Thursday, June 27, 2013

REVIEW -Fall from Love by Heather London

Fall from Love
By: Heather London
Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4.5 HEARTS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Fall from Love opens with a scene that shows us the last day Holly and her boyfriend Adam see each other. We learn that Adam recently joined the mountain rescue team of volunteers and is being called for his first recuse mission. The mission ends in tragedy taking Adams life.

As the fall semester approaches her best friend Jenna attempts to pull Holly from her mourning by taking her out and doing the things they use to do for fun. Holly is reluctant at first but with the right coaxing from Jenna she finally gets her to agree to go out.

While out Holly runs in to him… The guy she prefers to stay far away from… Carter.

"Holly." The voice is right beside me now and I realize that I recognize it. Even though I don't want to and as hard as I squeeze my eyes shut, the memories come rushing in. My heart hammers as I turn my head to see the face that matches the voice from my memory. The same face I want to forget forever because it brings up too many horrible feelings from that night. He's about a foot away from me and my head barely meets his shoulders.

Unforeseen circumstances that I can't mention because it will spoil pieces of the story place Holly and Carter in direct paths of one another. Soon a friendship blooms, a friendship laced with sexual tension. *wiggles eyebrows*

Both Holly and Carter have suffered a tragedy. Carter is dealing with his role the night Adam died. He has been grappling with feelings on how he could have prevented his death on the mountain. But Carter also has some things he is coping with personally that he has not shared with Holly yet.

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‘I know I'm playing a dangerous game. I know that it's probably not healthy for me to be thinking this way about her, but I can't help it. For some reason, hearing her voice and seeing her face is the only thing that seems to pull me out of the darkness.’ ~Carter

Love is a slippery slope; those who fall tend to fall hard and that is exactly what starts to happen with Carter. Oh yes, we get his pov too! *wink,wink*

Carter knows what it is like to be in a black pit of sorrow after losing the one you love. He and Holly really do share a deep bond. One deeper then she has yet to realize. I was happy to get his pov it really gave us some insight with his character it also helps readers connect to him better. He was not just a sexy hunk of mountain rescue loving meat. He was a sexy hunk of man with feelings and desires and life altering experiences.

The best way I can describe what he and Holly are to each other would be… Would be to compare them to jumper cables. I know what you're thinking and yes, jumper cables like for a car. They each jump start each others lives.

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The romance is slow building yet has a very tension filled feeling to it. Both Holly and Carter allow it to simmer even when their friends push for more and call them out on their denial of lust for one another. Nevertheless it grows and reaches a combustible point were readers will anxiously await the moment they finally kiss. Of course they do more then kiss but you’ll have to read it to get all the juicy deets.LOL!

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My Thoughts
I very much enjoyed this New Adult romance. Heather London mixed the perfect ingredients the writing was good, the characters tug at your heart strings, the romance is sweet, and the secondary characters keep you just as entertained as the main ones do. The entertainment is just on two different levels. Overall you will remember these characters after reading this book. I highly recommend it!

My Ratings
Characters- Loved them
Writing Style- Excellent
Plot/Storyline- Heart warming
Steam Factor- Medium/Moderately Steamy
Overall- I enjoyed it!! READ IT!

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!

*Copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sons of Wrath Cover Model Contest

How often do you get to pick the cover model for a book?

Now’s your chance. 

From a pool of over 200 candidates, I’ve narrowed down a small group of finalists possessing the best attributes for Logan–the dark and dangerous leading male in the next installment of my Sons of Wrath series.  These guys not only have a smokin’ hot bod, they’ve got the gorgeous face to go along with it.

·         Check out their spotlights.
·         Vote for your favorite

By doing so, you’ll not only exercise the power to choose my next cover model, you’ll also be included in the acknowledgments of my book on a special ‘Contributors’ page AND you’ll score a VIP pass to nab book 2 before it goes on sale!

Bring a friend to vote and you’ll increase your chances of winning one of two $50 Amazon gift cards that I’m giving away in celebration of this event!  The more friends you bring to the party, the better your odds of winning! 

I’m also randomly giving away Sons of Wrath t-shirts and other swag to those who leave a comment! 


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Vote Aiden in the YA Crush Tourney!!

Aiden Arrington from Jillian Dodd's The Keatyn Chronicles, is competing in the YA Crush Tourney hosted by the awesome YA Sisterhood and he needs your vote.  If you are familiar with The Keatyn Chronicles and with Aiden, then I know you're already cheering him on, because let's face it girls, once you meet him, he owns you.  If not............then get ready to get up close and personal with "The God of all Hotties." Special Bonus:  If Aiden wins the tournament, Jillian has agreed to post a very long sneak peek for LOVE ME.  That is 5 full days, 34,000 words, about the first quarter of the book!!!
About Aiden Arrington
Also known as:  The God of all Hotties. 
Drives:  White Maserati GS.
Kissing him:  He always leaves you wanting more.
How he picks up a girl:  He doesn’t.  They come to him.  He just chooses. 
Height:  6’2”  Weight:  190  Grade:  Junior
Eye color:  Emerald green with flecks of blue and rim of golden. 
Hair color:  Dark blonde.
Positive aspects of personality/best qualities: Strong, outspoken, blunt, confident, smart, southern gentleman, passionate about life, fun, humble, driven, well-adjusted, intense, honest, mannered.
He has a deep sexy laugh, great legs, and a lean, athletic body.   
Want to know more about Aiden? Well, there is no one better to tell us than Keatyn herself.  Let's see what she thinks about one of Aiden's best of his very special talents......kissing.  
Pretty soon we are stuck at the very top of the Ferris wheel, looking down at the pretty lights.  He says, “Boots.” I raise my head up, and that’s when he kisses me.  A slow, perfect, time-stood-still, fireworks-in-my-eyes kind of kiss. And it was just a little kiss. No open mouths, no tongues; just a kiss.  A little teeny kiss.  Holy shit.  I’m in love with him...Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd.  
He leads me out of the party and across the hall, opens the door to an empty dorm room, turns on a lamp, then gently pushes me up again the door and kisses me.  Again, it's a slow, soft, amazing kiss that makes me feel like he's kissing my soul.  Kiss Me by Jillian Dodd
“Don’t fight me anymore.”  I don’t get to reply. His lips quickly close the gap between his and mine.  All of a sudden, there is a huge clap of thunder and a bolt of lightening hits a tree not far from us. Rain starts coming down in buckets.  Aiden pulls me up off the ground and we laugh at how soaked we both instantly are.  And there in the pouring rain, I get The. Best. Kiss. Of. My. Entire. Life.  And I’m pretty sure with this kiss, he branded me. Seared his initials into my skin.  Like bite marks from a vampire. I'm his.  Love Me by Jillian Dodd.   

If you are not already convinced, get ready to swoon, because the Hottie God himself is going to tell us his idea of the perfect date with Keatyn:
If I could take her anywhere on a date, I'd take her to our house in Napa Valley. We'd eat dinner outside, watch the sunset, drink a little wine. Then I'd take her down to the gazebo that is lit with twinkle lights and dance with her. When we dance it's like the rest of the world ceases to exist. My arms wrapped around her. Her body pressed against mine. The way her hair always smells like cotton candy. Whispering in her ear. And, of course, kissing. Lots of kissing.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Giveaway & Excerpt: Ember by Jessica Sorensen

(New Adult Paranormal)
**Mature Content Advisory**
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations and language
For nineteen-year-old Ember, life has always been about death. With a simple touch, she can see when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person that knows her secret is her best friend Raven.
But that changes when she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous and mysterious and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. The silence he instills in her mind and body allows her to feel things she’s never been able to before, so despite her initial reservations, Ember lets Asher into her life and lets herself to get close to him. But the closer they get, the more Ember realizes that Asher is keeping secrets from her.
When unexplained deaths begin to surface in her town, Ember questions why she can’t see Asher's
death and what it is he’s hiding from her.

He shakes his head, his eyes locked on me. “It’s nothing…. I was just wondering if you wanted to dance?”
I instantly shake my head. “No thanks. I don’t dance.”
He smiles, rubbing his lips together, and I’m mesmorized by the way his mouth moves. “That’s okay. I’ll lead.” He pauses, his eyes scrolling ove my face, and then it travels downward over my body.
“I really can’t…” The way he’s looking at me is making it difficult to protest. “I just… I’m not a fan of getting touched…” I shake my head at my ridiculous response.
The corners of his lips tug upward. “Well, what if I promise not to touch you?” He cocks his pierced eyebrow at me as he backs toward the dance floor, maintiaing my gaze.
The song switches to “Sail” by AWOlNATION and I find my feet taking on a life of their own, as Raven’s words echo through my head. Have fun. I move with him, raising my hands above my head to maunver through the people, tyring not to get touched by anyone.
He walks backward until he reaches the edge of the crowd, then he stops and waits for me to catch up. I’m grateful he choses to keep a little bit of distance from the other people. Once I reach him however, I realize that I wasn’t lying when I said I couldn’t dance.
“Don’t laugh at me when I fall on my ass,” I joke. “Promise you won’t.”
His mouth teases to a grin. “Okay, I promise.” Then he puts his hands out like he’s going to touch me and I suck in a breath. But he stops right as he’s about to touch my hips, and inches close enough that I can feel the heat between us, the brush of his clothes, the feel of his breath, yet he’s not touching me.
I exhale as he begins to rock his body, swaying to the rythmn, and I can’t help but shut my eyes, and move freely to the beat as well. My pulse is throbbing in my chest as I lean just a little nearer so I can feel him, yet I can’t feel him, all over me, invisible tingles everywhere I image his hands could be; on my arma, my back, my hips, grabbing my breast, sliding between my thighs. I want to moan, so God Damn bad, I have to bite on my bottom lip to surpress it.
I can sense him watching me so I crack my eyes open and then open the wide at the sight of his face, his lips parted, his eyes dark.

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Release Week Blitz: Fallen Crest Family by Tijan

Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest Series #2)
By: Tijan
Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

*ARC provided or an honest review*

*PLEASE NOTE* my review may contain mild spoilers.

I fell in love with Mason, Logan and especially Sam after reading Fallen Crest High. The dynamic between these three was intense. Mason and Logan took Sam under their wing and made her feel like she truly had people who cared about her. And the budding relationship between Sam and Mason knocked my socks off. I absolutely love them together as a couple. 

So, needless to say, I was beyond excited when I found out their story was continuing. 

But then I read Fallen Crest Family and now all I feel is confusion. Something was missing from this book. Actually, a whole lot of something is missing. I didn't feel the intensity for the characters in this one. What happened to the Sam, Logan and Mason from the first book? I felt like they were completely different people. 

Also, the flow of the book didn't work for me. I felt like there was too much going on. We had the issue with Sam's mom (still), Sam making new friends, issues with the old crew from FCH, old rivalries between schools, Mason and Logan's mom, both of Sam's dads. It just got to be too much for me. 

I am not sure what direction the author was going with FCF but it sadly it was not one I enjoyed. And as I said above, I truly loved FCH so it pains me to say that. I am hopng the next book in this series will get things back on track and we will see the characters I fell in love with. 


Future of Rough Riders? & Giveaway: Redneck Romeo by Lorelei James

The last McKay standing is knocked to his knees…

Rough Riders, Book 15

Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride. That’s when he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights—fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming. 

Now a family issue has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him a chance to prove to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man.

Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways too many times. So he’s determined to convince her he’s playing for keeps this go around? Fine. She’ll call that bluff—she can’t ignore their intense chemistry or resist smokin’ hot sex, but she’s not willing to gamble her heart again.

Dalton has plenty of fences to mend with the McKays, but his biggest fear is that Rory doesn’t believe they have a future. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to show her they belong together for the long haul.

Product Warnings
Contains a sexy cowboy who tames his sassy lady love with his romantic and his kinky side. In explicit detail.(

The Future of the ROUGH RIDERS
Slick from Guilty Pleasures:  Since I just finished reading Redneck Romeo about the last McKay man standing, Dalton, I have to ask who will be the focus of book 16 and is that truly the end?  Because I have to tell you having Ky driving and into girls is going to open up a whole can of worms about when the kid's stories are going to be told. 
No fun, I know, but no comment on Rough Riders book 16 yet...I'll clue you all in a bit further down the road. I get a bajillion questions about why I'm ending the Rough Riders series at book 16. And yes, I could probably write a second generation of McKays (Love Love Love my readers but you guys are driving me insane with the "When will you write Boone and Sierra's book?! Crazy rabid fans, I keep threatening that if you keep nagging me it'll be...never -- ha ha, yet I'd never do that because I want to know what happens too!) but I've always considered this series a western saga that DOES have an end. I've been fortunate that I've been allowed to write the books how I want, at the pace I want, with the subject matter I want--all with 100% publisher support. That is rare. Since the books have such a great following, there is that mindset to continue to "cash in" on the popularity of the series and characters. But I won't do that because at what point do the new books just become a rehash of the older books? I'd much rather end the series on a high note, at the height of popularity than wait until the series might be considered "tired" and I start to lose readers. Plus, I have lots of ideas, situations, characters and areas to explore in other fictional worlds. I hope readers come along for the ride.

Lorelei James is celebrating the release of REDNECK ROMEO with a SEVEN day party.  SEVEN great giveaways, SEVEN different posts.  Stop by all the amazing blogs participating in the party to increase your chances to win!!! Each blog will post a special REDNECK ROMEO post all seven days. 

Prize List:
1) Redneck Romeo charm bracelet
2) Kindle fire
3) Basket of goodies, including a McKay brand fleece blanket and other McKay branded stuff and conference trinkets
4) Full set of signed Rough Riders books
5) 1 of a kind handmade small Western purse
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Giveaway, Excerpt: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Title: The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Howard

Release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

I caught a glimpse of my mother staring out the den window. She held her violin loosely under her chin, and the bow dangled from her fingertips. Her jaw was slack, her eyes locked on something in the trees beyond me. I knew that haunted expression. I froze. I swallowed hard as her eyes shifted to me. The violin fell from her chin, and I could see her bottom lip trembling. I should have been used to that reaction from her when she saw me during an episode. It happened every time. But I wasn’t. I flew into the house as fast as my feet would carry me. The screen door crashed behind me as I came to a halt outside the den. My mother clutched fistfuls of her blonde hair, garbled words spilling from her lips. “I have to. I have to go out there,” she said. “He’s waiting for me.” She stood in the semi-darkness, mumbling, the only other sound the hum of the ceiling fan. I clung to the doorjamb as I watched my grandmother approach carefully. She placed her hands on my mother’s shoulders, and on contact my mother’s body stopped quaking. Gram crooned, rocking her back and forth, as she pulled her into her arms and led her away from the window. My stomach tightened, and I backed away to leave them alone. If she saw me again, who knew what would happen. I cringed as the floor creaked beneath me, and she jerked her head in my direction. Her eyes widened when she saw me, and the shaking began again. Breaking away from my grandmother, she stumbled backward toward the window. She raked her fingers down her face and hair as she moaned. “Liam…” Tears streamed down her cheeks, causing thick strands of hair to stick to her face. I entered the room slowly, desperate not to step on another squeaky floorboard. Her green eyes burned into mine, and I locked my eyes on hers. No matter how many times she fought my attempts to soothe her, I had to keep trying. She was my mom.

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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