Jun 30, 2015

Blog Tour & Review-- Identity Crisis by Rochelle Paige


Identity Crisis by Rochelle Paige
As seen in the July issue of Glamour Magazine UK

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A reclusive author...
Delia Sinclair is desperate to hit a looming deadline. With only two weeks to go before her manuscript is due, she heads to a remote cabin in the Smoky Mountains with no internet or cell service.

An ex-military security specialist...
Blaine West is halfway around the world when he gets a frantic message from his childhood sweetheart. She needs to lay low for awhile so he puts her in touch with someone who can help her until he can get back to town.

A dead body...
When Blaine arrives at the hotel where they were supposed to meet, he learns the body of a local author was discovered that morning but there's no sign of his old flame.

And a case of mistaken identity...
Delia returns home completely unaware that the police believe she's been murdered. With Delia alive and his ex still missing, Blaine has the skills and connections to find out exactly what happened and keep Delia safe.

Lead to a passion that burns out of control.

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     The sound of the garage door going up startled me, setting me into motion. It was a good thing I had been trained to make split second decisions with limited information because that skill set was being put to the test right now. I moved toward the kitchen as I ran the possible scenarios through my head. If it was Serena using a friend’s place to lay low, then I was in the clear. If it was a boyfriend or family member of the dead author, I was probably screwed. A cleaning person or friend, I might be okay. The bottom line was, I had no way of knowing which scenario I was about to face, but it didn’t matter. There wasn’t a chance in hell I was going out the back without knowing if the person walking through that door was Serena.

     Right as my decision was made, I heard the sound of the garage door lowering, quickly followed by the door connecting the garage to the house opening and closing. A deep feminine sigh resonated, but I stayed in position, on the other side of the refrigerator and out of sight. The sound of footsteps got closer and then a woman entered the kitchen. I hadn’t meant to make a noise, but I shifted as soon as I realized who was standing in front of me. I moved toward her so I could cover her mouth and get her under control before she screamed and one of the neighbors came to see what was wrong. And holy fuck, there was plenty wrong with this situation since the woman was supposed to be dead.



"I wanted a man my body craved, someone who made my heart beat faster with just one look, a look that said I was the only woman in the world. Fidelity, passion, and love...was I really asking for too much?"

This book!! Drama, a hot Navy SEAL, suspense, a sexy man, heart-stopping moments, lots of sexy time, and did I mention a hot, sexy Navy SEAL?! ;)

Delia Sinclair was a woman with a great outlook on love. She wouldn't be a best selling author of romance if not. But she had no clue that the stories she wrote, the situations she researched about, and the men she desired to be real would actually happen

Blaine West was a Navy SEAL on a mission to find out what happened to an old flame when she comes up missing. When his search brings him to a local author, his world is turned upside down. She was everything he didn't know he was looking for.

"Take a good look at me, Blaine."
"I already have every inch of you memorized."

Goodness me!! Blaine had sexy talk down to a science! I love that he was everything she always envisioned in a hero character. And how her real life was playing out as if it was her very own fictional story. But this was very real, and she was in danger. Thankfully she had Blaine and his partner, Brody, by her side through it all.

**I kinda want Brody to have his own story...just throwing that out there;)**

"I've never felt anything like this before."
"Neither have I."

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This story was fast paced, action filled, and sexy to boot! How Blaine protects Delia is how a woman show be protected..and vice versa. 

They push and pull each other is the best of ways. They butt heads, but then they will do anything they can for the other.

"I was driven by my need to protect this woman. To make her mine in the most primal way."

"That man is going to drive me insane. But holy crap it would totally be worth it."

Such a great story!!! Loved every single part. Even when my heart was about to jump out of my chest!! Believe me, it gets pretty intense in there!!

Great job, Rochelle!!!

"Lucky me."
"I think I'm the lucky one."
"How's that?"
"I found you."
"I'm so glad you did."

About Me

I absolutely adore reading - always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!"

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Jun 29, 2015

Release Day Blitz-- A Lush Reunion by Selena Laurence

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

Releases June 29, 2015


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.


     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?"

Discover The Lush Series

A Lush Triangle (Lush No. .5)

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A Lush Betrayal (Lush No. 1) 

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Loving a Lush (Lush No. 2) 

Lowdown and Lush (Lush No. 3)
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A Lush Engagement 
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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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Release Day Blitz & Review-- Be My Temptation by Rachel Brookes

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Title: Be My Temptation
Series: Book 2 of The Crawford Brothers (can be read as a standalone).
Author: Rachel Brookes
Release Date: June 29th 2015



One night connected them. 
One decision separated them. 
One craving tempted them. 

Ashlyn Hart was done with men, or at least those outside of her books. After stupidly falling for the charms of her cheating ex and having her heart broken yet again, she decided to create a new life. One that involved a career change, a new wardrobe, and the possibility of moving abroad. There was just one hurdle: the confident, stubborn and insanely-tempting Josh Crawford. 

Josh Crawford hid behind the cliché bachelor lifestyle and a never-ending parade of women. He knew the game and played it well, but the night he tasted perfection four years ago never left him. Back then, he made a spur of the moment decision, one that he has battled with ever since. But beneath the playboy façade was a yearning that wouldn’t disappear. A craving for the only woman who could bring him to his knees: Ashlyn Hart. 

Two weeks changes everything. 
One night unravels the deepest of desires. 
A simple taste unleashes memories that can’t be tamed. 

When the girl who dreams of a happily ever after collides with the guy who lives the ultimate cliffhanger, what ending awaits them? Will fear overshadow love? Will the past play hindrance to the future, or will temptation conquer it all?

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"She tempted from the very moment I laid eyes on her."

"He was my friend, my first, my torment, and my secret temptation."

I have been anticipating this book! I knew it would be amazing--and boy was it!!

Josh Crawford and Ashlyn Hart are a force to be reckoned with!! I'm a huge supporter of "friends-to-lovers" stories. This one has just became one of my absolute favorites!!

I love how Josh and Ashlyn played cat and mouse for so many years. Their bantor and how they play off each other makes you wish for that type of friendship. Even if they get on each others nerves...you can tell it's all because they fear getting too close.

"He was a walking, talking, breathing, annoyance to my libido, and that was where the problem lay."

"You have a body that makes men want to sin."

When they become temporary roommates, their desire--their secret Temptation--can't be kept secret for much longer. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed watching them fall for each other more and more!! 

"Let me go, Josh."
"Like hell, I'll let you go. I've done that once before, and I'm not doing it again."

Let me just tell you!! Joshy and Ashy are HOT together!! I'm not talking just simply fanning yourself hot. I'm talking about grab the fan, a gallon of water, and some ice to cool you down...SO...FREAKIN...HAWT!!!

Rachel Brookes!!! 
Three words...YOU *snap* GO *snap* GIRL *snap*!!! I bow down to you for those scenes. Lawd!

"All ability to breath was lost as he stole everything from me. His mouth owned me, claimed me, devoured me, and I couldn't think of anywhere else I'd rather be."

In true Rachel form, this book also had a serious undertone. There was heartbreak, scary situations, friendships that are tested, and heart stopping moments that left you breathless!

I really enjoyed the emotion that came through both Josh and Ashlyn in their POVs. You cheered them both on, wanted to smack them when they were being silly, and wanted to hold them when they needed it. They were each worth fighting for but the battle was not easy

This book was just purely wonderful! Not only were Josh and Ashlyn amazing, but seeing so many familiar characters made this story even better! The relationship between Ashlyn, Josh, Ky, and Eden was one for the books (See what I did there). I wanted to be in their world so much! In a way I actually was:)

Thank you, Rachel! You made me fall in love with your characters once again and I've fallen for you just a little bit more as an author! Well done! #TEAMJOSLYN

"Right now, I feel like I'm falling."
"Let me catch you, Ashy."

About The Author


Rachel Brookes is the author of The Breathe Series and The Crawford Brothers and lives on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She spends her days writing stories that contain a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and delicious men to season. She is crazy for The Walking Dead, a fan of long island iced teas, a cupcake creator and a lover of book boyfriends. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sleep has become non-existent and more often than not she can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she steps away from her laptop, you’ll find her reading, people watching, taking photos and planning her next big adventure. She is also obsessed with social media, so come say hi. 

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Jun 28, 2015

Release Day Blitz-- Survivor's Guilt by Cassy Roop

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Title: Survivor’s Guilt 
  Author: Cassy Roop 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Type: Standalone 
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs by Cassy Roop
  Release Date: June 28th 2015


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Survivor's Guilt SYNOPSIS

There are five stages of grief.

Denial. Bargaining. Anger. Depression. Acceptance.

Losing the love of your life is one of the hardest things anyone would ever have to face. Especially when your life with them was just beginning. When tragedy strikes on what should be the happiest time of your life, how are you supposed to pick up the pieces of your life and move on without them?

Two strangers who happen to share a life changing event, come to find solace in each other to help deal with their pain. One of them feels the guilt of being the reason that a life was lost. The other guilty for making a last second choice.

Both of them, guilty that they survived.

But what happens when a bond that surfaces from tragedy brings these two strangers together? Finding comfort in each other as they both deal with the same pain, was never the plan. Can they look beyond the guilt of the past in order stop themselves dying along with their loved ones, but instead live and learn to love again?

What happens when losing your first love becomes the reason for meeting your one true love?

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Cassy is a fitness goddess by day and romance author by night. When she isn't writing furiously on her next novel, she's making books look beautiful inside and out as a graphic designer or capturing beautiful images with her camera. She has an unhealthy obsession with peanut butter, pedicures, and all things Les Mills group fitness. She has on occasion been seen purchasing clothes that aren’t athletic apparel (although rare).

She released her debut novel, The Price of Love, in March of 2014. The Celtic Knot Novels are her first erotic romance series. Books 1 and 2, Ashley’s Bend and Figure Eight both reached #1 in Erotic Thrillers on Amazon. Book 3, Triquetra, released September 22, 2014 and book 4 the companion novel, Axel Hitch was released in December of 2014.

Her second standalone novel, Void was released in February of 2014. She is looking forward to bringing you more incredible stories in the future!

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This is a BLOGGER ONLY giveaway for her upcoming release of Survivor's Guilt...there will be 3 major prizes and 3 levels to get there:

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Jun 25, 2015

Promo & Review Post-- Hold On To Me by Lucia Franco


John Jackson.

He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as accepting as he thought and she rejects him at every turn.

The beauty and boldness of Alyssa Winters stirs John’s blood. She quickly works her way under his skin and becomes a constant in his life – his best friend, his other half. As the attraction between the two friends grows, John wants more. 

She pushes, he pulls.

When one reckless night of fun wreaks havoc on John, Alyssa risks it all to ease his pain, giving him the one thing he desires most...her. But John’s sadness runs too deep, the damage, irreparable.

He runs, she falls.

John must work to prove himself. Despite everything, Alyssa is the one person he doesn't want to live without. The stakes are high, and he’s willing to bet it all. Even if it means he’s left to suffer alone.

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"John didn't know what had gotten into him, but there was something about Alyssa that made him want to get to know her."

Wow!! This book was incredible!! 

I went in thinking this book was going to be this whirlwind romance, but I was wrong. It was so much more. Yes, you fell into absolute love with Alyssa and John, but the events that happen to them, and around them, truly made this story one of a kind.

You instantly feel the connection between the two of them from the get-go. You fall in love with them and their friends. You mentally push them together even though she fights him. You're immersed into their world and the pages are soon flying by.

"What are you doing?"
"Staring at you."
"Because you're beautiful. And because I want to kiss you."

When you think this story is going well for John and Alyssa, you are hit with something so heartbreaking and gut-wrenching that you want to throw your kindle, grab a huge bowl of ice cream, and cry into the bowl! I honestly didn't know if I could get past it. It hit home to me in so many ways, but it was written so well that I knew I needed to push through. I'm so glad I did.

This book took many twists and turns. You got mad and angry, then you were swooning, then you wanted to throw your kindle again. It was soooooo good!!

"Nothing in life is planned and we always have a choice, Alyssa. We make our choices. No one can hold us responsible for them but ourselves."

This story was truly wonderful! From start to finish, I was trapped in this world. I couldn't get enough and I wanted more!

John and Alyssa's story truly shows that there is always light at the end of a tunnel. Well done, Lucia!!

"Hold on to me. Use me, Alyssa. Get what you need."

Author Bio

Lucia Franco lives in South Florida with her husband and two boys. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.