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Release Day Blitz and Giveaway Breaking Spades

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Breaking Spades (Hamden, #4)

Written by W. Ferraro

Published on February 28, 2014

Book SynopsisCecille “CeCe” Cervetti lives her life by one rule: Never let a man control her heart, ever again.

CeCe has built a life to be proud of–she’s successful in business, and in lust. Men are her playground, to take from, and use to her body’s content. They can only have what she is willing to give, so don’t try asking for more.

When an unknown stalker raises the stakes, ripping away her hard won control, CeCe reluctantly seeks help from the first, and last, man she gave her heart to before he vanished from her life–Jarod Gates.

As they struggle to unmask the stalker, CeCe and Jarod learn of each other’s scarred pasts—scars that made them who they are today. But when her body screams for Jarod’s touch, can CeCe manage to keep her control? Or will Jarod make her question the one rule she’s built her life on?

1 Excerpt“Can I ask you something?” Jarod asked, now with his full attention on her.  Standing this close to him, in her bare feet, their height difference was so evident, almost a foot.
“What do you see in Lowell?”
She looked at his straight on blue gaze and suddenly the room felt small.
“Just tell me, is that what you want?  I’m sorry. I’m just curious.” He stepped away from her, running his hands over his face, he’d taken a deep breath before turning back to face her.  “From the outside looking in, I don’t like him with you.  He isn’t right for you.”
She should have known he would turn this cordial meal into anything but.  Raising her head praying for strength and knowing even if it was to come from above she would never wait for it.
“How the fuck do you know who is and isn’t right for me?” her breasts heaved from the seething shout. Breaking the distance, she poked his chest again with her index finger emphasizing every word, “you’ve reappeared in my life what three days ago and all of a sudden you are an expert on what and who is best for me?”
Grabbing her finger with a gentle hand, he tried to stay calm, but whenever he is around her fury just explodes out of him, “I don’t like him with you!”
She laughed a malicious laugh, but didn’t move, “and why the fuck not?”
“Because he isn’t me! Alright?” he shouted.
“What?”
“You damn well heard me,” he said softer, but closer to her.  Their bodies touched on every line.  “You are just as much affected by me as I am by you.  Admit it.”
“You are fucking insane, that is what you are.” She pulled away, taking refuge over by her workstation.
“Are you denying it?”
“You are damn right I am!”

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Carousel (Fire Ballad #2) by Kimberly Stedronsky (Penny Pam)

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Carousel (Fire Ballad, #2)  Written by Kimberly Stedronsky

Published on February 28, 2014

Book SynopsisAcross the US, six girls are found murdered and tied to a carousel horse.

The victims are chosen. The girls are warned with a simple postcard, each with a photo of the intended location of their death… and of themselves, post-mortem.

Authorities continue to investigate the macabre, foreshadowed killings. When Wynn Rush receives a card foretelling her own death, she turns to Cole Mathison for help in finding the maniac behind the murders.

Eva joins them in a search that leads to a cryptic message in a sinister old fairy tale.

Someone is out to prove his worth.

And magic cannot find him

5 Pennies5 out of 5 Pennies

 

 

ReviewCarousel is the 2nd installment of the Fire Ballad series.

Wynn Rush is an immortal who has received a picture of herself dead. There is a serial killer out there, and it looks like Wynn will be his next victim.

Cole Mathison is an immortal who has tried to help those who need help specializing in the paranormal mysteries.

Wynn who is trying to deal with a mother who can’t remember who she is, along with taking care of her younger sister, and trying her best to keep all of her emotions hidden from her father, needs to seek help and the only person she can think of is Cole Mathison.

When Wynn shows Cole why she is need of his help, he is more than happy to help her, to keep her safe. Wynn is the typical shy girl, one who thinks her looks are ordinary, she doesn’t feel as if she is anything special at all, and she wants to one day ask for her immortality to be taken away. Cole can’t help but want to make sure nothing happens to Wynn, including her giving up her immortality before she understands that everything she thinks she can’t experience being an immortal can just be that much better.

While Wynn has her first encounter with what is hunting her, she soon realizes that things just aren’t what they seem. While her attraction to Cole is immediate, Cole is fighting his feelings for her.

When Wynn’s true destiny is revealed, will be able to handle all that comes with it, or will the evil that is hunting her take her destiny away from her before she can do anything about it?  And will Wynn unleash a monster without realizing what it is that she has done?

This is another great read from Kimberly Stedronsky, she has the ability to bring out such great characters that you can’t help but fall in love with them, root for them, and wish the very best for each and every one.

We get to read so much more of her Roam characters in this book, but that only makes me want more and more. Wynn is feeling like she is alone, her father loves her, but the person she has always looked to for answers doesn’t remember her at all. Cole doesn’t feel like he deserves her love, he feels as if she is too pure for a person like him. But their destinies are intertwined and they need each other more than they realize.

I fell in love with Cole in Eighth Note, and this book just proved that he is such a great book boyfriend. Wynn is just the type of character that all girls feel like when they were teenagers (at least that’s how I felt). We get to see more of Eva and her and her wild antics, but that is what makes her so endearing to me. Along with getting more West, Roam, Logan, and Violet this was a great book for me.

Author BioImage of Kimberly StedronskyKimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story. She is the writer of Paranormal, Horror, and New Adult Romance.

Kimberly has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis. Married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, she always tries to find the humor in every situation.

Their three children are appropriately sarcastic.

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Cover Reveal ~ Everybody’s Somebody by D. Breeze

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Title: Everybody’s Somebody
Author: D. Breeze
Expected Publishing Date: March 7, 2014
Hosted by: Tantalizing Promotions
1 Book Synopsis

Rhianne Shepard is odd. Well, she thinks she is. 

Actually, she’s gifted, she’s beautiful and she’s extraordinary, but she’s lonely. No friends, no family except her mother. Thinking she’s destined to spend the rest of her life hidden in her solitary existence, she thinks that no one knows the REAL Rhianne even exists.



Jamie Travis does. Even though they’ve never spoken. Not once. He wants her to know that he cares, he knows she exists and he wants her to start living.



Circumstances throw them together, and Jamie thinks he finally has his chance to show Rhianne that she really is someone special. But he could never have guessed the battle he faces against the doubts in her mind, put there by a mentally ill mother, an estranged father and a gift that she might never understand.



Does he really have the ability to fight her inner demons, and win? Or is he fighting a losing battle?

 

 

Book Review~Revenge Vol. 2 by J.J. Knight (Penny Stephanie)

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Revenge Vol. 2   By J.J. Knight

Publish date February 28, 2014

Book Synopsis

Dylan Wolf is more than just a street musician with a body and voice to die for.

He holds the key to Jess Rivera’s future, and her heart.

The mystery unfolds in Revenge #2.

**Contains mature content, ages 17+**

REVENGE VOLUME 2 is 27,000 words or about 110 pages.
REVENGE is a 5-part series.
Each book is approximately the same length.

Review

5 Pennies

5 Pennies out of 5

Oh My, What has Jess gotten herself into?  The second installment in the series begins right where the first installment left off.  Dylan is speeding through LA and Jess is seriously questioning what she has gotten herself into.

At times I was extremely pissed off at Dylan for acting like a complete ass!  Then there are other times that make you think, does Dylan have split personality.  During the car ride there is something that Dylan says to Jess that just made me fall in love with him.

They are driving and Jess is speaking of her friends back home and this is how Dylan responds with his thoughts on strangers, friends, wants and dreams.

“Strangers never get as jealous as friends.  They wish they had your dreams.  Most people look at another person’s life, and they say they want their money.  But what they really want is their dreams.  They want the one thing money can’t buy.  Dreams are what gets you out of bed in the morning, and keep you alive.” 

Dylan has so many layers and I think Jess has only seen the beginning.  Dylan appears to be every girls dream musician, but I think the author is going to take us places with Dylan and Jess that we can’t even see coming.

Nick comes back into the picture and appears that he could become one of Jess’s best allies, but in LA you never know who you can trust.  There isn’t much more about the exact company that Jess works for and what they are going to expect from her.  But you get a taste and it definitely leaves you guessing.

JJ Knight has a hit with this series.  When I got to the end of book 2, I just wanted to scream, because I knew it meant I am going have to wait and count the days until book 3 is released.  

Volume 3 – coming March 7, 2014

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Eighth Note (Fire Ballad #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky (Penny Pam)

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Eighth Note (Fire Ballad, #1)  Written by Kimberly Stedronsky

                                                                                         Published on October 31, 2013

Book SynopsisEva Reed saved the world.

Actually, she saved two worlds, but who’s counting?

Finding herself in the middle of present day suburbia, married and a mom at only twenty years old, she’s beyond bored. Even with her popular music blog and her handsome husband Will catering to her every impulse, she longs to use the incredible powers that she possesses.

But Earth is no place for magic.

When Cole Mathison arrives, asking for Eva’s help in solving the death of a famous pop star, she cannot resist the overwhelming pull to use her abilities again.

Eva finds that there is more to the sinister murder than what the evidence shows.  People who listen continue to die, and she must rely on her immortality to protect her from a frequency that is shattering minds and stopping hearts.

There are forces at work that she could never have imagined…

And evil will be heard.

5 Pennies5 out of 5 Pennies

ReviewEighth Note takes you on a wild ride, after saving another world, Eva is at home and is feeling a little lost. She loves her husband and daughter, but feels as if her magic could be used for something else, something special.

Cole Mathison, comes asking for help. He is also immortal, but he needs Eva to help him find out what really happened to the pop star who died.

Eva and Cole start their journey together, neither has any idea what is in store for them, or what kind of dangers they will face. Or if they will be able to stop the string of suicides that seem to follow after anyone listens to the last song Nina was working on before ending her own life.

While Eva places her life in danger to save countless others, she opens herself up to something that she might not be able to stop, even if she is an immortal.  It will take more help than either Eva or Cole thought they would need. And when that helps arrives, can Eva keep them safe as well, or is she the one they should be worried about?

Eva is trying to figure out who or what is now hunting her, she has kept so much of her own unhappiness bottled up that it has only given the evil that is haunting her more fuel in trying to convince Eva he is what she wants and needs.

Eva, Cole, her husband Will, and her parents will have to work together relying on Eva’s magic to finally end this nightmare once and for all.

I truly enjoyed this book, it has everything you could be looking for….all wrapped up in one fiery red head. There are parts that have you fanning yourself, sitting on the edge of your seat, wanting to make sure that noise you heard really isn’t anything to worry about (but almost being too scared to look), and a love story. What more can you want? If you have read Kimberly’s Roam Series  then you will get to more of those wonderful characters, but if you have not, Eighth Note is written to where you aren’t feeling lost, Kimberly is able to write Eva’s past in such a way, that when you read Eva’s story you can’t help but love her and her crazy red hair.

Author BioKimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story. She is the writer of Paranormal, Horror, and New Adult Romance.

Kimberly StedronskyKimberly has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis. Married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, she always tries to find the humor in every situation.

Their three children are appropriately sarcastic.

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Cover Reveal ~ Still Life with Strings by L.H. Cosway

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Expected date of publication: March 24th 2014

Book SynopsisMy name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?

Wrong.

Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

1 GiveawayL.H. Cosway is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway! Enter and win!

Author Bio

LH Cosway

I thought that instead of writing a traditional bio in third person, I’d put together some semi-interesting facts about myself. Here it goes..

 I was born in London and when I was very little I had an English accent. Approximately two times a year I’ll say something and it will come out sounding English.

I once played in the same park as Cat Stevens’ kids. I have a vague memory of a dark haired man wearing a long black coat.

My family moved to Ireland at the beginning of the summer holidays, which caused me to mistakenly think that school didn’t exist here. I was in for a rude awakening.

When I first started primary school I didn’t say a word for months.

I spent two years in a children’s singing group that recorded CDs of religious and educational songs to be used in Irish classrooms. I have it on good authority from a teacher friend that these CDs are still in use today.

I remain a big fan of education. Religion, not so much.

When I was ten I wrote a comedy story about a cat for my teacher. She was so impressed that she showed it around the staff room and all of the teachers gave me £1. I am still quite proud of this.

My mother has several black belts in Karate.

For one year I attended an all girls convent school.

In my other secondary school there were roughly ten boys to every one girl. I soon learned that teenage boys have the personalities and brain capacities of a bunch of monkeys. Actually no, that’s being unfair to the monkeys.

I should have never left the convent school.

One of my first crushes was on Ricky Martin. This would be the beginning of me fancying a long line of gay men.

My favourite childhood film was Strictly Ballroom. I could probably recite the script from beginning to end.

My body has been pierced ten times. I got my first tattoo at 19.

For three years in my teens I wore nothing but black from head to foot, with the occasional splash of red, white or purple only.

When I was 18 I wanted to be a rock singer. A word to the wise, boys only ask girls to be in their band because they want to have sex with them.

The idea of having a wedding day is one of my biggest nightmares.

A disturbingly high proportion of the friends I had growing up turned out to be psychopaths.

I finished my first full length novel when I was 20, as it happens the entire book was self indulgent rubbish.

I currently have eight unfinished novels on my laptop.

My decision to study English Literature in college was a last minute change of mind. Up until that I had been planning to become a nutritionist.

My favourite city in the world is Edinburgh.

Sometimes I cut my own hair.

I think that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Review ~ Sex In The Title ~ Zack Love (Penny Lisa)

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Sex In The Title by Zack Love

Publication Date:  October 17, 2013

Book Synopsis

New York City, May 2000. The Internet bubble has burst and Evan, a computer programmer, is fired with an email from his boss. The next day, his girlfriend dumps him, also via email. Afraid to check any more emails, Evan desperately seeks a rebound romance but the catastrophes that ensue go from bad to hilariously worse.

Fortunately, Evan meets Sammy — someone whose legendary disasters with females eclipse even his own. To reverse their fortunes, they recruit their friends — Trevor, Yi, and Carlos — to form a group of five guys who take on Manhattan in pursuit of dates, sex, and adventure.

When Evan, a closet writer, falls desperately in love with a Hollywood starlet, he schemes to meet her by writing a novel that will sweep her off her feet. Sammy knows nothing about publishing but is confident of one thing: Evan’s book should have the word “sex” in the title.

With musings about life, relationships, and human psychology, this quintessential New York story about the search for happiness follows five men on their comical paths to trouble, self-discovery, and love.

Review

4.5 pennies

4.5 out of 5 Pennies

This book was a breath of fresh air.   Reading a story about male characters dealing with male problems from the male point of view was a refreshing change from my normal reading choices.  I loved how flawed the characters were and how they had their own quirky hang ups about themselves and what they thought they wanted in a mate.

Whether it was Evan’s unhealthy obsession with a young film star, Heeb’s preoccupation with his less than stellar looks, Carlos unrealistic conception of the ideal woman, Yi’s decision to leave his respectable career for something more carnal, or Trevor’s encounter with Charlene, this book kept me entertained from beginning to end.

The camaraderie these men had was amazing.   Supporting each other through difficult times, having the difficult discussions that only friends can have, it was nice to see the way they bonded.

I could not help but laugh continuously as Evan and Sammy convalesced after their freakishly similar yet completely unrelated delicate injuries.  The fretting over the possibility of permanent scarring was preciously priceless.

“Hugging just seems like the right thing to do after you’ve formed the fellowship of the schlong.”

And while this book was mainly about Evan, it was Sammy (Heeb) who captured my heart.  He was dealt the short straw in so many ways out of the members of this group.  His attempts to channel his inner Kojak so often missed the mark, but he never stopped trying.

I look forward to reading more from Zack very soon.

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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born “Sex in the Title.” But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.

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