Thursday, February 26, 2015

Double Cover Reveal - Consolation & Conviction by Corinne Michaels

I'm very excited to participate in the double cover reveal for Corinne Michaels' upcoming releases, Consolation and Conviction. I can't wait to read Liam and Natalie's story! 

Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.

He wasn’t even on my radar.

He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.


Today is the last day I will allow myself to feel sorrow, the last day I will shed tears, because tears don’t change anything. I need to harvest whatever strength I have and hold it tight. I’m a mother who has an infant that needs me to be both mom and dad.

One day, they say. One day this will stop hurting.


This will never be okay or stop hurting.

I’ll never be the same. The woman I was before died the minute the knock on the door came. I’m a shell of the woman I was. The woman who was loving, open, and full of hope is gone. Hope is a weak bitch who couldn’t give two fucks about what you want. So I rely on faith. Faith that I’ll make it through this and find my heart again. 

Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone. 

He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him. 

If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then Liam would still be here.

Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

Cover Reveal - Predestined Hearts by Kelly Elliott and Kristin Mayer

Look at the great cover for Kelly Elliott & Kristin Mayer's upcoming dual genre novel, Predestined Hearts! Predestined Hearts will be released April 6th, 2015.

Love has existed since the beginning of time. For Ashlin Thomas, love was an illusion that she desperately wanted to make a reality.

Returning home to Savannah, after her aunt’s death, Ashlin must deal with the harsh realities life has dealt her.

As Ashlin begins sorting through her aunt’s personal effects, she stumbles upon a journal. Not just any journal, but the words of her great great great grandmother, Sophia.

Two love stories intertwine with each other as Ashlin reads the beautiful words, written over a hundred years ago.

The intense connection Ashlin feels with Sophia begins to allow her to find herself. Never thinking love was possible for her, Ashlin now sees it is within her grasp.

But, life is never perfect. Life is never fair.

When faced with the decision that could change Ashlin’s future … will she sacrifice one love for another, or will her predestined heart lead her home?

Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!

She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.

In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months.

At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel.

Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Release Day, Blog Tour & Review - Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

We are so, so excited to be a part of the Slow Burn blog tour. I absolutely love this author, her Driven series and Slow Burn is an amazing addition to it. You will absolutely fall in love with Becks & Haddie's story! Be sure to check out everything in today's post. There's info on the book, the author, an excerpt, the awesome playlist, Misha's great review and a fabulous giveaway! 


Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

“Yeah. That’s one way to put it. Is there something else you called for besides trying to stick your nose in where it doesn’t belong?”
I open my mouth and then shut it, unsure how calling him because I just needed to hear his voice has devolved so quickly into this. Into me scrambling for words I can’t find to fix shit that doesn’t need fixing.
Because I don’t want this. Don’t want him.
“Well then, if you want to actually talk instead of pull this ridiculous bullshit, I’m here for you…but Had…? Whatever this is here…this passive aggressive crap? I don’t do too well with that. We had our one night. You made it quite clear you didn’t want anything more than that so you don’t get to call me up and question what I might or might not be doing with anybody else. You want no strings? Then cut the ties…but frankly I don’t think you know what the fuck you want so until you figure your shit out, I think it’s best that we say good night before we make a bad situation even worse.”
“Wait!” Desperation rings in my voice in the single word. And I hate myself for sounding like this but I’m so lonely, so scared and just want the comfort I know he can bring me right now.
I wait for the sound of the dial tone to assault my ears. Wait for the incessant beep that reaffirms why I have barbed wire wrapped around my heart – painful but necessary. But there is nothing for a few moments until I hear the phone scrape against the stubble on his face.
And I wait…my throat burning with the tears I want to shed but am so sick of. The ones that no longer bring me comfort.
“I’m here, Haddie. I’m not going anywhere, okay?” The timbre of his voice carries his concern and sympathy to me through the line.
The incoherent sound I make is all I can offer in thank you to him for not hanging up on me. For not giving up on me. 

Slow Burn was one of my most anticipated books of the year.  K. Bromberg’s Driven series is a top favorite of mine, so naturally I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one.  As their best friends, Haddie and Beckett were a major part of Rylee and Colton’s journey, and I was thrilled that they would be getting their own book.  They were both wonderfully supportive in their own ways, and I loved the bond they shared with their friends.  Haddie and Becks never ceased to make me laugh, so naturally I went into this book expecting that humor.  What I didn’t plan on was how moving and emotional Slow Burn would be.  Their story was full of anticipation, raw emotion, sexiness, and heartwarming moments.

Haddie Montgomery is still reeling from the loss of her sister, with whom she was very close.  She has no interest in a romantic relationship.  Haddie is looking for a physical connection to help her the dull the pain and forget for a while.  One night with no strings attached is exactly what she wants, and sexy Beckett Daniels seems like the right man for the job.  Becks knows that one encounter with the beautiful Haddie will never be enough, and so he sets out to prove that sometimes it is worth tying some strings and holding on for the ride.  He ignites feelings in Haddie that she cannot ignore, but is it enough to make her take a chance on the man who makes her burn with desire?

My heart went out to Haddie in this book.  She had not to come to terms with the death of her sister and allowed herself to grieve properly.  I understand why she felt like she needed to be strong for her family and her reasons for not wanting to commit to anyone.  Her sorrow was palpable, and she needed someone to lean on and help her heal.  I loved how both Becks and Rylee called her out for not dealing with her feelings.  Haddie was such a vivacious and compassionate woman, but she was also incredibly stubborn.  Her heart was in the right place, but it was frustrating watching her shut Becks down time and time again.  There was no doubt in my mind that she truly thought pushing him away was for the best, though.

I fell head over heels in love with Becks very early into the story.  He was a man who knew what he wanted, and there are few things sexier than that.  I loved that he was patient with Haddie but at the same time wasn’t afraid to push her.  Becks knew they could have something real together, and he was determined to break down Haddie’s walls.  The anticipation between them as they played cat and mouse was delicious.  Their chemistry was explosive, but there was also an intense emotional connection between them that radiated off of the pages.  Becks may not have been Haddie’s typical type, but he was most definitely the man for her.  His sincerity and willingness to fight for her were so endearing.

The slow build-up between Haddie and Becks was fantastic.  I did not want to put my Kindle down for a second as I waited to see what would happen next between them.  Bromberg did a wonderful job of weaving emotional depth into the story.  I wasn’t expecting to cry or be so affected I was by Haddie and Becks’ story.  The message behind this book was beautiful and touched my heart.  Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t add how much I adored seeing Rylee and Colton again.  I loved the friendship between them and Haddie and Becks, especially the bromance between Becks and Colton.  Slow Burn proved exactly why Bromberg is an automatic one-click author for me.  This book is one not to be missed.

Review by: 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

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.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spotlight Read & Review - Better When He's Bold by Jay Crownover

Today's spotlight read & review is Better When He's Bold by Jay Crownover. Jay is a favorite of my guest reviewer, Misha, and she's written a fab review for you today! 

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who is bad. . . . Welcome to the Point. In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them. Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like The Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?Brysen Carter has always seen the real Race—a guy too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous. Basking in his golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she’ll eventually get burned. She has enough problems without the risky danger and mayhem that comes with a guy like Race. Too bad Brysen faces a threat close to home that might be more dangerous than anything The Point has ever produced.. And the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can’t allow herself to have. Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?

Review by: 

Each time I read one of Jay Crownover’s books I find myself wanting to shout from the rooftops about how much I loved it.  Better When He’s Bold was most certainly no exception.  While I will always have a soft spot for the guys in her Marked Men series, it is her boys from The Point and their raw edginess that makes my heart race.  I love the grit and realness of this series.  Race and Brysen’s story was full of suspense, steam, and intensity.  Crownover is skilled in creating dangerous bad boys and feisty heroines who never fail to draw me in and keep me on my toes in anticipation of what is to come.

Race Hartman is a smooth criminal walking a fine line.  Highly intelligent and full of natural charisma, Race has both the power and plan to keep control of The Point and minimize the destruction.  He is bold, brave, and knows what he wants.  Brysen Carter is his younger sister’s best friend.  Although she is drawn to him, she knows getting involved with Race could lead to serious trouble, especially while she is carrying the entire weight of her family on her shoulders.  However, when Brysen finds herself in danger, Race may be the only person who can help her.  The question is whether or not he is worth the risk.

Having made some questionable choices in Better When He’s Bad, I was eager to learn more about Race and see how he operates.  Even though he was involved in illegal activities, Race actually had good intentions and was trying to do what was best for The Point.  I have always loved how protective Race was of Dovie, and I liked seeing that side of him with Brysen, too.  She brought out a softness in him that was quite endearing.  What I especially liked about Race was that he was upfront with his feelings for Brysen.  He wasn’t going to change who he was for her, but he cared about keeping her safe and happy.

My heart went out to Brysen concerning her family situation and the responsibility she shouldered.  She was an intelligent girl and much stronger than she realized.  It was difficult to see how much she had given up for everyone else.  Brysen needed someone to share her burden and to take care of her.  She complimented Race very well, and I enjoyed watching her give into her feelings for him.  Their chemistry was explosive, but I also enjoyed the tenderness between them.  It was refreshing to see two characters who did not play games.  They shared a real connection that I loved.

Better When He’s Bold was full of suspense and intrigue.  It was great seeing more of the dynamics of The Point and the tenuous balance at work.  It is a dark and scary place, yet also quite fascinating.  Of course Bax and Dovie each played an important role in the story, and I enjoyed their interactions with Race and Brysen (just don’t give Bax a hug).  Crownover definitely piqued my curiosity regarding Titus and Nassir, and I can’t wait until their books are available.  This book was full of solid writing, likeable characters, and a fantastic plot.  I am in love with The Point and the guys and girls in it.

Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women.  This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships - how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.