Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tested Release Day Blitz +Excerpt +Giveaway!


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.

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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

 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?

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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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 
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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