A MONSTER LIKE ME by Pamela Sparkman

Heart of Darkness series #2

HELLO STRANGER by Lisa Kleypas

The Ravenels series #4


Companion to the Full Tilt series


Heartbreaker Bay series #7

UNWRITTEN by Jen Frederick

Woodlands series #5

Cross My Heart by L.H. Cosway

Hearts series #5.75

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow series #1

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Cover Reveal: Bred by Ginger Scott

Check out this gorgeous cover for BRED by Ginger Scott! BRED is a coming-of-age romance inspired by Great Expectations you won't want to miss!

Bred by Ginger Scott
Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release day: May 10, 2019
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A coming-of-age romance inspired by Great Expectations
By Ginger Scott

My life was irrevocably changed the moment I stepped foot inside Elena Alderman’s grand front doors. A lifeless tomb on the edge of Chicago’s South Side, the Alderman home sat in one of the city’s oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods, and Elena Alderman was the queen.

She was also mad.

Not the kind of madness that’s readily apparent. No, her psychopathy was far more surgical—more…insidious. She was surrounded by beautiful things—most notably her grand piano and her adopted son, Henry.

I fell in love with both.

My gift blossomed when my fingers touched her black and white keys. But my life began when I became haunted by the boy. Henry Alderman was a handsome blend of arrogance and seduction, and as we grew up together, I found it more and more impossible to separate him from my thoughts. I envied his life. I imagined how my name—Lily—would look with his. I became his closest friend…and more. I gave him my kiss, locked away his secrets, and loved him even when it was hard to.

But we were just a game. Elena Alderman made the rules. And when she decided to change them, she broke everything.


About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, The Hail Mary, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You, A Girl Like Me, Memphis and Cry Baby.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Publication date: April 2, 2019
Published by: St. Martin's Press/Wednesday Books
Genre: YA fantasy

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..




Horz stole the stars and the heavens out from underneath Myesta’s control, and for that she has never forgiven him. For where can the moons rest if not the heavens?
—Codex of the Divine, 5:26

“It’s certainly not my fault you chose a child who sleeps so deeply. If she dies it will very much be your fault, not mine.”

Startled by bickering gods was not Nadya’s preferred method of being woken up. She rolled to her feet in the dark, moving automatically. It took her eyes a few sec- onds to catch up with the rest of her body.

Shut up!

It wasn’t wise to tell the gods to shut up, but it was too late now. A feeling of amused disdain flowed through her, but neither of the gods spoke again. She realized it was Horz, the god of the heavens and the stars, who had woken her. He had a tendency to be obnoxious but generally left Nadya alone, as a rule.

Usually only a single god communed with their chosen cleric. There once had been a cleric named Kseniya Mirokhina who was gifted with unnatural marksmanship by Devonya, the goddess of the hunt. And Veceslav had chosen a cleric of his own, long ago, but their name was lost to history, and he re- fused to talk about them. The recorded histories never spoke of clerics who could hear more than one god. That Nadya com- muned with the entire pantheon was a rarity the priests who trained her could not explain.

There was a chance older, more primordial gods existed, ones that had long since given up watch of the world and left it in the care of the others. But no one knew for sure. Of the twenty known gods, however, carvings and paintings depicted their human forms, though no one knew what they actually looked like. No cleric throughout history had ever looked upon the faces of the gods. No saint, nor priest.
Each had their own power and magic they could bestow upon Nadya, and while some were forthcoming, others were not. She had never spoken to the goddess of the moons, My- esta. She wasn’t even sure what manner of power the goddess would give, if she so chose.

And though she could commune with many gods, it was im- possible to forget just who had chosen her for this fate: Mar- zenya, the goddess of death and magic, who expected complete dedication.

Indistinct voices murmured in the dark. She and Anna had found a secluded place within a copse of thick pine trees to set up their tent, but it no longer felt safe. Nadya slid a voryen from underneath her bedroll and nudged Anna awake.

She moved to the mouth of the tent, grasping at her beads, a prayer already forming on her lips, smoky symbols trailing from her mouth. She could see the blurry impressions of fig- ures in the darkness, far off in the distance. It was hard to judge the number, two? Five? Ten? Her heart sped at the possibility that a company of Tranavians were already on her trail.

Anna drew up beside her. Nadya’s grip on her voryen tight- ened, but she kept still. If they hadn’t seen their tent yet, she could keep them from noticing it entirely.
But Anna’s hand clasped her forearm.

“Wait,” she whispered, her breath frosting out before her in the cold. She pointed to a dark spot just off to the side of the group.

Nadya pressed her thumb against Bozidarka’s bead and her eyesight sharpened until she could see as clearly as if it were day. It took effort to shove aside the immediate, paralyzing fear as her suspicions were confirmed and Tranavian uniforms be- came clear. It wasn’t a full company. In fact, they looked rather ragged. Perhaps they had split off and lost their way.

More interesting, though, was the boy with a crossbow si- lently aiming into the heart of the group.

“We can get away before they notice,” Anna said.
Nadya almost agreed, almost slipped her voryen back into its sheath, but just then, the boy fired and the trees erupted into chaos. Nadya wasn’t willing to use an innocent’s life as a distraction for her own cowardice. Not again.

Even as Anna protested, Nadya let a prayer form fully in her mind, hand clutching at Horz’s bead on her necklace and its constellation of stars. Symbols fell from her lips like glow- ing glimmers of smoke and every star in the sky winked out.
Well, that was more extreme than I intended, Nadya thought with a wince. I should’ve known better than to ask Horz for any- thing.
She could hear cursing as the world plunged into darkness.
Anna sighed in exasperation beside her.

“Just stay back,” she hissed as she moved confidently through the dark.
“Nadya . . .” Anna’s groan was soft.

It took more focus to send a third prayer to Bozetjeh. It was hard to catch Bozetjeh on a good day; the god of speed was notoriously slow to answer prayers. But she managed to snag his attention and received a spell allowing her to move as fast as the vicious Kalyazin wind.

Her initial count had been wrong; there were six Tranavians now scattering into the forest. The boy dropped his crossbow with a bewildered look up into the sky, startling when Nadya touched his shoulder.

There was no way he could see in this darkness, but she could. When he whirled, a curved sword in his hand, Nadya sidestepped. His swing went wide and she shoved him in the direction of a fleeing Tranavian, anticipating their collision.
“Find the rest,” Marzenya hissed. “Kill them all.” Complete and total dedication.
She caught up to one of the figures, stabbing her voryen into his skull just underneath his ear.

Not so difficult this time, she thought. But the knowledge was a distant thing.
Blood sprayed, splattering a second Tranavian, who cried out in alarm. Before the second man could figure out what had happened to his companion, she lashed out her heel, catching him squarely on the jaw and knocking him off his feet. She slit his throat.

Three more. They couldn’t have moved far. Nadya took up Bozidarka’s bead again. The goddess of vision revealed where the last Tranavians were located. The boy with the sword had managed to kill two in the dark. Nadya couldn’t actually see the last one, just felt him nearby, very much alive.

Something slammed into Nadya’s back and suddenly the chilling bite of a blade was pressed against her throat. The boy appeared in front of her, his crossbow back in his hands, thank- fully not pointed at Nadya. It was clear he could only barely see her. He wasn’t Kalyazi, but Akolan.

A fair number of Akolans had taken advantage of the war between their neighbors, hiring out their swords for profit on both sides. They were known for favoring Tranavia simply because of the warmer climate. It was rare to find a creature of the desert willingly stumbling through Kalyazin’s snow.

He spoke a fluid string of words she didn’t understand. His posture was languid, as if he hadn’t nearly been torn to pieces by blood mages. The blade against Nadya’s throat pressed harder. A colder voice responded to him, the foreign language scratched uncomfortably at her ears.

Nadya only knew the three primary languages of Kalyazin and passing Tranavian. If she wasn’t going to be able to com- municate with them . . .

The boy said something else and Nadya heard the girl sigh before she felt the blade slip away. “What’s a little Kalyazi as- sassin doing out in the middle of the mountains?” he asked, switching to perfect Kalyazi.

Nadya was very aware of the boy’s friend at her back. “I could ask the same of you.”
She shifted Bozidarka’s spell, sharpening her vision further. The boy had skin like molten bronze and long hair with gold chains threaded through his loose curls.
He grinned.

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Praise for Wicked Saints:

**Indie Next Pick for the Spring 2019 Kids’ List**

BOOKRIOT, “20 YA Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

GOODREADS, “32 Big Books that YA Fans Can’t Wait for in 2019”

CULTRESS, “19 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2019”

THE NERD DAILY, “2019 Book Releases”

"This dark fantasy starts off with a bang... The upfront presence of the gods adds an intriguing twist to a brutal story. The ending is as powerful as the opening, and there are explosive elements waiting to detonate in the expected sequels." - BOOKLIST

“If you love dark fantasy this book promises to be a brutal, enchanting gem, full of terrifying blood-magic.” – BOOKRIOT, “20 Dark Fantasy Books For Your Winter TBR”

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” - BULLETIN OF THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

"Will leave readers hungry for a sequel." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Prepare for a snow frosted, blood drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare. Utterly absorbing.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

"Full of blood and monsters and magic—this book destroyed me and I adored it. Emily is a wicked storyteller, she’s not afraid to hurt her characters or her readers. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a villain you will fall hard for this book." - Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"This is the novel of dark theology and eldritch blood-magic that I’ve been waiting for all my life. It’s got a world at once brutal and beautiful, filled with characters who are wounded, lovable, and ferocious enough to break your heart. A shattering, utterly satisfying read." - Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

“Wicked Saints is a lush, brutal, compelling fantasy that is dark, deep, and bloody—absolutely riveting! With a boy who is both man and monster, mysterious saints with uncertain motives, and a girl filled with holy magic who is just beginning to understand the full reaches of her power, this gothic jewel of a story will sink its visceral iron claws into you, never letting go until you’ve turned the last page. And truthfully, not even then -the explosive ending will haunt you for days! ” - Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy

“Dark, bloody, and monstrously romantic. This is the villain love interest that we've all been waiting for.” - Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens

"Seductively dark and enchanting, Wicked Saints is a trance you won’t want to wake from. Duncan has skillfully erected a world like no other, complete with provocative magic, sinister creatures, and a plot that keeps you guessing. This spellbinding YA fantasy will bewitch readers to the very last page." - Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep


EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wicked Saints is a story that's steeped in religious and political conflict. It's considerably dark and gritty, as you would expect from a book that's hailed as a gothic fantasy. There are morally questionable characters like a monstrous boy with a hidden agenda, royalty who plot assassinations against each other, and a heroine whose Gods may not be Gods at all but something more sinister. The plot centers around a holy war that has been ongoing for a century between the Tranavians and Kalyazi. On the Kalyazin side, you have the people loyal to the old ways. The believe in and obey the Gods and their power is sourced from them. Tranavia has started using blood magic completely separate from the Gods and the people are considered heretics or atheists. The religious Kalyazi are fighting a losing battle and need a miracle to come back from the losses they've suffered.

The book drew me in from the first few pages in a tense battle scene. The High Prince of Tranavia storms the mountaintop monastery where a cleric named Nadya has been hiding. These clerics who harness the power of Gods are dwindling in numbers, because they've been hunted and killed. If Nadya were to be captured, it could turn the tide of war for good. Most can only communicate with one God, but inexplicably she has the ability to draw power from every single one. Chosen by the goddess of death, she has limitless powers that are unimaginably strong. The blood mages can't begin to compete with the gifts bestowed upon her and that makes her a target if what she can do were to be revealed to them.

    You could be exactly what these countries need to stop their fighting,” he said. “Or you could rip them apart at the seams.”
Once Nadya escapes the prince and his men, her goal is to avoid detection and stay alive. Until suddenly her path crosses with a group of people she'd never expect to join forces with. And yet, she finds herself joining them in a common goal: to kill the king of Tranavia and end the godforsaken war. On her end, she has the added motivation to give the enemy land back to the Gods she reveres. Malachiasz, Parijahan, and Rashid all have their own personal reasons driving their part in the assassination plot. Some are more forthcoming than others, and Nadya can't help but keep her guard up. Even though she begins to feel a bond growing between them, she doesn't dismiss the possibility of betrayal. Especially after she discovers that Malchiasz is not all that he seems.

The romance that develops is subtle, gradual, and doesn't overwhelm the main conflicts. You could feel their attraction to each other steadily growing in the background, but it's always with an ominous feel. As if it's ill-advised and doomed to end in spectacularly tragic fashion. I know a lot of fantasy readers don't care for romance mixed in, but I think both sides will be satisfied in that regard because it had the perfect balance.

As I said, the book had a strong start for me personally, but then it slowed down considerably and I had problems staying invested in the story. I struggled with keeping all of the names straight and the pronunciation which didn't help matters. The writing itself was great for a debut author. It was an interesting magic system with blood mages, clerics, and some pretty grotesque and creepy Vultures who were by far the most sinister in the book. I just think that there was just a definite disconnect for me with the characters and it caused the pace to drag.

There were several unanswered questions in the end, such as the truth about Nadya's abilities and the Gods' true identities. However, as the first book in a trilogy you can expect the plot to be left unresolved for the time being. The story leaves off with a surprising revelation and twist, and there is plenty of room for the story to expand now that the background and world building has been established.

If you're looking for a new series to start that is filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem, stop right here.

    “You came here to kill a king; I wonder if you won’t uncover something even more terrible.”



Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Spotlight: Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

Even one-night stands deserve a second chance in New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s novel of sporting desire.

Title: Risky Play
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Series: Red Card #1


What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

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Guest post: Why Sports Heroes Make the Best Book Boyfriends by Rachel Van Dyken

Hey everyone! I’m Rachel Van Dyken, author of over eighty (holy crap) books in multiple genres, one of my favorites being, sports romance! My latest book, Risky Play, is about two broken main characters who find themselves on a last minute holiday to Puerto Vallarta.

Pro Soccer player Slade Rodriguez is trying to lay low after finding out his girlfriend and his ex teammate hooked up behind his back, for over a year. Licking his wounds he changes teams and moves to Seattle, but isn’t ready to settle down yet. Needing time to himself, he gets on the first jet out. He sits next to Mackenzie Dupont on a plane and is immediately intrigued, especially since a few hours into the plane ride, they have single engine failure. She asks him what one thing he would do different. And they kiss. Once the plane safely lands, to protect his own identity, he gives her a fake name, Hugo. What he doesn’t realize is she’s famous in her own right, so she does the same thing. After all, she’s running away from a broken engagement. What follows is a whole lot of steaminess and taking chances with a complete stranger assuming that it’s just that, a one night stand, a two night stand. Whatever it is, Mackenzie's obsessed with "Hugo's" intense golden gaze, the eight pack helps, and the fact that he seems genuinely interested in everything she says. He promises the universe he’s going to keep her, but sometimes the universe is against us. Tragedy strikes and they go their separate ways only to meet again in Seattle, this time, sparks fly and not the good kind The "I want to kiss you, then strangle you, then kiss you again" kind.

I love writing sports romances because I think it adds this extra layer of pressure from the press to act a certain way. Not only does Slade have to deal with paparazzi but he has pressure to perform, to lead his team to the championships after training with another team. I think it brings in so many details from behind the scenes that we never think about when watching sports on TV. I’m fully dedicated to interviewing real athletes (and my last sports romance I interviewed NFL players). This time I wanted to focus on a sport that isn’t as huge here as it is internationally and really do it justice. These athletes eat, sleep, and breathe their sport, there isn’t a lot of time for a personal life and if you do have one, the balance is always going to be a struggle (not to mention the fact that Slade is still mourning). In this book, I wanted to introduce a really strong female character that wouldn’t let Slade project all those feelings and basically Mackenzie is the type of girl that doesn’t put up with his crap. I think it's important to have strong female characters that women can look up to. I love that during the entire journey my heroine doesn’t give up. She knows her worth and demands that Slade recognize it too.

All in all it was such a fun book to write, I can’t wait for everyone to read it!


I was kissing her again.

Maybe it was because it had been months since I’d had a decent kiss, since I’d jumped into the arms of anyone who didn’t know me by name.

I could be Hugo for a few days.

Hugo seemed spontaneous.

Hugo seemed relaxed.

Hugo seemed fun.

I sure as hell needed some fun.

I broke away from her kiss and trailed my fingertips down her chin. “So, now that we’ve established the plane didn’t crash and we’re here side by side, what did you have in mind?”

Ashley grinned up at me, her eyes a bit hesitant as she looked from me to the ocean. “Well, I’ve never gone cliff diving, I heard there’s a great place close by.”

My eyebrows shot up. “No offense, but you don’t seem like a thrill seeker.”

She laughed. I decided I liked the way her laugh relaxed me, made me respond with a smile and a need to kiss her again. “I’m not, trust me.” She sobered a bit. Her lips turned down.

I wanted nothing more than to press a soft kiss to the corner of her mouth just to see if it would it make it decide to smile in my direction again.

“But it would be fun, I need fun.”

I sighed heavily and looked at my feet. When the hell had I ever looked away like that? “That makes both of us.”

“Great!” She walked ahead of me into her penthouse suite, which matched mine even in color. I suddenly wondered what she did for a living. I mean I could afford it because I had been the highest paid soccer star in Europe for the last ten years.

The place was around three grand a day.

I eyed the large master suite as she ran around and then held up her hand. “One sec, I’m going to change into a suit, alright?”

“Great.” I smiled reassuringly. It would give me time to look around, not that I was stalking her, but I could never be too careful. I was still surprised she didn’t recognize me. And I knew when she did, this little facade, this freedom I felt in my chest, the easy way she let me breathe around her? It would go to hell, and I’d need another escape.

I thumbed through a few of the magazines on the table, and dropped the last one down just in time to hear the sliding bathroom door open and see a goddess emerge.

A one-piece swimsuit covered her body. It had a plunging neckline that showed off two generously sized breasts, and I immediately regretted not telling her who I was.

Because clothing tended to get pulled off, not put on, when I was in the room.

I eyed the scrap of material she called a swimsuit, my eyes raking over her muscular legs, her curvy body.

“Unless you’re jumping naked, you should change too,” she pointed out, then cleared her throat and looked away like she was insecure. Damn, the woman could make a man cut his own heart out for a taste of her special brand of sin.

I peeled my shirt off over my body and shrugged. “Ready.”

Her eyes went so wide I had to fight not to laugh.

I knew what she saw.

I had Instagram pages dedicated to my eyes alone, don’t even get me started on my abs.


Tight, packed abs, all tanned and golden like I was the sun god himself.

“Uh, right.” Her cheeks brightened as she clasped her hands together. “Let’s go!”

I checked her out the entire time she walked ahead of me, and when she caught me staring I just shrugged and said, “Next time wear more clothes if you don’t want me to look.”

“You should talk,” she fired back.

“Misunderstanding.” I grinned. “I wanted you to look.”

She slapped a hand against my bare chest.

I laughed, and then grabbed her hand and kissed her fingertips. “You ready to jump off a cliff with a stranger you’ve kissed twice?”

“Once,” she corrected with a whisper. “I kissed you, you kissed me, we’re even.”

The doors to the elevator opened as I whispered under my breath. “Not for long.”


About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 New York Times bestselling author known for regency romances, contemporary romances, and her love of coffee and Swedish fish. Rachel’s also recently inked a deal for her Wingmen Inc. series—The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Matchmaker’s Replacement—to be made into movies.

A fan of The Bachelor and the Seattle Seahawks (not necessarily in that order), Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, a super cute toddler son who keeps her on her toes, and two boxers. Make sure you check out her site, www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com, and follow her on Twitter (@RachVD).

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Cover Reveal: Promise You by Fabriola Francisco

Title: Promise You
Author: Fabiola Francisco
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance (Spin-off of Rebel Desire & Memories of Us)
Release Date: May 1st

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I’ve had my eyes set on her for months. The gorgeous brunette captured my attention when I first saw her and stole my heart when I met her. 
Making it in the music industry has taken its toll on me, chipping away at my confidence and patience. The one thing that keeps me going is having Reese by my side. I’m determined to show her how good we can be together, even if she continues to pretend there’s nothing between us. 
One night changes everything, giving me the only thing I’d want more than a career in country music—her. 

“You look beautiful.”

“Thanks. You don’t look too bad yourself,” she winks and orders a martini. “Do you want a beer?” She turns to look my way while the bartender waits. 

“I’m going with whiskey tonight.” Reese raises her eyebrows, and I chuckle. “Need something stronger than beer if I’m going to be standing next to you in that dress all night, darlin’.” The bartender bites down her smile, watching our exchange before making our drinks. 

“Dex,” she warns. 

“Yeah, I know.” I raise my arms, palms facing her. “Just friends.” 

“Yeah,” she sighs and grabs her martini. Once I have my drink, Reese links her arm with mine, and we make rounds. “Isn’t this amazing? One day you’ll have an event like this, I just know it.” Her encouragement is welcomed at a time like this when I feel like I may never get to this point in my career. 

“Yeah, maybe.” I don’t miss the defeat in my voice. 

“Hey,” she stops walking, pulling me to her by the arm she’s holding. “You’re really good. One of the best I’ve heard in a long time, and I don’t just say that because you’re one of my best friends. I mean it. I’ve been surrounded in this industry since my brother was playing in Riot, just like you. I know how hard it is, I’ve met musicians in the past. Your voice is unique.” 

“Thanks, Reese.” I lift a shoulder, wanting to drop the subject in a public place. 

“I mean it, Dex.” I nod in silence and look away, pretending to take in the atmosphere.

The live music starts, singers congratulating Rebel Desire as they perform a couple of songs. The fans go wild for all the talent spending their evening with us. 

“Dance with me,” I grab Reese’s empty glass and place it on the bar. Everyone else around us is dancing to the music, so there’s no excuse that people will talk or get the wrong idea.

Just when I think she’s going to refuse, she puts her arm around me and begins to sway to the soft music. For a minute, all is right in the world. The worries of making it in this industry, the envy of not having the success others do, it all fades away the second Reese wraps her arms around me and moves to the beat. 

I may have fucked around a lot in my life, but after meeting Reese and spending time with her, I’m sure I’d never want anyone else but her. If only I can make her see how good we’d be together. 

I remember the first time I saw her, weeks before I actually met her. She was at Riot, laughing and drinking with friends. Her laugh reached me through the crowd, drawing my attention to her. Her confidence danced to the rhythm of the song I was performing. After that, she’d come in on her own some nights, and I’d watch her while I sang songs she could’ve inspired. 

Women like Reese, hell, there are no other women like Reese. She’s in a league of her own—gorgeous, funny, and independent.

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Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing as been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. Her novels include Perfectly Imperfect, The Restoring Series, Sweet on You Duet, and Red Lights, Black Hearts.

Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.

Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Perfect for fans of RED QUEEN and UPROOTED, Crystal Smith’s debut novel, BLOODLEAF, is an imaginative retelling of the Grimm Fairy tale “The Goose Girl” that takes a ghostly mystery and sets it inside an epic fantasy world.

Series: Bloodleaf #1
Release date: March 12, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA fantasy


Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

PRAISE FOR Bloodleaf:

“Enchanting, visceral, and twisty, Bloodleaf is a phantasmagorical wonder that will keep you guessing until the very last page.”–NYT bestselling author of Ash Princess, Laura Sebastian

“Eerie, immersive, and fascinating, Bloodleaf feels like a classic in the making. Readers will be pulled deep into Aurelia's world, and lose sleep alongside her as the deadly mysteries close in.”–Sarah Holland, NYT bestselling author of Everless

“Smith weaves together mystery, adventure and a reimagined fairy tale in this bewitching debut. An irresistible, spellbinding story.”–Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising

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Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl's Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.

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Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1)Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I was very excited to read Bloodleaf, and I think the concept of the magic system has merit, but it didn't come together as well as I hoped it would. In parts, there are some fresh ideas, notably the poison/healing power infused in the bloodleaf plant and Princess Aurelia's ability to see spirits of the departed. However, the clichés outnumbered the unique aspects for me personally by the end, and the heroine was a bit more frustrating than I would have liked.

    Most in our land knew of bloodleaf —the vile poison that only grows on old battlefields or other soil upon which blood has been spilt —but no one ever spoke of the bloom.

Aurelia lives in a Kingdom divided up into two lands: Achleva and Renalt. As the Princess of Renalt, it has been arranged for her to marry the Prince of Achleva to tie the two sides together after many years of division. A wall has been erected, and only the very few who are able to gain permission are able to cross to the other side. Her pending marriage will bring much needed reconciliation and peace for everyone. Aurelia isn't fired up to get married seeing as her fiancé is reportedly a sickly recluse she's never met. On the other hand, there is civil unrest stirred up by the Tribunal and her safety becomes more tenuous by the day. This is a group that basically seek out people who have any form of magic and execute them as witches. As one who secretly holds one of the three forms of magic, Aurelia can only be shielded for so long before she is taken in.

After an assassination attempt and a hasty escape, Aurelia is forced to somehow make it to Achleva on her own with little more than a horse and the clothes on her back. She's lost all of her allies, her papers to get over the border, and has no money. She's faced desperate moments, difficult decisions, and tragedy. The more the book wears on, the more I started to disconnect from the heroine. While some things were beyond her control (the betrayal and plotting by someone close to her) it seemed as if the majority of bad things happening were a direct result of her poor/rash decision making. It made her seem pretty childish, and I get that her age and experience aren't advanced, but many times her actions weren't the most believable.

When it came to the romance aspect, she started out supposedly secretly in love with someone she'd known her whole life, and then because of one disappointing bad choice on his part she transfers her affection to someone new fairly quickly. The faded blood mark on the magic cloth should have given her a clue as to this person's true fate, and for some odd reason it never occurred to her that she may have been mistaken about what happened to him. That made no sense to me at all. I knew who the new love interest was from the start, and I also knew the twist very early on. It was pretty easy to predict so I'm not sure it could even be called a twist.

The author also modeled the corrupt king of Achleva after a real life person and it doesn't take a genius to figure out who it is. While I get that inspiration can be found in everyday life, the symbolism became so repeated and obvious that it took me out of the actual story. There were some plot points that didn't seem to go anywhere, such as Aurelia's bracelet that had been given significant page time. The gift from her father was mentioned over and over again, and I kept expecting to find out the importance of it, but it never happened. Maybe it will come out in the future, but it felt unresolved and completely unaddressed.

While Bloodleaf wasn't a total miss, unfortunately I didn't see enough to capture my imagination and interest like I had hoped. I've read quite a few YA fantasies with similar themes: outlawed magic, persecuted people who are gifted with it, princess on the run, betrayal to steal the throne, forbidden romance. The end was left in a happy for now place, so the lack of suspenseful cliffhanger was definitely a big plus. If you're looking for a new fantasy series that won't leave you hanging too painfully this could be the one for you.



Monday, March 11, 2019

Release Blitz: Space by Penny Reid


Space, the second book in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Review: Space by Penny Reid

All she wants is forgiveness, and all he wants is revenge . . . 

Series: Laws of Physics #2
Release date: February 25th (iBooks) 
March 11th, additional sites 
Cliffhanger: yes
Genre: Contemporary romance, new adult


One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

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Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja. 

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Space (Laws of Physics, #2; Hypothesis, #2.2)Space by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhh the feels! The delicious feels! This is one of those rare books that I started in the evening, and was so utterly addicted that I could not stop until I finished. Cover to cover in one sitting. No, it's not long in page length, but I flew through this thing late into the night with a death grip on my kindle. After the cliffhanger of Motion, I was so eager to find out how and when Mona's big lie would be outed. But most especially, how would Abram handle the deception? HOW BAD WAS THIS GOING TO BE?? I was dreading his ultimate disillusionment, but seeing his soft heart get hardened with cynicism was a tough pill to swallow.

This is the crux of the matter. When your trust has been completely shattered like his has, when everything you thought you knew about someone is now under suspicion, how do you get past that? Abram is stuck wondering if the things he loved about Mona were just part of her scheme. As much as I love Mona, can you really blame him for feeling that way? On the other side, you have Mona who went into the deception never intending for anyone to get hurt. It was supposed to be a harmless little white lie to help her sister. If there's one thing that can be said about Mona, she is loyal to her family, and in my opinion, to a fault. She's never fit in with them and they take her horribly for granted. As much as she gives and sacrifices for them hoping to earn their love and attention, she can't seem to bridge the gap. It doesn't help that a traumatic event from her past has added an unwanted barrier that she can't seem to overcome.

Space jumps forward 2.5 years after the ending in Motion. Mona continues to be widely successful in her field, but all of her professional accomplishments cannot quiet the crippling remorse that controls her personal life. She's become stuck in limbo, unable to forgive herself or move on from her part in what transpired. They say confession is good for the soul, but what about the heart? If she delivered the letter she wrote to Abram, the one that she carries in her pocket, would it do more harm than good? She hasn't been able to gather the courage to find out.

    I stared at her and I was afraid, because I knew. My whole life, from this point forward, I would be a fool for Mona DaVinci.

As the synopsis states, Mona and Abram finally come face to face at her family's cabin in Aspen. Both are shocked and filled with a mess of emotion that they aren't prepared for. Anger, hurt, confusion, and regret surface as they finally start to communicate over their past. The turbulence that's stirred up just being in each other's orbits again was real and raw. They may have known each other for a short period of time before things fell apart, but there's no denying how deeply the events from Motion have affected the two of them. Mona is ready to be more honest and vulnerable than she's ever been in her life, but is he ready to listen?

    Faking it or not, even sorrowful, even pale and tear streaked, this woman was unbelievably beautiful to me. Ethereal beauty, not of this world, inhuman in its hold over me. There was something else about her, devastating gentleness and strength, ruinous sweetness and vulnerability despite the severity of her intelligence. Or maybe because of it?

Even when he had ever right to be furious over the havoc she's wreaked over his life, for the downward spiral he's managed to climb out of, his thoughts of her were at times so sweet. Yes, he had his moments where he lashed out at her, but the sensitive, protective side was there just as strong as ever. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling anything major, but let's just say that I left this book feeling blissed out in the best way. My late night binge read was worth every second of bleary eyes the next day! And I have to mention the fact that Martin and Kaitlyn from Elements of Chemistry were BOTH in this part!! It reminded me all over again why I loved them and I think I'm going to have to schedule a re-read soon.

Space was everything I could have asked for. After the ending in Motion, I don't really think I need to convince anyone to read this installment, but let me reassure you, it's more than worth the wait! I laughed (who's surprised?), I swooned BIG TIME, and fell in love with these characters even more as they tried to mend their broken hearts.

    I wanted to conquer and be conquered, to be broken and reassembled using her pieces.