Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Time Around **SNEAK PEAK**

    Title: This Time Around Author: Ellie Grace Genre: Contemporary Romance Age Group: New Adult Expected release date: July 15, 2013  
Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on. Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again. They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?  photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg   About the Author
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Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.  

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Friday, June 28, 2013

*****COVER REVEAL*****

Expected publication: 
September 2, 2013

I expected a life of music.
I expected to raise my son.

It took one look to make everything change.
I never expected happiness.
I never expected to find her.
I never expected to feel desire.
I never expected I’d be a family man.
I never expected to be loved.
I never expected to fall in love.
They say you should expect the unexpected. I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

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Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.

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***COVER REVEAL*** Keeley Smith - BEFORE!!!

*****COVER REVEAL*****
Before by Keeley Smith
Cora and Jack are childhood friends who have always lived next door to each other in a beautiful, idyllic part of Lancashire. What binds them as lifelong friends are their powers.
As young witches, life is hard. If the commoners find out their secret, they will be killed. But Cora is lucky, she has her best friend Jack by her side.
Having grown up together they know each other, they trust each other, they love each other. However their blossoming relationship is cut short by the events of one day. A date that will bring their perfect worlds crashing down around them.
20th August 1612
Cora and Jack are forced to face the reality of being a witch during these turbulent times, however they don’t know that their lives will become part of one of the most famous witch trials to have ever hit England.
The Pendle Hill witch trials of 1612.
A little note from Keeley:
I've always loved reading, it is a common known fact that I pretty much demolish a book a day. Expensive hobby, but a great one! I've dabbled with writing since the day I could actually write. So, it was only fitting that I had my first book published when I was 15.
If I'm not writing you would generally find me reading, trawling social networking sites and listening to music, I will pretty much listen to any kind of music but I have two favourites, country music has been with me since I was a little toddler so this is a massive favourite of mine. I also love to listen to movie scores, especially when I'm writing!
I currently live in Yorkshire with my husband.
Thanks for reading!

Keeley xx

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kitchen Scandals - Brooke Effin Cumberland



2 Chicks and a Blog was provided an ARC copy of Kitchen Scandals by the author for an honest review.

Kitchen Scandals is the 2nd book in the Riverside Novels, followed by Kitchen Affairs. 
These 2 chicks totally LOVED this book!  It had everything needed to kill it in our eyes.  If we thought that Kitchen Affairs had the perfect balance of angst, romance, plot and character explanation, we had no clue!!  Kitchen Scandals had all of that BUT SO MUCH MORE.
Drake is moving his way up my "Favorite Book Boyfriend" list.  He is smooth, kind and FULL of sex appeal.  Molly's character is explained so much more in this book and it rocked my socks.  Stella is even more adorable and such a witty young lady.  If I had a daughter, she would be just like Stella.  And Michael, the best of the best friends of all time!!

A brief overview provided by 2 Chicks and a Blog:

Drake and Molly can only be happy in their relationship for so long before drama finds them.  After only a year together, the highs and lows keep on coming.  With Molly still dealing with the death of her daughters father, Liam, Drake has an unexpected surprise of his own.  Can Molly live with this little surprise? 
Someone has it in for our happy couple.  Crazy messages, breaking and entering and blasts from the past kick it up a notch. 
Can Drake and Molly get over all the hurdles in their relationship to make it work and get the happily ever after they both are secretly dreaming of? 
This book will take you on a TOTAL mind trip.  You think it's going to go 1 way and goes a total other.  I never seen this coming.  Impatiently waiting for the 3rd book in this series.
These 2 chicks proudly give this book 5 out of 5 stars and CANNOT WAIT!!
This baby needs to go on your must read list.  Book comes out on July 1st!  Check it out on Goodreads.


"First, I would kiss and lick every surface of your body starting with those plush lips of yours.  Then, I would move down your neck, up your ear, and down your shoulder.  I would caress your arms with my hands while kissing down your chest, and wrap my tongue around each nipple.  After your breasts were thoroughly mouth-fucked, I'd move down your torso and once I reached your belly button, I'd slip my hands down your pants and make your orgasm so hard, you'd forget your name." - Drake
Until next time!
Ashley and Manda
-2 Chicks and a Blog




Emerge is Laney Walker's story; an 18 yr old quick witted, athletic, southern girl who lets few get too close and uses her sarcastic zingers to deflect most situations. This is her coming of age journey...starting at a new college, with a new softball team and a quirky roommate, all while living in a co-ed dorm.
One night.
Dane Kendrick.
It changes all which she thought she knew and awakens something, someone, within her that she didn't know existed.
A tale of friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love


So I do exactly what I knew I was going to 10 minutes ago. I text Dane.
Laney: Hey, what r u up 2?
Dane: Nothing important. You?
Laney: Just woke up lol. Had quite a day yesterday, trying to recover.
Dane: Oh yeah, good or bad?
Laney: Bad. Very. But I don’t want 2 talk about that… Do you play the piano?
Dane: Um yes…random?
Laney: Random is good sometimes, right?
Dane: It is. You okay?
Laney: Not really, at all. Wanna do random with me today?
Dane: I’ll be there soon.
I jump out of bed and run to the shower. I take extra care straightening my hair, applying light makeup and selecting my outfit. I choose jeans and a black sleeveless top with black ankle boots that I dug out of Bennett’s closet. Basically, I dress unlike myself for Random Day: Laney with a dash of Bennett. I can’t help that my heart flutters when I hear the knock on the door.
When I open it, all moisture leaves my mouth and heads elsewhere. Dane stands before me in dark washed jeans, a tight white t-shirt, black boots and disheveled hair. He smells delicious, the light scent of cologne and freshness graces my senses from where he stands, and that half-cocked smile he wears as he peruses me is almost more than I can take. Full frontal awareness hits me—I’ve gone from never having a boyfriend to a full-on love triangle, head first.
 “Well hello, Disney. You look like walking sin,” he says, sensuality dripping from every word. Make that a love hexapolyoctagon. I’m screwed.
“Why thank you,” I say with my chin held high. “Trying something random. You ready?”
“I’m ready for anything. What do you have in mind?” he asks as I close and lock my door. I really hope Bennett remembered her key.
“Well, I’m thinking I can’t skip classes, so we don’t have time to jet away to Fiji. So how about…we play right left and see where we end up?”
He gives me a curious look as he opens my door and settles me in the passenger seat of…a black SUV? Well, of course he has more than one car. I mean, who doesn’t?
“You’re gonna have to tell me what this is before I can agree,” he laughs. He hurries around to the driver’s side and hops in, handing me his phone. He’s going to let me pick the music, a small but very thoughtful gesture. I choose his Damien Rice playlist, skipping straight to “9 Crimes.” Maybe he’ll take the hint that I think of this song when I picture him at the piano. He looks over and winks at me as it starts, yep; he knows how to play it.
“Every time we come to a stop, we just choose right or left. But, in a startling new twist, we’re gonna take turns saying something completely meaningless with each turn, until we end up somewhere good! Honestly, I could care less where we end up right now, I just wanna be.”
“I’m game.” He gives me a smile. “But I kind of wish you’d talk to me about what happened.”
I give him the very condensed version, interrupting every few minutes with a “right” or “left,” and so far our random facts at each tell me that he’s for morning breath kissing as long as both people have it and he can also play the violin. I share that I’m the ultimate Beatles fan, but only pre-mustache Beatles, and brush my teeth about 15 times a day (totally in reaction to his morning breath comment).  He doesn’t ask about my time with Evan or any specifics, he just hits on the part about Kaitlyn.
“So what are you going to do?”
“I’m not going to do anything; what can I do? The chance is gone, at least for this year. The friendship’s gone, so why even ask her for an explanation? There isn’t one that will ever fix it. And… nothing, that’s it.”
“Nice try, Disney, finish what you were gonna say.”
“The dorm rooms here are really nice, like way better than other colleges’. How cool is it to have our own bathrooms? You can’t get that just anywhere.”
“That’s not what you were gonna say, either.” He shoots me a one raised eyebrow look.
“Pull over then, I want you to look at me when I tell you.”
He pulls over so fast I slap him in the arm because my life just flashed before my eyes.
“Do I have your undivided attention?” I ask him with a smirk.
“Since the moment I saw you.” He turns in his seat to face me and waits for me to talk, his face full of question and anticipation.
“I’m content with where I am. I don’t have to have it fixed. I actually really like it here. It gets better every day. Besides, I think Sawyer would really miss me and finally go completely insane.”
He chuckles at my attempt to alleviate the seriousness.
“I really like Bennett, and the girls on my team are so talented. We have a real shot at a banner year. Who cares if the games will never have a camera there, we’ll still be kicking ass and taking names.” I chance a peek up at him, hoping his eyes tell me what he’s thinking. They’re such a deep brown, almost black, and right now I can see my own reflection. His eyes mirror me in this moment. It gives me the strength to keep talking.
 “And part of me hates it, hates feeling like this, and all of me is scared shitless, but I suspect my resolve has something to do with the fact that you’re here, Dane. Never in my life have I instantly connected with someone, not even Evan. I made him work like a dog for my acceptance.” I chuckle softly at the memory. “But I find myself wondering what you’re doing all the time, and thinking about what we could do or talk about if we were together. Tell me the truth; you got anything like that going on at all?” I laugh nervously, praying that leaves some question, cause I can’t risk him knowing I’m completely serious right before he makes me feel like a fool.
He takes a deep breath and blows it out slowly, reaching over to brush the back of his hand down my face. “I saw you last night, at the door with him. I saw you.” His hand still gentle on my face, he forces me to meet his gaze. “Are you two back together?”
“No,” my voice cracks.
“I won’t share you, Laney. Not your lips, not your thoughts, not your body, and especially not your heart. You don’t have to give it all to me just yet, but give me nothing if any of it belongs to him. Do you understand?”
“Dane, it was a long night, we were both hurting.” I blink back the building tears. “He’ll never not be in my life. I just don’t know what that means right now.” I have to be honest, with not only him, but myself. And I can’t blatantly crush Evan; I won’t.  “If he was here with me, things wouldn’t be like this. I can’t lie to you. I don’t know exactly what anything means right now; I’m trying to be as honest as I can. And I haven’t told Evan about you, not that I’ve had a chance.” I take a huge, cleansing breath. I feel better having put it all out there.
“Thank you for being so honest. It makes me want you even more, and I do want you, Laney…so fucking bad it scares me. Let’s try this one more time—are you in a committed relationship with Evan?”
 “Are you in love with him?” His hand moves down my face, his fingertips softly caressing me, and I lean into it and close my eyes. I can’t look at him when I answer. I don’t want him to see the scared little girl in my eyes.
“I don’t know.” My own answer confuses me.
I have no doubt that I love Evan, but am I in love with him? We were so perfect and the minute we changed it, things got too hard. Yes, college had everything to do with that, but why couldn’t we last? Was it supposed to be Evan or was it just that Evan was always there? That’s the thing that scares me most—why am I so strongly and instantly attracted to Dane? Why do I think about spending time with him? First temptation? Nope, I don’t feel the pull to Zach, Tate, Sawyer, Parker…no one else, ever. To be honest, besides Evan, Dane is the first guy I’ve ever considered liking in my entire life.
 “You didn’t say yes.” His finger is now tracing my lips. He’s going to kiss me, and I’m going to let him.
 I blow slightly out, teasing his finger, and I hear him inhale.
“I will never kiss another man’s girl…but you’re not his, Laney. You’re not mine…yet. But you’re not his, either. So the way I see it, you’re kissable.”
I say nothing. I just open my eyes and look into his; if he can hear my yes in that, he can have my kiss.
“Last chance, Disney. Once I get a taste, I’m coming after you with everything I’ve got.”
I couldn’t say no right now if I wanted to, I can barely breathe. His words are so sexy; they stroke every part of me. He leans into me and I close my eyes.
“Open your eyes, Laney, look at me. Make damn sure you know it’s me kissing you, and don’t you ever hide from it.”
I do as he says and then his lips are on mine. This isn’t the kiss of a best friend, not the kiss of the boy next door who made you spit-shake on a deal and will always take care of you. This is the kiss of a madman who wants to make you scream his name up against a wall. This kiss makes it okay that I even just thought that, because it’s a fact.
I can’t take it. I break the contact and throw my head back, trying to catch my breath.
“Nuh-uh, not done yet, come ‘ere,” he growls, reaching around the back of my neck and pulling me to him. He takes my mouth again with lust, bites, and a low groan. Grabbing my face, he turns it, deepening his angle and the throbbing between my legs.
Fuck, this guy can kiss.
Dane breaks away this time, only slightly, still close enough that his breath tickles my lips… “That wasn’t random, that was supposed to happen,” he says, giving me another quick kiss.
 After a brief silence, simply because I still haven’t recovered the ability to speak, he pulls back into traffic with his right hand now interlaced with mine. He gives my hand a squeeze before he asks, “where to?”
Seriously, I’m expected to think?  “Um, right…and I hate coffee but I love coffee ice cream.”
We turned until dark, never actually making it to a destination.




Emerge is the story of a young woman Laney, who's a bit of a softball playing Tom-boy, that happens to fall in love with her best friend, Evan, star football player.  Evan and Laney have been two peas in a pod since the age of 10 and that all changed when they fall in love their senior year of high school.  When Laney doesn't get accepted to the college that her and Evan have dreamed of for so long, that's when the story takes a turn for the worse. 

Evan goes off to the college of their dreams while Laney is stuck at a local college still close to their original stomping grounds.  Trying to keep their relationship going will be tough and they vow to remain best friends. 

Laney is embarking on a journey, far away from the comfort of Evan and her best friend Kaitlin, and trying to make the best of it. Laney's roommate in the dorms helps ease her out her shell by taking her to a sort of mixer in the dorms, where Laney meets a group of fun loving guys.  Laney becomes close with Dane, one of those fun loving guys. 

Slowly but surely, the relationship that Laney and Evan tried to preserve gets pushed to the ultimate test.  Can their life long love survive the damages that have been caused?

Finding out information that could have changed the course for the rest of Laney's life, can she get over the hurt?  Can she choose between Evan and her new beau, Dane? 

Who will win the ultimate prize, Evan or Dane? 

This book was a little slow in the beginning.  The plot was there but it did take a while before things got to a "I can't put this down" portion.  But once it did, it wasn't leaving my hands.  Laney is a bit whiney.  Evan and Dane are both sympathetic to the circumstances of their relationship with the Heroine.  There is plenty of drama, to make this book a MUST READ.  It has all the basis to make this a wonderful love story and a love story gone wrong. Someone has to loose. 

The author used songs throughout the book, which was a great touch.  It made the scenes more memorable and set a tone for the impending angst.  It was well appreciated.

The Prologue was WONDERFUL.  It set the book up and showcased how the relationship between Laney and Evan progressed to it's current state.  It was very much appreciated.  The Prologue reminded me of a song that I love dearly and while reading it, the song just popped in my head.  Tim McGraw "Don't Take the Girl". 



S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading YA and NA romance.


“Big Green Tractor”—Jason Aldean
“Ho Hey”—The Lumineers
“End of All Time”—Stars of Track & Field
“The Cave”—Mumford and Sons
“I’ll Be”—Edwin McCain
“9 Crimes”—Damien Rice
“Let’s Get Ready To Rumble”—Jock Jams
“This Year’s Love”—David Gray
“Hero”—Enrique Iglesias
“Flightless Bird”—Iron & Wine
“Collide”—Howie Day
“Talking To The Moon”—Bruno Mars


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Um hello Pamela Ann, you've done it again


I can't describe the angst I was feeling reading this book! It was amazing start to finish. Questioning.. Will she? Won't she? Will he? Won't he?

Lindsey and Dimi (aka torque) put the sex in sexy and put the omg in holy mother hell.

It was amazing start to finish. This chick give it 5 stars. Start to finish.

Epic love story once again, Pamela Ann gives you every thing you want.