Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ATOMR Presents Adam's Apple Release Event by Liv Morris‏

Title: Adam’s Apple
Author: Liv Morris
Publisher: Kiki Press
Release date: July 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance
Age Group: New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours:

Book Description:

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta. 

What more could a thirty-two year old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm's length however Kathryn's arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn's passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

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Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. Relocating eleven times during her husband's corporate career, Liv qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she's planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing. 

A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis. Her favorite saying, "Life is not a dress rehearsal," motivates her to live life to its fullest. 

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Currently, Liv is writing and publishing her short story series, Love in the City. Two short stories ranked in Amazon's top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam's Apple, is due for release this summer.

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Event ‘Giveaway’: The author is offering a Release Giveaway of (1) $50 USD Apple Store Gift Card, (2) Signed Paperback Copies of Adam’s Apple, (5) eBooks of Adam’s Apple, and Swag.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Literati Author Services Presents Impossible by Laurel Ulen Curtis Blog Tour Stop


Title: Impossible
Author: Laurel Ulen Curtis
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services

Synopsis:

Veronica Russo chases storms, but runs from her past by staying firmly in the present. Unwilling to consider the possibility of a future, she’s checked out of life by using solitude and standoffishness as her armor and a sharp tongue and quick wit as her weapons.

Coleman Cade is a walking contradiction- just like his mismatched eyes. A rough and manly bull rider with a playful side. A ladies man with thousands of willing victims, but what he really wants is one woman. The right woman.

Will Roni be able to let go, move on, and find a way to fulfill her dream of having everything? Or will unsubstantiated choices and unresolved demons stand in the way of their happily ever after?

In order to overcome past tragedies and find true happiness- in order to have Everything- Roni needs to do one thing. Find the impossible.

****Explicit Language and Sexual Content****

My Review

5 of 5 Storm Chaser Meets Bull Rider

Impossible is an incredible story. If you have been following along Laurel's books you would know that she has a knack for drawing you in and keeping you there until the story is over. She has highs and lows and everything in between in a story that just catches you off guard and by the time you have finished reading you are in book shock because you have had an array of emotions and your not sure what just happened in a good way. In Impossible I was amazed by what I was reading. It is a story of love, loss and finding yourself and your heart again.

Veronica AKA Roni had it all, a husband and a child on the way but tragedy struck and all that was taken from her. At a loss for what to do and where to go Roni decides to run and chase storms. Being a storm chaser is such an adrenalin rush for Roni and it makes her forget her past. She has decided she will not open her heart to anyone that way she can't get hurt. But one day fate has something else for her because she gets a flat tire and here comes CJ Cade at fifteen years old he is wiser than his years and he helps Roni and they start a friendship. CJ is funny, smart, and witty and he and Roni share a unique friendship so when Roni meets his famous dad Coleman Cade the famous bull rider she is thrown off.

With Roni's guard down she can't believe CJ's father is the famous bull rider but that doesn't matter because she has sworn off men. But her heart sure does skip a beat every time she is around Cade. As For Cade from the very first minute he meets Roni he knows she is the one. She has something and it calls to him like a siren and he knows he has to make Roni his. But boy is he in for a rude awakening because he is going to have to fight like hell to get Roni to let her walls down. 

Can Cade do the IMPOSSIBLE and knock down Roni's walls? Or will he have to walk away from the one thing he wants more than life? This is a must read story!

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Laurel Ulen Curtis is a 26 year old mother of one. She lives with her husband and son (and cat and two fish!) in New Jersey, but grew up all over the United States. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, and puts that to almost no use other than forecasting for her friends! She has a passion for her family, laughing, and reading and writing Romance novels.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Summer Love by Marysue G. Hobika Book Blitz with Xpresso Book Tours


Summer Love by Marysue G. Hobika
Series: Senior Year #1
Publication date: June 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

Carly and her best friend Becca are ready to drop a nuclear bomb on summer. It’s the last one before reality sets in and they’re off on their own. Carly is ready to break the mold and stop being known as a goody-two-shoes. In order to get the ball rolling, she agrees to a double date with Gavin – her good-looking, yet moody, lab partner.

Gavin doesn’t have summer plans except to work at his two jobs and hang out in his room drawing. He likes to keep to himself, but lets his brother Nate talk him into going on a double date. Carly isn’t like the rest of the girls at school that drive him crazy. She doesn’t ask a lot of questions and seems to know when to give him the space he craves. Gavin always thought that she was beautiful, but he believes that relationships and love are a lost cause.

Will their date prove that summer love is right around the corner or will it be a dead end?

This book is intended for audiences 17+

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Carly wasn’t the typical sexy girl who walked by in the hall every day at school—she was a special kind of beautiful, the type of beautiful that took your breath away. And at that very moment, I was in desperate need of an oxygen tank. Carly didn’t seem to realize how beautiful she was, which was another turn-on. I am in serious trouble of breaking my own promise. 

She cleared her throat, jolting me out of my trance. “Gavin, there’s another reason why I’m glad you showed up tonight.” 

“There is?” I wasn’t sure where she was going with this, but I patiently waited for her to continue. 

“I’ve wanted to apologize.” 

“For what?” I quickly racked by brain, but couldn’t think of anything she’d ever done to warrant an apology. 

“For the way I acted on our date the other night. I was rude,” she winced. She looked cute when she thought she’d done something wrong. I ran my finger across the top of her nose. 

“Girly, don’t be sorry. I should’ve been supportive.” This was the first time she hadn’t yelled at me for calling her that. Taking it as a positive sign, I rambled on, “I was a total dickhead, and if anything, I owe you another date.” The perfect lead-in. “Carly, will you go on a real date with me? And not a double date, because I don’t want to share you with anyone.” Okay, I did it. I broke down and asked her out when I’m not looking for anything. And anything with Carly would be something. She’s not the type of girl who is known for one-night stands.

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The band played and I held my breath, waiting to hear Carly’s voice. I thought maybe she’d lost her nerve. I was ready to rush in and rescue her, even if she didn’t want me to, when, like magic, she began to sing. The notes that came out of her mouth were full and sensuous, changing the band’s sound completely. It was harmonious, free flowing, and full. 

I’d heard the band last summer, and even though they were good, something had always been missing. That something was Carly. Her voice fit and molded perfectly with Nate’s, and I felt another tinge of jealousy. Their sound filtered through the cracks and walls of the garage and into the night air. For a second, I forgot how to breathe. I found myself slinking back into the garage as the song came to an end. I felt empty and lost when she hit the last note, and every cell in my body craved more. I’d been wrong. So very wrong. 

Everyone in the garage was silent, as if the music had cast a spell on them. All of a sudden, led by Ed, claps and cheers echoed. Carly looked elated until her gaze landed on me. I read in her eyes that she thought I was a jerk for not believing in her, and I couldn’t blame her. I was a jerk. 

“Damn!” shouted Ed. “That gave me goose bumps.” He hugged himself, rubbing his hands over his arms. 

“I told you Carly could sing,” Becca said, directing her words toward Nate.

What is your latest news?

“Summer Love” was published July 8, 2013. It’s the first book in the series “Senior Year.” A lot of hard work went into it and I am truly excited about its release. I believe it is my best work so far. I have already begun writing book two.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have always wanted to write a series. The summer before senior year seemed like the perfect beginning point. Who doesn’t love summer and the freedom it brings? 

How did you come up with the title?

The word summer had to be in the title. I toyed around with a few possibilities and took some polls—“Summer Love” was the clear winner. 

All of the titles in the series will center around a season. The next book is, “Falling Into You.”

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes and No. I chose a four-year-old girl that I know and imagined what she’ll be like when she’s seventeen years old and then plopped her in the middle of a situation. Also I incorporated pieces of my own daughter. She loves to sing and I could easily imagine her joining a band someday or working toward a music degree. In the end, the characters are of my own creation and imagination.

If Hollywood made your book into a movie who would you cast as the leads?

This is one of my favorite questions—to think people would love my book enough to want to turn it into a movie. 

I would choose Vanessa Hudgens to play Carly. She is beautiful and perfect for the role. My ideal Gavin would be Landon Liboiron. He is super cute and has brilliant blue eyes that look like the water in the Bahamas (just like Gavin’s eyes are described in “Summer Love”.)

Coffee or tea?

Coffee all the way. Once upon a time, I was an exchange student in Spain where I fell in love with all things Spanish, including coffee. I loved meeting friends “para tomar un cafĂ©.”

If you could wear your pajamas all day, would you? Why or why not?

Of course, I would. And many times I do, especially when I’m writing. 

What’s your favorite dessert?

Ice cream. I would eat it every day if I could. During the summer I love visiting all the different local ice cream stands and sampling all the delicious flavors. 

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A Cover Reveal For For Now by Nicole Deatherage

Synopsis:

After being dumped the day before her wedding, Leigh stopped believing in 'happily ever after'. She moved forward, picked up the pieces, and decided that having a physical relationship with her brother's best friend, Jax McKay, would be the perfect way to jump start her new single status. She knows he doesn't do commitment, and that's exactly what she needs.

Jax had always thought of Leigh as unobtainable. Not only was she his best friend's little sister, but until recently she was spoken for. When she propositions him, he devises a plan to make her his, even though he knows she’s only looking for something temporary.

Will he be able to keep her for always, or only For Now?

*~*

For Now will be "New Adult" and probably won't be 'appropriate' for readers under 16... unless your mom is like mine and spoon fed you Harlequins in Junior High. True story, that really happened. :P 

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I suck at writing about myself, so forgive me. 

I fell in love with reading at the age of 12 after moving to a small town outside of Tucson, Arizona. We didn't have cable, and my mom had some old harlequins on the book shelf. Little did I know when I picked up that first book that it would start a love affair with romance novels that has lasted almost 16 years. My 8th grade teacher, although not happy with my reading choices, let me write my book reports about the romance novels I read. Thank you, Mrs. Feuer. I don't think I can thank you enough for encouraging me to read, although my books of choice were not age appropriate. 

Over time it grew and grew until I was reading about 15 books a week, much to the dismay of teachers who couldn't get me to read anything except romance novels lol. At the age of 15 I penned my first book (literally penned it on paper because we didn't have a computer). It was really crappy, I'm not gonna lie, but since that first mark on the page, I have always wanted to write. 

Last year, I had a dream about a boy and a girl falling in love, and from that dream stemmed what would become 'For Now'. Through the encouragement of a dear friend that I lost the day after Christmas, I started SERIOUSLY writing.

"For Now" is set to release late spring/early summer 2013.

Early Review On I Surrender (I Surrender #1) by Monica James Release Day July 30, 2013

Synopsis:

Singapore has stolen a piece of Ava Thompson.

It took one life shattering moment, for her to realize, her EX is not the man she believed him to be. Returning home to Los Angeles was never going to be easy for Ava. Her heart has been shattered to smithereens and she’s convinced it’ll never heal. Or, so she thought.

Enter Jasper White.

Unbeknownst to Ava, Jasper White will change her life forever.

The attraction is instantaneous which troubles Ava, who has sworn off men indefinitely. But, she is finding resisting Jasper, with his tousled bedroom hair and piercing cerulean eyes, harder than she ever imagined. And that’s because Jasper knows what he wants, and he wants Ava.

But, can Ava surrender to her feelings for the one man who compels her to love again? Because, what happens if love does not triumph all? What happens if love isn’t enough?

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5 of 5 Jasper and Ava

I Surrender....... I Surrender....... I Surrender....... HOLY F&^% do I surrender to Jasper!

Monica James is just straight brilliant and I can't say enough about her and how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED I Surrender! I mean it took me two days to read because I had a migraine and I worked but I kept reading and today at midnight I finished the most AMAZING book I have read in a while and that is saying something. I mean I have read a lot this year but this story started out with a bang and ended with a bang by the way Monica you are a cruel women with that ending HOLY F^&%!!!!!!!!!! That ending was ........ dare I say CRUEL!!!!!!!!!!!! Lord I need book two like I need air to breathe. I am sitting here in the dark typing this review because I can't get this book out of my head. Lord Jasper has invaded my heart and my mind! Dam Monica I need to clone him and then marry him like ASAP ;)

Ava has given up everything to be with her boyfriend Harper. She moves to Singapore with him so he can pursue his career. Then while in Singapore Harper decides Ava is not what he wants and dumps her and boy how he dumps her I swear if a guy ever did that to me he would be ball less! I mean I would beat him down no matter where we were that is how rude he dumped her. But enough ranting about the douche tool mother f&^%$#@ Harper. See where I am going with this about Harper he is no good. So Ava packs up and goes back home to her best friends house V and stays with her while she figures out how to heal from a broken heart. While staying with V Ava meets V's boyfriend Lucas and his band mates one in particular Jasper with Cerulean eyes and sweet baby JESUS he is hotter than hot he wears the letters H-O-T! 

When Jasper and Ava make eye contact there is something there. Ava is not sure because she has sworn off men because she is still licking her wounds over that asshole Harper so she basically eye f&^%$ Jasper as he does the same. So as Ava gets to know Jasper she realizes two things one that Jasper comes with baggage and a part of that baggage is a girl that I hated right off the bat because she was trying to stake her claim on Jasper and he was not having it. But like I said Ava is broken and she just wants to be friends with Jasper and the closer the two of them get the more walls come down for Ava. As for Jasper he keeps his walls up and soon they crumble because Jasper wants Ava hands down and no one is going to come in between them. 

But as Ava is making life choices for herself she finds herself in a pickle when things from her past come to haunt her. She will make decisions in my book are totally wrong but she has to make her way and making her bed and lying in it is a perfect thing for her. Jasper has to decide if he is willing to give his all to Ava because he is broken just like she is. So what do you do when you have two broken people trying to learn to love again and freely? Will Jasper give in and give Ava his heart and soul or will he walk and be a free bird? What will Ava do? Will she give herself to Jasper or will she walk away from the one man who can breathe life back into her dead heart?

This is a must read book! I mean dam I could not put it down and as I am typing this review I can't stop thinking about all the players in this story and what is going to happen in the next book. Monica for a debut you ROCKED IT GIRL! Love you to pieces and while I was writing this review the song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls came on and it fits Ava and Jasper to a T so here is the link to listen to the song http://youtu.be/NdYWuo9OFAw

About this author:

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. Listening to the likes of Elvis to Fiona Apple and everything in between has been her inspirational tool to write. Her varied musical and literary tastes have shaped her into the writer she has become. Monica partook in extra Literature and Writing studies in High School. She studied a Bachelor of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University Victoria, Australia, majoring in Philosophy and Cinema Studies for three years. When she is not writing she is running her own business, but always finds a balance between the two. Monica enjoys reading honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories that leave an imprint on her. She put pen to paper because she wanted to write a book that she would want to read. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, hopeful others enjoy reading about the world as she sees it.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Brandee's Book Endings Presents The Light in the Wound by Christine Brae‏ Blog Tour Stop




Book Title: The Light in the Wound 
Author: Christine Brae
Genre: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Release date: July 23, 2013

Book Summary:

Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes. 
When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.
Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.


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5 of 5 Light In The Wound

The Light in the Wound is an amazing read! Lord I have read a ton of books in my lifetime but never ever have I ever been so slammed in the heart by a book. This book I could relate to it is my life and as I was reading it I was totally there reliving things I have done and said and been through for the past twenty years. I laughed and I cried and I screamed at my kindle and at one point I just thought I was not going to be able to finish it because it struck a nerve but I read on and believe me Issy has a better ending than I do so I was so happy about that.

We meet Isabel whose parents are going through a very nasty publicized divorce. As a result of this pending divorce Issy is sent away to boarding schools and her grandparents home and back. It is when she is finally back home that she enrolls in school and meets Jesse. She has sworn off any kind of love because she does not want to end up like her parents and she does not want to suffer any more loss. So when she and Jesse get close and she falls for him she is surprised because she sworn off love. But Jesse is different and he loves Issy and Issy is head over heels in love with him.

But then things change and Jesse becomes controlling and starts to take things from her like her new friends and her ability to make decisions. Jesse even goes so far as to take the one love and passion she has and that is horse back riding. Jesse turns out to be a selfish controlling bastard and he takes over Issy's life. Jesse pays attention to her when he sees fit and gives her whatever he wants to and when he feels like being rude he is to Issy. The only person he has not run off is Issy's friend Alex.

Lord I love Alex because he is what a true boy/man should be. Alex loves Issy and he is willing to wait for her to open up her eyes and see what she has right in front of her. So when Issy has had enough and Jesse has pushed her to the point she breaks it off with him. She and Alex then start to build a stronger friendship that turns to love but Issy is closed off and only going through the motions to get over Jesse. She still loves Jesse and if he would take her back she would go to him.

Issy and Alex have a long battle ahead of them because Jesse has had an epiphany and wants Issy back and ALex is about to fight to the death for the girl he loves. Will Issy turn her back on ALex and go back to Jesse? Will Alex be able to keep Issy and gain her heart? This book is such a roller coaster of emotions that you will need a box of tissues for this one!

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TEASER #1

The trip to the airport took about 45 minutes—enough time to transform my outfit and freshen up for him. Once we got to the airport, we didn't have to wait at all. He was standing outside in a gray suit with a white button down shirt, already unbuttoned due to the heat. Bernard waved at him and he stepped up to the right side of the door to get in.

"Hi," I said shyly.

"Hi, baby. Wow. You look amazing, as always." 

The blazer had come off and the four-inch leopard print shoes were on. The skirt looked much shorter on me without the blazer. I slid toward him as he grabbed me and placed me on top of his lap. 

"Happy Anniversary," he whispered sensually into my ear. His nose traced a line from my jaw to my neck and his fingers softly rubbed the inside of my thigh.

I giggled nervously. His touch felt so good, so safe.

"One month down, 959 more to go," he groaned, his hands now on my back, pulling me close.

"That's 80 years, A."

"I'm in love with a math genius."



Fan trailer made by Janna Mashburn



TEASER #2

Once during our freshman year, Jesse called and asked me to meet him on the baseball field late one evening after school. I automatically assumed that he wanted me to watch him practice, something I would often do when I didn't have much homework to finish. As I walked across the newly shaved grass, I wondered where he could be. It worried me a bit to see no one there. The grounds were dark, except for a faded lamppost illuminating the walkways. The night was hot and humid, so I dressed in shorts for the occasion, fully expecting to be sitting on a bench watching Jesse play. He popped out of nowhere, just as I was about to walk up the steps toward the stands.

"Hi," I said, as I looked around the field. "Am I late? Did I get the practice time wrong?"

"Nope," he answered with a grin. "Practice ended an hour ago."

"Oh. Am I here to pick you up?" I asked, still confused.

"I thought we'd play on the field for a bit," he said as he took my hand and led me further in toward the bases. He had his pitching glove on and carried a bat in his right hand.

"Play what, Jess? You know I don't know anything about this game!" I laughed incredulously.

"Yes, you do! You've been watching me do this for almost three years! I thought it would be fun to watch you swing a bat," he coaxed. "Come on, you'll do great, I promise. Here, wear these so you don't hurt your hands." He fished into his pockets and handed me some batting gloves. I wiggled my fingers to make sure that they were still in there. They were twice the size of my hands. He looked delighted and enamored with me all at the same time. "You look so cute. Come here," he ordered as he pulled me in for a hug. Seconds later, he handed me the bat and then walked backwards until he was a few feet away from me.

"This is heavy!" I said, as I lifted the bat and mockingly took on the stance—both knees bent, two hands on the bat.

"Issy baby, you're gonna fall over if you lean like that." He laughed. "This isn't tennis. Keep one foot in front of you, turn your body to face me. Now just relax and swing when I pitch, ok?"

"Like this?" I breathed, as I stuck my leg out and swiveled my hips.

"If you keep that up, we'll be swinging something else," he teased.

Five empty swings later, I finally hit the ball. It didn't go very far, but I whooped and he whooped and I ran twice around the bases. It didn't take much effort for him to pursue me as soon as he caught the ball. I hit the ball two more times until he chased me down and lifted me off the ground.

"Jess!" I panted, as he swooped me in his arms. "That was hard work! What do I get for doing this?" I flirted.

"Me," he responded, as I wrapped my arms and legs around him.

"I'll take that," I whispered, and with a tender kiss, I gave him permission to carry me back to the dugout.

 
About Christine: 

 I love to read, write about reading, shop, write about shopping, three day weekends, high heels and purses. I’m a wife, a mother, a corporate executive, a loyal friend and a passionate believer in true love. This is all you need to know about me. If you get my stories, you get my heart. 



TEASER #3

“Thank you, baby,” he whispered, as he reached across the table to take my hand. We were dining at our favorite restaurant one night after a late meeting.

“For what?” I lovingly rubbed my thumb on his wrist.

“For being here with me.”

I was so engrossed in the conversation going on behind me that I didn’t respond.

“What?” He chuckled as he caught me smiling at him from across the booth. 

“Nothing. These women right behind me are talking about you. The one facing you is gushing,” I whispered, amused. 

This had become an acceptable fact of dating Alex. Even before you saw his face, there was no use hiding his body under anything he wore. His clothes just hung on him so perfectly, like a runway model. That night, he wore a white casual button down shirt over low-slung distressed jeans that had the perfect flair to match his canvas designer sneakers. His short hair showcased his perfect jaw, his full lips, his round blue eyes. His clean cut look was tempered by the stubble that lined his jaw and his chin.

“Come sit by me, please. You feel so far away.” His eyes were dancing like little blue lights on a Christmas tree. I stood up, walked around and slid into the booth with him. It was like he gave me his consent to claim my territory. He leaned against me, closing the gap between us as his mouth skimmed my earlobe.

“Much better,” he murmured. “You know, I don’t care about anyone else but you.”

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Entangled Presents A Cover reveal for Jenny Trout's Such Sweet Sorrow‏

Today Jenny Trout and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SUCH SWEET SORROW, which releases on February 4, 2014. Also enter below for a paperback of the book or an eBook!

On to the reveal!

Blurb:

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death. 

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…


Excerpt for Such Sweet Sorrow: 

Prologue

Two figures, both alike in stature and purpose, ducked beneath a bridge in Verona. The swollen river made mud of its banks. The men slid and fought against it, their torches flickering.

"Let's turn back, Romeo," Friar Laurence urged, pushing down the hood of his rough brown robe. "Can we not let poor Juliet rest in peace?"

The younger man fixed his friend with a critical eye. "Peace? My Juliet knows no peace, only eternal torment. She took her own life, and that is my fault."

They pressed on, Romeo's steps becoming more determined the weaker his limbs grew. The poison that had incapacitated him, but not killed him, had ravaged his body. Tonight, he traveled farther beyond his father's walls than he’d dared since the night he'd returned to Verona. Even though the prince had lifted his banishment, the streets still felt unfriendly. A truce had been called between Montague and Capulet there were plenty of young men who would like nothing more than to avenge their kin by killing Romeo.

Their destination lay far from the city center, in a small encampment of hovels beside the river. Faces peeked from behind tattered curtains as Romeo and Laurence traversed the narrow lanes between the dilapidated buildings, coming finally to the very wall of the city itself. It was at this border that they found the strega.

Her door was painted red, surrounded by talismans on long chains that hung from the recessed arch. Romeo ducked beneath a dried and crumbling chicken's foot and brushed aside a crudely shaped metal eye.

"I go no further." Friar Laurence backed away from the threshold, crossing himself. "Romeo, I warn you, this is a fearful path you tread. Your soul will be lost to darkness. You will perish in the flames of hell, I beg you not to do this."

"I am already in hell." Romeo pushed open the door and stepped inside.

The interior of the witch's house was hot. It smelled of earth and the wood-like scent of herbs not used for cooking. A bent shape stood before the hearth, where a sulfurous cauldron bubbled. Romeo covered his nose and coughed.

"Ah, I was expecting a visitor this night." The strega lifted her head, the veil of coins that obscured her face tinkling like fairy bells. "Your man of God could not dissuade you?"

"Nothing will dissuade me." Even as he said it, his doubtful eyes took in the squawking black bird in the cage near the fire, the jars and bottles lining the shelves, murky objects floating in their slimy depths. "Benvolio told me you can communicate with the dead. He said you made him a charm to ward off attacks by ghosts."

The strega shuffled across the room, her coins and jewelry clattering. She pointed a bony finger at a chair, and bade Romeo sit. "You are unwell. Poison, was it?"

"Poison, yes." He could still taste the bite of it, still feel the stinging numbness in his veins. The physical evidence of it lay under his clothes, the dark stain of dying flesh spreading still, a little more each day. "Not enough."

"That’s because you went to an apothecary," the strega sniffed. "If you want poison to kill a man dead, you must see a witch."

"I'll... remember that. In the future." Romeo clasped his hands and rested his elbows on his knees. "I came to you for knowledge of the dead. I will pay whatever it takes."

"The price depends on the knowledge." She rummaged through a trunk and produced a large, black bowl. Setting it on the floor, she reached into her clothes—it seemed she wore layers upon layers of tattered fabrics, in all shades and thickness—and withdrew a vial. The sight of it winking in the light caused something to recoil inside Romeo. Too recently, he had held a similar vessel.

Then everything had gone so wrong...

"What do you wish to know?" the strega asked, emptying the thick, black liquid into the bowl.

"My love, Juliet—" his voice trembled at her name, and he took a moment to repress his anguish.

"It was her you drank poison for." The strega swirled the liquid in the basin. "I see her."

"How do you know it's her?" He leaned forward, peering into the dish. He saw nothing but his own reflection.

"The same as you know the sun rises in the east. I simply know." She clucked softly behind her veil of coins. "Bound to you by the thread of holy matrimony. A secret wedding."

Romeo swallowed back unexpected tears. "Yes, she was my... she was my wife."

It still sounded strange to his ears. A wife was something an older man had, a man like his father. He could not imagine being so old. Perhaps that had been the poison's cruelest jest, to let him believe his life would end in the vigor of his youth, only to return him with none of that youth left in body or mind.

"The young are foolish and brash." The witch's tone softened. "Black of hair, brown of eye. As fair as any maid from Verona."

"Fairer," he corrected her, his hand clenching to a fist. His nails bit into his palm as he struggled to hold back his tears. "Is she happy?"

The strega considered a moment, drawing one finger across the surface of the liquid. When she brought her hand away, it shone wet and red. "No. She is in despair. That is all I can see."

His heart squeezed tightly. He couldn't find his breath. He had hoped to hear that she was in a better place, as friar Laurence had assured him so many times. "There must be some way to assuage her grief. Some way to tell her—"

"Her eyes and ears are as closed as any dead woman's. Whatever torments her will torment her for eternity." There was no comfort to be had from the strega's voice. She reached out one gnarled hand, palm up. "If that is all—"

"It is not all!" Romeo shot to his feet, placing his hand on the dagger at his side. He did not have the strength to use it, but the witch couldn't know that. "You know dark magic. You can bring her back."

Slowly, the strega unhooked her veil, letting the net of coins fall to her lap. Her face was as aged and withered as her hands. One eye protruded grotesquely, a milky blue, while the other, shrewd and black, fixed on him. "I no longer do such magic."

"But it can be done?" Romeo asked, and when she nodded, he unsheathed his knife and prodded her knobby chin with the point. "Then you had better do it, witch."

The old woman did not tremble in fear of him. She grabbed the blade and pushed it away; it felt as though he cut himself instead of her. He dropped the dagger and stepped back, cursing as blood coursed down his arm from the slice that split his palm. Faster than he could have anticipated, the old witch grabbed his wrist and jerked his hand over the basin, letting his blood fall into it.

"I no longer work such magic," she repeated, swirling the blood in the bowl with her fingertip. "But there are others. To bring someone back, first you must find them. Are you prepared to walk with devils, boy?"

He nodded, his quick breaths flaring his nostrils.

"Are you willing to brave serpents and fire, to fight the keepers of the dead and hear ghosts speak?" She pushed his hand away. At once, the blood on his palm stopped flowing, and the wound sealed itself, burning with invisible fire. He gasped and clutched his hand, watching with horror as the old witch's good eye rolled back in her head and she called out words he did not understand.

In the bowl, the liquid lightened, then glowed and turned an unearthly blue. A maelstrom formed in the shallow basin, and lightning crackled on its surface. All the while, the old woman chanted and howled, until the room filled with a spectral wind that seemed to originate inside the blue light. The bird screamed in its cage, and jars and bottles rattled and broke on their shelves.

The surface of the liquid rose in waves capped with frothy blue. As the peaks grew higher, the aquamarine light faded, leaving only a bubbling, roiling fount of blood rising as tall as Romeo himself. The burbling red took shape, into a form so familiar that Romeo at once recoiled from it and yearned to touch it.

His Juliet stood before him, or at least, the shape of her, frozen in blood, monochromatic crimson, but unmistakably her. Thick chains bound her across her neck, her waist, manacles clasped her wrists. Her eyes were the worst of all, open, bloody, blank and unseeing, yet somehow still accusing. Still hating him, for having let her go before him.

"I'm so sorry," he whispered, his throat raw with emotion. He reached for her, knowing it a foolish thing to have done before his fingertips brushed her bloody cheek.

The vision of Juliet opened its mouth impossibly, terribly wide and a bone withering scream burst from her at the same time the vision burst, raining blood over the room.

The strega braced herself with her ancient hands on either side of the bowl, and lifted her head, the blood running in rivulets down her face. "You must go north. You will find the man who can help you there."

"North?" He conjured up a map in his mind. "Grezzana?"

"Farther." The strega pushed up from the floor, righting herself. She looked smaller somehow, more fragile than fearsome.

"Erbezzo?"

The eyebrow over her good eye arched in exasperation. "Farther. Farther than you have ever traveled. Over the mountains, to a castle by the sea. The seat of a murdered king."

He opened his mouth to speak, but she cut him off. "I know no more. In payment, I ask only that you never darken my door again." She lifted the dagger from the floor. He reached for it, and she threw it, so that the blade stuck in the lintel. At once, her terrible, craggy face transformed, her skin going smooth and youthful, her spider web hair turning to glossy black silk. She narrowed her eyes, no longer milky but deep black, and pointed to where the dagger quivered in the wood. "Leave it. Let its absence remind you never to cross a sister of the fortunes again."

When Romeo emerged, Friar Laurence rose to his feet, the worry that creased his brow relented only a bit. "I heard such howling, I thought you must surely be in the grips of the devil himself."

"No devils here." Romeo made no mention of the dagger. It embarrassed him now, to think he had threatened a woman so powerful. "To find those, I must go north."

About Jenny Trout: 

Jenny Trout is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she's not writing, she's sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.

She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to murder her.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Mating Dance (Ashwood Falls #2) by Lia Davis Blog Tour Stop

A Mating Dance, Ashwood Falls #2
By Lia Davis

Tagline: She’d fought fate against one, but she’s no match for two.

Blurb:

Senior enforcer, Cameron Nickels has found her perfect mate. Blaine Andrews, leopard Pack Marshal, is strong, dominate, loyal, and passionate. He knows all her strengths and weaknesses—not to mention her pleasure points. Cam’s known Blaine most her life, but she’s always felt like something was missing and her jaguar refuses to fully accept him. Yet, she can’t walk away from him. When architect and sexy mountain lion shifter, Graham Griffin, comes to town to design the new den nursery and school, Cameron finds herself in a mating dance that throws her and her jaguar into flight mode while Blaine must decide if he cannot only share his mate, but welcome another.

After his lover walked out on him a year ago, Graham has no intentions of entering another relationship any time soon. But he realizes that the fates have other plans for him when he meets Blaine and Cameron. When his ex-lover’s children are chased into Ashwood territory by a group of rogues, he discovers the male he shared a life with had died freeing the kids from the Onyx Pack. Graham must work side-by-side with the two enforcers to uncover lies from the past while his heart opens to his true mates.

Warning: Contains one-hot headed leopard, a man who thought he’d lost it all, and a woman who is about to rub up against both in the best possible ways.

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My Review

5 of 5 Mating Dance

HOLY HOT SHIFTERS!!!!!!!!!! Man oh man Lia has rocked the house with this book. I mean DAM I could not read fast enough because I love me some shifter stories but Lia has this way with writing that grabs you and keeps you there. Her descriptions of the characters and the places and lord the action had me at the edge of my seat wanting no needing more.

Cam has found her mate. He is perfect for her in every way. He is gorgeous, smart, loyal and passionate. So why then does she feel empty? She feels this emptiness that she can't explain and she knows she is ready to settle down and be with her mate Blaine who is an ALPHA male all the way but she needs something. Blaine is determined to give Cam anything she wants and he will wait for her to be ready because he loves her and he wants her.

So when the new Architect Graham comes to town to build a new nursery and school everyone is excited. The minute Cam sees him her mating call goes off and she realizes what she has been missing and longing for. Only problem is will Blaine accept another man into their relationship? Well there is something else to because Graham has sworn off dating because his lover left him over a year ago and he is still reeling from a heart break. Graham can't deny the attraction he feels towards Cam and Blaine but he is still guarded. But soon something happens that brings the three together and they will have to work together in order to save the pact as well as the children. Will they come together and fight along side each other or will Graham just leave with his broken heart? 

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Excerpt: 

Cameron sat at Dani and Nevan’s dining table with Max balanced on one knee as she helped him cut his waffle, dip it into the syrup, and bring it to his mouth. When he dropped the fork and stuck his hand in the syrup, she squeaked and grabbed his wrist. Graham came over with a wet cloth to clean him up. Max grunted his frustration then gripped Cam’s hair with his sticky fingers, tangling his fingers around the strands. “Oh, Max.” Cameron stood, only to come nose-to nose with Graham.

Her skin heated and her heart skipped a few beats. His blue eyes darkened slightly, then a flash of bright blue told her that his puma wasn’t far from the surface.

Graham gripped Max’s hand and tried to unwrap her hair from his sticky fingers. Cameron laughed, trying to ignore the heat blooming between them. “You’re making it worse.”

Graham drew his brows together, making him even more handsome. She let her gaze travel over the masculine lines of his face. His skin was tanned, as though he worked long hours in the sun. He had high cheekbones and an average size nose that was just right for him. When her gaze fell on his lips, she wondered what they would feel like against hers. His lips were slightly full, the bottom one begging for her to bite it. When his blue gaze met hers, a wash of desire rushed through her, heating her skin even more.

Good Lord, what the hell was wrong with her? She had a mate, or could have one if she’d get past her commitment issues. She damn sure didn’t need another.

The front door opened, drawing her attention to Blaine as he walked in and shut the door behind him. Cameron immediately met his glare with one of her own.

Damn possessive male.

She stepped away from Graham and went to the kitchen sink to wet her hair and untangle Max’s hands. A moment later Blaine was at her side, he pressed a kiss to her cheek and then took Max from her. Her heart lurched as the little guy started crying and kicking his feet.

Graham appeared and took the wailing child from Blaine, and Cameron swore she heard a growl come from one of them.

Drying the ends of her hair with a kitchen towel, Cam stepped between them, giving Blaine a narrow-eyed glare. “Are you done?”

His leopard flashed in his eyes, and he leaned in to growl, “Not with you.”

About the Author:

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.


Interview With Lia:

Today on Kaidans Seduction we would like to welcome a very special guest Lia Davis. Lia thank you so much for coming down and spending some time with your readers. I have to say that I loved loved A Mating Dance and I need more. I mean it was so hot, sexy and so so swoon worthy I could not get enough! Girl you sure know how to write a story like no one’s business.

How did you become and author?

I started writing after discovering paranormal romance and decided to give it a try. At first it was just an outlet to get away from the reality of day job and quiet overactive imagination. 

What is your favorite genre to read?

Paranormal romance. I love the world building, the danger and suspense, and the whole idea of other species.

How many books have you written?

I just sent number 7 off to the editor last week.

Who is your favorite character and why?

I try not to play favoritism among my characters, but I do have to say the little Max (the three year old stepson of Graham from A Mating Dance) has stolen my heart.

Who is your inspiration?

Oh there are too many great authors that I read who each inspire me in their ways. But my root inspiration is my mom who’s love for reading passed on to me. 

If you could be a shape shifter what would you be and why?

A white tiger! They are beautiful and I’m a cat person at heart.

Are you currently working on anything?

Yes, I’m working on an Ashwood Falls novella, A Rebel’s Heart, that will be in the Fated Desires Publishing anthology coming out November 12, 2013.

I’m also working on a brand new series that involves Greek Gods and dragons. Following my website and blog for more information. http://www.authorliadavis.com

Sudden Death:

Coffee or Soda
 Coffee

Paperback or Kindle
 Even though I love my Kindle, I will still buy paperbacks on the spur of the moment when out and about.

Erotica or Historical 
Historical

M&M’s or Skittles 
Depends on my mood. I love both.

Favorite Color
 purple

Lia thanks for stopping by and sharing the love with us crazy readers! Please come back again soon. 

Thank you for having me!

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Literati Author Services Presents Blood Entangled (Blood Vine #2) by Amber Belldene Blog Tour Stop

 
Title: Blood Entangled (Blood Vine #2)
Author: Amber Belldene
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 23, 2013 by Omnific Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services

Synopsis:

KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.

From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.

Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?

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My Review

5 of 5 Blood Entangled

Amber you have totally hit the mark with this sequel to the series. I mean I loved Andre and Zoey but when I realized this would be Kos's story I just about died. I couldn't get enough of him to save my life. He is so full of love and compassion but his mother's death has left him haunted and he swears off love even though it will be different for him he still swears love off. He rather have a closed off heart than a broken one. Plus we get to see more of Lena. I have to say that at first I didn't like her because she was going after Andre but he put a stop to that and said no thank you and told her to leave. In her rough departure from Andre Kos comes to the rescue and he comforts her. What was shocking was how he felt about her but he has so much on his plate that he definitely does not need a distraction like Lena.

See Lena comes from a long line of blood servants and she is looking for a vampire to serve. She thought that vampire was Andre but he does not want her. When she is comforted by Kos she starts to have these feelings and she is not sure where they are coming from but she starts to really care for Kos and wants to be his servant but Kos has sworn off love and does not want another distraction on his plate because he needs to get the cure out to all the sick vampires. But Kos can't deny what he feels for Lena and as he tries to fight it he finds himself helping her once again because he sends her off to be with another vampire but he is soon realizing it was a mistake. The hunters are out in full force and are recruiting more hunters and they have a hunter in this book that is ready and able and willing to take out a vampire at anytime in any place.

So what is Kos to do? What will happen between him and Lena when he learns of some secrets that have been kept from him? Will Kos let Lena serve him? Will the hunters get the vampires in the end? Another great read and I hope there are going to be more books because I truly love love this series! 

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Synopsis:

In Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign. 

When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can’t forget. After her husband’s suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time?

Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey’s PR expertise to reach them. After his wife’s death, Andre has a vow of his own—never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally. 

His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?

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My Review

5 of 5 Blood Vine

First I have to give a huge shot out to Literati Author Services for allowing me to be on this awesome tour. anyone who knows me knows I love vampire stories. I love the good the bad and the ugly stories. No matter what it is I read it and soak up the words like a sponge starving for water. So let me tell you this about Blood Vine this is a little gem that people need to read. I mean there are so many things that happen in this book that it is like riding a roller coaster of a book ride. First we meet Zoey who is a public relations consultant and let me tell you she is good at her job. She throws herself into her work because she has lost her husband and she is still mourning him after all this time. She knows she needs to move on but it is hard so she works her butt off and that is her mind distraction. Not to mention she almost had a one night stand but could not go through with it so she left him sitting on the bar stool and walked away. 

Fast forward and we see that Zoey has a new client who owns his own vineyard and she is going to help him out with his promotion of the vineyard. When Zoey goes to meet her client she just about dies because it is none other than her almost one night stand. Andre is not only the owner of the vineyard but he is a vampire. A vampire that was run out of his home in Croatia by hunters. He and his fellow vampires that have been banished from Croatia are in trouble if they don't find a cure for the disease that is killing them. Andre has figured out a way to use ingredients from his home in Croatia and his wine from the vineyard to cure his fellow vampires but he needs help getting the word out and that is where Zoey comes in. 

But what happens when the hunters find out? Will they come after Andre? Will the hunters come after Zoey as well because she is helping him get the word out about his wine? What happens when the flames flicker brighter between Zoey and Andre?What will Zoey do when she finds out that Andre is a vampire? This book is a must read if you love vampires like I do!

About the Author:

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

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