April 18, 2014

Book Review ~ PLAY by Kylie Scott

Title: PLAY (Stage Dive, #2)
Author: Kylie Scott
Release Date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.

 Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. 

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. 
Or could it?

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My Thoughts


Kylie Scott had a lot to live up to.
LICK was a phenomenal success, and PLAY excerpts had been teasing my senses for weeks, if not months on her facebook page. Making me sweat, making me pant; and definitely making me a little damp with anticipation!

PLAY stars Mal, the Stage Dive drummer and the quietly reserved Anne – a strapped for cash neighbour to rock star wife Ev’s brother and bestfriend. Contemplating a crappy night in after being shafted by her roommate, Anne gets invited to a Stage Dive party. So with great reluctance, Anne accepts and after a brief and star struck encounter with Mal, ends up playing his girlfriend – every fan girls dream!

In true Kylie Scott form – the writing is smooth and makes for an effortless read, the story is well written and sexy, with plenty of sexual tension, snarky one liners and of course, hot rock star sex! I simply could not put PLAY down, I LOVED IT!
If I wanted t be overly picky I might mention that due to the heavy nature of some of the plot (no spoilers) I felt that Mal lost a little of his carefree, mouthy, sarcastic, joker-boy antics that had me falling for him in LICK. However, it (the heavy situation) brought out a soft, vulnerable side to his character that made me fall for him all the harder! So there was nothing to fault after all!

Kylie Scott has been keeping me in a constant state of arousal with her down-to-earth, honest-to-goodness raunchy writing style for a couple of years now, and her star is only going to climb higher with the soon-to-be released LEAD (Stage Dive #3) and DEEP (Stage Dive #4) – and as a side note I must confess, the covers are majorly scrummy (hello, Alex Minsky is on the cover of DEEP!!!)

All I can really say is - bring on more Stage Dive, more sexy rockers, more of the witty banter swimming in sexual innuendos, and definitely bring on more completely consuming Kylie Scott awesomeness!!
5 Stars

 
USA Today Bestselling Australian Romance Writer.







April 16, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Stripped from You by Marissa Carmel


Today is the day we FINALLY get to see the cover to Marissa Carmel's, Stripped From You. Stripped From You is the prequel to her hit, Strip Me Bare. It will release June 1st 2014. Scroll down for a look at the cover, an excerpt, teasers & the playlist!


*Author Note- Stripped From You can be read as a stand-alone novel, but the author suggests reading Strip Me Bare first.


You know how it ends, now see how it all began… 

"It doesn't matter how many women touch this body, only one woman has ever touched this soul."
 Ryan Pierce doesn’t come from much, doesn’t ask for much, and doesn’t expect much. And he's come to accept that, until, Alana Remington. Alana is the girl who struck the match that lit his world on fire. She's the girl who opened his eyes to more. Who made him believe that just because you have nothing, doesn't mean you are nothing. And he loves her fiercely for it. But, just because you come together, doesn’t mean you stay together. One fateful decision rips Ryan and Alana apart and neither of them are ever the same again.

For five years he's regretted that decision, but the deep seeded anger, shame and resentment has kept him from reaching out. And over those five years, a series of moments have spun Ryan's world in a direction he never saw coming. A world ruled by endless nights, infinite women and the name Jack the Stripper. A world, unbeknownst to him, that may just let two severed hearts collide. 


“Do you trust me?”
“Of course not, I just met you.”
“Then how about giving me the benefit of the doubt?”
She raises an eyebrow at me, and before I give her a chance to respond I slam the shot then pull her face to mine. And as my mouth covers hers, heat rapidly spreads through my body. She’s momentarily stunned. Her body is rigid against me, but then she relaxes, parts her lips and lets the tart liquid slide into her mouth.
I can’t believe I just did that.
I can’t believe she just let me.
After she swallows, she lets her lips linger, sucking up the taste of the sweet shot, causing my nervous system to shift into hyper-drive. We break apart slowly, but I refuse to let go of the nape of her neck. She just stares up at me with these enthralling eyes I know I’ll never be able to resist.
“Do you always break the rules?” she asks.
“No, not usually, but you seem to make me want to do crazy things.”
“Was that crazy?”
“Let’s do it again and find out.”
I lick my lower lip, tasting the sweet remnants of her lip gloss before I drop another shot. I pause for just a beat before lean down and press my mouth back to hers and let the alcohol flow between us. I flick my tongue against her teeth right before I pull away. I shouldn’t like this so much, but I do. I like the way she looks, the way she feels, they way she smells. There’s something about her, something ventilating; like she oxygenates the atmosphere.
I catch the cool beats to a song I recognize pumping though the air. “Do you want to dance?” I ask her.
“You can dance?”
“There’s only one thing I can do better.” I smirk.
Alana cocks her eye brow suggestively.
“Draw.” I fire back. “The only thing I can do better is draw. Dirty girl.” I tease as I grab her hand and lead her out to the dance floor knowing Mac will look after our drinks.
Once we find a comfortable spot, I start to move to the smooth rhythm, leaving a little room between us so it doesn’t feel like I’m forcing myself on her. Drake sings coolly about hot love and affection as we move in sync to the beat, our bodies brushing and grazing as the music plays on, then finally coming together in a comfortable unison. I wrap one hand around her waist as I roll my hips into hers, pressing our bodies as close as they can possibly get. Alana runs her hands up my chest and hooks her arms lightly around my neck keeping tempo with the music. She moves lithely against me, inducing my heart, thoughts, and pulse to race. Fuck, I’m drowning in want for this girl. I slide my hands up under her shirt and caress the smooth, soft skin of her lower back as she nuzzles her face into my neck, her warm breath skating across my collarbone, making me instantly hard.
Damn.
She lifts her head and meets my stare, which I know is filled with lust and unrepentantly wanton. She bites her lower lip, our bodies still jiving to the slow seductive music. In a brazen move, I slip my hand up the back of her bare thigh and cup her ass cheek under the hem of her short shorts. She gasps as I work my fingers against her, massaging the fleshy part of her bottom. I’m absolutely aching being this close to her, touching her, stroking her, grinding against her.
“Are you sure drawing is the only thing you can do better?” she pants in my ear. 








Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending, which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.





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April 15, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway ~ Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke


Frederick Lee Brooke’s latest, Saving Raine, is a radical departure from his previous quirky and funny Annie Ogden Mystery series. In this first installment of The Drone Wars, he reveals his dark, dystopian, action-packed sideand, boy, chaos has never been so entertaining. "...a fast paced, well written, plot driven exciting sci-fi story full of adventure." --Kamilah Bryant, Amazon reviewer "...a fantastic look into what our future may become." --Marsha Jeanne Thalleen, Amazon reviewer
 
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Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not. You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt. When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn’t hesitate—he grabs his AK-47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip. But cross-country travel in 2021 isn’t easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S. has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as they embark on their trek. They’re about to find out that their trip is much more than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever. Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against them?  
Break the rules. Save the girl. He only gets one chance before she’s gone forever.  
Genre classification: Action/adventure; sci-fi/dystopian 

 

Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013. A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago. When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.
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April 14, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Merry Farmer


Everybody Wants Somebody To Love

I was listening to the radio the other day when a new song came on that grabbed my attention. It had a catchy tune and I think it was sung by a group that I like, but what really struck me was the hook in the chorus. I wish I could remember the exact words (only heard the song once so far), but they were something to the effect of “we all want to be loved, but we also want someone to love”.

I’ve always thought that there’s a big difference in wanting to be loved and wanting somebody to love. Being loved is a great feeling! Everyone wants to feel as though they are special to someone and as though they rank first in someone’s affections. Getting those literal or proverbial flowers and roses feels so good. There’s nothing like being the center of attention, the problem is that being the center of someone’s attention isn’t always a sign of love.

Love is a verb. It is giving of yourself to others and loving them. It’s nice to be the focal point of someone else’s love, but to me an even greater love is when you find that special somebody who lets you love them. Love is sharing and building something with someone. That’s something you can only do when you have somebody to love as well as to be loved by.

When I write my romance novels, I try to write about people discovering somebody to love. It’s not just about the handsome alpha hero sweeping in and finally falling in love with a deserving heroine who has been overlooked for one reason or another. Those stories can be fine, but I’ve always loved stories of people discovering someone who they suddenly realize they could really, really love.

I think that’s why I love the idea of a hero and heroine getting together earlier in the book, then facing some obstacle together, then having their eyes opened to realize that, wait a minute! This person I got together with for one reason is actually someone I can fall in love with for an entirely different reason! I definitely did that with the first book in my Montana Romance series, Our Little Secrets. Michael and Charlotte (“Charlie”) start out with a marriage of convenience, but as they face a startling danger together, they each realize that the other, lo and behold, is somebody they can really love.

Now here I am at the last book in the series, with a hero who truly believes he will never find anyone for him. So it’s no surprise that the book is called Somebody to Love. It’s my tribute to all of those people—kind of like myself, actually—who believe they will never find somebody to love.

It seems like such an impossibility sometimes, doesn’t it? To find somebody to love. The idea is so simple. It’s so necessary to who we are as human beings, as that song I heard on the radio echoes. And yet, too much of our lives are spend looking without finding. We have plenty of people who love us, but until we find that one person what we can really LOVE, it’s just not quite the same, is it.

But take heart! I also believe that there really is somebody out there for each of us to love! Sometimes it just takes a little more time than others. That’s exactly why I love to write love stories. They give me, and I hope my readers too, hope of the promise of what it is to be human that we all want to love somebody and someday will be given that chance. It’s written in the stars, so it should be written in the pages. Everybody needs somebody to love, and I believe someday everybody will find that somebody.



In Your Arms is the third full-length novel in Merry Farmer's sweeping, engaging, and extremely historically accurate Montana Romance series. Never one to shy away from difficult or controversial topics while still imbuing her tales with more than a dash of romance and steam, Merry depicts a tale of love, trust, and stubborness against the backdrop of the turn-of-the-century American frontier. "[In Your Arms is] a book that intelligently tackles racial tensions of post-Civil War era...a highly engaging romance between two fiery-spirited individuals...I highly recommend this book to all fans of historical romance." --Mary Chen, Amazon reviewer Get In Your Arms on Amazon, Amazon UK, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Add In Your Arms to your Goodreads to-read shelf!

In Your Arms Merry Farmer

Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart? Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down. But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms. 



Merry Farmer
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women's Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
Find Merry Farmer on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon Author Page.

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April 10, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Covered in Coal by Silla Webb



Title: Covered in Coal (Buried Secrets #1)
Release Day: March 17, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars



Carly Jo Simon believed that Colton Weston was her future, but he shattered her heart into tiny pieces. Just like any little girl would, she assumed her daddy would always be by her side. Unbelievably, he turned his back on her when she needed him most, leaving her with no one in her life to turn to for support.

Without options, Carly runs away from the only home she's ever known, leaving behind her heartache and the betrayal of the two men she loved most.

Seven years later, Carly reluctantly returns to Kentucky. Her daddy is dying of cancer and Colton is nothing like the boy she once loved and left. After her daddy passes, Carly must uproot her life in South Carolina and take control of Simon Coal Company, where she has no choice but face the pain of her past.

Can Carly keep her secrets buried deep beneath the black Kentucky coal and her heart safe from the fiery Colton Weston?





Silla Webb is a Kentucky native, raised in the heart of the coal fields. A coal truck driver's daughter, and a railroader's wife, the coal fields own a special place in her heart.

She is a work at home, Super Momma to three rowdy boys, who keep her on her feet from daylight to sunset. As a pass time from her everyday life, Silla started a blog-Momma's Secret Book Obsession, for reviewing romance novels. From there, she realized that not only did she have a natural love for reading and reviewing, but she found that lost love of writing that she once had as a young girl.

When she isn't conquering the world as a wife, momma and Super Woman, Silla loves to lay on the front porch swing and read while sipping sweet tea, just passin' the day away.















                                         

                                             

April 9, 2014

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Book Review ~ Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod



Title: Paris Letters
Author: Janice MacLeod
Release Date: March 1st 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Source: Received from the publisher via Booksellers NZ


“How much money does it take to change your life?”

Unfulfilled at her job and unsuccessful in the dating department, Janice MacLeod doodled this question at her desk. Then she decided to make it a challenge.

Over the next few months, with a little math and a lot of determination, she saved up enough to buy two years of freedom in Europe.

But she had only been in Paris for a few days when she met a handsome butcher (with a striking resemblance to Daniel Craig)—and never went home again.

A love story in the vein of Almost French and Lunch in Paris, Paris Letters is a joyful romp through the City of Light, and an inspiring look at what can happen when we dare to create the life we want.

Realizing that her Parisian love affair would be forever, MacLeod began her own business on Etsy, creating beautifully-illustrated letters from Paris inspired by artists like Percy Kelly and Beatrix Potter. She now paints and writes full-time, bringing beautiful things to subscribers around the world and reviving the lost art of letter-writing

a color example of artworks
My Thoughts

While reading Paris Letters I was somewhat reminded of Bridget Jones’s Diary, except instead of being based around lowbrow humor, excessive boozing and the never ending hunt for the next man to bonk or marry, I was taken away on a daring trip of a lifetime, an experience in faith and hope that all will work out in the end. A love story - not only for Janice and Christophe, but for Paris and its lifestyle, the thrill of the what-if, and more importantly the fulfillment of one’s true heart’s desire.

Part memoir, part self help book, Paris Letters has an easy flow about it that just sucks you in. I was engrossed from start to finish by its simply addictive narrative. Beautifully written, and interspersed with some very pretty artwork I was surprised to find I’d read half the book while pretending to cook dinner; and after a quick trip for takeaways to appease the kids, I finished Paris Letters with a few lists of my own to implement - I was inspired to find my own heart’s desire. And while there will be no crazy overseas trips for me, I am currently de-cluttering my house, my life and mind, while kick starting a new and exciting venture of my own!

A truly inspiring read that really resonated with me, I find it hard to fault Paris Letters at all. But if I was being overly picky, I’d suggest that maybe more of the artwork could have been in color, but even so, I was struck by their subtle beauty. 5 Stars




























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