Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Playing For Keeps Blog Tour Stop!

The book -
The synopsis-

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game…

She's in love with him. 
He's trying not to love her. 
One night changes everything.
Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realising she was doing it.
Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.
Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.
What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.
And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.
Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

**This book can be read as a standalone novel, but reading The Love Game (The Game, #1) beforehand is advised.**

 
My Review-
As you may already know, Emma Hart is my Critique Partner. We talk bookish things frequently. While she was writing Playing For Keeps, we didnt talk as much as we did for other books. She was THAT into this story. And it shows. Aston and Megan were her life and when she was done, we both felt it.
So, what can I say about Playing For Keeps?
I don't even know.
I loved it.
Was it Braden? No. Frickin'. Way. Braden is the best Caveman ever.
Aston? He was breaking my heart. Not in the way you'd expect.
His past sucked. Poor guy, I wanted to hold him. Just pull him off the pages and hug his brains out.
I did miss Kay. She was there, but not as much as she was in The Love Game.
We get to see more of Lila, which was great. And a bit more of Ryan, which was equally great.
One of my FAVORITE scenes in this story, was pretty much anything having to do with Aston's grandfather. He's an awesome old man, and raised Aston to be an awesome guy. Aston does have his questionable-ness... but he's got Megan on the brain and in his heart.
But I have to say my absolute FAVORITE scene was when Megan went to Braden at the bay. The thinking spot. I won't spoil it. But I totally loved it.
So there's my 2 cents, or 20. Take it how you want it, but I do hope you read this book! I don't like twisting arms... LOL

Excerpt -

ASTON:

 

“You okay?”

I shake my head. “No. Every time. Every fucking time he brings her up. I thought he wouldn’t in front of you, but he did.”

“He has his own pain,” she says softly. “It doesn’t excuse it, but he does. He feels guilty for what happened to you – that he couldn’t stop it.”

My mind reels for a second and I look down at her. “He told you that?”

She nods, letting her hand drop from my back and standing in front of me. I stop.

“You’ve never let him tell you.” She reaches up and cups my face. “He hurts, too, Aston. You both hurt. It’s not something that will go away, but you can’t let it rule your lives. If you let pain rule you you’ll get lost in it.”

“What if I’m already lost?”

“You’re not lost. You’re hiding, but you’re not lost. I won’t let you get lost.”

I let my hands come up and rest on her back, pulling her into me. “What if there’s no map?”

“Then I’ll get lost with you,” she whispers. “I won’t let you let them win, Aston. I won’t let you get sucked in by those demons. I won’t let that happen. I care too much.”

And she does. I can hear it in her voice.

She wraps her arms around my neck, and I hold her to me tighter, our foreheads resting against each other.

“I’ll try, Megs,” I promise. “I can’t say I won’t, but as long as you’re here, I think I’ll be okay.”

“And you’ll talk to your Gramps? Just once?”

“I’ll think about it. How about we just focus on stopping me from getting lost for a bit?”

“You just need a place to aim for, that’s all. You need a place to go to.”

“Go on then.” I smile. “Give me a place.”

“Okay.” She pauses for a second, closing her eyes and chewing her lip.

“I’m waiting…” I tease her.

Her blue eyes open, shocking me with their vitality. “Aim for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

“I don’t need to aim for the sky. The only star I’ll ever need is standing right in front of me.” I brush my lips over hers. “Maybe the place I need to aim for is nowhere other than where I am right now.”

“Maybe I’d go with you wherever you ended up.”

“Maybe I’d never ask that of you.”

“Maybe you wouldn’t need to ask. Maybe you’ll never need to ask me for anything, because I’ll always be here.”


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Meet Emma Hart!

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mish-mash of things....


I haven’t done a post for a while. You might be wondering why… or maybe that’s just me. LOL.

Okay, here it goes…

I sent True Connection to my editor, who loved it by the way, she sent it back to me, I completed the corrections and added in things where they needed to be. And then I sent it back to her. And to my second round betas.

SO NOW I’M WAITING AGAIN. Agony. Pure freaking agony. I dislike waiting. It’s right up there on my HORRIBLE LIST, next to washing dishes and going to the dentist.

Because I’m waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more… I tried to write more in A Message of Flowers. My New Adult WIP that I’ve been teasing you all on Facebook with. I don’t have that much more to write, but being that it’s summer – CHILDREN EVERYWHERE – and release day is approaching, writing time is limited.

I can’t write. I did a little bit, but the whole time I was writing I thought, “this is non paranormal, it’s life. You know what? That is BORING. I need to play with a dragon.” You see, there’s three WIPs with dragons in them at some point. So I tried to write one of those stories… FAIL. I felt so guilty because there isn’t much left to write in AMoF.

My brain has some major attention issues today. “Aww, the florist and the mason kiss…. Where’s a dragon when you need one? Can the florist’s best friend have a pet unicorn? I wonder if the mason can build a castle for a fairy king…”

Spacey…

So I’m stuck.

Waiting some more.

*sigh*

So in light of that, I figure I’d share something with you.

I know I’ve told others, and I may have even made a post about it before. But I can’t remember, and True Connection release is less than a month away.

How I got the idea for this book:

It was late, or early in the morning. I was just starting to fall asleep when my phone rings.

-

“Hey,” I answered.

“Dude, I just had a dream that I pissed off all the Greek Gods. They chased me all over the world. I didn’t even get to stop to see the sites. *enter bad word here*”

I LAUGHED HYSTERICALLY.

Over the next few nights, I just couldn’t let it go. It wasn’t even MY dream.

After a week or so, maybe more, I started writing.

So this is what we have….

“I pissed off all the Greek Gods, they chased me down.” = Teenage girl meets supernatural teenage boy. He tells her he’s not human, she thinks he’s a psycho.

 

Don’t ask how that happened. That part is kinda fuzzy.

 So if you want to be a part of the True Connection blog tour, here's the link. HERE
If you already signed up, ask a friend who hasn't. :) The more the merrier! And the dates July 18th & 19th could use some love, if you'd like to of course.
There will be a giveaway from me for release week.... SHHH! I didn't say that, HAHA.

On the blog this week is my review of Playing For Keeps by EmmaHart.

 

In other news, David James has his series on sale until July 2nd. So good.

April Showers by Karli Perrin is &.99 and I think you should read that, too.

My lovely friend Carey Heywood released ANOTHER book, Him… you should totally pick that up as well.

 

Now I’ll leave you with this…..

MEEEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!!!!!! lol. I'm excited if you couldn't tell!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Deviation By Dani Morales Cover Reveal

The lovely Dani Morales -

Author Bio

 

Dani Morales is a native Texan currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada with her three boys and her mother.  She adopted the boys in December of 2011 and loves spending every minute playing with them. On her spare time you can find a book in her hand or sitting in front of the computer typing out stories that run rampant in her mind. Her debut novel Entrelacen was released April 2013.

Has another release coming up!
Here's the cover!!!


And here's everything you need to know about the book!


NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 22, 2013

 

 

Blurb

It takes just one week to realize that you’re broken, but not unfixable. ONE week to realize everything doesn’t come with a price. One week to fall in love with love. One week to fall in love with you. 

Family torn apart at thirteen by a drunk driver.

Fifteen foster homes in five years.

Determined to keep everything at bay, Nevaeh Rodgers will do whatever it takes to forget.

 

Until she meets Angel Barajas at a party. He can’t keep his eyes off of her. Saving her from a guy at the party and an overdose, he can’t just let her walk out his door. Determined to help her whether she wants the help or not, he sets out to find her and not a moment too soon.

  It takes ONE day to realize the relationship you’re in isn’t healthy and leave. TWO days to realize you’re as pathetic as the loser you stayed with. THREE days to get a combination of drugs out of your system. FOUR days to wish life would end so you can take matters into your own hands. FIVE days to be saved. It takes a week to realize that everything each and every one of those days has in common, is the vibrant blue eyes that are staring at me right now.

 

Excerpt

                I’m staring at myself in the mirror of my bathroom. It’s 3 am and I’m fighting with my reflection. Each part of me is demanding to be brought to the surface. The one looking at me is the girl I used to be. She’s begging to be let out, to be more than a reflection. Then there’s me, the one in the here and now. The damaged one looking to take over completely. Fighting. Always fighting, it’s like a never ending battle raging within myself and I can’t stop it. I don’t know how to stop it, I don’t know if I want to. It’s a constant reminder that this is the path I chose. The path so off course that I don’t know if I can ever return to the original one. I didn’t leave bread crumbs like Hansel and Gretel, although those didn’t work out well with them either.

I walk out of the bathroom and go to the bookcase to look for a book. I can see I’m not going to be going back to bed anytime soon, I might as well do something productive. Trying to do something to get my mind off of the war ragging within. Running my fingers over the bindings of the books, head tilted to the right reading the spines, when I come to this worn blue book. It looks completely out of place from the others. Were they look new, you can tell this one is old. It has no writing on the spine, so I pull it out to see what it is. Inscribed on the front in the most beautiful cursive I have ever seen is the word Divinity. Completely intrigued by what this book is about I head over to the lamp by the bean bag, turn it on, and collapse into the bean bag.

Page after page of information on destiny and the paths we are on. Different people’s takes on fate and whether they believe that we are all destined for a certain path. There was a story about how this girl didn’t believe she would ever get back to her given path, her destiny is what she called it. After years of working to right the wrong she’s done in the past, she finally believed she was on her predestined path and was finally happy. I close the book after her story to think about what I’ve read. If they’re right and we are destined for something, what the hell could I be destined for? How can this be the life laid out for me by the fates? The weavers of life. I guess they have a sick sense of humor. They pick people out to have issues to keep themselves entertained.

What if the book holds truth? Can I be like that girl? Maybe I was on the right path up until everything happened and I’ve been deviating ever since. Is there a way to get back to that? To free the girl trapped in the mirror? But if she’s free where would the present me go, into the mirror, or is there a way to merge the two? Maybe accepting all that I’ve done for what it was will be the key to becoming me again.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Him by Carey Heywood Cover Reveal!

I'm just going to jump right into thie one, because I love it!

Synopsis


Sarah Miller hasn’t been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn’t for her big brother's wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It's not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him.

That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.
All she needs to do is make it through the next week without running into him.

Now for the awesomesauce cover!

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I also have these little beauts to share with you!!!!

Now meet the wonderfully crazy woman who wrote it!

I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don't have them...well yes, I have them but they're nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Endure by M.R. Merrick Book Blast!

I'm so excited to be a part of this!!!

Available June 5th 



Book Description:

Wrapped in darkness and Êwoven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from Êthe Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he's beenÊ burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into Êsomething more, something greater than he ever thought he could be.
Armed Êwith magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build anÊ army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But heÊ knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the veryÊ gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds onÊ his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one manÊ can endure.





Excerpt:

I jerked up from the couch, but the repercussion that came with the motion made me curse. My chest heaved and sweat dripped down my face.

ÒChase?Ó I heard a voice say, but it was groggy. I wasnÕt quite in reality yet.

I cleared my throat and threw my legs over the edge of the couch. More pain came, but I didnÕt care. I needed to touch the floor. I needed to ground myself.

ÒChase, are you okay?Ó It was RaynaÕs voice and she ran down the stairs.

I screamed as the scabbed over skin on my back tore open when I attempted to stand. I fell to the couch and beat my fists against the cushions as though that could alleviate the pain.

ÒChase, heyÉcalm down.Ó

RaynaÕs voice soothed me. She crouched in front of me and carefully touched my shoulder. Calming energy emanated off her body and soaked into mine. The adrenaline and pain faded, leaving an empty pit stirring inside me. I went completely still. The green cat eyes staring back at me had stolen my words and my breath. Swelling had formed under RaynaÕs right eye and she looked tired, but she was as striking as ever.

ÒAre you okay?Ó she asked.



About the Author:

M.R. Merrick is a CanadianÊ writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The ProtectorÊ Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands throughÊ his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover andÊ proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a Êpair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.



 

Chase Williams is aÊ demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On hisÊ fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental Êpower, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunterÊ through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped. Ê Ê Ê

Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent twoÊ years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When Êhe has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, heÊ learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock aÊ portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stopÊ them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance Êwith Rayna Ñ a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

InÊ their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in theÊ middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what theirÊ friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it.




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Shades of the Stars by David James, Cover Reveal and Playlist Tour


This is the playlist tour and cover reveal for Shades of the Stars. I'm excited. :)


Look at that beautiful cover! I want to hug it! lol

Here's what you need to know!

Shades of the Stars: A Legend of the Dreamer anthology. Shades of the Stars includes the novellas The Witch's Curse, The Warrior's Code, and an exclusive story called The Enchanter's Fire. Exclusive playlists. Essays on the world of the Order. Interviews. Deleted scenes from Light of the Moon. And an exclusive look at the sequel, Shadow of the Sun.
Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE
Release date is July 2nd!

So this is the first time I've been on a playlist tour, so I'm just going to go with it.

“With Me” by Sum 41 –Light of the Moon Playlist
 
“These words are my heart and soul.” I love the wanting in this song. It’s a desperate kind of love song, one that really speaks from the heart. It’s not entirely sure where it will end up, but (like Calum), it keeps holding on.
 
 
 
 


<3 this :)

The other song I was given is another good song!
David has a pretty nice playlist :)

“Too Close” by Alex Clare-The Enchanter’s Fire

Sometimes, the world gets too close and you can’t see properly. This happens quite a bit for Lily in The Enchanter’s Fire because of her power. She’s even lost a few friends because of it. But, through it all, she powers through. There is strength in taking a moment to breathe and figure yourself out before moving on.


So there you have it! :)
Hope you enjoy!

Meet David James....

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, will be released in July 2013, and will include the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.
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