Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: FOR REAL by Chelsea M. Cameron

For Real
By: Chelsea M. Cameron

Two people. One fake relationship. What could go wrong?
When virgin Shannon Travers gets fed up with her friends demanding that she find a boyfriend, she enlists the help of tattooed, mohawk-rocking graphic design student Jett. He’s more than happy to play along with their Fake Relationship, including the Ten Rules of Fake Dating that control-freak Shannon comes up with. Even if he likes to violate them. Repeatedly.
But what happens when Fake Dating starts to feel… not fake anymore? Will Shannon be willing to let go and embrace the first thing in her life that’s ever felt REAL?
This relationship might be Fake but the butterflies feel pretty real - Shannon
Shannon is sitting in a coffee shop one day doing some study and a guy asks her to keep an eye on his laptop while he pops outside.  She calls him 'laptop guy.'  He's got a few piercings and some serious tattoos but he is kinda cute.
Shannon is still single and a virgin.  Her friends are determined to cure her of her virginity and set out most weekends to find the guy she should give it up to.  They take her out as per usual one night and every guy they send her way she turns down.  Frustrated with her, they take her phone off her and then tell her they are not taking her home, she needs to find a guy and leave with him.  She tearfully walks out into the parking lot and there is 'laptop guy'.  He offers to give her a ride home but they end up spending time together hanging out.  She finds out his name is Jett.
Shannon lies to her friends and tells them she had sex with him .  She then confesses this to Jett and he admits telling his flatmate the same thing as he often hassles him for not dating.  They come up with the idea of being each others 'Fake Girlfriend/Boyfriend' and even have a set of rules.  'Jett & Shannon's Ten Rules of Fake Dating.'
"How about we just... keep up the charade?  Pretend to date." - Shannon
They agree to a one month fake relationship and then they will fake break up.  Some of these rules include kissing and being lovey dovey in public to make it look real.  It isn't long before the 'fake' begins to feel more 'real'.
Will they be able to keep their fake relationship a secret and what happens if their friends figure out they are faking it? When their feelings for each other begin to feel more 'real' than 'fake' will they break their rules and give in to what they really feel?
I really enjoyed this story, their relationship built slowly and was very realistic.  They were a damn cute couple too.
*ARC received from author for an honest review*
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: DREW + FABLE FOREVER by Monica Murphy

We are extremely thrilled to share the cover of Monica Murphy's novella DREW + FABLE FOREVER. Fans of the One Week Girlfriend Series will want to preorder now for just $.99!!! We know you'll love this novella as much as we do!
DREW+ FABLE FOREVER releases on January 14!!
Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original short story that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even accepting responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, yet again, he's found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?

Reality. Except now the honeymoon’s over. Drew's football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him constantly. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .
“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.

“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.

“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.

“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”

“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”

I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.

“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”

That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.

“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: TORN by Monica Murphy

Torn (Billionaire Bachelors Club, Book #2)
By: Monica Murphy
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …

Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family's real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life—even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …

When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn't seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down—as she steadily steals his heart.

Gage's persistence and intense passion war with Marina's determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn't see coming, Marina's torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage—or everything she holds dear?
*ARC provided by author for an honest review*

Marina has one goal in mind....

Safe her family's business. 

Gage on the other hand, is determined to convince her family to sale. And he is willing to go to any means necessary to make it happen. 

Including using Marina.

It was actually kind of funny in the beginning with the first encounters between Marina and Gage. He took the whole "open mouth, insert foot" to a new level. Every single time we would talk to Marina in the beginning, he would come across as a complete jerk. Which he kinda was considering his motives. There were quite a few times I was like, did he REALLY just say that?! But at the same time, it was just so darn cute how flustered he would get around Marina!

As the story progresses, so does the attraction between these two. And when they finally give in to the sexual tension, it is HOT! It is that smokin' hot angry type sex. The I hate you, but I want you variety. But as to be expected, when you throw sex into any situation, it is bound to get messy. Is it possible that maybe Marina and Gage might feel more than dislike for one another? And even if they do, how is it possible for them to make it work with Gage wants to destroy the very thing Marina wants to save? 

Well, you are just going to have to read the book to find out what becomes of these two. And believe me, you WANT to read Marina and Gage's hot and sexy story! Gage is a real hottie (even if he speaks without thinking sometimes!) and is definitely on my BBF list.

Certain books as I write them need music. Sometimes it’s a huge list of songs, sometimes a handful, sometimes even just one song can be the inspiration, the one I listen to over and over again until it’s almost embarrassing. As in, people would wonder why that particular song on my iTunes account has been listened to 400+ times…
But I digress. For TORN, the second book in my Billionaire Bachelors Club series, I have a confession to make: I didn’t listen to any songs while I wrote it. This happens more often than not. Here’s my deal. If I listen to music, sometimes I start singing along to it and I get distracted. Yes, I’m easily distracted. I’d rather stare unseeingly at the monitor and sing along with the song playing than you know, write.
Yeah, I’m sort of ridiculous.
So I’ve failed this blog post. I don’t have a playlist. Can you believe it? But! There was one song I listened to over and over when I was working on edits for TORN. Does that count? It’s a total chill song. I have a secret affinity for those. They’re usually super long, with not many words but they keep me chillax (<--- I can’t believe chillax is a real word, that is awesome) and allow me to focus on edits versus getting caught up in the song.
The song is called Superheroes and it’s by Esthero. You can find it on Spotify if you have an account. I might have a secret playlist on there that’s called Chill and I listen to it pretty consistently. In fact one of the songs from my secret Chill playlist is on the SAVOR playlist (the third and final book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club series).
Yeah, see? No playlist for TORN but one for SAVOR. I’m completely inconsistent when it comes to this what inspires you as a writer thing. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a total fail.
I hope you check out the Superheroes song! Tell me, do you like listening to chillax (my new favorite word now because it’s a real one according to Microsoft Word) music? Or am I the weird oddity in this case?

New Yorkand US Times A Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Promiscuous [Tease Series, #2] by Missy Johnson

Promiscuous by Missy Johnson

Book #2 in the Tease Series

Expected Release Date: January 2014

When you're a twenty-year-old triple platinum singer you get an image.
Except mine was all wrong. On drugs; pregnant; fucking my manager.
But I wasn't; it was all lies. I was a good girl.
But now I'm done being the good girl, because it has gotten me nowhere.
I spent the last year in love with a guy who I was paying to fuck me.
A guy who fell in love with someone else.
But now I’m over it. Now it's about me.
If the world thinks I’m a bad girl, then hell, that’s what I’ll be.
I'll show them bad.
Let's find out how promiscuous I can be.

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture).
When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.