Friday, January 12, 2018

FRIDAY COVER REVEAL: Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen

SBPR-CR-BANNER.jpg

Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is coming January 21st!

LJSMidnightBlueBookCover6x9_BW_324.jpg
Midnight Blue
Author: LJ Shen
Release Date: January 21st
Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs.
Model: Nolan Zarlin
It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2lIShL2

About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed. LJShenLogo.jpg
Connect with LJ Shen:
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

THRIVE THURSDAY

Today we are sharing some teasers for THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone. It will be releasing on January 18! Be sure to sign up for the RELEASE ALERT to be notified when the book goes live! The audiobook and paperback are live!

Purchase the Audiobook | Purchase the Paperback

 

 

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

Coming January 18

Sign up for the RELEASE ALERT to be notified when the book goes live!

Synopsis:
Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.
But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either. The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine. She chose him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire. Without Mira, I thrived. Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier. Now, it was my turn to choose. And she wasn’t going to like my answer. THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.

Listen to THRIVE before you can read it!

Download the audio today!

Purchase the paperback!

 
----------------------------
 

Purchase the previous book in the Guardian Protection Series

SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

---------------------

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
AUTHOR LINKS:
 
InkSlinger-Blogger banner-New

Saturday, January 6, 2018

REVIEW: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee


OUR REVIEW:

I cannot stop thinking about this novel. I just can't. It provoked me so much that I kinda want to dive right back into it just to see what I missed the first time I read it. Then again, my heart is still broken and healing from my first reading so I don't know if I can handle it. All I know right now is that I went on a messaging spree and told a whole bunch of people that they need to read this book, STAT, so that I could have someone commiserate with. I NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK, y'all. Hours after I finished reading this novel I'm sitting on the couch and I'm just struck dumb--mouth open, blinking, DYING. DYING.

To say that this novel was a pleasant surprise is like the hugest understatement I've made in months. I was skeptical that I'd like it (mainly because I'm a skeptic and I didn't think it would live up to the hype) but within pages Solene Marchand had me in her thrall. This character and her contemplation and questioning of what it means to be a woman, a parent, a friend, a co-worker, a lover, and most especially nearing middle age while taking on all of these roles resonated with me--really it was like a lightning bolt hit me with each page, each word, each reflection. I felt myself nodding, raging, questioning, and pondering with each meeting Solene had with Hayes. 

I was conflicted. So conflicted. (Truth be told, I'm still conflicted).

On the one hand, I completely understood her fears, her reactions, and her concerns about how being with Hayes would impact the world she'd created for herself and her daughter and her job. I could easily imagine how overwhelming and scary and exciting being caught up in his world must've felt.  On the other hand, I felt myself wanting to push her to tell society to piss off--to embrace this experience and revel in it. I wanted her to do what any man in her position would've done...has done...to do what she wanted and not let what society or others thought have any place in her relationship. I see-sawed through both reactions all throughout my reading. I'm still not sure what I think. Is it better to be selfless or selfish in this case? Ughhhh. I'm struggling. Truly.

So, fast forward to the ending. It hurt. It still hurts. I'm NOT OVER IT. Once again I'm conflicted. I get it. I understand it.  Buttttttt, I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. Actually, that's a lie--I do know how I feel about it. I feel like I want a sequel. I have a feeling I won't get it so I'll just have to imagine one that works for these characters, but damn it all to hell, I'm want more of their story. (And even in wanting a sequel I'm conflicted--I like the realism but I want the magic).

Anyway, this was a completely amazing and heartbreaking way to start my reading for 2018. I hope all of my reads this year make me as crazy as this one did.

BUY IT ON AMAZON.

SYNOPSIS:

Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.
What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami. For Solène, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solène and Hayes’ romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.


Find Robinne Lee on her website.


Friday, January 5, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Thrive by Aly Martinez

Today we are sharing the incredible cover for THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone. It will be releasing on January 18! Be sure to sign up for the RELEASE ALERT to be notified when the book goes live!

 

 

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

Coming January 18

The THRIVE paperback will go live EARLY on Jan 11.

Sign up for the RELEASE ALERT to be notified when the book goes live!

Synopsis:
Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl. But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either. The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine. She chose him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire. Without Mira, I thrived. Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier. Now, it was my turn to choose. And she wasn’t going to like my answer. THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.
 
 
----------------------------
 

Purchase the previous book in the Guardian Protection Series

SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

---------------------

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
AUTHOR LINKS:
 
InkSlinger-Blogger banner-New

Thursday, January 4, 2018

REVIEW: Here To Stay by Suanne Laqueur


OUR REVIEW:

Here To Stay ends the epic reading marathon I've had this Christmas break. Erik and Daisy's final book was the perfect reading companion while I was down with the flu. I feel like I've been a part of their lives for these last few days--it's been such fulfilling experience to see how they moved forward, together.  Their story's continuation was not without bumps in the road and it was gratifying to see how far they'd come when they encountered these..and to see that Laqueur didn't make them suddenly perfect now that they were together. It's one of the many reasons I've come to look forward to diving into anything Laqueur writes --the characters are so real and awkward and react precisely how I'd think many of us would. It's because of this and the way she creates a storyline that is compelling and secondary characters that enhance everything that's going on that I'll be one-clicking everything she writes from here forward. 

BUY IT ON AMAZON.

SYNOPSIS:
"You can't sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other."

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it? How much faith does it take to ask the question, "Do you still want me?" and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”

Erik and Daisy commit to creating a new life together. They are separated by geography, loyal to career commitments and burdened with lingering pain from a decade spent apart. Yet despite the challenges, Erik knows Daisy is the best thing to happen to him twice. 

Slowly Erik earns back Daisy’s love as well as the trust of his incomparable friend, Will Kaeger. Both relationships grow deeper and more complex, as do Erik’s ties to the past. Unexpected contact with distant cousins offers new insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped so much of Erik’s adult life. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to meet his people, explore his family’s history and learn about the men who wore his heirloom necklace before him.

The cathedral once torn down is rebuilt. But a love affair is never a finished thing. Life is never without its tragedies. Daisy and Erik soon face a threat more harrowing than gunfire, more sorrowful than the lost years. With Will at his back and family close by, Erik must fight for the things he once walked away from and prove his love is here to stay.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

REVIEW: Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur


OUR REVIEW:

You might think, though probably not because if you're reading this you surely know me by now?, why read Daisy's book? You already know what happens, right? Right. Welllll I do know what happened but I wanted to know more about how her version of events looked. How she'd work through it, survive it, live beyond it. I wanted to see how she'd forgive herself and how long it would take me to forgive her (not long). And so immediately after I finished The Man I Love, I immediately started Give Me Your Answer True.

For anyone skeptical about reading this because you see it as just rehashing what we already know, I'd say: read it anyway. It provided insight and closure to parts of Daisy and Erik's story and took Daisy off the pedestal she'd been placed on and humanized her and her mistakes. It filled in all the blanks and rounded out their love story...and rewinded their love story in a way that gave me fresh persepective and understanding in a way that I didn't get with Erik's sole point of view in The Man I Love

Now, onward to the conclusion of their story...

BUY IT ON AMAZON.

SYNOPSIS:

"What I feel has no name..." 

Suanne Laqueur's award-winning debut novel The Man I Love thrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare's journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story. 

It's been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he's chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik's unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John "Opie" Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again. 

Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy's present life. Supported by John's patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me. 

In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

REVIEW: The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur


OUR REVIEW:

I came to this novel a little backwards, I suppose? I've had this novel for a while and I've held it on to it as "my next read" and yet somehow I wasn't ready for it until now. I read Laqueur's The Venery series over Thanksgiving and fell in love with her characters and the emotional journey she took me on so I circled back to The Man I Love knowing, hoping, I'd feel those similar aching connections. 

This novel dug in just as deep for me, it just took me a little longer to fully connect. It required patience in my reading  when I though I wanted to be impatient. It was an unfurling, an unraveling--not a frenetic frenzied quick read. So as I settled into the story of Erik and Daisy and their motley crew of friends I once again felt that draw to crawl into the book and stay until I got to the ending. 

There were many points in this novel that felt familiar--almost like a memory of my own more than a plot in a novel. Maybe that's because I was graduating in 1992 and my own hazy memories and motley crew of friends and acquaintances seemed similar in ways--that bubble we created in college that was full of secret jokes and weird pairings and gossip and fun. Or maybe it was working through some of their grief and loss and thinking about my own. Whatever the connections, they were there and it just worked. 

And while the ending could be perfectly satisfactory as is, I'm glad to know that I still have more books to read. I have more answers to know and connections to make--because I have no doubt that I will--and I cannot think of a better way to avoid all the things I should be doing today.

BUY IT ON AMAZON.

SYNOPSIS:
"Like it or not, she made you the man you are. And you never got over her. You just left."

April 19, 1992: A man with a gun walks into a university theater, intent on stopping the show. Erik "Fish" Fiskare watches from the lighting booth as his life is instantly and irrevocably changed.

Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of college friends. At the circle's center is Erik and his girlfriend, Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco. Her love, passion and pragmatic strength have always sustained Erik, but when she succumbs to post-traumatic stress, the young couple is torn apart.

Erik remains estranged from Daisy into his adulthood. He builds a satisfying life, yet he's haunted by the lingering bond of his soul mate. Soon Erik must face the past and answer the question: is leaving the end of loving?

Fearlessly touching on today's social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik's journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can't forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned.