Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Inky by J.B. Hartnett - Cover Reveal



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Release Date August 3rd.  Adult Contemporary Romance

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?


“Please…” I begged. The way he spoke and the words he used, I wanted him more than ever. I felt him move to my feet, straddling the end of the chaise. He was stroking his cock harder and hissing between his teeth. “Come for me. Come for me so I can put my cock in you and fuck you hard and finally make you scream, Anika. Come for me.” His words were like fire igniting my flesh. I came at his urging and as soon as the first shudders of my orgasm began, he thrust himself into me, hard and deep. “Ah, Cole, yes…please, please.” I felt the second wave begin as he rammed against me, his sweat dripping onto my face as we came together. He cried out my name, almost a roar and I’d never heard anything more erotic and sexy in my life. I wasn’t sure if I did indeed scream but it was beyond amazing. He collapsed against me, panting and breathless. “God, what you to do me. How did you know I’d like that?” “Lucky guess?” I replied trying to catch my breath.

“It’s even more beautiful than I remember it.” I was not alone. His voice flowed over my exposed back to the nape of my neck and climbed to my ears. I felt my skin ignite with his rich smooth tone. Maybe this was the effect of the Cognac and champagne combined with the emotion of the painting. I was afraid to turn around. So many things could happen now. I could turn into a pillar of salt, unlikely. I could blush or say something inappropriate, more likely. But the most likely outcome would be that the tears that were just sitting there, holding on for dear life, would break free and expose me completely. I chose to look ahead. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to acknowledge him. I didn’t want to break the spell. His hand rested at the small of my back and he spoke gently to me, “It’s magnificent. You captured it perfectly… Anika.”

About the Author

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino - Blog Tour

Title: Sweet Thing
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker.

A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.


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Jenny’s Wedding: SWEET THING Excerpt From (match TRACK Y)
I followed Jenny around a little and made sure she had everything she needed.
The DJ played some hip-hop music so of course the wedding party had to have a dance
off on the little makeshift grassy dance floor we’d created. After Jenny kicked everyone’s
ass by pulling out all the stops and yanking her dress up to do the Michael Jackson splits,
I skipped up to the cottage to grab a sweater. There were only two bedrooms in the
cottage—the smaller one I was staying in and the one that Jenny’s parents would stay in
that night. Jenny and Tyler were getting swept away to some secret spot his parents had
paid for and most of the other guests were either going back to the city or staying in a
hotel nearby.
I opened the door and noticed right away a couple was in the room. They didn’t
notice me because they were partially hidden by an old-fashioned privacy screen, plus
they were… occupied. I squinted my eyes but couldn’t make out exactly what I was
seeing and then I heard what was sadly becoming a familiar sound: Audrey and Will
having sex. I backed out of the room, begging the universe to let me remain unseen. I
shut the door and turned around to walk away when I ran smack into Will’s chest.
“Have you seen Audrey?” he said. I did a double-take. I must have looked as
confused as I felt. Who the heck was in there with Audrey?
It wouldn’t be long before I found out. “What, Mia?” he said seriously and then
Dustin walked out of the room and stood behind me, closing the door behind him. Will
glanced at Dustin and then back at me. He looked dumbfounded and ruined like he was
going to cry and then he whispered, “Oh no. Really? Really, Mia? You and him?”
Dustin and I stood there frozen and then with perfectly shitty timing Audrey
opened the door and walked out. It was only a matter of seconds that we stood there, but
it felt like an eternity. I couldn’t find the words to tell Will that I wasn’t part of it. His
voice suddenly got loud and high. “What?” he said through crazy laughter. He was
laughing and it was scary and then his expression turned to bewilderment and then
disgust. “The three of you? What the fuck?” He turned on his heel and headed down the
hallway, waving his arms around and mumbling something I was sure none of us could
I turned and looked at Audrey and Dustin. “You guys are serious assholes. You
should leave.” They looked blankly at me like idiots. I ran after Will, but I was a ways
behind him. Every one of the guests watched as Will grabbed a giant bottle of whiskey
and headed toward the dock. “What are you doing, Will?” I yelled after him.
I noticed Audrey and Dustin hadn’t taken my advice yet, because they came
rolling out behind me. When I got to the top of the dock Will had already rowed himself
to the middle of the pond in the tiny wooden boat. “Come back, Will, let’s talk,” I said,
pleading with him.
“I’m not. Talking. To. You. Ever!” It was lunatic Will.
He stood up in the boat, looked at me, Dustin, and Audrey and flipped us off with
both hands, then yelled, “Fuck all of you!” And then he lost his balance and the boat
started rocking. He fell but sat right back up and started rowing away. “Don’t look for
me!” he yelled as he rowed farther into the darkness.
All the wedding guests looked on with amusement. I looked at Jenny and
mouthed, “Sorry.” As I turned to head back toward the cottage, I stopped in front of
Dustin and Audrey, “Come on, the screw-happy drummer? So cliché, both of you. Just
leave.” They turned and headed for their cars without a word.
I went to cottage and finally got that sweater and then I exchanged my heels for
some Converse, grabbed a flashlight, and headed back out. The pond was only about the
size of a football field and there was an easy-to-navigate footpath around the entire thing.
I walked around to the other side where I found Will sitting in the boat on the shore,
taking continuous swigs of whiskey.
“Will?” I said in a low voice.
“Don’t fucking come near me, Mia. I swear to God I will row myself into the
middle of that Goddamn pond and stay there till next year.”
I stood still and spoke calmly. “I walked into the room and thought you and
Audrey were having sex. I couldn’t see who it was behind the screen. I tried to sneak
back out and that’s when I ran into you. I was confused.”
“Go away, Mia.”
I knew Will believed me because he knew me, but he was hurting and I wished I
could comfort him. I looked back at the wedding where I could see the party winding
down and people leaving. Seeing the lights from a place so dark was enchanting, but it
made me sad that two people who were supposed to care about him had ruined such a
beautiful place for Will. I went back to the wedding where everyone was cleaning up. I
worried about Will, but he was surprisingly responsible for someone who could act so
erratically. I knew he wouldn’t do anything stupid.
We sent Jenny and Tyler off in a fancy old car and then it was just Jenny’s parents
and me. I said goodnight to them and showered and then crawled into bed wearing my
underwear and Clash T-shirt. I was asleep within minutes.
Lying on my side, I started awake and glanced at the clock. It was five thirty a.m.
and I had my typical reaction. Whenever I drink or stay up late, it never fails, I always
wake up way too early and then I get anxiety over the fact that I didn’t get enough sleep,
which prevents be from going back to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s annoying as hell.
My mind also wandered to Will; it was getting light out, so it was that coldest time in the
morning before the sun is up. I turned over and gasped when I found him next to me,
fully clothed in his suit and shoes, lying on top of the quilt and sound asleep. He smelled
like a whiskey distillery but looked like a pallid child. My heart ached for him. I crawled
out of bed, careful not to make any noise. I untied his laces and gently pulled his shoes
and socks off. He moaned and mumbled something in his sleep. I lifted his loosened tie
over his head and then I reached for his belt. The moment I touched it, he grabbed my
wrist and held it. He looked at me through squinted eyes. “I got it,” he murmured. “Come
back to bed.”
He stood up and stripped down to his boxers and then slid back into bed, curling
behind me and pulling me tightly into his chest. He slid his hand under my shirt and
clutched my side. His long fingers easily wrapped around me and came to rest
centimeters below my breast. When he hitched his long leg over me, I was completely
cocooned by him and it felt like heaven.
“Are you okay?” I said quietly.
“I am now.” There was a long pause and then I felt him kiss my hair before
whispering, “It hurt more when I thought it was you.” I smiled, perfectly tranquil, and
then within minutes we were both asleep again.
When I woke up I was lying on my back, Will was on his side curled up next to
me, his body dovetailed with mine and his head resting on my stomach. I was mindlessly
running my hands through his hair when I realized how incredibly intimate our positions
were. He stirred sleepily and then his hands moved to my hips where he twisted his
fingers in the waistband of my underwear. When I felt him hard against me, I jerked
away, sat up, and threw my legs over the side of the bed. He rolled over away from me
and mumbled, “Sorry, baby.” His voice was strained and raspy.
Leaning in, I kissed his shoulder and whispered, “Get some sleep.”
Don’t complicate things! I chanted that line over and over in my head as I gaped
at Will’s arms and hands and imagined them everywhere, all over me.


Renee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.


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Choices of Fate by S. Simone Chavous - Blog Tour

Book Title: Choices of Fate
Author: S. Simone Chavous
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 06/14/2013
Series: Fate Series, Book 1

On her own since the day she turned eighteen and left the group home where she grew up, twenty-five year old Alexa Ryan has made a comfortable life for herself. She has a great job, the perfect apartment, every material possession a girl her age could desire. Unfortunately, she also has an unusual condition that has forced her to keep everyone at a distance.
Ethan Kellar has spent his entire life running from destiny. When he was just a boy, a powerful seer prophesied his role in events that would determine the outcome of the secret war his people had been fighting for centuries. A role he was determined not to accept, leading him to avoid letting anyone get too close, until the night Alexa fell into his arms.
Drawn to her in a way that he has never experienced, Ethan decides to take the ultimate risk by trusting Alexa and revealing to her all that he truly is. Thinking she is an ordinary woman, he believes that she could be his key to preventing the prophecy from being fulfilled and allowing him to live the life he has always wanted, one that he chooses. Having been so consumed with the desire to determine the course of his own life he wants no less for Alexa and knows he must tell her everything, give her a choice. Before that happens they surrender to the intense physical attraction between them and he realizes too late that in trying so hard to change his fate, he may have set the events of the prophecy in motion.
In that moment, Ethan makes the most difficult decision of his life and does the only thing he can to save Alexa. He walks away.
Consumed by grief, Alexa falls into a deep depression until she learns that her brief encounter with love resulted in a child and somehow finds the strength to put herself back together for the sake of her baby Chloe.
Nearly two years after Ethan walked out Chloe develops an unexplained illness that sends Alexa in search of anything that can help. Her pursuit leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, Alexa and Ethan fight to protect Chloe and their love, but there is one battle Ethan fights alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate.


S. Simone Chavous spent seven years as a tax accountant before deciding to pursue her true passion as an author.
Choices of Fate, the first book in the Fate Trilogy, is her debut novel.
She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters and their rambunctious vizsla, Lily.

I am sorry, Alexa. Please understand this is incredibly difficult for me.” He leaned in and placed his forehead against hers. “I want you so badly right now, in this moment, but I want you forever more. That is why we must wait.”
Well, shit. Hearing that just made her want him even more. Maybe it was all just a line of bullshit, some kind of reverse psychology to get her in bed, but it was working.
Forgetting her embarrassment she leaned her face up and pressed her mouth against his yet again, then pulled away and said, “Please, Ethan,” another kiss, “please, I want to be with you tonight.”
Before she could blink he was over the center console kissing her fervently as he pressed his knee between her legs sending a jolt of arousal through her.
And just like that he pulled back, hovering over her and looking into her eyes while she panted with desire.
Alexa, I cannot come up with you tonight.” Her expression became one of hurt and confusion, until he continued, “But, I am going to make you cum with my mouth, I must taste you.”
His words and the hunger in his eyes were almost enough to send her over the edge.
And then he crushed his mouth against hers, sliding his tongue inside as a promise of what was to come when he moved between her legs.

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  2. I've been skydiving
  3. My birth name, before I was adopted, was Rosalinda
  4. I used to show dogs, ranging from Pomeranians to Great Danes and currently own a Vizsla
  5. I have never broken any bones, despite being a bit of a daredevil
  6. When I was in 3rd grade, some 5th grade boys dared me to throw an egg out of the school bus window on our way back from the science Olympiad, it hit a car and I got 3 days of detention
  7. I have been shocked with a police taser, twice




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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Undescribable by Shantel Tessier - Blog Tour

Book Synopsis:

Samantha Hall needs a fresh start

Broken hearted and alone in a new city, Samantha begins to build a new life for herself while working as a bartender. Focusing on her new friends and rebuilding her broken life, Samantha is content.

Until she meets him – attorney by day and a cocky, foul mouth playboy by night.
All girls want Slade Long, but not one has ever been able to keep his attention for long. Having a different woman in his bed every night is how he prefers it-no emotion, no connection.

Until he meets her - an angel with the sweetest voice he has ever heard and the most enticing green eyes. Samantha makes him second guess his actions and has him wanting something he didn’t know existed. How can a man who has never been in love, be so sure? Can real love happen this fast?

Burned by her past, Samantha struggles to keep up with the overwhelming passion she feels for Slade. She knows that he will be nothing but trouble to her already fragile heart, but how long can she continue to deny the love that she feels for him?
Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?

She thought she knew love……
He thought he never wanted love…..
Together they will show each other what they can’t live without.

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Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she's not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Lost For You by BJ Harvey - Review Blog Tour

Lost For You by BJ Harvey (Lost #2)
Available now at all major retailers

What would you do if you were told that everything you had ever believed in and everything you had ever known, was a lie?
Elle’s life is altered forever after an unexpected phone call and an unwelcome visitor. Trying to put her life back together, Brax’s last words continue to echo through her mind. Why she is being followed and why is she suddenly in danger? The fact that Brax knew about it all and still left her alone, breaks her fragile heart all over again.
Brax will never forgive himself for leaving Elle at a time when she needed him the most, even if he believed it was the only way to protect her. As he makes his way back to her life, he is determined to win her back, regain her trust and help rebuild her for the second time. His return proves he is the same man, yet Elle sees in his eyes a haunted look she knows all too well.
When a confession leaves Elle reeling, her entire life unravels around her. She begins to understand that the people she trusts the most have put her in grave danger and the people who have been protecting her actually want to cause her harm.
Elle soon discovers that the old adage is true, you have to become lost before you can be found.

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He swings the roof door open and carries me through the threshold, turning me around so I can see what he has done. My mouth drops open, my heart rate increases, and I’m totally speechless. He may have spent the past week proving to me how much our relationship meant to him, but what I see spread out in front of me overshadows all of that ten-fold.


The three platform benches that are normally set up in a square in the center, have been moved away, their cushions set up to make a soft padded blanket the size of a king size bed on the floor, right next to a blazing outdoor fire pit that I had installed when I moved in. It was the view from the top of the building that sold the building to me, after the loveseat in my front window of course. It is simply breath taking. On a clear Spring night like tonight, it is indescribable.


Brax walks over and places me on the cushions, leaning over me and staring into my eyes before slowly lowering his body to mine and placing his lips on me. I open to him straight away and as he strokes my tongue with his I feel instantly warm. I return his kiss with zeal, eagerly matching every movement, every nip of my bottom lip, every exploration of my mouth he makes.  


He breaks away just as our kiss turns from hungry to ravenous. Giving me a tell-tale smirk, showing me he knows exactly what he’s done to me. “You are a tease Mr James”


“And you, Miss Halliwell, are a minx” he replies, leaning down to give me a quick hard kiss before pushing himself back to his knees. “Now, we eat.”


I sit myself up and can’t hold back my grin as I look up at him. “Yes. Food. Good idea.” I’m trying to catch my breath back and push back the overwhelming urge to tackle him and make him submit to my womanly charms. “Then, we’ll get back to our discussion that you so cruelly ended prematurely.”


“Nothing I do with you will ever end prematurely” he retorts.


“Good to hear. I believe it can become a problem the older a man gets.” I say with a wink.


Character Biographies  Lost Series

Elle – Green eyes. Long brown hair with waves that curl down her back. ft 8, long and lean with curves that go for miles. Has been purely focussed on finishing high school and graduating for the past year and has just moved across country to go to the Ivy League college that was her father’s alma mater. Has been living with Harry & Sylvia Brimstone, her godparents, since she was sixteen years old. Addicted to shopping, reality television, chocolate and coffee, especially Vanilla lattes from the campus café.

Brax – 6 ft 2, dark brown hair, ice blue eyes, strong muscularshoulders and arms, slight all over tan, based in Atlanta but working in the New York area with his best friend Shay.Joined Army at age 17 where he met Shay during basic training. Adopted by Roger and Leah James at aged 2 and has one half-brother that he hasn’t seen in eight yearsHas his Mustang, called “Blue Beauty”, which he’s had for the past four years after inheriting it from his father. Loves his black wife-beaters and army boots.

Shay – Brax’s partner and best friend. Met nine years agoduring basic training for the Army. They’re the yin to the other’s yang. Originally from Atlanta. Has a twin sister who he doesn’t see very often and a tattoo of a dragon chasing a heart on his bicep which he got after losing the love of his life when he was 23Is known for his cheeky sense of humour and his love of hooker chic clothing on women.

Devon – 32 years old, dark brown/almost black hair, green eyes, 6 ft 2 inches tall. Half-brother to Brax. Lived in Georgia his whole life. Mother committed suicide while he was in prison, serving time for money laundering and assault. Loves to live life to the fullest, fast cars and loose women, preferably at the same time. Hasn’t seen Brax in eight years but Brax is the closest thing left to family he has left that he still associates with. Known for his love of curse words and not liking mornings.

Author Profile:

Having always loved reading, and having been befriended and inspired by some awesome self published authors and book lovers alike, I decided to start writing my first novel, Lost in Distraction in December 2012. It was a conscious decision that started with a song, then the prologue and then catapulted from there. I love music too, like REALLY love music, if there isn't music playing, something is wrong. Out and Proud Vampire Diaries fan as well.

I'm also a wife, mother, full-time university student and I do contract work for myself from home.

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Lost in Distraction (Lost #1)

In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her pre-destined life.

But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again.

As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her.

Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins.

Full of twists and turns, danger and revelations that no-one could predict, you won’t be the only one lost in distraction.

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content/language*

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Nikki's 5 star review!

I've been lucky enough to beta read both Lost in Distraction and Lost For You. I immediately fell in love with the characters and their story from the very beginning. I don't want to say too much for fear of accidentally posting a spoiler and I definitely don't want to do that! It's too good to ruin it for someone else!

Lost For You is the continuing story of Elle and Brax. You get to see all of the original characters from LID and meet some new ones in LFY, such as Brax's brother Devon. Just like in LID, LFY is in Elle and Brax's POV but this time we also get to see Devon's, Shay's and a few more. I really enjoy getting to see the story from different character's perspectives. LFY picks up directly from where LID leaves off. Those who've read LID will be pleased with that since it ended on a cliffhanger. While I loved Lost in Distraction, to me Lost For You is so much better! It's full of action, romance, sitting on the edge of your seat suspense, and it's a bit heart-wrenching! Yes, I did ugly-cry! Hard!!

BJ Harvey has hit it out of the park with this one! Her writing is only getting better. Her stories are unique and fresh and I have no doubt that she's going places! Do yourself a favor and buy both books if you haven't already! Once you read Lost in Distraction, you are immediately going to want Lost For You! I'm happy and excited to see what the author comes up with next! 5 HUGE STARS!!

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