Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Where Lightning Strikes by AL Jackson

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for AL Jackson's upcoming WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES releasing March 22, 2016. We can't wait for you to fall into this sexy emotional novel!

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Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape. For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door. He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves. Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King. The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite. But is it worth the cost of getting burned? She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream… WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel  

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aljacksonphotoA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Connect with A.L. Jackson   To stay up to date with important news on A.L. Jackson, including new releases, sales, and exclusive specials and excerpts, text “jackson” to 96000 to subscribe!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review and Excerpt: Money by Jillian Dodd



Fame. Power. Money. Sex. Love. This continuation of The Keatyn Chronicles series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films. Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love. Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies. And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past. Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events. With laugh out loud moments and swoon-worthy guys, The Keatyn Chronicles is a fun, sexy, and addictive series you won't be able to put down. -J. Sterling, USA Today Best Selling Author.

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 EXCERPT:  I’m wearing a huge smile as I get dropped off at my building and walk through the door, talking to Ariela on the phone. Having her come back into my life after so many years has been both excruciating and exhilarating. But this weekend changed things. We faced our past together and, in one week, we’re going to decide if we want to pursue a future together. As much as I want to be with her, honestly, I’m a little torn about it. Part of me wants nothing more than to pretend we never broke up. But the reality is that she’s married. And even though she filed for a divorce, I wonder if it’s too much too soon. In a very short time—on a whim—she came to California, was reunited with me, slept with me, filed for a divorce, got a new job, and went back to Eastbrooke. I mean, how many more life changes can she throw at herself all at once? I loved her with everything I was in high school, and I was devastated when she left with nothing more than a goodbye. And since she’s come back, she’s wreaked more havoc in my life. Soon, I’ll have to decide if I want to risk another relationship with her. Even though she still looks like the girl I loved, she’s different—life, age, and time have that effect. “Riley!” A shrill voice stops me in my tracks, wiping the smile off my face. “Shelby, what are you doing here?” I ask, as she gets up from the couch in the lobby. “I told you I didn’t want to see you again.” “I need to talk to you, Riley. It’s important. Can I please come up?” I know girls like her. No way I’m letting her come up. Ever. “Shelby, as in naked, leather-strap, threesome Shelby?” Ariela asks in my ear. “Uh, hang on,” I say to her, putting the phone against my chest. Then I say discreetly, “Shelby, whatever you need to say, you can say here.” “God, you’re such an ass,” she hisses loudly. “I thought you might want to do this in private.” “I don’t want to do anything with you, in public or in private.” “Well, you’re going to have to now, Riley. Because I’m pregnant,” she says, uttering the words no man wants to hear from a three-night screw. “You’re what?” “Do you really want to do this here?” she asks, glancing toward my doorman. “Fine. Come up.” I drag her into the elevator. Once it closes, I say, “I don't know who you’ve been fucking, but if you’re pregnant, there’s no way that it’s mine.” “Yes, it is, Riley. I haven’t been with anyone since we broke up.” “We didn’t break up. You went to a few events with me. We fucked. And I used a condom every single time.” She shrugs. “I don’t know what to tell you. They aren’t one hundred percent effective. I’m sorry, Riley. I certainly didn’t plan on getting pregnant.” “Aren’t you on the pill?” “No, it made me fat.” I shake my head. I can’t fucking believe this. But I’m not stupid either. I go into my guest bathroom, grab a pregnancy test out of the cabinet, and then hand it to her. “Take this.” “Why do you have that?” “Honey, you’re not the first girl to tell me she’s pregnant.” I open it up and hand it to her. “Go pee on it, bring it out, and we’ll watch. See what happens.” She hesitates, just as they all do. “Um, I don’t know if it will work yet. I’m barely pregnant.” “So you didn’t do a test?” “Yes, I did a test, Riley. God, you’re being such an ass.” She’s right. I am. “I’m sorry. Please, for me, go take the test.” “I will, I’m just saying that they aren’t all as accurate as the one I took.” She lets out a dramatic sigh and goes into the bathroom, not bothering to shut the door. When she sees me watching her pee, she gives me a sexy smile. I turn around. Fuck. Of course, that’s what got me into this mess. Please, please, don’t let her be pregnant. I hear the toilet flush and turn around. “Here’s the stick, Riley. I’m going to sit down. Pregnancy is exhausting.” She flops down on my couch while I stare at the stick, willing the line not to change. But it does.

Review:  4.5 out of 5 stars

Another great installment to one of my favorite addicting series and guilty pleasures.  If you're a fan of the Keatyn Chronicles then you absolutely have to download and read book 10!  I devoured it in one sitting and found myself sad when it was over because I wasn't ready for the book to end!  I love these characters and I truly believe what I enjoy so much about the most recent books is getting to spend a little one on one time with multiple people, following several different story lines and seeing how much has changed since their time at Eastbrook as well as how some things never change.  I mean seriously, this needs to be brought to life in the form of a TV series!  It's the perfect dose of drama, love, humor, friendship, sex, money, power...the list could go on and on.  Did I mention guilty pleasure?

This time around we dig a little deeper into the Ariela, Riley and Shelby saga.  Is she pregnant?  Is it Riley's?  Does this mean the end of Rliey and Ariela?  It's crazy how one fictional character can make me love him one minute and the next want to strangle him, I mean he is just a book character but when I'm reading these books it's like I know him personally.  While Keatyn learned who she was and what she wanted out of life at an early age it seems as though Riley has so much more to learn!!!  It's frustrating, but at the same time it's also what makes this continuation of the series so interesting.  He may have power and money but it's clear to us readers that those things don't make a person happy.  Here's to hoping Riley finds himself and figures out what he wants out of his life and grabs a hold of his on HEA.  In the meantime though I'm just going to continue to enjoy his drama filled journey, because let's be honest it makes for some awesome reading material.

Money is not all Riley drama it's also filled with a very magical wedding, the one many of us readers have been waiting what seems like forever for, and Jillian does not disappoint.  As far as fictional weddings go this one is absolutely perfect and with no details spared it's almost as if we are guests ourselves.  

And in typical Jillian fashion she teases us with glimpses of potential upcoming storylines, and I love trying to guess who will find love next or who is on the verge of a very bad life changing decision.  It takes an enormous amount of talent in my opinion for an author to take core characters and transition them through so many "years" while still maintaining an entertaining, addicting plot and Jillian Dodd has done this perfectly.  It sort of like an epilogue but so much more!


The Keatyn Chronicles Series Keatyn lives a dream life. Daughter of America’s favorite actress. Closet full of designer clothes. Malibu beach house. The hottest boyfriend. What more could a girl want? (Love, maybe?) Reviewers are calling The Keatyn Chronicles a sexy mix of Gossip Girl and 90210. This USA TODAY bestselling series will become your guilty pleasure! Keatyn’s high school story completes in book 7 of the series: Get Me, and we see our favorite characters in a new stage of their lives 10 years later in book 8: Fame. Books 8-12 can be read as a standalone series. About Jillian Dodd: Jillian DoddJillian is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen contemporary romance novels, from the The Keatyn Chronicles and That Boy series to Vegas Love. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She currently lives in Florida. Checkout Jillian's website for added content and sneak peaks at: and be sure to sign up for her newsletter there Connect with Jillian Dodd: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: Here To Stay, by Suanne Laqueur

“You can’t sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other...”

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to the award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond they forged in their youth has endured. Now reconciled and committed as adults, they begin to create a new life together. 

Laqueur crafts a new journey that stretches into both the future and the past. Erik’s passionate, soulful love for Daisy continues to evolve and be tested. His friendship with Will Kaeger grows deeper and more complex. And unexpected contact with his Fiskare cousins offers insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped Erik as an adult. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to explore fragile memories, meet his people and learn about the charms on his signature, heirloom necklace.

All these relationships will prove invaluable when Erik faces his greatest challenge as a son, a husband and a father. Once he walked away from everything he loved. But now he is here to stay. 

4.25 out of 5 stars

Here to Stay is without a doubt the farewell Daisy and Eric deserved, the one I longed for at the end of The Man I Love.  While I loved the first book, I craved more time with both of those two characters.  I yearned to see more of their road, what would happen after 12 years, that’s a long time for soul mates to be apart. Would things pick back up easily, would it be like they were never apart?  In Here To Stay I got all my answers.  It was a very satisfying conclusion when the last page was turned my reward was peace and happiness for a much-deserved HEA.

Suanne Laqueur goes above and beyond in exploring what happens after Eric shows up in Canada.  He and Daisy are finally reunited, past sins are forgiven but it doesn’t mean the demons are forgotten.  As readers we get to see these two fight through their demons, to choose to stay, to choose to fight for one another, for love.  Being apart isn’t an option, but moving towards a future together is something that doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes months and years for their every day life to find the same page, but when it does and the days getting there are absolutely beautiful.

There are two very particular roads Suanne Laqueur chooses to explore that I have to confess I found written perfectly.  I adored and I think it was absolutely necessary to explore Will and Eric’s relationship, their friendship, how Eric’s disappearance shaped these two, the details of how their friendship survived were important and I am glad she chose to explore those details.  I found it a beautiful display of love between two people and how that love transcends any and all bad circumstances.  Not only are those two there for one another in the happy times but they are each other’s pillars of strength in the most trying of times and it’s those moments of this book that I truly loved reading most.

As for my second favorite journey of this book, I don’t want to go into too many details so as not to spoil it for you, but I will say it’s was watching Eric and Daisy leaning on another during one of the most trying times of their marriage.  Watching them fight for happiness, for their marriage, for one another.  The support each gave, the strength of their love was simply astounding.  It’s what I would hope my own marriage would look like if I ever found myself in a similar situation.  I cried, I smiled it was everything this book and their journey needed even though it was simply heartbreaking. 

If I’m being truly honest one of the things I liked least about this book was Eric’s journey into his family’s history.  There were many times I felt bogged down into the details of the family tree, of who was who and what happened.  The family tree diagrams were helpful, but to be perfectly truthful I didn’t really care about those details.  I do appreciate his journey into his past, I think it was essential in order for Eric to accept how his childhood shaped many of the life changing decision in his past as well as the present and the journey into his family history was without a doubt essential in order to move forward as a husband and as a man, I just didn’t find the tiny details important enough to read about in such great lengths.

This is without a doubt a must read follow-up story to The Man I Love.  You will laugh and you will cry and when it’s over you will be so grateful Suanne Laqueur chose to give Daisy and Eric the conclusion they so deserved.  I understand now why it couldn’t have come in an epilogue or even a novella, there were just too many roads, which needed exploring before Daisy and Eric could ride off into the sunset, and I for one and so thankful for the opportunity to see how it all played out.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cover Reveal: Out of Focus by L.B. Simmons


*** Upper New Adult Spinoff Standalone to the USA Today Bestselling Novel, Under the Influence***
“Shhhh, Cassandra, it’s our little secret.”
Secrets are stubborn things when they refuse to remain hidden. They tear through your soul, clawing and lashing until the pain becomes so unbearable, you’re left no choice but to silently scream your agony. No one hears you, of course. You smile on the outside and drift through life as though your mind is at peace, but all the while, you remain your own tortured prisoner. Sealed inside the darkened, soundproof room of your conscience, deafening cries echo as you plead for someone to unlock the door and release you from your nightmares. And eventually, when no one comes, you find ways to cope. To dull the suffering the only way you know how.
But what happens when you’ve become so numb, when everything around you has become so blurred, that you begin to lose focus on the saving grace standing directly in front of you? When you’ve anesthetized yourself to the point of losing consciousness, forced to watch as his once solid image fades away, lost to your reach in the haze as it smothers you?
What do you do then?
You fight. You heal. Then you bring him back.
Well, my name is Cassie Cooper, and it’s time.
No more secrets.
This is my story.
***WARNING - The subject matter of this novel centers around the psychological effects due to sexual abuse experienced during childhood. For this reason, as well as sexual situations, language, and adult themes, suggested reading age is 17+.***


L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets. Join her newsletter here

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 20 Books of 2015

Every year we agonize over choosing which of the books we've read are our most favorite, better known as our Top 20 Books of the year.  When you read as much as we do, it is hard to decide which books you want to recognize, which books you most want other people to read.  However, after much debate (like 4 weeks) we have finalized the list and it is ready to be shared!  Check out our countdown and see if you agree with us!

This year we are even more excited for our New Year's post and countdown because we have been fortunate enough to be able to giveaway a Kindle Fire, so be sure and enter it at the bottom of the post.  As always, a BIG thank you everyone who supports our blog, from followers to authors and even publishers, thank you!  We love you all!

#20-Heart Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves
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#19-These Battered Hands by Laurel Ulen Curtis
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#18-Nuts by Alice Clayton

#17-Tainted Love Series by Kim Karr
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#16-Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
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#15-That Baby by Jillian Dodd
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#14-Ember and Elude by Rachel Van Dyken
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#13-Anchor by M. Mabie
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#12-Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
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#11-Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
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#10-The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
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#9-Epic Sins by Trudy Stiles
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#8-Kyland by Mia Sheridan
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#7-Under The Influence by L.B. Simmons
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#6-A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson
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#5-Denial by Lisa Renee Jones
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#4-Changing Colors Series by N.A. Acorn
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#3-Confess by Colleen Hoover
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#2-The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson
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#1-The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson
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