April 24, 2015

Book Highlight, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Final Death by Rose Garcia!

Final Death by Rose Garcia

Dominique has conquered the evil within her, only to find her one true love now has to kill her. Desperate to save her friends and loved ones from sharing her fate, Dominique ditches her companions in an effort to protect them. With Trent left for dead in the past, she has no idea that Infiniti and Fleet have banded together, facing their own adversity as they struggle to find her.

Sure of nothing, and trusting someone from her first life who promises to be on her side, Dominique decides to set out on her own mission: kill before being killed. With time running out and her friends in hot pursuit, Dominique is hell bent on finishing what was started nine lives ago. Or finally face her final death.

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The 18-wheeler lurched, and that’s when I noticed our speed. We were hauling. My stomach dropped. Is this guy a murderer? Whisking me away to his “death cabin” somewhere? My mind filled with all the horror movies I’d ever watched. Goosebumps lined my skin.
I eyed the speedometer—one hundred miles per hour! “Um, mister—”
“We gotta get away from the bad guys, right?” he said with a wink.
I shuddered, grossed out by his wink, when his phrase “bad guys” made me pause. When I had hopped in his truck, I had made up a story about being afraid of my drunk boyfriend. I never said anything about bad guys. I scooted away from him and closer to the door. My hand connected with the door handle, and a shock stung my fingers.
The man chuckled, but I detected a hint of nervousness in his laugh. “The cold weather always makes me shock myself,” he said, rubbing his thick fingertips together.
Trying to act calm and not let on how freaked I was, I laughed back. “Um, yeah. The cold weather.” I eyed the expansive road ahead of us. The only break in the darkness was the white stripes streaking past down the middle of the asphalt. If I flung open the door and jumped out of a speeding big rig going a hundred, I’d probably die. If I stayed, I might get killed. And then I remembered Farrell would eventually find me and end me anyway. So why should I care how I died? It was a stupid thing to think about, picking a preferred means of death, but for some reason I felt the need to get away from crazy grandpa.
The lock at the top of the door was upright. That was good. I slipped my fingers around the door handle and scooted closer to my exit, deciding to take my chances with a stunt-move leap from the truck.
“Hey! What are you doing?” the old man called out, catching on to my plan.
“Getting away from YOU!” I pulled the handle and pushed, but nothing happened. It was locked after all! I clawed at the top of the door and pulled at the metal lever, but it wouldn’t budge!
“Not so fast, Dom,” my driver, now abductor, warned.
My eyes scanned the area around the console, looking for something I could use to protect myself, when his words sank in. Did he just call me Dom? My mind raced, trying to remember if I told him my name, but I knew I hadn’t. Especially not that name. And then, a whispering recognition of someone calling me Dom entered my awareness, a memory lodged so deep in my brain it barely escaped.
I pressed up against the door, the cool glass tingling the back of my head. “Who the hell are you?”


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About the Author

Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.

Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com

April 22, 2015

Review: City Love by Susane Colasanti

City Love
City Love
By Susane Colasanti
Published April 21st 2015
by Katherine Tegen Books

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Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.

     I was hesitant to read this book at first because I am beyond picky about stories about my beloved city. I was born and raised in NYC, and any story I read where it's the location, better do it justice. So with that said, I think Susane did a great job making sure NYC was showcased well, and gave a true insight to our surroundings.

     The story is told from three roommates perspectives. There's Sadie (born and bred New Yorker), Darcy (rich girl from Santa Monica), and Rosanna (scraping to get by, from Chicago) all with different outlooks on summertime romance in the city.

     I was noticing throughout each chapter that the girls didn't have much interaction with each other. I found this odd, and felt like I was reading three separate stories; till all of a sudden everything came together and then it made sense that the stories were pretty much kept apart till need be. I was drawn to each girl for different reasons and was glad that the author made them all main characters. No one girl's story was shorter than the others, or made to seem less important. Sadie's story was beyond predictable, but I still can't wait to see where her story ends up. I'm really rooting for Rosanna in the romance dept. Again a totally predictable situation, but I'm hoping in the next book she's able to work it all out. As for Miss Darcy, her all over the place antics might have caught up with her and I love how her story ended off. The story was a light read, and I'd recommend it to my teenage nieces for sure. I will be reading the next installation to see how the summer ends for the three new roommates.

Favorite line: These New York sensations are unparalleled: the rush of pounding the pavement in the summer heat, the sound of cabs honking and music blaring from an apartment window, the sight of vintage mopeds in colors like seafoam, and the smell of bacon as I walk by. So much is happening. This is the place where dreams become reality. This is the place where anything is possible.

I'd give this story 3.5 stars out of 5


Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton!

Title: Flirting with Scandal
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Release date: May 19, 2015, Penguin/InterMix
Series: Capital Confessions #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn...

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

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Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal. 
I loved this book!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris

Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King

Chanel Cleeton knocked it out of the park with Flirting with Scandal. The banter was refreshing, the political storyline captivating, and the sexual tension was through the roof. Smart, emotional, romantic, and sizzling hot--this book is fantastic!
- Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

Chanel Cleeton delivers again! Featuring a strong heroine, a steamy romance, and juicy dose of political scandal, Flirting with Scandal is completely engrossing. Clear your calendars--you won't be able to put this one down! 
- Brenda St. John Brown, author of Swimming to Tokyo


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About the Author

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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