Thursday, January 18, 2018

Royal Ruin Release Blitz







Blurb


To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:


  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,
Kit

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.

P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.








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Author Bio

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com


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Kit and Emily met years ago at school when he was her TA.One thing led to another ... and let's just say that Peterson doesn't waste any time getting to the action. 

Ten years later, she’s divorced, he’s in line to the throne and needs to spruce up his image and create a good distraction from his siblings’ shenanigans, so Kit convinces Emily to become his fake fiancĂ©e. Who doesn’t love a royal love story? Emily apparently because she wigs out on Kit every so often when things get too close for her liking.

Kit is immensely charming with his very English wit and humour. And he’s hot. Seriously, that cover did me in! I liked that Emily doesn’t romanticize royalty and that despite the tempting glitz and glamour she has her head on straight for the most part. As for Kit and Emily together – they’re hot. This is a funny second-chance love story that also covers some heavy emotional ground. That doesn’t weigh down the story but gives it and its characters depth and relatability.

I had a great time reading Royal Ruin and as soon as I was done I wanted more. Of course, Peterson threw in a cute little twist at the end that has me screaming for book 2 already. Read Royal Ruin and then wait impatiently with me for the next in the Flings With Kings series. 

~ Bel

Interview With Jessica Peterson

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Hey everyone, I'm so excited Jessica spared some time during this bust release week to answer some questions for us about Royal Ruin. Enjoy! ~ Bel


Royal Ruins is your first novel in the Flings With Kings Series (love that title, by the way). You’ve loosely based it on the current British royal family. Did you uncover any fun bits of trivia about them during your research?

What a great question! I’m a huge Anglophile, so it’s no surprise that I am fascinated by the royal family. I did do a good bit of research for this book, particularly on the Queen and her role in modern British society. I was tickled to discover the royal family, while politically quite powerless, wield enormous “soft power” that can actually go a long ways in raising money for causes and charities. They also use that power to strengthen ties with other countries (like when Will and Kate went to visit mainland Europe during the Brexit controversy). Some of the stuff I uncovered is a bit more fun – like the fact that the Queen’s favorite nail polish is apparently Essie’s “Ballet Slipper”!

You’ve mentioned before that Kit is an amalgamation of Prince Harry and Charlie Hunnam. That’s not a bad combo at all. What quality of theirs appealed to you to create Kit?

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Another great question! So I adore Prince Harry (I know, I know, get in line), and while  he’s handsome and dashing and makes those prince uniforms look REALLY great, I think I love his sense of energy and purpose the most. He seems strong yet vulnerable, and you can tell he had a really close relationship with his mother. I definitely borrowed some of that for Prince Kit. As for Charlie Hunnam…well, besides the obvious (those blue eyes, that wicked smile!), I love the emotional awareness he brings to the characters he plays. There’s something so gentlemanly about that!

You introduced Kit’s siblings in this book, and we know by the end that your next book will be about his younger brother, Rob. Can you describe that book in three words?

Yes! Enemies to lovers. With a royal twist. Their story plays out over the course of Em and Kit’s wedding. It’s been SO fun to write!

Here’s a little game of ours - the next few questions tie into our motto “books, boys, pie”. Help us get to know Kit and Emily better by telling us what their responses would be to the following questions:

A book they always recommend

Kit—HAMLET or KING LEAR by Shakespeare.
Emily—she’d love Gillian Flynn, so let’s go with GONE GIRL.

First celebrity crush

Kit—Ginger Spice!
Emily—Justin Timberlake circa 1999

Favourite dessert

Kit—he loves cake. Favorite has to be anything lemon.
Emily—she loves a good dessert martini!

Thanks for having me! This was so fun.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Memphis Cover Reveal

Check out the amazing cover of Memphis by Ginger Scott! We are so excited about this release!


Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release day: February 23
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Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.


The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.



About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Paris For One & Other Stories Jojo Moyes


Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away--to anywhere--before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone--including herself--wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes--as are the other stories that round out the collection.

Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Paris For One & Other Stories is a wonderful compilation of a novella and, well, a few short stories. I read these in the week leading up to Christmas and it was exactly what I needed to get me in a good mood through the busy holiday season.


Paris For One



"The thing about growing up in a small town -- everyone though they knew exactly what you were." 
~ Paris For One, p. 8

Nell likes routine and to have a plan in advance. She's not usually one for spontaneity but after the startling realization that she's viewed as predictable, she decides to shake things up by booking a weekend trip to Paris for her and her boyfriend. He doesn't show up the day they're supposed to leave he stands her up. Feeling deflated she considers returning to England but then changes her mind. On one of her outings she meets Fabien, a waiter and aspiring writer, who shows her around the city. Told with sweetness and humour, Paris For One shows Nell overcoming her discomfort and disappointment, turning what could have been a disaster of a weekend into a trip of her lifetime. I absolutely adored this story and pumped a fist in the air for Nell because she just plain rocks!


And Other Stories  ... 

I've never really been one for short stories but I seem to have read more of them lately. Reading these at Christmas was perfect for me as my attention span was spotty. More importantly is that I've begun to appreciate how an author has to build just enough of the backstory in order to let the reader comfortably dive in.


Between the Tweets

Bella is a digital manager at a publicity firm who's called upon to help a client facing a publicity crisis over an alleged affair. I was bowled over by this one because for a short story, it had room to develop and Moyes even threw in some twists.


Love in the Afternoon

In one of the more relatable stories included in this compilation, Sarah and Doug are a married couple with children who have simply lost the spark in their marriage. They go away for an overnight stay and between the stilted conversation and awkward attempts at intimacy, getting in sync again to bring back the romance will require some effort. 


A Bird in the Hand

Beth and her husband, Simon are invited to a dinner party where she runs into Ben, a guy she used to work with and as it turns out, she also had an affair with him. He's with someone else now but being seated together at dinner, he and Beth wind up hashing it out over the debacle of their affair. Though I find stories about cheating uncomfortable, I was intrigued by this one because there's a huge "what if" moment thanks to a surprising realization about the way their liaison ended.


Crocodile Shoes

Sam's done working out at the gym and when she's ready to leave she finds that someone else has mistakenly taken her gym bag. In it is a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes that are totally impractical for her but she has no choice but to wear them at work since she can't go home. The shoes have a kind of magical effect, influencing people's perception of her. Noticing how they're responding to her differently she uses that to her advantage during her several meetings throughout the day. It's a cute fantasy though not at the top of the list for me.


Hold Ups

This off-beat one takes place at a jewelers where a robbery is in progress and Alice is most definitely not behaving as most people do when there's a masked stranger pointing at weapon at them. Alice and the thief even seem to be flirting with each other. Bizarre but funny.


Last Year's Coat

Evie and her husband Greg have been pinching pennies since hours have been cut at work meaning they have to stick to a tight budget. While Evie diligently puts family before frivolous needs, she can't help but envy how easily her workmates seem to spend money. She has her eye on a coat that before she wouldn't have had any qualms about buying but under current circumstances, she can't justify the expense. The story that contrasts those who live within their means and those that in the long run add to their problems will squeeze at your heart.


Thirteen Days with John C

Miranda comes across a phone on the ground while walking home one night. Several text messages come through making it appear that the phone's owner and the sender of those texts are having an affair. Curiosity getting the better of her, she starts texting back, getting a bit of a thrill by pretending to be this other person. My least favourite of the short stories because it's disturbing to me ends up with a twist that I think is deserved. 


The Christmas List

We're all familiar with the hellish spectacle of shopping at Christmas time, right? And we all have some experience shopping for people who are difficult to find gifts for in the first place. Poor Chrissie has to finish her shopping for her mother-in-law who doesn't like her to begin with. Yet she keeps breaking her back hoping to find something to win her over. She hops into a cab and strikes up a lovely conversation with the driver who is full of the Christmas spirit. Not only does he go out of his way to help her get her, as they're talking he helps her put things in perspective and it comes down to this: would she rather be happy or miserable at Christmas, stuck with people who don't like her? You'll have to read it to find out what happens. 


I enjoyed reading all of these stories, each one with their own vibe. My favourite of the entire book is Paris For OneOf the short stories, I do wish there was a follow up for The Christmas List because I so want to know what Chrissie is up to. Paris For One & Other Stories is a great pick if you want a quick dose of good feels but are short on time.  

~ Bel


Monday, January 8, 2018

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

* * * 1/2

The ship has been like a world within itself, a vast floating city outside of normal rules. But the longer the journey continues, the more confined it is starting to feel, deck upon deck, passenger upon passenger, all of them churning around each other without anywhere to go...

1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in Essex, bound for Australia. She is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows in her past. The passage proves magical, complete with live music, cocktails, and fancy dress balls. With stops at exotic locations along the way—Naples, Cairo, Ceylon—the voyage shows Lily places she’d only ever dreamed of and enables her to make friends with those above her social station, people who would ordinarily never give her the time of day. She even allows herself to hope that a man she couldn’t possibly have a future with outside the cocoon of the ship might return her feelings.

But Lily soon realizes that she’s not the only one hiding secrets. Her newfound friends—the toxic wealthy couple Eliza and Max; Cambridge graduate Edward; Jewish refugee Maria; fascist George—are also running away from their pasts. As the glamour of the voyage fades, the stage is set for something sinister to occur. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily’s life will be changed irrevocably.


Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review


Dangerous Crossing hearkens back to the 1900's, a time when social class dictated one's standing in life, when the world still felt so expansive with much yet to be discovered and when secrets could irrevocably destroy someone. The language and voice in third person definitely creates that old world atmosphere as a young girl full of potential boards a ship that will take her to her new life in Australia. 

The first thing I noticed was that reading Dangerous Crossing was kind of like reading an Agatha Christie novel. I loved Agatha Christie as a teenager where I'd try so desperately and failed each time to analyze as best I could and deduce who the villain was before the final reveal. I found myself doing the same here. The plot does start out slowly to introduce all the players who come from different social classes, and under normal circumstances wouldn't have any reason to mingle with each other to the extent that they do on this ship. The drama and curious behaviours kick in later; by that time I was fully invested in all the happenings and anxious to get to the climactic event. 

Reading this was also a challenge for me as Lily's backstory and POV can be a hard perspective to grasp for today's female reader who isn't subjected to the social and gender constraints of that time. Every time I felt myself irked by something along those lines I had to remind myself that this was the 1930's and I was in Lily's shoes so I had to embrace all of that. Yet even when she was conflicted about her interactions with the opposite sex, she was decisive and maintained independent thought about other social issues. At a time when fascism had gained momentum and Germany was close to invading Poland, Lily even with her limited real world experience showed remarkable astuteness when it came to judging character. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that some of the social and political elements in the book have their own parallels with today's current events.

I felt so content when I finished Dangerous Crossing. I liked its steady pacing and that the ending was equal parts bitter and promising. More so than a mystery, it's a study in human nature and it's a character-driven story that had me sitting forward with eager interest. 

~ Bel



Friday, January 5, 2018

The Ones Who Got Away Promotional Tour




“Phenomenal. Gets my highest recommendation!”
LORELEI JAMESNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

Review
* * * 3/4
(Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review)

Returning to Long Acre High School, the site of a shooting years before, to be interviewed for a documentary unsettles Liv. As a survivor, she still carries the emotional scars from that horrific day. While she has moved on in certain aspects, there's also a part of her that is stuck. Finn is also struggling. His guilt over how he treated Liv in high school (keeping their relationship a secret) and how he left her vulnerable during the shooting has always made him feel unworthy of the hero status he attained after the shooting. He's since tried to make things right in his own way through his undercover work for the FBI. The work has been gratifying though it's taken its toll on his mental health. The time away to come do this interview is supposed to be a break from that world before he has to go back in. This reunion between them and their friends stirs up all the questions and hurt. It's a chance to say sorry and maybe rebuild from the ruins. What has caught Liv off guard is seeing how much of her life has remained stagnant when compared to the goals she had laid out for herself back in high school. Now after seeing Finn again, she feels inspired to rectify that and also help him take the time to disengage from his job, unwind and achieve some balance. Perhaps in helping each other, they can not only rekindle what they had but start a new, happier chapter in their lives.

The Ones That Got Away deals with loss, guilt, grief and ultimately forgiveness. Everyone manages differently after a traumatic event; no one can predict how it can affect a person and for how long. In Liv's case, she thought she was doing well throwing herself into her career until she forced herself to look more closely and she saw a pattern that only feeds her insecurities and fears. As for Finn, he's forced to look at what drives his need to live up to the hero everyone believes him to be. This is also a second chance story not just about love but also about life, re-prioritizing values and goals. And it's also about making sure the right people are there surrounding you and encouraging you as the healing continues. 

~ Bel

Excerpt

The boards of the restaurant’s back deck creaked somewhere behind Liv. She didn’t need to turn and look to know it was him. Her senses seemed attuned to his presence. She kept her eyes on the water, letting her greeting drift between them. “Hello, Finn.”
“Liv.”
The quiet tenor of his voice hit her harder than she’d expected, the volume too close to how it used to sound against her ear in those stolen make-out sessions. Funny how even after all the years and the men who’d cruised through her life since, that voice still sounded so bone-deep familiar. She didn’t turn to face him, not trusting her expression to stay neutral. “I guess it turns out I have time for that drink after all.” She lifted her glass. “But I’ll warn you, I’m a few drinks in and all out of energy for polite chitchat.”
“Good. I don’t chitchat.”
He stepped a little closer, his scent drifting her way—some combination of cedar and mint. Like a man who chewed gum while chopping wood. The thought made her want to giggle.
“Are you okay?” he asked.
Liv scrunched her nose. “You mean, am I drunk?”
She wasn’t sure what the answer was on that one. Probably a little. She doubted she could be this close to him without anxiety bubbling up otherwise.
“No. You ran out of the gym today. I mean, are you okay?”
Okay.
Was she? She hated that question. That was the question she’d probably heard most since that night—and then again when her mom passed from cancer two months later. That was what everyone always wanted to know. Are you okay?
But people asked, wanting her to say, Yes, I’m fine. I’m going to pull up my bootstraps and not make you uncomfortable with my messy feelings. No one wanted the real answer. But she got the sense Finn did. After all, he’d probably gotten asked that question just as much as she had. She released a breath. “Today sucked.”
“Yeah.”
She took a sip of her drink, the sweet liquid cool on her dry throat. “Being in the school got to me, but I’m okay now. Just a little panic attack—shitty but brief. Drinks and friends helped distract me.”
She could hear him shift behind her, skin against fabric, maybe tucking his hands in his pockets or crossing his arms. “Distraction’s good.”
She finally stole a glance at him, but he was shrouded in shadows, just a broad-shouldered silhouette. “You could’ve joined us. You didn’t have to eat alone.”
“Y’all looked involved in something,” he said, the gruff drawl in his voice making her think of steamy-windowed moments in the back of his car. She used to tease him that the more turned on he got, the more his country-boy accent showed. “You were reading papers. Seemed kind of intense.”
“Oh, that.” She turned back to the water, her shoulders curving inward and the sexy memories icing over. “We were opening this time capsule thing we did a long time ago. It’s probably good you didn’t come over and hear that part.”
“Time capsule?”
She picked at a splinter in the wood railing. “Just something we did that summer after everything happened—promises we made to the Class of 2005 about our futures. Kincaid decided we should open the letters inside tonight to see what our teenage selves hoped we’d become. I decided we should get drunk after.”
He made a throaty sound—like a laugh that didn’t quite make it out—and moved closer. He settled next to her along the wooden rail, his gaze fixed on the dark water. “Sounds like a solid plan to me.”
“I thought so.” She rattled the ice cubes in her glass and dared a peek at him. But all she got was his familiar profile, the slight bump in his nose from when he’d broken it sophomore year, and the unfamiliar scruff as he took a sip from his drink. It was hard for her not to stare and catalog all the little differences, all the changes time and experience had given him. The harder angles. The dark mess of hair that looked at least two haircuts past neat. Expression that didn’t reveal a thing. He was still Finn somewhere in there, but gone was the boy with the wide smile and the playful attitude. There was a sharpness to him now, jagged edges. Like if she met him in a dark alley, she’d have trouble determining if he was friend or foe.
He lifted his drink in agreement and turned, his green eyes gray in the darkness. “That was my plan, too. Minus the time-capsule part.”
“Ha. Lucky you.” She shifted her stance and accidentally bumped her shoulder against his, sending a tendril of awareness down her arm. She wet her lips, ignoring the shiver. “Now you’ll never know if you lived up to teen Finn’s expectations.”
He was quiet for a moment, and she wondered if he was having the same push and pull inside as she was. On one hand, this felt comfortable. They’d always talked easily with each other. But at the same time, they were strangers now. Strangers who had this big, breathing beast between them.
He took a long swig from his drink. “Teen Finn didn’t have expectations. He just wanted to play football, not work for his dad, and get the hell away from here.”
“Guess you lived up to that last part at least. I was convinced you’d changed your name and moved to a foreign country.”
His jaw flexed. “Something like that.”


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Royal Ruin Cover Reveal






Blurb

To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,
Kit

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.

P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.







Author Bio

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com


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