March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: The Kingdom Within by Samantha Gillespie!

Title: The Kingdom Within
Author: Samantha Gillespie
Series: The Kingdom Within Series #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy Romance

Princess Meredith’s eighteenth birthday is fast approaching, but unlike other girls, she is not looking forward to it. Upon her coming of age, she is to marry the prince of Alder, the most powerful kingdom in the world. Though the idea of marriage to a complete stranger is appalling, she knows she has no choice. Without the marriage contract, Stonefall’s alliance with Alder will be lost, and her people will be safe no longer; Theros, King of Talos, has set his eyes of conquest on Stonefall and he wants Meredith dead.

Connor, an elite soldier entrusted with Meredith’s safety, arrives at the palace just as things begin to take a turn for the worst. Together, they will embark on a journey of survival, in which Meredith will find that the only thing she never prepared for was falling in love.



1.       When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote? 
Until after I started writing The Kingdom Within. The first thing I ever wrote was a scene of a girl’s first day in a new high school; I was in sixth grade at the time.

2.       Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one? 
Yes; I think it’s important to read reviews to grow as a writer. Not-so-nice reviews can be painful, but they can also be very helpful, so I always try to see them in a positive way.

3.      What's the one piece of technology you can't live without? 
My cellphone.

4.      Who is your literary hero? 
Jane Austen!

5.      If you could choose one book cover to put on your wall as a poster, what would it be? 
The 5th wave by Rick Yancey.

6.      What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing? 
Reading or watching movies.

7.      What do you normally like to read when not writing? 
Anything YA as long as it has romance in it.

8.      What scene was your favorite to write?
The first kiss scene.

9.      If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why? 
Connor. He’s my favorite of the bunch.

This is or That

Cat or Dog? Cat
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice Cream
Heels or flats? Flats!
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Both, ha!
Iced tea or hot tea? Hot tea
Snow or rain? Snow
Movies at home or Movie Theater? Move Theater
Soda or Juice? Juice
Twitter or Facebook? Twitter
Actual book or eReader? Actual book
Actual book or Audiobook? Audiobook
Spring or Summer? Spring
Fall or winter? Fall
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? Short Sleeves
Young Adult or New Adult? Young Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires
Ghost or Zombies? Zombies
Action movies or Chick flicks? Chick flicks
Horror movies or Mystery movies? Horror movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Mountain views


About the Author

Samantha Gillespie is a creative, helpless romantic who was born in Mexico, where she grew up with her family until they returned to the States at age eleven. An avid reader from a young age, Samantha finally gave into her passion for writing, making her debut with The Kingdom Within.

Samantha considered pursuing a degree in English Literature while in college but despite her family and friend's encouragement, she opted for a more practical career in Business. Now, with the publication of her first book under her belt, she occasionally hits herself on the head for it. Samantha currently lives in Houston, TX, and besides being a sucker for romance, she has a soft spot for helpless kittens, and all things Pride & Prejudice.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: PERFECT GAME by Collette West!

Title: Perfect Game
Author: Collette West
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

For New York Kings' first baseman Scott Harper, scoring women is easy. He's ready to get naked anytime, anywhere. But when a hacker leaks his nude selfies, he's unprepared for the scrutiny his full-frontals receive.

Carrie McKenzie has a love-hate relationship with her body. No longer the fat chick guys can ignore, she wins the job as the Kings' clubhouse reporter. With her svelte new figure, she nabs an exclusive interview with Scott to get his take on the scandal.

However, the two are already on a first-name basis after Scott came on to her in the hotel bar, and she woke up in his arms. The problem is that Scott doesn't do relationships and Carrie doesn't date jocks, yet the way they burn up the sheets is deserving of more than just a one-night stand.

Scott shows Carrie that he has a sweet, caring side beneath all the swagger. But can she really trust her heart to the biggest player in the game? 


I enjoyed Perfect Game. I liked Scott in Game On, he was one of my favorites. I liked that he was easy and open about the way he was. Unfortunately, it comes back to bite him in the rear in the end of the last book. Carrie is tough. She doesn't take much crap...well, except from her family. But, one person she doesn't take it from is Scott, and I really enjoyed watching these two battle it out. 

One thing I thought was kind of unfair of Carrie, as far as Scott goes, was that she kept some things from him that he most certainly had a definite right to know. I also didn't like some of the things she allowed all in the name of her job. I found myself wondering "Where is her integrity?" While I did liked Carrie, I felt that Scott was much more genuine than she was. I didn't expect that. 

All in all, I liked the storyline in Perfect Game. I had fun watching The Manwhore and The Ballbreaker battle through some tough situations. There is some really fishy stuff going on in the Kings' world, though. Crazy stuff, actually. It was fun to read about, though. 


About Collette

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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March 25, 2015

W.O.W/Cover Reaveal: PULL by Anne Riley


Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There's no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have a special ability, Pulling, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo and interfere in a series of events. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew--and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her home in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.



I’m an author of young adult fiction disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my very attractive husband (some say he resembles Matt Damon) and my small, giggly daughter.

After graduating from the University of Alabama with a double major in advertising and Spanish, I wrote several complete manuscripts, none of which will ever see the light of day. In fact, I like to pretend they never existed in the first place, although this isn’t really fair as those manuscripts helped me find my voice as an author.

Other than writing, I enjoy reading, painting, watching interior design shows, pretending to cook, skipping workouts, and drinking coffee until I start to twitch.