Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Surviving Love by M.S. Brannon

Ever since I read Scarred Love, M.S. Brannon has had me HOOKED on her writing. I just can't seem to get enough of her books. Each book seems to be even better than the previous one, which seems almost impossible! We first read Drake's story in Tragic Love. After I read that book I was in tears and so heartbroken. I remember messaging M.S. Brannon and asking her WHY she wrote that ending, I was such a mess after that book. When I found out she was writing a second book for Drake I was so ecstatic! Though Reggie is my favorite guy, I thought that we needed more of Drake, to see what he was going through and see if he ever became his happily ever after or at least got through the heartache.

We begin this story through Drake's POV. Knowing how much he's hurting and all he's struggling with broke my heart even more. He is trying to make it day to day and simply LIVE for his daughter. He is a shell of a man and has closed himself off to his family. My heart broke with every chapter I read about him. The only thing I loved is seeing how Mia was the light of his life, how she made him smile and feel happy even for a little bit. Then we meet Zoe. Poor woman, she's had to grow up so fast. She moves from town to town not making any real relationships with people. She decides that the next town that she will be running to will be Sulfur Heights. Her plan is to get a job, make a bit of money and then move on to the next town. While at Reggie's bar she sees this mysterious man, he's alone and seems to be closed off, yet something about him catches her attention. Drake sees this woman and is shocked by the feelings brought on by this mysterious woman. He tries to avoid her and stay away. No other woman but Presley will ever make him happy, or make him feel anymore. Then fate seems to have this cruel plan and brings these two together. They are forced to be around one another. Drake is fighting himself to try and avoid feeling anything for Zoe. She on the other hand wants to know his story and help him fight his demons. Will these two struggling and broken souls be able to help each other be better? Will Drake allow himself to feel something for Zoe?

WOW! M.S. Brannon, you have blown me away once again! My heart hurt for Drake. Then I find out Zoe's story and my heart hurt for her as well. These two young people have suffered so much already. A lot more than many others have had to suffer. They're guarded and closed off to others to keep themselves safe. The emotions that M.S. brings out while reading is incredible. I was in tears, I was laughing, wanting to scream at them sometimes. So many emotions, but I loved every second of it. Her books are those that hook you from the start and just pull you into the characters world. You feel as if you are a part of the gang, every milestone that they go through you celebrate as if they're your. With her way of writing M.S. Brannon has quickly moved her way up my list of favorite authors. The Sulfur Heights series keeps moving its way up my favorite series'. In order to fully understand the details and emotions in this book you NEED to have read the previous Sulfur Heights series: Scarred Love, Tragic Love and Blind Love

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Surviving Love by M.S. Brannon

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00002]Synopsis“She is my heart and the other half of my life, and now, that life no longer exists." ~Drake Evans, Surviving Love
For Drake Evans, life was once happy. He was living the kind of existence that any man would envy. By his side was the woman he loved and a daughter he cherished. Life was truly perfect, until the day demons from the past came crashing into their perfect world, destroying everything he had been so sure would last forever.
Today, Drake’s life is shrouded in misery. Every day he faces the unyielding pain of losing the love of his life at the hands of a drug dealing murderer. On top of it all, he has to live with the anguishing betrayal caused by the devastating role his brother played in Presley’s death. Gone are the days of carefree happiness and impending futures. They've all been replaced with the shallow emptiness hollowing out his heart and the undeniable rage pumping through his veins. Drake is only moving through the motions of life, raising his daughter and earning a living, in the only way he can tolerate—alone.
Since the day she was banished from her family, Zoe Ledoux lives her life as a free spirit. For the past four years, Zoe’s been moving through life day by day, place by place. She never stays in one area long enough to establish relationships. She refuses to get close to anyone, protecting herself from the fear of once again being left behind. Then a turn of fate sends her to Sulfur Heights where she lands a job working as a bartender.
In a chance meeting, an instant connection forms, bringing together the wounded souls of Drake and Zoe. It is together that they begin to cope; to mend the brokenness of their pasts and feel what it is like to truly live again. However, will their newly formed friendship be enough to pull Drake and Zoe from their dark pasts? Can Drake overcome the fear of losing someone he loves and eradicate his anger just enough to let someone in? Will he learn that Surviving Love with Zoe is what he ultimately needs in order to be happy?
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I yank open the door and pull the half empty bottle of whiskey left in the cupboard. Unscrewing the cap, I tip the glass to my lips and allow a few more tears to fall down my face.
“Here’s to the rest of a useless life,” I toast to no one and chug down the whiskey. It instantly burns and calms my insides. The raging ocean of emotions I can’t seem to shake is finally subduing, and it’s welcome. Jack Daniels is always welcome to ease my agony. Always.
I rip my tucked-in shirt from the waistband of my pants and move down the back stairs. The last time I wore this fucking shirt was when I saw Presley in rehab. I will never wear this piece of shit again. Still grasping the bottle, I rip open my shirt, popping buttons as my chest is exposed to the cold, damp air.
I walk to the driveway and see the spot where I last held Presley alive. My boots scuff the pavement when I walk toward the dreaded spot. I hold the bottle to my lips again and chug. Then again and again. It’s burning my gut and suffocating my throat, but I keep gulping it down. My legs give out, collapsing to the concrete. The pain stings when my knees connect with the ground. I relish in it. It’s more welcome than the pain in my heart.
“This is the only way I can get you out of my mind,” I whisper out loud to no one, or maybe to her, but I don’t fucking know. “I need you out of my mind. I need peace for just a day. I love you, Presley, but I just need peace.” I expel a deep breath and choke back another drink. “Don’t hate me, baby, but please…give me some peace.”
I lay down on the cold concrete just as the rain begins to pick up again. I don’t care. I want to be in this spot. I want to be with her. And I want to be numb. I choke back a few more drinks until the bottle is empty then close my eyes, envisioning only her honey-brown irises and the world I will no longer possess. ~ Drake Evans, Surviving Love
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M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

No Regrets Box Set Release Day Blitz and Surprise Announcement!!

About The No Regrets Box Set:
This ebook contains the following books:
* The Thrill of It
* The Start of Us
* Every Second With You

The Thrill of It - A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction.
Blackmail. And Power...
When Harley and Trey meet again in love addiction recovery, they must
confront all their temptations, as well as her damaged, broken past
and his dark family secrets, before they face the question -- how do
you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

-The Start of Us - A new adult story of First Times. Last Times.
Connections. And No Regrets... When Harley first meets Trey, she only
wants a tattoo. What she gets is the most intense connection she's
ever had. Trey can't forget her either and doesn't want to let her go.
How can one night be the start of something when tomorrow it has to

- Every Second With You - A new adult story of Sex. Love. Addiction.
Heartache. Pain. And Hope.
Harley and Trey face new challenges that will make battling blackmail,
sex addiction, and a virgin call girl past look easy...


A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Blackmail. And Power...

Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it's the thing that
makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about
love...Love isn't patient, love isn't kind. Love is a game, a chase. A
thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight
for themselves. At least that's how it was for me. A high-priced
virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love
and to sex. Even though I've never had either. I controlled love,
played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell
down from those highs, and I'm being blackmailed for all my mistakes,
forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don't


With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary.
They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and
numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart.
Until I met Harley. She's the only girl I ever missed when she walked
away. But now she's back in my life, every day, and there are no
guarantees for us, especially since I don't know how to tell her my
secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she's the closest
I've ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of

How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?


A new adult story of First Times. Last Times. Connections. And No Regrets...

I only wanted a tattoo. A mark on my body to remind me of who I used
to be. Something to hold onto when I started my penance for all the
things I'd done wrong, the bad choices I'd made by the time I turned
nineteen. Instead, I found a night of possibility, of truth, of hope
for the future. And the most intense physical connection I've ever

The only one I've ever had, and one I will never forget.


When she walked into my tattoo shop, I knew she was like me. Harley
had secrets. She had a messed-up past, and things she wanted to run
from, or forget ever happened. I couldn't let her go. So we agreed on
one night - to spend it together wandering around the city, getting to
know each other, the clock ticking because we knew tomorrow would
bring an end to the possibility of an us.

Unless tonight was only the start.

How can one night be the start of something when tomorrow it has to end?


Every Second With You = Sex. Love. Addiction. Heartache. Pain. And Hope.

In the sequel to the bestselling new adult romance THE THRILL OF IT,
Harley and Trey face new challenges that will make battling blackmail,
sex addiction, and a virgin call girl past look easy...

I used to think love was a lie. Now I know it's real, powerful, and I
don't want to lose it...But my future scares me, and there's no way this
can be happening, especially since I've finally broken free from all
the people who wanted pieces of me. I don't even know how to start
over, but I have to find a way. So when I discover what my mother's
been keeping from me, it doesn't make me hate her. It gives me hope
for a new life, outside of New York. But the ties that bind me to this
city are so strong, sometimes they are chains. If only I could leave


I will do anything for her. She owns me, heart, mind and body. But
when Harley tells me this, I am rocked to the core, and terrified of
what happens next. Especially when now it's not her past that chases
me, it's someone from my own. And that someone is messing with my head
when I'm trying to be strong for Harley. But all I really want is to
escape with the girl I love...For the rest of our lives.

How can you move forward when the past keeps chasing you?


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SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT *and Cover Reveal* from Lauren:

Surprise! The Caught Up in Love series is continuing! Bryan - as in
Kat and Bryan - has a younger sister and she goes to college in Los
Angeles. She has something in common with Kat - Jess also is a huge
fan of the movies and she's putting herself through college as a
celebrity photographer. I'm so excited to bring you more of these
characters and introduce readers to the "west coast" side of the
Caught Up in Love cast of characters and friends. Kat & Bryan will
both appear in this story and you'll also get to meet Matthew
Harrigan's brother who lives in LA (you know this if you read Far Too
Tempting). Here's the storyline and the book releases in August.


Celebrity photographer-in-training Jess Leighton desperately needs to
crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list
Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through school, but
with security tighter than the bride-to-be's corset, she'll  need more
than her camera and smarts - she'll need help from her biggest rival,
William Harrigan. Hot, motorcycle-riding Will is the last person Jess
trusts, but he's her only ticket in. Good-looking, charming, and
British, he's a triple threat. And he's got that sexy accent to boot.
Soon, sparks are flying off-screen and in front of the cameras as they
devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess' new celebrity
client raises the stakes with a photo shoot of the maid-of-honor, she
wonders if she's in over her head. Blackmail, botox, and the worst
Breakfast Club remake in the world? It's all in a whirlwind week's
work in Hollywood. The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town
where everyone's acting and no one's playing on the same team, can
Jess find her own ever after in time?

**STARS IN THEIR EYES is part of the New York Times & USA Today
Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series. It follows the sister of the
hero in Caught Up In Us and can be read as a standalone, though you
will likely enjoy the other books in the series.**

Cover design by Helen Williams/All Booked Out


About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,
heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times,
USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like
the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with
family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren
lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels
include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart,
and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name
Daisy Whitney.


THE START OF US Goodreads:
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Giveaway Link:

Friday, March 21, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Emma's Home by Maryann Jordan

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Emma Dodd has always taken care of everyone.  She raised her niece when they were orphaned and she cares for the students that she works with.  Deciding to move to Fairfield where her niece now lives, she was hoping to finally find a place to call home. Jake Campbell, was gorgeous enough to catch any woman’s eye, but he had a hard time finding the right one for him.  A Fairfield detective, he lives with his mother to help care for her since she was diagnosed with a debilitating disease.  After meeting Emma, he knows he has met the woman of his dreams.  Now he just has to convince the independent Emma that it is time someone took care of her.
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I have always been an avid reader. Last year I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in the the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma's Home was created. I work as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 32 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap! I love to hear from readers, so please email me!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Something Like Normal by Monica James

Coming May 2014...



* Book #1 in the Something Like Normal Series *

Mia Lee has a secret…

A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her.

An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.

Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.

Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.

Yet no one can outrun their past…

Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.


Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy, running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories,hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. 

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. 

She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.


COVER REVEAL: The Resistance by S.L. Scott

The Resistance is the upcoming stand-alone novel by Amazon Best Seller S.L. Scott.

Release date April 28, 2014

You don't choose when.
You don't choose where.
And you don't get to choose who you fall in love with.
The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.
One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn't help but be drawn to.

Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

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BLOG TOUR: Dominic by L.A. Casey

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Title:Dominic (Slater Brothers, #1) Author: L.A. Casey Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary Series:Slater Brothers Publication Date: March 17th, 2014

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After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants. . When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue. . Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows force. Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.


Oh man, Dominic! He is INTENSE to say the least. I am somewhat shocked to find that this is L.A. Casey's first book. It is AMAZING!! One that grabbed your attention and kept you on your toes the entire time. I picked this book up and could not put it down, I read it in an entire night!! I highly enjoyed the difference in culture and the way that they talked seeing as this story took place in Ireland. 

 The first thing we get is Bronagh, she has lost her parents and therefore closed herself off to everyone else in hopes of never getting hurt again. She keeps to herself at school and tries to avoid conflict and problems with others. Then Dominic comes into town. Instantly you see that whole: Guy likes girl, guy picks on girl thing going on. I found it cute and kind of funny how much Dominic picked on her. It made me think of a little kid trying to get someone's attention, which is exactly what Dominic was trying to get Bronagh's attention, ANY way that he could. Then once they start interacting with one another you can just feel the sexual tension between them. It's just a matter of time before something explodes between them. Then once they are together its just chaos and intensity even more!! WOW!! I thought this story was about Bronagh finally opening up to someone, then we get a twist and find out what Dominic does, or what his family does and we get a big shock! Twists and turns arise, more drama and intensity that keeps your eyes glued to the book and reading trying to find out what will go on. 

L.A. Casey has grabbed my attention with her debut book and I am so excited and on my toes to find out what else these brothers have to bring us. I will definitely be on the lookout for her books and for what else she has to bring us. Grab your copy today and fall in love with the intense and sometimes crazy Dominic today!! 
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L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost 2 year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her 4 and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.
Her first novel, Dominic, will be self-published, on March 17th, 2014.
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