Thursday, April 26, 2018

NEW: The Royally Series Collection by Emma Chase

     
Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Royally Series Collection – three sexy, swoony, modern royal romances that will capture your heart, and satisfy your desire for a breathtaking happily ever after. Royally Screwed – By order of the Queen, Crown Prince Nicholas Pembrook has five months to choose a suitable bride. Then one snowy night, in New York City, he meets spirited and beautiful waitress, Olivia Hammond. Their whirlwind romance makes Nicholas question everything--who he is and who he wants to be--a King...or the man who gets to love Olivia forever. Royally Matched – Responsibility has never been Prince Henry Pembrook's strong suit. So when an unexpected heap of it is dropped in his regal lap, he reacts accordingly--by secretly signing up for a reality TV dating show. Henry plans on partying his worries away. What he doesn't plan on...is Lady Sarah Von Titebottum...the quiet, stunning, shy, librarian hiding behind a book. As Henry and Sarah grow closer, old words take on new meanings for the irresponsible royal. Words like Duty, Honor and most of all--Love. Royally Endowed – For years, broody royal bodyguard Logan St. James has watched over--and wanted--perfect, perky, beautiful Ellie Hammond, the younger sister of Princess Olivia. But he's bound by loyalty to the crown and, of course, the golden bodyguard rule: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love. But Logan and Ellie are about to learn that when it comes to passion and pleasure, rules were definitely made to be broken. Royally Raised-- This sweetest of short stories focuses on Henry and Sarah, 20 years after the conclusion of Royally Matched.  

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Here's a little taste of each:
Royally Screwed:
            “Would you like to have coffee sometime, Olivia? With me?”
            “I don’t like coffee. Never touch the stuff.”
            My eyes roll over the room. “You work in a coffee house.”
            “Exactly.”
            I nod. “Hmm, I see your point. It’ll have to be dinner, then. Are you available this evening? I could pick you up on our way back.”
            She gives a jumpy laugh. “I thought you didn’t have time for”—she makes air quotes with her fingers—‘wooing’?”
            “Some things are worth making time for.”
            That catches her off guard, making her words stumble. “Well I… don’t… date.”
            “Good God, why not?” I ask, horrified. “You’re stunning, obviously clever— you should date often, and preferably with a man who knows how it’s done.” I rest my palm on my chest. “Coincidentally, I happen to be fantastic at it. What are the odds?”

Royally Matched:
            “Every family has a wild child. Penny’s yours?”
            Takes one to know one.
            “Yes, definitely.”
            He tilts his head, the sunlight making his eyes a deeper green, almost simmering. “And what about you? Is there any wild in you, Teet-bottom?”
            My cheeks go up in flames. “Not even a little. I’m the boring one. The good one.”
            His teeth scrape his lower lip and it looks . . . naughty. “Corrupting the good ones is my favorite pastime.”
            I hug my book to my chest. “I’m not corruptible.”
            His smile broadens. “Good. I like a challenge.”

Royally Endowed:
            Ellie Hammond’s not just the kind of girl who’ll leap off a cliff without bothering to look— she’ll take a running start and launch herself off it. Arms spread, head back. Free and alive.
            No one is going to take that away from her— I won’t let them.
            “You see the good in people, Ellie. You trust. That’s a good way to be, a brave way. I’ll watch more closely; I’ll make sure this never happens again. You just be who you are. Leave the rest to me.”
            She wipes her eyes dry. “So it’s like a . . . you jump, I jump, Jack and Rose kind of thing?”
            “No.” I take her hand in mine, brushing my thumb against her knuckles. “You jump . . . and I’ll be there to catch you.”

Royally Raised:
            My husband steps into the bedroom with a cloud of steam wafting behind him, rubbing a towel across his broad shoulders and damp head, wearing nothing.
            “I mean, why did we think having five would somehow be a good idea? I don’t remember having that conversation. Do you?”
            I glance over my shoulder, my eyes dragging up from his toes to his wild-green eyes. Henry will turn fifty this summer, but besides the sexy dusting of light gray that joins the blond hairs on his chest, he’s still taught and rippled in all the places a man should be.
            I am a lucky, lucky girl.
             “I don’t think conversing had anything to do with it.” My voice drops to a sultry level as I look him over. “It was more…you…always corrupting me with your wicked ways.”


       
 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP    

COVER REVEAL: Confessions: Julien by Ella Frank

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Confessions: Julien, book two in the steamy contemporary MMM Confessions Series from Ella Frank, is coming June 4th!

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Confessions: Julien by Ella Frank
New Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary MMM Romance
Cover Design: Hang Le
Cover Photographer: Jules Godfrey Photography
Cover Model: Jack Dutton
Synopsis
People are complex.
Love a double-edged sword.
And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…
For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.
To the outside world, he has it all.
A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.
But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.
But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.
And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?
Only time will tell.
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About Ella
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips. EllaFrank.jpg
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

REVIEW: Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo Credit: Max Eremine

 

OUR REVIEW:

Several years ago I met Six and Mira and every time Whitney Barbetti's talked about releasing a new book I wonder 'will this be the one?!', will this be the book that gets me into their heads and their relationship? Until now, that answer has been no. And while I don't know for sure why, if the reading of this novel is any indication of how hard it was to write, then I think I may have a feeling why Whitney Barbetti took the time and care with her characters--she had to get it right, and she did.

Six Feet Under had me taking some seriously deep yoga breaths, y'all. I'd sigh, look off into space, and then dive back in to see what Mira was going to do next, and how Six would react. Mira put me through the wringer, y'all. And the thing is, I TOTALLY got her and recognized pieces of myself in her and it was so hard to read because I wanted to be so frustrated with her (also me) while also wanting to force all my love on her. I know this isn't normal, right? That I have such violent and vivid emotions for someone who doesn't exist, but I do.


And Six?! I so want to know what is going on in his heart and head. He's so patient. So strong. So stoic. So ... able to react to her exactly as she needs to be. I feel for him and love him and gahhhhh, these characters. 

As the novel continued to track them in their tumultuous love story--years and years of love and hurt--I flipped the pages faster and faster, trying to see where all the foreboding I was feeling would take me. Let's just say that at the end of Six Feet Under my heart hurts (so bad) but I am holding out hope that somehow, someway Whitney Barbetti is going to make things as right for these two as she possibly can. Bring on Pieces of Eight, Whitney. I'm ready for you to rip me apart and put me back together again.

I should note that while this novel primarily focuses on Mira and Six, if you're new to Whitney Barbetti's work she has two previously released novels (He Found Me and He Saved Me) that feature characters we see at the very end of the novel. 


Synopsis

 
Six wasn’t the hero I needed.
But he was the man I wanted. And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing. No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them. I was sick, but love didn’t heal me. Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes. Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn't be the last.

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Six Feet Under (Mad Love Duet - Book 1)

 
 

Coming Soon

 

Release Date: May 9, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo Credit: Alexander Kuzmin Photography
   

Synopsis

 
Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.
But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance. Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind. Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness. But then, isn't mad love the most honest?  

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Pieces of Eight (Mad Love Duet - Book 2) - available 5/9

 

Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card
 

About the Author

 
Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.
I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee. I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite. I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope. I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.  

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BookBub Author Page: http://bit.ly/2H7Dr7U
 

Monday, April 23, 2018

LIFT AUCTION is now LIVE

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The LIFT Auction is open for bidding!
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April, 27
It’s time! The LIFT 4 Autism auction is open for bidding until Friday, April 27, 5pm EST. A few bidding tips 1. You must register to bid. This connects any bids you make to an email address and alerts you if someone submits a higher bid, or ultimately if you have the highest bid when the auction closes and you win. Register, browse and bid here: http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Bid 2. US Only v. International. Before you bid on an item, please note if it is marked Domestic (US Only) or International. If you are outside the US, bid on and win an item marked US Only/domestic, the donor is not obligated to ship Internationally, and the bid will instead be awarded to the next highest eligible bid. 3. There are about 350 items up for bid. For quick reference, you can view this rough list of items, or you can browse, scrolling from page to page, or you can use the search window to find a particular item. 5. When bidding closes, the person with the highest bid at that time is the winner and will be automatically alerted at the email address they used to register. 5. Pay for your bid when you receive the notification that you were the winning bidder. Failure to pay for the bid forfeits the item to the next highest bidder.

Don’t wanna bid? Here’s 2 other ways to give & be involved!

→Make a financial donation to Kulture City through the LIFT Campaign. (No amount is too small!) GIVE HERE: http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Give →Buy LIFT Wear (T-shirts, totes, mugs, etc…) All proceeds to Kulture City. http://bit.ly/LIFT2018Tee Just a few auction highlights:
All proceeds from the auction, TeeSpring campaign, and online donations go directly to Kulture City, our national charitable partner and the incredible work they do for ASD families. Learn more about their programs at kulturecity.org. Contact us at liftauction@gmail.com with questions.
Don’t miss a thing!
 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

REVIEW: Cold by Max Monroe


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OUR REVIEW:

Shel: I always wonder if the second book of a trilogy is hard to write because it's right in the middle of everything? No worries here, though. Max Monroe keep these characters on their toes. Ivy and Levi are working through some stuff in this book so there's a lot of wanting to either hug them or hurt them going on, especially with Ivy--she had me going crazy!! Thankfully her sister spoke all the wisdom that I would've wanted to speak and Levi had some tricks up his sleeve too. Court: A trilogy is one of those things that gives my heart a bit of angst, but there is so much meat in this story that I was able to deal. Ivy, her sister, Levi, the past and the present keep this middle story just as exciting as the first one.!

Shel: And then all too soon, after the angst and the swoon, we got to the ending and BOOM! that ending. I have thoughts and guesses that I'll have to wait to see if any of those things are true. 
But seriously Max Monroe. Seriously?!?! Hmmmm. We're ready for Fox so bring.it.on! Court: And then boom is right...the set up leading to the finale! Shel said it though...we’re ready for the next one and as usual loved Max Monroe’s writing and characters that keep us coming back for more! 

Synopsis:


Disclaimer: Pregnant women and people with health conditions should use caution when reading Cold. Early readers complain of dehydration due to the inability to stop reading to rehydrate, occurrences of near heart-stopping angst and fevers stemming from too much sexual tension heat. 
Disclaimer for the disclaimer: This is a book, not a ride at an amusement park, and is no actual threat to your health.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO related to COLD:
·      Cold will be making the transfer to KU after release (after a full day on other platforms at the earliest).
·       STONE COLD FOX TRILOGY SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:  https://goo.gl/tcha9q
·      Also, the third and final book in the series is up for preorder.
o   FOX (Book #3): Release date May 20th, 2018
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REVIEW: The Real by Kate Stewart



We're celebrating the release of THE REAL by Kate Stewart!


Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2DPWCjm


I don't think I can really talk about plot and a) not spoil things and b) give it the richness that it deserves so instead I'm going to just talk (about my reading experience).

The novel feels like it starts immediately--not a lot of build up or easing you in--I felt like I was in and invested within paragraphs. I found myself invested in Abbie --liking her and laughing and interested in who she was. And then I found myself equally charmed by Cameron. The way he was described in scene after scene made me want to jump in the pages and be woo-ed by him. Their romance was sweet and all kinds of sexy but I found myself holding my breath because it felt too easy, too simple. 

And of course it was. Because when when I got to that moment where it all falls apart it really fell apart. I had to wuss out and put the novel down. I had no idea how they'd come back from what happened. It hurt. It was complicated. And then it healed. And I could breathe again. 

Kudos to Kate Stewart for not only writing a novel that had me feeling all the things but for touching on something I don't think I've really seen examined/explored  the way she did in The Real.

Blurb:
They say it happens when you least expect it.

It did for me.

It started the moment I saw the simple message pop up on my computer screen:

Cameron’s Mac: Hi.

And when I met the eyes of the gorgeous man messaging me from across the coffee shop, I never thought my reply would lead to the most intense, sexual, and passionate relationship of my life.

We both agreed to check our bags at the door and put our future hopes and aspirations on the table.

It worked.

I fell in love with his no holds barred attitude, sexy smirk, and undeniably good heart . . . and for a while we forgot about our baggage. We happily tripped over it to get to the other, neither of us willing to show the contents of our pasts in the off chance it could ruin us.

We built our love on a foundation of gray.

It was life in black and white that threatened to tear us apart.






EXCERPT:
Cameron’s Mac: Hi.
I looked above my laptop and took a deep breath before I accepted his invitation.

Abbie’s Mac: Hi.
Abbie, he’s going to wear your skin! I tried to ignore my inner voice.

Cameron’s Mac: I saw you with the homeless guy.
Abbie’s Mac: Ok?
He took a sip out of his Real Men Love Pomeranians mug and shrugged before he typed.

Cameron’s Mac: So, that was nice of you. Most people in the city just walk on by.
Abbie’s Mac: Oh. Most people do walk past Bennie. But he’s different and I’m not most people.
He lifted a brow and bit his lip.

Cameron’s Mac: I see that.

Cameron’s Mac: Want to have your next cup with me?

Say yes, say yes! It’s only coffee!
Abbie’s Mac: No, thank you.
You idiot.
His brows drew tight with his frown.

Cameron’s Mac: Sure? How about some breakfast?
My pulse raced with the memory of my last reaction to that type of attention and the consequences, and I answered without another thought.

Abbie’s Mac: No, thanks.
His chuckle was deep and covered me, even across the space between us. He bit his full bottom lip as he typed, his smirk still intact.

Fuck. Me. Damn it, Abbie!
Cameron’s Mac: Well, I guess today is not my day.

Abbie’s Mac: That’s all you’ve got?

I had no clue why I sent that message . . . why I was bothered that he didn’t try harder. Just that fucking smirk. It was sexy as hell.

He read my message and shrugged as he typed.

Cameron’s Mac: You seem to enjoy coffee. I don’t have an agenda. You’re beautiful, I noticed. I wanted to drink coffee with you. You said no. I’m going to scrape up the rest of my pride now and head out.
He closed his laptop and stood while I deflated. Damn it. He was being nice. Since when are guys just . . . nice?

Am I a man hater? Have I become that woman?
I spoke up as he slipped his computer into a worn leather bag.

“I’m sorry,” I offered in quick apology. “I was expecting some horrible line or screwed up proposition. The web, messaging, anything that has to do with technology has been hazardous for me. I’ve seen enough unsolicited dick pics for a lifetime. I was just being cautious.” And that was the truth. But I’d said it aloud in verbal vomit. Did I really say “dick pics” out loud?

He chuckled again as he looked down at me from where he stood, then grinned.

“Today isn’t the right day.” The husky baritone of his voice matched the silky hue of his eyes, which seemed to darken as he looked me over.

“No?” I asked in a whisper as I sized up his six-foot-plus frame and imagined the possibilities.

“No,” he said. “Maybe we can not have coffee again sometime?”

He’d tapped out with a simple ‘no’ from me. He couldn’t have been that interested in the first place.

I couldn’t deny the disappointment welling up in my ovaries.

Okay.” I lifted the last syllable when he didn’t press further.

Cameron pulled out his wallet and set some money on his table then walked over to mine and did the same.

“At least let me buy your next cup.”

After setting the bills down, he stood over me briefly and I caught his scent—purely masculine. I inhaled as much as I could without being obvious. He didn’t smell like a psycho.

Cameron picked up his man–bag while I pictured running my fingers through his messy, inches thick, dark-brown hair.

Don’t let him leave. Tell him you aren’t that big of a bitch. But that would seem desperate. You aren’t desperate. But you are horny. Omg, are you horny??
As if reading my thoughts, I caught another flash of his teeth and had to bite my cheek to keep my reaction in check.

“I’ll see you.”

“Yeah, see you. And thanks,” I said to his retreating back, an octave louder than necessary. “For the coffee,” I added. Outside the window, Cameron bent and exchanged words with Bennie before sticking some cash in his hand.

Well, Abbie. Guess you’ll just have to wait until the next time you roll out of bed and a beautiful man hits on you. Should happen again, you IDIOT!
Once again, my hesitance had cost me. And I couldn’t help but feel like this time it cost me big.

Sagging into my seat, I continued to stare in his direction, watching those broad shoulders walk out of my life.




About the Author:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

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