Wednesday, September 17, 2014

~Review and Giveaway: Pulled by A.L. Jackson~




Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. 

When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side. 

Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 

"Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I'm an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I'm a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there's gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you're like me, you'll like this. Enjoy!" LitJunkie






How amazing is it to meet your soul mate at 16 years old?  That is exactly what happened to Daniel and Melanie it this wonderful, amazing book.  Daniel and Melanie have a wonderful loving relationship.  Even at a young age they know they want to spend the rest of their lives together.  Until tragedy strikes that ultimately separates them.  

Now it is nine years later.  Melanie is trapped in a loveless marriage and Daniel is trapped by a woman who wants his name and money only.  A chance encounter brings Daniel and Melanie back together.  Can they find the love that they once had without hurting the ones around them?  Can the past be put behind them and can they forgive each other?

I have read many books by A.L. Jackson and each is better than the last.  I really enjoyed reading this book!  There is so much pain and anguish between the two main characters and you just want them to find happiness.  Melanie has married the first jerk that came in her life after Daniel and he does not appreciate what he has with her.  Daniel goes from one woman to the next looking for fulfillment he will never find unless it is with Melanie.

The chemistry is so strong between Melanie and Daniel.  They had a rough start but hopefully they will finish strong.  No spoilers here!  This is an emotional roller coaster ride that will keep you up all night reading until the end.  If you are looking for a good love story with lots of drama, you should definitely read this wonderful book!

Thank you to A.L. Jackson and InkSlinger for sending me a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.  All thoughts are mine and in no way influenced my review.



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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014. 

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

~Sneak Peek of Rhett In Love~




They were best friends. Now they're dating. Will life ever be the same again?

Rhett in Love is a new standalone book coming from J. S. Cooper on September 30th.

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~Blitz and Giveaway: Finding Mr. Darcy by Erin Butler~


Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Release Date: 09/16/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.


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Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.

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~Cover Reveal: Standing By by Claudia Burgoa~

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Title: Standing By
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Release date: September 23rd 2014
 
About Standing By:
Mitch Knight
1. Loves a good challenge
 2. Never turns his back on a dare 
3. Loves to create nicknames
4. Nobody cooks better than him
5. Doesn’t believe in love.

When Parker Welsh sells Mitch Knight his organic restaurant, Willows, he not only gives Mitch ownership; but everything entangled with it. Including the annoying pastry chef who supplies the muffins and cupcakes.

Hayley Roth-Welsh 
1. Loves To-Do Lists and Five-Year Plans
2. Has her dream job of baking sweets
3. Always tries to make others happy
4. Never seems to succeed with her family
5. Is still a virgin.

Waiting for love Hayley played by her mother’s rules for the first eighteen years of her life, instead of heading to college as her family expected, she rebelled and opened a bakery, Pieces of Heaven. Her family expects her to fail and head back to school and their wish may come true once Parker sells his restaurant to the handsome, arrogant Mitchel Knight. It’s either join forces with him or lose her dream.

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Hayley “I received the email. Now go and change,” Mitch barks, as he closes his phone.
I just emailed him my end of the year numbers and for the next two weeks he’ll come daily to observe and analyze what we need to take the next step—or so he says. I’m weary about his recommendations-no-I fear that he’ll say this is a lost cause.
“Change?” My forehead automatically becomes a frown.
“You said wear comfortable clothes, these are my comfortable clothes.” I point at my Nirvana T-shirt, then my shorts and finally my flat thong sandals.
“Should I switch my thongs for tennis shoes?” “I really didn't need to know that you’re wearing a thong, unless you’re willing to show me.”
I point at the shoes. “Thong sandals, you, idiot.” Then I head for my satchel purse and walk to the door.
“Ready.”
“You’re wearing a t-shirt of a band from last century, and… can you wear something less, Today is laundry day and these are the only clean items I found.”
“As I said, these are my comfy clothes. No, I won’t choose another outfit. Unless of course, we’re heading to have tea with the queen, then I’ll think about changing my attire. What’s the plan?”
 “Tea with the queen, what does that mean?”

 “Mom’s motto. Every morning, you need to dress as if you’re going to have tea with the queen.” I did it for eighteen years, even when she was out of the country with Dad but after I left her controlling grasp, I made sure to wear what I liked.

 “For Mom specifically it means wearing famous designer’s clothing with high heels and a gallon of her expensive perfume.”

“Can you wear something in between?”

“Yes, but I choose not to.” I respond with a sweetly tone, open the door and wait for him to follow so I can lock the door.

“Are we leaving? Because as you know, my bed time is seven and we don’t have much left… unless you need a refresher on how to tell time.”

“You can be obnoxious, Miss Hayley Mae Roth-Welsh.” He heads outside.

“One of my charms.” I stick my tongue out before locking the door behind him.

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Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact. 


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~Blitz and Giveaway: Palace Hills~


Palace Hills by S. Briones Lim 
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: September 9th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Palace Hills. The very name struck shivers down the spine of the affluent city of Goldendale.
Unfortunately, eighteen-year-old Nina Sharman has no choice but to call the poverty-stricken neighborhood her new home.
Life seems bleak until a chance meeting with Conner Hale changes her mind and captures her heart, leading her to believe that maybe Palace Hills wasn’t so bad after all.
However, one tragic case of mistaken identity changes everything and leads to an event so horrifying that Nina believes she could never recover.
Choosing to leave Conner behind, Nina vows never to return to Palace Hills again.
Five years later, Nina has a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life. Yet, still haunted by the ghosts of her past, Nina finds she must return to Palace Hills to put an end to a nightmare, which has haunted her for years.
Upon her return, one vital slip in judgement threatens to bring the life she had worked so hard to build to come crashing down.



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Thanks to her Mom's unwavering devotion to read a bedtime story to her every single night throughout her childhood years, S. BRIONES LIM's love for books began before she could even speak. Author of the Life Force Trilogy, S. Briones Lim's other obsessions include time with family, POPCORN, sketching, movies and her pug, Tobi. She currently lives on the East Coast with her husband and continues to write everyday.





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 Meet Nina Sharman. A newly turned 18-year-old caught in the throes of a new neighborhood and a new love interest. Though Nina had been raised in the upscale city of Goldendale all her life, she is no force to be reckoned with nor is she spoiled or uptight. On any given day you can find her wearing a simple tank, shorts and flip flops accessorized with a pocket knife.
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Meet Finley Conrad. He’s the guy you hope to meet in college. Intelligent, sweet, funny, caring and genuine – you’d never be able to tell he grew up in a stuffy rich family. Unless of course you take into account his everyday wear.
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~Blitz and Giveaway: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair~


Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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My feet stop moving and I whirl to face him. "Why did you do that?"

His face is pinched, eyes droop at the corners. "Because I thought you wanted to. I thought you … ” He pushes his hair back again, even though it still lies in cowed submission. “You were so close, and when you looked at me with those eyes—”

“So, it’s my fault?” I throw up my hands with an exasperated cry and keep walking.

"No. No, that’s not what I’m trying to say. It was just … I misunderstood, and I’m sorry. Wait, wait. Let me apologize better." His voice almost sounds sincere … almost … enough to make me halt.

"I promise I won't come on to you again. I won't touch you, make suggestive remarks or, or do anything else—like other stuff I can't think of now—that's inappropriate. I'm sorry. I guess maybe I misunderstood because … never mind. I have a big mouth and I’m impulsive sometimes. What can I say? I’m Italian." He shrugs and buries his hands in his pockets. Like that excuses it—a faulty impulse control switch and Latin genes he can blame whenever he’s called out.

I cross my arms and cock my head. "Why should I believe you? Cause it was that bad? Back there?” I can’t look at him anymore, wish I had just nodded at his apology and dropped it. My face blazes, and all I want to do is run away from him, to the ladies room, to splash cold water on my cheeks and wash away the awkward memory and my even more awkward reaction. I need to shut up, shut up, shut up.

"What?" He chuckles and the sound echoes through the hallway. "Is that what you … aww, hell no." He raises his hands, palms out. "That is so not what I meant." He moves a little closer, and glances around as if to make sure we're unobserved. In a hushed voice, he says, "The kiss was fantastic, amazing, fabuloso, but I shouldn’t have done it. I promise, I swear even, I won’t do it again. I’ll never try to kiss you or touch you … unless you ask me, of course." He shifts to face me. “I am a man of my word. You can trust me.” His smile fades. “Please trust me. Alright?"



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Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

~Review and Giveaway: Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams~


The Outsider Chronicles, #2
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New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Release: September 9, 2014
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When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.
He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.



Liv Bennett is a 22 year old college student running from her past.  Leaving her hometown that she affectionately calls Death Valley, she is working and putting herself through college in California.  When she gets a disturbing phone call from her younger sister, she only has one option, to return home.  With her drug addicted mother missing, Liv must take over the motherly duties of caring for her two younger sisters.  She is going to make sure that they don't end up like their mother and fall in love with a deadbeat.  Death Valley boys are off limits!

Liv is surprised to find that the Goods' family still lives next door.  She is even more shocked to learn that the handsome and mysterious Will Goods has returned home from the military to take care of his ailing mother. 

With no jobs in this deadbeat town and bills to pay, Liv must take on a job to make some quick cash for her and her sisters, especially after one is found shoplifting necessities.  Liv will do what she must so her sisters won't have to.  What she doesn't expect is her instant attraction to Will Goods.  He is not like she remembered and she finds herself breaking her own rules not to fall for a hometown boy.  But Will is hiding secrets of his own.  Will his secrets tear them apart or bring them closer together?

What an emotional ride.  I enjoyed this book  immensely.  Liv is the tough girl, who has raised herself and never had anyone to depend on.  She drops everything to come back home and take care of her sisters, who have been abandoned.  Will is the bad boy next door, who grew up during his time in the military and now has to take care of his mother.  These two have so much in common even if they don't want to admit to it.  Will is amazing, so sweet, patient and kind.  He evens out Liv's trust issues and helps her to see that not all people are bad.

The surprise for me was Will's secret.  He wasn't exactly hiding it from her, he just didn't volunteer the information.  I was shocked!  I did not see that coming.  

Nicole  Williams is an amazing author and her Outsider Chronicles Series is a smash hit.  I would recommend everyone to read this incredible book and I am impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.

Damaged Goods is the second book in The Outsider Chronicle Series.  It can be read as a stand alone book.

Thank you to the author, Nicole Williams and Atomr Promotions for providing a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. 




About the Author

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.




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