Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Girl on Tour by Caisey Quinn


Welcome to my stop on the  blog tour Girl on Tour by Caisey Quinn!  I LOVED the first book in this series, Girl with Guitar, and I need to make time for this one ASAP!  Follow along with the rest of the tour here.



Title: Girl on Tour (Kylie Ryans #2)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Genre: Romance
Age Group: New Adult (MA 17+ Content)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Cover Design & Format: E.M. Tippetts Book Design


An up and comer trying to make a name for herself...

KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career...

TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can't trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…

And how cool is this...there are special "tabloid" pages about the Girl on Tour characters created just for the blog tour!  You'll have to follow the entire tour to see all six...




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the author of several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. She is currently working on Girl in Love, the third and final book in the Kylie Ryans series.

You can find her online at:
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Release Day Celebration: Girl on Tour by Caisey Quinn!


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Synopsis:

An up and comer trying to make a name for herself...

KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career...

TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can't trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…


Excerpt:


He pulled out her chair and she sat, watching his every move as he made his way to his own seat. “I hope this is okay. This is the most private table they have.”
“It’s perfect.” She tried to breathe normally and ignore the strange feeling in her stomach. Trace grinned, revealing the boyish dimples that framed his perfect mouth.
“They have the best steak here. Seriously. You better order one for yourself because you’re not getting any of mine.”
At that, she laughed and her nerves eased up a bit. “Oh, I bet you’d give me a bite if I asked nicely.”
He eyed her from over the top of his menu. “Do you ask for things nicely? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you do that before.”
With her stomach clenching from the heat in his stare, Kylie put her menu aside. “Maybe you’ve never had anything I wanted badly enough to ask nicely for.” He raised a brow and opened his mouth to respond. But at that same moment, a waitress appeared and asked for their drink order. Kylie didn’t miss how flustered the girl became when she got an eyeful of Trace. It would’ve been irritating, but really, with the way he looked tonight, Kylie couldn’t blame her. She was still trying to get a handle on her own self.
When the waitress left, Trace leaned across the table. “Actually, I take that back. I’ve heard you ask nicely a time or two. Matter of fact, it bordered on begging. I think it went something like, ‘Oh God, yes, please. Trace, please.’”
Heat crawled over her skin at his imitation of her. Barely keeping the grin of embarrassment from her face, she shook her head. “You’re not right. What kind of thing is that to say to a girl on a first date?” He grinned back, the promise of something dark gleaming in his eyes.
“Considering this date is going to end with that dress on my bedroom floor and your legs wrapped around my neck, I think it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to say.” Good Lord. What was she going to do with this man? Oh yeah. Exactly what he’d just described.


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About the Author


Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the author of several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. She is currently working on Girl in Love, the third and final book in the Kylie Ryans series. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com. 

You can also find her on: Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads


Cover Reveal: Speak Low by Melanie Harlow

Welcome to the cover reveal for Speak Low, the sequel to Melanie Harlow's debut NA novel, Speak Easy.  The cover was designed by Tom Barnes.  I've heard great thinks about these books, and I love the covers.  And Speak Easy is just .99 this week, so pick it up here!


Speak Low by Melanie Harlow 
(Speak Easy #2) 
Publication date: November 4th, 2013 
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

We always want what we can’t have.

Tiny O’Mara is tired of living in a world where men make all the rules. After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old Tiny is determined to gain her independence.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their explosive chemistry than loyalty or trust. But she’s promised him some information that will help him take revenge on The River Gang, and when he offers her a job, an apartment, and the prospect of nights spent together where anything goes, she can’t refuse—which only puts her further in his debt.

She needs gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo to help her again—when they’re not at each other’s throats, they make a good team, and her attraction for him is becoming impossible to deny. But after she rejects his offer to leave town together, he’s tempted to let her fend for herself.

As Enzo’s need for possession and power escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

Add it on Goodreads.

Melanie is also offering a great giveaway!

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Author Bio:


Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop



Welcome to my stop on the For the Love of Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Jessica at Thoughts at One in the Morning.  Since it's just a little over a year since I decided to make the leap to indie publishing, and Jessica was one of the first people to support me on this journey, I decided to use this hop to celebrate indie books.  So I will gift one winner ten bucks in indie ebooks of your choosing, from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  For the purpose of this giveaway, "indie" can include self-pubbed and small press--nothing against the Big 6 (or 5 or 4...I'm not sure how many there are now?) and all their great books, but this giveaway is to celebrate the other opportunities now open to writers.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: A Veil of Glass and Rain by Petra F. Bagnardi



I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

A Veil of Glass and Rain is a beautifully written, emotionally evocative book that I definitely recommend.   The author is, I believe, European, and most of the book takes place in Rome, and the novel had a very European flavor to it that I found refreshing and different from my usual read.  It’s hard to describe exactly what I mean, but it reminded me of other French and Italian novels I’ve read—there was a relaxed sensuality to the writing, not only in the love scenes (though those were definitely sensual!) but in the descriptions of scenery, food, emotions, and more.  It also reminded me a bit of some of my favorite Italians films, like Stealing Beauty.  The author definitely writes with a filmmaker’s eye.

So on to the plot…A Veil of Glass and Rain is the refreshingly simple story of two childhood friends who’ve always been meant for each other, but who’ve been separated by circumstance and by their own emotional baggage over the years, and now reconnect as adults.  The story flashes back and forth between the present and memories of important moments in Brina and Eagen’s pasts.  Since most of the story is told in Brina’s POV, she was the character we really got to know the most, and I thought the author was very brave to create a female lead who can be extremely emotional fragile.  It can be taboo to craft a “weak” female character, but by the end of the book, Brina doesn’t seem weak—she seems like a sensitive soul who is in touch with and finally taking ownership of her own emotions.

Although I already alluded to this above, I have to say that I loved the poetic nature of the writing, with vivid sensory descriptions that just washed over me.  I particularly liked the way the author worked music into the book, and the way certain smells became associated with characters and used as motifs.  In fact, I think this book is worth reading for the writing style alone!


Overall, A Veil of Glass and Rain, is an emotional, sad but also sweet and hopeful story that’s well worth reading.  I look forward to more from this author.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Blitz: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert


Welcome to the book blitz for Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert!  I've enjoyed a few other books by this author, and I LOVE the cover and concept for this one!



Breaking the Reins
Release Date: 08/19/13

Summary from Goodreads:

Horses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can't turn away even though she's not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.

Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.

But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.

**New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel**


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Praise for Breaking the Reins:
 “Breaking The Reins by Juliana Haygert is a real treasure. It’s a sexy, heartbreaking and romantic ride you won’t want to miss.” —Sawyer Bennett, USA Today Bestselling author of Off SideOff LimitsOff the Record, and Off Course.

“A breath of fresh air in the New Adult market. Juliana Haygert’s new contemporary novel is one not to be missed!” —Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception


“A swoonworthy love interest and a fantastic backdrop make Breaking the Reins a New Adult read you don’t want to miss!” —Alyssa Rose Ivy, bestselling author of The Crescent ChroniclesClayton Falls Series, and The Hazards of Skinny Dipping.

Excerpt


I stepped toward the big French doors when I heard a shout and stopped. I looked around, trying to find the source, but didn’t see anyone. Letting my curiosity win, I descended the porch steps and followed the short stone path around a tall wall. Perhaps I shouldn’t spy, but I was concerned it could be someone who’d been riding and fell or something.
What I didn’t expect was to find Leo arguing with his father. In Portuguese.
I should have left. I should have retreated, pretended I never saw anything, and went back inside the main house and back to my mother and her friends.
But I caught a few words and sentences whispered in fast, harsh tones. Disappointment. Make me proud. Grow up. Work hard and stop playing.
My curiosity piqued, making me stay glued to my spot in the corner.
Me deixa em paz, tche!” Leo shouted, turning his back to his father and stalking away.
I stepped back and hid behind the wall, hoping for all that was holy that he hadn’t seen me. My hopes went down the drain when he stepped around the corner three seconds later, his hard eyes on mine.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I didn’t mean to.”
His jaw tightened, and he crossed his arms over his blue T-shirt. The color emphasized his bright eyes, and the fabric clung to him, especially over his stomach, where a dark blotch of sweat showed off his hard abs. His goddamn white practice pants and the sweat-damp hair didn’t help either.
“How much did you hear?” he asked.
I swallowed, forcing my mind to push back images of his god-like body. “Not much. But I only understood a couple of words here and there.” I shifted my weight, uncomfortable under his gaze, not only because I’d seen and heard something I wasn’t supposed to. Keep your mouth shut, Hannah. Keep your damned mouth sh… “Want to talk about it?”
The shine in his eyes changed, and the tension in his neck seemed to lessen. He shook his head. “Don’t worry. It’s just the usual banter.”
Usual? I didn’t like the sound of that. His family seemed so perfect, so warm, so close, so happy. His sister had said he rarely smiled, which seemed odd since I had seen him smiling before. I was dying to know why he and his father usually argued.
Instead, I started a new subject. “I heard you’re staying.”
He nodded. “It was the plan all along.”
“Really?”
Sim. Polo in Brazil isn’t that strong. Here, though, is another story.”
“I see.” I looked from side to side. “Do you and your brothers plan on staying for … long?” I pressed my lips together, chiding myself for almost saying forever.

“We don’t know. Perhaps, if all goes well.” He took a step closer, his eyes still on mine, making me slightly breathless. His body loomed closer, the difference in our heights and widths almost hilarious, if it wasn’t for the fact it turned me on. Crap. “I hope we do.” A shiver rolled down my spine.

About the Author:

New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.


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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: Renewed by C.N. Watkins

renewed

Book Description:
Stefan has finally met his match.

As Jennifer consumes his life and takes away the control he desperately craves, Stefan must reevaluate everything he once thought he needed in his life.

When Jennifer finally learns the truth about Stefan her head continues to scream run. Kennedy, her crazy best friend, is convinced that Stefan is perfect for Jennifer, but Jennifer still has questions of her own. With a huge diamond ring sitting on her finger, she is forced to choose between listening to her head or listening to her heart.

Will Stefan and Jennifer make it to forever? Does happily every after really exist?

You never know what you have until it walks right out your front door...

Excerpt:

“You are the first woman I've ever made love to.”

His confession hit me hard.

“What do you mean?” I couldn’t believe we were discussing this in the middle of sex, but I wasn’t about to stop him from sharing something so intimate about himself.

He crawled up and laid next to me, turning me on my side so that we faced each other. He swept my hair behind my ears and calmed his breathing, “I have always been the Dom, Jen, that’s what I do best. I inflict pain and make women beg for me. All my past relationships, if you can even call them that, have been Dom and sub. I'd never given up my control for anyone, and I never planned to until you came along.

“You changed something inside of me. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up all my control, and I may never be ready, but you make me feel like it’s okay to make love. It’s okay to express how fucking in love with you I am. I want to be raw with you. I want our relationship to be happy and exciting. If I ever lost you, I would go crazy. Literally, bat shit crazy.”

We both chuckled.

“You are the light of my life. I know sometimes I may be unreasonable, but be patient with me. I promise I won’t let you down.”

Add Renewed to your TBR on Goodreads

More about C.N. Watkins:

CN Watkins is a self publisher of Awakened and Renewed. She lives in Oklahoma with her amazing husband, her beautiful daughter, two dogs, and a baby on the way. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and spending time outside when she has the free time. She loves to write at night when the house is quiet so her ideas can flow freely.

 Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6539909.C_N_Watkins
 Facebook: www.facebook.com/CNWatkins

Sizzlin' Summer Sale!

I am so excited to be part of the Sizzlin' Summer Sale with nine other fabulous indie authors!  From now through August 24th, we're all offering books for .99--that's ten books for less than one hardback, or one trip to the movies.  So grab them quick!


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Title: His Wicked Games
Author: Ember Casey
Genre: Erotic Romance

Trapped with a billionaire in his mysterious mansion...can she beat him at his own game? Lily would do anything to save her father's struggling arts center—even indulge the strange sexual whims of the brooding Calder Cunningham. A contemporary, steamy take on Beauty and the Beast.

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Title: Detect Me
Author: Selma Wolfe
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Detective Mark Harrison has never needed an assistant before. But when artist Nikki Reed walks into his office by accident, there's a spark between them that neither can deny. They have to be careful, though... every detective has a past, and the secrets in Mark's could prove deadly to both of them.

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Title: April Showers
Author: Karli Perrin
Genre: New Adult

What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions? April Adams is about to find out the hard way. Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.

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Title: Precious Things
Author: Stephanie Parent
Genre: New Adult

When financial problems force Isabelle Andrews to abandon her dreams of attending a top-tier university in favor of community college, she thinks her educational career is over before it’s begun.  But unexpected new experiences and relationships--including her growing attraction to a certain TA--help Isabelle learn that sometimes, the most precious things are found in the last places you’d think to look.

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Title: The Modeliser
Author: Havana Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When Hollywood bad-boy and legendary womanizer Alex Golden’s beloved grandfather dies, he returns to London and is thrown into the path of the women from his past. Alex’s fate is caught up with three women as ambition, lust and love collide against the drama-fuelled backdrop of the film world and it seems the modeliser has finally met his match.

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Title: Torrential
Author: Eva Morgan
Genre: New Adult

When college transfer May accepts a bet to get the school’s top competitive swimmer and resident loner Sebastian Crane to open up, she never expects to be so drawn into his life and heart - despite his iciness, and despite his millionaire father’s determination to keep him isolated.

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Title: Kiss it Better
Author: Linda Kage
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Reed has loved Sophia for years; Too bad once he finally gains her attention, all she wants to do is pull the skeletons from his closet

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Title: Exposure
Author: Iris Blaire
Genre: New Adult Romance

Erotic model by day, biochemistry student by night. Evan Cosette's secret career is keeping her tuition paid and putting enough money in her account for grad school. Will her new sexy coworker make her famous, or ruin it all?

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Title: V Club
Author: Lexi Dubois
Genre: Erotic Romance

Kristen has spent countless nights in V Clubs across the globe searching for her maker and true love, Jake.  Every fiber of her being longs to feel his touch again.  Will tonight be the night she gets her wish, or will someone else take his place in her immortal heart?

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Title: The Immortality Clause (The Immortelle #1)
Author: Abigail Hawk
Genre: Paranormal Romance


For as long as Claudia could remember, she knew that there was something wrong with our world.  The facts just didn’t add up.  For a young law graduate in search of the truth, it was not just a job, it was a means to find out more.  Who are the mysterious Immortelle?  What are they?  And what is their interest in her family?

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