Release Blitz: Point of Return by Stacey Lynn

Happy Release Day to Stacey Lynn!!!

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Title: Point of Return (Nordic Lords #1)

Author: Stacey Lynn

Release Date: April 22, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

 

Deceit.

Destruction.

Death.

Olivia Masters grew up familiar with all of them. The daughter of the President of the Nordic Lords Motorcycle Club, Olivia always knew she wanted nothing to do with any of it. Her plans were made to leave the town she grew up in as soon as she and her boyfriend, Daemon Knight, turned eighteen.

But then Olivia was shot. Her mother killed in front of her. Fleeing became her reality.

Forced to return to her hometown of Jasper Bay five years later, events beyond Olivia’s control put her directly back into the life she swore she’d never return to.

Her dad wants her back in the family. Daemon wants her in his bed.

But just as Olivia begins to accept her destiny, history finds a way to repeat itself.

This time, will Olivia be strong enough to fight for the family she once turned her back on? Or will she once again flee from the only life that has ever felt like home?

 

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Just One Song and Just One Week
Don’t Lie to Me, and Remembering Us.

I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.

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Cover Reveal: One True Thing by Lynne Jaymes

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Title: One True Thing

Author: Lynne Jaymes

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 22, 2014

Cover Designer: Helen Williams at AllBookedOut.com

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Can one true thing save a love built on lies?

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Synopsis:

 

“That was all before…” Jolene waves her hand in the air, but we both know what she means. Before I touched her in the most intimate places. Before I felt her shudder under my tongue. Before she tasted the salt on my skin. Before I promised a lot more than I could deliver.

Ty Branch has wanted one thing his entire life—to play professional baseball. When he gets a chance to move from San Francisco to play at Texas powerhouse Garvin State University, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make his dream come true, even if that means hiding his past. But when he meets dance major Jolene Taylor, the chemistry is so strong his single-minded quest begins to weaken. As he gets to know her quirky, small-town family, he falls more deeply

in love, but becomes even more sure he can never tell her the truth about his family. When a surprise visitor blows his past wide-open, Ty is forced to come to terms with his secrets. But is the damage already done with Jolene or can he find a way to sacrifice everything he’s worked for in order to win back the heart of a once-in-a-lifetime love?

 

 Excerpt:

“Thank you,” Jolene says, as I hold the door open for her, the soft Texas twang in her voice making my heart beat faster as she brushes by me, her dark brown eyes fixed on the ground. Jolene Taylor. Dance major, sophomore, comes from somewhere outside of Abeline—way outside according to Jessie, one of those towns that has only four stoplights and a Dairy Queen with a sign that congratulates the FFA on their livestock win.

“No problem,” I reply, following her through the door. We approach the stairs to the second floor together, but I slow my pace so that she can get ahead of me, hoping that I don’t look like a stalker and that she doesn’t notice that I’m sneaking looks at her ass as she walks up the steps. And it is a perfect little ass. Jolene has a way of moving that’s more like gliding than actual walking, her feet turned out just slightly in that way that dancers have. She’s wearing baggy sweats that sit at the place where the two dimples on her lower back meet her spine and a workout top holding her small, perky breasts that leaves little to the imagination. I can see the muscles in her back move as she walks and that turns me on more than anything, so I shift my eyes up to the expanse of bare skin on the back of her neck, covered by a few dark tendrils of hair that escape from the messy bun on top of her head. Even at her messiest, Jolene is perfection. But I can’t talk to her, there’s no point. There’s too much I’d have to say, too much I’d have to give up to make it real.

I want her to look back as I approach the door to my apartment, nosily fumbling for the keys to try to get her attention, but she stares straight ahead, her back tall and her thin, muscled arms gripping the laundry basket as she heads for her apartment at the end of the hall. I sigh as I take one last look at her and swing my apartment door open. Gotta keep my eyes on the prize. Jolene Taylor is just one more thing I shouldn’t be messing with this year.

 

About the Author:

Lynne Jaymes

Lynne Jaymes is a life-long reader and accidental writer living in Northern California. She writes contemporary fiction that is sometimes funny, sometimes sexy and always from the heart. Although this is not her first venture into writing – Lynne is traditionally published in another genre under another name – she loves the indie world for the freedom it gives her to write the stories that call to her, the ones that mean the most and the ones that editors have said would never sell. ONE TRUE THING is the adaptation of the first book she ever wrote and the story is one that is close to her family and has lived deep in her soul for years. She is also the co-author of the second book in the UNFILTERED Series, UNFILTERED & UNKNOWN. Keep up with Lynne at www.lynnejaymes.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Book Review: For Love or Money by Tara Brown

Hi everyone!!

First of all, let me take the floor and announce I turn 25 today (I still haven’t felt the weight of this many years) LOL Yeap, I’m the birthday girl and I’m finally excited to get old haha 25 in my head was pretty old, specially when I think of the amount of things I still want to do with my life, before I turn into a real grown up (in my head I’m like 18 lol)…anyways, Happy Birthday to me! :)

And what better way to celebrate my birthday with you than sharing a review for a book by my favorite author?! What amazes me most about the book world is how many friends we can make because of books and when one of them is an author you admire is just an incredible bonus!

I talk about how much I love Tara Brown’s books all the time here, but the crazy thing is that I first met her books (The Lonely and than Lost Boy) before I ever had a conversation with her! So, for me is an honor to call her my friend and I love her and everything she writes. Seriously the woman is a genius! First of all she writes faster than anyone, she releases a lot of books per year and every.single.book is FANTASTIC! Being that good is pure, pure TALENT!

So here we go, I hope you enjoy my latest review!!

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Rating: 4.75 hot-damn-I-wanna-be-a-character-of-this-book stars

Book Synopsis:

James Holland has a secret.
His friends don’t know it.
His parents don’t know it.
His teachers at Harvard don’t know it.

But someone does and she isn’t telling anyone.

When Lana Weber learns the truth about a certain campus celebrity,
she does what any girl in her position would.
She uses it to get everything she wants.

But sometimes the thing you want and the thing you need,
are very different from the thing you get.

My Review:

As you know I’m very honest in my reviews and if I say I like and pimp Tara’s books is because every one of them I liked! As I said, when I first started talking to her, I’ve already read two of her books, so before I knew here I was already pimping her book! I’m always honest when I say that Tara is just fantastic!

My first two books by her were “dark”, mind f***ck ones and than I started reading other books by Tara and that characteristic that is so hers, to turn a story into something completely unexpected and build different stories inside one story appeared in every one of her books that I read so far…

Last week I finally read her book My Side and it was  a surprise! I couldn’t find that characteristic, but it didn’t make the story less amazing! Just the opposite…Taking unexpected turns wouldn’t match with that story, so I was pleased to see a different side of Tara with it. By the way, I super recommend it, LOVED My Side!

And than I started reading For Love or Money and BAM! She does it again! It sure has a few turns but nothing like I would expect. Tara blows my mind again! She never, NEVER disappoints and fail to amaze me! If you want to read a book by a writer who doesn’t write what you expect and just simply writes amazing stories, Tara is your girl! I’m convinced, Tara can write ANYTHING and I’m sure she can turn any subject into an interesting one and come up with an amazing story! Seriously…I have a reader crush on her, obviously LOL

In For Love or Money we meet Lana, a very selfish rich girl who has everything she wants and is a cry for attention. I didn’t expect to like her, on the first pages I actually disliked her very much, she was just too superficial. But even then I knew there was more to her.

Than enters James, the hot college football player who also has some secrets in his sleeves and tatooed body. James intrigued me from the start and damn, what a hot, dirty boy he is! I finished this book feeling like I NEEDED to meet him, I honestly would be happy with one goal in my life: being James’s dirty girl. Honestly!

The combination of Lana and James though, makes the story  just flow! Lana needed James in her life and us readers needed him in her life so we could see she actually wasn’t always that selfish girl and inside her there was this completely different girl trying to come up to life again. Only James to be able to bring the real Lana not only to the surface, but for the whole world to see. He is as real as you get, even though he has his own dirty secret, Lana is pretty drawn to him (as would any living hetero female in the world!!) and she needed a dosage of his realness so she could show the world not only her potential, but herself!

She is afraid of a lot of things and James makes her fears not only disappear, but also be blindsided by how much more she can be when she forgets about them. With James there’s no barrel, no fears, no secrets and she can simply be…

James also needed Lana in his life…only she was able to show him that he could actually have the dual life he wanted, the college boy and the musician he was. Both of them are incredibly gifted, but both were afraid to show it. James fear though is not like Lana’s, he isn’t afraid to show the world his talent, but he’s afraid his talent and love for music would shadow his future, he wanted to have opportunities besides music. But when this two incredible people get united, they are unstoppable.  No fears, no crazy people, nothing and no one could stop then from shining!

But in the middle of all this there’s also a mystery of Lana’s crazy perv stalker/rapist to be solved. Since she is pretty much addicted to sex, her being used is not something people would think of, after all in the eyes of the world she asked for all she got, but she is not that. She feels and she gets hurt and she feels guilty for being so out of control, people would think she wanted the attention of crazy guys or that she would drug minors just to have a good time.

Lana needs to prove herself for her father, the mega music mogul, but she also needs to prove her value to herself, and making her work for it is the best lesson her father ever gave her. Along the way she will learn a lot, specially about herself.

You will certainly laugh a lot with her, root for her, swoon over James and just enjoy this crazy yet amazing ride!

This book has action, rock, music and players, what else not to like? Oh, did I mention the steamy scenes???!!! Oh boy! You’re in for a treat…

The only thing I wanted more was for James secret to be more explored, but that doesn’t make the book  and the story bad, it’s just my crazy Tara-addicted mind wanting more of her writing!!!

Oh, you don’t need to read My Side before, they are different stories, but the main character from it is mentioned in For Love or Money and I smiled big every time someone talked about him…

I just love Tara’s characters…the guys are always swoon worthy, amazing and the girls are always badass, snarky girls, and I relate so much with them haha I feel like I’m best friends with them and in the end I just want to hug the whole book! I wish there was a way I could meet all of them, what a crazy and fun party that would be!!!

 

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And to celebrate my birthday and the release of For Love of Money I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of it.

All you need to do is comment on this post (with your email address) telling me the day of your bday!

Good luck!

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Carol

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Book Review: I Found You by Jane Lark

Hi Everyone!!

Looks like my Internet is collaborating, finally!!!

How’s everything going? I’m finally getting excited for my birthday this Thursday (yaaay 25 years, but who’s counting? I certainly ain’t LOL)! April is a month full of amazing new releases and I’ve read some fantastic books so far! And today I’m reviewing one of the books I’ve read this year…I Found You by Jane Lark. I hope you enjoy my review!! :)

 

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Rating: 4.5 I-love-this-book stars!!

Book Synopsis:

Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.

My Review:

How can I start reviewing this book? Well, let’s start with Jason…Prepare yourselves to SWOON!!! OMG, I fell in love with him pretty fast, like Rachel herself.

Rachel…Well, in the beginning I had mixed feelings about her. I didn’t know to believe she was misunderstood or just plain crazy. But then, one or two pages later I couldn’t stop from rooting for her and being mad at other characters who would just bash her! She really needed the support and Jason is the perfect person for her. The only problem, though is letting herself accept that. She knew it and wanted to be loved, but really accept it? She wasn’t programmed to know what real love was.

Rachel grew up with an alcoholic mother, a mother who just didn’t care about her daughter and her health. Rachel really had some issues, but she was not only misunderstood, but also ostracized for not having the opportunities in her life that other people had in theirs…For being dealt a shitty hand, she suffered prejudice, and it was never her fault after all!

Rachel and Jason’s story began in a bridge in the middle of Manhattan…Were they on the right place at the right time? Some could argue that Rachel needed Jason more than he needed her, she really had a messed up life so far, but his life was not perfect either. He woke up and got up every morning, and lived a lie. He went to this job he hated, but he was adamant about proving himself to his parents and whole town. He was in a relationship that was only being good to his girlfriend who lived far away from NY…far away from him and apparently far away from their problems…Jason hasn’t been happy in a long time.

Then comes this crazy girl and he introduces her to his apartment and his life and suddenly everything changes. No matter what everyone thought and said about Rachel, she wasn’t like that, she wasn’t taking advantage of him and she simply hasn’t been dealt a good hand in life. And Jason changes her luck, just as she changes his.

This story is a beautiful, romantic mess and I absolutely enjoyed everything about it. Jason and Rachel’s journey is not an easy one, but that’s probably why I related so much to this book and its characters, they feel real, because their problems and their life felt very real. They could easily be me or you or our friends. I could easily be Rachel (who wouldn’t want to find a Jason too?? LOL) and I could easily be going through what she went…Actually after reading this story I want to be her friend, I want to listen to her, to help her and to root even more for her!

Thank you so much Jane Lark, not only for the opportunity to read it, but also for introducing me to such incredible characters, whom I want to be best friends with, and to such a powerful and beautiful story!

 

 

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Release Blitz: Reckless Together (Reckless Series #3) by Gina Robinson

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Title: Reckless Together

Author: Gina Robinson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 3rd

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Book Three of the Reckless Series

A Contemporary New Adult College Romance

 

The stunning conclusion of Ellie and Logan’s love story that began on a hot August night in Reckless Longing and continued through the depths of winter in Reckless Secrets

 

Ellie

 

My mother is a liar, a seductress, a keeper of family secrets, and a master manipulator. She took Austin from me. Now she claims she wants forgiveness. But she’s after Logan. I know she is. He thinks he can protect me from her. I love him for trying, for playing hero, but he doesn’t know her like I do. She’ll charm him until he lets his guard down and then she’ll strike so quickly he’ll never see the attack coming. I may already be too late to stop it.

 

Logan’s love is essential to me, like sunshine and deep nurturing breaths. He’s my all. I can’t live without him. But there’s so much standing in the way of our happiness. As dangerous as she is, Mom is the least of my worries. I’m fighting the darkness Logan is struggling with, the upcoming trial, his family, and sometimes I even think I’m fighting a phantom of myself. But I won’t give up. Ever.

 

Logan

 

I wish I could make El understand how much I love her, but I’m losing control. She makes me lose control. Since the abuse, that scares me shitless and brings back the guilt and the memories I want to erase. Things that have nothing to do with El, and everything because they affect the man I want to be for her.

 

I can’t face losing her. I don’t want her to hear the ugly truth about me, but I have to testify. I have to, even though I’m risking everything and fighting my dad and myself to do it. After it’s over, will El still love me? I have to help her reconcile with her mom. Then maybe she’ll understand.

 

This is a contemporary romance with mature themes, language, and situations. Readers should be over 17!

 

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About the Author:

Gina

Gina Robinson is the award-winning author of the contemporary new adult romances Reckless Longing, Reckless Secrets, and Reckless Together and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. She’s currently working on a new contemporary romance/new adult series called Switched in Love, all about the perils of falling in love with someone who isn’t who you think they are. What happens when you find the love you’re looking for in the most unusual circumstances and with the last person you ever thought you’d be attracted to? Look for the first Switched in Love romance in early summer 2014.

 

Connect with Gina Online:

My Website: http://www.ginarobinson.com/

Twitter: @ginamrobinson

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GinaRobinsonAuthor

EXCERPT:

 

Ellie

I hated my mother. She’d done it again. This time from across the state. Intruded on what should have been one of the most beautiful moments of my life. After swearing for my entire existence I’d never have sex with any guy I wasn’t totally sure was long term, I slept with Logan Walker. Trusted him with my heart and my body. He was so sweet, thinking he could protect me from Mom. That anybody could. He didn’t know her like I did. Didn’t know how cunning she could be. How devious.

Just like I hadn’t known it was possible to feel such an intricate cocktail of emotions—love, lust, ecstasy, total happiness, fear, and blinding rage. It would have been absolutely heady, except for the anger. I’d kept my fury under control while I’d been with Logan, focusing all my attention and thoughts on staying in the moment with him. The guy had literally had a heart in his hands. A balloon heart. But still, how could I resist that? And the sweet, funny way he’d stocked up on protection? And how he couldn’t stay away from me, no matter how hard he tried?

But now that I was back in my dorm room, thoughts of my mother and her Snow White’s Evil Queen Stepmother act popped into my mind. Or maybe she was more like Alice in Wonderland‘s Queen of Hearts playing a giant chessboard with my life. What was her game? What was her next move? Whatever she had planned, I had to stop it.

My hands trembled as I pulled my cell phone out. I took a deep breath. She and I had been estranged since she slept with Austin, my boyfriend before Logan. And I left her and came to college to find my bio dad, Jason Front. I had a delicate new relationship with him and his wife and baby. Mom could destroy all that, too. She didn’t know I’d come to the university to find him. She didn’t know he was here at all.

I hesitated on the verge of battle. I had to risk it. I’d chance anything to keep her away from Logan and me. I stared at the phone another second as I gathered up my courage. We hadn’t spoken since before Christmas. It was nearly March now. She’d take my call. I knew she would. In fact, I was certain she was waiting for it. I hit the button that dialed her and braced myself.

“Ellie!” She picked up before it even rang. That was how confident she’d been that I’d call. That was how expectant she was.

Which put me even more on edge—what did she want? Melissa Ann Sawyer always wanted something. She never gave anything away and she never played for free.

“Leave Logan alone! Stay the hell away from him!”

It was the wrong way to lead. I’d let my anger get in the way of my scheming and common sense. I’d forgotten my own chess metaphor.

She laughed. “So you finally slept with him.” Her voice was amused and as nubby as raw silk, not quite her usual polished self. But as grating as ever in its confidence. “I was wondering how long you’d hold out. He’s a handsome boy. Now you can finally stop blaming me for ruining your life. You’ve turned out just like me.”

“Not just like you,” I said. “I’m not pregnant.”

“That you know about. Be extra careful, Ellie. We’re fertile girls when we’re young and careless!” She laughed again.

Mom had a laugh for everything, like life always amused her, even when it was tragic. Even when there was absolutely nothing funny about it. This time it felt like she was laughing at herself as much as at me.

“I didn’t say I slept with him.” And I hadn’t said I hadn’t. Semantics were everything when playing with Mom’s fire.

“Of course you have. That’s why you’re so protective and possessive of him now. He finally felt close enough to you, confident enough to tell you that he and I have been talking. And so you rushed to protect him from big, bad me. It all adds up. And I can tell from your voice you’ve lost your virginity.”

“You cannot.”

She’d used that “I can hear it in your voice” tactic on me since I was little. I’d outgrown my belief in her magical abilities to read voices and see out of the back of her head.

“I hear it in your denial.”

“Just stay away from him!” I pulled the phone away from my ear, ready to hang up.

“Or what?” Devoid of laughter and completely serious, she was the ice queen, full of menace.

 

Ellie’s Top-Secret Cobblestone Bars

 

Crust

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened

1 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. Dutch baking cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla extract

heaping 1/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 extra large egg

 

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add all dry ingredients and mix well. Spread into 13×9 pan.

 

Filling

1/2 stick butter, softened

6 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp . vanilla extract

1 small egg

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

 

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour and mix until smooth. Spread over the crust evenly.

 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Sprinkle evenly over the filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

2 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows

 

Sprinkle on the baked crust/filling and bake an additional 2 minutes.

 

Frosting

4 Tbsp. butter

2 oz. cream cheese

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup 2% milk

2-1/2 Tbsp. Dutch baking cocoa

 

Cream butter. Add cream cheese. Add half the powdered sugar. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Mix cocoa and remaining powdered sugar together. Add to the milk mixture. Mix until smooth. Pour over the melted marshmallows and swirl together. Cool. Cut into bars.

 

Servings: About 18 bars.

Reckless Bundle Coming Soon

 

 

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Great value! Save up to 44% compared to buying each book separately!

 

This series is contemporary romance with mature themes, language, and situations. Readers should be over 17!

 

Reckless Longing

 

Book One

A Contemporary New Adult College Romance

 

Ellie and Logan’s love story begins one hot August night…

 

Ellie

 

My mom betrayed me in the worst way possible. I can’t forgive her, but I can outwit her. I’m going to unravel the family secret she’s been keeping from me my whole life. So I’m going to college across the state from her, to the place that has the answers. I hope. But I have to be careful or I’ll blow everything. I can’t tell anyone what I’m doing.

 

I didn’t mean to fall in love. I can’t afford to give my heart away or open up to anyone, least of all charming, rich, former bad boy baseball star Logan Walker. But he looked so adorable sitting there nursing a black eye the night I met him at my very first campus event. The way he held my hand made me flush in the suffocating heat of August and feel really beautiful for the first time in so long I can’t remember. My scar didn’t even hurt.

 

But Logan’s moods are mercurial. He’s keeping secrets of his own that are too dark to share, even with me. We agree to be just friends. But our hearts and bodies have minds of their own. Before I know it, I’m in too deep with him and the answer to the family secret I came to campus to find may be the thing that tears us apart.

 

 

Reckless Secrets

 

Book Two

A Contemporary New Adult College Romance

 

The engaging continuation of Ellie and Logan’s love story that began on a hot August night in Reckless Longing

 

Ellie

 

My bitch of a mother kept a family secret from me for nineteen years. I outsmarted her and found out what it is. Now I should be deliriously happy. I am happy. Except…I have to keep it from Logan. At the same time, I know I should tell him. If he finds out by accident, he’ll hate me and feel betrayed. But it’s complicated and I have to wait until things fall into place or it will cause problems for my newly found dad.

 

And Logan is wrestling with his own demons. Because of me. Dex and I just meant to prank our hideous chem prof. We didn’t mean to hurt anyone, least of all Logan. If I’d known it would expose his secret, I never would have done it. I love him so much. I can’t lose him. I won’t. I just hope he can forgive me.

 

Reckless Together

 

Book Three

A Contemporary New Adult College Romance

 

The stunning conclusion of Ellie and Logan’s love story that began on a hot August night in Reckless Longing and continued through the depths of winter in Reckless Secrets

 

Ellie

 

My mother is a liar, a seductress, a keeper of family secrets, and a master manipulator. She took Austin from me. Now she claims she wants forgiveness. But she’s after Logan. I know she is. He thinks he can protect me from her. I love him for trying, for playing hero, but he doesn’t know her like I do. She’ll charm him until he lets his guard down and then she’ll strike so quickly he’ll never see the attack coming. I may already be too late to stop it.

 

Logan’s love is essential to me, like sunshine and deep nurturing breaths. He’s my all. I can’t live without him. But there’s so much standing in the way of our happiness. As dangerous as she is, Mom is the least of my worries. I’m fighting the darkness Logan is struggling with, the upcoming trial, his family, and sometimes I even think I’m fighting a phantom of myself. But I won’t give up. Ever.

 

Logan

 

I wish I could make El understand how much I love her, but I’m losing control. She makes me lose control. Since the abuse, that scares me shitless and brings back the guilt and the memories I want to erase. Things that have nothing to do with El, and everything because they affect the man I want to be for her.

 

I can’t face losing her. I don’t want her to hear the ugly truth about me, but I have to testify. I have to, even though I’m risking everything and fighting my dad and myself to do it. After it’s over, will El still love me? I have to help her reconcile with her mom. Then maybe she’ll understand.

 

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Cover Review: Crow’s Row (Crow’s Row #1) and Scare Crow (Crow’s Row #2)by Julie Hockley

I know…I’m a bit late on this cover reveal…

But better late than never, huh?! LOL

Well, one of my favorite books, Crow’s Row, is getting a new cover and the sequel is finally coming out! I feel like I waited FOREVER for it to come! Here are both covers :)

 

Crows Row #2

Release Date: April 16th 2014

 

Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. 
 
Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. 
Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. 
 
Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.
 
After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. 
As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. 
As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.
Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and…………..
find their way to their destinies.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Crows Row #1

(Re-edited & new content!)

Release Date: April 11th 2014

For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. 
 
Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.
During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing—and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. 
 
She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.
 
Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty- six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. 
 
But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

 

 
 
 
 
A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you’ve ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?
 

 

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Title: Missing Girl
Author: Piper Punches
Genre: Fiction/Crime
Publication Date: January 31, 2014

In life my name was Sophia Lucia Cruz. In death it is simply missing girls. Not even singular, but plural, as if there was never one single part of me that was unique or separate from all the other girls that were buried in that harsh Mexican dirt; victims of circumstance, irrevocable choices, and just plain bad luck. If I still had the capacity to cry, I would, because it is that sad and tragic. But when the knife slid deep into my belly and the blood gurgled at the base of my throat I knew that tears wouldn’t save me and they won’t change my story now.

Sophia Cruz was what many would consider an average 17-year-old girl from Mission Valley, until the day she had a knife put to her stomach and fear inserted into her heart. Some may have called it stupidity. She called it a necessary sacrifice. Why else would she leave everything behind to walk arm in arm with the devil into a world of prostitution and human imprisonment?

This is Sophia’s story. She wants you to know who she was before that day. Before she became just another missing girl . . .

Missing Girl, is a powerful, provocative story that explores the depths of familial love and the horrors of the human trafficking epidemic that plagues our global community. Sophia’s story is a fictional account of what so many real- life women and children experience every single moment of their lives when they are forced into sexual slavery and human imprisonment.

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About this playlist: When I write, I rarely listen to music. But I often hear songs that have a phrase or a word or even a vibe that remind me of characters or settings in my story. Missing Girl isn’t very long and neither is my playlist, but sometimes it’s about quality not quantity.

1. Put Your Lights On – Santana/Everlast

2. Miss Missing You – Fall Out Boy

3. Lights – Ellie Goulding

4. 10 2 10 – Big Sean

5. Rabiosa – Shakira/Pitbull

6. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Piper Punches grew up in a rural Missouri town in the far west suburbs of St. Louis. As early as kindergarten, Piper began her adventure as a storyteller. It wasn’t long before others caught on that her talented storytelling was actually a disguise for her tendency to be a pathological liar. Luckily, by the time high school rolled around she got her act together and began to channel her bad girl tendencies into something constructive.

By the age of 16 she had written her novel, Silent Witness; a John Grisham- like tale about the treachery and brutality of the Colombian cartel. Before ever hitting the book shelves, Silent Witness was adapted into a screenplay that was picked up by a major Hollywood studio. It was at this time that Piper learned the harsh lessons of Hollywood and the literary world. NEVER pay an agent one measly dollar until you have a contract in your hands and listen to your parents when they advise you against blindly sending $500 to have your dreams come true overnight. Sometimes parents actually know what they are talking about.

For the next several years (okay, about 20 years) Piper held onto her dream of becoming a published novelist, but decided to take up procrastination instead. It didn’t pay well, but it sure felt great to get nothing accomplished and pursue other random dreams. Finally, in 2012, after an eight year period as a social worker and a seven year stint as a business owner Piper decided it was time to get back into the habit of storytelling . . . err, writing. She began freelancing and ghost writing for several popular websites, while continuing to postpone writing her original work.

Piper’s mother had told her during her teenage years that writers write what they know. Of course, she didn’t take her mother’s advice back then and continued to write about drug cartels (because didn’t you know that every 16 year old living in rural Missouri knows about drug cartels? Meth – maybe. Colombia drug runners – no). However, in true Piper fashion, after 20 years she finally took that parental advice.

In late fall of 2013, Piper debuted her first novel as a bona fide adult. The Waiting Room is a novel that started as the title of a short story collection, but quickly proved it could be so much more. It evolved into a story about the complexities of family, the invisible bonds that connect people, and the pain that can reverberate through the choices we make.

Piper Punches lives 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. She continues procrastinate and write on a daily basis and is excited to share her stories with new readers each and every day!

20 FUN FACTS:
1. I met Mario Lopez and Tiffani Amber Thiessan during a Saved by the Bell Mall tour. Somewhere I probably still have the autographed headshots.

2. A trip to India and Africa is on my bucket list.

3. I could eat sour cream with a spoon.

4. My parents decided public school was a bad influence on me when in the 7th grade I decided to use the school’s copy machine to alter my report card. I was promptly sent to a catholic school for 8th grade and went to a Catholic high school.

5. During that 7th grade year, I spent the majority of my lunches using a payphone trying to contact the New Kids on the Block to schedule a concert at our school.

6. I wrote my first full-length novel at the age of 16.

7. I have ran three half marathons, but I have no desire to run a full marathon – EVER!

8. At the age of 27, I decided to stop trying to dye my hair lighter and go for the natural look. That is when genetics decided to laugh in my face and began weaving gray throughout my hair. Needless to say, I now have to dye my hair every three weeks.

9. I visited NYC in 2010 and had the opportunity to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But, because I hate the cold, I ended standing inside of a mall and watching the parade from a window.

10. The most moving experience I ever had was when I visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Atlanta.

11. I love to read, but I am not someone that plows through books. I like to take my time and fall in love with the story. Sometimes I will purposely take a month or more to finish a book because I don’t want it to end.

12. Aside from writing, I also teach music and movement to preschoolers.

13. The job that shaped and molded me into the person I am today was at a domestic violence shelter where I worked for 8 years.

14. If I were not a writer, my dream job would be a profiler with the FBI.

15. Following that train of thought . . . I have an unhealthy obsession with serial killers and international terrorists.

16. My husband and I applied for The Amazing Race. Still waiting on that phone call. . .

17. Once I find a pair of shoes I love, I never want to let them go. I have stapled, glued, and taped shoes back together because I couldn’t fathom throwing them away.

18. I am only 5’1, so high heels are my best friend.

19. Someday I want to star on General Hospital and play a backstabbing villian.

20. Lastly, I used to think that Miami was a person like “My aunt, my uncle, my cousin.” I wasn’t the quickest kid. Good thing I outgrew that!

 

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