Aug 22, 2014

Cover Reveal--Holly Madison (Sins of the Father #2) by Jen Khan


Coming: September 2014
Synopsis
I'm Holly. I wear pencil skirts, heels, and never have a hair out of place. Well, that was until I met Tristan Holt. Now, my hair is always a freakin' wreck, whether it's due to being on the back of his motorcycle, or because he's pullin it. He's a dominant one. Either way, he's changed me, helped me to step outside of my comfort zone.

He's also a player, bad boy type who runs his own MMA gym on the outskirts of Tryon. His very own fight club, if you will. I wonder if there are rules there like in the movie. Probably not.

The man infuriates me, sets my blood to boil. I let him worm his way into my thoughts and my heart like a stupid, stupid little girl. Even worse? I can tell he is falling for me. That is, until he finds out about my secret.

Now, in my defense, I didn't even know it was as bad as it is until all of the horrifying pieces are put together.

My father continues to ruin my life one effing blow after another from the comfort of his very own jail cell. Oh yeah, I didn't tell you that he murdered a woman, did I? Well, watch how that blows up in my face.


Excerpt
Before I knew it, I found myself pinned to the wall holding my breath, covering my mouth so that I didn’t scream at the top of my lungs.
Asshole.
The leggy blonde who I will now refer to as Giggles, because she giggled incessantly was well…giggling. Tristan was moaning. How the hell could he go from me last night to that in there tonight?
I heard the sound of a zipper followed by a male hiss and a female giggle/gasp. I thought I was going to be sick. My eyes roamed the hall leading to the office taking in the clothing that was discarded throughout. Then her lacy bra went sailing through the air in what seemed to be slow motion, like in one of those Bruce Willis action flicks, landing poetically at my feet.
My mouth watered and I could feel the bile slowly trudging up my throat. I needed to get the hell out of there and fast.
I squeezed my eyes and covered my ears when she giggled.
Again.
It was time to make my escape. I tilted my head back, opened my eyes looking to the heavens for guidance and thought, “God are you there? It’s me, Holly.” Nothing. “No?” Of course not.
“Leave your message after the beep” was more like the response I was used to.
I skirted by the office unnoticed only to be captured by Giggles’ lacy bra that had tangled itself firmly around my ankle and held on for dear life. I lifted my leg doing a one legged hop trying to shake it off but the damn thing wouldn’t give up. It had me in a death grip. I reached down, grabbed the bra, peeled it from my ankle and slung it behind me as I ran out the back door.




MeetTheAuthor
Jen Khan is that very unassuming gal at first sight due to her quiet nature, but look out when she lets you into her world. Buckle up and get ready for an adventure. You will find her at a party, or just out and about with friends sitting in the corner taking a minute to assess her surroundings and the people in it before she dives in with her quick wit, charm and slinging her endless supply of sarcasm. She's a mom, aunt, teacher, dancing puppet to little people, chauffer, walking ATM, and master of all things domestic. She loves her son, family, friends, wine, giggling, singing out of tune and dancing like a fool. She has a zest for life that rubs off on everyone in her presence.

Jen has always been an aspiring writer/author. She woke up one morning realizing that it was time to make it happen. She is a teacher by trade which allowed her to put her skills to use. You will find adventure, suspense and always romance in her books.

Jen lives in Northern Virginia with her son. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her going out for a run, on her treadmill or with her beloved Kindle in hand.
 

 

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Aug 19, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Review--Combust by Tessa Teevan

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Combust is the first in an Explosive spin-off series called The Wellingtons.
 
Title: Combust (The Wellingtons, #1)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

After years of being called a tease and then being labeled the Virgin Queen, Andi Kane decides that when she goes off to college, she's ready to ditch the labels. She's grabbing the bull by its horns and riding as wild as she can. 

Fate must be smiling on her the night she meets Cohen Wellington, the cute boy-next-door and fellow music lover. Their connection is instant, and as the night progresses, she knows she's found The One. Only...it doesn't go exactly the way she had planned it. And even though she can't get him off her mind, some humiliations are just too much to overcome.
She walks away, never planning to see him again. 

Three years and a whole lot of experience later, Andi and Cohen are suddenly drawn together again, and it doesn't take long before it's clear their connection is stronger than ever. Fate. Destiny. Kismet. Whatever you want to call it, these two fall hard and fall fast. Their love burns hot, but when their plans for the future seem to move in two different directions, will it be enough to sustain the flames, or will the fire consume them, their relationship combusting before their very eyes? 

Sometimes love comes quickly without question, without hesitation, and without fear. But this kind of love is once in a lifetime, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, can it really last?






Excerpt

She stands up and begins looking around. “She was actually just here about ten minutes ago, but I told her you weren’t due in until one. She said she’d wait, but I don’t see her.” She continues looking until her eyes light up. “Oh, there she is. I’d spot that beautiful red hair anywhere. She’s at the table in the corner, her back turned to us.” 

At the mention of beautiful red hair, my heart nearly skips a beat. I mentally ridicule myself. I have no idea why I still think every single redhead I see is going to be Andi. As I turn to see where Mrs. Marsh is pointing, I easily spot the redhead. I’m about to thank her and head towards the back table when someone across from her nods in my direction. 

Slowly, she turns her head, and as our eyes meet, I can’t move from my spot. Less than twenty feet away from me is the girl I’ve been simultaneously looking for and avoiding for the past three years. The girl whose mixtape has nearly worn out from continuous play. The girl I’m supposed to tutor and not five minutes ago I made a vow to keep my hands off of. Less than twenty feet away from me is Andi. 

For the first time in over three years, I’m face to face with her. Ruby.








My 5-Star Review

"I'm finally going to be able to find my independence and live my life the way I want to do. Experiment. Have fun. Figure out who I am and what I want in life. Isn't that what college is all about?"

Ok. I'm about to say a bad word. Ready? You sure?

Alright. Here it goes...Virgin!

So, it's not really a bad word, but it's a word no one wants to say about themselves. For Andi Kane, this word is what defines her. She's been called a tease by pretty much every guy that she has come in contact with. "Blue Ball Extraordinaire. The Virgin Queen." She just hasn't been able to give up the "V" Card just yet. Now, she's starting college and she's going to take the plunge. Pick a guy and just do it! At least that's the advice her best friend and roommate, Reese, tells her to do. What she didn't expect was to find a guy with a secret just like her own.




Enter Cohen Wellington. Y'all have NO IDEA how much I love this boy!! His dirty blonde hair, emerald green eyes and goofy grin had me wanting to jump through the book myself! Andi and Cohen meet by chance at a frat party. They bond over their love of music and the fact that neither of them wanted to be there. 

"I didn't think I'd enjoy coming here, but I was wrong. I'll always remember the ruby-haired beauty in the Elton John shirt."

So, they leave for Cohen's dorm to listen to music. That's all!! But after some beers and a whole flask later, things start leading in a different direction. The attraction was too strong, so why not go ahead and hand in that card?

"Cohen was exactly who I wanted to lose it to."

"Are you sure, Ruby? I don't want you to regret me in the morning."

But the first time isn't always what you dreamt it to be. Sometimes it just ends as a huge awkward moment...and buddy was is awkward!

"Holy Crap. Had I really just lost my virginity in one pump? Did that even count?"

Oh, man! I felt so bad for Cohen at this point. To make matters worse, he wakes up alone. Andi tries to walk away from a bad situation before it happens. She even tried dating to get her mind off everything.

What she didn't count on was regreting the way she left things and it would be a long time before she would rectify it.

"We'll always have music, right?"



Three years have went by since Cohen has seen Andi.  Who would have thought that one day they would meet again because of chemistry? The school subject not the attraction factor. Although, the moment they see each other, there's no denying they still have exactly that...chemistry.

"It's nice to officially meet you, Andi Kane. Just for the record, in case you forgot, I'm Cohen Wellington."

"Just for the record, Cohen Wellington, I never forgot."

Holy Jeebus!! Grown up Andi and Cohen are a force to be reckoned with! Even after so many years apart, they are still drawn to each other.  After their embarrassing first night together, they can now make up for it. 

"And what do you want, Andi?"
"You, Cohen. What I want. What I've wanted for far too long is you. Just you."

But things don't always go as planned. Situations and other people can get in the way. Misunderstandings and secrets come to the surface. Can they get past them? Can they prove to themselves that they can make it?

"Don't worry, Ruby. I'll always catch you."
"Even if I fall?"
"Especially then."



There are not enough words to express how much I loved this book!!! 
Cohen Wellington stole my heart in Incinerate and now, I love him even more!! Ask Tessa, I'm his #1 fan;) hehe! 

I loved everything about this book. It was humorous to the point that my sides hurt from laughing. But it also pulled at my heartstrings so much that I couldn't stop the tears from falling. Andi and Cohen's story isn't a normal everyday love story. 

Their story started as an awful first experience that lead to a "One-Minute Man" status, and it eventually lead to an amazing love story that the greatest lyrics are written about.

This book also had amazing song and musical artist references! The songs got stuck in my head while reading:) The secondary characters were so great! I love Teddy (even though Cohen wasn't too fond of him;))!! Plus, we get to see those Wellington brothers again!!

Tessa did an amazing job with this book! I'm so happy she started The Wellington's! I'm even more happy that she started with Cohen. Seriously, I have an obsession with him;) haha! You will not be disappointed with this book!

"My world isn't a sad song at all. It never will be as long as Ruby is mine. And if I have it my way, 
she'll be mine forever."



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About the Author
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I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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Release Day Blitz--The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Time to party!

The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!)
 and I'm giving away a swag pack full of goodies.

The Real Thing postcards
A froggy loofah
Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case
A Cassie Mae pen
A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

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Excerpt

“All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

“Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

“That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

“That thing is creepy.”

I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

“I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

“It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

“Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

“It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

“Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

“Or two. Depending on where you go.”

His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

“Oh, you are so dead.”




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In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had. 
Advance praise for The Real Thing 
“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, author of Isn’t She Lovely 
“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You 
“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures
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My Review



Mia Johnson and Eric Matua have been best friends for years. Nothing could keep them apart. Not even being in different countries. After high school, Eric went to live with his uncle in Somoa. They stayed in touch with their phones and computers. Three years go by and now they will finally be reunited for the summer. 




These two characters are so cute with each other. Even though they haven't physically been around each other in years, their friendship is still there. Something else is also still there...the attraction. 
You can't have feelings for your best friend! There are laws against that right?! Well as long as it isn't said, nothing will happen. Uh huh, sure;)





"I've been attracted to him for five years...Maybe I'll stick to my book boys until I can figure all this crap out."


It doesn't take Mia long to figure out that her book boyfriends were nothing compared to what she had right in front of her. This might be the greatest story EVER...and it's her own. 



There's more to this book than just two friends falling for each other. 
It deals with insecurities that refuse to go away. I love how Cassie turns the tables a bit. Eric had some weight to him as a teen and has since changed his lifestyle and is now fit. On the outside, he's a finely sculpted man. But on the inside he still feels like the lump of clay waiting to be molded. You don't see many books about male weight issues and I praise Cassie for this!! It really helps you understand the character better. He's amazing!


Also, this story contains an issue that lies in so many homes nowadays. Social media. Mia has an obsession and it gets in the way. It puts into prospective of what, or shall I say who, means more in your life. The hundreds of "friends" you may never meet or the one friend that has always been by your side? 


In true Cassie Mae form, there are tons of humorous parts, as well! 
The part with the skunk had me literally snorting!! Loudly! (Believe me, it's hilarious!)
And don't get me started on the bikini wax!!! Bahahaha!

Great read, Cassie!! As always:)




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About the Author


Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred... okay, maybe not that many... books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book 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.
You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O'Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor



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Aug 18, 2014

Release Day: Wild Temptation by Emma Hart






In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected...

The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British--my mind-blowing one night stand--as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball.
The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut.
The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body.
If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.

He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict.
This is temptation.



*Wild Temptation is book one of the Wild series and a full-length novel at approx. 92,000 words.*



EXCERPT



Well, this is awkward.
And I don’t mean nervous-giggle awkward. I mean turn-around-and-run-for-your-fucking-life awkward.
Recognition flashes in his dark eyes when he sees me. Heat flares briefly, too quickly for Clara to notice it, but slowly enough that I know I wasn’t imagining it.
That same heat flushes up my neck and colors my cheeks. Yep. This is going from bad to worse.
“Thanks, Clara. Shut the door on your way out.”
Alone?
“But—”
“Sheila knows I shoot alone. Get out and shut the door.” He’s talking to her but his eyes are focused on me.
I lick my lips as Clara makes another halfhearted attempt to argue and he shuts her down once more. I trace his face. His unruly, dark hair is swept to one side, keeping out of his equally dark eyes. His cheekbones are defined and his jaw is strong, angular. And his lips are…curved in amusement at having caught me staring at him.
The slam of the door jolts me back to reality. Kind of. I still have hot-man haze. I mean, crap.
“This is a turn of events I wasn’t expecting.” His accent is crisp and what the hell is it about the British accent?
“Yep.” I fiddle with the belt on the robe. “It’s certainly a surprise.”
It’s not every day that your one-night stand becomes your photographer.
“At least there’ll be no…awkwardness.” He drops his gaze to my hidden body and I swallow. Oh, no. He’s definitely seen my body. And touched it. And licked it.
I shift uncomfortably. Nope. Not even going there. Eyes off the bed please, Olivia.
“Let’s get unnecessary introductions out of the way, shall we?” He steps toward me.
My lips curl into a smile. “It’s not unnecessary if you don’t know the other person’s name.”

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 It is the PREQUEL to Wild Temptation




When I walked into the club, my plan was to finally seduce my ex-boss. But I don’t expect him, the man with his dirty British mouth and sexy as sin smirk. 
I don’t expect the way he takes one look at me and claims me for his own... Or the way he craves control. 
Because I crave to give it. 
It doesn’t matter if something darker lingers in his eyes, or desperation tinges his touch. It doesn't matter if those things nudge at my addictive personality. 

The rules are simple: 
One night. 
One f*ck. 
Run. 

*Wild Attraction is a free prequel novella of around 9,000 words. It is followed by Wild Temptation, the first full length novel in the WILD series, the spin-off series from the bestselling CALL series. Wild Temptation will be available August 18th.*


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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be BUSY - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.



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Aug 16, 2014

Cover Reveal--Helia's Shadow Part One by KC Neal


Helia’s Shadow Part One by K.C. Neal 
(The Starlight Age Series #1) 
Publication date: Fall, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult




Synopsis

Nineteen years ago, aliens arrived on a dying Earth with advanced technology and the promise of ensuring human survival in exchange for a place to settle. They were hailed as the saviors of humans and Earth.

Today, 16-year-old Helia wants two things in life: to step out of her over-protective mother’s shadow and become an engineer, and to stop hiding her romance with alien boy Kalo. But the world definitely isn’t ready for a human-alien romance. And worse, the human-alien partnership is crumbling. Humans are being arrested without explanation. Some of them are never seen again.

When the alien leader imprisons her mother on a false charge, Helia discovers the aliens never intended to help humans at all. Now, she must join forces with alien rebels and convince the young rebel leader that humans aren’t expendable. If she succeeds, humans have a chance at survival and she has a chance at love. If she fails, the dwindling human race dies out in slavery.

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Watch for the Helia’s Shadow ARC on NetGalley in September! If you’re not on NG, sign up for K.C. Neal’s newsletter for a chance at a limited number of ARCs for non-NG reviewers (and giveaways, sneak peeks, and other goodies!).


Author Bio



K.C. Neal works in publishing and writes YA books. She likes to surf and hang out on sandy beaches, where drinks are served adorned with tiny umbrellas. When she's not taking tropical vacations, she paddleboards, reads, writes, gardens, watches too many things on Netflix, and tells her dog, Oscar, how adorable he is.