Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crashed Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Introducing K. Bromberg's Crashed...






DescriptionWhen life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments. 
Big moments. 
Little moments. 
And none of them are inconsequential. 
Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs. 
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant. 
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us.  We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?


Driven Synopsis:

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule. 

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track. 

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

Fueled Synopsis

Book #2 of the Driven Trilogy

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won't let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there's someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I'd never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I'll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can't be what she needs, so why can't I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Introducing the Cover for Rachel Brookes' Breathe Again

Here is Rachel Brookes' Breathe Again...





For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn’t ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.






Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. Writing angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and delicious men to season is what she loves to do. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop.  When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family. Having released Just Breathe and Breathless in 2013, Rachel is looking forward to a busy 2014 with the upcoming release of Breathe Again, the final book in The Breathe Series and many other books planned she can’t wait to continue this crazy ride.







Just Breathe (Breathe #1) by Rachel Brookes




Breathless (Breathe #1.5) by Rachel Brookes





Personally, I really like this cover. I haven't read this series yet but judging by the covers and descriptions, I am very excited about it and hope to start this series soon.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lotus Petals Three Day Release



New Release!!


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Title: Lotus Petals
Author : Brantwijn Serrah
Genre: Paranormal/Historical/Erotic Romance
Audience: Adult
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Breathless Press
Cover By: Victoria Miller
Editor: Jayne Wolf
Pages: 235 pages
Expected Date of Publishing: Jan 17, 2014







Blurb-
Aijyn, human slave to a ruthless vampire Lord, would never dare do anything to incur his wrath. Then, she fell in love... with his bride.



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Excerpt-
Three vampires rested in the room occupied by the captain of the daimyo’s hunting party—all three of them awoke instantly when the little human oiran threw back the screen, shouting at them in furious Japanese. Without waiting for them to move, she strode boldly across the little space to come eye-to-eye with the captain himself as he struggled to come to his feet. At first they were so stunned by the mortal’s appearance none of the three knew what to do: Kazuo, the captain, finally registered her shrill accusations.
"You would poison the daimyo’s honored guest?" she shouted at him. "You would drug her with octopus venom and then humiliate her?"
Coming to his senses—they were slower in the daytime, vampires—Kazuo brought his hands down on her shoulders and lifted her off her feet. The sudden movement reminded her she had stepped into a tiger’s den—she stiffened in his grasp and sucked in a fearful breath.
"Since when does the human come into my rooms uninvited?" he snarled. Fear shook her—she fully expected he would hurt her, and rightfully so—but she did not give off.
"Rhiannon Donovan has drunk the venom of the blue-ring octopus," she said, her voice quavering but still strong. "Your huntsmen use it to paralyze and kill—one of them drugged the human she hunted, and she swallowed it with his blood!"
"You dare charge my men with such a disgraceful act? And for a gaijin slut?"
"What’s going on here?"
Kazuo looked up; his two servants followed his glance. In the doorway stood Nagisa, tall and elegant, wrapped in the gauzy silk of her azure sleeper’s yukata—she, too, must have been roused by the sound of Aijyn’s screams. Her cold eyes regarded each of them carefully.
"Aijyn," she said, the curiosity in her tone edged with danger. "What do you mean by disturbing the captain during his daytime rest?"
Kazuo shot a dangerous and warning glare at the human oiran, but Aijyn ignored it, desperate with fear.
"Nagisa-sama, the Councilwoman’s noble emissary was betrayed last night during the hunt," she said quickly; she’d never imagined one day it might be Nagisa, of all people, to save her from the fangs of an angry vampire.
"Rhiannon drank the blood of a human poisoned with octopus venom, and now she lies in her rooms injured and sick. They took her hair, Nagisa-sama! They’ve shorn her like a...like a rag boy!"
Nagisa’s poisonous eyes narrowed, her lips pressing into a thin line like the blade of a knife.
"Kazuo," she said, the word like a stone dropping into an empty well. "Put Aijyn down."
Kazuo stared, incredulous, at the graceful tayu. When he did not immediately comply, Nagisa strode into the room and grabbed him by the throat.
"Why, Kazuo-san," she growled sweetly. "I had no idea you had already become so bored with immortality. Seventy-three years, if I recall, and already you wish for our master to release your soulless carcass into oblivion."
Amazingly, Kazuo slowly backed down, quietly letting Aijyn go while his eyes remained furiously on Nagisa. His servants watched with silent awe as Nagisa continued, never breaking her hold on the captain’s neck.
"Aijyn-chan, you are surely aware you will suffer greatly, should this accusation prove false," the tayu said.
"I am quite sure of it, Nagisa-sama," Aijyn replied, bowing low. "I have heard the captain and his hunting party speak of the blow-darts they use to sting their human prey with the toxin. Kazuo-san has said the poison stings kin-born vampires as well; I am quite sure Rhiannon has swallowed it, and what reduced her to helplessness while her clothes were torn and her hair cut off."
"Please return to the rooms of our guest. Attend to her carefully—be sure these men did not force themselves on her body, as well. I will deal with Kazuo, and send word to the daimyo of this dishonorable conduct."
Aijyn felt cold all through her, and a dizzy giddiness swept through her mind. She had not even considered what she did—storming into one of the vampire’s nests!—and now she felt weak in the stomach. How had she even survived it?
Nagisa’s words echoed in her head: make sure the men had not forced themselves on Rhiannon’s body. How could she not have considered it or checked for signs of it, to see if Rhiannon had also been raped by these monsters?
"Aijyn-chan," Nagisa said again. Shaken from her daze, she nodded. Then she slipped quickly out of the room and found herself running, again, for Rhiannon.
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Sometime in early 2009, Brantwijn Serrah ran across an erotic novel in her local Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with the gorgeous geisha pictured on the cover. Sad to say, the book didn't live up to expectations. After one too many iterations of the phrase "his most honorable penis", Brantwijn decided to write her own story instead. The idea for Lotus Petals, the tale of a geisha seduced into the world of vampires, was born.

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to Lotus Petals, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm, and hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.
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I am very excited for this novel. I love the cover and I will be reading this book sometime soon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jan. 17 Feature & Follow Friday


 Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read



This week's question/task: Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little about him/her. If not, tell us why you need or don't need a blogger BFF.

My Answer: I don't have a blogger BFF. I don't really know many bloggers outside of reading their reviews or posts. This one of the reasons why I want to connect with other bloggers more. I think blogger BFFs are needed because you should always have people that you can share things about what you do. I can't really talk to any of my "real life" friends about blogging because they don't really get it. I also think having a blogger BFF would be fun because as we would meet online we may live in completely different countries and have different experiences.


Please share your FF. Who is your BFF/ why do you need one?
Happy Friday!!! :)

Two Roads - L.M. Augustine Review

Title: Two Roads

Author: L.M. Augustine

Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance

Publish Date: Aug. 24, 2013

Length: 210 pages

Format: paperback, ebook

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DescriptionThe only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

My Review: Quite honestly, I wasn't really thrilled with this novel at all. I really liked Logan as a character. I think he was fun and nerdy, in a cute way. I also think that he was just trying to move on with his life and survive after the death of his best friend. In general, the book was written well and the story flowed nicely. However, I had a big problem with Cali and her actions and since the novel revolves around her, I had an issue with this book.

Cali is a self proclaimed Mean Girl. She wears the mask of a popular, shallow girl who only cares about sex. Cali is the Queen Bee of her school. However, I did not like her at all. Cali is dealing with the loss of her brother who committed suicide four years ago. As a result, she is cold and forbids herself from forming any real bonds with the people around her. Although Cali is dealing with this tragedy, and I can respect her for it as I have also lost a sibling, I find her characteristics and mannerisms to be completely horrible. She is just not a good person. 

Her actions are childish and she is very immature. I think this would be acceptable, not really but maybe, if she were in high school but she is a sophomore in college and twenty years old. At this stage in your life I think you should have a bit more maturity than to reduce yourself to petty insults and childish pranks. Logan is in no way exempt from his part in their little "feud" but it seems like it is Cali who initiated it. She somehow blames Logan, and her parents, for her brother's death and for a little while I was curious as to how he could have been responsible. When I discovered that her brother committed suicide and she still blamed Logan, I found her actions to be even more ridiculous.

I think someone in this book should have confronted Cali and call her out on her actions. Someone should have told her that she is not a child and that pulling childish pranks is not a way to deal with death. I'm sure this book could have been really great but because of Cali I really wanted to stop reading after the second chapter, I didn't but I wanted to.

Quick Opinion: In my opinion Two Roads was not great at all. The story itself seemed to be good, the writing was very well done, but the main character Cali just infuriated me and the book is centered around her so I was bothered the whole way through. I will not be reading this book again unless I can somehow tune Cali out. I give this novel 2 stakes because I was looking forward to this book and I ended up being very disappointed.

Get to Know the AuthorL.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.

Author Links

Where to Get Your CopyAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

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Please let me know what you think of Two Roads. Have you read it? What did you think?

The Problem With Crazy Cover Reveal


Introducing Lauren K. McKellar's 

The Problem With Crazy

  

Title: The Problem With Crazy
Author: Lauren K McKellar
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Berto Designs
Release Date:  February 13, 2014

The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.

A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.

When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

*A portion of sales from this book will be donated to a Huntington’s disease-related charity (details TBC)

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“And there is something else we need to tell you, dear.”

“Deb, not now. Give ‘er a rest,” Dad interjected, his voice sounding ever more weary with each passing word.
“What? Tell me,” I demanded, my fingers clenching into little fists. “What could possibly be worse than what you’ve already said?” Dave placed his arm protectively around my shoulders. I wanted to shake it off.

“Maybe we should wait.” Mum eyed Dave’s hand.

“Anything you have to say, you can say in front of him.” I shook my head. “He’s family. You know that.” Dave and I locked eyes, and he gave me a special little smile.

“Kate, it’s not a good time.” Mum’s voice was shrill. My heart was beating like a jackhammer, thud-thud-thud, over and over at double time.
“If you don’t tell me now, I’ll Google it. I’ll just search the disease and see what I can find. We both will!”

Silence. Dave took my hand in his, clasping his other hand around it so I was protected entirely within his palms. Mum and Dad looked at each other, foreheads wrinkled and lips pursed.

“The disease your father has,” Mum paused. I nodded at her. Go on. 


Just tell me. Get it over with. 

“It’s hereditary.”

I struggled to breathe as Dave’s fingers slowly unlaced themselves from mine.





Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, and recently returned to her first love: writing books that make you feel.

Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and blogs with Aussie Owned and Read, as well as vlogging with the YA Rebels.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.



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I think this cover is great and this book sounds really interesting. I think I will be reading this soon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Psycho Inside Me

Title: Psycho Inside Me

Author: Bonnie R. Paulson

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publish Date: Nov. 30, 2013

Publisher: Captiva Publishing

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Length: 265 pages

Format: paperback, ebook

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DescriptionI killed my first victim at thirteen years old – my age, not his. He was going to rape me, him and a couple of his friends. And so, I killed him. And then… I killed again. And again. At seventeen, I’m killing four to six times a year – maybe more. Don’t stress out. I only go after the pedophiles and rapists. There are more out there than I could cover in a lifetime. 


Saying I did this on my own would be selfish. Enforcing justice holds a glory all its own. But now, my lifelong friend and backup, Deegan, has been arrested. I have to decide if I want to give myself up and take his place or leave him with all the damning evidence. I don’t want to stop killing. But if I let him take the fall, I can’t kill anymore. And I need to keep doing that. 
But the worst part of it all? I love him.

My Review: Psycho Inside Me is a great novel about wanting to make a difference in the world when it comes to the terrible and sick violence that is all too frequent. Cassie wants to stop horrible men from victimizing children in the worst possible way. However, her methods are a bit unorthodox. To stop these men, Cassie decides to simply kill them. Vigilantes and vigilante work is something that I am very interested in. I think that it is a highly debated topic and not many people truly know how they feel about. 

As for this novel, I really liked and appreciated how Cassie goes about attempting to protect other children. She is a very strong character, in characteristics and the way she is written. All Cassie wants to do is to stop other children from being hurt by adults who are supposed to protect them, or any adults. I also appreciated how the author included some characters in the end who expressed gratitude to Cassie for her work. I think that while killing is wrong and some people may not agree, Cassie did what she did because she believed it was a good thing and she truly wanted to help people. 

Although, from some of her statements and thoughts I agree with the title "Psycho" inside me because she definitely enjoys killing, probably more than the average person should. :) But all in all I think it makes for a great story. I liked Deegan and how he supported Cassie's mission. I would have liked to see more about how he ended up arrested but that's alright.

Overall Opinion: I think Psycho Inside Me is a great story. It's about wanting to change the way the world is even if you are just one person. Cassie is a strong vigilante who genuinely wants to stop sick men from every hurting children again. I give this novel 4 stakes and I will be adding this author to my list of authors to read more from.

Meet the AuthorThere are people who know a lot about a little, we’ll call them experts. Then there are people, like Bonnie, who don’t specialize, but rather gather information like pebbles in their pockets and drop them like Hansel & Gretel in the stories they write. The question is, do you want to follow them back?

Certified as a Radiologic Technologist, Bonnie prefers a touch of medical in her storylines. Don’t be surprised if romance somehow runs through a hospital or comes in contact with a paramedic. It’s just how she rolls. And you know there's nothing more romantic than an 18 gauge needle poking your vein!

She and her Hubs delight in dirt biking, snowboarding, fishing, cooking, eating, spending time together and more with their adorable children.

Author LinksWebsite | Twitter | Facebook

Where to Get Your CopyAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

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What do you think about vigilantes? Have you ever read Psycho Inside Me?

Teaser Tuesday: Immoral - Tales of a Vampire Hunter


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



TitleImmoral: Tales of a Vampire Hunter

Author: Zander Vyne


Teaser: "Mixed in with the crowd, danger now lurked everywhere. 

Once more, he'd let his passion for her cloud his ability to sense vampires."

I can't wait to finish reading this book and see how it turns out. 


Please leave a comment and tell me what you think of this teaser.

And share your own teasers.
Happy Tuesday!

New Year's Challenge Day 14

Book Blogger New Year's Challenge

 The Book Blogger New Year's Challenge hosted by Parajunkee.

Day 14 (Blogger Wish List of 2014):

This is the final day of the book blogger New Year's Challenge.

I don't really have that many things on my wish list.

On my wish list for 2014 I want to: 

Reach 400 likes on my Facebook page
Reach 500 followers on Twitter
Get more comments on my posts
Blog more than I did in 2013
Provide better content
Have fun with blogging 

 What's on your wish list?

This is the end of the challenge but here were the subjects of each day: