Saturday, June 29, 2013

~Cover Reveal for Marie Coulson's Diary of a Dieter~

Book Title: Diary Of A Dieter
Author: Marie Coulson
Genre: Contemporary Romance. A British Romantic Comedy.
Release Date: August 2013

Curvy girl, Charlene Winters, had it all: the great career, wonderful friends and a dreamy fiancé.
With her wedding day just three weeks away, Charlene is dealt a devastating blow. Suddenly finding her life, hopes and plans in tatters, the jilted bride sinks into despair and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough. With the heartache of her fiancé’s infidelity still fresh, Charlene’s whisked away by her friends on a life-changing holiday. But how will this big fish cope now that she’s back in the dating pond and surrounded by slender trouts with Botox lips?
Frustrated by best friend Adam thwarting her attempts at romance, and her girls Vanessa and Dana eager to set her up with a boy toy, Charlene decides the time for change is upon her. What she needs is a change of scenery, a change of dress size and maybe, a change of heart.

And then it dawned on me. If Brad wasn’t getting off on my jelly parts, then whose jelly mould was he filling instead?
“Oh. My. God. Who is she?”
Adam had taken a seat on my pastel pink sofa and his eyes were burning into me as I held my breath, waiting for the reply.
“What? What do you mean who is she?”
I snorted a laugh. 
“Now who needs to be honest? I’m not an idiot Brad. You’re not fucking me and I know you aren’t self-pleasuring. We both know how you hate the mess and all. So don’t bother pretending like you’re not screwing some skank. I should probably get fucking tested. Do you keep your clothes on with her to avoid all the icky sex sweat too?”
That seemed to just make him angry.
“She is not a skank!”
I knew it! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! Oh the arsehole-ism knows no bounds! Not only was I jilted, dumped and fat, but I was also cheated! Merry Christmas Charlene!
“You dick! You complete and total dick! How long!? Who is she? I have a right to know!”
He sighed deeply in a self-pitying way as though it were hard for him to speak. Pfft. He’d get no sympathy from me. He’d given me a ring and now I would give him the finger. Metaphorically speaking of course.
“Uh, Charlie?”
I turned around and held my hand over the receiver as I snapped at Adam.
“Shhh. Can’t you see I’m in the middle of being crushed? Can’t a girl get dumped in peace anymore?”
He made a gesture as though he were zipping his mouth shut and leaned back in his seat.
“She’s a woman from work. We went out for drinks one evening after work. We were celebrating a huge win on a case. One thing led to another and…”
“And you had a minor memory lapse in which you forgot you were engaged!? You are such an asshole!”
“I never meant for it to happen, Charlene. It just did. I’m sorry and I would have preferred you to have never found out but I couldn’t marry you when I’m in love with Aneska.”
The skank had a name. Aneska. Sounded like some sort of medicinal cream you rubbed on a bad nappy rash or irritation. Right now, that’s exactly what she was. A pain in my arse!
“I hate you. I hate you so fucking much.”
“Please try to understand, Charlene. I’m doing this for both of us.”
I laughed.
“Oh, how silly of me. I should have thanked you for shagging your colleague. It was such a wonderful and sweet gesture for you to make. It’s the best Christmas gift I could ever have asked for. Truly. But next year, I’d love for you to stick your dick in a live plug socket! It’ll leave you just as shocked and burning as I am right now! It would be the best gift ever.”
I cast my eye at Adam who had crossed his legs and cleared his throat a little. He was clearly imaging how that sort of connection might feel. Shame Brad couldn’t have done the same. If he’d have kept his fucking legs crossed, I wouldn’t currently want to hack his dick off with a rusty kitchen knife. Meat and two veg, coming right up! 

About The Author
Born and bred in England, Marie discovered her love for writing when she was a mere child. Beginning with poetry and short stories, she soon discovered her flare and passion for the written word.

After pursuing a career in childcare, education and the care of the elderly, she left her job in the summer of 2012. Embarking on a new career as a therapist, it was at this point that she finally sat down to write a novel that had been plotted for nearly three years. Only three months later…Bound Together was born.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa

Be smart.
Keep your head down.
And look out for number one.

These are the rules Jay has lived by for the past two years. The rules of surviving life on the streets. But when Em comes bursting into his life, in all of her disastrous glory, the rules go right out the window.

Flee what’s been left behind.
And never look back.

Emerson’s plan was simple. Though, it was easier said than done. The city streets are dangerous and unforgiving to a new arrival. Especially, a seventeen-year-old girl who’s never known anything but life in the suburbs. Sometimes, however, what’s lurking behind those white picket fences can be more frightening than any dark alley.

Both of them made the same decision when life got overwhelming—to run from their demons. Brought together by fate or circumstance, Em and Jay find the kind of love neither of them ever expected. But, when those demons come back to haunt them and their love is on the line, which instincts will they choose to follow this time . . . Fight or Flight?

4 Star Review

 Is life so bad behind the 4 walls of home that it would be easier to live without knowing where you will sleep or where your next meal will come from?   This is the life of Jay and Em, two teenagers who have decided that they need to start their lives over and anything would be better than what they left at home.

“One would think that leaving behind the only home you’ve ever known would be difficult.  It wasn’t.”
Emerson leaves home with only a backpack filled with necessities and a little over $50.  She arrives at a train station with no idea where to go, let alone how to find her way out of the train station.  Within minutes she is left with nothing but the clothes on her back. Jay is also in the train station and witnesses her first calamity.

“He felt for her.  It hadn’t been  so long that he couldn’t remember what it was like at first, but this girl was in way too deep.”

Jay seems to be an expert at being homeless.  He has his own squat, knows how to find work work and where to find the next meal.   When danger seems to follow Emerson, he is there to keep her safe.   He puts a roof over her head and finds food for both of them.  He takes responsibility for her.

“He could barely take care of himself, how was he supposed to take care of someone else?”

Spending all this time together builds a relationship where they feel safe with each other and trust that each one will be there to fight for the other.   It takes a while for them to feel comfortable with each other to divulge the secrets of their past and why they felt the need to run.  Coming free of their pasts allows them to find comfort in each other and to feel an emotion that they both thought they could never have again.

“I think I may be falling in love with you…Scratch that.  I’m already in love with you..No thinking about it.”

Life on the streets isn’t easy for them.  It seems they take one step forward and two steps back again.  They fight together each and every time and come out winners.  I felt for them every time they fell off the edge.  It takes a lot for me to feel that emotion, and the author pulled me in making me feel their difficult journey through the streets for survival.

“It seemed every time they turned around they were facing the worst the world had to offer.”

 Jay is sick, tired, and beaten down.  How can he keep fighting for the one who means the most to him when her past comes for find her?

This is a wonderful story with the adversity that these two teenagers had to face every day to survive, but yet they still had enough passion inside themselves to be able to feel more than just anger at what the world had dealt them.  Jay is tough on the outside and offers unconditional love to Em.  A very sweet, touching love story that makes you want to hug your kids tight at night to make certain that they feel the love of a family.  I was very excited to find out that there will be more Jay and Em coming our way soon!

Synopsis Sink or Swim

There are some things you just can't walk away from.

When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.

Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.

Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?

Here's an excerpt from Sink Or Swim

Sink or Swim Excerpt

“Darlin’, what’s the matter?”

She was usually so good at ignoring shit—just like her mother. When she was with Dean, she could just shut it all out for a while, but not today. Today her fu#king nerves were going to give her away even if her face didn’t.

“Nothing. Watch the movie, Dean. It’s good.”

“Now I know you’re lying. Allie, look at—” His hand came up to cup her face and turn it to his. He wasn’t rough, but his touch was enough to make her wince and the damage was done.

Dean yanked his hand back like she’d burnt him. Then, tilted her face into the light of the flickering movie screen with a feather-light grip on her chin. His eyes narrowed on her cheek and then his whole body went rigid.

“What the—? Up. Now.”

“Dean, the movie . . .”

“Get the fu#k up right now, Allie, or so help me I will carry you the hell out of here.”

He wasn’t joking either, so Allie gathered up her coat and scarf and followed him out into the now deserted lobby. It was between shows and the only person out there was a gray haired man looking more than half-asleep behind the concession stand. Dean led her to arcade corner where their conversation couldn’t be heard over the noise of the many gaming machines and turned on her.

“What happened?”

“It’s nothing, Dean.” She didn’t have a lie lined up. Why the hell didn’t she have a lie lined up by now? She hadn’t looked at it since the scarf came off so she really had no idea how bad it actually looked. But, from his reaction, she was guessing it was pretty bad.

“Don’t give me that bullshit, Allie. Did someone do that to you?” He grasped her chin again lightly, tilting her face into the light. “Did someone hit you?”

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