Monday early bird book releases + a few of tomorrow’s preorder highlights!

by Maryse on June 20, 2016 · 136 comments

in Latest Book Releases

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!! ➜ Tapping Her: A Billionaire Bad Boys Novella (Book 1.5) JUST WENT LIVE!!!! (And I KNOW pretty much everyone loved Tapping the Billionaire!!!)  ——->
(and here it is on Amazon UK)

So yesterday went a little crazy in early-bird book releases. I mean not just book releases, but OMG I LOVE THIS AUTHOR book releases. It was “Happy Everybody’s Day!” but in case some missed the releases yesterday (’cause a few went live late in the evening), and due to Father’s Day, I thought I’d repost a few of ‘em on today’s early bird list, WITH some new releases from today. :D

Lisa: Looks like ridiculously attractive people, semi clad and posing with an arm raised above their head is the new bookcover de rigueur.…… Ramsey, Poesy and Man Candy. :)

Maryse: LOL Lisa… I was thinking the same thing. There was a definite book-cover theme here.

Anne: Great list! A new Mia Sheridan book? Yep one clicking that baby.

Heather: Thank you for the heads up on Ramsay! I *love* Mia Sheridan’s stories. I don’t know why Goodreads didn’t tell me it was being released. :-(

Plus, I posted a few highlights from tomorrow’s big release list that are on pre-order right now, and likely going live at midnight. Sheryl Kenyon, Meredith Wild, Janet Evanovich, Kristen Proby and Cara McKenna just to name a few. ;)


  • Man Candy by Melanie Harlow <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE WITH HER NEW NEIGHBOR ALERT! Her ex-flame is now her new neighbor! (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Always (Spiral of Bliss #5) by Nina Lane <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! Student-teacher love affair… from the super sexy-sweet & angsty Spiral of Bliss series.
  • Going Down: The Elevator Series by Katherine Stevens <— SHE GOT STUCK IN THE ELEVATOR WITH HIM ALERT! “Unfortunately, there was no contingency plan for the aftermath of spending a night trapped in an elevator with a suit-wearing Elevator Sex God named Cole Danvers.”
  • Yours: A Standalone Contemporary Romance by Jasinda Wilder <— HER HUSBAND DIED AND DONATED HIS HEART ALERT! And his heart found it’s way back to her! “…his heart, beating in another man’s chest, found its way back to me, and I found myself faced with an impossible choice: hold on to the pain and beauty of the past and the memory of the man I loved, or reach for a bold new future, knowing each heartbeat will be a reminder of all I’ve lost.“ (here it is on Amazon UK)
Kim: I have an ARC paperback of this one and I’m about half way through. This is a MUST MUST read!!! So emotional and so awesome
  • Wolfsong by TJ Klune <— M/M ROMANCE & this is an author I LOVE! He’s known him (the boy) since he was 16… “Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back.” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black <— M/M ROMANCE CRIMINAL & A COP ALERT! Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Breaking Skin by Debra Doxer <— FORBIDDEN LOVE?? BROKEN DANCER & BROKER OLDER MAN ALERT!At first, he fights the attraction between us almost as hard as I do. But when words like destiny and soulmate whisper through my thoughts, how can I ignore them? He can have any girl he wants, but he looks at me as if I’m the girl he’s waited for his whole life. How can I tell him I’m not that girl?” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • One Night by Ramona Gray <— HER NEW BOSS ALERT!Kate Jones always plays it safe. She’s perfectly content with her life and her job as a legal assistant. Until the day she falls into the lap of Edward Turner…” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Broken by Jordan Silver <— SHE’S STARTING OVER IN A GRUNGY APARTMENT and he’s in town to help his grandfather… “one fateful encounter on a sidewalk in the early morning sun would soon set these two on a collision course with destiny…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Diablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane <— HER NEIGHBOR IS A WEREWOLF ALERT!…she’s back, in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she’s lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry.
  • Pieces of Camden (Hole-Hearted Book 1) by Yessi Smith <— HE’S HAD A DIFFICULT PAST but he meets her… “I’m still failing, still recovering, still trying. I’m only human–drunk on the idea that she, and only she, can save me…” (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Ramsay by Mia Sheridan <— MIA SHERIDAN ALERT!!Brogan Ramsay can’t let go of the memory of Lydia tricking him cruelly, leaving his heart shattered and his family penniless. And now he’s back to destroy her family the way his was destroyed. There’s only one problem . . .” (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  • Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels <— SINGLE MOM SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT! She’s stranded with her two young sons trying to start over… (here it is on Amazon UK)
Lisa:  It’s such a beautifully written book. I love it so much.
  • Poesy (Low Book 0.5) by Mary Elizabeth <— GOOD GIRL/BAD BOY CRIMINALS IN LOVE & ON THE RUN ALERT! Prequel? to this criminal-duo’s love affair! She was the good girl raised in comfort falling for the bad-boy that had nothing but would do what he had to do to support his family… my 5-star review of Low (book #1) (and here it is on Amazon UK)
  • To See You by Rachel Blaufeld <— FLING ON AN AIRPLANE BETWEEN STRANGERS ALERT! And it becomes so much more… (here it is on Amazon UK)
  • A Bird on a Windowsill by Laura Miller <— LAURA MILLER ALERT/SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT! I’ve LOVED her books in the past, so I’m excited she just released a new one! They’ve been best friends since childhood and love each other dearly, but she moves away and devastates him. But… “…that’s not the last time their paths cross. In fact, life continues to intertwine their stories, until one sunny afternoon, Salem walks into their hometown’s newspaper office and looks up to a familiar face. It’s Savannah, and she’s just the same as the last time he saw her. The only problem is, he’s not.” <— He isn’t the same??!!! What? What does that mean? (and here it is on Amazon UK)


PREORDERS (going live tomorrow!!! :D )

  1. Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - June 21st 2016
  2. The Pursuit: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  3. Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake, The: Billionaires and Bridesmaids by Jessica Clare - June 21st 2016
  4. Rocking Kin (The Lucy & Harris Novella Series Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning - June 21st 2016
  5. Into the Fire (Bridge Book 2) by Meredith Wild - June 21st 2016
  6. Easy Kisses (The Boudreaux Series Book 4) by Kristen Proby - June 21st 2016
  7. A Measure of Love (A Pound of Flesh Book 5) by Sophie Jackson - June 21st 2016
  8. Downtown Devil: A Sins in the City Novel by Cara McKenna - June 21st 2016 <— SHE MEETS HIM AND… HIS ROOMMATE ALERT!Clare wonders if this summer fling might turn more adventurous than she anticipated—especially as a curious energy starts to simmer between the two of them and Mica’s handsome roommate, Vaughn.
  9. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley <— AUDIOBOOK PRE-ORDER! - June 21st 2016
  10. The Mercenaries Boxset by Stylo Fantome - June 21st 2016
  11. Stripped Bare by Emma Hart – June 21st 2016 <— MALE STRIPPER ALERT?What do you get when you mix a bachelorette party, the queen of dating disasters, and a stripper so hot he was forged from the fires of hell? Screwed. You get screwed….
  12. Into the Nothing (Broken Outlaw Series Book 1) by BT Urruela - June 21st 2016 <— THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK IS A COVER MODEL!! Very cool! “After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she’s ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night. A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again. A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.
  13. Mr. Romantic: A Mister Standalone by J.A. Huss - June 22nd 2016

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{ 136 comments… read them below or add one }

Fabi June 20, 2016 at 2:17 PM

I’ve been really good for a couple of weeks one-clicking only what I’m actually about to read. But I can already see June 21st will be my downfall. *officially off the wagon*

Maryse June 20, 2016 at 2:39 PM

*snort* :P

Ela June 20, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Reading Southern Comfort by Andrea Smith and so far really good, sick, and very much twisted :)

Leah June 20, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Lorelei James released a new book today, Unbreak My Heart. It’s a spinoff from her Westerns, the next generation.

Anne June 20, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Yaay Ela! So glad you are reading Comfort Food. Its pretty twisted! Loved it

One Night sounds good. One clicking :)

Anne June 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Oops lol! I totally read Comfort Food! I guess I am thinking about that book.

Ela June 20, 2016 at 3:08 PM

LOL Anne! I’m not sure I’m ready for the Chicken soup ordeal???

But hey, Southern Comfort is pretty twisted too.

Tessa June 20, 2016 at 3:52 PM

I had to read two “happy” books to recover from Sordid Promise. I guess that means that the book was a hit? That end, and my brain. lol I read Veiled Threat from Helen Hunter (lots of death, but somehow still happy?) and Hook-UP which is so mis-named “bad boy”.. *gets on soapbox* Okay. I seriously wish authors would stop naming their books a “bad boy” or “step brother” or “generic term insert here” books. I picked up Hook Up from the blurb and football, not the bad boy. I almost didn’t buy it due to the “bad boy” in the title. Just write a good book and I’ll want to read it. *gets off soapbox*

Ela June 20, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Tessa! I LOVED SORDID PROMISE! Come back to the Dark Side and read Southern Comfort!

Maryse June 20, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Agreed Tessa. I’m a bit put off by all of the “extra parts” and descriptions in the titles lately. Seems to be a new trend, and I find it cheapens the integrity of the book (and the blurb). Done right, the blurb will hint to it, and the book will make it happen, without even having to spell it out.

I love a bad boy, but let ME discover that. Let me FEEL that. Don’t just throw a label on it.

Tessa June 20, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Worse, he wasn’t bad at all. He was a sweet southern gentleman. Gah. Good book though. :)

Maryse June 20, 2016 at 7:26 PM

LOL!!! Well that’s good to know! :D

DG June 20, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Hmmmm….Man Candy or Tapping Her….Decisions, decisions, decisions …what to read FIRST…..

DG June 20, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Tessa…I so agree with you! If anything, it makes me reluctant to even look at the blurb (feels kinda like an extra value meal type book). And covers …some just do not attract my interest at all….

Tessa June 20, 2016 at 8:59 PM

And yet, I want to read the rest of the series. I loved the characters. The secondary had me smiling huge. The whole bad boy thing makes NO SENSE. Grrr Max Monroe just did it too! ‘A Billionaire Bad Boys Novella Same thing. Kline is a good guy! lol

DG June 20, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Agreed! Loved Kline and ….Thatch. Got a feeling he is going to be a hoot.

bev June 20, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Sherlock: A bad boy detective.

Maryse June 20, 2016 at 10:00 PM

LOL bev!!!!!1

Fabi June 20, 2016 at 10:35 PM

A sexy, alpha, bad-boy detective. hahaha Bev

Maryse June 20, 2016 at 11:10 PM


Maryse June 20, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Might as well, right? ;)

bev June 20, 2016 at 11:21 PM

Stepbrother Sherlock a broken billionaire bad boy detective fighting his demons in a MMA underground fighting ring.

Fabi June 20, 2016 at 11:22 PM

Well now…it’s getting deep(ly interesting) ;-)

Lisa June 20, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Baaahaaaahaaa….Bev you should be script writing for Sherlock…..

you need to add:
‘with a dark secret past that’s come back to haunt him’
and some kinda second chance love twist in there as well!!!!

Lisa June 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM

Ok. Easy Kisses and that stupidly titled Max Monroe. Click and click.

Jan130 June 21, 2016 at 12:22 AM

LOL Bev and Lisa. Could Sherlock also be a member of a motor cycle club? Hey, why not? (And maybe a rock star in a former life??? Nup. I struggle to see that one). Can fully see him with a Harley between his legs though. ;-)

Rebecca June 21, 2016 at 4:07 AM

I just one-clicked Low, which is 99c, because you reposted your 5 star review (for the release of Poesy).
And totally agree about the stupid book names, that just turn me away with disinterest. Leave some surprises for us to discover and gasp over, don’t give it all away and spell it out in the damn blurb!! But then I’m already lost from the lack of interest in the name

Linda June 21, 2016 at 6:01 AM

Lol Jan130 you type faster than me!!! Totally where my thoughts went. A Harley between his legs!!! Yes please!!!! And of course the dom/sub fetish!!! I love him already!!!!

DG June 21, 2016 at 6:05 AM

Read Juker a couple days ago…no need to announce in the title that He was a bad boy soccer player…heck, I didn’t even know what the word Juked meant until I started reading it. BUT the title drew me in enough to the read the blurb and then one-click…and the cover helped too. *winks*

Jean June 21, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Loving Ramsay so far! Perfect Mia Sheridan writing! And man does he HATE her! I love it! Lol

Tapping Her definitely next for me!

bev June 21, 2016 at 8:16 AM

Her love for him had been forbidden but now she needs her Stepbrother Sherlock the bad boy detective fighting his demons in his MC’s MMA underground fighting ring.

bev June 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Or maybe…..

Tapping Sherlock for the second time a broken motorcycle riding bad boy MMA stepbrother detective novel.

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Bev is ‘Tapping’ Sherlock :-0 bahahabahaha

*channelling Amy* since we miss her around here so much

bev June 21, 2016 at 8:33 AM

These titles are going to ruin Sherlock for me, lol.

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 8:34 AM

I’m not sure there’s anyone here who hasn’t read it yet. But, just in case, The Wall of Winnipeg is on sale for $0.99.

Ela June 21, 2016 at 8:39 AM

This Sherlock business is getting real serious! “Tapping Sherlock” should definitely be a book!

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Born of Legend is available NOW.

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 9:09 AM

I haven’t Fabi… But I’ll trust your judgement. Think I’ll like it?

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Like what?

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 9:12 AM

read Winnipeg…sorry! I responded slowly! and cryptically…

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Oh! WoW. IDK, I haven’t read it yet. I’ve loved two other books by that author.

Ela June 21, 2016 at 9:18 AM

YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Wall of Winnipeg IS VERY CUTE AND SWEET AND JUST READ IT!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Cute and sweet I love! Thanks Ela :)

Jean June 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Loved Wall of Winnipeg, but slight warning, it is a slow, slow, slow, slow burn!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Thanks Jean, yes I just read all of your reviews. I’m not sure if I mind slow burn or not yet. I’m trying to think of another book that had one and I can’t. Right now I’m reading The Man I Love and it’s just slow to do anything. I feel like I’ve been reading forever and I’m only at 7%! But I know it’s supposed to get addictive soon, so I’m holding out! It’s long. Amazon measures it at over 10 hours to read. I wish writer’s would publish their word count! that would give me a much bigger mental picture!

Amy June 21, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Oh my…


I’m so screwed. I’m still buying books at the rate I always have even though I’m reading at a fraction of the rate I used to. But GAH!!! Looking at Maryse’s lists is like going into Sephora!!

Amy June 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Bev is taping Sherlock? I don’t…I can’t even… *snorrrrrrrrrt*

Oh wow, I have MISSED being able to spend all kinds of time with you guys. But! I’m done with finals and I have two weeks until the next quarter and my internship start up…two weeks to read and hang out and just do whatever the heck I want! :D

Jean June 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Amy! I miss ya girl! Enjoy your time off and congrats on the internship! I may be MIA but I always catch up on everyone’s comments when I can! Yep, I’m still 1-clicking more than I can handle too. It’s an obvious obsession!

R., yes The Man I Love takes some time but so worth it! With Wall of Winnipeg, I’m talking snail-like slow!

You guys, I’m loving Ramsay sooooo much!

Ela June 21, 2016 at 10:15 AM

It is a slow burn but a good and goes by fast (for me) slow burn… Oh and I kinda stopped reading The Man I Love because it seemed LONG and SLOW…..

Congrats Amy!!!! You are going to have a bloody blast!

Ela June 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

OMG Jean!!!!!!!! LMAO!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM

How far did you get in TMIL Ela before you quit?

Congrats Amy!! We expect you to read all of the books in the next 2 weeks. ALL of them.

DG June 21, 2016 at 11:21 AM

R. Did you by chance read KULTI? Same author…another slow burn. LOVE Mariana Zapata books!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 11:22 AM

DG no I haven’t I’ve seen you guys talk about it though. I’ll look it up! Thanks :)

Amy June 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Thanks ladies! I’m super excited. :D

But OMG Ela, your choice in words…bloody blast? You DO know I’ll be running their blood through tubes and a filter to clean it before returning it, right? LOL!!!!

And yep, R…challenge accepted! I’ll just be over there *thumbs over shoulder* with Jean, clicking away with her on all of the books we’ll probably never get to. :P

Jean June 21, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Kulti was great and definitely not as slow as Winnipeg!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 11:43 AM

I just added them both to my TBR. I’m unsure about the sports themes, but a romance is a romance is a romance, right?

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 11:51 AM

I’ll be curious to see what you think R. I don’t picture these books are “your type”. But I’m always thinking certain books are not a certain person’s type, then they read it and say “hey, I loved it”. So I’m wrong more often than not. LOL

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 11:53 AM

That’s what I love about readers. I can totally say, “well that sucked, but so and so will love it!” and not offend anyone! I have a friend who will review a book with “God that was cheesy. Robin?? It’s for you…” LOL. Something for everyone!

Ela June 21, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Ok….first didn’t get too far in The Man before I put it on hold, second, didn’t care for Kulti (now that’s the book I thought draaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggged)! But The Wall you will like (I think)


Ela June 21, 2016 at 12:22 PM

I SEE Jean and I don’t agree on Kulti and The Wall but all is good….

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I haven’t read WoW, but I did read Kulti and 5-star loved it. But, remember R., I also have Surviving Raine as an “all-time favorite” – so you can’t actually go by my taste in books. It tends to be all over the place.

In fact, the two I’m reading right now are likely going to be a 1-star and 5-star respectively.

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Yes and I think you were all drinking the salt water on SR! I kid!! It had it’s moments :P

Ela June 21, 2016 at 12:45 PM

I was definitely influenced to rate Raine higher than I wanted to and I have no clue why???

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Was Fabi sending you threatening letters too?

Amy June 21, 2016 at 12:53 PM

DG, I haven’t read it yet (crap, I can already hear the rustle of the peanut bags) but it is SO well loved around here. I remember hearing something about a taco and a sausage? Bratwurst? *snort!*

Guys, about blurbs…OMG enough with the H who is hiding something that could destroy them. Or he has demons from his past that haunt him. If he is standoffish, he most likely has a past. Because of course. But let me find all of that out on my own without it all being pitched in the blurb. For the love of freaking penises everywhere, SO MANY BOOK GUYS ARE TORTURED SOULS ANYMORE IN THE BLURBS! It doesn’t make me want to read it because I already have eleventeen thousand other books already with the same description. And stop saying every h has built “walls around her heart” because she has had an effed-up past and the H will “tear them down” or “break through them.” So many h’s have those “walls” around them anymore. Because of course they do. *eyeroll* I’m just tired of the cookie-cutter phrases that are used over and over and over in blurbs. And I’m tired of the first half of the book being summed up in the blurbs. Or being told that something shocking will happen. Let me find that out for myself and let me be blindsided by it! I don’t want to know it’s coming because it’s not as much fun if I am braced for it. And STOP ASKING QUESTIONS IN THE BLURB. Will he break down her walls? Will she let him in? Will they both miss the chance at happiness because they are both a couple of shmucks? OF COURSE THEY WILL WORK IT OUT because every book that asks that in the blurb has a HEA!!

*sigh* It’s just…if an author wants me to read their book, don’t use the “blurb template” that all the other books are using or else I’m going to skip right over it, just like I do with the covers that look like all the rest.

Amy June 21, 2016 at 12:53 PM

*looks at last comment*


*slinks off to hide and make more coffee*

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM

*reads Amy’s blurb rant* OOPS…slinks off to re-write blurb. In my defense, those b#tches are hard to write! and I just needed to get something out there LOL.

Ela June 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

I think she was sending me threatening letters! :(

Um Amy? You ok??? Is it the blood talk? Too much blood or not enough bloody blood blood???

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Well Amy, you can do like I do and either not read the blurb at all or barely skim it. Let the book be a BIG SURPRISE. ;-)

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

WTH?! I NEVER judge another person’s taste in books. I’m always the first to admit that my taste is eclectic (trying to put it nicely). However, in the case of Surviving Raine, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who loved it. ;-)

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:03 PM

hahaha took you long enough :)

I know! Everybody liked it. It’s like you were all sipping the same Kool-Aid. I’m definitely in the minority!

Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Now I just feel bad. :? I was ranting about nameless, faceless authors and…you’re not nameless and faceless.

Well, you know what I mean. ;)

Just remember, that is only MY opinion…one minuscule reader in a sea of millions. Something about this place (the safety of it, I guess?) makes me frequently get a case of word vomit…

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

and….R. I REALLY wanted to warn you when you said you said you were going to read it. Just because it’s in MY favorites list didn’t stop me from realizing it PROBABLY wasn’t your cup of tea.

*gettin’ all defensive and sh%!*

Ela June 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

“eleventeen thousand” is that even a condition? A word?

Hands Amy a raspberry mouse martini :) Just chill chickie…. maybe you should read Southern Comfort? The blurb is quite interesting!


Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Bloody word vomit. :P

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

OMG Amy!!! don’t ever feel bad! I learn sooooooooooooooo much from you guys!

Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:06 PM

“*gettin’ all defensive and sh%!*” <——- LOL!!!!!! I luffs ya Fabi!!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:06 PM

And i’m the first to admit my blurb SUCKS. It’s on it’s tenth rendition at least! I’ve decided to find an editor that does blurbs too! Or I can be super cool and say nope…no blurb!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM

HAHAHA Fabi! You know I’m playing with you right?

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM

hahaha, not my usual style right? it’s just that I have to go to Walmart today and it puts me in a bad mood for days before I actually make the trip – hate it

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

luff ya too Amy

R….ummmm….not sure about the “no blurb” idea

LOL! I’m pretty sure you’re joking.

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I’m sorry Fabi. I promise I’m making it up to you ;)

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Dang it! It was worth a shot!

Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM

*snatches martini from Ela’s hand*

Is that really a “mouse” in it to make it bloody? :P But seriously…raspberry mousse martini sounds HOLY FREAKING YUM!!!

R…glad we help you out in that way! Even if we are a bit…harsh…at times. ;) Or maybe just I am. *snort*

Ela June 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Fabi? Is it the “people of Walmart” that bother you? LOL! I totally get you! I have a friend who usually rates way opposite me ON ALL BOOKS!

R. Totally cool! No blurb, just put the genre and say “read at your own risk” Maybe mention a hard limit or 2?

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:13 PM

You are not harsh Amy! You’re right on! I read too. I know what sucks. And if you want to get technical…it’s just that last little paragraph I need to fix. That and I realized the other day the blurb only covers the 1st third of my book. Woops. That’s why I was so fascinated with Emma Scott’s FT blurb. She nailed it! WTF??

Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Er…*shakes head* Don’t go with no blurb. :? You could do vague for your blurb. Vague is great as long as there is a great hook to it. I know, easier said than done. ;)

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:13 PM

yeah, you better watch it R. I may have to spend the weekend reading paragraphs of SR out loud to you. ;-)

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:14 PM

OMG Ela!! I’ve seen a few blurbs do that lately! I’m with Fabi. I’ve gotten so I just skim them too. So many are so stupid. Someone really needs to start a business for just that! Like a beta reader that will sum it up for you! I’d pay for that!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Oh hell yes Fabi! Promises, promises. I get to pick them though…

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Oh hell, let me rethink my drinking habits…

Amy June 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

OMG, People of Walmart…you know, every time before I go there I make sure I don’t have anything wrong with me or have a “look” that might land me on that site.

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

*heck* sorry!! I meant “heck.” Don’t tell Maryse I cursed.

When I get a better one done Amy, I’ll have you tell me yay or nay! I totally trust your opinion. AS LONG AS YOU STAY HARSH!!! (your words not mine lol) Soooo many people are too full of fluff! That doesn’t help anyone.

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:18 PM

alright, I think I’m off to Wally World. Wish me luck not killing any W.Employees.

Ela June 21, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Oh no…it’s a mouse! *snickers* yeah I meant mousse and raspberry to make it yummy and “bloody-ish” looking.

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:22 PM

ugh gah! I just looked up “People of Walmart” because I’d never heard that before.

Thanks Amy! for making me wish I was blind

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:26 PM

I can’t even remember the last time I was in a Walmart. If it isn’t on Amazon, I don’t need it!

Ela June 21, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I can’t believe you haven’t seen/heard “People of Walmart”

Ela June 21, 2016 at 1:28 PM

I prefer Target or as we refer to it “Tarjey”

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:37 PM

OMG I’m getting “picked up” on Twitter DM. I’m coming with you Fabi!!!!

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:38 PM

I know Ela, I’m a little sheltered huh? ;-)

Tarjey is ok I guess. I just don’t like any big store. Boutiques, yes. Big superstores, no.

R. I need to shop more on Amazon. It’s just that I tend to leave things for the last minute and then have to run out…

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 1:40 PM

What? is Twitter DM ???

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:40 PM

That’s why I used to love Prime, but they changed it now so instead of UPS, its USPS and we have a mailbox thief!

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Someone who’s following me direct messaging. He’s a writer so I DM’d him because he’s in TX and I wondered where. You know…networking! Well, he’s networking all right!

Fabi June 21, 2016 at 4:14 PM

ha! lol doesn’t he know there are better apps than twitter for pick ups?

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM

that was weird! it stopped, thank God!!

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Eighty Eight email alerts for your comments ladies…while I was busy sleeping!

A quick synopsis….Amy has been on a soap box about silly blurbs, heroines’ with ‘walls around their hearts’ and tortured heroes….Bev is tapping Sherlock (not so surprising)….R. is procrastinating over reading Kulti and WOW (both were wonderful BTW)…..Jean is loving Ramsey……and Ela has discovered a new condition ‘“eleventeen thousand” is that even a condition?’.


And now I am traumatized for life from looking at People of Walmart!

bev June 21, 2016 at 7:29 PM

That Website is just mean. Cyber bullying.

Kulti, imo, is better that Wall. It was really great.

R. Renee June 21, 2016 at 7:31 PM

Omg Lisa! Sums it up!

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 7:32 PM

I agree Bev. On both counts. I loved Kulti more than WOW.

And what distressed me the most on PoW was the car completely covered in bird shit….I’m going to have serious nightmares….my inner OCD neat freak is honestly troubled by that picture!

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Bev…I loved this…..Celeste Barber taking the p@#$ out of ridiculously photo shopped celeb Instagrams. I know. I know…cyber bullying and all….but all that photo shopping and posing is just making us mere mortals feel bad about being normal.

So I found this refreshing……..

bev June 21, 2016 at 7:43 PM

I’ll check it out.
I just have issues with people posting pics of others without their knowledge.
And could you imagine stumbling onto a picture of yourself and reading others shredding you. Strangers so all based on looks.
Ok, off my soapbox.

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I did end up on one of those sites!!!! Its an online site shaming dodgy drivers in our city and someone took of photo of one of my less-than-wonderful parking attempts (OK…Im not great at parking and my car is huge)…..there were a stack of abusive comments and posts….it was intimidating.

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 8:09 PM

It wasn’t about my appearance but I still felt threatened.

Lisa June 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM

My husband thought it was hilarious and said I deserved it because Im such a s@#t driver. He’s supportive like that!! ;)

bev June 21, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Yes, of course.
I just can’t believe that people can plaster pictures of people or the like all over and invite comments. Just beyond me.

bev June 22, 2016 at 7:08 AM

Tessa, I just saw a positive r e view for a book called The War lord’s Wife. She said it felt like old school. Jerk hero a bit crazy sauce, lol. Now I don’t think he is as bad as they used to come, thank goodness, or as bad as you sometimes like, heh, but sounds fun. I one clicked. It’s a Viking romance.

Ela June 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

I disagree with Bev and Lisa…The Wall WAS better!

R. Renee June 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM

I think I’m going to have to read both and be the tie breaker ;)

bev June 22, 2016 at 10:07 AM


Ela June 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM


Jan130 June 22, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Hah. Just catching up on some of the comments. You crazy, crazy guys! Sheesh!

I’m with you on the crap blurbs. Yeah, a book def needs a blurb, with some kind of hook. But boy are we sick of those cliches. As often as not, the blurb will turn me right off the book, when I know the author wanted the opposite effect LOL. Broken, damaged bad boy? Walls around her heart? Whateverrrrrr.

I’m with (most of) you on Kulti as well. Fabulous book. Doesn’t matter if you’re not a sports fan. (I know NOTHING about women’s soccer, except what I learnt in this book LOL). It’s so worth hanging in there right till the great payoff at the end of the book. And I love the heroine – she has so much integrity and maturity. I get sick of TSTL or really immature h’s. Yeh, I liked it better than WoW too. But I still really liked WoW. A lot. Can’t wait to see where Ms Zapata will go next.

R. Renee June 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

You guys are making me really excited about the Zapata books!

Jan130 June 22, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Do it, R. Renee. Kulti is one of my absolute fav books. But you have to be patient and stick with it.

R. Renee June 22, 2016 at 6:19 PM

I will! I’m patiently sticking with The Man I Love right now, thanking God for the ooey gooey “me too” part that came right when I needed it! This girl needs romance!

Lisa June 22, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Ela, R and Bev…..I found the slow burn in WoW sooooo slooow…. BUT it was worth it. In the end.

Thats the reason I liked it less than Kulti.
If you like a gradually developing relationship it will ring your bell for sure.
Kulti was gradual too but I felt reciprocal connection from the start between the MCs.

Jan130 June 22, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Bev, I’m going to check out The Warlord’s Wife. I love a good HR. Always looking for a good new author. (And hey, who doesn’t love a hot Viking H?) Let’s know what you think.

Maryse June 24, 2016 at 12:28 PM

LOL Amy. I just read your “blurb rant” and I swear I couldn’t have said it any better myself. *sigh*

Amy June 24, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Right? I just think authors (or editors who write the blurbs) need to work harder on giving blurbs that are going to make their book stand out from the rest but without giving away too much of the story. Why do I need to read the first half of the book if I already know what happens in it, ya know?

Blurbs that stood out to me and then the books ended up being surprising and insanely good were Badger, Jezebel, even Drowning Instinct (gut punch!), and I’m sure I could find a hundred more like that if I went through my library. Alright, I’m closing up shop now ’cause I’ve b!tched enough about that topic. ;)

R. Renee June 24, 2016 at 4:36 PM

I saw one the other day and forgot all about it. Paper Swan. That’s the polar opposite of an author NOT preparing you. Is that blurb even for the right book?

Amy June 24, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Actually, that’s EXACTLY the kind of blurb I love. It makes me curious about the book and then it kicks my heart’s a$$ when I read it (which I love, BTW). I don’t want to be prepared for something like that. BUT there are a lot of ladies here who *do* want to be prepared, so I guess that’s where us guinea pigs come in for them. ;)

I absolutely loved Paper Swan, and her other book 53 Letters For My Lover was phenomenal as well…and both of those covers were beyond gorgeous. Those types of blurbs and the unique covers are what draw me to a story.

R. Renee June 24, 2016 at 4:54 PM

I loved and hated Paper Swan equally. Is that possible? LOL. I had a hard time getting over an initial shocking scene. Actually, I think I had a hard time with her getting over said scene.

I’m with you. I don’t usually want major plot points to be revealed, but I’d like some idea what the book is about. I think we should all start mentioning on here when we find a great/crappy one. For me, personally, it would help me tons, but it would also be super interesting to compare blurbs to books!

Fabi June 24, 2016 at 5:12 PM

I won’t be any help at all. At most, I’ll skim a blurb, afraid it will give away too much of the story. It’s one of the many reasons why I love Maryse’s book highlights. I can pick a book without bothering with the blurb.

Amy June 24, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Yes, R…it IS possible. ;) I feel that way about Mud Vein. I five-star loved and five-star hated it equally. I don’t automatically go crazy over a book because it is written by a specific author, but I have loved Tarryn Fisher’s books (F*ck Love was the exception, but I still liked it) so it was surprising to me when I reacted like I did to MV. The writing, the story, the WTF-ery of it…phenomenal! But the sh!t she put Senna through? For the love of all mercy, that character went through so much, and then there was that last chapter…that last f&%king chapter. I love TF’s perfectly imperfect endings, but man…that one was tough. So again…yes, it is possible to love and hate a book equally.

Amy June 24, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Fabi, right?? Between her mini-blurbs and then the feedback here, no wonder I have so many dang books! And I love how we know WHY others loved a book. There’s not just the “OMG best book I’ve ever read! You need to read it too!” like the reviews on Amazon. We get to find out just what it was that made one of us go nuts over it (and yes, I consider lurkers one of “us” because we all love books and we all love it here as well ;) ).

R. Renee June 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Good to know!! I put that in my TBR not so long ago! Usually when I equally love hate a book I rate it low because I hate it when that happens, but I loved so much of Paper Swan I couldn’t do it. It’s weird because I never flat out hate a book. I have to love it quite a bit to get passionate enough to hate it. Make sense of that while drinking Friday night martinis!

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