Archive for July, 2014

Check out this GORGEOUS cover for Whitney Barbetti’s new book, Ten Below Zero. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for her giveaway. xoxo, Lex

* * *


Title: Ten Below Zero

Author: Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: August 28, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance


“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.


Ten Below Zero teaser pic

Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti (Full Cover)


Multiple Amazon gift cards, signed paperbacks, and e-books up for grabs!
Click here for Giveaway


Connect with Whitney Barbetti

Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Twitter


Finding Dandelion Banner

Thanks to everyone participating in the FINDING DANDELION blog tour! I’m so grateful for your support! Check out each stop for reviews and teasers. When you visit, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite and a signed copy of DEAREST CLEMENTINE, the first book in the series. Also, be sure to grab a copy of FINDING DANDELION, the second book, while it’s on SALE for $1.99. (Each book is a stand-alone.)

A big hug to Love Between the Sheets for coordinating the tour!

Monday, July 14

Teacups & Book Love (Review)

Read More Sleep Less Blog (Review)

Smokin Hot Book Blog (Review)

Cruising Susan Book Reviews (Review)

Megpie93’s Book Blog (Review)

Tuesday, July 15

Red Reader’s Reads (Review)

Ebony and Ivory’s Book Harmony (Spotlight)

Wednesday, July 16

Meleth Bookaddicted (Spotlight)

Twin Opinions (Review)

Broadway Girl Book Reviews (Review)

Love Between the Sheets (Review)

Thursday, July 17

Owl Always Be Reading (Review)

Give Me Books (Review)

Summer’s Book Blog (Review)

Kia’s Corner (Spotlight)

Friday, July 18

Young Adult Hollywood (10 Facts About Finding Dandelion)

Mythical Books (Author Interview)

Give Me Books and Boxes (Spotlight)

Deliciously Wicked Books (Review)

Four Chicks Flipping the Pages (Review)

Three Girls and a Book Obsession (Review)

Monday, July 21

Rumpled Sheets Blog (Review)

Blazinbear’s Book Blog (Review)

BeanieBrain Reader (Review)

LeAnn’s Book Reviews (Review)

Tuesday, July 22

Musings of the Bookaholic Fairies, Inc. (Review)

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs (Spotlight)

Renee Entress’s Blog (Review)

Little Read Riding Hood (Review)

Wednesday, July 23

Deal Sharing Aunt (Spotlight)

Undercover Book Reviews (Review)

Cruising Susan (Review)

Thursday, July 24

Book Happiness (Review)

Cecilia Robert (Review)

Friday, July 25

Painful Reads (Review)

2readornottoread (Review)

Luv Books Galore (Spotlight)

Bujoijoi22 (Review)

If you’re still looking for more about the Dearest series, you can check out the Dearest Fan Group:

To get an email alert when I publish my next book and get exclusive teasers, you can sign up HERE.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

Finding Dandelion Banner

My second book, FINDING DANDELION, releases today. I want to thank everyone who is posting and RTing my links and, holy crap, actually reading what I write. Thanks for the support, guys! By the way, I’m raffling a Kindle Paperwhite, so be sure to find the giveaway at the bottom.

Here’s a little about the book. First, it’s a stand-alone. So if you haven’t read the first one, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, no worries. (But DEAREST CLEMENTINE is on SALE for FREE on Amazon for another day, so you can still check it out. I’ll post the link at the end of this post.)

In DEAREST CLEMENTINE, you learned Clem has a man-whore of a brother named Jax, who happens to be her twin. FINDING DANDELION is his story. I have a little warning about Jax. He isn’t the gentleman that Gavin is. In fact, I’m almost positive that, at some point, Jax might make you want to chuck your Kindle. But whatever you do, don’t give up on him. He might surprise you.

Finding Dandelion Official Cover

GENRE: NA contemporary romance


When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

Here are a few fan-made teasers:

photo 1 (1)

Processed with Rookie

 Book 1, DEAREST CLEMENTINE (FREE  for one more day. Regular price is $1.99.):

Amazon US: click here   Amazon UK: click here

Book 2, FINDING DANDELION (On SALE for $1.99 for a limited time)

Amazon: click here   Amazon UK: click here


If you’d like an email alert when my new titles are released and get sneak peaks, click HERE


Okay, so maybe you just came because your e-reader sucks. If so, I hope you win my raffle! Prizes include one signed copy of DEAREST CLEMENTINE and one Kindle Paperwhite.

(Kindle Paperwhite is open to US entrants ONLY. International participants will be awarded the monetary value in the form of an Amazon Gift Card if you win. The signed paperback is open to international participants.)

Enter the giveaway here—> a Rafflecopter giveaway

LBSbutton (1)


My friend Angie Sandro releases her book DARK PARADISE today. I’ll just tell you that I’m kind of in love with her cover, and the book sounds awesome, so I’m heading over to one-click. Hope you will too. Scroll down to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway. xoxo, Lex

Dark Paradise cover


Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.


Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything-their families, their love, and even their lives.


He looks down, and our eyes meet.

“Kiss me,” I blurt out.

“What?” His breathing quickens. “What did you say?

Oh, shit! I just propositioned him. Me, squeaky clean, cowardly Mala. Lack of oxygen must’ve given me brain damage. I take a shaky breath and straighten in his arms. “I said kiss me.” My voice cracks. “It’s okay. I won’t punch you or anything. You have my permission.”

“Your head’s not on straight.” Landry gazes off across the water … distant, cold. Oh, so sad, and it breaks my heart. All I want at this moment is to drink the pain in his eyes. Guzzle it down so it never fills him again. I know nothing’s forever. A momentary patch is about all the comfort I can give him, but maybe for now, it’s enough. For both of us.

“I know. I’m scared.” I take Landry’s face between my hands, holding tight when he tries to pull away. “Stop. Listen. Why do I have to keep dealing with the craziness of my life alone? I’m so tired … Why is it wrong to want to escape?”

My trembling fingers lightly trace the curve of his jaw. I never in a million years thought I could be so bold. I’ve always protected my heart because I feared it would get squished. Being afraid hasn’t gotten me anywhere but alone. “I like you, Landry. And … and I think you like me. At least a little bit, right? You make me feel safe … alive. Maybe … maybe I can make you feel the same way.”

His eyes, thick, black lashes outlining luminous silver, close as I trace my fingers across his eyelids. I press my lips to the angled plane of his cheekbone in a gentle kiss. His skin tastes salty from sweat and smells of grass. Rich and pungent. Intoxicating. His stomach muscles tighten against mine, but he doesn’t move. I kiss the other cheek, then tilt his head toward mine and brush my lips across his, so lightly that it’s more a mingling of breath.

My tongue caresses his lips. I taste him in small nibbles, and then, feeling bold, I pull his plump bottom lip between my teeth, gently teasing him until he finally responds.

Impatient, he threads his fingers into my hair so I can’t pull away. His tongue flicks against mine as I open my mouth to his, deepening the connection between us. I’ve heard about French kisses, in high school the girls giggled about them and rated the boys according to skill, but until now, I’ve never liked a guy enough to want his tongue in my mouth. Landry rated pretty high on the Awesome Kisser scale. Now I understand why.

The rush of excitement chases away any lingering fear. At some point, he stretches out on the ground, and I lay on top of him. My hands caress his wide shoulders and rise to tangle in his silky hair. I rub against his chest, wishing our clothing didn’t separate us. I want to feel the softness of his skin against mine. I want to trace the tempting dimple in the small of his back and lick the faded scar to the left of his belly button.

Yeah, I totally peeked when he did his striptease in the boat. I may be the queen of denial, but I couldn’t deny myself the sculpted beauty of Landry Prince in all his glory. I pull my mouth free of his lips and slide down the hard length of his body. He sucks in a breath, stomach tightening when I run trembling hands up his chest, lifting his T-shirt to give me access to that scar. I trace my tongue around it a swirl of motion, like licking an ice cream cone. He tastes ten times better than chocolate—maybe like chocolate and caramel with marshmallow chunks—all gooey and melty in my mouth. So tasty that I want to lap him up. But I bite him instead.

Satisfaction throbs at his growl. The soft bit of flesh between my teeth almost sends me over the edge. I’m so hot … burning up inside.

I release him, licking the soft indentations in his skin.

“Mala,” he moans, quivering when I pin his reaching hands to the ground. I give him a wicked grin, then lower my head. I steadily work my way up his chest, biting and licking until I reach his pecs. I run my tongue around his left nipple, then blow across the hard nub. His hips shift, a slight jerk upward. His erection presses against the fabric of his jeans. Is it uncomfortable?

I bite my lip, scared at the bold nature of my thoughts. It’s like years of repressed sexuality screams to be set free. Too many romance novels have given me a working knowledge of what goes on. I can fake it until I make it, but I’ve got to decide right now how far I want to go. Soon I’ll be too far gone.  My body decides for me.







About Angie Sandro:

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen. Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father’s family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Angie’s SM:




Two winners will receive a complete set of The Beautiful Creatures series and a print copy of Dark Paradise.

– – – >a Rafflecopter giveaway < – – –