Monday, December 30, 2013

Nor for Profit by Glenn Shepard

Not for profit was a very enjoyable thriller about a doctor being framed for several crimes that had ties to terrorist activities. There were a lot of plot lines that by the end of the book came together harmoniously, but at many points throughout the story I felt myself feeling very confused.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and character development of this story but there were a few aspects of the book and writing style that made it a little slow for me and hard to get through at points, however, with a few minor tweaks I could see this book being a best seller.

I decided to read this book as a change of pace from my usual genre and though it was a bit on the slow side I really got into it about halfway through and couldn't wait to see how it all fit together.

Review by Jillian

Monday, December 16, 2013

Every Kiss (Every Life #2) by Tasha Ivey

All I can say is OH. MY. GOD! Tasha Ivey really knows how to mess with your head in the best way possible!  After reading Every Breath I knew how things were going to turn out for Callie and Wes, however, I was still holding my breath wondering what was going to happen for half of this book! If that is not the sign of a good book, then I don't know what is!

I hated Wes in this book.  And then I fell in love with him.  And then my heart broke for him (over and over).  Especially knowing that all of the crap that happened to him in this book wouldn't even compare to the pain and loss that his future holds with the loss of his brother (and best friend), Shane.  But at the core, all of the things that I hated him about him also made me love him more.  In the end, he was struggling and broken and just didn't know it.

I LOVED getting to know Callie and Makenna better too.  Their friendship is one to be reckoned with!  I loved seeing the interactions between them, and I especially liked seeing how they dealt with their conflicts.  I was envious of Callie's ability to speak her mind, no matter the situation.  While Mak's innocence and pure love was so refreshing.

This book as as good as Every Breath, and I CAN NOT WAIT for Every Glance coming out in 2014!!!
Review by Jillian

Sunday, December 15, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Every Kiss (Every Life #2) by Tasha Ivey

After witnessing Makenna’s journey to find herself again, Callie is reminded of her own struggles with love. No, Wes wasn’t always the easy going guy that he is today. He was moody and unpredictable in the worst of ways, and she was certain to call him out on it every chance she got. Looking back, she’s amazed at how much their lives have changed since they met.

Before tragedy shook them to the very core of their lives. Before her dream career began. And before Wes wasn’t a broody jerk with a closet full of personalities.

Yes, just four years ago, everything was different…

Makenna and Shane are just a couple of lovesick college students, and Callie is doing her best to keep up with the demands of her junior year. Life is boring, and she is totally fine with that. But boring flies right out the window the day Makenna cons Callie into helping with Shane’s brother’s birthday party. She expects a gangly pimple-faced teenager, but Wes is far from it. He is temperamental and opinionated, but he is also incredibly hot and thoroughly enjoys pushing her buttons. And she pushes his right back.

Even though their undeniable attraction draws them to one another, Wes is clear with Callie about one thing. Relationships are off limits. Friendship is all he has to offer, unless of course, Callie is willing to add a few benefits to that. He works hard to keep the reasons for his aversion hidden, but secrets have a way of making themselves known sometimes, no matter how deep you bury them.

Two of those secrets hold the key to unlocking Wes’ fears of the ultimate betrayal. And the other secret has Callie falling even deeper than she ever dreamed.

But she’s unsure of one thing . . . is she enough to save him from himself?


Where to buy 

(a limited time special release price of $.99.)


Review

All I can say is OH. MY. GOD! Tasha Ivey really knows how to mess with your head in the best way possible!  After reading Every Breath I knew how things were going to turn out for Callie and Wes, however, I was still holding my breath wondering what was going to happen for half of this book! If that is not the sign of a good book, then I don't know what is!

I hated Wes in this book.  And then I fell in love with him.  And then my heart broke for him (over and over).  Especially knowing that all of the crap that happened to him in this book wouldn't even compare to the pain and loss that his future holds with the loss of his brother (and best friend), Shane.  But at the core, all of the things that I hated him about him also made me love him more.  In the end, he was struggling and broken and just didn't know it.

I LOVED getting to know Callie and Makenna better too.  Their friendship is one to be reckoned with!  I loved seeing the interactions between them, and I especially liked seeing how they dealt with their conflicts.  I was envious of Callie's ability to speak her mind, no matter the situation.  While Mak's innocence and pure love was so refreshing.

This book as as good as Every Breath, and I CAN NOT WAIT for Every Glance coming out in 2014!!!
Review by Jillian

Excerpt

“Happy birthday to you!” Makenna sings, jumping up and down on my bed. “It’s going to be a lovely day filled with birthday surprises. Not to mention the fact that we have to go hunt down a liquor store, so you can buy something. It’s a rite of passage into adulthood.”
I throw my pillow at her, nearly knocking her off balance. “For my first birthday surprise, I’d like to sleep, thankyouverymuch.”
“No way. Not happening. Besides, it’s after ten.” She bounds off the bed and flings the double doors to the balcony open. “Do you see this? You’re going to sleep the entire day when you could be out there?”
“Well, when you put it that way . . .”
“I’m always right. You know that.”
We both look at each other before bursting into laughter. Never right would be more like it, and she knows that.
“So what are these big birthday surprises you have in store for me? It may be a determining factor of whether or not I choose to get out of bed.”
“Be right back.” She races from the room and downstairs before racing right back up and pouncing back on the bed. “Surprise number one.” She shoves a wrapped gift at me. Although I’m not entirely sure that “wrapped” is what you’d call it. It’s more like there’s some paper wadded up around it and some tape stuck on there haphazardly. The girl can’t wrap a gift to save her life, but it’s the thought that counts.
I tear at the first opening I can find to shed the box of the layered mass of paper surrounding it, and I lift the lid from the top. Inside is a brand new Breaking Benjamin t-shirt. “You know me too well. I love it, Mak.”
A sly grin curls up the corners of her mouth. “Look underneath it.”
I lift the shirt carefully to find two concert tickets nestled in the tissue paper. They’re for one of their upcoming concerts in Atlanta this summer. I have no words. So I just squeal.
Finally, after a few minutes of hugging her and bouncing up and down, I shower and get ready for the day. She tells me there’s more in store for me, so if the other surprises are anything like those tickets, it’s going to be a damn good day. Makenna knows me better than I know myself most of the time, so she knows exactly what I want or need, even when I don’t know sometimes. That’s one of the many reasons she’s my best friend.
My hair is dry and styled into the perfect beach waves, I’m wearing my favorite denim shorts and new t-shirt, and I just polished all of my nails in the perfect shade of ocean blue. I feel fantastic for a change, and today is going to be a great day. I have no doubt about that.
Descending the stairs, I look back and forth at the shoes I’m holding in each hand. “Makenna, which shoes look best? These black flip flops or the sandals?” I’m nothing if not a shoe whore. Like I’d totally sell myself to buy shoes. Okay, maybe not, but I’d come awful close to it.
“Sandals,” a voice calls back from the living room. But it’s the fact that it’s a male voice has me flinging shoes across the room and screaming.
Wes throws his arms up to keep from being pelted in the face by a wayward flip flop. “Take it easy. It’s just me.”
“What the hell are you doing here?” I pound a fist into his chest when he approaches me. My heart is hammering in my chest so hard that I feel somewhat dizzy. I’m not sure, though, if it’s the fact that I thought a man broke into the house or if it’s the fact that it’s Wes. So much for my troubles not following me here.
Wes grabs my swinging arms and steadies me. “I think we’ve been set up.”

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About the Author


Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn't have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn't complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. Sophie, the dog, however . . . she does complain. A lot.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.


Where to buy


About the author

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Book Seat

The Book Seat is an AWESOME product.  Some friends and I were discussing a meme one night that said something about finding the perfect reading angle while staying fully covered by the blankets, and we were all wishing we had a solution to this huge bibliophile problem.  So to the internet I went and that's when I saw it - The Book Seat.

I looked at it, I watched their promotional videos, I read reviews... I knew I had to find out for myself (and all of you) if this product was as good as it seemed.  I'm pleased to tell you IT IS!

I tried it first with my tablet (Nook Tablet).  It was perfect.  It held it on the arm of my couch while I read beautifully.

I thought to myself, okay then, what about reading in bed?  It is always so hard to find that perfect angle that keeps you comfy and able to read.  If The Book Seat did manage to get the proper angle down... would my tablet stay, or would slide right out?  So I made sure to bring it with me when I went to bed that night.


IT WAS PERFECT!  I was able to curl up in my favorite nighttime position and my tablet was held perfectly for me.  And that is not even the best part.... now when I fall asleep while reading in bed, I'm not woken up by something smacking me in the face!  I hardly ever read without it now.

This is all well and good, but what about a REAL book?  Well I haven't had a chance to actually read an actual book with The Book Seat, but I did test it.  I tried both a paperback and a hard cover.  I tried them at the first page, at the last page, and in the middle.  It held the pages open beautifully.  Turning pages was simple with the flip down action of the sturdy acrylic holder, and adjusting the tension was as simple as tightening the strings on a jacket hood. There is also a handy dandy little loop at the top for you to carry your Book Seat around (sans book) and even a little pocket in the back for your glasses, pens, or maybe even your eReader charger!

(left, The Book Seat holding a paperback, right, The Book Seat holding hardcover)

Overall I give this product 5 full stars!  My ONLY complaint is that I cannot use my tablet while charging it... but that's more an issue with my tablet having the charging port on the bottom than any design flaw of The Book Seat!   I want to give a HUGE Thank You to everyone over at The Book Seat for allowing me to review your wonderful product.

Want to see The Book Seat in action?  Check out the video below:

Review by Danielle

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Show (Northwest Passage #3) by John A. Heldt

******STOP!  If you have not read The Mine this review contains
SPOILERS!*****

I was very excited when I found out there was a sequel to The Mine. I was
intrigued to see where John Heldt would take the story of Joel and Grace
after we left them in the present day... young, in love with Grace adjusting
to living in a world of electronics and conveniences she never knew existed.


I definitely wasn't disappointed!! This story took me on many adventures,
and I loved all of the unexpected twists and turns.  At first, there was one
story line (I won't go into details) that bugged me at first, but once I
really put myself in Graces mindset and thought about how different things
were in the 1940's, I saw this story in a whole new light. Mr. Heldt did an
amazing job really capturing the true essence of life in current times as
well as in the 1940's.


This series has quickly become one of my favorites and I can't wait to dig
into The Fire, the sequel to The Journey!!!

I feel it's important here to tell you about the reading order of Northwest
Passage Series, as it is a little counter intuitive.

The Mine
The Journey
The Show (sequel to the Mine)
The Fire (sequel to the Journey)

Review by Jillian

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Snowed Over by Angie Stanton

What a great holiday read!  Alex decides to help out  "friend of a friend," Katie, by giving her a ride home for Christmas.  Turns out neither one of them are looking forward to what waits for them upon arrival.  When disaster strikes, Kaite and Alex rediscover the true magic of Christmas together.

I absolutely loved the dynamic between Katie and Alex!  I had a smile on my face though almost the entire time I was reading.  They are fun-loving and playful and work together well under pressure.  This is the perfect read to get you into the winter spirit!
Review by Danielle

Monday, December 2, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Forever Loved by Deanna Roy

The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling new adult romance Forever Innocent.

When Gavin saves Corabelle from her plunge into the frigid waters of the Pacific, he knows her recovery from pneumonia is only the beginning of their journey. They share a difficult history — a teen pregnancy, a seven-day-old baby who died of a heart condition, and his decision four years ago to leave Corabelle behind and not look back.

But there are no secrets between them now. As Gavin and Corabelle build a new future together, they learn to trust each other again, falling back on that love they have shared since they were children.

But their past has one last shocking surprise, a revelation that will shake their tender bond and pierce the heart of Corabelle, who has just begun to believe that she truly is Gavin’s only forever love.

Forever Loved is the heart-wrenching conclusion to Corabelle and Gavin's passionate story.


Release Day: Jan. 10, 2014

See our review of Book 1 - Forever Innocent  - yes, I cried like a BABY!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: REMY by Katy Evans


Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.







Where to buy

Barnes and Noble | Amazon

About the author

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!



Teaser


“Pete, you think I need a sports rehab specialist?” I ask.
“No, Rem.”
“Why not?”
“You’re an asshole, dude. You hardly let the masseuses massage you for more than twenty minutes.”
“I need one now.” Pushing my iPad over to him, I tap the screen and signal to the name below her image. “I need that one.”
Pete lifts an interested eyebrow. “You do. Do you?”
“I need a sports rehab specialist on my payroll. I want her to tend to me every day. In whatever ways they do.”
He smirks. “They don’t do blow jobs, I’ll tell you that.”
“If I wanted a blow job, I could have had three just now. What I want . . .” Once again, my finger taps over her name. “Is this sports rehab specialist.”
Pete’s eyebrows fly up to his hairline, and he leans back and crosses his arms. “What exactly do you want her for?”
I chomp down the rest of my food, then take a long gulp of water so I can speak. “I want her for me.”
“Rem . . .” he says in warning.
“Offer her a salary she can’t decline.”
Pete answers me with a puzzled silence. He seems taken aback and is trying to make sense of me. He’s looking into my eyes, and I can tell he’s observing whether they are black or blue.
I’m not black. So I wait quietly. He sighs, slowly jots down her name, and speaks cautiously. “All right, Remington, but let me say, this has Bad Idea written all over it.”
Shoving my plate aside, I lean back and cross my arms.
My head betrays me half the time. One day, it tells me I am god. The other, it tells me that I not only rule hell, but I invented it. Does Pete think I give one fuck about what his own head thinks about my idea? I don’t listen to my head anymore. I listen only to my gut.
“I want her watching me fight Saturday,” I remind him as I get up and shove my chair back under the table. And I want her watching from the bet seats in the house.”
“Remington . . .”
 “Just do it, Pete,” I say as I cross the living room back to the master.
“I already have the tickets ready to go, dude, but it’s hard enough keeping Diane from knowing of your . . . er, issues . . . It’s going to be even harder to keep it from someone like this sports rehab specialist.”
I prop my shoulder at the threshold of my bedroom and think about that. I lower my voice. “Make her sign a contract, so I have guaranteed time with her. And stabilize me the instant I start losing my shit.”
“Remington, just let me get some other girls—”
“No, Pete. No other girls.”
I shut myself in my room and grab my headphones, then just lie there with my iPod in my hand, staring at it.
What will it be like if I make her mine?
I don’t delude myself into thinking that she will accept me, but what if she does? What if she can understand me? The way I am? The two parts of me? No. Not two parts. Every. Single. Fucking. Part. Of me.
My gut tightens as I remember the way her eyes shone when she looked at me. The way they softened after I kissed her and she looked into my eyes, wanting more of me.
I have never seen a look quite like that before. I have been wanted by thousands of women. Nobody has ever looked at me with such open, frightened longing as her.
She was not frightened of me. She was frightened of “it.” This same thing clenching my gut that has me all tangled up. Every cell in my body is buzzing with awareness. Every inch of my skin is awake. My muscles feel primed like they do when I’m ready to fight. Except I’m not ready to fight now. I’m ready to go get my mate.
God help her.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Tough Luck (Rock Hard Roots#3) by C.M. Stunich

Ronnie McGuire is my target.

But I wish he wasn't.

I didn't sign up for this destruction, this pain.

In his music, I hear his soul crying out for me.

If I could, I'd run away from here and never look back because to tell you the truth, I'm terrified. There are forces weighing in on me that even I don't understand. I'm scared. Things are dangerous. This could get real ugly, real fast.

& & &

Lola Saints is a godsend.

But I wish she wasn't.

I don't know sh*t about her, but already, I'm hooked.

When she plays, I can almost imagine the ghosts of the dead are calling out to me.

If I could, I'd shed my soul and leave the pain of the past behind me. But I can't. I have to figure out if there's a way to fall in love anew and respect the old. But something else is going on, something weird. Something that tells me my tough luck might just run out real fast.

*This is NOT the last book in the series. There will be later books featuring Turner and Naomi again, and they also appear in this volume quite a bit. ;)

Where to buy


Review

Coming soon!

Excerpt

Ronnie McGuire:
“You got a light?” a voice asks from the shadows to my left.  The accent sounds familiar, but when I turn to look, I know sure as shit that the face is not.  I'd remember a face like that.
        The girl in question raises both her brows at me and holds out a cigarette.  It hangs limply between us.
        “Have we met before?” I ask, because unless she's a rogue fan who's managed to escape the horde of bodyguards Milo's hired, then I am plum dumb fuck out of luck when it comes to placing her.  And I know everybody, and I mean everybody on this damn tour.  I've slept with half of them, and fought with the rest.  I chit chat with the best, and I know who's who – from the lowliest roadie to the most infamous tattooed self-proclaimed badass.  I slip my lighter out of my jeans and fire her up.
        The girl snorts and raises her bug-eyed sunglasses up with her other hand, teasing me with a hint of bright blue eyes and a little crinkle between her eyebrows.
        “I sure as shit hope so, Mr. McGuire,” she says and drops her shades.  “I gave you a blow job in a utility closet once upon a time.”  She kisses the words out, letting them slip and slide over her lips, so that I can feel each and every one of them caressing over my cock.  My body responds, much to the mystery's girl amusement.  She laughs at the erection I don't bother to hide and takes a drag from her cigarette.  “I was told that if I wanted information, I ought to come to you.”  She smiles at me and blows a fresh cloud of smoke into the hazy air.
        The crowd is tearing up the venue on the other side of the cement wall behind me.  It sounds like they're getting ready to start a riot or something, shouting Turner's name, Naomi's, screaming for that backstabbing bitch, Hayden.  When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a rockstar.  One, because I liked music, and two, because I was lazy as hell and thought it would be an easy job.  Could not have been any more wrong about that.  If I knew back then that I'd make it this far, I'd have probably gone for a nine to five and not because I'd like it, but because it would take less gusto, less courage.  Those two things have been in short supply for me for a long, long while.  It's only recently that I've been able to grab onto them again, and already, they're being drained from me like pus from a septic fucking wound.
        The shouting of the audience is giving me a headache, and the lack of drugs in my system is actually making the words less clear.  Detox is a bitch.  I rub at my temple with my fingers and blink at the girl, hoping to hell she'll give me her damn name before these people surge up and rip us all to pieces, eat our flesh and sacrifice us on some homemade alters in their parents' basement.
        “Yeah,” I tell her, sniffling and running my hand across my face.  “I'm pretty much the gossip guru of the camp.  What's up?”  I look the girl up and down, examining her small round face, her waif like body and her plump lips.  I'd like to get more than a blow job from her, preferably in a state of mind where I can remember it.  How do I not know this chick?  I wonder, tilting my head to the side.
        Her hip is cocked out and her mouth is twisted in a wicked smile.  She might be a foot or more shorter than I am, but she looks miles tall.  She's got a confident air around her that commands attention, especially from somebody as lazy as me.
        I smoke my cigarette and wait for her to respond.
        “Come on, ya wanker, you seriously have no clue who I am?”  She drops her cigarette to the cement floor and crushes it out with her purple velvet heels.  Fancy.  I lean forward and put my hand on the wall next to her head.
        “No, but I'd like to find out.”

About the author

C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.
Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.
C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.
Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person.
Come visit me at www.cmstunich.com and follow me on Facebook!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

World Prematurity Day & GIVEAWAY from Jennifer Degl

Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Day! And as many of you may know, Baby Girl and Tiny Tot were both born premature, so this is a topic near and dear to our hearts.  So wear purple today and show your support!

In honor of  this very special day Jennifer Degl, the author of From Hope to Joy, has generously donated a copy of her book to give away! From Hope to Joy is a very touching and heartwarming story of strength, perseverance and a mothers drive to help her child at any length.

Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies—that's 1 of every 8 infants born in the United States. Preterm birth is the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35% of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause. Preterm birth is also a leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children. Preterm birth cost the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion in 2005.
A developing baby goes through important growth during the final weeks and months of pregnancy. Many organ systems, including the brain, lungs, and liver need the final weeks of pregnancy to develop fully. There is a higher risk of serious disability or death the earlier the baby is born. Some problems that a baby born too early may face include—
  • Breathing problems
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing impairment
Preterm births also may cause heavy emotional and economic burdens for families.
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm

Review of From Hope to Joy

My daughter was borne very prematurely and weighed only 1lb 7oz at birth. As a mom of a micro preemie, like Joy, this book obviously had my attention as soon as I saw what it was about.  It also took a lot of deep breathing and psyching myself up to read it.  I am slightly further removed from the “NICU days” then Jen was when she wrote this book, however, I knew it was going to stir up a lot of emotions that I wasn’t sure I was ready to deal with.

Each page of this book made my heart ache for Jen.  It also made my heart burst with pride.  Pride in Jen for overcoming all of the obstacles that hit her, and for sticking to her gut instincts and not giving up when she was told that was her only option.  And a HUGE amount of pride for that little miracle, Joy.  She is 100% pure proof that miracles do exist.  She was a fighter from the instant she was conceived right up until today, as I am sure she is still facing obstacles and hardships as a result of being brought into this world way too soon and way too small.

The first half of the book was Jen’s story throughout her pregnancy.  It was heartbreaking to read, knowing that this was a real life person going through all of these awful experiences.  But it wasn’t the part of the book that had me doing my breathing exercises.  Part 2 delved into the LONG 4 months that Joy was in the hospital.  As I was reading, it was almost as though I could have written this part word for word.  THIS was the part that had me hesitant to read.  But I am so glad I did.  As I said, I thought it would dredge up feelings that I wasn’t prepared to deal with, but it did so much more than that for me.  It helped to show me that I am more healed than I thought, and it allowed me to reflect upon my experiences and feel pride for MY miracle right along with my pride for Joy.  Jen also did an amazing job at explaining the NICU world to those who haven’t had to experience it.

This is a true story of triumph, dedication and determination.  I think that many people (not just NICU moms) would benefit from reading this story.  These days if you don’t have a preemie of your own, chances are you know someone who does, and this can really help you relate to what all of those “warriors” have had to endure.
Review by Jillian


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Forever Young (The Forever Land Chronicles #1) by Sawyer Bennett

I cannot get this book out of my head!  We are talking full and total hangover here.  It has been days and I have not been able to get my head out of Semper Terra.

Charlie is everything I could want in a female protagonist.  She is smart, strong, and confident all while retaining that essential feminine flare.  She has had a difficult adolescence, but instead of letting it ruin her it made her stronger.  She fights for what she believes is right and faces the consequences as they come.  Caiden is major book boyfriend material.  He is strong, sensitive, sexy as all get out, and has a sense of humor that actually made me laugh out loud a few times.  We don't get to know too much about Caiden in this book, but we do learn is more than enough for me to know I adore this man!

Semper Terra is a beautiful world that I wish I could visit.  I honestly wish I was artistically inclined so that I could pull the picture Sawyer Bennett created for me out of my head and share it all with you, but I'm not.  So I can't.  You'll just have to read it yourself!  Forever Yong might just make the short list of books I have re-read very very soon, I'm not sure I can wait for book 2 to come out before I get myself a Caiden fix!
Review by Danielle

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Forever Young (The Forever Land Chronicles #1) by Sawyer Bennett

She’s a loner, she likes to fight and, oh yeah...she has the ability to see the demons that lay beneath the faces of ordinary humans. It’s a gift Charlie Wright inherited the night her parents were brutally murdered when she was fourteen years old.

Now in her last year of high school, Charlie just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble.  Rather than taking a one-way trip to juvenile detention, Charlie chooses to join a mysterious group called The ForeverLand Alliance.

And then her life really gets weird.

Charlie finds herself magically transported to an alternate universe. In Semper Terra, no one ages, people fly, and one stunningly gorgeous, immortal man manages to capture Charlie’s heart and awaken the adult woman she is becoming.

But it’s not all fun and games. For Charlie is training to become an Annihilator, a select group of Semper Terrans who protect mankind from all of those things that go “bump in the night”.

It’s only when Charlie finds herself stuck in the middle of a prophecy that could bring about the end of the world that she truly begins to understand the deep sacrifices she will have to make.

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I cannot get this book out of my head!  We are talking full and total hangover here.  It has been days and I have not been able to get my head out of Semper Terra.

Charlie is everything I could want in a female protagonist.  She is smart, strong, and confident all while retaining that essential feminine flare.  She has had a difficult adolescence, but instead of letting it ruin her it made her stronger.  She fights for what she believes is right and faces the consequences as they come.  Caiden is major book boyfriend material.  He is strong, sensitive, sexy as all get out, and has a sense of humor that actually made me laugh out loud a few times.  We don't get to know too much about Caiden in this book, but we do learn is more than enough for me to know I adore this man!

Semper Terra is a beautiful world that I wish I could visit.  I honestly wish I was artistically inclined so that I could pull the picture Sawyer Bennett created for me out of my head and share it all with you, but I'm not.  So I can't.  You'll just have to read it yourself!  Forever Yong might just make the short list of books I have re-read very very soon, I'm not sure I can wait for book 2 to come out before I get myself a Caiden fix!
Review by Danielle

About the author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. 




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Thursday, November 14, 2013

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Tough Luck (Hard Rock Roots #3) by C.M. Stunich

18249941Ronnie McGuire is my target. But I wish he wasn't. I didn't sign up for this destruction, this pain. In his music, I hear his soul crying out for me. If I could, I'd run away from here and never look back because to tell you the truth, I'm terrified. There are forces weighing in on me that even I don't understand. I'm scared. Things are dangerous. This could get real ugly, real fast. & & & Lola Saints is a godsend. But I wish she wasn't. I don't know sh*t about her, but already, I'm hooked. When she plays, I can almost imagine the ghosts of the dead are calling out to me. If I could, I'd shed my soul and leave the pain of the past behind me. But I can't. I have to figure out if there's a way to fall in love anew and respect the old. But something else is going on, something weird. Something that tells me my tough luck might just run out real fast. *This is NOT the last book in the series. There will be later books featuring Turner and Naomi again, and they also appear in this volume quite a bit. ;)
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When I get back upstairs, I find that the commotion has only gotten worse. The cops all eye me like they're pretty sure I'm the killer, even if it defies all logic. Their questions were pretty pointed, too. They'd love to pin this crap on me. Thank the friggin' stars that I was onstage at Chelsea's estimated time of death. Stupid fuckers. I pause in front of Turner's room and take a deep breath, wishing I didn't have a massive, throbbing fucking erection. That's nice. Great way to reintroduce myself to my daughter. I have no idea what I was thinking following Lola downstairs, but … strangely enough, even though we barely made it out the damn doors, I feel better. A lot better. I raise my hand to knock, but the door flies open in front of me and leaves me face to face with Naomi Knox. “You better get your ass in here before he kills your kid on accident. Never in my life have I been so happy to be sure he's not a father,” she tells me, stepping aside and sweeping some of her blonde hair over her shoulder. Turner's sitting on the floor with Lydia, turning the pages of a tattoo magazine and pointing at half-naked girls with his finger. “See the rose?” he asks, gesturing at a bright, red flower on the back of some skinny chick's butt. Nice. Real nice. He looks up at me when I step into the room and narrows his eyes. “Star,” Lydia says, leaning forward and pointing at the tattoos that line the edge of Turner's hairline. “Daddy has stars.” He groans and leans back, letting his head fall so that he's staring up at the ceiling. When he looks back up at me, he's frowning hard. “Where the fuck have you been?” he growls as Naomi rolls her eyes and plops into a chair near the small table by the kitchen. Fucking Turner got a Goddamn suite all to himself. How special. “Answering questions from the cops,” I say, and before he can protest and call me out on that, I move forward and squat down next to Lydia. She's not covered in blood anymore. Her red ringlets are damp and she's dressed in a T-shirt that's way too big for her. It's got our logo on the front, the one with the stupid goat with X's for eyes. She doesn't turn to look at me, just keeps staring at Turner and pointing at his tattoos. “Kitty paw,” she says and he sighs, raising his brows and giving me a look. “You are in deep shit, man,” he says. “Deep, deep shit.” Turner gets to his feet and Lydia reaches forward, grasping with her fingers for his pants. “Daddy, no!” she calls out, tears filling her green eyes and dripping down her face. God, I'd love to be able to cry like children do. They don't hold anything back. Their emotions are all out on the table, laid flat and unforgiving. They never apologize for feeling the way they do. They just let it out and move on. I'm envious as fuck. “Lydia, that's Uncle Turner,” I tell her, reaching out and touching her arm with my fingers. My hands are shaking like crazy. I try to blame it on the drugs, but when I look up at Turner, his face is full of sympathy. I swallow hard and look back at my daughter who's sobbing a bit more quietly now, rubbing at her face with her hands. I lick my lips and try to find my voice, but it isn't there. I'm suddenly speechless, and my heart starts to pound. The way you look at me, I know there's love there. You don't even have to say it. I can see it. Just look at me, Ronnie. Look at me. Pain hits me like a truck and I double over, dropping my head to my knees. Asuka's voice ricochets around in my head, blocking out any logical thoughts, blinding me. I need you, I think at her. I need you for this. I don't know what to do. God, help me, but I'm lost. I lift my chin up and stare at Lydia, doing my best to bring up an image of her mother in my head. The only thing I can come up with are the photos the cops showed me. I have no real life memories of her. None. And now she's dead because of me. How sad is that? My self-esteem takes another plummet, threatening to pull me down along with it and wrap me up in the threads of my own demise. I can almost see the image of my own death floating before me, beckoning me with cruel hands and a wicked smile. “Man, are you alright?” Turner asks, bending down next to me. I can't even see his face, all I can see are ghosts and lost promises, broken hearts and bloody fates. “If you don't love yourself, you're pretty much fucked. Chin up and you'll get through it.” Lola's words slip through the cracks in my consciousness breaking my melancholia like a sheet of glass. It's the first time in a long time I've actually heard the voice of a live person in my head. The weirdest part about it is, I don't even know the girl. I don't know her, and her advice is mediocre at best anyway. It's not an epic quote pulled from the depths of an ancient anthology. It's just … some words. Meaningless words. But they help. They help, and I don't know why.

About the Author

6432984C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance. Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers. C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world. Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person.
Come visit me at www.cmstunich.com and follow me on Facebook !

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Monday, November 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Late Night with Andres by Debra Anastasia


Rising-star blogger Milla Kierce knows she's arrived when she sees the swag basket in her dressing room on the night of her late-night television debut. But before she can bite into the muffin that symbolizes her success, gunfire echoes through the TV studio. She's just hidden herself (mostly in plain sight) when the door flings open. Instead of a gunman, there stands one of the world's most popular rock stars, Gage Daxson, looking for his own way out of danger.

Thrown together, they'll battle a venomous man seeking revenge and his own sexual pleasure, but they may never leave the building again. Distracted by fear, fame, and infamy, can these two somehow find their way to each other?

Equal parts horrifying and hilarious, Debra Anastasia's Late Night With Andres offers more than a few twists and turns—and, of course, enough heat to keep things interesting.

Every single cent generated from sales of Late Night with Andres will be donated by Debra Anastasia, Omnific Publishing, and all the staff members involved, to Save the Ta-Tas to assist in the battle against cancer—because cancer sucks.

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If your looking for a story with the perfect little bit of everything, this is the one for you!  In Late Night with Andres you get a little humor, a little suspense, and a little romance and perfectly blended into one great story. Because its a novella its a fun quick read, it took me, the worlds slowest reader, just under three hours start to finish, and it was so good I refused to take a break!

Milla is a snarky, quick witted advice blogger who doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut.  Gage is a surprisingly level-headed rock god in the process of re-evaluating his life.  Life brings them together in a hilariously dangerous situation that just keeps snowballing out of control, all on live TV, thanks to the self-promoting decisions of talk show host, Andres.

The fact that proceeds from this one go to Save the Ta-Tas just makes it even more incredible.  Everyones "mounds of desire" deserve nothing but the beast care and treatment.  So remember to feel em up on the first of every month!
Review by Danielle

About the author

Debra Anastasia grew up in New York and got a bachelor's degree in political science at SUNY New Paltz. At the start of her marriage, she moved to southern Maryland with her husband. She still doesn't trust crabs and all their legs, though everyone else in her family thinks they're delicious. Her favorite hobbies include knitting, painting furniture and wall murals, and slapping clowns. Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when along with the dogs, cat, kids, and husband, the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway for the plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. In the shower, a twist would take hold and--dripping and frenzied--she'd find somewhere, anywhere to write it down.

Late Night With Andres by Debra Anastasia

If your looking for a story with the perfect little bit of everything, this is the one for you!  In Late Night with Andres you get a little humor, a little suspense, and a little romance and perfectly blended into one great story. Because its a novella its a fun quick read, it took me, the worlds slowest reader, just under three hours start to finish, and it was so good I refused to take a break!

Milla is a snarky, quick witted advice blogger who doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut.  Gage is a surprisingly level-headed rock god in the process of re-evaluating his life.  Life brings them together in a hilariously dangerous situation that just keeps snowballing out of control, all on live TV, thanks to the self-promoting decisions of talk show host, Andres.

The fact that proceeds from this one go to Save the Ta-Tas just makes it even more incredible.  Everyones "mounds of desire" deserve nothing but the beast care and treatment.  So remember to feel em up on the first of every month!
Review by Danielle

Sunday, November 10, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: MINE by Katy Evans

“I will do anything to make her MINE.” —Remington Tate

In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington “Remy” Tate as vital as the air he breathes . . . and now he can’t live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman’s dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, Brooke is torn away from the ringside. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.


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Remington Tate, sigh.  What are we to do with this man?  He is so much more than he thinks he is and that is evident in every single one of his actions throughout MINE.  He constantly puts his happiness on the back burner for the people he loves.  It makes it near impossible not to love every sexy inch of him, even his "dark side".    Which, by the way, we get to see a lot more of in MINE too.  I really feel like I get the severity of his issues now (being vague for those who are reading this and haven't read REAL, which they should do now, because OMG that book!)  His highs are higher his lows are lower, but I think his dear sweet Brooke is actually starting to level him out.

Talk about Brooke, she frustrated me a lot this time around.  Her life is turned totally upside down but I really never felt like she took control of the situation or owned what was going on.  But she loves Remy something fierce so I'll forgive her, for now.

I did have a few issues, but nothing so big that it would ever make me tell someone not to read MINE, especially because I loved it.  The issues were mostly things at the end that I obviously can't discuss here because, well, they are at the end, and it was just a topic very personal to me that I felt needed a little more...  authenticity and possibly elaboration.

I cannot wait for the release of REMY at the end of this month.  I just hope my girly bits can handle being inside Riptide's head.
Review by Danielle

About the author

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!


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Remington Tate, sigh.  What are we to do with this man?  He is so much more than he thinks he is and that is evident in every single one of his actions throughout MINE.  He constantly puts his happiness on the back burner for the people he loves.  It makes it near impossible not to love every sexy inch of him, even his "dark side" (which, by the way, we get to see a lot more of in MINE).  I really feel like I get the severity of his issues now (being vague for those who are reading this and haven't read REAL, which they should do now, because OMG that book!)  His highs are higher his lows are lower, but I think his dear sweet Brooke is actually starting to level him out.

Talk about Brooke, she frustrated me a lot this time around.  Her life is turned totally upside down but I really never felt like she took control of the situation or owned what was going on.  But she loves Remy something fierce so I'll forgive her, for now.

I did have a few issues, but nothing so big that it would ever make me tell someone not to read MINE, especially because I loved it.  The issues were mostly things at the end that I obviously can't discuss here because, well, they are at the end, and it was just a topic very personal to me that I felt needed a little more...  authenticity and possibly elaboration.

I cannot wait for the release of REMY at the end of this month.  I just hope my girly bits can handle being inside Riptide's head.
Review by Danielle

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

1,000 LIKES GIVEAWAY!!!


Jillian and I are thrilled to finally hit this milestone.  We love to read, and we love sharing it with all of you and we are super excited to give back to all our followers, with a little (okay a lot) of help from some awesome authors!  Whats up for grabs?

  • 1 Prize Pack - Signed paperbacks: Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder, plus swag!
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RELEASE DAY AND GIVEAWAYS: Edge of Always by J. A. Redmerski

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. A. Redmerski brings us the second book in her heart-renching series about two 20-somethings who find each other in their darkest moment.

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged-and a wedding isn't the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can't wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to-until tragedy blindsides them. 

Andrew doesn't understand how this could happen to them. He's trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won't do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride...


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After a while of sitting in the room surrounded by everyone at the baby shower, I start to feel overwhelmed, but I’m ready to tone this get-together down and soak in a long, hot bath.
Two more hours drag by and everyone has left except for Natalie, who finds me soaking in that much-needed bath, surrounded by frothy bubbles.
“Cam?” I hear Natalie’s voice on the other side of the bathroom door. She knocks softly a few times.
“Come on in,” I say.
The door creeps open and Natalie peeks around the side. Wouldn’t be the first time she saw me naked.
She sits on the closed toilet lid.
“Well, it’s official,” she says, grinning down at me, “pregnancy does make the boobs bigger.”
As always, she’s exaggerating.
I raise my hand from the water and flick droplets at her.
“Are you feeling all right?” she asks, toning down the jokes. “You look exhausted.”
“I’m pregnant,” I say flatly.
“True, but Cam, you look like shit.”
“Thanks.” I reach back, readjust the clip I put in my hair to keep it from getting wet, then relax my arm along the side of the tub.
“Well, aren’t you supposed to be glowing? That’s what they say pregnant women do.”
I shrug and shake my head against the back of the tub.
I get out of the tub and wrap a towel around my body before hugging Natalie good-bye.
Then I lie across my bed, remembering how comfortable it was. But I don’t miss this room so much, or feel any sense of longing to get back into my old life. No. The “old life” I still want to avoid, and this is the number one reason I’ve been so divided about whether to come home or not. I’ve missed my mom and Natalie, and I admit that I’ve just missed North Carolina. But I don’t miss it in the way that makes me want to end right back up here doing the same things I was doing before. I ran away from that lifestyle for a reason, and I’m not about to run right back to it.
I decide to stay here and go to bed early. I feel overly exhausted, as if my body is being drained of energy faster than normal.
Andrew crawls into the bed with me and lies on his side, his head propped on his knuckles. “I feel like I’m doing something I shouldn’t, being up here in your childhood room with you like this.” He grins.
I smile slimly and bury my body deeper underneath the blanket. It’s only a little chilly outside, but I’m freezing. I pull the blanket up to my chin, curling my fingers tight around the fuzzy fabric.
“If my dad was here,” I say, chuckling, “you’d be in Cole’s room.”
He moves closer to me and drapes his arm over my waist…

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J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

12 NAs of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas Just Got Hotter!


Today we get to share with you the release of 12 New Adult Novellas written by some of our favorite bestselling New Adult authors! These are 12 separate Christmas novellas (not an anthology or box set) that are all releasing today! Some of the novellas are stand-alone and some are related to that author's existing series. We're highlighting one of the 12 with an excerpt and the information about that title. Then you can check out each of the titles below!

These novellas are sure to get you ready for whatever you have planned for the holidays.




ABOUT BRAVE:

In the season of hope, in the season of giving…

How far would you go for your friend?

Alissa Thompson has been the good girl her whole life. Her uninterested parents don’t understand her hopes and dreams. But this Christmas when her steadfast childhood friend Charlie needs her more than ever, she can’t back down. Crossing the line means being braver than she has ever been in her life. It means changing and growing and taking a stand.

Dakota Gray was brave in the face of debilitating fear. But he lost himself in that blood soaked day and has shunned everything he once knew. Now shattered and broken, he hides out in isolation, his wounds beyond healing. His heart closed, his emotions buried, he’s a man on the edge of self-destructing. Little does he know that courage would be found in another searching for the strength to be brave.

Now snowbound in the Colorado Rockies one week before Christmas, Alissa thought this was about her journey and her friend, about setting him free. But from the moment she meets Dakota, she learns about what real bravery is all about. What real love is all about. But is the season enough, her courage enough, her love enough to heal this hero’s brave heart and in the end set herself free?


About Zoe Dawson:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Alissa

Okay, the gorgeous, ripped guy looming over me was really angry. I couldn’t actually blame him, because falling off that cliff had been stupid. I was lucky I wasn’t dead. But almost getting killed wasn’t the only reason my heart beat faster. Not only was I safe and getting warm, really warm, I had finally gotten a really good look at the man who’d rescued me.

The guy was built. He had a powerful chest that tapered down to a lean waist and amazing washboards like I have never seen in real life. His biceps bulged with a glorious curve of muscle that literally made my mouth water. Shocked at my reaction, I could only stare.

Then there was his face. Thick, midnight black hair was brushed back off his forehead, tapering down the sides of his temples and falling on either side of his strong neck, just brushing the heavy muscles of his shoulders. His broad forehead spanned above deep-set, pale eyes with an intense gaze, with a firm chin and a hard jawline, a prominent but narrow nose, and sharply defined cheekbones. When he talked, the way he moved his mouth mesmerized me. His upper lip was thinner than the bottom, and it looked yummy and oh-so-kissable.

His chest started to heave as he met my eyes, and maybe I couldn’t quite hide my awe, but instead of looking smug, he just looked more freaked.

He turned on his heel and left the room. I wasn’t sure if he was coming back. The look on his face had been…tortured.

My curiosity jumped up a notch. While I waited, hoping he’d be back soon, I looked around. The cabin was beautiful, with its rough-hewn logs, stunning furnishings with scattered Native American throw blankets, and the huge fieldstone fireplace in front of me. I wished Dakota…what a beautiful name for a beautiful man…would put that fireplace to work, because it was getting chilly in spite of the cabin’s sturdy construction.

He finally came back into the room carrying a case. He’d put on a blue plaid shirt and buttoned it almost to his chin. I felt disappointed. Well, obviously, he couldn’t walk around half naked. It was December, for God’s sake. But, still.

He set the case down on the floor. “Let me look at your ankle,” he said, the request for my permission in his voice, but the anger still brushed each word.

I took a deep breath, but not because of the pain, but at the thought of those strong hands touching me.

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