Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Release Day: Awakening You by Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book AWAKENING YOU, book 3 in the Unraveling Series. Check out a teaser from the book and make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book!

awakening you Synopsis

Lately, life has been going well for Ayden. His relationship with Lyric is starting to heat up and his career in music is taking off. But the disappearance of his sister still weighs heavily on his mind. Desperate to find out where his sister is, Ayden decides to take drastic measures. But his dangerous risk leads to the unraveling of secrets, and he’s left facing a darker past then he ever could have imagined.

Excerpt“And don’t ever forget that, my friend.” I remove the dipstick, glance at the oil level, then put the stick back in. Wiping my hand off with a rag, I step back from the car. “It looks like it might—” My back bumps into Ayden. He hardly ever instigates contact first, expect on rare, amazing, wonder-filled occasions, so I allow myself to enjoy the earth-shattering moment and breathe in the feel of his body heat. I smile stupidly when he doesn’t move away. “Whatcha doing?” “Nothing.” His voice is uneven, revealing his nerves. “I was just…” He releases a breath then places his hands on my hips. Surprisingly, his fingers are steady. “I just wanted to touch you.” He rests his forehead against the back of my head and inhales deeply. “And to make sure you’re okay.” “Okay about what?” My eyelids drift shut as I lean into his touch. His simple touches are better than light. They awaken my body and bring it to life. More. More. More, my body is craving. The addiction is potent, consuming, aching. Leaves my body wanting, pleading, shaking. Sometimes I feel like I’m withering, fading. Fading. Fading. Fading. Into him. “About about what happened the other day when I sleepwalked.” His fingers grasp onto me, and his chest crashes against my back as his shallow breaths turn ragged. “I know I probably freaked you out. I’ve been meaning to ask you about it, but I didn’t want to upset you, so I decided to wait until stuff cooled off.” “I’m not upset about what happened.” And not surprised one little bit that my theory about him was right. I turn around and loop my arms around him. “I’m just worried about you and how you’re handling it.” “I’m fine,” he swears, searching my eyes for my true feelings. He forgets, though, that I’m like an open book.
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
Book 1 - Unraveling You
Book 2 - Raveling You
Book 3 - Awakening You

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Novel Spotlight: Bad Will Hunting by Heather Wardell

During her time on "Ragged Royalty", Ashley developed a reputation as the show's scowling shrew. Clever editing, no doubt, but she still hates it. Now that her stint on the show is complete, she's determined to get the revenge she deserves on the producers who made her look so awful. Without it she can't move forward and decide what comes next for her. She knows what doesn't, though--ever seeing MC or Kent or any of the other contestants again. She hates all of them and they hate her too. Who could like "Angry Ashley"?
When she meets sexy attorney Will on the flight home, she believes he can help her get everything she needs. Until he double-crosses her. Now she needs revenge on him too.

After reluctantly enlisting fellow contestant Sam's much-needed help in her "Bad Will Hunting" mission, Ashley turns up a ton of dead ends but also some exciting life-changing possibilities. But she can't get over her need to get one over on Will, and on everyone else who's wronged her.

With so much "bad will" in her way, can Ashley ever find true happiness?

About the Author

Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of sixteen self-published novels including the free ebook "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" which has had over 385,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

This picture, taken by and licensed from Martin Russell of PixelMagic Digital Photography, was used in the program for Heather's first musical as a drummer ("Fame! The Musical") in February 2012.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman

Title:  The Marrying Type
Author:  Laura Chapman
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Marching Ink LLC
Release Date:  February 20, 2015
File Size/Pages:  461 KB/275 pgs
Source:  Marching Ink Street Team

My Rating:  5/5

Summary:  Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Review:  I was given an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion, and I absolutely loved this book. This book tells the story of wedding planner, Elliot Lynch, and the sacrifices she makes for her family's business, Engagements; including starring on a reality show. Along the way, Elliot must plan a wedding for her ex-boyfriend's sister, and he's involved in the entire process. I loved the bond between Elliot and Sadie, and even the strained (at times) bond between Elliot and Eric. Overall, this novel was one of my favorite reads of this year, and I highly recommend this novel!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Bond I Have with My Sister(s)

First and foremost, I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to The Right Design by Isabella Louise Anderson. In honor of this celebration, Isabella invited me to write about the bond I have with my sister.

Unlike Carrie in The Right Design, instead of having just one amazing sister, I have three. To avoid playing favoritism, and since I have such a strong bond with them, I'll be writing about all of my sisters. Like Carrie and her sister, we're all very close and would do anything for each other.

My oldest sister, Kedra, is fourteen years older than me. Out of the four of us, she's the one who's married with children. Ever since I was a little girl, I was deemed "Kedra's baby". We equally baby each other, and I know that no matter how old we get, or how many children we have, I'll always be her baby, and she'll always be mine. I know that most people think they're sister is strong, and I'm one of those people. Last September, Kedra gave birth to a little boy that was only 2 pounds and 2 ounces; he had to stay in the NICU for a few months. At that moment, when I saw how she'd go to the NICU every day while she was recovering herself, I realize just how strong she is.

My older sister, Rosa, is seven years older than me. I think I speak for my other sisters as well when I say that out of the four of us, she's the most dependable. If I need anything at all, I always know that I can go to Rosa. She's also the glue that holds us all together. When I wanted to give up on my dreams of writing, it was her encouraging words that made me pick up my ink pen again. I discovered her strength in 1998.

Last, but certainly not least, is the baby of us all. My baby sister, OangeRenee, is a year younger than me. She's the sister we know we can call when we need a good laugh. My bond with OangeRenee is super strong, and we are practically inseparable. She's my other half, my "twin sissy", and my partner in crime; I didn't have to discover her strength, because she's my strength.

All in all, growing up with three sisters is not as daunting as television shows make it seem. We were close then, and we're even closer now. When you get us all under one roof, we revert back to our younger days, where we're goofing off, play bickering/fighting, and getting fussed at by our parents. I wouldn't trade any of my sisters for anything in the world, because they are the best sisters a girl could have.

In the author's debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way--even if morals are tested!

Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job--Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him--something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?

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Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn't blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing. Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies! She loves featuring authors and their books. She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading. Isabella's short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig's Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Release Day: Untamed by Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book UNTAMED! This is book 2 in the Unbeautiful Series following the story of Emery and Ryler. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book. Good luck!

Emery No matter how hard I try, I never seem to be able to escape my family’s world. Their madness controls my life, just like insanity consumes my mind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who I really am. The person everyone sees? Or the one I keep trapped inside? I wonder which person Ryler sees. Just like I wonder who I can trust. Wonder. Wonder. Wonder. I wonder too much. I wish I could just find a way to escape it all and finally be free.
Ryler I live a double life and sometimes I hate myself for it. Watching Emery fall apart—pretending I don’t care—is killing me inside. I want to tell her the truth, but I also want a new life. Want. Want. Want. I want too much. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what I really desire. I wish I could be free from the confusion, free from this life.
“If you want to dance, dance. There’s no judgment at these things, which makes them pretty awesome.” She smiles, and then threads her fingers through mine. “Okay, let’s dance, then.” I don’t bother mentioning that dancing can be extremely sexy when done under the right circumstances—circumstances that usually include alcohol and sexual tension. At first, Emery is cautious, keeping her distance from me as she rocks her hips to the music. I move with her. I’ve never really been into dancing, but I can rock out to a little garage rock any day. The longer the song goes on, the more into it she gets, until she finally spins around and presses her back against my chest. That’s when the two of us decide to start playing a dangerous game of Want But Can’t Have. A very, very dangerous game that is really fucking tortuous to play yet impossible to give up. Emery starts grinding her hips to the sultry beat of the song. With each movement, her ass brushes against my cock, making me go rock hard. I grip the curves of her hips and my hands unnecessarily slip underneath the bottom of her shirt. My fingers delve into her soft flesh, and I bite back a moan. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve forgotten just how soft her skin is, how amazing she smells, how incredible she feels against me. She shivers from my touch and presses closer, rolling her hips and driving my body absolutely mad. She repeats the movement over and over again, until finally, I damn near lose my mind. Gripping her waist, I spin her around to face me. “I thought you didn’t know how to dance?” Playlist
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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Book 1 - Unbeautiful
Book 2 - Untamed