Dec 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Best Read in 2013



Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly bookish top tens. This week's list is - top ten books I read in 2013. I didn't get to read a lot for fun this year, but when I was reading for fun, I managed to read some really great ones! I won't pick any of the ones I edited, so check out what I loved reading this year, in no particular order:

  

  

   

I read some really great books this year. I can't even believe that I read all of these in 2013. Seems like forever ago for some of them, but it's been a wonderful year of reading. I've read some really great books for fun, but I've also edited some really great books too! If you have a second, check out some of those too. Happy New Year! I hope it's wonderful and safe. <3

Dec 30, 2013

Book Spotlight: Laura Howard - The Forgotten Ones


Title: The Forgotten Ones

Author: Laura Howard

Genre: New Adult Fantasy

Series: The Danaan Trilogy #1

Published: April 28, 2013

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.


What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.










Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.








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Cover Reveal: Ginger Scott - Blindness

Ginger Scott - Blindness

Pub Date: February 2014

It takes a while to know who you really are. And when you lose your way, sometimes it’s hard to find it again.

Charlie Hudson was on the verge of figuring that out when her dad—the only parent and friend she ever had—died suddenly. She was barely 18, and she was alone. So she went for easy—playing life safe, running away from a home that harbored nothing but bad memories and challenges and loving a man who would take her away from it all forever.

It’s funny how chance takes over when you need it most. And that’s exactly what brought Cody Carmichael into her life. A former motocross super star, Cody was now happy to be living the blue collar life, spending his days finishing up school and his nights under the hood of some classic car, just trying to keep everything his father taught him alive. Cody and Charlie were living parallel lives, until they finally collided. And the moment he smiled at her, Charlie knew he was the one who would change everything. But was she willing to take the risk?

Cody saw through it all. He saw her—all of her. But would letting him in be too much to take? And if Charlie let herself love him—really love him—could he love her back?






Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her debut novel, "Waiting on the Sidelines," is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a baseball player's name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want -- even if you aren't ready. You can read her book now in Amazon's kindle store.



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Dec 27, 2013

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Melody Manful - Dominion



• Pub Date: December 20, 2013
• Publisher: Melody Manful
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 443 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

I Dare You.
Look Over Your Shoulders.
Do You See Them?
They are behind you...
They are always behind you.

Abigail Cells had a nightmare the day before she met Gideon, the new guy in school who has every girl drooling just to be near him. In her nightmare, she was murdered by a magical creature. As she gets to know Gideon, she begins to remember pieces of her nightmare, and was shocked when Gideon turned out to be the creature from her nightmare. Who is Gideon really? Should Abby allow herself to fall completely for him, or is he the next disaster waiting to happen?




Melody Manful was born on June 8, 1994, in a town in Ghana called Tema. She started writing at a very early age and has been doing it ever since. Melody has two siblings and lives in Denmark with her family. She loves music, reading, and writing, and she puts a great deal into making her friends happy.




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Bikers, Babes, and Books


Heir to the local
motorcycle club and crime syndicate, Cooper Johansson is accustomed to
taking what he wants. His newest conquest is college freshman Farah
Smith.

When the tattooed bad boy reminds her of a rough childhood
she desperately wishes to forget, Farah keeps him at arm's length. Yet,
Cooper refuses to give up. He pushes her buttons, tears through her
walls, and forces her to admit her feelings for him. What begins as lust
soon builds into something more powerful than either expects.

Can the beast heal the damage inside the girl of his dreams?

***Warning:
This novel contains scenes of a sexual nature, violent themes, and
coarse language. It is intended for mature readers.

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 After he saves her from certain death, Tawny Smith falls for her knight in shining armor.

Judd
O'Keefe isn't an easy man to love though. As an enforcer for the
Johansson family business, he hides his heart behind cold walls built
from a lifetime of pain. Yet, his angel Tawny awakens a desire in Judd
more powerful than he ever imagined possible.

Can a man with blood on his hands heal the damaged girl of his dreams?

Damaged
and the Knight is the second book in the Damaged series. It is a full
length novel with a HEA. Damaged and the Outlaw is scheduled for release
in early autumn.
***Warning: This novel contains scenes
of a sexual nature, violent themes, and coarse language. It is intended
for mature readers.

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Damaged Novella

Aaron
Barnes has found his muse in Lark Foster. However, his inspiration is
saddled with a domineering stepfamily and the lingering guilt from a
childhood loss.

Once Aaron claims his muse, Lark embraces the
fighter inside her gentle heart. When fate stands in the way of love,
the only choices are giving up or taking what your heart demands.
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After turning against
his former MC, Vaughn Majors found refuge in Ellsberg. Years later, he
remains a dead man walking, avoiding commitments and hiding his
loneliness.

Raven Hancock refuses to fall in love again. Men are
her poison and Vaughn is all kinds of bad news. He’s also the hottest,
funniest, sweetest bastard she’s ever met.

Can Outlaw free himself from the dangers of his past and build a home with a girl able to see more than the blood on his hands?




Damaged Series Order
Damaged and the Beast
Damaged and the Knight
Damaged and the Cobra
Damaged and the Outlaw


I'm an indie author and romance novice. I published Damaged and the Beast
in April '13. The New Adult romance between bad boy Cooper and his girl
Farah ended in a big sweet HEA. In July '13, I released Damaged and the Knight
with Farah's sister Tawny. She finds her knight in shining armor with
Judd O'Keefe. I have several more Damaged books planned for this year.

As
for me, I like hearts, flowers, butterflies, puppies, kitten-shaped
clouds, and unicorns with rainbows shooting from their asses. I support
love and peace. I also like cutting in lines and stealing candy from
babies. Wait, did I write that last part out loud? Oops.




DAMAGE AND THE BEAST EXCERPT

Chapter Five



Skye proved to be a reliable chauffeur until
Friday when something mysterious happened to her car. That was how she phrased
it. Something mysterious. She
couldn’t pick me up from work, so I would have to find another way home.


Cooper sat in the back booth, reading a book
he clearly hated with a passion. Occasionally, he smacked the book onto the
table then glared at it hatefully. Finally, he returned to reading. I had to
admit he looked especially hot in the white tee clinging to his strong chest.
The contrast of such bright white against his tanned flesh made it difficult
not to stare, let alone drool.


While I considered asking Cooper for a ride, I
immediately shot down the idea. I had successfully avoided him most of the
week, seeing him only on Wednesday night when he came in for dinner. He did a
lot of his intense staring and made a few comments squarely in the domain of
inappropriate. He also left me another twenty dollar tip. We had created a nice
relationship so far, but owing him anything was a mistake.


Cooper just wanted to fuck me. Though I wasn’t
wholly against the idea of sex with him, I sensed he would be rough and I’d
cry. My tears would likely piss him off and he would find a way to punish me.
Maybe I assumed too much, but I didn’t want to take the chance of ruining my
life in Ellsberg.


Giving up on asking him or anyone else, I
walked outside towards the bus stop. As I hurried through the parking lot, I
realized Cooper never left after paying his bill. When I glanced in the
direction where he was talking on the phone, I found him staring at me. I
turned away quickly, not needing any trouble. Hearing his motorcycle rev, I
prayed he was heading to a party and would speed right past me.


“Need a ride?” Cooper asked, pulling over as I
walked down the street. “Let me rephrase that. I know you need a ride, but are
you desperate enough to take one from me?”


“Why desperate?”


“You tell me. You act like I’m a stalkey douche you can’t shake loose.”


Uh, I wasn’t touching that statement.


“My ride cancelled and it’d be a pain to take three busses.”


“Is that your way of saying you’re desperate enough?”


Studying his grin and the rumbling hog, I
figured the ride would take five minutes tops. As for owing him, maybe I could
buy him dessert or take notes for him at school. You know, repay him with
something besides my body.


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Dec 26, 2013

Book Spotlight: Nicky Jane - Footprints

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Standing by she watches her father leave board the huge grey beast. Taking him to who knows where. As a young girl, her mother raised her whilst her father was away at war. A single mother of sorts.

She saw familiar faces come and go, Flags wave in the breeze, Engines growl as they shut down. Each time the faces grew less and less.

Tragedy struck, leaving Riley and her mother to fend for themselves. Life was not easy. His memory covered the walls. The flag still hangs proud from the stark white walls.

She vowed she would never fall in love with a military man, she purposely steered clear of their nightly haunts. Until one day, he came crashing into her life literally. Was it love at first sight, can she overcome the fear that comes with living the military life?
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“He left me. Over and over again, promising he would come home and I waited. We both did and then one day he didn’t come back, instead they brought him back as he lays today and I cannot put myself through that again. You say it is your last time, but what do you mean it’s your last? How do you know? How could you know? I may be young but I am anything but na├»ve, I know the life. I’m fully aware of the threats involved with what you do. There will be a day that you are called away from me again, and that may be the last time. Do you understand? Do you really understand that I cannot let someone who I love walk away from me again and never return.”

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Nicky Jayne was born and raised in England but now resides in Las Vegas with her Husband and two boys. When she is not writing, she has her nose firmly placed in a book. She released her first series in September 2013. The Embrace Series, Embracing Life and Embracing Love. 
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