Blog Tour: Letters to a War Zone by Lucy Felthouse

Today we have the lovely Lucy with us for an interview as part of the Letters to a War Zone blog tour.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Lucy Felthouse and I’m 28. I’m from Derbyshire, in England, UK. I write erotica and erotic romance, and also do many other things that together, make up a full time job. This includes editing, as well as running my business, Writer Marketing Services (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk). I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors with my other half and my dog, films, TV and knitting.

How did you first start writing?

I’ve written ever since I could use a pen, I think. As a child I would always say I was going to be an author when I grew up. But I got seriously into it when doing a Creative Writing degree at University. Someone dared me to write an erotic story, and it all went from there. I’ve never looked back!

What inspired you to write Letters to a War Zone?

I’m a sucker for a man in uniform and am also fascinated by military life when soldiers are deployed. So when the publisher, Totally Bound, put out a call for submissions for gay military erotic romance stories, I knew I had to give it a go. I knew about this site that hooked up people in the UK and serving soldiers so they can write to each other, so used that idea and ran with it.

Who was your favourite character to write and why?

I loved writing both of them. They’re so different, have such different lives and jobs and yet have enough in common to make them compatible. The bedroom action was lots of fun to write! 😉

What actors/famous people do you picture for Bailey and Nick?

This is one of those rare stories where I didn’t actually have any hot male celebrities in mind for my characters. But now, thinking about it, I think Tom Hiddleston would be a great Bailey, and Philip Winchester a gorgeous Nick.

Who designed the book cover? I love it *drools*

That would be the awesome Posh Gosh, who’s head of the art department at Totally Bound. She captured what I wanted so perfectly that when she sent the cover through I could hardly believe it was real. I LOVE it!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novella set in Paris, and a short story set in Dungeness, on the south coast of England. After that, I’m going to edit the novel I finished in January and hope to have that sent off to a publisher by the end of April at the latest.

What is your poison when writing? (Mine’s hot chocolate with whipped cream, preferably from Costa)

I’m not too fussy. There’s usually a can of Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke not too far away, and some squash. As long as I’m not parched, it’s all good.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read books and stories in your chosen genre, study the market and learn to edit your own work.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?

Determined, driven, crazy.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?

Invisibility, without a doubt. Come on, I write erotica and erotic romance… think of all the inspiration I could get from spying on people that couldn’t see me! 😉

Thank you for joining us Lucy 😀

About the Book
Letters to a War ZoneTitle: Letters to a War Zone
Series: None
Author: Lucy Felthouse
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Romance
Publication Date: March 28, 2014 by Totally Bound
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Synopsis
When lonely insurance broker, Bailey, gets himself a new hobby, he ends up exchanging letters with a war zone. But he’s not expecting what happens next…

Bailey Hodgkiss is lonely and dissatisfied with his boring life as an insurance broker. In an attempt to shake things up a little, he signs up to a website to write to serving soldiers. He’s put in touch with Corporal Nick Rock, and over the course of a couple of letters, the two of them strike up a friendship. They begin to divulge things that they perhaps wouldn’t have said in person, including their preference for men.

Nick encourages Bailey to add more interests to his life. As a result, Bailey picks up his forgotten hobby, photography, and quickly decides to team it up with his other preferred interest, travel.

Booking a holiday to Rome is his biggest gesture towards a more exciting existence, and he eagerly looks forward to the trip. That is, until Nick says he’s coming home on leave, and it looks as though their respective trips will prevent them from meeting in person. Is there enough of a spark between them to push them to meet, or will their relationship remain on paper only?

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Excerpt
After clicking all the available links on the website to find out more about it, Bailey decided to go ahead and sign up. He’d never know what it was really like unless he gave it a go.

He’d read about the site in an article somewhere, about how it linked people with serving soldiers, pilots, marines and sailors in order to write to them. It had been proven that receiving mail—even from someone they didn’t know—improved military morale. It sounded like a damn good use of time to Bailey, and it would be interesting, too.

He began typing his details into the online form. Of course, the chances were that he’d be paired up with a man, given the ratio of males to females in the forces. It didn’t matter, though. He could still exchange letters with a guy, become friends. It seemed like such an old-school way to communicate with someone, given how technology had come on over the years, but at least it was different. Perhaps it would give him something in his life to look forward to, something other than getting up, showering, going to work, coming home, eating, watching television and going to bed. The watching television—and even the eating—were occasionally replaced by nights out with friends or seeing family. Weekends were spent cleaning, washing clothes, gardening and odd jobs. Dull stuff, in other words.

He had an utterly mundane life, and Bailey knew it. It wasn’t even as if his job was exciting. Insurance broking was hardly thrilling, game-changing, or going to save the world. He didn’t expect having a pen pal to change his entire life, but it would certainly break the monotony. Hopefully.

He went through the various steps to fill in his details and create a profile, then continued right through to the information on actually writing and sending the letters. It looked straightforward enough.

His mind made up, Bailey immediately went in search of a pen, some nice paper and an envelope. Armed with a print out of exactly what to do when the letter was finished, he settled down at the kitchen table. Instantly, his mind went blank. What the fuck was he meant to say? He didn’t know any soldiers or other military personnel, didn’t know anything about their lives, other than there was a great deal more to it than shooting people and being shot at. His own existence was so fucking boring that he didn’t want to write about it. Unless there were any insomniacs in Afghanistan—telling them about his day would solve that particular condition right away.

After chewing on his biro until it broke, covering his lips and chin with ink, Bailey replaced it, resolving to try harder. He’d tell his pen pal the bare essentials about himself, then ask lots of questions about them and their work. That was bound to rustle up some conversation.

That decided, he began to write, absentmindedly swiping at his inky skin with a tissue. He’d have to scrub it off when he was done with the note. His wrist and hand had begun to ache before he was halfway down the page. He rolled his eyes. He sat on his arse at a desk all day, using a computer. As a result, even writing something short by hand was hard work! There was no way he was going to divulge that particular piece of information to someone that was willing to lay down their life to protect their country.

He just about managed to fill a single side of the A5-sized paper. And that was only because he’d formed large letters and spaced his words and lines out plenty. But he tried not to worry—at least he’d finished it, his first letter to a war zone.

He read through it carefully, relieved to find no mistakes. He’d forgotten how much more difficult—and messy—errors were on the written page. Computers let you edit and rewrite to your heart’s content. No correction fluid or crossings-out necessary.

Finally, he addressed the envelope. It felt like the longest address ever. The area and country was bad enough, even without including the soldier’s name and BFPO address. But it was done—Bailey Hodgkiss had penned a missive to Corporal Nick Rock, currently stationed at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Now he’d just have to post it and wait for a reply. The website had said his missive would take between one and three weeks to reach Corporal Rock. Then he had to allow for time for him to read it and send a reply. It could be around six weeks before he heard anything. If he heard anything at all.

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About the Author
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter MeTitle: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me, book 1
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Publication Date: November 15, 2011 by Harper
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N
Source: Purchased
Synopsis
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

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Review
Juliette has been in an asylum for crazy people for a long time without talking when she is given a roommate, a boy. He looks familiar but she doesn’t pay attention and believes she’s crazy. She’s finally removed from the asylum, only to be placed in the hands of a monster who wants to use her powers to harm others. Juliette needs to escape, maybe Adam can help her, if what he says is true?!

I am so disappointed! I have read sooooo many reviews that say Shatter Me is amazing and a must read. So much swooning and fangirling, gushing and I just didn’t see it. To be honest, I didn’t even get into it properly until I was about 80% through. It didn’t excite me, maybe my expectations were too high after reading all the reviews raving about it.

Juliette has an ability, she can harm people with her bare hands, with just a touch she can drain you. How awesome would that be? Maybe not.. At first I thought it’d be pretty awesome but after thinking it through I couldn’t imagine nor would I want it. No hugs, kisses, nothing. It must be lonely, especially her childhood. I felt so sorry for her, it’s not like it was her choice. But anyway, I applaud her bravery, she could have just done what they wanted but she fought for what she believed was right! She’s going to be a bad ass…I can see it!

Adam, what a character he is. Putting everyone else before himself. The loyalty towards Juliette and of course James was touching. Risking his life to save her from becoming a guinea pig, searching for her for years, not giving up. I just loved him, he’s courageous and charming, and wants her for who Juliette is not what she can do.

I was planning on getting sucked right in but didn’t til the end, but saying that, I’m going to have to carry on reading as I want to see where the story goes now they’re at Omega Point! Call me nosey…

3 rating

Ashton

Chapter by Chapter Book Rave Spotlight: Rachael Wade, Author of Preservation Series

Fear is sabotage’s sweetest weapon. Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage. When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell’s creative writing class, he is only “Mr. Campbell” to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan’s abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can’t stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they’re willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That’s if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don’t pummel their efforts first.

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A sequel to the Amazon bestselling romance, Preservation, told from Ryan’s point of view.Old Habits Die Hard.Ryan Campbell is not only leaving his title of Professor behind to move on to bigger and better things at Simon and Warden Publishing, he’s also
become Seattle’s rising literary star. Sitting on the overwhelming cusp of newfound fame, he learns soon enough that being popular has its downside.

Attracted to the buzz surrounding his new career,
former lovers begin to creep back into his life, and potential ones emerge with enticing advances. While he works to juggle reserved, yet stressful, wedding plans with Kate and his new public image, he has enough to manage without worrying about Carter and Dean—Kate’s loveable albeit eccentric friends—and their latest shenanigans.

Surrounded by a lifestyle that includes temptation at every turn, Ryan finds
himself immersed in a world full of scandal and lies, where his oldest weaknesses thrive and his ghosts return to haunt him. Questioning whether his life with Kate is his best path, he must discover if he’s still capable of being the man he aspired to be when she first became his, or if happily ever after is only an illusion.

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 Featuring characters from Love and Relativity.Carter
Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that
way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric
streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the
truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some
might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to
be in the spotlight.The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.

Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.

It might be time to make a declaration.

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A Preservation Series Companion NovelLove, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island’s infamous bad boy,
Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she’s ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.

When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson
loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he’s gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she’s gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.

This is a stand-alone title but coordinates with The Preservation Series

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 *Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favours for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary
to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shrivelled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is  story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.

 Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton. Visit her at RachaelWade.com and LightsOnLove.com, and come chat with her on Twitter @RachaelWade.
Join us September 20th 2014 at 11 AM for one of the biggest author events to hit New Rochelle, NY! 
The day will be filled with a book signing, parties, giveaways, and more! 
Author Jennifer L. Armentrout will be your host for the evening and TrinDee Events your co-host!
For a full list of featured authors visit: http://www.cbcevent.com/p/authors.html
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Blog Tour: Fireflies & Hope From the Ocean by PS Bartlett

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FirefliesTitle: Fireflies
Author: PS Bartlett​
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Historical Irish Fiction
Release Day: April 3th, 2013
Synopsis
However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird, did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah, both Irish immigrants, have been living the American dream, as well as raising seven bright and expressive children. Their youngest Ennis, however, has since birth, been a bit of a mystery.
Ennis was always small, meek and frightfully odd but there is so much more to him than anyone could have imagined. His sister Teagan grows increasingly suspicious of his behavior but their mother dismisses her claims, until the day he starts healing people.
When Ennis ultimately reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life may depend on it.

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Hope From the OceanTitle: Hope From the Ocean
Author: PS Bartlett​
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Historical Irish Fiction
Release Day: May 30th, 2014
Synopsis
When Owen Whelan revealed his secret, he was set free from a haunting past and an uncertain future for his son, Ennis. However, in order to know the true depths of his heart, first we must follow him all the way back to a dirt road on a chilly and bitter spring dawn in Ireland. Behind the locked doors of his memories and hidden beneath shame, hunger and eventually escape, we learn the true meaning of the proverb, “There’s hope from the ocean but none from the grave.” Owen’s journey will teach him that sometimes you have to cross that ocean not only to survive but to finally find love, life and become the man worthy of your own admiration and respect.

There are turning points in life you cannot come back from but if you’re brave enough, you can begin again.

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Inside the Mind of PS Bartlett
​After I chose this topic to write about, I started to take it back but then I though, “Where’s the fun in that?” The inside of this author’s mind isn’t completely uninteresting so perhaps, there’s something inside this big blond head that you may be interested in knowing. Besides, I have this agonizing way of not taking things back. I have things that do not fit or that I hated when I got home from the store or gadgets that just didn’t work but I just couldn’t take them back. I made the choice to bring those things into my world so I should be stuck with them, right?
Stuck is a good word for my mind. Things go in but they can’t get out.
​I realized early on in life that I could draw and paint and did that pretty much daily until I could write, then I did them both. On that journey, I also realized I had the ability to remember things other people couldn’t and could draw and write things I’d seen or heard directly from memory but only if those things left an impression on me. These images did not necessarily have to be enclosed in what by most standards are major events. They just had to leave an imprint for some unknown reason. This has been a lifelong curse as much as it has a gift. I can still see Christmas Eve 1969. We were running up to my sister’s apartment next door after midnight. I can still look down at the sidewalk and see my pink furry slippers in the light bit of snow on that city street. Unfortunately, I can also vividly remember finding my sweet cat Pumpkin, bloody and lying dead beneath the tree outside of my sister’s apartment when I came home from school one day. He’d been hit by a car.
​I don’t even have to close my eyes. The really rough part of it all is the emotional memories live in there too. That flash-memory of Christmas Eve makes my heart race and seeing poor Pumpkin in my mind can bring tears to my eyes and then anger. No, I couldn’t tell you what I wore the first day I ever went to school but I can tell you I was wearing a red and brown plaid dress and brown Mary Jane’s the day a goat ate a chunk of my dress at a petting zoo, on a Saturday at the old Glen Burnie Mall. I was about four or five. I was scared to death. I can still see that crazy goat dragging me along as I screamed for help. Stop laughing. Okay, go ahead and laugh, I’m sure most of the people at the mall did too.
​Inside my mind is fifty years of memories, visuals, emotions and yes, even voices from my entire life and if you don’t believe me, I might as well not even bother to tell you about the day I was in WalMart and heard a woman speaking a few racks over and immediately said, “That’s Mrs. Morris, my first grade teacher!” It was. I hadn’t heard her voice in over twenty years. The true blessing in all of this mushed up gray matter is being able to remember the majority of every significant event in my life. They may fall into the category of what one may think of as significant but to my brain, they were. Having a vivid imagination married with a photographic memory may not be blessing if you’re trying to forget things but to a writer, it feels like you’ve been given a library of work that is yet to be written.

PS BartlettAbout the Author
I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. I’m the youngest of eleven children. I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family. I write, I draw and I work full-time. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my three year old granddaughter.

I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter. I’d call myself a football fan but I mostly only watch my home team, the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. I love super heroes and Superman has been my favorite since I was a little girl. June 2013 the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” arrives in theaters and it cannot get here soon enough for me. I love cats and I have a Maine Coon named Columbus.

You can find PS Bartlett at: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GMTA

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Waiting on Wednesday #10

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!

My pick this week is…

SalvageTitle: Salvage
Series: None
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Release Date: April 1, 2014 by Greenwillow
Synopsis
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

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I love the cover of Salvage, it stands out. When is banishment and death not fun? Well I guess it wouldn’t be if you’re experiencing it but reading about it always gets my pulse racing 🙂

What are you waiting for?

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Book Blitz: Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane

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Perfectly BrokenTitle: Perfectly Broken
Series: None
Author: Prescott Lane
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 2014
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours
Synopsis
Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them.

With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own — a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.

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Excerpt
Dr. Lorraine closed the chart again. “Listen up!” she barked, startling her young patient. “I know the game you play. Reed doesn’t, so he left not realizing this is what you do. Someone gets close to you, or you open up a little bit, and then you get scared, hide, look for a reason to push them away.” Peyton’s eyes began to tear, and Dr. Lorraine handed her another tissue. “The scared girl laying on the dirty ground helpless after losing her innocence.”

“Sometimes it’s better to push people away, so you don’t hurt them,” Peyton said, “and they don’t hurt you.”

“Bullshit!”

Peyton shook her head. “I’m never going to be whole again.”

“That’s bullshit, too. I won’t have talk like that, Miss Peyton. I just won’t have it.” Dr. Lorraine cocked her head to the side. “It’s time for a change in direction — a serious change of direction. This is what we are going to do. You made a lot of progress with Reed – lots of good oral and other stuff. But now you’ve cut him off, and I see you backsliding. I don’t like to see it. I won’t allow it.” She stroked her chin then cracked her knuckles in preparation for some great declaration. “I’m prescribing a little retail therapy.”

“What?” Peyton cried.

“Yes, that’s what I’m prescribing. You get that friend of yours, Quinn, and hit the shops – Canal Place, Magazine Street, St. Charles Avenue, wherever,” Dr. Lorraine ordered, her whole body bouncing. “I don’t want to see you in those sad, baggy ass clothes anymore. Just looking at them, they mess with my head, and they screw up my whole day. You ever think about how they make me feel?”

“No,” Peyton said with a laugh.

“Makes me sad. I hate them. So I want new shoes, clothes, athletic wear, undergarments! Everything new. Got it?”

“How is this therapy?”

“Honey, you’re hiding again. You’ve flipped your sex switch back to off, and I’m not about to let it hibernate in some frozen tundra again for years. We’ve worked too damn hard. You need to get in touch with your sexuality without a man helping you do it. You have to do it. And clothes are the perfect place to start.”

Peyton shrugged. “I don’t feel like it.”

“You don’t feel like it? Tough shit! I didn’t feel like getting my pap smear last week, but I did.”

Peyton smiled. “It just seems like a waste of time and money.”

“Well, if you don’t want to do it through clothes, I can prescribe something else. Maybe a pole dancing class?”

“I don’t think so.”

“Or daily masturbation?”

Peyton rolled her eyes. “Fine, I’ll get the clothes.”

“Good,” Dr. Lorraine said, writing in Peyton’s chart, as if filling out a prescription to take to the drugstore. “Among other things, I want you to get some power panties.”

“Power panties?” Has she been talking to Bret?

“Sexy underwear,” Dr. Lorraine said, still writing. “They can make a woman feel very powerful.” She put down her pen and looked at Peyton. “When a man wants to be taken seriously, he usually wears a red tie. Ever notice that in presidential debates? Lots of red ties. Red is the color of power.” Dr. Lorraine waved her hand and snapped her fingers. “So get yourself some red panties, girl! Take back your power! Do it for yourself!” She handed Peyton her prescription.

“I didn’t realize my power was in my underwear.”

Prescott LaneAbout the Author
Prescott Lane is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College in 1997 with a degree in sociology. She went on to Tulane University to receive her MSW in 1998, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and two children.

You can find Prescott at: Twitter | Facebook

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Six sizzling tales of adventure, love, and falling for the wrong one.

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Blood WarriorSynopsis
When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.
The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

About the Author
H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa’s tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

You can find H. D. Gordon at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

RivuletSynopsis
Unfathomable forces have always contested Genevieve Indiana Falcon, known as Indie. The curse of her cold touch entraps her just as the grief ignited in her past torments her. Yet, her mysterious ability to dream while awake saturates her in the belief that she was not always anguished. There is hope that one day a true peace in her soul can be found.

Foolishly, Indie assumes she has contained her life in an odd balance, and she cherishes the visions she sees of the enigmatic boy that held her in a lost time, but can never reach. She grieves for a life she fears she’ll never possess, and that grief is a weapon she uses against her aunt who stands between her and her inheritance.

Weeks away from her twenty-first birthday, the date where she would assume control over her family legacy, a night terror robs Indie of the balance she was clinging to. Like the dream she had before she lost her family, it predicts a fatal catastrophe on the horizon. The fight between life and death, good and evil, began the moment her thundering heart awoke her.

Everything changed after that dream. The one thing that keeps her curse at bay is stolen, and then the enigmatic boy arrives in the flesh. Face to face with her fiery born-again lover Indie realizes that the only way she can prevent the tragedy before her is to surrender everything she was, is, and could be.

Can she bend the laws of nature and fight the improbability that fire and ice could ever be one? As far as Indie is concerned, there is not a myth, spoken fate, or curse that is stronger than her stubborn desire to have it all … including him.

The Rivulet series can be read on its own or as #11 in the Web of Hearts and Souls Series.

About the Author
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

You can find Jamie at: Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

SwitchSynopsis
All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language. NA

About the Author
I am an author of YA novels, as well as, and most importantly, a mother to my two beautiful children!

You can find Janelle at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

CharmedSynopsis
Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.

He was wrong.

Life or Death?

About the Author
Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

You can find Cambria at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

Dark WaltzSynopsis
Attention: This is an ADULT Book!
Dark Waltz–A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.
It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.

In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.

About the Author
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires and Exquisite Betrayal.
Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
(If you’re wondering, it didn’t happen EXACTLY that way, but….)

You can find A. M. Hargrove at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

DamagedSynopsis
There are some beings in this world, long thought to be extinct. Some seek to protect them, others want control, but some . . . some are hell bent on their destruction.

Audrey was taken from her father, hidden away from the world, and tortured for five years. She was rescued, but is she really safe, or is there someone else waiting to betray her? Can she trust those who saved her? Can she learn to accept who she really is?
Stone was on a routine mission to extract valuable information from a rival clan of paranormals. Instead, he and his team find something much more valuable: a scarred, damaged young woman who holds many secrets, and whose power is beyond anything they could ever have imagined.There is much more to Audrey than meets the eye and Stone is determined to protect her.
Audrey and Stone are about to find out it’s hard to know who to trust.
(New Adult, contains language and sexual content. 18+)

About the Author
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Oh jeez…do you know how many people I told I didn’t want to write this? So here is the one my friend made me:
Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, *giggles* and Hot Men. She spends time in her basement with Airicka… Apparently that’s where the best ideas come from.
Any who….she loves meeting new people, so feel free to message her on Facebook and friend her on Goodreads!
Although her phone number will not be given out because, well…she doesn’t like heavy breathing.
So a sort of serious one: For real, I am a geek. I grew up watching Star Wars, and my father read Lord of the Rings to us, along with the C. S. Lewis series. I love to write. In all honesty, it took me a lot of work to get where I am today and I don’t regret a moment of it. Reading and writing are honestly the best things ever. I couldn’t be happier that my parents put me through so much extra help. Anyways! Me, me, me…. Huh…I love paranormal stuff…Love it.

You can find Becca at: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

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-paperback of Charmed by Cambria Hebert
-paperback of Rivulet by Jamie Magee
-paperback of Damaged by Becca Vincenza
-eCopy of Masked by Janelle Stalder
-paperback of Dark Waltz by A. M. Hargrove

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Life of a Blogger #9: Travel.

Life of a Blogger

Life of a blogger is hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat where we share stuff about ourselves outside of blogging.

I haven’t traveled much. But one day I plan to travel to all the places I really want to go, there’s a lot on my list too. When I was young, like 13 I had a map of the world on my bedroom wall and I’d stick red pins in all the places I want to go and green ones for the places I’ve been. As you can imagine the green pins were few and near enough a full box of red ones were used.

Where I’ve been
Disneyland Paris, France. What an awesome experience that was! Now I want to go to the big one in Florida.

Spain, I can’t remember what the place was called, something like Costa del Sol maybe?! I was 13 and got really bad sunburn 😦

Bad Fallingbostel, Germany: I was 15 when we went to Fally, but we didn’t go there for a holiday, we went there to live. My step dad is in the army and he was based over there so naturally we all went. It was fun, the week before my sixteenth birthday (you can drink alcohol at 16 in GER) so I only had to wait a few days and I could legally drink. I met some awesome people, went to sixth form, broke my hip in three places, my arm and shattered my wrist two months after moving there and that’s where that adventure ended, I packed up and moved home once I’d had my operations and recovery time.

Cork, Ireland: I love love love the Irish accent, it is by far my favourite one ever and it was fun being out and about as I’d just sit/stand there listening to them all talk. I went to visit a friend who worked at Blizzard (they made World of Warcraft/Diablo) and I got a tour of the Cork office! It was so amazing as I absolutely loved it, it was so geeky and right up my alley. They had playstation 3s, air hockey tables and everything in the break room, I mean how cool is that? I want to work there so bad, it’d be amazinngggggg!

Scotland and Wales. Scotland once and lots of places in Wales. We used to go for days out on the motorbikes (me on the back) when the weather was good. And we used to have a caravan in Llynamon Ynl lal or something like that (it’s hard to spell haha).

Where I want to go
Cairo, Egypt: I studied Egypt in school when I was 8 and I’ve been fascinated with it since, it’s at the top of my list.

Rome, Italy: I want to see the Colosseum, I know it’s old and shabby, and mostly gone but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.

America: I want to tour America, twice. On a motorbike (preferably a Kawasaki ZX6R) so I can get all the sights in and then again in a car so I can go on shopping sprees and load the car up.

Saigon, Vietnam: i want to go see the tunnels they made in the war, and just Saigon in general. I’ve been warned not to but I think I will anyway.

I can go on forever with all the places I want to visit but I’ll leave it there.

Where have you been? Where do you want to go?

Ashton

Blog Tour: When Angels Fall by Lachelle Redd

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When Angels FallTitle: When Angels Fall
Series: None
Author: Lachelle Redd
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Horror
Publication Date: February 4, 2014 by GMTA Publishing
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
Synopsis
When an ancient evil grows bored and slips topside all hell breaks loose. A young exec with a company in turmoil and millions at stake is on the edge of losing it all. What happens when these two meet? Find out When Angels Fall.

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Guest post
A day in the life of Lachelle Redd
My life is quite boring. My mornings begin with getting my three kids ready for school, one of which has autism/adhd. Medicating him and making sure his schedule is on track is first and then everything else falls into place. I work a regular 8-5 and then I am back home to be mom, cook, and financial planner. I am just like everyone other mom out there making it happen for their family.

Lachelle ReddAbout the Author
Lachelle Redd is an Indie author with works on Amazon and Smashwords. She currently resides in Lake City, Florida where she continues to write horror, fantasy and erotica at her own pace. With a love of all things horror, she began writing as a teen and before long had a small library of stories of her own. With many rejections under her belt, she kept those stories on a flash drive for many years. Within the last year, Lachelle found her audience through the evolution of social media and the Internet. With many more tales to tell, this author looks forward to enticing and scaring readers for years to come.

You can find Lachelle at: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Giveaway
20 eBooks of When Angels Fall

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Stacking the Shelves #12

Stacking the Shelves

My haul this week…

Review
#Paperback

Forager

Forager (Forager #1) by Peter R. Stone

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Destruction

Destruction (December People #1) by Sharon Bayliss

Purchased
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Destroyed Night Owls White Hot Kiss Death Sworn The Darkest Joy Alienated All That Glows

Destroyed by Pepper Winters
Night Owls (Night Owls #1) by Lauren M. Roy
White Hot Kiss (Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess
The Darkest Joy (Darkest Joy #1) Marata Eros
Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Won
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Fire & Flood wonFire & Flood signed

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott [signed]

That’s it for me this week. A big thank you to Chicken House, Victoria Scott, Peter R. Stone and Sharon Bayliss for my new pretties.

What did you guys get?

Ashton