28 February 2014

Title: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Rennie Road Books, 268 Pages (March 17th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else can quite understand.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

I can't wait to read this book!!! I'm so excited about it and I LOVE the cover!!! Sounds amazing, looks amazing, bring it on!


From the author: Warm, funny, and often heartbreaking, The Year We Fell Down is New Adult contemporary romance. Contains: hot hockey players, too many pairs of crutches, gallows humor, Princess Bride references, and a slightly outrageous vibrator scene. (Sexual situations make the book suitable for ages 18+.)

The expected publication date is Monday, March 17th, 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.




About the Author:

Sarina Bowen writes contemporary romance and new adult fiction from the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives with her husband, two children, eight chickens and an unwieldy pile of ski and hockey equipment.

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Title: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly, #2)
Author: Nichole Chase
Publisher: Avon, 384 pages (March 25th 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

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Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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27 February 2014

Title: Tyler & Stella (Tattoo Thief #2)
Author: Heidi Joy Tretheway
Publisher: 275 Pages, (February 20th 2014)
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Check out my review for: Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief #1)

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Stella Ramsey always says bad boys can’t break your heart. They don’t call, don’t cuddle and don’t send flowers—but what do you expect? For Stella, no strings means no regrets.

When the biggest story of her fledgling career as a music journalist nearly ruins her relationship with her best friend, Stella has one chance to redeem herself. Tyler Walsh could be that chance.

Stella promises the bassist for the rock band Tattoo Thief anything in exchange for behind-the-scenes access. But Tyler doesn’t want anything. He wants everything—and that’s more than Stella is prepared to give.

When Tyler’s explosive secret thrusts Stella into the media spotlight, she must choose between the selling the story and telling the truth—and exposing the truth about herself as well.

Tyler & Stella (Tattoo Thief #2) is a sizzling story of lust, lies, and sacrifice, revealing how much love can forgive.

Review: 5 Stars - Tyler & Stella is the second book in the Tattoo Thief series by author Heidi Joy Tretheway. Each title in the series follows a member from the rock band Tattoo Thief and this time around it focuses on Bass player Tyler Ramsey and music journalist Stella, both characters we met in the first title.

So, I’m sure most of you are aware of the fact that I LOVED the first book and as you can see from my star rating I LOVED this one too! The peek that we were given into who Tyler and Stella was nothing prior to this title, the more I read this book and the more these two characters were uncovered, I realized that I knew nothing about this pair.

Tyler is a bad boy and as it states in the synopsis he has his own fair share of secrets. Some doozys that’s for sure! I didn’t see any of them coming and I had some pretty huge ah-ha moments during their story. However who he turned out to be underneath it all I might not have seen coming but I so love this guy like whoa!

Now for Stella, she didn’t have much of an effect on me other than wanting to smack her until later in the story. She had a key part in the previous installment that left this reader a bit on the angry side, it was for a huge wrong that she was the center of regarding her best friend Beryl and singer of Tattoo Thief Gavin. By the end of the first book we were left with a bit of a mystery, not quite a cliffhanger but there was a moment that you knew something big was about to happen for Stella and yeah, it sure does!

These two characters are due for some changes and breaks and I often wondered if either of them would ever get one.

My heart caught in my chest one moment and wanted to break the next. Then I’d be swooning and end up wanting to wring someone’s neck minutes later, which makes it easy to say that Heidi writes more than just stories about bad boys and rock stars. She writes about her set of famous characters/ people behind the stage and glamour and gives them a life other than what their public sees. This makes them feel more like real people the more you read.

I love Heidi’s writing, stories and characters. Getting lost within the pages of her books is easy and before you realize it you’ve been drawn in. I’m a huge fan of hers from the first book and now with the second I can’t wait to read the third so I hope she writes faster because I can’t wait to have an in-depth meeting with the next Tattoo Thief band member to receive his own book – Jayce.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a story/series about a rock star bad boy with some bumps and bruises from his past. To anyone who loves a well written story that you can get lost in and a story that’ll have your emotions running all over the place. I’d tell you to look no further and start with Tattoo Thief before reading Tyler & Stella’s story because while these two are stand alone titles they are about one huge rock band and all the characters are intertwined with each other. I know you’ll love these titles too, happy reading!








About the Author: 

Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.

Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.

You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.

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Title: When I Surrender (When I Break #2)
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: (April 7th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: **Warning**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes.

Undaunted by Knox’s complicated history with sexual addiction, McKenna pushes forward in her relationship with this deliciously flawed man. She experiences the highest highs as they discover each other, along with the lowest lows, and worries that his past may not be entirely behind him.

But when a complication from her own past demands attention, she's forced to decide where their relationship is headed, and everything she thought she knew is questioned.

When I Surrender is book 2 in the WHEN I BREAK series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

I absolutely LOVED the cover for the first book in this series, When I Break and Kendall has another amazing cover for this title too! Holy HOT STUFF! Love it! Looking forward to reading both of these books.


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Romance author. Shamelessly addicted to bad boys, kissing and steamy romance novels brimming with dark, angsty tension.


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26 February 2014

Title: Some like It Wild (The Wild Ones #2)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: Berkley, 384 Pages (March 4th, 2014)
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Synopsis: First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton's Wild Ones series...

How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves?

Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. The two people closest to her betrayed her, and Laney’s dreams came crashing down. Now she’s left with an empty space she doesn’t know how to fill. Until she meets Jake Theopolis, a daredevil with a death wish who has heartbreaker written all over him.

Jake has no interest in thinking beyond the here and now. All he wants out of life is the next rush, the next “feel-good” thing to keep his mind off the pain of his past. His latest rush? Showing Laney there’s more to life than being a good girl—and that going bad can be so much fun. Her only concern now is how she can ever hope to satisfy the wild side of a boy like Jake. She’s looking forward to trying. And so is Jake.

If you love The Wild Ones, you'll be just as wild for M. Leighton's Bad Boys series which includes Down to You, Up to Me, and Everything for Us.

Review: 4.5 Stars - 4.5 Stars to M. Leighton and her latest release – Some like It Wild, the second book in her Wild Ones series! With two characters who couldn’t be more different from one another - a small town preacher’s daughter and the town bad boy who likes to take chances and feel alive in everything he does – they find out that sometimes opposites have things in common once you get below the surface and look past the status of birth or the shadow of a town where everyone knows you.

Laney Holt has always been good. Doing the right thing is what she knows and what she’s worked hard to always maintain. She knows what she wants – her very own happily ever after and she thinks she’s found just the right guy to make those dreams of getting married and having babies happen. However a betrayal by two people she believes she’s closest to cut deep and she takes an opportunity to leave and head home to get away from everything that’s hurt her and try to figure out what’s next.

Enter Jake Theopolis, town bad boy, with scars from his past that run deep. He’s an adrenalin junkie, firefighter and brother to Jenna from previous installments of the series. He also knows his way around a roasted marshmallow but you’ll have to read the book to know what I’m talking about… wow! Hot! And I DID love Jake. He might be a bit damaged but holy cow is this boy freaking amazing and yum-o! I think he’s one of my favorites from all of Michelle’s leading men.

The two come to an agreement of sorts that leads Laney to live a bit more on the dangerous side and for Jake to question some of the choices he’s made over the years.

One of the main things that you can always count on when it comes to Michelle’s books is the characters are always layered. They are always dealing with deeper rooted issues that take time to sort out and give the reader a chance to know and understand her characters on a larger scale. There’s depth and growth that once you finish reading you feel as if you know them as if they are real people in your life. At least for me that’s how I always feel.

I always come to the end of a story quicker than I realize and I’m always a bit sad when I finish one of Michelle’s books, yet I’m always happy that I was in another one of her worlds for a bit. She knows how to write amazing characters and stories and it’s for those two main reasons that I continue to come back for more. Michelle will always be an auto-buy/go-to author because I can count on quality.

I highly recommend this title to fans of this author, or if you’re looking for a great place to start with her books, I suggest starting with this series! While they can be read standalone I wouldn’t suggest it because each title might focus on a different set of characters, they are all intertwined within the same world. So, start at the first title in the series – The Wild Ones. Don’t forget about the novella – Wild Child and then Some Like it Wild comes next. The third installment in this series, There’s Wild, Then There’s You comes out later this year. Trust me, I think you’ll love them. Enjoy!








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M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.  


For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.

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Are you all ready for the excerpt and teasers for you today from Melody Grace's UNCONDITIONAL, because holy cow!! UNCONDITIONAL is a contemporary romance, and it is the most heart-wrenching and latest novel in The Beachwood Bay Series. It is being released on March 18th, 2014, so add it to your TBR pile now!

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

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Synopsis: Fall in love with Beachwood Bay in Melody Grace’s USA Today and internationally bestselling series!

"I’ve spent my whole life chasing perfection: perfect looks, perfect man, perfect home. But in one brutal moment, I realized it was all just a beautiful lie…"

Carina MacKenzie is fleeing from her past. Picking up the wreckage of her shattered dreams, she seeks comfort in the only place she’s ever felt safe: Beachwood Bay.

Garrett Sawyer isn’t looking to be anyone’s savior. Scarred by old betrayals, he’s sworn never to put his heart on the line again -- especially not for a damaged, high-maintenance girl like Carina. But passion knows no logic, and soon, their reckless chemistry is making him forget his bitter vows.

Two damaged hearts. The hope of true love. As their passion blazes out of control, Carina and Garrett struggle to escape their legacies of hurt. But can you ever outrun the past? And when everything is on the line, can they trust enough to build a love that's unconditional?

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*




EXCERPT:

          A noise comes. A shadow rears up in the dark. I scream.

          “What the hell?”

          Panic claws my chest and I scream again, reaching blindly for something to fight him off. Squatters and junkies and all kinds of dangerous men fill my mind as my hand closes around something solid on the hall table and I swing with everything I’ve got.

          “Goddamn!” The figure reels back, stumbling against the wall.

          “Get away from me!” I cry, shaking. My heart is racing so fast I think it might beat right out of my chest. I grip the object in my hand tighter. “Don’t touch me!”

          “I’m not trying to touch you!” the man roars, angry. “I just want to know what you’re doing breaking into my goddamn house!”

          The light flips on. I reel back, blinded by the sudden glare, but as the daze clears and my eyes flick back into focus, I see the man in front of me for the first time.

          I stop breathing.

          He’s half-naked, that’s the first thing I notice. Jesus, his body is like nothing I’ve ever seen before: tanned bronze and chiseled like a Greek god, but not like the guys I’ve dated, all waxed and pumped from hours at a fancy gym. This guy is real, raw, all muscle and power, with a web of dark tattoos snaking over the bicep of his right arm. I feel a flush roll through me, hot with prickling awareness, but I can’t look away as I take in his tight, sculpted six-pack abs, and the trail of dark hair leading down to the waistband of his navy briefs…

          “Don’t mind me, darlin’,” his voice comes. “Any time you’re done looking…”

           I snap my eyes up to his face, blushing. Then I look at him for real and it all clicks into place.

          “Oh.” My heart clenches in my chest as I recognize him for the first time. “It’s you.”

          Unshaven face. Messy bronzed bed-head hair. And a pair of stormy ocean-blue eyes scowling at me like I’m the last person on earth he wants to see.

          And, I can say, the feeling is entirely mutual.

          “It’s me,” Garrett Sawyer agrees in a low, Southern drawl. He strides over and snatches the vase from my hand, setting it down on the table with a thud. “Now, you want to tell me what the hell you’re doing creeping around my house at three in the goddamn morning?”

          I catch my breath, the flush of desire mingling with irritation. I nearly had a heart attack trying to get in here, and he’s the one with an attitude?

          “It’s not your house,” I snap, my heart still racing. “It’s mine.”

          “Well, if you wanna get technical, it belongs to Emerson,” Garrett corrects me, glaring. “But I’m the only one here with permission to stay.”

          “Why do you need a place?” I try to pull myself together, smoothing back my hair and yanking down my dress. “Don’t you live above that dirty old bar?”

          “Nah.” Garrett paces closer, his full lips stretching into a lazy grin. “Usually I just go straight out back and roll around in the filth like a pig.”

          His smile is heart-stopping, a whiskey smile, honeyed and dangerous and just inches away from me now. Despite my irritation, I feel another wave of heat roll through me, automatically rising to his nearness like a magnet spinning off its axis to find true north.

          Damn.

          I ignore the kick of my pulse and fold my arms across my chest. “You’re disgusting,” I retort, ignoring the shiver in my bloodstream.

          “And you’re trespassing.” His gaze hungrily drifts over my body. I glance down, and see the rip has torn the skirt to the top of my thigh. I blush, yanking it shut.

          “Look, I’m tired, OK?” I exclaim, self-conscious. “I’ve been driving all night, I didn’t know anyone would be here. I just need a place to sleep. Can we save all your territorial bullshit for the morning?”

          Garrett raises an eyebrow at me, like he’s amused. I brace myself for more arguing, but instead, he gives a casual shrug. “Why not?”

          I exhale with relief. “I’ve got a suitcase out front,” I tell him.

          He smirks. “Then you better go get it. Spare bedroom upstairs, I’m sure you know the way.”

          My mouth drops open, but before I can complain, there’s a noise from above us.

          “Garrett?” a female voice sounds, and then a woman appears at the top of the stairs. She’s wearing an oversized T-shirt that barely skims her tanned thighs, her dark hair mussed up, makeup smudged around her eyes. “What’s going on?”

          “Nothing, honey,” Garrett calls up to her. “Go back to sleep.”

          “But it’s cold.” The woman pouts suggestively. “I need you to come keep me warm.”

          Real classy.

          I roll my eyes, watching as Garrett flashes her one of his easy grins. “I’ll be right up, sugar. And then I want my T-shirt back.”

          “Come and get it.” The woman giggles, then disappears back to the bedroom, leaving us alone in the foyer again.

          “Honey?” I challenge him. “Sugar? Why not just admit you don’t even know her name?”

          Garrett smirks at me. “Sure I do. It’s Lauren, or Laurie. Or maybe it was Lorna…” He frowns, pretending to think, and even though I know he’s just doing it to get a rise out of me, I can’t help but make a dismissive snort.

          “Must be true love.”

          Garrett narrows his eyes. “What I do with my life is none of your goddamn business. So why don’t you quit bitching and let me get back to sleep.”

          I blink, thrown by the sudden change in his tone. “I’m not the one standing around giving me a hard time,” I retort. “I’d be asleep by now if you hadn’t come prowling around, trying to play hero.”

          “Whatever you say, darlin’.” Garrett turns away and starts climbing the stairs. Then he pauses, turning back to me with a wicked grin, and says, “But you might want to wear earplugs. Lorna likes it loud.




ABOUT MELODY GRACE:

Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of this weekly event is to spotlight a soon-to-be-released book that you are very much anticipating. "Waiting On" Wednesday will also give bloggers an opportunity to share ideas for our TBR lists.


Title: Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1)
Author: Chelsea Fine
Publisher: Forever, 226 Pages (March 4th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: New Adult Romance

Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

(70,000 words)

Title: The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1)
Author: Sarah Harian
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix Books, 272 Pages (March 18th, 2014)
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Synopsis: Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Title: Nearly Gone
Author: Elle Cosimano
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books, 388 Pages (March 25th, 2014)
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Synopsis: Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.

Another three books this week. And I picked some that are about to release which is always great when you don't have much longer to wait for a book. One YA and Two "New Adult" this time around. We have childhood best friends who can't stand each other... or? And two that deal with killers, a deadly obstacle coarse, secrets and so much more. YES PLEASE to all THREE!

What do you think of this weeks picks? If you had a chance to read one now, which one would you choose and why?

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25 February 2014

Hello all! Today I'm here to help celebrate the paperback release of Iced By: Karen Marie Moning!!! It's an adult title in a spin off from her epic FEVER Series and I was lucky enough to be asked to host this amazing giveaway! I wish I could keep this for myself! I mean a SIGNED copy!!! WOW!

So, without further ado, Happy Paperback Release Day Karen! 

And good luck to everyone who enters!!!

Title: Iced: A Fever Novel (Dani O'Malley Trilogy #1)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Dell, 512 Pages (February 25th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is an Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever series. 

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.


About the Author:

Karen Marie Moning (rhymes with 'awning') is a # 1 New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the RITA award-winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy "Fever" series. Her books have been published in nearly 40 languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world.

Moning graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Society and Law. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a bartender, a computer consultant, and an insurance specialist.

Moning began her career writing paranormal romance set in Scotland but as she became increasingly fascinated with Celtic mythology, she switched genres to Urban Fantasy and location to Dublin, Ireland, so she could focus on the Tuatha de Danann, or Fae--an ancient race of immortal beings who have lived secretly among humans for millennia.

Moning recently completed a graphic novel for Del Rey, featuring an original story about MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, and the first installment in a new Fever World trilogy, ICED. She is under contract with Random House Publishing for two additional books set in the Fever universe.

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I am SO incredibly excited to participate in the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WHITE HOT KISS! WHITE HOT KISS is a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen TODAY! This is the first full-length novel in The Dark Elements Series and one you'll want to grab as soon as you finish reading this post.

White Hot Kiss


ABOUT WHITE HOT KISS: One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

EXCERPT:

          “I don’t think of Zayne that way!”
          She laughed. “What man-parts-loving female in this world doesn’t think of Zayne that way? I can barely keep myself breathing when I see him. All the guys in school have squishy waists. I can tell Zayne doesn’t. He’s the awesome sauce with extra sauce.”
          That he was and he so didn’t have a squishy waist, but I tuned Stacey out at that point. I really did need to cram for this test and I also didn’t want my fantasies involving Zayne to occupy my mind right now. Especially after I’d woken up this morning, carefully tucked under the covers. The bed had smelled like him: sandalwood and crisp linen.
          “Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a manger,” Stacey murmured.
          I clenched my jaw, cupping my hands over my ears.
          She jabbed me in the side with her elbow. At this rate I’d be covered in bruises before lunchtime. “Our bio class just got a billion times more interesting. And hotter, lots and lots hotter. Holy mother, I want to have his babies. Not now of course, but definitely later. But I’d like to start practicing soon.”
          The cell wall is a thick and rigid layer covering the plasma something, something plant cells…
          Stacey stiffened all of a sudden. “Oh my God, he’s coming—”
          Composed of fat and sugar—
          Something slender and shiny fell from who knew where, landing in the middle of Sam’s notes. Blinking tightly, it took me a couple of seconds to recognize the faded and half peeled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker covering the back of the silver cell phone.
         My heart slammed against my ribs. Gripping the edges of the notebook, I slowly lifted my gaze. Unnaturally beautiful golden eyes met mine.
          “You forgot this last night.”

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

  She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Links:

Series Website: http://www.thedarkelementsseries.com
Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlarmentrout
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout
Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4476934.Jennifer_L_Armentrout
WHITE HOT KISS Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455585-white-hot-kiss?bf=500&from_search=true

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Harlequin Teen is giving away a large Harlequin Teen Tote. Tote Includes:

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• The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (trade)
• Pawn by Aimee Carter (hard cover)
• Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (hard cover)
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24 February 2014

Title: Tattoo (Take It Off #7)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Publisher: (March 10th 2014)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: ***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***

A tattoo gets them in trouble… He will get them out.

After years of cultivating an undercover identity, Brody West is finally off the case and free to live a life of his own. All that time spent in the company of criminals and killers left him a little jaded… and with an identity crisis. He isn’t sure who he is anymore, or who he wants to be.

To give him time to think, he takes a few days off to go fishing. On his way out of town, he makes a routine stop at the bank and finds himself flirting with the girl behind the counter.

But his flirtation is cut short when criminals burst into the bank and shoot her right before his eyes.

In attempt to administer first aid, Brody reveals a tattoo on his upper arm. A mark that will drag him and the girl into the kind of situation he was trying to get away from. But he can’t walk away because he’s the only thing capable of keeping Taylor alive and bringing down the guys who shot her—guys who are seriously dangerous.

Gotta love a cover with a tattoo'd guy on the cover! Okay, I have to admit that I haven't read this series yet but I DO have a couple of the books on my Kindle so I'm looking to read them soon because this book just sounds pretty amazing! I can't wait to check it out!


About the Author:

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com 

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Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Michelle from Much Loved Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Shiver is... the US Cover!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.


Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK

Title: The Wolf Princess
Author: Cathryn Constable
Publisher: US - Scholastic Inc, 320 Pages, (September 24th 2013), UK - Chicken House Books, 288 Pages, (October 4th 2012)
Add to Goodreads: The wolf Princess USA | The Wolf Princess UK
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository (UK cover) UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this. On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets.

About the author:

After reading Theology at Cambridge University, Cathryn Constable went on to work in magazine journalism, writing for Vogue, W, Elle Decoration, Elle, The Independent, Tatler and The Sunday Times, before realising her dream of blending a love for all things Russian with a story for children. Her magical and enchanting debut novel is called The Wolf Princess. Cathryn is married with three children and lives in London.

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Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Cathryn I love both the British and the American covers for The Wolf Princess: although very different in tone, they both do an effective job of describing the elements of the story. The British cover gets admiration for being purple and sparkly (I haven’t met a girl who hasn’t loved it). But the wolf on the American cover is so fluffy and wise, I can’t imagine that anyone could walk past that book and not want to pick him up! There was a very beautiful cover for the hardback edition with a wonderful paper cut out detail which made me think of an old-fashioned fairy story. I loved that one, too.
Lisa This week’s book is new to me and when looking at them side by side they have some similarities to them. The girl, the snow, the wolf... This is a hard choice this week but I think I'm going to choose the US version only because it looks a bit more ethereal, more fantasy and as Michelle mentions dreamlike as this title projects. US cover has my vote.
Michelle This is such a difficult choice fro me this week. I have the UK version and what you don't see in this picture is the purple edging around the pages which fit the cover perfectly. However I do like the US version for the more mystical feeling it gives off and how more dreamlike it feels, like what you see doesn't feel real. After much deliberation I am going for the UK cover this week, and that is purely because I own this copy and know how amazing it looks in real life.
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23 February 2014

Happy Release Day to Jessica Gibson and her latest release - The Harder I Fall!!!

Title: The Harder I Fall
Author: Jessica Gibson
Publisher: 215 Pages, (February 20th, 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Becca Langer was not a normal girl, she didn't have normal girl problems. For most of her life, she’s had to take care of herself, her younger brother Chad, and her drunk mother. She’s lived under the shadow of what her father did when she was ten years old. Forever branded by his actions.

College was her escape, she could get away and finally live. Her dream was to make it in the New York Ballet Company one day. That for her meant a long road full of hard work and dedication. She didn't have time for distractions, and Levi Klein was definitely a distraction.


Will Levi be able to crack through her tough exterior and really see the wounded soul underneath? Becca needs to be loved, but the question is, will she let Levi love her?

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About Jessica Gibson:

Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future. Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.
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22 February 2014

Author Spotlight - Toni Aleo!!!

Hey everyone! Today I'm SUPER EXCITED to spotlight and fangirl over an amazing author - Toni Aleo! She writes one HECK of a team of hockey players in her Assassins Series and then has tackled some strong issues in her stand alone title - Let it be Me. I have loved the Assassins Series when they were originally self published and couldn't have been more happy for her when she was picked up by LoveSwept/Random House. If you haven't read anything by Toni I just have to ask... What the heck are you waiting for?

Oh and I wanted to mention that I don't normally talk about or feature books above "New Adult" on my blog but every once in a while there's an author or a book(s) that needs to be in the spotlight here and Toni and her books are defiantly spotlight worthy...

NOTE: These is a Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Title: Blue Lines (Assassins #4)
Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: LoveSwept/Random House, 384 Pages (December 9th, 2013)
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Check out my review of: Empty Net (Assassins, #3) By: Toni Aleo
Synopsis: Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.

Title: Let it be Me
Author: Toni Aleo
Publisher: 352 Pages (October 2nd, 2013)
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Check out my review of: Let it be Me
Synopsis: Do you see that woman there?
The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle?
That’s me, Violet Moore.
Do you see those men over there?
One is my husband, Rob.
A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more.
The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant.
I'm torn between what's right and my own fear.
But not anymore.
I’m taking my life back now.
I will fight back.
I will be happy.

Guest Post from TWO of my Favorite ASSASSINS!!!

Want to know what the Assassins would say to their Valentine on Valentines Day?

Lucas: I told my valentine that there was a bed upstairs, go get naked.

Erik: I bought my girl a spa day, then I got us a babysitter and I don’t plan on leaving our room until we have to go get the little guy.



About the Author:

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?
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