Sunday, December 29, 2013

Teaser - Behind His Eyes by Aleatha Romig



Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads July 2012 - Present!

Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty seven years, they've raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012 Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, was released October 8, 2013! She is now releasing the CONSEQUENCES READING COMPANIONS: BEHIND HIS EYES – A trilogy of companions, from Anthony Rawlings’ POV.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Play List - Avoiding Temptation by K.A. Linde

If you're as obsessed as I am with the new release, Avoiding Temptation by K.A. Linde, then you'll be over the moon to listen to the accompanying play list posted on Spotify by the author herself! For me, music and books go together like cookies and milk. There are some books and characters that forever leave their mark on my heart and when I'm missing them, I love listening to the music that reminds me of them. So, thank you Kyla for posting this for all of us crazy in love Avoiding fans, whether it be Team Jack, Team Ramsey, Team John, or Team Lexi!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Most. Exciting. News. Ever.

This is so darn exciting! But I'll let Griffin and Colleen explain!



Check out Colleen's blog for more info here!

Not Book Related But Very Worthwhile!

While this is not book related, it sends a very powerful message. The following video details what it feels like to suffer with depression. This might be especially helpful for those who have family members or friends who struggle with depression. Statistics show that at this time of year, the holiday time, there is an increase in depression in people who are particularly susceptible to it. Some of our favorite authors have been very open about dealing with depression. Take a view minutes and view the video to gain deeper insight and understanding, if not for you, then the people you love.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cover Reveal - Behind His Eyes (Consequences) by Aleatha Romig


BEHIND HIS EYES - CONSEQUENCES is a reading companion, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig, recommended to be read after completing all of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such.

This companion was written to explore the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings, the man behind the consequences. It was not intended as a total rewrite of Consequences, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BHE-Consequences contains significant scenes from the novel Consequences, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before read, behind the scenes information, as well as a glossary of the characters and a timeline devoted to the events within Consequences.

BEHIND HIS EYES - CONSEQUENCES is a dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything and controls nothing. Because there is more to learn about a man who:
Once upon a time, signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule—he forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul.
—Aleatha Romig CONVICTED

It was a long and painful acquisition—especially from Behind His Eyes!


Excerpt:

The Symphony - Late May 2010

(Consequences—Chapter 8)

“Thank you, Tony,” she replied. “This has been an amazing night. How can I ever thank you?” He pulled her close, feeling the pressure of her breasts against his chest. Turning off the riding lights, he smiled a devilish grin. “I have a few ideas.”

Claire’s glance darted toward the dark glass partition separating the back from the front of the car. Tony laughed. “I promise we’re alone; Eric can’t see or hear us.” He leaned toward her. She instinctively reached for his neck and settled onto the long leather seat. As he hovered mere inches above, he watched her cheeks flush, and his erection came to life. Over the past few months, Claire had learned to respond to Tony’s commands—both verbal and none. There'd been times when she’d hesitated. It was on those occasions that she earned the punishment she deserved. Turning his tone more serious, he raised a brow and demanded, “Now, show me that you’ve followed my rules. I want to see.”

Claire’s immediate response fortified the pride of his accomplishment. She maintained their gaze as her small hand fumbled for the hem of her dress. “I can’t reach—”

Tony wouldn’t let her finish—he couldn’t. He needed to taste her. Entwining his fingers in her loose ringlets of hair, he tilted her lips upward and heard a small moan before his mouth seized hers.

Unable to soften his approach, he took what was his. It wasn’t enough—he wanted more. When his tongue probed, her lips parted allowing him to enter her warmth. Tony savored her sweetness as her arms once again encircled his neck. With his other hand, he reached for the hem of her dress and the cabin filled with her whimpers of anticipation.

He slowly lifted the beaded material and teasingly brushed her inner thigh. “Open your legs for me,” he commanded.

She obeyed and he continued to caress her soft skin. When her breathing labored and he neared his destination, Tony stopped. Releasing her hair, he sat up and gazed down at her blushed cheeks, smudged lipstick, and nearly exposed body. Grinning, he murmured, “You were amazing tonight.”

Softly, she replied, “Thank you.”

Leaning back, he reminded her. “But the night isn’t over.” His playful tone vanished. “Now, lift your dress and let me see if you have truly behaved.”

Slowly reaching for the length of material, Claire kept her eyes fixed on his. As the material rose, she replied, “I promise, Tony, I’ve followed your rules.”

He couldn’t help but think how beautiful she looked—offering herself to him. That, combined with the sound of her calling him by his personal name, was enough to release the painful tightness in his slacks. It seemed unreal that he could be on the verge of exploding, and she’d yet to touch him. Surprisingly, at that moment, that wasn’t what he wanted. He yearned for something else, and they both knew his desires came first.


Is it January 14 yet? I CANNOT WAIT!!! This series is most certainly one of my top favorites. The author is a mastermind. I don't know how she did it but Aleatha Romig actually had me and many other women swooning over this crazy, master manipulator. Mind you, it took a little while because at first, well, I wanted to kill him with my bare hands. But then, I don't know, he grew on me. Then he grew on me some more. And I thought, geez, I'm in need of some seriously intense therapy. Anyone know a good therapist? But luckily, I wasn't the only one! I found that many others were in the same boat. So I can't be the only one that's crazy, right?

This man, Anthony Rawlings, is so incredibly HOT! And GIFTED! I'll just leave it at that.  You must experience this story for yourself so if you haven't had the chance yet, don't waste any more time! Buy yourself a present. After all, it's almost Christmas!

P.S. Aleatha has promised another teaser or two after Christmas so stay tuned! Happy Holidays to us!

Pre-order Behind His Eyes by clicking the link below!



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Read my review of Consequences here.

Read my review of Truth here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Tour - Sempre: Redemption by J.M. Darhower


Book Synopsis:

In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.

About the Author:

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn't writing (or fangirling about books) she's usually ranting about those things.

Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

Author's Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmdarhower
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Darhower/187907981297867?skip_nax_wizard=true
Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/

Purchase Links:

S&S.com: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Sempre-Redemption/J-M-Darhower/9781476734200
Kindle: Sempre: Redemption
iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781476734200
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sempre-jm-darhower/1116527231?ean=9781476734200

Excerpts:

Carmine sat in his usual chair in the library, casually strumming his guitar. A sliver of light filtered in from the large window, illuminating his somber expression in the darkness. She called his name but he remained still, continuing to pluck at the strings almost as if he hadn’t heard her. She took a step toward him and was about to say his name again when he let out a long, deep sigh. “I had a dream.”

“Another nightmare?” she asked, walking over to him. He glanced up at her as his fingers stilled, the music stopping, but Haven barely noticed. She couldn’t focus on anything but the green eyes boring into her. Once so alive with passion, she saw nothing but deep sadness marring the bright color.

Carmine set the guitar aside and moved his legs to make room, motioning for her to join him. She climbed into his lap and he wrapped his arms around her.

“Not a nightmare this time,” he said. “It was a good dream.”

“What was it about?”

“You,” he said quietly. “You made a painting—some abstract shit, I don’t know—but it was so good they hung it in a museum and raved about how talented you were. It was like you were the next fucking Picasso, tesoro.”

She laughed. “I don’t even know how to paint, Carmine.”

“You could learn,” he said. “Would you want to?”

“Maybe, but I don’t know how good I’d be.”

“Oh, you’d be good,” he said confidently. “You shouldn’t doubt yourself. You can do anything you set your mind to.”

“Except for play the piano,” she said playfully. “Or the guitar.”

He chuckled. “Yeah, for the sake of everyone’s ears, we ought to leave music to me, but the rest is all you. You can probably do all of that, you know. Draw, paint, sculpt shit into weird shapes and tell people it’s something it doesn’t look anything like. That takes talent.”

She smiled. “And you think I have that kind of talent?”

“Of course,” he said. “There’s gonna be no stopping you once you get started.”

“Thank you,” she whispered, a swell of emotion surging through her at his words. “It means a lot that you believe in me.”

“I’d be an idiot not to,” he said, kissing the top of her head.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway - Avoiding Temptation by K.A. Linde


I'm very excited to be part of this release blitz extravaganza. Aside from the fact that I absolutely LOVE this series, K.A. Linde is a refreshing, intelligent and adorable young lady who interacts with her readers on a daily basis. I've had the honor of meeting her at two book signings and she is as sweet as they come! I'm old enough to be her mother and if she were my daughter, I would be extremely proud of her. So, without further adieux, read on about the final breathtaking installment in the Avoiding series!

Title: Avoiding Temptation
Author: K.A. Linde
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover By: Okay Creations
Photo By: Toski Covey Photography

Synopsis:

Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.

That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear. Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.

In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17446757-avoiding-temptation?from_search=true

Excerpt:

“Into the park,” he demanded, pointing at the entrance.

“Nope.  We should go home now.”

He smiled, clearly contemplating her suggestion.  Then, as she began to drag him back to their cars, he hoisted her up into his arms and carried her into the park himself.

“Oh my God!  What are you doing?” she squealed as he walked forward. 

He held her gingerly in his arms as if she weighed nothing. 

“I can walk! I can walk!”

“Are you going to behave?” he asked, smirking down at her face.

“Not if you keep carrying me!”

“Then, why would I put you down?”

She threw her head back, exasperated, and he just laughed at her. 

“All right, all right.  I’ll put you down.”  He placed her lightly on her feet.

“Thank you,” she said, steadying herself against him in her high heels.  “Can we try to act like civilized adults now?”

“What’s the fun in that?”

“You have a point.”

As they walked farther into the park, the trees began to cluster together, and the city lights gradually disappeared. The characteristic speeding of cars on the interstate and honking of horns in traffic through the commuter city faded away to a dull hum, and they were left with each other. The winding path they had selected was even farther off the beaten track, and Lexi actually noticed that some stars were overhead. The stars had come out for them tonight, like the stars had known they were going to take this moonlit stroll through the city.

The weight of his hand was peaceful against hers, and the sound of each other’s breathing kept a slow, easy rhythm about their movements—so much so, that she hardly realized just how dark it was where they were. They had walked so deep into the woods that even the lights in the park were missing or had been extinguished.

“Hey,” she whispered, not even sure why she was being so quiet.  “It’s really dark out here.  Don’t you think we should go back?”

“Yeah, probably,” he agreed, stopping and staring down at her.  “Let’s just go a little farther, and if we don’t find the other side, we’ll circle back.”

Lexi nodded. 

After another minute of walking on the darkened path, they followed a bend in the trail, and suddenly, light illuminated the path before them. 

“Oh, good,” she murmured, breathing a sigh of relief.  “We made it.”

He smiled back at her.  “We did.”

Lexi looked into his face and saw a glint of something she hadn’t recognized before. Had she not been looking?  He appeared absolutely ecstatic.  She hadn’t even realized how happy he was and that such a small walk with her could brighten his mood.

Walking forward along the path, Lexi noticed it narrowed as they ventured toward the light.  Her eyes widened as everything came into focus.

No wonder he was grinning like an idiot.

White candles of all different shapes and sizes flickered along the path. Hundreds of them illuminated their way, and she noticed, where she hadn’t before, the streetlights were all still in place but had been shut off to allow the red-and-orange flames to be the only source of light.  He had turned off the world in Piedmont Park to give Lexi one of her own.

She stared forward, perplexed and in awe at what was materializing, as she followed him down the pathway. The candles opened up to a small clearing where a giant blanket was laid out with a picnic basket and a dozen long-stemmed red roses in a clear vase.

“What is this?” she whispered, facing him once more.

He just smiled. “Dessert?”

About the Author:

K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote her the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end.

She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.

Connect with K.A. Linde:

Website: http://www.kalinde.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkalinde
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkalinde
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5421050.K_A_Linde

Purchase Links:

Avoiding Commitment

Amazon: Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding Series) | Barnes and Noble | iBooks 

Avoiding Responsibility

Amazon: Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding Series) | Barnes and Noble | iBooks

Avoiding Intimacy

Amazon: Avoiding Intimacy (Avoiding Series) | Barnes and Noble | iBooks 

Avoiding Decisions

Amazon: Avoiding Decisions | Barnes and Noble | iBooks 

Avoiding Temptation

Amazon: Avoiding Temptation | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | iTunes

Giveaway: K.A. is giving away a kindle paperwhite filled with the entire Avoiding Series.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cover Reveal - Awaken by Nina Lane

Title: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Cover Design: Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design

Synopsis

“I love that you love me, professor.”

“I love loving you, beauty.”

Since their intense, passionate beginning, Professor Dean West and his wife Olivia have fought dark secrets and betrayal in order to save their marriage. Now reeling in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Liv and Dean are driven further apart by a vindictive threat to Dean’s career.

Struggling to stand on her own for the first time in years, Liv is determined to defend her husband and prove herself. Then an unexpected letter dredges up old insecurities and endangers Liv’s newfound independence. As Dean fights for his professional life, he is forced to confront his worst fear when he discovers that he can’t protect his beloved wife from her own painful past.

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.

Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list.

Connect with the Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

EEEEEPPP!!! I CANNOT wait for this book to release! It feels like I've been waiting forever. After meeting the hottie Professor Dean West and his lovely wife Liv earlier this year, I immediately fell head over heels in love with their story as well as the author who created them. Dean and Liv's journey was one of the most poignant, romantic, perfectly imperfect love stories I've read since Gabriel and Julia's. If you love romance, believe in fairy tales, can handle a little angst and enjoy stunning prose, you do NOT want to miss this beautifully written trilogy.

Read my review of Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1) here.

Read my review of Allure (Spiral of Bliss #2) here.


Purchase Arouse and Allure by clicking the links below.

    

Must Reads - In Too Deep and On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

So, I haven't read these books yet but word on the street is that this series is a MUST read and will touch your heart. Guess I'm moving it up on my incredibly neverending TBR list! So many books, so damn little time!

Can you say HOT teaser?






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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Release - Concealed by Victoria Michaels

Title: Concealed
Author: Victoria Michaels
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Release Date: December 10th, 2013

Synopsis:

Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.

Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.

Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19259981-concealed

Amazon:



Book Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8VSWpOVE2U

About Victoria Michaels:

Victoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband.

She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.

Connect with Victoria Michaels:

Website: http://victoriamichaels.net/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/534097.Victoria_Michaels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoria.michaels.779
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vic_michaels

There will be 2 winners in the Concealed Release Day Giveaway!

Prize -- Concealed E-book and a mailed, personalized Holiday card

Giveaway:

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Link to First Chapter: http://victoriamichaels.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Concealed_Excerpt.pdf

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BTS Book Reviews - December 2013

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Fifty, Fifty, Fifty!

I am going to die while waiting for this movie to release! Guess I will just have to satisfy myself by watching these fan-made trailers and stalking all the leaked on-set pictures. Dear lord!!!