Monthly Wrap-up: July 2016

Books Read: 
 Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy
The Other Place by Elizabeth Roderick
The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon
Deceived by Kate SeRine
Angelblood by Hanna Peach
The Afterlife of Alyx & Israel by Hanna Peach
The Forgotten Heiress by Susie Warren
The V Girl by Maya Robarts
The Millionaire’s Gamble by Sarah Ballance
Say Nothing… by T.A. Roth
Billionaire Blackmail
Wrong Bed Reunion
Live By the Team
Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
Spectacular Rascal by Lili Valente
The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Totally, Sweetly, Irrevocably
His Fantasy Bride?
Baby Doll?
Life After Juliet?
A False Proposal?
The Sound of Us?
Crimson Sky?
Midnight Sky?
Reviews Written:
Say Nothing… by T.A. Roth
Billionaire Blackmail by
Wrong Bed Reunion
Live By the Team
Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart
Spectacular Rascal by Lili Valente
The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Totally, Sweetly, Irrevocably
Reading Challenge Updates:
You can see my sign up post here.
2016 Choose Your Genre Challenge:
Paranormal
3/6 books
 
Mystery
2.
1/12 books
 
New Adult Romance
8/25 books
 
2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
2/12 books
 
2016 New to You Challenge
70/100 books
 
2016 Pages Read Challenge
May: 5,548 pages
Total so far: 23,534/52,000 pages
 
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
95/200 books
 
12 Months Classics Challenge
January: A Classic You’ve Always Wanted to Read.
February: A Classic You’ve Dreaded Reading.
March: A Classic You’ve Been Recommended.
April: A Classic You’ve Seen The Movie/Mini Series/TV Show.
May: An American Classic
0/12 books
 
2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
1.
0/25 books
 
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
3.
2/48 books
 
2016 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
15/15 books
 
The Series That Never Ends 2016 Challenge
2.
1/10 books
 
2016 Literary Pickers Challenge
0/50 items
 
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
V: The V Girl
21/26 books

2016 Banned Books Challenge
1.
0/6 books

2016 Audiobooks Challenge
5.
4/10 audiobooks

Wilder by Rebecca Yarros #BlogTour #Review

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WILDER by Rebecca Yarros
The Renegades #1
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis: He’s Paxton Wilder.Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

Five time X Games medalist.

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

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Wilder is filled with suspense, adventure, and emotion. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from Rebecca Yarros and it was phenomenal.

The entire story takes place on a cruise ship that doubles as a college. Leah is hired as a tutor for Paxton so that he can graduate. The chemistry between these two is smoking hot! I really enjoyed their story and can’t wait to see what happens as this series progresses.

Rating: 5 stars

ABOUT REBECCA YARROS

Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs #BlogTour #Review

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The Lying PlanetThe Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on September 19th, 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

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Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.

Review
Jay spent his entire life working hard on the planet Liberty. He wants to make sure he makes high enough on his Test with the Machine so he can make it to Promise City. Two weeks before his scheduled Test, Jay’s entire world is turned upside down. He learns that everything he thought he knew about this world is a lie. Now he must try to convince the others that passing their Tests would be the worst thing they could do.
I was absolutely blown away by The Lying Planet. I don’t read Science Fiction all that often but I might have to start reading more if it’s like this book. Carol Riggs did a fantastic job at creating a world so different than our own. I was hooked from page 1 and I did not want to put this book down for anything! This is the first book I have read by Carol Riggs but it definitely won’t be my last. I would highly recommend this book.
Rating: 5 stars
Note: Carol Riggs stopped by the blog on Sunday for a short interview and an exclusive excerpt. You can check those out here.

About the Author

Carol Riggs

I’m a writer of Young Adult fiction. My YA sci-fi debut novel, THE BODY INSTITUTE, explores themes of body image and identity. My YA fantasy, BOTTLED, released July 7, 2016, from Clean Reads. My YA sci-fi, THE LYING PLANET (formerly called Safe Zone), will release September 19, 2016, via Entangled Teen. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree. I’m an SCBWI member.

You’ll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I enjoy reading–mostly young adult novels–as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.

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Read below for an excerpt from The Lying Planet:

Inside the enormous building, I walk by rows of empty bleachers. My footsteps slow as I near an imposing apparatus.

The Machine.

A full three meters tall, the Machine’s silver arms flare out from a single seat, making it look like a predatory mutant octopus. A plexifiber dome encloses and protects it. A biolock secures access to the dome. It looks almost alive, as though it’s waiting, sleeping…conserving energy until it’s time for the graduation ceremony.

Shivers crawl down my arms. Eerie as it is, the Testing Machine is my ticket out of Sanctuary. It’ll show what I’ve contributed to the zone and prove I’m worthy to join the colony of Promise City. Thanks to the uncanny way it judges us—and the Board rewarding high scores and threatening banishment for low ones—productivity has skyrocketed. The Machine boggles my mind. For the last six years it’s been here, ever since kids were eighteen and old enough for the Testing to start up, it has held the power of life and death on this planet.

Literally.

A rowdy whoop echoes around the stadium, making me flinch.

“Hey, Lawton, ogling the beast?” a deep voice calls. “Making sure it’s recording every single one of your dedicated community services?”

I turn to find one of my friends wearing a helioball cap walking into the building. Nash Redmond. A ludmium-powered pruning device and a maintenance bucket dangle from his hands. Two of our other friends are on landscaping duty with him, carrying tools and wearing gloves. Leonard walks beside him, his lanky form mimicking Nash’s casual walk, but Peyton copies no one. Her petite, tomboyish body moves toward me with purpose. Her uniform is mismatched, an orange shirt paired with dark blue pants.

“Hey, Nash,” I say. After what we’ve seen at the education compound, I don’t know how he can act normal, almost cheerful. I give Peyton a half smile. “Why are you still hanging out with these guys?”

She grins, her slightly crooked teeth crisp and white against her naturally brown skin. “They’re insane. I adore insanity.”

“I hope you don’t regret it.” I toss a meaningful glance at the Machine, and it’s not reassuring that she shrugs. She’s changed over the seasons, gone renegade. Ever since that one Harvest Equinox party two years ago, when we stopped hanging out. Now she skips education sessions with Nash and Leonard and works at community service only long enough to log in her required hours. I doubt she’ll flunk and get banished, but she won’t score very high. Apparently the Machine doesn’t spur everyone into being more productive.

“Peyton doesn’t care, so why should you?” Nash asks me. “All we need to do is pass the Testing, not reach superhero-level scores. Take me, for instance. Do I look worried? No, because tomorrow at my ceremony, I’m gonna pass.”

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Something I Need by Lena Lowe #BlogTour #Review

Something I Need
Lena Lowe
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Publication date: September 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Jonte Williamson has a dream: become Nashville’s next big star. Finding herself unexpectedly homeless hot off the plane wasn’t part of her grand plan.

Cash Bellini is a simple man: he loves his twin sister, Dolly, hates country music, and stays far away from anything more complicated than that.

When Jonte stumbles into Cash’s bar, helping out the homeless country music wannabe is the last thing on his agenda. Pity someone forgot to send the memo to his too-big heart and meddling twin. Throw in a pair of baby blue cowboy boots, a pool table and a splash of tequila, and these two are set to ignite in a hot sexy mess! Will either of their hearts survive the tug-o-war between what they want and what they need?

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Something I Need is a brilliant debut novel from Lena Lowe. There was so much to like about this book. Jonte leaves her home in Australia to move to Nashville to pursue a country music career. There she meets Cash who hates country music but is very interested in Jonte. Not only were these main characters great but the secondary characters were brilliant as well.
The thing I loved the most is that unlike most romance novels, where boy meets girl, they fall in love, something happens and a big romantic gesture gets them a hea, this book had more of a “are they gonna get a hea” feel to it. Jonte makes Cash really work for it. To be honest, I like that a whole better since it takes out some of the predictability.
Overall, I can’t wait to see what Ms. Lowe has in store for the rest of this series.
Rating: 4 stars

Author Bio:

Lena lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three daughters. She completed a MA in Writing in 2013 and has been working on a New Adult series based in Nashville. The first book in the series, Something I Need, was a 2014 RWA Contemporary Romance Stiletto finalist in the New Adult category.

In early 2015, Lena and her family spent 5 weeks road tripping across the US. It was an amazing once in a lifetime family holiday and research for her debut series all rolled into one!

Lena is an avid reader, especially in the New Adult genre. She is a mad Colleen Hoover, Samantha Young and KA Tucker fan, and is more than a little bit in love with Becca and Krista Richie’s Addicted series, Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series.

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The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian #BlogTour #Excerpt #Interview

Two men only meant for each other.
 
 THE SOLDIER’S SCOUNDREL by Cat Sebastian
Releasing Sept 20th, 2016 from Avon Impulse
A scoundrel who lives in the shadows Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London’s slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.

A soldier untarnished by vice 

After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a
gentleman’s life-one that doesn’t include sparring with a ne’er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is only matched by Jack’s pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they’re together.

Two men only meant for each other

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Interview with Cat Sebastian

What inspired you to become an author?

 I’ve always made up stories, and when my kids were old enough to go to school, I started thinking about writing. It didn’t get much further than thinking—everything I wrote was more or less Georgette Heyer fanfic. But then last summer I participated in Avon’s FanLit contest. I had recently read Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint and KJ Charles’ short story The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh, so I had queer historical romance on my mind. When I realized that the contest prompt didn’t necessarily have to be interpreted as m/f, I could not resist writing an m/m entry. I didn’t win (or even come close) but I met a group of writers who were (and are!) amazingly supportive. They encouraged me to try my hand at writing the first draft of what became The Soldier’s Scoundrel.

How did you know which genre you wanted to write?

When my kids were all little (I had twins when my oldest was barely two, so they were all pretty much babies at the same time) I read a lot of historical romance as an escape. Like, I cleared out my library’s shelves of everything Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas wrote, because those heroines weren’t staying up all night with colicky babies or changing infinity diapers a day. They were dressing in silk pelisses and dancing at Almack’s; they were going to marry dukes and hire nurses and governesses to deal with their kids. It was total escapism. So, when I started to write, I felt really at home in 19th century England (at least, fictional 19th century England).

 What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

 I read, of course! My kids keep me pretty busy, too,

 Where did your inspiration for s/s come from?

I really wanted to write the story of a Regency-era fixer. There was just so much wrong with that era. For example, there was very little a woman could do to leave a bad marriage while also retaining custody of her children. And servants with unscrupulous employers had no recourse unless they wanted to be dismissed without a reference. So I could totally imagine how much work a fixer might have on his hands. I could also imagine what kind of personality this character would have to have: cynical, gruff, not very fond of the upper classes. I built the rest of the story around Jack’s personality.

What’s next?

I just finished writing the story of a confidence artist (Jack’s brother, Georgie) who falls in love with the man he’s supposed to be swindling (a reclusive inventor who likes blowing things up). I’m also working on an f/f novella featuring Molly Wilkins, a lady’s maid who appears briefly in The Soldier’s Scoundrel.

Excerpt

Jack absently skimmed his finger along the surface of his desk, tracing a swirl through the sand he had used to blot his notes. Another case was solved and done with, another gentleman too drunk on his own power and consequence to remember to pay servants and tradesmen, too dissipated to bother being faithful to his wife. Nearly every client’s problems were variations on that same theme. Jack might have been bored if he weren’t so angry.

A knock sounded at the door, a welcome distraction. His sister always knocked, as if she didn’t want to interrupt whatever depravities Jack was conducting on the other side of the door. She did it out of an excess of consideration, but Jack still felt like she was waiting for him to do something unspeakable at any moment.

She was right, of course, but still it grated.

“Come in, Sarah.

“There’s a gentleman here to see you,” she said, packing a world of both disapproval and deference into those few words.

Really, it was a pity she hadn’t been born a man because the world had lost a first rate butler there. The butlers Jack had served under would have been put fairly to shame.

“Tell him to bugger off.” Sarah knew perfectly well he didn’t take gentlemen as clients. He tried to keep any trace of impatience out of his voice, but didn’t think he quite managed it.

“I have customers downstairs and I don’t want a scene.” She had pins jammed into the sleeve of her gown, a sign that she had been interrupted in the middle of a fitting. No wonder her lips were pursed.

“And I don’t want any gentlemen.” Too late, he realized he had set her up for a smart-mouthed response. Now she was going to press her advantage because that’s what older sisters did. But Sarah must have been developing some restraint, or maybe she was only in a hurry, because all she did was raise a single eyebrow as if to say, like hell you don’t.

“I’m not your gatekeeper,” she said a moment later, her tone deceptively mild. But on her last word Jack could hear a trace of that old accent they had both worked so hard to shed. Sarah had to be driven to distraction if she was letting her accent slip.

“Send him up, then,” he conceded. This arrangement of theirs depended on a certain amount of compromise on both sides.

She vanished, her shoes scarcely making any sound on the stairs. A moment later he heard the heavier tread of a man not at all concerned about disturbing the clients below.

This man didn’t bother knocking. He simply sailed through the door Sarah had left ajar as if he had every right in the world to enter whatever place he pleased, at whatever time he wanted.

To hell with that. Jack took his time stacking his cards, pausing a moment to examine one with feigned and hopefully infuriating interest. The gentleman coughed impatiently; Jack mentally awarded himself the first point.

“Yes?” Jack looked up for the first time, as if only now noticing the stranger’s presence. He could see why Sarah had pegged him straight away as a gentleman. Everything about him, from his mahogany walking stick to his snowy white linen, proclaimed his status.

“You’re Jack Turner?”

There was something about his voice—the absurd level of polish, perhaps—that made Jack look more carefully at his visitor’s face.

Could it—it couldn’t be. But it was.

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her
husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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Play by Piper Lawson #BlogTour #Review

PLAY
Piper Lawson
Publication date: August 15th 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big, shiny-ass lie.I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

So what happens when the girl who lives to work goes head-to-head with the guy who was born to PLAY?
Game on, Max Donovan.PLAY is a sassy standalone romantic comedy about life, love, and video games. For 18+ due to language and Kindle-incinerating steamy scenes.

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Piper Lawson is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. The characters seemed like an unlikely couple but they brought out the best in each other. I loved that there were funny moments as well as sweet. There was a nerdy feel to parts of the book as well and it just put this over the top for me. I look forward to reading more by Piper Lawson.
Rating: 4.5 stars

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I love reading and writing about sassy, sexy, smart women and the guys who fall hard for them. Schooled is the introduction to my Travesty series about ambitious girls who chase their dreams of a fashion label from California to New York and back again.

My main household expenditures include books, coffee and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and I’ll defend it accordingly). I have two business degrees, neither of which I’ve leveraged into a fashion label.

Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes. Come find me on the tennis court, at the beach, on the web at www.piperlawsonbooks.com or on twitter @piperjlawson.

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The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs #Excerpt #Interview

The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs #Excerpt #InterviewThe Lying Planet by Carol Riggs
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 19, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.

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Interview with Carol Riggs
  1. What inspired you to become an author? 

As a sophomore in high school, I moved to the coast of Oregon and got an English teacher who directed me to write my first essay ever. I read my first Ray Bradbury book—Something Wicked This Way Comes, and was inspired and fascinated! From another English teacher, I took creative writing and science fiction classes, wrote a number of short stories, and learned how to send manuscripts off to publishers and start my collection of rejection slips. I wrote a bit more in college, but didn’t come back to it in earnest until my daughters trooped off to kindergarten.

  1. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I’m never not writing. lol  Seriously, I do treat my writing like a job, and try to log in at least four hours a day when I’m not in book release mode. When I’m not writing or doing boring life chores like cleaning or cooking, I enjoy going on walks, doing miniature fabric art (gluing tiny scraps to make landscapes, etc.), listening to all styles of music, catching up on my YA reading, and drawing or painting; I have a Studio Arts degree. I don’t watch much TV, really. When I do, it’s usually sci-fi or fantasy on Netflix.

  1. Where did you get your inspiration for The Lying Planet

This story was born one night in 2010 as I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep, and I thought I heard a noise out in theliving room. It was probably our “haunted refrigerator” as we called it—that thing made more noises than a backfiring old jalopy. Whatever it was, my mind started spinning scenarios about What If. I figured this could be the initial pivotal moment of a YA novel, the story about a teen lying in the darkness of his room, and hearing… something. And getting up to investigate. That decision would be the beginning of a chain of events that would change his life forever.

  1. What’s up next for you? 

I’ve released TWO books in 2016, whew, which was awesome and exciting but mind-bogglingly busy. When the book promo dies down, I’ll get back to work on my latest YA fantasy, a retelling of a rather obscure French fairy tale that I’ve completely Carol-ized. I’m about 3/4 done and can’t wait to leap back in and finish the rough draft. Then comes thevigorous process of revising and polishing.

Excerpt
Right after morning sessions end on Friday, the scavenger team brings a charred body into the safe zone.

I’m heading down the walkway with my terraform class when I see the dingy yellow of the team’s coveralls. My first impulse is to bolt. But since we’re expected to check out the sight when it happens, we gather on the pavement like a herd of reluctant sheep. Other students join in as my girlfriend, Aubrie McKennis, reaches for my hand. All around us, smiles vanish and conversations halt while everyone stares at dried blood and crusty blackness.

Who died this time?

About Carol Riggs

Carol Riggs is an author of young adult fiction who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. Her books include her sci-fi debut, The Body Institute, as well as her fantasy, Bottled, and her recently released sci-fi, The Lying Planet. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.

Tell Me You Want Me by Kris Embrey #BookBlitz

Tell Me You Want Me
Kris Embrey
Publication date: April 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Nineteen-year-old Gina Kelly is used to working hard for everything in life. Despite her challenges, Gina has dreams and one of them is to become an actor. One day when she sees an ad in Playbill for open auditions, she heads to New York where she surprisingly secures the lead role in a Broadway production. But little does she know that acting on Broadway is just the first step in what is about to become an adventurous new life.

The play is ready to end when Gina’s theatre director introduces her to the manager of one of rock’s biggest bands. He is desperate to find a backup singer before the band goes on tour and Gina is thrilled when he hires her. The chemistry between Gina and lead singer, Sebastian Roland, is instantaneous. Unfortunately, Sebastian is a married, pill-popping addict. As the group sets out on an adventure fueled by sex and drugs, Gina quickly falls in love with Sebastian. But when his drug use escalates, Gina is forced to make a decision with the power to change her future once again.

Tell Me You Want Me shares the tale of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery as she follows her dreams to New York, falls in love, and realizes that she is the only one in charge of her destiny.

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Chapter 3
Jingle and Belles the Musical

It was audition day, and Bridgette was up and wanted to show me the best way to Times Square. I took her up on the offer. I had no idea where I was going. We headed out and walked forever to midtown as she pointed out to me where all of the cool clubs were near our neighborhood. An hour later, we had arrived to my audition, and Bridgette said she would be waiting for me at Circle Bar inside the Marquis Hotel and to come over when I was finished.

I followed the direction arrows to the auditions, where I was met by a very precocious and impatient handler, who startled me when he said, “Part? What part?”

I replied to his bitchiness, “Candice.”

He looked me over and with a head-spin and snarky tone said, “Left.” Did I just get my tea leaves read? Yes, I believe I did.

Walking inside the theater, I took a seat and waited to be called, but I noticed how quickly people were being dismissed. I overheard a conversation that was taking place directly behind me about the director, Lex Lenord. My fellow actors were hissing that if they had known he was the director of this shit production they would have opted to try out for Pigeon the Musical: The Life of a Lonely Bird. Apparently that must have been some encrypted theater sarcasm because I had never heard of that production, but it was apparent from the conversation taking place that Lex had a reputation of being harsh. Stories were spilling about cast members being pitted against each other and Lex referring to actors as children. Seems Lex was also known for tantrums that included dialogue from films. I thought that might add some color to the rehearsals, and I happened to like overdone tirades; they can prove to be entertaining, if executed well, especially when you’re bored. Lex apparently enjoyed the company of young, pretty boys, full of sass and attitude, as his assistants, as one of my fellow actors was discussing.

Lex’s assistant Carl, who was seated next him, said, “Gloria Smith for the part of Candice, you’re next.”

Lex upon looking at her said, “Thank you, next!”

This guy was tough. That poor girl didn’t even open her mouth. Everything came down to this flamboyant man yelling the word next to me. I was thinking this might be all for nothing and my parents were going to expect me to come home if I didn’t get the part and that was not on my shit-to-do list for the day. As I was pondering all of the scenarios in my head—having some fabulous cocktails tonight in the city or being put back on a plane and sent back home—nerves had taken over when I heard my name called,

“Gina Kelly for the role of Candice,” Carl called out,

I stood up and took a spot directly in front of Lex.

In the back of my mind as I looked at Lex, I said to myself, Fuck home; there is no place like New York and started my lines.

I continued with my audition and noticed the producer of the play leaned into Lex, and they were talking and taking notes, appearing to not be listening. Lex paused me and inquired why I wasn’t auditioning for the role of Belle. I explained to him that I had understudied the role of Candice for the last two years. Lex looked up at me, and very uninterested in what I was saying, he instructed me to take a seat and wait.

“Thank you, sir,” I said, before sitting with the rest of my fellow actors.

Lex made an announcement of the people he wanted to stay for the role of Belle, “Molly Cartwright and Gina Kelly.”

I thought, He must have this mixed up. I didn’t try out for that role.

Molly and I got up and went to face him. I thought to myself, Door number one, we have some lovely cocktails for you, Gina, or will it be door number two? The one-way coach ticket and no cocktails on your way back home to your pathetic life? Which one will it be, Lex?

“Molly Cartwright in the lead of Belle. Gina Kelly, you will understudy Molly,” he said in a very blank tone, and people started clapping.

It wasn’t the applause one might hear at a U2 concert. No, it was more like polite golf claps, but I didn’t care. I had door number one and cocktails coming to me that night. I had managed to secure a nice paycheck in the safety net position of the top spot. Lex informed Molly and me that rehearsals started Wednesday at nine sharp and to call Equity Union office and then go see Hilda in hers.

Lex turned to the others still waiting to audition and said, “Are there any actors left in this city who have any talent?” Lex proceeded to quip that he needed five minutes and wanted to know where the hell Carl was.

 

Author Bio:

Kris Embrey has had a love of music since she can remember. She studied music engineering and worked for Dick Clark as a runner for his music production company. Her professional career has included working for various television productions such as the American Music Awards and the Academy Awards. This is her first book.

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by Sarah Ballance
Chase Brothers #4
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Lovestruck, Contemporary Romance

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ETHAN’S HIT A ROUGH SPOT

So I caught my dad in bed with my ex-girlfriend.

My best friend cancelled our plans to celebrate my birthday.

Decided to drink away the betrayal.

Made out with a cardboard cutout of a celebrity in front of my new roommates.

Got in a bar fight.

Hooked up with that pretty bartender whose sad smile I’ve secretly been painting pictures of since forever, but she shoved me out the door without a word.

Did I mention the tattoo I don’t exactly remember getting?

And that’s only Saturday.

Now I need to pick up the pieces of my messed-up life.

LEEANNE’S HAD A TOUGH LIFE

What do you do when you’ve lived in the same small town your whole life and you feel as if you’ll always be stuck in the same rut, like a piece of busted wagon wheel? Well, maybe you start by hooking up with the first decent guy who walks into your bar.

Maybe once you do, it’s hard to get him out of your head even though you try. And maybe, just maybe, you find out he makes you laugh even more than he makes you want to shout his name.

If you’re me, you don’t even know what to do with a guy like him. A little piece of happiness…that feels downright dangerous.

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LEEANNE

So, whatcha thinking? Time to go?” He rises up on his knees. The way he’s poised, he could either move away or get closer just as easily.

“Oh, I don’t know. I’m not dizzy yet.” Not that I honestly want to get dizzy, but we’ve gotten a little too serious. After Ethan brought me here to have fun, I want to lighten the mood.

 With his hands deep in the pockets of his leather jacket, Ethan leans in toward me again. “I thought you didn’t want me to make you dizzy.”

 I didn’t think so. Yet here we are, hot breath puffing in the cold air between us. My lips tingle as he leans close. It’s impossible to forget the way his hands explored me so carefully before. The way his tongue tasted me like he wanted to keep on tasting me forever.

“You remember that first time you kissed me?”

 His cheeks turn a deep merlot. “Damn right I do. I remember thinking it was the best kiss I’d ever had.”

Well now. I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t sitting on something cold and metal, I’d have just melted right into the playground gravel.

 “It was the first time I’d kissed someone because I wanted to, and not because I thought I should.” My chest feels strange when I confess this to him. Like it’s full of butterflies or bees. Lighter but nervous. And oh God, my heart is just bouncing every which way.

 As his hair brushes my forehead, his dimple deepens and his eyes get darker. “I’m glad you wanted to kiss me, LeeAnne. I’ve been dying to do it again.”

 Maybe…maybe I don’t have to lean on him. Maybe I could just lean in again. Meet those wind-chapped lips halfway. That’d be okay, right?

 I wrap my arms around my knees and smile. “I think I’ve decided I wouldn’t mind getting a little dizzy.”

 His lips brush mine so fast, I’m left breathless when he jumps from the merry-go-round to give it a spin.

 “Hang on tight,” he says.

 So I do.

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