17 September 2014

Cover Reveal: Partners

First up today on the blog is the cover reveal for Partners by Lilliana Anderson. 

Partners is a prequel to the FIRES & LIES series. So without further ado:


Title: Partners
Author: Lilliana Anderson
Release Day: October 13th


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About Partners:

Rules are made to be broken…

All her life, Chloe Donovan played by the rules. She was good. She was daddy’s perfect little girl. That was, until those rules failed her and her family, causing them to lose everything they had worked for.

With her father lying in hospital unconscious, and her mother caught in the depths of depression, it’s up to Chloe to find out the truth and put the real criminals behind bars.

But to do that, she needs help.

Aiden Price was once the head of security at the decimated Donovan Corporation. He protected Chloe, her family, and their clients, as millions of dollars changed hands on a daily basis. Now, with the company in ruins, he has branched out on his own and created the successful, Price Security.

Aiden is the only person her father trusted, which makes him the only person Chloe can trust.

The problem is, he doesn’t trust Chloe. A previous moment of weakness and passion saw Chloe enter and leave his life like a ghost in the night. Aiden isn’t the kind of man a girl walks out on. He says when it’s over. Not the other way around.

On top of that, he doesn’t have any lost love for Chloe’s father. As far as he’s concerned, it was her father who sold the company out which allowed for the aggressive takeover to take place. That act saw his and thousands of other jobs lost. Aiden is a man of honor, and he can’t forgive an action that he saw as guided by pure greed.

It’s up to Chloe to convince Aiden that everything he thinks he knows is a lie. But Aiden doesn’t do anything for free. Partnering up is going to cost Chloe dearly. She just wasn’t expecting to have to pay with her heart…



Exclusive Excerpt:

“Not one to take a hint are you?” he grumbles as he heads up the path and climbs the steps.

I push off the railing and stand to meet him by his front door. “It’s important.”

“So you keep saying.” He sounds tired, his voice much softer than it had been earlier and he inserts his key, pushing the front door open.

As he walks past me, I smell the faint scent of another woman’s perfume and my mouth speaks before my brain connects. “Have you been with someone?”

Stepping inside his home, he pauses and blocks the door. “That is absolutely none of your business,” he states.

“Does this girl know what you were in your office dry humping me before her? Does she know I’m the one that got you fired up?” I’m attacking him and it’s stupid and unwarranted. Essentially, I have no right to be behaving this way. But I can’t seem to stop myself from feeling a jealous rage at the thought of him with another woman.

His eyes narrow for a moment and within a blink of the eye his arms shoot out and he grabs me, hauling me through the door and slamming me against the wall. The movement surprises me and I gasp and follow my instinct to fight him. He flattens his body against mine, pinning me so I can’t move and he grabs my wrists pressing them together over my head.

I wriggle beneath him, feeling way out of my depth. I talk tough, but in this moment, I feel anything but. “Let me go, Aiden,” I demand through clenched teeth.

“Why? Isn’t this what you came here for?” He readjusts his grip so he can hold both of my wrists in one hand then trails his other one down my arm. “It’s why you’re here acting like a jealous girlfriend, right?” His hand pauses at my throat and wraps around it uncomfortably as he leans into me, brushing his rough stubble across the skin of my cheeks. “Do you want me to f**k you, Chloe?” He pushes his groin against me and I can feel his erection dig into me. I wince. “No? Then what?” His breath is hot and his fingers tighten around my throat as his mouth moves toward my ear and he growls, “What the f**k do you want from me?”

Tears burn in my eyes and I them shut, suddenly feeling as though I’ve pushed him too far. I should have told Leah to go f**k himself. I should have stayed home and thought of another way to get Aiden to listen.

Things are different now. So much has happened in the last three years. So much has changed in each of our lives. We’re different people. Capable of different things. When you back a person into a corner, you can’t always be sure how they’ll react…

I twist my head away from him as my emotions hit me and I let out a strained sob. I didn’t want to cry. I wanted to stay in control but he’s scaring me. At the sound of my cry, his grip lessens, it’s if he suddenly realises what he’s doing and he slowly releases me.

“S**t,” he hisses, taking a step back to give me some space to move. I don’t waste my time, the moment my hands are free, I swing my body, bringing my arm around and slap him loudly across the face.

“F**k you, Aiden! F**k you!” I scream, my body shaking with fear, desire and anger from his intimidation tactic.

His cheek becomes immediately inflamed and I watch the red bloom across his skin, as I glare up at him, angry that we’re even in this situation. Things used to be so different between us...

“I guess I deserved that,” he admits.



Author Spotlight:

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Bestselling Author of the Drawn Series, the Beautiful Series, and the Confidante Trilogy, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.


Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters as well as a biographical trilogy based on an ex-Sydney sex worker, named Angelien.

Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it's outback and tries to show characters in more of a city setting.

When she isn't writing, she wears the hat of 'wife and mother' to her husband and four children.

Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.

Originally from Sydney's Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.




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Waiting on Wednesday: Black Ice

When YA is different!!





My W.o.W today is... 

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick


What they say: Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

  • Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
  • ISBN13: 9781471118142








Why I'm Waiting on Black Ice

  1. I want to see how Becca Fitzpatrick covers a topic which is completely different from Hush, Hush.
  2. I've never see this subject as YA before.
  3. Ca you say Stockholm?!











16 September 2014

New Release: What If Release Day Blitz & ARC Review



What If
by Rebecca Donovan





A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series...

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time? Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago. 

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

  • Forever & Forever Yours / Grand Central Publishing - ISBN: 9781455533091


Author Spotlight:

Rebecca Donovan is the USA Today bestselling author of the highly-acclaimed New Adult trilogy, The Breathing Series. Her novels include: Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, and Out of Breath.

Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Missouri -Columbia and lives in a quiet town in Massachusetts with her son. Excited by all that makes life possible, she is a music enthusiast and is willing to try just about anything once.


You can visit the special interactive website for WHAT IF and share your own "what if confession." 

WHAT IF is available as an ebook wherever ebooks are sold.  Buy links for retailers can be found here! Or...





I received a copy of What If from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!


What I say (review): What If...? What would you do? What should they do? 

I LOVED the concept behind What If but I really can't say too much about it without giving anything away and I have zero intentions of spoiling anything for you! However you can get several hints from the blurb... 

The story crosses several time frames and focuses on several different characters. I loved Cal, he was definitely my favourite character. He was a really great guy. It was interesting to read the different POV flashbacks and to catch up them now! I enjoyed Rae's moody standoffishness and Richelle's enthusiasm. Nyelle is an interesting character and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen a character similar to her before.

I had my theories concerning the BIG SECRET. I came close with some but was way off with a couple of my really out there ideas. Again, I don't want to spoil anything, but be prepared for tears and smiles along the way. 

What If really made me think about certain aspects of my own life and to question some decisions. The hopeful message and the overall concept really stuck something in me and I kept questioning what I would do when faced with similar circumstances. The honest answer is that I don't know. 

There were a few times when it was difficult to understand Nyelle's actions and I wanted her to consider what she was doing. The flashbacks were interesting because we got see more about the friendships and secrets. I couldn't believe how oblivious Cal was at times and it made me smile.

What If is clever, poignant and heartbreaking, so have the tissues ready. Don't worry it's not all sad because Donovan has included lots of sweet and funny moments and I enjoyed Nyelle's kooky side and the many random things she'd get Cal to do. Frosting, anybody?
Stars in my sky!


Just Because - Random Swag Giveaway


I just found a HUGE box full of author/book swag from various book events, so I figured I should do a GIVEAWAY!


Open internationally!

 The giveaway includes the following swag: 




(Please note only the indicated items are signed) 


Born Wrong card, Reading HOTT temp tattoo & pen - C.M. Stunich
Surreptitious card (signed) & keyring - D Breeze
4 x bookmark (all signed) - Krissy V
Bad Things black rubber bracelet - R.K. Lilley
Incinerate flyer (signed) - Tessa Teevan
Seducing Lauren magnet - Kristen Proby
Until November flyer (signed) & bookmark (signed) - Aurora Rose Reynolds
Angel After Dark bookmark - Kahlen Aymes
Gideon's Angel (Crossfire) button badge - Sylvia Day
Dominic naughty pack & Alec magnet - L.A. Casey
Rusk University red rubber bracelet - Cora Carmack


Just pick one, some or all of the rafflecopter entries on the form below.

Remember sharing is caring!


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Some of the items are adult themed or from adult books & may contain 'naughty bits' (which are for show & not to be used, you use them at your own risk) this giveaway is for over 18s only!

I make no profit from this swag, it was kindly given to me by the authors. 
Before entering please check out the rest of my giveaway T&C's below.


Please make sure you paste the correct links, info etc when entering as I've had a few entries with broken links etc (this means I have to redraw & you won't win).



The winners have 3 days to reply to winner notification before I redraw for different winner(s).


Giveaway T&C's:
I cannot be held accountable for winners & prizes - I am not responsible for missing prizes & anything lost in transit. Prizes will not be replaced (but proof of postage is gained). I check all entries before giving out prizes to make sure your entry is still valid. I'm sorry kiddies but you need to be 18 or older to enter as some of the swag is for adults. I have been given these prizes for giveaway purposes & the giveaway is not linked to the publisher, author, company, or any social media unless stated otherwise. If you're not legally allowed to enter then your entry is void. Incomplete entries or 'giveaway-only' accounts are also void!! I try to make descriptions as accurate as possible but I do not accept responsibility for any prize substations, changes, removals or missing items. When you enter you are agreeing to these conditions!

Good luck :)




15 September 2014

New Release & Review: Dire

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DIRE is a first novel in Alyssa Rose Ivy's The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series.

The Dire Wolves Chronicles Series is a New Adult Paranormal Romance! The Order of the books is: Dire, Dusk, Dawn


Dire


Dire: The Dire Wolves Chronicles

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?

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Excerpt:

A single howl made me stop short. “The wolves!”

“Let’s hope they are farther away than they sound.” Gage tightened his hold on my hand and pulled me forward.

Three more howls filled the night. “They sound closer.”

We picked up the pace, and I chanced a glance behind me. That was a mistake. Several large grey wolves came into view. “Run!”

Gage didn’t need to be told twice. He broke into a run without letting go of my hand.

I ran as fast as possible over the frozen snow, but we didn’t get far before the wolves started circling around us. “Oh my god.” Could things get any worse?

“You have to make a run for it.” Gage’s voice quivered. “They’re going to kill us.”

“I’m not leaving you.” I tried to stay strong, and I kept my eyes locked on the wolves. There were five of them. All of them were massive, much larger than any wolf I’d seen before, but one of them was even bigger and had a large silver streak running down its back. That wolf seemed to be staring right at me.

“I’ll distract them. You run. I’ll catch up.”

I spotted an opening next to one of the smaller of the wolves and went for it. I didn’t make it far before one of the wolves stepped in front of me. I froze, paralyzed with fear, before my legs were knocked from under me. Suddenly, I was lying in the snow with a giant wolf hovering over me.

“We’re fucked.” Gage voiced exactly what I was thinking.

The silver streaked wolf stared down at me. It’s almost glowing eyes bored into mine. Was I really going to die as half-frozen food for a giant wild animal?

Then things got hazy and the air seemed to buzz. Moments later it wasn’t a wolf on top of me—it was a man. A completely naked man with a faint scar across his face.

“What the heck?” I tried to scurry back, but Hunter didn’t move. His very exposed parts nearly touched me. I didn’t want to notice his size, but I did. He was huge. He also didn’t look remotely concerned with the cold.

His lips brushed against my ear. “Were you going somewhere?”



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Author Spotlight:

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author Photo
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young 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.






I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: I've read a LOT of werewolf stories over the years and whilst some are rather obvious and predictable, I was pleased with the different approach Alyssa Rose Ivy takes in Dire

Mary Anne wants Gage. Gage is just starting to notice her, but then suddenly they find themselves immersed into a strange, supernatural world. Enter Hunter! On a side note, the snowy elements kinda reminded me of the scenario in JLA's Frigid but with added paranormal elements.

The characters were a bit of a mixed bag for me (at least initially) because I wasn't totally won over by Gage and I did find Mary Anne a little annoying. She did grow on me as the story developed. I also appreciated how she didn't give in to certain expectations and remained firm (mostly) in her beliefs. I really liked Hunter! He's possessive, demanding and uber controlling, but he made me smile when he tried to be sweet. Plus even with his extreme alpha-like tendencies I did like him. I felt as though I shouldn't have liked and excused his actions, but I couldn't help hoping for things to go his way.

There are some interesting supernatural twists in the story; Ivy doesn't pull her punches when it comes to certain topics. There were moments when the plot seemed more like a horror movie scenario than a paranormal book, both the mixed genres worked well together. I'm looking forward to the next instalment and am still recovering from the cliffy at the end - I hope that Mary Anne will be able to completely win me over and become slightly more assertive.

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!





Something WICKED This Way Comes!! JLA's latest cover reveal!

My inner (and outer) fan-girl is freaking out over this cover! 


Here is the fab Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! 

WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s BRAND SPANKING NEW Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. 

 

Wicked


Pre-order Link:

Amazon * Amazon UK


WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.



Author Spotlight:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.








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