Cover Reveal: Outside The Box by Rochelle Paige

I am so excited to bring you guys two awesome covers today from authors I love! Have you read the Blythe College series by Rochelle Paige yet? I love them! Check out the cover to her next book here!

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Title: Outside the Box (Blythe College #3)

Author: Rochelle Paige

Release Date: July 2014

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Blurb

Aubrey earned her love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation with her serial dating past. A pregnancy scare makes her see the light and change her ways. She gets serious about school and stops dating – until she meets Luka and falls head over heels for him.

Luka doesn’t trust easily after having his heart crushed by the girl next door. When he meets Aubrey, he doesn’t think she’s relationship material because of her past – even though he’s drawn to her.

What happens when the girl who always ran the moment a relationship got serious meets The One? Will Aubrey be able to get Luka to see herOutside the Box he’s put her in?

 

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Summer Nights (Blythe College, #2.5)

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Hit the Wall (Blythe College, #2)

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About the Author

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I absolutely adore reading – always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me “About time!”

 

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Cover Reveal: Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved Sweet Home and LOVED, LOVED Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole. I also had the honor of meeting her in Seattle in June and be her assistant for the day at the Emerald City Author Event! What fun she is!

With that note….drumroll please…..
Introducing my new cannot wait book of the summer:

Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole

We’re delighted to be sharing the cover for Sweet Fall, Tillie Cole’s upcoming release from the
Sweet Home series.

Sweet Fall is Austin and Lexi’s story and can be read as a standalone novel.

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We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

About Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole Author PicTillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

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Do you love Toni Aleo? Check out her next release Whisky Prince coming soon!

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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~New Release! Project Lexi

Lexi Crandall’s world is
turned upside down her junior year of high school. Her confession tears her
family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for an escape after graduation,
she heads out of town for college.  Wracked
with guilt and shame, she keeps to herself, befriending only her roommate,
Paige.

Derek Fressen experiences
one tragedy after another. After learning to cope with being raised by a single
mom, he and his sister, Tiffany, become closer than ever. When Tiffany escapes
for college, Derek takes the opportunity to leave his past behind as well.
San Francisco State
University is where Lexi and Derek find themselves junior year, thrown into the
most uncomfortable situation possible, a group project that requires each to
open up about their past. Their grade depends upon the ability to prove to the
professor through a class presentation that they truly learned about one
another.
 Painful memories and terrifying tests of
courage propel Lexi to learn how to take baby steps in the healing process, and
give hope of one day feeling normal. Although he feels he’s pretty well healed
from the horrible events of his past, Derek is lonely and longing for a life of
more.

Will Lexi and Derek be able
to share enough of their lives with each other to pass the class? How much will
Lexi let Derek help her in the process? Are their tragic pasts too much to
overcome, or will love be in their future?



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About Lisa


 Lisa lives in SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA with her wonderful husband and two teenage children. 

Lisa lives in Sunny Southern California and has all her life. Her husband is a high school PE teacher and coaches three different high school sports.
With two kids in high school and involved in activities both in and out of school, she has a lot to juggle.  When home, she locks herself inside the
office to write. She’s always loved to write, but life always seemed to be too busy.  When inspiration finally hit, she made the most of the time
her husband and kids were busy and published her first book in February 2014. It’s a teen/young adult book and the first in a series. 
She’s just released her first book in her New Adult/Contemporary Romance series. She is hoping to get two more books out before the
end of 2014.

Cover Reveal: Billionaire Unmasked by JS Scott

Synopsis

Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks, billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want.  What he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.  Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal. Hope could end up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.

Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her happy.  The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her bank account.  The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak.  So when he unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is determined to resist her attraction to him.

Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is unmasked?

Find out in “Billionaire Unmasked,” the next book in The Billionaire’s Obsession series.

Mine For Tonight


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Down
on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
to her emotional sanity?
Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would
rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows
with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara
Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never
experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches
over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her,
not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very
well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that
in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

“Mine
For Tonight” is book one of “The Billionaire’s Obsession” . Books in
this trilogy do not stand alone and need to be read in order. They
include:

The Billionaire’s Obsession (Complete Collection)

 

This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes:
Mine For Tonight
Mine For Now
Mine Forever
Mine Completely
Down
on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
to her emotional sanity?
Reclusive
billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating
computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly
what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches
Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For
over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit
his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a
situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to
help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be
salvaging his own soul.
18 + (This book contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)
Heart Of The Billionaire (Book Two)
Author
Note: This novel is the complete story of Sam and Maddie, but reading
The Billionaire’s Obsession – The Complete Collection (Simon and Kara’s
story) first is highly recommended to enhance your reading pleasure.

 

Sam and Maddie are here!
Billionaire
Sam Hudson has pretty much lived his life with no apologies because he
tries never to do anything that he’s sorry about…except for what he had
done in the past to Dr. Madeline Reynolds. Many years and regrets later,
Sam meets up with Maddie again by chance; his brother Simon is marrying
Maddie’s best friend and the two of them are forced to be civil. But
Sam wants to be more than polite, and he wants another chance to make
things right, so he offers Maddie a bold proposition, an offer he knows
she’ll have a very hard time declining even though she hates him.
Dr.
Madeline Reynolds adores her best friend Kara and her fiancé Simon, but
being forced into the company of Sam Hudson, because they are both in
Simon and Kara’s wedding, is pure torture. She’s hated Sam for years,
but when he offers her a bargain, something near and dear to her heart,
she’s torn between her dislike for the man and the offer of something
she’s always desperately wanted. Once, Sam Hudson nearly destroyed her,
but Maddie discovers that sometimes things aren’t always what they
appear to be. Is Sam really a devious heartbreaker, or is there
something more to him beneath the surface?
Can two people with so many years of hurt between them learn to trust each other again?
Please
note: This is an erotic romance and not appropriate for YA readers.
The book contains graphic sex, language and situations not appropriate
for YA readers.
The Billionaire Salvation (Book Three)
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Billionaire
Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more
than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident.
He’d
been reunited with a sister he hadn’t realized existed. Finally he had
family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted
him since his devastating loss. Yeah…he was as happy as a man could be,
considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart
when fate had torn his wife away from him.
Or
so he believed…until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park,
a female who somehow had managed to reignite a part of him that he
thought was long dead…
Suddenly,
Max’s protective, dominant, possessive male instincts flare to life,
leaving him at a loss as to how lightning could possibly strike twice in
one lifetime. Is he truly being given another chance at real happiness,
or would it be dangled in front of him, only to be taken away once
again?
Find
out by reading The Billionaire’s Salvation, Book 3 in The New York
Times Bestselling series, The Billionaire’s Obsession. This is a
complete contemporary erotic romance novel with no cliffhangers!
 The Billionaire’s Game (Book Four)
The Billionaire’s Game – The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Kade

 

With
his professional football career over due to a tragic accident,
billionaire Kade Harrison takes on the task of solving a mystery for his
brother-in-law and friend, Max Hamilton. Without his former career to
fill every minute of the day, Kade’s looking for something to challenge
him–now that he’s lost the career that had meant everything to him.
But what starts out as a simple favor soon becomes a whole lot more than
he bargained for when the woman he’s seeking slips away from him every
time he gets close to finding her. When Kade does finally corner her,
things start to get even more complicated. Asha Paritala is nothing
like he expected, and the female he had tracked down as a favor for Max
soon becomes a woman he wants for his very own, a woman who makes
protective and highly predatory instincts he didn’t know he had flare to
life inside him. Kade soon discovers that he wants Asha’s total
surrender to the desire and passion that vibrates intensely between the
two of them, but he also wants her trust, the one thing Asha’s history
makes it difficult for her to give. Can Kade convince her that some
things are worth risking it all?
Caught
between two worlds, Asha Paritala is homeless, broke and damaged from a
life of abuse and neglect. Born of an American mother and an Indian
immigrant father, Asha was raised as an Indian woman by a foster family
after the death of her natural parents when she was little more than a
baby. She’s spent her entire life under the control of others until
finally breaking free two years earlier, and she’s determined to keep
her freedom, even if it means she has to struggle to survive. But when
she meets Kade Harrison, her resolve is tested. After Kade helps her
through a bad situation, she finds herself beginning to trust Kade as
she’s never trusted a man before. Kade is everything she always
thought a man should be, but can she lose herself in him completely when
she knows she’s damaged and confused. And is it really possible that
she could be a lost sibling to two people like Max Hamilton and Maddie
Hudson? Asha is tempted by the possibility of family, and the
irresistible lure of a man like Kade Harrison. Can a woman caught
between two cultures, so flawed and so backward, really reach out and
take what she wants, or will the instinct to run from the pain of her
past destroy the hope of happiness for her future?
Find out if two broken souls can heal each other in The Billionaire’s Game, book 4 of The Billionaire’s Obsession series!!
This is a complete novel with no cliffhangers. 18+ due to sexual situations and graphic language.
After
four years of working for “the billionaire boss from hell” Ally
Caldwell thinks she finally has her life on the right track. Her fiancé
is out of dental school, ready to go to work at a thriving practice, and
it would finally be her turn to go back and finish her college degree.
Unfortunately, her carefully planned future crumbles when she finds out
that her fiancé, the man she’d nearly killed herself to help get through
school, has been cheating on her. With her wedding looming in the near
future, Ally’s blindsided, realizing she’d never even knew the man she’d
been planning to marry. Suddenly, her carefully organized life is
turned upside down, and not one single thing is turning out the way it
was supposed to happen. Even her boss, Travis the Tyrant, is beginning
to act differently, throwing Ally into an even more confused and chaotic
state of mind. Travis, the one man who she’d always counted on to be a
jerk, was now the guy who actually steps up to try and help her
straighten her life out again. Unfortunately, she doesn’t much care for
his highhanded arrogance or his methods of “helping.” Ally wants to hate
Travis. It makes her life so much simpler to fight with him than to
admit to the combustible chemistry growing between the two of them. But
as she begins to see more and more of the real Travis beneath his dark
façade, she can’t seem to resist the dangerous lure of their unlikely
attraction.Billionaire Travis Harrison does
everything he possibly can to repair the Harrison name after a scandal
nearly destroyed his family years ago. He makes sure he keeps himself
and his actions in check, his emotions buried under a thick layer of
ice. Only his secretary and assistant, Alison Caldwell, makes him come
close to losing his carefully constructed image. The obstinate female
keeps shoving him closer and closer to the edge of sanity every single
day. But when he finds out about her fiancé’s betrayal, his protective
instincts roar to life inside him, making him want to ensure she’s never
hurt again. The only problem is…Ally doesn’t want his help, and the
infuriating woman does everything she can to push him away, even as the
two of them are swept into an undeniable passion that neither of them
can possibly ignore. Before long, Travis finds himself in ruthless
pursuit of something much more important and elusive than just a
business deal.

Can these two very different, very stubborn
people actually be meant to be together? Find out if Travis and Ally can
let down their defenses and surrender to a love so powerful it will
rock them to the depths of their souls in Billionaire Undone, Book Five
of The Billionaire’s Obsession series.

 
About The Author

 


J.S.
Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy
romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature.
Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary
erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost
always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she
just can’t seem to write them any other way!
Please visit me at:  Facebook  Amazon 

 

~~ Cover Reveal ~~ Cowboy Crazy by Becky McGraw

I like the synopsis of this book and it will go on my TBR for sure!

Synopsis 
Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older brother.

Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her. If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.

His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.

Twyla refuses to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.



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About Becky Mcgraw
Becky
McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl
by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with
her husband and dog Abby.

A
jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a
beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation
management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a
real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and
writer.  She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her
dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a
graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own
cover art, along with writing the novels.

Becky
has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and
has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to
the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.

She
has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as
technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the
Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the
first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart
Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general
member of FTHRW.

You can find Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw at: 



Review: Soldier On by Sydney Logan

What an awesome way to end Military week here on A Novel Love! Please check out this review and book!

Release Date: June 20
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Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult

Will his call of duty break both their hearts?

Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie

James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As

a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only

goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester.

She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work

and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New

Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph

finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who

curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from

the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major

general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the

struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his

father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more

determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an

officer in the United States Army. Then he meets

Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military

service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen

his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment

toward the military, he worries their relationship is

doomed.

When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love

with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be

healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?

Kim’s Review

4 Stars
This is a light and easy read. Steph has always hated the military because she lost her father during Desert Storm. She is focused and driven to graduate and become a teacher. Since her father died her mom struggled for years as a single parent, who never remarried. I feel that made Steph’s hatred for the all things military.

Brandon struggles to be there for his family and be at school. His dad the commander spends most days not remembering things. Brandon wants to make his father proud and so he is focused on getting out of school and getting into the military. All of that changes when he meet Steph.
I felt like they were fun together and there were a lot of cute 80’s one liners and themes in the book, which was fun considering I grew up in the 80’s! This is a pretty PG13 book but it still is a good book and I recommend you pick up a copy today!

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Regular Price: $2.99 (ebook)

Also available in paperback

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds

a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012

release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made

the transition from bookworm to author. Her second

novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also

the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The

Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid

Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing

piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful

husband and their very spoiled cat.

Website – Facebook – Twitter
http://www.sydneylogan.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SydneyLoganAuthor
https://twitter.com/SydneyALogan

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Cover Reveal! A Perfect Love by Becca Lee

Designed by: LM Creations
A Perfect Love (Perfect #2)
“When the odds are
stacked against you,
you don’t run and
hide.
You step up and give
life the middle finger.”
Jo is confident her life is
about to spiral out of control and change irrevocably. What she doesn’t expect
is just how far her world will tilt. Floundering and confused, she discovers
life and love isn’t always knee deep in hearts and flowers. Sometimes, life’s middle finger is pointed firmly in
the air.
Liam never expected perfect, but from the moment he said “I do”, he knew he had it. What he doesn’t expect, is life throwing crapballs the size of Ayres Rock at him! Sometimes, life’s aim is a little too accurate.
When Mother Nature steps in and
throws their world into disarray, Liam and Jo need to decide just how far
they’re willing to go to find their perfect love. 

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Review:The Dead Tree by Lori L. Clark

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Title: The Dead Tree

Author: Lori L. Clark

Genre: New Adult Romantic Mystery/Family Saga

Expected Release: June 10, 2014

Synopsis

A young woman seeks to uncover the truth behind the legend surrounding the dead tree on the property she’s inherited so she can clear her Great Aunt’s name.

“The town of Steele Grove, Missouri sits high along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Legends run rampant around town about crazy Blythe Fountain, who discovered her beau hanging from the oak tree in the family’s front yard. A short time later, two of her friends mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen, or heard from again.

Eighty years later, Ariel Fountain has inherited the property, and after catching her boyfriend cheating on her, decides she needs a change of scenery and runs headlong to a place shrouded in superstition and family mysteries which may be better off left unsolved.

Ariel sets out with the help of a local man, Grady, to uncover the truth behind the hanging and the girls’ disappearances. What Ariel discovers is a secret so horrific she wishes she would have left it buried.”

Excerpt

The engine of the Bobcat sputtered a few times before dying. Grady swore and climbed down from the machine. I watched him out of the corner of my eyes as he sauntered up the hill. His feet stopped right under my nose. “I have to run back to town and get some gas.”

I raised my head and stared at his gorgeous pale blue eyes. He surprised me by holding my gaze.

“Um, I think there’s some in the garage. I’ll check, if you’d like,” I offered. He was still watching me intently. I blinked and looked away. I reached behind me to push myself off the ground and immediately felt a searing pain in my left palm. I jerked my hand back and felt something warm trickle down my wrist. I’d just managed to impale my hand on the garden shears I’d laid in the grass behind me. “Damn.”

Grady knelt beside me, gently taking my hand in his. He inspected the wound, while I was too afraid to see how bad it was. Judging from the way it felt, it wasn’t good. “You’re gonna need stitches,” he said.

My eyes went round. “Are you sure?”

“Yes, Ariel, I’m sure.” He quickly removed his t-shirt and wrapped it around my bleeding hand. I grimaced when I caught sight of the amount of blood trailing down my arm. “Hold it above your heart and apply pressure with your other hand.”

The edges of my vision went dark, and I thought I was going to pass out. Not from the loss of blood, I was squeamish when it came to the sight of blood. I whimpered and wobbled on my feet. “Oh, shit.”

Grady wrapped his arm around my waist and half carried me to his pickup. He opened the passenger door and helped me inside. “You okay?”

I shook my head no but said, “Yes.”

He laughed. “Hang in there.”

As it turns out, I had a pretty nasty gash. Fourteen stitches and some kick ass pain meds later, we were on our way back home. “Thank you,” I whispered.

“Let this be a lesson,” he said.

I peered sideways at him. “A lesson? For what?”

“I told you, you jinxed yourself when you said you weren’t accident-prone, and look what happened.”

I rolled my eyes. “Pfft. As if.”

He chuckled. “One of these days, you’ll trust my superstitious nature.”

I lowered my eyes and nodded. “We’ll see.”

When we returned from town, Grady shut the truck off and jumped out. He hurried around to open my door and help. The warmth of his hand radiated through my tank top when he pressed it against my lower back and guided me toward the front door. “Let’s get you inside. I think it’s safe to say you can have the rest of the day off, Princess.”

The pain meds must have made me loopy, because I would never have said what I said next, had I been in my right frame of mind. “If I’m a princess, then you must be my knight in shining armor.”

“Something like that,” he said softly.

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Vyckie’s Review

I’d give The Dead Tree three stars, while I wanted to love the story line, I simply couldn’t.

Ariel is first catches her boyfriend of many years in the arms of not just one woman but two.. who just so happen to be her best friends. Within days of this she on a plane moving to St. Louis where her great aunts untimely death has left her with everything. Ariel was now very wealthy yet living with the rumors and secrets of her family’s name.

It was said her great Aunt Blythe’s first love Grayson, was found dead, suicide, and two girls gone missing. The way the story line played out with this was hit or miss. I wasn’t sure if reading Blythe’s memoir or the town’s rumour mill would lead us to what happened to these three.

The ending is just how you believe it’s going to be, with the exception of what’s under the tree. It less a few different ways of what Ariel May do them simply ends starting “karma has an uncanny way of landing a helping hand….. ”

I was gifted this book by the author, please make your own mind up about The Dead Tree, it’s only one click away!

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Lori L. Clark was born in Iowa, where she spent the first forty-six years of her life. In 2007, she loaded up a moving van and relocated to Missouri, where she currently resides. Lori’s only child is a very spoiled Min Pin named Barkley. When not writing, she reads and runs. She completed her first half marathon at the age of fifty.

In 2009, after participating in NANOWRIMO, she began to take seriously the voices in her head. Two New Adult contemporary romance novels, Different Roads, and I Breathe You, were published in 2013, and showed early success. The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants is set to release in March 2014, and has her venturing into the realms of Romantic Suspense.

Lori is a member of Savvy Authors, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America.

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Cover Reveal! The Stage by Shelby Rebecca

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Book Title: The Stage (A Phoenix Rising Novel)

Author: Shelby Rebecca

Genre: New Adult Rock Star Romance

Release Date: July 2, 2014

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Mia the saint.

Kolton the sinner.

Kolton Royce is a tatted, bad boy rock star at the top of his game.

Mia Phoenix is an overly responsible nineteen-year-old striving for stardom since losing her parents in a house fire.

When Mia ends up on Kolton’s team for the debut of the new nationwide singing competition, The Stage, she’s not sure if it’s her or her voice that he’s hellbent to control.

After he takes special interest in her welfare, they’ve been warned, any contact between them outside of filming is strictly forbidden.

He has other ideas.

She’s a phoenix rising from the ashes, the only one who understands the pain that lies beneath the persona. Though he’s not sure if he’s too bad for her, he can’t stay away.

All sinners have a past. All saints have a future. But, does being born in fire make the fissures weak in all the wrong places, or stronger than they’ve ever known?

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The Stage is written for an adult audience 18+. This excerpt contains adult language. Copyright, Shelby Rebecca, 2014. All rights reserved.

In this excerpt of THE STAGE, Kolton Royce has made his team on the nationwide singing competition, The Stage, wait all day and into the evening to film a group scene together. Mia Phoenix has just found out that Kolton has hired a nanny to take care of her little nine-year-old sister, Riley (who she’s raising alone after the house fire that took the lives of both parents) so she can still compete on the show. After filming the scene, he offers to take her to the hotel where she’s been staying while they’ve been filming. He picks up her sleeping sister and gets in the back of his car. This is what happens next.

Chapter Four

Call me Kole

“Something funny, Mia?” he asks, his face half shadowed as the car begins to move us forward.

“Riley hates boys,” I say. “She’d be so pissed if she knew she was all nestled up to you like that.”

“Well, it can be our secret,” he says, and a chill runs up my spine. I want out of this car, now.

“Are we going to the hotel?” I ask to appease the odd feeling in the pit of my stomach.

“We need to talk about that,” he says. His chin sticks out and he rubs the stubble on his cheek.

“What are you doing?” I feel brave all of the sudden, but my voice gives away how aware I am of my own lack of control over this situation.

“I want you to call me Kole.” His voice is deep. He sounds troubled. Nothing like the entertainer I’m used to watching on TV.

“Why do you want me to call you Kole?” Adrenaline. Heart pounding. Take a breath.

“Say it again,” he says, shutting his eyes. His voice sounds carnal and filled with need. It scares me.

“I’m not going to call you that. I just need you to take us to our hotel?” I need his help, but I can tell he’s not being honest with me.

“Mia,” he says. And oh, the way my name comes out of his mouth. “I saw you the other day outside the studio, then your voice up there. You’ve really stood out to me, overall. I want to, no—I need to help you.”

“Kolton, I—”

“I’ve read your file,” he says, interrupting me. “I’ve watched the media footage about your parents and the fire,” I have to cover my mouth with my hand.

“I don’t—”

“We have a lot in common.” His voice sounds like tears when they’re stuck in the throat. “I feel very protective of you,” he admits, and clears his throat.

My hands are shaking. Is he crazy or something? Like one of those celebrities who owns a puma and wants only red M&Ms in his dressing room? Plus, we’ve been driving for too long. Where is he taking us?

“Are we on the freeway?” I ask. It’s hard to see out of these black windows. They’re eerily dark like shadows and secrets. I feel agitated—my eyes too wide to blink.

“Yes,” he says, his eyebrows furrowed.

“Why?” I ask, noting the slight tremors of my hands.

“I’d rather just show you.”

“Listen, just because I’m on your team doesn’t mean—,” I start.

“It’s all or nothing for me,” he interrupts. He’s rubbing his thumb into the palm of his hand and talking to the shadow window.

“You’re really controlling.”

“Don’t say that,” he scolds, as his jaw tenses up.

“Like that’s going to help,” I say.

“What?”

“Snapping at me.” I fold my arms and lean back into the seat.

“I don’t want you to be afraid of me. When I want something, I get it. Does that make sense?”

“And what you want is?”

“Hmm,” he says, contemplating. “To help you, to help take care of your sister so you have limited distractions, and you can go all the way to the finals. For now, that’s what I want.”

“I’m not a groupie who’s willing to be abducted and taken wherever you want me to go.” But then again, I guess he did exactly that. Anger boils up in me like boiling water.

He ignores me. We stare at opposing black windows, sitting in silence. Only the hum of the tires on asphalt and the in and out of Riley’s slumber-breaths between us.

I’m too agitated to ask him where we’re going. If he refused to tell me again, I’m going to go off. We take a slight right, getting off the freeway and head down a road lined with high-rise buildings. The car stops and I can’t control the tremors in my hands as I wait for him to say something. Explain himself.

“Kolton? Where are we?” I ask, my voice higher than I’d meant it to be. We’re parked in front of a brick high-rise with two huge ferns outside the front entrance.

“The Wilshire Thayer,” he says. “I didn’t have a chance to talk to you. It was a split-second decision.” He pinches between his eyes with his thumb and forefinger. “I’ve moved you to the penthouse here. It’s an exclusive building. The security is tighter than the hotel. I feel better about you staying here while I’m gone.”

“What? I—you—I’m? You moved our stuff out of the hotel?”

“Not personally, no.”

“Is this something you’ve done for your whole team? Like, we’re all staying here?”

“No, Mia, they’re not,” he says, as he leans slightly forward, his green eyes are being highlighted by the street light. They look predatory and possessive. “I only want what’s best for you.” I’m shaking my head no. I put my hand out to ward off any more talking from him. This is not fucking okay.

“Just take us back to the hotel,” I demand.

“No. That’s not going to be possible.” He leans back into the partial shadows.

“This is why you were late today?” I ask, feeling honored, but smothered all in the same moment.

“Partly, yes,” he admits, looking straight through me again. My whole body shudders. I do not want to be under anyone’s control. “Let’s get her inside,” he says, as he taps the window. The door is opened from the outside, and he motions for me to get out first.

“We need to talk about this!”

“Not now, Mia,” he admonishes me like a child. “I’ve had a very long day—and nothing you say is going to change anything at this point. Let’s go inside and discuss it.”

I stomp out of the car and then he comes out, holding Riley, and walks past the front desk. The doorman nods to him, and we are ushered into one of the elevators. His driver is with us, and I notice a gun strapped under his arm. He must also be his bodyguard. I feel dizzy, nauseated. I put my hand over my stomach to ease the rumbling, boiling rage.

The older man has inserted a key into the elevator control. I’m assuming it’s because he’s taking us to a floor that’s off limits to the rest of the building.

There’s twelve floors and then a “P”. Penthouse, I guess. What! There’s thirteen floors? What’s up with me and the number thirteen these days?

I look at Riley. She’s so tired. She’s not moved a muscle. She’s even snoring a little.

“You don’t live here, do you?” I ask, hearing the shaking in my own voice.

“Some of the time, yes.” I’m pursing my lips together and biting the inside of the bottom one. “I also have a house in the hills.” My fingers have unknowingly chipped off almost all of my dark nail polish.

“Does it have a fire escape?” I ask. If we’re going to the top floor, that really worries me.

“It has the best built-in alarm, and that includes fire. It’s completely up to code. I had the sprinklers installed myself before I moved in. And yes, there’s a fire escape—just installed,” he says. “It reaches down to the floor below you.” He looks like he’s in pain as he says it, like it makes him sad that I asked.

“Since I have no way to leave tonight, we’ll stay the night. But we’re going back to the hotel tomorrow.” I’m mad at him. Furious. Someone had to go through our belongings to pack them up. And shouldn’t he have asked me first?

He doesn’t answer me. “I’m not some slutty girl who sleeps her way up the ladder,” I say, defensively. To that, he laughs a little.

“No, I didn’t think you did.”

Meet the Author

Shelby grew up between two mountains and a lake in Wasilla, Alaska. She used to run around in the tall grass, catch frogs, rescue dragonflies, ride horses, and ice-skate during recess. She still likes adventures and has even gone skydiving. Today she lives in Northern California with her husband, John, and their daughter, Elise, their two dogs, and a fish named Jade.

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