Release day blitz, Tonic- Staci Hart

Title: Tonic
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Blurb

Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

 Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

 Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

 Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

 The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

 Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

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Author Bio

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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Cover reveal- Back to yesterday- Whitney Barbetti

 
Title: Back to Yesterday
Series: Bleeding Hearts #2
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016
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The distance from Colorado to Maine is not far enough to escape the memories.
The time I’ve been away is not long enough to heal the pain.
I left Colorado, determined to discover who I am outside of my grief, but I fell apart along the way.
I’m lost again.

When Jude follows me, I can’t turn him away. But I can’t let him in, either.
Not all the way.
I know when he finds out my secret, the one I keep hidden in the darkest part of my heart, he’ll leave me.
Alone.
Like I was before.

 
 
 
I didn’t want to let go of him for a while. Holding him had been the most peaceful I’d felt in months—it practically radiated from him. “You’re actually here,” I said into his flannel shirt.
 
“Mhm,” he said into my hair.
 
“Don’t let go just yet,” I whispered, rubbing my face over his shirt.
 
“I won’t.”
 
I’m not sure how long we stood there, just holding one another. His breath was warm on the top of my head and I could hear each beat of his heart against my ear, where it was pressed against his chest.
 
I was the first to pull back, because I wanted to look up into his face. His beautiful, tranquil face. The smile on it caused one to reflect on mine too. He was perfect. A word I didn’t like, because of the expectations it required. But that’s what he was.
 
“You look so different,” he said, brushing a thumb along my cheek. I took a quiet delight in that, hoping he’d notice how much weight I’d lost since he had seen me last.
 
“I’ve lost weight.”
 
But he didn’t look pleased. In fact, he looked concerned. “Are you okay?”
 
I pulled away from him just a little, feeling disappointment. “Of course, I’m great. And you’re here.”
 
“I am.” But something had changed in his expression as he searched me over.
 
“Let me show you around,” I said, changing the subject.
 
We hadn’t kissed. It was all I could think about.
 
 
 
 
I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.) 
 
As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California, up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills. 
 
I write character-driven New Adult novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates. 
 
   

Release day blitz- A love letter to Whiskey-Kandi Steiner

Title: A Love Letter to Whiskey
Author: Kandi Steiner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Blurb

It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.

 Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.

 It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.

 It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.

 But we can’t start here.

 No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.  

 Back to the beginning.

 Back to the very first drop.

 
 This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.

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Excerpt

The first time I tasted Whiskey, I fell flat on my face.

Literally.

I was drunk from the very first sip, and I guess that should have been my sign to stay away.

Jenna and I were running the trail around the lake near her house, sweat dripping into our eyes from the intense South Florida heat. It was early September, but in South Florida, it might as well have been July. There was no “boots and scarves” season, unless you counted the approximately six weeks in January and February where the temperature dropped below eighty degrees.

As it was, we were battling ninety-plus degrees, me trying to be a show off and prove I could keep up with Jenna’s cheerleading training program. She had finally made the varsity squad, and with that privilege came ridiculous standards she had to uphold. I hated running — absolutely loathed it. I would much rather have been on my surf board that day. But fortunately for Jenna, she had a competitive best friend who never turned down a challenge. So when she asked me to train with her, I’d agreed eagerly, even knowing I’d have screaming ribs and calves by the end of the day.

I saw him first.

I was just a few steps ahead of Jenna, and I’d been staring down at my hot pink sneakers as they hit the concrete. When I looked up, he was about fifty feet away, and even from that distance I could tell I was in trouble. He seemed sort of average at first — brown hair, lean build, soaked white running shirt — but the closer he got, the more I realized just how edible he was. I noticed the shift in the muscles of his legs as he ran, the way his hair bounced slightly, how he pressed his lips together in concentration as he neared us.  

I looked over my shoulder, attempting to waggle my eyebrows at Jenna and give her the secret best friend code for “hot guy up ahead”, but she had stopped to tie her shoes. And when I turned back around, it was too late.

I smacked into him — hard — and fell to the pavement, rolling a bit to soften the fall. He cursed and I groaned, more from embarrassment than pain. I wish I could say I gracefully picked myself up, smiled radiantly, and asked him for his number, but the truth is I lost the ability to do anything the minute I looked up at him.

It was an unfamiliar, warm ache that spread through my chest as I used my hand to shield the sun streaming in behind his silhouette, just how you’d expect the first sip of whiskey to feel. He was bent over, hand outstretched, saying something that wasn’t registering because I had somehow managed to slip my hand into his and just that one touch had set my skin on fire.

Handsome wasn’t the right word to describe him, but it was all I kept thinking as I traced his features. His hair was a sort of mocha color, damp at the roots, falling onto his forehead just slightly. His eyes were wide — almost too round — and a mixture of gold, green, and the deepest brown. I didn’t coin the nickname Whiskey until much later, but it was that moment that I saw it for the first time — those were whiskey eyes. The kind of eyes you get lost in. The kind that drink you in. He had the longest lashes and a firm, square jaw. It was so hard, the edges so clean that I would have sworn he was angry with me if it weren’t for the smile on his face.He was still talking as my eyes fell over his broad chest before snapping back up to his sideways grin.

“Oh my God, are you fucking blind?!” Jenna’s voice snapped me from my haze as she shoved Whiskey out of the way and latched onto my hand, ripping me back to standing position. I’d barely caught my balance before she whipped around to continue her scolding. “How about you brush that long ass hair out of your eyes and watch where you’re going, huh champ?”

Oh no.

I didn’t even have time to call dibs, I couldn’t even think the word, let alone say it, before it was too late. I watched it, in slow motion, as Whiskey fell for my best friend before I even had the chance to say a single word to him.  

Jenna was standing tall, arms crossed, one hip popped in her usual fashion as she waited for him to defend himself. This was her protocol — it was one of the reasons we got along. We were both what you’d call “spitfires”, but Jenna had the distinct advantage of being cripplingly gorgeous on top of having an attitude. She flipped her long, wavy blonde ponytail behind her and cocked a brow.

And then he did, too.

His smile grew wider as he met her eyes, and it was the same look I’d watched fall over guy after countless guy. Jenna was a unicorn, and men were enamored by her. As they should have been — she had platinum blonde hair, crystal blue eyes, legs for days and a personality to boot. Now, before you go thinking that I was the insecure best friend – I had it going on, too. I worked hard, I was talented – just not at the things traditional high school boys valued.

But we’ll get to that.

“Hi,” Whiskey finally said, extending his hand to Jenna this time. His eyes were warm, smile inviting — if I had to pick the right word for him, just one, I’d say charming. He just oozed charm. “I’m Jamie.”

“Well, Jamie, maybe you should make an appointment with the eye doctor before you run over another innocent jogger. And you owe Brecks an apology.” She nodded to me then and I cringed at my name, wondering why she felt the need to spill it at all. She always called me B — everyone did — so why did she choose the moment I was face to face with the first boy to ever make my heart accelerate to use my full name?

Jamie was still grinning, eying Jenna, trying to figure her out, but he turned to me after a moment with that same crooked smile. “I’m sorry, I should have been watching where I was going.” He said the words with conviction, but lifted his brows on that last line because he and I both knew who wasn’t paying attention to the trail, and he wasn’t the guilty party.  

“It’s fine,” I murmured, because for some reason I was still having a difficult time finding my voice. Jamie tilted his head just a fraction, his eyes hard on me this time, and I felt naked beneath his gaze. I’d never had anyone look at me that way — completely zeroed in. It was unnerving and exhilarating, too.  

But before I could latch onto the feeling, he turned back to Jenna, their eyes meeting as slow smiles spread on both of their faces. I’d seen it a million times, but this was the first time I felt sick watching it happen.

I saw him first, but it didn’t matter.

 Because he saw her.

Author Bio

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.


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On the discovery of a family secret and the heart-wrenching events that follow, Autumn Chamberlain has lost what little faith she had in those closest to her. Knowing she can never truly live her life if she remains with her family, and with an abundance of guilt laying heavily in her heart, she escapes the lonely world she felt forced to live in and heads to the seaside town of Haywater.

The aim, to look for a new beginning, a fresh start. But she has one clear notion – to never love again. Talented surfer, Zed Maddison, has always worked hard at protecting those closest to him, until the day he fails. Fighting his own demons, Zed flees his close family; unable to face them and the remorse he feels before finally arriving in Haywater.

When their worlds collide, Zed has an unfathomable need to protect Autumn and becomes relentless in his fight, forcing Autumn’s defences to the limit.

Can her secrets remain dead and buried?

Or will a revelation destroy everything?

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About The Author

R. G. Corr is a mum of 3 who loves to read almost as much as she does to write. When she is not working or writing, you’ll find her nose deep in her kindle swooning over her latest book boyfriend.

Having had an overactive imagination for many years, a discussion with a friend at a soft play area, amidst the noise and mayhem of toddlers, finally convinced her to put pen to paper and write her first novel. Autumn’s Rise, book one in the Haywater series, was released in February 2016. Book two will follow later in the year.

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Author interview

So we thought we’d ask RG a bit more about herself, life questions, book questions and the all-important quickfire questions. She gave some great answers and is a girl after my own heart. Enjoy!

LL: What was your first thought this morning?

RG: I have Reid back! Monday’s Promise, the second story in the Haywater series, has been edited and sent to my inbox! Very excited as I’ve missed him!

LL: What three things would you bury in a time capsule for someone to find 100 years form now?

RG: A personal letter explaining who I am, who/what is important to me and what life is like in the world.

A photograph of my family outside our home in the hope that it’s a relation who finds the capsule. 

A paperback of Beautiful Disaster (my fave book). You never know how long paperbacks will be around for… Forever I would hope!

LL:What animal, best represents you? What’s your spirit animal?

RG: Well I cheated… I took an online quiz and apparently I’m a Badger… Small protective and passionate! Who knew a Badger was passionate?

Why couldn’t I have been a Gazelle? Wise, agile, full of grace and beauty. 

LL: What skill are you most proud of?

RG: I would like to say my mummy skills. It’s hard juggling family with work and writing but I make sure my kids are my priority. They know they can rely on me always. 

LL: What is the grossest combination of food you can think of?

RG: Eyes (whether sheep or fish!), Oysters and I can’t stand liver or kidneys. I’m already retching at the thought.

LL: Where is the best place you’ve visited?

RG: New York! On Christmas Day a number of years ago, the hubs (he was my boyfriend at the time) gave me a BIG apple in a box. The next day (Boxing Day) we flew out. I loved it!!! 

Let’s talk books

LL: Who’s your favourite female book character?

RG: Well this is a hard one. I can’t think of a fave but I like the girls who fight for what/who they want (even if it takes them some time to realise it’s what they deserve!) 

LL: What book do you wish you had written?

RG: I would have to go with anything by Julia Donaldson. My kids adore her books, if i had written them… I would be the coolest mum EVER!

LL: Which romance author’s books do you pick up regardless of what the blurb says?

RG: Colleen Hoover. I first fell in love with her stories when I read the Hopeless series.

LL: What was the first romance book you read?

 RG: Wuthering Heights – although a little more than a romance novel! 

 LL: Who is your most favourite book boyfriend and why?

 RG: Travis Maddox-Beautiful Disaster He’s a cocky, loveable rogue but when needed he shows his sensitive side that nobody believes he possesses.  Oh and did I mention he’s a fighter? Just my kind of man. I read Beautiful Disaster four years ago and Travis has stayed with me since, you don’t want a man like that to ever leave you.

 LL: Who are your all-time favourite authors?

RG: Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover and C.M. Owens, I’m a romantic girl at heart and always on the lookout for the next bad boy.

QUICKFIRE

Night or Day- Night

Husband or Hemsworth- Husband by day Hemsworth at night 

Prosecco or Corona- Prosecco

Choc or crisps- Crisps

Heels or flats- Flats

Dine out or dance- Dance

Summer or winter-Neither, I’m an Autumn/Spring kinda girl, I like the in-between seasons I love the darker nights of Autumn and the cuddling up infront of the log fire after summer. Then I love spring because after the cold winter I’m ready for the flowers and for the temperature to warm up a bit.

Beard or no beard- Errr, can I say scruff?

Arms or bum- Arms

Tats or not tats- Tats

Best friend romance or tortured bad boy- Bad boy

Alpha male or Fighter- Fighter

Reid or Zed- I love them both but it’s Reid who owns my heart. He was born into an entirely different life to Zed. Reid had to learn to fight his way through from the moment he was able. He is fiercely loyal, hot, Funny, unwilling to put up with any bullshit! Oh and did I mention hot! I love the underdog, the one that people believe will fail and fall. I love the one that fights!

 

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PROLOGUE- MONDAY’S PROMISE – Book Two
BEA
I step out of the car onto the cobbled stone outside the church, but I can’t seem to move any further. I don’t want to go any further because this should not be happening. None of us should be here, especially Betts.“Come on, Bea, they’re getting out of the other car, we need to go to them. Tyler, walk with your sister.” My brother hangs back because I need a second before I follow. I make the mistake of looking up to the
sky—tears immediately fill my eyes. I hadn’t noticed until now how bright the sun is shining. The cliché would
be for rain to fall and dark clouds to crowd the sky. But that wouldn’t be right for Betts. She deserves the sunshine.
With a deep breath, I take my brother’s arm, and we make a slow approach. Uncle Mike is the first out of the car. He holds out his palm for Aunt Grace. Zed and Noah get out the other side. The second I see Zed I turn away, unable to witness his pain.
“Christ, he can’t live with himself, look at his face.”
Immediately, I turn on my brother forcing him to take a step back. “Don’t you ever insinuate he didn’t do all he could. They both did.” I whisper. Reid and Zed had both been there on the day Betts died. Neither could save her. She disappeared beneath the waves before their eyes. They searched and searched… but she wasn’t found until hours later. “I have not one single doubt in my mind that this is tearing them to pieces. You never allow those words to leave your lips again.” I warn. Tyler bobs his head now, bereft at his statement.
As I finally draw my eyes back up to my cousin, I understand Tyler’s words. Pain is etched in every line, every muscle on Zed’s face. His eyes are where the sorrow is more visible though, making my cousin unrecognisable. My focus lands to those standing closest to Zed. I promised myself I wouldn’t look for him, but I have to. I scan over the many faces but come up empty. “Where’s Reid?” I ask my brother, the confusion evident in my voice. “He needs to be here.” “He told Zed he didn’t think it was right to go in the car with them seeing as though he’s not family.“What?” Again I act stunned at my brother. “Of course he’s family.” “Well, technically he isn’t.” “Tyler Maddison, I swear to God you need to keep that mouth closed, or I’m going to shove it on top of a headstone.” Reid is family. He may have lived across the road from my cousins but he was with them every single day, he is as much a part of their lives as I am. Other than Doug and Alice, his foster carers, we are the only family he’s ever known. “I’m sorry, I don’t know where this shit is coming from. I guess I don’t handle funerals too well. Come on. “Tyler gestures for us to continue walking. As we make our way towards my family, the sound of a motorbike grows closer. My whole body stills, knowing it’s him. When the engine shuts off, my body twists of its own accord and my eyes naturally gravitate in his direction. He takes the helmet from his head and lets it hang loosely at his side. With his eyes to the ground, he steps off his bike and hangs his leather jacket on the handle bars. With feet that appear as heavy as lead, he
approaches our family. Briefly, his eyes link to mine, and I face an emptiness I’ve witnessed once before. The day Reid arrived in Merribay. I draw in a breath in an attempt to alleviate the pain that reverberates through my chest at the sight of the lost boy who has once again returned. Dropping his focus, he steps to Zed, and I watch as Zed wrenches Reid to him. They stand, united in each other’s sorrow. One has lost a sister, the other
the only girl he’s ever wanted to protect.
Tyler squeezes my hand before he joins the rest of the men. I watch in agony as Uncle Mike, my dad, Zed, Noah, Tyler, and finally Reid, step to the coffin ready to accept my cousin for her final journey.
My cousin who I have already failed. My cousin who asked something of me and instead of saying yes, I should have said no. My thoughts veer to the last time I saw Betts, the day I made her a promise. I draw my knees to my chest and wrap my arms around them before watching him out at sea.
“You’re actually going to do this?” I ask, my voice barely above a whisper. We both have our eyes trained on one man, the man whose heart my cousin is about to break. Reid Banner. “Yes, I am. It’s the right thing to do,” Betts replies. “I thought, out of everybody, you would understand. He’s my friend, Bea, my best friend. He’s not the man I am in love with, you know that.” I shake my head and let out a breath.
“You have to trust me on this, Bea. He has never wanted me to see life in any way other than perfect,” shecontinues. “So he’s stayed by my side, believing he’s protecting me when the one he is shielding from pain is himself. He wants to live in this sheltered existence he’s created because Reid knows just how disappointing the outside world can be.” Her voice trails off, and she remains quiet. I immediately sense her unease. “This isn’t just about him, Bea.” She lowers her eyelids and whispers. “I’m selfish; I know I am but I want to get out and experience the world. I love him but not in the way he deserves and it’s suffocating me.
He’s been my strength for as long as I can remember but I want to gain my own strength now and in turn, release him. So I’m going to ask you something… and you’re going to think I’m crazy…” I loosen the grip on my legs and return her
gaze. She provides me with that heart-warming smile she owns. “I need you to promise that you’ll be there for him.” “What?” I whisper-shout. “Me? You want me to promise?” I stare at my cousin open-mouthed. She grins back. “Yeah, you.” “He can barely look at me without it sparking some sarcastic comment. I am not the person you should be asking.” What is she thinking? I stand up with a start and gather my belongings. I’m leaving for home today, and this is not a conversation I need to be having. I can’t believe she is asking me. “Me?” I stare at her dumbfounded. Reid Banner has quite frankly been a total arse to me since the day we met. I get it, and I’m okay with it. He needs someone, like a bully needs a target. He needs to vent, to express his anger and because I’ve pretty much been blessed with a life that was the total opposite of his, I take it, preferring the words of
spite that leave his lips to be aimed at me rather than someone like Betts because the words and taunts would crucify her. So I know right now my cousin is bat shit crazy. I am the last person Reid will ever need.
“Yes, you.” She repeats gently and reaches for my hand. “You’re the only person it can be.” “Betts…” I shake my head on an exhale. “It’s one thing putting up with his comments and digs but what you’re asking me… It would be like inviting the abuse into my life, and that’s a whole new level of insanity. You know what he’s like with me. Why would you ask me?” She lowers her chin and looks away from me. “There are things you don’t understand about Reid, reasons for the way he is… He’ll never leave me, Bea but I need him to, he needs me to.” “You’re crazy,” I mutter, shaking my head in disbelief. Betts is basically asking me to put myself in prime position to receive Reid’s taunts. He’s going to be hurting and want to lash out even more than he has before.
“Like I say, there are things about Reid you don’t know. I just want you to check in with him once in a while—”
“Are you planning on going somewhere?” “No, I will be here, but it will take time for him to recognise that separating ourselves is the right thing to do.
He has Zed, and they’re pretty tight, but Reid still keeps the one thing that matters from both of us. His past. He says he doesn’t remember, that he was too young, but I don’t believe him. I think he was hurt… a lot… before he came here. One day he’ll be ready to talk. I want him to have someone willing to listen.” “And you’re insinuating that I be the one to listen?” My voice hitches up in volume. “I think you’re just the person that needs to hear it.” I widen my eyes incredulously. My cousin has totally lost it. “Bea!” She nods her head. I follow her signal. Reid is approaching us—his expression softens the moment his eyes land on Betts. She is the only girl Reid has ever allowed to come close to entering his heart. Her palms have wrapped around it, cushioning it, preventing it from any further pain. With a sinking feeling, I realise once Betts releases the protective hold she has on him, his heart is liable to break all over again. “For me, Bea. Promise me.” She whispers her plea. I’m quiet for what seems like an eternity which confuses me because I knew my answer the second she asked. “I promise.”
Accepting mum’s outstretched arm, I drop my chin to my chest and take my heartache with everyone else’sinto the church. Tears once again begin to fall. I cry for the beautiful blue eyed girl we have all lost. I cry for the guilt that lies so heavily in my heart, knowing I will never see Betts again to offer her my apology.
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The One Real Thing- Samantha Young

 

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

 

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm – and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

 

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

 

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for. . .

About the author:

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel On Dublin Street. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty five countries. For more information about Samantha please visit:

 

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My Review



I have a huge amount of love for this book, so much so that this is has the potential to be the most gushy review I’ve ever written, I’ll attempt to make some sense though so bare with me. 
It’s so refreshing to read something that centres around the 30 something year olds getting a second chance at love, now I’ve crossed over the 30 barrier it’s easier to relate to and a little different to what I normally read. We meet Jessica a doctor at a woman’s prison, merely existing in life. After she finds some 40 year old love letters she takes a trip to deliver them to their rightful owner. She ends in the boardwalk town of Hartwell which thanks to Samantha’s incredible writing appears before your eyes, the description is so perfect, I just want to go and holiday there and never come back. Whilst there she meets the incredibly hot Cooper, owner of the local Boardwalk bar. Their chemistry is hot from the get go and it’s so easy to fall under Samantha’s spell and fall for the two of them. 
The One Real Thing has a great cast of characters who each bring something different to the story. Jessica is a strong and sensitive female lead and likeable from the get go. I loved her friendship with Bailey (the owner of Hartwell’s inn) almost as much as I loved the romance between her and Cooper. I can’t wait to get to know more about the secondary characters as they get their own story.
I sometimes struggle with the start of a series and it takes half a book to settle in, mainly because there’s the whole getting to know all the new characters, the setting and the tone of the book but thanks to Samantha’s ability to tell a story as if it’s a movie playing in front of your eyes, I was so invested in the characters that I was clambering at the pages to turn them as quick as I could from the beginning. 
This book filled so many holes without going over the top, I didn’t even realise I wanted a book to do so much until I read this. From the sadness of the love letters to the intrigue of Jessica’s secret, the evil rich guy to the bitchy ex wife it was all there packaged up by some beautiful writing waiting to settle upon my heart. 
Now I’ve started the series I’m so invested in Hartwell I like the fact that as they’re companion novels we get to feel a completion of one couples story and then they take a back seat in further books whilst we still keep up to date with them. The intrigue that has been left for book two and beyond is exciting, even before Jessica’s story was complete I was already thinking of what I wanted to happen with Bailey and I really don’t know how I’ll cope having to wait for the next instalment, I need more Hartwell, now!
Being a huge fan on Samantha’s On Dublin Street series and her other contemporary romance I had high hopes for this book, but boy did it surpass those. Samantha has yet again left me in awe of the words she writes, the characters she creates and the stories she shares. 

This book is easily one of the best books I’ve read and it’s without doubt romance writing at it’s ultimate best. 

Fighting To Be Free – Kirsty Moseley

Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tried to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reye–but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie’s life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar, Jamie knows he’s in over his head. 


Ellie Pearce has just gotten out of a terrible relationship and isn’t looking for anything serious…until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense-she can’t seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she’s trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie’s family is faced with ruin, he’s forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That’s until Ellie finds out that he’s been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine… 

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My review
5 heartachingly good stars.

I’m always excited with a Kirsty Moseley release and also a little worried that this will be the book I don’t love. I’m thrilled to say Fighting To Be Free was not that book. I loved it.

At first I was slightly worried about the age of the characters but I soon forgot about that. There was the odd thing that reminded me like Ellie’s naivety and her willingnesss to just overlook big issues but in no way did that take anything away from the story.
Considering the book was full of drama, sadness and law breaking, there was also a huge side of cuteness and overwhelming love. Kirsty does what she does best and gives us two characters we can’t help but fall for. I felt for Ellie throughout and just wanted to hug Jamie better, all I really wanted was for the badboy to go straight and for them to live happily ever after.
It’s hard to write an indepth review as I really don’t want to spoil anybody’s experience as it really is a story you need to discover for yourself. Kirsty’s trademark ability to suck you in and hold you close as well as punch you in the face runs throughout the whole book and going in blind means you get to experience the thrill of the ride for yourself.
It’s safe to say Jamie is the baddest boy Kirsty has written and also the ending is the riskiest one yet but I’m more than in love with this story and eagerly awaiting book 2.

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Into the tomorrows- Whitney Barbetti

 

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I was born in sadness, which was just the beginning of a solemn and desolate life. I’m no stranger to pain—none of us are. The night I held my best friend’s hand as she died, I understood true agony. And I never thought I’d feel happiness again.

But that was so long ago…

Moving to Colorado to be with Colin, my high school sweetheart, was the perfect way to start over and rekindle what had begun to fizzle. I wanted that spark to ignite, to burn in passion and desire. Instead, I found myself falling for Jude, my boyfriend’s roommate. He’s the only person who understands my soul, who can breach the walls I’ve built. But I can’t have him.

Because I’m Trista Kohl, and my destiny is sorrow.

 

MY REVIEW

4 thought provoking stars.

I really don’t know where to start with this review, it’s been a while since a book has left me so deep in thought.

We meet Trista and it’s clear she’s all kind of messed up, the book starts fairly sad and sets the tone for Trista’s inner voice for the majority of the book. I felt a massive amount of sadness for Trista but also a mix of frustration too. Part of me was like, this poor girl I totally get it, how can you feel loved when the only person to show you that is no longer there ‘we were Ellie and Trista I didn’t know how to not be a conjunction’. How do you feel alive when you were only ever the other girl? The fact she stayed in a loveless relationship for 6 years drove me mad, and I just wanted to shake her, life is there to be lived all I could hear was Me before you’s Will Traynor screaming at her to ‘just live’ (yes my brain sometimes immortalises book characters in my head as real people and their words actually become words I live by). I felt sad for her, not just for the lack of love her mother had given her, or the love she lost with Ellie or even the love that ceased to exist with Colin but mainly for the love she was missing out on by staying in a relationship which was giving her nothing and the love she really needed to give herself from within.

This is where the pace was a little slow for me, it was almost too much of just putting up with Colin, the feeling that she wasn’t helping herself lost me a little but then on reflection I’m happily married to my childhood sweetheart how the hell do I know how I’d feel if I had nobody to turn to? I couldn’t decide with whether I felt sorry for Colin at the way Trista was distant with him or whether I disliked him for letting her slip away but the further into the book I got the more I made up my mind. As for Jude, the first words that come to mind are beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring. I loved that he put Trista first he could have told her so many different things but he realised the importance of her finding herself and like he said he didn’t want her by default.

The trekking and the trip to Yellowstone was so vivid, I really felt like I was there with them, I loved that Jude was teaching Trista and that she jumped wholeheartedly into learning something new. This is when Trista came into her own for me, we saw the spark in her and she began to embrace life again, this was the Trista I loved, I suddenly connected with the girl that had been pushed aside her whole life and felt incredibly proud of her for never giving up hope.

The most impressive part of the book for me is the poetry. Barbetti has an amazing way with words, one line has the ability to make me think a thousand thoughts and the poetry was beautiful yet sad and just totally perfect.

This book ends on a cliffhanger and bizarrely whilst the story doesn’t end here and there’s much more to come I did get a feeling of completion. The way in which it ends filled my heart with a strange sense of happiness and I honestly think with the way the final 5% went there was no other way for this story to go, Trista got massive girl points for me with the way she dealt with the things thrown at her and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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Review- The Aftermath RJ Prescott

 

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Synopsis:
When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever

wanted? You fight to keep it.
Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation,
his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her
final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.
Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realises that
justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.
He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.
A swoon-worthy romance perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts.

My Review- 4.5 stars.

Although I had a couple of issues with the Hurricane I was really looking forward to more from Em and Con, the characters had made a mark in my heart and almost felt like family. so I threw myself into the Aftermath and I read it in one sitting. It’s an easy and enjoyable read.
I actually enjoyed book two more than book one as Con didn’t seem as sickly sweet in this offering, that maybe because it was written from his POV or maybe just because the characters were already well established in my head that I overlooked certain characteristics.
You’d think from book one Em and Con have faced enough bad stuff and they’d get their happily ever after but Prescott obviously didn’t want to give it to us so easily, the pair go through even more in the aftermath and it’s a story of not being the girl that gets knocked down but being the girl who gets back up. Em has real strength within this book, ironically in a book full of hot fighters and heavyweight challengers it’s the mental fight of Em that had me most impressed.
Con was a swoonworthy as ever, he had some epic oneliners and his love for Em is beautiful. I adore the relationship between the characters, it’s not just a story of romantic love, it’s one of family love too and how sometimes the best family are the ones we choose ourselves. I truly think this series will get better with each book , the more I learn about the characters the more I want from them. I can’t wait for book three.
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The Ending I Want- Blog Tour

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SYNOPSIS
Taylor Shaw had the perfect life—until she was sixteen. That was when everything changed. From that moment on, life went from bad to worse…to the worst. After recovering from a brain tumor, months later, she suffers the tragic loss of her whole family. Since that fateful day, she’s been coasting through life. Now, the brain tumor has returned, and Taylor decides she’s had enough. She’s going to take her fate into her own hands.
No more hospitals. No more surgeries. No more anything. She’s going to join her family.
It’s her decision.
What she longs for.
The ending she wants
She just has a list of things to do before she goes.
First, go to England.
Second, kiss a stranger…
Only, Taylor didn’t expect Liam Hunter, the stranger—with his handsome face, his six-foot- three of gorgeousness, and his oh-so- hot English accent—to change things. To change her. To change the ending she wanted.
What is a girl, who is standing on the edge of nothing, to do when offered the chance of everything?
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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
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Writing The Ending I Want has been a cathartic and exhausting process for me, but I have loved every second of writing it. I relate to this story more than any of the stories that I’ve written before. Maybe that’s because there’s a piece of me in this book. And not in Taylor having a brain tumor, because fortunately I’ve never had to endure anything like that. But for me, it was the need to feel free from something that has crippled me for many years, just like Taylor is crippled by her own pain. Taylor wanted to die to be free. I never wanted to die, but I did want to be free, in a way that’s hard to explain. But now, after years of feeling trapped by my demons, things that have held me back in life, I’ve found a
way to get the freedom I needed. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m working better now than I ever did before – just saying this cryptic stuff out loud is a big step for me. So, writing Taylor in the way I did was a big deal for me. I really hope that you love this story, and see strength in Taylor’s choices rather than weakness.
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My review

4.5 super sexy, emotion invoking stars.

This book had me hooked from the blurb but there was so much more to it than I expected.

We meet the super sexy Liam Hunter who was way different to what I thought he was going to be, he’s filthy rich, funny, attentive and extremely charming. The one thing that didn’t surprise me though was how much I loved him, Samantha has a way of writing super hot, alpha men that I adore and Liam was no exception.

As well as great guys, Samantha also writes strong heroines with whom I can’t help but connect. Despite Taylor being a girl with nothing to live for and a clear goal to complete a trip to London before she dies, I was surprised with how much fight she had left. She was funny, sweet and smart. Although her choices may not see, like smart choices you can’t help but admire her strength. The banter between Taylor and Liam is great and had me laughing a lot, I just want to be their real life friend.

The blurb made me fear that I would be crying throughout so I was relieved to find that there are many light moments within this book I laughed way more than I cried. As for the sex, well just woah! The sex is hot and the chemistry between Taylor and Liam is on fire. There’s quite a lot of sex throughout which is understandable, they’ve only just met but when the sex is constant at times you can’t help but switch off, what Sam managed to do was keep me interested throughout, the story line is in no way compromised due to the level of sex.

I laughed and swooned a lot throughout and it wasn’t until 80% onwards that the emotion got the better of me. I didn’t cry not as much as I thought I would but at one point I had to put the book down and go back 30 mins later once I’d regrouped my emotions. This book definitely had it’s fair share of angst and sadness.

With this book Samantha Towle has ensured she stays a firm favourite of mine and Liam has definitely made his mark and will stand easily alongside the great men Samantha has previously created.

If you’ve loved the previous books from Samantha without giving away spoilers, you HAVE to read this.

Sam gives us some background on the characters.

Taylor Shaw is 22 years old, from Boston, USA. She has a brain tumour and she is choosing to die.
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Suki Waterhouse- Taylor

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Henry Cavill- Liam

Liam Hunter is 32 years old, from London, England and he is amazing! And that’s all you’re getting! 😉
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PLAYLIST
Link to playlist on Samantha’s site: http://www.samanthatowle.co.uk/music
Stand out track: If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
I was having real trouble finding Taylor and Liam’s song. There were a few occasions where I’d thought that I had found their song, but each time, something held me back from it. Then, I heard “If You’re Not The One” and I knew immediately that it was their song. It’s perfect in so many ways. For me, this song embodies the love that Taylor and Liam feel for one another.
1. If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
2. Paradise – Coldplay
3. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
4. I Want It That Way – The Backstreet Boys
5. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
6. Never Forget You – Zara Larsson feat. MNEK
7. Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
8. Sorry – Justin Bieber
9. Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
10. All I Ask – Adele
11. Don’t Go Away – Oasis
12. Stitches – Shawn Mendes
13. Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
14. Say Something – Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
15. What Now – Rihanna
16. Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk
About the Author
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since. She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED. She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians. A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
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Book: New Balls Please
Series: Ball Games #3
Author: Andie M. Long
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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Title:    New balls please                    Author: Andie M. Long

Reviewer: Zoë                    Star Rating – 5/5

Intro/Blurb: Dora Evans is annoyed that her family are ignoring her while she’s in bed ill. To teach them what life would be like without her she absconds on a weeks break to learn how to play tennis. Partner Tim has had enough of Dora’s behaviour and to the surprise of daughter Camille and son Tyler, refuses to bring her home.

As the week goes on and tempers settle, Dora decides to read up on being a more submissive housewife and how to allow Tim to make the choices. In the meantime, Tim reads Dora’s Alpha books to see what her ideal man would be.

When Tim does collect his wife the Alpha meets the Submissive woman. Will they continue to make a great team or is this match about to end?

One way or another Tim’s going to need New Balls Please.

Actual review:I loved this book, hard! Throughout the series Dora has been my favourite character. She’s straight to the point, quirky and a force to be reckoned with. I want to be like her when I grow up. She was a total drama queen in this installment and decided to forgo her mother and wife duties and take time for herself. As both a mother and a wife I totally get her. What I didn’t expect from this book was to equally love Tim, he is definitely not the typical book boyf but he endeared me so much. I just love the relationship they have it’s so typical of those that have been together for a long time and I can totally imagine everything that happened in this book happening in real life. I had so many laugh out loud moments throughout, if you haven’t read this series yet you really need to.

Series/ standalone/ Novella Series. A different couple each time so you can technincally read them as standalones but you get a much better idea of the characters lives if you read the previous books.

Cliffhanger? No

Pace: Fast

Humour – none / Some / Lots Lots

Violence – none / some / lots None

sex – none / mild / hot Mild

Why choose this book? Choose this book if you’re in a rut, if you want a quick read or if you just need to laugh. This is british humour at its best.

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Early Feedback
I can't even…this book…I don't think I've laughed so much while reading a book in a long time! ~
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This was by far my favourite of the novellas! Absolutely bloomin' hilarious and so true to life. ~
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Oh my goodness this books is absolutely hilarious I'm still chucking now! ~ Blogging For The Love Of
Authors And Their Books
FIVE PLUS STARS!
This is without a doubt my favourite of the Balls books so far. Well written as always and full of fun
and laugh out loud moments as well as a little bit of angst thrown into the mix. ~ A Book Lover's
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About The Author
Andie M. Long is the author of The Alphabet Game series, Underneath and Quickies. When not
writing she can usually be found time wasting on social media. If you ever see her doing housework,
step away. It means she's stressed! Prepare to meet the Turner Family in the Ball Games series in
2016 plus other works in progress.
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