delivery nurse and one spot I caught a mistake. But if you aren't a nurse you probably won't catch it.

The ending left me wanting the next book NOW! Because it left me high and dry with a lot of questions.

"Why did the cantaloupe go swimming?" Still holding the fridge door open, she watches me washing the melon, then returns to her search. "Why?" "He wanted to be a watermelon."

"Did you hear about the Zen master who brought a hot dog from a street vendor in New York City?" She looks at me. "He gave the guy a twenty dollar bill and said, 'Make me one with everything.'".
The man pocked the money and handed the guru his order, and when the master inquired about his change, the vendor replied, 'Change comes from within.'

If you like other universes with the same people, nuclear bombs, physics, emergency preparedness, giving up your life for someone you love, dogs, cats, jokes, finding that one special person, biodomes, peeing on a handkerchief with smoke everywhere, and maybe a way to save us all from our mistakes then this might be for you!

Contents: Language and sex





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- 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
- 1 winner will receive the Between Two Evils series, which includes Crossing in Time, Lost Time, and Dead Time (print if US, Kindle copies if international)
- Ends March 28th

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D.L. ORTON is the BEST-SELLING author of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS book series. She lives in the Rocky Mountains where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops. In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

Ms. Orton is a graduate of Stanford University's Writers Workshop and a past editor of "Top of the Western Staircase," a literary publication of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The author has a number of short stories published in traditional and online literary magazines, including Literotica, Melusine, Cosmoetica, The Ranfurly Review, and Catalyst Press.






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18 April 2017

Blitz & Giveaway: Forgotten (The Deception Game #2) by Kristin Smith


Forgotten
Kristin Smith
(The Deception Game #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series.

Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it’s different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one’s memories, and she’s determined to get answers.

The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government’s Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more.

When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she’s framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna’s heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.

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I believe she views herself differently because she isn’t genetically modified, but I hope she knows I don’t care about that. I’ve never met anyone like her, genetically modified or not.

Because it’s too tempting and because I’m tired of denying myself, I take her hand in mine, the warmth of it running through me.

“Listen, genetic modification is something I have. It isn’t who I am.” I turn her arm over and inspect the brown spots on her arm, the same ones that are sprinkled over her nose and along her cheeks. “Take these brown spots for example.”

She wrinkles her nose. “My freckles?”

“Yes, your freckles.” I’ve heard the term, of course, but haven’t been around many people who have them. Just one more thing I adore about Sienna—one more thing that makes her different. I rub my finger over her arm, the movie in the background creating dancing shadows. “These freckles are something you have, but they don’t define who you are.”

She tries to pull her arm away, but I won’t let her. “I hate my freckles,” she says. “They’re ugly.”

To prove a point, I lift up her arm and kiss one freckle and then another. “I like them. They’re unique. They’re beautiful.” I look at her then, and the lights from the movie turn her green eyes catlike. “Just like you.”







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Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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17 April 2017

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Tour & Giveaway: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood



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Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 4th 2017 by Entangled: Teen.
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

GuestPost: Playlist for Other Breakable Things...

The perfect soundtrack for a Road Trip
Kelley: I’m a sucker for instrumental music, though it kind of depends on where you’re going. My chosen soundtrack for, say, Ireland would be different than a soundtrack for Japan or the Pacific Coast. But if I had to pick a few at random…

1- Thomas Bergersun – Always Mine, Two Hearts, New Life, Empire of Angels.
2- E.S. Posthumus – Antissa or Oraanu Pi (one of my all-time favorites)
3- Florence & the Machine + Coldplay – Shake the Scientist
4- M83 - Wait
5- LIGHTS – Up We Go
6- Sarah Bareilles - Brave
7- Anna Kendrick - Cups
8- Superfly – White Light
9- Bonnie Pink – Ring a Bell
10-Kiiara - Feels

Rowan: Frankly, my playlist would be whatever is stuck in my head at any given moment. No rhyme or reason and I can listen to the same song on repeat for hours. Drives Kelley crazy. At this exact moment it would be…

1- Hozier – Take Me to Church
2- Lorde – Green Light
3- Rihanna – Love on the Brain
4- Kanye West – Ultralight Beam
5- Imagine Dragons – Believer
6- Matt Maeson – Cringe
7- Iggy Azalea – Team
8- Machine Gun Kelly – Bad Things
9- Flume ft. Tove Lo – Say It
10-Die Antwoord – Rich Bitch



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OR
eBook of Modern Monsters by Kelley York + a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.






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Blitz & Giveaway: Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy #1) by Heather McKenzie


Serenade
Heather McKenzie
(The Nightmusic Trilogy #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.

Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver – a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart – until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in. Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya’s world unravels when she’s kidnapped.

Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya’s father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor—a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own – is a safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run…

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless.

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This was it, now or never.

I gathered every single ounce of energy I had and steadied my mind to ignore the pain in my foot and the dizziness in my head. Then, with everything I had, I turned and bolted toward the dense forest. The darkness instantly enveloped me. I could see well enough not to run into tree trunks, but branches caught me at every turn. My head felt as if it was spinning like a top, but I forced my legs to keep going. I could hear the men’s voices yelling at each other in an organized manner.

I tripped and found myself on all fours. Get up, girl. There’s nothing wrong with you—get up…

I made it a few more steps before my head connected with a blue spruce, and then I collapsed in a pathetic heap. My arms were so wobbly I could barely wipe at the gash across my forehead. My body was completely failing me. I prayed to God that the dog would just snap my neck and get it over with quickly…

Human footsteps approached. I gulped in some air and tried to push myself up, but the world tipped on its side and I fell with it. Within moments, large hands had my wrists pinned to the ground. I struggled and fought with everything I had left, which wasn’t much.

“Stop fighting,” he said.

His voice created such confusion inside me. I kicked harder.

“Stop… please,” he begged.

His body pinned mine to the ground. I could feel tears welling up in my eyes.

“Please, Kaya, trust me. I won’t let anyone hurt you, I promise.” He leaned forward and pressed his sleeve to my bleeding forehead, dabbing and inspecting it closely while I had no choice but to gaze up him. How could this beautiful man be a kidnapper? It just didn’t fit.

“It’s just a scratch; no stitches required,” he said, voice trailing off as his eyes met mine.

We stayed like that for a while: me on the ground, him kneeling over me, and our line of sight only on each other—until an unmistakable sound broke through the tree tops.

“They’ll find me,” I said softly, wondering if Oliver was in the helicopter circling over our heads.

He positioned his arms under my body, and, in one graceful motion, he picked me up and into his arms. “Just don’t run. Promise me that, please. I’ll keep you safe. You have my word. Okay?”

He held me tightly—protectively—waiting eagerly for my reply with turmoil in his blue eyes. My whole body hurt, and admittedly, I couldn’t have walked another inch. The wolves or that beast would have got to me long before Oliver would have. I was at my kidnapper’s mercy, laying helplessly in his arms and falling harder for him by the second.

“I promise,” I said.




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Heather McKenzie is a Canadian author and Serenade is her first novel. A professional singer/songwriter with five albums to date, she has been telling stories through music for years and pulls from her extraordinary experiences as a musician to fuel her passion for creating Young Adult fiction. A rocker at heart, a mom of three, an aspiring painter, and a lover of animals, she is kept grounded by her husband at their home in Edmonton.

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14 April 2017

Tour & Giveaway: The Makeup Test (Ritter University #6) by Vanessa M. Knight


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The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.

Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.

With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.

So why is it they can’t stay apart?

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Guest Post: Playlist for The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight...

The playlist for Parker's book was fun. But then again, The book itself was fun to write. So many different types of music kept me motivated-- kept me invested in the Cade the bad-boy cop and Parker the princess. I hope you like the selection.

Distraction ~ Kehlani
Let Me Love You ~ DJ Snake
If You Want a Bad Boy ~ Brantley Gilbert
Hopeless Romantic ~ Meghan Trainor
Run Away with me ~ Carly Rae Jepsen
Do I Wanna Know ~ Artic Monkeys
Shape of You ~ Ed Sheeran
Think a Little Less ~ Michael Ray
The Fighter ~ Keith Urban




This one is funny on you tube:




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Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.

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