Sunday, October 26, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Chasing Jenna by Micki Fredricks

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Title: Chasing Jenna
Author: Micki Fredricks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2014
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Synopsis
Twenty year old Jenna Clausen has one chance to change her life… and she's going to take it.
Leaving the darkness of her life two hundred miles behind her, Jenna arrives at the one place that could save her…college. Pushing her fears aside while gathering all of her courage, she steps out into her new life, and right into the sights of Cale Davis. Cale is part of the most elite house on campus simply called, The Brotherhood. It’s an exclusive house with one rule for membership, either you are born into The Brotherhood or you’re not. Cale makes it a priority to get what he wants…and he wants Jenna. He sets a plan into motion to make Jenna his. There is however, one flaw to Cale’s plan, Ryan Kitson. Also a fellow Brother in the House, he is a Cale-approved study partner for Jenna. But when her feelings for Ryan start to grow, Jenna has another decision to make….one she couldn't possibly have understood the dangers of. She suddenly finds herself engulfed by a lifestyle so dark and twisted she can’t find a way out. On the run and unsure who to trust, she spirals deeper and deeper into her nightmare. Jenna struggles to put all the pieces together until it finally becomes clear… The decision she made to save her life, might actually be the one that ends it. **This book is a Romantic Suspense for mature audiences, 18+ due to dark topics with references to both sexual and violent situations.*



Excerpt
The empty notebook page stared back at me, making my restlessness worse. I chewed on my pen, another nervous habit of mine, as the instructor blabbed on about study guides and scheduled quizzes.  This morning had gone so far off track, I wasn’t sure how to recover. I shifted casually in my seat, acting like I couldn’t get comfortable. Honestly, it was to sneak looks at Ryan.  Leaned back into his seat, one arm draped over the back of his chair and the other resting on his leg, his bad boy demeanor on full display. He was so confident in himself, so comfortable in his own skin.   I sighed quietly and shifted in my seat again, glancing over at him. He looked like the perfect student, until I noticed a smirk forming. He ran his tongue over his bottom lip and nipped at the side of it with his teeth.  Without looking at me, he reached into his bag and held out a piece of paper. It was his schedule. Keeping his eyes down, he leaned into me and whispered, “Why don’t you look to see if we have any other classes together? You’re making me self-conscious with all that staring.” A small gasp slipped from my lips and it felt like the floor dropped out of the room. Not only had I been caught, but he called me out. Somehow this morning just got worse.   I reached for the paper but he grabbed my hand.  Amusement flared in his blue eyes as he pulled me toward him. He was enjoying my embarrassment a little too much. “And please, a favor?  Stop twirling that pen around in your mouth like that. Unless you have an evil plan to make me, and every other guy in here, fail this class miserably.” My shoulders slumped as I tried to fight back the humiliation that rolled through me. I looked away immediately and hid my face behind his schedule. He chuckled as he leaned back into his chair, the sound of it warmed my heart.  
About The Author
Micki
If they’d known about ADHD when I was little, my Ritalin dosage would’ve been OFF THE CHARTS!!  It goes without saying; I spent A LOT of time by myself after the teacher moved my desk out into the hallway. ** Silver lining**  With all that alone time on my hands, I used my imagination to make the world interesting.  When I was little, people said I had an "active imagination". In elementary school, teachers called me a "daydreamer".  My high school counselor said I needed to “learn how to focus" and my college professors warned me to "buckle down".  Before I knew it, it was time to “grow up”. So that’s what I did. I grew up, got married and had five kids. I work as a full time nurse, active in my church, part of the most amazing book club, blog about books with my best friend and cart small humans to school, football, theater, dance ect. Oh yeah...and write a bit when I can and now people say I’m "talented".  Moral of my story: Hug your kids, embrace their differences… love them for who they are. Someday, the traits you think are struggles now…Might be what makes them the happiest! Micki lives in small town Iowa with her husband, kids and a fat Cocker Spaniel named Joey. She is the author of Winds of Darkness, released in February of 2013 and Chasing Jenna, to be released Thanksgiving Day, 2014.  
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ AND REVIEW: For Luca (Chicago Syndicate #2) by Soraya Naomi


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Betrayal is difficult to overcome when the trust is gone.
Luca did everything for Fallon. But as the underboss of the Chicago Syndicate, he has an entire organization depending on him, and she is a weakness he can no longer afford.
When Fallon’s life continues to unravel, she will need Luca more than ever, but can she move beyond all the lies and deceit?
The pull of love still ties them together, but their secrets have driven them apart. Even after everything that’s happened, Fallon owns Luca’s heart, but the Chicago Syndicate owns his life. 
How can he be with the woman he loves yet still remain loyal to an organization that lives by its own rules, above any law? It’s a choice he can’t afford to make, and when nothing is as it seems, the ultimate decision may mean life or death for Luca.

A romantic suspense.

From Amazon Bestselling Author of For Fallon
Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards 2014 winner of Best Breakout Novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1)

EXCERPT

That evening, James and Salvatore – my Consigliere - meet Adriano and me at my penthouse where the doctor stitches us up and provides us with some pain medicine.
As we stand around my black granite-top kitchen island, I look at their weary faces.
James starts. “Any ideas who did this?”
Adriano answers as he twists his golden lighter between his fingers, “Leggia maybe? We should check with Biagio,”
“I’ll set up a meet with Biagio,” Salvatore offers while sliding onto the barstool.
James looks me in the eye. “I don’t like this. This is the first time our headquarters has been targeted. It could’ve been Leggia’s doing, but I have my doubts.”
“So do I,” I agree.
“I want you two to get some rest for a couple of days,” James orders and points to Adriano and me. “And we don’t meet in public for a couple of weeks. Capito?” Understand?
We nod and part. Everyone back to their own life.
James will be welcomed by his wife, Alessa. Salvatore’s Julia waits for him. Adriano will be happy with a whore. And I’m alone. Without her.
As much as I want to, I can’t refrain from reaching out, so I text and call her a few times during the weekend, but not one word from Fallon.


Erin's Review

Soraya outdid herself with Luca's story! Right from the beginning, our two tortured characters are trying to piece themselves back together after their break up. Fallon is a mess, and Luca does everything he can to get her out of his mind, he just can't seem to get her out of his heart though. 
There were moments, and lots of them, that I just wanted to reach through my Kindle and smack both Luca and Fallon. Though Fallon more times than Luca, I won't even begin to say what I wanted to do with him... I became very vested in these two characters and Soraya does an amazing job at painting the perfect picture of just what these two are going through.
 In a world where trust is paramount, neither Luca nor Fallon is sure they can trust one another. Trust is a huge theme throughout the entire story. The only one that Luca is sure of, is his best friend, Adriano. Fallon goes through hell in this book.She is much stronger than I thought she was. Your questions from the first book will be answered and be ready for a few surprises. Remember, in the world of the Syndicate, you have to be careful who you trust.
For Luca is the perfect conclusion to Fallon and Luca's story, and honestly, I liked it better than the first book. We get to know them so much better and understand their motives. The epilogue is perfect. It sums up their journey beautifully and for me, it makes everything come full circle. 
And although this is the end of Fallon and Luca, we will get more Adriano...yay! 
A must 5 star read and don't forget to start with For Fallon. Soraya writes a brilliant mafia story, I can't wait to see what she does outside the genre. 

About Author Soraya Naomi

I was born in South America in 1984 and raised in Europe where I presently reside with my fiancé.
I read many genres but favor intense, dark, seductive, and provocative novels where the male character loves fiercely, without remorse or boundaries. I also adore forbidden love tales and have an odd fascination with kidnapping romances. No, I don't secretly want to be kidnapped, though!
I have a passionate obsession with the written word and indulge in chocolate pastries much too often.
My debut novel For Fallon (Chicago Syndicate, #1) was released on July 26, 2014. I’m honored that For Fallon won “Best Breakout Novel 2014” in the Novel Grounds Semi Annual Literary Awards.
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REVIEW: Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly



Description

In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.
 
After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning. 
 
His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

ADRI'S REVIEW:

I want to thank Loveswept and Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we can bring you this review. 

Well let me start by saying that I liked the story over all, there were a couple of things that did bother me about it but it was very good. 

I will start with the things that I didn't like and get those out of the way first. I didn't like the Gina character, I thought she was a bitch, even though she doesn't even appear much in the story. I didn't like the fact that what Gina does to Tyler was a bit predictable. But again these are things revolving the Gina character. And lastly I didn't really see the connection of the title of the book with the whole of the story. Now let me explain that a bit. I see where the author sprinkles a bit of the game of truth or dare when Tyler and Maggie interact, but I didn't see much of a connection overall. 

Ok now to what I really liked about this story. I liked that Maggie isn't a pushover. That even though she is a bit closed off to the idea of a relationship at first she takes the pact she makes with her best friend seriously. I enjoy how much she loves her friends and is willing to do something she doesn't fully like, agree or understand to make sure that her friend doesn't do it alone. I admit that I laughed and enjoyed seeing some of the more uncomfortable encounters. I loved that after what happens with Tyler and she finds out his secret she is willing to let him go, so that he could have his chance at happiness.

Now Tyler I think I adored. There are many reasons why I loved him, but mostly its the parent in me that bonded to him. He shows that biology doesn't make you a parent or family for that matter, but love in the heart. He's willing to sacrifice his life, future, and happiness for a little boy who isn't his. And in the end all he wants is for that little boy to be safe and happy. How can something like that not melt your heart. It did mine. 

Happy Reading... Adri

COVER REVEAL: Domesticated by Jettie Woodruff

COMING 11.13.14

I was once told that I was like an animal. Animals were naturally conditioned, just like the rodent that I was, I needed to be conditioned. Aristocrats in our class had a trained way of living. Women had their place beside their hard-working spouses and weren't allowed to rock the boat.

As a small child, I believed in the preparation requirements. Once learned, a conditioned response is hard to get past. No matter how much I tried, it was a part of me - deep within my subconscious. No matter how much I wanted it to be different, it never was, and nobody could change what had been acclimatized profoundly in my mind.  

I knew what I did was wrong. I knew what I hid from the world was dirty. And I knew Garrison would never understand. However, I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t control it. No matter how hard I tried. It was always there, always a part of me, and who I was. 

This book is for mature audiences only. In other words, it is F**ked up.
Read at your own risk.


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Jettie Woodruff is a lifelong writer, living in a pretend world since she was a little girl. Jettie spent hours filling pages of spiral notebooks with a number two pencil and a wild imagination. Her very first story was a scifi of all things.
 Jettie writes more along the lines of erotica now. She likes to keep her readers on edge, and deliver a story that will pull out every emotion possible. Writing on the edge of taboo and dark, Jettie hopes to distribute an adventure you'll not soon forget.

 Married for twenty five years, raising two boys and one girl has left lots of writing material. She has recently become a grandma to not one, but two of the most beautiful little girls on planet earth.

 Jettie also hates doing this bio. That's all you get. She loves to read and write. What else is there? <3

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Friday, October 24, 2014

GIVEAWAY: OUT OF AGONY by: Lynette Endicott

Author Lynette Endicott is celebrating the release of OUT OF AGONY in paperback by giving away a signed autograph copy! Get your entries by entering below.

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Brian Van Pelt has barely survived an anguished year of loss, hiding his sorrows under the facade of a cool and uncaring attorney. Not able to deny his grief any long, heartache drives him to collapse and his life takes an unexpected turn. When Jessie Ingram comes to work at his law firm, she is intrigued by the conflicting darkness of Brian's behavior and the tender inconsistencies that hint at something deeper within him. Despite her interest, she has her own pain, supporting her niece Sara, who has a virulent cancer with aggressive treatments that take such a toll they would not be worth it — except they are Sara's only hope of survival. Will life’s hardships bring Brian and Jessie together? Will they be able to heal and possibly find love?

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ABOUT Lynette Endicott
Lynette Endicott

Lynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog. At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years. Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014. Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.
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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Rose of Thorne by Mia Michelle


Book: Rose of Thorne
Author: Mia Michelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis
When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.
Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?
 
Erin's Review
Skylar and Sebastian's story certainly isn't an easy one. Filled with emotion, drama and angst these two seem to have the deck stacked against them. 
Skylar is so sweet. She's been through so much and has stood strong throughout everything. She's the type of character you want nothing but good things to happen to. 
Sebastian, well, I have a love/hate relationship with Sebastian. While I fully get why he treated Skylar like he did, he's still an ass. But he does have his redeeming moments where you can almost forget the moments where he's a class A jackass. And let's not forget the secret he's carrying around that will destroy the one thing he can't seem to get enough of. 
The story is told in multiple points of view so you really get to know what the characters are thinking. This book is the first in a series so please keep that in mind.  A solid 4 star read for me and now I need to get my hands on the rest of the series to see where it all goes. 





Author Bio
Mia fell in love with the literary world and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.  She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required).
Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and swimming.   In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals.   She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door.
Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband and their 2 beautiful young children.
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