Month: October 2014

Blog Tour Giveaway and Playlist: Beholden by Corinne Michaels @authorcmichaels

Blog Tour Giveaway and Playlist: Beholden by Corinne Michaels @authorcmichaels

Blog Tour Giveaway and Playlist: Beholden by Corinne Michaels @authorcmichaelsBeholden by Corinne Michaels
on October 22, 2014
Genres: Romance
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Catherine Pope got a second chance at love, only to have it ripped away—again. She should’ve known better.
But she dared to hope.
She refuses to let fate take the reins this time. Catherine decides she’s going to fight.

Jackson Cole risked it all.
He thought this time would be different.
With his loyalties pulling him in two directions—it’s time to make a choice…his past or his future.

Will they be beholden to their fears or will they both fight against their demons and finally find the love they both long for?


About Corinne Michaels

Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series and Say You’ll Stay. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

Back to Back Review: Tied by Emma Chase @emmachse

Back to Back Review: Tied by Emma Chase @emmachseTIED by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #4
on october 7, 2014
Genres: Romance
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In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of... my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you've heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?


About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Blog Tour Review, Excerpt and Giveaways: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker @kathleenatucker @InkSlingerPR

Author: K.A. TUCKER
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The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Rating: ★★★★★
Told in alternating perspectives of the past and present, Burying Water tells the story of a woman who wakes up in a hospital severely bruised and traumatized. Water was found nearly dead after she was raped, beaten and dumped in the fields of rural Oregon. What happened next was almost as awful…

“My memory—my life—isn’t simply riddled with holes. It has been sucked into a black hole, leaving nothing but this battered husk behind, my mind spinning but unable to gain traction.”

No memory of name, no traces of her past and existence. Where her mind pushes it into some inaccessible corner of the unconscious, Water needs to start a new life. A place where she can find solace and be with people she can truly trust.
Will she find the security she is looking for in the arms of Jesse?

“She had warned me. If I had just listened, had stayed away from her, had not told her how I felt…had not fallen wildly in love with her.”

What happens when her memories suddenly resurface? How can things be the same again?

” Am I happy? I am lost and yet somehow found. I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet somehow…home.”

I really loved Burying Water! The storyline is so captivating and really got to me. From the very first page I was undeniably locked in and the mystery and intrigue had me in its grips. I felt just as crazy as Water, dying to figure it out and trying to formulate guesses as to what is really going on. But I was loving it all.
There was some sexy, steamy tension and that was a nice distraction from the mysteries and confusion (LOL) I was in. The way the characters’ stories were intertwined and told in alternating chapters really worked for me, too as I learned more about ttheir life in smaller pieces — which really piled on the suspense! I was so invested in both Jesse and Water’s story that I’d finish one chapter and be all, “Oh man! I don’t want to switch POV yet” but then immediately be absorbed in the other’s narration. I loved learning about Water’s back story and how miserable her life is in the past while simultaneously learning more about what happened after the heartbreaking incident. K.A. Tucker sure knows how to deliver bits of answers in a way that you can’t help but hastily read because you really care so much about what happened.
At first, I was afraid I wasn’t going to really connect with Water but Ms. Tucker really made her into a character I loved as she had so many of her own heartbreaking issues to deal with that really drew her to this story. While obviously regaining her memory was the shining storyline, I thought that Water’s marital issues and the unfortunate accident that happened in their life was really interesting and I loved the healing that went on throughout the story in different ways. The only thing that I will say is that sometimes I thought things were a little bit too much of a coincidence but not in a way that really detracted from the story at all. But besides that, this book was fantastic.
Burying Water was the perfect blend of mystery laced with romance, and a serious page-turner. The pieces of the mystery were revealed in a way that its truly moving and will leave you a bit teary-eyed, gasping for more. K.A. Tucker has just such smooth & exquisite writing — the unraveling of the mystery, the scenes that make your heart ache, the amazing characterization & more — it was just all so neatly and wonderfully written.
If you are craving for a romance novel with a little more substance, beautiful prose and a dash of good mystery, you will definitely enjoy Burying Water.

” the truth is like water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”

September was a heavy month for rain. It looks like October is competing for a record, too, because it’s pouring again tonight. It’s only a matter of time before the car gives out on me, right here in the middle of this deserted road. Then I’ll be just like the poor sucker on the shoulder up ahead, his hazards flashing.
Even though I’ve already made my mind up to keep moving, when I realize it’s a BMW Z8, my foot eases off the gas pedal. I’ve never seen one in real life before. Probably because there are only a few thousand in the entire country and each one would go for a pretty penny. It’s rare and it’s fucking gorgeous.
And it has a flat tire.
“Nope.” Changing tires in the rain sucks. That rich bastard can wait for roadside assistance to come save him. I’m sold on that plan until my headlights catch long blond hair in the driver’s side. Twenty feet past, my conscience takes over and I can’t help but brake. “Shit,” I mutter, pulling off to the shoulder and slowly backing up.
No one’s getting out, but if she’s alone, she’s probably wary. With a loud groan, I step out into the rain, yanking the hood of my gray sweatshirt up over my head. I jog over to the passenger-side window. Growing up with a sheriff as a father, you learn never to stand on the road, even if there isn’t a car in sight. People get clipped all the time.
I knock against the glass.
And wait.
“Come on . . .” I mutter, my head hung low, the rain pounding on my back feeling like a cold hose bath. It can’t be more than 40 degrees out here. Another five seconds and I’m leaving her here.
Finally the window cracks open, just enough for me to peer through. She’s alone in the car. It’s dark, but I’m pretty sure I see tears. I definitely see smeared black makeup. And her eyes . . . They glisten with fear. I don’t blame her. She’s driving a high-priced car and she’s sitting alone out here after eleven at night. And now there’s a guy in a hoodie hanging outside her window. I adjust my tone accordingly. “Do you need help?”
I hear her swallow hard before answering, “Yes. I do.” She sounds young, but it’s hard to tell with some women.
“Have you called Triple-A?”
She hesitates and then shakes her head.
Okay . . . not very talkative. She smells incredible, though, based on the flowery perfume wafting out of her car. Incredible and rich. “Your spare’s in the trunk?”
“I . . . think so?”
I sigh. Looks like I’m changing a tire in the pouring rain after all
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Blog Tour: Surviving Broken by Beverly Preston (Review and Giveaway)

TITLE: SURVIVING BROKEN (A Mathews Family Novel Book 4)

Most women have a wish list when it comes to what kind of man they want to date. JC Mathews used a strict set of guidelines as a safety net to keep herself out of trouble and out of love.
On hiatus from the bright lights and speculative gazes of her career in the fashion industry, JC lets her guard down…only to the wrong man. After escaping Italy and the hands of her abuser, she returns to Malibu to recover. The last thing she expects to find is a large, gorgeous intruder swimming naked in her pool. 
Reed Rider left Texas and his broken heart behind in order to settle his aunt’s affairs after her death. Seeking refuge from the California heat for a midnight swim in his neighbor’s backyard, he never expects to find a nude silhouette of a long-haired beauty standing at the water’s edge.
As their passion ignites and the pages of JC’s rulebook fade to grey, she unlocks her guarded heart to begin a new chapter in her life. When hidden truths are exposed and secrets unravel, will they survive the threats from their broken pasts?

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Every once in a while a series comes along that just leaves a smile on your soul, The Mathews Family Series by Beverly Preston does just that. All of these books can be read as stand alones, but their stories do intertwine. I’ve been a fan of Beverly’s since book one. She’s got an amazing knack for making you feel like you’re one of the family. Her word choices and vivid imagery have you traveling to all of the places she writes about, you’re there with the characters for every step. Never has a series made me appreciate my life and my family the way that this one has. I have always been a proponent of everything happens for a reason, and her books simply solidified that for me.
In Surviving Broken, the fourth book and my favorite by far, the gang comes full circle. This installment focuses on the spitfire that is JC. This is her story, and man what a story. I will warn you, there is some tough subject matter in this book but Beverly handles it with perfect decorum. One scene is very difficult to sit through, but honestly, not one word could have been changed. It needed to be said just the way it played out. Perfectly. In walks Reed Rider… what can be said about him? Dreamy southern gentleman with class, wearing a good ‘ole pair of Levi’s. Swoon. Reed’s life hasn’t been a bowl of peaches. Together Reed and JC learn to trust, not only helping each other heal, but finding an amazing love story along the way. You can’t help but adore this couple and the journey they take you on.
When I finished this book I let out an audible sigh through my happy tears and smile. The ending was amazingly heartfelt and poignant. Beverly put pieces together I hadn’t even noticed were missing. The unconditional love of a family and what makes a family a unit, was beautifully orchestrated in the perfect final act. If there is such a thing as a perfect moment, this was it. It simply doesn’t get any better.

“Sometimes you have to go through hell to find your heaven.”

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author Beverly Preston has been a stay at home mom for 21 years, although she prefers the title Domestic Engineer, raising her four amazing kids. As her children begin to venture out on their own, she’s left to shed a tear–for a minute–wonder what’s next in life, and embrace the feeling of empowerment that surely must’ve been wrapped in a present she received on her fortieth birthday. 
If Beverly isn’t at home riding her spin bike, you’ll find her spinning richly emotional and sinfully sexy romance stories. 

First Three books in the Mathews Family Series 
will be ON SALE throughout the tour!
ONLY $0.99
No More Wasted Time (bk 1)
Shayla’s Story (bk 2)
The Perfect Someday (bk 3) 

Book Review and Giveaways: Tattoos & Tatas (Chocoholics #2.5) By Tara Sivec @TaraSivec

Tattoos & Tatas (Chocoholics #2.5)
By Tara Sivec
Released: October 1, 2014

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During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from Tattoos and Tatas will be donated to breast cancer awareness.

Claire and Liz have always had a friendship that defied the test of time, but when one of them is diagnosed with a disease that every woman fears, their bond is put through the wringer. How do you cope knowing your soul mate could be taken from you?

Filled with memories of their life long friendship, inappropriate behavior, bad tattoos and shaving cats, the two friends will realize that laughter really is the best medicine.

Tattoos and TaTas is not your typical love story; it’s a story of friendship and learning how to let go when something is beyond your control.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Can Tara Sivec give cancer a comic twist? You bet she can.

Tattoos and TaTas is a love letter to friendship. The soul mate that doesn’t allow for a tax break but one that shapes the person you are, knows your secrets, and loves you no matter what. They may need a swift kick in the ass but none the less, they are a soul mate. Liz takes over the spotlight as she explains the power of her and Claire’s relationship, how she met the love of her life, and everything in-between.

Tattoos and TaTas is a follow up novella but with enough back story this is a quick read that you will enjoy even if you never one clicked a Tara Sivec book before. This one is for the girls, the two you own, and the ones that own a piece of your heart. Allow yourself a couple hours of entertainment knowing that 100% of proceeds, for the month of October, benefit the TATAS!

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series , the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series, Burned and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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2 Signed Paperbacks of Tattoos and Tatas
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Book Blitz: Beloved by Corinne Michaels @authorcmichaels

Title: Beloved
Author: Corrine Michaels

Not enough.
Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her—from her father to her fiancé. She finally accepted the fact she would never be enough to hold any man’s heart and soul.
Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.
When her world literally collided with the sexy former Navy SEAL, everything she always believed is turned upside down and left scattered. He made her feel alive and desirable, consumed her with fierceness and loyalty—which completely unnerved her. Jackson got her in a way no one ever had, giving him the power to destroy her. 
If she breaks down and gives him what’s left of her battered heart—will he protect it? Or will Catherine become an irrelevant part of yet another man’s life? 
Will she get the one thing that has always evaded her – to finally be someone’s beloved?

Random Facts about Beloved
#1 Jackson’s name was not always Jackson Cole.. up until about 2 weeks before it went to the editor it was Jackson Grant
#2 I rewrote the entire first 4 chapters 2 weeks before it went to the editor.
#3 Jackson was NEVER supposed to be a Navy SEAL.. If I showed you my original outline you’d probably ask when I was going to write that book.
#4 I have about 25,000 words in deleted scenes.
#5 Each of the men’s names (other than Jackson) are named after actual SEALs we know in our life
#6 I have actually done that obstacle course .. ish I think I may have blacked out after.
#7 The girls names are all middle names of my friends … If I ran out (or didn’t like) the middle names their last names are there so I have a special place for each person.
#8 I knew the ending of Beloved and that’s when everything in the MS changed.
#9 I HAVE to write to music! If I don’t I can’t write more than 100 words. Yet I can’t read to music! Weird.
#10 All of the “places” they go are real. There is really the restaurant they go to (I had my 30th there).. the lighthouse really does over look the bridge/tunnel … I’m going to visit next month and I want to take pictures.
#11 I was a Navy wife for 13 years so all the things they talk about with “manning the rails” or getting on base and especially Jackson’s childhood are all very realistic. I wanted it that way. It’s how we live.
#12 My best friend’s husband is a SEAL, I’ve watched her go through so much and I tried to really portray some of the things she went through…
#13 The prologue is actually my 9th bday
#14 The prank wars are all real. I promise! Military guys are all HUGE into initiations and the pepper spray really did happen to my husband. I hate his friend still.
#15 My ex did in fact cheat on me but no I never walked in on it.
#16 The ending was supposed to be Mark not Aaron, but I loved Mark so much I couldn’t do it.

Corinne is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Breast Cancer Awareness Promo featuring 53 Letters for My Lover by Leylah Attar

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, $1 from each sale of 53 Letters for My Lover, from October 1st to 31st 2014, will go directly to Susan G. Komen for The Cure.

53 Letters October Breast Cancer Awareness
What you can do to join the fight:

Educate yourself about early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Create an Early Detection Plan and invite others to do the same.The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Use the Early Detection Plan to receive reminders for breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. Make your own donation.This month, you will have the opportunity to support many retailers involved with the cause. In addition to giving indirectly by shopping, you can also make your own contribution to your favorite charity. Use an independent charity-rating site such as Charity Navigator to find out about your charity’s perfomance, how much of your money actually goes toward the cause, how much is used for administrative fees etc. Volunteer, fundraise, discuss, promote! Get involved with your favorite local charity. Use your social media to educate and raise awareness. Look after your body, mind and soul! Reduce your stress and boost your happy chemicals by eating healthy, getting active and enjoying the great outdoors. Curling up with your favorite book boyfriends is also a good way to go! 
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Synopsis Reveal: MARROW by Tarryn Fisher @Tarryn__Fisher

Author: Tarryn Fisher
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In the Bone there is a house.
In the house there is a girl.
In the girl there is a darkness.
Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.
What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.
But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.

I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…