Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wherein Sarah Gets to Fangirl Over Authors

I'd dreamed of going to the Chapter by Chapter Book Rave for Jennifer Armentrout in New Rochelle, NY for months, but was pretty sure I couldn't go. Distance, money, blah blah. But at the last minute, my friend Joy Hensley told me that awesome NA author Lia Riley had space for me in her room! And I knew I had to go. If i missed this event with a ton of authors I love and/or like, I was going to be upset.

When we were sweltering away in NC, at least we were close to a bunch of author signings. Up here, practically in Canada, there's a marked shortage of fun bookish events. So away I went!

I met Jennifer Armentrout! I was shaking, I admit it. She was super nice and I got an ARC of THE RETURN, with the amazing Sethie-poo. I've wanted this book since I knew it existed! Jen herself said she was glad I made it in time because she knew I wanted it and there were only a few copies. YAY. Of course I'm reading it now. It was my first pick for after event reading :) 

Jodi Meadows and Joy Hensley! They're cousins, they're awesome. They let me loiter when I was overwhelmed. I didn't bring any books for them to sign because I already have all their books signed and personalized.

Stacey O'Neale and me! 

I had some of the authors on my kindle sign it! From the top: Joy Hensley, Jennifer Armentrout, Jodi Meadows, Elizabeth Eulberg, Wendy Higgins, Cora Carmack. 

My books! I don't know how these are arranged. Huh. But I brought thirteen of these from home, bought some there, and got a bunch more for free! Except for Adi Alsaid's LET'S GET LOST and Kate Brian's ENDLESS, they're all signed!

Free books! All of which I really wanted to read!

Tired me in my Aiden shirt and gargoyle necklace (prize from JLA).

Megan Erickson and me! I was too excited the day of the signing to get signing pics. 

Lia Riley and me! 

Me and Joy Hensley!

Me and Jodi Meadows! 

Me and Lee/Lanie Bross!

CJ Redwine, hard at work. Pfft, I wasn't interrupting an author at work!

It was a really great time and I'm so glad I went! I immediately came home and tried to decide if I could make it to Apollycon, but it doesn't look like it. Sniff. 

I failed to get pics of other authors I was psyched to meet, like Wendy Higgins (who was ridiculous amounts of nice, I was super excited when she said good morning to me the day after the signing), Chelsea Cameron, Jay Crownover...oh, who am I kidding. There were so many there and not only was it fun, but I got to spend a lot of time with just authors and I got to listen to them talk shop. It was excellent. 

And my lips are sealed :) 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Release Day! Ranae Rose's OFFICER OUT OF UNIFORM

Hi guys! I'm excited about this one. I don't read a lot of regular romance, but somehow I found the awesome Ranae Rose and haven't looked back. I really enjoyed the first book in her LOCK AND KEY series, so happy release day to the second book in the series, OFFICER OUT OF UNIFORM!


These books aren't just sexy, they keep you on the edge of your seat! I forget if I'm calling them Sexpense or Suspexy...


The only thing better than a man in uniform is a man out of uniform. Sasha has never been more certain of anything in her life, and she’s never wanted anyone more than she wants Officer Henry Dryden. Tall, tough and battle-scarred, he’s the first man to capture not just her eye, but her heart. With curves and the confidence to use them, it’s not hard to attract his attention, or get him to break out those cuffs and keys. But for the first time, getting exactly what she wants feels dangerously like risking it all.

There’s no question about the one thing Henry wants most when it comes to Sasha: to protect her. After their coastal North Carolina community is sent a message via the brutal murder of the prison warden, no one is safe. Henry can’t afford to be distracted by things like the all-consuming desire Sasha inspires. There’ll be time for that later … if he can keep her from getting caught in the crossfire of a killer’s revenge scheme. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’ll do anything to avoid being the only one to walk out of a war zone alive again. The way forward is clear: stop the convict who’s hunting officers in Riley County, and keep Sasha safe … or die trying.

Book 2 in the Lock and Key Series


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Ranae Rose is the best-selling author of more than twenty adult romances and counting. Originally from Maryland, she grew up the daughter of a US Marine and always wanted to be a writer. Today she lives on the US East Coast with her man in uniform, young children, German Shepherd dogs and overflowing bookshelves.
Her love affair with the romance genre began as a teen when a classmate handed her a romance comic book. Instantly hooked, she read them during class behind her textbooks and under her desk. She hasn’t looked back since.
When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys things like good coffee, travel  and fitness – especially pursuing her elusive goal of getting her husband to tap out on the jiu jitsu mats (no luck so far).
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour! Megan Erickson's MAKE IT RIGHT

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I loved this book. I can't wait for it to hit paperback so I can snuggle with it sometimes. 

My review:

YOU GUYS. I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. My love for MiC is nothing compared to my love for this book. So one of my fav John Green quotes is "Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are" and earlier my CP said something about how every villain is the hero of their own story.

So if you've read MiC (and if you haven't go now and read it) you know that Max is a jerk. 3% of the way into this book, I loved Max. The way Megan creates these stereotype-destroying, layered characters is nothing short of amazing. I'm going to have to buy a print copy of this when it comes out so I can snuggle Max.

But of course Max isn't the only one! Lea, who seems small and frail, is totally tough and kick butt. We get to see some of Kat and Alec, and we get some hints about Cam (his book is next). 

A great example of NA. Great characters, good story, suspense, and steamy! I can't wait for the next book :) January? Sigh.

Title: Make it Right
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Bowler University #2
Publication: September 9th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse

Max Payton lives by two rules:

Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew.

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max - cocky jocks who assume she's fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem...

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.



About Megan

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal! Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED

Holy cow, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!



WICKED Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.  

Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cover Reveal! Stacey O'Neale's FRAGILE REIGN

We're thrilled to help reveal the cover for FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale! Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card!

Details about the cover, from author Stacey O'Neale:

In case you're curious about the cover, the model represents Marcus. The background represents the woodland court and the caves at the bottom are where the members of the royal family live. I chose caves because the woodland court protects the forests of the world. I didn't think they would choose to cut down trees to make a castle, so the massive caves worked out nicely. If you zoom in, you can see where the doors and windows are cut out. The inside is very lavish. If you read FRAGILE REIGN, you'll learn all about it.
FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale | November 18, 2014
It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


Be sure to add FRAGILE REIGN to your TBR on Goodreads, or pre-order on Amazon! The prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE, is currently free on Amazon, and you can also read MORTAL ENCHANTMENT for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Stacey O'NealeAbout the Author

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Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.


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