Promo & Giveaway: Make Me Believe-Karen Ferry

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Make Me Believe (Believe #1) by Karen Ferry
Publication Date: July 6, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Sometimes, a chance meeting is just the push you need in order to break free from the darkness within…

My name is Emma, I’m 23, and I’ve never been kissed. I’m no virgin…But kissing is too intimate, too intense, and I don’t want that – not ever. I like sex, though, and most of my hook-ups don’t seem to mind the no-kissing part.

But then I meet Daniel, who’s such a geek, and definitely not the kind of guy I’d normally take an interest to. He’s the shy, quiet type, but with such a charming smile, and he makes my heart race – something I’ve never experienced before.

Daniel has his own issues to work through, and I know my hardened heart shouldn’t melt when he looks at me. I really shouldn’t be falling for him, either, but somehow, he manages to tear down my walls, and I’m scared…because once he learns my secrets, he’ll want nothing to do with me.

All I know is that Daniel makes me feel things that I have never felt before – but do I dare let down my walls and confide in him?

Will I let him be my first kiss?

This is my story, and I’ll reveal everything in my own sweet time…

Just don’t expect all the hearts-and-flowers stuff.
Life is messy, and mine is no different…

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

***Due to possible ‘triggers’ and adult situations (yes, there is lots of sex in this book) it is not recommended to persons under the age of 18.

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Karen Ferry is a thirty-something writer, wife to a quiet, laidback man, and mother to a gorgeous, stubborn, redheaded girl who keeps her parents on their toes.

Karen tends to have a short fuse if she does not get a proper caffeine fix first thing in the mornings, but she is, in fact, a gentle person deep down.

Karen loves Italian food and wine, travelling, and spending time with her family. When she is not writing, she reads – her favourite genres are New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotica and Romantic Suspense. She can never get enough of romance. Or of too many book boyfriends, either.

Even though Karen is Danish, she has always felt more at ease writing stories in English, and she has not read a book in her native tongue in over ten years.

She can be very outspoken and a complete fan girl of other authors online but will, in fact, be very shy once she meets you in person.

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Release Day Blitz: Pep Talks-Ali Dean

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cooltext1889161239 copy(This is the fourth book in the Pepper Jones series, which should be read in order. The first three books in the series may be purchased as a box set for a discounted price, under the title “The Pepper Jones Collection.”)

Pepper’s freshman year at college is a harder transition than she anticipated. Uncertain of her coach’s expectations or her place amongst her new teammates, she struggles to redefine her running goals and identity on the cross country team. Pepper’s steady relationship with Jace should be a source of comfort as she navigates the college social environment, but an unexpected event throws everything between them off track. Also, hear from Jace’s point of view for the first time EVER. Growing up is hard, and when you’re Pepper Jones, running may be the only way to help you get through it.

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cooltext1889161239 copyPepper Jones is ready for an epic cross country season. She wants to qualify for Nationals, and she’s willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. She can handle long miles and hill sprints, but boys? That’s an entirely different challenge.

Pepper’s never considered revealing her deeper feelings for her longtime friend, Jace Wilder. After all, he’s got the personal magnetism and good looks to hook just about any girl in town — and he has. Their friendship stands apart from high school social circles, and they’re both just fine with that (or at least they pretend to be).

That is, until running star Ryan Harding moves to town.

When it comes to running, Pepper’s goals are clear. But when it comes to Jace and Ryan, it’s nowhere near as simple.
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Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin toddlers, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

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Cover Reveal: Stone Deep-Tess Oliver & Anna Hart

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Release Date: 8/25/2015

Cover Model: Lance Jones

Cover Image: Kruse Images & Photography (https://www.facebook.com/KIPmodelsandboudoir)

cooltext1889161239 copyYou’ve heard from Colt and Hunter Stone, and now it’s time for Slade’s story. You thought the other two were tough bad boys? Just wait.

Slade Stone needs to straighten out his life. It’s time, he decides, to get a real job, steer clear of trouble and think about a future. But his good intentions go completely awry when Britton Henley stumbles into his life and his heart. Now, like it or not, Slade is in deep.

Britton Henley is out for one thing– revenge. The last thing she expected on her path to avenge her twin sister’s death was to lose her heart to Slade Stone.

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Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Freefall.

She is a former teacher, who now dedicates her morning caffeine rush to writing romance instead of teaching math and reading. Tess lives in California, the land of perpetual sunshine and traffic, with her husband, kids and five dogs. She is a longtime romance junkie, who likes her hero to be an alpha with a twist of compassion and if he has long hair and rides a horse or a motorcycle all the better. She writes young adult, new adult and adult romance in both contemporary and historical settings. When she’s not reading or writing romance, she can be found hiking, vacuuming up dog hair or baking goodies for her family.

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Review & Giveaway: Created-Peiri Ann

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Created (Created #1) by Peiri Ann
Publication Date: July 24, 2015
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi, Young Adult

cooltext1889161239 copyAfter a devastating world war, our government has manufactured genetically altered humans. These ‘creations’ are designed to manage and enforce law and order amongst the citizens. Creations don’t know fear or pain. Their sole function is to fight the enemy and live to battle again.

Orphans Kylie Alexander and her twin brother, Lukahn were born for this purpose. Dedicating their lives to sharpening their deadly skills and forfeiting the chance of love and freedom. They ready themselves for Separation, the deadly rite of passage where the oldest teens are drafted into the final preparation for war.

When Kylie and Luke are shipped off to separation three months early, questions arise. Who is the real enemy? What is really happening beyond the fractured sanctuary of the training compound?

Humans and creations alike have become lethal foes when a plague of the living dead becomes the number one hazard. Strategies change as the twins discover they may not be the saviors of humankind after all.

They may be the real enemy of the people.

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***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review

+++Triggers: Abuse, mature themes, action/violence

PROS:

  • I’m a huge fan of epic fight scenes and Created has some of the best. If you’re looking for heart-stopping zombie slaughter, complete with grotesque, sticky details you’re in luck. The violence is brilliant and full of that wonderful adrenaline rush of danger. When the Creations push themselves to the limits, throwing punches and taking hits, it’s a total thrill.
  • Tension is out of this world. Kylie and Marc are deliciously awkward one moment and sexually explosive the next. The build up in enough to drive you crazy.
  • The genetic engineering of the Creations, the Separation, and the military style rearing to dismiss all emotions is both a blessing and a curse. These are super soldiers that have the best chance of rebuilding America from the ashes but when faced with feelings, they’re more confused than anything, they don’t know how to process. The struggle to decipher these alien urges is half the fun.
  • Twin connection is taken to a whole new level. Kylie and Luke are inseparable, they care for each other fiercely, nothing comes before their other half. Emotions are a risk and even what they feel for each other they see as genetically determined. Yet, the big brother side of Luke comes out in the best way, he’s overprotective of his baby sister. It’s adorable.

CONS:

  • The connection to the alien race, Luke and Kylie’s role as Creations, and the purpose of the zombies were not thoroughly explained. It felt as though tiny explanations were thrown in here and there and then cut off, left for the reader to infer. 
  • How the world came to be in its catastrophic state, the reason for Creations, relations with other nations, and the fact that aliens were involved at all were plugging into the final chapter of the book-a chapter which should have been at the beginning and is even, bizarrely enough, titled “The Beginning”. Had this section been at the start of the book, so many questions would have been answered about the setting and characters roles. Instead, it’s weirdly placed and reads like an informative summary. 
  • Cory and Kylie’s past is mentioned on countless occasions but his aggressive pursuit is off. It felt as though there was a huge gap in the storyline that should have been there in memories or reflections to get the full effect. 
  • The ending choppy and clipped. So much happens in such a short span of time that it unbalanced the book as a whole. Other elements of the story were extensive and a little winded, parts that were nowhere near as crucial to both storyline and emotional impact.

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Peiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities.

Writing is a passion. I fell in love with it when i was a child and I am privileged to share it with you. I love writing fun/tragic adventurous novels with strong romantic elements from YA to New Adult. (reachme@peiriann.com)

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Release Day Blitz: Fight-Gillian Zane

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cooltext1889161239 copyThe zombie apocalypse was Alexis Winter’s first challenge. It won’t be her last.

Life on S-Island hasn’t been easy, but Alexis and her fellow survivors are making the best of their new lives in a post-Z world. Every day is a struggle, a struggle to find food, to keep the zombies from their door and to prepare for anything this new world might throw at them. There is no room for heartache, there is no room for mourning the lost, there is only one focus: the fight for survival. And there is definitely no room for love. At least that is what Alexis keeps telling herself.

The second installment in the NOLA Zombie series by Gillian Zane. Be warned, there will be monsters, living and dead, there will be very intense sexy-time and there will be a third book.

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cooltext1889178114 copyGillian Zane has been writing fiction stories since she was first able to put pen to paper. She has published a few non-fiction books in her field of study, which is Art, but finally, after all, these years her first fiction novella is being released. Gillian is obsessed with anything that gives her a thrill and feels adding romance to any storyline is a good thing. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She lives with her husband, too many animals in a little house that has way too many books.

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Cover Reveal: Every Wrong Reason-Rachel Higginson

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Available September 22, 2015

72b4a-synopsisFirst comes love.

Then comes marriage.

Then comes the… really nasty divorce.

Kate Carter thought she married her soul mate. She thought she had her happily ever after. But seven years into Kate’s marriage, she realizes that her husband Nick is not what she wanted. He’s selfish, he’s oblivious and he doesn’t love her anymore.

Maybe she doesn’t love him anymore either.

Divorce is the only option if either of them wants to find happiness.

Kate and Nick thought they knew what they wanted, but neither is prepared for the heartache that separating will bring them. The journey they embark on is not the freedom they wished for, but a painful look at the people they’ve become.

At the end of it, Kate has to decide if this is really the life she wants or if maybe there’s a way to salvage her broken heart.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes-Sabaa Tahir

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Created of sinless, smokeless fire. They rode the winds and read the stars, and their beauty was the beauty of wild places.

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‘There are two kinds of guilt,’ I say softly. ‘The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged, but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you, Elias.’

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‘Fear can be good, Laia. It can keep you alive. But don’t let it control you. Don’t let it sow doubts within you. When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible, to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.’

cooltext1889161239 copyLaia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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An Ember in the Ashes is a dark and brilliant tale of passion and perseverance. An intricate world of military aggression, scholarly downfall, and rebellion mixed with creatures of legend, there’s something for everyone. 

PROS:

  • The Masks and the Commandant are sadistic, despicable entities. They torture and revel in pain. Some parts are extremely graphic and gruesome. Blood and gore, danger, fear are all heady and dizzying realities. The slaves live in a perpetual state of uncertainty and hopelessness. The military state is oppressive and violent. They take and deal out pain on whim and don’t flinch when taking lives. People are worthless to them, especially Scholars. They’re to be used and discarded without thought. 
  • The An Ember in the Ashes world is complex and gritty. Torn between duty and survival, characters vary between brainwashed to vigilante. The life of a slave girl is worlds away from the grueling trials Masks suffer, and yet none have freedom, none have escaped pain, torment, and loss. Everyone has the weight of the Empire on their soul. 
  • Magic and mystery add another dimension to the plot. The Augers, the startling truth of the Scholar downfall, and the resurgence of mystical creatures adds a smoky, sinister mood to the story, one that brings foreboding, mischief, and dire circumstances. The creatures in the Trials are beings of myth and fairy tales. It’s kind of ironic that in order to prevail, the Masks, who have discarded the Tribal folks and the Scholars must rely on the swirling words of legend to survive. 
  • Laia is a frightened little bird who shoulders the greatness of her parents without hope of ever living up to their bravery. Laia doubts herself. Living in the shadows of her parents memory, the prowess of her brother, and the gentle hands of her grandparents, Laia can’t fathom coming close to their courage. They’d risked everything, suffered months of torture for a cause that Laia in unworthy (in her eyes) to be a part of. Laia has never had to make life or death decisions and when it counts, her failure cripples her. Laia grows and learns that she is enough. Listening to her brother’s voice in her head, Laia finds the fire within herself to fight, to sacrifice, and to risk, consequences be damned. Laia’s bravery is long coming and fierce. She prevails where others cannot. 
  • Elias hates his life. He’s too aware of the injustices of the Masks and the whole Empire. He can’t live with the notion of hurting others, of being so careless with lives just because he’s skilled with a sword. All Elias wants is to escape his heritage and his fate but his choices are robbed from him. Elias feels lost and lonely. His soul is in jeopardy. Elias is powerful, sexy, and compassionate. Where others resign themselves to the cruelty of the world, Elias interferes. He loves and he hurts along with those who suffer. His heart, his ability to feel so deeply are his burden to bear. 
  • The romance is compelling, eye-opening, and raw. Each pairing has something tragic and beautiful about it. The heat is slow simmering, bold and honest. 

CONS:

  • After the initial brutally graphic and horrific raid scene, the story takes a while to pick up. The danger is hot and heavy, but some scenes, particularly Elias’ parts at Blackcliff were hard to get through. 
  • Laia’s trust in the Rebellion group is hard to understand. It’s dire and out of necessity, however, she barely questions and puts faith in the very group that got her family slaughtered. Furthermore, when things start to get extremely suspicious, she brushes it off, only half-heartedly asking questions once or twice. Laia is hardly a pushover, she grows exponentially throughout the story, she’s insanely brave and yet, when it comes down to asking the hard questions, she’s a little oblivious and cowardly. 
  • Big, intense truths were revealed one after the other near the end of the story. On top of the precarious situations and adrenaline rush of the trials, these snippets of story are sucker punches. They hit hard and are a bit overwhelming. The shock is there, full throttle.

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