Monday, December 31, 2012

Jillian Dodd Appreciation Day

“THANK YOU Jillian for all that you do!” 

Friends of Jillian Dodd are showing their appreciation! 

In appreciation for the hard work and effort indie author Jillian Dodd does behind the scenes for authors, her writing friends are offering YOU the chance to win one of her books! You can choose from one of the Keatyn Chronicles: STALK ME or KISS ME. Or maybe you prefer one of the titles in the That Boy series: THAT BOY or THAT WEDDING. All books are New Adult contemporary romance. Good luck!

Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.

Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table. 

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect.
Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. 
Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. 
It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect.
And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends. 

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker.
An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together. 
And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. 
But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. 

I've always written scripts for my perfect life.
But no way could I have ever scripted this.
My life is so far from perfect, it’s not even funny.
All because of a stalker.

I’m at a boarding school where I have to lie about who I am.
I can’t see my family.
I’m tutoring a Hottie God that tortures me with his smile.
The most popular girl already hates me.
But there’s this boy.
This hot, sweet, sexy boy.
So I’m going to stop trying to script my life and just live it.
Because who knows how long I have left. 

That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 

There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth. Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me. And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy. 

The gorgeous engagement ring on my finger mimics my happiness.
I feel so sparkly, glittery, and full of promise, because I absolutely know he's that boy.
The boy I want to marry. My prince. My happily ever after.

But then our pastor starts asking lots of questions.
His parents say I haven’t dealt with my past. 
I have horrible wedding disaster dreams.
I can’t find the perfect dress.
I have to manipulate him to get my way.
An old boyfriend asks me to run away with him.
My best friend says I'm going to ruin everything.
And forever starts to sound like a really long time.

Which totally freaks me out and makes me question everything I know.

Should best friends get married? 
Will my past affect our relationship?
Are my horrible dreams a warning?
Will I ever find a dress?
Could his sexiness be clouding my judgment?
Am I going to ruin everything?
Or is it just a case of cold feet?

And then I have to decide. Am I willing to give up on true love forever, or am I going to listen to my heart and marry him? 
About the Author 
Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family. 

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FMB Blog Tours Presents A Cover Reveal For Blood Promise by Ashlynne Laynne‏

Title: Blood Promise 
Series: The Progeny Series #3 
Author: Ashlynne Laynne 
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing 
Format: Ebook and Paperback 
Pages: 320 

Release Date: January 2013 

Book Description: 
"Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the promise is fulfilled.” 

Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion with Shauna—a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known—he seals to her and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and he finds that happiness never lasts for long. 

Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing. A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending humanity—as we know it. 

Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

If I Were You By Lisa Renee Jones Interview And Exciting News

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

~My Review ~
~ 5 OF 5 If I Were You ~


OH MY FLIPPING GOD!!!!!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE THAN FIFTY SHADES AND BASIC INSTINCT. Man where to begin with this review. I have read a lot of erotica and adult books lately but I have to say That Lisa has added some things to her story that stands out among the rest. I did not feel like I reading about Fifty and I sure as hell did not thing basic instincts because this story really has so many dimensions to it I could not get my head wrapped around it. First the characters are so different from any I have read about. I know a lot of people have said no one can fall in love that fast, well to them I say they may not but other people do and it is reality.

I have done some research into the BDSM world and I have talked to people who are in it and I can see the pull towards it and I can see how people fall in love so fast because it is like a drug and the adrenaline rush you get from it is like no other. To them it is like para gliding or bungee jumping the adrenaline brings you places you have never been before and before you realize it you are hooked and can't remember how it has happened. So now that I have bored you with a little back ground I will get to the real deal and this the story.

Sara is a school teacher that is on summer vacation. She is looking forward to spending some quality time reading and enjoying her summer of tutoring students. One night her neighbor is over watching TV and enjoying Sara's company when her boyfriend calls her to go over to his house. The neighbor leaves and forgets her journal and Sara being curious reads it and is shocked to read what is in it. The next day the neighbor comes back to make sure she has not lost the journal and Sara is embarrassed because she read the journal. That is when her neighbor tells her it is not hers but it belongs to the woman who left her stuff in storage and is selling it. The neighbor is so excited about the paintings and the other journals and Sara tells her she can't sell someones private things.Her neighbor tells her she will make a lot of money by selling this things and has no intention on keeping them.

Sara is so shocked by this but what can she do. Then the neighbor comes and tells her the next morning she is eloping with her boyfriend and she is on her way to Paris and Sara can have the storage unit and sell it or whatever but it is her's to keep. Sara is excited because she really enjoyed the journals. They were dark and dirty and there is something in those journals that call to Sara. She decides from that moment on she will find this Rebecca and return her things to her. Sara's first stop is trying to find out information on Rebecca and when she starts to dig in the storage unit she finds a brochure for the gallery she worked at. Sara is excited because she loves art and majored in it in college. Sara goes home and looks up information about the gallery and decides she will go to a unveiling of a famous painter that she loves for a charity. While there she meets this guy who she is so taken with. Their is something about this guy and he is so knowledgeable about art that they talk and before you know it they are talking about different artists.

As Sara is looking for the Art gallery owner he finds her and they talk about Rebecca which he says she is on an extended vacation but Sara is not buying it. Then the oddest thing happens and Sara ends up selling a painting to a couple looking to buy a piece for their main party room. The owner of gallery is impressed by Sara and asks her if she would like to work for him and she agrees. See Sara has a secret that she is keeping and that is she has always wanted to work in the art industry but it does not pay the bills. So she has stayed away from it and became a teacher instead. She is not happy being a teacher because her passion is in the art world where Mark the gallery owner has offered her a great summer. After agreeing to work for him and start that Monday Mark asks her if Chris Merit who is one of her favorite artists she studied in school proud of her for selling his painting. She has no idea what Mark is talking about and he realizes that Chris never told her who he was. The guy she was talking to the whole time was Chris Merit and she never knew it.

Sara will soon learn that their are lots of lies and secrets shrouded in the disappearance of Rebecca. As she reads the journals and delves deeper into the life Rebecca had she will find out Rebecca was a tortured soul and did things in the name of love. She allowed her heart to rule instead of her mind and her instincts. She should have followed her instincts because some things are better left alone. Will Sara follow the same path as Rebecca or will she carve her own path? Will she be forced to face her own demons? Will Sara's past come back to haunt her? Will she be caught up in a love triangle? Or will she chose Mark or Chris? As Sara will soon find out everyone has a past and the past can be a dangerous thing. Will she succumb to lust? Will she giver herself to a broken damaged man? This is such a must read for this summer I am going to re-read it a thousand times! I love the story line and the ending is OMG! I have no words for the ending except I NEED BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW!!!!!! PRONTO!!!!!!!!

~Interview With Lisa Renee Jones ~

Today we would like to give special thanks and a warm welcoming to Lisa Renee Jones for stopping by and sharing the great news of If I Were You being bought by Simon and Schuster. Man Lisa you must be so excited to have been picked up by Simon and Schuster. I have to say the new cover I absolutely love the red cover! 

Lisa how does it feel to go from an indie self pub author to a published author of Simon and Schuster? 

I was actually already published with Berkley, HQN, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, and NAL prior to striking out with indie on the side. But I love Simon and Schuster and everyone there. My editor is fabulous and every single person there is so dedicated to my series and to perfection that I couldn't ask for more. 

Does being self published differ from being an Indie self pub author? 

No that is one in the same. 

I love your new cover, when did you decide to change it? 

Simon and Schuster made the change when they took over the series. 

Who is the cover designer? 

The in house artist at Simon and Schuster and I was thrilled that she read the book before designing the cover. That is the kind of dedication I've gotten from the fabulous team over there. 

Can you tell us what inspired you to write this series? 

My fiancée and I had started buying and selling storage units, and he’d found a journal he began to read. He was immediately enthralled and couldn’t stop reading. The author had drama and even a murder next door. It was then that he began to urge me to write a story about a journal found in a storage unit that was both sexy and mysterious. He loves thrillers and so do I. At first I wasn’t excited but I began jotting down notes and over time the story took root. I think it became more powerful because I took so much time learning the characters. 

When will we find out what happened to Rebecca? 

Being Me, book 2 will give you a firm conclusion to Rebecca’s story. 

I love Mark and Chris. They are such strong characters but there is something lurking beneath the surface can you give us a little background on them? 

I’m afraid to do this because there are so many things you will discover in book 2 that answer a lot of questions and I don’t want to ruin the experience. :) 

When will book two be out? 

Being Me, book 2 will release on June 13th. It is available now for pre-order. 

Thank you so much Lisa for stopping by and sharing in your success! Many more will be coming your way because this series is taking off and has a life all it’s own!

~ Exciting News From Lisa Renee Jones ~

I have some really exciting news to share. I recently signed with Pocket to write a five part serial attached to THE INSIDE OUT TRILOGY beginning 1-28 and a contest to celebrate. 

A little teaser for the stories! 

The secret life of Rebecca and the men who have seduced her.
These are the journals Sara never sees, but you the reader, will. 

The journals read like stories and begin the first time Rebecca visits the gallery in the INSIDE OUT TRILOGY. You will meet Mark, Chris, Ava, Amanda, Ricco, and all the series characters as she does AND there are tons of clues to what happens in BEING ME in the first 4 serials. They are woven within the story ready for your discovery, as is Rebecca’s dark, erotic journey. 

I had so much fun writing the first two serials (still writing the last 3) and they are packed with clues to all your questions about BEING ME! I can’t wait to see if you catch all the clues! 

They are all live at Goodreads now and story 1 should go up for pre-order soon! YAY! You want to add these to your shelf to win cash! See the contest below for details :) 

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 1: The Seduction -- 1/28 

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 2: The Contract -- 2/18 

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 3: My Master – April 

Rebecca’s Lost Journals, Volume 4: His Submissive – May 

Volume 5: The Master Undone – August 

You can find them all listed on this page at Goodreads:

Now for the contes! 

When Rebecca’s Lost Journals Vol: 1 is placed on 500 shelves at Goodreads I will have a drawing for $100. After that I will draw for $50 for every additional 100 shelves that Rebecca’s Lost Journals Vol: 1 is placed on at Goodreads. 

If your name is chosen it will be put back into the Rafflecopter so that you will have the chance to win multiple times. 

Below is the link for the contest. 

The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. 

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry. 

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more. 

Rounding the corner, I enter the hallway, and Chris is suddenly there in the narrow passage with me, pressing me against the wall, his powerful thighs framing mine. 

My hand goes instinctively to his t-shirt-clad chest. I am immediately aware of the intimacy of the touch, of my body’s reaction to the man who has betrayed me. “Don’t shove me against another wall and try to intimidate me, Chris.” 

“I’m not trying to intimidate you. I was protecting you, Sara.” His hands move to my waist, scorching me, and my reaction to the sizzling touch is instant. I cover his hands with mine, trying to control what he does next, but it doesn’t help. Now, my hands are on his hands and his hands are on my body. 

“Call it what you want,” I ground out, “but you had no right to do what you did.” 

“He had to know he couldn’t manipulate your dream. Money, and my many resources at your disposal, does that.” 

His words knock my anger and my breath away, and confusion consumes me. His actions and his words conflict at every turn. “Why would you help me? You said I don’t belong in this world.” 

“Because I won’t watch him gobble you up and destroy you.” 

I remember his words, and understand now that he wanted me out of this gallery, not this profession. “Because he’s a dark, messed up, arrogant asshole who will play with my mind and use me until there is nothing else left of me I recognize.” 

“That’s right.” 

“And yet you say you’re worse.” 

He stiffens and cuts his gaze, seeming to struggle before fixing me in a turbulent stare. “I am, Sara, which is why you should run as far away from me as you can. And I should step back and let you.” 

“Then why aren’t you?” I whisper. 

His eyes hold mine, and what I see there, the depth of his desire, overwhelms me. He flattens his palm on my belly and I tremble beneath the touch, and he has to feel it too. “Because,” his voice low, seductive, his hand traveling up the center of my body, “I can’t stop thinking about you, and everything I want to do to you, everywhere I want to touch you.” 

His hand presses to the swell between my breasts, and my nipples ache with a wish he would touch them. His boldness ignites something sultry and dark inside me, a side of me that defies the good-girl school teacher who is appalled I haven’t stopped this. I want him. I want him here and now, and any way I can have him. 

And when his gaze lowers to my mouth and lingers, I know he is thinking about kissing me and I have never wanted to be kissed so badly in my life. 

“Do you taste as good as I think you do?” he asks, but he doesn’t wait for my reply. 

Suddenly, his fingers have tunneled into my hair and he’s dragging my mouth to his. I am all soft submission, yielding to the moment, to the man. I melt into him, welcome the hardness of his body pressed to mine. And when his tongue presses past my lips, a long, wicked caress, I taste his hunger, his need. There is possessiveness to his kiss, to his hand on my back, molding me closer. I am lost in the ache that has become my need for this man, this stranger I cannot resist. He says he’s protecting me; he says he’s dangerous. I am conflicted, and sure I should be angry with him, but I am completely incapable and unable of processing why. 
About this author
Booklist says: Jones' suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones' entire series. (About the Zodius Series -- Storm that is Sterling)

In 2003, award winning author Lisa Renee Jones sold her Austin, Texas based multi-state staffing agency and has since published over thirty novels and novellas across several genres. Her staffing agency LRJ Staffing was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Her debuts with Blaze and Nocturne hit Bookscan's Top 100 list and her Blaze Hotzone trilogy made a showing on the list in 2011 also. With a new Blaze trilogy, a short story for Spice, the third book in her Zodius series published with Sourcebooks, as well as an rapidly growing indie following, 2012 will bring many new stories to her readers.

Lisa is active on Facebook and Twitter, and you can find her at

I Choose You By Bethany Lopez Promo

Title: I Choose You (Friends & Lovers, Book 2)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release date: Dec. 27, 2012
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description: 
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.

Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?

Excerpt 2: 
They hit the trail hard. Nicole used the time to clear her head and to reflect on what Kent had told her about his childhood. 

They’d led very different lives, and Nicole couldn’t imagine the obstacles he’d dealt with growing up, but she was very impressed with the man he was today. 

Kent made sure they did some cool down stretches before getting back in the car. 

He’d worried briefly that Nicole would look at him differently when he’d told her a little about his upbringing, but he was happy that he had. He wasn’t ready to tell her everything yet, but he was comfortable with what he’d told her. 

He drove her back to her apartment and walked her to the door. 

“Do you want to come in?” Nicole asked him, her face was flush from exertion and glistened prettily. 

Kent felt a strong urge to gather her in his arms and take her to her room, kissing and stroking her gloriously toned body along the way. He imagined carrying her into the shower and lathering her up. 

He shook his head, trying in vain to calm his raging hormones. He felt like a teenager again: unbearably horny and unable to find release. Well… At least not the way he wanted to. 

“Um, no,” He replied gruffly. “I’d better not. You have to get ready for work and I have some stuff to do at my house. I’ll give you a call later.” 

He leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead, then turned and jogged down the stairs, leaving her there staring off after him, the confusion she felt apparent on her face. 

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About the author: 
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 novel. 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 contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

ATOMR Presents Cover Reveal: Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

Title: Beauty From Pain 
Author: Georgia Cates 
Expected release date: January 31, 2013 
Genre and Age Group: Adult Contemporary Romance 
Cover Designer: Georgia Cates 

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours


Book Description: 
They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries. 

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth makes him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names. 

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer. 
About the author 
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet. 

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

FMB Tours Presents Fate's Design (Fate Series #1) by Lola James Blog Tour Stop

Fate's Design (Fate Series #1) by Lola James
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: LJ Publishing, Inc (self Published)
Pages: 220

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Book Description:
During a summer trip to Italy, Megan falls in love and is pulled into the world of vampires, witches, and magical powers. As she becomes more deeply entrenched, her nightmares begin to make sense, and she realizes that she’s been part of this new world since birth.


Fate's Design is a cute summer read. Who would not want to go to Italy for a vacation. Sights and all the sun and food you can get your hands on sounds like the perfect vacation to me. Then add a sprinkle or two of romance and you have one hot read! Lola James did an excellent job describing Italy and all the romance it has to offer. Then she through in for good measure a little romance that started off slow and stayed that way. There was no insta love where the girl goes on vacation and she meets Mr tall, dark, and handsome and has to have him more than life. No this was gradual and I loved that Lola James did that because it made the romance so much more believable.

Megan is going to Italy to visit her twin sister Morgan. She needs a vacation and she wants to see her sister. So she travels to Italy and once there she is enjoying her sister and all the sights. Then she meets Alex who is every girls fantasy because he is tall, dark and definitely handsome! As things progress with Alex and Megan she starts to have these weird dreams. At first she is not sure what to make of them but as they begin to reveal things Megan realizes she has dreamed about these places and these people she is seeing. What does it mean? Who can she trust? Why does she feel like she already knows Alex?

As things fall into place and Megan can't help but be attracted to Alex things will come to light and when she speaks to her twin Morgan and finds out something is up with her sister she can't help but think things are about to change and she is not sure if it will be good or bad. This is a great romance story with a kick of paranormal. You will thoroughly enjoy this story so give Alex and Megan and Morgan a go you will not be disappointed!
About the Author:
Lola James has been reading romance novels since her teens, and fell in love with the paranormal after discovering Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her love of the dark worlds of vampires and witches, as well as her fascination with Greek mythology led her to create the Spellbound Series, an ongoing Paranormal Romance combining all of the above into tales of suspense with a little bit of humor in an Urban Fantasy setting. 

A long time lover of reading and writing with a passion for a great story, James became discouraged by the complicated and arbitrary publishing process, James had initially set down her laptop and her hopes of being a writer. However, with the purchase of her first e-reader, James became re-energized by the new possibilities for an undiscovered author to reach the masses. Dusting off her keyboard she finally finished Bound to Remember, the first book of the Spellbound Series and self-published it. Energized and ambitious, James is now hard at work on both the Spellbound Series as well as the Fate Series, a paranormal romance about dreams and what happens if they come true. 

Living in Southern California with her two beautiful children, James finds time to write in between her full-time job as a mother as well as her other full-time job as an HR manager, as well as her academic schedule as she studies for her Master’s degree which she hopes to complete in 2013. With the success of Bound to Remember, James hopes to continue to reach an audience that will allow her to leave her HR job and focus on her writing as a full time career. 

GIVEAWAY: SIGNED paperback copy of Fate's Design (Fate Series #1) by Lola James

Thursday, December 27, 2012

FMB Tours Presents Lightning by Taryn Kincaid Tour Stop

Title: Lightning
Series: 1Night Stand
Author: Taryn Kincaid
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance, 
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 41


Book Description:

In mystic Sleepy Hollow, succubus Lily Night put her prom date, Campbell Jones, into a coma after a night of wild, unbridled sex. She has steered clear of mortals ever since, afraid of damaging them or worse, not to mention the inconvenience of knocking out the power every time they have sex.

Successful architect Campbell Jones has lived with strange powers and a sexy secret since that prom night. He’s buried himself in work to forget the woman who’d dumped him at the ER then vanished from his life without a trace.

Neither Lily nor Campbell have forgotten that night or the love they’d shared. Will a 1Night Stand help them bury their past?



I have to say I LOVE LOVE absolutely LOVE the 1Night Stand Series! Man oh man these short Novellas tell us so much. I have found that the few I have read left me wanting more and more. The idea of a one night stand is scary but at the same time sexy.

Lily is with Campbell Jones the all star football player and all american dream boyfriend. They are at senior prom and Lily is going to give Campbell her most prized possession but what happens when she gives him that is not what anyone expected. After having one night full of passion Camp gets hurt and Lily flees leaving Camp to wonder if he did something wrong to her. 

Ten years later and he is still stuck on Lily just like she is stuck on Camp. Lily has never forgotten her one and only true love Campbell and thinks about him everyday. When she is forced into a one night stand at Madame Evangeline's choosing she is nervous but what she gets in return is totally EPIC! Lily and Campbell are about to be reunited and what happens to them is a love story at it's fullest.

This is a novella so it is short but what is packed into those 44 pages is pure love and hot smokey sex that will leave you wanting more!

Is 1Night enough for true lovers?????????


“A little higher and more to the left.”

Lily Night narrowed her eyes as the building maintenance man shifted her framed diploma on the freshly-painted wall opposite her desk. She tried not to ogle the firm ass encased in a pair of tight jeans or the way the man’s shoulder muscles rippled beneath his T-shirt.

Maybe if I pop an Altoid, I’ll have an excuse to wipe away the drool.

She refrained from jumping the handsome worker dude’s bones. The last time she’d dallied with a human, the encounter had not gone well. Vivid images of that long ago prom night bombarded her. Campbell Jones had been a young, strapping, hunk-and-a-half football player and they’d started their date full of hope and expectation and lust. When he’d adjusted the fragrant gardenia corsage on her wrist, she’d inhaled his crisp, citrus scent and thought she might swoon at the sight of him in his tux. The black material stretched across broad shoulders that mirrored the promise of the bruising man he’d be in his prime. But she’d all but sucked him dry as flashes of lightning crackled over their heads. By the time dawn painted the sky, she’d turned him into a mere shadow of his former self. Literally.

And briefly knocked out cell phone service in the lower Hudson Valley, as well.

She’d sworn off humans ever since. Instead, she pulled all-nighter after all-nighter to evade the dreams in which men called to her—and to avoid the university dating scene that inevitably led to frequent and addicting sex.

Mortals. Bleh.

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Where You Are by J.H. Trumble Blog Tour Stop

Robert Westfall's life is falling apart-everywhere but in math class.
That's the one place where problems always have a solution. But in the
world beyond high school, his father is terminally ill, his mother is
squabbling with his interfering aunts, his boyfriend is unsupportive,
and the career path that's been planned for him feels less appealing
by the day.

Robert's math teacher, Andrew McNelis, watches his best student
floundering, concerned but wary of crossing the line between
professional and personal. Gradually, Andrew becomes Robert's friend,
then his confidante. As the year progresses, their relationship-in
school and out of it-deepens and changes. And as hard as he tries to
resist, Andrew knows that he and Robert are edging into territory that
holds incalculable risks for both of them.

J.H. Trumble, author of the acclaimed Don't Let Me Go, explores a
controversial subject with extraordinary sensitivity and grace,
creating a deeply human and honest story of love, longing, and
unexpected connection.


I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Kensington Publishing for sending me this ARC. I read this book in eight hours and I have to say that I could not put it down. It is so AMAZING I have never read something so heart wrenching and so gut wrenching! I laughed and I cried and I screamed at the book because it was like I was there. Yes this story has some issues that people will say are not right but I say to them PISS OFF! This story is about a love, loss and everything in between when it comes to teens. It is also a story about love true raw unadulterated love between two guys. I loved this story and I just finished reading it and my head is so full with things to say and I am trying so hard not to place spoilers so I won't.

Where You Are is a story about about a young man named Robert whose father is dying of Cancer and Robert and his mother are trying to keep it together. It is his senior year in high school and Robert just wants to graduate and go on to college where he can live his life free of the guilt he carries in regards to his father. Robert loves school and when he starts to fall behind in math his math teacher decides to befriend him and help him stay on track. Robert also has to deal with the fact that his boyfriend is acting weirder by the minuet but that's okay because Robert knows that once he gets to college he will meet other guys and have other friendships and relationships. What Robert doesn't factor in this equation is falling in love with his math teacher.

As we all know teachers are forbidden to be with their students. That is a big no no and when Robert falls for his teacher Mr McNelis aka Drew he is not sure the teacher feels the same way. So when Mr McNelis and Robert start to get closer and and Drew consoles him after his father dies Robert knows he wants to spend the rest of his life with him. Drew is not sure how he and Robert are going to be together but he knows he wants no one else in his life. Then if life could not add anymore lemons to Robert and Drews lemonade something big happens to Drew and he and Robert have to figure out a way to be together.

To Andrew teaching is his life. He loves to help students and he loves to give back by teaching. His life has not always been easy but he has always had his best friend by his side and with his best friend he has created the one bright spot in his life and that is his daughter. Once he realized he was gay he decided to divorce his best friend and just go back to being friends with her for the sake of his daughter. He loves her and will do anything to make her happy. So when he opens up to Robert he is terrified by his feelings because Robert is a student and he is his teacher. But what are you to do when you have such strong feelings for someone that you feel like you could die if you don't see them? Andrew will have to figure all this out and then he will have to make decisions that will make him or break him. What will Andrew decide?

They will face prejudices and they will face trials and tribulations. Are they strong enough to stand up to the people who mean to do them harm? Is Andrew strong enough to fight the feelings he has for Robert? Will Robert fight his feelings for Andrew? Come along with Robert and Andrew as they find their way through this maze called life. This book is BRILLIANT! 2012 MUST READ!

I am so EXCITED to have Robert and Andrew here on A Diary Of A Book Addict. Guy’s thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with your loyal readers. I have to say that your story is totally EPIC! I love how you guys met and fell in love. It is never easy falling in love and especially in your case it was very hard. Andrew I love how you thought about everything in advance and how you tried very hard to do the right thing and in the end the things you guys went through created this EPIC story. 

Robert what was your first thoughts running through your mind when you saw Andrew? Andrew what were your first thoughts about Robert? 

Robert: I admired Mr. Mac from the very beginning. He was kind of nerdy, funny, fair, nice to look at. Very nice to look at, in fact. 

Andrew: Robert was a great kid—nice-looking, popular. But more than that, he was a great student, the kind of student that makes teaching such a pleasure. 

Andrew did you ever think you would fall in love with one of your students? 

Andrew: Absolutely not. 

Robert did you ever think you would fall for a teacher? 

Robert: I never thought about it. But I didn’t fall for a teacher; I fell for Andrew. The fact that he was also my teacher was just a challenge that we had to overcome. 

Robert can you tell us why you really started dating Whore-Hay (NIC)? 

Robert: You’ll read the whole story in Just Between Us (October 2013). But suffice it to say that Nic could be pretty sweet when he wanted to be. And I found him amusing, for awhile, that is. 

Andrew can you tell us the real story behind what happened between you and Kevin? What he did to you emotionally? 

Andrew: I don’t know that it was what he did to me that left me scarred, so much as it was how ashamed and stupid I felt in believing we had anything real between us. In the end I was humiliated and hated myself for letting him use me that way. 

Robert can you tell us what happened between you and Luke when you were sort of dating? 

Robert: You’ll read all about it in Just Between Us, but the bottom line is . . . nothing much. Mostly we just hung out together and talked about Curtis. I always kind of hoped Luke would see that Curtis was a lost cause and maybe the two of us could make a go of it. In the end, things just didn’t work out that way. Despite the challenges that threatened to derail their relationship before it even got off the ground, they were meant for each other. I feel like Andrew and I were meant for each other as well. 

When did you guys realize you cared for each other more than friends? 

Andrew: That moment at the fountain at SHSU when Robert really opened his heart to me for the first time and I saw the pain there. I just wanted to take him in my arms and make it all better. 

Robert: From that day he sat down with me and helped me through my calculus test. I already knew, but I never dreamed it would ever happen. 

Andrew why didn’t you reach out to Robert after the charges had been dropped? 

Andrew: I almost did. I wanted to. But he hadn’t rendezvoused with me on his birthday, and he hadn’t tried to get in touch with me as far as I knew. Maya told me I’d destroyed his life. I guess all those things together, I just felt like it would be better for him if I disappeared. He had a bright future ahead of him. I was a nothing, a nobody. It wasn’t until I saw his reaction to me in the vet clinic that summer that I realized there was something very real between us, and he knew it too. 

Andrew when did you realize Maya was manipulating you? 

Andrew: Wow. I think I knew the very night she asked me to move back. But I was scared, and manipulation or not, I saw safety with her. Maya had been subtly manipulating me since we were teenagers. I don’t blame her; I blame myself for not keeping the boundaries firmly in place. But I don’t regret having my little girl. Things work out. 

Robert when Andrew left to move back home did you think you lost him for good? 

Robert: I didn’t know he’d moved back until I came to the house for my music therapy group session and there he was. I did think I’d lost him for good the night my dad died. I went to his apartment to tell him. He wouldn’t even let me inside. 

This is the last question but the most important one everyone is dying to know but are you guys going to get married? 

Andrew: I don’t know. Dr. Westfall, what do you think? 

Robert: Perhaps we should discuss this matter alone, Mr. McNelis. And you can call me doctor after I graduate. 

Andrew (grinning): I wouldn’t miss that graduation for anything in the world. 

Robert: You damn well better not. That “glaze” on a whiteboard won’t buy you forgiveness a second time. 

Andrew: You have to admit, I keep my promises. 

Robert (flicking his eyebrows): That you do. (Clears throat and nods to the door.) I think we should continue this discussion in private. 

Thank you guys for joining me and your fans and sharing some personal things with us! We really appreciate it and we wish you guys a happy life :)
~ Where You Are ~ 
Chapter 1 


You still here? 

I’m giving a makeup test. 

Crap! Stop by when you’re done. 

I close Jen’s e-mail and check the time in the corner of my computer screen—ten minutes—then glance up at Robert Westfall again. He’s resting his cheek on his fist now and absently doodling in the margins of his test. My heart breaks for him, and I find myself wondering what’s showing at the cinema in his head. Memories of hanging out with his dad—maybe playing catch in the backyard, learning to swim at a neighborhood pool, pushing a lawnmower for the first time. Or maybe it’s the moment he got the news yesterday, an endless loop of shock, terror, sadness. Or is it some future flick about life without a father? 

I pick up my red pen again and straighten the stack of tests in front of me, but I don’t grade any of them. I just watch him. 

I knew something was going on. It was just a feeling, this sense that he was off balance and couldn’t quite get his feet under him. And now as I watch him struggle with a calculus test that he’d methodically tear up any other day, I’m struck with the desire to reach out to him; I’m just not sure how. 

It’s funny really. I’m not usually this intuitive. While I’d like to believe that I’m in sync with my students, that I know when they’re having a bad day or when their hormones are raging and they’ve chosen to indulge their impulses instead of doing their homework or studying, I’m not. 

My freshman Algebra kids are so squirrely that all my energy goes into maintaining order and keeping those classes moving forward. My senior AP Calculus students, on the other hand, have a laser focus on that end-of-course exam. I challenge them academically; they challenge me. If anybody’s having a bad day in that class, I guess they keep it to themselves. 

But with Robert, I knew. He still turned in his homework. He paid attention. He even answered questions when I asked them. But he’s been quieter. More introspective, I think. Just not himself. 

He rubs at his eye with the heel of his hand and attempts to focus on the problems again, but he looks perplexed, as if I’ve written the test in hieroglyphics and he just can’t quite translate the problems. 

Yesterday, his absence, that empty desk in the front row, pricked at my conscience. I thought about calling to make sure he was okay. I even retrieved his phone number. But I didn’t call. Kids are absent—they get sick, they oversleep, they skip. The motivation to make that phone call seemed pretty thin. But Robert’s not one of those kids. His absence was noteworthy and it bothered me more than it probably should have. 

I turn back to my computer and scroll through the day’s e-mail—notices of meetings scheduled and meetings canceled, an it’s-still-not-too-late-to-sign-up invitation to Saturday night’s school Christmas party (No, thank you.), a few eleventh-hour pleas from parents for extra-credit work, and a reminder that grades are due at three o’clock Friday afternoon. The high priority makes Ms. Lincoln’s e-mail easy to spot. 

To: Fabiola Cortez, Bob Benson, Annet Nguyen, Richard Gorman, Susan Weatherford, Andrew McNelis, Bette Flowers 

From: Lynn Lincoln 

Subject: Robert Westfall 


As you may already know, Robert Westfall’s father has been battling brain cancer for the past ten years. Yesterday the family received some devastating news. Mr. Westfall’s illness is terminal. According to Mrs. Westfall, the doctors estimate that Robert’s father may have only three to four weeks. Understandably, this is a difficult time for the family. It is likely that Robert’s attendance may become intermittent during the next few months. Please be flexible in your expectations and offer him whatever accommodations are necessary to get him through this time. If you see that he is struggling emotionally, or if you have any concerns at all, please contact me. Thank you as always for all you do for our students. 

Lynn Lincoln 

Twelfth Grade Counselor 

Poor kid. I check the time again. Fifteen minutes now. I push back my chair and get up. It’s my day to pick up Kiki, and I have a feeling that I could sit here with Robert for another fifteen hours, and he’d still be doodling in the margins. 

In fact, he’s so caught up in his head that he doesn’t notice me approach or say his name. When I place my hand on his shoulder, he jumps. 

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you.” 

His eyes fall on the test in front of him and he seems surprised that he’s only addressed a couple of the questions. “Oh, shit,” he mutters. Then immediately follows that with an apology for his language. 

“It’s okay.” I pull a desk up close to his and sit. “A rough day yesterday?” 

“Yeah. Pretty rough,” he says quietly. 

“Anything I can do?” 

He looks up at me, and his eyes seem to search mine like he’s measuring the sincerity of my question. Suddenly I have a feeling the one thing this kid needs is the one thing I can’t give him—a hug or maybe a friend he can really talk to. 

“No,” he says, palming the back of his neck. “But thanks.” 

“You look tired.” Depressed is what I’m really thinking. When he doesn’t respond, I decide to make one of those accommodations Ms. Lincoln spoke of. “You know, you don’t have to take this test,” I say, reaching for it. “I’m not worried about your mastery of this unit. You’ve mastered it. I can just double your last—” 

“No. I can take the test,” he says, flattening his hand on the paper to hold it in place. I notice he’s not wearing a class ring. 

“Okay. But, you know, I have a daughter. She’s going to be pretty upset if I don’t pick her up from her day care before dark.” 

He drops his head and then, suddenly agitated, runs his hand over his short blond hair a few times, then sighs heavily. “I’m sorry, Mr. Mac.” He grips his pencil and punches down the lead a few clicks. “I’ll have it done in a few minutes.” 

A few minutes? I don’t think so. Not even for Robert. “It’s okay.” I give him what I hope is a reassuring smile. “I have some time. How about I walk you through the test? Maybe that will help you focus.” 

I don’t wait for him to answer. I collect a pencil and a few sheets of printer paper from my desk and sit back down. On the blank paper, I quickly review the first section, then wait while he works through the set of problems. I guess something about me sitting there with him chases away the distractions—he’s quick and he’s precise, making his marks with his distinct handwriting, which is tiny but highly legible. 

When he’s finished, he twists his head up to me. 

“Nicely done,” I say, smiling. It feels good when he smiles back. 

I place a big check mark over the section, and we move on to the next. While Robert is working, I find myself studying his face—the straight line of his nose, the freckle at the base of his neatly trimmed sideburn, the stray blond hairs on his jaw that he missed shaving this morning—and I can’t help wishing that I’d known him when I was in high school. 

Aside from the fact that he’s a stellar student and a nice-looking kid, here’s what I know about Robert: 

1. He’s a member of the band guard. The only male member in fact. I might not have known this—I don’t attend football games. No time with school and grad classes in the fall, and Kiki—but it seems to be an endless source of amusement for Jennifer. 

2. He has a boyfriend. Nicholas Taylor—Nic—cheerleader, ditzy blond, ghetto queen, Whore-Hay. All the kids call him that. Jorge, Whore-Hay. It’s the year-round, fluorescent-lamp-enhanced tan, I think. I honestly don’t get what Robert sees in Nic. The kid’s a pretentious, over-the-top, party boy. Not his type at all. 

3. Robert is one hell of a brave kid. (See numbers 1 and 2.) I’d never have had the courage to be 100 percent O-U-T in high school. And he’s not just Out; he’s got that quiet confidence that draws other kids to him. I don’t know if he knows it, but he does a lot to bring skeptics into the fold on our campus. You just can’t not like him or respect him. 

And right now, I can’t not look at him. 

When he finishes the set, he looks up at me, and I drop my eyes to the test and make a quick assessment of his answers. 

Another big check mark and we move on. The next set is a little more challenging. I force myself to focus on this work. A couple of times he missteps, but a quick uh-uh from me makes him stop, rethink, erase, then move forward on the right track. 

The last section is the trickiest, and I get a kick out of watching him wrestle with the problems. He looks at me a couple of times, but I just raise my brows and shrug. He takes that as a challenge. I don’t help him on this section, so when he missteps, he finds himself in a tangle and has to back up. I’m proud of him when he finishes the last problem and slides the test across his desk to mine. 

“I knew you could do it.” 

“You did, huh?” 

I check that section, then close the test and scrawl a big 100 across the top before I look back at him. “Yeah, I did.” 

We enjoy a moment of what I think is mutual admiration, and then I clap him on the shoulder and take the test with me back to my desk. 

Robert stands, stretches, then grabs his letter jacket off the back of the desk chair as I enter his grade in the computer. I’d like to close out my grade book, but I have some Algebra kids who are under water and need a lifeline, which I will attempt to provide over the next couple of days before grades are due. 

As he leans down to zip up his backpack, I take a quick inventory of the letters on his jacket—academics, band, guard, choir. They should give letters for courage too. 

He grabs his backpack by the strap and shoulders it, but seems reluctant to leave. 

“I’m really sorry about your dad. How are you holding up?” I ask, coming around the desk. I lean against it and slide my hands in my pockets. 

He chews on his bottom lip a moment, then says, “I don’t even know how to answer that, Mr. Mac.” 

How do I respond to that? I hate this. They don’t train us for this kind of stuff. There are things I want to convey to him: I’m here for you if you need to talk. I know what it’s like to lose someone. But all that sticks in my throat, because the truth is, I’m a teacher—not a friend, not a counselor. And I don’t know what it’s like to lose someone; my own parents are safe and sound in Oklahoma. I’ve not lost a single person in my life, not permanently at least. Besides, does he even want my sympathy? Kids can be so hard to read. 

Jennifer Went makes my indecision moot when she chooses that moment to stick her head in the door. 

“Oh. You’re done,” she says. 

“Yeah,” I say as she steps into the room. Robert mumbles a thank you, hitches up his backpack, and slips past her and out the door. 

“They’re making them big these days, aren’t they?” she says, sticking her head back out the door to watch him go. “Mmm-mmm. He’s a hottie.” 

“You’re not going all Mary Kay Letourneau on me, are you?” 

“I don’t know. I might be willing to spend a few years in prison for a few minutes in heaven with that one—” 

“Arrgghh. Kidding, right?” 

“—even if he is a little light on his feet,” she finishes, then laughs. 

I ignore the slur. 

“So, how about I buy you a Frappuccino?” she asks brightly. 

I already know that buy you a Frappuccino is just code for read my next chapter. Jennifer fancies herself a romance author. Her college roommate put herself through school writing erotica. Jen sees no reason she can’t get herself out of school writing romance. 

I suspect she fancies me as well. I mean, what could be more attractive than a twenty-four-year-old, divorced high school teacher with a two-year-old, a student-loan debt that rivals the GNP of any number of small nations, an efficiency apartment, and a six-year-old Civic with a crack in the windshield. 

“I’ve got Kiki,” I say. 

“Aaaah. Bring her too.” 

~ The Where You Are Playlist ~

This playlist is available on iTunes Ping: Or visit iTunes Ping and search J. H. Trumble. 

Music has a way of transporting you back to a time, a place, a moment. These are the songs that I imagine will always remind Andrew and Robert of the year they found each other. You’ll recognize many of them from the story. 

“Boys Don’t Cry,” Plumb 
Robert struggles with his relationship with his father. 

“Music Again,” Adam Lambert 
Texting with Robert makes Andrew feel alive. 

“Alone,” Heart 
Falling in love. 

“Cupid Shuffle,” Cupid 
Dancing in the band hall. 

“Stereo Hearts,” Gym Class Heroes (feat. Adam Levine) 
Andrew shows his stuff in the parking lot. 

“What About Love,” Heart 
Andrew puts on the brakes and devastates Robert. 

“Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects 
Giving in to love. 

“Down on Me,” Jeremih & 50 Cent 
Dancing in a club downtown. 

“Low,” Flo Rida (feat. T-Pain) 
Robert dances dirty hip-hop on the bed. 

“Redbone Hound,” Idgy Vaughn 
A real date. 

“Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga 
Sheer happiness before the fall. 

“Not Afraid,” Eminem 
Facing the future together.
J.H. Trumble is a Texas native and graduate of Sam Houston State University.

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Some people spend their whole lives looking for the right partner. Nate Schaper found his in high school. In the eight months since their cautious flirting became a real, honest, tell-the-parents relationship, Nate and Adam have been inseparable. Even when local kids take their homophobia to brutal levels, Nate is undaunted. He and Adam are rock solid. Two parts of a whole. Yin and yang.

But when Adam graduates and takes an Off-Broadway job in New York—at Nate’s insistence—that certainty begins to flicker. Nate starts a blog to vent his frustrations and becomes the center of a school controversy, drawing ire and support in equal amounts. But it is the attention of a new boy who is looking for more than guidance that forces him to confront who and what he really wants.

J.H. Trumble’s debut, DON’T LET ME GO, is a witty, beautifully written novel that is both a sweet story of love and long-distance relationships, and a timely discourse about bullying, bigotry, and hate in high schools.


~ 5 OF 5 DON'T LET ME GO ~

Don't Let Me Go is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you have read it. I read this book in one day on Saturday October 06, 2012 and I have to say it has taken me this long to write the review for several reasons. The first being I do not want to put to many spoilers in it because I hate when I really want to read a book and then I look it up on goodreads and there is the ending right there. The second reason is because Adam's character really and I mean REALLY PISSED ME OFF!!!!!!!!!! Never ever has a character brought out that much anger in me. Then thirdly my mind could not shut this book and the characters out. I kept doing this instant replay and then I would be folding the clothes or watching TV and my mind would wander back to Nate then to Luke and then to Daniel. I even found myself listening to the playlist all weekend and trying to imagine how certain characters felt.

This is a story for all Gay and Lesbian and transsexuals to read. It is about love and loss and hate and finding out whop you are in this difficult part of your life. As if being a teenager was not bad enough add on to it that you are gay and are scared to death to come out because you don't know what is going to happen. Nate has always known he is gay and he just wants to get through high school and get to college where he can meet a nice boy to date. Where he can be free to be himself and act how he wants and not have to worry about his family and friends condemning him. 

Only Nate gets a surprise when he meets another boy Adam at his school. Adam is a senior and he is best friends with Jules who is in love with Nate. They start hanging out together and before you know it Adam tells Nate he likes him. As the two discover their mutual feelings for one another they have to make a decision on whether or not they will come out of the closet or stay in there. They decide to come out of the closet and have an open relationship and it costs them. One of them will be brutally attacked and the other will be left to pick up the pieces and try and keep their relationship together.

After this tragedy that has happened Nate and Adam are even closer. They are Ying and Yang. Soon though there relationship will be tested and tried and one of them will experience life differently than the other. See Adam is going to New York and Nate has given him his blessing. Even though Nate does not want Adam to leave he will let him leave so he can find his way in life and Nate wants Adam to have everything. Nate does not want to hold Adam back because he does not want Adam to look back and say you held me back from pursuing my dreams. So Nate lets Adam go to New York and Adam promises to come back for holidays.

Nate still being in high school misses Adam so much. They went from spending everyday together to only phone calls at first and then skypeing and then nothing. Something changes for Adam and Nate is left wondering what is going on. Then Nate meets Daniel at the music store and they quickly become friends. Daniel has a secret of his own and starts to hang out with Nate even though everyone thinks they are dating they are just friends. They become best friends and that shocks Nate because being gay means you can't have any boys that are friends because it means you want them in a sexual way. Such small mindedness on the account of the guys because gay does not mean they want every guy.

So Nate and Daniel become quick friends and Daniel helps Nate start a blog to vent his frustration of being gay and being separated from Adam. At first it is innocent and then Nate encourages other people who are gay or lesbian to come out of the closet and be who they want to be with no worries. That is when Nate meets one of his blog followers and they get close. Nate encourages him to be open with his sexuality preference. As this other boy learns to come out of the closet he and Nate start dating and Nate realizes what it is like to be the other boy because he was just like him until Adam showed him how to live life as he wanted to. As Nate and this other boy start hanging out and testing the boundaries Nate has to come to grips with what his relationship with Adam really is. 

There are so many twists and turns in this story that even as I write this review I am crying. Nate and Adam have to come to terms with what has happened between the two of them. Adam will have to truly dig deep and see what it is he wants out of Nate. Nate will find himself and he will learn to stand up on his own with no one to help. Nate will find a friendship that means a lot to him and he will experience love outside of Adam that scares him.

Don't Let Me Go causes you to look at love and relationships in a new light. How is it that you love someone so much you put your whole life on hold for them? How is it that a new relationship can open your eyes and make you see what you had in front of you may have been a lie. J.H. has done a EPIC job with this story. I love Nate, Adam, Luke, Daniel, and Jules!

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