Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fire and Ice Blog Hop Guest Post, Book Review and Giveaway: Ruining Me and Ruining You by Nicole Reed!

To say I am excited about this hop would be an understatement because I have a fabulous new author, Nicole Reed here today about her two books, Ruining Me and Ruining You.

I feel in love with Nicole's work after reading Ruining Me late last year, it was just fabulous! You can find my review for it HERE.  

So of course I wanted to have my turn on the Hop be something I just knew everyone would love as much as I did, that is why I asked Nicole if she would be willing to be here today and maybe give us a sneak peek at her new book Ruining You for those of us, like me, that are dying to get our hands on it and she graciously agreed to not only give us a sneak peek but she offered to give away a copy of Ruining Me and Ruining You to two lucky winners!

Eeep! I am so excited!!

Title: Ruining Me
Author: Nicole Reed
Series: Book One
Published: September 26, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

Two years ago she had the world in the palm of her hand and in one moment it was all ruined for her. Secrets, lies and the worst imaginable betrayal will haunt her for the next two years, until all of it catches up to her and she will lose the control of the lonely world she has built around herself.

Three guys from her past and present will be there when it all comes crashing down. JT the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up, Rhye the local bad boy “rock star” that made her forget the past and Kane the funny and sweet tattooed bartender that wants her future.

Is it possible to change the path she chose for herself and still keep all of her secrets?

 Title: Ruining You
Author: Nicole Reed
Series: Sequel to Ruining Me
Published: Jan. 29, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.  

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her deepest, darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she decided to give her future to was ripped away.  Now everyone knows what happened in her horrific past, but not everyone is glad she survived.  Someone wants her to complete the path that she chose from the beginning, while another is determined she choose a different one. 

In the conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.

About the Author:

 Nicole Reed can be found at or watching a football game for most of the year. The rest of the year you can find me hauling kids all over the great state of Georgia for baseball or gymnastics practice. When I get a second for myself, you will find me hidden somewhere in my house (I’m not giving my hidey hole away) with my ear buds in, a kindle in my hand with my laptop and phone sprawled on my lap. I’m a multi-tasker YO. I’m a serious music junky and listen to anything and everything.

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Teaser Excerpt for Ruining You:
A guttural groan escapes him, and his hand tightens in my hair, exposing my neck. Placing his mouth in the middle of my throat, he beings to suck. The gentle open-mouth suction causes my body to tighten like a vice. I whimper, not from the pain, but from the intense pleasure that spreads throughout my body.

Bringing my lips to his, I whisper into his mouth, “Touch me.” Sticking my wet tongue out, I trace his lips before letting it slip inside his mouth and out again.

“Damn,” he gasps as a quake racks his body. The intensity of the moment claims us as we ravage each other’s mouths. Lip to lip and tongue to tongue, he breathes for me. Reaching down with his large hands, he pulls up the hem of my dress and grabs my ass. A low moan flows from me. The brick wall scrapes my back as he lifts me to step deeper between my thighs. It’s a welcome pain.

Wrapping my arms around his neck, I anchor myself to him. My lips fall from his for only a second before he grunts in displeasure and reconnects with me again. I feel his fingers tickle the inside of one thigh as they move closer to where my inner fire burns. The anticipation fuels the inferno within me, making my blood boil and leaving me panting for him.

My Thoughts and Review:

I wanted to read this the moment I put down Ruining Me with a tearful face and a broken heart. I didn't want Jay's story to be over. I wasn't ready for it in any sense of the word.

So like many others after a wonderful story has ended, I waited anxiously for the sequel to come out. Constantly checking for updates on the author's blog (sorry Nicole, I did stalk you there for a bit!) and eagerly soaking up any little teaser's she provided and longing for more.

Ruining Me was such a beautifully heartbreaking story. Beautifully told and beautifully handled. I was in shock with the ending and I felt so close to Jay that I felt her anguish and pain and I wanted to do something, anything to make it better for her. And, if I am being completely honest here (and heck why not, I just admitted to stalking Nicole's blog) I was even a little mad at Nicole for causing Jay so much pain. But even though I was mad at her, I had faith in her as a writer that she would make it all better in Ruining You. I had hope that Jay would get a happily ever after just like I wanted her to have.

I still had hope. But above all else, I just knew this was going to be one kick butt read and I was ready this time, with a box of tissues in hand to let the journey begin.

I wish I could say that this one didn't break my heart, but the truth is, it did. Jay broke my heart. The guilt and pain that she felt. The sorrow, her sorrow. But you know what? She grows. Oh how she grows.

Eli: “Don’t let go now, Jay. One-by-one, place each piece of your soul back together, but this time, make it stronger. Close your eyes and do it.”

Ah Eli. Eli is amazing. That quote alone should tell you how wonderful he is. For awhile there I didn't want to like him because, well, because I thought maybe we were going to get some competition with Kane going on and to be honest, I love Kane and I really didn't want a love triangle in this one even if I knew there more than likely was going to be one with Rhye (which, again, he really is a great guy too!). I just wanted Kane to win and I was ready to dislike anyone that stood in his way this time.

But Eli, is just Eli and he is fabulous and it was hard not to fall in love with him. He was the perfect support for Jay in every way and exactly what she needed when she needed it. His corny jokes cracked me up and really I just loved everything about him. I don't want to give anything away with him but I will say this, if things were different with him and with Jay, he actually is the one person I wouldn't have minded seeing her with, he really was that fantastic and supportive..

If Kane hadn't won me over in Ruining Me, then he most certainly would have in this one. He was so sweet and good. I was rooting for him the whole entire time. I don't think anyone else could have been better for Jay. Really he was everything she needed in a friend, companion, lover and so much more.

He stole my heart.

Nicole did such a fabulous job showing Jay's pain, her depression, her anguish and how she pieced herself back together again. This book is full of amazing character, from her parents to Reed and Molly and the ever reliable and absolutely hot Kane, Eli, Cal and Rhye. I really don't think I could ask for a better cast of characters.

This story tore at my heart, broke it into a million pieces and then glues it whole again. I think I felt almost ever emotion imaginable with reading this. Nicole is truly a talented author that has done a stupendous job handling some very real, hard and raw issues and bringing it all together to create a beautiful story about one girls journey to take back her life and be the nest that she can be.

I couldn't of asked for a better ending. Just beautiful!

If I could give this 10 stars I would.

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Book Blast and Giveaway: Silver White by Shawn Underhill

Silver-White by Shawn Underhill

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.

 "Simply put, this book was amazing. I've read more fantasy novels than than I can count, but this one is certainly one of the best. The heroine isn't some wishy-washy pansy that screams at everything, and the focus of the story isn't on some unbelievably beautiful teenage girl who suddenly becomes the biggest, baddest member of her species falling in love with some big, bad, sexy member of her newfound species. It's about a girl becoming something she never knew existed, finding her place within the pack family she values more than ever before, and an age-old feud that threatens everything she loves." ~Morgan

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Author Shawn Underhill

Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different.

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Cover Reveal: Found (The Crescent Chronicles #3) by Alyssa Ivy Rose

Title: Found (The Crescent Chronicles, # 3)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Once Upon a Time Covers;
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:
Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.
Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control.
Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.

About the Author:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sonata by Blair McDowell

Blair McDowell

Genre: Romantic mystery

Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

ISBN: 9781937265670

Number of pages: 130
Word Count: 56,500

Book Description:

A jewel heist…

When renowned concert artist, Sayuri McAllister, returns to the west coast of Canada after an absence of five years, she discovers her family home has been a broken into and jewelry worth two million dollars is missing. Michael Donovan, Sayuri’s old high school flame, now a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, is the officer in charge of the case.

What chance can he have…

Michael takes one look at Sayuri and falls in love with her all over again. But they parted in anger years ago and Sayuri is no longer the innocent girl he once knew. What chance can there be for a Vancouver cop with someone as famous as Sayuri McAllister? Especially when that cop is investigating her family and friends?
An unexpected marriage…

Then Sayuri’s widowed father, Sean, marries Alyssa James, a woman Sayuri has never even met. The three live uneasily together in the Point Grey mansion until the unexpected arrival of Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, a devastatingly handsome, charming Irishman who immediately begins a campaign to bed and wed the delicious and wealthy Sayuri.

Things take a dangerous turn…

Accidents begin to happen. Or are they accidents? Nothing is as it seems. Michael distrusts Hugh James and fears that Sayuri’s life may be in danger.

Short Excerpt: 

 The following excerpt takes place the first time that Sayuri goes to Michael’s apartment.

As they went down in the elevator and across to the park, Michael spoke to the dog, “So far so good. We’ve got her in my apartment. I expect your full cooperation tonight. Whatever happens you are not to climb on the bed, should I get so lucky, or slobber all over Sayuri. If there’s any slobbering to be done, I’ll do it. Got it, buddy?”
Buttercup wagged her tail furiously, nearly knocking over a passing pedestrian.
Sorry, mam.”
Michael thought about how Sayuri had looked when she answered the door. So cool and composed. Delectable. Good enough to eat. Down boy, he reminded himself. Don’t blow it now. You’ve got her this far.
Taking a deep breath he muttered, “Keep it cool.” Then he looked at his dog. “Okay, Buttercup, do your thing so we can get back up there.”
She heard the key in the lock and a moment later man and dog were back in the room. Buttercup trotted over to Sayuri and leaned against her, looking up at her adoringly with one blue and one brown eye.
That was quick,” Sayuri commented as she scratched the dog behind her ears.
She was anxious to get back to you. We don’t often have visitors. Actually, I’m surprised at her reaction to you. She usually hides under the bed when there’s anyone she doesn’t know in the apartment.”
Under the bed? I can’t believe she can get all that bulk under a bed. Just what kind of dog is she? I’ve never seen anything like her. She’s huge. And those eyes are amazing.”
Sayuri moved to the armchair and sat down. Buttercup followed her and put her massive head in Sayuri’s lap.
Clearly she’s fallen in love with you. The vet thought she was probably half Malamute and half Newfoundland, but I’m pretty sure there’s some wolf in the mixture. And the two different color eyes are unusual, but they do happen, particularly in those breeds.”
Did you say wolf?”
Watch.” Michael came over to the dog, knelt down beside her and put his arm around her. He lifted his head back and started to howl. The dog threw her head straight back and joined him. The sound was at one and the same time musical and eerie.
Wow.” Sayuri stared at the dog. “I haven’t heard anything like that since I was twelve years old and went on a canoeing trip up Desolation Sound with my father. We could hear the wolves from our campsite every night. I loved the sound.”
Don’t let her howl give you any ideas about Buttercup’s personality. Her wolf genes begin and end with her howl. She’s a complete wimp.”
She’s a big dog for an apartment dweller.”
Yes, well, I didn’t exactly choose her. She just sort of happened.” Michael paused. You see, I’m in the R.A.A. Unit.”
Robbery, Assault, Arson. We got an anonymous call that there was a break and enter in progress at an apartment house on the east side. When my partner and I answered the call, we didn’t find a robbery in progress. What we found was found a room full of people cutting and bagging cocaine. We called immediately for backup, but before it could come, gun fire was exchanged and people got hurt. It wasn’t supposed to have happened that way.”
Michael paused and frowned. Sayuri wondered if he was going to say anything more.
Then he sighed. “When it was all sorted out, as we were to leaving the scene I heard whimpering. I pulled this small scrawny shivering mass of matted fur out from under the bed. I was supposed to take her to the SPCA, but I didn’t. I took her home with me. She couldn’t have been more than two months old and she was half starved and filthy. I fed her and bathed her and the next day I took her to the vet for a checkup. He said there was nothing wrong with her that food and love wouldn’t cure.”
So you had a dog.”
I had a dog. I had no idea at the time she was going to grow into a giant hairy mammoth.” This was spoken with obvious affection as he ruffled the dog’s head.
But her name?”
Just look at her.”
Sayuri studied the dog. She had fur as thick as a bear’s, only longer. Her underbelly was white and everywhere else she was brown and black and white in large splotches. “I don’t get it.”
Look under her chin.”
Sayuri laughed. “Of course.” There was a large spot of bright yellow there.
The dog, tired of being the object of so much attention, moved to the fireplace, circled three times and plopped down in front of it.

About the Author:
I started to write soon after I found my first pencil. But I began to write for publication about 30 years ago -- professional books. I wrote six of them, all still in print and still in use. Only lately have I turned to fiction. I'd have done it a lot sooner if I'd had any idea how much fun it was!

I’ve lived in many different places. The US -- Certain cities call to me. I love San Francisco and Seattle and the wonderful Oregon Coast. Australia -- among the most open welcoming people in the world, and a wide open young country with incredible land and sea scapes, with amazing animal and bird life right out of science fiction. Canada -- HOME. The place where I belong.

I travel a lot. I usually spend the month of October in Europe, Greece or Italy, and the winter in a little house I built many years ago on a small non-touristy Caribbean Island. I have worked and studied in many places -- Hungary, Australia the US and Canada, and have spoken in most of the States and Provinces as well as Taiwan and various cities in Europe. I enjoy being surrounded by cultures other than my own. I enjoy my own as well -- but variety is indeed the spice of my life.

I keep busy -- and I love my life. I love meeting the people who come here to the west coast of Canada and stay in my B&B. I love traveling after the tourist season is over. And I love writing. My interests?? Music, especially opera, reading everything in print, and Writing. And walking on the beach and swimming. At one point I had hoped to swim in every major sea and ocean. I've realized that may not be possible in one lifetime -- but trying has been fun!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Back To The Future Hop Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered this giveaway. I always have so much fun doing these and plan on having many more this year. I always love to see which book the winner will choose and am always excited when it is one that I have read and loved.

Big congratulations to Misha K. 
I will be contacting you soon!!

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Release Day Blitz and Tour Wide Giveaway: Shattered Circle by Linda Robertson

Shattered Circle
Persephone Alcmedi
Linda Robertson

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN-10: 1451648936
ISBN-13: 978-1451648935


It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a w√¶rewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.

Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?

About the Author:
Linda Robertson is the mother of four wonderful boys, owns three electric guitars, and is followed around by a big dog named after Bela Lugosi. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art, when time permits. Linda currently writes and rocks in northeast Ohio. Visit her at and @authorLinda

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf

Title: Deep Connections
Author: Rebecca Graf 
Series: Stand Alone
Published: August 31, 2012
Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.

Purchase Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble 
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About the Author:
Rebecca lives in Brown Deer, Wisconsin with her husband and three children and has lived in Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Graduated from the University of Montevallo with an accounting degree, Rebecca writing after 20 years in the accounting field.

Reading is a passion of Rebecca's that has spilled over into her writing. She has been writing online for 3 years on a variety topics including history, education, religion, and facts of life.

She runs the website A Book Lover's Library ( and is a partner in a new publishing company called Silver Tongue Press (

Guest Post:

Inspiration for Deep Connections

Believe it or not, Deep Connections came from a dream. I was working full time and going to school full time. As I was lying in bed, I couldn’t sleep. When that happens, I think of possible stories or movies and drift off. From there the story of a couple who find themselves as soul mates just from a shock every time they touched came about. All from a dream.
That dream kept bugging me. I couldn’t get it out of my head. It would interrupt my studies. It would interrupt my work. A friend of mine suggested that I write it out to get it out of my head. So, I did. Then I found out that I was trapped and couldn’t get out.
The story started off as a simple romance. Before I knew it I wrote this scene where the main character was kidnapped by some dark, mysterious figure. Where did that come from? Suddenly, my story took a whole new turn. I then had to go back and rewrite every bit of it to bring this new aspect in. I wrote and rewrote probably a dozen or more times.
Each time I went through the story, I came up with a new scene and a new path for the story to take. Before I knew it, I wrote this one scene and stopped. I knew then that there had to be a sequel. I had to leave the reader hanging.
The romance was from a dream. The stalker was a trick the muse played on me and is still laughing about. The paranormal aspect spun from the connection the main couple had. I thought it would be great to know who you were meant to be with if you touched and you felt a literal spark. That would be so cool. Well, if you can do that surely there are other really cool things that you could do. That led into the shape shifter thing and the strange things the stalker could do. To be honest, it got really out of hand. All of a sudden, the characters were taking over and the book was nothing like it originally started. My characters took it down a whole new path, and an obedient writer follows their characters wherever they go.
From a dream to a character mutiny. That is where the inspiration for the story came from. I’m just a passenger on this trip.

Cover Reveal: Unbeautifully Loved by Emma Grayson

Title: Unbeautifully Loved (Unbeautiful Life # 1) 
Author: Emma Grayson
Series: Unbeautiful Life

Published: Coming in April

On the run from her dark and painful past, Lexie Todd is finally forced by her best friend Mollie into settling into a new place for the first time in months. Having been hurt in more ways than one in the past, the last thing Lexie is expecting or wanting is to meet someone as persistent and annoying but incredibly gorgeous as Lukas Gunn.

When an incident leaves Lexie banged up and rattled, Lukas knows there’s more to her than meets the eye as something is haunting her to the core making him nothing but determined to make her his and protect her from whatever it is that casts the dark painful shadow behind her eyes.

But when her past shows up and pulls Lexie back into the nightmare she already once escaped while leaving her closest loved ones in danger it’s up to Lukas to save her from her darkest nightmare relived.

Will Lukas be able to save Lexie? Or will Lexie succumb only having known what it’s like to be Unbeautifully Loved?

About the Author:

Aspiring indie author, currently working on my first book Unbeautifully Loved the first book in the Unbeautiful Life series. Hoping for a spring 2013 release.

I'm 100% Canadian and I'm a single mom to the best little boy a mom could ask for. Throughout the winter you can find me doing what almost all Canadians do, cheer on my favorite hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers.

I love reading and I love writing, it's the only thing I've ever wanted to do with myself. I started out with fan fiction when I was a teenager and then thought what the heck I'm going to try writing a book and my first one is over half way completed!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel

Title: Stolen Nights
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Series: Book Two in the Vampire Queen Series
Published By: St. Martin's (Jan. 29, 2013)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
 Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.

With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead...

My Review:
  Being brutally honest here, I liked the first book in this series but I wasn't in love with it. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself actually loving this one.

So much happens. So much action, romance, danger, secrets and suspense this truly was like a whole new story. Maizel takes us on one heck of a ride that I admit, I didn't want to get off of.

“Rhode once told me long ago that love was an emotion that existed beyond the confines of the human condition. It could rise to the highest peaks, he said. Even out there in the heavens, love flew, soared, and spread between the stars.”

I think that quote fits this whole story perfectly. This was a story about love. About a love so pure it could do anything. Be anything. A love that could stand the test of time. A love that would not be forgotten or destroyed.

A love that could save and redeem them all.

I thought I loved Rhode in the first book. The little glimpses that we saw of him. I was wrong. I can say for sure now, I loved him in this book. He was so much more than those little glimpses showed us. So much love and depth and strength.

And Lenah. We really didn't get to see the real Lenah in the first book, we do in this one. The human Lenah. The one who cares and loves and makes some extraordinary sacrifices.

I don't want to give anything away but I do want to say that I am really really hoping there will be a third book. Because, simply put, there just has to be. There needs to be another. This can't be the end. I won't accept that, not with an ending like that one.

If you didn't love the first book, you will certainly love this one. If you did love the first book, then you are in for a bigger treat with this one. This one was worth the wait.

Very well done Ms. Maizel.