Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Look After Us by Elena Matthews

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Book: Look After Us
Series: Look After You #2.5
Author: Elena Matthews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted By: Francessca’s Romance Reviews



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~Synopsis~

This is the novella of Ava and Ashton's story.

This cannot be read as a standalone. You must read Look After You first.

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The road to true love isn’t always easy… but through all the heartache, Ava and Ashton have somehow made it through—coming out of the other end even stronger.

Madly in love and engaged to be married, Ava is finally getting her happy ever after.

But it seems Ashton’s brother, Tyler, will beat Ashton down the aisle. When he decides to tie the knot, he asks Ashton to be his best man. Not one to miss his baby brother get married, he and Ava fly to Texas to join in the festivities.

Everything is perfect.

Until Ashton’s past threatens to destroy everything.

Ava’s jealousy rears its ugly head as Ashton’s ex-girlfriend hangs on his every word. Even though she knows Ashton loves her, she can’t help but feel insecure, especially since she’s convinced that Ashton’s first love is karma in disguise, waiting to take her happiness away.

As tempers flare and tears fall, Ava knows she’s overreacting.
Or is she?

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~Excerpt - Ava~

‘I can feel a bead of sweat begin to roll along my collarbone as I work hard to contain the euphoria that rips through me. But it’s hard when every touch is more sensitive … when every thrust is more exhilarating … when every subtle kiss has enough power to light up an entire city.’

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~Excerpt - Ashton~

‘I’m supposed to be the person in her life who protects her … who looks after her, but it seems even I’m not immune to breaking her beautiful, fragile heart.’

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~Excerpt - Ava~

‘I couldn’t imagine not being able to feel the ecstasy that currently fills my veins with pleasure or the unconditional love I feel in every subtle caress and stroke that comes from only experiencing this intense, earth-shattering, all-consuming love with the one person who I simply can’t exist without.’

~What The Bloggers Are saying~

“After all the anticipation, this book did not disappoint me in the least, it excelled all my expectations.” ~ Ladies Living in Bookland

“Elena Matthews is a wonderful writer that knows how to blend and mold words together so beautifully that the reader gets the full pull and feels every emotion down to the last detail.” ~ Book Hangover Page

“I love that you can feel the chemistry coming off of the pages between Ashton & Ava.” ~ Lover of Things

“The story had me happy, sad, laughing and crying and everything in between. At one point I was howling with laughter.” ~ 2 Girls Who Love Books

“I've loved every page of this series and will definitely be reading more by Elena Matthews.” ~ Your Next Hot Read

~Excerpt - Ashton~

“You saved me from a life of misery; you saved me from ever existing without you. You’re my life baby, you’re my everything … you saved me.”

~My 5* Review~

Disclaimer: I was given an free ARC copy in exchange for nothing more than an honest review, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Look After Us is Ava and Ashton's HEA. Let's face it these two have certainly fought through more than their fair share of shit to get to this point.

We join Ava and Ashton as they head to Texas for Ashton's brother; Tyler's wedding. But all is not well, in the run up to the wedding Ashton's past rears its head in the form of Riley; Ashton's ex-girlfriend. Riley is hell bent on getting Ashton to pay attention to her. Each and every time Riley tries poor Ava's jealousy and insecurities get the better of her.

Ava and Ashton have an amazing relationship, their chemistry is completely off the charts. The rest of the Bailey family welcome Ava with open arms and treat her as one of the family, Ashton's mum even takes sides with Ava when Riley tries to dig her claws in again. 

I have loved this series from the very beginning, and Look After Us is no different. Elena has put so much heartfelt emotion into her writing that it can be felt with each and every page. I'm so sad to see Ava and Ashton's story come to an end.

Elena has developed these characters so much over the series. Like her characters Elena writing has evolved and developed too, the level of emotion contained within her writing is second to none. I felt that I was a part of this story and that I was right there alongside Ava and Ashton.

Ava and Ashton have a special place in my heart, I have loved everything about them and their journey, except Riley. Riley is an out and out bitch that I would have loved to have slapped several times during Look After Us. That woman just doesn't know when to back off!!!

Overall I have loved every page of this book, I'm mega sad to see them go! I am looking forward to seeing what Elena comes up with next!

~Bonus Chapter~

(Author’s notes - This comes just after chapter 6 in Look After You. It’s in the POV of Ashton. Enjoy!)


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Damn my fucking pager.I was moments away from kissing the beautiful, angelic woman who I’m dangerously falling for and my pager goes off. It’s the story of my life. Since the moment I met her, I have told myself being with her would always be a long shot. She’s engaged to another man, she’s in love with another man, but that important fact quickly faded into the background with the way she responded to me; the way her eyes dilated, the way the pulse in her neck began to throb, and the way her foot caressed up my leg. In that moment, I knew she felt exactly the same way as me.I know I’m treading on dangerous territory, but the pull she seems to have on me is so strong, I find it almost impossible to stay away from her. I know I should stay away; that I need to stay away for both her sake and mine, but even with my heart on the line, I just can’t distance myself away from her. I want Ava like the air I breathe. She’s everything I never realized I needed until the moment I met her.As I rush back to the NICU, I can’t stop imagining what would have happened back in the cafeteria if my pager hadn’t gone off. If my mouth had inched closer and my lips would have met the sweetness of hers, I would have kissed her as if my life depended on it. As if our lives depended on it. Jesus, just the thought of her pretty lips on mine is making my cock twitch with a surge of excitement, and I’m incredibly thankful that my white coat hides the confinements of my hard-on.However, it deflates in a millisecond when I arrive on the NICU, and I’m met with a preemie who has stopped breathing completely, and everything I was thinking disappears. I focus on the only thing that matters—saving this baby’s life. Once I manage to get him breathing again with the assistance of the CPAP, I leave him in the capable hands of the nurses and head over to the nurses’ station to arrange an x-ray on his lungs.“Dr. Bailey,” I hear as I put the phone down with the radiology department. I turn to the nurse behind the desk. “Do you know a lady called Lou? I had a nurse from surgical services call; she said her patient wants to see you, insisting on it actually.”I smile brightly at the sound of her name. Lou is an eighty-seven year old lady who used to live next door to me, until she got too bad on her feet and had to move into a nursing home.She’s a sweetheart. She used to love baking, and because she didn’t have any family of her own, she used to come by daily to inundate my best friend, Darnell, and I, with freshly baked cookies. She always reminded me so much of my own grandmother before she lost her battle to cancer; so naturally I took her under my wing. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her, as I rarely get a day off.Before I take my patient to radiology, I head on down to surgical services to see Lou, making a small detour to the gift shop where I pick out a bouquet of calla lilies for her. I’m directed to her room, and as I enter, I say, “Did somebody order a doctor?” She looks up from the television screen and her wrinkled face lights up.

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~About The Author~

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Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, Media city and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Gossip Girl, developing a rather unusual liking to Chuck Bass. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire

Elena spent three years of her life at Salford University studying media production, to decide she no longer wanted to pursue a career in the media. Instead, it took her another two and half years to realise her calling. Writing. Now she lives and breathes her writing. She even had to tell her colleagues at work whenever she is found daydreaming at her desk, it’s because she is conversing with her characters.

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~Other Books In The Series~

Look After You (Look After You #1)

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Amazon USA
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Look After Me (Look After You #2)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Release Blitz: Static by S. K. Anthony

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Title: STATIC
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Luminaries #2
Release Date: September 17 2015

Synopsis: Kevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend . . . or so he thought.
As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .

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S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!


~ABOUT BOOK 1~
Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.
Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.
A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything...

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I changed Jack’s diaper early on Sunday morning and let his tired parents sleep in. After giving him his bottle, he went back to la-la-land. I then made coffee and sat outside drinking it while texting Ryan. Our training session had been canceled because Derek wanted to see us at the Org at ten in the morning. I heard a noise inside and went back through the kitchen door to find my tiny sister-in-law trying to reach coffee mugs from the cabinet above her. She was getting on a small step I’d given her years ago as a present. “Why do you insist on keeping things so high up when your head is hardly past the counter?” I asked as I reached around her to get the mug and set it down. I should have known better. As soon as I did that, her elbow connected with my rib and had me wincing. “Stop making fun of me or I’ll break a bone next time,” Annie said. “But you are perfect for it, Anniewee. You’re already fun-sized,” I said, grabbing a cup for her. “Whatever. It's up there because it’s Nick’s job. Obviously.” “Go sit down, I’ll mix your cup. Where is he?” “Sleeping. It was his turn for night duty.” “Technically you can fix that by hitting him with some energy.” I personally loved when she transferred her energy to me. It was perfect for those all-nighters I was so fond of. Annie had this ongoing Kinetic energy that could give the rest of us an extra boost to our own powers. It could also give me a certain oomph that kept me energized enough to last me a week or so. Sadly, I no longer got the chance to enjoy the benefits of her powers. I enjoyed Ryan’s instead. I met Ryan in my last year in training. She’s a sensor and an amplifier. As a sensor, she could tell Luminaries apart from ordinary people, and because she was in tune with other people’s emotions she could tell if they were lying. As an amplifier, she couldn’t do much for herself, but she helped expand everyone else’s powers, times five. With Annie, it was different: our energies would last a while and we’d keep going. But with Ryan, it was in the moment. She was a drug to us all. The strange thing was that she and Annie couldn’t do anything for each other. They were too evenly powerful in an unbalanced way. It didn’t matter, though; they never went on assignments together. Annie and Nick were now partners with Derek, and they helped run the Org. But their idea of managing was turning Derek down whenever he brought up something they didn’t agree with. Before they had the baby, they went on assignments frequently and left Derek to run his own show. Adrenaline junkies was what they were. I looked at her. “I’m telling you, Annie. You two should stop trying to deal with a baby like normal people.” “No,” she said, taking a sip while the cup was still in my hand. “Well that’s stupid; you are Luminaries. Take advantage.” I put my empty cup in the sink and smiled. “Speaking of, would you be a doll and charge up my new babe for me?” She crinkled her nose. “That doesn’t sound like something I want to do.” “Relax. As a birthday present to myself, I turned in my Prius for a Tesla S . . . S for sexy hybrid car. I can’t believe I forgot to show you guys. She’s like my bride, beautiful in white.” “You and your hybrids. You could have just plugged in your car the whole time you were here. There’s a reason you installed a charge port in my garage.” “Come on! Please?” “If you want to be so environmental you should just teleport everywhere. You know, take advantage of being a Luminary yourself, instead of using me for your shenanigans.” “First, Ryan is the environmental one. I would never hear the end of her yapping away if I didn’t get hybrids. Second, I have to keep up appearances that I’m normal for those who don’t know our secrets. How would you explain to your nosy neighbors why I was sitting outside if I didn’t walk or drive here?” “Stop going outside where they can see you.” I shook my head. “But I needed fresh air.” “Uh huh, in February?” She raised her eyebrow. “Like I don’t know you were checking out their daughter?” “Look at me. I run on heat. February air does nothing to me. And she just happened to be out there wiping snow off her car, that’s all. I even helped.” “How, exactly?” Annie asked, putting both hands on her hips. “When she wasn’t looking, a big chunk suddenly slid off. It was discreet, I promise.” She sighed. “Fine, but this is the last time I charge it. And only because I’m curious to see your new car. Stop smiling.” “You know your special touch will make it last for double the time, right? Your touch, Annie, is the key.” I ducked right on time to avoid her punch. Footsteps behind me alerted me that Nick was up. “My wife’s touch is the key to what now? Keep flirting with her and I’ll make sure you’re unable to wake up next to girls for at least a month.” “Whoa, hey, hey. No harm done,” I said, then teleported next to Annie to give her a kiss on the cheek. “Dunno what’s the use of being a teleporter if you’re going to be driving around,” Nick said. “I love to drive.” “You love to speed.” “What’s the difference?” I asked him. “Stop it, you two. Let’s go charge your car up,” Annie said, pulling me toward the front door.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cover Reveal: Life After by Kira Adams



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Life After
The Infinite Love Series #1.5
by Kira Adams
Genre – Contemporary Romance



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Before her.

I was empty inside. I was lost. I was settling. I had no idea of the potential I had inside of me.

After her.

I was whole. I was happy. I was in love. She made me better.

I never imagined I would find someone who completed me, just to lose her. I never imagined the love I felt could be overshadowed by the deepest depression I've ever lived through.

It's been two years since she touched my life. Since she was taken from me. I don't know that I'll ever experience an ounce of the love she made me feel. I hope I'm wrong.

My name is Topher, and this is my story.
 
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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cover Reveal: Beautifully Disguised by Kristen Daray


Beautifully Disguised
Beautifully Disguised # 1
By- Kristen DaRay
Genre-YA
Expected Publication Date-?

Twins separated most of their lives sounds like a Disney movie—Annika grew up that way. Her entire life changes when she decides to enroll in her twin brother’s academy for nine tailed fox spirits called Kumihos. However, she has none of the magical abilities she claims. Forced to disguise herself,  Annika lives in constant fear that someone will see through her deception.

Liam’s entire life depends on a lie. To maintain his family‘s social standing, he must convince everyone he is full-blooded Kumiho. When his twin sister shows up at school, everything balances on the edge of a knife. Telling everyone she is an old family friend, he tries to help her navigate this new life pretending to be something she isn’t. Being discovered would expose the family secret and force them both to face their father’s wrath.

When a shaman tells Marick the deceit of a new girl in his life could jeopardize his future, he instantly suspects the clumsy new girl. Something about her isn’t right, though he can’t quite figure out what. He will stop at nothing to get rid of her before she ruins everything.

But when an ancient evil threatens to destroy everything, secrets and lies are the least of their problems.



Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Cover Reveal: Raven's Undoing by N.D. White


Title: Raven's Undoing
Author: Nicky D. White
Series:  The Snowhaven Series
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Release Date:  September 26, 2015

Tantalizingly Twisted...






In this sequel to Raven’s Innocence, we follow Raven Pierce to the jolting conclusion of her story as she tries to make sense of events that seem inexplicable. Working to put the past behind her and heal from Grant Alexander’s devastating disappearance, Raven finds comfort in her new and promising relationship with an uncomplicated and chivalrous man.   But before she is able to completely overcome her heartbreak over Grant, the past catches up with her bringing new challenges and more dark secrets.
In this conclusion, we discover if Raven is willing to sacrifice her innocence by betraying her own morals and values and surrender herself to the past, or if all the lies, deception, and poisonous truths have catastrophic consequences for Raven, as she finds herself once again fighting for love in a confusing and dark terrain.









Nicky grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where she still resides. She has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She works part of the time in Kansas City and the other part in her hometown. Juggling between family, work, and writing, she stays very busy; never a dull moment. Writing has always been a passion and talent of hers. Her mother was also a writer, but of poetry. Nicky has written her fair share of poems, but the idea of writing a novel is what truly pulled at her heart strings. She started writing Raven’s Innocence last fall, which launched June 27th. Raven’s Undoing is set to launch September 26, 2015.


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Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back. After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow. Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity. The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love. As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challenging when tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind. As a psychologist, it is Raven's job to help her patients navigate through their own emotional journeys and she's very good at it. However, when it comes to her own life, her feelings for this new man combined with the unforeseen affliction leave her feeling frustrated and emotionally exhausted. Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and sometimes dark terrain.
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Praise for Raven's Innocence: 


"There are three types of classifications of books I use 1) I’ll read it because I want to 2) I’ll read it because there is nothing better to do in Prison for the next few years and 3) I need something to start this fire with. This book is by far in the category of reading it not only because I want to, but because every human needs to or they may die a life never quite knowing what they missed." - Patrick, on Amazon, 5 stars

"It's full of humor, suspense and yes, even sex. ;) You won't be disappointed (except for when it's over). You'll want more." - Dawn L. on Amazon. 5 stars

"Omg this was a awesome book that left me wanting more! It was well written with twists and turns and so much suspense! I could not put it down and I absolutely can not wait for Raven's Undoing to be published so I can read more! Great job Nicky!" - Shauna on Amazon, 5 stars

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