A Conversation with Julie Particka, Author of TEMPTING HER FAKE FIANCE

I’m hoping to get this read this weekend :) (Work? What work? ;) )

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Tell us more about your book—take us beyond the official “book blurb”.

Time to get personal here LOL. My own divorce was final 13 months ago. 2013 was the year of life changes: divorce, moving back across the state, buying my own home (and all the stuff that comes with it), trying to get my kids adjusted to a new school and new life. There were a lot of ups and downs that came with that. But one of the best parts of that year, was remembering the person I was before I got married and learning to let her live again.

That’s a big part of the heroine’s journey in Tempting Her Fake Fiancé. One of my pitch lines for the book was “Falling in love is the best revenge,” and I still think that’s very indicative of her feelings. She is furious with her ex, but more than that, she wants to get her own life together on her own terms, and I think that’s a very common feeling after a painful split.

Wow—that certainly is taking us beyond! I love how you were able to take your own experiences and turn them into a new novel :)

 

 

Give us more info about your main characters—who are they?

Stasia is a recently divorced entertainment journalist. She was the woman who met her ex in college and was swept away by this guy who seemed to know exactly what he wanted and how to get it. And then, once he had her, she felt trapped. Her ex was very emotionally abusive to her, and him cheating was actually the thing that saved her from a horrible marriage. But it still takes her a while to recognize that forest when all she sees are trees named “divorce,” and “cheating,” and “alone,” and….

Evan is an A-list Hollywood star who did the whole going off the deep end with women thing before his own sister’s divorce made him realize what a jerk he’d been to women. So, now he’s trying to make amends, shore up his career, and get everything in order to take care of his family even if his career takes a nosedive. He’s the guy who’s trying to do all the right things but really has no idea how to make it all work.

I can’t wait to meet them!

 

 

What scene in your book was the most fun to write, and why?

The strip pool scene. First, because the fact that these hotel rooms seriously have pool tables in them cracked me up. Second, because it’s the first time we really see Stasia’s shell start to crack with regard to her attraction to Evan. She wants him so much but she’s terrified of the attraction. I love when a character is battling with the gulf that divides what they want, what they think they deserve, and what they think they’re allowed.

Hmmm. I’m obviously staying in the wrong hotels! ;)

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I started getting serious about writing back in 2007. I joined a writing group, got my ass handed to me by a couple crit partners, and got really determined to improve. I sold my first books in 2010, and this is what I’ve been doing ever since.

My inspiration was two-fold. First, I was a stay-at-home-mom and I kept feeling like I should be doing something more with that time. Not that being a mom isn’t enough, but I wanted to show my kids that you can follow your dreams no matter how old you are. Oddly, writing was a dream I’d had almost completely stomped out of me when I was younger. Then I wrote a sample paper for a class I was teaching (I taught high school before my son was born) and one of my students (Hi, Amy!) told me I should be a writer. I never forgot that. And every time I sell a manuscript, I think of her.

Wow—a student inspiring a teacher! Fantastic!

 

 

What do you like best about being a writer?

This is such a broad question that I’m going to narrow it down, I hope that’s okay.

What I love best about being a romance author is the ability to let myself drown in romantic fantasy. I can tell you that the idea of some Hollywood super-hero sweeping me off my feet is a personal favorite. The guy that got away suddenly coming back and professing his undying love years later. The trip where you meet some exotic man and, whether you start as friends or enemies, things fall into place and you find your prince charming. All of those things speak to me, and I love exploring the possibilities within them.

Quite a bit of my writing (or at least of my non-romance writing) focuses on dark things. So, I like being able to push aside most of that darkness and focus on the joy of finding love when I write romance.

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What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

Even with publisher-imposed deadlines, you’re mainly beholden to yourself. There’s no one standing over you reminding you that a manuscript is due or that edits need to get finished or that a promotional plan might be good to set up. You have to have a lot of internal drive to work even when you don’t necessarily have to work. Right now, for instance, I’m waiting for word on a couple proposals before I can start on a new, contracted project. I could sit around and do nothing (or I could paint my bathrooms, which are in desperate need of facelifts), but I’m working on a new writing project instead, because at some point all my contracts will be fulfilled and I’ll have to submit something else. I want to have things done and ready to go when that time comes, but no one is going to make me do that…except me.

I can absolutely see that. I’d have to say that would be one of the most challenging parts for me too.

 

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m hoping the next Gone Hollywood book will be out next year, as well as another New Adult title (whether a direct follow-up to Fall with Me or something different). The other me (Seleste deLaney) also has a new Agents of TRAIT book in the works as well as my first foray into self-publishing with Kiss of Life. So, lots of good stuff coming down the pike.

Fantastic! A lot to look forward to.

 

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Different authors have inspired me in many different ways. One of the first people to really push me to get my work out there was Kelley Armstrong. The writing group I belonged to was on her forums, and Kelley has been amazing since the very first time I met her. She pushed me to go to my first Romantic Times convention and pushed me to pitch editors and agents. I can say, without a doubt, that if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be published.

Skyla Dawn Cameron actually published my very first piece. It was a poem in the charity anthology Nothing But Red. It’s crazy how important that first acceptance is, no matter what kind of writing it’s for. I hope she knows how much that meant to me.

And finally, I’d be a total jerk if I didn’t mention Katee Robert. Katee and I became crit partners back in…2009 I think. A good critique partner is a godsend in this business, and Katee has never been afraid to tell me when I suck. For that (and many other things), I will always value her input on anything. She makes me a better writer, and upon occasion, a better person.

You had me at Kelley Armstrong! I’ve gone to stalk see her twice—she lives just over the border from us. Mini Moe#2 and I love her books. It’s great that the (romance, but I’m sure it’s true of other genres as well) writing community is so helpful and welcoming.

 

What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz. LOVE her work. I actually was woken up by a nightmare last night (Damn American Horror Story and killer clowns) and sat up to finish the book before I could go back to sleep. (On a side note, loved the book. Then again, I love pretty much everything I’ve read from Tiffany.)

Tonight I’m starting You by Caroline Kepnes. Sadly, I don’t think this one will help get my mind off serial killer clowns though :/

Clowns are scary whether they’re killer or no…but Tiffany is amazing, I’m with you there!

 

 

Please share a favorite scene from your book with our readers.

He helped her stand, and then he knelt, tugging off her panties. Her skin glistened with sweat and her need. As he got ready to stand, he swiped his tongue over her folds, and she shivered, sagging back against the pool table. “Touch yourself for me. I want to watch you while I get a condom.” When she didn’t move, he licked again and dragged her hand forward. “Touch yourself, Stasia. Just the way you like.”

“I don’t—”

“Yes, you do. Everyone does. Only this time, you’re going to do it for me.” On his feet again, he moved toward the couch and his abandoned sweatpants, watching as she tentatively pressed two fingers to her clit and started rubbing in little circles. “Yeah, babe, just like that.” He dug in the pocket of his sweats, catching the foil packet he’d snagged earlier just in case. When Stasia arched her back, though, he almost dropped the damn thing between the seat cushions. He slid his underwear down as he approached, kicking them free as soon as he could. Her gaze fell on his cock, her previous task forgotten. “Don’t stop.”

Difficult as it was, he didn’t move any closer until she started masturbating again. Only when he was between her thighs with the condom rolled on did he shift her hand out of the way. Without a word, he wrapped her in his arms, picking her up. She wriggled against him, her goal crystal clear as he carried her to the nearest wall—the windows overlooking the Strip.

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” She cast a nervous glance at the view behind her.

“Babe, it’s the middle of the night, and we’re several hundred feet from the ground. No one is going to see us.” As soon as she was pressed securely against the glass, he eased her over the head of his cock.

“Oh God, Evan. Go slow. Please go slow.”

He wasn’t sure how slow he could go, considering how tight she was around him. For the same reason, though, he had little choice if he didn’t want to hurt her. He caught her mouth with his, tugging her lower lip between his teeth. “I won’t give you more than you can handle.”

Stasia shook her head, and her hair shifted on the glass, forming a tangled mess as her nails dug into his shoulders. “I want it all. Every inch of you.”

Even with how slick and ready she was, sheathing himself in her was the most amazing kind of torture. Both of them were gasping when she reached his hilt. Her hips shifted as she rubbed against him, her insides squeezing even tighter. He growled in her ear. “Keep that up, and I’m going to come before you want me to.”

She trembled against him. “I want you to. And then I want to do this again. And again.”

Fuck. She undid him with her words as much as with her body. If it was the last thing he did, he was going to spend the night erasing sex with her ex-husband from her memory. And he’d enjoy every second of it. “As many times as you want.”

Gripping her ass to hold her in place, he thrust into her while he nipped and kissed every inch of skin he could reach. Far too soon for his taste, Stasia’s muscles clenched around him as she came again, screaming his name. The pressure pushed him to the edge, and he couldn’t hold on. The orgasm ripped through his entire body, and he bit down on her shoulder, hard.

Phew! That’s quite the excerpt ;) Thanks so much, Julie! I’m so glad you could be here today.

Read on to find out more about Julie and her latest book, TEMPTING HER FAKE FIANCE…

 

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Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.
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Tempting Her Fake Fiance
Author:  Julie Particka

 

Blurb:  A proposition leads to compromising positions…  

Journalist Stasia Grant needs a hero. Specifically one who will help her humiliate her ex-husband after he publicly left her for another woman. In Vegas for the biggest interview of her career, Stasia is grappling with a broken heart, her cheating ex (and the other woman), and a serious need for revenge. Her salvation comes from the most unlikely place― charming and sexy-as-all-get-out action star Evan Stone.

After spending his life playing a superhero, Evan has a plan for delicious satisfaction: a fake, week-long engagement. He’ll not only show Stasia’s ex what he’s missing but gain some sympathetic publicity to turn around his image as a player. It’s win-win for them both. But neither expected the sizzling chemistry that erupts whenever they’re together. Stepping out for the paparazzi, Stasia and Evan are about to pull off the performance of a lifetime…but will they fall for their own con?

 

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New Release Review and Giveaway! CHASING LUCK by Brinda Berry (Serendipity #1)

 A new series start–sign me up for book two! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway…

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Chasing Luck
by Brinda Berry
(A Serendipity Novel #1)
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor…

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.

A loner wearing emotional armor…

Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn’t risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?

 

Review:

Chasing Luck was an entertaining read with a likable hero and heroine. Ace (short for Achilles–how awesome is that?) and Malerie have a rocky start–which leads to much snarky conversation between the two. So fun to read! I’ve got about a page and a half of favorite highlighted lines, and they’re pretty much all antagonistic we’re-going-to-snipe-at-each-other-until-we-start-kissing dialogue.

Awesome.

Chasing Luck also has an intriguing mystery and a bit of a suspense plot–though be warned, it’s easy to forget about the suspense bit until bam! it’s right there in your face for the big finale. The mystery is pretty engrossing, especially since it too culminates in a pretty intense scene.

The romance is nicely done, and the sexytimes are pretty much closed door. No complaints here, because there’s a lot of simmering chemistry and delicious romantic tension along the way. Ace is Mal’s first, and there’s a nice touch of sweetness right before the big moment–a blow-by-blow description is definitely not needed. Plus, I can pass this one along to Mini Moe #2 and still feel like a decent mother. ;)

Not everything is explained in the end–I’m not sure the mystery of the boxes needed to be, so I was okay with that–but some explanation for the uncle’s decision to give them to her would have been nice. They apparently weren’t originally picked with her in mind (or were they???), so it would have been interesting to know why he had them commissioned in the first place and what significance (if any) there was to waiting until this particular birthday to give them to Mal.

That’s the only bit that truly felt like a loose end–though it did leave me curious (and there was a perfect vehicle for JT to explain it, but oh well…) it didn’t make me feel cheated to not have it explained.

I really enjoyed Mal and Ace’s story and am looking forward to reading Collin’s (book two: Tempting Fate ). Chasing Luck was a quick and satisfying read.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.
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Book Trailer Reveal! THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden (First in the series)

Obviously, this is a completely different attic from the one in Neil Gaiman’s “Click Clack the Rattlebag”

The Casquette Girls
by Alys Arden
(The Casquette Girls #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult 

Synopsis:

Seven girls tied by time.
Five powers that bind.
One curse to lock the horror away.
One attic to keep the monsters at bay.

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After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined.

Events too unnatural – even for New Orleans – lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years, and the chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows.

Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic that links the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death – unless, that is, you’re immortal.

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ALYS ARDEN grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Cover Reveal! LOST BLOOD by Emma Raveling (Chancer #1)

If this isn’t a perfect cover to reveal on Halloween, I don’t know what is!

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Lost Blood
by Emma Raveling
(Chancer, #1)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

They are the Strange, those born of magic, myths, and legends. Beings who defy scientific explanation, whose physical and mental abilities far surpass the limitations of the human body.

When they first appeared, the world resisted, frightened by their powers. But after decades of bloodshed, humanity finally accepted that the Strange were here to stay.

A tenuous peace exists. For now.

WELCOME TO BRANNIGAN CITY

Seventeen-year-old Delaney Corbeau is one of the Skilled. As a Chancer, she uses her magic to help humans find everything from misplaced keys and hidden heirlooms to lost pets.

She can find anyone and anything…except the two people she needs the most.

Liam Connelly is an Earth Shifter and son of Brannigan City’s Alpha. When his older brother goes missing, he must turn to his former childhood friend for help. Delaney’s the only person who can locate him.

The problem is they haven’t spoken in four years.

When a reclusive art collector hires Delaney to locate a stolen antique Japanese book, her path crosses with Liam once again. Soon, the simple retrieval job becomes something much more terrifying.

An old evil is stirring and it’s determined to punish every living being in Brannigan City, both Strange and human.

Delaney and Liam will have to work together if they want to survive.

Lost Blood is the first book in Emma Raveling’s new Chancer series, featuring two unlikely allies and a mysterious, thrilling adventure set in a dark world full of monsters and magic.

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Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.

An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.

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New Release and Giveaway! AT ANY MOMENT by Brenna Aubrey (Gaming the System #3)

 The teasers make this one oh so tempting!

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At Any Moment
by Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #3)
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.

You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…

Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.

Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?

This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia’s trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels.

 

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“What’s wrong?”

She waited to answer me, keeping her gaze glued to the sky. “I can’t find Draco.”

I looked up again. There were no stars to be seen. The black of night was completely covered by the dull gray of low coastal clouds.

She took in a shaky breath and then shot me a look before her eyes darted away like skittish birds. “You told me that Draco is always in the sky—no matter what time of night, no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere. You can always find it. But I can’t see it tonight. What does that mean?”

I reached out and touched her smooth, cool cheek with the back of my knuckles. She was trembling so slightly that it was almost impossible to notice. “You can’t see Draco because you can’t see any stars tonight. It’s the marine layer.”

The breath shivered out between her lips and she closed her eyes. I continued to stroke her cheek. “I want to see it. I need to see it.”

“You just have to trust me. You can’t see it, but it’s there, I promise. Do you trust me?”

Her head sank as she lay back flat on the sand. I bent over her, looking upside down into her eyes. Our gazes locked. Suddenly it was hard to breathe. I stroked her cheek again. Her eyelids fluttered like butterfly wings. She was as delicate as one of them. As fragile. And I’d never thought of her in those terms before.

She was vulnerable. And in many ways she was at the mercy of everyone around her. Including me. My throat tightened.

She watched me for long moments, reaching up and hooking her hand around my neck as if afraid I would pull away. “You know what I love most about your eyes?” she asked.

I frowned, confused at the abrupt change of subject.

Her thumb moved across the back of my neck and I tried to ignore the tingling her light touch evoked. I wanted to pull her hand away but she was so breakable.

“They are so beautiful—your eyes. And so different.”

I sighed, tried to laugh it off. Emilia’s intensity was unusual but not surprising. It didn’t take a genius to understand why she’d be feeling somber tonight. “Men don’t like being called beautiful…”

She grimaced at me and I saw a glimpse of my Mia return. “Whatever. Deal with it. Your eyes are beautiful. In a totally manly way, of course.”

I smiled but didn’t reply.

She tightened the clamp of her hand around my neck, pulling me closer to her. Our eyes were inches from each other but I didn’t look away though intensity of her gaze made me feel like I was staring into a 1000-watt spotlight.

“They are so dark, so mysterious. I used to think of them as curtains, or shutters. To close off what was going on inside. But tonight I think of them as…mirrors. Reflecting everything. I can see myself in there.”

My breath stuttered a little. “Oh…” I answered in the smallest whisper that seemed to get swallowed up in the ambient sounds around us, the regular lap of the water on the shore, the distant hiss of the freeway even in the early morning. “Oh, you’re in there, Mia. You are most definitely in there.”

And then without thinking, just feeling, my mouth sank to hers. I was bent over her, our heads facing different ways, my top lip sealed over her bottom lip, and she opened to me and I tasted her. I was kissing her upside down. And this kiss held more than passion, more than a declaration of desire. It held love. My love. Her love. They collided like waves crashing against a barrier that prevented them from meeting. Like that rugged, unmovable jetty that protected the harbor from the worst of the weather on the south-facing coast.

“Spider-man kisses,” she murmured against my mouth. I kissed her chin, her cheeks and the tip of her nose. She referred to the famous kiss Spider-man shared with Mary Jane in the first Marvel movie. Completely unaware that Spider-man was her next-door neighbor, Peter Parker, Mary Jane had peeled back his mask from the bottom half of his face and passionately kissed him in the rain as he dangled upside down from his web. Spider-man kisses.

But was I as disguised to her as Peter Parker had been from Mary Jane? In many ways, I was. I wore a mask because this wasn’t the time for us to deal with all the bullshit that had gone on between us. My lies. Her lies. Our respective secrets. They’d created that barrier between our hearts and there was no telling if they were surmountable.

A thin, silvery tear leaked from the corner of her eye. I pretended not to notice, pulling back, stroking her cheek.

“I’m sorry…for everything,” she whispered.

“I know. I’m sorry for everything too.”

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Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)

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New Release Spotlight: STREET FOOD AND LOVE by H.A. Enri

I love this title!

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Street Food and Love
by H.A. Enri
Published by: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publication date: Summer 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.

To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn?

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H.A.’s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn’t that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine…he hopes)? When he isn’t writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted–don’t judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.’s first novel.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! COMING FOR YOU by J.A. Huss (Dirty, Dark, and Deadly #3)

 The giveaway is for copies of books one and two, so you can have them read before book three comes out :)

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Coming For You
by J.A. Huss
(Dirty Dark and Deadly #3)
Publication date: November 19th 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Thriller
Synopsis:
JAMES
Who am I?
What am I doing?
Why am I doing it?
Questions are as dangerous in my world as secrets are valuable.
Answers, however, never come easy.

HARPER
Who am I?
what am I doing?
Why am I doing it?
I’ve never asked myself a single question about my life. Not even once. I follow orders. I keep my head down. I do as I’m told. But now the choices are everywhere.

SASHA
I don’t ask questions and I don’t need answers.
I know exactly what I’m doing.
Last Christmas Eve, my life fell apart.
This summer, I’m about to get even.

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).
She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
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Dual Cover Reveal! SOMETHING RECKLESS and SOMETHING REAL by Lexi Ryan

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By New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

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He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.

I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and tonight the anonymity ends. Tonight I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.

Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

 

Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through Something Real, a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues.

She’s ninety-percent convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.

She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.

When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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New Release Review with Giveaways! LOVE’S LAST CALL by Beth Matthews (Ladies of Jezabel’s #1)

Soooo much geek love in this one–it’s a must read! (And conveniently, you can enter to win your own copy ;) )

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Love’s Last Call
by Beth Matthews
(Ladies of Jezebel’s #1)
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now, at 24, she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend UC Berkeley and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.

Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.

One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to Berkeley.

But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?

 
Review:
Such a cute and fun read–with so many awesome geeky-squee moments I totally lost count :)

 

(Norm has a Taun-Taun sleeping bag complete with guts and a lightsaber zipper pullhow did I not know these existed?)

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When I first read the blurb and saw that the hero’s name was Norman, I thought, Really? Norman?? but believe me, it totally works. His name couldn’t be anything but Norman–it’s just him. Norman’s an English major, a science fiction writer (his first book is soon to be published!), a serious sci-fi movie/comic book/superhero geek with a t-shirt collection to match, is almost freakishly tall…and a bouncer? (One of these things is not like the others…one of these things just doesn’t belong…)

 

Did I mention he makes post-coital pancakes? With vanilla extract?

 

Oh, plus he uses the word defenestration in conversation. And can give the definition. Including its Latin roots.

 

Honestly, he’s pretty much my dream guy. Sadly, Lucy’s gotten to him first.

“You know superheroes?” He beamed at her, unbearably turned on by this new revelation. A girl who looked like Lucy was a rare find, but a girl who looked like Lucy and quoted Shakespeare and read Neil Gaiman and knew her superheroes, well, that was just bordering on perfection.

 

So I really can’t blame him–Lucy is a pretty awesome heroine. I love it when books give us female characters who choose non-traditional career paths and hobbies, and Lucy fits the bill here. She wants to be an engineer, loves math, and tinkers with cars in her spare time (auto shop was the closet thing her high school had to an engineering class). The scenes where she spends time with Norm’s youngest brother Tommy–the odd man out in his “liberal arts” family–are just so sweet…in a slightly greasy and grungy way.

 

Aaaand she introduces Norm to the magic that is the movie Ladyhawke . She really is the perfect girlfriend.

 

Together these two–once they get past their “we’re too different” stage and give in to their attraction–should be a sure thing. Their unique personalities manage to mesh really well together, and of course they–ahem–mesh well in other ways too. As I always told my students, though, there’s always a “but”…

 

But shot girls and bouncers aren’t allowed to date–this has caused bad things in the past for Jezabel’s.

 

But Lucy has some major relationship hang-ups. Major. As in she’s never managed to have one last more than a month before, and “I love you” has been a phrase completely missing from her vocabulary since her father died. She’s pretty sure she didn’t use it enough before that, either.

 

But Lucy’s trying to get into Berkeley, which would mean she’d be moving away from Norm. Soon.

 

But Norm really can’t help but wonder why on earth Lucy would pick him–and the fact that she ignores him–and goes out of her way to do so–while they’re at work? Yeah, that doesn’t really help.

 

So…they’ve got a lot they have to work through. Is their relationship more important than their jobs? Can Lucy realistically hope that Norm’s willing to do the long distance thing–or maybe even move with her–if she gets in to her dream school, when she can’t even tell him those three crucial little words? Will Norm ever be able to feel like he’s enough?

 

And the most important question of all–which of my all-time favorite movie quotes will factor into their big, romantic declaration?

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Star Wars. Ladyhawke. The Princess Bride. This book brings together the perfect trifecta of 1980s movies. With great characters wearing awesome t-shirts and who collect totally cool memorabilia thrown in for good measure.

 

Such a fun read!

 

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Dare I hope we will finally learn what’s going on between Ronnie and Hank? Please?

 

Rating: 4 stars / A-

 

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Beth Matthews is a California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.

 

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Release Day and Giveaway! ALL BROKE DOWN by Cora Carmack (Rusk University #2)

Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack’s ALL BROKE DOWN! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

 

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I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curl my other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

 

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