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Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Blast- 'Evan Elemental' by Crystal Groszek




Book Info-
Title: Evan Elemental
Series- Evan Elemental Book # 1
By-Crystal Groszek
Publication Date- May 3, 2013
Genre- Paranormal Fiction/Romance

Blurb-
Seventeen-year-old Evan O’Fion has it all: excellent grades, shining extracurriculars, and a loving family that wants nothing but the best for her. The problem is, something is missing. For as long as she can remember, there’s been a hole inside of her that she can’t quite fill, not with drugs, or drinking, or mosh pits. It’s a hole too deep to fix and it’s slowly consuming her.

When a terrible tragedy rips away everything she’s known, Evan is sure she’s going to lose it. Then a mysterious package arrives and it changes everything. After a lifetime of feeling powerless, Evan is now the keeper of a power greater than she could have ever imagined and it scares the hell out of her. It also has her questioning everything she thought she knew about her parents and her past. On top of it all she has to face a new town, new home, new school, and a sexy dangerous guy…or two.
Dealing has never been her strong suit, but Evan is up for the challenge; especially when her life and her newfound power are on the line. How she’s going to handle it all and come out alive, she has no idea; but she’s stronger than ever and she’s not going down without a fight.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: Charmed by Cambria Hebert

 Charmed
Death Escorts #2
By Cambria Hebert
Expected Publication Date: July 22nd, 2013
Genre: Mature New Adult Paranormal Romance (17+)


Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning? 

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again. 

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. 

He was wrong.

Life or Death?


About The Author


Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper.

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series and the Death Escorts series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. 

Cover Reveal & Giveaway- 'The Man Without Rules' by Tyffani Clark Kemp



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Girls *Heart* Books Tours Release Day Blast: 'Love, Exactly' by Cassandra Giovanni





Love, Exactly
By Cassandra Giovanni
Published: June 20th, 2013

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.

Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.

With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?


About The Author


Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Love, Exactly, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hearken by Kristen Day

Cover Reveal: Long Road, Full Speed Ahead by Emily Walker

Long Road, Full Speed Ahead
By Emily Walker 

A young girl struggles with abuse, addiction, and abortion all while trying to go to school. Somehow she hits rock bottom and finds an unlikely love story.

Grace finds herself with a toxic friend and a brand new hobby when she discovers meth. She had a promising future before Grayson came into the picture. A wolf in sheep’s clothing he soon shows his true colors and they are painted with black and blue.

The drugs cause more problems than they fix, but lost in the intoxicating world of numbness she must find herself through abuse, addiction, and abortion. Will she let the drugs take her out of the world, and be forever numb, or will an unlikely love pull her out and make her feel again?



About The Author

Emily Walker loves creating worlds and stumbling around in them. She is constantly losing her chap-stick, and has an obsession with the color pink. Currently a resident of the mountains and loving the view she writes mostly paranormal fiction, and horror. Her small family consists of her red bearded other half, a rat terrier named Rebel, and a cat called Mr. Creepy.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Manic by JA Huss + Giveaway

Manic 
By J.A. Huss 
Rook and Ronin #2 
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract! 

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.

Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? ;)

Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her good are on display, and you’ve Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!


And don't forget to check out the awesome book trailer!



And now, because we love you guys, here's a giveaway!


About The Author


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.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

AToMR Tours: Good Vibrations by S.L. Scott- Review


Good Vibrations
Welcome to Paradise #1
By S.L. Scott
Published: May 8th, 2013

I grab her exploring finger just as it reaches my happy trail—a trail that if I let her wander down further will lead us to do things we can’t take back. Things like three-word phrases being confessed that would end me if I was rejected. Things like selfishly wanting to own her body and doing things to her that would make my fantasies blush. And things like making her promises too soon that won’t do either of us any good. She makes me want a future that’s not possible, and one I don’t deserve.

Listening to my ego got me into this situation. Will listening to my heart get me out?

Cover Reveal: Wrecked by H.P. Landry

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Being Kalli by Rebecca Berto

Being Kalli 
By Rebecca Berto
Publication date: TBA
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

There are two things you should know about Kalli Perkins.

1. She’d rather do it in public than be alone with a guy.

2. She loves her little brothers more than her mom does.

Kalli doesn’t pretend to be a good girl. At nineteen, she’s never been in love and doesn’t ever intend to be. She has her issues handled. She’s managed to keep the secret of what happened to her nine years ago from her mother, although her mother’s usually high anyway and barely notices Kalli or her little brothers.

One night at a party, Kalli makes a bet with her friend, Nate, that could change everything. Their friend, Scout, tells them there’s no uncrossing the friendship line once it’s crossed—even though they were both drunk. But Kalli can’t imagine how anyone could want her damaged self for anything more.

She didn’t count on Nate. Nate’s very capable of satisfying her not only under her clothes, but in her heart, too.

She just doesn’t know it yet.



About The Author


Rebecca Berto is a new adult contemporary romance author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

GHBT: Bluffing the Devil by C.L. Foster- Review & Giveaway



Bluffing the Devil
By C.L. Foster
Expected Publication Date-May 2013

After losing her fiancé to a freak accident, Alexia Riley decides to swear off relationships and focus her energy on conquering the male-dominated sport of professional poker.

When Alexia finds herself being visited in her dreams by a mysterious new man, she begins to wonder if her world is slowly starting to unravel around her.


Tested by a double-dealing nemesis on the tables and tempted by a mysterious "dream man", Alexia soon contemplates making a deal with the Devil to rid herself of these torments. What bargain will she strike with the Dark Prince to get what she wants? As temptation for a mysterious dream man weakens her resolve, a desire to defeat her greatest rival beckons her. Will she sacrifice her soul for victory? Love? Or does she want something else entirely?


The stakes have never been higher for Alexia than they are when she is bluffing the Devil.



HOLY. MOTHER. OF. LUCIFER.

I just... I cannot wrap my head around...

I am totally thrown... I don't even know how to explain my undying love of this book. And I was very worried to start it, because C.L. Foster is one of my new favorite people to stalk, and the thought I might not like her book made me want to cry. But thankfully, I can definitely continue to fangirl over her all. day. long. and disturb her awesomeness with my creeperness and everyone can be happy.

Bluffing the Devil is (a terribly evil story) about Alexia (Lexi), a woman who lost her husband to "a horrible accident" (no spoilers, sowee) and lost herself in the world of professional poker, and falls in love with a man she "made up" (again). I am making this book sound ridiculous aren't I? I know I am. But honestly, after reading it, I feel like everything I say is a spoiler. Foster is one of those shedevilgeniesquirrelninjas who can have the truth dangling in front of you the entire time and you don't even realize. Which I LOVE.

And on top of this having an awesome plot, I love the writing style, and Lexi is one of my new favorite characters. Such a smart ass with her Devil May Care (pun intended) attitude, and her passion for one of my favorite card games. Ugh. Is it legal to marry a book? No kidding?

Five stars is insulting to this novel. 5,000,000! 5,000,000,000,000! I cannot add enough zeros. Just. READ IT.

 My Rating:

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About the Author- 
CL Foster is a brand new writer with big dreams and lots of avenues she wants to travel.

Originally from Florida, she has lived all over the world, but has settled down in Pennsylvania.... for now! She has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology and Forensics. Which means you don't want to cross her because she knows how and where to hide a body so it's never found!


She proudly admits to hearing voices in her head, but at times, her characters' impromptu visits can be rude and annoying. Thankfully, she has adequate patience for their shenanigans and can out ninja them any day of the week.


Links-

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1920252.C_L_Foster
Twitter-https://twitter.com/CLFoster1
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCLFoster

Friday, June 7, 2013

GHBT Cover Reveal: The Green Bayou Series by Rhonda R. Dennis


Going Home
Green Bayou Book #1 
By Rhonda R. Dennis
Publication Date-August 3, 2011 

Paramedic Emily Boudreaux believes New Orleans is the perfect place for a young trauma junkie to see some action. Things start out fine enough, but years pass, and the job brings nothing but strife. Emily decides to make a fresh start by returning to her roots. She moves to the small town of Green Bayou, Louisiana. Thinking she will find peace and tranquility, Emily quickly learns that her imagination steered her wrong. Small town life offers far more tumult than she remembered! Mystery, excitement, deceit, and passion run rampant along the murky waters of Bayou Assumption. She struggles with the decision of which man to love: her amazing, new Paramedic partner, Jacob Templet or her handsome, former high school sweetheart, Deputy Pete Bergeron. Her ultimate struggle won't involve the decision of which man to be with. It is a quest for her personal survival! Praying to get out of a disastrous situation alive, Emily hopes that going home won't be the wrong decision.













COMING SOON!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Rhonda Dennis is proud to be born and raised in South Louisiana. Her enthusiasm for the uniqueness of Louisiana’s culture is evident in her writing. Even though she loved writing, she put it on hold to work in the medical field. 

After starting a family, she went back to college where her passion was reignited and Rhonda wrote her first novel, Going Home, Book One of the Green Bayou Novel Series. Rhonda lives in a small town in South Louisiana with her husband, Doyle, and her son, Sean. She appreciates the outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and loves cooking.



Thursday, June 6, 2013

'Take Care, Sara' by Lindy Zart Blog Tour-Top Tens & Giveaway



Top Ten Book Crushes


Honeymoon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning


Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole


Red by Erica Spindler


Final Scream by Lisa Jackson


Charade by Sandra Brown


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare


The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare


Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver


Divergent Series by Veronica Roth



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'Take Care, Sara' by Lindy Zart Release Day Blast


Title- Take Care, Sara
By- Lindy Zart

You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know is gone.

Sara Walker knows firsthand what it feels like to have your reality ripped away, scrambled, and shoved back at you in an undone puzzle where pieces are missing and nothing fits. She's lost so much and is struggling to live and to find the strength to forgive herself for being human. With the help of Lincoln, her husband's brother, Sara realizes it's not about finding who she used to be, but about finding who she is now.
You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know isn't gone, but reborn.
Links-


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About the Author-

Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Sizzling PR: Heating Up Hawaii by Carmen Falcone Excerpt



Heating Up Hawaii
By Carmen Falcone
Published: May 3rd by Breathless Press

There is just one person standing between Penny Ashrook's dream of opening her own PR business or being stuck at her job--the formidable Luc Leoni--her first lover, and the man who lets nothing and no one get in his way. Seeing him after so long brings all the hidden emotions after a life altering break-up to surface. Pain, denial and...lust.

Luc has made many sacrifices for his career, including Penny Ashbrook, the woman who set his aspiration back a year, but now she has returned and is more alluring than ever. After all these years, he thought a self-made billionaire as himself could master everything, but to resist the strong pull toward the one woman he can't have is an impossible task.

When this unlikely pair is reunited they will have to face the many challenges set in their way, especially an attraction has only heightened with time and a deadline quickly approaching. Can their new bond surpass old--and new--fears?
Add Heating Up Hawaii to you Goodreads To-Read List HERE.

And now, an excerpt from Heating Up Hawaii.

          Only a few more months. Penny Ashbrook pressed her folded arms on the metal rail of the rooftop bar. She looked at the pallet of orange, yellow and pink colors dipping into the background as the sun set behind the Dallas skyline. A few more months, and she'd be debt free–and not just monetarily.

          Although each day would stretch into the length of a decade, she knew she could handle it. Hell, hadn't she done just that for the past six months? She'd kept her head high and chin up even though her boss's passive aggressiveness often drove her crazy. She'd pretended not to listen when small-minded coworkers whispered behind her back. At thirty, wasn't she too old to be the talk of the office?

        With a sigh, she stood straight and squared her shoulders.  The much-awaited networking happy hour was not the place for a therapy session. She glanced around her. A sea of people occupied the large outdoor area. Elegantly attired men and women sought new contacts and hot leads while munching on caviar hors d’oeuvres and overpriced liquor.

         She decided to stare at the blinding sun one more time, in hopes of extracting enough energy to walk around and get moving. After all, her client list wouldn't just materialize in front of her, would it? She'd had to fight hard and strong to get where she wanted to be.

         "Penny, I've just run into an old friend of yours," her boss, Charles Dawn, told her while his fingers lightly touched her elbow. He prompted her to turn toward him and the tall, broad-shouldered man standing next to him.

         Penny flashed her signature smile and squinted to get a sharper view of the man in front of her. An oversized palm tree shadowed him.

         She guessed he was at least six feet two, which put her at a disadvantage at only five feet six. His dark gray designer suit looked tailor-made to fit the planes of his large chest, and good God, legs that went on and on. 

         Old friend? She couldn't remember having friends that looked this intimidating—old or current. If she was honest with herself, the few friends she had, all vanished like dust after she'd called off her wedding.

         But this man… He took a step in her direction, the setting sun illuminating his face as he moved out of the shade. She glanced at him like her eyes were old-fashioned camera lenses, capturing his features in slow motion and adjusting to his figure. His lips, sensual and rich like his clothes, twitched. As soon as her gaze collided with his, her heart skipped a beat for a few seconds only to resume and pound its way out of her beige linen dress.

         Luc Leoni.

         It couldn't be, could it? To see him again after all these years.

         Oh, but it was…

         Penny stared into his two-colored eyes—one lighter than a clear blue sky and the other reminiscent of murky seas. Yes, even they were ambiguous.

         "Luc." She cleared her throat, and noticed a couple of fine lines around his mismatched pair.

         "Penelope." Luc's velvety voice was like a warm caress. His French accent alone lured women to drop their underwear by his bedside. His deep pronunciation of her name hadn't changed… Pen-ay-looh-paay.

         Penny stiffened her back, offered him a professional handshake under Charles Dawn's ambitious grin. Although she wished she could kick Luc Leoni where he deserved, she had to swallow her resentment and go along with it.

         Luc took her hand in his larger one, and heat coiled low in her stomach. But instead of a professional handshake, he pulled her closer with a swift movement and leaned down. He kissed her on one cheek, his warm lips brushing gently on her skin. The whisper of a touch between his stubbled chin and her other cheek belted a wire of electricity into her system.

        Penny smelled his earthy masculine cologne, where rich woodsy notes blended with a light citrus. Luc Leoni was a fantastic gift wrapping for an unworthy product. 

        He stepped back.

        This can’t be my imagination… The hot breeze ruffled a few lustrous black strands of his hair, warning her that it was all too real.

        "What a small world," Charles said. "I did fail to ask where you two know each other from." 

About The Author


Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.




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Saturday, June 1, 2013

GHB Tours: Chaotic by CA Williams- Review & Giveaway




Book Info-

Title-Chaotic
Series- 
Book #1 of The Imperfect Perfection series
Genre-New Adult, Contains Mature Content, recommended for 17+
Expected Publication Date-May 15th 

Blurb-

Adelaide McGregor was spinning out of control, in a world of pain that no one knew anything about. She put up a front, displaying a picture perfect girl that everyone wanted to be, but no one was truly there for her. Then she was sent away to live near her grandparents due to bad behavior when her mother decided she just didn't want to deal with her any longer. Without a penny to her name and no where else to go, her life was uprooted to North Carolina. Everything seems to be changing for the better with her fresh new start until she meets a guy who flips her world upside down all over again. Sometimes you have to make it through the struggles of imperfection in life for everything to come out as complete perfection, but Della hasn't quite learned that lesson yet.


Okay. Where shall I begin, here. *hmm* First, I want to say, I am in total Cover Love with this book-- I mean, look at it? And to be honest, I hate book covers with faces on them...or flowers...I hate them. But this! I love this one-- I can't explain WHY this is my favorite cover of the year, I really can't. But I adore it.

Along with the cover, I have never seen a book with a title that fits so perfectly. I want to tell you how literally chaotic this book is, but I feel like it's a pun... Is it? Pfft. No fair.

Anyhow. Where was I? Oh yes, a review. A review of this wonderful book. With wonderful characters. I love them all. But I truly love Della. Even if she is typically the girl I hate (how dare you make me LIKE these things, Williams? This book is everything I usually loathe and you handled it so well I'm in love...hehe), she is awesome as all get out. 

GAH. Beautifully written with loads of twists and blows, Chaotic will leave you speechless and desperate for more. Williams is an author to watch! <3

My Rating:

5 Stars

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Author Info-

I am a stay at home mom to two crazy little boys, with another baby on the way.(Finally Pink!) I've been married to my high school sweetheart for almost six years now and he is my biggest supporter. I've always had a love for books since the time I first started reading and started swapping books with my mom when I got a little older. My love for reading turned into a love for writing and I've enjoyed every second of it.



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