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Book Blitz ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Forgiven by Rebecca Brooke

22 Jan

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Title: Forgiven

Series: Forgiven #1

Author: Rebecca Brooke

Released: August 10th 2013

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What happens when one moment changes the course of your entire life? Do you sit back and accept it, or fight to live the life you choose? Caleb Jacobs has a past that has haunted him for two years. Knowing he can never forgive himself for the events that led to his departure, Caleb chooses to live a quiet life—concentrating on school, sports, and shots. But when he is paired with Angie for a history project he realizes that no matter how much you try to hide from your past, one way or another it will find you.

Angelina Powers knows what she wants from life. Growing up with only an alcoholic father for company, Angie learned early on in life that you can only count on yourself. But that doesn’t stop her wishing for her white knight. She’s confident, happy and focused…until she meets Caleb. So how will she feel when her potential white knight turns out to be more of a black shadow?

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Forgiven beings with Caleb Jacobs, a loner not because he can’t be social but because he fears what people will think of him and his past. Beating himself up for the past 2 years for something he had no control over. He focuses on school, sports and attempts to drink himself to sleep every night. Forgiving himself is something he doesn’t think he deserves. 

Angelina Powers is a go getter learning early that she has no one she can fall back on, no one to support her dreams. Growing up with an alcoholic father has been tough but because of him she strives for what she wants. 

When Angie and Caleb are paired up together for a history project things get interesting. The attraction between these two is obvious. Caleb fights it as much as he can but “those eyes” haunt him. Angie can’t take his mood swings, one minute he’s all into her the next he’s a jerk. I mean really talk about mixed signals. 

The supporting characters, Josh and Emily, were awesome! I just love Emily, that’s a friend I’d want in my corner. 

Over all I really enjoyed this story. I am so happy I decided to read it. It was such an awesome story fill with so many emotions. The main characters; Angie and Caleb torture themselves with the past. ‘Shit happen’ and most of the time we have no control over the specifics, are you one to let the past rule and overcome your future? Will you just go through the motions of daily life? OR are you one to say ‘F’ this I’m in control? 

These are questions I asked myself when I finished reading Forgiven, Rebecca Brooke did an amazing job. The circumstances each character went through and the detail in which she wrote it was very realistic. This is one I would recommend! 🙂

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After she left, I lay down on my bed. I knew I had to get Caleb Jacobs as far away from my thoughts as possible. I only had to deal with him for the next week and a half. He would be easy enough to ignore in class—we’d never interacted before, so why should that have to change? What was it about him that made him so different? I had to come to grips with the fact that he didn’t want me. I realized that it didn’t matter. My mother hadn’t wanted me, and neither did my father. He’d been reminding me of that fact for years. I survived his abuse—I could easily deal with one asshole.

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Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves to bake and watch episodes of Shameless and True Blood.

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Cover Reveal ~ Touched By Another by T.H. Snyder

17 Jan
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Title: Touched By Another

Series: Touch #3

Author: T.H. Snyder

Anticipated Release Date: January 26, 2014

Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica

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Lately, Emma MacIntyre has been pretending to live the life of a perfect wife while her husband Keith takes control over her family business. With the loss of her parents to a tragic car accident and a fight that causes her brother, Riley, to move out of state Emma chooses to stand by her husband.

While sorting out her parent’s estate, Emma stumbles across a few hidden secrets that she suspects Keith has kept her from. Heartbroken Emma turns to her brother for support, hoping to also rekindle their own broken relationship. When she moves to Boston Emma finds herself reacting to a complete stranger when he is willing to comfort her and listen to her pain.

Is Emma ready to move on with her life and leave the hurt of her failing marriage behind? Will Emma fight the urge to fall once she has been Touched by Another?

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T. H. Snyder was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books. Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!
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Title: Touch Me

Series: Touch #1

Author: T.H. Snyder

Release Date: December 19, 2013

Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica

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Char is a focused and driven career woman who’s had a relationship she would rather choose to forget, but can’t. Riley is a pure gentleman who can easily leave the past where it belongs, behind him.

Some people believe in fate where others deem it a coincidence. Char and Riley are meant to be together, so life just happens to make sure they are in the right place at the right time.

But is that enough?

You’ll be falling in love with this dynamic duo as they find out who they are and why fate keeps making sure their lives are intertwined.

Their differences are what make them all too similar, and throughout the course of their journey there is one thing that always brings them back together…the need for each other’s touch.

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Title: Touched By You

Series: Touch #2

Author: T.H. Snyder

Release Date: December 19, 2013

Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica

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Chloe and Derrick have spent most of their lives together as friends and as lovers; they have formed a connection that few couples can make last. This duo is bound by one thing that no one can destroy. They have been touched by one another and no one can take that away.

That is until one of them is forced to make a decision and their lives take on a different path.

Can these two withstand the reality of what lies ahead? Are they able to hold a relationship together with just the mere fact that they may love each other? Is it possible to maintain a bond that no one else has been able to touch?

Chloe and Derrick may have the relationship others dream about, but sometimes things do get in the way and it can be impossible to forgive and forget.

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Cover Reveal ~ Indulge (Harmony #0.5) by Angela Graham

17 Jan

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Title: Indulge

Series: Harmony #0.5

Author: Angela Graham

Anticipated Release Date: February 18, 2014

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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Logan West’s life is anything but ideal. Mindless sex, tedious business ventures, and the occasional poker game keep him occupied, but he only lives for one thing: fatherhood.
Oliver, Logan’s three-year-old son, is his entire world. Raising him alone, Logan finds his only joy in spending time giving Oliver the childhood he deserves. But every other weekend, he allows himself the chance to live as a man—a man with deeper desires. Logan knows what he likes, what he wants, and what he needs. He has no interest in dating and believes there’s no risk worth taking for romance, but his casual sexual escapes rarely leave him satisfied.
It takes an unexpected decision from his sister Julia and a road trip to the small town of Harmony with his best friend, Caleb, to open Logan’s eyes to new opportunities outside his programmed world. It’s not what he expects, but Logan’s always looking to indulge.
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I am happily married to my husband of five years, have three wonderful children and a beautiful feline companion that keeps me company during late night writing binges.

My love of reading has been life long but it was in early 2012 when I was inspired to finally put pen to paper and write my first story. Since then I haven’t been able to stop, fueled purely by my passion to write a story and create characters that readers will enjoy.

New Adult romances are my go to books to read as well as to write. They are young, fresh and full of hope. What’s not to love!

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
– Ella Fitzgerald

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Title: Inevitable

Series: Harmony #1

Author: Angela Graham

Release Date: January 14, 2014

Genre: New Adult/Adult, Contemporary Romance

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After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.

When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.

Cassandra knows it’s wrong and that she’s heading for another heartbreak.
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.

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Title: Irreplaceable

Series: Harmony #2

Author: Angela Graham

Release Date: January 14, 2014

Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

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It wasn’t his fault she lay broken and battered. He wasn’t responsible for the injuries covering her bruised body.
Her heart, however, told a different story. She endured the pain of its jagged edges as it shattered against her chest, ripping through the hope she once held. Her spirit was broken, and only one man was to blame for that.
Cassandra Clarke had known better than to trust her all to a man like Logan West. She’d thought he was different—a better man than he’d portrayed to others. A man worth risking it all for.

But she was wrong, and would never make that mistake again.

What happens when you question everything you longed to believe—deny all emotions you still hold for a man unworthy of them?

Faced with Logan’s persistence, Cassandra must find the strength to keep her guard up or risk falling again for the one man her body feels…is irreplaceable.

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Blog Tour Stop ~ Book Review, Except & Giveaway ~ Private North by Tess Oliver

4 Jan

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An internship cataloguing ancient pottery. A war-hardened soldier who’s impossible to resist. A priceless Egyptian artifact. And a devious scheme that is fraught with danger. Antiquities major, Auggie Stonefield, is about to experience a winter break she will never forget.

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The throbbing in my head took my mind off the relentless pain in my leg. It had become my sort of twisted way of dealing with the constant agony. Get drunk enough for a skull-pounding hangover and it dulled everything else.

I made a stupid-ass attempt to mask the uneven sounds of my footsteps, but the wooden hallway floor made it pretty damn laughable. I wasn’t even completely sure why it mattered, except that I knew the girl was standing just around the corner in the kitchen. I’d heard her silky laugh twice before I’d even left my bedroom.

She stood in the kitchen helping with breakfast. Long auburn hair cascaded down the back of her sweater and I could see only the side of her face as she smiled sweetly at my dad. I’d been in a desert that was so hot just taking a breath hurt, a place where you learned not to trust even your own shadow, a place that could only be described as hell, and the only way to survive the nightmare of it all was to believe that somewhere else in another place, another time, another dimension angels existed. And now I’d come home and found one standing over the waffle iron in the kitchen.

She looked up as I entered the room and that was all it took. I could not look away. Her thin fingers trembled almost imperceptibly as she tucked her hair behind her ear. I dragged a chair out from the table and sat down hard and watched her. She grew more and more flustered by my scrutiny but I couldn’t stop myself. She was a piece of heaven that had floated in through the darkness and I wanted to watch her. And, even though she nearly bit through her plump, highly kissable bottom lip with agitation . . . it seemed . . . that deep down she wanted me to watch her.

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I pulled the cover up to my chin like I’d done as a young girl when I was certain the closet monsters were coming out to get me, but I couldn’t relax enough to sleep. The house was quiet and dark again. I climbed back into my slippers. I peeked out into the hallway and everything was still. I tiptoed to the kitchen hoping a glass of milk would make me sleepy.

I scuttled around the corner, and a gasp stuck in my throat. The refrigerator door was open, and the light pouring out illuminated his broad bare back, showing every line of hard muscle . . . and every small scar. There were many. His pajama pants hung low on his narrow hips, and I stood as quiet as a mouse for a guilty second and stared at his incredible physique.

He still had not heard me, and I wondered if he was still lost in the agony of his bad dream. I tiptoed without a sound, but as I neared he seemed to sense me. He continued to stare into the refrigerator as if he expected something to jump out into his hands.

“I’m sorry if I woke you.”

“Please don’t apologize.” His shoulders tensed as I moved closer to him. Even in front of an open refrigerator, heat rolled off of him in searing waves.

He shut the door but didn’t turn around. He leaned his forehead against the freezer door. I stepped closer. My hand trembled slightly as I reached up and touched him. The muscles of his back tightened and then relaxed. I trailed my fingers over the tiny scars that were splattered across his shoulders. The tiny ridges were hard, and I could feel the pain of each one in my fingertips. I stood on my toes and lowered my mouth to his skin. He sucked in a sharp breath as I pressed my lips to the scars. I kissed him over and over again wanting to absorb the pain that still clung to him physically and mentally. And he let me kiss him. His broad shoulders lifted and fell with each shallow breath as I ran my lips across his marred skin.

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I started and finished this book in 1 day. Even with being sick and drugged up I couldn’t put it down. Private North begins with August (Auggie) Stonefield getting ready for her Christmas vacation with her family. She is excited to have a “normal” holiday. Unfortunately, her mother has other plans and August finds herself signing up for an internship with her favorite professor, professor North.

The last thing on Auggie’s mind is starting a new relationship but things change.

Private North (Dalton) comes into the story at the very beginning yet we don’t know it yet. He is a town hero but he is full of pain emotionally, mentally and physically. He also holds a lot of regret and anger. He beats himself up for the events that took place while at war.

The chemistry between Auggie and Dalton was sizzling! She can’t help but feel a pull to him. She shows him kindness. She shows him that he is NOT broken but whole and beautiful. Dalton on the other hand is extremely attracted to Auggie and he had no problem saying what is on his mind however, he is afraid to get close should she decide to leave him he would fall back into the void.

It’s a touching story. Dalton’s character was to me realistic from the nightmares to the injury to the fear of being alone. There’s scheming going on behind the scenes with Ethan (youngest son) and the professor however, for me that wasn’t even a factor in this book.

Oh and the sex scenes…. “Tell me what to do.” I kissed his neck. “I want you to forget the pain, all of it,” I whispered. I pushed his long hair behind his ear. “I want you to feel only me, touching you, kissing you.” Oliver wrote them well! They did not overpower the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick yet satisfying read.

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Tess OliverTess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Interview ~ Joanne Schwehm Author of Unexpected Chance

10 Dec

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Publication Date: October 29, 2013 

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Always wanting to be a writer, but not having much experience with men or romance, Aubrey sets out to find her inspiration with the help of her best friend. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets Alex Logan. He’s beyond handsome, well dressed, and is known to be a player—perfect for the role.The unexpected happens and Alex becomes more than just an inspiration to Aubrey, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Before an opportunity arises to straighten things out, tragedy strikes, and Aubrey’s world is turned upside down.

While Aubrey is trying to cope with her new life, a new chance at love arises. Can she find it in her to trust again? Will Alex be able to win her back? Or will she take this new unexpected chance at love?

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EB: Please provide me with a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book, including something people might be surprised to learn.

JAS:  I am a wife and mom before anything else. I love sports and one of my favorite shows to watch is SportsCenter. I studied theater and never dreamt of being a writer. I would write poems or little passages, but never for anyone’s eyes but my own. My family didn’t know I wrote Unexpected Chance, until I was ready to send it to editing.  What would be surprising to learn about me, is that I never enjoyed reading. It was forced upon me in school and I dreaded it. Then I got into romance novels and now, I can’t stop reading. 

EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

JAS:  My ambition is to have readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I would love to see my stories come to life. 

EB: Which writers inspire you?

JAS:  That’s a tough question. EL James inspired me, because she got me reading again which lead me to writing. I like writers that go all out. I enjoy Madeline Sheehan because of that. She writes what she wants to write and I love that about her. 

EB: Do you have a good support system?

JAS:  Yes,  I have a wonderful support system which starts at home with my family. My friends, other authors and bloggers have also been wonderful. It’s amazing what a little encouragement and faith can do.

EB: What is your writing routine?

JAS:  I sit on my comfy couch or bed, turn on my music and write. There are scenes I write with my eyes closed; it’s generally the scenes with a lot of drama or angst. I just feel it differently if my eyes are closed.

EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book? What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration?

JAS:  A good book to me has an actual story with character development. I like an intriguing story, one with a twist that makes you think. I don’t like books that have weak women in them.

EB: Unexpected Chance  was published on October 31st , how long did it take you to write? 

JAS:  I started writing Unexpected Chance in April, 2013. I had a dream one night about this man, who we now know as Alex Logan and this woman, Aubrey Ryan and how they met. I woke up and started writing my dream down in a notebook. From that day forward, Alex and Aubrey have been talking to me. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I finished writing Unexpected Chance at the end of July.

 EB: What was the toughest part of putting this book together? 

JAS:   The toughest part was making sure it flowed correctly. I didn’t write from an outline, aside from my initial notes, I wrote from my head. 

EB: How did you come up with the title?

JAS:  The title was a difficult task. I had a few that I liked and then I went online to book sites to see what had already been used and what hadn’t been.  But, when you think of an unexpected chance, it does come around; it’s what you do with it that makes a difference. This book was my unexpected chance. 

EB: Was there any hesitance before you decided to hit the “publish” button?

JAS:  I felt completely nauseous. I’m sure I drove my friends crazy. I didn’t want to hit that button. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever done. 

EB: How would you describe your main characters? Would you say they are the same/different from you?

JAS:  Aubrey Ryan is a smart young woman, who aspires to be a romance novelist, but lacks romance in her life. She’s guarded and cautious. She worries a lot and has some anxiety issues. She doesn’t see herself as others do; she lacks confidence. Alex Logan on the other hand is completely the opposite. He is self-assured, a player, an extremely handsome man and a great guy. If I had to compare myself to one of them, it would be Aubrey. 

EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

JAS:  I had to do a lot of research for this book, I would tell you what that was, but what would be a spoiler. Let’s say this, I learned that more than ever you can’t take life or people for granted. 

EB: How much of the book is realistic or personal?

JAS:  I feel it is very realistic and also personal. I think there is a little of me or someone I know in each character. 

EB: If realistic or personal, are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

JAS:  A little bit of both. I can only write what I know. 

EB: While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

JAS:  Actually, more than one. When I write, I can actually feel myself as the character I am writing about. It really didn’t matter if it was a male or female character. I felt them all. 

EB: What is your favorite scene in the novel?

JAS It would probably be when they met. It was very unexpected. 

EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

JAS:  No, not really. Since I am new, I will ask anyone and everyone to review my novel. I follow so many blogs and respect them all. It’s hard work and I value all their opinions. 

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

JAS:  I do read them and pay attention. I don’t really let them influence my writing. 

EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

JAS:  If you want it do it; take the chance. 

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

JAS:  Thank you for taking a chance on a new author. 

EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

JAS:  None. 

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

JAS Not really, I think you covered it.

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)

JAS:  I am working on book 2 to conclude the Chance Series. I am hoping to release it in the first week of February. I will also be announcing the title soon. I had one selected, but that has since changed. J

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

JAS:  I update my Facebook account regularly. I am currently working on my website as well. Readers can always message me and I will reply as soon as I can.

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Originally from Rochester, New York, Joanne Schwehm now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Dave, her two teenage boys; Nick and Zack and her cute Bichon, Torre, who is aptly nicknamed “Mommy’s White Shadow”. It’s a good thing Torre only barks, or she could give away many secrets! Joanne loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, relaxing on a beach and shopping….especially for shoes…she has a bit of a fetish. She is an avid sports fan and loves the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoys playing and watching golf.

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