Release Day: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

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imageTitle: Tears of Tess

Author: Pepper Winters

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 30th August, 2013

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Synopsis

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

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Cover Reveal: The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros

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Author: Marata Eros

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Expected release: February 18, 2014

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

Age Group: New Adult

A sexy and poignant new adult novel from New York Times bestseller Marata Eros, about two lost souls who find each other in the wake of tragedy, only to learn that love may not be enough to heal the wounds of a dark and tortured past… Twenty year-old Brooke Starr has escaped the aftermath of a brutal tragedy by abandoning her music studies and moving north to take a summer position as a part-time deck hand on a deep-sea fishing boat. When her survivor’s guilt becomes unbearable, Brooke realizes there’s only one thing she can do to finally erase the pain. Deep sea fisherman, Chance Taylor, has just wrapped his guitar set at the local saloon when he sees the silhouette of a young woman in repose, the full moon highlighting her shadow as she plummets from a pier too high for diving… into water too cold to survive. Without thinking, he plunges in after her, saving Brooke from drowning.

As Chance works to save her from her own emotional fragility, Brooke finally begins to learn how to save herself. But when their chemistry begins to consume them, Brooke withdraws. She’s determined to be the master of her own destiny… until the past catches up with her in a cataclysmic plan so dark, so final… it threatens their love and their very lives.  photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg

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About the Author

Marata Eros is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of dark, romantic new adult novels, including A Terrible Love and its companion novel A Brutal Tenderness. A passionate writer who loves interacting with her readers, Marata lives in South Dakota with her husband.

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Joint Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl & Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #1&#2) by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise RozettTitle: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Series: Confessions, Book 1

Author: Louise Rozett

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Purchased

Synopsis

Freshman Rose Zarelli has rage issues.

First of all, her father lost his job, took work as a contractor in Iraq…and never came home.

Second, she likes the wrong guy and his super-intense, scary cheerleader girlfriend is now her nemesis.

Third, her fashionista best friend, Tracy, is suddenly infinitely cooler than she is—and talking about losing her virginity. (What?!)
Rose is ahead when it comes to studying for the PSAT, but she’s so far behind socially that she might as well be moving backward. She needs Tracy’s help choosing the right clothes, she likes all the wrong extracurricular activities, and she can’t even make a decision about which photo of her father to put on the memorial website she’s making (and hiding from her adolescent-shrink mother).

With her brother away at college and her mother always locked in her office with her messed-up teen patients, Rose struggles to get through each day without inflicting bodily harm on anyone.

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Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise RozettTitle: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Series: Confessions, Book 2

Author: Louse Rozett

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…

…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.

The motto for sophomore year? When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

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Review

Rose loses her father shortly before starting Union High as a freshman. She is socially awkward and only really talks to her best friend Tracy who is cooler and more popular than her, especially when she joins the cheerleading squad. When Rose is put at the same study table as Jamie Torsa she’s in heaven, she’s liked him since she watched him playing hockey with her brother Peter. Jamie is dating Regina who is one of the popular cheerleaders and a total pain in the ass. Regina is bent on revenge when she learns Rose and Jamie are friends. Her freshman year is full of bitchy cheerleaders, and major drama.

Rose jumps to the rescue yet again when Conrad almost drowns in a swimming pool during his initiation to the Union swim team. Conrad takes a lot of heat for his sexuality and Rose only wanted to help but is dragged into the middle of it yet again. When Tracy starts a fashion website her popularity rises and Rose feels left out, deciding to audition for a part in the Union musical where she realises she wants to sing, not in theatre but a real singer. This year Rose has sworn to herself not to jump into the middle of things and is dedicated to making this year all hers.

The Confessions series is a fun read. There’s so much drama and bitching its so easy to believe its real. Poor Rose has it hard! First her dad dying then liking a guy who’s taken and receiving threats from cheerleaders. Rose always tries to do the right thing but gets put on the sh*t list anyway. Freshman year isn’t easy but Rose manages it well.

The first half of the book had me glued but once I got to the middle I felt as though it was all bitchy and had to put it down to take a break, I had to do this a few time as there’s only so much I can take before I get annoyed. Regina drove me nuts, so what if Rosé likes her boyfriend, she still doesn’t have to go to such depths to make her life hell.

Jamie was confusing, one minute he’s kissing Rose and being friendly, the next he’s completely ignoring her as if nothing’s happened. When summer comes Rose doesn’t hear from him at all until Sophmore year starts. And then even when she does see him he’s closed off, something’s going on with him and Regina and Rose isn’t sure how to feel. Regina is now with Anthony and doesn’t pay Rose much attention, something has changed but she doesn’t know what.

After Rosé decides she wants to be a singer she changes her appearance, from her hair and make-up to the clothes she wears. She totally rocks! She’s such a strong person and isn’t scared to do what she thinks is right, even if it means becoming an outcast.

Angelo, Jamie’s best friend was totally my favourite character, he’s so chatty and laid back. He’s in a band called Fuck This Shit (FTS) and loves all the same music as me, I could definitely see us getting along.

Overall I had fun reading both books but I felt there was just too much drama going on for me to really enjoy them.

3 rating

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Cover Reveal: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Molly O’Keefe

All I Want for Christmas Is You - FINALTitle: All I Want For Christmas Is You (Short Story)

Prequel to Crazy Thing Called Love

Author: Molly O’Keefe

Publication Date: November 4th, 2013

Synopsis

In this touching eBook novella, a prequel to Molly O’Keefe’s Crazy Thing Called Love, a young woman swept up by first love is ready to say “I do”—until challenges arise during the holiday season.
Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. Her parents are more than a little reluctant to give their blessing to the impending nuptials. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
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About the Author
Molly O’Keefe published her first Harlequin romance at age twenty-five and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring each character’s road toward happily ever after. She’s won two Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and the RITA for Best Novella in 2010. Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two kids, and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.
You can find Molly at: Website | Facebook |

Cover Reveal: Ruined by Tracy Wolff

FINAL RuinedTitle: Ruined

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Tracy Wolff

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Publication Date: January 7th, 2014 by Loveswept

Synopsis

He was the last man I should love … but the first I ever could.

Ethan Frost was a visionary.  A genius. Every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine.  And, somehow, I was his.

He stole into my life like a dream.  Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had.   He demanded everything I had to give.  Gave me everything of himself in return. 

But dreams don’t last forever, and ours was no exception.  Because my nightmares were darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal.  And much as Ethan wanted to protect me, the secrets we didn’t know we shared could only tear us apart. 

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I’ve also got an extra cover reveal for you for the eBook reissue of Full Exposure

RomanceTitle: Full Exposure

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Tracy Wolff

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Publication Date: October 28th, 2013 (Originally January 6th, 2009 by HEAT)

Synopsis

In Tracy Wolff’s sizzling novel of erotic tension—perfect for fans of Sylvia Day, E. L. James, and J. Kenner—sex and suspense steam up the sultry bayou.
Desperate to leave a traumatic past behind, photographer Serena Macafee prefers sex with no strings attached—no commitment, just pure pleasure. Her new subject, sculptor Kevin Riley, seems like the perfect man to fulfill her hottest fantasies. And where better than the torrid wetlands of Baton Rouge, where Kevin works—and plays? But as their sessions heat up, so do Serena’s feelings for Kevin.
As she opens herself up to emotions she never wanted, Serena leaves herself vulnerable to everything she thought she’d escaped. As her guard breaks down, her fears are aroused. Something has followed her to the sweltering southern bayou, exposing her to the twisted fantasies of someone in the shadows—and to dangers beyond her wildest dreams.
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About the Author

Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

You can find Tracy at: Website | Twitter |

Promo Event: The NAturals

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Meet the NAturals!

The authors of the NAturals are hosting an event with giveaways AND have written a juicy story just for you! To kick things off we have the beginning of the story below. The remaining story will unfold over the next several days on the NAturals site. Don’t forget to check back to their site each day for a new installment and other surprises!

Who are the NAturals?

Lucy Stark, Melanie Harlowe, Sophia Bleu, Tamara Mataya, Laurelin Paige, and Sierra Simone!

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The Boy Next Door

by the NAturals

When your Friday afternoon plans involve being crammed in a half-squat between hanging shirts and pants while stark-freaking-naked, it’s time to reevaluate your life. And I was going to do just that as soon as Derek rescued me from the closet. It had occurred to me before that dating a guy who still lived at home was going to be a problem, but it was hard to be choosy when nearly every guy my age had already taken off to college. I was on the delayed-start plan myself, trying to save up enough money by working temporary and part-time jobs to go away next year. That’s how I’d met Derek and wound up naked in his closet. I had a knack for situations like this.

“Make sure you water the rhododendrons every afternoon or they’ll die, and do it today, please.” His mother had been listing all the chores she needed done when she left on her Alaskan cruise in the morning. So far she’d been here for what felt to be an hour. I didn’t actually have a watch. Hello, naked. But I had a cramp in my thigh that was getting worse by the minute, and it felt like I’d achieved a level sixty in discomfort.

“And no overnight visitors,” she finished.

“Of course, Mom,” Derek said.

“Especially not that Natalie girl. I don’t think she’s a good influence.”

To continue the story and for even more chances to win great prizes, visit us at our blog: The NAturals http://thenaturalauthors.blogspot.com

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Blitz & Giveaway: Cinderella Dressed in Ashes (Grimm Diaries #2) by Cameron Jace

Snow White Sorrow Deadly Ever After TattooTitle: Snow White Sorrow

Series: Grimm Dairies, Book 1

Author: Cameron Jace

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication Date: May 30th 2013

Synopsis

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White… living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

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Cinderella Dressed in AshesTitle: Cinderella Dressed in Ashes

Series: Grimm Dairies, Book 2

Author: Cameron Jace

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication Date: August 12th, 2013

Blitz Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis

Loki is controlled by the Queen through his Dreamhunter’s Fleece, and he’s now Snow Whit’e enemy. In another Dreamory, they learn who Cinderella really is. Where she came from, her relationship with Snow, and what her powers are.

The Second installment of the Grimm Diaries.
This Diary continues the adventure, from Snow White’s POV.

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**Excerpt**

Snow White opened her eyes to the bluest morning skies, bespattered with millions of tiny cloudy patches like snowflakes on a blue veil waving over the world. The sun appeared, slowly wiping the sky clean of the imaginary snowflakes. Weaves of the first threads of an upcoming rainbow curved all over the horizon, and the birds welcomed the morning with their songs as the sun kissed her face.

Her closed eyes twitched against the sun’s warmth—she’d expected to be sent straight to hellish nightmares. Slowly, her eyelids opened up like a flower trusting the light, and her pupils made peace with the flare. She breathed easier and felt the warmth of the day gently piercing through her and reaching behind her eyes.

Snow White felt as if she lay in a bed with a cushiony, slightly bumpy mattress. How was it possible she was in bed and could see the sun and the sky? How could she smell the flowers of endless fields surrounding her, and how were butterflies fluttering over her head as she lay down?

A butterfly with orange wings touched her nose briefly.

Snow White propped herself up on her arms and inhaled the image through her eyes as if they were fabulous words from a fascinating poem.

What a beautiful dream. My dream. Or is it that I am dead and went to Heaven?

Finally, she discovered she was actually sleeping in a bed made of willows in the middle of the meadows away form the Schloss. Puckers of purple poppy blossoms were scattered like brocade, lightly tossed in heaps along the green distance leading to a river before a set of hills. Rills of water ran in curvy waves through the field, feeding the river in the distance, with dandelions dancing on both sides. The sun slanted through the gaps between thick trees of the forest to her left and splayed over the field, meeting with the sunrays from above. It made her feel like sitting in a bubble of pure light.

Snow White took a deep breath, inhaling the scent of the lovely scenery into her soul. The world was so beautiful around her she wished this wasn’t just a dream because she wanted to stay here forever. Usually, forever wasn’t associated with dreams.

“Shew!” someone waved at her in the distance.

CameronAbout the Author

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV – it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.

I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

You can find Cameron at: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter |

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Cover Reveal: Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr

Bad_Boy_Rock_StarTitle: Bad Boy Rock Star

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Candy J. Starr

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: November, 2013

Cover Designed by: Go On Write

Cover Reveal Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis

Hannah Sorrento is a princess, the toughest obstacle she’s ever had to face is finding shoes to match her outfit. Then her father disappears and she’s been left with nothing more than the money in her purse and a contract for the management of hot, indie rock band, Storm.

She thinks she can use them to get some fast money but the lead singer, Jack Colt, has his own ideas and, from their first meeting, sparks fly.

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About the Author

Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.

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Cover Reveal: The Devil’s Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor

devils-tattoo-taylor-full-ebookTitle: The Devil’s Tattoo

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Nicole R. Taylor

Age Group: 18+

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 1st, 2013

Cover Designed by: Paper & Sage Designs

Cover Reveal Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours

Synopsis

Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music soon became her escape. She’s been burned too many times to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never putting herself out there. That’s until her best friend Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds herself not just a part of it, but fronting the whole outfit.

They call themselves The Devil’s Tattoo and when they release their debut EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it’s like an overnight fairytale. Contracts, photo shoots, royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and it’s like she’s finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes everything. They’ve been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest bands of the moment, The Stabs and Zoe will never be the same again.

Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the airwaves. He’s the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick of any girl that flings herself at him. But he’s only got eyes for Zoe and she has no idea why he’d bother. She’s got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough?

The Devil’s Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it’s either going to be a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out on top and Zoe’s determined to do it without getting her heart broken… again.

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NicoleAbout the Author

Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.
She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in e-edition and print from March 20th 2013

You can find Nicole at : Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter |

Review: Hooked by You (Enflamed #2) by Clarissa Wild

Hooked by YouTitle: Hooked by You

Series: Enflamed, Book 2

Author: Clarissa Wild

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publication Date: July 7th, 2013

Source: Author

Synopsis

After the steamy one-night stand with sexy, mysterious and Japanese Kaito, Chloe tries to confess to her boyfriend Ethan, only to be overthrown by his sudden raging libido.
One hot night wasn’t enough to quell her longing and then Ethan suddenly wanted to make love to her again … Hard to say no to that.

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Review

After her one night stand with Japanese hottie Kaito Chloe returns home to Ethan where all of a sudden he wants to love her again after months of nothing. Chloe is torn as she’s just spent the night with another man and needs space to sort her head out.

This starts where book one left off, her leaving Kaito’s hotel room to go home. She feels bad that she cheated and so she should. Her actions aren’t justified, if she’s that unhappy they shouldn’t be in a relationship! Poor Ethan, yeah he’s an ass and hasn’t loved Chloe in months but still it’s a crappy thing to do.

Another short and sweet “book”, I still enjoyed this one but it seemed too easy, without reading the synopsis after book 1 I dove straight in with how it was going to play out in my head and I was right, there weren’t any surprises which was upsetting!

Chloe seriously needs to sort herself out, her emotions are all over the place which is understandable considering her actions but her decisions aren’t really the smartest  ones, which is what makes it so fun.

Kaito is still mysterious which is good because it keeps me wanting to read more as I want some answers! Why does he have to keep things a secret? Is he a hit man or a secret agent or what? Gimme more….

4 Rating

ClarissaAbout the Author

Clarissa Wild is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

You can find Clarissa at: Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Page |

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