BLOG TOUR: CURSIVE BY PHOEBE LANE

Synopsis:

The past pulls. The future shoves. The present just begs for a time-out.

Aislynn Currington is searching for an escape from her tumultuous past, one that includes a severely broken heart and a very complicated relationship with a mother who uses criticism as her preferred mode of expressing love.

Jace Quinn is a driven businessman who, even after surviving a serious life-changing event, remains hell bent on avoiding any form of serious attachment.

Some define insanity as doing things repeatedly while expecting a different outcome. What will Aislynn and Jace need to do to break this endless loop?

With the help of their undeniably intense sexual attraction, witty banter, and love for high-end coffee machines, Aislynn and Jace learn to bravely battle through the challenges of falling in love at the most inconvenient time, in a place they did not plan to be, and with the person they can’t seem to stop running into.

Cursive’s multiple layers of drama, romance, passion, and humor are tightly bound together by an unforeseeable major twist that will keep the reader engaged and connected until the very end.

Jenn’s Review of Cursive
Well it took me a while to figure out what I was going to say about this book.  Sometimes you read a book and it stays with you, lingering in your brain for several days… This is one of those books!  I can’t stop thinking about the twists and turns and how I didn’t see anything coming, and never in a million years did I think it would turn the way it did.  When you read as many books as some of us do you start predicting in your head the way things will go… Well Phoebe Lane I stand up and applaud you because NOTHING about this one was predictable for me… I typically have a keen sense of what is happening before it happens and let me say that the moment that this book takes the turn you will be catching fly’s with your mouth hanging open!  Never and I mean NEVER did I see this one coming.  
Aislynn is terribly broken and for VERY good reason…  Jace is broken too… But the reasons that they are broken are very unique!  I have to say that I’m not sure that I have read a book that had either of these situations before. 
Aislynn is running from a past that she cannot outrun no matter how hard she tries.  She struggles desperately to be able to let go and let Jace in but she is terrified of the past and how much it haunts her.  But what everyone around believes is her struggle isn’t quite what they think.  She’s been holding something back about the past that nobody but her knows.  It’s slowly killing her inside and you can see it in the sorrow throughout the book.  I wanted to throw something at times because you’d feel like you were just on the edge of finding out what it is and then you get pulled back again.  It was like foreplay to the extreme… 
Jace is freaking awesome… I have to say that if there was a perfect man out there his name is Jace Quinn… He is so loving and tender despite his past and the crap hand he’s been dealt recently.  When push comes to shove he stands tall and accepts things with grace and doesn’t run from the challenges.  He’s afraid to open up but Aislynn breaks down barriers he erected after several love gone WAY WRONG situations he’s been in.  When Jace opens up about the past to her, I have to say I wanted to shake someone… And the sad thing is that you know that it happens all the time.  Not everyone faced with the issues Jace was dealing with can be strong enough for themselves and another person.  I was teary when he went through his story about the past… It was heartbreaking… 
The moment when everything changes in this book, I think I literally speechless.  It was something that I didn’t see coming at all.  It wasn’t even on the radar of thoughts in my head.  When you get to that point you will see what I mean and I am sure you will also say HOLY S(#T, did that just really happen???? I was shocked to say the least and then I felt sad for Aislynn…  
One of my favorite parts about this was that Aislynn was writing a book and that turned out to be therapeutic for her, and also achieved her dream.  Her demons were unleashed on the manuscript that she was writing and even though she hesitated, her editor pushed her to keep going and exercise her demons on paper…  It was something that I think a lot of people do.  Writing down your feelings sometimes make them real, and gives them validation when you think others wouldn’t understand.  Luckily for Aislynn her’s gave her new found hope!!!
I cannot rave enough about this book.  I could probably have a day long conversation about everything in this book I loved.  I hope that you pick up this one and give it a chance.  I assure you that you will LOVE IT!  Phoebe weaves a story that is heartbreaking, heartwarming and completely unexpected!  5 BIG STARS for Cursive!
Here is an Excerpt from Cursive
“Do you still love her?” she asked, holding his face in her hands and staring deep into his eyes.

“No,” he said with sincerity. “But she abandoned me, and I hate her for it. I hate the fact that, because of her, I freaked out about us. I…Aislynn, I…” He was obviously having a hard time saying what he needed to say.

“It’s okay,” she whispered and tried to soothe him by running her fingers through his hair again. “Just tell me.”

“I want you with me,” he said, his eyes closed. “But I don’t want to watch you leave if things get difficult. I can’t go through that twice. I care about you, Aislynn. I care enough that I know it will fucking hurt if I see you walk away from me.”

Her eyes stung, but she somehow managed to will the tears away. He needed her to be strong and capable of containing this for him. She lowered her face to his, their foreheads coming together.

“I won’t leave,” she said with confidence.

“How do you know that?”

It was the one question Aislynn should’ve been able to answer openly, but it would’ve meant telling him her story…her whole story. Jace had taken the first step toward setting his baggage down, but Aislynn wasn’t ready to let go of hers yet.

“You’re just gonna have to trust that I won’t. You ended up fulfilling your own prophecy about me, Nostradamus. You were so afraid I was going to push you away that you ended up doing it yourself instead. You didn’t need any help from me.” “I know. I screwed up. It’s not easy for me to ask for help. It’s not easy for me to admit that I…I need you. I want you with me.”


Phoebe Lane

I have a pretty average life. I wear the mom hat, the wife shirt, the daughter pants, and the working woman peep-toe heels. But when I strip all of that down, I am an author. 

I’m still amazed I get to say that. 

I live in the US with a wonderful husband, two kids, and a dog. My husband entertains me with his hilarious form of ADD, and the kids are hell bent on proving I can live with only a few hours of sleep per day. I wake up every day just so I can experience that first sip of coffee in the morning. I swore off Disney movies the moment I watched Mufasa die, which scarred me for life. No pun intended. I pick out all the orange flavored pieces from my candy and feed them to my hubby.


I’m emotionally dynamic and of peculiar mind which is code for “hormonal and crazy.” Reading contemporary romance novels is my vice, and writing them is my most valued privilege. My debut novel, Cursive, is currently available as an eBook on Amazon/B&N/Kobo/iBooks.

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Email: phoebe.lane.us@gmail.com

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COVER REVEAL: VIXEN IN VEGAS BY EMMA NICHOLS

Blurb:

It was supposed to be a week of simply being, of living in the moment, and enjoying every minute while it lasted. Of course, that kind of intoxication can have lingering effects. For Sin, she found herself wanting to break all the rules, to extend her time with the stranger who stole her heart. Vegas was just the right kind of place to take such a gamble. Meeting up with BE at the gondolas was a risk. Love went against everything they had promised, but the best things in life can’t be planned.

Soon Alysin will be tested. 

After guarding her heart for so long, she finally let a man in and discovered that the worst things in life happened when she least expected them. When she walked in on BE with another woman and overheard their heated conversation, she suddenly remembered there was a reason she made these rules. 

Will broken rules lead to broken hearts or will she realize that though love was a gamble, she was all in?


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Bio:

What made her decide to be an erotica author?

Simple.

How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s cliche moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

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COVER REVEAL: GOOD INTENTIONS BY S.L. SCOTT

Title: Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise, #2)
Author: S. L. Scott
Expected release date: September 9, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult

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Synopsis:

Two words sum up my summer in paradise: Evan Ashford. 


I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more… needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.


Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman: Mallory Wray.


Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.


I kiss her.


Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.

About the Author:
S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of Amazon bestseller, A Prior Engagement, her debut novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Amazon best seller, Sleeping with Mr. Sexy, and Morning Glory—all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.

Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.

Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

Visit her website at www.slscottauthor.com

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COVER REVEAL: UNSPOKEN BY JEN FREDERICK

Synopsis:

Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary. 


I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away.  To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?


He’s everything I shouldn’t want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren’t the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.


Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.


I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I’ve got fighting and I’ve got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.  


She’s everything I didn’t realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t.



EXCERPT FROM UNSPOKEN


“I didn’t know you were into this sort of thing,” he murmured low. He placed my hand on his chest and leaned against the wall, one hand bracing against the top of the barrel right next to my thigh and another against the wall. The vibrations of his words teased me. I wanted to feel him better than through the heavy cloth and, as if my body was controlled by someone else, I unzipped his sweatshirt, just a little. Just enough so that my hand could touch his shirt, so I could feel the flex of his muscular pectorals against my fingers. I ran my fingertips over the ridged cotton of his tank. His muscles flexed and released when I kneaded my fingers against his chest.
“I don’t know if I am into this sort of thing,” I returned, looking at my hand and his chest and the rise and fall as he simply breathed. Someone jostled the crowd and I was jolted out of my mini trance. I snatched my hand away and looked at Ellie, who was staring at me. Her mouth was open and formed a little O.
I clenched both hands in front of me, grateful the darkness hid the heat in my cheeks. Bo leaned down to my ear. His breath was warm and his voice, deep and strong, raised the hair on my neck. “We’ll have to test the hypothesis. I’ll ask again when it’s over.” 

About the Author

Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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BLOG TOUR: A BRAND NEW ENDING BY S.A. ROLLS

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Title: A Brand New Ending
Author: S.A. Rolls
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

Synopsis:

Phoenix Harper never imagined her life would come to this: A life not worth living anymore.

After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psychiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own haunting past.

Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?

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About S.A. Rolls:
S.A. Rolls is a native of the Bay Area, where she attended culinary school and obtained a degree in baking and pastry. When she is not baking, she spends her time reading and writing. Stephanie reads
anything – from biographies of her favorite president to the most popular YA series. Inspired by her surroundings, she has written her first novel, based in San Francisco, her favorite city. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their five-year-old pug.

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Excerpt from A Brand New Ending:
“I don’t want to go anywhere, Braeden. Wherever you are is where I want to be.”

I think my heart does a back flip. “You have no idea how happy that makes me, hearing you say that.”

She gives me a sly smile, her fingers playing in and around mine.

“Can’t describe how amazing this feels,” she speaks. “I’ve never had anyone care for me like you do.”

“That’s a shame,” I respond quickly. “You deserve so much more than that.”

“Do I?”

I lean over her so that our faces are close but I make sure to do it gently, afraid that she might retreat from my touch.

“Yes,” I say softly as our eyes are locked on each other.

We hold our position and I can tell she is nervous, but I want her to make the first move. I made the mistake of pushing it on her the first time and I won’t be doing that again. I can feel the heat of her breath on my face, its oddly intoxicating. But I hold still. I start to count the number of my heartbeats when I suddenly feel force against my lips. I hold back the smile, my hand coming up to cup her cheek. I start to move my lips against her, the waves of ecstasy flowing through my body. After a second, her lips start to move in unison with mine. I’ve kissed lots of women, but it’s never felt quite like this. I don’t know how long it lasts, but I refrain from sticking my tongue in her mouth, fearing that may be too much. I then swear I feel her moan in my mouth, and it’s the most incredible fucking turn on I have ever heard in my life. She must have realized it too considering she pulled her lips off mine, her hands coming up to her mouth.


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COVER REVEAL: FIGHTING FOR YOU (For You #2) BY MEGAN NOELLE

Synopsis:

When love became too much for Danielle Hamilton, she did what she does best—she ran. Now, three months later Dani realized the mistake she made. A lot can change though, in a short amount of time and now there’s an unavoidably factor in her life that will change everything. Will Dani be able to save the only good she’s ever known? Can she fight for the love she wants—or is it just too little too late?

Corey has spent the last several months missing the only woman he’s ever wanted, but things aren’t about to get any easier. When demons from Corey’s past rise to the surface, he is put in the middle of something he thought was laid to rest. When drugs, money and an ex that wants to stir up trouble—returns to the picture—Corey will be left fighting for his life. Will he be able to protect the only person he loves from a dangerous world she knows nothing about? Or will his past claim his life and inevitably…His heart.

Sometimes fate has its own ideas but will that be the end for Corey and Dani? Or will their fight for love prevail?

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A REVIEW OF GIVING YOU FOREVER (FOREVER #4) BY ASHLEY WILCOX

Synopsis:

From the moment Nolan Pratt walked into Alexa Arnold’s life everything was forever changed. After a year of dating, the ring was on her finger, the house was purchased, and life was heading down Pleasantville Lane. Everything was perfect.

Or so they thought.

With help from his parent’s inheritance, Nolan takes on a new business adventure, utilizing all his free time. What was once their life- carefree with minimal responsibilities, is no more. When Alexa starts to feel the pressure from school, wedding planning, and lack of help from Nolan, exhaustion kicks in and feelings get hurt, testing the strength of their relationship. But, if there is one thing that Nolan will never compromise, it’s Alexa’s happiness. There’s nothing Nolan Pratt won’t do to make sure Alexa is well taken care of, loved, and happy.

When Nolan’s past resurfaces- a past that Alexa didn’t know existed- will it all be too much? Will Nolan’s devotion to Alexa’s happiness cost him their relationship and lose him the only thing that has ever mattered in his life? Or will Nolan discover that his past doesn’t determine his future and he is worth the happiness he doesn’t think he deserves?

 Jenn’s Review of Giving You Forever
I want to start out by saying that I love the Forever Series… From the beginning I have been a huge fan of all the books.  Leah and Matt from the Forever #2 in the series run close tie for favorite couple in this series… Nolan and Alexa are my absolute favorite from the beginning.  I loved them so much in their first book Planning on Forever (Forever #1).  When Alexa finds herself heartbroken after Collin her first love betrays her, she finds Nolan Pratt.  I truly felt like they were soul mates from the very beginning. I was excited to hear that they were going to get another book.  Giving you Forever became a highly anticipated book for me.

So the book is following Alexa as she is making her away through college to become a teacher and Nolan is struggling with getting his business started.  This creates a lot of ships passing in the night moments for these two…They were so used to spending all their time together that their jobs and school got in the way.  Alexa is left to do a lot of the things on her own, not that she minds but she really wants Nolan around more, especially when it comes to planning the wedding. Alexa is too damn sweet at times and doesn’t want to say anything about it because she knows how much it means to Nolan. 

When Nolan first met Alexa was broken from his past, a past Alexa only knew pieces of.  When the full truth comes out it this book it is a heartbreaking tale. But the past isn’t all that is heartbreaking. Alexa and Nolan go through some devastation of their own in this book.  It was so sad and I was so hurting for both of them…  When tragedy strikes Nolan makes some pretty rash decisions. I hated him for what he did to Alexa in these moments.  I wanted to strangle the boy.  I was a little more then upset at seeing this turn of events in the book.  Alexa holds very true to her strength and proves a few times that she is one strong woman… I was so proud of her but also a little angry with her for not getting more pissed off at Nolan at times.

In the end my overall feeling was that it was good, but this wasn’t my favorite in the series.  I think the one thing that bothered me the most was the amount of sex throughout the book.  I knew that Ashley said she stepped out of her comfort zone for this one, and although I don’t mind sex in a book at all, it was slightly unrealistic to me.  It seemed like their was just a little story at times and a whole lot of sex.  I was also a little disappointed that the wedding was so glossed over in the end. The book was so filled with angst and drama and I really wanted to see a special ceremony.  To see their vows to one another, that undying love and devotion that the continued to promise each other.  I was so vested in their story I felt like that would have been nice to see them going through that part.  I give this one 3.5 stars. I liked it but wanted to see a whole lot more in this story.  Nolan and Alexa still hold the top spot for favorite couple in this series for me.  Their love speaks volumes and their devotion to making things work is what makes them so special!!!
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Other books in this series:
 
Planning on Forever (Forever #1)

Waiting on Forever (Forever #2)

Promising Forever (Forever #3)

BOOK BLITZ: LOVE ME BACK BY MICHELLE LYNN


Title: Love Me Back

Author: Michelle Lynn

Genre: New Adult

Synopsis:

Growing up in small-town Belcrest, Maddy Jennings always thought she was destined to be with her childhood sweetheart, Trent Basso. Throughout the complicated road she has traveled with Trent, someone else has had a strong presence in Maddy’s life. Trent’s older brother Gabe has always been someone she could count on, therefore neither of them can be blamed when lines blur from friendship to something more. However, promises made between brothers threaten to ensure that neither of them will have a permanent place in her life.

When Maddy returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding, she is forced to face both Trent and Gabe for the first time in two years. While the two Basso brothers fight to win her heart, she is busy struggling with a past that won’t seem to let her go. Whether she wants to or not, Maddy must decide to either forfeit her own happiness or forever tear a family apart.

 


Excerpt from Love Me Back

“You are my brother’s girl. If he can’t be here, then I will take care of you.” He starts looking around on my dresser.

“Now you’re the one not in the loop. I’m not your brother’s girl anymore,” I reveal, trying to keep the tears from streaming down.

“I heard something about that, but you’re still Trent’s girl. Just look at those eyes.” He points to me.

“What?” I ask, blotting my eyes with my fingers.

“You are about two minutes away from crying over him. I’m not asking again, Maddy. I will wait for you outside your door. You have five minutes.” He walks out, shutting the door behind him.

I reluctantly throw the comforter off me, getting out of bed. I guess a shower is out of the question so I shrug on my shorts and t-shirt and slip on some flip-flops. We are in the middle of an Indian summer so I want to make sure I am comfortable on whatever excursion Gabe is planning for me today. I brush my hair, putting some mascara on my lashes. I grab my ID, phone and money and open the door.

Gabe is resting against the wall, playing with his phone while girls stare him down as they walk by. He walks me around campus, serving as my unofficial tour guide. We lick our ice cream cones from his favorite place, laughing over funny stories he tells me about each place we pass.

By the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much. I can’t remember a day that I’ve had so much fun lately, and I can’t believe I have Gabe to thank.

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About the Author:

Michelle Lynn has always been a reader, but her passion has become a full-blown addiction since her husband bought her a Kindle for Mother’s Day. She’s pretty sure that he regrets this on a regular basis. Especially when she has it propped up next to the stove while she cooks, which often results in a burnt dinner. Or when he loses sleep because the glow from the screen wakes him up when he rolls over at three in the morning. He does agree, however, that she uses this gift more than any other he has ever gotten her. She joking counters that, because of some of the steamy novels she reads, he also benefits more from this gift than any other he has gotten her. ;)

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.

BLOG TOUR: EMERGE BY S.E. HALL

Synopsis:


Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect. She also has no idea how others view her, Evan having protected and coveted her since they were children. But college puts a gap between Laney and Evan that neither of them were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed and nothing will ever be the same.

Especially when in walks one Dane Kendrick, not at all the familiar, southern charmer of home, but an animal all his own. More than, and not just, a love triangle; a story of growing up, friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love…and life.

Excerpt from Emerge


So I do exactly what I knew I was going to 10 minutes ago. I text Dane.

Laney: Hey, what r u up 2?

Dane: Nothing important. You?

Laney: Just woke up lol. Had quite a day yesterday, trying to recover.

Dane: Oh yeah, good or bad?

Laney: Bad. Very. But I don’t want 2 talk about that… Do you play the piano?

Dane: Um yes…random?

Laney: Random is good sometimes, right?

Dane: It is. You okay?

Laney: Not really, at all. Wanna do random with me today?

Dane: I’ll be there soon.

I jump out of bed and run to the shower. I take extra care straightening my hair, applying light makeup and selecting my outfit. I choose jeans and a black sleeveless top with black ankle boots that I dug out of Bennett’s closet. Basically, I dress unlike myself for Random Day: Laney with a dash of Bennett. I can’t help that my heart flutters when I hear the knock on the door.

When I open it, all moisture leaves my mouth and heads elsewhere. Dane stands before me in dark washed jeans, a tight white t-shirt, black boots and disheveled hair. He smells delicious, the light scent of cologne and freshness graces my senses from where he stands, and that half-cocked smile he wears as he peruses me is almost more than I can take. Full frontal awareness hits me—I’ve gone from never having a boyfriend to a full-on love triangle, head first.

 “Well hello, Disney. You look like walking sin,” he says, sensuality dripping from every word. Make that a love hexapolyoctagon. I’m screwed.

“Why thank you,” I say with my chin held high. “Trying something random. You ready?”

“I’m ready for anything. What do you have in mind?” he asks as I close and lock my door. I really hope Bennett remembered her key.

“Well, I’m thinking I can’t skip classes, so we don’t have time to jet away to Fiji. So how about…we play right left and see where we end up?”

He gives me a curious look as he opens my door and settles me in the passenger seat of…a black SUV? Well, of course he has more than one car. I mean, who doesn’t?

“You’re gonna have to tell me what this is before I can agree,” he laughs. He hurries around to the driver’s side and hops in, handing me his phone. He’s going to let me pick the music, a small but very thoughtful gesture. I choose his Damien Rice playlist, skipping straight to “9 Crimes.” Maybe he’ll take the hint that I think of this song when I picture him at the piano. He looks over and winks at me as it starts, yep; he knows how to play it.

“Every time we come to a stop, we just choose right or left. But, in a startling new twist, we’re gonna take turns saying something completely meaningless with each turn, until we end up somewhere good! Honestly, I could care less where we end up right now, I just wanna be.”

“I’m game.” He gives me a smile. “But I kind of wish you’d talk to me about what happened.”

I give him the very condensed version, interrupting every few minutes with a “right” or “left,” and so far our random facts at each tell me that he’s for morning breath kissing as long as both people have it and he can also play the violin. I share that I’m the ultimate Beatles fan, but only pre-mustache Beatles, and brush my teeth about 15 times a day (totally in reaction to his morning breath comment).  He doesn’t ask about my time with Evan or any specifics, he just hits on the part about Kaitlyn.

“So what are you going to do?”

“I’m not going to do anything; what can I do? The chance is gone, at least for this year. The friendship’s gone, so why even ask her for an explanation? There isn’t one that will ever fix it. And… nothing, that’s it.”

“Nice try, Disney, finish what you were gonna say.”

“The dorm rooms here are really nice, like way better than other colleges’. How cool is it to have our own bathrooms? You can’t get that just anywhere.”

“That’s not what you were gonna say, either.” He shoots me a one raised eyebrow look.

“Pull over then, I want you to look at me when I tell you.”

He pulls over so fast I slap him in the arm because my life just flashed before my eyes.

“Do I have your undivided attention?” I ask him with a smirk.

“Since the moment I saw you.” He turns in his seat to face me and waits for me to talk, his face full of question and anticipation.

“I’m content with where I am. I don’t have to have it fixed. I actually really like it here. It gets better every day. Besides, I think Sawyer would really miss me and finally go completely insane.”

He chuckles at my attempt to alleviate the seriousness.

“I really like Bennett, and the girls on my team are so talented. We have a real shot at a banner year. Who cares if the games will never have a camera there, we’ll still be kicking ass and taking names.” I chance a peek up at him, hoping his eyes tell me what he’s thinking. They’re such a deep brown, almost black, and right now I can see my own reflection. His eyes mirror me in this moment. It gives me the strength to keep talking.

 “And part of me hates it, hates feeling like this, and all of me is scared shitless, but I suspect my resolve has something to do with the fact that you’re here, Dane. Never in my life have I instantly connected with someone, not even Evan. I made him work like a dog for my acceptance.” I chuckle softly at the memory. “But I find myself wondering what you’re doing all the time, and thinking about what we could do or talk about if we were together. Tell me the truth; you got anything like that going on at all?” I laugh nervously, praying that leaves some question, cause I can’t risk him knowing I’m completely serious right before he makes me feel like a fool.

He takes a deep breath and blows it out slowly, reaching over to brush the back of his hand down my face. “I saw you last night, at the door with him. I saw you.” His hand still gentle on my face, he forces me to meet his gaze. “Are you two back together?”

“No,” my voice cracks.

“I won’t share you, Laney. Not your lips, not your thoughts, not your body, and especially not your heart. You don’t have to give it all to me just yet, but give me nothing if any of it belongs to him. Do you understand?”

“Dane, it was a long night, we were both hurting.” I blink back the building tears. “He’ll never not be in my life. I just don’t know what that means right now.” I have to be honest, with not only him, but myself. And I can’t blatantly crush Evan; I won’t.  “If he was here with me, things wouldn’t be like this. I can’t lie to you. I don’t know exactly what anything means right now; I’m trying to be as honest as I can. And I haven’t told Evan about you, not that I’ve had a chance.” I take a huge, cleansing breath. I feel better having put it all out there.

“Thank you for being so honest. It makes me want you even more, and I do want you, Laney…so fucking bad it scares me. Let’s try this one more time—are you in a committed relationship with Evan?”

“No.”

 “Are you in love with him?” His hand moves down my face, his fingertips softly caressing me, and I lean into it and close my eyes. I can’t look at him when I answer. I don’t want him to see the scared little girl in my eyes.

“I don’t know.” My own answer confuses me.

I have no doubt that I love Evan, but am I in love with him? We were so perfect and the minute we changed it, things got too hard. Yes, college had everything to do with that, but why couldn’t we last? Was it supposed to be Evan or was it just that Evan was always there? That’s the thing that scares me most—why am I so strongly and instantly attracted to Dane? Why do I think about spending time with him? First temptation? Nope, I don’t feel the pull to Zach, Tate, Sawyer, Parker…no one else, ever. To be honest, besides Evan, Dane is the first guy I’ve ever considered liking in my entire life.

 “You didn’t say yes.” His finger is now tracing my lips. He’s going to kiss me, and I’m going to let him.

 I blow slightly out, teasing his finger, and I hear him inhale.

“I will never kiss another man’s girl…but you’re not his, Laney. You’re not mine…yet. But you’re not his, either. So the way I see it, you’re kissable.”

I say nothing. I just open my eyes and look into his; if he can hear my yes in that, he can have my kiss.

“Last chance, Disney. Once I get a taste, I’m coming after you with everything I’ve got.”

I couldn’t say no right now if I wanted to, I can barely breathe. His words are so sexy; they stroke every part of me. He leans into me and I close my eyes.

“Open your eyes, Laney, look at me. Make damn sure you know it’s me kissing you, and don’t you ever hide from it.”

I do as he says and then his lips are on mine. This isn’t the kiss of a best friend, not the kiss of the boy next door who made you spit-shake on a deal and will always take care of you. This is the kiss of a madman who wants to make you scream his name up against a wall. This kiss makes it okay that I even just thought that, because it’s a fact.

I can’t take it. I break the contact and throw my head back, trying to catch my breath.

“Nuh-uh, not done yet, come ‘ere,” he growls, reaching around the back of my neck and pulling me to him. He takes my mouth again with lust, bites, and a low groan. Grabbing my face, he turns it, deepening his angle and the throbbing between my legs.

Fuck, this guy can kiss.

Dane breaks away this time, only slightly, still close enough that his breath tickles my lips… “That wasn’t random, that was supposed to happen,” he says, giving me another quick kiss.

 After a brief silence, simply because I still haven’t recovered the ability to speak, he pulls back into traffic with his right hand now interlaced with mine. He gives my hand a squeeze before he asks, “where to?”

Seriously, I’m expected to think?  “Um, right…and I hate coffee but I love coffee ice cream.”

We turned until dark, never actually making it to a destination.

Carrie’s Review of Emerge

I had no idea going into this book that I would feel the emotions I do right now! I don’t like this book..I absolutely LOVE it!! You hear me?! LOVED it!

Laney- tomboy,softball player,moving away from home to go to college away from her best friend, and only love she’s ever known!

Evan- sweetheart,lovable,handsome, boy next door, and best friend who tells Laney before going off to college he is in love with her. Evan is swoon worthy and I mean you will love him immediately, but then boom in walks Dane!!

Dane- Mercy sakes! I’m almost speechless and that NEVER happens! Ok..Dane he is beyond HAWT! I mean he is the best BB I have ever read about. I know it’s a lot to take in but it’s true! I really want to squeeze S.E.Hall for making him! He wrapped my heart up so tight I can’t breathe!

Evan goes off to his college and Laney off to Southern where she meets Dane…There is an instant connection..Laney becomes torn..What will she do? Who will she choose?! Evan the hot, boy next door she has loved as her best friend almost her entire life, or Dane the hot swoon your panties off hunk of a man! <<<<< yes I said panties! I really wouldn’t want to be in Laney’s shoes and have to choose between two men like Evan and Dane! Ahhh! Who am I kidding?! Yes I would want to be in her shoes! You will love this book! So much angst, love, goosebumps, and stomach in knots! Ugly cried my face off! My emotions are still running high! It was worth every word! Gah! I want to read it again!!

Favorite highlights-“Um Dane,you been checking her out?” I blush.”Only when I’m breathing.” He winks.. <<<<< swoon city!
“Well hello, Disney.”You look like walking sin,” <<<<<<Gah!!!

God don’t let anyone take her. If you give me this,I swear to wake every morning, with good morning beautiful and kiss her to sleep every night! <<<<< I sobbed like a baby!

Laney has some other obstacles to overcome as well, another best friend, making a new friend and her mother leaving her years ago! She finds out who her real friends are, and overcomes one of the biggest decisions of her life! Emerge will leave you begging for more. I give it 5 HUGE bright stars!!! S.E.Hall I’m in love! Thank you for sharing! 

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S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading YA and NA romance.

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COVER REVEAL – PRECIOUS CONSEQUENCES BY TAMSYN BESTER

 Synopsis
All it took was one night to change the rest of my life. 
One night that created irrevocable consequences. 
But some consequences aren’t all bad.
They can be amazing…beautiful… Precious.
I willingly accepted those consequences and wrote a new plan for my life. But that plan didn’t include Cameron Argent  –  the sexy-as-sin tattooed  playboy who got under my skin the moment I laid eyes on him. I was headed down a dark and dangerous road where he was concerned and in the end, our relationship was inevitable. Despite our dark secrets, our feelings for each other burned brighter than a thousand stars and left us both naked, vulnerable.
But when my past came rolling back into my life like a Summer storm, I wasn’t sure if his love for me was enough. 
Was he prepared to deal with the consequences of a past I couldn’t regret or would he walk away with my beating heart in his hands?

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About the Author:

Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance
novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.