#NewRelease: One Night, by @AJ_Pine

One Night

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When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past  her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened…and why he’d never want her for more than one night.

Includes a preview of the upcoming Only You novel, ONE LIFE.

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One Night is available from:

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and if you’d like to pre-order book 2, One Life, you can find it on:

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October 2oth release date

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About the Author:

PineAuthorPicAJ Pine  writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

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#NewRelease: There You Stand, by @Christina_Lee04

There You Stand

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From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths romance about the silent, inked up skateboarder and the tattoo artist who unravels him piece by piece…

Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York—so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can’t help but arouse Cory’s curiosity.

As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery—and Cory’s falling fast and hard under his spell. Against his better judgment to steer clear.

The rumors of Jude’s past overshadow him—whispers of prison and an unmentionable secret that’s kept him in the protective shadows of a local motorcycle club. As Cory probes deeper, he wonders how much he really wants to know. Especially since Jude has awakened something inside him that has been buried too long—and has him feeling completely alive for the first time in forever…

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There You Stand is available from:

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Whisper To MeAmazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

Promise Me ThisAmazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Christina LeeOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.

I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

I write Adult and New Adult steamy contemporary romance. I am represented by Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency.

I also own a hand-stamped jewelry business, which requires me to stamp letters and/or words onto pieces of silver. They go hand-in-hand perfectly.

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Story Time Friday, #NationalPoetryMonth edition – where @BenDitty finds a poem in poetry

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This week, I’m letting Ben Ditmars take the reigns. I won’t talk his poem up too much. He’s capable of doing that himself…
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I haven’t done many found poems. They are tricky and often come out forced having originated from other voices. But for National Poetry Month I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and help promote some poets in the process. So, please enjoy Dirt Road Embers.fancy lineresize

Dirt Road Embers

by Ben Ditmars

Human beings are powder kegs
Electric lightbulbs burning out and
Waiting to explode; we carry on
Please carry me I’m broken
Caught between the gloaming
Wine-stained fringe existence
Broken places bleeding midnight
On a savage rose where
She is strong and I’m inhaling
Smoke through laughter
Birthing madness; nothing left
But pulse and sadness slipping
Into evening; we can’t lose.

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Found poem composed from titles of: Dirt Road Dreams by Susie Clevenger, Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade, Slinking Under the Electric Lightbulb by Adam Moursy, In the Gloaming by Amber Norrgard, Wine-Stained Parts and Dirty Talk by Adam Moursy; Dizzied by Chance: Poems of a Fringe Existence by Adam Moursy, Broken Places by Rachel Thompson, Savage Rose by Helle Gade, Inhale the Night by Ben Ditmars, Birthing Inadequacy by Natasha Head; Nothing Left to Lose by Natasha Head, Pulse by Natasha Head, Slipping into Evening by Amber Norrgard

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And before you go, here’s a special bonus that Ben did. He recording himself reading this poem for you. And since I’m a big advocate of listening to poetry, along with reading it, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share it with you all. Enjoy

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About the Author:

meBen is a bestselling author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more.  He was first published in his college publications the Cornfield Review and KAPOW.  Since then he has been featured in several online literary journals including: Flurries of Words, Samizdat Literary Journal, and Shine Journal. You can find his collections of poetry, plays, novel, and short stories for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Ben lives in Marion, Ohio and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in education at the University of Findlay while substitute teaching. He hopes to instruct high school social studies full-time within the next year.

He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in :P ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

#Review: Before You Break, by @Christina_Lee04

Before You BreakTitle: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2)
Author: Christina Lee
Rating: 5/5 stars

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.” (description from Goodreads)

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Before You Break surprised me in many ways. I read Lee’s Promise Me This which is another book in her Between Breaths series. I enjoyed that one. I knew I’d like Lee’s writing from that novel alone, and it came through in Before You Break, as well. What I wasn’t expecting is for Lee to have another set of characters that I didn’t want to stop reading about.

The characters weren’t the only compelling things in this book. The portrayal of their stories, both the trouble pasts and their current issues, felt very real and relatable on many levels (even if readers haven’t gone through the exact experiences). I also appreciate the pace the romance took. It was as far from an instalove as you can get, but wasn’t frustrating to wait for either.

There’s a small detail that irked me a bit while reading the book, but at the same time I was able to push it aside because of how amazing everything else in this story was. It’s rare that I can ignore a detail like this one, but the fact that it didn’t ruin my reading of this book (when it could have) shows me the strengths in Lee’s writing and will keep me coming back to each of her books in this series and more.
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You can grab a copy of Before You Break from:
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…and don’t worry, even if you haven’t read the other books in this series (like me), they all stand alone. You can jump in wherever you’d like.

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About the Author:

Christina LeeOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.

I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

I write Adult and New Adult steamy contemporary romance. I am represented by Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency.

I also own a hand-stamped jewelry business, which requires me to stamp letters and/or words onto pieces of silver. They go hand-in-hand perfectly.

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#NewRelease: The COMPLETE Grimoire Saga, by @TheSMBoyce

As you may know, S.M. Boyce concluded her Grimoire Saga last year when she published Illusion. Today, I have little bit of news for those who might not have grabbed the books in the series yet. Boyce has put all four of the Grimoire Saga books together into a complete set! The Ourean Chronicles, the spin-off series, will be starting later on this year, so now’s a great time to read this series.

Instead of going on and on about my favorite books, I’ll let them speak for themselves. Or I’ll let my reviews speak, instead. They’re right down below this, and if you’re still unsure, the first book Lichgates is always free and a great way to try things out.

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Reviews:

LICHGATES | TREASON | HERITAGE | ILLUSION

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Grimoire Complete

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Experience the haunting world of Ourea from the beginning as Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest—a portal that transports her to Ourea, the hidden world full of terrifying things. This epic series challenges traditional notions of good and evil, pits monsters against each other, unravels the secrets of magic, and showcases the power buried within us all.

From betrayal to seduction, romance to murder—the Grimoire Saga has it all.

This set includes:
Lichgates: Grimoire Saga #1
Treason: Grimoire Saga #2
Heritage: Grimoire Saga #3
Illusion: Grimoire Saga #4

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If you’d like to read what might just be my favorite book series of all time, you can grab this complete set from:

Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo | B&NiBooks

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If you’d like to begin the journey through Ourea, but don’t want to commit to all 4 books yet,

LICHGATES (#1) FREE on:

Amazon |  Smashwords | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

Connect with Boyce

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#NewRelease – @Chel_C_Cam’s Deep Surrendering serial is complete!

It’s been a long journey, but it’s coming to an end. Here’s the twelfth episode of Chelsea M. Cameron’s first serial, Deep Surrendering! I’ve linked each episode below, as well, for anyone who still need to grab some episodes. And for those looking to start from the beginning, the first episode is currently free. Great way to start if you ask me.

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Deep Surrendering Episode 12

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Fin and Marisol have been through hell and back. It’s time to start their happily ever after. But will everything finally fall into place for the couple? Or will the challenge of combining two separate lives be too much?

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Here’s the latest, and last episode of Deep Surrendering, episode twelve:

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Episodes 1-11 can be found at the following:

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About the Author:

Chelsea M CameronChelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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#NewRelease: The Shameless Hour, by @SarinaBowen

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The Shameless Hour

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The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

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If you’d like a copy of The Shameless Hour, you can find it from:

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All the books in this series can be read as stand alone books, but if you’d like to start from the beginning, or just check out the others, they are:

Book 1 – The Year We Fell Down

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Book 2 – The Year We Hid Away

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Book 2.5 – Blonde Date

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Book 3 – The Understatement of the Year

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or, you can get the bundle of books 1-3 (and 2.5)

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About the Author:

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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