Friday, September 27, 2013

Spotlight and Giveaway: Let Love In & Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins

What would happen if you lost everything?  If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?  
That’s exactly what happened to Madeleine Becker when her parents died when she was ten years old.  Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again.  The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get hurt if she doesn't fall in love. 

That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy's pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world.  Maddy's inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past. 

Together they find out what happens when they let love in.

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If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love – truly, madly and deeply in love.  But what happens when that honest and pure love isn’t enough to erase your fears?  What happens when your past rears its ugly head and threatens your future?  

Maddy and Reid had that kind of love – the all-encompassing, Earth shattering, once in a lifetime kind of love.  Then life happened.  Old wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped opened and they are forced to face the possibility that, maybe, they are not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.  

Together, they found out what love is, but now they will each need to heal on their own before they can ever be together again.  They must face their fears and beat down their pasts in order to find their way through this crazy uphill battle called love.  

They’ve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.  

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About the author

I’ve always been an avid reader.  Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer.  Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer.  I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it.  When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity.  My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there.  I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.  


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Let Love Stay (Love Series #2) by Melissa Collins

***this review contains spoilers for book 1, Let Love In***

Reid is still amazing.  This book starts right at the moment Let Love In lets off; Reid has just found out he is going to be a father and has stormed out of the hospital leaving poor Maddy far from recovered from her accident, pregnant, and heartbroken.

I really loved watching these two characters grow emotionally over the course of this book. Maddy and Reid each take a journey that leads them to become better stronger individuals.  There were a lot of ups and downs for the characters both personally as well as parents to be, but in the end there was a sweet resolution for them both.  There are so many things I wish I could talk about in this book, but I'm afraid I'll be giving away too much if I do!  Your going to have to trust me and read this one, you won't be sorry.

Book three is due out soon, Let Love Heal.   Book 3 is about Maddy's best friend Melanie.  You will see in Let Love Stay that there is more to Melanie than just the extra supportive best friend, she has her own issues that she needs to deal with.  I can't wait to see her journey!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Night of the Fae (Ana Martin Series, # 1) by Lyneal Jenkins

Ok so talk about the unexpected! I got this request a few months back to read and review this book "Night of the Fae". TOTALLY not my genre. But I decided I would give it a try seeing as the last series I "gave a try" to ended up being one of my favorites.

I'm going to be completely honest here and say I fully expected to hate this book. The only experience I have with fairies is from True Blood and that's my least favorite story line in the show. Lesson learned!! I apparently need to broaden my horizons and try new genres more often. This book was AWESOME!!

In one book you got romance, suspense, violence, unexpected friendships, loss, anguish and so much more. I honestly don't think I have ever felt so many different emotions reading one book.

Even if your not typically into mystical or super natural books, you should really give this one a try. Those aren't my typical reads either but you get so sucked into this alternate world you almost forget that it isn't real.  I can't wait to check out the next one in the series, The Hidden Light!
Review by Jillian

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SPOTLIGHT, INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Hard Rock Roots Series by C.M. Stunich

Real Ugly

Turner Campbell is an asshole.
I f*cking hate him.
But I can't get enough either.
He sings like an angel and f*cks like a devil.
If I could, I'd run away and never look back because to tell you the truth, I think this man might be the death of me.


Naomi Knox is a bitch.
I can't f*cking stand her.
But I can't stop thinking about her either.
She looks like an angel and plays like a devil.
If I could, I'd f*ck her good and forget all about her, but to tell you the truth, I think this woman might be my last saving grace.

Get Bent

Naomi Knox is missing.
I don't even f*cking know whether she's dead or alive.
What I do know is that she's the air I need to breathe.
She's my redemption, an all consuming fire that burns in my blood.
And I'll do anything to find her. Anything. Even if means the end for me.
& & &
Turner Campbell is searching.
But he has no f*cking clue what it is he's searching for.
There's darkness all around and enough secrets to choke.
There are angels, and there are devils. It's impossible to tell them apart.
Light needs to be shone on the truth, but there's no one left to hold the torch. The line between life and death is blurred, and the players are all thoroughly entrenched in the game. The question is: am I still one of them?

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Tough Luck

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.

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Interview with TURNER CAMPBELL! 

(Warning, may contain spoilers for those who have not read Real Ugly and Get Bent)

Danielle: Can you believe we are moments away from meeting TURNER CAMPBALL from Indecency?
Jillian: O.M.G.  I’m so excited!!  What do you think he will be like?
Danielle:  I’m not sure, but we are about to find out, I think I hear him just outside the door!

Turner bursts though the door in all his glory and we are awestruck, the man is smokin’!

Jillian: *whispers to Danielle* No man has a right to be that hot.
Danielle: *nods in agreement, too far gone to form a sentence*

While looking at turner Danielle’s gaze suddenly stops right around Turner’s crotch and she tilts her head.

Danielle:  Girl pants?  Really Turner?  I swear I thought that rumor was false!

Jillian: *smacks Danielle* That is NOT a nice way to start an interview Danielle!  You could at least say hello first!

Danielle: *smiles up at Turner* Hi Turner, we are very excited to be sitting down to do this interview with you!  Um… let me re-state my first question, okay?  Um… Girl Pants….. Really?!?!?

Turner: Listen, babe, I get more ass wearing these pants than I would naked.  The denim cups the cheeks, alright?  And it doesn't hurt to enhance the package up front either.  I happen to know Naomi likes 'em, too.  Even if she'd never admit it... Got you to look didn't I?

Jillian:  I’m sorry for my friend here, let me ask you a real question now: Describe for us one of your tattoos, one we don’t already know about and how/when/why you got it.

Turner:  Well, I've got so damn many now it's hard to keep track.  Shit, have I talked about the one behind my right ear?  Nobody knows it's there, and I don't really like to talk about it, but hell, you b****** are from another universe, so I figure my secret's safe.  As you probably already know, I hate my effing mother.  After all she ever did to me as a kid, I don't owe her sh**.  But I did get a tattoo to remember her by.  Not so much because I loved her, but more because I want to remind myself how not to be.  It's just a stupid heart that I got in the back of some dude's van, but there you have it.  Now, you know how to keep a secret, right?

Danielle: Okay I’ll play nice now Jillian…. Turner, What was the funniest/craziest place you ever woke up after a night of parting?
Jillian:  Really, Danielle?
Turner: *Laughs* Now, that's a good question.  Assuming that all of my memories are in sorts, I'd have to say on a beach in Mexico.  Don't know which one, don't care.  All I know is that when I started partying, I was in San Diego, and when I woke up, I was lying naked next to a couple of chicks in football jerseys.  Weird as shit.  Thankfully, all I had to do was call Milo, and he got me a ticket back.  End of story.

Jillian:  Huh… Well then Turner, what was the scariest place?
Danielle: *under her breath* He gives us that gem and that’s the best she can come up with?
Turner:  Shit.  That's easy.  I woke up once with a guy standing over me holding a baseball bat.  Angry husbands are the worst, you know?  Can't say that ended well...

Jillian:  Since Danielle isn’t liking my questions, how about this….  Where is the craziest place you’ve had sex with someone, Turner?
Danielle: Now we’re talking!
Turner:  Hope you ladies aren't as easy as these questions... That's a no brainer.  Onstage with Naomi Knox, hands down.  With the power flickering on and off, and all the chaos, that was the craziest shit ever.  I kinda thought we might get attacked by rabid fans.
Danielle:  That was... wow.  If you could have a perfect day, what would it be like?
Turner:  Music, sex, and the love of my life.  Give me those three things and I'm in, no matter where I'm at or what's going on.

Jillian:   Who is your biggest musical inspiration and if you had to compare Indecency’s sound to another band, which band would it be?
Turner:  My biggest inspiration comes from my friend, Travis.  When we lost him, that's when the shit really started to flow, you know what I mean?  Nothing like a life changing f*** up to get creativity moving.  Music is born from pain, you know?  As far as bands, I'd have to say our sound is most similar to Falling in Reverse or Atreyu.

Danielle:  You know, now that I’m thinking about it, I have no clue how long Indecency has been together…. Care to shed some light on that for us Turner?
Jillian:  Oooh Great (tame) question Danielle
Danielle:  Why thank you!
Turner:  We've been together since I was fourteen f***ing years old.  It's been good, and it's been shit, but I can't imagine life any other way.  Music's the only thing that's kept me going.  Until now... Naomi friggin' Knox.  Who'd have thought, right?

Danielle:  Lets get to know the inner Turner a bit more shall we, Jillian?
Jillian:  Yes, lets!  Turner, what is your biggest fear?  How do you combat it?
Turner:  Uh … my fear?  To be like my useless mother or my long gone father, to screw up as a parent.  I can't think of anything worse than creating another person who's as effed up as me.

Danielle: If something happened, and you suddenly couldn’t be a rock god anymore, what would you do with your life?
Turner:  Honestly?  Now that I have Naomi, all I want to do is have babies with her and kiss her friggin' face off.  That's it.  It's that effing simple.

Jillian: Tell us the top 3 things on your bucket list.
Turner: Gettin' clean, marrying Naomi, hitting the top of the bestseller charts.

Danielle:  And finally.  Turner, what do you foresee for Indecency and Amatory Riot’s futures?
Turner:  I wish I could say I saw blowout concerts and parting till dawn, but I'm pretty damn sure this crazy sh** isn't over yet.  Things are going to go down, and they're going to go down hard.  Here's to hoping I make it through this in one piece...


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Monday, September 16, 2013

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Beautiful Chances by Alicia Rae

After losing her parents and sister in a tragic car accident, Lily distances herself from those still around her. As she solely focuses on her work, she refuses to form any emotional attachments in fear of struggling through another unbearable loss.
…until Kyle enters her life with his possessive and overbearing personality. Instead of running, Lily finds herself drawn to him. Helping her on a path to healing, Kyle stands by her side and lends her his strength.
A bond is formed, but it is tested when the unthinkable happens.
Can taking a chance on love conquer all?

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   The truck was coming straight for us. There was nowhere else for it to go. I knew we were going to hit, and my heart constricted unbearably at the thought of not being able to stop in time. The light was so bright that it was blinding me.
   Maybe I could have missed him if only I would have turned in a different direction. Maybe I could have cranked the wheel hard or hit at a different angle to better our chances.
   But it was too late, and we were past too many maybes.
   Screams were overtaken by the deafening sound of metal crunching against metal.
    “Lily! Lily! Wake up. It’s okay.” Hard hands were shaking me. “Lily, wake up. Come back to me. You’re okay. It’s just a nightmare.”
   I opened my eyes to meet Kyle’s stare. His eyes, wide with worry, were illuminated by the night lamp. My pulse was beating frantically throughout my body as I tried to bring myself back to the present.
   “No. It’s real…so real…” I cried. “It felt so real.”
   “It wasn’t real, Lily. You’re here, here with me.” Kyle pulled me closer, gathering me in his arms.
    Both of us were breathing erratically. Tears were streaming down my face and onto his chest.
   “It’s okay now, Lily. You are here with me, not there. You don’t have to go there anymore.”
   I sat quietly for a minute, trying to gather my thoughts and steady myself. “I try…not to go there, but it just pulls me in. I can never win. It’s almost like my punishment…like I’m being punished for surviving,” I whispered.
   He stroked my back, listening to my words. “No one is punishing you, Lily. You’ll get through this. We’ll help you find a way to get through this,” he promised. 

About the Author

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: For Everly by Raine Thomas

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

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Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA Fantasy/Romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy and the Firstborn Trilogy, and a New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.


I am on a streak of reading really awesome books lately and For Everly definitely continued that streak!! The only thing I didn't love about this book was going to work after it kept me up till 2am!!! I couldn’t put it down! The way that Raine Thomas portrayed Everly’s selflessness was astounding.  I have never really felt for a character the way I did for her.  And Cole! Oh man, I think I wanted to shake him and jump him at the same time.

In For Everly, Everly Wallace and Cole Parker come together and strike a mutually beneficial deal. She will secretly (and completely confidentially) help him out with his bum shoulder and in return he will pay her more than enough money to pay her mounting debt. Will they be able to work together in a strictly professional manor? There is this undeniable chemistry between them, but can they ignore it? And what will happen when both of their pasts come back to haunt them? Will everyone make it through unscathed?

This is a MUST read! And a total steal for only $3.99! Put it at the top of your TBR list.  One of my favorites of the summer by far!
Review by Jillian


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I am on a streak of reading really awesome books lately and For Everly definitely continued that streak!! The only thing I didn't love about this book was going to work after it kept me up till 2am!!! I couldn’t put it down! The way that Raine Thomas portrayed Everly’s selflessness was astounding.  I have never really felt for a character the way I did for her.  And Cole! Oh man, I think I wanted to shake him and jump him at the same time.

In For Everly, Everly Wallace and Cole Parker come together and strike a mutually beneficial deal. She will secretly (and completely confidentially) help him out with his bum shoulder and in return he will pay her more than enough money to pay her mounting debt. Will they be able to work together in a strictly professional manor? There is this undeniable chemistry between them, but can they ignore it? And what will happen when both of their pasts come back to haunt them? Will everyone make it through unscathed?

This is a MUST read! And a total steal for only $3.99! Put it at the top of your TBR list.  One of my favorites of the summer by far!
Review by Jillian

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

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Here we have a book full of sexual tension followed up with a one two punch of angst.  I ate it up! (Seriously, who needs sleep when you have a toddler at home?  Apparently not I!) Let me just share with you when I fell in love with Remy:

His lips curl and he meets my gaze.  "Brooke Dumas."  He just f#$%ed my name right in front of me.  And right in front of Mel. ... "Brooke," he growls softly, meaningfully, against my lips, as he draws back with a smile.  "I'm Remington."

SWOON!  I have to agree with Brooke's best friend Mel when she says "Holy s%^* its like porn with the romance."  This book was H.O.T. no other way to describe it, none.

Remy's instant desire to be near Brooke leads to a job offer Brooke can't say no to.  As Brooke gets ever close to Remy you realize something is just a bit off, and Brooke has to learn how to live with all that Remy is.  The sexual tension between the two is so intense its like tanning on the surface of the sun.  My heart ached for Remy and his sad past, it really did.  I loved how music was brought into the story and how important it was to both Brooke and Remy, it was really touching.

By now you know I'm a sucker for a man who will sacrifice everything for the woman he lives and Remington is no different.  The boy may think he can only do bad, but Brooke brings out the good in him even when he isn't in control anymore. 

This is soooooo making my top ten for 2013!
Review by Danielle 
Original review post can be found here.

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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Friday, September 6, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Off Chance (Off Series #5) by Sawyer Bennett

He is seeking absolution.
Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.

She is seeking escape.
Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.

Together, they have the chance to become complete.
Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished.

Are they willing to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned?
Expected release date: 10/21/13
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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, September 5, 2013


I grew up wishing on stars.

My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.

Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.

This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.

I find myself looking to my stars again...wondering if I dare one more wish.

Expected release date: October 2013


      I can hardly breathe. My brain doesn’t have time for something as trivial as oxygen when it’s so busy cataloguing her features, memorizing the exact shade of her mocha eyes, warring with the anger and regret that have sprung to life as if they never left me to begin with.
      I never thought I’d see her again. I didn’t think I wanted to.
      The moment I step closer, I realize my mistake. Being near her is like a sip of water to desert-parched lips. It whips something through me—memories, lust, first love. Heartbreak. She tilts her lips up to mine, and I actually think for one goddamned ridiculous minute that I might kiss her, that I want to. That I would swallow all my pride and forgive her for just one taste.
      I step back before I can give in to the impulse, and her cheeks blaze to life, her blush as cute as the rest of her. That’s the word for her: cute. Sweet smile and peppy ponytail, she exudes cuteness.
Except her ass. Her ass doesn’t even land in the same stratosphere as cute, and those tight little pants do nothing to hide its soft, round curves. And her breasts. There’s definitely nothing cute about the way her T-shirt stretches across their fullness. Or her go-for-miles legs. Not to mention the narrow strip of skin exposed between her shirt and pants. Just looking at the single inch of flesh below her navel, and I practically taste strawberry wine on my tongue.
      Moonlight. Her warm skin under my tongue. The sound of her moan as my tongue dips lower.
The memory grabs hold of my senses and won’t let go.

      Fuck. I can’t even lie to myself. Nothing about her says cute. Everything about her says sex. And mine.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

From Hope to Joy by Jennifer Degl

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

Monday, September 2, 2013

BOOK BLITZ AND GIVEAWAY: Conversion (Conversion #1) by S.C. Stephens

Emma is happy. She's got a promising career in front of her, great friends, and a pretty amazing family. But her social life has been a little lacking lately. That's when fate stepped in, and crashed her into a tall, dark and handsome man. Sure, he has his secrets...don't we all, and, yeah, maybe his secrets are a little more unusual than most - like he's a partial vampire who can walk around during the day, but also enjoys a little plasma nightcap now and again - but to Emma, he's single, successful, and an extraordinary gentleman. That makes up for a lot. Of course, his condition is a bit more serious than he first lets on, and living a life with him will require some sacrifices that most just aren't willing to make. Will she? Is love enough to compensate for a life that will never be anywhere near the realm of normalcy? But then again...what's normal anyway? 

Expected Publication Date: 9/3/13
Book Cover Design:  Okay Creations
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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About the Author

S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer's block reducing music, heading out to the movies, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.


Five (5) copies of Conversion (with five different winners), reader’s choice of signed paperback or ebook.  Giveaway starts on the 8/28/13 and runs though  9/8/13. Open Internationally.
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Return to Poughkeepsie Trailer!

Check out the AMAZING Return to Poughkeepsie Trailer!!!!!! *shivers*

Cover Reveal: Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. Destruction and intimidation are his calling, his craft— whether he wants it that way now or not.

He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the
phone. Mob forces have moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an
instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back safely. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or worse until death does part.

Expected to release on 12/31/13

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