Monday, March 31, 2014

Review - Silver Lining by E. J. Shortall



Synopsis:

Amber Merchant had it all. Living with and engaged to her teenage sweetheart, nice house and job of her dreams. 

 
Not anymore.
Following a devastating revelation from her Fiancé, Amber finds herself single once again and vows to never entrust her heart and soul to another.
After a bad experience on a rare night out to celebrate her newly single life, a chance encounter with a tall, dark and handsome stranger leaves Amber’s head reeling.
Intrigued by her draw to him but scared for her heart she flees.
Twenty nine year old Craig Silver has been fighting demons of his own. Intent on a life of meaningless affairs and one night stands, he isn’t prepared for the overwhelming and immediate attraction, and desire to protect the striking blonde on the dance floor.
At first it seems the attraction is mutual… until she runs. Bewildered and frustrated Craig wonders if he will ever see her again.

 


Sometimes the roads to our future are paved with many trials. Will Amber take the right path and find the silver lining to the happiness she deserves?


 Excerpt:

“Are you alright, Pingu? You have a strange look on your face.” We are walking along the seafront towards the pier. It is a beautiful late May afternoon, and the sun is shining and glittering off the ripples cascading across the water. Gentle waves ebb and flow along the shoreline where children sit with their families building fortresses, and other unrecognisable structures, out of damp sand.

I stop walking and move around to stand in front of Craig, reaching my arms around his waist and snuggling into his chest. I take a deep breath in, inhaling his now familiar earthy scent mixed with the fresh smells of the sea air. “I’m perfect. This is perfect. Thank you.” 
 
“You are perfect. I’m glad you recognise that.” He smiles as he looks down
I stop walking and move around to stand in front of Craig, reaching my arms around his waist and snuggling into his chest. I take a deep breath in, inhaling his now familiar earthy scent mixed with the fresh smells of the sea air. “I’m perfect. This is perfect. Thank you.” 

 
“You are perfect. I’m glad you recognise that.” He smiles as he looks down into my eyes and wraps his own arms around me. He places a kiss on my forehead, leaving his lips attached to my skin. Why did I spend so many years wasting my life on a man that basically thought he owned me but had no interest in really being with me? I have missed out on so many days like this. 
 
Becki was right with what she said. I’m starting to see that everything does happen for a reason. Maybe I was meant to stay with David until now so that I could be right here, right now, with Craig. He really is my Silver Lining. He gives me hope and optimism for a brighter future, despite whatever issues he has going on at the moment.

We spend the next few hours strolling around town, looking in shops, chatting about anything and everything, and just enjoying being together. When my stomach suddenly growls rather loudly, letting me – and probably everyone else in Paignton – know that it’s time to eat, we grab some Fish and Chips and sit on the pier eating them. Craig wanted to take me into some fancy restaurant, but relented when I started ranting about not being able to come to the seaside and eat fish and chips out of the paper. “It’s a British tradition,” I argued.

With our stomachs full, we kick our shoes off and take a stroll along the sand. The beach is quieter now, the falling early evening temperatures driving families back to their hotels or wherever it is they came from.

“You’re a bit of a snob, do you know that?” I say to Craig as we walk along an almost deserted area of the beach. I’m walking backward, facing him and laughing.

“Oh yeah?” Craig quirks an eyebrow. “How’s that?”

almost deserted area of the beach. I’m walking backward, facing him and laughing.

“Oh yeah?” Craig quirks an eyebrow. “How’s that?”

“Only snobs would be snobbish about eating fish and chips and candy floss when they come to the seaside. These are staple Seaside requirements, Mr Silver, along with making sandcastles and… this...” I flick my foot in the shallow water and splash him.

“Oh, you’re in for it now,” he growls, staring into my eyes.

Shit, this isn’t good. He has a devilish look in his eyes that makes me want to jump on him and flee at the same time. I gulp when he flinches and as quickly as I can, turn on my heels and run away from him, squealing in laughter, running as fast as I can through the soft sand. 
 
I’m laughing and trying to catch my breath while evading Craig’s attempts to catch me. When I hit a large ditch in the sand, I stumble, giving Craig the perfect opportunity to lunge forward and grab me around the waist. The momentum from his attack causes me to lose my balance and we both crash down onto the sand.

Turning over quickly onto my back so I can swipe the sand away from my face, I look up to see Craig leaning over me. He is breathing heavy, his chest rising and falling sharply with each laboured inhale and exhale. We are both laughing uncontrollably, trying to catch our breath. My heart skips a beat looking up at him. He looks so young and carefree; a stark contrast to his usual cool, calm and controlled demeanour.

Our eyes lock onto each other and the laughter immediately ceases. We simply remain frozen in time, lost in each other’s gaze. I vaguely hear music in the distance, the song being carried along by the gentle sea breeze. The words from “What About Now” by Daughtry filter into my emotion filled haze.

“Craig, I...” I’m cut off by a pair of soft, warm lips pressing down on mine. He doesn’t try and deepen the kiss, just remains hovering over me with our lips locked.


 
Review:

This was a book about starting over and realizing who and what you are. When the love of your life breaks your heart it's hard to trust it again to anyone else and that is something that we all can relate to. This book will send you on an emotional roller coaster and make you believe in love again. I loved the way that the characters were always there for each other even if they didn't believe in what was going on. I loved this book from beginning to end although the exes in the book made me want to kill them, but loving someone and than realizing what you had was never really true is what life is all about. If you are looking for a book that is all about sex this is not that book, this is about love at first sight and believing in yourself. Believe every dark cloud there is a Silver Lining


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About the Author:

EJ Shortall was born and raised in London, England where she currently still lives with her long

suffering partner and their son.

Having worked in education for the better part of 12 years, EJ decided a change was needed and

following a moment of inspiration one morning, she decided to put pen to paper and start writing her

first novel.

She has always enjoyed reading, but found it was mostly just a holiday extravagance, to while away

the hours whilst relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Then she discovered a certain worldwide best

seller, and that was it, she was hooked. She couldn’t devour books fast enough. The books on her

book shelves and reading device range from sweet, Young Adult romances, to smouldering, erotic

encounters.

“I am on one amazing roller coaster ride at the moment, meeting new and wonderful people,

discovering new music gems to integrate into my stories, and learning so many new skills. I can’t wait

to see where this journey takes me.”

If you would like to join E.J. on her journey, please follow or contact her. She would love to hear

from you!

Silver Lining, EJ’s debut novel was released on 21st

 February 2014.



 
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Cover Reveal - Discovery by Brina Courtney






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Discoveries can be dangerous. Discoveries can be deadly. 

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's.

  Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's.

  Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.


About The Author
Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cover Reveal - Cheap & Classy (Hide Your Crazy #2) by T.A. Hardenbrook

Title:  Cheap & Classy (Hide Your Crazy #2)
Author: T.A. Hardenbrook



Synopsis:

Hi, I’m Molly, and I’m still a complete and utter mess. Sure, I finally got away from all the sparkles of my past; but glitter is like herpes. No matter how far I ran from it, it still showed up everywhere in my life. In order to survive in my chaotic and messed reality, I needed to set some ground rules for myself.

1. Kick Ass
2. Take Names
3. Forget the Past
4. Move On.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

There was a huge, gigantic, Godzilla sized problem that lurked in my life.

Reid Chambers.

Yep, someone shoot me now.

You thought book one was crazy; well let me present ‘Cheap and Classy’

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Cheap & Classy is book 2 in the Hide Your Crazy Series.  Before reading, make sure you check out Hot, Southern Mess - available NOW!

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About the Author:


T.A. Hardenbrook currently resides in Spokane Washington with her husband and two young boys. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as her license in Cosmetology in which she still does part time.


Her days include being the family chauffer and referee, all while trying to become the perfect domestic goddess one strives for. Her family of four also includes a very loving American pit bull terrier, a wirehaired dachshund, a corn snake, and an American cavy (Which her oldest son shows at ARBA/ACBA events).


Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, life became a struggle and she found learning to adapt was not an easy task. Luckily with the help of daily medication, life is slowly returning back to normal. Having the opportunity to write a novel at this time was a huge boost of confidence in dealing with the disorder, being able to use her hands and type, was therapy for the soul.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Release Blitz - That's A Lie by Victoria Klahr


That's A Lie
Author: Victoria Klahr
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that's been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I'd have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I'm willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It's a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.


Where to Buy
That's A Promise (Promises Promises #1)
*Free March 25 and March 26
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU

That's A Lie (Promises Promises #2)
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About the Author
Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

Where to Find Her
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Cover Reveal - Secret Alpha by Laurel Ulen Curtis


Expected Release Date: 
April 29, 2014

Synopsis
I’m Dan Smith, and I’m currently living two lives. Maybe even three if you really look into it. Haley, Allison, Hunter, Wade, Sergio, and Isla all exist in one or more of them somehow.

Am I a supporting role in their stories, or are they merely characters in mine?
You decide.

Haley told her story. Now I’ll tell mine.

She said. He said.

This is my story.

Warning: Some explicit language and sexual content.

Note: This is the second book in a series and will be best-received if read after A is for Alpha Male.



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Secret Alpha Excerpt
Once again, Allison had no answer, but that didn’t get Haley down at all.
I could feel my feet start to walk in their direction, straight down the bar and stopping right in front of them, as though I was having an out of body experience.
“As far as loosening up, I meant alcohol.....Shot time!”
Perfect. Cue me.
She looked away from her mom right at that moment, honing in like a laser beam on my exact location.
And then, looked right through me.
Burn.
“Two shots of fireball, please,” Haley requested sweetly, but I could tell she didn’t notice me at all.
If anything, that made her even cuter. She was completely there, in that moment, with her mom. Clearly, they had a strong, close, vibrant relationship, and a respect that I hardly ever saw between people anymore.
Living in such a technologically driven era, people rarely interacted with one another without an outside distraction like a cell phone going at the same time.
Don’t worry, I’m not anti-technology, but I am pro-personal connection. The kind of camaraderie that’s strong enough to hold a person’s entire interest. It’s probably a lifetime lacking in close connections that drives my philosophical approach to conversational engagement, but I couldn’t tell you for sure because I’m not a psychologist.
“You got it, sweetheart,” I said, and then began thoroughly kicking my own ass for adding on a term of endearment. I seriously didn’t know what the fuck was wrong with me. I didn’t know what is was about this girl that had me tied in knots, and I didn’t know why in the fuck I kept letting myself forget I was in the middle of a very serious, extremely dangerous investigation.
There was probably a price on my head at that exact moment, for fuck’s sake.
I pulled my lips back over my teeth immediately, putting away the dimples and effectively putting the kabash on my smile. But it didn’t even matter because she still hadn’t even really looked at me. In fact, another man, someone I wasn’t familiar with, had just approached her and started flirting.
He was a cocksucking dork, I could tell, but she flirted back. The really disgusting part is that I felt an immediate flare of fire in my belly, the edges of my flaming jealousy licking the lining of my stomach and burning me alive.
Placing the shots on the bar in front of them, I redirected my mind and energy and moved to the other end of the bar, keen to do any other work I could come up with.
But as I left, I allowed myself one last look, startling noticeably when Allison’s keen blue eyes found mine and a knowing smile crept sweetly onto her face.
Fuck. Me.

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About The Author
Laurel Ulen Curtis is a 27 year old mother of one. She lives with her husband and son (and cat and two fish!) in New Jersey, but grew up all over the United States. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, and puts that to almost no use other than forecasting for her friends and writing a storm chasing heroine! She has a passion for her family, laughing, and reading and writing Romance novels. She’s also addicted to Coke. The drink, not the drug.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Release Blitz - Cursed Desire by C. E. Black





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Blub:
Kara and Gabe had been happily married for seven years. They’d had their ups and downs, but nothing could prepare them for what happened after a weekend getaway and a fun tour of one of the oldest cemeteries in Charleston.
When Kara told Gabe she believed their house was haunted, he knew there had to be a reasonable explanation, but he’d never been so wrong. Something or someone had followed them home, and once their mysterious ghost revealed himself, things really got interesting.
All William S. Scott wanted in life, was to be able to live by his own rules. He cared for those in need and wanted to see the world, one adventure at a time. Though, his father had a different plan for his son, and felt William needed to settle down.
When William’s father tried forcing an arranged marriage, William decided that was the last straw. But leaving wasn’t as easy as he first thought. Someone felt he needed to stick around. Maybe even for eternity.
Who knew cursed could be real?
Warning: This book contains mature content, including M/F/M, and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.








Author bio:
Do you like sweet romances or naughty erotica? How about a little of both? C.E. Black writes fantasy and paranormal romances that captivate you with sensual love stories and keep you on your toes with action packed scenes and sexy characters.
C.E. Black is the best-selling author of Shifted Temptations, but has a full time job keeping up with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading as much as possible and having girl-talk, while drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blog Tour Review - Dominic by L. A. Casey








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TitleDominic (Slater Brothers, #1)
                                    Author: L.A. Casey 
                                    Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
                                    Series:Slater Brothers 
                                    Publication Date: March 17th, 2014
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After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants. . When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue. . Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force. Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.
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                                                  My Review

First off let me say that if you are looking for a good clean review you should stop reading this now. 

Dominic was that book that I could not put down and I gobbled up the whole book in one setting. The fact that a twenty two year old wrote this book had me more that astonished. Her writing was perfect and she made you love the characters even more. Dominic was the guy that always got what he wanted and he wanted nothing more than Bronagn. Bronagh was the girl that liked to fade into the back ground and not be noticed because she felt that if she got to close to people she would just lose them. While reading this book I must admit that there were a lot of moments when I was like What The Fuck and Hott Hell he can fuck me all day and I will never complain. Dominic had me fanning myself a lot through this book.


There is nothing like an Alpha male that starts out young and already knows how to dominate a woman's body. Bronagn was the type of girl that did not bend to anyone's whim nor did she ever keep her mouth shut when she really wanted to say something. She had that I don't give a fuck attitude but it took Dominic to really bring it out of her and bring her out of her shell. Although Bronagn hated Dominic she also secretly loved him and the way that they would rip into each other had me laughing so hard that I could not control myself. I loved and hated the fact that there were a lot of time when Dominic was calling Bronagn out of her name and all I could say was
  Things happened really fast for them and that made me wanna read this book all the more. The thing I loved most about this book is the fact that Bee was always trying to beat up Nico and there was even a time when she had to go to the hospital and that was when things really started to heat up. Than to top it all off you have a whole slew of sexy Slater man that any woman would drop her britches for. Overall this was the type of book that I will be reading over and over and I will most definitely be waiting for the next installment of the Slater boys to see what they will be doing next.



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L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost 2 year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her 4 and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.
Her first novel, Dominic, will be self-published, on March 17th, 2014.
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