Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer's over & #TenBooksChallenge

It's the middle of September and I just finished my first ever job. Every summer until now, I spent having fun and doing nothing but this year I had to get a job. That's what I've been doing for the past 2 and a half months.
I was working six days a week so I didn't have a lot of free time to read. That is why I haven't posted anything for so long but I think that's about to change.
I have a strange habit of wanting to read only when I have a lot on my mind so I imagine I'll really want to read when school starts in a week.

To start my new posting cycle I want to answer a challenge that is so popular in the last couple of days. The 10 books challenge. I was challenged by T & G Book Boutique.

And here are my picks:
1. Twilight by Stephanie Mayer (these are the books that started my obsession)

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (one of my all times favorite series)

3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (this is the first book in a new genre for me and I love it!)

4. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (unbelievable series!)

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth (do I even need to explain!) 

6. Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters (This is not a book I would easily recommend and it's not because it isn't awesome. It is one of the most amazing books I've ever read but it's not for everyone. It's dark and twisted and I love it!) 


7. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (books that relay a lot on loyalty)

8. Just One Day/ Just One Year by Gayle Forman (a beautiful love story)

9. Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines (one of the last series I read and it's pretty addictive) 

10. Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (just a little something I love to re-read because I know it's good and it's always makes me feel good)


I won't be nominating anyone here because I already posted this on my facebook page and my nominees are there.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happenstance by Jamie McGuire

This isn't a cover reveal but more of a Shout Out for this amazing book by one of my all times favorite authors Jamie McGuire. Happenstance is a self-published novella that will come out this May and I'm incredibly excited about it! 

Happenstance Available for Pre-Order NOW!!!

EDIT:
HAPPENSTANCE is finally here!  
PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon: click here!
Apple:click here!
Smashwords: click here!

Title: Happenstance
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Expected release date:  May 9th 2014
Goodreads link: Click Here! 
Summary(provided by the author):
#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

Meet the Author:


Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.


Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.


Author contact links:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Blitz: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance + Excerpt & Giveaway [INT]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Dark and Deadly by 8 amazing authors. There's an excerpt and am INTERNATIONAL giveaway below so check it out and you just might like it.I'm fixating on Jennifer Ashley's story because I've read it and it's absolutely amazing.

Title: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

Author: Alyssa Day, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Erin Quinn, Felicity E. Heaton, Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publication date:  April 14th 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Synopsis(provided by the author):
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…
Featuring the bad boy heroes of:
BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
TRAPPED by Caris Roane

Excerpt from BODYGUARD By Jennifer Ashley:

The bear climbed to his feet, swung his great head around, and fixed red-raged eyes on Elizabeth.

He was the biggest living creature Elizabeth had ever seen. On all fours, the bear stood about six feet tall at the shoulder, which put his head well above Elizabeth’s. His breath huffed between immense and sharp teeth, his growls rumbling from his throat like thunder. His gaze still locked on hers, he took a step toward her on one massive paw.

Elizabeth brought her hand up, aimed the can of pepper spray at his face, and gave him a full dose.

The bear blinked, drew back, blinked again, sat down on his hind legs, and rocked his head all the way back. Then he sneezed.

The noise exploded into the room like a sonic boom, vibrating papers on the desk and rattling the Victorian prints on the walls in their prim and proper frames.

The bear rose on his hind legs again and kept rising, ten feet—twelve—fifteen, his bulk hunching to fit under the low ceiling. At the same time, his immense body started to shrink.

The bear’s face contorted, muzzle shortening, as did, thank God, his teeth.

In about thirty seconds the bear was gone, and a man stood in its place. The man was just as massive as the bear—at least seven feet tall, with chocolate brown hair buzzed short, eyes as dark as the bear’s, an almost square face with a once-broken nose, and a chin and jaw dark with five o’clock shadow.

His arm bore a bloody gash where the bullet had whipped by it, but his body was muscle on top of muscle on top of muscle, not an ounce of fat that Elizabeth could see. And Elizabeth saw it all, because the man was stark naked. Except for the Collar, which had shrunk to fit his human neck, the bear-man wore not a stitch.

He wiped his streaming eyes. “Shit, woman,” he said in a voice that brought down a trickle of ceiling tile dust to whiten his hair. “That itches.”

Giveaway: 

If you guys leave a comment I'll enter you for a chance to win one (1) ebook copy of Dark and Deadly. It's open internationally and it'll end on May 10th.


This post is part of  the Dark and Deadly Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Blitz: The Replacement by Rachael Wade + Excerpt & Giveaway [US/Can]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book The Replacement by Rachael Wade. There's an excerpt and a US/Can giveaway below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: The Replacement
Series: N/A
Author: Rachael Wade
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Publication date:  January 27th 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Synopsis(provided by the author):
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.


Meet the Author

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


Excerpt:

“Stop!” I shriek, thrashing on his lap like a fish out of water. “Ryder, stop!”
He digs at my hip again, sending me tumbling into an endless fit of laughter. My lungs burn because I can’t breathe and my sides ache from the exertion. I topple over and land on my side, and Ryder comes with me, sliding on top of me in one smooth, swift movement. “I think we’ve played enough games for today ,” he says, running the palms of his hands up the sides of my thighs. His thumbs roll slow, soothing circles into my skin before hooking into the sides of my panties to peel them down my legs. My laughter subsides and I look up at him, my chest heaving as I regain my breath. We lie there on the floor in a tangled heap of limbs, while the fire’s warmth gives Ryder’s face a soft glow.
Small pops crackle from the fire and gravitate toward us, saturating the silence.
Lowering his forehead to my shoulder, Ryder kisses the skin there. “Do you feel it yet?”
“Feel what?” Desolation? Helplessness? Excitement? I feel all of those things.
“This.” Ryder’s hand slides down my chest and torso like silk, slipping beneath my skirt, easy as breathing. I gasp as his fingers slip inside of me. “Desire. The same kind I feel for you.”
“You know I do.”
He strokes me for a moment then stops, leaving me panting while he reaches back to the couch to pick up the bowl of ice cream. It’s melted now, each color swirling together like mixed paint. “Feed me,” he whispers, lifting the bowl to me.
My dazed gaze drifts to the bowl. I hesitantly sit up on my elbows and cradle it, watching him curiously as I begin to spoon him the milky leftovers. He accepts a spoonful, then another, groaning in appreciation. He pushes the spoon away when he’s satisfied and I set the bowl down, watching as he brings my hand to his lips. Sucking one finger then the next, he moves slowly from tip to tip, drawing me farther and farther away from our question-and-answer session.
“Ryder,” I breathe.
He closes his lips over my right index finger and sucks, drawing it slowly from his mouth. The mixture of cool and warm coats my skin, and I wonder how I’ll ever enjoy ice cream without Ryder after tonight. “I really want this,” he says. “Us.”
I shut my eyes and he moves in, brushing his lips against mine. “You have us. Right here.”
“Do I?”
My eyes drift open.
He deepens the kiss, murmuring against my mouth. “I’ll never just drive away, Elise Duchamp.”
The words zap me like a stun gun. My voice comes out in a light rasp. Small and breathless. “I’ve hurt people, Ryder.”
He studies me for a moment but doesn’t respond, only deepens his kiss. I cave into him, letting him devour me whole. I don’t know what I can give him. I don’t know if I have anything at all. But I do know that Ryder Jacobson is trouble.
The good kind.  

Giveaway: 

Blitz-wide giveaway
Prizes - open to US and Canada:
-1 signed paperback + swag and an Elise charm br
acelet
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This post is part of  the The Replacement Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Blitz: When Lightning Strikes (Credence Curse, #1) by Sedona Venez + Excerpt & 2 Giveaways [INT]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book When Lightning Strikes by Sedona Venez. There's an excerpt and two INTERNATIONAL giveaways below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: When Lightning Strikes
Series: Credence Curse Series
Author: Sedona Venez
Genre: Paranormal Romance - due to graphic language and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+.
Publication date:  April 15, 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Synopsis(provided by the author):
The steamy sequel to BREAKING THE STORM by Sedona Venez.

He’s flawed like a MF, but I want him.

Ryker Alfero
Wolf-Shifter. Tattooed. Dangerous. Off-limits. Everything I crave — and everything I shouldn’t want.

“I would love to see what else your dirty little mouth can do.” With those little words, my body shivered as a surge of energy zipped into my body, unlocking something I didn’t understand. My brain started functioning with a clarity I hadn’t experienced in years. No warring emotions, just calmness.

This shouldn’t be happening, especially not with him. God. This was going to be a rough damn ride.

“I’ll do my best to break you in slowly, submissive,” he hissed, his voice dripping with raw sex.

Is total submission inevitable?

“When I get you under me, it’s going to be slow, hard, and memorable.” ~ Ryker


I have other plans.

“Go find yourself a woman stupid enough to settle for less than you're willing to give. Whose heart you can break without giving a sh*t. This woman is off limits.” ~ Lightning

***WARNING: When Lightning Strikes is an Paranormal Romance intended for mature audiences. Recommended Reading Age 18+***

Meet the Author

Sedona Venez is the author of the New Adult Credence Curse series, and the New Adult Valkyries: Soaring Raven series. She is a NYC girl (go Brooklyn!) with a slight obsession with her iPad, Pinterest, and television shows Pawn Stars and Face Off. Her love of music, tattoos, rockers, alpha men and wolf-shifters inspires her edgy paranormal romance novels. She also writes Middle Grade/Young Adult under her real name, T.L. Clarke

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Excerpt:

In a blink of an eye, before I realized what I was doing, I walked over to him, straddling him and cupping his face.
His sea-green eyes snapped open. “Light? What the hell are you doing?” The deep timber of his voice sent a shiver down my spine. Damn, it was sexy. “I’m spiraling out of control. And when I get like this, I’m dangerous. And nothing can calm my beast except time to cool down.”
I didn’t move. Instead, I ran a finger across the scar on his left eyebrow. Strangely, he leaned his face into my hands tenderly, wrapping his arms around my back. I tried not to blink in shock. Dammit, he was turning out to be exactly the opposite of what I envisioned. Despite his hard, steel demeanor, I felt the passionate streak that ran through his core. He actually cared about his pack and Others. This wasn’t what I envisioned him to be as an Alpha from a ruthless bloodline.
I ran my fingers across his well-groomed, dark beard, enjoying the softness. He growled low and sensually. I felt the slight prick of his claws through my shirt, which normally would have sent me sprinting away, but there wasn’t anything normal about this strange connection between us. Slowly, I felt his claws retract and his blunt fingers caress my back.
His full focus was on me, the attention giving me little shivers of awareness as we stared at each other, speechless, faces mere inches apart. Ryker leaned into my body, pressing his lips against mine before he sucked my tongue into his mouth. My tongue slid around the tip of his, then rubbed under it. My body pulsed with need, and every cell was focused on him. His hands slid up to my neck, grabbing the back of my head possessively before kissing my throat gently. The contradiction between the hardness of his grip on my hair and the gentleness of his kiss sent a shiver down my spine, my mind imagining all of the other delicious things his mouth could do.
What would those big hands feel like on my body? My skin quivered at the thought.

Giveaway: 

If you guys leave a comment I'll enter you for a chance to win one (1) ebook copy of When Lightning Strikes + 5 signed bookmarks. It's open internationally and it'll end on May 3rd. (This is separate from the grand prize giveaway!)
and now for the

Blitz-wide giveaway

Prizes - open INTL (as long as Amazon ships there):
-Kindle Fire HD
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
This post is part of  the When Lightning Strikes Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Blitz: Escorted (Escorted, #1) by Claire Kent + Excerpt & 2 Giveaways [INT]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Escorted by Claire Kent. There's an excerpt and two INTERNATIONAL giveaways below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Escorted
Series: Escorted, #1
Author: Claire Kent
Genre: Erotica, Romance
Publication date: December 15th 2012
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Synopsis(provided by the author):
She hired him to take her virginity...but now she wants even more.
Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she's never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn't nearly enough. Twice isn't enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.

Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she's never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn't seem entirely immune either.

Meet the Author

Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.

She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook (as Noelle Adams) | Twitter (as Noelle Adams)

 

 

 

 


Excerpt:

Ander looked over, his eyes automatically scanning her body in her cashmere tank and pajama pants. But his gaze didn’t linger. He handed Lori an unopened packet. “Dental dams,” he explained. “For oral sex. I don’t have unprotected sex of any kind.”
“Of course. I wouldn’t be using your services otherwise.” She’d never seen a dental dam before so she studied the packet with interest, glad for any sort of distraction from what would be coming next.
“These are the best quality I’ve been able to find. Very thin and the texture is good. It will still be very enjoyable for you.”
She swallowed hard. “Pretty smug about your skills, aren’t you?”
He made a brief choked sound, as if he’d smothered a surprised laugh. Pulling out a tube of lubricant, he carried it with two dam packets and a couple of condoms to the nightstand. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether I’m smug or simply realistic.”
His dry response made her giggle a little, and she walked over to join him next to the bed. When she looked from his slick, sexy good-looks to the large bed draped with a fluffy down comforter, her giggle changed to a nervous gurgle.
“You’re in control of this,” Ander said, holding her gaze with a cool expression. “We do whatever you want to do. I can act however you want me to act. Just tell me.”
“I don’t want you to pretend to be romantic or hot for me or anything. I want it to be...be real. I mean, don’t pretend we’re doing anything other than we are.”
“Understood. I can do that. Would you prefer me to stay in my clothes or take them off?” Ander replied smoothly, not appearing to notice her anxiety.
She thought for just a moment but knew the sight of his undoubtedly fine, naked body would be the end of her nerve. “Keep them on.”
“And you?”
She crossed her arms in front of her chest, suddenly conscious of the way her full breasts were outlined in the clinging tank she wore and that her nipples were visibly tight from her arousal. “I’ll keep them on for now,” she said, “Until ...”
He nodded. “Lights?”
“Off.”
“Is there anything else you’d like? Questions or requests?”
“Um.”
He waited patiently, watching her with an oddly quiet look of scrutiny. When she couldn’t manage to get anything said, he asked softly, “What can I do to make you less nervous?”

Giveaway: 

If you guys leave a comment I'll enter you for a chance to win one (1) ebook copy of Escorted. It's open internationally and it'll end on April 20th. (This is separate from the grand prize giveaway!)
and now for the

Blitz-wide giveaway
Prizes - open INTL:
-10 signed copies of Escorted
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is part of  the Escorted Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: Intimidator (Preyfinders, #2) by Cari Silverwood

Title: Intimidator
Series: Preyfinders #2
Author: Cari Silverwood
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Expected release date: May 7th 2014
Goodreads link: Click Here! 
Cover Design by Thomas Dorman
Book 1, Precious Sacrifice, (which is part of the Kept anthology) can be purchased here: Amazon
Summary(provided by the author):
This is Book 2 in the new Preyfinder series.
Book 1, Precious Sacrifice, is currently in the anthology, Kept.
Willow has her hands full scraping out a life in a grungy neighborhood where drugs and crime are the norm. Life is hard, but it’s about to get harder. Being transformed into a sexual pet for an alien warrior may be her only way out.
But Stom, the man she’s been awarded to as a battle honor, has no use for a female, not when his heart is still in a million pieces.
Though the need to be Stom’s mate is overwhelming her, mending his heart isn’t going to be enough. His enemies are searching, looking for the women who are more than they seem, and she’s in their hands before she discovers she’s more-than-human.
Sometimes it sucks to be a chosen one.

Meet the Author:


Cari Silverwood is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of BDSM stories and dark erotic fiction.

She writes the way the world should be - dangerous and sexy with bullets piercing the darkness and lovers wrenched close by ropes. When you need escape, when you need that rough lover to bring you to your knees, here you will find stories to singe your fingers. The taste of adventure, the tang of BDSM, the burn of fantasy run wild. Brace yourselves, if you dare to read.

And...in this real world, she has a lovely family in Australia, with the prerequisite teenager who dwells in the dark bedroom catacombs...a husband who raises eyebrows when he catches glimpses of what she writes, and a menagerie of other animals barking, meowing, and swimming about the place.

Author contact links:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Blitz: Duty Bound (The Protectors, #1) by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase + Excerpt and 2 Giveaways [INT]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Duty Bound by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase. There's an excerpt and two INTERNATIONAL giveaways below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Duty Bound
Series: The Protectors #1
Author: Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 10th 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon
Synopsis(provided by the author):
I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.

What I find is her.

She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.

I desperately want her.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.

I’ll become a hero for her.

Meet the Author

Noelle Adams
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



Samantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



Excerpt:

As soon as I put weight on my ankle, my leg buckled, and Levi had to catch me around the waist.

I should have objected to the arrangement, but I couldn’t help but like the feel of his strong arm around me, the way I had to lean against his big, hard body.

“What’s the matter?” he asked.

“Twisted my ankle. It’s probably not too bad.”

“Can you walk?”

“I think so.” I put weight on the ankle again, and it hurt like hell, but I didn’t flinch this time.

All my life, I never liked for other people to see when I was hurt. 

He sighed loudly and reached out to support me once more. “Why do you have to be so damn stubborn?”

“And why do you have to be so damn arrogant?” I bit out, immediately riling up at his exasperated tone. I tried to pull away from it, but it wasn’t a smart maneuver, since I put too much weight on my twisted ankle. The shot of pain ran through me, stealing my breath.

Down I almost went again.

Levi caught me before I did, and I manfully resisted the desire to jerk away from his arm.

“Can I at least help you get home?” The words were polite and conciliatory, but his tone was not. “Do you think you could put aside your dislike of me at least long enough for me to do that?”

So my first instinct was to snap his head off, but he did have a very small point. It was going to be very hard for me to hobble to my car and then drive home in my current condition. I could probably have done it, but it would take a lot longer and be rather painful.

“Fine,” I muttered. “Thanks.”

“Try not to sound so grateful.” Despite his sarcasm, he was actually being quite helpful, in that he’d already managed to get me moving toward my car. He was supporting quite a bit of my weight, and I was hopping one-legged to make myself feel like I was doing some of the walking myself.

He brought me around to the passenger side of my car and helped me in. As he was leaning over, I felt another sudden surge of attraction.

His face was so close, and his body was right there in front of me. His hands were strong and gentle at the same time as he arranged me in the seat.

I didn’t need quite so much help in getting situated in the seat, but I didn’t really want him to pull away either.

Clearly, my mind was hopelessly disarranged by the fall and near disaster.

He didn’t pull away when I expected, and I started to feel flustered again by his closeness and my response to it. So I said, “I think I’ll be okay just sitting here.”

His eyes lifted to my face, and the dark brown of his looked like melting chocolate. “You think?”

There was irony in his tone, but he still wasn’t pulling away. “Yeah. I’m sure I could drive home if you’d—“

“I’m not going to leave you to drive home with a sprained ankle.”

“I don’t think it’s really sprained.” When he started to move down to examine my ankle, I added, “You don’t have to mess with that here. Just get me home.”

His eyes moved back up to my face.

“Sorry,” I mumbled. “I appreciate your help.”

I’d appreciate it more if he’d back off a little so I didn’t feel so much like grabbing and kissing him.

He reached up toward my face, and my breath hitched, since it seemed like he was going to cup my cheek. Instead, he stroked a hand down my hair, which had messily slipped out of the clip I’d twisted it up with.

I stared at him like an idiot.

“You had dirt in your hair,” he explained, his eyes still warm and sweet like before, but also with a flicker of humor.

Giveaway: 

If you guys leave a comment I'll enter you for a chance to win an ebook copy of any book by either of these authors (except Duty Bound) - Find Noelle's book list here, and Samantha's here! It's open internationally and it'll end on May 5th. (This is separate from the grand prize giveaway!)
and now for the

Blitz-wide giveaway
Prizes - open INTL:-3x signed copy of Duty Bound
-25$ Amazon/B&N gift card
This post is part of  the Duty Bound Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Blitz: Destroyed by Pepper Winters + Excerpt & Giveaway [INT]

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Destroyed by Pepper Winters. There's an excerpt and an INTERNATIONAL giveaway below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Destroyed
Series: N/A
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 7th 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon
Synopsis(provided by the author):
She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

Meet the Author

Pepper Winters is a NYT and USA International Bestseller. She wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter



Excerpt:

It was the best kiss I’d ever received, but also the worst. It sparked lust and need in every inch of me. My lips wanted more, my tongue wanted savagery. My skin wanted to bruise because he needed to touch me so badly.

All my thoughts disappeared as I nipped at his bottom lip. He flinched, but a second later he copied, his sharp canines piercing my oversensitive flesh.

I moaned.

I couldn’t take it.

My hands flew up and gripped his shirt. Yanking him toward me, fireworks whizzed in my fingertips; my heart galloped toward exploding with lust. I’d never been so drunk on someone before.

Then I landed flat on my back.

The crack of my skull jangled my teeth. The thick carpet did little to cushion me. My eyes flared wide and I grunted in pain. Fear, hot and terrible, swamped my lust in a dampening wave.

“Top rule. Unbreakable rule. Don’t. Ever. Touch. Me.” Fox kneeled on one knee beside my head, breathing hard. His hand noosed my throat, pressing my spine into the carpet. His eyes were cold and lifeless, looking like a hunter intent on blood. –HAZEL

Giveaway: 

Blitz-wide giveaway
Prizes - open INTL:-2 x ecopies of Destroyed
-2 x swag signed packs with Destroyed bracelet
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is part of  the Destroyed Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Lost in Us (Lost, #1) by Layla Hagen + Excerpt & Giveaway [INT]

This is a Blog Tour stop about the book Lost in Us  by Layla Hagen. There's an excerpt and a giveaways below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Lost in Us
Series: Lost #1
Author: Layla Hagen
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 17th 2014
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon, B&N
Free prequel on Amazon
Synopsis(provided by the author):
Serena has learned to live with her past, locking her secrets and nightmares deep inside her. But when her boyfriend of six years abruptly leaves her, she’s catapulted back into pain, nursing a broken heart. When indulging in mountains of chocolate doesn’t work, Serena decides the best way to deal with her shattered heart is to indulge in something else. A rebound . . .

The night she swaps her usual Sprite for tequila, she meets James. The encounter is breathtaking.
Electrifying.
And best not repeated.

James is a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. A man who has amassed a fortune by taking risks. A man who has shunned commitment completely, and still does. He’s the exact opposite of Serena. But sometimes opposites attract. Sometimes they give in to burning passion. Sometimes opposites are perfect for each other.

James is everything her damaged soul could want. His kisses are intoxicating, his touch out of this world. He makes her forget. He grants her peace from her pain. But as they grow closer, Serena discovers she isn’t the only one with a past. James carries the scars of a past much darker than hers. One that has left him damaged, hurt, and wary of love. A past that gives him the power to shatter her.

Now James and Serena must find a way to mend one another. Or risk losing each other forever.

Meet the Author

My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Excerpt:

"Red suits you," a voice calls behind me. I'm suddenly very grateful for being squeezed in, because my knees seem to have turned to rubber.  But my relief only lasts for a few seconds, because the music starts and everyone around me disperses, moving to the dance floor.
I don't fall. I can't move, either.
When he finally comes into view, my breath is cut short. There is something about seeing his beautiful blue eyes behind a mask that makes every inch of my skin burn.
So it wasn't the tequila last night.
"Dance?" He extends his hand.
"I can't dance." Out of the corner of my eye I see Sophie watching us, crestfallen.
"That makes two of us," he says, though unlike me, he doesn't sound panicked in the slightest. I really can't dance. Especially not waltz. But he doesn't lower his hand, and instead of protesting further, I raise my hand and place it in his. As if in slow motion I see him putting his
other arm around my waist, and pulling me so close to him that I feel his every breath against my skin. This doesn't help the burning sensation. At all.
"You came," he says and his lips curve into last night’s same conceited smile.
"I make a habit of honoring my invitations," I say, surprised by how aggressive I sound. I bite my lip and look away, fixing my gaze on the highest point of the glass arch.
"Did you and your friend arrive home safely last night?"
Small talk. Fantastic.
"If safely includes Jess throwing up twice on the way home, then yes."
"Quite a party girl, your friend," he says appreciatively.
"What makes you think I'm not one?" I regret the question instantly. Thinking that a former math whiz kid isn't the most hardcore party girl at Stanford is not an absurd conclusion to draw. But his answer takes me by complete surprise.
"Having a steady boyfriend usually means you spend your free evenings and weekends… otherwise."
"You asked Dani to spy on me?"
"Of course not," he says with fake affronting. "I just know how to get the info I need from her."
"What happened to old-fashioned questioning?"
"It's old-fashioned," he answers with a smirk. "I like to consider myself modern."
"Make that lazy and sneaky." I finally unhitch my gaze from the ceiling and look him in the eyes again. They are so much darker than a few minutes ago.
He tightens his grip on my waist. "Fine. Tell me three things about you."
I try to put on my most serious look. "I grew up in London and San Francisco, used to play volleyball in a minor league, and want to work in investment banking." Did he really think I'll make it easy for him?
"Let me rephrase," he smirks. "Tell me three things about you I won't find in your CV. Three dreams."
The next sentence rolls out of my mouth despite my firm resolution to torment him by not really telling him anything about me. Especially not the weird things.
"I want to taste every single recipe in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, get myself kidnapped by elves and locked up in Rivendell, and attend the midnight release of the next book about the wizarding world that I know Rowling will write. If that last thing fails, I want to learn how to fly on a broom, at the very least."
He bursts into a cascade of laughter. But it's not in the slightest mocking or mean. It's warm and heartfelt.
And loud.
"Your turn," I say, in an attempt to stop him, because we are attracting less-than-friendly stares from the couples around us. "Stop laughing like a maniac and tell me three things about yourself. Three fears."
He laughs for a few more seconds before assuming a solemn face.
"I hate snakes and always keep a light on when I sleep. And I suffer from chronic commitment phobia."
His words hit me like a whiplash. Amazing how lighthearted and playful he throws them at me.
"So I've heard," I say, trying—and failing—to keep my voice steady.
"I wanted to make sure you know it from me," he says in a soft voice. Yet for all the softness, it still feels like whiplash.
"That's very considerate of you."
Why do his words have this impact on me? Why do they have any impact at all? I guessed a while ago how things are. I wish we weren't dancing so I could run away. Put as much distance as possible between him and me. My wish is not far from being granted. Though I haven't listened to many waltzes in my life, I'm sure the orchestra is playing the ending tones right now. I try to distance myself from his intoxicating presence, but his grip on me is firmer than ever.
"I saw how you were looking at me in that bar," he whispers with urgency.
Crap, so Jess wasn't exaggerating. I do my best to put on the poker face she mimicked on our way home, then I remember I have a mask on anyway.
"Why did you invite me here?"
"Why did you come?" he asks, and there is a slight uneasiness in his voice.
"Because you invited me," I answer as sardonically as possible.
"I was curious," he says quietly.

Giveaway: 

Tour wide giveaway
Open INTL
---$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal cash (Winner's choice)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


This post is part of  the Lost in Us Blog Tour organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.