Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sneak Peek Sunday! Surreal by R.E. Hargrave


A note from R.E. Hargrave regarding The Divine Trilogy:



The Divine Trilogy is an account of a young submissive whose second Dom turned out to be a fake, an abuser, and her subsequent recovery and re-entry into the BDSM lifestyle with the help of a new Dom: Jayden Masterson. **This series is meant for adults due to the erotic content.**

When I began penning this tale, I wanted to give a different view of the BDSM world; one that would hopefully enlighten readers and show them that those who live this Lifestyle often do so because it is a deep-seated need within their psyche, something that can't be ignored. And that that need is okay because, when practiced properly, BDSM is all about being Safe, Sane, and Consensual. It was also important to me to offer readers a sampling of the different dynamics which can occur amongst kinksters. You have everything from your hardcore pain sluts to your docile “littles” who want to be pampered and coddled, but the important thing to remember is that everyone has a place of acceptance, without judgement, in this lifestyle.

Readers may also find that this is not your typical romance. In fact, when you first meet the main characters, they are not looking for love at all. 

Come with me, and I’ll  take you on the journey alongside Catherine and Jayden while their bond grows and deepens. It’ll be sexy and intense, but never fear, the 'bad' stuff that has happened to our young lass is recounted through journal entries and therapy sessions, so its 'distanced.' You don’t have to go through the experiences first hand with the Catherine, but you get to be there and see the tender side of her new Dom as he helps her through her past tragedies. 

Time and again reviewers have said they couldn’t put these books down . . . even when they don’t usually read this genre. And now, after a long wait, 
the final installment will be released on December 15, 2014.

Price will be going up on release day, so take advantage of the discount and reserve your copy.


Cover design by J.C. Clarke with Grafix Momma

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If you'd like to read the first chapter of Surreal on Wattpad, please CLICK HERE. 
Be aware that the content is meant for MATURE READERS ONLY.


Available on Amazon, regularly $3.49 each

(FREE to KindleUnlimited members)

***December 1st-8th, To Serve is Divine 
will be ON SALE for just $1.99***

~Praise for The Divine Trilogy~

To Serve is Divine

"This was a love story but so MUCH more"

"If you are looking for a titillating read that will leave you wanting.. read this book!" 

"Strong characters who are well written, complex and truthful to the BDSM lifestyle."

A Divine Life

"A Divine Life is very descriptive and extremely well written."

". . . a story of power and strength to over come the baggage that you carry. . ."

 "I was truly speechless when I finished reading. The book follows the development of Jayden and Erin’s relationship as he lavishes her with surprises and treats to celebrate their first year together as Dom and sub, but for both of them, it’s evolved into much more than that."

Surreal

"RE Hargrave put her heart and soul into this book!"

"I have been waiting for what seems like forever for surreal, for more of Catherine and Jayden. I managed to read this is one day, and that's impressive considering the size of the book! That's how much I enjoyed it. Written to perfection as always from RE Hargrave. Catherine and Jayden's story continues in The Divine Trilogy. It has its love, drama and emotions. This one had a considerable amount of emotional moments to the point I nearly cried...so keep them tissues handy ;) I can't express how amazing this book is, how amazing the whole trilogy is and am planning to read them all again in the future!"

"The perfect ending for this wonderful trilogy."






Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday Sneak Peek: Once Upon a December by Sydney Logan

Christmas is in the air, and best-selling author Sydney Logan is gifting readers with a short story collection, just in time for the holidays. Once Upon a December features Sydney’s latest story, “What Child Is This,” along with her previously published holiday stories in one complete collection. Available for the first time in both paperback and ebook, these heartwarming and romantic tales are sure to bring you joy this holiday season.
Estranged from his family and the love of his life, Thomas Fisher finds himself stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Imagine his surprise when a young boy takes him by the hand and shows him the way home.
Melanie Taylor is on a mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for her husband. Something special. Something expensive. Something that will save her marriage. Can a chance encounter on an elevator make her Christmas wish come true?

 
It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy. It's amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.
Available in both paperback and ebook on November 28 (Black Friday) for just $0.99!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Right Click, Love by M.B. Feeney

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Cover Reveal

Right Click, Love Re-Release

Release Date: 12 December 2014

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Summary:

Disheartened about not being able to find “Mr. Right” on the London dating scene, best friends Jodie Lynch and Louise Hewson create a blog to not only document their disastrous dates with the numerous “Mr. Wrongs” and “Mr. Okay-for-nows” but also to help those going through the same experiences and to see where they’re going wrong. How will they deal with everything the dating scene has to throw at them — planned or otherwise?

***PRAISE FOR***

***Right Click, Love***

"I laughed out loud many times throughout the novella, but it had its serious moments, too." - Sydney Logan - Author "Where to start with this delightful little story? It's jam packed with wonderful little quirks and so many positives that I may just run out of superlatives! Funny, romantic, realistic, witty, charming - the list is just endless." - Lily Loves Indie Blog "If you love a quick romance read with a touch of comedy then this book is for you!" - Jessy @ Bookend 2 Bookend Blog "Right Click Love is a great insight into what young women face in the dating world. The story was funny, heartwarming and sweet." - Erica - Goodreads Reviewer

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Monday, November 17, 2014

COVER REVEAL! The Apartment: The Complete Affair by Amanda Black, On Sale December 3rd!

The Apartment- The Complete Affair
ON SALE DECEMBER 3RD: Lily and Ethan’s passionate affair is now available in one complete volume! This bundle includes Amanda Black’s The Apartment and The Blank Canvas, along with two brand new stories. Lily has spent a lifetime putting everyone else’s needs before her own. Ethan is struggling to find a place in the home he left behind. When the two meet by chance in an empty apartment, everything changes. Drawn together by an inexplicable desire, Lily and Ethan discover a passion neither knew existed. And so, they make a pact: Nothing from their outside lives will enter the apartment—not even their names. But when the apartment’s walls inevitably come down, neither of them will ever be the same. Can their love survive the real world? Pre-order the book on: Amazon iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Visit the Author

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: Eight Days a Week by Amber L. Johnson

Andrew Lyons has been running from responsibility his entire life. Returning home after a couple of years abroad, he finds himself jobless and living in close quarters with a sister he can barely tolerate. At her request, he searches for a job on Craigslist, but finds a room for rent instead. Or so he thinks. 

Gwen Stone is in a lurch. With a new promotion at work and two young children at home, she’s in dire need of a caretaker. When Andrew shows up on her doorstep, she thinks he may be exactly what she’s looking for. When she offers him the job, he’s more than interested and she’s confident she’s made the right choice. 

It shouldn’t be awkward at all. 

But Andrew isn’t exactly forthcoming about his intentions, and Gwen has some secrets she’s unwilling to share. When the mom and the “manny” don’t have a clue what they’re doing, things are bound to get messy. 

What do you get with two kids who don’t know how to be kids, a man who never grew up, Beatles Rock Band, and hundreds of hours of kids’ TV? A very interesting job, indeed. But when emotions get in the way, there's more at stake than just an occupation. 

Because life doesn't have clock-out button. And neither does love.



REVIEW:

I really had a blast reading this book. I think Amber Johnson has created her own genre of... erotic comedy? Is that a thing? Well if it wasn't before, it is now. I laughed my ass off through so much of this story. 

This is actually told from Andrew's POV, which was a nice surprise and a pleasant change. We get to see inside the mind of a totally adorkable goofball while he finds himself falling in love and feeling like a grown up for the first time in his life. The story starts with Andrew crashing at his sister's place, putting off looking for a job that he sorely needs if he hopes to claim the rest of his inheritance from his grandfather. After his sister keeps prodding him to check Craigslist, he stumbles upon a dual ad: Room for Rent/Nanny for Hire. Wanting to get away from the prying eyes of his sister, he calls about the room, only to wind up in the middle of an interview for the position of live-in nanny.

Enter Gwen, frazzled and desperate, eager to hire Andrew on the spot just for a little peace of mind. She offers him free room and board plus salary to take care of the two young children who live there. Gwen is a bit secretive at first; Andrew can immediately tell something is a bit off about the kids and the entire family dynamic, However, he can't help but find Gwen sexy as hell, so he decides that he can sit back with a cushy job, earn his inheritance, and possibly seduce his boss in the process. 

Foolish Andrew, because he has no idea what he just signed up for. (This is where the comedy comes in.) His running commentary about trying to take care of two young children is hilarious, everything from the horrors of Nick, Jr programming to the emasculating hatchback that he has to drive them around in. That last one is a personal favorite of mine. He has so many scathing names for this car that each one is better than the last. There is even this amazing picture that I just had to share. 

Photo courtesy of We Like it Big Book Blog

The whole book isn't a comedy, however. There is plenty of drama, angst, and steamy hot lovin' mixed in as well. Both Andrew and Gwen have learning and growing to do; he needs to grow up and she needs to let loose. It doesn't take long before they realize that they might be good for each other, but it takes a lot longer before they start to believe it. 

I really loved this book. It was a fast, entertaining read that I didn't want to put down. It also had two of the sweetest children that I've ever read. I think my only complaint would be that the last little twist of angst felt slightly forced. It wasn't that it was written poorly or anything, it just felt like it was there because it had to be. That's just my own personal pet peeve, mostly because I saw it coming and I was left frustrated and wanting to throttle Gwen for blowing things out of proportion and being melodramatic. Then I wanted to throttle Andrew for letting her be that way for so long without demanding that she just shut up and listen to him. But hey, what good is a romance if you don't want to throttle at least one of the characters at some point? To me, the sign of a good author is one who can make me emotionally involved in any way at all. Believe me, though, once Andrew and Gwen finally do get past the last dramatic hurdle, grab some tissues and get ready for the sweetest book hangover when you're finished. 


About the Author
A true child of music, Amber's parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people's lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing.

A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.

You can visit her blog here: www.amberlynnejohnson.com

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book Review - Once Upon a December by Sydney Logan


Once Upon a December: A Holiday Short Story Collection
by Sydney Logan
Only $0.99!
Available on 11/28/14
Preorder now on Amazon!


Christmas is in the air, and best selling author Sydney Logan is gifting readers with a short story collection, just in time for the holidays. Once Upon a December features Sydney’s latest story, “What Child Is This,” along with her previously published holiday stories in one complete collection. Available for the first time in both paperback and ebook, these heartwarming and romantic tales are sure to bring you joy this holiday season. 


What Child Is This? 

Estranged from his family and the love of his life, Thomas Fisher finds himself stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve. Imagine his surprise when a young boy takes him by the hand and shows him the way home. 

Mistletoe Magic 

Melanie Taylor is on a mission to find the perfect Christmas gift for her husband. Something special. Something expensive. Something that will save her marriage. Can a chance encounter on an elevator make her Christmas wish come true? 

The Little Drummer Boy 

It’s Christmas Eve, and Justin Banks is on the hunt for a last-minute gift for his wife, Megan. With the help of a homeless man and the beat of a drum, Justin stumbles upon the one thing Megan has always wanted. The one thing money can’t buy. It's amazing what we can hear if we just take a moment and really listen.


REVIEW

This is a lovely little holiday treasure. While they are three separate and unique stories, there is a definite Christmas magic theme running through the entire collection. Each story focuses on the type of second chances that we all wish we could have. There's a little bit of sadness and a history of heartbreak, but this beautiful little collection leaves the reader with a warmth we don't see very often. 

Who doesn't have time for some Christmas magic this year? Especially when it's a very fast read and only $0.99!


About the Author

Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels - Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.
A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
Visit her website at www.sydneylogan.com.

Who is this beautiful Ethan?

Earlier this week I read a truly lovely book review of The Apartment by The Book Wranglers blog. You can read the whole review here if you like. Anyway, one of the things that I found really fun was that they actually cast models/actors as the characters when they talked about them. I have always loved sharing a little bit of pic-spiration, but I've never seen a book blog do it and I loved it.

Now, the girl they cast as Lily was a lovely photo of Jessica Alba. I had never pictured her as Lily before but hey, not gonna knock it, she's freaking hot. Don't you agree?



However, it is the mystery hotness who they cast as Ethan that is blowing me away. Now, I've never been shy about the fact that Ethan was originally modeled after Rob Pattinson, at least in the face. This old Vanity Fair pic was one of the biggest jump starters for my imagination. I just loved the broken, sad look on his face.


However, it's true that he doesn't quite match Ethan's looks physically. He's so tall and lanky and I had always pictured Ethan a little bulkier and more filled out. 

Enter this mysterious piece of yummy deliciousness that the lovely people at Book Wranglers cast as Ethan. I have no idea who it is! Is he an actor? A model? Enquiring minds want to know!! 

Sploosh!


Now tell me that he doesn't fit Ethan on ALL counts? His eyes even look green! (or close enough) Wouldn't you like to walk into an apartment and find this guy painting in nothing but some low hanging jeans? Sign me up. 

So for any of you who haven't read The Apartment yet but are planning on it(still on sale for $1.99 until next Wed, just sayin), picture this beautiful man, whoever he may be. (Seriously, who is he???)