Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Experiment in Terror Reading Challenge!!!!

Hello & welcome to the Experiment in Terror Reading Challenge!!

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this fantastic series, now is the time to hop on the crazy train with the rest of us.  Darkhouse (Book 1) is FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.  You have no excuse NOT to read it.  
For each book/novella, a blog will write a post, so be sure to stop by and comment.  
There will be a grand prize giveaway that will be up for the duration of the reading challenge.  Some blogs will also have their own giveaway, so be sure to enter the giveaways at each stop.  The Grand Prize will include signed Experiment in Terror books (books and number of winners to be determined).
To the New Readers:
The next six weeks are going to be the best six weeks of your life.  Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but not by much.  You, my friends, are in for a crazy ride.  You've heard me drone on and on on this blog and on Facebook about how great this series is.  Now, you can experience the terror, the drama, and the Dex Foray for yourselves.  Consider yourselves lucky because you're going to be reading alongside other people who have gone through what you're about to go through.  You'll have therapists to help get you through the tough times (and trust me there are some rough patches).
And for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT SKIP THE NOVELLAS.  The EIT veterans will find you.
To the EIT Veterans:
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to, of course, reread the books along with the newbies, but also engage with the new readers in the discussion groups. Below I have outlined the various places on the interwebs where these dicussions will be taking place.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Week 1May 6th - May 12th
Week 2 - May 13th - May 19th
Red Fox (Book 2)
May 17th - 19th
The Benson (Book 2.5) 
Week 3 - May 20th - 26th
Dead Sky Morning (Book 3)
Reading Books Like a Boss

Week 4 - May 27th - June 2nd
Lying Season (Book 4)
Ginger-Read Reviews

Week 5 - June 3rd- 9th
On Demon Wings (Book 5)
Reading is My Breathing

June 6th - June 9th
Old Blood (Book 5.5)
Reading Books Like a Boss
My Book Muse

June 6th-June 9th
The Dex Files (Book 5.7)
Caitlyn on the Road

Week 6 - June 9th -15th
 Into the Hollow (Book 6)
Little Read Riding Hood

June 12th-15th
And With Madness Comes the Light (Book 6.5)
The Book Bella

Come Alive (Book 7) will be released in June 2013!!

Cover Reveal: Beauty From Surrender by Georgia Cates

How do you move on when he’s every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career—until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott—but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

Release Day: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones

The Danaan Trilogy

Book One

is now available exclusively on Amazon!

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

About Laura Howard

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 rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Cover Reveal: Jet by Jay Crownover

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With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Giveaway & Review: Legends Fall by Monica Corwin

SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: Fantasy/PNR

"Suppose you are both telling the truth, magic exists, and you both are part of a prophecy. Where do I fall in all of this? Why are you both here in my life?" ~Maggie

Maggie Sanders suffered an injury while at war in Afghanistan, one that left her honorably discharged from the army. Now she is home in Washington D.C. running her mothers used bookstore. While working she accidently cuts her hand on a broken edge of her glass counter. Se watches as blood spills from her hand on to a book she was just reading and unknowingly summons King Arthur Pendragon. THE King Arthur.

Legend states when the King Arthur is needed most he will return. What if the legends are wrong?

Arthur has been trapped on Avalon( a mythical island) with his men, his wife Gwen and Lancelot. Unbeknownst to the others Arthur has a portal and from time to time has been summoned randomly to people who need assistance. The last time he was summoned he barely escaped with his life. Nevertheless he can’t help but wonder will he will be going this time.

‘His excitement swirled with a hint of dread. Where would he go this time, and who would he have to kill?’

Maggie thinks she is having heart attack when she is knocked off her feet on to the floor. After getting back on her feet she suddenly comes to realize that a man is under the ruble. A NAKED man. 
Arthur does not sense any trouble coming Maggie’s way so he asks her point blank
"My lady, why am I here?"

Unfortunately she can’t answer him. She has no clue why or how he is even there. Slowly she comes to realize there is more to the naked man who magically appeared in her bookstore. And that may be just maybe he is who he claims to be Arthur Pendragon. As he and Maggie start to build a friendship other familiar characters surface. Both Merlyn and Arthur work to find a way to free the others from Avalon while a friend turned enemy plans to fight Arthur for the woman he loves.

My Thoughts
This was a quick fun take on a legend who is familiar to us all. We get a broken hearted Arthur who is still clearly upset about the betrayal of his wife Gwen and Lancelot getting together. This is written in a fantasy manner and sort of reminded me of the movie Enchanted were classic characters cross over in to the real world. Of course this had a bit more of a sexy edge to it with a couple sex scenes that will leave you squirming in your seat. Overall I enjoyed it!

My Ratings
Characters- Sweet
Writing Style- Good
Plot/Storyline- Light and Fun with classical characters brought to life
Steam Factor- Medium//Moderately Steamy
Overall- I liked it!!!

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!
*Copy kindly provided by the author for an honest review*

Legend states when King Arthur is needed most he will return. What if the legends are wrong?

Maggie Sanders gave six years and two feet of her now scarred and twisted body to the United States Army. She received a thank you note and a discharge in return. Effectively booted to the curb Maggie tries to pick up the piece of her life until her revival is interrupted by one smoking hot immortal.

Arthur Pendragon, legendary King and military leader, has been trapped on the mythical island of Avalon for 1500 years. When he is thrust from captivity to the modern world he has to fight to stay there. Too bad for him, she has more fight than he anticipates. With the help of Maggie and a teenage Merlin, Arthur set outs to end his torture and free the rest of his comrades from imprisonment.

GOODREADS LINK: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17374097-legend-s-fall
WEBSITE: http://www.monicacorwin.com/
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/monica_corwin

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Giveaway, Review & Tour: No Attachments by Tiffany King

3 1/2 Hearts

Ashton Garrison took off from home and her life of comfort to live in the small town of Woodfalls. She is enjoying working in the town store, making new friends, and enjoying the simple things. All the while, she’s marking items off her list – things she wants to do in her life. One of those things is to have a one-night stand, something hard to do in such a small town, that is until Nathan Lockton comes into the picture, giving her the perfect opportunity. 

“Finding a perfect candidate for a one-night stand was slim to none in a town the size of Woodfalls. Strangers are far and few between. Couple that with the fact that he was drop-dead gorgeous and his sudden appearance was like a gift from god.”

Ashton is a really awesome girl; she is a bit of a dork, which made her all the more likable in my eyes. She doesn’t always say the exact right thing and her fumbling and sass was really endearing. This made for a funny first meeting with Nathan. Their interactions in the first scene are hilarious and it is probably one of the most random conversations ever. But I loved every word of it! 

What seems like a chance meeting in Ashton’s eyes is really anything but. Nathan has been hired to locate her and give her location to his client (this is something you find out immediately since it’s in dual POV). Once Nathan meets her, she intrigues him. The two of them work out a casual “no attachments” type agreement and decide to have some fun.

“One thing was clear: Ashton was nothing like I expected. How was I going to get her out of my system when everything about her seemed to pull me in?”

“Sure, I liked him, but he was still just an item on my list. I had to stick to our deal, and as long as he could keep his work, we could have our fun and then go our separate ways.”

As the story progresses more details about both their pasts come to light and it makes you question by Ashton left her home in the first place. Nathan wants to find that out and who hired him? There is some mystery there, but I felt like I figured it out pretty early on. 

There is potential for lots of feelings and I could see some people getting emotional while reading this story. I would have loved to have been a bit more invested in the characters, but unfortunately it never hit me. I noticed a few things that were really reminiscent of a certain Nicholas Sparks book I’ve read in the past, but it still was very much a different story. This was a cute book and I will definitely be reading more of Tiffany Kind in the future. I haven’t been disappointed so far! :)

Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and noemotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy.

She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.


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Cover Reveal: Until I Break by M. Leighton

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Title: Until I Break (A Twisted Novel)
Author: M. Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton
Release date: May 14, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
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  Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control. And she doesn’t exist.

Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with. Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. 

Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare. 

When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be. Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her. The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.  

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  About the Author New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Books UNLEASHED this week 4-28-13 through 5-4-13

*Highly Anticipated Books

Extreme Love by Abby Niles
-Genre: Contemporary Romance
-Release Date: 4-30-13
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Love-ebook/dp/B00B6U17G4/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1367122842&sr=8-1&keywords=abby+niles+extreme+love

*This Girl: A Novel by Collen Hoover
-Genre: New Adult Romance
-Release Date: 4-30-13
Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Girl-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B00BOVFLD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367123004&sr=1-1&keywords=colleen+hoover

No Attachments by Tiffany King
-Genre: New Adult Romance
-Release Date: 4-30-13
Link: N/A
Fugitive Heart by Bonnie Dee
-Genre: New Adult Romance
-Release Date: 4-30-13
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fugitive-Heart-ebook/dp/B00B99RJKK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367123412&sr=1-1&keywords=Fugitive+Heart+by+Bonnie+Dee

*Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

-Genre: YA PNR
-Release Date: 4-30-13

Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick
-Genre: New Adult Romance
-Release Date: 5-1-13
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Giveaway, Review & Tour: The Girl in 6E by Allessandra Torre

I screw men for money. Not literally, think phone sex operator with a 15 megapixel web cam thrown in. They tell me their deepest, darkest fantasies while paying me $6.99 a minute. 

What would possess me to engage in such a business? Throw in a tortured past, 24/7 murderous thoughts, and a desire to keep the innocent people of my small town safe. 

I was contained, out of the way, sexcamming my way to utter obscurity until HE came along. A twisted client armed with a target's name. Annie. And in that name, everything changed.

**ARC provided for honest review**

3.5 Hearts

This book is...different. So different in fact, I am not quite sure how I feel about it. At one point I kind of felt like I was reading a book version of Dexter (TV show from Showtime). But DeAnna..or Jessica, whatever the hell her name is, doesn't fit the "killer" mold quite like he does.

The Girl in 6E flips back and forth from different POV's through out the book. At first it is a bit confusing. There really is no rhyme or reason in the beginning why all these characters play a role in the story. But as you read more, things start to click.

I found it intriguing how all the pieces slowly began to fit together. I also thought the look inside the life of a cam girl and her clientele was interesting. Some of the fetishes men have are just...um...WOW! And who knew you could order everything you could ever need to live, without stepping outside of your apartment, all online?!

This is definitely one of those books that you should give a chance if you are looking for something...different. 

There is the word again! But honestly I can think of no other way to describe it. And I can't really tell you too much because it would give things away. I will say, the reason for the 3.5 hearts is due to the ending. I just felt it was a bit rushed. I would have liked more of a look into the future. Overall, it is a good read though. 

Alessandra Torre is an exciting new author who astonished the publishing world with the success of her first novel, Blindfolded Innocence. Initially self-published, the intriguing romance and erotica title quickly rose to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon and attracted the interest of major publishing houses. Currently available on Kindle, iBookstore and Nook, Blindfolded Innocence will be available in print in 30 different countries through Harlequin Publishing in June 2013.

Torre’s captivating story about a young intern’s sexual awakening has won praise and rave reviews from numerous critics, bloggers and book reviewers, including the acclaimed Dr. Laura Berman. In her recent article “35 to Read After 50″ in Everyday Health, Dr. Berman recommended Blindfolded as a must-read for book enthusiasts searching for a new fix after Fifty Shades of Grey. The book has also received high marks from readers on Goodreads and other literary web sites where fans frequently remark they can’t wait for a Blindfolded sequel!

Momentarily stunned by the book’s rapid success and loyal following, Torre is currently at work on a thriller that will be released in the next two months as well as a sequel to Blindfolded. From her home near the tranquil warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married to her “best friend” and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Giveway Win a Kindle Fire! Straddling the Edge by Julie Prestsater

Summer McGallian … the scandalous home wrecker from Against the Wall and Between The Sheets. The one who stole her co-worker’s fiancĂ©, the other woman, the one people whisper about and stay away from. Only for Summer, things aren't always as they appear and she knows that better than anyone. She hasn’t been herself since she was in high school, when life was less complicated and relationships weren’t about making compromises to land the guy. When her heart is broken, there's only one thing left for her to do … prove she isn't who everyone thinks she is. And maybe, just maybe, she can get back to being comfortable in her own skin again, without input from a man. But when she encounters Sexy Guy, Dean Michaels, everything Summer has ever known about the opposite sex is about to change.
Dean Michaels knew he’d seen her somewhere before. What he never imagined was that the gorgeous woman in a baseball cap and hooded sweatshirt tossing back a beer in his favorite spot could be Summer McGallian—the woman who always looked like she’d stepped off the pages of a glamour magazine when he’d seen her from afar at work. And to make matters worse, she’s Chase Marino’s ex, the one guy who gets under his skin like no other. If the thought of being someone’s bitch in jail wasn’t enough to scare him, he would’ve strangled that bastard years ago and tossed the body in the Mojave Desert. But forget about Chase … Dean knew from the moment he saw Summer’s sexy smile and heard her cute laugh, she had to be his. And he won't let anything get in the way of that.
The Against The Wall series isn’t just about steamy sex scenes and swoon-worthy romance, but about new friendships, undying love, and a ton of laughter. Enjoy the ride as you get to know and love Summer and Dean, just as you did Shelly and Matt, and Melissa and Tyler, in the final book, Straddling The Edge.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Giveaway & Review: Waiting on Forever by Ashley Wilcox

3.5 - 4 hearts

Waiting on Forever is a college romance about Leah and Matt. The story is told in Leah’s POV, except for the prologue and epilogue, which are told from Matt’s perspective (and are awesome btw). This has the nerdy girl meets big man on campus kind of theme to it and I think it was executed really well in this book. 

Matt and Leah first meet at freshman orientation before school starts. They chat, but Leah is very much into academics and thinks Matt is just another meathead jock with nothing to say. This of course makes Matt instantly intrigued by her.

Even though this girl is screaming nerd, she’s actually pretty cute. Not to mention that I’m always drawn to the girls who don’t give you the time of day at first. They give you more of a challenge, instead of the fake airheads who will bend over for you if you just smile their way.

They strike up an easy friendship, but nothing major, mostly just chatting online here and there. Leah is resigned to the fact that that’s the most she’s ever going to have with Matt.

There’s a reason why Matt and I have never hung out together, and that’s because we come from two different sides of the social ladder. Where Matt is Mr. Popular football player, I’m the artsy nerd who would be stared and pointed at walking into a jock house party.

That isn’t what Matt has in mind though and soon Leah is completely confused. What starts out as chatting on Facebook turns into suggestive winks, walking her to class, forehead kisses (my weakness!), and other cute little signs that maybe he wants more than just friendship. When Matt’s best friend, Collin and his girlfriend (the couple from Planning on Forever) come to visit they seem to know an awful lot about Leah. Soon their relationship progresses and brings about some challenges with the different “social classes” and other surprises. 

Even though Leah comes off as a ‘nerd’ and thinks she isn’t Matt’s type, she wasn’t trying to change herself to fit what she thoughthe might want in a girl. I love that she wasn’t a pushover at all, she has a mouth on her and is pretty feisty. She could stand up for herself against the bitchy girls without so much as batting an eyelash. Her and Matt were really cute together and the texting screenshots – that was unique and fun :) I loved Matt too! He was genuine, sweet, but confident and protective of his girl. 

“You don’t have to do a damn thing,” he says with sincerity in his eyes. “I’ve been fallin’ since day one.”

There were little things like the pacing toward the end with one of the twists that I think could have been executed better, but overall I enjoyed the story. The epilogue completely wraps up the story and you aren’t left wondering what might happen. It was a nice break from the overly angsty college reads and was really cute.

This is a spin-off of Planning on Forever, but can be read as a stand alone. 

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