BOOK BLITZ: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

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It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

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The girls stayed until four in the morning, and they only left because, according to our neighbors, we were making too much noise, which was true. We made chocolate popcorn, watched a tearjerker movie, and then sat on the back porch and talked—and laughed and yelled—for a long, long time.

“Thank goodness, Ryan told you about what happened,” Sophie said.

“Poor guy,” Rachel said. “He hasn’t been the same since you left.”

Slimy, thick guilt took over my heart. It hadn’t left me by Sunday evening or Monday morning, and it was because of that guilt that I called Mama in the afternoon and asked her to bake a special Devil’s Food cake. After work, I stopped by the house to retrieve it, and then drove back downtown.

I parked the truck behind the Mustang. As I expected, the garage was open and Ryan was leaning over the Harley in the same fashion he was a week ago. Damp hair, bare back, jeans, and boots.

I swallowed. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to come over after all. Before I could chicken out, Ryan turned around and saw me. His eyes widened at first, then narrowed into thin slits. He stood from his crouch as I opened the truck’s door and walked inside the garage.

“Hi,” I said, feeling incredibly lame.

“Hey.” He grabbed a towel from one of his toolboxes and wiped his hands.

“I-I brought you this.” I extended the cake toward him.

His eyebrows shot up. “Devil’s Food cake.”

“Yes. It used to be your favorite.”

“It still is.”

“Good.” Seeing as he wouldn’t take it from me, I stepped to the side, and left the cake on one of the worktables.

Ryan stared at me, his hazel eyes completely lost, and I returned the stare. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I wouldn’t back down. I would be here for him, even if he didn’t want me to.

I sat down on a stool next to his bike. “So, why haven’t you finished this one yet?”

He picked up the black shirt over one of the toolboxes, hiding his incredible physique, then crouched between the bike and me. “I did spend quite some time away.”

Damn, couldn’t I have touched a lighter subject? “Sorry,” I whispered.

Ignoring my apology, he continued, “Besides, I like working on it. If I finish too fast, I’ll have to find another one to play with.” My gaze shifted to the other bike, to his racing bike, destroyed against the wall. “I didn’t fix that one after the accident. It’s a good reminder of how stupid I can be.”

“Sorry,” I said again.

He shot me a hard stare. “Stop apologizing, Jessica.”

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JulianaWhile 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.

Co-founder and contributor at NA Alley (www.naalley.com)

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BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Sublime by Christina Lauren

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True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author ofShatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read”.

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

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BOOK REVIEW: 4.5 STARS

I know Christina Lauren from the Beautiful Bastard Series and the Wild Season Series, both series from the romance and very very erotic genres. So, when I heard about their new book Sublime being in the paranormal genre I was surprised and so curious about it. I love paranormal, specially in TV shows and Movies, so I decided to read this book, and listen to the audiobook of course. I have to say: AMAZING AND VERY ORIGINAL STORY! It is very well written, not surprised about that, because Christina and Lauren style of writing is amazing, and they did great with this book.

The plot was stunning, Lucy and Colin’s love story was captivating, heartbreaking and very beautiful. It was an impossible love, but reading how much they craved to touch and kiss each other, to be with the other, made me fall in love with their story. The twist of events had my heart aching for them half of the book, expecting the worst for both of them, but specially for Colin. Their love was those addictive kind of loves that made them do anything and everything for the other person. This addictive love was beautiful but also very reckless, however, a true kind of love.

Lucy was a very beautiful character. Her reactions to the world when she arrived to this world,  when she saw Colin for the first time, and to their first kiss were so perfect, unlike a teenager girl, unlike a ghost, but at the same time so genuine and believable.

Colin on the other hand was a young boy, very rebel, he didn’t fear anything and only wanted to feel the rush of risking his life. I guess that falling in love with a ghost was inevitable for him, what is more risky than hang out with a ghost? I loved how he described all the sensations while touching and kissing Lucy, but when he was thinking about his feelings toward her, it was the most beautiful in this book.

All their adventures together, only the two of them and then with Jay, were awesome. I was half scared-to.death and half excited, they were really crazy. It’s incredible how one can believe everything when one is so young and have nothing to lose, because this was really what was happening here, Colin had nothing to lose and so much to win by being with Lucy.

The romantic moments in this book were so good. I couldn’t choose between Lucy’s or Colin’s POV romantic moments, they all were very well described, their feelings were first, how loved they felt from the other and how much they were able to give to the other. I have to be honest, I was expecting some steamy moments, because this is a CL’s book, but this isn’t romance or new adult, this is young adult, so it has to be written for younger readers.

This was a great book. Cheers to Christina Lauren for their first paranormal book!

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 4 STARS

Elizabeth Louise and Cal Wembly did an amazing job with this audiobook. Cal’s voice was beautiful, calm, smooth, very fitting for Colin. His female voices were good. I loved every chapter with his voice, I love when a narrator makes me feel what the character is feeling, and Cal totally did it for me. At first I felt like his voice wasn’t for Colin, due to his deep voice, I felt like he was more like an external person than being Colin, but then it hit me. Cal was Colin, when he was having teenager troubles, when he was missing Lucy, or being reckless, and most of all, when he was with Lucy, thinking about how much he wanted to touch her, how much he wanted to kiss her, and then doing it, so carefully with her ghosty-skin, Cal was all Colin. Elizabeth has a beautiful voice, perfect for a teenager. Her voice is a little shy and small, and very very sweet. I also like her voice for male characters, she could make different tones for Colin and Jay, which is very impressive. Great audiobook.

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6556689Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners besties soulmates brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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BOOK REVIEW: Collateral (Blood & Roses #6) by Callie Hart

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The final instalment of Zeth & Sloane’s story is here!

With Lacey missing and everything falling apart, Sloane and Zeth will do everything they can to get her back. If that includes facing off against Charlie Holsan, the DEA, and anyone else who gets in their way, then so be it.

Faced with heartbreak, danger, and the increasing need to protect the ones he loves, Zeth Mayfair is finally realizing what it means to have a family. With her fears coming full circle, Sloane must learn that forgiveness is the only way to move forward.

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ASHLEY’S REVIEW: 5+ STARS

What a bittersweet moment…. give me more Zeth and Sloane!! Callie Hart has proven to me why she is now one of my top favorite authors with this final installment in the Blood & Rose’s series.

Collateral brings everything together and answers all the questions we’ve been having! How are all these people connected? What really happened with Sloane’s sister Alexis aka Sophie? How are Zeth’s parents connected with Charlie Holson? Will Sloane and Zeth actually be able to have a HEA?

All of Zeth’s emotional walls are crumbling and he is finally giving into his feelings. He’s accepting that Sloane is more than just another girl. “Sloane is my girlfriend. She’s even more than that.” (Zeth).

“Do you think she’s forever?” (Zeth) Michael stares straight ahead, waiting for the doors to the elevator to open. “Oh, I knew you were her forever as soon as I saw the way she looked at you, Zee.” He slides his hands into his pockets, clears his throat. And then he turns and looks me straight in the eye and says, “I’m just glad you’ve figured out she’s yours, man. Because you deserve that. And so does she.” (Michael)

There are jaw dropping, WTH moments and even some “ugly cry” moments that make it impossible to put the book down bc you want to know what’s going to happen next! Callie Hart really knows how to throw in some wanted and unwanted surprises in this final installment. Oh and of course, there’s some sexy time that happens…”pick your poison, angry girl. Pleasure, or…pain?” WHOA! *blushing*

I am IN LOVE with the Blood & Roses’s series and CRAVE MORE!

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Callie Hart is the author of the Deviant series. The first book, Deviant, titled after the series, was released in February 2014, and the following instalment, Fracture, is set to be released  on April 7 2014.

Callie has experienced many changes throughout her life, and gone through many ups and downs that have all worked towards shaping and moulding her into the person she is today: fun loving, active, social, and hard working. The only thing that has remained a constant throughout her life is writing. Creating characters who will tear your conscience in two is a favorite pastime of Callie’s. There are few real saints and sinners in her books; more often, the denizens of her stories are all very human. Broken, flawed, and always with the potential for redemption.

Despite the subject matter being markedly hot and heavy in comparison to the stories she wrote in elementary school, there will always be an element of fairytale to her work.

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GREAT NEWS ABOUT DEBRA ANASTASIA

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Simon & Schuster entered into a co-publishing agreement with Deb’s publisher, Omnific

And this means two things:
1.) Deb can be in stores! Which of course, for every author, is a huge dream come true.
2.) SAVING POUGHKEEPSIE is up for pre-order which has never been possible before!
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3.) The last bit of news is that POUGHKEEPSIE will be on sale for only .99 to celebrate the release of SAVING POUGHKEEPSIE.
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4831831There are a lot of eyes in Debra Anastasia’s house in Maryland. First, her own creepy peepers are there, staring at her computer screen. She’s made two more sets of eyes with her body, and the kids they belong to are amazing. The poor husband is still looking at her after 17 years of marriage. At least he likes to laugh. Then the freaking dogs are looking at her—six eyeballs altogether, though the old dog is blind. And the cat watches her too, mostly while knocking stuff off the counter and doing that internal kitty laugh when Deb can’t catch the items fast enough.

In between taking care of everything those eyes involve, Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there’s no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.

Debra is eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published five of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and three in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!)

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COVER REVEAL: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker

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Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

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4866520Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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RELEASE DAY: First Debt (Indebted #2) by Pepper Winters

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First Debt by Pepper Winters is LIVE!

Read the dark & sexy continuation to Jethro & Nila’s Story!

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“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.

Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:

Destroyed

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