- Mama – This song represents an overarching theme in the novel: possession.
- R.I.P – The moment Brooke discovers her “purpose” or plan for revenge.
- Angry Johnny – Brooke gets to work. It’s time to seduce Cal and destroy him!
- Nasty Boy – Cal. Tim. Parker. ‘Nuf said.
- Hearts – Brooke and Ryan kiss. It’s a little awkward.
- New York Girls – Brooke and Gretchen hang out and watch Sex and the City. Brooke gets a little drunk.
- Video Games – Yeah . . . I think this one is well understood.
- Crawling – Brooke’s emotional and psychological breakdown.
- What’s My Name – Brooke and Ryan. In a bed. Doing fun things. Brooke’s POV.
- Fast Car – Brooke and Ryan. Still in bed. Doing fun things. Ryan’s POV.
- Island in the Sun – Brooke and Ryan skateboarding.
- Possession – Brooke’s rape from Cal’s POV.
- It’s Too Late to Apologize – Brooke finds out Ryan’s secret. Refuses to forgive.
- Retrace – Brooke heals, forgives, and decides to reconnect with Ryan.
- Stand Inside Your Love – Nuclear. Orgasm.
We asked Summer if there was one song that sort of embodied the entire novel. Here’s what she said. Read More…
There’s a new Professor in town, and his name is Professor Dean West!!! Yes, this is one book we can’t stop talking about, and we want to give you the opportunity to get back into the book again (if you’ve read it already) and the opportunity to win a fantastic prize pack by entering the Arouse Treasure Hunt contest. If you haven’t read Arouse yet, you still have plenty of time AND it’s on sale for $.99. Here are the details of the contest:
Arouse by Nina Lane has numerous references to Through the Looking Glass/Alice in Wonderland , The Wizard of Oz , and Arthurian legend, as well as some main themes from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Let’s see how many you can find. The person with the most CORRECT entries will win a $25 Amazon gift card, a hand-stamped Wizard of Oz necklace, and a signed paperback of Arouse. Open internationally.
Click HERE for the contest entry form.
Be sure to include the reference and the chapter where the reference is found (unless it’s an actual theme). We’ll give you the first one as a freebie.
Emerald and Ruby Streets in Chapter 2 refers to Emerald City and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
Contest ends May 26, 2013, at 9:00 PM EST
Read our 5-Star Review of Arouse! Allure, the highly anticipated sequel to Arouse, is scheduled for publication on May 14th!
If you haven’t read Arouse yet, there’s still plenty of time AND it’s on sale for $.99 for a limited time!
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And for a little more inspiration, we’ll leave you with these . . .
Synopsis of The Demon Song
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that’s how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren’t even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.
While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happy ending…and his heart.
“We need to talk,” Sofia said.
Phenex raised his eyebrows and said nothing. He hadn’t expected her to be so direct. Probably he should have.
“About this morning,” she added.
Sofia’s mouth tightened ever so slightly. “You know what part.”
“Maybe.” He plucked out a melody absently, watching Sofia try to figure out how to deal with him. “There were a number of parts to this morning.”
“Only one part involved you almost biting me.” She paused, and then her voice dropped. “Among other things.” Read More…
Title: Beautifully Twisted
Author: Jennifer Domenico
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publish Date: May 8, 2013
~ Synopsis ~
Alexa Drake is at the top of her game. Heading up the London office for Patrick Collins Media, she’s done what it takes to get to the top and have the career and independence she’s always wanted. Her life in London is everything she’s worked hard to achieve, and she revels in her newfound control. If only she could forget the one man who brings her to her knees. Literally.
Scott Patrick is successful, commanding, and the kind of man women dream about. He’s also responsible for Alexa’s career success and her twisted view of love. Scott is a master at avoiding commitment and emotions and always thought of himself as the kind of guy who would never settle down. So why can’t he get Alexa out of his head?
When Scott suddenly turns up in London, Alexa has to decide if she can open herself up to the same man that broke her heart or if she’s ready to give someone new a chance.
Beautifully Twisted is an intense power struggle between two people who have a hard time being together but an even harder time staying apart.
~ Excerpt/Teaser ~
“I’m not like that anymore.”
“Yes you are. Remember, your office today. You let me touch you like that because you need me to touch you like that. No one else knows how. No one else can do to you what I do.”
“I know,” she whispers. She’s certainly tried to find someone who could. “I don’t want to be submissive anymore.” Read More…
Title: Arouse (Spiral of Bliss, #1)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Erotica / Contemporary Romance
Review: 5 out of 5 Fantastic & Breathtaking Stars
“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.
And he did.
Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other…and sex might not be enough to save them.
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I came across Arouse completely by accident. A friend on Goodreads “liked” a 5- star review, and it caught my attention. I am very stingy with 5 stars, so I knew I had to check it out. I read the blurb; and before I knew it, I was one-click buying on Amazon. So here goes my journey with a book that seemed so different than my usual reads, and it did not disappoint. For starters, there is no possessive, rich, alpha male who just has to have the sweet, innocent, virginal girl to mold and make his own. There are no whips and chains or games of cat and mouse. This is the story of a Dean and Olivia, a couple who have a fantastic marriage; they are in love and they are happy, until they aren’t.
“Since the day we met, I haven’t wanted anyone but you, never looked at another woman, never thought about one. It’s always been you Olivia”
Publication date: March 19, 2013, by Penny Press
Genre: NA Contemporary
Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.
Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.
(This is a New Adult fiction book with mature themes. It contains graphic sex and language and a description of sexual violence.)
I don’t even know where to begin. I love, love, love to read. I find myself getting lost in the story, being mesmerized by the words, and feeling all sorts of emotions over fictional characters. I am always left with something special in my heart when I finish. Some books leave a lasting impression and some really don’t. To say that this one left a lasting impression would be an understatement. Sure, I have cried and laughed with books before, but for some reason, this particular book made my heart ache, my mind swell with overflowing emotion, and in the span from beginning to end, left me with a healing heart. I say healing because even though I was completely satisfied with how everything turned out, the events leading up to it are still fresh in my mind leaving hurt in my heart. To me, a book that does that is special in a way others are not.
“You think you have it all planned out. But something in you always surprises you and its buzzing undercurrent that keeps you silently guessing…”
Brooke is a fun-loving 18-year- old girl who made some bad choices that affected her relationship with her best friend Beth. We meet her as she getting ready to attend Beth’s funeral. We see her struggle with living with the choices she’s made without ever making amends with her best friend. She knows her friend’s death isn’t because of her betrayal; she knew Beth’s secret, yet she carries the guilt of that betrayal with her. We get a flashback of what it is she did, and for that moment I questioned whether Brooke was a character I would like. The author does a great job in making us see past that betrayal and really paints a picture of a girl who made a mistake but cannot forgive herself. At the funeral she meets a handsome boy, who she later refers to as funeral guy, and finds herself in instant lust. The feeling becomes mutual to this reader because Ryan (we do learn his name eventually) is pretty darn awesome.
This is where the story really begins. Brooke decides to attend Beth’s high school, and because she does know her best friend’s secret, she concocts a plan to take down the boy who she is sure is responsible for her friend’s death. As it states in the blurb, Brooke figures out that there is more to the story. This boy and other boys on the swim team have a Fantasy Slut League (FSL) and earn points by “scoring” with girls. As she learns more about this, she devises a plan that is downright scary and dangerous. She is bound and determined to take these boys down no matter the cost, even if it means sacrificing herself. Here is the curve ball though–remember hot, funeral boy? Yeah, he goes to the same high school and is a bit of a social outcast. It does not stop her attraction to him, and she wants to know all about him as well as the mystery that surrounds him. As a reader, I too wanted to know more. He was sweet, quiet, insanely handsome, mysterious, and little does Brooke know at that time, just how important he’ll become in her life.
“He looked at me with those ocean blue eyes, his brow furrowed in thought, and I decided in that moment I didn’t want to hang out. I wanted to make out. Hard.”
Now Brooke has to decide what to do, continue her Veronica Mars sleuthing and take down the boys who run the FSL with whatever it takes or let this amazing boy into her life and forgive herself enough to be happy again.
The journey that the author takes us on is filled with so much emotion, and it is done perfectly. The tone of the book could have been depressing all the way through, but on the contrary, Ms. Walden makes the reader fall in love with the right characters and feel hate towards the ones who are despicable and deserve the worst. She does that with lightheartedness in the right places, funny even sweet, and lets us heal right along with Brooke. The author also brings on the full feeling of hatred, loathing, and pure sadness too. There is a particular scene towards the end that was so hard for me to read that I had to step away, but it was written so well that I felt that it was a necessary part of the story. In my opinion, that is a hard task to accomplish.
“I’m talking about the kind of indignity that changes you as a person, makes you withdraw, hide from the world because suddenly it’s turned into something frightening—full of dark corners and monsters.”
This book is emotionally captivating, beautifully written, absolutely riveting, and I am so glad that I took this journey. Definitely a must read!
About the Author: S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it. She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at email@example.com and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.
Title: Emancipating Andie
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.
Purchase Links: Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback
Guest Post #3
Second Book Jitters: aka My Thoughts on Releasing Emancipating Andie
Second Book Jitters is an actual medical condition. Did you know that? It’s true. I’ve got a case of second book jitters, and the only prescription…is copious amounts of wine and chocolate.
Let me start by saying that I released my first novel, Back to You, to an audience of zero. No one. Not a single person was waiting for it. I just hit publish and sat back and said, “Okay, so…it’s done!” And then it sat there. Staring at me. Taunting me. Saying, “So here I am! Whatcha gonna do with me now?”
Eventually I sent it out to a few bloggers and told some of my friends and family about it. I remember telling my husband, “It would be so cool if a stranger read it,” because I honestly just envisioned my friends and family buying copies to support me, and maybe convincing a friend or two of their own to get a copy. Little did I know just how many “strangers” would read it, or how many of those strangers would become friends, or how amazing and supportive and wonderful you all would be. You have rocked my world and then some, and I love you all for it.
That being said, releasing a book to an audience is probably one of the most intimidating and nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done. Because Emancipating Andie isn’t Back to You. And Chase and Andie aren’t Michael and Lauren. And as I gnaw my fingernails to the bone, I just keeping thinking, “That’s okay, right?”
I tell myself of course it is. I tell myself that it would be pointless and silly to write the same book over and over, to write the same characters and give them different names. Of course it should be different. People want different. Right?
*Cue fingernail biting as I uncork a bottle of wine.*
All kidding aside, I truly do hope you enjoy Emancipating Andie. I hope Chase makes you cringe and then laugh and then swoon, and that Andie makes you want to strangle her one minute and hang out with her the next. And thank you so much for the support and love you’ve shown me since I stepped on to this scene five months ago. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all. (And that’s me speaking, not the jitters.) xo
About the Author
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance/YA crossover BACK TO YOU.
UNTOUCHED by Melody Grace
Publication date: May 14th
Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Cedar Cove’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.
Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.
One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…
UNTOUCHED is a prequel novella to the USA Today Bestselling UNBROKEN. It also can be read as a stand-alone story.
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It’s a HUGE Giveaway!! To celebrate SUDDENLY ROYAL by Nichole Chase releasing, she’s doing a huge Pay It Forward giveaway!
Here’s what Nichole had to say about the giveaway:
“To celebrate the official release of Suddenly Royal, I wanted to do something special. I could have done another giveaway, but that just didn’t seem like enough. This year, I’ve seen a lot of sad things, but I’ve also seen some amazing, spectacular people step forward to help. In a time of uncertainty and confusion, I feel like it’s important to celebrate those that are doing good and making a difference around them. So, this is what I want to do. I want to treat someone like a princess for a day. Really pamper them and make them feel special and loved.
But how to choose? Instead of doing a random drawing, I want you—my readers—to nominate someone deserving. Leave a comment on this post describing your deserving nominee and I will choose five people. Then you guys get to vote on who is the most deserving. All five of those people will receive a small package from me—but the one person with the most votes will receive the grand prize!
What is the grand prize, you ask? Well, let me tell you. We’re pulling out all the stops!
The grand prize winner will receive:
Signed swag from Suddenly Royal
A signed paperback copy of Suddenly Royal
A $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate-I’m donating to this too! You do the Ulta and I’ll do the bookstore
A handmade necklace by moi!
A $100 ULTA gift certificate!
And what princess is complete without a crown and wand? Those will be provided for their special day as well!