Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tested Release Day Blitz +Excerpt +Giveaway!

Synopsis:

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language.

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Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, her little bun in the oven that is on the way, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder
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THE EDEN SERIES 
Click HERE for information on the first three books in the Eden series: Eden, Eden West, and Eden South.


New life, new deaths, and truths revealed. Everything ends now.

In the final installment of the series, the King’s army prepares for their biggest battle yet. Aiden and his friends set out to find Aziz in his hidden mountain fortress and bring the war to an end. But secrets are being discovered along the way, and the weight of them could ruin lives. Aiden is coping with loss and the need for vengeance, as well as changes in himself he doesn’t quite understand. Thousands of lives are depending on him to stop Aziz once and for all, and this time Aiden is more than ready and confident he’ll be the one to do it. The stakes are higher than he ever anticipated on his journey east.

Elisa is embarking on a new phase of her life. She has the man she loves beside her, their group of friends have become stronger, and the end of war is in sight. Now she just needs to see it through so she can finally have her happily ever after. But she knows the truth that the others don’t, and it will test her loyalty and friendship more than anything ever has.

With two brothers side by side, and an army ready for war, the only thing left to be seen is who will live and who will die.

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of your journey into Eden


THE NEW WORLD SERIES
 All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the
New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?

STAND ALONES
Brush Strokes

Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she's forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she's known as the 'freak', all because she'd rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren't the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there's suddenly a reason to want to stay?


Excerpt from Tested:
Her feet hurt, her back hurt, if it were possible she’d even say her hair hurt. For two nights now Missy had been following her co-worker, Heather, around, learning everything there was to know about the institute. It was practically a jail, except the sounds from the prisoners were possibly worse. She’d never been in a prison, but Missy couldn’t image anything being more disturbing than this place.
Her job was simple really – deliver food through a small slot, and move on. So far she hadn’t had to have any actual interaction with the faceless people behind the doors. Heather was nice enough. She liked to talk and Missy had no problem simply listening.However, she was getting increasingly more frustrated. Not because of the other girl, but because she hadn’t had one glimpse of Tyler in the entire time she’d been there over the last couple of days. Considering she hadn’t seen anyone, period, she was starting to wonder what the chances were that she was even going to be able to find him in the extensive building.
The doors had no windows in them, so it was impossible to even try and get a peek inside, unless she were to bend down and try to look through the meal slot, but that would look weird and suspicious. And since she’d been stuck with Heather the entire time, there was absolutely no way of doing something like that even if she’d wanted to.
What if he wasn’t even here? There was absolutely no way for her to tell for sure. And working nights was starting to take a serious toll on her body. Working until the wee hours of the morning was hard enough, but then she had to go home to a place she wasn’t quite comfortable with yet, and try to sleep when daylight lit the room. Thankfully Bridgette had some dark curtains to block out most of the light, but it was still difficult. Her body wanted to be up when the rest of the world was. Her sleep was off, her eating habits were starting to become atrocious, and overall she just felt like crap. Having no progress in what she was meant to be doing here wasn’t helping.
Sitting at the nurses’ station, she let her head fall down onto her folded arms to have a quick minute of rest. The dinners had already been given out, so it would be another twenty minutes or so before they had to make the rounds. Their ‘inspection rounds’ were a joke. It consisted of them walking down the hall and calling out to each patient through the door. The patient responds and they move on. Missy had asked what happened when they didn’t respond, and Heather just shrugged her shoulders saying, “We just keep going. We’re not allowed to go in the room and check on them, in case they’re tricking us.”
A tapping sound had Missy lifting her head, her body stiffening at the sight of a man standing on the other side of the counter. He wore a similar outfit to the ones they wore, plain whitescrubs, so she knew he worked here. That didn’t help ease the discomfort at having a man she didn’t know so close. Even though she knew there was nothing to worry about. They were in a workplace, where other people were. What was the worst that could happen? Of course, her mind was never quite rational in these situations.
“Evening,” he said with a smile. She didn’t like the feeling his smile gave her, or the way his eyes took her in slowly.
“Hello,” replied Missy.
“I have a patient that needs some blood taken for the doctors. I was told to come and get the new girl,” he explained. “All the other nurses are busy. And since I don’t recall ever seeing you before, I’m going to assume you’re the new girl.”
She nodded.
“Geoff,” he introduced, reaching out a hand.“Missy,” she said, shaking his hand quickly before pulling her hand away. “I haven’t taken blood yet. Do I need to bring something with me?”
“Heather set the tray up for you over in room B. I’ll walk you over.”
Palms sweating, Missy stood up and followed him down the empty halls.
“I’m warning you,” he said, breaking the silence, “this one is a bit aggressive, but don’t let
him scare you. There’s no way he can hurt you.”
She had to consciously force her feet to keep moving while every nerve in her body
screamed for her to turn and run. This was overwhelming and her heart was likely to beat right out of her chest any moment. By the time they reached the room, she was sure she was about to have a heart attack.
Wiping her hands on her pants, she looked down at the needle and vials laid out for her, and forced herself to calm down before entering the room. Holding on to the tray, knuckles white, Missy followed Geoff into the room where two other male technicians stood in front of a third restrained to a chair. They parted at their entrance to reveal a very pissed off looking, and disturbingly breathtaking as he pulled at his restraints, Tyler. Their eyes met and her hands instantly started to tremble. Without her realizing it, Missy had completely stopped moving. She stood, staring at him with a mixture of horror and relief that she’d  finally found him. Those clear green eyes swept down her slowly before rising to meet her gaze once more.
She felt trapped and spellbound by that stare that pinned her to where she stood. Even her lungs seemed to have stopped working as she held her breath at the sight of him. Silently Missy prayed that he wouldn’t let on they knew each other. Obviously he would realize she was there to save him, so they needed to play it cool before any of the other three men in the room suspected something was off.
A low growl vibrated from Tyler as he slightly curled back his upper lip, his sights still locked on her. Missy instinctively took a step back. When he spoke, it was only one word, said so darkly and huskily she almost missed what it was. “Mine.”

Upcoming Projects:
Simple Beginnings (Contemporary Romance) – Fall 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) –Fall/Winter 2014
Love Defined (Historical Romance) - 2015



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Watch Out Prince Yummy ~ Reluctantly Royal Release Day! +Giveaway!


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I planned on having a review done, but then I thought, "It's been a while since I swooned for Prince Yummy, and I really need to catch up in this series... so, long story short, I'm still in the throws of my re-read, then likely to try out the audio of book 2, Recklessly Royal, and then *rubs hands together with glee* how can you NOT want to read that.  He's just so pretty!  Stay tuned for an entire series review to follow in early September.

 RELUCTANTLY ROYAL is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins Avon imprint and is the third book in Nichole Chase’s Suddenly Series. We love the swoony romance in these books and this one delivers in spades!

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RELUCTANTLY ROYAL Synopsis: Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be. Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal. RR Teaser 1 
 Excerpt:
As I turned to leave the room, my eyes fell on a sketch pad and I couldn’t help myself. Sitting back down in the chair I flipped it open and smiled at the drawings inside. Marty had promise for such a young kid. Turning to a blank page, I glanced around and searched for a pencil. Charcoal would be best, but pencil would do.
I started with the lines of his forehead, the curve of his impish nose, the roundness of his cheeks. I was lost in the sketch, enjoying the shadows, the tenderness in his expression, working to capture that moment of utter innocence.
“That’s beautiful.” Her voice was soft.
I looked up from what I was doing, not surprised that she had snuck up on me. When I’m lost in a project, the world disappears; the only thing I’m aware of are the layers of the project I’m working on.
“He’s a good subject.” I turned back to the paper and finished up the shading of the blanket.
“Only because he’s asleep and not moving.” Her quiet laugh sent shivers over my body.
“That does help.” I smiled up at her. “But it’s the contrast. The contrast of him awake versus him asleep. He looks so young right now, so innocent.”
“What do you mean?” She leaned closer to look at the picture.
“He’s so mature, quick-witted.” I whispered the words. “But here he is, looking like the child he is.”
“His teachers say that,” she said. “That he’s quick to pick things up.”
“I’d say so.” I turned and handed her the sketch pad. “I hope you don’t mind that I drew him. The light and shadows were too perfect to resist.” Sort of like her right now. The way the moonlight glinted in her eyes and shone along her hair. Her perfect features would make any artist ache to draw them. Her pixie nose, the heavy eyelashes, the curve of her body hinted at by the oversized sweater she had wrapped around herself. It made my palms itch. Partly because I just wanted to touch her, to see if she would taste as sweet as she looked in that moment.
“Thank you for keeping him entertained.” She stood up. “Can I keep this?”
“Of course.” I stood up and stretched. Her eyes swept over my chest and then back up to my face. Maybe I wasn’t the only one tempted to touch. I hated to admit it, but I had a flare of pride. “I enjoyed hanging out with him.”
I was surprised to realize I meant it. I never would have thought spending time with a six-year-old would have been enjoyable.
“Looks like he did too.” She moved away from the door and I followed her into the hallway.
“Did you get everything settled?”
“I think so.” She frowned.
“What’s wrong?” Her expression worried me.
“Granddad would have hated a large ceremony.” She sighed and headed for the stairs. “But I guess that as a duke there are some things that have to happen.”
“I don’t blame your grandfather.” I followed behind her. “I would want a small ceremony, not to be made into a production.”
“I’m starting to think you don’t like any type of production.” She looked at me over shoulder.
“Not really, no.” I wasn’t going to lie. “I don’t like being the focus, being the center of attention. It makes me uncomfortable.” I wasn’t going to lie, but I hadn’t intended to tell her so much about me.
“And yet you agreed to help me with my grandfather’s funeral.” She turned to me at the bottom of the stairs and set the sketch pad on a table. “Why?”
I stared at her for a minute, enjoying the way her eyes looked up at me, the tilt of her chin, the way her hair cascaded around her shoulders. “I don’t know.”
Unable to help myself, I reached out and touched her cheek with my fingers. Her pupils dilated and she inhaled softly. With one thumb I traced the dip under her plump bottom lip. Her hand reached up to trace my jaw and she took a step closer to me.
“You should be running from me as fast as you can.” She whispered the words. “I’m everything you don’t want.”
“I’m not so sure.”
“I live for the spotlight, it’s my food.” Her eyes were half lidded as she edged closer to my mouth. “And you’ve seen my family. I’m trouble, Max.”
Did I care? I wasn’t sure I was capable of making a real decision as her smell wrapped around my senses. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to taste her, to touch her, to press her against my body. To hear her say my name again.
Dipping my head, I grazed her lips with mine and I was lost. On a sigh, she leaned into me and wrapped her hands around my neck. Tilting her head back, I brought my mouth to hers carefully, softly, tasting. I wanted to deepen the kiss, to hear her moan, to feel the way her body could wrap around mine, but I kept it soft, sweet, and simple. She was in such a hard place, she needed to be protected, treasured by someone.
And right now, I was that person.

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Author Photo  Nichole Chase Bio: Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.    

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"I Love Your Mouth" ~ Freeing Her Blog Tour +Giveaway!



Freeing Her Synopsis:

• This novel contains mature content and it not intended for younger readers.

This is the beginning of a story... the story of two people who were meant to be together. Why? Because unknown to them, they shared terrifying pasts and the cruel circumstances of their births doomed both of them to a life of hell.

Two strangers ... one night ... one accidental meeting that changed their lives forever.

Gabriella Martinelli, Manhattan psychiatrist had only one goal in life—to help abuse victims avoid the horrors she’d experienced herself. She worked late, volunteered, and donated her services to anyone who needed them. Life was good ... until her nightmare resurfaced. He found her, and began stalking her, and she knew he wouldn’t stop until he destroyed every ragged piece of her.

Kolson Hart, Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor, was ruled by his dark past. He liked control, from the boardroom to the bedroom and didn’t care to be involved with someone whose life was just as screwed up as his was. But one look at Gabriella short-circuited everything. Want ... desire ... need ... will sometimes drive a man to do things he swore he never would.

He freed her from a life of fear ... When he couldn’t even save himself.


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AM Hargrove Bio:

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires, and Exquisite Betrayal.

Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

(If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….)

You can also find her on Goodreads as Emerson St. Clair. Her novella series, Dirty Nights, is available and those are a little dark, a little erotic and a lot sexy!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In•sur•mount•a•ble Release Week! Interest Officially Piqued!

*Ears perk up*
Looking for a HOT and Sexy read that will blow your mind and question your sanity, check out
in•sur•mount•a•ble
a New Adult novel by T.E. White

first in a standalone series "Sins of the Father",
Insurmountable will be a total mind fuck.

Told in the POV of Tade Astor, check out the blurb for his side of this twisted tale.
  
This isn’t some happy love story. If you want that, try something else. No, I own this nightmare and would have never guessed it could have happened to me.  

My life is painstakingly puzzled out. And if I have to admit it, I fall for Red the first time I see her. In fact, she is the first of many things for me and maybe my last. She is the reflection of my happiness and the beginning to my end. She is the stain that covers my heart in the color of her blood-red hair.  

Thoughts of her consume me and continue to bombard my mind like ricochet gunfire. So what can possibly go wrong, you wonder? A humorous chuckle escapes me, in case you didn’t hear it. Yeah, I can tell you, but you will judge me unfairly. This you need to hear from the beginning, so you know all the facts and feel what I felt. Maybe even sympathize and not give me your scorn. Then maybe you can possibly… possibly comprehend the enormity of my crossroads.  

You have to know I never planned or meant for any of this. It isn’t my fault. It’s someone else’s sins that have efficiently destroyed my life in one fell swoop. My name?  

My name is Tade Astor and happiness for me is insurmountable. 

*Warning – this book contains explicit sexual situations and may not be suited for everyone.




AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON AND BARNES and NOBLE




ABOUT THE AUTHOR




T.E.WHITE isn't your everyday romance author. If you are looking for happy love stories, don't look here. That doesn't mean there aren't a happily ever afters, just fucked up ones. The first book in the Sins of the Father series is Insurmountable. Be warned for a wild ride.

Website www.tewhite.net

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Twitter: @TEWhiteAuthor



*Runs to go add this to her TBR list NOW!*

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poppy (Behind the Words #3) Cover Reveal + Excerpt!

I'm a day late and a dollar short to the release, but at last minute I heard Schlitterbahn's siren call and despite my best efforts, got burned.  *Sigh*  70+ SPF my lily white bottom!  The lovely beauty on the cover below obviously doesn't feel my pain, but boy oh boy, this is hot in an entirely different way!



Release Date: August 2014 (no specific date set yet)


Synopsis: 

Poppy Taylor is a successful hair, makeup, and clothing stylist with a client list packed full of elite musicians, actors, and celebrities. After months of touring with the bands, The Daughters of Darkness and the platinum selling rock group, From Yesterday, one final night changes everything. Will love evade her, as always, or will she find it in the least likely of places, in the arms of a rebellious rocker she never expected?

Riley Huntington is the bass guitar player for the rock band, From Yesterday. His bad boy exterior isn’t exactly the lifestyle he lives though. With his longtime relationship on the rocks, Riley finds himself alone and full of new feelings for a girl he never saw coming. When life gives him a chance to start fresh, will he take it?

When two unlikely people are thrown together during one night of passion, will sparks ignite a long-lasting fire, or will the temporary flame burn out before it ever has a chance to catch?

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Excerpt from Poppy:

Everything on the guest floor was rattling from the bass of the music blaring throughout the rooms. I was sure that I had drank close to my weight in tequila alone, not to mention the amount of whiskey shots I had thrown back, but I was still standing and I was feeling good; no, better than good. I was feeling fan-fucking-tastic as I moved my body along with the beat of the rap song that was playing. I threw my hands in the air above my head before bringing them back down, trailing across my body as they went. Sweat was bedding across my collar bone as a few drops trailed their way down the valley between my breasts. The melody was enchanting me, making me move provocatively with every beat and I loved it.
Grinding my hips from side-to-side, I felt a large body step up to my swaying backside. Most guys were my height or barely taller, but whomever was taller than the average Joe. I continued to rock my hips from side-to-side as I spun around to face my dancing partner and smiled widely when I took in Riley’s large frame behind me. He looked sexy as ever; black jeans hanging loosely on his hips with a plain forest green shirt stretched tightly across his broad chest. He gripped my hips as I snacked my arms around his neck. When we had first arrived he disappeared, I assumed to get ready for the party but when he never returned I felt a sting of disappointment and turned to the liquor quickly.
I looked up at him through my lashes as I rubbed my body along his to the beat of the song. Riley’s hands were still gripping my hips as he rolled his large self along with my rhythm. My liquor induced bravery was taking control, and I had no desire to try and tame it. Riley’s hands pulled me gently until I was completely flush against him and I felt him straining against the zipper of his pants. I drew in a long heavy breath as he moved his hands around my waist and splayed one of them across my ass while resting the other on my back underneath my shirt. His skin was warm against mine. I closed my eyes and took in the feel of his hand moving gently up and down my spine as we continued to move against one another when I felt his breath tickle the side of my neck.
“Your dancing's as passionate as sin.” His words crawled slowly across my neck causing the skin to rise with goose bumps. I shivered and leaned forward to reply when I heard Jayde yelling for me to do a body shot from across the room.
“Come on, Poppy!!!!!! Body shots!!!” Here slurring voice called out before the next song started up and Riley took a couple steps back.
I watched his electric blue eyes darken just a little as I called back to Jayde and made my way through the crowd to the long bar that split the kitchen from the living room. I stumbled a little in the shoes I was wearing but surprisingly I wasn’t falling all over the place from the amount of alcohol I had consumed.
“Hop on up on the bar, it’s your turn!” Jayde spun around and pointed her index finger at my chest. She was so care-free and unbelievably funny when she was sober, but when she was drinking those same attributes about her seemed to grow even more. Jayde was a knock out! I envied her different colored eyes; one green and one blue. It was hard not to look back and forth between them whenever I spoke with her.
“Are you crazy?” I placed my hands on hips and laughed. “I’m almost as long as the bar, Jayde, and all of those alcohol bottles at the end will be in jeopardy if I jump up there.” I laughed again as I twirled my hand around in the air when I felt big hands latch around my waist.
“Up you go.” Riley’s baritone voice was at my ear, sending chills across my skin. I gasped from the unexpected contact as my bottom was placed against the cool wood of the bar.
“Keep your legs bent and you won’t knock anything off.” Cash suggested as he grabbed the bottle of tequila, salt, and a few lime slices. “Who’s up first?!” He held them up in the air.
“Me!” Jayde snatched the items from Cash’s hands. His eyes seemed to darken when she said it. I wasn’t sure if it was due to the fact that she was going to be taking a shot off of my body or the fact that he was head-over-heels in love with her and wouldn’t admit it.
“Where you taking it from?” I asked as I laid my body across the wood bar.
“Navel I suppose. It’ll hold the tequila the best.” Jayde shrugged as she plucked the top from the bottle. I grabbed the hem of my belly shirt and pulled it off. Apparently they weren’t expecting that because Cash let out a cat call that had me blushing and Jayde cracking up. Most girls would have been ready to scratch my eyes out if their man whistled at me like Cash had, but not Jayde. It was just another reason why I loved having her as a friend.
I was wearing a black laced bra that had studs running across some of the lace on the front of the cups. It was a pretty bra, one of my favs…and apparently a new focal point for Riley’s eyes. When he realized I was watching him watch my chest rise and fall, a wicked grin spread across his face. Yes, I had a good size chest. No, I wasn’t born that way. I was the girl that was overly tall but lacking in the boob department. Did I go overboard and get gigantic tits when I got implants? Nope. I went with a full C cup and mine didn’t look like the easy-to-tell implants. Hell, you couldn’t really tell unless I had on a massive push-up bra or you felt them.
Jayde poured the cool tequila into my navel and I felt my stomach contract from the feel of it. I took a lime slice and placed it in my mouth as she trailed a line of salt up my stomach and between my breasts. “Here goes nothing!” She called out just before she dropped her mouth to my body, licking the salt from between my breasts to my navel before she sucked the tequila from my navel swiftly. Her lips were on mine as she sucked the tart lime juice from the slice of lime resting between my lips. Jayde pulled the lime from my mouth and I sat up enough to brace myself with my elbows against the bar. We definitely had a crowd of observers around us then.
I looked over at Riley and felt my heart pick up the pace from its normal steady beating. His electric blue eyes looked like tiny lightning bolts were going off throughout them. I had never seen him look so intense before. It was like something inside of him was ignited and I was hoping I would find out just what that something was.
“My turn!” Cash stepped up but was quickly pushed back by Riley.
“I don’t think so lover boy.” Cash’s face fell. “She’s all mine.”
Those three words bounced around inside my head.
She’s all mine.
I knew he meant he was up next for the body shot, but the thought of it being something more was knocking loud and clear. I laid back against the bar and felt the chill of tequila fill my navel again as I slid a new slice of lime into my mouth. The grainy feel of the salt was back in the exact same spot as before. I took a deep breath to try and steady my erratic breathing and closed my eyes. There was no way I could watch Riley lick his way down my body, suck tequila from my navel, and drop his lips to mine. The thought of it was erotic enough, but watching him while he did it…that wasn’t anything I could handle.
His warm breath tickled the skin across my collar bone just before I felt his tongue make its way between my breasts, skipping the area where my bra came around, and continued down to my navel. My body was screaming for more as he sucked the tequila up into his mouth. The loss of his tongue and lips on my skin was devastating, but it quickly subsided as our lips connected, causing an unexpected moan to escape up the back of my throat. Riley squeezed the lime juice from the slice between my lips and discarded it onto the counter before bringing his mouth back to mine. The tart juice of the lime lingered between us as his tongue danced around mine, adding a hint of salt into the mix. The kiss seemed to go on forever, but forever wasn’t long enough when Jayde stepped into the mix.
“Whoa there, Riley! Give the girl some room to breathe.” She drunkenly laughed and Riley pulled his lips from mine as if I had burned him.
He didn’t say another word before he walked off into the crowd of people dancing and grabbed hold of some brunette that I didn’t know. I quickly looked away as I slid down from the bar and quickly put my shirt back on.
“Where ya goin’?” Jayde asked as she filled a solo cup and extended her arm to me.
“I need some air.” I fanned myself with my hand and took the Bourbon filled cup from her. I needed to cut myself off, but seeing Riley all over some girl not even five seconds after his tongue was down my throat left a bad taste in my mouth.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's Time to #SayWhenToRidge Again for the #NACrushTourney14!


Are you ready for your favorite New Adult Heroes to duke it out to see who is the last crush standing?  
I know I am; I've got some popcorn and a comfy bean bag chair here for you to join me!  

But wait!  There's a twist!

We have a whole 'quad' of hot heroes that have banded together to provide a virtual buffet of swoon... all you have to do is vote!


"Where, O Where, is the Link?" Why, right here:

Jack vs. Rule

Ford vs. Matt

No vote today for Travis- but as if it's a surprise, he's moving up.  I'm nervous about a standoff between Travis and Ridge!



#SayWhenToRidge

#NACrushTourney14

#QuadOHot

... And let's finish with my favorite song from Maybe, Someday performed by Griffin!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

All Broke Down Cover Reveal Can't Wait to Bleed Rusk Red Again!


We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!


  ABOUT ALL BROKE DOWN: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all. 
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Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

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*Alana starts doing the Snoopy dance*
Can't wait to meet you even better, Silas!

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And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Author Goodreads ** ALL BROKE DOWN Goodreads


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Donor ~ Part One is Coming! +Giveaway!

Synopsis:
[Disclaimer: This is a serial novella that will be told in parts about the length of a short story (20-30 pages)]

Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.

They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.

Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.

All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.


I am totally intrigued by the blurb alone... but must confess, I've just not had the time I anticipated to have this read and reviewed.  Bad Alana.  But fear not!  The book is coming out on July 14th, and I am going to have a fabulous review on the release day blitz.  In general though, can I just say that Nikki Rae is totally awesome, and a sister of my heart.  Anyone that loves Rocky Horror as much as myself: that's a keeper right there. 

You ROCK Nikki!


Author Bio:
Nikki Rae is a writer who lives in New Jersey. As an independent author, she has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists and she concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. Nikki 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.