Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway: TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry

Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.

Excerpt from West’s POV
She pretends I didn’t speak. “Have you ever wrapped your hands before?”
“None of the fights I’ve been in have included advance notification so I bare-knuckled it.”
“And that,” she says with her best under-eyelash schoolteacher glare, “has to stop. Outside of this gym, there are no fights.”
“Hey, I don’t go looking for trouble. It finds me.”
Haley inclines her head at a stool and I sit. “Put your hand up, like this.” She sticks her hand in the air, palm down, with spread fingers.
I follow directions and Haley hooks a circle of material at the end of the wrap on my thumb. “Do you see the tag?”
I nod.
“It goes faceup. The trick to wrapping is to think in threes.” She winds the material around my wrist in layers. “Three up the wrist and then three back down. Tight enough that you create tension, loose enough that you don’t cut off circulation and cause your fingers to fall off.”
Haley’s thigh applies pressure to my own and I drop my knee open so she can slide between my legs. Every cell within my body hums and, when I breathe in, all I smell is the sweet scent of wildflowers. Her fingers work diligently, brushing against my skin as she weaves the material around and around again.
The seriousness of her face tells me she has no idea how close she is. How with each caress of her fingertips, I go up in flames.

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About the Author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: AVERY by Charlotte McConaghy

Avery_cover FINALAvery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.

For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.

Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .

In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?

Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.

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Now Available: THORNE (The Chronicles of Kaya #2)

About the Author:
Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review & Giveaway: BROKEN by Lauren Layne

Redemption # 1
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing September 2nd, 2014


Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.
Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

Laura's Review: 
This was a great romance about healing and redemption - and the power that love can have to help both. A modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast - with the grumpy recluse living in a mansion, the staff that tolerates him, and the somewhat naive new girl that is the only one to get through to him. Of course, Paul really wasn't a beast at all, he just thought of himself that way. And he had very good reasons to feel as broken as he was - so much so that I'm surprised he came as far as he did by the end. Olivia quickly redeems herself from her not-s0-lovely role in Isn't She Lovely?  - at least in the readers' eyes, it takes a little longer for her self-realized redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Layne's latest - it was the perfect blend of grit, angst, heartbreak and love - and it is definitely one of my favorites by her that I've read so far.

Broken: 4.5/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. 

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Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Novel Engagement App: Q&A with RWA and App Review!

The great people over at RWA (Romance Writers of America) asked me to use and review their new romance novel app called "Novel Engagement." Of course, anytime I hear about a new book -related app, especially one dedicated to romance novels, I can't wait to check it out. But, first, they answered a few questions I knew readers would have about the app:

Tell us a little about Novel Engagement?

-Finding a romance novel to read is easier than ever with the Novel Engagement™ app. Novel Engagement is a book discovery app, focused exclusively on romance novels, that helps readers discover new romance novels and connect with authors.

How many authors/books are currently on the app? Are only authors who are members of RWA able to be featured?

-There are more than 1,100 authors on the Novel Engagement app. Currently, only authors that are RWA members can sign up to participate in the app.

How would an author or publisher get their book or event to be listed on the app?  

-They can contact RWA staff at for more information.

Why would someone want to use this app over other book apps, such as Goodreads? 

- Novel Engagement appeals specifically to romance readers and helps them find romance novels and authors. One of many ways they can do so is by searching common romance subgenres, themes, and tropes. Looking for historical romances with a marriage of convenience plot? You can find it by searching for it in the app!

Also, you can choose to receive push notifications for releases on future books and for books by favorite authors.

Are users able to purchase books directly from the app to be sent to their ereaders? What about ordering print copies?

- The purchase links in the buy books section of the app send the reader outside of the app to purchase the book on a book retail site such as iBooks, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. The reader then purchases the book on the site of their choice and reads it in the application of their choice.

When do you expect all the features of the app to be fully operational (i.e. trivia, wallpaper/photos)? Are there any other features you expect to be added in the future that aren't there already? 

- Readers should see an increase in interactive activities (such as trivia and contests) by September 2014. Before we add features, we’d like to hear from the readers on what new features they would like to see. They can let us know on twitter @NovelEngagement or Facebook

Thanks again for being here and answering our questions. Anything else you'd like to add?

-Just that I hope readers have fun finding new books to read through Novel Engagement and talking about the books on blogs like yours!

Laura's Review:

So, now that I knew a little about the app, I took the time to check it out. I had no problem finding and downloading it from the Google Play store on my Android smartphone (Just search "Novel Engagement") You sign up with just your name and email address. It loaded quickly with the opening "Home" page:

The "Books" and "Authors" sections are set up much like you would expect them to be. On the main Book page - the most recent releases are conveniently listed first. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the app since I always like to know what new releases are out there that I might be missing. Once you click on a title, similar to what you would find on Goodreads, book info includes cover, publication date/publisher, book blurb/synopsis, subgenre and tags. Missing is an actual page count, which I think most readers like to know, instead under "Length" it just says  a "Novel" or "Novella." There are buttons here for Events, Contests, Trivia and something called "Remind Me," but out of the dozen or so book titles I clicked on, only one had any of these buttons working (a book release event.) There is a link to buy the book from here, which takes you to a drop down menu for how you want to purchase the book with lots of options such as the publisher's website, Kobo, B&N, Amazon, etc...

The "Reader Zone" - takes you to a section with Trivia (which stated,"No trivia being held now.Please check back later.") Contests (There was one) and a Lists section, which I felt really didn't belong here, but you can access it from the main menu, too.

The "Events" page has listings for both online and IRL book-related events, but there weren't many of either listed (although, surprisingly, the in-person events far outnumbered the online ones.)

 Overall, I think it will be a useful app once more content is added. The intent is clear, but it's working as a skeleton for the more fun sections right now and the rest of the info isn't much that you can't find on more exhaustive sites like Goodreads.  At the time of publication, there were only five "online" events listed, one "contest," and no trivia, photos or wallpaper.  It's just a bit frustrating to use with so few of the features fully functional, but I can easily see its potential and look forward to using it in the future once it gets a little more developed.

About The Romance Writers of America: Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association, with a membership of more than 10,500 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Release Day Launch and Giveaway: Lauren Blakely's Melt for Him

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MELT FOR HIM is the first full length novel Lauren's written in the Fighting Fire Series published by Entangled Brazen. Snap up this saucy read today! MELT FOR HIM releases on Sept. 8, and is $2.99 for pre-order and release week, and will then go to $3.99. Her novella BURN FOR ME is free for a limited time!!

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“Why didn’t you tell me you were from here?” he asked, holding his hands out in question. She furrowed her brow. “What?" “I had no idea you were Travis’s sister,” he said, and he sounded pissed. “And I had no idea you were a fireman,” she said, parking her hands on her hips. He shoved a hand roughly through his hair, shook his head. “And I had no idea you were the photographer. You said you were an artist.” “I am!” she said, her voice rising. What the hell? “I can draw, and I do tattoos. I also happen to be good at shooting pictures. Besides, you said you were a bar owner,” she pointed out, as if they could both redo this colossal mistake by rehashing the moments they both could have been more honest. “Why didn’t you tell me more about yourself?” she countered. He didn’t answer. He moved closer, maybe a foot away now. The anger felt like a pulsating life force, but there was something else between them, too. Heat. And want. The nearness was intoxicating. She could reach out and touch his chest. That broad, sturdy chest that she’d loved having her hands all over. She was edgy now, nervous, as they stood like two sparring partners, tucked away in the back hallway of the coffee shop near the restrooms. She wanted him to touch her again, and she hated that she was still thinking of last night, and how they’d connected so deeply in bed. But also in their conversations all through the night and up to a few minutes ago when they were texting. She was torn between needing to leave and wanting him to pin her against the wall and bury her in kisses that made her weak in the knees. Too bad she could never do any of those things with him again.
MFH Teaser 1  Message from Lauren: I want to let you all in on a little secret about me. I love hotfiremen. I stare at hot fireman. I slow down when driving past thefire station to try to get a better look at the men inside. Whichmight explain why I wrote a sexy firefighter series! But all oglingand firemen lust aside, not only are firefighters sexy, they are alsobrave, courageous and active in their communities. As I wrote MELT FORHIM, I learned more about the work that volunteer fire departmentsaround the country do -- both in responding to emergencies and inhelping their communities. And because firefighters have given me somuch inspiration, I wanted to be able to give back with this book. That's why I will be donating half of all my proceeds from thepreorders and release week sales for MELT FOR HIM to the NVFCFirefighter Support Fund that supports the nation's volunteer fire andEMS departments. Together, I believe we can all make a difference andhelp support the men and women who serve our local communities andcome through for us when we need them most! xoxo Lauren

  About MELT FOR HIM: He knows exactly how to make her burn… Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt. Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

50% of all preorders and release week sales will be donated by the author to the National Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.


And don’t miss the novella in the Fighting Fire Series, BURN FOR ME!

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  Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely: Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.      

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Cover Reveal: Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn

Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn 
(Brew Ha Ha #2) 
Publication date: Fall 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Kasey Lane is having a bad week.
Her idea of success never involved losing her job, man, and apartment in 24-hours. Now, with nowhere to go and no way to pay for it anyway, Kasey decides it’s time for a fresh start, which means a new apartment, a new career, and…no men.
But as a magnet for ridiculousness and absurd brushes with the law, her start goes from fresh to stale in record time. It doesn’t help that Mr. Wrong keeps showing up during her adventures gone awry and taking over. Now, as Kasey plans her way to independence she has to decide if the only path to success is going it alone…or if maybe a partner in crime can make the journey sweeter.

Caitie Quinn is the Rom Com Writin' name of YA Golden Heart writer, Bria Quinlan.

Caitie writes stuff. Stuff that's funny -- hopefully.

She's a lover of the Romantic Comedy and manages to always bring light-hearted romance and shenanigans to her stories. They may be set in a city that looks remarkably like Boston. But don't quote her on that.

If it's not funny, you can totally blame the weather, or her lack of chocolate, or the formatting, or her cat. Wait, she doesn't have a cat. Scratch that last one.

Check her out on twitter @CaitieQuinn or at

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Spotlight and Giveaway: Lemon Drops and Love by Angela Stevens

Lemon Drops & Love
By: Angela Stevens
Genre:Contemporary Romance

Lemon Drops And Love has a ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ vibe. When a broken woman escapes her abusive boyfriend, she falls into the arms of her hockey player crush, only to find that love and sex have a price:  revenge and terror.

For years, Jude loved Maya from afar. When she falls into his arms at his sisters wedding, Jude decides he’s waited long enough. But it’s complicated. Maya’s no longer the carefree, self-assured woman he once knew. Frightened, vulnerable, her confidence crushed, Maya is unable to see a way out of an abusive relationship. But Jude Holland is not going to stand back and watch this happen. After rescuing her from Carl’s clutches, he plans to stay and pick up the pieces.
But getting rid of Carl is harder than anyone imagined. Carl’s sociopathic tendencies know no boundaries. Determined to take back what is his, hatred consumes him. With all rationality gone, Carl is prepared to go to monstrous lengths to destroy what he once loved. Driven by envy and hate, he sets out to destroy Maya. If he can’t have her, then he is damn sure no one else will have her either.


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Jude couldn’t believe his luck when Maya spun around and came crashing into him. After spotting her outside, he'd followed her in; his progress hindered as he tried to navigate across a yard packed with partygoers. As he fought his way through the kitchen, he thought she was going to slip away yet again. It seemed all day long he'd been trying to speak to her but she was a whirling dervish spinning here, there, and everywhere. Organizing photos, straightening buttonholes, helping elderly aunts into cars and goodness knows what else.
Every time he came within five feet of her, she twirled around and headed off in the opposite direction, intent on some errand or mission of mercy. But now here she was in his arms. 
She’s still all hair, he thought. 
He never understood how anyone so small could have so much of it. It was so damn sexy; it always made him want to run his fingers through it. Those curls had a mind of their own. Even now they were escaping here and there from the barrette. 

Angela Stevens is the author of the contemporary adult romance novel Lemon Drops and Love. She also writes YA fantasies and Children's books under the pen name of A.D. Stevens
Angela is British born but moved to Virginia, USA eight years ago. Always a keen traveler, she has enjoyed spending time living outside of her native country. She is an ex-teacher and the mother of two children. When empty nest syndrome threatened, Angela turned to writing novels to fill her growing free time. As her hobby grew she found storytelling began to fill her waking hours.
Her recently released novel, Lemon Drops and Love grew out of her voracious appetite for reading. After one particularly momentous year, when she consumed over one hundred paper backs, Angela decided to attempt her own first novel. 
Her debut novel is set in her local town and the setting for her love story was partly inspired by her passion for ice hockey. She discovered her love of the sport when she first moved to America. A rabid Washington Capitals fan, Angela can often be found 'rocking the red' at the Verizon center supporting her beloved team.



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