New Release Review and Giveaway! STROLLERS & STILETTOS by Nana Malone (In Stilettos #4)

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Title: Strollers & Stilettos
Series: In Stilettos, #4
Author: Nana Malone
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Summary:

What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

Chronic list-making, event planner Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family.  What she didn’t expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

When reformed playboy Alec Danthers Westhorpe married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

 

Review:

Strollers and Stilettos, the fourth book in Nana Malone’s In Stilettos series, continues the story of Jaya and Alec (from book one, Sexy in Stilettos ) and looks for an answer to the question how is life after the HEA? Does the “H” continue?

The novella works as a standalone, though fans of the series will definitely enjoy a look into the future lives of the heroes and heroines of the previous series books–all three sets play a role in this one.

Strollers takes place six months after Alec and Jaya’s wedding, and things aren’t quite going as planned. Alec, having made some major changes to adjust to their life together, is working far more than Jaya would like and out of town a lot. They’re reduced to stealing moments when they can get them (supply closets will never be seen the same way again!) but neither is feeling quite satisfied. Jaya’s been making offhand comments about starting a family someday, but Alec worries that there’s more of his father in him than he’s ever been willing to admit.

What if he won’t be able to pull off the role of family man either?

When a surprise baby shows up at Alec’s hotel, their lives become even more chaotic. Alec’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, even though he’s sure–well, reasonably certain, anyway–mostly–that Alexa’s not his. Jaya, seeing only a child in need, wants to care for the baby while her mother is found. Alec believes CPS is a better choice.

When the foster family she’s placed with appears overburdened, Jaya finally gets her way. But Alec, still searching for the absent mother with a sick feeling in his stomach, refuses to even touch the baby. Is it a sign of things to come? One Jaya would be wise to heed?

The mystery of the baby’s origin is eventually solved, though parts of the drama aren’t quite sufficiently explained.

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Still, there’s a happy ending for everyone involved, and both Jaya and Alec learn some important things about themselves and each other. By the book’s end, the two are back on their path to a lasting HEA.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

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

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About the Author:NanaMalone

USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of twenty novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

 

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway! UNETHICAL by Jennifer Blackwood

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by Jennifer Blackwood
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

A new adult romance from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Love burns hotter the second time around…

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels’s family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother’s death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn’t forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.

As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.

 

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I cracked my knuckles and waited for Andrew to take his tongue out of my ex’s mouth.

He wiped his lips with the back of his hand, and a wide grin spread across his pretty-boy face.

Fucker.

“Hey, Blake! Have you met Payton Daniels?” Andrew motioned to the girl who left me broken and forgotten.

Yes. I knew her all too well. I chuckled at the irony of the halo perched atop her auburn hair, the soft curls cascading over her shoulder. How could I forget her? When I flew to Mexico for my graduation trip, she was my loving girlfriend. And when I got back… Well, I came back to nothing.

Her green eyes opened so wide they looked like they might pop out of her head. Yeah, I’m surprised to see you, too, little Miss Runaway.

Wait, Daniels? That was her mom’s last name, not her dad’s. Interesting. Stretching my neck, I decided I needed to keep cool. I couldn’t freak out on her, not here. Her hand on Andrew’s abs was all the explanation I needed, making my time spent agonizing about what I could have done differently the past two years a complete waste.

“No, I’ve never met Payton Daniels before.” Payton flinched when I emphasized her last name. Of course she did. To me, she would always be Payton Cooper. I’d go along with her charade for now. Her pleading look liquefied some of the ice that had hardened my heart the past couple years.

The ice wall solidified again when Andrew slid his arm around Payton’s waist. She leaned in to his touch, and I wanted to punch a hole through a wall.

I stuck out my hand, pretending I had never met her. She extended hers, and we shook. “Nice to meet you.” My thumb skimmed over her knuckles, and her skin, albeit a little clammy, was just as soft as I remembered.

Payton’s voice cracked. “Nice to meet you, too.” She started to pull her hand away, but I tightened my grip. Her mouth thinned into a hard, narrow line as she stared at our interlocked hands.

Seriously? What did she have to be mad about? My stomach muscles tensed like I had done ten rounds of 8 Minute Abs, and the dormant anger that lingered in every crevice of my body heated to a steady simmer, ready to erupt.

I let go of her hand, and she smiled at Andrew, batting her eyes. What a bitch. Who did she think she was, prancing in here, going googly-eyed for the fraternity’s token manwhore? The lingering warmth of her touch burned my clenched fist.

“Blake and I are fraternity brothers.” He stuck out his hand, and we did the A Sig handshake.

I figured small talk would tear her focus away from blatantly eyeing Andrew’s abs. Her hand kept sliding across his stomach like a windshield wiper set to slow-mo. “Payton, what’s your major?”

Andrew’s eyes laser focused on her cleavage, and I was two seconds away from tearing one of the cardboard clouds off the wall and beating him over the head with it. I couldn’t stand the way he looked at her, the same way he looked at every other girl he was about to—in his words—take to “pleasure town.” This also meant I’d be kicked out of our room for the night.

“I’m majoring in biology with a focus on pre-med.” Her response was robotic. This had been her answer since middle school. Right up until she did her little disappearing act. And now she had magically reappeared.

Abraca-fuckin-dabra.

 

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Cover Reveal! FILTHY BEAUTIFUL FOREVER by Kendall Ryan

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RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 12, 2015

 

Collins Drake exercises control over all facets of his life. From his business, to satisfying his physical needs … it all happens on his command.

So when a woman shows up at his door and reminds him of a promise they made each other when they were just ten years old, it shouldn’t have the ability to rock his entire world.

Yet it does.

Because Mia Monroe wasn’t just his childhood best friend, she wasn’t just the girl he lost his virginity to and hasn’t seen since, she’s the one exception to his perfect control. And piece by piece, she’s about to tear apart his carefully laid plans.

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She’s a sassy yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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A Conversation with Patty Maximini, Author of THE REASON I STAY (with a Giveaway!)

Out now! Read on to find out all about Patty and her new book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today!

Thank you so much for having me. I’m super excited to share a bit of The Reason I Stay with you.

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

Let’s see . . . I’m a hopeless, sappy romantic. To me, ninety percent of the good in the world comes from Disney. I believe in superheroes with all of my heart. I think that soup is something you should eat all year round, and finally, I think that the best way to be happy is by being ourselves and helping others to be themselves.

Excellent!

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? ;)

The main characters in The Reason I Stay are Lexie and Matt, and they are absolute opposites. Lexie is an upbeat, responsible, caring small town girl who takes her life into her own hands and works hard to get what she wants. As for Matt, he’s a fun loving, whiskey drinking jerk who doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself. The only thing they actually have in common is that neither of them is afraid to speak their minds, which often makes for interesting—and explosive—dynamics.

If stranded on a desert isle, Matt would make sure he’s got a nice supply  of Jack Daniels, because there’s no way he’d go through that sober. As for Lexie, she’d be fine as long as she had some chocolate.

Mmmm. You had me at “chocolate”.

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Being a Disney girl, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that true love can change even the most screwed up people and bring about the best version of ourselves. To me, that life altering love is incredibly romantic and inspiring. The idea of Matt and his love story with Lexie definitely came from that.

Can’t go wrong with Disney! ;)

 

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

Although I’ve always loved to make up stories and spent my whole life keeping journals, I started writing novels two years ago. I never thought that writing for a living was a possibility until I started reading indie books like Easy (Tammara Webber), Love Unscripted (Tina Reber) and the Slammed Series (Colleen Hoover). Those authors were just regular women, like me, who decided to take their passions to the next level. They gave me the courage to give it a go, and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did.

Publishing has certainly changed a whole lot in recent years. Indie books have really given us some gems!

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

I think my favorite part is being able to write at home, in comfy clothes, with my cat on my lap. A close second would be making fictional people fall in love. I’m a deeply romantic person and having the opportunity to experience that awesome new love feel over and over is the best thing ever.

I think the most challenging part is juggling writing with my personal life. Writing is so much fun that I easily get lost in it, and if I’m not careful, I’ll forget to do my other obligations.

Being able to wear comfy clothes while working is a definite plus!

 

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

At the moment I’m in the early outlining stages of a still unnamed book. I’m extremely excited about this project. I think it’ll be very different from both Exception and The Reason I Stay, but in a cool, challenging way. I’m already anxious to get it into readers’ hands.

Along with this new, unnamed project, I also have a novella featuring Lea from The Reason I Stay planned. I’m also super excited about it because she was a character that stole my heart. And I’m sure that writing Matt in his pre-Lexie, bad boy prime will be lots of fun.

Sounds great—and very busy!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

That’s a mile long list, but my top five are: Easy by Tammara Webber, every single book written by John Green, Colleen Hoover, Love Unscripted by Tina Reber and The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

Great list!

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I just started Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I’ve been dying to read it since the book came out, but since reading within my genre while I’m writing is a bit hard for me, I only got to it now. Colleen is one of my favorite authors, and as always, she’s not disappointing. I love her ability to create connections between her characters that are at the same time so simple and so intricate. Also, she has the best sense of humor.

True—I loved Colleen’s Slammed series. Maybe Someday is in my TBR…

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

I talk too much which makes writing tweets really hard for me, but let me give it a try . . .

“Sometimes love is hard and stubborn and painful, but it’s The Reason I Stay.”
Nice! 140 characters is a challenge, isn’t it? :)

 

AUTHOR BIO:Patty

Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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by Patty Maximini
Publication date: September 10th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.
Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.
Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

Those are the values Mathew Rogers built his adult life on and plans to spend the rest of his days honoring. In his pursuit of happiness, he embarks on a one year journey where he’ll have to prove he can live by his values and rely only on himself.

Four months and thirteen days later, due to a series of unfortunate events, he finds himself in the rickety town of Jolene, Alabama. There, he meets Lexie, a waitress with some serious attitude and values of her own.

Never underestimate the healing power of chocolate chips.
If it walks and talks like a jerk, it’s definitely a jerk. Stay the hell away.
When in doubt, go with a smile and kindness. It goes a long way.

Taken by her beauty and personality, Mathew questions all he’s ever known and, much to his surprise, begins to give a damn about someone else for once in his life. The problem, however, is that Lexie seems to despise him.

Desperate to get his life back but unable to get in his car and drive to the next unplanned destination, Matt stays in Jolene. In the midst of arguments, unlikely friendships, new values and heartbreak, they’ll both try to find a reason to stay.

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New Release Review: THE DOCTOR’S FAKE FIANCEE by Victoria James (Red River #3)

Another great installment in the Red River series!

The Doctor’s Fake Fiancée
by Victoria James

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Their marriage bargain is just what the doctor ordered…

 Former surgeon and self-professed life-long bachelor Evan Manning has one thing on his mind—to reclaim the career that a car accident stole from him. But when he’s forced to return to his hometown of Red River, Evan comes face-to-face with the gorgeous woman who’s haunted his dreams for the last year—the woman he rescued from the burning car that injured his hand. Now Evan needs her help. In a month, he’ll have the job opportunity of a lifetime…he just needs a wife to get it. Artist Grace Matheson is down on her luck again…until she walks into Evan Manning’s office. When her sexy former hero hears that she needs work, he offers her a job and a home—if she’ll pretend she’s his fiancée. Grace knows she shouldn’t fall for him. Once the month is up, Evan will be back to his old life. But the more time they spend together, the more real their feelings become—and the more likely heartbreak is.

Review:

Reading the teaser blurb for this one at the end of The Best Man’s Baby, I knew I was going to have to read this one ASAP. But I was going to have to wait, of course…

And oh, Evan’s story was so worth the wait!

Sure, the inciting incident hinges on some pretty big coincidences (namely, Grace, trained as a medical receptionist, showing up at Evan’s office the day his other one quits), but hey, I can absolutely live with that. They served the purpose–to get Evan and Grace together–and the story was just a whole lot of fun to read, with characters it was so easy to root for.

(And fortunately, Mini Moe #2 was upstairs for most of it, sleeping off a cold so I didn’t have to keep explaining every time I laughed out loud, said, “Awwwww…”, or uttered any of the other involuntary noises of enjoyment I made while reading. Teenagers. Always so nosy. Not to mention critical, as they interrupt my reading time.)

Evan Manning is the classic “thinks he knows what he wants but he’s dead wrong” character. Unable to continue his career as a surgeon due to the accident, he’s all set to take over as CEO of a group of private plastic surgery clinics. First, though, he’s back in his hometown for one month, filling in for the man who inspired him to become a doctor in the first place. He’s only there marking time before moving on–he resents his chatty patients, wishes his brothers and sisters-in-law weren’t quite so busy-bodyish, and believes he is, as his father often told him, bigger than the small town he grew up in. He knows having a family isn’t for him, and the only kids he gets along with are his niece and nephew. (Contemplating his awkwardness around children, he reflects that, “Luckily for him, they [Ella and Michael] probably assumed his weirdness was due to the gene pool he shared with their fathers.” An LOL moment.) Nothing, he’s sure, could ever be more important to him than his job.

Oh, and then he thought those four words that are a death knoll to the singlehood of romance heroes everywhere. As he considered his plan to get Grace to agree to be his fake fiancee to better his chances at being hired on as Medcorp’s CEO, the words, “What could go wrong?” ran through his head.

Yep. They caused me to snort unattractively. Obviously he doesn’t read romance novels.

I loved the character of Grace. She’s funny and friendly and honest and always puts her son first. She volunteers at the places that have helped her in the past–like the shelter she and her mom stayed at–even though she herself is only a step or two above the women there whom she is helping. She ties her hair back with a Spider-Man shoelace and writes her very detailed daily “to do” lists in crayon. Heck, anyone who can refer to herself (referencing her curly auburn hair) as “[Ronald McDonald's] older, crazier-looking, dark-haired sister” is going to be a favorite in my book.

Christopher was adorable, and had a tendency to steal the scene when he showed up. At times his conversation was a bit too adult to be believed, especially when he’d call Evan “Dr. Nevan” in the next sentence, but those parts were few and far between. Revealing all of his mother’s secrets, though? Totally spot-on. (And as a former preschool teacher, I can just guess what he was saying at school–poor Grace!)

The family relationships were some of the best parts of this novel–Evan and his brothers, Evan and his niece and nephew, Evan and his sisters-in-law, Grace and Christopher–their interactions were at times touching, sweet, and wickedly funny. (The conversation Evan and Quinn had about buying Jake a pink box of tissues? Another snort-laugh moment.) These scenes all rang true, and made it a joy to read.

And of course the romance was just so sweet and sigh-worthy. Until it isn’t. But then Evan eventually pulls his head out of his butt and figures out what he really wants–and sigh.

I read The Doctor’s Fake Fiancee in an afternoon–I couldn’t put it down! Victoria James is quickly becoming a must-read for me.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / B+

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

Release Day and Giveaway! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY by Heather Lyons

Holy cannoli! It’s here! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons’ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!! THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy. This is Alice as you have never seen her before…

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis:

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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“Do you find my ability to converse lacking, Doctor?”

He chuckles softly, no doubt remembering how I wasn’t chatty with anyone, himself included, for the first month of my stay. To be fair, it is difficult to carry on an invigorating discussion when one is shaking so hard from withdrawals they fear they might shatter into thousands of painful pieces before a single word can be uttered. Plus, there was the whole bit of how once I did open up, I raved liked a lunatic about things no normal person could imagine being true.

“Certainly not,” he says to me. “But as I must stay at the Pleasance and you must go forth into the world, it will do you good to practice on somebody new.”

“Then send in one of the orderlies. Or one of the nurses. I’ll happily chat with a staff member.”

One of his bushy, out-of-control eyebrows lifts high into his forehead.

“There are people out there who are quite content being solitary,” I point out. “Who do not need to converse with anybody but themselves and their dogs.”

He sets his pen down. “What about cats?”

Rigor mortis sets in ever so briefly at this question.

“You father said you were quite fond of cats growing up. There was one in particular that you favored. Dinah, was it not?”

“I’m—” I have to clear my throat. “Lately, I wonder if perhaps I’m more of a dog person after all.”

 

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz and Giveaway! PROFILE by @JAHUSS (Social Media #5)

Check it out–book 5 is here! Plus, a giveaway and a cover reveal for book #6, HOME!

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PROFILE (Social Media #5)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 22, 2014
Novella (100ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.

Sometimes not even a prince can save you.

Excerpt:

I stand at the top of the landing, watching Conner make his way through the crowd of police and witnesses, and just as he opens the door to exit the building, a familiar dark-haired girl gets up in his face.

She’s one angry chick. Her manicured finger is pointing, her sensible nurse shoe is tapping, and her electric pink scrubs make her very hard to ignore. Even for Conner, the master at indifference.

He stands still for a moment as the girl says something, and then he turns and points straight at me.

And that’s when I see her face.

Bebe Chambers.

She actually pushes Conner out of the way, almost mows down a uniformed police officer, and heads straight for the stairs.

I look over at that asshole detective to see if he’s gonna stop her, but he’s sporting a smug smile. OK. Here we go. My very first in-person meeting with Bebe the BFF and it’s not gonna be pretty.

“You,” she accuses me loudly. Loud enough to make people stop talking. “You are the reason she’s gone.”

I walk down the stairs slowly and put on my movie-star smile. “Miss Chambers. It’s unfortunate that we have to meet under these circumstances—”

“Oh, no,” she says, putting her hand up as I reach the bottom of the steps. She’s tall. A lot taller than Grace. And she’s seething. “You do not get to pretend like we are meeting under normal circumstances, Mr. Asher.” My name comes off like an insult. “My best friend was fine for ten years and you come along and rip her life apart in a matter of weeks. If something happens to her, I will—” And then her eyes well up and tears burst forth. “I’ll… I’ll make you pay somehow. If she’s hurt. If that freak has her again. If you did something to her and dumped her body—”

“Whoa, Bebe. You can’t really believe that I’d hurt her?”

“I really can, Mr. Asher. I read that spread about you in that magazine. They paint a pretty convincing picture of a sociopath.”

“Socio—” I can’t even say the word. “Look, Bebe. I love her. I realize we’ve had an unusual start to our relationship, and I understand that there are some very unique problems we have to work through. But you can’t really think I’d hurt her.”

“Then where is she?”

“I don’t know.”

“Her entire Filthy Blue Bird account is gone from Twitter! Just gone! She was on there for years! And now it’s gone!”

“Miss Chambers, is it?” That asshole detective appears by her side. “We’ve contacted the corporate office and we’re trying to retrieve her account, if that helps. We need to make sure there’s no more incriminating evidence against Mr. Asher before we allow it to be deleted. Come, have a seat over here and let’s try and piece together what might’ve happened.” Bebe is led off and takes a seat on the couch I slept on last night. I follow them, but the detective stops me with a hand. “You stay there. I’d like her opinion without your interference.”

Interference? Now I’m interference?

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INTRODUCING HOME – the FINAL book in the Social Media series.

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HOME (Social Media #6 – FINAL BOOK)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

 

Description:

I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look likewith me in it.I just want to move on.I want to plan the future and think about kids and preschools and college funds. I want everything she ever wanted, and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions.You can’t change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you’ve silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won’t stay buried forever.

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FOLLOW (Social Media #1)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: August 27, 2014
Novella (151 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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LIKE (Social Media #2)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Novella (85 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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By @JAHuss
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Novella (90 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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STATUS (Social Media #4)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Novella (115ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

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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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Release Day and Giveaway! TWO BLUE LINES by S.C. Montgomery

S.C. Montgomery has a new book! Check out S.C.’s excerpt, and all the fun details about the book, and make sure you enter her fantastic giveaway :)

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Two Blue Lines Synopsis:

His fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice.

What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you?

Lied to everyone?

Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one. And now, he must decide for himself . . .

Man up or walk away?

SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable.

***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.

 

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Excerpt:

We were going to be Reed and Melissa again today. Not parents-to-be. Not the kids who screwed up. Not the scared idiots who didn’t know how they were going to raise a baby.

Just us.

My plan? To excavate the Melissa Summers who didn’t worry about being adopted. I wanted the girl back who loved horror movies and junk food and hot pink and koala bears and that boy band that made me gag and laughed at my dumb jokes. And who was my best friend who loved me.

Selfish, maybe. Necessary, I thought so.

I drove into the glowing horizon until we reached our destination with its signature arching sign and the slowly spinning Ferris wheel, and she sat up with a kid-like grin. “You’re kidding!”

“Nope.”

I hopped out and rounded to open her door. “My lady.” I helped her out then whisked her against me and pressed my lips to hers, swallowing her surprised squeak. It only took her a moment to melt against me, her arms circling my neck, her fingers threading through my hair.

I tilted my head, deepening the kiss, tasting her unique sweetness, sliding my tongue along hers. She pressed against me, her little moans rippling down my flesh, riding my nerve endings like electrical shocks.

I loved this.

I loved her.

Call me a sap, but I couldn’t help myself.

 

 

S C Montgomery Bio:

SC Montgomery is a self-proclaimed nerd and readaholic. She has dabbled in telling stories since she 89480010was very young by letting her imagination play out with her Barbie dolls and her bestie many a weekend. She also writes Contemporary adult romance under the pen name Shauna Allen, and it was in one of those novels that the YA bug bit when she wrote in a teenager loosely based on her own son. Her first story, Lines in the Sand, was penned as a gift for her mother, but was published with her blessing, and it’s just taken off from there.

SC is married with three teenagers of her own, who give her plenty of inspiration and advice, and are a constant source of laughter and new terminology. Besides writing, she loves reading, movies, singing and dancing reality shows and going to the beach.

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New Release Review and Spotlight: DECONSTRUCTING LILA by Shannon Leigh

Shirtless cowboys…can’t go wrong, am I right?

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She’ll bring him to his knees…

Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn’t want to be wrangled?

Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he’d rather forget.

When Lila’s restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.

 

Review:

Deconstructing Lila has an interesting structure–Lila and Jake’s modern second-chance romance, told in the narrative, parallels that of Lila’s ancestress Prudence MacIntyre and her rancher significant other, Luke Gentry, revealed through journal entries and Pru’s relationship “lessons”. I enjoyed the dual stories–a bonus historical romance within a contemporary–though I would have liked to have gotten a lot more detail about Pru’s life than we actually do. I suppose, though, that Lila got more page time since technically it’s her (and Luke’s) story–but still. The life of an 19th century madam would be pretty fascinating to read about.

There’s a touch of mystery in the novel–just who sent Lila the journal? She also has some fairly major family surprises along the way. Jake, on top of dealing with the fact the girl he drove away is back once more, is also due for his yearly doctor’s visit–is the reason that he sent Lila packing also back? Oh, and did I mention that Lila’s trying to buy and restore Pru’s former “house of ill repute”, which was slated for the wrecking ball, and Jake’s crew is the only one in town qualified to do the work?

There’s a whole lot of drama going on in those 300+ pages.

But…it was pretty slow moving drama. I liked the characters–Granny in particular was a hoot–but on the whole neither Lila nor Jake ever seemed to really get invested in their problems, which made it hard for me to get overly emotional about them either. In the end, both the contemporary and the historical plots are resolved fairly abruptly, with their individual crises ending so easily it’s almost as if the obstacles were never even there at all.

This was my first book by Shannon Leigh. Though it didn’t quitework for me, there is definite promise here–I’d be more than willing to give another of her books a try in the future.

Rating: 3 stars / C+

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

Excerpt:

Jake saw Lila the minute she pulled onto the site. His heart completed a painful three-sixty in his chest as he watched her long legs appear from underneath the car door, followed by her torso encased in a clinging white cotton tank.

She was a fragrant tropical breeze blowing through the desert. And he was a man in need of relief.

He watched her climb the steps to the pad, her light- colored trousers hugging the rounded shape of her bottom.

He felt an immediate response from below, a tightening of his balls inside his jeans, a pulsing he didn’t need at the moment.

Turning his back on his her, Jake studied the plans of the house under construction. The dimensions for the garage swam before his eyes as he listened to Otis greet Lila.

He couldn’t make out their conversation, but the soft melody of her voice comforted him, reassured him in a way he hadn’t felt in some time. She had the ability to do that, put him at ease with the simple sound of her voice. To Jake, Lila represented home. No matter where they were, what they were doing, as long as she was there, he was home.

 

 

 

 

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Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers.  Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white, ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city.

She’s been writing since Jesus was a small boy, but recently found a home with the uber wonderful folks at Entangled Publishing.

When she’s not writing fiction, she writes features for local magazines, sells real estate, and runs around with a particular 11 year old known as “The Boy.”

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It had always been her…

Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.

The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.

Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.

Excerpt:

Snarling, he tore his mouth from hers and jerked away, sitting at the far end of the futon. With hands that shook, he rubbed at his face.

Son of a bitch.

“Lizzie…fuck. I’m sorry.”

A harsh intake of breath reached his ears and the last thing he wanted to do was face her, but that was what he made himself do.

The minute he turned his head to look at her, she surged up off the futon, moving across the small office to stand by her desk, head bowed, arms wrapped around herself. “Get out,” she said, her voice quiet.

Too quiet.

“Lizzie?” Wincing, he climbed off the couch. “Look, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have—”

“Don’t.” The word was pure steel and it caught him off-guard, for a second.

But just a second. Because while Lizzie was soft and sweet, under all of that, she was steel. She always had been—he’d figured that out when he hadn’t chased her off within the first few hours of meeting her. Now, as she turned and looked at him, tears glinted in her wide, dark brown eyes, but nothing could hide the fury, and the hurt, in those eyes.

Fuck, he thought miserably. Rising from the couch, he lifted a hand only to let it fall uselessly to his side. “Lizzie, I’m sorry. I didn’t—”

“I don’t want to hear it!” she shouted, cutting him off.

He had to duck to avoid the little potted orchid she sent flying his way. And damn, she still had a good throwing arm.

“Do you hear me?” she said, her voice starting to shake. “I don’t want to hear. I get it, okay? Nobody wants me. No fucking body. I’m fine as a doormat for Noel as long as I let him treat me like shit, but he doesn’t want me. Neither do you. I get it. Okay?”

Stunned shock rippled through him as she shoved her tumbled hair back from her flushed face. Her eyes shot sparks as their gazes clashed. “I get the point. You’re a fucking hound dog and I know that. But I’m not good en—”

He caught the rest of her words with his mouth and when she went to shove him back, he caught her wrists, too. Sinking his teeth into her lower lip, he backed her up against her desk. “Not want you?” he muttered against her mouth. “Are you blind?”

She tried to turn her head and he tangled a hand in her hair, yanked it back. Her pupils flared, her mouth falling open on a startled moan. “Give me your mouth, Lizzie,” he said and then, without waiting, he took it, thrusting his tongue deep.

She bit him and he responded by letting her wrists go and catching her hips, boosting her up with one arm while he used the other to swipe out against her desk, clearing it with one careless gesture. Lizzie worked her hands between them and although he didn’t break away from her mouth, part of him held his breath—waited.

When she reached up and tangled her hands in his hair, he snarled in savage satisfaction.

Lying her down on her desk, he broke away. Her hands clutched at him and he caught them, shifted her wrists to one hand and pushed them up over her head. Then, as he held her gaze, he reached down and freed the top button of the top she wore. With each successive button, he bared more and more skin, pale, pretty skin, lush curves, her breasts cupped by silk and lace and his brain almost exploded as he flicked a look from her face downward to study those ripe curves.

“My hands are shaking,” he said, struggling to keep his voice from doing the same as he trailed his fingers along the delicate lace design of her bra, watching as a soft blush pinked her flesh and started to climb upward. “I’ve dreamed about touching you a thousand times and now I am and my hands are shaking…”

Now he looked at her, watched her throat work as she swallowed.

“And you think I don’t want you.”

You own me

Author PhotoAbout Shiloh Walker:

Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched in April 2014. Look for the newest book Deeper than Need, to be followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.

She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

 

 

 

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