Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Blitz: Hideous by Devon McCormack

Hideous by Devon McCormack 
Publication date: June 19th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by a demon.

One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father’s demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the city’s become a time bomb, and Luke’s demon itches to escape.

With the UCIS closing in on Zack’s underground operation and Luke’s demon crafting its own, nefarious plot, Luke realizes that he must take a stand.

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Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.

A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men's presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they're getting into.

Book Blast + Giveaway: Primordial Dust by Sarah Daltry

A princess, trained to behave. An assassin, betrothed to her. A thief, whose eyes she dreams of at night. A kingdom at war, torn apart by the suppression of magic and truth, as well as family secrets that threaten to destroy decades of peace.
Questions of loyalty, of morality, and of free will culminate in a fantasy novel about forging one’s own path and choosing one’s own destiny.

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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Cover Reveal: After Us by Amber Hart

AFTER US is expected to release December 30, 2014.

About BEFORE YOU (Before & After Us #1)
Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. Isay it is both. Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie. It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care. 

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life. At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely. 

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

About Amber Hart
Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Seduced by Molly O'Keefe

Title: Seduced
Author: Molly O'Keefe
Released: May 26th, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
A gritty and emotional historical western romance by RITA-award winning and Bestselling author Molly O'Keefe.

Melody Hurst’s days as a Southern belle are over. Now she’s widowed and alone in the foothills of the Rockies, struggling to make a life in a dangerous world. She’s determined to secure a future by marrying – but love is out of the question.

Cole Baywood has turned bounty hunter after serving in the horrors of the Civil War, but the ghosts of the men and women he’s killed still haunt him. He’s drawn to the beautiful widow trying to seduce him, only the darkness in his soul forces him to reject her. Is it possible that Melody’s touch can heal the demons of his past? And how can he convince a woman who has lost so much to risk her heart?


Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Bltiz + Giveaway: blood Reign by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Title: Blood Reign
Series: Blood
Author: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Publication Date: June 27th 2014
Genres: NA Paranormal

Julia’s sworn enemies are safely sequestered in a prison of the fey and her forever mate has been chosen. Not by blood, but by a circumstance shaped from coincidence. However, it’s not enough to save Julia and the others who came from Alaska their fate by the hand of the Alaska den, whose reacquisition has come alarmingly full-circle to capture them.

Tharell of the fey aligns with the Singers, Were and remaining vampire to take back the one Queen who could stop the interspecies wars and establish a truce of genetics that would free all the groups from extinction and conflict.

Can they rescue Julia and her allies before it’s too late? Will the Red Were’s lineage prove to be the catalyst of victory against a corrupt pack that’s grown too debauched by greed and power to be overcome?

Tamara Rose Blodgett, is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of A Terrible Love; written under her pen name Marata Eros. Tamara has more than thirty-five titles in multiple genres including Dark Fantasy, Dark Romance and Dark Erotica.

Tamara lives in South Dakota with her husband, children and fur kids (dogs). She is an ardent reader of many genres. Tamara enjoys interacting with her readers via Twitter, blog and newsletter as often as possible. Please stop by either one and say hi :)

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Book Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Third Date by Kylie Keene

Title: Third Date
Author: Kylie Keene
Publication Date: June 20th 2014
Genres: NA Contemporary, Romance

At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene.
When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants.
When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head.
Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn’t expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.

     “Serena?” A deep voice wakes me from my thoughts. 
     I look up and see a man standing next to my table, holding his hand out. He has jet black hair and deep brown eyes and he’s smiling at me. But since my name isn’t Serena, I’m guessing he’s meeting a blind date here and thinks I’m her. 
     I take a moment to consider my options. What if I just pretended to be this Serena girl?      Doing so would certainly qualify as being adventurous. But then Serena wouldn’t have a date. But I’m sure she could find another one. With a name like Serena, I bet she gets tons of dates. Serena sounds exotic. The name alone would draw a man in. Morgan, on the other hand, sounds like a last name. Or the name of a company. It’s dull, practical, and not the least bit exotic.
     “Excuse me. Are you Serena?” He asks it again.
     “Um, yes. Have a seat.” The words come out of my mouth before I can stop them.
     “I’m Luke.” He smiles and sits in the chair next to me. “It’s nice to meet you.”
     “Nice to meet you, too.”
     “Can I get you a drink?” He’s still smiling, his teeth sparkling white.
     “No, thank you. Water’s fine.”
     “So Jackie said you work at the agency?”
     Agency? What agency? I stare at him, not sure how to answer. And then I come to my senses.
     What the hell I am doing? This is crazy! I can’t pretend to be someone else. Steal someone’s date. I really need to get a life. And a date. A real date, not someone else’s.
     “I’m sorry. I’m not Serena.”
     “What did you say?”
     “I said I’m not Serena. I’m not your date.”
     “I don’t understand.” He sits back in his chair, trying to get some distance from me now that he knows I’m insane.
     “I was just pretending to be. Sorry. You just surprised me when you came up to my table and—”
     “Yeah, okay.” He stands up and shoves his chair back in place. He almost seems mad or maybe he’s afraid of me. “Good luck with everything.”
     He takes off to the hostess stand.
     Good luck with everything? What does that mean? Good luck ever finding a date? A man? A life?
     I watch as a tall brunette approaches him. She’s wearing a red dress and three-inch heels. She’s gorgeous. And exotic-looking, just as I thought. 
     The waiter comes back to my table. “Are you ready to order?”
     “Yes, I’ll have a vodka tonic.”
     “Um, okay.” He seems surprised, given that I turned down the wine earlier. Now I’ve skipped straight to the hard liquor. “Would you like anything to eat?”
     My eyes are still on Luke and Serena. They even sound like a couple. Like one of those couples on a soap opera who are rich and always look perfect and have sex all the time.
Luke escorts her to the bar, his hand on her lower back as he whispers something in her ear.
     “Ma’am?” The waiter’s still standing there. “Are you going to order?”
     I sigh and look back at my menu. “Do you have burgers here?”
     “We have a prime rib burger with a portobello mushroom sauce.”
     “I’ll have that.” As he turns to leave, I say, “And bring two vodka tonics.”
     “So someone is joining you?”
     I scowl at him.
     “Oh. Sorry.” He scurries off to the kitchen.
     This is the last time I eat alone at a restaurant. Okay, maybe it’s not the last time, but I’m never going to a date restaurant again.
     I should’ve stayed home and eaten one of the meals in my freezer in front of the TV. 
Maybe I’m not ready to be adventurous.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Honey Queen by Christina Mercer

Honey Queen
Release Date: 05/31/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .

Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especially after the curse turns her into the Honey Queen — savior to honey bees — intensifying her charms.

To help her fulfill the curse’s demands in the least harmful way, her grandmother takes her to mate with terminally ill Boyd. But Boyd’s gay. And an expert in mythology. Instead of having sex, Melaina learns how she might summon the goddess who created the first ancestor bee-charmer and cursed her bloodline. Melaina's magic—tears to save honey bees from endangerment — could be enough to persuade the goddess to end the curse. But an unexpected discovery soon changes that hope, spinning Melaina into a swarm of love, friendship and death.

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About the Author
Christina Mercer is an award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults. She took Writer’s Best in Show at the 2012 SC BWICA North/Central Regional Conference, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Contest, and won Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self Published Book Awards. She holds a degree in Accounting from California State University at Sacramento and a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Clayton College of Natural Health. Christina resides in Northern California enjoying life with her husband, two sons, four dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees. 

1 ebook of Honey Queen (INT)
1 "Honey Bee" swag pack (USA). 
Swag will be bookmark, buzz card, beeswax lip balm, honey sticks, honeybee charm.

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Book Blitz: Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters Collection

Title: Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters Collection
Eight Fun Romantic Novels by Eight Bestselling Authors
Publication Date: June 24th 2014
Genres: Romance

EIGHT full-length FUN, Romantic Novels by Eight Bestselling Authors

An all-star collaboration by some of today's most popular New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, and B&N bestselling authors. From the funny & sweet to the steamy & heartfelt, this collection has EIGHT full-length FUN, romantic love stories hand-picked to bring a smile to your face this summer. This is a limited edition collection available until July only so get your copy today!

At just ***99 CENTS*** for over 1,800+ pages, that's a huge SAVINGS of over 95% off retail for the individual novels sold separately! 

-- ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE -- USA Today Bestselling Author Marilyn Brant
-- FINDING THE RIGHT GIRL -- New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Violet Duke
-- SWEET TO YOU -- B&N, iBooks & Amazon Bestselling Author Jessie Evans
-- UNAFRAID -- USA Today Bestselling Author Melody Grace
-- LOVE LOVE -- Amazon Bestselling Author Beth Michele
-- TEMPTING LOVE -- Amazon Bestselling Author Melanie Shawn
-- NOT OVER YOU -- New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine
-- GETTING OUT OF HAND -- And in her indie debut, Amazon & Samhain bestselling author, Erin Nicholas w/a never before published novel from her brand new Sapphire Falls series

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh

Title: Crossing the Line
Series: World Apart
Author: Nicola Marsh
Publication Date: May 8th 2014
Genres: NA Contemporary, Romance

Laying it all on the line for love…

Mia Cresswell is tired of being good.
Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it.

However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter.
But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling.
Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed?
Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.

She has published 45 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD (Entangled Publishing) released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA's RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012.
Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, is a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.

Her young adult debut, BANISH, a supernatural thriller featuring Wicca, spirits and murder, released August 2013 with Harlequin Teen.
Her young adult fantasy series with Month9Books launched November 2013 with SCION OF THE SUN.

Her debut new adult novel BEFORE releases December 2013.

She's also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers' Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.

Book Blitz + Excerpt and Giveaway: Electric by Emilia Winters

Title: Electric
Series: The Bay Boys
 Author: Emilia Winters 
Publication Date: June 1st 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance

He made her feel electric. Like volts of energy fizzled through her veins, racing, constantly stimulating. It was intoxicating and thrilling. And for the first time in her life, she felt truly alive.

Luke Branford.

Notorious womanizer.

Shameless flirt.

Heir to his family’s multi-million dollar business.

His motto? No love, no relationships. Just pure, carnal sex…no strings-attached.

When prim and efficient Kate Kennedy is hired on as Luke’s temporary assistant, her no-nonsense attitude and blatant dismissal of his advances sparks a challenge he simply can’t resist. But Luke has demons of his own and a tragedy that happened years ago continues to haunt him. Once lines are crossed and rules are broken, will past secrets keep them apart…or bind them closer together?

Note: Intended for mature audiences over 18+. This is a STANDALONE novel and can be read on its own even though it’s part of a series. No cliffhanger!

     He unlocked the doors and they slid in.  It was cold inside, but he started the engine to let warm air filter in.  The familiar smell of Luke—and even the old cigarette smoke smell—comforted her and she breathed it in greedily.
     “Stay with me again tonight,” he requested quietly, his hands resting on the steering wheel, letting the windows defrost.
     Her head snapped to him.  Deep down, she wanted to.  So very much.  But…Luke Branford was worming his way into her heart, slowly but steadily.  She feared he’d make a permanent home if she kept him too close.
     Biting her lip, her indecision shone on her features.  “I don’t know, Luke.”
     “Stay,” he said again.  “I don’t want to sleep in that bed with your smell all over the sheets, knowing you’re not there to keep me warm.”
     Her breath whooshed out of her body.  She could already feel herself starting to cave.  The thought of curling into his body tonight was heavenly.  But she still shook her head.  “We have work tomorrow.  I don’t have my work clothes.”
     “We’ll stop by your apartment tonight so we don’t have to in the morning,” he answered simply.  Everything was simple for him.  She liked that about him.  “Stay with me, Kate.”  He switched tactics.  “Just give me a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’”
     She stared at him, feeling warmth seep back into her flesh.  The windows were almost completely defrosted, so he’d either take her home and say goodbye for the night or they’d go back to Luke’s.  The thought of going back to her apartment left her cold.  She wanted to smell sage and cedar wood when she drifted off to sleep tonight.
     She made her decision.

Emilia Winters has been reading and writing stories since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing romance early on and never looked back. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in English, she happily pursued her dream of becoming a self-published author. When she's not dreaming up sizzling moments between her characters, she's either watching old reruns of The Golden Girls or drinking tea. She currently lives in California, secretly hoping for rain as she soaks up the sun.

Blog Tour + Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard

TITLE – Stone of Destiny 

 SERIES – The Danaan Trilogy 

 AUTHOR – Laura Howard 

GENRE – Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance 

 PUBLICATION DATE – April 21 2014 

LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 170 pages 

 PUBLISHER – Laura Howard 

 COVER ARTIST – Najla Qamber

Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel h is former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan's feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

     I led him into the foyer and shut the door behind him. He followed me to the dining room and when I sat, he took the seat beside me. He caught my eyes and raised his brows expectantly.

     “Niamh asked me to go to Tírna n’Óg with her and Liam.”

     “What, you mean go right now?” Ethan asked.

     I nodded. “She doesn’t want to wait until Aoife makes a move. In a way I agree with her.”

     “Did you tell me you needed to talk so you could just tell me you were leaving?”

     I glanced up at him. “Yes, I hoped you’d understand."

     “No Allison. I don’t understand,” he said, jumping up so fast the chair nearly fell over.

     I hesitated. “Niamh came by after you left last night. I know there’s a lot going on here, but I’ve thought about it all night. The sooner we take care of the threat Aoife poses on all of us, the better."

     Ethan stared at me, his face hard. “I understand that part. But I told you whatever happens, I’m coming with you.”

     “What?” I said, shaking my head. “You can’t.”

     “Like hell I can’t.” He crossed his arms, eyes narrowed. “You’re not leaving me behind this time.”

Laura   HowardMeet the Author
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she really discovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known.

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