Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Release Blitz: Drive by Kate Stewart





Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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Scheduled to release: October 17, 2017

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Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.



The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.



At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.



You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.



Two days.



One playlist.



And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.





5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes


Drive was absolutely brilliant, phenomenal, heart wrenching and by far Kate Stewart's best book to date. I laughed, I cried, and I swooned. There were moments where my heart broke (maybe more than once), moments where my heart was caught in my throat and at one point I had no idea how this story would end. I felt EVERYTHING with this book. The love, the passion, the intensity of the story, the heartbreak, the ups and downs and so much more. It was freakin’ fantastic!!!

Stella wants to pursue her dreams of being a music journalist.  Music has always been a big part of her life since she was a child.  She moves in with her sister and her sister’s boyfriend.  Along the way, while she is trying to not only find herself but also make something of her life, she meets two men who are so different in many ways.  But they both own a piece of her heart.  Is it possible to love two men?  Absolutely!!  But for Stella she loved both men in two different ways.  They were both amazing men who loved her completely.  But while she did love the both of them, her heart truly and wholly belonged to only one man. 

I am not really a fan of love triangles, but this is Kate Stewart so there was no way I would pass up the chance to read it.   I don’t want to say too much about either one of them, but will say that Ms. Stewart had this amazing ability of making me love both men.  Honestly though, I am not sure if this felt like a love triangle to me, because throughout the book for me personally, there was only one man for Stella..  The person she finds her happily ever after with is the man who is her soul mate.  The man who from the moment they met you could feel the love and passion between them.  There were scenes where I swear in that moment the love, the passion and the intensity of it all, gave me goose bumps because I felt it all.  You know those moments when you are reading a specific scene and at the end of it you release the breath that you didn’t even know you were holding?  Yep, that is what it felt while reading this book.  I loved every bit of angst, drama and heartbreak that came my way.  And in the end Ms. Stewart pieced all the pieces of my heart back together again and made me happy. 


This book is by far one of my top reads this year.  Kate Stewart completely blew me away.  The writing itself was flawless, the way she intertwined music into this book was brilliant.  Each chapter is the title of a song, a song that you can listen to as you read, a song that has so much meaning to the story and that chapter..  It is one of the most beautiful and breathtakingly fantastic love stories that I have read!!!  I am not sure what else I can say except read this book.  If there is one book you read of Kate’s, make it this one.  Once you start reading you will never want to stop.  Days later this book and these characters will still be on your mind!  Fantastic!!!


EXCERPT:

Breathe. Breathe. This is in the bag, Stella. You can do this, so do it.


I clicked on the camera and quickly glanced at my notes.

One minute.

Electricity shot through my veins and seeped through every pore, reminding me that this was it.

Thirty seconds.
I took a sip of water and set it beside my laptop as I waited.

Ten seconds.
A flicker of doubt processed for mere seconds before I wiped it away.

Five.
I expelled a stressed breath, clicked Go Live, and addressed the camera.

“Womanizer, bully, genius, recluse, and the world’s greatest MC. Even with all those labels, Phillip Preston, also known as Titan, is still a bit of an enigma. Despite the universe he’s constructed with storytelling lyrics, he’s always left it up to us to decipher his truth from his fiction. He burst onto the music scene fifteen years ago, an underdog in the belly of rap, with chaotic and desperate rhymes that resonated and pushed him into an unexpected level of stardom. With one hundred and eighty million records sold, he still holds his title as heavyweight and remains a household staple for his die-hard fans, collecting an army of new followers over the past two decades. I must admit, I was a bit intimidated when I sat down with him this past weekend in his Chicago fortress. I, like millions of others, am a huge fan of his genius. The simplicity of our surroundings in his home studio was shocking, to say the least. The feeling was a bit clinical and there were no platinum records on his walls, no personal photos, and there was no hint of the history he’d made as the world’s most notorious rap star. He sat in a leather chair next to his soundboard, water bottle in hand, and spoke about his love of rap, while subtly redirecting questions about his personal life—though we know he recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend, Jordan Wilson.”

My eyes nearly watered as I watched the live view box tick to a hundred thousand. I had a hundred thousand people watching my podcast in a matter of minutes. I took a deep breath.

“But it seemed my reputation had preceded me because when I sat down with the rap mogul, Phillip appeared ready for the firing squad. We dueled well as I asked the hard questions—the questions of a fan. Questions I know so many of his loyal listeners want answers to, and I think you’ll be surprised to hear his answers. So, without further ado, take a look at my exclusive with the man behind the myths. Feel free to form your own opinions, but above all, remember it’s the music that matters most.”

I linked my pre-recorded interview and watched the ticks explode as soon as his face hit the screen.

That was the moment my career peaked.

With pride, I watched my interview with the white whale, the Moby Dick of the music industry. Gorgeous, brilliant, and highly elusive, Phillip Preston was the hardest artist to get personal with in an interview. And I was the woman he reached out to, to break his silence about his road to success, his parents, his ex-wife, and finally—after some careful eggshell coaxing—he spoke about his recent relationship. He had delivered to me, on a silver platter, highly personal details about his life where so many other journalists had failed, and it was nothing short of miraculous.

It was my greatest accomplishment as a music journalist. I was flying, soaring as my phone began to blow up with message after message. I hadn’t told a soul, not a single person about my exclusive. I was high on adrenaline when the notifications began to ping on my phone. A hundred, two hundred messages, and then I saw the viewer ticks had jumped drastically to half a million. Half a million! I laughed out nervously and checked Phillip’s social media. He had just posted my podcast link to our interview. My jaw dropped. He had over eighty million followers on one forum alone.

And the viewer counts just kept rising. I had done it. I gasped when the ticks went past a million.

A million people were watching my podcast.

A million people were watching my podcast!

“AHHHHHH!” I screamed to no one as I looked around the vacant room. I raised both hands in the air when the ticks rolled past two million. “Oh my GOD!” I shot up from the desk, my eyes full of incredulous water.

I’d never had more than a million views. Ever. And those took months to accrue. It was the greatest career high of my life. I looked back down at my phone, anxious to talk to someone, anyone. Lexi’s middle finger popped up on the screen, and I couldn’t resist answering her call.

“AHHHHHHHH!” I screamed into the phone..

“Stella?”

“Yes! Is it good? You think I asked the right questions? I edited for like nine hours.”

“What?”

“What do you mean, what? Titan’s interview.”

“You interviewed Titan?”

A small amount of my excitement dispersed. “Yours was the wrong call to answer.”

“You fucking interviewed Titan?”

“Yes. I wanted to surprise everyone.”

“And you didn’t bring me?”

“Sorry. I’ll feel guilty later.”

“Yeah.” Her voice dropped. I heard a toilet flush. “Yeah, Stella, that’s so cool.” Another toilet flushed.

“Where are you?”

“I’m in the bathroom at the Marquee.”

“Okay. Well, I’m buzzing right now, woman. Like, literally, my phone is exploding. Five million hits, Lexi. Five million!”

“I’m so happy for you, Stella.”

I frowned. “Yeah, with that amazing monotone, I can tell.”

“I’m so sorry.” And then her voice broke. My best friend doesn’t cry. Ever.

“Oh, shit. What’s up?”

“I’ll call you back, okay? I don’t want to ruin this.”

“You aren’t ruining anything. You couldn’t ruin this. I promise. I’ll be high for days. So, tell me. Why are you in the bathroom?”

“I’m on a blind date. He took me to a wedding.”

“Okay. You need an excuse? That’s not like you. You’re ballsy. Just give him your usual, it’s not me, it’s you.” I chuckled because she’d used it in front of me on a bass player with a cowlick and halitosis.

“Stella.”

I knew that tone. That tone was the bearer of bad fucking news.

“What? Say it.”

“It’s his wedding.”

I eyed the clock while I zipped my suitcase. I had an hour and a half before my flight. I was cutting it close. “Whose wedding?”

“Stella.”

“I know my name. Damn, who—” Realization struck and my heart met the floor. I stayed mute while she rambled on nervously.

“What are the odds? What are the goddamn odds? I don’t know what to do. Do you want me to leave? There’s no handbook for this. Did you even want to know this? That he’s married? I can’t believe I just watched him get married! Who in the hell ends up at their best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s wedding? I couldn’t not tell you.” She sniffed as the toilets repeatedly flushed around her.

“Stella, please say something.”

I pressed the sting back. “I’m alright, of course. I’m fine. Why are you crying?”

“I don’t know.” She sniffed. “Ben called me last night, and things are just so fucked up, and today this shit happens, and I know you’re happy. I know you are. But . . . I mean, this is—”

I put my hand up as if she could see it. “Don’t tell me anything else, okay? I’m good.” I looked at my reflection in the mirror from the bed into the adjacent bathroom. Nothing had changed. I wasn’t leaking. I was fine. “I’m okay. I’m glad you told me. I have to leave for the airport now, or I’ll miss my flight.” A slew of questions was on the tip of my tongue. Did he look happy? Was she beautiful? And more questions I hated myself for that Lexi would never be able to answer. Still, my head and heart refused to keep those questions bottled.

Was she prettier than me? Did he look at her the same way? Did he propose to her with half his heart? Did he think of me when he did it? Was any part of him thinking of me now? Was I in his dreams the way he drifted through mine sometimes?
All my thoughts were selfish. All of them. And of all the thoughts I could have had that day, self-loathing was not the one I expected to nudge its way front and center. I forced myself to speak.

“Stay.”

“You’re sure?”

“Yes, of course. I’m fine.”

“This freaky shit always happens. Always with you.”

“I know.”

“It’s like karma or God or someone hates you. It’s so fucked.”

I laughed ironically, though inside my heart was pounding.

Silence passed over the line as we both waited for some sort of solution that wasn’t coming.

“Stella, God, I’m so sorry.”

“About what? Stop. You know I would have told you if the situation were reversed. I should go. Love you.”

“Love y—” I hung up the phone before she could finish, frozen in the middle of the hotel room.











About the Author:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Release Blitz: The Hipster Chronicles by Faith Andrews

Cover Design:Marisa-rose Robyn / Cover Me Darling
Release Date: October 12, 2017

Synopsis

Four unlikely couples, one fascinating neighborhood.

There must be something in the whiskey here in Williamsburg, Brooklyn because love is in the air, and the New York City summer heat isn’t the only thing making these sexy hipsters sizzle.

A barista, a tattoo artist, a musician, and a baker. Lumbersexual beards, steampunk ink, acoustic guitars, and lip-smacking sweet treats. Unbutton your cardigan, pull up your suspenders and prepare to experience the trendy world of these eclectic characters as they stumble into love, one culture-infused tale at a time.

And just when you think all’s kosher under the bright city lights, hold on to your aviators while these close-knit, quirky twosomes reveal a few surprises you won’t soon forget at an end of summer rooftop shindig.


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4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

The Hipster Chronicles was such a light and refreshing read.   It was fun, sexy and different. It tells the story of four unlikely couples living in Williamsburg, NY, also known as the hipster community. There is a tattoo artist, a musician, a barista and a baker. Throw in a shy girl, a recently divorced girl originally from out of state, a sexy southerner, and a guy just recently dumped by his finance and you have a great mix of people. I loved the relationships they formed, and the unique way that it was written. 

I don’t really want to give too much away about the couples and who is with whom.  It’s more enjoyable if you read it without knowing any of that info.  I will say again, that I loved this book.  As mentioned it is about four unlikely couples.  The way Ms. Andrews wrote this story is what I really loved about it.  There are four parts to this book, with each part being about a different couple.  We see how they met, learn what their backstory is and see their relationship begin.  As you read their stories you begin to see how all four of these couples are some how intertwined in each other’s lives.  Each character has a story to tell and I loved seeing how they each came together. 

As with all of Faith’s books once you start reading you do not want to stop and that is exactly how I felt with this book.  The characters were amazing, and each of the couples fit so perfectly.  It was sweet, fun, sexy and I loved it all.  I wish I could pick a favorite character, but I loved each and every one of them, all though Jasper and Milo may be my two favorite hipsters of the bunch. 


This truly is a great read. Never once did this story feel like it was confusing or all over the place.  Ms. Andrews managed to write their story in a way that it flowed perfectly. The words written were flawless.  And in the end she gave us an epilogue that was fantastic as all four couples come together for a party and reveal their own truths to each other.  In the end the whole story came together as one.  My only issue, well more of a request is that I want so much more of these characters and I hope that we see more in the future. 

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Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the laptop, creating her next colorful daydream. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Release Blitz: The Evolution of Us by D. Kelly

Cover Design: Kassi Snider / KassiJean Formatting and Design
Release Date: October 11, 2017

Synopsis

They say most people meet the person they will marry while in high school. Balancing one another perfectly, Holly Ryan and Declan James were together through most of college—until their relationship blew up, leaving Declan with more questions than answers.

For the past two years, Declan has tried everything he can think of to earn Holly’s forgiveness, but even if he manages to help her let go of the past and give them another chance at happiness, she still has a secret. Not to mention, she can’t get over the revolving door of women he seems to have coming in and out of his apartment.

Declan is desperate to prove to Holly she’s the one for him and isn’t above using his celebrity status or enlisting the help of their friends to win her back.
All’s fair in love and war, right?

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3.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I love D. Kelly’s books just as much as I love second chance romances.  So I was very excited to read this one.  The Evolution of Us tells the story of two people who fell in love when they were teenagers, but at some point their relationship blew up, causing them to go their separate ways.  This is their second chance at love, to put their past behind and make things work.

Holly and Declan met as teenagers, they were high school sweethearts. They moved in together while they were in college.  But at some point in their relationship things fell apart.  A conversation that Declan overheard caused him to react in a way that he didn’t even want to hear an explanation.  He was done and that meant breaking Holly’s heart.  A big misunderstanding caused Declan to break up with Holly and move on with his life, and trust me he did. 

It is now two years later and Declan has been trying everything to get Holly back.  He has even gone so far as to move into the apartment across the hall from her.  But trying to woo Holly back, beg for her forgiveness, and make her see that he still loves her and that they belong together, is going to be a challenge.  Declan broke her heart two years ago and she barely survived.  Letting him in again means that there is a risk that he will do it again.  Plus she is not too happy with the amount of women she sees going in and out of his apartment.  But Declan promises that she is the only one.  He is willing to take it slow, become friends again.  Holly has been hurt so much by this man and she promised herself that she would never cry tears again because of him.  But she also still loves him.  Will she give him a second chance?

I really enjoyed this book but at the same time I also had issues with it.  I loved the moments where the author took us back in time to see how Holly and Declan first started dating.  We get to see the special moments from their past, which I loved.  We know at this point that their breakup was due to a misunderstanding but it is not revealed right away.  The author makes us wait for it, and I personally could not wait to see what really happened that night.  When I did it made much more sense to me but I’m not sure it changed my opinion of Declan that much.

My issue was mainly with Declan.  I like him and loved the man he was in the past.  But I just did not understand his actions over the past two years.  He loved Holly, he missed her, he wanted her back.  So much so that he moved in across the hall.  So why did he become such a man whore?  That is the part that I cannot answer.  I wanted to love him but his actions over the past two years made that hard for me.  You could see how much he still loved Holly, how she meant the world to him.  I saw that very clearly, but his actions just did not make sense to me.  I also think Holly forgave too easily.  But with all that aside I did enjoy the story, and the rest of the characters.  In the end I liked Declan and truly believed they were meant to be together, but I just didn’t love him. 

I love D. Kelly’s writing and as always the writing is wonderful, and truthfully I may be in the minority here.  I know that many people will love this book and the characters as well.  It is well written, going from present to past never once making it feel confusing and just flowed perfectly.  I’m sure most people will not have the same issue with Declan as I did, so definitely give this one a try.  

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About the Author


D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.


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