Author News Roundup – July 31st 2014

by Maryse on July 31, 2014 · 0 comments

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Author news roundup time!! :D

There’s so much good stuff going on with our authors these days, from amazing sounding upcoming book releases to fun contests, to TV & movie news, to… well. Just how plain awesome they are. I love them, we love them, and I couldn’t help but compile this info into this awesome list of awesome news! (P.S. Also check out some brand spankin’ new releases, at the bottom of the list, that just went live, and a few new bargains, too :D  )…

  • Renee Carlino reveals the book cover to her upcoming release (After the Rain: A Novel <— that’s the pre-order link). It’s releasing November 11th 2014. YAY Renee! :D Oh WOW now check out a portion of the blurb. My heart already aches!

Under the bright arena lights of a rodeo show, young Avelina Belo falls for a handsome cowboy with a larger-than-life personality. After a whirlwind courtship, she happily moves away from her family in northern California and settles into married life with her cowboy on a seven-thousand-acre cattle ranch in Montana. One freak accident later, Avelina’s hopes for the future come to an end.

  • Nalini Singh (author of GUILD HUNTER SERIES & THE PSY-CHANGELING SERIES) will be releasing a new contemporary romance ROCK STAR book in September, entitle “Rock Addiction”. This is her first foray into “indie publishing” and I simply cannot wait to read it!! :D Here’s what she said on her Facebook page:
I’ve written a hot contemporary romance featuring a rock star hero. It’s sexy, it’s emotional, and it’s deeply romantic.It’ll also be out in ebook & in print in about six weeks. Yes, this SEPTEMBER. For real. Promise. See, I don’t always torment you with long waits for a release!!

“From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance. He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.”

  • Kristen Ashley also posted this sweet piece of news!! “Look at what you did, Rock chicks and Rock Gurus! Love from the Rock Chick Nation to our sisters. And not surprisingly, Thistle Farms put that goodness right to work!!!” Here is a part from the note Thistle Farms sent her:
“Kristen – we are thrilled!!! Thistle Farms just received an $11,000 check from t-shirt proceeds from you. This will go directly to help us train 5 new women, all survivors…”
YAYYYYY KRISTEN (and the Rock Chicks!!!) :D
“I’m writing book one of my new series, The Bourbon Kings, right now- and then starting Trez and iAm’s book September 1! IMMORTAL, the last of the Fallen Angels series, comes out in October so get ready for Jim’s final battles!”
*squeeee!!* YES PLEASE FOR ME! Plus… here’s a fun look (on her Facebook page) at what’s going on in the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” mansion tonight. —> my favorite line: “Lassiter. For the love of God, I have one night off rotation this week- do NOT make me watch Sharknado 2.” <—  GAH!!! Poor V! She makes me smile SO hard!
  • Atria Books is having a Jamie McGuire contest, to celebrate her Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Series) release! And today is the last day to enter!! It’s “a chance to win limited edition hardcovers, a sweet tote bag, copies of Beautiful Oblivion for you and a friend, and/or a Trent Maddox Kept Me Up All Night postcard!“ Click here for details.
  • Jeaniene Frost has a ton of great news for us. First, she’s got a brand new release coming in August. Paranormal, YES! But a completely different series/storyline. The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel) will be releasing August 26th, 2014!
“Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between….”
  • Jeaniene Frost also announces her upcoming book signing tour schedule and a special Cat & Bones announcement on her blog. She says:
I decided to post a never-before-seen, deleted alternate version of the middle of Destined For An Early Grave. Because it’s so long (over 30K words!) I’m going to post it in four parts on my blog. Part One will go up this Saturday, July 26th, with the remaining three parts to release on August 2nd, August 9th and August 16th. So for the next month, there will be free reading on my blog on Saturdays. Hope you enjoy!
Oh you guys!! This is going to be awesome, ’cause that was one of my absolute FAVORITE books in the series (and in the world)!!! WHAT INTENSITY! She explains how and why she changed “it”. She also let’s us in on a tidbit, saying:
For context, this alternate “middle” version starts on page 207 of the published version of Destined for an Early Grave,  or 55% into the ebook, so if you want to familiarize yourself with what was going on back then, grab your copy and brush up.You’ll see some scene overlapping with only small changes at first, then the new content starts after Cat arrives at the military base.”
  • Penny Reid lets us into what her guys “look like” to her. What a GREAT pic, and for anyone reading (or about to read) her awesome comedy romance series (Knitting in the City Series), this should help a TON! I loved #1 (here’s my review of Neanderthal Seeks Human), and intend on continuing. I hear they get better and better!
  • S.C. Stephens’s upcoming book Thoughtful —> (Kellan Kyle’s POV from Thoughtless) is now up on Amazon. Well… sort of. ;) Not a pre-order link just yet, but definitely “in place” for it! Expected release date, February 24th 2015. *squeeeeeeee!!!* Kellan was one of my absolute first loves, and this book remains “up there” for me in my absolute forever favorites. Like… right up there with Beautiful Disaster. Yep. I loved it HARD!!!! Check out my review of Thoughtless and my What to Read After Thoughtless list.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon’s crew links us up to a sort of… “Infinity: Chronicles of Nickmovie trailer! They warn, though that: “It’s a mock-up, pre-production trailer that functions like a storyboard for the Infinity movie that will begin filming soon. These are *not* the actual actors who will be in the movie, nor have they been cast in any DH/CON role.”
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid <— one of my newest and most favorite-est authors (see my review of “After I Do” and “Forever, Interrupted“) just announced news about a show she helped create, saying: “Very proud to officially announce the show that I created with Alex Jenkins Reid (my husband!) and our dear friend, Natalia Anderson.” Here’s a bit about the show from (deadline.com):
“Series is set in the most hormonally overloaded, sexually active, out-of-control workplace in the world: a college dorm. It follows a group of resident advisors as they navigate sex, drugs, and midterms.”
  • Aly Martinez (another one of my newest most favoritest ;) authors of the Wrecked and Ruined Series) just announced that she hit “publish” early on Amazon. So now we wait. In the meantime, check out my reviews of Changing Course and Stolen Course. She said: “So this happened…..I can’t believe I just pressed publish on my 4th book (if you count Savor Me.) EEEKKK!! Among The Echoes is COMING!!!” Among the Echoes is not a part of the “Wrecked” series but I can’t wait! I’ll post it as soon as it’s live. :D
  • Tiffany Reisz (hugely popular amongst our group!) answers the frequently asked question on whether her Original Sinners Series will ever become a movie. Here’s just a tiny tidbit, but definitely click on the link for the whole shebang:
“…the reason my books are not movies are because I don’t own a movie studio, and no one who does own a movie studio has bought the film rights to any of my books yet…”
  • Kylie Scott is having a “Stage Dive” T-shirt giveaway (<— click this to enter) to celebrate the release of her latest awesome rock star book Lead: A Stage Dive Novel. I just finished it this morning and will be reviewing it shortly. It was great (I’m thinking 4 stars)! 
  • Penelope Ward has some upcoming book news, too! She says: “How about a new book from me to come before Jake Understood? Jake is still coming back in early 2015. But first, you’ll get to meet Elec, likely in September. Add Stepbrother Dearest to your Goodreads TBR
  • K.A. Tucker is having a book (galley) giveaway (<— click that for details) for her upcoming release: Burying Water: A Novel. Ooooh you guys!! It sounds SO gooooood!! A bit from the blurb:
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
AND SOME RELEASES & BARGAINS THAT JUST WENT LIVE:
  •  CARNAGE #2: The Story Of Me by Lesley Jones <— I know MANY were very excited for book #2 after that crazy tumultuous story in book #1 (my review of Carnage #1). Well, you don’t have to wait anymore. It just went live!
  • Draw (Gentry Boys #1) by Cora Brent <— Oh I like the sound of this. Bad boy (considered “white trash” triplets)… “He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money. Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted. And I want him so much I can’t think.
  • The Mitchell Family Series Box Set 1-4.5 by Jenn Foor <— just bundled and put on sale for only 0.99 cents!
  • Forbidden Fruit: Preacher’s Son (Omnibus) by Jasinda Wilder <— all three bundled!
  • Indestructible (Harmony Book 3) by Angela Graham <— pre-order is up and it’s releasing on AUGUST 12th 2014!

                            

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<— This one is still 0.99 cents (on sale today)! It is one of THE funniest (yet super alpha-intense) romance MMA books I’ve ever read. Not a comedy-romance per se, but it’s got its hilarious moments that had me snorting with glee. Yep. One of my absolute favorite ones of the bunch (here’s my review - you’ll see. Total giggle-fest). :P And now, there are more, with another one on the way. YAY ME! YAY US!

LauraB: 59% in! I love it when I find myself giggling out loud. It means the characters are ‘real’ for me. I felt like spending the money because sometimes I NEED books with Alpha males and funny female leads.

Lisa: Loved it!!! OMG!!!! Good not put it down!! How many book boyfriends can I have????

Sharon: I just finished this book and cant wait for the next. Loved these characters – ….great read

Melinda: Swoon worth book. It’s great from the first page and really well written.

About book #1:

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club’s owner, she’s the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

  

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After I Do: A Novel
<— *squeeeeee!!* One of my favorite books of the year, and now one of my ALL-TIME favorite books ever, and her publisher (Atria Books) is offering one of our lucky readers here a signed copy!!

You guys… you guyyyyyssssss!!! If you haven’t read this book yet, you must. It’s phenomenal. It’s infuriating. It’s emotional. It’s heart wrenching. It’s uplifting. But best of all…  it’s REAL (or at least, it certainly feels real). Check out my review here, AND the comments beneath it, and you’ll see. One of my favorite books ever!

Here are my own print copies (the one beneath is just as awesome, so check out my review for it, too (Forever, Interrupted). I can’t wait for more from this author. She rocks my reading world!

In fact, I just received my own print copy (YAY ME!!!) and while mine is not signed *yet* (ohhhh I have an idea! Maybe she’ll  come to the next Book Bash ;) *fingers crossed* ), someone here will be lucky enough to win their very own signed copy!

How to enter for a chance to win a signed print copy of “After I Do”? Hrmmm… oh I know! How about you leave a comment telling us your funniest (or at least “funny now”) misunderstanding with your significant other. We’ll keep these comments “light” and maybe have a bunch of chuckles in the process. ;) OR!! You can just leave a comment (no story required) to enter. And Sunday night (Sunday August 3rd, 2014) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winners directly by the publisher/author.

Contest open to US and Canada (however all are welcome to comment)!

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<— Good one, my friends!! It has that sweet unrequited love feel to it. Dorm room neighbors due to circumstances, and eventual friends due to compatibility. But what happens when she falls in love with him, and he’s in love with another? So good! Here’s my review of book #1 —> The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen and I’m thrilled to know there’s now more!! :D And so many of our fellow readers are enjoying these, too!

Abby: I loved this book! It was touching and sweet and I really loved Corey. She was a great heroine, very strong and positive. Thanks for recommending it!! Off to Bridger’s story…

Celeste: I finished The Year We Hid Away a few days ago and really liked it!

Jean:  Maryse, I started The Year We Fell Down last night because I was looking for something different. Well, I am loving it! Slow build up, great characters, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about a girl in a wheelchair. What a great book! Highly recommend it!

Cheryl: I thought The Year We Fell Down was a sweet story too. Great book!  I specifically read it because the heroine was in a wheelchair, because my daughter is special needs too and I wanted to read a positive story about the heroine having a “normal” life in college despite her “disability.” Heartwarming!! ;)

About book #1:

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.
What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

  

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! It’s 8pm EST and I JUST ADDED 5 more books to the contemporary section (the last five for those that want to check the newest ones). AND! The Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde has been bundled and is only 0.99 cents today! I posted it in the bargain section below:

Okay this week’s release day absolutely rocks. I mean, just look at this lineup! Lead (Kylie Scott), Rogue (Katy Evans), Beloved Healer (Bonnie Dee), Six of Hearts (L.H. Cosway), Silver Shadows (Richelle Mead), Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews) and so many more. I made notes next to a bunch of ‘em, below. :)

And don’t even get me started on next week’s releases. Pure insanity! Check out the pre-orders for this upcoming Tuesday (at the bottom of this list). You’re gonna freak! Jennifer L. Armentrout, Colleen Hoover, Maya Banks, Kresley Cole, Lara Adrian, Cara McKenna… it goes on and on with our favorites. The list is INSANE!!

Maryse: Wow, okay so next week’s release day is going to blow our minds, too! YAY US!!!

Kandace: Stop the insanity!!. I already lined my TBR for the next two weeks.

Maryse: I know. I just made the pre-order list for this Tuesday. My mind is BLOWN!! I’ll post it in a few. I dunno what I’m going to do… seriously.

I’m thinking my TBR list is gonna have to accommodate at least 6 more books. Maybe 8. Er… okay maybe 12. LOL! And there just may be some shifting in what’ll be next. However, I have decided on what’s next for me, today:

Maryse: *squee* This is gonna be an awesome reading week!!!

Bethany: Oh My Gosh!!! So many good books came out this week. I already got Five Weeks and Lead, now I’m running to one-click this one too! I don’t know which one to start with!

Melissa: So many good books to read this week! Going to put in some super late nights hanging with my new book boyfriends!

MichelleS: Rogue or Lead? Can’t decide… can’t decide…. I’m gonna squirrel if I ca’t make a decision…. what did you pick Maryse?

Maryse’s Book Blog: I’m going to start with Lead, ’cause I was dying for this book. I love a hero that is an a$$ for a few books and then his own comes along. YAY US! :D  I haven’t picked anything up really for a few days now, ’cause I was too excited for this. Oh I hope he gives us a run for our money, emotion-wise. I kinda hope he’s a real jerk for awhile. I love it when they’re like that!

Donna: I think he will be a jerk for a while…how can he not…..haha

Jillian: This has me so stoked in actually excited for the new work week! I hope he’s a real jerk; I’m in neeeeed of one of those!

Hang: This is SO GOOD. A MUST READ!!

Natasha: LEAD is phenomenal too!!! Such a good week!!!!

MichelleS: Reading update – I am 21% in and loving it – her inner monologue is cracking me up – so so many lines to quote – hilarious! I LOVE it when I like the heroine this much.

*squeeeeee!!* :D !!!!  You guys (and this book) have already made my day!!!!

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

P.P.S. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers various free Kindle apps and a free Kindle Cloud reader for any and ALL of us to use. You can either use the free Kindle App for your smartphone, tablet, AND your desktop computer (just like you’re using a Kindle, but right through your web browser <— No need to download anything! :D )

BARGAINS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • The Avoiding Series Boxset by K.A. Linde is only 0.99 cents today! CRAZY ANGSTY love triangle romance (that made me wanna throw my Kindle a ton of times)! I read and reviewed all of them, but will only post review #1 here to give you an idea (don’t read the other reviews if you haven’t read book #1 yet. These have to be read in order).
  • Time of My Life: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch <— Nancy found us this one on sale! She says: “I’m reading TIME OF MY LIFE: A Novel by Allison Winn Scotch & so far loving it. She seemed to have the perfect life, but suddenly if you could go back in time would you make different choices or would you not change a thing, & all the “what-ifs” you always wondered about. It is sale priced at $1.99.”
  • Saving Axe (Motorcycle Club Romance, Cowboy, Military) (Inferno Motorcycle Club Book 2) by Sabrina Paige <— BIKER BOOK ALERT (and recent release!) “Ex-Marine Corps sniper Axe turned his back on everything he loved when he became the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Inferno MC. The fallen hero was determined to drown out the ghosts of war with an unrelenting path of self-destruction.
  • Ever After (The Hollows Book 11) by Kim Harrison <— on sale for only $1.99 today! Here’s the series reading order.
  • Crow’s Row by Julie Hockley <— Crow’s Row is $2.51 right now on Amazon!!! I read and LOVED this one a couple of years ago, and it’s usually pricier. (Here’s my review). Sianna loved it: “I loved that book!! But paid a lot more to have it on my book shelf hehe (the $35 was well worth every cent lol)” and Gemma loved it, too: “this book is brilliant so is the second book Scare Crow!!”
  • Pulse – The Complete Series: Part One, Part, Two, Part Three & Part Four by Deborah Bladon <— Lauren found us this deal! “The Deborah Bladon Pulse series is bundled for $3.99. Finally! I held out on this one, waiting for all of the installments to be out….
  • The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles #3) by T.J. Klune <— not bargain priced, but a recent release from one of my FAVORITE M/M series, and Marcia loved it! “I just finished The Art of Breathing (Bear, Otter, and the Kid) by T.J. Klune and it was fabulous. I recall when Maryse first recommended this M/M series and it was my first in that genre. I was hooked and fell in love with the characters. I highly recommend this installment.” Here’s my review of book #1 (Bear, Otter, and the Kid) and the series reading order.
  • If I Break by Portia Moore <— I’m bringing this one back (it gave me a blurb jolt last week), ’cause Jeniffer loved it! “Hi Maryse, I finished reading “If I Brake” by Portia Moore last night (well, more like this morning  ) and wanted to tell you this was a very intriguing story and definitly a tear jerker one, once I hit the second half of the book I could not put it down and was left dumbfounded…”
       

PARANORMAL

        

CONTEMPORARY

Jo: Woooohooooo!!!! I love her stuff!!!!! She seems to see the world through an unusual lens…

Erin: Awesome!! Thanks!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: YES!!! Great way to describe her. Such a unique voice. She’s on par (for me) with intriguing, unique, gorgeous, steamy, heart wrenching stories as Cara McKenna (and I’m thinking L.H. Cosway).

Erin Griffin Yes!!!!^^^

Speaking of L.H. Cosway… ;)

Kirsten: I’ll be one clicking LH Cosway’s Six of Hearts as soon as it’s live on Monday.

Kandace: Cosway’s last book Still Life with Strings was fantastic. I still think about it.

Kirsten: I think about it too Kandace. Erin had an early read of this one and said she’s still thinking about it. I can’t wait.

Erin: You guys are going to LOVE Six of Hearts!! Jay is everything we want in our Hero’s. Her books are so original. A breath of fresh air, and not to mention HOT!! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I bet you like him. Yes, standalone!!

Kristy: I was lucky enough to win an ARC and just finished it. I loved it! It drew me right in, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough – yet I wanted to turn them slowly so it wouldn’t be over! So many little gems in this book – like the meaning behind the six of hearts. Then there is Jay. Oh my. He will steal your heart – before you even notice it is gone.

Sadie: Move it up Lori! Sarah called it but I’m getting a cara McKenna vibe.

Lori: oh you knew that would suck me right in Sadie…

Maryse: Oh YES!!! I LOVE Cara McKenna so this little “vibe” has me excited, too!

Kirsten: Loving LH Cosway’s Six of Hearts Maryse.

Sadie: Oh good Kirsten! I’m only at 20% but I’m definitely intrigued.  Love her sense of humor.

Jillian: Agree, agree, agree!! I’m at 68% and am loving it!! Her writing is so…genuine! I love Matilda! …and Jay ;)

Christine: Read it last night. Wow!!!! Jay!

  • Taming My Prince Charming by J.S. Cooper (looks like a full length book!)
  • His Reverie by Monica Murphy
  • Troublemaker (An Unexpected Love Novel) by Trice Hickman
  • TAKE ME A Romance Boxed Set by Victoria Smith, Ursula Sinclair, Raven St. Pierre, Olivia Linden, Kenya Wright (5 full length novels by 5 bestselling authors and only 0.99 cents today)
  • Rogue (The REAL series Book 4) by Katy Evans <— Who’s reading this one next? I love her alpha-men. Here’s the part of the blubr that made me go *eeeeeep!!!*: ”I’ve looked for love my entire life. I’ve waited for the butterflies, the rainbows… Instead I’m in a free fall of emotions and there’s no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming. Except this prince charming went rogue.” Sarah read it and says: “Finished it yesterday and LOVED it!” and Natasha agrees!! “I loved this one soooo much!!!!!” Yep! I think it’s gonna be an awesome reading week. :D
  • Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs (A Tara Holloway Novel) by Diane Kelly
  • Break the Sky by Nina Lane <— Kandace says: “Nina Lane’s newest book Break the Sky is LIVE! This is Kelsey’s story from the Spiral of Bliss Series. I loved the SoB series. Professor Dean is my #1 book husband.”
  • Reckless Games by MJ Lowell
  • Takedown (Bannon’s Gym) by Cat Grant <— M/M romance
  • Bad as in Good (Zane Presents) by J. Lovelace
  • A Fighter’s Desire (Gloves Off Book 1) by L.P. Dover <— MMA fighters that are also identical twins? Oh wait. The twins… share? *blush* ;)
  • The Space Between Us by Anie Michaels <— “One fateful night, a painful mistake leads to cataclysmic results, setting the lovers on separate paths. Charlie is too hurt to forgive and Asher has never been so lost without his Charlie. Years pass. Hearts remain broken. Neither one can forget their first love or overcome the space between them.
  • Any Man I Want (The Montgomerys) by Michele Grant
  • An August Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 9) by Debra Clopton
  • Statistic by Dawn Robertson <—  DARK READ ALERT (I think!) This blurb TOTALLY gave me a jolt: ”Newly divorced single mother Aurora Alexander is trying to move on with her life. After a string of unsuccessful blind dates, she turns to internet dating. Everyone does it, so it has to be safe. Right? Wrong.” <— Eeeep! Just look at that title! *bites nails* Brandy recommends it saying: “I read Statistic and loved it. I have read all of Dawn Robertson’s books and this is definitely a favorite of mine! If you haven’t read it yet hurry up, you will love it!”
  • Two in the Afternoon (A Day of Pleasure) by Cora Cade
  • Tempting a Sinner (The Sinners’ Club Book 2) by Kate Pearce
  • BREAKING ME (Motorcycle Club Romance Thriller) by Katie Stone <— BIKER BOOK ALERT! “She wanted a bad boy, but he’d become dangerous beyond words… Thats when the abuse started. Trapped in a life she never intended to live Kattlyn needed salvation and found it in the most unlikely of places; Shawn Break, president of the Broken SoCal Motorcycle Club.” (says it was previously published as “Break Me”)
  • A Little Harmless Sex by Melissa Schroeder <— “Max has always been Anna’s knight in shining armor. But Max has always seen her as a charming, and very sexy, little sister. Until Max’s cold fiance dumps him, Anna unloads another of her many conquests and she invites him over for margaritas and Mexican food. Too much tequila…
  • Personal Target: An Elite Ops Novel by Kay Thomas
  • Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson
  • Only with You (The Best Mistake) by Lauren Layne <— Office romance! In Vegas… “an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . .” and then later… “On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker.” Haha!
  • The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett <— (author says re-release). Bad boy with a rep (and a secret nightmare reality he’s hiding) and the new girl in school (with her own set of personal problems) who refuses his persistent advances. “He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the façade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.
  • Bound to be Tamed (Emergence) by Becca Jameson <— D/s book (this is #2)
  • Between the Sheets (The Boys of Bishop) by Molly O’Keefe <— BAD BOY ALERT! “…his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
  • Drive (Fire on Ice Book 4) by Brenda Rothert <— SPORTS STAR ALERT! “Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected.”
  • Insurmountable by T.E. White <— Jean found us this new release saying: “Insurmountable by T.E. White was also released today and I am getting high recommendations for it. The blurb gave me that jolt we love!!!! Check it out!” and now Amy is heading right for it! “Aw man, Jean! Now you have me wanting to start that one today.” Okay now I gotta see what this one’s about… from the blurb: “Thoughts of her consume me and continue to bombard my mind like ricochet gunfire. So what can possibly go wrong, you wonder? A humorous chuckle escapes me, in case you didn’t hear it. Yeah, I can tell you, but you will judge me unfairly. This you need to hear from the beginning, so you know all the facts and feel what I felt. Maybe even sympathize and not give me your scorn. Then maybe you can possibly… possibly comprehend the enormity of my crossroads.” <— WHOA. What does that mean!??
  • Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by J.A. DeRouen <— “Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.” <— sounds soooooo good!!
  • All of You by Gina Sorelle <— author says: “All of You is a totally standalone novel, but you may get more out of the reading experience if you read my preceding novel, All of Me, first. Both novels revolve around the same family and All of Me (obviously) takes place first!”

                                       

PRE-ORDERS (most of ‘em are releasing this upcoming Tuesday! This is an INSANE LIST!!)

               

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The Tangled Series is fast becoming a comedy romance favorite amongst our crew! I LOVED book #1, and I laughed and cringed (with delight) at Drew’s dirty mouth and dirty man-thoughts (check out my review). And now we have even more to enjoy (and more to come!). YAY US!

April: Tangled! I’d never laugh so hard while I’m reading ..Drew is killing me..lol When feeling sad, read Tangled and Drew will lighten up someone’s day! ;)

Georgia: Couldn’t agree more!! Emma Chase is brilliant!! I loved Tangled and Holy Frigging Matrimony and can’t wait for the others to be released!!!

Michelle: Holy Frigging Matrimony is frigging hilarious!  Drew’s head makes so much sense from his POV, but then the real world steps in and nothing turns out quite like he plans or means for it.

Julie: Just finished Twisted by Emma Chase and loved it as much as Tangled. I absolutely love her writing and she is hilarious.  Don’t know where she comes up with some of that stuff.  Her take on what men think and say is so spot on.

Michelle: Just finished Twisted and it’s so f***ing good!  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like that it was told from Kate’s POV because I so loved Drew’s POV in Tangled.  But I love Kate even more now and think Emma Chase is brilliant.  Laugh out loud moments, throw the Kindle on the floor moments (almost), sniffly crying moments, and of course super-sexy-hot-steamy moments.  This book has it all.  LOVED IT!

I couldn’t help but crush on him. I just… connect to a hero who’s a real guy, you know? And I swear I actually know a few real guys, JUST like him. I roll my eyes at the real ones, but still giggle internally. Okay maybe I roll my eyes AND giggle out loud, too. ;) Ahhhh, you know they were pushing for that reaction, and I can’t help myself.

Lucky us, we get a little more info today. ‘Cause the author (Emma Chase) has sent us some fun tidbits and an inside look at the series!

Ready for a “few fun facts” about the Tangled series?

A Few Fun Facts About the Tangled Series

1.  Tangled has been read and thoroughly enjoyed by many men – who had never read a romance novel before!  I’ve received numerous emails from guys who thought Drew’s voice and narration were hilarious.

2.  Tangled’s title was inspired by a song from the soundtrack of…Pretty Woman! (remember Drew’s Pretty Woman references? Matthew talks a bit more about that in Tamed).

3. Twisted was more than half-way written before Tangled was sent out for publishing consideration.

4.  Tamed is a companion novel to Tangled – taking place during the same time period – from Matthew’s point of view. (We get to see all the antics Drew didn’t know about!)

5.  Delores Warren’s name was almost changed during Tangled’s edits. But because it rhymed with “clitoris” it was kept as-is.

6.  In an early version, a scene towards the end of Tied was actually the prologue.

On July 15, 2014 Tamed (The Tangled Book 3) was released!  I can’t wait for readers to hear all about Matthew and Delores’ crazy love story!

*snort* —> Loved that part about Delores’s name (and the reason for it). :P

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Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles Book 1)
Seeeee? I’m being good! I’m actually reading from my “to be read” list. Mostly. ;) Of course, I’ve had a few moments of *squirreling*, reading something shiny and new here and there, but so far, mostly sticking to my TBR list has been awesome. Such as this fun one!

It absolutely definitely reminded me of some of my favorite paranormals that I went nuts for, back in the “day”. You guys had that right! For me, I was getting a mixed feel of “The Fever Series” and “Dark Light” (both of which I LOVED like crazy). And like the first one in both of those series (Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning and Dark Light by S.L. Jennings), this 1st installment too, wasn’t *yet* the “be-all-end-all” book for me. It was, however, a GREAT intro, and I will absolutely be continuing the series!

It’s not a “new-to-me” find, and I’m definitely late to this fairy’s, errr *whoops* I mean gorgeous alpha-Fae’s world. Who doesn’t want a gorgeous Fae alpha-male for a love interest? Right?

The Fae were beautiful, ethereal creatures. Many had taken jobs as movie stars or models. They were the ideal creatures to be on the posters representing the Otherworld beings as they never aged. Timeless beauty frozen right around the age of thirty.

Oh. Right —> The deadly part…

The fire he’d created inside of me, and the feelings I’d felt, were dangerous and exciting. It was why they were considered the most deadly of the Otherworld. They could make you like it as they f@#ked you to death.

eek *eeeep!!*

It’s been floating on my main TBR list (my “Want to Read NOW” one) for at least a year, even though I had every intention to read it. After all, the recommendations for it have been phenomenal.

Missy: Fighting-Destiny-The-Fae-Chronicles – was really good series! This is a must read.

Grey: Ohhh!  Fighting Destiny, definitely gets my vote for what should be your first pick!!  Mmm, that Ryder, he can … rats, I can’t say anything else here or I’d spoil it for you!  However, he’s right up there with V and Barrons as one of my favorite supernatural beings…

LiliG: Can’t believe you haven’t read Fighting Destiny yet!! Shame on you Maryse! (Just kidding. :D ) But seriously, READ IT!! It’s sooooo good.

Marla: The Most Awesome Books would be “The Fae Chronicles” by Amelia Hutchins,,,,Fighting Destiny and Taunting Destiny,,,,are books that everyone should read,,,,Paranormal to the extreme,,,,Absolutely love these books!!!

Brittany: My favorite new book of the year, that had me laughing, crying, and gasping for breath (in a good way!) is hands down Amelia Hutchins’ The Fae Chronicles: Fighting Destiny. Those characters have gripped me tightly and I hope they never let go!!! I cannot get enough!!

Niki: I recently read Fighting Destiny and loved it so much!!! It reminded me if the Fever Series but way more romance. Congrats!!!

Sharon: These books are great! Started with reading book 1 yesterday, and now I’m starting book three. I blame Ryder for it Amazing books! At first I hated him…but that changed really fast! À must read!

Maryse: Oh I love hating the guy!!! YAY!!!

Donna: Just finished Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles) by Amelia Hutchins… if you are in the mood for paranormal romance this one is a keeper!  :)

Dara: Yes, yes, yes! You’ve GOT to read the Fighting Destiny series!

Excited, and so honest in their fervor. Sooooo many here that have devoured these are are awaiting the next one with bated breath. I knew I was missing out.

But you know… I was taking a slight break from paranormals. I had indulged in them daily, for two or three years straight. They were starting to run together. But I was ready. Especially when MichelleS said this:

MichelleS: Oh. Em. Gee. Cannot believe The Fae Chronicles is sitting on your Kindle untouched. The horror!!! I know, I know… you’re worried it’s too paranormal and “fae” and you need to be in the mood for that…. I am here to tell you it is absolutely NOT… the over-the-top hot-hot chemistry and fantastic dialogue is what I loved about this series. Yes, it has the fantasy element, but who cares? How else could these characters be as wicked as they are? Great story. One fantastic hot-as-heck alpha male. Do it. Do it. Do it…”

Rebecka: i”m with MichelleS!!! FAE CHRONICLES! Forget felt it all day everyday!! I get that way every time I think about these books!! I also am 3x that age, but for Ryder I will break any taboo rules any day anytime!! When the next book comes out it will be like….. Husband who??? (thankfully he’s accommodating of my …. addiction er um illness)

Tessa: No squirelling! Read the Fae Chronicles. Ryder is beyond hot, a total alpha (jerk), and story is there. It just drags you in, making you wonder wtf is really going on.

Fabi: I’m working on the Fae Chronicles right now at MichelleS’s suggestion. Almost done with the first one. It’s gooood. I was so in the mood for a paranormal. It’s not over the top sci-fi either. It almost seems like the paranormal part of it takes a bit of a back seat. At first, I thought the heroine was too weak and the Hero too over the top jerk(y). But it didn’t take long before she stepped up with a backbone of steel and he showed his more caring side (in a male, I’m still the boss kind of way of course). Ha! Why do we like these men in our books. God forbid I’d ever have to deal with one long term in real life. ha!

LOL! I was afraid Michelle was about to knock me on the head with her Kindle if I didn’t, ’cause that poor girl (and SO many of you Ryder-lovers) were appalled with me for “floating” this one for so long. She was done with my lollygagging. It was time, and the time was NOW!! LOL!

Hehe. And while I was able to put it down, here and there, it certainly had that impassioned alpha-jerk bent on making my life, er… I mean her life, miserable.

Even choking, this a$$hole was hot – seriously, someone needs to break his nose and make him less pretty.

*snort*!!!!

And yet, even with all of his alpha-jerk ways, he was making me (yes, me, this time! ;)allllll piney and tingly and such. ;)

“If you ever try to connect us again – I will kill you, Witch.” His voice was low and raspy.

I raised my eyes to, set his head on. “You ever try to Fae-f@#k me again – I’ll kill you, Fairy.”

“I’ll show you a f@#king Fairy…”

Oh yesssss… any scene with the two of them together… *whoooooo* Hot and cold and 100% fun!

And!! There was a twist (actually a few of ‘em) that delighted me. Threw a few more monkey-wrenches into this already messed-up mix.

Mind you… it wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t always easy to follow, even thought it kind of was. Their world, and the pieces of the puzzle that built the story? Often convoluted, and yet a bit basic at the same time. Gah. It’s so hard to explain my issues. It’s like, things in the story (the background, the “present”) were obvious to the author… but as if sometimes she forgot to let me in on some facts at times. Until later. Then, they just became apparent (and I’m not talking about the mystery and the reveals).

Just… I dunno. It felt like I was sometimes missing pieces of the puzzle without even knowing that I was missing them. Or that I needed them. Or that I needed to think or worry about them. Things would happen, and answers would come to fruition, but it was almost as if the build-up to that thing went right over my head. I’d be all… Oh. Okay. That makes sense… but I didn’t even realize it. ;) It’s so hard to explain what I mean by that, but it’s as if things were added to the story as the story went, and just fit into place on the spur of the moment. Oh it all fits, it all eventually makes sense, but I seemed to have been missing that sense of urgency or need to solve the puzzle, because at times, there wasn’t much of a build-up to some of the reveals. Things just… happened. Snapped into place, and we continued on our journey. Or maybe I was just tired and missed stuff ’cause of my dippy-ness? neutral Heh.

And I had a little *issue* with the potential love triangles (his and hers). I was SO excited to have my heart broken over those (there was just so much promise on the misunderstandings and jealous rages they could bring on), but, alas… even though the makings of exquisite love triangle-angst were glaring, they didn’t quite reach that level for me to have my world rocked, ya know? I felt teased… excited… but not quite fulfilled in the romantic-angst department.

But what there was an immense build-up of, was

  1. who she truly was… how she fit into their world. That mystery was so fun to try and decipher, and…
  2. the BEST part of the story… the sexual (and eventual romantic) tension that was simply off the charts! And romance with an absolute jerk (or as my friend Amy would say… d!@k). ;) Nothing better than having that push-pull resistance with the most wrong-for-you make in the universe. Or is he the most right for you. I mean her. We’ll see.

Amy: I started FD last night, and so far Ryder isn’t an alpha-jerk…he’s just a d!ck. And yes, there is a difference. ;)

Rebecka: Amy so right…Dick at first but fast becomes total ALPHA hotness. Just you wait…in the next books you are going to love him just for the OPI reference alone!!! Like I told Maryse ……S’All I’m gonna say. READ IT!!

Amy: Okay, ladies, I’m taking your word for it. ;) Right now I just want to introduce his a$$ to the pavement! He’s a jerk, that man…fae…whatever… Is Barrons from the Fever series? I have the first three (four maybe?) books of that series but haven’t read them yet. *sigh* One a$$hat at a time. :P

Maryse: But Amy I love it when they’re d!@ks!!! In books… always… only… in books. :P

Rebecca: Yes to Barrons, but both ass hats are so worth it in the end!! {sigh}

Maryse: And I loved Barrons especially ’cause he was an ass!!!! All the way to the very end. Made it that much more fun in the *ahem* “romance” department.

Tee hee!!! ;)

So what’s it about?

Syn, a human witch with crazy-awesome powers is contracted by the Dark Fae Prince (prince of darkness <— tee hee!!! He sure acts like it!) to aid him in protecting his LIGHT Fae princess bride-to-be. Together they will rule the human (and paranormal) world, and bring world piece, or utter chaos or… well you get the picture. They are both absolutely gorgeous, and their marriage is expected. Needed, for alliances and whatnot.

However there is someone (or something?) going after paranormal women, with a direct threat to his fiancee. And Syn is going to figure it out. Somehow? I dunno. She’s just that good and notorious and all of that.

It was foolproof. I was that good. Seriously, sometimes I scared myself with just how bada$$ I was.

I can’t remember their reasoning in the beginning of exactly why she was the only obvious one for the job – especially considering how much she despised the Fae, but there it is. And anyway, it all becomes clear as the story progresses.

Plus, anyway, there’s a whole lot more to her (and him) than meets the eye.

He had touched my f@#king soul. He knows now that I am darker inside; that I have secrets. I hated it.

We get plenty of answers, yet I’m sure there’s more mind-blowing reveals to come as the series continues.

Amy: Okay, so does book 2 have a CH (<— cliffhanger)? I want to read it, but if there is a CH then I will want to read book 3 which *does* have a CH, and then I will be all pissy…and I don’t feel like being pissy over a book. ;)

MichelleS: Book two is even better than book one, so you HAVE to keep reading, Amy . I never felt like I was missing out with the cliffhangers – and more Ryder was always worth it.

Yep, agreed, at least in regards to the cliffhanger question… If you ask me, I’d say this WAS a complete book. Yes, the series will continue with the characters that we’ve been with in this one, and yes, the end starts a whole new mystery and intrigue, and yes, there’s a whole world-building storyline going on in the background as each character “grows” but… the initial mystery in this one? Solved by the end! Well… sort of. ;)

Enjoyed it, and even though I didn’t have an intense need to jump right into book #2, I’m craving it (and even more now that Michelle piped in saying it was even better!). :D I’d like to know more, and hope that the world-building and writing (even though plenty good in this one) will get even better in the next.

4 stars for the alpha-jerk fun and romance angle, which luckily of me, was the majority and most important part of the story. Plus! He was Barrons-like (although he could have been worse – which would have been even better for me) ;) , and 3.5 stars for this book’s storyline as a whole.

 

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Soooooo many of us LOVE this author, and with good reason! She writes gorgeous, emotional (and sometimes harrowing) stories about love. Life. Tragedy. And healing.

Rose: Love A.L.Jackson’s writing style- her books seem to have a special quality to them.

They do, Rose. I agree! A quiet intensity…

And I loved book #1 in this series BIG time. He’s just sooooo gorgeous, sullen, tragic. Broken. Check out my review of book #1: Come to Me Quietly. And now the 2nd book in the series is out (same characters – I need to read it!!), and a third on the way!

Lisa: I loved Come To Me Quietly by A L Jackson. I stayed up and read it straight through. It was amazing. Tortured hero, forbidden love, heartbreaking story, loveable characters, slow build up with great sexual tension….it was just a perfect balance of it all.  It probably wasn’t as descriptive as some of our reads , but still very sexy.
Loved every heartbreaking second of it.

Kim: I loved this one too. It was a slow burn through out the entire book. Can’t wait to see where it goes in the next book.

Mertxe: ”Come to me quietly” is breathtaking, Jared will break your heart and you will love him. 5 ++ stars

Megan: I am almost done with Come to Me Quietly….WOW, it will break your heart and put it back together. :)

Deanna: When u ask what books puts u in a fog and u dream of for days later. That is this book for me. I downloaded “stay” by Rhianna because that song works so well for this book. You’ll see. 5++++++ stars. Obsessed. Cant wait until July. So good.

Anja: This book was an amazing trip. I think I never read a book in such a short time. I devoured it. (Do you use this word in english?) I couldn’t stop reading. Fantastic writing and thrilling story. It was refreshing to be into a book so completely.
We “book-adrenaline-junkies” ;-)  (like you call us) want more of these books.

About book #1:

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…

Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

  

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