Monthly Archives: August 2014

My Shelf Monday: Lauren’s Return by AL Parks

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This is the third book in the Return to Me series by AL Parks and I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed the rest! The suspense gets taken up a notch in this go-round as Jake and Eve settle in to their new lives (together) in Colorado. There is also a freaking awesome mountain home involved, a daughter whose custody is on the line, and a killer bent on keeping our couple apart.

I told you the suspense was heavier in this book!

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Here we are all dressed up at RWA!

I enjoyed reading every word and couldn’t put the book down. AL continues to develop each of these characters both individually and as a couple, which is a big part of why I enjoy this series so much. The story changes, but the characters grow with each book. We also get a closer look into the personalities and lives of each of their daughters. If you are looking for a good book, check out Lauren’s Return and the entire Return to Me series by AL Parks! (And DUDE, it’s only $2.99!)

Get it here: Lauren’s Return (Return To Me Book 3)

This is when she showed us the cover for Lauren's Return at RWA!

This is when she showed us the cover for Lauren’s Return at RWA!

Here are my previous posts on the other books in this series: The Return and Return to Newport

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She signed my copy of Return to Newport!

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Wonderful Wednesday: Cover Reveal for UP ALL NIGHT

What is more wonderful than a sexy cover reveal for a ten author bundle? Pretty much nothing! Behold the pretty! (And only $0.99!)

UP ALL NIGHT BOX SETGrab this limited-time bundle of ten hot New Adult books, each #1 in their series. 

iBooks Pre-order: Up All Night: A New Adult Collection

Add it on Goodreads!

UP ALL NIGHT will keep you up ‘til dawn with romantic stories featuring whip-smart college guys, bad boy rock stars, heroic marines, a sexy teacher, and a smokin’ hot snowboarder.

Together, these books have earned more than 1,600 five-star ratings and usually sell for over $30. Each book is a standalone, first in its series, and the set includes two NYT and USA Today bestselling authors.

You Make Me, Blurred Lines #1
New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy 
Caitlyn’s perfect world with fiancé Ethan is shattered when her first love Heath returns to Maine after a mysterious four-year absence. Heath wants her back, but Ethan doesn’t want to let her go. And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

One and Only, Canton #1
Viv Daniels
Tess lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. But when she transfers to her dream college and reunites with her first love, she begins to break the rules.

Tattoo Thief, Tattoo Thief #1
Heidi Joy Tretheway
Beryl doesn’t know why Gavin Slater trashed his apartment, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the white-hot rock star to find out why he’s running–and what can bring him back.

One Broke Girl, Edgewood Falls #1
Rhonda Helms
When Anna’s mother disappears with the family fortune, Anna and her father must return to their small Ohio hometown–a temporary situation, she vows. But finding work, caring for her depressed father and locating her mom are harder than Anna anticipated. Not to mention a sexy male kindergarten teacher who makes Anna question everything she thought she wanted…

Random, Going the Distance #1
Lark O’Neal
Jess Donovan wants a better life than the one she was born to, but how do you figure how what you want when life has never been anything but a series of hurdles? When mysterious, sexy snowboarder Tyler Smith shows up in her life, Jess doesn’t know if he’s an opportunity for love–or her downfall.

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc., Butterman Travel, Inc. #1
PK Hrezo
A futuristic romance along the winding path of time. It’s the year 2069 and even though eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman is heir to the family time travel biz, she never expected to be earning her official time-craft license with golden boy pop superstar, Tristan Helms, in tote. Her life is about to get a lot more complicated … and exciting.

Come Back To Texas, Twelve Beats in a Bar #1
KK Hendin
Hayley and Nate had the perfect love story before life crashed through it. Now, three years, one deployment, and a few YouTube videos later, everything’s about to change.

The Opposite of Nothing, Copeland College #1
Shari Slade
When socially-awkward campus DJ Callie Evans falls for her bad boy BFF, she doesn’t tell him. Instead, she creates a fake online profile and “catfishes” him. The closer they get, online and off, the more she realizes she has to confess. And risk losing him forever.

The Long Game, American Gypsy #1
J.L. Fynn
When gypsy con artist Shay Reilly meets co-ed Spencer, sparks fly. Problem: Shay’s plans of revenge against Spencer’s father stands between them and their budding romance.

Undeclared, Woodlands #1
USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick
Grace Sullivan exchanged letters with a deployed Marine most of her teen years. She fell in love with him but was devastated to learn her feelings weren’t reciprocated. Two years later when he shows up at her posh Midwest college claiming they belong together, she is wary and worried … and falling in love again?

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My Shelf Monday: Rodeo Queen by T.J. Kline

My reading partner!

My reading partner!

Hey gang! How are you? I hope you’re well. I’m finally out from under a giant pile of work and you know what? The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are singing…yeah, I’m in that happy place after the storm subsides and everything seems reborn. It’s a great place to be and I think I may be happier and more content with my life than I have ever been before. I hope you are, too! (Psssst! There is a giveaway at the end of this post!)

But enough about me. Today is Monday and that means it’s time to talk about BOOKS! During my weekend off I read Rodeo Queen by T.J. Kline. And you know what? I automatically started reading the second book in the series, The Cowboy and the Angel. So that should give you a clue as to how much I enjoyed this western romance!

T.J. and Alexis at RWA!

T.J. and Alexis at RWA!

It helps that T.J. is an all around fantastic lady! I love her to pieces! She is sassy, smart, and takes no prisoners! And like the characters in her books, she is a true horse lover. Aside from the great story and characters, I loved knowing that everything I was reading about horses and rodeos was authentic. That is a big plus for me! And it really adds to the experience of getting lost in the pages of a book.

I fell in love with her hero, Scott, in the beginning of Chapter 6. The whole book could have been one long Chapter 6 as far as I’m concerned! But, that wouldn’t give us much tension or drama. Luckily there are more moments like the one at the beginning of Chapter 6 spread throughout the book!

I loved Sydney (our heroine) from the first page. She is young, but strong and determined. I thoroughly enjoyed spending my weekend with Rodeo Queen. It was exactly the dose of romance and escapism I needed to end my summer and I hope you will all take a second to check it out, too!

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 Get it here:

Amazon: Rodeo Queen (Avon Romance) ◊ iBooks: Rodeo Queen – T. J. Kline

Avon: Rodeo Queen ◊ Nook: Rodeo Queen


Signed card and a free copy of Rodeo Queen!

Signed card and a free copy of Rodeo Queen!

Giveaway time! I have this lovely signed postcard of the cover of Rodeo Queen! It comes with a free download of the book and a bookmark! On Friday (August 22nd, 2014) I will randomly draw one winner from the comments below. To enter, comment with your favorite thing to do to relax!


 

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My Shelf Monday: The Jagged Ivory Box Set

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This week for My Shelf Monday I’m doing something a little different. It’s kind of like a mini-takeover while I’m chained in the editing basement finishing up One Week in Wyoming. One of my good friends from RWA has been writing her booty off, and this summer, in a really fun twist, she’s kicked off a “Summer Tour” for her box set of rock star-centric books, the Jagged Ivory series. If you like to get sucked into a series, Lashell is your girl. Check it out:

The Essential Jagged Ivory 

by Lashell Collins

Sneaking around with the manager’s daughter.

Hollywood marriage bust-ups.

Drug addiction and rehab.

Secrets and lies, and sex tapes.

And that’s just scratching the surface of what goes down when the world’s biggest rock band goes on tour for the summer!

Noah, Cory, Benji, Buzzy and Otis are Jagged Ivory, the hottest rock band on the planet. But they’re also a family who takes care of one another through thick and thin, blood and sibling rivalry be damned. Sexy, fun and irresistible, these guys rock hard, party hard, and love even harder! Come meet the boys of Jagged Ivory, and the women who love them, and let them rock your world!

Join Jagged Ivory on their summer world tour and get all five books in this rock star series – Jagged Hearts, Jagged Dreams, Jagged Addiction, Jagged Secrets and Jagged Surrender – The Essential Jagged Ivory.

Buy Link:

The Essential Jagged Ivory: Jagged Ivory Boxed Set

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 Lashell’s website

You can visit the Jagged Ivory website here


Book One – Jagged Hearts

Synopsis

Mercy Holland is sure of two things. One – that Noah Ivory is sex on legs. And two – that he doesn’t remember her or the night of passion they spent together four years ago before his band, Jagged Ivory, signed their record deal. But when her father, who just happens to be the band’s manager, gives her the opportunity to travel with them on tour, Mercy can’t help but hope that she and the sexy lead guitarist can reignite an old, smoldering flame.

Playing lead guitar for one of the hottest rock bands in the world has its perks, and Noah Ivory has no trouble taking full advantage of it. He has his pick of the many gorgeous young girls that fall at his feet night after night. But when Jagged Ivory’s manager brings his beautiful and sassy daughter along on the European leg of their world tour, the guitar god is suddenly thrown for a loop as the memories of their steamy one-night stand come crashing back to him.

Now, all sorts of questions are running through his head. Like how can he apologize for the way he treated her back then? How can he tell her that she hasn’t been far from his thoughts since that night? How can he pursue her with her father watching his every move? And most importantly, how can he keep her from falling for his brother?

If you’re a fan of rock star romances, you will love the boys of Jagged Ivory!

Excerpt

The energy in the stadium was electric and palpable, and Mercy could feel it even from her position just off the stage in the wings. She had stood there the entire show, watching in awe as Jagged Ivory brought the entire arena to its feet. The crowd was so pumped, and she could easily see that the guys were feeding off their energy. It was the most amazing experience, watching from this vantage point. And now that she was sort of friends with them, it made it all the more surreal for her. She had seen them perform live countless times, both before they had made it big and since. But this felt somehow different. This was more exciting.

The house lights dimmed once again and the full-to-capacity stadium roared with adulation as the guys said goodnight and left the stage for the final time. It had been an incredible show and they had certainly given the audience their money’s worth, performing for two solid hours. And Mercy had never felt more star-struck than she did at that moment. When the guys came off the stage, one by one, she watched them walk past her feeling like a breathless teenager.

She followed them and Mike as they made their way back down to the dressing room. Once there, Noah grabbed a clean towel from the stage hand offering them, and took a moment to bury his face in it, wiping away the pound of sweat gathered there before proceeding down his bare chest. As usual during a show, he had long discarded his t-shirt under the heat of the lights and the exertion of the performance. It was customary for him to remove it onstage and toss it out to the crowd about halfway through a show.

Mercy stood timidly in a corner of the room, frozen to the spot as everyone bustled around her, and she watched him. To her, it felt as if he were the only other person in the room. The towel he held in his hands glided slowly over the medieval dragon tattoo that snaked its way from the right side of his back around to the right side of his chest and abdomen. God, he was perfection, and Mercy could feel herself drooling. He had been magnificent onstage. Wolfish and sexy. His every movement had excited her like foreplay. She wanted him. God help her, she still wanted him. Even with the memories of his rejection still fresh in her mind. What was her problem? Was she simply a glutton for punishment? She had to get a grip on herself.

She was snapped out of her lowly self-assessment when her dad suddenly called out, “Hey, Noah, your little friend from the restaurant is waiting in the Green Room!”

Noah grabbed a fresh t-shirt, and Mercy watched as he quickly slipped it on and rounded the guys up to go greet their guest. She was astounded as she watched him play host to that little girl and her parents. He was so genuine and animated, and he looked as though he were really enjoying himself. He made sure all the guys signed her tour program, and he insisted they take a picture together. He did everything he could to put young Mindy Peters on cloud nine, and Mercy was amazed.

She was staring at the scene in fascination when he suddenly looked right at her. “Hey, Mercy! Would you mind?” he said, holding the kid’s camera out to her.

“Oh, sure,” she said anxiously, stepping forward to take the camera from him. She felt an internal shock when their fingers lightly brushed one another’s, and she looked up slightly startled, only to find his eyes boring into hers. She could feel her face flush slightly as she looked away and took a step back to take the picture. She took one shot of Mindy and her parents with the entire group, and one shot of just Mindy and Noah. And she smiled at the girl when she handed her camera back to her.

“You’re so lucky to be his girlfriend,” the girl gushed as she thanked her and walked away. And Mercy and Noah stood staring at each other with wide, shocked eyes, wondering how she had gotten such a wrong idea.


 Today Jagged Ivory is touring Dubai. Can you imagine playing on concert in a city like this?

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The Essential Jagged Ivory Tour
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Book News! Tease and One Week in Wyoming

I have lots of exciting book news to share today! Tease 5 is out (I feel like I just crossed some sort of dirty finish line!) and One Week in Wyoming is up for pre-order! This is a 4-author anthology about four couples finding love on vacation that releases on September 9th!

But first, let me fill you in on Tease: Volume 5:

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All good things come to an end, and Adam Callaway was really, really good—in bed and in life. But his two week vacation is almost over and Elizabeth’s life is more complicated than ever. She’s being forced into a publicity firestorm by her greedy parents with the help of her blackmailing ex-boyfriend. The past she ran away from has come home to haunt her and the last thing she needs are complications of the heart. Elizabeth needs to let Adam go, but somehow she’s finding it damn near impossible to say goodbye to the only man who’s ever gotten under her skin.

Here are the buy links!

iBooksTease: Volume 5 – Alexis Anne

Amazon: Tease: Volume 5

Nook: Tease: Volume 5

You can still grab Tease: Volume 1 for FREE!!

iBooks: Tease: Volume 1 – Alexis Anne

Amazon: Tease: Volume 1

Nook: Tease: Volume 1

This is the final book in the Tease serial *sniff*. I’m a little heartbroken that it is over! But more good things in the Tease universe are coming, so stay tuned!

I’m also incredibly proud and excited to announce the One Week in Wyoming anthology with authors Audra North, Julia Kelly, and Alexandra Haughton (links below). Our stories all inter-connect and overlap, resulting in one sexy, exciting full-length novel. You can pre-order it now, exclusively at iBooks, for only $0.99! Scroll down to read the blurbs!

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Cover by Book Beautiful*

 One Week in Wyoming – Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly & Alexandra Haughton

Four couples, seven hot winter nights…
When best-selling romance author Nora Halliday invites four single female writers to stay at her family’s luxurious Wyoming lodge, she’s counting on a quiet week of bonding on the slopes and in the spa.

Bruce Halliday was looking forward to a relaxing reunion with his college buddies in the wilds of Wyoming…but when his wife’s group meets Bruce’s unattached friends, the sparks start to fly.

Four stories by Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly, and Alexandra Haughton heat up the page in one sexy anthology.

Undressing Cara by Alexis Anne
Eli Pierce is Seattle’s most eligible bachelor. He’s sexy, rich, arrogant…and completely wrong for Cara Sinclair—not that it stopped her from using him as the inspiration for her latest best-selling novel. In fiction, she stripped away everything she didn’t like about Eli, and replaced it with the makings of a true romantic hero.

There’s only one problem: Cara has no idea she’s about to spend a week with the real Eli Pierce at her friend’s Wyoming lodge—and in a unexpected twist, Eli’s had a crush on Cara all this time. What happens when Cara learns that Eli is a lot more like her fictional hero than the man in the tabloids? Can a week in the snow turn two long-distance crushes into true love? There’s One Week in Wyoming to find out!

Off Piste by Audra North
Leah Christos is about to give up on her dream of becoming a writer because she’s afraid of taking chances. Quitting her job to write full time is simply too risky. Jasper Brandt is looking for excitement to liven up his dull life. He’s the last person that safe-loving Leah should be hooking up with. But when they get together at their friends’ Wyoming lodge, they might end up taking the greatest chance of all…

Seduction in the Snow by Julia Kelly
Lydia Reed’s had her heart stomped on one too many times, so when the gorgeous, glasses-wearing Evan Sullivan winds up at the same Wyoming lodge as her she sees the chance for the a short, hot fling with a definite end date. There’s only one problem: Evan. He might have agreed to their just-for-fun romance, but just a few days with her and he wants more. Now he must convince the headstrong writer that falling for him is worth the risk.

Love is Here to Stay by Alexandra Haughton

Romance writer Callie Emerson can’t resist a good story or a good secret, so when she finds herself more interested in unlocking a surly rancher’s secrets than in making her deadline, she knows she’s in big trouble. Win Carter is too busy resuscitating his family’s legacy to invest time in a relationship, especially one with his sister’s spoiled society friend. And though she has her head in the clouds while his feet are rooted firmly in the ground, maybe one week in Wyoming is all it will take to start writing their own happily ever after.

*Cover design for One Week in Wyoming was done by the incredibly talented Amber at Book Beautiful.

Pre-order it now! (it would really help us out!) Here is the link: One Week in Wyoming – Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly & Alexandra Haughton


That was a long post. Whew! xoxo

 

First Undressing Blog Hop

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Do you remember the First Kiss Blog Hop? Two strangers meet (on camera) and kiss for the first time. We hopped all over the blogosphere back in April, sharing our Flash Fiction short stories of what happened when our two imaginary characters kissed on camera.

And now we’re back, with the First Undressing Blog Hop. Two people undressing for the first time.

Only I couldn’t really follow the rules. You see, I haven’t been able to get Owen and Alice out of my head ever since I made the up, put them in front of the camera’s, and made them fall in lust. So I’ve brought them back. They’re getting undressed and it’s all swoony and romantic!

You can find both my First Kiss and my First Undressing on Kindle Unlimited!

Or hop on over to read some other great undressing stories!

LM Sparks   Cate Dean   Rebecca Grace Allen   Karen Booth   Mary Ann Rivers   AL Parks   Julia Kelly   Amber Belldene

To catch the rest of the hop, click here for details!

 

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