Sunday, March 31, 2013

Promo & Giveaway - Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Off Sides
Author:  Sawyer Bennett
Release date:  February 21, 2013 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance 
Age Group:  New Adult 
Event organized by: AToMR Tours 
Links: Amazon   Goodreads 

Book Description: 

“I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost...a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...”

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days...

About the Author:

Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. 

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Ryan opens my car door for me and takes my hand. We walk together to my apartment door and I'm looking for my keys in my purse, all of a sudden nervous. A minute ago I was ready to jump in bed with Ryan, but now, in the harsh fluorescent light of the hallway outside of my apartment, I'm faced with the uncertainty of a relationship with a man who is so different than me.

Putting his finger under my chin, Ryan tilts my head up to his and says, "Don't."

He knows I'm doubting this and that tells me a lot about how perceptive he is.

Before I can respond he pulls me to him and kisses me...hard. And every thought flies out of my head.

My hands snake up his chest and wrap around his neck before slipping into his hair. It's as soft and silky as I had been trying hard not to imagine. Our tongues are swirling...stabbing...and then my teeth grab his bottom lip and bite. He answers me with a guttural sound that vibrates from his mouth into mine.

Without breaking our hold on each other, Ryan pushes me one step backward until my back is pressed into my door. His hands graze down my sides until they reach my hips. His fingers dig in, pulling me tight against him and I can feel his hardness. I am drowning in Ryan, or maybe he's downing in me by the sounds of his ragged breathing, I do not know. I just know I have never been kissed like this before and something warm is unfurling in my chest in response to this passion.

Ryan finally pulls away slightly, breathing hard against my mouth. "Jesus, Danny." 

I don't think Jesus has anything to do with the explosion that just happened between us but if He did, I'm heading to church this weekend to thank Him. 

Enter below to win one of the following ebooks by Sawyer Bennett. Winner's choice:
Forever Young – Paranormal with romantic elements (Young Adult) 
Second Chance – Paranormal Romance (Adult)
Stolen Heart – Paranormal Romance (Adult) 

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Upcoming Blog Tour - Cult of Beauty: The Secret Life of a Supermodel by K M Dylan

I'm pleased to be participating in the AToMR blog tour for the adult erotica novel, Cult of Beauty: The Secret Life of a Supermodel by K.M. Dylan.

The tour is scheduled for April 1-6, 2013. Click here to follow the tour and remember to visit Reading DelightZ on April 6, 2013 when the tour bus stops here!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway - Connected by Kim Karr

I feel so honored to have this opportunity to take part in the blog tour hosted by Aerie Book Promotions for Connected by Kim Karr. Take a look at this absolutely stunning cover!

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice? 

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift -- but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

My View:

OOOOO+ - OMG!!!!

To quote my newest, hot and sexy BBF, this book is “perfect really!” And so it belongs on my “favorites” shelf, which is right where it now sits.

I mean, how can you not fall in love with someone who writes a song about you (well not actually me but you know what I mean)! 
“I wrote that song about you. About meeting you that night."
(Cue swoony sigh.) 
This beautifully written love story contains just the right amount of mystery and intrigue mixed in with a heaping dose of lust, swoony romance and passion plus a tiny smidgen of angst. It drew me in hook, line and sinker just like the little fishy I was reaching for that yummy bait.
 “Could love at first sight be real?” 
That’s a question many of us have asked ourselves time and time again. And honestly, I don’t know the answer. I didn’t fall in love at first sight although the attraction was most certainly there. For me it took some time but for others that might not be the case.

For River and Dahlia, there was an immediate intense connection upon first eye contact at the campus bar where River’s band was performing. BUT, and there’s a big shouty BUT here, Dahlia has a boyfriend. And not just any boyfriend, but Ben, a super smart and hottie frat boy who has been her best friend since childhood and has stood by her side during all of the past tragedies life threw her way.
“…could love at first sight even exist when you were already in love with someone else?" 
So after some harmless flirting and adorable banter, Dahlia does the right thing and leaves even though River asked her to stay until after the show. She knows it’s too dangerous for her to stick around and goes back to the frat house to see Ben. Good girl! I was so proud of her!

Time moves forward and we catch a glimpse of Dahlia’s life with Ben after grad school. They’re now engaged and happily living together. But unfortunately, Dahlia once again experiences an unspeakable tragedy. My heart literally ached for Dahlia. Her pain was my pain and it was excruciatingly intolerable. While Ben’s family; best friend, Caleb; and Dahlia’s best friend, Aerie looked after her, Dahlia just barely went through the motions of existing. She struggled to get through every day for almost two years. Then, Aerie asks Dahlia for a favor and just like that, Dahlia’s life is turned upside down when that once in a lifetime moment happens again.
“I feel like fate has brought us together again. I also believe that one night, so long ago, just wasn’t the right time for us. But tonight is.” 
Most of the book is written from Dahlia’s point of view but we read from River’s point of view toward the end. I was beside myself when the author allowed us in River’s head. He’s such a strong, passionate, caring man who loves Dahlia so completely and being able to perceive his feelings for her from his point of view makes him that much more endearing.
 “I never imagined I could feel so connected to anyone as much as I feel connected to you. I knew I loved you from the moment I saw you. How could I not? Loving you is as easy as breathing.” 
I loved everything about this book from the swoony rock star to the heart wrenching loss to the overwhelming passion to the incredible twist. And WOW! Just WOW! What a twist! You will screech, “Say what?” Yes, there is somewhat of a cliffhanger ending but I say somewhat because it’s not as bad as you might think. You will have some answers but your heartbeat will accelerate a bit and you’ll be left saying is it Fall yet? Because that’s when Torn will be released.

I. Want. It. Now. 
(Stomps feet and throws temper tantrum!)

And as if I couldn’t love this book anymore than I already do, there’s not only a Fifty Shades reference but also two cameo appearances by none other than the almighty rock gods themselves, Jake Wethers and Kellan Kyle. So, yeah, Big, Big LOVE! And an added bonus, there are these clever little illustrations used to indicate the breaks within each chapter. Just another little treat that made me smile! (Yes, it’s the little things that make me happy.) 

So, if this review doesn’t drive you to immediately 1-click then what about that stunning cover? That cover captivated me the moment it was revealed! It speaks volumes to me about connection and soul mates.  Does it say the same to you? Go forth and connect with Connected by Kim Karr. It doesn't disappoint.

While you're here, take a peek at this beautiful trailer then remember to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win either a signed paperback (U.S. only) or ebook copy (international) of Connected! 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Promo Event & Giveaway - The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith

Title: The Space Between 
Author: Victoria H. Smith 
Publisher: Self-Published 
Release date: March 2, 2013 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Age Group:  New Adult 
Links: Amazon | Print 

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t. 

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

About the Author: 

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it. 

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes. 

“I like that lip ring of yours.”
“You do, huh?” God, he was so direct. Holy heck, I had to watch myself around this guy.
“Mmmhmm, especially when you bite it. It’s like you’re nervous or something. Do I make you nervous?”
He ran his fingers from my hand and up my arm. He stopped at my elbow, brushing it gently.

My breath caught in my throat. “No, I’m not nervous.” Clearly a lie, but I thought the word came out casually. I shrugged. “It’s just a tick. A habit. You’d bite it too if you had one.”
He laughed his deep laugh again. “Oh, really?”
“Yeah. They’re fun to play with.” I bit down on it. “To suck.” I sucked on it.
His brows shot up, and the brushing of his fingers froze on my elbow. I guess he was the one who was nervous now.
“You should get one. If anything to give yourself something to do when you’re bored. Excellent entertainment.” I sucked down on it a little harder.
He breathed in deep. “You’re making me want to go out and get one right now.”
Enter below to win an ecopy (mobi or epub format) of The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith. Open internationally.