Monday, September 1, 2014

BOOK COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY - FIGHTING THE FALL by J B SALISBURY - FIGHTING # 4






Title: Fighting the Fall

Series: Fighting #4

Author: JB Salsbury 

Cover Design: Pixel Mischief Design 

Release Date: November 4, 2014


Synopsis


The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.

Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.

Stay on your feet.

It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.

When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.

Will they risk it all and fight to be together? Or does defeat lie within the fall?









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Excerpt

I feel his eyes on me, and when I turn I almost recoil at the intensity behind his stare. “Can you stop acting like we’re two old friends shooting the shit when you know good and fucking well you’re thinking the same thing I am.”
 
 My mouth falls open and I force it shut, only to have it drop open again.
 
“I’ve hand my hands and my mouth all over every inch of that gorgeous body, Eve. You think I can’t read you? Know what you’re thinking about right now?”
 
I swallow hard. “What am I thinking about?”
 
“Same thing I am.”

  



Author Bio


JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
 
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
 
Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released November 2014. For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by STEPHANIE PERKINS - ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS # 1 - YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

By: Stephanie Perkins
Published By: Penguin
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 372 Pages

RATING: 4.25 YOUNG LOVE STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


Anna and the French Kiss is a book I have been meaning to read for quite a while. I knew it was popular. It has over 119,000 ratings on Goodreads alone.

This was an adorable and enjoyable YA romance, made even more romantic in a young adult way by the back drop being Paris.

I have been to France, I was just a touch older than Anna. I climbed to the top of Notre Dame and looked out over the streets of Paris. I have read a few stories where this is the setting and really loved being on the streets of France.

Etienne St. Clair is a character who is very likable. He isn’t your alpha stud, he is a much quieter character who flirts and has his own family issues he tries to cover up. He is funny and endearing.

He likes Anna. He has great hair. He is liked by many at SOAP, the boarding school they attend in Paris. He has a British accent. He is cute and sweet and vulnerable. 

He also has a girlfriend.

Anna has been deposited in Paris by her writer father. Anna doesn’t much like being taken away from Toph, the boy she is crushing on back home.

This was a delightful read, I had to remind myself that with teenage love, comes drama and hormones which make for rash decisions and complications.

Love can be easy and love can be a slow burn.

Anna and the French Kiss is a slow burn tale, but once I got to the end I really appreciated St. Clair and the complications his character brought to his friendship with Anna.

Anna does a lot of growing up in Paris. She arrives annoyed by her father’s decision to make her study in an exclusive school, where she doesn’t even understand the language. She will leave a young lady who has learnt the value of friendship and what it means to love somebody and in turn be loved back.

A clean and adorable read. I was expecting a little more from the plot, something that would make me gasp out loud. Instead I got a romantic setting, a group of teenagers all with love issues, and in some cases, jealousy issues, a boy with a gorgeous name and a girl who grew on me the more I read about her.

Young love has its highs and lows and its confusing moments. I personally would have loved to have been in Anna’s shoes and been plopped into France for a a year of schooling. What stories to tell your kids one day.

I was on a Contiki tour. Hehee! A lot less romantic, but I did visit France when I was eighteen.

This was an endearing read and I look forward to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door.

This is a book I would give my daughter to read, when she is old enough.



Michelle

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & GIVEAWAY - STRIKE by JENNIFER RYDER - SPARK # 3 - EROTIC ROMANCE


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Title: Strike (Spark, #3)

Author: Jennifer Ryder

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: August 30, 2014


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Synopsis


Fast. That’s how I like life, especially my two great joys: bikes and women. I’m committed to exclusively riding one, but not the other. 

Until April.

A sexy-arse freelance photographer who’s travelled the world, and doesn’t do long walks on the beach or romantic candlelit dinners. She enjoys running with the bulls and food spicy enough to make your hair fall out. If that weren’t enough to get me hard, she rides a mean mother of a motorcycle. 

I’ve gotta have a taste of this wildcat.

~Spencer (Jones)



I don’t do fast. Not anymore. I’ve got my career, my independence, and since I fled Spain to come back home I promised myself that I wouldn’t be put second—or third, for that matter—again. 

Then I meet pretty boy Spencer. 

He’s smooth, oozing the most potent pheromones probably known to modern science, and he’s making a move on me. One kiss was almost enough for my promise to dissolve.

My head says no—my treacherous body screams yes. I’m gonna make Spencer work for it. Make him fight for the chance to have me, because I know that deep down I’m worth it.

~April MacIntyre





Prologue

SPENCER (JONES)

My head pounds, alerting me to the fact that I’m alive. Barely. I run my hand over my bare chest to find a set of fingers clad with rings. The hand tightens, sharp nails scratching my skin as they sweep over my ribs. I shudder with the realisation that she’s still here. That was not part of the plan.

Her hand continues over to my hipbone, and curls around my side. I turn to see her face buried in the pillow beside me, a cascade of fiery red curls tangled down her back, a strong contrast to her pale skin.

I strain to lift my head off the pillow, and there he is. Ryan. On the far edge of my king-sized bed, face down, bare arse and all.

Fuck.

I’m here again. My life on repeat.

My liver screams out its hate for me, and my body aches in silent protest. And why the fuck is my arse sore?

I wriggle to release myself from her hold.

I don’t like them to stay, but Ryan and I were obviously too fucked-up to care. I must’ve passed out, because normally I deal with their exit.

I don’t do mornings. I don’t do awkward. I like simple hook-ups, and then “see ya”; No expectations, no complications.

This here looks complicated.

Walking naked across my bedroom, the floor littered with condom wrappers and clothes, I pick up a rogue black leather shoe and throw it at Ryan’s arse.

He chokes on his snore, and stirs. “Hey, what the fuck, man?” He rolls over, thankfully tugging the tangled sheets with him to shield his dick. I don’t need a vision of his giant cock in the back of my head today.

“What’s up is that you and Princess Redhead need to leave, buddy. I gotta get to work,” I whisper loudly. Working for Dad today is totally gonna blow.

Ryan swings his legs off the bed, and stretches his arms over his head. “Well, you never fail to disappoint, man. Guess I’ll catch ya next time I’m in town.”

I take a white crumpled towel that I must have left on the floor yesterday and wrap it around my hips. “That depends, mate. If you’re the reason my arse is sore, then this was the last time. Oh, and you might just get the shit kicked out of you.”

He chuckles quietly to himself. “You don’t remember?” He grabs his jeans from the floor in front of him, and slips them on.

“Remember what?” Oh no. Ryan did not go there. I’ll kill him. On instinct, my teeth grind against each other, and I breathe out heavily through my nose as I stalk towards him.

He holds up a hand. “Relax,” he says, as he juts his chin towards the redhead. “Miss Ginger Sex Fiend over there brought toys.”

“Fuck,” I gasp. I’ve seriously gotta lay off the drink.

“Now, get outta here. I’ll take care of Ginger.” Ryan winks, and runs his hands through his mussed up sandy-coloured hair.

Yeah. I need to get to work.





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Spark (Spark #1)


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Strike (Spark, #3)

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About the Author


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New Adult and erotic romance writer, and author of the Spark series.

A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn't stifle her creativity any longer.

Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.

Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don't see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.

Jennifer placed third in the International Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013.



 
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COVER REVEAL - JUST BREATHE by CHELLE C. CRAZE




Just Breathe ~ Chelle C. Craze ~ Cover reveal



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Life is full of the unexpected. At times, the only thing you can do is just breathe.

For twenty-four year old Cassandra Anderson, life hasn't been easy. Haunted daily by her own demons and memories of the past, she suffers from panic attacks and questionable anal-retentiveness. The motto she lives by is "Trust no one. Fear nothing."

Bartender Lucas Daniels comes into her life like a whirlwind. Hot enough to melt wax, he is tantalizing, sometimes overbearing, and quite possibly one of her weaknesses. Lucas, having secrets of his own, understands pain all too well.

Only time can tell what the future holds for them. Will Lucas cause Cass to question everything? Will she be drawn to him or will they end in resentment?

~ Coming to a kindle near you from 20th September 2014 ~ 


~ About the Author ~ 


A native West Virginian, Chelle has always been a dreamer. She spent her time growing up writing songs, poetry, screenplays, and movie scripts. She never thought about writing a book until she got older. Now, Chelle likes to spend her time being creative by painting, drawing, singing, dancing, playing instruments, and writing. By profession, she is a biomedical technician with an Electrical Engineering Technology A.S. degree and lives with her husband and three dogs.

Her debut novel is Just Breathe, book one in The Blue Series.




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Title: Sweet Temptation
Series: Sweet #1
Author: Angel Steel
Release Date: March 12, 2013


Synopsis


Skylar Montague has learned that nothing good comes from trusting others.... especially men. After escaping an abusive relationship she attempts to start a new life in a new city.

Living close to her childhood friend Chantal, she's finally starting to feel at home. Men are the last thing on her mind, that is until she meets her smoldering bad boy neighbor Nathaniel Jackson. Her hesitation is huge, but the attraction is even greater. Nathaniel doesn't do relationships, just can't see himself as being a one woman man.


His instant attraction to Skylar makes him think that he could change. Their connection is explosive. Nothing has ever felt this good. Being together with Nate, Skylar feels like she can finally trust a man. That is until they are presented with an unexpected surprise. Exes reemerge and with them a falling out neither saw coming. 



With all their past troubles and demons ready to emerge, can they escape the undeniable pull they have to each other, or will the dark past they both possess prove to be too difficult and keep them apart?







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Title: Sweet Surrender
Series: Sweet #2
Author: Angel Steel
Release Date: September 26, 2013


Synopsis


For five long years, Chantal has been in love with Dom. They have always had a great friendship and flirted with each other like nobody’s business, which just seemed to be their thing. Chantal’s feelings for Dom were obvious to everyone but him.

After being rejected for the last time by Dom, Chantal is fed up and ready to move on…or so she thinks. She finds solace in a familiar face and starts anew. Things start to heat up, and along with new beginnings come new surprises…and secrets. An old flame resurfaces and things go awry. The crazier life gets, the harder it is to keep her secrets from the people she loves, including Dom. Can she keep these secrets hidden forever? 


Dom has been hiding his feelings for Chantal for five years. He just can’t see a way to make it work. There are things about him that she can never know. One could test her limits and the other would certainly test their relationship. Either way, Dom is afraid he will lose her if she were to ever find out. 



Will the love that Chantal and Dom has for each other, be strong enough for them to cope with all of the lies and deceit? Or will it end them for good?











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Author Bio


Born and bred in Australia. She has lived here all her life with her wonderful husband and 4 children. Angel loves reading any kind of books and loves to write. In her spare time, Angel and her husband watch porn and GIF’s on Tumblr for ‘research’. If you read a hot scene in one of her books, you can be sure it’s been tried and tested!

If you want to spot Mr Steel at an event, he wears a t-shirt which reads “My wife writes porn”. There’s really nothing better than a supportive husband. 


ANGEL’S BOOKS: Sweet Temptation (Sweet, #1) Sweet Surrender (Sweet, #2) and NEW RELEASE Harpers Little Spitfire (Harper’s Series)



GENRE: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica.




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Friday, August 29, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - FIVE MILES by LILI ST. GERMAIN - GYPSY BROTHERS # 3 - DARK ROMANCE - BIKER ROMANCE

By: Lili St. Germain
Published By: Lili St. Germain
Released : Available Now
Details: Kindle, 149 Pages

RATING: 5 JASE STARS!

Book Blurb : Goodreads

My father taught me the importance of an eye for an eye—a cardinal rule, ingrained in every club member.

A life for a life.

Seven lives in payment for an unimaginable list of sins.

People might wonder why I’m doing this. If this vengeance is borne from some noble cause. If I’m trying to prevent others from suffering at the hands of Dornan Ross and his sons.

But I’m no selfless vigilante.

I’m doing this for me. I’m doing it because I want to.

I’m doing this because I just want to be able to sleep at night without seeing their faces.

This is the fate they have earned. The penance for their crimes.
Time to send some of these brothers off with a bang.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


I finished Five Miles last night and HOLY SHIZ!!

Currently this is my fave book in the serial.

It had what I was looking for with a certain character. It validated something for me, personally.



His face clouds over and his hand shoots out, yanking me to my feet. “Yeah, well,” he says, pulling me toward the door. “I started thinking with my head instead of my dick, and look how quickly it all started to unravel.”



I did like this conversation between Jase and Sammi.


“Let me guess,” Jase says, throwing me a look. “Trouble just seems to find you.”

I shake my head. “No, I definitely go looking for the trouble,” I reply. “I find it before it finds me.”

Then Sammi started reacting like I felt her character would eventually.

I think what I am saying is I found in this installment the validity I needed that brought a five star rating for me.


The truth is, I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it because I like it. I’m doing it because the look on Maxi’s face, and Chad’s, when I killed them, was a balm to my soul. I’m doing it, because this is what they all deserve.


This installment was informative on certain characters and we go deeper.



“I told you I’d help you leave,” Jase says bitterly.

“I know,” I say, staring at my hands.

“I don’t even know who you are,” he spits.




Five Miles was deliciously gritty, dangerous, intense and fragile.

And then there was Jase.

I really loved what Lili did with Jase in this installment.

The sub characters bring it. Elliot is...awwww I love Elliot. Such a nice guy.


“You’re killing me, Julz,” he muttered. “You know that, right?”


Relieved that I had been lucky enough to be found by someone who could put me back together, piece by shattered piece.

Jase’s brothers...hell yeah they are mean mofo’s.

Dornan, man, he is such a great villain. He really does leap off the page. I feel like I am in the same room as him and all his evil is floating about me.

I love the way Lili is getting creative and changing it up with the demise of the brothers.

I can't wait to read Four Score, shiz just went up a notch!

I am deliberately reading these when I can read a couple at a time, because I like to keep going.

I highly recommend this satisfyingly, villainous and brutal tale.

Well done Lili.


Michelle

BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY - FOLLOW by J.A. HUSS - SOCIAL MEDIA # 1 PLUS COVER REVEAL FOR LIKE - SOCIAL MEDIA # 2





FOLLOW (Social Media #1) 
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: August 27. 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance 

Synopsis: 




#Women.

I fuck them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it’s always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

@VaughnAsher My bare pussy. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

“FilthyBlueBird” thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn’t be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She’s wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it’s about to happen… now. 






THIS IS A SERIAL NOVELLA

THAT MEANS ALL ENDINGS ARE CLIFFHANGERS

THIS NOVELLA IS ABOUT 150 PAGES LONG
THIS IS PART ONE OF SIX

BOOKS ARE RELEASED EVERY TWO WEEKS 




EXCERPT


I gulp some air and then look over my shoulder. He’s standing near the concrete pathway, leaning up against a closed concession stand, looking as free and content and in control as any person I’ve ever seen.

And why not? Why shouldn’t he feel that way? He’s beyond rich, he’s beyond beautiful, he’s beyond talented, and he’s so far beyond sexy, I’m powerless to resist his offer and he knows it.

“Say yes,” he commands. “You want to say yes, so just say yes.”

He’s so right about that. I do want to say yes. In fact, I’m a yes girl. I hate telling people no. I really do. But for some reason, this one person who I want to say yes to more than anything else in my entire life has reawakened the no girl inside of me and I’m having difficulty understanding why.

“Say yes right now or I walk away and you never see me again. Because I require your commitment tonight or I’ll just find someone else.”

“I want you,” I say breathlessly, my heart pounding in my chest. God, that was the total wrong move. What the hell am I doing?

“Of course you do.”

“I want you, but I’m not signing that paper tonight. I need to think about it. I need to be sure.”

“Grace, you have one more day left here on Saint Thomas and then you’re gone. So you’re wasting time.”

“Wait, you said you’d punish me when I was ready, implying we had lots of time to figure this out and now you’re in a rush?”

“Yes,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’m in a rush because I want to fuck you, woman. I want to fuck you bad. I’m dying right now because I’m all the way over here and you’re all the way over there, and all I want to be doing is fucking you. But instead I’m having this stupid conversation, convincing you, of all things, to let me pleasure you back if you pleasure me. But if you work out and you meet my needs, I might see you again. Some other place, some other time.”

“Then no.” I hang up the phone. Oh my God! I did it again! Where the hell are all these no’s coming from?

My phone buzzes in my hand but I ignore it.

A few minutes later I feel him walk up behind me. “May I join you on the beach?”

“It’s a free beach. Or is this one your personal property too? Am I just a beach to you? Something you own and enjoy at your leisure?”

“I don’t own you, Grace. Not yet. So I’m asking if I can join you so we can sort this out. And that’s one more spanking.”

“We’re never going to get to the spankings, Asher. You just admitted to it, so stop.”

He chuckles. “That’s it, isn’t it? You want the spankings and you’re afraid I’m not going to make good on my threats.”

Pfft. “You wish.”

He kneels down and then sits. “Grace?” I look over to him, annoyed, and as soon as I look him in the eyes, he grabs my arm and pulls me to his lap, forcing me to lie across his knees. “Would you like a taste and a promise? Panties on or bare ass for your sample?”



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AUTHOR BIO 



J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.


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LIKE (Social Media #2) 

By @JAHuss

Publication Date: September 10, 2014

Novella (120-ish pages)

Adult Contemporary Romance


Description: 


#WhatADick


Vaughn Asher. I’ve stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag…day after day… weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy.

I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me?

Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That’s what.


#Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking

#MissingSomething #You

And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird’s Twitter account? He’s wrong.

His public fantasy is about to collide… ah, fuck it. He’s hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it.






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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ONE FAVORITE MOMENT EVENT & GIVEAWAY - K.A. TUCKER - TEN TINY BREATHS - YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SIMON & SCHUSTER - ATRIA BOOKS



Ok, I am here today to tell you about a favorite moment of mine from any book in this series. I have admittedly at this stage only read Ten Tiny Breaths and I loved it. 

One favorite moment out of this book, I think would be probably my new found appreciation for the stripping profession. Now I know that is an odd moment. I do have many as I loved the book, but it was something that stood out for me. I have since read a lot of books e.g. Rock Chicks by Kristen Ashley and I do always remember what K.A. Tucker taught me in Ten Tiny Breaths.

Sure, you get dip sticks in every profession, but I liked Cain and the way he respected his staff. I liked the security lads, Nate and Ben, for the same reason. The girls are there to make a future for themselves, same as the guys. Hard times, call for certain measures. I loved Storm. I thought her character showed me a lot, she is a mamma and she needs to care for her chick. Life deals tougher hands, to some, more than others.

Obviously I have Trent moments, like the laundry scene , but I wanted to talk about this one, as Trent is a bit of an obvious moment. Who doesn't love a Trent moment?

Let's not forget Pervie Pete. Whenever he popped up, he was amusing, he grew on me.

I look forward to reading everybody's fave moment in the series.

I will show you my review I did back, when...

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Breathe, I hear my mother’s voice say.

Ten tiny breaths.

It doesn’t help.

It never fucking helps, dammit!

I’m shaking all over as I sink further and further into the dark abyss where I go when people I care about die.

I can’t seem to get out of it.

I’m drowning under the weight of it.



This book , the more you read, the more it will get to you, affect you.

Make you think differently.

The chapter titles are like a step program. 

Kacey , 20yrs old, fighter body, tough exterior, very broken, and her sweet sister 15yr old Livvie, escape their loser guardians, trying to make a life for themselves. Where Livvie is calm and sweet, Kacey is a ball breaker.

Their parents have died. Kacey has lost a lot.

Heard death claiming it's next victim.

Tanner is the resident landlord of the Melrose Place style 3 storey apartment complex in Miami, where the girls have found their temporary 6 month paid up front, safety nest. An assortment of character’s live there. Tanner and Pervie Pete being amongst them. Tanner will really grow on you, in an interesting way. Pervie Pete...not so much.

Enter Trent, all muscle and a bit of a mystery. He lives on one side of the girls.

Enter Storm, all Barbie and a whole lot of boobs and her 5 yr old daughter Mia, the sweet little princess has found a friend in Livvie. They live on the other side of the girls. Storm is a girl with heart. A girl that drew the short straw in life, but is making no excuses , she is looking after her daughter and working towards more in life. 

You will LOVE Storm.

Kacey needs to find a gym, not your prissie gym, the hardcore, darkly lit, ratio of women 1:50 men, kind.

The fighter kind. 

She is a kickboxer , a good one. The Breaking Point is where all the hardcore players work out. She is there to sweat, and work hard, release some of the demons she carries around with her.

She is there to fight her demons.

If that is possible.

The more you read, the more you see under the layers of Kacey. It is quite a ride for the reader.

I will forever think of a stripper, strip club, strip club owner, hired muscle, strip club bar tenders...differently. Not that I gave a lot of thought to this profession, but, K.A.Tucker will show you a group of characters who are loving, caring, understanding...a family of sorts. Everybody has a story of how they wound up working in the strip club.

Sometimes the journey in life takes a detour and you wind up working at a place like Penny’s Palace, with characters like, the owner Cain, the hired muscle Nate and Ben, and bartender Storm .

Some use it for the money, the stepping stone to a better life. They know why they are there. They have a planned out future that needs good cash to achieve it.

Penny’s Place comes with a group of people who look out for each other, genuinely care. Nate is a big teddy bear, Ben...well, he is a bit of a player, but deep down a nice guy, using the profession to make a life, a future.

Penny's Palace and its characters is the back drop to this story.

This is a story about characters that have been damaged, even broken, some almost beyond repair.

Almost.

You will meet Dr. Stayner. LOVE this guy. The words that spill from his lips, they brought back something that happened when I was in High School. 

The night before last day, silly day, of High School before exam squatting... something terrible happened. Some of my fellow year 12 students went to a party, they drove later to Macdonalds.

They didn’t make it.

They had a tragic accident.

They had been drinking.

They were only 16-17yrs old.

One drove, one died, one got pretty banged up. They were only kids. They made a bad decision to get in a car, because they were hungry, because others at the party were hungry. They had all been drinking.

I have never forgotten that accident. Listening to Dr Stayner in this book...well, we will all get something out of this book. I got to look at the tragedy that happened in ’85 and I got some closure for the boy who was driving that I knew from High School, who lived and had to live with what happened, because he was the one who chose to drive. It wasn’t his car. The 3 guys were going to simply get MacDonalds for everyone.

They never made it.

I could tell where Ten Tiny Breaths was going, I was not sure how it was going to get there, but I could see where I was being taken. But then I got that BAM! moment where I got all girlie and did a sookie la la. The latter half of the book really opens up into this emotional, heart breaking story.

We are used to seeing Kacey with this tough exterior, the fighter chick for most of the book, she has done it all to keep her demons at bay, never exorcising the demons, just keeping them hidden under the surface.

Contained.

Not a healthy existence.

Then the guy from 1D enters her life.

This is a story that will squeeze your heart and wring it out for all the people affected by drink driving and the tragedy that comes from innocence.

Good people make bad decisions too.

Decisions that kill.

I am a squeaky person, never had a traffic infringement or broken the law. When you are a young kid, generally you have never broken the law, but you can make a bad choice in the moment, that will have consequences that could not be fathomed.

Consequences that can affect many.

Sometimes bad choices are successful, nobody gets hurt, killed. But is it worth it to roll that dice?

I am looking forward to book # 2 - One Tiny Lie - Livvie's story - April 2013.

I highly recommend this read. It has a message through it, well a few messages. It will be an eye opener to how you think . It will twist your heart.

It may even save a life.



TEN TINY BREATHS:


Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty year old Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie escape Grand Rapids, Michigan to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

***Caution: Mature content! Not suitable for younger readers. Contains reference to drugs, swearing, and sexual content ***

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ONE TINY LIE:

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

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FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE:

I believe you don’t have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person’s life. You have seconds. Seconds to win them over, and seconds to lose them.
Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second-guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with his staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control . . . and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl, but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

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FIVE WAYS TO FALL:

Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

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IN HER WAKE: A Ten Tiny Breaths Novella:

Author’s Note: Although it is a prequel, In Her Wake is best read after completing Ten Tiny Breaths.

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

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About K.A. Tucker:


Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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