Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Cover Reveal! Lying, Cheating Heart by Mindy Ruiz (+ Win a $100 giftcard!)

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Lying, Cheating Heart (The Game of Hearts #2) by Mindy Ruiz
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
No More Lies!Cassie Vera thought the biggest threat to her life disappeared the night her boyfriend, A.J. Vasillios, used his one-time-use power and saved her from certain death.
She was wrong.
The mythological hit list she was on is nothing compared to her freshman year at the University of Las Vegas. Rooming with Vegas’s future female royalty has pushed her estrogen tolerance to its limit. Worse, Cassie must take place in a time-honored tradition that tests her faith, while her boyfriend’s new job threatens to shatter her heart.
When age-old traditions change …
Cassie’s school year is interrupted when the future queens are ordered to represent their houses in an annual high-stakes competition. While at her ancestral home in Malaga, Spain, Cassie discovers the Greek gods have gifted her with new abilities. Cassie takes matters of righting an eighteen-year-old wrong into her hands. However, actions have consequences, and Cassie’s may very well end up costing her and the House of Hearts everything.
With her family’s future at stake and the love of her life choosing sides, Cassie must cheat death one more time.
When duty requires you to do the unthinkable, where will your loyalties lie?
Only a Cheating Heart Knows.

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Enchanted Heart (The Game of Hearts #1) by Mindy Ruiz
Cassandra Vera never ever breaks the rules. Ever! She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, Cassandra agrees an overnight road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. After all, it's Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know the secrets of her own pastare buried there, as well. In the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle —and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.  

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Author PhotoMindy Ruiz lives in a sleepy Beach Town in Southern California. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at her hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with her very large and loud Italian family. Her career in publishing started in the 4th grade with a story about a magic, museum-hopping, chair. Now, Mindy writes young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include tormented heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of swoon-y moments that will put a smile on your face or make your heart race. Mindy is the lover of a good romance, the underdog and John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies. When her toes aren’t in the sand or her mind isn’t in the clouds, Mindy loves hearing from readers.   

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Cover Reveal! Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews

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Forever Found (Neverland Lost #2)  by Nazarea Andrews
Publication Date: December 30th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling
Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I've ever had to survive. I've never loved anyone the way I love her.But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her--now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn't just destroy me--its killing Neverland.I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left--but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost. 

EXCERPT:

Gwen is leaning against the window. Every time I leave her, I forget. She’s not all gangly limbs and huge eyes and dirty hair hanging in her face, flinching at her own shadow. Not anymore. That Gwen still haunts my island, but this—this Gwen is breathtaking.
She thinks she’s broken. Fractured pieces of a broken mind, held together by medication and stubborn denial. But she doesn’t see herself, not the way I do.
Lane had that right. She’s breathtaking—even now, when I know she’s sad and broken. She stands straight, a pair of thin sleep pants curving around her ass before falling loose and free to the floor. Her shoulders are back, graceful and strong, under the thick sweater she’s wearing, her hair pulled into a messy knot at the top of her head.
She can see me, my reflection in the dark glass. And I see the tension in her tighten, drawing her up and sharp, until she’s almost vibrating with it. “Why are you here?” she asks, her voice low and hoarse.
She sounds like that when she’s been crying. I know—I’ve heard her so many times, heard her tears. Wiped them away. Whispered happy thoughts until I teased a smile from her.
“Peter,” she snaps, and I jerk, out of the memories and into the moment.
“You ran away.”
She gives an unladylike snort. “You decided you were a delusion of my past, and then you expected me to sit there and listen to your insane ramblings. Thanks, but no. I can’t do that. I’ve had enough crazy for one life.” She bites her lip, and then blurts, “You stole my file, didn’t you? That’s how you know about the Boy.”
“Do you remember the firefly meadow?”
She goes still, and I smile, gently. “You do.”
“That wasn’t real,” she whispers, and I feel the shudder.
“We’d hide there, from the lost boys. And you’d fall asleep telling me your happy thoughts, and wake up to a galaxy of fireflies, and we’d chase them until you made yourself sick, laughing. And then I’d hold you and we’d stare at the stars, and you always said they were different. It smelled like jasmine and honey-“
“And wild woods and freedom,” she whispers, her blue eyes impossibly wide in her pretty face. I take a tentative step toward her, and touch her fingers.
Why are your stars different?
“It wasn’t a delusion, Gwendy. You know it wasn’t. Trust yourself.”
She shudders. “Can’t. My mind lies. It wasn’t—“
“Gwendy,” I say, desperately. Her eyes are filling with tears and I can feel the disbelief, the way it will tear apart the world I’ve known, and the girl I’ve loved, and I can’t. I move without thinking, catch her head and bring her lips to mine.
 
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Book Blitz! Love, Laughter and Merrily Ever Afters (+ giveaway!)



Love, Laughter and Merrily Ever Afters
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Genres: romance, Christmas
TEN fun, romantic holiday novellas by ten New York Times & USA Today bestselling authors
An all-star gathering of some of today's most popular NYT and USA Today bestselling romance authors in a fun-filled collection...holiday style! With the overwhelming response to the chart-topping summer boxed set, we've brought together even MORE of your favorite authors for a winter compilation, and this time, we've giftwrapped TEN stories for you all. From the funny & sweet, to the STEAMY & heartfelt, each novella is packed with a whole lot of romance, and hand-picked to infuse perfectly-portioned holiday cheer into your busy days this season...along with hot bursts of holiday steam for those winter nights. 

Since there are so many wonderful books in this box set I'm going to try and feature a little something from every author. I'm sorry I can't fit everyone's in! This post would go on for days if I did!




Excerpt from Wild Irish Christmas  by Mari Carr

As the bottle moved from hand to hand, they each offered up words of thanks or wishes for the New Year. When it reached Patrick, he lifted the bottle and proposed a toast he hadn’t used since the last Christmas he’d celebrated with his wife, Sunday.
“To Conall Brannagh.”
Ewan took the bottle from his father. “Who?”
“Conall Brannagh,” Patrick repeated. “If your mother had chosen him over me, none of us would be here tonight.”
Sean leaned forward, a definite gleam of interest in his eyes. “So you had some competition for Mom, eh? I never knew that.”
Keira grabbed a bag of pretzels. “I didn’t either. Was Mom in love with him?”
Teagan looked at Patrick. “I always thought you were her first love.”
Patrick smiled at his daughter. “I was her last love, Teagan. That’s a much better spot to claim. Besides, I don’t know if it’s fair to say she loved Conall, though he certainly turned the women’s heads. What’s the word you girls use for handsome men? Dreamy?”
Riley laughed. “Um…yeah, not in this decade. I definitely don’t use the word dreamy to describe Aaron.”
“Then what would you say?” Pat asked.
“He’s hot. Totally doable.”
Killian turned to look at his younger sister and shook his head. “Jesus. How are we related?”
“Dreamy works for me, Pop,” Teagan said quickly.
Patrick looked at his kids and silently marveled at how different they were. Somehow, miraculously, their unique qualities meshed perfectly, creating an amazing family.
Ewan, always the steady one, hadn’t been distracted by the asides. “So Mom thought this Conall was dreamy?”
“All the girls in Killarney thought Conall was handsome, but he only had eyes for Sunday. Not that I could blame him. Your mother was a beauty, with that long dark hair and those crystal-blue eyes. She caught every man’s attention.”
“But you didn’t fall in love with her because of her looks, right?” Keira asked.
Och, Lord no. While Sunday’s face was pleasing, it was her heart, so kind and compassionate, that I found attractive. That’s what captured me by my hand and—pardon the expression—balls and kept me holding on to her for dear life.”
“So what was the story with this Conall guy?” Tris asked.
“Well now, that is a tale.” Patrick leaned back and closed his eyes, letting his mind drift to a different place, a different time.
“I was working on my family’s sheep farm during the day while tending bar at Scully’s Pub every night. I was a young buck of twenty when Sunday, who was just nineteen, moved to Killarney to live with her aunt. Scully hired her to sing in the pub and from the first moment I laid eyes on her, I was lost…”


Excerpt from If I Return  by Sawyer Bennett

I’m about to step outside of the proverbial box.
Pushing away from the elevator wall I had been leaning against, I walk up to Jack, bringing my body close into his. Looking into his face, I see his nostrils flare and unbidden desire leap into his eyes. It's all the encouragement I need before I smooth my hands up over his chest, winding them behind his neck. My fingers graze over the stubble of his short haircut. I'm pleased when his arms wrap around my waist to draw me in closer. I waste no further time before pulling his head down to me, until our lips meet softly.
Despite the fact my inhibitions are lowered, despite the fact I boldly put myself in Jack's arms, and despite the fact that his eyes were heated as our lips moved toward one another, the kiss is surprisingly sweet. It's nothing more than a gentle meeting of our lips. Our mouths are slightly parted as we move against one another, tilting our heads first to one side, and then another as we explore.
Even though the kiss is soft and sweet, I still feel a warmth spreading through my body. It causes me to want more... to experience Jack on the next level. Tentatively, my tongue pushes forward into his mouth and at first he stills. I can feel his fingers flex into my lower back, and I push my tongue in just a little farther, taking a swipe at his.
He answers me with a groan and then he's gripping my head, holding me in place so his tongue can take charge.
And I let him.
Letting go, for once in my life, I let Jack have his way with my mouth. He deepens the kiss and I can't help the sigh that escapes me. He eats it up, pleading for more by the insistent way his lips move against mine.
Even though we seem to both be drowning in the kiss, I find myself wanting to submerge further into him. Desire floods my senses and my body moves without thinking. I push myself closer to him, our bodies connecting. My breasts mash into chest and I can feel his hardness against my stomach. I push closer yet, wanting—no, needing—the contact.
This kiss... this amazing kiss. It's like nothing I've ever experienced. It's full of passion and fire. I realize that my prior kisses have been lukewarm at best. Energy courses through me at the thought of what else I've been missing. The shy introvert is gone and I can feel my inner sex kitten awakening.
And I’m ready... ready to let her prowl because the passion that flows between us has firmly shut boring Hope Camden away.


Cathryn’s Favorite Holiday Recipe

This is a family recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. It’s so easy and a family favourite.  


Peanut Butter Squares
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup graham wafer crumbs
2 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons of milk
1. Put all ingredients together and spread in 9 by 9 inch greased pan.
2. Melt one half a package of chocolate chips (1cup) with one teaspoon of peanut butter and spread on top.  3. Let them set, but cut before firm.  

Janelle’s Favorite Holiday Recipe


Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (super easy and SO yummy!)

Ingredients:

1 (18-24 count) package of miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped
1 (18 ounce) package Pillsbury refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Before starting, unwrap peanut butter cups and place in freezer.
2.  Using miniature muffin tins, place a 1-inch ball of dough in each cup.
3.  Bake for 5 minutes (less than package instructions of 7-8 minutes)
4.  Remove from oven and leave cookies in pan.
5.  Remove candy from freezer and carefully press one into each cookie.
6.  Remove from tins after they have cooled, and cool completely on a rack.


THE BOXED SET INCLUDES: 

IF I RETURN -- by USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett 
WILD IRISH CHRISTMAS -- by New York Times bestselling author Mari Carr 
SEDUCING SANTA -- by New York Times bestselling author Janelle Denison  (aka Erika Wilde )
DECKING DREW -- by New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke
FAIRIES & WISHES -- by USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy )
TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS -- by New York Times bestselling author Jessie Evans (aka J. Evans )
HOLIDAY SPIRIT -- by New York Times bestselling author Cathryn Fox 
UNWRAPPED -- by New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace 
A CHRISTMAS HEAT WAVE -- by New York Times bestselling author Alannah Lynne 
HIS CHRISTMAS WISH -- by New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine


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Book Blitz! Beautifully Broken by Kira Adams (+ giveaway)



Beautifully Broken by Kira Adams
Publication Date: June 5th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Jacqueline Blunt hasn’t had an easy life. In fact, she’s had anything but. From a drug addicted mother to being bounced around in foster care, Jacqueline longed for one thing—normalcy. Lee Bennett had everything he could ever want—girls falling all over him, a dream job, money. The one thing he was missing? Passion.

Sometimes the ones worth fighting for don’t know their worth. Sometimes being broken is beautiful. This is a story of strength, courage, hope, faith, and love. This is Beautifully Broken.
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Excerpt One
“You’re insane,” Lee said again, only this time it was in a low whisper.

I tore my eyes off the road to meet his, watching as mischief and mystery danced across them. I might have been hallucinating, but I think I also saw Lee turned on. He kept biting his lip, and running his hand over his fuzzy shaved head.

“Pull over.”

“What?” I asked, puzzled as to what his motives were.

“Pull over,” he repeated in the exact same tone and I kid you not—I had never been more turned on in my life.

Before I knew it, I had taken his advice and we were parked outside a local park I used to frequent. It was late, around eight at night and it was dark; not pitch dark though. There were no patrons around. I put the car in park and was sure my heartbeat could be heard across the world.

Lee unbuckled his seatbelt when I parked and shifted in his seat to face me. “I’m not going to kiss you again until you ask for it.”

I looked at him, my jaw down to my knees. “What makes you think I would let you kiss me again?” It was all I had been fantasizing about since he had stolen the first kiss from me. It consumed my every thought. But I was not going to tell him that. I was going to remain strong.

“Oh, when I’m done with you—you’re going to be begging for it,” he said in the cockiest tone I had ever heard.

“Cocky much?” I asked, snidely.

“Confident,” Lee responded calmly, grinning back at me.

And then I could feel his warm breath in the crook of my neck, just below my ear, dancing on my skin. My breathing became shallow, and I wondered how he knew where my spot was instantly and the crazy things it would do to me.

If his lips or tongue made their way anywhere towards my neck I was a goner for sure.

I was holding my own. My poker face had not wavered, but my madly beating heart and breathing were a dead giveaway.

“How ya doing over there?” Lee whispered in my ear.

“I’m fine, absolutely fine,” I gulped out, attempting to sound confident.

That’s when his lips found the bottom of my ear and he kissed it and gently sucked on it, causing me to literally bite my tongue off as I squealed with pleasure.

“What was that?” Lee asked, putting his ear to my mouth. His neck was irresistibly close and all I could smell was his intoxicating scent. A mix of his cologne and pure pheromones.

Lee backed up again and began nibbling my right ear. Was it getting hot in here? Or was it just me…




Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.




Monday, 24 November 2014

Cover Reveal! A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates




A Necessary Sin (The Sin Trilogy #1)  by Georgia Cates
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, an organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s son Sinclair—until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger—she never imagined her heart would be as well.

The Next Sin – Release Date – Feb 9th, 2015

One Last Sin – Release Date – March 23, 2015
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing


The Jewel (The Lone City #1)  by Amy Ewing
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Genre: YA, romance, dystopian, high fantasy
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
This book has a worlds  worth of potential but, for me, in the end I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. For such a beautiful front cover the story inside let me down and it became very clear to me that The Hunger Games  influenced this book and it's characters more than it should. In the end I unfortunately had to DNF it which felt awful but what is the point of crawling through a book just to say you finished it? I wasn't enjoying it and there were many other books I could start so, yes, as much as it pains me I did DNF it.

I was entirely interested in reading this one. The synopsis wasn't vague at all about what the story held so it was no shock when I read about the girls being auctioned off to royalty as walking-baby-makers. It thoroughly creeped me out but it was like roadkill... You want to look away but you just can't. Like "Oh gross... Wait... NO EW... But wait." Am I making any sense? No? Alrighty then, let's move on.

The first chapter was interesting enough but I knew a lot of this book would be world building. I think this is the biggest hurdle when writing Dystopian books; you have to find the right balance of world building, (so that if a movie ever comes out I'm not completely annoyed at the fact that everything is different to how I imagined it) character building, and action. I haven't read many Dystopian books simply because I'm generally put off of them by how much world building there is compared to actual happenings between characters. I remember reading The Host  and I really liked it! There was that perfect balance of everything I mentioned above and it all seemed to be entwined together. I would love some suggestions though so if any of you have read any good Dystopian books, lemme know in the comments!

Moving on; So I have never read The Hunger Games. Let's just let that one sink in shall we......... Okay great. I'm not ashamed either. I don't really find them interesting (I did try the first book and  the first movie) but I still manage to know a helluva lot about this entire series. I noticed a lot of similarities between The Jewel  and The Hunger Games. They weren't even subtle nods to the series. Here are a few I noted down; 

  1. The salute thing that the girls do to other surrogates. We all know that Katniss has a salute she uses although I'm not sure what for exactly. 
  2. The whole preparation scene with the nice man who gets her ready and feels slightly sorry for her. He was a lot like Cinna from what I've read and watched.
  3. The sections of The Lone City are much like the districts in THG; they all have their jobs and places in the city.
Sometimes we find books that keep us from sleeping because we JUST HAVE TO FINISH IT. Right? Well I didn't find myself dying to read it or pick it up after the first quarter or so. It started off very strong and I didn't put it down for a while. Then things started getting slower and slower and as more references to different books started popping up it was hard to want  to read it. The first six chapters were kinda slow too and we all know the importance of sucking your readers in from the very first paragraph right? There's no point having a book where all the good stuff starts three quarters of the way in because I'm going to have stopped reading by then!

Something I did like was how beautifully everything was described. I actually kept reading just to learn more about the Lone City and the royal homes because Amy Ewing has a great talent for bringing the world to me, I wouldn't want to live there, no way, because it wasn't that everything was beautiful there. Just that everything was described so well.

Another thing I liked was the chapter size - for those who have read some of my reviews you'll know that I hate books with chapters that are literally 50-60 pages long. I don't like tiny chapters either nor do I enjoy more than 2 or 3 points of view because it can get unnecessarily confusing. The chapters in this book were fine though, enough to keep me interested but not so long that I had to stop halfway through and go back later.

NOW for the biggest issue I found in this book. This was also when I stopped reading. So we don't meet Ash (the love interest) until half way through the book. Literally half way. I don't mind so much because as I've said multiple times; Dystopian is all about world building. But when we do meet him it is instantaneous. Can you figure out what IT  is?! *Deep breath* INSTALOVE. The bane of the YA world. It happened. I may have actually read on if it didn't happen. Boo.

Am I going to pick this book back up? Maybe when the next book is due to release. Do I recommend it? Actually, yes. I want you all to form your own opinions, maybe the instalove wont bother you and THG references will make you happy. I don't know. Go for it and tell me what you think!

What did you think of this book? Do you plan on reading it?


Before I go... Do any of you watch The 100/The Hundred? DO YOU?! I marathoned, in two days, through 18 episodes so I was caught up only to realise that there is no nEW EPISODE FOR TWO WEEKS ARE YOU JOKING? I kind of want to start sobbing because Bellarke and Finn is crazy balls now and I see all of the couples forming and gah. If you do watch it, DM me. I need to talk about everything that has happened so far with someone who has seen all of the episodes. I have all the theories!!! And then cry with me over Bellarke's reunion because BECAUSE he has been hugged by a total of 3 people and only hugged TWO OF THEM BACK. His sister (duh) and Clarke. *happy sigh*

Sorry about that small rant... I'm not insane, promise.

Happy reading lovelies :)



Friday, 21 November 2014

Book Blast! Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul

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Exchange of Fire by P.A DePaul
Publication Date: August 19th 2014
Genre: Romance, suspense, contemporary
Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love… Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady… Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are. As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…
Introduction from the author: 

Exchange of Fire’s gone through quite a few changes since I typed the first draft. Some of them major. This scene was one of the first ones to be changed. As I wrote it, the storyline started shifting to be more about Cappy and his wound then about an assassin coming after Wraith by invading Grady’s home. Not good and too much time was being wasted trying to bring it back on track. As I brainstormed, I realized this scene could be so much more suspenseful and really dive into both Grady and Wraith’s personal storylines if I didn’t include Cappy and shifted Mars outside, trying to pick them off. Ultimately, this one scene developed into multiple chapters of high action and personal suspense (Chapters 39-41 to be exact). Hope you enjoy a peek at an earlier version!    

Exclusive Deleted Scene: 

Grady crouched and squeezed off two shots down the hall to give Cappy a chance to find cover. Suddenly, the C.O. gripped his left side, toppled over, and pull himself behind the couch, leaving behind a grisly trail of blood. Shit!

Grady whipped his head over to make sure Sandra was still with him. She wasn’t. Sonofabitch. He peered around the edge of the fireplace acting as a patrician between the living and dining rooms, and his heart stopped. She crept along the perimeter of the room, ducking behind chairs toward Cappy. Her whole body was silhouetted by the light coming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows that comprised the back wall of the living room. She was a Goddamn moving target. Grady brought his gun up and stepped from behind the fireplace. He ran to the corner of the hallway, placing his shoulder blades flat against the drywall. Where had that bastard gone? His former military training roared through his veins as he assessed his house’s layout.

One of the most dangerous, yet rewarding, directives he’d experienced when he was a Marine was being a part of a unit that kicked down doors and cleared insurgents out in Baghdad. Except then, he had about seven other guys and snipers on the roofs as they leap-frogged through rooms taking out bad guys. He now had a team of two. Himself and Sandra. But he knew the terrain since it was his Goddamn house acting as a warzone.

When Mars dove down the hall, he had to choose between three bedrooms and a bathroom. Based on logic, the guy had probably been creeping forward, so that meant he was most likely in the first guest bedroom. The one Grady rested against. Shit. He rolled. Two bullets pierced the drywall where he had just stood and traveled until they slammed into the side of the kitchen island. Pots and pans clattered as the bullets expended their energy. Grady continued his momentum and rolled to his feet, keeping low to the ground.

He flicked on his throat-mic and whispered, “Talk to me, Sandra. How’s he doing?”

“It’s bad. I’ve slowed the bleeding, but he needs a hospital.”  Shit. Exactly what he was afraid of when he saw the gut shot. “He keeps saying he won’t go,”  she continued. “But we’ll see about that.”

“Did you get a hold of the others?”

“Yeah. I used Cappy’s phone and sent a text warning them away.” Grady breathed out. While that was great news, it also sucked, knowing you just told back-up to grab a beer while you fought a psycho alone. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they showed up anyway.” His gut clenched. That was his other fear. Talon was just bull-headed enough to come barging in even though they needed their asset, the inside man, to stay safe.

 “Roger.” He flicked his mic off and took a step forward. A large, dark shape emerged from the bedroom, racing toward him. Grady pulled his gun up and squeezed off a round. The shape didn’t slow. He didn’t have time for another shot. Mars ran right into him, literally. Grady fell on his ass in the most ungraceful position. The assassin kept running. “Heads up,” Grady shouted, scrambling into a shooting position. He fired at the man’s back.

The bullet pierced the guy’s coat, but Mars still didn’t slow down. “He’s got armor on.” Pffffft. Pffffft. Sandra! Grady jumped up and started running. Bang. Bang. Bang. Grady dropped and crab-walked forward out of Cappy’s line of fire. He placed his shoulder against a high-backed chair and edged his gun around. With no lights or moonlight, Grady couldn’t see many details but even he could figure out Cappy was gone when he peered behind the couch. Only a large pool of blood now stained the oriental let him know where he had lain. Mars stalked toward the windows, giving Grady the advantage of seeing the man’s outline. Where was Sandra? Grady pulled the trigger. Blood spurted from the assassin’s left shoulder and the guy jerked, whirling toward him. Sandra jumped from her spot behind the couch, her knife catching the little bit of dull light as she thrust it forward and slashed

down. Mars cried out as his right leg buckled. “Everyone, back off,” Sandra yelled, circling the assassin. Screw that. Grady raced forward. Mars raised his right hand, the gun just seconds from sighting on her head. Sandra dropped onto his stomach and punched him in the face with her silver knuckles. His head snapped to the side as a tooth flew from his mouth. The gun paused then resumed its deadly aim. Grady raised his arm and sighted. “I swear to God, Grady, if you pull that trigger,” she said as she slammed her knuckles into Mars’ face again, shredding the skin on his cheek. “I will make your life a living hell. This bastard’s mine.” In one deft move, she switched the knife from her right to her left hand and sliced the tendon on Mars’ forearm. The assassin screamed as the silenced gun flopped to the rug with a dull thud. He curled his bleeding arm into his chest. Cappy pulled himself around the couch’s corner and Sandra glanced up at the movement. Mars used that moment to slam his left fist into her face. She jerked back, dropping off his stomach.
  1. Grady shot the man in the leg.
Mars screamed and twitched, but he couldn’t do much more since Grady had aimed for the leg Sandra had already crippled. She righted herself, holding the right side of her head. She bucked with the man as if she were riding a bull in a rodeo. Her knife switched back to her right hand and she sliced through the bastard’s shirt. Mars drew back to punch her again but Cappy caught the man’s arm and held it down.

“Go ahead,” he wheezed, using what had to be the last of his reserves to keep Mars from hitting her again. “Finish it.” Riiiiiipppppp. She pulled the fabric apart and released the binding on the armor vest. Mars’ chest rose and fell as he sucked in air.

“Let him go, Cappy. Give him a fighting chance to stop me.” Grady’s heart filled with something he’d be hard pressed not to call love. He was also scared and pissed as hell at her taking this risk, but proud of her not ending the man in cold-blood either. Cappy held her eyes a moment then dipped his chin. He let go and rolled to his back panting. Mars swung at her head but she dodged back. He regrouped and clamped onto her leg, trying to push her off as he squeezed and flailed. She held on. He let go and wormed his hand under his body. He fumbled a moment, then whipped out a switchblade. “Look out,” Grady shouted, lunging forward. Sandra sprang off his body. The switchblade in Mars’ hand hung suspended as his eyes bugged, staring at her face. He tried to breathe in once, but gurgled on blood seeping out of the corner of his mouth. Sandra’s aim had been true.

Grady slammed her body to his. She wrenched her head to watch as Mars’ face reddened, then his body gave out. He sagged, his head drooping to the side as he died staring at Sandra. She slumped. 

“Are you hurt?” He clutched the sides of her head and she whimpered. “Christ. I’m sorry. I forgot he hit you. Let me see.” She jerked her head out of hands.

“Cappy first.” Shit. She was right. His inner caveman didn’t give a shit about the other man though. It only knew his woman was injured and demanded he take care of her. Pipe down, he told it and let her go. She raced to Cappy’s side and dropped to her knees. “Oh God,” she cried. “He’s barely breathing.”

“I’m calling 911.”

“No,” Cappy’s voice wheezed, stilling Grady’s hand from reaching for his cellphone. “No hospital.” 

“You have to go,” Sandra snapped.

“No.” Cappy shook his head. “Gunshot.” His chest rose and fell as he tried to catch his breath. “Required.” Breath. “To report.” Huge breath. “Police.”

“Shit. He’s right,” Grady said. “I’ll call Talon back.” Sandra fumbled for the phone. The garage door opening caught Grady’s attention. “Someone’s here.” He ran to the kitchen door and waited, his gun at the ready to nail anyone other than the team. The door squeaked open and Grady put the barrel to the intruder’s temple.

“Freeze, asshole.” The man stopped.

“Geez, Casper. I knew we didn’t get along, but this is a little extreme,” Talon’s voice said dryly.

“Oh thank God,” Sandra called. “Talon, get your ass in here.” The prick shot him a look as he tore past, Romeo and Magician following a step behind. “What happened?” Talon barked as he rounded the fireplace.

“Mars shot him.”

“Shit.” A late twenty-something, thin man stepped through the door. His hair standing up in the back and he seemed as if he was frayed around the edges. His blue-checked, button down and khaki pants should have looked nice but they were ill-fitting. Grady put his hand out, stopping him from moving further in the kitchen. He leaned forward and whispered, “I don’t know you. You stay right here with me.” “He won’t go to the hospital,” Sandra continued to explain. Mystery Boy’s eyes widened. “Wraith. She’s still safe.” His shoulder sagged.

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PA DePaul Author PhotoP.A. DePaul Bio:

P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015. You can also find out more about her at www.padepaul.com, www.facebook.com/padepaul, https://twitter.com/PADePaul, http://www.pinterest.com/padepaul, and http://www.goodreads.com/PADePaul.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Blitz! Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune



Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Genre: YA, fantasy, mermaids, magic, paranormal
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame. Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Today I have a lot of Coral and Bone related goodies including an awesome giveaway, a playlist for this magical looking book, a dream cast and some pretty excerpt/teaser pics. Also this book is FREE FREE FREE for the duration of the blog tour. Enjoy!


 PLAYLIST





Halen ~ Halie Steinfeld





Dax ~ Alex Pettyfyer




Tage ~ Chloe Moretz







Ezra ~ Sota Fukushi








Author bio:
I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids. 
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