Jul 3, 2015

Promo & Review-- A Lush Reunion by Selena Laurence





A Lush Reunion
(Lush No. 4)
by Selena Laurence
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Releases June 29, 2015





Synopsis

Ten years ago Lush bassist Colin Douglas met the love of his life. Then she broke his heart. Now, in a small Texas town, in the midst of the breakup of his band, Colin has found Marsha, and he has no idea what to do with her. 

Marsha O’Neill hasn’t had it easy. Since losing Colin nothing's gone right for this east Texas waitress—except for Sean, her six-year-old son. She’s worked hard to give Sean what he needs—the best of her. Then a hot bass player walks into her bar and she knows the world isn’t done screwing with her yet. 

What happens when life gives you a second chance? Can you learn to trust again, live again, love again? Colin and Marsha are about to find out that second chances don’t come easy.









Excerpt

     She looks down, fiddling with her bracelet, taking a deep breath. "It's hard I guess. Imagining you with other people. All these years you've sort of been stuck in my imagination as my boyfriend. I never saw you with other people, didn't have to go through that, so when you showed up here it was like being tossed back ten years. I don't know who you were after you weren't mine anymore."

     "Yea, that's a good way of describing it. Like all those years never passed. The feelings are all still there. I guess we never dealt with them, did we?"

     She shakes her head. "Have you forgiven me?"

     "Excuse me?" I ask, thinking I heard her wrong.

     "Have you forgiven me? Or do you think you ever will? I've wondered all these years if you ever forgave me. And if you did, could we be friends or something. And now you're here, and we're talking like civilized adults, and I just wonder if that means you've forgiven me?"








Review

"If only I could figure out how to make it go away. How to make her go away. But I know it's no use. She's so far inside of me that I'll never be free. It's karma's way of sticking it to us. Both her and me. It's our punishment. We can never have each other, but we can never be rid of each other either."

First off, I must say, hearing that Selena was writing another Lush book and the title was A Lush Reunion had me all EXCITED!!! After the ending of the previous book, I was left wanting so much more. Boy, did I get it!!!

I knew Colin and Marsha had a story to tell. Right from the moment they laid eyes on each other after ten years apart, you could sense the heartbreak

"How do you summarize the greatest joy and the greatest sorrow you've ever felt? How do you talk about the one person you trusted more than anyone else in your life, and the way that person betrayed you in the absolute most personal and permanent way?"

As their story unfolds, you find out the reasoning behind Colin and Marsha's heartache and separation. You might want to grab a tissue. Just saying. 

You get an in-depth look into the workings of Colin. He spent so many years just being a rock star. Being the bass player that was always high was what he was known for. Once he made the choice to change his life around, he was hit with his past he tried so hard to forget. I loved being in his head. Does that sound weird? I mean, you learned so much about him and find out how amazing he really is.

Marsha brought heart-breaking to a whole other level! So many things happened to her in the past ten years that Colin had no clue about. Her struggle made her strong, but her will to carry on made her the most admirable.

"Spending time with Colin--it's like my worst nightmare and my greatest dream all rolled into one."

Now don't think this story is all sad and tissue worthy the whole way through. Nope! You know Selena and her Lush men;) The things that came out of Colin's mouth were-how shall I say-HAWT!!

Their attraction never went away. Even though they hadn't seen or spoken to each other in all those years, Marsha and Colin couldn't deny their feelings anymore.

"Part of me wants to run and hide, while the other part wants to rip Colin's t-shirt off and lick him like an ice cream cone."

"You smell like honey. God, I want to lick every inch of you."

I mean, COME ON!! Hot right?! 

This book was full of every emotion. And you feel it all! These characters hold a place in my heart and I don't want to let them go

Selena has done a wonderful job not only telling Colin and Marsha's story, but telling the full story of Lush. Each of these books weaves in and out of each of their lives. 
I have loved every one of them!!

Wonderful story!!!

"Touching her is a secret dance, and I remember the steps like it was yesterday."




Discover The Lush Series


A Lush Triangle (Lush No. .5)

** FREE **


A Lush Betrayal (Lush No. 1) 

** FREE **
iTunes   |   Goodreads

Loving a Lush (Lush No. 2) 

Lowdown and Lush (Lush No. 3)
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A Lush Engagement 
(Free Short Story) 



The Origin of Lush


Ideas for stories come to writers in all sorts of different ways. And for me it’s been different each time I’ve written a book. I started the Hiding From Love series after I dreamed the first book. It went through some different iterations after that initial dream, but the core of the story remained the same. 

The Lush series, appropriately, originated in a song. Long Black Veil was a song originally written by The Band in 1968, then made famous by Johnny Cash. It was covered by Dave Matthews Band a few decades later, and that was the version I first heard.

Long Black Veil tells the story of a man who is accused of killing his best friend in an old west town. The accusation is sketchy and the justice is swift, ending with the man’s execution. But the song tells us that he had an alibi he didn’t use. His alibi was his best friend’s wife…who he’d been having an affair with.

So, we have a story where the wife and her husband’s best friend are in bed together while her husband is out on a street getting shot. When her lover goes to trial, the woman doesn’t step forward, and even though he was cheating with his best friend’s wife, the main character has some integrity left, and he won’t reveal the widow’s infidelity.

The chorus of the song is this:


She walks these hills in a long black veil

She visits my grave where the night winds wail
Nobody knows, no, and nobody sees
Nobody knows but me.

(Those of you who have read the first book in the Lush series, A Lush Betrayal, should recognize significant elements of the story by now).

Long Black Veil is a short little song, just three verses and the chorus, but as any well-written words can do, it raises powerful emotions and issues. Those emotions and issues were what sparked the idea of the Lush series, and they carry on throughout all four books. 

When I listened to Long Black Veil what I thought of was, “is there a way to take this and give it a happy ending?” See, I hate sad endings (hence the whole romance writing gig), and this one crushed my heart. So I set out to take the idea—two friends—as close as brothers, one woman, a horrible mistake, and the ideas of guilt, consequence, repentance, and forgiveness. From that was born the story of Joss, Walsh, Tammy, and the band that loves them all. 

My newest release, A LUSH REUNION, gives the whole group the happy endings that Long Black Veil couldn’t. I hope you like reading it as much as I loved writing it!

**To listen to Long Black Veil the Johnny Cash version click here.

The Dave Matthews version click here.


Series Playlist

The Lush series is about a rock band, the story originated from a song, and music has been a very important part of writing the books too. Here is a playlist of some of the most important songs (according to me!) for each of the books in the series. Take a listen and tell me if you see story or character elements from Lush when you hear these songs:

A Lush Betrayal:


Loving a Lush:



Lowdown and Lush:


A Lush Reunion:



About the Author



Selena Laurence
Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader's Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.



Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.

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Giveaway

Cover Reveal---The Braille Club by J.A. Kerr



Today, we are extremely excited to reveal the cover of THE BRAILLE CLUB by J.A. Kerr!! It is absolutely STUNNING! Congrats, J.A. Kerr! Happy Cover Reveal Day!


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THE BRAILLE CLUB by J.A. Kerr
Publisher - LIMITLESS PUBLISHING
Genre - Contemporary Romance

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦ 

Welcome to the Braille Club, where blindfolds are mandatory and members play sensual games of pleasurable endurance. Three couples take part in this exclusive, secret club for very different reasons…with very different results.

Benedict Harrison was a master of detachment…

Benedict’s first experience with the Braille Club changed his life forever when a mysterious woman reawakened his emotions and his passion. He encounters the darkly erotic Siena Waters again, and they begin a tumultuous affair and a business partnership, but what will happen if the true nature of their relationship is discovered?

Gabriella Ballantyne’s marriage is in trouble… 

Her husband Max has grown cold, and Gabriella seeks out the Braille Club and its decadent delights in an effort to reawaken their hearts and strengthen their marriage. But when she presents him with his own membership card, she sees only revulsion in his eyes. Gabriella must use everything she’s learned from the club in a last-ditch effort to reconnect with Max and resurrect their love.

Abbey Marshall needs an escape from her cheating husband…

Abbey begins sensory lessons at the Braille Club, hoping it will help her regain control of Steve and prevent his straying. When the unthinkable happens, she is consumed with the need to learn the identity of Steve’s latest mistress. Left reeling and with her sanity in jeopardy, a chance visit from her husband’s former teammate might be her last chance to find the answers she needs.

At the Braille Club, the elite membership walks in the dark in order to find the light…they need to be blind before they can see. They’re ready—are you?



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✦ MEET THE AUTHOR ✦ 

J. A. Kerr



JA (Julie Ann) Kerr was born in the spring of 1967 at Paisley’s Ross Hospital in Scotland and grew up in Glasgow. She was an office administrator and latterly a recruitment consultant before marrying and relocating to The Netherlands with her husband. After two years, she moved to Cheshire where her first child was born and returned to work part-time. Her final relocation took her back to her home town of Glasgow where she welcomed the arrival of her second child. She raised her family whilst harbouring dreams of becoming a writer. In September 2013, she started her first book and she is currently working on a sequel.





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Cover Reveal-- Frost by E. Latimer

Frost Front Cover



Frost by E. Latimer
Expected: August 25, 2015 by Patchwork Press


Book Description: 

 Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying. 

 When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ranorak, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.

 Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.  

 
Pre-Order Links:

About E. Latimer: 

Erin Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer who currently resides in Vancouver, BC. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing with the YA Word nerds, and reads excessively. 

 She has had an article featured in Chicken Soup For the Soul, and another in the Dear Teen Me online anthology. But mostly she writes about murderous queens and the magical teens who fight them. 

 You can find her online at elatimer.com/



This Cover Reveal was organized by Patchwork Press.



 

Jul 2, 2015

Blog Tour & Review-- Stumbling In by M.R. Joseph







SYNOPSIS:

Everyone in Sandy Cove knows that Willow Taylor and Max Vincent are like oil and
water. They live to torment one another and if they survive being in the same room together, it’s nothing short of a miracle. Sure, Willow is rich, blonde and beautiful and Max is an achingly hot and talented up and coming rock star—but that just makes it easier for them to hate one another!

Until one night. One drunken night. It was just supposed to be a night of celebration after each of their best friends’, Harlow and Cruz, were reunited. But a few hours of civility leads to one night of unbridled, earth-shattering, cataclysmic sex. It doesn’t help that the details are sketchy in their minds because the off-the-charts after effects still linger. One thing is clear…that night changed everything. 

From that moment on, sabotaging each other’s hook-ups was their primary goal until a truce is made. A pact. No strings attached, no feelings, just more of what their bodies crave whenever they see one another. They both get what they want and no one gets hurt. 

Until someone does. Until love and tragedy gets in the way. The heat between Willow and Max is undeniable but will that spark of desire be enough to sustain them through the pain and heartache that threatens them?





BUY LINKS

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stumbling-in/id1012500044…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stumbling-Shore-Book-Ka…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/stumbling-in

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stumbling-in-mr-joseph/





Excerpt From Max-
Stumbling In-The Shore Series Book 3

     I go to her and place my hand on her shoulder, and she turns around and I’m faced with the most unexpected thing that I think has ever happened. Willow turns around and grabs handfuls of my shirt and pulls me to her soft, wanting lips. She kisses me, and it’s just not a kiss that breathes lust but it breathes the fire of passion, of meaning. It makes my hair stand on end and leaves the skin beneath electrified. The soft motion of her mouth with mine, the scent of her hair and the taste of her tongue dancing inside my mouth, spins me into oblivion. There’s more to this kiss. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my soul. She kisses me like we are music. We are the rhythm joining together with the notes and the melody. I grasp the back of her head and thread my fingers in her hair softly. I deepen the kiss and I reach the point where I swim in this moment so deep that I don’t want to come to the surface… and that’s when she pulls away and I know I’m fucked. 

     I’m so fucking fucked.

     She holds her lips with her long, slender fingers. Her eyes find mine and I’m still lost in whatever that was. I can’t even ask her because I can’t even speak. It wasn’t the normal wanton kiss that happens between us when we just use each other. No, oh no, this was something else. 

     “Willow…” She holds up her hand to stop me.

     “Let’s just leave it at that, Max.”
      I walk past her slowly as I hear the relentlessness of the bus’s horn and slide open the door to her room. I turn around and she’s already back to leaning on the rail. Her body turned to the calm waters. The sun shines down on her bare, bronzed shoulders and the wind picks up and blows her hair around again. It’s the last time I’ll see her in person for a while and after that kiss, my head and something else right at this very moment doesn’t want it to be the last time. It’s not the right time to analyze what that kiss was. Maybe it was a goodbye kiss. A proper send off. The end of whatever we were to each other. Was it a blessing for me to go and see where it goes with Cora? What was that? I’ll tell you what it was. The unexpected.

     “I’ll miss you, Willow.” Not being so sure she can hear me, I say it as I walk out the door.  I leave her with my brain consisting of mush and my lips already feeling some sort of loss. 

      Most of all… a lot to think about.



REVIEW


"Max hates me and I hate him too. He does annoy the sh*t out of me, but I am strangely attracted to him. When he sings on stage with his band, my panties feel like they will spontaneously combust."

I have been *patiently* waiting for this book. I love all the characters in The Shore Series! Willow and Max are by far the most entertaining!!!

Just by reading the prologue, I was hooked! That was the funniest thing I have read in a long time! 
"Oh no here comes a baby thumb. Ovaries, take cover."
I literally fell over laughing during those few pages. Hilarious!!

Max and Willow have never been the best of friends-they really can't stand each other. But when they wake up in bed together...hungover...and naked, everything changes. Even if they choose to ignore what happened, it still did and they will never be the same.

"Love. It's too confusing. It's messy. I'm not sure I could handle it in my life."

Denial. That's what they both are dealing with. No matter how much they try to stay away from each other, they can't. So they stick to what they know--being awful to each other. Again, it's too funny watching them sabotage each other's "booty calls".  Jealousy is a powerful thing. Especially when you aren't expecting it.

"She looks a mess but a gorgeous one. No use in denying it. Too bad she's the daughter of Satan. I will never be able to win Willow Taylor. No matter how nice or sarcastic I am."

Not only is this book humorous, but also powerful in the underlying message of acceptance, friendship, and forgiveness.

Willow and Max are the definition of opposites attract. But how fun would it be if they weren't?! They had different childhoods, they have different future goals, but one thing is for certain, they can't live without each other.

There are events in this book that left me so heartbroken, but I had hope. I would be smiling one minute and be shedding a tear the next. That's how you know a book has reached into your emotions-your soul.

"Second thoughts?"
"Nope."
"Then why the look?"
"No look. I want this. I have no idea why, but I do."
"Me either."

They also give all new meaning to "friends with benefits". Lawd have mercy!! I mean anywhere and everywhere. Their relationship reminds me of the song "Dirty Little Secret", because that's what they are to each other. It's a passion they can't contain!

"I will admit being with her, it's becoming somewhat of an addiction. The times I'm not banging her up against the wall, I'm thinking of banging her against the wall. It's insane."

I have completely fallen in love with Willow and Max! 
Unlikely allies they became and that lead to a romance neither saw coming!

M.R. Joseph perfectly showcased each POV! I felt each of their feelings, shared their heartache, and wanted to shove them into each others arms so fast they couldn't see straight!

"Never thought I'd start to need him until he wasn't here. I never thought it would be him that I wanted."

"Willow Taylor is in every song I sing. Every note I play, every word I write in my lyric book. She's everything."

Goodness me!! This book was everything and more!
I loved visiting with the whole Shore gang and to read Willow and Max's story! M.R. Joseph truly has a gift in her storytelling. She hooks me in every single time!

I can't wait to come back and revisit in the next book!

"When you stumble and fall, there's no warning. It just happens. We can't control it and we can't control how others handle the fall. We can only control how we do as individuals."









AUTHOR BIO:

I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books started me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. My new series 'The Shore Series" debuted in March 2014 and claimed Best Selling status shortly after the release of the first book. There will be 6 Shore Series books in all. I’m also the author of the Romantic Comedy, 39 & Holding. I live in Philadelphia with my adoringly handsome husband, and pretty cute kids if I may say so myself. You can always find me with the Kindle glued to my hands or in my car with the music turned up while
embarrassing my children with my mad car dancing skills.


AUTHOR MEDIA LINKS: 

Goodreads ~ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6936575.M_R_Joseph
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/authormr.joseph
Twitter~ @redkar_m
Amazon ~  http://www.amazon.com/M.R.-Joseph/e/B00E7TME2C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?%20qid=1432653313&sr=1-2-ent
Email ~ mrjosephwriter@gmail.com







Giveaway










Cover Reveal-- Second Verse by Emily Snow

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Title: Second Verse
Author: Emily Snow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: LM Book Creations
Release Date: July 9th, 2015

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Synopsis 

 Kinsey Brock knew Emmett Hudson would be a star the moment he swaggered into her life. Hell, by the time she was released for the crime his scheming sister accused her of he already had a number one single.

 Now, eight years and a helluva lot of heartache later, Kinsey’s long since given up on the boy who stole her breath away and took all the love she had. She has someone in her life, and he’s all she needs. She’ll challenge anyone who tells her otherwise. But after a chance encounter sends Emmett hurtling back into her life, every emotion she’s forced herself to forget since he gave up on her is pushed to the surface. 

 Because this time, the country megastar’s not giving up on her. 

 No matter how furious he is about the discovery of the other man who's become Kinsey's world.


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Emily Snow is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devoured series, Tidal, Wrecked, and Uncovered. She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about naughty rockers. Visit her on Facebook, on her blog at emilysnowbooks.blogspot.com, or chat with her on Twitter @emilysnowbks for news, teasers, and contests.



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Cover Reveal-- No Interest In Love by Cassie Mae

Because I love GIFs, and my main character in this book, Jace, is obsessed with How I Met Your Mother, we're gonna do the cover reveal with a series of HIMYM GIFs :D



There's this guy; this actor...




And his balls are so very blue.




He wants that problem rectified. 
And he has his chance when his agent... this girl here:




...lands him an audition for the next big Rom Com with an A-list actress who is known for really getting to "know" her co-stars. 





The audition's on set in Alabama. He's in LA. Flights are grounded, car engine gets flooded, and the fecal matter pretty much hits the fan. 






Now he has to get across the country with the girl who drives him nuts. 





A girl who doesn't know how to chill out.





A girl who doesn't understand that he's not interested in a relationship now... or ever. 





A girl who---as he spends more and more time with her---goes from this:




To this:




And now he has a few more roads in front of him. Play it safe and keep heading toward Casual Fling Lane...





Or take a chance on the unfamiliar feelings that lead down Relationship Avenue. 






And *plays drum roll* here's the cover for it! 







Also the official blurb ;) 



Readers of Emma Chase are sure to fall for bestselling author Cassie Mae’s All About Love series! In No Interest in Love, Hollywood’s hottest young actor hits the road to chase his big break—and gets caught in a steamy love triangle.

When Jace Carver snags a minor part in his buddy’s zombie flick, he suddenly starts getting noticed all over the place. Even Hollywood megastar Carletta Ocean—known for her extensive “research” with her leading men—wants Jace for her new rom-com. The role could be a game-changer . . . if Jace nails the audition.

As Jace’s agent, Shaylene Kwak is all business—and isn’t about to let her favorite client blow this opportunity. Ever since college, Shay has been immune to Jace’s charm and rock hard body. But long hours in tight company have a way of wearing down even the best defenses. And when their platonic teasing turns into serious flirting, Jace and Shay are no longer able to resist what’s been right in front of them the whole time.

Shay knows Jace’s love-’em-and-leave-’em history with women. She’s not about to be just another notch in his belt. And it’s true, Jace has never wanted more than a one-night stand—until now. But at the end of the line, he’s got a choice: sleep with Carletta and seal the deal . . . or risk his career for a shot at true love with Shay.





Praise for Cassie Mae

“Clever, romantic, and entertaining . . . Cassie Mae is a natural storyteller.”—USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King, on Doing It for Love

“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author of Crushed


“Cassie Mae’s writing is fresh and original!”—Rachel Morgan, author of the Creepy Hollow series

“A fabulous author who tugs on your heart strings as if she owns them.”—Jade Hart, author of Coffee and Cockpits





Purchase Link







Cassie Mae (who dons the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books. Since writing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published books with Random House, Swoon Romance, and Tulip Romance. She has a favorite of all her babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is (mainly because it changes depending on the day). Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge-watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.

Comes out December 22nd, but you can pre-order now!