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OUT OF THE SHALLOWS by Samantha Young: Tour, Review, Playlist & Giveaway

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SynopsisFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Deep

LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.

Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…

*** Yesi’s Review ***

4 out of 5 stars

This was by far one of my most anticipated books for 2014 so when I finally got it in my hands I immediately began reading. Once I started, I did not put it down and at 3am my eyes were droopy, but my heart was racing and my mind was blown! That is all on Samantha Young. She is a storyteller like no other. She brings so much depth to her characters and her writing style is brilliant. Jake and Charley are two very complex characters and she brings them to life beautifully in this series. When she released the official blurb I knew in that instant that this book was going to take me on an emotional ride and that my heart was going to hurt along the way. At the time, I just didn’t know how much.

“We love each other so we can hurt each other, but I am making a promise to do everything I can not to hurt you again. I want that promise from you.”

Hmmm…yeah…hurting they did and hurting I was. At the end of Into the Deep we are left with Charley and Jake in a somewhat happy state. They are together and are in love. Yes, there is hesitation on Charley’s part and she was totally in her right. So when Out of the Shallows begins I have to say that I was shocked at where they were at that particular stage in their life and relationship. I will admit that I did not see this storyline coming but whether it is what I wished for or not, it was told in such a way that I was immediately sucked in. I wanted to know why and how this could be. I could not read fast enough. Just like Into the Deep, OOTS goes back and forth between the past and the present and if I thought book 1 was full angst, it had nothing on this one. My heart just ached but there was promise that by the end it would be fully healed.

“It sucks at first, but it gets better.”

For me, this sums up exactly how I was feeling about Charley and Jake throughout this book. I loved Charley but I wanted to shake her and smack some sense into her. I questioned the choices she was making. I loved Jake and as much as I wanted him to grovel in this one, I think he got it much worse. The one thing that was never in question was their love for one another and that made me happy even during the tough times. This story will simply consume your life in the time that you are reading. There is so much to love about it and there is so much to feel sad about too. The times that Jake and Charley are together are beautiful and sexy as hell. The times that they are apart are sad and almost anger inducing. Such an emotional roller coaster and I cannot rave enough about how the story was brought to life. Samantha Young has once again made me fall in love with the two leading characters but also with their friends. Beck and Claudia are scene stealers in this one but in such a good way. Lowe, he still has my heart and I will hold out hope for his own story to be written. Actually, all the men from The Stolen deserve their own HEA. So my recommendation would be to go into this book with an open mind, with full trust that Samantha Young will give her characters the ending they deserve, and with the notion that a great story will be told in a magnificent manner.

“I will never love anyone the way I love you. You’re part of me. You make me feel like I can be anyone, do anything… but you also have the ability to make me feel weak. You have the ability to crush me like no one else can.”

ExcerptI couldn’t actually dispute any of that, which made me even more pissed, hurt, defensive, scared and … confused.
I started to shiver. “I … I can’t do this.” I turned away.
I hadn’t taken two steps when I felt his hand wrap around my wrist. Jake tugged me, forcefully, pulling me around so I stumbled into his chest. His lips crashed down on mine, his kiss hungry, desperate, angry …
For a moment I forgot everything else but the hard pressure of his mouth on mine, the smell of his cologne, the feel of his body. I was surrounded.
Drowning.
And I let it happen.
His lips moved from my mouth to my chin, along my jaw, as his hand slid up my waist, his thumb just grazing my breast. I sighed, my body arching into his. I was hot. Hot and wanting. Nothing else mattered but the way I felt when he touched me.
His voice was ragged in my ear. “I’ve missed you so much. I love you so fucking much.” He squeezed my waist and pulled me closer, his mouth reaching for mine again but those three little words had broken through the spell of lust created by Jake’s proximity and the four beers I’d had.
“Stop,” I whispered, pushing gently on his chest.

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OUT OF THE SHALLOWS

Wake Me Up – Avicii
Give it All Up – Amy Macdonald
Of the Night – Bastille
Hey Brother – Avicii
No Angel – Birdy
Flying Machine – Everly
Hear Me – Imagine Dragons
Parade – Matchbox Twenty
Artificial Nocturne – Metric
Runaway – The National
Say Goodbye – Olin & the Moon
Almost Everything – Wakey!Wakey!
Life in a Beautiful Light – Amy Macdonald


Book 1 in the Series – Into the Deep

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SynopsisLive young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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INTO THE DEEP

Pearl Jam – Black
Adele – Don’t You Remember
Biffy Clyro – The Thaw
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Amy MacDonald – Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over
Florence + the Machine – Never Let Me Go
The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
Rihanna – Russian Roulette
Biffy Clyro – Skylight
Amy MacDonald – Troubled Soul
The Killers – Here With Me

AboutTheAuthorsamantha youngnew
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.

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Give Me strength

Playlist & Giveaway: Give Me Strength by Kate McCarthy

DEMONS by Imagine Dragons
SEVEN DEVILS by Florence + The Machine
THE KILL (BURY ME) by Thirty Seconds to Mars
FLAME TREES by Sarah Blasko
HURRICANE by MS MR
PASSENGER by Powderfinger
LET HER GO by Passenger
MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU by Andrew Belle
SLOWLY FREAKING OUT by Skylar Grey
INVISIBLE by Skylar Grey
WHATAYA WANT FROM ME by Adam Lambert
LOVE SONG REQUIEM by Trading Yesterday
WHO AM I TO SAY by Hope
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by The Fray

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Give Me strength

Title:   Give Me Strength (Give Me #2)

Author:  Kate McCarthy

Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+

Publication Date:  September 16, 2013

Cover Design:  Okay Creations

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Book Trailer: Starlight by Alexandra Richland

Starlight CoverTitle: Starlight (Starlight Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Alexandra Richland
Genre: Historical Romance
Cover Design by: Rakestraw Book Design

Book description:

October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie’s plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she’s asked to take a screen test at a major motion picture studio.

Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.

As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan’s dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.

The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Starlight is the debut novel from author Alexandra Richland. This is a captivating story that will take you back in time to Hollywood during the 1950’s Golden Age. Enjoy our fan-made trailer! :)

Please be sure to play at 1080 HD and at full screen for better viewing.

ICYMI: Here’s the first trailer for Starlight shared by Alexandra.

About Alexandra Richland:

I am a twenty-nine-year-old nurse from Toronto Canada. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and collecting 1950s Hollywood memorabilia.

My modern day adventure, romance, and mystery novel, Frontline, will be available shortly in various e-book formats.

My short story, Gilded Cage, is currently available for purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.

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Blog Tour: Starlight by Alexandra Richland Excerpts & Book Trailer

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Starlight (Starlight Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Alexandra Richland
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Cover Design by:  Rakestraw Book Design

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Book description:

October 1952 finds eighteen-year-old Marie Bates relocating from her rainy hometown in the Pacific Northwest to the sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles, California. Marie’s plans for a teaching career take an unexpected turn when she’s asked to take a screen test at a major motion picture studio.

Renamed Elizabeth Sutton by the studio heads, she lands her first role as an extra. On set, Elizabeth spies Aidan Evans, a rebellious, twenty-three-year-old Method actor from New York. Aidan is branded as a stuck-up troublemaker by his famous Hollywood peers, but Elizabeth suspects a tragic secret lurks behind his steely facade.

As their careers hit the fast track and friendship evolves into romance, the expectations of Hollywood stardom threaten to shine a spotlight on Aidan’s dark past before he can make peace with it. Elizabeth must help Aidan confront the painful event that shattered his life and conquer a terrifying truth before it destroys him and their future together.

The first book in the Starlight Trilogy, Starlight is a story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.


Excerpts from Starlight by Alexandra Richland

Excerpt #1:

Constance talked to two other girls while she waited for her call. One was petite with short black hair, wearing a bright orange wool sweater and tight black pants. Aidan figured she was Connie’s assistant because she wasn’t dressed like any of the other actresses on set.

The other girl was petite, too, but not as short as Orange Sweater Girl. She was dressed in a sparkly black dress and stood with her back to him. Despite the fact that Constance and Orange Sweater Girl were the most animated in their trio, Aidan felt drawn to the other broad more. He admired her nape and the curve of her hips . . .

And then she turned around.

Aidan swallowed hard, unable to hide his fascination. Her brunette hair was curled and pinned up on her head and her flushed cheeks lent her face an angelic glow. She wasn’t pretty in a Constance Murphy kind of way, but a true knockout; the girl-next-door type, despite her fancy outfit.

When her dark eyes locked on his, he had to stop from gaping. He forced himself to look away to avoid humiliation, and with the action, his heart squeezed. He searched for an alternative reason to stick around without looking out of place, deciding to wait until she wasn’t looking his way before he glanced at her again. His eyes landed on the cameraman standing next to him.

He hated small talk but offered his hand anyway. “Hey.”

The cameraman’s eyes brightened. “Hey, it’s Aidan, right?”

“Yeah,” he mumbled, not the least bit surprised the man knew his name. There was plenty of gossip traveling around the studio about him since he’d been chosen for the role of Spike.

“I’m Christopher. Nice to meet you.” He shook Aidan’s hand. “So what are you doing here?”

Aidan shrugged. “I just came to check out the set.”

“Well, you won’t see much here. It’s a typical, fluffy Mertz romance picture called Checkmate. Nothing like the brilliant film you’re doing.”

Aidan’s mind focused elsewhere as the cameraman droned on about Spike Rollins. Unable to stop himself, he took a risk and glanced over at the Brunette a couple of times. He was unnerved to discover that she was still looking at him. As the cameraman started talking about some new lenses the studio recently acquired for all of their cameras, Aidan listened halfheartedly, nervous as to why he’d held the Brunette’s interest for this long. Then Orange Sweater Girl pointed at him. He froze.

The Brunette’s blush reappeared as she swatted her friend’s hand down. Orange Sweater Girl giggled and Aidan’s joy plummeted. Had he become the butt of some cruel joke?

As the three young women conversed, he wondered what role the Brunette played in the motion picture. Her makeup wasn’t over the top; she didn’t look like a typical Mertz Studios manufactured star, and being the avid movie fan he was, he didn’t recognize her from any of the films he’d ever seen.

“Places, everyone,” the director called.

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Aidan cleared his throat. “Beth?”

“Yes, Aidan?”

“May I place a kiss on your cheek?”

“A kiss?” Heat fanned across her face. “Why, yes. I . . . I’d like that very much.”

“I’m sorry I’m asking you in my car––”

“I don’t mind, honest.” She felt her blush deepen.

Aidan draped his right arm over her seat and moved closer . . . closer. Then, finally, his lips were near hers.

“I had a wonderful time with you today,” he murmured.

“Me too.” Beth closed her eyes.

Aidan pressed his lips to her cheek, his hand stroking the other side of her face. He kissed her cheek again, followed by her jaw, stirring something warm and pleasurable deep inside her
that she’d never felt.

Beth took in a sharp breath as he moved lower . . . lower. When his lips met her neck, desire rippled from her head to her toes and she let out a gasp.

About Alexandra Richland:

I am a twenty-nine-year-old nurse from Toronto Canada. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and collecting 1950s Hollywood memorabilia.

My modern day adventure, romance, and mystery novel, Frontline, will be available shortly in various e-book formats.

My short story, Gilded Cage, is currently available for purchase on Amazon and Smashwords.

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Everything You Need to Know If You’re New to the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

On September 9, 2012, S.C. Stephens announced that she had signed a deal for Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless with Gallery Books, a imprint of Simon & Schuster.  That meant that the ebooks had to be switched over, the paperbacks re-released, and a delay in the publishing of Reckless until March 5, 2013 (previously scheduled for December 2012).

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For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and none of them will ever be the same.

  • Original Ending to Thoughtless.  Tissues are required.  (P.S.  I have NEVER read this although I know what happens.)
  • Bonus Scene posted on S.C.’s FB page on October 23, 2012: Anna’s reaction to seeing a photo of Kellan for the first time.
  • Deleted Scene posted on Totally Booked Blog on November 11, 2012.  Scene takes place at the end of Thoughtless, when Kellan and Kiera are dating but not yet having sex**
  • Bonus Scene written through Kellan’s eyes to thank all of the fans for their support. This takes place at the club, right after Kellan pushes Kiera away from him.  (1/4/13)
  • Thoughtless Playlist & Purchase Links

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In this stunning follow-up to Thoughtless, Kellan and his band embark on a tour that will propel them to national fame, but can Kiera trust her charismatic, sexy man to be faithful from so far away?

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle which led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy…trust is hard.  New paperback edition available .

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Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

 

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Beautiful Bastard Fan Video

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Synopsis:
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Review: J.B. McGee’s Conspiring (Book #2.5 “This” Series)

conspiring-final-smTitle: Conspiring (Book #2.5,”This” Trilogy)
Author: J.B. McGee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: “When Bradley refuses to take Veronica to his cousin’s wedding, she finds herself in the company of the charming and attractive Ian. There is no denying that Veronica and Ian have an intense, mutual attraction which draws them together like magnets. But what neither of them realizes is that their attraction isn’t the only thing pulling them together. It is a small world, and it’s about to get a whole lot smaller when an innocent fling turns into an intricate plan to conspire.”

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Finally! It seemed like forever till I got to read about Gabby and Bradley! Well I am still waiting patiently because this story was a great refresher to help me with my withdrawals. I wasn’t sure at first how I would grasp the idea of reading about Veronica and Ian’s story because I’ve read Gabby and Bradley’s side of the events. However, I must say I really enjoyed about how they came to meet and become a couple! I could sympathize with Veronica’s pain over losing Bradley (or her loss because she never really had him) and her way of coping. On the opposite side, I felt like I was cheating a little bit because I realized how likeable Ian is, despite all the drama he caused for Gabby.

This is a definite must read for those who are anticipating the next installment of the This series! You won’t be disappointed; it’s a short story that will certainly satisfy your cravings!

Get your copy NOW of Broken (Book #1), Mending (Book #2) and Conspiring (Book #2.5).

Also, enjoy the playlist to Conspiring :)

Playlist: Boycotts & Barflies

Here is the playlist to Boycotts & Barflies by Victoria Michaels! Add them to your iPod and you’re good to go! Happy Reading!

Since it’s Day 4 and I can’t get enough of Victoria and her books there’s another giveaway! Just like yesterday it is only going to be up for 24 hours; and who ever wins gets an ebook of Boycotts & Barflies…along with bragging rights! (Sorry no Manolo’s! ;) )

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Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

On September 9, 2012, SC Stephens announced that she had signed a deal for Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless with Gallery Books, a imprint of Simon & Schuster.  That meant that the ebooks had to be switched over, the paperbacks re-released, and a delay in the publishing of Reckless.  Although we were very sad to have to wait five extra months for Kellan, we’re happy for SC, especially since so many more people will be able to experience her incredible writing; and we’ll get to see our favorite books in bookstores all over.

Thoughtless ~ Book 1 Thoughtless Series

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes . . . and none of them will ever be the same.

The new Thoughtless paperback is scheduled to release on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  You can pre-order your copy today!

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Thoughtless Playlist

Effortless ~ Book 2 Thoughtless Series

In this stunning follow-up to Thoughtless, Kellan and his band embark on a tour that will propel them to national fame, but can Kiera trust her charismatic, sexy man to be faithful from so far away?

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle which led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy…trust is hard.  New paperback edition available January 8, 2013.  Pre-order your copy today.

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Effortless Playlist

Reckless ~ Book 3 Thoughtless Series

Reckless ebook and paperback will be available March 5, 2013.  Pre-order your copy today.

Reckless Teaser Trailer & Title Reveal

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Here’s your chance to win a paperback copy of Thoughtless