Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves

Uncharted is just a short little Novella that MUST be read after On the Island. It's the story of "Bones" and a man named Owen.

This was a great little story, that did draw me in right off the bat. You get little snippets from Anna and TJ but not a lot. It really is a separate, but connected, story. As it went it did slow down a wee bit. Not as engrossing as On the Island, but still really enjoyable.

Everything is wrapped up nicely, and it does tie up other loose ends that you might have had after reading On the Island.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Luck of Love Tiffany Aleman and Ashley Poch | Excerpt & Giveaway


Blake Riley thought she could leave her traumatic past behind when she left for college. Starting a new life and moving forward never sounded so good. Living carefree with her best friend in Ocean City New Jersey gave her the freedom she had always hoped for.

But sometimes life isn’t so carefree.

When Blake finds herself torn between the affections of two men, emotions that have been buried for years will be exposed. Derrick, a powerful CEO of a popular casino resort, instantly captivates her. Being drawn into his domineering passion, she bares herself to him in a way she least expected. With Landon, a successful attorney, she can be someone new; someone free from her haunting past. Each man evokes a different side of Blake. As both relationships grow stronger, walls will slowly begin to crack.

What will happen when the past slowly creeps its way into the present?

With two worlds filled with secrets and lies, it’s only a matter of time before they crash and truths are revealed.


I liked this one! I liked the characters and the way the story was told. You get to read it from the POV of more than one of the characters which is so nice. I hate it when you are stuck reading so much of just one persons thoughts. Though there was a lot of inner dialogue from Blake...

This book has a lot of drama, so be ready for that. After a few of my last books though, I was ready for some angst and drama so that was perfect for where I am at right now. It was a nice change for me personally.

This story is really hot and steamy but it does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared for that!

I wish I had more to say about this, but really it's one you just gotta read yourself! It is a great summer read though now I need the next one!

Here's a little sneak peek:

Standing on the landing in front of Blake’s door knocking, my cell phone vibrates.  Reaching in and pulling it out of my pocket, I open a text from Blake.

 Blake: It’s open. Come in and find me ;)

With a smile spreading across my face, I open the door walking in.  Closing it behind me, I walk past the couch, tossing my bag on it. 

Searching for Blake, I go to the last room I haven’t looked in yet. Opening her door I’m frozen in place when I see a very sexy Blake standing in front of me, wearing a pair of black stilettos, black stockings with garter belts attached to a pair of lacy boy shorts, and a black bra that has me salivating at the sight of her.  My dick jumps to attention, as a white satin tie hangs around her neck and over her breasts, the tip skims above her belly button.  Her wavy hair hangs freely down her back.  A pair of scarlet red square framed glasses rests on her face completing her look.  Spinning around slowly letting me take in the full effect of this vixen who is Blake Riley, I say huskily, “Well this is a nice surprise.”
Sauntering towards me, swaying her hips back and forth, I clear my throat when she reaches me.  Tracing her finger along my collarbone and up my neck, she leans into me and whispers seductively, “Well hello Mr. James.  I see you got my text.  I seem to be in need of some assistance tonight.” Tracing the shell of my ear with the tip of her tongue, my body stiffens, as the bulge in my pants grows harder.  Grabbing my hand, Blake guides me towards a chair that sits in the middle of her room surrounded by the soft glow of candles placed sporadically throughout.  Sitting down, I rest my arms on the armrests of the chair.  With hooded eyes, I ask Blake, “Are you sure you want to play this game with me?” 

Her eyebrow lifts as she answers, “This is my game Mr. James and you have to follow the rules, or else you don’t get to play.” She leaves me sitting in the chair as she walks across the room.  With her back to me, she says, “There are two rules, and if you break either of them there will be consequences.  I’ll tell you when the rules no longer apply,  then and only then are you allowed to do what you want to me.  Rule number one: Do not touch me at all; if you do, I’ll restrain you.  Rule number two: Don’t speak.  If you say one word, well, you’ll miss one hell of a show.” Fiddling with her iPod, Beyonce’s “Dance for You,” comes over the speakers. 

Walking back to me and standing within my reach, she leans down so that we’re eye to eye, asking, “Do you understand my rules?” 

**Fanning myself** sooo steamy! About the authors:

About Tiffany
I am 27 years old, with a wonderful family. My husband is in the Army, and we have two wonderful children. Ashley and I have been best of friends since we were 13. I recently graduated from South University with my Associate's Degree as a Paralegal. I enjoy listening to music, playing with my kids, and going to the beach, and anything that has to do with the outdoors pretty much. I’ve always liked to write, but never really had an interest in reading until the summer of 2012. I am so excited to be taking my writing journey with Ashley, and we cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on Luck of Love, which is the first installment in the Luck Series. I have many authors that I consider my favorite so I’ll just name a few: E.L. James, SC Stephens, Molly McAdams, Rebecca Donovan, K.A Linde, Marie Coulson, and S.H. Kolee.

About Ashley

Ashley grew up in Texas but now has joined her husband to reside in North Dakota. She is a military wife and mother to two adorable children. She’s always wanted to travel having grown up in a small town. Her interest in reading sparked last summer and now she’s a lost cause without her e-reader. Since she loves to travel, the places she gets to go in her fictional books are what any girl could ask for. When Ashley isn’t glued to her computer you can find her outdoors either playing with her children or relaxing and enjoying the sun reading a good romance novel.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

One by Leigh Ann Kopans | Review and Giveaway

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

“They don’t matter,” Elias says, staring at his hands, his fingers gripping each other. “I learned that a long time ago.”
Suddenly, I’m angry at his passivity, like I want to shake him by the shoulders and scream some sense into him. He’s a One. He’s a freak. He should be suffering just as much as I am.
“Yeah? Well, if your One doesn’t matter and they don’t matter, what does matter?” I clench and unclench my jaw over and over again, wavering between feeling bad about saying that to him and feeling powerful for finally unleashing this on anyone besides my poor parents.
He doesn’t respond right away. Oh, God, he must hate me. But then he speaks, and his voice is soft and patient. “There’s something beyond Superior and the Hub, Merrin. Someplace where no one expects anything from me. From people like us. Somewhere I could be myself, without the One and without the stupid school and basketball team. Those are just things I’m using to get by. Leni…she really fits in there at Nelson. But I don’t.”
“Somewhere you can be just like a Normal, you mean. But your One will never leave you.” The words come spilling out, like I couldn’t stop them if I tried. Still, I don’t look at him, focusing instead on twisting a long blade of grass into a knot over and over. “You can always leave Superior, leave other Supers, but you’ll always be half like them.” I can’t keep my voice low and measured like he can. “You’ll always be doing…whatever it is you can do…and wondering if there’s more. Don’t tell me you would ever give it up, that you’d give up practicing whatever your One is. We’re meant for more than Normal life.”
A smile teases at his lips, like he wants to tell me about his One but knows there’s no point. Like he doesn’t even care whether I know or not. And because of that, I really do want to know. Finally.
I can’t stop my legs from fidgeting. They bounce up and down, making my skirt swing against my calves. But I can’t make myself leave him. Even though he makes me feel like screaming at him and sobbing into his shoulder at the same time.
A few lone fireflies flit around a bit too early. The top three-quarters of the sky are only slightly dark. I reach out to swipe one from the air and watch as it staggers across the back of my hand, testing its legs after a stretch of flight.
I wish walking felt more foreign to me than flying.
About Leigh Ann Kopans:
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee | Cover Reveal

Coming July 2013
All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn't.

He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.

Here's the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.

About Elizabeth Lee:
 When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand.  Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination!  Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore | Interview and Giveaway

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

UNDERTOW, Book #2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18!


I am so so excited because I got to interview Leigh!! Everything from Leigh will be in THIS COLOR.

Hi, Eliza! Thank you so much for having me here today and helping me share my new book Dragonfly with everyone!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written and loved books, but I never dreamed I’d actually write one. I liked writing short things, like features for news and magazines. Then one day I sat down and wrote Dragonfly (in 2009), and five books later, I can’t imagine doing anything else!

How did you get started as a writer?

I was an English major in college then I taught writing to high school students for a year. After that I worked as an editor, and I freelanced for a newspaper. Then I was the editor for a local magazine. All that led to my first book!

What genre do you consider your books and what drew you to that one?

The majority of my books are contemporary romance. The first two I put out (The Truth About Faking and The Truth About Letting Go) are Sarah Dessen-style young adult. The Dragonfly series will start with the characters as seniors in high school and quickly move into New Adult.

On the flip side, my book Rouge is New Adult-light historical, and I have a YA science fiction book with a literary agent. So I dabble.

How would you describe your style and books to someone who hasn't ever read one of yours before?

They’re fast-paced, character-driven romance/love stories. The Dragonfly books are more plot-driven and soapy than the Truth books, but still, they’re all very character-focused. Sometimes they have light mystery or suspense thrown in!

Who is your fave character from your book and why?

I am in love with Prentiss Puckett, who’s the scrappy little heroine of my science fiction book. She’s a survivor, she’s determined to escape her predicament, and I had the most fun writing her. At the same time, I love all my characters. They’re all so unique and they all face different challenges. But Prentiss is tons of fun to write.

If this book were to be made a movie who are your dream casting pics?

Argh. I wrote Dragonfly in 2009, so my dream cast is sadly out of date. I’m asking readers to email me THEIR dream cast collages (leightmoore@gmail.com), and I’ll post them on my Facebook page with their names/links! (http://www.facebook.com/LeighTalbertMoore)

Do you ever see yourself as one of your main characters? If yes which one?

Not really. But I guess all of my characters have some part of my personality in them. That’s inevitable, yes?

Do you ever get writers block? Is so, how do you overcome it?

I haven’t ever had “writers’ block” as it’s traditionally imagined. But I do procrastinate a lot before I sit down and start a new story. Then I usually don’t get up until it’s finished, so maybe that’s why… LOL!

Can you share a bit of what you are currently working on?

The next book in the Dragonfly series focuses heavily on the secret Anna discovers in the first book. Readers will get that whole story couched in *no spoilers* Anna’s growing romance with one of the guys.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out as an author or is afraid to start at all?

Just do it—and then just keep swimming! Even if you write something that ends up going in a drawer, the first step to being a writer is writing. I used to tell my students the most important part of writing is revising. So never give up, never delete! Dragonfly was in a drawer for four years before I went back and broke it all to pieces and put it back together again as a stronger book.

Get some trusted writer-friends or join a local writers’ group, maybe take some classes, and get going! You can do it!

What's your favorite quote?

I just saw this one, and I love it: “All Good Things Start from a Seed. How Many Have You Planted?”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stop stressing so much. Everything will work out exactly like it’s supposed to. (Hmm… I guess I should tell older me that, too!)

What are you currently reading?

Click to Subscribe by LM Augustine, and it is too cute!

What are 5 of your favorite movies?

Anything by Wes Anderson! In the summertime, though, I love re-watching The Life Aquatic
My Favorite Brunette (the old 1940s version) and All the President’s Men (the old 1970s version)—both of these movies are why I wanted to be a journalist.
Juno—the perfect YA story
A Room With A View—with the very young Helena Bonham-Carter, Daniel Day Lewis, and Julian Sands. Gorgeous!

Thanks again so much for having me here, Eliza! I hope you enjoy my new Dragonfly series~ <3
Thank you sooooo much Leigh! It was so great to get to know you a bit better! <3 <3

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

Enter to #WIN a Kindle Touch loaded with all FOUR of Leigh's books AND an exclusive eARC of Undertow; A signed, print set of Dragonfly and Undertow, or ebook sets of both!

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