“We are all pawns in someone else’s game.”

No one knows this better than Violet Phillips. When her beloved mentor goes missing, she suspects murder, which sends her spiraling out of control and away from the stable life she has built for herself. Soon, her past will begin seeping out with a vengeance.

“I will teach you how this game is played.”

Self-destruction threatens to consume Violet when a handsome neighbor that has been watching her from afar intervenes on her behalf. Shepard Leone may be six years younger, but it does not stop him from seducing her ears as well as her heart.

“Fascinating how much life can change in twenty-four hours.”

When Violet is forced to go down a dark road into a past where she must confront the demons that nearly destroyed her, will she be unable to deviate? Struggling with the loss of her missing friend, Shepard will find a way in and reawaken desires that she thought were forever lost. But Violet never forgets that if you are not careful, distractions will be your undoing.

Excerpt from Distractions

         But submission is a very hard thing for most people. They need to feel like they are in control, even if it is an illusion.”

         My heart started to beat faster; I could see Shepard’s pupils dilate as his hand pushed the rogue strands of hair back behind my ears and down my neck. I closed my heavy lids as the tingle of electricity caused by his fingertips trailed straight to my center.

         “It could be so much easier, Violet, if they would just stop for a second and listen.” I felt his lips brush against my forehead gently before he backed away and continued walking down the hill, leaving me speechless.

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About The Author:

JL Brooks lives with her active family along the Ohio River at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. A former columnist turned novelist, she spends most of her time engaged in women’s health issues and education. Believing everyone has a story to tell, chances are she will encourage you to tell yours. 



JL is giving away a pendant  that inspired Distractions. In the book she calls it the Esperanza which is Spanish for “hope” which she weaved through the whole story. It’s real name is the Nuestra De Atocha; it’s the ship that inspired the story and a the pendant is a real piece from it. She’s including the pendant, gift box & certificate of authenticity.
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Title: Emancipating Andie
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Release date: April 27, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

Jenn’s Review of Emancipating Andie
 This second book by Pricilla was fantastic!  I really enjoyed this book.  It started off a little slow for me I like a lot of in your face angst, but this book had a slow and beautiful build that left me feeling completely satisfied in the end. 
Oh my Andie she was a broken girl, haunted by a past that was out of her control.  So she did what most people did, choose the safe road, protect yourself and make decisions only if they don’t involve risk.  I wasn’t sure what her past had that made her so closed off to living life, and I was actually a little surprised by what it was
Chase is a carefree soul, or that is the way he appears to his friends and those that don’t really know the real Chase.  He is just as guarded and closed off but choose to life his life carefree after the death of his mother.  He is fighting some serious demons from his past and they have made him closed off to emotions of the heart.  I felt so bad for chase, all he wanted to be was accepted and loved unconditionally.  Though I don’t think that he knew it until Andie came into his life. 
Their road trip is so sweet and touching and the push and pull in their rocky road is heartbreaking at times.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do smack them or kiss them both.  
Chase makes some seriously HUGE mistakes during the book but never anything that was unforgivable.  When all caution is thrown to the wind can Andie and Chase overcome their demons in time before they destroy each other?  Well you‘ll have to read it to find out what happens. 
Priscilla does a fantastic job with these characters.  They are full of surprises and I truly enjoyed them allI really couldn’t see anything that I would change about this book.  The story is really touching and wonderful, I highly recommend this one and give it a 4.5 stars.  There were just a few things I would have liked to see developed more, but that’s just me personally… 
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 The Inspiration for 
Emancipating Andie 

It all began with a girls’ night and a few bottles of wine. (Don’t all great stories start that way?) Somehow we began discussing the topic of “celebrity freebies” and one of my good friends said of her freebie, “I would give anything to be trapped in a room with him for a week.” I didn’t think anything of it that night; in fact, I believe my blood-alcohol content at the time would only allow me to nod furiously and conjure up my own “trapped” fantasy with my celebrity freebie. (Or freebies. I may or may not have three of them. But my husband did approve them all, and that’s what counts, right?)

It was some time the next day that I started thinking about that concept, the whole “trapped for a week with someone” scenario. I understand the idea behind it: you’d love to be isolated with (insert object of fantasy here) so you can treat their body like your own personal amusement park. Totally get it. But if you look at it realistically (not the point of a fantasy, I know – I’m such a party pooper) how long could you actually keep up that charade? If you were really stranded with someone for a week, eventually, you would need a breather, right? So at some point, you would end up simply spending time together. And I thought, “Hmm, I wonder – if I were stranded with (Robert Pattinson, Caleb Followill, or Georges St. Pierre…don’t judge me), would I still swoon for him once the ‘amusement park’ part was over?” I’m sure you would learn a lot about someone, being trapped together for an extended period of time. Would that end up fostering the crush on that person, or extinguishing it?

And then I thought, “Well, what about the reverse? What if you were stuck with someone you hated? Could that ‘trapped’ time together actually end with you liking them?” And voila, the idea for Emancipating Andie was born.

For the record, I would still chance a week trapped with one (or all) of my freebies, knowing it could very well end in disaster. Just felt I should put that out there in case any of them happen to frequent romance book blogs in their spare time.

:) Happy reading!

About the Author

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.

If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.

Emancipating Andie is Glenn’s second novel. She is also the author of the contemporary romance/young adult crossover, Back to You.

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Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Excerpt from Tangled 
Did I mention Kate has a tattoo? Oh yeah. A slut tag. A tramp stamp. Call it whatever you like. It’s inked just above the swell of her ass, on her lower back. It’s a small turquoise butterfly.

It’s tasty. I’m tracing it with my tongue right now.

“God, Drew…”

After the Guitar Hero disgrace, Kate decided she wanted a shower. And get this—she asked if I wanted to go first.

Silly, silly girl. Like showering single file was even a consideration.

I stand up and tease her from behind. She’s hotter than the water that hits us on all sides. I move her hair to the side as I feast on that scrumptious neck. My voice is husky as I tell her, “Open your legs for me, Kate.”

She does.


She does again.

I bend my knees and slide my cock home. Jesus. It’s been two hours since I was deep inside her like this. Too fucking long—a lifetime.

We moan together. Her breasts are slick from the soap as I slide my fingers to her nipples and play with them in the way I know makes her purr. She drops her head back against my shoulder, and scratches her nails up my thighs. I hiss at the sensation and pick up the pace just a little.

Then she leans forward, bending at her waist and bracing her hands against the tiles. I cover them with my own, threading our fingers together. I pump in and out unhurriedly. I kiss her back, her shoulder, her ear. “You feel so fucking good, Kate.”

Her head rolls on her neck, and she moans, “God, you feel so…hard…so big.”

That phrase? Hearing that phrase is the dream of every man who has ever lived. I don’t care if you’re a freaking monk; you want to hear it.

Yeah, I’ve heard it before. But coming from Kate—in that sweet voice—it’s like I’m hearing it for the first and only time.

And then she’s begging. “Harder, Drew…please.”

I do as she asks with a groan. I leave one hand on the wall and bring the other to her clit, so each time I push forward, she bucks up against my fingers. She moans at the contact.   

Jenn’s Review of Tangled 

Seriously for starters did you read this excerpt… Funny right?  Well the whole book is like this and I can’t tell you how refreshing and fun it was.  I was captivated from the first page to the last.  I even fell asleep reading because I could not put this book down!

The book is written solely in Drew’s POV and it was refreshing to read a book that was all from the male perspective.   Drew is witty and funny.  He is a driven business man and a self-proclaimed womanizer.  But that all ends with a chance encounter at a bar when he meets Kate.  But…. she’s taken and turns him away.  He was in for the shock of his life when he comes face to face with her again, but this time she’s on his turf… and a turf war ensues that will have you laughing hysterically at their antics!  

The chemistry between Drew and Kate was simply palpable.  From the minute they met I knew that this was going to be explosive and it certainly was in more ways then one.  When Drew and Kate finally get together their are fireworks and man does he know his way around a woman’s body… Drew made me blush a few times!  WOW!  But he is also sensitive and sincere and his love for his little niece completely melted my heart!  Every man should read this book and take some lessons from Drew Evans in the swoon department!  He’s a charmer when he wants and needs to be. 

What I loved the most was the absolute honesty in this book.  It’s funny, but every single word is believable.  Some of it will shock you, no doubt but it will also leave you saying, truth all of it is the honest truth.  

This story is simply awesome!  I don’t even know what more to say about it.  Emma’s got one brilliant mind, and I cannot wait for more books from her.  Her ability to tell a story from a man’s POV is incredible… If there was a book that I would rate higher then a 5 star this would be it… Buy this book!  You won’t be sorry!!!!

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. 

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When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.


Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.


About the Author:

New York Times Best Selling Author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women.

When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.

Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.

She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.

You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.


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Title: Then, Again
Author: Karen Stivali
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.


Sometimes you have to lose it all to find what you really need.

Photographer Kay Turner is dealt a double whammy when she flies home for her grandmother’s funeral to find her boyfriend with another woman. Now with two losses to mourn, she retreats to her newly inherited beach house to clear her head.

Everything at the beach is familiar: the sounds of the ocean, the scent of her grandmother’s perfume—and the irresistible smile of James Margolis. The man Kay spent her adolescence pining for is every bit as charming as she remembers.

James always thought of Kay as “a nice kid”, but he feels something very different for the woman she’s become. Especially when he asks if she’d be willing to part with some of her grandmother’s recipes for his new restaurant—and they wind up sharing much more than culinarysecrets.

But as their relationship deepens, Kay finds herself caught between the demands of her dream career as a travel photographer, and a chance for happiness with the one man she’s wanted for a lifetime.

Warning: This foodie romance contains sensual scone baking, a heroine who discovers one bad apple hasn’t spoiled her appetite, and a delicious hero you can’t help but crave. Blend well, serve hot.

Tonya’s Review of Then Again

When Kay returned home for her Grandmother’s funeral to find a strange woman in her kitchen wearing nothing but Kay’s boyfriend’s shirt, all she could think about was escaping to her favorite place, her newly inherited beach house. Everything there reminded her of her summers growing up with her Grandmother, and her secret crush James. When she just happens to run into James at his family’s fish market and he invites her to his restaurant to taste one of her grandmother’s recipes, how could she say no?? He is still as hot as ever and Kay can’t help but feel those old feelings stirring.

One look at the grown up Kimmy, or Kay as she is called now, and James remembers all the feelings he had for her when they were younger. He’d do just about anything to spend more time with her for as long as she decides to stick around. Neither one of them expects what a few shared recipes turns into.

I absolutely loved this story!! Kay was so down to earth, personable and likeable. I found it was almost impossible NOT to cry at her Grandmother’s funeral. My heart felt for her after everything she had been through and was going to have to go through. She was going to have to make some very tough decisions alone. And James, what a sweetheart!! Always just being there for her. When he asked Kay for a few of her grandmother’s recipes for the restaurant he was opening and she offered to teach him how to make them, I knew things were going to get interesting. It was pretty apparent from the start that they both still had some very strong feelings and neither was going to be happy with just being friends. Of course Kay was going to be a little cautious after what she had just gone through with her ex but she also knew that James was not that kind of man.

James has the patience of a Saint. When it comes time to decide whether to stay at the shore and live in the beach house or go back to the job she loves as a traveling photographer which will she choose? Which does she love more? And will she be happy with her choice??

This book made me want to scream, cry, and at times shake my head out of frustration. But in the end everything is as it’s meant to be and all those emotions are well worth experiencing just to get the full effect of “Jimmy and Kimmy”… I personally would have to give Then Again 4.5 stars.

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Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.

Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.

Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).

Her works of women’s fiction, Meant To Be, and its sequel, Holding On, (published by Turquoise Morning Press in August and November 2012, respectively) both made multiple Best of 2012 lists and are rated as true gems and recommended reads.

Karen’s latest release, Then, Again is a contemporary foodie romance published by Samhain Publishing.

To learn more about Karen and all her upcoming books you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter!/karenstivali  




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MacKenzie Cahill has dealt with overbearing and overprotective brothers her entire life, making it near impossible to enjoy her teenage years. Having a boyfriend was practically impossible until she met a guy that wasn’t afraid to stand up to them – Dominic. He was sweet, thoughtful, and everything MacKenzie ever wanted in a man.

But when they go away to college at Old Dominion University, MacKenzie sees a whole new side of Dominic and begins to wonder if he really is different from every other guy.

Her world is turned upside down after a party, and her brothers’ best friend Hunter is the one there to offer her a shoulder to cry on. The chemistry between them is electric, and feelings for each other that have been hidden for years are finally voiced.

Is Hunter willing to be disloyal to his best friends in order to be with the one girl he’s always secretly wanted?

Jenn’s Review of Trying Not to Love You

So for the second week in a row I am totally smitten with a book and this time, Megan Smith’s Trying Not to Love You has me sitting up and begging for more….  not to mention that her main male character shares a name with my son, which is also the second time in two weeks one of my kids names was used in a book… odd right? LOL!

I loved this book hand down!  The characters are just awesome!  MacKenzie and Hunter are a great book couple, but the supporting cast around them is just as amazing!  Her brothers all play a very important role and you can really get the sense of how this family is so close nit.  There were some seriously tense moments in the exchanges between her and her brothers.  This is what happens when you fall in love with your brothers best friend.  

She was so torn between the love of her brothers and the love of her life.  She was physically and emotionally ill over the whole thing and I could totally relate to her.  I’ve felt that myself in the past so I really could understand her emotional state.  I wanted to hug her and tell her that if it was meant to be it would all work out.

There were some twists in this book that were so well hidden by all the rest of the coming and going on, that when it popped out of nowhere I had to think back and say to myself how did I NOT see that coming!  Yeah it was a like a freight train….. does it all work out?  I have no idea cause Megan left me hanging and I mean hanging… the end left me screaming NO NO NO!!!!  

This book is very well written and I think that you will enjoy these characters and fall in love with all of them just as I did.  Megan has done a fantastic job crafting this story and I am happy to give her my 5 star seal of approval for this one!  It was emotional, kept me guessing and interested from the first page to the very end, and then left me begging her to write faster because I need to know what happens next… 

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When Megan Smith is not writing she is a wife to her high school sweetheart and a mom to her son. She lives in the New Jersey. At the end of the day when she is done work and being a mom you can find her curled up with a good book or writing on her current story.


After coming to terms with the tragedy that rocked her world, Scarlett MacGregor has returned to try to pick up the pieces of the broken relationships that she left behind.

Ash and Mason were left devastated and heartbroken following Scarlett’s sudden, unannounced departure.  They are both ready and willing to forgive her and welcome her back into their lives with open arms.

However, a lot can happen in 8 months…

Scarlett must learn to overcome the obstacles thrown in her path to prevent the past from repeating itself.

Can she learn to fly with her own wings and discover the secret to eternal love?


Teaser from Ambrosia 
by Erin Noelle
Standing there, staring into his captivating eyes, a wave of desire passed over me. Desire for him to hold me, kiss me, tell me everything was going to be okay. I was pretty sure he felt something too but all of a sudden, he spun me around to face the door and said, “You. Shower. Now.”

I took a quick shower and got dressed for bed so that he could do the same. I made my way back to the guest room and slipped into the cool, crisp sheets. The last thing I remembered before passing out was the opening and closing of the bathroom door.

At some point in the middle of the night, I woke myself up crying from an awful nightmare where Evie kept appearing and telling me she knew what I had done. Within seconds, the door opened and he came directly to the bed. Without waiting for me to say anything, he laid down in the bed and scooped me into his arms.

“It’s okay, Scarlett. I’m here. It’s gonna be okay,” he whispered into my hair as he rubbed my back.

After a few minutes, I had calmed down and my breathing had returned to normal. “Sorry,” I said softly.

“Stop. Don’t apologize. You haven’t done anything.”

I didn’t say anything for a few minutes, thinking about how wrong he was. I figured there was never going to be a good time to tell him, so as we lay there in the dark, I blurted it out. 

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Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. She has recently self-published her first novel, Metamorphosis, which hit both USA Today and Amazon best-selling lists, and is currently working on the sequel, Ambrosia, to be released later in 2013. Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a sporting event of some sorts on television. 
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Title: Working It

Author: Kendall Ryan

Expected Release Date:  August 5, 2013

Genre: New Adult Romance


A New Adult Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kendall Ryan.

Straight-laced Emmy Clarke’s assistant job at the modeling agency provides her with one distinct perk – getting to watch pretty mancandy parade around all day. But having to work under the ultra-bitchy, ultra-British Fiona Stone barely makes it worth it. Emmy enjoys looking, but she’s not stupid enough to fall for one of the tempting specimens. Especially not rising star Ben Shaw.  

Ben is everything Emmy’s not: well-traveled, highly paid and exquisitely gorgeous. He’s also got more issues than Vogue. Against her better judgment to get involved, Emmy’s southern roots kick in, and whenever he’s on set, she makes sure he’s treated well and looked after. But she refuses to become one of the pathetic groupies lusting after him, and soon Ben’s drawn toward her refreshingly real attitude.  

Against the backdrop of fashion shows in NYC, Paris and Milan, their casual flirting turns into more, and they embark on a journey of sexual discovery. But when Ben’s twisted past is uncovered, it threatens both their relationship and careers as the bitter Fiona digs her claws in, unwilling to let her golden boy go without a catfight. 

Filled with passion, jealousy and heart-thumping sex, Working It is the tale of falling for a supermodel.

About the Author:

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels HARD TO LOVE, UNRAVEL ME, MAKE ME YOURS and RESISTING HER. She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. 



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Title: The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters)
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Release date: April 19, 2013
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary
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Twenty-seven year old Carrie Thompson-Sherman has the life she always wanted: her PhD, a prestigious fellowship, and an amazing husband.

Her life begins to unravel as a jealous colleague puts her fellowship in jeopardy and a haunting secret Ray Sherman carried home from Afghanistan comes to light.

Hounded by a federal investigation and the ensuing media feeding frenzy, Carrie and Ray desperately lean on each other, until a disastrous accident puts both Ray and her sister’s lives at risk.

In the last hour, Carrie and Ray will each find themselves faced with a choice.

A choice that will change everything.


I heard the doors shut, and it was darker inside the ambulance. Then we were rolling, and I heard the siren wail. From my position flat on my back, with my head and body immobilized, I couldn’t see much, only a rack of equipment and monitors. One of the EMTs stared at a monitor, reading off numbers to the other, who took notes. The ambulance hit a pothole, and I felt myself lurch, then we were slowing down, the horn blaring. It was so loud, my head hurt, and I was queasy.

“Ma’am, I’m going to ask you some questions, it will save time when we get to the hospital.”

“Yes,” I croaked. I searched with my eyes until I saw the EMT. He was dark skinned, his head shaven, wearing a dark green uniform. He looked confident.

“Let’s start with your name?”

“Carrie.” My voice shook. “Carrie … uh … Thompson-Sherman.” I closed my eyes. I must have hit my head harder than I thought. Fear ran through me again. Was Ray okay? Sarah and Jessica?

“Okay, Carrie. I’m Jared,” the EMT said in a reassuring tone. “As far as we can tell, you’re in pretty good shape. A possible concussion, but no broken bones, no bleeding. We have your neck immobilized to protect against any spinal cord damage, but we’re sure you’ll be all right. I want you to stay relaxed.”

I tried to nod and scratched out, “Relaxed.”

I had to blink back tears. How the hell did they expect me to relax? I still saw the car in my mind, a huge green Jeep barreling down on us. Ray’s head slamming against the glass. The glass shattering, flying toward my face.

“Good, Carrie. Now, can you tell me your age?”

I had to think again. “Twenty-six. No. Twenty-seven.”

“Are you taking any medications? Are there any medical conditions we should be concerned about?”

“No,” I whispered.

“Can you tell us who else was in the vehicle with you?”

I stifled a sob. “Ray. And my sisters. Sarah and Jessica. They were visiting.” My voice trailed off and I paused before I spoke again. “They got here last night. From San Francisco. Is … are … are they okay?”

“Everyone’s going to be fine, Carrie.”

I tried to swallow. My throat was dry, swollen. We hit another bump, and my throat swelled with vomit. “Oh God,” I mumbled as the bile came up my throat.

The EMTs rushed forward, and Jared ordered, “Suction.” Acid flooded my mouth, and I puked, and puked again, everything I’d eaten and drunk that day coming up in a huge rush as one of them stuck a tube in my mouth to suck it out, leaving me gagging, tears running down my face.

I wanted to curl up and cry. I wanted to find Ray and my sisters. There was nothing I could do, but lay there gagging and smelling my own filth. My eyes rolled up, the noxious smell making me vomit again, as if there was anything left to expel. Finally, I whispered, “I think I’m done.”

They just ignored me, and the one with the suction device continued for a few seconds more. My throat burned.

Jared wiped some of the bile from my face with a sanitary wipe as the other EMT took away the suction. “Is there anyone we can call? Family?”

I closed my eyes, trying not to groan.

I answered the question. “Please … call my sister, Alexandra.” Alexandra was my closest relative geographically, only a few hours away in New York. I gave him the number, and he wrote it down. The ambulance swayed and rocked, then another thump as we ran over yet another pothole. I closed my eyes, trying to ignore the nausea. I must have a concussion.

I hoped they’d call Alexandra right away. Please God, don’t let Dylan be the one to answer the phone. He would know how to get a hold of Ray’s parents, but he would take some calming down. Dylan and Ray had served in Afghanistan together, and were as close as brothers. Closer.

I was so scared.

They’re working on getting the others out of the vehicle.

What did that mean? How badly were they injured?

I didn’t have any answers, and I felt darkness closing in, and I was so sleepy.

“Ma’am … you need to stay awake. You may have a concussion. Open your eyes.”

I fought to open them and tried to speak. My throat was so dry I couldn’t do any more than croak. “You’ll call my sister?” I asked. “Please?”

Jared put his hand on my shoulder. “We will. I promise.”

“Thank you,” I whispered.

It was the longest ride of my life.

About the Author

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.



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Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn’t quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week’s pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. 

Never stop running… 

Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. Then 

Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.    

 photo ShellyCrane_zps2d239d01.jpgAbout the Author 

 Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband’s job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.   

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