December 16, 2013

Book Spotlight (giveaway) : Mr. 365 by Ruth Clampett


Title: Mr. 365
Author: Ruth Clampett
Releasing: November 19, 2013
Age Group/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Blurb


When reality show producer Sophia is assigned to convince Christmas fanatic Will to be on their holiday special, she imagines him to be an oddball momma’s boy wearing a reindeer Christmas sweater. What she doesn’t expect is the handsome, mysterious man who captures her attention, and seems determined to win her heart.

Their attraction is undeniable, and as charming Sophia convinces Will to work with her, she slowly unwraps the secrets in his past that make this determined and soulful man still yearn for the childhood he never had.

When the chaos of production starts, will Sophia be able to keep her promises to protect Will from being exploited, or will the bitter truth of reality television be a runaway train of disaster for both of them?

Join Sophia, Will and his dog Romeo to enter the world of his enchanting holiday house where stars shine indoors and snow is always falling…365 days of the year.


About the Author


Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

Mr. 365 is Ruth’s second novel and is inspired by her varied experiences in the television world from winning big on a game show, to guest hosting on the QVC shopping network, to sharing a studio with a production team that produced early reality television. Her first novel, Animate Me, is a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who helps her plan and execute their yearly Christmas extravaganza.

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(1) Signed print copy of Mr. 365, (1) metal Mr. 365 ornament, (1) embellished Studio Coffee tumbler, (1) studio keychain – US Only

(3) Signed print copies of Mr. 365 - International

(5) eBook copies of Mr. 365 - International


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Blog Tour ( review + excerpt + giveaway ) : The Grace in Darkness (Darkness Trinity #2) by Melissa Andrea

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Title : The Grace in Darkness
Series : Darkness Trinity #2
Author : Melissa Andrea
Genre : Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Every part of me yearns for Ryland and there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I don’t question if I made the right decision. Adjusting is something I should be used to by now but how can I do that when life has other plans?

When darkness consumes you, only true light can free you
Remembering how I existed before Araya came into my life and turned everything upside down has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I can’t stand to be round anyone and the feeling is mutual. But I’m ready to take back what’s mine. I’m ready to be whole again. But every decision has a choice and every choice has a consequence.

To find the grace in darkness, you must Dare to be BRAVE Dare to be STRONG Dare to be ALIVE

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Review

Three words : I loathe J.D.

He needs to be gone, that's all I have to say about that.

The Grace in Darkness picks up right where The Edge of Darkness ended. Aghhhh, I just wanted them to not be tip-toeing around each and find one another again. I got a little ticked at Ryland for not getting past that annoying barrier of want and need. And of course, it was the same towards Araya ...

Ryland Ryland Ryland, 'I don't give a sh*t-Ryland'. And I loved that about him, he was just a brooding man wanting his woman back in his life. He'd even suffer being bossed by his oh-so amazing father, J.D. All for Araya. He pretty much turned out to be the guy that nobody wants to be around, suffering in his own misery. And this misery doesn't want any company.

Araya, as mad as I was at her, she had a lot to get through. She had to deal with her personal issues, focus on herself before she could bring Ryland back into her life. I loved how her character developed, she learned how to be independent and learn the ways around her disability. I just love what she became in this book, she was a completely new person; strong!

Passion, ohhhh the passion between the two! I've missed it and you will all be getting a healthy dose of it. Bring a fan to keep yourselves cool, everyone! Trust me, you're going to need it. Ryland sure likes to take, take , take. Definitely in a way that doesn't have me complaining, Araya doesn't either! I love them together and they truly go through several of trials of being together ... no thanks to a certain someone.

Overall, I loved this book. And I want more of Sebastian and Mak, their story felt so incomplete and the possibility of more. Well that's what I picked up, I hope we get their story :)

MY RATING :






Excerpt

His fingers wrapped around the back of my neck, pulling me hard against his body. I knew what he was attempting to do, but his plan was backfiring.

My body sighed at the contact, and every curve molded against him;
desperate to feel all of him.

“If I feel you beneath me, I won’t be able to stop Araya. I want you too damn much! I want you, all of you. I want to be buried so deep inside of you, you won’t know where I end
and you begin.” His breath showered my lips with warmth.

“I won’t want you to stop Ryland. I need you, all of you, now and forever.”

“And the rest?”

His eyes move over my face, flushing my skin with the intensity of his
gaze. The rhythm of my heart increased, because I know what he wants me to say.

“Say it.” He growls against my lips.

Meet the Author

I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.
I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing.

Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.

I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother
& my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by.

4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle (including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little with my list, shhhh.
 

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December 15, 2013

Blog Tour (review + giveaway) : Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) by Pepper Winters



Release Date: December 15th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Erotic Suspense Romance
Series Info: Quintessentially Q is the second book in the Monsters In The Dark Series

Synopsis


“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right."

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.






Review

This book did what I least expected it to do ... it gutted me completely!

I am pretty late to this series, but I'm glad I stumbled upon it and signed for the blog tour. After hearing so many great reviews for Tears of Tess, I quickly signed up for this blog tour and bought the first book in the series. I was so surprisingly intrigued and pulled in by Tears of Tess. It's an extremely dark set of books and probably the darkest that I've ever read. I finished Tears of Tess in one sitting, I read late into the night to finish it ... I simply couldn't put it down.

Everything that Tess went through is something to fear because it's happening today ... it's reality. And trying to put yourself in her shoes, it's unimaginable ... my head was racing with thoughts of "this could happen to ANYONE". And it scares the crap out of me, oddly, I liked having that aspect in the book. It's surreal and keeps you on the brink of undeniable fear.

Lately, I've been reading the books with BDSM in it. It's not my style, but it was a necessary element for this book. Both, Tess & Q yearned for it, what they needed from each other is what kept them whole. It seriously boggled me trying to wrap my mind around that concept, but it worked for them/this book. And because of it, I was able to understand their relationship and somewhat accept it, in a crazy-twisted way.

The element of surprise...s! YES, things happened that I didn't see happening! As I was reading, I was wondering what would happen next and boy, I didn't see that coming, even though the signs were all there. Apparently I suck at puzzles that. It sucks not being able to minimally share what happens, but what does will either break or make their relationship. And don't even get me started on the amount of times my heart was gutted out ... I cried, tears were just streaming down my face.

Q is one character out of all book characters that I have read about in the history of books characters, to surprise me the most. Especially towards the end, he was just unexpecting and I was in complete awe because of it. He's a dark menacing man, a savior (yeah, that threw me through a loop in Tears of Tess). He's not a flowers and chocolates type of guy, as much as he broods dominance, Tess could literally end his being in seconds. It really doesn't take much, he is wrapped around her fingers completely. But shhhhhh, he doesn't go public with that shit!

Tess ... sorry for the language, but holy fuck! She experienced really f*cked up stuff in this one, it's hard to imagine that some people have zero humanity left in them, it's sickening! But she proves to be  strong and Q constantly tests that of her. But strength has limits and hers will be tested to the max in this one, will it break her?

I was surprised at myself for liking a series like this, it was extremely well-written. And I love books that pull you in from the start. And I'm glad it wasn't constant sex scene after sex scene, I'm such a fan of this book and series. I was curious to see how you were going to end this one and I vote, great decision! They both deserve true happiness and I can't wait to see all of that unfold!

MY RATING:



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Meet the Author


Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.




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December 9, 2013

Blog Tour ( review + excerpt + giveaway ) : Falling (Fading #2) by E.K. Blair

Title : Falling
Series : Fading #2
Author : E.K. Blair
Release Date : December 7, 2013

Synopsis


Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel.

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.

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Review

If you've been following my reviews, you know how much I love books that are written in the male character's POV. And with the Candace and Ryan's story, I was eagerly awaiting to know more about Ryan.

Before you even consider reading this book make sure to read Fading, which is Candace's story. Yes, I suppose you can say that this is a re-hash of events from Ryan's POV, but we also get to know his full story and why he is the way he is.

How would I describe Ryan? Fierce ... protective ... loving ... caring ... scarred. As if I didn't fall in love with Ryan during Fading, I definitely fell head over heels in love with him, in this one. Ryan and Candace were made for each other, they definitely completely each other. Both suffered traumatic events in their lives and throughout the book, they still have plenty to overcome. And the conclusion was for them to be together, they have what each other needs. 

Just like how it was in Fading, I had to relive being ticked off at Candace for some of the things she did. But it's okay, she realized what she did and things were great again. One thing that I try to do, when I read my books is to place myself in their shoes. It was extremely tough for this book because Candace and Ryan's personal experiences is something no human being should EVER have to go through. It's completely traumatic and there's just so much that went through their minds; blame, guilt, shame. Of course from an outside perspective, they never should have felt like that. They were just two amazing people that were seriously wronged and it made them who they are today.

When they're together, walls come down, hearts begin to open and they both learn to love. And they're so passionate about each other. This book brought tears to my eyes, it split my heart right open (AGAIN), toe curling moments, and a beautiful happy ending that I always love.

In Falling, once you get past the part of where things ended in Fading, you being to wonder what happens next. I like how E.K. Blair ended the book, but I felt like it was a little drawn out, I found myself wondering what the ending would be (and it was amazing, trust me ... very beautiful). And thinking when the conclusion would be coming up.

I'm such a fan of this series and I think all of you will Ryan's POV!

MY RATING :



Meet the Author


USA Today bestselling author and International Amazon bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her FADING series. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She's a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.



Excerpt


I sit back on the couch and wonder about her, remembering what Jase told me the other day before I saw how upset she was after talking with her mom.

“Her parents are assholes to her. They treat her like shit and she doesn’t deserve it.”

I wonder how she’s doing. I wonder how bad her parents really are. I wonder if they’re the reason why she’s so closed off. I wonder why I’m wondering so much, but I can’t shake the fact that I need to know. For some reason, it bothers me, and I can’t let it go.

I pull out my cell and go back and forth on whether or not I should take this jump. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve never done this before. I’ve never wanted to. But now . . . Fuck it, I’m jumping.

Punching out a text, I send it to Mark.

Can you send me Candace’s number?

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December 2, 2013

Book Blitz ( giveaway + excerpt ) : Dragon Craving (Otherworlds Summons #2) Livia Olteano

Dragon Craving by Livia Olteano
(Otherworlds Summons #2)
Publication date: Late November 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis


The world holds few secrets for Oracle Elana Anderson, or as her fans know her, Ela Deville. Successful author of paranormal romance, Ela, has a secret: not all her paranormal characters are quite that fictional. She hardly expected she’d trigger a chain of events that might bring about the end of the world via a pesky dragon. Rendered blind to visions of him, Ela’s only way to save her world is to keep the dragon close…very close.

Obitus, the only awake dragon in the Otherworlds, is determined to get back the magic that was stolen from him and secure his position for a good thousand years. Becoming Akai’s new guardian after getting rid of the current one is the best way to it. But that means getting Ela on his side. He’ll bargain and maneuver his way there if he has to, but ends up tormented by the desire to have her for real.

In a game of deals, half-truths and irresistible cravings, does one heart have to break in order for the other to save the world?

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Meet the Author


Livia Olteano is a loud and proud coffee addict, lover of all things beautiful and incurable romantic.

She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they'd bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters--what can you do, right?

Stop by www.liviaolteano.com or the blog, http://blog.liviaolteano.com, for the latest news and rants of glory.


Excerpt 3 - from Chapter 2 (Obitus's POV)


I sat back on Karla’s couch, my ankle dangling over my other leg’s knee. The place looked strange, all the objects crowding the already tiny space. But then again my idea of a cozy home was a large cave with enough room for me to roll around in my dragon form. Humans were small creatures. In fact, everything in Akai was small and cramped.

But fun.

The weres leader paced, hands clasped at his back. He was fun too. Jeremy Hays was a lanky thing with bright red hair that stood out like antennas. He had piercing green eyes and the nasty habit of biting the inside of his cheek. I liked that worried look about him.

I liked the fear that radiated from him too. He made a considerable effort to cover the fact that he was looking at anything but me. A couple of times, his gaze came close to meeting mine. Well, reasonably close. I think the progress froze somewhere around the tip of my nose.

“What’s taking the gargoyle so long?” he muttered.

I shrugged. “Sharpening the knife for dinner.”

The werecat flinched. “That’s dragon humor, right?”

I chuckled. “Oh yes, we’re funny like that. Dragons, you know? Never a dull moment.”

The piercing green eyes finally focused on me and Jeremy smiled. He looked very cat- like right then. I’d first seen him in his cat form–cats were lovely creatures. Tiny as a dot but so resourceful and agile. I liked cats. I was still iffy about Jeremy though.

“So tell me, what do you get out of it?” he asked eyeing his nails.

I held up a hand. “We’ll discuss it when Kann is here. I don’t like repeating myself.”

Jeremy smiled and nodded, resuming his pacing about. Maybe it was a cat thing, not being able to stand still when they were nervous.

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Release Day Launch : Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout's amazing novella in her new The Dark Elements Series, BITTER SWEET LOVE, is out and we are excited to join in the release day launch for it. BITTER SWEET LOVE is the Prequel Novella for The Dark Elements Series and is full of Wardens, fantasy, and romance. The first novel in the series, WHITE HOT KISS, will be released February 25, 2014. Check out what we have for you today! There's also a fantastic excerpt for you to check out below!

EXCERPT:


Moving lightning fast, Dez shifted and I was suddenly underneath him. His arms were on either side of my head, caging me in. Our bodies didn’t touch, but I felt him to the tips of my toes anyway.
                The teasing grin disappeared when I dragged in a deep breath and my chest brushed his. Everything changed in an instant. The playful mood faded, replaced by primal heaviness. Our gazes collided and locked. Neither of us moved. His closeness sent a series of shivers skittering across my skin and made it hard to take slow, even breaths. My body tensed when his gaze dropped to my mouth.
                He tilted his head to the side. “I… I honestly have no idea what we were talking about.”
                “Good. Neither do I.”
                He shifted his weight onto one arm, bring him closer. “Have you enjoyed your trip so far?”
                “Yes.” I felt as if I couldn’t get enough air into my lungs.
                “Good.” He lowered his head. His breath was minty as it moved across my cheek and then my lips. “I’m glad.”
                I wasn’t really following the conversation and I wasn’t sure that he was fully aware of what was coming out of his mouth. I searched my hazy brain for something to say and wet my lips. I-
                The sound that came out of Dez’s chest rumbled through me. A stuttered heartbeat passed and then his lips were on mine. There was nothing slow about this kiss. It scorched my skin and caused my body to stretch tight like a bowstring. The kiss deepened, spinning my senses. I shuddered when his hand curved over my shoulder and drifted down to my waist, his long fingers spreading out under the hem of my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach.
                I gasped, floored by the raw sensations pounding through my blood. My skin felt as if I was about to phase. Maybe I was.

                “Jasmine,” he whispered, the word falling against my lips, and then his body was pressing mine into the mattress, heavy, sweet and hard.

ABOUT BITTER SWEET LOVE (The Dark Elements #.5):

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

Don't miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES 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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December 1, 2013

Blog Tour ( review + giveaway ) : Back to Reality (Back to Life #2) by Danielle Allen

 
Title : Back to Reality
Series : Back to Life #2
Author : Danielle Allen

Synopsis

Her past: Emanuel Mills was her first love. The guitar playing, adventure seeking, IT whiz was everything she ever wanted.

Her present: Tyree Barker was her last love. The cultured, educated, successful entrepreneur was everything she needed.

But when Sahara Lee’s past and present collided, a series of events occurred that changed her life forever, leaving her future up in the air.

As a college freshman, a tragic accident changed the course of Sahara’s life. Ten years later, just when she started putting her life back together, Sahara’s world was rocked again due to a similar accident.

Heartbroken and guilt ridden, Sahara fell into old, familiar habits before quickly realizing that she wasn’t the same Sahara Lee anymore. Unable to live a lonely, loveless, isolated life anymore, Sahara decided that the way she coped before wasn’t going to work this time around.

Time didn’t heal her wounds, but forgiveness might.

My Thoughts

Where to begin?

Well, if you didn't read the first book, Back to Life, don't even bother reading this view. A lot of it probably won't make any sense to you at all.

After the cliffhanger in the first book, I was reeling and overfilled with impatience to get my hands on the next one. Let me share that I hate when stories end like that, shame on you!

Just like the first book, Sahara is still harboring all the guilt, pain, hurt from her past and now her present. After the way things ended in the first book, Sahara did what she thought was best for her and everyone around, to run, more than anything from the men (yes, plural) that she loves. And oh it hurts my ears, when there's 2 men involved to form a "lovely" little triangle. Oh, how I loathe the infamous love triangles. When she realizes that she loves both, predictions were running in and out of my mind. And questions beyond questions, who will she pick?!

In the first book, I am all for Ty (the beautiful man who became my favorite in the first book, I was all Team Ty). Let me share a little bit about Ty, this beautiful man who cares so much about Sahara and will do anything to take care of her, he brought her strength. And there's Emanuel (he was not my favorite), Sahara's first love, he will always be there for her, no matter what obstacles came in their way.

I know this will be rather confusing, but the characters are all very different from the first book. When Sahara starts to go to therapy to overcome her demons, she makes great strides in the emotional department, but her actions went in a completely different direction. Which ticked me off, there were several times when I just couldn't deal with what she was doing. A lot of the messes she got into was all be her creation, she has a quite a bit of growing up to do. I just wanted to yell, "You're an adult, Sahara! Suck it up and get over it!".

It was interesting, when I noticed all the changes with each of the characters. It definitely changed my views on all of them. And that's when you begin to question who would be better for Sahara. Or will she end up picking anyone in the end?

I loved this book, but not as much as I love the author. I've constantly been giving her feedback as I read this book and she enjoyed every little moment of it. Even the times, when the book was driving me completely crazy.

AND, there's a happy ending ... well sort of! Hard to explain, yet I can't explain at all. It was so hard to write this review without spoiling anything.

SO, if you haven't read Back to Life, everyone needs to get up on it and then read Back to Reality.

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Meet the Author


I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.
With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.

So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.

To know me is to love me.
XOXO


Sahara's Playlist

BTW ... I love Danielle's music choices for Sahara's Playlist, they're on Spotify!

“To Build A Home” -- The Cinematic Orchestra
“Breathe Me” – Sia
“Trouble” – Coldplay
“Never Felt This Way” – Alicia Keys
“Fumble” –Trey Songz
“Gone” – Nsync
“Your Hands” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Any Time, Any Place” – Janet Jackson
“He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)” – Jill Scott
“I Need Love” – Robin Thicke
“Don’t Speak” – Leela James
“Say Something” –A Great Big World
“Bitter” – Me’Shell NdegeOcello
“Fall For Your Type” – Jamie Foxx ft. Drake
“Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
“Need It” – Half Moon Run
“Flaws And All” – Beyonce
“Doing It Wrong” – Drake
“When The Right One Comes Along” – Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio
“Like A Star” – Corrine Bailey Rae
“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift ft The Civil Wars
“Make You Feel My Love” – Adele

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November 30, 2013

Release Day ( giveaway ) : Two Thousand 3 : A Comatose Memoir by FX Scully


Book Title: Two Thousand 3: A comatose memoir
Author: FX Scully
Genre: New Adult Novella
Release Date: November 30, 2013

Synopsis

If you could turn back the clock, what would you change? Who would you choose?
Reese Clarke is sports agent, extraordinaire. With an impressive client list, she’s on the fast track to becoming partner at her Seattle-based firm, and is engaged to the first-round draft pick, and the firm’s bread and butter, Neil Baxter.


Then everything comes crashing down.


Neil cheats on her. She has a bitter reunion with a sexy ex. And gets hit by a car. All in the same damn day.
When she wakes up, twelve years in the past, she doesn’t know how she got there, or how to get out. Confusion grows to pleasure, then quickly spirals to anger as Reese struggles to find her way back home. All the while being forced to relive her greatest love affairs—one ex a time. But older and wiser Reese soon realizes she’s been given a break—a chance to do things differently this time around. An opportunity to track down the one who got away.


Meet the Author

F.X Scully spends her days advising men in tights. She loves turtles, romance and things of the past. In the evenings, she writes smut and drama for those who love it and those who pretend they don’t. Her free time is spent taking walks in the rain, scouring thrift shops for classic pieces and sipping vintage wine.





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November 29, 2013

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway : The Suicide Princess by Anthony Bryan

Title: The Suicide Princess by Anthony Bryan
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Genre: Erotic Thriller / Contemporary Romance (not suitable for younger readers)

Synopsis


"Not your mother's romance, this is an erotic thriller that will leave you breathless and have you begging for more..."

Stephanie Bradford is a young, attractive, and successful District Attorney on her way to the top. She has the near-perfect life, with an amazing husband, and she has it all in the palm of her hand. When her marriage falls into a romantic rut, Stephanie is skillfully swooned by a charming, mysterious and intriguing stranger who looks to be the answer to all of her fantasies. A whirlwind and erotic affair quickly spirals out of control, and before long, she learns that things aren’t always as they appear and people are rarely who they seem. One poor decision becomes the catalyst for a series of events that rips her life apart, and Stephanie is left with nothing but the thirst for revenge against the man who viciously stole everything from her. The Suicide Princess is a sexually charged roller coaster ride where nothing is as it seems and everything is at stake!



Review

This book definitely wasn't what I was expecting. If you're looking for a sweet romance, loving marriage, DEFINITELY not the book for you. But if you want something erotic, bit of suspense, here you go!

We have Stephanie Bradford, a rising district attorney, perfect husband (even though she struggles to see that), things seem to go pretty well for her life, what's there to complain about? It doesn't take long for things to go south, and that all happens when she meets Derrick. A man who knows how to keep things hot and wanting more, but full of mystery. Cheating, lies, deceit on top of some steamy sex scenes, that's what you'll read about.

Stephanie, girl just needs to be a bit more thankful and open with what she wants, especially from her husband. She was a lady who wasn't feeling her sex life with her husband. After meeting Derrick, who adds the steaminess in her life, she feels like she's on top of the world. Her job has given her a huge case to handle, she's getting what she wants out of sex, and THINKS she's falling for a man, she barely knows at all, but is also cheating on her husband.

Jacob, he's definitely the perfect husband, he's quite the gentleman. Retired Air Force guy and now is a pilot for the airlines. He thinks he has it all. 

Derrick, sexy man, that's kind of an a**hole, no , he definitely is, especially towards the end. He seems to genuinely care about Stephanie, but things can change.

This book threw me through a loop, things happened that I just didn't seem coming, which kept it very interesting and I was able to read it in one sitting. I will say that this book wasn't for me, there's a lot of things that I don't agree with and that's cheating. And to top it off, her husband is retired military. It hits a close nerve, I haven't experienced it personally, but inevitable it happens all the time, not in the military world, but everywhere. And I've heard one too many stories, where it's just absolutely heartbreaking.  I don't agree with cheating, no matter the situation, and it's pretty hard for me to read about it, first hand. And I'm the type of person, where something like this will completely change my mind from continuing to read a book, but I had to finish it.

I liked the suspense part of the book, there were so many things that I just didn't see happening. It was like bam-bam-bam, and that part kept it all very exciting. The sex scenes were pretty darn erotic and a bit BDSM, if you like all those, you'll love these scenes.

The writing is great, it flows really well and it is very male mind-set, which is a first for me to read about. There's a certain scene that occurs that a woman wouldn't necessarily write about, or at least, I haven't seen. To be honest, Anthony Bryan is the second male author that I've read from. And I'm definitely not disappointed!


For me, personally, the book was ok (for personal reasons). I know plenty of readers will enjoy the erotic scenes, but this one hit a bit too close.  And just wasn't the book for me. After everything that happened in this book, Jacob is my favorite, and there were certain things that I wasn't expecting for the end.

However, note to the author, just wanted to say thank you for serving our country!!

MY RATING :




Meet the Author



Born and raised in London, UK, Anthony's hope, more than anything, is that his words can provide an escape for you, and he hopes they take you on a journey you won’t soon forget. His goal is to give you something different, refreshing and unlike anything you've ever read. In a sea of authors pumping out the same cookie-cutter stories, Anthony can only try to be the one who stands out and takes you on one hell of a ride.  Find your favorite reading spot, pour yourself a drink (or two) and love every second of every page he writes… After all, he writes them for you!

At 27 years old, Anthony now resides in the U.S. where he divides his time between Boston, Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida.  He served with the American military in eastern Afghanistan, and he is a combat veteran as well as an accomplished fighter training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing.  He may not seem like the typical erotic writer, and he’s not.  He’s different, and his work is different – get ready to be blown away!

Throughout his entire life, even as a young child, reading has always been Anthony's escape from reality. It was a way to temporarily leave the boring monotony of day-to-day life, and it allowed him to visit far off lands, meet unusual characters, take incredible adventures, and even learn about the very edges of our universe. Being able to take his love of reading and transform it to a passion for writing has been the greatest gift he has ever been given.

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Author Interview


Q: First, tell us a little about you, who you are, and your background.

A: My name is Anthony Bryan, and I’m a writer. I’ve been writing for almost my whole life, and a couple of years ago I began ghost writing for others – it’s basically my work with their name on it. I decided it’s time to start writing for me, and I couldn’t think of a better, more fun genre than an erotic thriller.


I was born and raised in London, U.K., but I’ve spent the bulk of my adult life in the United States.  I actually served with the American military, and I served in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.  I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai fighting, and a perpetual black eye is part of my attire.  I guess you could say I’ve been around, and I’m not the stereotypical erotic author.  But that’s a good thing – I’m different, and so is what I write…



Q: So, you said you’re a writer. Tell us some of what you’ve written.

A: Unfortunately, I can’t reveal the work I did as a ghost writer because of agreements I’ve signed with the listed authors. But I’m stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight with my debut title The Suicide Princess.



Q: The Suicide Princess? That sounds like a powerful title. Is the story behind it equally as impressive?

A: It’s even better.  Imagine taking a suspenseful thriller, a contemporary romance, and the hottest erotica and slamming them all together at over one hundred miles per hour – what you’d have is The Suicide Princess.  Stephanie Bradford has a near perfect husband and what looks like the perfect life. But when her marriage falls into a romantic rut, she’s skillfully swooned by a charming and intriguing stranger who looks to be the answer to all of her fantasies. A whirlwind and erotic affair quickly spirals out of control, and before long, Stephanie learns that things aren’t always as they appear, and people are rarely who they seem. One poor decision becomes the catalyst that rips her life apart, and Stephanie is left with nothing but the thirst for revenge against the man who viciously stole everything from her. It’s going to leave you begging for more!



Q: Your ARC reviews all comment on how incredibly hot this book is. Tell us more about that.

A: I know there are a lot of amazing stories out there that have little if any raw sexual appeal. And on the flip side, there are a lot of erotic stories that are smoking hot but have no story. I wanted to write something that has both. I created an incredibly hot story that will absolutely leave you wanting to grab your significant other and tear him apart.  It’s a “change your panties, close the bedroom door, and get you laid,” kind of hot… but with an awesome story going on at the same time. I can’t think of a better way to write!



Q: You mentioned “raw sexual appeal” in your last response. So, speaking of which, we noticed both of your leading male characters, Derrick and Jacob, have their own sex appeal.  Which of the two are you more like?

A: I think any author will admit that a part of themselves will always seep into their characters, so I guess in many ways I’m a lot like both Derrick and Jacob. Jacob, being an airline pilot and having served in a combat role in the military, has a lot of similarities to my life. But Derrick, with his cocky, funny, and charming personality, has a lot in common with my personality.  They both have their own kind of sexual appeal, and since they’re so different from one another, Stephanie is completely torn between them.  To be perfectly honest, I think I’m equal parts Derrick and Jacob.  Jacob is my nice side, and Derrick is my bad-boy side.



Q: Ok, before we start asking about your bad-boy side, we need to change the subject fast! Tell us how you started writing.

A: When I first came home from Afghanistan, I was kind of in a dark place. I had a hard time adjusting to what I had been through, and I was just “lost,” for lack of a better word.  But I started writing about my experiences there, my feelings, and my emotions, and I started feeling better.  It didn’t take long for writing to become my “safe place.”  I could go there any time I wanted, and I just loved the stories I was creating. It took a while, but eventually I started sharing what I was writing, and everything just grew from there.



Q: Wow! That is an amazing story and very deep - thank you so much for serving for us.  So, you’re a fighter/soldier turned writer with a British accent and an amazing imagination.  Thanks so much for doing this interview, and we can’t wait for your book to be released.

A: You’re so welcome, for both, and The Suicide Princess will be out on November 5, 2013. Visit my website atwww.AnthonyBryanAuthor.com, and there are links there to follow me on Facebook and Goodreads. 

Excerpt




One of Derrick's new friends invited him to play pool, but Derrick kindly declined, “Sorry, man. I have someone else I need to focus my attention on.”

The stranger coaxingly said, “Yeah, I'd be scared, too.”

Derrick glanced at Stephanie as she leaned in and said, “If you don't go play and kick that guy’s ass, I'm leaving you here alone.”

Derrick smiled his mischievous smile and looked to the stranger, “For money or fun?”

The stranger said, “One hundred?”

“One hundred it is, my man. Rack ‘em up,” Derrick said as he shook his new friend's hand.

Stephanie sipped her third drink as she watched Derrick easily defeat his new friend. At the end of the game, Derrick said, “Must be my lucky night! One hundred, right?”

The stranger pulled a fold of money from his pocket and began counting when Derrick continued, “No, no, no. It's cool, man. I had fun.”

The stranger said, “A bet's a bet, and I always pay up.”

“Tell you what,” said Derrick. “Let me and my girl cut in for a game on the table, and we'll call it even. That's worth more than the hundred to me.”

“It's all yours,” said the stranger while giving Derrick a pat on the back.

Derrick reached his hand out toward Stephanie, and she grasped it tightly, intertwining their fingers. She pulled in close to him and said, “I'm your girl, huh?”

“Tonight you are,” Derrick said as he shot Stephanie a wink.

“Your break,” Derrick declared as he racked the balls.

Derrick then watched as Stephanie began to shoot. He stood behind her and said, “Here put your hands like this.”

“Okay, and then what?” she asked.

 Derrick pulled in close behind Stephanie as he was showing her how to correctly hold the cue. His lips were an inch from her ear, and Derrick took the opportunity to whisper “Did that get your panties wet watching me beat that guy?”

Stephanie turned back, smiled, and said, “It would have, if I was wearing any.”

Derrick reacted by sliding his hand across Stephanie's stomach and gently pulling her back into him. He simultaneously pressed himself forward, and Stephanie felt Derrick's bulge pressing into her. Stephanie could easily feel how hard Derrick was as he said, “Feel that? That's what you do to me.”

Stephanie looked around as she slid her hand down Derrick's stomach and over his crotch. She said, “I think it's time for me to leave, but I'm scared. Think you could walk me to my car?”

“It depends where your car is. This neighborhood can be awfully sketchy,” Derrick said with a mocking tone.

Stephanie told Derrick, “It's in the very dark, very secluded parking lot in the alley out back.”

Derrick replied, “Then I'm definitely not going back there. Look at what I'm wearing, I might end up getting raped back there,” as he laughed.

Stephanie started walking away and said, “Up to you. But if you do want something bad to happen, come follow me.”

Derrick watched as Stephanie took a few steps away without looking back. He looked at how her tight skirt formed beautifully around her ass, and he noticed how sexy her legs were in her red heels. It only took another step before Derrick was close in tow behind Stephanie.

The pair quickly reached the driver's side door of Stephanie's brand new white Volvo as she said, “This is me.”

Without saying a word, Derrick turned Stephanie so her back was pressed against the car door. He wrapped his right arm around her lower back, and he slid the fingers on his left hand through her hair at the nape of her neck and pulled her head in and began kissing her.

Stephanie, again trying desperately to not think of Jacob, noticed how different this kiss was compared to the kiss of her husband. Jacob's kisses were always soft, slow, gentle, and deliberate. Derrick's kiss was filled with depth and passion. The way his lips met hers and the way Derrick caressed her tongue with his set Stephanie on fire.

As they were kissing, Derrick's hand slid down and began caressing Stephanie's ass. As he felt, Derrick said, “You lied, you are wearing panties.”

Feeling the potent combination of Derrick’s powerful sexuality and the cocktails from the bar, Stephanie started opening the car door and replied, “Then get in here and punish me.”

Stephanie sat in the soft tan leather of the driver's seat, but she quickly moved herself over to the passenger's side to make room for Derrick. Derrick sat in and adjusted the seat all the way back, and the new car smell mixed with the leather interior to create a wonderful scent. The two continued their passionate kissing as Derrick's hands wandered all over Stephanie's toned, sexy body.

Stephanie started to slide over on to Derrick's lap, and she pulled her skirt up just enough so she could straddle her legs around him while facing him. Once on top of Derrick, she began unbuttoning her top, and she said, “Remember what you told me you wanted to watch the other day? That show you wanted?”

Derrick said he remembered it quite well.

“Well.....” Stephanie said as she pulled her skirt even higher revealing the front of her red, lace thong. She continued, “Just watch.”

Stephanie stared directly at Derrick as she unbuttoned her top further and pulled the front of her bra down. She revealed her perfectly shaped C-cup breasts, and she began massaging them with both hands. After a moment, only one hand remained on her breasts as she began to place two fingers in her mouth, sucking them to get them wet. Once her fingers were dripping with saliva, Stephanie slid her hand down the front of her thong, and Derrick watched as she began fingering herself under her panties.

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