February 09, 2016

Blog Tour! Distraction by Aurora Rose Reynolds


Title: Distraction
Series: Underground Kings
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication: February 2, 2016 (ebook, paperback)
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Distraction: The great intensity, novelty, or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.
Sven is a man who takes pride in his ability to separate himself from his emotions. He's a man who knows who he is and where he’s going in life, a man who needs no one, because needing someone, anyone, is a weakness.
His past taught him love isn’t enough.
Maggie wants the happily ever after, but has never picked the right men, or stuck around long enough, to build a forever. It’s always been easier to get out early, before emotions make things messy.

When Maggie wakes up naked in Sven’s bed, with no memory of the night before, these two must be honest about their feelings and face their fears, so they can build a future together.
Will love be enough for them to get their happy ending together, or will a threat from outside strike them down before they ever have a chance?
EXCERPT
“You’re not allowed on the club floor anymore,” I state firmly. 
“I’m going to find the guys who hurt my sister,” she states, and I see the determination in her eyes that make me proud and pissed at the same time. 
“If you come, you come to my office, and if something happens down there”—I point to the club floor over my shoulder—“you’ll be the first to know.” 
“Why would I come to your office? I need to be at the bar where I can see what’s going on.” 
“You just got the job as my new assistant,” I tell her, watching her frown while wondering what the f*ck I’m doing. This chick is a distraction I do not need right now, or ever for that matter. 
“I already have a job,” she says as her frown grows deeper. 
“Well, quit. You’re here every night, Mags, and you don’t leave ‘til the club closes at one. I can tell by the bags under your eyes that you’re exhausted.” 
“Why would you want me to work here?” Now, isn’t that the million dollar question? 
“Either take me up on my offer, or I’m going to have a restraining order placed against you and you won’t be allowed within a few hundred feet of the club.”  I shrug like it’s all the same to me. 
“You know this is malarkey, right?” she stands and I take her in fully for the first time tonight. Her loose, sheer, black dress is cinched with a thin belt emphasizing the dip in her waist between her full hips and breasts. Her hair is down in a mass of messy waves, and her makeup is subtle but still draws attention to her eyes, which look even more golden now that she’s standing in front of me looking pissed off. 
“I’m not messing around with you anymore either. You take me up on my deal, or I’ll call the police and have them escort you off the premises,” I tell her, ignoring the fact I’m getting hard just looking at her.
“This is total crap,” she mumbles, looking around before meeting my eyes again. 
“Take it or leave it.”
“Jeez, can I have a second to think?” she cries, and I feel my lips twitch, so I rub my hand down over my mouth to hide it. 
“Ten,” I state, watching her eyes narrow. “Nine…eight…seven…” I continue counting, watching as she looks at me like she’s ready to kill me. “Six,” I raise a brow. “Five…”
“Fine!” she yells when I open my mouth to finish my countdown. 
“Thought so,” I say triumphantly. 
 “You’re such a…you’re such a bigasterd,” she growls.
“A what?” I ask, and I can’t help it, I laugh at that one. 
“When do I start?” she asks, ignoring my question while red spreads across her cheeks and down her neck. 

“Tomorrow. Be here at five, and I’ll show you around the club and tell you your responsibilities.”


Okay, I’m not going to lie here, I’ve been waiting for Sven. He’s was always so mysterious in everyone else’s story. So when we were told his would be coming soon, I was super excited. I couldn’t wait to see the kind of girl who could tame him. I also couldn’t wait to see how he would treat that girl.

I didn’t expect Maggie. She’s a bit of a contradiction, really. One minute she’s feisty and fierce, the next minute you get a glimpse at her insecurities. She’s a persistent little thing, I will say that. I don’t want to give away the story, but there are things about her that surprise me. 

So, opening scene, you’re immediately thinking-Sven. Whadda douche!- No joke. But if you’ve been keeping up with the Until series as well as Underground Kings, you know Sven is who he is. He makes no excuses, and he doesn’t have to. That is part of the reason I’ve been dying to get my hands on his story. It was actually quite entertaining to watch him fall in love.

Okay, these two, from the very beginning you can see their chemistry. Of course, with most stories of love, there will be misunderstandings. There will be issues. And that ending….Woah! I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy the Alpha males and their feisty women. Time to see for yourself if these two make it to the over the hurdles finish line.


Additional Books in the Underground Kings Series
Assumption (Book 1)
Obligation (Book 2)





 About the Author:Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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February 08, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Rise of Genesis by M.R. Merrick!


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In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken.


Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger.


With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second chance.


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About the Author

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.




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Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway: Going All The Way by Cynthia Cooke! *Adult Content*



Going All The Way by Cynthia Cooke
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: February 8th, 2016


After a failed marriage and quitting her high-pressure job, Carrie Steinhem is ready for uncomplicated fun. Love? Not what she’s looking for. She’d rather crash a wedding with her friends and find a hot hookup. The bride’s father is onto her, though. But just as her night out veers toward public embarrassment, a sizzling stranger sweeps in and claims Carrie as his date.

Potential hookup? Check. If she doesn’t get cold feet first.

Ryan Burton is on the fast track to a promotion…assuming he can avoid distractions and nail this new account. Except the woman he rescued at a friend’s wedding ends up not only being his new neighbor—she’s his client’s ex-wife. And his client has every intention of winning her back.

Carrie and Ryan would love to leave complicated alone, but when two people share a duplex and irresistible chemistry, temptation—and love—is right around the corner…


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About the Author


Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published several books with Harlequin/Silhouette, Steeple Hill, and Entangled Publishing. She has a deep affection for romance, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. So if you choose to delve into one of her stories, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.
Embrace the Seduction and prepare to get naughty and have a little fun!


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1. How did you come up with the idea of Going All The Way?
I love exploring the different roles that women play. In Going All The Way Carrie is a professional, a workaholic who has worked herself to the point of exhaustion. She has moved back to San Francisco to rethink what she wants out of life. When the gorgeous next door neighbor foists his dog on her, she knows better than to give in and take him. But she does it anyway; giving in like so many of us do, and soon our advertising exec extraordinaire who has never owned a pet is suddenly a dog watcher. It never ceases to amaze me the different hats women wear, jumping in to help even when we’re the ones that need it.  Most of the time we do it, we accept the challenges whether we should or not, and we do it with style!

2. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?
Now that we’re empty nesters, we’ve moved to the beach. I absolutely love it! When I’m not writing, I’m walking down the beach looked for shells and sand dollars. 

3. If you could meet anyone and spend an hour with them alive or dead who and why?
Joseph Campbell. I can listen to his interviews all day long. He is so insightful. Everything he says has meaning for me. He is the one who said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” That quote ended up being the theme of Going All The Way. Carrie comes back to San Francisco to find her bliss. And she bumps into a lot of walls getting there, but find it she does!

4. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
My iPad. It’s my one true guilty pleasure. I use it to play games, look up recipes, work, read, and watch TV. I love it! In fact, I’m typing on it now while my hair is processing at the hairdresser. :)

5. What are you working on now?
I’m working on Phoebe’s story, a secondary character and Carrie’s high school buddy from Going All The Way. She is such an optimist. She believes with all her heart if she can only find her true love and get married, she will live happily ever after. She’s going to have to learn the hard way that she has to make herself happy first before she can find happiness with anyone else. Even the really hot hero who is making her crazy. I’m having a lot of fun with the two of them.

6. Can you share a teaser of Going All the Way with our readers?
Absolutely.

She wanted him inside her. Wanted it like she hadn't wanted anything in a really long time.
"Are you sure?" he asked, unable to catch his breath.
Seriously? ”Yes," she breathed, and then he was kissing her again, his nimble fingers pushing inside her.
"I have to have you," he whispered. "Now."
"Yes." Right now. She couldn’t remember the last time she wanted anyone or anything this badly. "Condom?" She hoped he had one, because she sure the hell didn't. She had condoms at home, in her nightstand, ready for when she would invite a man to her home after five or six dates. For when she wanted to have grown-up, responsible sex. She never had stranger-sex in a closet.
Never.
Except now.
But that wasn't who she was.
Not how she rolled.
"Please tell me you have a condom," she begged.
He froze.
"You don't?" Disappointment like a bucket filled with ice-filled water crashed over her.
"No." He pulled back. "Wait a minute. I know someone. I'll run and get one."
"You're going to tell your friend?" She thought of telling hers and her face burned.
"Yes."
"But we're in a closet. Like a couple of teenagers and I... I don't even know your name."
"Ryan," he said, as the moment was quickly disappearing. “Remember?”
“Right. Yes.”  He’d told her.
"I'll look in the men’s bathroom. They probably have one of those machines on the wall." He pulled up his pants. Searched for his shirt and in his haste pulled it on inside out. He ripped it off, turned it around, pulled it back on again, and quickly did up the buttons. He leaned forward and kissed her, his lips still scorching.
"I'll be right back," he promised with as much emotion as if he were going off to war, going to face the leader of hell himself, going to brave the worst storm imaginable, just to bring her back a condom. "Wait here."

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February 05, 2016

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: SINGLE by Collette West!


Single by Collette West
Contemporary Romance


Underdog Luke "Single" Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer's, and he's all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special?

Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot. Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him.

Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta's past emerges with the power to tear them apart.

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Teaser

I try not to stare, but from behind, I can't help but admire how her tiny waist comes in over her hips. Her body's supple, strong. There's nothing delicate about her. The corner of my mouth turns up. She could probably kick my ass, and I don't know why, but I like that.

She tosses me an annoyed glance over her shoulder. "Quit it."

"What?" 

"Haven't you ogled my butt enough for one day?"

My cheeks burn again. So she did catch me checking her out on the field. Crap.

She lifts my arm and bends it at the elbow. It would have to be the arm, the one I couldn't move after David Nichols hit me in the neck with the ball. At first, the docs didn't know if I was partially paralyzed or not. Let's just say it was a scary four and a half days before I finally detected any sign of feeling in it.

I gaze up at her. But does she know that?

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About the Author

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 collette_west@yahoo.com.

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

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February 02, 2016

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Title: REIGN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sophie Jordan
Pub. Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.


MINI REVIEW

I am a huge fan of Sophie Jordan! I was super, super, super excited when I found out that she was releasing a new young adult series, and high fantasy at that! It's all I've been reading lately. 

My first thought after reading chapter one was YES! This book is definitely going to rock! I loved Luna from page one. I thought she was a pretty kick-butt character. 

A couple of chapters in, Sophie Jordan reveals something that left me with my jaw open. And the way she did it had me cracking up! For some, they might pick up on it right away, but I was completely taken by surprise. It made the story so much more interesting after that. I just had to know how? How does Luna do it? The story was very unique compared to other young adult novels I've read in this genre, which I think is why the story still feels so fresh in my memory. I actually read it about four months ago, but I can remember almost every little detail. SO GOOD!

Of course I don't have to sit here and type away how swoon worthy Fowler is. If you are a fan of Sophie Jordan's then you know just how fast she can make your heart beat with her romances!!!


4.5 Stars! 





(From Fowler's POV)

I faced Luna, annoyed at the intrusion. In truth, annoyed at everything. I shouldn’t have been here with any of these people. I should have been far away, my only distraction avoiding dwellers.

Propping my hands on my hips, I gave her an eyeful, waiting for her shock, her embarrassment, but it didn’t come. She stared straight at me, still that oddly composed girl from the forest unaffected by arrows flying at her head or approaching monsters. 

Or by me standing naked in front of her. 

“I didn’t realize you were in here,” she explained.

I didn’t bother to reach for my clothes. I angled my head, waiting for her to move, to avert her eyes, to turn. Expected behavior. She did none of those things. She didn’t even blink.

“Your mother—”

“Perla is not my mother.”

“Your friend then.” I lowered my hands to my sides. Awareness prickled over my skin at the proximity of this girl to me when I wasn’t dressed. “She complained that I reeked of blood and the outside. She told me to change in here.”

Luna angled her head in that curious manner of hers. “Perla doesn’t like the Outside. Not even the smell of it. Reminds her of them.”

My bare feet moved over the cold stone as I approached her, waiting for her to bolt. I swept my gaze over her, inches from her now. Still, she gave no reaction. I was reacting but she didn’t seem to notice.

I studied her. She was too clean and her attire was far too fine. The gold thread woven into the bodice transfixed me. It was a long time since I had seen a female wearing so fine a dress. Most people wore threadbare garments, worn and patched.

Shaking my head, I looked at her face again, studying the smooth and shining hair  and bottomless dark eyes. Now, in the lamplight, I could detect tiny flecks of amber in the deep brown depths that I hadn’t noticed outside.

Her lips parted slightly with unspoken words. I was close enough that I could count the smattering of freckles on her nose. They weren’t sun-kissed freckles. There was no chance for that. Not in this life.

She stared back at me, her stare fixing dead center in my chest. An alarm went off in my head, warning me that something wasn’t right. Something wasn’t as it should be.


“You . . .” My voice faded as I struggled with an idea that couldn’t be possible.

“What?” She lifted her chin, her expression mild, unaffected, her eyes now looking directly at me.

Through me.

My heart hammered in my ears as I slowly lifted a hand between us. Not touching, but simply putting it out there with all the stealth of a hunting predator. “You should have knocked.”

“Why?”

“Why?” I echoed like I was testing the word, tasting it. This close, her body radiated a warmth that settled into the pores of my exposed skin. “Are you really so bold you don’t . . .” My voice constricted into that strangled hoarseness again. I looked down at myself and then back up to her face again. Still no reaction on her part. She folded her hands in front of her, the fingers laced. She wasn’t this bold. No. She was something else.

I took her hand. She started at the sensation of my callused fingers on her softer skin. My pulse jumped and skittered at the base of my throat, but I ignored it, placing her chilled hand, palm flat, against my bare chest. Her fingers spread wide, each one a burning imprint.

She made a choked, mewling sound.

“Because”—my voice scratched out of me—“I’m naked.”

Fire scored her cheeks. It was the blush I expected when she first walked into the room.

Now she knew. But she hadn’t known before. 

She gasped, tugging her hand. I held it there a moment before letting go. She pulled away as though stung. 

I stepped toward her, this time waving a hand before her face. 

“Stop that,” she snapped, sensing the air stirring in front of her. Only sensing though. Not seeing. She swatted at my hand, stopping when her back hit the door.

“You—” My voice broke off and I dropped my arm. 

She shook her head fiercely, hair pelting her cheeks. Her eyes gleamed, panic moving over her features. She reached for the door latch at her hip, ready to flee.

She didn’t want to hear it. Didn’t want me to know.  

“You can't see."





Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.







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