Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cover Reveal, Part 2: The Kiss-Off by Sarah Billington

Yep, I have another cover reveal for you today!  This is for books one and two of The Kiss-Off series by Sarah Billington.  I have heard great things about this author, and while I haven't read her full-length books yet, I have read her adorable short story Life Was Easier When Boys Were Stupid, which left me wanting more!  The Kiss-Off covers were designed by Billington Media, and the cover reveal was organized by Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours.  Sarah has also organized a huge giveaway, which you can enter at the bottom of the post.




The Kiss-Off (Book 1)
Sarah Billington 
Genre: YA Contemporary

WARNING: Sexual references, occasional coarse language.

When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. 

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. 

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

Add The Kiss-Off on Goodreads and buy it at Amazon.



The Kiss-Off 2: Over It (Book 2)
Sarah Billington 
Genre: YA Contemporary

Warning: Sexual References, occasional coarse language.

Teen Youtube song writing sensation Poppy Douglas's lead singer boyfriend Ty's been criss-crossing the country and living it up on tour for months while Poppy has been stuck in the boring suburbs, finishing out the school year.

But it's Summer now, and the best thing just happened: Poppy's royalties for writing the hit song The Kiss Off just came in. She's minted, and she knows just what she's going to blow it on.

Ty's band Academy of Lies are headlining a summer music festival, and Poppy is taking her girlfriends along for the best weekend of their lives. It's all organized: the weekend is going to be full of camping under the stars, backstage passes, VIP rooms and partying like rock stars, not to mention some long awaited one-on-one time with America's favorite front man.

Except, when someone drops out of the trip and Poppy takes the opportunity to mend a broken friendship, it doesn't quite go according to plan. And when she meets her boyfriend's BFF from another band, the paparazzi form their own totally wrong conclusions. There's also the matter of Ty's 'super fan' stalker, but the less said about her the better.

The biggest test of all comes in the form of an opportunity too good to pass up. But will insecurities and jealousy stand in Poppy's way? Can Poppy and Ty's relationship even survive it?

Life is about to get much more complicated for Poppy Douglas, but what can you expect when your boyfriend is a rock star?

Add Over It on Goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story.

She writes predominantly light Young Adult fiction under her name, Sarah Billington, but if you're interested in something a bit darker and scarier she's got some of that for you too.

Sarah loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, fly ball and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!. She has also become known as "the zombie girl" because of her fascination with all things zombie. She doesn't quite know how that happened, but she's going with it.

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Cover Reveal: To My Hero

I am very excited to help reveal the cover for awesome author Danielle Sibarium's upcoming release To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together.  I loved Danielle's first book, For Always (coincidentally the MC is named Stephanie!), and her next two books, Heart Waves and Breaking Waves, are on my why-haven't-I-read-this-yet list.  I've talked to Danielle a little bit about To My Hero and it sounds like it's a very special book for her; the cover's gorgeous, the synopsis intriguing and the format sounds really interesting too, so I'm really looking forward to this one.



It would’ve been different if I had courage, even an ounce of it. But I was a coward from the day I met you, Ryan Crowley. I still am. In the end it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the same. It’s my fault. 

When the unthinkable happens Carly Cavanough is left beaten, betrayed, and devastated. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Her parents won’t listen. Everyone in her life turns against her. She’s completely alone, except for Ryan Crowley, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She won’t admit to him what she can’t admit to herself. But he understands without words. He knows more about what she’s going through than she can possibly imagine and he knows what it will take for the healing to begin. 

With Ryan’s help Carly begins to piece together the fragments of her once perfect life and embarks on a journey of love and healing, just long enough for the rug to be pulled out from under her again. Can she find the strength and will to pull herself together to save Ryan and herself when their lives are on the line?  

To My Hero is expected to release April 21st, 2013.  Add it on goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.

Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.

Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.

In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
 In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She Has since released Heart Waves and the second book in the Heart Waves series, Breaking Waves
Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.  Visit Danielle at her websitegoodreads page, and twitter.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Quick Thoughts on Ebook Serials, and Mini-Reviews of In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater

Ebook serials--i.e., stories published in 10 to 20,000 word "episodes" that add up to a complete story--seem to be increasingly popular right now.  I've actually just started three: Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn, In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater, and Great Exploitations by Nicole Williams.  And while I don't think I'd want to read every book this way, I'm finding I'm really enjoying these!  I've never been a huge fan of short stories, but I am a fan of shorter works I can read in an hour or two, and serials offer the best of both worlds--the more developed story and characters of a novel, but separated into easily digestable chunks.  And no, it's not the same as reading 50 pages of a novel, putting it aside to read something else, then coming back to it--good serials do feel like they have a beginning and a bit of an end to each episode, even if it's a cliffhanger end!  And actually, the endings of all three series I've read so far were extremely well done--I never had that "wait, where's the next page" feeling I've gotten from plenty of full-length books.  I also think the serial format works very well for books that require a lot of world building, like Debt Collector--I might get impatient or overwhelmed with detail if I read it all at once, but again, it's the easily digestable chunks thing.  Overall, I feel like serials are a nice palate cleanser between longer books, they give me something to look forward to, and I like the idea that if I keep up with the episodes, I'll end up reading entire novels without really realizing it!

Now I have mini-reviews for the first two episodes in Rhiannon Frater's In Darkness We Must Abide serial...

Episode One: Death Comes Home



So much fun! I loved the creepy gothic feel that managed to be both modern and deliciously old-fashioned, with references to the novel Dracula, classic horror films, and more. Even though the episode is short, it gives us insight into two dangerous situations occurring on different timelines, and I'm so eager to see what happens! I feel like the lush, dark, gothic storytelling lends itself particularly well to the serial format. This is my first introduction to Rhiannon Frater's writing after hearing so many great things about her, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I'll be seeking out more of her work!

Episode Two: Death in the Shadows


Death in the Shadows continues the deliciously dark, modern gothic tale begun in Death Comes Home. In this episode, the danger multiplies and the stakes rise... I really grew to like Alisha more in this episode, and I love that Rhiannon Frater has created such strong female characters in Alisha and Vanora. I also love the way the author weaves in aspects of traditional vampire lore and stories--this tale feels very grounded in the gothic tradition of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, while also having a modern edge to it. One new development that really intrigued me in this episode was the idea that vampires feel emotions more intensely than humans. I'm curious to see how Frater develops that throughout the series.

I'm not sure if the serial form has traditionally been used for horror fiction, but it works really well for this story. Can't wait to read more!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Tragic by J.A. Huss

I'm excited to help reveal the cover for TRAGIC, a new adult contemporary romance by J.A. Huss, releasing May 20 2013.  The author designed the cover herself (darn these multi-talented authors!), and the cover reveal was organized by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.


I LOVE the tagline and the flower border!  Here's a bit more about the book:

Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks.  Some girls get parents.  Rook got the foster care system.  Some girls get Prince Charming.  Rook got an abusive frog.  Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it.  Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look.  The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy!  He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio. 

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world.  It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

TRAGIC is a new adult contemporary romance.

Add to Goodreads here.

And here's the book trailer for TRAGIC!




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.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Precious Things Teaser

Another Precious Things teaser...I wanted to share this snippet with you because I *hope* it will make you start to fall in love with Evan Strauss a little bit!  This is Isabelle's second Intro to Electronic Music class--Professor Barton is the (kinda assholish) teacher who's going over beats/rhythm, and Evan is the TA who usually just observes during Barton's lectures.  Enjoy!


Between the professor’s irritation, the students’ growing confusion, and the hot, stale air in this room, it feels like we’re inside a pressure cooker hurtling toward a boil.  And that one person is clapping off the beat again…
            …and Professor Barton appears to have spotted him or her, judging by the purposeful way he strides toward one end of the classroom.  As soon as I—and the rest of the class—turn our gazes to follow his path, the wayward clapper becomes painfully obvious.  It’s an older Asian woman, at least in her fifties if not her sixties (I guess community college classes make good retirement activities?), and it’s just as painfully clear that she has no idea she’s clapping at the wrong time.  This heavy, sinking feeling hits me in the stomach as Professor Barton gets right in the woman’s face, clapping like he’s aiming for her nose or eyes, his own eyes gleaming as if he’s fully awake for the first time all day.
            The woman gives an uncertain smile, and her hands begin to shake as she realizes she might be doing something wrong.  She claps even louder, smacking her palms together as though she can force her way onto the beat, but instead her claps come just after each of the professor’s, like an awkward echo.  The rest of us keep clapping too because, well, we don’t want to make it worse for her.  At least that’s my motivation.
            Please, please, just let it go, I plead inside my head, but instead Barton puts a hand up and tells the class to “Stop for a minute.”  He leans down a bit so he’s eye level with the woman and says, in that patronizing tone often used to address young children, the elderly, and non-native English speakers, “You’re off the beat.  Can you hear the beat?”
            She nods uncertainly.  “The beat.  Y-yes.”  Judging from her accent, she might not be a native English speaker, which would make this whole disaster even worse.
            “Show me,” Barton demands.  “Clap.”  Then he mimes a clapping motion like she might not understand the word.
            The woman responds with a few broken, shaky, definitely-not-on-any-beat claps.
            “That’s not a beat.”  Barton looks like he’s about to grab her hands and clap them for her.  “A beat is—”
            “—something we should probably have gone over first, before we moved into syncopation and drum patterns and all that.”  It takes me a second to recognize the voice, and the lanky but powerful form that’s wedging a space between professor and student.  Because for a minute or two, I’d actually forgotten Evan Strauss was leaning against the wall, witnessing all of this.  But now he’s ditched the wall—and his detached, couldn’t-care-less expression—and inserted himself right between Barton and the unfortunate clapper.  “A beat,” Evan goes on, clearly addressing the entire class and not singling out one embarrassed woman, “is an even division we use to mark time in a piece of music.  The beat can be fast or slow, and it can speed up or slow down, but generally we try to keep it steady.  Like the steps you take when you’re walking, or the rhythm of your breath.  Or your heartbeat.”
            My heartbeat’s anything but steady right now, but still, I get what Evan’s saying.  Especially when he adds, “Beats and rhythms are ingrained in us.  Instinctive.  But only when we’re given the time and space to feel them.”
            Okay, so his speech was a little cheesy, but damn, did Evan just give it to Professor Barton.  Evan’s voice is calm, low and steady, yet I can see his anger in the set of his shoulders, the long, taut lines of his arms.  And when Barton spits back, “By all means then, Mr. Strauss, show us how you would teach it,” it’s clear he’s equally pissed.  If testosterone were visible, it would be rolling off these two in waves and kickboxing in the air between them.
            Evan nods and moves toward the center of the room, away from the poor woman who’s probably decided to drop this class, and with every step he takes he also forces Barton farther from her.  Once they’ve reached the teacher’s desk, Evan turns toward the class and continues his explanation of beats as if he was never interrupted.  And Barton just hangs back and watches, scowling the entire time.      
            When Evan gets us clapping again, that woman is still off the rhythm, although she’s much quieter about it this time.  Barton jerks up, ready to intervene, but Evan shakes his head and begins to roam the classroom as he continues clapping.  He stops in front of a few random students (not me, thank God) and watches and quietly critiques, until at last he reaches the older woman.  My heartbeat stutters again; I’m afraid he won’t be able to help her, and the professor will humiliate both of them. 
            Evan lowers himself to the woman’s level—though not in the patronizing way Barton did—and as he claps and nods his head, I swear I can sense him thinking and feeling the beat so hard, he’s transferring the rhythm to her.  And for just a few magical seconds, she claps in perfect time with him.  I doubt she’ll ever be a virtuoso percussionist, but—she got it. 
And Evan very wisely chooses that moment to end his lesson.  

Picture Perfect Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Picture Perfect ebook giveaway is...

HEATHER COULTER

Congratulations to Heather, and thanks to everyone for entering!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Another Cover Reveal: No Attachments by Tiffany King

Yes, I have another cover reveal for you today!  I am very excited to help reveal the cover for Tiffany King's NA contemporary NO ATTACHMENTS, releasing April 30. The gorgeous cover was designed by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations.



Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.
Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.
Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?
Add NO ATTACHMENTS on goodreads here.
About the Author
Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy.
She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: Alaskan Nights by Nadia Scrieva

I have been *obsessed* with Alaska ever since I read Julie of the Wolves in elementary school, so when I see a book that has something to do with Alaska, I automatically add it to my to-read list!  Now Alaskan Nights sounds like a much more *adult* story than Julie of the Wolves, but it also sounds really, really good!  And to make it even more impressive, author Nadia Scrivener designed the cover herself!  Today's cover reveal was organized by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.



Publication date:  March 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

When Brynne left Alaska, she promised herself she would never go back.

The day after graduation, she got in her beat-up Honda Civic and drove down the west coast to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood makeup artist. Growing up in a rural fishing village with dirty, rundown buildings, and dirty, rundown men, she longed for the glitz and glamour of the silver screen. She had no qualms about leaving behind her dysfunctional family and her nowhere-job at her mother's fishing tackle shop. She didn't even think twice about leaving behind the cute boy who came in to buy gear almost every day, shamelessly flirting with her and always leaving a generous tip. Well, maybe she thought about it twice; but she knew that a relationship with Callder Murphy would only be bound to lead her deeper into nowhere. She was sick and tired of being nowhere—and no one.

Brynne set out, determined to prove to the world that she was much more than just a fisherman’s daughter. Unfortunately, her luck and tip money ran out in Seattle when her car broke down. Exhausted from the stress of travel, she decided to take a waitressing job in the city for the time being. “For the time being” ended up being far longer than she would have liked. That was four years ago. Now, a call from home has alerted Brynne to some bad news. She needs to get back to Soldotna promptly, but she has been living paycheck to paycheck and can’t even afford a plane ticket home. Enter a ghost from her past as her knight in shining armor. Unexpectedly showing up outside her restaurant in a red Ferrari, Callder is determined to take her home with him, and keep her there for good.

* * *

Perpetually drunken playboy, Callder Murphy, is currently loaded. Of course, that’s only because he stole his big brother’s credit card. He was off in Vegas, doing what he does best (absolutely nothing) when he received the call from home. A name he hasn’t heard in years pulls him out of his mindless haze of stumbling from one wild party to the next: Brynne Ambrose needs his help. Pleasant memories of the rude, tomboyish, and completely adorable girl-next-door come rushing back to him with a vengeance. He drops all of his shenanigans and cleans up his act instantaneously. He uses his brother’s credit card to buy an impressive car, and sets out to win over the girl of his dreams. He knows he’s no good for her, but he can’t stay away.

Callder has been waiting his whole life for the opportunity to be her man, and he’s not going to let her slip away again.
Add Alaskan Nights on goodreads here.

About the Author

Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.  Nadia has a degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She likes knives. Her writing always features powerful females and (mostly) honorable male characters.  "Ms. Scrieva is clearly a very talented writer with a natural gift for weaving beautiful, sometimes lyrical prose that kept me entranced for hours." - Stacy Decker, Goodreads reviewer 

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Cover Reveal: Precious Things

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers taking part in today's cover reveal for my upcoming NA novel, Precious Things.  On a side note, I love New Adult but the acronym always makes me think it's "non-applicable..."!!!

Anyway, thank you to Neryda at YA Bound for organizing the reveal, and in case you haven't seen the cover elsewhere, here it is!


You can add Precious Things on Goodreads here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Twisted Summer by Lucy V. Morgan

I am very excited to reveal the cover for Lucy V. Morgan's upcoming dark new adult romance, Twisted Summer.  Lucy has a hilarious, adorable short romance, A Beautiful Mess, available for free on Amazon, and while Twisted Summer sounds very different, I'm hoping I'll enjoy it just as much!  The cover was designed by Kenny Wright, and the cover reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.



Twisted Summer
Lucy V. Morgan
Publication date:  March 31st 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance


Synopsis:
You have to understand that we never meant for it to happen. We knew it was stupid. We knew it was wrong.

Eighteen-year-old Danni Warren has big plans for her last summer before college: a cool job, a concert she wouldn’t miss for the world, and spending time with her beautiful girlfriend, Esme. But after one hell of an argument, Danni’s mother packs her off to stay with her estranged step-uncle, Gabe, in his lodge on the coast. So begins a weekend of the worst punishment imaginable: no phone signal.

With his sunkissed good looks and sarcastic manner, twenty-nine-year-old Gabe isn’t anything like Danni expected. She wants to hate him—he’s her punishment for standing up to her mother—but between surfing lessons and beach hikes, they grow close. Maybe too close.

Now Danni’s questioning everything: old family secrets, her future, her strained relationship with Esme. One sun stained afternoon, Gabe and Danni go too far. And then everything else falls apart…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 Lucy writes sharp contemporary fiction. She is a Lyrical Press author and a screenwriter. When not torturing her characters, she swims a lot and reads a lot more. She's still trying to kick her dirty Pepsi habit. 

Lucy is working on two new novels and her paranormal television series, BLOOD FIZZ POP, has been optioned by Midsummer Films.

Initially, Lucy thought that talking about herself in the third person would seem pretentious, but finds she is DRUNK ON THE POWER. She will now be going for a lie down. 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Blitz: Trust in Me by Bethany Lopez



I am SO excited to be taking part in the book blitz for Trust in Me by Bethany Lopez, the third book in the Friends and Lovers series.  I just read the first book in the series, Make It Last, and I LOVED it!  It was so sweet and enjoyable and fun, and exactly what I needed to read right now.  I'm definitely picking up the two sequels soon!  Today I have an excerpt from Trust in Me and a little more info about the series.  Enjoy!



Trust in Me by Bethany Lopez
Series: Friends & Lovers #3
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.

Rich never expected to fulfill his dreams in the town he planned to leave behind, but that's just what he's doing. His reputation as a noncommittal ladies' man might make it challenging to earn respect in the business world, but he's willing to prove that he's serious. In fact, when it comes to pursuing Roni, he's more than willing. But she's taking a page out of his book, not wanting to risk another relationship. Can he convince her that his playboy days are over and that she can trust him with her heart?


PURCHASE: 

And now...an excerpt from Trust in Me:




She walked inside and spun slowly, inhaling deeply as she moved. The fresh paint and varnish smelled like hope. She perused the room, touching every surface, trying to convince herself that this was real. This time her dream was going to come true.
            As thoughts of Hank crept back into her mind, she lifted her leg onto the bar and began to stretch, not even conscious of what she was doing.
            She felt foolish for believing he loved her, even after he’d started to hit her. He was the only man she ever kissed. The only man to ever touch her. She felt cheated thinking about it.
            Roni felt unsettled and out of sorts. She needed something to bring her out of this funk. Something to prove that she was still desirable, that this divorce wasn’t an ending, but rather, a beginning.
            Roni stretched a bit more as her thoughts ran rampant in her head. She heard the front door shut, then the lock being turned. She walked quietly to the door of her studio and saw Rich turning from the front door.
            She walked a little more loudly out into the hallway, causing him to start and turn.
            “Shit, Roni,” Rich said with a quick laugh. “I didn’t know you were in here. I thought I was alone. When did you get…?” Before he could finish his sentence, Roni catapulted into his arms, her lips fusing onto his.
            Rich stumbled back a step, taken off guard, before he caught himself and began to return her kiss.
            She could tell he was surprised, but she had to hand it to him, he went with it.

About the Author:

AUTHOR BIO
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.




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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Verse Day



Today's Verse Day post is hosted by Holly Thompson, verse novelist and author of ORCHARDS and THE LANGUAGE INSIDE.  I've had Holly's books on my to-read list for a long time, and I really hope to get to them before the end of this summer!  Holly will be posting about the verse novel panels at the AWP conference in Boston, and I'm eager to hear what aspects of verse novels are being discussed at professional conferences!  The post will be up at Holly's blog here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Blitz: Picture Perfect by Camille Dixon



I'm very excited to participate in the book blitz for PICTURE PERFECT by Camille Dixon, hosted by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.  This book looks dramatic, different, fun, and steamy!  I do feel like, since my blog is called "Stephanie Parent, YA Author," I should mention PICTURE PERFECT definitely sounds like an ADULT book!  If you're still interested, read on, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!




Publication date: March 26th 2013
Genre:New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
On the outside, Devin Thompson looks like he has it all - charm, good looks, and a scholarship every art major at Sanhope would kill for. But on the inside, he’s dying. His family is falling apart, his grades are dropping, and his girlfriend just dumped him for his hockey team rival, who also happens to be his younger brother. Not to mention he hasn’t been able to snap a decent picture for his senior portfolio in weeks. But when a sultry redhead with fire burning in her eyes struts across his path, he thinks he may have finally found his muse…

Angela “Angel” Davis learned early on that life never offers any hand-outs. And she’s getting burned out. Between juggling her nights as an exotic dancer at a men’s private club and struggling to keep up with her elementary education courses during the day, she barely has time to think of the future. Not that she wants to. The future implies planning, and Angel is no stranger to broken dreams. Then she meets Devin, a man who’s so wrong for her, yet she can’t seem to stay away from.

When Devin offers to take her on as his private model, Angel finds the cash hard to refuse. Each has something the other desperately needs, and neither one is willing to walk away. As their professional relationship spirals out of control into something more, they learn sometimes the wrong person can be the only right person, and that life - and people - are rarely picture perfect.


And here's an excerpt:

I looked back at Erik, who seemed totally clueless. Glancing at my watch for the umpteenth time, I polished off my Jack-and-Coke, nearly gagging at the watered-down coke, and started to get up. “I’m going to find a restroom.”
“Wait!” Erik frantically motioned for me to sit. “You haven’t seen the best part.”
“Oh, I think I have,” I grumbled, pushing up out of my seat anyway when the music abruptly died and the lights dimmed to barely nothing. Cursing, I hesitated, unable to see much until my eyes adjusted to the sudden darkness. A smoky blue light was growing beneath the curtain, at the center of the stage, illuminating the silhouette of yet another girl. Tired of the same old shit, I was about to turn my back in search of a bathroom when the first strands of a classic jazz tune came through the speakers, a welcome contrast to the mindless drone of the past half hour that left my ears ringing.
As the vocals began, the light intensified, revealing a woman with naturally colored skin and long curling hair that looked like fire. The dark auburn hue was brought out by the complimentary green of the stage lights - probably on purpose, I noted to my inner artist’s satisfaction - and when the girl turned to look at the audience, I froze where I was, halfway risen from my seat.
Where was all the overdone makeup? She had cosmetics on, but it was natural-looking, enhancing her features and her fiery beauty rather than detracting from it. She was elegant and beautiful, in an old Hollywood pinup girl kind of way, just like Marilyn Monroe. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I didn’t want to.
Erik grinned as I plopped back down in my seat, a little stunned. “Worth the wait, huh?” Erik yelled.
“Who is she?”
“They always save her for last. She’s a house favorite. Her stage name is Angel."
Angel. It sounded too sweet for the sultry goddess lighting up the whole stage - hell, the whole room - with her sensual moves that while conservative, seemed twice as erotic as what the girls who had come before her had done. They were smoother, like what you’d see when watching a trained dancer, like a ballerina or a ballroom dancer. I’d expected a name like Venus or Hera or something worthy of this goddess’s undeniable power over men.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


I'm a Southern girl who's spent the last few years freezing my toosh off up north. Except for the snow, things are pretty good. I love sunshine, sweet tea, and romances that touch my heart. A lifelong romantic, I found my own prince charming at an online dating site. Six months later, he asked me to marry him. Picture Perfect is my debut novel.

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