Wednesday, February 26, 2014

***BLOG TOUR STOP*** Fractured Steel

Title: Fractured Steel
Author: T.J. Loveless
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: February 15, 2014

Karen Barnes’s life is simple, just the way she likes it, surrounded by horses and the mountains of Laramie, Wyoming. She is well aware the longing for adventure can lead to blood and death, a hard lesson taught during her one, and only, tour in Iraq almost a decade ago.

A stranger approaches Karen about boarding a famous horse foaled in her stables, making her instincts go on high alert. She knows for a fact the stallion’s owner would never sell Five Alarm, the US Reining champion worth a hefty ten million dollars. In ten minutes the stranger confirms her worst fears, launching her into weeks of torment at the hands of her kidnappers.

Armed with a spine of steel, she steals a truck and trailer, rescuing another victim, and recovering Five Alarm, but the ordeal is far from over. The kidnapping was a cover up for espionage. Trusted contacts join the fray, and in the end, pay for their loyalty by dying for her safety. Others aren’t so trustworthy, and as the truth is brought to light, she is betrayed yet again.

Safety and freedom come with their own emotional shackles. She had the courage to fight the battle, but can she live with the aftermath of the carnage, or survive the fractures to her mind?


Born in Anchorage, I've lived ... well ... everywhere. From the Arctic Circle to a block from the beaches in Florida. I speak fluent Arkansas Hillbilly, make a mean gumbo, can sew when necessary and am a whiz at packing.

You'll generally find a Muse snuggled to my hip, the other one laying across my shoulders and Editor Kitty staring at the screen, waiting for the red ink to make an appearance. Once it does, he lays across the keyboard purring.

The family brags about the latest compromising position I've been found in, trying to figure out how to truly describe "legs all akimbo" or if falling on the couch could truly land a body in a certain position. They ignore my yelling at characters on the computer screen, and are forgiving when I accidentally write past the time for them to eat. It's one way of teaching the teenager to cook ...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

**PROMO** Lie Next to Me by Sandi Lynn

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Title: Lie Next To Me (A Millionaire's Love) Author: Sandi Lynn Release Date: February 17, 2014 Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
The pain was unbearable, but I had to keep moving. I had to keep running because, if I didn’t, he’d find me. I looked behind me as I ran through the streets; scared, alone, and in the dark as the mist of rain hit my face. There was no time to think, and there was no time to stop. My shoes were soaked as they sloshed through the puddles of the dimly lit streets.
My name is Rory Sinclair, and the night I was violently attacked was the night that changed my life forever. One man, a man named Ian Braxton, made it his mission to heal me, to save me, and to show me a world that previously had been only a dream to me.
Ian Braxton is far from perfect. He’s a self-absorbed, demeaning, arrogant, and womanizing millionaire. He makes it so easy to hate him, but so very hard to resist him. We’re from opposite sides of the spectrum. He comes from money and I come from poverty. When our worlds collide, his struggles become mine, and mine become his, leaving us with one question:
How much would you give up to be with someone who was meant to be yours?
As soon as I stepped through the door and into the kitchen, Ian grabbed me and pushed me up against the wall, holding my arms above my head. “Don’t turn your back on me, Rory. I’m sorry. I don’t think you’re trash. I think you’re broken and I can fix you,” he whispered in my ear.
His hot breath traveled down my neck and my body went into a near convulsion. I wanted him, but I knew if anything were to happen, it would destroy me. I would become too emotionally attached and when he got tired of me and moved on, I wouldn’t recover. He brought his face to mine as he stared into my eyes.
“I’m not broken. I’m shattered. I’m a million tiny pieces that would take longer than forever to piece back together. So please, do me the favor and don’t even try,” I whispered.
His grip on my arms lightened as he let go and took a step back, giving me one last look before he turned around and walked away. I stood and placed my hand on my neck where his hot breath had touched me. I took in a deep breath and walked upstairs. Tomorrow was the day I start my life over, alone.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

***BLOG TOUR STOP*** Redemption by Rebecca Brooke

REDEMPTION (Forgiven Series Book #2)


I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome. And once I have faced my problems, only then will I find redemption. 

Josh Walker and Lauren Pierce are opposites in every way. While Lauren is a committed student and girlfriend, Josh is a player with a very twisted moral compass…

Or is he?

Growing up with an addict for a father, Josh experienced disappointment from an early age. He puts on a front, shielding himself from everyone. Until he meets Lauren.

Lauren has it all. An accomplished softball player she maintains good grades, has great friends, and is in love with her dedicated boyfriend. Her life is pretty much perfect…until it’s not. 

When two bruised souls collide can they help each other overcome their problems? Or are some souls just destined to be lost?

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This time it was Angie's turn to laugh. She turned to me her eyes alight with mischief. "So, Josh, how was your night?"

Damn. I knew at some point she was going to bring it up. Not knowing how much Lauren had told her, I figured deflection was the way to go. I smiled, hoping that it didn't look fake. "It was an awesome party. Did you have fun?" I asked.

Unfortunately, Angie knew me way too well. "I had a fantastic time, but stop trying to change the subject. I saw you dancing with Lauren," she said with a smirk.

She was never going to give up. I needed to play this off. Angie didn't need any more encouragement in her quest to find me someone. "Yeah, she's pretty cool," I offered, shrugging my shoulders. "She hit the bar with us after the party."

I saw Caleb watching me out of the corner of my eye. He knew something was up—he always could see right through me. He knew there was more to the story and he was just waiting for a better time to ask.

Angie, on the other hand, looked disappointed. Huh? After all of the threats from Emily, she looked like she was hoping for more. Then again, I doubt Angie had been rooting for me to have a one-night stand with Lauren.

"Josh," she whined. "We have to find you someone."

I sighed. "I'm happy with my life."

She turned her nose up at me. Guess that was the wrong thing to say. "Oh, so you're happy sleeping with a new girl every weekend?" she argued.

"You make it sound like a bad thing?"

I watched the anger flash in her eyes. Oops, definitely the wrong thing to say. She stood up and stepped towards me, forcing me to look up at her. "You're an ass. With an attitude like that, you deserve to be alone," she snarled before storming off to their room and slamming the door.

"Angie," I yelled. Getting up, I walked down and knocked on the door. Even though we disagreed, I still cared about her and didn't want her to think I was a complete jerk. "Angie, I'm sorry. Please come back out."

The lack of response spoke volumes. Turning back to the living room, I went and sat back down on the couch. I looked up to see Caleb glaring at me.

"Did you need to be such an asshole?"       
"Dude, I wasn't trying to be a dick. I just don't get why she’s so determined to set me up."
Caleb shook his head at me. "Is it really so bad? Angie just wants to see you happy."
"I don't need a girl in my life to make me happy. Why is that so hard for you two to understand?" I asked, exasperated.

Caleb leaned forward to rest his forearms on his thighs and clasped his hands together. He took a deep breath before beginning. "Josh, I've known you for three years and I know for a fact you're not happy, and lately it's been getting worse."
He stopped to look down and when he looked back up again I could see the annoyance in his eyes. "Since you haven't seen your dad lately, that's not the reason. And it's total bullshit that you're happy screwing a different girl every night."

That sweeping assumption was like gas to a flame. Who was Caleb to determine what made me happy?

"What gives you the right to tell me what I want? I'm not you, Caleb. If there was someone I really wanted, I’d go after them, not run away. There just isn't one that fits that category." I turned to head back to my bedroom when Caleb's voice stopped me.

"I know something happened between you and Lauren last night."

A thousand different explanations raced through my mind but before I could say anything he put his hand up to stop me. "Don't even try to deny it. It’s written all over your face. I'm not sure exactly what happened, nor do I want to know, but if you're gonna keep sleeping with anything that breathes, please stay away from Angie's friends." Avoiding my gaze he looked down to the floor, rubbing the back of his neck in a way that made me think I wouldn’t like what he was going to say. "I wouldn't want to have to choose between you and her," he said sadly. 

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What happens when one moment changes the course of your entire life? Do you sit back and accept it, or fight to live the life you choose? Caleb Jacobs has a past that has haunted him for two years. Knowing he can never forgive himself for the events that led to his departure, Caleb chooses to live a quiet life—concentrating on school, sports, and shots. But when he is paired with Angie for a history project he realizes that no matter how much you try to hide from your past, one way or another it will find you.

Angelina Powers knows what she wants from life. Growing up with only an alcoholic father for company, Angie learned early on in life that you can only count on yourself. But that doesn’t stop her wishing for her white knight. She’s confident, happy and focused…until she meets Caleb. So how will she feel when her potential white knight turns out to be more of a black shadow?

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***COVER REVEAL*** TOXIC by Rachel Van Dyken

Everyone has a secret...
Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. 
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever. 
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers. 
Saylor doesn't hate men. 
Just Gabe. 
Only Gabe. 
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big. 
What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years?
Everyone has a secret...What's yours?
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Monday, February 10, 2014


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2 Chicks and a Blog - Ashley's Review
Brooke mother lovin Cumberland .. you did it again .. but this one was soooo much different... Talk about STEAMY!!! Changing panties much?!?!?

Brooke, you slay me with your stories and I love Carissa even more than I thought I would .. I always connected with her from the beginning, but I didn't know if you were possibly able to pull this one off. Trust me, I have so much faith in you, but writing erotica is a special talent.

I read erotica like it's the air I breathe, and so often are the stories lacking depth and more so sex than stories. YOU HAVE A STORY!! Carissa is a different breed of heroine and her story captivated me and held on tight until the bitter end.

And look at you coming out with the plot twist!!! I'm PROUD to say that you hurt my heart, put it back together and then left me reeling for more.

YOU ARE AMAZING and this story was amazing.

The only thing I wish for this story was tighter dialogue and less telling and more showing. That is the ONLY reason for my 4.5 star review!!!

Thank you for sending us an ARC of this book and allowing me to beta read. This is going in the list of my favorites!!!
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Carissa Wright doesn’t do relationships. Raised with a junkie mother and an alcoholic father, building relationships were far off her list. Rather, one night-stands were her usual. Carissa has one constant in her life—her best friend Velaney. Completely opposite of each other, yet they balance each other out. Although Carissa admits to only wanting sex and nothing more, will she allow in the one guy who wants to break down her walls or will she run out of fear of finally letting her guard down? She is unfamiliar with these feelings and wants nothing more than to walk away without a shattered heart. Will she be able to find the courage in order to turn a flame into a long lasting relationship? With walls built up and emotions locked away, can she learn to put her heart on the line? Or will each guy just be another flame? excerpt I’m still blown away by Drew’s sudden attack on my lips. He left without so much as a goodbye or a here’s my number. I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does. One moment I’m sad, wondering if I’ll ever see him again, and the next I’m pissed off that yet again, a man has staked their claim on me and then just bailed. Ugh…what the hell is happening to me? I don’t think about guys. I dream of sex. Of multiple orgasms. But I don’t think of guys as anything more than just that—a way to get off. But Drew…yeah, he’s different. He’s a blend of sexy meat layered with a sense of entitlement. He knows he’s hot—he has to know. His muscles are practically popping out of his tight t-shirt. And I’m pretty sure I even saw some ink under those sleeves. Had he given me more than two minutes, my hands would’ve wandered up those arms and felt those muscles. Ugh…dammit. Must get Drew out of my head. “Fuck this shit,” I yell at myself. I waltz back into the bar, searching for him through the crowd that’s gotten rowdier since the next game started. I spot him near the back, laughing with his friends as they continue watching the game. I stalk over, grab him by the arm, and drag him with me into the back hallway. “Feisty little thing, aren’t you?” I let go of his arm once we make it down the hall where it’s quiet. “Fucking hell, you’re strong.” He rubs his arm with his hand. “What the hell was that?” I demand. “I should ask you the same thing, Doll.” He eyes me curiously, not giving away his thoughts. “Do you typically go around kissing girls like that and then bailing? Or am I the exception?” I realize I’m practically yelling at him, demanding answers, but I don’t care. He’s messing with me, and I don’t like it. He thinks for a moment before responding. “I suppose you could be the exception to many things.” He grins, roaming his eyes up and down my body again. I’m dumbstruck and bewildered by him. Fuck it. I grab his face in my hands and force his mouth back on mine. I’m not ready to leave his lips just yet—I need more. He happily reciprocates, wrapping his arms around my waist as he backs me up against the wall behind me. The kiss isn’t sweet and tender like before, but rather needy and aggressive. The intensity is overwhelming, but I give in and let him take control of the kiss. His hands roam down my ass and thighs, lifting my legs up as they wrap around his waist. He pushes hard against me, making me throb in between my legs as I feel his erection against me. Shit, he’s hard. I so desperately want to submit to my knees and take him in my mouth, but I don’t just yet. I’m too mesmerized by his mouth, his taste, that nothing else seems to matter but getting more of him. “Oh my god, Drew…I want you. I want you right now,” I whimper out. There’s no point in beating around the bush. I want him so fucking bad. “What do you want, Doll?” he asks, not parting our lips. “What can I give you?” he asks again softly. Jesus…the sound of his voice is so fucking captivating. Panty-dropping, heartbeat-skipping sexy. “Come home with me. Please.” What the hell…I’m begging now? I don’t beg men. But shit…I’m ready to beg for him. I guess there really is an exception to certain wants. Meet the Author new author pic brooke cumberlandBrooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She's a stay-at-home mom to a wild three year old. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She's addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants. Social Links
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***BLOG TOUR STOP*** Entice by SE Hall

2 Chicks and a Blog - Ashley's 5 Star Review
okay, where do I start?!?! CHIT this book was AMAZING .. I've been a HUGE SE Hall fan forEVER and this book puts the icing on the cake ...

I would love nothing more than to put quotes in this review, but I can't .. because .. well .. you have to experience each word written for yourself...

Seriously .. I laughed, I teared up, I got angry, I yelled at my kindle, I imagined myself holding Sawyer to rubbing his almost bald head, I swooned, I got creeped out that Dane kept popping up, Laney was amazing as a supporting character .. and Sawyer ... Oh my sweet baby Sawyer .. There's a reason that I've been #TeamSawyer since the very first introduction in Emerge and THIS. IS. IT.

I knew that Sawyer had the capability to be an EXCEPTIONAL character .. and let me just say ... he's so much more than I even could have imagined. He's BEYOND WORDS. He's kind, smart, funny as shit (I was laughing out loud at 3am and waking my children, he's that darn funny) .. I'm most certainly aching for him "here" .. oh yeah .. you already know .. He's kind of my favorite for so many reasons and that was one of them (did I just slip and post a quote .. guess you'll have to read and find out)

Emmett ... That girl .. the best .. I hate to be a contradiction to myself and say that I 100% more than loved her even though she was a runner (which I absolutely hate) .. but .. i guess I am .. SMITTEN with this raven haired beauty ... There are so many reasons why her "running" is acceptable .. but the back and forth with her and Sawyer .. well .. it's perfect .. and couldn't have been written any other way .. SE Hall NAILED this heroine .. much like she does with EVERY female she writes .. oh yeah, Emmett is up there with the BEST HEROINE along side of Laney and Whitley

The story .. AMAZING .. The plot twist .. DID THAT JUST HAPPEN, DID I READ THAT RIGHT .. The ending .. MY HEART IS SO HAPPY ... The epilogue ... BEST I'VE EVER READ .. Everything .. SOLD .. Can I have Endure yet?!!?! please please please please don't take too long of a break .. please get this one out this summer ...

So .. all in all ... Entice is .... EXCEPTIONAL, EXCITING, ENTERTAINING, EXTRAORDINARY ..all kinds of E words that I can't even find because the thesaurus is being crazy ...

5+ stars SE Hall for this story .. can I give it 6 stars?!?!?! If only ......

Oh .. PS ... ARC given for an honest to God, keep my true feelings and I loved every second .. REVIEW
Book Three in the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series by S.E.Hall, Entice can be read following Emerge, Embrace and Entangled (novella) or as a stand-alone.
Sawyer Beckett does everything full throttle— he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, always the life of the party and impossible for the parade of women in and out of his bedroom to forget.
Surrounded by true love and happily ever afters, Sawyer's not sure if he's enhancing the what-ifs in his head, or if the goddess on stage that night really is worth the search and nagging in his chest.
At the most inopportune moment possible, Emmett Young comes "skipping" back into his life...and for the first time, Sawyer is the one left wanting more. But Emmett can't give her heart; it's already committed—for life.
The only one strong enough to bring the elusive playboy to his knees is the one he can't have. Luckily, Sawyer Beckett doesn't give up easily.
Mature subject matter and strong sexual content- mature audiences only recommended.
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Sighing, I wrap a towel around my waist and open the door, ready to try and be at least a level of cordial I know is only right. “Listen, can I-“ “She’s gone.” I look up, startled by Laney’s voice and shocked to see her sitting on my bed. Thank God I put on a towel. “Where’d she go?” “Home I guess,” she shrugs, “I didn’t ask. I heard the front door slam and got up to see what the hell. Since you’re here and she’s not, I’m assuming it was her.” How did I not hear the door slam? Not that I would have chased her. “Alright, she left. But what’re you doing in here?” She stands, grabbing some shorts off my floor and throwing them at me. “Go put those on and we’ll talk. Since I’m up,” she shoots me an evil glare. I head back in the bathroom to change, and stay in there, locking the door. I am over six feet tall and lift almost every day, and yes, I’m scared to face Laney. Not only is she a hellcat when she wants to be, but I don’t want to see the disgust or disappointment in her eyes. She’s one of my best friends, even more so after becoming roommates, and her opinion means a lot to me. “Get out here,” she yells when she finally realizes I must be stalling. “Take it like a man.” Well, I might as well go out or she’ll undoubtedly come in here, kicking in the door or taking if off the hinges in what I have no doubt would take her less than five minutes. I open it and she pats the bed beside her. “Come sit down. We’re doing this now.” I hesitantly take a seat beside her, my knee bouncing as I wait for her to speak. “First, and of the upmost importance, you know I call my father ‘daddy.’ So hearing your visitors scream it repeatedly in the middle of the night freaks me out. I wake up thinking I’m in some bad Lifetime movie.” Fighting my smirk I agree. "Okay, got it." "Second," she stands and tucks a pillow between my headboard and the wall, "leave that there." She once again sits down beside me. "School and game nights, booty call curfew is eleven. That work for you?" "Yeah," I sigh and run my hands along my head, wishing I had some hair to pull. "It won't happen again Gidge, I'm sorry." She places a hand on my shoulder with a small smile. "Don't be sorry, this is your house too and we hadn't talked about it. Now we have, so we're all good. Any rules you want to put in place?" "Nah, I'm easy." "Made crystal clear by the parade of women coming in and out of here." She laughs and scoots away quickly, ducking the pillow I grab and swing at her head. “Speaking of which, been busier than usual lately. You trying for Guiness or Gonorrhea?" Here we go - what she really wants to talk about.
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