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New Cover Reveal ~ Emi Lost and Found series by Lori L. Otto

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There are not words to describe how much I loved this series.  It has been months since I read it. From start to finish this book captured my emotions, my imagination and my heart.

I rate this series at 5 out of 5 Pennies and challenge you to purchase this four in one set.5 Pennies

Whether you end up on Team Nate or Team Jack, you will end this journey having experiences the entire spectrum of emotions.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 4.8 stars on Amazon!  4.67 stars on Goodreads!

Emi Lost & Found series – Winner of the Best Happily Ever After of 2013 – HEA Bookshelf

“THE BEST BOOKS YOU’RE NOT READING. This series runs the gamut of emotions. I felt everything from pure joy and happiness to absolute devastation.” – Kelli, Alphas, Authors and Books Oh My

“Lori Otto managed to pull me in to the story so that I was so engrossed, entwined with it, so much that I didn’t know where the story ended and I began.” – StacyHGG, Books Unhinged Book Blog

This special edition contains Not Today, But Someday; Lost and Found; Time Stands Still; Never Look Back; and two short stories: Love, Lost and In the Mind of a Dying Man.

Not Today, But Someday (prequel) Nate Wilson knows he wants Emi Hennigan from the moment he sees her. Emi knows she needs Nate after one night together. A life-long friendship is born, and a pact is made to ensure that nothing will come between them.

Lost and Found (book one) After swearing off love with Emi in a silly high school pact, Nate has been seeing other women in hopes of finding one that evokes stronger feelings than the ones he’s been harboring for Emi since he was a teen.  Over the span of a year, boundaries are crossed, feelings are confessed, and their unique friendship begins to blossom into something more. With a promising future ahead of them both, fate intervenes to bring two soul mates together.

Time Stands Still (book two) No man could compete with Nate, Emi thought, until one night – one evening, one party, one journey, one second alters her course completely. That night, her brother’s best friend, Jack Holland, comes back into her life with a mission.  In a year’s time, he slowly finds a comfortable place in Emi’s life, but only time will tell if it’s right for Emi – and enough for him.

Never Look Back (book three) To say Emi’s life over the past two years has had its share of peaks and valleys is an understatement – and her friends and family would agree. In the conclusion to Emi Lost & Found, Jack guides Emi through a year of self-discovery, and teaches her that faith in true love – and in soul mates – can yield happiness from even the darkest of places.

Plus two bonus short stories! Love, Lost and In the Mind of a Dying Man

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Photographer and Cover Designer : Christi Allen Curtis Photography Assistant : Katrina Boone

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BOOK PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088GGSR2/

NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-complete-emi-lost-found-series-lori-l-otto/1118730197?ean=2940014607278

IBOOKS (coming soon): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/complete-emi-lost-found-series/id827107289?ls=1&mt=11

SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266309
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Cover Reveal~Forgive Me by Ashley Beale (Penny Stephanie)

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Forgive Me

Expected publication: March 2014 by Ashley Beale

Book Synopsis

“I’m not asking you to forgive me, I’m begging you to.” 

When Lexi returns home to Texas after being gone for ten years, she is surprised by how welcoming her distant family has become. But the real surprise is on them when Lexi doesn’t come back alone.

Questions are asked,
Secrets are held,
Hearts are broken.
 

Lexi now has to explain to her family why at only twenty four years old she has a nine year old son. She also has to explain to Zander how he is unknowingly a father after all these years, and how her feelings never changed even with all this time apart.
Two weeks before he is about to get married.

Now decisions need to be made. 

As Lexi makes a mess of things, she also starts to make a new life for her and her son. She now has to decide if sticking around or heading back to Ohio is for the best.

This New Adult Contemporary Romance is for mature readers, at least 17+ in age, due to adult situations.

Author Bio

Ashley Beale

Ashley Beale, 25, is an indie author and self-publisher from the beautiful state of Maine. She comes from a large, loving family, which she adores completely, is a mother of two, has the best of friends, and really enjoys connecting with her fans!

Ashley has a love for reading and writing, traveling, watching great movies and addictive TV series, doing crafts, exploring, or just laying back with a glass of wine.

Links

AUTHOR BLOG . FACEBOOK . TWITTER . GOODREADS .

You’ve Been Touched by T. H. Snyder ~ Review by Penny Deb

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You’ve Been Touched by t.h. snyder

Publication date: February 12, 2014

1 Book SynopsisChar and Riley have encountered pain and heartache in the past. They were sure that they would never meet someone that would heal their hearts and allow them to love again. Then, on an ordinary Sunday, a newspaper in a minimart changes their lives forever.

Although they share a strong physical connection, they ultimately hunger for one another’s emotional touch.

No matter how hard they’ve tried to stay away from each other, the magnetic force between them has always remained strong.

Char and Riley have been through it all; love and loss, trust and deceit. They are the glue that holds their Boston family together and the ones that would be lost without the love and support of their family and friends.

Today is the day we’ve all waited for—the magical moment when two lives become one.

1 Review4.5 pennies

4.5 out of 5 Pennies

This is the book we “touched” fans have been waiting for. After meeting Riley and Char in the first book, and following their threads in the other two, we finally, literally, receive an invitation to their wedding and go through the day with them every step of the way.  And as Riley goes through his wedding day jitters,  he relives the key moments that we all loved – the first day they met and he accused Char of using her tiny little meat claws to steal the last paper, the day he changed from hating Char to liking her, and then the day he knew he loved her.

But as in all touched books, our favorite characters from the previous stories show up – they have to, they are in the wedding party!  But we find out the latest news on Derrick and Chloe, Char’s sister, and find out if Pete and Emma, Riley’s sister, have stayed together as a couple.  And even though you might think this is all a rehash, there are still a few surprises. This novella is worth the read just to have a chance to be with Riley and Char on their big day and just enjoy the love that they share. This is a feel good book. And the playlist at the end! A nice script for anyone looking for wedding songs.

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I Can’ t Wait, by Runner Runner ~ Marry You, by Bruno Mars ~ Arms, by Christina Perri ~ All of Me, by John Legend ~ Say Something, by A Great Big World ~ For Once in My Life, by Tony Bennett ~ Not Meant to be, by Theory of a Deadman ~ Oxygen, by Colbie Caillat ~ I Knew I Loved You, by Savage Garden ~ I Feel Like That, by Jason Walker ~ Bless the Broken Road, by Rascal Flatts ~ I Do, by Colbie Caillat ~ Back in Black, by The Rock Masters~Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle ~ Always and Forever, by Luther Vandross ~ Through the Years, by Kenny Rogers ~ You Can Leave Your Hat On, by Joe Cocker.

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t. h. Snyder was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books.    Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!
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Super Sale ~ One Urge (Book One of the Keep Me Trilogy) by Scarlet Wolfe (Penny Stephanie)

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One Urge (One Urge, One Plea, Keep Me Trilogy, #1)

Published Jan 21, 2014

One Urge is FREE until Sunday February 23, 2014,

Link at the bottom of post!!!!

Book Synopsis

In the first novella to the One Urge, One Plea, Keep Me Trilogy, romance author, Alayna Wynn, is anxious over being a bridesmaid in her best friend’s wedding. She’s also cynical, having sworn off men two years prior when the only relationship she had ever known ended abruptly.

Alayna has no idea her anxiety will be brought to a higher level when she meets the groom’s friend, Damon Lear, at the rehearsal dinner. She’s surprised to learn he’s a famous writer of erotica and also the owner of one of the largest publishing companies in the world. His mere presence has her fleeing to the restroom to calm her nerves.

Damon is taken aback by his instant desire for Alayna. A secret buried in his past keeps him out of relationships and into behavior that is taboo to many, but he wants her and is willing to set his strict rules aside for one memorable night. After a failed attempt at propositioning Alayna, he’s determined they’ll at least share one heated kiss until they meet again, and he doesn’t hesitate to assure her they will.

Three months later, Damon gets his opportunity to seduce her when he rescues Alayna, keeping her from being stranded in an airport for days. Unable to leave Damon’s penthouse, she discovers it is impossible to resist the sexy, mysterious man who wants nothing more than to make her submissive, giving him the control he needs to fulfill his fantasies.

Alayna finds herself desperately wanting to please a man she knows little about while Damon struggles with his inability to let her go. What will happen when Alayna asks for a little more than Damon is willing to give?

“You’ll be stronger, Alayna, having explored the part of you that you’ve been afraid to know. You’ll beg me not to stop, and when leaving here, you’ll believe you’re the gorgeous, sensual being I see in front of me.” -Damon.

This novella is for mature audiences due to explicit sex scenes and language.

Author Bio

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Scarlet Wolfe began writing in January of 2013 as a way to distract and heal from some of the grief she was dealing with after the death of her teenage son.
She instantly fell in love with bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she has already branched out this year, releasing erotica and teen.
When not writing, Scarlet enjoys reading on the Kindle app, baking, being crafty and spending time with her friends and family.
She believes sex is a healthy part of living and hopes her writing will encourage readers to feel comfortable exploring their sexuality.

Links

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Cover Reveal~No Strings Attached (A Rebel Walking Novel) by Hilary Strom

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Synopsis
 
Luke Jacobs,
guitarist for Rebel Walking, is living the life of a rock star. From parties to
women, Luke seems to have it all. Just as Luke starts to feel like everything
is going his way, he gives in to the temptation of what has always been right in
front of him, yet forbidden. 
 
Bass guitarist, Lilly Taylor, has had her eyes on
Luke for quite some time. However, Luke’s reputation has always kept her from
getting too close. 
 
How will their worlds change when the two collide? Will
Rebel Walking be ruined, or can they overcome the consequences of their
actions?
 
 Other Books In The Rebel Walking Series
 
In a Heartbeat Buy Links
 
Heaven Sent Buy Links
 
Banded Together Buy Links
 
About
the Author
 
Hilary Storm
lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Enid, Oklahoma. She
drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are
real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an
MBA in Accounting and has a full time job as an accountant. Her passions
include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and
spending time with friends and family. She is the author of the International
Best Selling ‘Rebel Walking’ series. Book one: ‘In a Heartbeat’ was released
June 2013, Book two: ‘Heaven Sent’ was released in September 2013. Book 2.5:
‘Banded Together’ released Jan 2014.
 
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What I’m Reading Now (Penny Stephanie)~ I’m Holding On by Scarlet Wolfe

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I'm Holding On

Book Synopsis

Published February 6, 2014

Drew Clark is the manager of his parents’ busy coffee shop, Clark’s Coffee Grind in Portland, Oregon. Brynlee Townsend, a pastry chef, rents space from Clark’s to run her business. Drew and Brynlee instantly connect and become best friends. Two years pass, and both have fallen hard for the other but could never get the nerve to express their true feelings for fear of damaging their friendship.

Ian Williams returns to Portland after graduating from Columbia law school in New York. He crosses paths with Brynlee, and they have an immediate attraction to each other.
Since Brynlee’s tired of waiting around on Drew to show a romantic interest in her, she agrees to go out with Ian. Sparks fly and an intense relationship forms quickly.

When Drew discovers that Brynlee is dating, he becomes jealous and finally gets the nerve to express to her his strong feelings. The news from Drew and a big twist leave Brynlee shocked and unsure if she can trust that his feelings are genuine. She’s falling for Ian fast, but he’s never been in love and is honest with her that he’s been a player in the past. She’s torn, unable to choose, so she begins seeing both of them.

Drew’s determined to show Brynlee they have chemistry while Ian fights to show her that along with their intense physical connection, he can be a good friend. Hot dates occur, passion builds and tempers flare as both men become possessive and desperate to win her over.

The more time Brynlee spends with them, the harder it becomes for her to make a decision. Ultimately, who will she give her heart to? Will the man Brynlee chooses want it after all they’ve been through?

For mature audiences due to explicit sexual scenes and language.

1 Teaser

Here is a teaser told from Brynlee’s point of view. I’m Holding On is a hot, love triangle that was released on Valentine’s Day!

Brynlee’s point of view while she’s with Ian:
His magnetic, green eyes bore into me, his breath still warming my pores like a sauna, and the words off his tongue are the most erotic syllables I’ve ever heard.
“You deserve pleasure, and I can feel that you want it from me.” He points at my chest. “There’s a sensual woman wanting to come out and play.”
I climb off of him and sit on the couch.
“You’re dangerous.”
“I’m freeing, and it scares you that you want to be, too,” he says, running a finger down my thigh.
“You should probably go.” He’s right. He makes me want to explore parts of myself I’ve kept locked away, parts no other man has tapped into.
My body is on fire, aching and clawing at me to set it free. It wants to come out to play alright. It wants recess with Ian. He’s everything I’m not, and I love it.
Instead of looking upset or worried that he has to leave, he gives me a cocky smile. He’s too much. Standing, he prowls in front of me and leans over, planting his hands on each side of me on the couch. I lean back, and he leans in more.
“Thank you for an enlightening evening, sweet girl.” He gives me one soft kiss on my quivering lips before his firm ass and lean frame, accentuated with muscles in all the right places, walk away from me.
He turns at the door, and I have a clear view of his blonde hair I messed up. I already miss his touch, and the shit eating grin on his face tells me he knows it.

Out the door he goes, and I exhale the biggest breath. It feels like minutes that I’ve been holding it, unaware of anything but my craving for this sinful man.

Review

4.5 pennies

4.5 pennies out of 5

This book has a very unconventional love triangle, that keeps you guessing.

When I was asked to review this book I couldn’t wait.  I had no idea what I was in for.  I picked it up one day thinking I would get it started little did I know; I didn’t put it down until I was finished.   I had quite the book ‘hangover’ the next day for work.  🙂

While reading this book, I developed a love/hate relationship with Drew, Ian and Brynlee.  At times I just wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because I would get so frustrated with how utterly stupid Drew was behaving and not sharing his thoughts and feelings appropriately.  Let’s just say communication goes a long way (no one can read minds).

This book is a twist on the traditional love triangle.  Brynlee is a young single women working hard to grow and start her own bakery some day.  With being focused on this she didn’t have time for a dating life.  That all changed in an instant, she went from having no man in her life to having two and not knowing what to do.

Throughout the book I did get frustrated with Brynlee especially during her, let’s call it, time of discovery with Drew and Ian.  It made me mad that she just wouldn’t suck it up and make a decision.  On the other side of the coin I was disappointed with Ian and Drew for just going along with her plan.  By them waiting on her, Brynlee was able to have her cake and eat it too…

This book did wrap it all up in the end, which I really enjoyed.  Then I was also happy to learn that there will be a spin-off from ‘I’m Holding On’ that will be released later this year by Scarlet Wolfe, ‘I’m Holding Out’.  I can’t wait to read it.

Author Bio

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Scarlet Wolfe began writing in January of 2013 as a way to distract and heal from some of the grief she was dealing with after the death of her teenage son.
She instantly fell in love with bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she has already branched out this year, releasing erotica and teen.
When not writing, Scarlet enjoys reading on the Kindle app, baking, being crafty and spending time with her friends and family.
She believes sex is a healthy part of living and hopes her writing will encourage readers to feel comfortable exploring their sexuality.

Links

Book Review (Penny Stephanie)~Lasting Attraction by Ashley Beale

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Lasting Attraction (Cassie, #3)

Lasting Attraction(Cassie #3)

Author~ Ashley Beale

Published~February 14, 2014   Book Synopsis

Temptation, mistakes, love, and heartbreak- these things have consumed Cassie McKnight’s life since starting college almost two years ago. While  Avery Manning and Pierce Danielson have consumed her heart.

Cassie finally comes to terms with who and what she wants, but sometimes when we make decisions, life decides something else for us. This time, she is bound and determined to fight for what she wants. For what she deserves. For the one she truly and hopelessly loves. It can only be that simple, when the one she loves, loves her enough to keep fighting as well.

Sometimes in finding your happily ever after, you have to find yourself first. This is a lesson all three learn in Lasting Attraction, the third and final installment to the Cassie series.

Review

4.5 pennies

4.5 Pennies out of 5

I am torn when reading a book that is a final in a series.  Because once I am done I am saying good bye to them and that saddens me.  But I was still very anxious to see what was to come with Cassie, Avery and Pierce.  So I put my fears aside and started reading part 3 in the Cassie Trilogy.

It starts out where we left off, with Avery gone, and Cassie and Pierce appear to be in love and in a relationship.  Sometimes looks can be deceiving especially when you are talking about this crazy love triangle.  There is a wrench thrown in the middle of the happy couple (Cassie and Pierce) when Avery comes home during a week long break. He is staying in Cassie’s other bedroom, where he lived prior to leaving.  As seen in books one and two, Cassie never takes the easy way with anything when it comes to her love life and these men.

You can see in this book that the Avery is starting to grow as a person and realize that there is more to life and if you sit back and wait for it to happen; life will happen without you.  He makes a decision to go after what he wants and feels is his, but is it too late.  Throughout the book there are many life altering events that occur for all three of these characters.  I found myself at times just wanting to smack some sense into Cassie.  (Too bad you can’t do that when reading)

Just when it appeared that Avery, Cassie and Pierce were figuring out the right path for their lives, the author threw in a big life altering curve.

This book made me laugh at many of the silly misunderstandings that could have been avoided with a conversation, and crying when it seemed that yet another tragedy could end a future that was just being discovered.

This book was amazing, the epilogue gave me just enough to be happy to say goodbye to Cassie, Avery and Pierce.  I do have to say both Avery and Pierce had qualities that made each of them a good catch, but I am definitely Team Avery all the way!!!!!

Author Bio

Ashley Beale

Ashley Beale, 25, is an indie author and self-publisher from the beautiful state of Maine. She comes from a large, loving family, which she adores completely, is a mother of two, has the best of friends, and really enjoys connecting with her fans!

Ashley has a love for reading and writing, traveling, watching great movies and addictive TV series, doing crafts, exploring, or just laying back with a glass of wine.

Links

To find out more about Ashley, visit any of her official webpages:
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