Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Promo Blitz: The Trainee Undercover by Brenda Shaw


YA Suspense/Thriller
Date Published:  April 2017

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The Trainee Undercover is a mystery, action, and thriller novel written by Brenda Shaw. 

Paul Collier, a high level executive, in a pharma company gets threatened into silence by an unknown force. In despair, he decides to send his family away to protect them. 

Alex, a happy-go-lucky teenager, is all set to enjoy his summer vacation with his friends.

But fate has other plans in store! They get entangled with a murder case.

Alex and his friends are now committed to pursue criminals.

They desperately want to help Paul! But, will they fall prey into the hands of the criminals?

It’s a gripping adventure where they have to race against time and winning is everything!

The teenagers’ amateurish skills will have to compete with professional criminals.

Will they be a victim or victorious? Read the novel to find out...


About the Author

Brenda Shaw is a author based in UK and writes under a pen name. 
Since childhood, she has been a very keen and voracious reader of adventure, suspense, mystery, detective, legal and science fiction books.

After completing her post-graduation in biological sciences, she worked for the pharmaceutical industry for nearly two decades. She decided to leave her career and pursue her childhood passion of writing fiction books.

Brenda Shaw is the author of the suspense action-packed thriller, ‘The Trainee Undercover’.

Being a travel lover, she has been traveling to various cities in Europe, America and Asia. She is very keen to explore and understand the varied customs and colorful cultures that exists around the world.

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Review and Excerpt Tour with Giveaway: The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young @AuthorSamYoung @InkSlingerPR

   

From New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young comes a story of friendship, identity, and acceptance that will break your heart—and make it whole again. Order your copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US today!

   

About THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US:

“I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.”

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancĂ© and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

   

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My Review:
My rating:  5 stars

Samantha Young has been one of my favorite authors since I first read her book On Dublin Street only a little over a year ago.  From that point on I devoured her books, mostly through audio the first time.  One of my all-time book boyfriends, above almost all others - probably top 3, Nate Sawyer, came from her book Before Jamaica Lane.  While I was sent an egalley of this book to read and review for the tour, when I found someone willing to trade a physical ARC, I jumped on that chance since I had to have at least one physical ARC of one of my favorite author's books.  The way she writes both the characters as well as the events in the story always leads to an emotional and memorable read.  If I had not had any other responsibilities, such as work, this is one I would have read in one sitting.  In fact I read it in about 3 sittings, as each time I was barely able to put it down for anything else.  I read the last 100 pages in one sitting, at the park near my house, in my car, where I knew there would be no one to distract me from reading.  And that last part of the book was packed full of tear-jerking scenes, where anyone who had seen me sitting in my car crying might have wondered just what was going on.

I feel all of the characters and most of the reactions were pretty realistic.  There wasn't anything that was way out there, used just to create drama for the story.  Honestly everything that happened was something that I could see happening in real life, or maybe had actually seen happen to others around me, or to myself.  Nothing in the extreme bad things, just the way that people reacted to situations is very realistic to me.  Even the mean girl, yeah, she was kinda a mean girl, and her friends knew it, and would call her on it.  The reaction of people to finding out someone in their life was a different person then they'd been led to believe, that their very best friend had lied to them, well, it was pretty true to human nature.  Young really had a great grasp on real life and how people interact.  I'm so excited to finally have a book by her that I can definitely put in my high school library and share with my students.  Hopefully alerting them to an author they will also fall in love with and pick up every book she writes from now on.

A wonderfully emotional story, showing that it doesn't matter what walk of life you come from, the things you keep hidden about yourself can be the same, and do affect you and the rest of your life just as much as they do anyone else.

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Samantha Young’s THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US – Review and Excerpt Tour
June 19th
BookWorm221 – Review and Excerpt
Clare's Mad About Books – Review and Excerpt
Joyful Shimmy – Review and Excerpt
Little Red's Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Naturally Nerdy Books – Review and Excerpt
June 20th
Beware Of The Reader – Review and Excerpt
Kindle and Me – Review and Excerpt
To Be Reviewed Books – Review and Excerpt
June 21st
A Fortress of Books – Excerpt
Becky on Books – Excerpt
Mustreadbooksordie – Review and Excerpt
SJ's Book Blog – Excerpt
June 22nd
Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt
Fiction Fare – Review and Excerpt
Take Me Away To A Great Read – Review and Excerpt
June 23rd
A Literary Perusal – Review and Excerpt
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
BJ's Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Ficwishes – Review
Kimberly's Hot Reads – Review and Excerpt
Read, Write, Design – Review and Excerpt
June 24th
Ali's Reviews and More – Review and Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Lacey's Love Of Literature – Review and Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review and Excerpt
Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review and Excerpt
June 25th
All Romance Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Book Lovers Hangout – Review and Excerpt
PBC – Excerpt
TSK TSK What to Read – Review and Excerpt
With Love for Books – Review
June 26th
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review and Excerpt
Book Reader Chronicles – Review and Excerpt
Calling All Bookaholics – Review and Excerpt
Liezel – Review and Excerpt
Reads and Reviews – Review
The Readdicts – Review and Excerpt
June 27th
4 the Love of Reading – Review and Excerpt
ADDICTED TO BOOKS – Review and Excerpt
Miss Riki – Review and Excerpt
Peace Love Books – Review
The Inked In Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
June 28th
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review and Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Excerpt
Literary lust – Review
My Girlfriends Couch – Review and Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review and Excerpt
The Life of a BooknerdAddict – Review and Excerpt
June 29th
Author Groupies – Review
Blushing babes are up all – Review and Excerpt
Book Enticer – Review and Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review and Excerpt
The Review Loft – Review and Excerpt
Three chicks and their books – Review and Excerpt
June 30th
I Read Indie – Excerpt
Shh Moms Reading – Review and Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Review and Excerpt
Vi3tbabe – Review and Excerpt
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews – Review and Excerpt
July 1st
Book Babes Unite – Review and Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review and Excerpt
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review
The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt

About Samantha Young:
Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook and hardback June 2017. Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015. Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.  

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Book Blitz with Giveaway: Grind (Thrust #3) by Sybil Bartel


Book info:
Title:  Grind
Author:  Sybil Bartel
Series:  Thrust #3
Publication date: June 27th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Dane
I’m silent. I’m trained. I’m lethal.
My hand skimming down your thigh, my gaze a weapon—I know more ways to kill you than please you.
But you’re not paying for my aim. You’re paying for my control. Bringing you a breath away from ecstasy, watching you beg as I hold back your release, I’ll show you exactly what you’ve been missing. Your hunger is my currency and five thousand is my price. I only have one rule—no repeats, because I’m not for keeps. I’m for sale.
One slow grind and I’ll give you exactly what you paid for.



EXCERPT:

“I don’t have any money to pay you.” He knew I didn’t, but I wasn’t saying it just to remind him.
“I don’t want you to pay me.” He held his hand out. “Come on.”
My heart raced and the whisper of his scent through the rainwater drenching his body filled my head. I ached to touch him. “Where?”
“To bed.”
“I can’t… with you.” I had reasons, but I was rapidly forgetting them.
His hand never wavered. “I need sleep. You need sleep. I’ll rest better if I know where you are. Come.”
Knowing I shouldn’t, knowing I was crossing an invisible line I would never return from, I gave him my hand.
He didn’t hesitate. He pulled me to my feet and took a step.
I panicked. “Wait.” Oh God, don’t say it, don’t say it. “I can’t do this. This will mean something to me that it doesn’t to you.”
Cool gray-brown eyes stared down at me without mercy. “Do not speak for me.”
“I just meant—”
“I know what you meant.”
I gave him the truth because it was all I had left. “You’re taking what I don’t have to give.”
His shoulders dropped, his frame leaned toward me, and he lowered his voice to a barely audible whisper. “Trust me.” Rain dripped from his cheek and landed on my arm. “This is what I ask of you, only this. Nothing else.”
If you could fall in love in a single moment with a perfect stranger, I fell in love. “You will break me, Dane Marek,” I whispered.
“You are already broken, Irina Tsarko.”



Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Monsters Among Us (Monsters Among Us #3) by Amanda Strong


Book info:
Title:  Monsters Among Us
Author:  Amanda Strong
Series:  Monsters Among Us #3
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: June 26th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
What if the fate of the world lies with the monster—not the hero?
The world is shifting, and Sammy has complete control. But as hidden truths surface, she starts to doubt everyone who is close to her. The Ancients and Kory have been harboring dark secrets, and it could mean war between the Dragon Fae and the Irukas. With the Defenders as her devoted soldiers, Sam must make some difficult decisions. Should she save the world… or save herself?
Blake won’t give up on Sam. He knows he can’t trust Tonbo anymore, or the web of lies he’s been thrown into. If he hopes to save Sam, he must find the real reason Kory created the bug army. Turns out there could be something far worse than bloodthirsty bugs buriedon the islands, and Blake will have to fight his own inner demons if he wants to save those he loves—including Sam.
In a world filled with mistrust and lies, Blake and Sam must unearth the truth and face their own fears and weaknesses. If they don’t, their lives—and the fate of all humanity—will hang in the balance.

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EXCERPT:

Rounding a corner, I flew right into a pair of bright aqua eyes. I knew those eyes, and the recognition felt like a slap to my face. I halted, not just to avoid collision but because of absolute shock.
Impossible. How’s he here?
“Blake,” Mack gasped.
I remained stunned, still hovering inches from his face. Where were all the Defenders? How did he just waltz in? Why wasn’t he bound? I couldn’t process what I was seeing.
Trying to recompose myself in those milliseconds we both remained in a locked gaze, it dawned on me that Jaxon had not rushed his brother. I only heard heavy breathing behind me, and I wanted desperately to turn around to see what Jaxon was doing. Was he preparing for an attack, or was he awaiting my command?
Yet, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from Blake. Those aqua pools pulled me closer, beckoned me nearer even though our faces were mere inches apart. Frustrated, I commanded myself to move. Show some strength. Straighten your back, for heaven’s sake. I’m like a freaking hunchback, practically bowing to him. What’s wrong with me? Back up… now.
I didn’t move. I couldn’t. It was like my bedroom all over again, when I’d found myself moving toward him, longing to be near him against my will. Only this time, it was worse. He was too close, the magnetic pull reinforced by his nearness. I felt helpless against it, which panicked me more.
He didn’t say anything, his eyes raking my face, searching for Sam. But I’m not Sam, I wanted to shout, though I didn’t. I just kept on gazing into his eyes like a dunce.
You’ve got to be joking, Sam. I heard and felt nothing. I know you’re here. You must be, because I’m freaking stuck in place.
Again, there was nothing to betray her presence until I did the unthinkable. I closed the gap and kissed Blake.
I kissed him like my life depended on it, like I couldn’t get enough of his mouth, like he was the only person in the room, never mind the others’ audible gasps. I wrapped my hands around the back of his neck, pulling him to me. Blake seemed just as shocked as I was by my actions. He stiffened at my touch, groaned under my lips, and then, before I could feel remorse, pulled back from me as fast as I’d come at him, untangling himself from my embrace.
There were those eyes again, probing my face, questions forming but not spoken.



Author Bio:
Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia, and now New Mexico home. She has loved to spin tales since childhood. It was not uncommon to find her hiding in some random corner, scribbling away in her spiral-bound notebook, with her bright pink glasses. You could say some things have not changed.
Amanda signed with Clean Teen Publishing in the fall of 2013. She is the author of two paranormal, YA series: The Watchers of Men and Monsters Among Us.
The first novel in The Watchers of Men series, The Awakener, debuted in October of 2013. It has been an Amazon number one best seller in three Young Adult categories. Book two, The Holy and The Fallen, released May 12th of 2015. She is currently working on book three, The Watcher’s Mark, releasing spring of 2016.
Hidden Monster released November 4th of 2014, and it finished as a Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Award: Young Adult Category. It is book one of a brand-new young adult, sci-fi thriller series called Monsters Among Us.
When Amanda isn't writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions, you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream. See more at:
www.authoramandastrong.com

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Cover Reveal: A Soldier's Song by Irene Onorato


A SOLDIER'S SONG
by Irene Onorato
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Pub. Date: 2/13/2018



Can love conquer all? . . .

All Special Forces sergeant Jason Dexter ever wanted was to serve his country—with his father’s blessing. Although the elder Dexter has yet to make his peace with his son’s decision, Jason has no regrets. Still, he has mixed feelings about returning to his upstate New York town. But his perspective changes at a friend’s wedding, where he meets a lovely, gifted musician. Now Jason has a new mission: to get to know Aria Greco better.

The daughter of Jason’s commanding officer, Aria dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Meeting the handsome soldier transforms both their lives. But Aria’s ambition, Jason’s unresolved family conflicts, and jealousy over rivals on both sides soon threatens their blossoming relationship. As Jason prepares for a dangerous deployment, will the mounting tensions tear them apart, or is their love—and the faith they share—powerful enough to heal the past and embrace the future?



Irene Onorato was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into the hearts of many American warriors would later become the inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.

In 1972, a few months after graduating high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children, and are still happily married today.

Irene and James, both radiation protection technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Irene’s website at ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.






Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson


Book info:
Title:  Something Beautiful
Author:  Amanda Gernentz Hanson
Published by: Pen Name Publishing
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.
However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are.


EXCERPT:

Chapter 1—Now
 
October 2014

“Fresh off of her book tour, I have here an advocate who is actively involved in fighting inequality in her daily life. I give you, Cordelia Quinn!” The rally organizer steps aside, and I can finally see the crowd. I wave, and the rally organizer gives me a dazzling smile before she continues. “Cordelia Quinn is the bestselling author of The Yellow Wood, a coming-of-age story about a boy and a girl who are best friends as children but choose different paths as adults and then come together later in life. She is also an award-winning screenwriter and one of the most outspoken LGBTQ allies in publishing. Please join me in welcoming her to the podium!” The crowd breaks into thunderous applause that echoes through the cold air, and a smile pulls at the corners of my mouth.
I can’t lie—I’m nervous. I’m not good at hiding my emotions, so I’m afraid that people might be able to tell. I hate crowds, and I hate public speaking. I’ve managed to avoid it ever since I spoke at high school graduation.
“Hello, Topeka,” I begin. My voice is shaking. God, I hope no one notices.
The crowd is rumbling below me, waiting for me to say something good. I’m not even sure I have anything good to say. I’m so bad at this. But I’ve learned that being honest is usually the best way to go, so I decide to veer away from my prepared speech and try for candor.
“I’m going to admit something to you,” I say, gripping the sides of the podium to keep my hands from trembling. I can’t be trusted to hold papers or they’ll be shaking so much that I can’t read them. “I’m not a fan of public speaking, and I don’t usually speak at rallies like this one. But this issue… it’s really important to me. Those of you who have read my book know that. So, when my publicist asked me to come here and talk to you, I couldn’t really turn her down.”
The crowd cheers, and I smile and take a deep breath. With each breath, I feel more at ease, more comfortable speaking up here in front of everyone. I close my eyes for a second, trying to center myself. I see my children’s faces, and my grin widens.
“Honestly, I don’t have a lot to say,” I continue, gaining confidence. “I believe in equality. I believe in love. And I believe that the government should not tell us who we are allowed to love and marry.” At this, all I can think about are the people I left at home—the people who I love, the person I married. I’m lucky. I’ve never had to fight for those rights. “The politicians who are fighting against marriage equality are all active in their conservative churches—well, ladies and gentlemen, I find two issues with that. First, this country was founded on the separation of church and state—it’s in the First Amendment of the Constitution. What ever happened to that?”
I’m on a roll now. My hands have stopped shaking and everything.
“And second, marriage isn’t just about love. Anyone who has made that kind of commitment to someone can tell you that. There are legal rights that come with marriage that should be available to everyone, no matter who they love!”
I can’t help it. I start looking for him. He’s here. I can feel it.
And then I see him, and my face breaks open into the giddy sort of smile I wish I could contain. I knew he’d come. We’ve been apart for weeks now while I’ve been on my book tour, and I’ve missed him so much. Almost as much as I’ve missed the kids. God, I wish they were here with me.
As I make eye contact with him, an idea strikes. I decide to roll with it. “I’m very pleased to tell you that the person who inspired my book is with us tonight. I’d like to call him up here, so that you can meet the first man I ever loved—Declan MacLeod. Come up here, Dec!”
People turn to look at him as he shakes his head and starts moving toward me. I can nearly feel my body vibrating. I can’t wait to be next to him again, to feel his warm hand in mine. My smile is so big it feels like it’s going to split my face in two.
“I’m going to kill you,” he whispers in my ear as he wraps his arms around me. I want him to hold me forever, to never let go of me, to keep me safe and warm wrapped in his strong arms. But we’re in front of all of these people. He has to let go.
“No, you’re not,” I murmur back. “You’re better at this stuff than I am. Tell them something. Anything.” He starts chewing on his bottom lip as he thinks, and I throw him a sharp look. I’ve been on him about that since high school, but he always slips back into the old habit when we’re apart.
He makes his way to the podium and clears his throat. “Hello,” he starts as he waves at the crowd. “I had no idea that I was going to be speaking here tonight, so I apologize if what I say doesn’t make any sense.” He takes a deep breath and glances back at me. “As Cordelia mentioned, I’m Declan MacLeod. I grew up across the street from her in Hamden, Connecticut. Now, I spend most of my time in New York, performing on Broadway.”
The crowd is hypnotized, and I don’t blame them. I’ve been told that, together, Dec and I are hypnotic. We have an energy. I’m not sure I agree—I think he’s the one who radiates energy and charisma, whose skin feels electrifying, no matter how many times I touch it.
As I watch him look out into the crowd, I know one thing—he’s everything. He’s my reason, my why. He’s it for me. I’d be nothing without him.


Author Bio:
Amanda Gernentz Hanson has been writing stories since the third grade, when she entered a five-page story about talking dogs into a local youth arts contest. She is an instructional designer by day and an everything else by night. Amanda is a proud Latina who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hope College and her Master’s degree in Technical Communication from Minnesota State University. You can find her on the internet at browneyedtwentysomething.com, diverseladybookproject.tumblr.com, and on Twitter and Instagram @amandamariegh. If you see her in the wild, she probably has a book in her purse.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Tour with Review and Giveaway: Chasing Love (Littleton Brothers #2) by Melissa West



CHASING LOVE
by Melissa West
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pub Date: 5/30/17


Farming family land on sunny Crestler’s Key, the sweet, sexy Littleton brothers are notorious bachelors. But all that will change when the right woman comes along…

There aren’t many things Charlie Littleton values more than his lifelong friendship with his buddy Lucas, currently home from a tour in Iraq. But when he discovers that Lucas’s younger sister, Lila, is back to assist the town’s overburdened veterinarian, Charlie is torn. She’s no longer the skinny, awkward kid he remembers, but a gorgeous woman—one Lucas would never approve of him dating. When Lucas asks him to watch out for Lila when he’s called to duty again, Charlie can’t say no—but he can’t pretend it’s easy to ignore his feelings either.

As a teen, Lila crushed on Charlie—hard—and the man he’s grown up to be is even more wonderful than she dreamed. Relationships are a tricky business, though, and too much history is at stake to risk one now. But every moment they’re together is heated by their simmering attraction—and one day an impulsive kiss leads to much more. What’s tangled in a matter of loyalty soon becomes a question of the kind of love worth chasing…


My rating:  3.5 stars

This was a very sweet read.  It had a lot of different things going on in the story, and sometimes that had me turning back a few pages to see what was going on, but nothing that took me way too much out of the story.  The whole thing with Charlie going back and forth within like seconds about whether he was going to flirt with Lila or not got to be a bit annoying as well. But you had the usual fun friends, as well as the ones that just knew the two should be together and would be together.  The connection between Charlie and Lila was definitely there, and maybe I need to go back and read the book before this to quite understand why Lila's brother Lucas was so against the two of them at the beginning.  And I loved the vet and animal parts of the story as well. 

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.


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Audiobook Blog Tour with Author Interview and Giveaway: Solitude by Dean M. Cole

Author: Dean M. Cole

Narrators: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: CANDTOR Press

Genre: Sci-Fi

Release date: April 3, 2017

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Synopsis:
Earth's last man discovers that the last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller. Can humanity's last two unite? Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite. Army Aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth. Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface, but as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station, the commander glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity's demise. After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind's sudden departure. Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does?
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Author Interview:

1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
  • I’ve written books as a pantser and as a plotter. Lately, I am plotting my work. I tend to fall down fewer rabbit holes when I’ve outlined the entire plot. However, this is not a rigid process. The outline is a living document that helps me stay focused, but if I run into a snag or unforeseen problem as the story develops, it’s easy enough to go back and edit the outline.
2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
  • I come up with a “what if” idea and then try to see where it goes. For instance, with Solitude, I asked myself, “What if I woke up tomorrow to discover every living being on the planet had disappeared? Once I came to terms with the loss—if that’s possible—what would I do? With all of the tools and toys of humanity left lying around, what trouble could I get into?”
3.  How long have you been writing?
  • I began toying with writing while I was in the Army. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I would send handwritten snail mail to my family members back in the States. After the war, I returned home and was amazed to hear my family members raving about the narrative of my writing. Up to that point, I had never considered myself as having that skill set. I had been an avid reader my entire life, so I decided that, if I could be an Apache attack helicopter pilot, surely I could write a book. I mean, how hard could it be? Well, after 20 years of toiling—and not finishing anything—I realized it was extremely hard. However, I kept working at it and finally finished one. It wasn’t very good, but it was the best writing lesson of my life.
4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
  • When working on your final draft, before moving on to the next scene, have your computer read the text out loud. It will highlight clunky sentences and expose repeated head words, and unlike your lying eyes, it won’t supply missing words or overlook duplicated ones.
  • Use a developmental editor. They are expensive but worth it. The lessons you learn will give you a great start and improve your writing.
  • Spend the money for a proofreader and a professional cover.
5.  Some favorites:
Books/authors/genres
  • The Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson
  • Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Movies/TV Shows
  • Mr. Robot
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Stranger Things
  • Rogue One
Music
  • Metallica
  • Willie Nelson
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Static X
Food/Writing snack
  • Beer… Because beer!
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About the author:
Author, world traveler, and combat pilot turned commercial helicopter pilot Dean M. Cole writes from locales as remote as Equatorial Guinea and as romantic as Paris's Champs-Elysées with his trusty sidekick and beautiful wife, Donna. A combat veteran, he flew Apache Attack Helicopters in the US Army's First Cavalry Division. License to kill revoked by the government, he traded in his attack helicopter for one of the transport ilk. When not weaving tales of alien apocalypse and redemption, he spends his days flying terrestrial aliens in IFOs (Identified Flying Objects) known as helicopters. No longer authorized to dispatch aliens he settles for dropping them off at oil rigs around the globe. On the six months of time off his paying job affords, author, biker, and fellow Sci-Fi geek Dean M. Cole travels with his wife, builds airplanes and custom choppers, and writes his next tale of the apocalypse.
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About the Narrators:
From an early age Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS Voice Arts Award-winning audiobook narrator R.C. Bray despised reading. Truly hated it with a passion. And audiobooks? Even worse. Those were for people too lazy to read (not to be confused with those like himself who didn’t want to read to begin with). R.C. eventually got older and wiser (he was always good-looking) and eschewing his capricious convictions fell head-over-heels with reading. Not just to learn words like “eschew” and “capricious” so he could use them in a bio line, but because someone was actually going to give him money to do it. Note: R.C.’s gorgeous wife and three beautiful children begged him not to make this his official bio. Clearly he misunderstood
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Julia Whelan is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. She is perhaps most well known for her acting work on ABC’s Once and Again and her award-winning narration of over 200 audiobooks (including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl). Her debut novel is forthcoming. After a healthy career as a child actor, Whelan attended Middlebury College and Oxford University, graduating with a degree in English and Creative Writing.
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