BLOG TOUR: STAY BY B.A. WOLFE

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Title:  Stay (The Keaton Series) 
Author:  B.A. Wolfe 
Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+ 
Publication Date:  October 20, 2014 
Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Synopsis ~

Fate took Cassandra down a path she never expected.

Then a small town in Colorado gave her exactly what she needed—until tragedy left her heartbroken and devastated. Alone with only her child and her memories, Cassie struggled to put her life back together, one day at a time, piece by piece. Finding love again was something she never thought possible. That was, until she ran into an unlikely stranger who flipped her entire world on its axis.

Aidan had a secret locked away in his heart; one that would surely send Cassie running the second she discovered it. He held onto her closely and kept his secret guarded, but one careless mistake could reveal all.

Their friendship was strong, their moments beautiful, and the love that brewed between them intense—something neither denied. The only problem? Cassie was slowly letting him into her life. Could she let herself get close to the one person she didn’t think she should?

Her mind tells her to run, but her heart tells her to stay.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1 – One Year Ago
Dan
My hand shot left
and landed on the alarm clock, silencing its incessant beeping. There was no
point even setting it. I’d been awake for hours, anyway, but inside my nerves
were having a hay day. Heartbeats thudded against my chest as I sucked in deep
breaths trying to calm myself. 
“Fuck it,” I muttered,
kicking my heavy comforter off.
I swung my legs
over the edge of the bed and ran a hand through my messy morning hair. My eyes
traveled to the phone on my nightstand. I picked it up, sent a quick message to
my brother, then tossed it beside me on the bed and made my way to the kitchen
in nothing but my boxers. After dumping coffee grinds into the maker and
setting the machine to brew, I braced my arms against the white countertop and stared
down mindlessly while I waited. Your brain knew when something was important.
It wouldn’t let you think of anything else. It was all-consuming. Today, it
might just be the death of me. 
I filled my lucky
Denver Bronco’s mug and paced my way through the house. Wearing a path in the
floor was the only thing slowing my thoughts. I downed a few sips and stopped
in front of a tall bookshelf. A covered box containing all my letters from Jase
was nestled there.
It had started out
as a joke, but neither of us could stop writing. I told him I had a mailbox at
college and then every week I had a letter waiting for me. And every week I’d
write him back. I saved them all. His latest had me smiling hard. He was happy.
Really happy—thanks to her. I needed to
meet that girl. My eyes caught a glimpse of the clock; it was nearly time. 
I took a shower
and slipped on a pair of worn jeans, a plain tee, and my Nikes. Sucking in a
deep breath, I grabbed my keys and left, bracing myself for the day
ahead. 
            I
was only an hour into my drive when the red engine light caught my eye. It came
on every once in a while, so I pushed it to the back of my mind. My foot
pressed a little harder on the gas pedal. As the needle on the speedometer
crept higher, a new light on the dashboard lit up. And then it happened—my car
started to shut down. “Fuck.” I banged my fist at the wheel as the car slowed.
But no amount of banging or cursing helped. I veered to the shoulder of the
highway, dodging car after car. Finally, the piece of crap stopped dead. 
“No, no, no. Don’t
do this to me now.” I pounded the steering wheel again, ready to beat it to
death. “Not today. Damn it!” I reached for my phone in the cup holder, dialed
the number for Triple A, and within minutes the rep said a tow truck would be
on its way. Estimated time of forty-five minutes. Great.
It was too
important of a day to be starting out like this. I only prayed things turned
around.

My Review:

Where do I even begin with this review? I knew I would love this book, but it caught me off guard that I would love it even more than Away! <——— say that again?WTH? How is that possible? I know…I know..B.A,Wolfe got me! Omg did she ever!! My heart was bursting!

I was shedding tears in the first 3%! I knew my heart would have to go back there again,and it was rough, but you have to go back there again to feel every emotion. I will admit I was hid under my covers holding my breath! Lol!

With the support of her friends Melanie and Moose, Cassandra is trying to move forward with her life the best way she knows how. Losing Jason was the hardest thing she ever had to go through, and raising Jase without him was even harder. Cassie is just going through the motions of everyday life. She is trying to be the best mother, and friend she can be while filing a huge void in her life. That void being Jase so looking for love isn’t something that is on the top of her list right now. That was until………….

A chance encounter with one swoon worthy of a man Aidan will leave you begging for more! I will be honest after B.A.Wolfe ripped my heart out, threw it in a blender and had me sobbing like a newborn in a fetal position…I thought how will I ever love Aidan over Jase?! I mean Green friggin light! But Aidan redeemed himself and I loved him!! He’s everything you want in a BB and more! I couldn’t have loved him more if I tried! I even went into thinking I will not love anybody over Jase! There is no possible way!! <—- Aidan changed my way of thinking almost immediately. Darn him and his charm! Who does he think he is?? <—- seriously I wanted to not like him. He made it impossible!

Aidan is harboring a secret that could affect every aspect of this new found love, but you will have to read to see exactly how that all works out. I don’t want to give everything way and you have to meet Aidan to see just what I’m talking about. It’s not the easiest journey and both will have to face some fears to get where their new relationship is heading, but in the end it could all be worth it!

I give Stay 5 HUGE gold glittery stars!! The writing was beautifully written, the characters are relatable, the story shows us that sometimes just when you think you will never have the fairy tale it might just find you when you least expect it! I sobbed my face off, laughed, wanted to send B.A.Wolfe awful text if things didn’t work in Cassie’s favor, but in the end she wrapped it up nicely! Green light my Twinsie!! I LOVED it!! I can’t wait to see what else is in store from this amazing author. It blew me away and will for sure be one if my top picks for 2014. It brought out every emotion! Go grab your copy now and love this beautiful story!!

P.S.Twinsie you still owe me Kleenex, wine, and throw in some ice cream ;) xo

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~ About the Author ~

B.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change.

B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless T BR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fill a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category.

She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.

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BLOG TOUR: A WEEK IN NEW YORK BY LOUISE BAY

Synopsis:



Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.
A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.
Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.
It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.
 A Week in New York is the first in a series of three novellas.

A sexy, romantic fiction novella series
Installment #1
Release: October 21, 2014
Each novella is around 30k words

Playlist:
A New York State of Mind
Alicia Keys
No More Tears (Enough is Enough)
Barbara Streisand & Donna Summer
Same Kinda Man
Candice Glover
One Night Only
Jennifer Hudson
I Wanna be Your Lover
Prince
Ain’t Nobody
Chaka Khan
All The Lovers
Kylie Minogue

My Review:

One week in New York visiting her best friend is just what Anna needs to get over the current ex-boyfriend. Some down time and some sight seeing are just what she needs. Maybe a little fling will help to put her broken heart back together. When she meets “Ethan” at the bar and decides to go home with him its not her normal thing. She tells him she has rules, like no real names, jobs or phone numbers. Ethan agrees to her rules since he isn’t the “dating” type anyway. He’s all about the one night stands and no strings attached. But one night with Anna and she’s all he can think about. He needs to see her again. Ethen has a friend track her down the next day at a restaurant and he “accidentally” runs in to her and asks her out to dinner. They end up agreeing to a week long affair since they both agree the sex was amazing. But how easily can they walk away at the end of the week??

I loved where this storyline was going and cant wait to read the whole book. This book was fairly short and I don’t want to give too much away. These two play so well off of each other. I’m hoping for a little more background info on Anna and Ethan in Autumn in London. I give A Week In New York by Louise Bay 4 Stars and I cant wait for December to see where these two end up!!!



I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels – the kind I like to read!

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.

I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

BLOG TOUR: SHAME BY RACHEL VAN DYKEN

Synopsis:



Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.

I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can’t change your soul.

A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.

When guys kissed me–I felt only pain.

When they touched me–Nothing but fear.

Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world.

But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn’t fool enough to think I’d ever get it.

Until he walked into my life.

I wasn’t prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie–I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.

But I was powerless to stop myself from falling.

And he was powerless to catch me.

Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I’m stronger than I knew. I’m stronger than you think.

You think you know my story, but you don’t….after all everyone has Shame in their lives– and I’m no longer afraid to show you mine.

My Interview with Rachel Van Dyken:

I’m here today with author Rachel Van Dyken, to talk about her latest release Shame, book #3 in the Ruin series.

J: Good Afternoon Rachel how are you doing today?

R: I’m doing great!! I finally feel like release stuff is starting to calm down so that’s good.

J: So you just released Shame which is the third book in the Ruin series. How does this book differ from the other books in the series?

R: This book is a lot darker, in fact I’ve had several readers comment that it’s darker than some of my mafia stuff. It’s not necessarily violent but the reader definitely gets into the mind of a sociopath and I think that part mixed in with the whole “stalker” effect of the story really sets the scene for Lisa’s book.

J: Can you tell us where you came up with the idea for Shame? What research if any you did to get inside the mind of Taylor.

R: Honestly, I really wanted to do a book on emotional bullying and domestic violence but I was struggling on how to actually do that with Lisa’s story and do it well. I came up with the journal entry idea so that the reader could get a glimpse into the horror of what Lisa went through without having to do a lot of flashbacks. To get into Taylor’s mind, I just jumped on all the research I had to do for my undergrad psych degree and added in all of the emotional bullying and sociopath studies I did while working as a school counselor.

J: I’ve read Shame and I must say it’s very different from anything that you have ever written. Where did you draw your inspiration for the characters in this book?

R: I have no idea. Haha, I honestly can’t say a specific source or thing inspired me…maybe it was just Lisa’s story that inspired me, the idea that there are women out there that suffer in silence. On the outside everything looks great but they suffer with such severe mental abuse that they no longer feel human, that was my inspiration.

J: Lately a lot of books have seemed to been released that have to do with mental illness, do you think that this is a new trend in the industry?

R: I’m not sure but I think it’s something that more authors are touching on because of the world we live in. It’s a reality and it’s something that we all experience on a daily basis.

J: You’ve written some other series that deal with very different topics, when you switch between writing the different series is it hard to get re-focused when you begin the next book?

R: Usually it’s not too bad, I use music and book playlists as a way to separate myself and my characters. If that fails, I go for a walk ;)

J: Recently we have found out that you are going to become a mommy and that you are having a little boy, Congratulations on that news. We are excited for you and the Little Van Dyken. With you becoming a mom soon do you think that you will possibly write one of your characters having the journey to motherhood in any of your series?

R: I WANT TO SO BAD! I love reading stories about families so I think it would be great to do, possibly next year when I slow down.

J: Who are some of your literary influences, or do you have a must read author when they release a new book?

R:Oh goodness…that’s like asking to name my favorite flavor of ice cream, how about all of them? I love Jennifer Probst, Julia Quinn, Sophia Jordan, Yeah my list can go on and on and on.

J: What made you want to become an author? You were a school guidance counselor at one time correct? Do you think your work with some of the youth reflects into your work at all?

R: My job working as a counselor was really stressful I also worked for the state working with kids who had down syndrome and severe psychological disorders…in order to escape and deal with the stress I started writing and haven’t looked back since!

J: Well I think that’s about all I have for you now. Is there anything else that you would like to share with the readers about Shame and maybe tell us what’s next from you?

R: I hope they enjoy Lisa’s story! And, next…well I have some more mafia coming up in December and February as well as a few blacklist titles releasing ;)

J: I’d like to thank you for joining me today and we are all really looking forward to more books from you in the future.

R: Thank you so much for having me!

Well that’s all we have today, I hope that you enjoyed this interview with Rachel and that you’ll pick up Shame available now! It’s definitely worth the read!!!

My Review:

Rachel seriously drives your anxiety and emotions to a new level with Shame!  I was a bally of nerves reading through this book.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what Tristan’s motives were and why, it all finally became clear and then I wanted to hate him!  But I loved him, and then I hated him at the same time. He is probably one of her most controversial characters written to date.  Most of the time Rachel’s leading men are funny, sometimes a little scary, but never has she written someone like Tristan before.

Lisa is also new territory, her character was living behind a world of hurt and pain that she endured in the most impressionable part of her life.  Adolescents tend to take things so much harder then adults or young children.  As children we are taught to forgive and forget, but how do you do that when someone does the unthinkable and the unforgivable.  Lisa was bullied, abused emotional and it was all recorded in the pages of a demented mans journal.  The things that Taylor led Lisa to do were unthinkable and life changing for the victims.  As we find out in the story some things are never forgotten and are hard to make go away. 

This is a challenging read at every turn your either suspicious of Tristan or hurting and terrified for Lisa, and in true Rachel fashion she adds a twist that you might not ever see coming.  In the end I was left with raw emotions and feelings for all of the characters in this book.  We get to see our familiar and beloved characters from the previous books.  Gabe is a bit part of Lisa’s life and his need to protect and shield her goes above and beyond in this book, which made me love him even more.  Overall I give this book 5.  It was a great read and I highly recommend it if you like a good emotional read that will keep you guessing!




Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! 
You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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BLOG TOUR: BURYING WATER BY K.A. TUCKER


Synopsis:

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Excerpt:

Chapter 2
Jane Doe
Now

I don’t know how I got here.
I don’t know where here is.
I hurt.
Who is this woman hovering over me?
“Please page Dr. Alwood immediately,” she calls to someone unseen. Turning back to look at me, it takes her a long moment before she manages a white-toothed smile. Even in my groggy state, there’s no missing the pity in it. Her chest lifts with a deep breath and then she shifts her attention to the clear-fluid bags hanging on a rack next to me. “Glad to finally see your eyes open,” she murmurs. “They’re a really pretty russet color.” The hem of her lilac uniform grazes the cast around my hand.
My cast.
I take inventory of the room—the pale beige walls, the stiff chairs, the pastel-blue curtain. The machines. It finally clicks.
I’m in a hospital.
“How—” I stall over the question as that first word scratches against my throat.
“You were intubated to help you breathe. That hoarseness will go away soon, I promise.”
I needed help breathing?
“You’re on heavy doses of morphine, so you may feel a little disoriented right now. That’s normal. Here.” A cool hand slips under my neck as she fluffs up my pillow.
“Where am I?” I croak out, just now noticing that bandages are dividing my face in two at the nose.
“You’re at St. Charles in Bend, Oregon, with the very best doctors that we have. It looks like you’re going to pull through.” Again, another smile. Another sympathetic stare. She’s a pretty, young woman, her long, light brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, her eyes a mesmerizing leafy green.
Not mesmerizing enough to divert me from her words. Pull through what exactly?
She prattles on about the hospital, the town, the unusually brisk winter weather. I struggle to follow along, too busy grappling with my memory, trying to answer the litany of questions swirling inside my mind. Nothing comes, though. I’m drawing a complete blank.
Like she said, it must be the morphine.
A creak pulls my gaze to the far corner of the room, where a tall, lanky woman in a white coat covering a pink floral shirt has just entered. With quick, long strides she rounds my bed, drawing the curtain behind her as she approaches. “Hello.”
I’m guessing this is the doctor who the nurse had paged. I watch as she fishes out a clip from her pocket and pins back a loose strand of apricot-colored hair. Snapping on a pair of surgical gloves, she then pulls a small flashlight from her pocket. “How are you feeling?”
“I’m not sure yet.” My voice is rough but at least audible. “Are you my doctor? Doctor . . .” I read the name on the badge affixed to her coat. “Alwood?”
Green eyes rimmed with dark circles search mine for a long moment. “Yes, I operated on you. My name is Dr. Meredith Alwood.”

My Review:

I have to say that I was very excited to be selected for this tour and to read this book.  I’m a HUGE fan of K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breath’s series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a new set of characters.  Once again she knocked it out of the park with the twists and turns, characters you fall in love with instantly and a plot that is never predictable!

As this book opens we have a girl Jane Doe, she’s been viciously attacked and left for dead. But she’s alive the only problem is she doesn’t know who she is.  As we move through the story Jane decides to change her name to Water.  Yes sounds unusual but the reason behind it is simply beautiful!  I loved the way she came up with this name.  Water is taken in by people she doesn’t know and shown a kindness that she needs in so many ways.

Jesse is haunted by the memories of the past, while Water is trying to start a new life.  The problem is that he is suffering. He knows her past and he feels the need to keep his distance and protect her in every way possible.  He doesn’t want her to regain her memories for fear that the danger of her past will come back with a vengeance.  I felt so badly for Jesse and his struggle, it was clear from the beginning that he was never going to give up on her. He was warm and gentle and so loving, until he was forced to change course.  I absolutely adored his character.

The side characters in this book are just as amazing as Water and Jesse.  Jesse’s mom, dad and sister and even the crotchety old neighbor will warm your heart.  Their acceptance and ability to let Water into their lives when they have no idea who she was, showed a compassion that most people don’t exhibit in real life.  They opened their homes and their hearts to help this girl that seems to have no past, an uncertain present and an undetermined future.

K.A. Tucker’s stories have that ability to suck you in and keep you up all hours reading and flipping the pages furiously.  Her words grip you and send you on emotional highs and lows like no other.  I thought it was brilliant that Jane’s POV was present day but that Jesse’s was past, even when it frustrated me because I needed answers faster! This book hit me just as hard at Ten Tiny Breaths and I couldn’t recommend it more highly!  I give this one 5 stars!  If your looking for a read that will send you on an emotional roller coaster with lots of tears, love and compassion this book is for you!

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About K.A. Tucker:

Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

 

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BLOG TOUR: PROMISE ME THIS BY CHRISTINA LEE

Synopsis:

A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side…

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It’s not that he doesn’t respect or trust women; he doesn’t trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn’t do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn’t take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

My Review:

I LOVE THIS BOOK!  Let me repeat I LOVE THIS BOOK!  It encompasses everything a great book needs.  Love, Lust, Passion, Acceptance, Stretching Boundaries!  I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy Nate’s book I won’t lie.  Sometimes I really hate the player type guy that just jumps from one woman to the other and doesn’t worry about who he might be hurting in the process.  But Nate was so much more then the way he presents himself.  Though the first part of the book will probably make you cringe, Nate’s character grows and develops into something real and honest and believable.  His fears make sense and I felt for him in a big way in this book.

Jessie is AWESOME!  I just love her, she really makes this book special.  She’s just a fantastic heroine all around.  She knows what she wants and she goes after it.  I loved the photography aspect and the artsy side of her character.  It really and truly lent to how well rounded this girl is.  The way she guides Nate and makes him understand the difference between what he wants and desires and his fears endeared me to her.  She was patient and kind with Nate. 

Overall this book was probably my second favorite in the series.  I loved them all but this one really was quite a special read for me.  I truly adore Nate and Jessie.  I give this one 5 stars it had everything I love in a good read and then some!  I highly recommend this one. 


Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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BLOG TOUR: CHAINS BY KELLI MAINE

Synopsis:

Chained To The Past.

On the brink of going pro in MMA, Tyler Graves has defied his past—a past where going to jail for beating the hell out of his foster father took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect, leaving her in the house of the man who abused them both.

Chained To Regret.

No matter how much time has passed, Danielle Debasco weighs on Ty’s mind and conscience. He was supposed to save her, instead he abandoned her.

Chained To Love.

To free Danny from the abusive man who still haunts her, Ty’s faced with sacrificing his future by finishing what he started four years ago—taking vengeance. But, this time will be different. This time he won’t stop until the horrors of their past are sealed not just in blood, but in death.

Excerpt:

“Did you ever try to find your mom?” Danny asked me. She’d insisted on coming downstairs for lunch the next day.
“Sip slow,” I told her, handing her a cup of chicken broth. “No. I never tried to find her.”
“Do you ever think about it?” she asked, taking a couple crackers out of the box I set on the table.
“No. She took off on me. I don’t want to force my way into someone’s life who doesn’t want me there.”
She made an, “Mmm,” sound, nodding and staring into her mug. “What about you?” I asked. “Have you talked to your mom?”
Danny was taken away. Her mom wanted her, but she couldn’t take care of her. When we were with Striker, she’d make wishes on stars and dandelion fuzz and birthday candles for her mom to take her back home, but her mom never got her shit together.
“A couple years ago,” Danny said, “Striker told me she overdosed.”
I put down the glass of water I’d poured her a bit too hard, with a thunk that echoed. “She’s dead?”
“That’s what he said.”
I watched her take a sip of her broth, hesitant to say what I was thinking. But it was Danny, and she’d have already thought it, too. “Was he lying?”
She shook her head. “I looked it up online at the library. Found her obituary. It didn’t mention a daughter.”
I sank into the chair beside her and took her hand. “You know what sucked the worst about my mom leaving me? She didn’t want to know me anymore. I mean, it was fucking shitty of her to abandon her kid, but after that, when I was alone at night in the dark I thought about how she didn’t know I liked to draw.”
“You lived to draw,” Danny said, squeezing my hand.
“Yeah, and she had no idea. She didn’t know that when she left the lady next door made me sleep on an old dog bed infested with fleas and sprayed me off with the hose instead of letting me shower.”
“How can people be so cruel? You were a little kid.”
“We were both little kids, Dan. People are fucking animals. They take care of their own and screw everyone else.”
“Not everybody,” she said.
I thought about Mike. “No, I guess not everybody. Most people.”
“I thought my mom wanted me,” she said. “I thought she’d try to get me back. When they took me away, she cried and promised she’d do everything she had to so we’d be together again.” She looked up at me with watery blue eyes. “She lied. She never tried to get me back.”
The pained expression on her face gripped me inside and twisted. I hated her mom. I hated Striker. I hated my own mom. How could they all do this to us? Then it hit me. I promised to go back for her, and I never did. Just like her mom.
I leaned forward, pressing her hand against my chest and my lips to her temple. “I want you, Danielle. I want you in my life. I always have. I was selfish and caught up in setting things right first, but I never forgot about you.”
She turned to me and stroked my cheek. Her eyes roamed my face, her sorrow of past memories gone. She watched her fingertips grazed my lips and lifted her eyes to mine, asking permission.
My heart drummed. I took her hand away and cupped her face, bringing her close enough to feel her breath on my cheek. I ran the tip of my nose up and down the ridge of hers before tilting her head and securing my lips against hers.
It was like breathing in life. Like I’d only been keeping myself alive with air in my lungs, food and water, but this—Danny in my arms with our lips seeking and discovering—this was really being alive. 
The tip of her tongue edged along my bottom lip and started a fire in my gut. I dropped my hands from her face and wrapped my arms around her, pulling her onto my lap. Our tongues darted in and out, shy and bold at the same time, learning the feel of each other. How could Danny—my Danny—still have part of her for me to discover?
The thought sent my mind south of her navel. Danny wasn’t the girl she used to be. If I were honest, I’d admit to myself that I’d noticed it when we were teenagers. She’d gotten hips and breasts and a firm, round ass. By the time she was fourteen, it was hard to look at her like she was the same little girl anymore. I never thought of her as a sister. Maybe if we’d lived in a house that was like an actual family instead of an abusive nightmare.
Sitting here with her ass pressed against my crotch and her lips and tongue slick and hot against mine, I was so fucking happy I’d never thought of her as my sister, or I’d be in for some serious guilt. There was no way I was turning back from being this close to her.
I wanted more.
I wanted closer.
I wanted inside her.
She parted her lips from mine, panting, and looked at me with hazy eyes. The last thing I wanted was to pressure her, scare her. “Should we stop?” I asked, hearing the deep rasp of lust in my voice.
She gazed into my eyes for a moment before shaking her head and falling back into our kiss.
I stood, picking her up in my arms, and carried her upstairs. In the bedroom, I laid her down on the bed and straddled her, sitting on my knees with my hands on either side of her head. “I need you to tell me if you don’t want to do this,” I said. “Or if you want me to stop.”
She gave me a sinful smile and looked up at me with those lusty, hooded eyes. “I’ve wanted this for as long as I knew what sex was, Tyler.” She ran her hands up my thighs. “I wanted this to take away what I didn’t want. To replace it with you. Someone who cared. Someone safe.”


My Review:



I always enjoy Kelli’s book and this one was no exception to that rule. I was captivated by the story line and I was sucked in from the beginning. This book is riddled with suspense and intrigue. From the moment you meet Tyler you will get a sense of the brooding man that you will inevitably fall for by the end of the book. Getting past his rough exterior won’t be easy but under the years of abuse and torment is a heart of gold!

If your looking for a light fluffy read this is not the book for you. This book deals with the harsh reality of REAL LIFE. Nothing is perfect and even when it looks so from the outside you always have to look beneath to find the truth. Tyler and Danny are the epitome of surviving the system and one crazy thing after another keeps them on the run from their pastThis book will have you laughing, crying and gasping for breath at the terrifying moments that Danny and Tyler face.

I loved the way that Kelli incorporated the young Danny’s fairytale dreams throughout the book it was a sweet touch to read about her knights Alex and Tyler and the evil Baron… It made the delicate situation and the horrifying events more palatable. I give this one 4 stars I think it’s a great read if you don’t mind a little bit of darkness and a brooding and moody Hero! In the end I fell in love with Tyler and I think you will too!




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Kelli Maine is the erotic romance author of USA Today Bestseller and #1 Nook book, Taken, and the Give & Take series, along with the Dolls & Doms novellas and Chains. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her
husband and kids. When she’s not writing, Kelli enjoys watching reality T.V., getting lost in random Wikipedia pages and searching online ads for vintage muscle cars.

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Writing Must Haves: Coffee and chocolate

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BLOG TOUR: BENEATH THIS MASK BY MEGHAN MARCH

Synopsis:


My name is Charlotte Agoston, and I’m a runner. Not the ‘let’s go for a jog and slap a 26.2 sticker on your bumper’ kind of runner; I’m the kind of runner who takes off when her father is staring down the barrel of a guilty verdict that carries a 175-year sentence for perpetrating the largest fraud in the history of the world. That’s right. Bernie Madoff was an amateur compared to Alistair Agoston.

Faced with living under a cloud of suspicion and constant questioning by the FBI, I ran. I’m making a new life in New Orleans as Charlie Stone. I traded my future in New York high finance for tattoos, booze, a few friends who don’t ask questions, and one giant mutt named Huckleberry Finn. Everything is simple and uncomplicated until Simon Duchesne—former hotshot Navy fighter pilot, NOLA’s favorite son, city councilman, and rumored congressional hopeful—walks into my life.

The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away. Why are the most dangerous ideas always the most seductive?

In trying to get lost, I found myself. And then I found Simon. He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. This is our story.

Will we be strong enough to face the consequences of revealing what’s beneath this mask?

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He reached a hand back and tugged his shirt over his head. I drank in his tanned skin and rippling muscles. He truly was a beautiful man. He kicked off his shoes and knelt at my feet to pull off my Chucks without untying the laces. It was a staggering realization to my champagne-soaked brain that he might have noticed I never untied them. What other details about me had he noticed that no one else would? I was crazy to think hed never find out the truth. I never shouldve let it get this far. But how could I stop myself? He was so perfectly imperfect, and I wanted all of him. For every second I could steal.
He reached for his belt and paused. Im staying tonight.It wasnt a question.
Okay.I reached for the hem of my shirt and started to drag it upward. He reached out, covering my hand with his to stop me.
But if you take that off, Im not going to be able to stop myself from having you.
Good.I yanked at his grip, trying to get the shirt off.
He squeezed my hand. No. Not tonight. The first time were together, youre going to be stone cold sober, because I want you to remember every single thing I do to you.
My insides turned hot and liquid. A pulse thrummed between my legs. You already told me youd put out. No take backs. Its not fair.
He leaned down and brushed his five oclock shadow against my cheek before saying into my ear, Tough shit.
He pulled back, and I stuck out my lip and pouted. Simon caught it between his teeth and tugged before releasing it. So fucking tempting. You have no idea.He spun and looked at my bureau. Pajama pants? And I know you own them. I distinctly recall a striptease that involved a pair.
I huffed. Second drawer from the bottom.He opened the drawer, pulled out a silky pink pair, and tossed them at me.
Ill be right back. You better not be naked.
Youre such a hardass prude, Mr. Duchesne.He took a step toward the doorway and gripped the top of the frame. His tongue swiped across his bottom lip, and his hazel eyes shifted from playful to serious.
Youre worth the wait.
He walked out of the room, and I heard the bathroom door shut.
I clutched the pajama pants in my fist as my heart tumbled further down the path of no return. A single thought crystallized in my head: Fuck. I could fall in love with this man.

My Review:

Meghan March tells a beautiful tale of a young woman running from her past and hiding from having a future… We first meet Charlotte in NYC trying to escape a life that was built on lies, a life that she no longer wants to be a part of.  This educated young girl had a life set before her.  Working for her father’s company, until the scheming and lies caught up with him, and their world as they knew it would never be the same.  So she runs…

Charlie Stone has reinvented herself so far removed from the girl that she was in NYC.  She has new purpose in life, staying away from the spotlight and anything related to her past, and trying to build a future much different from what she envisioned.  She’s changed everything about herself.  Reinvented her look, her attitude and her outlook on life.  Charlie is hurting you can see it in everything she does, she pushes away anything that has a potential to be good in her life feeling like she doesn’t deserve it. When Charlie meets Simon shes forced to deal with the past, present and the future.

I absolutely LOVED this book.. Hands down one of the best reads from a new author I’ve read this year. I was gripped from the beginning of the story right up until the end.  It will keep you guessing and on your toes, as each chapter seems to bring more drama and intrigue to the story line.  Charlie is one strong heroine, even though she doesn’t appear to be in the beginning, in the end she shows the bravery of a thousand soldiers marching into battle.  I give this one my full 5 stars!  I loved it beginning to end and I highly recommend it.



Meghan March is a Michigan native who has spent a good portion of her life buried in a book. Case in point: she read the entire romance section of her small town public library by age fourteen. Even after growing up (sort of) and getting a law degree, she never lost her passion for a great story, twisty plot, epic romance, and amazing characters. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, target shooting, drooling over fast cars, playing with her crazy mutt, or hanging with her very own sexy bad boy.
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Title: Love, Always
Author: Yessi Smith
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14

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synopsis

**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn’t suitable for readers under the age of 17.**

In love with a man on the brink of greatness, Dee has her life figured out. The love they share is comparable only to the love they feel when they find out Dee is pregnant. Josh and Dee welcome their future together with eagerness as they plan a wedding, baby, and the upcoming tour for Josh’s band Wasted Circle. Big things are finally happening.

During Wasted Circle’s first big show, tragedy strikes leaving Dee alone. The life her and Josh planned for ends up being nothing but desolate promises. Unable to watch his best friend’s girlfriend drown under her own despair any longer, Adam steps in to help Dee cope with her loss and the upcoming birth of her baby. Adam is patient, kind and unrelenting. He stands by her side, never faltering despite his growing desire to be more than Dee’s supportive shoulder and the idea that he is betraying Josh. He refuses to give up on Dee and remains loyally by her side even when she admits herself into a psychiatric ward and he is left to father Josh and Dee’s baby.

But even sweet and sturdy Adam has his limits.

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Excerpt

Shit.

I reach my trembling fingers down and feel the sticky wax between my legs. I rub the strip back over the wax, hoping it’ll stick this time, to no avail.

This isn’t happening. Please, this can’t possibly be happening.

I reach for the package the wax came in and with it in my hand. I sit on the toilet lid, reading to see if there’s any emergency instructions. Nope. Nada.

Maybe warm water. I go to stand up to run a warm bath, but am barely able to inch upward.

I’m stuck to the toilet lid! With my hands on my face, I start to laugh until tears pour out of my eyes. I’ve glued myself to the damn toilet!

“Hayley!” I yell through my hands and tremble in laughter when she peeks in.

“What is it, babe?” She rushes to my side with worry seeping through her pores, which causes me to laugh harder. She rubs her hand over my back trying to console me until I can contain myself.

“I’m not crying.” I wipe the tears from my face and she arches her eyebrows at me. “Okay, I am crying, but I’m fine. Or I will be. I just need your help.”

I explain my dilemma to her, and within seconds she is lying by my side on the floor in hysterics. At least I keep my life amusing.

“Okay,” she breathes. “Okay. Maybe the package.” She picks it up, but I tell her I’ve already read through it. “Did you follow the instructions?”

“I let it cool down a bit too much I think,” I admit. “Maybe if I run a warm bath it’ll come off.”

“So we just need to get you off the toilet.”

I nod. “First run the bath.”

“We need a first aid kit. Just in case.”

“Right.”

A first aid kit. For my inner butt. I should probably blog about this.

Hayley leaves me as she searches for my stash of antiseptic and band aids. Maybe she’ll find my pride along with it.

She returns quickly with a handful of crap and a big grin on her face. “You’re tweeting about this, aren’t you?”

I shrug. “No such thing as TMI on social media.”

Hayley puts her hand under my arm and we nod at each other. “Count of three,” she whispers. “One, two, three.”

With her help, I stand up hard, taking the toilet lid with me. Well at least I’m no longer stuck to the whole toilet.

Hayley looks at me, and I’m afraid I’m going to burst into real tears. I have a toilet lid stuck to my ass.

“Well, there’s a fashion statement.” Hayley grins, and I gently sit back down with my new appendage.

“Think Adam will notice?” I smile back.

“He’ll probably think you’ve been swiping fast food when he’s not looking.”

“What am I gonna do, Hayley?” I half-laugh, half-cry into my hands.

“I have an idea.”

I follow her into my bedroom and hold onto the bed frame as instructed while I wait for her to pull the lid off.

“Count of three?” she asks and I shake my head.

“Surprise me.” I close my eyes and grip my bed tightly.

Surprise me she does when she yanks the lid clean off, breaking it into two pieces, and lands on her butt. I’m too tired to yell from the pain, but manage a few giggles when I see my friend holding the broken lid triumphantly over her head like some warped version of the Incredible Hulk.

I reach between my legs again and whimper when I feel the glue still there.

“That’s what the warm water’s for,” she reminds me.

“But what if I get stuck to the bottom of the tub?”

“Don’t let your ass touch the bottom, stupid.”

“I’m not the one holding two broken pieces of a dirty toilet, asshole.”

Hayley drops the lid with a hard thud and glares at me. “Who glued themselves to that same toilet, dipshit?”

“You girls okay?” Max calls through the door.

“Yes,” we sing in unison and start to laugh once again.

“Warm bath.” I nod, hoping I remember not to let my ass touch the bottom.

“You want a wash cloth?” she asks, but then laughs, probably picturing it stuck to me as well.

I step into the tub on weak knees and exhale slowly as I get ready to not quite sit in the tub.

“Oil!” Hayley exclaims, pulling me out of my tub. She reaches for the box and dumps the rest of the contents on my bathroom countertop, squealing when the small tube of oil falls out.

“I’m an idiot.”

“World class jackass,” she agrees.

“Out.” I push her towards the door but she plops herself on the floor adamant to see the grand finale of this performance.

I glare at her without much vehemence. I’m far too excited to see if the oil will work. I rub my fingers together with the oil and run them over the glue, which miraculously begins to dissolve.

I shriek in delight, pouring more oil all over my hand and enthusiastically rid myself of the wax while Hayley snorts behind me.

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review

There really isn’t a genre of books that I love more than “rocker” books. Is that even a genre? I think so but either way, I LOVE me some rockers.

Tragedy strikes at the very beginning of this book. Honestly, I hate when that happens because then the entire book you are wondering- what can possibly happen now? Where can this storyline go? My heart hurt too bad to think about these details so I kept on reading, praying it couldn’t get worse than that.

After losing her boyfriend, Dee is left alone and pregnant but her boyfriend’s best friend Adam steps in to support her in every way. God love Adam’s heart. I hurt for him and at times really didn’t even like Dee because of it. Adam takes on responsibility, allowing Dee to face her depression and gives time to heal after the loss. But at which point it too much time? How long can you love someone without it reciprocated?

This story isn’t just a love story. It’s a story of healing. A story of learning to love again after loss. A story of realizing that when tragedy strikes, not only ONE person is affected. It hurts many and while not everyone struggles the same, everyone has to heal.

FOUR BIG SHINY STARS FOR LOVE, ALWAYS <3


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Author Bio

Yessi Smith

I’m a Hispanic living in South Florida with my redneck husband from Texas and our “half breed” son, who is actually the reason I started writing again after years of celibacy. My son loves stories, but not the kind you can read in an existing book. No, he’d rather make up a story, complete with our own illustrations. So, thank you, Son, for igniting a flame I had let go out.

I also live with two dogs: a neurotic Border Collie we call Nitro and a midget Rottweiler named Nisa.

I have always found my sanctuary at the beach and in music and writing. I wish I could write rhymes so I could become a famous rapper, but rhyming is completely lost on me. My son surpassed me in the rhyming game by the time he was four. This is something I am very proud of.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource Management. I have held several jobs, from picking up dog poop to upper management positions. And now I am hoping to leave the business world behind so I can live full time in a world that does not exist until I place my fingers on a keyboard and bring them to fruition.
I published my first book Life’s A Cappella last year.

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BLOG TOUR: SAVAGED BY NACOLE STAYTON


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Title:  Savaged
Author:  Nacole Stayton
Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date:  September 12, 2014
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~Synopsis~

The twist of a knife shredded Niko Kincaid’s world all around him, leaving him with two choices—accept his fate and die, or fight to live.

He chose to fight, but the aftermath became a daily reminder, carved into his once flawless flesh.

Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women, whose only purpose is to service him.  Easy.

He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.

When emotions blend with lust, will Cambree’s softness and ability to look past Niko’s flaws be the one thing that releases him from his own personal hell?

Will the monster in the dark prove that his savaged heart is worth saving?

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My Review:

So I have read every book that this young lady has written and there is no doubt that she has talent.  I really enjoyed her first book so much.  I couldn’t wait to dig into Savaged and see what the fuss was all about with this Niko!

From the very beginning you will be sucked into the story of a young man with a tortured soul and past.  He’s been left disfigured and for dead, living daily in his own personal hell.  He’s had to make some hard and fast decisions in his young life, the things he’s seen and knows are nothing any child should have had to deal with.  Your heart will break for what Niko has witnessed and expierenced.

Cambree is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the female lead in this book.  She’s broken and life has thrown her ever obstacle that it possibly could and yet here she still stands.  She’s willing to do what it takes to have her grandmother taken care of.  Even if that means accepting a strange and indecent proposal.  You’ll question her morals and her standards at first but given the situation I couldn’t have seen her making another decision.

At first Cambree and Niko are like fire and water… Too hot to touch and too liquid to ever form a solid ground to stand on.  They both have so many issues and struggles to work through.  During the course of this story you will find yourself questioning how much can one person really take before they break completely and can’t be put back together again.  I loved the play of light/darkness in this book.  I really did enjoy Niko’s character and the twist in the book might shock you a bit.  Sometimes people aren’t always what they seem, and look are almost always deceiving…

I gave this one 4 stars and the only reason was because there were a few things that I would have like to have seen expanded upon and taken a little further.  I was expecting a little more time with Cambree and Niko before the book ended. It felt a little bit rushed at the end of the story, and there were a few themes I would have liked to have seen changed.  Overall still a solid read and not something that would change my recommendation.  Niko was worth it!

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Nacole Stayton is the Amazon Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess and In the Lyrics. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Vampire Diaries.

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