Oct 24, 2014

Cover Reveal-- Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn






Synopsis

Some promises are made to be broken...

Music is my everything.
After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents’ ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather’s shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play.

In Houston, I'm a typical college student on my way to becoming a classically trained violinist headed straight for the orchestra pit. But on the road with my band, Leaving Amarillo, I'm free.

 We have one shot to make it, and I have one shot to live the life I was meant to. Leaving Amarillo got into Austin Music Fest and everything is riding on this next week. This is our moment.

There’s only one problem. I have a secret...One that could destroy everyone I care about.
His name is Gavin Garrison and he's our drummer. He's also my brother's best friend, the one who promised he'd never lay a hand on me. He’s the one person I can’t have, and yet he’s the only one I want.

One week.

One hotel room.

I don't know if I can do this.

I just know that I have to.



Excerpt

For a long time I knew he only saw me as Dallas’s little sister. I used to have frizzy hair and knobby knees and a chest as flat as both boys. But somewhere along the way, I changed. I’m having a hard time convincing myself that he really sees me for who I am now. Maybe he still sees knobby knees, frizzy hair, and freckles on my shoulders.
His eyes narrow and he shakes his head. No. “Don’t. Don’t do that to me. I just told you. You know why.”
I frown involuntarily while swallowing the knot of emotion that’s rising steadily in my throat. “How could I possibly know? You treat me like we’re related most of the time. You put your hands on random waitresses right in front of me. You sleep with anything that moves. Except me. I tell you how I feel and you can’t get rid of me fast enough.”
Suddenly Gavin is a burning man, coming toward me with angry gleaming eyes. He steps into the room, forcing me back against the wall. The door slams heavily behind him, and he braces his arms on either side of my head. I’ve only seen him this worked up when playing his drums. My heart morphs into a hummingbird inside my ribcage. It’s trapped and wants to escape. Desperately.
His words come out with force that would shove me backward if there were anywhere for me to go. “As flattering as your honest opinion of me is, how about you just tell me what the hell you want from me so we can both get on with our lives. You want to hold hands and go steady, Bluebird? Because I gotta say, you’re not as smart as I thought you were if you’re looking for that from me.”
I jerk my chin upward, faking a confidence I don’t have but refusing to let him intimidate me. “Did you sleep with that waitress? I want to know.”
He snorts out a harsh humorless laugh. “No you don’t.”
“I do. Tell me the truth.” I look up into his eyes, praying the answer is no. Something about that specific waitress is really bothering me. Maybe because I saw their initial flirtation or maybe because of what she said to me in the ladies room. I don’t know. I’m well aware of the fact that he’s been with countless women, but somehow this one feels different. More personal. Because this time, he knew how I felt and if he slept with her anyways, then he actively chose her over me. “Please,” I add to my already pathetic plea.
He releases me from my forearm prison and throws both of his hands into his hair. I inhale a much-needed breath and relax just a little. Until he slams a palm against the wall. I flinch, only because it startled me, but I can see in his wounded expression that he believes he scared me. As if I could ever be afraid of him.
“No, okay? No I didn’t sleep with her. There, you happy now?”
“Well you’re obviously not. If you were going to be so upset about it, why didn’t you just go ahead and do her?”
“You gotta be fucking kidding me,” he says, raising his voice a few decibels shy of shouting. “Which is it? You want me to have screwed her or not?”
I’m all wound up, like the toys from my childhood. The ones with the knobs you turn and turn, winding so tight the spinny thing breaks and falls off. I’m confused and hurt and angry and turned the hell on in a way I can’t even process. The combination is more than I can handle rationally. I take a page from his broody book and let my palm smack the wall behind me. It stings so I clench it shut. The pain distracts me and I blurt out the truth.
“No, I don’t want you to have screwed her. I don’t want you to screw anyone!”
His reaction is wide-eyed shock and disbelief. “Anyone? Christ, you want me to be celibate? Do you hate me or something?”
Licking my lips, I take several deep breaths in an attempt to calm down. It almost works. “I want you,” I begin slowly before taking another deep breath. “To not engage in foreplay in front of my face.”
He opens his mouth to respond—most likely to deny that he did that tonight—but I place my trembling fingers against his lips, firmly breaking our ten-year unspoken no-touching rule. I’d like to take a moment to enjoy the soft, full, sensuously masculine mouth of his, but there isn’t time. I need to focus all cylinders of my brain on what I’m trying to say.
“I told you how I feel, what I want. And I get it. You don’t feel the same way. Or you won’t act on your feelings. But that doesn’t mean I can switch mine right off for your convenience. And it doesn’t mean that I’m not jealous, not hurt, and that I don’t hate, hate, being in the presence of any woman who is going to have you in a way that I never will.”
I’m breathing hard, tasting his anxiety and frustration in the air between us. Removing my fingers from his mouth and placing them on mine, I watch him go to war with himself.
He neck loosens, allowing his head to fall forward. Remaining completely still while he inhales the length of my neck, I swallow hard.
“Tell me I’ll never have you that way. Tell me to move on and let this go,” I whisper, needing to hear him say it and terrified that he actually will in equal measure.
“You’re my best friend. Growing up, you were my safe place,” he tells me on a ragged breath that seems to pull the life completely out of both of us. “I don’t want to ruin you, Bluebird.”



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Romance Writer fueled by coffee, music, and love. Bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series. 

I love hearing from readers and other writers, and those freaky hybrids like myself! You can email me at caiseyquinn @ gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter @CaiseyQuinn. You can find me on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorCaisey...





Cover Reveal-- Dating Trouble by Anna Katmore



Blurb

Susan wants Ethan, and Chris wants Sue.
Drawn to Ethan and intrigued by Chris, Susan Miller finds herself caught between identical twin brothers who attend the same school as she does. This should work out wonderfully in her favor. The only problem in that awkward triangle: Chris wants Susan for the completely wrong reasons.
Nothing like his obliging and sweet brother, Chris Donovan has trouble written all over him. He changes his girls like other guys change their t-shirts, and his next trophy on his little black list is Susan. Frankly, that’s the last thing she wants, but for some reason she can’t explain, she finds herself responding to all the goodnight texts and other cheeky messages Chris sends her.
The guy has a way of getting under her skin like no one ever has before.

How long until she falls for his smooth charm and gets herself into more trouble than she can possibly handle?


Excerpt

It was a good thing their guys came along just then and pulled the girls away. I headed for Science all by myself. Only, I didn’t walk alone for long. As I rounded the corner, someone draped his arm casually around my shoulders and said, “Hey, Sue.”
Looking up, I found a beautiful set of blue eyes trained on me. My smile was inevitable, but already the next instant I stiffened in wariness. Careful, Susan, I told myself. So with a distrustful frown, I asked, “And you are…”
“Chris.” He rolled his eyes as if tired of me not being able to keep him and his brother apart.
Heck, how could I? It was like trying to tell one grain of sugar from the next. Impossible.
“What do you want, Chris?” I snapped, not bothering to hide my disappointment about walking through the hallway with the wrong guy by my side. And to make my point clear, I picked his hand up with two fingers and removed his arm from my shoulders.
Instantly, Chris slid in front of me and blocked my way. He leaned against the metal door of a locker and folded his arms. Sporting a black leather jacket and ragged jeans, he didn’t look like a Peanut one bit, so maybe that was the way to keep them apart. From now on, I’d pay a lot more attention to their clothes. Hopefully the times of being fooled would be over.
“I’m curious,” he said with a smirk that rendered me speechless for a second.
Uh oh. One look at his face, and I knew he was trouble. I got that bad feeling deep down in my gut, almost like when you’re facing a Rottweiler and you know it’s going to bite you at your next move. Maybe it was just his black leather jacket, though.
He tilted his head, locking gazes with me. “Did you and Ethan kiss yesterday?”
“Keep your drool in, Spike,” I managed to say after I figured out how to function my vocal cords again. “What happens between your brother and me isn’t any of your business.”
Chris only laughed at that. “I knew it. He didn’t have the guts to kiss you.”
What the hell was that supposed to mean? The longer I stared at Chris’ face, the more he got on my nerves, so I decided not to question that last comment but pushed past him, brushing against his shoulder with mine.
“Have a nice day, little Sue,” he cooed after me, and I was once again tempted to flip him off over my shoulder. Ah, why actually not? My middle finger was the last thing he saw of me before I rounded the corner.


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The quick-and-dirty:

I’m a girl with a passion for writing. 

The genres you’ll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I’m also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances…of course.


The nitty-gritty:

I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun. 
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop. 

I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career. 

People always told me you can’t make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL. 


And the personal stuff:

At the (awesome) age of seventeen, I met the love of my life. But he was a playboy, and I was so not going to be his next trophy. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man. ;-) 

We have an eleven-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then…

If you still want to know more about me, my FAQ page is the right address for you. ;-)

http://annakatmore.com/faq/


Oct 23, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Review--Twisted Desire by Laura Dunaway

 by Laura Dunaway


Synopsis
She woke in the dark. The sharp surge and sway of her world the only hints she has of her surroundings.
Penelope Santoro is alone, trapped in an empty room of what could only be a boat in the middle of a rough ocean. With no recollection of how she got there, and no escape in sight, she's quickly losing hope that she will ever find her way home.
Tag Reynolds is detached. His life depends upon it. But when the beautiful daughter of one of his biggest rivals winds up in his care, his entire world shifts. Drawn to her innocence, he desperately fights the feelings he can't have...feelings that could destroy everything he's worked for.
Penny is nothing more than a pawn in a deadly game -- a game that Tag cannot afford to lose. Can he save her without compromising his position, or will they become victims of their twisted desire?




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"My name is Tag. You are not allowed to leave this cabin without me...It's for your own safety, Penelope. Trust me. I'm all you have right now."

What would you do if you woke up on the floor at the bottom a boat, and having no idea of how you got there? Me, personally, I would freak! Shiver.  

For Penelope Santoro, she could not be more scared or confused. Who would want to do this to her, and why? What makes the situation even more weird is the attractive man that has been sent to watch out for her.

Tag Reynolds has one job...Watch the girl. Sounds easy, right? Well, he didn't expect Penny to turn his world upside down. She's a spitfire, but at the same time she is a scared girl that just wants answers.  

"Soon enough she'd wake up and see that this wasn't a nightmare; it was her new ugly reality."

Spending a lot of time with each other proves that the attraction between Penny and Tag can not be ignored. But how could she possibly be falling for the man who plays a role in her captivity? With danger lurking around every corner, Tag's job on the line, and Penny's life in jeopardy, can they really go after the Desire they both feel?

"I was clearly falling for Penelope Santoro, and it might literally be the death of me."

"He was affecting me more than ever, and he'd barely touched me. I was falling for my captor, and falling hard. Oh, who was I kidding? I'd already fallen."

This book had page-turning suspense, shocking moments, and some HAWT *fans self* scenes! I love how every time I thought I had figured things out, I was thrown another curve ball. I loved the dynamic between Penny and Tag. It's like you pulled for them from the start. I could never be mad at him. 


"Shit, Penny. What the hell have you done to me?"
"Probably the same thing you've done to me."

Such a great story! Laura did a great job bringing this Twisted tale to life!

"Penny Santoro. Whether you believe it or not, you're a gift to me, one that I will cherish, one I'll never regret."




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Laura Dunaway lives in Utah with her prince of 18 years and her three amazing children. Family comes first to Laura, even before reading and writing. While she's always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn't until a few years ago that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing and publishing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, her first book, Distorted, was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she'd written The End. Discovering Lucy is her second book and she has written a novella Love, Nick that is part of the Nighttides Anthology. She is  currently at work on her third book, Twisted Desire, is now LIVE!









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Oct 21, 2014

Blog Tour and Review--Tattoos & Tatas by Tara Sivec


Tattoos & Tatas (Chocoholics #2.5)
By Tara Sivec
Release Date: October 1, 2014


Synopsis

*During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from Tattoos and Tatas will be donated to breast cancer awareness.

Claire and Liz have always had a friendship that defied the test of time, but when one of them is diagnosed with a disease that every woman fears, their bond is put through the wringer. How do you cope knowing your soul mate could be taken from you?

Filled with memories of their life long friendship, inappropriate behavior, bad tattoos and shaving cats, the two friends will realize that laughter really is the best medicine.

Tattoos and TaTas is not your typical love story; it's a story of friendship and learning how to let go when something is beyond your control.


My Review

"This is the story of the day everything changed, the day we all began looking at life a little differently than we did before."

If I could describe this book in one word, it would be beautiful

There are people and moments in your life that you can take for granted. You look on as an outsider to other's struggles and think that it will never happen to you or someone you love. But what happens when it does? How will you handle it? Will you be there for that person? Can you push past the hurt and anger you feel to comfort them?

"So, I have cancer. Who wants more wine?"

Claire and Liz have a friendship that all women would love to have. They are looney, crazy, blunt, and outspoken. But they are also as close as two friends can be without actually being family. So, when Claire blurts out that she has cancer, Liz is shocked. She's actually more than shocked, she's in denial that she could lose her person.

"My best friend has cancer. Why can't I feel anything? Why can't I do anything?"

For anyone that has never gone through cancer themselves, or had a loved one go through it, Tara takes you on an emotional roller coaster. For those that have gone through this, it hits home. I, myself, felt every moment

I smiled with these characters as they laughed through the pain. I cried with them when they thought it was the end. I wanted to reach through my kindle and hold all of them!!

"Thirty years of going through everything together. I can't imagine living the rest of my life without her and I have no idea how to find humor in any of this bullshit. We have so much more living to do, her and I."

This is not just a story of friendship and sisterhood, it's about a fight. A fight that many face each and every day. 

"Where before I only noticed sickness, the pallor of her skin and the loss of her hair, now I see strength. I see what I should have seen all those weeks ago. A woman who takes whatever is thrown at her and pushes through, determined to survive no matter what. A woman who is the strongest person I have ever known."

Thank you, Tara! You wrote an amazing book that not only lets us revisit beloved characters, but it also tells a story that so many need to read. A story of seeing the light through the darkness. It shows that even at the worst of times, maybe all you need to do is laugh.

"Life is filled with enough bullshit and drama, why make it worse? Tell me something. What makes you feel better, crying and complaining or laughing and making fun of a situation? It's an easy answer and one we all need to remember from time to time."

This book gets FIVE Terrific Tata Stars!!!

"F**k Cancer. Save second base. Fight like a girl. Do it all and do it with a few laughs because you are amazing, you are strong and you are a fighter, just like my best friend."




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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series , the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series, Burned and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.


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Cover Reveal--Letters from Stadil by Anne Jolin & K. Webster

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LETTERS FROM STADIL

Authors: Anne Jolin & K Webster

Standalone Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance.


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Daulton Bishop's life is calculated. Everything he expects of life and everything life expects of him is detailed out in exact order. Or at least it is until that summer changed it all. Until his one last adventure before embarking on his career at his father’s law firm. Until he wanders into the Saltvande Rose bed and breakfast in Stadil, Denmark. Until he meets Lene.

Lene Kirkegaard is everything he's not. Easygoing and wrapped up in the fullness of life. They have a whirlwind romance during the last two weeks of his trip, promising to write each other as he returns home. And they do write each other—until life gets in the way and letters from Stadil stop coming. He loses hope, his mind still eternally plagued with thoughts of the beautiful blond Dane, until the day the letters start coming again.

After a year of falling in love over script, Daulton decides to return to where he left his heart. But what he finds at the Saltvande Rose isn't what he expects.

With deception running thick on the coast of Denmark, will the letters from Stadil remain treasured tokens of a love forged or will they drown in the North Sea?



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Designer: K Webster


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Late December 2014

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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
Anne Jolin
I’m twenty four years old. I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside of Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns and riding in trucks. I’ve been married to my handsome redneck husband for a year and we are parents to our chocolate fur baby, Bear. No kiddo’s yet! I am completely and utterly obsessed with country music, you will constantly find me stalking iTunes. If you don’t find me on iTunes, you’ll find me on Netflix because I am a self proclaimed movie junkie. Yes, that means that I quote them constantly in daily conversation and my characters do too! You couldn’t keep me away from a good action movie if you tried. I’m also a planning nut. I love to plan parties, events, trips – you name it! I don’t know if that’s considered a real hobby, but it is for me. 

We were fortunate enough to travel a lot as a family growing up, and I think that helped spark my love of reading. I’m half Viking, my mom is Danish, and her entire side of the family still lives in Denmark. We’d visit them almost once a year, every year and it’s a nine hour flight. That’s a lot of uninterrupted time to read (or in my parent’s case, entertain four children – Yikes!). Somewhere along the way my love of reading, became a love of writing. I wrote short stories when I was younger, and although I majored in Business Management at college, I took as many English electives I could get my hands on. 

During the day I work at my family construction company wearing a variety of different hats and at night, I write! I had never thought about writing books before, but after a few suggestions that I should try, I decided to give it a go. I loved it instantly! Having always been a creative person, it felt amazing to harness all that energy and use it to tell a story. Now, quite frankly it’s all I can think about, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m grateful to have developed my love of reading into a passion for writing. You’ll be seeing many more books from me in the future!

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I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!


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Cover Reveal/ Release Day-- Gideon Lee:The Starlight Chronicles by Lisa Orchard


Will Lark's quest for answers 
sabotage her musical dreams?


Title: Gideon Lee: The Starlight Chronicles
Author: Lisa Orchard
Release Date: October 21, 2014



Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Lark Singer only has two things going for her, her music and her best friend Bean. While entering a competition she hopes will launch their music career, Lark searches for answers that will make her whole. 

Her quest reveals some secrets that those around her would rather keep hidden. As the competition looms closer, Lark discovers not only who she really is, but also who her real friends are. 

Then tragedy threatens everything she has worked so hard to accomplish. Can she pick up the pieces and move on?


Excerpt

Chapter One

I want to be like Gideon Lee. My lips move as I read the title of my essay. They twitch as I stifle a snicker. Looking around the room, I make sure no one has seen my facial tic. My eyes light upon the Presidents’ pictures lined up on the wall. They face me, each with a unique expression, and I wonder what they were thinking while they posed. They are above the clock so my gaze naturally falls on it. It’s almost time for lunch.

I settle back in my seat and my lips twitch again. A feeling of defiant exhilaration washes over me like a tidal wave.

Montgomery’s going to freak when he reads this.

Despite my best efforts, a giggle escapes and the boy in front of me turns around and gives me the evil eye. I return the glare. He is slumped over, and sweat beads on his upper lip. I think this is odd — it’s rather chilly in the room — but dismiss it before I turn back to my essay.

I bet old man Montgomery doesn’t even know who Gideon Lee is. This thought sends another giggle to the surface, but I quickly squash it by biting my lip.

I picture him searching Gideon Lee’s name on the Internet. I see his expression changing from confusion to disgust. I imagine him taking off his black, thick-rimmed glasses and shaking his head. I hear him mutter, “Lark Singer, what are you doing?” He rubs his face. I can actually hear the rough sandpapery sound as his hand finds his day old stubble. He sighs and puts his glasses back on. “What am I going to do with you?”

I remember when Mr. Montgomery first told us about the assignment. We were supposed to write an essay on someone we admire, someone who has contributed to society in some way. I know when he says this he wants us to write about an a historical figure. After all this is history class, but I raised my hand anyway.

“Lark,” he called out as he stood at his lectern.

“Do they have to be dead?”

He cocked his head as he studied me with his piercing blue eyes. Then he ran his hand over his military style crew cut, and I watched as his salt and pepper hair flattened then popped back into place as if each hair was standing at attention. I could tell he wasn’t sure where this was going. “Well… I guess not.” That’s when he froze, as if he realized he had just opened a door for me and he wasn’t going to like what was on the other side. He shifted his weight, and looked down at the floor before he backpedaled. “But they have to have made a positive contribution to society. It can’t be about a mobster or anything like that.” Pursing his lips, he stared at me, fiddling with those glasses. “This is one half of your semester grade, Lark. I wouldn’t pull any funny stuff.”

“Oh, I won’t. Scout’s honor,” I answered sweetly, placing my hand over my heart and giving him the scout salute, while inside I planned my rebellion.

I have him. I’m going to write about Gideon Lee, and there’s nothing he can do about it.


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     Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. Hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade, she even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first series, “The Super Spies,” has reached bestseller status.

     After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on a Coming of Age Young Adult series called The Starlight Chronicles. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.