Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Tour: SEX ON THE BEACH **GIVEAWAY** + Excerpt

Blog Tour: SEX ON THE BEACH series **GIVEAWAY** + Excerpt

This series includes the novellas FINDING YOU by Jenna Bennett, LOSING US by Jen McLaughlin, and CHASING ME by Jennifer Probst.

When it all comes crashing down...

Everything I thought I had with Austin Murphy—safety, stability, the normalcy I crave but my celebrity lifestyle rarely allows—was ripped away in one night. I wanted to surprise him, but the joke was on me. Now I don't know if I ever really knew him at all. 
Someone has to pick up the pieces...
Mackenzie Forbes was everything I ever wanted and the one person I didn't deserve. When a past mistake costs me the girl I love, I'll do everything I can to get her back. We both have demanding careers and family secrets darkening our pasts, but I need Mackenzie in my future. 
Sometimes everything you have to give just isn't enough...



He caught my shoulders in his hands and lowered his forehead to mine. “I love you, Mac. I love you so damn much. Believe me. Please...” He tipped my chin up with a trembling hand.
My lids drifted shut. I knew I should move away. Kick him. Punch him. Scream at him. But I couldn’t move. I was mesmerized by his touch. His soft voice. Him. He lowered his mouth to mine, moving slow enough to give me a chance—a thousand chances—to move away or say no.
I didn’t do either. I couldn’t. A broken sound escaped me the second his lips touched mine.
Because I was. Broken. So badly.
When he stepped closer, closing me in his embrace and looming over me, a hundred images of us together flashed before me in some horrible montage. Us snorkeling.
Kissing in the rain. Me telling him I loved him. The way he’d looked on stage for the first time on tour with me. But the last image, of him kissing that blonde in his dressing room, ripped me out of the kiss. And out of his arms.
I stumbled back, covering my mouth. “Don’t. Just...don’t.”

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About the Author:

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: Believers: Truth in Deception

Blog Tour: Review: Believers: Truth in Deception  by Tamara D. Taylor

Mary lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society
apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor.
Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work,
which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the
wealthy elite.
Mary struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her
humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in
love with a man she knows she should not trust,  compromising her relationship
with her childhood sweetheart.
After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family.
Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will
death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man?



What would you do if you knew you could live forever? How would you change
your life? The world? Would you be the one to make it better? I thought the
cure for aging would be the answer to so many of humanity’s problems. I really
believed this little pill would help us make the world a better place.
Yet all I have seen is the further deterioration of generosity, love, compassion
and freedom. It has not brought out the better side of the human race. It has
created a darker side where compassion and generosity are rare traits that
are almost extinct. It has taken me over 400 years to realize that the end of
aging does not give one freedom. Your body becomes a prison in which you are
trapped and from which you can’t escape.
It saddens me that the world has entered such a dark time, to the point where
I no longer want to stay and witness the pain that we, as people, are putting
ourselves through.
To many, this will come as a shock. My success has only forced me to put up a
wall, one that keeps away even those who feel they are my closest friends. I do
not trust anyone. The friends I have left only appear to be interested in their
association with me to advance their own political aspirations in life.
I feel that if I can’t offer the peace that eternal life brings to all, then none of
us should have it. It is not fair of us to choose a select few to live far past an
age that God has intended.
I have watched too many good people come in and out of this world, knowing
that, “in the end,” I could have saved them. However, like many other people,
I had started believing that I deserved this gift, that it was my right, and that
if a person was not smart enough or rich enough to buy this gift, then they did
not deserve to obtain it.
Looking back on my life, I can see that I am the origin of all the world’s
troubles. As intelligent as I was to invent this amazing drug, I can’t begin to
imagine that I am brilliant enough to change the course of our planet.
My heart is broken, my soul damaged and weak. My resilience is nothing but
a shadow left. I cry, for humanity, mother earth and the faith that we have
lost in God. So the only thing left I can offer is the end. Tonight will be my
last. I have settled my regrets, sins and all other misgivings with God and
look forward to joining all of those I have cared for over my 400 years on this
He slowly raises the gun and puts it into his mouth. With a quick fluid motion,
the trigger is pulled.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Secrets. Anti-aging drugs. Some would do anything to get these in their hands, maybe even kill...?

This tale oozes charisma, witholds rieting content, and has some wicked fast-paced action-packed moments that are thrilling to the bone.

The story follows the main character, Mari, who comes from a home filled with good values and morals that takes place in the future of today's world where people's lives are basically revolving around this anti-aging drug called Xenvie. Only the rich can afford it,, leaving those who cannot to age and die poor. Mari is part of a group called The Foundation, and is  known as a Believer. Believer in God, faith, and oppose the anti-aging as wrong and against God's natural way of life. She is to be the new assistant for Joseph Aramat, the youngest son of the Aramati family, the family that owns the corporation she works at. From the very start, everything is already in motion. Things are only going to get even crazier and dangerous. Trusting someone is getting harder to do, and secrets that should be kept are about to be spilled.

This reminded me a little of Romeo and Juliet. there was even a scene where Joseph and Mari were about to pull a Wrath and Beth in J.R. Ward's Dark Lover. Overprotective male, deflecting female.

This was soo touching and incredibly heartfelt. I really don't think this book was soley about religion.  Yes, it was important, but it was more of something people could rely on, something pure and reliable, to have faith in. Something other than the Government and that anti-aging drug.

There was constant danger for Joseph and Mari. It was crazy how Mari would end up with the most physical damage in the many unpleasant encounters they were met with. Joseph was more on the mental side, assuming the reason was that He didn't quite believe in God, but Mari did. I was able to catch on fairly quick and appreciated the foreshadowing. It helped soften the the full impact of the things that were intense. Deadly even. So many secrets and strikes of betrayal. There were grammatical errors, enough to make it a bit difficult to figure out what was being said in conversation and what was the character thinking, especially in the longer paragraphs. Other than that, nothing seemed out of place. The author did fantastic in the very beginning elaborating the story's world and laying out all of the important stuff.

Overall, I had a very exciting reading experience and look forward to checking out momre of this author's work. Great debut.

About the Author:

Tamara D.Taylor was born and raised in the East Bay of California until she
moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University. Today, Tamara still
resides in Nebraska where she and her husband, John, are raising their five
young children.

A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader,
and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After
watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally
write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her
son that no dream is too big to achieve.

Her latest book is the YA, Believers: Truth in Deception.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Review: Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Class of '98 **GIVEAWAY**

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Review: Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Class of '98 by A.L. Player **Giveaway** #ReadSwoonRepeat


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Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!

This week features

Class of '98 by A.L. Player.

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Jackie Dunn and Matt Stewart barely knew each other in high school, back when she was a blue-haired alterna-kid and he was a preppy jock. High school rules dictated they'd never hang out, or sit at the same lunch table, or God forbid, date.

But when a weird storm transports them from their ten-year reunion back to senior year, they have to work together to figure out a way to get back to 2008.

Stuck in high school, Jackie and Matt agree to tough it out. They agree to do everything exactly as they remember, even though that means staying with the boyfriend Jackie knows will betray her, or playing nice with the girl that will someday be Matt’s ex-wife. Soon, they come to rely on one other, even become friends.

Jackie’s just starting to get used to curfews and term papers again, when Matt hits her with the biggest surprise of all: he’s fallen in love with her. He’ll change the past however he has to if it means a future with Jackie. But Jackie’s terrified they’ll not only alter their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

Back to the Future meets She's All That, Class of '98 is a young adult/adult crossover that will appeal to teens and adults.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Too funny and such a blast...of lighting,

I cannot stress how awesome and cool it was to have come across this book! So worth it! Has the Back To The Future and She's All That vibe down pat! Also the reverse of 13 Going On 30, which was the first thing that popped into my head. And now as I'm typing, a little bit of Project Almanac.

I don't really know what to say about this book. I hate being repetitive when giving compliments, and all I can think of are plain jane words that cannot describe this story because they would not be up to par with how great this book is or how invested I was with the characters and such. Every moment was a great moment.

The story follows Jackie leaving from work depressed and getting ready to pack things up and attend her high school ten-year reunion. She is reunited with some of her closest friends, ex-bestfriends, and other people like Matt, who belonged to a whole different clique way back then. They got to talking about what-ifs, going back, and second-chances, and then lightning struck. They are warped back into their senior year of high school. Go figure.

The main characters were very well detailed and worked extremely well together. They were super hilarious and very fun to read about. Jackie seemed very radiant and extroverted back in high school, even the second time around she still had enough spunk and enough to go around when Matt's high school girlfriend wanted to pick on her. However, when it came down to hanging around Matt, she became very insecure and a bit of a recluse in general, whether or not it started off as just to not create a ripple effect going back in time and changing the future or her feelings for Matt were no longer platonic. She was very adamant on that, or just stubborn according to Matt. I didn't like how Shane hardly made an appearance, but he was mentioned here and there throughout the story. I felt that because Jackie was having a hard time being back in high school and already knowing everything that was going to happen, she would have made more of an effort to to keep things exacty the same, but Matt didn't exactly make things easier for the both of them.
Matt was just a very good guy. I loved how cool he was, and not because he was a jock (I most likely have the same mentality on the subject of jocks as Shane does back in high school). He was so cute with his eagerness when wanting to spend time with Jackie as well as his confidence when defending her. That door slam was perfect. Que the crickets.

In the end, I was very satisfied with how things wonderfully turned out. I mean, it was for the better in some ways more than not. Okay, everything turned out better in my opinion, I just don't want to be biased.

Reading this made me think about what I would do if I went back in time to my senior year. I probably would have tried harder with my studies and scholarships. If only, right?

Overall, I had a very enjoyable eperience reading this book and encourageed others to grab hold of this book and don't let go. This story  was literally too good. Too good to pass up.

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A.L. Player

L. Player teaches middle and high school English in Atlanta, GA. She lives with her guitar-playing, English-teaching husband and their three crazy rescue dogs. Her last name gets about the reaction you'd expect.

CLASS OF '98 is A.L.'s first novel.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Review: ITGIRL4LIFE **GIVEAWAY** + Excerpt

Blog Tour: Review: It Girl 4 Life by Tamara Branch **GIVEAWAY** + Excerpt

The book that can make you question not only yourself, but the material itself.

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Writer, artist and speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters
on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright
in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so
much more. Packed with sage advice, life-changing insights and affirmations
to help you soar, ITGIRL4LIFE offers ideas, tools and principles that you can
reference and build upon, supporting you in becoming your best. Get ready to
fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty and strength.



YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with. IT is that unique special
something that is all yours. Nothing and nobody can take IT away from you. IT
is not something that you have one day and lose the next. IT is not fleeting. IT
is not temporary. IT does not depend on the judgment or approval of others.
IT is here to stay. Your job is to tap into IT. Your ITGIRL4LIFE adventure starts
NOW. It’s about loving yourself, being authentic, taking charge and making a
difference. You will need a great attitude, an open mind, the desire to grow
and expand, the courage to create the life you want and the willingness to be
your best self.
Are you ready? Your special something and so much more is right this way.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This self-help is something really and truly insightful. It can really get down to what really counts and how to go about it. The beginning had a bunch of personal growth that can make almost any type of female reader want to keep reading, want to know the next best thing to having a fulfilling. It lures you in, like an ice cream truck driving by your house. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, a choice made my none other than you. Then getting closer to the end, I started to question what it was basically telling me to do. How to react, how to have a perspective. I believe the writer was on a role with the self-help instructions and suggestions in the beginning, but there is a contradiction later on that made me as a reader do a complete 180. I felt like I was in a trance and suddenly woke from it. This author definitely has a way with words, but I do recommend some more development on writing skills. But then again, what do I know. Check it out for yourself.

Overall, I did enjoy this short read and would recommend something like this to my grandmother or sister.

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About the Author:

Displaying Tamara Branch.jpgTamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE, kicking off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.

Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.

After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community.  She's a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.

Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ITGIRL4LIFE workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey.

Her latest book is the YA/self-esteem book, ITGIRL4LIFE.

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