Friday, December 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters, the sequel to Tears of Tess.  The tour is hosted by CBL Book Tours, and you can follow along here.


Release Date: December 15th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Erotic Suspense Romance


“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right."

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

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MY REVIEW

If you thought Tears of Tess was dark, watch out—Pepper Winters takes us to much deeper depths in the sequel, Quintessentially Q.  If Tears of Tess is a dark fairy tale, QQ crosses firmly into the realm of horror.  The novel is an incredibly suspenseful, high-stakes thrill ride that takes its main characters—and readers—through a true whirlwind of emotions.  By the time the book ends, neither Tess nor Q are the same people they were before, and their relationship has been tested and completely transformed.

My favorite aspect of Quintessentially Q was also what made the story so raw and at times difficult to read: the author’s determination to show the gritty, unromanticized truth of the world of sex trafficking.  As Q and especially Tess go through terribly traumatic experiences, the author questions and upends the definitions of pain and pleasure, love and guilt, entrapment and freedom.  And the sacrifice Q makes near the end of the book showed a new kind of strength and growth for his character, which I really appreciated.

Like the first installment, this book contained some gorgeous imagery and suspenseful plot twists that keep pages turning.  In this novel, though, I think the characterization is even stronger, with both Tess and Q forced to face the traumas of their past and present, and to come to terms with the people they truly are inside.

I know this review is short and a little vague, but I really don’t want to say too much and spoil the story—it’s one you need to experience for yourself.

GIVEAWAY

You can enter to win a signed copy of Quntessentially Q and a signed swag pack through Pepper Winter's Facebook page here, and one of two signed copies of QQ here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon. 


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mini Review: Joyfully Yours by Amy Lamont


It’s that time of year again…the time to read adorable, heartwarming Christmas novellas like Amy Lamont’s Joyfully Yours.  This was my first introduction to Amy Lamont’s writing, and I really enjoyed it!  I liked reading a love story with a genuinely nice, ordinary, but still very attractive guy—oh, and he also happens to be a priest.  (He’s not Catholic, though, so there’s no forbidden romance drama here.  Just hot Father Michael.)  And our heroine Faith is very relatable and sympathetic as a twenty-something questioning her choices in life, still feeling pressure from her family’s expectations.   Though this was a short novella, there were some really nice scenes outside of the love story as well, especially Faith’s interaction with a young girl, Laura, while Faith is volunteering at Father Michael’s church.  I loved how Laura reminded Faith of herself even though their circumstances in life were so different.  I also liked that, while Faith’s mother and sister could be incredibly annoying, they became more three-dimensional and sympathetic throughout the story despite the short length.  The ending felt a little too perfect, but…who doesn’t love a fairy tale at Christmastime?  I know I do!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mini Book Review: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and cafĂ© with Grama’s favorite decorations.
But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers…until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

So, confession time: while I loved Christmas as a kid, as a grown-up, I can be a bit of a Scrooge.  However, I LOVE Christmas novels and stories—they allow me to live in my perfect Christmas fantasy for a few hours, and then return to my regular grouchy self.  A good Christmas story makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, like I’m curling up with a hot cocoa after a picturesque day in the snow, while in reality I never have to leave the (relative) warmth of December in Los Angeles.  And Marie Landry’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was the perfect Christmas story!  It had just the right mix of small-town charm, sweet romance, supportive friends, cute kids, a dash of loss and wistfulness, and a generous dose of hope.  The writing was simple, flowed well and was a joy to read.  It’s hard to say too much about this story without spoiling it, but if you’re looking for a few hours of Christmas joy and cheer, this novella will definitely fit the bill!

Thank you to Marie Landry for the review copy!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Holding on Forever by Cecilia Robert


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Holding on Forever by Cecilia Robert, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.


Holding On Forever (Truly Madly #2)
Release Date: December 2013

Book Summary:
Liese is finally moving on with Frey by her side. But sometimes letting go is the hardest part, and trusting is a risk one has to take. In between her practicum and spending time with Frey whenever he is town, she fights her insecurities, and wins. Then something happens and Frey's priorities momentarily shift, making her second guess their relationship. Suddenly, going back to their former best friends status has never looked so appealing.

 Frey's life has never shined so bright now that Liese is his. But there is a part of him that is shrouded by memories he'd rather have them buried where no one can touch them.  Not even him. But even buried memories and people can't stay hidden for forever. What Liese doesn't know is that Frey isn't about to let go so easily, and he will throw in everything he's got to stop her from leaving him. He has waited an eternity for her. Giving her up is not an option.

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MY REVIEW


I loved the first book in this series, Truly.Madly.Deeply.You, but Holding on Forever was even better, going into greater depth and offering a fuller, more realistic view of Frey and Liese's relationship.  If the first book was the story of two friends finally admitting they feel more than friendship for each other, than the second book was a test of whether their newfound relationship could survive the trials of their pasts and presents.

In the first book, we got a lot of insight into Liese's tragic past, with the loss of her husband and unborn child three years earlier.  In this book, we learn more about Frey; I actually think his past is even more heartbreaking than Liese's, since his losses extend so far back into his childhood and have really shaped the person he's become.  Even when Frey receives some unexpected and wonderful news about his family, the impact of that change has its own difficult repercussions.  I really came to care about Frey and want him to find happiness and security with Liese in this novel.

Liese is still dealing with her own losses in this novel, and there's an especially tense moment when she and Frey run into her former husband's mother that had my heart racing.  This encounter was believably ugly and painful, and I also liked the way the author eventually resolved it.

Holding on Forever covers a much longer time span than the first novella; Frey and Liese have fights, struggle with the demands of their jobs, and sometimes go way too long without seeing each other.  All these setbacks make their love more believable and ultimately more satisfying.  We also get a richer view of the secondary characters in this installment, including the couple's friends Ria and Liam, and Liese's parents.  Her dad was hilarious!  I also really enjoy the Vienna setting of these novellas; while it isn't essential to the story, it adds another layer of interest.

Overall, Holding on Forever is a very satisfying conclusion to Liese and Frey's story.  Although I have a feeling we might see a cameo from them if Liam and Ria get their own well-deserved story!

GIVEAWAY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cecilia Robert  writes YA, NA and Adult. Her motto: Passion rules. She enjoys writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected of places, and also about people finding their true purpose in life coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it's urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There's always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes for the characters to get there. When she's not working in her full time job, she dons her supermom cape, or in most cases find herself trapped between the pages of a book in search for a hero who'll make her swoon with just a look or a word. Her favourite form of therapy is knitting. Best. Therapy. Ever.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Cover Reveal and Blitz: In Darkness We Must Abide, Season 2 by Rhiannon Frater

Welcome to the book blitz for Season 2 of Rhiannon Frater's supernatural serial, In Darkness We Must Abide, and the cover reveal for Episode 10.  I've read the first 9 episodes, and they're great!  It's a long story and as a slow reader, I would probably become overwhelmed if it was all one volume, so the serial format is perfect for me.  This series is a true gothic romance/horror, sort of a cross between Dracula and Jane Eyre, and I'm excited to see what happens next!




In Darkness We Must Abide Season 2 by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: December 16th 2013
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Synopsis:
In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.
Vanora is haunted by the night her faith in those she loved was shattered. After fleeing Houston, she takes refuge in Austin and creates a normal life with her roommate Rhonda. Despite her newfound happiness, Vanora is tormented by dreams and visions of an enigmatic and dangerous albino vampire.

When her world starts to fall apart and Armando comes back into her life to warn her that her brother is in danger, Vanora realizes that she can’t escape her destiny. Evil threatens her family, and she must venture into the darkness to save everyone she cares about.

As she seeks to uncover the truth about the terrifying albino vampire and her purpose in his schemes, Vanora starts to realize that the man she loves most may be her greatest enemy. Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This book includes all five episodes of the second season of the serial.

Add it on Goodreads and purchase on AmazonBarnes and Noble and Kobo.

GUEST POST BY RHIANNON FRATER: THE ORIGIN OF A SUPERNATURAL SERIAL

At the end of last year, I stumbled across an old manuscript lurking in the badlands of my hard drive. I was shocked to unearth the story, having forgotten I had it converted to Word years ago from my old word processing format. For years I had considered it trunked and lost somewhere in the storage in the garage.  Opening the file, I rediscovered a story I had sank most of my heart and soul into a very long time ago when I was just starting to write horror novels.

In Darkness We Must Abide was my first full-length original work. I spent hours at my old typewriter creating the first draft of the manuscript. Later, I bought a word processor and retyped the entire manuscript, saving it onto floppy discs.  Yes, this was a long time ago!
As I read over my old work, I realized several things. One, I still absolutely loved the two primary leads, Armando and Vanora; and two, the story was solid, but needed some revision. I was very young when I wrote the story, inexperienced in life, love, and long lasting relationships, and this clearly showed. Also, I was under immense pressure from people in my life to write something “nice and normal,” so I struggled quite a bit with certain themes in the story. Reading over the manuscript, I saw exactly the changes I needed to implement to make it a stronger, vibrant read. I set it aside, considering reworking it into a trilogy at a later date.

At the beginning of this year, I began toying with the idea of doing a serial. As The World Dies was originally written as an online serial, and I’d missed the immediate feedback that came with the release of each new part. I had an idea for a whole new fresh work, but was intimidating by having to fit it into my already overloaded writing schedule. Then I saw an article about taking an old manuscript and converting it into a serial.  Instantaneously, I knew that In Darkness We Must Abide was the perfect story to be converted into a serial. It was already divided into three distinct parts and it was huge! In fact, one of the reasons I couldn’t sell the book in its old form was that it was one massive book that far exceeded the word count limits of most publishers.

I instantly divided the first third of the story into the five episodes that make up season one. Extremely nervous, I started the revision process with the intention of each part reading like a television show in the reader’s mind. I was shocked at how easily the story fell into an episodic format, but was thrilled at the same time. Also, the voices of the characters readily reawakened in my mind, much to my relief.

In my youth, I had made several big mistakes. When a test reader had an adverse reaction to my lead character being an albino, I altered her appearance. I even changed her name to something I thought sounded fancier. When I started revising, the first thing I did was give Vanora her name back and restore her albinism. I had robbed my lead character of an important part of not only her physical appearance, but her life experience as an albino. I also embraced all the themes I had skirted around in the earlier drafts, out of fear of criticism.

Side note: Humorously, I spent a lot of time trying to avoid overt sexual themes out of fear of offending my mother. This is the same woman who would later call me up to tell me how much she loved the sex scenes in Pretty When She Dies because they were “hot.”

When I finally sent the first episode off to my beta readers, I was terrified. How would they react to a gothic horror novel I had conceived so long ago? When the rave reviews started flowing in, I was so relieved. My story had officially risen from the grave.

Since the release of the first episode of In Darkness We Must Abide, I’ve been having a great time discussing the story with readers. A serial feels much different from a trilogy or series because the installments come out much quicker and there is less waiting for the readers. As a writer, it’s a challenge to give the readers something they can enjoy in small increments, but also instills in them the desire to read the next episode. The immediate feedback is also a great way for me to gage what is working, and what’s not. Though the fan reaction will not affect the overall story arc, to some degree it does affect the presentation of it. Because of the mad love for Armando, I have expanded his role significantly in the first season.

I have enjoyed my serial experience so much. I’m already anticipating doing one next year! This time it will be a whole new writing project, but it was definitely worthwhile digging up In Darkness We Must Abide and sharing it with my readership.

GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.  





You can find her online at:

Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astheworlddies
Twitter:  twitter.com/rhiannonfrater
Blog:  rhianonfrater.blogspot.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rhiannonfrater/
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Unbearable by Shantel Tessier


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Unbearable by Shantel Tessier, the sequel to Undescribable. The blog tour is hosted by Hardcover Therapy and there's a HUGE giveaway including a Kindle Paperwhite, so make sure to enter!


Grief. How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn't love you...until it was too late? Forgiveness. How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most? Fear.How do you survive the person who won’t let you go? Jealousy. How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew? Betrayal. How many secrets are too many? Lust. How can you say no, when your body screams yes? Passion. How can you deny a love that has no boundaries? Slade and Samantha's story continues...

Add it on Goodreads and purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Book One in the series, Undescribable, is only .99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.




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UNBEARABLE PLAYLIST


UNBEARABLE DREAMCAST


GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Release Day Celebration: Unbearable by Shantel Tessier

Today is the release of Unbearable by Shantel Tessier.  I love this cover!

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Synopsis

Grief. How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn't love you...until it was too late? Forgiveness. How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most? Fear. How do you survive the person who won’t let you go? Jealousy. How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew? Betrayal. How many secrets are too many? Lust. How can you say no, when your body screams yes? Passion. How can you deny a love that has no boundaries? Slade and Samantha's story continues...

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About the Author
941649_454730077951262_1299773491_n Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series by Nikki Jefford, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  Today I'm reviewing Book 2, Northern Bites.  You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.


BOOK ONE:
Aurora Sky by Nikki Jefford
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #1)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:
Her blood is toxic to vampires.

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it's to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora's life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter in Alaska. Basically she's a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job...by hand.

Now Aurora's only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

(Mature YA/New Adult series. Contains mild language, violence, sexual situations . . . and blood sucking.)

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BOOK TWO:
Northern Bites by Nikki Jefford
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #2)
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy


Synopsis:
Love bites.
Probation sucks.

Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen.

Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings.

When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.
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MY REVIEW OF NORTHERN BITES

Wow! I loved the first book in this series, but with Northern Bites I feel like author Nikki Jefford really hit her stride.  First of all, we’re already familiar with Aurora’s new role as a vampire hunter, and we’ve already been introduced to our wonderful cast of characters (more on them later!), so in this installment we can jump right into the action.  Secondly, I found the writing to be really strong and the tone spot-on throughout the book.  Both in Aurora’s narration and in dialogue, there was some sarcastic or pithy line I wanted to highlight on nearly every page.  One of my favorites was Aurora’s observation that “you never really knew a person till a boy ended up dead.”

The plot is fast-paced and exciting throughout Northern Bites—there’s a murder mystery to solve, changes of scenery, and always the underlying question of what exactly this underground, vampire-hunting agency is doing and how Aurora’s virus-infused blood has really affected her.  Even more than the plot, though, what I love about this series is the characters.  Aurora is a strong lead with a good head on her shoulders and a nice mix of pragmatism, sarcasm, and underlying vulnerability to her character.  And all of the secondary characters are so fun to read about, whether they’re likable or not (or sometimes both likable and unlikable at the same time.)  Dante, Valerie, Noel, Fane, and Jared are all three-dimensional, interesting characters.  Funny, charming Dante really shines in this installment, and Valerie, who could have easily been just the stereotypical mean girl, turns out to be so much more.  Fane is…not so awesome in this book, but I read on the author’s blog that a novella is going to reveal a different side to his behavior, so I’m trying my best to reserve judgment for now.  And I really like that Jefford created a love interest who wasn’t traditionally handsome, but was still really sexy. 

Speaking of sexy…while there isn’t a ton of romantic development in Northern Bites, there IS some steam, and it’s very well done too!

Finally, I have to mention how much I enjoy the Alaskan setting and the way the author develops it.  I’ve had a special love for books about Alaska since I read Julie of the Wolves in elementary school.  I love the way Jefford works interesting Alaskan tidbits into the story, like the creepy totem pole park Aurora visits.  And there’s also a totally logical reason for so much vampire-hunting activity taking place in Alaska…yay for logic!


I have a feeling this series will only get better as it keeps going, and I’m excited for the next book!

GIVEAWAY

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (Wash.) where she is once more neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light. She loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.

When she's not reading, writing, working, or out on a nature walk, she's out riding her Suzuki DRZ400SM.

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Release Day Celebration: Meant for Me by Faith Sullivan!

Title: Meant for Me
Author: Faith Sullivan
Expected release date: December 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Ebook available at: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords  





Book Description:

Eric thought he had forever...before.

Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.

Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be...but no one can escape the wheel of fate.

Her love for Eric and the life they're creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she's forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.

Can they hold onto their newfound happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?


Excerpt:

My boyfriend is so freakin’ hot.

I press my nose against the glass, peering out as he stops to take a break from cutting the grass around the garden center. It’s sweltering outside and he’s worked up quite a sweat pushing the lawn mower up and down the property. As a result of his labor, his white t-shirt is clinging to his chest in all the right places. I sigh happily, taking him in.

He has no clue that I’m watching as he picks up a water bottle and pours it over his head, forming a trail that trickles down the length of his body. I clutch the windowsill as I feel that all too familiar twinge between my legs. Being pregnant, my hormones are on fire and it doesn’t take much to get me going. So it’s no wonder a moan escapes my lips when he doesn’t stop there. Instead, he casually begins to strip in front of me.

My cheeks burn as he lifts his arms over his head, removing his shirt, elongating every inch of his defined abs. My eyes follow his v-shaped pelvic muscle as it dips suggestively below his belt buckle. My breathing becomes heavy as he stretches, causing his jeans to ride even lower on his hips. My pulse skyrockets as he proceeds to wring the water out of his shirt, flexing his glistening biceps against the rays of the setting sun.

I squirm against the window, forcing my knees together. My movement catches his attention and he glances up, meeting my gaze. A sexy grin slowly spreads across his face when he realizes the effect he’s having on me. My mouth is open. I’m literally panting for him. He shakes his head and chuckles softly. My heart clenches at how adorable he looks.

He’s not the kind of guy who flaunts his body, but for me it seems like he enjoys being on display. He runs his hands through his damp hair, tousling it before grabbing another bottle of water. He winks at me, tilting back his head and taking a long swig. He closes his eyes, his lips wrapped around the bottle, teasing me. He smiles when he’s done, beckoning me with his finger.

I don’t hesitate for a moment. I gladly leave the confines of his air-conditioned office and rush outside. He’s waiting, his eyes smoldering. He stands with his hands on his hips, watching as I approach. It’s unseasonably mild for October, and I step out of my clogs as I draw nearer to him. His gaze never leaves my face. It only intensifies, causing me to blush even more.

I get close enough to feel the warmth of his breath on my cheek, but I don’t speak. Instead, I run my hands across the wide breadth of his shoulders and down his heaving chest. My touch must be driving him wild because I can feel his heart thudding beneath my fingertips. His skin is so smooth and firm. He’s a man’s man who’d never dream of waxing his upper body, and a trail of soft, fine hair guides me to his belly button and beyond.

“How can I expect to get anything done around here with you touching me like that?” Eric asks, his voice all husky as I find the zipper of his jeans.

“Well, you shouldn’t be tempting me by getting naked in front of the window,” I whisper seductively as he grabs my wrist, preventing me from lowering his zipper and undressing him any further.

With my free hand, I start to remove my dress when he growls, “I don’t want anyone seeing what’s mine.” He scans the horizon for any approaching vehicles, but there are none to be found. “No one’s ever going to hear what you sound like when you come. Only me.”


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About the Author:

Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Blitz: Storm Warning by E. Lee and C. Quinn

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!


Storm Warning 

(Broken Heartland #1) 


Coming December 12, 2013




For an extended excerpt, book trailer, and more, click here!


 Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late...

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and overprivileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret. 
One has a crush.
One has been lying. 
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

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About the Authors




Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol' dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee’s and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn to one another. Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.

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