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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Before You Break by Christina Lee

We’re thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour hosted by our friends over at The SUB CLUB books in support of Christina’s new book in the BETWEEN BREATHS series! We can’t say enough about the way Christina Lee puts the swoon into her writing. If you’re like us, you love chick flicks. This is one series we hope becomes just that.

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(Trade paperback available October 14, 2014)

Summary

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

A college baseball star isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them–something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him–or to stop herself from falling too far…

Raves for Christina Lee’s All of You (OUR REVIEW HERE)

“Hot, sweet, emotional, page-turner, awesome.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy

“This is one New Adult you don’t want to miss.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A. L. Jackson

“Steamy, honest, and full of heart.” —Roni Loren, national bestselling author

Excerpt

At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.

“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.
“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”
“Seriously?”
“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”
“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.
“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”
Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”
Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.

When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”

Giveaway

Click here for your chance to enter to win one of the following prizes in the Rafflecopter giveaway hosted by the author:

  • $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • necklace from Christina’s jewelry business Tags-n-Stones
  • ebook of winner’s choice to keep or gift
  • BETWEEN BREATHS swag

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Blog Tour: The Plan

We are ecstatic to help kick off the Blog Tour for

Qwen Salsbury’s The Plan 

today along with fellow bloggers  V’s Reads  and Turn The Page

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We hear the book is climbing the best-seller charts after being released last week, and we couldn’t be more excited for the author and the team that helped get this story published!

Summary:

Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

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We’ve featured several books on this blog that we recommend, but this book is the one that we’ve called up our friends and yelled at them to stop what they are doing in order to read this book! Right now! Then, a day later, when we find out they still haven’t read this book we are dumbfounded, wondering what is wrong with our friends! LOL! It’s like we gave them a piece of chocolate and they just let it sit there all day uneaten! How does one even do that?

But part of our insistence of reading this book right now, is that with a quick-pace to the story and short phrases at the beginning of most chapters, you can read this entire book in a short amount of time (consume might be a better word) and get completely swept away into its world without missing a beat from your real life! Though, we will admit, there are some after-effects that you may take on such as feeling the frisky (yeah, because it gets hoTT!) and wanting more from that gorgeous and guarded Alaric Canon (would his side of the story be too much to ask?) Then there is the altered thought structure you may develop. Yep, you just may begin thinking like Emma Baker.

Day of the Week: Friday. TGIF.

Laundry: Piled high.

Dishes:  Out of dishwasher soap.

Floors: I’ll mop this weekend.

Dinner: Wine, Re-read “The Plan” and Lean…What asshole decided to rename cardboard “Cuisine”?!?!

Oh yes…this alternate thought pattern is an interesting little side effect! We say ride the high of this love story and have some fun with it.

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We’d like to thank A Tale of Many Reviews and Omnific Publishing for including us on this wonderful promotional tour!

You can check out the entire tour schedule here!

Be sure to visit new-to-you blogs and your old favorites for their reviews & giveaways! We are particularly looking forward to reading our friend Stefter’s review over at The Book Barista next Monday, February 27th, as she recently brought our attention to model, Eric Belanger, whom we think makes for a good reading visual of Mr. Canon, if you need one.

Hello tall, dark, and handsome!

Hello tall, dark, and handsome!

*swoon, swoon*

Okay, enough swooning! Don’t forget to check out The Plan and leave a review for Queen Salsbury! (We can call her that, right?) Here, get to know her a bit more because she sounds…ah-mazing!

About the Author

Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year.  Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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Transcendence by Shay Savage, Release Day & Review

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Though still a relatively new published author, Shay has certainly hit the ground running and has increasingly gained fans of her stories! Back to support one of their favorite authors are super fan-chicks Lauren and Kassie, with their review of Shay’s latest book!

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**Minor Spoilers only*

Opening a new book and finding that you cannot understand the things one character is saying and the other is speaking almost entirely in descriptors might seem like it would be frustrating.  In fact, when we originally read the description of Transcendence, our thoughts were along the lines of  “A caveman?  Really??”

But, in only the way that a Shay Savage story can, it works. Behind the early miscommunication between our two main characters, Ehd and Elizabeth, is a story about learning, friendship, and ultimately, love.  Ehd is the image that pops into your head when you hear the term “caveman.”  He wears furs, hunts and gathers, lives in a cave, and at the beginning of the story, is sadly all alone and barely surviving.

Elizabeth, or Beh, as Ehd would come to call her, shows up, literally just appears out of nowhere, at the perfect time to give Ehd something and someone new to focus on. His life had been all about solitude and surviving alone.  When Ehd finds Beh in his pit trap, even more of those quintessential caveman qualities shine through, especially as he literally picks her up and hauls her back to his cave.  However, his main purpose in life shifts to caring and providing for Beh…whether she likes it or not.  Yes, he’s a caveman, but he wants what is best for his new mate.

Ehd wants to provide Beh with all the things a male wants to provide for his woman. A large cave, a supply of food stores for winter, furs to battle the harsh elements, and a baby. Does he ever want to put a baby in her!  He’s really not so different than those men that we all know.

Because of the lack of communication between Ehd and Beh, she doesn’t understand why he is doing many things –like showing off the rabbits he’s killed, the supplies he has gathered, or the fire he’s made. Ehd is confused as to why Beh isn’t impressed, and seemingly disinterested, in anything he would like to show her. He’s  even more confused when she won’t let him watch her do simple tasks, like relieving herself in the ravine.

It takes a long while before the two are able to communicate effectively enough to work together for their combined benefit.  Beh teaches Ehd how to bathe and clean his teeth.  Ehd shows Beh where they can collect grains and vegetables.  Working together, they are able to set themselves up well in order to survive the winter successfully with food and furs.

As their ability to work together progresses, the two are able to truly learn from each other.  Beh shows Ehd how to make items out of clay, and they fashion a large wheelbarrow like transportation device for hauling large quantities of food and wood back to their cave. She also teaches him a few words, even though her words’ sounds give Ehd headaches regularly. Ehd demonstrates to Beh how to weave mats out of reeds, although she fails at the task her first few tries. He tries to show her how to wear furs, instead of the strange clothing (and underclothes) she insists on wearing.

An ability to work together is not the only progression between Ehd and Beh.  Despite her resistance in the beginning, Ehd’s attentiveness and ability to provide for Beh makes her feelings for him grow, even if Ehd has considered them mates since the moment he literally found her.  Their love story truly defies the odds and shows that love can conquer any obstacle – even the biggest language barrier possible.

It wouldn’t be a true Shay Savage story without some twists and turns, and on that front, Transcendence does not disappoint. Just when you think you’ve figured it all out, the biggest curveball of them all hits you, right in the heart. Without giving anything away, we’ll just say that you definitely will not see the end coming.

It also wouldn’t be a true Shay Savage story without some steamy and sexy times.  Watching Ehd discover exactly how one puts a baby into his mate, and all the other fun things you can do that also feel oh-so-good, is both hilarious and heartwarming.  You can feel their love developing as well as Ehd’s caveman tendencies to have his way with Beh no matter when or where.  Beh, seeming to come from a time more advanced than Ehd, shows him ways they can come together that aren’t the standard norm for making a baby.  His reactions to learning new ways to experience each other are both fascinating and funny.  A favorite is definitely when Beh is introducing Ehd to the…joys…of oral sex and his first thought is “Beh has my penis in her mouth.  In her mouth!  I can’t put a baby in there!”  Lines like this are classic Shay Savage wit and will have you laughing out loud throughout the story.

This is not a cookie-cutter story.  We can honestly say that we have never read another romantic story about a caveman and a woman seemingly from the future, with her strange clothes and word-sounds.  There are twists that you do not see coming, and when you think you have it all figured out, you don’t.  However, like Shay’s other stories, somehow, her style of crazy works and you find yourself falling for a caveman with a scraggly beard, who wears only furs, and hunts antelope with a spear.  You will love Ehd, you will love their relationship, and overall, you will absolutely “luff” this entire story!

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Happy Release Day to Qwen Salsbury: The Plan

Days into 2014: 42

Events today:  Sochi Olympics, PTA Meeting, Release Day for The Plan

Going for the Gold: My husband, reaching into the fridge for pineapple

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Omnific Publishing brings us a new contemporary romance novel that we are already big fans of! Forget the heart-shaped box full of chocolates, those who have not read this story yet are in for a sexy, exhilarating & lighthearted treat–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Release Day!  

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Summary:
For the last year, Emma has watched from the cubicles as powerful executive Alaric Canon (with his own office complete with often-closed door) steamrolls through personal assistants–each of them failing to measure up to his impossible standards. Thank goodness she doesn’t have to work for him, but it couldn’t hurt to at least be a blip on his radar. They’ve never spoken. Never met. Never acknowledged that they work for the same corporation. With his piercing eyes and the way that his suits fit his body, Emma decides she needs a plan to get noticed by the temperamental Mr. Canon. When her boss drafts Emma to personally assist Canon in preparing for an important upcoming merger, however, the plan goes awry and she is definitely noticed…just not exactly how she had hoped.
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On February 17th, we’ll be participating in a Blog Tour for The Plan hosted by the folks at A Tale of Many Reviews with an excerpt from the book and our review, so please plan on joining us again next week and, of course, purchasing the book! It will be available for Kindle soon!

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Wishing Ms. Salsbury Congratulations on publishing her book and much success with it and with her future writing endeavors!

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Happy Release Day to Helena Hunting: Cupcakes and Ink Novella

Available in eBook & Audiobook formats here.

Synopsis

The prequel to Clipped Wings—“twisted, dark, incredibly erotic…a love story like no other” (USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton)—this emotional tale follows Hayden and Tenley as they struggle to let go of their pasts and maintain an emotionally safe distance from each other.

Tenley Page is looking for a new start: a new city, a new apartment, a new life. Her plan is to keep to herself and stay focused. But leaving her past behind and starting over isn’t as easy as she thought. And neither is maintaining her solitude. As Tenley settles into her new surroundings, she finds herself drawn to Inked Armor, the tattoo studio across the street. But it’s the gorgeous, dark-haired tattoo artist who captures her interest. There’s something about his severe beauty that captivates her—and not just in her waking hours.

Covered in the ink he inscribes on other people’s skin, Hayden Stryker has made a career out of being a tattooist. He’s got his own business and a tight circle of friends. As far as he’s concerned, that’s all he needs. At least until his aunt, who owns the antiques and used book store across from his tattoo studio, hires a new employee. At first his intrigue is based on physical appeal; hot chick equals something nice to look at. But as he begins to catch glimpses of the fiery personality under the fragile, feminine exterior, his fascination with Tenley grows. Annoyed by his inability to control his fixation, Hayden decides the best way to cure him of the new obsession is to get to know the girl under her skittish façade.

But like the ink he wears as armor, Tenley has the ability to get under his skin and stay there.

Cupcakes and Ink(Stephen James as Hayden and Janet Montgomery as Tenley)

Be sure and check out our cover reveal post here for more information on CLIPPED WINGS (March 2014) and INKED ARMOR (May 2014)!

About the Author

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance.

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