Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Katy Evans' Rogue


Katy Evans' Rogue...

Release Date: July 29, 2014

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The doors burst open and a couple walks inside, soaking wet, the woman shaking her damp loose hair, laughing.

“Omigod!” I cry, my stomach plummeting when I realize it’s fucking raining.
I run to the door when a man grabs the handle with a black-gloved hand and gallantly pulls it open for me. I almost stumble outside, and he grips my elbow to steady me. “Easy,” he says in a rolling voice as he steadies me on my feet, and I blink desperately across the street at the light blue Mustang. All I have in my name. All I have to sell because I desperately need the money and who will want it now? It’s a convertible and a little old, but it’s as cute as it is unique, with white interior seats to match the tent top. But now it’s outside in this rain, with its top down, becoming my very own Titanic with wheels.
My entire life is sinking right with it.

“I assume by that sad puppy-dog look on your face that that’s your car,” the rolling voice says.

I helplessly nod and lift my eyes to the stranger. A flash of thunder cuts through the distance, illuminating his features.
And I can’t speak.
Or think.
Or breathe.

His eyes grab me and won’t let go. I stare into their depths while also registering that his face is stunning. Hard jaw, high cheekbones, strong forehead. His nose is classic, sleek and elegant; and the lips beneath are full and curved, firm and . . . god, he’s edible. His dark hair flips playfully in the wind. He’s tall and broad shouldered and dressed in dark slacks and a dark turtleneck that makes him look both elegant and dangerous.
But his eyes.

They’re an indecipherable color, but it’s not the color, it’s the stare, the incredible shine. Framed with thick black lashes, his eyes shine as brilliant as the brightest lights I’ve ever seen. As they quietly assess my features in return, those narrowed eyes feel as powerful as X-rays, and they seem to be sparkling especially because I—me—have somehow done something to amuse this man, this . . . fuck, I have no name for him. Except Eros. Cupid himself. God of love. In the flesh.

I used to think Cupid used an arrow but I don’t feel as if I’ve been pierced by an arrow. I feel like I’ve been hit. By a rocket.

As I keep standing here, floored by the over six feet of total hotness before me, he grabs my keys from me with one gloved hand and puts his other free one on my hip to hold me in place. And I feel it. I feel the touch race down my hips, knotting in my stomach, pulsing in my sex, straight down my thighs, curling my toes. “Stay here,” he says into my ear, then he pulls up the collar of his turtleneck until it becomes a hood in the back, and he runs across the street.

I watch him head to where my car is getting soaked. The wind whips through the streets so hard, I have to use both hands to try to flatten my skirt so it doesn’t fly up to my middle.
“Put the top on!” I force myself to yell through the pounding rain, suddenly as determined as he is to save my car.

“Princess, I got this!” He leaps into the front seat, turns on the car, and the top starts coming up until it . . . doesn’t.
It gets stuck.

After a squeal of protest, the fucker starts coming back down.
“ARGH, SHIT!” I hurry into the street and suddenly the drops of rain bombard me like little cannon balls, soaking me in a second. I swear I want to yell Fuck you! at them. My car, the one thing in my life that hasn’t been shit on, is being ruined and I want to scream.
“Are you kidding me? Get under the roof!” The guy leaps out and then pulls off his sweater in one quick jerk. He spreads the material over my head, using it to shield me from the rain while he herds me back to the small awning over the building entry.
“No! I’ll help you. My precious car!” I cry and push at his chest, trying to get him to back off, but he’s a head taller and built of steel.
“I’ve got your car,” he promises. He hands me his soaked turtleneck and adds, “Hold this,” before he runs back out.

He’s wearing a white crewneck undershirt, and it clings to his sculpted torso as he tries to manually override and pull the top of my car back in place.

Raindrops sluice down his bare arms, the soaked cotton of his shirt plastered down on his chest, revealing every muscle in existence. Fuck. He’s off-the-charts gorgeous; he just broke my Man Hotness Radar. I can’t take my eyes off every inch of his body or the way it moves.

Thunder shakes the city again when he finally latches the top of my car on and signals for me to come over. He opens my car door from the inside, and I hurry into the passenger seat and shut it behind me.

My cold, slick clothes cling against my skin while he sits behind the wheel, looking big and manly, and suddenly we’re ensconced in the small, almost cramped interior of my car. The seats are flooded with water, and when I shift to face him a little, I hear a squish that makes my cheeks burn in embarrassment.

“I can’t believe this,” I whisper. “My best friend tells me I’m the only idiot with a convertible in Seattle.”

His eyes are openly amused. “I dig your car.” He reaches out to the dashboard, and the hand he runs over it is covered in an elegant lambskin glove that makes my skin prick with goose bumps. He shifts his big torso in my direction with an irresistibly devastating grin. “Everything wet gets dry; don’t worry, princess.”
I can hardly take the way he says wet.

Or the way a raindrop clings to his dark eyelashes. Water sluices down his tanned, corded arms. His hair is slicked back, enhancing the beautiful face he has. I have seen works of art and beautiful men, beautiful buildings and beautiful rooms, but at this moment as he looks at me, I can’t remember ever seeing anything besides him.

He’s a ten. I’ve never, ever, been with a ten. And the way that he looks at me . . . I’ve seen that look before. The look that Remington Tate gives Brooke. That look. He’s giving it to me and I’m dying inside. Can I die from one look? And if one look can kill me, then what would one touch do?

“So,” he says softly, his voice textured. He waits a little before speaking again, and it surprises me that he still only looks at my face, not my wet chest, not my bare legs—he’s looking at nothing but my eyes while absently stroking the circle of my steering wheel.
“Want to go somewhere with me?” he asks, then reaches out with his free wet black glove to brush my hair back behind my ear.

What I feel is so far beyond lust, I can hardly answer him.
I tremble. “Yes,” I say, dizzied with want.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Alluring Infatuation

Introducing Skye Turner's Alluring Infatuation...



Bayou Stix #4

Dade Rodrigue is the levelheaded, bass guitarist for Bayou Stix, the hottest rock band in the country. He’s the oldest member which often places him in the role of protector and mentor. Women love a rock star and Dade is no exception. When events in his own life become overwhelming, he takes a much needed retreat for some quiet and down time away from his “Dade the rocker” existence. 

Melonie Bird is a well-respected OB/GYN with a successful practice. She’s beautiful, smart, and career focused. She likes things neat and orderly and her life is no exception. When her perfect life derails, she takes off on an island adventure to refresh and recharge. 

An exotic location, a chance encounter, and two beautiful people -who aren’t quite who they seem- will have both of their worlds spinning. 

What happens when the unexpected changes your life? When the things you never thought you wanted turn out to be exactly what you need, what do you do? What happens when the one you can’t forget isn’t exactly who you thought they were?  

Can a spark of lust ignite the fire of love?


Release Date: Aug. 29, 2014

About the Author:

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.
She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately life intervened and she made the choice to leave her studies.

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 5 fur babies.
When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.


I am very excited for Alluring Infatuation. I love all of the Bayou Stix novels and I cannot wait to read this one.

Let me know what you think of Alluring Infatuation's cover.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Sinfully by Leighton Riley


Title: Sinfully

Author: Leighton Riley

Release: June 8, 2014

Warning
***Warning 18+ only due to mature subject matter and strong sexual content***



Description: 

She played the game by her own rules...until he changed them... 
Payton wrote a self-published book regaling her encounters with men while visiting Las Vegas. To her horror, life changes in more ways than one when someone finds out her true identity. 

Ryder, a successful publisher, is determined to find and sign Reece Edwards. Using what little information he can find on her, he sets out to find her, feeling it will definitely be worth the chase. 

While on his search for Reece, Ryder meets Payton and the chemistry is explosive. Payton has done well with not allowing anyone to get close to her, but something is different with Ryder. Ryder can’t get Payton out of his head, but he is still on his mission to locate Reece. 

With two tragic pasts, Payton and Ryder each have demons to overcome. Will they be able to put those demons to rest or will it be all for nothing?

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Review: 
First off, I loved that Payton is a self-published author. I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the life of and what some of my favorite authors go through getting their books published.

Payton seems like an incredibly smart and fin-loving person who just wants to live her life. I enjoyed the sort of double life that she had going for her regular home life and her Las Vegas persona. However, I feel like she wasn't fully committed to the relationship with Ryder in the beginning.

Ryder is determined and a hard worker. He also has some emotional baggage that hinders the relationship a bit.

I feel like it took the couple a little longer than I would have liked for them to get together. Partially due to a case of mistaken identity, or neither one wanting to fully disclose information.

Despite that, I liked that there were multiple layers in this novel. It wasn't simply a couple falling in love and living HEA. There were ups and downs, stalker issues, trust issues, and even a part where they are broken up. Although all of these things left me frustrated because I wanted them to be together, they helped to create a complete and well-rounded story that was in no way one-dimensional.

The hook-ups are great and very descriptive. I also liked Payton's descriptions in her erotic novel that I wouldn't mind reading. 

Overall: 
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the romance between Payton and Ryder. I also loved the twist at the end of the novel. I think it really served to shake up a storyline where I thought I knew where it was going. I like books that involve a stalker element in them because I always like to try and guess who it is. 

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Excerpt: 

I hadn’t felt so alone in a while. Vegas was usually the place where I felt at peace and didn’t have to deal with any of the bullshit that had occurred over past twenty-four hours. I took the hottest shower I could stand to wipe myself clean of the day, followed by a luxurious bubble bath while I drank the bottle of Moscato I had bought to be shared with someone other than myself. I submerged myself under the water, holding my breath for as long as I could while I floated back to the top. It felt liberating being able to only hear the roar of the water, without noises from the real world getting through. I must have repeated the process six or seven times until it lost its fun. I didn’t want to go home and I didn’t want to stay there. Both places reminded me of Ryder. I can’t believe he ruined Vegas for me. I had no idea where I would go the next day. 

After the water started to turn lukewarm, I hopped out and air dried as I packed my bags. It felt nice to walk around my room, feeling the air against my cool skin. I was high enough that no one would see me when I walked close to the windows and the feeling of possibly being seen was highly erotic. I was packing my heels in my bag when there was a weak knock at the door. Turning suddenly, I had to wonder if it was meant for my door or maybe I was hearing someone knock next door. 
I threw on a t-shirt and thong and stepped closer to the door. Just as I got on my tippy toes to see through the peep hole, I heard and felt another knock. Looking through the hole, I saw Tate walking away from my door. I opened the door without another thought and followed him, tapping on his shoulder. 

Tate stopped, turned toward me, and then looked back at my door. “Were you planning on going back out like that?” He had a hint of amusement in his eyes. 
“No, I heard you knock and threw the first thing I saw on to see who it was.” 
“So you weren’t dressed?” His smile was full force. 

“I was just packing to leave and hadn’t decided what to wear for the rest of the night. Why aren’t you with whore-face?” I didn’t need to tell him I wasn’t sure when I was leaving or where I was going. I hadn’t quite figured it out. 

“Ahh, the more important question is how you’re going to get back in your room, doll. Seeing you strut downstairs to the front desk with your tight little ass peeking out from under your very thin t-shirt might gather even more looks than you and Tyler got on the casino floor earlier. You do know he’s getting married tomorrow, right?”

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Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11 F&F Friday



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

This week's question: 

If you had a time machine (i.e. a Tardis), where would you go?

My Answer: 

I think I would want to go to America in the 1920's because it just seems like so much fun with the music and the flappers. I would love to be a flapper.  

Or, I would want to go to England during  Shakespeare's time and watch him write or see one of his plays how he actually wanted them portrayed.



Please share your FF. 
Happy Friday!!! :)


Release Day: La Cosa Nostra by Amie Nichols

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Happy Release Day to Amie Nichols!
La Cosa Nostra, This Thing of Ours (a contemporary romance standalone novel) is live!


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Blurb:
Harper Troy, like most students, was working her way through college barely making it by. She hears about an opening at a well known gentlemen’s club, The Guardian, ran by a very well known Chicago Family, the Tarseta’s. Even though the uniform is very revealing and the other waitresses are catty bitches, the money is worth it. Until she meets the youngest Tarseta, Liam. He’s Chicago’s most eligible bachelor and drop dead gorgeous. She feels an instant attraction. Being a known playboy, Harper fights the attraction and his advances. Liam has his eyes on Harper the moment he sees her. Being different and not falling for his charms, he is determined to break her down. But Harper refuses to be another notch on his bed post. Just when Liam is breaking down Harper’s barriers, he learns some shocking news that changes everything. Can he make her see they are meant to be together, or will he lose her forever?


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About Amie

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I live in Iowa with my amazing, supportive husband. He is my rock and my king, and treats me like all woman should be treated. (Like a spoiled Queen.) I have two miniature dachshund's that are my babies, and they love to keep me company when I am writing away on my next WIP. I'm about to publish my 6th book, and can hardly believe how my life has changed. I'm called an author, and still can't believe it. I've have met some amazing woman on my journey so far, and have learned so much. (Sometimes the hard way.) I've been like a sponge soaking up all the information I can on how the publishing world works. It's been a rollercoaster ride so far with its ups and its downs. No matter what, I will never regret anything I've done. You can't succeed if you don't try, and if you don't try you won't succeed. One of my favorite quotes "If the dream is big enough the facts don't matter". Some other info about me, I love my family, friends, wine and anything caffeinated. I also love writing HEA. For the same reason I won't watch a movie that I know will make me cry, (with the exception of Steel Magnolias) I will never write a book without a HEA. There might be a few twists and turns, a cliffhanger or two. But ultimately my stories will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. For me, reading is entertainment, a way to escape this crazy insane world. If a book leaves me feeling sad, mad or gut wrenched, it is not for me. There is enough gut-wrenching sadness in this world, I don't need to read about it too. I started writing 3 years ago, and have no plans on stopping. So keep your eye on me because with the help of some amazing people and my wonderful fans, this girl is going to be on the New York Times best selling list someday.
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Thank you to all of the kickass awesome blogs who have helped spread the word about Amie's newest release. Keep an eye out for the blog tour coming soon with tons of reviews and an awesome giveaway for you amazing readers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Life as an English Major: Back to School Books

As some people may already know, I am currently studying English Literature in college. I chose this major because I love reading (obviously...I have a book blog), I love books and literature, and because I honestly could not imagine my life without books.

So, I decided to start a "Life as an English Major" post series just to give a little insight into my life when school starts again in August. Right now, I finally finalized my schedule for the fall semester and now have a pile of novels that I had to buy.

In the fall, my English related classes include: American Novel, Shakespeare I, and Intro to Creative Writing. I am also taking History of Theatre which counts towards my major but I'm a little nervous about because it is a theatre class, I don't know if I would have to act, and I am definitely not the most confident person in the world.

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So for American Novel, I will be reading: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories by Herman Melville
Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot D√≠az
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
House of Mirth by Edith Warton

For Shakespeare I, I will only be reading Richard III with textbooks about Shakespeare filling the rest of the semester.

For History of Theatre: Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Three Theban Plays by Sophocles
Medea by Euripides
Oresteia by Aeschylus
Everyman

Also, I am taking a philosophy course titled Race, Gender, and Sexuality in which I will be reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren, and Ivy League Stripper by Heidi Mattson.

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Wow, in my head it didn't seem like that much but now that I see all the books in a list it seems like a lot. The only other course I am taking is Biology so hopefully that won't be too much. Thank God I have my yoga class on Thursdays or I would never relax.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 9 WWW Wednesday


To play along just answer the following 3 questions:

1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

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1) What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Jay Crownover's Better When He's Bad.




2) What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished rereading Nora Roberts' Dance Upon the Air. I loved it. Just like I do all Nora Roberts' books.


3) What do you think you'll read next?

And I think I will read Susanna Rowson's Charlotte Temple next to get a head start on the reading I will be doing for school.



Please share your WWW and tell me what you think of any of these books. 
What are you reading this week?





Waiting on Wednesday #1

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Lately, I've been dying to read Rowdy by Jay Crownover. I've reread the Marked Men series twice now and I'm currently reading Better When He's Bad so I am fully immersed in all things Jay and I cannot wait anymore for Rowdy's story.


Title: Rowdy

Author: Jay Crownover

Series: Marked Men #5

Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014



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Amazon Description: 

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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I seriously cannot wait for this book any longer. I think I need to preorder this now.

What book are you dying for?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I'm Currently Reading | July 9, 2014

So while the name of my blog is Once Upon a Coffin and I love paranormal books, my taste in books tends to be a lot more varied. I think that has sort of become more apparent in the fact that my reviews aren't really centered in the paranormal genre.

Currently I am reading three books, two of which I have been reading for a while which is surprising for me because I usually read a book in one day.
I am reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover.

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I love Peter Pan. I love the characters, the plot, the quotes, and the life messages that come from this story. I have a Peter Pan tattoo on my leg because, to me, the story represents never letting go of the child-like qualities in yourself and to never take life for granted.

A little while ago, I decided to actually read the book slowly because, while many may consider it a children's book. There is NOTHING childish about this book. It is a complicated story with figurative language and complex dialogue that can be confusing at times. So I decided to take it slowly and throughly enjoy it.

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Game of Thrones is probably my favorite TV series at the moment but I didn't read the books beforehand because well... I was 1 when the first book came out so that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it. This is another book that might take me a while to read because it is 801 pages and I have been taking frequent breaks to read other things.

However, I love the show now and I am dying to read the entire series. I am currently reading book 1: A Game of Thrones and I am really enjoying it so far. I was surprised at how closely the TV producers and directors were able to recreate George R.R. Martin's world.

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Lastly, I am reading Better When He's Bad. I love Jay Crownover and her Marked Men series so when I saw this book as the start of a new series, I had to jump on it and read it. I've literally just started reading this (like while I waited for my computer to update itself so I could write this post) and I am already falling in love.

I think Jay is an incredible author and I cannot wait to see how Bax compares to the Marked Men, who I love so so so much.

So, these are the three books that my brain is currently juggling and I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books and what you are currently reading.