Release Day Blitz: Someone I Used to Know by Tessa Marie

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synCharlotte was not looking forward to Spring Break. No technology and a boy she can’t stand. But when she realizes the boy is actually a hot guy now, and wants to hang out with her (!) she cant help but think this break may turn into something pretty awesome. But, is he harboring a secret that will challenge their budding relationship?

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Tessa Marie aka Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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ARC Review: Chasing Forevermore-J.D. Rivera

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Mackenzie…

After being dealt a hard life, things were finally looking up. I had a wonderful boyfriend and perfect daughter.

Life was great.

But at some point, your past always comes back to haunt you, crashing into you when you least expect it. And all you can do is weather the storm, even if it’s hell bent on destroying everything.

Hayes…

Perfect girlfriend, check.

Perfect daughter, check.

All that was missing was Mackenzie sharing my last name. But life is never that easy. And some choices you make can destroy everything. I just pray I didn’t fuck up beyond repair. Because I can’t live my life without her and I’d do anything to make it right again.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author.

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for a short, sweet, and realistic romance 
  • You’ve read Chasing the Stars and you’re dying to know what happened to Mackenzie and Hayes

PROS:

  • The attraction between Hayes and Mackenzie is undeniable as ever. The easy-going, warm way they are with each other makes them feel like a happily ever after in the making. They’re playful and loving, they glow right off the pages.
  • Mackenzie’s fears are real and well founded. No matter how solid we feel  in a relationship, the moment doubt creeps in, we start second guessing everything. Mackenzie’s love for Hayes is enough for her to wish his absolute happiness above her own. 
  • The scene at the rock, under the stars. OMG, everything stood still, my heart stopped, I did not, could not believe. Shock, fear, sadness all collided with an overwhelming urge to shake Mackenzie.

CONS:

  • Some sections are extensive and other scenes fall short and feel clipped.
  • The ending is abrupt and cuts off, it feels rushed and a little too easily resolved.
  • The drama with Mackenzie’s family, particularly her estranged brother should have been an emotional whirlwind as Mackenzie struggled to process her feelings but like many of the other scenes, they were short and didn’t have the emotional build up or impact. Mackenzie doesn’t go through a grieving process and everything piles up. There are a few loose ends that leave the story feeling like it could have been taken a step further. 

ExcerptChapter One

Mackenzie
     My life was perfect. I had the perfect boyfriend, the perfect daughter—I can honestly say I’d never been this happy in my entire life.
     Rolling over, my heart leapt at the sight of my man. Hayes was sleeping peacefully, the sheet flung below his hips, showing off his impressive chest. He had always been hot, but since he came back into my life, he’d gotten hotter, if that were possible. His chest and six pack were very impressive, along with his biceps. But that wasn’t what made my heart leap. It was his new tattoo. A huge star between his pecs with “Harley” written inside. Mac, his nickname for me, was over his heart, but that tattoo had been there for a while.
     “Why don’t you stop checking me out and kiss me instead?” Hayes rasped, pulling me on top of him.
 
     I giggled and let my lips seal over his. He immediately deepened the kiss and I sighed. Not only was he great looking, he was also a great kisser, among other things.
     “Happy birthday eve,” he whispered against my lips before kissing me again.
     “Thanks,” I said, pulling back and looking at the clock on the nightstand. “I better get up and get dressed. Why did I sign up for a morning class?”
     “I don’t know, babe. Can I join—”
     “Dadddddyyyy!” Harley yelled from her room.
     “Never mind.” He sighed and we both got out of bed.
     I stood still for a minute, listening to him talk to Harley. Hayes was such a good father. He had been since the moment he laid eyes on her, and it still shocked me. He had always been a player and a big partier, but I guess that just goes to show, if you really love someone, you’ll change.
     I headed into the bathroom, brushed my teeth, and took a quick shower before digging out a long sleeve black t-shirt and ripped jeans. I placed my wet hair in a bun and didn’t even bother with makeup. I wasn’t trying to impress anyone.
     When I stepped into the kitchen, Hayes was feeding Harley and he had a bowl full of cereal waiting for me. “I didn’t know how long you’d be and didn’t want it to be gross, so I left out the milk.”
     “Thanks,” I said, grabbing the milk out of the fridge and adding it to the bowl. After placing it back in its spot, I walked to the table and sat down. I scooped up a big bite and chewed the sugary goodness. “So, what are your plans for the day?”
     He shrugged. “Same as always. Although, I was thinking about going over to Carson’s and hanging out before I pick Harley up from the sitter.”
     I smiled and shoveled more cereal into my mouth. I’d never actually asked, mainly because I’m scared of his answer, but I’d been worried Hayes only sticks around because it’s the right thing to do. He’d been hanging out with Carson a lot over the last month, and I had overheard Hayes and Carson talking about old parties. Once I heard Carson refer to them as the “good ole days”, I felt that maybe Hayes’ “change” was only because he felt obligated.
     I mean, hell, he had replaced me quite easily. When we had reconnected, he had been dating a girl who looked similar to me for several months. Hayes had claimed he dated her because she was as close to me as he could get, but maybe he’d be better off with her. Young and carefree, not strapped down with a child. Stop it. He loves you. He loves Harley. Of course, I knew that, but insecurities died hard.
     “Babe, are you okay?” Hayes asked, snapping me out of my thoughts.
     I cleared my throat. “Yeah. I’m good,” I said, glancing at him. “I was just thinking about class.”
     “You sure that’s all you were thinking about?”
     I took one last bite of my cereal and stood before heading to the sink. “I’m sure.” I rinsed the bowl and placed it in the dishwasher. “We still leaving tomorrow morning for your parents’ house?” Tomorrow would be my birthday, the day before Thanksgiving. Hayes had planned a big celebration for me.
     “Of course.”
     “Since you want to hang out with Carson, I’ll pick Harley up from the sitter after my last class.”
     “Babe, I’ll pick her up. I have one class today and I’m only going to stop by his place for an hour or so.”
     “Okay,” I replied, then kissed Harley before walking into the living room to grab my bag. “I’ll see you tonight.” I knew it wasn’t fair, he deserved to hang out with his friends, but I couldn’t help the tightness in my chest.
     “Are you not going to tell me goodbye?” Hayes asked, spinning me around. “I won’t push you to tell me what’s wrong, but you better at least give me a kiss.”
     I smiled weakly, then placed a kiss on his lips. “Sorry,” I whispered. “I’m not sure what’s wrong with me.”
     Hayes smashed his lips against mine, giving me a hard, lingering kiss before pulling back. “I love you.”
     “I love you, too,” I said before opening the door and leaving.
 
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     Heading to the union after leaving my second class of the day, my cell began ringing.
     I smiled at Miranda’s name on the screen. “Hey.”
     “Hey, isn’t today when you have that big gap between your second and third class?”
     “Yeah,” I replied, weaving in and out of people walking along the sidewalk.
     “Brad and I were wondering if you’d like to come have lunch with us. He’s picking me up in front of the union.”
     “Yes. I was on my way there anyway. I’ll see you in a minute.”
     “Great. I’ll be waiting.”
     We disconnected and I couldn’t help the sudden pep in my step. Maybe having lunch with my two best friends was exactly what I needed.
     I picked up my pace, walking as fast as I could until I reached the front of the building. Miranda’s long blonde hair waved in the wind, making her easy to spot.
     “Hey, you,” I said, coming to stand beside her and placing my arm around her.
     “I have missed you,” she replied, wrapping her arms around me. Miranda was my very best friend, aside from her boyfriend and my adoptive brother, Brad. And, of course, Hayes.
     “You just saw me like three days ago.”
     “I know, but I still missed you.” She looked down the street. “Brad should be here any minute.”
     “Okay.”
     I took a deep breath and tried to relax. I had no idea what had me all messed up inside, but I needed to get it under control. I knew Hayes loved me, and I knew he loved Harley. Maybe it was our impending trip back to Maverick and knowing I’d be there for more than a couple days. Running into my parents was a high possibility…if they still lived there. I was sure Hayes’ parents knew, but I never asked. I didn’t really want to know.
     “Here he comes,” Miranda said, stepping closer to the street.
     I glanced up and saw Brad’s big black truck pulling up in front of us. I walked closer and opened the back door, pulling myself up and in. “Hi,” I said. “I hope you don’t mind me crashing your lunch date.”
     Brad gave Miranda a peck on the lips before turning to face me. “Mackenzie, you know you are always welcome.”
     I smiled. “Thanks.” Brad could always make me feel better with just a simple sentence. He was my confidant, and basically, my and Harley’s savior. I had a deep love for him.
     “Where do you two pretty ladies want to go?”
     “Anywhere,” I replied as Miranda said, “Pasta House. I want lasagna.”
     I shrugged. “Fine with me.” Brad nodded and pulled away, but not before catching my eye in the rearview mirror. He knew something was wrong.
     “How was class, beautiful?” he asked Miranda, and I checked out. They hadn’t been dating long, but I knew they were it for each other. They were both blissfully happy, and neither of them felt beholden to the other.
     I was so gone in my thoughts, I didn’t even realize we had parked until Brad opened my door with a raised brow. “You coming?”
     Shaking my head to clear my thoughts, I said, “Sorry. I’m just spacey today.”
     “You will tell me what’s wrong. You know that, right?”
     I nodded. “I know. But I promise I’m okay.” I looked around, noticing we were alone. “Where is Miranda?”
     “She had to pee so she raced inside. Tell me what’s wrong.”
     I sighed. “Sometimes I just wonder if Hayes sticks around because he feels like he has to.”
     Brad’s eyebrows bunched. “What the hell, Mackenzie? That boy loves you.”
     “I know he does. I do. But I feel like I’m making him give everything up. He doesn’t get to have fun anymore.”
     “I can promise you he is perfectly happy. You need to stop worrying.”
     I looked to the ground. “It’s just—”
     “Don’t you dare even go there.” He took my chin in his hand, forcing me to look at him. “You are good enough for him. You and Harley are all he wants.”
     I nodded. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just feel like I’m holding him back…with everything.” I shrugged. “Thank you for being here. I don’t know what I’d do without you.” I wrapped my arms around him and closed my eyes as he hugged me back.
     “I’m always going to be here, kiddo.” He released me, flashing a smile. “Now let’s go eat. I’m starving.”
J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.
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Blog Tour & Review: Run-Gillian Zane

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cooltext1889161239 copyZombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.

Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.

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***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review and with participation in this tour. 

PROS:

  • The pace is fast, the story zooms along as the Alexis and Blake give into their base, carnal urges. The romance propels the plot forward that it becomes more love story than apocalyptic thriller. 
  • Blake and Alexis have instantaneous, undeniable chemistry that melts off the pages. It’s sexy, explicit, and will make you blush. 
  • The military set up and the security guys were memorable. They had personality and kinky preferences that are comical and engaging.

CONS:

  • The sex scenes while scorching hot almost feel like filler there are so many of them.
  • There wasn’t enough zombie on human carnage. The adrenaline was way down because of the spacing. Inserting a sex scene in every other chapter in a book this short distracted from the fear and anxiety that should have been there.
  • There was tons of sexual description, graphic and detailed but the other elements were neglected. I have no clue what most characters look like other than hair color and being hot, the violence wasn’t as gory as I expected from a zombie 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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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Ultraviolet-Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book ULTRAVIOLET. Ultraviolet is a novella series that is labeled as Young Adult Horror/supernatural/mystery/romance. Enjoy a sneak peek below and make sure to enter the giveaway!

cooltext1889161239 copyHidden in the Red Hill Mountains is the quiet town of Hollows Grove.

In that town, there is a field where a secret is buried deep beneath the ground.

And in that field is where Mila was found abandoned with no memory of her past and haunted by visions of the future.

Nine years later, Mila’s life is almost as normal as any other eighteen-year-old. That is until she starts foreseeing the murder of Nyjah Bradley, a guy she’s never met before, but whose face is branded into her mind.

Constantly plagued by the vision, Mila decides to track Nyjah down and warn him of his impending death. But when the search leads her back to Hollows Grove, she learns there’s more to the sleepy town than meets the eye.

cooltext1921345213 copyGoosebumps dot my arms as I become highly aware that there’s not a single drop of noise within earshot. Not even our shoes hitting the dirt make a sound. I want to ask Novela if she notices it, but I don’t want to risk upsetting her more than she is. I try to keep it to myself but then I hear the soft pitter-patter of light footsteps rushing up behind us.

Do you hear us? Do you hear us?

Welcome back. Welcome back.

We’ve been waiting for you, Mila.

Our gazes lock and without looking back, Novela and I take off in a mad sprint down the road

“Oh my God, we’re going to die,” she pants as she struggles desperately to keep up with me.

“We’re not going to die.” I gasp for air as I push my legs harder than I ever have before.

I don’t know what’s behind us. If it’s following us. What it wants. But as we near the edge of town, I dare look back over my shoulder and instantly wish I wouldn’t have. Because standing in the darkness of the road, watching us from a distance, is a lofty figure.

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Short Story Blitz: Capricious, The Winter of Harms, Turmoil (Before I Break series)-Alec John Belle

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These short stories are releasing two weeks apart from one another, from different character perspectives, they will lead up to the main event of the release of Before I Break. These stories are FREE and will be posted on Author Alec John Belle’s Blog Before I Break and the short stories are young adult focusing on LGBT and social issues.

 
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cooltext1889161239 copyIn this haunting prequel short story to Before I Break, Jake struggles with the idea of religion, homosexuality, and life as he deals with an obvious mental illness.
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cooltext1889161239 copyIn Avery’s journal, read to uncover the start of Avery’s depression, and the mistake that almost takes his life.

 

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As Melissa gets into her relationship with Cyril, she can’t help but look at other girls.  But Melissa loves Cyril, right?

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cooltext1889161239 copyWhen religiously raised Cyril Hayes begins his junior year at East Hill High School, every choice he makes suffers a greater consequence, and while facing challenges of friends, family, and love, learns that hate and intolerance are also a very large part of our world today.

Cyril Hayes is seemingly just like any other male his age. He has the perfect girlfriend, Melissa Summers, his best friend, Jake Rivers, and a lawyer father who brings home enough money to support his family and then some. When Cyril begins his junior year, he doesn’t expect his life to spiral out of control when he meets Avery Branson, the new kid in school who has a big secret: he’s gay.

At first, Cyril doesn’t handle this truth well, due to the way he was raised, but as the story progresses, he ventures deep into the reality of homosexuality and begins to accept Avery for who he is. Not everyone is happy with Cyril’s new friend, including Jake, who believes that homosexuality is a sin and is refusing to change his beliefs.

But Avery isn’t the only one at East Hill with secrets, and soon a tragedy will strike, knocking Cyril’s world completely off balance and leaving a scar on his heart that will change his view of humanity all together.

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Cover Reveal: Alessandra-Lizzy Ford

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Alessandra (#1, Omega Beginnings Miniseries)

Short story. Prequel miniseries to the “Omega Series.”

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Five-year-old Alessandra is obsessed with Disney movies, tea parties and just wants a real birthday party for once in her life. But normal kids don’t bring their toys to life for afternoon tea or see the colorful threads of magic and energy clinging to everything around them.

Normal kids don’t know that gargoyles feel pain, either, or invite one to live in their closet.

On her sixth birthday, Alessandra begins to learn the truth. She’s special, and the men in the black van are coming for her.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Love & Decay Season 3 Episode 1-Rachel Higginson

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

It’s been six months since Reagan Willow fled the Colony and Matthias Allen’s tyrannical clutches. Six months since she broke Hendrix Parker’s heart. Six months since she watched Kane Allen sacrifice his life to save hers.
Whatever was left of her already-tattered life during the Zombie Apocalypse fell apart six months ago. Now, on the cusp of crossing the Mexican border, there is hope that she might lead her friends to a better existence.

Except Zombies are only the beginning of their problems. Reagan and her friends must battle the elements, armies of Feeders and bounty hunters desperate to drag them back to the Colony to face their greatest threat.

The Colony’s power stretches wide and far. Their only hope is to outrun Matthias and get to Mexico.

Love and Decay, Episode One is the first episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

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cooltext1544204149 copyZombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

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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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