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Cover Reveal ~ Total Exposure by J.A. Huss: Giveaway!


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Total Exposure by J.A. Huss

(Jordan’s Game Series, #1)

Publication date: January 16th 2018

Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

The spotlight is my enemy.

The cameras are my cure.

Jordan Wells says he can help me. Heal my soul and fix my fear so I can perform on stage again to a sold-out crowd. His game gives me a reason to go on, but his price is total exposure.

The stranger watching my every move is anonymous.

Or is he?

The daily notes he leaves seem familiar. His unreasonable requests bring out all my hidden fears. And then one night in the dark… his touch is everything I ever wanted.

It was supposed to be a guaranteed win.

A way to move past the performance anxiety.

One less thing to worry about in a sea of dreadful things to worry about.

But what we do in the secret anonymity of night might be more frightening than anything else.

Because I like it. And I want more of it. And I’m willing to give up everything just so I can play this game forever…

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~Author Bio~

JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her blog, New Adult Addiction (www.jahuss.com).

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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~Giveaway~

$250 Amazon Gift Card ~Ends November 27, 2017
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{Review} We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean


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We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Paperback, 279 pages

Published October 6th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Murder.

Fire.

Revenge.

That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

~Review~

We’ll Never Be Apart is a riveting psychological thriller from page one. It’s a mystery…a thinker…and full of suspense. From the first time I saw the wickedly amazing cover… I knew I had to read this book. The cover just grabs you and doesn’t let go.

The story revolves around Alice who is now in a mental facility after surviving a fire that her twin sister, Celia, started in an attempt to kill her and her boyfriend Jason, whom sadly did not survive. Alice is recovering and trying to get answers about her life and the events that led up to the fire. Alice is determined to find her twin sister and get revenge for Jason. She tries to come to terms with what her sister Celia did by writing her memories of her bad childhood in a journal.  When she realizes that Cellie is in a different ward at the hospital, Alice makes it her mission to find a way to get to her and make her pay by killing her.

A piece of Alice’s plan just happens to be a boy she meets in her ward, Chase. He has some demons of his own and as he and Alice become closer, his story is revealed a bit more and he happens to be more than just the cocky troublemaker he presents himself as. Honestly, Alice is the perfect level of sarcastic which I love and her interactions with Chase made me smile. I mean the romance? (Kind of romance-y) between Alice and Chase was cute, but Alice’s constant moaning over Jason kind of ruined it. But when they first met Alice really tried to win him over to help her out with her plan, are some of my favorite interactions between them. I loved seeing their characters develop.

Emiko Jean is a great writer. Her words were quite poetic and beautiful even with the grittiness of the story. The whole book had this dark, almost spooky feel to it.  I had a lot of fun with this and the characters were both engaging and well fleshed out. I would pick up another book by this author without hesitation in the future, in fact I can’t wait to read more of her work!

I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Emiko Jean

When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Before becoming a writer she was an entomologist, a candle maker, a florist and most recently a teacher. Emiko Jean’s work with children in foster care inspired We’ll Nevery Be Apart. ) She Lives with her husband in Seatle, Washington and very large dog, and she loves the rain.

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Book Blitz ~ AnguiSH by Lila Felix


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AnguiSH by Lila Felix

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Publication date: November 6th 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

The help-wanted ad on the bulletin board at Ashland’s college was simple enough: mother seeks live-in maid for son. But it turns out Breaker James is a mess in more ways than one. He’s confined to a prison of his own making, crippled by his fear of people and any social interaction whatsoever. Every vibe he’s giving off is begging Ashland to stay away, yet she finds herself strangely drawn to him. Can she coax him out of his darkness and help him overcome the deep trauma of his past to reclaim a normal life?

A contemporary romance perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You, AnguiSH delves deep into complex human emotions and the struggle to move forward from devastating past events.

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~Excerpt~

She moved over on the bed, giving me room to get in next to her. I got in. “I’m afraid I’m… God, this is hard to admit.”

Her hand glided down my jaw. “Tell me.”

“I tried—I tried to go out the other day, just for a walk or something. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make it past the damned threshold of the door.”

Her face was pure disappointment, and I knew mine mirrored it. Admitting it to her, I felt like a shadow of a man.

“But you tried, right? That has to count. I mean, you go out with me all the time.” Her voice faltered at the end of the sentence.

“I did try. But I couldn’t go through with it.”

She scooted closer to me and put one hand on my face while she buried her own in the hollow of my neck. “Can you just hold me and forget that there’s something we can’t do? I’d like to hang on to the notion that you can do anything—just for the night.”

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~Author Bio~

Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

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~Giveaway~

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

Clean Teen Publishing Mystery Box (Intl winner would get eBook prizes)
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{Review} Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Paperback, 310 pages

Published September 3rd 2015 by Corgi Childrens (first published September 1st 2015)

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this book.,. It was very much flat and that ‘plot twist’ was so poorly executed. I expected to LOVE this book.  The reviews were all positive, and it sounded so different… all these reasons added up…

This book was fast paced and had a great plot.  The first half was very enjoyable and I loved the two main characters.

It started quite beautifully written with diverse characters. Madeline is the main character, and she has this rare condition.

I did think that things were a bit rushed and the story went in all weird directions towards the second half and would have been better if it was flushed out a bit more. But as I read the second half of the book, and got more information I realized the book wasn’t as unique as I had hoped it would be. But I did find myself enjoying this book. It was more cheesy than sweet but I still enjoyed the emphasis on the human need for more.  I loved Maddy’s positive outlook on life, despite her illness and that she’s never been outside of her house. She’s so smart and witty. One of my favorite things that she does is every time she gets a new book, she writes a list of rewards if found.  I thought Madeline was incredibly selfish at times, but this offered complexity to her character and her yearning was palpable.
I’ve read a lot of reviews of this book and people have mentioned this “plot twist”, but in my opinion, I thought it was very predictable.  I mean, Maddy’s father and brother died, and her mother was DEVISTATED, which lead to her mother doing everything in her power to keep her daughter safe and all to herself, because after all, Maddy was all she has. The way Maddy’s mother acted towards Maddy when Maddy didn’t spend time with her as often was really why it was predictable, because you could just feel her pain, that her baby girl was changing and drifting apart, and then she proceeded to take everything away from Maddy (electronics, not being able to invite Olly over). This was when I realized, her mother essentially made it up to protect her and keep her in the house after her dad and brother died (her mother isn’t evil, just mentally ill).
I feel like it’s so cheap because the author built up this beautiful romance around the concept of one person having an illness that doesn’t allow them to leave the house, a very interesting idea I might add, and then just when they’re really in love, the author totally crushes the concept with and it crumbles into a story about two somewhat normal teens in love.

I feel like there are so many unanswered questions… Her mom is a doctor… but Maddy never really had an official diagnosis… I just don’t know….

As I said, at the beginning… it was poorly executed… I’m really disappointed at the ending..

I don’t know if I recommend it… Maybe I’m just thinking too in depth of the plot/character actions. Well, the romance part was really CUTE! I recommend it to those who want to read a typical YA Romance.

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~Author Bio~

Nicola YoonNicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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Teaser Tuesday (#47)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson 
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“The living always think that monsters roar and gnash their teeth. But I’ve seen that real monsters can be friendly; they can smile, and they can say please and thank you like everyone else. Real monsters can appear to be kind. Sometimes they can be inside us.”

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“Love can’t be taken back once it’s given”

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Book Blitz ~ Hot and Heavy by Tabatha Vargo


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Hot and Heavy by Tabatha Vargo

(Chubby Girl Chronicles, #2)

Publication date: November 3rd 2017

Sometimes a little heat is all it takes to lighten a heavy heart.

Shannon Daniels is afraid of men, but when Matthew Ellis literally falls into her lap, fear is the last thing she feels. For the first time in years, she desires a man and she plans on taking advantage of her new craving. Shannon hatches a plan to satisfy her sudden hunger, but dancing with the Devil will get you more than a one way trip to Hell and Shannon finds out quick that even the best-laid plans go awry.

Matt Ellis swears he will never get caught in the tangled web of a woman. After a devastating heartbreak, he’s determined to die a bachelor. When he meets Shannon, a chubby redhead with a firecracker personality, he decides to add her to his list of conquests. The good news is she’s okay with a hot and heavy fling. The bad news is, for the first time since he was a teenager, being caught doesn’t seem that unappealing.

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IN HONOR OF THE RELEASE OF HOT & HEAVY

The Author has put On the Plus Side on sale for only $.99. Limited time.

Get your copy of On the Plus Side or read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited today!

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~Excerpt~

“Most men don’t like overweight women, Matthew.”

He snorted. “You’re not overweight. You’re fucking perfect.”

“I’m not. We both know I’m not, but thank you for saying it.”

“No,” he said, capturing my face in his hands and forcing me to look him in the eye. “Listen to me. I don’t give a fuck what anyone says; you’re perfect.”

He kissed the tip of my nose.

“Beautiful inside and out.”

He kissed my right cheek.

“Sexy as hell.”

He kissed my left cheek.

“And I’m so honored that you’re here with me right now because I’m no fool; I know you’re too good for me. What I’m doing with you is wrong, and I know that. You deserve so much better than me, but I can’t stay away from you.”

I kissed him, tasting all that he was. “Then don’t,” I whispered again his lips.

He kissed me hard, pulling a soft moan from the back of my throat. My body pressed into his, begging for him. Ready. So completely ready.

“You’re driving me crazy, Red.”

“No. You’re driving me crazy.”

He backed away, pulling me to a standing position. He reached for the hem of my dress and began lifting it.

“I know you hate them, but I only have one question.” His hand slid up the inside of my thigh before he dipped a finger in the top of my panty line and ran it across my lower stomach. “Will you let me lick all your curves?”

Biting my lip, I nodded.

He tugged my dress over my head, leaving me in nothing but my bra and panties. His eyes devoured my body as he smacked my hands away when I tried to cover myself. Slowly, he peeled my bra straps down and began undoing the back of my bra.

He leaned over, latching onto my nipple, and a wild moan escaped my lips. I had never felt anything so potent. Every time he sucked on my nipple, a tugging sensation pulled at my clit as if he was sucking there, as well.

While he worked my breasts, his fingers slipped into my panties, pushing them down my ass and over my thighs until they were loose enough to drop to my ankles. He tickled my hip, his fingers walking their way over my flesh until he was teasing my clit with the tip of his finger.

“Oh, my God. Matthew,” I breathed his name.

He captured my cheeks in his other hand, pinching slightly to get me to look him in the eye.

“I’m going to stick my fingers in first. I want to touch you inside.” He breathed. “This is your warning. Don’t freak out on me, okay?”

I nodded, ready to feel some form of penetration. My inner walls were clenching, pushing my juices out with the want to be filled.

His fingers moved down from my clit, sliding over my soaked folds until his middle finger was circling my opening. I thrust, not being able to wait any longer, and he chuckled, the deep vibrations of his laughter sending a wave of longing through me.

“Slow down, baby, I’m going to ease that ache soon enough.”

I melted. The way he was talking to me and touching me was driving me toward an orgasm.

His fingers swiped around my center once again, and I whined, needing to feel him before I burst. I was seconds away from begging when he pressed two fingers into me, bending his fingers deep.

I sighed in relief.

My knees went weak, and I leaned onto the countertop, hoping it would keep me from falling.

“Is this okay?” he asked, his blazing blue eyes lingering on my face.

“Yes. Please, Matthew,” I begged, needing more of everything he was giving me.

He pulled his fingers out a bit, my body naturally trying to suck them back in. Then he thrust once more, pulling them out and pushing them back in, in a rhythm that had my toes curling into the wood flooring beneath my feet. His thumb glided over my clit sending a jolt of sensation through me until I began to shiver.

“I love seeing you like this,” he breathed. “Look at you. You like having my fingers inside you, don’t you, Red?”

I nodded, wishing I could speak over the heavy breaths that pushed from my body.

“Say it, Shannon. Tell me you like it.”

He fucked me with his fingers faster, pushing me toward the brink and holding me over the edge.

“I-I-I do,” I stuttered. “I like it so much.”

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~Author Bio~

Tabatha is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.

Tabatha writes from all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn’t afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion as she proved with her dark prison romance, Slammer.

She’s an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.

Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes.
When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself.

Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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Book Blitz ~ Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing: Giveaway!


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Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing

Published by: Harmony Ink Press

Publication date: October 31st 2017

Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

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~Excerpt~

As we walk down the street next to each other, it strikes me that the nagging feeling I’ve been having lately is also down to him, because I look too much like my father. I’m the same height as him but skinnier. I adjust my walk so I don’t mirror his familiar swagger. I wish I didn’t have his hair, down to the identical whorl slightly to the right at the back of our heads. His hair is darker than mine, so dark auburn it looks black when wet, but thin and limp, always flyaway, so no good for keeping long. Buzz cut material, and that looks fine enough on him. My hair is quite short by convenience only. I would have liked to have my mother’s hair, which is thick and robust, a haystack in the mornings, and she uses a straightening iron to control it. If I tried that iron on my hair, I think it’d just melt away and disappear.

“How does summer feel so far?” Dad says and waves at Mrs. McAtee, who used to babysit him when he was little. I don’t think Dad has fond memories of her, because she never babysat me or Ash. No one outside the family was ever allowed to babysit us. “Any plans?” he adds after I fail to reply in the three seconds it takes him to grow impatient.

“Deliver papers and go busking,” I say. I was supposed to wait tables at Pepito’s Italian, but they went bust two weeks ago. I haven’t found anything else. The paper route job stopped last week, because I foolishly resigned when I got the gig with Pepito’s. As for busking… well, that’s more of a wild idea than a realistic plan.

“Busking? You only know three songs.”

“Five songs, and people move around, so they won’t catch on to my limited repertoire. Besides, I can always learn a couple more songs.”

“And what will you do if I, or your ma, come and catch you soliciting funds?”

“I can outrun you easily, Dad. The both of you. Rookie Ryan too.”

“Yeah, yeah. Smart-mouth. We have an alternative plan for you this summer. Busking is not a part of it. Tell you over dinner.”

“What? Why not right away? Are you finally paying for Wizarding Summer School now that I’ve grown out of it?”

“Wait and see.”

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~Author Bio~

Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where the winters are long and the summers short. Despite the brilliant nature surrounding her, she spends more time in front of her computer, or with a book in her hands, than in the great outdoors (though you may find her out on her mountain bike if the weather is good). She works as a high school teacher, which in her opinion is probably the best job in the world.

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