Lost WITHOUT YOU–Review and GIVEAWAY!

without you banner copyWelcome to my stop on the Without You blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

WITHOUT YOU
by Brooklyn Skye
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Summary from Goodreads:
limitededitionnook1400x2200*A novella to the best-selling New Adult novel STRIPPED*

I’m the knight on the white horse in her eyes, the one who broke down her defenses after her sister’s death until she realized she was capable of love. To her—aside from my name, Torrin Kingsley—I’m perfect.


But there’s a sliver of my past I’ve never shared with her. One that is now haunting me with every breath I take. One she is starting to raise her brow to.


I’m not certain how much longer I can keep it from her. To be honest, I don’t know that it would make a difference anyway, because it seems no matter which path I choose, they all lead to the same end point. A place without Quinn.


My demons run bone deep. I guess burying them forever wasn’t possible.

My Review:
This novella was interesting. Torrin is a world-class crew man. He’s a great photographer, and a thoroughly in love with Quinn, the daughter of the crew coach who was fired when he jumped ship to his new school.

He’s torn between staying with the girl who holds his heart and the year-long photography internship that could define his career. And, he’s rather possessive of this Quinn. Now that her dad’s out of work, she needs cash for school. Torrin’s father has pledged to pay her expenses, but Quinn is proud–she wants to make her own way.

As a nude model…for the art department.

Knowing that he’s only got weeks left before leaving on the internship, Torrin tries to convince himself he can survive without Quinn–at least until Quinn decides for him.

It’s an interesting story. I liked the male POV, thought I felt it was a little Spartan in terms of content.

A Limited Edition of WITHOUT YOU is available for release week only which includes a bonus interview between Torrin and the author!

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If you purchase both and forward the receipt to the author at brooklynskye1@gmail.com, she will send you a handwritten letter!   (O_O)

About the Author

meBrooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. You can follow her on Twitter on Goodreads or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.

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Signed picture of cover, signed paperback copy of STRIPPED, and a $50 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice) (US only)
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Visit HEARTBREAK RANCH And Win–Review and Giveaway

Heartbreak Ranch blog tour banner copyWelcome to my stop on the Heartbreak Ranch blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Heartbreak Ranch by
Anastasia Ryan
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heartbreak ranchSummary from Goodreads:
Recent college graduate, Graysen Beaufort, resigns herself to two weeks of boredom at a dude ranch honoring her parents’ wishes for one last family vacation.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Colt McCord, an irresistible cowboy who threatens to bring disorder to Graysen’s ordinarily ordered life.

Dodging an overprotective family, an unwelcome suitor, and certain heartbreak, Graysen struggles to break free of her limitations and submit her heart to Colt’s love. But learning to let go isn’t easy, even with a man like Colt.

Colt McCord, White Pine Ranch’s head horse trainer, loves the busy, back-breaking work of a cattle ranch.

But when he meets a beautiful and spirited woman from Iowa, she makes him forget everything he’d known before, and he risks everything to be with her.

Colt is accustomed to breaking horses, but can he tame Graysen’s wild heart before it is too late?

 My review:

This novella follows the spicy romance that flares between a rancher and a tourist during a two week vacation. Graysen is a sheltered youngish woman–20 y/o–whose family takes a trip to White Pine Ranch. It’s clear the Beaufort’s are a loving family, but Graysen feels more than smothered by the constant togetherness.

Still, finding a delicious hunk of man is hardly something to cry over–so she doesn’t. At. All.

Colt finds Graysen to be the perfect picture of a modern gal and he’s overcome with more than simple lust. He sees the writing on the wall–no woman like Graysen would ever stick around a Wyoming cattle ranch for long–but frankly, he doesn’t care. He’s got to have her anyway he can.

And boy howdy–does he.

This one is a steamer.

As Colt and Graysen become more and more connected, her family tries harder and harder to step between them. In the end, it seems HEARTBREAK RANCH is aptly named, but it seems there is an HEA after all…

HEARTBREAK RANCH will appeal to readers who enjoy horseback romances, hot cowboys and blushing virgins who can’t wait to be ridden long and hard. It’s got a whole lotta smexy, so, um, enjoy?

Here’s where to find this saucy tale: Amazon  Barnes & Noble

About the Author
c79db-anastasiaryanAnastasia Ryan is a native New Yorker, but lives in Iowa with her family. She loves the beautiful chaos of raising six children. She is her husband’s girlfriend, but is also quite smitten with the written word. As the daughter of teachers, she has had a love of both great literature and writing in her blood since she was a baby. At a very early age, you would have found her perched on her father’s lap as he typed out his Master’s thesis for English. She is addicted to great books she can get lost in, finds cooking relaxing, is a sometimes web geek, and loves spending time with family and friends. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Creative Writing.
HEARTBREAK RANCH is Anastasia Ryan’s debut new adult novel  and is currently available  from Swoon Romance. Catch up with Anastasia on her blog, at Goodreads, twitter, or Facebook

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Crawl Between the Sheets with NINETY EIGHT–Book Blitz and Uber-Giveaway!!

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Celebrating the release of her newest contemporary romance, Ninety Eight, Shannon Mayer is hosting a fun week long event, ‘Crawl Between the Sheets’! But first, check out Ninety Eight and don’t forget to enter our blog giveaway to win your own copy!

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Release: October 17, 2013

Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

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For a limited time, Ninety Eight will be priced at JUST $0.99!

Shannon’s other contemporary romance, High Risk Love, has also been reduced to $0.99 during the release event for Ninety Eight!

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Speed Limits
Lottery Tickets
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Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years.

One Animal
One Moment
One Critical Impact
That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known.

A Tree
White Fences
Stolen Moments
I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers.
And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

Crawl Between the Sheets

Welcome to “Crawl Between the Sheets 2013”!

This event is a web crawl scavenger hunt and you are ALL invited! Each day, different blogs will have different events for you to crawl around the web and enter the hunt.

      • GRAND PRIZE: IPAD MINI or $350 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included) winners choice.
      • RUNNER-UP PRIZE: $150 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included)

Today’s Web Crawl Events

To participate in today’s web crawl events, follow the directions below to receive your daily points. Once you have completed one of the 2-3 daily events, please return to Shannon’s website at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ and enter your submissions in the Rafflecopter found there!

3pts. Go to Kelley Armstrong’s website at: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

  • Find out what nationality is she?

Submit your answer as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

5pts. TWEET THIS: @KelleyArmstrong Thanks for inspiring authors like @TheShannonMayer to write kick ass urban fantasy series like the Rylee Adamson Novels! (You MUST tag both Kelley Armstrong and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your tweet as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

OR

ON FACEBOOK:  Go to Kelley Armstrong’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/KelleyArmstrongAuthor

  • LIKE her page AND
  • Enter this as a comment @Kelley Armstrong Thanks for inspiring authors like @Author Shannon Mayer to write kick ass urban fantasy series like the Rylee Adamson Novels! (You MUST tag both Kelley Armstrong and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your post as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

10 pts.  Go to Kelley Armstrong’s website at: http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/

  • Sign up for her newsletter

Submit the email address you signed up with as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .
ALSO, every day during this event you may do the following to earn EXTRA points:

If you share this link: http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ on Facebook or Twitter, you can enter the URL link to your post/tweet to gain an extra point for the day. Even if you complete the other tasks for the day, you can STILL do this as well up to once a day! 🙂

To see other blogs and the rest of the week’s events, visit Shannon’s site and check out her News Blog!

(http://www.shannonmayer.com/)

About the Author

ShannonMayer (2)Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.

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We are giving away (1) eBook copy of Ninety Eight courtesy of Shannon Mayer! Books will be gifted from Amazon.com only.

Leave me a Comment telling me how numbers have changed your life. Best response (as deemed by my 11 y/o son) will get a shiny new ebook. (Contest ends Oct 27th–one entry per email address!)

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Discover UNEXPECTED–Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

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Hi there!  Welcome to my stop on the UNEXPECTED Blog Tour organized by AToMR!

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Ian wasn’t ready to meet Grace Holtsen. In no way was he prepared for her. But can you ever be ready for fate to step in? Can you ever be ready to meet the one person who will change your entire existence? Ian knew that Grace would change everything he was used to, but something about her made it worth it. For the first time somebody seemed worth the risk. Will Ian jump and let fate wait for him at the bottom? Hoping that it can somehow save him…hoping that Grace can somehow save him.

I don’t think Grace is like most girls.
Maybe that’s the thing that I can’t put my finger on.
Maybe for the first time, I’ve met a girl that’s unlike
anyone that I’ve ever known.

Grace, a single mother and owner of a Nashville recording company, met Ian Paul, a recent college grad and her new employee. The moment he entered her world, it turned upside down. She knew better than anyone that a relationship with Ian would never work. He was never supposed to fit into her life, and she was never supposed to show up in his. But what happened between them was something more than either of them ever anticipated. Grace was unprepared for how bad it would hurt when they were faced with something far more unexpected.

He stole the rest of my heart tonight. I
know that no matter what happens tomorrow, or days from
now, I’ll never want it back.
I could never give it to someone else.

My Review:

Whoa. I loved the slow build of this one. Grace Holtsen’s worked hard for her thriving recording business in Nashville. She treasures her son, Milo, an unplanned memento of Grace’s first time brought back from a family vacation. She has a tense relationship with her parents–who pretty much kicked her out when she decided to keep her baby. Brash and sassy BFF Nina is a fantastic counterpoint to Grace’s reserved nature.

In fact, it’s Nina’s audacity that links Ian and Grace when Nina schmoozes Ian into pumping their gas, despite his not working at the gas station. Imagine Grace’s astonishment when Ian turns up at the company pow-wow an hour later as the new PR hire. *face palm*

Ian Paul’s in Nashville because his BFF is in a band–and it’s a good one. He’s been managing their PR throughout college and now that the sheepskins have been passed, the boys are set to take the music scene by the throat. Ian convinces Grace to hear one of their sets, and she’s captivated–has to sign them–and put Ian in charge as their manager.

While working in close quarters it’s clear that an attraction is developing. Grace hasn’t had a serious relationship in a good long time, and she’s not sure taking a chance on a strapping young buck is a great idea.  Ian is a hit with Milo–being the superhero step-dad-type–and he’s wooing Grace thoroughly regardless of their  6-year age gap.

It seems life is going grand for this fledgling couple until Grace visits Ian’s childhood home and learns a secret that may drive her and Ian apart forever.

So, I liked it. It’s a solid contemporary romance. The journal-like chronicling makes for an intimate ride. There was a point when I felt that the convenience v. coincidence battle was too much the former, but for those who love the “destined to be together” tales UNEXPECTED is right in your sweet spot.

Interested?  Get your copy here:  Amazon  Barnes and Noble  Smashwords   Goodreads

About the Authors
K. Dulaney & J. Glen, sisters & authors.

K. Dulaney was born, raised, and still resides in the Mountains of North Carolina. She is the proud mother to an amazing little boy, and happily married to her high school sweetheart. Dulaney attended Southern Universities and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Family Studies. Her passion for reading and books began at very early age, and Dulaney dreamed of one day writing stories of her own. Partnering with her sister, J. Glen, they began a journey that has exceeded their expectations and proven that through hard work and determination, that dream can be a reality.

J. Glen is a North Carolina native currently residing in a small mountainous town. She attended an East Coast university and obtained a degree in Communication and Journalism. With an interest in writing at a young age, Glen had one idea of the perfect career and now, along with the help of her sister, she’s embarking on a journey to achieve just that.

Find more on these fab authors here:

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***GIVEAWAY***

Want to win some swag? These lovely ladies are offering up the following goodies!!
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Freaky Freebie–DARKNESS AWAKENED

Welcome to another pre-Halloween SPOOKTACULAR inspired read. This feature is a RURAL fantasy. Ha! Coined a new subgenre right ‘ere! It’s like an urban fantasy, but the setting is rural—so, yeah…

13513078Anyhoo, Stephanie Rowe’s DARKNESS AWAKENED is not a vamp tale. It’s not an angel tale, either. It is a romantic adventure with paranormal elements, however, and that caught my eye.

Here’s what happens:

Quinn Masters isn’t just a Calydon warrior—he’s a member of the Order of the Blade—an elite fighting unit charged with keeping the peace between Calydonians and hiding their existence from the human population. Order members are virtually immortal—Quinn is over 500 years old—but they are forbidden to take mates. See, for Order members, mating women is to invite madness. Never a good idea to have lunatic assassins on the loose, methinks. While on a training mission in the untamed Oregon forests, Quinn’s team of new recruits is slain by one of his own—Elijah, a trusted mentor and friend.

When he recovers from his injuries, Quinn discovers Grace Matthews waiting on his doorstep. Grace knows revealing her presence is tantamount to a death sentence—Illusionists like herself have been hunted to near extinction—but she needs Quinn’s help to rescue her sister Ava from a malevolent being—the same one who turned Elijah on his fellow Calydonians. Quinn doesn’t realize Grace’s Illusionist powers at first, but he certainly apprehends her feminine powers—the attraction between them has it’s own GPS signal for goodness sake!—so he’s anxious to send Grace on her merry way.

Of course, when Quinn’s home is attacked with them trapped inside, he and Grace become unlikely partners in order to escape. And, it turns out, Grace is able to track Ava’s Illusions so she has value in finding Elijah before he goes psycho yet again.

On the quest for Elijah and Ava, the attraction between Grace and Quinn blossoms.  So much so that the Order is ready to terminate Grace to save Quinn from mating madness. Good thing she can conjure Illusions to protect herself! 

The plot is active and the voice is playful. It’s not too hot and spicy, but it’s clearly got strong romantic elements. I loved the banter between Quinn and Grace. This is the first in a series and we get a good look at several Order members upon which the continuing plot rests.

Even better, this fun read is FREE! [Except at B&N…?] So you can download at will. GOODREADS   AMAZON  BARNES & NOBLE

If you check this one out and like it, please let me know in the comments.

And, as always:  keep reading, my friends!

NOW AND THEN–Review and GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome to my stop on the Now and Then blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Now and Then (Now #1)

by Brenda Rothert

Available now!
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Now and Then (Now, #1)Now: Emmaline Carson is a sharp, settled graphic designer who loves painting, cooking and girls’ night out with her older sister Layla. But then – in the years before she went to art school in Paris – she was a shy, awkward teenager with frizzy hair, a flat chest and a massive crush on the boy across the street, Cole Marlowe. Too bad her incredibly hot neighbor only had eyes for Layla.

Cole is now a confident, laid-back attorney who’s even hotter than he used to be. He’s planning to stay single while working his way up the corporate ladder – until he’s knocked off course by a chance run-in with Emma.

Everything is different between Cole and Emma now. He finally sees her in a way she only dreamed of, and their hot chemistry is fueled by a growing friendship. But Emma’s deception of her sister – who wants Cole for herself – and the secret Cole’s been keeping for more than a decade threaten to tear apart what’s only just begun. Because sometimes the only thing standing in the way of now is then.

My review:
Here’s how it all starts:  Coffee. While fetching coffee for her lecherous boss, Em takes a tumble spilling the brew all over herself and another customer–her childhood neighbor and school-girl crush, Cole Marlowe. He’s moved back to Chicago much the same as Em has. Cole isn’t looking for anything serious–he’s busy working up the partnership ladder at his law firm, but he can’t deny his attraction to Em’s unassuming nature and luscious figure.

And Em? For her, Cole has been this untouchable dream for sooo long–it’s as if she’s afraid to burst that precious soap bubble memory of her pining days. Plus, she’s just getting her career off the ground and doesn’t need complications like a relationship. Cole, he’d be a major complication, mostly because their mothers have pretty much planned on Cole marrying Em’s beautiful older sister, Layla, who always outshined Em…and Layla has her sights on Cole, as well.

But that’s the thing about love–it doesn’t listen to the bickering of parents. It cares not for the secondary alliances. It drive you to take risks, move obstacles, to Make. It. Work. Once decided, Cole is relentless. He’s fierce and vulnerable and overwhelming, and borderline stalker-y (Think ‘please-lets-tell-everyone’ NOT ‘restraining order’ sense) in his pursuit to woo Em. She holds out, however, afraid that this bombshell relationship will destroy the tenuous friendship she’s built with Layla. See, Layla wasn’t the nicest older sister growing up. She hounded Em and flaunted her popularity and openly taunted Em about her Cole-worship, yet that was THEN, and now they’re pretty tight.

And, while the secret Cole hides isn’t his latent affection for Layla, it’s driving Em away nonetheless.

If you like realistic romances, NOW AND THEN is crammed to bursting with sibling rivalry, passion, family expectations, and responsibility. There are no billionaires. There is no S & M, no flashy cars, no contracts.

However, that’s super cool. Makes me feel like I may run into Em or Cole whilst touring my fair Chicago. They breathe my air. They have fussy mothers and scheming sisters. They have skeletons that don’t involve molestation or neglect, only family business of a personal–not shameful or criminal–nature.

Interested? You can find NOW AND THEN here:  Goodreads  Amazon

About the Author
Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.
Connect with her at: GOODREADS TWITTER or FACEBOOK

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10 e-books of Now and Then (INT)
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HEARTBREAK RANCH–Book Blitz and Giveaway…

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Heartbreak Ranch
by Anastasia Ryan
Release Date: 10/15/13
Publisher: Swoon Romance
New Adult 17+


Heartbreak RanchSummary from Goodreads:
Recent college graduate, Graysen Beaufort, resigns herself to two weeks of boredom at a dude ranch honoring her parents’ wishes for one last family vacation.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Colt McCord, an irresistible cowboy who threatens to bring disorder to Graysen’s ordinarily ordered life.

Dodging an overprotective family, an unwelcome suitor, and certain heartbreak, Graysen struggles to break free of her limitations and submit her heart to Colt’s love. But learning to let go isn’t easy, even with a man like Colt.

Colt McCord, White Pine Ranch’s head horse trainer, loves the busy, back-breaking work of a cattle ranch.

But when he meets a beautiful and spirited woman from Iowa, she makes him forget everything he’d known before, and he risks everything to be with her.

Colt is accustomed to breaking horses, but can he tame Graysen’s wild heart before it is too late?

Interested? You can find this steamy new release here:  AMAZON  Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Anastasia Ryan is a native New Yorker, but lives in Iowa with her family. She loves the beautiful chaos of raising six children. She is her husband’s girlfriend, but is also quite smitten with the written word. As the daughter of teachers, she has had a love of both great literature and writing in her blood since she was a baby. At a very early age, you would have found her perched on her father’s lap as he typed out his Master’s thesis for English. She is addicted to great books she can get lost in, finds cooking relaxing, is a sometimes web geek, and loves spending time with family and friends. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Creative Writing.

Anastasia Ryan’s debut new adult novel HEARTBREAK RANCH is newly released by Swoon Romance. You can catch up with Ms. Ryan on GOODREADS  TWITTER or FACEBOOK

GIVEAWAY:

1 ebook of Heartbreak Ranch and $10 iTunes Gift Card (INT)

3 ebooks of Heartbreak Ranch (INT)

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