Monday, 25 July 2016

Release Day Blitz: Lavender in Bloom by Lily Velez

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  Lavender in Bloom by: Lily Velez 
Publication Date: July 25th, 2016 
Genre: Historical, Coming-of-Age Romance

       
It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France

Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogether disrupted when a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault begins an unremitting quest to befriend him. Jeremie is everything Noah is not. Charismatic and gregarious, he leaves a trail of charmed admirers in his wake wherever he goes. Expressive and idealistic, he talks without end about his deep love for old books and his spirited dream to one day travel the world on a literary pilgrimage. Over the course of a single summer, the two form an unlikely friendship, but just as quickly as it develops, it soon entirely dissolves as they’re forced to face the truth of what has unexpectedly emerged between them. Lavender in Bloom is a tender and tragic coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery, and a poignant reminder that time is fleeting and always takes with it the choices we’re too afraid to make.



   
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Noah was a funeral pyre. He was burning. The flames rose to staggering heights and blazed in white, hot tongues. Jeremie had once told him a story of the burial rites of the Norse. They’d burn their dead, believing the high smoke carried their loved ones’ souls to Valhalla. 
Noah was beyond Valhalla. Beyond the creamy spaciousness above the clouds, beyond the limits of the very earth. He floated among the stars, joined them in holy communion, knew each one by name. Then they were within him, scores of them, bright and hot, turning his ribs into a furnace as they shifted and created constellations in his soul. And all the while, the summer sang in his lungs. 
There was no space between him and Jeremie. Where one ended, the other began, and still Jeremie pulled him closer like the moon pulls the tide, gripping him tightly in the same way he’d gripped Noah’s heart, had gripped his entire being. 

DSC_6040four Author Bio: Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.

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The Lavender in Bloom Playlist

I absolutely love music and its power to stir the heart and so deeply move us. Creating a playlist for my books is one of my go-to strategies in my writer’s toolbox because listening to that playlist is the easiest way for me to get into the mood of a scene or the headspace of a particular character. Below, check out the tracks that made it onto the playlist for Lavender in Bloom, along with commentary on why each song’s so perfect for the story.

You can listen to the entire playlist for Lavender in Bloom Here:

Frail Love by Cloves -- This song was an absolute Godsend and I’m so glad I found it, as it ended up becoming the ‘theme song’ for Lavender in Bloom. Every last lyric was just perfect for Noah and Jeremie’s story. Especially these particular lines: I can’t live it like I’m living, I can’t live a lie, I’m giving up more than I should, forgive me for my frail love.

All I Want by Kodaline -- For the longest time, this track was the theme song for Lavender in Bloom. I honestly couldn’t listen to it without getting teary-eyed, as it so perfectly captures the tragedy of Noah and Jeremie’s story. Favorite lines: When you said your last goodbye, I died a little bit inside and If you loved me, then why’d you leave me?

The Beautiful Ones by The Battle of Land and Sea -- I love this song because, for one, it’s a break from the sad songs, but also because I feel it sets the mood for Noah’s life in the countryside. It has a very rural feel to it that makes me think of a simple and tranquil living.

Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera -- Another perfect song for Noah and Jeremie’s story. In fact, there’s a point in Lavender in Bloom where Jeremie outright tells Noah to just say the word, and he’ll be his. There’s also a point where they’re sort of at odds, waiting for the other to make the first move (or speak the first word, as it were), and this song really captures that. Favorite lines: Anywhere I would’ve followed you and I will swallow my pride: you’re the one that I love and I’m saying goodbye.

The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin -- I included this song because it really captured the mood for a fable that’s featured in Lavender in Bloom. In fact, it’s a fable that describes how lavender first came into bloom in France. It’s based on an ‘alternate universe’ story featuring Noah and Jeremie, and it would be the perfect song for a montage of their love. Favorite line: The power of love, a force from above, cleaning my soul.

Make it Holy by The Staves -- This is such a pretty song, and it’s perfect from Jeremie’s perspective. Favorite lines: I could make you want me, make you need me, make you mine. I could make it holy, make it special, make it right.

Forgetting by David Gray -- Another sad song. From the very first chords, this song just sets the mood for a scene of heartbreak. It kind of has a nostalgic feel to it. Despite the title of the song, it’s the type of song that makes you remember times long past.

Ashes by Madi Diaz -- This is another song I see as being from Jeremie’s perspective, especially toward the end of the book, when he asks Noah to make a certain decision. Favorite lines: Don’t you let me down and No, I won’t stand to keep watching you stay.

I Will Love You by Gin Wigmore -- One of the few happy love song on the Lavender in Bloom playlist, and the only one with a more upbeat melody. As such, it’s very much treasured. This is a cute one, too. I love every single lyric, but my favorite lines are: If you die before I do, I know that heartache will kill me, too, so if I ever lived again, it would be to find you. It’s especially perfect because I can definitely see Noah and Jeremie as living many lives and finding each other in each one.

Tell Me How to Feel by Maggie Eckford -- This song captures one of the main character’s thoughts in the wake of the book’s concluding actions, in which they just feel so blindsided, lost, and heartbroken.

Benediction by Luke Sital-Singh -- This song has a sad vibe from the start, and it’s also one I picked because it instantly makes me think of the lavender fable and Noah and Jeremie’s ‘alternate universe’ story. Favorite lines: There’s a knock in the silence, I see death at the door, But I know we’ll be alright, ‘Cause your hands are still warm and I’m sorry we don’t have forever, but come die with me.

Hengilas by Jonsi -- This song’s in another language (Icelandic!), but it has such an atmospheric quality to it that just draws you in. Favorite lines: We look into foreign eyes, yet we have always known each other. Perfect, because Jeremie has a line in Lavender in Bloom about Noah’s eyes feeling like home even from the moment he first looked into them.


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Friday, 22 July 2016

RELEASE BLITZ - Hadley (The Club Girl Diaries #3) by Addison Jane


Title: Hadley
Series: The Club Girl Diaries #3  
Author: Addison Jane
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 Release Date: July 22, 2016



Book Description:

People change, it's a fact of life.

Hadley found that out the hard way after her husband came home one day with darkness in his eyes that she'd never seen before.


Realizing that she couldn't allow him to drag her into the shadows, she watched him walk away, thinking she’d be free to move on with her life.


But now she was on the run, seeking safety from a man she once vowed to love forever.


Becoming a club girl for the Brothers by Blood MC guaranteed her protection, and at the same time, allowed her to embrace her sexuality with no judgments or guilt.


Only things weren't as simple as she'd anticipated. She never expected Leo and his curly haired daughter to steal her heart, and for emotions to come into play.


Could she risk her life on the chance he might feel the same?

Leo was the Sargent at Arms for the Brothers by Blood MC.


It was his job to make sure the club was safe and their security tight.


He’d been to hell and back. Losing his wife Kim, after the birth of their daughter, had broken his heart to the point where he thought it was irreparable. She’d been his everything since he was a teenager, and he was determined to never lose her memory.


With the club around him and his baby girl at his side, he’d become content with life alone.


When Hadley showed up, he wasn't quite sure what to make of the self-confident, sweet natured brunette. He was drawn to her—a pull he struggled to escape.


He wanted her, but he was afraid to get too close, not sure that his heart was strong enough to let someone else in.

When danger comes knocking, they need to make a decision—protect themselves and move on, or stand together and risk it all.


My Review:

TITLE: Hadley
SERIES: (The Club Girl Diaries)
AUTHOR: Addison Jane
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASED: July 22, 2016
MY RATING: 5 STARS 

I am a fairly new follower of the author Addison Jane who now has become one of my favorite authors her writing is great.  The Club Girl Diaries Series is about the women who belong to the Brothers by Blood Motorcycle Club, these woman aren't the girlfriends or old ladies of the members these are the club girls who are around to satisfy the men in the MC Club.  There are rules and benefits to becoming a club girl and belonging to the Brothers by Blood.  

Drinking, partying and all the sex they want while being protected, because the Brother's by Blood MC protect what is theirs.  I really like how Addison brings in the personalities of each of the club girls in this series a very different prospective into what I have normally read about the club girls in motorcycle clubs. These three books in this series are all great reads.

Hadley (The Club Girl Diaries Book 3) joins the Brother's by Blood because she is in need of protection.  Her husband who was an undercover FBI agent has gone over to the dark side and seems to have the FBI fooled into believing he is still undercover.  Hadley enjoys the club, she has no regrets in becoming a club girl.  She knows one of these days her husband may find her so having the Brothers by Blood protecting her is the only way she can feel safe.

Leo who is the clubs Sargent of Arms is a single father, losing his wife in child birth.  Raising his daughter and protecting the club are the most important things in his life.   Leo is a hot, sexy, and strong, if you have read Harmony and/or Chelsea the first two books in this series you have already met Leo and his daughter. When Leo and Hadley meet there is a connection, but Leo knows she is a club girl and belongs to the club, even though he struggles watching her with his brothers.  Leo is still in love with his wife and unsure of his feelings for Hadley but knows he has some moving on is not easy.

Hadley and Leo are a great combination and you have hope for them right from the beginning, but of course there are some major obstacles in their way.  Leo loving his wife and  feeling like he may be betraying her? Hadley's husband is looking for her and people around her may not be safe.  This book is full of drama, suspense, even some emotional moments.  One can only hope for a happy ever after ending for these two.  

Hadley is a must read, I would say this whole series should be read.  I have rated Hadley 5 stars it is  a fantastic read and one of my favorites in this series so far. 

I highly recommend this series and Addison Jane's other books


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Addison Jane is a born and bred kiwi girl with a passion for romance and writing.

When she gets the chance she enjoys the little things in life such as reading, dancing, music, and Facebook, but her world really revolves around the little girl who calls her Mum. It's an awkward balance between alpha males and Disney princesses but it works.

Growing up on a small farm next to the beach will always make her a country girl at heart. But since moving away to a small town close to the city she's discovered a dangerous love for shopping.

Writing stories has been something that's come naturally since she was young, and with the massive support of her friends and family, she finally decided to step out of her comfort zone and share them with the world.

She enjoys bringing her books to life with strong female leads, sexy passionate men and a rollercoaster of twists and turns that lead to the happily ever after that her readers desire.




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Friday, 8 July 2016

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Sale - I See You by Molly McAdams

I SEE YOU by Molly McAdams





About the Book:

Futures are uncertain, unpredictable-like ink spilled across the purest surface. Nearly imperceptible ripples move and flow until a unique stain is formed. The ink is permanently embedded in the surface…

During one wild night in college, Jentry Michaels is a tidal wave of ink that brands Aurora Wilde's soul. An unparalleled stain she can't forget despite the many months that have passed-and despite the distraction she'd hoped she would find in her new relationship with Declan, the charmer who captured her heart soon after. Jentry has irrevocably touched her soul, and he is intertwined in her present and future in ways she never fathomed. Now Aurora is faced with keeping that night hidden though it feels as if the ink has indelibly etched their story across her skin.

When Declan is confronted with his own personal demons, Aurora must decide if she will continue to hold tight to their relationship and a safe, reliable future with him, or if she will turn to Jentry-the guy she can't forget no matter how hard she tries…


About the Author:

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.






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Friday, 24 June 2016

Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn - Blog Tour

Unbreak My Heart  (Unbreak My Heart #1) 
by Nicole Jacquelyn


Book Description:

If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane...

My Review:

Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a few other books written by Nicole Jacquelyn and her writing is exceptional, her words make you feel the emotions she is trying to get across as she writes each character point of view.

Kate has loved Shane since she was a young girl, growing up together he was her best friend. But things changed and next thing you know Shane is married to her best friend.

Shane he is another story this man ignored Kate and it felt like he could care less she existed. I really disliked this man!

After tragedy strikes Shane and Kate are forced together and one sad and lonely night the inevitable happens.

Unbreak my Heart is heart wrenching, tears may flow, Kleenex may need to be close by your side.

I have rated Unbreak my Heart 4 stars, the storyline is great characters are well written, I couldn't put this book down. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***


Authors Bio:
Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom.

When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

New Release - A Little Hot Chocolate for My Soul by by Niambi Brown Davis, Sammie Ward, Gail Hamilton, Dominique LeSane, Tinisha Johnson



“Five steamy stories to swoon over in one package.”




Sanctuary
By Niambi Brown Davis

Lily Lomax thinks nothing can touch her in her country hideaway lavender farm—her sanctuary. Till one sizzling, lusty night-out-of-time she meets rugged, best-selling author, Tony Marchand. And from that moment on there is no sanctuary—especially for Lily’s heart.

Sweet Island Temptation
By Sammie Ward

When Chyna Daniels gets dumped by the man she loves, her girlfriend whisks her away to Jamaica to mend her broken heart. Soon, on a Montego Bay beach, she meets Nelson Portis with a body that makes her vibrate just by looking at him. Chyna tries to fight her attraction to the handsome Jamaican, but he won’t be deterred by her cold shoulder. And Chyna finds herself fighting a losing battle against his charms…

Man on the Run
By Gail Hamilton

Lydia Marshall is determined to collect the last sample dosages of an experimental drug that is in the hands of test subject, nerdish Damone Reid. The drug—a love potion developed to make losers in love find a mate—is being recalled due to side effects. But the tall, shy, computer programmer has developed his own ideas on improving his love life. And they include running off with the flabbergasted Lydia!

Never Say No to Love
By Dominque LeSane

When a forty-something bored divorcee decides to have a night out with her BFF she had no intention of hooking up with anyone—especially some gorgeous tall, dark and sexy dancer who is years younger than herself. She certainly has no inkling that a brief, erotic interlude will change her life forever…

Mountain Love
By Tinisha Johnson

Dahlia Ray, a hard-working paralegal disenchanted with life and love, just wants to enjoy a much needed getaway at a mountain cabin in Colorado. No muss. No fuss. No men. She doesn’t count on one hunky Denver Bronco football player introducing her to a weekend of lust and fun. And when the liaison promises more, she panics…


Niambi Brown Davis is an avid reader, writer, fact junkie, hobbyist photographer, a lover of travel and the tropics. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her family lived for many years in Washington, DC and for three and a half years, made the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago their home. In addition to Sanctuary, Niambi’s works include From Dusk to Dawn, her first full-length novel, Love’s Redemption, a romance graphic novel, and the novella Sabor a Mi. She has researched and written African-American history radio scripts for SI Communications. Niambi has written for Travel and Enjoy Magazine, Travel Lady Magazine, The Queen Anne’s County Record Observer and for Dorchester Publication’s women’s magazines. She was also a contributing columnist to MyRomanceStory.com. Aside from travel and writing, Niambi is an avid reader of historical fiction, and deeply involved in tracing the history of both branches of her family tree. Her day job is running the business of Sand and Silk, Niambi’s own line of handcrafted bath and body products.


Sammie Ward is a fiction and nonfiction writer, who has written over fifty short stories and health articles in her literary career. She has written for Black Romance, Black Confessions, Black Secrets, Bronze Thrills, Jive, True Black Experience, and True Confessions Magazine. She's the author of the novels, In The Name of Love, Love To Behold, 7 Days, It's In The Rhythm (Genesis Press), and Lace & Honor. She is currently working on several novels including the sequel to 7 Days titled, Quarter To Midnight. She's also the CEO/Founder of Lady Leo Publishing. She loves to hear from fans. Drop her an email at: .


Gail Hamilton loves writing romance novels full of adventure and the kind of struggle for love that warms your heart. She has also taught English, written advertising and camped across the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu and back.

After a long taste of Toronto city life, she is back on the family farm in rural Ontario, Canada, where she revels in the lively country life and watches the flocks of wild birds crowding her beaver pond while she hatches new plots for delightful reading to come. Her two Siamese cats, Rum and Raisin, are always ready to comment critically when asked.

A prolific writer, Gail has published numerous romance novels with Harlequin Books and Arrow Publications.


Dominique LeSane loves all things romance. An avid reader of romance stories since she was a teen, Dominique loves writing about love, relationships, and is always hopeful for a happy ending. The author of several novellas, including When Love Calls and romantic shorts such as Never Say No To Love, Dominique loves to keep her writing sexy and promises to keep her readers wanting more. 



Tinisha Johnson is a freelance writer and screenwriter. She resides in Denver, CO with her family. She's written various novels, e-books, articles, and self-help publications.



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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Vivid Lies by Alyne Roberts - Blog Tour - Review - Giveaway!

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Vivid Lies by Alyne Roberts 
Publication Date: June 6, 2016 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


 


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Book Description:

Two Girls. Two Boys. The math should be easy.

London and Brooklyn have shared everything their whole lives. They shared a birthday, a mother they never met, and a tragic past. Their bond is unbreakable and beautiful. The sisters may look identical but they are nothing alike.

 Brooklyn is the wild and reckless sister. London is logical and responsible.

 When they leave the only home they have ever known with their best friend Miles, their bond is tested.

Miles finally sees Brooklyn and London as more than the girls he grew up with. He is smart and caring, everything London should want. But it might be too late because a new stranger enters their lives, changing everything.

Kane is mysterious and troubled, with commitment issues. He should to be perfect for Brooklyn and her wild side.

What happens things don’t go as they should?

 Nothing goes as planned. Things are never as they seem. No one is who they say they are.

 The lies are so vivid, they are almost real.

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My Review:

Vivid Lies by Alyne Roberts 

First I have to tell you that this is the first book I`ve read by Alyne Roberts and it defiantly won`t be the last.  I have checked out her book list and will decide what to read next.

The authors writing was fantastic, her words were written so well that you felt it inside, this story was heartbreaking at times and it had me so involved in the story I couldn`t put the book down.  OMG this is an absolutely must read!  READ THIS BOOK!! You never know what is going to happen or what to expect. Like I said couldn't put it down. I want to say Wait For It.  

I wanted to write so much more but I can`t give anything away, I would suggest or recommend this to anyone who loves to Read!

5 Star Rating, fantastic story, great writing and left me wanting more.









About Alyne Roberts

Alyne lives in Ohio with her husband, two dogs and cat. Working full time in an office all day, she spends her nights reading, writing or watching an entire TV series in a night. She refuses to grow up and loves Disney movies and anything with owls. She couldn’t live without her coffee or her furry “children”. Alyne wrote her first novel titled “Light to the Darkness” in 2014.





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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Beautiful Liar by Natasha Knight Book Blitz

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Beautiful Liar by Natasha Knight 
Publication Date: May 4, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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Book Description:

Slater

"Everything I believed was a lie. Everything except for her, the one person I blamed for it all."
 
MacKayla Simone was beautiful. She was sexy as hell. She was also the set-up.

One night.

Sex that rocked my world.

Rocked it to its very foundations because the next thing I knew, she and I made the headlines of every paper, every news channel across the country, and it cost me everything.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. That came when I learned who was behind the set-up. That was when I understood what it meant to be destroyed absolutely.

I don’t know why I went after MacKayla. She’d been a pawn just like me. But it was all I could do, all I had left. Hell, it was the one thing keeping me from tumbling into the abyss and never coming back into the light.

Find her. Find the girl who’d fucked me. Find her and make her pay.

MacKayla

I didn’t know who Slater Vaughn was, but if I had, it wouldn’t have mattered. Not when my sister was in trouble. I would have done what I did anyway. You can judge me. You can call me a whore. But I would have done it anyway.

One night, they’d said. Make him want you, let him have you. Easiest money in the world for just one night of my life.

Only it wasn’t one night because that night obliterated Slater Vaughn, and he came after me. He told me I owed him, and truthfully, I did. Hell, maybe those years in hiding, I’d been waiting for him to find me. To punish me. To make me pay.

Maybe I sought his forgiveness all along.

But now that he had me, how far would he take this game? Slater Vaughn was a broken man. He had nothing left to lose. What was to keep him from taking me with him into his darkness?  





About Natasha Knight


USA Today Bestselling author Natasha Knight writes dark romance as well as spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction and fantasy. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories forever searching in every story for that single most important element of love. All of her stories contain at least one kinky Alpha male, lots of dirty talk and a well deserved happily ever after.








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