Thursday, June 30, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Eminent Love by Leddy Harper



Life doesn’t always start with once upon a time.

Love doesn’t always end with happily ever after.

After spending five years with the love of my life, I did nothing to stop her from walking away. She had her reasons to leave. I had my reasons to stay. But a year later, the realization of loss hits me, and I’ll stop at nothing to fix it. I leave everything behind to drive across the country to win her back, and I refuse to accept anything other than fulfilling old promises.

But the only certainty in life is: nothing is as expected.

The most valuable lessons don’t often revolve around a fairytale ending—frequently, they come from hurt and healing. They come from the kind of personal growth love offers. The mending of your heart, your soul, and your life. And every once in a while, you find the greatest gifts in the packages you never expected to open.
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I’ve done nothing for a year other than think of her and remember how good I’d had it. How healing her love was for me. How I’d never find anything resembling it again. Not like I’d tried, but that didn’t mean anything. Nothing had meaning without her. Nothing.

I inhaled deeply, my heart hammering away…and I pressed call. My breathing ceased as it rang. Once. Twice. Three times. And then her voice came through the line. Such a soft sound, like a melody. Warm and soothing, just like her. The air blew out harshly past my lips as I readied myself to speak, to recite the words I’d held onto for a year. Although, before my lungs completely deflated, my breath caught in my chest, burning me from the inside out.

“Hey, you’ve reached Layne. Well, not really. You’ve reached my voicemail. I wasn’t able to get to my phone fast enough, but if you leave a message, I’ll call ya right back.” With my eyes closed, I could picture her perfectly. Her smile was evident in her voice, in the way she spoke with a lilt at the end of her words.


That’s what listening to her voice filled me with. Immense torture. I couldn’t even form enough thought to come up with something to say. When the beep sounded, I didn’t speak. One second. Two. Three. Four seconds of complete silence dragged out before I finally ended the call.

“Fucking stupid idiot,” I said aloud as I slammed the phone down on the table. My face immediately fell into my hands. Of course she didn’t answer. She had no reason to. She’d said all she needed to say in the email she’d sent about a month after we’d broken up. An email I’d disregarded for weeks before finding the patience to open it.

I should’ve responded then.

I should’ve done something.

However, I chose to dismiss her and the entire situation. It had been easier at the time because I’d allowed the fury inside to burn stronger until any ounce of compassion regarding her or our life together had been decimated, charred beyond recognition. Turned into ashes and then carried away by the wind.

About Leddy Harper

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

Release Blitz: Having Hope by Tabitha Vargo



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one’s promised tomorrow. And Chet Rhodes, the drummer of Blow Hole, is all
about living for today. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll ... anything to help him
forget his deadly secret and keep him detached. But when he meets Hope, a
bitchy brunette with sarcastic wit and a deadly right hook, his carefully
constructed defenses break down. For the first time ever, he wants more than a
one-night stand.
Iverson holds a secret that could potentially destroy everything she's built.
Hardened with a short fuse, her past has left her emotionally unavailable. That
is until the charismatic drummer for Blow
Hole bursts into her life. His smart mouth has the ability to make her smile,
and his inked body makes her feel things she’d rather not. But scars leave you
changed, and Hope isn’t sure there’s enough of herself left to give.
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4 Stars
Review by Jen Hagen

I love the Blow Hole series.  In fact, I would have to say it is one of my favorite rock and roll series.  Every single character has a flawed past and I love how they redeem themselves in love.  It always warms my heart to read a broken character finding love and redemption.   If there was one complaint I would have about this book is I for one would have liked to have known more about his abandoned childhood.  With the previous books we had more of a glimpse into their past, in fact Zeke (the first book) was just a teenager when the series first began.  Now the story has taken us over 5 years into the future from its inception and Chet is the final character to get his story.

Chet loves women and he loves to screw them.  He also loves getting high.  A typical night for him post-concert is getting high and getting laid.  He has a lingering memory of a blackbird from the perfect woman.  No idea who the woman was, only that she left an indelible impression on him.  She was into him for who he was, not because of who he is.  She really understood him and didn’t care about his fame.  But when he awoke the next morning she was gone.  

Chet is struggling internally with the fact that all his band mates are finding love and starting families.  For some reason, Chet is adamant that he will NEVER get married or start a family.  I really felt sad for him when he would get down on himself.  He was hurting in so many ways.

I couldn’t keep this up.  There was no way.  I’d go f*cking insane if I didn’t get some form of relief soon.
Everything stopped…
The women.
The drugs.

Hope is a member of the all-girls band that is touring with Blow Hole.  Hope and Chet have always had a no-friendship zone.  They irritate the heck out of each other.  Of course it hasn’t helped that Hope has had to witness Chet and his sexual shenanigans on more than one occasion.  Hope keeps to herself and doesn’t reveal a lot about her past.  

I prided myself on the ability to contain my emotions, which weren’t many since I squashed anything I felt the second I felt it, but I was slipping.  Things were showing. My secrets were winning, and if I didn’t stop myself, Chet would soon know everything.  Everyone would soon know everything.  

Things are starting to get way too rocky between Chet and Hope, and it’s being noticed by the bands.  They need to get along for this tour to work.  Hey here’s an idea…Break the sexual tension that is obvious.

“Just once to get it out of our system,” I informed him.

Just like a candy commercial – you can’t stop with just one.  There are a few more times.  One thing Hope is constantly reminded of is consequences.  She has lived life with pain because of consequences.  She decides enough is enough…she’s going to reveal her secret to Chet.  His reaction is heartwrenching…

Tears worked themselves from my eyes and crept down the side of my face before rolling over the freshly shaved sides of my head.  I wasn’t much for crying.  I’d only done it a handful of times in my life, but the pain was ridiculous. 

Chet’s present-day story is very emotional.  Hope’s back story is painful.  Together it combines to be a beautiful love story.  

My heart was so full.  I’d never felt anything even remotely close to the things I was feeling, but I knew I was the happiest I’d ever been in my entire life.  

Hold onto happiness because you never know how long it’s going to last.  Ms. Vargo wrote from the depths of her soul with this book and I felt the empowerment of her words and healing.  Beautiful words told from dual points of view. 

“Are you ready to get your
ass kicked?” she asked over her shoulder with a grin.
She pulled her shirt over
her head, revealing a black tank, and I had to swallow past the desire that
rushed through me. She looked so fucking hot in only her boots, jeans, and a
tiny tank. She obviously wasn’t wearing a bra, but with tits like hers, she didn’t have to.
My mind went back to the
moment she was on stage in only her black sports bra. She was soaked. She was
sexy. And for the first time in a couple of days, my cock grew hard.
“Let’s see what you got.”
I stood to the side as
she sat behind my set. I didn’t usually let anyone play my drums, but I trusted
Hope with my babies. I’d watched her play. I knew she knew what she was doing,
and I also knew she respected her own set and would do the same with mine.
She spun the sticks
between her fingers, her glassy eyes all over me as she lifted a brow in challenge.
And then she brought the
sticks down and beat out a fresh rhythm I’d never heard before. It was fast
paced and strong, the percussion shaking the stage as she went crazy hitting
any and every spot on my set yet still somehow making it sound amazing.
Her head fell back, and she closed her eyes as she continued
to play, beating the drums unmercifully and turning me on beyond belief. Her
arms moved, the small feminine muscles popping out with her movements, making
the tattoos on her arms come to life.
I couldn’t do this with Hope.
I couldn’t let myself get into her. She was turning me on more than any woman
had in years. Not since my Blackbird five years earlier. 
Women were a dime a dozen
in my job. Hell, they were waiting just outside the venue ready and willing to
let me fuck them senseless, but I was moving past that bullshit. After
everything I’d been through since we started the tour, I needed relief. But I
didn’t want it from just anyone.
The more I watched Hope
play my drums, her arms flying and her eyes closed in ecstasy—the realization came crashing over me.
I wanted Hope. 
I wanted Hope the way I’d
wanted Blackbird for the last five years.
Watching her only
intensified my craving for her.
I wasn’t sure I could
control myself. I was feeling better, my painkiller finally doing its job, and
my head wasn’t being ripped apart. I could think about more than the pain for
once. I could think about Hope and how amazing she’d feel wrapped around me.
Moving from my spot, I
moved toward her. Her rhythm moved through me, vibrating my core and making me
feel even more alive. I didn’t stop until I was standing right beside her. She
kept her eyes closed; playing with so much beauty
it was breathtaking.
I reached out and took a
strand of her hair between my fingers, and the colors blended together when I
rubbed my fingers together. Her playing came to an instant halt, and I smirked
down at her when her eyes popped open,
and one of her sticks fell to the ground at my feet.
Sweat dotted the top of
her lip, and her cheeks were flushed with pleasure. Her expression was one of
happiness and release, and I knew playing did that for her. It did the same for
me, but I wanted to give her that look. I wanted to do it with my hands and my
mouth … my cock.
I moved closer, taking
her cheeks in my palms and spending a minute looking at her. I didn’t want it
to be like the last time I felt this way. Unlike with my Blackbird, I took the
time to remember everything about Hope.
I wanted to look at her face.
I wanted to look into her eyes and see
her when she came apart. It was going to be amazing. She was going to be
amazing. We were going to be a match sexually. But before anything could go
down between us, we would have to talk about it. I wanted to make sure she
understood it would be a one-time thing.
Before I moved in, I
wanted to be sure that this wouldn’t affect the tour.
“What are you doing?” she
I didn’t miss the catch
in her voice.
“I don’t know.”
And I didn’t. I didn’t
know where this was going or what I was doing. My body was taking control of
the situation, and I was letting it
I wasn’t much for
kissing. I’d probably kissed a handful of women in my time, but Hope’s pouty
lips called to me. She was begging me to kiss her without even opening her
I leaned down, ready to
taste her, but she placed her palm against my chest and stopped me.
“Wait,” she whispered.
I shook my head. “No, I
suck at waiting.”
So I kissed her.
She tasted like the
night—liquor and sweetness with a touch of sin. It was wrong to taste her, but
I’d never been one to follow the rules. All the boundaries I’d set forth in regards to Hope were being
crossed, but when she began to kiss me back, her tongue moving against mine, I
didn’t give a fuck about any limitations.
Her mouth opened, and I sucked her tongue into my mouth. Her
moan vibrated through me and shot straight to my groin.
I felt her pull back, so
I pressed for more, capturing her head in my hands and kissing her so deeply
that I was losing myself.
My head wasn’t pounding
anymore, but my heart was. It was beating so hard I could hear it in my ears.
My blood moved through my body like a freight train, the horns whistling loudly
in my ears. I hadn’t felt this kind of excitement for a woman in years. Not
since my Blackbird.
I couldn’t stop.
I wanted more.



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Release Blitz: Epic Lies by Trudy Stiles

Title: Epic Lies

Series: Epic Fail #2

Author: Trudy Stiles

Release Date: June 29, 2016

DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.

~ His family~

~ His friends~

~ His band~

His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love - until he meets her.

GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but guarded. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?

What connects Dax and Giselle?

 And will EPIC LIES destroy their future?

EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Epic Lies is the second installment in the Epic Sins series.  This is Dax and Giselle’s story.  Two people who have had their hearts broken in the past, been betrayed and lied to.  And because of if they are still a bit damaged from it today.  When they first met you could see there was a bit of a connection between the two of them.  They met in a way that I loved because it was different and even a little bit unconventional.  But you knew in that moment that there was something there.  There was this ease when it came to conversation between the two of them, like they knew each other before even meeting.  After that day they kept bumping into each other, finding themselves in the same places at the same time.  It was as if fate was trying to tell them something.  Yes these two definitely belonged together, but they needed to get past their issues in order to do that.

Dax is the drummer for the very popular rock band Epic Lies.  But he is not your typical rock star.  He has been betrayed and lied to in the past, even had his heart broken more than once.  But he isn’t that guy who goes out and has meaningless sex with countless women.  He doesn’t do relationships but he is also not out every weekend with a different girl either.  When he meets Giselle there is just something about her.  He cannot stop thinking about her but knows that he needs to stay away.  He doesn’t want to hurt her and he cannot be the man that she deserves, the man who will love her and be there like she needs.

Giselle lost so much as a teenager.  She had her heart broken and has been hurt too many times.  She is a fun loving girl who has a great family but she has just been hurt too many times.  And that has affected her today.  She too has a wall around her heart and is afraid of falling for Dax for fear of having it broken all over again.  She knows she is starting to fall for him, but is also unsure of how he feels towards her.  He is a rock star who could have any woman that he wants.  But he wants her even if he cannot admit it.  They both need to put the past behind them in order to find love again, to be able to trust again and to open up their heart again.

I really enjoyed this book.  I love all of Ms. Stiles books and this one was a a little different from the rest of them.  I really loved the characters and the moments that Dax and Giselle shared were fun, sweet and at times sad.  I loved the writing and the story line but there was also something missing for me.  I didn’t feel those emotions that I normally get while reading one of Ms. Stiles books.  Which wasn't so much an issue but I wanted more of Giselee and Dax in the present.  We learned a lot about their past as this book alternates back and forth.  But for me personally I would have liked to have learned about their past as they were telling it to each other.  I think maybe I would have felt the connection and the emotion more.   

Overall I really loved this book even if I wanted a little more.  I loved Giselle ad Dax and the moments that they shared together.   I loved that we get to see the rest of the Epic Lies crew, not only in the past but in the present as well.  Dax and Alex have a great friendship and I loved that we get to see that in this one.  Mia is Giselle's best friend who has been through it all with her.  She was a great addition to the cast and hope that she gets a book of her own, perhaps with one of the members of the band?!?!  Looking forward to the next one.  

Epic Sins (#1) – November 4, 2015

Garrett Armstrong, the lead guitarist of Epic Fail, womanizer and not so nice guy, leaves a trail of women in his wake. A recent one-night stand wreaks havoc, and turns his present completely upside down. He’s faced with a reality that he never expected. Never wanted.

Samantha Weston can’t escape the black cloud that follows her. She suffered an unspeakable loss as a teenager and has been climbing uphill ever since. As soon as her life starts to become manageable she’s slammed with another tragic event, forcing her to abandon the only thing in life that she cherishes.

A heartbreaking situation throws this unlikely pair together. They’re forced to face things that seem impossible. Can Sam get past the demons that haunt her? Can Garrett accept a fate he swore to avoid at all costs?

Can they conquer the sins that are poised to destroy them or will they become an Epic Fail?

Epic Sins is the first book of the Epic Fail series, a spinoff of The Forever Family series.

Reading The Forever Family series is not required as these are all spin-off/standalone novels, but it may enhance your experience.

Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.

She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.

Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.

When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.

She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.

Cover Reveal: Rounding Third by Michelle Lynn

Title: Rounding Third
Author: Michelle Lynn
Genre: New Adult
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Release Date: August 8, 2016


I was destined for stardom.

From the age of seven, I was an all-star.

Parent’s praised me, coaches worshipped me.

As I got older, girls begged for me.

I was Beltline’s baseball God, guaranteed to put this small town on the map.

Then, after one night, that future vanished.

The legend was laid to rest. 

I gave up my scholarship.

I fled from Beltline.

I left behind the girl.

Now, I’m back.

Author Bio

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around two kindergarteners all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed. 

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Blurb Reveal: Unshattering Lucy by Terri Anne Browning


Today we are sharing the blurb for UN-SHATTERING LUCY by Terri Anne Browning. This is a contemporary novella and the fourth book in the Lucy & Harris series! Check out the pre-order links below, and links for the previous books in the series.


UN-SHATTERING LUCY by Terri Anne Browning
Lucy & Harris, #4

Coming August 23!


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The conclusion to USA Today Terri Anne Browning’s The Lucy & Harris Novella Series.


That was how Lucy Thornton felt in the aftermath of her breakup with Harris Cutter. Her family thought the best thing for her to do was to put the length of the country between her and Harris.

Reluctantly, she went.

The second Harris sets eyes on Lucy again, he knows she hasn’t moved on any more than he has. Realizing that he screwed up, he sets out to prove that they belong together. But the road to un-shattering Lucy is longer and darker than he ever could have imagined.


Defying Her Mafioso

Tainted Kiss

Drake & Lana Novella (TBT)

Angel’s Halo Book 5 (Raider)


Previous Books in the Series


Catching Lucy (Lucy & Harris, #1)

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Craving Lucy (Lucy & Harris #2)

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Rocking Kin (Lucy & Harris, #3)

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Terri Anne Browning is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Rocker...Series. She started writing her own novellas at the age of sixteen, forcing her sister to be her one woman fan club. Now she has a few more readers and a lot more passion for writing. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series has since expanded to OtherWorld with Axton Cage and his band members. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel's Halo MC Series as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series. Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons---err, children--and a loveable Olde English Bulldog named Link.


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