Archive for March, 2014

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited for a book before. And I read a lot. HOTHOUSE FLOWER is the second in the Calloway Sisters series, so be sure to check out KISS THE SKY (which will rock your socks!) before you dig into this juicy morsel. But Ryke Meadows literally sizzles on the page, so you’ll want to read KTS quickly!

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Title: Hothouse Flower

Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Series: Calloway Sisters #2 (Spin-Off of the Addicted series)

Pub Date: March 28th, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18308266-hothouse-flower?from_search=true

Amazon: Link not available until March. 28th

SUMMARY:

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Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway … she’s all grown up.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

***Authors’ Note***
Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off.

Addicted Series Recommended Reading Order:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)

 

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Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

AUTHOR LINKS:

Goodreads

Krista: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7056935.Krista_Ritchie

Becca:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2754148.Becca_Ritchie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KBRitchie

Website: http://kbritchie.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KBRitchie

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I can’t tell you how excited I am for today! IF ONLY, by A.J. Pine, is special for a number of reasons. First of all, I’m the lucky bitch who got to read it before anyone else. You see, A.J. is my critique partner, and we started down this publishing road together a couple of years ago. She’s my cheerleader, my hand twin, and my soul sister. She’s the tasty vanilla to my dark chocolate. I love her and adore her writing. If you’re looking for a sweet romance, put IF ONLY on your To Be Read list because Noah and Griffin are both delish. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll be seeing more of Griffin really soon! 😉

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for the giveaway, which has some awesome prizes! xoxo

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SYNOPSIS:

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

Find If Only Online:

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/if-only/id832651991

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20798976-if-only

Find A.J. Online: 

Website: http://ajpine.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJ_Pine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajpineauthor

Prize description:

IF ONLY Swag Pack – An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, a pack each of Much Ado About Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado About Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)

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FRENCHED by Melanie Harlow

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Release:
March 18, 2014
 
A  Sexy Adult Contemporary Romance
 
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Mia Devine plans over-the-top weddings for a living. So when it comes to her own nuptials, she spares no expense—hand engraved invitations, Vera Wang gown, luxury honeymoon in France. And since her fiancé is Tucker Branch, playboy heir and notorious flirt, local media is obsessed with every little detail.

Which is why it really sucks when he jilts her a week before the wedding.

Mortified, Mia wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity, right after blabbing to the world how fitting it is that Tucker will inherit a bolt and screw company, because that’s all he wants to do—screw, and bolt. And he doesn’t do either with much finesse.

When her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, she grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of a week in Paris alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The free-spirited musician’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy La Vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with him is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

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Nine Facts about FRENCHED by Melanie Harlow

1)   The main character in Frenched, Mia Devine, loves to make lists for everything, and I do too! So making this list is totally fun for me. 🙂

2)   The bar Mia wanders into in the Latin Quarter (where she meets Lucas) is based on a real Canadian sports bar in Paris called The Moose. In Frenched, I called it…The Beaver. (This gives you a good idea of my sense of humor.)

3)   The restaurant Lucas takes her to is based on a real Italian restaurant in the Latin Quarter called Marco Polo—one of my favorite restaurants in Paris!

4)   There is one photo in the book: it’s a picture I took in the Musee Rodin the last time I was there of a beautiful sculpture called The Cathedral. (In the book it plays a role in a somewhat dirty moment between Mia and Lucas…)

5)   You can stay in Lucas’s Paris apartment! I found the inspiration for Lucas’s St. Germain neighborhood apartment on Vacation Rentals By Owner. Here’s the link: http://www.vrbo.com/270121. (Wish I could put Lucas in there for you!)

6)   You can also stay in the villa Lucas takes her to in Provence. I based it on this one: http://www.onlyprovence.com/villas/saumane. Not bad, huh? I’ll meet you there for drinks on the pool deck…

7)   Lucas and Mia fall for each other pretty fast, and while I’m not sure about love at first sight, I do believe you can love someone within a short amount of time. I believe some people just have a connection that they feel right away.

8)   There is quite a bit of sex in Frenched because it is such an important part of their chemistry, but I think my favorite one is the shower scene—Mia has a pretty big revelation at that point. However, the scene in the bedroom at the villa (the one involving the neck tie, ahem) was ridiculously fun to write…that’s a favorite too.

9)   I’d love to continue their story somehow, either in a novella or another full-length novel, but the next book in the series will focus on Mia’s friend Coco, who falls for a chef/restaurateur who’s strictly off limits. It’s called…Forked. 🙂

About the Author
 

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. I write New Adult historical and contemporary stories.

 


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I’m so excited to share the cover of my debut novel, DEAREST CLEMENTINE! (And let’s be honest—I’m also kind of freaked, slightly unglued, and totally anxious. You know, all the neuronic shit that comes with self-publishing.) 
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Doing my cover was a blast. Plus, there’s the bonus of being able to micromanage every last detail, like font choices and drop shadows. I sorta have a thing for fonts, kind of the way old ladies collect ceramic cats. There’s something about finding just the right one.

I am so grateful to my friends and bloggers who are helping me promote my book. Many thanks to the awesome chicks at Love Between The Sheets for coordinating my cover reveal. And thanks to Becca and Krista Ritchie for helping me wade through these indie waters. You two rock! I need to give a special shout-out to my critique partners, A.J. Pine, Natalie Blitt, and Megan Erickson, for loving Clem and encouraging me to push forward with her story. Lastly, hugs and kisses to Loverboy for helping me remember how the hell to edit fonts in the layers box. 

Scroll down to find an excerpt and the raffle. I hope you’ll click on my Goodreads link below and add DEAREST CLEMENTINE to your reading wish list. xoxo

RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2014

GENRE: NA contemporary romance

SYNOPSIS:

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Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out… in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

EXCERPT:

The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.

“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.

He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.

“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.

His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious? 

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—“

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”

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Check out my friend Tracy’s new book. Looks awesome!

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PIECES OF IT ALL by Tracy Krimmer

Publication Date: May 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

An alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.

Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.

A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.

Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

Coming soon to Amazon – MAY 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20882169-pieces-of-it-all

Author Information

Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. She published her first book, The Jealousy Game, in 2012. Her second book, Pieces of it All will be published in May 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com (more content coming soon!)

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tkrimms

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor

Author profile on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer

Cover design byStephanie Pajonas: http://www.spajonas.com/