Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Entangled Moments by Dori LaVelle




Entangled Moments by Dori Lavelle
Series: (Moments in Time #1)
Publication date: December 31st, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A deadly accident can take a life in more than one way.

Four years ago Carlene Adams made a mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she’d hoped for, taking the life of the man she’d planned to spend forever with.

As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, Carlene has given up on every dream she ever had. Instead, for whatever is left of her life, she has committed to spend every moment trying to make up for that single instance when everything changed. She’ll settle for the sort of life a person like her deserves, or so she believes.

A second chance.

Then Carlene meets Nick. A single kiss awakens all the desires she has shoved aside for so long. Suddenly she wants more than what she feels she has a right to. With the feeling of his lips still lingering on her own, she wonders if she’ll ever see him again…and if she does, what will that mean for her?

A thing of fate.

Outside of the life she built upon her guilt, she waits for fate to intervene. But just as she begins to believe in her fresh start, she’s forced to realize a horrible truth that has the power to send her second chance crashing before it even begins.

Nick isn’t who she thought he was. She isn’t the girl he believes her to be, either. Their lives have always been intertwined, and to tell him the truth is also to risk tearing them apart for good.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18680645-entangled-moments?ac=1

Cover designed by: Najla Qambar Designs

AUTHOR BIO

Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel with a hint of suspense and a mug of hot chocolate and she'd be one happy woman.

Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn't happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.

Author links:

Website : http://www.dorilavelle.com/
Newsletter : http://ymlp.com/xgbbwwbwgmgj
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dori-Lavelle/1423314904547560
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7348559.Dori_Lavelle
Blog: http://dori-lavelle.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoriLavelle


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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tease me, Thrill me: Holding on Forever

So, I have this little love story releasing in December 13th, Holding on Forever,  the second book in the Truly Madly series, and follows Liese and Frey lives. I'm sooo excited to share this with you, as it has a truly Honest-to-God happy ever after. I had so much fun writing their story. 

Soo.... here is the teaser. : ) Enjoy!

Satisfied with his decision, Frey shifted to focus his attention to the men lounging on plastic chairs in the sun, with beers in their hands. He leaned forward and grabbed a blueberry muffin from the tray on the low wood table to his right. The host always prepared goodies for the group and in Liese’s case, he almost always helped her out when he was in town. The girl couldn’t bake if her life depended on it.
He bit into the warm, crumbly goodness in his hands, murmuring to one of the boyfriends whose name, if he could remember, was Leo. Some of the men already had children, and one in particular felt it was his responsibility to give advice to Jessica’s husband, Michael, about the best child-rearing books to read, and beyond. Frey’s mind wandered off to other things, and when he pulled himself back to the conversation, he thought they were talking about a dairy farm, what with the way they kept talking about milk and pumps. He exchanged a look with Leo, who clearly indicated he’d rather chop off his ear than hear another word. Then the topic shifted to water breaking and the graphic details of giving birth. Leo’s face turned green. What was this, a maternity ward? Oh, for shit’s sake! They were men. Wasn’t there supposed to be manly talk going on, and back-thumping?.
Enough was enough. This was torture of the highest order. He excused himself and sneaked back in and sat next to Liese. Her fingers holding the needles flew with expertise, her eyes hardly checking her progress.
He leaned in to whisper in her ear. “What are you knitting?”
She turned to look at him and smiled. “A scarf for dad.”
“Did you bring along an extra pair of needles?” He peeked inside her basket.
She cocked her eyebrow with a slight jerk of her chin in the direction he’d come from.
“I’d rather poke myself in the eye than listen to details of labor pain, and other…unmentionables.” He shuddered.
Her gaze darted around the room before coming back to him, her shoulders shaking in silent laughter. She dug inside her basket, grabbed a ball of tangled yarn, and shoved it into his hands. “You can work on this.”
He frowned at it, running the plies between his fingers, and sighed. It was so soft. No wonder Liese loved knitting. “What am I supposed do with this? Hug it?”
“Untangle it for me, please.”
“With pleasure.”
“So, Frey.” He jerked his head up at the soft voice, and met Jessica’s gaze. “Are you and Liese preparing for, you know…” She rubbed her huge tummy.
Liese’s eyes widened. Her breath hitched and her hands froze, before she picked up a very fast knitting pace. Her flying fingers were a blur. Frey dropped the ball of yarn back in the basket and slid his hand to cover hers and immediately she stopped, her eyes on her lap. He wasn’t sure she was breathing anymore. He wrapped his free hand around her waist and squeezed lightly.
“We’re dedicating some time just for us right now.” He kissed her knuckles, and she lifted her gaze to his, a smile hovering at the corners of her lips. One of the women sighed loudly but he couldn’t tell who it was because his gaze was on Liese, watching as the panic faded away in her eyes.
“You okay, Sweet?” he murmured as he leaned in to kiss her hair.
She nodded, blinking away the hovering tears, and mouthed “thank you”.

It was late when they finally left for Frey’s flat. They spent part of their early evening inside a bathtub, which was fine by Frey. It kept Liese from over-thinking the conversation from earlier. 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Gray Tower Trilogy : The Ministry Tour Featuring Alesha Escobar


Today I have Alesha Escobar touring her three books in the Gray Tower Trilogy. Magic. Espionage. You got it in this books. Alesha is also doing a giveaway, the Rafflecopter is located at the end of this post.

Wizard Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

It's a very different World War II.

The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.

But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.

Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.

Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission

Buy link: AMAZON --This book is currently free

Savior.

Monster.

A Time Wizard who will be the damnation of many...

The world already suffers a bitter taste of hell on earth, in a World War II where Nazi warlock vampires battle with Gray Tower wizards in the streets of Europe and in the shadows.

The Gray Tower, in its quest to stabilize a world that hangs on a delicate balance, has issued an order: Kill the Drifter.

Isabella George, an alchemist trained by the Tower, knows the identity of the Drifter and refuses to go through with it, because it hits too close to home. Instead of executing the Drifter, she protects the Time Wizard at all costs and ensures that the power to control Time never falls into the wrong hands.

She sets out to lift the severe decree of the Gray Tower, and prove to the Master Wizards that the Drifter is the only way to win the war. As Isabella unmasks traitors and embraces unlikely allies, her greatest danger may lie in her own heart--from the brutal desire for revenge, to the crushing guilt she carries...and the dangerous passion she tries to deny when she’s with one man in particular.

As she attempts to sort things out both in her heart and head--and not mix up the two, a figure from her past comes along and makes an enticing offer to solve all her problems. The only payment required is her soul

Buy Link: AMAZON



Isabella.

Octavian.

Ammon.

The Akashic Record...

Nazi warlock vampires, a rampaging Black Dragon, Vatican wizards, demonic corruption, and a Time Wizard gone mad. In this gripping, action-packed conclusion to The Gray Tower Trilogy, things go to hell in a hand basket -- and the world will never be the same.




Buy Link: AMAZON


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Writers Wednesday -- Conflict vs Tension reblogged

So I decided to do this post today to share with you some links/or link I found on the web on writing.

Writers helping Writers: I really love this site. I bought Emotion Thesauraus written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (Writers helping Writers) and let me tell you, this is one of the best writing resources out there. So today I wanted to share with you one of their posts on Conflict Vs Tension.  Sometimes I really struggle with that,  so when I read this post, I was like...

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A snippet of the post: ....TENSION in literature is important because it evokes emotion in the reader. Think of it in terms of real-life tension–that tight, stretched feeling in your belly that makes you all jittery. This is what you want your reader to feel in every single scene of your story. Tension connects the reader with the character and most of the time will keep them reading to the end of the book....


Want to experience the full awesomeness of this post? Check out Conflict vs. Tension.



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Holding on Forever (Truly Madly #2) + Teaser

YAY!!! I'm so excited to share with you the second book in the Truly Madly series, Holding on Forever, which concludes Frey and Liese story.



Book Summary:

Liese is finally moving on with Frey by her side. But sometimes letting go is the hardest part, and trusting is a risk one has to take. In between her practicum and spending time with Frey whenever he is town, she fights her insecurities, and wins. Then something happens and Frey's priorities momentarily shift, making her second guess their relationship. Suddenly, going back to their former best friends status has never looked so appealing.

 Frey's life has never shined so bright now that Liese is his. But there is a part of him that is shrouded by memories he'd rather have them buried where no one can touch them.  Not even him. But even buried memories and people can't stay hidden for forever. What Liese doesn't know is that Frey isn't about to let go so easily, and he will throw in everything he's got to stop her from leaving him. He has waited an eternity for her. Giving her up is not an option.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Cover reveal: Honeysuckle & Jasmine by Liz Grace Davis


BLURB:  

The past is never far behind.

Senia Loato’s life has been needled by disappointment, and the wounds that fester go beyond skin deep. She is certain if she puts miles between her and her tainted past, she will somehow outrun it. When she’s offered the chance to leave her island home of Mintang to become an au pair for three boys in Germany, she takes the opportunity to start running.

In Germany, she meets Miina, another au pair. What builds between them is a life-defining friendship, one they will risk everything for.

And soon, they’ll be asked nothing less.

When Miina is betrayed and left stranded, Senia stands by her, risking much more than just her stay in Germany. She also stands to lose rich, handsome, turquoise-eyed Roman Dorenwald, the first man she has allowed into her heart.

But they’re risks worth taking.

Eventually, Senia makes a sacrifice that catapults her back to her past, where she’s forced to draw back the curtain and discover the shocking truth of her history.


Can she confront her nightmares, reach deep into her soul, and forgive those who have hurt her? Or is it easier to just keep running?


EXCERPT

My muscles tensed up again, and I smoothed the tablecloth, gave myself time to respond. How much could I tell him? If he had read my CV, he'd know I'd worked at the orphanage, but not that I'd also lived there. Did I want him to know? I raised my eyes. Why not? "I grew up in an orphanage, where I later worked as well, for two years. I never met my biological parents." Why not just leave out the whole adoption part? It would only call for more questions and complicate things.
To my surprise, Roman squeezed my hand, just for a second, but the warmth from his grip remained with me. "I'm sorry to hear that. That explains it. I used to wonder why you had this sad look in your eyes all the time."
I glanced away. "I do?" I whispered. But then, how would I know? Whatever look I had in my eyes, I'd lived with all my life. I wouldn't know if it was sad or not.
"Senia," Roman drew his chair closer to the table, "please look at me. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I can't even begin to imagine how it would be, growing up without my parents, even if they can be too controlling sometimes."
I allowed my glance to meet his again. "Well, having never met mine has made it easier to live without them."
The waiter placed our food in front of us, halting our conversation. The aroma of Roman's roasted pork in gravy and that of my beef and pork mingled in the air between us before teasing my nostrils. So easy for the aromas to do—nothing in the air to stop them from embracing. Unlike Roman and I. Between us stood many possible complications that could send a potential relationship toppling before it even started.


About the author:

Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, and Germany. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Vienna, Austria.

Her travels offered her the opportunity to gather interesting material, from both her own experiences and those of others. She is a firm believer that memories, both good and bad, are worth cherishing because they lead us to be the people we are today.

As a result, Liz enjoys breathing new life into some of those experiences, and sprinkling them with snippets born of her imagination, to write fiction. Her aim as a writer is to both thrill and inspire readers. The genres she enjoys writing are as diverse as the books she reads.

Liz is the author of Chocolate Aftertaste, Honeysuckle and Jasmine, and Tangi’s Teardrops

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Cover reveal: Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert


Playing Pretend
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 65,000
Release date: March 2014
Cover: Berto Designs


Summary from Goodreads:
As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.



Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn't love the man who made her proud of her true self?

**A light, sexy NA Contemporary Romance**


About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Cover reveal: Meant For Me by Faith Sullivan

Meant for Me (Take Me Now #2)
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult

Summary from Goodreads:

Eric thought he had forever...before.

Divided between reliving the past and embracing his new life with Ivy, Eric fears that love will once again be ripped from his grasp. Having faith in the future is hard. So many things can go wrong.

Ivy is convinced that what they have is meant to be...but no one can escape the wheel of fate.

Her love for Eric and the life they're creating make every sacrifice seem worthwhile. Until she's forced to reveal the truth surrounding her delicate condition. Even if it shatters his hope.

Can they hold onto their newfound happiness or are events already in motion to keep them apart?


Books in this trilogy:
(linked to Goodreads)

  

About the Author:

Faith Sullivan is an author of New Adult contemporary romances including the HEARTBEAT trilogy, the TAKE ME NOW series and the 9/11 novel, UNEXPECTED.

Where to find Faith Sullivan:

 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Book Review: The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken


THE WAGER

Lose a bet, lose your heart...

What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party. It's awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she'd always hoped he could be.

If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend's other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn't forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake's already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake's falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .

Author website: Rachel Van Dyken

Twitter: RachVD

My Thoughts:

**I received the ARC through Netgalley**

I loved The Bet! So when I heard Ms Van Dyken was releasing another book in the series, I was on board! Such a wonderfully written friends-to-lovers story. This one follows Jake, our ├╝ber-rich playboy. The characters and the story are perfect. We also get to meet Travis and Kacey.. YAY!! The romance and swoon moments in this story? Awesome!! Grandma is still up to her antics, but this time she's out to ruin her grandson. Make him see the error of his ways. Then we meet Char, Jake's high school best friend. She's such a great character, who's gone through a lot in her life. There were several sweet/steamy moments between these two, even though half the time she wanted to strangle Jake. I'm so happy this story was about Jake because was a total jerk in the first book, but once we got to see the world through his eyes, I really felt for the poor guy. I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series. If you love chuckling all the way to a great HEA, I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to see what Grandma is upto in the next one!


I'm not sure if the link is up on Amazon, I couldn't find it.


Have you read any book by Rachel? Do you enjoy friends to lovers stories?


Have a great day!!

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