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Release Day Blitz * RIVAL by Penelope Douglas * GIVEAWAY

Title: Rival (Fall Away, #2)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
She’s back.
For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
I’m back.
Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….
Rival – Excerpt
Madoc jumped out of the car, not even caring to close the door behind him. “You stole my car?!” he shouted, peering down into the bowl.
With the headlights behind him, the area was well lit, and I tried to breath against the flutter in my chest.
He was here. We were alone. We were angry. Déjà vu.
This is what I wanted. It’s what I’d planned.
But I turned my back on him anyway.
I’d told myself time and again that I didn’t care what he thought of me. I didn’t want his heart after all. It wasn’t part of the equation. He didn’t need to love me or respect me for this to work. I would use him—get what I wanted—without worrying about whatever was in his head. It. Did. Not. Matter.
So why couldn’t I just draw him in like I’d planned? Why did I want to spit back?
“I didn’t steal it. I borrowed it, Princess,” I shot back.
He jumped down into the bowl, his flip flops slapping against the wet cement. “Don’t touch my shit, Fallon!”
“Oh, but you got to come into my room last night and touch me? You don’t get to have everything, Madoc.”
He stopped a few feet from me, and I felt the walls of the bowl close in as he stared. I expected more yelling and insults, but he just stood there, looking like everything that could destroy me without even speaking. Looking like everything that nearly did destroy me.
He was still dressed in only his board shorts and flip flops. No shirt. I guess he would’ve left the house in a hurry if he was coming after me. He’d changed so much in the years I’d been gone. His shoulders and arms were works of art. Madoc always liked to work out, and it paid off. He had a build like a quarterback, and he was tall. I wished I didn’t feel the invisible cord pulling me to him, wanting to touch him again, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. We always want what’s bad for us.
Madoc was hot. He knew it. And he knew everyone else knew it.
But what was underneath the blonde hair, boyish blue eyes, and toned body was bad. He was bad.
And someday, his looks would fade, and his wife would just have someone bad. I had to remind myself of that. There was nothing in him that I should want.
The light rain blew around his face, and he blinked away the water dripping down his face. “You know? Whatever,” he sneered, looking like he was about to turn away. “I’m so over your bullshit, Fallon. I wish I knew what the hell you wanted from me.” His voice got stronger. “You act like everything’s fine around Addie and then you show up to my party dressed to impress down to your underwear around all of my friends, and then you bring up my party two years ago.” He got in my face. “What do you want from me?” His bellow reared up from deep inside of him.
“Nothing!” I shouted, my eyes burning with anger. “I want nothing from you. Nothing ever again!”
He reared back just a little as if I’d surprised him.
“Again? Is that what this is about?” he asked. “Us fucking three years ago?”
Fucking. I averted my eyes.
I’d rather shove a drumstick up my nose than let him see how that hurt. I wiped the water off my forehead and smoothed my hair over the top of my head.
“You know what?” He narrowed his eyes, speaking up before I got a chance. “You can go to hell, Fallon. I was sixteen, too. I was a virgin, same as you. You were all over me, too, and you know it. I didn’t force you! You didn’t have to go and complain to our parents. Jesus Christ!”
He breathed hard and kept folding his lips between his teeth. “They treated me like I was pressuring you or some shit!” he shouted, throwing his hand out into the air. “You told them that I was forcing you?”
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Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Release Day Launch * I WANT IT THAT WAY by Ann Aguirre * GIVEAWAY



We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre’s


This is a New Adult contemporary romance and is the first book in the 2B Trilogy Series, published by Harlequin HQN. We are already in love with this series and Ann’s characters! Read the excerpt, then go grab your copy today!!

I Want It That Way

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You


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“Where are you from?”

Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.

“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”

“I’ve never met anyone from there.”

Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”

“What do you usually do?”

“Play along.”

“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.

That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit.Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”

“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”

Wow, that took a dark turn.

If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.

In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.

Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.

I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”

“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.


“You make me…better. Calmer.”

“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.

He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”


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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.




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Cover Reveal ~ UNTIL WE FLY by Courtney Cole

Are you ready to Get BRANDed?

Get ready because Brand is getting his book! That’s right! Courtney Cole is writing a fourth novel in her Beautifully Broken Series, and it’s coming out July 7th. Today, we have the amazing and beautiful cover to share with you. So, without further ado… we introduce you to…

(Beautifully Broken #4)

Until We Fly


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Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.



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Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.”New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths


Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack ~ Feature Tour, 5 Star Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.



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There are some things I really, really LOVE…reading a good romance novel, college football, and my great state of Texas to name a few.  So can you already guess that this book was absolutely, freaking perfect for me!?!?! To say that I love to read, that I love football, and that I love living in Texas is a huge understatement. All Lined Up by Cora Carmack has everything that I love rolled into one big book of awesome!

“In Texas, two things are cherished above all else — football and gossip.”

Just from reading the synopsis paired with by Cora Carmack, I knew that this was going to be oh so very, very good and I can happily say that it did not disappoint. From the moment we meet Dallas and her friend Stella I knew these two were going to be fun to get to know. They are starting college and about to hit their first party…good times for all! Or so we think. Stella is all carefree and fun while Dallas is more reserved and less willing to jump in headfirst.  Dallas is the gorgeous daughter of the head football coach at Rusk University. She has her hang-ups about football and the cocky boys that play the sport. She doesn’t trust easily but with the help of her best friend Stella she cautiously starts to let loose a little.  She is a serious dancer and has hopes and dreams; one being a life far away from football.

“We’re in college now. Bad ideas are the goal.”

Carson McClain wants to be the starting quarterback, unfortunately, for him the spot is taken by Levi Abrams, who just happens to be Dallas’ ex-boyfriend. In my head I got giddy with the idea that Carson was not only going to get the girl but he was also going to stick it to Levi by taking the starting job! Levi is a jerk and that is evident in the very first moment we meet him so of course my excitement wasn’t contained. Carson is that hero that you root for from day one. He is also the guy that can make you forget your own name.

“I swallow and stare and swallow again, because dear, sweet Jesus riding a unicorn, he’s perfect.”

Carson and Dallas finally meet at this party and it has got to me one of the best first encounters ever. I loved their easy banter and the instant chemistry between the two.  I liked that Carson, while being a typical college boy, still showed composure and respect towards the beautiful girl who landed on his lap. He doesn’t hide the fact that he is attracted to her but he is a good guy trying really hard not to put the moves on the girl. Well I won’t spoil the rest but let me just say that, WOW, Carson stole my heart from the very beginning. He is this hot and sexy football player who is neither cocky nor a jerk. He has a goal and he knows that distractions, like that from a certain redhead, can’t be good for what he is trying to achieve.

“I can deny myself all I want, but one thing I cannot deny is just how fucking gorgeous this girl is. And exactly the kind of distraction I’m supposed to be staying away from. “

What happens when he can’t stay away and she wants to finally let go? Well, this is a new adult romance, so we  think we know how things are going to go…boy meets girl, they fall in love, there is a period of bliss, there is conflict, there is angst, then all is happy again. Well let me tell you…this new adult romance is different and it offers so much more.  Cora Carmack allows us to get to know these characters, to make a connection with them, to invest our hearts in the story. Dallas and Carson’s attraction is instant but what happens when she finds out he is a football player on her father’s team? How are they affected by the lives they lead? I think what made me love this book so much was that a friendship was born first and there was a sense of innocence in the developing romance. Yes, the sexual chemistry is insane, but do they jump in the sack right away? No, and it is awesome. The build up, the tender yet sexy time between them, is just magnificent and it made me feel those butterflies.  These characters are very well developed and the story is so special that I couldn’t help but become immersed in it all and feel like I was at Rusk University myself. I mean come on, the coach’s daughter and one of his players? That is good stuff right there! All Lined Up has it all… there is depth, there is sweetness, there is romance, there is humor, there is definitely angst, but best of all, there is a story worth spending hours getting lost in. Dallas, Carson, Stella, Ryan, Silas, and even Coach Cole will become like family and you will root for all of them in end. So I’ll ask this again, a college romance and football??? YES, PLEASE!!!

 “Toto, we’re not in high school anymore. “



When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Did it just happen one day or was it something you always aspired to be?

The first time I ever said I wanted to be a writer I was five, I think? So it’s always been part of the dream. Granted, at that same time, I also said I wanted to be an actor, teacher, ballerina, archaeologist, and the President of the United States. So… there’s that. I’ve always been curious and adventurous. Being a writer allows me to live dozens of different lives, so in a way, I can be all the things I want to be.

Do you ever put some of yourself into your characters? If you do, who is the most like you of your characters?

Absolutely. I’d actually say that there’s a little piece of me in almost every character. It’s hard to say which one is the most similar. Bliss has my awkwardness, Max has my sense of humor and parts of her backstory are drawn heavily from my own life. Dallas in All Lined Up is very similar to me during my early college years. And Cade is a lot like me too. We’re both people pleasers. So really, they’re all a little bit of me and a little bit of imagination.

Losing It seemed to be an instant success, what was your inspiration behind writing that book? Were you surprised by the response it got?

Honestly, I just wanted to have fun. I was a couple years out of college, and I missed my friends. I missed the easy, fun college life. And I wanted to write about what college had been like for me… not angsty or troubled, but fun and silly and full of laughter. So, that’s what I did. And I got lucky that other people enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You’ve come a long way since Losing It. Now that you are a published author, what gets your juices flowing creatively? Has much changed?

Gosh. Anything and everything. I’m constantly thinking about writing. Something will pop into my head at dinner or out with friends, and I’ll start writing it on my phone. That’s just how I am. My brain never really turns off.

Your love for football really comes through in All Lined Up. What is it that makes it so special to you? Or are you that good and really don’t like football? LOL!

Like Dallas, I actually have a love/hate relationship with football. I grew up in Texas, and my dad was a coach. And there were days when I loathed football and would have given anything to get away from it. And I can also remember sitting in the bleachers, freezing my but off as fall turned to winter, cheering so loud that I lost my voice. Regardless of the times that football drove me crazy, I have always and will always love the way football brings people together. It’s capable of fostering such great hope and community and camaraderie.

When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

I watch a lot of television. I love binge-watching stuff on Netflix. Beyond that, I love anything creative. Going to plays, concerts, museums, etc. But I also love to just relax and hang out with friends (you know… real people. Not just the fake ones in my head).

What do you want your readers to feel when they finish one of your novels?

I want them to be entertained—whether that’s through the humor or the romance or the story in general. And I hope that people can see a little bit of themselves in one or more of my characters.

Tell us about Cora Carmack with 5 words or less…

Awkward. Loud. Sarcastic. Creative. Obsessive.

Finally, do you miss living in Texas? If so, what you miss the most?

I do, but luckily I go back to visit a lot. It’s a cop-out, but mostly I miss my family. I also miss having a car. Don’t have one of those in NYC. And I miss the sky. Everything in Texas feels so big and open and wild, so every time I go back, I like to just spend time outside looking at the stars.


Football or Baseball: Football

Spain or London: London

Beach or Mountains: Beach

Staying in or Going Out: Staying In

Dog or Cat: Cat

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Coffee or Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate

Movies or TV: TV

’80s or ’90s: 90’s

Ink or Jewelry: Ink

Dallas or Stella: Dallas

Carson or Silas: (This is so evil…) Carson :) :) :)


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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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RUSH TOO FAR by Abbi Glines ~ Release Day Blitz, Review, & Excerpt

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Rush Too Far by Abbi Glines

New Adult Romance

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Reviewed by Yesi


Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…

Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.

Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.

Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.

He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.



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I’ve said this before and I will say it again…if there is one place in the world I want to be it is on Rosemary Beach! From the very first book, Fallen Too Far, this series became an instant favorite. We have come a long way from that very first book, two more books in the Too Far series followed, and two spin-offs were born as well. One thing that that has remained a constant is my love for Rush Finlay. His character was that of a deliciously sexy bad boy turned sweet and loving throughout the series. In Fallen Too Far we see Rush and Blaire’s story unfold; it was angsty and heartbreaking, but beautiful and sexy as well. When a story captures my heart, like this one did, I want to know all sides, and Rush Too Far gives us that and so much more. It is not just a re-telling, it is the story of Rush Finlay and how his life is transformed when a certain gun-toting, Southern beauty steps into his life.

“Blaire’s natural beauty was startling. I would have to remind myself that she was nothing but trouble. That and keep my fucking distance. “

If you are choosing to read Rush Too Far that means that you have more than likely read Fallen Too Far, so there will be spoilers, lots of them, and they are oh so very good in Rush’s POV. Since this is his side of the story, the book picks up right from the moment Blaire shows up in Rosemary Beach. We get to finally know all that Rush was feeling when they first meet. Was the attraction instant? Why did he choose to help her? Why put her under the stairs?  The pantry, every time I thought about it before it was sort of amusing that Rush could be such a jerk, now though? I see he entire situation in a whole new way.

“You’re gonna keep her under the stairs like Harry fucking Potter?” Grant asked as he plopped down onto the sofa across from me.

“She’s safer under the stairs.” I replied, cutting my eyes in his direction “Far away from me.”

Oh Rush, from the very beginning he knew he was in trouble. I won’t go into all of the details of this book, you’ve read Fallen Too Far, you know how the story goes, but I will tell you how much I loved the way Rush’s story unfolds. All of those questions we had are addressed, answered, and oh my God do they cause all sorts of emotions. Rush’s voice is heartfelt, it is addictive, it is sexy, it is frustrating, and it is absolute perfection. His relationship with Grant, Nan, Woods, his dad, his mom, Blaire’s dad, and his other friends all make us see things in a new light. His jerk move in bringing girls back to his house knowing he may get caught by Blaire is forgiven. Finally, seeing his building attraction to Blaire, his struggle with staying away, falling in love, and giving in, is just magnificent. He made me fall in love with HIM all over again if not more so this time around.

She had shown up and stolen a piece of my heart without opening her mouth. Then, she’d consumed me.

Rush Too Far is a must read for all fans of the Rosemary Beach Series. This is where it all began and the second time around, in the voice of the sexiest man around, is so much better. It makes the story feel new, fresh, and it is once again all consuming. Abbi Glines has given her readers what they asked for but she went beyond what we could have ever hoped for. Read it, devour it, live it, and LOVE it!!! #RushCrush #NanHater #RosemaryBeachSeries

“Blaire Wynn had changed me. She had shown me that I could love with an all-comsuming love and get nothing in return. I would never love again. She was the one.”


They say that children have the purest hearts. That children don’t truly hate because they don’t fully understand the emotion. They forgive and forget easily.

They say a lot of bullshit like that because it helps them sleep at night. Such sayings make for good, heart-warming clichés to hang on the walls, to bring out a smile in people passing by.

I know differently. Children love like no other. They have the capacity to love more fiercely than anyone else. That much is true. That much I know. Because I lived it. By the age of ten I knew hate and I knew love. Both all-consuming. Both life-altering. And both completely blinding.

Looking back now I wish someone had been there to see how my mother had sown the seed of hate inside of me. Inside of my sister. If someone had been there to save us from the lies and bitterness she allowed to fester within us, then maybe things would have been different. For everyone involved.

I never would have acted so foolishly. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a girl was left alone to take care of her ailing mother. It wouldn’t have been my fault that the same girl stood at her mother’s graveside, believing that the last person on earth who loved her was dead. It wouldn’t have been my fault that a man destroyed himself after his life became a broken, hollow shell.

But no one saved me.

No one saved us.

We believed the lies. We held onto our hate, and I alone destroyed an innocent girl’s life.

They say you reap what you sow. That’s bullshit, too. Because I should be burning in hell for my sins. I shouldn’t be allowed to wake up every morning with this beautiful woman in my arms, who loves me unconditionally. I shouldn’t get to hold my son and know such a pure joy.

But I do.

Because, eventually, someone did save me. I didn’t deserve it. Hell, more than anyone it was my sister who needed saving. She hadn’t acted on her hate. She hadn’t manipulated the lives of our family members, not caring about the outcome. But her bitterness still controlled her while I had been delivered. By a girl…

No, she wasn’t just a girl. She was an angel. My angel. A beautiful, strong, fierce, loyal angel who had entered my life in a pick-up truck, carrying a gun.



Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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Football Friday!!! Meet the Bad Boys of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack + ARC Giveaway!


It’s here!!! Football Friday!!!
Today is Silas Moore and Levi Abrams’ Day!
Are you ready to meet the BAD BOYS of All Lined Up???

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*** First Up – Silas Moore ***

Silas is the first college boy our girl Dallas notices. He is HOT, he is flirty, and she is definitely interested. Until she overhears his conversation with his fellow teammate and other BAD BOY Levi. Uh yeah, things get interesting from there. Good guy? Maybe? Or maybe not.  Silas is sort of mysterious character. We see several different sides of him and I, for one, cannot wait for more from him in the second installment of the Rusk University Series ALL BROKE DOWN coming soon!


*** Next Up ~ Levi Abrams ***

Levi is your typical jock…starting quarterback for the Rusk University Wildcats, good looking, and in this case, a major douchebag! He also happens to be Dallas’ ex-boyfriend. From the moment he is introduced you know the is just a certified jerk. He plays a pretty significant role in All Lined Up whether we want to see him or not! My question is…will we see him again???


This new series by Cora Carmack is fantastic!!! A college romance set around football???

This Texas Girl is IN LOVE!!!

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** About All Lined Up **

cora-carmacks-all-lined-upTitle: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2014


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.



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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller

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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


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.
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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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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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

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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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Meet Bax on June 17th ~ Pre-Order Your Copy of Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

Bax is coming in two months…June 17th, and we don’t want you to miss this book!


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This is how Jay describes her new novel/series, “It’s dark and dangerous and set in a fictitious underworld/bad part of town. The men in all of the books are way more along the line of being anti-heros than true leading men. I guess the easiest way to sum them up is by saying the books are all about the choices these characters have to make and the outcomes and results of those decisions. Bax’s book is all about having to make the hard choices and what becomes of him and his lady in doing so. They are super fun, very atmospheric and I think really what writing a bad boy should be like if you’re going to it :)”




Title: Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1)

Author: Jay Crownover

Genre: New Adult

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing


Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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~About the Author~

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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.

I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Settling Ashes by Diane Gardin


Title: Settling Ashes

Author: Diana Gardin

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: May 15, 2014

Cover Design: Jimmy Gibbs, OctogonLab

Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


He broke her heart, but she’s missing the largest piece of the puzzle…

Paige Hill is no stranger to physical pain, but the ache that plagues her heart is an entirely new kind of hurt. She left Rutherford to escape it, but did she make a huge mistake? Her ex-boyfriend Beau, who scooped up the broken pieces of Paige like he never got the chance in their past, doesn’t think so. He wants her to stay…

Clay Forbes can’t eat, can’t sleep, and can’t fight the murder charge that hangs like a guillotine over his head. None of it matters if Paige won’t forgive him. He’ll do anything to find her and bring her home.

But how safe will that home be when the two are finally reunited? It seems the death of Hannah Davis is definitely unfinished business in their small college town, and someone is still on a mission to keep Clay and Paige apart…this time forever.


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About the Author

dianeDiana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy resident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach.

While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written.

Diana is the author of the Young Adult novel COLOR BLIND and the new adult novel OUT OF THE ASHES, which is the first in the Ashes series

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