November 21, 2014

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Full Contact by Sidney Halston



Title: Full Contact
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
SeriesWorth the Fight #2
Expected Publication: October 28th, 2014 by Loveswept

Sidney Halston returns to steamy Tarpon Springs, Florida, where a hell-raising bad boy prepares to get down and dirty for the woman he loves.

How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?

Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he's probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.


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Hi Good Choice, thanks for hosting me.

1.       Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.

FULL CONTACT is the 2nd book of the Worth the Fight Series. It is about Slade and Jessica. It is a standalone but the characters from AGAINST THE CAGE (book #1) make lots of cameos. The book takes place in Tarpon Springs, Florida and centers around an MMA gym called Worth the Fight (WtF) Academy. Jessica’s just left an abusive relationship and dirty-talking Slade has been helping her heal. She isn’t ready to start a new relationship, especially with Slade who is a notorious womanizer. The series is very sexy but has a lot of humor. Fans seem to really enjoy the secondary characters and the town as much as the hero and heroine.

2.       Do you read reviews of your books? What do you do when you read a not-so-nice one?

Yes. I do! I’ve read every single review—good and bad. It’s such a nerve wrecking experience.  The highs from the good reviews are exhilarating and the lows from the bad reviews make me want to cry.

 I try to take something positive from the bad reviews and usually I do. Bad reviews that are constructive, I can handle. Bad reviews that are just mean, kill me. I know I’m supposed to have tough skin and suck it up, but some readers can be mean and will make personal attacks. I do have to say, one of my favorite reviews ever was a DNF from Against the Cage that said something like: “This book has too much sex, couldn’t finish it.” I love it. I want to post that one everywhere and tell the reviewer—THANK YOU! That’s a five star review in my book (pun intended)

3.      How did you come up with the idea of Full Contact?
Against the Cage was not the original title of the book. It was something else. But, the same month AtC was coming out, another author released a book with the same name! I almost had a heart attack. My editor and I played around with names and then my husband just threw out Against the Cage. I loved it, and so did my editor. Then the Random House team suggested Full Contact and Below the Belt. We wanted a name that went with MMA and fighting and I love it, so we went with those two. We just titled the fourth book. I think this will be the first time I’ve shared it with the world. So, consider this sort of a debut. The fourth book will be titled: LAID OUT. It’s also a fighting term, and again, my husband came up with it.

4.      What's the one piece of technology you can't live without?
There are so many. I think my cell phone is one I can’t live without. I was going to say my Kindle since I always have it on me. But, I also have the Kindle App on my phone and use it all the time. So, I think my phone is a must.

5.      If you could choose one book cover to put on your wall as a poster, what would it be?
Without any doubt, Below the Belt, my third book! Actually, I wanted all the covers up, but they’re shirtless sexy man, I think my kids would ask too many questions.

6.      Do you have a book in your house that's just destroyed because you've read it so much?
I’ve always been a reader. I have read all of Sidney Sheldon’s books countless times. But, I think the book I’ve read the most is Twilight. Well, the entire series. They look like they’ve been through a lot. They’re all tattered. I normally don’t like such tame books. I like a lot more steam. But, those books, did something to me…I read them over and over again.

7.      What are you working on now?
I just finished the edits of Below the Belt (Worth the Fight #3) and am currently working on book #4—Cain and Violet’s story. Fans have been eager to read about these two since book 1.

8.      What scene was your favorite to write?
All the books have a common theme; the camaraderie between the fighters. The scenes where it’s just Slade and Jack talking—whether they’re heartfelt scenes or funny, I loved writing those.

9.      If you could pick a soundtrack to match your main characters life, what would it be?
Right this second it would be Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty to Me. Hee hee.


This is or That

Cat or Dog? Dog
Ice cream or Sorbet? Ice cream
Heels or flats? Heels
Knives or sword? Sword
Coffee or Tea? Coffee (tea..yak)
Iced tea or hot tea? Neither.
Snow or rain? Rain
Movies at home or Movie Theater? At home
Soda or Juice? Soda
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook
Actual book or eReader? Eeekk...I want to say actual book. But since discovering Kindle I have to admit, sadly, that I have not bought a single actual book.
Actual book or Audiobook? Actual book
Young Adult or New Adult? NA
Vampires or Werewolves? Vamps

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About Sidney

USA Today Bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike.
And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote the successful New Adult series, Seeing Red and Seeing Black. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing. Currently on sale is the bestselling contemporary romance, Against the Cage and soon to be released Full Contact, the second of the Worth the Fight series.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading…  She’s a reader first and foremost.When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way., she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.



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Release Day Blitz: Slay by Nina Levine




BOOK: Slay 
SERIES: Storm MC Series - Book Four
AUTHOR: Nina Levine
RELEASE DATE: November 21st

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BLOOD WILL BE SHED...

The ghosts of Donovan "Blade" Brookes' life are closing in on him.  

Hardened by an abusive childhood and haunted by the murder of his fiancé, Blade struggles against the dark forces threatening to consume him.  When he helps Layla Reed in her hour of need, he has no idea she will be the light to his darkness.  As they spend more time together, he is powerless to fight his desire for her.  Powerless to fight his need for her.  However, as his feelings deepen, he pushes her away, reluctant to drag her into his world.  With enemies coming at him from all directions, Storm MC needing his help to fight off a rival, and his father still causing him grief, Blade needs the love of a good woman now more than ever.  Can Layla push Blade to the edge and get him to admit to both of them what he wants?  Or will the darkness pull him under once and for all?


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USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine, is an Aussie author who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love.
When she isn't creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.

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November 17, 2014

Book Watch! Autumn Falls by Bella Thorn

Every once in a while, we like to give a shout out to a book that is added to our TBR piles. In this case, Autumn Falls by actress and singer Bella Thorne!



Synopsis
Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, Autumn Falls is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series. It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.

With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way,  is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?


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Review & Giveaway: Captive by Aimee Carter (Blog Tour)



Welcome to our stop on the CAPTIVE by Aimee Carter blog tour, hosted by...



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Originally, I was going to share a video review with you all, but unfortunately I am not that tech savvy, and could not figure out how to upload the video to my computer from my phone. Things were a lot simpler when I had an Apple phone. :-P

Anyway, I am going to share my thoughts on the book, but first -- about the book. 




For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?




For those who don't know, CAPTIVE is the second book in Aimee Carter's THE BLACKCOAT REBELLION series.

I want to start off by saying that I absolutely loved PAWN. I thought PAWN was amazing, and felt that all the characters were well written, and very likable. It's a 5 STAR book for me. When I got the chance to read CAPTIVE I jumped right at the opportunity because I was dying to know what happens next, and what is Kitty's next move.

CAPTIVE opens up with a bang. Aimee Carter doesn't waste a lot of time recapping book one. She dives right into the story giving you bits and pieces throughout every chapter on book one to help refresh your memory. The story is non-stop from beginning to end. There is plenty of surprising moments, twist, suspense, and betrayal from beginning to end. There is also a lot of O-M-G moments. I literally was at the edge of my seat more than half of the book. Some parts were very predictable, and some left me with my mouth open. That is one of the things I loved most about PAWN, and now about CAPTIVE. I just love how Aimee Carter can make you smile on one page, and the next you're like wait, what?

I do have some slight issues with the book, though.

In PAWN one of the things I loved most about Kitty was her need/want to survive. She would do anything to survive.. Because of that she was a fighter. She did what she had to do, and she thought everything through before taking action. She knew she did not want to live life that was mapped out for her, and she fought for that. But in CAPTIVE, I felt like she still had this want, this need to survive and stay on top, but she was very careless. I don't know if Aimee Carter did this intentionally, but my love for Kitty died a little in this book. This is where the predictable parts of the story play in. Once anyone told Kitty not to do something, and think, she would do the opposite. I literally got so frustrated I was shaking my kindle like if Kitty was standing right in front me. True story (LOL). I just couldn't connect with her in this story as much as I did in the first. Some parts I understood why she did what she did, and then there were parts where I felt could have been avoided had Kitty just sat in a chair peacefully (not literally).

I still have a love for Kitty, but her character definitely changed in CAPTIVE, and I don't know if it was a good thing or bad thing... yet. I will say that I am still planning on continuing the series, and cannot wait for book three. As always, Aimee Carter revealed a secret near the end of the story that I am just dying to know how it plays out in book three.

This is definitely a series I HIGHLY recommend.




3.5 Stars! 




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Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time working on her new dystopian series, the first of which is PAWN. Catch updates on her website, www.AimeeCarter.com or Tweet her at @Aimee_Carter.






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Review: The Zodiac by Romina Russell

Title: The Zodiac
Author: Romina Russell
Published: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books
Hardcover: 336 pgs

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Rhoma Grace is a student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life - so instead, she looks up at the night sky.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, killing thousands of citizens, Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars and she must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

This has to be one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. If you're into astrology, science fiction, or space travel, this book is a definite read.

Rho is a fabulously fierce character. She is a Cancer, by birth, and with that comes a loyalty and nurturing like no other. At every obstacle, her goal is to protect as many people as possible. At every sign of danger, all she needs to think about is home and she can get "centered" -- stronger. I loved that idea (very much like meditation) because it shows you who a character truly is at heart. Every time Rho centers herself, you feel like you're getting a brief glimpse into her soul -- and it is pure, and beautiful, and strong. I think we should all find that place that 'centers' us in life -- it puts everything into perspective.

Rho has an incredible amount of pressure thrust on her shoulders just days before her 17th birthday. Considering she has to serve as the Guardian of an entire sign, she handles it pretty well!

The zodiac aspect of this book is also extremely fascinating. I read my horoscope every now and then, but I definitely wouldn't say I'm an expert at signs or their traits. I enjoyed reading how different characters interacted with each other based on their signs.

I must forewarn GCReaders, though, there is a love triangle in this book. I know, I know...we've all seen them a million times before. But I must say -- I didn't entirely hate this one. Both of the men in Rho's life are good-hearted and easy to fall in love with. It's easy to see how she could be caught between both. Plus, she's seventeen -- I mean, it's easy to fall in love with anything that smiles when you're that age!

Romina Russell's book is well thought out, had great action scenes, and despite the heavy amount of space lingo, didn't lose me (too much). I look forward to seeing what else Russell has in store.

4 out of 5 stars




Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: A Place Beyond by Laura Howard


Title: A Place Beyond 
Author: Laura Howard 
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #3 
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy 
Expected Publication: October 27th, 2014 

The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan?

It's up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth. Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.


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Okay, so I’ll start by saying that I’ve read the first two books in this series, and I enjoyed them. The last book we were left hanging over the edge of a huge friggin cliff. I couldn’t wait to finish this story.

We get all the usual character’s in this installment. Allison is still trying to find a way to save her mother, now more than ever since Liam was lost when a cave collapsed . She feels hopeless. Aiofe is back, with her usual mischief. Niahm and Aodhan are still trying to work out their issues. And the beloved Ethan is still very much in the picture. When Aiofe brings some information to light, and threatens to hurt everyone Allison loves, she has no choice but to meet the demands of the demented Tuthua. I mean, that lady is coo-coo banana pants. I love how Ethan is always supporting Allison, as well as the connection Niahm and Allison seem to have. Niah is so perceptive, there isn’t much Allison can hide from her.

The only real issue I had with the book, is that we barely got a blip of information about Allison’s mom and Liam after all was said and done. I mean, wasn’t that really the whole point of the series? For Allison to help her mother? I felt that explanation was a bit rushed, and I wasn’t satisfied with it. For the most part, I did enjoy the final book in the series. As I said, I would have liked a little more information regarding the after relationship between Liam and Allison’s mom, but I was okay with the way the story ended.



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About Laura


Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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November 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: A Very Merry Hockey Holiday by Toni Aleo & Giveaway!



Release: December 10th 2014
An Assassins Novella (#5.5)


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – with eight stories featuring your most beloved characters and their families – it’s time to get comfy with a cup of hot cocoa and take a sneak peek at the holidays, Assassins’ style.

Join Lucas and Fallon along Tate and Audrey as they await life-changing gifts; Erik and Piper, and Phillip and Reece who have decisions to make that could lead to exciting developments ahead in their lives; and Claire as she makes a Christmas wish and choices for her future. Spend Christmas morning with the Adler family and see what the New Year has in store for Karson and Lacey, as well as Kacey King. The King family faces significant changes and resolutions that will leave readers alternately cheering and maybe a little heavy-hearted…all wrapped up in a big bow.

Join in on the holiday cheer and see who’s been naughty or nice in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Aleo’s novella – A Very Merry Hockey Holiday.


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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.


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November 14, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Forgive Me by Eliza Freed!



Title: Forgive Me
Author: Eliza Freed
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Lost Souls #1

When two lost souls find each other, are they still lost?

Charlotte O'Brien is lost in the devastation of her parents' death. With her foundation in ruins, she buries herself in an unlikely lover, Jason Leer.
When they're together it's everything, but when they're apart it's utterly frustrating. Can love survive when distance is measured in more than just miles?

Forgive Me is the first book in The Lost Souls Series. 


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I'm just going to come out and say it, this book was kind of intense. Charlotte and Jason are something else. Charlotte lost her parents in a car accident, and she's just...angry, and numb. I'm not sure how she manages to be both, but she is. Jason pulls her out of the dark, and she is his sunshine. He was dead inside before they got together.

Again, these two are intense. When they are together, it's magic. But, when they are apart, there is so much doubt. They fight, and make-up and fight again. I kept thinking that at some point they were going to get their crap together. Either that, or I kept hoping they would split up and stop hurting each other. Like I said, intense. I didn't really understand how they were so intense in such a short period of time. I guess that's what happens when two people save each other.

I do want to say that I hated how this book ended. It made me so angry, and sad at the same time. Definitely a cliff hanger. I need the next book. I have to know what happens. I can't stand the ending. I just keep thinking- It CANNOT end this way. Ugh, so many feels. I'd recommend this if you like an intense read, for sure. 


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About the Author

Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.

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