New Release: Into your Arms, by @Chel_C_Cam

Sorry I’m a few days late on this announcement, but here it is. Into Your Arms is the latest release from Chelsea M. Cameron and the first book in her Squad Stories series. Read all about it below!

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Freya has secrets she doesn’t intend to share. Not with her new friends on the cheerleading squad at Maine State University, and certainly not with sexy lumberjack-look-alike Rhett. Just because sparks flew between them at a bar one night doesn’t mean he gets to know why she transferred to MSU. When Freya dares Rhett to come to cheerleading practice, she never expects to see the dark-haired lumberjack again.

Except Rhett is the last person to turn down a dare, especially when it comes from a pixie-sized blonde. When Rhett wows the squad and becomes Freya’s stunt partner, his hands come far too close for comfort. But as Freya and Rhett’s hot post-practice sessions bring them closer, she risks her secrets being revealed. Can Freya chance exposing who she really is to the guy who wasn’t supposed to win her heart?

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Grab your copy of this book over on:

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About the Author:

Chelsea 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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#CoverReveal: Avery, by @Chel_C_Cam

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Avery Benson is surly, fed up, and frozen in place. As the oldest Benson, his goal has been to set an example of success for his siblings to follow. He loves his job (most of the time) as a loan officer at the local bank and he’s got his sights set on moving up, but there’s something missing in his life. He’s standing still and doesn’t know what to do. And then Meredith Lee walks into his office looking for a loan to open her own yoga studio and it’s like the sun has come out from behind the clouds.

Meredith Lee is desperate, stressed, and waiting for her life to start. All she needs is a little bit of money to get Susurrus Yoga off the ground. All that’s standing in her way is securing a loan from the attractive and elusive Avery Benson. Who knew finances could be so sexy?

What starts out as a business relationship quickly turns into something else when Avery shows up at Meredith’s yoga class. He’s more than just a little distracting and it’s hard for her to focus on Savasana when all she wants to do is roll around with him on her yoga mat for a while. Avery isn’t looking for any type of relationship, and it would be highly inappropriate anyway, but sometimes, things happen…

What starts as just a physical connection deepens and Avery feels like he’s finally found what he’s been searching for. On and off the yoga mat. But will Meredith be willing to take a leap of faith and take their relationship to the next level? Or will Avery go back to being just another one of her yoga students, if that’s even possible?

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This book doesn’t release until the end of the month, but you can go grab book 1, BROOKS, right now.

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About the Author:

Chelsea M Cameron

Chelsea 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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#Review: Second Kiss, by @Chel_C_Cam

second-kissTitle: Second Kiss (Violet Hill #1)
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Rating: 5/5 stars

Daisy Grace Webber’s life hasn’t exactly turned out how she thought. She didn’t think she’d drop out of college and come back to the small town she grew up in. To be fair, she didn’t think her love of baking would turn into a job at the Violet Hill Cafe either, but it did.

Something else she didn’t expect was for Molly Madison to walk back into her life, eight years after she moved away. They’d been best friends forever, or so she’d thought. But Molly is back in town and she’s looking… really good, actually. And that reminds Daisy of that one time at a sleepover when they’d kissed during a game of Spin the Bottle. That one kiss has been on her mind since then, but it’s irrelevant. Molly isn’t into girls.

But as Daisy and Molly spend more time together, feelings start to grow, and Daisy is wondering just how “straight” Molly really is…” (description from Goodreads)

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I still haven’t read enough f/f romances, so the premise of this story was very fresh for me. I’ve read a few books where best friends fall in love, before. But they’ve all been friends of the opposite sex. There’s a completely different dynamic than when those friends are both women. That’s a big part in why I enjoyed reading this novella. There’s a deep history between the characters and the connection could be felt even with a fast-growing romance occurring.

Along with the great storyline and characters, we get a slow-growing small town setting. Another thing I enjoy in the romances I read. We get a few secondary characters, as well. Knowing this is part of a series makes me hopeful we’ll see more of them and the town in coming novels or novellas. I’d be more than willing to keep reading in this world.

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You can grab a copy of Second Kiss from:

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and if you’d like more F/F romance from Cameron, you can find her YA novel Style at:

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About the Author:

Chelsea 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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#Review: Out of Frame, by @MeganErickson_

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Title: Out of Frame (In Focus #3)
Author: Megan Erickson
Rating: 5/5 stars

Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus

Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.
 
And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.
 
At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he’s bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams…
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Erickson continues to write great books in her In Focus series. Out of Frame was no exception. In fact, it was more enjoyable than I was expecting.

I wasn’t too keen on the reality show and cruise ship aspects of the book, after reading the description. Those are just two things I don’t normally have interest in. But, it’s a book written by Megan Erickson. I had to give it a chance, especially since I loved the first two books in the series. The two aspects of the book that I wasn’t expecting to like may be the two that made this story as good as it was.

Being on a cruise ship, the characters were limited in where they could go, who they could interact with, and what they could do. Add in the cameras, fans, and script of a reality show…you get a difficult to develop relationship between two characters needing something good to happen to them.

I think if I went into more detail about why Quinn and J.R. were so great, and why I liked them together, this review would end up being too long. Plus, I want to leave readers with things to discover for themselves. Just know, like all Erickson’s characters, there’s a great deal of depth to them. Even the secondary characters. (Maybe Jess could get her own spin-off?)

Out of Frame takes to the seas for a road trip of a different sort. But it still continues on in a series full of memorable moments with memorable characters. I’m confident that when I get to the 4th book, Overexposed, the magic will continue.

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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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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#Review: In Every Way, by @Amy_Sparling

in-every-wayTitle: In Every Way
Author: Amy Sparling
Rating: 5/5 stars

“It’s the start of summer and Josh Graham will be working at his parent’s surf shop. When his best friend Colby goes on vacation, Josh is stuck working with Bryce—and all of Bryce’s terrible ideas for summer. They make a list of what the “perfect girlfriend” would be like, and now they plan to find her. It shouldn’t be too hard, since Josh is one of the hottest, most popular guys in school. Right?

Bess Navarre would rather read a book than go outside. She’s chubby, dorky, and a self-proclaimed loser. But when her grandmother volunteers her to work at a boutique on the beach, Bess has to comply, no matter how humiliating it is. Bikinis and Bess do not go together, and now she feels even dorkier than ever.

When Bess and Josh’s paths collide, sparks fly. But it won’t be that easy. Bryce wants Josh to date a supermodel. And although Bess might just fit all of the things on Josh’s list, she won’t give herself a chance to figure it out. (description from Goodreads)

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I’ve never read Sparling’s work before now, and I’m glad I started with this book. The description is what grabbed me. It sounded like a quick, light beach read of a romance. With summer winding down, the setting is something that definitely caught my eye, but there was more to the story that kept me reading.

I haven’t read many books set in that in-between time after high school graduation and before college starts. It’s a strange summer in limbo and a lot happens in an adolescence’s life. I enjoyed that aspect of this story. Both Josh and Bess grow over the period of time this book takes place. They’re done being high schoolers, but not quite adults. There’s young love, but maturity between both at times. It’s a fresh take on romances for me.

Sparling also touches on bullying, popularity, and self esteem issues in the book. Both are very real for the age group of these characters to deal with. They make the characters who they are, while at the same time the book isn’t bogged down by drilling these into the reader’s head. It’s there, it’s important, but the characters slowly overcome issues and I enjoyed how the author did it. And even in the end, like in real life, things don’t go away magically. People, and the characters in this book, need time to work through things.

In Plain Sight is a book that deals with Josh and Bess’ friends and if it’s anything like In Every Way was, I know I’m going to enjoy it. This book was a great way to end my summer reading. Maybe I can start my fall with more from the author.

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You can grab this book from:

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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Q&A with @kj_charles, for @QueerRomance Month

As you heard me say recently, October is Queer Romance Month! Along with other themed posts I’ll be bringing to you, my readers, I have a special one today. KJ Charles, one of QRM’s organizers, was kind enough to answer a few questions about queer romance with you all today. Hope you enjoy and I hope you’re enjoying the month of celebration!

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This mini-interview with one of our contributors is brought to you in support of Queer Romance Month.

QRM runs throughout October, celebrating love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. Join us, and over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies, for essays, flash-fiction and much, much more.

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Q&A with KJ Charles

  1. A queer romance you’d recommend to a newcomer

I’ve been reccing Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon a lot. It’s a lovely f/f story that’s about class and family and finding someone who appreciates you for who you are, and very sexy with it. I very rarely read NA, it’s not my thing, but this was one of the few (along with Amy Jo Cousins‘ Off Campus) that makes me see what people love about it.

  1. Recommend a book you love, but feel is under appreciated

I read a kind of threesome (not that kind) last year. The Devil Lancer by Astrid Amara is an amazing Crimean War-set historical paranormal. Tournament of Shadows by SA Meade is also Crimean-set, not paranormal, and focusing on the espionage of the war (I would pay good money for more Great Game romances. In the Presence of Mine Enemy by Helena Maeve brings us up to modern spy times. All marvellously atmospheric m/m romances, compellingly readable and convincingly grounded, that deserved a lot more attention.

  1. Favourite queer romance hero

I’m a sucker for flawed protagonists in any form of romance. Milord in Alexis Hall‘s Prosperity (who has his own story in Shackles) is an unrepentantly bad, bad man. Adore. Elijah in The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis by EE Ottoman is cheerfully inhuman (literally). The Duke of Darlington in Untamed by Anna Cowan is a bi cross-dressing psychological wreck with a foul temper. They all make me very happy.

  1. What do you think is the future of queer romance?

Very firmly, that it’s romance. I think that as more and more of the big publishers see that there’s a hungry readership out there, as more big-name authors and opinion formers read and write queer romance and bring queer stories into het series and so on, and most of all as more readers discover the terrific stories being told, it will become harder for anyone to justify treating queer romance as something to be sold separately or corralled off into a corner. I love this when I see it happening: people saying ‘I’m in the mood for an unusual historical’ or ‘massive UST’ or whatever, and the answers reccing books regardless of the identities of the protagonists. Because that’s not the defining factor people are looking at

What I mean is: I’d recommend Treasure, to give my first example, as a lesbian romance, or as a romance featuring POC main characters, or as an NA, or as a class-divide story, or as a contemporary romance, because it is all of those things, not just the first. I think it’s slowly dawning on publishers and booksellers that you sell more copies if you don’t type a book as just one thing, or hide it in just one channel. And selling more copies is, of course, the great motor of publishing change.

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If you’re new to KJ Charles’ work, here’s a little bit about her latest release…

A Fashionable IndulgenceIn the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

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About the Author:

KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat.

KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. She specialises in editing romance, especially historical and fantasy, and also edits children’s fiction.

She is represented by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency, and published by Samhain and Loveswept.

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#NewRelease: A Shattered Heart, by @AuthorTiffany

The second book in Tiffany King’s Fractured Lives series is here! Now you can all read A Shattered Heart like I did recently (here’s my review). I’m really enjoying this series ever since finishing A Shattered Moment earlier in the year. Now, I can’t wait to see what else King has for her readers. For now, here’s a bit more about her new book…

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A Shattered Heart

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From Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Shattered Moment, comes book 2 in the Fractured Lives Series.

A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen “Kat” Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.

Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.

Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on each other, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again.

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This book releases next week, but you can find pre-orders on:

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If you’d like to read A Shattered Moment, you can find it  from:

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About the Author:

Tiffany King new profile pictureUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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