Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tour: Bound (The Guardians #1) by M.J. Stevens @MelanieJStevens @HotTreePromos #Giveaway




'No good deed ever goes unpunished, Mellea…'

(BOUND, The Guardians #1)



Mellea Wendorn hasn't exactly had a normal life. Misfortune seems to follow her, and her family, wherever she goes. 

However, when Mellea stops to assist a mysterious young man suddenly her prior hardships seem trivial. His name is Leo. He is a Successor, a child of the Guardians of Selestia. He is royalty. He is handsome. And he wants Mellea completely to himself. Unable to escape the Guardian's laws, Mellea must learn the ways of the royals. She is convinced her life can't get much worse. But when a timeworn Guardian enemy arises from the shadows, Mellea must make a choice that will change her destiny forever.

Book Blitz: Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera #1) by Dani-Lyn Alexander @DaniLynAlexande @lyricalpress @NereydaG1003 #YABOUNDBOOKTOURS #Giveaway





Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera #1)
Release Date: 11/03/14
Kensington Books/Lyrical Press

Summary from Goodreads:
Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they'll push her for answers she can't afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he's forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.




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Excerpt:

Ryleigh stood. This couldn't be happening. With only a few months left until graduation, she didn't want to be forced to drop out, but what else could she do? "Look, Mr. Jacobs, can't you just-" Vertigo assailed her. The room rocked, and she grabbed the desk.

Mr. Jacobs grabbed the back of his chair. His eyes mirrored her panic. Books flew from the shelves. Glass shattered.

She had to get to Mia.

She turned to run. The building bucked, and she toppled, slamming her knee into the hard wood floor. Pain shot up her leg. She grabbed the chair to pull herself up, but the next wave threw her back down. She tried to regain her footing, but someone yanked her to the ground. "Stay down." Mr. Jacobs shoved her forward. He crawled beside her, half pushing, half dragging her toward the door.

Debris pelted her back, shoulders, and head. How could she have left Mia? Tears blurred her vision.

"If it's an earthquake, it should stop any minute. Just keep crawling toward the door."

Desperately wishing she could cover her ears to block the screaming, she clawed forward. Her knee dragged behind her, pain pulsing with each movement. Falling apart wouldn't help matters. She had to get to Mia.

Ryleigh crawled through the doorway, into utter chaos. People trying to push through the mess, others huddled in corners shielding their heads. An injured woman cried as she rocked back and forth clutching her arm. A man crouched over her.

Fear and disorientation held Ryleigh immobile.


About the Author
Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping--especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She's an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.


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Love Always by Sheena Binkley
(Love, Life, & Happiness, #5)
Publication date: November 19th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Riana:
From the first moment I'd laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn't imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we're about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship?

Shawn:
I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we're still standing. Now that I've graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?



Excerpt:

Shawn

I looked into the kitchen and saw Riana and Cheryl deep in discussion. I didn't know what was wrong with Ri lately. She had been moody and sort of bitchy. Marcus noticed the look on my face and gave me a pat on the back.

"I wouldn't try to figure it out, bro. Cheryl is like that sometimes, too. When she is, I just let her be."

"Ri was never like this though. When she moved in here, it was pure paradise; but lately, she's just really hormonal and temperamental. She gets upset over the smallest things."

"You sure there's nothing bothering her?"

"I'm sure there is, but I don't know what it is. Usually, we'll talk about our issues; we never hold anything in."

Marcus sighed and looked in the kitchen. Riana and Cheryl were walking over to us. While Cheryl sat on Marcus' lap, Riana took my hand, and we went to the bedroom. She closed the door with a smile.

"You're probably wondering what's going on with me."

"Yes; you haven't been yourself lately."

She caressed my hand and began to talk. "I failed two of my classes, Shawn."

"Ri! I didn't even know you were having trouble with your classes. Why didn't you tell me?"

"I didn't want to burden you. You've been working nonstop and trying to finish your classes so you can graduate. I didn't want to add my issues onto yours."

I touched her shoulder, and she shivered. I'd always had that effect on her. Just one touch from me, and she was ready. I kissed her cheek, and she smiled.

"Baby, when we're together, your problems become mine as well; you know that."

"I know, it just with graduation and your job, I just didn't -"

I interrupted her. "Ri, there is no excuse for you not telling me what's bothering you. If you would have told me, I could have helped you. What are the two classes you have to repeat?"

"College Algebra and Media Planning & Placement."

"That was an easy class."

"Shawn!"

"It was. How did you fail that?"

"I just had a lot on my mind, that's all."

"All kidding aside, no matter what I'm going through, you shouldn't feel scared to come and talk to me. We haven't kept anything from each other since the whole Spoken thing. I don't want us to get back into a situation like that again, okay?"

"I don't either."

"Are you going to take the courses again over the summer?"

"Yeah; I can take them online, so it won't affect me going back to Houston."

"Okay. If it did, I would have stayed with you."

"I know."

"I'm sure you haven't told your parents, have you?"

She shook her head. "I'll tell them when we return to Houston."

"Don't you think you need to tell them now?"

"And ruin your day? No."

"Baby, the day will not be ruined. I would feel better if you told them as soon as possible."

She nodded. "Fine, I'll tell them; but after the graduation party."

"You want me to be there with you?"

"You can."

I kissed her, and she grabbed the side of my neck. I could feel her heartbeat against my chest as I touched her waist. I'd noticed she gained some weight lately, but it was in the right places. She'd always had a beautiful body, but damn, she was starting to get thick.

I lay her down on the bed, and she smiled.

"We're not going to start that. If we do, you will miss graduation," she said.

"You're right. My parents would have a fit."

"Exactly. Don't rule out later though."

"Of course," I said with a grin.

She smiled, kissed my cheek and got up. Then, she went to the closet and pulled out a floral print sundress.

"I'm sorry for not being honest with you. I know you would have come to me."

"It's cool. I love you."

She smiled and went into the bathroom.

I lay down on the bed and sighed. I could sense something else was bothering her. Whatever it was, I hope she wouldn't keep that from me, too.





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Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.




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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Deadline by Scarlet Hawthorne @Scarletxxo @HotTreePromos #Giveaway





He wants her body and heart, but a killer wants her soul.
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After her erotic romance novels become international bestsellers, writer Gillian Tate cannot enjoy her long-sought success once her husband files for divorce and she becomes the target of threats from a religious fringe hate group; but when she tries to find peace in the solitude of a remote lakeside cabin to complete the third novel in the trilogy, not only does she meet the man who can fulfill her secret desires, she also finds she hasn't escaped danger by leaving the city. 


When the Adirondack town's police chief Sam Taylor learns of the threats and checks in on the notorious author, he is surprised to find she is nothing like he would have expected from her erotic novels but everything he has imagined in his own fantasies. 


Can he and the woman of his dreams escape her waking nightmare? 

*Adult Content: This erotic romantic suspense includes scenes of bondage between consenting adults.*

Book Blitz: Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard @lisaorchard1 @NereydaG1003 #YABOUNDBOOKTOURS #Giveaway





Gideon Lee
Release Date: 10/21/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Lark Singer's relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?




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Excerpt:
As I chew, I stare at my mother and take in her fair complexion and her Kewpie doll features. We look nothing alike. I put down my pizza and square my shoulders. I know I'm lobbing a bomb across the table, but I can't stop. The need to know is too strong. "Do I look like my dad?"

Francine is so startled she drops her pizza. It lands half on her plate and half off. Her shoulders slump as she avoids my gaze and flops her dinner back onto her plate. She glances at me and sees that I'm waiting for an answer. "Yes. You look like him. But I don't want to talk about him."

"Why not?" I ask, always pushing where this topic is concerned.

"I just don't." Her tone is sharp, but I ignore it.

"What are you so afraid of?"

"I'm not afraid of anything. I just don't want to talk about him." She slumps back in her chair, and her eyes take on the look of a cornered animal as it stares at its captor searching for a way to escape.

Groaning, I leap from my chair. "Fine. I've got homework anyway." I carry my plate to the sink then stomp out. I snatch my backpack and continue my rampage to my bedroom letting my feet communicate for me.

Entering my room, I flick on the light and then lean against the door. A heavy sigh forces its way through my lips. Scanning the area, I search for something to focus on besides Francine and my sperm donor. I can't really call him a father, because I've never met the man. My search ceases when my gaze falls upon my bed. It looks inviting, and I'm not in the mood to start my homework anyway. I plop down on it and make myself comfortable. The bedsprings groan, protesting my intrusion. As I lay down on my back, I search the ceiling, looking for some answers in the cracked paint.



About the Author:
I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a small town in Western Michigan. I grew up reading mysteries, starting with "The Bobbsey Twins" and "The Nancy Drew" series.

By fifth grade I was writing my own mysteries and illustrating them as well. I've always known that I wanted to be a writer and I tucked that little piece of information into the back of my brain; determined to take it out and use it when it was time.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, I landed a sales job. I was on my way! After spending 13 years in the Insurance industry, I met my husband. We soon married and had two beautiful boys. I decided to stay home with my kids. A tough decision, but one I don't regret.

I did, however, miss the hustle and bustle of work - and working toward a goal. That is when the little voice inside my brain said, "It's time to write."

So I did, and "The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer" was born, followed by my new book, "The Super Spies and the High School Bomber."

I am very excited as I begin this new "chapter" in my life.

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Accepted by Coleen Lahr
Publication date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:

Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley's estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.

Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she's always longed for - a family. She may have even found love. There's only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi's approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi's crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.

When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she'd find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she's ever known, dictate her actions?



Excerpt:

After lunch, Colin finally decided he was tired and went to his room to take a nap. I tried to get some sleep too, but found I wasn't able to. Instead, I laid around my room, reading, and enjoying the quiet.

Around seven that evening, Colin came to my room to see what I was doing and if I wanted dinner.

"I'm not really hungry. I'm actually still full from lunch."

"Okay. I think I'm going to heat up some of our leftovers from yesterday and then watch a movie. You in?"

The events of the past two days were beginning to catch up with me, and I was starting to feel a little loopy from lack of sleep. Laying down in front of a television to watch a movie did not sound like a bad idea at all.

"I'm definitely in. I'm just going to get changed real quick. I'm freezing."

Our dorm seemed to get progressively colder as the weekend wore on. I wasn't sure if there was a problem, or the school was just trying to save money while most of the students were away, but it was starting to get really cold.

I put on my warmest, comfiest sweats, grabbed my comforter and headed to the lounge to meet Colin.

"What are we watching?" I asked when I got there. He was sitting at a table eating what looked like turkey and mashed potato sandwiches on the dinner rolls I made.

"I haven't quite figured that out yet. Any suggestions?"

I walked over to the cabinet that housed the dorm's meager collection of movies. "I probably haven't seen any of them, so it's really up to you."

Colin put his sandwich down and walked to where I was standing.

"What are you in the mood for - funny or scary?"

I looked up at him. "Never scary."

He laughed. "Funny it is." He plucked a movie from the shelf and put it in the DVD player.

I sat on the sofa, waiting for Colin as he finished his meal and cleaned up. He turned off the lights in the room before coming over to sit beside me.

"Good call with the comforter. It's freezing," he said as he sat down.

"Here." I offered him part of the blanket. "We can share."

He moved closer on the sofa, covering his legs, and we settled in to watch the movie.

I'm not actually sure how or when it happened, but sometime during the movie, Colin and I shifted. No longer were we sitting next to each other with space between us. Instead, we were wrapped together in my comforter, my head on his chest and his arms around me, tucked into his side.

I didn't want to move. I was afraid even to breathe, fearing if I moved at all, he'd move and somehow I wouldn't be here anymore with his arms wrapped around me.

I had planned on going to bed early that night, but not quite like this. Before I knew it, I felt myself dozing off in Colin's arms. I was so warm and comfortable, and as I was nodding off, it registered in my brain where I was, and I thought there really was nothing better than falling asleep in Colin's arms.

And I realized, just a short time later, that I was wrong. There was one thing better than falling asleep in Colin's arms and that was waking up in them.

"Ashley."

I heard a voice gently say my name, and when I opened my eyes, they were looking directly into Colin's.

I blinked up at him, still unwilling to move.

"It's getting late, Ash. Let's get you to bed." He gently unwrapped his arms from around me and helped me up. I was still in a fog.

Colin took my hand and walked me to my room. When we got to the door, I turned to look at him. He had such a tender look in his eyes that it left me speechless. He reached up and brushed my hair, which had become unruly, away from my face. Then, he leaned down and kissed my forehead and said quietly, "Good night."

His gentleness took me by surprise - so much so that I just stood there, watching his retreating body as he walked back toward the lounge.

That night, I slept fitfully. Even though I'd been dozing comfortably in Colin's arms, out of them, I was restless. When I did sleep, he was in my thoughts. He invaded more than one of my dreams that night.



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Coleen writes young adult novels, loves running, rock music, the shore, daisies and bread.

When Coleen's not plotting or writing her next book, she can be found making sandwiches in her family's restaurant, running (but mostly walking) Disney marathons, reading any book she can get her hands on and playing with her adorable kid. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, two dogs and lizard.



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Cover Reveal: Lullaby (Book of Dreams Series # 1) By Bridgette O'Hare @BridgetteOHare @GHBTours





Lullaby
Book of Dreams Series # 1
By-Bridgette O'Hare
Age Group/Genre-  YA  Paranormal Suspense
Expected Publication Date- December 1st, 2014

Halle Michaels is on the brink of insanity.

She's haunted by dreams. Dreams that find their way into her reality. Nightmares of death…of destruction. Visions that will uncover the truth - about her abilities, her family's origins, and her part in a prophecy that could change the world.

But when a mysterious book shows up on her doorstep, can those dreams save her from an overwhelming evil? One that has its sights set on Halle.

She wanted normal, but normal is overrated. She was born to be so much more.