Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COVER REVEAL... Love Always, by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel + Giveaway

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TITLE: Love Always,
Authors: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel
COVER DESIGN: Najla Qamber Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 25th, 2015
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Blurb
I’ve met boys like him before. Rich. Bored. Always wearing a silver-spooned smile. But there is something different about him that piques my curiosity. The way he looks at me, like he is staring through the bars of a gilded cage he’s never left. Like he is one breath away from suffocating beneath a mound of responsibilities. He is different from the rest because he doesn’t wear his money… his money wears him. I just don’t think he knows it yet.
She’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She’s everything I’ve never been able to be. Carefree. Whimsical. A dreamer. Her laugh is infectious. She is irresistible. I can’t help but be drawn to her with an intensity that steals my breath and muddles my senses. I want to know her, need to know her, but how can I allow myself that liberty when I don’t have the freedom to make my own choices? Phillip and Maggie think they have it all. Even though they come from opposite backgrounds, they each have bright futures paved out, with no distractions holding them back. Until the fateful day they meet each other. After a brief, adventurous time together in The Hamptons, Maggie and Phillip find themselves saying goodbye just as the spark of love flashes intensely between them. Can their budding connection be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?
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RELEASE BLITZ... Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye's HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance

Grab your copy of this sexy, suspenseful book today!!

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About HARD TO LET GO: 
Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey. A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs. Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.    

EXCERPT: 
Taking a deep breath, Beckett knocked on the door. No answer. He turned the knob, and the door opened. “Go away,” came a strained voice. Beckett poked his head through the opening. Kat sat in a ball in the corner, her legs pulled up to her chest, her arms hugging herself tight. “Aw, Jesus, Beckett. Really?” Her face was splotchy and her eyes watery, though he didn’t see any tears. Ten-to-one she was going through some adrenaline letdown right now, too. Which no doubt made it all worse. That shit could fuck you up even when you were used to how it left you feeling drained and shaky, by how all the stress you’d suppressed during the height of the crisis boomeranged twice over after the fact. He came into the room, closed the door, and turned the lock for good measure. And then he crossed to Kat, scooped his arms under her knees and behind her back and lifted her up against him. She smacked his chest. “Put me down.” “No.” He moved to the edge of the bed. “I don’t need this right now, Beckett. Put me down.” “Yes, you do,” he said, sitting on the edge of the mattress. He pulled her face in against his throat and smoothed her hair back from her cheek. She trembled against him, just the littlest bit, her skin hot to the touch. He pressed a kiss to her forehead and hugged her tighter. “You did good, kid.” Every one of her muscles went tight. Her hand fisted in his shirt. And her breath caught as she buried her face against his neck and shoulder. Then Kat burst out crying. And it was like being torn apart and put back together, all at once. He hated her pain, but he adored that she wasn’t hiding herself from him, and that she was letting him be there for her. He didn’t shush her, or try to talk her down, or encourage her to dry her eyes. To be sure, her tears were like daggers in his heart—they hurt like fucking hell. But the only way she was going to feel better was to let this shit out. Ironic realization for him—he did actually see that. But just because you could see what was good for others didn’t mean you had the first goddamned idea how to apply those principles in your own life. And that was a problem for another time anyway. What mattered right now was Kat. What mattered … was Kat. 
 

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Praise for HARD TO LET GO: 
“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A super sexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“TOP PICK! Kaye brings her Hard Ink series to a spectacular conclusion that successfully wraps up the overarching mystery and brings closure to her compelling characters. Kaye really nails it with this awesome book and series!” ~RT Book Reviews

“HARD TO LET GO will blow you away! Anyone who has been following Laura Kaye’s fantastic Hard Ink series will expect something great for the last book in the series, and to say HARD TO LET GO does not disappoint would be the understatement of the year! Ms. Kaye writes sex scenes like it’s nobody’s business, and the blistering chemistry between Kat and Becket will leave you panting and begging for more! If you expected world-class action in HARD TO LET GO, think again and multiply that by ten! HARD TO LET GO has to be the most explosive conclusion to a series ever! Do not miss it at any cost!” ~Fresh Fiction



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Praise for the Hard Ink Series: "TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine  


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Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        

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Monday, June 29, 2015

COVER REVEAL for Love, Defined by Leila Tualla

Today is the cover reveal for Love, Defined by Leila Tualla. 
This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

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Love, Defined
by Leila Tualla
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Blurb:
In their final summer before graduating college, three childhood friends expect an uncomplicated transition to adulthood…but learn they all still have some growing up to do.


Alex Makapulo is facing a crisis of faith.
Raised a Catholic, Alex is considering becoming a member of her best friend Jack Page’s church—against her family’s wishes—but she can’t quite take the final step of baptism. Jack loves Alex and doesn’t understand her hesitation, and Alex wonders if Jack’s love is a blessing or a distraction to test her religious conviction.

Lori Hanson embarks on the trip of a lifetime.
For her twenty-second birthday, Lori’s grandfather presents her with a summer vacation in England. While preparing for her adventure, she meets British musician Colin Watson online and quickly falls for him. They plan to hook up when she lands in London, but her grandfather forbids it. Due to complicated family dynamics, Lori must regretfully comply with his wishes, though she vows never to forgive him.

Andy Taylor is looking for love in all the wrong places.
When Andy runs into an old crush, she decides she wants a more meaningful relationship with sexy Miles Webber. But when she confides in Alex, her friend warns her Miles only wants her for sex. Andy becomes angry and devises a reckless plan to distract Alex’s attention from her relationship. Things don’t go quite as she expected, though, and Andy is left facing a crushing moral dilemma.

As the summer unfolds, three young women learn love and faith go hand in hand, not everything is black and white, and sometimes in a fast-paced world you have to slow down, breathe a little, and find your own definition of love.


About the Author:
Leila Tualla is a Christian blogger and writer. She blogs at www.tuallaleila.blogspot.com and writes about her misadventures in faith, in motherhood, and whatever else inspires her. She holds a membership to the American Christian Fiction Writer. Her current project is a YA Christian Romance.

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SALE ALERT!!! READY Series by J.L. Berg

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Stock up your e-reader this summer with J.L. Berg's Ready series - all four novels are on sale now for a limited time only! All four books standalone - you can to go back to the beginning with Logan and Clare's story in When You're Ready, or even get to know Mia and Garrett in Ready for You first. But make sure to grab them now for these summer sale prices!


whenyourereadyAbout WHEN YOU'RE READY:

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Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he's ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he's unworthy of love...until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you're ready to risk it all.
The first novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone.


neverbeenreadyAbout NEVER BEEN READY:

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Leah Morgan was done with men. After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love. Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her. She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought.

Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away.

When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead?

It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.
The second novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone.


readyforyouAbout READY FOR YOU:

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A second chance at first love.

Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again.

Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind. Maybe now she can find a way to heal from the devastating mistakes of her past.

When a chance encounter brings these former lovers together, passion reignites in a way neither is prepared for. Can Garrett move beyond his anger and find a way to forgive? Will Mia’s insecurities and fears cause her to once again flee the life she’s destined to live?

Garrett and Mia will soon discover that they must journey into the past to find their way home.

The third novel in the Ready series. Each novel can be read as a standalone.


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When love comes knocking, will they be ready, or not?
Born into wealth and privilege, free-spirited Liv Prescott left it all behind when she realized there was more to life than living off of trust funds and barely skating by. Since then, she's worked and fought for everything she's earned and never looked back at the world or the family she left behind.
Jackson Reid is starting over with a new job in a brand new city. A single father to his son Noah, he hopes the change will help strengthen the bond that has seemed to suffer since puberty reared its ugly head. What he hadn't planned on was Liv--his exotic next-door neighbor who drives him insane with her wild, new age lifestyle, but still manages to leave him aching for more.
As challenges arise and feelings intensify, will these neighbors be able to look past their differences and find a middle ground?
The fourth book in the Ready Series. Each novel can be read as a standalone.

About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Monday, June 22, 2015

BLOG TOUR FIVE STAR REVIEW... The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott + Giveaway



THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE by Ginger Scott is finally here! Check out the review and giveaway below!


THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE (Falling #3)
 NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: June 23, 2015

BLURB:
I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.






About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she
often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot
quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has
been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than
15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors,
scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work,
visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.


When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a
baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce
Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com



This Book Nerd Says: 
I've been waiting for this book since I read This Is Falling (Falling Series #1)  &  You and Everything After (Falling Series #2) . In both of those reads and reviews I pointed out that Paige had intrigued me. She seemed to be so conflicted in her actions and so even when you weren't sure exactly how to feel about her, she made you want to get to know her because everything in those first two books seemed to scream that that she had a lot going on under the surface. 
The Girl I Was Before was just what I needed... Paige's story. 


"Nobody would ever guess how broken she is inside." 

Paige is everything I hoped she would be and then some. We knew her as the girl who at first gave Rowe a hard time in Falling, and we got more insight into her strained relationship with her twin sister Cass in YAEA; but in The Girl I Was Before we really get to know the true Paige and I'll be frank, I love Paige.
Her sassy, say it like it is, attitude is refreshing and truly makes her character stand out. More than that, Paige's heart is enormous. As we follow Paige's journey along the road to redemption and self reclamation, I found myself really understanding all her emotional struggle as her intentions are sometimes overwhelmed and lost in her actions. 
And then there's Houston. 

"Houston may be good with bad dreams, but I come bearing nightmares..."

Before I started this book I already felt bad for Houston. Why? Because he had to come in under the shadows of those Preeter brothers (**insert heart eyes and harp music**). But as Ginger Scott has proven several times over now, she knows how to write some of the best of the best book boyfriends, and Houston is definitely a top ranked one. 
I enjoyed his straightforward honesty as he balanced the life of a co-ed and the maturity and responsibility of someone who carried more responsibilities than most twenty one year old students have. It's his dedication to both parts of his life is what made him a standout feature. 


"I want to see that girl, more of that girl- the girl who rules the playground. This place needs her." 

Watching the development of the relationship between Houston and Paige was something very special. Now even though I loved Paige, this where Houston shines. He has the wisdom to see Paige for all the things she tries to keep hidden and his encouragement for her to reconnect her outer confidence with her inner confidence is what seals the deal. Houston makes it very easy to want to be his girl... and Paige is the girl he wants even when he doesn't want to want her. 
Houston is everything Paige needs, even if he's everything she never expected. And for someone who thinks everyone thinks of her as selfish, Paige's character evolves to show her willing to sacrifice what she wants and needs for something even greater. 


"With Houston, I'm me- I'm my flaws and my good stuff all at once.
 And he seems to want both parts." 

This is one of my favorite series and this book is just another example of why. Ginger Scott does something quite remarkable with these characters. She crafts them so that they feel real... they have real life flaws, real life problems, and their response to situations is spot on true New Adult maturity. Scott doesn't shy away from bringing real campus-life issues to the table in this addition. Adding in visits to beloved characters and introductions to some new faces was the icing on the cake. 

I always walk away from Scott's books with a heart swollen with feels and eyes wet with the mark of a fantastic love story. I'm not going to lie to you, when I finished this one I was more emotional than usual. As much as I looked forward to reading Paige's story, I hadn't prepared to say 'goodbye' to some of my favorite book besties and book boyfriends. So while I am 1000% happy with the ending of The Girl I Was Before... I'm really going to miss them all. I find a sliver of solace that maybe (just maybe) this will only be a goodbye for now. 

I'm giving The Girl I Was Before 5 Stars. 





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Saturday, June 20, 2015

COUNTDOWN TO BLOGIVERSARY... GIVEAWAY of a SIGNED Special Edition BEAUTIFUL SECRET by Christina Lauren

Well folks it's time for another giveaway!
Up for grabs this week is a goodie... 

AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down
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I have a special edition paperback copy of BEAUTIFUL SECRET by Christina Lauren to give away to one of you! This is the Target Special Edition which is *SIGNED* by the authors. This special edition also includes a note from the authors AND there's an included print version of the BEAUTIFUL BELOVED novella. 

This giveaway is a US only giveaway. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected. 

Thanks for all your support and GOOD LUCK!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BLOG TOUR... Side By Side by Wendy Louise EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY














 What would you do if your childhood best friend, your soul mate, and the one person that means more than anyone else in the world was suddenly in front of you after disappearing from your life ten years ago?

Would you risk your stable life, to allow them back in to your heart, even after they had left you without any explanation?

Katy Lou Reynolds needs to make a choice. She can either ignore the fact that Elijah Trent is standing in the middle of the cage about to fight, or she can face him and demand answers as to why he left her.

Is it worth risking her heart for her one true love even though she knows it may get broken again, or is it better to let him walk away?

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When Katy Lou tags along with her boyfriend to an Underground Cage fight, the last thing she expects to find in the ring is her childhood best friend, Elijah. Seeing him again brings back distant memories - a drunken mother, an absent father and relentless school bullies. Most of all, it re-awakens the feelings she had for him. Elijah has always held her heart; but after he left her when they were fourteen, without a word, can she risk everything to let him back in to her life again?
Elijah is a great fighter. He channels all the aggression he suffered at the hands of an abusive father in to every fight, every time. His success feeds his lifestyle of new cities and endless women, eager to spend time with him. His one regret has always been leaving behind his best friend, Katy Lou. There's nothing he wouldn't give to see her again, but if he does, would she forgive him for leaving her and risk her heart
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EXCERPT: 
We give our names to the bouncer at the door and we are ushered straight through to a room at the back of the club. Another bouncer stands guard here, but Caleb spots us, or I should say Mindy, and comes forward allowing us entry.
“This way to heaven ladies,” he says as he leads us towards a bar at the side of the room. My head is swinging left and right trying to get a glimpse of who is here and trying to find Elijah, but I can’t see him anywhere.
“Is Elijah here?” I ask Caleb.
“Not yet but he will be. Now what’ll it be?”
Mindy orders a vodka and lime so I follow suit. I can’t think for myself at this point in time, so I just go with the flow and let her do the thinking for both of us.
“What are your names ladies?” Caleb asks looking directly at Mindy. I may as well be invisible.
“I’m Mindy and this is Katy.” She says gesturing to me.
He turns to look at me, smiling warmly he asks, “And you are an old friend of Eli’s?”
I nod, “We grew up together.”
He nods back and then gets distracted by a commotion at the door. “Don’t move,” he says to Mindy as he weaves his way through the bodies towards the entrance to the VIP area.
That’s when I see the centre of the commotion.
Only a short distance away.
Elijah!
He has obviously showered after the fight and he is dressed in faded denim jeans that hug his powerful lean legs in every way that counts. He has a black button-down shirt on with the sleeves rolled back to show off the powerful muscles that reside in those forearms of his that I love so much. Those green eyes look striking against the black of his shirt and the dark spikes of his freshly washed hair.
Those slutty women are still hanging on to him as he enters the room to a round of applause.
Caleb greets him at the door and gives him a one-armed hug as he slaps him on the back in congratulations. I see Caleb smiling and talking in to his ear and then I see Caleb’s head turn towards the bar, where we are currently standing watching this all play out.
If I thought I was nervous before, that’s nothing on what I am feeling now. I think I am going to faint, and if it weren’t for leaning on the bar on one side and Mindy grasping my elbow on the other, I think I would.
“It’s showtime,” Mindy whispers in to my ear as I watch everything turn to slow motion as Caleb approaches with Elijah following behind him. People keep stopping him to shake his hand and congratulate him so it takes what feels like forever for them to weave their way to us.
Caleb reaches Mindy and pulls her in to his side protectively, staking his claim for the evening.
The answering smile on Mindy’s face is priceless. I know whose bed she will be warming tonight.
I turn my head back to the direction that Elijah was moving from and my eyes slam in to his. He is standing directly in front of me and the butterflies that were in my stomach are now clogging my throat causing a lump a mile wide to sit there.
I can’t speak.
I can’t breathe.
And neither.
Can.
He.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Hi, I’m Wendy Louise. I’m a wife and mum living in Melbourne, Australia. I love to read and write, and I somehow managed to fit writing this book in between my regular day time duties, which include a full-time job and life in general with two busy children.
Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After many surgeries and treatments, I learnt that life is short and you need to grab it while you can. I always wanted to write, and I realised that it was now or never.



You can usually find me with a few books on the go at once – whether that be reading them, or writing them. I love chocolate and trashy reality TV. It’s not unusual for me to combine all these and attempt to write, while watching an episode of the Kardashians or The Bachelor, and devouring a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk…..


I am so excited to bring ‘Side by Side’ to you all. It has been such a labour of love for me. I presently have four other novels nearing completion, so I am excited to follow this up with many more.


I hope you enjoy reading Elijah and Katy’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH... Adventures Abroad Series by Jen McConnel... EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY

It’s release day for Jen McConnel’s Adventures Abroad series! 
Jen is sharing an exclusive excerpt about this fantastic travel romance series!


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  About the Books:
Four countries. Three girls. Three loves. One adventure abroad they'll never forget.  

WhatHappensinLondon_FC_RGB300 (2)  What Happens in London:
Sarah landed in London, just hoping to leave her home behind and escape her family. But she didn't plan on falling headfirst into Carson's arms. Get ready for a summer of self-discovery and romance in the first of the New Adult novella series, Adventures Abroad! 

Praise for What Happens in London: "Travel through London with Sarah, you'll squee, laugh and swoon at her adventures, I know I did!"- Lisa Burstein, author of Sneaking Candy
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WhatHappensinParis_FinalCover_RGB300 (2)  What Happens in Paris:
Camie can't figure out what she wants, from college or life…until she meets Hunter. But will the magic of a romantic night in Paris last till the morning? Fall in love with the second novella in the New Adult series, Adventures Abroad!  
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WhatHappensInBerlin_FC_300DPI (2)  What Happens in Berlin:
Interrupting a summer of fun, Joelle takes a detour to Berlin for her older brother's wedding. Spending time with her family is enough to make anyone go a little crazy. She's ready to lose it...until she meets Vi, a girl ready to turn her world upside down. Follow her journey in the third installment of the New Adult series, Adventures Abroad!
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What Happens Abroad: 
After a summer of fun, Camie, Joelle, and Sarah are ready to reunite in Italy for one last adventure, but heartbreak waits in the shadows of the cobblestone streets. Can Florence cast its spell and turn lost love into a final fling? Catch up with the girls in this final installment of the New Adult series about love, escape, and true friendship. Bloomsbury | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks 





















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Exclusive Excerpt: 
“Good morning, sleeping beauty!” A familiar voice cut across the street, and I winced. Carson sauntered over to me, holding a brown paper bag in one hand and a Styrofoam cup in the other. I blinked at him, confused. “What are you doing here?” “You mentioned where you were staying last night.” I frowned, trying to remember. “I did?” He slapped his hand to his chest as if I’d wounded him. “That’s the kind of welcome I get? A few dances and the lady doesn’t even remember me!” I giggled, but pain shot through my head, and I winced. Carson handed me the cup and the bag. “I thought you might need some hangover first-aid. You do like coffee, right?” I nodded, taking the cup. “Actually, I like tea better, but coffee’s okay.” Carson laughed. “Here I was trying to please your American sensibilities.” He shook his head ruefully. “If you want tea, we’ll find tea for you. That’s one thing we never run short of in London.” I chuckled, taking a cautious sip. It was warm, but not too hot, and I took another swallow of the coffee. “What’s in the bag?” “Hangover cure. I told you.” I peeked inside. “A croissant?” “Not just any croissant. It’s a chocolate croissant; you’ll love it.” I took a tentative bite of the flaky pastry, and then I grinned up at Carson. “Oh my God. This is so good.” He laughed. “I thought you’d like it. At least I was right about half the breakfast.” “The coffee’s good, too.” I took another sip to prove my point. “That’s good.” He draped an arm over my shoulder and pulled me close. We started to walk, and I hurried to finish the food. Taking the aspirin out of my bag, I popped a pill in my mouth and washed it down with coffee. Carson grinned at me. “Feeling better?” I nodded, surprised that my head had calmed down. “Yeah. I thought it was a migraine.” “Just a hangover. We drank a lot last night.” I flushed, remembering the feeling of his hands running all over me on the dance floor. “It was fun.” “It was more than fun.” His eyes sparkled, and his fingers began tracing lazy circles on my shoulder. I shivered in delight. “So,” I said, trying to keep the quiver out of my voice, “what did you want to do today?” His eyes danced wickedly. “Well”—he lowered his face to mine—“there are a few things I’ve had in mind,” he whispered, close enough that I could feel the vibration of his words against my skin. Hangover forgotten, I shut my eyes and parted my lips. After a moment, I felt him exhale against my mouth, and then his lips were pressed to mine. The kiss was sweet and deep, and my body felt electric. God, so this is what I’d been missing all those years? I pressed my lips to his hungrily, but then he pulled back gently and smiled.   






Jen McConnel-0034  Jen McConnel Bio:
A Michigander by birth, Jen McConnel now makes her home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She writes NA, including the recently released Adventures Abroad series (Bloomsbury Spark), the award winning YA novel Beautiful Curse, and various other works. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. 
Visit www.JenMcConnel.com to learn more!  
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