Friday, January 30, 2015

Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent Cover Reveal & Giveaway!



I'm so excited to have the cover reveal for Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent!!!  Lion's Share is a New Adult spin-off of Vincent's Shifter Series!  I cannot wait!  Ok, ok, enough out of me, check out the synopsis and cover below...

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent
(Wildcats #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:


Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.

Jace Hammond has a big problem.

A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.
As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.



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AUTHOR BIO:
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.

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Regret Me Not by Danielle Sibarium

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For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever.

It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life.

Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?





It starts at a college homecoming dance. Kenzie is dancing with her ex, Brayden. She’s conflicted the entire time they’re dancing; delighting in his proximity but nervous about what the intimacy could lead to. She pushed him away months ago thinking that if she broke up with him, he’d be free to pursue his college football career, date whomever he wants without having her heart broken. Back in high school, everyone vocalized how Brayden had all the potential in the world, the golden child of his family who could be a pro football player. Kenzie didn’t want to hold him back. But she also wasn’t quite honest with herself at the time about her own trust issues that had more to do with her than with Brayden. Despite his protests, she kept him away. Regret Me Not is all about the ups and downs of a young relationship, choices and their consequences.

A greater part of the story is how they initially came together and how their relationship progressed from there. Brayden, having noticed her for a while was the persistent but patient one, taking things slowly with Kenzie so as not to scare her off. Kenzie always marveled at how eager he was to be with her, admitting that she had trouble fully trusting that he wouldn’t stray. A lot of her state of mind had to do with her family's chaos at the time. Her older sister Jess had just gotten out of rehab for her drug addiction. Kenzie was sort of left adrift for a while as the focus remained on Jess.  All she could think of was getting away from their town so she could start over at a college somewhere else.

Brayden is so certain of what he wants for himself and his future. Kenzie fits right in the middle of that. As much as he is the ultimate “forever guy”, there were moments where even I just like Kenzie, felt overwhelmed by his declarations of true love and being together forever. Who knows for sure that their high school girlfriend or boyfriend is their one true love? I’d seen a few of my college friends freshman year with promise rings or engagement rings, so certain about their futures only to then break up once college life truly got under way.  That made it slightly difficult for me personally to get behind Brayden but no way did it take away from him being a stand-up guy.

Kenzie is the opposite where she’s riddled with confusion. In her mind, doing what’s right means denying her own happiness for the sake of someone else's. She's hesitant about commitment after witnessing how her sister crashed and burned because of an intense relationship. She's crippled by her insecurities and rather than communicating with Brayden, she closes herself off completely.

Sibarium takes her time developing this heartfelt story giving a perfect sense of the time that lapses. Things eventually come to a head in a very dramatic fashion, forcing everyone to face reality. Wondering what choices they’d make kept me engaged and I found myself wishing for certain things to happen for them. They face many challenges together whether it’s of their own doing or events beyond their control. Either way, these challenges force them to grow up much faster than they’d expected, testing their commitment to each other. Will they stand by and lose it all or fight for what they want? 

~ Bel

   
      Regret Me Not
    

Thursday, January 29, 2015

That's What HE Said Thursday #14

Image courtesy of Kei at The Lovely Pages Review

That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies at Chapter Break, where we spotlight a quote from our book crush to the object of his desire. We like to pretend it's us.

What better way to celebrate our book boyfriends?



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This one comes from one of Shel's favourites, The Bet.




"That," he said as he kissed her nose, "is a shame. You should be told you're beautiful everyday. Because every day it's true, and every time I see you, you grow in your beauty. Just because people don't say the words, doesn't make it any less true, Kace."

~ Travis to Kacey
The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken
 
   
      The Bet (The Bet, #1)
  

Rebound by Noelle August

Rebound (Boomerang, #2)** 1/2

Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?


Review:

I was pretty excited that Adam Blackwood was getting his own story.  He certainly stood out as Mia and Ethan’s boss in Boomerang.  And what’s not alluring about a young and hot self-made millionaire?  And when I read Rebound?  He was pretty much everything I thought he would be.  Ambitious, dedicated, secretive, and kind.  It’s that secretive part that provides the angst in this story.  A tragedy in his past is what drives him to be successful.  It’s also the one thing that could tear everything he’s built down to the ground.

Alison Quick has been given a chance to prove herself to her dad by working with Adam Blackwood and his company.  Her job is to see if it’s worth the multi-million dollar investment her father is considering sinking into it.  Her father has also surreptitiously asked that she find everything out about Blackwood (using any means necessary) that could be used for leverage in their decision to back his new film company.   

Alison and Adam first meet at Halloween party under the anonymity of face masks.  They experience an instant connection which both can’t wait to explore.  Unfortunately, they quickly learn each other’s identities and realize that while they are working together it would be unethical to pursue a relationship.  The more they work together the more they each become sure of their long term interest in the other.  They each feel comfortable enough to share their secrets.  Even those secrets that have the distinct possibility of reflecting poorly on their character.  Their empathy and compassion towards each other allow for trust and forgiveness of past mistakes.

It sounds lovely and I think this story had a lot of potential.  Unfortunately, here is where it lost me.  Alison never seems to quite understand how ruthless and unethical her father is.  And I just couldn’t buy it.  His intentions are clear and I found it unbelievable that she didn't understand what her father’s plans were with whatever information she uncovered.  Also, she showed a clear and unmistakable lack of confidence in both herself as a person and herself as a woman.  I can’t go into detail without giving away major parts of the story but I will say that this lack of confidence coupled with her father’s misogynistic influence made the romantic relationship between her and Adam highly problematic for me.

Boomerang was a wonderfully happy book with amazing down to earth characters and I was truly hoping that Rebound would follow in its footsteps.  Unfortunately, for me, that just wasn't the case.  To be fair, there are some entertaining parts to this story but the issues I had with it made it difficult for me to enjoy it overall.


Nat

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For Keeps Blog Tour with Rachel Lacey - EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY!








About FOR KEEPS:

A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?
Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay. TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .


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About Rachel Lacey:

Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.






EXCERPT:

His expression heated until his eyes practically burned her.

She nibbled her bottom lip. "I should, uh, I should go."

"It's late," he said, his voice like gravel. It tickled all her sweet spots.

She stared at his hands, those big calloused fingers. Damn, but she wanted to feel them on her skin. Like, now.

"Really late." She took a step, but her feet accidentally carried her toward T.J., not the door.

He sucked in an audible breath, his eyes scorching hers. "I thought you were going."

"So did I." But fuck it. If she was going to be in his house in the middle of the night in her underwear, she might as well give him a kiss goodnight.

She'd never been known for her self-control, after all.

He watched her, not moving a muscle, as if he'd become rooted to the floor.

She put her palms on his biceps and pressed her lips to his. Just a quick kiss to test the waters, because they did have to work together for the next month.

His scent wrapped around her, filled her lungs, and stole her sanity. She lingered for a moment, her lips on his, so soft, so warm. Just enough to make her want more. So much more.

Her body pulsed with it.

She was about to pull back and tell him goodnight when his arms slid around her waist, securing her against the firm column of his body, and oh God, she was a goner.

"What was that?" he whispered against her lips.

She slid her hands up to encircle his neck. "A goodnight kiss."

"And why would you do something like that?" His voice vibrated through her.

"Because I wanted to." Their bodies were pressed together, and though he hadn't kissed her back, he wanted to. She felt the evidence pressed against her belly.

"Bad idea," he growled, his lips still touching hers, teasing, tempting.

"Oh, yeah?" She could hardly breathe. Every nerve tingled with awareness, desperate for his touch, his kiss. More. More of everything.

Her heart throbbed in her chest.

T.J.'s eyes smoldered into hers, his pupils blown with lust. His body vibrated with tension, his arms like steel bands around her. "Yeah."

"Then send me home." She wiggled in his arms, pressing into his erection, tempting him, willing him to kiss her back. Just for tonight.

She needed to be kissed. She needed to feel.

And he could make her...

His lips crushed hers, taking her so suddenly, so thoroughly, that she didn't have time to draw a breath. She heard herself groan, felt the desire inside her explode into something so completely out of control it almost frightened her.

Her back slammed into the wall, and her legs wrapped around his waist. His tongue plunged into her mouth, gliding against hers in a rhythm so perfect she shuddered in his arms. He lifted her hips, grinding himself against her until her eyes rolled back in her head, and...

Holy shit, holy shit.

She must have lost her mind. Her body burned, quaked, shook for him, and he felt so fucking good. He tasted like sin, sweet and sexy, like leather and cowboy boots, and...

Holy shit.

She needed more. She needed everything. She needed him buried deep inside her, groaning her name as he drove her over the edge, as he came inside her, and...

Holy shit.

This was completely out of control.

"Holy shit." The words came from T.J.'s lips, not her own, as he tore his mouth from hers and speared her with his gaze. He panted for breath, his body coiled against hers, so hard, so ready. She felt every inch of him still pressed between her legs, right where her body burned hottest for him. "What the hell was that?"

She laughed. "If you don't know, then you're more out of practice than I am."


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Waiting on Wednesday (137)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights future releases that we are excitedly anticipating.

The Alex Crow
By Andrew Smith
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow. 


















Pretty Wanted

By Elisa Ludwig
Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.

Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.
 








No Parking at the End TimesBy Bryan Bliss
Publication Date:  February 24, 2015

Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they've lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself? Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.

Abigail doesn't know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn't have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the "end of the world." Because of course the end didn't come. And now they're living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anomaly Sale!!!


Hey folks! Don’t miss out on this awesome deal for Anomaly by Tonya Kuper! It’s only $2.99 on both on Amazon Kindle and B&N/Nook. 

We adore Tonya and her absolutely quirky personality and we know you’ll fall for Anomaly like we have.  If you’d like to know a little more about it, here’s our review.

If you're looking for a kickass heroine, look no further. Hurry – this is a limited time offer!!!



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