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Novella Cover Reveal & Release: Between the Cracks by Helena Hunting

You’ve read Clipped Wings. And its prequel Cupcakes & Ink. 

You’re so close to getting the sequel Inked Armor on its upcoming May 13th release day that you can almost taste the cupcake icing.

You’ve pre-ordered your copy of Cracks in the Armor due out June 23, 2014, and put it at the top of you ‘Beach Reading’ list.

And today we are happy to help spread the word that author Helena Hunting now has a new novella called Between the Cracks available to help bridge the wait! Wow, she’s been busy!

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The cover falls in line perfectly with Helena’s other covers, so we know right away that the novella will have some basis in her first two books and include characters we’ve already come to love along with some new!

Synopsis:

Tattooist Chris Zelter doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to the people he cares about, or the women he gets involved with. Things have changed recently, though. Chris has lost interest in casual flings as he finds himself wrapped up in Sarah Adamson, a waitress at the local strip club he frequents. It takes months of persistent attention before she finally agrees to date him, and he’s determined not to mess it up.

Just as things are finally going his way, Chris receives a troubled phone call in the middle of the night from Hayden Stryker, his best friend and business partner. Unexpected revelations and the sudden departure of his girlfriend, Tenley, has nearly sent Hayden over the edge. Add in a speeding ticket and an impounded car, and Hayden is balanced on the precipice of a total meltdown. Worried about his friend, Chris sets out on a rescue road trip, first to get Hayden, and then to bring back Tenley. The two men run into unforeseen roadblocks, proving even the best intentions don’t guarantee results.

Chris and Hayden return to Chicago empty handed, and Chris is left feeling as if he’s let down all the people who matter, especially Sarah. But Chris discovers that sometimes the best way to deal with failure is to find a way to forget about it. And losing himself in Sarah is the perfect way to do just that.

****BONUS: You’ll be able to get it for free through iTune/iBookstore and Kobo! Check Helena’s website for the link! Or, it’s currently 99 cents on Amazon! Don’t let this one slip between the cracks--get it today!

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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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Reviews of Otherwise Alone and Otherwise Occupied by Shay Savage

Evan Arden is a hard ass – anyone got a quarter? A bad ass – watch out A-listers. Just a plain old ass – like every other man. As you’re reading, his story unfolds seamlessly. Evan is a broken man, deeply flawed, but he has a heart that keeps you invested, even if he often refuses to show or even acknowledge it. Throughout the journey of the first two books, we come to know this character in a way we do not expect.

The first piece of the Evan Arden story started as a simple novella – not meant to go any further than a short, kinky, lost-in-the-middle of nowhere romp in the hay, so to speak.  But it isn’t only author Shay Savage’s masterful grasp of the sensual that pulls readers in, it’s the mystery of Evan’s past that really has readers begging for more.  So much so, that Shay was encouraged to continue Evan’s journey and expand the story. With the release of Otherwise Unharmed (tomorrow!), the three books will be known as the Evan Arden Series.

Evan Arden Series: Book #1

Otherwise Alone begins with Evan living a desolate existence in the Arizona desert, his only interaction is with a Great Pyrenees named Odin and his daily email checks (you know, for those ever important Pizza Hut coupons).  We aren’t quite sure what has put him in the middle of the sand-filled landscape, but we know that something is surely keeping him there.

We meet the heroine of the story, Lia, on a dusty Arizona road, just outside of Evan’s small, dilapidated shack. She is lost in her own head and has secrets she is also harboring. Lia manages to bring out a softer side of Evan, a side that we truly only see with one other in this story, and that would be his faithful dog Odin.

The first book is really just a sexy, dirty, head-first dive into the world of smut that we all love so much, especially when Shay is writing it. Evan and Lia spend their night together – in the biblical sense – in his tiny, untidy bed, exploring each other’s bodies, if not their stories. But that is where the genius of Shay’s writing shines through. Even in a short novella that was really just meant to be a hot and steamy one-shot of sex, we are intrigued by both Evan and Lia, and the fan outpouring for more of these two is what really led Shay to decide to continue the story.

The mysteries each of these characters harbor creates a sense of back story that you want to know more about. Shay is able to hook readers without being obvious about it. Often, broken characters need a “but we’ll find more out later” line for readers to realize that there’s more to them. Not so with Shay. The way she develops characters, especially in so few pages, leaves readers wanting more, and in a good way. Luckily, Shay decided to give us more.

Evan Arden Series: Book #2

In Otherwise Occupied, we meet more people from Evan’s life before Lia literally stumbled into it. He becomes a man with a life, a job, friends – just like one of us – and not just the shady borderline criminal that he seems to be in Otherwise Alone. Turns out, he is still a shady borderline criminal – less on the borderline, more on the criminal – but the expansion of his character leaves us forgetting who he is and what he does, if even for a short time. But, ultimately, these things are his undoing.

We won’t tell you here how he is undone, though. That’s something you will have to discover for yourself as you read, but we will tell you it’s not something to be missed. In true Evan Arden fashion, the destruction is remarkable. The only saving grace throughout this book is the relationship Evan forms with Bridgett, but she was really just a bandaid on a gaping wound – only helpful in the most minimal way, enough to keep Evan going until he couldn’t anymore.

Both of these reviewers found themselves helplessly engaged in Otherwise Occupied, to the point where we both knocked out reading it in its entirety in just over a day because we couldn’t put it down. When we found ourselves in Chicago shortly after the book’s release, walking around the city became a treasure hunt for Evan Arden’s favorite haunts. As we accidentally walked by Sweetwater Tavern, the surprise and excitement were tangible – even to the friends we were with who hadn’t yet read the book.

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Shay’s commitment to her craft and her desire to produce not only entertaining and interesting writing but to paint accurate pictures of the places and people within her stories, is evident in the Evan Arden Series. We were able to, based on her detailed descriptions, find Evan’s apartment building and shops and stores that are visited in the book.

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We were even lucky enough to have some delicious martinis with the woman herself at 676, the home of the story’s infamous peanut butter and jelly waffles (and yes, they’re even better than they sound).

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pb & jelly waffles from 676

Otherwise Occupied leaves us with an evil cliffhanger – one that better be resolved in Otherwise Unharmed, or we might have to hunt Shay down and force her to write book #4. Speaking of another book, don’t forget to come back and check out our upcoming review of Uncockblockable, a side story in the Evan Arden Series, because we know you’ll want more of Evan’s world just like we did.

Evan Arden Series: Book #3

Available December 5, 2013

For a complete synopsis and ordering information for each of Shay’s stories, please go here. And while you’re there, be sure and check out the kick-ass teaser trailers created by Jada D’Lee Designs!

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We’ll definitely be back to review Otherwise Unharmed, and we may or may not be bringing a very special guest to the blog as well 🙂

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Beach Read Review: Sleeping with Mr. Sexy by S.L. Scott

A Perfect Beach Read!

With summer here, I like to have some reading material to take to the beach, but a whole book is too much for me to get through. There are too many distractions and up and downs with getting into the water, making sand castles, conversation, looking up to watch the male lifeguards do practice drills…you know. But I do like to read something to completion while at the beach so I feel like I got something accomplished and that I wasn’t just a lazy beach bum all day! So, I’ve found the perfect compromise–novellas. Novellas on my eReader? Even better!

If the above describes you during your day at the beach (or pool), then I highly suggest downloading a novella from Amazon to lose yourself in, and I’ve found the first of many perfect bite-sized reads for you!

Cover Design by Jada D’Lee Designs

It plays out like a full story…or maybe a full episode of your favorite post-college (new adult) nighttime drama? Do you remember that one episode of your favorite serial drama you loved to watch *coughlikeOneTreeHillcough* that told the story in flashbacks to one particular night, slowly unveiling the truth of what happened as the story moved forward in present time? That is exactly how this story unfolds!

Lydia Nichols and Chase Andrews are past college, have a great group of friends, and facing an issue that many young couples face in terms of their careers. Lydia’s job is about to take her from San Francisco to New York City. Chase’s career choice requires him to stay in San Francisco. Right from the start, we realize they plan to make a long-distance relationship work with visits. There’s just one problem. Lydia and Chase aren’t a couple and never have been. They met in college and have since been best friends, never taking that next step. But on the eve of her departure, they take a step that leads to them parting under uncertain terms, both blaming themselves, and neither saying a proper goodbye to each other.

One year later, Lydia’s life seems to have been altered by that last night in San Fran. Still in NYC, her job is working out well, and she’s dating a guy named Mitch. When she gets a text from Chase, she begins to reflect back on the memories of that night they spent together. The memories are told in a sequence of flashbacks throughout the story.

There are subsequent surprises, twists, and realizations with consequences as their lives progress, always intertwined with the memories of that last night before she left.

As the reader, you’re driven to find out everything that went on that night and how things will play out for them. Will they find a way back to each other or have they missed their chance at ever becoming a couple? From the beginning, you will love Mr. Sexy, aka Chase. He’s perfect as a friend–protective and knows Lydia so well that they can have unspoken conversations while out at a bar. With his good looks and strong presence, you just know that he’d be amazing if he was ever more to Lydia than her friend.

This novella is a wonderful introduction to the writing of S.L. Scott! Because I enjoyed this story and the author’s easy breezy writing style so much, I went ahead and ordered her full novel, Naturally, Charlie.

Go ahead and download this, and a few other novellas, to have on hand for your summer reading!

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S.L. Scott will also be signing books in San Diego with more of our favorite authors!