Friday, February 28, 2014

Double Cover Reveal: How To Seduce A Band Geek (How To #2) and How To Hook A Book Worm (How To #3) by Cassie Mae


How to Seduce a Band Geek (How To #2)
Release Date: 05/06/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it.

When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program, they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get the guy of her dreams.

But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped, Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

How to Hook a Bookworm (How To #3)
Release Date: TBD

Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s Brea Mason’s sixteenth birthday, and she has three wishes. 1. Be magically eighteen like the rest of her friends. 2. Grow a money tree for her family whose financial problems are well known about town.  3. Overcome her test anxiety before she flunks out of every class.

But one day later, she's still sixteen, her family's money worries abound, and she's no closer to passing than she was the day before!

Then a very sexy transfer student—with gobs of cash—shows up. Brea figures she has a better chance of burping up glitter than attracting the new guy, but he seems extremely interested in her.

Just when Brea thinks things are looking up, her report card arrives marked with four giant F’s. Enter resident bookworm and Brea's loyal friend, Adam Silver. If he can't help Brea pass, no one can.

Even with Adam's help, Brea can't handle the mounting pressure, and finds an escape with the new student who knows little about her problems. 

But spending oodles of time with her boyfriend strains the friendship with Adam she relies so heavily on. Faced with losing the only real comfort and support she has ever had, Brea starts to wonder if she can hook a bookworm before it's too late. 

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About the Author

Amazon multi-category and international bestselling author of HOW TO DATE A NERD, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK and HOW TO HOOK A BOOKWORM

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Cassie Mae is an bestselling author of the teen contemporary romance novel REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, which she self-published. In addition to publishing with Swoon Romance, she is published by Random House Flirt.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

[Blog Tour] Review Series + Giveaway: Deuce (Vortex #3) by Janine Caldwel


Deuce (Vortex #3)
Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
The epic conclusion to The Vortex Series coming soon!

In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover that no world can be made perfect.

And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.

With DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.


Books One & Two in this series:

Rematch (Vortex #1)
Release Date: 03/11/12
Summary from Goodreads:
Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.

Double Fault (Vortex #2)
Release Date: 03/11/12
Summary from Goodreads:
DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.

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 Rematch (Vortex #1)

5 stars

I loved time travel romance and I really enjoyed reading this series because of it's uniqueness. I think this is the second YA I've read that involves time traveling because most time travel I've read were more historical.

Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down and when I've reached the ending I was like no! Luckily, I still have the last two books of the series and it wouldn't be a cliffhanger.

I find that the life of Trent/Jeremy Astor totally unique and what he'd gained/ experienced is not the kind of bargain he would have in exchange for such a consequences but then again I doubt he would have met Cassie twice. Once in the past and the other in the present. I liked that the book contained dual POVs to understand these characters more especially Trent situation. It gives us readers a better understanding on how he deals with his life and how he views his relationships with Cassie. Despite wanting to protect Cassie from the dangers I hoped that if you love someone in his case he loves Cassie he would still want to be with her and enjoy her time and not dwell on the future and what if's but live in the present. I liked Cassie's character you can really relate to her with the typical teen problems but what I like about her is she has a strong resolve in things despite what she experienced in the past. They are perfect for each other and their romance is on the right pace for me but I would love to see more of them.

And let's just say that I'm wishing for a twist to the story because Trent's choices although he thinks it's the best for Cassie isn't probably the right choice and I feel that because of his decision he would change everything to something worst. In a way, I'm both excited and dreading reading "Double Fault" 

Double Fault (Vortex #2)
4 stars

I enjoyed reading Rematch and couldn't wait to start reading "Double Fault".

Double Fault is more about a parallel world, another path where Trent decided he could have prevented Cassie from being shot and would have live a better life than the previous one. Although Trent thinks he made the right choice until he tries living in this present parallel world where Cassie may or may not remember him and that his choice may actually done more harm than good. While Trent and Lorelai's past are catching up to them.

*Spoilers Ahead*

This takes about a twist in the whole story. Reliving a new life despite having the memories of the other life. I just can't imagine what Cassie's going through. I admit that I was a little sad because of Trent's choices, Cassie may have not made the right one but that's because she did not remember him. I was like please let their be another twist and turn to the story because apart from their relationship, Cassie's relationship with her friends and family weren't so good. In a way, I could kind of relate to her then but hers was worst although I wouldn't wish on anyone experiencing that but that's inevitable.

I hated Jeff more. I hated him at "Rematch" and I hated him more now. I'm just glad that Cassie had a wake up call despite her and Jeff's relationship intimate relationship and wanting to keep it from Trent. That part I just couldn't understand. I mean if both Trent and Cassie loved each other they should be able to accept her past relationship with Jeff although I do understand about their point especially Cassie knowing and remembering about Trent so he could have been her first and only. Trent may have overreacted but that was also due to Jeff's ribbing, I'm proud that he was man enough to apologize to Cassie and I wish neither would blame each other just because.

Although the twist to the end was something I wasn't expecting but at the same time I was wishing for a miracle to happen in order for them to have a better life. I'm glad they'll be able to work it out in the end.

Although time traveling wasn't much mentioned here except those times it was still an enjoyable read especially the relationships in Cassie's life. It was nice to how it would turn out but I guess one lesson learned here is not to mess time. Trent should really have take heed of Bob's warning. 

4 stars

If you've read the book, you'll know why I gave 4 stars.

It's finally the conclusion to the Vortex Series.

In this final installment, "Deuce". Trent went back in time once again to change Cassie's life to live a third parallel life but little did both knew that Cassie's life would experienced dramatic changes. And that new dangers arises and this time it may end up with Trent losing someone.

I really enjoyed reading this series and it makes me sad to think it has ended.

Cassie may have just found the balance to living her third parallel life but all is not well with her relationship to Trent. That is to say, Trent is not under the good graces of Cassie's parents which kind of starts their trouble. Plus, Cassie also gained the ability to jump which ended up creating more problems for them.

I was thinking what more is there and just when I thought I figured it out there's more. I loved that Trent is willing to do anything especially to teach Cassie how to control her jump and that Trent would take the downfall in order to protect her. I do understand Cassie's parents but even I would feel choked up in their restrictions. I'm glad that Cassie has a friend whose parents are awesome.

I wished those reporters never existed they ruined everything. Well, they just ruined one part but I never expected that and I cried when that happened. Although I'm happy to see Cassie and Trent having their get together romance which lands them in bliss. I thought, "that's just so sweet". Then after that boom, their goes my tears. I won't say what happened but read it to find out. I also felt sad for this other guy. Well, I'm not saying his name because it would be obvious.

Jeff... What can I say about him? Hmmm. I like him at the beginning and it turned sour in the middle near the end but when he finally matured and accepted Cassie's choice, I don't hate him that much.

But I do want to say that the ending made a beautiful picture. It made me teary - eyed and I sighed, "Oh". Although I must say that there should be a warning label of tragedy here. For me, it should coz that bomb was suddenly dropped on my lap and I wanted to scream, "Noooooo!!!".

The ending may be beautiful but it could not compensate for that part. As I read the last part of the book, I wished their was more. It was beautifully written even if I have to accept some parts in order for this series to have its ending.

About the Author
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch andDouble Fault–the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released soon.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

[Blog Tour] Sealed With A Kiss Book Blast + Giveaway



Anthology of 8 Navy SEAL novellas by New York Times, USA Today and award-winning bestselling authors: Marliss Melton, Gennita Low, Teresa Reasor, Elle James, Delilah Devlin, Stephanie Tyler, J.M. Madden and Sharon Hamilton

CODE OF SILENCE by Award-winning Internationally Bestselling author Marliss Melton:
Navy SEAL Vinny DeInnocentis has no idea his news reporter wife is keeping secrets. With her hard-won reputation for rooting out corruption, Ophelia can’t let a little thing like her unexpected pregnancy get in the way of exposing Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor for the liar he is. But will her quest to publicize the truth — and her shocking discovery that her target is far more dangerous than she imagined — cost her more than she ever thought she’d lose? 

SEAL MY DESTINY by New York Times and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton:
Back from a horrible tour, Navy SEAL Luke Paulsen has a chance encounter with a woman who begins to unthaw his troubled soul. Deciding he’s too damaged, he begs off further entanglement, but then meets her again a month later at a family wedding, where the unavoidable attraction pulls them together as never before. Will their love be enough to heal them both for a chance at a Happily Ever After?

HOLDING ON by New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler:
(a novella set in the Hold series - originally published in SEAL of My Dreams altho) Jamie Michaels is an FBI Agent, married to a Navy SEAL…and about to give birth while her husband’s deployed. Navy SEAL Chris Waldron’s been on some impossible missions before, but getting home in time for the birth of his son might prove to be the toughest–and most rewarding mission of all.

WARRIOR by Bestselling author Gennita Low:
On a covert operation with his SEAL team, Lucas Branson bumps into his love interest, Kit Ling Harrison, who is overseas with her media team interviewing victims of war. Things get interesting when he and Kit end up on an unexpected road trip. Chasing vehicles, avoiding RPGs, singing silly songs, and falling in love ensue.

SEAL's DESIRE by USA Today Bestselling author Elle James:
Back from deployment, Navy SEAL Remy LaDue's planned Valentine's Day date with NCIS agent Mitchell Sanders runs amuck when he finds her undercover as a sexy stripper at a local lounge. Remy and his team join forces with Mitchell to find a missing woman and discover a human trafficking organization in the darkest heart of Virginia Beach.

SEAL's LOST DREAM by USA Today Bestselling author JM Madden
Former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn lost his dog in the war and doesn’t want anything to do with animals, but every stray in Denver seems to head his way. Luckily for him, the luscious veterinarian Willow James doesn’t mind taking care of everything he finds. She even seems willing to take him on with all his ghosts, but is he ready to let them go for her?

BREAKING FREE by Bestselling author Teresa Reasor
When her brother Brett is attacked and left for dead, Zoe Weaver and Lieutenant Adam 'Hawk' Yazzie work together to discover if one of his SEAL teammates is responsible for his injuries. But will loyalties forged on the battlefield prove more binding than the truth? Or their love? 

MUTINY'S BOUNTY by USA Today Bestselling author Delilah Devlin:
Interested only in experiencing an adrenaline-packed adventure first-hand to give her credo when she books her clients’ adventure vacations, Lace McElhannon finds more excitement than she can handle when she meets and falls into bed with ex-SEAL Dex Haygood. Fresh from protecting transport ships from Somali pirates, Dex figures his latest job will be a cakewalk, until he finds himself in deep water, swimming with sharks and trying to protect Lace when the yacht they’re sailing on is taken.


Marliss Melton:  My greatest blessing was to grow up overseas without any television time. Sure, I missed out on The Waltons and Saturday morning cartoons, but how many kids get to ride on the back of an elephant, eat candied ants, visit every museum and chateaux in Paris, or track tigers in northern Thailand? As the youngest of four daughters, I had the example of my brilliant sisters, who read voraciously, and I bypassed Nancy Drew to read every book in the Hardy Boys series. (That was the first indication of my fascination for male heroes). By the sixth grade, I’d discovered Victoria Holt and moved back to the United States . I wrote my first book—a wretched historical novel—when I was thirteen. Two teenage years in Houston, Texas, saw me reading Harlequin romances and writing several more books.
I’ve always been an over-achiever, with so many interests it was frustrating to have to choose just one career. I could have been an opera singer—but no. I excelled in language and for many years taught high school English, Spanish, and then Linguistics at the College of William and Mary, my alma mater.
But my first love, writing romance, remained a dream for decades. I wrote throughout my twenties and early thirties, completing more manuscripts, getting really serious with agents and publishers, etc. Danger’s Promise, a medieval romance, was finally published in 2002, becoming a RITA finalist for Best First Book. Since then, I’ve discovered that military romance is my best fit. I’ve been the wife of an Army officer, who died young, and my husband now is retired Navy.
My personal life is frankly hectic. We have six children between us, ranging in age from 8 years to 24 years old. Most of “the olders” still have one foot in the nest. But I always find time for my loyal readers, so feel free to introduce yourself to me, as I have to you.

Sharon HamiltonSharon’s award-winning almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Stephanie Tyler:  New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. She also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.

Elle James:  Elle was born on Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington to parents who taught her the value of hard work. She grew up as a military brat moving from place to place, alas, only stateside in lovely places like Glasgow, Montana, Abilene, Texas and various places in California and Washington.Elle got her creative streak from her talented artist mother, her tenacity from her wonderful father and her inspiration from her writing buddy and delightful sister, Delilah Devlin.
In 2004, Elle left her successful career as an Information Technology Manager to pursue writing full time. She loves escaping into her stories, learning and growing with each character and plot. She writes because she likes to experience and evoke all the emotions from happy to sad, funny to frightening. She digs them all!
At home in Northwest Arkansas, Elle is busy writing tales of murder and suspense for Harlequin Intrigue. Her first Harlequin, BENEATH THE TEXAS MOON, was released in March 2006 and was a Romantic Times Top Pick for the month! She 's written numerous Intrigues since and is now writing for Harlequin Nocturne as well. Stay tuned for more from Elle James!

JM Madden:  I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay at home writer, which I dearly love, and I recently added the title USA Today Bestselling author to my moniker.
 I was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, and I found myself tapping that experience as I wrote Second Time Around, my very first book. No, I didn’t tackle and cuff my husband, although there was that time in K-mart… Anyway, it was quite a change going from writing technical reports with diagrams, witness statements, inventories, etc., that would stand up in court to writing contemporary romance. I’ve always written, though, and it was always a dream to do something with that huge, leaning stack of spiral bound notebooks.
I’ve now published 13 books, with many more on the way. I thank you so much for taking an interest in my work!

Gennita Low: 
Jenn, as everyone calls her, likes to keep things simple. That's why she runs a roofing construction business, teaches, writes and does her own business taxes eight days a week. She considers herself a multi-cultural and well-rounded person. Workers leave her alone when she starts yelling at them in Chinese and Malay. She also studies German and Russian because she can't pronounce French very well. The most boring and interesting thing she ever did was translating documents from various languages into English, giving her an opportunity to see many countries. Having traveled extensively in her twenties, she now spends her thirties quietly with six noisy dogs.

Teresa Reasor:   My name is Teresa Reasor. My husband, Danny, and I have been married for thirty-eight years.  We have three grown children and now have a new son-in-law and a new daughter-in-law.
I'm a writer, an artist, a teacher and I also sing. 
I’ve retired from my full time position as a primary art teacher after 21 and 1/2  years.  I've retired from my position as an adjunct professor after 10 years.  
I have a Masters Degree in Education and am certified in Art Education K-12 and9-12 in English.  I'm a member of  I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, KOD the Mystery Suspense chapter of RWA, the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. I've served for four years as Treasurer of the Kentucky Romance Writers and two years as President. 
I’m also the Treasurer for the Mountain Heritage Artisans Guild. And have prints and original art work that I do and sell. 
My hobbies include writing, painting, singing, crocheting, quilling, making cards, and traveling.

Delilah Devlin:  Until recently, award-winning romance author Delilah Devlin lived in South Texas at the intersection of two dry creeks, surrounded by sexy cowboys in Wranglers. These days, she’s missing the wide-open skies and starry nights but loving her dark forest in Central Arkansas, with its eccentric characters and isolation—the better to feed her hungry muse!
For Delilah, the greatest sin is driving between the lines, because it’s comfortable and safe. Her personal journey has taken her through one war and many countries, cultures, jobs, and relationships to bring her to the place where she is now—writing sexy adventures that hold more than a kernel of autobiography and often share a common thread of self-discovery and transformation.
Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.
She is published by  Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.
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Cover Reveal: Desire (Brightest Kind of Darkness #4) by P.T. Michelle


Release Date: 04/01/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Now that Nara and Ethan are working together to uncover the Corvus’ secrets, they’re confident nothing can stop them.

But while they’ve learned to anticipate dark, outside forces gunning for them, neither is prepared for the insidious evil that slithers its way into their lives, nor the new challenges that surface so close to home.

Despite all the chaos and turmoil around them, the one constant they can depend on is their devotion and loyalty to each other. But as their relationship moves into deeper territory, sometimes the toughest battles are the ones waged within.

While the hunt for answers unravels more layers in the Corvus world, Ethan and Nara uncover new truths about themselves and their intricate connection to the powerful raven spirit.

When boundaries are suddenly redrawn and control shifts, Ethan and Nara will be forced to make choices that could bring them closer together or rip them apart forever.

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P.T. Michelle is the young adult and new adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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