Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Breaking Alexandria by K.A. Robinson Blog Tour Stop


Synopsis:

Alexandria’s drug-dealing boyfriend, Joel, isn’t exactly the white knight she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t deny the crazy connection they have. She would do anything for him, including helping him sell drugs in order to fit perfectly into his world. 

After catching Alexandria dealing for Joel, instead of turning her into the cops, Alexandria’s mother forces her to move to her grandparents’ farm in West Virginia. Spending the summer in the country, away from Joel, is the last thing Alexandria wants to do. But lucky for her, the sexy farmhand, Landon, who helps out around her grandparents’ place, is a very nice distraction. She tries her best to ignore her attraction to him, especially since she still loves Joel. 

When Joel does the unforgivable, Alexandria turns to her new friend, Landon, for comfort, and it ignites an undeniable spark of attraction between them. Soon, she finds herself caught between two very different men, and the struggles within her heart just might end up breaking Alexandria.


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5 of 5 Breaking Alexandria

Want to talk about an amazing story... well this is it. I mean I was rendered speechless after reading this book. K.A. has a way of doing that to me but with Lexi & Joel & Landon I just could not get enough. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time wanting no needing to turn the pages fast to see what was going to happen next.

Lexi is in love with Joel the bad boy. She will do anything to be with him and when she has to chose between him or nothing she goes for broke and starts selling drugs for him. They have this push and pull sort of relationship if you can call it that because Lexi sacrifices everything she is and her character to be with Joel. Selling drugs and acting bad ass which she knows she is not is just a few sacrifices to be with Joel. But when she gets busted selling drugs her parents give her an option go to your grandparents house for the summer or they turn Joel in. Of course she is devastated but she knows her parents mean business and she does not want Joel to get in trouble so she goes to her grandparents house in West Virginia.

Once she arrives Lexi realizes that her grandparents are no nonsense and they will make her earn her keep. They have a farm hand Landon and he works hard for what he has. As he begins to teach Lexi the farm she begins to have feelings for him and as hard as she fights them because she loves Joel she is having a hard time. Then Joel does something and Lexi leans on Landon and the sparks ignite and holy hell this is where the book gets wild and I mean WILD! This is a must read for everyone who loves those stories where nothing is as it seems and no matter what you think it always ends up something else. MUST READ!


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K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn't writing, she is reading or listening to rock music. 


Excerpts: 

If there were a medal for sneaking out of the house without getting caught the most times, I’d be the recipient for sure. I smiled to myself as I slowly slid open my bedroom window. I glanced down to the yard below. It was illuminated by the streetlight across the road from our house. I squinted as I looked around, checking for movement of any kind.

-Alexandria

"You’re mine, and I intend to keep it that way for as long as you want me. I keep waiting for the day when you’ll wake up and realize that you’re so much better than me.”

I shoved him down on the bed and climbed on top of him. “Shut up. I’m not better than you. You’re fucking perfect, Joel. Perfect.”

-Joel & Lexi

I’d prefer to be stomped to death by a cow rather than spend the day stuck with my grandpa, but I didn’t think I should tell him that.

-Lexi

While I had admitted earlier that Landon was cute, nothing had prepared me to see him shirtless and wet in the pool. It was obvious that he’d dived under right before I came out. His hair was dripping wet, and water glistened as it ran down his chest and stomach. I knew I was standing there with my mouth hanging open, but at that moment, I didn’t possess the ability to close it.

“Whatever. Even when you’re tired, you never shut up.”
I stuck my tongue out at him. “Are you trying to tell me that I talk too much?”
“Nah. If you talked too much, I’d just put duct tape over your mouth.”
“At least you’re honest,” I grumbled.

- Landon and Lexi

“Relax, okay? I’m not going to try to do dirty things to you in the back of a movie theater.” He paused for a second. “Unless you want me to.”
“Shut up and watch the movie.”

-Landon and Lexi

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Christopher Correia (CJC Photography) is an internationally published fashion and fitness photographer who studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. He has been featured in over three dozen publications including book and magazine covers and photographer features.

Correia serves as a contributing photographer/blogger for Boston’s Dirty Water News. In September 2011, Correia joined the press pit for Prajje’s runway show at Boston Fashion Week.

His work has been featured in numerous local newspapers and male fitness blogs. Correia’s print work includes editorials on 7 magazines covers worldwide, 5 photographer features, and 8 book covers.

Correia’s photography credentials include publications in the following magazines: Vogue Italia (online), 954, Alwayz Therro, Barstool Sports, Boston Talent, FitFigures, Florida, Indulge Fashion Catalog, Model Up, MuscleSport, Next Level, Physique, Smokescreen, Shock, Tattoo Envy, and Vanity.

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Finally Home by Ann Vaughn

Lie Next To Me (A Millionaire's Love) 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Indulging in Irelyn (Indulging #1) by D.L. Raver On Sale For A limited Time

Synopsis:

Warning:
 Don't read this book if you hate f**ked up alpha males, strong female leads, hot sex, and a kismet love story six years in the making. Oh yeah and a plot twist that will leave you reeling.

NFL quarterback, Zolt Hamil was America’s heartthrob until a career ending injury changed his life. Years later, he’s picked up the pieces and carved out a new path for himself. But the mental and physical scars of that day have left him moody and reclusive, and his only relief is indulging in pleasure and pain with his many one night stands. Though many women have tried, Zolt refuses to care about any of them. Only one woman has his heart; a hallucination of a young, sable-eyed, blonde beauty whom he conjured that painful day on the football field.

On the first day at his new job at a law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, Zolt comes face to face with his hallucination, Irelyn Wilkes. Their fateful connection, and explosive passion for each other pulls them together, and this time, Zolt refuses to let her slip from his life.

But Irelyn has her own demons to fight and her controlling boyfriend is one of them. He doesn't take kindly to other people playing with his toys, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her by his side. 

Can Irelyn and Zolt defy the odds and find a way to be together? Or, will the events set in motion years ago keep them apart forever?

Book 2, Being Zolt will be release early June 2014

New Adult. Recommended for eighteen and above due to adult content, drug use, language, and sexual situations.

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Thanks for coming to my page. About me, hmm? What to say? I was born in California, lived in England for a time, then settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today much my of my time is spent in the Land of Make Believe, visiting my characters, encouraging them to tell me their stories. Now they won’t shut the frak up! If you write, you know what I mean. If you don’t, you probably think I’m insane. Guess what? You’re right!

At ten, I moved to England for a year and half, living with my brother and sister-in-law who were stationed at Upper Heyford Air Force Base. I went to an English school in Chipping Norton. Being the only American in an all British school was quite the experience. It was here I was introduced to the world of fantasy—Lord of the Rings to be exact—as well as Celtic mythology. This experience forever influenced my love of reading—from fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. And in case you’re wondering, I adore Harry Potter. Seriously, who doesn’t? If you don’t, uh, keep it to yourself.

I’d like to tell you writing has been my lifelong pursuit, that I’ve written all my life. But honestly, almost four years ago, I stumbled upon it by accident. Now, I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve always had an active imagination but it never translated to the page. During an extended stay at home due to medical issues, and bored out of my skull, I sat down at my computer, and started writing memories from days gone by. Those memories turned into a story, and I started to wonder if I had it in me to write an entire novel. Encouraged by a writer friend I opened my mind and let characters have free rein. Before I knew it, months had passed and I was well into my first novel. Long story short, three and a half years later—and three rewrites—my first novel, Colour Wielders was complete and accepted by Curiosity Quills Press. The first book in the Heirs of the Magykal Realm will be published late in 2012 or early 2013.

Besides writing my other passions are my husband, my dogs, and Football. My team is the Miami Dolphins—sadly, I don’t have high hopes for the 2012-2013 season. Don’t be surprised when at least one of my blog posts, on Raver’s Rants and Raves, includes an outpouring of grief over the Fin’s performance, but I will try to keep my public dissatisfaction to a minimum. At least I have the Manning brothers. Though Peyton in Denver Bronco colors is just, well, disturbing.

I hope you enjoy your visits here, and in particular, enjoy my Comic Reviews. I look forward to connecting with new people and making friends. Can’t wait for your comments.

Cheers!

Dear Emily by Trudy Stiles On Sale For a Limited Time

Synopsis:

Two women. Carly and Tabitha. They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged. 

Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from horrific events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?

Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery. 

What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need? 

Redemption.
Love.
Family.

“Dear Emily” is the first book in the “Forever Family” series.

This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.

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Copyright Trudy Stiles 2013

Dear Emily,

How do I start off a letter to a child I have yet to meet?

A child that has always been in our hearts? 

A child that is meant for our family?

Your Daddy and I cannot wait for the moment we are able to hold you in our arms for the first time. To lay our eyes on your perfect face, eyes, toes. To breathe in the essence of a new baby, swirling scents of powder and linen.

We cannot wait to feel your beating heart against our chests and to listen to your slow and steady breaths. To hear your soft baby noises. To soothe your crying. 

We have always dreamed of you, Emily. We’ve dreamed that someday our family would be blessed with a child. We are so close. Our new family is within reach. 

We are here hoping, waiting, praying. 

Love and kisses,

Momma

My eyes are glistening with tears as I scrawl my signature at the bottom of the letter, touch my fingers to my lips, press them onto her name and close my journal. I look over to my left where Kyle is softly snoring, sleeping soundly. I mouth the words “I love you” to him, touch his back lightly, put my journal in my night table drawer and turn out the soft light by my bedside. I curl my body into his, tuck my head into his chest and hold on tight.

I love this man with all that I am and I love the father that he is going to be.

My heart is full of hope.

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5 of 5 Dear Emily

Can you say a million stars for this debut book by Trudy Stiles. I have to say once again thank you so much Brandee's Book Endings for hosting these amazing book tours for books I would never have read or heard about if it were not for her. To say that this is an amazing story is just so not true. This is a story about love, loss, pain and redemption. This is a story about two broken women who need healing and may just get that healing from one another. This is a story about damaged women coming to terms with the damage that surrounds them everyday.

can you imagine wanting something so bad and finding out you can't because of things from your past. Can you imagine being in a situation where you need a way out and the only way out is to give up the one thing you want but know you can't handle or take care of? Well this is the story about Carly and Tabitha two women who want something and need it and just may be able to help each other out. Both women are broken and torn inside and out but they continue to hold their head up high and continue living despite what they are going through and despite what they feel.

For Carly it is wanting something so bad she feels like she would die without it. But she never gives up the hope that one day she will have her hearts desire and that one day will be soon. For Tabitha she will have to make a life altering decision and decide whether or not she can make the decision and stick by it. Yes she knows it is the right thing to do but it doesn't make it any easier on her.

This story is told from a two person POV and past and present and let me tell you I laughed and I cried and I yelled at my kindle like a loony woman because the feelings and the emotions are so raw, rough, and real that it brings out everything in you. Trudy you have done a superb job on your debut and I need book two like ASAP!


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lady Reader's Bookstuff Blog Tours Presents Fever Pitch (Heavy Influence, #1.5) By Ann Marie Frohoff Blog Tour Stop


FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5) 
By Ann Marie Frohoff 
Release Date: March 25, 2014
 Paperback, 150 pages 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / New Adult

I WAS CRUSHED BY MY HUNGER FOR HIM AND I COULD BARELY BREATHE.

Desire? Definitely. Forever? Maybe.

When Jake and Alyssa's virtual affair peaks while his band tours Europe, Alyssa decides it's Jake that she wants for her 18th birthday. She surprises everyone, including Jake, with a planned trip to London. 

After three years apart will it be everything they've both dreamed of? Alyssa is soon thrown into Jake’s stardom, delicate family matters and a side of him she's never seen before.




My Review

5 of 5 Jake & Aly

Okay where to start with this review because man oh man Ann knows how to rip a heart right out and put it back together. To say that I was sitting at the edge of my chair screaming at the book and yelling at certain characters is such an understatement. I have to say that love is the craziest thing ever. When you love someone you love hard and no matter what happens to that person you need them and they need you. They are your drug.

Aly and Jake have gone to hell and back and have come out bruised and broken and apart. The two are a bomb waiting to happen because the love they have for one another but they are also poison for one another and years apart has not changed anything other than their love has grown stronger.

Jake has gone through so much and if you have read the first two books you know what he and Aly have gone through. He is on tour with his band and living in New York living the life except he misses his Aly and needs her. Aly decides for her 18 birthday she is going to go see Jake. She wants him for her birthday and when she goes to London to see him they fall deeper in love and what transpires out of that visit will set a course for these two that will have you yelling and screaming like I did because holy mother Jake the things that happens are just amazing.

A perfect song for these two is Reason Why By Ron Pope & Grace Weber http://youtu.be/vyMknxaQVTU and Let Me Go http://youtu.be/IQkbQ6YdV6Y

I can't wait for Broken Notes to see what happens between Jake and Aly. Poor Nathan I love him to pieces! Who is Nathan well you have to read the books to find out!




“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” 

~Oscar Wilde

1

Had I really nodded off, drool dripping out of the side of my mouth? Kill me, yes, I do. I quickly looked around to see if anyone noticed. Mr. Chapman, my Calculus teacher, looked like he was dozing off himself. His hand propped his head up. He’d allowed us the last half of class to study for our next exam. I could hear Nicole snickering while she kicked the back of my chair. I turned and glanced at her over my shoulder, frowning. Looking at the clock, I was relieved to see we only had fifteen minutes to go.

Nicole kept tapping at the back of my seat and she whispered, loudly. “Late night?” She giggled. “How was the Skype sex?”

Without turning around, I waved my hand at her, hoping she’d shut up. My eyes darted in every direction, hoping no one heard her. Geez. What the hell? Nicole Hamilton and I had been best friends since practically Kindergarten, and now we were finally seniors. I would be eighteen in six weeks and I had big plans. BIG plans.

I’d kept these secrets from everyone in my life, except Nadine. She was now attending Cal State Long Beach. Nadine Lewis was my rock, my confidant in every single way, much more so than Nicole. Nicole and I had never fully recovered our friendship to the level prior to my Jake meltdown. It was totally catastrophic, like movie shit, like put-me-in-the-loony-bin crazy, for real. People would pay to watch the shit that went down with Jake and I.

It was hard for me to believe Nicole’s sincerity, since she’d chosen sides (in a number of ways), and had decided not to hang out with me while I was chilling with my other dear (and gay) friend Marshall. Nicole had thought it would damage her rep if she hung out with him, since he was different. Even after apologies and tears, for two years we were distantly cordial to each other.

The bell rang, shaking me from my memories. I bolted out of my seat, shoving past everyone. I was desperate to get home before my mother. I’d absentmindedly left the envelope that held the passport application documents, laying on the coffee table, along with the scribbled notes of where Jake was staying in London. I wasn’t ready for her or my dad to know about Jake being back in my life, and it would be immediately obvious what I was planning if she got a hold of that envelope.

“Aly! Wait up,” Nicole hollered. “Dude, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you.”

I smiled. Nothing could upset me these days. “No worries. I just have to get home. I left something out in plain view I don’t want my mom seeing, yet.”

“Dish! What?” Nicole shuffled alongside me and nudged my shoulder. 

I slung my backpack over to the other side. “That passport application I told you about.”

“Why would you care if she saw that? She has no idea what you’ve been up to. Just tell her you’re thinking ahead or something. Like we’re planning a graduation trip to Mexico.”

“She wouldn’t care, really, but I stupidly wrote Jake’s address in London, and like an idiot, scribbled little hearts and his name over and over again all over the envelope.”

Nicole laughed. “Aww, how cute.” She breathed in heavily, shaking her head. “I still can’t believe you guys are getting back together. I thought he had a girlfriend, that girl in all those pictures with him. What’s her name? Sophia something.”

My heart lurched. I hated hearing her name. We strode through the parking lot to my car. “For the record, I don’t know if we’re getting back together. I have so many mixed emotions. Like, are we really right for each other? But I want to see him. I want to see how I feel when I’m with him. We’ve been talking for so long and so much has built up. You know, we kinda owe it to each other. And as far as this girlfriend, he says she’s more like a companion, and he told her that he couldn’t make any serious commitments.” I shrugged, trying to convince myself. “Who knows if he’s telling me the truth, but he’s never lied to me before.”

Nicole tapped the window for me to unlock the passenger door. I slid into the driver’s seat. She huffed as she slammed the door shut. “Didn’t he lie to you about seeing that Eva chick, who he went on tour with?”

“No, he didn’t lie,” I sneered. “He just failed to mention it. That was a long time ago. I was a baby back then. Now I understand why he didn’t tell me.”

“You’re so lucky,” she murmured under her breath, almost like the thought slipped out by accident.

“What?” Here we go. These were the types of comments that made me hold back confiding in her. Nicole always thought of things as a competition. I don’t think she’d ever realize how lucky and fortunate she was.

“You’re going out with the hottest musician-rock star…in like…ages. I just can’t believe it’s Jake, of all freaking people. This is like the stuff you watch on E! True Hollywood Story.” She laughed. “And that you two are getting back together.”

“Dude, we’re not getting back together.”

“Uh, dude, yes you are. I can feel it in my bones.”

***

Pulling up to my house, thankful that my mom wasn’t home from her volunteer job yet. I rushed through the door into the family room, and could see the manila envelope with the blazing red heart doodles practically beating. Picking it up, I looked over my shoulder like my mother would be standing there or something. On my eighteenth birthday, I would be first in line at the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard to turn in my passport application. My heart raced as I thought of Jake and how surprised he’d be when I told him he was what I wanted for my birthday.

I sank down into the sofa thinking of what it would be like to touch his skin again and to feel his lips on mine. If it weren’t for our several nights a week Skype sessions, I wouldn’t believe it was real. He still wanted me after all these years. It bothered me that I couldn’t talk freely with Nicole about my feelings for Jake. Instead, I chose to stay on the surface with information. Maybe it was because if I admitted to too many people how I truly felt about Jake, they’d think I was losing my mind again.

I looked up at the clock and it was three-thirty. I needed to talk to Nadine. I had to figure out how to tell my parents that I was going to see Jake. They had no idea that we’d been carrying on, since they’d thought it ended. Guilt rushed through my veins as I thought of how disappointed my dad would be. Ugh. Would he really be? I mean it’s not like Jake was some loser; he actually did make something of himself with his music and has stayed drug free. My dad should really be proud of Jake. 

I sent a text to Nadine, asking her to come over as soon as possible.

***

“So you’re gonna do it? For reals?” Nadine chomped hard on her gum like her life depended on it. She dropped her keys and purse on the floor next to the coffee table. “I’m thirsty. You’re giving me cotton mouth, making me all nervous for you.”

My hands tingled thinking about it. “Yeah. I need to plant the seed, you know.” I sighed, covering my eyes. I could feel the blood pumping behind them. “How do you think I should do it? How do I go about telling them that Jake and I have been talking?”

“Aly, you can’t really sugar-coat it. Just tell ’em how it is. You’re practically an adult. You’re going away to college soon. Speaking of, have you decided where? How many colleges did you apply to?”

“Twenty, but two have already offered me a full ride. I have to make a choice, soon.”

“Wow.” She said shaking her head. “You’re so fucking lucky.”

Maybe I really was. I smiled at Nadine. The way she said it, she was really happy for me, unlike Nicole’s edgy tone. “I worked hard at it, you know.”

“I know you did.” She said and went into the kitchen and grabbed a drink from the fridge. She cracked the top of the Gatorade bottle and looked around. “Where’s your sister?”

“She’s working at HBO now. She got her marketing dream job and decided to take the last year of college classes at night. I have to say I didn’t think she could do it, but she’s doing it.”

Nadine nodded her head and concern dashed onto her face. “I don’t know what I wanna do with my life.”

I cracked a week smile. “It’s ok. I still don’t know what I wanna do either. I’m going to play volleyball and hope to figure it out along the way. I’m going to major in Communications. My dad was hoping I’d be a lawyer like him, ain’t happening.”

She opened the cupboard and grabbed a bag of chips. “Can I open these? I’m feelin’ snacky.”

“Help yourself.” I waved her off, my mind elsewhere and reached for my phone. It was five o’clock and the middle of the night in London. Jake would usually hit me up right around this time, with one simple text – ‘How’s my beautiful Alycat?’ I was anxious for his message. It was like a daily drug dose, my fix. I tingled all over thinking about him. I swallowed. “I’m thinking about moving to New York and going to NYU.”

Nadine eyes sprung wide open as she lifted the lid of the trashcan, spitting her gum into it. “Ummmm. NYU is not on the volleyball school list. Do they even have a team? This is totally all about Jake.” She smiled mischievously at me, opening the bag of chips.

I sighed. “Why can’t I have it all? Why can’t I have Jake and volleyball and get my degree?”

“There’s no beach volleyball in New York City, Aly. Do you hear yourself?” She stuffed a few potato chips into her mouth. “I’m all for love and shit like that. Jake with his hot ass and lifestyle, fucking pick me! You’d be living the dream, that’s for sure, but be real, Aly.” She slumped into the chair across from me, filling her mouth with more chips. I watched her chew and talk with her mouth full. “You have a real chance at playing beach volleyball and traveling around the world. Like gold medal shit, you’re that good. You need to be where you can train.”

I narrowed my eyes at her and my stomach flipped. She was right, but I didn’t want to hear it. I wanted her to back me up. “Look at you being all mom-ish. You don’t think it’s a good idea? Really? I can play indoor. I kinda don’t care if the team is division 3 if Jake means what he’s saying. I can get the degree that I want.”

She sighed loudly and put her feet up on the coffee table. “It sounds perfect. I mean, I guess you can play anywhere, but what’s your coach gonna say? You’ve been playing and winning these beach tournaments, Aly. Pepperdine and USC are offering you something that people would sell their souls for.”

“I applied to NYU, and I’ve been talking to the girls volleyball coach there.” I blurted out and paused when Nadine’s voice cracked with a hack. “You’re the only one who knows.”

Nadine coughed more and sat up, grabbing her Gatorade. She took a huge swig and wiped her mouth with the back of her hand. “Wow. Does Jake know?”

“It was his idea.” My hands trembled with nerves from hearing myself admit to what had been churning below the surface.

My parents were going to shit a ton of bricks.

2

I sat in front of my laptop with my wet hair wrapped in a towel. Jake finally sent me a text a few hours later than he normally did. He’d been in rehearsal most of the day with the band, for an upcoming tour through Spain and France. We had a Skype chat set up. It was just about seven in the morning for him. I pulled the towel from my hair and checked my image on computer screen. My heart raced from the excitement streaming through me. I couldn’t wait to talk to him. You’d think after all these years and all that we’d been through that I wouldn’t be reacting this way. Every time I heard his voice or thought about what it would be like to touch him again, my insides fluttered.

I leaned back into my pillows and pulled my comforter over me. It was cold, the first of December, and Christmas was just around the corner. My big February birthday was just on the horizon. Jake kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday. He was beyond thoughtful. I didn’t want anything from him. Last year he’d surprised me with a Hermés watch. I totally had to lie to my parents, saying it was a knockoff I’d gotten in Venice Beach. I took in a deep breath, trying to calm my nerves. I only wanted him, and tonight I was going to tell him just that. I would inform him of my plans to visit him in London during our Ski Week winter break. My hands became damp just thinking about it, wondering how he would react.

The familiar ping of Skype rang out, sending my heart into my throat. I took one last look at my reflection in my closet mirror and answered the call.

“Hey Alycat.” Jake’s voice streamed through my computer. His eyes sparkled so blue, I was desperate to touch his unshaven face. He looked beyond hot, sitting there shirtless. I wanted to kiss every inch of him.

“Hey you.” I giggled. “You better go put a shirt on. You’re killing me.”

“Mmm. I think you need to take yours off.” 

Touché.

“How was practice?” I giggled, brushing off his pervy come-on.

“Long and sweaty.” He smirked. He was trying to egg me on, and normally I would have bitten, but I was so anxious to share my surprise.

I clasped my hands under my chin. Here it goes. “So I have something to tell you. I know what I want for my birthday.”

“Ok, let’s hear it…and don’t tell me ‘nothing’, and leave me to my own devices like you did last year.”

“Shush.” I teased, placing my index finger over my lips. “I want you for my birthday.”

A sly, sexy grin spread across his face. “You already have me, Alycat.”

I squirmed, shifting my legs into a new position. “Not physically, I don’t.” My heart thrashed in my chest, forcing the words to come out. “I want to feel your body next to mine and I don’t want to wait until summer. I’m planning on visiting you about a week after my birthday.” Holy shit, I said it! I’m not sure if it was surprise on his face or what.

Jake leaned in closer to his screen. “Do you know how badly I want to kiss you? Do you know how you make me wanna do bad things to you, bad good things?”

I felt the heat rise through my body and an ache penetrated every inch of me. It literally made me wet hearing him say those things to me. “You take my breath away,” I whispered, smiling at the screen. I reached out to touch the image of his face that smiled back at me. I wanted to melt into the screen. “Soooo, to continue,” I said quietly, trying to keep my composure, “I bought a plane ticket already. I haven’t told anyone of my plans, other than Nadine, and I’m gonna spring this on my parents as soon as I grow some balls.”

He gave me a hearty laugh. “I prefer you without balls, but ok.” He winked at me and shook his head. “Aly I want nothing more than to have you with me, but I don’t know about this. Your parents already hate me…”

“They don’t hate you,” I interrupted. At least my mom doesn’t.

“I know they don’t think too highly of me.”

“They’re actually proud of you, Jake.” My mom was, but my dad had no idea what Jake was up to. Jake’s eyes softened and his mouth clamped shut. “I bring you up every now and then, you know. They’re very aware of all your accomplishments.”

He sighed, running his hands through his hair. His image became pixelated to match his mood. “I’d love to be a fly on the wall when you tell them what your plans are.”

I laughed nervously. “I know, right?”

“So when do you think you’ll do it?”

“I don’t know, but the longer I stare at you, the braver I get. Sooooo?” I hummed and propped my chin in my hand. I leaned in closer to the computer. My question lingered, and he just stared back at me, dreamy and perfect.

“So, the so is I want to touch you so bad.”

“Ditto,” I purred.

“I want to kiss you all over.”

His words made the butterflies swarm. “Mhmm. What else?”

“I wanna make you…”

“Alyssa?” I heard my mom’s voice squeeze through my door, and it nearly launched me to the ceiling. My heart thundered like I’d been shocked by a defibrillator and little white dots floated in my vision. My immediate reaction was to slam my laptop lid shut. Oh my god! Did she hear us? Fuck. The doorknob rattled. “Are you alone?”

I was beyond agitated. What was she still doing up? It was midnight. “Yes, Mom!” I hopped off the bed and grabbed the doorknob, unlocking it. I stalked away getting back in my bed, pulling the laptop back on my lap. 

“What’s up?”

She stalled, blinking twice. “Are you okay?”

“Yes, Mom,” I growled. “I was watching YouTube. What is it? Shouldn’t you be sleeping?”

She gave me a stern look to quit it with my attitude.

“Mom, I’m sorry. I was just starting to nod off and you scared me. You’re usually asleep by now.”

“I forgot to tell you that the doctor called and rescheduled your physical therapy appointment to five-thirty tomorrow. I’m leaving early in the morning and didn’t want to forget.”

I sighed, leaning back into my pillows. “Ok. Thanks.” She eyeballed me a little longer, like she was about to call me out or something. Then she shut the door without another word. I opened my laptop and began to write Jake an email. I was too fearful that my mom was lingering at my door to try for another Skype session.

Jake,

OMG! I am soooo sorry. My mom came knocking at my door and I freaked out. I thought she heard us, but she didn’t. Thank God. I would have died. Ugh… you have no idea how bad I want February to be here. I think about you every moment of every day. I dream about what it’ll be like to feel you again. I can’t wait to kiss you. I can’t wait to feel your body against mine.

Love you madly, Aly.

I hit send and stared at my screen. I kept hitting the refresh button, hoping that he’d answer back right away. He finally did…fifteen minutes later.

Hey Alycat – Oh man... I needed to cool off anyway ;) You have no idea how bad I want you. You really don’t. I don’t think words or songs or anything can truly describe my feelings for you. I have to show you, touch you...send me your flight info so I can pin it to my wall or somethin’.

You’re my everything. J


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Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is an author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.

After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.




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Monday, March 24, 2014

Sun Damage (Sunshine #3) by Nikki Rae Blog Tour Stop


Synopsis:

Life wasn't what Sophie was expecting, so why should death be any different? 

She’s come back from swimming between the two, and every problem she left is still there. And then some.

There’s the human world, where she has a brother on the verge of ruins, band mates all set to go on tour, and people she thought she wouldn't be seeing for a long time showing up.

Then there’s her new world, where she’s seeing and hearing things that should not be heard or seen. Where Myles knows more about her than she could have ever guessed. She still doesn't know exactly why Michael is tormenting her, but somehow, everything is connected.

The monsters are closing in on all sides and the question is, will Sophie be able to defeat them before it all ends?

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5 of 5 Sun Damaged Sophie & Myles

Sun Damaged where to start with this review..... Man okay after I read it I was like OMG is there going to be another book because that Epilogue KILLED ME I mean it GUTTED ME! Nikki Rae I love you and you are my girl but holy Myles...... that is all I am saying about that because I do not want to ruin for the readers but lord lord lord as I am sitting here typing this review I am thinking man I love me some Myles!

This is the third and final book in this series. I have to say that I am sad to see it go because I love this series and everything that happened. I got to see Sophie grow and experience things she wanted to and enjoy her life and her music.

If you have been following the series you know Sophie has had it rough and she and Myles have gone through enough stuff to last a lifetime. So when she is finally turned into a vampire things should be easy right? Well not quite because what unfolds in this conclusion of the series is amazing I mean just simply amazing and I love Myles more for the way he handles things.

Sophie will have to make choices and decisions that will not only change her life but Myles and her brothers as well. The band is doing great and her brother and her are getting closer by the minute. Myles is her constant in this sea of uncertainty and what Sophie goes through will make her second guess decisions she has made. But through it all she has Myles and her brother and the band by her side.

Will Sophie be able to deal with the changes of becoming a vampire? Will she over come her issue that she is having? Will she and Myles stay together and fight for the love they share? Where is Michael will he hurt her? I have to say that I cried at the end because it was just so much to take in and I am sad to see this series go. Nikki I need more Myles and Sophie.





About Author:

Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent author and has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists. She is the author of The Sunshine Series and concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. She writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.






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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Saturday Review of Dominic (Slater Brothers #1) by L.A. Casey


Synopsis:

After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants.

When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do toget his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing butattention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue.

Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force.

Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.


WARNING:

 Recommended for readers aged 18+. Please heed this warning. If you don't like leading males that are possessive pr**ks, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like leading females that are stubborn bi**hes, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don'tlike characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOTfor you. I just want this warning in here so people will be aware of the books content, thank you! :) 


WARNING:

Dominic is NOT a YA book, not at all. The characters are 18 and in finishing up in school, but the strong language, violence and sexual content make it an NA book :) The characters in my book are fouled mouthed and curse each other out more times than not. I get that in most books a man who loves a woman wouldn't curse at her and is nice as pie but in my life, where I live, if someone hurts you and upsets you, you don't sugar coat words exchanged in a fight just because you love that person. No, you let loose your rage because in the heat of the moment, you just HAVE to.

To round it off, if you don't like leading males that are possessive pricks, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like leading females that are stubborn bitches, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOTfor you. Most of all, if you don't like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you. That is all :)

*** HEED THE WARNING, PEOPLE!! *** ;)




READERS NOTE:

Dominic is set in Ireland; most of the characters are Irish, and the Irish have a dialect that is completely different from any other dialect in the world. We tend to break words down when speaking and jumble them up; we're weird like that.

I want to make it clear that when you see an Irish (Dublin) character in Dominic say the word 'me' where 'my' should be, that is supposed to be written that way. Everything is 'me' here in Ireland and rarely ‘my'. Of course, not everyone in Ireland says 'me' but it is a lot more common.

Here in Dublin, where the book is set, it is also more common for most people leave the out the letter G on most words when we speak, again, this is just another part of our dialect.

Spelling is also different here as well, for example, we spell the words 'colour' and 'favourite' with a U instead of without one. A good few foreign readers who read an ARC of Dominic thought these were typos and that's just not the case. If you happen to come across a word that you think might be spelt wrong, look it up, and you will see it is spelt different ways. The USA and Canada are the main countries with different spellings, so Americans and Canadians keep this note in mind while reading Dominic.

I just wanted to put this note in for readers who aren't familiar with Irish dialect, so you don't read a sentence and think, "WTF?"


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5 of 5 Dominic

******* THIS IS A WARNING THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART! IF YOU DO NOT LIKE SWEARING, FIGHTING, AND READING A BOOK WITH AN ACCENT OR IN THIS CASE A BOROUGH THEN GET AWAY FROM THE BOOK AND THE REVIEW! *********

Where to start this review I have no idea because my mind is scattered all over the place. To say I LOVED this book is an understatement. I usually give a little bit of a spoiler in my reviews but with Dominic I will not because LADIES and GENTS this is one book you have to read! To say that it is amazing is an understatement. I loved the Irish setting and I loved the borough. I want to visit Ireland one day because the scenery described in this book had me googleing pictures of Ireland and yes I need to go there for vacation.

This is a story that really got to me because I read the blurb and as I was reading I was like holy mother this is an NA book that totally blew my mind. L.A. Casey has taken the reading world by storm and has gained some serious followers. This is her debut and what a debut it is! L.A. you have taken the reading world by storm and I need more! I love the swearing and the fighting and the snarkiness between the characters that brings them together as a family. L.A. has done an amazing job and I need more like ASAP!

So now to the nitty gritty of the story. We meet Bronagh who is one of the best characters I have read in a long time. She has lost her parents and lives with her sister. She has closed the world off and she has closed her heart off. She is snarky, rude, and no holds bar and I love that about her. She takes no shizz from anyone and she will stand up to anyone who tries to bother her. It is with this attitude that has her fighting constantly because people mess with her and she is not having any of it. As if being in high school isn't bad enough in comes the Slater Brothers from America and things just got interesting.

The Slater Brothers move from America to Ireland. They are a rowdy bunch of boys but they are fierce and loyal and very protective of what is theirs. Dominic and Damien are twins and they are very close. So when they start at their new high school all the girls are going crazy over them. They are sex on a stick and all the guys are jealous of them because the girls are acting crazy like they have never met anyone from out of state. It isn't until Dominic sees Bronagh that things change for him. Dominic knows the minute he sees her that she is the one for him and he wants her. 

For Dominic things are easy and simple what he wants is what he gets and he wants Bronagh and he will have her. The only problem is Bronagh is not having any of that because she does not do relationships. She keeps to herself and has shut her emotions off since her parents died. So when Dominic starts to talk to her and make advances on her she shuts him down like an ice water bucket being thrown on you after being in the sun all day! But Dominic lord I love that boy is determined to get his girl and he keeps at it.

Dominic is confident, cocky, and knows what he wants and he will stop at nothing to get his girl. The banter between him and Bronagh had me on the floor laughing. I mean I laughed so hard my ribs hurt. Holy shizz Bronagh can dish it out and she can hold her own! I love the back and forth and the give and take these two have together. It is a natural chemistry they have and when Bronagh does let her walls down she surprises him with what she does and says.

But with every good book there is some suspense and mystery in here. Because The Slater family moved to Ireland for a reason and soon everyone is caught up in the middle of something and Dominic finds himself protecting Bronagh with everything he has. When the dust settles and things get somewhat normal will Bronagh give in to the American hunk or will she walk away and leave her heart in tack......

This is a must read for everyone! I promise you you will love it and the Slater Brothers!



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L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost 2 year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her 4 and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.

Her first novel, Dominic, will be self-published, on March 17th, 2014.


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