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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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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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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! :)

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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.

Excerpt #2:

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.

Connect with Alexandra!

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