Seeking Her by Cora Carmack | Release Day and Giveaway

We are so excited to share in the Release Day Launch and giveaway for Cora Carmack’s SEEKING HER!! SEEKING HER is a novella in Cora’s bestselling Finding It Series, published by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins)! Go out and grab your copy today!   Seeking Her   
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About SEEKING HER: 
Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella … Jackson Hunt hasn’t been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal. Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey’s father doesn’t want her to know she’s being followed. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

Excerpt: 
I was going to have to find some way to cope with this. If not, I was better off calling Mr. Summers and suggesting he find someone else to take over his daughter-watch. I felt a pang of something at that thought. It was a general kind of discomfort, and I wasn’t sure whether it was the thought of returning home or something else that made that thought so unappealing. After the cooling walk earlier, and now standing under the cool, calming rush of water, it was easier to think that I could control myself, but I knew better. It always seemed easier in my head than it really was. I wiped the water from my eyes, and tried to think of some other way to deal. There was always the hope that Kelsey would get bored. That she would mellow out. If she only partied a couple nights a week, I should be able to resist. But that seemed unlikely. All that restless energy; the way she’d soaked up the attention from the people around her. I couldn’t see her giving that up. And it was working for her. She was still in the phase where partying made her feel good. That was the one thing that helped me stay clean. The few times I’d slipped up since I started the program had left me miserable and angry, and even more frustrated than when I started. I’d found new ways to chase the high. And maybe that wasn’t any healthier, not when one way involved being in the midst of flying bullets. It wasn’t the same kind of rush, but it did the trick. I pictured Kelsey again, laughing with her head thrown back, her shirt falling off her shoulder and displaying the gentle curve of her neck. It reminded me of the way she’d tossed her head back that first day out in the woods. The memory of that caused a different kind of rush in me, and I groaned, pressing my forehead into the tile. Before I could help myself, I pictured her long legs straddling that guy in the gardens. The bright green material of her bra, and the way it conformed to her perfect chest. She leaned back, her fingertips trailing from the bark of the tree to his shoulders. In an instant, the memory shifted into fantasy, and those were my shoulders she clung to, not his. That was my undoing. There was only so much resisting I could do in one night.

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About Cora Carmack: 
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.     

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Taut: The Ford Book by JA Huss | Holy Hot Excerpt & Giveaway | New Release

TAUT: The Ford Book by JA Huss

(Rook and Ronin Spin-off)

Published January 20, 2014

Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New-ish Adult

Synopsis:
TAUT IS A STANDALONE NOVEL – you do NOT have to read any of the Rook and Ronin books first.
 
Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.
 
And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.
 
Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.
 
Big. Time.
 
And she plans to mess with his right back.
 
It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo–but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.
 
One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh’s whole existence.
 
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Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series: 

Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It’s not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.

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“Ford?” she says in an overly sweet voice.

“Yes, Ashleigh?” I look over at her with a dimpled grin.

“I’m gonna get you back for all this control, you do realize that, right?”

I reach over and grab her thigh. She jumps a little and lets out a gasp. “I never lose, Ash. Never. So if you think you can get me back by playing nasty with me tonight, then by all means, show me what a loser I am.” And then I slip my hand down her thigh and pinch her skin until she yelps. Before her hand can even move to swat mine off, I’m caressing her pussy through her jeans. “Do not come or I will tease you and withhold orgasms later.”

She holds her breath and nods.

I let up on the pressure. “Unbutton and unzip your pants.”

She breathes. But she obeys. She pops the button and the zipper makes a soft ripping sound.

“Stick your hand inside your panties.”

She doesn’t even hesitate and this makes me so fucking hard. I can feel her fingers through her jeans. “I can feel everything you do, Ashleigh. I’ll let you come right now, but you have to do all the work. Are you ready?”

“I’m ready,” she whispers. When I look over at her she’s looking right back at me. Her stare never wavers.

I look back to the road. This highway is deserted. No one is traveling I-70 west with us. There are cars every now and then going east, but very few.

“Begin,” I command.

She shudders before she even starts and I almost die thinking she already came. But it was just an excited shudder, not an orgasm. She begins in slow circles over her clit. I press down a little and her breathing becomes heavier. She continues this a few more times but then she scoots her butt down more towards the edge of the seat and slips in farther. I can feel the back of her hand on my palm through the thick fabric, and then it dips. “Tell me what you just did, Ash.”

“Put my fingers inside me,” she says in a low, breathy voice.

“Does it feel good?”

“Not as good as yours would. But I’ll make do.”

I say nothing to her joking, just cup her hand with mine and increase her movements. Her other hand hovers over mine. “Can I touch you, Ford?”

“Yes,” I say, because I want her. I want her more than I don’t want to be touched. Her hand rests on top of mine. It’s very small, and I chance a look over to compare sizes. “Keep on task.”

She pumps into herself and then she takes my hand and places it over her belly, where the opening in her jeans is. “I want you to touch my skin.”

“You’ll get your wish,” I tell her with my eyes still on the road. “But for now—” I withdraw my hand and put it back on the steering wheel. “For now, you will pleasure yourself to satisfy me.”

“I’m going to imagine you doing it, then.”

“That’s against the rules, you should be thinking only of how much you will please me by following my instructions.”

“I don’t care, it’s my mind and I’ll picture you fingering me if I want.” And then she opens her eyes all the way and stares at me. I look away and concentrate on the road. “And you will never know, Ford. Because you’re not a mind-reader.”

I want to thump my head against the steering wheel repeatedly, that’s how crazy she’s driving me with this rebellion. That’s how bad she’s being. If she was one of my pets I’d have her strapped face first to a wall, gagged and blindfolded right now—she’d be getting the spanking of her life. And I wouldn’t feel bad about it at all. I’d enjoy it.

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).
She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Savor: A billionaire Bachelors Club Novel by Monica Murphy | New Release, Excerpt & Giveaway

We are pleased to announce that Monica Murphy’s SAVOR is now available for purchase! SAVOR is a sexy Contemporary Romance novel in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). Go out and grab your copy today!!  

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ABOUT SAVOR:   
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office… Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned. With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself. But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career—and his heart. Can he convince her—and himself—that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?   Savor Release Day Launch Banner   
EXCERPT:
“Don’t be so cranky. It’s okay to admit you have a thing for Bryn.” Ivy leans forward in her chair, a secretive smile curling her lips. “I have a feeling she has a thing for you too, you know.” I do know. And I can’t act on it. Bryn James works for me. She’s my assistant. She’s by my side constantly; we spend more time with each other than probably anyone else in our lives, especially lately what with the winery’s grand reopening approaching. She’s a representative of my business. If I were to fuck around with the help and the relationship fell apart, I’d be in huge trouble. She could screw me over financially every which way by suing me for sexual harassment and I’d be left with a limp dick in my hand and a ruined business. Yeah. Not going to take the chance. Saw it happen with my father. Not going to let it happen to me. “It doesn’t matter. Nothing can happen.” I send Ivy a stern look. “And this conversation can never leave this office.” Glancing over her shoulder, I try to see if Bryn is at her desk but the chair is empty. Thank Christ. Ivy’s expression goes solemn and she holds up three fingers. “This conversation stays here. Scout’s honor.” “You were never a scout,” I mutter, afraid she’s making a promise on an untruth. She’ll probably just blab to everyone. Or specifically Archer and Gage. I don’t need to hear their shit. And I am worrying way too much over this. She laughs again. “I won’t say a word, I promise. But I need to tell you something, Matt.” She leans in close, her voice dropping. “She’s got a major crush on you. You might not see it but it’s there—sounding in her voice, shining in her eyes, every time she looks at you, talks about you. The way her body turns into yours every time the two of you are together . . . it’s pretty obvious. A body language expert would have a field day with you two.” Body language expert? What the hell is Ivy talking about? “I have no idea what you’re referring to, but office crushes are just that. Crushes. Harmless attractions no one ever acts on. Period. End of story.” This is what I keep telling myself. I can’t pursue anything with Bryn, no matter how much I’m tempted to. Not only would it be wildly inappropriate, dating my assistant, but we come from two different worlds. She seems nice and normal, quiet and unobtrusive, and I am anything but. My life has been a circus sideshow for years. “I get it. You’re trying to do the right thing, and I admire that. So, of course you don’t see anything beyond an efficient assistant in Miss James.” Well. Ivy’s not too far off the mark. When I first met Bryn, she hardly said two words, kept her head bent when I spoke to her and offered lots of yessir and nosir answers. She had this way of almost blending in with the walls, like she didn’t want anyone to notice her. So I didn’t. As we got comfortable working together though, something happened. I’m thinking Ivy had a hand in Bryn’s slow transformation. She actually makes eye contact when she speaks to me, and she’s become somewhat animated. Started to wear bolder colors as well, drawing my attention to her chest though I keep my eyes averted as best I can. These subtle changes made me notice all of the little things—like the color of her eyes (blue), how her hair looks (like silk and I want to touch it), and the tempting fullness of her lips (they’re spectacular). Her gaze lingers when she looks at me and sometimes so does mine. Her smile softens, her voice drops lower when she speaks, sparking my imagination. Would she sound like that right before I kissed her? Took off her clothes? Took her to my bed? Yeah. All of those are dangerous thoughts. I almost prefer the old Miss James. The one who was like the wallpaper—boring and nondescript. Mean to say, but hell, the last thing I need is a distraction. And she’s become the biggest distraction I’m currently facing. The very last one I need.   



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ABOUT MONICA MURPHY: 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.       
   









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Tragic Desires by A.M. Hargrove | Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Cover by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations
Photo by Scott Hoover Photography
Cover Model Emmanuel Delcour
BOOK SUMMARY: My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others.

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.


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Othello by C.E. Wilson | New Release, Excerpt & Giveaway

Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, #2)
Release Date: 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Shakespeare’s work features some of the most memorable stories and characters ever created, yet for too many curious readers the combination of ultra-dense dialogue and unfamiliar historical settings make tackling the Bard’s work something between a tedious chore and a confusing mess of bird-bolts and quondam carpet-mongers.

While it’s nearly impossible to replicate or improve on these works, it is (thanks to their timeless nature) possible to make them more accessible to a wider audience.

In this Young Adult retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, join C.E. Wilson as she breathes new life into Othello, the second book in her series Shakespeare for Everyone Else.

Excerpt:

“So answer the question,” Orion said.

“I wasn’t aware you were asking one.”

“Are you kidding me?” Orion grumbled, running his hand over his short dark hair. “Why are you talking around everything that I’m asking you? I can see it in your eyes that your mind is buzzing. When we walked into the library you said you didn’t like something and now you’re asking about Micah and how close he is to Dev. Is there something going on I don’t know about?”

Archer looked away. “I don’t think so.”

“You looked somewhere else! I saw it! Tell me what you’re thinking. Now.”

“Orion, I…” Archer said, breathing in and then heaving out a heavy sigh. He wanted to smile at how carefully Orion was watching him. Every gesture, every movement was making him nervous.

Good.

“Go on,” Orion said, looking more uncomfortable. “Tell me what’s bothering you.”

“Orion, I’d like to think that we’re friends now. We’re friends, right?”

“Of course. You helped me out when Micah was drunk and making an absolute ass out of himself. You’ve proven on more than one occasion that I can trust you with school events and I know you care about the school’s reputation as much as I do. Please…tell me what you think you saw.”

“Micah’s a good guy. I think I’m looking too much into things.”

“Tell me what you’re thinking.”

“I don’t see a reason to get you riled up this close to the tournament.”

“Why would I get riled up?”

“Because you’re stressed. I’m worried you’ll start to see things that aren’t there. There’s going to be a lot of pressure. The media’s going to be here.”

“I know about the damn tournament. What I want to know is if Micah is trustworthy.”

As he fumbled with his fingers, Archer could feel Orion’s heavy gaze. “I don’t think you have anything to worry about.”

“You’re lying.”

“I have better things to do than lie. Why would you say that?”

“I want you be honest,” Orion said. “If you think something’s up, then as my friend you have tell me.”

“I…I can’t,” Archer said, suddenly unsure. For a moment he hesitated. Could he really do this? Orion took his silence for something terrible and looked at him with a face so pleading and pathetic that Archer almost felt bad for him. And then he remembered all the rejection letters from colleges. He remembered Orion preaching about waiting until marriage to have sex when he was sure that he had slept with Ellie. He had to do this. “Are you sure you want to know?”

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Praise for the first book Much Ado About Nothing in new YA series, Shakespeare for Everyone Else:
“If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, I say, give this a go. And even if you have attempted Shakespeare, but haven’t been able to get past the language, pick up this edition and enjoy.” ~The Turning Pages~

“I definitely recommend this to all the Shakespeare lovers, especially if you’re a young adult yourself, or really enjoy reading YA books.”  ~Angelic Reviews~

“The writing is beautiful, as C.E. Wilson was able to keep the poetic tone of the story. My love for YA stories has been restored!”  ~NWA Gossip Girl~

About the Author

C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and her two dogs and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and nothing helps her to write more than Coca-Cola and glazed doughnut holes.

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Cyrus, Men of Steel by MJ Fields | Author Interview & Giveaway


Title: Cyrus (Men of Steel #2)
Author: MJ Fields
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Synopsis:
~Cyrus~ 
Truth 
I know who I am. I’m Cyrus Steel, son, brother, uncle, friend to people I choose to bring into my life. 
Truth 
I could fuck up anyone I want. 
Truth 
I know the devastation I can and have caused. 
Truth 
I can’t change the past, but I have chosen how to live now. 
Truth 
I like to fuck, and I will do a chick better than she’s ever been done. Hard and wild. No more than three hook ups. No expectations, no one gets hurt. As long as she agrees …it’s on. 
One of my favorite tattoo’s bridges the V, and it says Truth. 
A constant reminder of who I was and who I am now. 

~Tara~ 
I wasn’t sure I knew how or even if I should tell him there was no one who loved me. Tony was the last person to say those words to me and he hadn’t meant it. He just wanted to use me. 
That’s what this beautiful man underneath me, showed me today. He hadn’t used me, he didn’t even know me. But he thought I was beautiful, and he was nice to me. Tony was wrong about him, and even though I never want to see him again, I wish I could tell him just how wrong he was.

Can truth be altered? Can truth be seen when walls are built for protection, for self preservation? Will self doubt and years of pain cloud two hearts from finding their truth?

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First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a mother to the coolest ten year old in the whole world. She loves to read and be read too. I’ve been married for sixteen years to my first love. I have four siblings and honestly we all look alike and have a crazy close relationship. I talk to my parents all the time. I have no living grandparents but still everyday wish I could ask for their advice, listen to their stories, and hug them.
I love animals, even though at times they drive me nuts.
Can you tell us something that not a lot of people know about you?

My pen name is similar to my given name. I was raised Baptist and taught Sunday school. I have a deep relationship with God and blind faith. I can’t fall asleep until I’ve said my childhood prayer.
I’m an optimist who trusts a hundred percent (which I’ve been told is foolish). I don’t judge anyone, even when they’ve hurt me. However I have a temper, foot stomping cursing, all that stuff. Of course at first I throw a little, “I wanna kick a butt,” fit when I’m angry, but then I breathe. We all have to live with our own choices. It took me a very long time to get to the place I am. I’m so glad I’m here and I won’t go back.
Where did the idea for Men of Steel come from?

The song Why Cant I ? by Liz Phair started the idea. The spring weather and the need for a break from my other three series that have truly turned into one…Love, Wrapped, and Burning Souls characters cross over from the first through the tenth book. They’re very heavy and highly emotional. I needed fun and hot, so I just started writing about Jase.
How is Cyrus similar and/or different compared to other heroes in romance books?

Cyrus is truly like no other that I’ve read (Which isn’t a lot lately, lol.) His view on sex is no more than three hook ups, so that no hearts get broken, (including his, he just needs to figure it out). He doesn’t care about money.
Tell us a little about your writing process. Any pre-writing rituals or routines?

I write the R parts of my books during the day and the X starting after bedtime.
So I guess reading to my daughter or talking about the girl drama at school is my pre-writing ritual.
I don’t where sock when I write at night
There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not writing.
When you create your characters do you ever put bits of either your personality or bits of personalities from people close to you?

  Ha! Yeah, I do. Lots of my personality goes into my characters. My sense of humor is sort of twisted. My frustrations come out on paper.

What are some good books you’ve read lately?
 It would be easier to give you my TBR list, which is a mile long. I’ve written fourteen books in seventeen months so there isn’t a lot of time to read. I did read Katy Evan Real, Mine, and Remy. I now get what all the hype behind the book. I want a Remy.

If you could collaborate with another author in writing a book, who would it be?

Tough question. I’m not sure how to answer that because I honestly write all the time. I can’t wait until I get all the characters out of my head and onto paper so that I can dive into my TBR and find the answer to that honestly. I do have a couple people I am considering working with but they’re not published or writer per say.


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I am a very new self published writer. I will tell you I have always had a very vivid imagination. Starting at age 3 (as it states in my Baby Book).


Sigma was my very first love (imaginary boyfriend). He lived about fifteen miles from my childhood home, (a farm). I took him chicken noodle soup every night on one of our families snowmobiles, (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring). Apparently he was very ill and “Thank God” I was able to take care of him.

Next was my very first self publishing gig. At eight my cousins and I (and yes I was the president) wrote a newsletter and sold it to our family members.

Years later I decided to put it back into print to entertain my cousin as she was on an aircraft carrier on 9/11 (Kick ass cousin BTW) and very far away from home during a very scary time for our country, (protecting our butts).

Fast forward to 2012. I read 50 shades and thought, I can do that, (meaning writing). I have two complete series The Love Series, and Wrapped. I have two new series Burning Souls and Men of Steel. Ten books in 13 months. CrAzY and wonderful.

I love love! ( I would love to reference Pinks new song here, however I am not sure if that would cause copyright issues.)I also tend to enjoy watching people grow and change with self realization and moments of clarity that just sneak up behind you and smack you in the head. I love people and have always been able to see both sides of a story. Each person that comes into our life leaves us with something it is what we choose to do with it that helps us grow.

I live in central New York in the middle of nowhere and am surrounded by family and friend most the time. I run a small business out of my home and spend time reading and doing the typical Mommy things. Our house is full of pets and friends and noise ninety percent of the time, and I would have it no other way.
I love people,music, laughter, hugs, and books.

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Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia | Review, Author Interview & Giveaway



Summary:
Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

Review:
I have to say that I liked Return to Poughkeepsie better than the original. Gasp….did I just say that?
Okay, since I haven’t reviewed the first book on here, I’ll give the jest of my feelings on the first book, then move on to the second.
Poughkeepsie is one of those books that everyone raves about. Every review that I personally read loved this book. Even the ratings on Amazon and Goodreads showed that lots of people really like this book, so, all those people can’t be wrong.
I really went into this book having no idea where it was going or what it was about. Sometimes I look at the summary, and sometimes I don’t. 
The story is about 3 “brothers” (brothers from another mother) who will die for each other, literally. They all have their own demons and Poughkeepsie is the story of them fighting them in adulthood and moving past them.
Each brother has a story. The book started out slow for me, mostly speaking about Blake’s and Livia’s story and how it unfolds. I feel like Debra didn’t go into as much detail about either one of the boys stories as much as she did Blake and Livia’s, but that could be because she was introducing all the other characters at the same time. -remember, I didn’t know anything about the story.
I don’t want to say too much because really, anything more at this point would give away plot points, and I just can’t do that.
I will say that I found myself less interested in Livia and Blake’s story and Cole and his woman’s story once Beckett was introduced. All I wanted to do was read about him. So I skimmed. Yep. I said it. I skimmed.
So, moving on to Return to Poughkeepsie. I felt like Blake & Cole’s story were wrapped up nicely in Poughkeepsie, but I just couldn’t get enough of Beckett and Eve. Man, I’m fucked up in the head. I need counseling to cheer for such a man that can do so much evil, but show heart. I feel like an abused women giving excuses about why I love her man. Well, maybe that isn’t an exact analogy, because Beckett doesn’t hurt those he cares about, but will kill others without a second thought.
Return to Poughkeepsie had lots of action and lots of moments that had me turning the pages, but it was only when I was reading about Beckett or Eve. I found myself skimming again when I was reading about Blake or Cole. I know, I suck, but I felt like their lives were good already. I needed closure with Beckett. 
So, do we get closure with Beckett? Yeah, kind of. If you read until the end of the book, there is closure, but if you read the sneak peak of book 3, no, no closure. You are pissed at Debra. Why…..why did you do that to me…..
So, if you want a HEA, don’t read the sneak peak. My advice to you.
Overall rating of Return to Poughkeepsie, 3.5. 
5 stars to Beckett’s story, but 2-3 for Blake and Cole’s. That is just me. If you loved their story and want to see how they continue, you will love this book, but if you found yourself skimming their story in the first book, you will probably do that in parts of this book too. Beckett’s story is too good to not read though!

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Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There’s dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with…ahem… digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when–along with the animals and humans in her house–the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra’s ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn’t give up, wouldn’t let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and–fingers full of peanut butter–she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She’s eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? I’m an extrovert god help us all. I’m not like a dancing on the table swinging my boobs like helicopter blades outgoing, but I have no trouble talking the people I don’t know?

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? Right this very second my book boyfriend is Beckett as I write the third book in the Poughkeepsie series. He needs some extra love! 

Favorite drink while working? Arizona Iced Tea. The one with the checkerboard on the front. Everyone must love that too because it is always out at my local stores. I buy three gallons at a time it is so rare to see it.
Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)  I like a cliff dangler, but I need to give the reader some closure too. I’m not a huge fan of reading them unless the next book is coining out  fairly soon.
Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write? I have to have music. All the time, but especially when I write. In my upcoming Enhanced Poughkeepsie Collector’s Edition App, the music plays while you read! Ron Pope is featured because he was always on whenever I write about the Poughkeepsie characters. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. I think it would be easier to tell you what I do that doesn’t make me feel guilty!i think I feel the worst about eating chocolate cookie dough when I’m supposed to make cookies out of them.
What is the best best advice you ever received? “If you’re not having a good time it’s your own god damn fault.” That’s from my amazing grandfather who wore all white suits and was the life of every party. I miss him!

What is one thing you do better at than most? I like to be loyal to friends. Not sure I do that better than most, but I’m proud of how deeply I love people.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most? I suck at writing down things while people tell me how to spell them. And I can’t tell my right from my left without my wedding band. And I can’t stop laughing when I fart. I have a lot of problems.
Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know? My words of encouragement are always that tomorrow is a hope, not a promise, enjoy the day you’re in. I think people need to know that whenever they fart, somewhere I’m cherring them on!

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Fast Forward by Marion Croslydon | Fun Facts about Fast Forward & a Giveaway

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By Marion Croslydon
Release: December 19, 2013
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From the Amazon bestselling author of No Reverse comes a moving story about love, redemption and what happens when life switches to fast forward. 
Cassie learned the hard way: Love forgives… in the end. In No Reverse, Josh and Cassie’s epic love story went from the brink of destruction to a fragile new beginning. Now they must mend their broken family and win back the son they gave up five years ago. But second chances need to be earned and the road ahead is rocky. With Cassie on tour and Josh trying his hand at a political career, the struggle becomes clear. When the adoption takes a bad turn, Cassie and Josh are prepared to give up everything for the fight of their lives. Will this young family finally heal the years of heartache, or will they be torn apart for good? There is no cliffhanger.        


Fun Facts about FAST FORWARD

  • I started writing the first book in the Second Chances series (No Reverse) the day I found out I was pregnant. I was so overjoyed, but it got me thinking about women or girls for whom the news isn’t all it should be. That was how I started talking to Cassie and she told me what happened with Josh when she was seventeen. Yeah, I’m a bit batty like that. I wrote Fast Forward with my baby girl on my lap. 
  • In my head, Josh looks very much like Channing Tatum in Dear John. He‘s a very decent guy with a flaming temper underneath the apparent self-control and coolness. 
  • Sam—who is a secondary character in No Reverse and Fast Forward—is also in my paranormal series, The Oxford Trilogy. Readers keep telling me how much they love him and I hope I can give him his own girl and his own book very soon. So watch the space! 
  • No Reverse was supposed to be a stand-alone novel. I reached my word count and there was still so much to happen before Cassie and Josh could be a family at last. I didn’t want the ending to be rushed, but I didn’t want the book to be a New Adult version of War and Peace (like very, very long 😉 hence the sequel Fast Forward. 
  • I love Emma Stone’s voice. It’s all raspy and husky. I read it was because of a bad bout with colic when she was a baby. She kept screaming and screaming. I used that for Cassie although I twisted the story a little bit. She’s a Country singer and her voice is something she values and works on very much.

About the Author 
Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.  

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Hold On Tight by Nicola Haken | New Release & Giveaway

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A figure from Dexter’s past has uprooted all the memories he has tried so desperately to bury… to forget. The terrible events of his past have been blown wide open once again, immersing him a pool of guilt deeper than he’s even experienced before. Dexter feels powerless. The future he foolishly allowed himself to conceive is falling apart around him and there’s nothing he can do about it. But there’s one thing he can control – one thing he’s an expert at… blocking everything out. Losing all control, Dexter copes the only way he knows how – he dives so far into the well of addiction, the only thing that matters anymore is where his next fix is coming from. Mission accomplished – there’s no one left. He’s successfully pushed everyone away. Nobody left to care about means no more guilt, right? You can’t hurt people who aren’t there… But has he really pushed Emily as far away as he thinks he has? She’s given up everything for him – her home, her friends… her whole life. And she doesn’t regret a single thing. But can she save him from drowning, or has he finally sunk too far? (Not suitable for under 18’s due to language, sexual content and explicit drug use)

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Nicola Haken
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) She is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping… 

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Book Title: Let Love Shine, Novella Author: Melissa Collins Genre: NA / College Contemporary Romance Release Date: January 10, 2014

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What comes after “they lived happily ever after?” Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths. Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life. With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.

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Yet, here we are a year later and we couldn’t be happier to have Braden’s first birthday party tomorrow with our friends and family. Between prepping for the party, me working overtime, and Maddy finishing up her last summer course, we’ve barely been able to stay awake past eight every night. But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it. I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms. He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. I should be warmed by the sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk to him and kissing him sweetly. But all I can see is her ass right now. Yep, I want her. “Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden’s situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck. “Hmmm.” She mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin. Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips. This is something else of which I’ll never get tired. Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy. “Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little. To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least. “What? I’m not allowed to want my wife.” I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more. Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity. I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine. It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year. Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed. “Not it!” She calls out and laughs. “Damn, you’re getting quick!” It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me. “Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me. “Holy crap! What the hell did you feed this kid today?” Seriously, he’s lethal. 

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I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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