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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

July 28th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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RoniLorenAuthorHeadshot2Rock and Roll fans & Romance Book Lovers you must check out Roni Loren’s newest novella, Wanderlust! It is a fun, sexy romp but it does deal with some heavy subject matters. Overall, Roni’s stories are wonderful! Wanderlust was released on July 19, 2016 from InterMix/Penguin. Want to know my thoughts? Check out my review after this post or by clicking here.

One lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Roni Loren for today’s giveaway!

About Roni:

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

You can visit Roni around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Setup: Aubrey is at a strip club with the band. She’s a reporter and is following them around, but Lex is being difficult. So he made her a bet that he assumed he’d win. If Aubrey won, she’d get interview time with him. But the other band members tagged on another part of the bet—loser has to do a striptease for the other.

Lex narrowed his eyes at Aubrey, still stunned that she had won. He could accept that maybe she knew Van Halen—who didn’t? But, there was no way this chick listened to old-school Nine Inch Nails or eighties hair metal. He’d bet all his money on that.

She lifted her hair off her neck and piled it on top of her head to fan herself before letting it fall back around her in a dark flood. Lex flexed his fingers, wondering what it’d be like to run his fingers through it—or wrap it around his hand when he . . . He shook the image from his head before his blood flowed too far south.

“No, you can’t let him out of the bet,” Jared complained.

“Really, I don’t need that,” Aubrey said quickly.

Her posture shifted, her edge of nerves almost a taste in the air, and Lex’s lips curled into a grin. “Oh, no need to let me off the hook. I don’t punk out on a bet. You’ll get your show.”

A fleeting expression of panic skittered across her face, but she quickly covered it and grabbed for her drink. She was probably wishing she had alcohol in it now. Lex knew that Jared had intended for the bet to humiliate him, but this was going to embarrass Aubrey much more. He was used to being the center of attention. Performing on stage in front of people was his lifeblood. Aubrey, on the other hand, lived in a safe, neat world. She was probably used to men who observed the personal space rule, men who waited until the third date for a chaste kiss. Men who would never dare push her boundaries. Lex rose and swilled his beer.

Aubrey lifted her palms. “Seriously, Lex, I don’t want you to do this. We need to keep things professional.”

Her tongue darted out and swiped at her lip. Her knuckles were white against her drink. His gaze traveled to the flush creeping up her neck, and a slow smile spread across his mouth. Well, would you look at that. Little Miss Reporter was lying through her pretty white teeth.

She wasn’t protesting because of professionalism. He may not know her well yet, but he was an expert at recognizing the signs she was inadvertently throwing his way. Ms. Bordelon was terrified for the best possible reason—she feared her physical reaction to him. He remembered distinctly how she had quivered beneath him when he had touched her onstage, the look in her eyes when he’d brushed his lips against hers.

Oh, this was going to be fun. “Don’t worry, I’ll still respect you in the morning. Your professional status will be intact. Just remember, you can’t touch the stripper. It’s against the rules.”

She pulled her expression into one of utter boredom. “I’ll try to restrain myself.”

He laughed and then gripped the sides of her chair to pivot her away from the table to face him. He let his gaze slide over her from her head to her feet, taking his time, wishing he’d won the bet so he could watch her dance for him. She crossed her legs and folded her arms over her chest, pinning him with her glare.

Damn, she was cute when she was pissed.

A new song pounded through the club, and he began to sing the lyrics to her as he circled her chair and placed his hands on her shoulders. Her muscles stiffened under his touch. He bent his head next to her ear, the honey citrus scent of her hair cutting through the smoke and alcohol of the bar. “You’re going to have to relax a little or you’re not going to be able to enjoy this.”

He grabbed the collar of her black blazer and slipped it off her shoulders, forcing her to unfurl her arms. She allowed him to take off the jacket, revealing her fitted green tank top underneath. He let his eyes linger a moment on her neckline.

“That’s better,” he said. “I don’t want you getting too hot.”

“I thought you were the one who was supposed to take clothes off, not me.”

He stepped in front of her and unfastened the top button on his shirt. “As you wish.”

Her gaze fell to his chest, and she bit her lip as the flush on her throat crept up to her cheeks. He raised an eyebrow. Well, well, Ms. Bordelon. A wave of satisfaction moved through him. Maybe Jared’s plan wasn’t so ridiculous after all. Lex hadn’t believed that Aubrey would jump into bed with any of them. She had scruples, thank you very much. But the look on her face now was unmistakable. He’d been around enough women to recognize it. Desire, pure and simple. She may think he’s a jerk, she may hate him personally, but on some level, she wanted him.

The corners of his mouth tipped into a wicked smile. Maybe he could solve two problems at once. If he could get her in bed, not only could he force her to drop the story, but he could exorcise the ridiculous obsession to touch her that had been plaguing him since the body shot. Plus, God knew if any girl was in need of a wild, no strings romp in the sack, it was this one. He pulled open another button.

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About this Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…
 
Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

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Review: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

July 28th, 2016 @ 12:01 am
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Untitled-5Title: Wanderlust

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Format: eBook, 191 Pages

A-SIN: B01DJZWA5K (InterMix/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0399584404 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…
 
Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

Quick & Dirty: Swoony rock star romance that deals with some devastating issues.

Opening Sentence: Southern gentility be damned.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Rock Star romances are my new guilty pleasure! Roni Loren has written one of my favorite romances with Call on Me that stared Pike the drummer from a band in her Loving on the Edge series. Now we are focusing on a whole new band, Wanderlust, whom was mentioned in this series and are getting their own spin off series from the sounds of it. At least, I’m crossing my fingers for the rest of this band to get their own stories.

Aubrey Bordelon is a food critic for a New Orleans magazine. Unfortunately she has been reassigned to work the music beat when the music critic is hospitalized. The magazine has signed an exclusive deal with Wanderlust, a popular new band and they don’t want to let the story get dropped. Aubrey is not thrilled about her new job. She just wants to get the interview done and the story published. She is not ready for the drastic change her life is about to undergo.

Lex Logan and his band, Wanderlust, are not on good terms. They have been trying to write their second album and things just aren’t going too well. They’ve been fighting more than getting any work done. Lex was not expecting the hot reporter to show up learning about all the band’s problems. He also wasn’t expecting the sparks that he felt towards her with his strange on stage antics.

Aubrey starts off as a close minded individual. Her life is determined by safety and stability. She often does what makes others around her the happiest even if it doesn’t make her happy. The only thing that actually makes her happy is writing which is the only compromise she’s made in her life. When Aubrey meets Lex, she starts to break out of her shell. He makes her want to do wild and crazy things.

Tragedy occurred in Aubrey’s past and I did like the way it was revealed in the book because it was almost like a slap in the face to the reader just like it was for Aubrey when it was revealed. It might be tough for readers who have been or know someone who has been in this situation.

Lex and Aubrey have some outstanding chemistry. They do have lust at first sight that quickly turns to love since it is a short story. They both go into this relationship knowing that it can only be short term.

The secondary cast of characters is pretty low in this novella. Aubrey’s parents are pretty awful throughout the story so I was really surprised by the turnaround that played out with one of her parents. Wanderlust, the band, are basically full of the typical problems that you see in the rock star romances but my issue is with Jared. Me and him are gonna have some words… Although I’m sure when his story *hopefully* comes out, that I will end up swooning for him too.

Overall, I would highly recommend this read. I have loved everything I have read by Roni Loren so far and Wanderlust didn’t disappoint. It is sexy, hot and makes me wish for my own rock star romance.

Notable Scene:

“What the fu—hell?” he said, catching himself at the last minute.

“Seriously, don’t worry about watching your language around me. I work at a magazine. As for the date, my dad has a thing I have to go to at the Fremont Hotel tonight, so I’m letting Grayson take me.” She shook her head and waved a dismissive hand. “Never mind. Why am I even talking to you about this?”

He licked the tip of his finger, capturing the sugar there. “Because you like me and want to tell me your deepest secrets. Or fantasies. Let’s start with filthy ones, shall we.”

The last bite of beignet tried to lodge in her throat when she saw the flash of mischief in his eyes. Dammit. No man should look that tempting. She dragged her gaze away. Focus, woman. “I finally have you alone in a quiet place. I should be interviewing you.”

He ran his finger along the rim of his cup, watching the steam rising off his coffee. “I could think of better things to do while we’re alone in a quiet place.”

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Blog Tour: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

July 27th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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mary e pearsonI can not tell you how excited I am about being apart of The Beauty of Darkness blog tour! If you didn’t know by now I am a HUGE fan of this series so much so that I would say it is my all time favorite series ever! We are hosting a fun read along for the series and we just finished reading The Heart of Betrayal! (If you’re interested there is a twitter chat tonight at 9 EST where we will have trivia, prizes and a fun chat! Check out the #TRCreadalong hashtag for more info!) But back to the matter at hand when I was approached about participating in the blog tour I was ecstatic. They had a few topics we could choose from and I chose to do the fan casting post! So check out who I imagine playing some of the characters in The Remnant Chronicles!!!

About Mary:

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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I wanted to start off by saying that these picks are what I imagine the characters looking like. If the book was actually made into a movie I wouldn’t necessarily want these actors cast because for me personally I like new talent and I think all of these actors would be to old to be cast!

First we have to start with Lia. She is described as a girl with long dark hair and I imagine her with slight sun kissed skin. When I think of Lia I imagine that she has an innocent look to her but she also has attitude. So I choose Victoria Justice as someone that I think Lia would look like.

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Rafe is described as a man with sun streaked dark hair an unusual boldness about him. When I picture Rafe in my head he is of course gorgeous and kind and stern. In reality no one comes close to the Rafe I picture in my head but I feel like Ben Barnes looks close to what I imagine.

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Kaden is a described as a blond haired fellow with a brooding quality that clouded the air about him! When I picture Kaden in my head he is poised, hot and always has some kind of weapon in his hand!!! I think that Luke Mitchell captures the image of Kaden pretty good and he is so pretty!!!

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Pauline is also blonde and beautiful. She is such a sweet person and an amazing friend to Lia. In my head I picture a beautiful young women with courage and love shinning from her eyes. I think that Dove Cameron has a Pauline look!

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The Komizar is the villain in the Heart of Betrayal and he is described as a man with dark eyes, unkempt dark curly locks that sits right above his shoulders and a precise line of beard at his chin and a thin mustache. I have to admit that I have a slight crush on the Komizar even though he is pretty much as evil as they get. I think that Kit Harington looks a lot like the Komizar, especially when he is playing Jon Snow!

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I don’t know if there will ever be a movie for this amazing series but one can always dream right! Who would you like to see play some of the characters???

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Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

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Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

July 27th, 2016 @ 12:01 am
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Ink and BoneTitle: Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Great Library (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 045147239X (NAL/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451472397 (NAL/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Quick & Dirty: A fantastic start to a promising series.

Opening Sentence: ”Hold still and stop fighting me,” his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Since reading Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series, I have been a huge fan of hers. So I was super excited, and a leeetle apprehensive when I received an ARC of the first in a new series; The Great Library. Let me clear all those doubts away because Caine is here for the long haul!

There are three parts to learning: information, knowledge, and wisdom. A mere accumulation of information is not knowledge, and a treasure of knowledge is not, in itself, wisdom. 

This first book has the perfect mix of background, memorable characters and an intriguing storyline to make me look forward to the upcoming releases.

My favourite character has to be Wolfe. He acts like a badass teacher, always giving his students grief but turns out to be trying to help them in the best way he can. I loved his ‘you’ve got to be cruel to be kind’ attitude.

“I suppose you want me to apologize for calling you a bastard.”
“No need,” Santi said. “You should hear what his friends call him.”
“I have friends?” Wolfe said.
“They don’t care to admit it in public.”
“Did it ever occur to you that I might not care to admit to them, either?”

The main character, Jess, might not be relatable in the sense that he came from a family of smugglers, but his personality made him a very likeable person. I loved his interactions with the other students, his caution of letting others close and guilt of hiding his background. But most importantly, I adored his love for books. That’s a feeling all booknerds can relate to!

“Remember, losing one pint of blood’s an accident. Losing two is carelessness.”
Jess extended his right hand. It hurt, but he managed to hold it up, and after a moment, Dario got to his feet and walked over to grasp it. “We’re still not friends,” Jess said. “Thank God.”
“Imagine my relief.”

Each of the other students that are competing to work for the Library have very unique natures and Caine has put a lot of work into developing them all so that the reader is able to clearly distinguish between them. I appreciate that because when there are a lot of characters I find it very hard to remember them, and more importantly, how they fit in with the story.

As the story progresses, we learn that there is more to the Library than meets the eye. Being the most powerful institution there is, there is plenty of corruption that comes with it and it’s a mystery trying to uncover the secrets that the Library is built on.

The Library might have brought the wisdom of ages into the lives of the common folk; it might have kept humankind from falling into the darkness of ignorance and despair and superstition. But that didn’t mean the hands of those in charge were clean.
Just the opposite, in Jess’s experience.

Ink and Bone was a fantastic first book and it will definitely be a story I recommend to others!

Notable Scene:

“You’re a low kind of man,” Jess said. “But I’ve always known that. Da.”

Callum smiled. His eyes were like cold, dry pebbles. “Is that agreement I hear?”

“Did you really give me a choice?”

His father came forward and dug his fingers hard enough into Jess’s shoulder to leave bruises. “No, son,” he said. “That’s why I’m good at my business. See you become just as good at yours.”

The Great Library:

1. Ink and Bone

2. Paper and Fire

3. Ash and Quill (July 2017)

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

July 26th, 2016 @ 12:10 am
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Alexandra SirowyPlease welcome author Alexandra Sirowy! Her newest ‘creepy’ novel is The Telling, a young adult mystery about a girl dealing with the death of her brother. Alexandra is here today to tell us about how she got the idea for The Telling. This novel will be released on August 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers! Want to know our thoughts on this book? Read the post below or by clicking this link.

If you would like to order a signed copy of The Telling visit Books Inc.

At the end of this post, enter for your chance to win a copy of The Telling, an origami swan necklace and The Telling swag (Laptop Stickers)!!! This giveaway is provided by Alexandra! This contest is open to US & Canada addresses only.

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING and THE TELLING. Alexandra attended a women’s college for her undergraduate work in International Relations and later received her graduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring the foothills and woods near the Northern California home she and her husband share with their dog.

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I had the idea for THE TELLING while I was visiting a small island in the Puget Sound of Washington. I’d just sold my first book, THE CREEPING, and had just started casting my thoughts out to see what ideas would stick for my second novel.

This island was idyllic – indigo blue waters, bonfire-dotted gray beaches, a picture-perfect main street, rambling, green berry fields, and the white sails of boats cutting across the harbor. All of it was impossibly beautiful, and I started thinking, what’s under this glittering façade? What’s going wrong here? Who would want to escape this island?

I started coming up with the voice of a character – a boy who hadn’t grown up on the island but whose mom married a man with a daughter there. The daughter, the boy’s step-sister, became my protagonist. I wrote the fairytales Ben and Lana would tell each other as kids on this island where everything seemed enchanted. I drew on a myriad of sources for these short, dark fables, including Shakespeare, nursery rhymes, gothic horror, and bedtime tales my grandmother used to tell my sister and me.

I imagined the adventures Ben and Lana would have exploring the island’s windswept beaches and its forests. I pictured their friends and how they’d grow into teenagers. High school would treat them differently – one would excel socially and the other would grow quieter, trying to be small and unnoticeable.

In my head all of this was the backstory, the before the pages of the book would even start.

I wanted the after to begin with a mystery – the inciting incident in the plot that would send these kids spiraling toward something dark and twisted. Something that might have been hinted at in their fairytales and make-believe years before.

Then, one morning, while I was drinking what was not my first cup of coffee and watching sailboats and fishing rigs leave the harbor, I spotted a teenage girl in a row boat.

She was alone and paddling across the water, her strokes urgent.

And it struck me, what would Lana do if she lost Ben? Not only lost him, but if something dark and mysterious carried him away. How far would she go to look for him – or for his killer? With that, I had THE TELLING’s central mystery.

To learn more about Alexandra and her books visit www.alexandrasirowy.com or follow her on Twitter @AlexandraSirowy and Instagram @AlexandraSirowy.

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The Telling

Available August 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

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