BLOG TOUR: SHAMELESS BY MEL BALLEW

Title: ShameLess
Author: Mel Ballew
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Hosted By: Love Between The Sheets

Synopsis:


“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Soon, you’ll be able to stand.”

S’renaty James lives a privileged life most her age only dream of living. She is beautiful and popular with her entire life ahead of her. Life could not get any better.

Until her entire life shifts, crashing around her…

Bound by devastation, persecuted by the ones she used to call ‘friends’, haunted by disturbing nightmares, and filled with self-blame, she vows to overcome.

Stefan is everything S’renaty swears to avoid. He is carefree and charismatic. He is primitive, complicated and a total badass. He makes her melt like fine chocolate under a hot summer’s sun the first time their eyes meet. There is something about him, and she makes it her mission to find out.

When he meets S’renaty James, he is not prepared for what comes over him because for the first time ever, a girl leaves him breathless. Now, his primary responsibility is to keep her safe.

He will do anything to protect her. Even lie…

Stefan is the one person she has trusted with her heart. After keeping an unforgivable secret, he could be the one to shatter it to pieces. In fact, he may even destroy her beyond repair. Will she overcome and forgive, letting go of the pain, guilt and shame? Or this time, will she be stronger than the hardest lesson of her life — and, become totally ShameLess?

Excerpt from ShameLess


On the heels of the truth surfacing in my head, my body reacts. Rapidly, I do a half-turn, lunging down and digging my right foot into the sand, and spin. I push off, hard with my foot, and take off darting back down the sand heading in the direction we just came from. I don’t wait for a response or a reaction from Stefan. I just run fast and hard. I allow my body to dictate its speed. I sprint, running parallel with the raging tides inspiring my motivation. It’s absolutely fucking freeing. Emotional tension blends with the sexual tension surging, pushing me, and giving me additional grit to push on.

“Who needs a rest now?” I cry out into the air now blowing at my back. Dazed, Stefan didn’t see that one coming, and I chuckle as I continue racing down the beach.

In no time, he catches up to me as we near the house. He grabs my hand, halting me, pulling me to his side. Both of us are covered in sweat, and sex oozes off him. I just want to scream. Instead, I lean forward, placing my hands on each of my knees, gasping through huffing breaths. Damn that felt great!

Before I know what is happening, he whisks my entire body up slinging me over his shoulder, and takes off running. We both plunge straight into the ocean. The frigid water bitch slaps me; no cold shower needed. Together, we come up for air. Freezing water runs down our faces.

“What the hell, Stefan?” I stutter out through chattering teeth as shivers possess me. Between the cool breeze off the ocean, and the frigid water, I can’t get warm.

He pulls me to him, wrapping me in his arms, “I told you, you would be in my arms, Star. And, cheaters always get due punishment. I don’t play.” His words, playful, and firm, offer heated softness. I allow myself to welcome the warmth. How is there any possible way to respond to that? I can’t.

Time halts.

In the next instant, Stefan takes both of his hands to each side of my face, saying, “You will always be in my arms,” then leans in closer introducing his lips to mine in a more passionate kiss than any I have had with him or by anyone else.

In this moment, it feels like the first one. I’m dying inside. This icy water holds no refuge to the fervor his body offers mine. He attempts to pull away, but I bring him to me this time, and take all of him, seizing his lips with my own. I bite his bottom lip, sucking it in, nibbling a little harder, and letting him know I want all of him, not just his lips. I want all of him!

Time has a way of transcending. It surpasses more than the grandest of any of our unanswered prayers. It offers us gifts every single day. Pap is right. Each day is truly a gift. Our past is a gift for our present to open. I’m in the present with the most amazing guy. Right now, nothing else matters except for opening my gift, and accepting my present. God knows exactly what we need exactly when we need it. I thank God for giving me the strength to be here, in this moment.

Tomorrow may still be a mystery, but today is unraveling, slowly. It’s like opening a gift, and one I have every intention of treating with care…unwrapping it gently to savor its blessing. Here is to the present; to us!

Carrie’s Review of ShameLess


What a wonderful book! I didn’t know what to expect or what this book would be about, but so happy I read it.

S’renaty James has went through so much in the last 2 years. She decides it is time for a fresh start. She wants to arrive somewhere nobody knows her and all the bad things that have happened to her over the past 2 years of her life to go away.

S’renaty ends up going away to college and meets a new friends and some from the past. In the story they call her Ren as a nickname. She has a lot of pain and anger you will see her go through throughout the book.

Tucker- Tucker is the boyfriend from her past. He was horrible to her after the accident and he comes back to prove he is sorry for not being there in the hardest time of her life.

Stefan- OMG swoon worthy is written all over Mr. Greek God!! I love him! He will be added to my ever growing BB list! He tells her this..“You are my wish come true. You are my girl, my Star.” <<<<<<Mercy sakes to that! I melted when he told Ren that! I adore him!

Shameless will immediately suck you in. I don’t want to give too much away. I’m sure you are asking why did she go away? What happened to her two years ago? You will learn all of that in the first few pages! It is beautifully written. I laughed out loud, had tears and swooned all at the same time!

I give Shameless 5 stars! One of my favorite parts is at the beginning of every chapter you get a quote. I loved the different POV’s I like hearing from both sides of the story. This story is full of heartache, letting go, new beginnings and putting yourself back together after being broken for so long! Thank you Mel Ballew for such a beautiful story!




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About the Author:


Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats.

An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition.

Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened.

She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult.

A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber.

Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover.

She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.


 


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BLOG TOUR: EMBRACE ME BY REBECCA TURLEY

Synopsis:

What will happen to the girl who has everything?

After a rough start to life, Shannon Downing finally has it all. She has her Mr. Notice Me, she has reconnected with her long-lost mother, and she is the sole heiress to a multi-billion dollar company. The only problem is going public with that information. Hidden away at a ranch in Texas at her mother’s insistence, Shannon’s world starts to crumble. Not only does she learn of Maisy Field’s kidnapping, but she hears a secret that could destroy everything and everyone she loves. What will happen when news comes out that she is the missing heiress to Downing International? Will she become the next target for the elusive kidnappers? And what about the secret she overheard? Will the love that she and Mr. Notice Me share be enough to hold them together?

Jenn’s Review of Embrace Me

I had never heard of these books when we go the request for the tour, but I loved the synopsis so we decided to give it a shot and boy am I glad I did!  These books were diamonds in the rough… There are so many books releasing on a daily basis it’s hard to keep up, I’m glad we were sent the tour request for these or I might never have read them.

Embrace me is actually book two in a series.  The first book Notice Me introduces us to Shannon Downing and takes you on a whirlwind story filled with love, passion and a whole lot of intrigue.  If you haven’t read the first book then you might not understand the review so I highly encourage you to get the first book and read it and then pick up this one.

At the end of Notice Me, Shannon has been rescued and THANK GOD FOR THAT from Will Field the manipulative son of a BLEEP!  Yeah let me just tell you that I’d like to shove a hot poker where the suns don’t shine on that guy!  WOW he was a grade A… yeah you get the picture… After finding out that her one true love has come to find her and deliver a blow to the family that has been basically holding her hostage she is whisked away to live in bliss… YES!  But that isn’t exactly what happens… 

Shan is faced with new worries, doubts and fears in this second book.  She is now the heiress to her mother’s multi-billion dollar corporation which immediately puts a target on her head.  In order to protect her, her mother and boyfriend convince her to go into hiding once the press is given the story.  Faced with the prospect of the press hounding her every move, and the world wanting to know the girl that has gone from ordinary too extraordinary overnight.  It’s a real life Cinderella story.  The last thing she wants to do is hide but when her former best friends sister Maisy is kidnapped without any trace by what is to believed to be an underground crime organization, Shan feels she has no choice.  

I have to say that this story surprised me.  There was intrigue and mystery along with love and passion and sadness.  Shannon has to embrace her new role and move forward with her new life even if it means making some irrational and yet necessary decisions.  

Throughout this story the mystery of the fight between the Field’s and the Downing’s is revealed and it will make you want to scream!  It truly reminds me of the old TV show Dallas that was on when I was a kid… Could you fight over anything more STUPID, and cause all this hurt and pain in people’s lives for no real good reason other than your ancestors did it so you carry it on… oy vey!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Charlie… Mr. Notice Me his persual of Shannon is unlike any other… He is sensitive and sweet and his letter to her melted my heart throughout the first and second book… I just completely adored his character.  He has a past that he wasn’t truly aware of and there are some secrets that unfold that are truly heartbreaking… tears were freely flowing during this part of the story.  My heart truly ached for him, but then I also wanted to smack him for not being a man about it and dealing with it head on… running never solves anything the problem is always still there when you return… 

There are some twists and turns and some truly shocking moments that will leave you saying WHAT?  That didn’t just happen did it!  The ending was crazy to say the least!  I was speechless for a period of time at Shannon’s strength and resolve in the face of danger… Her ability to forgive and try to forget what the Field’s did to her and to her family was remarkable.  Moving on is never easy especially after what they did to her!  

Overall I love these books… There is a little bit of a hint of British slang throughout but it isn’t distracting.  I highly recommend these books and rate this one a solid 4 stars!  Give them a chance I do think that you will enjoy them!
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About the Author:

Rebecca Turley lives in the captivating town of Malvern in Worcestershire with her husband Jon and cat Millie. With a view of the Malvern Hills from her writing desk, all she needs for inspiration is to look out of her window. A hopeless romantic like most women, she enjoys becoming lost in a love story almost as much as writing one.

Embrace Me is the sequel to her debut novel Notice Me.



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COVER REVEAL: SKIPPING STONES BY J.B. MCGEE

Blurb:

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal.

Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That’s the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder “what if?” Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn’t left you?

Leaving…this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it’s like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she’s made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex’s own form of therapy, or so she thinks.

When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her.

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Bio:

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town. 

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children’s literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children’s medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series. 

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BLOG TOUR: IT ALL STARTED WITH A LIMA BEAN BY KIMI FLORES

Synopsis:


A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.

Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.


A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.

 
A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife’s sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.

 
With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.

Jenn’s Review of It All Started with a Lima Bean
I was so excited to be able to finally read this book!  There are some emerging new authors that are popping up that are really worth the time to read.  Kimi is one of them for sure!
Don’t let the title throw you because I know the first time I heard it I was like who writes a book about a lima bean?  I mean I like lima beans and all but to read a book about it?  Yeah well it’s not really about a lima bean… It’s about the growth of two broken souls finding a way to grow together and become whole again.  
This book follows the lives of Caleb and Abby who have both been through some tremendous heartache in their young lives.  This book starts out with and emotional kick to the gut… I was crying but the end of the 2nd paragraph I believe.  As the story unfolds the push and pull and attraction between the leading characters is undeniable.  
Caleb who’s lost his wife, puts all of his time into the one remaining happy thing in his life his daughter Madison.  Madison is about to start school and Caleb has no idea that this monumental milestone in her young life will change his forever.  Caleb struggles throughout the book fighting his feelings for Abby.  Between his heartache from the loss of his wife and his fear of betraying her memory he isn’t sure which way to turn.  Caleb wears his heart on his sleeve and is super sweet and almost too perfect.
Abby has a heart of gold but she is broken.  She has let her past define her future and come between any relationship that she attempts to have.  She refuses to see anything genuine in men and continues to beat herself up over the past.  Unfortunately living in the same town she has always lived in she can’t escape her past.  It isn’t until she see Caleb on the first day of the new school year that she starts to feel something, that instant attraction she’s never been able to find with anyone else.  Only he’s her students father and doesn’t seem interested at all.  As Abby’s secrets unfold you really start to understand what has shaped her view of men and what broke her heart.  The poor girl has punished herself for years.  If your a sap like me this story will make you cry and then want to punch someone in the FACE… HARD!  While her past continues to haunt her Abby is slowing hoping for a different future then she imagined… 
The best part is that the supporting character are so well woven into the storyline that you will be begging for the next book to see what is going to transpire between Abby’s saucy latino best friend and Caleb’s manwhore of a cousin… These two are like a moth to the flame but at this point that’s gone nowhere because she’s afraid to touch the fire and he’s been warned to stay clear by Caleb… Book 2 should be interesting to say the very least!  
I’m usually one that wants a ton of angst and dark and gritty characters but this one was surprisingly sweet and I still loved it!  Kimi does a fantastic job with this first book and I look forward to the next one…  I give this one 4.5 stars!  Looking forward to more from this new author….
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About the Author:


Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi’s day with these three guys by her side. Her family and she are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations. They believe that everyone needs to do their part and a portion of her sales will always go to charity.

At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again.

Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay.

Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon, will.i.am’s: ~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~

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SPOTLIGHT: DRIVEN BY K. BROMBERG

Synopsis:

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

Jenn’s Review of Driven
WOW!  I have to say that I’m sorry it took me so long to read this book.  I was blown away from the first chapter of the book and it never let up!  This story has every single element that I love in a good read!  Passion, Lust, Angst and a broken man that’s first middle and last name should be SIN!  Colton Donovan has been placed at the top of my book boyfriend list!  Not only is he hot but he drives a race car and if you know anything about me you know I love racing in any form.  I’m born and raised in the hometown of the Andretti’s and grew up at the dirty track in my town so racing just feels like it’s in my blood!  So when this series came to my attention I was quick to pick it up.  I started it yesterday morning and couldn’t put it down.  Cursed the fact that I had a job that I had to attend when I had this amazing story waiting for me.
Let’s talk about the characters!  Rylee makes me laugh, cry and really feel every emotion there is. She has had some crushing devastation in her life, and even though it should have broken her she still goes on with her life.  She lives selflessly and gives 100% to her job!  When she’s faced with the enigma that is Colton Donovan at a charity event for her job she’s instantly drawn to him like moth to flame and what a flame he is! When we finally get Rylee’s full story about her past and what happened your heart will be left open and bleeding until Colton happily steps in and pushes it quickly from your mind… Yeah he has that kind of power!
Colton Donovan is just WOW!  I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE with him!  I’m telling you he literally leaps off the pages. His arrogance, dominance and possessiveness will piss you off and make you swoon at the same time!  He has sway and swagger that compares to few others… Rylee often says that he can seduce her with just words, and I agree because he had me at HELLO!!!! Colton has a deep and dark past and we get to touch just a little on the demons that are hiding in his closet. I wanted to grab him and shake him at times.  He’s playboy and he doubts everyone’s intentions when it comes to matters of the heart, because of his past. We don’t quite know why fully but you can feel the pain through his words….
I love the push and pull between these two. The sexy witty banter will make you chuckle.  Rylee gives him a real challenge, and when push comes to shove she is no match for the attraction between them.  There are several moments when I was in tears in this book, then there were people I wanted to punch their lights out!  The sexy times in the book are OFF the MAP HOT!  Colton is a dirty boy and it shows at all the right times!!!!  I was fanning myself frequently!  He will make you fall in love with him I’m certain of it.
I wish I could say that I have a favorite part of the book but honestly I LOVED every single minute.  There is nothing that could have been done differently or better for me honestly!!!  Rylee and Colton’s story is just beginning and although there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book, you won’t have long to wait as Fueled is out on August 27th so you won’t have long to wait!  I for one am dying to read the next book… I read the synopsis for Fueled and heard some of the early comments coming in and I think we are in for a real RIDE in book 2!  This is a must read from me, you will love every minute and beg for more…. 
I happily give 5 BIG HUGE stars for this one and can’t wait for more from this new author.  I think she will have a long career ahead of her!
Read the first installment of Rylee & Colton’s journey NOW!!!!
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BOOK #2 Coming August 27th, 2013
Synopsis:
What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love? 

 






About the Author:

K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner that has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her–the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard. She’s a wife, mom, child rustler, toy pick-er-upper, chauffer, resident web-slinger, LaLaloopsy watching, American Girl doll dressing multi-tasker of all things domestic and otherwise. She likes her diet cokes with rum, her music loud, and her pantry stocked with a cache of chocolate.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

Fueled is K. Bromberg’s second published novel and is the highly anticipated second book of “The Driven Trilogy.” Driven was her well-received debut novel and Book #1 of the series.

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COVER REVEAL: FREEING BY E.K. BLAIR

AUTHOR: E.K. BLAIR
BOOK GENRES: Coming of Age/New Adult
RELEASE DATE: Sept 13, 2013

**THIS IS A FULL-LENGTH COMPANION NOVEL TO FADING**

Synopsis:

Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.

Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he’s discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is—gay.

Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn’t realize that he’s still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he’s fought hard to bury.

To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase’s moment of truth. But he’ll need Mark to lead him there.


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BLOG TOUR: LOVE SQUARE BY JESSICA INGRO

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Synopsis:


A love triangle gone bad…
He was the one guy I couldn’t get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he’s turning my world upside down.

At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?

Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.

Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can’t help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she’s his soul mate.

Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?  


Carrie’s Review of Love Square



If you are looking for something with steam this would be a great book for you! This is a love triangle, I for one love them!

We meet Sam who is lost and insecure. She doesn’t feel loved anymore by her husband Aiden. Sam feels like the last ten years have been a waste. They had been trying to have a baby together and never could. That put an even bigger wedge between them.

Sam- I love to hate Sam and you will see why throughout the story. I felt for her I really did, but cheating in any form I just can’t handle. You feel for her that her husband hasn’t wanted anything to do with her for months, but she has other issues she has to get through as well.I didn’t like how she kept stringing Jacob along!

Aiden – I really didn’t feel sorry for him at first.I kept yelling pay attention to your wife! Aiden later proves he is a great husband and loves his wife even if it means taking drastic measures to keep her. When you get to know him better you will like Aiden.

Jacob Matthews- Omg! You talk about swoon city! I loved Jacob!! My heart hurt so bad for him. I really hated how he got treated by Sam sometimes. He did hurt Sam in high school I get that, but you can’t help but love him. I think Jacob shows that even after sixteen years he still loves her and regrets ever letting her go.

As the story progresses Jacob ends up at one of Sam’s book signings. <<<<<< yes you guessed it she is an author! I loved that part. So where was I ? Oh yes Jacob!! He shows up at her book signing and they begin to send hot emails back and forth. Sam tells Jacob that her marriage is rocky and sparks fly from there! They begin seeing each other all the time. The hotness factor between these two are off the charts!

I give Love Square 5 stars! You will be on the edge of your seat wondering who Sam will end up with! Or does she end up with either man? There are a few bigger issues that happen, but I can’t say without giving too much away. I think Love Square shows you that sometimes what you go out looking for might have been there all along! That saying the grass isn’t always greener! I think Sam might have thought that a time, or two. Thank you Jessica Ingro for this story! I’m so excited we will get Jacob’s POV soon!

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About the Author:

Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can’t wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.


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Lucas Wolfe has come close to happiness with Sienna, not once but twice. And both times he’s lost her because of his own fears. This time, he can’t let her go so easily—not now that he realizes that the one woman who said “no” is the one he’s in love with. Sienna is good for his music, and his life, and he’s determined to show her thatshe belongs with him.

No matter what the consequences.

ABSORBED is a FREE weekly mini-serial written in Lucas’s POV. It takes place between the end of Devoured: Chapter 19 (the Atlanta chapter) and the very start of Consumed, and will be published on Emily Snow’s blog and website from August 16 through September 13. CONSUMED will be released in eBook format from Touchstone Books on September 17 and in paperback in November.

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Kylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

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Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the DEVOURED series (October 2012, January 2013) and TIDAL (December 2012). She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about all three. Visit her blog at http://emilysnowbooks.blogspot.com for news, teasers, and contests.

BLOG TOUR: PRESENT PERFECT BY ALISON G. BAILEY


Synopsis:

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify

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Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen. 

Alternate POV from Noah


I was a little unsteady as I climbed into Tweet’s window. I had been drinking for the past two hours, ever since she left me. I thought I’d be okay for a few hours without her by my side. She had been with me constantly since it happened. The second she walked out of the house and out of sight I fell apart. I thought the feeling would pass, that I would be able to pull myself together in a matter of minutes, but I was wrong. I only intended to have a drink or two, but ended up drowning myself. I needed to be by her. I needed to touch her, hear her voice, and breathe in the scent of raspberry and vanilla. I needed all of her.

            Once I was through the window and in her room, I stumbled half way to her bed. Tweet reached out and grabbed my arm, keeping me from falling flat on my face, and then helped me sit down on her bed. A surge of relief flowed through me the second her hand touched my bare arm. She stilled the chaos that was happening in my life right now and gave me a sense of peace.

             Reaching out, I grabbed her hips, and quickly pulled her into a tight hug. Tweet’s bed was pretty high up. Standing in front of me while I sat brought her chest to my eye level. Without saying anything, she wrapped her arms around my neck and pulled me close. She began running her fingers through my hair. Tightening my hold, I closed my eyes and soaked her in.
            “I wish I could take your pain away,” she whispered into my hair.
            There was no other place on this planet I wanted to be than here with Tweet, but I needed more. I needed all of her. My fingers started to slowly move underneath her shirt as I turned my face and began nuzzling the space between her tits. It was late and she was dressed for bed in a pair of long pajama pants and a baby doll t-shirt. I could tell through her shirt how hard her nipples were already. She wanted me as much as I wanted and needed her.
            Tweet tried to step back, which only increased my hold. My eyelids slowly opened and I shifted my gaze up, locking eyes with her. The look that passed between us conveyed that she wanted to take my pain away as much as I wanted her to.
            Our breathing became heavier. I held her gaze and I began running my lips over her tits, moving back and forth between the two, kissing them over the material. My skin was on fire, every hair was standing straight up, and I was so hard it was painful, but it was the good kind of pain.
            Craving the taste of her skin, my lips moved down until I found the small spot of exposed skin right above her hip bone. I noticed it when she stepped in front of me earlier and my mouth had been watering since. Her fingers curled around my hair and a slight gasp escaped her when I began to circle my tongue around her cute navel and then dip it in deep. My hands slid down her back, landing on her ass that fit perfectly in my palms, just like I knew it would.
 My lips traveled slowly up her torso, gently sucking and licking her blazing skin. I had never tasted anything so perfect. I stopped for a second, thinking I had heard her say something, but then continued tasting her.
             “Your skin is so soft and sweet,” I mumbled against her stomach.
            “We can’t do this,” she whispered.
            I felt her fingers leave my hair. She slid her hands down and landed on top of mine that were glued to her ass. She tried to remove them, but I had no intention of letting her. I kept moving up her body, ignoring her extremely mild retreat. Tweet stayed in her head a lot. She was an over thinker. I didn’t want to think right now, I just wanted to feel her and I wanted her to do the same. I brushed my lips along her collarbone then nibbled my way to the spot right beneath her ear that I knew drove her crazy.
            My teeth grazed the area as I whispered, “I need you, Tweet. You’re the only one I want. Every time I’m with her, I think of you. I need to be inside of you so bad. Please don’t make me leave.”
            I knew it made me sound like an asshole admitting that when I was with Brooke, I thought about Tweet. I thought about Tweet with all the girls I had been with. I never meant to disrespect Brooke. It’s not her fault she’s not the one I want. I’ve tried to focus when we’ve had sex, but Tweet always pops into my head.
              “Noah, you’ve been drinking and you’re hurting. You’re not able to think straight. Plus, you have a girlfriend. You’re not that guy. You don’t cheat,” she said.
            I suddenly felt reality crash in on me along with a ton of guilt. She was right. I didn’t want my first time with Tweet to be when one of us was drunk. Plus, I owed it to Brooke not to cheat on her. When Tweet and I get together I want it to be right. And no matter how many times she pushes me away, I know we will eventually be together. We have to be.

Jenn’s Review of Present Perfect


I have to say for another first time author I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book was. It did start out a little slowly for me and there was a ton of back and forth with the characters were they going to be together weren’t they going to be together. Watching her push Noah away constantly made me so angry with her character at times I wanted to rip out my hair. But then their came a point in the book where EVERYTHING changed! I ended up being awake till 2:43 am to finish it because once that turning point at 73 or 74% of the book I was feverishly reading like my life depended on me finishing the book. I was wide eyed and completely awake. Even after finishing the book I was still wide awake with a slight sad yet euphoric feeling. It was a little odd to feel both. 


I loved Noah, he was so sweet and he just would never give up even if Amanda or Tweet as he nicknamed her pushed him away for what he thought was for good.  They had an unbreakable bond from birth and Noah would stop at nothing to make sure Tweet would be his someday.  Amanda was shadowed her whole life by her perfect sister.  She felt like she was more the gum on the bottom of the shoe then the cream that rose to the top… And she just couldn’t see the qualities in herself that Noah saw.  He never stopped trying to make her realize it though. She was madly in love with him, but because of her insecurities she would force herself to believe that he was better off without her.  She couldn’t loose his friendship so it was better they were never together, the risk was too great for her.  Noah was so tortured because of her inability to just let happen what was meant to be, and even though several times he tried to stay away he knew it would never last, for him, she was IT.

Amanda makes some really BAD choices along her journey but nothing ever prepares her for the moments when she is faced with situations that are life altering.  But Noah her rock is right beside her still even after all the pain and heartache they caused each other.  His love when it comes to his Tweet knows no boundaries.  It doesn’t matter what he is doing when she needs him he will drop everything for her.  A love like that is something one cannot deny.  

In the end you will go on a roller coaster of emotions through this read.  I really enjoy a book that can invoke so many emotions in you that you don’t know which way is up or down at the end.  Thankfully this was NOT a cliffhanger cause that would have KILLED me!  Thank you Alison for NOT doing that to us.  There is a clear ending to this one and I think that you will really enjoy where this book takes you… It’s a journey that I’m glad I was able to take.  I give Present Perfect 4.5 stars… I’m really looking forward to more from this author in the future.

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Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect.

Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.

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BLOG TOUR: BENEATH THE BURN BY PAM GODWIN

Synopsis:

They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.

Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.

Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.

Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.

In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left…Beneath The Burn.

Content warning: Includes graphic rape, sex, anal, bondage, and violence. Age 18+ only.

Excerpt from Beneath the Burn


A woman with a white-blonde pixie haircut backed out of the shop and dammit if he couldn’t stop himself from gawking. She was slender, but not in a bones-pressing-skin kind of way. She had a figure that could only be toned with good nutrition and rigorous activity. Oh yeah, she was built for stamina.

She locked the door, and turned toward him, tipping back her head.

The bluest eyes he’d ever seen stared up at him. They were ringed with navy and glimmered with silver flecks. They were also wide with…fear? No, that couldn’t be it if her smile were anything to go by. Her beautiful face seemed to swallow up the glow of the streetlamps, the passing headlights, the goddamned moon.

“Hi.” Her smile wavered. “You look lost. Can I help?”

Oh Christ, her voice. It was the complete package, like the full-bodied Fsus2 chord humming from the hole in his Martin Acoustic. Gentle, cool, hypnotic—

“You’re lost, right?”

She had no idea. “Just found what I’m looking for.” Smooth, Jay. What the hell was he doing?  

Tonya’s Review of Beneath the Burn

Where do I begin?? First off…WOW!! Just freaking WOW!!! What an awesome read!! The characters and storyline are very well developed. This is a very dark read with twists and turns that will keep you guessing and constantly on your toes right down the very end. I couldn’t put it down!! Beneath the Burn is a MUST read!! I don’t want to ruin it for y’all so I’ll try to be short and sweet!

We will start with the very smart, brave, and sassy Charlee. Charlee has been through things most normal girls would never even dream of. When her loser father gambles away everything he owns, including Charlee, to a very rich man with a twisted mind and very deep pockets, she has no choice but to become a brave young girl. Skip ahead a few years and one chance meeting, a murder, and a kidnapping, change everything for her, and sends her world on a very different path.

Then there’s Jay. Oh so sexy, Rockstar, absolute bad boy Jay. Jay has some deep, dark scars, both mental and physical, he can’t seem to get past even with all the drugs and pointless encounters. This leads him to decide one night that he needs to clear his mind with a tattoo. Afterwards he can’t shake the feelings he has for the beautiful tattoo artist and decides he needs to be a better man who is worthy of her time and effort. But why won’t she answer his calls? When he gets the answer to that question, he is devastated. But he could never have imagined how things were going to turn out.

I am trying to be vague as to not put any spoilers out there. But My Gosh this was such an amazing read. The sexual abuse aspect of the storyline was, at times, a little hard to stomach but made the story all the more intriguing. There are so many twists and turns, just when you think all questions have been answered, Bam, another twist! I was so invested in the characters that I wanted to hug Charlee and hurt Jay for being stupid. When I first met Jay I didn’t like him very much. But once his story unfolded I couldn’t help but root for him. Of course there was a few times I wanted to pummel him too!! This is not your typical Love story with a typical happy ending, rather it is a struggle of two very broken and damaged people who heal each other in their own ways and find Love and happiness neither thought would ever be possible. I HUGE 5 Stars for Beneath the Burn by Pam Godwin!!  

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About the Author:


Pam Godwin lives in Missouri with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band. Now, she resides in her hometown, earning her living as a portfolio research analyst, and living her yearning as a writer.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.



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