#NewRelease: Him, by @SarinaBowen and @ElleKennedy

Him

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They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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You can grab HIM from:

Amazon

| B&N | Kobo | SmashwordsiBooks

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About the Sarina Bowen:

Sarina Bowen author picSarina 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.

Find out more:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

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About Elle Kennedy:

Elle Kennedy author picA New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Find out more:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

Aged Pages: So Long #NewYork

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On Tuesday, I will be leaving New York for (semi-) good. If you didn’t see in a recent post, I’m moving to Colorado. It’s two thousand miles away and more books than that aren’t going to make the journey with me. A rough estimate (since I’m still finalizing what’s going in the car) is a little less than 200 books are moving to my new home.

Despite the admitted need to NOT bring an excessive amount of books, I find myself needing to obtain more books. Luckily, I’ve been very good about this. I have gone to the bookstore a few times recently, but didn’t get too many books (a few for my girlfriend, not myself). Today was another day I visited my local used bookstore.

This time, though, it was my last time.

Ok, not my last time, technically, but it will be my last time for quite some time. The bookstore is closed on Sundays and Monday is booked full with last minute moving things. So I walked in the store today and found one last book to buy. That book was…

11760081_878633682220088_637854744002810579_nThere may have been more books there that I’ve been wanting to read or buy, but I focused on something I’ve never seen before. Something I can’t go down to the library and find readily. (Which is how I tried to choose which books I’d bring. If I think it’ll be at the library, it probably didn’t go.) I found this one on the dollar hardcover shelf where I find many books I’ve never heard of but turn out to be great books. I’m hoping that this book will be just that. If it’s not, I guess I can blame the blurbs from Jonathan Lethem, Pat Conroy, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman, found on the dust jacket. Not that those sold me on it. That prize goes to the description.

Aside from getting my last book from this store, a store I’ve been going to for more than a decade, I had to say goodbye to the owner. Without getting into boring detail, it was a strange experience. I haven’t had to say goodbye to people in this way often. And it’s finally hitting me that everyone I see in the next few days, no matter who they are, I won’t see them again for awhile after, if ever again.

The same can be said about my town, my county, and state of New York. High up on that list of things I’ll miss is my local bookstore, Catnap Books (look it up and visit if you’re ever near Cobleskill, NY. They’ll need some new customers to make up for the hole I’ll leave.) I’ll also miss many other bookstores I’ve found over the years. Another to mention is Popek’s, over on Otego, NY whose owner runs the Forgotten Bookmarks blog. Wish I had a little more time to have stopped down there again.

So, you see, people can be missed, but in the book world, we also have to deal with missing stores. I know many people have to deal with bookstores closing down (especially in recent years). Others say goodbye because they leave the area, like myself. Whatever the reason, I hope we can all find our way back or forward into a store yet to be discovered. I’ll have my book-dar on as soon as we reach our new home. Our home will be wanting more and more books, no doubt.

So long New York.

#NewRelease: Focus on Me, by @MeganErickson_

You may remember that earlier this year Megan Erickson released Trust the FocusToday, I have the pleasure of sharing the next book in Erickson’s In Focus series, FOCUS ON ME. I’ve been waiting for this day to come once I finished reading Trust the Focus. You might have read my review all those months ago and you may know why I needed FOM to come out.

I’m sure you’ll see my review for this one in the near future on the blog. For now, I hope you take a look at the book for yourself.

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Focus on Me

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A sexy new romance from the author of Trust the Focus.

Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…

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Focus on Me

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Trust the Focus is also available from:
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My Review

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About the Author:

Megan EricksonMegan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she’s probably listening to the characters in her head who won’t stop talking.

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#NewRelease: The Misanthrope, by @thesmboyce

Grimore Saga fans…the wait is OVER! The series may have ended with Illusion, but S.M. Boyce is back with more from the world of Ourea, as promised.

The Misanthrope is the first in a new character-focused series called The Ourean Chronicles. I don’t ever want to stop reading about the world that Boyce created and having read this book recently (here’s my review), I know that she hasn’t run out of stories to tell. I think fans will be pleased with this one and will anxiously await Cedric and Deidre’s stories.

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The Misanthrope: Stone’s Story

(Ourean Chronicles #1)

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Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the Blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.

Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master’s forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom—only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.

Niccoli is an isen—a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea—and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.

In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.

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Want a copy of this book? You can find it on:

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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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#Review: The Misanthrope, by @thesmboyce

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Title: The Misanthrope (The Ourean Chronicles #1)
Author: S.M. Boyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the Blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.

Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master’s forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom—only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.

Niccoli is an isen—a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea—and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.

In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.” (description from Goodreads)

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S.M. Boyce has done it yet again. The Grimoire Saga may have ended with the release of Illusion last year, but my adventures through the world of Ourea are far from over. The Misanthrope is a welcomed return to the magical, dangerous world that Boyce created, and I couldn’t have asked for a better story to read.

Like the read of the books I’ve read from Boyce, there is no lack of genius writing. Each setting is written beautifully. Whether it’s on Earth or in Ourea, I felt like I was there standing beside the characters, taking in the scenery, sounds, and scents. That’s one of the things that drew me in early on.

Strong, well fleshed out characters are also offered up in this book. Stone, the main character, was able to develop more in this book compared to when readers first read him in the later Grimorie Saga books. I felt like I was able to understand and sympathize with him even more having read his story, now. The side characters, while not the main focus of this story, were also brought to life to the point that I would enjoy reading books focused on their lives, as well. Each character has something to hook me in and make me curious about what makes them tick.

Another thing that I thought made me enjoy The Misanthrope just a little bit more was that, while being part of a spin-off series to the Grimoire books, it felt like a book all its own. The was much shorter in length, yet packed just as much of a punch. it was a bit faster paced, and I think the story benefited its brevity in certain sections. For a book that covers many decades of Stone’s life, it didn’t feel like it was jumping forward too fast, nor did it feel like it was bogged down on any one time period.

As with my reading of Boyce’s previous books, I’m already getting impatient about her next release. Credric’s story will be the next in The Ourean Chronicles and I have no doubts as to whether or not it’ll end up at the top of my tbr pile once it’s released.

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Want a copy of this book? You can find it on:

Amazon | SmashwordsB&N | Kobo | 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

Website | Blog | Advice for Writers
Facebook | Twitter | Google +
Pinterest | Youtube | Goodreads
Amazon Page | Smashwords Page

Story Time Friday, with #poet @LilyLuchesi

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Purgatory

by Lily Luchesi

Wake up
You’re dead
What do you do now?
Caught between
The angel on your shoulder
And the demon at your back
Where do you run to?
Who do you have to turn to?
Are you all alone?

You lived your life for everyone else
(Your father. Your brother. Your mother.)
Will you get it back in death?
Your guardian angel can’t save you now
No, you’re too far gone
Will you miss him when he turns away,
Or will you not care even if he stays?

What does the future hold for you,
Endless nights of pain?
Limitless, endless
Darkness that goes on and on
Are you lost or right at home, my dear?
I always thought that you were the hero of this story
The winner in this deadly game

You’ve got a light that shines through
The darkness inside of you
Grasp that
Hold onto it
Before it’s ripped away
Shine your light through the darkness
Forced upon you
Let your angel in
Let your light back in

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If you’ve like to read more of Lily’s work, you can find

Aftermath, a poem, in The Struggle Anthology

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Or grab her debut novel, Stake-Out from

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About the Author:

Lily Luchesi is an aspiring, young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies (listed below) and her debut novel, “Stake-Out”, was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19, 2015.

Find out more:

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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!

#CoverReveal: Him by @SarinaBowen and @ElleKennedy

Him

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Release Date: July 28th

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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Pre-Order HIM from:

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About the Sarina Bowen:

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.

Find out more:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords

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About Elle Kenndy:

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Find out more:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon