Saturday, December 7, 2013



Tour: Broken by Kelly Elliot




Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.

When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.

Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.

The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.

Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.

Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and…


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Kelly ElliottReally I'm just a wife to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a nack for making me laugh almost daily and supports my crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves I'll just go with that one!

I'm also a mom to an amazing daughter who constantly is asking me to make her something to eat while she has her fingers moving like mad on her cell phone sending out what I'm sure is another very important text message!

Oh...and I like to sit down and write in my spare time!

I live in the Texas hill country and one of my favorite things to do is go for hikes around our property with my second favorite man, chocolate lab and my sweet girl Rose, our golden retriever. When I'm not outside helping the hubby haul brush or move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for me that day, you will find me inside reading, writing or watching HGTV and soaking in a nice hot bubble bath.....yeah that last one I just made up but it sure does sound nice!!!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Switched by Cassie Mae

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Oh my frakking Norse gods! This book was a roller coaster ride, spinning in a tornado! It was funny, sweet, delicious, and exciting! From the first page to the very last I was smiling and grinning and biting my lips. My toes kept on curling while I anticipated for that awesome, explosive kiss scene that would knock Wesley and Kayla to their senses that they belong together!

I think the Cardigan's song Lovefool fits this book perfectly.

One of the reasons why I gave this book 4 stars is Wesley. Oh Wesley, you made me swoon and look for an actor who had a dimple like yours (because the actors I'm crushing on don't fit you or give you justice). And I have two reasons why this book isn't a five: one, this reminded me a bit of the first 2 episodes of Lovely Complex (an anime). Girl falls for guy's friend. Guy falls for girl's friend. They make a plan to get the people they like to like them back, and etc. Two, Kayla leaned a little on the annoying-whining-girl side. But I just like to think that's her flaw and there are other reasons why you should love her!




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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tour: Review + Giveaway: Rose of Thorne by Mia Michelle

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Summary: When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away…the one person he hates ..his father.

Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams. Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.

Haunted by their past, these two want nothing more than to have their life given back to them. But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?

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Although Rose of Thorne's basic plot seemed a bit unique from all the rest of the new adult, contemporary books out there, I sensed already that my addiction for Filipino teleserye (soap opera in English) would kick in. The book's plot has been used over and over again in many teleserye I've watched since I was three years old. This wasn't new to me and right at the start of the book I knew how it would end. I confess, Rose of Thorne was a bit better than the usual teleserye, but it wasn't the best teleserye plot.

Still, this book was interesting and gripping. It had depth and sexy, titillating scenes... if only I could shake off the thought that it was just another typical teleserye I've watched on TV.




Mia fell in love with the literary world at a very young age and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life. She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required).

 Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and school. In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals. She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door.

Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband of 18 years and their 2 beautiful young children. She is currently drafting her new Chase series.

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Tour + Review + Giveaway: Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

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PP Cover.4043372.inddIlluminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.

At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company.

But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family's bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.

It's on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.

"Illuminating Gracie" is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl's journey from darkness into the light. If you liked "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," you will love the story of Gracie.

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Praise for Illuminating Gracie:

"A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement." ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine)
"Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read." ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers)

"The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly." ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review)

"On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?" ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review)

"The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman's life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters." J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)


Gripping and beautiful. Illuminating Gracie is a thought-provoking tale of a bitter young woman who changes through the help of very unlikely people. Some of the lines and scenes in the book reminded me of Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day. And throughout the book it reminded me of the Filipino, fantasy teleserye (soap opera in English) called 100 Days to Heaven, which is about a mean, bitter old woman, who is given another chance to right her wrong in the body of her 7-year-old self.

All four mentioned above (Illuminating Gracie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, 100 Days to Heaven) are touching and, at times, made me  teary-eyed. The book was a breath of fresh air. It's a journey of self discovery, one I enthusiastically participated in.


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On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple's, small, private school wrote "Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!" On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple's, the Headmaster penned the words, "Lisa, I can't wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!" Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader's curiosity - and her own.

She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn't until her father - her hero - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling - the "talent" that she finds joy in putting to use.

"Illuminating Gracie," is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple's own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity - by an angel - to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. "Illuminating Gracie," is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, "Instigating Gracie," is due for release in December 2013.

Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Release Day Launch: Bittersweet Love by Jennifer Armentrout

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



Moving lightning fast, Dez shifted and I was suddenly underneath him. His arms were on either side of my head, caging me in. Our bodies didn’t touch, but I felt him to the tips of my toes anyway.

               The teasing grin disappeared when I dragged in a deep breath and my chest brushed his. Everything changed in an instant. The playful mood faded, replaced by primal heaviness. Our gazes collided and locked. Neither of us moved. His closeness sent a series of shivers skittering across my skin and made it hard to take slow, even breaths. My body tensed when his gaze dropped to my mouth.

               He tilted his head to the side. “I… I honestly have no idea what we were talking about.”

               “Good. Neither do I.”

               He shifted his weight onto one arm, bring him closer. “Have you enjoyed your trip so far?”

               “Yes.” I felt as if I couldn’t get enough air into my lungs.

               “Good.” He lowered his head. His breath was minty as it moved across my cheek and then my lips. “I’m glad.”

               I wasn’t really following the conversation and I wasn’t sure that he was fully aware of what was coming out of his mouth. I searched my hazy brain for something to say and wet my lips. I-

               The sound that came out of Dez’s chest rumbled through me. A stuttered heartbeat passed and then his lips were on mine. There was nothing slow about this kiss. It scorched my skin and caused my body to stretch tight like a bowstring. The kiss deepened, spinning my senses. I shuddered when his hand curved over my shoulder and drifted down to my waist, his long fingers spreading out under the hem of my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach.

               I gasped, floored by the raw sensations pounding through my blood. My skin felt as if I was about to phase. Maybe I was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at

work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad

zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her

Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class,

where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her

dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction,

fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press,

Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book

Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series

has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the

name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.





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Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Blitz: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Release Date: 03/04/13

Summary from Goodreads:

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams
of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like
snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows
Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it.
Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t
understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but
not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy
and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now
that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again?
Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.


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Praise for The Watcher:

"Voisin's THE WATCHER blends
paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning
the pages late into the night."

-- Eileen Cook, author of THE ALMOST

"Perfect for fans of angels and
demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and
spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, THE WATCHER is the perfect answer
to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark."

-- Stephanie Lawton, author of WANT and

"The Watcher is stunning! A
paranormal romance that you won't want to put down. Voisin will enthrall you
until the very last page."

-- Stephanie Keyes, author, THE STAR
CHILD series

 "Grips the reader, pulls them in and leaves
them cheering for good!"

-- InD'tale Magazine

“The Watcher is my favorite angel
fiction tale yet.”

-- Katrina @Kindred Dreamheart

“This book is phenomenal! I was hooked
in right away and didn't want to stop.”

-- Michelle @Michelle’s Paranormal Vault



A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up
stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her
to Young Adult fiction. In her spare time, she teaches meditation.
So when she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the
mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee. She lives in
Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.


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