International YA Giveaway


During the blitz, readers will find out about the authors, their books and their amazing international giveaway. Four winners will receive a selection of best selling paperbacks, hard cover editions and the all new Amazon Echo Dot!
International giveaway is open to US, Canada, The United Kingdom and Australia

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Presented by: Melissa A. Craven, Michelle Madow, Kristin D Van Risseghem, Kelly St Clare, Norma Hinkens, J.A. Culican, Raye Wagner, Siobhan Davis, Anna Santos, Sarah K. Wilson, Michelle Bryan, Erin Hayes, Kelly Carrero, Karen Tomlinson and Heather Hamilton Senter.

Melissa A. Craven
Emerge: The Awakening

Allie has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
But she’s about to learn those rules don’t apply to her. For years, she has suffered as those around her avoid her at all costs, too intimidated to get to know her. It’s left Allie feeling like an outcast for fifteen years.
When an unexpected move brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, he doesn’t shrink from her touch. With Aidan, she will discover what true equality means and she’ll finally have a friendship unlike any she’s ever known.

Karen Tomlinson:
A Bond of Venom and Magic

Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the South seems a remote danger, until her home is brutally attacked.
Catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half-blood fae have no rights, Diamond is drawn ever closer to her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir. But Hugo is a heartless killer, owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic…

Sarah K. Wilson:
The Ex-Pacifist

Vera and her bodyguard, Roman, are connected by the computers in their heads and can silently coordinate. The downside? They’re on an impossible mission set by a vengeful emperor who would prefer to see them both dead. Not many sixteen-year-olds have to fight an entire empire for survival – and not many would be so good at it.

 

Norma Hinkens
Girl of Fire

A smoking hot new science fiction tale of dark dealings and treachery in space. In a high-stakes story of shocking secrets, a gutsy heroine with grit and personality takes on the seedy Galactic underworld of cutthroat body poachers and double-crossing space pirates!

 

Kelly St. Clare
Fantasy of Frost

The veil I’ve worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of.

Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost.

Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.

Heather Hamilton-Senter
To Make a Witch

Being the good girl doesn’t always pay off.
‪Lacey McInnis is hoping to make a fresh start in New Orleans—she’s also hoping to forget she almost became a powerful witch, and that she almost sold her soul to do it. But when the tomb of the Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is desecrated, and then a gruesome murder is committed in the very heart of Westover Academy, Lacey will need to decide if she’s ready to become the witch she was always meant to be.‬


Anna Santos
Save Me

Jacob is a gargoyle with a curse, waiting for decades for his soul-mate. When he saves a beautiful werewolf girl from near death, he finds the one he’s been looking for. But true love comes with a price and, in Jacob’s case, it can cost him his very own existence.

 

 

Erin Hayes
How to be a Mermaid

All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid. So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe. Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a real mermaid herself.

Michelle Madow
Elementals

MAGICAL. ROMANTIC. ADDICTING.

‪Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.‬

‪”Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson with an added twist of teenage angst, hormones, and uncertainty… I am officially HOOKED!”‬

Siobhan Davis:
Saven Deception

In a futuristic undersea city, Sadie falls hard for captivating Logan — only to discover that he comes from another world! Action, romance and intrigue combine in this addictive page-turner. “The X-Files meets Twilight and blows them both away!”

Siobhan Davis: ‬
True Calling:

‪For Ariana Skyee, Planet Novo was everything it promised to be until the authorities introduced “The Calling” as their response to repopulation. Now, all seventeen-year-olds are to participate in this Bachelor-style pageant to find their perfect match, marry, and have children. “Fans of Matched and The Selection will really love this book … it’s amazing!”‬

Kristin D. Van Risseghem: ‬
Swords & Stilettos

17-year old Zoe needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

‪”Swords & Stilettos; an absolute winner. Could not put it down!”‬

Michelle Bryan:
Strain of Resistance

Bixby and her crew of survivors lost everything on the day the world was invaded by the alien predators. Their homes. Their families. Everything they held dear. No more. This is the story of their resistance.

 

 

Kelly Carrero:‬
Severed Wings

Luciana dreams of being normal. In reality what she is, is far from normal. But feeling other people’s pains does that to a girl. That is until she meets the one man that makes it all go away. Now, Luciana must decide if she should trust her feelings and believe in the man from her dreams who says he’s a Soul Collector and she was the girl he refused to collect.

Cover Reveal: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Today is the cover reveal for Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward! Let me know what you think of this cover! Is this book on your to-read list?

Title: Mister Moneybags
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Photographer: Maurizio Montani
Model: Richeli Murari
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a. designs

About the Authors
Vi Keeland
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Review: Coast (Kick Push #2) by Jay McLean

Coast Title:Coast
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Kick Push #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ sports
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Blurb:
One life-changing summer.
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.
Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

My Review:
What a fantastic conclusion to Becca and Josh’s story. I loved it from the first heart-shattering page until the last blissfully happy one!

If you haven’t read the first book you shouldn’t read this review as it contains mild spoilers.

Josh has the skateboarding career he always dreamed of but he’s lost the love of his life. Even though he and Becca are no longer together, he hasn’t stopped thinking about her and he’s incapable of moving on. She was his one true forever and no one can replace her in his heart.

Becca is trying to forge a new path in life and she’s connected with her dad, she’s in college, and she is doing some volunteer work but Josh is never far from her thoughts.

In this book, Jay explores that often fine line between love and hate. Becca hates Josh for what he said and did but she also still loves him and she hates that. Everyone is telling her to steer clear of Josh but when the heart wants….

My heart broke for little Tommy in this book as he called out for My Becca. It was good to see his family situation improve with his mom and her fiance playing a role as well as grandma.

Events toward the end of the book were so sad but ultimately it ends up on a happy note. I really enjoyed how Josh and Becca’s love story spanned so many years. It gives truth to the notion that timing has to be right for things to fall into place. Both needed time to heal within themselves and to discover who they really were and what they wanted in life before they could make a commitment to one another. That epilogue was pure perfection and I’ll happily admit that I cried. It was beautiful. I’m really sad to see another one of Jay’s series ends and wish I could scrub out my brain and re-read all her books from scratch because her books are absolutely amazing and totally my kind of read.

Release Day Saven Deliverance!

I am so excited that today is the release day for Saven Deliverance! Saven Deliverance is the fourth and last book in my Saven series.

Saven: Deliverance (The Saven Series #4)Saven: Deliverance (The Saven Series #4)
by Siobhan Davis

Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 20, 2017

Book Description:
The Truth Will Set Us Free

I’ve been lied to and betrayed my whole life.
Revealing the truth is the only thing that matters.
The truth truly will set us free.

With the political landscape shifting in the galaxy, and the tenuous situation on Earth growing more fraught by the day, Sadie knows time is running out to save mankind. Torn between conflicting agendas, she is forced to make difficult choices that lead to bloody battles and situations she’s not entirely comfortable with.

But this is war, and war means sacrifice.

Ax’s betrayal weighs heavy on her heart and her mind, but it doesn’t override her concern for his welfare. Her desire to protect both the boys she loves is as strong as ever.

Logan has been inaugurated as the new Saven king, but he’s struggling to cope with the pressure of responsibility and the revelation about who Axton is. His people are strongly opposed to Sadie, but she is his forever love and he won’t do anything without her by his side. Faced with impossible obstacles, he is preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.

When the final battle draws near, and it’s time to fight the enemy head on, who will be left standing? And will there be anything left to fight for?

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Review: More Than Forever (More Than #4) by Jay McLean

More Than ForeverTitle: More Than Forever
Author: Jay McLean
Series: More Than #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
-LUCY-
There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.
A heart so strong it will never slow.
There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn’t enough.

-CAMERON-
Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.
No sounds of the ticking of a clock.
Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn’t always.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: Oh my God, Cameron!!!! He’s so amazing and this book was EPIC. Loving this series.

Full Review:

This series is amazing and so addictive and I’m loving it but I don’t want it to end either. I didn’t think I could love another couple in this series as much as I love Amanda and Logan, but Cameron and Lucy stole my heart too.

Cameron is the most amazing book boyfriend ever. He has been there for Lucy from the very start and he has never faltered in his love. This book spans a few years and covers some of the same timeframe as the other books but this is all fresh content and it was like reading another story. I loved seeing all the other characters, but it was Lucy and Cam who stole the show.

Family and friendships are pivotal to this series and it’s that along with the fab writing, complex characters, angsty drama, emotional relationships, humorous, witty banter and scorching romantic scenes that make this one of my favorite series.

Cameron and Luce hit a few speed bumps and it tore my heart in two but they are always there for one another and it ends on such a happy note. I adored meeting all of Lucy’s brothers and I look forward to reading the spin-off series soon.

In summary, another fantastic read from Jay Mc Lean and another stellar instalment in this magical series.

Blog Tour: Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts #6) by Emily McKay


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts #6) by Emily McKay. I share my review of this book with you! Check out the tour schedule here.

Title: Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas
Author: Emily McKay
Series: Creative HeArts #6
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program.

Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.

Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.

My Review:
Fair warning – this review may be slightly spoilery.

I read this book immediately after reading the amazing How Willa Got Her Groove Back and it was a monster teen angst and drama binge-fest that I ADORED!

Willa and Finn are on board with the idea of their parents sharing an eternal forever and the early part of this book shows them as they are preparing for the wedding of the century. Willa is also on tenterhooks waiting to see if she got into her college of choice. She’s still dating Damien who is a douche canoe of massive proportions – everyone can see it except her, but she’s quite non-committal about the relationship anyway. She is trying her damnedest to stay out of Finn’s way because the spark between them is showing no signs of fizzling out and she’s afraid to confront her feelings for him.

I love that we got the dual POV again and it was great to hear Finn’s voice and to see how much he was falling in love with Willa and how frustrated he was by the choices she was making and her inability to face up to things.

Finn is such a sweetheart and he had already won me over but I fell deeper in love with him in this one. He is so protective and thoughtful around her unlike doucheface and she still doesn’t see it. There were moments where I wished I could reach into my Kindle and shake some sense into her.

There were some great comedic scenes along with romantic scenes and the tension and chemistry is very evident. I loved the dance lesson, and how Finn got jealous of any guy who so much at looked sideway at Willa. She was completely clueless, of course.

My main gripe with this book is the lack of romantic action, and I was growing increasingly frustrated. Two hot teenagers lusting after each other live in the same house for months and don’t share any forbidden kisses? Not believable. They only kiss in the last few chapters and then we are rushed into an epilogue without explaining how we got from point A to point B. We’ve seen how Willa’s dad, Matt, is completely wary of Finn, and he warned him off from the minute they moved in. I really really really (yes it warranted three reallys) wanted to see the scene where they come clean and admit their feelings to their parents but we’re not shown it. I also wanted to see how the gang at school reacted and what the media would make of it. This isn’t a long book and my personal view is that it would have benefitted from an extra fifty pages at the end. I was waiting over the course of two books for our lovebirds to get it on and then it was all wrapped up far too quickly for my liking.

The world building is still awesome, Willa kicking Damien to the curve was awesome, and the writing is excellent. No issues with pacing and voice and characterisation were consistent.

Overall, this is still a great read and a great conclusion to Finn and Willa’s love story. I totally want to read all the other books in this series that I haven’t read so far and I was delighted to learn from the back of the book that there are plenty more to come. I await them with bated breath.

Actual 3.75 Stars.

Thank you to Entangled for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:
Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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Giveaway:
One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

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Cover Reveal: She Wants It All (Sheridan Hall #3) by Jessica Calla

Today is the cover reveal for She Wants It All (Sheridan Hall #3) by Jessica Calla! I read the first two books in this series and enjoyed both of them!

Title: She Wants It All
Author: Jessica Calla
Series: Sheridan Hall #3
Genres: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com)
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com)
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Blurb:
Happy to sing cover songs with his band and float through New Jersey University with little to no effort, Dave Novak spends the first week of college partying. Then he meets Maggie Patrinski. Performing on stage in front of hundreds is easy for Dave, but the mere thought of Maggie sends his heart racing and turns him into a bumbling idiot. Even so, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Maggie’s not exactly thrilled when her roommate sets her up with Second Floor Dave, the hottie with a reputation. Not only has she just had her heart broken, but she’s vying for a competitive summer internship and studying to become a vet. She doesn’t have time for guys and isn’t interested in falling in love, especially when she may be moving across the country for the summer.

But as Maggie gets to know Dave, his charm wins her over and she falls hard and fast. The problem? Maggie has goals, Dave doesn’t. Maggie studies, Dave doesn’t. Maggie wants it all, Dave only wants her. With their summer plans up in the air and past mistakes creeping back into their lives, their future together is uncertain. The only thing they’re sure of is that when they’re together, they’re better.

First two books in this series:
She Laughs in Pink
She Runs Away

Jessica CallaAbout the Author:
Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women’s fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she’s not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you’ll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).

Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books, and was named a Young Adult mentor for the FicFest writing contest. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.

Find Jessica on Twitter (@jess_calla) or at her website (www.jessicacalla.com). She loves to make reader and writer friends.

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Cover Reveal: The Return by Kelly St Clare

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Today is the cover reveal for The Return by Kelly St. Clare. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Tracey at Soxsational Cover Art.

The ReturnThe Return (The After Trilogy #2)
by Kelly St. Clare
Genre: science fiction/ dystopian
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: June 2017

Blurb:
The dystopian science fiction story continues in this action-packed novel for young adults by internationally best-selling author Kelly St. Clare.

Three months ago, Romy emerged from the cultivation tanks after a year floating inside.

Body intact. Mind broken. Memory gone.

Now she undergoes regular testing as doctors work to find out . . . well, she’s not exactly sure what.

The tests must have something to do with the reason she can’t remember her knot—the single lucid memory the other insane soldiers on Orbito Four still possess. Whatever the researchers are searching for, if it aids the soldiers in the deathly war against the lethal alien invaders—the Critamal—the excruciating pain is worth it.

But a grey-eyed man has other plans.

Boxed in and caught, Romy is taken hostage by people who shouldn’t exist! They dress in black and carry weapons she’s never seen in her genetically enhanced life.

Reunited with Knot 27. Memories returned.

Fifteen months have passed since her world shattered into bright red, ringing chaos. Things have changed—people have changed. How long until what was once as familiar as breathing is familiar once more?

Friendships. Love. Freedom.

Can the new Romy reconcile with the old, or will the two halves of herself remain locked in an internal battle?

And if a victor should arise from this silent war . . . will it be the part of her that kills without hesitation, without mercy?

All it takes is for the cracks to join and blood will pour.

You can find The Return on Goodreads

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Excerpt:
Romy strained for any hint of disturbance, but an eerie calm filled the space.
The electrodes and wires covering her arms and legs suddenly felt like restraints—a barrier preventing her from leaping from the bed and protecting herself. She closed her eyes and attempted to regulate her breathing.
Everything was fine.
There was nothing to—
The space station rocked as a muted explosion emanated from the clinic door. Her stomach dropped, and she nearly sat up before remembering Electrode Slapper’s withering order to stay still.
Romy held herself immobile, eyes darting side to side, senses stretched to maximum capacity.
Was that smoke creeping along the ceiling? Not the normal smoke from her burning hair—real smoke!
Nothing good could come from a fire onboard a space station.
Unable to deny fear’s curiosity, she turned to stare at the remaining male doctor, awaiting his order to evacuate. His attention was fixed on the door, the whites of his eyes showing his terror—of something. Romy watched as he scrambled from his seat, hands raised, stammering and babbling senselessly.
Not terror of something. Someone.
Romy inhaled sharply as a dart appeared out of nowhere, sticking deep into the side of his neck. The doctor staggered and slowly keeled over next to the bed, sending a screen smashing to the ground.
She jerked violently as his body rebounded off the floor before settling into unconsciousness.
The medi-tech surrounding her beeped, high-pitched and urgent, snatching up her distress and sounding it out for all the world to hear.
So much for playing dead.
She took stock. At least five electrodes and their wires hung off each limb. Another ten on her torso and five more on her head. Extracting herself in a hurry wasn’t looking like an option.
Heavy footsteps approached the bed where she lay, frozen. Mind racing. Several sets of footsteps, she realised—maybe ten.
Romy swallowed, palms sweating where they touched her bare thighs.
A large shadow fell across her body.
Dread settled heavy in her bones.
A man dressed in solid black leaned over the bed, blotting her view of the white ceiling. A soldier. Unlike any she’d seen. Why wasn’t he dressed in white?
The man’s face was clean-shaven and as his scent reached her, she got the oddest sense of another time. Of warmth and. . . .
She blinked into his soft grey eyes.
With careful movements, the man moved the gun he carried so it slung across his back. The weapon was small, sleek—the complete opposite of the huge laser guns fitted on the space station.
Who was this person?
He reached for her, expression impassive, a slight tremor in his hands.
And spoke a single, hoarse word.
“Romy.”

Start this series with The Retreat!
The Retreat
Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.The Retreat is the first book in the After trilogy! You can get your copy of The Retreat on Amazon

Finalist in the YA books central annual book awards for best YA sci-fi of 2016.

The Retreat was awarded a Five Star badge by Readers’ Favorite in 2016.

Praise for Book One in The After Trilogy, The Retreat:
“superbly written” – Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★

“part fantasy, part sci-fi, and all cosmic-chemistry” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews ★★★★★

“all I can say is WOW!” – Taking It One Book at a Time ★★★★★

“I had very high expectations for this one and I’m happy to say that the book met them all and more.” – Bookaholic ★★★★★

“I can’t start talking about this or I won’t stop. This is a must read!” – Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

Kelly St ClareAbout the Author:
When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read.

The Tainted Accords was her debut series, and her second series, The After Trilogy, is now available.

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

You can find and contact Kelly here:
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Release Day Blitz: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward


Today is my stop during the release day blitz for Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward!

Title: Mack Daddy
Author: Penelope Ward
Series: standalone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

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About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.
Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Blog Tour: Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Come Closer by Brenda Rothert. I share my review for this book with you today!

Come CloserTitle: Come Closer
Author: Brenda Rothert
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just thirty-five years old, I’ve already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement.
I’ve found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I’m drawn to her. The closer we get, the more I’m tempted to cross my professional boundaries and give in to my desire.

Soon I find myself in a desperate race to put the pieces of Allison’s silence together. Her life becomes inextricably entwined with mine as I fight to save the second chance I never thought I’d have. I’ll break whatever rules I have to in order to protect this woman who’s been to hell and back. For her, I’ll do harm.

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My Review:
Actual: 3.5 stars.

Brenda Rothert is one of my fav authors and I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this book as I knew it was a new departure for her and a change from her usual genre. I enjoy romantic suspense and I’ve read plenty of books in this genre so I was practically salivating when this one landed on my Kindle.

Both Dr. Delgado and Allison were superbly crafted mains with plenty of flaws and I always love a romance where the H and H support one another on a journey of self-discovery. Together, our couple were a perfect match and I loved watching their romance develop.

But, this book is much more than just a romance. Allison is running scared and when it becomes obvious that she’s no longer safe in Hawthorne, Daniel is her rock, her knight in shining armor.

The first half of this story dragged for me and it took way too long to get to the meat of the main plot. Once that kicked in it was great and there were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming. However, I guessed a lot of it which took some of the enjoyment away. I also felt there could’ve been more tension and conflict in some of the scenes, particularly at the end of the book, where it felt a bit rushed and a bit too convenient. It lacked substance and some of the minor details aggravated me because it wasn’t realistic.

I really loved the setting and the world building was great. The romance and sexy times were well written and the writing style is great, as I’ve come to expect from Brenda. Character development is strong – both with the mains and secondary characters.

Overall, this is a decent read – it just didn’t blow my mind in the way Brenda’s books usually do. If you are a fan of hers you will most likely really enjoy this one.

Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oh, and that cover is beautiful. It really captures the mood/tone and the characters are well depicted.

About the Author:
Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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