May 31, 2013

{ Blog Tour Stop + Excerpt + Character Bio } The Edge of Darkness (No Regrets) by Melissa Andrea


After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there's no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE. 

DARE them to LOVE
DARE them to LIVE

{ Goodreads }


"I'm afraid I'm going to have this hanging on my conscious all day now." he teased.

"That only seems fair."

"Yes it does, but I have a better suggestion." his voice slid over my skin like silk.

"Better for whom?"

"Go out with me."

His proposal stunned me for a second and then I found my voice.
"So better for you?"

"I like to think of it as a mutual enjoyment."

"I fail to see how."
He shifted, and his breath hit my face in warm puffs. "Go out with and I'll show you."

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Character Bio

Ryland Dare (He sure is something huh?)

Hey, over here. Stop licking my picture, ladies. I'm Ryland Dare. On the outside looking in, some would say my sibling and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends?? Yeah I have one of each. It's not as depressing as it sounds. My brat of a sister, crazy ass brother and sweeter than sweet Annie, keep me entertained.
But it wasn't until Araya came along and showed me what I was missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.


Melissa Andrea
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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May 30, 2013

{ Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway } Forgiven (This #3) by J.B. McGee

Title: Forgiven (This #3)
Author:  J.B. McGee
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:  May 16, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers

Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.

Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings


{ Review }

I love this series and was so happy to be a part of the blog tour! Forgiven is the third book of this series, so I suggest that everyone reads all the books in the series, and who would read a series out of order ... no no no!
" Never lose faith. Always have hope. Love for always. "
One of the things that I love about this book is Bradley and Veronica's point of view, I'm always such a fan of what each character is thinking. The different point of views, helps you understand where exactly they're coming from, from every given problem they are facing. Sometimes you'll just want to rip your hair out and be like, "What are you thinking?! Don't do that!", which was me constantly throughout this book.

This book also teaches EVERYONE a lesson :

"Don't keep secrets."
I can't emphasize that enough, this book had me yelling, mainly at Bradley ...  With their relationship, there were exterior issues that always seemed to interrupt their daily lives. Gabby had so much to overcome with her past, even though it was her normal routine to run away from her problems, she matured and learned to deal with them head on. I was sooooo worried she was going to runaway from Bradley, which have broken my heart ... again! Lets just say I was extremely proud of Gabby in this book!

Bradley had his own to deal with as well; "baby momma drama". I am so pleased that she had the switching POV's, with Bradley, we got to see exactly what he was feeling during this whole ordeal. My heart did break for him and the connection he quickly made with a child that may not have been his.

I need to stop rambling, before I start spoiling more of the book. I'm interested to see what's in store for the next book, which will be Veronica and Ian's story. I'm not the biggest fan of them, but I am curious to see how they're doing. First and foremost, I'm so ready for Sam's story! ( You'll get little glimpses of Sam's stubborn self in Forgiven.)

Rating : 5 stars!


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J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all- girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series


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May 29, 2013

{ Massive Giveaway } 26 Ebook Winners + Kindle Paperwhite ( U.S. Only )

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May 24, 2013

{ Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway } Hiding in Plain Sight (The Silver Oak Series #2) by Kate Mathias

So, I've decided to save my reviews for a different post, but I was so happy to be a part of this blog tour! I've really enjoyed the series so far and absolutely cannot wait for the 3rd book! Kate is pretty much the queen of cliffhangers and I was not happy, when I came upon them. You'll literally sit there and yell, "WHY!".

Hiding in Plain Sight by Kate Mathias

Author Name : Kate Mathias
New Release Book Title : Hiding in Plain Sight
Release Date : 04/20/2013
First Book in Series Title : Worlds Apart
Series Name : Silver Oaks Series
Third Book in Series Title : Spitfire ( Release in Fall of 2013 )

Graham Reynolds has always taken on the role of the protector in his family. He’s a hard working DEA agent but he has a secret that he’s been keeping his whole life — he can jump to a parallel universe. It’s on one of these jumps that he faces an impossible dilemma. Will he make it in time to save his half sister from the wrath of a mad man? Will Graham be able to deal with the consequences of his actions? 

Lily Bennett is the girl next door that Graham remembers as the shy, quiet childhood friend. All grown up, Lily is now a powerful CFO of her family's business. Graham saved Lily once when they were children but now Lily may be the only one who can save Graham from his past. Will she be able to pull him out of his darkness and back to her or will he be forever hiding in plain sight?

{ Goodreads }


“Hi,” She glanced up at Graham and slowly licked her bottom lip. Her eyes had gone from a warm brown to a dark liquid color that threatened to drown Graham. “Hi yourself,” he took a hold of her chin with his thumb and traced a small circle on her jaw line. Bending his head, he slowly brushed his lips on hers and was instantly met with a current that seemed to stir him all the way to his stomach. He craved her like no other, but also wanted to take his time and enjoy every curve of her soft skin, every crease he needed to memorize.

He inhaled her sweet smell and seemed to hold his breath as her scent filled every inch of his being. With both of his hands free, he wrapped them around her lower back and bunched a handful of material in his fist. Graham pulled her into his body, feeling her warmth and softness, which threatened to take all of his senses over the edge.

His tongue joined hers and in a slow dance with one another’s mouths, he hungrily deepened the kiss until he could hear his heart beating in his ears. Graham could be satisfied kissing and drinking in her lips for days, but Lily broke away from him slowly.

Looking up at him through her eyelashes, she bent down and slipped off her heel on one foot and then removing the other one, she let it drop to the floor. She never took her eyes off of Graham and watched him watching her. Reaching up and pulling her hair so it fell to one side, she slowly untied the knot on the halter dress behind her neck. Graham watched as the material slipped down and seemed to free-fall past her curvy hips to land in a heap on the floor.

The Lovely Kate

Kate Mathias is former elementary teacher and real estate agent. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with
her family. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.

Fun Facts about Author

I've been skydiving and have flown a small airplane.

My dad's a pilot and I've taken a plane off numerous times.

I'm an adventure junkie and love the thrill of roller coasters and anything that moves high and fast.

I can't get enough of sweets and often have dessert after breakfast.

I don't drink coffee or tea.

I'm a night owl and tend to stay up every night until midnight even during the week.

My family and friends always come first and I'm dedicated to other's happiness almost to a fault.

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May 21, 2013

{ Cover Reveal } Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

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Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. Never stop running… Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.   

 photo ShellyCrane_zps2d239d01.jpg About the Author 

Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.   

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May 20, 2013

{ Cover Re-Reveal } The Upside of Letting Go by Nacole Stayton

When I heard that TULG was getting a 'cover re-reveal', I just had to be in on this! And my was I happy about that, it's pretty steamy! The cover for The Upside of Letting Go got a little makeover, what does everyone think?! I loved this book quite a bit, check out my review!

Title: The Upside of Letting Go
Author:  Nacole Stayton
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publish Date:  April 20, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers

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Haley Martin is no stranger to loss. One tragic event takes her entire family, leaving lingering nightmares to torment her at every turn. She decides the only way to let go of those nightmares is to literally move away from all that is familiar. Boarding a Greyhound bus, she leaves behind her past filled with heartbreak and misery, in hopes of starting a new life.

By accident she meets Kyler King, a beautiful young man with a tragic past as well. He has no interest in settling down with anyone. With a reputation as being emotionally unattainable, he uses this façade to hide the burdens he bears every day.

As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets they have kept hidden threaten to surface. An unannounced visitor causes their pasts to collide with their present. Will their secrets prove to be too big of an obstacle, hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?
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Nacole Stayton was born and raised Christian “Nacole” Stayton. She is twenty-three years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state, Kentucky. She spends her days working at the local hospital and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos and iced coffee.

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Haley Martin decides the only way to let go of her lingering nightmares is to literally move on. Taking a leap of faith she finds herself enrolling at a campus hundreds of miles away from home. 

She leaves any thoughts of dating again in Jersey, that is until fate crosses her path with a blue-eyed stud named Kyler King. He is notoriously known for being emotionally unattainable, but his façade is only to hide the burdens he bares every day. 

As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets of the past threaten to surface. When Haley’s past collides with the present, will her secrets prove too big of an obstacle hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?

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About the Author

Nacole Stayton was born and raised Christian “Nacole” Stayton. She is twenty-three years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state, Kentucky. She spends her days working at the local hospital and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos and iced coffee.


{ COVER REVEAL } Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings

I can't even begin to explain my excitement for this book! S.L. Jennings has become my new favorite author after reading Dark Light and The Dark Prince from the Dark Light Series ... don't even get me started with talking about those awesome books! Isn't the cover amazing, I love it!

Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings
Release Date : July 18th, 2013

{ Cover }

{ Synopsis }

I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited every fiber of my being. It wasn’t the tattoos or the piercings. It wasn’t the warmth that seemed to radiate from his frame and blanket me whenever he was near. It was just…him. The scary beautiful man that threatened to alter 23 years of routine and rituals, and make me face my crippling fear.

My name is Kami and I am constantly afraid. And the thing that scares me the most is the very thing I want.

***Inspired by true events***

{ Excerpt }

“Hey,” I smiled, stepping behind the bar and tying the little black apron around my waist. Dive had just opened and was completely empty aside from the day shift preparing for the lunch crowd.
Blaine turned from his task of refilling the soda dispenser and crooked a grin. I could only describe it as polite, and that fact tore me in two.
“Hey, Kami.” His deep chocolate eyes narrowed. “You change your hair?”
I twirled a lock of my honey blonde highlighted mane and shrugged. “Felt like I needed a change.” I didn’t have the guts to tell him that it was really an attempt at bribery by Angel. She knew I was a whore for spa days at the upscale salon she frequented and used my weakness to try to get me to gush about my feelings for Blaine. It didn’t fully work as she intended but I did throw her a bone: I told her I was attracted to him. It was harmless enough. Even a 90 year old deaf and blind woman would have a raging lady boner for him.
Blaine gave me the most genuine smile I had seen from him in days and I swear I felt something in my chest swell. “I like it. Makes you look…I don’t know… devastatingly sexy.”
I didn’t try to stifle the blush that I could feel heating my cheeks. I embraced it. It was the first time I had felt anything but regret in days. “Yeah?”
“Hell yeah,” he said, closing the distance between us in three long strides.
And there it was again. The smell of mint and spice and pure male. The heat that seemed to roll off his body and enfold me like a mink blanket. Those intense brown eyes that made me forget my own name and had me imagining screaming out his. Him. It was all him. Blaine somehow made me forget me. The me that wasn’t allowed to feel all these beautiful, exciting things. The me that didn’t believe in happy endings. The me that was unlovable, and in turn, could never, ever love.
“You were sexy before…unbelievably so. But the way the golden strands seem to meld with your green eyes, it just… wow. Makes it hard to look at anything or anyone else.”
I sucked in a breath of air and let it out slowly through my mouth, closing my eyes in attempt to regain some sense of composure. “Blaine…” I couldn’t say anymore. His name, occupying my tongue like his skin once did, was enough.
“I’m sorry,” he sputtered quickly, breaking me from the sweet memories of tasting him. My eyes fluttered open to him looking sheepish, rubbing the back of his neck with a tattooed hand. Shit, even that was sexy.
“I think I should explain.” He rolled the barbell in his mouth before flashing me a strained grin. “I have this habit of always saying how I feel, no matter how embarrassing it is. A long time ago, I didn’t speak my mind. I didn’t ask the right questions because I was afraid of the answers. And life shitted on me because I kept my mouth shut. So I vowed to always be brutally honest and let the chips fall where they may. I’m sorry if that makes you uncomfortable.”
I looked away, seeking refuge from his penetrating stare. It didn’t make me uncomfortable. His words, his presence, it made me anxious. It made that pesky flutter in my stomach evolve into a full on swarm of butterflies.
“It doesn’t make me uncomfortable,” I replied, speaking my truth. For once, I didn’t let fear suppress my first instinct. “But you do make me nervous.”
“Nervous?” Blaine asked, crooking a brow.
“In a good way,” I quickly recovered. Shit. Real smooth.
Blaine chuckled, and that fascinating sound chipped at the wall around my forgotten heart. “I wasn’t aware there was a good kinda nervous. But I’ll take it. Anything to see your cheeks get pink like that. You have no idea how it makes me feel when that happens.”
Speechless. I was rendered completely speechless and my cheeks had taken on a life of their own and complied with his wishes. The smile that spread across Blaine’s lips as he took in my reddened face was undeniable and I suddenly felt completely stripped bare before him. I just wanted to cover myself and hide. But Blaine wasn’t having that. Before my nerves sent me cowering in a corner, his head dipped, placing his lips at my earlobe.
“I know you said you don’t feel anything,” he whispered. “But can you honestly say that you don’t feel this? That this heat, this attraction, is all in my head? Don’t think about it; just answer. Tell me what your heart wants to say and not what your head keeps trying to make you believe.”
I swallowed down the ‘no’ that was already reflexively building in my throat and let Blaine’s proximity push away the fear. His presence did that for me; it got me out of my own way.
“Yes, Blaine,” I rasped. “I feel it.” I did. I felt all of it. I felt all of him.

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{ The Lovely Lady Behind the Book }

 { Bio }

Most known for her starring role in a popular sitcom as a child, S.L. Jennings went on to earn her law degree from Harvard at the young age of 16. While studying for the bar exam and recording her debut hit album, she also won the Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking invention of calorie-free wine. When she isn’t conquering the seas in her yacht or flying her Gulfstream, she likes to spin elaborate webs of lies and has even documented a few of these said falsehoods.

{ Some of S.L.’s devious lies }

Dark Light
The Dark Prince

Light Shadows (Fall 2013)

FEAR OF FALLING- July 18th, 2013

{ Meet the Liar }

Twitter : @MrsSLJ

May 5, 2013

**SPOILER**{ Review } The Dark Prince (The Dark Light Series #2) by S.L. Jennings

The Dark Prince

Dorian Skotos is Dark. And although that brand of sheer, unrelenting evil is a direct threat to her life, Gabriella is tragically in love with him. 

Gabriella knew it was all too good to be true. The way his touch radiated electricity right to her core, the way his ice blue eyes somehow made panties drop involuntarily, how his sexy half-smile crumbled the barriers around her heart…Dorian was extraordinary in every way. 

She ignored the alarm bells for the sake of pleasure and a little slice of peace from her mixed-up life. She thought that whatever he was, she could help him. Maybe even change him. But now that the proof of Dorian’s true identity and what he was sent for is staring her in the face, Gabriella can’t deny the inevitable. And confronting that truth could very well slaughter more than just her fragile heart.

First of all, if you're reading this and haven't even read Dark Light, get out of here, buy the book, and read away! Anyways, I absolutely LOVE that this book started right where it left off in The Dark Light, so I definitely appreciated that! There was no unanswered questions, just what I like. I swear, once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down. I finished it in one sitting, don't worry food & bathroom breaks were taken, and I was up until the wee hours of morning.

"The man before me is my heart and soul. Every part of me screams for him, yearns for him. And even if he has lied to me, I can't deny what I feel for him. I just can't turn it off." 

I can't even get over how strong this book started! Love truly conquers all, their love is so strong, one side of him wants to kill, but his other side is still able to love. And love stops him from not finishing what he was set to do; kill Gabriella! She was ready to die to save him, talk about love right there. A hard sacrifice! This book will pull your emotions in so many different directions, it's ridiculous, but I was a fan of it all. I'd be full on sad, heart strings being pulled to the max ... then super happy, things were exactly how they should be ... then it wasn't ... then it was, it's seriously like a battle. Don't worry, you'll get plenty of steaminess in this book from Gabi & Dorian and so many humorous exchanges between the two.

Gabi has her own little war to deal with, I loved her a lot more in this book. Her character really develops and definitely matures by the end. She becomes more confident and is finally able to make a decision for herself. A lot lays on her plate, and hers alone, she's finally able to accept what lays ahead and takes it on full force.

New characters are introduced and you'll love the very sarcastic, yet gorgeous, Niko Skotos! I won't say much about him, except that I love him just as much as Dorian! So, read on and find out for yourself!

Now I'm sad that I have to wait til the Fall to read the 3rd installment for this series! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!