My year has been awesome so far, despite a few ups and downs. I was lucky enough to meet really awesome people online, and I'm so grateful to each and everyone of you stopping by whenever you had a minute to spare, and commenting. :) I'm also thankful for this wonderful blogging community. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for you. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to publish Reaper's Novice, Homecoming and Holding on Forever in 2013. Now, that's a blessing!!
Here is to hoping you had a great year, and that next year is even more awesome!! Lets dance 2013 away, and welcome 2014.
So I finally--finally-- finished my shopping, and wrapped up the gifts, decorated the tree and slipped right in the holiday mood. Bet you've all been waiting for this awesome day like I am/was ;)
I will be spending the next week with my family, and will see you all in the next year. I want to thank you all for taking time visiting my blog and commenting during the past year. I 'met' new people and made wonderful friends, thanks to blogging. It's been quite a bumpy ride for me this year, which made blogging regularly almost impossible. But all in all, I am thankful and absolutely grateful. One has to count their blessings, right? YOU are all right up there on my list of blessings.
I hope you'll be doing this when you open your gifts from Santa. (I know I will)
No one will blame you. You've waited for Santa to show up for an entire year!!
Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change—
and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a
scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the
privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than
she bargained for.
When Maggie meets Hugh, a
twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she always
wanted. Suddenly she’s riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed
designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy,
the one she can’t seem to keep her hands off of.
Half French, half Lebanese, and
ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn’t do
relationships. He’s the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and
he’s everything she can’t resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting
her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like
London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink
of an eye.
is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.
The Houses of Parliament were one of the most awe-inspiring things
I’d ever seen. They dominated the landscape, proud and strong. I crossed the
street, standing in a grassy square opposite the buildings. I basked in the
moment. This was the epicenter of history and politics. Greatness happened
here. And somehow I was a part of it.
I hadn’t totally chosen the International School on a whim. When I
received that horrid letter from Harvard, I panicked. I didn’t have a backup
plan—not a good one, anyway. I had no desire to stay in the same town where I’d
lived my whole life, feeling like I never quite fit in. I wanted a chance to do
something different. If I couldn’t make one of my dreams happen, I wanted a
chance at another one.
Ever since I was a kid I’d been fascinated by England. I couldn’t
say for sure when the love affair started. Maybe it was all the pomp and
majesty that came with the monarchy, so different from my quiet life in South
Carolina. Or maybe it was the history or my romanticism, the love of books
filled with dukes and earls. Whatever it was, London had been a dream, one I
promised I would indulge when I graduated university and made something of
Now, standing in front of Parliament, I felt the sense of accomplishment
that had eluded me since my Harvard rejection. I was living my dream now.
a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel moved to London to attend an international
university. In the four years that
followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to
dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned
to stay there forever. But fate
intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance
moves, swept her off her feet.
a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South
Korea. An avid reader and hopeless
romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy
cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.
Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers.
Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on
February 3, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.
Today I am excited to share the release of The Short Game, a novella by J.L. Fynn. It's a companion novella to her debut novel The Long Game, but it's completely stand-alone. That is, even if you haven't read the first book, you will enjoy this one.
And even more exciting than the book's release? All day today and tomorrow you can get it FOR FREE! Want to learn more?
Summary from Goodreads:
Jimmy Boy Reilly should be out on the road like the rest of his Irish-American Gypsy clan, but instead he’s stuck at home. His little brother Shay is up north pulling a long con, something Jimmy never wanted him involved in, and now all he can do is worry and wait.
But Shay isn’t the only thing on his mind this summer. He can’t seem to shake the image of the cute store clerk they swindled a few weeks back, and it’s really starting to get to him. When he decides to return the money in an effort to get her out of his mind, that small act of redemption soon turns into a date, and maybe something more.
Jimmy Boy never had any intention of falling for the country girl, cute or not, but there’s no way he could resist the beautiful, sassy blonde. Now it’s not just the fate of his little brother he’s worried about, but his own too. Hiding the relationship from his clan is hard enough, but keeping the fact that he’s an Irish Traveler from Tracy is even harder--and might cost him more in the end.
Set concurrently to J.L. Fynn’s debut novel The Long Game, The Short Game is a novella exploring what’s happening back at the Traveler Village while Shay is up north. While it could be considered a companion novel to The Long Game, it's a stand-alone story that can be enjoyed even without having read The Long Game.
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 21,000 words
Release Date: December 17, 2013
About the Author:
J.L. Fynn is the public face of the writing collaboration between Katherine Ernst and Chelle Bruhn. Katherine and Chelle disagree on most everything (music, food, need for punctuality), except for what's really important, which is why they've been best friends for seventeen years and writing together for three.
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Happy Monday!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm soooo excited to rereveal the cover for my upcoming contemporary romance, A Need So Insatiable, hosted by Give Me Books
Title: A Need So Insatiable (Hearts #1)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date : February 2014
“I’ve never bowed or kneeled for anyone,” Rafael says. “Never thought I would.” Then he drops to his knees. He slides his arms around my waist, tugging me closer and bows his head. “You own me, Sophie.” He looks up, his dark eyes hitting me with enough force to snatch the breath from my lungs. “You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into your life in that music room. Then I saw you slipping out the window like the wolves were after you and I knew I wanted you in my life. You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.”
Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire and it’s not her breathtaking voice lighting it, but the trail of debts her father left behind after he passed away a few months ago. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors and a slew of characters sent from hell, she’s dealing with her rebellious fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli, who is still coming to terms with their father’s death. And as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees bursts into her life—literally—bringing with him a life the public had no idea of, memories and feelings of a past long forgotten.
Rafael Van Rees, Maestro extraordinaire, has always prided himself as a man in control of his destiny, music and women. As far as he is concerned his past is a black cloud in a distance, until he meets Sophie and soon his world spins out of control in more ways than one. He knows that the darkest sins and secrets eventually do reveal themselves, and fighting not only for his life, but also his heart is a necessity, rather than a choice. When it comes to Sophie, he will stop at nothing to protect her from his past. Even if it kills him.
Eep! I am so excited to share with you today's release, Holding on Forever, the sequel to Truly Madly Deeply You, published through Inkspell. :)
Here is the blurb:
Liese is finally moving on with Frey by her side. But sometimes letting go is the hardest part, and trusting is a risk one has to take. In between her practicum and spending time with Frey whenever he is town, she fights her insecurities, and wins. Then something happens and Frey's priorities momentarily shift, making her second guess their relationship. Suddenly, going back to their former best friends status has never looked so appealing.
Frey's life has never shined so bright now that Liese is his. But there is a part of him that is shrouded by memories he'd rather have them buried where no one can touch them. Not even him. But even buried memories and people can't stay hidden for forever. What Liese doesn't know is that Frey isn't about to let go so easily, and he will throw in everything he's got to stop her from leaving him. He has waited an eternity for her. Giving her up is not an option.
Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.
She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.
But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.
When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.
glance back at Emma, who’s busy looking through a rack of fleecy pajama
bottoms, then walk out the store and into the solid wall of a person.
the wall says as I step back. Marcus’s gaze jumps to the store’s name and his
mouth slides into an amused grin. “You don’t need to get sexy underwear for our
tutoring sessions, but I won’t say I don’t appreciate it.”
I mutter, momentarily forgetting the ass helped me learn a math concept I’d
been struggling with.
to make you happy, Kitten.”
somehow manage not to roll my eyes at the name. Telling him not to call me that
hasn’t helped. It’s only encouraged him to use the name more. I narrow my eyes
instead. “I thought you said you weren’t stalking me.”
not.” He lifts a plastic bag from the bookstore, and removes a book with a
teenage girl and a male angel on the cover. “I was buying a birthday present
for my friend’s sister. And now that you mention it, how do I know you’re
not stalking me?”
the corner of my eye, I spot a guy checking me out. Marcus brushes a strand of
hair from my face. I flinch when his fingers touch my cheek, but then I see the
other guy scurry away.
think of Marcus’s reputation for not getting attached, of the way he jumped
between me and that guy at the party. I take a deep breath, almost positive
that what I’m about to do is incredibly stupid. “What are you doing Friday
About the Author
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
Today, Faith, one of the awesomest people I've ever met, is releasing Meant for Me (Take me Now#2). I haven't started reading this series, but it sounds really good. The first book, Take me Now is in my Kindle, and I'm looking forward to reading them soon. My reading week is coming up-- starting next week, on Monday. Congrats, Faith!
Title: Meant for Me Author: Faith Sullivan Expected release date: December 10, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Group: New Adult Ebook available at: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords
Eric thought he had forever...before.
Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.
Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be...but no one can escape the wheel of fate.
Her love for Eric and the life they're creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she's forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.
Can they hold onto their newfound happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?
My boyfriend is so freakin’ hot.
I press my nose against the glass, peering out as he stops to take a break from cutting the grass around the garden center. It’s sweltering outside and he’s worked up quite a sweat pushing the lawn mower up and down the property. As a result of his labor, his white t-shirt is clinging to his chest in all the right places. I sigh happily, taking him in.
He has no clue that I’m watching as he picks up a water bottle and pours it over his head, forming a trail that trickles down the length of his body. I clutch the windowsill as I feel that all too familiar twinge between my legs. Being pregnant, my hormones are on fire and it doesn’t take much to get me going. So it’s no wonder a moan escapes my lips when he doesn’t stop there. Instead, he casually begins to strip in front of me.
My cheeks burn as he lifts his arms over his head, removing his shirt, elongating every inch of his defined abs. My eyes follow his v-shaped pelvic muscle as it dips suggestively below his belt buckle. My breathing becomes heavy as he stretches, causing his jeans to ride even lower on his hips. My pulse skyrockets as he proceeds to wring the water out of his shirt, flexing his glistening biceps against the rays of the setting sun.
I squirm against the window, forcing my knees together. My movement catches his attention and he glances up, meeting my gaze. A sexy grin slowly spreads across his face when he realizes the effect he’s having on me. My mouth is open. I’m literally panting for him. He shakes his head and chuckles softly. My heart clenches at how adorable he looks.
He’s not the kind of guy who flaunts his body, but for me it seems like he enjoys being on display. He runs his hands through his damp hair, tousling it before grabbing another bottle of water. He winks at me, tilting back his head and taking a long swig. He closes his eyes, his lips wrapped around the bottle, teasing me. He smiles when he’s done, beckoning me with his finger.
I don’t hesitate for a moment. I gladly leave the confines of his air-conditioned office and rush outside. He’s waiting, his eyes smoldering. He stands with his hands on his hips, watching as I approach. It’s unseasonably mild for October, and I step out of my clogs as I draw nearer to him. His gaze never leaves my face. It only intensifies, causing me to blush even more.
I get close enough to feel the warmth of his breath on my cheek, but I don’t speak. Instead, I run my hands across the wide breadth of his shoulders and down his heaving chest. My touch must be driving him wild because I can feel his heart thudding beneath my fingertips. His skin is so smooth and firm. He’s a man’s man who’d never dream of waxing his upper body, and a trail of soft, fine hair guides me to his belly button and beyond.
“How can I expect to get anything done around here with you touching me like that?” Eric asks, his voice all husky as I find the zipper of his jeans.
“Well, you shouldn’t be tempting me by getting naked in front of the window,” I whisper seductively as he grabs my wrist, preventing me from lowering his zipper and undressing him any further.
With my free hand, I start to remove my dress when he growls, “I don’t want anyone seeing what’s mine.” He scans the horizon for any approaching vehicles, but there are none to be found. “No one’s ever going to hear what you sound like when you come. Only me.”
Books in this series:
(linked to Goodreads)
About the Author:
Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.
If you'd link to the hop join, the link is still open for the next three days-- Dream Destination Hop. Would love to have you on board. :) For a chance to win some really awesome prices, please visit Lexa and Julie's blogs.
My Dream Destination is...
Looks so romantic, right? I know, I know, I am a hopeless romantic, and the thought of visiting this makes me giddy.
I'd love to float around in a gondola, experience the culture, and the history stamped on it's walls and waters.
Attend the carnival and dress-up. Aren't the costumes gorgeous?
Plus Venice is Antonio Vivaldi's birthplace! How cool is that!!! :D
I leave you with a breathtaking image of this beautiful city.
It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.
As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.
Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.