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Last Second Chance – Meet Van Book Blitz + Giveaway!

30 Apr
 
MEET VAN
 
BIO
Twenty-six year old lead singer and guitar player for Hostage for Ransom. Currently residing at The Second Chance Ranch rehabilitation facility in Dallas, TX. He is originally from New York but lives in LA when he’s not on the road with his band.
LIKES 
Bourbon and brunettes. And blondes. And redheads.
 
DISLIKES 
Anyone or anything that gets in his way.
 
VICES 
Whatever drowns out the painful memories of his past.
INK 
A black-winged angel on his back. A full sleeve on one arm depicting the path that led him to music.    A small cross below his left thumb. And some more, um, intimate ink in places you have to discover for yourself.
 
 
 
VAN RANSOM
 
 
 
EXCERPT 
 

“Damn you taste good, cowgirl,” he told her once she’d ridden out the remaining violent waves of ecstasy. “Here, taste.” Ignoring her wide eyes, he pressed his mouth to hers and lashed his tongue inside. He knew the sugared honey that was her arousal flared her desire because she clamped her legs around him and gripped his biceps hard enough to hurt. The way she dug her fingers in, as if she were holding onto him for dear life, made him ache to be inside her.
“Made up your mind yet?”
She pulled back from their kiss, still panting enough to make his entire life. “About?”
“Whether or not you believe the rumors. About me. Be honest.”
An impish grin lifted her lips. “Well, I can say with absolute certainty that you are, in fact, a madman.”
“That’s what they tell me, sweetheart.” He brushed his lips softly against hers to show her that, even as crazed as he was, madman or not, he could be gentle too—if that’s what she needed.
“Van…I need you,” she breathed. “Soon.”
The plea soothed every open wound he’d nursed for as long as he could remember. She needed him. And unlike the last woman who’d needed him, the one he’d failed miserably, he would be what Stella Jo Chandler needed. He would keep this one safe.
“You’ll have me. Soon. We’ll just have to be careful. I don’t want to cost you your job, cowgirl.”
She nodded. His eyes met hers and he saw it. She trusted him completely.
He would be worthy of that trust. Of her.
Or so help him, he’d cut out his own damn heart. 

 
MEET VAN IN LAST SECOND CHANCE BY CAISEY QUINN
COMING MAY 12, 2014
 
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BOOK SUMMARY:
When Stella Jo Chandler gets an offer to work at the Second Chance Ranch celebrity rehab facility right after graduating from Texas A&M, she’s tempted to turn it down. She wants to help real people with real problems, not spoiled celebrities going on vacation for publicity. But growing up on her family’s ranch left her with a love of horses that draws her to the opportunity. How bad can babysitting a bunch of strung out celebrities be?What she didn’t count on was being roped into a tangled mess with infamous rocker and three-time rehab drop out Van Ransom on her first day. And she sure didn’t expect to feel the overwhelming attraction that pulls her to the man who has more issues than she can count on both hands. Like the hotel rooms and tour buses he’s famous for trashing, the havoc he could wreak on Stella’s heart would be irreparable.Van isn’t at Second Chance for publicity or because he’s suffering from “exhaustion”. He’s on the brink of destruction, and he needs the kind of help Stella isn’t sure she can give. But without her, he’ll lose everything. Because he’s on his last second chance.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .

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The One Release Day Launch + Giveaway!

29 Apr

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch of Heather Self’s THE ONE!! THE ONE is a Young Adult Paranormal/Science Fiction novel and is Heather’s first published novel.

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THE ONE Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Eveline Fallon has lived her entire life on the move—and she hates it.

Believing her to be the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, her parents have done whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of those who wish to see her dead in order to keep the prophecy unfulfilled and the doorway between the worlds closed.

But Eveline isn’t fully convinced that her parents’ beliefs match her own. What she does believe is that Leadville, Colorado, and the sanctuary offered may be the chance she’s been waiting for.

The chance to be somewhere safe. The chance for her to make friends and have fun. The chance to finally date a guy.

The chance to be a normal girl, at least as normal as possible for someone not human.

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EXCERPT:

….I felt my bed dip and sighed, “I’m getting up now.”

“I should hope so. You wouldn’t want me to be late on my first day.”

I squeaked and frantically pushed the covers from my head making a tangled mess of my hair. I shoved the hair outmy face, spitting out the pieces that stuck to my lips, to glare at the figure sitting at the foot of my bed.

He grinned, “That’s an interesting look for you. What do you call it?” I brushed my hair down again and sat up trying to find my voice amidst the shock of him being in my room—of appearing in my room. “You’ve got about ten minutes before I need to pop you over to the fam so hop to it, love, and I’ll give you your reward.”

I put my hands on my hips, causing the blanket to pool in my lap. The teasing look left his eyes as he took in myshoulders, bared by the spaghetti straps of my V-neck tank. His eyes roamed over the exposed skin, each pause of hisglance a visual caress. I crossed my arms, unintentionally revealing even more of myself to him, and he inhaled sharply. His eyes flashed to mine, and he searched my face.

He slid along the edge of the bed to where I had my back pressed against the wall, his gaze never leaving mine. I was effectively caged in, his body on one side of me and the arm he was leaning on placed by my opposite hip. He radiated heat into the infinitesimal gap that separated our bodies. My lips parted on a swiftly in drawn breath, and when he glanced down at them, I bit the bottom one in anticipation. Chase groaned softly, and heat flared in his eyes. Bracing a hand on the wall beside my head, he leaned in closer. With the other he cupped my face, rubbing his roughthumb over the smoothness of my cheek.

We inhaled short shallow gasps through our mouths, and he dipped his head, stopping just short of the spot Iached to have him touch. My lips tingled in anticipation.

“Why can’t I get you out my head?”

The vapor of his breath tasted sweet as I inhaled, and I waited for him to move that last excruciating millimeter.

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Author photoABOUT HEATHER SELF:

Abides in Texas with her four loves—three human, and one furry—and tries to Keep Austin Weird. Survives writing, and editing by consuming copious amounts of Godiva and coffee, and using Spotify playlists. Self-confessed nerd and lover of BBC programs, particularly Doctor Who and Sherlock. Twitter connoisseur, Facebook avoider, and blogger un-extraordinaire.

 

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The Witch With No Name Cover Reveal!

28 Apr

 

THE WITCH WITH NO NAME by Kim Harrison

On-sale 9/9/2014 | ISBN:  9780061957956

 

 

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The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series!

Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

 

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

 

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The Resistance Release Day Blitz!

28 Apr

You don’t choose when.

You don’t choose where.
And you don’t get to choose who you fall in love with.
The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.
One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn’t help but be drawn to.

Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?

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The
Resistance
is a fun, sexy read that you don’t want to miss!  This book
pulled me in from the first sentence, and I couldn’t put it down.  Jack
Dalton is hot, and Holli is just the type of protagonist that I like to root
for.”

 

~R.K.
Lilley, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author

 

 

 

“The
Resistance is a unique and refreshingly sexy twist on the usual Rock Star
Romance. If you love hot sex, rock stars, and a heroine who is strong and
capable, this one is for you!”

 

~Lisa,
Rock Stars of Romance

 

 

 

“5
Stars – another must read from S. L. Scott, who continues to wow me with her
ability to suck me into a story and make me feel that I’m standing on the
outside watching everything unfold.”

 

~Heidi
McLaughlin, USA Today Best Selling Author

 

 

 

 “The Resistance isn’t just a book about a Bad
Boy Rocker. It’s about finding your true north, learning how to cope with the
past, finding a way to navigate the present… In the end it’s a ride you won’t
want to get off.”

 

~Jennifer, Wolfel’s World of Books

 

 “The Resistance was riveting and hit every note on perfect pitch. I laughed, cried, hurt and swooned. SL Scott blew me away!”
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Hot, fun, and filled with swoon filled moments, I read SL Scott’s THE RESISTANCE all in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down.


 – Heather Lyons

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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

Dangled Carat Review

15 Apr

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Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship—why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date—even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time—and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

Memoirs are a tricky thing to write, but an even trickier thing to review. Which is why, typically, I don’t review them. But Hilary Grossman sold the pitch to me, and kindly provided a copy for me to review. She has also been very patient as I tried to catch up to all the other crazy things in my own life while reading her book and trying to come up with a fair review. Because this was tricky to review, and I wrote 3 different versions before choosing this one. Hopefully. I might go in for another attempt. But here goes!

Because it is a memoir, I feel like I shouldn’t get into too much detail about the plot itself. But I will go into detail about other things:

Firstly, the summary is very misleading, I feel. The book is about Hilary trying to get Marc to get over his commitment phobia, but it’s also about a lot of other things. It’s about her life growing up as an awkward kid, just 11 years old, and having to wear a back brace because she has scoliosis. Until she’s 14. This is probably one of the worst thing a kid can go through, especially at such a young age, when other kids can be mean and everything small seems like a huge deal. It’s about losing a parent to a stroke, and all the pain and grief that comes with that. It’s about growing up with resilience, and realizing that the awkward years are behind you, and you’ve made something of yourself. It’s about finding love, but also learning to love yourself. Because, in the end, if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect others to love you?

I have to admit, even though I really got into this book, initially I was panicking a little bit. I don’t like memoirs, and when I read the first chapter I was cringing immensely. Just the whole situation with Marc and pretending that they’ve become engaged, telling his parents that they’re engaged when they’re really not, all because it’s a joke and funny at the time. And she could tell that he didn’t think it was funny, but he went with it anyway  and she continued pretending, until all the lies became too ridiculous and the truth just spilled out. Just knowing that it was real – I felt so bad for her, and for him. I was more mad at her for going through with the ruse at first, even though it wasn’t her fault. And then I was sad for her, because it was all so awkward and she wanted it so much to be true but it wasn’t. A few stolen moments of pretend just made things worse for both of them.

But as the rest of the book progressed, I really did fall in love with the memoir. It was really sad and funny and lighthearted, and even though there were a few cringe-worthy moments, the book aligned sort of perfectly. And I really came to believe that her and Marc were meant to be together, especially with how they met. I mean, what a coincidence! That was probably one of the best meetings I’d ever read about. If it wasn’t a memoir, I’d say that it was a bit unrealistic.

One of the down-sides for me was that it was a bit of a mature voice. I couldn’t connect with too many things in the beginning until I really got into it. I’m not an adult, I won’t even pretend to be. I still think of myself as a kid (or, I guess, an adult on training wheels, if you really want to be specific about it). So reading about a person who wanted to settle down and was dating someone much older than herself was a bit like spying through the peep-hole, if you know what I mean. I felt a little out of place. It wasn’t until she went back to her past that I really began connecting with it a little more.

One of the things I thought was done very well was that it wasn’t a story just about her. It was about her family and friends and the life she has built. There was a lot of laughter and love, a lot of sharing of grief and sadness, a lot of overcoming obstacles for both her and Marc. And she didn’t paint Marc into a bad light, either. She told the story as truthfully as possible. And even though he was reluctant about tying the knot with her, you really got to see that there were a lot of reasons for that. He was really supportive of her throughout her life, building and shaping her to be proud of herself, teaching her to love herself. And at the end of the day, that is why we enter into relationships to begin with, isn’t it? To grow as people? Hopefully in a positive way? He was a great role model and friend and lover to her, and still is. It’s really all quite magical.

I found myself really relating to Marc. I’m not an extreme commitment-phobe like he is, but I do have my moments and tendencies. I have never really committed to anyone, and I guess maybe it’s because I’m still growing up and stuff. But I’ve never been too interested in relationships and dating like the rest of my friends, and the thought of getting into a relationship gives me all sorts of terrible anxiety (I have to actually SPEND TIME with someone? And tell them about MYSELF? And… like… actually commit to them?). Maybe it has to do with the fact that for a lot of my childhood I moved around quite a bit before settling down. I don’t know. But I’m a lot different from my younger sister, who hasn’t ever had problems with commitment.

I also feel like because this story was told without much bias, I was able to kind of… pick a side…? I don’t really know how to express it. I connected with Marc more than I did to Hilary in the relationship situation. I could see where he came from and why he was so reluctant to commit. What if this happened? What if that happens? What if- etc. But eventually even I was rooting Hilary on. It was clear to everyone but him that they were perfect for each other and nothing could possibly happen to tear them apart and it was magical and wonderful and JUST FREAKING MARRY HER ALREADY! Gosh do you need any more of a hint? Seriously! She’s freaking beautiful and awesome and she loves you and she’s waited HOW LONG for you?! Get on with it, man! Marry her!

Anyway. This memoir really stirred up a lot of emotions in me, and I found myself actually enjoying it. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, you know it’s one of those books you’ve got to read!

3.9 stars!

Don’t Look Back Release Day Launch!

14 Apr

We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!

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I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or

friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.

Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,

wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as

sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t

wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of

my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I

stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails

were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my

chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale

flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to

remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of

my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly

scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S

DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on

his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a

deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high

school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said

gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the

motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer

about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing

out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his

question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my

arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the

Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police

cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and

wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could

everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

 

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

 

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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