Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COVER REVEAL~DEBUT NOVEL~ Intoxicated By You by Michelle Iannarelli




COVER REVEAL~DEBUT NOVEL~ Intoxicated By You by Michelle Iannarelli 

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Book name: Intoxicated By You Book 1 in The You Series 
Author: Michelle Iannarelli 
Cover Model: Mitch Latour 
Photographer: Eric Battershell of Eric Battershell Photography/FITography 
Cover Design: Pamela Hernandez with Dynamic Design Team 
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Synopsis: Tall, dark and strong that is how Liam drinks his coffee, how Emily likes her men…. All Dr. Emily Kelly was looking for was a latte...instead, she fell for Liam…literally. Detective Liam St. Paul isn’t looking for love, he is a one night stand kind of guy…until he looked into Emily’s eyes. When Emily's life is in danger...Liam vows to protect her. Will Emily and Liam find a way to leave their pasts behind them and move forward together? Or will their pasts tear them apart?  
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Author Bio I am a lifetime New Yorker, living just minutes from New York City in a coastal community with my husband and two children. I strongly believe in fate, destiny and that everything happens for a reason. My favorite things aside from my children, whom I consider my greatest works of art, are coffee, snow, karma and the New York Yankees. I have been taught that life is way too short, so I decided it was now or it may be never, so I gave up editing and began writing my first book. The rest is now history. 
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson







 "Without trust, we have nothing."

These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans.

Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship.

Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?




 5+ Amazing Stars 
AMAZING!!!!

 It took me a while to write this review because I had to collect myself more than once I might add. Every time I thought I was ok and would be able to get through it I started crying again. This story was so emotional and AMAZING. 5+ stars doesn't even come close to being enough. I seriously thought about changing my star ratings for this one. You know so I could have a 100+ rating. It has strong character and I'm not talking just the male or just the female. Nope it has 2, yep TWO strong females and .....well just all the characters are strong and loving and sweet. I’m not just talking strong in that they were well written. They were but also strong courageous personalities. I just couldn't decide who I loved the most. It had love, friendship, compassion, sadness and happiness all in it. I knew I was in trouble by chapter 1.

Melanie was strong and caring. She was able to deal with things in a way that made everyone love her even when they wanted to hate her. She had an inner strength that grabbed a hold of you and said listen to me and do what I say but I'm going to just let you think it is all your idea and I am just along for the ride. She is beautiful, smart, and funny. She was the last person Xavier thought he wanted to see but the best person for him and his family.

Xavier was a strong man or at least he wanted everyone to think he was but he was scared and didn't have a clue as to what he was going to do with his son. He showed that you can love two people and not betray either. He tried to be mean and push everyone away but, he knew when he needed help and asked. He could be cold but he also was loving and sweet when he wanted to be. I loved that Sloan let him be a (oh I don't know) softer man. He was strong and sexy but he learned the hardest way that you have to just trust and let yourself go sometimes and not live in your head.

There are other side characters that were strong in their own ways. Some were nice and I loved a lot then some were well not so nice. You will know who when you read it. To sum it all up I laughed , I cried, then cried some more, then smiled and swooned and cried some more. Over all it was very well written and different in so many ways from any story I have read. Seriously bumped some on my favorite list and is now tied for first place.




 

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Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.





Monday, May 19, 2014

FREED by Lynetta Halat

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Truth. Pain. Freedom. 

An awakening like no other. 
When life is determined to buck you off, dig in and ride hard. 
The bull. The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves. To survive, I have to face the truth. Easier said than done when it’s not all black and white. There’s the in-between, and this murky void is where I always tend to land. 
The horns. Lies don’t always hurt. My lies protected me, but when they are exposed and I can no longer outrun the many shades of truth, I’ll be in for one hell of a reckoning. 
The ride. From the outside, my life looks like one big adventure after another. But, there is no freedom in anarchy, and that’s the way I’ve lived my life. Until now. Until Ransom. 
Denver Dempsey was a slut for oblivion. Now, she’s a slut for love. And it’s that kind of thinking that got her in trouble in the first place. Ransom awakens Denver in ways she never imagined, but when her true feelings send her reeling, will they catapult her into the arms of Greer—her ex best-friend-with-benefits? After never loving anyone, herself included, she now loves two. One kept her alive. One teaches her how to live. If they didn’t both love her … if hearts weren’t bound to be broken, it would be the stuff dreams are made of.
Will Denver remain locked up in the bullpen, or is she strong enough to open the chute and be freed?



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 5 stars 

How do I even begin? Let's start with the fact that FREED is the second book in the series. The first was USED. Now if you have saw my review of USED then you know it left me in a limbo sort of state. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. I also didn't love either of the male leads and was hoping a third guy would come and sweep Denver off her feet. I had loved both of Lynetta's other books and when I didn't just love USED I was in shock but it happens.

Now on to FREED. I went in to it being nervous and wondering if I was going to like it or be in limbo again. I wasn't sure. Would it be less than 4 stars? Well, I LOVED FREED!!! I can even say I am totally team Ransom. Just thinking his name does things to me. Yes he is still a little cocky but his sexiness and sweetness toward Denver make that ok. I still like Greer sort of and was happy to see him getting help with his issues. The whole story had me smiling with a goofy grin and yet still had the parts that pulled at my heart. Just a great read that showed with help and support of the ones you love you can make it through a lot and come out stronger than you can imagine. Denver was a strong character that I loved and hoped she would get her happily ever after. Even though she still has issues to work on she found that she could do it and be the strong woman she was and love herself and allow herself to be loved by others.

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I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver
A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It's this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe … more. — Ransom
Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn't all it's cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex ... for her anyway. — Greer
Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she's found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver's outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom's interest turns to hatred.
Love. Hate. Triangle.
Who's using who?



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Since the dawn of time, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written innumerable stories and plays. A lover of good books, bad boys, and kickass tunes, she'd always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember. She also has a secret penchant for wringing the emotions out of unsuspecting readers, and she collects reader's tears in much the same way that wine connoisseurs collect their favorite vintage.
Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. She followed that with Everything I've Never Had, her bestselling adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used and Freed, New Adult Romances that she hopes sinks their teeth into you and don't let go.
Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy!

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy!


Very Wicked Beginnings: .99 cents 





Very Wicked Things: 



The book that started it all at BA




Do you need to know the reading order? I've got you covered! What to know the synopsis for each book then read below.

Very Bad Things 
this is Leo & Nora's story and the first novel in the series
synopsis:
Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect.

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about...until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

Recommended for mature audiences 18+ due to strong language and sexual content.

Very Wicked Beginnings 
this is a prequel novella that gives you a little background on Cuba & Dovey
synopsis:
Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.

It’s not.

But, ESPN did rank me as a four-star recruit, calling me one of the best defensive players since Briarcrest Academy opened its esteemed doors. So yeah, with football and a stellar GPA, my future seemed good.

Then Dovey Beckham shows up in her short skirts and ballet shoes. Driving me insane. Making me want to beg for her attention.

But that wouldn’t happen, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for
anything.

She walked around BA like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one girl I couldn’t have.
So, of course, I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.

Because no girl can resist the Heartbreaker of BA.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends.

Very Wicked Things
this is Cuba & Dovey's story
synopsis:
Born on the poor side of town…

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body…but never her heart.

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Born into wealth and privilege…

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy. When trust crumbles and doubts creep in, both will have to decide to either love or let go…forever.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reborn Series by Casse Narome

It's a double review day or a series review day how ever you want to look at it. So, Casse Narome is the awesome author of the Reborn series. 

First up is The Reborn The Book of Dain


 Dain has lived a total of ninety-nine different lifetimes and in every single one, he has loved the same girl.

Their past is marred by ill-fated romance and almost encounters.

Evil forces have conspired to keep the two of them apart and it seems to have succeeded ...

Tara is gone, and in her place stands Bonnie, the complete opposite of Tara.

Is Dain's shot at love over or has he lived all these lives because he has loved the wrong girl all along?

A hundred chances at love ... and it comes down to only one.




 5 stars 
This was a great read. I loved that it was something different from anything I have read. It had the 100 lifetimes that made it interesting without being boring. Casse wrote just enough for you to get a good look into the 100 lives without dragging it out. It brought friendships together and even though the characters may not have all loved each other they still got along to a point. A great YA read with a hunky hero and strong characters both male & female. It was a refreshing supernatural read that kept me guessing on what was going to happen next and had my heart pumping from the excitement. I couldn't wait to get to start the book 2 and was so glad I didn't have to wait for it to come out because I think the suspense might have killed me. 



Next up book 2




Dain has lost everything. His mom and Tara are both gone. The face that he once used as a solace, he can no longer bear to see. He’s unraveling; Akila may not be enough to hold the strands together.

For Akila watching Dain become a shadow of the guy she once knew is torture. She knows she is losing him but how can she stop it while holding on to secrets of her own? All she has to do is keep everything together long enough to stop the evil scientists that are out to sabotage their destiny.

They are both fighting their own demons but whose will destroy them first?


 5 stars 
If you have not read the first book I will try not to spoil anything but you might want to read it then come back if you don't like to have any clue. I will say you will want to read both books if you like supernatural books. So here goes!

Loved this! I was glad I was able to read both the first book and go right to this one. My heart broke for Dain and Akila (aka Kila). Dain is always trying to be the strong one and take care of everyone & Kila was able to be there and show him that sometimes family isn't just blood but a close feeling for another. This one had me on the edge of my seat wondering what cruel things were going to happen next and I never imagined what happened would happen. Very rarely is there an author who truly surprises me and Casse did that. I hope there is a book 3 because I want to know what will happen to the group. Once again Casse was able to keep it fresh and not being just another supernatural/paranormal romance. It was great and a must read for anyone who likes supernatural reads.




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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Very Wicked Benginnings & Things IS LIVE!!!!




Because Ilsa
Madden-Mills fell in love with her beautifully flawed characters in
Very Wicked Things, she penned Very Wicked Beginnings as a prequel
novella to the book, featuring the story of football star Cuba Hudson and
ballerina Dovey Beckham.

Since May is Mental
Health Awareness Month, all May proceeds from the sale of the novella will be
donated to
The
Keith Milano Memorial Fund which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention (AFSP).  
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Title: Very Wicked
Beginnings

Series: Briarcrest Academy #1.5, a prequel novella to Very Wicked Things
Release: May 13th
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Cover: Photography by
Toski Covey
Graphics: Sommer
Stein at Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Model: Tanner Belcher







Synopsis:

Girls say I’m a
walking, talking sex god. Guys call
me Hollywood because my life is golden.
It’s not.

But, ESPN did rank me
as a four star recruit, calling me one of the best defensive players since
Briarcrest Academy opened its esteemed doors. So yeah, with football and a
stellar GPA, my future seemed good.


Then Dovey Beckham
shows up in her short skirts and ballet shoes. Driving me insane. Making me
want to beg for her attention.


But that wouldn’t
happen, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for anything.


She walked around BA
like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one
girl I couldn’t have.


So, of course, I made
it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost.
Because no girl can
resist the Heartbreaker of BA.


But I never planned
on destroying her.


I never planned on
wrecking the one thing that could save me.


Welcome to Briarcrest
Academy, where wicked love
begins…and ends.





Very Wicked Beginnings: .99 cents 




Charity Information: 

The Keith
Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the
devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and
laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental
illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often
struggled with society’s perception of mental illness.  Our hope is that
by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the
stigma and help others to be more open about their disease. 
www.keithmilano.org
The Keith
Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP).  
www.afsp.org 

AFSP is the only national
not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and
preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to
people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

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Very Wicked Things 
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Synopsis:

Ballerina Dovey
Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove
she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes
to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body but never her
heart. 



Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart
all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might
just shatter.


Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a
star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives
the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.


Until the day he meets her, and she offers him
something he’s never tasted…love.


But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come
easy…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames threaten the very
fabric of their lives.


Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes,
o
nly the wicked survive.


Very Wicked Things: Introductory Price of $2.99 



Excerpt
for Very Wicked Things
Book
#2 of the Briarcrest Academy Series
by
Ilsa Madden-Mills


I got out of the shower
and dressed hurriedly, anxious to get back to Cuba.
The door opened, and
like he did it every single day, he stepped inside the steamy bathroom.  
“Think I need a shower,
too,” he said, his fingers easing off his football practice shirt.
What?
Now?
Trying to play it cool
and failing miserably, I moved my eyes off his naked chest and checked out his
track pants and the obvious bulge he sported.
Oh.
Did his lower body match the rest of him? Was it all sinewy muscle and big?
Just, yeah. That
thought got stuck in my head and went round and round.
 “You staying?” he asked, a grin working his
face. Pleased at my open admiration, probably.
“No,” I said, but made
no move to go. ‘Cause I had no shame when it came to catching a glimpse of his
muscular body.
“Good,” he said, his
smile broadening.
He pivoted to turn on
the shower, and my eyes betrayed me again, admiring the muscles in his back,
checking out how they twitched and rippled when he moved. Football and rowing
had been good to him. My fingers itched to know how they’d feel underneath my
hands. Which was stupid because we had nothing in common. Not a rich Highland
Park boy and a poor girl from Ratcliffe.
And most importantly,
he was a player, not to be trusted.
He hooked his thumbs
into his pants, paused a moment—maybe waiting to see if I’d run from the room?—but
when I didn’t budge, he slid them and his underwear off. My mouth opened. Cuba
Hudson, the most popular guy at Briarcrest was standing right in front of me,
naked and beautiful. And like the cocky bastard he was, he posed for me, his big-ass
biceps and chiseled abs making me vibrate all over. Need for him slammed into
me.
Did
I say he was hot?
Well, I was wrong.
He was off-the-charts,
no-holds-barred, freaking going make-me-lose-my-mind-right-there delicious. The
ultimate man-candy, the kind I knew to stay away from, yet here I was, ogling
him.
“Still leaving?” he
asked huskily.
“Any minute,” I said in
a weak voice, backing up to the wall and propping myself up. “Just chillin’.
Shower wore me out. I might need to hold this wall up for a sec.”
“I want you to stay,”
he said, eyes at half-mast, glowing with heat.
“Why?” I said, aching
to touch him. But that was crazy. I was a virgin, and I didn’t know jack about
touching a guy’s you-know-what.
“Look at me, Dovey.”
I tore my eyes from his
manhood, blushing.
His eyes burned. “There’s
a sense of urgency in my head. Like our time is limited.”
I nodded. Yeah, same
here.
“And, I’ll be honest, I
don’t want to rush you, but I’m dying to sink into you. I want to set you on
fire with need for me.” He ghosted his hands over the steel rod between his
legs. Once, twice, and—holy shizzle, he didn’t stop.
My chest rose faster
and faster, and I tried to chill-out, but I couldn’t.
He lowered his voice. “Kiss
me again, Dovey.”
Oh. “That’s a terrible
idea, Cuba. Cause you’re naked, and I’m turned on because you’re naked. And
you’re touching yourself. And you’re
naked
.” I sucked in a sharp breath. “Not a good combo. Odds are we’ll end
up in that shower together or back in your bed doing the double-backed monster.”
“Then join me in the
shower. I’ll be good. For you.” He arched his back, his hands still doing that
back and forth that was driving me insane.
Liar,
liar, pants on fire
, I thought. No way he would he be good.
Because he was the Heartbreaker
of Briarcrest Academy. And one wicked boy.

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Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha
males that 
sometimes you just want to slap. She spends her days with two small
kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely
cooks except to bake her own pretzels. When
she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke,
jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.
She loves to hear from fans and
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