In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her pre-destined life.

But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again.

As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her.

Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins. 

Full of twists and turns, danger and revelations that no-one could predict, you won’t be the only one lost in distraction.

Well I am still not sure if I love or hate BJ after finishing this book... No really I truly love her and I loved this book.  What a crazy ride this book takes you on.  I have to say that I haven’t had a book stump me in a long time.  I don’t like the predictable, and I sometimes find that I figure out what is going on long before I reach the end of the book.  My mind seems to never stop trying to figure things out.  Is everyone like that?  Not sure if it is just me but I am always trying to figure out what a character‘s angle is or who they are or what their secerets are… I can honestly say this book has me completely baffled… Things that make you go hmmmm….
So Elise is a young girl who’s family has been swept away from her.  She’s left with a sizable inheritance and a billion dollar company to run one day.  Elise is anything but happy with her life.  She shuts everyone out not only because she won’t open up to anyone she doesn’t get close to people for fear they will leave her one day as well.  Elise moves across the country to start college and she does her best to stay invisible, that however, doesn’t last long.
Braxton or Brax for short, is working to keep Elise safe from the dangers she is oblivious of.  What Brax doesn’t bargain for is falling for the beautiful green-eyed Elise.  His mission to keep her safe quickly feels like less of a job and more like a life long commitment as Brax falls hopelessly for the lovely heiress.  But the guilty from the lies that he has to tell her to keep her safe work on his resolve to keep the truth from her.  
This book is just CRAZY!  I don’t even know another word for it.  I was smitten from the very beginning with Brax he is mighty charming and his best friend and partner Shay is not too shabby either.  My these men are just really sweet and very protective.  It wasn’t hard to like both of these men
Elise was a very strong character even though she broke down quite a bit.  She was handed a lot in her short life to deal with and I think that she handles it with as much grace as she possibly can.  Brax brings out the best in her and as she opens up to him she starts to show more confidence and a whole new sassy side.  The developments during the book hit her hard but she never becomes whiny or annoying 
The twists are too many to count… I had so many slap in the face moments, having that what the heck just happened there moment... So many things I never saw coming which was so refreshing!  For a first book from this new author I am impressed with her ability to weave a story.  There was a whole lot of crazy and a big cliffhanger but she assured me that the next book picks up where this left off so we will get every detail from the end of the epilogue and what an epilogue it was…OH MY!!!!!
I highly recommend this book to readers and I give her a full 5 stars! It was entertaining and kept me fully  distracted from everything else around me… I think that was the intention

Having always loved reading, and having been befriended and inspired by some awesome self published authors and book lovers alike, I decided to start writing my first novel, Lost in Distraction in December 2012. It was a conscious decision that started with a song, then the prologue and then catapulted from there. I love music too, like REALLY love music, if there isn’t music playing, something is wrong. Out and Proud Vampire Diaries fan as well.

I’m also a wife, mother, full-time university student and I do contract work for myself from home.

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By: Ruth Roberts
Cynthiana, beautiful, intelligent, and by all appearances, a spoiled socialite, finds herself as chair of the Inner City Youth League Charity Gala.  Her Co-Chair, Roberto Luque, is Major League Baseball’s newest playboy from the Domincan Republic.  Far from being in the League of men her parents expect her to choose from, which is just fine with her since she has sworn off playboys.  But, as they work together she discovers his devotion to the inner city children and wonders if there is more to him than his playboy reputation.  Will she break her no playboy rule long enough to find out?  
Roberto fought his way into the Majors.  Now, a successful pitcher for the Texas Rangers, he is living the life he always dreamed of.  Until he faces off with a bad-tempered, blue-eyed, red head that is not his type.  So, why is he drawn to her?  The Charity Gala gives him a chance to find out.  What he finds beneath that socialite veneer captivates him, heart and soul.  
When her powerful father threatens to tear them apart, destroying not only their love, but also Roberto’s hard won career, will he be willing to give it all up for love? 
Copyright © 2012 Ruth Roberts
How could she have been talked into this? She was in way over her head. Cynthiana Davenport did not plan fundraiser Gala’s, she attended them. So how is it that she was now head of the planning committee? And for baseball of all things. She didn’t even like baseball, much less know anything about it. So what if her best friend had married a hunky major league baseball player last year. Just because Stacy had to learn about the sport didn’t mean she did. She was going to call her right now and tell her the deal was off. Someone else would have to take her place.
Cynthiana dug her phone out of her purse and was about to hit speed dial when she sighed in resignation and threw it back into her purse. Stacy was seven months pregnant with twins and on total bed rest. She couldn’t back out, Stacy didn’t need that kind of stress. The Gala was only a month away and everything was practically done. It would be a piece of cake. She could do this. Besides, it was only a big party and if there was one thing she was good at it was throwing parties. Sure, this one was a little larger than she was used to but hey, how much trouble could five hundred wealthy people and athletes be?
Not nearly as much trouble as managing her growing feelings for one very gorgeous, very charming baseball player with deep brown eyes and a killer smile who just happened to be her right hand on the planning committee. Roberto Luque. If she could just ignore his adorable dimples she might get through the next few hours. Roberto was a playboy and she didn’t date playboys. Ever. So she would just have to keep her feelings under tight control until the night was over. She had managed to do just that every time they had seen each other over the past year. Admittedly, it had been getting harder and harder, especially since he seemed to be stepping up the charm. A man like Roberto knew very well when a woman was attracted to him, but she was determined not to be one of them. So far she had been safe by provoking some sort of argument with him any time they were together, that usually cooled things down, but she hadn’t been able to do that since they started working together on the Gala. Thankfully they wouldn’t be alone, the rest of the committee would be there too. Which was a good thing since they were meeting at her house. Heaven only knew what would happen if the two of them were alone in a house together. Spontaneous combustion came to mind.
Her two story, red brick house on twenty-five acres in a small Dallas suburb gave her the privacy of having a slice of country while still close to the city. Deciding they would be more comfortable working in the living room she finished laying out the last of the Chinese food boxes on the coffee table. The door bell rang. Refusing to glance in the mirror by the door, she opened it to find Roberto. Just Roberto. It was dangerous to womankind for one man to be so handsome. That mischievous look in his dark eyes, a touch of humor on his full lips, dark tendrils of hair curled on his forehead and at his nape. How is it that the sight of him made her feel light headed? Get a grip girl, he’s only a man.
“Hi Princesa. I brought the wine and the guest lists as you ordered.”
“I don’t order, I request.” Defensive mode was her method of survival around him. She stepped back and let him in.
Roberto stood just inside and surveyed her house. Lots of windows let in plenty of sunlight. Sheer red curtains over white slatted blinds complemented the white carpeting and black leather sectional with red and white throw pillows scattered over it. Why was it so important that he like her home?
With a smile and a shake of his head Roberto said, “Nice. It suits you. Fiery yet warm. By the way, Jennifer and Raquel won’t be able to make it tonight.” He set the wine bottle on the table next to the wine glasses and the manila folder containing the guest lists on the sofa.
So much for her well laid plans. “Why not? We have a lot to do tonight, and why didn’t they call me?” She wanted to stomp her foot like a child. Fortunately, she was able to control that urge. Unfortunately her face felt as hot as stoked fire. Darn, why did she have such pale skin? Was it anger or the thought of being alone with him? Anger, definitely anger.
“Because they called me,” Roberto replied. “Between the two of us we can get everything done. Not to worry Princesa, hard work is not hazardous to your health.”
“I know that Roberto. Why do you insist on thinking I haven’t worked a day in my life?”
“I never said that. Now let’s eat, I’m starving.”
The man was impossible. Maybe she’d just send him home and do all the work herself. The idea had merit. She plopped down on the sofa as far away from him as possible and still reach the food. She ignored his knowing smile and shake of his head as she picked up a box of her favorite sweet and sour pork. Who cared if he thought she was a chicken for wanting to keep distance between them.
He poured them each a glass of wine and sat down next to her. He scooted closer to her as he handed her a glass. Now he seemed to ignore her scowl as he took a sip of wine, set down his glass and chose his own box.
“You’re always starving,” she said a few bites later, “it must be some sort of rule for athletes that they can eat whatever they want and still look great.”
“You think I look great?”
Darn! Why did she have to say something to make him smile? There were those dimples again. Heat started creeping up her neck and face, the telltale signs of a blush coming on. Be more careful with your words!
“All athletes look great, it’s not just you. Don’t let your head get too big, if it gets any bigger we won’t both fit on the sofa, I’ll find myself on the floor.”
He put his arm around her shoulders and pulled her to his side. “Don’t worry, there will always be a place for you by my side.”
His teasing tone turned serious causing her to look up at him. He stared down at her, his expression unreadable. Was he joking? Was he serious? She couldn’t tell and her heart was doing funny little flip flops, his fingers stroking seductively up and down her arm weren’t helping either.
Author Bio:
Ruth Roberts has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her very own romantic hero of eighteen years, their teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at You can also email her at  She loves hearing from fans.  

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To forgive or not to forgive…
There’s a storm brewing at Black Cat Records and lead singer Marcus Anthony and guitarist Avery Jones are at the center of it. Brutal Strength is leaving Vancouver and heading out on a big stadium tour with the reprobate rockers from Tempest as their opening act. Avery is forced to deal with a troubling figure from her past while being pursued by Tempest’s tatted bad boy, Bryan ‘Bullet’ Jackson. Meanwhile, Marcus must battle his own internal demons as well as this rival for Avery’s affection. Can Avery and Marcus keep their fairy tale happily ever after together when the prevailing winds of the real world are against them?

**A Black Cat Records novel with mature subject matter**

Reclining against the back of the garden tub with her eyes closed, she knew the moment he stepped into the room by the way her body reacted, tingling with an awareness that had always been there between the two of them. Even when she’d been disguised as a guy.

Heat that had nothing to do with the temperature of the bath flooded her veins. She opened her eyes to find him leaning back against the door frame looking at her with a heavy lidded gaze. Steam billowed from the white porcelain mug cupped in his masculine hands. Slowly, the focus of his gaze lifted from where her breasts peeked out above the surface of the bubbles to her face. Looking pointedly at the mug, she arched a brow. “Is that for me?”

“The tea you mean?” Marcus asked suggestively, giving her a sexy half smile.

Avery reached out with a soapy arm to take the mug he offered her. “The tea will do… for now,” she said, playing along. Blowing over the top before taking a sip, she sighed with pleasure at the first taste of the rich exotic brew. Warmth from the tea slid down her throat while the passionate expression on Marcus’ face fueled warmth of a different sort.

Purposefully, she sat up further in the water, feeling the bubbles sliding down to her waist. Eyes darkening to deep sapphire followed their path with focused concentration. She started to bring the tea to her mouth again when he abruptly reached for it and removed it from her hands.

The mug clattered as he set it down on the black granite countertop. He grabbed a thick white bath towel off the warming rack. Wordlessly, he unfolded it and held it outstretched for her to step into. “You are so beautiful,” he said watching her rise from the tub.

He wrapped her flushed body in the soft heated towel and swept her off her feet. Cradled tight to his rock-hard chest, she found herself swiftly carried to the bedroom. Her heart hammered excitedly against her ribs as he laid her out on the king sized bed and began to caress her body. With calloused fingertips he expertly stroked her like an instrument that he had mastered. She’d never had a lover like Marcus. Not that there had been many before him. But she could never have imagined anyone making love to her the way he did. Like it was a physical expression of what he felt inside his soul.

He ran his hands across every inch of her sensitized creamy white skin plucking lightly in certain areas, circling teasingly in others, always seeming to intuitively know where and how to touch in a way that would give her the most pleasure. By the time he covered her body with his own she was trembling and ready. She moaned deep in her throat at the exquisite feeling of completion she felt when he finally brought their bodies together.

Over the past week she’d sensed his lovemaking taking on an even higher level of intensity than usual as if he was savoring each moment. Now he made love to her so tenderly and so patiently that it took only moments before he’d coaxed from her the ultimate crescendo. And as it always was between them, after she cried out his name, he soon followed, dampening her vocal release with his mouth over hers, as if he were drinking in her essence.


When I first got this request to be a part of Abbi’s Birthday Bash I wondered what I would do or say.  Well here goes….

 I have adored everything I have ready but Abbi in the past.  Her writing has always caught my attention long before I started blogging.  But most recently I have come to adore her for giving us RUSH FINLAY!  I have to say that I am addicted to the Too Far series and Rush has almost everything to do with that.  And her other books are just as awesome… Who can resist the Vincent Boys or Cage from While it Lasts.  Cage was my first introduction to Abbi’s work and I have been smitten ever since.  

Thank you for everything that you do for your readers and the bloggers Abbi.  

I hope that you have the most amazing Birthday!!!! 
Jennifer from Wolfel’s World of Books

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Some are destined for greatness . . . others for pure unadulterated misery.

After catching her boyfriend with another woman, Laura struggles with beginning again, knowing deep down that she is destined to be unhappily out of love for her entire life. Needing some time to recoup and formulate a game plan, she decides to visit her notoriously wise grandmother. But once there, a curveball in the form of a deliciously attractive stranger has her falling again.

Brooks is another story altogether. He is quite content with his life until his father forces him into a business decision that will ruin the rest of his life. As if his relationship with his father isn’t tumultuous enough, his new fiancé is making every waking moment a living hell and loving every manipulative minute of it.

When Laura stumbles upon her mother’s old journal, she opens a door into a long forgotten past. A past that somehow leads both Laura and Brooks into unfamiliar territory and changes everything they ever knew about fate.

Destiny is ever-changing, after all.

My Review of Destiny Ever Changing 
Destiny by definition: something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune. the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events. the power or agency that determines the course of events.

Well I can honestly say that all of the above were and are correct at some point in this first novel by Tasha Ivey. Tasha has done a great job in her first go round in the self-publishing world. 
As the story beings we find Laura who has literally found her boyfriend Alex cheating on her with another woman.  Caught with his hand in the cookie barrel Alex doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to Laura’s decision to leave him.  She has been unhappy and had a way of finding the worst men most of her life.  She feels she is destined to be along and unhappy for the rest of her life.  As she loads her car and heads for home she decides she can’t face it and heads to the sleepy beach front town her grandmothers lives in.  I fell in love with her grandmother, even though the woman didn’t say much what she did say always made a lot of sense… It made me really miss my grandmothers who have been gone a fairly long time for me.  Grandmothers always have a way of making you feel better and usually it’s with food…

Brooks is born into money, power and dominance.  A father that is willing to risk the happiness of his own child to solidify a business deal and gobble up the competition leads Brooks to a future that he neither wants or desires, but to protect others he is willing to be the sacrificial lamb.   This is were we meet he beautiful on the outside but gold digging bitch Jacqueline.  I used to love that name, makes me think of the poise and beauty of Jacqueline Kennedy, however this Jacqueline makes me want to rip every last piece of blonde hair from her head… WOW Tasha created one of the most self-centered people that I think I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a book.  Some of the other bloggers were chatting and we have our plan to join up with Laura and take this girl down a peg… You will hate this character with passion, trust me!  Brooks is sent to live with this ungodly woman for a few months before their unptuials are to take place, but everything changed the minute that he lays eyes on Laura… 

As Laura’s misfortune continues while rolling into town, her fate is decided and her every-changing destiny is sent into a tailspin, when the help of a stranger comes to her rescue…

My heart broke for both characters in this book.  Tasha takes a good amount of time building this story.  I was happy that even though it was an instant attraction it took them a long time to decide what was really right for them.  Their connection was undeniable.  

The journal that she finds from her mother was a great touch.  Though I do have to say I sort of figured it out very early on what the outcome was going to be, I didn’t mind the journey getting me there.  I have a tendency to think ahead sometimes and I am always looking for the angle in the book, trying to figure it out.  There were enough surprises in this book that I wasn’t expecting, to keep me turning those pages at 1 AM… 

Tasha does a good job keeping you on  your toes. I would have liked the book to have been a little bit longer and learned a lot more about Brooks and Laura.  I felt a little bit like it was rushed at the end and it could have had a little bit more development, nut it was a solid read and I was glad that this one fell into my lap.  I highly recommend it, very sweet story.  Her writing is very clean which is a blessing.  She has a well thought out storyline for a first time author.  Kudos Tasha for a great read, can’t wait for the sequel and our day at the beach with Jacqueline… hahaha…  I give this one a solid 4 Stars and look forward to more by this author in the future… 




Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn’t have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn’t complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. She is currently working on her second novel, Every Breath, which is due to release this year, and she also plans to start a sequel to her first novel, Destiny Ever-changing, this summer.

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BLOG TOUR: The Upside of Letting Go by Nacole Stayton

Book Description:

Haley Martin decides the only way to let go of her lingering nightmares is to literally move on. Taking a leap of faith she finds herself enrolling at a campus hundreds of miles away from home.

She leaves any thoughts of dating again in Jersey, that is until fate crosses her path with a blue-eyed stud named Kyler King. He is notoriously known for being emotionally unattainable, but his façade is only to hide the burdens he bares every day.

As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets of the past threaten to surface. When Haley’s past collides with the present, will her secrets prove too big of an obstacle hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?

Title: The Upside of Letting Go
Author:  Nacole Stayton
Genre: New Adult
Publish Date:  April 20, 2013

My Review of The Upside of Letting Go

Mommy guess what Prince Charming really does exist and his name is Kyler King.  He’s so handsome and really smart and very broken but  he does and says the sweetest things and I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with him. 
Do Fairytale‘s exist?  If they did this would be one of themThe only thing truly missing was the wicked stepmother, queen or evil person that all fairytale’s seem to haveI could say that role was filled by “fear”.  A very real fear for Haley Martin and Kyler King.  
Haley’s young life has been torn apart in more ways then one.  She’s a college student now but her past haunts her and her fears make her run to find a new life and move on.  But Haley finds that moving on and shutting people out isn’t truly the best way to handle things.  When she runs into Kyler King on the very first day at her new school she’s struck by how handsome he is.  Fate has more in store for Haley then she realizes after this chance meeting.
Kyler King is a campus playbook and everyone knows itKyler’s has quite the reputation on campus.  Kyler too is running desperately from his past, forcing himself to detach from any real relationships out of “fear”.  Meeting Haley had changed him in some way and no matter how hard he tries to fight the undeniable connection to her, he can’t quite shake his feeling about her.
I was instantly sucked in by this book from the minute that it started… I couldn’t put the thing down it was hard to go to sleep knowing that there was more to read.  Kyler truly is a prince.  Despite his past and his faults I was smitten with him from the very beginning of this book.  The connection between Kyler and Haley was a beautiful thing to watch.  Their tragic pasts draw them together in a way that they don’t know or understandOnce you see what their secrets are you will want to hug them both and squeeze them.  
There are times I was super frustrated with both of them and felt like I wanted to smack them in the back of the head and say “WAKE UP”!  There were times when I wanted to hug and comfort them both and tell them it was ok that things happen for a reason and you will get through this.  Their love is so speical and their pasts so similar that you just know deep down that it has to work out for these two, they deserve nothing less then the fairytale.  
Then the moment comes… When the “past” collides with the present let me just tell you it is a jaw dropping, complete OMG did that just happen moment.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading but just moments before it I had a sinking feeling what was coming and it still smacked me in the face.  At this point in the book you will be left feeling confused and concerned for all parties involved… 
And after you recover in a few paragraphs and start to except what just happened then your smacked in the face with yet another OMG did that just happen moment… Ok there are a few more after this but this second one rips at your heart strings… Dear Lord one moment I was in shock the next moment I‘m crying… The events that happen after that aren’t any less emotional or crazy
I can’t tell you how it ended or even tell you my feelings about the ending, because you’d scream at me that I ruined the story… NO SPOLIERS here from me… Will Haley and Kyler over come their tragic past and realize that their is an Upside to Letting Go??? 
 You’ll have to see for yourself on the 20th! 
Nacole weaves a crazy but beautiful journey about love, loss, self acceptance and forgiveness.  This is one of those books that when you start reading it you just know that it is going to be a good one.    I have no doubt that readers will be rushing to get this read when it comes out.  For a first book by this author I have to say I cannot wait to see what she writes next.  BRAVO Nacole!!!!!!  I gladly give this book 5 star stamp of approval…  
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About the Author:

Nacole Stayton was born and raised Christian “Nacole” Stayton. She is twenty-three years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state, Kentucky. She spends her days working at the local hospital 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 Fire. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos and iced coffee.


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PROMO TOUR: Date Me by Jillian Dodd


I’m not scripting my life anymore.

I’m living it.

I’m done with the God of all Hotties.

I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.

The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.
The boy who offered me the key to his heart.
The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.

There are so many things to look forward to.

Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.

But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.
Not that I can blame him. 
I have secrets too.

But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.

I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.

I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.

I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.
But, I will.
And this time, I might not get away.



I push Damian’s number and, as usual, he answers right away.

“Keats, what’s up?”

“A friend just showed me your video. The new song. It’s really great. Catchy. She already has it memorized.” I sing, “Be a rock star. Be a rock star.”

“I’ve been wanting to call you. I’m sorry I haven’t. You should’ve been the first one to hear it, since you inspired it with all your drama this summer.”

“It’s good to know my screwed up life is so inspirational,” I say sarcastically.
“Hey, you’re the one who told me people could probably relate. And you were right. We performed it one night just to gauge the crowd’s reaction. It was nuts. They were singing it with us before it was over. And the label’s not stupid. They knew we had a hit on our hands, got us some studio time, and we recorded it quickly. We released it a week ago and it’s already hit number two in Japan.”
“And there are over a million views on the concert video. Damian, I’m so proud of you. Where are you anyway?”
“Helsinki. We have a show here tomorrow night. That will round out the European tour. We’ll be doing some promotional stuff, maybe get some studio time, then back at it in Japan. How’s it going there?”
“I’m doing good. I’m dating a guy. He’s really sweet . . .”
“Not to interrupt but I think I’m going to be in Miami soon. Special gig. I’ll let you know. It’d be great to see you. I miss my Keats.”
“I was your Keats before anyone else’s.”
He clears his voice. “You talk to him much?”
“I did something stupid, Damian. Vincent almost found me.”
“What did you do?”
I tell him about the surf tournament.
“That’s it. I’m kicking his ass.”
“All that I just told you about Vincent and that’s what you got out of the story? That you need to kick B’s ass?”
“Yes. I’m definitely kicking his ass. And if I do Miami, it will be a very last minute surprise-the-audience thing. Not planned like Brook’s tour. I really want to see you. What are you doing for the holidays?”
“I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it yet.”
“I think you should go to The Crab.” The Crab is our secret name for their house in St. Croix. 
“Could I? Will your dad be there?”
“No. Marissa is pregnant again.”
“Yeah. It’s a boy this time. She wants to name him Rain.”
“Well, his sister is named Stormy. I guess that would fit.”
“He’ll get his ass kicked on the playground with a name like that. Why can’t they name him Lightning or Thunderbolt or something tough?”
“Speaking of names. My sisters got a dog like Buoy. They named her Kiki.”
He laughs out loud.
I miss making him laugh. I miss him.
“My dad told me about that. All I have to say is Kiki must be one patient dog. I heard the girls painted her with pink and purple paint, then poured glitter all over her. When Tommy got pissed, I took him aside and told him that Kiki was sad because she didn’t have pretty tutus or glitter shoes and they wanted to her feel pretty. They’re so funny. Everyone says they are going to have to call you Buoy when you come home.” He stops laughing and is quiet for a minute. “I miss you, Keats. Everyone misses you.”
“I miss everyone too. Garrett doesn’t think I’ll ever be able to go home. But I’m doing okay, Damian. I’m starting over.”
“That’s bullshit. If this goes on much longer, screw Garrett, you and me will figure out something together.”
“Like old times, huh? You helping me write the scripts of my life?”
“Exactly. So hey, we have a morning radio interview in a few hours and I haven’t even been to bed yet.”
I hear a girl’s voice in the background say, Baby, hurry up.
“Who’s that? Damian! Do you have a girlfriend?”
He laughs loudly and then whispers to me. “More like groupies. Touring is awesome.”
“Then I better let you get back to that.”
“Actually, I was just getting ready to leave. I really do need to get a few hours of sleep. Are you sure you’re doing okay, like really?”
“I think so.”
“Any guys giving you shit?”
“I love you.”
“You’re avoiding that topic. Does that mean one already is?”
“No. It’s more like the opposite.”
“A guy is treating you too well?”
“Yeah, maybe.”
“Maybe you should marry him,” he laughs. “No, wait, you can’t. We’re already married.”
“It will be easy to annul. We married under false pretenses. You told me you were a prince.”
“Only because you wrote the script and made me wear that girly crown.”
“True, but I also cast you as a frog because hopping around like a maniac and singing songs was something you were actually good at.”
“Are you saying I wasn’t a believable Prince? You’ve just dashed my dreams of winning an Oscar.”
“I’m saying you played a much better frog.” I hear the girl whine again in the background. “Case in point,” I say and hang up.


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 About the Author:

Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy. She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

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BLOG TOUR: In The Stillness by Andrea Randall


Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.

Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned.

Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won’t let go?

My Review of In The Stillness: 
An emotionally stimulating read that will run over your soul and leave you breathless...

I couldn’t wait to start this book the moment I got it.  After reading the synopsis of the book I knew that I had to read this book.  It was going to be different and unique and something that wasn’t all happy go lucky.  I was thrilled!  I needed something new and differentI was not disappointed!  Let me just start out by saying that if you have issues with deep topics this book might not be for you because this story is deep. 
Natalie is a cutter.  What does that mean exactly?  It means exactly what it says.  Something inside Natalie snapped several years before this book takes place and Andrea does one amazing job of going back in time and filling in the blanks that led to where Natalie is today.  She is a mother and a wife but well, she really doesn’t want to be… Natalie struggles with the past that she feel robbed of and a future that is less then what she desires.  Stuck between in what I can only refer to as an emotional limbo Natalie takes up cutting to ease the sadness that exists within.   I just will make one mention of her husband Eric.  There is not a word in the languages of the world to express my pure hatred of that man… UGH!!!!!!
At first I didn’t like Natalie at all. I kept thinking what a selfish horrible woman. I knew she was depressed but, the way she treated motherhood made me absolutely crazy!  As the past unravels and we start to understand where Natalie is coming from it makes it easier to understand why she is this way.  But it doesn’t make it any less difficult to accept.  However there is a turning point in this book where she completely redeems herself with the respect to her life and the life of her children and I found myself feeling so proud of her.  When she could have turned the situation into something completely different she turns it into something positive and starts to take action.  I was cheering her on by that point in the book and wanted her to get the help she needed and deserved, and find peace and happiness.
When the past meets her square in the face and shocks the crap out of her Natalie does all she can to hold together the pieces of her heart... The gulit from what she did the past consumes her thoughts and makes her want to continue the destructive behavior.  But she fights with everything she has to not just overcome the past but to seek forgiveness from the person she believes that she wronged the most.  
Ryker is one amazing man and I don’t just mean he is hot and sexy because honestly there is nothing sexy about this storyRyker was pulled off to war after the events of 9/11 and suffering a loss of someone close to him, Ryker was cast into his own personal hell.  As I write this and think back to the story I’m choking up.  Yeah you read this book and try not to cry I double dog dare you… go on try… Ryker suffers from PTSD and as so many soldiers and even people who have been involved in unspeakable situations he needs help.  I am humbled and touched by this man in so many ways.  sigh… there isn’t much I can say about this that wouldn’t give too much away so I can’t give details but let me just say that you will have a hard time not falling in love with Ryker despite the things that you will learn… 
My favorite part of this book is simply a photograph… boy did I cry at this part and you will know when you get to this part in the book.  I had nothing to do with the main characters but it will touch your heart and make you think about true love The supporting characters stole the show in this moment, and touched my heart.
Overall you cannot find a more rip your hair out, throw things across the room in anger, big ugly crying all over your shirt book then this… At times the tension is like a freight train driving through your heart at full speed and other times it is a quite ache of sadness the rips your heart to shreds…   
 This book is so beyond a 5 star read!  I cannot recommend this one enough!
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 About the Author:
I started writing poetry long before writing fiction. I firmly believe Poetry is a solid foundation for all other forms of writing. It taught me that a single word can make or break the world.

I write fiction because my characters have a story and they want me to tell it.

I hope you enjoy the pieces of my soul that I share with you. 

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Cover Reveal: Love at 11 by Mari Mancusi

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Title: Love at 11
Author: Mari Mancusi
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Expected re-release date: April 24, 2013
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When Maddy graduated from Columbia University, she was ready to change the world. She’d get a job at Newsline, meet a nice guy, and live happily ever after with a real designer handbag on her arm. Five years later, she’s stuck producing puff pieces for News 9 San Diego–where “if it bleeds, it leads.” She’s still single, her family’s falling apart, and so is her knock-off Kate Spade.

Then Jamie Hayes walks through her newsroom door. The former filmmaker is everything Maddy has ever dreamed of. Creative, smart, sweet—and with eyes that could make a girl melt. The perfect guy…but perfectly unavailable. And the more Maddy tries to stay away—the further she starts to fall.

Now a secret scoop from her favorite knock-off purse guy has Maddy chasing a lead that could make her career. Or destroy it forever. How far is she willing to go to broadcast the truth? And will this breaking news lead to a happily ever after…or a broken heart? Stay tuned…it’s the story of a lifetime.

About the Author:

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and dog Mesquite.

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Title: Animate Me  
Author: Ruth Clampett 
Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Age Group: New Adult/Adult  
Expected release date: May 1, 2013
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She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together?For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections. But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?    

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 Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics. From this colorful background comes Ruth’s first novel, Animate Me, a fun and sexy, unique and engaging contemporary romance. Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.

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