Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: To Have and to Harm by Debra Doxer


Title: To Have and to Harm 
Series: The Remedy Series
Author: Debra Doxer
Cover Design: Okay Creations 
Release Day: JUNE 10TH 


She kept everyone from harm, except herself… 
Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts. 
Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption. 
She saved him. Then she left him…
She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it? 
Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.
With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices to be together again. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language. ~




About Keep You From Harm (Remedy Series 1) 

Secrets… 

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart. 

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built. 

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.




Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”





Meet Van Blitz: Last Second Chance by Caisey Quinn




MEET VAN

BIO
Twenty-six year old lead singer and guitar player for Hostage for Ransom. Currently residing at The Second Chance Ranch rehabilitation facility in Dallas, TX. He is originally from New York but lives in LA when he's not on the road with his band. 

LIKES 
Bourbon and brunettes. And blondes. And redheads. 

DISLIKES 
Anyone or anything that gets in his way. 

VICES 
Whatever drowns out the painful memories of his past. 

INK 
A black-winged angel on his back. A full sleeve on one arm depicting the path that led him to music.    A small cross below his left thumb. And some more, um, intimate ink in places you have to discover for yourself. 




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EXCERPT 

“Damn you taste good, cowgirl,” he told her once she’d ridden out the remaining violent waves of ecstasy. “Here, taste.” Ignoring her wide eyes, he pressed his mouth to hers and lashed his tongue inside. He knew the sugared honey that was her arousal flared her desire because she clamped her legs around him and gripped his biceps hard enough to hurt. The way she dug her fingers in, as if she were holding onto him for dear life, made him ache to be inside her.
“Made up your mind yet?”
She pulled back from their kiss, still panting enough to make his entire life. “About?”
“Whether or not you believe the rumors. About me. Be honest.”
An impish grin lifted her lips. “Well, I can say with absolute certainty that you are, in fact, a madman.”
“That’s what they tell me, sweetheart.” He brushed his lips softly against hers to show her that, even as crazed as he was, madman or not, he could be gentle too—if that’s what she needed.
“Van…I need you,” she breathed. “Soon.”
The plea soothed every open wound he’d nursed for as long as he could remember. She needed him. And unlike the last woman who’d needed him, the one he’d failed miserably, he would be what Stella Jo Chandler needed. He would keep this one safe.
“You’ll have me. Soon. We’ll just have to be careful. I don’t want to cost you your job, cowgirl.”
She nodded. His eyes met hers and he saw it. She trusted him completely.
He would be worthy of that trust. Of her.
Or so help him, he’d cut out his own damn heart. 


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Release Day and Giveaway: Searching For Perfect by Jennifer Probst

SEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst
Searching For, #2
Adult Contemporary Romance 


SearchingforPerfectThe up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client. Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . . Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else? 

 

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Jennifer Probst Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

  

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Education of Sebastian & The Education of Caroline

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Education Series (The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline) by Jane Harvey-Berrick 

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Synopsis
The Education of Sebastian
Trapped in a loveless marriage, thirty year old Caroline Wilson moves to San Diego after her military husband earns a promotion. Feeling lost and alone Caroline strikes up a friendship with young local surfer Sebastian Hunter.
Sebastian has more than friendship on his mind when he runs into Caroline on the beach. But when sparks fly friendship turns into an illicit love that threatens them both.

The Education of Caroline
Now a successful journalist, Caroline heads out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Chief Sebastian Hunter.
Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past?

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The first time I read these books I loved them, they left such an impact on me that when I had the opportunity to re read them for the re-release I jumped at the chance.  

These books are full of emotion, good and bad and will keep you reading until the small hours of the morning. 

Jane Harvey-Berrick is a remarkable writer, she takes a story and writes it from her heart and soul but more than that she makes you feel what the characters are feeling and in these books she deals with some serious issues, such as PTSD, The War, and Love between two people who want to be together but because of circumstances and ages they had to hide their relationship from everyone and ultimately pay the price.

There is so much in these books, laughter, love, emotion but also knowledge of what people have to suffer when they return from the War and what they deal with while being there. That in itself was so emotional for me to read but also remarkable to read what people do over there to keep our countries and citizens safe. 



The Education of Sebastian is based on an Army Base and everyone in this book is either an officer or family member of an army personnel. The Education of Sebastian:- I felt we got the first insight into Caroline and her feelings in the prologue 
“I’ve often wondered why brides-to-be speak with such excitement of their wedding day – the best day of their lives, Doesn’t that imply that it’s all downhill from then on"?

Sebastian is a young boy when Caroline first meets him and you can tell he is such a lonely boy, his parent's don’t love him, he is an only child that has never felt loved. 


Sebastian is in awe of Caroline and her father’s interaction and love her father has for her, you can see he wants that for himself and it is so lovely to see that Sebastian is so taken by the way Caroline's father is with him. 


Sebastian's father is a bully and an abuser, he frequently beat up on Sebastian and my heart broke everytime we heard about it, from the beginning of the book until the end of book one there are signs all the way through of how Sebastian’s father treated him 
“ I fucking warned you what I’d do if you did that again when you should be studying” 

Sebastian loves to surf, he wants to go to colleage to study but his father wants him to enlist and join the army like him

Caroline and her mother also do not have the best of relationships as you can see when on Caroline’s wedding day her mother’s comments cut her to the bone, never one to compliment her own daughter 
“He’s too good for you, of course, Caroline, but we’ll do the best we can. Well, I shall do my best to make you attractive, although ‘pretty’ is too much to hope for you. Oh you look so much like your father” 

Caroline adores her father and he in return loves her no matter what and is so full of life and love for his daughter and cannot help but show it to her everytime he is with her. 

David – Caroline’s husband, well he is complex, he basically wants to keep Caroline in the home doing everything for him, everything has to be done in a certain way at a certain time and to his specific instructions, even when they are making love, it is on David’s terms and on his say so. He is very controlling and likes order but when he brings that into a marriage it makes everyone around him sad. 
“ I hated it when he ordered me around – which was most of the time, admittedly. But it was really grating on me” 

The feelings between the two of them is not only powerful but also scary to both of them, however, Sebastian has no fear, he knows he wants to be with Caroline no matter what, he knows he loves her, but Caroline is different, she is married, yes it is a loveless marriage but married all the same, she has trepidations and feelings she cannot understand 
“why the hell did he have such an effect on me”?

'Uncertain of so many things about myself, about my life, I knew that I wanted Sebastian. I wanted him very badly'

The hardest thing either of these two can do is love each other it is difficult for both of them but they do the best they can. 
“It amo tanto, Sebastian sepmre e per sempre” 

I could write so much about this first book but it would give into too many spoilers and I will not consciously do that, let me say this though that the ending to this first book may take people by surprise, I know that the first time I read this book I was shocked and I just had to read The Education of Caroline to find out what happened so that is where I will now pick up from. 

The Education of Caroline:

We catch up with Caroline 10 year later, she has a career, she has a lovely home on Long Island, she is doing what she wanted to do, but is she happy? 

Caroline is now a freelance journalist and reports from war zones for news papers and she is amazingly good at it. She has her own voice, her own opinion and in this book we see a very different Caroline, she is independent, she is her own person. 
“Despite what happened that day, despite what happened later, I can’t bring myself to regret the events of that summer, because Sebastian taught me how to love” 

Caroline is sent to Geneva by her paper before going to Afghanistan to report on the troops behind the enemy lines but first she has to do a safety course, of which she has done many times It is here that she runs into…. Sebastian or Chief Hunter to be precise

I was both angry and sad at them at the beginning of the second book. Sebastian has become an angry man over the years, but why???.   I would never have thought that these two who loved each other so much could be so distant from each other and at odds with each other. These two have so many unresolved issues in this book that they need to sit and discuss and eventually Caroline gives in when Sebastian asks to talk to her. 
“His voice sounded so desolate, my resolution bean to waver, buck and give way entirely” 

At one point it is clear that Sebastian has given Caroline cause to fear him and this is devastating to him, mortified with himself as he still loves Caroline . As they begin to talk Sebastian opens up about his life and realizes that Caroline has got on with her life like she wanted to do, however, through their talking you can tell he wanted to know more, he wants to know if Caroline still loved him. 

As time goes on the easier these two are around each other and Caroline and Sebastian takes this opportunity to travel around Italy it is clear that these two still have feelings for each other, they just can’t hide the attraction between them but can they get back what they had??. 

‘As the sun set, sinking into the sea beneath us. It was a perfect and poignant end to a magical few days’.- I loved this to me it showed not only the sadness these two felt after being together for some magical days but also the dread they had of being apart from each other yet again. 

The way Jane has described the places that Sebastian and Caroline visit is brilliant, she is so descriptive you can imagine yourself there which makes the book come alive and so real. 

Jane wrote so realistically about the camps, the transport, the armour and the weapons, the atmosphere, it made you appreciate what everyone did over there for us all. 

Life was not easy out there for either of these two and the drama that followed was so emotional, I cried and cried yet again, no matter how many times I read these books I cry at the same point each time. 

What happened once Caroline got back to Kabul was devastating and emotional to say the least all I will say is that you get a real insight into people's lives after returning from these places.  This was difficult to read but so lovingly written. 
I loved it when Sebastian said to Caroline “Caro, I don’t understand. Why do you love me”? and Caroline's reply “Just because….. because the sky is blue and the sea is green” 
This is my favorite phrase in the whole book, so loving and heartfelt.

The epilogues and extra chapters that Jane wrote in this edition were brilliant, the insight she put into all these extra’s was truly amazing, it was like reading missing bits of their lives and gave new meaning to the words that were written and the feelings of both Sebastian and Caroline. You really need to read them yourself to know everything for yourself but I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. 

I loved the new epilogue that took place three years after the original epilogue everything about it spoke volumes to me, and what was truly important……. Family!!!! 

This book and bonus chapters and epilogue area truly amazing to read. 

We have been given a truly amazing book with such insight into everything that this couple have endured and into some aspects that people who have had loved ones in the war and come back from the war have to deal with.

Jane Harvey-Berrick is a brilliant author whom more people should know about.

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I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.
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Release Day: The Curse Breakers by Denise Grover Swank

Curse Breakers

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For more than four hundred years, the Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. All that changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil…even as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both.
Now Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity—and herself—from the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston, a handsome professor of Native American studies whose skepticism is surpassed only by his attraction to Ellie. Together they must finish what the Curse Keepers began, defying the forces of darkness to face hell on earth—and unlock the truth of Ellie’s destiny.


There are no words to describe how much I love this book. This book goes into what happened after the curse has been broken. It also shows how Ellie has grown into her own person. Ellie is stronger than ever before, and with the help of a very handsome Englishman named David, she gets down to what she needs to do, closing that gate. In this book there are not only spirits chasing Ellie, but there are also two thugs, and a police officer that is becoming more and more suspicious. 

This is by far the best book out of the series. It has you on the edge of your seat, and it makes you stay engaged with the whole story. It won't let you put it down. It pulls you in and it never lets you go. You WILL have a book hangover after reading this book. Then you will go back and read it again! 

Denise has taken this book to a different level than The Curse Keepers. She has done enough research on the subject at hand, that she sounds like an expert in it!



Denise

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.