Cover Reveal: Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson

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Today is the cover reveal for Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover MSN Art Studio (Maduranga Sampath).
This is an exciting rebranding of the original cover as the author prepares to release book 2 in the series.

Before I ShatterBefore I Shatter (Before I Shatter #1)
By Mandy Peterson
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: July 2016

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Vita is the next step in human evolution.

The daughter of two prominent scientists, Vita is content to live in the spotlight. After all, it affords her a lifestyle most only dream of: living in a Lunar Colony, luxurious gifts, and her unique ability to project her consciousness onto different planes without the aid of injections.
Succeeding where others have failed has a price. A growing population of Shells – people whose minds have shattered from the stress of experimentation – shows just how ruthless the Director can be in pursuit of his goal.

When Vita makes a startling breakthrough, the ambitious Director takes over her development, and he wants to see just how far she can go. It’s up to Vita’s young Processor, James, to catch her before she breaks.

But he’s keeping a dangerous secret.
Someone is playing games with her.

A game where the loser ends up shattered.
Vita must make the choice:
Continue risking her life for a cause she doesn’t believe in
or make an unprecedented escape?

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Excerpt:
“Vita!” James is panicked, shaking my shoulders, when my eyes begin to crack open. The bright light violates my pupils, and I slam my eyes shut again. My head is pounding.
“Stop shaking her, boy. We don’t know what damage that could cause.” I relax a bit as my body takes in the grandfatherly voice of wisdom. James’s hands release me. “She’s coming around. Give her a moment.”
I moan, raising an arm to cover my closed eyes. “I’m fine.”
“She could pave a road with those words.” The Old One’s voice gets farther away.
Before I can even wonder what that means, the light mercifully wanes, and I dare to peek out from under my arm. I begin to piece together where I am. The tiny white room. Lying on my monitoring station.
A visibly shaken James is sitting next to me, tears threatening to spill out of his eyes, face ashen.
“Hey,” I coax. “It’s okay. Nothing to be worried about.”
James shakes his head and looks down. A sniffle seems to actually compose him, and he looks up at me. “Vita, I’m so sorry. If I would have known, I would have warned you.”
Still hazy, I recall my experience in the meadow with the solider boy. Before speaking, I resolve to never let myself be that helpless again. Starting right now. Just like James said, I will be the one doing the breaking. Well, maybe not right now. After I recover from whatever this is.
“Warned me about what?”
“The dazers,” he practically whispers, but I still hear the George’s tongue cluck from the computer station. His disapproval is thick. “You passed out on the steps. I couldn’t wake you up. When I brought you here, I thought you were dead.”
“Yes, the drugs caused your heart to race,” the wizard explains, less emotionally. His eyes never leave the tablet in his hands. “Your heart didn’t care for that so it shut down…for a bit.”
“It shut down?” I echo as panic begins to rise from my toes.
“Only for a moment.” His hand waves dismissively. “Everything’s fine.” The Old One smirks, finally looking up at me as he turns my own words around on me.
“I died?”
“For a second.” George holds up two fingers very close together in an attempt to keep us positive.
Whoosh. “I came as soon as I heard.” Long brown hair whirls through the room. Mom busies herself snatching the tablet and replacing James at the side of my bed. She grasps my hand, leans in, and begins examining my eyes. I have no idea what they look like, but her fear and disgust focus across the room. “George, thank the stars you are still here! How could this have happened? I’m not even sure what this means.” She shakes the tablet at him, the data revealing itself to me shortly. “Where was she? Who was with her?”
James makes a move to step forward and the Old One stops him. “She was just doing as I instructed. Taking time off. Meeting new people. Trying out a party. I’m sorry. I didn’t know she would be confronted with…substances.”
Mom visibly calms down. I guess maybe she couldn’t be too angry with the man who had just saved her daughter’s life? She lays the tablet down gently. “What can I do for her?”
“Nothing, I’m afraid. The drugs have to work their way through her system. She won’t be able to start training until they are flushed out. Her new friends just may have bought her enough time to completely restore before the next round.”
My eyelids feel as though they are made of lead. My hand is nestled between stronger ones. I fight to stay awake behind the fading light.
“What will we ever do without you?” My mother’s whisper floats across the room to me.
His firm response slices through the darkness closing in around me. “The director has plans but so do we. Stick to the plan. Thanks to your husband’s—ex-husband’s—news story, she’s about ready to enter a world where everyone knows her and what she can do. She needs you two more than ever.”
I didn’t know then that when I awoke, it would be to a new world. A world without George, without visits from my dad, and without panic attacks. A world where I was a celebrity, a scientific wonder, and no longer alone. Never mind that I put my life at risk each time I pushed one the boundaries of human capability. I lived by the words I was never meant to hear:
“Vita’s never going to be broken. She’s going to be the one doing the breaking. She’s stronger than any of us will ever know.”

Mandy PetersonAbout the Author:
Mandy Peterson grew up all over Nebraska and eventually settled down there with a family of her own: husband, daughter, and son.

When she isn’t writing about herself in third person, Mandy the high school librarian can be found digging through young adult and new adult lit. An avid reader of all genres (but she secretly told me she loves sci-fi the most), you will usually see her with her nose in a book or face to her Kindle app, iced or blended coffee drink in hand. A former roller girl and roller derby referee, she can also be found watching roller derby online or dragging her family behind her to cheer on teams in person all over their great state.

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Cover Reveal: Meet Me Under the Stars by KD Proctor

Today is the cover reveal for Meet Me Under the Stars by KD Proctor!

Title: Meet Me Under the Stars
Author: KD Proctor
Series: Second Chances #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com)
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com)

Blurb:
When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him* to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him* Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

The same *him* she dumped to protect his heart.

Sexy British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her* who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.

The same *her* he’s never gotten over.

Unable to agree on a benefactor for the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tease one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort or if they’ll allow their disastrous past mistakes to destroy their chance at forever.

About the Author:
KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave. Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever. She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids. She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony. And yes. They always get their happily ever after.

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU’RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category.

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Myths & Legends Week 5

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the fifth post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue as well as including details of an awesome Facebook party where you can win tons of cool bookish stuff.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Ever Coming
Filled with the desire to write books she wouldn’t want her mama to know she read, much less wrote, Ever Coming was born.
Ever Coming is the pen name of an international best selling author who simply wanted some heat with her sweet romances. When she is not reading and writing romances, Ever is usually found enjoying time with her kids and husband.
You can learn more about Ever Coming on her website.

Check out her book Riding Her Unicorn!
Riding Her Unicorn

One broken Jaguar.
One sexy Unicorn.
A whole lot of yummy goodness.

Can a broken Jaguar and a smexy billionaire Unicorn have more than just a hot fling?

Meet Sarah M Cradit
Sarah M Cradit

Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, family sagas, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.
You can learn more about Sarah M Cradit on her website.

Check out her book St. Charles at Dusk!
St. Charles at Dusk

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel.

Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she once led. Her desperate attempt to flee the confusing and dark influences in the bayou instinctively propels her to the one face for which she has a name. Oz’s world is once again turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Meet Rachael Slate
Rachael Slate

Rachael has explored forgotten temples in Cambodia, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, and stood inside the Roman Coliseum. She loves studying people and cultures, current and ancient. Her appetite for romance began with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, which she later nurtured with a healthy dose of Jane Austen.

As a writer of scorching hot fantasy romance, Rachael blends the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you’ll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the capable women who challenge them. If her heroines can’t meet their heroes toe-to-toe, then they’ll bring them to their knees.
You can learn more about Rachael Slate on her website.

Check out her book Earth Borne!
Earth Borne

Melita’s shadowed past holds a secret that could shatter the centuries-old peace between centaurs and Lapiths. But trusting her heart to Thereus isn’t a risk Melita is willing to take twice, even though he swears he’s now more wicked than wild. As her enemies close in on the truth, Melita and Thereus will have to choose between protecting her race…and saving his.

Meet Olivia Wildenstein
Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
You can learn more about Olivia Wildenstein on her website.

Check out her book Rose Petal Graves!
Rose Petal Grave

ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

Meet Cael Percy
Cael Percy

Cael Percy is a #1 Bestselling Romance Author. Her Time Travel Romance Novel, Starlark, reached #1 in multiple categories. When she’s not binge-watching boxsets on Netflix, Cael spends her time dreaming up her next book’s plotlines – ones all guaranteed to involve: hot, possessive, alpha-men and the captivating women that drive them wild, ensuring that all of Cael’s books are electrifying page-turners that will hold your attention from beginning to end…
You can learn more about Cael Percy on her website.

Check out her book Starlark!
Starlark

On the morning of her wedding, Roma awakens to find that a 21st-century eclipse has swept her through time and space to medieval Ireland—a land bedevilled with strife, conflict and danger at every possible turn.

Soon caught up in an intricate spider’s web of political intrigue, Roma is forced to ally herself and marry a man she passionately hates—a cocky, rugged, silver-tongued Irish warrior—and the only man who can protect her from the dark forces at work on the Emerald Isle…

Pre-order Myths & Legends for 0.99$!
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The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!

You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
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During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
– 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
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Blog Tour: Cristin Harber’s Only series

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Cristin Harber’s Only series. I share my reviews for all four books! There are also two teasers for the first book. Have you read this series? Let me know your thoughts!

Only For Him

Title: Only for Him
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey–close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He’s the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She’s artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland’s “I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford” support group.

I can’t say no. The girl’s had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.

I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

My Review:
Wow, I just loved this novella! What a great introduction to Gray and Em’s love story. Cristin definitely knows how to write complex characters and evoke soul deep emotion in her readers. I felt the pain of unrequited love, the pain of self-loathing, the fear, the hurt, the joy, the agony – the whole gamut of emotions while reading it. I did see both twists coming and I was hoping I was wrong. My heart broke for our couple, and I can’t wait to see them get their HEA.

The writing was superb, the pacing fast paced and consistent, and the dual POV was expertly executed – both voices were unique and I was never confused over who was narrating.

An excellent start to this novella series, and a great introduction to author Cristin Harber for me.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a complimentary copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only For Her

Title: Only for Her
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.
All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.

He’s back with one objective–Emma Kingsley–and she never sees it coming.

My Review:
Another great installment in this novella series. Gray has finally manned up and decided to make amends for past wrongs. Ems is working herself to the bone in order to support her family and put herself through college. Her character really shone through in this one and I admired her strength and her resilience. Her love for Gray hasn’t dissipated in the slightest and I felt her pain (although I do believe his apparent demise was glossed over and her reactions weren’t shown realistically.)

I thought Gray was very presumptuous when he made a reappearance and that Ems capitulated way too easily but I could forgive it because these two share a soul-deep forever-love connection that is all consuming. Wow, their chemistry just bled off the page and I totally ship them. That ending had me reaching for the next episode straight away!

Again, it’s well written and it flows well, and I’m definitely enjoying this series.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a complimentary copy of this novella which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only For Us

Title: Only for Us
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The third installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

Grayson and Emma. First love. True love. And… they have a daughter. Abandonment is his curse. He left his woman, survived his team, and missed the moment most precious to a father. Until now.

I didn’t know you were killing yourself with work. I didn’t know you’re raising our daughter. So help me God, had I known, there is no military force on earth that would’ve kept me from you.

Love needs to heal all, or they won’t survive the collision of their separate lives. Emma must reach deep into her heart that is barely hanging on and find forgiveness. Grayson, wrecked with PTSD-filled nightmares, must prove that he’s here to stay and able to rebuild his family against all odds.

I need to say I love you. But what I mean is I love you–in a way that defies definition and exists only in a world that you and I are in.

My Review:
This was, in the main, heartwarming and hopeful, and the character’s reactions were very believable. I especially loved how big Emma’s heart was. She could’ve made Gray earn back her love but she is crazy about him and she trusts in him to do the right thing this time. The romance was very swoony, and I’m loving this couple. The end was very predictable but definitely, entices one to want to read the final installment.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing a comp copy of this novella which I have voluntarily reviewed.

Only Forever

Title: Only Forever
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.

My Review:
A great ending to a great series. This was a little more action-packed, and we saw the introduction of the Titan men, and I have to say I’m definitely intrigued to read that series now! I loved the ending and that they got their HEA and it was so sweet with Callie. Beautiful and heartwarming.

Now that I’ve read all four novellas, I can rate this series 4-star and recommend it. It is well written, fast-paced, character development is decent, there is plenty of angst and drama and the romance is swoony. The main reason it isn’t five-star, for me, is the fact that the plot was way too predictable. I would have liked more unexpected plot twists and turns but I figured out all of them. However, it’s still a really great collection of novellas and I think I’ll definitely be checking out the Titan series in the future.

Thanks to the author and Insklinger PR for providing a comp copy of this book, which I have voluntarily reviewed.

About the Author:
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Blog Tour: If You Fight (Corrupted Love #2) by K.M. Scott


Today is my stop during the blog tour for If You Fight (Corrupted Love #2) by K.M. Scott! I have some teasers for you and an excerpt!

Title: If You Fight
Author: K.M. Scott
Series: Corrupted Love #2
Genres: Romance
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Blurb:
The second book in the unforgettable Corrupted Love series by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If you fight, will we last?

Serena
All my life, everyone around me made sure I was weak. My father. My sister. And now the man my father forced me to marry. But Oliver doesn’t know what I know. Strength can come even in the hardest times, and if you’re willing to fight for love, nothing can stand in your way.

For the first time in my life, I’m fighting back, and with Ryder by my side, I’m never letting myself be weak again.

Ryder
They want us to be their pawns, but I won’t let them use her like that. I promised I’d protect Serena, and if it costs me everything in this world, I will.

Even if it means returning to the one place I swore I’d never go back to again.

Excerpt:
Trapped in that bed as a captive audience, I watched as my husband entered my hospital room and noted the look of surprise in his beady eyes. Thought you got rid of me, did you? Not so quickly, Oliver. I’m tougher than I look.

Behind him, my father followed, along with Ryder. Overjoyed to see him, I didn’t even attempt to hide how happy I was he’d come to be with me. I’d pretended long enough for a man who tried to kill me.

Oliver spun around to see who had made my eyes light up and brought a smile to my face. Pointing his finger at Ryder, he barked, “Get him out of here! He doesn’t belong here!”

Ryder leveled his gaze on him and didn’t waver, but my father spoke up to defend his presence there. “You should be thankful for him. He’s the reason your wife is still alive. If he hadn’t found Serena in time, we’d be meeting to discuss her funeral instead of seeing her lying there in that hospital bed.”

Rage simmered beneath Oliver’s façade of worry for me, but he said nothing in response to my father’s dictate, even though I knew how much he chafed under his orders. He turned back to look at me and as if on cue, he played the loving husband act like a pro.

Taking my hand in his own far-too-soft hand, he held it just tightly enough that I couldn’t pull away without causing a scene. “How do you feel, honey? Your father told me the horrible news, but don’t worry. We’ll have other children.”

So that’s how he planned to play it. Would he say it was an accident that caused me to fall down a flight of stairs in my own home while he was there? Or would he claim complete ignorance and continue with the desperately concerned husband act?

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Ryder react to Oliver’s words, his eyes opening wide and filling with anger. My father watched Oliver carefully, hanging on every word he said like he wasn’t sure if his son-in-law had been involved in hurting me.

About the Author:
K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she’s not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.

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Entangled Athletes Sales Blitz


This week, I’m helping Entangled Publishing celebrate the heroes of Embrace & New Adult Romance! There is a big sale with 6 discounted books, an interview and a giveaway!

Today we’re celebrating athletes! Below you can read a short interview with what Embrace authors have to say about their athletic heroes.

Interview

Question: Are any of your athlete characters inspired by real life people? If so, who?
Tessa Bailey (author of Unfixable): Shane from Unfixable is a bartender from Dublin (in addition to being a Formula One driver). In real life, I married a bartender from Dublin. He doesn’t race cars, but there is some definite similarities.

Cindi Madsen (author of the Taking Shots series): Beck Davenport was modeled after Gabe Landeskog, Hudson Decker came about after staring at a lot of pictures of Tyler Seguin, & my inspiration for Dane was Chris Letang. Ryder “Ox” Maddox was tricky, & he’s actually more modeled off actor Robbie Amell.

Jennifer Blackwood (author of Foolproof & The Rule Maker): Gus Kenworthy totally helped inspire me to write Ryder Covington 🙂 and Claudio Marchisio was hero inspiration for Ryan from Foolproof.

Shae Ross (author of the Pretty Smart Girls series): The heroine athletes in RUSH were partially inspired by my nieces, Samantha and Sydney. Sam played soccer for Florida Gulf Coast and Syd plays for the University of Toledo, Rockets. Some of the scenes in RUSH parallel their experiences as female athletes on and off the soccer field.

Megan Westfield (author of Lessons in Gravity): I was watching a short rock climbing film when I initially had the idea for Lessons in Gravity. The climber in that film was Dean Potter who was one of the greatest rock climbers of this generation. Like Dean Potter, the pro rock climber in Lessons in Gravity, sometimes climbs without a rope—also called free soloing. (Sadly, Dean Potter died two years ago B.A.S.E. jumping in Yosemite National Park.) The most well-known free-solo rock climber is Alex Honnold who is practically a household name after appearing on 60 Minutes, in nationwide TV commercials, and on the cover of National Geographic, to name a few.

Jessica Lee (author of Falling for the Player): No!

Question: Besides athletes, about what kind of heroes do you like to read?
Tessa: Blue collar men have always been my favorite. I love men who get dirty and work with their hands. Mechanics, law enforcement, construction workers. They can’t solve problems with money, so they have to be more creative and that’s what I love most.

Cindi: Really I’m a fan of all heroes. I just want to see a guy fall head over heels over the heroine. If they’re funny, bonus points.

Jennifer: Men who like to work with their hands, who don’t mind getting dirty. Maybe a mechanic? Or a cowboy?

Shae: I like to read about heroes in the working world. There’s something oh so appealing about a successful man in a business suit. Don’t you think?

Megan: Aside from heroes that are athletes, I’m currently smitten with rock star heroes like Berkeley from In Bloom by Katie Delahanty and Jack from Mean Girl Apologizes by Stephanie Monahan.

Jessica: I also adore a hero with a tortured soul. A man whose been to hell and back. And the heroine is the only person who can see who he really is behind the pain. She’s the person who can finally help him heal.

Question: What sport do you think has the hottest athletes? Why?
Tessa: I have to go with hockey players. It’s not just the fact that they’re massive, muscular, sweaty gods—they fist fight. Normally, I would eye roll two men in a physical fight, but I’ll allow it in the name of sports glory.

Cindi: Well, I have to go with hockey, because I don’t want my hockey players mad at me. LOL. But football would be a close second.

Jennifer: Soccer. The abs. Need I explain more?

Shae: MMA–Mixed Martial Arts.

Megan: Outdoor adventure athletes are the very hottest! I define adventure sports as non-motorized sports out in the wild somewhere. Backcountry skiing, rock climbing, surfing, mountaineering, rafting, mountain biking, etc. These sports are the sexiest because they take athletic ability far beyond what you see in a city-sport, plus the stakes are way higher because chances of rescue are very slim if the athlete gets hurt.

Jessica: Soccer or football. Why? Have you seen those shorts and those tight pants? lol

Playlist

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Foolproof by Jennifer Blackwood
Drexler University
t’s been a rough semester and Jules Carmichael needs to get her life together. Pronto. Unfortunately, the only available work is at Office Jax, home of horrid 90s music and the biggest jerk on this side of the galaxy. Then Ryan DeShane discovers the “6 Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling”—and Jules is his target. But the “steps” work a little too well, because he and Jules are definitely, uh, flinging. And it’s only a matter of time before Ryan’s foolproof plan starts to seriously unravel…
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The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood
Rule Breakers #2
Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job: 1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.) 2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand. 3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back. 6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room. 8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong. 9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.
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Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
The Renegades #1
He’s Paxton Wilder, five-time X Games medalist and smoking-hot leader of the Renegades. The world is his playground, and for the next nine months Leah Baxter is stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program. If she can’t get him to take his academics seriously, she’ll lose her scholarship…if she doesn’t lose her heart first.
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Nova by Rebecca Yarros
The Renegades #2
He’s Landon Rhodes, four-time X Games medalist and full-time heartbreaker. This tatted-up adrenaline junkie has earned his nickname Casanova, going through girls in an attempt to forget the one who got away. But now she’s back and determined not to let him destroy her again. The problem is, he will stop at nothing to prove to her that they are meant to be together.
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Fearless by Shae Ross
Pretty Smart Girls #2
Devi Dalton won’t let anyone hold her back. With a shiny new job in Manhattan, she’s finally taking control of her life. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy cage fighter she’s desperately trying to resist, who isn’t about to let her push him away again. They’re more than friends—always have been. But every fighter has a weakness. Ben’s is Devi. And this time, not even Devi’s favorite “ Fearless Red” lipstick will be able to protect her heart..
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Rush by Shae Ross
Pretty Smart Girls #3
Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures…
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Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen
Taking Shots #1
Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. So she creates a “College Bucket List”―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend. With every item she ticks off, Hockey player Beck Davenport finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…
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Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen
Taking Shots #2
Whitney Porter is done with men. She’s focusing on her first assignment at the college newspaper: Posing as a sports writer for an exposé on the extra perks jocks receive. But Hudson Decker, the bad boy of the hockey team, is about to test her no-sex rule. With his life spiraling out of control, Hudson is looking for a distraction. When his teammates bet him that he can’t land the gorgeous but prickly new reporter, he accepts, boasting he’ll have her in bed by the end of the semester. But Whitney is so much more than Hudson expected, and soon enough, he’s in too deep.
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Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen
Taking Shots #3
I just met the girl of my dreams. Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss. Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right?
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Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
Falling for the star of a rock climbing documentary is not a good idea, especially if you’re the filmmaking intern who will be dangling from the side of a three thousand foot cliff with a camera while he climbs Yosemite’s most treacherous spire without a rope.
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Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
Bad boy and former NFL running back Patrick Guinness is tired of meaningless sex. Ever since his scorching hot one-night stand three years ago, no one has interested him. So when Max Segreti wanders into his mechanic shop—and his life again—Patrick can’t stop thinking about the totally-out-of-his-league law grad and the possibility of getting him out of his system once and for all…
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Unfixable by Tessa Bailey
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes. Shane Claymore is only in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. Meeting a sarcastic American girl makes him question everything, but will their pasts destroy any hope of a future together?
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Entangled Musicians Sales Blitz


This week, I’m helping Entangled Publishing celebrate the heroes of Embrace & New Adult Romance! There is a big sale with 6 discounted books, an interview and a giveaway!

Today we’re shining the spotlight on musicians and rockstars. Below you can read a short interview with what Embrace authors have to say about their rockstars.

Interview

Question: Are any of your rockstar characters inspired by real life people? If so, who?

A.S. Green (author of Summer Girl): Well… there may have a been a gorgeous guitar-playing camp counselor in my early teen years who left an impression and inspired Bennet from “Summer Girl.”

Katie Delahanty (author of The Brightside series): Many of the experiences, especially in IN BLOOM, are inspired by real-life events/run-ins with real-life celebrities (sometimes actors, not exclusively musicians) so my characters are sort of inspired by real people… I’d say they are a mishmash of the many artists, both famous and up and coming, that I’ve had the privilege of knowing over the years as part of the Los Angeles music scene. When we were dating, my husband (then boyfriend) was in a band that used to open for Kara’s Flowers–who went on to become Maroon 5. My husband is good friends with Adam Levine so I was along for the ride (and was often the shy girl hiding in the corner at celebrity parties) as they rose to success. People often ask if Berkeley is based on Adam and the short answer is he’s not character-wise, but in some ways Adam taught Berkeley everything he knows experience-wise. Other bands/celebs that have “cameos” in my books include The Killers and Jake Gyllenhaal, and all of the music/lyrics are borrowed from my husband’s band, The Remainers.

Lisa Burstein (author of The Possibility of Us): In my YA Mia and The Bad Boy. Ryder Brooks a reluctant member of a boy band is based on River Phoenix.

Tara Kelly (author of Encore): Yes – Sean in ENCORE – was actually inspired by my husband. They are differences, for sure, but their personalities are similar.

Question: Besides rockstars & musicians, what kind of heroes do you like to read about?
A.S. Green: I love any hero with a troubled past and something to prove, even if he’s the only one who needs convincing.

Katie Delahanty: Entrepreneurs–anybody who is chasing a dream and is driven to succeed.

Lisa Burstein: Artists of any kind. I find creativity and angst super sexy.

Tara Kelly: I’ve got a soft spot for computer/science geeks (particularly of the hacker variety), any type of artist, mechanics, heroes who, underneath their corporate suit/image, are tattooed and have a chaotic, wild side.

Question: How would you describe your own musical talent?
A.S. Green: I can do a mean karaoke version of “I Will Survive.”

Katie Delahanty: Ugh. Non-existent!

Lisa Burstein: Not great talent-wise but better story-wise. I took keyboard lessons in middle school from one of them members of Kool and the Gang. He told us he used to be a member, but he also worked at Sears in the keyboard department, so looking back I’m not so sure. He’d bring his bass over and play in my dining room while trying to teach me the keys.

Tara Kelly: I’m a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. I play guitar, bass, piano, and sing.

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Encore by Tara Kelly
Amplified
I lied my way into a band, humiliated them on stage, and got my heart broken by the bassist. Now…we’re on tour together. This is the best opportunity we may ever have –and it’s already a disaster. We’re broke. We can’t stop fighting. And being in such close quarters to Sean isn’t exactly helping me get over him. Even though we’re just friends now, every time our fingers brush or our eyes catch, my heart betrays me. He’s the kind of distraction I can’t afford to have right now…no matter how much I wish things were different.
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In Bloom by Katie Delahanty
The Brightside Series
How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley Dalton is everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it’s all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…
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Blushing by Katie Delahanty
The Brightside Series
When Berkeley proposed, I thought we’d live happily ever after. Instead he dropped a bombshell: he’s starring in a movie with his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what’s more? I’ve been erased from the public eye. To be together, Berkeley asked me to work on set as a costume designer—a dream come true—but there’s a catch: we have to keep our relationship secret. I’m okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, his love scenes; it’s not how I imagined our engagement. Am I ready to drop everything to become Olivia Dalton?
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Believe by Katie Delahanty
The Brightside Series
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to fall for the adorable bass player of my favorite band. I’m a doctor beginning a five-year residency, and there’s no room in my life for fairy tales—only patients and perfection. But I can’t stop thinking about him. Could he be the One? Am I ready to risk everything I’ve worked for? All for a chance at a happily ever after I never believed possible.
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Summer Girl by A.S. Green
A songwriter is nothing without his muse. Sucks that mine turns out to be Katherine D’Arcy—hot as hell, but the very definition of country-club living and everything I came to this quiet little island to escape. I thought I’d find inspiration here, but I’ve been unable to write crap. That is until the uptight summer girl arrived to tend the lighthouse and the music began to flow. If only there wasn’t that one inconvenient truth I’ve been keeping from her…
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The Possibility of Us by Lisa Burstein
Cassie doesn’t want to go to the funeral. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there. Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend. But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.
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Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

My Review:
Wow. Just wow. I had wanted to read this for a while and I finally got around to it last night. I don’t have time to write a full review so I apologise if this is a bit of a brain dump.

Exceptionally brilliant. Fantastic character development. Heart-felt, gritty, raw emotions had me swerving from laughter to tears in a nanosecond. I adored the football and soccer setting, and could really relate as that’s what my gang are into. Romantic and sexy, swoon. Amazing writing and perfect pace. Yeah, I totally loved it! Will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work when I get through the backlog of review books on my list.

If you enjoy well-written NA sports romances with complex characterisation and steady plot development then you will LOVE this book. Highly recommended. 5+++ Stars

Some fav quotes:

“Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

“You play with a fire so bright it hurts my eyes.”

“It means they deserve forgiveness from those who were expecting too much, and from those who were supposed to be there supporting them when it got too hard.”

Release Day: Losing Kyler

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I am so excited that today is the release day for Losing Kyler! Losing Kyler is the second book in my Kennedy series. Scroll down for more information about this book and a giveaway.

Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex re-surfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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Early praise for Losing Kyler

“Loved the drama … and the romance pulls you in all sorts of directions. Next book please!” Literary Dust

“Jam packed full of twists, turns, and revelations. I can’t wait for book three!” Danielle. Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow, wow, wow – best book yet!!! I have no idea how I’m supposed to wait for book 3!” Sinead. Goodreads Reviewer

“Non-stop action, drama, and a revelation you will not see coming. I hung onto every word of this book, devouring it…” Stuck Between Pages

“Amazing. Read this in one sitting. I had such a blast with this book.” Meghann. Goodreads Reviewer

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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads

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Pre-order Keeping Kyler!
Keeping Kyler

Keeping Kyler is the third book in the Kennedy Boys series.
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Giveaway
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– One signed paperback of Finding Kyler
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Review: If I Dream (Corrupted Love #1) by K.M. Scott

Title: If I Dream
Author: K.M. Scott
Series: Corrupted Love #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
If I dream, will you dare?

All I wanted was my freedom. It’s all I’d dreamed of from the first time I stood in the ring. Until I entered Robert Erickson’s world. Until Serena. Cruelty and ugliness surrounded me, but she was beautiful and good. I wanted to protect her from her father’s world, even though I knew being with her could mean the end of me.

I wanted for nothing as the daughter of one of the richest men in the world. But all my father’s money couldn’t buy what I truly craved. Until Ryder. I wanted all he was, all he brought out in me. All he made me desire.

Our love was forbidden by the one person who had the power to harm us. We dreamed of more than living in that world, though. We dreamed of having it all, but did we dare?

My Review:
If I Dream is the story of Ryder and Serena, two young people trapped in a world where power, money, and control rule the day. Serena’s father is a very powerful, rich man who runs an underground fighting ring amongst other dodgy businesses. He “buys” Ryder from the man who previously owned him and moves him into his mansion, cautioning him against touching either of his daughters. Ryder and Serena strike up a friendship that turns to love and when her father finds out he separates them and they don’t see each other for two years. When she returns, they quickly pick up where they left off.

This forbidden romance is full of angst and longing and should have been right up my alley but the execution and character development were lacking and that dented my enjoyment. I had empathy for Ryder at the start but he became weak as the story progressed and I hated that he didn’t defend Serena and that he consistently bowed to her father’s will. It seemed contradictory. Serena was a sweet girl with spunk and she wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted in life. Her sister was a despicable character as was Oliver. The plot regarding her mother was weak in my opinion and could’ve been fleshed out better.

It took me a while to ship this couple because the author glossed over their relationship at the start. We were told they spent six weeks talking every night but we weren’t privy to those conversations which was a shame because I felt a big disconnect until the second half of the story, but, even then it was more about sex than any meaningful connection.

In the main the writing is decent and the pacing consistent. While this was an enjoyable read, I still felt let down by certain aspects of it, but that’s probably more of a personal thing. If you enjoy forbidden, angsty romance then you will most likely enjoy this one.

Thanks to author and Inkslinger PR for providing a copy of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.