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Release Blitz ~ With This Heart by R.S. Grey ~ Rafflecopter Giveaway (Penny Lisa)

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Title: With This Heart

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: March 27, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

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If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

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R.S. Grey hit it out of the park with With This Heart.  This book was a home run, capturing me from the beginning and keeping me riveted to the very end.  I loved it, I absolfreakinlutely loved it.  She has weaved together a story that will take you on an adventure of a lifetime while making you experience your entire spectrum of emotions.

Abby is preparing for the journey of her life, one she never thought she would be able to take.  And although her original plans were to take it with her friend Caroline, serendipity arrived in the form of Beck.

Abby’s life had kept her sheltered from many of the normal experiences of a young woman her age.  Between her overprotective parents, the need to keep herself healthy at all costs, and a desire to break free from everything that has held her back over the past number of years, she embarks on a quest.

The quest proves that maybe she is not as prepared as she thinks she should be for the life ahead of her.

“So now the world is your proverbial oyster and you’re finding out that maybe shucking oysters isn’t quite as easy as everyone makes it out to be.  Oh, and there are far fewer pearls than you expected.”

Abby and Beck’s trek across Texas reveals many things about both of them as individuals and we learn their capacity to care about each other during difficult times.  Beck challenges Abby to step outside the safety of her previous life and walk just over the edge of the wild side.

“Abby?”  Beck prodded, peering over his shoulder at me.

Realizing I’d been caught peeking through my fingers, I scrunched them back together quickly.  “I’m protecting my womanly sensibilities,”  I answered.  “What are you doing?”

He shook his head, “Trying to break you out of your shell.

So as not to give away anymore of the story, I will share is that this book had me laughing out loud, ugly crying,  broke my heart and so much more.  With This Heart should be on your list of reads this week.

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“I grabbed my first bag and opened my front door to find Beck standing a few feet outside. I took in his messy brown hair, white t-shirt, and dark jeans. Why did a white t-shirt look so good on him? Maybe because it was fitted enough to show off his toned body without being obnoxiously tight? I wasn’t quite sure.

He didn’t say anything at first. His hazel eyes scanned down my body, lingering a moment longer on my bare legs, and then he looked back up at me with a wide, perfectly straight smile.

“Is that all you’re bringing?” he asked, pointing at the smallest of my three bags.

“Hah! Yeah right, I have like ten times more stuff.”

He shook his head and narrowed his eyes on me playfully. “I like a girl with baggage, Abby Mae. Keeps things interesting.”

His comment was too much; it stripped away my normal sarcastic responses. I was left with nothing but the bag in my hand, so I tossed it at him. He had to think fast and catch it before it fell to the ground at his feet.

“Good. Help me load it up then,” I smirked, and then turned to collect the rest of my stuff.

“Don’t forget to go to the bathroom! We aren’t stopping until we’re out of hell!” he called behind me.

“You mean Dallas?” I asked over my shoulder.

“Exactly!”

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I was sitting in the passenger seat in Beck’s old, yellow VW Camper. It had been renovated recently, so the inside was all new leather, but it still had a lot of the classic details.

Our stuff fit easily in the back and he wasn’t kidding about there being space to sleep. We’d have to be really close, but there was definitely room. My face reddened at the thought.

I wedged the urn between my feet so that it wouldn’t tip over, and then buckled my seat belt. When I looked up, Beck was watching me with a bemused smile. My hand instinctively slid over my side braid and my face. I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary.

“What?” I asked.

He shook his head, but his grin never faltered. “Nothing. Just trying to remember this moment.”

I furrowed my brows in wonder and tilted my head. The sun shone through the windshield of the Camper, highlighting the green details in his eyes. Beck wasn’t movie-star good-looking; he was boy-next-door good-looking— the kind of guy that might not know the full extent of his effect on the female population.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because our lives will never be the same.”

A small dimple formed on the corner of his mouth before he turned toward the steering wheel and pulled out of my apartment complex.

That dimple was the first thing I told myself to remember about the road trip.

Just as we turned onto the entrance for the highway, I peered over at Beck. “Just so you know, my faith in humanity is dangling by a few threads. If you murder me, I’ll pretty much lose all hope.”

I couldn’t keep the hint of a smile from my lips.

He nodded. “And if you murder me?”

I shrugged. “That would just be a good plot twist.”

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Release Day Blitz ~ Cursed Love by T.H. Snyder

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Lincoln Minzotto has the life everyone wants, yet he resents it.

He’s grown up as the youngest of three children to a wealthy congressman and successful lawyer. Pushed to his absolute excellence, Linc felt the real path for him was different than his parents’ hopes and dreams.

On the most important night of his father’s reelection, Linc makes a choice that will lead to a lifetime of regret.

Deciding to start a new life, he and his best friend, Daulton, purchase a rundown tattoo shop called Cursed Magic.

While restoring Cursed Magic, Linc’s faith in life is put to the test in more ways than one. Faced with the horrors of the bleak, starless nights and the women that come and go, he decides to give up all together, until one fateful night with a stranger.

Will one night shape his future forever? Can he turn the Curse he’s endured into a blessing even though all odds are against him?


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Cover Reveal ~ Cheap and Classy (Hide Your Crazy #2) by T. A. Hardenbrook ~ Rafflecopter Giveaway (Penny Maggie)

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Cheap and Classy  by T. A. Hardenbrook

Release Date April 29, 2014

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Hi, I’m Molly, and I’m still a complete and utter mess. Sure, I finally got away from all the sparkles of my past; but glitter is like herpes. No matter how far I ran from it, it still showed up everywhere in my life. In order to survive in my chaotic and messed reality, I needed to set some ground rules for myself.

1. Kick Ass

2. Take Names

3. Forget the Past

4. Move On.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

There was a huge, gigantic, Godzilla sized problem that lurked in my life.

Reid Chambers.

Yep, someone shoot me now.

You thought book one was crazy; well let me present ‘Cheap and Classy’

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T.A. Hardenbrook currently resides in Spokane Washington with her husband and two young boys. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as her license in Cosmetology in which she still does part time.

Her days include being the family chauffer and referee, all while trying to become the perfect domestic goddess one strives for. Her family of four also includes a very loving American pit bull terrier, a wirehaired dachshund, a corn snake, and an American cavy (Which her oldest son shows at ARBA/ACBA events).

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, life became a struggle and she found learning to adapt was not an easy task. Luckily with the help of daily medication, life is slowly returning back to normal. Having the opportunity to write a novel at this time was a huge boost of confidence in dealing with the disorder, being able to use her hands and type, was therapy for the soul.

Please remember to never let anything stand in front of your dreams.

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BLOG TOUR~BOOK REVIEW~MONSTER by Francette Phal (Penny Stephanie)

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Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
The Tyrant.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?

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This book starts in a very dark place for Eden Mercer. When you feel like you have no other way out, what would you do? In Eden’s case she sold her soul to the devil known as Dominic. Eden saw the opportunity Dominic was offering to get out of her present situation and earn $500,000 in the process was a great deal. Little did she know the dark, sinister side of Dominic behind closed doors. Pictures aren’t always what they seem. Dominic was the ideal businessman with his gorgeous wife by his side in public, behind closed doors all bets were off.

Dominic is a media mogul Fortune 500 , top 5 wealthiest people, he paid quite handsomely to possess Eden and to own every each of her body. This is a fact that he never lets her forget. Dominic not only needed Eden’s submission but he demanded it at all costs.

Throughout the book we are given insight into what makes a boy become a monster. It makes you question can a monster discover and find love if he has never been shown how to love?

Monster is a very dark and addictive story about seduction, hatred, love, submission, discovery of self and finding the will to do what it takes to make it through. I enjoyed this book and the dynamics between the characters. The fact it has dark beginnings but still has some good coming from such evil. Eden demonstrates the ability to rise above the situation she has gotten herself in and plot away to possibly help save her future. The question remains can love be found in a place that was once filled with such evil?

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“Soon, sweetie, I promise,” he soothed. She moaned softly as he licked her ear, dropped soft warm kisses across her shoulder blades, he moved down her back, a wet tongue and hot mouth traced and kissed each vertebrae, making a slow and steady progress down her spine. It was a torturous progression that boiled the blood in Eden’s veins as she waited in bated anticipation. Breath stilled in her lungs, eyes widening when he drew apart her butt cheeks and ran his tongue down the wet crevice, from clit to the puckered rosebud of her hole and back again. It was undoubtedly one of the most erotic things he’d ever done to her body, and Eden didn’t know how to breathe properly. She gripped the sheets beneath her hands and bit down hard on her bottom lip to keep from screaming.

It was like a shot of adrenaline straight into her vein. It was blood vessels dilating, her heart galloping uncontrollably in her chest, it was gasping for breath when the air she drew in wasn’t enough. He owned her body, ate it like sun ripened peaches and drank the flowing juices of her weeping womanhood with his rapacious tongue. There were fingers there, slipping between the folds to dive deep into her blistering heat, while his thumb worked at her puckered hole, his wicked, wicked mouth showing Eden exactly how very little she knew her of own body. There was nothing but the explicitness of this act, the hyper awareness that made her feel like each inch of her body was struck by lightning, that killed her and gave her life all in one electrifying jolt. He was merciless and perfect, inviting her to shove her hips back and ride his face.

Death was imminent, sweet cataclysmic death seduced her into the gaping, welcoming arms of her orgasm. She plummeted, shattered into delicious little pieces on his tongue and fingers. Recuperating wasn’t in the stars for her as he gripped her hips and plunged into her depths in one long stroke. Pulling her arms and folding them at the small of her back, he held them there with one large hand as he sank in deeper, so deep that it hurt so good. Ass high in the air, face down in the sheets, Eden was at his complete mercy, filled to absolute capacity with his cock, and she whimpered, the vulnerability of her position giving her a sweet high.

“I’m going to beat this pussy, Eden, and you’re going to scream my name.”

And she did, a promise made completely true as he fucked her like a porn star. She screamed like the world was falling, his repeated strike against her G-spot making her see stars. It was too damn much, his jarring thrusts so deep that she could taste him, spurred her fall and she orgasmed on every inch of his cock.

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Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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New Release ~ That’s A Lie by Victoria Klahr ( Penny Stephanie)

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That’s A Lie

Author: Victoria Klahr

Release Date: March 25, 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Seth is back.

When he walked back into my life, it almost felt like the pieces of my broken heart could be fixed. I thought we could go back to being best friends, but then I started to feel what I had been blocking out for years. I tried. Boy, did I try! But once I started to let him in, I wanted nothing more than to cross that line from friendship into something more…

Just when I think I can move on and let myself be happy, an ugly reminder from my past comes storming in and threatens to destroy the sliver of hope that’s been growing since Seth came back.

Do I even deserve to be loved?

“I’m not asking to fix your heart. I’m not asking to mend you. I love each and every shattered piece of you. I’m asking that you let me love you. Let me love each piece of your broken heart, and I swear to you I will make up for every heartache you have ever experienced.”

I came back for Josie.

I knew I’d have to fight for her, but with the loss of her dad and the truth about what happened with her and Blake, I quickly realized that making her mine was going to be a lot harder than I first thought. The problem is, I can’t pretend like she’s just my best friend. I can’t pretend I don’t want more.

I’m willing to do anything to get her to admit she has the same passionate feelings for me, because I know once she opens up and stops lying to herself, I can show her what it really means to be loved. It’s a battle of wills, but my love for her is stronger than her will to stop me.

So I fight for her. I fight because I know she deserves it.

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Victoria Klahr (pronounced like “Claire”) lives in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, Stephen and Alexis. She loves her chug (Pug/Chihuahua), Bandit, and three year old to pieces. She loves to stay home and take care of them, even if they do drive her insane at times. She is a huge and proud book nerd who looks at her bookshelf in admiration daily. She has her Associate’s degree in Business Administration, but her passion has always been the stories that talk to her in her head. One day she decided to take a chance and let the voices write her story. She has never felt more certain or comfortable about who she is than when she writes.

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Release Day Blitz ~ Breaking Kate by D. Kelly ~ Rafflecopter Giveaway (Penny Lisa)

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Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good. 

Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.

While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.

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His lips are almost brushing against mine, so close I can feel his breath caress my lips… it’s intoxicating. Daniel places one hand on the back of my head, pulling me forward to close the small gap between us as his perfect lips meet mine for a gentle, yet utterly heart-stopping kiss. This is the first kiss fairytales are spun from.  My heartbeat is still rapid, my pulse is still racing, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I have waited so long to find him.  This man was obviously made just for me. Daniel stops kissing me, resting his forehead against mine.

I reach up and run my fingers through his hair, and I feel him suck in his breath as he slowly he moves his lips to mine. Gently kissing me, he parts my lips with his tongue, making his way into my mouth. When his tongue caresses mine I feel butterflies in my stomach.What the hell? The feeling is exceptional; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I’m lost in it and to it.

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I’m a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I’m also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly turned into a job that I hated I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart… how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I’m California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. Breaking Kate is my first novel and is part of The Acceptance Series.


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Book Blitz ~ Unforeseen Heartbeat by Maureen Mayer ~ Rafflecopter Giveaway (Penny Lisa)

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Series: Second Chances #2
Author: Maureen Mayer
 Release Date: February 24, 2014
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Used… Broken… Confused…It only took one drunken mistake four years ago for Maddie Harrington to learn that when you fully give yourself over to a man, you should never expect anything in return. Since that night, her views on love have become distorted, believing men would only want her for the pleasure her body could bring them. She in turn finds herself hooking up with random guys, but never keeps them around long enough to see if there could possibly be something more.

That is…until Hunter Bryant enters the picture.

When the handsome pre-med student shows up in the right place at the right time, captivating her with his stormy gaze, she immediately pushes him away, thinking he’s no different than any other guy. The deeper Hunter delves into her life, trying to break through her iron-clad walls, the more she begins to question whether she is truly capable of opening her heart up to another man.

Maddie soon finds herself forced to make a difficult decision, one that will forever change both of their lives. Will she shut Hunter out of her life for good or will she finally open up her heart and allow herself the life she never dreamed she deserved?


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Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 9+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel and falling in love with the latest book boyfriend.

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My hands landed on the warm, soft skin at the swell of her hips where her shirt had ridden up. I didn’t know if I was afraid to move or if I just wasn’t ready to let her go, but we both remained frozen in place until she stumbled a bit, causing my hands to slide higher up along her ribs. When she finally caught her balance, my hands were just at the edge of her sports bra, and I could feel the weight of her breasts as they grazed against my thumbs. This was dangerous territory. I could feel myself quickly becoming aroused by the scorching heat of her delicate skin, and I knew Shayne Jr. was about to make an unwelcomed appearance. I had to think of something else and fast! Cold showers, kittens, little baby Jesus, grandma naked…yup that did it!

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Release Day Blitz ~ LOVELINES by S. Walden (Penny Lisa)

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Arrive to work at 7:58 A.M. sharp. Check. Count forty-seven steps to cubicle. Check. Arrange pens in their red-blue-black-green-purple order of importance. Check. Apply hand sanitizer before opening email. Double check.

And that’s just the first few minutes of her work day.

Thirty-one-year-old proofreader Bailey Mitchell is a slave to her tics. She inherited Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from her father, and it’s done nothing but inhibit her love life. She’s run the gamut of boyfriends—none of them willing or able to cope with her condition.

Enter 32-year-old Reece Powell, her new coworker at Beach Elite Marketing Firm. He’s more than willing to cope. He finds her habits cute and quirky . . . for now. Reece wins her over, and life coasts along for them until Bailey experiences a devastating blow. Tragedy exacerbates her OCD, and Reece realizes her tics aren’t so cute and quirky anymore. Just like all the others, he has the choice to leave.

But Reece isn’t like all the others.

The Wilmington Saga

Follow the stories of Wilmington, NC residents as they fall in and out of love, mend and break hearts, grow, change, lose, win, and experience what it means to truly live in this small coastal community.

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Noah dropped me home sometime around nine. I’d stayed for dinner, thought I’d sobered up sufficiently to drive, but was told to keep my car right where it was—on the curb in front of Erica’s house. She’d drive it over tomorrow.
I live in a cul-de-sac in an old neighborhood filled with one-story brick homes. They’re small—no bigger than 1500 square feet—but the perfect size for a single woman tired of paying rent. I bought my house two years ago. I’d started saving for a down payment eight years before that. I thought my mother would be so proud of me for purchasing my first home—on my own—but she was more concerned about the people to fill it.
“Just me, Mom,” I had said during my housewarming party. It included my dad, younger sister, some coworkers, a few friends from college, and Erica’s crew.
“Not even a roommate, Bailey? At least get a roommate. I mean, what’s the point of two bedrooms if it’s just you?”
“Office space,” I replied.
“Office space for what? What do you need an office for? Do you take work home with you? Do they make you work nights and weekends at that place? Honey, let’s talk about the sales job. Remember that sales job I told you about?”
“Mom, I’d be working more in sales. Do you understand? We’ve been over this. Days. Nights. Weekends. Holidays. Vacations. That’s a sales job!”
“Honey, this job is different. Now I gave Archie your number. He said he’ll call you—”
“Oh my God! I just bought a house, Mom! Can we focus on the house?!”
Yeah. So that’s how most of the conversations went with my mother.


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S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband, who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.

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Blog tour Blitz and Book Review~Majestic Pearls by Katija O (Penny Stephanie)

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AUTHOR: Katija O 
RELEASED DATE: 28th February 2014 
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Some
believe in fate, others not so …

Who
would think that a simple car accident could determine someone’s destiny?
But
when Mia Tandy meets Nicholas Devlin their worlds are
Automatically
changed.
Falling
in love should be simple, should be natural and joyous, but,
As
they are from different worlds, there are many obstacles thrown
In
their way.
There
is one thing though, that no one can control and that is
Undying
love.  Fate has brought these two
together, and class is keeping
Them
apart.
What
they don’t realize is they are connected, neither one
Of
them knowing this.
One
person holds the key to this secret.
A
secret from yesteryear, this secret and this secret alone
Holds
the answer to how their destiny will

Evolve.
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This book is a true modern day fairytale, with the princess and prince (and king).  It also has the twist of Romeo and Juliet and a forbidden love where two worlds should not cross.  We get to meet Amelia (Mia), we find out quickly that she is a caring and humble individual that has not been dealt the best cards lately and just wants to get her life started in a right direction.  Little did she know that her world was about to be twisted all around.  We soon learn that after her chance meeting with Nicholas her life might never be the same.

Nicolas is a rich, elite individual that has no responsibilities.  His parents have is life all planed out for him to his career with the family business and to whom he is to marry.  They are just waiting for him to get on board with their plan.

This story is one of fate and believing that everything happens for a reason.  No matter how hard they try the world keeps pulling Mia and Nicholas together.  I really enjoyed the book and loved the characters.  I was very sad to see it end.  It is only book one, so there is more to come.  I am excited to learn what is in store for Mia next in her life, what path is she going to chose and will her and Nicolas find a way for their two worlds to entwine together to find peace and harmony.  I also can’t wait to learn more about Rosie and how her past is possibly going to have an effect on Mia’s future.

If you like fairytale romance with a few bumps along the way, you will love this book.

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Not to stray from the common Author cliché, I loved to read as a child – I actually excelled in reading from a young age.  This was definitely to my advantage.  In saying that I only enjoyed reading “happily ever after stories.”

As I grew older my pleasures turned to “teen romance stories” with the obvious transition being heavy love stories and of course Jackie Collins’ novels.

Then due to relationship and work commitments my reading all but ceased until my children were at an age where I could steal and hour or two (which then became and hour or four).

A few years ago I discovered the Twilight Saga, this kept my thoroughly entertained for years as I read and re-read numerous times… Enter 50 Shades.

Whilst I was a little fearful to read this erotic tale, something tugged at my inner thoughts and I succumbed, like everyone around me falling for the likes of one Christian Grey.

I continued from that moment reading many many stories and getting involved with Indie Authors from around the globe – something then happened to me.  I awoke one Saturday morning with a whole story fixed in my mind.  This had happened to me a lot over the years but this story was so clear and concise and I acted on in with the inspiration of the Indie Authors.

That’s when my first novel Majestic Pearls was born – it has grown from there and is a beautifully work in progress.  In the interim, I wrote my current story, a novella entitled Que Sera Sera.

When I’m not at my desk, I’m reading – beta reading, or just plain reading.  As a full time mother and wife my life is very full.  My other passion, other than writing and family is Music … music from yesteryear is my genre.

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Waking Up by Renee Dyer

Publication Date:  March 23, 2014

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For Adriana Monroe life couldn’t get any better.  She has great friends, her photography business is booming and she married Alex, her childhood best friend.  Life is perfect.  It’s a fairy tale really.

But one night changes everything for her.

Suddenly she’s alone.  She’s afraid to trust and afraid to love.  Most of all she’s afraid she’s broken beyond repair.  Nightmares torment and haunt her every time she closes her eyes.

Will she ever be the same?

For Tucker Stavros it looks to the outside world like things come easy for him.  He’s gorgeous, rich, famous, has a hot girlfriend.  Hell, he’s a movie star.  If women aren’t trying to get with him then men are wishing they are him.  What they don’t see is the broken child hiding behind the smiles he fakes for the cameras.  They don’t see the man who wakes up drenched in sweat from his nightmares from a past he can’t escape.

Betrayal sends him running.

A chance encounter throws Tucker and Adriana together.  They try to fight their attraction for each other.  They feel they’re too broken for the other.

Will they continue to suffer in the hell of dreamland separately or will they find that Waking Up to real life together can be so much sweeter?

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When not writing you’ll find me surrounded by my hubby, three boys and chocolate lab Bruschi.  I enjoy reading as much as writing.  I’m hoping to get to know my fans so ask me questions.  I’m an open book.  Pun fully intended.  🙂

 

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I walk into my bathroom and look at myself in the mirror.  The black circles under my eyes shoe the many nights of interrupted sleep.  Even after sixteen months I haven’t gotten used to sleeping alone.  And then there’s the dreams.  Always the damn dreams….

After brushing my waist length strawberry blonde hair I throw a towel onto the bar and step into my stand up shower.  Not that you can call it a stand up shower.  It’s anything, but that.  It’s a beautiful piece of work that Alex designed for the two of us to share.  Every time I step into it I’m amazed at the detail of it and the size, but it was always meant for the two of us to share.  It’s more of a small tiled, rectangular room with a glass door and shower heads lining the tiled walls.  The coloring is beautiful.  Alex called it Roman gold, and I love the rose colored accent he placed half way up and how it adds color all of the way around.  The result is striking.  The sunken in shelves offsetting the accents add to the romantic air Alex was going for.  But my favorite part is the seat.  Oh how I love the seat nestled against the far wall of the shower.  As I walk in and start up the shower I can’t I can’t help but think back to the first time I saw the shower and that seat…   I stood looking at the entirety of it in awe.  Alex was an amazing architect and Preston could build anything.  I wasn’t surprised that they made something so incredible, but what was up with that seat?  Alex noticed I kept looking at it and smirked.  He stood there waiting for my response.

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